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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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    Emirates and South African Airways to expand strategic partnership with enhanced codeshare agreement

    Dubai, UAE, 18 December 2018 -   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and South African Airways (SAA), the South African flag carrier, are expanding their strategic cooperation with enhancements to its codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both Emirates and SAA customers. Pending governmental approval, SAA and Emirates have signed an enhanced commercial partnership which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997, across a wide spectrum of commercial and ......read more

    Global Investment in Aviation Summit Links Developed and Emerging Markets through Investment in Aviation Industry

    The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019), slated to take place in Dubai on January 28 & 29, 2019. GIAS 2019 to bring together world’s top industry experts and professionals. GIAS 2019 is held in the light of the expected growth rates and capital inflows into the aviation industry due to the steady and remarkable increase in demands for air transport, as the world’s safest mode of transportation, in addition to its reasonable costs. Dubai, UAE, December 18, 2018:  The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit ......read more

    Emirates to operate A380 to Glasgow

    Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  Emirates today announced it will introduce a daily A380 service for a temporary period between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April 2019.  It will be the first time the popular double decker aircraft will operate on a scheduled basis to Scotland. The larger capacity A380 will replace Emirates’ current twice daily Boeing 777 service between Glasgow and Dubai from 16 April until 31 May 2019, during which time Dubai Airports plan to close Dubai International’s (DXB) southern runway for upgrade works, and the single runway operations require ......read more

    Read the Fine Print Before Buying Travel Insurance, UAE Residents Urged as New Year Holidays Beckon

    Budget Policies Leave Holidaymakers Short on Cover in an Emergency Expats Have Specific Concerns for Medical Terms and Conditions Take Special Care When Buying ‘Added Extra’ Insurance Online Dubai, UAE, December 17, 2018:  UAE residents are being urged to check the fine print on their travel insurance before flying abroad during the New Year period, with some policies potentially leaving them short on cover in an emergency.   Paul Brierley of Nexus Insurance Brokers says gaps in provision are especially problematic when travel insurance is offered as an ......read more

    Emirates unveils new Real Madrid A380 decal

    Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and a main sponsor of Spanish football club, Real Madrid, today unveiled a new decal featuring action images of some of the club’s top players on one of its A380 aircraft. The new decal was created to mark the occasion of Real Madrid’s charter flight on an Emirates A380 from Madrid to Abu Dhabi today, where the team in their capacity as current European champions will compete with football club champions from other continents. The bespoke decal features first team ......read more

    Dubai Adds Spanish Cruise Line to Its Homeporting Roster

    Pullmantur Cruise Line makes regional debut with maiden call of Horizon  Dubai, UAE; 16 December 2018:   Dubai Tourism alongside its public and private sector partners welcomed cruise ship Horizon into Dubai, marking the debut of Pullmantur Cruise Lines in the region. To commemorate the occasion, a traditional ‘Plaques and Keys Exchange’ ceremony was hosted on board in the presence of the President and CEO of Pullmantur Cruises and the ship’s captain, as well as key industry stakeholders. Reaffirming Dubai’s position as the ‘Cruise Hub of the ......read more

    Cathay Pacific expands its Japan network with new route to Ishikawa Prefecture from April 2019

    “Konnichiwa” Komatsu Dubai, UAE, December 16, 2018:  Cathay Pacific is introducing a new scheduled seasonal service to Komatsu next spring, making the beautiful natural landscapes and rich cultural attractions of Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture more easily accessible to UAE travellers via Hong Kong. The new two-times-weekly service* will be operated on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 3 April 2019 and 26 October 2019 using Airbus A330-300 aircraft featuring both Business and Economy Class cabins. Cathay Pacific has operated charter flights to Komatsu, the gateway ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached 81.4% Load Factor in November 2018

    Dubai, UAE, December 15, 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for November 2018, reached 81.4% Load Factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, 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 in the last quarter of the year as well.     According to the November 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in November, thus total number of ......read more

