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    Gulf Air becomes the first national carrier to fly the A320neo in the region

    Dubai, UAE, August 19, 2018:  Gulf Air, the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, took delivery of its first A320neo today. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, made its maiden journey from Toulouse to Bahrain, landing at the Bahrain International Airport at 16:00 local time.  The aircraft is the first of the 29 A320neo Family aircraft ordered during the 2016 Bahrain International Airshow. This delivery also makes Gulf Air the first Middle Eastern national carrier to fly the A320neo. Gulf Air currently operates 28 Airbus aircraft. The new addition complements the airline’s existing fleet and thanks to Airbus’ overall fleet commonality, the airline will benefit from low operating costs, optimum fuel efficiency and seamless, best-in-class passenger comfort of any single aisle aircraft. Featuring ......read more

    Meaningful encounters – Finnair and Finavia bring together two directors from east and west to create a film about beautiful connections

    Dubai, UAE, August 18, 2018:  Finnair has been connecting east and west for 35 years, and Helsinki Airport has grown into a major hub for travel between Asia and Europe. Finnair and Finavia, the operator of Helsinki Airport, are celebrating this milestone with a short film that speaks of meaningful encounters that take place when people travel. To illustrate the concept of meaningful encounters, Finnair and Finavia brought together two filmmakers from opposite sides of the globe to create a short film. The end result is a 13-minute short film titled “East and West Side Story”, directed by Swedish director Johan Storm and Korean director Wookie, both celebrated directors in their respective countries. The film will be introduced during an exclusive premiere at Helsinki Airport on September 6, 2018. Each director ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Al Nassr FC Announce Partnership

    Abu Dhabi-based airline to be official shirt and main club sponsor of the Saudi Stars League side Multi-season agreement includes plans for joint marketing, loyalty, and in-flight initiatives  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 16, 2018:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed an agreement to be the official shirt and main sponsor and partner of the Riyadh-based, Saudi Stars League team, Al Nassr FC.   The multi-season partnership was signed today at Etihad Airways’ Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, and was attended by senior members of both organisations’ leadership teams.   Players from the football club were also in Abu Dhabi for the announcement, including Saudi national players, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi; and Ibrahim Ghaleb; and ......read more

    Emirates introduces new range of toys on board bringing back customer favourites

    Dubai, UAE, 16 August 2018:   Emirates has introduced new toys from the Emirates Fly with Me collection and Lonely Planet Kids activity kit bags for children travelling in all classes. The new range of toys will come in the top four favourite characters, as voted by customers and fans in a social media competition held last year. Of the 17 characters Emirates introduced on board in the last three years, the top four characters chosen for the new products are Lewis the Lion, Peek U the Panda, Ernie the Penguin, and Savanna the Elephant. The new collection will be on board all flights and across all classes from this month. Family experience on board On short haul flights, the brand new product range includes a vibrating plush for infants up to 2 years old.  The cuddly companion can be re-used and attached ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in July with 85.3% LF.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15th August 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced the results of passenger and cargo traffic in July, achieved the highest July load factor (LF) in its history with 85.3%. Despite the high base of July 2017, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, has been an important indicator of the continued increase in global interest to Turkey and Turkish Airlines.    According to July 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in July, thus total number of passengers carried went up by 4% reaching 7.8 million passengers, and Load Factor went up to %85.  In July 2018, Total Load Factor improved by 1.5 points, with an increase of 2% in capacity (Available Seat Kilometer), while international LF increased by 1,7 ......read more

    Etihad Airways Deploys Additional Flights for the Hajj Season

    Increase of 17 per cent in the number of pilgrims booked with Etihad, compared to 2017 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 14, 2018:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is operating additional flights between Abu Dhabi and its destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to facilitate the movement of thousands of pilgrims for Hajj. Until 28 August Etihad will operate special charters to carry pilgrims on its additional flights to Jeddah and Medina Airport. All flights will operate alongside regular scheduled services. The top inbound destinations for the Hajj Etihad flights are the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Korea, and Nigeria. Hareb Mubarak Al Muhairi, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President, said: “The Hajj pilgrimage is a very ......read more

