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    IATA Releases 2017 Airline Safety Performance

    Dubai, UAE, February 24, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2017 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continued strong improvements in safety. The all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.08, an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.68 in 2016 and the rate of 2.01 for the previous 5-year period (2012-2016). The 2017 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.11, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 8.7 million flights. This was an improvement over the rate of 0.39 achieved in 2016 and also better than the five-year rate (2012-2016) of 0.33.  There were 6 fatal accidents with 19 fatalities among passengers and crew. This compares with an average of 10.8 ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds Second Daily Flight to Rome

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 22, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today announced the addition of a second daily direct flight from its Abu Dhabi hub to Rome, effective 25 March 2018. The new service will take the total number of Etihad Airways’ flights on the route to 14 a week.   The additional frequencies will be introduced in phases, beginning 25 March 2018, with five extra weekly flights, rising to a twice-a-day service from 1 May 2018.   The double-daily schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers travelling between the capital cities of the UAE and Italy, and further increase connectivity to and from both countries.   The new early morning departure from Abu Dhabi and midday return service from Rome will offer links to popular cities ......read more

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

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

    Finnair opens direct flights to Minsk, the capital of Belarus

    Dubai, UAE, February 21, 2018:  Finnair is expanding its network and will open a direct, year-round route between Helsinki and Minsk on June 9, 2018. Flights between Helsinki and Minsk will be operated twice per week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with an Embraer 190 aircraft. Currently, Finnair also co-operates with Belavia on the Helsinki-Minsk route and Finnair’s own flights will bring the total amount of weekly flights up to five.  Minsk is well known for its history, architecture and cultural arts scene. The city’s many museums and historical sites also offer interesting activities for travelers interested in history and culture.   “A direct route to Minsk compliments well our network and will serve especially well customers traveling between Belarus and North America,” says Juha ......read more

    Emirates to operate first ever A380 to Beirut

    Historic one-off flight to test airport’s A380 operations and readiness  Dubai, UAE, 20 February 2018:   For the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history, Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Beirut on 29 March. The airline’s flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service. The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at 0725hrs and arriving in Beirut at 1030hrs. The flight will depart Beirut at 1415hrs arriving in Dubai at 1905hrs on the same day. Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Centre said: “We are proud to fly ......read more

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

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates: February 20, 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to city–hubs of Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, N’Djamena, Ougadougou, Niamey, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more, Turkish Airlines now adds flights to Freetown as its 52nd destination in Africa.   Beginning February 24, Turkish Airlines will operate its Freetown flights 2 times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.   The services will provide a link between Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and the Lungi International Airport via Ouagadougou. The return flight will also ......read more

    Emirates Increases Capacity to Lisbon

    Airline resumes second daily service to the city  DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 February, 2018 –   Emirates today announced it will resume a second daily service to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from 1 June 2018. The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Portugal boasts a warm temperate climate and a long coastline of beaches, scenic villages and a rich culture and history, attracting visitors from all over the world. According to Turismo de Portugal, a record 21 million people visited the country in 2017, an increase of 10 percent when compared to the previous year, while Lisbon recorded a 16 percent increase. “Portugal is experiencing an ......read more

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

    New service will be the only year-round flight between popular destinations Bali and Auckland Flight will meet increased demand between Emirates network and Bali, and provide a new connectivity option to visitors to New Zealand Dubai, 19 February 2018 –   Emirates today announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via the island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.   The new service will offer global travellers a total of three daily services to New Zealand, complementing Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service between Dubai and Auckland and its current daily A380 service between Dubai and Christchurch via Sydney. Travellers will also enjoy a choice of three daily services between Dubai to Bali in the summer*, as the new flight adds to Emirates’ two ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports first space satellite manufactured in the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, 15 Feb 2018-   Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported KhalifaSat- the first satellite developed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). As the first step in its journey to space, KhalifaSat was flown from Dubai to Incheon International Airport in South Korea on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft that was specially chartered for the occasion. Emirates SkyCargo also unveiled a special branded truck to mark the event.   The KhalifaSat project was launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with the aim of manufacturing the first space satellite on UAE soil. Following its launch in 2018, the remote sensing satellite will ......read more

