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    Passenger Demand Plunges on COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 04, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for February 2020 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell 14.1% compared to February 2019. This was the steepest decline in traffic since 9.11 and reflected collapsing domestic travel in China and sharply falling international demand to/from and within the Asia-Pacific region, owing to the spreading COVID-19 virus and government-imposed travel restrictions. February capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) fell 8.7% as airlines scrambled to trim capacity in line with plunging traffic, and load factor fell 4.8 percentage points to 75.9%.  “Airlines were hit by a sledgehammer called COVID-19 in February. Borders were closed in an effort to ......read more

    MBRSC Releases GIF Image Showing Decline of NO2 in the GCC

    Dubai, UAE, 01 April 2020:   The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released a GIF image of the decrease in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentration in the GCC countries, between 26 November 2019 until 27 March 2020. The Remote Sensing Department at MBRSC published the results using data acquired by the European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P mission. The drop in NO2 concentrations beginning late-February coincides with the regionwide precautionary measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus 'COVID-19'. Nitrogen dioxide is mainly produced from engines, power generation and other industrial processes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In view of the lockdown announced in various countries, fewer vehicles are on the road, fewer planes are taking flight and industries have also been affected ......read more

    UAE Astronaut Programme Invites Proposals for Research Projects on the International Space Station

    Opportunity for UAE scientific community to propose projects in  Human Health or Earth & Space Science fields   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 01, 2020:   Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), today announced that it is inviting applications from the UAE’s research entities to propose scientific or technology-driven projects in the fields of Human Health or Earth & Space Science to be conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station. The objective of the initiative is to provide research entities in the UAE the opportunity to further humanity’s knowledge and support future space missions by conducting research that tackles challenges faced in the region that would eventually prepare for human exploration of the solar system beyond Low Earth Orbit ......read more

    MBRSC Extends Deadline for UAE Astronaut Programme Registrations

    Aspiring candidates can submit their applications until 1st May 2020 Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2020:   The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that it is extending the registration deadline for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme to 1st May 2020. The second batch of the programme is aimed at finding the next two Emirati astronauts who will join the UAE's astronaut corps and further the country's ambition for crewed space exploration. So far, the second batch of the programme has received a large number of applications, and by extending the deadline, MBRSC is expecting many more Emiratis from different walks of life to apply.  To qualify for the UAE Astronaut Programme, applicants should be UAE nationals above 18 years of age with a bachelor's degree. Professionals from all ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Deploys Cargo-Only Boeing 787s to Complement Freighter Fleet and Ensure Continuity of UAE and Global Key Trade Lanes

    Carrier will tweak its freighter network to adjust to passenger suspension; launches passenger freighter network in line with the current environment to ensure continuity Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 26, 2020:   Following the directive issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates to temporarily suspend all passenger services to and from the UAE, Etihad Cargo continues to play a vital role in connecting key cargo markets and ensuring the UAE’s import and export needs are adequately covered in line with current demand. To complement its fleet of Boeing 777 Freighters, Etihad Cargo is introducing a fleet of Boeing 787-10 aircraft as passenger freighters to operate 34 weekly flights, serving 10 ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Temporarily Suspend All Services to and From the UAE Following Government Directive

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 23 March 2020 - Etihad Airways (Etihad) will temporarily suspend all flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi following a decision by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), to suspend all inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights in the UAE. This decision has been made to limit the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and to protect citizens, residents, and international travellers. The suspension of flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport will commence at 23:59 (UAE local time) on Wednesday 25 March, and will last for an initial 14 days, subject to further directives by the relevant authorities. Cargo and emergency evacuation flights are exempt and will continue. Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Flights to Beijing to Operate With Temporary Stop in Xi'an

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 22 March 2020 - Due to the global spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the health and aviation authorities of the People’s Republic of China have issued a directive to all international airlines flying to Beijing, instructing them to land in another designated airport in China before continuing to the capital. Effective from Sunday 22 March, Etihad Airways services to Beijing will stop in the city of Xi’an, where passengers will disembark for health screening, customs clearance, and to claim their baggage. This procedure is likely to be lengthy.  Once cleared by the local authorities for entry into China, passengers will re-board and baggage will be reloaded for the short flight to Beijing.  This directive does not affect the return schedule from Beijing to Abu ......read more

    MBRSC Commemorates Isra Wal Mi'raj with A Satellite Picture of Al Aqsa Mosque

    Dubai, UAE, 22 March 2020:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center commemorates Isra Wal Mi’raj, one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar, by sharing this image of Al Aqsa Mosque taken from space by KhalifaSat. KhalifaSat is one of the world’s most technologically advanced remote sensing observation satellites – and the first 100% designed and manufactured in the United Arab Emirates. It was launched into low Earth orbit in October 2018, beginning a 5-year mission to capture and transmit high-quality detailed images of Earth the MBRSC in Dubai. These assist global governments and private organisations to monitor environmental changes, ensure effective urban management, and aid in disaster relief efforts, amongst other critical services. With five patents to its name, KhalifaSat confirms the ......read more

