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    Turkish Airlines, that Flies to the Most Countries of the World, has Added Krasnodar to its Flight Network as the 303rd Destination

    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 plans by adding new aircraft to its fleet and expanding its flight network. With the flights that we launched to Krasnodar, we have presented Turkish Airlines quality and service concept to this beautiful city. We will operate direct flights to ......read more

    Lufthansa Group and Travix announce NDC partnership

        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 Group’s own NDC Offer & Order Management System. The enhanced cooperation that will be part of the Lufthansa Group’s NDC Partner Programme will provide a wide range of benefits to customers by displaying rich content and offering the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Announced its 2018 April Passenger and Cargo Traffic Results

    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 6.4 million passengers, in April. This passenger increase enabled the highest April load factor in Turkish Airlines history with 83.2% load factor.   Total Load Factor improved by 4.1 points, with an increase of 6.1% in capacity (Available ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Ai Robot Sophia to Abu Dhabi

    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 Khalid al Ameri, a popular Emirati personality known for creating heartfelt videos about himself and his family on social media. Sophia is the AI-powered robot famous for speaking at the United Nations and interviewing a number of celebrities and ......read more

    Emirates provides special Ramadan service for customers observing the holy month

    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 board. The boxes have been redesigned this year by local homeware specialists Silsal Design House. The designs are inspired by the Middle East, its people, places and culture. Silsal has also created bespoke Emirates Arabic Coffee Cups available at the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' "Troia” Themed Aircraft is now in the Sky

    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 global scale to promote the region during the whole year. Turkish Airlines, flies to 302 destinations in 121 countries as the only airline reaches to more international flight points in the world, supports to the promotion activities of “The ......read more

    Air Arabia reports strong first quarter 2018 net profit of AED110 million, up 8%

    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 year. More than 2 million passengers flew with Air Arabia between January and March 2018, in line with the record number of passengers carried in the first quarter of last year. The airline’s average seat load factor – or passengers carried ......read more

    Airport Show remarkable success

    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 its largest number of buyers ever, with 190 buyers attending from 34 countries, representing 75 airports, ground handling, police, immigration, customs, air traffic control and aviation authorities.  Since the inauguration of the show by His ......read more

    UAE Women to be Future Capital, Long-Term Contributor to UAE Success

    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 Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group. The conference was addressed by more than 20 industry experts. It was attended by ......read more

    Emirates Group Announces 2017-18 results

    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 fleet Revenue increases by 9% to AED 92.3 billion (US$ 25.2 billion), supported by strong cargo performance dnata makes highest profit ever, at AED 1.3 billion (US$ 359 million) Record revenue of AED 13.1 billion (US$ 3.6 billion) ......read more

    Emirates to launch a daily service to Edinburgh

    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 class cabin configuration, with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class. The Scottish capital, with its Old Town and New Town both being UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the second ......read more

    Etihad Rail DB Awarded ISO 22301-2012 Business Continuity Management Certification

    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 providers and a trusted leader in testing, inspection and ISO certification. The certification guarantees a holistic and structured approach to prioritize, prepare and respond to disruption across an organization. ISO 22301-2012 implementation aims to ......read more

    New Airports under Construction with Amazing Designs, Facilities and Technology

    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 billion, with the US and China accounting for the largest shares, with project pipelines valued at US$90.4 billion and US$76.7 billion, respectively. Asia-Pacific has the highest value pipeline, at US$291.2 billion, followed by the Middle East and Africa ......read more

    City, University of London expands aviation course offering, meeting Gulf demand for skilled professionals

         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 growing demand for skilled aviation professionals in the Middle East and around the globe. It has been tailored to fit around a full-time working schedule, and will be delivered by industry experts and leading academics from City’s School of ......read more

    Dubai Airport Show 2018 opens

    300-plus exhibitors from over 90 countries 18th edition of Airport Show introduces two new co-located events- Air Traffic Control (ATC) forum and Aviation Security conference Middle East aviation maintains exceptional growth USD1.1 trillion in airport infrastructure projects are planned or under way May 07, 2018, Dubai (UAE):   His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Patron of Airport Show, opened the 18th edition of Airport Show in Dubai on Monday. Opening the world’s largest annual aviation event, His Highness said contribution of the aviation sector to Dubai’s GDP has been growing steadily and is expected to reach 38 per cent, thus creating more jobs and ......read more

