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    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years in India

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  24, August 2019:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is preparing to celebrate 15 years of service to its largest and busiest market, India. The airline’s milestone coincides with the third visit to the UAE of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, highlighting the importance of the partnership between the two countries.    Etihad launched daily flights between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and the Indian city of Mumbai in September 2004, within the airline’s first year of operation. Three months later, flights were also launched between Abu Dhabi and New Delhi.     Today, Etihad operates 159 return flights per week between Abu Dhabi and 10 key Indian gateways - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years of Flights to Bahrain

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 22, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its operations between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and Manama, capital of Bahrain.    Since launching services to Bahrain on 22 August 2004, Etihad has carried more than 2.5 million guests between the two capitals. Today, the airline operates 28 flights per week and carries 200,000 guests annually to and from Bahrain, using Airbus A320 aircraft.    Etihad’s flights to Manama provide a vital link between Bahrain and major markets in Asia, Indian subcontinent, MENA and the United States, via the airline’s home and hub, Abu Dhabi.   Earlier this year, Etihad Airways and Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, signed a ......read more

    Etihad Airways the Most Punctual Airline in the Middle East for Firt Half of 2019

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  19, August 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was the most punctual Middle Eastern carrier in the first seven months of 2019. New figures produced by the aviation data company OAG show that Etihad was the only Middle Eastern carrier whose punctuality averaged more than 80 per cent for flights across this period. The data also showed that of the airlines monitored by OAG, Etihad was ranked 24th globally for on-time performance in July, the peak summer month for air travel in the Middle East. John Wright, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Global Airports and Network Operations, said: “Etihad Airways is a high quality airline, and reliability is a key element of the total product we offer. We continually strive to deliver excellence for ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Announces New Foreign Exchange Partnership With Travelex

     Leading money exchange provider Travelex commenced operations first week of August.  Passengers will gain two points of access on both arrivals and departure terminals.  Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E,  17 August 2019:   Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has announced the onboarding of its first foreign exchange partner, Travelex.  Headquartered in London with a presence in over 70 countries, Travelex is a leading provider of foreign exchange, remittance, and payments services, enabling physical and digital cross-border money movement for consumers and financial institutions. Travelex has commenced operations at the airport, offering two points of access to passengers looking to exchange or transfer money at its stores in the Arrival and Departure Terminals.  The deal was formalized ......read more

    Dubai Delivers on Tourist Volumes Again, With a Strong 8.36 Million Overnight Visitors in First Half of 2019

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  17, August 2019:   Dubai welcomed 8.36 million international overnight visitors in the first six months (January-June) of 2019, posting a positive three per cent in tourism volume growth compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).   The new figures reinforce the continued strength of Dubai’s tourism sector as a key driver of economic diversification and a reliable catalyst for GDP acceleration through 2020. The largest traffic generators as well as newer high-potential segments have set a strong preparatory pace to fuel Dubai’s climb to becoming the most visited global destination.    His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Partners With Ary to Invite Audiences to Discover the Emirate With Their Favourite Pakistani Celebrities

    • Bespoke travel packages curated in partnership with ARY, featuring leading Pakistani celebrities Humayun Saeed, Fahad Mustafa, Nida Yasir and Faisal Qureshi  • Packages available for purchase from ARY’s ‘Sahulat Bazar’ platform    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  17, August 2019:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced a partnership with House of ARY, one of the leading South Asian broadcast networks, to further strengthen travel demand to the emirate from Pakistan with the recent launch of the ‘Chalo Dubai’ campaign (translating into “Let’s Go to Dubai”). Reaffirming the Department’s ongoing commitment to extend the growth potential of one of its top ten source markets, the campaign ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines welcomes free visa on arrival facility to 48 countries

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  15, August 2019:  SriLankan Airlines welcomes the launch of the free visa on arrival facility that the Government of Sri Lanka is providing to citizens of 48 countries in Australasia, Europe and North America from 1st August for a period of six months as part of a concerted effort to boost tourism into the Indian Ocean island nation. Sri Lanka’s National Carrier is in the forefront of global initiatives to strengthen the country’s tourism industry, working with a multitude of partners ranging from Sri Lanka Tourism to hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Travelers availing themselves of this facility could travel with Sri Lanka’s national carrier on its fleet of modern aircraft with the latest comforts such as flatbeds in Business Class and sophisticated in-flight ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports completes preparations for the return of Hajj pilgrims

