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    Building for the Future: Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference hosts global business travel professionals in Istanbul.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 23 September 2018:  Turkish Airlines, the airline flying to more countries than any other airline, hosted the Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference on 17-18 September in Istanbul, in partnership with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).   The conference is an annual international event where industry leaders come together and discuss the future of business travel. This year’s event saw 900 participants attend from 71 countries across the widest international flight network that Turkish Airlines operates. The program features leading names in the industry including Mike Walsh as a keynote speaker, the CEO of Tomorrow, and best-selling author of the book “Futuretainment”.  The theme of 2018’s conference is "Building for the Future", ......read more

    Terrific Tokushima makes it 10!

    The Cathay Pacific Group’s newest destination in Japan underlines a year of exceptional growth for Hong Kong’s home airline   Dubai, UAE, September 23, 2018:  The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce a scheduled seasonal service from Hong Kong to Tokushima in Japan, as its record-breaking year of network  expansion continues.    The new two-times-weekly service to Tokushima, gateway to the island destination of Shikoku, is the 10th route that the Group will have launched in 2018. The route will be operated by Cathay Dragon and launches from Dubai, via Hong Kong, on 18 December 2018 until 29 March 2019 using Airbus A320 aircraft.   Cathay Dragon has operated charter flights to Tokushima at peak holiday periods in the past and the introduction of a scheduled service underlines ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached the highest monthly Load Factor in August with 85.6% LF.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 20 September 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced the results of passenger and cargo traffic in August, achieved the highest monthly load factor (LF) in its history with 85.6%. On top of the strong base effect of August 2017, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines.  According to August 2018 Traffic Results;      The passenger growth trend continued in August, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 2.4% reaching 7.6 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to %86.      In August 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 1.3 points, with a minimal increase of 0.5% in capacity (Available Seat Kilometer), while ......read more

    Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies hosts development course for students

    20th September 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) has hosted 25 students for two sessions titled ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens’, as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to social responsibility, employee engagement and the development of the next generation of Emirati leaders. Consisting of 12 boys and 13 girls, all students attending were sons and daughters of Abu Dhabi Airports’ staff. The initiative provided a framework for enhanced employee engagement and work-life balance, giving staff an opportunity to involve family members in Abu Dhabi Airports’ training activities.  Delivered by a GCAS in-house instructor who is certified by Franklin Covey, the course saw the young students take part in a range of exercises and workshops that ......read more

    Etihad Airways Deepens Ties Between Uae and Saudi Arabia to Mark National Day

    Etihad’s Year of Zayed A380 to fly to Jeddah on Saudi Arabia National Day Al Nassr FC stars feature in congratulatory video Etihad collaborated with Emirati poet to write a unique poem Guests onboard to receive special gifts Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 20, 2018:  Etihad Airways has unveiled its series of activities to celebrate the leadership and people of Saudi Arabia on the 88th National Day of the Kingdom.   To mark the occasion on Sunday 23 September, the airline’s flagship Year of Zayed branded A380 will be deployed on EY311 and EY312, between Abu Dhabi and Jeddah. The flight crew operating the aircraft will be Saudi and UAE Nationals.    Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government and International Affairs said: “In recognition of the special bond ......read more

    Etihad airways operates iconic a380 to maldives to celebrate new male runway opening

    19 September 2018 Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has marked the opening of the new runway at Velana International Airport in the Maldives by operating one of its Airbus A380 aircraft to the island nation. The new 3,400 metre-long and 60-metre-wide runway is the first in the Maldives capable of supporting an A380. The special Etihad operation was piloted by First Officer, Ali Ahuson, who is from The Maldives. Etihad Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats – up to two guests in The Residence, nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 Economy Smart Seats.  

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    Global Aviation Safety Procedures and Regulations to be Analyzed Amidst Emergent Challenges

     - Local and international aviation leaders will convene in Dubai at 6th edition of World Aviation Safety Summit this December to address safety challenges 17 September 2018 – Dubai, UAE: Addressing the emergent safety challenges of the rapidly transforming global aviation industry, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is hosting the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), returning to Dubai this year in its sixth edition. Taking place on 11 and 12 December, WASS 2018 will examine responses to new safety threats such as carry-on powders, and highlight important tools and key strategies for maintaining air travel’s standing as one of the safest forms of mass transportation in the world. The Summit brings together local and international stakeholders and provides them with a platform to review and examine the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines brings style to the skies with new cabin crew uniforms

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 16 September 2018 -   In celebration of 85 successful years, Turkish Airlines has unveiled a fresh look with a new uniform specially designed for its cabin crew. The new uniforms will begin to be used following the opening of the Istanbul New Airport, the “new home” of the flag carrier airline. Inspired by many classic elements of Turkish design and culture, the new uniforms incorporate traditional patterns found in artisanal glassware, ceramics and calligraphy with contemporary textures and details. The collection combines shapes and colours found in Istanbul Bosphorus with a new ‘flow detail’, created to symbolise the effortless and dynamic energy flowing through Turkey’s most dynamic city as an intersection between East and West.  The global airline, which ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Increases Focus on Cold Chain Industry with ‘Freshfoward' Product

