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    WMO and IATA Agree to Improve Aircraft Meteorological Reporting

    United Arab Emirates -  October 28, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Meteorological Organization have signed an agreement to increase and improve the automated reporting of meteorological data by commercial aircraft. The new initiative, called the WMO and IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP), aims to expand the existing WMO Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) system to ensure coverage over data-sparse areas. It is expected to bring many additional and new partner airlines into the program, which is already supported by approximately 40 airlines and covers several thousand passenger and cargo aircraft.  “One of the many unfortunate aspects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the severe loss – of up to 90% - of aircraft-derived meteorological data as a result ......read more

    Airlines Unable to Cut Costs Deep Enough to Save Jobs

    - Read Alexandre de Juniac's remarks - View the COVID-19 'Can costs be downsized to make the industry cash positive' presentation (PDF)   United Arab Emirates -  October 28, 2020:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) presented new analysis showing that the airline industry cannot slash costs sufficiently to neutralize severe cash burn to avoid bankruptcies and preserve jobs in 2021. IATA reiterated its call for government relief measures to sustain airlines financially and avoid massive employment terminations. IATA also called for pre-flight COVID-19 testing to open borders and enable travel without quarantine.   Total industry revenues in 2021 are expected to be down 46% compared to the 2019 figure of $838 billion. The previous analysis was for 2021 revenues to ......read more

    VFS Global Offers International Travel Insurance with Covid-19 Coverage

    • Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover is mandatory for travellers applying for visas to countries in the Schengen area, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine • Policy by global insurers complies with EU requirements and waives the exclusion of Epidemic and Pandemic diseases  • Covid-19 cover also available for those visiting other locations worldwide, including USA & Canada   United Arab Emirates -  October 26, 2020:    At a time when many residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are preparing to head abroad for the first time in months, VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has launched a travel insurance that will provide COVID-19 health-related coverage. Available through VFS ......read more

    Emirates to Operate A380 to Amman as Part of Expanded Schedule

    • Airline will also boost flights to 10 a week from 25 October • Emirates continues to gradually deploy the A380 in line with increased passenger demand   DUBAI, UAE 22 October 2020:  Emirates will be providing more options and choice for its customers in Jordan with the introduction of scheduled Airbus A380 services to Amman as part of its expanded schedule of 10 weekly services. The expanded flight schedule between Dubai and Amman demonstrates the airline's commitment to safely connect customers to and through Dubai to the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific.   The iconic A380 will begin serving travellers to and from Amman from 4 November. The airline currently operates the A380 to Cairo, Paris, London Heathrow, Guangzhou and Moscow.   The Emirates A380 experience is sought ......read more

    IATA Revises 2020 Passenger Traffic Forecast Down for the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates,  October 22, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its traffic forecast for the Middle East for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery. •       Full-year 2020 passenger numbers in the Middle East (to/from/within) are forecast to reach only 30% of 2019 levels, down significantly from the 45% that was projected in July  •       In absolute numbers, the Middle East is expected to see 60 million travelers in 2020 compared to the 203 million in 2019 •       In 2021, demand in the Middle East is expected to strengthen to 45% of 2019 levels to reach 90 million travelers to/from/within the region. •       A full return to 2019 levels is not expected until late ......read more

    Significant Fuel, Time & CO2 Savings Expected from Jordan / Israel Airspace Agreement

    United Arab Emirates,  October 22, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the recent overflight agreement between the Kingdom of Jordan and State of Israel that allows for flights to cross over both countries’ airspace. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to be able to fly through the Israel-Jordan corridor—which will shorten flight times, reducing fuel burn and CO2 emissions.  Airlines have historically flown around Israel when flying east / west operating over Middle East airspace. The direct routing through Jordanian and Israeli airspace will on average cut 106 km eastbound and 118 km westbound on flights operating from the Gulf States and Asia to destinations in Europe and North America.  Based on the number of eligible departure airports, this will ......read more

    The VIP Terminal at Dubai South Records Steep Growth in Business and Private Jets Movements Since July 2020

    • Double digit growth in Q3 2020 compared to the same period last year • Measures taken by the UAE government are the main drivers for the growth   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 October 2020: Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, at Dubai South announced a sharp growth in business and private jets movements since July 2020 at its VIP terminal despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Aircraft movements during Q3 2020 recorded double-digit growth which amounted to 93% compared with the same period in 2019. Following a decline in figures leading up to April, heavily impacted by the pandemic on aviation and many other industries worldwide, numbers began climbing in May and mid-June before they eventually surpassed last year’s performance during summer months.   Medical travel and ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Welcomes In-Principle Agreement for Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble

    United Arab Emirates,  October 18, 2020:   Cathay Pacific welcomes the announcement of an in-principle agreement between the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore to set up an Air Travel Bubble between the two cities.  Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said: “Singapore is a popular destination for Hong Kong travellers for both leisure and business purposes. We are grateful to the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore for reaching this agreement, which importantly will enable passengers travelling between the two cities to do so without any restrictions on the purpose of their travel nor with any quarantine requirements for those with negative test results.  “This is a milestone development for Hong Kong and an important first step in facilitating the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Champions the UAE's Frontline Heroes

