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    WMO and IATA Agree to Improve Aircraft Meteorological Reporting

    United Arab Emirates -  October 28, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Meteorological Organization have signed an agreement to increase and improve the automated reporting of meteorological data by commercial aircraft. The new initiative, called the WMO and IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP), aims to expand the existing WMO Aircraft Meteorological Data Relay (AMDAR) system to ensure coverage over data-sparse areas. It is expected to bring many additional and new partner airlines into the program, which is already supported by approximately 40 airlines and covers several thousand passenger and cargo aircraft.  “One of the many unfortunate aspects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the severe loss – of up to 90% - of aircraft-derived meteorological data as a result ......read more

    Airlines Unable to Cut Costs Deep Enough to Save Jobs

    - Read Alexandre de Juniac's remarks - View the COVID-19 'Can costs be downsized to make the industry cash positive' presentation (PDF)   United Arab Emirates -  October 28, 2020:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) presented new analysis showing that the airline industry cannot slash costs sufficiently to neutralize severe cash burn to avoid bankruptcies and preserve jobs in 2021. IATA reiterated its call for government relief measures to sustain airlines financially and avoid massive employment terminations. IATA also called for pre-flight COVID-19 testing to open borders and enable travel without quarantine.   Total industry revenues in 2021 are expected to be down 46% compared to the 2019 figure of $838 billion. The previous analysis was for 2021 revenues to ......read more

    VFS Global Offers International Travel Insurance with Covid-19 Coverage

    • Travel insurance with COVID-19 cover is mandatory for travellers applying for visas to countries in the Schengen area, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine • Policy by global insurers complies with EU requirements and waives the exclusion of Epidemic and Pandemic diseases  • Covid-19 cover also available for those visiting other locations worldwide, including USA & Canada   United Arab Emirates -  October 26, 2020:    At a time when many residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are preparing to head abroad for the first time in months, VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has launched a travel insurance that will provide COVID-19 health-related coverage. Available through VFS ......read more

    Emirates to Operate A380 to Amman as Part of Expanded Schedule

    • Airline will also boost flights to 10 a week from 25 October • Emirates continues to gradually deploy the A380 in line with increased passenger demand   DUBAI, UAE 22 October 2020:  Emirates will be providing more options and choice for its customers in Jordan with the introduction of scheduled Airbus A380 services to Amman as part of its expanded schedule of 10 weekly services. The expanded flight schedule between Dubai and Amman demonstrates the airline's commitment to safely connect customers to and through Dubai to the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific.   The iconic A380 will begin serving travellers to and from Amman from 4 November. The airline currently operates the A380 to Cairo, Paris, London Heathrow, Guangzhou and Moscow.   The Emirates A380 experience is sought ......read more

    IATA Revises 2020 Passenger Traffic Forecast Down for the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates,  October 22, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) downgraded its traffic forecast for the Middle East for 2020 to reflect a weaker-than-expected recovery. •       Full-year 2020 passenger numbers in the Middle East (to/from/within) are forecast to reach only 30% of 2019 levels, down significantly from the 45% that was projected in July  •       In absolute numbers, the Middle East is expected to see 60 million travelers in 2020 compared to the 203 million in 2019 •       In 2021, demand in the Middle East is expected to strengthen to 45% of 2019 levels to reach 90 million travelers to/from/within the region. •       A full return to 2019 levels is not expected until late ......read more

    Significant Fuel, Time & CO2 Savings Expected from Jordan / Israel Airspace Agreement

    United Arab Emirates,  October 22, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the recent overflight agreement between the Kingdom of Jordan and State of Israel that allows for flights to cross over both countries’ airspace. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to be able to fly through the Israel-Jordan corridor—which will shorten flight times, reducing fuel burn and CO2 emissions.  Airlines have historically flown around Israel when flying east / west operating over Middle East airspace. The direct routing through Jordanian and Israeli airspace will on average cut 106 km eastbound and 118 km westbound on flights operating from the Gulf States and Asia to destinations in Europe and North America.  Based on the number of eligible departure airports, this will ......read more

    The VIP Terminal at Dubai South Records Steep Growth in Business and Private Jets Movements Since July 2020

