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    Global Aerospace Summit 2022 hosted by Mubadala to return to Abu Dhabi

     Mubadala to host the sixth edition of the Summit  Digital Driven Resurgence will form the central theme of the Summit   New for 2022; a dedicated start-up programme, focus on technology and digitalization in addition to the newly formed Task Force and Future Propulsion Working Group   23 October 2021 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Aviation, aerospace, space and defense leaders from across the planet will meet in-person in Abu Dhabi for the return of the Global Aerospace Summit on 24 -26 May 2022.      The theme of the Summit, ‘Digital Driven Resurgence’, will showcase the rapid transformation that has happened across these sectors over recent years and the role of innovation and technology moving forward.  An increasing number of aerospace and ......read more

    Ain Dubai Lights Up Dubai's Skyline With Stunning Opening Show Celebration

    The world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding opened yesterday Thursday 21st October  Thousands joined the extravaganza at the Ain Dubai Plaza that bustled with fun-filled family activities, live DJ sets and a spectacular inaugural light, drone and fireworks show Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23,  October 2021 – The ultimate celebration destination is officially open! After much anticipation, Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding, celebrated its first visitors yesterday. The inaugural rotation took place at 2pm for eager guests who had pre-booked to experience a 38-minute rotation in the state-of-the-art cabins. The first rotation also included the lucky winners of the Ain Dubai treasure hunt around Bluewaters competition held earlier this ......read more

    Airblue Receives its First A321neo

    14, October 2021:  Airblue Limited, the private Islamabad-based airline, has taken delivery of its first A321neo aircraft. It marks an important step in Pakistan’s aviation journey, making Airblue the first operator of an Airbus neo aircraft in the country. The airline currently operates an all Airbus fleet of nine A320 Family aircraft.  Airblue’s A321neo, on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is equipped with CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines. Currently Airblue operates domestic flights to Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Multan and to international destinations in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The A321neo will enable the airline to further expand its network. The highly-fuel-efficient A321neo will help reduce Airblue’s operating costs and will offer exceptional ......read more

    Expo 2020 Opens a New Era for Dubai's Tourism Industry

     Dubai Tourism, stakeholders and partners participate in symbolic opening of Expo 2020 Portal Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 13 October 2021:  In a reflection of the huge boost that Expo 2020 Dubai has given to global tourism recovery, key stakeholders and partners opened the doors to a new era for Dubai’s tourism industry at a ceremony marking the symbolic opening of the Expo 2020 entry Portal. His Excellency, Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), flanked by a group of stakeholders and partners, participated in the opening of the Expo 2020’s towering entry Portal to the Sustainability district. The opening of the gates was accompanied by the playing of the Expo theme song ‘This is our time’ before the distinguished group of ......read more

    Germany Lifts Travel Restrictions for GCC Travellers

    The German National Tourist Office welcomes the decision of the German Federal Government to allow travel to Germany from Bahrain and the UAE, regardless of vaccination status  Based on a recommendation of the Council of the European Union, Germany has implemented and updated its entry restrictions Dubai, UAE – October 13, 2021:  The German Federal Government has included Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the German safe list, reducing COVID-19 implemented restrictions for travellers. The news follows the previous inclusions of Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to the list.   The reduction in restrictions applies to all travellers twelve years and above regardless of individual vaccination status, with visitors now able to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of ......read more

    Etihad Raises US$1.2 Billion in First Sustainability-Linked ESG Loan in Global Aviation

    • Landmark finance transaction demonstrates UAE flag carrier’s ongoing commitment to sustainability • First sustainability-linked loan regionally to include environmental, social and governance metrics • Loan terms tied to targets to reduce CO2 emissions, increase corporate governance and promote female participation   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 13, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has raised US$1.2 billion in the first sustainability-linked loan (SLL) tied to environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets in global aviation.   The transaction is the largest sustainable financing in the airline’s history and follows two innovative aviation financing deals – a first-of-a-kind sustainability-linked ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice For Half-Term Break

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 13, 2021:  Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport are ready to welcome a large volume of passengers over the half-term break.   The airline has provided travel tips to make the journey as convenient and smooth as possible.   1. Check the destination requirements. With travel restrictions changing frequently, Etihad recommends visiting etihad.com/destinationguide to check the latest updates before the journey begins.   2. Verified to Fly? Visit ‘Manage my booking’ on etihad.com to share covid-related travel documents. Approval will be shared by email giving passengers confidence that all required documents are in place, and allowing fast-track airport check-in at the ‘Verified to Fly’ desks.   3. Check-in ......read more

