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    Successful Meznsat Launch Marks Another Milestone in UAE's Space Program

    Satellite built by American University of Ras Al Khaimah students launches into space under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency    RAS AL KHAIMAH - SEPTEMBER 29, 2020: The launch of the MeznSat satellite is a noteworthy accomplishment and a significant contribution from Ras Al Khaimah to the UAE’s position in the global space sector, asserted the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) following the official announcement that the MeznSat launch was a success. Sixteen students from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah are celebrating the successful launch of their self-built MeznSat satellite, which will orbit the Earth collecting data on greenhouse gas concentrations and monitor the occurrence of red tide algae in the Arabian Gulf. The project reflects the University’s commitment to support ......read more

    Greater Digital Transformation and Use of Emerging Technologies to Drive Aerospace Recovery

    Virtual edition of the premier thought-leadership forum welcomed global industry leaders from across aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors  29 September, 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Increasing use of emerging technologies and faster digital transformation will help support the recovery of aerospace and aviation. That was one of the key points of agreement amongst international experts on day one of the Global Aerospace Summit 2020, which began today in a virtual format. The Summit included a line up of industry leaders from across the world who addressed audiences online regarding the aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors’ biggest tests and future prospects.  H.E. Mohammed Ahmad Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs, United Arab Emirates, said that ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Reinforces Pharmaceutical Shipment Expertise With Pharmalife Launch

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 29, 2020:   Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has reinforced its pharmaceutical logistics expertise with the launch of PharmaLife, a specialised pharma and healthcare product which replaces the carrier’s TempCheck product. As the first carrier in the Middle East to gain IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification for pharmaceutical logistics, the PharmaLife launch highlights Etihad Cargo’s prioritisation of the pharma and healthcare sectors. The specialised product will serve the anticipated global demand for swift and secure shipment services ahead of a COVID-19 vaccine. “The pandemic prompted a reassessment of our top-level services to ensure we can address the specific requirements ......read more

    Industry Leaders to Address Recovery of Aviation and Future Sector Growth at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

      Virtual edition of the premier thought-leadership forum to take place on 28 and 29 September 28 September, 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  The Global Aerospace Summit 2020 commences this week in a virtual format on 28 and 29 September, where industry leaders from across the globe will convene online to address the aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors biggest challenges and opportunities.  Hosted by Mubadala Investment Company and EDGE, the Summit will analyse how the aerospace and aviation industries can quickly recover, where efforts must be made to support the regeneration of those sectors and what new prospects are ascending from the new reality the world is facing. On day one of the Summit, there will be a number of keynote addresses from government and industry leaders. These ......read more

    New Italy Visa Application Centre Opens in Dubai

    • Centre inaugurated by Ms. Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in Dubai, on 27 September 2020 • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the centre has started accepting applications from customers for limited visa categories     United Arab Emirates,  September 27, 2020:  Residents of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can apply for visas to Italy at the new Visa Application Centre jointly launched by the Consulate General of Italy in the UAE, and VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.    The centre was officially inaugurated on 27 September 2020 by Ms. Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in Dubai, and Mr. ......read more

    World Tourism Day 2020

    United Arab Emirates - September 27, 2020:  His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “Tourism is one of the cornerstones of economic development. This is why, over the past few years, we have developed the tourism infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, in line with the knowledge economy strategies implemented by the government. This includes enhancing the tourism workforce and encouraging more talent to contribute to the growth of the sector.” He continued: “This year, World Tourism Day will be held under the theme of ‘Tourism and Rural Development’, emphasising the role tourism plays in creating social and economic unity and cohesion, especially in developing areas. This comes during a challenging year for the ......read more

    MBRSC Commemorates One Year Anniversary of the first Emirati Astronaut's Launch to the ISS

