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    Abu Dhabi Airports participates in Bahrain International Air Show

    Abu Dhabi Airports CEO Bryan Thompson: Abu Dhabi Airports is a Leading Example in the Airports    13th November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Airports today announced its participation at the Bahrain International Air Show, held November 14 – 16 at the Sakhir Airbase, where it is set to exhibit alongside partners at the UAE national pavilion. Abu Dhabi Airports took part in the event alongside key local stakeholders.    Commenting on Abu Dhabi Airports’ participation at the Middle East’s fastest growing airshow, CEO Bryan Thompson said: “Abu Dhabi now serves as a remarkable global example in providing air transport services that meet the highest international standards. Abu Dhabi Airports’ participation in the Bahrain International Air Show comes as part of our ......read more

    Emirates launches special fares to over 20 global destinations

    Plan ahead and enjoy competitive fares for UAE National Day holiday weekend Dubai, UAE – 12 November, 2018:   Emirates is offering special fares in the UAE to over 20 global destinations in its network. Passengers can now take advantage of the upcoming UAE National Day long weekend and plan a short holiday getaway, or visit family and friends back home, within Emirates’ vast network. The offer applies to bookings made today until 22nd November 2018 for travel until 31st July 2019. Economy Class passengers can enjoy fares to Colombo starting at AED 1,495, London starting at 2,665, Seychelles starting at AED 2,935, Cape Town starting at AED 3,635, Bangkok starting at AED 2,305, Beirut starting at AED 1,065 and Milan starting at AED 3,005. Business Class passengers can enjoy fares to Colombo starting at AED ......read more

    Groundwork begins at historical Mina Al Sultan Qaboos

    JV between OMRAN and DAMAC International paves way for region’s largest waterfront transformation  Dubai, UAE – 08 November 2018: Groundwork is now underway at Mina Al Sultan Qaboos (MASQ), annouced DAMAC International today, the strategic partner to the joint venture with Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the government’s tourism development arm. The transformation of the historical port into a USD 2 billion integrated waterfront destination, which includes hotels, residences, food and beverage, retail and entertainment offerings, is inline with the National Strategy for Tourism 2040. Since the intial announcement of the joint venture, extensive project planning and place making research for Muttrah, the district that surrounds MASQ, has been undertaken. This included third-party studies, technical ......read more

    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Aviation Award

    “A Global Award for a Global Industry” Dubai, UAE, November 08, 2018:  In just a few decades, the aviation sector has had a transformative effect on the UAE economy and we believe that it is time to celebrate the achievements of the aviation industry globally and to acknowledge and promote the far-reaching impacts that aviation has on global trade thanks to the connectivity that it affords.  This inspired the UAE to establish the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Aviation Award that aims to shine light on States, Business Organizations and Individuals around the world, by recognizing their contribution to the success of aviation industry. This triennial award reflects UAE’s commitment to promote aviation and the support to ICAO’s ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative. The ......read more

    Justin Rose wins the 2018 Turkish Airlines Open

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 7 November 2018 –   Justin Rose secured victory at the Turkish Airlines Open 2018, beating Haotong Li  in a play-off at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Antalya.  A par on the first-play-off hole in Turkish Airlines Open history was enough for a win that saw Rose crowned the best golfer in the world and it was also the first time in his career that he has defended a title.  Rose trailed third-round leader Li by three shots going into the final day and both players bogeyed 18 to remain locked at -17 after 72 holes. After Rose made four, Li missed his par putt for the Englishman to take the win for a second straight year. Commenting on the tournament Justin Rose said; “I love this area and this place is very special to me. Revisiting Turkey has been such a ......read more

    Strengthening Aviation Benefits in MENA

    6 November 2018 (Dubai, UAE) -The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to maximize the economic and social benefits of aviation.  “Aviation currently supports 2.4 million jobs and $130 billion in economic activity across the MENA region. That represents 3.3% of all employment and 4.4% of all GDP in the region. Over the next 20 years we expect passenger numbers to grow by 4.3% annually. As aviation’s leaders we must work together and with governments to realize this potential---and the economic and social development that it will catalyze,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, speaking at the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) AGM in Cairo.   De Juniac highlighted improving aviation ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Model Diary of Xiaowen at China International Import Expo

    New video launch features Chinese model Xiaowen Ju as part of Etihad Airways’ ‘Runway to Runway’ campaign Dubai, UAE, November 06, 2018:  Etihad Airways today launched a brand new video in its Model Diary series at the China International Import Expo, profiling iconic Chinese fashion model Xiaowen Ju during her recent trip to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Based in New York City, the world-renowned model developed the new video as part of Etihad Airways’ ongoing ‘Runway to Runway’ series, which supports and showcases the global fashion industry.   Marking her first-ever trip to Abu Dhabi, Xiaowen introduces viewers to key sights throughout the city, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is the largest art museum in the region and has successfully bridged the gap between ......read more

    Mixed picture behind 2% Increase in September Air Freight Growth

    06 November 2018 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.0% in September 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This pace of growth was relatively unchanged from the previous month but was less than half the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.2% year-on-year in September 2018. This was the seventh month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand. Yields, however, appear to be holding up.    The weak growth is being supported by strong consumer confidence, a robust global investment environment and the expansion of international e-commerce. The air cargo ......read more

