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    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

    Dubai Tourism Announces Winners of Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards 2017

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 26 November 2017: The winners of the inaugural Dubai Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). Comprising 17 different categories, the Awards recognise and celebrate the important work of Dubai’s hotels and tourism companies in advancing sustainability within the emirate’s tourism industry. Held at The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City last week, the awards ceremony was attended by His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism, His Excellency, Mr Ahmad Butti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, Waleed Salman, Chairman of Dubai Carbon, Engineer Nagib Mohammed Saleh, Head of Planning Department, Dubai Municipality, Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director – Tourism ......read more

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

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

    Etihad Airways Swiss Flights Become All-Boeing 787 Dreamliner Services

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

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

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

    Finland Visa Application Centres now open in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

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

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    This Eid Break, Whisk Your Family Away To Some Dreamy Destinations

    Explore the salty winds of Galle, the never-ending Samui sunsets, and the culturally diverse Kuala Lumpur Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11th June 2017:  The Eid holidays are the perfect occasion to relax and spend time with family.   The extended weekend is the best time to pack your bags and go abroad to escape the summer temperatures and the maddening city life. To avoid burning last minute holes in your pocket, stay smart and pre-plan your Eid vacation to these top budget-friendly getaways. From the laid back serenity of Galle to the iconic views of Kuala Lumpur, there is an ......read more

    Special Treat to Mark PH's 119th Independence Day from Cebu Pacific

    Great news for Cebu Pacific passengers flying out of Dubai! The Philippines’ largest carrier celebrates Philippine Independence Day by giving all passengers the freedom to bring more gifts and ‘pasalubong’ for their loved-ones as Cebu Pacific offers a total baggage allowance that exceeds a typical ‘balikbayan box.’ CEB extends its promo granting its valued guests additional baggage allowance free-of-charge. Until November 30, 2017, all passengers originating from Dubai travelling to Manila who pre-purchase a 40-kilogram baggage allowance will get an extra ......read more

    Cebu Pacific defers A321NEO aircraft deliveries; orders 7 A321CEO planes

    Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017:  Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) has placed an order with Airbus for an additional seven A321CEO (Current Engine Option) aircraft, for delivery from March 2018. The aircraft will meet the airline’s increased capacity requirements pending the start of delivery of 32 A321NEO aircraft, which will now begin in 4TH quarter of 2018. CEB has chosen to defer the A321NEO deliveries due to delays with the Pratt & Whitney engines selected to power the aircraft. “We have decided to take a conservative approach to the introduction of the ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Statement on Negotiations with TUI

    Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017:  Etihad Aviation Group confirms that it has terminated negotiations with TUI AG, in relation to a potential joint venture involving the leisure operations of Air Berlin Group and the German TUIfly company. Etihad has taken this decision following many months of negotiations, in good faith, during which time the parties have been unable to reach agreement on the final nature of such a joint venture. The leisure operations of Air Berlin group will now continue to operate as a separate business unit, under the NIKI brand.  Further details of this ......read more

    This Ramadan, experience the comfort and convenience of VFS Global's special offers available all month

    Dubai, UAE, June 8, 2017:  VFS Global, the world’s leading technology and outsourcing services company for visa processing, has launched special offers providing visa applicants with just the convenience they are looking for this Ramadan. From extended working hours to special discounts, VFS Global’s Ramadan offers on its specialised services ensures applicants in the United Arab Emirates experience a level of comfort and ease like no other! Ramadan special offers for VFS Global applicants (applicable from 25 May to 28 June 2017) include: Extended working hours at the ......read more

    Qantas to Host 74th IATA AGM in Sydney

    Dubai, UAE, June 7, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Qantas will host the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The event will attract the top leadership of the air transport industry to Sydney, Australia, from 3 5 June 2018. “Sydney is an excellent choice to become the capital of the global air transport industry in June 2018. I am confident that Qantas will be an excellent host, as they were when we last met there in 2000. Australia’s pioneering tradition on aviation matters carries on to this day ......read more

    Governments Need to Support Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels

    6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) approved a resolution calling for governments to implement policies to accelerate the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The Resolution also reaffirmed the industry’s commitment to work with governments to implement the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) global CO2 emissions agreement.  “The CORSIA agreement is a vital part of our strategy on combatting aviation emissions. We are committed to carbon neutral growth ......read more

