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    Soyuz FG rocket boasts with UAE flag and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center logo in preparation for September 25 mission

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 22, 2019:   The Soyuz FG, carrying the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft, in which Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, will launch to the International Space Station, is emblazoned with the logo of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the UAE flag along with the flags of Russia and America in preparation for the historic mission. The Soyuz rocket was first launched in 1966, and the launch system was developed by Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation, Energia, and built by the Research and Production Development Center of Progress Rocket Space Centre in Samara, Russia. The photo of the Soyuz FG rocket was taken from the  Baikonur Cosmodrome facilities in Kazakhstan, where the three stages of the rocket are being assembled ahead of the launch.  

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    Zayed's Ambition mission logo, and MBRSC logo adorn Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 22, 2019:    The main crew, which includes Hazzaa AlMansoori, Oleg Skripochka, and Jessica Meir, and the back-up crew, composed of Sultan AlNeyadi, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Thomas Marshburn, visited Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum. During their visit, AlMansoori and AlNeyadi handed the mission’s logo ‘Zayed’s Ambition’, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) logo, and MBRSC’s book ‘Race to Space’, to the curators of the museum. The main crew members then signed on the Soyuz mission logo, which has their names. This took place four days before the launch of the first Emirati astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS), aboard Soyuz MS 15, from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and as per pre-launch traditions. Prior to that, the ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre & Emirates Foundation organise live sessions from ISS'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 22, 2019:   Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization set up by the Abu Dhabi government to facilitate public-private funded initiatives that improve the welfare of youth, announced organizing “Zayed’s Ambition” sessions during which school and university students, as well as the public, will get the chance to attend live video and radio sessions with Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, while onboard the International Space Station (ISS).  HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, said: “Zayed’s Ambition live sessions with Hazzaa from ISS and the participation of students and the public will definitely encourage youth to take interest in space sciences and ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre & Emirates Foundation organise live sessions from ISS

    Dubai, UAE, 21 September 2019:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization set up by the Abu Dhabi government to facilitate public-private funded initiatives that improve the welfare of youth, announced organizing “Zayed’s Ambition” sessions during which school and university students, as well as the public, will get the chance to attend live video and radio sessions with Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, while onboard the International Space Station (ISS).  HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, said: “Zayed’s Ambition live sessions with Hazzaa from ISS and the participation of students and the public will definitely encourage youth to take interest in space sciences and contribute to this vital ......read more

    Emirates first on-board for biometric boarding

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 21, 2019:   Emirates is once again pushing the boundaries of technology, becoming the first airline outside America to receive approval for biometric boarding from the U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP). Soon, customers flying from Dubai to any of Emirates' 12 destinations in the U.S. will be able to choose facial recognition technology at the departure gates, reducing the time taken for identity checks to two seconds or less. No pre-registration is required, and customers may also choose not to use the technology. Emirates does not store any biometric records of its customers – all the data is managed securely by CBP.   The technology was piloted at the departure gates of Emirates' flights from Dubai to New York and Los Angeles through the peak periods in ......read more

    Emirates kicks off Rugby World Cup 2019™ with referee Nigel Owens

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 21, 2019:    Emirates, Official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC 2019), has teamed up with famous Welsh Rugby referee, Nigel Owens, to create a campaign to inform travellers what's fair play and what's foul play when flying – so we can all Fly Better!   The campaign, "Emirates etiquette guide to Rugby World Cup 2019", comprises a series of short, light hearted and witty videos, which sees Nigel, known for his unique tongue-in-cheek way of talking to rugby players on the pitch, blow the whistle on bad traveller etiquette during flights. The first of the videos is being released today across several digital platforms and the airline's social media channels to coincide with the start of the tournament.   Rugby World Cup, in ......read more

    Airbus forecasts need for over 39,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years

    #AirbusGMF Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 19, 2019:   The world’s passenger and freighter aircraft fleet is set to more than double from today’s nearly 23,000 to almost 48,000 by 2038 with traffic growing at 4.3% annually, also resulting in a need for 550,000 new pilots and 640,000 new technicians.  By 2038, of the forecast 47,680 fleet, 39,210 are new and 8,470 remain from today. By updating fleets with latest generation fuel efficient aircraft such as the A220, A320neo Family, the A330neo and the A350, Airbus believes it will largely contribute to the progressive decarbonisation of the air transport industry and the objective of carbon neutral growth from 2020 while connecting more people globally. Reflecting today’s evolving aircraft technology, Airbus has simplified its ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo works with Dubai start-up for efficient and transparent sourcing of seafood

