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    EASA extends Part 145 certification of SriLankan Engineering

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 05, 2019:   The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended an important certification of SriLankan Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) arm of SriLankan Airlines, following a comprehensive audit. The reaffirmation of the EASA Part-145 certification further strengthens SriLankan Engineering’s positioning as a key provider of aircraft maintenance and engineering services for airlines throughout South Asia, Middle East and Africa.  Vipula Gunatilleka, Group Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines, said: “SriLankan Engineering is now poised to launch itself as an MRO of choice, with our superior engineering expertise of over 40 years, and modern hangar complex and workshops that have been certified to the finest global ......read more

    Air Cargo Peak Season off to Slow Start, Annual Demand down 3.5% in October

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 04, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.5% in October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks a weak start to the traditional peak season for air cargo and the twelfth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.2% year-on-year in October 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for the 18th consecutive month.  Over the past year, air cargo has suffered from the effects of the trade war between the US and China, the deterioration in global trade, and a broad-based slowing in economic ......read more

    Emiratis and expats set off to a two-week Camel Trek across the UAE desert

    Dubai, 4 December 2019:   The 6th edition of the annual Camel Trek, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), kicked off to a strong start today with the participation of 11 people from 6 countries.   The camel trekkers, led by HE Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmook, CEO of HHC, set off from (Mender Al-Aslan) desert before heading to a pre-arranged route in the UAE desert that includes Al-Thurawaniah, Al-Assab, Al-Dhafra Fort, Al-Marzoum, Al-Shabika, Bugrin, North Razin, Al-Haffar, Al-Ajban and Saih Al-Salam until the convoy lands at the Heritage Village of Dubai Global Village.   The camel voyage will take 14 days, covering at least 65 kilometers of the vast UAE desert per day, depending on weather conditions.   The annual camel trek, which usually starts in January, has kicked off early ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports awards retail spaces at Midfield Terminal to Lulu Group

    Exclusive products to be produced and offered to passengers from Lulu’s specialist gift store and non-food departments store     4 December 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has awarded two retail unit spaces in the upcoming new Midfield Terminal at  Abu Dhabi International Airport to the Lulu Group (Lulu), a diverse conglomerate headquartered in Abu Dhabi with a strong retail presence in the UAE, the GCC and globally.   During a ceremony on Tuesday, 19 November, Abu Dhabi Airports signed an agreement with Lulu Group for a specialist gifting retail space and a dedicated non-food department store encompassing a total of 1,833 square meters.   Lulu has been added to an exciting line up of brands at the Midfield Terminal, which includes 28,000 square meters of retail ......read more

    Lewis Hamilton Tops Off Sixth World Title With Victory at Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019

    The win drew the curtain on the 11th #AbuDhabiGP and a perfect season finale for the six-time champion Mercedes driver Evening topped off with a performance by US rock legends The Killers Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 30, 2019:    Lewis Hamilton crowned his sixth F1® championship-winning season with a final victory at the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019 on Sunday evening.  In a thrilling race that saw the Red Bull of Max Verstappen start beside him on the front row and Mercedes team mate Bottas at the back of the grid, Hamilton battled hard for the win, keeping the pack at bay in the closing laps as the sun set on Yas Marina Circuit, the 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2019 season.  During the five-day Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race festival weekend that ......read more

    Maserati's innovation on board the Multi 70 trimaran: the technical partnership with Giovanni Soldini

    • A technology transfer from Maserati to the Maserati Multi 70 trimaran: for the first time the engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena share the Brand's know-how with the Maserati Multi 70 Team.  • The aerodynamics is the focus of this innovative collaboration. • Maserati Multi 70's race schedule for the 2020 season has been announced. The English Channel Record is also scheduled.     Dubai, UAE - November 27, 2019:    Maserati enters into a new era of innovation and launches a process for the transfer of technological know-how from the world of cars to the world of high-performance yachts: the engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena and Giovanni Soldini, skipper of Maserati Multi 70, take centre stage.   A collaboration between people moved ......read more