    Strong Profits Continue -Labor, Fuel and Supplier Costs on the Rise-

    6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its 2017 industry profitability outlook upwards. Airlines are expected to report a $31.4 billion profit (up from the previously forecast $29.8 billion) on revenues of $743 billion (up from the previously forecast $736 billion).  “This will be another solid year of performance for the airline industry. Demand for both the cargo and passenger business is stronger than expected. While revenues are increasing, earnings are being squeezed by rising fuel, labor and maintenance expenses. Airlines are ......read more

    Closer Collaboration Key to Enhancing Aviation Security

    6 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) adopted a resolution reaffirming the airline industry’s commitment to safety and security. It also called for greater collaboration among all government and industry stakeholders to keep flying secure with risk mitigation measures that maximize the protection of passengers and crew while minimizing disruption to passengers and the economy at large.  “Aviation is a target for terrorists intent on destroying the freedom that is at the heart of our business. ......read more

    Defending the Business of Freedom

    Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that the global airline industry’s performance on safety, sustainability and profitability is solid, but the industry faces the threat of protectionist measures being implemented by governments. IATA also called for governments to enhance their collaboration with the industry to meet rising security challenges, avert a looming infrastructure crisis and to build smarter regulation.   The Director General’s Report on the Global Air Transport Industry was delivered to the 73rd IATA ......read more

    Airlines Commit to Air Cargo Modernization

    Dubai, UAE, June 6, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) adopted a resolution to accelerate the modernization and transformation of the air cargo industry. The resolution builds on the momentum created by the entry into force of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).  “The TFA commits governments to making trade faster, cheaper and more efficient. Air cargo processes are stuck in another century. To ensure that air cargo is ready to benefit from the expected $1 trillion ......read more

    Victoria Kashakashvili Appointed As New Assistant F&B Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2017:  Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai is delighted to welcome back Victoria Kashakashvili as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager. In her new position, Victoria will be in charge of all F&B outlets at the 125-room business hotel located in the historic heart of Dubai and take charge of all F&B operations. Victoria’s journey with Starwood started in 2002 on home ground at Tbilisi, Georgia. After a stint in Kuwait, Victoria came on board the F&B team at Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai from June 2006 till 2015, where she served across various ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports' Free Zone Grants Its 200th License

    4th June 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports’ Free Zone (ADAFZ) is thriving as the destination of choice for businesses, as it issues its 200th trade license today to NATS. NATS is the UK's leading provider of air traffic control services. Each year the company handles 2.5 million flights and 250 million passengers in UK airspace alone. In addition to providing services to 14 UK airports, and managing all upper airspace in the UK, NATS is working with customers around the world, and prides itself on extending its services to the Middle East region. With ......read more

    Airbus Plans Major Presence at Paris Air Show 2017

    Experience the first public flying appearance of the A321neo and A350-1000; Journey into the future in 3D at the Airbus Digital Exhibition centre; Virtually fly an A400M or interactively explore an “Airspace” cabin in 3D. Dubai, UAE -  4th June 2017 – At the Paris Air Show, which runs from 19th to 25th June 2017, Airbus will showcase its wide range of innovative technologies, products and services, from market-leading commercial and military aircraft to helicopters and space systems. In addition, there will be a new Digital Exhibition zone at the Airbus ......read more

    Aviation Leaders Assemble in Mexico for IATA's 73rd Annual General Meeting

    4 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Cancun, Mexico for the Association’s 73rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The AGM will feature keynote addresses on Monday by Mr. Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Mexico’s Minister of Communications and Transport and Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). “Cancun will be the capital of air transportation as aviation leaders gather ......read more

    Passenger Demand Surges in April

    --Laptop Ban May Be Affecting Middle East-US Traffic-- 4 June 2017 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for April 2017 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 10.7% compared to April 2016, which was the fastest pace in six years. April capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 7.1%, and load factor climbed 2.7 percentage points to 82.0%- a record for the month of April.  The strong performance is supported by a pick-up in global economic activity and lower ......read more