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 12, 2018:   Etihad Cargo today adds to its growing list of specialised products with the launch of FreshForward, affirming its support for a cold chain industry that is also responsible for importing perishable goods to the UAE. The new product ensures items such as fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat and flowers move seamlessly across Etihad Cargo’s global network until they reach their final destination. More specifically at the Abu Dhabi hub, it prioritises the transfer of perishable cargo from the aircraft into a dedicated centre, and subsequently onto reefer trucks to be delivered directly to the customer’s doorstep anywhere in the UAE. This marks a milestone in the expansion of Etihad’s value chain offering to include last-mile delivery in its ......read more

    DP World Wins “INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR” Award

    Gulf Business Awards cite collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One to develop DP World Cargospeed     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 September 2018:  Global trade enabler DP World has been awarded the Gulf Business Innovator of the Year Award for its collaboration with Virgin Hyperloop One to develop the DP World Cargospeed system that will deliver on-demand freight at the speed of flight and closer to the cost of trucking. The award was received on behalf of the two technology partners by Adnan Al Abbar, Senior Vice President - Planning & Project Management, DP World at gala ceremony hosted by Gulf Business magazine, in the presence of industry leaders, government dignitaries and the media.  The award, which is adjudged by an experts panel and a public vote, cites the spirit of collaboration that ......read more

    Emirates Takes Home a Double Win at Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards

    The airline was voted ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’ by Conde Nast Traveller readers  Dubai, UAE, September 05, 2018:   Emirates celebrated a double win this week at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, after being named ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’. The airline won the prestigious accolades based on votes from Condé Nast Traveller readers’ for the best travel experiences in the world. The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2018 questionnaire ran online from 4th March 2018 to 3rd May 2018. Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Divisional Vice President- United Kingdom collected the awards on behalf of Emirates at the London Ceremony and said: “We ......read more

    1.5 Million Etihad Guest Miles to Be Won at Abu Dhabi Mall

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 05, 2018:  Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, has partnered with Abu Dhabi Mall, giving shoppers the chance to win up to 1.5 million Etihad Guest Miles between now and 26 September 2018.   For every AED 200 spent at the mall, shoppers will be eligible to enter the weekly draw to win 300,000 Etihad Guest Miles, enough for 10 flights to Sri Lanka, five flights to the Seychelles or two flights to Los Angeles.    Yasser Al Yousuf, Etihad Guest Managing Director, said: “For the back to school shopping season, we are proud to join Abu Dhabi Mall to provide shoppers additional rewards for their purchases. The lucky winners of the weekly 300,000 miles will have a vast choice of how to use their winnings — from flights, hotel stays and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Congratulates First Uae Astronauts Who Will Be Sent to the International Space Station

    Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi selected from more than 4,000 applicants Etihad has special partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre UAE national airline’s medical centre now performing astronaut medical assessments Dubai, UAE, September 04, 2018:  Etihad Airways has offered its heartfelt congratulations to Emiratis, Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Nayadi, who have been selected as the first Arab Nationals to visit the International Space Station.   Hazza and Sultan were chosen ahead of more than 4,000 candidates for the landmark mission to the habitable satellite hovering above earth.    The Emirati pair conducted extensive medical examinations performed by specialists at the Etihad Aeromedical Centre in June as part of their selection process.   Etihad also ......read more

    Dubai HeliShow 2018 partners with Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to fuel growth of the helicopter industry

    UAE, 3 September 2018 - Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Royal Pavilion at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South will host the Dubai HeliShow 2018, from November 6 to 8, 2018. The event which is held every two years, is supported by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), as a strategic partner of this international aircraft technology and operation exhibition, that provides an ideal platform to identify the emerging trends and to learn about the latest technological innovations related to commercial helicopters and in areas of civil defense. The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has supported the Dubai Helishow as a part of its efforts to strengthen cooperation with the aviation industry leaders and to support efforts to ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports first group of horses for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018

    Largest air horse charter for a single sporting event  Dubai, UAE, 3 September 2018-   Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has successfully transported the first group of 67 horses for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. The horses were flown from Liege, Belgium to Greenville-Spartanburg, USA in an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft. This is the first of the nineteen flights that Emirates SkyCargo will be operating as a special charter for one of the most important events in the global sporting calendar. With over 500 horses being flown for the Games, this is the largest air horse charter that has been undertaken for a single sporting event. Emirates SkyCargo worked with Peden Bloodstock, a leading international horse transportation specialist to execute the ......read more

    Solid Traffic Growth, Record Load Factor in July

    Dubai, UAE, September 03, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy global passenger demand for July with all regions reporting growth. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2%, compared to the same month last year. While this was down from 8.1% year-over-year growth in June, it nevertheless marked a solid start to the peak passenger demand season. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 5.5% and load factor rose 0.6 percentage point to a record high for July of 85.2%. “The industry posted another month of solid traffic growth. And the record load factor shows that airlines are becoming even more efficient in terms of deploying capacity to meet demand. However, rising costs -- particularly fuel -- will likely limit the stimulus we would expect from lower ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Launches 'Flight of the Children of Zayed' Initiative