    Alpha Aviation Academy Partners With Etihad Aviation Training for Core Flying Skills Training

    Etihad Aviation Training to offer core flying skills training to Alpha Aviation Academy’s student pilots at state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain The partnership enhances the UAE’s position as a growing global hub of aviation training Dubai, UAE, November 06, 2018:  Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) and Alpha Aviation Academy, the largest Multi Pilot training programme in MENA, have launched a partnership for the delivery of the Core Flying Skills components of Alpha’s pilot training programme.   EAT is a well-established Approved Training Organisation (ATO) with one of the largest training facilities in the Middle East region. Student pilots will spend three months in Al Ain, being trained on the Cessna, before returning to Alpha in Sharjah to start the Advance Flight Simulator training ......read more

    Turkish Airlines embarks on a new journey from Istanbul New Airport

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 5 November 2018 –   Turkish Airlines welcomes a new era of Turkish Aviation with the opening of Istanbul New Airport. The world’s largest international hub will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier and establishes Istanbul’s place as the centre of the globe for aviation and travel. The smart airport, thanks to its strategic location at the crossroads of east and west, has great potential for Turkish Airlines and the global aviation industry and will welcome 200 million passengers per year upon final completion.   To coincide with the 95th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the eagerly-awaited Istanbul New Airport was named “Istanbul Airport” at the opening ceremony yesterday, officially opened by President of the Republic of ......read more

    Emirates unveils world's first integrated “biometric path”, raising the bar for airport customer experience

    Use of biometric technology across multiple points from check-in to boarding is first in the world in terms of its integration across airport stakeholders Advanced stage of implementation with testing programme already “live”, and pilot trials involving passengers to follow In phased development since 2015, the multi-million dollar programme is part of Emirates’ continued investment to offer an industry-leading customer experience Dubai, UAE, 29 October 2018 –   Emirates is gearing up to launch the world’s first “biometric path” which will offer its customers a smooth and truly seamless airport journey at the airline’s hub in Dubai International airport. Utilising the latest biometric technology – a mix of facial and iris recognition, Emirates passengers can ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) Agreement with the Brazilian-based Azul Brazilian Airlines.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 28th October 2018 -   One of the most prominent airline loyalty programs today with 10 million members, Turkish Airlines frequent-flyer program, Miles&Smiles offers its members mileage accrual and redemption opportunities on flights with Turkish Airlines and partner airline flights. In addition to its existing partnerships with 27 Star Alliance member airlines, Miles&Smiles has launched a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) Partnership with Brazilian carrier Azul Brazilian Airlines by signing an agreement.   The signature ceremony of the agreement was held in the Azul Brazilian Airlines Headquarters in Sao Paulo, with the attendance of Turkish Airlines Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Ahmet Olmuştur, Azul Brazilian Airlines Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Alexandre Wagner Malfitani, ......read more

    IATA Outlines Urgent Priorities to Minimize Brexit Impacts

    25 October 2018 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for urgent action by the UK and the European Union to put in place contingency planning for the continuation of air services in the event of a ‘no-deal Brexit’, and to move much faster to bring certainty to three critical air transport issues: The uninterrupted continuation of air connectivity The framework for regulating safety and security, and The policies and processes needed for efficient border management “These are the most critical areas because there are no fallback agreements such as the WTO framework available in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario. Without any contingency planning being made transparent to the industry, the risks of not addressing these issues could mean chaos for travelers and ......read more

    IATA Forecast Predicts 8.2 billion Air Travelers in 2037

    Eastward Shift in 20 year forecast Protectionism could reduce aviation’s benefits Dubai, UAE, October 25, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed that present trends in air transport suggest passenger numbers could double to 8.2 billion in 2037.   The latest update to IATA’s 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast, shows that an increasing shift Eastwards in the center of gravity of the industry is behind the continued strong growth. Over the next two decades, the forecast anticipates a 3.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), leading to a doubling in passenger numbers from today’s levels.    The Association warned, however, that growth prospects for air transport, and the economic benefits driven by aviation, could be curtailed if protectionist measures are ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 on Services to Kuala Lumpur and Brussels

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 25, 2018:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 on its daily scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur, effective 20 December this year, and to Brussels, effective 3 January 2019.    The new two-class 787 Dreamliner service features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Kuala Lumpur and Brussels are two very important destinations on the Etihad network, popular with both business and leisure customers and we are delighted to be introducing the 787-9 Dreamliner on these routes. Our customers can expect the quietest cabins and our latest in-flight products and ......read more

    Emirates invites travellers to “Fly Better”

    Dubai, UAE, 25th October 2018:   Emirates, one of the world’s most awarded airlines for its industry-leading services, invites global travellers to “Fly Better” with the launch of its bold new brand promise. “On this day in 1985, Emirates flew its first customers from Dubai to Karachi. While the airline has grown exponentially since, our promise to customers remains unchanged - flying Emirates means enjoying a better flying experience,” said Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. “The drive to innovate and ‘be better’ is hardwired into Emirates’ DNA, and this enables us to deliver air travel experiences that are comfortable and enjoyable in every cabin class, time and again.  Emirates was the first to introduce personal screens in every seat in every class, we ......read more

