Four times weekly service
Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal
Travellers in northern Portugal will have direct access to Emirates’ global network via Dubai
DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 FEBRUARY 2019 – Emirates announced today it will launch a four times weekly service between Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from 2 July 2019.
Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Emirates’ new service will provide travellers in northern Portugal, a ......read more
ATC market to be worth US$56.07 billion by 2022
In 2030, 1.85 million flights annually to and from UAE
2.34 million aircraft movements at 36 ME airports in 2025
Dubai, February 20, 2019: If you are thinking the skies don’t have traffic jams for airliners, you are wrong - at least, for now.
The airline industry made history by registering its busiest day ever when a record-making 202,157 flights were monitored criss-crossing the skies the world over in June last year. More than 19,000 flights at once at the day’s peak were recorded. A year earlier, it was found that there were on average 9,728 planes in the air at any moment, carrying 1.27 million passengers.
The civil aviation industry has been grappling with crowded skies. Air Traffic Control (ATC) plays a crucial role globally taking into account the fact that ......read more
Company reports further development of B-250 light attack aircraft
and reveals details of new Wahash infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)
FEBRUARY 18, 2019 – Calidus LLC today unveils details of its new Wahash infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and reports further progress in development of its B-250 light attack aircraft.
As a fast-growing defense-technology pioneer based in Abu Dhabi, Calidus is working to strengthen the capabilities of the UAE defense industry.
“Our products fill an important need among many military forces for solutions that are both cutting-edge and cost-effective. This is our message and IDEX 2019 provides an ideal platform from which to share it,” said Abdulla Alsayed Alhashmi, Calidus senior vice-president.
“The Calidus team has made tremendous strides in the four years ......read more
Dubai Airshow To Host Defence Delegations and Exhibitors
Dubai, UAE. 17 February 2019: The Middle East is cited by Deloitte as one of the key regions that are expected to contribute to industry performance in the near term, in its 2019 global aerospace and defence industry outlook. It states that defence spending in the region is expected to increase as oil prices stabilise at much higher levels compared to recent years.
The Dubai Airshow has a well deserved reputation for representing all sectors of the aerospace industry and the 2019 edition, taking place 17-21 November at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site, will be no exception.
At the Dubai Airshow 2017, the UAE Ministry of Defence spent more than $4 billion on new products, services and technologies from a range of companies that were exhibiting at the event. “The great ......read more
Emirates to reduce its A380 orderbook by 39 aircraft
Orders 40 A330neo and 30 A350s
Last delivery of A380 scheduled for 2021
Dubai UAE, 16 February 2019 - Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021.
Emirates has also decided to continue growing with Airbus’ newest generation, flexible widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft.
“As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, ......read more
14th February 2019
Turkish Airlines, flying passengers to more global destinations than any other airline, preparing for a brand new journey set to be started with its move to its new state-of-the-art home base, Istanbul Airport, continues its partnership with The LEGO® Movie franchise with the recent digital debut, of a new fun and original safety video. It stars characters from the latest big-screen animated LEGO adventure, The LEGO Movie 2, from Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters worldwide beginning February 8, 2019.
Back in August 2018, Turkish Airlines debuted the first-ever LEGO passenger safety video, which was also inspired by the LEGO Movie franchise. The video topped the viral charts with 20 million views in just one month and then brought home the gold at the 2018 Clio Entertainment Awards.
In tandem ......read more
Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380 contract – with the airline to receive 14 more A380s by end 2021, bringing its total A380 order book to 123 units
Dubai, UAE, 14 February 2019 – Emirates airline today announced an order for 40 A330-900 aircraft, and 30 A350-900 aircraft, in a heads of agreement signed with Airbus. The deal is worth US$ 21.4 billion at list prices.
The latest generation Airbus A330neo and A350 aircraft, will be delivered to Emirates starting from 2021 and 2024 respectively.
In addition, Airbus and Emirates reached an agreement on outstanding A380 deliveries. The airline will receive 14 more A380s from 2019 until the end of 2021, taking its total A380 order book to 123 units.
Commenting on the agreement on A380 deliveries, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief ......read more
Chengdu to be served daily with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from 1 July 2019
Shanghai to be upgraded to larger 787-10 Dreamliner from 1 July 2019
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 14 February 2019: Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Chengdu, effective 1 July 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the route. Also from 1 July, the airlines’ daily service from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai will be upgraded from the 787-9 to the larger 787-10 Dreamliner.
Once the changes take effect, the airline will fly all 28 weekly services to China’s four main gateways – Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong – with the next generation Dreamliner aircraft.