    Abu Dhabi Airports organizes trip for 31 orphans to Sir Bani Yas Island 2nd September 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has launched its ‘Flight of the Children of Zayed’ initiative. In collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent, Abu Dhabi Airports organized a trip for 31 orphans on August 31st to Sir Bani Yas Island. The initiative falls within the framework of Abu Dhabi Airports’ ongoing corporate social responsibility and Year of Zayed program. Abu Dhabi Airports is committed to organizing various social initiatives and sponsoring charities in line with its vision of becoming the world’s leading airports group. As a part of the ‘Flight of the Children of Zayed’, Abu Dhabi Airports collaborated with various authorities including the Federal Authority For Identity and ......read more

    Moderate Freight Growth Continues in July, Up 2.1%

    Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.1% in July 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest pace of growth seen since May 2016 and well below the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.8% year-on-year in July 2018. This was the fourth time in five months that capacity growth outstripped demand growth.    While the temporary grounding of the Nippon Cargo Airlines fleet may have exaggerated a slowdown in growth at the beginning of July, there are three indications that slower growth will continue:  The inventory ......read more

    The Emirates Group celebrates ‘Daughters of Zayed' on Emirati Women's Day

    Dubai, UAE, 28 August 2018:  To celebrate Emirati Women’s Day, the Emirates Group unveiled a special video tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, who was a driving force in supporting the advancement of women in the country.   Released on Emirates’ social media platforms, the one-minute video draws a parallel between Sheikh Zayed’s vision decades ago and the pivotal roles occupied by Emirati women today. The video concludes with a heartfelt declaration affirming Emirati women’s pride and determination to continue on the path of success as ‘daughters of Zayed’.    “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Emirati women for breaking barriers and continuing to make us proud. Their hard ......read more

    Etihad Celebrates Contribution of Female Workforce to Mark Emirati Women's Day

    Women represent more than half of the UAE National employees at Etihad Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 28, 2018:   Etihad Aviation Group is marking 2018 Emirati Women’s Day by hosting several events at its Abu Dhabi headquarters and releasing a video series that focuses on women in aviation.   The special events taking place at Etihad include circle discussions allowing Etihad’s female employees to share their unique stories. A photography exhibition featuring portraits of pioneering female leaders from a range of UAE working environments, including aviation, is also being displayed at the headquarters.   The video series – which will be broadcast on Etihad’s social media channels – champions the role of women in the aviation group and offers a ‘day ......read more

    DAFZA Announces Strong 2018 H1 Business Results

    DAFZA achieves 27% Increase in YoY new rental revenues HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed: “DAFZA’s results for 2018 H1 are a direct reflection of the successful economic development strategy”  Director General Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni: “These results underscore the flexible business and investment environment provided by DAFZA”  Key results include: 11% growth in operational profit 8% growth in total revenues 15% growth in number of registered companies  43% increase in leasable area    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - August 28, 2018:   Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) has announced strong business results for the first half of 2018, showing an 11% growth in the EBID in comparison with the same period of 2017 and a growth of new rental ......read more

    AlMannaei: The UAE has spared no efforts since its inception in empowering and building the abilities of women

    Sharjah,  28, August 2018:  On the occasion of Emirati Women’s day, HE Abdulla M. AlMannaei, Chairman and Managing Director of Emirates Auction, stressed that the UAE has spared no efforts since its inception in empowering and building the abilities of women, as well as aiding them in overcoming difficulties in order to participate in all areas of life. AlMannaei stated that Emirati women have been a pioneering partner in the development of the UAE, and that the footprint of Emirati Women can be found in all the successes and achievements of the UAE for decades now. He added that Emirati women occupy some of the highest positions in the country, both at the public and private sectors, and have proved to be vital in raising the global status of this country in various fields. AlMannaei expressed his thanks and ......read more

    Emirates to add a fourth daily flight to Riyadh

    Dubai, UAE, August 27, 2018:  Emirates will boost its services to Riyadh with the addition of a fourth daily flight to the Saudi capital from 1 September 2018. The addition of the fourth daily service will take the total number of weekly Emirates flights serving Riyadh to 28.  Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran said:  “Emirates’ expanded schedule to Riyadh will offer more travel options and choice for business travellers and families alike who are looking to visit Dubai. There are strong passenger flows between Riyadh and Dubai so enhancing our services makes business sense, and further underscores Riyadh’s importance within our global network. The fourth daily flight will be serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration.  ......read more