    Terminal Moves at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 March 2020: Abu Dhabi Airports announces the temporary move of several flights from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). On 18 March 2020, Abu Dhabi Airports consolidated operations into two terminals. Select flights operating to and from Terminal 1 are now operating out of Terminal 3.  The temporary terminal move reflects Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to delivering efficient operations and a seamless passenger experience. The airports company is currently working in close partnership with the respective airlines to ensure a smooth transition from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. The recent terminal operational updates do not reflect the current situation regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is fully in line with Abu Dhabi Airports’ dedication to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Eases Travel Plans by Introducing Etihad Credit

    19 March 2020, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – In response to the current situation, Etihad Airways is introducing Etihad Credit to give guests the freedom to delay their travel plans by permitting a free cancellation and is offering the original value of their booking to be used as credit towards their next trip.   As the situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, these new measures will provide maximum flexibility and ensures guests that need to travel, do so safely and conveniently. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In these unprecedented times, we understand that some of our guests are either unable to, or choose not to travel and it is our responsibility to help them as much as possible.    “Now, more than ever, there is ......read more

    Urgent Emergency Support Requested for Airlines

    19 March 2020 (Geneva) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is appealing to governments in Africa and the Middle East, as part of a worldwide campaign, to provide emergency support to airlines as they fight for survival due to the evaporation of air travel demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.    “Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is the top priority of governments. But they must be aware that the public health emergency has now become a catastrophe for economies and for aviation. The scale of the current industry crisis is much worse and far more widespread than 9.11, SARS or the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Airlines are fighting for survival. Many routes have been suspended in Africa and Middle East and airlines have seen demand fall by as much as 60% on remaining ones. Millions of jobs ......read more

    Dubai Miracle Garden & Dubai Butterfly Garden Announces Temporary Closure

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 16, 2020:   The organisation behind Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden has announced a temporary closure of the attractions, with immediate effect, until the end of March 2020.  This is in light of the COVID-19 virus that is affecting the nation and has been implemented as a measure to protect visitors and workers.   Engineer Abdel Naser Rahhal, Vice Chairman of Cityland Group, the developer of Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden, commented,:  ”Within the framework of the precautionary and preventive measures against the new Corona virus emerging in the Emirate of Dubai, and in our attention to the health and safety of visitors and employees, Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden announce their temporary closure until the end of ......read more

    Etihad Airways Implements Temporary Changes to Its Route Network

    15 March 2020: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and its continuing impact on air travel services globally, Etihad Airways continues to follow UAE and international government and regulatory authority directives and has implemented a series of consolidated network changes. This is also being carried out for the safety and convenience of its customers and staff, and to minimise operational disruption during this period. The following services from Abu Dhabi have been temporarily adjusted: Milan (MXP) All flights suspended until 30 April. Rome (FCO) EY85/86 suspended until 30 April. EY83/84 suspended until 30 June. Beirut (BEY) All flights suspended from 16 March until 31 March. Istanbul (IST) All flights suspended from 16 March until 31 March. Casablanca (CMN) and Rabat (RBA) All flights suspended ......read more

    IATA Reacts to Latest US Travel Restrictions

    13 March 2020 (Geneva) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and its members continue to support governments in their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. At this time of extreme pressure on the industry, IATA urged governments to:   • Prepare for the broad economic consequences of these actions,  • Respond quickly to the financial frailty of airlines, and • Follow WHO (World Health Organization) recommendations.   These calls come in response to the US government’s banning of non-US citizens, and individuals who are not legal permanent residents of the US, who have been in the Schengen Area in the past 14 days from entry into the United States.   “These are extraordinary times and governments are taking unprecedented measures. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Collaborates With the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has launched a collaborative project with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) in a bid to combat illegal wildlife trafficking. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, recently hosted the Combating Wildlife Trafficking workshop at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, attended by 37 representatives of national entities and other key stakeholders involved in the fight against wildlife trafficking. Speakers from The Royal Foundation and United for Wildlife discussed the current situation in enforcement in wildlife trafficking and provided an insight into the international methods used to counter smuggling. The workshop aimed to improve knowledge of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which the UAE ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Move to Beijing's Spectacular Daxing International Airport