    Emirates ‘Year of Zayed' Aircraft Land on Six Continents for the 6th of May

    Emirates celebrates HH Sheikh Zayed’s centennial birthday with six special livery landings DUBAI, UAE – 6 May 2018: Emirates has landed six of its special ‘Year of Zayed’ livery aircraft on six continents for the 6 May centennial birthday of the UAE’s Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, said: “Today, we celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of the UAE’s founding father, His Highness Sheikh Zayed, who dedicated his life to building a thriving and vibrant UAE. The principles and initiatives he set in motion have become the foundations for the UAE’s progress. We hope through our special liveries we honour his memory and legacy and help spread his ......read more

    Emirates Skywards Boosts Reward Opportunities with Increased Flexibility in Managing Miles

    Cost of buying, gifting and transferring of Skywards Miles is now more attractive Members can now reinstate expired Miles Dubai, UAE, 5 May 2018 – Emirates Skywards has made it even easier to redeem reward flights and earn travel and lifestyle rewards by giving members more flexibility in managing their Skywards Miles. Members of Emirates’ award-winning loyalty programme can now buy, gift or transfer Miles to their loved ones at a more attractive rate.   The cost of buying or gifting Miles has been adjusted to USD 30 per 1,000 Miles, while transferring Miles costs USD 15 per 1,000 Miles giving members the opportunity to earn rewards faster.  Transaction limits have also been increased enabling members to buy or gift up to 100,000 Skywards Miles per year and transfer up to 50,000 Miles a ......read more

    USD 2.5 billion invested in space sector start-ups throughout 2017

    14 start-ups founded in the Middle East among those to have received significant financial investments 150 students attend final day of the Global Aerospace Summit 2018, with opportunities for future space leaders topping the agenda World’s youngest woman to fly around the world inspires students in opening address 2 May 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   A total of 217 space sector start-ups and entrepreneurs received funding exceeding USD 2.5 billion throughout 2017, with 14 having been founded in the Middle East, audiences heard at the final day of the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi. Of the 217, 121 are based in the US, according to Mark Boggett, Managing Director of Serphim Capital, who moderated a panel discussion on the space sector as an entrepreneurial haven.   The third and final day of the ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group strengthens link from Dubai to Davao City and Medan, via Hong Kong

    Flights will link Hong Kong with these rapidly growing ASEAN cities for the first time, underlining a year of record expansion for the group United Arab Emirates, May 02, 2018:  The Cathay Pacific Group’s network continues to grow from strength to strength with regional airline Cathay Dragon introducing two new services, to Davao City and Medan, from 28 and 29 October respectively.  The cities are the eighth and ninth new destinations the group has announced during an unprecedented year of expansion and will boost Hong Kong’s connections with two of ASEAN’s founding member states. Davao City, the main trade, business and tourism centre of the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, will be served four times a week; while Medan, the thriving capital of North Sumatra in Indonesia, will be served ......read more

    Innovative Austrian-made Aircraft recovery product to be showcased at Dubai Airport Show 2018

    Dubai, UAE, May 02, 2018:   Stranded or damaged aircraft on the runway or defective baggage and container trailers are always a hurdle for the operations of an airport, causing air traffic delays and elevated costs.  Hence “KNOTT” together with their Middle East representatives from “con-act” will introduce and showcase recovery equipment and the robust design of KNOTT Airport baggage and container trailers, specified for Airport ground support equipment (GSE) on stand 4340 at the Dubai Airport Show 2018 from May 7th to 9th 2018. The Airport baggage trailers from KNOTT Slovakia are highly durable and offer a reliable solution for passenger’s baggage transport ensuring efficient and swift airport operations thanks to unique customization options.  In addition, the Airport ......read more

    FREE STOPOVERS OFFERED BY ETIHAD TO ALL ECONOMY CLASS GUESTS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA & PAKISTAN

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 1 May 2018:   Etihad Airways is offering one night’s free accommodation in Abu Dhabi to all guests travelling in Economy Class from destinations* in the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, and stopping over in the nation’s capital.  The offer is valid from 1 May 2018 until 15 September 2018 and the travel period is until 30 September 2018. The hotels included in the offer are the Radisson Blu on Yas Island and the Yas Island Rotana. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Etihad Airways is delighted to invite guests to experience Abu Dhabi, a city which has so much to offer every type of traveller, especially during a short stopover.  “Five million guest arrivals were recorded in Abu Dhabi in 2017, ......read more

    Space missions to help solve critical issues on energy, nutrition and water conservation

