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    Etihad Airways Recognised for Commitment to Travellers' Health

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates December 14, 2017:  Etihad Airways was this week recognised for its commitment to travellers’ wellbeing after announcing it will become the first airline in the Middle East to offer Weqaya-approved meal selections onboard its flights.    The Department of Health (DoH) acknowledged the efforts of the UAE’s national carrier at a ceremony at SIAL Middle East 2017, one of the region's leading events dedicated to the food, beverage and hospitality sectors, which is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority.   With the support of DoH, Etihad Airways’ plans to offer healthy meal options on its flights ......read more

    VFS Global introduces special Christmas offers on Platinum Lounge and doorstep visa services

    Dubai, UAE, December 14, 2017:   This December, residents of the United Arab Emirates can avail VFS Global’s special Christmas offers when applying for their UK or Australia visas at the luxurious Platinum Lounge or when opting for doorstep visa services, available for visas to UK, South Africa, Turkey, Singapore, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Hungary. Platinum Lounge Christmas offer: UK and Australia visa applicants using the Platinum Lounge facility, located at Wafi Mall, Dubai, can now avail the buy one get one free offer when applying for their visa. The Platinum Lounge service is designed to provide best in class customer care and personalisation at every step of the application submission journey. From chauffeured pick-up and drop-off service from anywhere in the UAE to step-by-step assistance ......read more

    Turkish Airlines announces special fares for a magical winter in Turkey

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 13 December 2017:  Turkish Airlines announces special fares to Turkey this winter, offering passengers an opportunity to experience the beauty of Turkey on their holidays. Passengers from the UAE can now book a ticket directly to Atatürk for a price starting from AED 2,300 and to Sabiha Gökçen Airport from AED 2,200. Passengers can also travel to any other destinations within Turkey for an additional fee ranging from AED 100 to 150, depending on the location.  The offer is valid for passengers booking a flight from now until 22nd of December as long as they are intending to travel during the period of 15th December, 2017 to 31st May,2018.  Winter is one of the best seasons to travel to Turkey, if you are looking to experience centuries of history, wonderfully rich ......read more

    GCAA Attends Highly Successful Ican Event in Colombo Sri Lanka

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2017:  The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) attended ICAO’s tenth ICAN ‘Air Services Negotiation Event’ from 4th–8th December 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka.  The objective of the conference is to facilitate bilateral (or multilateral) air service negotiations between ICAO Member States by providing a central meeting place for States to gather and conduct private negotiations in one location. This year 77 countries participated in the conference and held discussions on current trends in the regulation of air transport policies and liberalization in line with relevant ICAO guidelines. ICAN also provides member States with a forum to learn latest trends and discuss issues affecting the aviation industry in ......read more

    Finnair: the bad weather continues to affect Finnair's traffic in the coming days

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2017:  The storm in Central Europe and the runway restrictions caused by heavy snowfall in Helsinki Airport on Tuesday congested Finnair operations at Helsinki Airport severely on Tuesday evening. An overtime working ban by Finnish aviation union also contributed partly to the situation. Finnair had to cancel over 60 legs, and many flights were delayed. - We are extremely sorry for the delays and cancellations. We apologize to all our customers for the disruptions. Our customer service was badly congested, and there was not enough hotel capacity in Southern Finland for our customers whose onward journey was disrupted at Helsinki Airport, says Piia Karhu, SVP Customer Experience, Finnair. - We delivered all available sandwiches, beverages and blankets to our customers at the airport during the night, ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center Encourages Emirati Youth to Register for “UAE Astronaut Programme”

    UAE Astronaut Programme to make history with first Emirati and Arab astronauts’ space flight More than 1000 applications received to date Dubai, 11 December 2017:  Following the announcement from H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center is now accepting entries for the UAE Astronaut Programme. At the end of 2018, four carefully selected Emirati candidates will be chosen to form the UAE Astronaut team and undergo a three-year long intensive training programme to enable them to board the International Space Station (ISS).    The UAE Astronaut Programme has received more than 1000 applications of enthusiasts, only few days after the announcement. Young Emiratis - including all fields -  ......read more

    Emirates celebrates holiday season with special Christmas treats

    Dubai, UAE, 10 Dec 2017 –  Emirates is spreading the festive joy with treats across all cabin classes this December. Customers travelling for the holidays will enjoy several Christmas specials both on the ground and on board from food to entertainment. Festive menus are back In addition to the regionally inspired cuisine served on board, Emirates is bringing back its Christmas menu with a more extensive offering of holiday favourites. Emirates’ seasonal menus are a key component of its dining offering and the Christmas menu is one of the main highlights. The festive meals are available throughout December for customers travelling from Dubai to Australia, Europe, the United States or the United Kingdom and those travelling from the UK to Dubai. Customers travelling in Economy Class can enjoy rolled turkey buffé ......read more

    Etihad Airways Rolls-out Initiatives to Ease Check-in Over Peak Season

    Dubai, UAE, December 10, 2017:  The peak pre-Christmas travel period is fast approaching with many travellers making plans for trips home or on holiday.    The combination of the festive season and schools breaking up for holidays means the period from 12 December to 5 January will be a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with up to 1.25 million guests flying with Etihad Airways across the network over this period.   To make sure that guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy season, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in Early check-in is also available at the Dubai Travel Mall, and at the Al Ain and Abu Dhabi City Terminals. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least three hours ......read more