    Dubai, UAE, 18 September 2019:   Early on Friday, 6 September, a batch of salmon arrived in Dubai in the cargo hold of Emirates flight EK 28 from Glasgow. The shipment of Scottish salmon, destined for restaurants and consumers in the UAE, was the first that was being transported for Seafood Souq, a Dubai based start-up working on transparent and efficient sourcing of seafood, by Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates. The shipment marked the culmination of a round of discussions and the start of a fruitful partnership between the two companies. Seafood Souq has created an online B2B marketplace application that helps seafood buyers procure products from all over the world. In addition to streamlining the traditional model of sourcing seafood, the application also allows for improved quality and traceability ......read more

    Turkish Airlines will fly directly to Vietnam's Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 17, 2019:  Boasting the world’s widest international flight network with 315 international destinations in 126 countries, Turkish Airlines will start its direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which were operated as connected flights until now. Starting on September 11, 2019, the flights will be operated on Istanbul (IST) – Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) – Istanbul (IST) and Istanbul (IST) – Hanoi (HAN) – Istanbul (IST) routes. Deciding to operate direct flights with the expectations of the passengers travelling to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in mind, Turkish Airlines will have daily flights to Ho Chi Minh and the flag carrier will fly to Hanoi six days a week (except Sunday). The flights to capital Hanoi will increase to seven days a week on April ......read more

    General Civil Aviation Authority launches 2nd edition of Global Investment in Aviation Summit to be held on 27-29 January 2020

    Dubai, September 15 2019: The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced the launch of the second edition of Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS) under the theme ‘Enabling global aviation growth through fundraising and key partnership’ today.  The upcoming summit at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on 27- 29 January 2020 aims at exchanging expertise and knowledge between officials and aviation industry experts and forging partnerships that support the aviation investment sector globally. The organising committee of GIAS 2020 announced the details of the upcoming GIAS 2020 in the presence of His Excellency Saif Mohamed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the GCAA, and Nadia Al Maazmi GIAS Platform Director, at a heavily attended press conference held at Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa on Sunday. Reiterating ......read more

    Educational Events of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 15, 2019:   In collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) organised two educational events at the University of Dubai and Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, for students to learn more about the JEM Camera Robot (Int-Ball) and how it works. The Int-Ball helps astronauts aboard ISS record their scientific experiments. The two events were attended by Fumiaki Tanigaki, Associate Senior Engineer and the Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate and Shuhei Sheigeto, Researcher from JAXA, Research and Development Directorate in Research Unit 1, who spoke about the robot and explained to students how Int-Ball works in space. From MBRSC side, the events were addressed by Saud Karmustaji, Director of Strategic Communication, who ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' load factor is 84.8 percent in August.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 15, 2019:  Turkish Airlines announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for August. The flag carrier recorded 84.8 percent load factor in this month despite the global shrinkage of demand in the aviation sector. Offering connections to more countries than any other airline from a single hub, global carrier’s international-to-international transfer passenger numbers increased in record numbers with a 9.4 percent increase compared to the same month of the last year.   Continuing towards its goal of becoming one of the top five air cargo brands in the world with its Turkish Cargo brand, flag carrier increased its cargo / mail volume by 11.5 percent compared to the same month of the last year. National flag carrier maintains its two digit growth numbers at air cargo ......read more

    Salam Air launches Four weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Muscat

    15 September 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports has announced the commencement of four weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Muscat in Oman with Salam Air. The inaugural flight, which is operated by Oman’s first low cost airline, Salam Air, arrived from Muscat to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on September 10. The flights will take-off from Muscat International Airport (MCT) at 9:00 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and will arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 10:20 am. The return flights will take-off from Abu Dhabi at 11:05 am, arriving in Muscat at 12:05 pm local time. The new flights allow both citizens and residents to enjoy a short flight to visit Muscat, whether for tourism or business purposes, at affordable rates. Commenting on the new route to Muscat, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines named 2020 Five Star Global Airline at APEX Awards

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 12, 2019 Offering the privilege of discovering 126 countries around the world to its passengers, Turkish Airlines was named a “2020 Five Star Global Airline” by APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association), one of the world’s most trusted and prominent aviation organizations. Turkish Airlines’ commitment to passenger satisfaction and providing top class service above the clouds were ratified by APEX. Travel industry experts met at the At the Los Angeles Convention Centre on September 9 for the APEX/IFSA Awards where the APEX Official Airline Ratings™ were announced.  Passengers rated over a million flights of almost 600 airlines around the world between July 2018 and June 2019. Categories were judged on a five star scale in five sub categories: seat ......read more

