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    Etihad Airways Earns Third Consecutive Five-Star Rating at Apex Awards

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, has been rated as a Five-Star Global Airline by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) for the third consecutive year. The rating recognises the airline’s excellence and was announced on 20 September at the APEX Awards Ceremony in Long Beach, California.  The APEX Five Star Airline Awards were created based on neutral, third-party passenger feedback and insights gathered in partnership with TripIt® from Concur®, the world’s highest-rated travel-organising app. For the 2024 Awards, nearly one million flights were rated by passengers across more than 600 airlines from around the world using a five-star scale. The awards are independently certified by a professional external auditing company.  Commenting more

    The H Dubai Commemorates World Tourism Day with an Enlightening Panel Discussion on Inclusive Tourism

    Taking place in The Excelsior 2 meeting room on September 28th, it will bring together a series of experts in the field to discuss all aspects of inclusivity within the hospitality sector    Dubai, UAE (22 September 2023): The H Dubai is pleased to announce its upcoming engaging panel discussion in honour of World Tourism Day. The event will take place on September 28th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, in The H Dubai’s The Excelsior 2 meeting room, and will revolve around the theme of "How Tourism Can Live Up to the Inclusive Growth Opportunity."   As tourism continues to play a pivotal role in the global economy, it is essential that hotels and other hospitality outlets explore how it can be made more inclusive, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from its growth. The H Dubai is proud to lead more

    Emirates Engages Experienced Captains to Fly the Airline's Future Fleet

    Dubai, UAE, 21 September 2023: Emirates is rolling out the red carpet to welcome experienced Airbus captains, as the airline continues to expand its all wide-body fleet while enjoying exceptional demand across the network. The airline is now inviting applications from seasoned commanders to join its Direct Entry Captains programme for its fleet of Airbus A380s.   Emirates has launched a recruitment drive globally. Interested pilots and their families can join an online info session on 4 October at 1pm Dubai time, attend open days in select destinations, and keep an eye out for exciting opportunities here:   The Direct Entry Captains programme is for technically skilled captains with a minimum of 3,000 hours of recent command on Airbus fly-by-wire wide-body aircraft such more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Launches 20 Percent Off Promotion for Selected Flights from October to February 2024

    20 September 2023, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, has announced a brand new promotion with 20 percent off selected flights. The promotion applies for bookings made from 20 September 00:01 to 21 September 23:59 GST and for travel dates until from October 2023 to February 2024*, providing customers affordable, hassle-free travel opportunities.  The reduced fares are on sale on and the WIZZ mobile app, available in the Arabic language.  Johan Eidhagen, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said: “We continue to fly the flag for ultra-low fare travel, providing flights to a range of remarkable destinations from the UAE capital. This provides adventurous travellers with new and memorable experiences. Our latest promo is one of many that more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Announces New Partnership with Xiamen Airlines

    First Chinese airline to operate non-stop flights between Mainland China and Qatar.   Qatar Airways Cargo is pleased to announce a new partnership with Xiamen Airlines, the first Chinese airline to operate passenger non-stop flights from Mainland China to Qatar. The new partnership will allow Qatar Airways Cargo to provide additional belly cargo capacity for customers to and from Mainland China. Under the cooperation agreement, Xiamen Airlines will launch daily flights between Beijing’s Daxing International Airport (PKX) to Doha’s Hamad International Airport. The flights will commence on 20 October 2023.  In addition to the flights from Beijing, Xiamen Airlines will also launch two weekly flights from Xiamen (XMN), the special economic zone of Fujian Sheng province, to Doha, commencing 31 October more

    Hamad International Airport Ranked Second across Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region in ACI APAC & MID Airport Connectivity Index

    19 September 2023 Doha, Qatar: According to the latest Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific and Middle East (ACI APAC & MID) Airport Connectivity Index 2023, Hamad International Airport has been ranked second in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region for total connectivity. This exceptional accomplishment underscores Hamad International Airport's unwavering commitment to providing exceptional connectivity for travelers worldwide. As one of the fastest-growing aviation markets concerning air connectivity relative to its population, the airport plays a pivotal role in nurturing global connections. Developed in partnership with PwC, the ACI APAC & MID Airport Connectivity Report measures passengers’ ability to access global air transport network, capturing both direct and indirect routes also factoring in more

    Emirates and SriLankan Establish Reciprocal Interline Partnership

    • Partnership encompasses 30 routes operated by both airlines • Emirates customers can travel to two new points in India and Gan Island in Maldives via Colombo with seamless connectivity and baggage transfers • SriLankan customers can travel with Emirates on 15 routes across the Middle East, US, and more with smooth connections in Dubai   19 September 2023:  Emirates and SriLankan Airlines have signed a reciprocal interline agreement to boost connectivity for passengers of both airlines. The partnership will enable access to new points on each other’s networks via Colombo and Dubai, utilising a single ticket and enjoying the convenience of baggage transfers.   Tickets are now on sale for travel effective immediately as the interline partnership unlocks 15 regional destinations more

