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    Etihad Cargo Deploys Cargo-Only Boeing 787s to Complement Freighter Fleet and Ensure Continuity of UAE and Global Key Trade Lanes

    Carrier will tweak its freighter network to adjust to passenger suspension; launches passenger freighter network in line with the current environment to ensure continuity Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 26, 2020:   Following the directive issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates to temporarily suspend all passenger services to and from the UAE, Etihad Cargo continues to play a vital role in connecting key cargo markets and ensuring the UAE’s import and export needs are adequately covered in line with current demand. To complement its fleet of Boeing 777 Freighters, Etihad Cargo is introducing a fleet of Boeing 787-10 aircraft as passenger freighters to operate 34 weekly flights, serving 10 ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Temporarily Suspend All Services to and From the UAE Following Government Directive

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 23 March 2020 - Etihad Airways (Etihad) will temporarily suspend all flights to, from, and via Abu Dhabi following a decision by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), to suspend all inbound, outbound, and transit passenger flights in the UAE. This decision has been made to limit the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and to protect citizens, residents, and international travellers. The suspension of flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport will commence at 23:59 (UAE local time) on Wednesday 25 March, and will last for an initial 14 days, subject to further directives by the relevant authorities. Cargo and emergency evacuation flights are exempt and will continue. Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Flights to Beijing to Operate With Temporary Stop in Xi'an

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 22 March 2020 - Due to the global spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, the health and aviation authorities of the People’s Republic of China have issued a directive to all international airlines flying to Beijing, instructing them to land in another designated airport in China before continuing to the capital. Effective from Sunday 22 March, Etihad Airways services to Beijing will stop in the city of Xi’an, where passengers will disembark for health screening, customs clearance, and to claim their baggage. This procedure is likely to be lengthy.  Once cleared by the local authorities for entry into China, passengers will re-board and baggage will be reloaded for the short flight to Beijing.  This directive does not affect the return schedule from Beijing to Abu ......read more

    MBRSC Commemorates Isra Wal Mi'raj with A Satellite Picture of Al Aqsa Mosque

    Dubai, UAE, 22 March 2020:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center commemorates Isra Wal Mi’raj, one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar, by sharing this image of Al Aqsa Mosque taken from space by KhalifaSat. KhalifaSat is one of the world’s most technologically advanced remote sensing observation satellites – and the first 100% designed and manufactured in the United Arab Emirates. It was launched into low Earth orbit in October 2018, beginning a 5-year mission to capture and transmit high-quality detailed images of Earth the MBRSC in Dubai. These assist global governments and private organisations to monitor environmental changes, ensure effective urban management, and aid in disaster relief efforts, amongst other critical services. With five patents to its name, KhalifaSat confirms the ......read more

    Terminal Moves at Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 March 2020: Abu Dhabi Airports announces the temporary move of several flights from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). On 18 March 2020, Abu Dhabi Airports consolidated operations into two terminals. Select flights operating to and from Terminal 1 are now operating out of Terminal 3.  The temporary terminal move reflects Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to delivering efficient operations and a seamless passenger experience. The airports company is currently working in close partnership with the respective airlines to ensure a smooth transition from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3. The recent terminal operational updates do not reflect the current situation regarding the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It is fully in line with Abu Dhabi Airports’ dedication to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Eases Travel Plans by Introducing Etihad Credit

    19 March 2020, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – In response to the current situation, Etihad Airways is introducing Etihad Credit to give guests the freedom to delay their travel plans by permitting a free cancellation and is offering the original value of their booking to be used as credit towards their next trip.   As the situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, these new measures will provide maximum flexibility and ensures guests that need to travel, do so safely and conveniently. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “In these unprecedented times, we understand that some of our guests are either unable to, or choose not to travel and it is our responsibility to help them as much as possible.    “Now, more than ever, there is ......read more

    Urgent Emergency Support Requested for Airlines

    19 March 2020 (Geneva) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is appealing to governments in Africa and the Middle East, as part of a worldwide campaign, to provide emergency support to airlines as they fight for survival due to the evaporation of air travel demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.    “Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is the top priority of governments. But they must be aware that the public health emergency has now become a catastrophe for economies and for aviation. The scale of the current industry crisis is much worse and far more widespread than 9.11, SARS or the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Airlines are fighting for survival. Many routes have been suspended in Africa and Middle East and airlines have seen demand fall by as much as 60% on remaining ones. Millions of jobs ......read more

    Dubai Miracle Garden & Dubai Butterfly Garden Announces Temporary Closure

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - March 16, 2020:   The organisation behind Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden has announced a temporary closure of the attractions, with immediate effect, until the end of March 2020.  This is in light of the COVID-19 virus that is affecting the nation and has been implemented as a measure to protect visitors and workers.   Engineer Abdel Naser Rahhal, Vice Chairman of Cityland Group, the developer of Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden, commented,:  ”Within the framework of the precautionary and preventive measures against the new Corona virus emerging in the Emirate of Dubai, and in our attention to the health and safety of visitors and employees, Dubai Miracle Garden and Dubai Butterfly Garden announce their temporary closure until the end of ......read more