    Dubai, UAE, 26 September 2020:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today commemorates the one-year anniversary of the historic launch of the first Emirati to space and the first Arab to the International Space Station. Emirati astronaut Hazzaa AlMansoori embarked on the 8-day mission onboard the Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-15, at 5:57 pm UAE time on September 25, 2019 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.  The successful launch was a major achievement for the Arab world and a new dawn for the region’s space sector. The accomplishment was the realization of the dream of the father of the nation, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the vision of the leadership to make the country a leading player in shaping the world’s future. During the mission, AlMansoori conducted 16 ......read more

    SITA Partners with Safety Line to Make Flights More Sustainable

    Saving aircraft fuel during the climb and cruise phases of a flight is a major opportunity to reduce aviation CO2 emissions   United Arab Emirates,  September 24, 2020:  SITA, the global IT provider for the air transport industry, is partnering with start-up Safety Line to help pilots and airlines limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and operational costs by reducing fuel consumption of aircraft at key flight stages. A flight can be roughly divided into three phases: climb, cruise and descent. Safety Line, a young French company that specializes in predictive big data solutions for airlines and airports, has made it its mission to help save aircraft fuel and reduce CO2 emissions during all these flight phases with a software suite called OptiFlight. The focus currently lies on the climb-out – the most ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates Its Pledge To the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Their 90th National Day

    • Etihad to resume flights to three destinations in Saudi Arabia in October 2020 • The ‘Choose Saudi Arabia’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flew to 46 destinations since 23 September 2019   September 23, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is honoured to celebrate the leadership and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the 90th National Day of the Kingdom.   To mark the occasion, the airline created an infographic to showcase the flight path of the special liveried “Choose Saudi Arabia” Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner since its first flight to Riyadh on 23 September 2019.    Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government, International and Communications, Etihad Aviation Group said: “The Saudi Arabian-inspired livery ......read more

    IATA Calls for Systematic COVID-19 Testing Before Departure

    Read Alexandre de Juniac’s remarks   United Arab Emirates,  September 23, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and with health authorities to implement this solution quickly.   International travel is 92% down on 2019 levels. Over half a year has passed since global connectivity was destroyed as countries closed their borders to fight COVID-19. Some governments have cautiously re-opened borders since then, but there has been limited uptake ......read more

    MBRSC Inks Strategic Partnership Agreement with NASA to Train Four Emirati Astronauts

    Under the new partnership, Emirati astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi will undergo specialised training at the Johnson Space Center Two astronauts from the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme will also join the 2021 NASA Astronaut Candidate Class Agreement paves the way for Emirati astronauts to play a major role in future space exploration missions   United Arab Emirates,  September 22, 2020:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced that they have signed a strategic agreement to train Emirati astronauts in NASA. This partnership aims to prepare Emirati astronauts for advanced space missions by providing them with the highest level of expertise and knowledge.   Under the agreement, four Emirati ......read more

    Airbus Reveals New Zero-Emission Concept Aircraft

    #zeroe #zeroemissionsday #decarbonisation #sustainability #hydrogen     United Arab Emirates,  September 21, 2020:  Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the Company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarbonisation of the entire aviation industry.   All of these concepts rely on hydrogen as a primary power source - an option which Airbus believes holds exceptional promise as a clean aviation fuel and is likely to be a solution for aerospace and many other industries to meet their climate-neutral ......read more

    Abu Dhabi International Airport Introduces New Fast Track Flight Connections Initiative to Facilitate the Transfer Passengers' Journey

    The aim of the new initiative at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) is to increase the speed of transferring through the airport by 27%, reduce missed connections, and enable a seamless passenger experience It is implemented in collaboration with the General Civil Aviation Authority, the Department of Municipalities and Transport, the General Administration of Customs, Abu Dhabi Airports, Etihad Airways and international airport partners. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 September 2020:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has launched a new initiative for international transfer passengers, facilitating shorter connection times by increasing the speed of transiting through the airport by 27%, delivering an enhanced and seamless passenger experience. The Fast Track Flight Connections initiative enables transfer passengers ......read more