     Programme of benefits available in partnership with the Frontline Heroes Office   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 18, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with the Frontline Heroes Office to demonstrate its support and recognition towards frontline heroes across the UAE. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Etihad Airways and the Frontline Heroes Office, the two organisations set out their commitment to the professionals who have put themselves on the frontline  in times of need to protect the UAE community.    In support of the Frontline Heroes Office, Etihad Airways has unveiled exclusive benefits for frontline heroes that include a 15% discount on Etihad Airways flights and preferential rates for Etihad Holidays’ range of ......read more

    IATA Welcomes US Military Report on Low Risk of Catching COVID-19 on a Flight

    United Arab Emirates,  October 18, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the release of the results of testing by the United States Transportation Command (US Transcom) confirming the low risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard an aircraft. The US Transcom testing, which was conducted in August, found that “the overall exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens, like coronavirus, is very low” on the types of airline aircraft typically contracted to move Department of Defense (DOD) personnel and their families, US Transcom stated. More than 300 aerosol releases, simulating a passenger infected with COVID-19, were performed over eight days using United Airlines Boeing 767-300 and 777-200 twin aisle aircraft.  “Last week, IATA reported that since the start of 2020 there ......read more

    ACI and IATA Call for Urgent Industry-Wide Support to Underpin Recovery

    Direct financial assistance and coordinated global action on testing needed   Read Alexandre de Juniac’s remarks   United Arab Emirates,  October 14, 2020:   Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reinforced the urgent call for governments to use testing as a means to safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity and to prevent the systemic collapse of the aviation industry with non-debt generating financial support.   The dual measures would protect countries from the importation of COVID-19 cases, avert an employment crisis in the travel and tourism sector, and ensure that the critical aviation structure remains viable and able to support the economic and social benefits on which the world relies. The ......read more

    Airbus Delivers A320 Family MSN10,000 to Middle East Airlines

    United Arab Emirates,  October 10, 2020:   Middle East Airlines (MEA) has taken delivery of Airbus’ A320 Family aircraft with manufacturer serial number 10,000. MSN10,000 is the third A321neo to join the all Airbus MEA fleet, taking the fleet size to 18 aircraft. MEA received its first A321neo aircraft earlier in 2020 and will be taking another six A321neos over the coming months.  The handover of the aircraft took place in Toulouse in the presence of Mohamad El-Hout, Chairman and Director General of MEA.  “We are honoured to receive the state of the art A321neo with its distinctive serial number 10,000 coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Middle East Airlines and specially after receiving MSN5,000 back in 2012. Since we first acquired an A320 Family aircraft in 2003, we have not only ......read more

    ACI World and IATA in Joint Push for Globally Consistent Approach to Testing

    Joint presentation to ICAO to urge replacing quarantine with risk-based testing United Arab Emirates,  October 08, 2020:   Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have made a joint call for a globally-consistent approach to testing international passengers as an alternative to quarantine measures. The global shut down of air transport as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions has had a catastrophic impact on employment. Some 4.8 million industry jobs have been lost or are under threat.  Governments must cooperate to remove quarantine restrictions and restart air travel. A systematic approach to COVID-19 testing will provide an effective way to give governments the confidence to re-open borders without quarantine.  The aviation industry, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes the First Airline in the UAE to Roll Out Electronic Technical Logs

     Partnership with the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) accelerates the vision for paperless operations   Abu Dhabi, UAE – October 07, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is the country’s first airline to implement electronic technical logs (eTech logs) for airline operations. The approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for implementation on Etihad’s freighter fleet accelerates the journey towards paperless airline operations which is a key initiative for Etihad Airways and the GCAA. The implementation on Etihad’s Boeing 777 freighter fleet follows three months of trials in partnership with the GCAA, where eTech logs replaced paper logbooks currently used by flight crew and engineers to document all flight and maintenance information. ......read more

    Airbus Corporate Jets Launches ACJ Twotwenty Business Jet

    #ACJTwoTwenty #ACJ United Arab Emirates,  October 07, 2020:   Airbus Corporate Jets has launched the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, creating a whole new market segment “The Xtra Large Bizjet.” This offer includes for the first time a flexible cabin catalogue, addressing the requirements of the heavy and long-range business jet categories. “We are proud to extend the ACJ product Family with the launch of the ACJ TwoTwenty. The aircraft combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space and comfort for all passengers. This latest technology platform offers unbeatable economics and unrivalled reliability,”said Benoit Defforge, President ACJ. “Based on its compelling market appeal, we see promising demand for this aircraft in the growing business jet market.” While occupying the ......read more