    British Airways Announces Grand Avios Sale Across 90 Destinations

    Dubai residents can enjoy return flights to London for as little as 13,000 Avios  Dubai, UAE 10 December 2017:  British Airways has announced a massive sale offering British Airways Executive Club members the chance to travel the world for half the number of Avios usually required.  Available for booking from today until December 17, the airline will offer World Traveller (long-haul economy) flights to Heathrow and onwards to 90 long-haul destinations for 50 per cent fewer Avios. This means that customers can book their return flight from Dubai to London using 13,000 Avios instead of 26,000.   Robert Williams, British Airways’ head of sales – Asia Pacific and the Middle East, said: “Booking reward flights has always been one of our members’ favourite ways to spend their Avios and ......read more

    DP World Scores a Double Win at Transport Arabia Excellence Awards

    DP World, UAE Region is recognised as Terminal Operator of the Year and Most Automated Container Terminal of the Year Sultan Bin Sulayem: Transport Arabia Excellence Awards can contribute to promote intra-region trade Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 December 2017:  Global trade enabler DP World was recognized for its world leading business standards and practices when Its UAE Region won two awards at the Transport Arabia Excellence Awards 2017, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, CEO and chairman of the Emirates Group, and Chairman of Dubai World. DP World, UAE Region won the Terminal Operator of the Year Award, which cited the regional trade enabler for its consistently high levels of performance, commercial success and have shown a ......read more

    Dubai Customs wins “Best Customs Department in 2017” Award

    Dubai – 9 December 2017:  Dubai Customs was awarded “Best Customs Department in 2017” at the Excellence Transport Awards 2017, presented by Dubai Airports and held for the first time in Dubai on 4th December under the auspices of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman, Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.  The award was given to Dubai Customs in recognition to its efforts in facilitating passage and flow of passengers in airports and improving air cargo operations and procedures. By updating and continuous improving of customs systems and technologies at Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport, operational efficiency increased. The latest statistics revealed a 6.6% increase in passenger traffic ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Second Daily Flight to Jordan

    Additional year-round service between Abu Dhabi and Amman begins in March 2018   Abu Dhabi, UAE, December 7, 2017:  Etihad Airways is launching a second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Amman, effective 25 March 2018.   The double daily year-round schedule will provide greater choice to local passengers travelling between Abu Dhabi and Amman, with attractive timings of early afternoon and evening departures from the capital cities of the UAE and Jordan, respectively.   The additional flights, operated by an Airbus A320 with 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy, will also improve connectivity over Abu Dhabi to a wider network of destinations across Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.    Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Increasing ......read more

    Raytheon Forms New Subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates

    John Brauneis named Chief Executive of Raytheon Emirates ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Dec. 7, 2017) —  Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) marked its 30-year anniversary of partnership with the United Arab Emirates by announcing it has formed Raytheon Emirates, a new, wholly-owned subsidiary incorporated and headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The creation of Raytheon Emirates supports the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 by forming an aerospace and defense business that fosters cyber-secure digital transformation, contributes to the nation’s economic diversification, and employs a highly-skilled, highly-productive Emirati workforce. "The establishment of Raytheon Emirates is a strong step forward in our longstanding alliance with the United Arab Emirates,” said Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon Company Chairman and ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Launches UAE Astronaut Programme

    To prepare and qualify Emirati Astronauts to reach the International Space Station Dubai, UAE: 6th of December, 2017:  UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the UAE’s first Astronaut programme dedicated to selecting and training four Emirati Astronauts on various space missions so they can head to the International Space Station within the next five years. His Highness said, “On this day, a new chapter in our history begins with the launch of the first UAE Astronaut Programme, dedicated to training and sending four Emirati Astronauts into space. The people of the UAE will break barriers; there is no power strong enough to stand in the way of those who believe nothing is impossible.” He continued, “Our ambitious goals are ......read more

    Airbus Little Engineer A380 Workshop Fuels a Passion for Innovation in Students at the Arab Aviation Summit

    Dubai, UAE, 6th December 2017 –  Students from across the UAE have participated in the Airbus Little Engineer A380 workshop during the Arab Aviation Summit in Dubai. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group - who inaugurated this year’s summit - the event represents one of the most prominent and important aviation and tourism events in the region.  Under the umberella of the Airbus Foundation, the initiative is committed to encouraging students to better understand and embrace innovative technology.  It is also aimed at igniting a passion in the younger generation that could grow into an exciting career in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and ......read more

    Strong Airline Profitability Continues in 2018

    Operating Margins Squeezed by Rising Costs   Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts global industry net profit to rise to $38.4 billion in 2018, an improvement from the $34.5 billion expected net profit in 2017 (revised from a $31.4 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2018 performance include: A slight decline in the operating margin to 8.1% (down from 8.3% in 2017) An improvement in net margin to 4.7% (up from 4.6% in 2017) A rise in overall revenues to $824 billion (+9.4% on 2017 revenues of $754 billion) A rise in passenger numbers to 4.3 billion (+6.0% on the 4.1 billion passengers in 2017) A rise in cargo carried to 62.5 million tonnes (+4.5% on the 59.9 million tonnes in 2017) Slower growth for both passenger (+6.0% in 2018, +7.5% in ......read more