    25 million members, and still soaring Skywards

    Emirates Skywards is celebrating the key milestone with discounts and surprises DUBAI, UAE, 11 September 2019 – Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme for Emirates and flydubai, has touched a new high – 25 million members. Emirates Skywards is celebrating this key milestone with exciting offers and surprises for its members, starting 12 September. This includes 25% discounts on upgrades and reward tickets on selected flights to and from Dubai, a network-wide special Cash+Miles rate on Emirates and flydubai flights, and a 25% discount on buying and gifting miles. Competitions and prizes at Emirates Terminal 3, starting 22 September, are all set to wow travellers.         In the last 18 months, Emirates Skywards has added five million members globally, which is a staggering ......read more

    Krabi Airport Introduces Sita World-Class Passenger Technology

    Dubai, UAE - 11 Sep 2019 - As part of Krabi Airport’s development to become a regional aviation center under Thailand’s Department of Airports’ four-year strategic plan, the airport announced it will be rolling out world-class passenger technology, from global IT provider SITA. The systems include AirportConnect® Open, SITA’s common-use passenger processing (CUPPS) platform, along with self-service check-in kiosks at both domestic and international terminals.  Attaporn Nuang-udom, Airport Director, Krabi International Airport, said: “The Krabi province has a geographical advantage as it is situated between the spectacular Andaman and Gulf of Thailand coasts. With abundant natural resources and tourist attractions of natural beauty, Krabi has gained increasing popularity as a tourist destination. ......read more

    Crews of 25th September Mission to ISS visits Red Square

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 08, 2019:  The main and back-up crews of the mission going to the International Space Station on September 25th, visited the Gagarin museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia, on September 5th where they viewed historic space artifacts and signed the Visitor’s Book in the Museum of Yuri Gagarin’s office.  They then headed to Red Square in Moscow for traditional ceremonies, including the laying of flowers at the Kremlin Wall where Russian space icons are interred. Members of both crews lay a flower each under both Gagarin’s and Sergei Korolev’s plaques. They also visited the “Oak Cosmos”, which was planted by Gagarin himself on April 14th, 1961 two days after his historic space flight on 12 ......read more

    First A220 delivery to EGYPTAIR

     #A220 #FlyEGYPTAIR @EGYPTAIR  Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 07, 2019:   EGYPTAIR has taken delivery of its first of 12 A220-300 aircraft on order, becoming the first A220 operator based in the Middle East and North African region, and the sixth operator worldwide. The Cairo-based airline intends to fly the aircraft on routes to and from its main Egyptian Hub in Cairo in the coming days.    Representatives from the airline, alongside executives from Airbus Canada Limited Partnership celebrated the aircraft handover at the A220 Mirabel final assembly line.     “We are proud to welcome our very first A220 aircraft and to be the first airline in the Middle East and North African region to take delivery and launch commercial operations of the A220 – the most ......read more

    Important messages from Emirati astronauts prior to launch to International Space Station

    Dubai, UAE, 5 September 2019:  Upon the successful completion of their final tests, a press conference was held by the main crew and the back-up crew for Hazzaa AlMansoori’s first trip to the International Space Station (ISS). The main crew includes AlMansoori, Oleg Skripochka, and Jessica Meir, and the back-up crew is composed of Sultan AlNeyadi, Sergei Nikolaevich, and Thomas Henry. The press conference was held at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, in Star City, in Moscow, on Thursday 5 September, and was attended by officials from the space agencies involved in the mission and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), as well as representatives from international media. Prior to the press conference, the main crew and the back-up crew met with a committee composed of the Russian Roscosmos, the European ......read more

    Trade War Impacting Air Freight Demand

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 04, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), contracted by 3.2% in July 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the ninth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Air cargo continues to suffer from weak global trade and the intensifying trade dispute between the US and China. Global trade volumes are 1.4% lower than a year ago and trade volumes between the US and China have fallen by 14% year-to-date compared to the same period in 2018.  The global Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) does not indicate an uptick. Its tracking of new manufacturing export orders has pointed to falling orders since September 2018. And ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Brings Back Popular ‘fikra University' Competition

    • Competition encourages innovation by UAE university students   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 04, 2019:  Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has announced the launch of Fikra University 2019, bringing back the successful programme which fosters the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation amongst university students all over the UAE.    The third instalment of this competition invites any student currently enrolled in a university within the UAE to submit an innovative proposal under this year’s theme of ‘Seamless travel, endless possibilities’.   Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “At Etihad, innovation is a key driver supporting the delivery of choices and providing an improved experience for our guests. We ......read more

    Kuwait Airways takes delivery of its first A320neo

    #Kuwaitairways #Airbus  #A320neo     September 01, 2019:   Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of Kuwait, has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft.    The delivery a milestone in Kuwait Airways’ 65th anniversary celebrations, marking an important step in the airline’s ambitious fleet renewal and growth plans , which will phase-in 15 A320neo aircraft to its fleet in the coming years, following a purchase agreement signed in 2014.    The A320neo will be apillar of Kuwait Airways’ single aisle fleet, bringing continuity to the success delivered by its current 7 A320ceos, and ensuring a smooth transition for pilots, crews, and technical teams.    The A320neo will boost the airline’s profitability with the world’s most ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Mexico City and Cancún, important cities of Americas to its flight network.

