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    World Aviation Safety Summit to establish dangerous goods handling strategies

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

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

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

    TRT World now live on Turkish Airlines

    TRT World channel is now active on Turkish Airlines, delivering live television programming for passenger consumption.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 16th October 2018 -   Turkish Airlines now also extend live TRT World broadcast across its wide-body aircrafts for its passengers to enjoy programming from Turkey’s first English broadcaster.  Commenting on the initiative Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı said; “As the national flagship airline of Turkey, where the East and West meet, we offer Turkish hospitality to our guests on board. Today we are proud to offer TRT World’s objective perspective and alternative approach to news making to 122 countries we fly.” İbrahim Eren, Director General and Chairman of TRT, said; ......read more

    IndiGo begins new daily flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    The low-cost Indian carrier to offer two new daily services, connecting AUH with Cochin International Airport and Calicut International Airport 16th October 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) today welcomed the IndiGo’s inaugural flight to and from India, commencing daily flights that connect the UAE capital with Cochin International Airport (COK) and Calicut International Airport (CCJ).    Dubai, UAE, October 16, 2018:  IndiGo is amongst the fastest growing low-cost carriers in the world, bringing a simple philosophy of low-cost fares, on-time flights and a courteous, hassle-free travel experience. With its fleet of 189 Airbus A320 and 12 ATR aircraft, the airline offers over 1200 daily flights and connects 48 domestic destinations and 11 international ......read more

    New home for Air India Express at Abu Dhabi International Airport's Terminal 1

    All Air India Express flights to arrive and depart from Terminal 1 at AUH The flag carrier airline of India offers 7 daily flights from AUH to six destinations across India Abu Dhabi, UAE, October 16, 2018:   Air India Express flights, wholly subsidiary of Air India, arriving to and from the UAE capital are now arriving and departing from Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). Originally the airline departed from Terminal 1, and arrived to Terminal 2.    The transition from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 for the arrivals occurred on September 30 and is in line with Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to ensuring quality service and a seamless passenger experience.   The Indian subcontinent remains one of the most popular destinations for travellers departing from AUH, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' Load Factor reached to 83.4% in September

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 14th October 2018 -  Turkish Airlines has recently announced the passenger and cargo traffic results for September and left behind a month of high load factor with 83.4% performance. On top of the strong base effect of September 2017, 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.    According to September 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in September, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 1% reaching about 7 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to %83.4.  In September 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 2 points, while international Load Factor increased by 2 points to 83%, domestic Load Factor increased ......read more

    UNESCO names Pafos this season's must visit destination

    UNESCO and National Geographic list Cypriot city among top European destinations in “travel differently, travel deeper” round-up Visitor numbers to Cyprus from the UAE up by 55.5% year-on-year Dubai, UAE, 14 October 2018:   The Cypriot coastal city of Pafos has been selected as one of this season’s must visit destinations by UNESCO and National Geographic. The listing as one of the top World Heritage Sites in Europe, comes off the back of record visitor numbers from the UAE this summer. During August this year, Cyprus welcomed a 55.5 per cent increase in visitors from the UAE, compared to August 2017 with Kuwait and Bahrain also seeing increases of 33.1% and 22.8% respectively. The Gulf arrivals contributed to some 66,532 August visitors from Asia. At just a four-hour-flight from the GCC, Cyprus is ......read more

    Jeddah Airport delegation applauds Dubai Customs' experience in facilitating travel and maintaining security

    October 13, 2018:   A Saudi delegation from the customs of King Abdul Azziz International Airport in Jeddah highly applauded the high advanced level Dubai Customs has reached. During their visit to the Passenger Operations Department in Dubai International Airport, Terminal 3, the Saudi visitors expressed admiration and willingness to benefit from the knowledge and experience Dubai Customs has in this field.  Customs Director General at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Bandar Al-Rahili, said they are visiting Dubai International Airport to learn about the best practices applied by Dubai Customs to serve passengers and facilitate their arrivals and departures. The visitors toured the sections of the Passenger Operations Department and viewed the latest technologies and devices used in thwarting smuggling ......read more

    “Space will make you a better citizen” - Former NASA astronaut's address to Emirati students at the Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations

    Eyes on the skies at the Majlis for Future Generations as budding astronauts meet with NASA, The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, and Yahsat Dubai, UAE, October 10, 2018:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has been fuelling the UAE’s journey to the stars since its inception, and has recently made significant strides in achieving the country’s goal of becoming a leading spacefaring nation. This year, two Emiratis were chosen to be the first in space, with the aim of flying to the International Space Station in April 2019. The UAE has committed to further develop their locally-grown capacities as well, with the Hope probe set to arrive on Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE. At the Mohammed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations, MBRSC along with a host of space ......read more

    Sixth Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup played in Istanbul

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 6 October 2018:  Turkish Airlines, a global leader in civil aviation, brought its ever-growing Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup to Kemer Golf & Country Club in Istanbul between the 28th-30th September.  The airline, being the first in terms of country and international destinations that reached worldwide, prides itself on its award-winning Business Class service and its many other innovative and distinguished services that performed for offering its passengers an unparalleled flight experience, together with its commitment to the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, which has more than 8,000 invited guests competing in more than 100 destinations around the world within this year. Turkish Airlines is firmly committed to the aspirational vision of sporting competition and trusts in its ......read more

