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    IATA and Eurofins Partner to Boost Travel with Testing

    United Arab Emirates -  April 17, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an agreement with Eurofins to incorporate its worldwide COVID-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass. Eurofins is a leader in bio-analytical testing with 800 laboratories across 50 countries. As part of the partnership, Eurofins’ dedicated COVID-19 portfolio encompassing multiple test types and hundreds of COVID-19 sampling stations globally will be made available through the IATA Travel Pass. Amid the pandemic, coronavirus testing is required for most international travel. As part of the IATA Travel Pass initiative, Eurofins laboratories will provide secure, verified test results to travelers using the app. This result is checked against the IATA Travel Pass registry of national entry requirements to produce ......read more

    Astronaut Mohammad AlMulla with astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi

    United Arab Emirates -  April 15, 2021:   Astronaut Mohammad AlMulla, shared a great photo on his social media platforms and commented,  “In 2019, I met astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi for the first time during the Dubai Airshow.  It was an unforgettable moment that fostered my passion for space exploration. Soon, we will meet in the blue astronauts’ suit & as members of the UAE Astronaut Programme.”

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    MBRSC Teams Up with Japan's ispace on Emirates Lunar Mission

    •         Emirates Lunar Mission’s ‘Rashid’ rover to go to the Moon on ispace’s Mission 1 in 2022 •         ispace to provide payload delivery, and communication and power services for the rover •         Agreement further strengthens UAE-Japan collaboration in space exploration •         The Emirates Lunar Mission is one of the initiatives under the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build a human colony on Mars   Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2021:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc. (ispace), under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ......read more

    Airbus Further Reduces its Beluga Fleet's Environmental Impact

    United Arab Emirates -  April 14, 2021:   Airbus has taken the next step in reducing its industrial carbon footprint with the maiden flight of a Beluga super-transporter using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from the aerospace company’s Broughton plant in the UK. The north Wales line station, which uses the Beluga fleet to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg and Bremen, becomes the second Airbus European site to use SAF, after Hamburg introduced the fuel to its cargo activities at the end of 2019. “This first flight by a Beluga transporter from Broughton, partially fuelled with SAF, marks an important milestone in Airbus’ ambition to decarbonise its industrial operations,” said Tony Derrien, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Project Manager, Airbus. “Combined with our ongoing ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Announces the Names of the Second Batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme

    United Arab Emirates -  April 11, 2021:   The Emirati astronaut team strengthens the country's position in the field of space exploration and supports the Arab presence in this vital sector for the future of humanity , including the first female Arab astronaut Mohammed bin Rashid:“Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.” •         Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammed AlMulla join astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi to form a team of four under the UAE Astronaut Programme. •         The UAE Astronaut Programme embodies the vision of the country's leadership by empowering young people to ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Announces the Names of the Second Batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, Including the First Female Arab Astronaut

    The Emirati astronaut team strengthens the country's position in the field of space exploration and supports the Arab presence in this vital sector for the future of humanity   Mohammed bin Rashid: “Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.”   • Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammed AlMulla join astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi to form a team of four under the UAE Astronaut Programme. • The UAE Astronaut Programme embodies the vision of the country's leadership by empowering young people to design the next 50 years, leading to the UAE Centennial 2071. • The new batch of the UAE astronauts includes Nora AlMatrooshi, the first female ......read more

    Managing Lost Items on Aircraft No Longer a Million-dollar Headache With Worldtracer Lost and Found Property

    New solution cuts cost by 90% and significantly reduces repatriation time  United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:   SITA has launched WorldTracer Lost and Found Property, an artificial intelligence-enabled solution that solves a million-dollar headache for the air transport industry: how to quickly return items left behind on aircraft or in airports to their owners. Every year passengers leave millions of items – including phones, wallets and bags – on planes and in airports, costing the industry millions of dollars in repatriation costs. It can cost up to $95 to manage and repatriate a lost item, including registration, handling inquiries and customer calls, storage and postage.  Leveraging SITA’s WorldTracer solution, which is used in 2,200 airports by the majority of the ......read more

    IATA Urges Governments in the Middle East to Work Together to Develop a Roadmap to Restart Aviation

    United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments in the Middle East to develop re-start plans to safely re-link their citizens, businesses and economies to global markets when the COVID-19 epidemiological situation permits. IATA also called for regional coordination to ensure that the plans can be efficiently implemented and urged governments to remain vigilant about  the industry’s financial situation. “Re-establishing air connectivity will energize the economic recovery from COVID-19. With millions of jobs at risk from the prolonged shutdown, not a day should be lost once the epidemiological situation enables a re-opening. Restarting safely after a year or more in lockdown will need careful preparations. At the national level it is ......read more

    Emirates Skycargo Becomes First Air Cargo Carrier to Deliver 50 Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines to More Than 50 Destinations

