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    Passenger Demand Continues on Moderate Upward Path

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 10, 2019:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for September 2019 showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) climbed 3.8% compared to the same month last year, broadly unchanged from August’s performance. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 3.3%, and load factor climbed 0.4% percentage point to 81.9%, which was a record for any September.    “September marked the eighth consecutive month of below average demand growth. Given the environment of declining world trade activity and tariff wars, rising political and geopolitical tensions and a slowing global economy, it is difficult to see the trend reversing in the near term,” said Alexandre de ......read more

    Astronaut Christina H. Koch Shares for the first-time photo of Hazzaa AlMansoori during first filmed tour in Arabic of the ISS

    Christina H. Koch: It was a great Honour and privilege to film UAE’s first Astronaut abroad ISS Christina H. Koch: Astronaut AlMansoori sensed full of pride once sighted his homeland (UAE) for the first time from Space  Dubai, UAE, 8th November 2019: Through a post on her social media platforms, American astronaut Christina Koch revealed that she was part of the first Arabic filmed tour of the International Space Station (ISS) conducted by the UAE's first Astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori. Koch posted 2 photos and commented: “it was my privilege to film him doing the first ever UAE tour in Arabic at ISS and to watch his eyes light up seeing his spectacular country from space.”  In one of the photos, Koch appears holding a video camera filming Hazzaa while he was standing in one of ISS units. The ......read more

    September Air Freight Volumes Remain Weak

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 07, 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 4.5% in September 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008.   Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.1% year-on-year in September 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for the 17th consecutive month.   Air cargo continues to suffer from:    • the intensifying trade war between the US and China, and South Korea and Japan, • the deterioration in ......read more

    Airlines and Airports Spend a Record $50 Billion on Improving the Passenger Experience – and It is Paying Off

    Investment has resulted in significantly higher passenger satisfaction and shorter queues   United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 6 November 2019:   Airlines and airports spent a record US$50 billion in 2018 on IT to support improvements to the passenger journey and are now beginning to enjoy the benefit of that investment. Figures published by SITA for the first time show that this investment has resulted in a  significant improvement in both the satisfaction levels for passengers and average processing time.  The SITA 2019 Air Transport IT Insights, show that 60% of airline CIOs recorded up to a 20% year-on-year improvement in passenger satisfaction. During the same period, 45% of them recorded up to 20% improvement in the rate of passengers processed. These strong returns on investment in ......read more

    Explore Europe's big cities at smaller prices with Turkish Airlines

    Savings can be made on Economy and Business Class flights until 25th November     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - November 03, 2019:    Turkish Airlines is giving UAE jetsetters an unmissable opportunity to travel to major European cities within its unrivalled global network and pocket a satisfying saving when they book.    Passengers from Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah can benefit from generous discounts on Economy Class tickets to Athens, Brussels, Dublin, Marseille, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Strasbourg, Thessaloniki, and Zurich, and on Business Class tickets to Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Malaga, Munich and Valencia.   The offer is valid for travellers booking a flight any time from now until 25th November 2019, valid for a travel period until 15th May ......read more

    Emirates champions inflight first: Seven Worlds, One Planet screens live on board

    Dubai, UAE, 3 November 2019:   In another entertainment first, Emirates is showing the highly acclaimed Seven Worlds, One Planet documentary live at the same time as its BBC One broadcast in the UK. While Emirates already streams live news and sport on board most of its aircraft, this is the first time any airline has streamed a show at the same time as its TV network timeslot.   The episodes of Seven Worlds, One Planet will be screened live on board 176 aircraft equipped with live TV for the next six Sundays at 10:15pm Dubai time (6.15pm UK time). Customers can also choose to watch episodes on demand on all flights from December.   Patrick Brannelly, Emirates' Divisional Vice President, Customer Experience (IFEC): "Emirates has been at the forefront of inflight technology, being the first airline ......read more

    Emirates engineers efficiencies with RFID

    DUBAI, UAE, 30 October 2019:   As the largest international airline with the biggest fleet of A380s and Boeing 777s, Emirates naturally has a lot of emergency equipment in the skies. To solve the challenge of tracking these essential items on a massive scale and scope, Emirates turned to RFID* technology.   While other airlines have also been using similar technology, Emirates completes the largest number of RFID scans for inflight emergency equipment on a daily basis – that's for over 250 aircraft and 133,000 life vests. Importantly, it has helped the engineering team maintain emergency equipment across the board with 100% data integrity and compliance, and provide accurate inventory forecasts with much greater efficiencies.   Ahmed Safa, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President Engineering ......read more

    Blooming in its eighth edition, Dubai Miracle Garden offers bunch of new attractions, including more record-breaking floral spectacles

