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    Ministry of Community Development, Etihad Airways And Abu Dhabi Airports Provide Senior Emiratis With Exclusive Benefits

     Unique programme of benefits including immediate upgrade to Etihad Guest Silver status and tailored airport offers   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - May 22, 2019:   The Ministry of Community Development and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch the Etihad Senior Emiratis Basma Programme, which offers UAE nationals over the age of 60 an exclusive programme of benefits when flying with the airline. Etihad has also signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi Airports to provide Basma members with a range of added benefits from the Capital’s airport.    On the occasion of the launch, Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development, emphasised the importance of signing this MoU with Etihad Airways to offer ......read more

    Turkish Airlines to Open Five Lounges at the New Istanbul Airport

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 21, 2019:   With the completion of “Great Move” to its brand new home base, Istanbul Airport, one of the most significant cornerstones of the Turkish aviation history, Turkish Airlines will open five passenger lounges available for Business Class, Miles & Smiles Elite Plus & Elite, Star Alliance Gold and Corporate Club passengers. There are currently three lounges open – the Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Miles & Smiles Lounge and Domestic Lounge. The Exclusive Lounge and Arrival Lounge are planned to open in Summer 2019. The Turkish Airlines Business Lounge has an approximate area of over 60,000 square feet, seats 765 guests and features 13 private suites with showers. Turkish Airlines also designed a 130 square foot museum in here collaborating with the ......read more

    Seamless Customer Experience at Airports - Genetec

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 19, 2019:   Dubai welcomes an average of 7.5 million travelers every month. However, the city broke this record three times by welcoming over 8.3 million in one month. Travel involves so much more than just transporting a passenger from one place to another. Airports are now thought of as 'small cities', and must provide a safe and efficient experience, from parking, check-in, and exposure to world-class shopping and dining.  Hassan El-Banna, Business Development Manager, META at Genetec discusses the importance of having a seamless customer experience at airports in the below media alert.   

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    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives IS-BAH accreditation for its Ground Handling operations

    Dubai, UAE, May 15, 2019:   DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Stuttgart-based DC Aviation GmbH and Dubai-based Al-Futtaim, has attained the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 accreditation for its Fixed Base Operations (FBO) located at Dubai South.  IS-BAH is the global industry standard on safety management and risk mitigation for business aviation handlers and meets the forthcoming safety management system (SMS) requirements. The audit was conducted by an independent auditor from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).  DCAF successfully achieved compliance with the FBO’s emergency and security procedures, airside operations, organisational structure, training protocols and operating procedures and ground support ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adopts New Boeing Toolbox Mobile Library to Enhance Maintenance Performance

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - May 14, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has introduced Boeing’s Toolbox Mobile Library, an iPad mobile application, to enable its Technical Operations team to improve the efficiency of its maintenance engineers and technicians.    With Toolbox Mobile Library, the airline’s engineers now have access to maintenance documents for instant reference and use at all times, removing the need to rely on connectivity or hard-copy printouts.    Rami Awadalla, Acting VP Technical Operations, Etihad Airways said: “Toolbox Mobile Library is revolutionising the way our engineers work, as the new tool enables them to access updated documents in real-time, and directly receive data updates including seamless hyperlinks between ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport enhances its family-oriented facilities

    Abu Dhabi Airports installs kids play areas and baby changing rooms at AUH   13 May 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   In preparation for the busy summer travel season, Abu Dhabi Airports has opened two new kids play areas and five conveniently located baby changing rooms at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), further enhancing its services to better accommodate families traveling during the summer holidays.    The kids play area in Terminal 1 includes a cloud slide, an airplane on clouds which kids can climb, and a baggage tug with a tunnel. Meanwhile, the kids play area located in Terminal 3 includes an airplane on clouds, resembling the one in Terminal 1, an air traffic control tower with a tunnel, a cloud tunnel, a suitcase slide, and tires for climbing.   The new baby changing rooms are ......read more