    Emirates Scores with Beirut Basketball Club in a Multi-year Sponsorship

    Airline commits to supporting Men’s, Women’s and U-18 teams, helping to further develop basketball in Lebanon   19 September 2023: Emirates has partnered with the Beirut Basketball Club as its Official Airline and jersey sponsor for the next three seasons. The deal underscores the airline’s long-standing commitment to supporting basketball in Lebanon, where the sport is hugely popular, and across the region, connecting with fanbases that cut across geographies and sharing their love for the game.    To celebrate the partnership, Emirates and the Beirut Basketball Club tipped off their relationship with a special media event in a co-branded basketball court where the Club trains and plays its season games.   Tamador Kouatly, Regional Manager Levant for Emirates Airline said: "As the more

    DAE Announces Closing of US$1.6 Billion New Financing Facilities

    Largest bank loan financing in DAE history   Dubai, U.A.E., 18 September 2023 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd today announced that it has signed a new multi-tranche financing, structured as a combination of revolving credit facilities and term financing facilities, each comprising of conventional and Islamic tranches (the “Facilities”) with HSBC and J.P. Morgan acting as Joint Bookrunners and Joint Mandated Lead Arrangers.    Following significant demand, the transaction was upsized in syndication to more than twice the envisaged initial size and the Facilities were closed at an amount of US$1.6 billion with a group of 26 financiers, making it the largest bank loan financing raised by DAE to date. The Facility enabled DAE to tap the Islamic banking liquidity as well as consolidate its existing more

    Emirates Increases Flights to Riyadh for Saudi National Day

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 18 September, 2023 – Emirates has deployed three additional flights to Riyadh to support the influx of travelers to and from the Kingdom over the National Day weekend.   Conveniently scheduled so travelers can make the most of the celebrations, the additional flights will depart Dubai International Airport on 20 September, 21 September and 24 September. All flights will be operated on Boeing 777 aircraft and will run in parallel to Emirates’ existing schedule to the Kingdom.   Connecting travelers from the Kingdom to over 140 destinations on its vast global network via its hub in Dubai, Emirates offers onwards connectivity to North America, Southern Africa and Europe. Renowned for providing a full service offering onboard, Emirates offers passengers regional gourmet meals and over 6,500 more

    Emirates Extends Inflight Meal Preordering Service across Europe

    Dubai, UAE, 15 Sep 2023: After the successful launch of the Emirates inflight meal preordering initiative on UK routes and the positive feedback received from passengers, the service is now being extended across routes to and from European cities including Warsaw, Venice, Rome, Bologna, Prague, Vienna, Moscow, Istanbul, Dublin, Hamburg, St. Petersburg, Brussels and Madrid, as well as to and from Seychelles and Mauritius.   The initiative will be rolled out across more global routes in the coming months. The new service allows passengers in Business Class to preselect their main course between 14 days and 24 hours in advance of their flight departure, ensuring they get their preferred choice every time as well as helping to reduce food wastage.   Inviting Emirates passengers to enjoy a fine dining experience in the sky, more

    Emirates and Maldivian Establish Interline Partnership

    Emirates customers to enjoy access to 16 new points across the sprawling Maldivian islands, via Malé   14 September 2023: Emirates and Maldivian have announced an interline partnership, enabling Emirates customers to access 16 popular holiday destinations in the Maldives beyond Malé. The agreement successfully follows on from last year’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two airlines, to explore opportunities for mutual cooperation.   The interline agreement will create more options for Emirates customers when travelling to the Maldivian archipelago, utilising both carriers’ services and networks on a single ticket while also enhancing the customer experience throughout the journey.   Customers travelling to exotic island destinations in the Maldives will now be able to reap the more

    Emirates joins hands with Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism and Association of South African Travel Agents to Launch Online Training for Travel Industry Professionals

    • Free online courses aim to equip travel professionals with right skillsets and qualifications  • Initiative aims to rebuild capacity within travel industry as it regains momentum   UAE, Dubai, 13 September 2023: Emirates, the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA) have launched online training courses for new travel professionals to help them develop and build stronger skillsets, as well as enhance understanding around the industry’s key principles to support the wider travel and tourism sector.   Using the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism’s already established Dubai College of Tourism (DCT) online platform, travel professionals in South Africa have free access to various online courses and training resources to help more

    Qatar Airways Receives Best Business Class by Business Traveller, Wins Three More Awards

    Qatar Airways wins Best Long-Haul Airline, Best Business Class, Best Middle Eastern Airline, and Best Inflight Food and Beverage Hamad International Airport in Qatar named Best Airport in the Middle East 15 September, 2023:  Multi-award-winning airline, Qatar Airways, has triumphed in four categories at this year’s Business Traveller Awards at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. The national carrier of the State of Qatar continues to be recognised for its excellence on a global scale, being awarded Best Long-Haul Airline, Best Business Class, Best Middle Eastern Airline, and Best Inflight Food & Beverage by Business Traveller. The airline’s hub, Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar, has also been named Best Airport in the Middle East, and the Second-Best Airport in the World. The prestigious more

    Qatar Welcomes Visitors Over Long Weekend with Showstopping Performances and Exciting Offers

    • On September 21 and September 23, Qatar will present a packed schedule of events with music performances by the region’s most popular artists. • Visitors will be greeted at Hamad International Airport and the Abu Samra land border with offers from Qatar’s leading hotels, entertainment, retail, and dining venues.    With visitor numbers to Qatar this year already exceeding full-year 2022 arrivals, Qatar is fast-emerging as a top-choice for regional and global travellers. Having just concluded its Summer in Qatar programme which brought to audiences the smash-hit – Disney On Ice –, the country’s first-ever toy festival, and a number of live performances, Qatar Tourism gears up to welcome thousands of visitors over the long weekend coming up in September. On September 21 and more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Partners with DSV to Launch New Route from Huntsville