    Turkish Airlines on board with UFW

    Turkish Airlines signs the “United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)” pledging for zero-tolerance regarding the illegal wildlife trade.    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 5 December, 2017: The “United for Wildlife Buckingham Palace Declaration (UFW)” which was on the agenda of the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting held in Cancun, Mexico last June, has been signed by 41 airline companies so far.    The declaration, also signed by institutions such as ACI, AFRAA, AASA and London Heathrow Airport, is aiming to stop the illegal wildlife trade of tusk, rhino horn, tortoise shell etc. as well as increasing passenger, customer, client, and staff awareness about the nature, scale, and consequences of the illegal wildlife trade.   The declaration was approved ......read more

    Air Freight Up 5.9% in October; Signals Strong Start to Q4

    Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 5.9% in October 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was a slowdown from the 9.2% annual growth recorded in September 2017 but still exceeded the average annual growth rate of 3.2% over the past decade. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.7% year-on-year in October. This was the 15th consecutive month in which demand growth outstripped capacity growth, which is positive for load factors, yields, and financial performance.  While cargo demand remains strong, several indicators show that we may have passed the growth peak. The inventory-to-sales ratio in the US is tracking ......read more

    October Passenger Demand Rebounds from Weather-Impacted September

    Dubai, UAE, December 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for October showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.2% compared to the same month last year. Capacity grew 6.2% and load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.8%, which was a record for the month.   October’s performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September. Domestic and international travel growth largely was in balance.   “As expected, the recent severe weather in the Americas region had only a temporary impact on the healthy travel demand we have seen this year, and we remain on course for another year of above-trend growth,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and ......read more

    Armani Hotel Dubai wins top honour at 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards

    Dubai, UAE, December 4, 2017:  Armani Hotel Dubai’s sustainability initiatives have been recognised at the 2017 Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards with Abdul Quddus Sheikh, Director of Engineering, honoured as ‘Sustainability Champion’ for demonstrating excellence in implementing and delivering sustainable development initiatives at the hotel. Under Abdul Quddus Sheikh’s leadership, Armani Hotel Dubai achieved impressive results in energy and water savings in addition to reducing its carbon footprint, and reinforced responsible environmental practices as an organisation-wide commitment.  The recognition follows Armani Hotel Dubai winning its first Green Globe Certification, a strong testament to its commitment to be a socially and environmentally responsible hotel operator that is focused on ......read more

    Emirates Celebrates the UAE's 46th National Day with Special Offers to 46 Destinations

    Dubai, U.A.E., 29th November 2017-  To celebrate the UAE’s 46th National Day, Emirates is offering travellers special fares to 46 destinations and a bonus Skywards miles offer when they avail the special fares. The offers are valid for booking until 10th December 2017, for outbound travel between 1 December 2017 and 10 June 2018.  Travellers in the UAE can look forward to excellent fares to 46 destinations across the globe in Economy Class and Business Class in celebration of National Day. Special fares in Economy Class start from as low as AED 835 return to Kuwait, AED 905 return to Kochin; AED 945 return fares to Karachi; AED 1,275 to Jeddah; AED 2,235 to Istanbul; AED 2,245 to Bangkok; AED 2,735 to London; AED 3,125 to Cape Town; AED 3,735 to New York and AED 5,605 to Brisbane, amongst other exciting destinations. ......read more

    IATA DGR for Electronic Flight Bags Takes Off

    Emirates Airline Signs Multi-Year Subscription Dubai, UAE, 28 November 2017 (Geneva) –  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Emirates Airline is the launch customer for the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR) for Electronic Flight Bags (eFB). This important innovation brings the IATA DGR into the cockpit where flight crew make important pre- and in-flight safety decisions. “For almost 60 years IATA’s DGR has been helping the industry safely transport air cargo. The DGR for eFB places the most comprehensive resource on the carriage of dangerous goods into the cockpit in a format that will assist the flight deck crew in making timely operational safety checks and decisions,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and ......read more

    Top Must-Visit Attractions For Your Dubai Trip

    Are you planning for a trip to Dubai? Well you made the right choice!! But it is recommended to have an idea of the famous destinations to visit Dubai before planning the trip so that you don’t miss out the gems of the places which is worth the penny that you saved for such trips. It is always a smart decision to get acquainted to the places before visiting any tourist destinations like Dubai along with making the best use of Latest Indian Deals. Here are some of the most recommended destinations in Dubai which you need to visit to make the trip worth and unforgettable.  Dubai Mall Dubai Mall is one of the favourite destinations in Dubai for shopping and entertainment. It is one of the favourite hot spot during DSF (Dubai shopping festival). Moreover the place is famous for indoor games like ice-skating, bowling and ......read more

    Al Fursan aerobatics team to put on a show above the Old Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah

    On the Occasion of UAE National Day Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 27 November 2017:  Ras Al Khaimah Old Corniche will be the setting for a special performance by the Al Fursan aerial display team on the 28th of November 2017 at 3:50PM. The display performances will include an array of breath-taking aerial manoeuvres that include ‘corsair loop’, ‘swan right barrel roll’, ‘flag cross’ as well as the signature ‘UAE DNA’. The “Al Fursan” (The Knights) are the United Arab Emirates Air Force aerobatic display team. The team flies Aermacchi MB-339A jet trainer aircraft. 