    Looming Cash Crisis Threatens Airlines

    United Arab Emirates,  October 07, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry will burn through $77 billion in cash during the second half of 2020 (almost $13 billion/month or $300,000 per minute), despite the restart of operations. The slow recovery in air travel will see the airline industry continuing to burn through cash at an average rate of $5 to $6 billion per month in 2021. IATA called on governments to support the industry during the coming winter season with additional relief measures, including financial aid that does not add more debt to the industry’s already-highly-indebted balance sheet. To date, governments around the world have provided $160 billion in support, including direct aid, wage subsidies, corporate tax relief, and specific industry tax relief ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Global Student Offers

    Abu Dhabi – October 05, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier for the UAE, is making it easier for students to travel between university and home or to discover new horizons and cultures, with the launch of its Global Student offer.  Students who book before 30 November 2020, for travel by 30 September 2021, will save up to 10% on Economy tickets and 5% on Business class tickets.  Family members who want to jet off as well can benefit from the same discount provided their tickets are booked under the same reservation and they travel with the student.  Travellers who book using this promotional fare will have an increased baggage allowance of up to 40kg in Economy and up to 50kg in Business, or one additional checked bag if travelling to/from USA or Canada.   For additional peace of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi's Environmental Priorities Taking to the ‘Air' with New MOU Between Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi And Etihad Aviation Group

    Abu Dhabi, 1 October 2020: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Etihad Aviation Group (Etihad) joined forces by signing a memorandum of understanding that details collaboration on several critical environmental programmes. The programmes were all designed to align with international challenges and Abu Dhabi’s environmental agenda. The Agency and Etihad have selected globally significant priorities for partnership that include: the reduction of single-use plastics on flights, assessing carbon emission offsets and the protection and conservation of biodiversity through awareness campaigns and screenings on in-flight entertainment. Moreover, both parties will collaborate on an integrated and sustainable waste management plan across Etihad’s activities. Her Excellency Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, ......read more

    PCR Test Now Included in All Etihad Airways Tickets From Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 01, 2020:  From 1 October until 31 December 2020, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will offer PCR tests included in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE for flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the exception of services to China.   The airline is collaborating with Life Medical Diagnostic Center (Life Dx) to offer convenient testing between 48 to 96 hours prior to departure, at its network of collection facilities in the UAE. Travellers flying First or Business will also have the option of selecting tests at their home. The quick and easy process can be booked directly with Life Dx.     Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Aviation Group Vice President Medical Services, said: “This is a significant development ......read more

    Mumbai Airport Introduces Mobile-Enabled Kiosks to Meet New COVID-19 Requirements

    SITA's technology enables passengers to use their smart phones to operate check-in kiosks United Arab Emirates,  October 01, 2020:   Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has introduced nearly 50 of SITA’s mobile-enabled kiosks, becoming one of the first airports in India to deliver a completely contactless way for passengers to check-in for their flight. The technology allows passengers to use their mobile device to interact with kiosks. This significantly reduces the need to touch surfaces in the airport and meets the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s (MoCA’s) new passenger processing guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections.  Developed in response to rapidly changing passenger requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ......read more

    Kleindienst Group to Deliver the World's Most Sustainable Tourism Project in The Heart of Europe, Off the Coast of Dubai

     A number of micro jungles, hanging gardens, a rainforest, expanded marine habitat and coral reefs, zero discharge policy, sustainable transportation and solar-powered electricity will make the Heart of Europe the most sustainable tourism destination in the world   Date: Dubai, UAE; October 01, 2020   Key Highlights 1.     The Heart of Europe will be the world’s first ‘Zero’ discharge tourism project on a cluster of man-made islands;  2.     A rainforest, a number of micro-jungles, hanging gardens are unique features that will attract visitors – local, regional and international – to the project and help strengthen Dubai’s position on the global tourism map;  3.     The Rainy Street will offer rains as soon as the ......read more

    Green Recovery of Air Transport a Priority for Industry Leaders

    United Arab Emirates,  October 01, 2020:   The Despite the current crisis facing the global aviation industry, its commitment to pursuing sustainability remains strong, particularly as the sector starts to recover. Speaking at the Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, industry leaders reiterated that long-term climate action should be a priority alongside economic recovery in the coming years. Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group, Michael Gill said: “Air transport is in the midst of the deepest shock in its history. We expect a reduction of up to 4.8 million jobs in the sector by the end of the year and a massive hit to our ability to connect the world. However, as we plan for the recovery of air connectivity, we also must prioritise our environmental progress. “Our sector has ......read more

    AURAK Satellite Ground Station Successfully Received the First Decoded Signal from "MeznSat"

    United Arab Emirates,  September 30, 2020:  The satellite ground station of the American University in Ras Al-Khaimah (AURAK) dedicated to track and communicate with the “MeznSat” satellite, has successfully received the first decoded signal from the satellite, which was successfully launched yesterday afternoon from Russia. The ground station at the university campus was designed by AURAK students to track the satellite, receive data from it and send commands, has received the first signal from “MeznSat” while it was passing in the airspace of United Arab Emirates at exactly 1:41 AM, local time (29th Sept 2020). The AURAK Satellite ground station is also designed to communicate with other satellites in the orbit. Dr. Abdel Halim Jallad, the supervisor of "MeznSat" project at AURAK ......read more