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

    Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has been the biggest subject of science-fiction movies and has captivated the interest of billionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson. What exactly is the appeal of the Red Planet and what hope does it hold for the future of humankind? Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  The idea of humans living on Mars may seem today to be what used to be called a ‘moon shot’ – an awesome, fantastic, almost impossible to achieve endeavor – until humans actually walked on Luna. And it all starts with unmanned spacecraft mapping the surface, atmosphere, climate, composition, and a myriad other aspects of the Red Planet, culminating in building human settlements on Mars. Many plans are announced each year related to missions and settlements on Mars. Culling the chaff from the ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches Humanitarian Aid Mission for Rohingya Refugees

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

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

    Dubai, UAE – February 13, 2018 -  Dubai Airports today announced the successful completion of the world’s first Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC)* at Dubai International (DXB) following a tour of the new facility by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports. The project was led by Dubai Airports and delivered by Huawei - a leader in the field, in just over 400 days to coincide with UAE’s month of innovation being during February. The complex is equipped with next generation technologies to ensure the highest levels of availability, maintainability, resilience and seamless business continuity to support DXB's growing and complex operations. Dubai Airports worked closely with Huawei to design and build the Tier 3 pre-fabricated data centre incorporating ......read more

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

    Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2018 –  Session, ‘The Journey of Human Evolution’ and entitled ‘Why Evolution Leads to Mars?’ Bjarke Ingels, founder and Creative Partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The segment explored why Mars is the next frontier for mankind.  World-renowned innovator and lead architect of the UAE’s Mars Science City project Bjarke Ingels conducted a widely visual presentation, engaging with the audience and pointing out that, over time, the advancements in technology have allowed mankind to utilize shorter hours in travelling from one end of the world to the other.  Elaborating on why Mars is the next frontier, he highlighted the resources of oxygen, carbon, and hidden water ice, and joked about the ‘fastest diet’ that could be achieved on the ......read more

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

    Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –   The practicalities, opportunities and challenges of space exploration were under the spotlight at the Space Settlement Forum on the inaugural day of the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai. The series of sessions attempted to answer the question: “In this era of inequality and serious issues facing mankind, such as climate change and political instability, is space exploration necessary?” It is necessary for resources, according to several experts. The prospect of tapping into Mars water was examined throughout the sessions. NASA released the Mars Water In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Planning Study, last year, which looked into how astronauts could reach for the Red Planet water. Richard Davis, Assistant Director for Science and Exploration in the Science ......read more

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

    The national flag carrier of Turkey reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8% in its history. Total number of passengers carried went up by 37% reaching 5.7 million passengers. Thus, 5 million passenger level is exceeded first time in Turkish Airlines history for the month of January.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12 February, 2018: Making the whole world more accessible for its passengers by flying to 300 international destinations than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines consistently continues to increase its total passenger number.    According to the recently announced ‘January 2018 Traffic Results’; Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8%. Total Load Factor improved by 7.3 points to 79.8% with an increase of 17% in Available ......read more

    Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s

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

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

    Man behind India’s first Mars mission shares the secret of his country’s success in outer space endeavors Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –  India’s spectacular Red Planet debut with a successful first Mars mission in 2014 brought it a great deal of international acclaim and attention.  “The world understood that the Indian space industry meant serious business,” said Dr Koppillil Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that helmed the project, at a session titled ‘India’s Mission to Mars’, as part of the Space Settlements Forum during the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018).  India’s space program was born in 1963 and institutionalized with ISRO’s establishment in 1969 – the year the US put a man ......read more

    KhalifaSat, Emirates Mars Mission Spacecraft Hit Milestones

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

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

    Amal Amin: The number of students keen on participating in MBRSC programs exceeds our expectations Cady Coleman: Mars is for women Dubai-UAE: 11 February, 2018 –   Eliciting interest in space and its exploration among students through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is an imperative in modern times, concluded the participants of the session titled ‘Inspiring Students and the World: Mars and STEM education’, held as part of the Space Settlement Forum in the run-up to the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai.   The discussion was moderated by Michael McGrath, former Engineering Director at the Laboratory for Atmospherics and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US.    Amal Amin, Senior Payload ......read more