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    Abu Dhabi Enhances Tourist Experience with New Visa On Arrival Process at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    New Visa Counter to issue transit and tourist visas to arrival and layover travellers in 30 minutes  96-hour transit visa a chance to explore Abu Dhabi  Abu Dhabi, 27th November 2017:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, jointly with Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs - Abu Dhabi, announced today the launch of a new visa counter to facilitate the visa application process and grant both transit and arriving passengers visas to Abu Dhabi within 15 to 30 minutes. The new service, located at the Terminal 3 transit area at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), includes activation of the new four-day, or 96-hour, transit visa for all nationalities travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport.    The launch of the new ......read more

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    Etihad Aviation Group Recognises Partnership With Women for Emirati Women's Day

    Women account for 51 per cent of Etihad Airways’ 13,000 employees 51 per cent of all UAE nationals in Etihad Aviation Group are female Dubai, UAE, August 23, 2017:  Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is celebrating the third annual Emirati Women’s Day with a series of events to highlight this year’s theme, Women are partners in giving, in line with the UAE’s 2017 Year of Giving initiative.    Women comprise 36 per cent of EAG’s nearly 26,000-strong workforce, working alongside men in what are traditionally regarded as male professions such ......read more

    DAE Completes Acquisition of AWAS

    Dubai, U.A.E., 20 August 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. has today completed the previously announced acquisition of the AWAS group of companies. The acquisition of AWAS propels DAE into the top tier of global aircraft lessors. DAE will now conduct its aircraft leasing business using the DAE Capital brand name. DAE Capital now features: an owned, managed and committed fleet of approximately 400 aircraft with a value of over US$14 billion; full service capability to 117 airline customers in 57 countries from offices in Dubai, Dublin, Singapore, Miami, Bellevue ......read more

    IATA Airlines Financial Monitor

    KEY POINTS: JUNE 2017 – JULY 2017 Initial airline financial results from Q2 2017 have been more robust than earlier in the year, and suggest that the squeeze on profit margins from higher costs and weak yields peaked in Q1. Meanwhile, having trended downwards since 2013, the latest monthly data suggest that passenger yields have now started to trend upwards. Exchange rate-adjusted yields were broadly unchanged from their year-ago level in May. Global airline share prices fell in July, driven by a decline in the North America index. Having seen airline shares outperform global ......read more

    International SOS and Control Risks Advise Pilgrims Worldwide Ahead of Hajj 2017

    Health and safety tips for those travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage  Dubai, UAE, August 16, 2017:  International SOS and Control Risks has issued the latest guidance to Muslims travelling from all over the world to attend Hajj in Saudi Arabia this month. Close to 2 million foreign and domestic pilgrims are expected to perform their religious duties in Mecca between August 30 and September 4, with many also travelling to Medina in the weeks before and after the pilgrimage. Hundreds of thousands of travellers have already arrived in Saudi Arabia, ......read more

    UAE Student's ‘Genes in Space' Experiment Launches to International Space Station

    Al Mansoori, 15, aims to keep astronauts healthy during space missions   Dubai, UAE, August 15, 2017:   UAE high school student Alia Al Mansoori’s experiment is on its way to the International Space Station. This is the culmination of the first UAE Genes in Space competition held in the UAE and made possible through a partnership of the UAE Space Agency, The National and Boeing.  The DNA-based research competition was open to all students in Grades 7 through 12 across the country. The contest invites students to propose experiments that contribute to solving ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport join passengers in Celebrating Pakistan's and India's Independence Days

    15th August 2017, Abu Dhabi:  Passengers travelling to or coming from Pakistan or India this week were treated to a terminal-wide festivities at Abu Dhabi International Airport, marking the Pakistan Independence Day on the 14th August, and the India Independence Day on 15th August. The celebrations included a flash mob that surprised passengers arriving from various destinations in both countries, as it suddenly appeared in the baggage claim halls, leaving the arrivals in total amazement. Passengers had also the opportunity to take photos in front of the famous “Wagah ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' cross-continental flights are more comfortable now with the baby packs specially designed to meet the needs of families who fly with babies.