    • World’s largest single-structure airport terminal and integrated transportation hub • Daily service between the UAE and Chinese capitals provides convenient connectivity to popular business and leisure destinations via Abu Dhabi  • Daily Beijing-Nagoya service enables short getaways to Japan • Greater air-rail connectivity opportunities across China  • Etihad is dedicated to strengthening social and economic ties between the UAE and China   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Effective 1 June 2020: Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will transfer all its flights to and from Abu Dhabi and Beijing, and its flights to and from Beijing to Nagoya, Japan, to the new state-of-the-art Beijing Daxing International Airport ......read more

    Cathay Pacific 2019 Annual Results

    Chairman’s Statement Overview 2019 was a turbulent year for the Cathay Pacific Group. With our three-year transformation programme starting to bear fruit we delivered a positive performance in the first half of 2019 notwithstanding a difficult environment brought about by geopolitical and trade tensions. However, with social unrest in Hong Kong intensifying over the second half of the year and mounting US-China trade tensions, we experienced a sharp drop in both inbound and outbound passenger traffic. We were faced with an incredibly challenging environment to operate as the Hong Kong economy slipped into recession. As a result, our second-half results – traditionally stronger compared to first-half results – fell well below what we would have hoped for. The Cathay Pacific Group reported an attributable profit ......read more

    How Will 5g Transform Air Travel?

    March 10, 2020: SITA, the leading IT provider for the air transport industry, has made six predictions about how ultra-fast 5G networks will bring major change for airports, airlines, and passengers. With download speeds of up to 400MB per second, 5G will be a game-changer.   The potential for innovation is huge and airports, airlines, and passengers will feel the force of 5G in very different ways. SITA’s predictions are based on unique IT insights and emerging air transport industry technology trends. They follow hot on the heels of 5G trials like the recent ones carried out by both London Gatwick Airport and Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport services which signpost our entry into a new era of ultra-connected air travel.      Gilles Bloch-Morhange, VP SITA Platform, said: ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Flexible Booking Conditions

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is giving travellers peace of mind when making their next booking by allowing one complimentary date or destination change for all flights booked between 8 March and 7 April 2020.   Valid for travel from 22 March 2020, the offer is applicable to all fares including Etihad Guest redemptions and Etihad Holiday bookings. Any fare difference arising from the rebooking/rerouting will be applied.

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    Etihad Airways Statement on Suspension of Flights to Saudi Arabia

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has suspended temporarily all flights between Abu Dhabi and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in response to a directive from the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabia, to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The airline operates up to 12 flights per day between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. It has cancelled a total of seven flights today between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina, and is now advising passengers who were booked to travel today.  Another four flights which were en-route to Saudi Arabia at the time of the directive were permitted to land. When flights arrived in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, nationals of Saudi Arabi were permitted to disembark but all other passengers remained on the aircraft, which ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Launch New Service to Vienna

    • Daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flights between Abu Dhabi and Austria’s capital city   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will launch new daily scheduled year-round flights to Austria’s capital Vienna using a two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The service will initially operate with four weekly flights between 22 May and 30 June.    Etihad is introducing the new service to provide greater choice and convenience for point-to-point business and leisure travellers between the UAE and Austria, and to promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi.    Departures have been conveniently timed to arrive early morning in Vienna, and to connect seamlessly in both directions via Abu Dhabi to gateways across the Etihad network including the GCC, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Signs IATA Pledge for Gender Equality to Mark International Women's Day

     Etihad pledges to increase its female employees by 25 percent by 2025  Arabic ‘Business Class’ renamed to encompass gender-inclusive language    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is marking International Women’s Day by pledging to increase its female workforce by 25 percent over the next five years – the first airline in the country to make this commitment. This follows the International Air Travel Association’s (IATA) voluntary ‘25by2025’ campaign which aims to improve gender balance within the aviation industry.    Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are so proud to already have thousands of strong, ambitious and talented women working with ......read more

    IATA Updates COVID-19 Financial Impacts

    -Relief Measures Needed- 5 March 2020 (Singapore): The International Air Transport Association (IATA) updated its analysis of the financial impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency on the global air transport industry. IATA now sees 2020 global revenue losses for the passenger business of between $63 billion (in a scenario where COVID-19 is contained in current markets with over 100 cases as of 2 March) and $113 billion (in a scenario with a broader spreading of COVID-19). No estimates are yet available for the impact on cargo operations. IATA’s previous analysis (issued on 20 February 2020) put lost revenues at $29.3 billion based on a scenario that would see the impact of COVID-19 largely confined to markets associated with China. Since that time, the virus has spread to over 80 countries and ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Celebrates the 59th Kuwait National Day