    Emirates SkyCargo transports 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines Air cargo carrier transported more than 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines on over 150 flights to over 50 destinations Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:   In the run up to World Health Day (7 April), Emirates SkyCargo has become the first airline cargo carrier in the world to have transported more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on its flights. The carrier has also transported more than 100 tonnes of syringes across the world to support the delivery of vaccines. Since the start of international distribution late last year, Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines, equivalent to more than 50 million doses, on more than 150 flights from manufacturing locations to 50 destinations on its network ......read more

    Airbus to Boost “Cold” Technology Testing as Part of Its Decarbonisation Roadmap

    United Arab Emirates -  March 30, 2021:   Airbus has launched “Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator” (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of an aircraft’s electrical propulsion systems. The introduction of superconducting materials can lower electrical resistance, meaning that electrical current can supply power without energy loss. When coupled with liquid hydrogen at cryogenic temperatures (-253 degrees Celsius) electrical systems can be cooled in order to significantly increase the performance of the overall electric propulsion system. Airbus will use ASCEND to explore the feasibility of these promising technologies in order to optimise propulsion architecture ready for low-emission and ......read more

    Emirates Becomes First Airline to Operate A380 to Terminal 1 at Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport

    Airline’s inaugural service into new terminal operated by newest A380 with premium economy Emirates becomes first airline to operate A380 to Terminal 1 at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport   March 30, 2021:  Emirates has made its first A380 touchdown at Terminal 1 in Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), making it the first airline to operate the double-decker aircraft to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s latest aviation landmark. EK flight 2803 landed in Jeddah at 1810hrs yesterday and was greeted with a water cannon salute. For the inaugural A380 flight to the new world-class terminal, Emirates deployed its latest flagship featuring the much talked about premium economy seats, as well as signature enhancements across every cabin. With a generous pitch of up to ......read more

    IATA Launches EPIC to Enhance Digital Collaboration Across the Air Cargo Industry

    United Arab Emirates -  March 25, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced the launch of the IATA Enhanced Partner Identification and Connectivity (EPIC) platform to support the digitization of the global air cargo supply chain. EPIC simplifies the complex process of making digital connections across the air cargo value chain including enabling the efficient exchange of critical information such as messaging capabilities and identities. As the air cargo industry continues to digitalize, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and customs authorities need to be able to securely work together digitally. This is a considerable  challenge as today more than 40,000 freight forwarders exchange messages with more than 450 airlines, and 23 third party messaging service providers. In ......read more

    flydubai Offers Attractive Fares for the Spring and Summer Period

    The airline is offering special return fares to select destinations starting from AED 755 and attractive packages from holidays by flydubai from AED 1,899 United Arab Emirates -  March 22, 2021:   flydubai announces attractive fares to select destinations that are available to book from AED 755. In addition, holidays by flydubai packages to Africa, Central Asia, Europe, the Subcontinent and the Middle East can be booked from as little as AED 1,899 per person. Whether travelling to visit family and loved ones back home or getting ready to take a well-earned break and travel somewhere new, flydubai is offering passengers more affordable and convenient travel options. The special return fares in Business Class and Economy Class are available to book until 01 April 2021 for travel up to 30 September 2021. Terms and ......read more

    To Celebrate ‘Happiness' Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Unveils 20% Discount On All Abu Dhabi Flights For 24 Hours

    To mark International Day of Happiness, the airline will launch exclusive 20% discount offer on 20 March across all Abu Dhabi routes 19 March 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, has unveiled a 20% discount on all its Abu Dhabi routes to mark International Day of Happiness. For a period of 24 hours, starting from 12am on 20 March 2021, tickets will be available at a discounted price on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app, also available in Arabic. Following a year of restricted travel and recent vaccination rollout, the airline is keen to inspire happiness through the joy of travel.  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has the youngest fleet composed of four brand new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, offering the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint. The airline ......read more

    Cebu Pacific launches back-to-back promo with “Buy One, Get One” flights, tickets as low as AED300 from Dubai to Manila!

    With Cebu Pacific’s 5th sale this month, travellers can book for Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED300 one-way base fare, and get an additional ticket for free once they book their trip Promos run from March 19 to 21, and cover the travel period from June 1, 2021, until August 31, 2021     Dubai, UAE, 19 March 2021: In line with its 25th anniversary celebration, Cebu Pacific—the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier—holds its 5th sale this month, offering back-to-back promos with its discounted Dubai-Manila tickets and buy-one-get-one flights.   As the world starts to embrace travel once again, UAE-based residents can now travel with a friend for free when they book a flight ticket to the Philippines, as CEB offers Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED300 ......read more

