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    Etihad Airways and Elenium Use Ground-breaking Technology to Revolutionise the Travel Experience

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 20, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Elenium, a leading provider of automation technology solutions, will together demonstrate how a newly developed voice activated self-service kiosk, bag drop and boarding gate facility will revolutionise the travel experience by taking facial recognition technology to new heights. The demonstration will take place at Passenger Terminal EXPO (PTE) in London between 26 – 28 March.   Using cloud technology, artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and natural human interfacing, Etihad Airways and Elenium will demonstrate how they will change the way consumers travel by showcasing the airport experience of the future.     Jorg Oppermann, VP HUB and Midfield Operations, Etihad Airways ......read more

    British Airways welcome its new A350 aircraft and unveils its new business class Club Suite

    Dubai, UAE 20th March 2019:   British Airways has unveiled its highly-anticipated new business class seat - 'Club Suite' - and confirmed it will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in July. The airline's sophisticated and newly-branded 'Club Suite' offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Boasting 40 per cent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens*, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power; every aspect of British Airways' Club Suite has been designed for today's customer. The A350 aircraft itself will also promote a feeling of well-being, space and calm due to its reduced noise levels, high ceilings and ambient lighting which is ......read more

    Emergency exercise at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Wednesday, 20th March 2019

    Dubai, UAE, March 19, 2019:   Abu Dhabi Airports will conduct a full scale emergency exercise at Abu Dhabi International Airport Wednesday 20th March 2019, in accordance with Civil Aviation regulations issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority, and in compliance with standards and recommendations as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization.  The simulation exercise will be conducted in coordination and support of Abu Dhabi Aviation.   The full scale emergency simulation at Abu Dhabi International Airport will measure the preparedness, emergency response capabilities, implementation of strategies by all participating agencies and assess Abu Dhabi Airport’s business continuity procedures.  The exercise is expected to run for approximately two and a half hours (14:30 pm- 17:00 ......read more

    The Emirates Group is set to bring new opportunities to Careers UAE 2019

    Launches new “Technologist” programme for national school graduates Dubai, U.A.E., 18th March 2019: The Emirates Group is once again gearing up for Careers UAE 2019, offering diverse career opportunities for UAE nationals at the three-day exhibition. This year, the Group will reveal a new programme, targeting national school graduates who aspire to be part of the exciting world of applied Technology. The programme, dubbed ‘the Technologists’, will consist of four years of academic education and two years of on-job training, providing students with a solid training and exposure to the wide spectrum of technologies and technical capabilities. Upon completing the programme, graduates will be able to work in operational or enterprise technology roles and continue to build upon their new found skills and ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports extends City Check-In facilities to Indigo

    IndiGo’s new check-in feature to provide:  This newly introduced “City Terminal” feature aims to ease check-in experience for passengers flying out of Abu Dhabi airport effective March 10, 2019 With this feature, IndiGo passengers will be able to check-in 24 hours prior to the departure from conveniently located “City Terminal”  opposite to Abu Dhabi Mall   Currently, IndiGo flies two daily non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Calicut and Kochi respectively  Dubai, UAE, March 17, 2019:   Part of its drive to continuously enhance customer experience, Abu Dhabi Airports announced extending City Check-In facilities to Indigo, India’s largest airline. This new service is in line with the airline’s commitment to provide courteous and hassle-free travel ......read more

    SriLankan Engineering successfully completes first C-check on A320neo aircraft

    March 17, 2019 - Dubai, UAE: Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) arm of Sri Lanka’s national carrier, achieved another milestone when it successfully carried out its first C-check on an Airbus A320neo aircraft of the SriLankan Airlines fleet at its main hub at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Vipula Gunatilleka, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines, said: “The highly dedicated and talented Engineering team worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone and once again has strengthen our position as  an MRO in the South Asian region. We look forward to provide MRO and engineering services to our customer airlines as well in the near future.” D.A.G. Jayasuriya, Chief Technical Officer of SriLankan Airlines said: “Our team of experienced aircraft ......read more

    About TK' operations with B737 MAX type aircrafts

    Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2019:  Turkish Airlines has ceased operations with the 12 B737 MAX type passenger aircrafts located in its fleet, until further notice.    This decision will apply to all scheduled flights as of 13 March 2019.  