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

    New GNTO Director for Gulf Countries  Dubai, 8 February 2018 –  The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) in Dubai, the local affiliate of the German National Tourism Board, has appointed Sigrid de Mazieres as its new Director for the Gulf countries. In her role, Sigrid de Mazieres will be responsible for guiding the sales & marketing strategy, in order to promote ‘Destination Germany’ throughout the GCC region and to boost arrival numbers with the support of local as well as overseas trade partners and industry stakeholders. “Germany has been one of the preferred European destinations for GCC travellers since a long time, mainly for its great variety, ranging from rich cultural offerings, natural landscapes, luxurious shopping facilities and convenient infrastructure to high-quality ......read more

    Jazeera Airways announces FY2017 financial results

    Board recommends dividend of 35 fils per share   Kuwait - Feb 8, 2017:  Jazeera Airways KSC (Jazeera) today announced its 2017 full-year financial results. The company reported an operating result of KD7.7 million, and a net profit of KD8.2 million.    FY2017 Financial Highlights:  Operating revenue: KD56.6 million, up 7.3% from FY2016 Operating profit: KD7.7 million, down 12.1% from FY2016 Net profit: KD8.2 million, down 23.7% from FY2016 (FY2016 net profit included a one-off KD 2.4 million transfers from foreign currency translation reserve that were reclassified to Statement of Income) FY2017 Operational and Business Highlights Route Expansion: 3 new destinations launched (Doha, Baku, and Hyderabad, India) Load factor: 73.9%, up 6.7% from FY2016 Aircraft utilization: ......read more

    The Emirates Group Signs MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh

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

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

    Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2018:   CAPA – Centre for Aviation has renewed its partnership with Reed Exhibitions Middle East to deliver leadership summits geared towards the airport and ANSP sector at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show. Executives and decision makers from leading airport and ANSPs, alongside international aviation experts, will converge in Dubai for two high level forums dedicated to airports and ANSPs, the CAPA Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) on 07-May-2018 and CAPA Global ATC Summit on 08-May-2018. Co-located with the Dubai Airport Show 2018, the world’s largest gathering of airport exhibitors, the two conferences will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, providing attendees with the opportunity to network and share key insights on strategic industry issues. Held ......read more

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

    AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways sign-up for state-of-the-art Skywise Predictive Maintenance Services In total, more than 1,000 Airbus aircraft to be connected to Skywise Dubai, UAE, February 08, 2018:  AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways have become the first airlines to use full aircraft data and advanced predictive analytics on Airbus’ open aviation data platform Skywise, with each signing a premium subscription contract covering Skywise Predictive Maintenance.    The agreements cover the retrofit of their respective A320 and A330 Family fleets with FOMAX* - a new on-board data-capture / transmission module which provides greatly expanded volumes of recorded aircraft data – only about 400 aircraft parameters could previously be recorded on an A320, compared with roughly ......read more

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

    India becomes first source market to top 2 million annual visitors Visa-on-arrival status for both Russia and China exponentially elevates visitation from both markets Significant year-on-year growth in traffic volumes from majority of key source markets Dubai consolidates its position as fourth most visited city globally Dubai, UAE; 7 February 2018:  Dubai recorded a strong 6.2 per cent year-on-year increase in international overnight visitation in 2017, accelerating the 5 per cent growth witnessed in the previous year and propelling the emirate’s momentum towards its 2020 goal of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by the start of the next decade. According to the latest data published by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), a total of 15.79 million tourists ......read more

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    Air Arabia adds Izmir to growing Turkey network

    Izmir is the 5th destination in Turkey for Air Arabia Air Arabia is the only carrier in the UAE with direct flights to Izmir  Two flights per week serving Izmir from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 21 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that, from 27 June 2018, it will become the first airline to connect the UAE and the Turkish city of Izmir with a direct flight.   Izmir, which is the third largest city in Turkey, joins Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum and Trabzon as the ......read more

    Aircraft Interiors and MRO Innovations Coming to the Middle East

    Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East to Open This Week Dubai, UAE. 21 January 2018:  The key players and decision makers from the airline industry will be in Dubai World Trade Centre later this week, when Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East, produced by Aviation Week Network and Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, take place 23-24 January. With 320 exhibitors expected, the event is set to be the largest yet, spanning all sectors within both the aircraft interior and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries. With around 5000 attendees expected to attend ......read more

    Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

    Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai, UAE, 18th January 2018 –  Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at ......read more

    Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

    MOU for 20 firm orders and 16 options signed today Latest deal takes Emirates’ total Airbus A380 commitment to 178 aircraft units, underscoring the airline’s confidence in the programme Dubai, UAE, 18 January 2018 –  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order. The ......read more

    Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel wins Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award

    Dubai, UAE: 17th January 2018 –  Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel has been awarded the Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award.    Now in its thirteenth year, the awards are based on ratings provided by Priority Pass Members and recognize excellence within the world’s largest independent lounge membership program that includes more than 1000 airport lounges, in over 500 cities, and is this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary.   The winning lounge, with a capacity of 177 guests ensures ......read more

    Passenger traffic at Munich Airport rises to new all-time high of 44.6 million

    Take-offs and landings up 2.6% to over 400,000 Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2018:  Munich Airport's dynamic growth continued in 2017 with new traffic records in several categories: Passenger traffic increased by an impressive 2.3 million to a new all-time high of 44.6 million. This was a 5.5 percent gain over the 2016 figure. The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately 405,000 – a gain of 2.6 percent. Without the reduction in services by Air Berlin in the summer period, followed by that airline's ......read more

    Airbus Commercial Aircraft delivers record performance

    Total deliveries reached 718 – four percent higher than the previous record 1,109 total net orders from 44 customers; Book-to-bill ratio at 1.5 Dubai, UAE, January 15, 2018:  Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers. Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016. The 2017 total comprises: 558 single aisle A320 Family (of which 181 were A320neo – an increase of 166 percent over 2016); 67 A330s; 78 A350 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has performed well beyond expectations in 2017.

    Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in December with 79.7% LF   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 January, 2018:  Turkish Airlines has completed the year 2017 with a great success. The number of passengers in 2017 compared to previous year was increased of 9.3 percent and the flag carrier carried 68.6 millions passengers. Compared to the previous year the load factor reached 79.1% by increasing 4.7 points. The flag carrier has reached highest December load factor rate with 79.5% in the last month of 2017 in its history   Chairman of the Board ......read more

    Emirates Resumes Service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport; Offering Flights to Two Points in Istanbul

    New flight schedule offers Turkish passengers more seamless Far East/Australasia connections Passengers will have the option to fly in and out of two Istanbul points; Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) or Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) Dubai, U.A.E., 15 January 2018:   Emirates today announced the resumption of flights between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, starting 8th June 2018. The resumption of services on the route will allow customers two destination options when travelling Emirates to Istanbul.   The flight will be operated five times a week ......read more

    November Peak Season Air Freight Demand Up 8.8%

    Dubai, UAE, January 14, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), climbed 8.8% in November 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was an increase from the 5.8% annual growth recorded in October 2017. Despite indicators pointing to air cargo having passed a cyclical growth peak, demand remains strong. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.0% year-on-year in November. This was the 16th consecutive month in ......read more

    British Airways launches sale across all cabins for travel until December 12, 2018

    Make your 2018 holiday your biggest adventure yet!  Dubai, UAE, 11 January 2018:  Post the festive season, there’s nothing quite like planning your next holiday to chase away the holiday blues! British Airways has just announced the perfect way for residents across the UAE to brighten up their January with the launch of their massive global special fares campaign.  In addition, the UK carrier has revealed some of its top travel predictions for travellers from the Middle East, selecting a mix of must-see places from its network of over 200 destinations. Robert ......read more

    IBM signs US$85 million private cloud managed services agreement with Emirates airline

    The new agreement will see IBM manage Emirates’ enterprise IT infrastructure for its mission-critical global operations  DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – 10 January 2018:  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has signed a ten-year, approximately US$85 million managed services agreement with Emirates airline. The agreement will enable Emirates to focus its efforts on highly strategic initiatives, while IBM handles the day-to-day management of its IT infrastructure.  Signed in Q3 2017, the new agreement expands upon a services agreement signed in 2016 and will ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai to offer travellers even more connections in 2018

    New codeshare destinations Krakow and Catania to be added Partnership now covers 81 destinations, offering customers a breadth of travel options to, from, and via Dubai Over 165,000 passengers have benefited from the partnership since launch Dubai, UAE, 9 January 2018 –  Emirates and flydubai will offer travellers even more connectivity and flight options in 2018, with new codeshare flights planned to Krakow in Poland from 8 April, and Catania in Italy from 13 June. Both Dubai-based airlines currently offer customers a breadth of travel options across their ......read more