    New additions include 400-meter walking track set amongst the stunning displays, accommodating Zumba classes, and other fitness activities     Dubai, United Arab Emirates (October 29, 2019):   Bringing a host of exclusive attractions yet again, Dubai Miracle Garden, the world’s largest natural flower garden is returning to delight visitors for the eighth season this November 1st. Located in the heart of Dubailand, the 72,000 square meter destination will be brought to life with the largest display of the most fragrant and colorful blooms, with over fifty million flowers of 120 varieties. The attraction will also attempt to achieve a fourth Guinness World Record this year, with details of this under wraps, but set to be released shortly. In addition, there will be a big surprise introduced to The Garden ......read more

    Dubai Crowned One of the Top Cities in Lonely Planet's ‘best in Travel' List 2020

    Dubai, UAE; 24 October 2019:   As a city of unparalleled experiences, Dubai has been named one of the world’s best cities for travellers to visit in 2020 by global travel authority Lonely Planet. The ‘Best in Travel 2020’ list, which has been curated by Lonely Planet’s editorial team and its community of travel experts, features the emirate amongst the top ten ‘must-visit’ cities for global visitors in the coming year. The unique combination of iconic attractions and entertainment destinations, outdoor and cultural offerings, and the “boundary-pushing marquee projects” continue to cement Dubai’s position as a preferred holiday destination of choice.   Issam Kazim, CEO, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM) commented: “Being recognised as a ......read more

    First filmed tour in Arabic at the ISS

    Dubai, UAE, 24 October 2019:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) published a new video for the Emirati Astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori whilst giving a tour aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The video is the first filmed tour in Arabic language of the ISS, where AlMansoori explained the segments, units, components, equipment and tools of the ISS. The video presents a valuable Arabic content about ISS, a research lab orbiting Earth with altitude of around 400 km above ground.  HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director General of MBRSC, said, “We are delighted to be sharing part of the scientific mission in Arabic language, for the first time upon the return of Hazzaa AlMansoori from his mission to ISS. We are confident that it would help elevate knowledge about the space sector in the Arab world.” ......read more

    Winners of Futurism Programme Announced at Gitex Future Stars 2019

    • Third edition of Futurism Programme shines a spotlight on technological innovation in the travel and tourism sector • Winners receive cash prize and membership in the innovation attraction programme “ABRA” from Dubai SME   Dubai, UAE 23 October 2019:  The winners of the 2019 edition of the Dubai Tourism Futurism Programme were announced at GITEX Future Stars - the largest technology event in The Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Finalists went head to head in front of industry experts and jury members to win cash funding, a trade licence and visas, as part of the innovation attraction programme “ABRA” under Dubai SME, the agency of Dubai Economy mandated to develop the SME sector.   Led by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) in ......read more

    Sita to Manage Key Systems Across Ghana's Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 23, 2019:     Ghana Airports Company Limited has extended its agreement with SITA to manage and support all airport passenger processing, baggage management, and airport operations systems across Kotoka International Airport’s newly commissioned Terminal 3 for the next five years. SITA’s technology will be vital in positioning the airport as the pre-eminent hub in West Africa, leading the way in passenger automation and operational efficiency.    This follows SITA’s successful deployment of these systems to support the opening of the new terminal in October last year. These systems include common use check-in desks and self-service check-in kiosks, allowing the airport to maximize its capacity by enabling airlines to cost-effectively share the same ......read more

    Optimism runs high among investors in aviation sector

    UAE aviation sector open to investors from outside country, says Saif Al Suwaidi     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 22, 2019:     Investors are keen to capitalise on the increasing opportunities in the aviation sector globally, according to industry experts.   “Over the past decade, as the global economy has improved, airlines have grown in profitability, matured in terms of employing better capacity management and cost controls, and have benefitted from the explosion in demand for passenger air travel,” according to Aviation Industry Report released by KPMG. Talking about the investment environment prevailing in the UAE, Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of General Authority of Civil Aviation (GCAA), said, “Being one of the biggest aviation industries in ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Saudia Announce Major Expansion of Their Commercial Partnership

    October 22, 2019:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Saudia, the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have marked the first anniversary of their commercial partnership by announcing 12 new codeshare routes to key destinations in Asia and Europe.  Since signing their agreement in October, 2018, the two airlines have placed their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina. Saudia has also added its ‘SV’ code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and 12 more destinations – Ahmedabad, Belgrade, Brisbane, Chengdu, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Lagos, Melbourne, Moscow-Domodedovo, Rabat, Seychelles and Sydney – while Etihad has placed its ‘EY’ code on Saudia ......read more

    Optimism runs high among investors in aviation sector; 2020 to see more investments: Experts

    UAE aviation sector open to investors from outside country, says Saif Al Suwaidi     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 21, 2019:     Investors are keen to capitalise on the increasing opportunities in the aviation sector globally, according to industry experts.   “Over the past decade, as the global economy has improved, airlines have grown in profitability, matured in terms of employing better capacity management and cost controls, and have benefitted from the explosion in demand for passenger air travel,” according to Aviation Industry Report released by KPMG. Talking about the investment environment prevailing in the UAE, Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of General Authority of Civil Aviation (GCAA), said, “Being one of the biggest aviation industries in ......read more