    Emirates' celebrates its inaugural flight to Edinburgh with special fares

    Dubai, UAE: 27 August 2018:  To celebrate the inaugural flight to Edinburgh on October 1st, Emirates is offering passengers attractive fares to the Scottish capital. Travellers in the UAE can book special fares on all Economy and Business Class travel starting today until 10th September 2018 for travel between 1st October and 31st May 2019. Economy Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from AED 2,495 and Business Class passengers can enjoy fares starting from AED 13,165. Edinburgh is the airline’s second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom. Scotland is a popular destination for leisure and business travellers for its rich history, gourmet food, cultural scene and architectural attractions such as the Edinburgh Castle. The Scottish capital is the second most visited city in the ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports flood relief cargo for Kerala

    Dubai, UAE, 23 August 2018:  Emirates SkyCargo will carry flood relief cargo of over 175 tons to Kerala, India, joining the UAE community in their support of the people of Kerala.  Over more than a dozen flights, the air cargo operator will transport the relief goods, which have been donated by various UAE-based businesses and organisations, to Thiruvananthapuram - the nearest online Emirates station to the areas most affected by the flood. The goods, including lifesaving boats, blankets and dry food items, will be handed over to the local flood relief and aid organisations for distribution. 

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    Emirates deploys special ‘Year of Zayed' aircraft to mark first international flight at new Muscat International Airport terminal

    Emirates first international foreign carrier to land at the new terminal Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2018:   Emirates was the first international airline to land a scheduled commercial flight at the newly inaugurated passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport last night. To mark the occasion the airline deployed one of its special ‘Year of Zayed’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, highlighting the ties between Oman and the UAE. Flight EK 864 landed at 5:55pm, and was the first international flight to operate to the new passenger terminal. Passengers on board came from ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS AND SWISS SIGN CODESHARE AGREEMENT

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 21, 2018:  Etihad Airways and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have launched a new codeshare partnership with bookings effective immediately. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will have its EY flight code on SWISS services between Geneva and Zurich, two key gateway cities served in Switzerland from Abu Dhabi. SWISS will market its LX code on Etihad Airways’ services between Zurich and Abu Dhabi, offering its passengers codeshare flights to and from the UAE’s capital city. The codeshare services are bookable now, for travel from 26 ......read more

    Aerotropolis: Designs to Transform the Passenger Experience

    March 21, 2018 UAE:  Dubai International Airport was named the busiest international airport for the fourth consecutive year in 2017, measured by total passengers at 88.2 million, an increase of 5.5 per cent from 2016. Therefore, it makes sense for the UAE to maximise economic opportunities for its tourist industry by looking at how to positively affect the passenger experience. Major airports have become key engines powering local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types. These include, hotel, entertainment, retail, food and beverage, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines launches its direct flights to Aqaba, its 2nd destination to be served in Jordan.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 20 March 2018:   With existing services to Amman, Turkish Airlines now adds Aqaba to its flight network as the 2nd destination in Jordan.    Beginning from today, Aqaba flights will be operated 3 times per week. Round trip fares are available from Istanbul to Aqaba starting at 404 US Dollars (including taxes and fees).    Additionally, there is a special offer for Miles&Smiles members to be used for their trips departing from Turkey provided that completed by 11th June 2018, and the trips departing from Aqaba ......read more

    Dubai Reaffirms Its Position as the Cruise Hub of the Region at Seatrade Cruise Global

    Dubai Tourism highlights the city’s position as a leading winter cruise destination; on track to welcome 1 million cruise tourists by 2020/2021 cruise season  Dubai, UAE 20 March 2018:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) highlighted Dubai’s growing popularity as a global cruise destination viable for pre-cruise and post-cruise stopovers and an apt homeport in the region at the Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida, USA, a leading event for the cruise industry.  Dubai Tourism exhibited under the Cruise Arabia banner, bringing ......read more

    Exploring new cultures just got more rewarding with Cathay Pacific

    Dubai, UAE, March 19, 2018:  As temperatures across the United Arab Emirates begin to rise, the dawn of spring brings new beginnings and opportunities to explore new cultures and destinations at their best. This spring, Cathay Pacific is providing more reasons to travel by launching special promotional fares to 30 global destinations. Cathay Pacific Area Manager Middle East Jonathan Ng said: “With moderate temperatures and fewer crowds gathering at popular attractions, spring is the ideal time of year to travel to destinations across Asia and further afield – there are ......read more

    Significant Step Forward in the Digitization of the Dangerous Goods Supply Chain

    Dubai, UAE 17 March 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has taken a significant step forward in the digitalization of the dangerous goods supply chain following the adoption of the e-Dangerous Goods Declaration (e-DGD) standards.  The e-DGD is an electronic approach to manage the IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD), leveraging industry initiatives to digitalize data and embrace data sharing platform principles. This aligns with and supports industry initiatives to modernize air cargo processes efficiently and share critical data among ......read more

    Digitization, Trade Facilitation, Safety and People Development Top Agenda at WCS