    Etihad Airways to operate scheduled flights from Al Ain to Jeddah during busy Ramadan period

    UAE national airline demonstrates commitment to Abu Dhabi’s second largest city with 10 scheduled services   May 09, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways will operate a daily scheduled flight between the oasis city of Al Ain in the UAE and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last ten days of Ramadan. The airline will operate the flights from 26 May to 4 June to meet increased demand during the busy travel period.   The flights will be operated by an Airbus A330, and have been conveniently timed to offer customers in Al Ain with afternoon departures in both directions.   Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government and International Affairs, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are very pleased to offer these special flights from Al Ain to Jeddah during ......read more

    Singapore joins the Etihad Cargo Freighter Network

    May 09, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, today launched scheduled freighter flights from its hub in Abu Dhabi to Singapore’s Changi International Airport. The weekly flights will continue to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before returning to Abu Dhabi, reinforcing Etihad’s commitment to serve key logistics hubs in the Asia Pacific region, and offer onward connections through its strategically located Abu Dhabi hub.   The new service meets customer demand for more freight capacity between Abu Dhabi and Singapore, and compliments the daily widebody passenger flights between the cities.    These are key markets for Etihad Cargo, and the opening of the direct route between Abu Dhabi and Changi International Airport ......read more

    Emirates Group Announces 2018-19 results

    Group records 31st consecutive year of profit of AED 2.3 billion (US$ 631 million) Strong business growth leading to a record revenue of more than AED 109 billion (US$ 29.8 billion) Solid cash balance of AED 22.2 billion (US$ 6.0 billion) Declares a dividend of AED 500 million (US$ 136 million) to the Investment Corporation of Dubai.   Emirates reports a profit of AED 871 million (US$ 237 million), 69% down from the previous year Revenue increases by 6% to AED 97.9 billion (US$ 26.7 billion), supported by steady passenger and cargo performance Airline capacity crosses 63 billion ATKM with a net addition of 2 new aircraft to the fleet dnata makes record profit of AED 1.4 billion (US$ 394 million), which includes AED 321 million (US$ 88 million) gain from one-time sale of HRG stake Revenue increases by 10% to ......read more

    Yas Island theme parks reveal unmissable Ramadan offers

    Promising a Holy Month to remember filled with family fun and delicious Iftar   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8th May 2019:   With the month of Ramadan in full swing, Yas Island’s theme parks are sure to delight guests with a series of unmissable offers at all three award-winning theme parks including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi. During this holy month, Yas Island’s theme parks will remain fully operational, welcoming guests and visiting tourists to enjoy their experiences in full.   What’s more is that family and friends observing the fast can break their fast on a number of mouthwatering Iftar feasts all throughout the holy month!   Ferrari World Abu Dhabi  Enjoy FREE entry and ride-as-you-go with the Ramadan Free View ......read more

    Weak Air Freight Demand Continues

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 08, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), increased 0.1% in March 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.   While this is a significant improvement on the 4.9% contraction in February, in seasonally adjusted terms, demand is still down 1.5% over the past year.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.1% year-on-year in March 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for 11 out of the last 12 months.    Demand for air cargo continues to face significant headwinds:    Global trade volumes have fallen by 1% over the past year;   Global economic ......read more

    Apply for an E-Visa to Azerbaijan in Three Easy Steps

    Dubai, 7 May 2019: Azerbaijan is currently on the cusp of a tourism boom as it welcomed a record number of in-bound visitors spending more than US$ 2 billion in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. To ensure convenience to travellers, the Caucuses country has launched several innovative reforms such as the new simplified electronic visa procedure. Since the introduction of the ASAN visa system, tourists can obtain a visa in 3 simple steps (application, payment and download) from the convenience of their home or on their mobile device.  Tourists should visit www.evisa.gov.az, the official e-visa portal of the Republic of Azerbaijan which serves travellers in 9 different languages. At present, nationals of 95 countries are eligible to apply for an E-Visa. The list of countries can be found ......read more