    Increase in flight data analytics transforms predictive safety for aviation sector

    World Aviation Safety Summit 2019 to advise industry on impact of big data, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and predictive safety for global sector       20 October 2019 – Dubai, UAE:    The impact of increasing flight data analytics and digitalisation will be a key topic of debate at the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS) 2019. The event, which is being hosted by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, is returning to Dubai this year for its seventh edition. Taking place on 09 and 10 December, WASS 2019 will advise how use of data is vital in real-time and how data management has moved from a responsive function into being a core planning and prevention tool - transforming the way safety is approached by airlines and aircraft manufacturers.     Industry leaders will ......read more

    More Control, Less Waiting - Top Priorities for Passengers

    16 October 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the results of its 2019 Global Passenger Survey showing that passengers are looking to technology to improve their travel experience.     The survey acts as the voice of the passenger, providing objective and in-depth insights into the preferences and behaviors of air travelers around the world, helping to guide industry initiatives. The focus of the survey was on processes and technology in the travel experience, not airline or airport service levels. Top passenger priorities identified include:    • Having more personal control over their journey via their smart phone • Being able to use biometric identification to speed up travel processes • To be able to track their ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates Boeing 787 Dreamliner Services to Milan

    Exclusive event held to showcase the importance of the Italian market, and airline’s partnership with iconic luxury Italian brand ACQUA DI PARMA Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - October 19, 2019:  Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has celebrated the deployment of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily scheduled services to Milan by hosting an exclusive reception at the Palazzo Clerici, the spectacular Baroque former residence of the influential Clerici family, located in the heart of the Italian city. The occasion was attended by leading figures from the UAE and local government officials, diplomats, corporate partners, members of the travel industry and social influencers.  Etihad introduced its Abu Dhabi to Milan Malpensa service in September 2007, its first destination in Italy. To meet ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Announces Winner of AED 1 Million Award

    Afsal Chemban wins AED 1 million prize upon conclusion of ‘Feel Good. Fly AUH’ campaign   17 October 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Upon the conclusion of the ‘Feel Good. Fly AUH’ campaign, Abu Dhabi Airports has announced the winner of the AED 1 Million prize. Passengers who travelled through Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) between June and August 2019 were entered into the draw for the highly sought after prize.   The winner, Afsal Chemban was revealed during a special live-streamed draw event organized by the airports group at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Monday, September 30, 2019. The announcement follows the conclusion of the popular ‘Feel Good. Fly AUH’ campaign, which was open to all passengers traveling through the airport over the summer and was the result ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports signs historic Memorandum of Understanding with Beijing Daxing International Airport

     Memorandum with Daxing is the first in the World to be signed by an airport   Signing demonstrates closeness of ties between Abu Dhabi and Beijing  Agreement facilitates exchange of best practices and enables future collaboration     Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 12, 2019:   In the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yao Yabo, President of Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA), establishing a framework for the sharing of best practices and the exploration of potential opportunities for future collaboration. The MoU was signed at the BDIA Management Center in Beijing, China on ......read more

    US-China Trade War Weighs Heavily on Air Cargo

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 10, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), contracted by 3.9% in August 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the tenth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2% year-on-year in August 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for the 16th consecutive month. Air cargo continues to face strong headwinds from the intensifying trade war between the US and China, as well as weakness in some of the key economic indicators and rising political uncertainties ......read more

    You are the captain of your health!

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 09, 2019:    Turkish Airlines’ Captain Bilge Derin was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 31. It was a long and tough road, but she never gave up. With the support of her family and friends who inspired her throughout, she beat cancer and emerged stronger than before. Watch her brave story here: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQNpU1nLhXo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3H_TQ0AKC0/?igshid=6ldem0m3vqol   Captain Bilge shared her story to give hope to thousands of other people fighting the disease. Join her and help us to raise awareness of breast cancer screening by sharing your photos and videos using our specially designed AR filter and GIFs on Instagram, using the hashtag #PinkCap.

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    HE Hamad Obaid AlMansoori: Hazzaa has shown excellent health condition

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 08, 2019:    The Emirati astronaut, Hazzaa AlMansoori during his meeting with the Chairman of MBRSC, HE Hamad Obaid AlMansoori, the Director General HE Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, and Salem AlMarri, the head of the UAE Astronaut Programme and Saeed Karmostaji, Astronauts’ Office manager, at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City in Moscow.  "Hazzaa has shown excellent health condition and is ready to complete his scientific experiments as planned," said HE Hamad Obaid AlMansoori.  