    Emirates Mars Mission Unveils New Insights into Turbulent Martian Atmosphere

    New Observations Show Unexpected Behaviours in Mars’ Atmosphere as EMM Data Shared with Global Community Dubai-UAE: 9 October 2021:   The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, today released unique new images of Mars that challenge our existing conception of how the planet’s atmospheric gases behave and interact. Taken by the Mars Hope probe’s EMUS instrument, the observations show dramatic variations in the concentrations of both atomic oxygen and carbon monoxide in the dayside atmosphere of Mars. “These observations contain features that were completely unexpected and we believe will have far-reaching consequences for our existing models of the Martian atmosphere and our understanding of its behaviour. We simply hadn’t anticipated ......read more

    Discover from a different perspective with a Boat Rental in Dubai

    Discover boat rentals in Dubai this winter  When we think about Dubai, many of us will associate the emirate with skyscrapers, 6-star hotels, and fantastic shopping. What often goes overlooked is that the entire city is stretched along the coast. A Boat Rental in Dubai is beginning to pick up in popularity due to how easy and accessible it is to rent a boat. As we can guess, Dubai is full of boat owners, which makes finding one to rent on a day-to-day basis extremely easy. Click&Boat, the leading boat rental platform, has everything from luxury yachts to rustic sailboats, and it offers a new perspective when visiting Dubai. It should be noted that whilst boats can be rented for an entire week vacation, they can also be rented for just a few hours - with or without a captain and crew. Sometimes we can get caught up in the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates UAE Civil Aviation Day

      Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of UAE, is marking UAE Civil Aviation Day with a video featuring its young and talented Emirati workforce to support the UAE’s efforts to elevate awareness of the aviation sector. The video consists of various professions in Etihad Aviation Group including pilots, doctors and engineers.  Today, 89 years ago, a pioneering journey began when the first aircraft carried passengers to the UAE, landing in Sharjah with four passengers on board. Since then, the UAE has commemorated Civil Aviation Day annually on the 5 October.  Commenting on this occasion, Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government International Communications, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Airways was established in 2003 ......read more

    Quote of H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC

    October 06, 2021:  We are proud of the announcement of the UAE’s new space mission, which will make us the first Arab country and the fourth country in the world to send a space mission to Venus and an asteroid belt. This mission, with its unprecedented scientific goals, will enhance the UAE's contribution to the scientific progress of humanity. The announcement also coincides with our upcoming celebration of the golden jubilee of the founding of the UAE, confirming our consistent approach to contribute to humankind under the vision of our wise leadership. The words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during the announcement reflects the ambition of the UAE and its people, which does not stop at any limit. The UAE has always aimed ......read more

    EY20 Sustainable Flight by Etihad Airways Now on Sale

    • Etihad’s EY20 Sustainable Flight to operate on 23 October 2021 from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is inviting travellers to book its EY20 Sustainable Flight departing 23 October from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, to celebrate the latest anniversary of the Etihad Greenliner Programme.   The Etihad Greenliner Programme – now two years old following its inception in 2019 – uses Etihad’s Boeing 787 fleet as a test bed for sustainability improvements in partnership with organisations across the aviation industry. Back in October 2019, Etihad and Boeing signed a landmark agreement, pledging to work collaboratively on sustainable aviation solutions in both the R&D domain and ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Host Global Cabin Crew Recruitment Drive as the Airline Recovers From Pandemic

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 04, 2021:    Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is hosting a major recruitment drive, seeking up to 1000 individuals with outstanding hospitality experience to join the airline’s World Leading Cabin Crew. The international recruitment days will take place in 10 different cities across the UAE, Middle East and Europe, including Egypt, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.  Applicants interested in attending the recruitment days and joining the airline’s award-winning team of cabin crew should register in advance by visiting etihad.com/cabincrewrecruitment. Employees laid off due to the pandemic are welcome to apply through the airline’s alumni programme, which is currently advertising the ......read more