    Dubai, UAE, August 14, 2017:  Having the passenger satisfaction as a priority, Turkish Airlines continues to bring innovation to the unmatched travel experience, offered by the carrier. The airline has now started to provide specially designed baby packs in order to make its cross-continental flights more comfortable for the families who fly with their babies (0-2 ages), as of August 2017. The baby packs, offered within specially designed bags, include a diaper changing mat, disposable baby bib, rash cream, baby lotion, baby shampoo, baby wipe, and breast pad. Whole items that do ......read more

    New UAE Space Agency Board of Directors Holds First Meeting

    The session was headed by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency 14 August 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The new formation of the UAE Space Agency Board of Directors has met for the first time, chaired by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education. Board members include H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Khalid Al Buainain, Badr Al Olama, Sultan Muhair Al Ketbi, Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Mohammed Saif Al Maqbali, Massaoud Mohammed Sharif, and Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf.   The new members praised the diligent ......read more

    Disclaimer from the General Civil Aviation Authority in the United Arab Emirates

    Dubai, UAE, August 9, 2017:  The General Civil Aviation Authority of the United Arab Emirates denies allowing aircraft registered in the State of Qatar to cross the sovereign airspace of the state, adding that those aircraft are only  allowed to use the airspace managed by the UAE above international waters. ...read more

    Miami International Airport First Worldwide to Provide Fast Entry Process Into USA via Its Mobile App

    SITA enables Miami Airport app users to quickly tap and clear immigration and customs Dubai, UAE, August 9, 2017:  Miami International Airport (MIA) is the first airport in the world to bring the convenience of Mobile Passport Control, the fast entry process into the USA, into its own airport app experience. US citizens and Canadian visitors arriving into Miami can now use the MIA Airport Official app to submit details to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and simply receive a barcode on their phone to present for clearance.  This convenient service, developed by global ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports receives UAE's first Aerodrome Flight Information Services Certification

    9th August 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi Airports has been awarded the UAE’s first Aerodrome Flight Information Services (AFIS) certification from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), for Sir Bani Yas Airport.  AFIS is provided at airfields where flight information is required, but where the aircraft traffic does not warrant having a full Air Traffic Control service. AFIS can provide information to pilots about other known traffic that is landing, taking off, or flying in the vicinity of the airfield, as well as relevant meteorological ......read more

    Air Arabia posts strong second quarter net profit of AED 158 million, up 21%

    Results exceeded analysts’ expectations and second quarter revenues reached AED 906 million First half 2017 net profit increases 7% and 12 new routes launched in the same period  Sharjah, UAE; 08 August 2017:  Air Arabia (PJSC) today announced strong financial results for the second quarter of this year ending June 30, 2017 as the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier continued to deliver robust and sustained performance.   Air Arabia’s financial results for the second quarter exceeded analysts’ ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority sees 19.5% growth in applications received through Abu Dhabi Events Licensing System

    The licensing system has paved the way for the exponential growth of Abu Dhabi’s expanding events sector Mandatory register provides fast effective solutions for processing, licensing and promotion of all Abu Dhabi events Abu Dhabi, UAE – 08 August 2017:  The Abu Dhabi Events Licensing System (ELS), which was launched earlier during the year by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), has experienced unprecedented growth of 19.5% in total applications between Q1 and Q2.    Operated by TCA Abu Dhabi on behalf of Abu Dhabi ......read more

    Airbus - The Month in Review: July 2017

    Dubai, UAE, August 7, 2017:  Airbus logged orders for four jetliners from its A330 and A350 XWB widebody families in July, while delivering 47 aircraft from across its current-production single-aisle and widebody product lines during the month. The new business in July involved three A330-200s for International Airlines Group, along with one A350-1000 for an undisclosed customer. Taking these transactions into account, along with conversions and cancellations, Airbus’ overall net orders for the first seven months of 2017 totalled 205 jetliners. July’s deliveries ......read more

    Strong Demand Growth Continues in June

    Dubai, UAE, August 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for June showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 7.8% compared to the year-ago period. This was in line with the 7.7% growth recorded in May. All regions reported growth. June capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.5%, and load factor rose 1.0 percentage point to 81.9%.   For the first six months of 2017, the industry experienced a 12-year high in traffic growth (7.9%) and a record first half ......read more

    Jazeera Airways announces Q2 2017 financial results, reports double digit growth in operating and net profits and an 8-year record in flown passengers

    Dubai, UAE, August 2, 2017:  Jazeera Airways today announced its second quarter financial results, reporting an operating profit of KD2.2 million, up 22.9% from the same period last year, and a net profit of KD2.3 million, reflecting a growth of 18.1% from the same period last year. Jazeera Airways’ positive results were driven by higher utilization, improved network planning, and a strong demand for travel during the quarter, which was airline’s best second quarter by flown passengers since Q2 2009.    Q2 2017 Financial and Operational ......read more

    Air Cargo Posts Strongest First Half-Year Growth Since 2010

    Dubai, UAE, August 2, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew by 10.4% in the first-half of 2017 compared to the first-half of 2016. This was the strongest first half-year performance since air cargo’s rebound from the Global Financial Crisis in 2010 and nearly triple the industry’s average growth rate of 3.9% over the last five years.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.6% in the first ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim adds Challenger aircraft to managed fleet

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 02, 2017:  Dubai-based DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between DC Aviation Group based in Germany and Al-Futtaim, has expanded its fleet under management with the addition of a Challenger 605 aircraft.  This brings the total number of aircraft under management to six including two Globals, three Challengers and a Falcon 7X.  The management contract will see DCAF provide a complete 360-degree service package from its facility at Al Maktoum International Airport including FBO handling, maintenance and air-conditioned hangar ......read more

    Etihad Airways Reports Net Loss for 2016, One-off Impairments Impact Bottom Line While Passenger Revenues Remain Stable