    How to spend your leisure time in Dubai

    If you are planning a rich vacation abroad, chockfull of exciting adventures, memorable nights, fun-filled days, and enough photos to fill your cameras to bursting, then Dubai is sure to be on your list of prospective destinations. Now, you are on your vacation and have landed in Dubai. After checking into the hotel, what do you do next? Where do you go? Or if you don’t want to move from your comfortable bed and don’t want to sleep either, what do you do? For one, you could hit a Beach. Dubai beaches are famous for scenic eateries, beachside bars, latest fashion boutiques, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice for 2018 Winter Holidays

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The Winter holidays are set to start soon with schools in the UAE breaking for holidays in the coming week, leading to a particularly busy time at Abu Dhabi Airport.   To ensure guests enjoy a convenient travel experience during this busy period, Etihad Airways has a number of travel tips and reminders to save time:   Early Check-in For the convenience of those guests who live downtown, early check-in is available at the Abu Dhabi City Terminal for AED30 per guest. Guests should arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at least ......read more

    Cautious Optimism Extends into 2019 Airlines Heading for A Decade in the Black

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts the global airline industry net profit to be $35.5 billion in 2019, slightly ahead of the $32.3 billion expected net profit in 2018 (revised down from $33.8 billion forecast in June). Highlights of expected 2019 performance include: The return on invested capital is expected to be 8.6% (unchanged from 2018) The margin on net post-tax profits is expected be 4.0% (basically unchanged from 3.9% in 2018) Overall industry revenues are expected to reach $885 billion (+7.7% on $821 billion in ......read more

    IATA Launches Platform Enabling Airlines to Share Turbulence Data

    Dubai, UAE, December 13, 2018:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched its Turbulence Aware data resource to help airlines avoid turbulence when planning routes tactically in flight. Turbulence Aware augments an airline’s ability to forecast and avoid turbulence by pooling and sharing (in real time) turbulence data generated by participating airlines.     Today airlines rely upon pilot reports and weather advisories to mitigate the impact of turbulence on their operations. These tools—while effective—have limitations due to the ......read more

    Emiratisation Efforts Stepped Up in Support of New Tourism Vision 2025

    Enhanced industry nationalisation initiatives encouraging Emiratis to pursue careers in travel and tourism sector Dubai, UAE; 13 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced plans to further drive industry Emiratisation efforts to create a strong pool of local talent that will play a key role in helping Dubai achieve its Tourism Vision 2025. As guided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, nationalisation initiatives launched by ......read more

    Emirates takes delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

    A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates Emirates’ modern and efficient fleet strategy to continue with future deliveries of Boeing 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft Dubai, UAE, 13 December 2018 - Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its order books. A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family. One of out ......read more

    flydubai announces new fare structure offering passengers more choice

    Dubai, UAE, December 12, 2018:   Dubai-based flydubai launches new fare types offering passengers more choice when travelling in Economy. The new fare types are applicable for all bookings made from 02 December onwards and allows passengers to choose between Lite, Value and Flex bundles designed to cater to their different travel needs and budget. Passengers travelling in Business continue to benefit from great value for money with the existing business class fares that include a generous checked-in baggage allowance, meal options from an internationally inspired menu, ......read more

    Dubai South unveils the Aviation One office complex

    Dubai, UAE, December 11, 2018:  Dubai South unveiled today the Aviation One office complex, the Dubai South flagship commercial property on the sideline of MEBAA 2018.  “The Aviation one is a premium and one-stop shop business facility. A unique commercial complex in new Aviation District at Dubai South, Aviation One is located next to the VIP Terminal the heart of the General Aviation District at Dubai South,” said Tahnoon Saif, Chief Executive Officer of the Aviation District at Dubai South. Unveiling this modern business address in the heart of the new ......read more

    Air India Express launches its new route to Kannur from Abu Dhabi International Airport

    3 weekly flights to connect Abu Dhabi with the new destination in India   11th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed yesterday Air India Express inaugural flight from Kannur, India, commencing 3 weekly flights that connect the UAE Capital’s airport with Kannur International Airport (CNN).   The inaugural Air India Express flight from Kannur touched down in Abu Dhabi on Sunday 9th December at 12:30pm marking the start of a brand new route for the airline, with Abu Dhabi as the first destination for the airline from ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Highlights Importance of Digital Maturity and Revenue Management in Hospitality Sector