    Turkish Airlines records impressive Q1 passenger growth in the Middle East

    2019 will see Turkish Airlines expand its extensive flight network with the introduction of 13 new routes including Sharjah and Marrakech which started operations in early April Turkey’s national carrier served a total of 1.58 million passengers in the Middle East during Q1 2019, rising by 2.5 percent since the same period in 2018  The airline also carried a total of 41.698 tons of mail in cargo in the Middle East, which witnessed a 5.8 percent increase since last year    May 7, 2019: Turkish Airlines, one of the world's most prominent airline companies, is concluding another quarter of significant achievements across its fleet and network. This includes Q1 year-on-year passenger growth in the Middle East, the recent inauguration of two new routes, and the announcement of 10 other international ......read more

    dnata and Lufthansa Group expand partnership in U.S.

    Dubai - UAE, 7 May 2019 – dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, and Lufthansa Group continue to expand their partnership in the United States. dnata has been selected to provide ramp, secure clean and passenger handling services to Lufthansa at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and now serves the airline group, including Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss Air, at eight airports in the country. In Austin, dnata will handle Lufthansa’s new Frankfurt flight, which the airline operates five times a week, using its Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The ground handler’s professionally trained staff will ensure a safe and seamless travel experience for up to 70,000 passengers a year from check-in to boarding, and from disembarkation to baggage collection. Including the ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Rebrands Cargo Loyalty Sscheme and Launches New Global Customer Program

    May 07, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the Cargo and Logistics Services arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, today reveals a new Global Customer program and a rebranded cargo loyalty scheme named “PayloadRewards”. Launched in 2013 as one of the first dedicated loyalty programs for air cargo customers, Etihad Cargo’s revamped PayloadRewards is today considered one of the world’s leading loyalty schemes with more than 5,300 active members from 74 different countries. With PayloadRewards, members will continue to earn miles as before, with an additional opportunity to start earning bonus miles for general cargo and premium cargo booked through Etihad Cargo’s new online booking portal at www.etihadcargo.com. In addition, similar to the award-winning passenger loyalty program ......read more

    Emirati astronauts get custom Soyuz (MS-15) seats

    In a video posted on Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)’s social media platforms, AlMansoori and AlNeyadi are seen in a Soyuz mockup mini bathtub Dubai, UAE, 6th May 2019: A team of specialised engineers from the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos designed two custom Soyuz MS-15 seats for Emirati astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi, following the official announcement of the launch date of the first Arab and Emirati astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on 25 September, 2019, and the announcement made by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) of selecting AlMansoori as the prime astronaut and AlNeyadi as the back-up astronaut. The Russian Space Agency Roscosmos took detailed measurements of the astronauts’ bodies to design the seats, in line with the agreement signed between the UAE, ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Rebrands Cargo Loyalty Scheme and Launches New Global Customer Program

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 06, 2019:  Etihad Cargo, the Cargo and Logistics Services arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, today reveals a new Global Customer program and a rebranded cargo loyalty scheme named “PayloadRewards”. Launched in 2013 as one of the first dedicated loyalty programs for air cargo customers, Etihad Cargo’s revamped PayloadRewards is today considered one of the world’s leading loyalty schemes with more than 5,300 active members from 74 different countries. With PayloadRewards, members will continue to earn miles as before, with an additional opportunity to start earning bonus miles for general cargo and premium cargo booked through Etihad Cargo’s new online booking portal at www.etihadcargo.com. In addition, similar to the award-winning passenger loyalty program Etihad ......read more

    Etihad Airways Increases Frequencies to London Heathrow for the Busy Summer Season

    Flagship Abu Dhabi – London route will be served up to five times daily Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 05, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will boost its services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow during the busy summer period. The additional flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, supplementing the current three daily all-Airbus A380 services between both capital cities.   Between 26 May and 22 June, four daily flights will be operated on the route, increasing to five from 23 June to 28 September, returning to four daily flights from 29 September to 26 October.   The extra flights are conveniently timed to provide easy connections via Abu Dhabi to and from key destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.   Etihad’s ......read more