    TSI Seats enters the BFE catalogue of Airbus

    Dubai, UAE - November 25, 2019:  Founded by the joint initiatives of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Technic and Assan Hanil (a joint-venture between Kibar Holding, and Hanil Seoyon E-Hwa, a South Korean global auto parts supplier) as the first and only aircraft seat manufacturer of Turkey, TSI Aviation Seats entered the catalogue showing aircraft seat options to the airlines that are customers of Airbus.   With the agreement signed between TSI Seats and Airbus following the successful cooperation between two companies since 2015, TSI Seats gained the right to appear in the BFE (Buyer Furnished Equipment) catalogue of Airbus.   According to the BFE Catalogue Agreement, economy class seat models Skysofa and Epianka of the TSI Seats will appear in the catalogue for the A350 XWB, A330 and A320 plane models of the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes the First Foreign Airline to Operate Its Flights to Jeddah's New Terminal

    November 24, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has received a special reception - welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute – at Jeddah’s new Terminal 1. The inaugural flight was operated on Etihad’s Dreamliner with the distinctive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia livery. The reception was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and was attended by H.E. Nasir Al Ketbi General Consular of UAE, Essam Fouad, Director General of King Abdulaziz Airport, Captain Fahd Cynndy, CEO of Saudi Ground Services, Yousef Attiah, Director General of Terminal 1, and management from Etihad Airways. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The introduction of the new terminal in Jeddah and the warm welcome we’ve received is a demonstration of our commitment to ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports awards contract for development of lounge at Midfield Terminal

     The contract has been awarded to a new joint venture between National Aviation Services (NAS) and Airport Dimensions  The lounge will cater to all international airline passengers in addition to independent travelers who can access the lounge regardless of the class of their ticket or airline    24 November 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports has awarded the Midfield Terminal’s lounge construction and management contract to a joint venture between National Aviation Services (NAS) and Airport Dimensions, which combines NAS’ regional operational experience and Airport Dimensions’ expertise in managing passenger’s needs at international airports.    Spanning over 3,500 square meters, the new lounge will allow customers to enjoy ......read more

    Thuraya & Airbus Demonstrate Aero Mobility Capabilities at Dubai Airshow 2019

    • Real-time transmission of surveillance footage enabled by Thuraya’s L-band network • The Dubai Airshow streaming sessions follow a highly successful demonstration to key government customers in Abu Dhabi on November 13     Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 21st :  Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), in partnership with Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services has successfully conducted live screenings of a demonstrative aerial surveillance mission taking place in Germany, from an airborne Airbus H145 helicopter equipped with a communication system developed by SCOTTY to the Dubai Airshow visitors, utilising Thuraya’s L-band satellite network.   The live screening of the ......read more

    UAE Leads in Military Deals at Dubai Airshow 2019

    UAE MOD deals worth almost US$4 billion among military contracts signed       Dubai, UAE - November 21, 2019:   Dubai Airshow 2019 is proving to be a bumper year for armed forces purchase and maintenance deals, with the UAE Ministry of Defence among those unveiling major contracts at the show.   It comes as the UAE set out to establish itself as a major player in the advanced technology and defence field, with EDGE, a group comprising 25 local entities working in five capability clusters, making its Dubai Airshow debut.    Abdulhakeem AlMuflahi, CEO of EDGE member AMMROC said Dubai Airshow was the ideal place for the company to make its high profile debut, explaining: “Customers trust confident, large presence organisations. Our customers won’t rely on a mom and ......read more

    Emirates Leads Sales With $16billion Airbus Purchase Order Amid Busy Second Day at Dubai Airshow 2019

    Air Arabia follows with $14billion deal for 120 new Airbus aircraft as order book fills up   Dubai, UAE - November 19, 2019:  Emirates signed an order for 50 Airbus A350 XWB worth $16billion today, leading the crowd on a busy day of sales and proving, once again, that Dubai Airshow is the industry’s preferred place to do business. The deal, announced by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive, and signed with Guillaume Faury, Airbus’ Chief Executive Officer, will see the first aircraft delivered in May 2023. The order replaces a previous agreement of intent to purchase 30 A350s and 40 A330 Neos, and reflects Emirates’ desire to move towards a new configuration featuring Premium Economy cabins. Speaking following the signing, Sheikh Ahmed said: ......read more

