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    The VIP Terminal at Dubai South Records Rapid Increase in Private Jets Movements in Q1 2021

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 May 2021:  Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South announced that private jets movements continued their impressive growth in 2021 with a 336% increase in Q1 2021, reaching 4,904 compared to 1,460 in Q1 2020 and 1,676 in Q1 2019.   Aircraft movements include the four FBOs operating at MBRAH, which are Jetex Executive Aviation, Jet Aviation, DC Aviation and ExecuJet Middle East.  Tahnoon Saif, CEO of Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, said: “Our private jets movements at the VIP Terminal in MBRAH have been increasing steadily since last July, which is a testament to the successful national vaccination campaign, the emirate’s status as a preferred destination for tourists from across the world as well as Dubai’s ranking third globally and second in the ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Reaches All Time High in March, up 4.4% Compared to Pre-COVID Levels

    05 May 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released March 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand continued to outperform pre-COVID levels (March 2019) with demand up 4.4%. March demand reached the highest level recorded since the series began in 1990. Month-on-month demand also increased albeit at a slower pace than the previous month with volumes up 0.4% in March over February 2021 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 March 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), was up 4.4% compared to March 2019 and 0.4% compared to February 2021. This was ......read more

    March Domestic Demand Sees Upsurge but International Travel Still Largely Shutdown

    5 May 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID levels (March 2019) but rose compared to the immediate month prior (February 2021).    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to March 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in March 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 67.2% compared to March 2019. That was an improvement over the 74.9% decline recorded in February 2021 versus February 2019. The better performance was driven by gains in domestic markets, particularly China. International traffic remained largely ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim Sees 25% Increase in Private and Business Jet Activity in Q1

    Dubai, UAE, May 05, 2021: In further signs of an economic recovery in Dubai, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), the leading business aviation company with its own FBO and hangar facility, has recorded a 25% increase in private and business jet activity in the first quarter of this year.  From its fully integrated facility at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South, DCAF saw an increased number of VVIP guests arriving from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Europe, India and Pakistan amongst others. The company also saw increased visitors from Israel following the signing of the Abraham Accords agreement to open diplomatic, trade and economic relations between the two countries.  Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director of DCAF, said: “The UAE has firmly established itself on the world stage with the ......read more

    Airbus Reports First Quarter (Q1) 2021 Results'

    • 125 commercial aircraft delivered in a market environment that remains uncertain  • Strong focus on cost and cash containment; progress on restructuring • Revenues € 10.5 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 0.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 0.5 billion; EPS (reported) € 0.46 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.2 billion, including positive phasing impact • Net cash position at € 5.6 billion • The guidance issued in February 2021 remains unchanged Amsterdam, 29 April 2021 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for its First Quarter (Q1) ended 31 March 2021.   “The good Q1 results mainly reflect our commercial aircraft delivery performance, cost and cash containment, ......read more

    Airbus Reports First Quarter (Q1) 2021 Results

    • 125 commercial aircraft delivered in a market environment that remains uncertain  • Strong focus on cost and cash containment; progress on restructuring • Revenues € 10.5 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 0.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 0.5 billion; EPS (reported) € 0.46 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.2 billion, including positive phasing impact • Net cash position at € 5.6 billion • The guidance issued in February 2021 remains unchanged   United Arab Emirates, 29 April 2021 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for its First Quarter (Q1) ended 31 March 2021.   “The good Q1 results mainly reflect our commercial aircraft delivery performance, cost and cash ......read more

    Air Cairo Receives its First Airbus A320neo

    UAE, 26 April 2021:  Air Cairo, Egypt’s low-fare airline, has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft. The new aircraft will join Air Cairo’s all Airbus fleet of seven aircraft.  The aircraft is on lease from ICBC Leasing and is equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines. With improved levels of efficiency, the new aircraft will be deployed on Air Cairo’s regional and international network to serve countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East – demonstrating the operational flexibility of the A320neo. Air Cairo’s fleet expansion and modernization strategy coincides with the airline’s decision to open more routes, fostering closer links with countries across continents. Offering the airline exceptional technical, economic and environmental performance, Air Cairo’s A320neo is ......read more