    Cebu Pacific Issues Refund Statement

    Dubai, UAE, September 17, 2020:  As many know, the tourism and aviation industries have been among the worst hit by COVID-19 and currently, Cebu Pacific is only able to operate 10% of its pre-COVID network.   Since the start of this pandemic, we have received an unprecedented number of refund requests due to the flight cancellations brought about by the lockdown. Our refund process then was originally not designed to handle this volume of requests, and this resulted to a backlog. We have since then revamped our procedures in order to address this.    To date, we have refunded over PHP 2.4 billion booking cancellations related to COVID-19, equivalent to 50% of refund requests received. We remain committed to our customers to complete pending refunds, and will update them once these have been processed. We are ......read more

    Survey: 91% of Domestic Travellers Want to Experience More of the UAE in 2020/2021, With Ras Al Khaimah Emirate of Choice

    Dubai, UAE, 14 September 2020:  A travel survey of thousands of people across the UAE conducted by dnata Travel, the country's longest-standing travel provider, has revealed that almost 100% of domestic travellers want to experience more of the UAE throughout the next year.   A total 91% of respondents replied positively to considering more domestic travel in 2020/2021, whilst the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah proved most popular, with 55% of respondents stating they would like to explore more of the emirate in the next year. Fujairah and Dubai followed respectively, making up the top three most popular emirates for domestic travel at this time.    The results are revealed as dnata Travel confirms a busy summer of UAE staycations, with its travel experts predicting more travel across the country throughout ......read more

    Boeing, Etihad Airways and World Energy Lift Sustainable Aviation Fuel to the Next Level on Ecodemonstrator Programme

    • 50,000 U.S. gallons of 50/50 blend used on Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787-10 flight • A longstanding manufacturer-airline partnership to make flying more sustainable     ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 14, 2020:  Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Etihad Airways concluded testing on the aerospace company’s 2020 ecoDemonstrator programme last week with a cross-country flight using a 50/50 blend of sustainable and traditional jet fuel.   Flying from Seattle to Boeing’s manufacturing site in South Carolina, Etihad’s newest 787-10 Dreamliner used the maximum sustainable fuel blend permitted for commercial aviation. The transcontinental flight also demonstrated a new way for pilots, air traffic controllers and airline operations centers to communicate simultaneously and optimize ......read more

    Etihad Airways Teams Up With Lumitics to Reduce Inflight Food Wastage

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 13, 2020: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has partnered with Singapore food technology startup Lumitics to trial the use of computer vision and machine learning in order to reduce food wastage on Etihad flights. The partnership will see Etihad and Lumitics track unconsumed Economy class meals from Etihad’s flights, with the collated data used to highlight food consumption and wastage patterns across the network. Analysis of the results will help to reduce food waste, improve meal planning and reduce operating costs. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Airways started the pilot with Lumitics earlier this year before global flying was impacted by COVID-19, and as the airline scales up the flight ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Flights to Casablanca and Rabat

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 12, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE will resume passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, UAE, to Casablanca and Rabat, in the Kingdom of Morocco.   Effective 19 September, the airline will operate returning flights three times a week from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca. This service will be followed by direct flights between the two capitals, Abu Dhabi and Rabat, on 28 October.

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    Flydubai Uses Cutting-edge Technology by ASD to Track and Clean Aircraft Seat Covers

    Latest RFIDAeroTrack seat cover tracking solution by leading Irish company allows the airline to monitor cleaning cycles of individual seat covers     United Arab Emirates,  September 10, 2020:   Dubai-based airline flydubai has begun using the latest version of a cutting-edge technology that tracks the cleaning cycles of each seat cover to help maintain the highest standards of in-flight hygiene and safety. The latest RFIDAeroTrack software by Irish company, Aerospace Software Developments (ASD), enhances efficiency by monitoring the cleaning of aircraft seat covers through technologically advanced RFID tags that are attached to individual seat covers to provide a unique identification, enabling the airline to keep track of the seat covers at every stage of the cleaning cycle and life span via RFID ......read more

