Sheremetyevo International Airport is the second airport in Moscow served by Air Arabia.
Sharjah, UAE; 18 December 2017: Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), today announced that it will begin flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport from 1st February 2018, the second airport Air Arabia serves in Moscow, boosting the flight to daily serve the Russian capital with a double daily frequency.
The flight to Sheremetyevo International Airport complements the airline’s existing daily services to Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport.
The flight will operate four times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 09:10 hours, and arriving at Sheremetyevo International ......read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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, 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 – 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Ajman – UAE, June 20, 2017: Thanani, the contemporary restaurant in Ajman’s serene Al Zorah pavilion hosted the official opening event of the ‘Zayed Humanitarian Day’ launched by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD). The initiative which is aimed at training and integrating people of determination in the government and tourism sectors across Ajman commenced with a hearty and delectable Iftar served on the evening at Thanani who were also the official sponsors of the event.
The initiative was launched under the patronage of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin ......read more
Exhibitor Commitments and Interest High
Dubai, UAE. 19 June 2017: The new features taking place at the Dubai Airshow 2017 including new sector specific pavilions, Space Pavilion, UAV Summit, Cargo Zone and the return of Airport Solutions, are set to bring focus to new market sectors when the show opens in November.
The Space Pavilion and conference in particular is shaping up to be a key feature of the event, produced in partnership with the UAE Space Agency. Space exploration is a national priority for the UAE and this new feature has been developed to support the ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 17, 2017: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and one of the main sponsors of the Taste of London Festival, has crowned Dean Parker from The Manor restaurant in London, winner of its Taste the World competition. The competition took place on 15th June.
The Taste the World Award is presented to one chef who best epitomises Etihad Airways’ food philosophy, a highly-acclaimed culinary offering which constantly pushes the boundaries to provide a superior guest experience. Each chef was independently judged by a panel consisting of an ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (June 15, 2017): Arjaan by Rotana, a popular hotel apartments property located in the heart of Dubai Media City, recently hosted an exclusive Iftar for members of the media fraternity in Dubai.
More than 20 media personnel ranging from travel publications, dailies and lifestyle publications shared a moment of togetherness in the holy month. The locally-grown hospitality brand is guided by the values of nurturing lifelong relationships over time and engaging with its stakeholders - from guests and investors to media. Media provides Arjaan by Rotana a ......read more
Treat kids to some soaking wet play at Splash ‘n’ Party - Dubai’s favourite Kids waterpark. With the kid’s holiday break fast approaching and hours of recreational time needing to be filled, Splash ‘n’ Party offers an array of fun-filled water based activities and engaging onsite entertainment all guaranteed to keep active little ones amused.
Fathers Day – 18th June, 2017
With Father's Day on June 21st, we've got a special treat for every kid's favourite superhero. Might sound like a present for Mommy to relax, the splash-tastic fun ......read more
Two weekly flights connecting Sharjah and Hargeisa starting July 4th
Sharjah, UAE; 14 June 2017: Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that starting 4 July 2017, Hargeisa will be the newest African destination added to its growing international network.
Air Arabia marked its entry into the African market in 2004, and currently serves six destinations across Egypt, Sudan and Kenya from its main hub in Sharjah. The new flights to Hargeisa, Somaliland will operate twice a week, on Tuesdays and ......read more
2016 saw 24% growth in the total number of international meetings over 2015, according to UIA rankings. 138% growth achieved since 2012
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 13 June 2017: Dubai has emerged as one of the top 10 destinations for international meetings, according to the latest edition of the International Meetings Statistics Report published last week by Union of International Associations (UIA). The report ranked 1,157 cities globally based on the total number of international meetings that took place during the year. Previously ranked 14th in the 2015 edition, Dubai has moved ......read more
Explore the salty winds of Galle, the never-ending Samui sunsets, and the culturally diverse Kuala Lumpur
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11th June 2017: The Eid holidays are the perfect occasion to relax and spend time with family. The extended weekend is the best time to pack your bags and go abroad to escape the summer temperatures and the maddening city life. To avoid burning last minute holes in your pocket, stay smart and pre-plan your Eid vacation to these top budget-friendly getaways.