    Governments' Response to Delta Variant Slams August Domestic Traffic Demand

    2 October 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel decelerated in August compared to July, as government actions in response to concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant cut deeply into domestic travel demand.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to August 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in August 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 56.0% compared to August 2019. This marked a slowdown from July, when demand was 53.0% below July 2019 levels.   • This was entirely driven by domestic markets, which were down 32.2% compared to August 2019, ......read more

    Etihad Launches Flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar

    • Launch sale with return fares from AED 995 in Economy and AED 3995 in Business to celebrate Etihad’s new destinations   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 30, 2021:  Etihad Airways today announced three new quarantine-free destinations for the coming winter season. This November, the airline will begin flying to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, and the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. The new additions to Etihad’s network mean the UAE’s national carrier will be operating to 70 destinations across 47 countries.   Etihad Airways has launched a sale on fares to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar, valid until midnight on 6 October 2021. Available on a first come, first served basis, guests can enjoy return fares starting from AED 995 in Economy and AED ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo and ECS Group Celebrate One Year of Serving Lyon

    Since its first flight on 17SEP20, the leading international cargo airline, together with ECS Group, the world’s largest integrated GSSA, has flown more than 5 million kilos out of Lyon, France Doha,  Qatar – September 29, 2021:  From zero to 211 flights in just 12 months: Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading cargo airline, and ECS Group, the world’s largest integrated GSSA, celebrate their first year of air cargo services out of Lyon (LYS), France. Initially planned as a new Qatar Airways passenger service destination for the summer of 2020, prior to the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lyon was instead subsequently set up from scratch and in record time as a highly successful cargo gateway. Four times a week, a flexible mix of passenger-to-cargo conversions (B777-300, A350-900, B787-9, ......read more

    Air Cargo Up 7.7% in August Versus Pre-COVID Levels; Capacity Lagging Demand

    29, September 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released August 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend but pressure on capacity is rising.    As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons below are to August 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 7.7% compared to August 2019 (8.6% for international operations). Overall growth remains strong compared to the long-term average growth trend of around 4.7%. • The pace of growth slowed slightly compared to July, which saw demand increase 8.8% (against pre-COVID-19 levels). • Cargo capacity ......read more

    Top 7 Holiday Destinations to Visit in Dubai

    Our big blue planet encompasses pristine beaches, historic monuments, forests, and countless treasures. You can even explore eye-glittering places like waterfalls, mysterious islands, and museums. We understand that you want to add all of them to your bucket list. It is challenging to plan and segregate the places to travel with your life partner, friends, and family members. Due to the global pandemic, Coronavirus, the government had imposed travel restrictions to some extent. Now the time has changed. Everything is new normal. If you are a travel freak and willing to explore new places in Dubai as a refreshment, we are here to help you out. When planning such long trips, you may need to be aware of the places before you visit and know the famous restaurants, malls, flight booking, etc. It's not everyone's cup of tea to ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 Collaborate with Global Aerospace Entities to Support Startups

     VISTA pitch competitions will be held in partnership with government and industry stakeholders including Etihad Airways, MBRSC, AWS and Boeing Applied Innovation  Startups will be offered a chance to pitch solutions that support the host partners’ initiatives in a bid to compete for exclusive prizes   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 27, September 2021: Dubai Airshow 2021 is set to host pitch competitions in partnership with major local and global aerospace entities, including Etihad Airways, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Boeing Applied Innovation. The partnerships aim to provide disruptive startups with an opportunity to showcase their innovative technologies and creative ideas, in support of initiatives launched by the aerospace ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds More Flights to Seychelles

    • Five weekly flights from October with extra services over school holidays • Etihad Airways launches sale to Seychelles from AED 1,795 return   Abu Dhabi, UAE – September 26, 2021:  Etihad Airways will be operating more flights to Seychelles from October to provide leisure holidaymakers and families with convenient travel options to the tropical paradise.   The national airline of the UAE will upgrade its Seychelles service from four to five weekly flights from 7 October, as well as operate seven additional services between 15 and 24 October to coincide with the half-term holidays. These additional flights have been scheduled to provide families with younger children with more travel options during the school break.   Martin Drew, Etihad’s Senior Vice President Sales and ......read more

    Finnair and Turkish Airlines Launch Code Shares, enabling more Choice for Travellers