    Passenger Demand Accelerates in June

    Dubai, UAE, August 12, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for June showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 7.8% compared to June 2017. This was up from 6.0% year-over-year growth recorded in both May and April. June capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.5%, and load factor rose 1.0 percentage point to 82.8%. The first six months of 2018 produced demand growth of 7.0%, a strong performance, but down from 8.3% growth recorded in the first half of 2017.    “The first half of 2018 concluded with another month of above-trend demand growth, which is a good indicator for the peak summer travel season in the northern hemisphere. But the looming prospect of a global trade war is ......read more

    VIP Golf Austin Offers Golf Packages For the Avid Tourist

    For those looking to visit the Lone Star state, Austin, Texas is a must-see city for its beautiful outdoors and Texas hill country. The great weather makes Austin a wonderful place to visit if you are a golf fan. When looking to come into the Austin area, there are many great places where you can play a round of golf. One of the top places to play a round of golf is at the Avery Ranch and Teravista Golf Courses.   There are many reasons why the Avery Ranch and Teravista Golf Courses continue to be among the best rated in the Austin area. One of the main reasons why people like to play at these courses is that they are very challenging and provide some unique features. When playing at these courses, you will be able to experience some very challenging holes that are as long as 600 yards and are full of water hazards and ......read more

    Turkish Airlines posted USD 258 million Operating Net Profit in the first half of 2018

    Dubai, UAE, August 11, 2018:  Turkish Airlines total revenue increased significantly during the first half of the year approximately by 30 percent compared to the same period of last year, reaching USD 6 billion. Thus, having displayed a remarkable growth performance in 2017, Turkish Airlines managed to increase both passenger and cargo revenue in the first half of 2018.    During the first half of the year, Turkish Airlines managed to increase net operating profit up from USD 17 million to USD 258 million, due to the increasing demand and unit revenues despite the increasing fuel prices.    In the first half of the year, EBITDAR (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent), which is used as a cash generation indicator, stood at USD 1.28 billion, with a 38 percent ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Publishes ‘12 Steps Towards Sustainability' Manual to Guide Hotels on Their Journey Towards Sustainable Operations and Management

    Newest manual provides simple, practical and cost-effective tools to help hospitality establishments implement sustainability best practices and encourage effective resource management Dubai, UAE, 8 August 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has published the first interactive, web-based, manual under the Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative to help hotels and hospitality establishments map out a sustainable journey and trigger a positive impact on the environmental performance of the tourism industry. This has been designed in line with the Department’s commitment to ensure that the emirate takes the lead in promoting sustainable best practices and green initiatives, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and ......read more

    Freight Growth Slowdown Continues In June

    Dubai, UAE, August 08, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.7% in June 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This continues the slowdown in air cargo growth that began earlier in 2018. Growth for the first half of 2018 stands at 4.7%, less than half the growth rate in 2017.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.1% in June 2018. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth in every month since March.    There are three main factors driving the slowdown: The restocking cycle, during which businesses rapidly built up inventories to meet demand, ended in early 2018. There was a marked fall in air cargo ......read more

    Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies Hosts Royal Saudi Air Force

    5 August 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is hosting delegates candidates from the Royal Saudi Air Force at the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) for a series of selected aviation training sessions. The trainee will benefit from knowledge-sharing exercises covering areas related to safety and security, forming part of the close cooperation between the aviation sectors and industries of both countries.  Sultan Al Mansoori, Acting General Manager GCAS said: “This training session, held at our Regional Centre of Excellence, is an important step in bolstering our aviation ties with our peers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The selection of GCAS as the training provider for the Royal Saudi Air Force demonstrates its position as a leading regional aviation training institution, and Abu Dhabi’s ......read more