    IATA Travel Pass Successfully Trialed on First International Flight

    United Arab Emirates -  March 18, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport of the first traveler using the IATA Travel Pass app to manage their travel health credentials.    “The successful implementation of IATA Travel Pass in this trial with Singapore Airlines passengers demonstrates that technology can securely, conveniently and efficiently help travelers and governments to manage travel health credentials. The significance of this to re-starting international aviation cannot be overstated,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.   JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President, Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “Digital health credentials will be essential as borders ......read more

    Etihad Airways Achieves IATA's Level 4 NDC Certification

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 17, 2021:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been awarded the New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 4 certification, by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). NDC enhances communication between the airline industry and travel agents, which allows for more effective merchandising, competitive propositions and product personalisation.  The NDC standard allows Etihad to transform the way its products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travellers by addressing the industry’s current distribution limitations such as time-to-market and product differentiation.  Level 4 is among the highest NDC certifications awarded by IATA and demonstrates that Etihad’s NDC Offer and Order capability now includes full service ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Sale to Morocco From AED 999 Return in Economy

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 15, 2021:  After Morocco’s recent addition to the ‘green list’, Etihad Airways is encouraging residents to enjoy quarantine free travel on arrival back into Abu Dhabi with the launch of its Casablanca Sale.  Valid for only 24 hours at etihad.com, fly from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca in Economy for just AED 999 return. This fare is limited to 500 seats on a first come first served basis. The sale starts at 11am on Monday, 15 March 2021 and ends at 11am on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, UAE time. Guests who book between 16 and 28 March 2021 will enjoy return fares starting from AED 1,995 in Economy, and Business fares from AED 9,995. Travellers can jet off anytime between 24 March – 30 June 2021. The service will operate with an initial twice weekly flight ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 to bring Aerospace and Defence Startups to Launch Pad VISTA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07 March 2021:  Dubai Airshow 2021 is excited to introduce its new dedicated startup event, VISTA, which will be the ultimate platform for innovators, creators and market disruptors to display the latest technologies and play a part in accelerating the future of the aerospace and defence industries.    The co-located event will connect startups with venture capitalists who are looking for disruptive new entrants that can out-hustle the big players. The event will be attended by national leaders, CEOs, investors, developers, technology disruptors, operators, and other key experts. Successful entrepreneurs from established global startups will also be present to inspire and guide aspiring startups.   During the 5-day programme, VISTA will feature a number of sub-events in ......read more

    Etihad Airways Extends Global Covid-19 Insurance

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 07, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has extended its COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover until 30 September 2021.  Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Airways, said: “Extending Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance reinforces the effectiveness of Etihad Wellness, the airline’s health and hygiene programme. It’s an added benefit automatically provided to all guests - no exceptions. “As Etihad continues to gradually expand its services to up to 60 destinations this spring, the airline wants to instil confidence to travel and hopes this additional cover will reassure guests Etihad is doing everything it can to keep them safe and protected.” Guests who are diagnosed ......read more

    Etihad Airways Accelerates Transformation Plan to Mitigate Impact of Pandemic

    • 4.2 million passengers carried in 2020 with seat load factor of 52.9% • Network capacity reduced by 64% to 37.5 billion ASKs in wake of pandemic  • Industry-leading Etihad Wellness programme developed to safeguard travellers  • First airline in the world with 100% of operating flight crew vaccinated   United Arab Emirates -  March 04, 2021:   Etihad Airways has announced its financial and operating results for 2020, recording a 76% fall in passengers carried throughout the year (4.2 million, compared to 17.5 million in 2019) as a result of lower demand and reduced flight capacity caused by the unparalleled global downturn in commercial aviation.   As a consequence of the Covid pandemic and ensuing flight and travel restrictions, total passenger capacity was ......read more

    January Air Cargo Demand Recovers to pre-COVID Levels

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis. January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. •       Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 1.1.% compared to January 2019 and +3% compared to December 2020. All regions saw month-on-month improvement in air cargo demand, and North ......read more

    From Bad to Worse: January Passenger Demand Falls Further

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020).  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. • Total demand in January 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 72.0% compared to January 2019. That was worse than the 69.7% year-over-year decline recorded in December 2020.  • Total domestic demand was down 47.4% versus pre-crisis (January 2019) levels. In December it was down 42.9% on the previous year. ......read more

    Kamil Al-Awadhi Takes up Role at IATA

    United Arab Emirates -  March 02, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), Kamil Al-Awadhi, took up his position today. “This is the most challenging time for air transport—in AME and around the world. The top priority is reconnecting the world when governments are able to safely re-open borders without travel restrictions. And the immediate action is supporting governments in establishing benchmarks and plans for an orderly resumption of service. The crisis has also reinforced our determination to tackle some major issues—reducing emissions, modernizing process, and reforming air traffic management.  Under my watch, IATA will continue to be a driving force for asafe, reliable and sustainable aviation ......read more