    Russian visitors to GCC to increase 125% by 2023

    Increase in Russian tourists to GCC to create an extra 2.9 million room nights over coming five years Relaxed visa regulations and additional airline routes continue to drive growth Dubai, UAE, October 23, 2018:  The number of Russian tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 125% from 933,000 in 2018 to 2.1 million in 2023, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019.   The latest research published by Colliers International predicts the increase in Russian tourists to the GCC to create an extra 2.9 million room nights over the coming five years.    Looking at the economic drivers, Russia’s links with the GCC have strengthened in recent years due to the introduction of ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Announce Codeshare Partnership and Further Cooperation

    Codeshare to cover 41 destinations on the two carriers’ networks Etihad Airways Engineering to provide select maintenance services for SAUDIA fleet at Abu Dhabi hub Discussions taking place to explore commercial cargo joint opportunities Plans to offer reciprocal ‘earn and burn’ on frequent flyer programmes October 22, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi national flag carrier, Saudia, have announced a new codeshare partnership, providing customers with access to more than 40 leisure and business destinations in the home markets and across the world.   In addition to the codeshare agreement, the two carriers also announced plans for greater commercial cooperation in other fields, including frequent flyer programme benefits, cargo, and ......read more

    Carrera Enters F1™ Premium Partner of Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team

    Dubai, UAE, October 21, 2018:   Carrera, the iconic eyewear brand owned by Safilo, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator, manufacturer and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, announces its entry into Formula 1 with a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team. The partnership will be unveiled during the Official Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team launch event on February 20th, when the Carrera logo will appear on Sauber Formula One car livery, on the sides of the visor of Race Helmets, and on the Race Overalls.  Carrera, the statement brand synonymous with pioneering design and outstanding quality in eyewear since 1956, stands for people who live by their own rules, continuously defying themselves and proudly approaching life, standing out from the crowd.  Since its ......read more

    Airport Show 2019 powered by 375 exhibitors from 60 countries

    Co-located events: ATC Forum and Airport Security Middle East New addition: CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit  New Innovation Hub to showcase disruptive technologies 75 per cent exhibitors returning to the show  Airport construction global spending: US$1.1 trillion  Dubai, October 21, 2018:   The world’s largest annual airport exhibition in Dubai is going to be power-packed when it returns for its 19th year run in April 2019 with a record 375 exhibitors expected from 60 countries. To be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the Airport Show, organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, will take place at the ......read more

    Motiongate Dubai's Fright Nights Offers Something for Everyone this Halloween

    Come experience our family friendly Halloween during the day then watch the park transform at night with our 2 scare zones and live-acted ‘SAW’ Maze from 18th of October to 3rd of November Dubai, 20 October 2018: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, is the go-to destination this October for Halloween. The park will transform into a ghoulish paradise after dark, with its 2 zombies scare zones and all new SAW Maze every weekend from 18th of October to 3rd of November.   Debuting for the very first time in the UAE and the region, the true-to-film SAW Maze brings to life the terrifying tests and iconic traps from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures’ blockbuster SAW films, one of the most successful horror franchises ever, grossing nearly $1 Billion at the worldwide box ......read more

    Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Wins Top Accolades for Best Destination Campaign Film

    DCT Abu Dhabi recognised in two categories at the International Tourism Film Festival Maldives  Abu Dhabi, 20 October 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has been awarded two top honours at the International Tourism Film Festival Maldives (ITFFM) for its ‘Your Extraordinary Story’ destination brand campaign.  The winners of the 2018 ITFFM awards were announced this week at a prestigious three-day event, which was held at the Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort, in the South Asian country, with DCT Abu Dhabi picking up the overall winner Grand Prix prize, as well as winning in the Best Tourism Destination (Cities) Film category.  The accolades follow similar success for the emirate’s destination campaign in July this year, when DCT Abu Dhabi won in the ......read more

    Lufthansa Group buys more new generation short- and medium-haul aircraft

    27 Airbus A320neo and A321neo options converted into firm orders Total investment according to list price of about 3 billion US dollars A total of 149 "Neos" for the Lufthansa Group are ordered  Dubai, UAE, October 20, 2018:  The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved the purchase of 27 short- and medium-haul aircraft. Purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo will be converted into firm orders. With this decision, the Lufthansa Group is reacting to the positive market and earnings development and thus ensuring the necessary fleet size in the coming years. The total investment of this order amounts to a list price of about three billion US dollars. This increases the total number of A320neo and A321neo orders to 149 for the Group, 13 of them are already operating with ......read more

    World Aviation Safety Summit to establish dangerous goods handling strategies

    Local and international aviation leaders set to discuss most pertinent safety trends related to dangerous goods handling 17 October 2018, Dubai, UAE: T  he 6th Annual World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) will provide a focus on approaches for handling dangerous goods, organizers of the event revealed today. Hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, WASS 2018 is set to return for its sixth edition on December 11 and 12 at Roda Al Bustan, Dubai.   More than 1.25 million dangerous goods shipments are handled and transported by air each year, according to statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), with air cargo forecast to increase 4.9% annually for the next five years. Against the backdrop of this expected rise in dangerous goods transportation, WASS 2018 will address areas at the ......read more