    Sharjah Takes ‘Year of Zayed' Celebrations beyond Borders

    A panel at São Paulo International Book Fair highlights the legacy of the UAE’s Founding Father  Dubai, UAE, August 04, 2018:  The UAE is marking the centenary of the birth of its founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and Sharjah was seen dedicating a panel in its cultural programme for the São Paulo International Book Fair, to celebrate the truly remarkable life and achievements of the UAE’s greatest visionary.    Titled ‘Year of Zayed’, the panel shed light on the fact that the prosperity, harmony and modern development that today characterises the UAE is due to the long-term vision and formative role played by the UAE’s founding father.  Moderated by Khalid bin Qiqa, the panel comprised Dr Hamad bin Sarai, Professor of Old History at the ......read more

    Emirates adds frequencies to the Netherlands

    Amsterdam to receive five additional flights per week Dubai, UAE, August 02, 2018:  Emirates today announced that due to strong market demand, it will introduce five additional flights per week from Dubai to Amsterdam. These additional flights will complement its existing double daily services, offer an earlier departure option from Amsterdam that is convenient for visitors to Dubai, and provide enhanced connectivity to destinations on Emirates’ global network.   Four additional weekly services will be started effective 1 December 2018 and the fifth will be added from 1 January 2019, increasing frequency to the Dutch capital city to 19 weekly flights.   Outbound, flight EK145 will depart early morning from Dubai on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and arrives at Amsterdam Airport ......read more

    IATA, CFM International Sign Pro-Competitive Agreement on Engine Maintenance

    Dubai, UAE, August 01, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that it has entered into an agreement with CFM International (CFM) that will lead to increased competition in the market for maintenance, repair and overhaul services (MRO) on engines manufactured by CFM, a 50/50 partnership between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.   “Airlines spend a tremendous amount of money on the maintenance and repair of aircraft and engines to ensure we are always operating to the highest levels of safety and reliability. This milestone agreement with CFM will lead to increased competition among the providers of parts and services related to the servicing of CFM engines. We expect increased competition will reduce airline operating costs and help to keep flying affordable. And we hope that this agreement ......read more

    Emirates Skywards expands loyalty programme to include both Emirates airline and flydubai

    Dubai, UAE, 1, August 2018:   Emirates Skywards today replaced flydubai’s frequent flyer programme, OPEN, officially becoming the loyalty programme of Emirates airline and flydubai. The alignment of the loyalty programme now allows Emirates Skywards members to also earn Skywards Miles and Tier Miles when travelling on both airlines. Former OPEN members can enrol into Emirates Skywards to continue earning Miles on flydubai.   The alignment of the loyalty programme for both airlines builds on Emirates and flydubai’s close partnership which includes code-sharing on an extended global route network and several initiatives including commercial, network planning, and airport operations.   “We are pleased to announce the expansion of our loyalty programme to now include two airlines- ......read more

    GAC Abu Dhabi joins Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone

    Global logistics firm is the 223th entity to register for free zone status at Abu Dhabi Airports 31 July 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ) today announced leading international logistics firm GAC Abu Dhabi as the latest addition to its cargo terminal free zone site.   As a result of its free zone status, GAC Abu Dhabi is set to enhance its customer experience, allowing cargo to be transferred to any other free zones in the UAE without having to pay customs duty.    The move to the ADAFZ free zone also brings new benefits of 100% foreign ownership and 0% corporate or personal income tax. In addition, registered free zone companies pay no import or re-export duties, have no restrictions on capital repatriation and no currency restrictions, as well as being eligible for ......read more

    All Lufthansa Group airlines achieve substantial growth in the first half of 2018