    Qatar Airways Cargo has partnered with DSV Global Transportation and Logistics to launch a new route from Huntsville, USA, increasing access to Europe, Middle East and beyond.   Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading air cargo carrier has launched biweekly freighter flights from Huntsville, USA to Doha, Qatar in conjunction with DSV as part of a strategic partnership, enhancing North America’s connectivity to Europe, Middle East and beyond, effective 7th September 2023.  The route, named by DSV as the “Gateway Star”, will see twice weekly Boeing 777 freighters operating from Felipe Ángeles International Airport in Mexico to Huntsville and arriving in Doha via Luxembourg. The freighters from Huntsville will operate on Thursdays and Sundays every week, offering 200 tonnes of more

    Strong Passenger Demand Continues in July

    7 September 2023 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the post-COVID recovery momentum continued in July for passenger markets.  • Total traffic in July 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 26.2% compared to July 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 95.6% of pre-COVID levels. • Domestic traffic for July rose 21.5% versus July 2022 and was 8.3% above the July 2019 results. July RPKs are the highest ever recorded, strongly supported by surging demand in the China domestic market.  • International traffic climbed 29.6% compared to the same month a year ago with all markets showing robust growth. International RPKs reached 88.7% of July 2019 levels. The passenger load factor (PLF) for the industry reached 85.7% which is the highest monthly more

    New Archaeological Book Reveals Fresh Discoveries and Insights into the Complex Cultural Heritage of North-West Arabia, Especially the Vibrant Ancient past of AlUla

     Findings published within ‘Revealing Cultural Landscapes in North-West Arabia’ examine the art, rituals, and practices of civilisations that lived in the northern Arabian Peninsula from the Palaeolithic through to Islamic period AlUla, Saudi Arabia, 5 September 2023: Recent discoveries by leading international archaeologists and researchers have helped to shed new light on the complex cultural heritage landscape of ancient AlUla and the wider north-west Arabia region. The findings, presented in the new book ‘Revealing Cultural Landscapes in North-West Arabia’ Supplement to the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, vol. 51’, are a compendium of articles edited by Dr Rebecca Foote, Director of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Research at the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU), along more

    Hamad International Airport Partners with Atos and Royal Schiphol Group to Implement Digital Passenger Assistance Kiosks

    The partnership underscores the airport’s plans to introduce new digital solutions at every touchpoint 5 September 2023:  Doha, Qatar: Hamad International Airport (DOH), in partnership with Atos and Royal Schiphol Group, introduces Passenger Digital Assistance Kiosks to enable seamless journeys for travellers. The kiosks will provide easy access to information, assist in navigation and help passengers through live video calls to customer service agents. Commenting on the new passenger experience, Mr. Suhail Kadri, Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation at Hamad International Airport said: "The new Passenger Digital Assistance Kiosks are part of our overarching digital strategy to transform passenger experiences. We are committed to investing in the latest technology and innovative solutions; to more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Announces an Exciting 20 Percent off Promotion on Tickets to Share Love of Travel

    The national launches a flash sale on ultra-low fare tickets to the very best destinations in the region 5 September 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, has announced an exciting promotion with 20 percent off selected flights from and to Abu Dhabi. The promotion applies for bookings made from 4 September 00:01 to 5 September 23:59 GST and for travel dates until 21 March 2024*, providing customers affordable, hassle-free travel opportunities.  The second largest airline in Abu Dhabi by seat capacity aims to capitalise on the increasing demand for travel, allowing adventurous travellers to book reduced ultra-low-fare tickets, with must-see destinations including vibrant cities and natural paradises. Fantastic reduced fares for a well-deserved vacation throughout the more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Launches SecureLift: A Solution for Valuable and Vulnerable Shipments

    SecureLift is designed to offer optimum protection and secure storage for high-value and vulnerable shipments.   Qatar Airways Cargo today announced the launch of its special product SecureLift under its VISION 2027 and Next Generation strategy. SecureLift marks a significant milestone for Qatar Airways Cargo, as it allocates dedicated resources to cater to the specialised needs of valuable and vulnerable shipments, while maintaining an enhanced standard of security and vigilance.  Products having high declared value like precious metals, stones, gold bullions, banknotes, jewellery or watches would fall under the Valuable category while commodities that carry a risk of pilferage like high value electronics and newly launched products would fall under the Vulnerable category. Key features include high loading priority, more

    Menzies Aviation renews Jazeera Airways Contract in Kuwait and Wins new Business in Europe and Pakistan

    4 September 2023, Kuwait: Menzies Aviation, the leading service partner to the world’s airports and airlines, has successfully extended its agreement with Jazeera Airways, the leading low cost carrier in Kuwait. The announcement marks the next step in an expanding partnership with the Kuwaiti airline, which includes passenger, ramp, and air cargo services at seven airports in five countries. At Kuwait International Airport (KWI), the extended five-year agreement will see Menzies Aviation, operating as National Aviation Services (NAS) at KWI, continue to deliver ground and air cargo handling services, managing more than 1,400 flights a month. In addition, it will oversee the airline’s dedicated T5 Pearl lounge in the exclusive Jazeera Terminal 5, offering passengers a dedicated space to work or relax before they more