    New independent report assesses the digital maturity of Dubai’s hotel sector highlighting best practice digital technology  80% of hotel searches and 60% of travel searches in the Middle East and North Africa made using mobile phones, emphasising importance of digital, social and mobile first strategy Revenue management training sessions rolled out to stakeholders, stimulating global price competitiveness  Dubai, UAE, 10 December 2018:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has unveiled a third-party research report ......read more

    New ACH145 Mercedes-Benz Style Cabin Model Highlights First Presence at MEBAA for Airbus Corporate Helicopters

    Dubai, 6th December 2018 –   For the first time, Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) will take part in MEBAA Dubai, the Middle East's leading business aviation exhibition.   Located at Chalet A15, ACH will display a new ACH145 cabin model equipped with the Mercedes-Benz Style interior, part of the range of interior designs by partner brands and designers: ACH Editions.  The model will showcase the elegant interior design inspired by the luxury-class saloons of the automotive manufacturer matched with the features of the outstanding medium sized, twin-engine ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Becomes First Transport Hub to Harvest Energy and Data from Passengers' Footsteps in Middle East

    Masdar, in collaboration with Pavegen, creates data and energy harvesting walkway at Abu Dhabi’s Gateway 5th December, 2018, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has officially announced the launch of an interactive walkway which converts the footsteps of travellers into off-grid electricity and data.  Abu Dhabi Airports has commissioned Pavegen, the award-winning UK clean-tech company, in collaboration with Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) to construct a 16-square metre energy harvesting walkway. The path connects two terminals ......read more

    Emirates adds additional A380 service between Johannesburg and Dubai

    Starting 1 December – two of the four daily Emirates flights to Johannesburg are being operated by the iconic A380 Dubai, UAE, December 05, 2018:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has introduced an additional Airbus A380 service to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo International Airport), effective 1 December, replacing the previous Boeing 777 aircraft on the route. EK762 (JNB-DXB) and EK761 (DXB-JNB) are now served by the flagship A380 aircraft.   This change in aircraft supports growing demand in South Africa, a 14% increase in seat ......read more

    BMW Group sales increase in October

    Dubai, UAE, December 04, 2018:  More than 200,000 vehicles delivered in October, up 1.7% +++ All three major sales regions contributed to year-to-date growth +++ BMW sales grow in October and year-to-date +++ BMW X3 sales more than double in October +++ Electrified sales up over 40% in year-to-date +++ Munich. The BMW Group has sold more cars in October than ever before in the month, despite the current challenging economic and political situation. The company delivered 200,883 vehicles to customers around the world, an increase of 1.7% on the same month last year. That result brings the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports to host ACI Airport Exchange 2019

    Prestigious event to take place in November 2019 in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi Airports host appointment announced during handover ceremony at ACI Airport Exchange 2018 in Oslo, Norway 4th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is to host the Airport Council International (ACI) Airport Exchange 2019. The announcement was made during an official handover ceremony at the 2018 edition of the event last week in Oslo, Norway.   The special handover ceremony at the close of ACI Airport Exchange 2018 saw Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy and Communications ......read more

    UAE Carriers announce aircraft formation to celebrate 47th National Day and Year of Zayed

    Dubai, UAE - 1 December 2018:   Emirates, Etihad, flydubai and Air Arabia will be performing a flypast tomorrow over the UAE as a centrepiece performance to celebrate the UAE’s 47th National Day and the Year of Zayed. All four UAE carriers will be taking their flagship aircraft to the skies from 1pm (local time) and will be flying with the Al Fursan aerobatic display team. We encourage the public to take photos and videos however please remember not to put the formation at risk by using drones and to comply with all GCAA rules and ‘No Fly Zones’ for Unmanned ......read more

    4 US States to Visit in 2019

    With more than 50 superb states to choose from, and an endless array of towns and cities to explore, it is easy to feel spoilt for options when planning a US trip. Rather than picking a random destination on a map, make an informed decision to ensure you book a break that complements your vacation needs, personality and budget. To help select the best spot for your next vacation, here are four US states to visit in 2019.      1.  Texas As Texas is the largest state in America, you can guarantee you will have plenty of things to see and do during a visit. Not only ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a deal with HAVELSAN to receive flight simulators that support pilot training.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 November 2018 –   Turkish Airlines, who signed a new agreement today with HAVELSAN, produced the first domestic simulator to be used in pilot training for Boeing 737NG in previous period, continues its support for the further expansion of Turkey’s domestic and national production concept. Within the scope of this agreement, which signed today by Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, and HAVELSAN Board Chairman, Prof. Dr. Hacı Ali Mantar, within a special ceremony held in ......read more