    British Airways Invests in Substantial New Catering for World Traveller Customers

    Dubai, UAE, 9 January 2018:  British Airways is today announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.    Options now include: Pretzels with the welcome drink Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight Regional meal ......read more

    Qabala joins Air Arabia's Azerbaijan network

    Qabala is the 2nd destination in Azerbaijan for Air Arabiaa Three flights per week serving Qabala from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 08 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new route in Azerbaijan, flying to the popular touristic city of Qabala from 27 June 2018. Air Arabia currently serve Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan with daily flights.   Featuring a moderate climate and a mountainous landscape, Qabala is a destination of choice for travellers looking to spend ......read more

    Emirates sends off UAE fans on special A380 flight to Kuwait

    Full flight of 519 fans depart to cheer on UAE team at Gulf Cup finals DUBAI, U.A.E., 6 Jan 2018:   Emirates’ special A380 flight to Kuwait took off earlier today carrying over 500 passionate fans who will cheer on the UAE National team in their bid to clinch the Gulf Cup.  Fans were treated to UAE flag scarves upon check-in to wear ahead of kick-off and show their support. Watch as fans gear up for the final match.  The Emirates A380, operating as EK 2555 and EK 2556, was fittingly emblazoned with the decal that makes a special tribute to HH Sheikh Zayed bin ......read more

    ATC Forum to make debut at Airport Show 2018

    Air traffic management tops the challenges chart  GCAA projects 1.85 million flights per annum in 2030  Middle East passengers to reach 517 million by 2036 Global ATC equipment market worth US$4.23 billion   Latest technologies and solutions to be showcased Forum provides an effective discussion platform   Dubai, UAE, January 03, 2018: The Middle East region - home to the world’s top airport for international passengers in Dubai - continues recording impressive growth in flight movements and passenger and cargo volumes, thereby keeping up the civil ......read more

    Emirates to operate special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend Arabian Gulf Cup final

    Dubai, UAE, January 3, 2018:  As instructed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive today announced that Emirates airline will operate a special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend the finals of the Arabian Gulf Cup.  The UAE team will face Oman in the final match which will be held this Friday, 5 January. ...read more

    GCAA Hosts the first Aviation Youth Circle at Emirates Engineering Hanger

    Dubai, UAE, 03 January 2018:  The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) hosted a highly constructive Youth Circle entitled ‘Youth & Sustainability in Aviation’ in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Emirates Engineering in one of Emirates’ maintenance hangars at Dubai International Airport. The Circle was attended by around 70 young people from the UAE representing a range of technical and managerial backgrounds in the aviation sector. The aim of the gathering was to discuss issues that young Emiratis face in building sustainable careers ......read more

    Etihad Airport Services Ground Prepares for the Future with Key Emirati Appointments

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 2, 2018 –  Etihad Airport Services (EAS) Ground, a division of Etihad Aviation Group, has announced several key UAE National appointments within a new structure that lays the foundation for the coming years.   The internal appointments are all based at Abu Dhabi Airport and will involve critical transitional duties as EAS Ground moves across to the Midfield Terminal which is due to be opened in 2019.  The six UAE Nationals have all worked for a number of years at EAS Ground, receiving specially-tailored training and career ......read more

    Dubai Wins Red Diamond Award for World's Greatest New Year's Celebration!

    Dubai, December, 29 2017 - Dubai has been named the World's Greatest New Year's Eve Destination for 2018 by The World Travel Guild. The string of city-wide celebrations occuring across the Emirate this year to ring in 2018 will be unmatched by any other city in the world, says the organization.  The festivities will be led by a light show at the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building. Emaar group, the property developers and producers of the show have dubbed the event "Light Up 2018" and will be looking to set a Guiness World Record with what they have been ......read more

    Dubai Customs passenger operations geared up to handle busy New Year's festive season

    Dubai – 27 Dec 2017:   As the New Year draws closer, everything is set and ready by Dubai Customs to handle large influx of travelers in Dubai’s airports over the festive season. The Passenger Operations Department of Dubai Customs has taken all measures and arrangements necessary to facilitate the movement of passengers and tourists arriving to or transiting through Dubai during this peak traffic season.  In DXB terminals 1, 2 and 3 as in Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai Customs’ passenger operations teams are all geared up to make the flow of passengers and ......read more