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    More than 3000 people visit Emirates A380 at first Saudi International Airshow

    DUBAI, U.A.E., 14 March 2019: The Emirates A380 drew in more than 3000 visitors in two days at the first ever Saudi International Airshow. The Emirates A380 was the largest commercial aircraft on display at the milestone event. The aircraft received a royal visit from HRH Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the Board of Saudi Space Agency. HRH was received by Adel Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran for Emirates, who took him through the flagship aircraft’s signature design details and latest onboard products.     The A380 that was on display from 12-13 March was open to both trade visitors and the general public. The Emirates A380 on display featured 14 luxurious First Class suites, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class. Guests ......read more

    Etihad Airways Welcomes Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to Its Abu Dhabi Headquarters

    Delegation joined by Irish Special Olympics volunteers  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 14 March 2019 -   Etihad Airways, official airline partner of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, today welcomed the Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, to its Abu Dhabi Headquarters on the day of the official opening of the World Games in the capital city.  The Minister was joined by H.E Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE and senior representatives from both Special Olympics Ireland and Tourism Ireland. The delegation was welcomed by Etihad Aviation Group’s Chief Commercial Officer, Robin Kamark and other Etihad executives.  Earlier in the day, Etihad invited a group of volunteers from Special Olympics Ireland to a breakfast and special tour of the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Improves Core Performance in 2018 AsTransformation Continues

    15% improvement in core operating performance, on revenues of US$ 5.86 billion 4% increase in passenger yields, driven by capacity discipline, network and fleet optimisation, and growing market share in premium and point-to-point markets 3% reduction in unit costs, despite 31% higher fuel prices 17.8 million passengers and 682,100 leg tonnes of cargo carried Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 14, 2019:  Etihad Airways today announced an improvement in core operating performance of 15% in 2018, 7% higher than forecast, on revenues of US$ 5.86 billion (2017: US$ 6.0 billion). The airline reported a loss of US$ 1.28 billion for the year (2017: US$ -1.52 billion).    Since commencing its five-year transformation programme in 2017, the airline has improved its core operating performance by 34% ......read more

    Lufthansa orders 20 additional A350-900 wide-body aircraft

    Dubai, UAE, March 14, 2019:   Lufthansa Group, the biggest Airbus operator, has signed an order for 20 additional A350-900 wide-body aircraft, following a decision by the company’s supervisory board. This latest agreement brings Lufthansa Group’s total orders for the A350 XWB to 45 with 12 aircraft already in operation around the world.   “The A350 meets all our expectations. The aircraft is extremely reliable and the feedback from our passengers is excellent," said Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Lufthansa Group - Airlines Resources & Operational Standards. "We are delighted to be adding 20 more A350s to our fleet. The additional wide-body jets will help reduce our operating costs, improve the reliability of our long-haul fleet, improve our environmental ......read more

    Tukish Airlines is moving to its new home, “The Great Move” begins

    Dubai - UAE, 13th March 2019 The flag carrier airline Turkish Airlines is ready for the great change in Turkish aviation history. The great move to Istanbul Airport will begin on April 5 Friday night at 03:00. As the greatest airport project of the world, the first stage of the move towards Istanbul Airport was back on October 29th, 2018. Unique in the global aviation history, the moving operation will take 45 hours in total and it will be concluded on April 6 Saturday night at 23:59. In order to conclude the Great Move successfully according to prior plans, Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Airport will be closed for all scheduled passenger flights between 02:00 and 14:00 of April 6. Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı stated the following about this enormous operation; ......read more

    British Airways to deliver significant changes to its First Class cabin as part of its £6.5bn investment.

    Dubai, UAE 13 March 2019:   British Airways is set to deliver significant changes to the onboard product and service in its First cabin as part of its £6.5bn investment for customers. The new look and feel, set to take to the skies from March 31 will include new bedding, amenities and menus that would not look out of place in a revered five-star British hotel.   The airline’s First customers will be offered super-soft, sophisticated new male and female loungewear designed exclusively by British fashion brand Temperley, London. The loungewear will be coupled with bespoke British Airways amenity bags, featuring Temperley’s “Star” design. The bags will be filled with products from No 1 British Skincare brand, ELEMIS, including products from the highly sought after ULTRA SMART ......read more

    Turkish Airlines presents new cabin uniforms at acclaimed fashion show at ITB Berlin

    Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2019:  Turkish Airlines showcased its new uniforms for its cabin crew at a fashion show at the International Tourism Fair (ITB) in Berlin on March 6th with the attendance of Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy.   Eleven female and male flight attendants presented the new uniforms to ITB guests at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds on a six-meter-long catwalk. They were designed by Ettore Bilotta, an haute couturier living in Milan, who worked closely with the flight attendants in the design process.   The result is a symbiosis of style, functionality and wearing comfort - inspired by many classic elements of Turkish culture. The airline's new uniforms integrate traditional patterns of handcrafted glass, ceramics and calligraphy with contemporary textures and ......read more