    Space industry shown to be a great model for international cooperation as Arab space leaders gather at Global Aerospace Summit   Blue Origin announces aim to run regular deep space and lunar missions within 10 years  UAE Mars Scientific City to be complete in 2021  01 May 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The space sector will help solve critical issues around renewable energy, transportation, nutrition and water conservation according to His Excellency Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills and Chairman of UAE Space Agency, who spoke at the second day of the Global Aerospace Summit 2018.  H.E. Dr. Al Falasi highlighted that new initiatives such as UAE’s Mars Scientific City and the Hope Probe mission to Mars will ......read more

    HH Sheikh Theyab Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Marks The Launch of Etihad Airways' “Year of Zayed” A380 Aircraft

    April 30, 2018 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, has inspected the specially-designed Etihad Airways’ “Year of Zayed” A380 at Etihad Airways Engineering’s facilities in Abu Dhabi. H.H. Sheikh Theyab was joined by H.E. Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Etihad Aviation Group, and Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, as well as members of the Etihad senior leadership team. The A380 in “Year of Zayed” livery is just one component of Etihad’s extensive initiatives taking place throughout 2018 which are based on the four “Year of Zayed” themes of wisdom, respect, sustainability, and human development. Guests travelling on this ......read more

    Mubadala-Hosted Youth Circle Spotlights STEM Skills at Global Aerospace Summit

    Top executives from Abu Dhabi’s investment arm and Lockheed Martin highlight the possibilities of future careers with young audience Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates, 30 April 2018:  Leaders from Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala), the Abu Dhabi-based global investor, and Lockheed Martin, the global security and aerospace company, today engaged in a Youth Circle focused on mentoring the aerospace leaders of tomorrow.  Held on the sidelines of the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi, the Youth Circle discussed and debated options on engaging young people in aerospace careers in an increasingly dynamic technological environment. Addressing an audience comprised of students from several local institutions including, the Higher Colleges of Technology and the American University of Sharjah, ......read more

    Global Aerospace Summit 2018 to Showcase Technological Revolution of Aerospace Sector

    New experience zone to display state of the art solutions for the aerospace, space, aviation and defence industries including the XMini, Atlas aerospace simulator and Vimana block chain drone  30 April 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The fourth industrial revolution and advancements in technology within the aerospace sector will be analysed and displayed through dedicated sessions and a new experience zone at Global Aerospace Summit 2018.  The Global Aerospace Summit will focus on the transformation taking place in the global manufacturing landscape, and what this means for the aerospace industry. A dedicated session will explore what is truly driving innovation, and how society and industry will be transformed.  The session will also look at where digitalization can have the biggest impact in the ......read more

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    What's Happening at Rove Hotels

    Dubai, UAE, October 24, 2017:  Rove Hotels, the smart, fuss-free, affordable hotels for the new generation of modern travellers offers a variety of culinary options and entertainment for rovers and visitors alike to enjoy. From the family favourite brunch or the all-new happy hour at the newest social and dining hotspot ‘The Daily’, to experiencing vibrant energy of the city’s rich cultural traditions and world-class entertainment at the monthly Impro Nights, to staycations offers away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, kick start your next adventure with ......read more

    Etihad Airways Partners with Alibaba's Tmall and Alitrip to Launch Five Specially Branded Aircraft for the Tmall 11.11 Global Shopping Festival

    Dubai, UAE, October 21, 2017:   Etihad Airways and Alibaba’s Tmall and Alitrip will today debut a specially branded aircraft livery for the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival 2017. Five aircraft emblazoned with this special 11.11 exterior will depart from Abu Dhabi travelling to four destinations in Greater China - Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong. In the coming month, these five aircraft will carry this unique branding to over 40 cities across Etihad Airways' global network.    China has over 721 million internet users and the ecommerce industry in ......read more

    First A330neo successfully completes maiden flight

    Three dedicated flight-test aircraft to perform all flight testing for both the A330-800 and A330-900 variants; Development on track for A330-900 entry into service in the middle of 2018. Dubai, UAE, October 19, 2017:  The first of three A330neo Family development aircraft to fly – MSN1795, an A330-900 variant – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac, France at 14:10 hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted 4 hours and 13 minutes. The aircraft was powered by the latest technology Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 turbofans.   The crew in ......read more

    Dubai Airports signs agreement with Union Insurance Company

    Dubai, UAE, October 19, 2017:  Dubai Airports, operator of the world’s number one airport for international passengers – Dubai International (DXB), and Dubai World Central, has signed an agreement with Union Insurance Company, a leading provider of customer-focused insurance solutions to individuals and corporations in the region, to provide life insurance solutions to Dubai Airports employees  Ann-Marie Campbell, Executive Vice President of Human Resources Development at Dubai Airports said:   “We are very pleased to introduce this new initiative to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development Allocates US$50 Million for Development of Velana International Airport in Maldives