    Palma Holding to Acquire 20 Dash 8-400 Aircraft from De Havilland Canada'

    Dubai, November 18, 2019:   Today, during the Dubai Airshow, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced that lessor Palma Holding Limited (“Palma”) has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase 20 Dash 8-400 aircraft. The parties are working to finalize a purchase agreement.  “Palma became the first lessor worldwide to order the Dash 8-400 aircraft in its dual-class configuration and this first decision led us to develop other opportunities for the Dash 8-400 aircraft,” said Moulay Omar Alaoui, President, Palma Holding Limited. “We have leased new Dash 8-400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines, RwandAir and Falcon Aviation, and we see many more opportunities for this versatile aircraft.” “From a lessor’s point of view, we see ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2019 Unveils Women in Space Conference

    UAE Space Agency hosts a programme of events focusing on diversity in the future of space exploration and development        Dubai, UAE - November 19, 2019:  Diversity will be key to the future of space exploration, both for the UAE and globally, according to the raft of international keynote speakers who addressed delegates at day two (Monday) of Dubai Airshow 2019.   Officials from the UAE Space Agency led by the Chairman H.E Dr Ahmed Abdullah Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, were joined by speakers including Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs; Leanne Caret, Chief Executive Officer for Defence, Space & Security at Boeing and former astronaut, the European Space Agency’s Claudie Haigneré. ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre signs Memorandum of Understanding with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

    Dubai, UAE, 18th November 2019:   The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), to promote international cooperation in the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space. This took place on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2019, one of the world’s largest events in the aerospace industry, bringing together the leading aerospace and defence industries regionally and globally, from 17 to 21 November 2019. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, and Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA. After signing the MoU, AlShaibani gifted Di Pippo the UAE flag, ‘Zayed’s Ambition’ logo, MBRSC’s logo, and the UN logo, that were carried by the first ......read more

    Etihad and Boeing Unveil the ‘Etihad Greenliner', to Explore ‘blue Sky' Opportunities to Cut Co2 Emissions

     Themed Boeing 787 to assist in researching sustainability initiatives  Etihad to operate Boeing 787 ‘eco flight’ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels  Airline urges whole of industry to collaborate on reducing CO2    United Arab Emirates - November 18, 2019:    Etihad Airways and Boeing today announced a first-of-its-kind ‘eco partnership’, in which a specially-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used to test products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce aircraft carbon emissions.     The ‘Etihad Greenliner’, to be introduced early next year, will be used by both companies to explore and assess environmental sustainability initiatives while the aircraft operates scheduled services across the airline’s network. Other ......read more

    dans strongly participating in Dubai Airshow

    dans focuses on technology to enhance safety and efficiency of airports Aviation growth expected to increase in the run-up to Expo 2020   Dubai, November 18, 2019:   The Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the air navigation services provider and air traffic control for Dubai and Northern Emirates, has increased its presence at the 16th edition of Dubai Airshow 2019. In line with the theme of the Airshow ‘Dedicated to Connecting People’, Dans is showcasing its entire gamut of services focussed on technology to enhance safety and efficiency of airports and aviation services. “Our emphasis this time is providing better service to our clients with the best technology to enhance efficiency and reduce cost of operations and at the same time ensure the superiority of safety and security. ......read more

    Airbus inspired by nature to boost aircraft environmental performance

    @Airbus #innovation #sustainability #Decarbonisation #WeMakeItFly     Dubai, 18 November 2019 – Airbus has unveiled fello’fly, its latest demonstrator project inspired by biomimicry*, that is set to boost the environmental performance of commercial aircraft and make a significant impact on emissions reduction for the aviation industry.   Airbus’ fello’fly project aims to demonstrate the technical, operational and commercial viability of two aircraft flying together for long-haul flights.    Through fello’fly, a follower aircraft will retrieve the energy lost by the wake of a leader aircraft, by flying in the smooth updraft of air it creates. This provides lift to the follower aircraft allowing it to decrease engine thrust and therefore reduce fuel consumption in the range ......read more