    Emirates Renews Longstanding Partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand for the 37th America's Cup

    Dubai, UAE – 4 September 2023:  Emirates is pleased to announce a renewal of its longstanding partnership with reigning America’s Cup champions Emirates Team New Zealand for the 37th America’s Cup, and all preliminary regattas.   The 19-year partnership has been highly successful for both parties, including memorable victories in the 35th America’s Cup as well as its cup defence in front of a home Auckland crowd in the 36th America’s Cup event.   Emirates will continue to be the Lead Sponsor of Emirates Team New Zealand, with naming rights for the team, as well as the designation of Official Airline and Carrier of Emirates Team New Zealand   Emirates joined the team as naming sponsor in 2004 when the team began its quest to bring the America’s Cup back to New more

    AlUla Moments Unveils Third Edition of Alula Wellness Festival – a Transformative Journey through Wellness, Nature, Culture, and Music

    - The flagship festival returns this year with expertly crafted wellness experiences curated by world-class industry experts for the third time. - The Acclaimed '5 Senses Sanctuary' will take centerstage offering unparalleled sensorial experiences. - This year’s edition will feature a wide variety of programs of holistic workshops and activities inspired by the historical and natural heritage of AlUla.   AlUla, Saudi Arabia – 28th August 2023:   AlUla Moments announced today the return of the much-anticipated AlUla Wellness Festival 2023, taking place from October 19th to November 04th.  The two-weeks flagship festival is dedicated to promoting mind, body, and wellness and offers a diverse array of holistic workshops and activities inspired by AlUla's rich historical and more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Launches an Unmissable Competition with Free Tickets on a Mystery Flight to an Unknown Destination

    Exciting competition returns, due to overwhelming demand, for adventure seekers to #GetLostwithWizz 31 August 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, today launches the return of the hugely anticipated and popular ‘#GetLostwithWizz’ competition for adventurous travellers in the UAE. This unforgettable experience encourages spontaneous travellers to live life to the fullest and create lifelong memories in an unknown destination in the ever-expanding Wizz Air Abu Dhabi network.  A special Wizz Air plane full of excitement will take flight to an undisclosed destination, where lucky competition winners will spend the weekend ‘getting lost’ in a rich culture, exploring the very best of the natural and diverse beauty of a Wizz Air destination. The flight more

    flydubai Grows its African Network with the Launch of Flights to Mombasa in Kenya

    The Dubai-based carrier becomes the first airline from the UAE to operate direct flights to Mombasa with a four-times weekly service from 17 January 2024  The carrier grows its network in Africa to 11 destinations in 10 countries, enabling more passengers to travel conveniently via Dubai’s aviation hub  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 31 August 2023: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, announced today the launch of flights to Mombasa from 17 January 2024. flydubai becomes the first national carrier to operate direct flights from Dubai and the UAE to the coastal city in southeast Kenya.  Flights to Moi International Airport (MBA) will operate four times a week from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB). With the launch of operations to Mombasa, flydubai grows its network in Africa to 11 destinations in 10 more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Set to Welcome Travellers to New Terminal Starting November 2023

    • New state-of-the-art terminal offering a seamless biometric journey scheduled to open in November 2023 • Once fully operational, terminal to accommodate 45 million people and process 11,000 passengers per hour  • New facility to strengthen Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a destination of choice and a global hub for trade and business   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 31 August 2023: Abu Dhabi Airports has announced the forthcoming opening of its state-of-the-art new terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Known as Midfield Terminal Building during the construction phase, ‘Terminal A’ is scheduled to begin operations in early November 2023.    Adding a world-class facility to Abu Dhabi’s rapidly evolving transportation infrastructure, the opening will more

    DAE Completes Acquisition of Boeing 737 MAX Order Book

    Dubai, U.A.E., 30 August 2023 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd announced that an affiliate had completed the previously announced acquisition of the rights, interests, and obligations of a portfolio of 64 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (“CALC”) on Wednesday, 30 August 2023.  more

    QRDI Council Launches Three New Innovation Opportunities in Partnership with MATAR to Address Critical Industry Needs

    Innovating for a Better Future: Three Initial Pioneering Challenges Launched to Transform Airports, Asset Intensive Industries, and Customer Experience. Doha, Qatar, August 29, 2023: The Qatar Research, Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council’s flagship program, Qatar Open Innovation (QOI), has recently announced three Innovation Opportunities in collaboration with MATAR.  Through Innovation Opportunities, QRDI Council has partnered with MATAR, the Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management, to drive innovation within Qatar and tackle major asset management challenges. the launch of three innovation challenges aimed at finding groundbreaking solutions to critical issues faced by the aviation and sustainability industries.  Playing a critical role in managing and operating Hamad International more

    Emirates Launches ‘Out of this World' Interview with Astronaut Live from Space

    Dubai, UAE, 29 Sep 2023:  Going to the ends of the Earth in a quest for the best entertainment is nothing new for Emirates ice, and this time the award-winning inflight entertainment system will feature a live interview with UAE astronaut Dr Sultan AlNeyadi, chatting about his ‘inflight experience’ in space - as he fearlessly floats 400 kilometres above our planet.   Sprinkling some stardust on the ice experience, the interview will be live on the Emirates World Channel from 1 September 2023, the same day the esteemed astronaut will begin his journey home to Earth, having completed a six-month science mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The journey home from space is expected to take up to 16 hours, just one hour shorter than Emirates' longest flight duration – 17 hours from Auckland to more