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  14, August 2019:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has completed preparations for the return of the Hajj pilgrims from Mecca and Medina over the upcoming weekend. Pilgrims returning to Abu Dhabi will be welcomed with dates, Arabic coffee and chocolates distributed by Abu Dhabi Airports’ employees. Pilgrims are scheduled to begin returning on 15th August from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with flights lasting through to 17th August. The airport is expected to receive more than 2,750 returning pilgrims, alongside an additional 25,000 international Hajj travelers who will be transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport on their return from Mecca and Medina.

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    Turkish Airlines continues its journey to the top with new cabin uniforms

    Turkish Airlines cabin crew, whose new uniforms take to the skies, redefines elegance in the sky. The cabin crew will now greet passengers with “welcome onboard” dressed in new uniforms on long haul flights of the national flag carrier. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:    The new cabin crew uniforms of Turkish Airlines, flying to the most countries in the world, were designed with the aim of celebrating the airline’s 85th anniversary and will be visible on the entire cabin crew on the long haul flights of the flag carrier as of Tuesday. The new uniforms in flag-red and anthracite gray colors, which were rigorously tested on long-range flights in different climates, have been tailored to 25,000 employees in order for cabin crews to serve passengers comfortably. Inspired by many ......read more

    Air Freight in Decline for Eighth Consecutive Month

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.8% in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eighth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Signs of a modest recovery in recent months appear to have been premature, with the June contraction broad-based across all regions with the exception of Africa. Capacity growth remains subdued and the cargo load factor continues to fall. Globally, trade growth is languishing, and business uncertainty is compounded by the latest tariff increases in the US-China trade dispute. “Global trade continues to suffer as trade tensions—particularly between ......read more

    MoHAP's Health Advice and Guidance for Travelers

    Dubai, 7th Aug 2019: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) would like to provide some health advice and tips related to travel destinations. The ministry, accordingly, recommends travelers to visit Travelers Health Clinics ahead of their departure. Jet Lag Travelers might experience the biological clock disorder during long trips, especially those who travel to distant countries, where the change is to adjust the internal timing of the human body. Its most common symptoms are sleeping disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, lack of concentration, fatigue and general weakness. MoHAP recommends taking adequate sleep, rest during long trips, drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding drinking coffee, tea and other stimulants, as well as eating healthy food. Motion or Travel Sickness Travel sickness is caused by disturbance in human ......read more

    Etihad Airways To Fly 787 Dreamliners To Jakarta And Maldives

    Two daily services to Jakarta to go all-Dreamliner Seasonal upgrade to Male, Maldives Aircraft feature industry-leading, next-generation cabins   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.7th August 2019 – Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its flights from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, Indonesia, and will upgrade its daily morning service to Male, Maldives, to the wide-body aircraft on a seasonal basis.   The airline’s two daily scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, will be operated on a year-round basis by a two-class Boeing 787-9. Effective 27 October, the overnight service will transition to a Dreamliner operation and the aircraft will be introduced on the daytime service from 14 December 2019.     The airline will also operate the ......read more

    Emirates anticipates peak travel for Eid break

    Customers are encouraged to arrive 3 hours early to the airport due to busy travel period Dubai, UAE – 6 August, 2019:   Emirates gears up for a busy travel period this weekend for the Eid holiday. The busiest time for departures in Terminal 3 will be on Friday 9th August with close to 100,000 passengers travelling through Terminal 3 at DXB. Customers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departure to avoid any delays. Peak travel is expected to start on Thursday 8th August in the evening and continue until Saturday 10th August with over 372,000 Emirates passengers travelling from Dubai. Passengers are encouraged to build in extra travel time to avoid any delays with expected traffic congestion and road works around Terminal 3 during this time. Passengers can physically ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports completes preparations for the Hajj season

    Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) implements range of initiatives to ease pilgrims’ journey     6 August 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Abu Dhabi Airports has completed the sufficient preparations, in collaboration with all of its stakeholders, to ensure the smooth and safe departure and return of pilgrims from Mecca and Medina during the Hajj season.   In order to facilitate the increase in traffic and the 15 additional Etihad Airways flights, including six charter flights dedicated to the General Authority of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Zayed Foundation and Abu Dhabi Police. Abu Dhabi Airports has allocated additional staff across Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to ensure pilgrims enjoy a seamless and comfortable travel experience.   Dedicated check-in counters and additional luggage ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and Bangkok Airways announce a new codeshare partnership.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  06, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines (TK) and Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (PG) have announced a new codeshare partnership, which will provide their passengers with convenient travel connections from Turkey to destinations in Thailand and other cities in Southeast Asia, commencing on 1st August, 2019. Under this agreement, codeshare flights operated by Bangkok Airways currently covers 16 roundtrip routes on both domestic and international; Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Lampang, Bangkok-Sukhothai, Bangkok-Trat, Bangkok-Samui, Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi, Samui-Phuket, Bangkok-Danang, Bangkok-Phu Quoc, Bangkok-Yangon, Bangkok-Mandalay, Bangkok-Nay Pyi Taw, Bangkok-Vientiane and Bangkok – Luang Prabang. In addition, there are two more roundtrip routes that ......read more

    Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network.

    05, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, announced today the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network. Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:   From Warsaw                              From   Istanbul Krakow                                      Ankara       Bahrain Gdansk          ......read more

    Etihad Airways introduces its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Lagos

    Travellers will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins Flying Nannies and Food and Beverage Managers offer innovative hospitality services in-flight Includes highly acclaimed interiors featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats   August 03, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – A state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Lagos this morning after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways flight EY673 took off from Abu Dhabi at 2.35am and arrived on schedule at 7.10am local time. The return flight EY674 departed Lagos at 8.30am this morning, and is due to touch down back in the capital at 7.10pm this evening, 2 August.   The two-class B787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Republic of Congo's Pointe-Noire to its flight network.

    01, August 2019:    Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries that any other airline, has added Republic of Congo’s second biggest city, Pointe-Noire to its flight network as its 58th destination in Africa. National flag carrier will operate three weekly flights to Pointe-Noire with a connection in Libreville.   With Pointe Noire, the port city next to Atlantic Ocean, Turkish Airlines expanded its flight network to 125 countries and 313 destinations. Thus, flag carrier further cemented its position as the airline that flies to more destinations in the continent of Africa than any other airline.   During the press conference held for the opening of Pointe-Noire frequency, Turkish Airlines Senior Vice President for Sales (2nd Region), Kerem Sarp said; “With this inaugural Pointe-Noire flight, we ......read more

    Airbus reports Half-Year (H1) 2019 results

    Commercial aircraft environment robust Revenues € 30.9 billion 2019 guidance maintained Dubai UAE, 31 July 2019 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported Half-Year (H1) 2019 consolidated financial results(1) and maintained its guidance for the full-year. “The half-year financial performance mainly reflects the ramp-up in production of A320 Family aircraft and transition to the more efficient NEO version, as well as further progress on the A350 financial performance,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “We continue to see good demand for our competitive product portfolio, including the new A321XLR, as shown by the strong market endorsement at June’s Le Bourget airshow. Our operational focus is mainly on the A320neo Family ramp-up. The second half of the year in ......read more

    More Connectivity and Improved Efficiency -2018Airline Industry Statistics Released-

    31 July 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released performance figures for 2018 showing that global air connectivity continues to become more accessible and more efficient. The IATA World Air Transport Statistics (2019 WATS) confirms that: 4.4 billion passengers flew in 2018 Record efficiency was achieved with 81.9% of available seats being filled Fuel efficiency improved by more than 12% compared to 2010 22,000 city pairs are now connected by direct flights, up 1,300 over 2017 and double the 10,250 city pairs connected in 1998 The real cost of air transport has more than halved over the last 20 years (to around 78 US cents per revenue tonne-kilometer, or RTK). ‘’Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible ......read more

    Summer #inAbuDhabi Campaign Highlights Experiences Not to Be Missed as Summer Extravaganza Winds Down