    Lufthansa Group optimizes hub management of the network airlines and prepares for moderate growth in summer 2019

    Goal: increase in quality and improved on-time ratings Multi-hub planning approach to be consistently continued in 2019 Munich: Strengthening commitment to Asia Dubai, UAE, October 16, 2018:  Lufthansa Group continues to consistently optimize the management of its hubs in Munich, Frankfurt, Zürich and Vienna. The main focus is on the flexible multi-hub system: newly integrated processes mean that Lufthansa Group is increasingly able to move fleets and traffic wherever the conditions are best for quality, growth and cost effectiveness.   Specifically, the Lufthansa Executive Board decided to accelerate its growth at the Munich location and develop the Bavarian capital into a hub with a focus on Asia. Lufthansa Group anticipates high single-digit year-over-year growth for the network airlines at this hub for ......read more

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    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Moroccan Capital Rabat

    Three-class version of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features 8 private First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats Reinforces Etihad Airways’ commitment to the Moroccan market Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), July 25, 2018:   Effective 3 October 2018, Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Rabat, capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, replacing the Airbus A330-300 currently serving the route.   The introduction of the technologically advanced aircraft on Rabat services ......read more

    DCT Abu Dhabi Statements About Warner.Bros World Abu Dhabi Opening

    Dubai, UAE, July 24, 2018:  HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi: The choice of Yas Island as the home for the world's first indoor Warner Bros. theme park, celebrating such an iconic and beloved brand, reflects so positively on Abu Dhabi's global status and its ability to attract international tourism investments. This step is further evidence of the plans we are enacting to attract more visitors to the emirate as it moves further towards a diversified economy; indoor theme parks are a proven summer attraction for ......read more

    Siemens secures large service contract for the two international airports in Dubai

    Multi-year contract to operate and maintain baggage and air cargo systems  Model based on jointly defined key performance indicators  Improvements in system availability as well as cost and resource efficiency Dubai, UAE, July 24, 2018:  Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has secured a major service contract for the baggage and material handling systems at the two international airports in Dubai. The operation and maintenance contract is based on key performance indicators (KPIs) defined together with airport operator Dubai Airports. Siemens is ......read more

    Turkish Airlines embarks on exclusive sponsorship with CNN in global brand campaign.

    Dubai, UAE, July 24, 2018:  Turkish Airlines is the exclusive sponsor of CNN International’s newest show – Quest’s World of Wonder – in a TV and digital campaign to further raise awareness amongst business and leisure travellers that the airline is a leading global player flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline.    Through a partnership with CNN International Commercial (CNNIC), the sponsorship of Quest’s World of Wonder sees Turkish Airlines billboards around every TV episode of the new immersive travel ......read more

    Dubai to host ‘Military & Homeland Security' and ‘Helicopter Technology & Operations' conferences

    UAE, 23 July 2018 - Dubai HeliShow 2018 is set to host two exclusive conferences 'Helicopter Technology and Operations Conference’ and ‘Military and Homeland Security Conference’-- during its seventh edition, which will run from November 6 to 8 at the Royal Pavilion, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai South. The two conferences, which are being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is set to highlight how private and government authorities across the world are now ......read more

    6 Amazing Things You Can do in Dubai

    Guest / Sponsored Post Dubai is one of the most amazing cities that offers unlimited thrill to people who visit. The number of tourists who visited the the city in 2017 rose to 15.8 million and the numbers are still growing thanks to fun and adventure the city offers. People from all around the world visit Dubai, especially at the end of the year because the fireworks that take place on the New Year’s Eve at Burj Khalifa is something you won’t see anywhere else. From majestic buildings to dancing fountains, from desert safari to waterparks, from enormous shopping malls to ......read more

    Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi Signs Airline Partnership With Etihad Airways

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 23, 2018:  Etihad Airways has signed a commercial agreement with Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park, announcing a three-year partnership encompassing several collaborations aimed at increasing tourism to Abu Dhabi.  Opening on 25 July, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will complement the wide range of award-winning leisure and entertainment attractions already on offer on Yas Island, reinforcing the island as a destination globally.   Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways Chief ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai come together to offer customers seamless travel options to Zagreb this winter

    Dubai, UAE, 23 July 2018:   Emirates and its partner airline flydubai announced today that flights between Dubai and Zagreb in Croatia will be operated by flydubai from 2 December 2018 to 30 March 2019 after which flights will be operated by Emirates. The move will ensure that capacity is deployed to best serve customer demand by maximising the frequency for passengers during the winter season. This further illustrates the passenger benefits of the strategic partnership between the two Dubai-based airlines. During this period, flight FZ1793 will depart from Dubai at 10:00 ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Sign Major Agreement With Jiangsu Provincial Overseas Cooperation and Investment Company

