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    Emirates to operate first ever A380 to Beirut

    Historic one-off flight to test airport’s A380 operations and readiness  Dubai, UAE, 20 February 2018:   For the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history, Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Beirut on 29 March. The airline’s flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service. The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at 0725hrs and arriving in Beirut at 1030hrs. The flight will depart Beirut at 1415hrs arriving in Dubai at 1905hrs on the same day. Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Centre said: “We are proud to fly ......read more

    Turkish Airlines starts flights to Freetown (Sierra Leone) as its 52nd destination to be served in Africa.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates: February 20, 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, flying to more destinations in Africa than any other airline, marks another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of flights to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. With existing services to city–hubs of Accra, Lagos, Bamako, Conakry, Dakar, Abidjan, Cotonou, Douala, Yaounde, N’Djamena, Ougadougou, Niamey, Cape Town, Johannesburg and more, Turkish Airlines now adds flights to Freetown as its 52nd destination in Africa.   Beginning February 24, Turkish Airlines will operate its Freetown flights 2 times per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays.   The services will provide a link between Istanbul Atatürk International Airport and the Lungi International Airport via Ouagadougou. The return flight will also ......read more

    Emirates Increases Capacity to Lisbon

    Airline resumes second daily service to the city  DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 February, 2018 –   Emirates today announced it will resume a second daily service to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from 1 June 2018. The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Portugal boasts a warm temperate climate and a long coastline of beaches, scenic villages and a rich culture and history, attracting visitors from all over the world. According to Turismo de Portugal, a record 21 million people visited the country in 2017, an increase of 10 percent when compared to the previous year, while Lisbon recorded a 16 percent increase. “Portugal is experiencing an ......read more

    Emirates to launch a new service to Auckland via Bali from 14 June 2018

    New service will be the only year-round flight between popular destinations Bali and Auckland Flight will meet increased demand between Emirates network and Bali, and provide a new connectivity option to visitors to New Zealand Dubai, 19 February 2018 –   Emirates today announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via the island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.   The new service will offer global travellers a total of three daily services to New Zealand, complementing Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service between Dubai and Auckland and its current daily A380 service between Dubai and Christchurch via Sydney. Travellers will also enjoy a choice of three daily services between Dubai to Bali in the summer*, as the new flight adds to Emirates’ two ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo transports first space satellite manufactured in the UAE

    Dubai, UAE, 15 Feb 2018-   Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has transported KhalifaSat- the first satellite developed and built by Emirati engineers in the UAE at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). As the first step in its journey to space, KhalifaSat was flown from Dubai to Incheon International Airport in South Korea on an Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft that was specially chartered for the occasion. Emirates SkyCargo also unveiled a special branded truck to mark the event.   The KhalifaSat project was launched in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with the aim of manufacturing the first space satellite on UAE soil. Following its launch in 2018, the remote sensing satellite will ......read more

    The Allure of Mars: Making humans an inter-planetary species

    Of all the planets in our solar system, Mars has been the biggest subject of science-fiction movies and has captivated the interest of billionaires like Elon Musk and Richard Branson. What exactly is the appeal of the Red Planet and what hope does it hold for the future of humankind? Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  The idea of humans living on Mars may seem today to be what used to be called a ‘moon shot’ – an awesome, fantastic, almost impossible to achieve endeavor – until humans actually walked on Luna. And it all starts with unmanned spacecraft mapping the surface, atmosphere, climate, composition, and a myriad other aspects of the Red Planet, culminating in building human settlements on Mars. Many plans are announced each year related to missions and settlements on Mars. Culling the chaff from the ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Launches Humanitarian Aid Mission for Rohingya Refugees

    Dubai, UAE, February 14, 2018:  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has launched a humanitarian aid mission in support of Rohingya refugee families. The campaign commenced with the distribution of garments, dry food packages, and blankets to more than 3,000 Rohingya families in Bahukhali Bazar in Bangladesh.   The initiative is funded by the generous miles donations of Etihad Guest members, in addition to donations made at various Abu Dhabi-based sporting and social events, as well as the electronic Dirham initiative. The mission also included humanitarian aid distribution at a hospital jointly operated by Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The EAG delegation included Khaled Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Etihad Airport Services - ......read more