The 787-9 service to ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 14, 2019: Stuttgart headquartered DC Aviation Group (DCA), the German joint venture partner of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), has successfully completed a full 96-month major check on a Challenger 850 aircraft.
The comprehensive maintenance work which was carried out at DCA’s Maintenance Service Centre located at Stuttgart Airport, included a full cabin refurbishment, using choice wood, finest leather and plush carpets. Exterior work included a landing gear and wheel overhaul as well as new exterior painting.
In addition, future mandates which include ADS-B Out modification and complex AD’s including TOSE/LWTAIS were successfully completed. According to the Surveillance Performance and Interoperability regulation (SPI IR), all aircraft with a maximum take-off mass in ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 February 2019: Airbus will display a wide portfolio of products and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) taking place in Abu Dhabi from February17-21.
As one of the largest defence and security exhibition, IDEX offers an ideal platform to showcase Airbus’ capabilities and to connect and engage with international delegates and key decision-makers from the region including government heads, military and armed forces representatives.
Airbus Defence and Space will display a mock up of the A330MRTT, the aircraft that dominates the transport/tanker market outside the USA and has been ordered by 12 nations including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. A total of 35 aircraft have been delivered ......read more
AIME and MRO Middle East See Deals, Announcements and Product Launches
Dubai, UAE. 13 February 2019: Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East closed today after a successful two-day run encompassing product launches, deals and announcements that demonstrate the aerospace industry in the region is still the place to do business.
The co-located events attracted 5004 attendees keen to interact with 330 exhibitors representing the region’s best MRO and aircraft interiors companies. In particular, airline buyers from 71 airlines from the Middle East and Europe took the opportunity to learn more about the technologies, products and services available from existing and new contacts across the entire supply chain.
Abdul Khaliq Saeed, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering, said, “This is the best platform for us to ......read more
Dubai UAE, February 12th, 2019
Turkish Airlines has been awarded “Lease Deal of the Year Award” by Airline Economics in the Awards Gala took place in Dublin on the 21st of January. In addition to this, the national flag carrier of Turkey has been also awarded “Aircraft Tax Lease of the Year” by Global Transport Finance in the Awards Gala took place in London on 31st of January, for the financing of its brand new B777-Freighter aircraft delivered in November 2018, with a total financing amount of 110 million Euros. The structure is an innovative, complex and unique French Tax Lease.
Commenting on those awards, Turkish Airlines Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Murat Şeker said; “First of all, I would like to thank both the Airline Economics and Global Transport Finance on ......read more
12 February 2019 - Dubai UAE
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Etihad Airways Engineering, the largest commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Satair, one of the world’s largest aviation spares and solution providers. The signing ceremony took place at MRO Middle East 2019 in Dubai with Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways Engineering and Terry Stone, Managing Director and Head of Sales and Support EMEA, Satair.
Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Etihad Airways Engineering said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Satair and look forward to strengthening it further with this new MoU. As we continue to expand our extensive MRO capabilities and expand our global presence, this partnership will help us ......read more
DUBAI, UAE: 12 February 2019 – Emirates has marked 20 years of successful operations in Lahore and Islamabad, two of Pakistan’s most populous cities. The award-winning airline has recorded solid year-on-year growth in Lahore and Islamabad over the years, carrying more than 8.4 million passengers on both routes in the last two decades.
Emirates’ hub, Dubai, has emerged as the most popular destination for passengers traveling from Lahore and Islamabad. Religious travel to Jeddah, Medina and Baghdad was also very frequent over the years while London, New York, Manchester and Birmingham were popular among leisure and business travellers.
Jabr Al-Azeeby, Vice President Pakistan, Emirates Airline said: "We are embarking on a real milestone as we celebrate 20 years of service to Islamabad and Lahore. ......read more
February 11, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Effective 1 July 2019, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Seoul. The South Korean capital’s Incheon airport now joins London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, New York JFK and Sydney as a destination served by the airline’s award-winning aircraft.
Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Since launching our services to Seoul Incheon in December 2010, the route has proved tremendously successful and we have welcomed over 1.2 million guests on our flights to and from Korea since then. This reinforces the strong ties between our two countries, and the importance Etihad continues to place on the Korean market.
“The introduction of our award-winning Airbus A380 will provide ......read more
10th February 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), the training arm of Abu Dhabi Airports, has been recognized and awarded by the Airport Council International (ACI). GCAS was recognized as the best performing ACI training center in the Asia-Pacific Region, with the highest number of students trained in 2018.