    Education at the Heart of Mleiha

      Sharjah’s premier archaeological and eco-tourism project provides an unforgettable learning environment  Sharjah,June 03, 2017  The UAE’s residents and visitors who are fascinated by the country’s rich history and wish to learn more about its early civilizations will be amply rewarded with a trip to  Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism; a premier tourism and leisure destination from Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). Mleiha has been established to cater to the increasing demand for new vacation and excursion experiences. ......read more

    Elaf Group expands presence in the KSA with coming opening of new 5-star hotel in Jeddah

    May 31, 2017- The Elaf Group of Companies, a SEDCO Holding Group company and a leading provider of travel, tourism and hospitality services, has announced the coming opening of its latest five-star hotel in Jeddah. The latest addition to Elaf Group’s growing portfolio of hotels is part of its recent implementation of a strategic expansion initiative aimed at further reinforcing its leading presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s booming tourism and hospitality segment--in line with the goals and objectives of Saudi Vision 2030 to support the national economy and to promote ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Duty Free Spreads the Spirit of Ramadan

    31st May 2017 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Duty Free is celebrating the Ramadan season with various activities and initiatives aimed at spreading the spirit of this holy month throughout the capital’s airport. Abu Dhabi Duty Free is actively engaging passengers with the essence of Ramadan, educating guests on what this month is all about. Screens across the airport terminals will be showing videos on the habits and traditions strengthened in Ramadan, and several entertaining activities will also be taking place. These include: live weavers, displays of Al Ghadeer ......read more

    Etihad Guest Launches Ramadan Campaign in Collaboration with Emirates Red Crescent to Support Somalia in Year of Giving

    30 May 2017 To celebrate the Year of Giving, Etihad Guest has launched a special Ramadan campaign with Emirates Red Crescent to provide thousands of meals to families and children in need in Somalia.  Members of Etihad Airways’ award-winning loyalty programme can donate their miles to the emergency response in the African country, with 750 Etihad Guest Miles providing one meal. The aim of the campaign is to achieve 15 million miles of donations which would provide 20,000 meals. The Etihad Guest partnership with Emirates Red Crescent is one of the many elements of Etihad ......read more

    First Finance Company observes Ramadan with special offer on car payments with extended expense facilities

    In partnership with Al Nokhba Car Dealership Doha, Qatar – 28 May 2017 – On the occasion of the Holy Month of Ramadan, First Finance Company (FFC), a subsidiary of Barwa Bank Group, in partnership with Al Nokhba Car Dealership, is launching a special promotion on car costs that waives down payments, and offers financing of up 72 months with a three-month grace period. The promotion comes in line with FFC’s efforts to provide banking clients in Qatar with best-in-class services and an exceptional customer experience that sets the standards in the marketplace.FFC’s ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines to establish its presence in Australia

    Melbourne joins the Airline’s global route network from October 2017 Dubai, UAE, May 29, 2017:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the prestigious oneworld alliance, will be establishing its presence in Australia with daily non-stop services to Melbourne commencing October 29th this year.  Australia is home to one of the largest Sri Lankan expatriate communities, many of whom reside in and around Melbourne, the capital of Australia’s ‘Garden State’, Victoria. This factor, together with the tremendous potential for ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Integrates 19 of its National Development Program Graduates Into the Midfield Terminal Building's Readiness Program

      28th May 2017, Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has selected 19 candidates from its National Development Program (NDP) to join the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) team, which was launched earlier this year to prepare the Midfield Terminal Building for operations.  The candidates were selected based on their educational qualifications and performance in the NDP at Abu Dhabi Airports. The move to the ORAT team will give them the opportunity to engage in on-site training and experience to enable them play their role in operating the new ......read more

    PHILIPPINES to Host 6th UNWTO Conference

     Dubai, May 28, 2017:  The Philippines is all set to host top tourism officials from 156 countries for the 6th United Nations World Tourism Organization International (UNWTO) Conference on Tourism Statistics next month. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo said the gathering of tourism ministers, along with their respective entourage, will tackle sustainable tourism, defined by UNWTO as: "Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, environment, and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announced as Official Airline Partner of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

    25 May 2017 Thousands of athletes, coaches and supporters to fly with Etihad from around the globe Airline set to deliver world-class hospitality and ground programme for Summer Games Partnership promotes core values of tolerance, diversity and youth engagement Etihad Airways has been unveiled as the official airline partner of the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games, an event that will bring more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to Abu Dhabi in March of that year.   Special Olympic athletes from the UAE and Etihad Airways Emirati cadet pilots attended a special ......read more

    Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana Pre-Ramadan Event

    Dubai, May 25, 2017:  Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments, hosted a Pre-Ramadan event to showcase the true essence of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners, bloggers, instagrammers, corporate clients, tour operators, travel agencies, bookers and long staying guests in the hotel. During the event, an overview of its enticing offers was announced.  Discover the true spirit of Ramadan at Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan by Rotana. Make it special with a ......read more

    SITA Solves the Multi-merchant Challenge for Payment Acceptance at Airports

    First payment solution to support secure payments on common-use platforms now available BRUSSELS – 2017 Air Transport IT Summit – 25 May 2017:  SITA has launched the first payment solution which addresses the need for airlines to be able to accept payments securely at airports when using a shared IT infrastructure. SITA AirportConnect Common Use Payment Service enables payment transactions by multiple airlines on a single payment terminal. Importantly, this is possible with any, and all, of the departure control systems the airlines choose to use.   Airlines ......read more

    SITA Explores Emerging World of Mixed Reality for Air Transport Industry

      Early research with Microsoft HoloLens shows potential of mixed reality Dubai, UAE – 2017 Air Transport IT Summit – 24 May 2017 – A new world of mixed reality is emerging and SITA Lab, the research arm of air transport IT provider SITA, is exploring its potential for airlines and airports. Today it released early results of research carried out with Helsinki Airport using Microsoft HoloLens to analyze and manage airport operations in a mixed reality environment.  HoloLens is the world's first self-contained holographic computer, enabling users to ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Celebrates UAE Youth Innovation at Inaugural Fikra Awards

    24 May 2017 Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has recognised 11 university students from across the UAE at the inaugural Fikra awards ceremony, held at the company’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.  Fikra, which means “idea” in Arabic, was launched in 2016, supporting the UAE government’s drive to encourage innovation among younger generations.  The students were encouraged to think innovatively and harness their entrepreneurial spirit to create ideas that could be implemented in businesses and entities across EAG. More than 2,600 competition ideas were ......read more

    CEB to Suspend Operations in Kuwait, Doha and Riyadh

    May 24, 2017 – Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) will suspend its service to and from the following destinations: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Kuwait Doha, Qatar CEB will fly the last of its four-times-a-week service from Manila to Kuwait on June 13, 2017, and its Kuwait-Manila flight on June 14, 2017. The thrice-weekly Manila-Doha-Manila route will have its last flight on July 1, 2017; while CEB’s last flight from Manila to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will depart on July 2, 2017, while the Riyadh-Manila flight will leave on July 3, 2017. “The entry of Cebu Pacific into these ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Launches New Direct Flights From the Middle East to Key Destinations in Turkey

                                   Destinations include various cities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan Dubai, UAE; May 24, 2017: Turkish Airlines, the airline that travels to more destinations than other airline globally has launched new flights from various cities from the Middle East to key touristic destinations in Turkey. The new direct flights will be launched from the cities of Saudi Arabia including Jeddah now with connecting flights to Ankara and Trabzon; Riyadh with flights to Antalya and ......read more

    Finland 100 years: Finnair Showcases Finnish Food Culture with New Collaborations

      May 24, 2017 - Dubai - UAE In conjunction with Finland’s upcoming centennial anniversary, Finnair is launching three new food collaborations for its onboard meals. The collaborations, which intend to promote Finland’s healthy and hearty food culture, are done in cooperation with the ELO Foundation, an association dedicated to the promotion of Finnish food culture. Business class for long-haul flights leaving Helsinki For business class customers flying out of Helsinki on long-haul flights between October 4 and January 9, Finnair’s Signature Menu chef, Eero ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Airport Adds SmartWings' Prague Service to Schedule

    RAK Airport’s 2017 First Quarter improves on record 2016: Double digit growth for aircraft movements Passenger numbers up 9% y-o-y Cargo grows 15% y-o-y with new operators Charter flights to run through the summer Ras Al Khaimah - 23 May, 2017: Following an exceptional first quarter, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has celebrated with the arrival of a new scheduled operation between the emirate and Prague, the Czech capital. The operator is SmartWings, the Czech Republic’s most prominent low-cost carrier. The service will start with a weekly flight to a ......read more

