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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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    UAE Astronaut Programme Invites Proposals for Research Projects on the International Space Station

    Opportunity for UAE scientific community to propose projects in  Human Health or Earth & Space Science fields   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 01, 2020:   Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), today announced that it is inviting applications from the UAE’s research entities to propose scientific or technology-driven projects in the fields of Human Health or Earth & Space Science to be conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station. The objective of the initiative is to provide research entities in the UAE the opportunity to ......read more

    MBRSC Extends Deadline for UAE Astronaut Programme Registrations

    Aspiring candidates can submit their applications until 1st May 2020 Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2020:   The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that it is extending the registration deadline for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme to 1st May 2020. The second batch of the programme is aimed at finding the next two Emirati astronauts who will join the UAE's astronaut corps and further the country's ambition for crewed space exploration. So far, the second batch of the programme has received a large number of applications, and by extending the ......read more

    Rent the Best Yacht Charter Service in Dubrovnik

    Croatia is famous for its magnificent coastline and people from all over the world love to spend their sailing vacations at this spot. With clear waters and splendid beaches, the number of visitors is increasing every year at the different spots of Croatia. Are you also visiting this beautiful location and spending your vacations for full enjoyment? Don’t know what to do and where to go? Don’t worry! All you need is a professional yacht charter service. If you rent a boat in Dubrovnik, they will give you a complete guide and will also give you an amazing experience of ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Deploys Cargo-Only Boeing 787s to Complement Freighter Fleet and Ensure Continuity of UAE and Global Key Trade Lanes

    Carrier will tweak its freighter network to adjust to passenger suspension; launches passenger freighter network in line with the current environment to ensure continuity Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 26, 2020:   Following the directive issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates to temporarily suspend all passenger services to and from the UAE, Etihad Cargo continues to play a vital role in connecting key cargo markets and ensuring the UAE’s import ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Temporarily Suspend All Services to and From the UAE Following Government Directive

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 23 March 2020 - Etihad Airways (Etihad) will temporarily suspend all flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi following a decision by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), to suspend all inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights in the UAE. This decision has been made to limit the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and to protect citizens, residents, and international travellers. The suspension of flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport will commence at 23:59 ......read more

    Etihad Airways Flights to Beijing to Operate With Temporary Stop in Xi'an

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 22 March 2020 - Due to the global spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the health and aviation authorities of the People’s Republic of China have issued a directive to all international airlines flying to Beijing, instructing them to land in another designated airport in China before continuing to the capital. Effective from Sunday 22 March, Etihad Airways services to Beijing will stop in the city of Xi’an, where passengers will disembark for health screening, customs clearance, and to claim their baggage. This procedure is likely to be ......read more

    MBRSC Commemorates Isra Wal Mi'raj with A Satellite Picture of Al Aqsa Mosque

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    Terminal Moves at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 March 2020: Abu Dhabi Airports announces the temporary move of several flights from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). On 18 March 2020, Abu Dhabi Airports consolidated operations into two terminals. Select flights operating to and from Terminal 1 are now operating out of Terminal 3.  The temporary terminal move reflects Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to delivering efficient operations and a seamless passenger experience. The airports company is currently working in close partnership with the respective airlines to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Eases Travel Plans by Introducing Etihad Credit

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    Urgent Emergency Support Requested for Airlines

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    Dubai Miracle Garden & Dubai Butterfly Garden Announces Temporary Closure

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    Etihad Airways Implements Temporary Changes to Its Route Network

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    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority records three per cent increase in hotel guest numbers in 2019

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    IATA Reacts to Latest US Travel Restrictions

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    Discover Dubai -Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dubai

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    Etihad Airways Collaborates With the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

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    Etihad Airways Announces Move to Beijing's Spectacular Daxing International Airport

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    Cathay Pacific 2019 Annual Results

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    How Will 5g Transform Air Travel?