    27, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries that any other airline, continues to enhance its flight network. Flag carrier has launched scheduled flights to Mexico City, the second biggest city of Latin America and capital of Mexico along with Cancún, one of the favorite holiday centers of Central America.   The flights to Mexico City and Cancún, the 18th and 19th destinations of Turkish Airlines in Americas, will be operated three days a week on Istanbul-Mexico City-Cancún route starting from August 21, 2019. With these flights, Turkish Airlines adds Mexico, the biggest country of Central America, to its flight network, thus offering a connectivity opportunity to a greater area from Istanbul Airport.   During the press conference held in Mexico City International Airport ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years in India

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  24, August 2019:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is preparing to celebrate 15 years of service to its largest and busiest market, India. The airline’s milestone coincides with the third visit to the UAE of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, highlighting the importance of the partnership between the two countries.    Etihad launched daily flights between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and the Indian city of Mumbai in September 2004, within the airline’s first year of operation. Three months later, flights were also launched between Abu Dhabi and New Delhi.     Today, Etihad operates 159 return flights per week between Abu Dhabi and 10 key Indian gateways - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years of Flights to Bahrain

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 22, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its operations between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and Manama, capital of Bahrain.    Since launching services to Bahrain on 22 August 2004, Etihad has carried more than 2.5 million guests between the two capitals. Today, the airline operates 28 flights per week and carries 200,000 guests annually to and from Bahrain, using Airbus A320 aircraft.    Etihad’s flights to Manama provide a vital link between Bahrain and major markets in Asia, Indian subcontinent, MENA and the United States, via the airline’s home and hub, Abu Dhabi.   Earlier this year, Etihad Airways and Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, signed a ......read more

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    Abu Dhabi Airports sponsors the UAE Sport Talent Fund

    As part of its commitment to social responsibility   13 January 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports took part in sponsoring the UAE Sport Talent Fund, which was launched in December 2018 by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Sports (GAS), Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi.    Abu Dhabi Airports’ sponsorship of the UAE Sport Talent Fund demonstrated the company’s commitment to social responsibility, and its ongoing support of community engagement programs. Through its donation, Abu Dhabi Airports ......read more

    Revamped agenda in 2019 for GALF

    Blockchain, AI and Remote ATC Towers under the spotlight 517 million passengers in the Middle East by 2036 ME smart airports market worth US$850 million in 2019 MEA blockchain spending to be US$307 million by 2021   Dubai, January 13, 2019:   The Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) is one of the world’s most influential knowledge-sharing platforms for the airports industry. A new revamped agenda for its seventh edition in Dubai in 2019 hosts an engaging line-up of speakers and the agenda reflects the changing aviation landscape and future ......read more

    Choose to Start the Year Right With Etihad's Global Sale

    Travellers choosing to make a fresh start this year can begin anywhere with Etihad Global Sale Economy flights to London start from AED2,343; Business fares from AED12,969 Special fares available for travel from 18 January to 27 November 2019 Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 12, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging travellers to start 2019 right and travel in style with the launch of its Global Sale.   With the New Year comes resolutions. To eat better, relax more, indulge your mind, be more cultured, spend more time with family, ......read more

    Airbus achieves new commercial aircraft delivery record in 2018

    Deliveries total 800 aircraft, 11 percent higher than in 2017 Net orders total 747, backlog increases to 7,577 aircraft Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2019:  Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) delivered 800 commercial aircraft to 93 customers in 2018, meeting its full year delivery guidance and setting a new company record. Deliveries were 11 percent higher than the previous record of 718 units, set in 2017. For the 16th year in a row now, Airbus has increased the number of commercial aircraft deliveries on an annual basis.   In total, the 2018 commercial aircraft ......read more

    Solid but Moderating Passenger Demand in November

    Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy but moderating global passenger traffic results for November 2018. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2% compared to November 2017, a slight deceleration from 6.3% growth in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.8% over the year-ago period, and load factor dipped 0.4 percentage point to 80.0%. It was only the third time in two years that load factor fell on a year-to-year basis.    “Traffic is solid. But there are clear ......read more

    First 14 airlines confirmed for inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa forum

    Regional airlines add 58 new routes across the GCC in 2018 Almost 50% of new UAE routes introduced in 2018 are to destinations in Europe; with Russia claiming the second largest share of new flights Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  Fourteen airlines have already confirmed their participation at CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa – co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May.    Senior network planning teams from Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Air Arabia, Air Asia, ......read more

