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    Airline Debt to Balloon by 28%

    -Heavy New Debt Levels Will Weigh Down Airline Recovery-     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 28, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released analysis showing that the airline industry’s global debt could rise to $550 billion by year-end. That’s a $120 billion increase over debt levels at the start of 2020.    • $67 billion of the new debt is composed of government loans ($50 billion), deferred taxes ($5 billion) and loan guarantees ($12 billion). • $52 billion is from commercial sources including commercial loans ($23 billion), capital market debt ($18 billion), debt from new operating leases ($5 billion), and accessing existing credit facilities ($6 billion).    Financial aid is a lifeline to get through the worst of the crisis ......read more

    Al Majid Motors Announces the Arrival of All-New Kia K5 Fastback Sedan in the UAE

    Dubai,  27 May 2020:  Al Majid Motors, the sole distributor of KIA passenger and commercial vehicles in the UAE, has announced the arrival of all-new Kia K5 fastback sedan. The new Kia K5 is a fastback evolution of K5, which is the brand’s global best-selling sedan. The striking vehicle features a new stunning design along with a driver-focused interior, latest automobile technologies, and all-new powertrain options.    Mohammed Khader, President Al Majid Motors, said, “We are pleased to announce that the latest version of KIA’s most-loved sedan is now available across our showrooms for the UAE buyers. The latest edition marks a new era for KIA in creating vehicles that epitomise engineering brilliance and design superiority.”    The sporty sedan with its eye-catching ......read more

    SITA Steps Up Development of a Self-sovereign Identity for Air Travel

    SITA becomes a more active member and supporter of the Sovrin Foundation    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 23, 2020:   SITA has stepped up its commitment to developing a permanent digital identity for air travel by becoming a Premium Donor of the Sovrin Foundation, the international non-profit organization focused on the advancement of self-sovereign digital identity.  The Sovrin Foundation is a decentralized, global public utility for self-sovereign identity. Self-sovereign means a lifetime portable identity for any person, organization, or thing that allows the holder to present verifiable credentials in a privacy-protecting way. These credentials can represent things as diverse as a passport, an airline ticket or simply a library card.  SITA’s expanded role is key to speeding up the ......read more

    Emirates Sets Industry-leading Safety Standard for Customers Travelling as It Resumes Operations

    Dubai UAE - 21 May 2020:  Emirates has unveiled multi-faceted measures for employee and customer care at every step of the travel journey, redefining safety and hygiene standards on board and on the ground. The new measures took effect today, with the resumption of regularly scheduled passenger flights to nine destinations.   "Emirates is implementing a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the traveller's journey, to enhance the sanitisation of all touchpoints, and ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees. The risk of catching an infection on an aircraft is already very low, but we have spared no effort in reviewing and redesigning every step, from check-in to disembarkation. Every measure implemented is an additional reduction in risk, and taken altogether, our aim is really to make ......read more

    IATA COVID-19 Middle East and Africa Update Today at 12 PM

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 21, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) cordially invites you to attend a media briefing and teleconference led by its Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), Muhammad Ali Albakri.   Mr. Muhammad Albakri will be providing an update on below topics:   • Update on the effects of COVID-19 on the industry in the Africa and Middle East regions • Update on Aviation Relief measures  • Restart plan for the industry • Presentation from Pall Aerospace - the Manufacturers of the HEPA filters  • Q&A (English and Arabic)   Date: Thursday, 21 May 2020   Time: 12:00 PM (Gulf Standard Time)

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    The Heart of Europe Takes Shape as the Ultimate Sustainable Island Tourism Destination in the Middle East

    A new set of treasure islands gets ready to offer the best of Europe in an experiential holiday and entertainment retreat     Date: Dubai, UAE; May 21, 2020   Key Highlights 1. The US$5 billion mega sustainable tourism project will host more than 4,000 guest rooms and suites offering a wide array of services in different settings.   2. More than 1,200 construction workers, technicians, engineers and environmental experts are working full time within a healthy and safe environment.   3. Developer Kleindienst Group prepares to open the island for tourists in the fourth quarter of 2020 with hundreds of units getting ready to receive local and international visitors.   4. Latest milestones in line with updated masterplan – Phase I of project including Sweden, Honeymoon ......read more