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre celebrates the 59th Kuwait National Day with this image of Kuwait Towers taken from space by KhalifaSat. KhalifaSat was fully developed at MBRSC facilities by Emirati engineers and was launched to space in October 2018. It has 5 patents and seven space innovations making it the most advanced satellite of its category in the world. KhalifaSat provides images with specifications that meet the highest international standards in space images. These high-resolution detailed images help organisations in government and private sectors get accurate data which allow them to monitor environmental changes, detect the effects of global warming, ensure responsible urban planning and management, and aid relief efforts at times of natural disasters. This will contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals ......read more

    Anadolujet Will Fly You to Abroad at Prices Starting at 1 USD

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 25, 2020:   Turkish Airlines’ successful brand AnadoluJet will offer the opportunity to fly to abroad at prices starting at 1 USD with its new international flights starting on 29 March 2020 from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Ankara Esenboğa airports.  Adding Germany, Austria, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Georgia, Holland, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Kuwait, Russia and Saudi Arabia to its flight network, carrier will be flying to 21 countries. Passengers who wish to take advantage of the discount that is available for a limited number of seats will be able to fly at prices starting at 1 USD* before taxes between 29 March – 24 October 2020 for tickets purchased from all sales channels until 1 March 2020. While ......read more

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    Etihad and Boeing Unveil the ‘Etihad Greenliner', to Explore ‘blue Sky' Opportunities to Cut Co2 Emissions

     Themed Boeing 787 to assist in researching sustainability initiatives  Etihad to operate Boeing 787 ‘eco flight’ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels  Airline urges whole of industry to collaborate on reducing CO2    United Arab Emirates - November 18, 2019:    Etihad Airways and Boeing today announced a first-of-its-kind ‘eco partnership’, in which a specially-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used to test products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce aircraft carbon emissions.     The ......read more

    dans strongly participating in Dubai Airshow

    dans focuses on technology to enhance safety and efficiency of airports Aviation growth expected to increase in the run-up to Expo 2020   Dubai, November 18, 2019:   The Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the air navigation services provider and air traffic control for Dubai and Northern Emirates, has increased its presence at the 16th edition of Dubai Airshow 2019. In line with the theme of the Airshow ‘Dedicated to Connecting People’, Dans is showcasing its entire gamut of services focussed on technology to enhance safety and efficiency of ......read more

    Airbus inspired by nature to boost aircraft environmental performance

    @Airbus #innovation #sustainability #Decarbonisation #WeMakeItFly     Dubai, 18 November 2019 – Airbus has unveiled fello’fly, its latest demonstrator project inspired by biomimicry*, that is set to boost the environmental performance of commercial aircraft and make a significant impact on emissions reduction for the aviation industry.   Airbus’ fello’fly project aims to demonstrate the technical, operational and commercial viability of two aircraft flying together for long-haul flights.    Through fello’fly, a follower ......read more

    Italian Aerospace Technologies Highlighted at Dubai Airshow

    UAE, Dubai; 18 November 2019:  The Italian Trade Agency pavilion at the 2019 edition of the Dubai Airshow, the bi-annual exhibition dedicated to the aerospace industry, was officially opened. In attendance were the government officials, Nicola Lener, the Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in the UAE, and Amedeo Scarpa, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan. They were also joined by representatives from the Secretariat General of Defense and National Armaments Directorate, a government organisation representing the Italian defense ......read more

    Strata Expands International Partner Network With Premium Aerotec Collaboration

    The Al Ain-based aero-structure manufacturer and Germany-based aerospace manufacturer sign five-year MoU    Al Ain, UAE – 18 November, 2019:   Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero-structures manufacturing company wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Premium AEROTEC, the German aerospace manufacturing leader, for the supply of metallic bonded and ‘computer numerical control’ (CNC) machined detail aircraft parts. The MoU, signed during Dubai Airshow, covers a ......read more

    Emirates announces US$ 16 billion order for 50 A350 XWBs at Dubai Airshow

    Fleet investment strengthens airline’s business model, and signals confidence in Dubai and UAE’s strategy of international connectivity    Dubai, UAE, 18 November 2019:   Emirates, the world's largest international airline, today announced a firm order for 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft worth US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) at list prices at the Dubai Airshow 2019. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, delivery of the first Emirates A350 XWB is expected in May 2023, and will continue until 2028.   HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre takes part in Dubai Airshow 2019

    Dubai, UAE, 17th November 2019:   The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) took part in the Dubai Airshow 2019, one of the world’s largest events in the aerospace industry, bringing together the leading aerospace and defense industries regionally and globally, from 17 to 21 November. Students and other attendees interested in the space sector, visited the UAE Space Pavilion at the Dubai Airshow 2019. The pavilion reviewed the UAE’s achievements in this field, its future plans, and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s vision for the country’s ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2019 Off to a Flying Start

    Event set to welcome more than 87,000 visitors over the next five days       Dubai United Arab Emirates - November 18, 2019:   Dubai Airshow 2019 was officially opened this afternoon, Sunday 17 November, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces.    Also in attendance was Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al ......read more