    Air Freight Demand Flat in November

    Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), was flat (0%) in November 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest rate of growth recorded since March 2016, following 31 consecutive months of year-on-year increases.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.3% year-on-year in November 2018. This was the ninth month in a row that capacity growth ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Releases AED250 Million in Bank Guarantees of Tourism Companies to Boost Investment in Ecosystem

    As part of its deregulation focus, Dubai Tourism exempts over 2,000 travel and tour agencies from furnishing bank guarantees, injecting a quarter billion dirhams liquidity into Dubai’s tourism economy Move part of efforts to support the government’s economic stimulus programme aimed at lowering cost of doing business and making the emirate more attractive to investors DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 8 January 2019:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has initiated efforts to release approximately AED250 million in bank ......read more

    19 reasons to fly with British Airways in 2019

    January 08, 2019:  British Airways’ new year’s resolution is to provide its customers with even more quality and choice in every cabin on every route -  with a £6.5bn investment and 19 great reasons to look forward to flying with the airline in 2019.    Here are some of the reasons to fly with British Airways this year: The January sale – on now. Bag a bargain to dozens of top global destinations. Do it now, before everyone else does.  New routes. Customers can try out the airline’s new routes to Charleston y’all, with ......read more

    Kalima Reading Club Organises Panel Discussion On La Rochefoucauld's ‘Reflections: Or Sentences And Moral Maxims'

    Abu Dhabi, 06 January 2019:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s (DCT Abu Dhabi) Kalima Reading Club organised a panel discussion on ‘Reflections: Or Sentences and Moral Maxims’ by Francois de La Rochefoucauld, which was attended by a number of writers, intellectuals and DCT Abu Dhabi employees. The session featured researcher and writer Sheikha Al-Jabri, poet Salem Bou Jamhour, writer and storyteller Bassima Younes, novelist Ali Abu Alreesh, and poet Mira Al-Qasim, examining La Rochefoucauld’s 17th century text from each of their ......read more

    Tips and tricks to get the cheapest flight deals to Dubai in 2019

    January 01, 2019 - Dubai, UE:   Planning a holiday for 2019 will give you something to look forward to, especially during the colder months or rainy weekends. Dubai is a top destination to visit if you are looking for some sun, as there are beaches, wide expanses of desert and sand dunes to explore and relax in. For those wanting a city break, they can enjoy what the glittering skyline has to offer.   Once you have decided when you will go on holiday and sized up some places to stay, all that’s left to do is book the flights. With prices seeming like they are ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport rolls out ‘Super-Fi' internet connectivity

    Super-Fi sees upload and download speeds of up to 200mbps per user, among the fastest airport internet services available in the world Move comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to customer experience and digitalization strategies  30 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports today announced its airport-wide roll out of ‘Super-Fi’ that will increase internet upload and download speeds to a maximum of 200 mbps per user at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).    The Super-Fi internet access, which is among the ......read more

    Global Investment in Aviation Summit to host largest gathering of heads of civil aviation authorities

    Aviation industry is one of key drivers behind growth in various economic sectors  Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansori: Aviation Sector is a key pillar to the National Economy and the summit is a good chance to hold partnerships.    Organised by GCAA under the theme “Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through Investment in the Aviation Sector”, GIAS 2019 will take place on January 28 & 29, 2019 at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. GIAS 2019 to see the largest gathering of ministers of aviation and transportation and heads of civil ......read more

    Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Launches Heritage Pulses Programme

    Programme offers various educational and entertaining family activities through 10 January Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27 December 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is currently overseeing its initiative Heritage Pulses (Nabadat Torathiah) in all branches of its affiliated libraries across the emirate. Having launched in mid-December, and running until 10 January 2019, the program brings together the traditional heritage of the UAE with modern aspects of the country, through various educational and fun activities for families and participants of ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and India's IndiGo announce a Codeshare Agreement.

    Turkish Airlines and IndiGo to leverage their respective networks to maximize travel opportunities for the traveling public. Dubai, UAE, December 26, 2018:  A member of Star Alliance, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines, and India’s largest domestic carrier, IndiGo today announced a codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement. The signed codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement between the two carriers, the effectiveness of which is subject to receipt by Turkish Airlines and IndiGo of all necessary Board and regulatory approvals, will enable both carriers to provide more ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting

    The workshop held at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies brought together more than 35 airport HR professionals from key Asia Pacific airports  26th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies (GCAS) in Abu Dhabi between the 11th and 13th December. The three-day event, was an opportunity for Airport HR professionals to reflect on the successes of 2018, and look forward to 2019’s opportunities.  The event brought together ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Daily Hong Kong Service

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 23, 2018:   Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily scheduled service from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong, effective 31 March 2019. The two-class aircraft will replace the Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently operating the route   The new 787-9 Dreamliner service to Hong Kong will feature the airline’s next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats -  a capacity increase of six seats in Business and 31 in Economy in ......read more