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    Etihad Airways Introduces Flexible Booking Conditions

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    Etihad Airways Statement on Suspension of Flights to Saudi Arabia

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    Etihad Airways to Launch New Service to Vienna

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    Etihad Airways Signs IATA Pledge for Gender Equality to Mark International Women's Day

     Etihad pledges to increase its female employees by 25 percent by 2025  Arabic ‘Business Class’ renamed to encompass gender-inclusive language    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is marking International Women’s Day by pledging to increase its female workforce by 25 percent over the next five years – the first airline in the country to make this commitment. This follows the International Air Travel Association’s (IATA) voluntary ‘25by2025’ campaign which aims to ......read more

    IATA Updates COVID-19 Financial Impacts

    -Relief Measures Needed- 5 March 2020 (Singapore): The International Air Transport Association (IATA) updated its analysis of the financial impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency on the global air transport industry. IATA now sees 2020 global revenue losses for the passenger business of between $63 billion (in a scenario where COVID-19 is contained in current markets with over 100 cases as of 2 March) and $113 billion (in a scenario with a broader spreading of COVID-19). No estimates are yet available for the impact on cargo operations. IATA’s previous ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Celebrates the 59th Kuwait National Day

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre celebrates the 59th Kuwait National Day with this image of Kuwait Towers taken from space by KhalifaSat. KhalifaSat was fully developed at MBRSC facilities by Emirati engineers and was launched to space in October 2018. It has 5 patents and seven space innovations making it the most advanced satellite of its category in the world. KhalifaSat provides images with specifications that meet the highest international standards in space images. These high-resolution detailed images help organisations in government and private sectors get accurate data which allow ......read more

    Anadolujet Will Fly You to Abroad at Prices Starting at 1 USD

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 25, 2020:   Turkish Airlines’ successful brand AnadoluJet will offer the opportunity to fly to abroad at prices starting at 1 USD with its new international flights starting on 29 March 2020 from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Ankara Esenboğa airports.  Adding Germany, Austria, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Georgia, Holland, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Kuwait, Russia and Saudi Arabia to its flight network, carrier will be flying to 21 countries. Passengers who wish to take ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Increases Its Tourism Focused International Flights

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 February 2020: As the airline that flies to more countries than any other, Turkish Airlines directly contributes to tourism both locally and globally with its ever-improving fleet and service quality. Flag carrier will be operating 98 flights every week from 26 international destinations to Turkey’s favorite tourism spots such as Antalya, İzmir, Dalaman and Bodum during the Summer 2020. Turkish Airlines which contributed greatly to the record number of tourists coming to Turkey during 2019 will increase its support during 2020 as well. In line ......read more

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries to Showcase Opportunities Within KSA Defence Sector at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

    24 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will showcase opportunities for growth and development within the Kingdom’s defence sector at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. The event, taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 March, is one of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for the aviation, aerospace, space and defence industries.   SAMI is a national holding company owned 100% by the Public Investment Fund (PIF); a sovereign wealth fund owned by Saudi Arabia. SAMI develops and supports military industries ......read more

    Houbara Flies Transonic at UMEX2020 with Next-Generation Banshee Aerial Target

    Abu Dhabi 23 February: The UAE’s Houbara Defence company will today unveil new additions to their portfolio at UMEX, Abu Dhabi’s Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX).  The Next Generation (NG) Banshee is an aerial target used for training, capable of speeds of up to 250m per second and reaching heights of over 12,000 metres.  This complements the range of autonomous and unmanned vehicles Houbara is presenting at the show, including the supersonic missile target, the Rattler, capable of speeds exceeding Mach 2.4, and specifically designed to replicate the threat posed ......read more

    The Hottest Hotels Perks

    Traveling means staying in hotels for most of us, and that means looking for any perks possible to get from the hotel for your loyalty to them. This is the new way of looking at the matter according to the experiences of a great deal of people. They want to get a little more for their time at a hotel, and the hotels are starting to step up to the plate to offer it to them. Some of the very best perks out there are not just a nice bed that is comfortable and relieves your back pain, but much more than that. Try Getting A Private Tour Tourist attractions are great and tend to be centered ......read more

    AnadoluJet Serves UAE and Beyond with its New International Flights

    10 weekly flights from Istanbul to Dubai will offer fliers affordability and ideal connectivity to the world.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2020: Turkish Airlines’ AnadoluJet brand goes global on March 29 with the launch of new international flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Ankara Esenboğa Airport. The expansion was announced during the pre-launch event held at Swissotel Al Ghurair, Dubai, with attendance of over 50 representatives from 25 agencies, including Dnata Travel, Kanoo Travel, BCD Travel, and Orient Travel ......read more

    Genetec Introduces Security Center for Airports to Unify Airport Security and Operations

