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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 to introduce Airbus A380 on daily Seoul service

    February 11, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Effective 1 July 2019, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Seoul. The South Korean capital’s Incheon airport now joins London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, New York JFK and Sydney as a destination served by the airline’s award-winning aircraft. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Since launching our services to Seoul Incheon in December 2010, the route has proved tremendously successful and we have welcomed over 1.2 million ......read more

    Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies Recognized by Airport Council International

    10th February 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), the training arm of Abu Dhabi Airports, has been recognized and awarded by the Airport Council International (ACI). GCAS was recognized as the best performing ACI training center in the Asia-Pacific Region, with the highest number of students trained in 2018. The award was presented by Kevin Caron, Director, Capacity Building Programs at ACI and received by Zamzam Al Hammadi, General Manager GCAS during a special ceremony at the center’s headquarters, located at Al Bateen Executive Airport in the UAE ......read more

    Healthy Passenger Demand Continues in 2018 with Another Record Load Factor

    7 February 2019 United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2018 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by a healthy 6.5% compared to full-year 2017. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the 2017 annual growth of 8.0%, it was another year of above-trend growth. Full year 2018 capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to a record 81.9%, exceeding the previous high set in 2017.  December RPKs rose 5.3% against the same month in 2017, the ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Royal Jordanian Announce New Codeshare Partnership

    Etihad Airways to codeshare on Royal Jordanian services to select points in Europe, North Africa and Canada Royal Jordanian customers to have access to Etihad destinations across Asia and Australia   February 07, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Jordanian flag carrier, Royal Jordanian, have announced a new codeshare partnership which will provide their customers with greater access to key leisure and business destinations in North Africa, Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia. The codeshare flights will be open ......read more

    Treat your loved one to a romantic Venetian gondola cruise at Riverland™ Dubai on 14 Feb

    Dubai, 7 February 2019: Looking to surprise your loved one with an unforgettable experience on 14 February? Riverland™ Dubai, the charming dining and entertainment locale at Dubai Parks and Resorts offers couples the chance to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with an enchanting gondola ride, followed by a dinner under the stars in the classic Venetian flat-bottomed boat. Treat your loved one to this memorable 45-minute to 1 hour private cruise that includes a sumptuous dinner for two, priced at AED500 per couple. The picturesque private gondola ride down the river past the ......read more

    Air Freight Demand Ends Year Up 3.5%, Despite Softening Late 2018

    6 February 2019  (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2018 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 3.5% compared to 2017. This was significantly lower than the extraordinary 9.7% growth recorded in 2017.     Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 5.4% in 2018, outpacing annual growth in demand. This exerted downward pressure on the load factor but yields proved resilient.    Air ......read more

    WTM London 2018 Facilitates a Record £3.4 Billion in Travel Industry Deals

    WTM London 2018, the event where ideas arrive, will generate a record £3.4 billion in travel and tourism industry deals, surpassing the figure of £3.1 billion from WTM London 2017. February 5, 2019 Dubai United Arab Emirates:  The global travel and tourism industry continues to grow with more than £1.4 billion trips predicted to taking place globally in 2019, with the number predicted to rise to £1.8 billion by 2030. Inbound tourism to the UK is approaching 40 million trips annually, while Brits make almost 73 million outbound trips each year. WTM London ......read more

    Now Boarding from MIA: Facial Recognition Departures

    Lufthansa is first airline to replace boarding passes for cameras on flights from Miami Dubai, UAE – 4 February 2019 – Passengers departing from Miami International Airport to Munich on Lufthansa flight 461 can now board with the quick click of a camera instead of a boarding pass and passport, thanks to the airport’s launch of biometric exit technology last week.  “MIA continues to explore innovative ways of streamlining and expediting the travel experience for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I look ......read more

