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    Rocket Carrying First-Ever Research and Earth Observation Cubesat Built by Khalifa University Students Successfully Launched to International Space Station

    MYSAT-1 launched to International Space Station on-board Cygnus NG-10 resupply mission The nanosatellite developed by students of Khalifa University Space Systems and Technology Master’s Concentration, established in partnership with Yahsat and Northrop Grumman Abu Dhabi- UAE: 21 November, 2018 -   Yahsat, UAE-based global satellite operator, wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leading global security company, today announced the successful launch of the MYSAT-1 CubeSat to the International Space Station (ISS) on board the Northrop Grumman Cygnus spacecraft. The launch took place at the Wallops Flight ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport opens multi-faith prayer room in celebration of the UAE's value of Tolerance

    The new facility is located in Terminal 3 and comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ Year of Zayed activities 20 November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports inaugurated the multi-faith prayer room in Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The opening this new facility reflects on Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to embed the UAE’s values of respect, acceptance and diversity.    The prayer room is located adjacent to the bus gates at Terminal 3, which has an annual capacity of 12 million passengers.    The launch of the multi-faith prayer room comes as the result of Abu Dhabi Airports’ primary focus on customers and commitment to providing excellent services. It also reflects the values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founder of the ......read more

    Plan b Group to Promote ‘Visit St Petersburg' Tourism Activities in the UAE

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2018:  Dubai based Plan b Group has successfully bid for the ‘Visit St. Petersburg’ account. The acquisition of the destination marketing initiative mandates Plan b Group to promote St Petersburg within the UAE as a choice destination for business and leisure. Additionally, Plan b Group Founder & Chairman, Harmeek Singh has been appointed as ‘Visit St Petersburg’s’ representative in the country. “Through the ‘Visit St. Petersburg’ campaign, Plan b will do what we do best by promoting business and tourism opportunities from the UAE to the incredible city of St Petersburg. Our experience in integrated marketing services has given us this opportunity and the tie-up will see us implementing a 360-degree marketing strategy. Experiential ......read more

    Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2018-19

    Group: Revenue up 10% to AED 54.4 billion (US$ 14.8 billion), and profit of AED 1.1 billion (US$ 296 million), down 53%. Results impacted by significant increase in fuel cost, unfavourable currency movements, and one-time transaction in dnata. Emirates: Revenue up 10% to AED 48.9 billion (US$ 13.3 billion), and profit decline of 86% to AED 226 million (US$ 62 million). 30.1 million passengers carried, up 3%, on overall capacity expansion of 3%. Dubai’s attraction as a destination remains strong with the airline carrying 9% more customers to its hub city. dnata: Revenue up 11% to AED 7.0 billion (US$ 1.9 billion), profit up 31% to AED 861 million (US$ 235 million) includes gain of AED 320 million from one-time transaction. Without this transaction, the profit recorded would be down 18% compared to last year. 350,052 aircraft ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached 83.4% Load Factor in October

    14 November 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for October, reached 83.4% load factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, the growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.    According to the October 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in October, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 5% reaching 6.5 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to 83.4%.  In October 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 2 points, while international Load Factor increased by 3 points to 83.2%, and domestic Load Factor reached to ......read more

    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

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    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

    Connected aircraft to save aviation industry $15 billion per year and 21.3 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2035

    London School of Economics predicts move towards connected aircraft will transform aviation airline operations and safety into a strategic asset  Connected aircraft could lead to 2.5% reduction in fuel burn per flight, equating to 21.3 million tonnes of CO2 annually Connectivity has the power to save airlines $11 billion each year by reducing the impact and likelihood of delays, cancellations and diversions Dubai, UAE, June 19, 2018:  The connected aircraft, enabled by satellite communications, has the potential to save airlines $15 billion annually in operational ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Achieves Sustainability Milestone

     AUH earns accreditation level of ‘reduction’ for the first time from ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation 18th June, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has earned an accreditation level of ‘reduction’ from the Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) Airport Carbon Accreditation program. The program provides a unique common framework and tools for active carbon management at airports, covering operational activities that contribute most to carbon emissions.  In 2011, AUH was the first ......read more