    Finnair and Turkish Airlines today announced a codeshare agreement that brings more choice to the airline’s customers. Starting September 29, the Finnair AY code will be added to Turkish Airlines route between Helsinki and Istanbul, and from Istanbul to Athens, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Amman, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Antalya and Gazipasa.  Respectively, the Turkish Airlines TK code will be added to the following routes from Finnair’s Helsinki hub: Kuopio, Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Antalya and Gazipasa.  “We are happy to be able to offer more options to our customers, as travel now starts to recover and our customers are again able to fulfil their travel dreams”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “We also welcome Turkish ......read more

    Airbus to Deliver U.S.- Completed Commercial Aircraft with Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    Sept. 23, 2021 – Airbus will start delivering all aircraft from its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on board later this year. The initiative is a further step toward fulfilling Airbus’ commitment to carbon-neutral growth in the aviation sector. Airbus has reached an agreement with Signature Flight Support to supply SAF to its Mobile facility. No later than November 2021, all aircraft delivered to customers will be powered by a blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel. Signature Flight Support is working in partnership with World Energy to provide the U.S.-sourced SAF to Airbus. “Delivering our Mobile-produced aircraft with SAF is an important, iterative step toward solving the carbon challenge,” said Jeff Knittel, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, Inc. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Exponential Abu Dhabi – With Complimentary Expo 2020 Tickets for All Guests

    • From Abu Dhabi to Expo 2020 Dubai in less than an hour • Abu Dhabi welcomes fully vaccinated travellers without quarantine   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is giving all of its guests travelling into or via Abu Dhabi a complimentary ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai, the biggest cultural gathering in the world. The spectacular event, taking place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, will welcome the world to the UAE. Visitors can enjoy a visit to Expo and also explore the incredible tourist attractions Abu Dhabi and the rest of the country has to offer. The special promotion under the “Exponential Abu Dhabi” campaign starts today and will run until 31 March 2022.   Expo 2020 is just a 45-minute drive from Abu ......read more

    Touristic Enterprises Company Reveals its New Strategy to Usher in the New Golden Age of Tourism in Kuwait

    Announces redevelopment plans for 11 projects following the approval of a 250 million KWD capital increase from the Kuwait Investment Authority Kuwait- 22 September 2021: Today, the Chief Executive Officer of the Touristic Enterprises Company, Mr. Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Marzouq and members of the leadership team revealed the company’s new strategy to become a world-class provider of leisure and entertainment experiences in Kuwait. Speaking at the press conference at Kuwait Towers, Mr. Al-Marzouq outlined the company’s path forward to revive the golden era of tourism in Kuwait and become one of the leading developers and operators of family entertainment experiences in the region. This is the most ambitious transformation in the company’s 40+ year history, which laid out concrete plans for the redevelopment of 11 ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Talabat Team Up To Explore a Range of Exciting New Initiatives

    • Region’s leading food delivery platform talabat joins the Etihad Guest ‘Miles on the Go’ loyalty programme • The MoU was signed in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas, and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 21, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and talabat, the region's leading food delivery and q-commerce platform, have signed a region-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement will see the two organisations collaborate on a range of initiatives that will benefit both Etihad Airways and talabat customers and employees.   The MoU, signed today at Etihad Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO, Tony Douglas and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez, heralds the start of ......read more

    Etihad Guest Members to Boost Their Miles With a New Programme Feature, Enabled by Points International

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 20, 2021:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, has launched a new programme feature, MilesBooster, powered by global leader in loyalty commerce, Points (NASDAQ: PCOM) (TSX:PTS). MilesBooster lets members multiply miles they have earned from almost any activity - from previous flights or even non-travel related expenditures such as credit card transactions and everyday purchases. Members have the option to double or triple miles earned in the past 12 months when they pay a special mileage rate. Those who take advantage of this new benefit can boost up to 150,000 miles a year depending on their tier status. Kim Hardaker, Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Etihad Airways, said: “Thanks to this innovative new ......read more

    Philippine ePassport Renewal Centre Launched in Kuwait City

    • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the newly launched centre has started to accept passport renewal requests from Sunday to Thursday between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM   September 20, 2021:  The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has signed a contract for the establishment of the first Philippine ePassport Renewal Centre in the State of Kuwait.   The centre has started to accept passport renewal requests on appointment basis from Sunday to Thursday between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM   This is the first time The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs has outsourced its passport renewal process in the State of Kuwait. Prior ......read more

    Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone Hops into Global Village

    Global Village is set to bring Children and Families an unforgettable, fun-filled experience when the new Peter RabbitTM Adventure Zone debuts in Season 26 Exciting activities and play areas based on the beloved characters from the popular animated TV series will delight children aged 1-12 years   Dubai, UAE – 16 September 2021:  Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, officially announces that a Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone attraction is making its way to the park for Season 26 from October 26th 2021.    Capturing and inspiring the imagination of children is something that is very important to Global Village. From the now renowned Kids Theatre to the many edutainment attractions and the Kids area ......read more

    Etihad Stuns Visitors to Mall of the Emirates With 50% Flight Discounts

    • Book flights at Etihad’s stand and receive 50% discount on all classes   • A chance to win two Business class flights for five lucky winners  • Transfer SHARE points to Etihad Guest Miles and earn 50% bonus miles  • Become an Etihad Guest Member and earn 1,000 welcome bonus miles    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: From 16 to 23 September, Etihad Airways will host a pop-up stand at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, showcasing the award-winning Etihad experience, and offering incredible discounts.   Located in the lower ground floor of Mall of the Emirates, Etihad’s stand is giving customers an exclusive taste of what to expect when flying with Etihad. The stand is open daily from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends ......read more

    VFS Global Extends Exclusive Visa and Passport Services to Members and Employees of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    • Memorandum of Understanding signed on 07 September 2021 • Visa and Passport services extended to the Chambers’ members and employees at its headquarters located in Najran city.   September 13, 2021:  VFS Global has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city of Najran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to provide end-to-end visa and passport services. Moving forward, the Chamber’s members and employees will benefit from the availability of these services on its premises, providing ease, convenience and ensuring they do not have to visit a Visa Application Centre.   Mr. Mohaimeed Saleh Al Salem, Chairman of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Sumanth Kapoor, Regional Head – KSA, ......read more

    Etihad Enhances Verified to Fly Service to Make Travel Easier

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has upgraded its innovative Verified to Fly service to offer a more streamlined and personalised service through its website, etihad.com.  This upgrade makes the process quicker and easier for Etihad’s guests to ensure they have all the required COVID-related documents before leaving for the airport. Seven days ahead of travel, all guests will receive a personalised email informing them of the documents required for their destination. These travel documents can now be uploaded directly to the ‘Manage my Booking’ page of etihad.com, up to 72 hours before departure. The new website functionality replaces the email upload system which was launched by the airline in May 2021. The new upload process guides travellers through the process of ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's Inaugural Flight to Bahrain Takes Off

    - The airline’s first GCC flight commences as Abu Dhabi opens up for vaccinated travellers indicating a positive outlook for travel sector - Route to Bahrain is one of a number of destinations the low fare airline is operating from Abu Dhabi providing affordable travel option for passengers   11, September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight to Manama, Bahrain commenced today departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and arriving in Bahrain International Airport (BAH). The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by providing an alternative and ultra-low fare travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries.   The first flight to Bahrain closely follows the recent announcement made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee ......read more

    SITA Takes Decisive Steps to Reduce Carbon Emissions to Become a Certified Carbonneutral® Company

    The achievement is a year ahead of the organization’s original target     UAE -  09, September 2021:  Today, SITA, the world’s leading IT provider for the air transport industry, announced it has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification. This major milestone – realized a full year ahead of SITA’s original target of 2022 – resulted from decisive actions to significantly reduce emissions associated with its business operations in 2020.  SITA has reduced its overall emissions of greenhouse gases by 48% between 2019 and 2020. SITA’s UN recognized carbon neutrality Planet+ program has been key to lowering the company’s emissions with initiatives designed to create sustainable and energy-efficient workplaces and reduce internal business ......read more

    Aerospace Leaders to Outline Future Roadmap of Industry at Dubai Airshow 2021 Conferences