    One-off impairments on aircraft and equity investments contribute to US$1.87 billion net loss  Passenger revenues steady on record passenger numbers and 79% load factors  11% reduction in unit costs helps to offset pressure on yields Group-wide strategic review well underway to drive change and improve performance  Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, July 27, 2017:  Etihad Airways today announced its 2016 financial results, recording a net loss of US$ 1.87 billion on US$ 8.36 billion in revenues as one-off impairment charges and fuel hedging losses weighed ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre joins Sentinel Asia initiative to support disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region

    Al Shaibani: MBRSC’s membership at Sentinel Asia reflects the approach of giving and humanitarian support, and is in-line with 2017’s initiative - Year of Giving   Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2017:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space (MBRSC) has joined Sentinel Asia, an international initiative among space agencies, disaster management agencies, and international agencies for applying remote sensing and Web-GIS technologies to support disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region. The Center joined the initiative as part of its support to disaster risk reduction, and will contribute ......read more

    Lanseria International Airport Improves Convenience for Airlines and Passengers

    New SITA services includes South Africa’s first self-bag drop and mobile boarding   Dubai, UAE – 26 July 2017 – Lanseria International Airport is investing in SITA’s self-service technology that will add new convenience for passengers while providing improved common-use functionality for airlines. Using SITA’s self-service systems, passengers will now be able to quickly check-in and drop their bags before proceeding directly to the gate without having to visit a traditional check-in counter.    In a first for a South African airport, ......read more

    Armani Hotel Dubai Awarded First Green Globe Certification

    Dubai, UAE. July 26, 2017:  As a key part of its vision to operate sustainably, Armani Hotel Dubai has been awarded its first Green Globe certification. General Manager, Mark Kirby said, “Green Globe certification for Armani Hotel Dubai is a strong testament to our commitment to be a socially and environmentally responsible hotel operator, focused on international best practices in energy and water use efficiency and sustainable development.  “Since inception, we have focused on promoting green initiatives hotel-wide and encouraged the participation of not just our ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Next-Generation Boeing 787 Between Abu Dhabi and Beirut

    Upgrade to widebody 787 Dreamliner provides significant capacity increase on key route Aircraft features industry-leading, award-winning cabins  Acclaimed Flying Nanny service now available on 787 Dreamliner flights to Beirut Dubai, UAE, July 25, 2017:  Etihad Airways today introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to Beirut, Lebanon.    The new 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A321 aircraft previously operating the airline’s EY535/EY538 flights to and from the ......read more

    IATA and Airlines for America Launch Baggage Tracking Campaign

    23 July 2017 (Geneva):  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines for America (A4A), have launched a year-long global campaign related to baggage tracking with the goal of reducing mishandled bags in addition to increasing efficiency in baggage operations.  Annually, more than 4 billion bags are carried by airlines globally. Less than 0.43 percent do not arrive with their owners. The industry is determined to do even better and has agreed to Resolution 753 (R753). By June 2018, airlines have committed to being able to track a bag when it is accepted at the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Summer Season Stakeholders Set for Emirate-Wide Programme of Entertainment

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 18 July 2017:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the organiser of this year’s Abu Dhabi Summer Season running from July 20 to August 20, held a networking meeting with partners and stakeholders at the Manarat Al Saadiyat on Saadiyat Island to help drive the success of the event. Representatives from the Authority met with companies from the public and private sectors to see how all could work together during the month-long programme of entertainment across the emirate. This year’s edition of Abu Dhabi Summer Season is being ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Reports Double-Digit Year-on-Year Visitor Growth in H1

    Robust January-June growth in domestic and international visitors, hotel guest nights and length of stay keeps Emirate on track to welcome 900,000 visitors in 2017 ‘Best-ever’ summer predicted as hotels report 27 per cent year-on-year increase in June guest arrivals Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – 13th July, 2017: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA), which develops the emirate’s tourism infrastructure and initiates its domestic and overseas promotions, has revealed Ras Al Khaimah is on track to surpass its annual visitor target after the emirate’s ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Tops Leading UK Travel Firm's “Most Wanted” List for 2017

    13 July 2017   Gold Medal, a leading UK travel company, has heralded Abu Dhabi as one of its most popular destinations for this summer following a surge in demand from British holidaymakers visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As a travel consolidator, offering a variety of online travel services and products including airfares, hotel reservations and car rental to travel agents, Gold Medal , has reported a remarkable 294 per cent rise on the previous year in forward 2017 summer holiday bookings from the UK to the UAE capital. Etihad Airways operates five weekly ......read more

    Fall In Love With These Exotic and Romantic Hotels in Dubai

    When you are travelling as a newly wed couple, then you would deserve the best and the finest service for your trip to make it even more enchanting and mesmerizing. So when you are planning to go to Dubai, you must know that you are heading to the Pearl of Asia.   Dubai has some of the most romantic and exotic locations for the people who are planning to have a destination wedding, celebrate their anniversary, or babymoon, or just trying to escape to the paradise. These hotels and inns in Dubai have special rates and packages just for two of you.   These hotels also have ......read more