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 21, 2018:   A strategic partnership and mutual promotion mechanism was established as Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) CEO Tony Douglas and Jiangsu Provincial Overseas Cooperation and Investment Company Limited (JOCIC) Chairman Luo Hua inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day state visit to the United Arab Emirates.   The parties plan to cooperate on a wide range of areas in order to better support the development of the China-UAE Industrial Capacity Cooperation ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates President Xi Jinping's Visit With a Series of Cultural Activities

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 19, 2018:  Etihad Airways is saying ‘huānyíng’ (welcome) to President Xi Jinping with a series of activities during his presidential visit, aimed at celebrating Chinese culture and the close bilateral ties between China and the UAE. Guests flying with the airline today will receive Chinese flags and fortune cookies as they set off on their journey from Abu Dhabi International Airport, while its lounges will be illuminated in hues of red and yellow. The airline's headquarters will also be lit up in the Chinese national ......read more

    Finnair launches best in market in-flight internet service on European flights; invites customers to test the service

    Dubai, UAE, July 19, 2018:  Finnair is launching a new high-speed internet service on its narrow-body Airbus fleet on European flights. From July 19th onwards, Finnair customers will be able to enjoy the industry’s fastest in-flight connection speeds – even gate-to-gate - enabling each customer to use the internet as they do on the ground, from web surfing and online shopping to listening to music and even watching movies and TV shows from popular video streaming services. Finnair partnered with global communications company, Viasat Inc., to deliver the high-speed ......read more

    Emirates adds flights to France

    Lyon to become daily service with two extra flights per week Paris to get one additional flight per week Dubai, UAE, July 18, 2018:  Emirates today announced that it will introduce two additional flights to Lyon and one to Paris per week, complementing its existing schedule and providing even more choice and convenience to travellers.   The increase in frequency from five to seven between Lyon and Dubai will see the route become a daily service, while the extra flight to Paris brings to 21 the number of flights per week to the French capital, offering travellers ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Shine the Spotlight on Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 at the Manchester City FCGame in Chicago

    The Etihad logo on the Club kit will be swapped for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 logo for one match as Manchester City take on Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup The match will take place at the Soldier Field stadium in Chicago on 20 July 2018  The Special Olympics World Games are being held in Abu Dhabi 14-21 March 2019 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 18, 2018:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been Manchester City’s main club partner since 2009, with its logo as an ......read more

    Finnair recognized as the ‘Best Airline in Northern Europe' for the 9th year in a row by Skytrax

    Dubai, UAE, July 18, 2018:   For the ninth consecutive year, Finnair has been named Northern Europe’s Best Airline by Skytrax at the World Airline Awards event in London. The World Airline Awards by Skytrax are based on an independent survey of over 20 million passenger entries taken between August 2017 to May 2018 and covered 335 airlines.   The World Airline Awards by Skytrax are regarded as the primary benchmarking tool for passenger satisfaction levels of airlines throughout the world. The passenger survey analyses customer satisfaction for the overall airline ......read more

    New Etihad Airways Whatsapp Service Set to Transform Customer Service Communications

    Initial service phase launched for premium guests at Abu Dhabi Airport Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,  July 17, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched a WhatsApp Business solution, allowing guests to communicate instantly with the airline via the popular messaging app.   The new service, which is the latest element of Etihad Airways’ digital strategy, will provide an enhanced offering to premium guests when they are at Abu Dhabi International Airport, allowing them to chat with the airline’s agents ......read more

    Emirates receives IATA 753 compliance certification for baggage operations in its Dubai hub

    Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:  Emirates has been awarded IATA 753 compliance certification for its baggage operation in its home base of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The certification underlines the carrier’s capabilities to diligently track bags that flow through its Dubai hub for departing, arriving and connecting customers.   IATA Resolution 753 requires airlines to track bags at four specific points in the baggage journey to ensure that at any time the status of each bag is known, facilitating a more pro-active customer approach to managing baggage ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim expands managed aircraft fleet

    Dubai, UAE, July 16, 2018:   DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has added another Bombardier Challenger aircraft to its managed fleet.  The management contract will see DCAF provide full Flight Operational Aircraft Management services, in-house maintenance, Continuous Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), hangar parking and FBO handling at its facility at Al Maktoum International Airport.  Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim said, “We welcome the addition of the new aircraft to our managed fleet and are extremely pleased that aircraft ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds a New Range of Buy on Board Products, Including Premium Local Snacks

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 15, 2018:  In addition to its complimentary inflight service and recently launched menu of Buy on Board products, Etihad Airways has introduced additional food and beverage items available for purchase to provide more choice for guests in Economy Class and further enhance their travel experience.    New snack options now include locally sourced brands Munchbox and Freakin’ Healthy, who promise to deliver healthier food options using natural ingredients, no added sugar and are GMO free. Now also available on board are ......read more

    Emirates Opens First Dedicated Airport Lounge in Cairo

    Airline invests over US$ 3.6 million in the new premium offering Dubai, UAE, July 14, 2018:  Emirates today unveiled its 42nd dedicated lounge across its global network at Cairo International Airport (CAI). The lounge is now open to Emirates First Class and Business Class customers as well as Platinum and Gold members of Skywards, the airline’s loyalty programme.   Reflecting the airline’s ongoing commitment to Egypt, the Emirates Lounge in Cairo represents a US$ 3.6 million investment to provide premium customers with a seamless and enjoyable journey. ......read more