    Ajman Tourism Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with City University Ajman to Enhance Cooperation and Experience Exchange

    Ajman, 25 August 2023:  The Ajman Department of Tourism Development - ADTD signed a memorandum of understanding with City University Ajman which aims to establish a partnership between the two parties to enhance cooperation, knowledge and expertise exchange in community services and institutional experiences.    The memorandum of understanding was signed by His Excellency Mahmood Khaleel Alhashmi, Director General of the Ajman Department of Tourism Development, and Mr Imran Khan, President of City University Ajman.   As per the agreement, City University Ajman will provide partial scholarships for the employees of the ADTA and their families who will be nominated according to agreed criteria. In return Ajman Tourism will facilitate volunteer work for the university students and allow them to participate in joint more

    EDGE Group Signs Agreement with the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology of the Brazilian Air Force

    • The agreement between EDGE and the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology expresses the two parties’ intent for future collaboration   Caption: Signing between EDGE and General Director of the Department of Aerospace Science & Technology, Air Force General Maurício Augusto de Medeiros   Abu Dhabi, UAE: 24 August 2023 – EDGE Group PJSC (EDGE), one of the world’s leading advanced technology and defence groups, today announced the signing of a strategic agreement with the Brazilian Air Force’s Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA), the national military research centre for aviation and space flight.    The signing ceremony took place in the city of São José dos Campos as part of an ongoing high-level EDGE delegation visit to Brazil, more

    USA Men's National Team Wraps up Historic Abu Dhabi Stay with Visit to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

    - Brooklyn Nets’ Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson Joined USA Basketball Head Coach Steve Kerr with trip to ‘spectacular’ Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; Visits to Ferrari World and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Complete Cultural Visits - ABU DHABI – August 24, 2023: The USA Basketball Men’s National Team concluded a historic trip to Abu Dhabi by taking time-out to visit some of the UAE capital’s most prominent landmarks and soak in some Emirati culture.  Team USA made history last week when they participated in a pair of high-profile exhibition games as part of the inaugural International Basketball Week and USA Basketball Showcase, organised as part of a strategic partnership between The Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) - Abu Dhabi and the National Basketball Association (NBA).  With more

    Qatar Airways Ramps Up Excitement for Expo 2023 Doha

    Complimentary entry included with all Stopover Packages booked through Discover Qatar Experience the country’s finest with Qatar Airways at Expo 2023 Doha: A Celebration of Green Innovation and Cultural Immersion 24 August 2023  DOHA, Qatar – As the global anticipation for Expo 2023 Doha rises, Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, is proud to announce its role as the Official Strategic Partner for the landmark event. Set to be the first A1 International Horticultural Exhibition in Qatar, the Middle East, and North Africa, the prestigious partnership underscores Qatar Airways' commitment to bringing global attention to Expo 2023 Doha and promoting Qatar as a premier travel destination.  Expo 2023 Doha, which is expected to attract an estimated 3 million visitors from around the more

    Challenge Group Welcomes the Arrival of B767-300BDSF Aircraft, Boosting Fleet Capacity and Flexibility

    Challenge Group is thrilled to announce the latest addition to its fleet - the B767-300BDSF aircraft. This milestone marks a significant step forward for the company, enhancing its overall capacity and operational flexibility to better serve its customers worldwide. The introduction of the B767 aircraft is part of Challenge Group’s fleet diversification project, designed to adapt to evolving market demands and cater to specific customer requirements. It is essential to note that the B767 is an addition to the existing fleet and is not replacing the B747-400 fleet. In the years to come, the B777F will also be introduced as an addition, emphasizing the company's commitment to growth and expansion. "We are excited to welcome the B767-300BDSF to our fleet, a testament to our dedication to providing exceptional more

    DXB's H1 Traffic Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Levels with Operational Excellence

    H1 2023 Traffic Summary • DXB welcomed 41.6m guests in H1, exceeding 2019 figures  • May was the busiest month during Q2 with 6.9m guests • Top destinations include India, Saudi Arabia and the UK • DXB welcomed 201,800 flights, up 30.2% year on year • Dubai Airports ups DXB’s guest forecast for the year to 85m   DUBAI, UAE: August 22, 2023: Dubai International (DXB) celebrates a significant milestone in its recovery with passenger traffic for the first half of the year surpassing 2019 levels. The world’s busiest international hub welcomed 41.6m guests in H1, just over 100%, compared to the traffic recorded during the first six months of 2019.   DXB registered a robust performance throughout the second quarter, during which passenger traffic surged by 42.7% more

    Emirates and Air Canada Expand Codeshare Partnership to Flights to and from Montréal

    • Codeshare partnership between Emirates and Air Canada extends to flights between 11 domestic Canadian points and Montréal • Expansion of partnership complements network of 19 points via Toronto • Seamless connectivity, travel itineraries that include both carriers on a single ticket and baggage transfers are among the host of customer benefits   Dubai, UAE – 17 August 2023: Emirates announces that its codeshare partnership with Air Canada has extended to include flights to and from Montréal, following the launch of services to Québec’s largest city in July. Emirates customers will now be able to plan travel between 11 of the most popular domestic points beyond Montréal and destinations on Emirates’ expansive network, utilising the services of both airlines conveniently on a single more