    Air Transport Cooperation Promotion Conference Chinese Yunnan Province delegation calls to jointly build an Air Silk Road between UAE and China

    Chinese cargo airline Uni-top Airlines set to start operations between Kunming and Dubai  Dubai, UAE, October 6, 2018:  Chinese carrier Uni-top Airlines is planning to operate B747 freighter flight between Kunming in China and Dubai, according to Mr Yang Fan, Vice President of Uni-top Airlines. Addressing an air transport cooperation promotion conference held by Chinese Yunnan provincial delegation in Kempinski Hotel Mall of Emirates in Dubai, Mr Yang Fan said: “In order to support the development of civil aviation and trade between China and the UAE, Uni-top airlines is planning to operate B747 freighter flight with 3 flights per week between Kunming and Dubai.”  The Chinese carrier currently operates B747F and A300F. Mr Joe Beydoun, Head of Cargo Business Relationships Commercial & ......read more

    Knock Down Barriers Limiting Aviation's Benefits

    Dubai, UAE, October 04, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for European transport leaders to eliminate the barriers which limit the contribution of the aviation industry to Europe’s competitiveness.    “Two centuries ago, the Congress of Vienna agreed the borders of a new Europe. Today I call on Europe’s leaders, meeting in Vienna, to knock down barriers that limit the economic and social benefits that Europe’s aviation sector can generate,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in an address to the European Aviation Summit in Vienna.   In 2036, 1.5 billion travelers will need to travel to/from/within Europe, creating jobs and driving a modern globally-connected economy. But Europe’s preparation to accommodate this ......read more

    Emirates is Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year at Aviation 100 Awards

    Airline also scoops up ‘Deal of the Year for Innovation’ award Dubai, UAE - 4 October 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has won the Aviation 100 ‘Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year’, awarded by Airline Economics magazine. The Aviation 100 awards recognise aviation’s most outstanding performers, as well as the most innovative and successful finance and leasing deals closed in the last 12 months. The awards were held during the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers Dubai 2018 conference gala dinner. Emirates and its financing partners also won ‘Deal of the Year for Innovation’, which resulted from a leasing transaction of five Airbus A380s. Nirmal Govindadas, Senior Vice President Corporate Treasury received both awards on behalf of Emirates ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Increase Frequency to London for the Festive Season

    Etihad Airways to add a 4th daily Abu Dhabi to London service during winter peak   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), October 04, 2018:   Effective 15 December 2018 - 13 January 2019, Etihad Airways will increase its flights from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow, from three to four daily services, to meet peak demand this festive season.    The flights will be operated by a two-class Boeing 787-9, featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   James Harrison, General Manager for Etihad Airways in the United Kingdom and Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to announce more flights to London over the festive period. This is a busy time for local guests travelling between both capitals and the extra service will allow more choice and flexibility in their ......read more

    Aviation Marks Ten Years of Emissions Strategy, Reaffirms Carbon Commitments

    Dubai, UAE, October 04, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) joined air transport businesses and associations to reaffirm its commitment to a sustainable future as the aviation industry marked ten years since agreeing an ambitious joint strategy for reducing carbon emissions.   “Ten years ago, the entire aviation sector committed to a joint strategy for carbon-neutral growth and to work towards a carbon-free future. That was a daring goal. But with hard work and solid commitment of industry and government, carbon-neutral growth from 2020 will be a reality. And we are already looking beyond. By 2050 we will cut our net emissions to half 2005 levels,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, speaking at the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Global ......read more

    Etihad Airways and No1 Lounges Launch ‘The House'

    Innovative partnership sees the creation of stylish new lounge brand Exclusive and improved ground experience for the airline’s eligible guests at key locations outside Abu Dhabi, starting with London Heathrow Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 3 October 2018:   Etihad Airways has launched a contemporary airport lounge brand in partnership with No1 Lounges. To be known as 'The House', the project is the result of a unique collaboration between the airline and the award-winning lounge provider, which will operate the new brand.   The project begins at London Heathrow, where Etihad Airways' lounge will be rebranded 'The House, home of Etihad Airways and other leading airlines'. The scope of the new lounge brand may be expanded to include other lounges.   No1 ......read more

    Emirates joins Ghana in making aviation history: One-off A380 lands in Accra

    Airline supports Kotoka International Airport’s new Terminal Dubai – 2 October, 2018:   The Emirates A380 aircraft made a historic touch down at the Kotoka International Airport’s Terminal 3, as a one-off service to the new terminal. The airline’s flagship double-decker has become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Ghana, demonstrating the airport’s readiness to accommodate the A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger jet. The special Emirates A380 flight was operated by Accra-born Ghanaian, Capt Solomon Quainoo and UAE national, First Officer Faisal Alhammadi. The A380 flight, operating as EK 787, was joined by a top-level delegation led by Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations - Africa, H.E. Ahmed Ramadan – Ambassador of Ghana ......read more