    Etihad Rail Db Appointed as ‘shadow Operator' for Stage Two of UAE's National Rail Network

    Saeed Salem AlSuwaidi: “The choice demonstrates our strong partnership with Etihad Rail and confidence in our local and international expertise, as well as the high degrees of competence and responsibility of our national talent  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 04 May 2019:  Etihad Rail DB, the joint venture company between Etihad Rail, the developer of the UAE’s national railway network and Deutsche Bahn (DB) is set to provide ‘Shadow Operator’ services for Stage Two of the Etihad Rail project. The choice builds on the five years of expertise and Etihad Rail DB’s outstanding success in managing Stage One operations and maintenance.  In its ‘Shadow Operator’ role, Etihad Rail DB will aim to utilise its expertise and lessons learned from Stage One to provide consultancy services to Etihad ......read more

    Etihad Airways to go double-daily from Abu Dhabi to Moscow Domodedovo

    May 02, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Building on the success of its current daily service between the capitals of the UAE and Russia, Etihad Airways has announced a new second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, which will operate seasonally between 27 October and 10 May 2020. The additional flight, operated by an Airbus A320, will provide more convenient travel options between the two capital cities as passengers can now choose between a daytime and evening departure from both Abu Dhabi and Moscow. Together with the existing service, operated by an Airbus A321, travellers will also benefit from improved connectivity through Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub to Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Robin Kamark, Etihad ......read more

    Amazing Day 3 for Global Innovations at ATM 2019

    Day 3 of the Arabian Travel Market 2019 ended with tremendous success,  as expected the day 3 also attracted innumerable travel enthusiast's from the globe to the largest and most awaited yearly event for the travel and tourism industry. ATM 2019 seems promising and would see huge crowd on it's last day tomorrow. Global Innovations, one of the exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry, had the opportunity to attract a large crowd towards their stand with striking automation travel solutions for all travel segments. Today Global Innovations welcomed visitors from countries like Maldives, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Zambia, Russia and several GCC countries. Most of the travel companies from Maldives, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Zambia seemed very promising towards Global innovation's comprehensive product "Tasspro" ......read more

    State-of-the-Art Airport Management System Commissioned at Malta Airport

    New flight display screens implemented as the airport’s summer schedule is launched  Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 01 May 2019 –   Malta International Airport have installed modern flight information display screens throughout the terminals as part of the airport’s recent investment in further improving the passenger experience throughout the terminal. The new flight display screens are part of a state-of-the-art Airport Management System (AMS), provided by SITA, the global IT provider to the air transport industry. The flight information display system is more flexible, allowing Malta International Airport to better communicate important information to passengers, such as flight status and departure gate allocation, from the moment they step into the check-in hall, through to the ......read more

    UPS's Largest Aircraft Makes First Landing at Dubai World Central (DWC)

    Leveraging a network of assets and people, UPS flexes its global smart logistics network to maintain record service levels during DXB runway closure.   Dubai, UAE, May 01, 2019: UPS (NYSE: ) announces a temporary new route for its largest aircraft - the Boeing 747-8F freighter that landed for the first time today in Dubai World Central airport (DWC). With the strategic investment of 28 new 747-8 jumbo jets, UPS offers sustainable lift on long-range international routes with a greater payload and a reduction of fuel consumption and carbon emissions.   UPS recognizes its excellent relationship with UAE and Dubai Airports along with the UAE’s position as a strategic international hub.    In anticipation of the 45-day long renovation of the southern runway at Dubai International (DXB), UPS ......read more