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    Airlines welcome significant progress made at 40th ICAO Assembly''

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 08, 2019:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended the significant progress made by governments at the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   Environment was at the top of the agenda, and after some robust discussions between states, there were two critical outcomes:   • The ICAO Council will report to the next Assembly on options for the adoption of a long-term aspirational goal for reducing carbon emissions from international aviation.   • The Assembly passed a resolution that reaffirmed and strengthened its support for the successful implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)—the world’s first global carbon offsetting ......read more

    Airlines welcome significant progress made at 40th ICAO Assembly

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - October 07, 2019:     The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended the significant progress made by governments at the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).   Environment was at the top of the agenda, and after some robust discussions between states, there were two critical outcomes:   • The ICAO Council will report to the next Assembly on options for the adoption of a long-term aspirational goal for reducing carbon emissions from international aviation. • The Assembly passed a resolution that reaffirmed and strengthened its support for the successful implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)—the world’s first global carbon offsetting ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Travel and Tourism
     
    British Airways Launches First Direct Flight From Dammam to London

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

    Abu Dhabi Airports receives ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate

    3rd April 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has received a certificate from the Airports Council International (ACI) acknowledging Abu Dhabi International Airport’s (AUH) accreditation level of ‘reduction’ under the ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy & Communications at Abu Dhabi Airports received the certificate during the ACI Asia-Pacific World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition which took place in Hong Kong, on April 3, and was attended by senior executives from the international ......read more

    Emicool gears up for sustainability drive with Renault ZOE electric vehicle fleet, green public parking

    Dubai, April 3, 2019:   Emirates District Cooling LLC [Emicool], a leading district cooling service provider in the region, and wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC, has underlined its efforts towards sustainability with a decision to convert to an all-electric vehicle fleet comprising Renault ZOE cars delivered by Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Renault in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, and a commitment to providing six EV (electric vehicle) charging spots for the general public with the ......read more

    Himalaya Airlines launches three weekly flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Himalaya Airlines connects Nepal and Abu Dhabi with three weekly return flights 1st April 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed Himalaya Airlines’ inaugural flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), an international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Sunday, 31st March. Himalaya Airlines launched three weekly flights connecting Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu, Nepal.   Maarten De Groof, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are delighted to add Himalaya Airlines to our growing list of carriers operating ......read more

    Groundbreaking Marks Start of Work at Ras Al Khaimah's New Skatepark Facility at Saqr Park

    Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 1 April 2019:   Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) broke ground last week on the construction of a new, dynamic skatepark at Saqr Park, in attendance of Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive Officer, RAKTDA and Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Al Hammadi, the Director General of Public Works and Services Department (PWSD).  As part of the ongoing initiatives by RAKTDA to cater to the different interests of the Emirate’s visitors and the local community, the development of the skatepark facility will further expand the recreational offering of ......read more

    First-ever Abu Dhabi Engine Week kick-off is a resounding success

    Events over the weekend attended by more than 25,000 residents and visitors  Abu Dhabi, 1 April 2019 –   The first-ever Abu Dhabi Engine Week launched last weekend in the UAE capital, with tens of thousands of visitors and residents taking part. The event, organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and taking place until 6 April, brings together three of the UAE’s biggest and most-anticipated motoring events along with a festival of entertainment. Engine Week’s first two events were a resounding success. ......read more

    Emirates resumes its operations to Zagreb for summer

    As part of its strategic partnership with flydubai, Emirates will resume flights to Zagreb until 26 October 2019    Dubai, UAE, 1 April 2019 –   Emirates has resumed its operations to Zagreb for summer, serving the route until 26 October 2019. Its partner airline, flydubai will then begin to operate during the winter season. The strategic partnership between both airlines ensures capacity is deployed to best serve customer demand.   Flight EK 129 will depart Dubai at 8:30 am and arrive in Zagreb at 12:35 pm local time, utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER. ......read more

    Sita Smart Pathtm Allows Passengers at Athens Airport to Use Their Face as Their Boarding Pass

    Greece’s largest airport becomes Europe’s first to use biometric identity at security UAE, Dubai – 31 March 2019 –   Passengers flying with Aegean Airlines from Athens International Airport are being offered a faster, more efficient journey through the airport by merely scanning their face at check-in and at security points.  Athens Airport has become the first airport in Europe to trial SITA Smart PathTM, a unique solution where passengers can use their facial biometrics to identify themselves at key steps in the journey without having to show ......read more

    Etihad Airways Offers Free Luggage Allowance for Golfers

    Etihad Airways continues its commitment to Abu Dhabi as a global sporting destination Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 28, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is welcoming golfers to Abu Dhabi’s renowned courses, allowing them to bring their golf clubs free-of-charge, enhancing the city’s sporting credentials and improving the experience of every golfer who touches down in the capital.   Hareb Al Muhairy, Senior Vice-President Destination and Leisure Management at Etihad Airways, said: “The capital’s golf courses ......read more

    Passenger satisfaction at baggage collection jumps to A new high with mobile notifications