    Finnair launches off-airport baggage collection and check-in service in London with AirPortr

    Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2018:  Finnair will begin offering a new baggage collection and check-in service from London Heathrow to enhance its customer experience in partnership with leading airport baggage innovators, AirPortr. The digital ancillary service is designed to enhance the customer experience for the airline’s London-based travellers, enabling them to arrange the collection of their baggage from the doorstep of their home or hotel, which is delivered and checked-in to their flight on their behalf. For Finnair customers who have checked in online, baggage can be ......read more

    dnata celebrates 25 years of international growth

    Dubai, UAE – 11 July 2018:   dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first overseas operation. The Gerry’s Group in Pakistan and UAE-based dnata joined hands in July 1993 as Gerry’s dnata to provide ground handling services at Karachi Airport. The joint venture has since grown to become Pakistan’s largest cargo and ground handling company operating at seven major airports in the country. The establishment of dnata’s first international joint venture with Gerry’s Group led the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Celebrates Success at CIPS Middle East Supply Management Awards

    Abu Dhabi Airports’ Procurement and Logistics Department wins “Best People Development Initiative” and “Most Innovative Use of Technology” 11th July 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports’ Procurement and Logistics Department has won the “Best People Development Initiative” and “Most Innovative Use of Technology” at a ceremony held in Dubai by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply – CIPS.  Recognized as international standards of excellence within the industry, the CIPS awards validate the ......read more

    Khareef season in Oman drives in large tourist turnout

    The Oman Ministry of Tourism has revealed a large turnout of tourists visiting the Sultanate in time for the Khareef season, which takes place every year from June to early September. The latest report from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) noted the number of tourists visiting Dhofar reached 52,017 between June 21 and July 3, 2018, an increase of 35.4 per cent, as compared to the same period last year which recorded 38,404. Dhofar, and its famous city Salalah, remains a highly preferred destination during this period because of its cool refreshing weather. One of the ......read more

    Airbus unveils winners of its ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative

    Under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The initiative identifies and incubates top entrepreneurial talent and ventures from the aerospace and aviation sector  Dubai, UAE, July 09, 2018:  The winners of the ‘Entaliq in KSA’ initiative have been announced today at a ceremony held under the patronage and attendance of His Highness Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud bin Mohammed Al Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh.   In ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds More Benefits to the Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 09, 2018:  Etihad Airways has added more options to its Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass including restaurants, leisure attractions and a five-star hotel, to provide visitors arriving in Abu Dhabi with more exclusive discounts and special offers.  On dining experiences, visitors can now also look forward to a 20 per cent discount off various dining outlets in Yas Mall, including Fish & Co, Mr Greek, Al Fanar and more. Tim Burnell, Etihad Airways Vice President Marketing, said: “Etihad is delighted to increase the number of exclusive ......read more

    Emirates makes history with one-off A380 touchdown in Islamabad

    Dubai, UAE, 8 July 2018:   The Emirates A380 touched down in Islamabad today for a historic one-off service to Islamabad International Airport. This was the first time ever that the iconic double-decker aircraft has landed in Pakistan. The landing demonstrated the airport’s readiness to accommodate the A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet. The special Emirates A380 flight was operated by UAE national, Capt Abbas Shaban, Chief Pilot of Technical Operations and Pakistani national, First Officer Qadir Moin. The special flight, operating as EK 2524, was ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Dedicated in-flight Guest Medical Services

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July  08, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched two specialised services for air travellers with pre-existing medical conditions, ensuring continuity of care and in-flight safety. The one-stop-shop services – the first in the region to be offered by an airline – will be carried out by members of the Etihad medical team, all of whom are qualified in aviation and transport medicine. The first service allows guests, who require medical clearance prior to travel, the opportunity to request ......read more

    Shopping assistance for Arabic-speaking passengers in the summer months

    July 07, 2018:  Following the successful Chinese Shopping Assistant Project in Terminal 2 and the excellent results of the pilot project for Arabian guests in 2017, Munich Airport is ready to offer the "Arabic Shopping Assistant Service" again this summer. From July 16 until September 2, 2018, Arabic-speaking passengers in Terminal 2 can request the help of a personal shopping assistant.  The assistants, who are native speakers of Arabic will be available daily from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm to help overcome the cultural and language barriers between passengers and sales ......read more

    Emirates to operate extra flights for busy Hajj season

    Dubai, UAE, July 05, 2018:  Emirates will be operating extra flights to Jeddah and Medina to help facilitate travel for pilgrims heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj. Emirates will be operating 33 additional flights to Jeddah and Medina from 6 to 31 August to support the journey for pilgrims expected to travel to the Holy City of Mecca during Hajj this year. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah and Medina. These additional flight services are available to travellers holding a valid Hajj visa. This year, top ......read more

    Air Freight Growth Continues to Grow Modestly in May, Up 4.2%

    Dubai, UAE, July 05, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 4.2% in May 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was slightly down from the 5.2% (revised from 4.1%) growth in annual demand recorded in April 2018.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 6.2% year-on-year in May 2018. This was the fourth month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a significant global agreement with American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT).