    Aircaft Interiors Market to Reach $40.2 Billion by 2025

    Driving Factors Include Increased Orders, Passenger Traffic Growth and Retrofitting February 04, 2019 - Dubai, UAE The aircraft interiors market is predicted to be worth $40.2 billion by 2025, according to marketsandmarkets. With the industry seeing such growth, Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), returning to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) 11-12 February for its tenth edition, is yet again set to provide the ideal platform for solution providers and suppliers to meet with representatives of airlines from around the world. AIME traditionally attracts global airline ......read more

    Emirates Forges Codeshare Partnership with China Southern Airlines

    Emirates’ first codeshare partnership with a Chinese carrier Agreement with China’s largest airline covers 18 routes including domestic points in China and Middle Eastern and African destinations, complementing expansive networks of both airlines   Dubai, U.A.E, 2 February 2019 - Emirates and China Southern Airlines (IATA code: CZ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to progress a comprehensive reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open up new destinations for passengers travelling between China and the Middle East and Africa. The partnership ......read more

    Leading Aviation Engineering Companies Team Up to Form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance

    Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2019:  A group of significant players in the aviation industry are cooperating to form a new alliance in the field of aircraft modification. As leading companies in the retrofit industry, Etihad Airways Engineering, EAD Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik and Envoy Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA). IAMA aims to encourage aircraft owners and operators to modify and modernise their fleets through high quality equipment and rigorous inspections, irrespective of which IAMA members provide ......read more

    Stretch, relax and rejuvenate: Cathay Pacific opens The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga

    Hong Kong’s home airline creates dedicated yoga and meditation space at The Pier Business Class lounge   Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2019:  A visit to Cathay Pacific’s Business Class lounge at The Pier in Hong Kong has just become even more beneficial for mind, body and soul following the opening of The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga.   Designed in partnership with The Pure Group, The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga is a 700 square-foot area divided into two zones – The Body Sanctuary, which is dedicated to yoga, and The Mind Sanctuary, where travellers can meditate to ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Expands Its UAE Reach with New Route from Sharjah International Airport

    The April 2019 launch reinforces the airlines status of flying to more international destinations than any other in the world   Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2019:  Turkish Airlines has announced another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of direct flights between Sharjah and its Istanbul hub. With existing services from Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport (cargo flights), and Abu Dhabi International Airport, Turkish Airlines’ new Sharjah route marks its fourth destination into the UAE.   Turkish Airlines started its ......read more

    Emirates serves over 20,000 plant-based meals on board during ‘Veganuary'

    Requests for vegan meals on board increase by over 40% in January Dubai, UAE, 29 Jan 2019:  Emirates served over 20,000 plant-based meals across all classes in January, known to Vegans worldwide as Veganuary. The worldwide movement, to encourage Veganism especially in January has seen on board requests for vegan meals increase by over 40% this month.  The airline caters to all its customers and has a range of dedicated menus for medical or religious meal requirements which are designed with a team of nutritionists and chefs. Vegan meals rank as the third most commonly ......read more

    flydubai goes to Tashkent

    flydubai becomes the first UAE-based airline to operate direct flights to Uzbekistan With the launch of five flights a week to Tashkent, flydubai will offer 33 weekly flights to seven points in Central Asia   The new destination will operate as a codeshare route with Emirates with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 January 2019:   Dubai-based flydubai today has announced the start of flights to Tashkent (TAS) the capital of Uzbekistan. The five times weekly service between Dubai and Tashkent will start from 11 March 2019 and will ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Participates in Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS)

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 28 January, 2019:   Etihad Aviation Group is participating in the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS) held over three days in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The summit is an opportunity for aviation leaders and experts from around the world to gather and explore investment opportunities, hear from subject matter experts and showcase the latest technology trends within the sector.  Etihad is represented at the event by numerous divisions, each showcasing innovative solutions and range of services available to those looking to ......read more

    Vibrant and innovative French firms reiterate their loyalty to Aircraft Interiors & MRO Middle East

