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    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. The delegation was headed by senior diplomats from the UAE Embassy in Greece, as well as volunteers from the Etihad Abu Dhabi and Athens team, and Emirates Red Crescent volunteers.   The event coincided with the United Nations Universal ......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 Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.   With the support of DoH, Etihad Airways’ plans to offer healthy meal options on its flights ......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. The Platinum Lounge service is designed to provide best in class customer care and personalisation at every step of the application submission journey. From chauffeured pick-up and drop-off service from anywhere in the UAE to step-by-step assistance ......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 December as long as they are intending to travel during the period of 15th December, 2017 to 31st May,2018.  Winter is one of the best seasons to travel to Turkey, if you are looking to experience centuries of history, wonderfully rich ......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 discussions on current trends in the regulation of air transport policies and liberalization in line with relevant ICAO guidelines. ICAN also provides member States with a forum to learn latest trends and discuss issues affecting the aviation industry in ......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 Finland for our customers whose onward journey was disrupted at Helsinki Airport, says Piia Karhu, SVP Customer Experience, Finnair. - We delivered all available sandwiches, beverages and blankets to our customers at the airport during the night, ......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 them to board the International Space Station (ISS).    The UAE Astronaut Programme has received more than 1000 applications of enthusiasts, only few days after the announcement. Young Emiratis - including all fields -  ......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 meals are available throughout December for customers travelling from Dubai to Australia, Europe, the United States or the United Kingdom and those travelling from the UK to Dubai. Customers travelling in Economy Class can enjoy rolled turkey buffé ......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 travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in Early check-in is also available at the Dubai Travel Mall, and at the Al Ain and Abu Dhabi City Terminals. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least three hours ......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 Avios instead of 26,000.   Robert Williams, British Airways’ head of sales – Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “Booking reward flights has always been one of our members’ favourite ways to spend their Avios and ......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 of the Emirates Group, and Chairman of Dubai World. DP World, UAE Region won the Terminal Operator of the Year Award, which cited the regional trade enabler for its consistently high levels of performance, commercial success and have shown a ......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 procedures. By updating and continuous improving of customs systems and technologies at Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, operational efficiency increased. The latest statistics revealed a 6.6% increase in passenger traffic ......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 and 120 in Economy, will also improve connectivity over Abu Dhabi to a wider network of destinations across Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.    Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Increasing ......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 highly-skilled, highly-productive Emirati workforce. "The establishment of Raytheon Emirates is a strong step forward in our longstanding alliance with the United Arab Emirates,” said Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon Company Chairman and ......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 to training and sending four Emirati Astronauts into space. The people of the UAE will break barriers; there is no power strong enough to stand in the way of those who believe nothing is impossible.” He continued, “Our ambitious goals are ......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 to encouraging students to better understand and embrace innovative technology.  It is also aimed at igniting a passion in the younger generation that could grow into an exciting career in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and ......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 billion) A rise in passenger numbers to 4.3 billion (+6.0% on the 4.1 billion passengers in 2017) A rise in cargo carried to 62.5 million tonnes (+4.5% on the 59.9 million tonnes in 2017) Slower growth for both passenger (+6.0% in 2018, +7.5% in ......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 illegal wildlife trade of tusk, rhino horn, tortoise shell etc. as well as increasing passenger, customer, client, and staff awareness about the nature, scale, and consequences of the illegal wildlife trade.   The declaration was approved ......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 outstripped capacity growth, which is positive for load factors, yields, and financial performance.  While cargo demand remains strong, several indicators show that we may have passed the growth peak. The inventory-to-sales ratio in the US is tracking ......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 severe weather in the Americas region had only a temporary impact on the healthy travel demand we have seen this year, and we remain on course for another year of above-trend growth,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and ......read more

    Armani Hotel Dubai wins top honour at 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards

    Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017:  Armani Hotel Dubai’s sustainability initiatives have been recognised at the 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards with Abdul Quddus Sheikh, Director of Engineering, honoured as ‘Sustainability Champion’ for demonstrating excellence in implementing and delivering sustainable development initiatives at the hotel. Under Abdul Quddus Sheikh’s leadership, Armani Hotel Dubai achieved impressive results in energy and water savings in addition to reducing its carbon footprint, and reinforced responsible environmental practices as an organisation-wide commitment.  The recognition follows Armani Hotel Dubai winning its first Green Globe Certification, a strong testament to its commitment to be a socially and environmentally responsible hotel operator that is focused on ......read more