From the laid back serenity of Galle to the iconic views of Kuala Lumpur, there is an ......read more
Great news for Cebu Pacific passengers flying out of Dubai!
The Philippines’ largest carrier celebrates Philippine Independence Day by giving all passengers the freedom to bring more gifts and ‘pasalubong’ for their loved-ones as Cebu Pacific offers a total baggage allowance that exceeds a typical ‘balikbayan box.’
CEB extends its promo granting its valued guests additional baggage allowance free-of-charge. Until November 30, 2017, all passengers originating from Dubai travelling to Manila who pre-purchase a 40-kilogram baggage allowance will get an extra ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017: Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) has placed an order with Airbus for an additional seven A321CEO (Current Engine Option) aircraft, for delivery from March 2018. The aircraft will meet the airline’s increased capacity requirements pending the start of delivery of 32 A321NEO aircraft, which will now begin in 4TH quarter of 2018. CEB has chosen to defer the A321NEO deliveries due to delays with the Pratt & Whitney engines selected to power the aircraft.
“We have decided to take a conservative approach to the introduction of the ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017: Etihad Aviation Group confirms that it has terminated negotiations with TUI AG, in relation to a potential joint venture involving the leisure operations of Air Berlin Group and the German TUIfly company.
Etihad has taken this decision following many months of negotiations, in good faith, during which time the parties have been unable to reach agreement on the final nature of such a joint venture.
The leisure operations of Air Berlin group will now continue to operate as a separate business unit, under the NIKI brand. Further details of this ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017: VFS Global, the world’s leading technology and outsourcing services company for visa processing, has launched special offers providing visa applicants with just the convenience they are looking for this Ramadan. From extended working hours to special discounts, VFS Global’s Ramadan offers on its specialised services ensures applicants in the United Arab Emirates experience a level of comfort and ease like no other!
Ramadan special offers for VFS Global applicants (applicable from 25 May to 28 June 2017) include:
Extended working hours at the ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 7, 2017: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Qantas will host the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The event will attract the top leadership of the air transport industry to Sydney, Australia, from 3 5 June 2018.
“Sydney is an excellent choice to become the capital of the global air transport industry in June 2018. I am confident that Qantas will be an excellent host, as they were when we last met there in 2000. Australia’s pioneering tradition on aviation matters carries on to this day ......read more
6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) approved a resolution calling for governments to implement policies to accelerate the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The Resolution also reaffirmed the industry’s commitment to work with governments to implement the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) global CO2 emissions agreement.
“The CORSIA agreement is a vital part of our strategy on combatting aviation emissions. We are committed to carbon neutral growth ......read more
6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its 2017 industry profitability outlook upwards. Airlines are expected to report a $31.4 billion profit (up from the previously forecast $29.8 billion) on revenues of $743 billion (up from the previously forecast $736 billion).
“This will be another solid year of performance for the airline industry. Demand for both the cargo and passenger business is stronger than expected. While revenues are increasing, earnings are being squeezed by rising fuel, labor and maintenance expenses. Airlines are ......read more
6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) adopted a resolution reaffirming the airline industry’s commitment to safety and security. It also called for greater collaboration among all government and industry stakeholders to keep flying secure with risk mitigation measures that maximize the protection of passengers and crew while minimizing disruption to passengers and the economy at large.
“Aviation is a target for terrorists intent on destroying the freedom that is at the heart of our business. ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2017: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that the global airline industry’s performance on safety, sustainability and profitability is solid, but the industry faces the threat of protectionist measures being implemented by governments. IATA also called for governments to enhance their collaboration with the industry to meet rising security challenges, avert a looming infrastructure crisis and to build smarter regulation.
The Director General’s Report on the Global Air Transport Industry was delivered to the 73rd IATA ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2017: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) adopted a resolution to accelerate the modernization and transformation of the air cargo industry. The resolution builds on the momentum created by the entry into force of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
“The TFA commits governments to making trade faster, cheaper and more efficient. Air cargo processes are stuck in another century. To ensure that air cargo is ready to benefit from the expected $1 trillion ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2017: Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai is delighted to welcome back Victoria Kashakashvili as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager. In her new position, Victoria will be in charge of all F&B outlets at the 125-room business hotel located in the historic heart of Dubai and take charge of all F&B operations.