    17 March 2018 Dubai, UAE:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities for the future success of the air cargo industry: accelerating the digitization of the supply chain, enforcing regulations for lithium batteries, more efficient trade facilitation and developing the next generation of air cargo leaders. “Air cargo had an exceptional year in 2017 with 9% growth. And we expect a very healthy 4.5% expansion of demand in 2018. There are great opportunities in e-commerce and the movement of time-and-temperature sensitive goods such as ......read more

    IATA Innovates Dangerous Goods Handling

    Dubai, UAE, 17 March 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched an innovative new solution for the air cargo industry: Dangerous Goods AutoCheck (DG AutoCheck) that will enhance safety and improve efficiency in the transport of dangerous goods by air and support the industry’s goal of a fully digitized supply chain. “The air transport industry handles in excess of 1.25 million dangerous goods shipments transported per year. With the air cargo growth forecast at 4.9% per year over the next five years this number will rise ......read more

    Lufthansa Group achieves best result in its history

    Results for 2017 Adjusted EBIT increased around 70 percent to some EUR 3 billion Adjusted EBIT margin raised 2.9 percentage points to 8.4 percent Earnings growth primarily driven by the Group’s airlines (including cargo) Revenues up 12.4 percent to EUR 35.6 billion Unit costs further reduced 60 percent higher dividend proposed at EUR 0.80 per share Outlook for 2018 Stable unit revenue development expected Unit costs to be further reduced by 1 to 2 percent Higher fuel costs of some EUR 700 million expected to be largely compensated by improved operating ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Closes Airbus and Boeing Orders

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 March, 2018:   Turkish Airlines today announced on the PDP that, in order to insure the need for wide body aircraft, the Incorporation has decided to purchase 50 firm and 10 optional aircraft, a total of 60 wide body aircraft, of which 6 to be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and 7 in the year 2024. According to this, a total of 30 B787-9 aircraft, of which 25 firm and 5 optional, will be purchased from Boeing and a total of 30 A350-900 aircraft, of which  25 firm and 5 optional will be purchased from ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Airways Limited Announces 2017 Annual Results

    Results   1H2017  2H2017 FY2017  FY2016 Change Revenue US$ million  5,894.1  6,609.8  12,503.9  11,921.3 +4.9% (Loss)/ profit attributable to the shareholders of Cathay Pacific  US$ million (263.6) 101.8 (161.8) (73.9) -119.0% (Loss)/earnings per share  US cents (6.7)  2.6  (4.1)  (1.9)   -119.2% Dividend per ......read more

    Dubai Airport Freezone Authority Announces New Partnership with Liaoning Chamber of Commerce UAE

    Memorandum of Understanding to focus on expanding bilateral trade and investment opportunities between UAE and Northeastern Chinese Province     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2018:   Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), one of the UAE’s leading free zones, has announced a new strategic partnership with Liaoning Chamber of Commerce UAE. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will increase collaboration between the two organizations to help expand bilateral trade and create new business and investment opportunities with Liaoning ......read more

    Munich Airport to develop unique, future-focused innovation campus

    Dubai, UAE, March 10, 2018:  Munich Airport is about to embark on a unique, future-focused project. Under the name LabCampus, the airport will develop an interdisciplinary idea and innovation center on the airport campus. The visionary project will foster cooperation between companies and industries by bringing together leading experts, companies – from start-ups to global players, creative minds and investors – at the heart of a thriving transportation hub with links to over 260 destinations worldwide and plenty of room for real estate development. "There are 150,000 ......read more

    Cozmo Travel expands its UAE presence, opens three more outlets

    The new branches are located in Bur Dubai, Al Quoz and Al Nahda - Sharjah. DUBAI – March 10, 2018:   Cozmo Travel, a member of the Air Arabia Group and a leading travel management company in the region, has launched three new sales outlets as part of its aggressive expansion strategies. With the opening of these new outlets in Bur Dubai, Al Quoz and Al Nahda – Sharjah, Cozmo Travel now operates a network of over 90 branches globally.  Commenting on the opening of new branches, Mr. Jamal Abdulnazar, CEO of Cozmo Travel, said, “We are very glad to open our ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Inaugural Flight to Baku

    First scheduled service linking the UAE and Azerbaijani capitals  New codeshare partnership with Azerbaijan Airlines Appointment of new Country Manager Azerbaijan   Abu Dhabi, UAE 3 March 2018:  Etihad Airways has launched the first ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Baku.   The inaugural flight, EY297, departed Abu Dhabi yesterday carrying a special delegation including diplomats, dignitaries, media representatives, and senior members of Etihad Airways’ management team. On arrival in Baku, the aircraft was greeted with a traditional ......read more

    Airbus inspires young Saudi innovators during ‘Entaliq in KSA' workshop

    Aerospace experts shared their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Riyadh, KSA, 1 March, 2018:  Airbus announced the successful conclusion of its insightful aviation workshop in Riyadh, part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme that aims to present aspiring Saudi entrepreneurs with a brief yet rich perspective on innovations in the global aerospace industry.   The workshop, held at Airbus offices in Riyadh, was attended by 15 young innovators. During the session a number of aviation experts shared their insights and experiences with the ......read more