The award was presented by Kevin Caron, Director, Capacity Building Programs at ACI and received by Zamzam Al Hammadi, General Manager GCAS during a special ceremony at the center’s headquarters, located at Al Bateen Executive Airport in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on the award, Zamzam Alhammadi, General Manager GCAS, said: “It is an honor to be recognized by the ACI as the best performing ACI training center in the Asia-Pacific Region. We are dedicated to raising aviation ......read more
7 February 2019 United Arab Emirates: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2018 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by a healthy 6.5% compared to full-year 2017. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the 2017 annual growth of 8.0%, it was another year of above-trend growth. Full year 2018 capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to a record 81.9%, exceeding the previous high set in 2017.
December RPKs rose 5.3% against the same month in 2017, the slowest year-over-year pace since January 2018 and a continuation of the trend that saw demand growth decelerate to an annualized rate of 5% over the course of the 2018 second half compared to a 9% pace in the first half.
“2018 was another ......read more
Etihad Airways to codeshare on Royal Jordanian services to select points in Europe, North Africa and Canada
Royal Jordanian customers to have access to Etihad destinations across Asia and Australia
February 07, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Jordanian flag carrier, Royal Jordanian, have announced a new codeshare partnership which will provide their customers with greater access to key leisure and business destinations in North Africa, Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia. The codeshare flights will be open for sale on 7 February 2019, with the first travel date from 15 February.
This is the first such partnership between the two airlines, who offer multiple daily services between their respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Amman. The ......read more
Dubai, 7 February 2019: Looking to surprise your loved one with an unforgettable experience on 14 February? Riverland™ Dubai, the charming dining and entertainment locale at Dubai Parks and Resorts offers couples the chance to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with an enchanting gondola ride, followed by a dinner under the stars in the classic Venetian flat-bottomed boat.
Treat your loved one to this memorable 45-minute to 1 hour private cruise that includes a sumptuous dinner for two, priced at AED500 per couple. The picturesque private gondola ride down the river past the medieval French Town is a great way to celebrate the occasion. The special experience is available until 16 February.
Riverland™ Dubai is a uniquely themed dining and entertainment destination showcasing four different zones. The French ......read more
6 February 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2018 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 3.5% compared to 2017. This was significantly lower than the extraordinary 9.7% growth recorded in 2017.
Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 5.4% in 2018, outpacing annual growth in demand. This exerted downward pressure on the load factor but yields proved resilient.
Air cargo’s performance in 2018 was sealed by a softening in demand in December. Year-on-year, December demand decreased by 0.5%. This was the worst performance since March 2016. Freight capacity, however, grew by 3.8%. This was the tenth month in a row ......read more
WTM London 2018, the event where ideas arrive, will generate a record £3.4 billion in travel and tourism industry deals, surpassing the figure of £3.1 billion from WTM London 2017.
February 5, 2019 Dubai United Arab Emirates: The global travel and tourism industry continues to grow with more than £1.4 billion trips predicted to taking place globally in 2019, with the number predicted to rise to £1.8 billion by 2030. Inbound tourism to the UK is approaching 40 million trips annually, while Brits make almost 73 million outbound trips each year.
WTM London 2018 reflected this growth with an increase in visitors of more than 4% to a record 32,462, with the event seeing a total of almost 89,000 (88,742) visits from 51,409 participants. In total 4,664 exhibitors from 182 countries and regions took part in ......read more
Lufthansa is first airline to replace boarding passes for cameras on flights from Miami
Dubai, UAE – 4 February 2019 – Passengers departing from Miami International Airport to Munich on Lufthansa flight 461 can now board with the quick click of a camera instead of a boarding pass and passport, thanks to the airport’s launch of biometric exit technology last week.
“MIA continues to explore innovative ways of streamlining and expediting the travel experience for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I look forward to seeing biometric exit technology expand throughout MIA and enhance the level of customer service for its passengers.”
Through a partnership between MIA, Lufthansa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and global air ......read more
Driving Factors Include Increased Orders, Passenger Traffic Growth and Retrofitting
February 04, 2019 - Dubai, UAE
The aircraft interiors market is predicted to be worth $40.2 billion by 2025, according to marketsandmarkets. With the industry seeing such growth, Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), returning to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) 11-12 February for its tenth edition, is yet again set to provide the ideal platform for solution providers and suppliers to meet with representatives of airlines from around the world.
AIME traditionally attracts global airline representatives and the 2019 edition is no exception, with representatives from KLM, Air France and Tunisair confirmed to attend the two day event alongside those from Etihad, Emirates and Oman Air.