    Number of passengers and flights as well as seat load factors all reach new record levels  Network Airlines and Eurowings grow unit revenues while significantly expanding capacity  Network Airlines’ unit cost reduction of 2.1 percent exceeds target and supports 26-percent results improvement Adjusted EBIT for the Lufthansa Group of EUR 1,008 million only just below prior-year period despite substantially higher fuel costs  Full-year revenue projection raised and earnings forecast reaffirmed:  Dubai, UAE, July 31, 2018:  Adjusted EBIT only slightly below previous year    Lufthansa Group increased its total first half-year revenues by 5.2 percent in 2018, excluding the impact of the first-time application of the IFRS 15 accounting standard. Reported total first half-year ......read more

    Emirates to fly to Toronto five times a week starting August 18

    Dubai, UAE, July 30, 2018:  Emirates today announced that it will introduce two additional flights to its Toronto (YYZ) service, complementing its existing schedule and providing even more choice and convenience to travellers.   The additional Toronto flights will be introduced on August 18 2018 and will operate on a Saturday departing Dubai as EK241 at 03:30 and arrive in Toronto at 09:30. The return flight, EK242, leaves Toronto at 14:25 and arrives in Dubai at 11:40 the next day. On Sundays, EK241 will depart at 03:30 and arrive in Toronto at 09:30. The return flight, EK242, will leave Toronto at 14:30 and arrives in Dubai at 11:25 the next day.* Both flights will be operated by the iconic Emirates A380 with private suites in First Class, lie flat seats in Business Class and spacious seats in Economy ......read more

    Airlines and Airports have their Eyes Open to Human Trafficking

    Dubai, UAE, July 30, 2018:  In support of the United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) emphasized their joint commitment and work to help combat human trafficking. Aviation connects the world, carrying more than four billion passengers a year, but this global network is also used nefariously by traffickers to transport people against their will.    Airlines and airports are determined to assist authorities by reporting suspected human trafficking cases, and making it as difficult as possible for the global air transport network to be exploited for this evil trade, which affects some 25 million people annually . The industry is committed to raising awareness, helping to train staff to recognize the signs ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Increase Frequency to Canada

    Five weekly Boeing 777-300ER flights between Abu Dhabi and Canada’s largest city, Toronto Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, July 30, 2018:  Effective 28 October 2018, Etihad Airways will increase its flights from Abu Dhabi to Canada’s largest city, Toronto, from three to five weekly services.    The flights will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, featuring 40 seats in Business Class and 340 in Economy Class.   Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are thrilled to announce more flights to cosmopolitan Toronto, one of the most successful and popular destinations on our global route network. This news has been eagerly anticipated.   “We have welcomed well over a million guests on our flights to Toronto since we launched ......read more

    Turkmenistan Airlines resumes biweekly flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    29 July 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed the resumption of Turkmenistan Airlines’ biweekly flights between Ashgabat International Airport (ASB) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), connecting the two nation’s capitals with flights operating every Friday and Sunday. Saoud Al Shamsi, Acting Chief Commercial Officer (ACCO) of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “The resumption of Turkmenistan Airlines’ flights to Abu Dhabi reflects the city’s status as a key destination and transit hub for business and leisure travelers, as well as our own commitment to deploying world-class smart travel solutions, relaxing lounge spaces, and attractive retail offerings.” “This additional service is part of our strategy to attract new airlines to our network that will support ......read more

    DAFZA reduces free zone business set up fees by up to 65%

    DAFZA adopts ISIC 4 – the UN classification of economic activities   29 July, 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:   Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) has reduced business setup cost by up to 65%, as part of its aim to increase DAFZA’s regional competitiveness and activate a number of key sectors by attracting foreign direct investment (FDI). Supporting Dubai’s efforts to become an ideal destination for investment and prosperity, the decision will help achieve further stability for the operational processes of free zone companies and consequently sustain and drive investment growth.    H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General, DAFZA, said: “This new approach falls in line with the directions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to boost Dubai’s ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Moroccan Capital Rabat