    The Time to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport is Now

    United Arab Emirates,  September 10, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to begin careful planning with industry stakeholders to ensure full preparedness when vaccines for COVID-19 are approved and available for distribution. The association also warned of potentially severe capacity constraints in transporting vaccines by air.  Preparedness Air cargo plays a key role in the distribution of vaccines in normal times through well-established global time- and temperature-sensitive distribution systems. This capability will be crucial to the quick and efficient transport and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines when they are available, and it will not happen without careful planning, led by governments and supported by industry stakeholders.  “Safely delivering ......read more

    IATA Launches Platform to Improve Visibility on Air Cargo Infrastructure and Capabilities

    United Arab Emirates,  September 10, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched IATA ONE Source, an online platform which helps the air cargo industry match shipping needs with the availability of infrastructure capabilities and certifications of service providers across the value chain.  This is particularly timely amid the COVID-19 crisis when shippers of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals need accurate information for time- and temperature-sensitive shipments. ONE Source lists the latest operational information on airlines, airports, cargo handling facilities, freight forwarders, ground handlers, shippers, and trucking companies. All critical information contained on ONE Source has been verified by IATA to help ensure its accuracy. IATA ONE Source is free for all service providers across ......read more

    Integrating the Right People, Technologies and Legislation is Critical for the Future of the Defence and Aerospace Sectors

    During the Global Aerospace Summit webinar, industry specialists highlighted the need for continual investment in talent, systems and policies in order to ease and stimulate future advancement    09 September, 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Industry leaders from aerospace and defence discussed the challenges and opportunities brought by rapid advances in technology during a webinar - hosted by organisers of the Global Aerospace Summit 2020 in collaboration with the Defense Services Marketing Council. The sector specialists analysed how people, processes and systems intertwine across the aerospace and defence industries both in the Middle East region and globally.    Matthew Cochran, Chairman and CEO, Defense Services Marketing Council moderated the session. He put forward to the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Keeps Guests Protected With Global COVID-19 Insurance

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 07, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is introducing COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover as part of Etihad Wellness, the airlines new health and hygiene programme.  Guests who are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip won’t have to worry about medical expenses or quarantine costs when they fly with Etihad.  Duncan Bureau, Senior Vice President Sales and Distribution, Etihad Airways, said: “The safety, health, and wellbeing of our guests and employees is our top priority, during and beyond the flight. The introduction of global COVID-19 insurance, in partnership with AXA, builds on stringent measures already in place as part of our Etihad Wellness programme, championed by our Wellness Ambassadors. “This additional cover ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Celebrates the Arrival of the First New Aircraft First Based Airbus A321neo Aircraft Landed in Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi  - 6, September 2020:  Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the new national airline of the United Arab Emirates celebrates the arrival of its first state-of-the-art new Airbus A321neo aircraft to Abu Dhabi International Airport.   Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the joint-venture established between ADQ, one of the region’s largest holding companies, and Wizz Air Holdings Plc, has recently received national carrier status from the UAE government subject to meeting regulatory standards prior to starting operations.  The arrival of the first Airbus A321neo aircraft will enable the airline to have the lowest environmental footprint and the lowest cost base among its competitors in the region.  The A321neo aircraft has pioneered and incorporated the latest technologies, including its new generation engines and the ......read more

    Flexibility in Visa Rules, Enhanced Health Precautions for Students Travelling to the UK for New Academic Year

    • Health precautions introduced throughout the visa application system, including the doorstep ‘On Demand Mobile Visa’ service available for student visa customers.  • UK Visas and Immigration has introduced greater flexibility in visa rules, allowing students to apply for visas when they are able to travel to the UK, rather than at the start of their studies. • Students completing courses online will still be eligible to apply for the Graduate Route, provided they are in the UK by 06 April 2021.    September 02, 2020:  As part of its commitment to enhance the visa system experience for students, United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has introduced flexibility in visa rules, with health precautions throughout the visa system along with visa services partner VFS Global, to ......read more