    Emirates to Fly Daily to Khartoum

    United Arab Emirates -  March 01, 2021:   Emirates will boost its frequencies to Sudan with the introduction of daily flights to/ from Khartoum starting on 9 March 2021. The introduction of additional frequencies will provide more options and added convenience for those wishing to travel to Dubai and beyond to Emirates' network of over 90 destinations. Emirates continues to take measured steps to safely and gradually restart operations across its network whilst prioritising the health and safety of its customers and employees across every touchpoint of the travel journey.   Khalfan Al Salami, Country Manager Sudan commented on the boost of services to Khartoum: "The increase of frequencies to daily from Khartoum are a direct response to growing passenger demand for Emirates services, and are designed to ......read more

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    Boeing, Etihad Airways and World Energy Lift Sustainable Aviation Fuel to the Next Level on Ecodemonstrator Programme

    • 50,000 U.S. gallons of 50/50 blend used on Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787-10 flight • A longstanding manufacturer-airline partnership to make flying more sustainable     ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 14, 2020:  Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Etihad Airways concluded testing on the aerospace company’s 2020 ecoDemonstrator programme last week with a cross-country flight using a 50/50 blend of sustainable and traditional jet fuel.   Flying from Seattle to Boeing’s manufacturing site in South Carolina, Etihad’s newest 787-10 ......read more

    Etihad Airways Teams Up With Lumitics to Reduce Inflight Food Wastage

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 13, 2020: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has partnered with Singapore food technology startup Lumitics to trial the use of computer vision and machine learning in order to reduce food wastage on Etihad flights. The partnership will see Etihad and Lumitics track unconsumed Economy class meals from Etihad’s flights, with the collated data used to highlight food consumption and wastage patterns across the network. Analysis of the results will help to reduce food waste, improve meal planning and reduce ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Flights to Casablanca and Rabat

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 12, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE will resume passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Casablanca and Rabat, in the Kingdom of Morocco.   Effective 19 September, the airline will operate returning flights three times a week from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca. This service will be followed by direct flights between the two capitals, Abu Dhabi and Rabat, on 28 October. ...read more

    Flydubai Uses Cutting-edge Technology by ASD to Track and Clean Aircraft Seat Covers

    Latest RFIDAeroTrack seat cover tracking solution by leading Irish company allows the airline to monitor cleaning cycles of individual seat covers     United Arab Emirates,  September 10, 2020:   Dubai-based airline flydubai has begun using the latest version of a cutting-edge technology that tracks the cleaning cycles of each seat cover to help maintain the highest standards of in-flight hygiene and safety. The latest RFIDAeroTrack software by Irish company, Aerospace Software Developments (ASD), enhances efficiency by monitoring the cleaning of aircraft ......read more

    The Time to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport is Now

    United Arab Emirates,  September 10, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to begin careful planning with industry stakeholders to ensure full preparedness when vaccines for COVID-19 are approved and available for distribution. The association also warned of potentially severe capacity constraints in transporting vaccines by air.  Preparedness Air cargo plays a key role in the distribution of vaccines in normal times through well-established global time- and temperature-sensitive distribution systems. This capability will be ......read more

    IATA Launches Platform to Improve Visibility on Air Cargo Infrastructure and Capabilities

    United Arab Emirates,  September 10, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched IATA ONE Source, an online platform which helps the air cargo industry match shipping needs with the availability of infrastructure capabilities and certifications of service providers across the value chain.  This is particularly timely amid the COVID-19 crisis when shippers of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals need accurate information for time- and temperature-sensitive shipments. ONE Source lists the latest operational information on airlines, airports, cargo ......read more

    Integrating the Right People, Technologies and Legislation is Critical for the Future of the Defence and Aerospace Sectors

    During the Global Aerospace Summit webinar, industry specialists highlighted the need for continual investment in talent, systems and policies in order to ease and stimulate future advancement    09 September, 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Industry leaders from aerospace and defence discussed the challenges and opportunities brought by rapid advances in technology during a webinar - hosted by organisers of the Global Aerospace Summit 2020 in collaboration with the Defense Services Marketing Council. The sector specialists analysed how people, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Keeps Guests Protected With Global COVID-19 Insurance

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 07, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is introducing COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover as part of Etihad Wellness, the airlines new health and hygiene programme.  Guests who are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip won’t have to worry about medical expenses or quarantine costs when they fly with Etihad.  Duncan Bureau, Senior Vice President Sales and Distribution, Etihad Airways, said: “The safety, health, and wellbeing of our guests and employees is our top priority, during and ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Celebrates the Arrival of the First New Aircraft First Based Airbus A321neo Aircraft Landed in Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi  - 6, September 2020:  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the new national airline of the United Arab Emirates celebrates the arrival of its first state-of-the-art new Airbus A321neo aircraft to Abu Dhabi International Airport.   Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the joint-venture established between ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies, and Wizz Air Holdings Plc, has recently received national carrier status from the UAE government subject to meeting regulatory standards prior to starting operations.  The arrival of the first Airbus A321neo aircraft will enable ......read more