    Dubai Airports' new Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC) a 'world first'

    Dubai, UAE – February 13, 2018 -  Dubai Airports today announced the successful completion of the world’s first Tier III certified Modular Data Centre Complex (MDCC)* at Dubai International (DXB) following a tour of the new facility by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports. The project was led by Dubai Airports and delivered by Huawei - a leader in the field, in just over 400 days to coincide with UAE’s month of innovation being during February. The complex is equipped with next generation technologies to ensure the highest levels of availability, maintainability, resilience and seamless business continuity to support DXB's growing and complex operations. Dubai Airports worked closely with Huawei to design and build the Tier 3 pre-fabricated data centre incorporating ......read more

    WGS 2018: For the Future of Mankind, Mars is the Next Frontier, Says Renowned Architect

    Dubai-UAE: 13 February, 2018 –  Session, ‘The Journey of Human Evolution’ and entitled ‘Why Evolution Leads to Mars?’ Bjarke Ingels, founder and Creative Partner of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). The segment explored why Mars is the next frontier for mankind.  World-renowned innovator and lead architect of the UAE’s Mars Science City project Bjarke Ingels conducted a widely visual presentation, engaging with the audience and pointing out that, over time, the advancements in technology have allowed mankind to utilize shorter hours in travelling from one end of the world to the other.  Elaborating on why Mars is the next frontier, he highlighted the resources of oxygen, carbon, and hidden water ice, and joked about the ‘fastest diet’ that could be achieved on the ......read more

    Leading Scientists, Astronauts Share Insights on why Space Exploration Matters at WGS 2018 Space Settlement Forum

    Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –   The practicalities, opportunities and challenges of space exploration were under the spotlight at the Space Settlement Forum on the inaugural day of the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai. The series of sessions attempted to answer the question: “In this era of inequality and serious issues facing mankind, such as climate change and political instability, is space exploration necessary?” It is necessary for resources, according to several experts. The prospect of tapping into Mars water was examined throughout the sessions. NASA released the Mars Water In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Planning Study, last year, which looked into how astronauts could reach for the Red Planet water. Richard Davis, Assistant Director for Science and Exploration in the Science ......read more

    Turkish Airlines has announced its 2018 January passenger and cargo traffic results.

    The national flag carrier of Turkey reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8% in its history. Total number of passengers carried went up by 37% reaching 5.7 million passengers. Thus, 5 million passenger level is exceeded first time in Turkish Airlines history for the month of January.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 12 February, 2018: Making the whole world more accessible for its passengers by flying to 300 international destinations than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines consistently continues to increase its total passenger number.    According to the recently announced ‘January 2018 Traffic Results’; Turkish Airlines reached the highest Load Factor in January with 79.8%. Total Load Factor improved by 7.3 points to 79.8% with an increase of 17% in Available ......read more

    Emirates firms up order for up to 36 additional A380s

    Aircraft of choice to continue airline’s successful growth Dubai, UAE, 12 February 2018 –   Emirates and Airbus firmed up an earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and signed a contract for the 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed at a later date. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 bn based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020. The agreement was signed at the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail Houari, Airbus President for Africa and Middle East. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France were also ......read more

    Former Indian Space Chief Presents Country as a Global Low-Cost Provider of Satellite Services at WGS 2018

    Man behind India’s first Mars mission shares the secret of his country’s success in outer space endeavors Dubai-UAE: 12 February, 2018 –  India’s spectacular Red Planet debut with a successful first Mars mission in 2014 brought it a great deal of international acclaim and attention.  “The world understood that the Indian space industry meant serious business,” said Dr Koppillil Radhakrishnan, former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) that helmed the project, at a session titled ‘India’s Mission to Mars’, as part of the Space Settlements Forum during the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018).  India’s space program was born in 1963 and institutionalized with ISRO’s establishment in 1969 – the year the US put a man ......read more