    IATA Outlines Layered Approach for Industry Re-Start

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 20, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed details of its proposed temporary layered approach to biosecurity for re-starting passenger flights amid the COVID-19 crisis.   IATA has published Biosecurity for Air Transport: A Roadmap for Restarting Aviation which outlines IATA’s proposal for a layering of temporary biosecurity measures. The Roadmap aims to provide the confidence that governments will need to enable the re-opening of borders to passenger travel; and the confidence that travelers will need to return to flying.    “There is no single measure that will reduce risk and enable a safe re-start of flying. But a layering measures that are globally implemented and mutually recognized by governments can achieve the needed ......read more

    Etihad Guest Rewards Members While Staying Home

    • Members get 40% bonus miles when transferring loyalty points into Etihad Guest Miles for the first time • In partnership with Tryano, Talabat, Al Jaber Optical and more, members can earn miles while shopping from home • Cash back and discounts on everyday spends      Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – May 20, 2020:   Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, is offering members 40% more bonus miles when transferring loyalty points into Etihad Guest Miles for the first time from a range of partner programmes across banking, telecommunications and hotels.    The latest offers from Etihad Guest’s partners also allow members to earn and redeem miles while staying home. Etihad Guest is one of the leading loyalty programmes, with new ......read more

    Etihad Airways Increases Number and Frequency of Special Flights Worldwide

    • New transit connection from Sydney to London via Abu Dhabi, in addition to Melbourne • Special flights to Belgrade, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Paris CDG, and Toronto   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – May 19, 2020:  Etihad Airways is continuing to increase the number of special flights it is operating worldwide to and from Abu Dhabi.   Throughout May and June, the airline will increase frequencies on previously announced special flights and will add new services to Belgrade, Dublin, Geneva, Milan, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Toronto.   In addition to the recently launched link between Melbourne and London, Etihad will also add services to Sydney, allowing a direct transit connection to and from the UK capital via Abu Dhabi.     Etihad continues to follow UAE ......read more

    Etihad Holidays to Be Operated by Dnata Travel Group In the UK

    • Initial focus on promoting the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi   May 18, 2020:  dnata Travel Group, a leading UK-based travel services provider, has signed a partnership agreement with Etihad Airways to provide sales and service, ground product and brand marketing functions for Etihad Holidays in the UK. The collaboration will significantly increase Etihad Holidays’ distribution power in this market providing opportunities for greater engagement with UK travellers. The partnership formally commences in May 2020, with holidays for later in 2020 available, and 2021 already on sale.    The initial priority of the partnership will be to promote Abu Dhabi, showcasing its wide variety of cultural, historic, sport and leisure and entertainment attractions to a wide range of age groups and traveller ......read more

    COVID-19 Crisis Continues to Devastate Air Transport in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan: Government Support Essential

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 16, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to provide urgent financial relief to airlines as they struggle to survive the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis.   IATA estimates that revenues generated by airlines in the Jordanian market will fall by US $700 million (52%) compared to 2019. That puts at risk nearly 34,400 Jordanian jobs and US $1.1 billion of Jordan’s GDP, which is generated by aviation directly as well as by aviation-related tourism.    “Jordan’s leaders have always understood the importance of having a sustainable aviation sector. They have prioritized policies that have encouraged the development of air connectivity that supports travel and tourism. ......read more

    Don't Make A Slow Recovery More Difficult with Quarantine Measures

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 14, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new analysis showing that the damage to air travel from COVID-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul / international travel being the most severely impacted. Quarantine measures on arrival would further damage confidence in air travel. A risk-based layered approach of globally harmonized biosecurity measures is critical for the restart.   Read remarks of Alexandre de Juniac View the COVID-19 Outlook for Air Travel in the Next 5 Years presentation    Air travel scenarios IATA and Tourism Economics modeled two air travel scenarios. Baseline Scenario • This is contingent on domestic markets opening in Q3, with a much slower phased opening of international markets. This would limit ......read more