    Works include new 3,400-metre runway, passenger terminal, infrastructure upgrade Abu Dhabi-UAE: 18 October, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for development aid, extended a US$50 million (AED183.65 million) concessionary loan to the Maldivian government to develop the Velana International Airport in Malé. The Velana International Airport Development Project includes the construction of a new 3,400-metre runway with a breakwater and rehabilitation of the old runway. In addition, the funding will help build a new west passenger terminal and a ......read more

    Airbus and Bombardier Announce C Series Partnership

    Airbus to acquire majority stake in the C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership Partnership brings together two complementary product lines, with 100-150 seat market segment expected to represent more than 6,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years Combination of Airbus’ global reach and scale with Bombardier’s newest aircraft family to create significant value for customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders Significant C Series production costs savings anticipated by leveraging Airbus’ supply chain expertise Commitment to Québec: C Series Aircraft Limited ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Hand Baggage Only Trial

    Trial the result of customer demand for no bag fares on key GCC routes  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 17, 2017:   Etihad Airways is trialling a new hand baggage only ‘Deal Fare’ on two key routes this winter season, for bookings between 18 October to 18 December, allowing travellers to purchase lower fares in Economy Class if no checked baggage is required.  The trial fare includes a complimentary carry-on baggage allowance of 7kg and is available on flights between Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Kuwait for travel until 31 March 2018.  Etihad ......read more

    Steigenberger Reveals the Secret…

    Dubai, UAE, October 16, 2017:   A secret no more, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay opens its doors to a brand new venue – The Secret Terrace, a sparkly and enchanted spot to unwind and hang out, with a chilled rooftop vibe. Open from Wednesday, October 18th onwards, the venue kicks off with its first ever Ladies Night hosted by Vicky, the most graceful and serene hostess in the land. Close your eyes and picture this - a charmingly decorated and deeply comfortable outdoor space that overlooks Dubai’s skyline. Feel the day slip away as you sink into the comfy cushion ......read more

    Next Gen Aerospace Programme to spark ‘lift off' for regional youth education and engagement

    15 October 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  A new generation of space leaders and scientists are set to be inspired by Next Gen Aerospace - a new programme which comes as part of preparations towards the Global Aerospace Summit 2018, to be held in Abu Dhabi. Next Gen Aerospace Programme is dedicated to youth engagement and education, inviting students to a range of activities to develop skills and learn about opportunities within the aerospace sector.  The Next Gen Aerospace Programme includes a University Roadshow, Summit Focus Days and a Young Space Leaders initiative. ......read more

    Emirates launches US$15 million campaign to promote Dubai hub and inspire travel

    Set to iconic soundtrack by Queen, campaign features airline’s global network and onboard product Dubai, UAE, 15 October 2017:   Emirates today launched a US$15 million campaign to inspire travel and promote the airline’s extensive network of global destinations including its home and hub, Dubai. The campaign is backed by the iconic soundtrack “Don’t stop me now” by British rock band Queen, which was found in a scientific study to be the most uplifting or “feel-good” tune on the UK charts in the past 50 years.  The ad spot ......read more

    Airline New Distribution Capability to Get Boost from ATPCO and SITA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12 October 2017:   ATPCO and SITA today announced that they are joining forces to provide the airline industry with NDC Exchange, an industry-owned platform to support the adoption of IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) for air fares and ancillary sales. NDC Exchange will enable quick adoption of NDC, lower the cost of compliance to the schema, while supporting complex interlining as airlines migrate to the new distribution format. NDC is designed to enable the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to ......read more

    MY Dubai - The City Sign by Apical Reform

    Dubai-UAE: 12 October, 2017:   In January 2014 Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, launched the social media hashtag #MyDubai, inviting the Emirate's residents and visitors to write the social media biography of the city. Since then, across the various social media platforms, countless pictures and videos have been shared using the metadata tag. Each post tells a unique story of the Dubai experience. The progressive design studio Apical Reform visualises the Emirate's vibrant spirit and its emotional bond with residents and visitors ......read more

    Qantas and Emirates partnership update

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    Airbus Corporate Jets wins new ACJ319neo order