    Updates at arrivals are an added benefit of baggage tracking   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 28 March 2019 –   While the adoption of technology has improved passenger satisfaction across the airport journey, the biggest jump by far over the past year was at baggage collection. SITA’s  2019 Passenger IT Insights shows that passengers are demanding more mobile services in relation to their baggage and where these are available, satisfaction levels have surged.                 SITA’s research shows that ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Continues Extensive Promotional Efforts in Eastern Europe Following Double-digit Growth in 2018

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority successfully concludes a series of trade roadshows targeting key cities in Eastern Europe  Visitor numbers to Ras Al Khaimah from Eastern European countries witnessed double digit growth in 2018  New Destination Strategy 2019-2021, latest product launches and summer campaign offerings showcased during the roadshows Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 28 March 2019: In light of the double-digit growth figures recorded in 2018, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has kicked off 2019 with a series of roadshows targeting key ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adopts New Real Time Flight Tracking Technology

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 27, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is a regional leader by having successfully implemented the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) recommendations for flight tracking ahead of the General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA’s) proposed deadline of 1 June 2019.  With an ICAO completion date of 8 November 2018, Etihad Airways not only met the GADSS recommendation of tracking its flights with position updates every 15 minutes under normal ......read more

    Freshness guaranteed by Cathay Pacific

    Cathay Pacific Services Limited recognised for perishables handling; world’s first to receive IATA CEIV Fresh certification Dubai, UAE, March 25, 2019:  Cathay Pacific congratulates Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL), its wholly-owned subsidiary, on becoming one of the first organisations to be awarded IATA CEIV Fresh certification, a globally-recognised perishable product handling accreditation. The certification, which was also awarded to the Hong Kong Airport Authority at the IATA World Cargo Symposium, underscores the speed, consistency and efficiency of all ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Supports Operation Smile UAE

    25th March 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has contributed to Operation Smile UAE’s textile recycling initiative by hosting three of its textile donation banks at its facilities, and inspiring its employees to donate hundreds of kilos of clothes and accessories to the internationally recognized medical humanitarian organization.  The initiative was launched by Operation Smile UAE in an effort to increase funding for its organization of free and safe reconstructive surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial ......read more

    AnadoluJet expands its international flight network with Erbil.

    Dubai, UAE, March 25, 2019:  The successful sub brand of Turkish Airlines, AnadoluJet added a new international destination to its flight network with flights to Erbil (Iraq) after its previous flights to TRNC -Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.   AnadoluJet offers its advantageous prices to the passengers flying from Gaziantep and/or Diyarbakır to Erbil. The flights from both cities started on March 21, 2019.   On the new Erbil flights of AnadoluJet, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı stated; ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Elenium Use Ground-breaking Technology to Revolutionise the Travel Experience

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 20, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Elenium, a leading provider of automation technology solutions, will together demonstrate how a newly developed voice activated self-service kiosk, bag drop and boarding gate facility will revolutionise the travel experience by taking facial recognition technology to new heights. The demonstration will take place at Passenger Terminal EXPO (PTE) in London between 26 – 28 March.   Using cloud technology, artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and ......read more

    British Airways welcome its new A350 aircraft and unveils its new business class Club Suite

    Dubai, UAE 20th March 2019:   British Airways has unveiled its highly-anticipated new business class seat - 'Club Suite' - and confirmed it will arrive on the first of its A350 aircraft in July. The airline's sophisticated and newly-branded 'Club Suite' offers direct-aisle access, a suite door for greater privacy and luxurious flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. Boasting 40 per cent more storage, including a vanity unit and mirror, WiFi, enviable 18.5-inch inflight entertainment screens*, high definition gate-to-gate programming, and PC / USB power; every ......read more

    Emergency exercise at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Wednesday, 20th March 2019

    Dubai, UAE, March 19, 2019:   Abu Dhabi Airports will conduct a full scale emergency exercise at Abu Dhabi International Airport Wednesday 20th March 2019, in accordance with Civil Aviation regulations issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority, and in compliance with standards and recommendations as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization.  The simulation exercise will be conducted in coordination and support of Abu Dhabi Aviation.   The full scale emergency simulation at Abu Dhabi International Airport will measure the preparedness, emergency ......read more

    The Emirates Group is set to bring new opportunities to Careers UAE 2019

    Launches new “Technologist” programme for national school graduates Dubai, U.A.E., 18th March 2019: The Emirates Group is once again gearing up for Careers UAE 2019, offering diverse career opportunities for UAE nationals at the three-day exhibition. This year, the Group will reveal a new programme, targeting national school graduates who aspire to be part of the exciting world of applied Technology. The programme, dubbed ‘the Technologists’, will consist of four years of academic education and two years of on-job training, providing students with a solid ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports extends City Check-In facilities to Indigo

    IndiGo’s new check-in feature to provide:  This newly introduced “City Terminal” feature aims to ease check-in experience for passengers flying out of Abu Dhabi airport effective March 10, 2019 With this feature, IndiGo passengers will be able to check-in 24 hours prior to the departure from conveniently located “City Terminal”  opposite to Abu Dhabi Mall   Currently, IndiGo flies two daily non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Calicut and Kochi respectively  Dubai, UAE, March 17, 2019:   Part of its drive to ......read more