    Top Sites To See When Visiting Dubai

    There is nowhere in the world right now as exciting as Dubai. Dubai is fast on the rise as a modern metropolis with all kinds of incredible sights and attractions. In addition to its modern skyline, Dubai retains a lot of its Arabic culture, making it a unique blend of old and new. With so much to see and do in Dubai, it can be hard to narrow down your options. You will want to make the most of your time, so this post will look at a few of the top sites.   Traveling to Dubai   First, you need to plan your travel. Dubai International Airport is just 4.6km from the city, so this is the best place to fly into. It is also the busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic. You will want to keep busy while waiting, so you might want to try your hand at online pokies at places like more

    Emirates Group Expands Collaboration with PwC's Academy

    Dubai, UAE, 16 August 2023: The Emirates Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) this week with PwC's Academy at the Group’s headquarters in Dubai, reinforcing its commitment to facilitate industry-leading training and certification for its Emirati workforce.   The MoU was signed by Manal Al Soori, Emirates Group’s Vice President Human Resources, Emiratisation and People Experience, and Taimur Ali Mir, PwC Partner and Head of Qualifications and Certifications at PwC's Academy. Through this collaboration, Emirati professionals in Human Resources, Finance and Audit departments across the Emirates Group will receive qualification training in CIPD, CIA and CFA provided by PwC Academy – a reputable and prominent business institution for consulting and advisory.   Oliver Grohmann, Emirates more

    DXB Prepares to Welcome Back UAE Residents

    Dubai, UAE – 16 August 2023:  As residents return from their summer vacation, DXB, the world’s biggest international airport, is getting ready to welcome 3.3 million travellers over the next 13-day period.    With average daily traffic reaching 258,000 guests, August 26 and 27 are expected to be the busiest with culminated traffic of over half a million guests.  Dubai Airports is working closely with airlines, control authorities, and commercial and service partners to ensure a seamless airport journey for guests.    Here are DXB’s top tips for arriving guests: • Travellers between the ages of 4 and 12 can use dedicated passport control counters to independently stamp their passports upon arrival at Terminals 1, 2, and 3 • For those travelling with families, more

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    DAE to Acquire Order Book of 64 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft from CALC

    Dubai, U.A.E., 14 August 2023 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd today announced that an affiliate had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the rights, interests, and obligations of a portfolio of 64 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft from a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited (“CALC”). The portfolio includes 737-8, 737-9 and 737-10 variants. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled to occur between 2023 and 2026. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.    The 737 MAX airplane family delivers enhanced efficiency, improved more

    Watch – How Etihad Airways did the Impossible: A Mid-Air Orchestra in Skydiving Stunt

    • Catch all the action behind-the-scenes as Etihad Airways’ team played the iconic Mission: Impossible theme song while on a jaw-dropping skydive • Stunt celebrates the launch of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, in cinemas now    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, revealed a video showcasing behind-the-scenes of its electrifying stunt in celebration of its collaboration with Paramount Pictures. The stunt, watched by millions on the airline’s social media channels, was released more

    Northern Summer Travel Season Off to a Strong Start

    9 August 2023 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the post-COVID recovery momentum continued in June for passenger markets.  • Total traffic in June 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 31.0% compared to June 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 94.2% of pre-COVID levels. For the first half of 2023, total traffic was up 47.2% compared to the year-ago period. • Domestic traffic for June rose 27.2% compared to the same month a year ago and was 5.1% above the June 2019 results. Domestic demand was up 33.3% in the 2023 more

    Air Cargo Contraction Eases in June

    7 August 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for June 2023 global air cargo markets showing the smallest year-over-year contraction in demand since February 2022. • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), fell 3.4% in June compared to June 2022 (-3.7% for international operations). For the half year, demand slid 8.1% compared to the January-June period of 2022 (-8.7% for international operations). However, demand in June was only 2.4% below June 2019 levels (pre-pandemic).   • Capacity, as measured by available cargo more

    Say Hello to Boston! Etihad Airways Announces Fourth Destination in the United States

    • Four weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to the vibrant American city starting 31 March 2024 • Boston becomes the airline's fourth destination in the United States, joining Chicago, New York and Washington, along with services to Toronto in Canada • Exciting opportunities for American travellers to explore Abu Dhabi's cultural treasures and hospitality   ABU DHABI, UAE – Etihad Airways is thrilled to announce its new destination in the United States, with four weekly flights to Boston commencing on 31 March 2024. This addition connects one of the more

    Emirates Premium Economy Shines in First Year of Full Service with over 160,000 Customers Trading up to Experience the Cabin's Quiet Luxury

    DUBAI, UAE, 1 August 2023: After setting new industry benchmarks in Premium Economy travel, Emirates is celebrating a banner first year of full-service operations with the highly popular cabin class. Over 160,000 customers have traded up to fly in Emirates Premium Economy since it was introduced in August 2022, with strong demand momentum forecasted in the coming months. The airline is providing travellers more opportunities to experience its highly-acclaimed Premium Economy product which is currently available on flights to 11 cities, with the list growing to 13 cities by the end of the more