    Dubai expects to welcome record high passenger numbers at airports this summer

      Sheikh Ahmed:  Smart technology enabling passengers to speed through passport control within seconds Angela Gittens: Financial health of airport industry intact Khalid Al Arif: Middle East needs system similar to Eurocontrol for air traffic management Dubai, July 12, 2017:  Dubai is set to witness a record high passenger numbers at airports this summer. Last year, passenger traffic in July was 14 per cent higher compared to previous year and Dubai Airports welcomed over 22.4 million people from July to September.  “This year, we expect passenger numbers ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim to start offering jet fuel from its facility at Dubai South

    Dubai, UAE, July 11, 2017:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim is expanding its services to its private and business jet clients to include the sale of Jet A-1 fuel from its facility at Dubai South. Attached is the press release and an image of a business jet being refuelled at the DCAF facility. ...read more

    Air Arabia First International Flight to Commence Operations at Sohar Airport

    10 July 2017 Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its inaugural flight to Sohar yesterday, making it the first international flight to commence operations at the Sohar Airport. The Air Arabia flight will operate three times a week, on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, departing from Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 08:00 hours, and arriving at Sohar International Airport (OHS) at 08:40 local time. The return flight departs from Sohar at 09:20, landing in Sharjah at 10:00 local time. The new route complements Air ......read more

    Passenger Demand Moderates from Recent Peak but Stays Strong

    9 July 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for May showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 7.7% compared to the same month in 2016. This was slower than the 10.9% growth recorded in April. However, this still was well ahead of the 5- and 10-year average growth rates. Capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.1%, which was a record high for the month. All regions, excluding the Middle East and North America, posted record-high May load ......read more

    Global Air Freight Demand Increases 13% in May

    Dubai, UAE, July 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), grew 12.7% in May 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was up from the 8.7% annual growth recorded in April 2017 and is more than three times higher than the five year average growth rate of 3.8%.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 5.2% year-on-year in May 2017.  The continued growth of air freight demand is consistent with an ......read more

    British Airways Announces Partnership with the White Company

    British Airways today announced its plans to give customers a great night’s sleep in the sky through a partnership with the luxury lifestyle brand, The White Company.  The iconic British retailer will supply bedding and amenity kits in Club World as part of the airline’s £400m customer investment plan, with a focus on excellence in the premium cabins and more choice and quality for all. Later this year, customers travelling in Club World between Heathrow and New York JFK will be given a new elegant day cushion which will double up as a fantastic lumbar support ......read more

    Air Arabia touches down in Trabzon, Turkey

    Trabzon joins Istanbul as Air Arabia’s latest Turkish destination Five weekly flights connecting Sharjah and Trabzon  Sharjah, UAE; 5 July 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its inaugural flight to Trabzon as its latest Turkish destination.    The new seasonal and direct service provides passengers the chance to discover Turkey’s historic port city, in addition to its already existing services to Istanbul.   The flight operates five times weekly on Sundays, ......read more

    flydubai to roll out new uniform

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017:  Dubai-based flydubai is excited to announce today the roll out of a new uniform as it enters its ninth year of operation. The new design will be worn by more than 2,500 uniformed staff across the flydubai network; including Pilots, Cabin Crew, Training, Engineering and Maintenance staff as well as members of staff at the airport and flydubai Travel Shops. This is the carrier’s first uniform redesign since its first flight took to the sky on 01 June 2009. The roll out of this new look is scheduled to coincide with the introduction of the ......read more

    Hamburg – A Perfect Family Destination

    Rising GCC tourist numbers to Hamburg reaffirm city’s popularity Dubai, 4 July 2017 – Recent tourist numbers and overnight hotel stay figures in the port city of Hamburg have reaffirmed the city’s popularity among travellers from the GCC region, according to the Hamburg Tourism Board. The latest source market report has also revealed that Arab Gulf states are one of the most dynamic markets for Hamburg.  The inflow of GCC tourists into Hamburg is expected to rise further as new attractions and landmarks have been added to the city, including Elbphilharmonie ......read more

    Technology Boosts Passenger Satisfaction at Bag Collection and Borders

    2017 Passenger IT Trends Survey shows tech is making a difference at every step of the journey  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 July, 2017– Passenger satisfaction is higher during the airline journey when self-service technologies are used, particularly at bag tag and collection, and passport checkpoints. This is according to the 2017 SITA Passenger IT Trends Survey, a global survey released today by IT provider SITA and co-sponsored by Air Transport World. The survey shows that passengers rate their journey very highly with an overall satisfaction rate of 8.2 of out 10 but this ......read more

    DAE announces resignation of Joramco Chief Executive Officer

    Dubai, U.A.E., 3 July 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announced today that Mr. Osama Fattaleh, Chief Executive Officer of Joramco has submitted his resignation to pursue his interests outside the industry. His permanent replacement will be announced in due course. Mr. Amjad Korshlow, Chief Financial Officer of Joramco will serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer till a permanent replacement is named. Joramco Chairman and DAE Managing Director Khalifa H. AlDaboos said: “Mr Fattaleh played a key role in stabilizing Joramco’s performance during his tenure at the ......read more

    Etihad Airways' Luxurious Dreamliner Commences Services into Beijing

    2 July 2017 Guests will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity on Beijing-Abu Dhabi route Seamless one-stop connections over Abu Dhabi hub to over 40 business and leisure destinations across the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and North America.   An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Beijing today after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Flight EY888 departed Abu Dhabi at 09:30pm local time yesterday and arrived in Beijing at 08:50am ......read more