    February 10-11 2019 , Dubai World Trade Centre   Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2019:   For the 8th year in a row and in an increasingly favorable business environment, BUSINESS FRANCE, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, with the support of the Occitanie Region, organizes the French Pavilion at the Middle East’s leading trade fair for aircraft interiors and maintenance: Aircraft Interiors & MRO Middle East, which takes place in Dubai on February 11-12, 2019.   The French pavilion (the only official ......read more

    Etihad Launches Innovative E-learning Module Ahead of Special Olympics World Games

    January 27, 2019 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Aviation Group has launched a landmark initiative in its support for Special OIympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 by developing an innovative e-learning course for its staff on supporting people with determination. With less than 50-days to go to the World Games kick-off on 14 March, the launch of the course marks the first time an airline has developed an online training module like this, that enhances awareness and understanding of people with intellectual disabilities, in line with the Special Olympics ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Waives Requirement for Industry Stakeholders to Register Their Public Relations Officers When Carrying Out Transactions

    Permits and approvals can now be obtained online via Dubai Tourism portal Cancellation of PRO card is part of ongoing efforts to ease business processes across the city New deregulations will contribute to Smart Government initiative and Dubai Paperless Strategy DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 27 January 2019:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has waived a mandatory requirement for hotel establishments, tourism companies and event organisers to obtain a Public Relations Officer (PRO) card prior to conducting industry transactions ......read more

    Emirates Aviation University to partake in Global Investment in Aviation Summit

    Dubai, 24 January 2018:  Emirates Aviation University is scheduled to participate in the first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit, slated to take place from January 27-29, 2019 at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City.   The Summit is organized by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and carries the theme “Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through Attractive Aviation Investment Opportunities”, with a focus on the aviation, air transport and air logistics sectors – which actively contribute close a third of Dubai’s total ......read more

    Etihad Airways Records Successful Year for On-Time Performance (OTP) at Hub and Across Network

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 24, 2019:  Etihad Airways has posted its best December operational on-time performance (OTP) results since 2010, concluding a successful year for its flight operations.  In 2018, the airline recorded network punctuality of 82 per cent for flight departures and 84 per cent for arrivals – results that place Etihad Airways as one of the most reliable and punctual airlines in the world for 2018. OTP for departures at the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub was 80 per cent, and 85 per cent for arrivals. Across its network, the airline ......read more

    Emirates Skywards opens new one-stop centre to serve programme members at Dubai International Airport

    Dubai, UAE, 24 January 2019:  Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, today celebrated the opening of its new Emirates Skywards Centre in Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport (DXB). The centre was inaugurated by Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President, Emirates Skywards and Nick Moore, Senior Vice President, Passenger Services, Emirates. The Emirates Skywards Centre at DXB will function as a one-stop customer touchpoint for all new and existing members of the Emirates Skywards loyalty programme and will provide assistance ......read more

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Attends Sita Regional 2019 Kick Off

    UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DUBAI – 23 January 2019 – His Highness (HH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group today attended the SITA 2019 Kick-off for the Middle East, India and Africa region (MEIA) at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai. HH Sheikh Ahmed, a prominent founder of Dubai’s aviation industry, witnessed SITA’s business objectives and outlook for key industry trends affecting the MEIA region in 2019.  Speaking at the event, SITA CEO Barbara ......read more

    The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Signs MoU with General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments

    Entities to collaborate to provide tours of Abu Dhabi’s historic mosques Abu Dhabi, 19 January 2019:  To promote cultural tourism in Abu Dhabi and showcase Islamic heritage and Abu Dhabi’s mosques and their stages of development and growth to tourists, the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has teamed up with the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf) to organise tours of historic and iconic mosques in the emirate. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two government entities to provide the ......read more

    Emirates to operate scheduled A380 service to Amman

    Airline to operate largest commercial aircraft in the world for four month period during summer peak Dubai, UAE, 17 January 2019:   Emirates will operate its A380 aircraft to and from Amman between 01 June and 26 October 2019, in response to increased demand for travel during the summer period. This adjustment will see the airline operate one of its three daily flights on the route (EK 903/904) with its flagship A380. This will be the first time that Emirates will operate a scheduled A380 service to Amman, following the historic one-off A380 flight operated in September ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached the 80.2% Load Factor in December 2018.