    Dubai Airports Welcomes first Air Canada Flight at DXB Terminal 3

    Dubai, UAE – 31 July 2023: Dubai Airports welcomed Air Canada’s first inbound flight at Dubai International (DXB) Terminal 3 on July 26, making it the fourth international airline to operate out of the terminal. Air Canada flight AC056 from Toronto, arrived at its new base, one of the largest airport terminals in the world, at 18:56 UAE time on Wednesday. Air Canada flights previously operated from DXB Terminal 1.  The move to DXB Terminal 3 strengthens the long-standing partnership between Dubai Airports and Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline and the more

    Airbus Reports Half-Year (H1) 2023 Results

    • 316 commercial aircraft delivered in H1 2023 • Revenues € 27.7 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 2.6 billion • EBIT (reported) € 1.9 billion; EPS (reported) € 1.94 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.6 billion • Guidance maintained   27, July 2023 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for the Half-Year (H1) ended 30 June 2023.   “During the first half of 2023 we progressed well across our businesses in an operational environment that more

    Move Significantly Enhances the Connecting Experience and Underscores the Carriers' Strategic Partnership

    DUBAI – 25 July 2023 – Air Canada and Emirates today announced a customer service milestone in the two airlines’ strategic partnership with the move of Air Canada’s operations to Dubai International’s (DXB) flagship Terminal 3 as of July 26th. The co-location of operations in one of the world’s premier terminals will significantly improve the connecting experience for customers and underscores the benefits of the partnership between the two airlines launched in November 2022.   Customers transiting in Dubai between the Americas on Air Canada and more

    Experience the Unmatched Luxury of Emirates Airlines

    When it comes to luxury air travel, few airlines can rival the experience offered by Emirates. With its renowned reputation for top-notch services, cutting-edge amenities, and exceptional hospitality, Emirates has established itself as a leading global airline. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or embarking on your first adventure, this promotional article will delve into the unparalleled luxury that awaits you on an Emirates flight. From the moment you step on board to the moment you arrive at your destination, every aspect of your journey is meticulously crafted to provide you with a more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Launch an Exciting New Route to Erbil, Iraq

    The national airline adds Erbil, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, to its ever-expanding network 20 July 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, has launched its latest route to Erbil, the ancient capital city of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and an important trade centre for over 8,000 years. The new route reaffirms the airline’s commitment to carrying the flag of ultra-low-cost travel in the region and unlocking an eclectic mix of travel opportunities for both residents and visitors of the UAE. more

    Dxb Receives ACI Accessibility Accreditation for its Commitment to Inclusive Travel

    The international accreditation recognises DXB’s ongoing dedication to providing safe and seamless airport experience for people with visible and hidden disabilities. Dubai, UAE – 19 July 2023: Dubai International (DXB) has received an accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI) under its Accessibility Enhancement Accreditation Programme, a first-of-its-kind initiative that recognises global airports’ commitment to accessible travel operations.  The certification acknowledges DXB’s ongoing prioritisation of a safe and inclusive airport more

    Etihad Engineering Delivers A380 to Etihad Airways for its Grand Return to Service

    Abu Dhabi, UAE: Etihad Engineering, one of the world's leading aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions providers, completed a six-year heavy maintenance check on the first in a series of Airbus A380 aircraft for its return to service after a period of secure ground storage. Preparing the A380 for its return to service at its state-of-the-art aviation MRO facility in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Engineering carried out removal, inspection and installation of the full aircraft cabin which features The Residence, 9 First Apartments and 70 Business Studios on the upper deck as well more

    Sharjah Airport Receives Over 7 Million Passengers in the First Half of 2023

    With an increase of 24 percent compared to last year   • More than 7 Million passengers in the first half of this year. • 6 new flight destinations and 3 cargo destinations to the Airport’s operations   Sharjah - 17 July 2023: Sharjah Airport has witnessed an impressive surge in passenger traffic, with over 7 million passengers passing through its terminals during the first half of 2023. This notable figure reflects a remarkable growth rate of over 24.4 percent compared to the corresponding period in 2022.  The airport also achieved substantial more

    IATA Releases Industry Net Zero Tracking Methodology to Guide Industry Emission Reporting

    07 July 2023:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will publish an annual Track Zero report using IATA’s Net Zero Tracking Methodology to report industry-level progress towards aviation’s commitment to Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.  The Net Zero Tracking Methodology and related reporting process were developed with industry experts. IATA will aggregate and report annually inputs from IATA member airlines on an industry basis. After thorough validation, aggregate industry data from the previous calendar year will be reported annually in more

    More Passengers Head for the Airport this Summer Despite Concerns Over Delays and Congestion

    Industry needs to address the travel experience through automation, says SITA CEO 07 July 2023 – With the northern hemisphere summer rush around the corner, travel concerns around delayed flights, surging airfares and congestion in the airport are not putting travelers off air travel. Preliminary findings from 2023 SITA Passenger IT Insights released today, revealed anxiety around flight cancellations was cited by 32% of passengers when booking their next flight. Nearly 2 out of 10 passengers surveyed cited concerns around congestion in the airport and pointed to high airfares. more

    Statement by Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy on UAE's Exceptional Performance in UNCTAD Report