    128 Smart Gates at Dubai International for border control

    Over 80 % airport passengers had auto-preclearance in 2018 Drones among biggest modern challenges to the airports No ‘one size fits all’ solution for airport privatisation Dubai, April 30, 2018: Dubai International, the world’s number one airport for international travellers for the past five years, has 128 Smart Gates which helped millions of passengers clear the border control formalities within a record span of six to nine seconds on an average, an official told a conference in Dubai. In her presentation at the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) which kicked off as a co-located event at the 19th edition of Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), Radwa Hozien, Chief Software Officer at emaratech, a technology and management consulting company of the Investment ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' state-of-the-art lounges at its brand new hub, Istanbul Airport, redefine luxury travel

    • Successfully completing the ‘Great Move’ to its new hub, Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines has upgraded its lounges to offer an enhanced travel experience • The modern facilities play an important role in Turkish Airlines’ future growth by setting benchmarks in luxury customer service   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – April 30, 2019: Following the completion of its relocation to its new hub, the superb Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines revealed details of its luxuriously revamped airport lounges at the 2019 Arabian Travel Market.   The ‘great move’ - as the relocation has been dubbed – is one of the most significant developments in Turkish aviation history, and was concluded after a gradual transfer of the airline’s operations that began on October ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Travel and Tourism
     
    Saudi Arabia's USD 25 billion ‘White Oil' market is the key to economic diversification, say tourism experts at ATM

    Tourism related sectors expected to generate 3.3 per cent of KSA GDP in 2019 Hospitality, leisure and entertainment will play a major role in realising Saudi Vision 2030, according to panellists at Arabian Travel Market 2019 Total number of Saudi Arabia’s domestic and inbound trips projected to rise to 93.8 million by 2023 Dubai, UAE, April 30, 2019:  Tourism will play a major role in reducing Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil revenues, according to experts speaking at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019.   In a panel discussion titled ‘Why Tourism is ......read more

    Second Day of Global Innovations Attracts Innumerable Travel Enthusiasts from Different Regions at ATM 2019

    April 30, 2019:  The Arabian Travel Market 2019 embarked with tremendous success on its second day. It attracted innumerable travel enthusiasts from different regions of the world to this largest and most awaited yearly event for the travel and tourism industry. ATM 2019 is gaining traction each day with an increased in number of visitors each day. Global Innovations, one of the exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry, kicked off striking with intact rebranding and revamped travel solutions for all travel segments. Global Innovations seized enormous response as it welcomed ......read more

    Successful Day 1 For Global Innovations At ATM 2019.

    April 28 2019: Travel trade professionals from across the globe arrived in Dubai to witness the region’s leading travel industry event "Arabian Travel market 2019" which kicked off successfully.  ATM 2019’s first business day engagements showed promising outcomes with travel trade professionals who showed a renewed interest in Global Innovations, one of the Exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry. During these meetings, a variety of topics were discussed including talks on airline connectivity in Tasspro and how Itinerary is a complete enterprise software ......read more

    Sustainability is key for the growth of travel industry: Paul Griffiths

    Dubai, April 29, 2019:   Sustainability, affordability, efficiency, and intramodal are key principals for the growth of the travel industry for decades to come. This was stated by Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports Corporation while delivering a keynote address titled: “The Future of Aviation Infrastructure” at the CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Monday.  “When planning new infrastructure, there are a number of core principals which I think need to get prominences such as ......read more

    Inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa opens tomorrow alongside ATM

    More than 40 airlines and 300 delegates attending first exhibition at ATM 2019 Aviation industry to debate manufacturer, airport, airline and regulatory issues at two-day conference    Dubai, UAE, April 29, 2019:  More than 300 aviation and airport professionals will be heading to the first CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa (MEIA) conference which gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday 30 April).   The two-day meet, which is co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019, unites airline and airport executives with manufacturers and suppliers, providing a global ......read more