    Insufficient Capacity Dampens Air Cargo in August

    United Arab Emirates,  September 30, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in August showing that improvement remains slow amid insufficient capacity. Demand moved slightly in a positive direction month-on-month; however, levels remain depressed compared to 2019. Improvement continues at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked.     • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 12.6% below previous-year levels in August (-14% for international operations). That is a modest improvement from the 14.4% year-on-year drop recorded in July. Seasonally-adjusted demand grew ......read more

    Successful Meznsat Launch Marks Another Milestone in UAE's Space Program

    Satellite built by American University of Ras Al Khaimah students launches into space under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency    RAS AL KHAIMAH - SEPTEMBER 29, 2020: The launch of the MeznSat satellite is a noteworthy accomplishment and a significant contribution from Ras Al Khaimah to the UAE’s position in the global space sector, asserted the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) following the official announcement that the MeznSat launch was a success. Sixteen students from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah are celebrating the successful launch of their self-built MeznSat satellite, which will orbit the Earth collecting data on greenhouse gas concentrations and monitor the occurrence of red tide algae in the Arabian Gulf. The project reflects the University’s commitment to support ......read more

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    Travellers Should ‘Wear to Care' in the New Normal says WTTC

    Mandatory mask wearing will protect travellers and workers People need to learn to live with COVID-19 until a vaccine is widely available July 11, 2020:  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has called upon all travellers to don protective face masks to show they ‘wear to care’ in the new normal of travelling. As countries transition from lockdowns to reopening their borders, the wearing of face masks helps signal the return of safer travels, while also providing personal protection for users as well as those around them. The advice from WTTC in favour ......read more

    Cebu Pacific resumes Manila-Dubai route starting July 12

    Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2020:   Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag-carrier, will resume its flights from Manila to Dubai (5J 18) every Sunday at 6:55 PM (Philippine Standard Time), and Dubai to Manila (5J 19) every Monday at 3:30 AM (UAE Standard Time), beginning July 12, 2020.   In line with the safety measures implemented by the Dubai government, passengers traveling to the emirate are required to obtain travel and health insurance coverage before arrival, as required by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. Guests without valid health insurance may be ......read more

    Middle East Airlines (MEA) Receives its First Airbus A321neo

    #MiddleEastAirlines #Airbus #A321neo     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 11, 2020:  Lebanon-based Middle East Airlines (MEA) has received its first A321neo aircraft from Airbus’ final assembly line in Hamburg, Germany. The delivery is the first of nine aircraft to be delivered in the coming months.   The highly-fuel-efficient A321neo will help reduce MEA’s operating costs. The airline’s A321neo is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines and is configured in a comfortable two-class layout ......read more

    Renault of Arabian Automobiles Partners With Adcb, Presents Customers 72 Hours of Exceptional Deals

    • Discounted prices; free servicing, insurance, and warranty; and savings of up to AED 10,000   Dubai, UAE, 09July 2020:   Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank customers now have 72 hours to take advantage of an exciting offer being presented by Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Renault in Dubai, Sharjah, and the Northern Emirates. As part of a partnership with the bank, from Thursday 9th of July to Saturday 11th of July, customers will take advantage of spectacular offers that include discounted prices; free ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces a New Codeshare Agreement With Air Arabia Abu Dhabi

    • Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code from its global route network on to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s inaugural services to the Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Sohag    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  July 09, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a codeshare agreement with Abu Dhabi’s first low-cost airline, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi. Effective 9 July, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to the Egyptian city of Alexandria ......read more

    Post-COVID-19 Green Recovery Must Embrace Sustainable Aviation Fuels

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 09, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized the aviation industry’s commitment to its emissions reduction goals and called for the International Energy Agency (IEA) to prioritize investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to help power aviation’s contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery.   IATA’s call comes on the eve of the IEA Clean Energy Transitions Summit which will meet virtually to debate moves toward a low-carbon future. The IEA is well placed to promote SAF production with its ......read more

    Etihad Airways Partners With Sitata to Launch Interactive Map With Covid-19 Information

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 08, 2020:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with Sitata, a Canadian travel risk management company, to launch an interactive travel map on etihad.com, the airline’s official website. Etihad Airways’ guests now have easy access to a comprehensive overview of the situation relating to COVID-19 at each destination in the airline’s network. The travel map uses advanced computer algorithms to detect new travel information globally, which is swiftly updated on its portal. The system also relies on ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Wider Network of Flights as Uae Travel Restrictions Eased