One of the key drivers for industry growth is increased ......read more
Emirates’ first codeshare partnership with a Chinese carrier
Agreement with China’s largest airline covers 18 routes including domestic points in China and Middle Eastern and African destinations, complementing expansive networks of both airlines
Dubai, U.A.E, 2 February 2019 - Emirates and China Southern Airlines (IATA code: CZ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to progress a comprehensive reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open up new destinations for passengers travelling between China and the Middle East and Africa. The partnership with the Guangzhou-based carrier also allows Emirates’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity on domestic flights within China, adding eight new destinations to its global network. The Chinese cities covered by the codeshare agreement ......read more
Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2019: A group of significant players in the aviation industry are cooperating to form a new alliance in the field of aircraft modification. As leading companies in the retrofit industry, Etihad Airways Engineering, EAD Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik and Envoy Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA).
IAMA aims to encourage aircraft owners and operators to modify and modernise their fleets through high quality equipment and rigorous inspections, irrespective of which IAMA members provide the engineering services.
Aircraft modifications, such as the installation of new cabins, connectivity solutions or avionics systems can be approved and documented through a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) offered by providers such as the IAMA ......read more
The airline celebrates its 25th year of service to Oman
Dubai, UAE - 20 June 2018: Emirates will be operating a one-off A380 service to Muscat International Airport on 1 July 2018. This special flight of the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft is part of the airline’s celebration of its 25th year of service to Oman this year, and also re-affirms the newly opened airport infrastructure to handle A380 operations. The new passenger terminal at Oman International Airport recently opened its doors in March 2018.
The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK ......read more
London School of Economics predicts move towards connected aircraft will transform aviation airline operations and safety into a strategic asset
Connected aircraft could lead to 2.5% reduction in fuel burn per flight, equating to 21.3 million tonnes of CO2 annually
Connectivity has the power to save airlines $11 billion each year by reducing the impact and likelihood of delays, cancellations and diversions
Dubai, UAE, June 19, 2018: The connected aircraft, enabled by satellite communications, has the potential to save airlines $15 billion annually in operational ......read more
AUH earns accreditation level of ‘reduction’ for the first time from ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation
18th June, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has earned an accreditation level of ‘reduction’ from the Airports Council International’s (ACI’s) Airport Carbon Accreditation program. The program provides a unique common framework and tools for active carbon management at airports, covering operational activities that contribute most to carbon emissions.
In 2011, AUH was the first ......read more
Adds Dassault 7X aircraft which is also available to charter for regional clients
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 18, 2018: Stuttgart headquartered DC Aviation Group (DCA), the German joint venture partner of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), continues to grow its aircraft management fleet with the addition of a Dassault Falcon 7X.
The new aircraft is also available for charter flights for DC Aviation Al-Futtaim clients in the region through DCA’s subsidiary – DC Aviation Malta.
With its three high-performance engines and cutting-edge aviation ......read more
dans introduces 90 new procedures to enhance Dubai airspace capacity
Privatisation offers scope for Air Navigation Service Providers
Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2018: Air Traffic Control is the cornerstone of the aviation sector and Dubai has implemented the most advanced procedure, keeping the safety of passengers and their timely travel as their ultimate priority and goal.
This was stated by Abdulla Al Hashmi, Executive Vice President for Operations at Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) in his keynote address at the ATC Forum, running along the Airport Show.
dans has ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 13, 2018: Emirates will be boosting its flights to Jeddah during the busy Umrah season. The airline will operate 24 extra flights, adding more than 10,000 additional seats between Dubai and Jeddah from 12 June to 24 June. The additional flights will be serviced by the Boeing 777-300ER.
Emirates’ additional flights will help accommodate more convenient travel through Dubai during the Umrah season, which starts in Ramadan and concludes in July.
These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah, which includes three ......read more
UAE, June 11, 2018- The Oman Ministry of Tourism has reported that its ‘Summer Offers 2018’ campaign launched under the theme ‘Experience Oman’ is continuously gaining traction amid the strong influx of regional and international travelers visiting the Sultanate. Rolled out on May 21, 2018 to enhance and revitalize the local tourism sector, the initiative is part of the Ministry’s efforts to promote Oman as a leading business and leisure destination in line with Oman Tourism Strategy 2040.