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 5th July, 2018:   Turkish Airlines signed a significant deal with American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT), one of the world's leading agencies for corporate travel. With this agreement, signed by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and Amex GBT’s Board Chairman, Greg O’Hara, within today, Turkish Airlines expands its existing collaboration with AMEX to a global partnership, which was on  regional scale between 2014-2017 and including just Europe, North ......read more

    Emirates Engineering reconfigures second Boeing 777-200LR aircraft

    Dubai, UAE, 05 July 2018-   Emirates Engineering has successfully completed the reconfiguration of the second Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in its fleet. The conversion of the aircraft from three to two cabin classes was executed fully in-house at the Emirates Engineering hangars in Dubai. The reconfigured aircraft also features new, wider Business class seats in a 2-2-2 format, a new social area in business class, as well as a fully refreshed Economy class providing customers a superior inflight experience. The first reconfigured Emirates Boeing 777-200LR aircraft took to the skies ......read more

    Airbus to reveal winners of the second edition of ‘Entaliq in KSA'

    Under the patronage and in attendance of His Highness Prince Dr.Turki Bin Saud, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology The initiative identifies and incubates top entrepreneurial talents and ventures from the aerospace sector in Saudi Arabia. Riyadh, KSA – 04 July, 2018:   Airbus has announced that the closing ceremony of ‘Entaliq in KSA’ initiative, held in partnership with TAQNIA Aeronautics and Saudi Arabian Airlines, will take place on 9th July 2018, at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Riyadh. The ceremony ......read more

    Jazeera Airways Statement

    Dubai, UAE, July 04, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) can confirm that rumors claiming that Jazeera Airways is no longer an IATA member airline and IOSA registered carrier are incorrect.  Jazeera Airways has been an IATA Member since 19 May 2011 and is an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certified airline. The airline is scheduled to start the standard IOSA renewal process later this year.  IOSA is the benchmark for global safety management in airlines. All IATA members are registered and must remain registered in order to maintain IATA ......read more

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Announces New Regional Director, Middle East & Africa

    Dubai, UAE, July 04, 2018:  Rolls-Royce has announced that César Habib has been appointed as Regional Director, Middle East & Africa from 1 August 2018. He will be based in Dubai. Habib joined Rolls-Royce from BMW in 2015 as Head of Ownership Services, and oversaw the development and record growth of the company’s aftersales business. More recently, in his current role as Head of Bespoke, he has overseen record sales and continued development of the unique Rolls Royce Bespoke business. The Middle East is one of the company’s leading regions for Bespoke orders. Prior ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Announces New Structure

    Robust organisational structure to deliver transformation of the group  New leadership team announced: promotion of Mohammad Al Bulooki to Chief Operating Officer, appointment of Robin Kamark as Chief Commercial Officer, and Ibrahim Nassir as Chief Human Resources & Organisational Development Officer, as part of new seven-strong C-suite  Almost half of the leadership team are UAE nationals Dubai, UAE, July 03, 2018:  Etihad Aviation Group today announced a new organisational structure and operating model, effective immediately, to deliver on its mandate as it ......read more

    Emirates announces one-off A380 service into Islamabad, Pakistan

    Dubai, UAE, 3 July 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, announced today that it will deploy a one-off A380 service to Islamabad on 8 July 2018. The airline’s iconic double-decker will make its inaugural arrival in Islamabad on a special flight EK2524/EK2525. The A380 flight will depart Dubai on 8 July 2018 at 0800hrs and arrive in Islamabad at 1210hrs. The flight will depart Islamabad at 1540hrs arriving in Dubai at 1745hrs on the same day. “We are proud to bring our flagship A380 aircraft to Islamabad, and we look forward to ......read more

    Al Masaood Automobiles signs partnership with Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi for the ‘2018 Unbox the Amazing'

    Al Masaood Automobiles has partnered with the Department Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) for Abu Dhabi Summer Season’s (ADSS) ‘2018 Unbox the Amazing’ promotions. Through this partnership, Al Masaood will provide four Nissan Patrol cars during raffle draws to be held every two weeks throughout the eight-week campaign across malls in Abu Dhabi during Abu Dhabi Summer Season. The partnership which was announced in an event attended by H.E. Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Tourism Sector of DCT Abu Dhabi and Irfan Tansel, Chief ......read more

    Sita's Bagjourney – Industry Choice for 100% Bag Tracking

    20 airlines sign up to use SITA’s technology in just six months Dubai, UAE, July 02, 2018:  Global air transport IT provider SITA has announced that its technology, BagJourney, is managing baggage for an increasing number of the world’s airlines. In the first six months of this year alone, more than 20 airlines have chosen the solution. SITA BagJourney is one of the key technologies helping the industry meet the IATA Resolution 753 requirement to track every stage of every bag’s journey. To meet the conditions of Resolution 753, airlines must track every item ......read more

    Emirates A380 makes one-off landing in Muscat

    Emirates celebrates 25 years of operation in Muscat with the arrival of its A380 – one of the shortest A380 flights in the world Operation confirms readiness of new airport for A380 operations Dubai, UAE – 01 July 2018:   The Emirates A380 touched down in Muscat earlier today for a one-off scheduled flight to Muscat International Airport (MCT). This special flight also marks 25 years of Emirates’ service to Oman, and reaffirms the newly opened airport’s infrastructure readiness for A380 operations.   The Emirates A380, the ......read more