    Emirates Resumes Passenger Flights to 9 Destinations, including Connections between UK and Australia

    • From 21 May, Emirates will operate to: London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne* • Offers seamless connection in Dubai for customers flying between the UK and Australia     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2020:    Emirates has announced its plan to operate scheduled flight services from 21 May to nine destinations: London Heathrow Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.* The airline will also offer connections in Dubai for customers travelling between the UK and Australia.   These flights will be available for booking on emirates.com.   Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. This ......read more

    Euronews Speaks To Dubai Businesses Adapting to Support Global Needs Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

    International News Channel Looks At How Dubai Based Companies are Aiding the Fight Against COVID-19   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13th May 2020:  Dubai based businesses, The Arab Fashion Council, Emirates Sky Cargo and DP World are having to adapt and change business plans as a result of  COVID-19,  and have become an integral part of supplying essential supplies to the world during the pandemic.  Europe’s leading international news channel, Euronews met with the Dubai-based companies for an exclusive Business Line interview, to discover how they are adapting their business models to meet the urgent global demand for essential goods, and life-saving medical supplies. Nabil Sultan, Regional VP for Cargo at Emirates SkyCargo, the airline that moves the most weight in freight internationally in ......read more

    Etihad Airways Harnesses Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives to Help Combat COVID-19

    • Designed in collaboration with Etihad Engineering, 1,000 face shields to be distributed to medical staff.  • Over 3,000 Etihad employees registered to volunteer to support SEHA, Ma’an, Emirates Red Crescent and the UAE Volunteers Platform.  • In partnership with Emirates Red Crescent, the airline has been providing 1,000 prepared meals per day to Humanitarian City.    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - May 12, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has amplified its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to support those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The airline has highlighted the development of face shields for medical staff in a new video released today to mark Zayed Humanitarian Day: ......read more

    KhalifaSat Captures Lockdown Images of Airports

    Grounded on Earth Today, To the Skies Tomorrow  Dubai, UAE, 07 May 2020:   While the Earth might be filled with grounded planes today, they will all be taking to the skies soon. In an appropriate response to the 'Stay at Home' movement, most passenger planes have been rested across airports around the world, awaiting their next flight dates. These photos of the world's biggest airports such as Dubai International Airport, Shanghai International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Beijing Capital International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, were taken by KhalifaSat between March and April. The images were taken during the temporary suspension of the movement of air traffic, in light of the measures taken globally to limit the spread of the coronavirus 'COVID-19’, ......read more

    Comments from MBRSC on HH Sheikh Hamdan's Video Conference with Hope Probe Team

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 05, 2020:    H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, said:  “Today, we were honoured to receive a video call from His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of MBRSC, as he addressed the Emirates Mars Mission team. The team briefed His Highness on the successful transfer of the Hope Probe from the UAE to its launch site in Japan, despite the current challenges, thanks to the support of our leadership and the perseverance of the team.”   He added, “The teams at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and the UAE Space Agency have always received full support from our leaders, and they have been the driving force behind the UAE’s achievements in space exploration. Their unflinching support is a ......read more

    IATA / UPU Warn of Air Capacity Shortage

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 04, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) warned that air capacity for postal services is insufficient and urged governments to do more to support the movement of mail by air during the COVID-19 crisis.  Owing to the drastic 95% reduction in passenger flights, which are typically used to transport mail, and a 25-30% increase in demand for e-commerce as customers and businesses resort to online purchasing in response to social distancing restrictions, postal administrations are facing a challenge in sending and delivering international mail, in particular, cross-continental mail.  IATA and UPU are calling on governments to facilitate the flexibility that airlines need to meet this critical demand by removing border ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Collaborates With UAE Industry to Develop and Deploy New UAE Made Robotic Technology to Reinstate Covid- Free Environment