Victoria’s journey with Starwood started in 2002 on home ground at Tbilisi, Georgia. After a stint in Kuwait, Victoria came on board the F&B team at Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai from June 2006 till 2015, where she served across various ......read more
4th June 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports’ Free Zone (ADAFZ) is thriving as the destination of choice for businesses, as it issues its 200th trade license today to NATS.
NATS is the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services. Each year the company handles 2.5 million flights and 250 million passengers in UK airspace alone. In addition to providing services to 14 UK airports, and managing all upper airspace in the UK, NATS is working with customers around the world, and prides itself on extending its services to the Middle East region.
With ......read more
Experience the first public flying appearance of the A321neo and A350-1000;
Journey into the future in 3D at the Airbus Digital Exhibition centre;
Virtually fly an A400M or interactively explore an “Airspace” cabin in 3D.
Dubai, UAE - 4th June 2017 – At the Paris Air Show, which runs from 19th to 25th June 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. In addition, there will be a new Digital Exhibition zone at the Airbus ......read more
4 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Cancun, Mexico for the Association’s 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The AGM will feature keynote addresses on Monday by Mr. Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico’s Minister of Communications and Transport and Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“Cancun will be the capital of air transportation as aviation leaders gather ......read more
--Laptop Ban May Be Affecting Middle East-US Traffic--
4 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for April 2017 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 10.7% compared to April 2016, which was the fastest pace in six years. April capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 7.1%, and load factor climbed 2.7 percentage points to 82.0%- a record for the month of April.
The strong performance is supported by a pick-up in global economic activity and lower ......read more
Sharjah’s premier archaeological and eco-tourism project provides an unforgettable learning environment
Sharjah,June 03, 2017
The UAE’s residents and visitors who are fascinated by the country’s rich history and wish to learn more about its early civilizations will be amply rewarded with a trip to Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism; a premier tourism and leisure destination from Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). Mleiha has been established to cater to the increasing demand for new vacation and excursion experiences. ......read more
May 31, 2017- The Elaf Group of Companies, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has announced the coming opening of its latest five-star hotel in Jeddah. The latest addition to Elaf Group’s growing portfolio of hotels is part of its recent implementation of a strategic expansion initiative aimed at further reinforcing its leading presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s booming tourism and hospitality segment--in line with the goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 to support the national economy and to promote ......read more
31st May 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Duty Free is celebrating the Ramadan season with various activities and initiatives aimed at spreading the spirit of this holy month throughout the capital’s airport.
Abu Dhabi Duty Free is actively engaging passengers with the essence of Ramadan, educating guests on what this month is all about. Screens across the airport terminals will be showing videos on the habits and traditions strengthened in Ramadan, and several entertaining activities will also be taking place. These include: live weavers, displays of Al Ghadeer ......read more
30 May 2017
To celebrate the Year of Giving, Etihad Guest has launched a special Ramadan campaign with Emirates Red Crescent to provide thousands of meals to families and children in need in Somalia.
Members of Etihad Airways’ award-winning loyalty programme can donate their miles to the emergency response in the African country, with 750 Etihad Guest Miles providing one meal. The aim of the campaign is to achieve 15 million miles of donations which would provide 20,000 meals.
The Etihad Guest partnership with Emirates Red Crescent is one of the many elements of Etihad ......read more
In partnership with Al Nokhba Car Dealership
Doha, Qatar – 28 May 2017 – On the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan, First Finance Company (FFC), a subsidiary of Barwa Bank Group, in partnership with Al Nokhba Car Dealership, is launching a special promotion on car costs that waives down payments, and offers financing of up 72 months with a three-month grace period. The promotion comes in line with FFC’s efforts to provide banking clients in Qatar with best-in-class services and an exceptional customer experience that sets the standards in the marketplace.FFC’s ......read more
Melbourne joins the Airline’s global route network from October 2017
Dubai, UAE, May 29, 2017: SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne commencing October 29th this year.
Australia is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan expatriate communities, many of whom reside in and around Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s ‘Garden State’, Victoria. This factor, together with the tremendous potential for ......read more
28th May 2017, Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has selected 19 candidates from its National Development Program (NDP) to join the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) team, which was launched earlier this year to prepare the Midfield Terminal Building for operations.
