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    IATA Introduces I-ASC Survey to Enhance Safety through a Safety Culture

    Dubai, UAE, November 21, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the IATA Aviation Safety Culture (I-ASC) survey to support airlines in the implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and building a strong safety culture in compliance with the recently upgraded standards and recommended practices (SARPS) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO safety management SARPS are contained in Annex 19, Safety Management, of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. In July 2016, Annex 19 was amended to strengthen safety management SARPs by requiring airlines  to develop and promote a positive Safety Culture. This requirement must be met by November 2019. “Safe operations are underpinned by a safety-centric culture. I-ASC enables airlines to benchmark their ......read more

    Etihad Airways Swiss Flights Become All-Boeing 787 Dreamliner Services

    Geneva to join Zurich as carrier’s fifth European Dreamliner destination   Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 20, 2017:   Etihad Airways’ flights to and from Switzerland will become an all-Boeing 787 Dreamliner operation with the aircraft being deployed on the Abu Dhabi – Geneva route, effective 25 March 2018.   The Dreamliner flights to Geneva will complement the airline’s existing 787 Dreamliner scheduled services connecting Abu Dhabi and Zurich, becoming the fifth European city to be served by the carrier’s rapidly growing fleet of next generation aircraft.    Etihad Airways currently operates daily flights between the UAE’s capital city of Abu Dhabi and both Geneva and Zurich.   Introduction of the 787 Dreamliner will also see a scheduling change ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group to roll out inflight Wi-Fi across its wide-body fleet from mid-2018

    With broadband connectivity, customers will have more than the cabin to roam when the seat belt sign is turned off Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2017:  The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce high-speed Wi-Fi to its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets from mid-2018, in response to its customers’ growing demand for inflight connectivity. This follows the successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said: “We have been listening to our customers who have told us that staying connected inflight is important to them. Our passengers will soon be able to not only roam around the cabin when the fasten seat belt sign comes off – the whole internet awaits at 35,000 feet.  “We envisage that by 2020, all of our ......read more

    Finland Visa Application Centres now open in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, November 19, 2017:  Residents of the United Arab Emirates can now apply for visas to Finland at the  new Finland  Visa  Application  Centres  launched  in  Abu  Dhabi  and  Dubai by the  Embassy  of Finland in Abu Dhabi,on 16 November 2017. Applicants can visit the new centres, operatedby VFS Global,to submit visa applications and enrol for biometrics.  The Abu Dhabi centre, centrally located at Shining Tower on Mubarak Bin Mohammed Street,was inaugurated by H.E. Ms.Riitta  Swan, Ambassadorof  Finland to the United Arab Emirates on 16 November 2017. The centre in Dubai is located at the Wafi Mall. Services at the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports signs Memorandum of Understanding with Healthpoint

    19th November 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Healthpoint, part of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers, as its preferred healthcare partner. Healthpoint will provide premium medical services to Abu Dhabi Airports’ staff and their families, and facilitate cooperation between both parties on other areas of potential collaboration.   The MOU was signed by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, and Dr. Mai Al Jaber, Deputy Medical Director at Healthpoint, at Abu Dhabi Airports’ headquarters. As part of the new MOU, Healthpoint will be providing its multi-specialty services to Abu Dhabi Airports’ employees, ensuring staff and their families receive the high-quality ......read more

    Lockheed Martin Integrates New Engine for Fury Unmanned Air Vehicle

    Upgrades to system project increase of endurance up to 15 continuous hours of flight time Fury, the expeditionary, runway-independent unmanned air vehicle (UAV) has engine updates that will further increase its flight endurance. Engineering tests performed by Lockheed Martin indicate that Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 continuous hours, making it one of the highest endurance unmanned systems in its class. Courtesy Lockheed Martin. DUBAI, Nov. 15, 2017 –  Fury, the expeditionary, runway-independent unmanned air vehicle (UAV) now has engine updates that will further increase its flight endurance, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today. With the integration of the 1803 engine into the platform, engineering tests performed by the company indicate that Fury will be able to stay in the air for 15 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Announces 2017 Q3 Financial Results