    Flexibility in Visa Rules, Enhanced Health Precautions for Students Travelling to the UK for New Academic Year

    • Health precautions introduced throughout the visa application system, including the doorstep ‘On Demand Mobile Visa’ service available for student visa customers.  • UK Visas and Immigration has introduced greater flexibility in visa rules, allowing students to apply for visas when they are able to travel to the UK, rather than at the start of their studies. • Students completing courses online will still be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route, provided they are in the UK by 06 April 2021.    September 02, 2020:  As part of its ......read more

    IATA Calls for Borders to Open and Continued Relief Measures

    - Read Alexandre de Juniac's remarks - View the COVID-19 Slow expansion of air travel in July presentation    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening borders and to continue with relief measures to sustain airlines during the COVID-19 crisis.    IATA’s call reflects deep industry frustration as government policies such as closed borders, travel restrictions and ......read more

    Sluggish Improvement in Passenger Demand Continues in July

    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger demand in July (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), continued at critically low levels--79.8% below July 2019 levels. This was somewhat better than the 86.6% year-over-year decline recorded in June, primarily driven by domestic markets, most notably Russia and China. Market reopening in the Schengen Area helped to boost international demand in Europe, but other international markets showed little change from June. Capacity was 70.1% below 2019 levels ......read more

    Flydubai Offers Passengers Free Global Cover for COVID-19

    The Dubai-based carrier’s new service covers COVID-19 health expenses and quarantine costs and offers passengers more confidence and peace of mind on their travel journey United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  Dubai-based airline flydubai has announced today that passengers booking with flydubai for travel between 01 September and 30 November 2020 will automatically receive free global cover for COVID-19. The new service covers passengers’ health expenses and quarantine costs if diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip and is valid for 31 days from the time ......read more

    July Air Cargo Demand Stable, Capacity Remains Constrained

    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in July showing air cargo demand is stable but at lower levels than 2019. While there is some month-to-month improvement, it is 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*), fell by 13.5% in July (-15.5% ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Emirates Red Crescent Support Victims of Beirut Explosion

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 31, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), a humanitarian organisation that supports official authorities, launched initiatives to support Lebanon after the Beirut explosion.  Etihad organised aid to support residents who had been injured or displaced from their homes in Beirut and gathered donations including medical equipment, clothes, and amenity bags, masks, shoes and blankets. In addition, Etihad and ERC supplied tents to provide shelter for those who had lost their homes and five ......read more

    Dubai to be Swiss-Belhotel International's Regional Management Hub for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India

    As part of Swiss-Belhotel International’s group development, the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and India regions have been merged together. The executive team based in Dubai will now also be responsible for the group’s operations in Europe while working closely with Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International to develop new opportunities across the continent. The brand’s flagship hotel Swiss-Belhotel du Parc, Baden Switzerland will be the operational base for Europe. Making the announcement, Mr. Faull, stated, “This latest ......read more

    The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released an Image Captured from Space by KhalifaSat,the Wildfires Burning through Northern and Central California in the United States

    the wildfires burning through Northern and Central California in the United States of America     Dubai, UAE, 27 August 2020: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released an image captured from space by KhalifaSat, which shows the wildfires burning through Northern and Central California in the United States of America.  These are some of the largest wildfires in the history of California with firefighters and crews trying their best to bring it under control. KhalifaSat was fully developed at MBRSC facilities by Emirati engineers and was ......read more

    Yahsat Boosts Thuraya's Next Generation Capabilities With a Commitment of Over AED 2 Billion

    • Airbus selected to build ‘Thuraya 4-NGS,’ the next generation L-band mobile telecommunication system   • Future system will expand coverage, boost speeds, and transform products and solutions   • Investment will reinforce Yahsat’s and Thuraya’s leadership in the industry for commercial and government solutions across the EMEA and APAC regions     Abu Dhabi / United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2020:  Airbus has been selected by Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE’s leading global ......read more

    Visa Application Centre for Visas to Lithuania Opens in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the centres have started accepting visa application submissions from residents and citizens of the United Arab Emirates from 17 August 2020 • Offers Platinum and Premium Lounge as well as Mobile Biometric services for enhanced convenience • The centre to operate from Sunday to Thursday between 0900 to 1700 hrs   United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2020:   Citizens and expatriate residents of the UAE can apply for visas to Lithuania at the new Visa Application Centers jointly launched by the Embassy of Lithuania in ......read more