The candidates were selected based on their educational qualifications and performance in the NDP at Abu Dhabi Airports. The move to the ORAT team will give them the opportunity to engage in on-site training and experience to enable them play their role in operating the new ......read more
Dubai, May 28, 2017: The Philippines is all set to host top tourism officials from 156 countries for the 6th United Nations World Tourism Organization International (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Statistics next month.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said the gathering of tourism ministers, along with their respective entourage, will tackle sustainable tourism, defined by UNWTO as: "Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, environment, and ......read more
25 May 2017
Thousands of athletes, coaches and supporters to fly with Etihad from around the globe
Airline set to deliver world-class hospitality and ground programme for Summer Games
Partnership promotes core values of tolerance, diversity and youth engagement
Etihad Airways has been unveiled as the official airline partner of the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games, an event that will bring more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to Abu Dhabi in March of that year.
Special Olympic athletes from the UAE and Etihad Airways Emirati cadet pilots attended a special ......read more
Dubai, May 25, 2017: Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments, hosted a Pre-Ramadan event to showcase the true essence of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners, bloggers, instagrammers, corporate clients, tour operators, travel agencies, bookers and long staying guests in the hotel. During the event, an overview of its enticing offers was announced.
Discover the true spirit of Ramadan at Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan by Rotana. Make it special with a ......read more
First payment solution to support secure payments on common-use platforms now available
BRUSSELS – 2017 Air Transport IT Summit – 25 May 2017: SITA has launched the first payment solution which addresses the need for airlines to be able to accept payments securely at airports when using a shared IT infrastructure. SITA AirportConnect Common Use Payment Service enables payment transactions by multiple airlines on a single payment terminal. Importantly, this is possible with any, and all, of the departure control systems the airlines choose to use.
Airlines ......read more
Early research with Microsoft HoloLens shows potential of mixed reality
Dubai, UAE – 2017 Air Transport IT Summit – 24 May 2017 – A new world of mixed reality is emerging and SITA Lab, the research arm of air transport IT provider SITA, is exploring its potential for airlines and airports. Today it released early results of research carried out with Helsinki Airport using Microsoft HoloLens to analyze and manage airport operations in a mixed reality environment.
HoloLens is the world's first self-contained holographic computer, enabling users to ......read more
24 May 2017
Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has recognised 11 university students from across the UAE at the inaugural Fikra awards ceremony, held at the company’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Fikra, which means “idea” in Arabic, was launched in 2016, supporting the UAE government’s drive to encourage innovation among younger generations.
The students were encouraged to think innovatively and harness their entrepreneurial spirit to create ideas that could be implemented in businesses and entities across EAG.
More than 2,600 competition ideas were ......read more
May 24, 2017 – Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) will suspend its service to and from the following destinations:
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
CEB will fly the last of its four-times-a-week service from Manila to Kuwait on June 13, 2017, and its Kuwait-Manila flight on June 14, 2017. The thrice-weekly Manila-Doha-Manila route will have its last flight on July 1, 2017; while CEB’s last flight from Manila to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will depart on July 2, 2017, while the Riyadh-Manila flight will leave on July 3, 2017.
“The entry of Cebu Pacific into these ......read more
Destinations include various cities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan
Dubai, UAE; May 24, 2017: Turkish Airlines, the airline that travels to more destinations than other airline globally has launched new flights from various cities from the Middle East to key touristic destinations in Turkey.
The new direct flights will be launched from the cities of Saudi Arabia including Jeddah now with connecting flights to Ankara and Trabzon; Riyadh with flights to Antalya and ......read more
May 24, 2017 - Dubai - UAE
In conjunction with Finland’s upcoming centennial anniversary, Finnair is launching three new food collaborations for its onboard meals. The collaborations, which intend to promote Finland’s healthy and hearty food culture, are done in cooperation with the ELO Foundation, an association dedicated to the promotion of Finnish food culture.