    Alaska Airlines and Finnair Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership

      Alaska Airlines and Finnair are teaming up to give members of their frequent flyer programs the opportunity to earn miles/points on both airlines as Finnair expands its wings with new flights from San Francisco. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with European-favorite Finnair, as they launch their first West Coast service from our San Francisco hub to Helsinki on June 1,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “Our Mileage Plan members will be able to fly Finnair to over 60 destinations in Europe from ......read more

    April Registers 5.6% Increase in Passenger Traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    22th May 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) handled in excess of 2 million passengers in the month of April this year, representing a 5.6% increase in airport traffic compared with April of 2016, which reached 1.9 million.  Key highlights: •    Total arrivals: 1,050,520 up by 6.6%, total departures: 1,019,835 up by 5.8%, and total transfer passengers: 1,311,262 up by 6.1%. •    Traffic to India, one of the airport’s main traffic drivers representing 18% of the total passengers this month, has ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim's second hangar on track for year-end completion

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 22, 2017:  As part of its expansion plan, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim, a joint venture between DC Aviation Group based in Germany and Al-Futtaim, has announced that its second hangar located at Dubai South is on course for completion before the end of the year.  The 6,800sqm hangar will more than double the hangar capacity bringing its total land-side plot area to 24,000sqm and apron area to 13,000sqm. The new hangar will enable DCAF to add two single-aisle aircraft maintenance bays and provide enough space for an additional workshop and equipment ......read more

    VFS Global's top tips to beat the summer visa rush

    Dubai, UAE, May 21 2017:  With summer just around the corner, it’s time to put those vacation plans into motion. Sometimes though, the logistics of planning a trip can make the process stressful for travellers - but not anymore! Whether you’re flying alone or with family, VFS Global has come up with a selection of innovative, intuitively designed services to make the visa application process for Middle Eastern travellers a smooth one. Please find below a selection of topical tips on how you can make your visa application process a breeze this summer. My schedule is too ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Launch A380 Flights to Paris

    World’s Largest Passenger Jet Features Airline’s Award-Winning Three-Room Suite, ‘The Residence’ Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 21 2017:  Etihad Airways today announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route. The superjumbo, which features ‘The Residence’ - the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner - will operate from 1 July on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE’s capital city to the capital of France. Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 ......read more

    Etihad Airways is a Winner at Middle East call Centre Awards

    20 May 2017 Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, has tasted success at the INSIGHTS Middle East Call Centre Awards. The annual competition is now in its 12th year and sets the regional benchmark for remote customer interaction success. The airline collected two prestigious awards at the ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai on 16th May 2017. They were awarded with Best Large Call Centre for their three UAE Contact Centres and Call Centre Manager of the Year awarded to Ahmed Murshed, the Al Ain Contact Centre Manager.  Ruth Birkin, Head of Global Contact ......read more

    New Partnership to Enhance Quality Assurance and Safety in Global Aviation Fueling

                     17 May 2017 (Dubai, UAE) -The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Joint Inspection Group (JIG), and Airlines for America (A4A) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen and promote Safety and Quality Assurance in global aviation fueling activities.  “Maintaining the quality of the aviation fuel supply and the supporting infrastructure and operations is vital to the safe and efficient functioning of the air transport industry. This MoU, covering all airport fuel storage ......read more

    Experts Highlight Aviation Industry Challenges and Opportunities at Global Airport Leaders' Forum (GALF)

    2-day forum discussed key aviation challenges and opportunities Dubai, May 17, 2017: Aviation leaders and experts highlighted key aviation industry issues, challenges and opportunities for the industry worldwide during the 5th Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF), which concluded today.  Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the two-day forum, co-located with the Airport Show, was hosted by Reed Exhibitions ......read more

    Latest Innovative Smart Technology and Solutions on Display at Airport Show 2017

      World’s first virtual reality application for airports launched Exhibitors display devices that enhance passenger safety and comfort DUBAI, May 16, 2017:  The 17th edition of the Airport Show, currently underway at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) with over 300 exhibitors from 50 countries, witnessed a wide line-up of latest smart and innovative technologies and solutions set to transform the rapidly growing aviation industry.  Oman Airport Management Company (OAMC) introduced the world’s first virtual reality ......read more