    DC Aviation Group continues to grow its Aircraft Management fleet

    Adds Dassault 7X aircraft which is also available to charter for regional clients Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 18, 2018:   Stuttgart headquartered DC Aviation Group (DCA), the German joint venture partner of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), continues to grow its aircraft management fleet with the addition of a Dassault Falcon 7X.  The new aircraft is also available for charter flights for DC Aviation Al-Futtaim clients in the region through DCA’s subsidiary – DC Aviation Malta.  With its three high-performance engines and cutting-edge aviation ......read more

    Aircraft movements in Dubai rise by 50% in 8 years

    dans introduces 90 new procedures to enhance Dubai airspace capacity Privatisation offers scope for Air Navigation Service Providers Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2018:  Air Traffic Control is the cornerstone of the aviation sector and Dubai has implemented the most advanced procedure, keeping the safety of passengers and their timely travel as their ultimate priority and goal. This was stated by Abdulla Al Hashmi, Executive Vice President for Operations at Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) in his keynote address at the ATC Forum, running along the Airport Show. dans has ......read more

    Emirates boosts flights for busy Umrah season

    Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2018:  Emirates will be boosting its flights to Jeddah during the busy Umrah season. The airline will operate 24 extra flights, adding more than 10,000 additional seats between Dubai and Jeddah from 12 June to 24 June. The additional flights will be serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates’ additional flights will help accommodate more convenient travel through Dubai during the Umrah season, which starts in Ramadan and concludes in July. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah, which includes three ......read more

    Oman Ministry of Tourism-led ‘Summer Offers 2018' campaign continues to gain traction

    UAE, June 11, 2018- The Oman Ministry of Tourism has reported that its ‘Summer Offers 2018’ campaign launched under the theme ‘Experience Oman’ is continuously gaining traction amid the strong influx of regional and international travelers visiting the Sultanate.  Rolled out on May 21, 2018 to enhance and revitalize the local tourism sector, the initiative is part of the Ministry’s efforts to promote Oman as a leading business and leisure destination in line with Oman Tourism Strategy 2040. Under the three-month ‘Summer Offers 2018,’ 51 ......read more

    2018 edition of Dubai HeliShow gears up with over 60 exhibitors and visitors from more than 30 countries

    UAE, June 11, 2018 - The 2018 edition of the Dubai HeliShow is all geared up for its run from November 6 to 8 at the Royal Pavilion, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai South under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The show is expected to be participated in by over 60 exhibitors and visitors coming from more than 30 countries. Now on its seventh edition, the exciting three-day event will feature leading global speakers and top companies from Hungary, USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, Lithuania, ......read more

    dnata acquires majority stake in baggage storage and delivery service company, DUBZ

    Home check-in service in Dubai launched with UAE carrier flydubai and KSA carriers Saudia and flynas Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 11,2018:  Passengers flying out from Dubai can now enjoy the convenience of checking in their baggage and getting their boarding passes from their home or hotel.   dnata is launching these new services through baggage technology and logistics company -  DUBZ, in which it recently acquired a majority stake. DUBZ was started in 2016 by three entrepreneurs who saw the opportunity to provide a practical and technology-enabled service to ......read more

    Emirates celebrates inaugural flight to London Stansted

    Travellers now have a choice of 10 Emirates flights a day to 3 airports in London Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2018:  Emirates celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN). The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER touched down just before 1400hrs local UK time yesterday, and marked London Stansted as the 7th airport in the UK from which Emirates operates. This brings to 10 the number of daily flights between Dubai and three different London airports, with Stansted joining Gatwick and Heathrow. The aircraft deployed on the route is Emirates’ ......read more

    Emirates to launch third daily service to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7th June 2018:  Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, today announced it will start a third daily service between Moscow’s Domodedovo (DME) Airport and Dubai, commencing on 25th October 2018. Emirates has been serving the Russian market since 1st July 2003 and already flies twice daily to Domodedovo on Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER and daily to St Petersburg (LED). Demand for travel has grown significantly over recent years, leading to the airline’s launch of this third flight to Moscow. The new service will be ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports initiates heat stress awareness campaign