    SriLankan Engineering successfully completes first C-check on A320neo aircraft

    March 17, 2019 - Dubai, UAE: Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) arm of Sri Lanka’s national carrier, achieved another milestone when it successfully carried out its first C-check on an Airbus A320neo aircraft of the SriLankan Airlines fleet at its main hub at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Vipula Gunatilleka, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines, said: “The highly dedicated and talented Engineering team worked tirelessly to achieve this milestone and once again has strengthen our position as  an MRO in the ......read more

    About TK' operations with B737 MAX type aircrafts

    Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2019:  Turkish Airlines has ceased operations with the 12 B737 MAX type passenger aircrafts located in its fleet, until further notice.    This decision will apply to all scheduled flights as of 13 March 2019.   ...read more

    5 Fun Things to Do in Jakarta

    Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia, and according to city records, an average of 2.5 million foreign tourists and 30 million domestic tourists visit the city each year. That is largely because most visitors treat Jakarta as an entry point to the rest of Indonesia. However, that does not change the fact that the city itself has a lot to offer. If you are among the millions of people who plan to visit or pass through Jakarta this year, you should consider taking a few days to explore the town and its various attractions. In particular, here is a breakdown of five fun things to do ......read more

    More than 3000 people visit Emirates A380 at first Saudi International Airshow

    DUBAI, U.A.E., 14 March 2019: The Emirates A380 drew in more than 3000 visitors in two days at the first ever Saudi International Airshow. The Emirates A380 was the largest commercial aircraft on display at the milestone event. The aircraft received a royal visit from HRH Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the Board of Saudi Space Agency. HRH was received by Adel Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East & Iran for Emirates, who took him through the flagship aircraft’s signature design details and latest onboard products.     The A380 ......read more

    Etihad Airways Welcomes Ireland's Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to Its Abu Dhabi Headquarters

    Delegation joined by Irish Special Olympics volunteers  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 14 March 2019 -   Etihad Airways, official airline partner of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, today welcomed the Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, to its Abu Dhabi Headquarters on the day of the official opening of the World Games in the capital city.  The Minister was joined by H.E Aidan Cronin, Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE and senior representatives from both Special Olympics Ireland and Tourism Ireland. The delegation was ......read more

    Etihad Airways Improves Core Performance in 2018 AsTransformation Continues

    15% improvement in core operating performance, on revenues of US$ 5.86 billion 4% increase in passenger yields, driven by capacity discipline, network and fleet optimisation, and growing market share in premium and point-to-point markets 3% reduction in unit costs, despite 31% higher fuel prices 17.8 million passengers and 682,100 leg tonnes of cargo carried Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 14, 2019:  Etihad Airways today announced an improvement in core operating performance of 15% in 2018, 7% higher than forecast, on revenues of US$ 5.86 billion (2017: US$ 6.0 ......read more

    Lufthansa orders 20 additional A350-900 wide-body aircraft

    Dubai, UAE, March 14, 2019:   Lufthansa Group, the biggest Airbus operator, has signed an order for 20 additional A350-900 wide-body aircraft, following a decision by the company’s supervisory board. This latest agreement brings Lufthansa Group’s total orders for the A350 XWB to 45 with 12 aircraft already in operation around the world.   “The A350 meets all our expectations. The aircraft is extremely reliable and the feedback from our passengers is excellent," said Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board Lufthansa Group - Airlines ......read more

    Tukish Airlines is moving to its new home, “The Great Move” begins

    Dubai - UAE, 13th March 2019 The flag carrier airline Turkish Airlines is ready for the great change in Turkish aviation history. The great move to Istanbul Airport will begin on April 5 Friday night at 03:00. As the greatest airport project of the world, the first stage of the move towards Istanbul Airport was back on October 29th, 2018. Unique in the global aviation history, the moving operation will take 45 hours in total and it will be concluded on April 6 Saturday night at 23:59. In order to conclude the Great Move successfully according to prior plans, Atatürk Airport and Istanbul ......read more

    British Airways to deliver significant changes to its First Class cabin as part of its £6.5bn investment.