    • Double digit growth in Q3 2020 compared to the same period last year • Measures taken by the UAE government are the main drivers for the growth   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20 October 2020: Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, at Dubai South announced a sharp growth in business and private jets movements since July 2020 at its VIP terminal despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Aircraft movements during Q3 2020 recorded double-digit growth which amounted to 93% compared with the same period in 2019. Following a decline in figures leading up to April, heavily impacted by the pandemic on aviation and many other industries worldwide, numbers began climbing in May and mid-June before they eventually surpassed last year’s performance during summer months.   Medical travel and ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Welcomes In-Principle Agreement for Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble

    United Arab Emirates,  October 18, 2020:   Cathay Pacific welcomes the announcement of an in-principle agreement between the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore to set up an Air Travel Bubble between the two cities.  Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said: “Singapore is a popular destination for Hong Kong travellers for both leisure and business purposes. We are grateful to the authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore for reaching this agreement, which importantly will enable passengers travelling between the two cities to do so without any restrictions on the purpose of their travel nor with any quarantine requirements for those with negative test results.  “This is a milestone development for Hong Kong and an important first step in facilitating the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Champions the UAE's Frontline Heroes

     Programme of benefits available in partnership with the Frontline Heroes Office   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 18, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has partnered with the Frontline Heroes Office to demonstrate its support and recognition towards frontline heroes across the UAE. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Etihad Airways and the Frontline Heroes Office, the two organisations set out their commitment to the professionals who have put themselves on the frontline  in times of need to protect the UAE community.    In support of the Frontline Heroes Office, Etihad Airways has unveiled exclusive benefits for frontline heroes that include a 15% discount on Etihad Airways flights and preferential rates for Etihad Holidays’ range of ......read more

    IATA Welcomes US Military Report on Low Risk of Catching COVID-19 on a Flight

    United Arab Emirates,  October 18, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the release of the results of testing by the United States Transportation Command (US Transcom) confirming the low risk of COVID-19 transmission onboard an aircraft. The US Transcom testing, which was conducted in August, found that “the overall exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens, like coronavirus, is very low” on the types of airline aircraft typically contracted to move Department of Defense (DOD) personnel and their families, US Transcom stated. More than 300 aerosol releases, simulating a passenger infected with COVID-19, were performed over eight days using United Airlines Boeing 767-300 and 777-200 twin aisle aircraft.  “Last week, IATA reported that since the start of 2020 there ......read more

    ACI and IATA Call for Urgent Industry-Wide Support to Underpin Recovery

    Direct financial assistance and coordinated global action on testing needed   Read Alexandre de Juniac’s remarks   United Arab Emirates,  October 14, 2020:   Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reinforced the urgent call for governments to use testing as a means to safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity and to prevent the systemic collapse of the aviation industry with non-debt generating financial support.   The dual measures would protect countries from the importation of COVID-19 cases, avert an employment crisis in the travel and tourism sector, and ensure that the critical aviation structure remains viable and able to support the economic and social benefits on which the world relies. The ......read more

    Airbus Delivers A320 Family MSN10,000 to Middle East Airlines

    United Arab Emirates,  October 10, 2020:   Middle East Airlines (MEA) has taken delivery of Airbus’ A320 Family aircraft with manufacturer serial number 10,000. MSN10,000 is the third A321neo to join the all Airbus MEA fleet, taking the fleet size to 18 aircraft. MEA received its first A321neo aircraft earlier in 2020 and will be taking another six A321neos over the coming months.  The handover of the aircraft took place in Toulouse in the presence of Mohamad El-Hout, Chairman and Director General of MEA.  “We are honoured to receive the state of the art A321neo with its distinctive serial number 10,000 coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Middle East Airlines and specially after receiving MSN5,000 back in 2012. Since we first acquired an A320 Family aircraft in 2003, we have not only ......read more

    ACI World and IATA in Joint Push for Globally Consistent Approach to Testing

    Joint presentation to ICAO to urge replacing quarantine with risk-based testing United Arab Emirates,  October 08, 2020:   Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have made a joint call for a globally-consistent approach to testing international passengers as an alternative to quarantine measures. The global shut down of air transport as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions has had a catastrophic impact on employment. Some 4.8 million industry jobs have been lost or are under threat.  Governments must cooperate to remove quarantine restrictions and restart air travel. A systematic approach to COVID-19 testing will provide an effective way to give governments the confidence to re-open borders without quarantine.  The aviation industry, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes the First Airline in the UAE to Roll Out Electronic Technical Logs