    6th June 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi Airports promotes intensive health and safety measures for the nearing summer season as it commenced its annual ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign. Launched in support of the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety & Health Centre (OSHAD)’ Code of Practice 11.0, the informative campaign aims to boost awareness among staff and contractors on the effects of heat stress and how to safely cope with the extreme weather conditions expected during Ramadan and the succeeding months.  The program, which takes course until ......read more

    Finnair starts codeshare cooperation with Cathay Dragon and extends its network in Asia

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2018:  Finnair and Cathay Pacific Airlines, based on Hong Kong, have agreed on a new codeshare cooperation on the routes operated by Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific Airline’s affiliate, between Hong Kong and selected destinations in Asia. The new codeshare agreement adds four new destinations to Finnair’s network in Asia. From 15th of June onwards Finnair customers can connect with Cathay Dragon’s flights from Hong Kong to •    Hanoi and Danang, Vietnam    •    Yangon, ......read more

    Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre attends Posidonia 2019 in Greece

    Posidonia is one of the most prestigious shipping events globally, taking place biennially Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 05 June 2018:  Continuing its work with the international maritime and arbitration communities, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) sponsored and attended the Posidonia, The International Shipping Exhibition in Greece this year. Posidonia is a must-attend event for all maritime concerns, attracting over 10,000 visitors from the international shipping community. This international exhibition began in 1969 and ever since has been held ......read more

    Airlines Denounce Human Trafficking and Commit to Action

    5 June 2018, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution denouncing trafficking in persons, and committing to a number of actions related to anti-trafficking initiatives. An estimated 24.9 million people are illegally trafficked and live in conditions of modern slavery. The extensive reach of the global air transport network means that unfortunately, airlines are used by traffickers to facilitate their activities.  “Aviation is the business of freedom, flying 4 billion ......read more

    Volotea now offers flights between Munich and Montpellier as well as Munich and Zaragoza

    Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2018:  Taking off with Volotea for the Mediterranean: The Spanish airline now operates two weekly flights with a Boeing 717 from Munich to Montpellier in the south of France and to Zaragoza in north-eastern Spain. The Montpellier service departs on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the flights to Zaragoza on Mondays and Thursdays. Other destinations already served by Volotea from Munich are Bordeaux, Mykonos and Asturias. The new flights will serve three enchanting cities: At the center of Montpellier is the car-free historic town center, lined by splendid mansions, and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Paris Flights to Go All -AIRBUS A380

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2018:  Effective 1 October, 2018, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its second daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This will transform the airline’s operation between the UAE and French capitals into a year-round all-A380 service, joining London Heathrow as the second European destination enjoying daily multiple visits by Etihad’s award-winning double-decker aircraft. The introduction of the aircraft on the second daily service will provide business and leisure travellers between both cities ......read more

    IATA, Deloitte Develop Airport Ownership and Regulation Guidance Recognizing the Strategic National Importance of Airports

    04 June 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Deloitte have published guidance materials for governments considering public-private partnerships (PPP) and other forms of privatization programs for airport infrastructure.   “Airports provide critical infrastructure. It is important that governments considering privatization or PPP take a long-term view and focus on solutions that will maximize the economic and social benefits of connectivity. The aim of Airport Ownership and Regulation is to help governments make ......read more

    Solid Profits Despite Rising Costs

    4 June 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced its expectation for airlines to achieve a collective net profit of $33.8 billion (4.1% net margin) in 2018. This is a solid performance despite rising costs, primarily fuel and labor, but also the upturn in the interest rate cycle. These rising costs are the main driver behind the downward revision from the previous forecast of $38.4 billion in December 2017. In 2017 airlines earned a record $38.0 billion (revised from the previously estimate of $34.5 billion). Comparisons to this, ......read more

    Securing Aviation's Future

    Smarter Regulation, Global Standards, Infrastructure 4 June 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to facilitate the growth of global connectivity by avoiding creeping re-regulation, maintaining the integrity of global standards, and addressing a capacity crisis. The call came in the IATA Director General’s Report on the Air Transport Industry at the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. “On aviation’s core mission to deliver safe, secure, accessible and ......read more