    Emirates Celebrates the UAE's 46th National Day with Special Offers to 46 Destinations

    Dubai, U.A.E., 29th November 2017-  To celebrate the UAE’s 46th National Day, Emirates is offering travellers special fares to 46 destinations and a bonus Skywards miles offer when they avail the special fares. The offers are valid for booking until 10th December 2017, for outbound travel between 1 December 2017 and 10 June 2018.  Travellers in the UAE can look forward to excellent fares to 46 destinations across the globe in Economy Class and Business Class in celebration of National Day. Special fares in Economy Class start from as low as AED 835 return to Kuwait, AED 905 return to Kochin; AED 945 return fares to Karachi; AED 1,275 to Jeddah; AED 2,235 to Istanbul; AED 2,245 to Bangkok; AED 2,735 to London; AED 3,125 to Cape Town; AED 3,735 to New York and AED 5,605 to Brisbane, amongst other exciting destinations. ......read more

    IATA DGR for Electronic Flight Bags Takes Off

    Emirates Airline Signs Multi-Year Subscription Dubai, UAE, 28 November 2017 (Geneva) –  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Emirates Airline is the launch customer for the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for Electronic Flight Bags (eFB). This important innovation brings the IATA DGR into the cockpit where flight crew make important pre- and in-flight safety decisions. “For almost 60 years IATA’s DGR has been helping the industry safely transport air cargo. The DGR for eFB places the most comprehensive resource on the carriage of dangerous goods into the cockpit in a format that will assist the flight deck crew in making timely operational safety checks and decisions,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and ......read more

    Top Must-Visit Attractions For Your Dubai Trip

    Are you planning for a trip to Dubai? Well you made the right choice!! But it is recommended to have an idea of the famous destinations to visit Dubai before planning the trip so that you don’t miss out the gems of the places which is worth the penny that you saved for such trips. It is always a smart decision to get acquainted to the places before visiting any tourist destinations like Dubai along with making the best use of Latest Indian Deals. Here are some of the most recommended destinations in Dubai which you need to visit to make the trip worth and unforgettable.  Dubai Mall Dubai Mall is one of the favourite destinations in Dubai for shopping and entertainment. It is one of the favourite hot spot during DSF (Dubai shopping festival). Moreover the place is famous for indoor games like ice-skating, bowling and ......read more

    Al Fursan aerobatics team to put on a show above the Old Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah

    On the Occasion of UAE National Day Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 27 November 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Old Corniche will be the setting for a special performance by the Al Fursan aerial display team on the 28th of November 2017 at 3:50PM. The display performances will include an array of breath-taking aerial manoeuvres that include ‘corsair loop’, ‘swan right barrel roll’, ‘flag cross’ as well as the signature ‘UAE DNA’. The “Al Fursan” (The Knights) are the United Arab Emirates Air Force aerobatic display team. The team flies Aermacchi MB-339A jet trainer aircraft. 

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    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre launches its 3rd Annual EMM Science Workshop

    Sharaf: The Science community in the UAE is witnessing remarkable development October 5, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, the entity in charge of designing, implementing and supervising all the phases of the Emirates Mars Mission- Hope mission under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency, has announced the launch of the 3rd Annual EMM Science Workshop. The workshop will be part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event (MBRSC Science Event), that will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ......read more

    Greater Urgency Required to Tackle Emissions Challenge

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for greater urgency in the partnership between governments and airlines to keep aviation at the leading edge of industries in managing their climate change impact.    The call came on the eve of the first anniversary of the historic global agreement on a Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   “CORSIA was a historic demonstration of what can be achieved ......read more

    Double Digit Demand Growth for Freight Continued in August

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), increased by 12.1% in August 2017, compared to the same period a year ago. This was the fifth time in six months of double-digit gains on the previous year’s performance. Demand is growing at exceptional speed when compared to the five-year average growth rate of 4.4%. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 4.7% year-on-year in August 2017. Demand ......read more