    Italian Aerospace Technologies Highlighted at Dubai Airshow

    UAE, Dubai; 18 November 2019:  The Italian Trade Agency pavilion at the 2019 edition of the Dubai Airshow, the bi-annual exhibition dedicated to the aerospace industry, was officially opened. In attendance were the government officials, Nicola Lener, the Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in the UAE, and Amedeo Scarpa, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan. They were also joined by representatives from the Secretariat General of Defense and National Armaments Directorate, a government organisation representing the Italian defense industry internationally. Around 40 Italian companies are participating in the Dubai Airshow which runs until 21 November at the Dubai World Central. The Italian Trade Agency supports nine of these highly specialised Italian manufacturers ......read more

    Strata Expands International Partner Network With Premium Aerotec Collaboration

    The Al Ain-based aero-structure manufacturer and Germany-based aerospace manufacturer sign five-year MoU    Al Ain, UAE – 18 November, 2019:   Strata Manufacturing (Strata), the advanced composite aero-structures manufacturing company wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Premium AEROTEC, the German aerospace manufacturing leader, for the supply of metallic bonded and ‘computer numerical control’ (CNC) machined detail aircraft parts. The MoU, signed during Dubai Airshow, covers a duration of five years with Premium AEROTEC due to deliver its first shipment of complex metallic CNC machined detail aircraft parts to Strata’s world-class Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park production facility in January next year. The ......read more

    Emirates announces US$ 16 billion order for 50 A350 XWBs at Dubai Airshow

    Fleet investment strengthens airline’s business model, and signals confidence in Dubai and UAE’s strategy of international connectivity    Dubai, UAE, 18 November 2019:   Emirates, the world's largest international airline, today announced a firm order for 50 A350-900 XWB aircraft worth US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) at list prices at the Dubai Airshow 2019. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, delivery of the first Emirates A350 XWB is expected in May 2023, and will continue until 2028.   HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive, signed the deal with Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer from Airbus.   This purchase agreement replaces the heads of agreement signed in February where Emirates announced its intent to purchase 30 ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre takes part in Dubai Airshow 2019

    Dubai, UAE, 17th November 2019:   The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) took part in the Dubai Airshow 2019, one of the world’s largest events in the aerospace industry, bringing together the leading aerospace and defense industries regionally and globally, from 17 to 21 November. Students and other attendees interested in the space sector, visited the UAE Space Pavilion at the Dubai Airshow 2019. The pavilion reviewed the UAE’s achievements in this field, its future plans, and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s vision for the country’s space sector. Day 1 of the Dubai Airshow was attended by His Excellency Hamad Obaid AlMansoori, Chairman of MBRSC, His Excellency Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, Salem AlMarri, Head of the UAE Astronaut Programme, and Hazzaa ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2019 Off to a Flying Start

    Event set to welcome more than 87,000 visitors over the next five days       Dubai United Arab Emirates - November 18, 2019:   Dubai Airshow 2019 was officially opened this afternoon, Sunday 17 November, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces.    Also in attendance was Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who joined his father for the start of an inaugural tour of the site, set to welcome 1,288 exhibitors and more than 87,000 trade visitors over the next five days.   Joined by Michele van Akelijen, Managing Director of Dubai Airshow ......read more

    UAE passenger traffic growth to be served by larger international fleet

    #AirbusGMF   Dubai, 17 November 2019:   The fleet size of operators from all regions serving the UAE is forecast to nearly treble to some 1,730 aircraft by 2038 from around 630 today, according to the 2019 Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF). This includes 750 Small category aircraft like the A320 and A321, and 980 Medium and Large aircraft like the A330neo and A350 serving the UAE market in the next two decades; this as UAE O&D passenger traffic is forecast to grow 5.8% per annum over the next 20 years.   In the wider Middle East region, air passenger traffic is forecast to grow at a rate of 5.6% per year, which is well above the global average of 4.3% per annum. Over the same period, global freight traffic will see an annual increase of 3.6% in line with the average global freight traffic ......read more