    Etihad Airways Implements Temporary Changes to Its Route Network

    15 March 2020: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and its continuing impact on air travel services globally, Etihad Airways continues to follow UAE and international government and regulatory authority directives and has implemented a series of consolidated network changes. This is also being carried out for the safety and convenience of its customers and staff, and to minimise operational disruption during this period. The following services from Abu Dhabi have been temporarily adjusted: Milan (MXP) All flights suspended until 30 April. Rome (FCO) EY85/86 suspended until 30 April. EY83/84 suspended until 30 June. Beirut (BEY) All flights suspended from 16 March until 31 March. Istanbul (IST) All flights suspended from 16 March until 31 March. Casablanca (CMN) and Rabat (RBA) All flights suspended ......read more

    IATA Reacts to Latest US Travel Restrictions

    13 March 2020 (Geneva) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and its members continue to support governments in their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. At this time of extreme pressure on the industry, IATA urged governments to:   • Prepare for the broad economic consequences of these actions,  • Respond quickly to the financial frailty of airlines, and • Follow WHO (World Health Organization) recommendations.   These calls come in response to the US government’s banning of non-US citizens, and individuals who are not legal permanent residents of the US, who have been in the Schengen Area in the past 14 days from entry into the United States.   “These are extraordinary times and governments are taking unprecedented measures. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Collaborates With the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has launched a collaborative project with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) in a bid to combat illegal wildlife trafficking. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, recently hosted the Combating Wildlife Trafficking workshop at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, attended by 37 representatives of national entities and other key stakeholders involved in the fight against wildlife trafficking. Speakers from The Royal Foundation and United for Wildlife discussed the current situation in enforcement in wildlife trafficking and provided an insight into the international methods used to counter smuggling. The workshop aimed to improve knowledge of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which the UAE ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Move to Beijing's Spectacular Daxing International Airport

    • World’s largest single-structure airport terminal and integrated transportation hub • Daily service between the UAE and Chinese capitals provides convenient connectivity to popular business and leisure destinations via Abu Dhabi  • Daily Beijing-Nagoya service enables short getaways to Japan • Greater air-rail connectivity opportunities across China  • Etihad is dedicated to strengthening social and economic ties between the UAE and China   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Effective 1 June 2020: Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will transfer all its flights to and from Abu Dhabi and Beijing, and its flights to and from Beijing to Nagoya, Japan, to the new state-of-the-art Beijing Daxing International Airport ......read more

    Cathay Pacific 2019 Annual Results

    Chairman’s Statement Overview 2019 was a turbulent year for the Cathay Pacific Group. With our three-year transformation programme starting to bear fruit we delivered a positive performance in the first half of 2019 notwithstanding a difficult environment brought about by geopolitical and trade tensions. However, with social unrest in Hong Kong intensifying over the second half of the year and mounting US-China trade tensions, we experienced a sharp drop in both inbound and outbound passenger traffic. We were faced with an incredibly challenging environment to operate as the Hong Kong economy slipped into recession. As a result, our second-half results – traditionally stronger compared to first-half results – fell well below what we would have hoped for. The Cathay Pacific Group reported an attributable profit ......read more

    How Will 5g Transform Air Travel?

    March 10, 2020: SITA, the leading IT provider for the air transport industry, has made six predictions about how ultra-fast 5G networks will bring major change for airports, airlines, and passengers. With download speeds of up to 400MB per second, 5G will be a game-changer.   The potential for innovation is huge and airports, airlines, and passengers will feel the force of 5G in very different ways. SITA’s predictions are based on unique IT insights and emerging air transport industry technology trends. They follow hot on the heels of 5G trials like the recent ones carried out by both London Gatwick Airport and Beijing’s new Daxing International Airport services which signpost our entry into a new era of ultra-connected air travel.      Gilles Bloch-Morhange, VP SITA Platform, said: ......read more

    Etihad Airways Introduces Flexible Booking Conditions

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is giving travellers peace of mind when making their next booking by allowing one complimentary date or destination change for all flights booked between 8 March and 7 April 2020.   Valid for travel from 22 March 2020, the offer is applicable to all fares including Etihad Guest redemptions and Etihad Holiday bookings. Any fare difference arising from the rebooking/rerouting will be applied.

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    Etihad Airways Statement on Suspension of Flights to Saudi Arabia

    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has suspended temporarily all flights between Abu Dhabi and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in response to a directive from the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Saudi Arabia, to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The airline operates up to 12 flights per day between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. It has cancelled a total of seven flights today between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Medina, and is now advising passengers who were booked to travel today.  Another four flights which were en-route to Saudi Arabia at the time of the directive were permitted to land. When flights arrived in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, nationals of Saudi Arabi were permitted to disembark but all other passengers remained on the aircraft, which ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Launch New Service to Vienna

    • Daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flights between Abu Dhabi and Austria’s capital city   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will launch new daily scheduled year-round flights to Austria’s capital Vienna using a two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The service will initially operate with four weekly flights between 22 May and 30 June.    Etihad is introducing the new service to provide greater choice and convenience for point-to-point business and leisure travellers between the UAE and Austria, and to promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi.    Departures have been conveniently timed to arrive early morning in Vienna, and to connect seamlessly in both directions via Abu Dhabi to gateways across the Etihad network including the GCC, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Signs IATA Pledge for Gender Equality to Mark International Women's Day

     Etihad pledges to increase its female employees by 25 percent by 2025  Arabic ‘Business Class’ renamed to encompass gender-inclusive language    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is marking International Women’s Day by pledging to increase its female workforce by 25 percent over the next five years – the first airline in the country to make this commitment. This follows the International Air Travel Association’s (IATA) voluntary ‘25by2025’ campaign which aims to improve gender balance within the aviation industry.    Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are so proud to already have thousands of strong, ambitious and talented women working with ......read more

    IATA Updates COVID-19 Financial Impacts

    -Relief Measures Needed- 5 March 2020 (Singapore): The International Air Transport Association (IATA) updated its analysis of the financial impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency on the global air transport industry. IATA now sees 2020 global revenue losses for the passenger business of between $63 billion (in a scenario where COVID-19 is contained in current markets with over 100 cases as of 2 March) and $113 billion (in a scenario with a broader spreading of COVID-19). No estimates are yet available for the impact on cargo operations. IATA’s previous analysis (issued on 20 February 2020) put lost revenues at $29.3 billion based on a scenario that would see the impact of COVID-19 largely confined to markets associated with China. Since that time, the virus has spread to over 80 countries and ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Celebrates the 59th Kuwait National Day

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre celebrates the 59th Kuwait National Day with this image of Kuwait Towers taken from space by KhalifaSat. KhalifaSat was fully developed at MBRSC facilities by Emirati engineers and was launched to space in October 2018. It has 5 patents and seven space innovations making it the most advanced satellite of its category in the world. KhalifaSat provides images with specifications that meet the highest international standards in space images. These high-resolution detailed images help organisations in government and private sectors get accurate data which allow them to monitor environmental changes, detect the effects of global warming, ensure responsible urban planning and management, and aid relief efforts at times of natural disasters. This will contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals ......read more

    Anadolujet Will Fly You to Abroad at Prices Starting at 1 USD

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 25, 2020:   Turkish Airlines’ successful brand AnadoluJet will offer the opportunity to fly to abroad at prices starting at 1 USD with its new international flights starting on 29 March 2020 from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Ankara Esenboğa airports.  Adding Germany, Austria, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Belgium, Denmark, France, Georgia, Holland, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Kuwait, Russia and Saudi Arabia to its flight network, carrier will be flying to 21 countries. Passengers who wish to take advantage of the discount that is available for a limited number of seats will be able to fly at prices starting at 1 USD* before taxes between 29 March – 24 October 2020 for tickets purchased from all sales channels until 1 March 2020. While ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Increases Its Tourism Focused International Flights

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 February 2020: As the airline that flies to more countries than any other, Turkish Airlines directly contributes to tourism both locally and globally with its ever-improving fleet and service quality. Flag carrier will be operating 98 flights every week from 26 international destinations to Turkey’s favorite tourism spots such as Antalya, İzmir, Dalaman and Bodum during the Summer 2020. Turkish Airlines which contributed greatly to the record number of tourists coming to Turkey during 2019 will increase its support during 2020 as well. In line with this support and direct tourism endeavor, the weekly frequency of direct flights from international destinations to Turkey’s tourism centers will be increased by 18% this year compared to 2019. Commenting on the “Direct Tourism ......read more

    Saudi Arabian Military Industries to Showcase Opportunities Within KSA Defence Sector at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

    24 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) will showcase opportunities for growth and development within the Kingdom’s defence sector at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. The event, taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 March, is one of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for the aviation, aerospace, space and defence industries.   SAMI is a national holding company owned 100% by the Public Investment Fund (PIF); a sovereign wealth fund owned by Saudi Arabia. SAMI develops and supports military industries in Saudi Arabia and plays a major role in supporting efforts to localise more than 50% of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030. The Kingdom is ranked in the top five countries in terms of military expenditures worldwide. This position ......read more

    Houbara Flies Transonic at UMEX2020 with Next-Generation Banshee Aerial Target

    Abu Dhabi 23 February: The UAE’s Houbara Defence company will today unveil new additions to their portfolio at UMEX, Abu Dhabi’s Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX).  The Next Generation (NG) Banshee is an aerial target used for training, capable of speeds of up to 250m per second and reaching heights of over 12,000 metres.  This complements the range of autonomous and unmanned vehicles Houbara is presenting at the show, including the supersonic missile target, the Rattler, capable of speeds exceeding Mach 2.4, and specifically designed to replicate the threat posed by anti-ship or ballistic missiles. Houbara Defence was established two years ago as a joint venture between Middle East General Enterprises (MGE) and the UK’s QinetiQ plc, a specialist in technology and sophisticated defence solutions, ......read more

