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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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    Emergency exercise at Al Ain International Airport on Wednesday, 25th September 2019

    September 26, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Abu Dhabi Airports will conduct a full scale aircraft crash simulation exercise at Al Ain International Airport on Wednesday 25th September 2019, in accordance with Civil Aviation regulations issued by the General Civil Aviation Authority, and in compliance with standards and recommendations as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization.    The full scale emergency simulation at Al Ain International Airport will measure the preparedness, emergency response capabilities, implementation of strategies by all participating agencies ......read more

    Supporting Carbon Neutral Growth Tops Full Agenda at ICAO Assembly

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 26, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed high expectations for the outcomes of the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), beginning today in Montreal.    Encouraging ICAO member states to continue to support the industry’s efforts to address its climate change impacts will be at the top of the agenda.   The industry’s agenda also includes:    • The safe integration of drones into airspace ......read more

    Soyuz FG rocket boasts with UAE flag and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center logo in preparation for September 25 mission

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 22, 2019:   The Soyuz FG, carrying the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft, in which Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, will launch to the International Space Station, is emblazoned with the logo of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center and the UAE flag along with the flags of Russia and America in preparation for the historic mission. The Soyuz rocket was first launched in 1966, and the launch system was developed by Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation, Energia, and built by the Research and Production Development Center of Progress ......read more

    Zayed's Ambition mission logo, and MBRSC logo adorn Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 22, 2019:    The main crew, which includes Hazzaa AlMansoori, Oleg Skripochka, and Jessica Meir, and the back-up crew, composed of Sultan AlNeyadi, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Thomas Marshburn, visited Baikonur Cosmodrome Museum. During their visit, AlMansoori and AlNeyadi handed the mission’s logo ‘Zayed’s Ambition’, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) logo, and MBRSC’s book ‘Race to Space’, to the curators of the museum. The main crew members then signed on the Soyuz mission logo, which ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre & Emirates Foundation organise live sessions from ISS'

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 22, 2019:   Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization set up by the Abu Dhabi government to facilitate public-private funded initiatives that improve the welfare of youth, announced organizing “Zayed’s Ambition” sessions during which school and university students, as well as the public, will get the chance to attend live video and radio sessions with Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, while onboard the International Space Station ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre & Emirates Foundation organise live sessions from ISS

    Dubai, UAE, 21 September 2019:  Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organization set up by the Abu Dhabi government to facilitate public-private funded initiatives that improve the welfare of youth, announced organizing “Zayed’s Ambition” sessions during which school and university students, as well as the public, will get the chance to attend live video and radio sessions with Hazzaa AlMansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, while onboard the International Space Station (ISS).  HE Yousuf Hamad ......read more

    Emirates first on-board for biometric boarding

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 21, 2019:   Emirates is once again pushing the boundaries of technology, becoming the first airline outside America to receive approval for biometric boarding from the U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP). Soon, customers flying from Dubai to any of Emirates' 12 destinations in the U.S. will be able to choose facial recognition technology at the departure gates, reducing the time taken for identity checks to two seconds or less. No pre-registration is required, and customers may also choose not to use the technology. Emirates does ......read more

    Emirates kicks off Rugby World Cup 2019™ with referee Nigel Owens

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 21, 2019:    Emirates, Official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC 2019), has teamed up with famous Welsh Rugby referee, Nigel Owens, to create a campaign to inform travellers what's fair play and what's foul play when flying – so we can all Fly Better!   The campaign, "Emirates etiquette guide to Rugby World Cup 2019", comprises a series of short, light hearted and witty videos, which sees Nigel, known for his unique tongue-in-cheek way of talking to rugby players on the pitch, blow the ......read more

    Airbus forecasts need for over 39,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years

    #AirbusGMF Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 19, 2019:   The world’s passenger and freighter aircraft fleet is set to more than double from today’s nearly 23,000 to almost 48,000 by 2038 with traffic growing at 4.3% annually, also resulting in a need for 550,000 new pilots and 640,000 new technicians.  By 2038, of the forecast 47,680 fleet, 39,210 are new and 8,470 remain from today. By updating fleets with latest generation fuel efficient aircraft such as the A220, A320neo Family, the A330neo and the A350, Airbus believes it will largely ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo works with Dubai start-up for efficient and transparent sourcing of seafood