     Partnership with the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) accelerates the vision for paperless operations   Abu Dhabi, UAE – October 07, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is the country’s first airline to implement electronic technical logs (eTech logs) for airline operations. The approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for implementation on Etihad’s freighter fleet accelerates the journey towards paperless airline operations which is a key initiative for Etihad Airways and the GCAA. The implementation on Etihad’s Boeing 777 freighter fleet follows three months of trials in partnership with the GCAA, where eTech logs replaced paper logbooks currently used by flight crew and engineers to document all flight and maintenance information. ......read more

    Airbus Corporate Jets Launches ACJ Twotwenty Business Jet

    #ACJTwoTwenty #ACJ United Arab Emirates,  October 07, 2020:   Airbus Corporate Jets has launched the ACJ TwoTwenty business jet, creating a whole new market segment “The Xtra Large Bizjet.” This offer includes for the first time a flexible cabin catalogue, addressing the requirements of the heavy and long-range business jet categories. “We are proud to extend the ACJ product Family with the launch of the ACJ TwoTwenty. The aircraft combines intercontinental range, unmatched personal space and comfort for all passengers. This latest technology platform offers unbeatable economics and unrivalled reliability,”said Benoit Defforge, President ACJ. “Based on its compelling market appeal, we see promising demand for this aircraft in the growing business jet market.” While occupying the ......read more

    Looming Cash Crisis Threatens Airlines

    United Arab Emirates,  October 07, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the airline industry will burn through $77 billion in cash during the second half of 2020 (almost $13 billion/month or $300,000 per minute), despite the restart of operations. The slow recovery in air travel will see the airline industry continuing to burn through cash at an average rate of $5 to $6 billion per month in 2021. IATA called on governments to support the industry during the coming winter season with additional relief measures, including financial aid that does not add more debt to the industry’s already-highly-indebted balance sheet. To date, governments around the world have provided $160 billion in support, including direct aid, wage subsidies, corporate tax relief, and specific industry tax relief ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Global Student Offers

    Abu Dhabi – October 05, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier for the UAE, is making it easier for students to travel between university and home or to discover new horizons and cultures, with the launch of its Global Student offer.  Students who book before 30 November 2020, for travel by 30 September 2021, will save up to 10% on Economy tickets and 5% on Business class tickets.  Family members who want to jet off as well can benefit from the same discount provided their tickets are booked under the same reservation and they travel with the student.  Travellers who book using this promotional fare will have an increased baggage allowance of up to 40kg in Economy and up to 50kg in Business, or one additional checked bag if travelling to/from USA or Canada.   For additional peace of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi's Environmental Priorities Taking to the ‘Air' with New MOU Between Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi And Etihad Aviation Group

    Abu Dhabi, 1 October 2020: The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Etihad Aviation Group (Etihad) joined forces by signing a memorandum of understanding that details collaboration on several critical environmental programmes. The programmes were all designed to align with international challenges and Abu Dhabi’s environmental agenda. The Agency and Etihad have selected globally significant priorities for partnership that include: the reduction of single-use plastics on flights, assessing carbon emission offsets and the protection and conservation of biodiversity through awareness campaigns and screenings on in-flight entertainment. Moreover, both parties will collaborate on an integrated and sustainable waste management plan across Etihad’s activities. Her Excellency Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, ......read more

    PCR Test Now Included in All Etihad Airways Tickets From Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 01, 2020:  From 1 October until 31 December 2020, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will offer PCR tests included in all air tickets booked by customers in the UAE for flights departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the exception of services to China.   The airline is collaborating with Life Medical Diagnostic Center (Life Dx) to offer convenient testing between 48 to 96 hours prior to departure, at its network of collection facilities in the UAE. Travellers flying First or Business will also have the option of selecting tests at their home. The quick and easy process can be booked directly with Life Dx.     Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Etihad Aviation Group Vice President Medical Services, said: “This is a significant development ......read more

    Mumbai Airport Introduces Mobile-Enabled Kiosks to Meet New COVID-19 Requirements

    SITA's technology enables passengers to use their smart phones to operate check-in kiosks United Arab Emirates,  October 01, 2020:   Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport has introduced nearly 50 of SITA’s mobile-enabled kiosks, becoming one of the first airports in India to deliver a completely contactless way for passengers to check-in for their flight. The technology allows passengers to use their mobile device to interact with kiosks. This significantly reduces the need to touch surfaces in the airport and meets the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s (MoCA’s) new passenger processing guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 infections.  Developed in response to rapidly changing passenger requirements as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ......read more