    Builds on best cabin flying even farther Dubai, UAE, October 10, 2017:  Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) has won a new A319neo  order, from an Asian customer that is trading up from a traditional business jet, highlighting the market appeal of the aircraft family’s proven cabin and improved intercontinental range. The order means that new and existing customers have now placed a total of nine orders – three ACJ319neo and six ACJ320neo - for the new ACJ320 family. Customers include Acropolis Aviation, Comlux, K5 Aviation and undisclosed clients. “The ACJ320neo ......read more

    The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) signs an agreement to regulate air transport services between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain

    Dubai, UAE, October 10, 2017:  In light of the Bahrain Ministry of Transportation and Communications' objective to upgrade all of its services, especially in the air transport sector with the close cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and its sister the Kingdom of Bahrain, the General Civil Aviation Authority witnessed an MOU signing ceremony on Sunday morning, 8th October 2017, between the two countries after a successful round of negotiations hosted by the Kingdom of Bahrain. HE Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of UAE GCAA Expressed his thanks and appreciation ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2018 Setting a New Stage for its 5th Edition

    Abu Dhabi Aviation & Aerospace Week 9th October, 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Al Bateen Executive Airport, the first dedicated business aviation airport in the region, officially launched today the fifth edition of Abu Dhabi Air Expo in response to huge demand from key industry professionals to participate. Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2018 will be held from 26th to 28th February 2018, as part of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Cruise Sector embarks upon a Regional Trade Roadshow

    Abu Dhabi’s cruise tourism sector, led by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi , is continuing its series of international promotions and conventions ahead of the start of the 2017/18 cruise season with a four-city regional travel trade roadshow in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from 8 – 12 October 2017.   Showcasing the Emirate’s distinct cruise offering, the roadshow is being staged to drive growth in GCC bookings for Arabian Gulf cruises and will see the Department of Culture and Tourism attend the annual GCC travel industry roadshow which run ......read more

    Air Arabia opens new sales office and city check-in services in Dubai

    Sharjah, UAE; 7 October 2017:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) has further strengthened its operations in Dubai with the opening of a new sales office and city terminal check-in services in Dubai.  The new office is located at Emaar Towers in Deira and will be open from Saturday to Thursday, 09:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Inaugurating the new office, Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia commented: “We are pleased to further strengthen our services in Dubai and the UAE through the new sales ......read more

    Security, Infrastructure, Rising Taxes and Charges, Smarter Regulation Top Agenda at IATA Aviation Day – MENA

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted five priorities which must be addressed in order for aviation to deliver maximum economic and social benefits in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.   Muhammad Ali Albakri, IATA’s Regional Vice President for the Middle East & Africa noted that aviation currently supports 2.4 million jobs in the MENA region and contributes $157.2 billion in GDP. “Aviation has the power to generate significant prosperity. A safe, secure, efficient and sustainable air transport ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre launches its 3rd Annual EMM Science Workshop

    Sharaf: The Science community in the UAE is witnessing remarkable development October 5, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, the entity in charge of designing, implementing and supervising all the phases of the Emirates Mars Mission- Hope mission under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency, has announced the launch of the 3rd Annual EMM Science Workshop. The workshop will be part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event (MBRSC Science Event), that will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ......read more

    Greater Urgency Required to Tackle Emissions Challenge

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for greater urgency in the partnership between governments and airlines to keep aviation at the leading edge of industries in managing their climate change impact.    The call came on the eve of the first anniversary of the historic global agreement on a Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   “CORSIA was a historic demonstration of what can be achieved ......read more

    Double Digit Demand Growth for Freight Continued in August

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), increased by 12.1% in August 2017, compared to the same period a year ago. This was the fifth time in six months of double-digit gains on the previous year’s performance. Demand is growing at exceptional speed when compared to the five-year average growth rate of 4.4%. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 4.7% year-on-year in August 2017. Demand ......read more

    GCAA Celebrates UAE Civil Aviation Day

    Dubai, UAE, October 5, 2017:  The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) today celebrates the UAE Civil Aviation Day, which was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum on October 5th 2014, as part of the UAE’s efforts to elevate awareness around the Aviation sector amongst both nationals and non-nationals in UAE.    The day marks the progress and achievements of the aviation sector to date, celebrating the history of aviation in the UAE, as well as looking to the future of the industry. The celebration also highlights the achievements and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Named ‘Airline of the Year' in the UK for Fourth Consecutive Year

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 4, 2017:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been named ‘Airline of the Year’ in the United Kingdom for the fourth consecutive year by the Travel Trade Gazette (TTG). The Abu Dhabi-based airline beat strong competition to take the top prize at the ceremony, held at London’s Lyceum Theatre and attended by 750 leading figures from the British travel industry. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “To be awarded the coveted ‘Airline of the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Improves Timings on Abu Dhabi – Medina Route