    AnadoluJet Serves UAE and Beyond with its New International Flights

    10 weekly flights from Istanbul to Dubai will offer fliers affordability and ideal connectivity to the world.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2020: Turkish Airlines’ AnadoluJet brand goes global on March 29 with the launch of new international flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Ankara Esenboğa Airport. The expansion was announced during the pre-launch event held at Swissotel Al Ghurair, Dubai, with attendance of over 50 representatives from 25 agencies, including Dnata Travel, Kanoo Travel, BCD Travel, and Orient Travel Services.   Set to carry its service quality abroad, the airline’s expanded flight network will include ten weekly flights to Dubai at affordable fares. The service will be available from AED 890 between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport ......read more

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    ETIHAD GUEST AND AIR MILES MIDDLE EAST PARTNER TO OFFER MORE WAYS TO EARN GUEST MILES

    16 January 2020 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and Air Miles Middle East, owned and operated by Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM), a loyalty and travel consolidator, have announced a new reward initiative which enables Air Miles Middle East members to exchange Air Miles into Etihad Guest Miles.    Yasser Al Yousuf, Vice President Commercial Partnerships, Etihad Airways said: “We are constantly exploring new collaborations that provide added value to travellers. By partnering with the Air Miles Middle East ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Easyjet Enter Into New Partnership

    • Customers now have easy access to the Etihad and easyJet networks through joint gateways across Europe • This partnership becomes Etihad’s first use of the transformational New Distribution Capability platform     Abu Dhabi, January 14, 2020:   Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has become the most recent airline to partner with easyJet, one of the world’s largest airlines. This new partnership means customers can purchase tickets through the easyJet worldwide website connecting the two airlines’ networks and ......read more

    Etihad Guest Programme Welcomes Gulf Air as New Airline Partner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 13, 2020:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme for Etihad Airways, has inked a new partnership with Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, further enhancing benefits for its members.  The partnership expands on the codeshare agreement between the two airlines and provides further cooperation between the frequent flyer programmes, Etihad Guest and Falconflyer. This allows members to earn and redeem miles reciprocally on all flights across both networks. In both cases, the number of miles earned ......read more

    Student Travelers Welcome Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai

    Leading Educational Travel Company EduVoyage highlights collaboration with ‘Greatest Show in the World’ at the 32nd GCC Principals Conference in Jaipur, India   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 08, 2020:   EduVoyage, the educational travel arm of ITL World, showcased its collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai at the 32nd Principals’ Conference held under the aegis of the Gulf Council of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Representative principals from CBSE affiliated schools in the Gulf region attended the 4-day annual meet in the ......read more

    Air Freight Demand Down 1.1% in November 2019

    08 January 2020 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the thirteenth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes.  Despite the decline in demand, November’s performance was the best in eight months, with the slowest year-on-year rate of contraction recorded since March 2019. In part, November’s outcome reflects the growing importance of ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES

    6 January, 2020 Australia is a key and highly valued market in the global network of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the three largest cities, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane all served daily.  As part of its international workforce, Etihad is also the proud employer of more than 300 Australian nationals outside Australia, who, with their families, number more than 1,000. Most reside in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, where the airline is based.    In total, some 16,000 Australian nationals live and work in the UAE. In response to ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Xi'an, the starting point of the historical Silk Road, to its flight network

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 02, 2020:   Offering its guests the opportunity to fly directly to 126 countries from Istanbul, Turkish Airlines added Xi’an, the Chinese city with three thousand years of history, to its flight network on December 30. Xi’an became the flag carrier’s fourth destination in Mainland China and the 318th destination in the world. The flights will be operated three times a week with Airbus A330 aircrafts. Starting its flights to People's Republic of China back in 1999 with Beijing as its destination, Turkish Airlines ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes winner of its World Routes Raffle competition to the UAE capital

     Abu Dhabi Airports organized the competition to demonstrate the benefits of flying to Abu Dhabi for airlines and tourists as part of its participation at World Routes Development Forum held in Adelaide, Australia     Abu Dhabi, UAE – 31 December 2019:   Abu Dhabi Airports welcomed the winner of its World Routes Raffle competition to Abu Dhabi from Johannesburg at 05:20 GST this morning. The competition, designed to highlight Abu Dhabi as a unique global destination, was launched during Abu Dhabi Airports’ participation in the 25th edition of ......read more

    Emirates to provide fast-track Tikram services to its customers

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 30, 2019:    Emirates customers travelling in First and Business class, and Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members can now enjoy a smoother departure and arrival experience at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) with complimentary Tikram fast-track services. The Tikram services will facilitate smoother journeys for the almost 300 premium passengers that travel on Emirates First and Business Class as well as top tier Emirates Skywards members who frequent Amman each day. The services will start from 1 January 2020.   The ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS TO INCREASE ITS SEASONAL FLIGHTS TO ALEXANDRIA AND SALALAH

    • A new fifth weekly service introduced on both routes on Fridays • Service extended by three weeks operating between 25 June and 15 September 2020   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways will operate its popular seasonal routes from Abu Dhabi to Alexandria, Egypt, and Salalah, Oman, between 25 June to 15 September 2020. Due to the success of the routes in 2019, the period of operation has been extended by three weeks and a new fifth weekly service introduced on both routes on Fridays, complementing existing departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays ......read more