    Emerging technologies helping airports tackle increasing security threats

    Airport security market to surpass US$16 billion mark Smart technologies fuelling airport security market ME airports face a range of threats on a daily basis Dubai, November 28, 2018: New technology plays a vital role to ensure security at airports at a time when new vulnerabilities are emerging with the merger of cyber and physical threats. Security and safety technologies play a vital role in managing fast clearance checks for passengers. There is huge competition among airports in providing fast immigration and security checks. Officials say that balance is needed to ensure ......read more

    Emirates invests in latest bus fleet to enhance on-ground comfort for Economy Class passengers

    Dubai, UAE, 27 November 2018 –   To provide passengers with even more comfortable transfers when they arrive, depart or transit at Dubai international Airport, Emirates has taken the initiative to bring in a fleet of new high tech buses for airside passenger operations. These new dedicated buses will ferry Emirates’ passengers between the terminals and its aircraft at remote stands.  Ten of these new buses are already in service. 30 more will be delivered by January 2019, with the entire fleet to comprise 128 buses by 2020. Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ ......read more

    Lewis Hamilton Wins the 10th Edition of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    The biggest ever day of #AbuDhabiGP celebrations culminated with glory for the five-time champion Mercedes driver and a performance by US rock legends Guns N’Roses Dubai, UAE, November 26, 2018:  Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, 25 November 2018: Lewis Hamilton took his 11th win of the 2018 F1® calendar and sealed his fifth championship winning season in style at the FORMULA 1 2018 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX on Sunday evening.  In a thrilling race that started with an-all Mercedes front row, Hamilton battled hard for the win, keeping the Ferrari of Sebastian ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Group Releases Combined Traffic Figures For October 2018

    Dubai, UAE, November 25, 2018:  Cathay Pacific Group has released combined Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon traffic figures for October 2018 that show an increase in both the number of passengers and cargo and mail uplifted compared to the same month in 2017. Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon carried a total of 2,950,532 passengers last month, an increase of 0.9% compared to October 2017. The passenger load factor increased 0.3 percentage points to 81.6%, while capacity, measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs), increased by 3.8%. In the first ten months of 2018, the number of ......read more

    Top Sports Activities in Dubai

    Dubai is known for its sporting culture, and health and fitness is often a firm interest for citizens. With is rolling desert terrain, as well as state of the art facilities, Dubai lends itself to a variety of sports. If you are keen to try a new activity, or just prefer to watch, there are sports for everyone to enjoy. This guide shows you some of the top sports activities in Dubai. Horse Racing Racing horses is a popular sport to watch and place bets on live, or with gambling sites like Unibet as a fun way to unwind. Some of the most prestigious racing events take place in Dubai, such ......read more

    Rocket Carrying First-Ever Research and Earth Observation Cubesat Built by Khalifa University Students Successfully Launched to International Space Station

    MYSAT-1 launched to International Space Station on-board Cygnus NG-10 resupply mission The nanosatellite developed by students of Khalifa University Space Systems and Technology Master’s Concentration, established in partnership with Yahsat and Northrop Grumman Abu Dhabi- UAE: 21 November, 2018 -   Yahsat, UAE-based global satellite operator, wholly-owned by Mubadala Investment Company, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, and Northrop ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport opens multi-faith prayer room in celebration of the UAE's value of Tolerance

    The new facility is located in Terminal 3 and comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ Year of Zayed activities 20 November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports inaugurated the multi-faith prayer room in Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The opening this new facility reflects on Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to embed the UAE’s values of respect, acceptance and diversity.    The prayer room is located adjacent to the bus gates at Terminal 3, which has an annual capacity of 12 million passengers.    The ......read more