    Sheikh Ahmed opens 19th edition of Airport Show in Dubai

    World’s largest airport show has 375 exhibitors from 60 countries, 211 Hosted Buyers from 30 nations, 60 top global companies DWC set to handle 240 million passengers with personalised experience in the future: Paul Griffiths Dubai, April 29, 2019:   His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, on Monday officially opened the19th edition of Dubai Airport Show, the world’s largest airport exhibition. The three-day show started ......read more

    Italy sees a 22% Increase in Visitors from the Middle East

    Travellers from the UAE and Saudi Arabia are the highest spenders from the region  UAE, Dubai, 29 April 2019:  The cuisine, art, fashion and landscapes of Italy are attracting more visitors from the Middle East in recent years, with figures released today showing visitor numbers increased by 21.97% in 2017 compared to 2016, a rise from 157,000 to nearly 200,000 travellers.  The figures were announced during a press conference on the opening day of Arabian Travel Market, which was hosted by Filippo Del Corno, Deputy Major for Culture, Municipality of Milan; Lara ......read more

    India Tourism, Dubai

    Arabian Travel Market, Dubai 28th April – 1st May, 2019  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2019 :   The Ministry of Tourism under the “Incredible India” banner is participating at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Dubai 2019 to showcase India as a preferred destination for tourism and to provide a platform for the tourism stakeholders to showcase the various tourism destinations and products and promote India as a ‘Must See, Must Visit’ destination.  The India Pavilion will showcase India as a “365 Days Destination” ......read more

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens 2019 edition of Arabian Travel Market

    • His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, inaugurates ATM 2019 • Middle East’s largest travel and tourism event to explore how innovative tech can improve operations   April 28, 2019 - Dubai, UAE   His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, officially inaugurated Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019 today, marking the start of the 26th edition of the Middle East’s largest ......read more

    A Re-branded Global Innovations is thrilled to announce the launch of a new product at the upcoming ATM 2019

    The new product, TassPro, will be an exceptional point of sale solution for travel agencies Global Innovations, with its state-of-the-art IT services, is all set to participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019. The ATM is a leading international event focused on the travel and tourism industry. Envisaged with a goal, Global Innovations is dedicated to serve with strategy-inspired Travel Technology Solutions for the automation of the tourism trade. They strongly believe that “continuous improvement is the only means of achieving excellence”, this has led to them ......read more

    Arabian Travel Market 2019 opens tomorrow in Dubai

    More than 2,500 exhibitors and 40,000 industry professionals from 150 countries will explore how innovation can transform tourism at the largest travel industry event in the Middle East Dubai, UAE, April 27, 2019:  Hospitality professionals from every corner of the world will gather in Dubai tomorrow (Sunday, 28 April) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, the largest travel industry exhibition in the Middle East. Identifying the top tourism trends showing the greatest growth potential is one of the most valuable insights Arabian Travel Market has to offer, and this ......read more

    Tracking Bags Drives 66% Improvement in Baggage Delivery

    Improvement reflects benefit of tracking bags as they are loaded onto the aircraft  Abu Dhabi, UAE – 24 April 2019:  Airlines that are adding tracking at more points of the baggage journey are enjoying a huge improvement in bag delivery globally. The SITA 2019 Baggage IT Insights – officially launched at an event in Abu Dhabi International Airport today – shows that where tracking is done at check-in and loading onto the aircraft, the rate of improvement is as high as 66%.  These results come as the record drop in the baggage mishandling rate ......read more

    The Region's First Single-use Plastic Free Flight by Etihad Airways Touches Down in Brisbane on Earth Day

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 23 April 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is the first airline in the region to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board, in a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution. Flight EY484 landed in Brisbane on 22 April – Earth Day.     The milestone flight is part of Etihad’s ongoing commitment to the environment, to go beyond Earth Day celebrations, and pledge to reduce single-use plastic usage by 80 per cent not just in-flight, but across the entire ......read more

    Turkish Cargo continued its growth in a shrinking air cargo market.