    UAE passenger traffic growth to be served by larger international fleet

    #AirbusGMF   Dubai, 17 November 2019:   The fleet size of operators from all regions serving the UAE is forecast to nearly treble to some 1,730 aircraft by 2038 from around 630 today, according to the 2019 Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF). This includes 750 Small category aircraft like the A320 and A321, and 980 Medium and Large aircraft like the A330neo and A350 serving the UAE market in the next two decades; this as UAE O&D passenger traffic is forecast to grow 5.8% per annum over the next 20 years.   In the wider Middle East region, air passenger ......read more

    AUH VIP Terminal awarded ISO certificate for food safety management

    17 November 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport’s (AUH) VIP Terminal, operated by the internationally recognized aviation services provider National Aviation Services (NAS), has received the prestigious International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000-2005 certificate, for its food safety management systems.  AUH’s VIP Terminal provides its customers with exceptional catering, as part of a variety of other services, which play a major role in enhancing the travel experience of AUH’s passengers. This not only includes ......read more

    Back on Trek Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center Launches Sixth Edition of Camel Trek

    Dubai United Arab Emirates - November 17, 2019:    Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center has announced the date of the sixth edition of its annual ‘Camel Trek’. An early start this year, the trek is to depart on December 4, 2019, from Liwa, and across the bewildered sand dunes and desert landforms to reach to Dubai within a timeframe of around 14 days.   Since its inception, the Camel Trek attracted adventure lovers from all walks of life, representing different countries and nationalities. From this event’s humble beginning, the way was paved for ......read more

    Humans in Space Symposium discusses challenges of space medicine in space exploration

    Dubai United Arab Emirates - November 14, 2019:  The third day of the 22nd edition of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Humans in Space Symposium (HIS), discussed overcoming challenges to human health and performance during exploration spaceflight missions, in participation with Roscosmos, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), China National Space Administration (CNSA), and the astronauts and experts in the space sector. Held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the UAE is the first country in the MENA region to host this ......read more

    Business aviation and aerospace sector gaining ground in Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub

    Business aviation movement in Dubai increases by 26 per cent November 13, 2019. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: As part of its continuing move to achieve growth in private jet movements in Dubai, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBR Aerospace Hub) is rapidly picking up its pace as a growth center for the Middle East’s high-value industries and the hub continues to empower the aviation and aerospace industry to expand their networks. MBR Aerospace hub reported that business aviation movements during the first half of 2019  posted a 26 per cent increase compared to the same ......read more

    Hatton wins historic 2019 Turkish Airlines Open title.

    Englishman Tyrrell Hatton won the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open, securing victory on the fourth hole of a record-equalling six-man play-off that took place under floodlights for the first time in professional golf at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, Turkey.    Joining winner Hatton at the Turkish Airlines Open award ceremony was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Governor of Antalya, Mr. Münir Karaloğlu, the President of Turkey Golf Federation, Mr. Ahmet Ağaoğlu, the Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municapility, Mr. ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Pia Relaunch Codeshare Partnership

    • Etihad to codeshare on PIA services on trunk routes from Abu Dhabi to Pakistan • PIA customers to have access to Etihad destinations across the global network     Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - November 13, 2019:   Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, and the flag carrier of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), have relaunched their codeshare partnership to provide their customers with greater access to both airlines’ trunk routes between the UAE and Pakistan, and on Etihad services across its global ......read more

    Humans in Space Symposium discusses what it takes to be an astronaut

    Dubai, UAE, 13 November 2019:   The second day of the 22nd edition of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Humans in Space Symposium (HIS), held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, witnessed huge participation from experts and specialists in the space sector, and students from different educational levels. The UAE is the first country in the MENA region to host this conference, from 11th to 14th November, 2019. Day 2 highlighted the human side of space exploration, the challenges facing the space sector, space robotics, global ......read more

    Etihad Airways Increases Frequency on Important Abu Dhabi to Riyadh Route

    Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – November 12, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced a fourth daily flight on its route from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), effective 8 December. The additional service will be operated by an Airbus A320 configured with 8 seats in Business and 150 seats in Economy.  Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The introduction of the new fourth daily service to Riyadh is demonstrative of our commitment to the Saudi market, and ......read more

    MBRSC launches 22nd IAA Humans in Space Symposium

    Dubai, UAE, 12 November 2019:    The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launched the  22nd edition of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Humans in Space Symposium (HIS), at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The UAE is the first country in the MENA region to host this conference, from 11 to 14 November, 2019. The first day witnessed huge participation from local and international space agencies, and students from different educational levels. The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency Hamad Obaid AlMansoori, Chairman ......read more