    AUH VIP Terminal awarded ISO certificate for food safety management

    17 November 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport’s (AUH) VIP Terminal, operated by the internationally recognized aviation services provider National Aviation Services (NAS), has received the prestigious International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000-2005 certificate, for its food safety management systems.  AUH’s VIP Terminal provides its customers with exceptional catering, as part of a variety of other services, which play a major role in enhancing the travel experience of AUH’s passengers. This not only includes providing fresh and great tasting food options, but also ensuring hygiene, quality and safety with stringent processes and regular audits.  The entire VIP experience includes convenient, efficient, and luxurious services before or after a ......read more

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    SCTDA announces the new standards classification for hotel establishments in Sharjah

    In a move to promote efficiency of hotel operations and provide customers with exceptional experiences 27 November 2019 - Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced its new standards for classification of hotel establishments in the emirate, in line with the implementation of Resolution No. 38 of 2019. The resolution aims to classify hotel establishments in Sharjah in line with the latest standards. The new standards were announced following a workshop organized by SCTDA for representatives of hotels and other hospitality establishments in Sharjah. The ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub attracts high interest at Dubai Airshow 2019

    New aerospace hub already 35 per cent complete November 18, 2019. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, an integrated global aviation center providing world-class infrastructure and aviation support facilities, has drawn high interest from fellow participants and visitors from all over the world at the ongoing Dubai Airshow. MBR Aerospace Hub joined the exhibition, which is currently running until November 21, 2019, to highlight its unique edge and features that are vital to the steadily rising aviation industries in Dubai and the UAE. During the airshow, ......read more

    Back on Trek Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center Launches Sixth Edition of Camel Trek

    Dubai United Arab Emirates - November 17, 2019:    Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center has announced the date of the sixth edition of its annual ‘Camel Trek’. An early start this year, the trek is to depart on December 4, 2019, from Liwa, and across the bewildered sand dunes and desert landforms to reach to Dubai within a timeframe of around 14 days.   Since its inception, the Camel Trek attracted adventure lovers from all walks of life, representing different countries and nationalities. From this event’s humble beginning, the way was paved for ......read more

    Humans in Space Symposium discusses challenges of space medicine in space exploration

    Dubai United Arab Emirates - November 14, 2019:  The third day of the 22nd edition of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Humans in Space Symposium (HIS), discussed overcoming challenges to human health and performance during exploration spaceflight missions, in participation with Roscosmos, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), China National Space Administration (CNSA), and the astronauts and experts in the space sector. Held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the UAE is the first country in the MENA region to host this ......read more

    Business aviation and aerospace sector gaining ground in Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub

    Business aviation movement in Dubai increases by 26 per cent November 13, 2019. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: As part of its continuing move to achieve growth in private jet movements in Dubai, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBR Aerospace Hub) is rapidly picking up its pace as a growth center for the Middle East’s high-value industries and the hub continues to empower the aviation and aerospace industry to expand their networks. MBR Aerospace hub reported that business aviation movements during the first half of 2019  posted a 26 per cent increase compared to the same ......read more

    Hatton wins historic 2019 Turkish Airlines Open title.

    Englishman Tyrrell Hatton won the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open, securing victory on the fourth hole of a record-equalling six-man play-off that took place under floodlights for the first time in professional golf at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, Turkey.    Joining winner Hatton at the Turkish Airlines Open award ceremony was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Governor of Antalya, Mr. Münir Karaloğlu, the President of Turkey Golf Federation, Mr. Ahmet Ağaoğlu, the Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municapility, Mr. ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Pia Relaunch Codeshare Partnership

    • Etihad to codeshare on PIA services on trunk routes from Abu Dhabi to Pakistan • PIA customers to have access to Etihad destinations across the global network     Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - November 13, 2019:   Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, and the flag carrier of Pakistan, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), have relaunched their codeshare partnership to provide their customers with greater access to both airlines’ trunk routes between the UAE and Pakistan, and on Etihad services across its global ......read more