    Bin Touq: The leading results of the FDIs flows confirm the vision and approach of our wise leadership in building a strong and sustainable national economy. Ranking 4th in the world in incubating new projects reflects the UAE’s leading position as a preferred destination for international companies, investors, and entrepreneurs. Abu Dhabi, 6 July 2023:  His Excellency Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, said: “The UNCTAD report for 2022 reaffirms the remarkable and unprecedented achievements resulting from the cumulative balance of FDIs flows in the more

    Unleash Unlimited Fun: Dubai Parks™ and Resorts Launches the Coolest Summer Pass for non-stop Indoor Adventures

    • For AED 499, the Coolest Summer Pass gives unlimited access to thrilling indoor experiences including MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, The Green Planet, Roxy Cinemas, Neon Galaxy, and Arcade by Hub Zero • Pass holders can avail exclusive benefits including a 10% discount on retail purchases, unlimited soda refills at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai and more!   Dubai, UAE, 6 July 2023: Get ready for the coolest summer ever! Dubai Parks™ and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest theme park destination is thrilled to make this summer the coolest one yet with the launch of the more

    Air Cargo Demand Remains Weak in May

    06 July 2023 -  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for May 2023 global air cargo markets showing weak market conditions. • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), fell 5.2% compared to May 2022 (-6.0% for international operations).  • Capacity, as measured by available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), rose 14.5% compared to May 2022, primarily driven by belly capacity which increases as demand in the passenger business recovers. Capacity is now 5.9% above May 2019 (pre-pandemic) levels.  • Key factors more

    Strong Air Travel Growth Continues in May as Load Factor Rises to 2019 Levels

    06 July 2023:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released May 2023 traffic data showing continued strong growth in air travel demand.    • Total traffic in May 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 39.1% compared to May 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 96.1% of May 2019 (pre-pandemic) levels.  • Domestic traffic for May rose 36.4% compared to the year-ago period. Total May 2023 domestic traffic was 5.3% above the May 2019 level. This is the second month in a row domestic traffic has exceeded more

    Flight Delayed? Things To Do at Dubai and Other Airports

    Dubai International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world, offers a wide variety of activities for travelers in transit. There are many private places at Dubai International Airport that you can access for a fee. By checking into a posh lounge, where comfortable seats, a wide selection of food and beverages, and warm hospitality are all standard, you can avoid ordering takeaway sandwiches and attempting to get comfortable on a plastic chair. There are many things to do at the airport, including fine dining establishments, duty-free shopping, and kid-friendly play areas. Here more

    Etihad Airways to Expand Mutual Agreement with SF Airlines

    • Etihad Airways has hosted senior leaders from SF Airlines in Abu Dhabi to expand the reciprocal blockspace agreement between the two airlines   • Etihad Airways and SF Airlines have entered into an expanded MOU that will see the airlines explore additional opportunities to cooperate, including expanding cooperation on the flights to Ezhou Huahu airport   • The airlines are also exploring expanding the frequencies of services to further boost cargo capacity between the two hubs     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, more

    Range Rover Evoque - New Design and Sophisticated Technologies Amplify True Modern Luxury

     Serene comfort: Reductive new centre console design ensures a serene cabin, crafted from the finest materials, with more usable interior space   Captivating technology: New floating 11.4-inch curved glass touchscreen offers full digital control over key vehicle functions, powered by latest advanced Pivi Pro2 infotainment with built-in Amazon Alexa10  Perfect proportions: A true original, its optimised stance, taut detailing and Range Rover design DNA make it instantly recognisable – now enhanced with new colours and sophisticated finishes Leather-free more

    Etihad Airways Set to Welcome Over 4 Million Passengers Over the Summer Season

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – As travellers begin flying for the summer holidays, Etihad Airways is prepared to welcome more than 4 million passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport between 20 June and 30 September 2023 and advises guests to follow below tips.    A high volume of travellers will be joining locally in Abu Dhabi, with the remainder connecting from across Etihad’s extensive network of 66 destinations, including new summer routes to Lisbon, Malaga and Mykonos which launched over the weekend.   Etihad’s upgraded online check-in more

    SITA Announces Re-Election of DR Omar Jefri of Saudi Arabian Airlines as Chair of the SITA Board

    21, June 2023 – SITA, the leading IT provider to the air transport industry, has announced the re-election of Dr Omar Jefri, of Saudi Arabian Airlines, as Chair of the SITA Board of Directors.  Dr Jefri was reappointed as a Board Director by SITA’s Shareholders at its Annual General Assembly (AGA) on 14 June 2023. Following his reappointment, the SITA Board met and re-elected Dr Jefri as Chair for a further three-year term.  Dr Jefri has a wide breadth of experience in aviation and academia. With nearly 40 years combined expertise, he includes strategic more

    SalamAir Expands its Fleet with Agreement to Lease Three Airbus A330neo Aircraft from Avolon

    SalamAir, Oman’s value-for-money airline, has announced firm commitment to lease three Airbus A330neo aircraft from Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company. A letter of intent was signed at the Paris Air Show on the 19th of June 2023 and the first delivery is expected to be in October 2023.  The introduction of three new Airbus A330neo wide-body aircraft will bring significant advantages to SalamAir and support the airline’s fleet and network expansion plans. These modern aircraft feature a dual-class configuration with 365 economy seats and 12 premium flatbed more

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