    Only a few days left to sample the city’s seasonal delights with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi promotion Abu Dhabi, UAE – 31 July 2019:  Visitors and residents of Abu Dhabi still can make the most of incredible summer offers and promotions as the Summer #inAbuDhabi initiative, run by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), enters its final days. The UAE capital is the perfect summer destination, especially with Summer #inAbuDhabi opening the city’s doors to a variety of amazing activities for families, friends, residents, and visitors. As the ultimate extravaganza for epic deals on hotels, attractions, entertainment, food & beverage, and retail, the Summer #inAbuDhabi offerings are unmissable. “Abu Dhabi is a vibrant city that has ......read more

    Sita Technology will transform the passenger experience at New Buenos Aires Ezeiza Terminal

    Dubai, UAE – 30 July 2019 – When the new departures terminal opens at Buenos Aires’ main airport in October, passengers will be able to check in and drop off their baggage in record time, without having to queue for an agent. This is thanks to technology from SITA, the global IT provider to the air transport industry, which will ensure the easiest possible passenger journey at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). EZE is managed and operated by AA2000, which runs a total of 35 airport terminals across Argentina.  SITA’s self-service kiosks and bag-drop solutions will enable the airport to efficiently manage more passengers as it aims to increase capacity by more than 50% by 2021. These new services are part of the masterplan to transform Argentina’s main airport, which also includes a ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Serve London Heathrow with Fourth Year-Round Daily Service

    July 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates— Etihad Airways is to boost its services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow by adding a fourth year-round daily service between the two capitals, launching on 27 October 2019. The new service introduces a convenient mid-morning departure from Abu Dhabi and a late evening departure from London Heathrow and follows the introduction of additional seasonal services this summer.   The airline will introduce a next-generation, two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on one of its four daily London services. The aircraft is configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. This complements the three other services which are operated by Etihad’s 486-seat Airbus A380s, which feature The Residence, a luxurious three-room cabin, nine private First Apartments, 70 ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre reveals IAC 2020 logo

    Dubai, UAE, 27 July 2019:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) revealed the winning logo from the design competition held for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2020. IAC, which will be hosted in Dubai for the first time in the Arab world, is a global event that brings together leading space specialists and decision-makers from around the world. The event will be held in October 2020, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. More than 500 designers from Egypt, Jordan, USA, Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Greece, France, Sweden, China, Mexico and Hungary, as well as from other countries, participated in the design competition. Fifteen designs were shortlisted, out of which the winning logo was selected, ......read more

    Eid Fiesta and Eid Camping turn Dreamland Aqua Park into a great value family destination this holiday season

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  25, July  2019:    It is double bonanza for families planning a thrilling summer escape during this Eid. Dreamland Aqua Park lines up affordable ways to enjoy the Eid holidays. The Eid offers pack great value and offer unforgettable experiences for everyone in the family.  Families looking forward to an exciting day out can partake in the 'Eid Fiesta'. Slated to be one of the biggest celebrations, visitors can avail special admission rates starting from 85 AED per person with optional food packages to choose from.  While the regular General Admission Rate is AED 160 for entrance alone, the extra-value Eid Fiesta offer is for online bookings only and is valid from 9th until 13th August 2019.  For families who would like to stay overnight, there is a ......read more

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    Etihad Airways Introduces Larger Aircraft to Accommodate Growth of Three Key Asian Routes

    30 June, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has upgraded services on three key Asian routes this week, introducing larger aircraft to accommodate growing demand. Flights between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and major two Chinese cities, Shanghai and Chengdu, have been upgraded with next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliners, while the South Korean city of Seoul has been boosted from a Dreamliner to an Airbus A380 ‘super jumbo’. “Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing air transport region in the world, and China is the ......read more

    A Centenary Celebration for Bentley at Goodwood

    Bentley Motors to mark imminent centenary at Festival of Speed 30 iconic Bentleys from across 100 years to form Centenary Concours New Flying Spur and Bentayga Speed to make UK dynamic debuts Four chapters of Bentley Motorsport to be celebrated Continental GT, GT Convertible and Bentayga Speed to run on hillclimb   Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  30 June 2019:    Bentley Motors will continue the year-long celebrations of its centenary at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, through a programme of displays and dynamic cars that will bring 100 ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport officially opens its Multi-Faith Prayer Room

