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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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    Etihad and Boeing Extend Partnership With Sustainability-focused Ecodemonstrator Testing

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — July 20, 2020:   Etihad Airways and Boeing will work together starting in August on the seventh iteration of the ecoDemonstrator programme to test innovative technologies in the air, building on the core innovation and sustainability tenets of their strategic partnership signed in November 2019.  The ecoDemonstrator programme utilises commercial aircraft as flying testbeds to accelerate technology development that will make commercial aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future. The 2020 program will be the first to use ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Flights to Shanghai

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 20, 2020:   Effective 27 July, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Shanghai, China. The service will operate with an initial weekly flight using a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring Business and Economy cabins.   Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to announce the resumption of scheduled services to China, as we gradually return to more destinations on our global network, supporting the recovery of economic and ......read more

    Quote from H.E Khalifa Al Mansour, ADX Chief Executive, on the Emirate “Hope Mars” Space Mission

    Abu Dhabi – July 20th  2020:   “With the Emirate “Hope Mars” Mission launched to space today, this is the Arab world’s first inter-planetary mission that is taking off for a seven-month journey to study the dynamics in the Martian atmosphere. By building up the Emirati capabilities in the field of interplanetary exploration, we are pushing our limits to make new discoveries. Our young nation is creating a brand-new industry that is transforming our science community. “Hope Mars” is opening new frontiers of possibility for our youth and ......read more

    Euronews Speaks to UAE Minister for Advanced Sciences Ahead of Mars Mission Launch

    After a six-year long project, the Emirates Mars Mission is set to take off into space on Friday   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 16 July 2020:  Ahead of its live broadcast from inside the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center later this week, Europe’s number one international news channel, Euronews, spoke to Her Excellency Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister for Advanced Sciences in the United Arab Emirates about how the Mars Hope Mission team are feeling before the anticipated launch, how the country’s investment in scientific investigation and innovation will ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds More Destinations to Its Hand Baggage Only Fare

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - July 15, 2020:   Etihad Airways has expanded its hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ which allows travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required, to include destinations across Europe and Asia.     The ‘Deal Fare’ includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and was initially only available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan. Throughout July and August 2020, Etihad is introducing the ......read more

    Condor Boosts Fuel Economy with SITA's eWAS

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 14, 2020:   German leisure airline Condor is making significant enhancements to fuel optimization through the deployment of eWAS to more than 700 pilots and dispatchers. The signing with SITA’s aircraft domain of expertise – which includes the provision of eWAS Pilot and eWAS Dispatch applications – brings several major benefits for the popular holiday airline. As severe weather events become more frequent and intense, eWAS Pilot delivers both forecasts and satellite-based observation data, enabling Condor’s crews to avoid ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Announces Initial Network of 6 Routes

    FIRST 2 BASED AIRCRAFT STARTING ON 1 OCTOBER     Abu Dhabi, UAE - 12 July 2020: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the United Arab Emirates announced today that it will base two state-of-the-art brand new Airbus A321neo aircraft and start 6 highly anticipated routes from Abu Dhabi on 1 October 2020. Tickets are already on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app with fares starting as low as AED 129 **.   Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the joint-venture established between ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies, and Wizz Air ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches ‘Al Watani', A New Local Content Programme for Suppliers

    • Suppliers based in the UAE and international businesses with a local presence can now register • Eligible suppliers will be awarded a ‘Local Content Partner’ certificate from Etihad Aviation Group, valid for two years • Certified suppliers will be deemed strategic partners across the supply chain in the local market    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2020:  Etihad Aviation Group is proud to announce the launch of Al Watani programme, a new local content programme for suppliers who would like to partner with the national ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Special Passenger Services to and From Abu Dhabi to Six Destinations in India

    • Special flights to and from Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 12, 2020:  Following the partial lifting of international flight restrictions by UAE and Indian authorities on travel for eligible individuals to and from Abu Dhabi to India, Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of special flights to six Indian gateways. The airline will operate services from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai.    All eligible passengers travelling from ......read more

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

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

    Cebu Pacific resumes Manila-Dubai route starting July 12

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

    Middle East Airlines (MEA) Receives its First Airbus A321neo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    First Scheduled Wizz Air Flight Lands at Abu Dhabi International Airport

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

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

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

    Hope Probe: Raising Ambitions, Inspiring Nations

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

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

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

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

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

    Quarantine Measures Threaten Aviation Restart in Africa & the Middle East

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

    IATA Welcomes ICAO Council Decision on CORSIA

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

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

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

    May Air Cargo Shows Slight Pickup Amid Continuing Capacity Crunch

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

    Global Industry Veteran Rosa Tahmaseb Appointed Secretary-General of MENALAC

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

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

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

    UAE's First-Ever Fully Sponsored Flight to India

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

    Oman welcomes over 3.5 million visitors in 2019

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

    IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine'

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

    IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways to Recommence Flights to Athens

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

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

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

    Criteria for COVID-19 Testing in the Air Travel Process

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

    Continued Government Relief Measures Needed to get Airlines Through the Winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Operates Goodwill Flight To Costa Rica

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways and Aldar Retail Sign Major Partnership Agreement

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

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

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

    Etihad Engineering Expands Operations as Airlines Bring Forward Maintenance Schedules

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

    Industry Losses to Top $84 Billion in 2020

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

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