    Kleindienst Group to Deliver the World's Most Sustainable Tourism Project in The Heart of Europe, Off the Coast of Dubai

     A number of micro jungles, hanging gardens, a rainforest, expanded marine habitat and coral reefs, zero discharge policy, sustainable transportation and solar-powered electricity will make the Heart of Europe the most sustainable tourism destination in the world   Date: Dubai, UAE; October 01, 2020   Key Highlights 1.     The Heart of Europe will be the world’s first ‘Zero’ discharge tourism project on a cluster of man-made islands;  2.     A rainforest, a number of micro-jungles, hanging gardens are unique features that will attract visitors – local, regional and international – to the project and help strengthen Dubai’s position on the global tourism map;  3.     The Rainy Street will offer rains as soon as the ......read more

    Green Recovery of Air Transport a Priority for Industry Leaders

    United Arab Emirates,  October 01, 2020:   The Despite the current crisis facing the global aviation industry, its commitment to pursuing sustainability remains strong, particularly as the sector starts to recover. Speaking at the Global Sustainable Aviation Forum, industry leaders reiterated that long-term climate action should be a priority alongside economic recovery in the coming years. Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group, Michael Gill said: “Air transport is in the midst of the deepest shock in its history. We expect a reduction of up to 4.8 million jobs in the sector by the end of the year and a massive hit to our ability to connect the world. However, as we plan for the recovery of air connectivity, we also must prioritise our environmental progress. “Our sector has ......read more

    AURAK Satellite Ground Station Successfully Received the First Decoded Signal from "MeznSat"

    United Arab Emirates,  September 30, 2020:  The satellite ground station of the American University in Ras Al-Khaimah (AURAK) dedicated to track and communicate with the “MeznSat” satellite, has successfully received the first decoded signal from the satellite, which was successfully launched yesterday afternoon from Russia. The ground station at the university campus was designed by AURAK students to track the satellite, receive data from it and send commands, has received the first signal from “MeznSat” while it was passing in the airspace of United Arab Emirates at exactly 1:41 AM, local time (29th Sept 2020). The AURAK Satellite ground station is also designed to communicate with other satellites in the orbit. Dr. Abdel Halim Jallad, the supervisor of "MeznSat" project at AURAK ......read more

    Insufficient Capacity Dampens Air Cargo in August

    United Arab Emirates,  September 30, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in August showing that improvement remains slow amid insufficient capacity. Demand moved slightly in a positive direction month-on-month; however, levels remain depressed compared to 2019. Improvement continues at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked.     • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 12.6% below previous-year levels in August (-14% for international operations). That is a modest improvement from the 14.4% year-on-year drop recorded in July. Seasonally-adjusted demand grew ......read more

    Successful Meznsat Launch Marks Another Milestone in UAE's Space Program

    Satellite built by American University of Ras Al Khaimah students launches into space under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency    RAS AL KHAIMAH - SEPTEMBER 29, 2020: The launch of the MeznSat satellite is a noteworthy accomplishment and a significant contribution from Ras Al Khaimah to the UAE’s position in the global space sector, asserted the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) following the official announcement that the MeznSat launch was a success. Sixteen students from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah are celebrating the successful launch of their self-built MeznSat satellite, which will orbit the Earth collecting data on greenhouse gas concentrations and monitor the occurrence of red tide algae in the Arabian Gulf. The project reflects the University’s commitment to support ......read more

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    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Extends Registration for Second Batch of UAE Astronaut Programme Until March 31st

    Dubai, UAE – 20 January 2020:  Given the huge turnout for registration in the 2nd batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) extended the deadline for application submission until March 31st. The extension aims to provide Emiratis aspiring to engage in scientific exploration and manned space missions the opportunity to enroll in the programme.   Since announcing it last December, registration for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme had a huge interest from male and female Emiratis of all ages, specialties and sectors, ......read more

    ETIHAD GUEST AND AIR MILES MIDDLE EAST PARTNER TO OFFER MORE WAYS TO EARN GUEST MILES

    16 January 2020 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and Air Miles Middle East, owned and operated by Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM), a loyalty and travel consolidator, have announced a new reward initiative which enables Air Miles Middle East members to exchange Air Miles into Etihad Guest Miles.    Yasser Al Yousuf, Vice President Commercial Partnerships, Etihad Airways said: “We are constantly exploring new collaborations that provide added value to travellers. By partnering with the Air Miles Middle East ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Easyjet Enter Into New Partnership