    Airlines and Airports Are Investing in Biometrics to Deliver a Seamless Passenger Journey

    SITA CEO says collaboration is key to deliver secure and easy travel Dubai, UAE, September 30, 2018:  Airlines and airports are investing to deliver secure and easy travel for passengers, with biometric technology a key priority. This is according to research released today by global IT provider SITA. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights show how biometrics are being incorporated into the evolution of self-service at the world’s airports. Over the next three years, 77% of airports and 71% airlines are planning major programs or R&D in biometric ID management. Barbara Dalibard, CEO, SITA, said: “Secure and seamless travel is a must for the air transport industry. It is encouraging to see that both airlines and airports are investing in biometric technology to deliver a secure, paperless way to identify ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Hand Baggage Only Fare

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 29, 2018:   Etihad Airways has launched a new hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ across selected destinations, allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required.  The ‘Deal Fare’ includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Azerbaijan.    Robin Kamark, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said: “After a successful trial of the ‘Deal Fare’ late last year, purchasing behaviour demonstrated guests appreciate having more choice and like to be able to select the travel option that best meets their needs.    “We are enhancing our product offering ......read more

    2nd Annual Travel Tech ME Congress offer insight into the travel & tourism's future in the region

    Experts gather today at the annual event to discuss  the latest developments in the industry Dubai, 26 September 2018: The second edition of Travel Tech ME Congress launches today in Dubai, the leading event is organized by Verve Management UAE, and will be held over two days with participation of local and regional travel & tourism experts from the travel industry, with key speakers from the leading travel & tourism operators, top solution providers, and academics to exchange ideas, to discuss the recent challenges and strategy to promote to this sector.  "From CRM to bitcoin, from meta to click and mortar, there are so many things happening at the same time, that the opportunities Travel Tech congress offers networking and direct access to the latest trends is very important, special focus for ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has implemented two new projects to give better service to its Business class passengers flying intercontinental.

    “Meal Selection Before Flight” Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 26 September 2018 -   Awarded many times for its in-flight catering services, Turkish Airlines has carried its service a step further and implemented a new project enabling Business class passengers to choose their meals before the flight. With this service, which is applicable to the below-mentioned intercontinental destinations departing from Istanbul, Business class passengers can view the meal details and visuals of the main dishes and make their choices on the webpage and/or mobile application.  Passengers can make their choices within the period starting from 1 week before their flight date until the last 48 hours. Turkish Airlines passengers who fly from Istanbul to Atlanta, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Boston, Cape Town, Chicago, ......read more

    Etihad Guest Programme Welcomes Air Europa as New Airline Partner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 26, 2018:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme for Etihad Airways, has announced a new partnership with Air Europa, enhancing the benefits for its members by allowing them to earn and spend Etihad Guest Miles when flying with the Spanish carrier.   The partnership allows members to also accumulate miles on codeshare flights operated and marketed by Etihad Airways in partnership with Air Europa. In addition, Etihad Guest members can redeem miles for tickets across the Air Europa network.  Yasser Al Yousuf, Etihad Guest Managing Director, said: “We pride ourselves on providing our members with some of the most wide-ranging travel benefit offers available within the industry. It is very exciting to see yet another valued partner like Air ......read more

    Emirates introduces new platform for local businesses to reach Dubai-bound customers

    Two new ice TV channels will be dedicated to promoting things to do in Dubai and the UAE    Dubai, UAE, 24 September 2018:   Emirates continues to push boundaries with their award-winning ice entertainment system, with the launch of two new ice TV channels dedicated to promoting the wide range of activities in Dubai and the UAE. The channels will be on ice in December. The innovative solution will help Dubai and UAE businesses promote themselves to the over 5 million customers who fly on Emirates each month.   Dubai and the UAE are home to a growing list of top restaurants, world-class facilities and events, constantly giving visitors and residents something new explore. The new channels on ice give these businesses a new platform to promote themselves to Emirates customers heading to ......read more

    Building for the Future: Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference hosts global business travel professionals in Istanbul.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 23 September 2018:  Turkish Airlines, the airline flying to more countries than any other airline, hosted the Turkish Airlines Corporate Club Conference on 17-18 September in Istanbul, in partnership with the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).   The conference is an annual international event where industry leaders come together and discuss the future of business travel. This year’s event saw 900 participants attend from 71 countries across the widest international flight network that Turkish Airlines operates. The program features leading names in the industry including Mike Walsh as a keynote speaker, the CEO of Tomorrow, and best-selling author of the book “Futuretainment”.  The theme of 2018’s conference is "Building for the Future", ......read more

    Terrific Tokushima makes it 10!