Under the three-month ‘Summer Offers 2018,’ 51 ......read more
UAE, June 11, 2018 - The 2018 edition of the Dubai HeliShow is all geared up for its run from November 6 to 8 at the Royal Pavilion, Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai South under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The show is expected to be participated in by over 60 exhibitors and visitors coming from more than 30 countries.
Now on its seventh edition, the exciting three-day event will feature leading global speakers and top companies from Hungary, USA, Canada, Australia, Italy, Lithuania, ......read more
Home check-in service in Dubai launched with UAE carrier flydubai and KSA carriers Saudia and flynas
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 11,2018: Passengers flying out from Dubai can now enjoy the convenience of checking in their baggage and getting their boarding passes from their home or hotel.
dnata is launching these new services through baggage technology and logistics company - DUBZ, in which it recently acquired a majority stake.
DUBZ was started in 2016 by three entrepreneurs who saw the opportunity to provide a practical and technology-enabled service to ......read more
Travellers now have a choice of 10 Emirates flights a day to 3 airports in London
Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2018: Emirates celebrated the inaugural flight of its new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN).
The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER touched down just before 1400hrs local UK time yesterday, and marked London Stansted as the 7th airport in the UK from which Emirates operates. This brings to 10 the number of daily flights between Dubai and three different London airports, with Stansted joining Gatwick and Heathrow.
The aircraft deployed on the route is Emirates’ ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7th June 2018: Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, today announced it will start a third daily service between Moscow’s Domodedovo (DME) Airport and Dubai, commencing on 25th October 2018.
Emirates has been serving the Russian market since 1st July 2003 and already flies twice daily to Domodedovo on Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER and daily to St Petersburg (LED). Demand for travel has grown significantly over recent years, leading to the airline’s launch of this third flight to Moscow.
The new service will be ......read more
6th June 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports promotes intensive health and safety measures for the nearing summer season as it commenced its annual ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign. Launched in support of the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety & Health Centre (OSHAD)’ Code of Practice 11.0, the informative campaign aims to boost awareness among staff and contractors on the effects of heat stress and how to safely cope with the extreme weather conditions expected during Ramadan and the succeeding months.
The program, which takes course until ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2018: Finnair and Cathay Pacific Airlines, based on Hong Kong, have agreed on a new codeshare cooperation on the routes operated by Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific Airline’s affiliate, between Hong Kong and selected destinations in Asia.
The new codeshare agreement adds four new destinations to Finnair’s network in Asia.
From 15th of June onwards Finnair customers can connect with Cathay Dragon’s flights from Hong Kong to
• Hanoi and Danang, Vietnam
• Yangon, ......read more
Posidonia is one of the most prestigious shipping events globally, taking place biennially
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 05 June 2018: Continuing its work with the international maritime and arbitration communities, the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) sponsored and attended the Posidonia, The International Shipping Exhibition in Greece this year.
Posidonia is a must-attend event for all maritime concerns, attracting over 10,000 visitors from the international shipping community. This international exhibition began in 1969 and ever since has been held ......read more
5 June 2018, United Arab Emirates: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution denouncing trafficking in persons, and committing to a number of actions related to anti-trafficking initiatives.
An estimated 24.9 million people are illegally trafficked and live in conditions of modern slavery. The extensive reach of the global air transport network means that unfortunately, airlines are used by traffickers to facilitate their activities.
“Aviation is the business of freedom, flying 4 billion ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 5, 2018: Taking off with Volotea for the Mediterranean: The Spanish airline now operates two weekly flights with a Boeing 717 from Munich to Montpellier in the south of France and to Zaragoza in north-eastern Spain. The Montpellier service departs on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the flights to Zaragoza on Mondays and Thursdays. Other destinations already served by Volotea from Munich are Bordeaux, Mykonos and Asturias.
The new flights will serve three enchanting cities:
At the center of Montpellier is the car-free historic town center, lined by splendid mansions, and ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 5, 2018: Effective 1 October, 2018, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its second daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This will transform the airline’s operation between the UAE and French capitals into a year-round all-A380 service, joining London Heathrow as the second European destination enjoying daily multiple visits by Etihad’s award-winning double-decker aircraft.
The introduction of the aircraft on the second daily service will provide business and leisure travellers between both cities ......read more
04 June 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Deloitte have published guidance materials for governments considering public-private partnerships (PPP) and other forms of privatization programs for airport infrastructure.