    With USD 939 million in 2017 Q3, Turkish Airlines posts record operating net profit of all 3rd quarters in company history Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 15 November 2017:  Turkish Airlines, given the financial discipline and dynamic demand management applied since the beginning of 2017, with USD 939 million in 2017 Q3, posted record net profit of all 3rd quarters in company history. The 9-monthly operating net profit is recorded as USD 956 million. The successful 3rd quarter marked a 23 percent increase on total revenues compared to the same period of 2016, reaching USD 3.6 billion. The 9-monthly average on total revenues marked USD 8.2 billion with an 8 percent increase.  According to Turkish Airlines 2017 Q3 financial results; the margin of its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) ......read more

    Emirates partners with Thales for next generation broadband connectivity

    Next generation of Wi-Fi on Emirates will use Thales solutions with Inmarsat GX global network for best in class connectivity with speeds of up to 50Mbps Dubai, UAE, 15 Nov 2017:   Emirates and Thales have signed a new agreement to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with the next generation broadband inflight connectivity using Inmarsat GX global network. The partnership will give Emirates customers best in class connectivity on its Boeing 777X aircraft due for delivery starting in 2020. Emirates and Thales already have an existing multi-million dollar deal to fit its Boeing 777X fleet with a next generation Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system. The new agreement is part of the Emirates and Thales’ plans to develop and enhance the state-of-the-art inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) on the 777X ......read more

    Finnair starts flight ticket sales directly via WeChat in China as the first European airline, enables payments with WeChat Pay

    Dubai, UAE, November 15, 2017:  Finnair is launching flight ticket sales directly via its official WeChat account in China as the first European airline. It is now also possible to use WeChat Pay as a payment method for the flight tickets sold through its official WeChat account. Finnair customers are now able to search for Finnair flight tickets, book their flights and complete their purchase with WeChat Pay, all directly through Finnair's official WeChat account. This enhances the user experience as customers stay within the same platform throughout the entire booking process. “China is one of our most important markets, and we want to be where our customers are. Enabling ticket sales through WeChat and enabling WeChat Pay are important steps in better serving our customers in this rapidly growing market,” ......read more

    Wataniya Airways to add 25 A320neo Family aircraft

    Airline to upgrade its fleet with fuel-efficient single-aisle aircraft Dubai, 14th November 2017:   Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 25 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Dubai Airshow 2017 by Dr. Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, Chairman of Golden Falcon Aviation, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft in the presence of Ali Al Fouzan, Chairman of Wataniya Airways. Wataniya Airways resumed operations in July 2017 and currently operates a fleet of two A320ceo aircraft serving several destinations in the Middle East and Europe from its home base in Kuwait. The A320neo Family will contribute to the airline’s strategic vision to become the fastest growing and leading ......read more

    IATA Calls for Valuable Lessons to be learnt from PED Ban

    14 November 2017 (Abu Dhabi):   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for aviation security to be further strengthened by addressing four key areas; closer government-to-government cooperation to eliminate the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures, the universal application of global standards,  better information-sharing among governments and with industry, and  the efficient implementation of new and existing technology capabilities. “Governments and the industry are partners in aviation security. Airlines have operational know-how. Governments have the financial and intelligence resources. We have to put them together effectively in a continuous dialogue focused on improving security,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, in a ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo becomes preferred logistics partner for Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

    Dubai, UAE, 14 November 2017:  Emirates SkyCargo has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to become the preferred logistics partner for the Dubai based space science and advanced technology research and development centre.  The MoU was signed in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, by Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Cargo and by Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre during the Dubai Airshow. Under the MoU, Emirates SkyCargo will be MBRSC’s preferred partner to provide air transport services for satellites and related equipment relating to the organisation’s space ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2017 Welcomes Industry Firsts and Innovations

    Global aviation sector chooses Dubai as launch platform for new technology Dubai, UAE. 14/11/2017:  Dubai Airshow 2017 opened yesterday with a magnificent fly-past: the first time two Emirates wide body aircraft – the Boeing 777-300ER and A380 – have performed a flying display together. The aircraft were closely followed by the UAE’s air display team, Al Fursan. Both the Emirates 777-300ER and A380 flying display aircraft were decorated with the HH Sheikh Zayed decal as a tribute to the late founding father of the UAE. The Emirates aircraft were operated by a flight deck crew of four UAE National captains. Piloting the Boeing 777-300ER was Captain Ahmed bin Huzaim and Captain Ali Salahi, supported by First Officer Marti Gonzalo. Commanding the A380 was Captain Abbas Shaban and Captain Saeed Al Maktoum, ......read more