    Dubai, UAE 13 March 2019:   British Airways is set to deliver significant changes to the onboard product and service in its First cabin as part of its £6.5bn investment for customers. The new look and feel, set to take to the skies from March 31 will include new bedding, amenities and menus that would not look out of place in a revered five-star British hotel.   The airline’s First customers will be offered super-soft, sophisticated new male and female loungewear designed exclusively by British fashion brand Temperley, London. The loungewear will be ......read more

    Turkish Airlines presents new cabin uniforms at acclaimed fashion show at ITB Berlin

    Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2019:  Turkish Airlines showcased its new uniforms for its cabin crew at a fashion show at the International Tourism Fair (ITB) in Berlin on March 6th with the attendance of Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy.   Eleven female and male flight attendants presented the new uniforms to ITB guests at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds on a six-meter-long catwalk. They were designed by Ettore Bilotta, an haute couturier living in Milan, who worked closely with the flight attendants in the design process.   The result is a ......read more

    Emirates to launch second daily flight to London Stansted

    Airline will operate 11 daily flights to three points in London  New flight timings enable even more convenient connection options  Both Stansted flights will be operated by Emirates’ latest Boeing 777 DUBAI, U.A.E., 12th March 2019:   Emirates today announced the launch of a second daily flight from Dubai (DXB) to London Stansted (STN) starting 1st July, 2019. The additional flight means that Emirates customers will now have 11 daily flight options to and from three London airports.   As with the first, the second daily flight to Stansted ......read more

    SAA CEO Vuyani Jarana tells CNN about the importance of connectivity between China and Africa

    Dubai, UAE, March 11, 2019:  This month’s episode of Business Traveller explores the trade and travel relationship between China and Africa. Three years ago, China surpassed the United States as the biggest business travel market on the globe and now more of China’s business is being done in Africa.    During the episode, CNN’s Eleni Giokos heads to Johannesburg to meet South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana.    The national carrier, SAA, is one of two airlines with direct flights to and from Hong Kong. Jarana explains to the ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Unveils Winners of the 6th Creative Reader Competition

    Event held as part of National Month of Reading Abu Dhabi, UAE - 06 March 2019:  In conjunction with the National Month of Reading, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) organised a ceremony at Manarat Al Saadiyat yesterday to honour the winners and participants of the 6th edition of the ‘Creative Reader’ Competition.  The event, which was attended by HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, Abdullah Majed Al Ali, Acting Executive Director of the Dar Al Kutub Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi, panel members of authors and ......read more

    Oman tourism arrivals to increase 5% annually to 2023, says ATM report

     Arrivals to Oman to increase at a CAGR of 5% fuelled by visitors from India who accounted for 21% of total arrivals in 2018  The number of ATM visitors interested in doing business with Oman increased 67% between 2017 and 2018 United Arab Emirates -  March 6, 2019:  Tourism arrivals to Oman will increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5% between 2018 and 2023 to 3.5 million, according to data released ahead of Arabian Travel Market 2019 (ATM), which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April – 1 May 2019.   Commissioned by ......read more

    Turkish Airlines redesigns the travel comfort with “Flow Sleeping Set”.

    United Arab Emirates - March 5, 2019:  Bringing various innovations to the sky in order to ensure a perfect travel experience for its guests, Turkish Airlines now offers the new “Flow Sleeping Set” to the passengers with its wondrous design. Starting with Feb 19, the new collection offered in Business Class promises a sleep as comfortable as your home, only above the clouds. Produced with the successful collaboration of Turkish Airlines and Zorlu Tekstil while carrying the signature of expert designers, collection aims to offer a healthier and higher quality sleep ......read more

    Turkish citizenship demand in Middle East soars after Ankara slashes investment by 75%

    News Highlights: - 75% investment cut, from $1 million to $250,000 in December 2018, has boosted worldwide interest in the programme. - Applicant can take back the investment, along with legal interest, and is allowed to sell the property after three years. - Turkey being a Muslim country makes the preferred choice for Middle East applicants. - Following the announcement, applications for Turkish passport has increased, receiving an unprecedented number of UAE applications. There is a surge of 55% in number of applications as compared to two years ago, says AAA Associates ......read more

    Turkish Airlines redesigns the travel comfort with “Flow Sleeping Set”

    March 03, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Bringing various innovations to the sky in order to ensure a perfect travel experience for its guests, Turkish Airlines now offers the new “Flow Sleeping Set” to the passengers with its wondrous design. Starting with Feb 19, the new collection offered in Business Class promises a sleep as comfortable as your home, only above the clouds. Produced with the successful collaboration of Turkish Airlines and Zorlu Tekstil while carrying the signature of expert designers, collection aims to offer a healthier and higher quality sleep ......read more

    GoAir Launches Flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Low-cost Indian carrier launching four new flights, connecting AUH with Kannur International Airport (CNN)   2 March 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed GoAir’s launch of four new flights between Kannur International Airport (CNN) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), connecting the two cities with flights operating every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.   GoAir’s inaugural flight from Kannur to Abu Dhabi was received with much fanfare today, as the Indian subcontinent remains one of the most popular destinations for ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces New Seasonal Routes to Alexanrioa and Salalah

     New seasonal flights to meet summer demand  Both flights will operate four times a week between 2 July 2019 and 31 August 2019   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 28 February 2019:  Etihad Airways has announced that it will launch new seasonal routes from Abu Dhabi to Alexandria, Egypt, and Salalah, Oman, catering to strong demand during the summer peak. Both flights will operate four times per week throughout July and August 2019.    Alexandria, the second-largest city in Egypt, is known for its rich history and beautiful beaches which stretch ......read more