    DCT Abu Dhabi launches a new annual season on Abu Dhabi's calendar, the Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Season

    More Than 650 Outlets Sign Up for Spectacular New Code Red Sale Campaign Across Abu Dhabi Special offers for shopping, hospitality, events, dining and more will take place across the UAE capital from 26th December 2018 to 5th February 2019 Abu Dhabi, 23 December 2018 –   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the imminent launch of its Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Season, a new annual retail and shopping season which will run across the capital. Taking place from 26th December 2018 to 5th February 2019, visitors and residents ......read more

    CNN speaks to the CEO of The Emirates Group as Dubai Intl Airport welcomes its one billionth customer

    Dubai, UAE, December 22, 2018:  As Dubai International (DXB) welcomes its one billionth international customer, CNN’s John Defterios spoke to H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum –Chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO of The Emirates Group.   During the interview with Defterios, Al Maktoum discussed the crucial role customers have played in helping Dubai International reach their goal, saying “It’s always about the customers. The more you please your customers, they will come again and again.”   Al Maktoum also commented on the US Federal ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Corporate Club won the First-Ever GT Tested Reader Survey Award for “Best Corporate Travel Program for Business Travelers”.

    The global airline also received two awards for “Best Airline for Business Class” and “Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents” for the second consecutive year. Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, is the recipient of three 2018 GT Tested Reader Survey awards by Global Traveler magazine, including the first-ever award for “Best Corporate Travel Program for Business Travelers” for its prestigious Turkish Airlines Corporate Club program. In addition, the ......read more

    Emirates brings iconic Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of highly anticipated AFC Cup 2019

    Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  Emirates, the official airline partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 has flown the iconic AFC Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of the much-anticipated AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The AFC Asian Cup trophy travelled from Tokyo, making a stop in Hong Kong and continuing on EK 383 before arriving in Dubai. The AFC Asian Cup is the most prestigious national team event in Asia and one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world. It is being held on UAE soil for the first time since 1996. Emirates has been the ......read more

    The Five Reasons You Really Need Travel Insurance

    Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  AXA, one of the largest international players in the GCC and the no. 1 global insurance brand for the 10th consecutive year, has some helpful advice for people looking to travel over the next few days.   Passport, tickets and money are the three things on any traveler’s checklist, but the need for travel insurance is frequently overlooked and it is probably one of the most important things to consider before you leave the country.   Despite what you might have heard, travel insurance is remarkably inexpensive.  AXA is keen ......read more

    Chinese visitors to GCC will increase 81% by 2022 says ATM report

    2.9 million Chinese tourists will travel to GCC in 2022 Saudi Arabia to experience highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, with a projected CAGR of 33% between 2018 and 2022 25% of delegates, exhibitors and attendees were interested in doing business with China at Arabian Travel Market 2018 Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 81% from 1.6 million in 2018 to 2.9 million in 2022, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 19, 2018:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona, effective 22 February 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the recently launched route.   The deployment of the larger 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona has been timed to coincide with the Mobile World Conference taking place in the city from 25-28 February, during which Etihad Airways will provide daily flights. The airline will increase frequency to a permanent daily operation from 31 ......read more

    Emirates and South African Airways to expand strategic partnership with enhanced codeshare agreement

    Dubai, UAE, 18 December 2018 -   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and South African Airways (SAA), the South African flag carrier, are expanding their strategic cooperation with enhancements to its codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both Emirates and SAA customers. Pending governmental approval, SAA and Emirates have signed an enhanced commercial partnership which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997, across a wide spectrum of commercial and ......read more

    Global Investment in Aviation Summit Links Developed and Emerging Markets through Investment in Aviation Industry

    The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019), slated to take place in Dubai on January 28 & 29, 2019. GIAS 2019 to bring together world’s top industry experts and professionals. GIAS 2019 is held in the light of the expected growth rates and capital inflows into the aviation industry due to the steady and remarkable increase in demands for air transport, as the world’s safest mode of transportation, in addition to its reasonable costs. Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit ......read more

    Emirates to operate A380 to Glasgow

    Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  Emirates today announced it will introduce a daily A380 service for a temporary period between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April 2019.  It will be the first time the popular double decker aircraft will operate on a scheduled basis to Scotland. The larger capacity A380 will replace Emirates’ current twice daily Boeing 777 service between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April until 31 May 2019, during which time Dubai Airports plan to close Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway for upgrade works, and the single runway operations require ......read more

    Read the Fine Print Before Buying Travel Insurance, UAE Residents Urged as New Year Holidays Beckon