    ADNEC Highlights Abu Dhabi as Ideal MICE Destination at IMEX Frankfurt 2017

    Abu Dhabi-UAE: 15 May, 2017 – Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is marking an emphatic participation at the 2017 edition of Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events (IMEX), the largest European trade show for the international congress, conference and events sector, currently underway at Messe Frankfurt in Germany. The delegation from ADNEC is attending various co-located events including the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) Sales & Marketing Summit, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) General ......read more

    HH Sheikh Ahmed Opens Airport Show 2017 on Robust Growth in Aviation

      Sheikh Ahmed: Aviation industry expansion in the Middle East continues to surpass average global growth rates World’s largest annual dedicated airport event has over 300 exhibitors from 50 countries  Germany celebrates 17 years of participation at Airport Show Women in Aviation Middle East hold 2nd General Assembly with over 300 delegates Dubai, May 15, 2017: His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, inaugurated ......read more

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al-Qasimi Inaugurates New Ras Al Khaimah Sailing Club

    15th May 2017 His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi gives royal approval to new Sailing Club of Ras Al Khaimah during official opening at Al Hamra Marina; The venue has already hosted a number of leading events, including the Asian Youth Sailing Cup Final The latest addition to Ras Al Khaimah’s burgeoning leisure scene, the Sailing Club of Ras Al Khaimah, has been officially launched by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, a member of the ruling family of Ras Al Khaimah, during the recent grand opening at Al Hamra Marina. The venue, located within Al Hamra Real ......read more

    Honeywell's Airport Innovations Take Flight at the Airport Show 2017

    Industry leader showcases smart airport technologies for landside, airside and in the terminal                  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 15, 2017 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON), a trusted provider of intelligent airport solutions worldwide, will demonstrate that the sky is not the limit at The Airport Show 2017, being held from May 15-17 at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). Honeywell will be exhibiting in Hall 5 at Stand #5150.     At The Airport Show 2017, Honeywell will ......read more

    Gulf aviation project value reaches Dh210 Billion as travel demand grows

    UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman’s aviation infrastructure to help fuel travel and tourism sectors and accelerate the economic growth of the region The total estimated value of 152 aviation-related projects in the GCC exceeded US$57 billion (Dh210 billion) in the first quarter of 2017, according to BNC Intelligence Around 46 per cent of the region’s aviation projects are located in Saudi Arabia More than two-thirds of all aviation-related projects in the Middle East are being executed in the GCC countries Nearly a fifth of the aviation projects with a combined ......read more

    Meliá Improves Its Revenues and Business Figures in the First Quarter of 2017

    May 2017, Dubai - After announcing the addition of eight hotels in Cuba to enhance the quality of inland tourism in the country, the company has now signed 15 hotels worldwide The company aims to improve returns to shareholders by increasing the pay-out ratio on 2016 results to 30% The "Easter effect" penalises results in the first quarter compared to the previous year, and will benefit results in the second quarter Business performance:   Total revenues increased by 5.4% Global RevPAR grew by 8.3%, of which 83% can be ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group is a Triple Winner at CIPS Middle East Awards

    11 May 2017 The Procurement and Supply Management team at Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) were the overall winners at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply (CIPS) Middle East Awards, winning three awards including the prestigious accolade of the ‘MENA Procurement and Supply Team of the Year’. The winners were announced following the conclusion of the CIPS Middle East Conference on 9 May. In addition to the ‘Team of the Year’ award, the company also won awards for ‘Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Profession’ and ‘Best ......read more

    Increased GCC visitor numbers swell ATM 2017

    International visitors up 7% ATM records 71% growth since 2012 Over 100 new exhibitors debut at ATM 2017 Responsible tourism to be key theme of 2018 event  Dubai, UAE, May 9, 2017:  This year’s Arabian Travel Market witnessed a 10% increase in visitors from the GCC and a 7% increase in international visitors to the event, which was held in Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27. For the second year in succession, visitor numbers smashed through the 28,000 mark – the show saw a 71% increase in visitors over the last five years.  Simon Press, ......read more

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