    Enables security operators and ground personnel to work in unison to secure airports, optimize terminal operations, and build a smoother passenger experience   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2020:  Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence today announced Security Center for Airports, a new solution designed to help airports of all sizes manage and optimize their security and airport terminal operations. Available immediately, Security Center for Airports enables ......read more

    Airlines and Posts Cooperate Globally for a Sustainable and Reliable Cross-border Airmail Network

    18 February 2020 (Geneva) –The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Post Corporation (IPC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce cooperation between the two organizations. The aim for both IATA and IPC is to promote the development and expansion of safe, secure, accessible and high-quality airmail and air cargo services to help their respective members provide quality solutions aligned to consumer needs.   “International e-commerce is growing at around 20% per year, leading to rapidly changing market ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Al Ain to Jeddah During Ramadan

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – February 18, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will again operate a daily scheduled flight between the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s second largest city, Al Ain, and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last ten days of Ramadan. The airline will operate the flights from 14 May to 23 May to meet increased demand during the busy religious travel period. The flights, which will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320, have been timed to offer customers in Al Ain with convenient departures in both ......read more

    Oman reveals participation at ITB Berlin in March 2020

    Sultanate is first country in the Middle East to be named as partner of world's largest travel forum February 16, 2020: The Sultanate of Oman has revealed that it has been named as the official partner of ITB Berlin 2020, the world's leading travel trade show, which will take place from March 4 to March 8, 2020 in Berlin. Oman is the first country from the Middle East to be named as partner for this global event. The official Oman delegation is set to be headed by H.E. Ahmed bin Nasser Al Mahrazi, Minister of Tourism, and will be accompanied by over 50 tourism related companies, ......read more

    H.E. Mohammed Al Bowardi to Demonstrate Importance of Bilateral Ties in Defense Industry at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

    16 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: His Excellency (H.E.) Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE’s Minister of State for Defense will focus on regional defense industry challenges and opportunities during his keynote speech at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. The event, taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 March, is one of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for the aviation, aerospace, space and defense industries.  H.E. will speak on the impact of collaboration and strategic partnership in ensuring peace and prosperity both regionally and globally. ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' Load Factor in January Reached 80.6%, While the Number of International Passengers Increased by 10%.

    Turkish Airlines, which has recently announced the passenger and cargo traffic results for January, recorded 80.6% load factor in this month while its number of international passengers increased with double-digit percentages.   Commenting on the announced numbers, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı stated, “Our performance during January indicates that we are on point to reach our 2020 goals. The increase in our international passenger numbers once again demonstrates that we are successfully maintaining the course on ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Closes With Spectacular Finale in Aid of Dubai Cares Refugee Programme

    • Event brings to an end six days of literary entertainment celebrating words in every form • Sessions live-streamed to almost 100,000 students throughout UAE • Desert Stanzas honoured by Royal visit • Record number of Emirati authors showcased in programme     Dubai, 10 February 2020:   The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature drew to a rousing finale today with a session featuring an exceptional night of music, poetry and readings in support of Dubai Cares’ programmes for child refugees across the region. The event ......read more

    Winner of 2020 Montegrappa Writing Prize is Announced at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

    Dubai, UAE, 8 February 2020:   The winners of the Montegrappa Writing Prize, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition to discover unpublished novelists, have been announced today. Recognised as one of the most successful writing competitions in the region, the competition has a proven track record in finding new writing talent, producing nine published authors in the last six years. This year’s first place went to Stacey Siebritz for The Leap. The runners up were:   Nassma Al Bahrani: The Stars Among Us Celina Teague: The ......read more

    Cozmo Travel Celebrates 10th Anniversary With a New Brand Identity

    The new identity reflects Cozmo’s strategy to align its diversified service portfolio and cater to its growing customers base around the world.   DUBAI – February 6, 2020:   Cozmo Travel, the leading travel management company in the region, today unveiled its new Corporate Logo and Brand Identity that reflect its futuristic growth vision in the UAE and across the region.   The new identity upgrade, which coincides with Cozmo’s tenth anniversary celebrations, aims at supporting the company’s strategy by aligning its diversified service ......read more

    Top Adventurous Things to Do This Year in Dubai

    If you live for the thrills and cannot wait to take on a new adventure, Dubai is the perfect place to try out some of the craziest ideas. Plan a trip to this fabulous destination as soon as possible and you will not be disappointed by the wide offer of activities waiting for you at every corner. Here are some that will make any adrenaline junkie excited.   Dune bashing   If you love speed, Dubai is the perfect place to test your driving skills with a twist - instead of changing speeds on a highway, you will be facing the winds and the dunes of the desert. After all, the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Invites You to ‘Step on Earth' at the Super Bowl LIV