    Emirates to bring its crowd-puller flagship A380 to the Kuwait Aviation Show 2020

    December 24, 2019:   Emirates, the world's largest international airline, is set to showcase its latest flagship Airbus A380 to visitors and spectators on 15 January at the Kuwait Aviation Show 2020. Visitors to the show will be able to tour the popular double-decker's signature interiors and experience its industry trendsetting products across all three classes, including Emirates' latest generation Onboard Lounge.   Always a popular draw for aviation enthusiasts, industry visitors and the general public, Emirates' latest generation Airbus A380 will be ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES NEW SEASONAL FLIGHTS TO MALAGA

     Three weekly seasonal flights to meet summer demand  Operated by three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring 8 private First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 190 Economy Smart Seats  Third Etihad gateway in Spain Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has announced that it will launch new seasonal flights to Malaga in Spain, to meet strong customer demand from across the UAE and GCC for flights to the popular gateway to the province of Andalucía.  Three weekly flights will operate via the Moroccan capital, Rabat, from 26 June to 13 ......read more

    Etihad Airways And Kuwait Airways Launch New Codeshare Partnership

    • Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on 3 Kuwait Airways routes to Kuwait, Iraq and Bangladesh • Kuwait Airways will place its ‘KU’ code on Etihad routes from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi and onwards to 9 destinations in Europe, Africa, Seychelles, and Maldives   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwaiti flag carrier, Kuwait Airways, have signed a codeshare partnership on selected services on bookings effective 22 December 2019, for travel from 5 January ......read more

    Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority and the EPAA organises an environmental initiative at El Mentether

    During Sharjah World Championship Week 2019 December 19, 2019: The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) along with the EPAA has organized an environmental initiative in Sharjah aimed at afforesting the desert in the emirate’s El Mentether area. The initiative forms part of SCTDA’s efforts to support activities that protect national environmental resources and maintain their sustainability. These initiatives are in line with the vision of UAE’s leadership and the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports awards top industry partners at annual celebration ceremony in Abu Dhabi

    The airport group welcomed 80 stakeholders to recognize their continued support to Abu Dhabi Airports     Abu Dhabi, UAE – 21 December 2019:   Abu Dhabi Airports held a special ceremony to recognize the contributions made by its local and international stakeholders on 18th December 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi. The event demonstrated Abu Dhabi Airports’ continued commitment to its stakeholders, reflecting the airport group’s robust relationships with industry-wide partners.   Abu Dhabi Airports operates with an extensive range of ......read more

    6 Destinations to Visit in 2020

    With the new year just around the corner, it’s a great time to start planning those future holidays and coveted destinations. If you want to see the world, it’s always a good idea to set aside a budget for flights, accommodation, and activities so that you can have the holiday of a lifetime in 2020. Croatia If you want to visit a country that has Mediterranean-living with a twist, then Croatia should be first on your list. Whether you visit the larger city of Dubrovnik or the smaller Roman towns such as Split, you won’t be disappointed by the glittering seaside views. ......read more

    Jazeera Airways launches its first-ever direct service from Kuwait to Al Ain International Airport

     Flight welcomed by His Highness Sheikh Saeed Bin Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan and other dignitaries from Abu Dhabi Airports, Al Ain International Airport and DCT Abu Dhabi  His Excellency Saqer Nasser Al Raisi, the UAE Ambassador to Kuwait, attends inaugural flight from Jazeera Terminal T5     December 19, 2019:   Jazeera Airways flight J9 139 landed at Al Ain International Airport in the UAE on Friday 13 December in the first-ever direct service between the airport and Kuwait. The service was made possible with the support of Abu Dhabi ......read more

    Chinese visitors to GCC will increase 54% by 2023, says latest ATM report

    • 2.2 million Chinese tourists will travel to GCC in 2023 with CAGR growth of 4.8% • Total Chinese tourism spend in GCC estimated to reach US$3.48 billion by 2023    The number of Chinese tourists travelling to the GCC is expected to increase 54% from 1.4 million in 2018 to 2.2 million in 2023, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.8%, according to data published ahead of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2020.   As destinations from across the globe prepare to showcase their latest offering at ATM 2020, which is being held at Dubai World Trade ......read more

    The UAE's First Astronaut, Hazza Al Mansouri Talks to Euronews About What's Next for the UAE's Space Mission

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17th December 2019:   Two months since making history as the first UAE astronaut to travel to space, Hazza Al Mansouri spoke to Europe’s number one international news channel, Euronews about what’s next for the UAE and space travel.  Following his trip to the International Space Station, Hazza Al Mansouri now focuses his attention to the UAE’s Hope Mission, which is set to reach Mars on the UAE’s 50th anniversary, making it the ninth country to touch down on the planet.  Hazza Al Mansouri is also working on the ......read more