    Emirates Flight Training Academy officially inaugurated

    World class training facility to address growing need for pilots globally Dubai, UAE, 14 November 2017:  Emirates Flight Training Academy, the state of the art facility for training ab initio pilots was officially inaugurated today by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai during the Dubai Airshow.  Dignitaries present at the opening included His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council; His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and the Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated; His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al ......read more

    UK and UAE Launch Joint Venture at Dubai Airshow

    Host of groundbreaking deals unveiled on opening day Dubai, UAE. November 14, 2017:  UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, today witnessed the signing of a groundbreaking new joint venture between the UK and the UAE, as the Dubai Airshow 2017 opened its doors and immediately facilitated a host of major business deals. The agreement, between target manufacturer QinetiQ and Middle East General Enterprises will see the UK-based firm invest in the development of both infrastructure and training capability designed to enable a new Emirati workforce to provide the skilled manufacture of maritime, land and air targets, both for use by the UAE armed forces and for export around the wider region. Managing director international at QinetiQ, Ian Farley, said: “For us, this is a real statement of intent to ......read more

    New Calidus B-250 aircraft to feature Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics

    New light attack aircraft with multi-role capabilities from Calidus launched at Dubai Airshow Pro Line Fusion avionics provide flexibility for implementation on multi-role aircraft DUBAI (Nov. 14, 2017):  Rockwell Collins has been selected by Calidus, a new aircraft manufacturer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide Pro Line Fusion® on the new B-250 light attack aircraft with multi-role capabilities. Launched at the Dubai Airshow, the aircraft is designed for combat and asymmetric warfare.   “The UAE aerospace and defense industry continues to grow and Calidus is a part of making that happen,” said Colin Mahoney, senior vice president, International and Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “We look forward to working with Calidus to provide our expertise to develop new, local ......read more

    Etihad Airways Showcases Innovation to Royalty at Dubai Airshow

    Dubai Airshow, UAE, November 13, 2017:   Etihad Airways today welcomed a Royal delegation to its aircraft display on the opening day of the Dubai Airshow 2017.  The UAE's national airline is displaying three aircraft at this year’s edition of the bi-annual event – an Airbus A380, an Airbus A320 “flying testbed” and an Embraer Phenom 100E from the Etihad Flight College (EFC). The ‎aircraft were toured by Lieutenant General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “We were delighted to welcome Royal guests who visited our aircraft on the opening day of the Dubai ......read more

    $US17 Billion Deals in Opening Four Hours of 15th Dubai Airshow

    Emirates, Boeing, UAE Ministry of Defence all reveal high ticket deals Dubai, UAE. November 13, 2017:  Dubai Airshow 2017 opened its doors at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site today, Sunday November 12, to a record number of exhibitors, aircraft on display, visitors – and an array of ground-breaking deals. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, opened the 15th Dubai Airshow before taking a walking tour around the 645,000 square metre site, pausing to speak with several exhibitors. He was accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. His Highness then joined officials from ......read more

    Airbus displays comprehensive range of weapons for armed C295

    Dubai, UAE, November 12, 2017:  Airbus Defence and Space is showcasing its new C295 Armed ISR (Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance) version at the Dubai Airshow. A C295 is exhibited on static display flanked by a wide range of weapons which have been selected to be integrated onto this versatile platform. The company has signed a series of agreements with air-to-surface weapon suppliers paving the way for flight-trials to qualify their products to equip the C295. Since the previously announced memorandum of understanding with Roketsan of Turkey, similar arrangements have been reached with Expal, Escribano and Equipaer of Spain, as well as Rheinmetall of Germany, and the US suppliers Nobles Worldwide and US Ordnance. Aircraft have already been delivered to an unidentified customer including two 12.7mm light machine ......read more

    Emirates places US$15.1 billion order for 40 Boeing 787 Dreamliners at 2017 Dubai Airshow