    Emirates celebrates the Year of Zayed inflight and in the air

    Dubai, UAE, 27 December 2017 -  Emirates will be sharing the legacy of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to a global audience in 2018. To celebrate the ‘Year of Zayed’, Emirates is featuring the achievements of HH Sheikh Zayed in the pages of its official inflight magazine, Open Skies each month. The ‘Year of Zayed’ commences in 2018 and coincides with the centennial of the birth of the UAE’s founding father. Over the course of 2018, the award-winning monthly title from Motivate Publishing will share a host of classic images and ......read more

    The 24 Palaces de France : Welcome to the world of expertise and excellence à la française

    Dubai, UAE, December 23, 2017:  The 24 Palaces de France and their teams of professionals, the General Managers, the Chefs and the services, invite you to stay with them and live the excellence à la française and hospitality experiences. They are today all gathered by Atout France, the Tourism in France Development agency, on this momentous portrait by the photographer Rip Hopkins, illustrating THE emblematic view of Paris thanks to the staging on the rooftop of the Arc de Triomphe.  Their one and only principle : ready to host you. France is the world's favourite ......read more

    Turkey's exports to the GCC on a steady rise

    Turkish defense and aerospace companies make a beeline for the UAE Dubai, 21 December 2017:  TİM Tanıtım Organizasyon İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş. (TİM A.Ş), the specialised organisation of Turkish exporters, has revealed that the UAE was Turkey's top export markets in the GCC at USD 62 million followed by Saudi Arabia (USD 48 million). Turkey's exports to the GCC have been on a steady rise since 2011 when the government launched several indigenous programs, including for helicopters, drones, frigates and corvettes, tanks, missile ......read more

    Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon to introduce new ‘smart bag' policy

    Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2017:  Effective 1 January 2018, smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries will not be accepted as cabin or checked baggage Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be introducing new policies surrounding the carriage of ‘smart bags’, which are a new type of innovative luggage featuring integrated lithium batteries for the purpose of charging an external device or to provide power to the wheels of the bag. Smart bags will not be considered a portable electronic device (PED); their batteries will be handled as a power bank or spare ......read more

    Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

    Daily service will be operated by Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ER featuring the latest cabin interiors including fully enclosed private suites in First Class  New route will connect businesses from the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor with Emirates global network of over 154 destinations worldwide Dubai, 20 December 2017 –  Emirates today announced that it is to launch a new daily route from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) on 8 June, 2018. With its strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough, Emirates will be the ......read more

    Air Arabia to boost Turkish network with new summer route to Bodrum

    Bodrum is the 4th destination in Turkey for Air Arabia Three flights per week serving Bodrum starting 13 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 20 December 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new seasonal route to Bodrum in Turkey, commencing from 13 June 2018.   The flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 21:45 hours, and arriving the next day at Bodrum’s Milas Mugla International Airport (BJV) ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Hosts Entrepreneurs From Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment

    ABU DHABI, UAE December 19, 2017:  Etihad Aviation Group’s (EAG) Procurement and Supply Management team has held its annual ‘Moving Forward” forum in Abu Dhabi. Attended by more than 50 entrepreneurs from the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment, the forum included a workshop about EAG’s procurement policies and procedures, as well as, forthcoming commercial opportunities with the Fund’s members.  The entrepreneurs learnt about ways to enhance the entrepreneurship environment for their projects ......read more

    Air Arabia adds Sheremetyevo airport to Moscow network, boosts Russia flights to double-daily

    Sheremetyevo International Airport is the second airport in Moscow served by Air Arabia. Sharjah, UAE; 18 December 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), today announced that it will begin flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport from 1st February 2018, the second airport Air Arabia serves in Moscow, boosting the flight to daily serve the Russian capital with a double daily frequency.   The flight to Sheremetyevo International Airport complements the airline’s existing daily services to ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Supports Syrian Refugee Children in Greece

    Visit to the Ritsona camp part of EAG’s ongoing 2017 Year of Giving initiatives Donation of education and home supplies to benefit more than 1,000 children Event coincided with United Nations Universal Children’s Day for 2017    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 18, 2018 –   Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has donated vital school and home supplies to more than one thousand Syrian refugee children at the Ritsona refugee camp near Athens.   A delegation recently visited the camp to present the donation to the Emirates Red Crescent. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Recognised for Commitment to Travellers' Health