    Introducing oneworld connect - a new way for airlines to link to the world's premier alliance

    Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2018:  oneworld has launched a new platform for linking up to the world’s premier airline alliance – enabling customers to enjoy more services and benefits across an even more extensive global network. The first airline to join in the new capacity as a oneworld connect partner will be Fiji Airways. A date will be announced in due course for when Fiji Airways will start offering oneworld connect services and benefits. oneworld connect is the first new membership platform unveiled by oneworld since the alliance was originally announced 20 years ago. ......read more

    Emirates to launch A380 services to Osaka, Japan

    Daily A380 service effective 28th October – two of three Japanese gateways will be served by the iconic Airbus flagship   Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2018:  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will introduce regular scheduled commercial Airbus A380 services to Osaka (KIX) in Japan on 28 October 2018*. The deployment of the double-decker aircraft represents a capacity increase of 38%, and means that travellers will enjoy the comfort of an A380 to and from two Japanese gateways, as the flagship aircraft already operates daily from Narita International ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports to participate at the 142nd IATA Slots Conference

    3rd June, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it will be taking part in the 142nd IATA Slots Conference in Vancouver, Canada to open and enhance links within the aviation industry. The company will be joining Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture & Tourism (DCT) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).  Set to run from the 19-21 June, IATA Slots Conference is a semi-annual forum that attracts over 1,200 delegates across 75 exhibitors and sponsors, representing 230 airlines, and 75 schedules-facilitated and ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority offers a complimentary, luxury shuttle transfer from DXB to RAK for the summer season

    The Ras Al Khaimah Shuttle Bus offers visitors and residents an easy and comfortable journey to and from the Emirate  The complimentary transfer offer is available from 1st June till 30th September 2018 Ras Al Khaimah – UAE – 3 June 2018:   Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) today announced that its RAK Shuttle service connecting Dubai Airport to the Emirate will be complimentary for visitors over the summer months.  Free WIFI, water bottles and maps will be provided on board, giving tourists and residents alike the opportunity to ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Launch New Service to Barcelona

    New flights between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona effective 21 November 2018 Starting with five weekly flights, service to increase to daily from 31 March 2019 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 03, 2018:   Etihad Airways has announced the introduction of a new scheduled service linking Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, and Barcelona, Spain, effective 21 November 2018. The route will initially be operated five times a week by a two-class Airbus A330-200 before becoming a daily operation from 31 March 2019.   Barcelona will become the second city in Spain served ......read more

    Aviation Leaders Assemble in Sydney for IATA's 74th Annual General Meeting

    Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Sydney, Australia, for the Association’s 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. Hosted by Qantas, the event will include addresses by Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia; Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport; and Dr Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). “Sydney will be the capital of air transportation as ......read more

    Strengthen Economic Regulation of Australia's Airports

    Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for economic regulation of airports in Australia to be strengthened. “At a time when we have an infrastructure crisis globally, Australia has a good story to tell. The plans for a new airport at Badgerys Creek are encouraging, as are efforts for cooperation between civil and military authorities to more efficiently use airspace.  But we need to take a serious look at airport charges. Last year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission raised concerns about the effectiveness of ......read more

    dnata expands partnership with EGYPTAIR in Dubai

    Dubai, 30 May 2018:   dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, expands its partnership with EGYPTAIR in Dubai.  Starting today, dnata will provide the airline with premium cargo handling services from its best-in-class facility at Dubai World Central (DWC).  EGYPTAIR will initially operate one cargo flight a week between Dubai and Cairo using an Airbus A300F aircraft. dnata has been providing ground handling services to EGYPTAIR at Dubai International Airport since 2005.  The expansion of the partnership underlines the attraction of Dubai ......read more

    Emirates Skywards introduces enriched family programme to allow 100% pooling of Miles

    Dubai, UAE, 30 May 2018:  Emirates Skywards has revamped its family offering to provide a richer, more rewarding programme called ‘My Family’. Family members can now pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates flights, allowing them to redeem rewards faster than before. Each member can pool up to 100% of their miles earned on Emirates flights and the nominated contribution of Miles from each member can be adjusted at any time. Emirates Skywards has a global membership of 20 million and all members are eligible to join ‘My Family’. Each account can have ......read more