    Airports of the Future: 10 Predictions for the Next Decade

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16, 2019:   SITA, the leading IT provider for the air transport industry, today unveils 10 bold predictions about the technology shaping how passengers will move through the airport of the future, based on unique insights, driving industry forces and emerging technologies.    The airport experience has morphed dramatically in the past 10 years with the introduction of biometric security, mobile check-in, and baggage tracking. And there is much more to come.    The next decade will witness an exponentially ......read more

    Future Passenger Experience in the spotlight at Airport Show 2020

    375 companies from 94 countries expected in the B2B show Co-located events: GALF, ATC Forum and Airport Security  2 new conferences added  US$750 billion global airport investments until 2025 Emerging economies to account for 60% of air traffic by 2040   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16, 2019:   Titans of the aviation industry from across the world will assemble in Dubai in mid-June next year to debate topics related to the future passenger experience as the widest range of newest technologies and innovations are showcased at the ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes new services from Jazeera Airways at Al Ain International Airport

     The flight was received by His Highness Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan  Jazeera Airways to operate three flights a week to Al Ain International Airport from Kuwait International Airport     14 December 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports is pleased to announce that Al Ain International Airport (AAN) has welcomed Jazeera Airways new services from Kuwait International Airport (KWI) to Al Ain.   The flight was received by H.H. Sheikh Saeed bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan; Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive ......read more

    IATA to Improve Efficiency of Cargo Handling Audits

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 14, 2019:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new program to raise global standards in cargo handling operations.   The Smart Facility Operational Capacity (SFOC) program aims to reduce audit complexity and duplication for cargo handling facilities.   This new IATA initiative has two components:  Standardized Global Audit Program:  IATA has introduced the Smart Facility Operational Capacity Audit Certification (SFOC Audit Certification) to provide airlines with the assurance ......read more

    Carbon Emissions Per Passenger Decrease More Than 50% Since 1990'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 14, 2019:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published information confirming that carbon emissions per passenger have declined by more than 50% since 1990. Much of the improvement has occurred because the industry has achieved an annual fuel efficiency improvement of 2.3% over the period since 2009, some 0.8 percentage points ahead of target.  This progress is a combination of investments in more efficient aircraft and operational efficiencies. “Cutting per passenger emissions in half is an amazing ......read more

    25by2025 Gains Momentum with 59 Airlines Joining the Campaign

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 12, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that 59 airlines have committed to the 25by2025 campaign which seeks to address gender balance in civil aviation.   The 25by2025 campaign was launched on 26 September 2019 with participating airlines making a voluntary commitment to:    Increase the number of women in senior positions (to be defined by the member airlines) by either 25% against currently reported metrics or to a minimum representation of 25% by 2025    ......read more

    Ministry of Tourism collaborates with Oman Astronomical Society to put spotlight on scientific tourism during annular eclipse phenomenon 2019

    December 11, 2019: The Ministry of Tourism is set to bring a unique scientific tourism experience to local and international tourists as the 2019 annular eclipse phenomenon is set to occur in the Sultanate. The Ministry has partnered with the Oman Astronomical Society, which has been working with various institutions including the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Public Authority for Radio and Television, and Photographic Society of Oman, among other relevant government and private institutions, to record one of the rarest astronomical ......read more

    New artificial intelligence solutions to improve safety in aviation sector

    World Aviation Safety Summit showcases new emerging technologies, analytics and data solutions that will support the enhancement of safety within the industry      11 December 2019 – Dubai, UAE:   The World Aviation Safety Summit, which has taken place in Dubai, displayed new artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, that will help improve safety in the aviation sector.    In a session on how new technology can reduce incidents, experts from dnata displayed on stage the ‘Oscar bot’ - an Alexa-style solution that can help ......read more

    Opportunity for Aviation in Europe's Green Deal

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 12, 2019:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) asked the European Union to support aviation’s energy transition to sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as part of the bloc’s Green Deal, being launched today. “Aviation has high hopes for the European Commission’s Green Deal. We want to be part of Europe’s building of a new energy economy and we will do everything we can to make sustainable aviation fuels a priority for aviation in Europe and around the world,” said Alexandre de Juniac, ......read more

    Etihad Becomes the First Airline to Raise Funds Tied to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    Partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Market highlights UAE capital’s expertise as a hub for sustainable financing   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - December 08, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has become the first airline to secure funding for a project based on its compatibility with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Through a partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Market, the airline will borrow 100 million Euros (AED 404.2 million) to support expansion of ......read more

    EASA extends Part 145 certification of SriLankan Engineering

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 05, 2019:   The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has extended an important certification of SriLankan Engineering, the aircraft Maintenance-Repair-Overhaul (MRO) arm of SriLankan Airlines, following a comprehensive audit. The reaffirmation of the EASA Part-145 certification further strengthens SriLankan Engineering’s positioning as a key provider of aircraft maintenance and engineering services for airlines throughout South Asia, Middle East and Africa.  Vipula Gunatilleka, Group Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines, ......read more

    Air Cargo Peak Season off to Slow Start, Annual Demand down 3.5% in October

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 04, 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 3.5% in October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks a weak start to the traditional peak season for air cargo and the twelfth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.2% year-on-year in October 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped ......read more