    - The launch of the new robot comes in collaboration with Tawazun Strategic Development Fund - New CoDI BOT UGV developed by Marakeb Technologies for Abu Dhabi Airports to be deployed at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) from May onwards - Robot is designed for the disinfection of spaces, limiting risk of contamination or human exposure to viruses including COVID-19 - CoDI BOT UGV reflects Abu Dhabi’s commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of passengers, staff, and visitors in the airport environment     Abu Dhabi, UAE – 02 May 2020:   Abu Dhabi Airports has partnered with Tawazun Strategic Development Fund (TSDF) to launch the new CoDi BOT UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle), designed and manufactured by UAE-based company Marakeb Technologies, an affiliate company of TSDF, for the ......read more

    ACI and IATA Call for Urgent Financial Assistance to Protect Jobs and Operations

     Financial relief will assist the industry to lay foundation for a balanced recovery     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 02, 2020:    Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have today come together to call for governments to quickly grant financial relief to assist airport operators and airlines during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and support the essential connectivity the industry will provide for economic recovery.    The industry is united with governments around the world in efforts to stop the spread of the virus, and, in the face of massive government imposed travel restrictions, the industry is doing all it can to maintain air cargo operations vital to supporting global supply chains, including medical shipments ......read more

    Passenger Demand Plunges in March as Travel Restrictions Take Hold

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 30, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for March 2020 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) dived 52.9% compared to the year-ago period. This was the largest decline in recent history, reflecting the impact of government actions to slow the spread of COVID-19. In seasonally adjusted terms, global passenger volumes returned to levels last seen in 2006. March capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) fell by 36.2% and load factor plummeted 21.4 percentage points to 60.6%.  “March was a disastrous month for aviation. Airlines progressively felt the growing impact of the COVID-19 related border closings and restrictions on mobility, including in domestic markets. Demand was ......read more

    IATA Calls for Global Mutual Recognition by Civil Aviation Authorities

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on regulators to take urgent action to help civil aviation operate seamlessly and safely between states during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to help facilitate the restart when the virus is contained. Specifically, IATA asked states to take the following immediate steps:   • Work with the aviation industry to find temporary measures to ensure that licenses and certificates critical to managing aviation safety are extended to remain valid; • File their temporary measures with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); • Recognize the measures of other states that are filed with ICAO.   Many aviation regulators around the globe have already taken the necessary steps to ......read more

    November Dates for IATA's 76th AGM

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that its rescheduled 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 23-24 November 2020. IATA’s 76th AGM and World Air Transport Summit will be hosted by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines at the RAI Convention Centre. The dates were selected in anticipation that government restrictions on travel will have been lifted and that the public health authorities in the Netherlands will permit large gatherings at that time. IATA will work with public health authorities to ensure that all precautions are taken for the meeting to be held safely. “The fight against COVID-19 is the world’s top priority. The economic and social cost of beating the ......read more

    Immediate and Severe Air Cargo Capacity Crunch

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for March air cargo performance demonstrating a severe capacity shortfall.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 15.2% in March compared to the previous year (-15.8% for international markets).   • Global capacity, measured in available cargo tonne kilometers (ACTKs), shrank by 22.7% in March compared to the previous year (-24.6% for international markets).   • International markets account for 87% of air cargo. Belly capacity for international air cargo shrank by 43.7% in March compared to the previous year. This was partially offset by a 6.2% increase in capacity through expanded use of freighter aircraft, including the use of ......read more

    Airbus Reports First Quarter (Q1) 2020 Results

    ●               Market environment strongly impacted by COVID-19 situation, particularly in commercial aircraft ●               Q1 2020 financials partially impacted by COVID-19 ●               Revenues € 10.6 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 281 million ●               EBIT (reported) € 79 million; loss per share (reported) € -0.61 ●               Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € -8.0 billion / € -4.4 billion before payment of € -3.6 billion penalties ●               Strong focus on matching production to demand ......read more