    • 58 worldwide destinations to be served subject to lifting of international restrictions  • Stringent Etihad Wellness travel health and sanitisation programme in place so guests can fly with greater peace of mind     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 08, 2020:   Etihad Airways is gradually resuming services to more destinations across its global network. This follows the easing of travel restrictions by UAE regulatory authorities on outbound and inbound travel for citizens and residents. All travel remains subject to the entry and health ......read more

    First Scheduled Wizz Air Flight Lands at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    WIZZ AIR TO OPERATE TWO ROUTES TO ABU DHABI STARTING IN JULY, AND THREE MORE STARTING IN SEPTEMBER     Abu Dhabi, UAE - 6 July 2020: Wizz Air and Abu Dhabi Airports have celebrated the arrival of Wizz Air’s first scheduled Wizz Air Hungary flight to Abu Dhabi International Airport.   Marking a great milestone in Wizz Air’s history and further strengthening of Abu Dhabi’s connectivity and accessibility as a destination of choice for business and leisure travel, the first Budapest-Abu Dhabi flight landed in the capital of the United Arab ......read more

    Strata Delivers 100 Shipsets of A350-900 Inboard Flaps for Airbus

    Al Ain based company underscores its position as a reliable partner to fabricate full IBF package following assembly line success on the same component    Al Ain, UAE – 06 July, 2020: Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero structures manufacturing facility wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has successfully delivered 100 shipsets of the assembled A350-900 Inboard Flaps (IBF). Having completed the full First Article Inspection for the fabrication of six IBF components at its state-of-the-art facility in the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace ......read more

    Hope Probe: Raising Ambitions, Inspiring Nations

    Dubai, UAE, 05 July 2020:  In a nod to the Emirates Mars Mission “Hope Probe’s” countdown to its launch and the fulfillment of an Arab-Islamic dream, a photo of the mission’s logo onboard the International Space Station (ISS) was shared by Emirati Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori on his social media accounts. The mission’s logo will now travel to Mars onboard the first inter-planetary Arab-Islamic probe.  Ever since the UAE was established, the Late Sheikh Zayed has always inspired his countrymen to aim for the stars. Keeping the promise of the Founding ......read more

    ACI and IATA Call for Governments to Bear Costs of Public Health Measures

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 05, 2020:    Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have urged that costs related to public health measures aimed at mitigating the spread of communicable diseases should be borne by governments. The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the industry and broader economy has halted aviation at global level, leading to multi-billion losses in revenue and traffic.  As the industry begins to restart and plan for a long-term, sustained recovery, the health and safety of passengers and ......read more

    Quotes from MBRSC and UAE Astronauts on H.H tweet today upon the "Arab Space Talent" Programme"

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 05, 2020:    H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre: “Through the passion and ambition of the UAE’s youth and the visionary policies of the wise leadership of our nation, we have realised the Arab dream of exploring Mars. The announcement by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, to launch a programme for Arab youth to join the UAE in training for space programme and its related technologies is a ......read more

    Quarantine Measures Threaten Aviation Restart in Africa & the Middle East

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 02, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in Africa and the Middle East (AME) to implement alternatives to quarantine on arrival that would allow economies to re-start while avoiding the importation of COVID-19 cases.   Government-imposed quarantine measures in 36 countries across Africa and the Middle East (AME) account for 40% of all quarantine measures globally. With over 80% of travelers unwilling to travel when quarantine is required, the impact of these measures is that countries remain in ......read more

    IATA Welcomes ICAO Council Decision on CORSIA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 02, 2020:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the decision by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to use 2019 as a baseline for the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). In 2022, the ICAO Assembly will consider if further amendments are necessary to address the impacts of COVID-19 to ensure the successful implementation of the scheme.  Airlines are committed to reducing net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050. This commitment is ......read more

    Search for the Stars as UAE Residents' ‘Space' Interest Goes Into Orbit Ahead of Historic Mars Mission

    Online searches for ‘space’, ‘Emirati astronaut’, and ‘NASA’ see substantial increases over the past year   Dubai, UAE – 01 July, 2020:  As the UAE readies to embrace history as the first Arab country to launch an unmanned, interplanetary satellite to Mars, the nation’s residents’ interest in space and related topics has gone into orbit, according to historical back-data collected by SEMrush, the award-winning digital marketing suite. Originally announced in 2014, the Emirates Mars Mission - also known as the Hope Mars ......read more

    May Air Cargo Shows Slight Pickup Amid Continuing Capacity Crunch

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 30, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in May showing a slight improvement in the air cargo market. But capacity remains unable to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft that have been parked.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 20.3% in May (-21.5% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is an improvement from the 25.6% year-on-year drop recorded in ......read more

    Global Industry Veteran Rosa Tahmaseb Appointed Secretary-General of MENALAC

    Industry veteran Rosa Tahmaseb will be the new Secretary-General for the Middle East North Africa Leisure Attractions Council (MENALAC) as the industry starts to gear up for re-opening of numerous venues across the region.        Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 29, 2020:   The Board of the Middle East and North Africa Leisure Attractions Council (MENALAC), the leisure and entertainment industry council representing the Middle East’s growing leisure attractions sector, has appointed Rosa Tahmaseb as new Secretary-General, effective from June ......read more