    • Customers now have easy access to the Etihad and easyJet networks through joint gateways across Europe • This partnership becomes Etihad’s first use of the transformational New Distribution Capability platform     Abu Dhabi, January 14, 2020:   Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has become the most recent airline to partner with easyJet, one of the world’s largest airlines. This new partnership means customers can purchase tickets through the easyJet worldwide website connecting the two airlines’ networks and ......read more

    Etihad Guest Programme Welcomes Gulf Air as New Airline Partner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 13, 2020:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme for Etihad Airways, has inked a new partnership with Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, further enhancing benefits for its members.  The partnership expands on the codeshare agreement between the two airlines and provides further cooperation between the frequent flyer programmes, Etihad Guest and Falconflyer. This allows members to earn and redeem miles reciprocally on all flights across both networks. In both cases, the number of miles earned ......read more

    Student Travelers Welcome Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai

    Leading Educational Travel Company EduVoyage highlights collaboration with ‘Greatest Show in the World’ at the 32nd GCC Principals Conference in Jaipur, India   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 08, 2020:   EduVoyage, the educational travel arm of ITL World, showcased its collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai at the 32nd Principals’ Conference held under the aegis of the Gulf Council of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Representative principals from CBSE affiliated schools in the Gulf region attended the 4-day annual meet in the ......read more

    Air Freight Demand Down 1.1% in November 2019

    08 January 2020 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the thirteenth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes.  Despite the decline in demand, November’s performance was the best in eight months, with the slowest year-on-year rate of contraction recorded since March 2019. In part, November’s outcome reflects the growing importance of ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES

    6 January, 2020 Australia is a key and highly valued market in the global network of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the three largest cities, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane all served daily.  As part of its international workforce, Etihad is also the proud employer of more than 300 Australian nationals outside Australia, who, with their families, number more than 1,000. Most reside in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, where the airline is based.    In total, some 16,000 Australian nationals live and work in the UAE. In response to ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Xi'an, the starting point of the historical Silk Road, to its flight network

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 02, 2020:   Offering its guests the opportunity to fly directly to 126 countries from Istanbul, Turkish Airlines added Xi’an, the Chinese city with three thousand years of history, to its flight network on December 30. Xi’an became the flag carrier’s fourth destination in Mainland China and the 318th destination in the world. The flights will be operated three times a week with Airbus A330 aircrafts. Starting its flights to People's Republic of China back in 1999 with Beijing as its destination, Turkish Airlines ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes winner of its World Routes Raffle competition to the UAE capital

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    Emirates to provide fast-track Tikram services to its customers

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    ETIHAD AIRWAYS TO INCREASE ITS SEASONAL FLIGHTS TO ALEXANDRIA AND SALALAH

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    Emirates to bring its crowd-puller flagship A380 to the Kuwait Aviation Show 2020

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    ETIHAD AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES NEW SEASONAL FLIGHTS TO MALAGA

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    Etihad Airways And Kuwait Airways Launch New Codeshare Partnership

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    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority and the EPAA organises an environmental initiative at El Mentether

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    Abu Dhabi Airports awards top industry partners at annual celebration ceremony in Abu Dhabi

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    Jazeera Airways launches its first-ever direct service from Kuwait to Al Ain International Airport

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    Chinese visitors to GCC will increase 54% by 2023, says latest ATM report

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    The UAE's First Astronaut, Hazza Al Mansouri Talks to Euronews About What's Next for the UAE's Space Mission

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    Airports of the Future: 10 Predictions for the Next Decade

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16, 2019:   SITA, the leading IT provider for the air transport industry, today unveils 10 bold predictions about the technology shaping how passengers will move through the airport of the future, based on unique insights, driving industry forces and emerging technologies.    The airport experience has morphed dramatically in the past 10 years with the introduction of biometric security, mobile check-in, and baggage tracking. And there is much more to come.    The next decade will witness an exponentially ......read more