    GCAA Celebrates UAE Civil Aviation Day

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) today celebrates the UAE Civil Aviation Day, which was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on October 5th 2014, as part of the UAE’s efforts to elevate awareness around the Aviation sector amongst both nationals and non-nationals in UAE.    The day marks the progress and achievements of the aviation sector to date, celebrating the history of aviation in the UAE, as well as looking to the future of the industry. The celebration also highlights the achievements and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Named ‘Airline of the Year' in the UK for Fourth Consecutive Year

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    Etihad Airways Improves Timings on Abu Dhabi – Medina Route

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    MBRSC extends the deadline to receive Explore Mars Competition proposals to October 14

    Competition will be part of MBRSC Science Event where scientific studies and space missions’ projects to the Red Planet  Two top winners will receive valuable prizes of AED 10,000 & 5000 October 3, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, has announced the extension of the deadline to receive Explore Mars Competition proposals to October 14. University students who are interested to participate in the competition can send their projects to science@mbrsc.ae or apply on the competition page on MBRSC Science Event website.  During ......read more

    Emirates marks 15th year of connecting Japan to the world

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    Emirates and flydubai - Together. Explore the world.

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    Maximus Air Operates Humanitarian Relief Flights to Barbados

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    Masdar Institute's SEAS Harvest Marks Critical Milestone in Development of Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

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    GCAA supports female empowerment in the aviation sector working alongside men to revamp the aviation industry in the UAE

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    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre wins the first IAF Excellence in 3G Diversity Award at IAC 2017

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    Emirates SkyCargo obtains revalidation of pharma certification at Dubai hub

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    Emirates wins Best Entertainment award at 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards

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    Turkish Airlines announces a commitment to order 20 + 20 787-9 Dreamliners, talks with Boeing started

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27th September, 2017:   During Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to New York to join the United Nations General Assembly, Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced a commitment to order 40 787-9 Dreamliners. "Our agreement to purchase 787 Dreamliners is a significant step forward in enhancing our passengers’ flight experience as these aircraft are the latest and one of the most advanced in the world," said M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines. "This order ......read more

    Emirates to introduce additional flights to Stockholm

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    DAE Appoints Jeff Wilkinson as Joramco's CEO

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    APEX Recognizes Finnair as a 2018 Four Star Global Airline Based on Customer Reviews and Feedback

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    Emirates service to Tunis becomes daily

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    DAFZA & International Center of Islamic Economy introduce ‘Transformation Forum'

    UAE, September 25, 2017- The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and International Center of Islamic Economy are preparing to launch the first edition of the annual Transformation Forum on November 22, 2017 at the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre. The event will provide a stimulating environment for the development of Shar’iah-compliant products and services giving an ideal platform for supervisory bodies and financial institutions to share ideas and ways to drive transformation towards Islamic Finance. The first-of-its kind event will showcase many Shar’iah ......read more

    Return of British Airways' Flying With Confidence Course to Tackle Growing Number of Passengers Who Fear Aircraft Travel

    39 per cent of UAE residents claim their fear of flying grows with age with 31 per cent of residents citing turbulence as the main cause of their phobia; Led by Captain Steve Allright, the day-long course will take place on 18 October 2017 Sheraton Grand Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 25 September 2017:   A fifth of UAE residents recognise they have a fear of flying, with 31 percent citing turbulence as the main cause of their phobia, leading many to avoid business trips, visiting loved ones, or worldwide ......read more

    Airline and Airport Cios Embrace Artificial Intelligence

    Disruption management, chatbots and mobile services key focus for industry’s CIOs   United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 24 September 2017:   Airlines and airports are embracing new technologies and turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to support their customer service. Over the next three years 52% of airlines plan major AI programs or R&D and 45% of airports will invest in R&D in the next five years, according to the SITA 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights.   Airlines are looking at how technology can help minimize the impact of disruption on the ......read more

    Azure Beach opens its doors taking guests straight to the heart of the Mediterranean

    Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2017:   In a city where sun and sand reign supreme and you can enjoy outdoor living for more than nine months of the year, Dubai welcomes Azure Beach, a new Mediterranean-inspired beach destination, to its infamous collection of shore side hang-outs, having officially opened its doors on the 26 June 2017.  Opening in the highly anticipated Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, the Rixos’s second property in Dubai, Azure Beach will cater to both tenants of the Rixos Residences and esteemed hotel guests, complementing the exceptional services and world class ......read more

    “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre” participates in the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia

    Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2017:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) will participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress, in Australia, Adelaide, between September 25-29, 2017. The Congress is one of the leading space conferences worldwide, attended by presidents and CEOs of international space agencies, decision makers, researchers, academics and professionals in the space sector from 70 countries. During the Congress, MBRSC will showcase its space projects and programs either launched by the Centre or delegated to it, under the umbrella of the National Space ......read more

    Airbus Inaugurates Its A330 Completion & Delivery Centre in China

    First wide-body centre outside Europe, first European and Chinese made A330 delivered  Dubai - UAE, 20 September 2017 - Airbus has inaugurated its A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, taking additional steps in the expansion of its global footprint and strategic partnership with China. At the same time, the first A330 to be delivered from the C&DC was handed over to Tianjin Airlines. Located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, the A330 C&DC covers the aircraft ......read more

    Transforming Aviation Through Disruptive Innovation

    20 September 2017 (Dubai - UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the theme for the 2017 Africa and Middle East Aviation and Aeropolitical Affairs Day will be “Disrupting through Innovation.”    “Disruptive changes create disruptive opportunities. Anticipating, preparing for and identifying how new technologies such as block chain, big data and artificial intelligence can and will affect aviation will mean the difference between success and failure for companies in the aviation industry of the future. The conference ......read more

    It's time to #CelebrateU – with 1 Million Upoints!

    Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2017:  What is your perfect day out? Where do you go and what do you do in a bustling and busy city like Dubai, with so many activities and iconic attractions?   U By Emaar, the unique customer-focused loyalty programme that has won over the hearts and minds of thousands of members, is offering a million reasons to #CelebrateU to guests who Stay, Dine or Play at Emaar’s venues.    From July 1 until September 30, 2017, U By Emaar members have been able to register to earn 2,000 bonus Upoints on their 5th, 10th and 15th visit with ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes First Airline in Region to Offer Automated Credit Card Payment Plans

    Airline focused on technology and innovation to enhance its service and delivery Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 20, 2017:   Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the region to offer fully automated credit card Installment payment plans after partnering with PayFort, the leading online payment service provider in the Arab world.  The initiative allows Etihad Airways to offer consumers who book directly via Etihad.com that range from three to 60 months. Seventeen of the region’s leading banks are taking part in the programme.  This is the latest ......read more

    The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Commences the Project

    In line with its strategic plan to ensure sustainability of the aviation system 19 September 2017 The General Civil Aviation Authority and Spanish company Indra Sistemas (Indra) have signed a contract to develop a new air traffic management system for Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre. This initiative marks the beginning of a new and important era for the Centre. The new system will enhance and modernize its capabilities in order to cater for the growth of the air traffic management sector in the country. The Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center provides air traffic control services to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports achieves 65% increase in operating profit (EBIDA) so far this year with an 88% UAE national leadership team

    19th September, 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has achieved 65% increase in earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBIDA)/ operating profit during the January-August period this year compared to the same period in 2016. This announcement comes after the company’s executive team weekly meeting that took place at Al Ain International Airport last week, led by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports. The company grew its operating revenue by 26%, which impacted the 65% EBIDA increase for 2017. One of the key ......read more

    UAE Space Agency to Participate in 68th International Astronautical Congress

    19 September 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The UAE Space Agency is to participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Australia, from 25th to 29th September. The delegation is being led by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency. Organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the IAC is one of the world’s premier space events, attracting more than 5,000 participants, from policy-makers and heads of ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Supports Education for Syrian Children in Jordan to Celebrate Year of Giving

    Visit to UAE-Jordan Camp part of group’s ongoing 2017 Year of Giving initiatives Donation of education supplies to benefit more than 2,500 children living in the camp Third year that group has partnered with Emirates Red Crescent to support camp’s activities  Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 18, 2017:  Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has donated school supplies to help thousands of Syrian refugee children at the UAE-Jordan, Mrajeeb Al Fhood refugee camp in Jordan pursue their studies.   A senior delegation visited the camp to present the donation, headed by ......read more

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Opens 2017 Editions of the Hotel Show and the Leisure Show in Dubai

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group Opens 2017 Editions of the Hotel Show and the Leisure Show in Dubai Dubai, UAE, 18th September 2017:  The leading events for the hospitality and leisure industry in the Middle East and Africa – The Hotel Show Dubai and The Leisure Show Dubai – were opened this morning (18th September 2017) by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre announces the launch of the first edition of MBRSC Science Event on October 21

    Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum MBRSC Science event will include scientific and education initiatives about science and space that brings together students, experts and decision-makers in the UAE  The event will host ministers, high-level speakers from the UAE, scientists, researchers in space missions and specialists  MBRSC Science Event includes scientific and research initiatives, workshops and interactive activities for all the society September 17, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) ......read more

    First Titanium 3D-Printed Part Installed Into Serial Production Aircraft

    Airbus to equip A350 XWB pylon with bracket   Dubai UAE, 16 September 2017 - Airbus completed for the first time the installation of a titanium 3D-printed bracket on an in-series production A350 XWB. The bracket, built using additive-layer manufacturing (ALM) technologies (also known as 3D-printing), is part of the aircraft pylon, the junction section between wings and engines.    This is the first step towards qualification of more complex 3D-printed parts to be installed on production aircraft.   Additive-layer manufacturing “grows” ......read more

    Finnair further strengthens its position in Germany with over 280,000 additional seats for 2018

    Dubai, UAE, September 16, 2017:  As part of its growth strategy, Finnair has increased its capacity to several existing destinations in Germany. As of March 26, 2018, Finnair is adding a fourth daily frequency between Helsinki and Berlin. Furthermore, additional capacity will also be added to the German capital for the upcoming winter season by flying the route with a larger aircraft. In total, Finnair will add over 145,000 seats between both cities from now until the end of the summer 2018 season. Finnair is also adding capacity on many of its existing routes in Germany. In total, ......read more

    VFS Global opens first Chinese Visa Application Service Center in the Middle East in Dubai

    Travellers to P. R. China can apply for visas at a centrally located centre in the WAFI Mall   Dubai, UAE, September 13, 2017:  The first-ever ‘Chinese Visa Application Service Center’ in the Middle East was launched at the centrally located WAFI Mall in Dubai, making China visa application facilities more accessible to residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   The centre was inaugurated by Ms. Li Lingbing, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Dubai, Mr. Chen Xiongfeng, Deputy Director – General,  The Department of ......read more

    Emirates to launch fourth daily service to Sydney, Australia

    New service to be operated by Emirates’ iconic A380 aircraft from 25 March 2018   Dubai, UAE, September 12, 2017:  Emirates is set to introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney from 25 March 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services and improving connections globally.   The new service will be operated by Emirates’ iconic A380 aircraft and will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Sydney and Emirates’ hub in Dubai, and represents a 7.3% increase in capacity for ......read more

    British Airways' Top Five Autumn Getaways

    THE UK’S FLAGSHIP CARRIER PICKS ITS TOP FIVE HOLIDAY HOTSPOTS TO DISCOVER THIS AUTUMN – FROM PICTURESQUE EUROPEAN TOWNS AND BUSTLING CITIES, TO FASHONABLE COUNTRYSIDE RETREATS Dubai, UAE, September 12, 2017:  As summer swings into autumn, British Airways has named its leading hotspots for a seasonal holiday. From charming European villages and towns, to the largest metropolises in North America, the UK’s flagship carrier is launching an end of summer sale with dozens of special fares to make it even easier for travellers to experience an unforgettable autumn in some ......read more

    Double Digit Growth for Global Air Freight Demand in July

    Dubai, UAE, September 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), increased by 11.4% in July 2017 compared to the same period a year ago. This was the fourth time in five months that double-digit annual growth was recorded. July’s year-on-year increase in demand is nearly four times higher than the ten year average growth rate of 3.1%.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.7% year-on-year in July 2017. ......read more

    UAE Space Agency Discusses Collaboration With The International Astronautical Federation

    - Space Agency delegation led by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi discussed collaboration in space science, research and education with IAF President   - UAE expressed interest in hosting the annual International Astronautical Congress in 2020   - UAE Space Agency to participate in 68th International Astronautical Congress September 25 – 29 in Adelaide, Australia   5 September 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: A UAE Space Agency delegation, led by Chairman H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, met with the President of the International Astronautical ......read more