“Airports provide critical infrastructure. It is important that governments considering privatization or PPP take a long-term view and focus on solutions that will maximize the economic and social benefits of connectivity. The aim of Airport Ownership and Regulation is to help governments make ......read more
4 June 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced its expectation for airlines to achieve a collective net profit of $33.8 billion (4.1% net margin) in 2018. This is a solid performance despite rising costs, primarily fuel and labor, but also the upturn in the interest rate cycle. These rising costs are the main driver behind the downward revision from the previous forecast of $38.4 billion in December 2017.
In 2017 airlines earned a record $38.0 billion (revised from the previously estimate of $34.5 billion). Comparisons to this, ......read more
Smarter Regulation, Global Standards, Infrastructure
4 June 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to facilitate the growth of global connectivity by avoiding creeping re-regulation, maintaining the integrity of global standards, and addressing a capacity crisis.
The call came in the IATA Director General’s Report on the Air Transport Industry at the 74th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit.
“On aviation’s core mission to deliver safe, secure, accessible and ......read more
Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2018: oneworld has launched a new platform for linking up to the world’s premier airline alliance – enabling customers to enjoy more services and benefits across an even more extensive global network.
The first airline to join in the new capacity as a oneworld connect partner will be Fiji Airways. A date will be announced in due course for when Fiji Airways will start offering oneworld connect services and benefits.
oneworld connect is the first new membership platform unveiled by oneworld since the alliance was originally announced 20 years ago. ......read more
Daily A380 service effective 28th October – two of three Japanese gateways will be served by the iconic Airbus flagship
Dubai, UAE, June 4, 2018: Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will introduce regular scheduled commercial Airbus A380 services to Osaka (KIX) in Japan on 28 October 2018*. The deployment of the double-decker aircraft represents a capacity increase of 38%, and means that travellers will enjoy the comfort of an A380 to and from two Japanese gateways, as the flagship aircraft already operates daily from Narita International ......read more
3rd June, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it will be taking part in the 142nd IATA Slots Conference in Vancouver, Canada to open and enhance links within the aviation industry. The company will be joining Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture & Tourism (DCT) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
Set to run from the 19-21 June, IATA Slots Conference is a semi-annual forum that attracts over 1,200 delegates across 75 exhibitors and sponsors, representing 230 airlines, and 75 schedules-facilitated and ......read more
The Ras Al Khaimah Shuttle Bus offers visitors and residents an easy and comfortable journey to and from the Emirate
The complimentary transfer offer is available from 1st June till 30th September 2018
Ras Al Khaimah – UAE – 3 June 2018: Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) today announced that its RAK Shuttle service connecting Dubai Airport to the Emirate will be complimentary for visitors over the summer months. Free WIFI, water bottles and maps will be provided on board, giving tourists and residents alike the opportunity to ......read more
New flights between Abu Dhabi and Barcelona effective 21 November 2018
Starting with five weekly flights, service to increase to daily from 31 March 2019
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 03, 2018: Etihad Airways has announced the introduction of a new scheduled service linking Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, and Barcelona, Spain, effective 21 November 2018. The route will initially be operated five times a week by a two-class Airbus A330-200 before becoming a daily operation from 31 March 2019.
Barcelona will become the second city in Spain served ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2018: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Sydney, Australia, for the Association’s 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. Hosted by Qantas, the event will include addresses by Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia; Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport; and Dr Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“Sydney will be the capital of air transportation as ......read more
Dubai, UAE, May 31, 2018: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called for economic regulation of airports in Australia to be strengthened.
“At a time when we have an infrastructure crisis globally, Australia has a good story to tell. The plans for a new airport at Badgerys Creek are encouraging, as are efforts for cooperation between civil and military authorities to more efficiently use airspace. But we need to take a serious look at airport charges. Last year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission raised concerns about the effectiveness of ......read more
Dubai, 30 May 2018: dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, expands its partnership with EGYPTAIR in Dubai.
Starting today, dnata will provide the airline with premium cargo handling services from its best-in-class facility at Dubai World Central (DWC). EGYPTAIR will initially operate one cargo flight a week between Dubai and Cairo using an Airbus A300F aircraft.
dnata has been providing ground handling services to EGYPTAIR at Dubai International Airport since 2005. The expansion of the partnership underlines the attraction of Dubai ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 30 May 2018: Emirates Skywards has revamped its family offering to provide a richer, more rewarding programme called ‘My Family’. Family members can now pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates flights, allowing them to redeem rewards faster than before.
Each member can pool up to 100% of their miles earned on Emirates flights and the nominated contribution of Miles from each member can be adjusted at any time. Emirates Skywards has a global membership of 20 million and all members are eligible to join ‘My Family’. Each account can have ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 29 May 2018- Emirates Engineering has successfully accomplished the first complete replacement of landing gear on A6-EDF, the first Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft to have its entire landing gear system replaced at one time.