    The Cathay Pacific Group’s newest destination in Japan underlines a year of exceptional growth for Hong Kong’s home airline   Dubai, UAE, September 23, 2018:  The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce a scheduled seasonal service from Hong Kong to Tokushima in Japan, as its record-breaking year of network  expansion continues.    The new two-times-weekly service to Tokushima, gateway to the island destination of Shikoku, is the 10th route that the Group will have launched in 2018. The route will be operated by Cathay Dragon and launches from Dubai, via Hong Kong, on 18 December 2018 until 29 March 2019 using Airbus A320 aircraft.   Cathay Dragon has operated charter flights to Tokushima at peak holiday periods in the past and the introduction of a scheduled service underlines ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Travel and Tourism
     
    The Role of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Robotics in the Future of Aerospace Manufacturing

    Special session at the 4th Global Aerospace Summit to examine the digital and data driven future of aircraft manufacturing 15 April, 2018 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are powering exciting innovations across the aerospace industry, many of which are happening in the background, invisible to everyday airline customers. Local and international experts in aerospace manufacturing will gather at a special session on the final day of the 4th Global Aerospace Summit, taking place at the St. Regis Saadiyat Island ......read more

    Finnair to offer a hand baggage only ticket type on selected North Atlantic routes

    April 12, 2018 United Arab Emirates:  Finnair is now offering a Light economy class fare, which includes hand baggage only, on its Helsinki-New York route. The change is part of a joint effort by Finnair and its Atlantic Joint Business (AJB) partners, British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines, to offer more options and aligned fare types for their customers on selected North Atlantic routes.  The Light fare, which has been available for Finnair’s domestic and European flights since 2015, is the lowest fare option in Finnair’s ticket offering and includes hand ......read more

    Munich Airport reports record net annual profit of €155 million for 2017

    Airport increasingly serving as a springboard for intercontinental travel April 12, 2018 United Arab Emirates:  With consolidated earnings after taxes at around €155 million, Munich Airport achieved the best result in its history in 2017. The Group again achieved a yearon-year increase of €100 million in annual revenues to around €1.5 billion – hanks in large part to a substantial 5.5 percent rise in total passengers to 44.6 million. The airport's strong economic performance also paid off for the neighboring communities, ......read more

    Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Takes Home MENALAC 2018 Best Theme Park Award

    The region’s leading theme park demonstrated its excellence and passion with resounding success at the MENALAC Gala Event     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 11 April 2018: Last night, the Middle East & North Africa Leisure and Attraction Council (MENALAC) awarded Ferrari World Abu Dhabi accolades for ‘The Best Theme Park’ in their first industry gala event. The ceremony, held at the Ritz Carlton in DIFC, brought together leading decision makers and operators from the MENA region to celebrate the region’s success in the leisure and entertainment ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS BOOSTS SERVICES TO MOROCCO

        787 Dreamliner to Casablanca      Additional services to Rabat to meet seasonal demand Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 11, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is boosting its popular services to Morocco to meet increased demand to and from its two gateways in the North African kingdom. Effective 1 May, a three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be introduced on the daily service from Abu Dhabi to Morocco’s commercial hub, Casablanca. The technologically advanced aircraft features 8 private First Suites, 28 ......read more

    Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace enter into a partnership for a new lower-deck passenger sleeping facilities

        Sleeping berths would fit inside the aircraft’s existing cargo compartments.     Improving the passengers’ experience while enabling airlines to differentiate.     To be included in catalogue of certified solutions by 2020, initially on A330. United Arab Emirates, April 10, 2018:  Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to ......read more

    Airbus launches new Cabin-Flex option for A380 with Qantas

    Up to 11 more premium economy seats or seven business class seats. To be available in service from 2019. Dubai, UAE, April 10, 2018:   As part of the efficiency-boosting A380 cabin enablers, Airbus has developed a new option: “A380 Cabin-Flex”. This solution consists in a new cabin door area arrangement on the upper-deck, suitable for premium configuration with lower density seat counts, allowing airlines to gain revenue-earning floor-space for extra seating without compromising on passenger comfort. The enhancement is available either for line-fit and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Enhances Its Onboard Food Offering With the Addition of ‘Weqaya' Menu Items

    Collaboration with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi to bring healthy eating options on-board its flights Etihad Airways becomes the first airline in the region to achieve Weqaya status Abu Dhabi,  UAE, April 9, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has collaborated with the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, to introduce ‘Weqaya,’ a range of healthy food items, on-board its flights and in its lounges in Abu Dhabi.   Weqaya, meaning 'prevention,' is a programme established by the Department of ......read more

    Sultanate of Oman to put spotlight on market competitiveness at Riyadh Travel Fair 2018

    The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism announced that it will participate at the Riyadh Travel Fair 2018 along with leading players in regional and international travel and tourism to showcase the Sultanate’s latest and most competitive tourism projects set as major attractions for Saudi and regional tourists. The travel trade show, which will take place from April 10 to 13, 2018, plays a strategic importance in bridging linkages among major travel, tourism, and hospitality decision makers both from the public and private sectors to discuss current and future trends within ......read more

    Bali beyond the beach

    One of the most interesting things about traveling is finding all the hidden places that aren’t part of a common travel guide. Bali is extremely famous for its great beaches but there are still some places that you that worth visiting. Let’s discover some of those. Explore all the leftover airplanes in Bali Bali has a big number of abandoned airplanes that are free to be explored for some strange reason. For all the adventurous travelers who want to live something besides sunbathing in one of Bali’s many beaches, you can also rent a car and set off on a hunt to find ......read more