    Latest announcement for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, worth US$ 15.1 billion, takes Emirates’ total wide-body commitment with Boeing to 204 units Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive says order underscores airline’s fleet strategy and optimism for future of aviation in the region and globally Dubai, UAE, 12 November 2017:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 15.1 billion (AED 55.4 billion) commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. In the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group signed the agreement with Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin ......read more

    flydubai showcases its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 at the Dubai Airshow

    Airline is the first operator in the region to take delivery of the new aircraft type Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 November 2017:  Dubai-based flydubai marks its fifth Dubai Airshow by unveiling its brand-new Boeing 737 MAX 8. This is the first aircraft to be delivered from the largest single-aisle Boeing aircraft order placed in the Middle East in the 2013 edition of the show. The new aircraft, bearing the UAE registration mark A6-MAX, is the first of 76 aircraft on order from Boeing; all of which will be delivered by 2023. Six of these aircraft will join the flydubai fleet by the end of the last quarter of 2017. flydubai’s Chairman, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum commenting on the occasion said: “At the 2013 Dubai Airshow we made history by placing the largest order for this aircraft type in ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre participates at Dubai Airshow 2017

    The Centre will showcase the Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope probe model for the first time and IAC 2020 plan November 11, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) participates at Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the most prominent and important aerospace events in the world, which runs from 12th to 16th November 2017. During the participation, MBRSC will showcase the Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope probe model for the first time, its plan to host the International Astronautical Congress 2020 in Dubai, as well as, other programs launched or led by the Centre under the National Space Program. H.E. Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC said: "MBRSC’s participation in this edition of Dubai Airshow gives us a valuable opportunity to highlight the National Space ......read more

    Heathrow Airport delegation applauds Dubai Customs services

    Dubai – 11 November 2017:  A delegation from Heathrow Airport applauded the world class level of services rendered by Dubai Customs through customs entry points at Dubai International Airport.  The British delegation, upon their visit to Passenger Operation Department at Dubai International Airport, toured the place and were briefed on the best practices implemented by Dubai Customs to serve passengers and clients in the best possible way using the latest equipment and technology.  The British delegation, headed by Elizabeth Down, head of detection unit at Heathrow Airport, was received by Falah Khalil Al Sammak, manager of passenger customs operations at DXB Terminal 2, Salim bin Faris Al Katbi, head of internal monitoring unit. Sara Al Suwaidi, senior manager, government affairs- Customs World.  The ......read more

    Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2017-18

    Group: Revenue up 6% to AED 49.4 billion (US$ 13.5 billion), and profit of AED 2.3 billion (US$ 631 million), up 77%. Results due to capacity optimisation and efficiency initiatives, easing of strong US dollar, and steady business growth. Emirates: Revenue up 6% to AED 44.5 billion (US$ 12.1 billion), and profit lift of 111% to AED 1.7 billion (US$ 452 million). 29.2 million passengers carried, up 4%, on overall capacity expansion of 2%. dnata: Revenue up 7% to AED 6.3 billion (US$ 1.7 billion), profit up 20% to AED 659 million (US$ 180 million). 330,317 aircraft handled, up 11%, 1.5 million tonnes of cargo handled, up 25%. DUBAI, U.A.E., 9 November 2017:  The Emirates Group today announced its half-year results for 2017-18. The Group saw steady revenue growth and a rebound on profitability compared to the same period ......read more

    Abu Dhabi awarded ‘Best Stand Design' at World Travel Market London

    Louvre Abu Dhabi-themed stand prevails over stiff competition from leading cities around the world Abu Dhabi, 08 November 2017:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi announced today that it has received the coveted accolade “Best Stand Design” at the “Best Stand Awards” at the World Travel Market (WTM) taking place in London, UK from 6-8 November. The Emirate's stand beat more than 5,000 exhibitors from 188 countries across destinations, technology and private sector companies. Commenting on this win, Sultan Al Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director, Tourism Sector, Department of Culture and Tourism, said: “We are very pleased to receive this recognition amidst tough international competition. This win is a testament to the solid performance of the Abu Dhabi stand as it ......read more

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    Emirates Flight Training Academy welcomes its first Embraer Phenom 100EV