    Plan b Group to Promote ‘Visit St Petersburg' Tourism Activities in the UAE

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 20, 2018:  Dubai based Plan b Group has successfully bid for the ‘Visit St. Petersburg’ account. The acquisition of the destination marketing initiative mandates Plan b Group to promote St Petersburg within the UAE as a choice destination for business and leisure. Additionally, Plan b Group Founder & Chairman, Harmeek Singh has been appointed as ‘Visit St Petersburg’s’ representative in the country. “Through the ‘Visit St. Petersburg’ campaign, Plan b will do what we do best by promoting business ......read more

    Emirates Group announces half-year performance for 2018-19

    Group: Revenue up 10% to AED 54.4 billion (US$ 14.8 billion), and profit of AED 1.1 billion (US$ 296 million), down 53%. Results impacted by significant increase in fuel cost, unfavourable currency movements, and one-time transaction in dnata. Emirates: Revenue up 10% to AED 48.9 billion (US$ 13.3 billion), and profit decline of 86% to AED 226 million (US$ 62 million). 30.1 million passengers carried, up 3%, on overall capacity expansion of 3%. Dubai’s attraction as a destination remains strong with the airline carrying 9% more customers to its hub city. dnata: Revenue up 11% to ......read more

    Turkish Airlines reached 83.4% Load Factor in October

    14 November 2018:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for October, reached 83.4% load factor in that month. On top of the strong base effect of the last year, the 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 in the last quarter of the year as well.    According to the October 2018 Traffic Results;  The passenger growth trend continued in October, thus total number of passengers carried went up ......read more

    Awesome Island Vacation Tips.

    Checklist to having an Awesome Island Vacation Vacations are exciting. It is a time to relax and be free from all your routine stress. During vacation, you should always be prepared for any situation that is likely to occur. Hence, before going for a vacation, you should ensure to carry out some critical research. Indeed, you may have done some studies to help you book your ticket and select the right place for vacation, but there is more to planning than just booking your tickets. Confirm Rentals If you plan to rent a car while you are on vacation, it will be better to call and ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports participates in Bahrain International Air Show

    Abu Dhabi Airports CEO Bryan Thompson: Abu Dhabi Airports is a Leading Example in the Airports    13th November 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Airports today announced its participation at the Bahrain International Air Show, held November 14 – 16 at the Sakhir Airbase, where it is set to exhibit alongside partners at the UAE national pavilion. Abu Dhabi Airports took part in the event alongside key local stakeholders.    Commenting on Abu Dhabi Airports’ participation at the Middle East’s fastest growing airshow, CEO Bryan Thompson said: ......read more

    Looking to Fund Your 2019 Vacation? Here's How!

    Have you always wanted to go to the likes of Dubai, but have no idea how you are going to afford the trip of a lifetime? There are many reasons why you may be struggling to come up with the cash. Perhaps you have been hit by unemployment in recent months or drowning in so many bills that your vacation has become the last on your priority list. If you have no clue on the options of how you are going to afford your vacation in 2019, here are some top financial tips you should be considering right now as a way of funding the big trip: Set up a separate savings account One of the most ......read more

    Emirates launches special fares to over 20 global destinations

    Plan ahead and enjoy competitive fares for UAE National Day holiday weekend Dubai, UAE – 12 November, 2018:   Emirates is offering special fares in the UAE to over 20 global destinations in its network. Passengers can now take advantage of the upcoming UAE National Day long weekend and plan a short holiday getaway, or visit family and friends back home, within Emirates’ vast network. The offer applies to bookings made today until 22nd November 2018 for travel until 31st July 2019. Economy Class passengers can enjoy fares to Colombo starting at AED 1,495, London ......read more

    Groundwork begins at historical Mina Al Sultan Qaboos

    JV between OMRAN and DAMAC International paves way for region’s largest waterfront transformation  Dubai, UAE – 08 November 2018: Groundwork is now underway at Mina Al Sultan Qaboos (MASQ), annouced DAMAC International today, the strategic partner to the joint venture with Oman Tourism Development Company (OMRAN), the government’s tourism development arm. The transformation of the historical port into a USD 2 billion integrated waterfront destination, which includes hotels, residences, food and beverage, retail and entertainment offerings, is inline with the National ......read more