    Strong Passenger Demand Resumes; Record Load Factor in February

    5 April 2018 United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for February showing a rebound in traffic growth following the slower demand experienced in January, which was owing to temporary factors including the later timing of the Lunar New Year in 2018.  Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) for the month rose 7.6%, compared to February 2017, up from 4.6% year-over-year growth in January. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor rose 0.9 percentage point ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS TRIALS VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY FOR FUTURE AIRPORT LOUNGE EXPERIENCE

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 03, 2018:  Etihad Airways has started trialing SkyLights Aero Virtual Reality (VR) entertainment technology at its flagship First Class Lounge and Spa and Business Class Premium Lounge, at Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal 3. The aim of the month-long trial is to gather customer feedback to determine the airline’s future lounge entertainment offering at Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art Midfield Terminal.    SkyLights is a leading provider of entertainment solutions, working closely with leading airline industry ......read more

    Emirates is recruiting for cabin crew in Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, 02 April 2018:  Emirates is looking for motivated and service-oriented candidates to join its multinational cabin crew team. The airline will be organising Open Days for cabin crew recruitment in Dubai in the month of April. Emirates will hold Cabin Crew Open Days on 13 and 28 April. Candidates can get details on the venue and the timing by visiting http://www.emiratesgroupcareers.com/cabin-crew/ Emirates is looking for open-minded, helpful, and friendly candidates to deliver its award-winning onboard experience to customers. Applicants hoping to give their ......read more

    Etihad Airways Inaugurates Eco Residence for Cabin Crew in Masdar City Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates April 2, 2018:  Etihad Airways has officially opened its Etihad Eco Residence, Abu Dhabi’s first purpose-built, sustainable Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rated cabin crew accommodation. The project is the result of a unique partnership between the UAE’s national airline and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, Masdar. The Etihad Eco Residence was inaugurated in the presence of Khaled Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace, Renewables & Information Communications Technology (ICT) for Mubadala, by ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS ELIMINATES 195,000 TONNES OF CARBON EMISSIONS IN 2017

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 02, 2018:  Etihad Airways successfully eliminated around 195,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in 2017, thanks to a wide range of fuel-saving initiatives across its network. Following a number of improvements aimed at enhancing operational efficiencies, Etihad was able to reduce the amount of fuel consumed by its aircraft by over 62,000 tonnes of fuel. The result represents a 3.3 per cent improvement from the year before, and is the equivalent of 850 flights between Abu Dhabi and London. For instance, flight plan adjustments across the ......read more

    Biometrics for Better Travel

    SITA report outlines how biometrics in identity management will transform passenger processing United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 1 April, 2018:   Biometric technology is emerging as the top solution for airlines and airports to automate identity checks amid rising passenger numbers. This is according to Biometrics for Better Travel: An ID Management Revolution, a report published today by SITA. It outlines how using biometrics to check passenger’s identity will power faster and more secure self-service processes at airports as passenger numbers are set to almost double to ......read more

    Emirates trials innovative headsets in its Dubai airport lounges for an immersive cinematic experience

    Dubai, UAE, 29 March 2018:  Emirates is providing an immersive cinematic experience in its lounges in Dubai International Airport by providing Skylights theatre headsets to customers. The headsets are being trialled in the Business Class lounge in Concourse B for the month of April and in the First Class lounge in concourse B in May. The introduction of these innovative new headsets is part of Emirates’ continued commitment to improve the customer experience both on the ground and in flight. Offering a fixed-screen with a wide-angle field of view for 3D and 2D content, ......read more

    First Airbus A321LR completes hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport

    Transatlantic mission capable single aisle on track for 2018 entry into service 29th March, Sharjah, UAE:   Airbus’ first A321LR has completed a set of hot weather tests at Sharjah International Airport. The hot weather tests which began on Tuesday 27th March, were performed to check the aircraft’s systems’ behaviour with a focus on the cabin, including cooling performance on the ground. The tests are part of a 100-hour flight test programme following the aircraft’s maiden flight on 31st January 2018. The trip marks the third time that Airbus has chosen ......read more

    AED 60 Million invested by Dubai Air Navigation Services to enhance the Air Traffic Management Sector

    2017 an exceptional year for Dubai Air Navigation Services HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed: 2017 witnessed the launch of 3 strategic projects that transform the Aviation Sector H.E. Mohammed A. Ahli: The strategic projects included the establishment of the Contingency Approach Control Room, Dubai Academy for Air Traffic Management and the Air space restructuring project Expansion of Dubai’s airspace enabled annual savings of AED 53 million to carriers utilising Dubai Airports Dubai Academy for Air Traffic Management receives 24,000 applications prior to its official ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Geneva Route

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 27, 2018:  Etihad Airways launched its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Abu Dhabi – Geneva route on Sunday, 25 March, beginning with the summer schedule.   Geneva is the second Swiss destination after Zurich served by Etihad Airways’ next generation aircraft which is fast becoming the backbone of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s long-haul fleet. The three-class aircraft, featuring eight First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats, replaces the Airbus A330s previously operating daily on the route, and offers additional ......read more