    • The creation of a multi-faith prayer room reflects the diversity and cohesiveness of Abu Dhabi’s community and promotes values of tolerance and respect • Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili: The Department of Community Development aims to enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as an international hub for moderation and peaceful coexistence     Abu Dhabi, June 30, 2019:  In celebration of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, and in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Airports, the Department of Community Development (DCD) in Abu Dhabi has officially inaugurated the first ......read more

    New Details Revealed About the World's Largest Snow Play Park in Abu Dhabi

    • Snow Abu Dhabi set to open as part of the $1.2bn Reem Mall project in late 2020  • The 125,000 sq ft attraction will emulate an enchanted world spread across distinct zones  • 13 world-class rides and attractions set to deliver fantastic experiences for the whole family   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 30 June 2019:   Blizzard’s Bazaar, Snowflake Garden and Flurries’ Mountain are just some of the unique attractions that will welcome visitors at Snow Abu Dhabi, when the attraction opens on Reem Island in late 2020.   The snow play ......read more

    Coordinated Effort to Safely Return 737 MAX to Service

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 27 June 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged state aviation safety regulators to continue to align on technical validation requirements and timelines for the safe re-entry into service of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The announcement came at the conclusion of the second Boeing 737 MAX Summit organized by IATA. “The Boeing 737 MAX tragedies weigh heavily on an industry that holds safety as its top priority. We trust the Federal Aviation Administration, in its role as the certifying regulator, to ensure the aircraft’s ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Nigeria's Port Harcourt to its flight network

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 27 June 2019:  Flying to more countries that any other airline, Turkish Airlines added Port Harcourt, an important city in Nigeria, to its flight network as the global carrier’s 56th destination in Africa. Flag carrier will operate four weekly reciprocal flights between Istanbul and Port Harcourt.   Already flying to Lagos, Kano and Abuja in Nigeria, Turkish Airlines added Port Harcourt to the list, increasing its flight network to 311 destinations. With this launch, the global carrier continues to be the leader as the airline that flies to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Prepares to Launch Seasonal Flights to Alexandria, Egypt

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 25 June 2019:  Etihad Airways is preparing to launch seasonal summer flights from Abu Dhabi to the beautiful and historic Egyptian city of Alexandria, one of oldest continuously-inhabited locations in the world and home to the Great Library of Alexandria and one of the ancient world wonders, the Pharos Lighthouse.  This famous coastal city is also a convenient gateway for many of the Egyptian expatriates living in the UAE and planning to return home during the summer holidays. Between 2 July and 31 August, the Airbus A320 flights will depart Abu ......read more

    Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 25 June 2019:  Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, announced today the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network. Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:   From ......read more

    MOTIONGATE™ Dubai launches attractive Summer Pass for UAE residents

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 25 June 2019:  As the mercury soars this summer, beat the heat at MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is offering a limited time promotion to upgrade your one-day park ticket to a Summer Pass for free, with unrestricted entry to the park till 14th September.  This is an unbeatable one-time offer for fans of MOTIONGATE™ Dubai who will be able to visit the park as many times as they wish to at no additional cost. Visitors can book tickets online or purchase them at the ......read more

    Get ready for a barrel of laughs at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai with popular Indian stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 24 June 2019:   BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, the premier Bollywood-themed park, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, is hosting famous Indian stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra on July 12th. Kunal is known for his outstanding sense of humour and popular comedy podcast Shut Up Ya Kunal! He will perform inside the Rajmahal Theatre – an opulent and state-of-the-art theatre at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai spread across two levels, including a private upper box area. After eight years working ......read more

    SITA celebrates 70th Anniversary with record us$1.7 Billion Revenues

    Air transport IT and communications provider achieves success through continuous and collaborative innovation  Dubai, UAE – 23 June 2019 – More than 100 of the world’s airlines and airports gathered in Belgium this week as SITA, the air transport IT provider, celebrated its 70th anniversary. The organization, which has been at the heart of the airline industry since 1949, marked the occasion by announcing record revenues of US$1.7 billion in 2018. As SITA recorded a significant turning point in its business, it also showcased its commitment to continuous and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Statement on Airspace Restrictions