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    IATA Calls for Borders to Open and Continued Relief Measures

    - Read Alexandre de Juniac's remarks - View the COVID-19 Slow expansion of air travel in July presentation    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening borders and to continue with relief measures to sustain airlines during the COVID-19 crisis.    IATA’s call reflects deep industry frustration as government policies such as closed borders, travel restrictions and ......read more

    Sluggish Improvement in Passenger Demand Continues in July

    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger demand in July (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), continued at critically low levels--79.8% below July 2019 levels. This was somewhat better than the 86.6% year-over-year decline recorded in June, primarily driven by domestic markets, most notably Russia and China. Market reopening in the Schengen Area helped to boost international demand in Europe, but other international markets showed little change from June. Capacity was 70.1% below 2019 levels ......read more

    Flydubai Offers Passengers Free Global Cover for COVID-19

    The Dubai-based carrier’s new service covers COVID-19 health expenses and quarantine costs and offers passengers more confidence and peace of mind on their travel journey United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  Dubai-based airline flydubai has announced today that passengers booking with flydubai for travel between 01 September and 30 November 2020 will automatically receive free global cover for COVID-19. The new service covers passengers’ health expenses and quarantine costs if diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip and is valid for 31 days from the time ......read more

    July Air Cargo Demand Stable, Capacity Remains Constrained

    United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets in July showing air cargo demand is stable but at lower levels than 2019. While there is some month-to-month improvement, it is at a slower pace than some of the traditional leading indicators would suggest. This is due to the capacity constraint from the loss of available belly cargo space as passenger aircraft remain parked.     • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell by 13.5% in July (-15.5% ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Emirates Red Crescent Support Victims of Beirut Explosion

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 31, 2020:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), a humanitarian organisation that supports official authorities, launched initiatives to support Lebanon after the Beirut explosion.  Etihad organised aid to support residents who had been injured or displaced from their homes in Beirut and gathered donations including medical equipment, clothes, and amenity bags, masks, shoes and blankets. In addition, Etihad and ERC supplied tents to provide shelter for those who had lost their homes and five ......read more

    Dubai to be Swiss-Belhotel International's Regional Management Hub for Europe, Middle East, Africa and India

    As part of Swiss-Belhotel International’s group development, the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and India regions have been merged together. The executive team based in Dubai will now also be responsible for the group’s operations in Europe while working closely with Mr. Gavin M. Faull, Chairman and President of Swiss-Belhotel International to develop new opportunities across the continent. The brand’s flagship hotel Swiss-Belhotel du Parc, Baden Switzerland will be the operational base for Europe. Making the announcement, Mr. Faull, stated, “This latest ......read more

    The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released an Image Captured from Space by KhalifaSat,the Wildfires Burning through Northern and Central California in the United States

    the wildfires burning through Northern and Central California in the United States of America     Dubai, UAE, 27 August 2020: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released an image captured from space by KhalifaSat, which shows the wildfires burning through Northern and Central California in the United States of America.  These are some of the largest wildfires in the history of California with firefighters and crews trying their best to bring it under control. KhalifaSat was fully developed at MBRSC facilities by Emirati engineers and was ......read more

    Yahsat Boosts Thuraya's Next Generation Capabilities With a Commitment of Over AED 2 Billion

    • Airbus selected to build ‘Thuraya 4-NGS,’ the next generation L-band mobile telecommunication system   • Future system will expand coverage, boost speeds, and transform products and solutions   • Investment will reinforce Yahsat’s and Thuraya’s leadership in the industry for commercial and government solutions across the EMEA and APAC regions     Abu Dhabi / United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2020:  Airbus has been selected by Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE’s leading global ......read more

    Visa Application Centre for Visas to Lithuania Opens in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

    • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the centres have started accepting visa application submissions from residents and citizens of the United Arab Emirates from 17 August 2020 • Offers Platinum and Premium Lounge as well as Mobile Biometric services for enhanced convenience • The centre to operate from Sunday to Thursday between 0900 to 1700 hrs   United Arab Emirates, August 27, 2020:   Citizens and expatriate residents of the UAE can apply for visas to Lithuania at the new Visa Application Centers jointly launched by the Embassy of Lithuania in ......read more

    EcoDemonstrator Program Begins Testing with Etihad's 787 Dreamliner: Interview Opportunity and Executive Quotes

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 26, 2020:     Interviews are available with Etihad executives to discuss the Etihad / Boeing strategic partnership and ecoDemonstrator collaboration, as well as Etihad’s wider sustainability agenda:    • Etihad is delivering on its commitment for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner to be a test-bed to accelerate technology development making aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future  • The ecoDemonstrator, and at a broader level Etihad’s Greenliner programmer, is an ......read more

    Travelers Face Risk of Penalties for Refusing to Wear Face Covering

    United Arab Emirates, August 25, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is appealing to all travelers to wear face covering during the travel journey for the safety of all passengers and crew during COVID-19. Wearing face coverings is a key recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) guidance for safe operations during the pandemic, as developed jointly with the World Health Organization and governments.  IATA is emphasizing the need for passengers to comply with the recommendation following recent reports of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Welcomes Passengers Travelling Aboard Middle East Airlines

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 22 August 2020:  Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed Lebanese travellers arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) with special gifts upon their disembarkation from Middle East Airlines (MEA) flight ME418. The arriving travellers were greeted by AUH’s Wellness Ambassadors, in celebration of the arrival of the first MEA flight since March 2020. In line with the gradual resumption of commercial flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Middle East Airlines has resumed its flights between Beirut, Lebanon and the UAE capital.  Abu Dhabi ......read more

    H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul Reviews Developments at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre

    Management provides update on the Hope Probe and future strategic plans of the Centre   Dubai, UAE, 19th August 2020: The Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) held a meeting chaired by H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul, Vice President, MBRSC to discuss developments related to future projects at the Centre, aligned with the strategic plan of the UAE’s National Space Programme.  The meeting was attended by H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC, H.E. Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director-General, MBRSC along with the members of the Board of ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 19, 2020:   Effective 21 August, Etihad Airways will operate a series of special passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai.   The flights can be booked 24/7 through Hala Travel Management, Etihad’s travel management arm, by calling +971 2 511 7777, or via email at support@htm.ae. Flights must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The mandatory documentation required will be collected and processed by Hala travel consultants.     Travellers leaving Abu Dhabi to India are required to show a ......read more

    Cebu Pacific to Resume Domestic Passenger Flights in and Out Manila; Twice Weekly Dubai-Manila Flights Continue

    Dubai, UAE, August 18, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, and its regional brand Cebgo, will resume majority of their domestic flights to and from Manila on August 19, 2020, following the announcement of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces.   Since the announcement of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) from August 3 to August 18, CEB has been continuously operating flights to and from its Cebu hub, specifically to Clark and Davao.   CEB also intends to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Expands Air-Rail Partnership With Accesrail in Europe

    • Seamless air-rail connections in Germany, the UK, and soon Italy • Expanded inter-city coach network with National Express in the UK   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 18, 2020:  Etihad Airways (Etihad) has announced the expansion of its partnership with AccesRail, the world’s leading provider of air-rail intermodal solutions. The partnership allows Etihad to use AccesRail's expertise to enable its customers to book train and coach tickets in Europe in conjunction with their air fare using the airline’s online booking platform, or through ......read more

    Health Checklist to Help Airlines Implement ICAO COVID-19 Guidance

    18 August 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The Take-off guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air transport value chain for safe operations during the COVID-19 crisis.   “Safety is always the number one priority for air transport. And the challenges of COVID-19 have added a new ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone sees increase of new customers by 109% in H1 of 2020