    KhalifaSat, Emirates Mars Mission Spacecraft Hit Milestones

    The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre unveils final design and flight model of the Emirates Mars Mission Hope Probe  As first satellite made in the Arab World, KhalifaSat, Ships for Launch  Mars 2117 to be funded by ICT  UAE Astronaut Programme has received over 170 applications from STEM candidates 12 February 2018, Dubai, UAE:   The final designs of the Hope Probe, the Arab World’s first interplanetary mission were unveiled today at the World Government Summit in Dubai. Details of the much-discussed Mars 2117 plan, which aims to create the first human settlement on Mars, and UAE’s astronaut programme, which will train Emiratis in space exploration, were also discussed. The MSRBC also released plans of the ‘KhalifaSat’ its third and UAE’s first completely ......read more

    WGS 2018: Space Settlement Forum Highlights Importance of STEM Education for Eliciting Interest in Space Exploration

    Amal Amin: The number of students keen on participating in MBRSC programs exceeds our expectations Cady Coleman: Mars is for women Dubai-UAE: 11 February, 2018 –   Eliciting interest in space and its exploration among students through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is an imperative in modern times, concluded the participants of the session titled ‘Inspiring Students and the World: Mars and STEM education’, held as part of the Space Settlement Forum in the run-up to the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai.   The discussion was moderated by Michael McGrath, former Engineering Director at the Laboratory for Atmospherics and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder in the US.    Amal Amin, Senior Payload ......read more

    German National Tourist Office Dubai appoints Sigrid de Mazieres as new Director for Gulf Countries

    New GNTO Director for Gulf Countries  Dubai, 8 February 2018 –  The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) in Dubai, the local affiliate of the German National Tourism Board, has appointed Sigrid de Mazieres as its new Director for the Gulf countries. In her role, Sigrid de Mazieres will be responsible for guiding the sales & marketing strategy, in order to promote ‘Destination Germany’ throughout the GCC region and to boost arrival numbers with the support of local as well as overseas trade partners and industry stakeholders. “Germany has been one of the preferred European destinations for GCC travellers since a long time, mainly for its great variety, ranging from rich cultural offerings, natural landscapes, luxurious shopping facilities and convenient infrastructure to high-quality ......read more

    Jazeera Airways announces FY2017 financial results

    Board recommends dividend of 35 fils per share   Kuwait - Feb 8, 2017:  Jazeera Airways KSC (Jazeera) today announced its 2017 full-year financial results. The company reported an operating result of KD7.7 million, and a net profit of KD8.2 million.    FY2017 Financial Highlights:  Operating revenue: KD56.6 million, up 7.3% from FY2016 Operating profit: KD7.7 million, down 12.1% from FY2016 Net profit: KD8.2 million, down 23.7% from FY2016 (FY2016 net profit included a one-off KD 2.4 million transfers from foreign currency translation reserve that were reclassified to Statement of Income) FY2017 Operational and Business Highlights Route Expansion: 3 new destinations launched (Doha, Baku, and Hyderabad, India) Load factor: 73.9%, up 6.7% from FY2016 Aircraft utilization: ......read more

    The Emirates Group Signs MoU with the Government of Andhra Pradesh

    Dubai, 08 February 2018 –   The Emirates Group, and its affiliated entities including flydubai, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board, Government of Andhra Pradesh, to establish a framework for collaboration in various aviation areas to support and invest in the development of Andhra Pradesh’s aviation sector. The MoU was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline & Group, and Krishna Kishore, CEO, Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB), in the presence of representatives from both parties. Under the terms of the MoU, the Emirates Group and the State of Andhra Pradesh will work together to support the development of Andhra Pradesh’s aviation infrastructure by sharing ......read more

    CAPA – Centre for Aviation renews REED partnership to deliver leadership summits at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show

    Dubai, UAE, February 8, 2018:   CAPA – Centre for Aviation has renewed its partnership with Reed Exhibitions Middle East to deliver leadership summits geared towards the airport and ANSP sector at the 2018 Dubai Airport Show. Executives and decision makers from leading airport and ANSPs, alongside international aviation experts, will converge in Dubai for two high level forums dedicated to airports and ANSPs, the CAPA Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) on 07-May-2018 and CAPA Global ATC Summit on 08-May-2018. Co-located with the Dubai Airport Show 2018, the world’s largest gathering of airport exhibitors, the two conferences will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center, providing attendees with the opportunity to network and share key insights on strategic industry issues. Held ......read more