    Emirates to launch second daily flight to London Stansted

    Airline will operate 11 daily flights to three points in London  New flight timings enable even more convenient connection options  Both Stansted flights will be operated by Emirates’ latest Boeing 777 DUBAI, U.A.E., 12th March 2019:   Emirates today announced the launch of a second daily flight from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) starting 1st July, 2019. The additional flight means that Emirates customers will now have 11 daily flight options to and from three London airports.   As with the first, the second daily flight to Stansted will also be operated by Emirates’ ‘game changing’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration with 6 private suites in First Class, 42 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 306 seats in Economy Class. The aircraft offers ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Unveils Winners of the 6th Creative Reader Competition

    Event held as part of National Month of Reading Abu Dhabi, UAE - 06 March 2019:  In conjunction with the National Month of Reading, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) organised a ceremony at Manarat Al Saadiyat yesterday to honour the winners and participants of the 6th edition of the ‘Creative Reader’ Competition.  The event, which was attended by HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, Abdullah Majed Al Ali, Acting Executive Director of the Dar Al Kutub Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi, panel members of authors and teachers and the students’ families, featured a presentation on the competition and its objectives, along with a short film explaining its evaluation process. All winners of the competition, who passed the reading and comprehension ......read more

    Oman tourism arrivals to increase 5% annually to 2023, says ATM report

     Arrivals to Oman to increase at a CAGR of 5% fuelled by visitors from India who accounted for 21% of total arrivals in 2018  The number of ATM visitors interested in doing business with Oman increased 67% between 2017 and 2018 United Arab Emirates -  March 6, 2019:  Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5% between 2018 and 2023 to 3.5 million, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019.   Commissioned by ATM, the Colliers International data predicts the rise will be fuelled by visitors from India, who accounted for 21% of total international arrivals during 2018. In addition, arrivals from the UK (9%), Germany (7%), Philippines (6%) and the UAE (6%) ......read more

    Turkish Airlines redesigns the travel comfort with “Flow Sleeping Set”.

    United Arab Emirates - March 5, 2019:  Bringing various innovations to the sky in order to ensure a perfect travel experience for its guests, Turkish Airlines now offers the new “Flow Sleeping Set” to the passengers with its wondrous design. Starting with Feb 19, the new collection offered in Business Class promises a sleep as comfortable as your home, only above the clouds. Produced with the successful collaboration of Turkish Airlines and Zorlu Tekstil while carrying the signature of expert designers, collection aims to offer a healthier and higher quality sleep environment. Combining elegant lines with comfort, all pieces of the new set are developed with the expectations of the passengers who want to enjoy a relaxing sleep in order to finish their flights in a happy and fit state. The design of the collection ......read more

    Turkish citizenship demand in Middle East soars after Ankara slashes investment by 75%

    News Highlights: - 75% investment cut, from $1 million to $250,000 in December 2018, has boosted worldwide interest in the programme. - Applicant can take back the investment, along with legal interest, and is allowed to sell the property after three years. - Turkey being a Muslim country makes the preferred choice for Middle East applicants. - Following the announcement, applications for Turkish passport has increased, receiving an unprecedented number of UAE applications. There is a surge of 55% in number of applications as compared to two years ago, says AAA Associates immigration consultancy Dubai, UAE, March 03, 2019 Hundreds of foreigners are looking to buy Turkish citizenship after Ankara sharply reduced the cost in an effort to boost the country’s FDI flow. Price cut from $1 million to $250,000, which is ......read more

    Turkish Airlines redesigns the travel comfort with “Flow Sleeping Set”

    March 03, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Bringing various innovations to the sky in order to ensure a perfect travel experience for its guests, Turkish Airlines now offers the new “Flow Sleeping Set” to the passengers with its wondrous design. Starting with Feb 19, the new collection offered in Business Class promises a sleep as comfortable as your home, only above the clouds. Produced with the successful collaboration of Turkish Airlines and Zorlu Tekstil while carrying the signature of expert designers, collection aims to offer a healthier and higher quality sleep environment. Combining elegant lines with comfort, all pieces of the new set are developed with the expectations of the passengers who want to enjoy a relaxing sleep in order to finish their flights in a happy and fit state. The design of the collection reflects ......read more

    GoAir Launches Flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Low-cost Indian carrier launching four new flights, connecting AUH with Kannur International Airport (CNN)   2 March 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed GoAir’s launch of four new flights between Kannur International Airport (CNN) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), connecting the two cities with flights operating every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.   GoAir’s inaugural flight from Kannur to Abu Dhabi was received with much fanfare today, as the Indian subcontinent remains one of the most popular destinations for travelers departing from AUH. In addition, Kannur itself is popular leisure and business destination within the state of Kerala.   Bryan Thompson, CEO Abu Dhabi Airports commented: “India is a key travel market for Abu Dhabi International ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces New Seasonal Routes to Alexanrioa and Salalah