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates December 14, 2017:  Etihad Airways was this week recognised for its commitment to travellers’ wellbeing after announcing it will become the first airline in the Middle East to offer Weqaya-approved meal selections onboard its flights.    The Department of Health (DoH) acknowledged the efforts of the UAE’s national carrier at a ceremony at SIAL Middle East 2017, one of the region's leading events dedicated to the food, beverage and hospitality sectors, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh ......read more

    VFS Global introduces special Christmas offers on Platinum Lounge and doorstep visa services

    Dubai, UAE, December 14, 2017:   This December, residents of the United Arab Emirates can avail VFS Global’s special Christmas offers when applying for their UK or Australia visas at the luxurious Platinum Lounge or when opting for doorstep visa services, available for visas to UK, South Africa, Turkey, Singapore, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Hungary. Platinum Lounge Christmas offer: UK and Australia visa applicants using the Platinum Lounge facility, located at Wafi Mall, Dubai, can now avail the buy one get one free offer when applying for their visa. ......read more

    Turkish Airlines announces special fares for a magical winter in Turkey

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 13 December 2017:  Turkish Airlines announces special fares to Turkey this winter, offering passengers an opportunity to experience the beauty of Turkey on their holidays. Passengers from the UAE can now book a ticket directly to Atatürk for a price starting from AED 2,300 and to Sabiha Gökçen Airport from AED 2,200. Passengers can also travel to any other destinations within Turkey for an additional fee ranging from AED 100 to 150, depending on the location.  The offer is valid for passengers booking a flight from now until 22nd of ......read more

    GCAA Attends Highly Successful Ican Event in Colombo Sri Lanka

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2017:  The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) attended ICAO’s tenth ICAN ‘Air Services Negotiation Event’ from 4th–8th December 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.  The objective of the conference is to facilitate bilateral (or multilateral) air service negotiations between ICAO Member States by providing a central meeting place for States to gather and conduct private negotiations in one location. This year 77 countries participated in the conference and held ......read more

    Finnair: the bad weather continues to affect Finnair's traffic in the coming days

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2017:  The storm in Central Europe and the runway restrictions caused by heavy snowfall in Helsinki Airport on Tuesday congested Finnair operations at Helsinki Airport severely on Tuesday evening. An overtime working ban by Finnish aviation union also contributed partly to the situation. Finnair had to cancel over 60 legs, and many flights were delayed. - We are extremely sorry for the delays and cancellations. We apologize to all our customers for the disruptions. Our customer service was badly congested, and there was not enough hotel capacity in Southern ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center Encourages Emirati Youth to Register for “UAE Astronaut Programme”

    UAE Astronaut Programme to make history with first Emirati and Arab astronauts’ space flight More than 1000 applications received to date Dubai, 11 December 2017:  Following the announcement from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center is now accepting entries for the UAE Astronaut Programme. At the end of 2018, four carefully selected Emirati candidates will be chosen to form the UAE Astronaut team and undergo a three-year long intensive training programme to enable ......read more

    Emirates celebrates holiday season with special Christmas treats

    Dubai, UAE, 10 Dec 2017 –  Emirates is spreading the festive joy with treats across all cabin classes this December. Customers travelling for the holidays will enjoy several Christmas specials both on the ground and on board from food to entertainment. Festive menus are back In addition to the regionally inspired cuisine served on board, Emirates is bringing back its Christmas menu with a more extensive offering of holiday favourites. Emirates’ seasonal menus are a key component of its dining offering and the Christmas menu is one of the main highlights. The festive ......read more

    Etihad Airways Rolls-out Initiatives to Ease Check-in Over Peak Season

    Dubai, UAE, December 10, 2017:  The peak pre-Christmas travel period is fast approaching with many travellers making plans for trips home or on holiday.    The combination of the festive season and schools breaking up for holidays means the period from 12 December to 5 January will be a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with up to 1.25 million guests flying with Etihad Airways across the network over this period.   To make sure that guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy season, Etihad Airways has a number of ......read more

    British Airways Announces Grand Avios Sale Across 90 Destinations

    Dubai residents can enjoy return flights to London for as little as 13,000 Avios  Dubai, UAE 10 December 2017:  British Airways has announced a massive sale offering British Airways Executive Club members the chance to travel the world for half the number of Avios usually required.  Available for booking from today until December 17, the airline will offer World Traveller (long-haul economy) flights to Heathrow and onwards to 90 long-haul destinations for 50 per cent fewer Avios. This means that customers can book their return flight from Dubai to London using 13,000 ......read more