    Dubai, UAE, 18 September 2019:   Early on Friday, 6 September, a batch of salmon arrived in Dubai in the cargo hold of Emirates flight EK 28 from Glasgow. The shipment of Scottish salmon, destined for restaurants and consumers in the UAE, was the first that was being transported for Seafood Souq, a Dubai based start-up working on transparent and efficient sourcing of seafood, by Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates. The shipment marked the culmination of a round of discussions and the start of a fruitful partnership between the two companies. Seafood Souq has ......read more

    Turkish Airlines will fly directly to Vietnam's Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 17, 2019:  Boasting the world’s widest international flight network with 315 international destinations in 126 countries, Turkish Airlines will start its direct flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, which were operated as connected flights until now. Starting on September 11, 2019, the flights will be operated on Istanbul (IST) – Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) – Istanbul (IST) and Istanbul (IST) – Hanoi (HAN) – Istanbul (IST) routes. Deciding to operate direct flights with the expectations of the passengers ......read more

    General Civil Aviation Authority launches 2nd edition of Global Investment in Aviation Summit to be held on 27-29 January 2020

    Dubai, September 15 2019: The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced the launch of the second edition of Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS) under the theme ‘Enabling global aviation growth through fundraising and key partnership’ today.  The upcoming summit at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on 27- 29 January 2020 aims at exchanging expertise and knowledge between officials and aviation industry experts and forging partnerships that support the aviation investment sector globally. The organising committee of GIAS 2020 announced the details of the upcoming GIAS ......read more

    Educational Events of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 15, 2019:   In collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) organised two educational events at the University of Dubai and Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, for students to learn more about the JEM Camera Robot (Int-Ball) and how it works. The Int-Ball helps astronauts aboard ISS record their scientific experiments. The two events were attended by Fumiaki Tanigaki, Associate Senior Engineer and the Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate and Shuhei Sheigeto, Researcher ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' load factor is 84.8 percent in August.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 15, 2019:  Turkish Airlines announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for August. The flag carrier recorded 84.8 percent load factor in this month despite the global shrinkage of demand in the aviation sector. Offering connections to more countries than any other airline from a single hub, global carrier’s international-to-international transfer passenger numbers increased in record numbers with a 9.4 percent increase compared to the same month of the last year.   Continuing towards its goal of becoming one of the top ......read more

    Salam Air launches Four weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Muscat

    15 September 2019, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports has announced the commencement of four weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Muscat in Oman with Salam Air. The inaugural flight, which is operated by Oman’s first low cost airline, Salam Air, arrived from Muscat to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on September 10. The flights will take-off from Muscat International Airport (MCT) at 9:00 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and will arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 10:20 am. The return flights will take-off from Abu Dhabi at 11:05 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines named 2020 Five Star Global Airline at APEX Awards

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 12, 2019 Offering the privilege of discovering 126 countries around the world to its passengers, Turkish Airlines was named a “2020 Five Star Global Airline” by APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association), one of the world’s most trusted and prominent aviation organizations. Turkish Airlines’ commitment to passenger satisfaction and providing top class service above the clouds were ratified by APEX. Travel industry experts met at the At the Los Angeles Convention Centre on September 9 for the APEX/IFSA Awards where the ......read more

    25 million members, and still soaring Skywards

    Emirates Skywards is celebrating the key milestone with discounts and surprises DUBAI, UAE, 11 September 2019 – Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme for Emirates and flydubai, has touched a new high – 25 million members. Emirates Skywards is celebrating this key milestone with exciting offers and surprises for its members, starting 12 September. This includes 25% discounts on upgrades and reward tickets on selected flights to and from Dubai, a network-wide special Cash+Miles rate on Emirates and flydubai flights, and a 25% discount on buying and gifting ......read more