    Sultanate to host Symposium on Atherosclerosis in 2024

    Muscat, Oman, June 28, 2018 - The Board of the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) has just announced at the General Assembly at the ISA 2018 (the XVIIIth International Symposium on Atherosclerosis) in Toronto, Canada that the Oman Society of Lipid & Atherosclerosis (OSLA) has won the bid to host the Triennial International Symposium on Atherosclerosis in 2024 in the Sultanate of Oman. The 3-day event has an expected attendance of up to 2,500 delegates. This, the 20th edition, will be the first time that the conference will be hosted in the Middle East with the first one held ......read more

    Turkish Airlines started to directly fly between Bodrum, one of the most famous tourist destinations in Turkey, and London during the 2018 summer season.

    Dubai, United Arab Enirates – 27th June 2018:   Having increased its capacity for many destinations with the arrival of summer season, Turkish Airlines now enables its passengers to directly fly between Bodrum, and London. The flights have been introduced as Turkey is tipped to be ‘the’ holiday destination for Brits seeking sun, sea, sand, and peace in 2018.      Bodrum-London flights, which started by June 13th, 2018, will be operated two times a week, as on Wednesdays and Saturdays during this summer season.    Turkish ......read more

    Emirates Flight Catering builds world's largest vertical farming facility in Dubai

    US$40 million investment in joint venture with US-based Crop One Holdings, Inc. Proven, market-leading growing systems used to produce fresh, nutritious and safe leafy greens on a daily basis, using 99% less water Sustainable, energy-efficient platform maximizes agricultural self-sufficiency for the UAE Dubai, U.A.E., 27 June 2018:   Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and Crop One will co-invest US$40 million to build the world’s largest vertical farming facility near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. The project is a joint venture with ......read more

    Year of Zayed immigration stamps launched at Abu Dhabi Airport

    New entry and exit stamps will be used for the remainder of the year 27 June 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  In partnership with The Department of Immigration , Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has rolled out new immigration stamps commemorating the Year of Zayed.  All travelers requiring an entry or exit stamp while traveling to or from the airport will receive a special Year of Zayed themed mark in their passport, replacing the regular immigration stamp for the remainder of 2018. Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Summer Holidays

    Dubai, UAE, June 26, 2018:  The summer holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming weeks, leading to a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi Airport.   To ensure guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in For the convenience of those guests who live downtown, early check-in is available at the Abu Dhabi City Terminal for AED30 per guest. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least three ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport enhances traveler experience this summer season

    25th June 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   With its offering of transit visas on arrival, flight updates via social media, efficient and innovative passenger processing systems and an upgraded, stronger Wi-Fi service to ensure great connectivity, Enriching Tourist Experience is at the heart of all initiatives at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) this summer. “Abu Dhabi Airports prioritizes passenger safety above all else. We have worked hard to add the element of utmost convenience to this, to ensure that all passengers passing through Abu Dhabi International ......read more

    Yet another strategic step from Turkish Airlines before moving to the Istanbul New Airport Turkish Airlines, ZTO Express and PAL Air Ltd.

    Sign for a Great Partnership Dubai, United Arab Enirates – 25th June 2018:   The media briefing and signing ceremony of the joint venture between Turkish Airlines’ Turkish Cargo successfully representing Turkey all around the world, Chinese cargo giant ZTO and Hong Kong based PAL Air Ltd. took place today in Istanbul. The partnership regarded not only as a huge strategic step for Turkey prior to the opening of the Istanbul New Airport but a game changer for the global express transport business, was sealed and signed by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Opens New Sleeping Facility for Transfer passengers in Terminal 3

    New 24/7 sleeping service to offer flexible hourly bookings 20th June, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports today announced the opening of Aerotel’s new airport transit sleeping facility at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. The latest addition marks the airport’s second facility that is operated by Aerotel of Plaza Premium Group. Open 24 hours a day, the hotel offers flexible hourly booking slots which gives easy access for transit passengers seeking a quick power rest. Its offers include a 2-hour day package between 09:00 to 20:00 and a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Passes Biennial Iata Safety Audit

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 20, 2018:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has once again successfully passed the biennial IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). The Abu Dhabi-based airline met all required standards – with the highest possible result of zero findings and zero observations – after the IOSA team examined more than 800 of the airline’s safety procedures and processes in detail. IOSA seeks to ensure that airlines are compliant with safety requirements and recommended practices determined by IATA and is the most ......read more

    Emirates to deploy a one-off A380 service to Muscat

    The airline celebrates its 25th year of service to Oman Dubai, UAE - 20 June 2018:  Emirates will be operating a one-off A380 service to Muscat International Airport on 1 July 2018. This special flight of the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft is part of the airline’s celebration of its 25th year of service to Oman this year, and also re-affirms the newly opened airport infrastructure to handle A380 operations. The new passenger terminal at Oman International Airport recently opened its doors in March 2018. The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK ......read more

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