    Passenger Demand Continues on Moderate Upward Path

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 10, 2019:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for September 2019 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) climbed 3.8% compared to the same month last year, broadly unchanged from August’s performance. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 3.3%, and load factor climbed 0.4% percentage point to 81.9%, which was a record for any September.    “September marked the eighth consecutive month of below ......read more

    Astronaut Christina H. Koch Shares for the first-time photo of Hazzaa AlMansoori during first filmed tour in Arabic of the ISS

    Christina H. Koch: It was a great Honour and privilege to film UAE’s first Astronaut abroad ISS Christina H. Koch: Astronaut AlMansoori sensed full of pride once sighted his homeland (UAE) for the first time from Space  Dubai, UAE, 8th November 2019: Through a post on her social media platforms, American astronaut Christina Koch revealed that she was part of the first Arabic filmed tour of the International Space Station (ISS) conducted by the UAE's first Astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori. Koch posted 2 photos and commented: “it was my privilege to film him doing ......read more

    How To Cut On Costs When Traveling

    Everyone needs some time off from the busy day to day schedules. And did you know that traveling is not only a great way to create memories but is also very beneficial to your health? Research shows that people who take breaks and go for vacations are more energetic and productive at work. If you have been shying away from the idea of traveling, it might just be time to be more receptive to it. One of the reasons why most people avoid traveling is because they think that traveling has to cost an arm and a leg- but it does not necessarily have to. For instance, if you are traveling from ......read more

    September Air Freight Volumes Remain Weak

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 07, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.5% in September 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.1% year-on-year in September 2019. Capacity growth has ......read more

    Airlines and Airports Spend a Record $50 Billion on Improving the Passenger Experience – and It is Paying Off

    Investment has resulted in significantly higher passenger satisfaction and shorter queues   United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 6 November 2019:   Airlines and airports spent a record US$50 billion in 2018 on IT to support improvements to the passenger journey and are now beginning to enjoy the benefit of that investment. Figures published by SITA for the first time show that this investment has resulted in a  significant improvement in both the satisfaction levels for passengers and average processing time.  The SITA 2019 Air Transport IT Insights, ......read more

    Explore Europe's big cities at smaller prices with Turkish Airlines

    Savings can be made on Economy and Business Class flights until 25th November     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 03, 2019:    Turkish Airlines is giving UAE jetsetters an unmissable opportunity to travel to major European cities within its unrivalled global network and pocket a satisfying saving when they book.    Passengers from Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah can benefit from generous discounts on Economy Class tickets to Athens, Brussels, Dublin, Marseille, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Strasbourg, Thessaloniki, and Zurich, and on ......read more

    Emirates champions inflight first: Seven Worlds, One Planet screens live on board

    Dubai, UAE, 3 November 2019:   In another entertainment first, Emirates is showing the highly acclaimed Seven Worlds, One Planet documentary live at the same time as its BBC One broadcast in the UK. While Emirates already streams live news and sport on board most of its aircraft, this is the first time any airline has streamed a show at the same time as its TV network timeslot.   The episodes of Seven Worlds, One Planet will be screened live on board 176 aircraft equipped with live TV for the next six Sundays at 10:15pm Dubai time (6.15pm UK time). Customers can also ......read more

    Emirates engineers efficiencies with RFID

    DUBAI, UAE, 30 October 2019:   As the largest international airline with the biggest fleet of A380s and Boeing 777s, Emirates naturally has a lot of emergency equipment in the skies. To solve the challenge of tracking these essential items on a massive scale and scope, Emirates turned to RFID* technology.   While other airlines have also been using similar technology, Emirates completes the largest number of RFID scans for inflight emergency equipment on a daily basis – that's for over 250 aircraft and 133,000 life vests. Importantly, it has helped the ......read more

    Blooming in its eighth edition, Dubai Miracle Garden offers bunch of new attractions, including more record-breaking floral spectacles

    New additions include 400-meter walking track set amongst the stunning displays, accommodating Zumba classes, and other fitness activities     Dubai, United Arab Emirates (October 29, 2019):   Bringing a host of exclusive attractions yet again, Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden is returning to delight visitors for the eighth season this November 1st. Located in the heart of Dubailand, the 72,000 square meter destination will be brought to life with the largest display of the most fragrant and colorful blooms, with over fifty ......read more

    Dubai Crowned One of the Top Cities in Lonely Planet's ‘best in Travel' List 2020

    Dubai, UAE; 24 October 2019:   As a city of unparalleled experiences, Dubai has been named one of the world’s best cities for travellers to visit in 2020 by global travel authority Lonely Planet. The ‘Best in Travel 2020’ list, which has been curated by Lonely Planet’s editorial team and its community of travel experts, features the emirate amongst the top ten ‘must-visit’ cities for global visitors in the coming year. The unique combination of iconic attractions and entertainment destinations, outdoor and cultural offerings, and the ......read more