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    Turkish Airlines Draws the World's Biggest National Flag in the Sky to Honor the Founding of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey

    A commercial film following flight TK1920 has been broadcasted across Turkish Airlines’ social media accounts   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 28, 2020:   Turkey’s national flag carrier performed one of the most significant flights on April 23, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Grand National Assembly, and National Sovereignty and Children's Day. The TC-JJF registered Boeing 777-300 (ER) type aircraft, which arrived in Ankara in the morning for this special flight, took off from Esenboğa Airport on April 23 at 09:40, local time. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Will Distribute Ramadan Boxes to Those Affected by COVID-19

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - April 27, 2020:   Etihad Airways has launched the Etihad Ramadan Box initiative to bring Iftar meals to homes across the UAE. The airline has partnered with Zomato, the world’s largest restaurant search and discovery platform and one of the UAE's largest food delivery apps, to deliver these meals to those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) including hospitals, essential workers, volunteers and communities in need.  Those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, through sickness or financial impact, can request one of the Etihad ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi's Poetry Encyclopedia Organises Virtual Poetry Session

    ‘In Times of Corona’ featured participants from the UAE, KSA, Sudan and Germany   Abu Dhabi, 25 April 2020:   The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) initiative The Poetry Encyclopedia hosted a virtual poetry session, ‘In Times of Corona’, recently, featuring a group of leading poets and intellectuals from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Germany. The session was streamed live on The Poetry Encyclopedia Facebook page. ‘In Times of Corona’ highlighted the roles of poetry and culture in times of crisis, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Additional Special Passenger Flights From Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 24, 2020:  Etihad Airways will operate additional special passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to several destinations on its global route network. The special schedule of flights gives foreign nationals in the UAE the opportunity to travel out of the country, and allow Etihad to carry essential belly-hold cargo such as perishables, pharmaceuticals, and medical supplies. Return flights are also repatriating UAE nationals back to Abu Dhabi. These special flights from Abu Dhabi will be available for booking through etihad.com, the mobile app, ......read more

    Etihad Cargo to Deliver Critical Airfreight Services to Australia

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, has partnered with the Australian Government to provide critical international airfreight assistance to Australia.  Under the agreement with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Etihad Cargo will provide dedicated cargo services between Abu Dhabi and Australia, leveraging bellyhold capacity of its fleet of Etihad Airways passenger aircraft to deliver essential supplies into the Australian market, and facilitate bi-directional trade to further ......read more

    Relief is Critical for Middle East Airlines as COVID-19 Impact Deepens

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 23, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renewed its call for government relief measures as the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in MENA deepen.    • The region’s airlines could lose $24 billion of passenger revenue compared to 2019. That is $5 billion more than was expected at the beginning of the month. • Job losses in aviation and related industries could grow to 1.2 million. That is half of the region’s 2.4 million aviation-related employment.  Previous estimate was 0.9 ......read more

    Etihad Continues to Progress Sustainable Initiatives to Help Cut Carbon Emissions

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - April 23, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has continued to progress its sustainability agenda, testing a range of initiatives during the wind-down and suspension of its scheduled passenger services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The airline has highlighted some of its continuing activities in a new video released today to mark Earth Day 2020: https://we.tl/t-Hxq1bop3KD  Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In these challenging times, and beyond Covid-19, our response ......read more

    5 Things to Prepare for When Moving to Dubai

    With its high salaries, glamorous lifestyle, and zero income tax, it’s no wonder that Dubai one of the hottest destinations for expats seeking adventure in the Middle East. But before you pack your bags, here are 5 important things that you need to prepare for when moving to the UAE’s most populous city.     1. Get ready to embrace the heat!   One of the biggest challenges expats face when moving to Dubai is acclimatizing to the intense heat. This is especially true for those who relocate from colder countries. The UAE is characterized by scorching ......read more