    Krabi Airport Introduces Sita World-Class Passenger Technology

    Dubai, UAE - 11 Sep 2019 - As part of Krabi Airport’s development to become a regional aviation center under Thailand’s Department of Airports’ four-year strategic plan, the airport announced it will be rolling out world-class passenger technology, from global IT provider SITA. The systems include AirportConnect® Open, SITA’s common-use passenger processing (CUPPS) platform, along with self-service check-in kiosks at both domestic and international terminals.  Attaporn Nuang-udom, Airport Director, Krabi International Airport, said: “The Krabi ......read more

    Crews of 25th September Mission to ISS visits Red Square

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 08, 2019:  The main and back-up crews of the mission going to the International Space Station on September 25th, visited the Gagarin museum at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia, on September 5th where they viewed historic space artifacts and signed the Visitor’s Book in the Museum of Yuri Gagarin’s office.  They then headed to Red Square in Moscow for traditional ceremonies, including the laying of flowers at the Kremlin Wall where Russian space icons are interred. Members of both crews lay a ......read more

    First A220 delivery to EGYPTAIR

     #A220 #FlyEGYPTAIR @EGYPTAIR  Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 07, 2019:   EGYPTAIR has taken delivery of its first of 12 A220-300 aircraft on order, becoming the first A220 operator based in the Middle East and North African region, and the sixth operator worldwide. The Cairo-based airline intends to fly the aircraft on routes to and from its main Egyptian Hub in Cairo in the coming days.    Representatives from the airline, alongside executives from Airbus Canada Limited Partnership celebrated the aircraft handover at the A220 Mirabel final ......read more

    Important messages from Emirati astronauts prior to launch to International Space Station

    Dubai, UAE, 5 September 2019:  Upon the successful completion of their final tests, a press conference was held by the main crew and the back-up crew for Hazzaa AlMansoori’s first trip to the International Space Station (ISS). The main crew includes AlMansoori, Oleg Skripochka, and Jessica Meir, and the back-up crew is composed of Sultan AlNeyadi, Sergei Nikolaevich, and Thomas Henry. The press conference was held at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, in Star City, in Moscow, on Thursday 5 September, and was attended by officials from the space agencies involved in the ......read more

    Trade War Impacting Air Freight Demand

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  September 04, 2019:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), contracted by 3.2% in July 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the ninth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Air cargo continues to suffer from weak global trade and the intensifying trade dispute between the US and China. Global trade volumes are 1.4% lower than a year ago and trade volumes between the US and China have ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Group Brings Back Popular ‘fikra University' Competition

    • Competition encourages innovation by UAE university students   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 04, 2019:  Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has announced the launch of Fikra University 2019, bringing back the successful programme which fosters the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation amongst university students all over the UAE.    The third instalment of this competition invites any student currently enrolled in a university within the UAE to submit an innovative proposal under this year’s theme of ‘Seamless travel, endless ......read more

    Top Tips for Making the Most Out of Your Trip to Dubai

    The emirate of Dubai is known for its luxury and culture, making it a must-see location for many travelers. Whether you would enjoy shopping in one of the world’s largest malls, sampling food from a range of different cuisines from world-renowned restaurants, heading to the water park for fun and adventure, or checking out the extensive nightlife, there is no shortage of things to do in Dubai for any traveler. So, whether you are a student looking for adventure, a single traveler taking some time away for yourself, a couple looking for a romantic getaway or a family wanting to create ......read more

    Kuwait Airways takes delivery of its first A320neo

    #Kuwaitairways #Airbus  #A320neo     September 01, 2019:   Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of Kuwait, has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft.    The delivery a milestone in Kuwait Airways’ 65th anniversary celebrations, marking an important step in the airline’s ambitious fleet renewal and growth plans , which will phase-in 15 A320neo aircraft to its fleet in the coming years, following a purchase agreement signed in 2014.    The A320neo will be apillar of Kuwait Airways’ single aisle fleet, ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Mexico City and Cancún, important cities of Americas to its flight network.