    Three-class version of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner features 8 private First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats Reinforces Etihad Airways’ commitment to the Moroccan market Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), July 25, 2018:   Effective 3 October 2018, Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Rabat, capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, replacing the Airbus A330-300 currently serving the route.   The introduction of the technologically advanced aircraft on Rabat services is a further boost to its presence in the Moroccan market. On 1 May this year, the airline placed the 787 Dreamliner on its daily flights to the kingdom’s commercial hub, Casablanca. The move to place the aircraft on Rabat flights will provide ......read more

    DCT Abu Dhabi Statements About Warner.Bros World Abu Dhabi Opening

    Dubai, UAE, July 24, 2018:  HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi: The choice of Yas Island as the home for the world's first indoor Warner Bros. theme park, celebrating such an iconic and beloved brand, reflects so positively on Abu Dhabi's global status and its ability to attract international tourism investments. This step is further evidence of the plans we are enacting to attract more visitors to the emirate as it moves further towards a diversified economy; indoor theme parks are a proven summer attraction for families. As tourist numbers continue to grow in light of the recent reduction in hotel and municipality fees for hotels, the launch of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is expected to increase family and leisure tourism numbers from both domestic and ......read more

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    Aircraft Interiors and MRO Innovations Coming to the Middle East

    Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East to Open This Week Dubai, UAE. 21 January 2018:  The key players and decision makers from the airline industry will be in Dubai World Trade Centre later this week, when Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East, produced by Aviation Week Network and Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, take place 23-24 January. With 320 exhibitors expected, the event is set to be the largest yet, spanning all sectors within both the aircraft interior and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries. With around 5000 attendees expected to attend ......read more

    Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

    Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai, UAE, 18th January 2018 –  Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at ......read more

    Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

    MOU for 20 firm orders and 16 options signed today Latest deal takes Emirates’ total Airbus A380 commitment to 178 aircraft units, underscoring the airline’s confidence in the programme Dubai, UAE, 18 January 2018 –  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order. The ......read more

    Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel wins Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award

    Dubai, UAE: 17th January 2018 –  Ahlan Business Class Lounge by Dubai International Hotel has been awarded the Priority Pass Middle East & Africa Airport Lounge of the Year Award.    Now in its thirteenth year, the awards are based on ratings provided by Priority Pass Members and recognize excellence within the world’s largest independent lounge membership program that includes more than 1000 airport lounges, in over 500 cities, and is this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary.   The winning lounge, with a capacity of 177 guests ensures ......read more

    Passenger traffic at Munich Airport rises to new all-time high of 44.6 million

    Take-offs and landings up 2.6% to over 400,000 Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2018:  Munich Airport's dynamic growth continued in 2017 with new traffic records in several categories: Passenger traffic increased by an impressive 2.3 million to a new all-time high of 44.6 million. This was a 5.5 percent gain over the 2016 figure. The airport also saw a strong surge in take-offs and landings, with an increase of more than 10,000 to approximately 405,000 – a gain of 2.6 percent. Without the reduction in services by Air Berlin in the summer period, followed by that airline's ......read more

    Airbus Commercial Aircraft delivers record performance

    Total deliveries reached 718 – four percent higher than the previous record 1,109 total net orders from 44 customers; Book-to-bill ratio at 1.5 Dubai, UAE, January 15, 2018:  Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers. Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016. The 2017 total comprises: 558 single aisle A320 Family (of which 181 were A320neo – an increase of 166 percent over 2016); 67 A330s; 78 A350 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has performed well beyond expectations in 2017.

    Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in December with 79.7% LF   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 January, 2018:  Turkish Airlines has completed the year 2017 with a great success. The number of passengers in 2017 compared to previous year was increased of 9.3 percent and the flag carrier carried 68.6 millions passengers. Compared to the previous year the load factor reached 79.1% by increasing 4.7 points. The flag carrier has reached highest December load factor rate with 79.5% in the last month of 2017 in its history   Chairman of the Board ......read more

    Emirates Resumes Service to Sabiha Gokcen Airport; Offering Flights to Two Points in Istanbul

    New flight schedule offers Turkish passengers more seamless Far East/Australasia connections Passengers will have the option to fly in and out of two Istanbul points; Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) or Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) Dubai, U.A.E., 15 January 2018:   Emirates today announced the resumption of flights between Dubai and Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport, starting 8th June 2018. The resumption of services on the route will allow customers two destination options when travelling Emirates to Istanbul.   The flight will be operated five times a week ......read more

    November Peak Season Air Freight Demand Up 8.8%

    Dubai, UAE, January 14, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), climbed 8.8% in November 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was an increase from the 5.8% annual growth recorded in October 2017. Despite indicators pointing to air cargo having passed a cyclical growth peak, demand remains strong. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.0% year-on-year in November. This was the 16th consecutive month in ......read more

    British Airways launches sale across all cabins for travel until December 12, 2018

    Make your 2018 holiday your biggest adventure yet!  Dubai, UAE, 11 January 2018:  Post the festive season, there’s nothing quite like planning your next holiday to chase away the holiday blues! British Airways has just announced the perfect way for residents across the UAE to brighten up their January with the launch of their massive global special fares campaign.  In addition, the UK carrier has revealed some of its top travel predictions for travellers from the Middle East, selecting a mix of must-see places from its network of over 200 destinations. Robert ......read more

    IBM signs US$85 million private cloud managed services agreement with Emirates airline

    The new agreement will see IBM manage Emirates’ enterprise IT infrastructure for its mission-critical global operations  DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – 10 January 2018:  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has signed a ten-year, approximately US$85 million managed services agreement with Emirates airline. The agreement will enable Emirates to focus its efforts on highly strategic initiatives, while IBM handles the day-to-day management of its IT infrastructure.  Signed in Q3 2017, the new agreement expands upon a services agreement signed in 2016 and will ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai to offer travellers even more connections in 2018

    New codeshare destinations Krakow and Catania to be added Partnership now covers 81 destinations, offering customers a breadth of travel options to, from, and via Dubai Over 165,000 passengers have benefited from the partnership since launch Dubai, UAE, 9 January 2018 –  Emirates and flydubai will offer travellers even more connectivity and flight options in 2018, with new codeshare flights planned to Krakow in Poland from 8 April, and Catania in Italy from 13 June. Both Dubai-based airlines currently offer customers a breadth of travel options across their ......read more

    British Airways Invests in Substantial New Catering for World Traveller Customers

    Dubai, UAE, 9 January 2018:  British Airways is today announcing a multi-million pound investment in its World Traveller (long-haul economy cabin) catering, introducing an exciting and expanded new menu, which provides more quantity and quality to both meals and great snacking options throughout the flight.    Options now include: Pretzels with the welcome drink Four-course meal with starter, entrée, dessert, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by a bread roll and bottle of water Second meal or substantial snack depending on the length of the flight Regional meal ......read more

    Qabala joins Air Arabia's Azerbaijan network

    Qabala is the 2nd destination in Azerbaijan for Air Arabiaa Three flights per week serving Qabala from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 08 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new route in Azerbaijan, flying to the popular touristic city of Qabala from 27 June 2018. Air Arabia currently serve Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan with daily flights.   Featuring a moderate climate and a mountainous landscape, Qabala is a destination of choice for travellers looking to spend ......read more

    Emirates sends off UAE fans on special A380 flight to Kuwait

    Full flight of 519 fans depart to cheer on UAE team at Gulf Cup finals DUBAI, U.A.E., 6 Jan 2018:   Emirates’ special A380 flight to Kuwait took off earlier today carrying over 500 passionate fans who will cheer on the UAE National team in their bid to clinch the Gulf Cup.  Fans were treated to UAE flag scarves upon check-in to wear ahead of kick-off and show their support. Watch as fans gear up for the final match.  The Emirates A380, operating as EK 2555 and EK 2556, was fittingly emblazoned with the decal that makes a special tribute to HH Sheikh Zayed bin ......read more