    Turkish Airlines’ successful air cargo brand, Turkish Cargo managed to increase its cargo tonnage by 9.6 percent in February despite the shrinking in the global air cargo sector. The air freight company steadily continues towards its goal of becoming one of the top five of the world’s air cargo brands.   Dubai, UAE, April 21, 2019:  Continuing its growth during the 2019 which also had the world’s biggest moving operation, Turkish Cargo managed to rise to the 7th spot in the WACD (World Air Cargo Data) with 9.6 percent increase in its tonnage despite the 5.8 ......read more

    Big growth in Hosted Buyers for Airport Show-2019

    Airport Show expecting 211 Hosted Buyers from 30 countries Airport Security ME expecting 46 Hosted Buyers from 17 countries  Air Traffic Control expecting 32 Hosted Buyers from 16 countries 42 new international exhibitors to tap MENASA region Airport Show to have 375 exhibitors from 60 countries Dubai, April 22, 2019:   The 19th edition of the world’s largest annual airport exhibition in Dubai later this month will see a record participation of 211 Hosted Buyers, reconfirming its strong position as an ultimate B2B event and reflecting the immense business ......read more

    Emirates expands its A380 network with the introduction of scheduled service to Riyadh

    A380 service effective from 21 April Riyadh to become 51st destination on Emirates A380 network Dubai, UAE, 18 April 2019:  Emirates will be providing more options and choice for its customers in Riyadh with the introduction of the first scheduled Airbus A380 service to the capital city, effective 21 April 2019. Riyadh will be the 51st destination to join the Emirates A380 network. Flight EK 817/818, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will now be operated by the iconic and highly popular Emirates A380. The Emirates A380 aircraft will be operating on the route five ......read more

    How to Have the Best Vacation Ever

    When you’re going on vacation, you want to do it right. After all, we all know that experiences are the biggest happiness booster and what better experience is there than rest and relaxation somewhere away from home? Unfortunately, vacations don’t always turn out the way you want them to, and on occasions, they can be disastrous experiences. Is it actually possible to get the best vacation ever, or is that just a pipe dream you should forget right away? You’ll be pleased to know it is possible, as long as you follow a few simple rules.   Build the ......read more

    Emirates announces an interline agreement with Africa World Airlines

    New agreement will connect passengers to West African destinations Dubai, U.A.E, 16 April, 2019:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and Africa World Airlines (AWA), the Ghanaian airline headquartered in Accra, have announced a one-way interline agreement whereby Emirates customers can connect onto selected routes of Africa World Airlines’ network, opening up new African destinations for Emirates customers from May 2019. “The agreement between Emirates and Africa World Airlines underpins our commitment to provide greater connectivity across ......read more

    Ajman Free Zone showcases business benefits to Russian investors

    AFZ representatives exhibit and speak at the BOSCO conference in Moscow highlighting wealth of advantages for investors in the Emirate Dubai, UAE, April 15, 2019:   Representatives from Ajman Free Zone showcased the benefits of establishing a business in Ajman to a Russian delegation at the BOSCO Conference in Moscow this week, held at the Marriott Grand Hotel.  Bosco Conference events are well known for their annual international VIP-class conferences, InvestPro and WealthPro, which the company holds in the countries of the European Union, the Middle East, the ......read more

    Emirates implements plans to ensure smooth and punctual travel experience out of Dubai during runway closure

    Measures result from 14 months of careful planning with stakeholders Customers urged to arrive early to airport to minimise delays Dubai, UAE, April 15, 2019:   With the Southern Runway revamp starting tomorrow at Dubai International Airport, Emirates has been working hard to implement measures to further maximise operational efficiencies at DXB and deliver a seamless experience for its customers departing and transiting through Dubai. The Southern Runway Closure at Dubai International Airport will be taking place from 16 April to 30 May 2019. On Time Performance ......read more

    Yas Waterworld earns Guinness World Records title for “Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool”