    Cooperation Key to Keeping Aviation Secure Amid Evolving Threats & Doubling Passenger Demand

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 28, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on industry and governments to work together more closely to keep aviation secure in the face of evolving security threats and the forecast doubling of passenger demand to reach 8.2 billion by 2037.     “Flying is secure. But keeping it that way is not an easy task. Threats are evolving. The geo-political landscape is complex. Technology is rapidly changing. And the volumes of both cargo and travelers keeps growing. Global standards and ......read more

    UAE set to welcome 8.92 million visitors from top five source markets by 2023, says ATM research

    India, Saudi Arabia and UK top UAE arrivals, while Russian and Chinese source markets lead comparative growth with CAGR of 12% and 8% respectively Expo 2020 legacy will help sustain longer term growth   27 February 2019 - Dubai, UAE   Expo 2020 and its legacy, District 2020, are expected to have a positive long-term influence on the growth of inbound arrivals to the UAE from the country’s top five source markets between 2018 and 2023, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 April ......read more

    IATA Launches Diversity & Inclusion Awards

    27 February 2019 - United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards’ to recognize and encourage industry excellence.   Three categories of leadership in gender diversity and inclusion will be awarded: Inspirational Role Model Award: Will be presented to a female (30+) who holds a senior position within the industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong contribution to business delivery, as well as her ongoing support of the gender diversity ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group Releases Combined Traffic Figures for January 2019

    United Arab Emirates - February 26, 2019:  Cathay Pacific Group has released combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for January 2019 that show an increase in the number of passengers carried and a decrease in cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2018. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total of 3,127,437 passengers last month, an increase of 7.4% compared to January 2018. The passenger load factor increased 1.9 percentage points to 86.1%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 7.1%.  The two ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Announces Top Business and Leadership Sessions

    Future-proof your business and career with insights from world-class experts Dubai February 25, 2019: The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature reveals its strong business and leadership strand, which sees world class experts deliver powerful advice on how to boost business potential. Sessions will help the audience prepare for career success and future leadership.     The Festival, which is held from 1-9th March, will host a dynamic programme on business and leadership covering topics as diverse as the intriguing impact of artificial intelligence on our future world, ......read more

    Pakistan International Airlines launches bi-weekly flights to Al Ain International Airport

    Pakistan International Airlines to connect Peshawar International Airport and Al Ain International Airport with scheduled flights every Friday and Sunday   23 February 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Al Ain International Airport (AAN), owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Airports, received Pakistan International Airlines’ inaugural flight from Peshawar International Airport on Friday 22 February at 10:35 local time (LT). Pakistan International Airlines commenced bi-weekly flights on Fridays and Sundays connecting Al Ain with Peshawar, Pakistan.    Al Ain International ......read more

    The Emirates A380 to take centre stage at the Saudi International Airshow

    DUBAI, U.A.E., 23 February 2019: Emirates will be showcasing its flagship Airbus A380 for two days at the first ever Saudi International Airshow. The popular double-decker aircraft will be on display on March 12th and 13th at Al Thumamah Airport in Riyadh, giving visitors the opportunity to tour its interior and experience its award-winning products across all classes, including Emirates’ refreshed OnBoard Lounge. The airshow is the first international aviation and aerospace exhibition of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial ......read more

    IATA Releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance

    21 February 2019 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continuing safety improvements over the long term, but an increase in accidents compared to 2017.   • The all accident rate  (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.35, which was the equivalent of one accident for every 740,000 flights. This was an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.79 for the previous 5-year period (2013-2017), but a decline compared to ......read more

    Emirates to launch new service to Porto

    Four times weekly service Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal Travellers in northern Portugal will have direct access to Emirates’ global network via Dubai DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 FEBRUARY 2019 – Emirates announced today it will launch a four times weekly service between Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from 2 July 2019. Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER ......read more

    Upswing in investments in Middle East for efficient Air Traffic Control

    ATC market to be worth US$56.07 billion by 2022 In 2030, 1.85 million flights annually to and from UAE 2.34 million aircraft movements at 36 ME airports in 2025 Dubai, February 20, 2019: If you are thinking the skies don’t have traffic jams for airliners, you are wrong - at least, for now. The airline industry made history by registering its busiest day ever when a record-making 202,157 flights were monitored criss-crossing the skies the world over in June last year. More than 19,000 flights at once at the day’s peak were recorded. A year earlier, it was found that there ......read more

    Tips for Selecting Your Next Travel Destination

    When you have so many different options for travel destinations, how can you be sure that you are picking the best possible one? At the end of the day, you need to choose a place that you personally want to visit. Despite any recommendations that you received from friends and travel advice that you stumbled on, you need to feel inspired to travel somewhere. Most importantly, does it fit within your budget? Even if you want to visit Dubai, can you afford to go there at this moment in your life? Some trips will require you to save more money than others, but you must always prioritize safety ......read more

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