    IATA Welcomes WHO Emergency Committee Risk Management Recommendations

    24 April 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged states to comply with recommendations on international travel from the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on testing and risk management during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, IATA highlighted the following recommendations for states: • “Do not require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry.”    IATA believes that the freedom to travel across borders should not be limited to those who are able to be vaccinated. It does, however, support governments opening borders to those who have been vaccinated and that testing should also play a key role where vaccination is not possible. Together—testing and vaccination—are key measures for states to ......read more

    Reduced Losses but Continued Pain in 2021

    -Immediate Priorities are Restart Plans, Employment Support, and Costs-   22, April 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects net airline industry losses of $47.7 billion in 2021 (net profit margin of -10.4%). This is an improvement on the estimated net industry loss of $126.4 billion in 2020 (net profit margin of -33.9%).    “This crisis is longer and deeper than anyone could have expected. Losses will be reduced from 2020, but the pain of the crisis increases. There is optimism in domestic markets where aviation’s hallmark resilience is demonstrated by rebounds in markets without internal travel restrictions. Government imposed travel restrictions, however, continue to dampen the strong underlying demand for international travel. Despite an estimated 2.4 billion people ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 Advisory Board Convenes for the First Time to Analyse the Future of Aerospace with Industry Leaders

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 22, April 2021:  Dubai Airshow, in collaboration with the Defense Services Marketing Council (DSMC), held the first meeting of its Advisory Board for 2021. With its high-level industry, government and academic members, the Board focused on analysing industry trends and discussing future strategies that will drive growth for the aerospace sector.   The goal of the Board of Advisors is to help shape the 2021 program and agenda for the Dubai Airshow, in order to elevate the event to a new level of success. After an unprecedented time of global economic downturn and grounding of the global aerospace sector, the Dubai Airshow aims to be the restart and leader in shaping the industry’s future. The Advisory Board and its industry network is key to supporting and achieving this ......read more

    Win 50 Times Your Flight Fare With Etihad's Ramadan Sale

    • Etihad’s Ramadan Box giveaway sees 1,000 surprise gifts given out to guests • Prizes given as part of Etihad’s sensational 50,000 prize giveaway in celebration of the UAE’s 50th Anniversary   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 20, 2021:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has embarked on an extraordinary gift giving campaign this Ramadan. The promotion is part of Etihad’s commitment which was unveiled last week, to give away 50,000 prizes throughout the year in celebration of the UAE’s 50th anniversary.    Etihad is marking the occasion by giving three lucky winners 50 times their flight fare in Etihad Credit. Etihad Credit can be used to pay for flights, upgrades and extras any time within two ......read more

    IATA and Unilabs Partner to Help Passengers Manage Covid-19 Tests

    United Arab Emirates -  April 20, 2021:   Unilabs, the leading European diagnostic services provider, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines, have signed an agreement to incorporate Unilabs’ worldwide Covid-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass. The agreement will make Unilabs one of the first major lab groups to be integrated into IATA’s Travel Pass app. Proof of a negative Covid-19 test is required by many governments as a condition of entry, and the app makes the process seamless, secure, and easy.   “Covid-19 testing will play a role in re-starting international travel. Travelers will need to understand test requirements, locate labs, verify their identity to the lab and transfer their test results to relevant ......read more

    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

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

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

    Criteria for COVID-19 Testing in the Air Travel Process

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

    Continued Government Relief Measures Needed to get Airlines Through the Winter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Operates Goodwill Flight To Costa Rica

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways and Aldar Retail Sign Major Partnership Agreement

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

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

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

    Etihad Engineering Expands Operations as Airlines Bring Forward Maintenance Schedules

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

    Industry Losses to Top $84 Billion in 2020

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

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

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

    Swiss-Belhotel International Launches Global Initiative ‘WeReassure'

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

    MBRSC Vows Analytical Studies for Scientific Community and Government Entities

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

    After April Passenger Demand Trough, First Signals of Uptick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Urgent Implementation of ICAO COVID-19 Guidelines Needed

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Launches Health and Hygiene Programme Championed by New Wellness Ambassadors

    • ‘Etihad Wellness’ highlights the stringent measures in place for healthy flying • As an industry first, Wellness Ambassadors will provide greater level of customer care and reassurance   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – June 01, 2020:   Etihad Airways has launched ‘Etihad Wellness’, an expanded and more comprehensive health and hygiene programme and customer guide. This builds on the stringent measures already put in place by the airline to deal with COVID-19. The programme will be championed by the introduction of specially ......read more