    Airbus' open aviation data platform Skywise continues to gain market traction

    AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways sign-up for state-of-the-art Skywise Predictive Maintenance Services In total, more than 1,000 Airbus aircraft to be connected to Skywise Dubai, UAE, February 08, 2018:  AirAsia, Asiana Airlines and Etihad Airways have become the first airlines to use full aircraft data and advanced predictive analytics on Airbus’ open aviation data platform Skywise, with each signing a premium subscription contract covering Skywise Predictive Maintenance.    The agreements cover the retrofit of their respective A320 and A330 Family fleets with FOMAX* - a new on-board data-capture / transmission module which provides greatly expanded volumes of recorded aircraft data – only about 400 aircraft parameters could previously be recorded on an A320, compared with roughly ......read more

    Dubai Accelerating Momentum Towards Its 2020 Tourism Goals as 2017 Delivers a Record 15.8 Million International Overnight Visitors

    India becomes first source market to top 2 million annual visitors Visa-on-arrival status for both Russia and China exponentially elevates visitation from both markets Significant year-on-year growth in traffic volumes from majority of key source markets Dubai consolidates its position as fourth most visited city globally Dubai, UAE; 7 February 2018:  Dubai recorded a strong 6.2 per cent year-on-year increase in international overnight visitation in 2017, accelerating the 5 per cent growth witnessed in the previous year and propelling the emirate’s momentum towards its 2020 goal of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by the start of the next decade. According to the latest data published by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), a total of 15.79 million tourists ......read more

    Flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, Turkish Airlines invites you on a journey of discovery with its “Five Senses” campaign.

    Turkish Airlines presents its new commercial starring world famous heart surgeon and TV personality Dr. Oz at the Super Bowl LII. Dubai, UAE, February 05, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, winner of Skytrax’s “Best Airline in Europe” award six consecutive years, has just debuted its new commercial on Sunday, February 4th during the NFL’s final game and the most-watched show in U.S. TV history, the Super Bowl. Award-winning Danish director Martin Aamund took the reins for the film, which will be broadcast in many countries, that the national flag carrier flies to, across Europe, South Africa, the Far East, the Middle East, and the Americas including North America (Canada), Latin America, and the United States.  Shooting wrapped up within a month across diverse destinations served by Turkish Airlines in ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Concludes Successful Participation at the SATTE Exhibition, South Asia's Leading Travel Forum

    Delegation reinforces Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading destination of distinction for culture, heritage and history among Indian tourists Abu Dhabi, 5 February 2018:  The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi has concluded its successful participation at the SATTE Conference in New Delhi, India, which took place from January 31st to February 2nd, 2018. This marks the sixth time that Abu Dhabi has led a delegation to take part in this renowned travel and tourism platform. The 25th edition of South Asia’s leading travel show gathered 14 destination partners, tour operators, and government entities working across inbound, outbound, and domestic travel including Emirates Tours & Safari, Arabian Adventures, Emirates Palace and Royal Arabian Tours amongst others.  The forum enabled Abu Dhabi to ......read more

    Emirates Group Celebrates Outstanding Employees at Annual Najm Chairman's Awards

    DUBAI, U.A.E. – 1 February 2018 –  The Emirates Group today honoured its top employees for their extraordinary commitment to excellence, performance, and service.          The ‘Najm Chairman’s Awards’ ceremony took place at Emirates’ Group Headquarters, and was presented Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline on behalf of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. Colleagues, families and friends of this year’s winners also gathered to support and cheer on their loved ones and colleagues. HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “Every year, we come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our employees. Their hard work, tenacity, compassion, and continued pursuit of excellence are vital to ......read more

    2017 Marked by Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor

    Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2017 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) for the year ended 31 December rose 7.6% compared to 2016. This was well above the 10-year average annual growth rate of 5.5%. While the rate of demand growth slowed to 6.2% in December 2017, compared to December 2016, this largely was owing to less favorable comparisons to the even stronger growth trend seen in the year-ago period. Full year 2017 capacity rose 6.3%, and load factor climbed 0.9 percentage point to a record calendar-year high of 81.4%. “2017 got off to a very strong start and largely stayed that way throughout the year, sustained by a broad-based pick-up in economic conditions. While the underlying economic ......read more