    Emiratis and expats set off to a two-week Camel Trek across the UAE desert

    Dubai, 4 December 2019:   The 6th edition of the annual Camel Trek, organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Heritage Center (HHC), kicked off to a strong start today with the participation of 11 people from 6 countries.   The camel trekkers, led by HE Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmook, CEO of HHC, set off from (Mender Al-Aslan) desert before heading to a pre-arranged route in the UAE desert that includes Al-Thurawaniah, Al-Assab, Al-Dhafra Fort, Al-Marzoum, Al-Shabika, Bugrin, North Razin, Al-Haffar, Al-Ajban and Saih Al-Salam until the convoy lands at the Heritage Village of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports awards retail spaces at Midfield Terminal to Lulu Group

    Exclusive products to be produced and offered to passengers from Lulu’s specialist gift store and non-food departments store     4 December 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has awarded two retail unit spaces in the upcoming new Midfield Terminal at  Abu Dhabi International Airport to the Lulu Group (Lulu), a diverse conglomerate headquartered in Abu Dhabi with a strong retail presence in the UAE, the GCC and globally.   During a ceremony on Tuesday, 19 November, Abu Dhabi Airports signed an agreement with Lulu Group for a specialist ......read more

    Lewis Hamilton Tops Off Sixth World Title With Victory at Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019

    The win drew the curtain on the 11th #AbuDhabiGP and a perfect season finale for the six-time champion Mercedes driver Evening topped off with a performance by US rock legends The Killers Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 30, 2019:    Lewis Hamilton crowned his sixth F1® championship-winning season with a final victory at the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2019 on Sunday evening.  In a thrilling race that saw the Red Bull of Max Verstappen start beside him on the front row and Mercedes team mate Bottas at the back of the grid, Hamilton ......read more

    SCTDA announces the new standards classification for hotel establishments in Sharjah

    In a move to promote efficiency of hotel operations and provide customers with exceptional experiences 27 November 2019 - Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced its new standards for classification of hotel establishments in the emirate, in line with the implementation of Resolution No. 38 of 2019. The resolution aims to classify hotel establishments in Sharjah in line with the latest standards. The new standards were announced following a workshop organized by SCTDA for representatives of hotels and other hospitality establishments in Sharjah. The ......read more

    Maserati's innovation on board the Multi 70 trimaran: the technical partnership with Giovanni Soldini

    • A technology transfer from Maserati to the Maserati Multi 70 trimaran: for the first time the engineers of the Maserati Innovation Lab in Modena share the Brand's know-how with the Maserati Multi 70 Team.  • The aerodynamics is the focus of this innovative collaboration. • Maserati Multi 70's race schedule for the 2020 season has been announced. The English Channel Record is also scheduled.     Dubai, UAE - November 27, 2019:    Maserati enters into a new era of innovation and launches a process for the transfer of technological ......read more

    TSI Seats enters the BFE catalogue of Airbus

    Dubai, UAE - November 25, 2019:  Founded by the joint initiatives of Turkish Airlines, Turkish Technic and Assan Hanil (a joint-venture between Kibar Holding, and Hanil Seoyon E-Hwa, a South Korean global auto parts supplier) as the first and only aircraft seat manufacturer of Turkey, TSI Aviation Seats entered the catalogue showing aircraft seat options to the airlines that are customers of Airbus.   With the agreement signed between TSI Seats and Airbus following the successful cooperation between two companies since 2015, TSI Seats gained the right to appear in the BFE ......read more

    Etihad Airways Becomes the First Foreign Airline to Operate Its Flights to Jeddah's New Terminal

    November 24, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has received a special reception - welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute – at Jeddah’s new Terminal 1. The inaugural flight was operated on Etihad’s Dreamliner with the distinctive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia livery. The reception was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and was attended by H.E. Nasir Al Ketbi General Consular of UAE, Essam Fouad, Director General of King Abdulaziz Airport, Captain Fahd Cynndy, CEO of Saudi Ground Services, Yousef Attiah, Director General of Terminal ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports awards contract for development of lounge at Midfield Terminal

     The contract has been awarded to a new joint venture between National Aviation Services (NAS) and Airport Dimensions  The lounge will cater to all international airline passengers in addition to independent travelers who can access the lounge regardless of the class of their ticket or airline    24 November 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Airports has awarded the Midfield Terminal’s lounge construction and management contract to a joint venture between National Aviation Services (NAS) and Airport Dimensions, which combines ......read more

    Thuraya & Airbus Demonstrate Aero Mobility Capabilities at Dubai Airshow 2019

    • Real-time transmission of surveillance footage enabled by Thuraya’s L-band network • The Dubai Airshow streaming sessions follow a highly successful demonstration to key government customers in Abu Dhabi on November 13     Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 21st :  Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), in partnership with Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services has successfully conducted live screenings of a demonstrative aerial surveillance mission ......read more