    Three additional weekly flights will also be introduced during peak winter period   Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, October 3, 2017:   Etihad Airways is re-timing its daily Abu Dhabi – Medina flights to a daytime operation and will also introduce three additional weekly services during the peak winter period.   Effective 1 February 2018, the current overnight departure from Abu Dhabi will be replaced by a mid-morning flight offering an attractive schedule for travellers flying between the UAE’s capital city and Medina in the Kingdom of Saudi ......read more

    MBRSC extends the deadline to receive Explore Mars Competition proposals to October 14

    Competition will be part of MBRSC Science Event where scientific studies and space missions’ projects to the Red Planet  Two top winners will receive valuable prizes of AED 10,000 & 5000 October 3, 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, has announced the extension of the deadline to receive Explore Mars Competition proposals to October 14. University students who are interested to participate in the competition can send their projects to science@mbrsc.ae or apply on the competition page on MBRSC Science Event website.  During ......read more

    Emirates marks 15th year of connecting Japan to the world

    Dubai, UAE – 3 October 2017:  In October 2002, Emirates became the first airline to link Japan and the Gulf region with non-stop flights when it introduced its four-times-per-week service to Osaka. Now serving three points in Japan daily, Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has carried over 3.9 million passengers* in 15 years of service to Japan. The number of passengers carried in Emirates’ first year of operations–roughly 66,000 in 2002—has grown to nearly 530,000 passengers carried between Dubai and Tokyo (Narita and Haneda) and Osaka in ......read more

    Emirates and flydubai - Together. Explore the world.

    Emirates and flydubai partnership announces first codeshare routes With the start of the partnership, Emirates will codeshare on 29 routes operated by flydubai Passengers can book from 03 October with travel commencing on 29 October Reach more destinations easily, frequently and quickly Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 02 October 2017:  Following the commencement of their partnership, Emirates and flydubai today announced that Emirates will expand its network to 29 flydubai destinations across three continents. The new partner network, through its codeshare, will offer ......read more

    Maximus Air Operates Humanitarian Relief Flights to Barbados

    Delivering urgent support and aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 01 October 2017:  Maximus Air, the Abu-Dhabi based aviation company and the largest all-cargo airline in the UAE, has provided vital humanitarian relief to Barbados in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which caused catastrophic damage when it swept across the Caribbean and several US states in early September this year. The airline sent three relief flights to the area between the 15th and 21st September to provide relief cargo for those who were affected by the disaster. Maximus ......read more

    Masdar Institute's SEAS Harvest Marks Critical Milestone in Development of Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

    Harvesting of the First Crop of Oil-Rich Plants Grown in the Desert Using Seawater Brings the UAE Closer to Fueling Aircraft with Locally-Produced Biofuel  Abu Dhabi-UAE: 30 September, 2017:  Masdar Institute of Science and Technology’s Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) – a non-profit entity supported by Etihad Airways, Boeing, Takreer, Safran and General Electric – today announced that its flagship project, the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS), has reached a critical milestone in its development of sustainable aviation biofuels ......read more

    GCAA supports female empowerment in the aviation sector working alongside men to revamp the aviation industry in the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, September 30, 2017:  In the light of celebrating Emirati Women's day, The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in the UAE announced conducting a specialized training course to encourage and support the prominent role of females in the aviation sector. The three day training course titled 'Strategic Planning and Innovation in Aviation' took place in the Jumeirah Creek Side Hotel from the 24th to the 26th of September 2017. The course was led by Ms. Laila Bin Hareb, Assistant Director General for Strategy & International Affairs Sector in GCAA.Various topics ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre wins the first IAF Excellence in 3G Diversity Award at IAC 2017

    Dubai, UAE, September 28, 2017:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre wins the first IAF Excellence in 3G Diversity Award at the International Astronautical Congress. The Centre received the award from the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) for its contributions to the fostering of “3G” (Geography, Generation, Gender) Diversity within the space sector. Eng. Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific & Technical Affairs at MBRSC received the Award from the President of IAF, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall and Chair of the Award Committee, Mrs. Mary Snitch, ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo obtains revalidation of pharma certification at Dubai hub