    UK Visa Services Resume in Four Countries in the Middle East From 28 June 2020

    • Travellers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, can submit their visa applications at the UK Visa Application Centres from 28 June 2020   • Optional Priority Visa, Super Priority Visa, and Walk-in services will not be offered initially   • As part of health precautions, prior appointment is mandatory; customers may be required to undergo temperature checks, wear facemasks and maintain physical distancing.     From 28 June 2020, UK Visas and Immigration is beginning a phased resumption of services at Visa ......read more

    UAE's First-Ever Fully Sponsored Flight to India

    185 Indians to fly to Cochin on 3rd July 2020 in a chartered flight arranged by  J&J Marketing L.L.C. Dubai   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 28, 2020:   The COVID-19 outbreak has left thousands of Indians stranded since its outbreak at the end of 2019. With commercial aviation difficulty, cancellations and dilemma, a good number of Indians were left with little to no alternatives to return to their home country. A trip with certainty and safety to return home comes with a fully sponsored repatriation flight which is made possible, thanks to the efforts and ......read more

    Oman welcomes over 3.5 million visitors in 2019

    283,000 cruise ship tourists recorded last year, up 46.63 per cent compared to 2018 Key projects help diversify Oman's tourism offerings to meet demand for unique experiences Hotel apartments increased by 14.5 per cent in 2019 Strategic partnerships with Ministry of Tourism help drive more growth and development for the sector June 28, 2020: The Sultanate of Oman welcomed more than 3.5 million tourists in 2019, which reflected an 8.14 per cent increase as compared to the number of visits registered in 2018. The growth can be attributed to the continuing efforts made by the ......read more

    IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected. “Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy alternatives ......read more

    IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to avoid quarantine measures when re-opening their economies. IATA is promoting a layered approach of measures to reduce the risk of countries importing COVID-19 via air travel and to mitigate the possibility of transmission in cases where people may travel while unknowingly being infected.   “Imposing quarantine measures on arriving travelers keeps countries in isolation and the travel and tourism sector in lockdown. Fortunately, there are policy ......read more

    Sharjah to see a 50 % return to activities in Tourism and Hospitality sector

    Return made possible through the comprehensive implementation of preventive measures to limit spread of COVID-19 June 24, 2020: The Sharjah Government has announced the resumption of the second phase of its recovery efforts, activating different sectors and activities by 50 per cent in the emirate. The move is in line with the directives issued by the Sharjah Executive Council and its orders to implement preventive measures designed to help curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the gradual return of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Conducts 51,000 COVID-19 Tests

    Abu Dhabi - June 23, 2020:   A total of 51,100 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Abu Dhabi International Airport covering passengers, airline crew members and employees of the airport since the first week of February in the wake of the global spread of the pandemic. As part of the extensive health and safety measures implemented across the facility, Abu Dhabi International Airport partnered with Pure Health, the largest laboratory operator in the GCC, which managed the massive COVID-19 screening initiative covering the 24/7 operations at the airport.  During the ......read more

    Kleindienst Group Announces the Construction of a 1-km ‘Raining Street' at the Heart of Europe in Dubai

    Year-round rainfall will ensure 27 degree temperature during hot summer season at the Raining Street Boulevard that will enthrall local and international tourists with year-round European festivals, street cafe, casual dining restaurants, retail outlets, fashion and souvenir shops       Date: Dubai, UAE; June 23, 2020   Key Highlights   1. The world’s first climate-controlled Raining Street will offer year-round rainfall at the Heart of Europe when it opens later this year!   2. An engineering marvel, the Raining Street will ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Was the Busiest Operator in the Eurocontrol Area After Restarting Domestic and International Flights

    Turkish Airlines had 400 flights in Eurocontrol area for the first time an airline has that number since 24 March 2020   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 21, 2020:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline, was reported as the busiest operator in Europe last week after successfully restarting domestic and international passenger operations. On 17 June 2020, Turkish Airlines had 400 flights in Eurocontrol area for the first time an airline has that number since 24 March 2020. EUROCONTROL is a pan-European, civil-military organisation dedicated ......read more

    35th Anniversary of the Iconic Mission of HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 20, 2020:   Emirati astronauts, Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi have shared photos on their respective social media platforms, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the iconic mission of HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who became the first Arab to reach space on 17th June 1985. When I was a child, learning about H.H. Prince Sultan bin Salman Al Saud’s inspiring journey into space made me believe that truly sky is the limit. On the anniversary of his flight into space, we are reminded that no dream is small and if ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Recommence Flights to Athens

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - June 18, 2020:  Effective 24 June, Etihad Airways will recommence flights from Abu Dhabi to Athens, Greece. The twice-weekly schedule will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays using a two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.   The flights will connect guests travelling to and from Athens with key destinations in Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi.   The addition of Athens increases the total number of international flights being flown by Etihad throughout June to 25 destinations, with plans to significantly increase the number of ......read more