    Airbus' Little Engineer A380 workshops take centre stage at Future Aviators Youth Week

    More than sixty 13-15 year old Emirati students, learn to identify A380 components and assembly process during interactive workshops. Dubai, 26th March 2018:  Airbus has announced that the Airbus Little Engineer A380 assembly workshop has taken place at the fourth annual ‘Future Aviators Youth Week’ organized by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in Fujairah.  During a two-day workshop, more than 60  Emirati students (males and females) between the ages of  13 and 15 years old, learned to identify the key components that are needed to build an ......read more

    Qantas and Emirates Welcome ACCC Reauthorisation Of Their Partnership For Another Five Years

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 March 2018:  Qantas and Emirates welcome the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) reauthorisation of their partnership until 2023. For customers, the continuation of the joint business, announced in August 2017, will deliver expanded services, greater schedule choice, increased frequent flyer benefits and an ongoing commitment to the development of world class products and travel experiences. Comments from Qantas International CEO Alison Webster: “The ACCC’s reauthorisation of our joint business is an ......read more

    How To Plan The Ultimate Trip To Dubai

    Having evolved from a fishing village to one of the largest cities in the world, the towering spectacle of Dubai is not to be underestimated. Voted in 2017 as the most popular destinations for tourists, this bustling city is increasing in popularity for a variety of reasons. As the perfect blend of traditional culture and futuristic modernity, Dubai is one of those cities that has so much to offer that no matter how long your holiday takes, you’ll still never be able to see everything. With the world’s tallest skyline and the shopping malls that are the size of towns, everything ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has added Samarkand to its flight network.

    Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2018:  Samarkand which was added to the list of "World Cultural Heritage" and was taken under preservation by UNESCO , has been added to the flight network as the 302nd destination of Turkish Airlines.   Samarkand, founded on the Silk Road and one of the most important transportation lines of world trade for centuries, has become 2nd destination of Turkish Airlines to be operated in Uzbekistan after capital city Tashkent     Turkish Airlines CEO; Bilal Ekşi  has made a speech at the opening ceremony held at ......read more

    Emirates deploys special ‘Year of Zayed' aircraft to mark first international flight at new Muscat International Airport terminal

    Emirates first international foreign carrier to land at the new terminal Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2018:   Emirates was the first international airline to land a scheduled commercial flight at the newly inaugurated passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport last night. To mark the occasion the airline deployed one of its special ‘Year of Zayed’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, highlighting the ties between Oman and the UAE. Flight EK 864 landed at 5:55pm, and was the first international flight to operate to the new passenger terminal. Passengers on board came from ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS AND SWISS SIGN CODESHARE AGREEMENT

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 21, 2018:  Etihad Airways and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) have launched a new codeshare partnership with bookings effective immediately. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will have its EY flight code on SWISS services between Geneva and Zurich, two key gateway cities served in Switzerland from Abu Dhabi. SWISS will market its LX code on Etihad Airways’ services between Zurich and Abu Dhabi, offering its passengers codeshare flights to and from the UAE’s capital city. The codeshare services are bookable now, for travel from 26 ......read more

    Aerotropolis: Designs to Transform the Passenger Experience

    March 21, 2018 UAE:  Dubai International Airport was named the busiest international airport for the fourth consecutive year in 2017, measured by total passengers at 88.2 million, an increase of 5.5 per cent from 2016. Therefore, it makes sense for the UAE to maximise economic opportunities for its tourist industry by looking at how to positively affect the passenger experience. Major airports have become key engines powering local economic development, attracting aviation-linked businesses of all types. These include, hotel, entertainment, retail, food and beverage, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines launches its direct flights to Aqaba, its 2nd destination to be served in Jordan.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 20 March 2018:   With existing services to Amman, Turkish Airlines now adds Aqaba to its flight network as the 2nd destination in Jordan.    Beginning from today, Aqaba flights will be operated 3 times per week. Round trip fares are available from Istanbul to Aqaba starting at 404 US Dollars (including taxes and fees).    Additionally, there is a special offer for Miles&Smiles members to be used for their trips departing from Turkey provided that completed by 11th June 2018, and the trips departing from Aqaba ......read more

    Dubai Reaffirms Its Position as the Cruise Hub of the Region at Seatrade Cruise Global

    Dubai Tourism highlights the city’s position as a leading winter cruise destination; on track to welcome 1 million cruise tourists by 2020/2021 cruise season  Dubai, UAE 20 March 2018:  Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) highlighted Dubai’s growing popularity as a global cruise destination viable for pre-cruise and post-cruise stopovers and an apt homeport in the region at the Seatrade Cruise Global in Florida, USA, a leading event for the cruise industry.  Dubai Tourism exhibited under the Cruise Arabia banner, bringing ......read more

    Exploring new cultures just got more rewarding with Cathay Pacific

    Dubai, UAE, March 19, 2018:  As temperatures across the United Arab Emirates begin to rise, the dawn of spring brings new beginnings and opportunities to explore new cultures and destinations at their best. This spring, Cathay Pacific is providing more reasons to travel by launching special promotional fares to 30 global destinations. Cathay Pacific Area Manager Middle East Jonathan Ng said: “With moderate temperatures and fewer crowds gathering at popular attractions, spring is the ideal time of year to travel to destinations across Asia and further afield – there are ......read more