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - June 22, 2019:   Following the decision yesterday of the US Federal Aviation Administration to restrict US airline operations in Iranian-controlled airspace, Etihad Airways consulted closely with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and other UAE airlines to evaluate the US action. Etihad Airways has subsequently suspended operations through Iranian airspace over the Straits of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman, and will use alternative flight paths on a number of routes to and from Abu Dhabi until further notice.   These changes ......read more

    Emirates expands services for busy Hajj season

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 18 June 2019:   Emirates will be expanding its services to Jeddah and Medina with an additional 46 flights to help facilitate travel for Hajj pilgrims heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The flights will be operated between 27 July and 22 August to support the Hajj journey to the Holy City of Mecca. The services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services to Jeddah and Medina, and will be available to travellers holding a valid Hajj visa. This year, Emirates expects thousands of pilgrims to travel on its ......read more

    Middle East Airlines orders four Airbus A321XLRs

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 18 June 2019:  Middle East Airlines (MEA), the flag carrier of Lebanon, has signed a firm order for four A321XLRs, making it the launch airline customer of Airbus latest evolution of the winning A321neo family. The agreement takes Middle East Airlines’ cumulative single aisle orders with Airbus to 15 A321neo family aircraft, including 11 A321neos and 4 A321XLRs with deliveries starting in 2020.  MEA will use the A321XLR to strengthen its network in Africa and Asia. The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step from the A321LR which responds to ......read more

    Emirates commits to reducing single-use plastic on board

    Eco-friendly paper straws have been introduced this month   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 17 June 2019:   Emirates has made a network-wide commitment to reduce single-use plastics on board its aircraft. As of June 1st, eco-friendly paper straws have been introduced and all Emirates flights will soon be plastic straw-free.   The airline has been working on various long-term sustainability initiatives. In addition to plastic straws, plastic swizzle sticks and stirrers will also be replaced with eco-friendly alternatives by the end of the year. From August, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines was chosen again “Turkey's Most Valuable Brand” in all sectors.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates 17 June 2019:   One of the world's leading independent organizations in brand valuation and strategy consulting, Brand Finance announced the results of its 2019 evaluation. According to the results, Turkish Airlines was declared as the "Most Valuable Brand" of Turkey in all sectors. The national flag carrier, who repeatedly assumed this title before, reinforces its leading position in Turkey with recent results. Commenting on the results, M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee; ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years in Germany

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 15 June 2019:  As the UAE and Germany intensify bilateral cooperation following the visit of H.H. Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to Germany this week, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is celebrating 15 years of service to Germany. The airline launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Munich in June 2004. Munich and the Swiss city of Geneva both received their first Etihad flights in that month, making them the first two destinations served by the airline in continental Europe. One year ......read more

    Airbus to participate in the Critical Communications World exhibition, Kuala Lumpur

    Airbus is showcasing its latest developments in situational awareness solutions, combining tactical management, intelligent user experience, and app developer partners at booth G114, hall 11   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 12 June 2019:   Airbus, a leading provider of secure communications and collaboration solutions, will be showcasing its next-generation communication developments for mission and business critical use at the Critical Communications World (CCW) 2019, taking place in Kuala Lumpur from 18 to 20 June.   This year, no fewer than six distinctive demo ......read more

    Melbourne Airport Plans for the Future With Technology Transformation Partner SITA

    Flexible, passenger-friendly technology to boost capacity Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 11 June 2019:   Melbourne Airport today announced that it has chosen to extend its contract with leading technology partner SITA for flexible and passenger-friendly technology to ready the airport for forecast passenger growth. The technology is part of the airport’s multi-billion dollar pipeline of investment that will see it welcome almost 70 million passengers annually by 2038. The passenger-friendly technologies will help the airport ensure a high-quality traveler experience as ......read more

    Winners of IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards announced

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 10 June 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the winners of the inaugural IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards in three categories:    Inspirational Role Model: Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO, Flybe  High Flyer Award: Fadimatou Noutchemo Simo, Founder and President, Young African Aviation Professional Association (YAAPA)   Diversity & Inclusion Team: Air New Zealand    Nominations for the awards were adjudicated by a panel of four judges: Angela Gittens, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Strasbourg to the list of its destinations in France