    Experience a grand European festive season with Beau-Rivage Geneva

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – September 5, 2017:  Snow-capped mountains, twinkly lights, warm cocoa, and gastronomic feasts are some of the things that come to mind when planning for the festive break. This upcoming season, throughout November and December, Beau-Rivage has lined up a series of memorable activities, a cookery class, truffle tasting, Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinners for exceptional year-end celebrations for adults and children alike. Boasting a white fairy-tale themed Christmas, a special winter menu, and a chocolate bar, the seasoned management and ......read more

    British Airways Launches New Premium Transfer Drive Service at Heathrow to Help Customers Avoid Missing Connecting Flights

    Dubai, UAE, September 4, 2017:  British Airways is introducing a new service called Premium Transfer Drive at Heathrow to ensure that customers who are at risk of missing their connection are able to catch their onward flight. The new scheme applies to customers travelling on a UK domestic flight, who are connecting on to either a short-haul flight in Club Europe, a long-haul service in Club World (long haul business class) or First, or who are Silver or Gold Executive Club members.  British Airways’ team at Heathrow will track these customers, and where there’s a ......read more

    Time for obtaining evisas to Azerbaijan reduced to three hours

    For citizen of 93 countries everything will be managed online and the visas  issued after only 3 hours.  Dubai, UAE, September 4, 2017:  Azerbaijan is now leading as one of the favorite destination for Arab travelers, an emerging destination of choice for tourists searching for unique places to visit and the country that easiest to get Visas to. Until recently, Azerbaijan was a stalwart on the 'Hardest visa to get' list. But, this new inclination for Azerbaijan as the hot spot destination has had the Azerbaijani government reconsider their policies on visa ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Daily Amsterdam Service

    Dubai, UAE, September 3, 2017:  Etihad Airways has introduced the Boeing 787-9 aircraft on its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, delivering greater levels of comfort to its customers flying to and from Schiphol Airport. Etihad Airways previously operated the 787 Dreamliner on the Amsterdam service in the summer of 2016. The introduction of the ultra-modern, fuel-efficient aircraft heralds the start of a year-round service to the Netherlands. The 787 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next generation Business and Economy Class cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 ......read more

    Summer 2018: Finnair continues strong growth, opens new routes to Lisbon and Stuttgart, increases capacity for popular destinations

    Dubai, UAE, August 30, 2017:  In line with its growth strategy, Finnair is adding two new European routes for its summer 2018 lineup including new non-stop flights to Lisbon and Stuttgart, as well as increasing capacity to Tokyo, Chicago, San Francisco, Bangkok and Delhi. Finnair will also be increasing capacity on several of its popular short-haul destinations during the summer 2018 season. With over 100 European destinations, Finnair continues to expand its route network. As of June 1, Finnair will fly four weekly flights to Lisbon, Portugal. The flights, offering convenient ......read more

    IATA STATEMENT: Incorrect Media Reports

    Dubai, UAE, August 29, 2017:  There have been a number of media reports incorrectly stating that the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker has been appointed CEO of IATA. This is incorrect. IATA’s Director General and CEO is Alexandre de Juniac.  At the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, 4-6 June, IATA announced that Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines, had assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the meeting. IATA also announced the BoG agreed to appoint Akbar Al Baker, CEO ......read more

    Aerolíneas Argentinas and Etihad Airways Sign Codeshare Agreement

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 28, 2017:  Etihad Airways and Aerolíneas Argentinas have launched a new codeshare partnership. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways customers are able to enjoy convenient connections via Rome and Madrid to Buenos Aires (EZE) and onwards to nine other popular Argentinian destinations – Córdoba (COR), Mendoza (MDZ), Rosario (ROS), Iguazú (IGR), Salta (SLA), Mar del Plata (MDQ), Bariloche (BRC), Trelew (REL) and Ushuaia (USH).  In turn, Aerolíneas Argentinas guests can have access to Etihad Airways’ network of over 100 ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre submits the official bid proposal to host the International Astronautical Congress in 2020 in Dubai

    IAC is considered the largest space conference in the world The International Astronautical Federation will announce the winning host city for IAC’s 71st edition in Australia next September Dubai, UAE, August 27, 2017:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre announced the submission of the official bid proposal to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), to host the 71st International Astronautical Congress in 2020 in Dubai. IAF will announce the IAC’s 2020 hosting city on the last day of the coming edition that will take place in Adelaide, Australia between 25-29 ......read more

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