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    DAFZA and International Center of Islamic Economy launch the Entrepreneurs Forum

    The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and the International Center for Islamic Economy (ICIE) have announced the launch of the ‘Innovation Ideas’ competition for the Islamic economy sector, in line with DAFZA's efforts in promoting Dubai as a leading city and a global center for Islamic economic activities. The competition was launched during the Entrepreneurs Forum held yesterday (Wednesday 7th February 2018) at Le Meridien Hotel in Dubai. The Entrepreneurs Forum, which is gold sponsored by “National Bonds”, attracted investors, economic institutions, ......read more

    Second Citizenship More Affordable Than Ever; but Time Is Running Out

    Experts at Savory & Partners, one of the largest companies in the Middle East that provides citizenship-by-investment programmes, said that high-net-worth families in the GCC contributed to a 76 per cent increase in demand for second passports from Europe or the Caribbean in the last quarter of 2017. But that demand will subside after 31st of March 2018 when prices are expected to increase. The top three nationalities that contributed to this spike in demand are Syrians with 31 per cent, followed by Yemenis by 18.6 per cent, and Lebanese by 9.7 per cent, although overall Yemenis still ......read more

    First A321LR successfully completes maiden flight

    Airbus’ newest Single Aisle adds range up for transatlantic flight capability Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   Airbus’ first A321LR (Long Range), MSN7877, has accomplished its maiden flight following a mission lasting 2 hours and 36 minutes. The aircraft powered by CFM Leap-1A engines is now set to undergo a nearly 100 hour flight test programme, including trans-Atlantic missions, for EASA and FAA Type Certification in Q2 2018. Entry into service is targeted for Q4 2018. The aircraft’s crew comprised: Experimental Test Pilots Yann Beaufils and Peter Lofts as ......read more

    Air Freight Demand up 9% in 2017, Strongest Growth Since 2010

    Dubai, UAE, February 01, 2018:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2017 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 9.0%. This was more than double the 3.6% annual growth recorded in 2016.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.0% in 2017. This was the slowest annual capacity growth seen since 2012. Demand growth outpaced capacity growth by a factor of three. Air cargo’s strong performance in 2017 was sealed by a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces New Baggage Policy'

    Abu Dhabi,  (UAE) January 31, 2018 –  Etihad Airways has introduced a new baggage policy tailored to varying customer requirements in the international markets it serves.  The changes allow for a simpler baggage structure as the allowance for all markets, excluding the US and Canada, is now based on total weight rather than the number of bags checked in.  Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, Mohammad Al Bulooki, said: “In line with global best practice and market trends, Etihad Airways has developed a baggage policy that best ......read more

    Emirates to launch services to Santiago de Chile via Sao Paulo

    Airline’s fourth South American passenger route will be served with five weekly flights New service will see Emirates fly 12 times a week to Sao Paulo Passengers can now travel between Chile and Brazil with Emirates Dubai, 31 January 2018 –   Emirates, the world’s best airline according to TripAdvisor 2017, today announced its plan to launch a new, five times a week, service from Dubai to Santiago International Airport (SCL), via the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, starting on July 5, 2018. The new service will see Emirates fly an additional five times ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Special Fares to Dublin to Mark the Lifting of Visa Requirements for Uae Nationals

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates January 31, 2018–   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has introduced special fares for its Abu Dhabi – Dublin flights to celebrate the lifting of visa requirements for UAE nationals travelling to Ireland, which comes into effect today. The special fares start from AED 2,885 in Economy Class and AED 15,215 in Business Class (including applicable taxes and surcharges). Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways’ Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Etihad Airways has witnessed considerable demand for its Abu ......read more

    Creatures of Habit

    Dubai, UAE, 31 January 2018:   UAE residents are creatures of habits when they travel, a study has found.  56 per cent of adults in the UAE admit they always go through the same habits and rituals to ensure their journey and holiday goes to plan. Fliers also follow the same routines when it comes to the time they arrive at the airport, the food and drink they consume when on holiday and even going to the toilet before boarding. It also emerged that 76 per cent of adults in the UAE believe they are an organised traveller, while 21 per cent admit that although they ......read more