    - Brand new stage ‘Tech Xplore’ to show how technology is transforming the industry - Global airline leaders collaborate to boost aviation sustainability -Two integral conferences covering challenges and trends within the air traffic and cargo sectors during the pandemic   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07, September 2021: This November, Dubai Airshow takes thought-leadership to new heights as it introduces 9 tracks packed with sessions covering the full spectrum of aviation, technology, and space. The conferences will cover an array of themes, including the role of new technologies in revolutionising air travel, major changes happening in the cargo sector, global advancements in sustainability and autonomous transportation, in addition to new space services, satellite connectivity and much ......read more

    Etihad Airways Fly the UAE Paralympic Champions Home

     Etihad is the official carrier of the UAE Paralympic team   Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, carried the UAE’s Paralympic champions from Japan following their success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The UAE Team brought home gold and bronze medals for competing in the Athletics, Powerlifting, Cycling and Shooting. Etihad flight, EY 0871, departed Narita Airport at 9pm local time on Sunday 5 September, the airline carried the victorious UAE para-athletes, coaches, medical and media crew. Etihad’s cabin crew gave a hero’s welcome to the champions as they travelled with the airline.   On arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the delegation was greeted by His Excellency Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Chairman of the UAE National ......read more

    MBRSC Announces Completion of Thermal Vaccum Test for Rashid Rover

    Dubai, UAE - 07 September 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that the ELM team has completed the thermal vaccum test for the Rashid rover at CNES in Toulouse, France. During this phase, all subsystems in the rover were tested in varied extreme temperatures.  MBRSC had recently announced its partnership with the French space agency to develop the two optical cameras on board the Rashid rover along with the detector for the microscope imager instrument (CAM-M). The Centre also stated that more partnerships will be announced in due course and will be added to the Emirates Lunar Mission’s science programme. The Emirates Lunar Mission is one of the initiatives under the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build a human colony on Mars, and is funded by the ICT fund of the telecommunications ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Opens Up for Vaccinated Travelleres

     Abu Dhabi your gateway to the UAE, explore the UAE’s capital with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi   05 September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, is all set to continue enabling exciting travel opportunities from 05 September for international travellers looking to explore the UAE capital without having to quarantine.     The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved removing the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from all international destinations, effective from Sunday 05 September 2021.   Before boarding to Abu Dhabi, all travellers must show a negative PCR test result from within 48 hours of departure. All travellers must take a free-of-charge PCR test on arrival at Abu Dhabi ......read more

    flydubai Passengers to Enjoy a Complimentary 1-Day Ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai

    The Dubai-based carrier offers a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to passengers as the UAE gets ready to welcome visitors to Expo 2020 from 01 October 2021 Thursday, September 2, 2021:   flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today that passengers booking a flydubai flight to Dubai will enjoy a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The initiative is valid for all bookings made from 01 September for travel during the event dates. The initiative is offered to every passenger travelling on a flydubai inbound booking itinerary, a one-way ticket to Dubai or any connecting flydubai flight via Dubai. The complimentary 1-Day Ticket is offered to all passengers who are eligible for the promotion whether they are travelling in Business Class or Economy ......read more

    July Passenger Traffic Boost, but Well Below Pre-COVID Levels

    02, September 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that both international and domestic travel demand showed significant momentum in July 2021 compared to June, but demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels. Extensive government-imposed travel restrictions continue to delay recovery in international markets.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to July 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in July 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 53.1% compared to July 2019. This is a significant improvement from June when demand was 60% below June 2019 levels.   • ......read more

    KhalifaSat from Space of EXPO 2020

    One month to go for the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai. This photo, taken by KhalifaSat from space, shows the site of the global cultural event that will bring together 191 countries in the UAE.

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    Dubai, UAE, 26 September 2020:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today commemorates the one-year anniversary of the historic launch of the first Emirati to space and the first Arab to the International Space Station. Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori embarked on the 8-day mission onboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-15, at 5:57 pm UAE time on September 25, 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The successful launch was a major achievement for the Arab world and a new dawn for the region’s space sector. The accomplishment was the realization ......read more

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    Saving aircraft fuel during the climb and cruise phases of a flight is a major opportunity to reduce aviation CO2 emissions   United Arab Emirates,  September 24, 2020:  SITA, the global IT provider for the air transport industry, is partnering with start-up Safety Line to help pilots and airlines limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and operational costs by reducing fuel consumption of aircraft at key flight stages. A flight can be roughly divided into three phases: climb, cruise and descent. Safety Line, a young French company that specializes in predictive big data ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates Its Pledge To the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Their 90th National Day