    Dubai, UAE, 09 November 2017:  The Emirates Flight Training Academy, a launch customer for the new Phenom aircraft, has taken delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 100EV entry-level jet in Dubai. The aircraft, A6-DWC, is the first of the five Phenom 100EVs that will make up the training fleet of the Academy.  The aircraft was assembled at Embraer’s production facility in Melbourne, Florida, USA. Over the last few months, several teams from Embraer worked on the final stages of aircraft production including assembly, testing and painting. A6-DWC is the eighth Phenom ......read more

    Finnair adds capacity to Stockholm, expands cooperation with Swedish regional airline BRA

    Dubai, UAE, November 9, 2017:  Finnair will add connections to Stockholm’s Bromma airport, and deepen its cooperation with the Swedish regional airline BRA. With the new frequencies, Finnair adds capacity between Bromma and Helsinki by a total of 40%, offering up to 7 connections per day between both cities. The new connections to Stockholm’s conveniently located downtown airport further improve Finnair’s offering for the Swedish market, which is one of Finnair’s key markets. Finnair also flies to Stockholm Arlanda airport with up to 8 connections a ......read more

    “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre” participates in the 10th edition of the Dubai Government Excellence Program

    Amer Al Sayegh: Innovation is the main feature that distinguishes the UAE space projects, by relying on new methods of project management and developing smart technologies MBRSC is insistently working to build an integral space industry in the UAE November 8, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  "Innovation is the main feature that distinguishes the UAE space projects, by relying on new methods of project management and developing smart technologies," said Eng. Amer Al Sayegh, KhalifaSat Project Manager at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), during his participation ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai Further Expand Partnership, Announce New Codeshare Destinations

    Nearly 14,000 sectors ticketed during the first week of operation New exotic destinations included such as: Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro Combined network expected to reach 240 destinations by 2022 Dubai, 7 November 2017:  Building on the success of the initial phase of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced 16 additional destinations to which Emirates’ passengers will be able travel on a single ticket. The new, expanded network now includes sought-after destinations such as Zanzibar, Kathmandu and Kilimanjaro. Travellers can book on ......read more

    Emirates' new Boeing 777 First Class product to debut in Europe

    Flyers on airline’s Brussels and Geneva routes to be first to experience new cabins from 1st December  DUBAI, U.A.E., 6th November 2017:   Emirates today confirmed that its first two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its soon-to-launch First Class product will operate from Dubai to the airline’s Belgian and Swiss destinations starting from 1st December 2017. Emirates’ new First Class cabin will feature six private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the eight private suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its existing 777 fleet. In addition ......read more

    The Flag Island Creates Guinness World Record

    Iconic UAE destination raises world’s largest flag during Flag Day celebrations Sharjah, November 05, 2017:  The Flag Island, Sharjah’s iconic tourist destination, has entered the Guinness World Records after raising the world’s largest flag. The successful attempt formed part of the spectacular national festivities the island organised on Thursday and Friday as part of the nationwide Flag Day celebrations. Measuring 70 metres in length and 35 metres in width, the flag broke the Guinness World Record for the largest flag hoisted on a fixed flagpole. The Flag ......read more

    Emirates dedicates 100th A380 livery to HH Sheikh Zayed with special tribute

    Special tribute livery has image of the UAE’s visionary leader adorning both sides of the aircraft A total of 10 aircraft in Emirates’ fleet  will carry the special livery Special tribute decal will run from November 2017 and throughout 2018, the ‘Year of Zayed’ Dubai, 5 November 2017:  Emirates yesterday unveiled a special tribute to the late HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, with a bespoke livery for its 100th A380 carrying one of his most memorable images. Watch the video of the special ......read more

    Dubai Celebrates Four Wins at the World Travel Awards 2017

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2 November 2017:  Dubai is celebrating four award wins at The World Travel Awards 2017 held recently in the emirate - accolades that once again cement the city’s standing as a tourism pioneer in the region. Established in 1993 to reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry, The World Travel Awards brand is globally recognised as the ultimate hallmark of quality in tourism.  Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “Tourism is a central pillar of Dubai’s ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Design Competition Winner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 2, 2017:   Last month, Etihad Airways launched a competition to engage four young Emirati fashion designers to create new onboard loungewear.  The competition drew almost 71,000 votes via highly regarded UAE fashion publication Zahrat Al Khaleej’s social media channels.   Four UAE based designers kicked-off the competition through a challenging set of criteria: the design themes had to involve strong Emirati and UAE influences, working with traditional patterns, accents and must be contemporary and ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Suspend Abu Dhabi - Dallas/Fort Worth Route in 2018