    EcoDemonstrator Program Begins Testing with Etihad's 787 Dreamliner: Interview Opportunity and Executive Quotes

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 26, 2020:     Interviews are available with Etihad executives to discuss the Etihad / Boeing strategic partnership and ecoDemonstrator collaboration, as well as Etihad’s wider sustainability agenda:    • Etihad is delivering on its commitment for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be a test-bed to accelerate technology development making aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future  • The ecoDemonstrator, and at a broader level Etihad’s Greenliner programmer, is an ......read more

    Travelers Face Risk of Penalties for Refusing to Wear Face Covering

    United Arab Emirates, August 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is appealing to all travelers to wear face covering during the travel journey for the safety of all passengers and crew during COVID-19. Wearing face coverings is a key recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) guidance for safe operations during the pandemic, as developed jointly with the World Health Organization and governments.  IATA is emphasizing the need for passengers to comply with the recommendation following recent reports of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Welcomes Passengers Travelling Aboard Middle East Airlines

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 22 August 2020:  Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed Lebanese travellers arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) with special gifts upon their disembarkation from Middle East Airlines (MEA) flight ME418. The arriving travellers were greeted by AUH’s Wellness Ambassadors, in celebration of the arrival of the first MEA flight since March 2020. In line with the gradual resumption of commercial flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Middle East Airlines has resumed its flights between Beirut, Lebanon and the UAE capital.  Abu Dhabi ......read more

    H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul Reviews Developments at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

    Management provides update on the Hope Probe and future strategic plans of the Centre   Dubai, UAE, 19th August 2020: The Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) held a meeting chaired by H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul, Vice President, MBRSC to discuss developments related to future projects at the Centre, aligned with the strategic plan of the UAE’s National Space Programme.  The meeting was attended by H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC, H.E. Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director-General, MBRSC along with the members of the Board of ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 19, 2020:   Effective 21 August, Etihad Airways will operate a series of special passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai.   The flights can be booked 24/7 through Hala Travel Management, Etihad’s travel management arm, by calling +971 2 511 7777, or via email at support@htm.ae. Flights must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The mandatory documentation required will be collected and processed by Hala travel consultants.     Travellers leaving Abu Dhabi to India are required to show a ......read more

    Cebu Pacific to Resume Domestic Passenger Flights in and Out Manila; Twice Weekly Dubai-Manila Flights Continue

    Dubai, UAE, August 18, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, and its regional brand Cebgo, will resume majority of their domestic flights to and from Manila on August 19, 2020, following the announcement of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces.   Since the announcement of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from August 3 to August 18, CEB has been continuously operating flights to and from its Cebu hub, specifically to Clark and Davao.   CEB also intends to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Expands Air-Rail Partnership With Accesrail in Europe

    • Seamless air-rail connections in Germany, the UK, and soon Italy • Expanded inter-city coach network with National Express in the UK   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 18, 2020:  Etihad Airways (Etihad) has announced the expansion of its partnership with AccesRail, the world’s leading provider of air-rail intermodal solutions. The partnership allows Etihad to use AccesRail's expertise to enable its customers to book train and coach tickets in Europe in conjunction with their air fare using the airline’s online booking platform, or through ......read more

    Health Checklist to Help Airlines Implement ICAO COVID-19 Guidance

    18 August 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The Take-off guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air transport value chain for safe operations during the COVID-19 crisis.   “Safety is always the number one priority for air transport. And the challenges of COVID-19 have added a new ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone sees increase of new customers by 109% in H1 of 2020

    -      In the first half of 2020, the company witnessed a 109% increase in registered companies in the aviation, logistics, and trading sectors -      Major international companies, Honeywell and SMSA Express, signed agreements with ADAFZ Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 August 2020: Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports, has recorded a 109% increase in the number of companies registering with the free zone authority in the first half of 2020, as compared to the same period in 2019.  ADAFZ has also welcomed two ......read more

    Emirates Adds Birmingham, Cebu and Houston, Taking Its Network to 74 Cities

    The airline continues to expand its U.S. network, serving six cities in August - including New York JFK, Washington DC, Boston (15 August), Chicago and Los Angeles    Dubai, UAE: 13 August 2020 – Emirates has announced it will resume passenger services to Birmingham (1 September), Cebu (20 August), and Houston (23 August). This will bring the airline's network to 74 destinations, offering travellers convenient connections between the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas through its Dubai hub.   Flights between Dubai and Birmingham ......read more

    Swiss-Belhotel International Announces Group Restructuring

    Swiss-Belhotel International continues to expand its management in response to the market and the impact of Covid-19. The following Group restructuring has been announced: Mr. Laurent A. Voivenel – who is the Senior Vice President, Operations and Development, Europe, The Middle East, Africa and India, will also assume the responsibility for Group Human Resources and Talent Development. Mr. Voivenel has over three decades of global experience in the hospitality industry and has led the Swiss-Belhotel International through sustained growth in the Middle East over the last four ......read more