    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Aviation Award

    “A Global Award for a Global Industry” Dubai, UAE, November 08, 2018:  In just a few decades, the aviation sector has had a transformative effect on the UAE economy and we believe that it is time to celebrate the achievements of the aviation industry globally and to acknowledge and promote the far-reaching impacts that aviation has on global trade thanks to the connectivity that it affords.  This inspired the UAE to establish the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Aviation Award that aims to shine light on States, Business Organizations and Individuals ......read more

    Justin Rose wins the 2018 Turkish Airlines Open

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 7 November 2018 –   Justin Rose secured victory at the Turkish Airlines Open 2018, beating Haotong Li  in a play-off at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Antalya.  A par on the first-play-off hole in Turkish Airlines Open history was enough for a win that saw Rose crowned the best golfer in the world and it was also the first time in his career that he has defended a title.  Rose trailed third-round leader Li by three shots going into the final day and both players bogeyed 18 to remain locked at -17 after 72 ......read more

    Strengthening Aviation Benefits in MENA

    6 November 2018 (Dubai, UAE) -The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to maximize the economic and social benefits of aviation.  “Aviation currently supports 2.4 million jobs and $130 billion in economic activity across the MENA region. That represents 3.3% of all employment and 4.4% of all GDP in the region. Over the next 20 years we expect passenger numbers to grow by 4.3% annually. As aviation’s leaders we must work together and with governments to realize this potential---and the economic and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Model Diary of Xiaowen at China International Import Expo

    New video launch features Chinese model Xiaowen Ju as part of Etihad Airways’ ‘Runway to Runway’ campaign Dubai, UAE, November 06, 2018:  Etihad Airways today launched a brand new video in its Model Diary series at the China International Import Expo, profiling iconic Chinese fashion model Xiaowen Ju during her recent trip to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Based in New York City, the world-renowned model developed the new video as part of Etihad Airways’ ongoing ‘Runway to Runway’ series, which supports and showcases the global ......read more

    Mixed picture behind 2% Increase in September Air Freight Growth

    06 November 2018 (Dubai, UAE) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.0% in September 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This pace of growth was relatively unchanged from the previous month but was less than half the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.    Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), grew by 3.2% year-on-year in September 2018. This was the seventh month in a row that capacity growth ......read more

    Alpha Aviation Academy Partners With Etihad Aviation Training for Core Flying Skills Training

    Etihad Aviation Training to offer core flying skills training to Alpha Aviation Academy’s student pilots at state-of-the-art facility in Al Ain The partnership enhances the UAE’s position as a growing global hub of aviation training Dubai, UAE, November 06, 2018:  Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) and Alpha Aviation Academy, the largest Multi Pilot training programme in MENA, have launched a partnership for the delivery of the Core Flying Skills components of Alpha’s pilot training programme.   EAT is a well-established Approved Training Organisation ......read more

    Turkish Airlines embarks on a new journey from Istanbul New Airport

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 5 November 2018 –   Turkish Airlines welcomes a new era of Turkish Aviation with the opening of Istanbul New Airport. The world’s largest international hub will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier and establishes Istanbul’s place as the centre of the globe for aviation and travel. The smart airport, thanks to its strategic location at the crossroads of east and west, has great potential for Turkish Airlines and the global aviation industry and will welcome 200 million passengers per year upon final ......read more

    Emirates unveils world's first integrated “biometric path”, raising the bar for airport customer experience

    Use of biometric technology across multiple points from check-in to boarding is first in the world in terms of its integration across airport stakeholders Advanced stage of implementation with testing programme already “live”, and pilot trials involving passengers to follow In phased development since 2015, the multi-million dollar programme is part of Emirates’ continued investment to offer an industry-leading customer experience Dubai, UAE, 29 October 2018 –   Emirates is gearing up to launch the world’s first “biometric path” ......read more

    Turkish Airlines signed a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) Agreement with the Brazilian-based Azul Brazilian Airlines.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 28th October 2018 -   One of the most prominent airline loyalty programs today with 10 million members, Turkish Airlines frequent-flyer program, Miles&Smiles offers its members mileage accrual and redemption opportunities on flights with Turkish Airlines and partner airline flights. In addition to its existing partnerships with 27 Star Alliance member airlines, Miles&Smiles has launched a Frequent Flyer Program (FFP) Partnership with Brazilian carrier Azul Brazilian Airlines by signing an agreement.   The signature ceremony of the ......read more

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