    Emirates Skywards marks milestone with 20 million members

    Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:  Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates airline, has reached 20 million members. To celebrate this major milestone, Emirates Skywards will be celebrating with its members. Those travelling from Dubai on Emirates flights during the week beginning 4th March 2018 can look forward to little surprises at check-in, on board and in the lounges for some of its longest-standing members. In an average month, Emirates Skywards welcomes 220,000 new members across the globe. The top 5 countries with the largest member bases are spread across ......read more

    With Aviation Sector Taking Off Strongly, More Women Taking To The Skies

    Sheikh Ahmed: Women have played a key role in the success and development of the aviation industry in the UAE UAE stands out in MENA for highest number of women in aviation 42 per cent of Emirates staff are women 12 out of 248 airlines are led by women Over 5,000 women pilots worldwide  558,000 commercial pilots needed globally by 2034 Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:  Compared with other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the UAE has more women pilots, captains, aircraft engineers, mechanics, aircraft maintenance and air traffic controllers, among ......read more

    First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB makes its debut

    Singapore Airlines prepares to resume world’s longest commercial flights Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:   The first Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines later this year.  Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop flights between Singapore and the US, ......read more

    Aim for 1 Billion Passengers to Fly on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights by 2025

    Dubai, UAE, February 27, 2018:   The International Air transport Association (IATA) set out an aim  for one billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. This aspiration was identified on the tenth anniversary of the first flight to blend sustainable aviation fuel and ordinary jet fuel.   On 24 February 2008, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam with sustainable aviation fuel in one of its engines. The flight demonstrated the viability of drop-in biofuels, which can be blended with ......read more

    Turkish Airlines started flights to Freetown, as its 52nd destination to be served in Africa.

    Beginning today, new direct flights to Freetown (Sierra Leone) also bring the total countries and destinations that reached by the flag carrier to 121, and 301, respectively.    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2018:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.    With existing services to city–hubs of Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, ......read more

    Airbus inspires young Saudi entrepreneurs through ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative

    Experts from industry leaders will share invaluable insights to enrich and enhance participants’ ideas during the first ‘Entaliq in KSA’ workshop.  Dubai, UAE, 26 February, 2018:   Airbus will host a workshop to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop and enhance their respective business models, as part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme.  The workshop, will be held at Airbus’ offices in Riyadh on the 28th of February 2018 in the presence of partners such as TAQNIA Aeronautics, Rockwell Collins, ......read more

    Dubai Miracle Garden celebrates upcoming 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with record-breaking 18-metre floral sculpture

    Mickey Mouse sculpture – created as part of a new licensing deal between Dubai Miracle Garden and The Walt Disney Company - earns Dubai Miracle Garden a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title  The sculpture feature is Disney’s first character floral display in the Middle East and is made from almost 100,000 plants and flowers, and weighs almost 35 tons  Dubai, UAE (February 26, 2018):   Dubai Miracle Garden - the world’s largest natural flower garden – today marked the upcoming 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with the unveiling of an 18-metre floral ......read more

    IATA Releases 2017 Airline Safety Performance

    Dubai, UAE, February 24, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2017 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continued strong improvements in safety. The all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.08, an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.68 in 2016 and the rate of 2.01 for the previous 5-year period (2012-2016). The 2017 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.11, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 8.7 million ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds Second Daily Flight to Rome

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 22, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today announced the addition of a second daily direct flight from its Abu Dhabi hub to Rome, effective 25 March 2018. The new service will take the total number of Etihad Airways’ flights on the route to 14 a week.   The additional frequencies will be introduced in phases, beginning 25 March 2018, with five extra weekly flights, rising to a twice-a-day service from 1 May 2018.   The double-daily schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers ......read more

    Finnair extends the operating period for its Chicago and San Francisco routes

    Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2018:  Finnair is extending the operating period for both its Chicago and San Francisco routes during the upcoming fall. The Helsinki-Chicago route will be extended until December 3 with two weekly flights. Originally, the route was set to operate from April 19 until October 27. Chicago is the largest city in the American Midwest and a global hub for business, leisure and the arts. Finnair started a seasonal service to Chicago during the summer of 2015. The Helsinki-San Francisco route will now be extended until December 5 with two weekly frequencies. ......read more

    Finnair opens direct flights to Minsk, the capital of Belarus

    Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2018:  Finnair is expanding its network and will open a direct, year-round route between Helsinki and Minsk on June 9, 2018. Flights between Helsinki and Minsk will be operated twice per week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with an Embraer 190 aircraft. Currently, Finnair also co-operates with Belavia on the Helsinki-Minsk route and Finnair’s own flights will bring the total amount of weekly flights up to five.  Minsk is well known for its history, architecture and cultural arts scene. The city’s many museums and historical sites also offer ......read more

    Emirates to operate first ever A380 to Beirut

    Historic one-off flight to test airport’s A380 operations and readiness  Dubai, UAE, 20 February 2018:   For the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history, Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Beirut on 29 March. The airline’s flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service. The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at ......read more