    Emirates Engineering executes first complete landing gear change for Emirates A380 aircraft

    Dubai, UAE, 29 May 2018-   Emirates Engineering has successfully accomplished the first complete replacement of landing gear on A6-EDF, the first Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft to have its entire landing gear system replaced at one time. Comprising five sets of landing gear - two under the wings, two under the body, and one nose landing gear, the work was planned and executed in-house, at the Emirates Engineering hangars in Dubai. Every Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft has a landing gear system with a total of 22 landing wheels. In addition to the wheels, the landing gear ......read more

    Finnair opens a new year-round route to Hanover for summer 2019 and increases capacity to Dubai for winter 2018-2019

    Dubai, United Arab, Emirates, May 29, 2018:  Continuing with its growth in the German market, Finnair will be launching a new route to Hanover, Germany, next summer. The new route will start on April 29 with five weekly frequencies and will become a daily and year-round frequency as of June 1, 2019. Hanover is one of Northern Germany’s largest cities and hosts several important fair and trade events throughout the calendar year. Hanover will be Finnair’s seventh destination in Germany. Finnair flies year-round to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and ......read more

    Emirates announces start of scheduled A380 service into Hamburg

    Daily A380 service effective 29th October – first and only airline with scheduled A380 operations at Hamburg Airport – all German Emirates gateways served by the iconic Airbus flagship Dubai, UAE, May 28, 2018:  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, announced today that it will introduce the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to Hamburg. To commemorate the inaugural arrival in Hamburg on 29 October, the A380 will be deployed on the morning service (EK059/EK060), while from 30 October the A380 will be regularly deployed on the afternoon ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Operates its First “Year of Zayed” Humanitarian Flights to Kazakhstan and India

    27 May 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched its first humanitarian freighter missions. The initiatives are part of the group’s extensive Year of Zayed programme, which will take place throughout 2018. The specially branded Year of Zayed Boeing 777 freighter aircraft departed Abu Dhabi – first to Almaty in Kazakhstan and then to Hyderabad in India – carrying special provisions to be distributed to those in need during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The humanitarian ......read more

    More Asia Miles and better rewards on Cathay Pacific

    Enhancing customer experiences through changes to the Asia Miles rewards programme   Dubai, UAE, May 27, 2018:  Cathay Pacific Group customers will earn more Asia Miles on the vast majority of their flights and have more access to redemption bookings following changes to Asia Miles, the airlines’ rewards programme.   Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said the changes demonstrate the airlines’ commitment to recognising and rewarding loyal members.   “We have been listening to our customers and have been looking ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Student Writing Competitions Launch for 2019

    Dubai, 23 May 2018:  Calling all young aspiring writers! Entries are now open for The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s creative writing competitions for students across the UAE. The Taaleem Award for poetry and the Oxford University Press story-writing competitions have become fixtures in the academic calendar, with the number of entries growing every year.  “The student writing competitions give aspiring writers and poets a chance to showcase their writing skills and the amazing poems and stories that we are sent show how wonderfully creative the young ......read more

    Turkish Airlines, that Flies to the Most Countries of the World, has Added Krasnodar to its Flight Network as the 303rd Destination

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 20th, 2018: Krasnodar has become the 10th destination of the flag carrier which operates its flight to Moscow, St. Petersburg , Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Voronezh, Samara and Ufa in Russia currently .     Krasnodar flights will be operated 5 times per week in both directions, as starting from today.   At the opening ceremony , Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines Mr. Ahmet Olmuştur  stated that ; ‘’Turkish Airlines flying to the most countries of the world; continues to work on growth ......read more

    Lufthansa Group and Travix announce NDC partnership

        Lufthansa Group and Travix intensify longstanding partnership with joint approach on NDC under the Airline Group’s upcoming NDC Partner Programme      Travix customers will benefit from access to Lufthansa Group NDC Smart Offer     Improved display of all Lufthansa Group offers on Travix’ brands Cheap-Tickets, BudgetAir, Vliegwinkel, Vayama and Flugladen in all countries The Lufthansa Group and Travix have signed a multi-year agreement connecting one of the leading global online travel agencies directly to the Lufthansa ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Announced its 2018 April Passenger and Cargo Traffic Results