    27, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries that any other airline, continues to enhance its flight network. Flag carrier has launched scheduled flights to Mexico City, the second biggest city of Latin America and capital of Mexico along with Cancún, one of the favorite holiday centers of Central America.   The flights to Mexico City and Cancún, the 18th and 19th destinations of Turkish Airlines in Americas, will be operated three days a week on Istanbul-Mexico City-Cancún route starting from August 21, 2019. With these flights, Turkish ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years in India

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  24, August 2019:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is preparing to celebrate 15 years of service to its largest and busiest market, India. The airline’s milestone coincides with the third visit to the UAE of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, highlighting the importance of the partnership between the two countries.    Etihad launched daily flights between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and the Indian city of Mumbai in September 2004, within the airline’s first year of operation. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years of Flights to Bahrain

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 22, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its operations between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and Manama, capital of Bahrain.    Since launching services to Bahrain on 22 August 2004, Etihad has carried more than 2.5 million guests between the two capitals. Today, the airline operates 28 flights per week and carries 200,000 guests annually to and from Bahrain, using Airbus A320 aircraft.    Etihad’s flights to Manama provide a vital link ......read more

    Etihad Airways the Most Punctual Airline in the Middle East for Firt Half of 2019

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  19, August 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was the most punctual Middle Eastern carrier in the first seven months of 2019. New figures produced by the aviation data company OAG show that Etihad was the only Middle Eastern carrier whose punctuality averaged more than 80 per cent for flights across this period. The data also showed that of the airlines monitored by OAG, Etihad was ranked 24th globally for on-time performance in July, the peak summer month for air travel in the Middle East. John ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Announces New Foreign Exchange Partnership With Travelex

     Leading money exchange provider Travelex commenced operations first week of August.  Passengers will gain two points of access on both arrivals and departure terminals.  Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E,  17 August 2019:   Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has announced the onboarding of its first foreign exchange partner, Travelex.  Headquartered in London with a presence in over 70 countries, Travelex is a leading provider of foreign exchange, remittance, and payments services, enabling physical and digital cross-border money movement for consumers ......read more

    Dubai Delivers on Tourist Volumes Again, With a Strong 8.36 Million Overnight Visitors in First Half of 2019

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  17, August 2019:   Dubai welcomed 8.36 million international overnight visitors in the first six months (January-June) of 2019, posting a positive three per cent in tourism volume growth compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).   The new figures reinforce the continued strength of Dubai’s tourism sector as a key driver of economic diversification and a reliable catalyst for GDP acceleration through 2020. The largest ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Partners With Ary to Invite Audiences to Discover the Emirate With Their Favourite Pakistani Celebrities

    • Bespoke travel packages curated in partnership with ARY, featuring leading Pakistani celebrities Humayun Saeed, Fahad Mustafa, Nida Yasir and Faisal Qureshi  • Packages available for purchase from ARY’s ‘Sahulat Bazar’ platform    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  17, August 2019:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced a partnership with House of ARY, one of the leading South Asian broadcast networks, to further strengthen travel demand to the emirate from Pakistan with the ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines welcomes free visa on arrival facility to 48 countries

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  15, August 2019:  SriLankan Airlines welcomes the launch of the free visa on arrival facility that the Government of Sri Lanka is providing to citizens of 48 countries in Australasia, Europe and North America from 1st August for a period of six months as part of a concerted effort to boost tourism into the Indian Ocean island nation. Sri Lanka’s National Carrier is in the forefront of global initiatives to strengthen the country’s tourism industry, working with a multitude of partners ranging from Sri Lanka Tourism to hotels, tour ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports completes preparations for the return of Hajj pilgrims

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  14, August 2019:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has completed preparations for the return of the Hajj pilgrims from Mecca and Medina over the upcoming weekend. Pilgrims returning to Abu Dhabi will be welcomed with dates, Arabic coffee and chocolates distributed by Abu Dhabi Airports’ employees. Pilgrims are scheduled to begin returning on 15th August from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with flights lasting through to 17th August. The airport is expected to receive more than 2,750 returning pilgrims, alongside an additional 25,000 ......read more