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 2, 2017:   Etihad Airways has announced the suspension of its Abu Dhabi – Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) route effective 25 March 2018, as it will become commercially unsustainable following American Airlines’ unilateral decision to terminate its codeshare agreement with the airline. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “The unfortunate decision by American Airlines to terminate a commercial relationship that benefited both carriers has left Etihad with no choice but to suspend flights between our Abu Dhabi home and ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim to open second hangar during Dubai Airshow

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 02, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Dubai-based Al-Futtaim group and Germany’s DC Aviation, has confirmed the opening of its second hangar on the inaugural day (November 12) of the Dubai Airshow.  The 7,500sqm hangar will more than double the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm. The new hangar will enable DCAF to add two single-aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment storage. It will also ......read more

    “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre” announces KhalifaSat's success in passing the Solar Panel Deployment test

    Passing the Solar Panel Deployment test confirms the satellite’s full capability of conducting the entire operations smartly after its launch into space Al Shaibani: KhalifaSat puts the satellites manufacturing industry in the UAE in an international competitive position Al Sayegh: KhalifaSat’s success in opening the solar panels at this phase in the manufacturing process shows the efficient overall operations of its engineering, electrical and mechanical aspects Dubai, UAE, November 1, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the success ......read more

    SITA's World-Class Tech Solutions to Bring Istanbul New Airport to Life

    SITA will deliver the most advanced airport experience when the world’s largest airport opens in 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  – 1 November 2017:  Istanbul New Airport, one of the world’s most ambitious airport projects, has appointed global IT provider SITA to bring the region’s most advanced airport to life. SITA will deliver a wide range of airport, passenger and baggage processing solutions to deliver a world-class experience, showcasing the future of air travel. İGA, the contractor and designated operator of the new airport, has brought ......read more

    September Air Freight Demand Slows Slightly but Still Up 9.2%

    Dubai, UAE, November 1, 2017:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in September 2017 showing that demand (measured in freight tonne kilometers or FTKs), rose 9.2% compared to the same month in 2016. This was the slowest pace of growth seen in five months. However, it was still significantly higher than the five-year average growth rate of 4.4%.   Freight capacity (measured in available freight tonne kilometers or AFTKs), rose by 3.9% compared to September of last year —less than half the pace of demand ......read more

    Emirates unveils aircraft with new Expo 2020 Dubai livery

    Dubai, UAE, 01 November 2017:   Emirates has unveiled the first aircraft in its fleet with a new livery dedicated to Expo 2020 Dubai. The decal was installed on A6-EPK, an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, at the Emirates Engineering hangar.  The unique and striking livery is based on the Expo 2020 logo inspired by an ancient gold ring excavated in Dubai and it underlines Emirates’ support for the vision of Expo 2020 Dubai. Emirates is the Official Airline Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai.  Emirates will be installing three different decal designs to reflect the ......read more

    Emirates' Algiers Service to become Daily

    DUBAI, U.A.E., - 30th October 2017:   Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, will be adding an extra flight to its service between Dubai and Algiers, making it a daily service from 13th December 2017. The launch of the additional flight will complement Emirates’ current six flights a week, and further boost inbound and outbound passenger traffic and cargo flows between Algeria and Dubai, and Emirates’ worldwide network. The new service will operate every Wednesday with an Emirates Boeing 777-300, in a three class configuration ......read more

    MBRSC hosts the second United Nations/United Arab Emirates - High Level Forum: "Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development" between 6 & 9 November

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre hosts the second United Nations/United Arab Emirates - High Level Forum: "Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development" between 6 & 9 November  The Forum Delivers Dubai Declaration on its first meeting which emphasizes the four pillars of Space2030 - the 2030 global space agenda Al Shaibani: Dubai Declaration holds various perspectives and creates new opportunities that fosters integrated directions and practices which support the sustainability of the space sector The UAE has taken solid steps in the developing, ......read more

    Passengers Want Technology to Give Them More Control Over Their Travel Experience