    • Etihad to resume flights to three destinations in Saudi Arabia in October 2020 • The ‘Choose Saudi Arabia’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew to 46 destinations since 23 September 2019   September 23, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is honoured to celebrate the leadership and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the 90th National Day of the Kingdom.   To mark the occasion, the airline created an infographic to showcase the flight path of the special liveried “Choose Saudi Arabia” Boeing ......read more

    IATA Calls for Systematic COVID-19 Testing Before Departure

    Read Alexandre de Juniac’s remarks   United Arab Emirates,  September 23, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to implement this solution quickly.   International travel ......read more

    MBRSC Inks Strategic Partnership Agreement with NASA to Train Four Emirati Astronauts

    Under the new partnership, Emirati astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi will undergo specialised training at the Johnson Space Center Two astronauts from the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme will also join the 2021 NASA Astronaut Candidate Class Agreement paves the way for Emirati astronauts to play a major role in future space exploration missions   United Arab Emirates,  September 22, 2020:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced that they have signed a ......read more

    Airbus Reveals New Zero-Emission Concept Aircraft

    #zeroe #zeroemissionsday #decarbonisation #sustainability #hydrogen     United Arab Emirates,  September 21, 2020:  Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the Company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarbonisation of the entire aviation industry.   All of these concepts rely on ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Introduces New Fast Track Flight Connections Initiative to Facilitate the Transfer Passengers' Journey

    The aim of the new initiative at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is to increase the speed of transferring through the airport by 27%, reduce missed connections, and enable a seamless passenger experience It is implemented in collaboration with the General Civil Aviation Authority, the Department of Municipalities and Transport, the General Administration of Customs, Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and international airport partners. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 September 2020:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has launched a new initiative for international transfer ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Issues Refund Statement

    Dubai, UAE, September 17, 2020:  As many know, the tourism and aviation industries have been among the worst hit by COVID-19 and currently, Cebu Pacific is only able to operate 10% of its pre-COVID network.   Since the start of this pandemic, we have received an unprecedented number of refund requests due to the flight cancellations brought about by the lockdown. Our refund process then was originally not designed to handle this volume of requests, and this resulted to a backlog. We have since then revamped our procedures in order to address this.    To date, we have ......read more

    Survey: 91% of Domestic Travellers Want to Experience More of the UAE in 2020/2021, With Ras Al Khaimah Emirate of Choice

    Dubai, UAE, 14 September 2020:  A travel survey of thousands of people across the UAE conducted by dnata Travel, the country's longest-standing travel provider, has revealed that almost 100% of domestic travellers want to experience more of the UAE throughout the next year.   A total 91% of respondents replied positively to considering more domestic travel in 2020/2021, whilst the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah proved most popular, with 55% of respondents stating they would like to explore more of the emirate in the next year. Fujairah and Dubai followed respectively, making up ......read more

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

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

    Etihad Airways Teams Up With Lumitics to Reduce Inflight Food Wastage

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

    Etihad Airways to Resume Flights to Casablanca and Rabat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Keeps Guests Protected With Global COVID-19 Insurance

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

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

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

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

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

    IATA Calls for Borders to Open and Continued Relief Measures

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

    Sluggish Improvement in Passenger Demand Continues in July

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

    Flydubai Offers Passengers Free Global Cover for COVID-19

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

    July Air Cargo Demand Stable, Capacity Remains Constrained

    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in July showing air cargo demand is stable but at lower levels than 2019. While there is some month-to-month improvement, it is at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked.     • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 13.5% in July (-15.5% ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Emirates Red Crescent Support Victims of Beirut Explosion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Travelers Face Risk of Penalties for Refusing to Wear Face Covering

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

    Abu Dhabi Airports Welcomes Passengers Travelling Aboard Middle East Airlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Expands Air-Rail Partnership With Accesrail in Europe

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

    Health Checklist to Help Airlines Implement ICAO COVID-19 Guidance

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

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

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

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

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

    Swiss-Belhotel International Announces Group Restructuring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Face Shields Now Required for Cebu Pacific Passengers

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

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

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

    UPS Releases 2Q 2020 Earnings

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Introduces Microbebarrier™ Face Protection for Premium Passengers

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

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

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

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

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

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