    Second Phase of UAE Resident Return Programme to Ease Re-Entry to Abu Dhabi

    •      Residents of Abu Dhabi can now travel and return home freely without having to wait for ICA approval to return •      Travellers on all Etihad flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi will be required to have a mandatory PCR test  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 12, 2020:  Effective immediately, the Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have launched the second phase of the UAE Resident Return Programme, which now removes the need for residents of Abu ......read more

    Etihad Airways and ADNOC Distribution Expand Their Partnership Bringing More Benefits to Loyalty Programme Members

    • Launch of the first cross-conversion partnership between Etihad Guest and ADNOC Distribution following the success of the Fuel Up & Fly Off programme • Members can now convert their Etihad Guest Miles and ADNOC Rewards Points between programmes to spend at ADNOC Distribution stations, Oasis convenience stores or within the Etihad Guest programme. . Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 11, 2020:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, together with ADNOC Distribution, the UAE’s leading fuel ......read more

    Cebu Pacific to Increase Flight Frequency on Manila-Dubai-Manila Route Starting August 13

    Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, will increase its flight frequency between Manila and Dubai from its current once weekly to twice weekly starting August 13, 2020. CEB’s Dubai-Manila flights are scheduled to operate every Monday and Friday, while its Manila-Dubai service operates every Sunday and Thursday. With this added frequency, Filipinos who are currently in the UAE can find it easier to make plans for their essential travel to the Philippines.  In addition, CEB has also adjusted its passenger ......read more

    Face Shields Now Required for Cebu Pacific Passengers

    Dubai, UAE, August 6, 2020:  In line with directives issued by the Philippine government, Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, is making it compulsory for all passengers—including travellers flying the Dubai-Manila route—to wear face shields throughout the entire flight, effective August 15, 2020.   This is on top of the mandatory use of face masks upon entering the Dubai airport terminal until arrival of passengers at their destination.  CEB also continues to implement enhanced bio-security preventive measures to keep all ......read more

    Etihad Airways Reports Strong Start to 2020 With Second Quarter Heavily Impacted by COVID-19

    • Record Q1 performance – showing a 34% year-on-year improvement  • 3.5 million passengers carried • 71% seat load factor  • Operating revenues US$ 1.7 billion  • Cargo revenues improved by US$ 130 million (37%) to US$ 0.49 billion • 27% reduction in direct operating costs to US$ 1.9 billion  • 21% reduction in general and administrative expenses to US$ 0.40 billion • Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) reduced by 53% to 23.69 billion     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) – August ......read more

    UPS Releases 2Q 2020 Earnings

    •       Consolidated Average Daily Volume Surged to Record 20.9% Growth •       2Q20 Diluted EPS of $2.03, Up 4.6%; Adjusted* Diluted EPS up 8.7% to $2.13 •       YTD Cash from Operations of $5.9B; Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $3.9B   Dubai – August 05, 2020 – UPS (NYSE:UPS) announced second-quarter 2020 consolidated revenue increased to $20.5 billion, a 13.4% increase from the second quarter of 2019.  Net income was $1.8 billion for the quarter; adjusted net income was $1.9 billion, ......read more

    Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 Postponed for the 2nd Time this Year

    Riyadh Travel Fair 2021 scheduled for 15 – 18, March 2021     5th of August 2020:  Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 has been postponed for the 2nd time in 2020 due to the Covid–19 pandemic. The decision was made in the interest of public health and safety by officials at ASAS Exhibitions and Conference Organizing Company, the company responsible for organizing the annual travel fair.   Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 was initially scheduled to be held last March, with the date then postponed to September 2020.    Riyadh Travel Fair is planning to return in ......read more

    Leadership Succession for IATA's Customer, Financial and Digital Services

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 04, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), will be appointed Senior Vice President for Customer, Financial and Digital Services (CFDS), based in Geneva and effective 1 March 2021. At that time Aleks Popovich, who currently holds the position, will retire.  “Over the past 16 years Aleks has driven some of the most critical elements of IATA’s operations, while leading major transformational projects for ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Microbebarrier™ Face Protection for Premium Passengers

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates -  August 04, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched innovative new protective wear for First and Business class guests. As part of its new health and hygiene programme, Etihad Wellness, premium passengers will receive a snood style facemask for use throughout their journey and beyond.  The soft reusable snood has been treated with MicrobeBARRIER™ fabric treatment, a broad spectrum antimicrobial treatment, laboratory tested and proven to reduce the presence of germs in fabrics. With this long-lasting ......read more