Business class for long-haul flights leaving Helsinki
For business class customers flying out of Helsinki on long-haul flights between October 4 and January 9, Finnair’s Signature Menu chef, Eero ......read more
RAK Airport’s 2017 First Quarter improves on record 2016:
Double digit growth for aircraft movements
Passenger numbers up 9% y-o-y
Cargo grows 15% y-o-y with new operators
Charter flights to run through the summer
Ras Al Khaimah - 23 May, 2017: Following an exceptional first quarter, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has celebrated with the arrival of a new scheduled operation between the emirate and Prague, the Czech capital. The operator is SmartWings, the Czech Republic’s most prominent low-cost carrier. The service will start with a weekly flight to a ......read more
Alaska Airlines and Finnair are teaming up to give members of their frequent flyer programs the opportunity to earn miles/points on both airlines as Finnair expands its wings with new flights from San Francisco.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with European-favorite Finnair, as they launch their first West Coast service from our San Francisco hub to Helsinki on June 1,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Our Mileage Plan members will be able to fly Finnair to over 60 destinations in Europe from ......read more
22th May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) handled in excess of 2 million passengers in the month of April this year, representing a 5.6% increase in airport traffic compared with April of 2016, which reached 1.9 million.
• Total arrivals: 1,050,520 up by 6.6%, total departures: 1,019,835 up by 5.8%, and total transfer passengers: 1,311,262 up by 6.1%.
• Traffic to India, one of the airport’s main traffic drivers representing 18% of the total passengers this month, has ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2017: As part of its expansion plan, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, a joint venture between DC Aviation Group based in Germany and Al-Futtaim, has announced that its second hangar located at Dubai South is on course for completion before the end of the year.
The 6,800sqm hangar will more than double the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm. The new hangar will enable DCAF to add two single-aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 21 2017: With summer just around the corner, it’s time to put those vacation plans into motion. Sometimes though, the logistics of planning a trip can make the process stressful for travellers - but not anymore! Whether you’re flying alone or with family, VFS Global has come up with a selection of innovative, intuitively designed services to make the visa application process for Middle Eastern travellers a smooth one.
Please find below a selection of topical tips on how you can make your visa application process a breeze this summer.
My schedule is too ......read more
World’s Largest Passenger Jet Features Airline’s Award-Winning Three-Room Suite, ‘The Residence’
Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 21 2017: Etihad Airways today announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route.
The superjumbo, which features ‘The Residence’ - the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner - will operate from 1 July on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE’s capital city to the capital of France.
Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 ......read more
20 May 2017
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, has tasted success at the INSIGHTS Middle East Call Centre Awards. The annual competition is now in its 12th year and sets the regional benchmark for remote customer interaction success.
The airline collected two prestigious awards at the ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai on 16th May 2017. They were awarded with Best Large Call Centre for their three UAE Contact Centres and Call Centre Manager of the Year awarded to Ahmed Murshed, the Al Ain Contact Centre Manager.
Ruth Birkin, Head of Global Contact ......read more
17 May 2017 (Dubai, UAE) -The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), and Airlines for America (A4A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen and promote Safety and Quality Assurance in global aviation fueling activities.
“Maintaining the quality of the aviation fuel supply and the supporting infrastructure and operations is vital to the safe and efficient functioning of the air transport industry. This MoU, covering all airport fuel storage ......read more
2-day forum discussed key aviation challenges and opportunities
Dubai, May 17, 2017: Aviation leaders and experts highlighted key aviation industry issues, challenges and opportunities for the industry worldwide during the 5th Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF), which concluded today.
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 two-day forum, co-located with the Airport Show, was hosted by Reed Exhibitions ......read more
World’s first virtual reality application for airports launched
Exhibitors display devices that enhance passenger safety and comfort
DUBAI, May 16, 2017: The 17th edition of the Airport Show, currently underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) with over 300 exhibitors from 50 countries, witnessed a wide line-up of latest smart and innovative technologies and solutions set to transform the rapidly growing aviation industry.
Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) introduced the world’s first virtual reality ......read more
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 15 May, 2017 – Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is marking an emphatic participation at the 2017 edition of Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events (IMEX), the largest European trade show for the international congress, conference and events sector, currently underway at Messe Frankfurt in Germany.
The delegation from ADNEC is attending various co-located events including the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Sales & Marketing Summit, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) General ......read more