    DP World Scores a Double Win at Transport Arabia Excellence Awards

    DP World, UAE Region is recognised as Terminal Operator of the Year and Most Automated Container Terminal of the Year Sultan Bin Sulayem: Transport Arabia Excellence Awards can contribute to promote intra-region trade Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 December 2017:  Global trade enabler DP World was recognized for its world leading business standards and practices when Its UAE Region won two awards at the Transport Arabia Excellence Awards 2017, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and chairman ......read more

    Dubai Customs wins “Best Customs Department in 2017” Award

    Dubai – 9 December 2017:  Dubai Customs was awarded “Best Customs Department in 2017” at the Excellence Transport Awards 2017, presented by Dubai Airports and held for the first time in Dubai on 4th December under the auspices of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman, Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.  The award was given to Dubai Customs in recognition to its efforts in facilitating passage and flow of passengers in airports and improving air cargo operations and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Second Daily Flight to Jordan

    Additional year-round service between Abu Dhabi and Amman begins in March 2018   Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 7, 2017:  Etihad Airways is launching a second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Amman, effective 25 March 2018.   The double daily year-round schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and Amman, with attractive timings of early afternoon and evening departures from the capital cities of the UAE and Jordan, respectively.   The additional flights, operated by an Airbus A320 with 16 seats in Business Class ......read more

    Raytheon Forms New Subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates

    John Brauneis named Chief Executive of Raytheon Emirates ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Dec. 7, 2017) —  Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) marked its 30-year anniversary of partnership with the United Arab Emirates by announcing it has formed Raytheon Emirates, a new, wholly-owned subsidiary incorporated and headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The creation of Raytheon Emirates supports the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 by forming an aerospace and defense business that fosters cyber-secure digital transformation, contributes to the nation’s economic diversification, and employs a ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Launches UAE Astronaut Programme

    To prepare and qualify Emirati Astronauts to reach the International Space Station Dubai, UAE: 6th of December, 2017:  UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the UAE’s first Astronaut programme dedicated to selecting and training four Emirati Astronauts on various space missions so they can head to the International Space Station within the next five years. His Highness said, “On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme, dedicated ......read more

    Airbus Little Engineer A380 Workshop Fuels a Passion for Innovation in Students at the Arab Aviation Summit

    Dubai, UAE, 6th December 2017 –  Students from across the UAE have participated in the Airbus Little Engineer A380 workshop during the Arab Aviation Summit in Dubai. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group - who inaugurated this year’s summit - the event represents one of the most prominent and important aviation and tourism events in the region.  Under the umberella of the Airbus Foundation, the initiative is committed ......read more

    Strong Airline Profitability Continues in 2018

    Operating Margins Squeezed by Rising Costs   Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts global industry net profit to rise to $38.4 billion in 2018, an improvement from the $34.5 billion expected net profit in 2017 (revised from a $31.4 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2018 performance include: A slight decline in the operating margin to 8.1% (down from 8.3% in 2017) An improvement in net margin to 4.7% (up from 4.6% in 2017) A rise in overall revenues to $824 billion (+9.4% on 2017 revenues of $754 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines on board with UFW

    Turkish Airlines signs the “United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)” pledging for zero-tolerance regarding the illegal wildlife trade.    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 5 December, 2017: The “United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)” which was on the agenda of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico last June, has been signed by 41 airline companies so far.    The declaration, also signed by institutions such as ACI, AFRAA, AASA and London Heathrow Airport, is aiming to stop the ......read more

    Air Freight Up 5.9% in October; Signals Strong Start to Q4

    Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 5.9% in October 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was a slowdown from the 9.2% annual growth recorded in September 2017 but still exceeded the average annual growth rate of 3.2% over the past decade. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.7% year-on-year in October. This was the 15th consecutive month in which demand growth ......read more

    October Passenger Demand Rebounds from Weather-Impacted September

    Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.2% compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew 6.2% and load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.8%, which was a record for the month.   October’s performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September. Domestic and international travel growth largely was in balance.   “As expected, the recent ......read more

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