    MBRSC Releases 0.7 Meter Satellite Image “Mosaic” Captured by KhalifaSat

    • Currently “Mosaic” images of Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been released • “Mosaic” images of all other Emirates will be released in due course     Dubai, UAE, 04, August 2020: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced the completion of an updated map of the Abu Dhabi and Dubai using the UAE's first high-resolution satellite image “Mosaic”, captured by KhalifaSat. The system captures a matrix of individual digital images to create a single high-resolution picture of the UAE’s terrain. This imaging ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Advisory: Suspension of Domestic Passenger Flights to/from Manila – Aug 4 to 18, 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 03, 2020:  in line with the announcement of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila and adjacent provinces, and continued community quarantine over the rest of the country.   CEB will continue to operate the following domestic flights:   • Clark-Cebu-Clark, every Tuesday  • Cebu-Davao-Cebu, every Tuesday   CEB also intends to operate the following international flights:   Frequency 5J 18 Manila-Dubai Every Sunday 5J 19 Dubai-Manila Every Monday 5J 194 ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Mounts More International Flights From August 1

     Following Dubai-Manila-Dubai flight restart, operations in Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo and Osaka resume Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 03, 2020:  Following the restart of its once-a-week flights between Manila and Dubai in mid-July, Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, resumes flights between Manila and key Asian destinations beginning August 1. CEB has begun its twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) one-way flights from Tokyo (Narita) to Manila on August 1. Twice weekly (Thursday and Saturday) flights between Manila and ......read more

    IATA Calls for a Harmonized Approach to Restart Aviation in the Middle East

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:   IATA has called on governments in the Middle East to harmonize biosafety measures for passengers across the region as aviation restarts. A global framework for restarting aviation while protecting public health has been agreed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and published in the Take-Off  guidance. However, inconsistent application of these biosafety measures along with unnecessary border constraints are deterring passengers and suppressing the resumption of air travel in the Middle East.  “We ......read more

    Recovery Delayed as International Travel Remains Locked Down

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an updated global passenger forecast showing that the recovery in traffic has been slower than had been expected. In the base case scenario:   • Global passenger traffic (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) will not return to pre-COVID-19 levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected.  • The recovery in short haul travel is still expected to happen faster than for long haul travel. As a result, passenger numbers will recover faster than ......read more

    Air Cargo Recovery Continues in June but at a Slow Pace

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in June showing improvement, but at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 17.6% in June (-19.9% for international operations) compared to the previous year. That is a modest improvement from the 20.1% year-on-year drop recorded in May.  • Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Celebrates Eid Al Adha with AED79 Seat Sale

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 28, 2020:    Highlights    • UAE-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and residents can now plan their next travel to the Philippines as Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, holds a AED79 seat sale in time for the celebration of Eid Al Adha    • The seat sale, which will run from July 28 until July 31, allows travellers to book Dubai-Manila flights for as low as AED79, for travel between November 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Even better, bookings made during this seat ......read more

    Sharjah assures top-level safety of residents and tourists visiting the emirate's tourism establishments through ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism' stamp

    SCTDA implements the initiative in line with ‘Safe Travels’ stamp launched by the World Travel and Tourism Council July 27, 2020: To assure tourists that Sharjah’s travel and tourism establishments are looking after their health and safety, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has launched the ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism’ stamp, a mark of assurance given to all establishments in Sharjah which fully adhere to the public health protocols and guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The stamp follows the measures set out by ......read more

    Hope Probe Team Touch Down at Abu Dhabi International Airport for Hero's Return

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 25 July 2020: Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed the return of UAE Space Agency delegation, participating in Emirates Mars Mission launch when they landed on home soil after a flight from Haneda International Airport in Japan. Representatives from Abu Dhabi Airports were on the tarmac to welcome the team back into the UAE, following the successful launch of the Hope Probe on 20 July 2020 from the Tanegashima launch pad in Japan. Speaking on the return of the team into the UAE, Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, commented: ......read more

    Etihad and Boeing Strengthen Strategic Partnership With Maintenance Support for Boeing 787 Fleet

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 22, 2020: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed agreements with Boeing Global Services for the provision of maintenance support on its fleet of Boeing 787s.   These agreements are part of the strategic partnership between Etihad and Boeing signed in November 2019, in line with Etihad’s ongoing commitment to achieve excellence in all aspects of operational reliability, maintenance, and on-board experience.    Key to the agreements is a Component Services Program for more than ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Issues Dubai-Manila, Manila-Dubai Passenger Guidelines

    Highlights:    • Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, has issued passenger guidelines for those flying between Dubai and Manila to ensure smooth travel    • Passengers flying from Dubai to Manila have to undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test upon arrival, follow mandatory quarantine procedures, and register on the Electronic-Case Investigation Form (e-CIF) system of the Philippine Red Cross, Philippine Immigration Arrival and Health Declaration Form, and OASIS Online Registration—for registered OFW ......read more

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