    Turkish Airlines starts flights to Freetown (Sierra Leone) as its 52nd destination to be served in Africa.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates: February 20, 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to city–hubs of Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, N’Djamena, Ougadougou, Niamey, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more, Turkish Airlines now adds flights to Freetown as its 52nd destination in Africa.   Beginning February 24, Turkish Airlines will ......read more

    Emirates Increases Capacity to Lisbon

    Airline resumes second daily service to the city  DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 February, 2018 –   Emirates today announced it will resume a second daily service to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from 1 June 2018. The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Portugal boasts a warm temperate climate and a long coastline of beaches, scenic villages and a rich culture and history, attracting visitors from all over ......read more

    Emirates to launch a new service to Auckland via Bali from 14 June 2018

    New service will be the only year-round flight between popular destinations Bali and Auckland Flight will meet increased demand between Emirates network and Bali, and provide a new connectivity option to visitors to New Zealand Dubai, 19 February 2018 –   Emirates today announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via the island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.   The new service will offer global travellers a total of three daily services to New Zealand, complementing Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports first space satellite manufactured in the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, 15 Feb 2018-   Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported KhalifaSat- the first satellite developed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). As the first step in its journey to space, KhalifaSat was flown from Dubai to Incheon International Airport in South Korea on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft that was specially chartered for the occasion. Emirates SkyCargo also unveiled a special branded truck to mark the event.   The KhalifaSat project was launched in 2013 by ......read more

    The Allure of Mars: Making humans an inter-planetary species

    Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has been the biggest subject of science-fiction movies and has captivated the interest of billionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson. What exactly is the appeal of the Red Planet and what hope does it hold for the future of humankind? Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  The idea of humans living on Mars may seem today to be what used to be called a ‘moon shot’ – an awesome, fantastic, almost impossible to achieve endeavor – until humans actually walked on Luna. And it all starts with unmanned spacecraft mapping the ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches Humanitarian Aid Mission for Rohingya Refugees

    Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has launched a humanitarian aid mission in support of Rohingya refugee families. The campaign commenced with the distribution of garments, dry food packages, and blankets to more than 3,000 Rohingya families in Bahukhali Bazar in Bangladesh.   The initiative is funded by the generous miles donations of Etihad Guest members, in addition to donations made at various Abu Dhabi-based sporting and social events, as well as the electronic Dirham initiative. The mission also included ......read more

    Dubai Airports' new Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) a 'world first'

    Dubai, UAE – February 13, 2018 -  Dubai Airports today announced the successful completion of the world’s first Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC)* at Dubai International (DXB) following a tour of the new facility by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports. The project was led by Dubai Airports and delivered by Huawei - a leader in the field, in just over 400 days to coincide with UAE’s month of innovation being during February. The complex is equipped with next generation technologies to ensure the highest ......read more

    WGS 2018: For the Future of Mankind, Mars is the Next Frontier, Says Renowned Architect

    Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2018 –  Session, ‘The Journey of Human Evolution’ and entitled ‘Why Evolution Leads to Mars?’ Bjarke Ingels, founder and Creative Partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The segment explored why Mars is the next frontier for mankind.  World-renowned innovator and lead architect of the UAE’s Mars Science City project Bjarke Ingels conducted a widely visual presentation, engaging with the audience and pointing out that, over time, the advancements in technology have allowed mankind to utilize shorter hours in ......read more

    Leading Scientists, Astronauts Share Insights on why Space Exploration Matters at WGS 2018 Space Settlement Forum

    Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –   The practicalities, opportunities and challenges of space exploration were under the spotlight at the Space Settlement Forum on the inaugural day of the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai. The series of sessions attempted to answer the question: “In this era of inequality and serious issues facing mankind, such as climate change and political instability, is space exploration necessary?” It is necessary for resources, according to several experts. The prospect of tapping into Mars water was examined throughout the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has announced its 2018 January passenger and cargo traffic results.

    The national flag carrier of Turkey reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8% in its history. Total number of passengers carried went up by 37% reaching 5.7 million passengers. Thus, 5 million passenger level is exceeded first time in Turkish Airlines history for the month of January.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12 February, 2018: Making the whole world more accessible for its passengers by flying to 300 international destinations than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines consistently continues to increase its total passenger ......read more

    Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s

    Aircraft of choice to continue airline’s successful growth Dubai, UAE, 12 February 2018 –   Emirates and Airbus firmed up an earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and signed a contract for the 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed at a later date. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 bn based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020. The agreement was signed at the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail ......read more

    Former Indian Space Chief Presents Country as a Global Low-Cost Provider of Satellite Services at WGS 2018

    Man behind India’s first Mars mission shares the secret of his country’s success in outer space endeavors Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –  India’s spectacular Red Planet debut with a successful first Mars mission in 2014 brought it a great deal of international acclaim and attention.  “The world understood that the Indian space industry meant serious business,” said Dr Koppillil Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that helmed the project, at a session titled ‘India’s Mission to ......read more