    UAE Leads in Military Deals at Dubai Airshow 2019

    UAE MOD deals worth almost US$4 billion among military contracts signed       Dubai, UAE - November 21, 2019:   Dubai Airshow 2019 is proving to be a bumper year for armed forces purchase and maintenance deals, with the UAE Ministry of Defence among those unveiling major contracts at the show.   It comes as the UAE set out to establish itself as a major player in the advanced technology and defence field, with EDGE, a group comprising 25 local entities working in five capability clusters, making its Dubai Airshow ......read more

    Emirates Leads Sales With $16billion Airbus Purchase Order Amid Busy Second Day at Dubai Airshow 2019

    Air Arabia follows with $14billion deal for 120 new Airbus aircraft as order book fills up   Dubai, UAE - November 19, 2019:  Emirates signed an order for 50 Airbus A350 XWB worth $16billion today, leading the crowd on a busy day of sales and proving, once again, that Dubai Airshow is the industry’s preferred place to do business. The deal, announced by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive, and signed with Guillaume Faury, Airbus’ Chief Executive Officer, will see the first aircraft delivered in May 2023. The order ......read more

    Palma Holding to Acquire 20 Dash 8-400 Aircraft from De Havilland Canada'

    Dubai, November 18, 2019:   Today, during the Dubai Airshow, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) announced that lessor Palma Holding Limited (“Palma”) has signed a Letter of Intent to purchase 20 Dash 8-400 aircraft. The parties are working to finalize a purchase agreement.  “Palma became the first lessor worldwide to order the Dash 8-400 aircraft in its dual-class configuration and this first decision led us to develop other opportunities for the Dash 8-400 aircraft,” said Moulay Omar Alaoui, President, ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2019 Unveils Women in Space Conference

    UAE Space Agency hosts a programme of events focusing on diversity in the future of space exploration and development        Dubai, UAE - November 19, 2019:  Diversity will be key to the future of space exploration, both for the UAE and globally, according to the raft of international keynote speakers who addressed delegates at day two (Monday) of Dubai Airshow 2019.   Officials from the UAE Space Agency led by the Chairman H.E Dr Ahmed Abdullah Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills, were joined by ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub attracts high interest at Dubai Airshow 2019

    New aerospace hub already 35 per cent complete November 18, 2019. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, an integrated global aviation center providing world-class infrastructure and aviation support facilities, has drawn high interest from fellow participants and visitors from all over the world at the ongoing Dubai Airshow. MBR Aerospace Hub joined the exhibition, which is currently running until November 21, 2019, to highlight its unique edge and features that are vital to the steadily rising aviation industries in Dubai and the UAE. During the airshow, ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre signs Memorandum of Understanding with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

    Dubai, UAE, 18th November 2019:   The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), to promote international cooperation in the exploration and peaceful uses of outer space. This took place on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow 2019, one of the world’s largest events in the aerospace industry, bringing together the leading aerospace and defence industries regionally and globally, from 17 to 21 November 2019. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, ......read more

    Etihad and Boeing Unveil the ‘Etihad Greenliner', to Explore ‘blue Sky' Opportunities to Cut Co2 Emissions

     Themed Boeing 787 to assist in researching sustainability initiatives  Etihad to operate Boeing 787 ‘eco flight’ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels  Airline urges whole of industry to collaborate on reducing CO2    United Arab Emirates - November 18, 2019:    Etihad Airways and Boeing today announced a first-of-its-kind ‘eco partnership’, in which a specially-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used to test products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce aircraft carbon emissions.     The ......read more

    dans strongly participating in Dubai Airshow

    dans focuses on technology to enhance safety and efficiency of airports Aviation growth expected to increase in the run-up to Expo 2020   Dubai, November 18, 2019:   The Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans), the air navigation services provider and air traffic control for Dubai and Northern Emirates, has increased its presence at the 16th edition of Dubai Airshow 2019. In line with the theme of the Airshow ‘Dedicated to Connecting People’, Dans is showcasing its entire gamut of services focussed on technology to enhance safety and efficiency of ......read more

    Airbus inspired by nature to boost aircraft environmental performance

    @Airbus #innovation #sustainability #Decarbonisation #WeMakeItFly     Dubai, 18 November 2019 – Airbus has unveiled fello’fly, its latest demonstrator project inspired by biomimicry*, that is set to boost the environmental performance of commercial aircraft and make a significant impact on emissions reduction for the aviation industry.   Airbus’ fello’fly project aims to demonstrate the technical, operational and commercial viability of two aircraft flying together for long-haul flights.    Through fello’fly, a follower ......read more

    Italian Aerospace Technologies Highlighted at Dubai Airshow

    UAE, Dubai; 18 November 2019:  The Italian Trade Agency pavilion at the 2019 edition of the Dubai Airshow, the bi-annual exhibition dedicated to the aerospace industry, was officially opened. In attendance were the government officials, Nicola Lener, the Ambassador of Italy to the UAE, Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in the UAE, and Amedeo Scarpa, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan. They were also joined by representatives from the Secretariat General of Defense and National Armaments Directorate, a government organisation representing the Italian defense ......read more

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