    Future Passenger Experience in the spotlight at Airport Show 2020

    375 companies from 94 countries expected in the B2B show Co-located events: GALF, ATC Forum and Airport Security  2 new conferences added  US$750 billion global airport investments until 2025 Emerging economies to account for 60% of air traffic by 2040   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16, 2019:   Titans of the aviation industry from across the world will assemble in Dubai in mid-June next year to debate topics related to the future passenger experience as the widest range of newest technologies and innovations are showcased at the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes new services from Jazeera Airways at Al Ain International Airport

     The flight was received by His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan  Jazeera Airways to operate three flights a week to Al Ain International Airport from Kuwait International Airport     14 December 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is pleased to announce that Al Ain International Airport (AAN) has welcomed Jazeera Airways new services from Kuwait International Airport (KWI) to Al Ain.   The flight was received by H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive ......read more

    IATA to Improve Efficiency of Cargo Handling Audits

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 14, 2019:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new program to raise global standards in cargo handling operations.   The Smart Facility Operational Capacity (SFOC) program aims to reduce audit complexity and duplication for cargo handling facilities.   This new IATA initiative has two components:  Standardized Global Audit Program:  IATA has introduced the Smart Facility Operational Capacity Audit Certification (SFOC Audit Certification) to provide airlines with the assurance ......read more

    Carbon Emissions Per Passenger Decrease More Than 50% Since 1990'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 14, 2019:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published information confirming that carbon emissions per passenger have declined by more than 50% since 1990. Much of the improvement has occurred because the industry has achieved an annual fuel efficiency improvement of 2.3% over the period since 2009, some 0.8 percentage points ahead of target.  This progress is a combination of investments in more efficient aircraft and operational efficiencies. “Cutting per passenger emissions in half is an amazing ......read more

    25by2025 Gains Momentum with 59 Airlines Joining the Campaign

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 12, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that 59 airlines have committed to the 25by2025 campaign which seeks to address gender balance in civil aviation.   The 25by2025 campaign was launched on 26 September 2019 with participating airlines making a voluntary commitment to:    Increase the number of women in senior positions (to be defined by the member airlines) by either 25% against currently reported metrics or to a minimum representation of 25% by 2025    ......read more

    Ministry of Tourism collaborates with Oman Astronomical Society to put spotlight on scientific tourism during annular eclipse phenomenon 2019

    December 11, 2019: The Ministry of Tourism is set to bring a unique scientific tourism experience to local and international tourists as the 2019 annular eclipse phenomenon is set to occur in the Sultanate. The Ministry has partnered with the Oman Astronomical Society, which has been working with various institutions including the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Public Authority for Radio and Television, and Photographic Society of Oman, among other relevant government and private institutions, to record one of the rarest astronomical ......read more

    New artificial intelligence solutions to improve safety in aviation sector

    World Aviation Safety Summit showcases new emerging technologies, analytics and data solutions that will support the enhancement of safety within the industry      11 December 2019 – Dubai, UAE:   The World Aviation Safety Summit, which has taken place in Dubai, displayed new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, that will help improve safety in the aviation sector.    In a session on how new technology can reduce incidents, experts from dnata displayed on stage the ‘Oscar bot’ - an Alexa-style solution that can help ......read more

    Opportunity for Aviation in Europe's Green Deal

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 12, 2019:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) asked the European Union to support aviation’s energy transition to sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as part of the bloc’s Green Deal, being launched today. “Aviation has high hopes for the European Commission’s Green Deal. We want to be part of Europe’s building of a new energy economy and we will do everything we can to make sustainable aviation fuels a priority for aviation in Europe and around the world,” said Alexandre de Juniac, ......read more

    Etihad Becomes the First Airline to Raise Funds Tied to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    Partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Market highlights UAE capital’s expertise as a hub for sustainable financing   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - December 08, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has become the first airline to secure funding for a project based on its compatibility with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Through a partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Market, the airline will borrow 100 million Euros (AED 404.2 million) to support expansion of ......read more

    EASA extends Part 145 certification of SriLankan Engineering

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 05, 2019:   The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended an important certification of SriLankan Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) arm of SriLankan Airlines, following a comprehensive audit. The reaffirmation of the EASA Part-145 certification further strengthens SriLankan Engineering’s positioning as a key provider of aircraft maintenance and engineering services for airlines throughout South Asia, Middle East and Africa.  Vipula Gunatilleka, Group Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines, ......read more

    Air Cargo Peak Season off to Slow Start, Annual Demand down 3.5% in October

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 04, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.5% in October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks a weak start to the traditional peak season for air cargo and the twelfth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.2% year-on-year in October 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped ......read more