    Significant Step Forward in the Digitization of the Dangerous Goods Supply Chain

    Dubai, UAE 17 March 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has taken a significant step forward in the digitalization of the dangerous goods supply chain following the adoption of the e-Dangerous Goods Declaration (e-DGD) standards.  The e-DGD is an electronic approach to manage the IATA Dangerous Goods Declaration (DGD), leveraging industry initiatives to digitalize data and embrace data sharing platform principles. This aligns with and supports industry initiatives to modernize air cargo processes efficiently and share critical data among ......read more

    Digitization, Trade Facilitation, Safety and People Development Top Agenda at WCS

    17 March 2018 Dubai, UAE:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities for the future success of the air cargo industry: accelerating the digitization of the supply chain, enforcing regulations for lithium batteries, more efficient trade facilitation and developing the next generation of air cargo leaders. “Air cargo had an exceptional year in 2017 with 9% growth. And we expect a very healthy 4.5% expansion of demand in 2018. There are great opportunities in e-commerce and the movement of time-and-temperature sensitive goods such as ......read more

    IATA Innovates Dangerous Goods Handling

    Dubai, UAE, 17 March 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched an innovative new solution for the air cargo industry: Dangerous Goods AutoCheck (DG AutoCheck) that will enhance safety and improve efficiency in the transport of dangerous goods by air and support the industry’s goal of a fully digitized supply chain. “The air transport industry handles in excess of 1.25 million dangerous goods shipments transported per year. With the air cargo growth forecast at 4.9% per year over the next five years this number will rise ......read more

    Lufthansa Group achieves best result in its history

    Results for 2017 Adjusted EBIT increased around 70 percent to some EUR 3 billion Adjusted EBIT margin raised 2.9 percentage points to 8.4 percent Earnings growth primarily driven by the Group’s airlines (including cargo) Revenues up 12.4 percent to EUR 35.6 billion Unit costs further reduced 60 percent higher dividend proposed at EUR 0.80 per share Outlook for 2018 Stable unit revenue development expected Unit costs to be further reduced by 1 to 2 percent Higher fuel costs of some EUR 700 million expected to be largely compensated by improved operating ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Closes Airbus and Boeing Orders

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 March, 2018:   Turkish Airlines today announced on the PDP that, in order to insure the need for wide body aircraft, the Incorporation has decided to purchase 50 firm and 10 optional aircraft, a total of 60 wide body aircraft, of which 6 to be delivered in 2019, 14 in 2020, 10 in 2021, 12 in 2022, 11 in 2023 and 7 in the year 2024. According to this, a total of 30 B787-9 aircraft, of which 25 firm and 5 optional, will be purchased from Boeing and a total of 30 A350-900 aircraft, of which  25 firm and 5 optional will be purchased from ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Airways Limited Announces 2017 Annual Results

    Results   1H2017  2H2017 FY2017  FY2016 Change Revenue US$ million  5,894.1  6,609.8  12,503.9  11,921.3 +4.9% (Loss)/ profit attributable to the shareholders of Cathay Pacific  US$ million (263.6) 101.8 (161.8) (73.9) -119.0% (Loss)/earnings per share  US cents (6.7)  2.6  (4.1)  (1.9)   -119.2% Dividend per ......read more

    Dubai Airport Freezone Authority Announces New Partnership with Liaoning Chamber of Commerce UAE

    Memorandum of Understanding to focus on expanding bilateral trade and investment opportunities between UAE and Northeastern Chinese Province     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2018:   Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), one of the UAE’s leading free zones, has announced a new strategic partnership with Liaoning Chamber of Commerce UAE. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will increase collaboration between the two organizations to help expand bilateral trade and create new business and investment opportunities with Liaoning ......read more

    Munich Airport to develop unique, future-focused innovation campus

    Dubai, UAE, March 10, 2018:  Munich Airport is about to embark on a unique, future-focused project. Under the name LabCampus, the airport will develop an interdisciplinary idea and innovation center on the airport campus. The visionary project will foster cooperation between companies and industries by bringing together leading experts, companies – from start-ups to global players, creative minds and investors – at the heart of a thriving transportation hub with links to over 260 destinations worldwide and plenty of room for real estate development. "There are 150,000 ......read more

    Cozmo Travel expands its UAE presence, opens three more outlets

    The new branches are located in Bur Dubai, Al Quoz and Al Nahda - Sharjah. DUBAI – March 10, 2018:   Cozmo Travel, a member of the Air Arabia Group and a leading travel management company in the region, has launched three new sales outlets as part of its aggressive expansion strategies. With the opening of these new outlets in Bur Dubai, Al Quoz and Al Nahda – Sharjah, Cozmo Travel now operates a network of over 90 branches globally.  Commenting on the opening of new branches, Mr. Jamal Abdulnazar, CEO of Cozmo Travel, said, “We are very glad to open our ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Inaugural Flight to Baku