    Humans in Space Symposium discusses what it takes to be an astronaut

    Dubai, UAE, 13 November 2019:   The second day of the 22nd edition of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Humans in Space Symposium (HIS), held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, witnessed huge participation from experts and specialists in the space sector, and students from different educational levels. The UAE is the first country in the MENA region to host this conference, from 11th to 14th November, 2019. Day 2 highlighted the human side of space exploration, the challenges facing the space sector, space robotics, global ......read more

    Etihad Airways Increases Frequency on Important Abu Dhabi to Riyadh Route

    Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – November 12, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced a fourth daily flight on its route from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), effective 8 December. The additional service will be operated by an Airbus A320 configured with 8 seats in Business and 150 seats in Economy.  Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The introduction of the new fourth daily service to Riyadh is demonstrative of our commitment to the Saudi market, and ......read more

    MBRSC launches 22nd IAA Humans in Space Symposium

    Dubai, UAE, 12 November 2019:    The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) launched the  22nd edition of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Humans in Space Symposium (HIS), at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The UAE is the first country in the MENA region to host this conference, from 11 to 14 November, 2019. The first day witnessed huge participation from local and international space agencies, and students from different educational levels. The opening ceremony was attended by His Excellency Hamad Obaid AlMansoori, Chairman ......read more

    Passenger Demand Continues on Moderate Upward Path

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 10, 2019:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for September 2019 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) climbed 3.8% compared to the same month last year, broadly unchanged from August’s performance. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 3.3%, and load factor climbed 0.4% percentage point to 81.9%, which was a record for any September.    “September marked the eighth consecutive month of below ......read more

    Astronaut Christina H. Koch Shares for the first-time photo of Hazzaa AlMansoori during first filmed tour in Arabic of the ISS

    Christina H. Koch: It was a great Honour and privilege to film UAE’s first Astronaut abroad ISS Christina H. Koch: Astronaut AlMansoori sensed full of pride once sighted his homeland (UAE) for the first time from Space  Dubai, UAE, 8th November 2019: Through a post on her social media platforms, American astronaut Christina Koch revealed that she was part of the first Arabic filmed tour of the International Space Station (ISS) conducted by the UAE's first Astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori. Koch posted 2 photos and commented: “it was my privilege to film him doing ......read more

    How To Cut On Costs When Traveling

    Everyone needs some time off from the busy day to day schedules. And did you know that traveling is not only a great way to create memories but is also very beneficial to your health? Research shows that people who take breaks and go for vacations are more energetic and productive at work. If you have been shying away from the idea of traveling, it might just be time to be more receptive to it. One of the reasons why most people avoid traveling is because they think that traveling has to cost an arm and a leg- but it does not necessarily have to. For instance, if you are traveling from ......read more

    September Air Freight Volumes Remain Weak

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 07, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.5% in September 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.1% year-on-year in September 2019. Capacity growth has ......read more

    Airlines and Airports Spend a Record $50 Billion on Improving the Passenger Experience – and It is Paying Off

    Investment has resulted in significantly higher passenger satisfaction and shorter queues   United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 6 November 2019:   Airlines and airports spent a record US$50 billion in 2018 on IT to support improvements to the passenger journey and are now beginning to enjoy the benefit of that investment. Figures published by SITA for the first time show that this investment has resulted in a  significant improvement in both the satisfaction levels for passengers and average processing time.  The SITA 2019 Air Transport IT Insights, ......read more

    Explore Europe's big cities at smaller prices with Turkish Airlines

    Savings can be made on Economy and Business Class flights until 25th November     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 03, 2019:    Turkish Airlines is giving UAE jetsetters an unmissable opportunity to travel to major European cities within its unrivalled global network and pocket a satisfying saving when they book.    Passengers from Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah can benefit from generous discounts on Economy Class tickets to Athens, Brussels, Dublin, Marseille, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Strasbourg, Thessaloniki, and Zurich, and on ......read more

    Emirates champions inflight first: Seven Worlds, One Planet screens live on board

    Dubai, UAE, 3 November 2019:   In another entertainment first, Emirates is showing the highly acclaimed Seven Worlds, One Planet documentary live at the same time as its BBC One broadcast in the UK. While Emirates already streams live news and sport on board most of its aircraft, this is the first time any airline has streamed a show at the same time as its TV network timeslot.   The episodes of Seven Worlds, One Planet will be screened live on board 176 aircraft equipped with live TV for the next six Sundays at 10:15pm Dubai time (6.15pm UK time). Customers can also ......read more