    DTTAG New Executive Committee to Manage Post Covid 19 Return to Normalcy of Travel

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 31, 2020:  The Dubai Travel and Tour Agents Group (DTTAG) has been restructured with the appointment of Mr. Asim Arshad, CEO of Orient Travel, as the president of the group along with Mr. Sumit Acharya, Managing Director of BCD Travel, as the Vice President. The Group has also revamped the executive committee to include industry stalwarts from leading travel agencies, namely Mr. Jamal Abdulnazer, CEO of Cozmo Travel; Mr. Aubrey Heldt, General Manager of Kanoo Travel; Mr. Savio Vaz, Vice President of Dnata Travel; Mr. Nasir Khan, CEO of Al Nabooda ......read more

    WTTC Launches Safe Travels Protocols for Aviation, Airports, MICE and Tour Operators

    New measures help to rebuild confidence for travellers Latest protocols aid the reopening of Travel & Tourism sector   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 30, 2020:   The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has unveiled the second phase of measures to rebuild global consumer confidence to encourage the return of travelling.   The latest protocols are designed to drive the return of safe travel and enable industries, namely tour operators and convention centres, meetings and events to thrive once again.   Detailed discussions took place with ......read more

    Airline Debt to Balloon by 28%

    -Heavy New Debt Levels Will Weigh Down Airline Recovery-     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released analysis showing that the airline industry’s global debt could rise to $550 billion by year-end. That’s a $120 billion increase over debt levels at the start of 2020.    • $67 billion of the new debt is composed of government loans ($50 billion), deferred taxes ($5 billion) and loan guarantees ($12 billion). • $52 billion is from commercial sources including ......read more

    Al Majid Motors Announces the Arrival of All-New Kia K5 Fastback Sedan in the UAE

    Dubai,  27 May 2020:  Al Majid Motors, the sole distributor of KIA passenger and commercial vehicles in the UAE, has announced the arrival of all-new Kia K5 fastback sedan. The new Kia K5 is a fastback evolution of K5, which is the brand’s global best-selling sedan. The striking vehicle features a new stunning design along with a driver-focused interior, latest automobile technologies, and all-new powertrain options.    Mohammed Khader, President Al Majid Motors, said, “We are pleased to announce that the latest version of KIA’s most-loved sedan is ......read more

    SITA Steps Up Development of a Self-sovereign Identity for Air Travel

    SITA becomes a more active member and supporter of the Sovrin Foundation    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 23, 2020:   SITA has stepped up its commitment to developing a permanent digital identity for air travel by becoming a Premium Donor of the Sovrin Foundation, the international non-profit organization focused on the advancement of self-sovereign digital identity.  The Sovrin Foundation is a decentralized, global public utility for self-sovereign identity. Self-sovereign means a lifetime portable identity for any person, organization, or thing that allows ......read more

    Emirates Sets Industry-leading Safety Standard for Customers Travelling as It Resumes Operations

    Dubai UAE - 21 May 2020:  Emirates has unveiled multi-faceted measures for employee and customer care at every step of the travel journey, redefining safety and hygiene standards on board and on the ground. The new measures took effect today, with the resumption of regularly scheduled passenger flights to nine destinations.   "Emirates is implementing a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the traveller's journey, to enhance the sanitisation of all touchpoints, and ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees. The risk of catching an infection ......read more

    IATA COVID-19 Middle East and Africa Update Today at 12 PM

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 21, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) cordially invites you to attend a media briefing and teleconference led by its Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), Muhammad Ali Albakri.   Mr. Muhammad Albakri will be providing an update on below topics:   • Update on the effects of COVID-19 on the industry in the Africa and Middle East regions • Update on Aviation Relief measures  • Restart plan for the industry • Presentation from Pall Aerospace - the ......read more

    The Heart of Europe Takes Shape as the Ultimate Sustainable Island Tourism Destination in the Middle East

    A new set of treasure islands gets ready to offer the best of Europe in an experiential holiday and entertainment retreat     Date: Dubai, UAE; May 21, 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