    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority unveiled details of Sharjah Light Festival 2018

    Emirates  UAE, January 30,2018 - Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the details of the 8th edition of the Sharjah Light Festival, which will be held with the participation of an exciting lineup of top internationally renowned artists during its 11-day run, in 18 locations under the theme "Culture in Sharjah" from February 7 to the 17th,2018. The details were unveiled during a press conference held (Monday, January 29, 2018) at Al Hisn Fort Museum in Sharjah.  In his speech, H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the SCTDA, said ......read more

    Etihad Airways Expands Services to Nigeria

    January 29, 2018 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –  Etihad Airways today reaffirmed its commitment to Nigeria with the announcement of two additional weekly flights on the popular Abu Dhabi–Lagos route, taking it to a daily service.    The new Tuesday and Thursday services will start on 1 May 2018. The route will continue to be operated by a two-class Airbus A330, with 22 Business Class seats and 240 in Economy.    Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways Executive Vice President Commercial, said: “Nigeria is an important market for Etihad and ......read more

    Lufthansa joins the aviation elite as Europe's only five-star airline in the Middle East

    Skytrax awards quality rating for premium service and first-rate comfort Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2018:  Lufthansa has received five-star certification from British aviation consulting specialist, Skytrax, making it the first airline outside Asia for this achievement. The quality rating for premium service and first-rate comfort has placed Lufthansa in the select group of now ten airlines that have been given this coveted rating. The Skytrax jury has already been awarding five stars to Lufthansa First Class for years – now the entire airline has received the same ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines adds four narrow-body fights to its daily wide-body operations

    Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2018:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance has introduced four narrow body flights to support its daily wide-body operations between Dubai and its Colombo hub. Accordingly, the additional flights are operated on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.   This step has been taken in view of the growing demand for air travel between the two cities and the enhanced service is expected to allow the National Carrier to facilitate more passengers.   SriLankan Airlines Manager-UAE, Ms. ......read more

    A350-1000 touches down at Muscat International Airport as part of Middle East and Asia-Pacific demonstration tour

    The visit reaffirmed Airbus’ ongoing commitment to the Sultanate and its flourishing aviation sector. Dubai, UAE, January 28, 2018:   The largest member of Airbus' market-leading widebody product line, the A350-1000, has stopped at Muscat International Airport on the 28th of January 2018 as part of its Middle East and Asia-Pacific tour. The visit to Muscat, in partnership with Oman Airports Management Company and Oman Air, was held with the aim of highlighting Airbus’ firm commitment to the Sultanate. It further reaffirms Airbus’ confidence in ......read more

    A350-1000 begins Demonstration Tour in the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific

    Airbus shows the world’s most advanced widebody aircraft Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2018:  The A350-1000, the newest member of Airbus’ leading Widebody family, has embarked on a three-week Demonstration Tour to the Middle-East and Asia-Pacific region.  The Demonstration Tour follows the completion of a successful flight test campaign, which lasted less than one year and culminated in joint EASA and FAA type certification, demonstrating the aircraft’s excellent design, performance and maturity. The A350-1000 tour comes ahead of the first customer delivery to ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines bags record monthly revenue of $100.1 million

    Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2018:  SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld alliance, achieved the highest ever monthly revenue in Company history in December 2017. The air-transport operation of the Company recorded a stand-alone revenue of US Dollar 100.1 million – the first instance in the 38-year history of the airline where monthly operating revenue reached this landmark figure. The airline attributes the increase in revenue to its expanded network and continuous improvement in revenue management processes.A total of 566,627 passengers ......read more

    Emirates to launch non-stop Dubai-Newark service with a second daily flight from 1 June

    New York JFK services reduced from four daily, to three a day from 25 March Daily services reinstated to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from 25 March Adjustments to US services made in line with commercial demand Dubai, UAE, January 25, 2018:  Emirates will introduce a new non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai from 1 June 2018, adding to its existing daily flight which operates with a stop in Athens, Greece. The new non-stop service will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, offering 8 suites in First Class, 42 seats in ......read more

    Turkish Airlines announced its “2018 Targets”