    Emirati Astronaut, Sultan AlNeyadi, shared a great photo on his social media platforms showing Umm Ghafa

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 22, 2020:    “Everything started from Umm Ghaffa, my village. It was where I first observed the skies & stars, created memories that will forever be imprinted in my mind. It was also the place where the late Sheikh Zayed, envisioned the transformation of the UAE into an oasis of life.” Sultan AlNeyadi, Emirati Astronaut   ...read more

    Slow Recovery Needs Confidence Boosting Measures

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 22, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to work with the industry on confidence-boosting measures in the face of an anticipated slow recovery in demand for air travel.   “Passenger confidence will suffer a double whammy even after the pandemic is contained—hit by personal economic concerns in the face of a looming recession on top of lingering concerns about the safety of travel. Governments and industry must be quick and coordinated with confidence-boosting measures,” said ......read more

    Etihad Airways Catering Arm to Provide Meals for People Impacted by Covid-19

    Etihad Airport Services Catering maintains highest hygiene standards and are using their in-house laboratory in the fight against coronavirus   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  April 19, 2020: Etihad Airport Services Catering (EAS Catering) has been commissioned by various government entities, business organisations and community centres, to prepare and provide meals to individuals impacted by the global spread of COVID-19. The facility has been selected to support these initiatives due to its stringent food handling procedures. One of the only food facilities ......read more

    Etihad Airways Advises on Operational Status and Outlines Re-Start Plans

    • 500 special passenger, belly-hold freight and cargo flights operated worldwide • Most extensive maintenance programme in Etihad’s history underway  • Greater support for customers affected by COVID-19 cancellations     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 16, 2020:  Etihad Airways has provided an update on its current and planned operations as COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place around the world.    Subject to UAE government imposed travel restrictions being lifted on passenger travel, Etihad plans to ......read more

    COVID-19 Puts Over Half of 2020 Passenger Revenues at Risk

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 15, 2020:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released updated analysis showing that the COVID-19 crisis will see airline passenger revenues drop by $314 billion in 2020, a 55% decline compared to 2019.   On 24 March IATA estimated $252 billion in lost revenues (-44% vs. 2019) in a scenario with severe travel restrictions lasting three months.  The updated figures reflect a significant deepening of the crisis since then, and reflect the following parameters:   • Severe domestic restrictions ......read more

    MBRSC Shortlists 10 Candidates for UAE Analog Mission#1

    5 Emirati men and women to undergo tests before final interview in May Youngest shortlisted candidate is a 25-year-old woman   Dubai, UAE, 14 April 2020:   The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has shortlisted 10 Emiratis out of over 100 applicants for the UAE Analog Mission#1 as part of the Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station (SIRIUS) SIRIUS 20/21, an 8-month analog mission conducted at the NEK ground-based analogue facility in Moscow, Russia. The shortlist follows the MBRSC’s call for applications announced in February this ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Additional Special Passenger Flights'

     Additional flights from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, Dublin, London Heathrow, Tokyo Narita and Zurich     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 13, 2020:  Etihad Airways has announced a series of special passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, Dublin, London Heathrow, Tokyo Narita and Zurich, in addition to those previously published.   Etihad Airways has been operating special flights which have allowed passengers stranded in the UAE due to COVID-19 restrictions, the opportunity to return home. The flights also support the ‘UAE Food ......read more

    Etihad Expands Passenger Freighter Coverage as It Continues to Deliver Essential Supplies to UAE and the World

    Additional flights to Asia, Australia and Europe Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 09, 2020:   Following its recent launch of passenger freighter flights to 10 destinations, complementing its Boeing 777 freighter operations, Etihad Cargo is  pleased to announce five additional routes using Etihad Airways passenger aircraft to increase the flow of essential supplies into the United Arab Emirates and provide further east-west connectivity between major markets. Using bellyhold capacity on a mix of Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft, Etihad Cargo is introducing ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Extends the Suspension all Flight Operations from April 15 - April 30, 2020