     New seasonal flights to meet summer demand  Both flights will operate four times a week between 2 July 2019 and 31 August 2019   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 28 February 2019:  Etihad Airways has announced that it will launch new seasonal routes from Abu Dhabi to Alexandria, Egypt, and Salalah, Oman, catering to strong demand during the summer peak. Both flights will operate four times per week throughout July and August 2019.    Alexandria, the second-largest city in Egypt, is known for its rich history and beautiful beaches which stretch along its Mediterranean coastline. Salalah, known for its natural beauty and culture, is also particularly popular during these months with those looking to enjoy and experience the region’s unique Khareef, or green ......read more

    Cooperation Key to Keeping Aviation Secure Amid Evolving Threats & Doubling Passenger Demand

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 28, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on industry and governments to work together more closely to keep aviation secure in the face of evolving security threats and the forecast doubling of passenger demand to reach 8.2 billion by 2037.     “Flying is secure. But keeping it that way is not an easy task. Threats are evolving. The geo-political landscape is complex. Technology is rapidly changing. And the volumes of both cargo and travelers keeps growing. Global standards and collaboration—among governments and industry—is the bedrock of our continued success,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, during a speech to the AVSEC World conference in Miami, Florida.    IATA urged ......read more

    UAE set to welcome 8.92 million visitors from top five source markets by 2023, says ATM research

    India, Saudi Arabia and UK top UAE arrivals, while Russian and Chinese source markets lead comparative growth with CAGR of 12% and 8% respectively Expo 2020 legacy will help sustain longer term growth   27 February 2019 - Dubai, UAE   Expo 2020 and its legacy, District 2020, are expected to have a positive long-term influence on the growth of inbound arrivals to the UAE from the country’s top five source markets between 2018 and 2023, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019.   Looking at the country’s top three source markets, the number of Indian visitors travelling to the UAE will increase at a CAGR of 7% to 3.01 million in 2023, while arrivals from Saudi Arabia and the UK will witness ......read more

    IATA Launches Diversity & Inclusion Awards

    27 February 2019 - United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards’ to recognize and encourage industry excellence.   Three categories of leadership in gender diversity and inclusion will be awarded: Inspirational Role Model Award: Will be presented to a female (30+) who holds a senior position within the industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong contribution to business delivery, as well as her ongoing support of the gender diversity agenda. Open to all female participants in the aviation industry. High Flyer Award: Designed to recognize one of aviation’s under-30 female contributors who has started to develop her career, and thought leadership in the industry through ......read more

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

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

    Emirates Opens First Dedicated Airport Lounge in Cairo

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

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

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

    dnata celebrates 25 years of international growth

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

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

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

    Khareef season in Oman drives in large tourist turnout

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

    Airbus unveils winners of its ‘Entaliq in KSA' initiative

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

    Etihad Airways Adds More Benefits to the Extraordinary Abu Dhabi Pass

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

    Emirates makes history with one-off A380 touchdown in Islamabad

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

    Etihad Airways Launches Dedicated in-flight Guest Medical Services

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

    Shopping assistance for Arabic-speaking passengers in the summer months

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

    Emirates to operate extra flights for busy Hajj season

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

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

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

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

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

    Emirates Engineering reconfigures second Boeing 777-200LR aircraft

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

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

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

    Jazeera Airways Statement

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

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

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

    Etihad Aviation Group Announces New Structure

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

    Emirates announces one-off A380 service into Islamabad, Pakistan

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

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

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

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

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

    Emirates A380 makes one-off landing in Muscat

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

    Sultanate to host Symposium on Atherosclerosis in 2024

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

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

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

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

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

    Year of Zayed immigration stamps launched at Abu Dhabi Airport

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

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Summer Holidays

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

    Abu Dhabi International Airport enhances traveler experience this summer season

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Passes Biennial Iata Safety Audit

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

    Emirates to deploy a one-off A380 service to Muscat

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

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

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

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Achieves Sustainability Milestone

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

    DC Aviation Group continues to grow its Aircraft Management fleet

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

    Aircraft movements in Dubai rise by 50% in 8 years

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

    Emirates boosts flights for busy Umrah season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Emirates celebrates inaugural flight to London Stansted

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

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

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

    Abu Dhabi Airports initiates heat stress awareness campaign

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

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

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

    Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre attends Posidonia 2019 in Greece

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

    Airlines Denounce Human Trafficking and Commit to Action

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Paris Flights to Go All -AIRBUS A380

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

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

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

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