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 24 January, 2018:   After completing 2017 successfully, Turkish Airlines has now set its targets for 2018, the year in which the carrier will move its hub to the 3rd Airport of Istanbul.   According to the non-consolidated 2018 budget that was approved by the Board of Directors under the presidency of M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines, the guidance regarding the Incorporation's targets and expectations for the year 2018 are as follows;   Traffic ......read more

    Visa-free Travel to Ireland for UAE Nationals

    Lifting of visa requirement to foster stronger relations between the United Arab Emirates and Ireland Abu Dhabi, 24 January 2018:  The Minister for Justice and Equality of Ireland, Mr Charlie Flanagan T.D., announced the lifting of the visa requirement for citizens of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) travelling to Ireland with effect from the 31st January 2018.  He has signed an Order to give effect to this decision.  Minister Flanagan, who led a trade mission to United Arab Emirates as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, said the removal of visa requirements is a ......read more

    DAE receives Aviation 100 M&A Deal of the Year award

    Dubai, U.A.E., 23rd January 2018 –  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. is pleased to announce that it has received the M&A Deal of the Year award from Airline Economics during its Aviation 100 Global Leader Awards ceremony in Dublin, Ireland last night. This award is recognition of DAE’s high-profile acquisition of the leading aircraft lessor AWAS in 2017, which propelled DAE into the top tier of global aircraft lessors. DAE Capital now features an owned, managed and committed fleet of nearly 400 aircraft with a value of over $14 billion. The Aviation 100, an ......read more

    Hamilton is the Official Timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2018

    With eight races to look forward to in 2018, it will be another whirlwind year on the Air Race tour as Hamilton travels the world on our timekeeping mission.    Dubai, UAE, January 23, 2018:  Proceedings take off in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of February in a repeat of last season’s opener. We go to Cannes in April, Wiener Neustadt in Austria follows in May, then Budapest in June and [Asia 1] in early August. Kazan in Russia hosts race six at the end of August, we head to Indianapolis in early October and then to [Asia 2] where the final race takes place in ......read more

    Turkish Airlines announces their first offer for 2018

    Dubai, United Arabic Emirates – 22 January, 2018:   Turkish Airlines is starting off 2018 with a special offer for their valued customers in the UAE. Passengers can enjoy a discount of up to 60% on flights to major cities across Europe, The United States and Canada.  Economy class passengers can benefit from a 60% discount now applied on flights to New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Frankfurt, London, and Rome, a 40% discount on flights to Miami, Washington, Malaga, Prague, Berlin, and Boston and a 30% discount on flights to Montreal, Chicago, Houston, Lisbon and ......read more

    Air Arabia adds Izmir to growing Turkey network

    Izmir is the 5th destination in Turkey for Air Arabia Air Arabia is the only carrier in the UAE with direct flights to Izmir  Two flights per week serving Izmir from 27 June 2018 Sharjah, UAE; 21 January 2018:  Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today that, from 27 June 2018, it will become the first airline to connect the UAE and the Turkish city of Izmir with a direct flight.   Izmir, which is the third largest city in Turkey, joins Istanbul, Antalya, Bodrum and Trabzon as the ......read more

    Aircraft Interiors and MRO Innovations Coming to the Middle East

    Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East to Open This Week Dubai, UAE. 21 January 2018:  The key players and decision makers from the airline industry will be in Dubai World Trade Centre later this week, when Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East, produced by Aviation Week Network and Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, take place 23-24 January. With 320 exhibitors expected, the event is set to be the largest yet, spanning all sectors within both the aircraft interior and maintenance, repair and overhaul industries. With around 5000 attendees expected to attend ......read more

    Emirates signs agreement for up to 36 additional A380s

    Commitment to grow its flagship A380 fleet Dubai, UAE, 18th January 2018 –  Dubai-based Emirates Airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed this morning at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. The commitment is for 20 A380s and an option for 16 more with deliveries to start in 2020, valued at US$16 billion at ......read more

    Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

    MOU for 20 firm orders and 16 options signed today Latest deal takes Emirates’ total Airbus A380 commitment to 178 aircraft units, underscoring the airline’s confidence in the programme Dubai, UAE, 18 January 2018 –  Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order. The ......read more

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