    IATA Outlines Layered Approach for Industry Re-Start

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 20, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed details of its proposed temporary layered approach to biosecurity for re-starting passenger flights amid the COVID-19 crisis.   IATA has published Biosecurity for Air Transport: A Roadmap for Restarting Aviation which outlines IATA’s proposal for a layering of temporary biosecurity measures. The Roadmap aims to provide the confidence that governments will need to enable the re-opening of borders to passenger travel; and the confidence that travelers will need to ......read more

    Etihad Guest Rewards Members While Staying Home

    • Members get 40% bonus miles when transferring loyalty points into Etihad Guest Miles for the first time • In partnership with Tryano, Talabat, Al Jaber Optical and more, members can earn miles while shopping from home • Cash back and discounts on everyday spends      Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – May 20, 2020:   Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, is offering members 40% more bonus miles when transferring loyalty points into Etihad Guest Miles for the first time from a range of partner ......read more

    Etihad Airways Increases Number and Frequency of Special Flights Worldwide

    • New transit connection from Sydney to London via Abu Dhabi, in addition to Melbourne • Special flights to Belgrade, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Paris CDG, and Toronto   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – May 19, 2020:  Etihad Airways is continuing to increase the number of special flights it is operating worldwide to and from Abu Dhabi.   Throughout May and June, the airline will increase frequencies on previously announced special flights and will add new services to Belgrade, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and ......read more

    Etihad Holidays to Be Operated by Dnata Travel Group In the UK

    • Initial focus on promoting the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi   May 18, 2020:  dnata Travel Group, a leading UK-based travel services provider, has signed a partnership agreement with Etihad Airways to provide sales and service, ground product and brand marketing functions for Etihad Holidays in the UK. The collaboration will significantly increase Etihad Holidays’ distribution power in this market providing opportunities for greater engagement with UK travellers. The partnership formally commences in May 2020, with holidays for later in 2020 available, and 2021 ......read more

    COVID-19 Crisis Continues to Devastate Air Transport in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: Government Support Essential

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 16, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to provide urgent financial relief to airlines as they struggle to survive the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis.   IATA estimates that revenues generated by airlines in the Jordanian market will fall by US $700 million (52%) compared to 2019. That puts at risk nearly 34,400 Jordanian jobs and US $1.1 billion of Jordan’s GDP, which is generated by aviation directly as well as by aviation-related ......read more

    Don't Make A Slow Recovery More Difficult with Quarantine Measures

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 14, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new analysis showing that the damage to air travel from COVID-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul / international travel being the most severely impacted. Quarantine measures on arrival would further damage confidence in air travel. A risk-based layered approach of globally harmonized biosecurity measures is critical for the restart.   Read remarks of Alexandre de Juniac View the COVID-19 Outlook for Air Travel in the Next 5 Years ......read more

    Emirates Resumes Passenger Flights to 9 Destinations, including Connections between UK and Australia

    • From 21 May, Emirates will operate to: London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne* • Offers seamless connection in Dubai for customers flying between the UK and Australia     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2020:    Emirates has announced its plan to operate scheduled flight services from 21 May to nine destinations: London Heathrow Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.* The airline will also offer connections in Dubai for customers travelling between the UK and ......read more

    Euronews Speaks To Dubai Businesses Adapting to Support Global Needs Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    International News Channel Looks At How Dubai Based Companies are Aiding the Fight Against COVID-19   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13th May 2020:  Dubai based businesses, The Arab Fashion Council, Emirates Sky Cargo and DP World are having to adapt and change business plans as a result of  COVID-19,  and have become an integral part of supplying essential supplies to the world during the pandemic.  Europe’s leading international news channel, Euronews met with the Dubai-based companies for an exclusive Business Line interview, to discover how they are ......read more

    Etihad Airways Harnesses Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives to Help Combat COVID-19

    • Designed in collaboration with Etihad Engineering, 1,000 face shields to be distributed to medical staff.  • Over 3,000 Etihad employees registered to volunteer to support SEHA, Ma’an, Emirates Red Crescent and the UAE Volunteers Platform.  • In partnership with Emirates Red Crescent, the airline has been providing 1,000 prepared meals per day to Humanitarian City.    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - May 12, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has amplified its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to ......read more

    KhalifaSat Captures Lockdown Images of Airports

    Grounded on Earth Today, To the Skies Tomorrow  Dubai, UAE, 07 May 2020:   While the Earth might be filled with grounded planes today, they will all be taking to the skies soon. In an appropriate response to the 'Stay at Home' movement, most passenger planes have been rested across airports around the world, awaiting their next flight dates. These photos of the world's biggest airports such as Dubai International Airport, Shanghai International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport and Paris Charles de ......read more