    First filmed tour in Arabic at the ISS

    Dubai, UAE, 24 October 2019:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) published a new video for the Emirati Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori whilst giving a tour aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The video is the first filmed tour in Arabic language of the ISS, where AlMansoori explained the segments, units, components, equipment and tools of the ISS. The video presents a valuable Arabic content about ISS, a research lab orbiting Earth with altitude of around 400 km above ground.  HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, said, “We are delighted ......read more

    Winners of Futurism Programme Announced at Gitex Future Stars 2019

    • Third edition of Futurism Programme shines a spotlight on technological innovation in the travel and tourism sector • Winners receive cash prize and membership in the innovation attraction programme “ABRA” from Dubai SME   Dubai, UAE 23 October 2019:  The winners of the 2019 edition of the Dubai Tourism Futurism Programme were announced at GITEX Future Stars - the largest technology event in The Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Finalists went head to head in front of industry experts and jury members to win cash funding, a trade licence and visas, ......read more

    Sita to Manage Key Systems Across Ghana's Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 23, 2019:     Ghana Airports Company Limited has extended its agreement with SITA to manage and support all airport passenger processing, baggage management, and airport operations systems across Kotoka International Airport’s newly commissioned Terminal 3 for the next five years. SITA’s technology will be vital in positioning the airport as the pre-eminent hub in West Africa, leading the way in passenger automation and operational efficiency.    This follows SITA’s successful deployment of these systems to ......read more

    Optimism runs high among investors in aviation sector

    UAE aviation sector open to investors from outside country, says Saif Al Suwaidi     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 22, 2019:     Investors are keen to capitalise on the increasing opportunities in the aviation sector globally, according to industry experts.   “Over the past decade, as the global economy has improved, airlines have grown in profitability, matured in terms of employing better capacity management and cost controls, and have benefitted from the explosion in demand for passenger air travel,” according to Aviation ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Saudia Announce Major Expansion of Their Commercial Partnership

    October 22, 2019:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudia, the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have marked the first anniversary of their commercial partnership by announcing 12 new codeshare routes to key destinations in Asia and Europe.  Since signing their agreement in October, 2018, the two airlines have placed their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina. Saudia has also added its ‘SV’ code to Etihad flights ......read more

    Optimism runs high among investors in aviation sector; 2020 to see more investments: Experts

    UAE aviation sector open to investors from outside country, says Saif Al Suwaidi     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 21, 2019:     Investors are keen to capitalise on the increasing opportunities in the aviation sector globally, according to industry experts.   “Over the past decade, as the global economy has improved, airlines have grown in profitability, matured in terms of employing better capacity management and cost controls, and have benefitted from the explosion in demand for passenger air travel,” according to Aviation ......read more

    Increase in flight data analytics transforms predictive safety for aviation sector

    World Aviation Safety Summit 2019 to advise industry on impact of big data, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and predictive safety for global sector       20 October 2019 – Dubai, UAE:    The impact of increasing flight data analytics and digitalisation will be a key topic of debate at the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) 2019. The event, which is being hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, is returning to Dubai this year for its seventh edition. Taking place on 09 and 10 December, WASS 2019 will advise how use of data is vital in ......read more

    More Control, Less Waiting - Top Priorities for Passengers

    16 October 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the results of its 2019 Global Passenger Survey showing that passengers are looking to technology to improve their travel experience.     The survey acts as the voice of the passenger, providing objective and in-depth insights into the preferences and behaviors of air travelers around the world, helping to guide industry initiatives. The focus of the survey was on processes and technology in the travel experience, not airline or airport service levels. Top passenger priorities ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates Boeing 787 Dreamliner Services to Milan

    Exclusive event held to showcase the importance of the Italian market, and airline’s partnership with iconic luxury Italian brand ACQUA DI PARMA Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - October 19, 2019:  Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has celebrated the deployment of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily scheduled services to Milan by hosting an exclusive reception at the Palazzo Clerici, the spectacular Baroque former residence of the influential Clerici family, located in the heart of the Italian city. The occasion was attended by leading figures from ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports signs historic Memorandum of Understanding with Beijing Daxing International Airport

     Memorandum with Daxing is the first in the World to be signed by an airport   Signing demonstrates closeness of ties between Abu Dhabi and Beijing  Agreement facilitates exchange of best practices and enables future collaboration     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 12, 2019:   In the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yao Yabo, President of ......read more

    US-China Trade War Weighs Heavily on Air Cargo

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 10, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), contracted by 3.9% in August 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the tenth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2% year-on-year in August 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped ......read more

    You are the captain of your health!