    Emiratis and expats set off to a two-week Camel Trek across the UAE desert

    Dubai, 4 December 2019:   The 6th edition of the annual Camel Trek, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), kicked off to a strong start today with the participation of 11 people from 6 countries.   The camel trekkers, led by HE Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmook, CEO of HHC, set off from (Mender Al-Aslan) desert before heading to a pre-arranged route in the UAE desert that includes Al-Thurawaniah, Al-Assab, Al-Dhafra Fort, Al-Marzoum, Al-Shabika, Bugrin, North Razin, Al-Haffar, Al-Ajban and Saih Al-Salam until the convoy lands at the Heritage Village of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports awards retail spaces at Midfield Terminal to Lulu Group

    Exclusive products to be produced and offered to passengers from Lulu’s specialist gift store and non-food departments store     4 December 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has awarded two retail unit spaces in the upcoming new Midfield Terminal at  Abu Dhabi International Airport to the Lulu Group (Lulu), a diverse conglomerate headquartered in Abu Dhabi with a strong retail presence in the UAE, the GCC and globally.   During a ceremony on Tuesday, 19 November, Abu Dhabi Airports signed an agreement with Lulu Group for a specialist ......read more

    Lewis Hamilton Tops Off Sixth World Title With Victory at Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019

    The win drew the curtain on the 11th #AbuDhabiGP and a perfect season finale for the six-time champion Mercedes driver Evening topped off with a performance by US rock legends The Killers Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 30, 2019:    Lewis Hamilton crowned his sixth F1® championship-winning season with a final victory at the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019 on Sunday evening.  In a thrilling race that saw the Red Bull of Max Verstappen start beside him on the front row and Mercedes team mate Bottas at the back of the grid, Hamilton ......read more

    SCTDA announces the new standards classification for hotel establishments in Sharjah

    In a move to promote efficiency of hotel operations and provide customers with exceptional experiences 27 November 2019 - Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced its new standards for classification of hotel establishments in the emirate, in line with the implementation of Resolution No. 38 of 2019. The resolution aims to classify hotel establishments in Sharjah in line with the latest standards. The new standards were announced following a workshop organized by SCTDA for representatives of hotels and other hospitality establishments in Sharjah. The ......read more

    Maserati's innovation on board the Multi 70 trimaran: the technical partnership with Giovanni Soldini

    • A technology transfer from Maserati to the Maserati Multi 70 trimaran: for the first time the engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena share the Brand's know-how with the Maserati Multi 70 Team.  • The aerodynamics is the focus of this innovative collaboration. • Maserati Multi 70's race schedule for the 2020 season has been announced. The English Channel Record is also scheduled.     Dubai, UAE - November 27, 2019:    Maserati enters into a new era of innovation and launches a process for the transfer of technological ......read more

    TSI Seats enters the BFE catalogue of Airbus

    Dubai, UAE - November 25, 2019:  Founded by the joint initiatives of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Technic and Assan Hanil (a joint-venture between Kibar Holding, and Hanil Seoyon E-Hwa, a South Korean global auto parts supplier) as the first and only aircraft seat manufacturer of Turkey, TSI Aviation Seats entered the catalogue showing aircraft seat options to the airlines that are customers of Airbus.   With the agreement signed between TSI Seats and Airbus following the successful cooperation between two companies since 2015, TSI Seats gained the right to appear in the BFE ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes the First Foreign Airline to Operate Its Flights to Jeddah's New Terminal

    November 24, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has received a special reception - welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute – at Jeddah’s new Terminal 1. The inaugural flight was operated on Etihad’s Dreamliner with the distinctive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia livery. The reception was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and was attended by H.E. Nasir Al Ketbi General Consular of UAE, Essam Fouad, Director General of King Abdulaziz Airport, Captain Fahd Cynndy, CEO of Saudi Ground Services, Yousef Attiah, Director General of Terminal ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports awards contract for development of lounge at Midfield Terminal

     The contract has been awarded to a new joint venture between National Aviation Services (NAS) and Airport Dimensions  The lounge will cater to all international airline passengers in addition to independent travelers who can access the lounge regardless of the class of their ticket or airline    24 November 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports has awarded the Midfield Terminal’s lounge construction and management contract to a joint venture between National Aviation Services (NAS) and Airport Dimensions, which combines ......read more