    January 14, 2019:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for December 2018, reached 80.2% load factor in that month. Growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines at the end of the year as well.    According to the December 2018 Traffic Results;  Total number of passengers carried went up by 1% reaching 5.5 million passengers, and the load factor went up to 80.2%.  In December 2018, total ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports sponsors the UAE Sport Talent Fund

    As part of its commitment to social responsibility   13 January 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports took part in sponsoring the UAE Sport Talent Fund, which was launched in December 2018 by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Sports (GAS), Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi.    Abu Dhabi Airports’ sponsorship of the UAE Sport Talent Fund demonstrated the company’s commitment to social responsibility, and its ongoing support of community engagement programs. Through its donation, Abu Dhabi Airports ......read more

    Revamped agenda in 2019 for GALF

    Blockchain, AI and Remote ATC Towers under the spotlight 517 million passengers in the Middle East by 2036 ME smart airports market worth US$850 million in 2019 MEA blockchain spending to be US$307 million by 2021   Dubai, January 13, 2019:   The Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) is one of the world’s most influential knowledge-sharing platforms for the airports industry. A new revamped agenda for its seventh edition in Dubai in 2019 hosts an engaging line-up of speakers and the agenda reflects the changing aviation landscape and future ......read more

    Choose to Start the Year Right With Etihad's Global Sale

    Travellers choosing to make a fresh start this year can begin anywhere with Etihad Global Sale Economy flights to London start from AED2,343; Business fares from AED12,969 Special fares available for travel from 18 January to 27 November 2019 Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 12, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging travellers to start 2019 right and travel in style with the launch of its Global Sale.   With the New Year comes resolutions. To eat better, relax more, indulge your mind, be more cultured, spend more time with family, ......read more

    Airbus achieves new commercial aircraft delivery record in 2018

    Deliveries total 800 aircraft, 11 percent higher than in 2017 Net orders total 747, backlog increases to 7,577 aircraft Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2019:  Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) delivered 800 commercial aircraft to 93 customers in 2018, meeting its full year delivery guidance and setting a new company record. Deliveries were 11 percent higher than the previous record of 718 units, set in 2017. For the 16th year in a row now, Airbus has increased the number of commercial aircraft deliveries on an annual basis.   In total, the 2018 commercial aircraft ......read more

    Solid but Moderating Passenger Demand in November

    Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy but moderating global passenger traffic results for November 2018. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2% compared to November 2017, a slight deceleration from 6.3% growth in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.8% over the year-ago period, and load factor dipped 0.4 percentage point to 80.0%. It was only the third time in two years that load factor fell on a year-to-year basis.    “Traffic is solid. But there are clear ......read more

    First 14 airlines confirmed for inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa forum

    Regional airlines add 58 new routes across the GCC in 2018 Almost 50% of new UAE routes introduced in 2018 are to destinations in Europe; with Russia claiming the second largest share of new flights Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  Fourteen airlines have already confirmed their participation at CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa – co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May.    Senior network planning teams from Emirates, Etihad, flydubai, Air Arabia, Air Asia, ......read more

    Air Freight Demand Flat in November

    Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), was flat (0%) in November 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest rate of growth recorded since March 2016, following 31 consecutive months of year-on-year increases.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.3% year-on-year in November 2018. This was the ninth month in a row that capacity growth ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Releases AED250 Million in Bank Guarantees of Tourism Companies to Boost Investment in Ecosystem

    As part of its deregulation focus, Dubai Tourism exempts over 2,000 travel and tour agencies from furnishing bank guarantees, injecting a quarter billion dirhams liquidity into Dubai’s tourism economy Move part of efforts to support the government’s economic stimulus programme aimed at lowering cost of doing business and making the emirate more attractive to investors DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 8 January 2019:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has initiated efforts to release approximately AED250 million in bank ......read more

