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    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 China has grown continuously over the past decade. Tmall is the lead player in the country’s ecommerce industry. Its 11.11 Global Shopping Festival has quickly become the largest and most influential online shopping festival 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 the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Experimental Test Pilots Thierry BOURGES, Thomas WILHELM and Test-Flight Engineer Alain POURCHET. Meanwhile, monitoring the aircraft systems and performance in real-time at the flight-test-engineer’s ......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 our employees in collaboration with Union Insurance.  It is a reflection of Dubai Airports’  commitment to ensuring the wellbeing of our employees and their families. Our employees are the heart of the organization and we believe any ......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 maintenance building, and complete phase-1 works of the south terminal. The loan agreement was formalised in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai during ......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 Partnership headquarters and primary assembly to remain in Québec, with the support of both companies’ global supply chains  Airbus’ global industrial footprint expands with the C Series Final Assembly Line in Canada, resulting in a ......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 Airways Executive Vice President – Commercial, Mohammad Al Bulooki, said: “Passenger feedback and travel habits show that many of Etihad Airways’ customers, especially those travelling for business, weekend getaways or day trips, ......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 couches, cabanas and swing chairs of this intimate space. Floral, twinkling and fairytale like, the team has put their heart and soul into the Secret Terrace, with down to earth food and drinks to match. Matching the venue's warm and ......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. The Programme will promote the importance of STEM education to nationals and residents of the UAE and contribute to nationwide efforts of workforce Emiratisation. it will also encourage higher education bodies from the UAE to produce and present ......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 utilises clever camera work that seamlessly transitions between key destinations and Emirates’ onboard features, reminiscent of a visual storytelling style that show “a picture within a picture”.  The ad culminates in Dubai, with a ......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 corporations, leisure and business travelers. NDC Exchange will provide simple, cost-effective API connectivity for airlines and their partners to facilitate data exchange. The service has already been successfully piloted by several major international ......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 through a new interactive public sculpture, inspired by and named after the social media movement. Delivering a definitive image of Dubai to the world, ‘MY Dubai’ is the latest chapter in the established traditions of large-scale city ......read more

    Qantas and Emirates partnership update

    Airlines apply to regulators to extend partnership until 2023 Submission includes adjustments to trans-Tasman services Co-ordinated route changes improve connectivity and schedule choice across combined network Sydney/Dubai, 11 October 2017:  Qantas and Emirates today announce additional network changes under the joint partnership which provide customers with greater year round frequency and more services between Australia and New Zealand.*  These changes reflect customer demand and the airlines’ respective network strengths and provide more options for customers to travel between Australia and New Zealand to Asia, the UK/Europe, Middle East and Africa. Enhanced trans-Tasman connectivity From March 2018, Emirates will stop flying from Melbourne and Brisbane to Auckland and instead focus on its ......read more

    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 Family capitalises on the trend toward larger cabins in top-of-the-line business jets, while giving customers even more intercontinental range and efficiency in what is already a popular and airline-reliable performer,” states Airbus Chief ......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 to the Kingdom of Bahrain for hosting these important negotiations, noting the importance of the draft agreement, which has been signed and raising the development of air transport services between the two countries as one of the most important air ......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 Forces. The Abu Dhabi Air Expo, in its fifth edition, will be rolled out in a new set-up that will be divided into three main areas; Aircraft hangar, chalets and outdoor static display, which will occupy nearly 60,000 square meters of space at Al ......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 office. This step underpins our commitment to continuously invest in providing our customers with value and convenience across all the countries we operate in.” The sales and city check-in office will be able to assist customers with booking ......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 industry pays huge social and economic dividends. But despite the vast benefits enabled by aviation connectivity, the operating environment for airlines in MENA remains challenging,” Albakri said.   Speaking at the IATA Middle East ......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, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on October 21, at Etihad Museum under the theme “Through Space we Flourish”. The third edition of the EMM science workshop will address various topics related to the Martian ......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 when governments and industry work together. Implementing it will be a critical enabler of aviation’s commitment to carbon neutral growth from 2020. But our ultimate goal is much more ambitious—cutting net emissions to half their 2005 ......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 growth continues to significantly outstrip capacity growth, which is positive for industry load factors, yields, and financial performance.  The strong performance of air freight demand corresponds with the pick-up in global trade. World ......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 the joint efforts of numerous different stakeholders in the industry to make it the success story it is today.    From the first commercial flight arriving in the UAE in October 1932 from Pakistan, UAE aviation has flourished and the ......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 Year’ award for the fourth time in a row is a real honour for the airline and one we are very proud of, particularly as it is based on feedback from the UK’s leading travel agents.  “The award reflects the continued commitment ......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 Arabia.   The new daytime schedule will also improve connectivity to a number of destinations served by Etihad Airways across the Indian Subcontinent such as Colombo, Delhi, Islamabad, Karachi and Mumbai. There will also be new two-way ......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 the science event, the projects will be presented as posters, and discussed by a specialized scientific and technical committee composed of local and international engineers and scientists in the field of Mars Science and Space Systems Engineering. ......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 2016. This achievement is the result of Emirates’ commitment to providing the Japanese market with convenient and innovative products and tailor-made services. Adapting to demand in terms of both quality and volume, Emirates continues to ......read more

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    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

    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

    UAE Space Agency to Participate in 68th International Astronautical Congress

    19 September 2017, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The UAE Space Agency is to participate in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre in Australia, from 25th to 29th September. The delegation is being led by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Chairman of the UAE Space Agency. Organized by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), the IAC is one of the world’s premier space events, attracting more than 5,000 participants, from policy-makers and heads of ......read more

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