Comprising five sets of landing gear - two under the wings, two under the body, and one nose landing gear, the work was planned and executed in-house, at the Emirates Engineering hangars in Dubai.
Every Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft has a landing gear system with a total of 22 landing wheels. In addition to the wheels, the landing gear ......read more
Dubai, United Arab, Emirates, May 29, 2018: Continuing with its growth in the German market, Finnair will be launching a new route to Hanover, Germany, next summer.
The new route will start on April 29 with five weekly frequencies and will become a daily and year-round frequency as of June 1, 2019.
Hanover is one of Northern Germany’s largest cities and hosts several important fair and trade events throughout the calendar year.
Hanover will be Finnair’s seventh destination in Germany. Finnair flies year-round to Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and ......read more
Daily A380 service effective 29th October – first and only airline with scheduled A380 operations at Hamburg Airport – all German Emirates gateways served by the iconic Airbus flagship
Dubai, UAE, May 28, 2018: Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, announced today that it will introduce the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to Hamburg. To commemorate the inaugural arrival in Hamburg on 29 October, the A380 will be deployed on the morning service (EK059/EK060), while from 30 October the A380 will be regularly deployed on the afternoon ......read more
27 May 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched its first humanitarian freighter missions. The initiatives are part of the group’s extensive Year of Zayed programme, which will take place throughout 2018.
The specially branded Year of Zayed Boeing 777 freighter aircraft departed Abu Dhabi – first to Almaty in Kazakhstan and then to Hyderabad in India – carrying special provisions to be distributed to those in need during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The humanitarian ......read more
Enhancing customer experiences through changes to the Asia Miles rewards programme
Dubai, UAE, May 27, 2018: Cathay Pacific Group customers will earn more Asia Miles on the vast majority of their flights and have more access to redemption bookings following changes to Asia Miles, the airlines’ rewards programme.
Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said the changes demonstrate the airlines’ commitment to recognising and rewarding loyal members.
“We have been listening to our customers and have been looking ......read more
Dubai, 23 May 2018: Calling all young aspiring writers! Entries are now open for The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s creative writing competitions for students across the UAE. The Taaleem Award for poetry and the Oxford University Press story-writing competitions have become fixtures in the academic calendar, with the number of entries growing every year.
“The student writing competitions give aspiring writers and poets a chance to showcase their writing skills and the amazing poems and stories that we are sent show how wonderfully creative the young ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 20th, 2018: Krasnodar has become the 10th destination of the flag carrier which operates its flight to Moscow, St. Petersburg , Sochi, Rostov, Kazan, Ekaterinburg, Voronezh, Samara and Ufa in Russia currently .
Krasnodar flights will be operated 5 times per week in both directions, as starting from today.
At the opening ceremony , Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines Mr. Ahmet Olmuştur stated that ; ‘’Turkish Airlines flying to the most countries of the world; continues to work on growth ......read more
Lufthansa Group and Travix intensify longstanding partnership with joint approach on NDC under the Airline Group’s upcoming NDC Partner Programme
Travix customers will benefit from access to Lufthansa Group NDC Smart Offer
Improved display of all Lufthansa Group offers on Travix’ brands Cheap-Tickets, BudgetAir, Vliegwinkel, Vayama and Flugladen in all countries
The Lufthansa Group and Travix have signed a multi-year agreement connecting one of the leading global online travel agencies directly to the Lufthansa ......read more
The flag carrier airline has reached the 83.2% LF in April.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 16th, 2018: Turkish Airlines, performed a brilliant year in 2017, maintains this success with the same momentum in 2018 as well. The national flag carrier has now put its signature under the thriving results recorded in April, after announcing its successful first quarter results a short while ago.
According to the April 2018 Traffic Results;
Upon the double-digit passenger increases in the first quarter of 2018, total number of passengers carried went up by 15% reaching ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 16, 2018: Watch as popular UAE influencer Khalid al Ameri joins Sophia the Robot – the world’s most advanced Artificially Intelligent robot – to explore Abu Dhabi and discover all the excitement and emotions one can experience on a visit to the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Sophia is officially the first robot to race Yas Marina Circuit, ride the world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and experience the beauty of Louvre Abu Dhabi in this new video released by Etihad Airways. She is accompanied throughout by ......read more
As part of the ongoing intensive efforts to meet Sharjah’s target of 10 million tourists by 2021, an elite group of government and private organizations from the emirate to be led by Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) will travel to Shanghai to join this year’s edition of the prestigious ITB China taking place from May 16 to May 18, 2018. China is a key tourism market for Sharjah, which has received a total of 120,356 hotel guests in 2017 from the world’s most populous nation.