    The flag carrier airline has reached the 83.2% LF in April. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 16th, 2018: Turkish Airlines, performed a brilliant year in 2017, maintains this success with the same momentum in 2018 as well. The national flag carrier has now put its signature under the thriving results recorded in April, after announcing its successful first quarter results a short while ago. According to the April 2018 Traffic Results;    Upon the double-digit passenger increases in the first quarter of 2018, total number of passengers carried went up by 15% reaching ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Ai Robot Sophia to Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 16, 2018:   Watch as popular UAE influencer Khalid al Ameri joins Sophia the Robot – the world’s most advanced Artificially Intelligent robot – to explore Abu Dhabi and discover all the excitement and emotions one can experience on a visit to the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Sophia is officially the first robot to race Yas Marina Circuit, ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and experience the beauty of Louvre Abu Dhabi in this new video released by Etihad Airways. She is accompanied throughout by ......read more

    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority to lead Sharjah delegates to ITB China 2018

    As part of the ongoing intensive efforts to meet Sharjah’s target of 10 million tourists by 2021, an elite group of government and private organizations from the emirate to be led by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) will travel to Shanghai to join this year’s edition of the prestigious ITB China taking place from May 16 to May 18, 2018.  China is a key tourism market for Sharjah, which has received a total of 120,356 hotel guests in 2017 from the world’s most populous nation. The delegates will comprise top officials from, Sharjah Airport ......read more

    Emirates provides special Ramadan service for customers observing the holy month

    The airline will mark Eid Al Fitr celebrations on board with sweets for customers Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15th May 2018:  Emirates will commence its signature Ramadan service for customers during the holy month, expected to begin on May 17th. Emirates’ Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground for those breaking their fast. Emirates provides iftar boxes with a nutritional meal for customers breaking their fast on ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' "Troia” Themed Aircraft is now in the Sky

    The global carrier specially designed its A321-type aircraft with a livery of the ‘Trojan Horse’ image after the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced 2018 as “The Year of Troia”. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 12th, 2018: Following the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced 2018 as “The Year of Troia”, that coincides with the 20th anniversary of the admission of the archaeological site of Troia to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List, various introductory activities continue to be conducted on a ......read more

    Air Arabia reports strong first quarter 2018 net profit of AED110 million, up 8%

    Sharjah, United Arab Emirates,  May 10, 2018:  Air Arabia PJSC today reported strong financial results for the first quarter of 2018 as the Middle East’s first and largest low cost carrier continued to deliver solid commercial and operational results.   Air Arabia reported a net profit of AED110 million for the three months ending March 31, 2018, an 8 percent increase compared to the corresponding 2017 figure of AED102 million. In the same period, the airline posted a turnover of AED877 million, an 8 percent increase compared to the first quarter of last ......read more

    Airport Show remarkable success

    Deals worth millions signed at the world’s largest airport show Avsec Center of Dubai Police to host next year’s ICAO board meeting in Dubai during Airport Show 2019 Dubai, May 9, 2018:  The 18th edition of Airport Show concluded on Wednesday with participants reporting signing of substantial deals worth millions and collaborations. The largest annual event of its kind hosted over 350 exhibitors from 60 countries, with the largest number of dedicated pavilions ever, representing Europe, US and Asia, along with over 7,500 visitors. This year’s event also saw ......read more

    UAE Women to be Future Capital, Long-Term Contributor to UAE Success

    Young Emirati girls and boys have strong potential Women make up 50% of 180 engineers at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Dubai, May 9, 2018 – UAE women will continue to be the future capital and long-term contributor to the success of the UAE. This was stated by Her Excellency Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, the first-ever woman Minister of State for Public Education in her keynote address at the 3rd Women in Aviation General Assembly on Wednesday on the side lines of the 18th edition of the Airport Show. The conference was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh ......read more

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