    Over 51,000 tonnes of pharma cargo transported globally in one year since launch of specialised pharma product Dubai, UAE, 28 September 2017:  Emirates SkyCargo has received a revalidation of the European Union Good Distribution Practices (EU GDP) certification for pharma operations at its hub in Dubai. The annual surveillance audit for the revalidation was conducted by Bureau Veritas, Germany.  The air cargo carrier originally received its EU GDP certification in 2016 for its operations across the Emirates SkyCentral cargo terminals at Dubai International Airport and Dubai ......read more

    Emirates wins Best Entertainment award at 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards

    Sir Tim Clark honoured with APEX CEO Lifetime Achievement Award Emirates awarded a Five-Star Global Airline Official Airline Rating DUBAI, U.A.E., 27 September 2017:  Emirates clinched the Passenger Choice award for Best Entertainment at the 2017 APEX Passenger Choice Awards held in Long Beach, California, USA this week. Emirates’ president, Sir Tim Clark, was honoured with the CEO Lifetime Achievement Award.   The airline also won Best Original Video for its Welcome to ice product video and was given a Five-Star Global Airline Official Airline Rating, the ......read more

    Turkish Airlines announces a commitment to order 20 + 20 787-9 Dreamliners, talks with Boeing started

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27th September, 2017:   During Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to New York to join the United Nations General Assembly, Boeing and Turkish Airlines announced a commitment to order 40 787-9 Dreamliners. "Our agreement to purchase 787 Dreamliners is a significant step forward in enhancing our passengers’ flight experience as these aircraft are the latest and one of the most advanced in the world," said M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Turkish Airlines. "This order ......read more

    Emirates to introduce additional flights to Stockholm

    Three extra flights a week throughout the winter season DUBAI, U.A.E., 27th September 2017:  Emirates today announced that it will introduce three additional flights per week to the Swedish capital, complementing Emirates’ existing schedule and providing more choice to travellers from 8th December 2017. The new scheduled flights will be added to meet the growing demand for travel on the route, particularly during the winter season. Since launching its current daily scheduled service in September 2013, Emirates has continued to grow demand for both inbound and outbound travel. ......read more

    DAE Appoints Jeff Wilkinson as Joramco's CEO

    Dubai, U.A.E., 27September 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announces the appointment of Jeff Wilkinson as Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary company, Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited (Joramco).  Jeff was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Engineering based in Abu Dhabi responsible for several core business functions including Airframe and Component maintenance services, Supply Chain Management, Design Engineering, CAMO, Line and Light maintenance. He led a team of over 3,000 professionals to drive a new strategic direction including ......read more

    APEX Recognizes Finnair as a 2018 Four Star Global Airline Based on Customer Reviews and Feedback

    Finnair has been awarded a 2018 Four Star Global Airline rating by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), a non-profit membership trade organization comprised of the world's leading airlines, suppliers and major media groups. The ratings recognize excellence in airline passenger experience and are based entirely on verified feedback given by customers. Travelers and reviews were validated against confirmed itineraries and geo-location on mobile devices. Finnair was one of 470 airlines rated through July 31 of this year. Only 15% of airlines worldwide received sufficient ......read more

    Emirates service to Tunis becomes daily

    DUBAI, U.A.E., 25 September 2017:  Emirates has reaffirmed its commitment to Tunis by increasing the frequency of flights between Dubai and Tunis from six to seven a week starting 30th October 2017. The additional Dubai – Tunis flight will be operated every Monday with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft offering eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and plenty of room to relax in Economy Class with 310 seats. The added flight will give passengers in Tunis greater access to Emirates’ global route network, particularly ......read more

    DAFZA & International Center of Islamic Economy introduce ‘Transformation Forum'

    UAE, September 25, 2017- The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and International Center of Islamic Economy are preparing to launch the first edition of the annual Transformation Forum on November 22, 2017 at the Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre. The event will provide a stimulating environment for the development of Shar’iah-compliant products and services giving an ideal platform for supervisory bodies and financial institutions to share ideas and ways to drive transformation towards Islamic Finance. The first-of-its kind event will showcase many Shar’iah ......read more

    Return of British Airways' Flying With Confidence Course to Tackle Growing Number of Passengers Who Fear Aircraft Travel

    39 per cent of UAE residents claim their fear of flying grows with age with 31 per cent of residents citing turbulence as the main cause of their phobia; Led by Captain Steve Allright, the day-long course will take place on 18 October 2017 Sheraton Grand Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 25 September 2017:   A fifth of UAE residents recognise they have a fear of flying, with 31 percent citing turbulence as the main cause of their phobia, leading many to avoid business trips, visiting loved ones, or worldwide ......read more