    ATC Forum to make debut at Airport Show 2018

    Air traffic management tops the challenges chart  GCAA projects 1.85 million flights per annum in 2030  Middle East passengers to reach 517 million by 2036 Global ATC equipment market worth US$4.23 billion   Latest technologies and solutions to be showcased Forum provides an effective discussion platform   Dubai, UAE, January 03, 2018: The Middle East region - home to the world’s top airport for international passengers in Dubai - continues recording impressive growth in flight movements and passenger and cargo volumes, thereby keeping up the civil ......read more

    Emirates to operate special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend Arabian Gulf Cup final

    Dubai, UAE, January 3, 2018:  As instructed by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive today announced that Emirates airline will operate a special A380 flight to Kuwait for UAE supporters to attend the finals of the Arabian Gulf Cup.  The UAE team will face Oman in the final match which will be held this Friday, 5 January. ...read more

    GCAA Hosts the first Aviation Youth Circle at Emirates Engineering Hanger

    Dubai, UAE, 03 January 2018:  The UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) hosted a highly constructive Youth Circle entitled ‘Youth & Sustainability in Aviation’ in conjunction with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Emirates Engineering in one of Emirates’ maintenance hangars at Dubai International Airport. The Circle was attended by around 70 young people from the UAE representing a range of technical and managerial backgrounds in the aviation sector. The aim of the gathering was to discuss issues that young Emiratis face in building sustainable careers ......read more

    Etihad Airport Services Ground Prepares for the Future with Key Emirati Appointments

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 2, 2018 –  Etihad Airport Services (EAS) Ground, a division of Etihad Aviation Group, has announced several key UAE National appointments within a new structure that lays the foundation for the coming years.   The internal appointments are all based at Abu Dhabi Airport and will involve critical transitional duties as EAS Ground moves across to the Midfield Terminal which is due to be opened in 2019.  The six UAE Nationals have all worked for a number of years at EAS Ground, receiving specially-tailored training and career ......read more

    Dubai Wins Red Diamond Award for World's Greatest New Year's Celebration!

    Dubai, December, 29 2017 - Dubai has been named the World's Greatest New Year's Eve Destination for 2018 by The World Travel Guild. The string of city-wide celebrations occuring across the Emirate this year to ring in 2018 will be unmatched by any other city in the world, says the organization.  The festivities will be led by a light show at the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building. Emaar group, the property developers and producers of the show have dubbed the event "Light Up 2018" and will be looking to set a Guiness World Record with what they have been ......read more

    Dubai Customs passenger operations geared up to handle busy New Year's festive season

    Dubai – 27 Dec 2017:   As the New Year draws closer, everything is set and ready by Dubai Customs to handle large influx of travelers in Dubai’s airports over the festive season. The Passenger Operations Department of Dubai Customs has taken all measures and arrangements necessary to facilitate the movement of passengers and tourists arriving to or transiting through Dubai during this peak traffic season.  In DXB terminals 1, 2 and 3 as in Al Maktoum Airport, Dubai Customs’ passenger operations teams are all geared up to make the flow of passengers and ......read more

    Emirates celebrates the Year of Zayed inflight and in the air

    Dubai, UAE, 27 December 2017 -  Emirates will be sharing the legacy of the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to a global audience in 2018. To celebrate the ‘Year of Zayed’, Emirates is featuring the achievements of HH Sheikh Zayed in the pages of its official inflight magazine, Open Skies each month. The ‘Year of Zayed’ commences in 2018 and coincides with the centennial of the birth of the UAE’s founding father. Over the course of 2018, the award-winning monthly title from Motivate Publishing will share a host of classic images and ......read more

    The 24 Palaces de France : Welcome to the world of expertise and excellence à la française