The delegates will comprise top officials from, Sharjah Airport ......read more
The airline will mark Eid Al Fitr celebrations on board with sweets for customers
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15th May 2018: Emirates will commence its signature Ramadan service for customers during the holy month, expected to begin on May 17th.
Emirates’ Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground for those breaking their fast.
Emirates provides iftar boxes with a nutritional meal for customers breaking their fast on ......read more
The global carrier specially designed its A321-type aircraft with a livery of the ‘Trojan Horse’ image after the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced 2018 as “The Year of Troia”.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- May 12th, 2018: Following the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced 2018 as “The Year of Troia”, that coincides with the 20th anniversary of the admission of the archaeological site of Troia to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List, various introductory activities continue to be conducted on a ......read more
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, May 10, 2018: Air Arabia PJSC today reported strong financial results for the first quarter of 2018 as the Middle East’s first and largest low cost carrier continued to deliver solid commercial and operational results.
Air Arabia reported a net profit of AED110 million for the three months ending March 31, 2018, an 8 percent increase compared to the corresponding 2017 figure of AED102 million. In the same period, the airline posted a turnover of AED877 million, an 8 percent increase compared to the first quarter of last ......read more
Deals worth millions signed at the world’s largest airport show
Avsec Center of Dubai Police to host next year’s ICAO board meeting in Dubai during Airport Show 2019
Dubai, May 9, 2018: The 18th edition of Airport Show concluded on Wednesday with participants reporting signing of substantial deals worth millions and collaborations.
The largest annual event of its kind hosted over 350 exhibitors from 60 countries, with the largest number of dedicated pavilions ever, representing Europe, US and Asia, along with over 7,500 visitors. This year’s event also saw ......read more
Young Emirati girls and boys have strong potential
Women make up 50% of 180 engineers at Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre
Dubai, May 9, 2018 – UAE women will continue to be the future capital and long-term contributor to the success of the UAE.
This was stated by Her Excellency Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, the first-ever woman Minister of State for Public Education in her keynote address at the 3rd Women in Aviation General Assembly on Wednesday on the side lines of the 18th edition of the Airport Show.
The conference was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh ......read more
Group records 30th consecutive year of profit of AED 4.1 billion (US$ 1.1 billion)
Solid business growth in line with capacity increases leading to a record revenue of more than AED 100 billion (US$ 27.2 billion) for the 1st time
Improved cash balance of AED 25.4 billion (US$ 6.9 billion)
Declares a dividend of AED 2.0 billion (US$ 545 million) to the Investment Corporation of Dubai
Emirates reports a profit of AED 2.8 billion (US$ 762 million), 124% better than the previous year
Airline capacity crosses 61 billion ATKM with a net addition of 9 new aircraft to the ......read more
Edinburgh becomes airline’s second destination in Scotland after Glasgow
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 MAY 2018: Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, today announced it will start a daily service between Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and Dubai, from 1 October 2018.
Edinburgh will become Emirates’ second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom after the airline starts its daily service to London Stansted in June.
The new service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three ......read more
The first heavy rail operator in the MENA region to achieve Business Continuity Management System ISO certification
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 08 May 2018: Etihad Rail DB, the operator of the UAE’s national railway network, is the first heavy rail operator in the MENA region to achieve Business Continuity Management System ISO 22301-2012 certification and one of a few transport industry players in the world to be certified.
The company’s certification was awarded by DNV GL Business Assurance Group, one of the world’s largest certification service ......read more
US$1.1 trillion to be spent globally on airport-related construction
Middle East has US$58 billion aviation-related projects
Airports to handle 7.8 billion passengers in 2036
Over 1,953 airports in 176 countries, with US top on the list
Dubai, May 08, 2018: If there is one thing which is constant, it is new airports construction.
In fast-growing economic and populous regions such as Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, investments in new airports construction remain strong. The total value of the global airport construction projects pipeline stands at US$721.7 ......read more
Launch of an MSc in Airport Management is designed to ensure quality training of airport managers in the region
All course modules are offered in City’s Dubai facilities at the DIFC
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 May 2018: City, University of London’s Dubai Centre has announced the launch of a Master of Science (MSc) in Airport Management for junior managers looking to boost their career prospects in today’s fast-growing airport industry.
Starting in September, this course has been designed to cater to the ......read more