    ICAO, IATA, ACI Asia-Pacific Urge Governments in the Middle East to Implement Global Guidance for the Safe Restart of Aviation

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 17, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific are joining the International Civil Aviation Organization Middle East (ICAO MID) in urging the governments in the Middle East region to rapidly implement ICAO’s global guidelines for restoring air connectivity to ensure the safe and harmonized restart of aviation in the region. These guidelines are contained in Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, which was approved by the ICAO Council on 1 June ......read more

    Criteria for COVID-19 Testing in the Air Travel Process

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 17, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released criteria for the use of COVID-19 testing in the travel process. Should governments choose to introduce COVID-19 testing for travelers arriving from countries considered as high risk, testing must deliver results fast, be able to be conducted at scale, and operate to very high rates of accuracy. Additionally, testing must be cost-effective and not create an economic or logistical barrier to travel.   The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) published ......read more

    Continued Government Relief Measures Needed to get Airlines Through the Winter

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 17, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry faces a hard winter and called on governments around the world to continue providing relief measures as the COVID-19 crisis continues.   Airlines are expected to post a loss of $84.3 billion in 2020 and government financial relief is a lifeline to many airlines. The bulk of airlines make their money in the northern summer season, while the winter season, even in the best of times, is a struggle to remain profitable. For example, the 2019 net ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Manchester City Unveil Bespoke Kit Ahead of English Premier League Return

    UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 15:00 (GST) 16 JUNE 2020   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 16, 2020:   Etihad Airways, together with its partner Manchester City, have unveiled a bespoke match-day jersey in recognition of the global efforts to begin recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. Etihad is dedicating the front of shirt space, ordinarily bearing the Etihad logo, to the ‘Cityzens Giving For Recovery’ campaign, City Football Group and Manchester City’s 12-month campaign aimed at helping communities get back on their feet.  The ......read more

    Etihad Credit Insurance and Bpifrance Join Hands to Enhance Trade and Economic Cooperation

    • The Agreement includes the exploration of mutual opportunities for insurance, reinsurance, co-insurance services for export of goods, investments and services to assist and support insured exporters • The Cooperation Agreement between the two Governments export credit agencies will generate potential trade opportunities that will benefit both countries     Dubai, UAE, June, 15th, 2020 – Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE Federal Export Credit Company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bpifrance Assurance Export, the French Export ......read more

    The Heart of Europe one the Safest Islands in the World with 0 Corona Cases

    The set of 6 treasure islands gets ready to offer the best of Europe in an experiential holiday and entertainment retreat     Date: Dubai, UAE; June 14, 2020   Key Highlights 1. The US$5 billion mega sustainable tourism project will host more than 4,000 guest rooms and suites offering a wide array of services in different settings.   2. More than 1,200 construction workers, technicians, engineers and environmental experts are working full time within a healthy and safe environment.   3. Developer Kleindienst Group prepares to open the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Operates Goodwill Flight To Costa Rica

    UAE national airline’s first ever flight to the Central American country operated via the Dominican Republic         Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 14, 2020:  Etihad Airways yesterday operated its first ever flight from Abu Dhabi to San Jose, capital of Costa Rica. The goodwill flight transported Costa Rican citizens returning home, and humanitarian aid from the Government of the United Arab Emirates, to help Costa Rica in its fight against COVID-19.    The Boeing 787-9 was also carrying Dominican nationals returning ......read more

    IATA Interactive Map Gives Travelers Latest COVID-19 Restrictions with Real-time Alerts Available

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) introduced a free online interactive world map to provide travelers with the latest COVID-19 entry regulations by country. The map relies on IATA’s Timatic database which contains comprehensive information on documentation required for international travel. To keep pace with the dynamic situation with respect to COVID-19, Timatic is updated more than 200 times per day to provide accurate travel restrictions specific to the current pandemic, based on one’s citizenship and ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Aldar Retail Sign Major Partnership Agreement

    • Iconic Abu Dhabi brands sign major agreement allowing Etihad Guest members to earn and spend miles with their Visa cards while shopping at Yas Mall, Al Jimi Mall and World Trade Center  • The partnership supports the capital’s quest to become a leading leisure and tourism hub • Etihad Guest also allows members to earn Tier Miles towards their next tier on both earn and spend transactions within the three malls.      June 11, 2020 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Aldar ......read more

    Etihad Travel Voucher – Buy Now and Receive 50% Cash Bonus

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 10, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging travellers to start planning their next trip, once travel restrictions ease, with the launch of ‘Etihad Travel Voucher’.    Guests who purchase an Etihad Travel Voucher between 10 and 24 June 2020 will receive an extra 50% cash value for future travel from 1 August 2020 onwards.  Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Now, more than ever, we want to give the world something to look forward to. ......read more