    Airline and Airport Cios Embrace Artificial Intelligence

    Disruption management, chatbots and mobile services key focus for industry’s CIOs   United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 24 September 2017:   Airlines and airports are embracing new technologies and turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to support their customer service. Over the next three years 52% of airlines plan major AI programs or R&D and 45% of airports will invest in R&D in the next five years, according to the SITA 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights.   Airlines are looking at how technology can help minimize the impact of disruption on the ......read more

    Azure Beach opens its doors taking guests straight to the heart of the Mediterranean

    Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2017:   In a city where sun and sand reign supreme and you can enjoy outdoor living for more than nine months of the year, Dubai welcomes Azure Beach, a new Mediterranean-inspired beach destination, to its infamous collection of shore side hang-outs, having officially opened its doors on the 26 June 2017.  Opening in the highly anticipated Rixos Premium Dubai JBR, the Rixos’s second property in Dubai, Azure Beach will cater to both tenants of the Rixos Residences and esteemed hotel guests, complementing the exceptional services and world class ......read more

    “Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre” participates in the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia

    Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2017:  Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) will participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress, in Australia, Adelaide, between September 25-29, 2017. The Congress is one of the leading space conferences worldwide, attended by presidents and CEOs of international space agencies, decision makers, researchers, academics and professionals in the space sector from 70 countries. During the Congress, MBRSC will showcase its space projects and programs either launched by the Centre or delegated to it, under the umbrella of the National Space ......read more

    Airbus Inaugurates Its A330 Completion & Delivery Centre in China

    First wide-body centre outside Europe, first European and Chinese made A330 delivered  Dubai - UAE, 20 September 2017 - Airbus has inaugurated its A330 Completion and Delivery Centre (C&DC) in Tianjin, China, taking additional steps in the expansion of its global footprint and strategic partnership with China. At the same time, the first A330 to be delivered from the C&DC was handed over to Tianjin Airlines. Located at the same site as the Airbus Tianjin A320 Family Final Assembly Line and the Airbus Tianjin Delivery Centre, the A330 C&DC covers the aircraft ......read more

    Transforming Aviation Through Disruptive Innovation

    20 September 2017 (Dubai - UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the theme for the 2017 Africa and Middle East Aviation and Aeropolitical Affairs Day will be “Disrupting through Innovation.”    “Disruptive changes create disruptive opportunities. Anticipating, preparing for and identifying how new technologies such as block chain, big data and artificial intelligence can and will affect aviation will mean the difference between success and failure for companies in the aviation industry of the future. The conference ......read more

    It's time to #CelebrateU – with 1 Million Upoints!

    Dubai, UAE, September 20, 2017:  What is your perfect day out? Where do you go and what do you do in a bustling and busy city like Dubai, with so many activities and iconic attractions?   U By Emaar, the unique customer-focused loyalty programme that has won over the hearts and minds of thousands of members, is offering a million reasons to #CelebrateU to guests who Stay, Dine or Play at Emaar’s venues.    From July 1 until September 30, 2017, U By Emaar members have been able to register to earn 2,000 bonus Upoints on their 5th, 10th and 15th visit with ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes First Airline in Region to Offer Automated Credit Card Payment Plans

    Airline focused on technology and innovation to enhance its service and delivery Abu Dhabi, UAE, September 20, 2017:   Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the region to offer fully automated credit card Installment payment plans after partnering with PayFort, the leading online payment service provider in the Arab world.  The initiative allows Etihad Airways to offer consumers who book directly via Etihad.com that range from three to 60 months. Seventeen of the region’s leading banks are taking part in the programme.  This is the latest ......read more

    The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Commences the Project

    In line with its strategic plan to ensure sustainability of the aviation system 19 September 2017 The General Civil Aviation Authority and Spanish company Indra Sistemas (Indra) have signed a contract to develop a new air traffic management system for Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre. This initiative marks the beginning of a new and important era for the Centre. The new system will enhance and modernize its capabilities in order to cater for the growth of the air traffic management sector in the country. The Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center provides air traffic control services to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports achieves 65% increase in operating profit (EBIDA) so far this year with an 88% UAE national leadership team

    19th September, 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Abu Dhabi Airports announced today that it has achieved 65% increase in earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBIDA)/ operating profit during the January-August period this year compared to the same period in 2016. This announcement comes after the company’s executive team weekly meeting that took place at Al Ain International Airport last week, led by Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, Acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports. The company grew its operating revenue by 26%, which impacted the 65% EBIDA increase for 2017. One of the key ......read more

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