    Marking an extraordinary celebration of the Year of Tolerance Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 April 2019:   Following an initiative held by the World’s Leading Waterpark to celebrate the Year of Tolerance, which took place on Friday April 12, Yas Waterworld succeeded in its attempt to grab the Guinness World Records title for ‘Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool.” The event kicked off at 10:00AM and was held in the presence of Guinness World Records representative as well as Farah Experiences and Yas Waterworld senior management, seeing 102 nationalities ......read more

    Formula 1 whizzed down the Bahrain circuit with Airbus Tetra technology

    Event organizer benefited from Airbus’ reliable technology to ensure secure communication during yearly event in the Middle East Dubai, UAE, 11 April 2019 -   Airbus provided secure communications technology for the recently concluded formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain.The Bahrain International Circuit Organization used the Kingdom of Bahrain’s extended Tetra network infrastructure to ensure a smooth organization and secure the race. “Events, such as Formula 1 races, draw massively people’s attention on the Arabian peninsula. To keep the Bahrain Grand Prix ......read more

    USA to UAE: 5 Dubai laws and customs you need to know

    With its gorgeous beaches, luxurious resorts and stunning architecture, Dubai is a hugely popular tourist destination. But despite its western feel, Dubai has a cultural history rooted in traditional Islamic laws and customs —so it’s worth making sure that you’re familiar with theway of life here before you visit. With that in mind, here are five rules to follow. 1. Dress modestly Tourists are not expected to wear tradition UAE attire, but they should dress modestly. For example, you should ensure clothing isn’t transparent and coversthe tops of your arms ......read more

    Emirates completes installation of Expo 2020 Dubai livery on 40 aircraft

    DUBAI, UAE, 10 April 2019:   Emirates has completed the installation of bespoke Expo 2020 Dubai liveries on 40 aircraft, with its final A380 aircraft emblazoned in the distinctive orange ‘opportunity’ decal rolling out of the Emirates Engineering hangar. The first decal was unveiled in 2017 on an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft decorated in the blue ‘mobility’ decal. Since then, Emirates’ mini-fleet of Expo 2020 Dubai aircraft have collectively flown to 134 destinations across the airline’s global network, travelling 66 million kilometres on ......read more

    Airport Show remains key B2B platform for Saudi exhibitors

    The Kingdom is the second biggest aviation market in ME  100 million passengers passed through Saudi airports in 2018 The Kingdom working to privatize all 27 existing airports Dammam Airports takes up biggest stand Technology helping streamline business processes  Dubai, April 10, 2019:   The 19th edition of Airport Show from 29 April - 1 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) will see the participation of Saudi Arabia’s prominent aviation industry players as the ongoing efforts to develop airport facilities and ......read more

    Following the ‘Great Move', first flight from Istanbul Airport was to the Ankara, just like 86 years ago.

    Dubai, UAE, April 09, 2019:  Turkish Airlines’ first flight from its new home, Istanbul Airport, after its final transfer operation, was to the capital, just like the first flight of the flag carrier 86 years ago.   Atatürk Airport was the witness to the flag carrier airline’s steady local and global rise since its founding and Turkish Airlines’ final passenger flight from this transfer hub was the Singapore flight that took place at 02:00 on April 6th.   After this significant final flight that will find itself in the annals of Turkish Airlines, ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Johannesburg, Lagos and Milan

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 08, 2019:   This Summer, Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, effective 1 August, Lagos, effective 2 August, and Milan, effective 1 September, replacing the Airbus A330s currently operating the routes.   All three destinations will feature Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   Etihad Airways extensive global network to and from ......read more

    British Airways Launches First Direct Flight From Dammam to London

    [03 April 2019):   British Airways has announced it will fly from Dammam to London Heathrow from December 1, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.  The route is the first ever direct flight from Dammam to London Heathrow, with flights departing daily. The service will launch as a daily ‘tag’ service via Bahrain. Flights will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777-200 departing year-round from Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport and landing in Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.  Dammam will be the third city in Saudi Arabia that British Airways flies to, ......read more

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