    Budget Policies Leave Holidaymakers Short on Cover in an Emergency Expats Have Specific Concerns for Medical Terms and Conditions Take Special Care When Buying ‘Added Extra’ Insurance Online Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  UAE residents are being urged to check the fine print on their travel insurance before flying abroad during the New Year period, with some policies potentially leaving them short on cover in an emergency.   Paul Brierley of Nexus Insurance Brokers says gaps in provision are especially problematic when travel insurance is offered as an ......read more

    Emirates unveils new Real Madrid A380 decal

    Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and a main sponsor of Spanish football club, Real Madrid, today unveiled a new decal featuring action images of some of the club’s top players on one of its A380 aircraft. The new decal was created to mark the occasion of Real Madrid’s charter flight on an Emirates A380 from Madrid to Abu Dhabi today, where the team in their capacity as current European champions will compete with football club champions from other continents. The bespoke decal features first team ......read more

    Dubai Adds Spanish Cruise Line to Its Homeporting Roster

    Pullmantur Cruise Line makes regional debut with maiden call of Horizon  Dubai, UAE; 16 December 2018:   Dubai Tourism alongside its public and private sector partners welcomed cruise ship Horizon into Dubai, marking the debut of Pullmantur Cruise Lines in the region. To commemorate the occasion, a traditional ‘Plaques and Keys Exchange’ ceremony was hosted on board in the presence of the President and CEO of Pullmantur Cruises and the ship’s captain, as well as key industry stakeholders. Reaffirming Dubai’s position as the ‘Cruise Hub of the ......read more

    Cathay Pacific expands its Japan network with new route to Ishikawa Prefecture from April 2019

    “Konnichiwa” Komatsu Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Cathay Pacific is introducing a new scheduled seasonal service to Komatsu next spring, making the beautiful natural landscapes and rich cultural attractions of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture more easily accessible to UAE travellers via Hong Kong. The new two-times-weekly service* will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 3 April 2019 and 26 October 2019 using Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins. Cathay Pacific has operated charter flights to Komatsu, the gateway ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached 81.4% Load Factor in November 2018

    Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for November 2018, reached 81.4% Load Factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines in the last quarter of the year as well.     According to the November 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in November, thus total number of ......read more

    How to spend your leisure time in Dubai

    If you are planning a rich vacation abroad, chockfull of exciting adventures, memorable nights, fun-filled days, and enough photos to fill your cameras to bursting, then Dubai is sure to be on your list of prospective destinations. Now, you are on your vacation and have landed in Dubai. After checking into the hotel, what do you do next? Where do you go? Or if you don’t want to move from your comfortable bed and don’t want to sleep either, what do you do? For one, you could hit a Beach. Dubai beaches are famous for scenic eateries, beachside bars, latest fashion boutiques, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Winter Holidays

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The Winter holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming week, leading to a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi Airport.   To ensure guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in For the convenience of those guests who live downtown, early check-in is available at the Abu Dhabi City Terminal for AED30 per guest. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least ......read more

    Cautious Optimism Extends into 2019 Airlines Heading for A Decade in the Black

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2019 performance include: The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018) The margin on net post-tax profits is expected be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018) Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in ......read more

    IATA Launches Platform Enabling Airlines to Share Turbulence Data

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines.     Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools—while effective—have limitations due to the ......read more

    Emiratisation Efforts Stepped Up in Support of New Tourism Vision 2025

    Enhanced industry nationalisation initiatives encouraging Emiratis to pursue careers in travel and tourism sector Dubai, UAE; 13 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced plans to further drive industry Emiratisation efforts to create a strong pool of local talent that will play a key role in helping Dubai achieve its Tourism Vision 2025. As guided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, nationalisation initiatives launched by ......read more

    Emirates takes delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

    A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates Emirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 13 December 2018 - Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books. A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out ......read more

    flydubai announces new fare structure offering passengers more choice

    Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2018:   Dubai-based flydubai launches new fare types offering passengers more choice when travelling in Economy. The new fare types are applicable for all bookings made from 02 December onwards and allows passengers to choose between Lite, Value and Flex bundles designed to cater to their different travel needs and budget. Passengers travelling in Business continue to benefit from great value for money with the existing business class fares that include a generous checked-in baggage allowance, meal options from an internationally inspired menu, ......read more

    Dubai South unveils the Aviation One office complex

    Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2018:  Dubai South unveiled today the Aviation One office complex, the Dubai South flagship commercial property on the sideline of MEBAA 2018.  “The Aviation one is a premium and one-stop shop business facility. A unique commercial complex in new Aviation District at Dubai South, Aviation One is located next to the VIP Terminal the heart of the General Aviation District at Dubai South,” said Tahnoon Saif, Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation District at Dubai South. Unveiling this modern business address in the heart of the new ......read more