    Vet warns of travel restrictions over the summer months

    Dubai, UAE, June 24, 2017:  With the end of the school year upon us, many families will be planning to leave Dubai’s hot summer until the cooler start of the school year in September. Dr Sara Elliott, at British Veterinary Hospital in Dubai, explains the restrictions pet owners will face with the increase in travel plans for pets. She said: “With the inevitable mass exodus over the summer we always have a huge increase of enquiries about pet travel arrangements. While it’s wonderful for your pets to be able to enjoy the great outdoors with mum, dad and the kids, ......read more

    Etihad Airways and China Southern Airlines Announce Codeshare Partnership

    22 June 2017   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and China Southern Airlines, Asia’s largest airline, have announced a new codeshare partnership, which comes into effect on 22 June 2017. This increases the number of codeshare agreements operated by the Abu Dhabi-based airline to 53.  Under the agreement, China Southern Airlines will put its 'CZ' code on Etihad Airways’ daily services between Beijing (PEK)/Shanghai (PVG)/Chengdu (CTU) and Abu Dhabi.  The codeshare partnership will give China Southern guests the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces New Changes to Ground and Inflight Services

    22 June 2017 New ‘Neighbour-Free Seat’ paid option in Economy Class Premium Lounge access now a paid option for Economy Class  Business Class paid upgrade for First Class Lounge and Spa access Chauffeur services for Business and First Class to become a paid option at all international destinations Economy Class guests now able to pay for Etihad Chauffeur services Continued complimentary chauffeur services in Abu Dhabi for all eligible Business and First Class guests Etihad Airways is introducing a series of changes designed to offer increased value and ......read more

    Munich Airport Launches New Service for Arabic-Speaking Guests

    Personal Arabic shopping assistant in the summer months From July 24 up to and including September 10, 2017, Munich Airport will offer Arabic-speaking personal shopping assistants on request in Terminal 2. They will be available to bridge any cultural or language gaps between passengers and the personnel serving them in airport shops. The native Arabic speakers can also guide travelers through the Terminal 2 shopping world and provide detailed information on offers and products. The service will be free of charge for passengers, and is intended to provide them with a pleasant shopping ......read more

    Media Advisory Peak Summer Season Travel

    21 June 2017  The peak summer travel period is fast approaching with many travellers making plans for trips home or on holiday. The combination of the Eid public holiday, school break and the summer season means that 22 June to 24 August will be a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with up to 3.3 million guests flying with Etihad Airways across the network over the next two months. To make sure that our guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, we have a number of travel tips and reminders to save time. With the Etihad ......read more

    Skytrax Hat-Trick for Etihad Airways First Class

    21 June 2017 Airline wins three major awards for its industry-leading First Class at the annual World Airline Awards  Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow. The prestigious World Airline Awards are widely considered to be a global benchmark of airline excellence. Winners are chosen based on ......read more

    Etihad Airways Aircraft Operations Rated as One of the Cleanest and Quietest by Heathrow Airport

    Dubai, UAE, June 20, 2017:  Etihad Airways has been given a top rating by London’s Heathrow Airport for its emissions and night-time noise performance during the first three months of 2017. The “Fly Quiet and Clean” League Table, the first of its kind to be produced by the airport, placed the UAE’s national airline among the top carriers for operating the cleanest and quietest fleets. The top rating recognition is the result of a programme of disciplined flying by Etihad Airways’ Operations which strictly manages airport approaches and departures, as ......read more

    Corporate, Government and Defence Strategies to be Marked Out at Global Aerospace Summit 2018

    -         Aerospace leaders to return to UAE capital to tackle industry challenges   -         Future of aerospace to be assessed at time of international unpredictability 19 June 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 1,000 of the world’s aerospace, space and defence industry leaders will define the future of their sectors when they return to Abu Dhabi for the fourth edition of the Global Aerospace Summit 2018.  Corporate, government and military strategies will be marked out at the Summit, which will address some of the key ......read more

    Thanani sponsors Zayed Humanitarian Day Initiative launched by Ajman Tourism

    Ajman – UAE, June 20, 2017:  Thanani, the contemporary restaurant in Ajman’s serene Al Zorah pavilion hosted the official opening event of the ‘Zayed Humanitarian Day’ launched by Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD). The initiative which is aimed at training and integrating people of determination in the government and tourism sectors across Ajman commenced with a hearty and delectable Iftar served on the evening at Thanani who were also the official sponsors of the event. The initiative was launched under the patronage of Sheikh Abdulaziz bin ......read more

    Dubai Airshow New Features Set To Soar

    Exhibitor Commitments and Interest High Dubai, UAE. 19 June 2017:  The new features taking place at the Dubai Airshow 2017 including new sector specific pavilions, Space Pavilion, UAV Summit, Cargo Zone and the return of Airport Solutions, are set to bring focus to new market sectors when the show opens in November. The Space Pavilion and conference in particular is shaping up to be a key feature of the event, produced in partnership with the UAE Space Agency. Space exploration is a national priority for the UAE and this new feature has been developed to support the ......read more

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