    • Cebu Pacific flights will remain suspended from April 15 to April 30, 2020, in accordance with the Philippine government's directive on extending the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)   • Passengers on cancelled flights are encouraged to take the free rebooking, travel fund, or full refund options. F   • Travelers on voluntary cancellation with flights from May 1 to September 30, 2020, can avail the free rebooking or travel fund options as well. T ...read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Additional Special Passenger Flights

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 08, 2020:   Further to the previously announced schedule of special passenger flights, Etihad Airways will also add additional flights from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne and Amsterdam. Etihad Airways has been operating special flights which have allowed passengers stranded in the UAE due to COVID-19 restrictions, the opportunity to return home. The flights also support the ‘UAE Food Security Program’ by utilising belly-hold capacity of passenger aircraft for cargo. The airline continues to repatriate UAE citizens on return ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Test Airport Technology to Help Identify Medically At-Risk Travellers

    • Etihad is the first airline to trial this innovative technology • Contactless devices will monitor temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  - April 06, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will partner with Australian company Elenium Automation to trial new technology which allows self-service devices at airports to be used to help identify travellers with medical conditions, potentially including the early stages of COVID-19.   Etihad will be the first airline to trial the ......read more

    Donate Your Etihad Guest Miles to Support Vulnerable Refugees During the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 05, 2020:   Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, launched a campaign to encourage members to donate their Etihad Guest Miles to support the prevention and response efforts in view of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in refugee settings. An initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) globally and with Emirates Red Crescent in the Middle East, Etihad Guest aims to support basic infection control and adequate containment measures for refugees and other forcibly ......read more

    Passenger Demand Plunges on COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 04, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for February 2020 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell 14.1% compared to February 2019. This was the steepest decline in traffic since 9.11 and reflected collapsing domestic travel in China and sharply falling international demand to/from and within the Asia-Pacific region, owing to the spreading COVID-19 virus and government-imposed travel restrictions. February capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) ......read more

    MBRSC Releases GIF Image Showing Decline of NO2 in the GCC

    Dubai, UAE, 01 April 2020:   The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released a GIF image of the decrease in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentration in the GCC countries, between 26 November 2019 until 27 March 2020. The Remote Sensing Department at MBRSC published the results using data acquired by the European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P mission. The drop in NO2 concentrations beginning late-February coincides with the regionwide precautionary measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus 'COVID-19'. Nitrogen dioxide is mainly produced from engines, power ......read more

    UAE Astronaut Programme Invites Proposals for Research Projects on the International Space Station

    Opportunity for UAE scientific community to propose projects in  Human Health or Earth & Space Science fields   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 01, 2020:   Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), today announced that it is inviting applications from the UAE’s research entities to propose scientific or technology-driven projects in the fields of Human Health or Earth & Space Science to be conducted by astronauts on the International Space Station. The objective of the initiative is to provide research entities in the UAE the opportunity to ......read more

    MBRSC Extends Deadline for UAE Astronaut Programme Registrations

    Aspiring candidates can submit their applications until 1st May 2020 Dubai, UAE, March 30, 2020:   The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that it is extending the registration deadline for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme to 1st May 2020. The second batch of the programme is aimed at finding the next two Emirati astronauts who will join the UAE's astronaut corps and further the country's ambition for crewed space exploration. So far, the second batch of the programme has received a large number of applications, and by extending the ......read more

    Rent the Best Yacht Charter Service in Dubrovnik

    Croatia is famous for its magnificent coastline and people from all over the world love to spend their sailing vacations at this spot. With clear waters and splendid beaches, the number of visitors is increasing every year at the different spots of Croatia. Are you also visiting this beautiful location and spending your vacations for full enjoyment? Don’t know what to do and where to go? Don’t worry! All you need is a professional yacht charter service. If you rent a boat in Dubrovnik, they will give you a complete guide and will also give you an amazing experience of ......read more

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