    National flag carrier added Strasbourg again to its flight network that covers 124 countries of the world. Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 09 June 2019:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries than any other airline in the world, has launched direct flights again to Strasbourg, starting from May 31st, 2019, as four weekly flights between Istanbul Airport and Strasbourg Entzheim Airport. Strasbourg is the seventh destination of Turkish Airlines in France and it became the third international destination added to the flight network of the flag carrier this year after Sharjah ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines treats passengers to a cultural feast at Colombo airport underlining determination to recover from slump

    SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and member of the oneworld alliance, is making a concerted push to propel itself back into sustained growth, with a strategic turnaround plan that will return the airline into profit.  The airline also underlined its determination to recover from the setbacks caused by slumping passenger numbers due to the terror strike in the country. Recently, passengers on the airline travelling to, from or transiting at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport during the festive season, were treated to traditional delicacies and ......read more

    Resolution: Airlines Urge Governments to Adhere to Global Slot Allocation Guidelines

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 08 June 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 75th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution on slot policy, to reaffirm the importance of a harmonized global airport slot system and called upon governments to urgently address capacity shortages. More than 200 airports worldwide are Level-3 slot coordinated, meaning that they have insufficient capacity to meet current demand.   This number is set to rise substantially over the coming decades because airport construction is failing to keep pace with ......read more

    KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Host 76th IATA AGM in Amsterdam

    June 08 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will host the 76th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 22-23 June 2020.  This will be the third time that the Netherlands will host the global gathering of aviation's top leaders (Following events held in the Hague in 1949 and Amsterdam in 1969). KLM is a founding member of IATA and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. “It is absolutely wonderful that Amsterdam was chosen for ......read more

    Resolution: Airlines Call for Implementation of Global Carbon Offsetting Scheme

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 08 June 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 75th Annual General Meeting (AGM) overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on governments to continue important work for full implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) agreed through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   CORSIA is the first global carbon pricing instrument for an industry sector. It will cap net CO2 emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels (carbon-neutral growth, ......read more

    Resolution: End-to-end Seamless Travel across Borders Closer to Reality

    June 08 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 75th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously resolved to accelerate the global implementation of the One ID initiative, which uses a single biometric identifier to move passengers through the airport, without the need for paper travel documents.    “Biometric recognition using the One ID concept modernizes the airport experience for passengers and improves the efficiency and security of identification processes. Using global standards for digital identity and data exchange will move us ......read more

    IATA AGM Endorses 5 Resolutions

    8 June 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that five resolutions have been passed by the 75th Annual General Meeting. These are:   Environment: The overwhelmingly passed AGM resolution called on Governments to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as agreed through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). CORSIA is the first global carbon pricing instrument for an industry sector. It will cap net CO2 emissions from international aviation at 2020 levels ......read more

    Resolution: RFID Baggage Tracking Set for Global Deployment

    June 08 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 75th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously resolved to support the global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking. The AGM also called for the implementation of modern baggage messaging standards to more accurately track passengers’ baggage in real time across key points in the journey.    In 2018, less than 0.06% of the estimated 4.3 billion bags carried by airlines were mishandled, according to the latest figures from SITA. Since 2007 baggage ......read more

    Resolution: Airlines Commit to Improve Travel for Passengers with Disabilities

    June 08, 2019 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 75th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously approved a resolution to improve the air travel experience for the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide. The AGM confirms the commitment of airlines to ensuring that passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel, and calls upon governments to use IATA’s core principles for accommodating passengers with disabilities.   These principles aim to change the focus from disability to ......read more

    Celebrate this Eid in IMG with cool characters, thrilling rides and unique performances

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 01 June 2019:    Beat the heat this summer and spend a memorable Eid Al Fitr with your family and friends at the world’s largest indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure. IMG present 360 degree experience, allowing guests of all ages to relax and enjoy special festivities in a cool and comfortable environment.    All set in a festive environment to the moves, sounds and beats of the IMG Dance team with opening number along with all IMG character parade, guests can partake in the action by joining the dancers as they perform ......read more

    Pay for a Day, Play all Summer Long: LEGOLAND® Dubai celebrates 90 Days of Summer