    19 reasons to fly with British Airways in 2019

    January 08, 2019:  British Airways’ new year’s resolution is to provide its customers with even more quality and choice in every cabin on every route -  with a £6.5bn investment and 19 great reasons to look forward to flying with the airline in 2019.    Here are some of the reasons to fly with British Airways this year: The January sale – on now. Bag a bargain to dozens of top global destinations. Do it now, before everyone else does.  New routes. Customers can try out the airline’s new routes to Charleston y’all, with ......read more

    Kalima Reading Club Organises Panel Discussion On La Rochefoucauld's ‘Reflections: Or Sentences And Moral Maxims'

    Abu Dhabi, 06 January 2019:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s (DCT Abu Dhabi) Kalima Reading Club organised a panel discussion on ‘Reflections: Or Sentences and Moral Maxims’ by Francois de La Rochefoucauld, which was attended by a number of writers, intellectuals and DCT Abu Dhabi employees. The session featured researcher and writer Sheikha Al-Jabri, poet Salem Bou Jamhour, writer and storyteller Bassima Younes, novelist Ali Abu Alreesh, and poet Mira Al-Qasim, examining La Rochefoucauld’s 17th century text from each of their ......read more

    Tips and tricks to get the cheapest flight deals to Dubai in 2019

    January 01, 2019 - Dubai, UE:   Planning a holiday for 2019 will give you something to look forward to, especially during the colder months or rainy weekends. Dubai is a top destination to visit if you are looking for some sun, as there are beaches, wide expanses of desert and sand dunes to explore and relax in. For those wanting a city break, they can enjoy what the glittering skyline has to offer.   Once you have decided when you will go on holiday and sized up some places to stay, all that’s left to do is book the flights. With prices seeming like they are ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport rolls out ‘Super-Fi' internet connectivity

    Super-Fi sees upload and download speeds of up to 200mbps per user, among the fastest airport internet services available in the world Move comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to customer experience and digitalization strategies  30 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports today announced its airport-wide roll out of ‘Super-Fi’ that will increase internet upload and download speeds to a maximum of 200 mbps per user at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).    The Super-Fi internet access, which is among the ......read more

    Global Investment in Aviation Summit to host largest gathering of heads of civil aviation authorities

    Aviation industry is one of key drivers behind growth in various economic sectors  Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansori: Aviation Sector is a key pillar to the National Economy and the summit is a good chance to hold partnerships.    Organised by GCAA under the theme “Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through Investment in the Aviation Sector”, GIAS 2019 will take place on January 28 & 29, 2019 at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City. GIAS 2019 to see the largest gathering of ministers of aviation and transportation and heads of civil ......read more

    Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Launches Heritage Pulses Programme

    Programme offers various educational and entertaining family activities through 10 January Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27 December 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is currently overseeing its initiative Heritage Pulses (Nabadat Torathiah) in all branches of its affiliated libraries across the emirate. Having launched in mid-December, and running until 10 January 2019, the program brings together the traditional heritage of the UAE with modern aspects of the country, through various educational and fun activities for families and participants of ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and India's IndiGo announce a Codeshare Agreement.

    Turkish Airlines and IndiGo to leverage their respective networks to maximize travel opportunities for the traveling public. Dubai, UAE, December 26, 2018:  A member of Star Alliance, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines, and India’s largest domestic carrier, IndiGo today announced a codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement. The signed codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement between the two carriers, the effectiveness of which is subject to receipt by Turkish Airlines and IndiGo of all necessary Board and regulatory approvals, will enable both carriers to provide more ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting

    The workshop held at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies brought together more than 35 airport HR professionals from key Asia Pacific airports  26th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies (GCAS) in Abu Dhabi between the 11th and 13th December. The three-day event, was an opportunity for Airport HR professionals to reflect on the successes of 2018, and look forward to 2019’s opportunities.  The event brought together ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Daily Hong Kong Service

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 23, 2018:   Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily scheduled service from Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong, effective 31 March 2019. The two-class aircraft will replace the Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently operating the route   The new 787-9 Dreamliner service to Hong Kong will feature the airline’s next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats -  a capacity increase of six seats in Business and 31 in Economy in ......read more

    DCT Abu Dhabi launches a new annual season on Abu Dhabi's calendar, the Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Season

    More Than 650 Outlets Sign Up for Spectacular New Code Red Sale Campaign Across Abu Dhabi Special offers for shopping, hospitality, events, dining and more will take place across the UAE capital from 26th December 2018 to 5th February 2019 Abu Dhabi, 23 December 2018 –   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the imminent launch of its Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) Season, a new annual retail and shopping season which will run across the capital. Taking place from 26th December 2018 to 5th February 2019, visitors and residents ......read more

    CNN speaks to the CEO of The Emirates Group as Dubai Intl Airport welcomes its one billionth customer

    Dubai, UAE, December 22, 2018:  As Dubai International (DXB) welcomes its one billionth international customer, CNN’s John Defterios spoke to H.H Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum –Chairman of Dubai Airports and CEO of The Emirates Group.   During the interview with Defterios, Al Maktoum discussed the crucial role customers have played in helping Dubai International reach their goal, saying “It’s always about the customers. The more you please your customers, they will come again and again.”   Al Maktoum also commented on the US Federal ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Corporate Club won the First-Ever GT Tested Reader Survey Award for “Best Corporate Travel Program for Business Travelers”.

    The global airline also received two awards for “Best Airline for Business Class” and “Best Airport Staff/Gate Agents” for the second consecutive year. Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, is the recipient of three 2018 GT Tested Reader Survey awards by Global Traveler magazine, including the first-ever award for “Best Corporate Travel Program for Business Travelers” for its prestigious Turkish Airlines Corporate Club program. In addition, the ......read more

    Emirates brings iconic Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of highly anticipated AFC Cup 2019

    Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  Emirates, the official airline partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 has flown the iconic AFC Asian Cup trophy to Dubai ahead of the much-anticipated AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The AFC Asian Cup trophy travelled from Tokyo, making a stop in Hong Kong and continuing on EK 383 before arriving in Dubai. The AFC Asian Cup is the most prestigious national team event in Asia and one of the most widely viewed sporting events in the world. It is being held on UAE soil for the first time since 1996. Emirates has been the ......read more

    The Five Reasons You Really Need Travel Insurance

    Dubai, UAE, December 20, 2018:  AXA, one of the largest international players in the GCC and the no. 1 global insurance brand for the 10th consecutive year, has some helpful advice for people looking to travel over the next few days.   Passport, tickets and money are the three things on any traveler’s checklist, but the need for travel insurance is frequently overlooked and it is probably one of the most important things to consider before you leave the country.   Despite what you might have heard, travel insurance is remarkably inexpensive.  AXA is keen ......read more

    Chinese visitors to GCC will increase 81% by 2022 says ATM report

    2.9 million Chinese tourists will travel to GCC in 2022 Saudi Arabia to experience highest proportionate increase in arrivals from China, with a projected CAGR of 33% between 2018 and 2022 25% of delegates, exhibitors and attendees were interested in doing business with China at Arabian Travel Market 2018 Dubai, UAE, December 19, 2018:  The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 81% from 1.6 million in 2018 to 2.9 million in 2022, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, which takes place at Dubai World Trade ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 19, 2018:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona, effective 22 February 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the recently launched route.   The deployment of the larger 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona has been timed to coincide with the Mobile World Conference taking place in the city from 25-28 February, during which Etihad Airways will provide daily flights. The airline will increase frequency to a permanent daily operation from 31 ......read more

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