    First scheduled service linking the UAE and Azerbaijani capitals  New codeshare partnership with Azerbaijan Airlines Appointment of new Country Manager Azerbaijan   Abu Dhabi, UAE 3 March 2018:  Etihad Airways has launched the first ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Baku.   The inaugural flight, EY297, departed Abu Dhabi yesterday carrying a special delegation including diplomats, dignitaries, media representatives, and senior members of Etihad Airways’ management team. On arrival in Baku, the aircraft was greeted with a traditional ......read more

    Airbus inspires young Saudi innovators during ‘Entaliq in KSA' workshop

    Aerospace experts shared their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Riyadh, KSA, 1 March, 2018:  Airbus announced the successful conclusion of its insightful aviation workshop in Riyadh, part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme that aims to present aspiring Saudi entrepreneurs with a brief yet rich perspective on innovations in the global aerospace industry.   The workshop, held at Airbus offices in Riyadh, was attended by 15 young innovators. During the session a number of aviation experts shared their insights and experiences with the ......read more

    Emirates Skywards marks milestone with 20 million members

    Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:  Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates airline, has reached 20 million members. To celebrate this major milestone, Emirates Skywards will be celebrating with its members. Those travelling from Dubai on Emirates flights during the week beginning 4th March 2018 can look forward to little surprises at check-in, on board and in the lounges for some of its longest-standing members. In an average month, Emirates Skywards welcomes 220,000 new members across the globe. The top 5 countries with the largest member bases are spread across ......read more

    With Aviation Sector Taking Off Strongly, More Women Taking To The Skies

    Sheikh Ahmed: Women have played a key role in the success and development of the aviation industry in the UAE UAE stands out in MENA for highest number of women in aviation 42 per cent of Emirates staff are women 12 out of 248 airlines are led by women Over 5,000 women pilots worldwide  558,000 commercial pilots needed globally by 2034 Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:  Compared with other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the UAE has more women pilots, captains, aircraft engineers, mechanics, aircraft maintenance and air traffic controllers, among ......read more

    First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB makes its debut

    Singapore Airlines prepares to resume world’s longest commercial flights Dubai, UAE, March 01, 2018:   The first Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB has rolled out of the Airbus final assembly line in Toulouse. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines later this year.  Altogether, Singapore Airlines has ordered seven A350-900 Ultra Long Range aircraft, which it will use on non-stop flights between Singapore and the US, ......read more

    Aim for 1 Billion Passengers to Fly on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights by 2025

    Dubai, UAE, February 27, 2018:   The International Air transport Association (IATA) set out an aim  for one billion passengers to fly on flights powered by a mix of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025. This aspiration was identified on the tenth anniversary of the first flight to blend sustainable aviation fuel and ordinary jet fuel.   On 24 February 2008, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 flew from London to Amsterdam with sustainable aviation fuel in one of its engines. The flight demonstrated the viability of drop-in biofuels, which can be blended with ......read more

    Turkish Airlines started flights to Freetown, as its 52nd destination to be served in Africa.

    Beginning today, new direct flights to Freetown (Sierra Leone) also bring the total countries and destinations that reached by the flag carrier to 121, and 301, respectively.    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 26th, 2018:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.    With existing services to city–hubs of Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, ......read more

    Airbus inspires young Saudi entrepreneurs through ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative

    Experts from industry leaders will share invaluable insights to enrich and enhance participants’ ideas during the first ‘Entaliq in KSA’ workshop.  Dubai, UAE, 26 February, 2018:   Airbus will host a workshop to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to develop and enhance their respective business models, as part of its ‘Entaliq in KSA’ programme.  The workshop, will be held at Airbus’ offices in Riyadh on the 28th of February 2018 in the presence of partners such as TAQNIA Aeronautics, Rockwell Collins, ......read more

    Dubai Miracle Garden celebrates upcoming 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with record-breaking 18-metre floral sculpture

    Mickey Mouse sculpture – created as part of a new licensing deal between Dubai Miracle Garden and The Walt Disney Company - earns Dubai Miracle Garden a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title  The sculpture feature is Disney’s first character floral display in the Middle East and is made from almost 100,000 plants and flowers, and weighs almost 35 tons  Dubai, UAE (February 26, 2018):   Dubai Miracle Garden - the world’s largest natural flower garden – today marked the upcoming 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse with the unveiling of an 18-metre floral ......read more

    IATA Releases 2017 Airline Safety Performance

    Dubai, UAE, February 24, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2017 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continued strong improvements in safety. The all accident rate (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.08, an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.68 in 2016 and the rate of 2.01 for the previous 5-year period (2012-2016). The 2017 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.11, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 8.7 million ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds Second Daily Flight to Rome

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 22, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today announced the addition of a second daily direct flight from its Abu Dhabi hub to Rome, effective 25 March 2018. The new service will take the total number of Etihad Airways’ flights on the route to 14 a week.   The additional frequencies will be introduced in phases, beginning 25 March 2018, with five extra weekly flights, rising to a twice-a-day service from 1 May 2018.   The double-daily schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers ......read more

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