    Thuraya & Airbus Demonstrate Aero Mobility Capabilities at Dubai Airshow 2019

    • Real-time transmission of surveillance footage enabled by Thuraya’s L-band network • The Dubai Airshow streaming sessions follow a highly successful demonstration to key government customers in Abu Dhabi on November 13     Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 21st :  Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), in partnership with Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services has successfully conducted live screenings of a demonstrative aerial surveillance mission ......read more

    UAE Leads in Military Deals at Dubai Airshow 2019

    UAE MOD deals worth almost US$4 billion among military contracts signed       Dubai, UAE - November 21, 2019:   Dubai Airshow 2019 is proving to be a bumper year for armed forces purchase and maintenance deals, with the UAE Ministry of Defence among those unveiling major contracts at the show.   It comes as the UAE set out to establish itself as a major player in the advanced technology and defence field, with EDGE, a group comprising 25 local entities working in five capability clusters, making its Dubai Airshow ......read more

    Emirates Leads Sales With $16billion Airbus Purchase Order Amid Busy Second Day at Dubai Airshow 2019

    Air Arabia follows with $14billion deal for 120 new Airbus aircraft as order book fills up   Dubai, UAE - November 19, 2019:  Emirates signed an order for 50 Airbus A350 XWB worth $16billion today, leading the crowd on a busy day of sales and proving, once again, that Dubai Airshow is the industry’s preferred place to do business. The deal, announced by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive, and signed with Guillaume Faury, Airbus’ Chief Executive Officer, will see the first aircraft delivered in May 2023. The order ......read more

    Palma Holding to Acquire 20 Dash 8-400 Aircraft from De Havilland Canada'

    Dubai, November 18, 2019:   Today, during the Dubai Airshow, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced that lessor Palma Holding Limited (“Palma”) has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase 20 Dash 8-400 aircraft. The parties are working to finalize a purchase agreement.  “Palma became the first lessor worldwide to order the Dash 8-400 aircraft in its dual-class configuration and this first decision led us to develop other opportunities for the Dash 8-400 aircraft,” said Moulay Omar Alaoui, President, ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2019 Unveils Women in Space Conference

    UAE Space Agency hosts a programme of events focusing on diversity in the future of space exploration and development        Dubai, UAE - November 19, 2019:  Diversity will be key to the future of space exploration, both for the UAE and globally, according to the raft of international keynote speakers who addressed delegates at day two (Monday) of Dubai Airshow 2019.   Officials from the UAE Space Agency led by the Chairman H.E Dr Ahmed Abdullah Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, were joined by ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub attracts high interest at Dubai Airshow 2019

    New aerospace hub already 35 per cent complete November 18, 2019. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, an integrated global aviation center providing world-class infrastructure and aviation support facilities, has drawn high interest from fellow participants and visitors from all over the world at the ongoing Dubai Airshow. MBR Aerospace Hub joined the exhibition, which is currently running until November 21, 2019, to highlight its unique edge and features that are vital to the steadily rising aviation industries in Dubai and the UAE. During the airshow, ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre signs Memorandum of Understanding with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

    Dubai, UAE, 18th November 2019:   The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), to promote international cooperation in the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space. This took place on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2019, one of the world’s largest events in the aerospace industry, bringing together the leading aerospace and defence industries regionally and globally, from 17 to 21 November 2019. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, ......read more

    Etihad and Boeing Unveil the ‘Etihad Greenliner', to Explore ‘blue Sky' Opportunities to Cut Co2 Emissions

     Themed Boeing 787 to assist in researching sustainability initiatives  Etihad to operate Boeing 787 ‘eco flight’ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels  Airline urges whole of industry to collaborate on reducing CO2    United Arab Emirates - November 18, 2019:    Etihad Airways and Boeing today announced a first-of-its-kind ‘eco partnership’, in which a specially-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used to test products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce aircraft carbon emissions.     The ......read more

    dans strongly participating in Dubai Airshow

    dans focuses on technology to enhance safety and efficiency of airports Aviation growth expected to increase in the run-up to Expo 2020   Dubai, November 18, 2019:   The Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the air navigation services provider and air traffic control for Dubai and Northern Emirates, has increased its presence at the 16th edition of Dubai Airshow 2019. In line with the theme of the Airshow ‘Dedicated to Connecting People’, Dans is showcasing its entire gamut of services focussed on technology to enhance safety and efficiency of ......read more

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