    Etihad Engineering Expands Operations as Airlines Bring Forward Maintenance Schedules

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -  June 10, 2020: Etihad Engineering, the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has been expanding its operations in aircraft maintenance and parking, to meet the new requirements of airline operators as fleets have been grounded due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MRO provider continues to adapt to the ever-changing market needs and leverages its one-stop-shop service to cater to an increase in parking requirements and opportunistic maintenance. Operators from around the world have worked closely with the MRO to bring forward ......read more

    Industry Losses to Top $84 Billion in 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 10, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its financial outlook for the global air transport industry showing that airlines are expected to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 for a net profit margin of -20.1%. Revenues will fall 50% to $419 billion from $838 billion in 2019. In 2021, losses are expected to be cut to $15.8 billion as revenues rise to $598 billion.   “Financially, 2020 will go down as the worst year in the history of aviation. On average, every day of this year will add $230 million to industry ......read more

    Majority of G.C.C. Travel Agents Envisage a Return to International Travel by August/September

    Intra-Middle East travel demand as a region expected to perform best, with The Maldives ranked as number 1 standalone destination for expected demand   09, June 2020 – In a survey conducted by AVIAREPS of 94 of the Gulf Countries (G.C.C.) leading outbound travel agencies, demand for outbound travel from the G.C.C. is expected to return from August/September 2020, with a majority of travel agencies to commence promoting their travel offerings from July through to September 2020. Most promotional offerings will take the form of full travel packages that include air, ......read more

    Swiss-Belhotel International Launches Global Initiative ‘WeReassure'

    As the lockdown for COVID-19 begins to ease in different parts of the world, Swiss-Belhotel International has rolled out a special initiative ‘WeReassure’ to welcome back guests across its hotels and resorts in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International, said, “WeReassure is our promise towards the well-being of our guests and our staff by maintaining hygiene and safety standards across all our branded hotels. A 64-page document has been rolled out to our hotels on the standards of the ......read more

    MBRSC Vows Analytical Studies for Scientific Community and Government Entities

    The scientific platform provides in-depth scientific analytical reports of the environment for government entities  • The platform is the first of its kind in the region  • In the first phase, 20 analytical reports on different environmental phenomena will be made available on the platform • The platform makes use of the Centre’s advanced tools and technology   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 06, 2020:    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced the launch of a scientific interactive platform that will provide ......read more

    After April Passenger Demand Trough, First Signals of Uptick

    June 04, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that demand for air services is beginning to recover after hitting bottom in April. Passenger demand in April (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), plunged 94.3% compared to April 2019, as the COVID-19-related travel restrictions virtually shut down domestic and international air travel. This is a rate of decline never seen in the history of IATA’s traffic series, which dates back to 1990.  More recently, figures show that daily flight totals rose 30% between the low point on 21 April ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Offer Special Transfer Flights Connecting Key Cities on Its Global Network

    • New transfer connections linking 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 04, 2020:  Effective 10 June, Etihad Airways will link 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi. The new transfer services will make it possible for those travelling on the airline’s current network of special flights to connect easily through the UAE capital onwards to key global destinations.   Etihad recently launched links from Melbourne and Sydney to London Heathrow, allowing direct transfer ......read more

    Air Cargo Capacity Crunch: Demand Plummets but Capacity Disappears Even Faster

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 03, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in April showing that demand dropped 27.7% compared to the same period in 2019 - the sharpest fall ever recorded. Still, there was insufficient capacity to meet demand as a result of the loss of belly cargo operations on passenger aircraft.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs), fell by 27.7% in April compared to the previous year (-29.5% for international markets). • Global capacity, measured in ......read more

    VFS Global Reopens Turkey Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    • The centre to restart operations from 01 June 2020 • Accepts visa applications for all available categories     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 03 2020:   Under the directives received from the Embassy of Turkey in the United Arab Emirates, VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has reopened its Turkey Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi and Dubai enforcing strict health and safety guidelines.    Restarting from 01 June 2020, the ......read more

    Urgent Implementation of ICAO COVID-19 Guidelines Needed

    2 June 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to quickly implement the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for restoring air connectivity.    Today, the ICAO Council approved Takeoff: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis (Takeoff). This is an authoritative and comprehensive framework of risk-based temporary measures for air transport operations during the COVID-19 crisis.  “The universal implementation of global standards has made aviation safe. A ......read more

    Kleindienst Group's Floating Seahorse Villas Are Setting Sail to Welcome Guests in the Fourth Quarter of 2020

    Kleindienst Group offers a rewarding investment and an enriching lifestyle with 100% return on investment in 12 years in sustainable settings       Date: Dubai, UAE; June 2, 2020    Key Highlights   1. Floating Seahorse villas are a timeless innovation and offer breath-taking views of marine life and beautiful coral reefs from underwater bedroom.  2. More than 1,200 construction workers, technicians, engineers and environmental experts are working full time with a healthy and safe environment.  3. The value of the Floating ......read more

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