    Emirates engineers efficiencies with RFID

    DUBAI, UAE, 30 October 2019:   As the largest international airline with the biggest fleet of A380s and Boeing 777s, Emirates naturally has a lot of emergency equipment in the skies. To solve the challenge of tracking these essential items on a massive scale and scope, Emirates turned to RFID* technology.   While other airlines have also been using similar technology, Emirates completes the largest number of RFID scans for inflight emergency equipment on a daily basis – that's for over 250 aircraft and 133,000 life vests. Importantly, it has helped the ......read more

    Blooming in its eighth edition, Dubai Miracle Garden offers bunch of new attractions, including more record-breaking floral spectacles

    New additions include 400-meter walking track set amongst the stunning displays, accommodating Zumba classes, and other fitness activities     Dubai, United Arab Emirates (October 29, 2019):   Bringing a host of exclusive attractions yet again, Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden is returning to delight visitors for the eighth season this November 1st. Located in the heart of Dubailand, the 72,000 square meter destination will be brought to life with the largest display of the most fragrant and colorful blooms, with over fifty ......read more

    Dubai Crowned One of the Top Cities in Lonely Planet's ‘best in Travel' List 2020

    Dubai, UAE; 24 October 2019:   As a city of unparalleled experiences, Dubai has been named one of the world’s best cities for travellers to visit in 2020 by global travel authority Lonely Planet. The ‘Best in Travel 2020’ list, which has been curated by Lonely Planet’s editorial team and its community of travel experts, features the emirate amongst the top ten ‘must-visit’ cities for global visitors in the coming year. The unique combination of iconic attractions and entertainment destinations, outdoor and cultural offerings, and the ......read more

    First filmed tour in Arabic at the ISS

    Dubai, UAE, 24 October 2019:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) published a new video for the Emirati Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori whilst giving a tour aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The video is the first filmed tour in Arabic language of the ISS, where AlMansoori explained the segments, units, components, equipment and tools of the ISS. The video presents a valuable Arabic content about ISS, a research lab orbiting Earth with altitude of around 400 km above ground.  HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, said, “We are delighted ......read more

    Winners of Futurism Programme Announced at Gitex Future Stars 2019

    • Third edition of Futurism Programme shines a spotlight on technological innovation in the travel and tourism sector • Winners receive cash prize and membership in the innovation attraction programme “ABRA” from Dubai SME   Dubai, UAE 23 October 2019:  The winners of the 2019 edition of the Dubai Tourism Futurism Programme were announced at GITEX Future Stars - the largest technology event in The Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Finalists went head to head in front of industry experts and jury members to win cash funding, a trade licence and visas, ......read more

    Sita to Manage Key Systems Across Ghana's Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 23, 2019:     Ghana Airports Company Limited has extended its agreement with SITA to manage and support all airport passenger processing, baggage management, and airport operations systems across Kotoka International Airport’s newly commissioned Terminal 3 for the next five years. SITA’s technology will be vital in positioning the airport as the pre-eminent hub in West Africa, leading the way in passenger automation and operational efficiency.    This follows SITA’s successful deployment of these systems to ......read more

    Optimism runs high among investors in aviation sector

    UAE aviation sector open to investors from outside country, says Saif Al Suwaidi     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 22, 2019:     Investors are keen to capitalise on the increasing opportunities in the aviation sector globally, according to industry experts.   “Over the past decade, as the global economy has improved, airlines have grown in profitability, matured in terms of employing better capacity management and cost controls, and have benefitted from the explosion in demand for passenger air travel,” according to Aviation ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Saudia Announce Major Expansion of Their Commercial Partnership

    October 22, 2019:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudia, the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have marked the first anniversary of their commercial partnership by announcing 12 new codeshare routes to key destinations in Asia and Europe.  Since signing their agreement in October, 2018, the two airlines have placed their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina. Saudia has also added its ‘SV’ code to Etihad flights ......read more

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