    Dubai, UAE, December 23, 2017:  The 24 Palaces de France and their teams of professionals, the General Managers, the Chefs and the services, invite you to stay with them and live the excellence à la française and hospitality experiences. They are today all gathered by Atout France, the Tourism in France Development agency, on this momentous portrait by the photographer Rip Hopkins, illustrating THE emblematic view of Paris thanks to the staging on the rooftop of the Arc de Triomphe.  Their one and only principle : ready to host you. France is the world's favourite ......read more

    Turkey's exports to the GCC on a steady rise

    Turkish defense and aerospace companies make a beeline for the UAE Dubai, 21 December 2017:  TİM Tanıtım Organizasyon İç ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş. (TİM A.Ş), the specialised organisation of Turkish exporters, has revealed that the UAE was Turkey's top export markets in the GCC at USD 62 million followed by Saudi Arabia (USD 48 million). Turkey's exports to the GCC have been on a steady rise since 2011 when the government launched several indigenous programs, including for helicopters, drones, frigates and corvettes, tanks, missile ......read more

    Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon to introduce new ‘smart bag' policy

    Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2017:  Effective 1 January 2018, smart bags with non-removable lithium batteries will not be accepted as cabin or checked baggage Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be introducing new policies surrounding the carriage of ‘smart bags’, which are a new type of innovative luggage featuring integrated lithium batteries for the purpose of charging an external device or to provide power to the wheels of the bag. Smart bags will not be considered a portable electronic device (PED); their batteries will be handled as a power bank or spare ......read more

    Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

    Daily service will be operated by Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ER featuring the latest cabin interiors including fully enclosed private suites in First Class  New route will connect businesses from the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor with Emirates global network of over 154 destinations worldwide Dubai, 20 December 2017 –  Emirates today announced that it is to launch a new daily route from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) on 8 June, 2018. With its strategic position close to the tech and pharma hubs of Cambridge and Peterborough, Emirates will be the ......read more

    Air Arabia to boost Turkish network with new summer route to Bodrum

    Bodrum is the 4th destination in Turkey for Air Arabia Three flights per week serving Bodrum starting 13 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 20 December 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that it will launch a new seasonal route to Bodrum in Turkey, commencing from 13 June 2018.   The flight will operate three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, departing Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 21:45 hours, and arriving the next day at Bodrum’s Milas Mugla International Airport (BJV) ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Hosts Entrepreneurs From Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment

    ABU DHABI, UAE December 19, 2017:  Etihad Aviation Group’s (EAG) Procurement and Supply Management team has held its annual ‘Moving Forward” forum in Abu Dhabi. Attended by more than 50 entrepreneurs from the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment, the forum included a workshop about EAG’s procurement policies and procedures, as well as, forthcoming commercial opportunities with the Fund’s members.  The entrepreneurs learnt about ways to enhance the entrepreneurship environment for their projects ......read more

    Air Arabia adds Sheremetyevo airport to Moscow network, boosts Russia flights to double-daily

    Sheremetyevo International Airport is the second airport in Moscow served by Air Arabia. Sharjah, UAE; 18 December 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), today announced that it will begin flights to Sheremetyevo International Airport from 1st February 2018, the second airport Air Arabia serves in Moscow, boosting the flight to daily serve the Russian capital with a double daily frequency.   The flight to Sheremetyevo International Airport complements the airline’s existing daily services to ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Supports Syrian Refugee Children in Greece

    Visit to the Ritsona camp part of EAG’s ongoing 2017 Year of Giving initiatives Donation of education and home supplies to benefit more than 1,000 children Event coincided with United Nations Universal Children’s Day for 2017    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 18, 2018 –   Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has donated vital school and home supplies to more than one thousand Syrian refugee children at the Ritsona refugee camp near Athens.   A delegation recently visited the camp to present the donation to the Emirates Red Crescent. ......read more

    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 ......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. ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

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