    KhalifaSat, Emirates Mars Mission Spacecraft Hit Milestones

    The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre unveils final design and flight model of the Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe  As first satellite made in the Arab World, KhalifaSat, Ships for Launch  Mars 2117 to be funded by ICT  UAE Astronaut Programme has received over 170 applications from STEM candidates 12 February 2018, Dubai, UAE:   The final designs of the Hope Probe, the Arab World’s first interplanetary mission were unveiled today at the World Government Summit in Dubai. Details of the much-discussed Mars 2117 plan, which aims to create the ......read more

    WGS 2018: Space Settlement Forum Highlights Importance of STEM Education for Eliciting Interest in Space Exploration

    Amal Amin: The number of students keen on participating in MBRSC programs exceeds our expectations Cady Coleman: Mars is for women Dubai-UAE: 11 February, 2018 –   Eliciting interest in space and its exploration among students through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is an imperative in modern times, concluded the participants of the session titled ‘Inspiring Students and the World: Mars and STEM education’, held as part of the Space Settlement Forum in the run-up to the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in ......read more

    German National Tourist Office Dubai appoints Sigrid de Mazieres as new Director for Gulf Countries

    New GNTO Director for Gulf Countries  Dubai, 8 February 2018 –  The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) in Dubai, the local affiliate of the German National Tourism Board, has appointed Sigrid de Mazieres as its new Director for the Gulf countries. In her role, Sigrid de Mazieres will be responsible for guiding the sales & marketing strategy, in order to promote ‘Destination Germany’ throughout the GCC region and to boost arrival numbers with the support of local as well as overseas trade partners and industry stakeholders. “Germany has ......read more

    DAFZA and International Center of Islamic Economy launch the Entrepreneurs Forum

    The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and the International Center for Islamic Economy (ICIE) have announced the launch of the ‘Innovation Ideas’ competition for the Islamic economy sector, in line with DAFZA's efforts in promoting Dubai as a leading city and a global center for Islamic economic activities. The competition was launched during the Entrepreneurs Forum held yesterday (Wednesday 7th February 2018) at Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai. The Entrepreneurs Forum, which is gold sponsored by “National Bonds”, attracted investors, economic institutions, ......read more

    Jazeera Airways announces FY2017 financial results

    Board recommends dividend of 35 fils per share   Kuwait - Feb 8, 2017:  Jazeera Airways KSC (Jazeera) today announced its 2017 full-year financial results. The company reported an operating result of KD7.7 million, and a net profit of KD8.2 million.    FY2017 Financial Highlights:  Operating revenue: KD56.6 million, up 7.3% from FY2016 Operating profit: KD7.7 million, down 12.1% from FY2016 Net profit: KD8.2 million, down 23.7% from FY2016 (FY2016 net profit included a one-off KD 2.4 million transfers from foreign currency translation ......read more

    The Emirates Group Signs MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh

    Dubai, 08 February 2018 –   The Emirates Group, and its affiliated entities including flydubai, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, Government of Andhra Pradesh, to establish a framework for collaboration in various aviation areas to support and invest in the development of Andhra Pradesh’s aviation sector. The MoU was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, and Krishna Kishore, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board ......read more

    CAPA – Centre for Aviation renews REED partnership to deliver leadership summits at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show

    Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2018:   CAPA – Centre for Aviation has renewed its partnership with Reed Exhibitions Middle East to deliver leadership summits geared towards the airport and ANSP sector at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show. Executives and decision makers from leading airport and ANSPs, alongside international aviation experts, will converge in Dubai for two high level forums dedicated to airports and ANSPs, the CAPA Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) on 07-May-2018 and CAPA Global ATC Summit on 08-May-2018. Co-located with the Dubai Airport Show 2018, the world’s ......read more

    Airbus' open aviation data platform Skywise continues to gain market traction

    AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways sign-up for state-of-the-art Skywise Predictive Maintenance Services In total, more than 1,000 Airbus aircraft to be connected to Skywise Dubai, UAE, February 08, 2018:  AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways have become the first airlines to use full aircraft data and advanced predictive analytics on Airbus’ open aviation data platform Skywise, with each signing a premium subscription contract covering Skywise Predictive Maintenance.    The agreements cover the retrofit of their respective A320 and A330 ......read more

    Dubai Accelerating Momentum Towards Its 2020 Tourism Goals as 2017 Delivers a Record 15.8 Million International Overnight Visitors

    India becomes first source market to top 2 million annual visitors Visa-on-arrival status for both Russia and China exponentially elevates visitation from both markets Significant year-on-year growth in traffic volumes from majority of key source markets Dubai consolidates its position as fourth most visited city globally Dubai, UAE; 7 February 2018:  Dubai recorded a strong 6.2 per cent year-on-year increase in international overnight visitation in 2017, accelerating the 5 per cent growth witnessed in the previous year and propelling the emirate’s momentum ......read more

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