    -      In the first half of 2020, the company witnessed a 109% increase in registered companies in the aviation, logistics, and trading sectors -      Major international companies, Honeywell and SMSA Express, signed agreements with ADAFZ Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 August 2020: Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ), a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Airports, has recorded a 109% increase in the number of companies registering with the free zone authority in the first half of 2020, as compared to the same period in 2019.  ADAFZ has also welcomed two ......read more

    Emirates Adds Birmingham, Cebu and Houston, Taking Its Network to 74 Cities

    The airline continues to expand its U.S. network, serving six cities in August - including New York JFK, Washington DC, Boston (15 August), Chicago and Los Angeles    Dubai, UAE: 13 August 2020 – Emirates has announced it will resume passenger services to Birmingham (1 September), Cebu (20 August), and Houston (23 August). This will bring the airline's network to 74 destinations, offering travellers convenient connections between the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas through its Dubai hub.   Flights between Dubai and Birmingham ......read more

    Swiss-Belhotel International Announces Group Restructuring

    Swiss-Belhotel International continues to expand its management in response to the market and the impact of Covid-19. The following Group restructuring has been announced: Mr. Laurent A. Voivenel – who is the Senior Vice President, Operations and Development, Europe, The Middle East, Africa and India, will also assume the responsibility for Group Human Resources and Talent Development. Mr. Voivenel has over three decades of global experience in the hospitality industry and has led the Swiss-Belhotel International through sustained growth in the Middle East over the last four ......read more

    Second Phase of UAE Resident Return Programme to Ease Re-Entry to Abu Dhabi

    •      Residents of Abu Dhabi can now travel and return home freely without having to wait for ICA approval to return •      Travellers on all Etihad flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi will be required to have a mandatory PCR test  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 12, 2020:  Effective immediately, the Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the National Crisis & Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) have launched the second phase of the UAE Resident Return Programme, which now removes the need for residents of Abu ......read more

    Etihad Airways and ADNOC Distribution Expand Their Partnership Bringing More Benefits to Loyalty Programme Members

    • Launch of the first cross-conversion partnership between Etihad Guest and ADNOC Distribution following the success of the Fuel Up & Fly Off programme • Members can now convert their Etihad Guest Miles and ADNOC Rewards Points between programmes to spend at ADNOC Distribution stations, Oasis convenience stores or within the Etihad Guest programme. . Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 11, 2020:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, together with ADNOC Distribution, the UAE’s leading fuel ......read more

    Cebu Pacific to Increase Flight Frequency on Manila-Dubai-Manila Route Starting August 13

    Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, will increase its flight frequency between Manila and Dubai from its current once weekly to twice weekly starting August 13, 2020. CEB’s Dubai-Manila flights are scheduled to operate every Monday and Friday, while its Manila-Dubai service operates every Sunday and Thursday. With this added frequency, Filipinos who are currently in the UAE can find it easier to make plans for their essential travel to the Philippines.  In addition, CEB has also adjusted its passenger ......read more

    Face Shields Now Required for Cebu Pacific Passengers

    Dubai, UAE, August 6, 2020:  In line with directives issued by the Philippine government, Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, is making it compulsory for all passengers—including travellers flying the Dubai-Manila route—to wear face shields throughout the entire flight, effective August 15, 2020.   This is on top of the mandatory use of face masks upon entering the Dubai airport terminal until arrival of passengers at their destination.  CEB also continues to implement enhanced bio-security preventive measures to keep all ......read more

    Etihad Airways Reports Strong Start to 2020 With Second Quarter Heavily Impacted by COVID-19

    • Record Q1 performance – showing a 34% year-on-year improvement  • 3.5 million passengers carried • 71% seat load factor  • Operating revenues US$ 1.7 billion  • Cargo revenues improved by US$ 130 million (37%) to US$ 0.49 billion • 27% reduction in direct operating costs to US$ 1.9 billion  • 21% reduction in general and administrative expenses to US$ 0.40 billion • Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) reduced by 53% to 23.69 billion     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) – August ......read more

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