    Air India Express launches its new route to Kannur from Abu Dhabi International Airport

    3 weekly flights to connect Abu Dhabi with the new destination in India   11th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed yesterday Air India Express inaugural flight from Kannur, India, commencing 3 weekly flights that connect the UAE Capital’s airport with Kannur International Airport (CNN).   The inaugural Air India Express flight from Kannur touched down in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 9th December at 12:30pm marking the start of a brand new route for the airline, with Abu Dhabi as the first destination for the airline from ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Highlights Importance of Digital Maturity and Revenue Management in Hospitality Sector

    New independent report assesses the digital maturity of Dubai’s hotel sector highlighting best practice digital technology  80% of hotel searches and 60% of travel searches in the Middle East and North Africa made using mobile phones, emphasising importance of digital, social and mobile first strategy Revenue management training sessions rolled out to stakeholders, stimulating global price competitiveness  Dubai, UAE, 10 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has unveiled a third-party research report ......read more

    New ACH145 Mercedes-Benz Style Cabin Model Highlights First Presence at MEBAA for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

    Dubai, 6th December 2018 –   For the first time, Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will take part in MEBAA Dubai, the Middle East's leading business aviation exhibition.   Located at Chalet A15, ACH will display a new ACH145 cabin model equipped with the Mercedes-Benz Style interior, part of the range of interior designs by partner brands and designers: ACH Editions.  The model will showcase the elegant interior design inspired by the luxury-class saloons of the automotive manufacturer matched with the features of the outstanding medium sized, twin-engine ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Becomes First Transport Hub to Harvest Energy and Data from Passengers' Footsteps in Middle East

    Masdar, in collaboration with Pavegen, creates data and energy harvesting walkway at Abu Dhabi’s Gateway 5th December, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.  Abu Dhabi Airports has commissioned Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16-square metre energy harvesting walkway. The path connects two terminals ......read more

    Emirates adds additional A380 service between Johannesburg and Dubai

    Starting 1 December – two of the four daily Emirates flights to Johannesburg are being operated by the iconic A380 Dubai, UAE, December 05, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has introduced an additional Airbus A380 service to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), effective 1 December, replacing the previous Boeing 777 aircraft on the route. EK762 (JNB-DXB) and EK761 (DXB-JNB) are now served by the flagship A380 aircraft.   This change in aircraft supports growing demand in South Africa, a 14% increase in seat ......read more

    BMW Group sales increase in October

    Dubai, UAE, December 04, 2018:  More than 200,000 vehicles delivered in October, up 1.7% +++ All three major sales regions contributed to year-to-date growth +++ BMW sales grow in October and year-to-date +++ BMW X3 sales more than double in October +++ Electrified sales up over 40% in year-to-date +++ Munich. The BMW Group has sold more cars in October than ever before in the month, despite the current challenging economic and political situation. The company delivered 200,883 vehicles to customers around the world, an increase of 1.7% on the same month last year. That result brings the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports to host ACI Airport Exchange 2019

    Prestigious event to take place in November 2019 in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi Airports host appointment announced during handover ceremony at ACI Airport Exchange 2018 in Oslo, Norway 4th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is to host the Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Exchange 2019. The announcement was made during an official handover ceremony at the 2018 edition of the event last week in Oslo, Norway.   The special handover ceremony at the close of ACI Airport Exchange 2018 saw Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy and Communications ......read more

    UAE Carriers announce aircraft formation to celebrate 47th National Day and Year of Zayed

    Dubai, UAE - 1 December 2018:   Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia will be performing a flypast tomorrow over the UAE as a centrepiece performance to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day and the Year of Zayed. All four UAE carriers will be taking their flagship aircraft to the skies from 1pm (local time) and will be flying with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team. We encourage the public to take photos and videos however please remember not to put the formation at risk by using drones and to comply with all GCAA rules and ‘No Fly Zones’ for Unmanned ......read more

    4 US States to Visit in 2019

    With more than 50 superb states to choose from, and an endless array of towns and cities to explore, it is easy to feel spoilt for options when planning a US trip. Rather than picking a random destination on a map, make an informed decision to ensure you book a break that complements your vacation needs, personality and budget. To help select the best spot for your next vacation, here are four US states to visit in 2019.      1.  Texas As Texas is the largest state in America, you can guarantee you will have plenty of things to see and do during a visit. Not only ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a deal with HAVELSAN to receive flight simulators that support pilot training.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 November 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, who signed a new agreement today with HAVELSAN, produced the first domestic simulator to be used in pilot training for Boeing 737NG in previous period, continues its support for the further expansion of Turkey’s domestic and national production concept. Within the scope of this agreement, which signed today by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and HAVELSAN Board Chairman, Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali Mantar, within a special ceremony held in ......read more

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