    The global airline celebrates humanity’s spirit of exploration in a new commercial inspired by the Moon landing in 1969.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 05, 2020:   Turkish Airlines has launched a new commercial which explores the humanity’s spirit of exploration, inspired by the world-changing Moon landing in 1969. “Step on Earth” brings back the sense of wonder and adventure felt as 600 million people around the world watched the humanity land on the Moon. The 30-second commercial was viewed in the third quarter of the Super ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Increase Frequencies to Athens During Busy Summer Period

    Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will increase frequencies on its popular Abu Dhabi to Athens route during the busy summer peak months. The additional overnight service will be operated between 8 July and 31 August by an Airbus A320 configured with 8 seats in Business and 150 seats in Economy. The extra frequency complements the daily two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner morning daytime service between the two capitals. Abu Dhabi – Athens schedule effective 8 July 2020 (all timings are local):  Flight ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Renews WFS Global Handling Framework

    Frankfurt and Madrid added to existing station portfolio in Europe, the United States and Asia  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has renewed its global cargo handling agreements with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the world’s largest air cargo handler, with Frankfurt and Madrid joining six existing gateways in Europe, Asia and the United States. The three-year framework extension will see WFS continue to provide Etihad Cargo with warehouse and cargo handling services at New York’s John F. ......read more

    Airport Show to Highlight Rapid Transformation of Airports Globally to Handle 22 Billion People by 2040

    UAE’s aviation investments to exceed AED1 trillion by 2040 Middle East and Africa projects valued at US$196 billion US$1.5 trillion for airport infrastructure up to 2030 Airport investment plans by 50‭ ‬countries totals US$355‭ ‬billion  ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Dubai, February 3, 2020: Airports across the world are now in the midst of being decongested, expanded and modernised with an impressive ......read more

    Plaza Premium Lounge Landed Dubai International

    The world’s largest and award-winning network of independent airport lounge expands footprint  in the Middle East, joining existing locations in Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Riyadh and Salalah Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - Reception featuring image of Dubai skyline Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai – Family Suite for a maximum of six guests with butler service     Highlights of Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai:     1,260-square-metre Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai with a maximum capacity of 300 guests, the largest independent pay-per-use airport lounge ......read more

    Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi among top 20 ‘most dynamic cities', says JLL

    JLL’s City Momentum Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics of 130 markets to identify the world’s most dynamic urban centers   January 25, 2020 –   Cities in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are gaining momentum, with Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi all ranked within the top 20, according to JLL’s City Momentum Index 2020 which identifies the world’s most dynamic cities from a real estate perspective.  Now in its seventh year, the annual Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics to provide new ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Training First in Mid-east to Secure Key European Approval to Train Boeing 777, 787 Pilots

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 21, 2020:   Etihad Aviation Training, the specialist training division of Etihad Aviation Group, has become the first aviation company in the Middle East to gain approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to train Boeing 777 and 787 pilots for European operators and carriers elsewhere which adopt Europe’s air safety standards. The approval to train pilots for these two wide-bodied Boeing aircraft types expands the global capabilities of Etihad Aviation Training, which in 2018 also became the first Middle Eastern aerospace ......read more

    Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai Creates a Lasting Impression for Travellers Departing Dubai International

    Comprehensive range of services to serve individual, business and family travellers          Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - Reception featuring image of Dubai city skyline Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai – Family Suite for a maximum of six guests with butler service   Highlights of Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai:   1,260-square-metre Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai with a maximum capacity of 300 guests, the largest independent pay-per-use airport lounge at Terminal 3 in the busiest transit hub in the Middle East  Special ......read more

    Tips for Tourists Visiting Dubai During Ramadan

    It’s not easy to be a tourist in Dubai or Abu Dhabi during the holy month of Ramadan. Most shops and restaurants are closed, the same as tourist attractions. The temperatures are usually well over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, and you can’t even be seen drinking water on the streets until sunset. If you happen to work here or visit this beautiful city during Ramadan, here are some tips to help you cope with a different religion and different local customs.   Greetings Although Dubai consists of nearly 90% expats from all over the globe, everyone should make an effort to ......read more

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