    Comments from MBRSC on HH Sheikh Hamdan's Video Conference with Hope Probe Team

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 05, 2020:    H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said:  “Today, we were honoured to receive a video call from His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of MBRSC, as he addressed the Emirates Mars Mission team. The team briefed His Highness on the successful transfer of the Hope Probe from the UAE to its launch site in Japan, despite the current challenges, thanks to the support of our leadership and the perseverance of the team.”   He added, “The ......read more

    IATA / UPU Warn of Air Capacity Shortage

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 04, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) warned that air capacity for postal services is insufficient and urged governments to do more to support the movement of mail by air during the COVID-19 crisis.  Owing to the drastic 95% reduction in passenger flights, which are typically used to transport mail, and a 25-30% increase in demand for e-commerce as customers and businesses resort to online purchasing in response to social distancing restrictions, postal administrations are facing a ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Collaborates With UAE Industry to Develop and Deploy New UAE Made Robotic Technology to Reinstate Covid- Free Environment

    - The launch of the new robot comes in collaboration with Tawazun Strategic Development Fund - New CoDI BOT UGV developed by Marakeb Technologies for Abu Dhabi Airports to be deployed at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) from May onwards - Robot is designed for the disinfection of spaces, limiting risk of contamination or human exposure to viruses including COVID-19 - CoDI BOT UGV reflects Abu Dhabi’s commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of passengers, staff, and visitors in the airport environment     Abu Dhabi, UAE – 02 May 2020:  ......read more

    ACI and IATA Call for Urgent Financial Assistance to Protect Jobs and Operations

     Financial relief will assist the industry to lay foundation for a balanced recovery     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 02, 2020:    Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have today come together to call for governments to quickly grant financial relief to assist airport operators and airlines during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and support the essential connectivity the industry will provide for economic recovery.    The industry is united with governments around the ......read more

    Passenger Demand Plunges in March as Travel Restrictions Take Hold

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 30, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for March 2020 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) dived 52.9% compared to the year-ago period. This was the largest decline in recent history, reflecting the impact of government actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. In seasonally adjusted terms, global passenger volumes returned to levels last seen in 2006. March capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) fell by 36.2% and load factor plummeted ......read more

    IATA Calls for Global Mutual Recognition by Civil Aviation Authorities

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on regulators to take urgent action to help civil aviation operate seamlessly and safely between states during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to help facilitate the restart when the virus is contained. Specifically, IATA asked states to take the following immediate steps:   • Work with the aviation industry to find temporary measures to ensure that licenses and certificates critical to managing aviation safety are extended to remain valid; • File their ......read more

    November Dates for IATA's 76th AGM

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its rescheduled 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 23-24 November 2020. IATA’s 76th AGM and World Air Transport Summit will be hosted by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines at the RAI Convention Centre. The dates were selected in anticipation that government restrictions on travel will have been lifted and that the public health authorities in the Netherlands will permit large gatherings at that ......read more

    Immediate and Severe Air Cargo Capacity Crunch

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for March air cargo performance demonstrating a severe capacity shortfall.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 15.2% in March compared to the previous year (-15.8% for international markets).   • Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne kilometers (ACTKs), shrank by 22.7% in March compared to the previous year (-24.6% for international markets).   • International markets ......read more

    Airbus Reports First Quarter (Q1) 2020 Results

    ●               Market environment strongly impacted by COVID-19 situation, particularly in commercial aircraft ●               Q1 2020 financials partially impacted by COVID-19 ●               Revenues € 10.6 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 281 million ●               EBIT (reported) € 79 million; loss per share (reported) € -0.61 ●              ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Draws the World's Biggest National Flag in the Sky to Honor the Founding of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey

    A commercial film following flight TK1920 has been broadcasted across Turkish Airlines’ social media accounts   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 28, 2020:   Turkey’s national flag carrier performed one of the most significant flights on April 23, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Grand National Assembly, and National Sovereignty and Children's Day. The TC-JJF registered Boeing 777-300 (ER) type aircraft, which arrived in Ankara in the morning for this special flight, took off from Esenboğa Airport on April 23 at 09:40, local time. ......read more

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