    Dubai, UAE, October 30, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the results of its 2017 Global Passenger Survey (GPS) which revealed that passengers expect technology to give them more personal control over their travel experience.    Based on 10,675 responses from around the globe, the survey provided insight into what passengers want from their air travel experience. Topping the list were:  Automation of more airport processes  A single identity token for all travel processes using biometric identification  Real-time ......read more

    SITA CEO Rallies Airlines and Airports in Community Fight Against Cyber Threats

    Dubai, UAE, October 29, 2017:  The air transport industry has cybersecurity as a top priority with 95% of airlines and 96% of airports investing resources into major cybersecurity programs or pilots over the next three years. Yet research released today from global IT provider SITA shows there is still room for improvement with only one third of boards at airlines, and a fifth at airports, having fully integrated cybersecurity into their business plans.  Speaking today at a gathering of European air transport industry leaders, Barbara Dalibard, CEO of SITA, highlighted that while ......read more

    Finnair transforms its booking experience with Amadeus' newest digital retailing API

    The new technology brings flexibility to Finnair’s online retailing experience, allowing booking flows to be adapted to what works best for the traveller Dubai, UAE, October 26, 2017:  Finnair is partnering with Amadeus to make travel bookings easier and more flexible for customers across all of its online platforms. The Finnair website and the Finnair mobile app account for one quarter of the company’s sales, forming the single most important sales channel for the airline. “We want to make the shopping experience more intuitive and enjoyable for our ......read more

    Cathay Pacific awarded IATA CEIV Pharma Certification

    Certification recognises the carrier’s capabilities in handling high-value, time-sensitive pharmaceutical products Dubai, UAE, October 26, 2017:  Cathay Pacific has become the first airline in Hong Kong to be awarded IATA CEIV Pharma Certification, a globally-recognised pharmaceutical product handling accreditation. The certification underlines the carrier’s capabilities in the treatment and transportation of high-value, time-sensitive and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products with speed, consistency and efficiency. In harness with aviation industry ......read more

    flydubai expands its footprint in Moscow with new service to Sheremetyevo International Airport

    First carrier to operate direct daily flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport from the UAE from 29 November flydubai’s network in Russia to grow to 11 points served by 47 weekly flights Dubai, United Arab Emirates‎; 25 October 2017:   Dubai-based flydubai today announced the start of its new daily flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) from 29 November. This will increase the airline’s frequency to the Russian capital to double daily with the existing service to Vnukovo International Airport (VKO).   flydubai first started ......read more

    MBRSC's Sustainable Autonomous House wins the Emirates Energy Award 2017

    Al Shaibani: The House has advanced technical, engineering and environmental solutions for the efficient use of energy natural resources MBRSC is continuously conducting studies and researches in the field of sustainable autonomous houses to develop new green technologies Ahli: MBRSC Sustainable Autonomous House reduces energy consumption by 75% Dubai, UAE, October 25, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) Sustainable Autonomous House, the first of its kind Passive House for a hot and humid climate, won the gold Emirates Energy Award 2017 – under the category ......read more

    Emirates airline and a consortium of aviation partners to build the world's first Aviation X-Lab at Area 2071

    The Experimental Lab will host senior executives and experts from every facet of aviation industry The X-Lab will host an annual challenge at Area 2071 to rethink the transportation industry The first challenge will be announced in November, with teams convening in Dubai in the Spring of 2018 to begin their work. 25 October 2017, Dubai, UAE:  In the continued effort to achieve the vision of “UAE Centennial Plan 2071”, Emirates airline and a consortium of industry partners are announcing a partnership to build the world’s first sector-wide Experimental (X) ......read more

    Are we Nearly There Yet? Under 12s Bored 49 Minutes into Their Long-Haul Flight

    Emirates reveals the secret to keeping your kids entertained on the plane with the Child Boredom Quotient Under 12s bored 49 minutes and 47 seconds into their long-haul journey Top 3 worries for parents when travelling with their children on a plane include entertaining their children (64%), disturbing other passengers (43%) and keeping their kids hydrated (23%) Sitting sweetly: 41% of parents admit that they have resorted to bribing their children with sweets, chocolate and crisps in exchange for good behaviour whilst on a flight A third of parents (33%) also rely on electronic ......read more

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