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 09, 2019:    Turkish Airlines’ Captain Bilge Derin was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 31. It was a long and tough road, but she never gave up. With the support of her family and friends who inspired her throughout, she beat cancer and emerged stronger than before. Watch her brave story here: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQNpU1nLhXo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3H_TQ0AKC0/?igshid=6ldem0m3vqol   Captain Bilge shared her story to give hope to thousands of other people fighting the ......read more

    HE Hamad Obaid AlMansoori: Hazzaa has shown excellent health condition

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 08, 2019:    The Emirati astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori during his meeting with the Chairman of MBRSC, HE Hamad Obaid AlMansoori, the Director General HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, and Salem AlMarri, the head of the UAE Astronaut Programme and Saeed Karmostaji, Astronauts’ Office manager, at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City in Moscow.  "Hazzaa has shown excellent health condition and is ready to complete his scientific experiments as planned," said HE Hamad Obaid AlMansoori.   ...read more

    Airlines welcome significant progress made at 40th ICAO Assembly''

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 08, 2019:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended the significant progress made by governments at the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   Environment was at the top of the agenda, and after some robust discussions between states, there were two critical outcomes:   • The ICAO Council will report to the next Assembly on options for the adoption of a long-term aspirational goal for reducing carbon emissions from international aviation.   • The ......read more

    Airlines welcome significant progress made at 40th ICAO Assembly

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 07, 2019:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended the significant progress made by governments at the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   Environment was at the top of the agenda, and after some robust discussions between states, there were two critical outcomes:   • The ICAO Council will report to the next Assembly on options for the adoption of a long-term aspirational goal for reducing carbon emissions from international aviation. • The ......read more

    Ups Flight Forward Attains Faa's First Full Approval for Drone Airline

    •       Makes first revenue-generating flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) •       UPS’s full “Part 135 Standard*” certification is a first for any company •       UPS to expand company’s drone delivery network serving healthcare and other customer applications   Dubai, UAE, October 6, 2019:   UPS (NYSE:UPS) subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc. today announced it has received the U.S. government’s first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a ......read more

    Impact of mergers and acquisitions within aerospace to form key focus area at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

    Abu Dhabi to once again welcome international aviation, aerospace and space leaders for fifth edition of the premier thought leadership forum    3 October 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Megadeals, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and vertical integration within aerospace, aviation, space and defence will be some of the main points of debate at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. One of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for these pivotal industries will return to the UAE capital from 17 to 19 March 2020, welcoming more than 1,000 of the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations created a joint platform.

    The “Sport for Peace Awards” project is expected to have extensive global impact. October 02, 2019:    Reaching to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in line with its goal to fly every corner of the world, Turkish Airlines carries its active stance in the development of its flight network to collaborating with prominent global brands, organizations and NGOs to reach different societies and communities around the world. On Wednesday, September 25th, the national flag carrier took another step in this direction as it put its ......read more

    Hazzaa AlMansoori studies mechanisms of action in astronaut's motor activity at ISS

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  October 02, 2019:    On his sixth day aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, conducted an experiment to study the mechanisms of action and efficiency of different countermeasures against disturbances in the astronaut’s motor activity under space flight conditions. AlMansoori also conducted an experiment to study bone status indexes, body composition, and endocrine regulation in cosmonauts before and after a short-term space flight. Communicating with the ground station in ......read more

    Students engage with Hazzaa AlMansoori to control Int-Ball aboard ISS

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  October 01, 2019:    On his fifth day aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori started his day by communicating with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) teams at the ground stations in Moscow and in Dubai and informing them of his daily schedule.  Communicating with the ground station in Dubai MBRSC organised two video conference calls between AlMansoori, school students, and the public. The first conference call was held in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), ......read more

    Hazzaa AlMansoori records first tour in Arabic aboard International Space Station

    • First Arab astronaut to read children’s stories aboard the International Space Station (ISS)   Dubai, UAE, 30 September 2019:  On his fourth day aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, recorded the first-ever Arabic video tour, where he explained the components of the station and the equipment on board, in addition to a short brief about the daily life of astronauts on board the station. AlMansoori also read a children's story, called Amal and Khalifa, about two children traveling to the ISS, Mars, and ......read more

    In pictures.. Hazzaa AlMansoori conducts Osteology aboard ISS

    Dubai, UAE, 30 September 2019:   Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, shared a series of photos with the team at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). The photos showed AlMansoori conducting an experiment on bone status indexes, body composition, and endocrine regulation in astronauts. This experiment on “Osteology” is conducted in cooperation with the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos. The pictures show AlMansoori and the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka while using the station’s equipment to conduct the experiment. AlMansoori also appears ......read more

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