    • Families can enjoy an entire brick-tastic summer at LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park with a special ‘Summer Play Pass’, for just the price of a 1 Day Pass • 90 Days of Summer to feature a variety of daily indoor activities at a summer-themed MINILAND including LEGO® Bingo and a giant LEGOLAND-themed Snakes & Ladders    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 01 June 2019:   LEGOLAND® Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, has a recipe for AWESOME fun for the entire ......read more

    Catch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 live at Rock On cafe at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 01 June 2019:    Cricket fans, get ready for some serious cricket fever June 9th onwards as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 gets underway at Rock On cafe  in BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, the premier Bollywood-themed park, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region.  Fans can cheer their top teams at music-themed cafe Rock On, named after the popular 2008 Indian rock musical film by the same name. Diehard fans can enjoy cricket on the big screen in a groovy atmosphere with a delicious menu of ......read more

    Emirates A380 to become a regular fixture in Muscat

    Airline to launch double daily A380 flights showcasing flagship aircraft in Oman Muscat A380 services will be shortest in Emirates’ network  Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 30 May 2019:    Emirates is gearing up for a big summer in Muscat with the deployment of double daily A380 flights from 1 July. The airline will operate the A380 on EK 862/863 and EK864/865 to and from Muscat International Airport (MCT). Muscat will become Emirates’ shortest scheduled A380 flight, flying a distance of 340 kilometres each way.  The new A380 services to Muscat ......read more

    Solid Passenger Demand Growth in April

    29 May 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for April 2019 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 4.3% compared to April 2018. April capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 3.6%, and load factor climbed 0.6 percentage point to 82.8%, which was a record for the month of April, surpassing last year’s record of 82.2%. Regionally, Africa, Europe and Latin America posted record load factors.    Comparisons between the two months are distorted owing ......read more

    Celebrate a classic Eid Al Fitr at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai

    Guests can enjoy the latest Bollywood release Bharat, live entertainment acts, and attractive offers  Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 29, 2019:   BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, the premier Bollywood-themed park, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, is hosting a family-friendly Eid celebration, which will kick off with the screening of Bollywood movie Bharat, in addition to new live entertainment shows and special offers from June 4th to 8th.  The eagerly-awaited Bollywood Eid release Bharat starring leading ......read more

    Airbus celebrates 50 years of Pioneering Progress'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 29, 2019:    Airbus has launched a global campaign celebrating the company’s 50 year anniversary, showcasing key moments of pioneering progress throughout the past five decades. The campaign begins today by marking 50 years since the French Minister of Transport, Jean Chamant and the German Minister of Economic Affairs, Karl Schiller, signed an agreement at the 1969 Paris Air Show for the joint-development of the A300 aircraft, a first European twin-aisle twin-engine jet for medium-haul air travel. Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus said: ......read more

    4 Best Sports to Play in Dubai

    Dubai is well-known for its penchant for sporting activities. If you are planning on taking a trip to the UAE, you may be interested in participating in some of the sporting life there to both have fun and stay fit and healthy while you are away. Whether you are planning to watch or participate, here are the best sports in Dubai and how to get involved. 1. Golf There are many golf courses and sessions in and around Dubai that will appeal to every sort of golfer. For instance, night golf is a popular occupation and is a particularly unique experience, where the floodlit course allows you ......read more

    Dubai Parks and Resorts announces unbelievable promotion for Filipinos in the UAE on the occasion of 121st Philippine Independence Day

    For just AED 39, guests can enjoy access to thrilling rides, shows and more Dubai, 28 May 2019: Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, on the occasion of the 121st Philippine Independence Day is welcoming Filipino residents  for four days of non-stop entertainment from June 12th to 15th. Guests will be able to access three theme parks at an unbeatable price of AED 39, including exclusive all-day food and merchandise offers, as well as live entertainment. Filipino nationals residing in the UAE can expect a truly spectacular celebration ......read more

    Al Ain International Airport welcomes daily flights to Jeddah during Ramadan

    New daily Etihad flights to take place during the last ten days of Ramadan, facilitating travel to Saudi Arabia for the performance of Umrah   Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 27, 2019:   Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed new daily flights from Al Ain International Airport (AAN) to King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, designed to facilitate travel to Saudi Arabia for the performance of the Islamic pilgrimage, Umrah, during the holy month of Ramadan.   The flights, operated by Etihad Airways, will take place during the last ten ......read more

    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 ......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 ......read more

    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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

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