    Turkish Airlines continues its journey to the top with new cabin uniforms

    Turkish Airlines cabin crew, whose new uniforms take to the skies, redefines elegance in the sky. The cabin crew will now greet passengers with “welcome onboard” dressed in new uniforms on long haul flights of the national flag carrier. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:    The new cabin crew uniforms of Turkish Airlines, flying to the most countries in the world, were designed with the aim of celebrating the airline’s 85th anniversary and will be visible on the entire cabin crew on the long haul flights of the flag carrier as of ......read more

    Air Freight in Decline for Eighth Consecutive Month

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.8% in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eighth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Signs of a modest recovery in recent months appear to have been premature, with the June contraction broad-based across all regions with the exception of Africa. Capacity growth remains subdued and the cargo load ......read more

    MoHAP's Health Advice and Guidance for Travelers

    Dubai, 7th Aug 2019: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) would like to provide some health advice and tips related to travel destinations. The ministry, accordingly, recommends travelers to visit Travelers Health Clinics ahead of their departure. Jet Lag Travelers might experience the biological clock disorder during long trips, especially those who travel to distant countries, where the change is to adjust the internal timing of the human body. Its most common symptoms are sleeping disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, lack of concentration, fatigue and general ......read more

    Etihad Airways To Fly 787 Dreamliners To Jakarta And Maldives

    Two daily services to Jakarta to go all-Dreamliner Seasonal upgrade to Male, Maldives Aircraft feature industry-leading, next-generation cabins   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.7th August 2019 – Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its flights from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, Indonesia, and will upgrade its daily morning service to Male, Maldives, to the wide-body aircraft on a seasonal basis.   The airline’s two daily scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, will be operated on a year-round basis by a ......read more

    Emirates anticipates peak travel for Eid break

    Customers are encouraged to arrive 3 hours early to the airport due to busy travel period Dubai, UAE – 6 August, 2019:   Emirates gears up for a busy travel period this weekend for the Eid holiday. The busiest time for departures in Terminal 3 will be on Friday 9th August with close to 100,000 passengers travelling through Terminal 3 at DXB. Customers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departure to avoid any delays. Peak travel is expected to start on Thursday 8th August in the evening and continue until Saturday 10th August ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports completes preparations for the Hajj season

    Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) implements range of initiatives to ease pilgrims’ journey     6 August 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Abu Dhabi Airports has completed the sufficient preparations, in collaboration with all of its stakeholders, to ensure the smooth and safe departure and return of pilgrims from Mecca and Medina during the Hajj season.   In order to facilitate the increase in traffic and the 15 additional Etihad Airways flights, including six charter flights dedicated to the General Authority of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Zayed Foundation and ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and Bangkok Airways announce a new codeshare partnership.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  06, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines (TK) and Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (PG) have announced a new codeshare partnership, which will provide their passengers with convenient travel connections from Turkey to destinations in Thailand and other cities in Southeast Asia, commencing on 1st August, 2019. Under this agreement, codeshare flights operated by Bangkok Airways currently covers 16 roundtrip routes on both domestic and international; Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Lampang, Bangkok-Sukhothai, Bangkok-Trat, ......read more

    Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network.

    05, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, announced today the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network. Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:   From Warsaw                              ......read more

    Etihad Airways introduces its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Lagos

    Travellers will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins Flying Nannies and Food and Beverage Managers offer innovative hospitality services in-flight Includes highly acclaimed interiors featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats   August 03, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – A state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Lagos this morning after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways flight EY673 took off from Abu Dhabi at 2.35am and arrived on schedule at 7.10am local time. The return flight ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Republic of Congo's Pointe-Noire to its flight network.

    01, August 2019:    Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries that any other airline, has added Republic of Congo’s second biggest city, Pointe-Noire to its flight network as its 58th destination in Africa. National flag carrier will operate three weekly flights to Pointe-Noire with a connection in Libreville.   With Pointe Noire, the port city next to Atlantic Ocean, Turkish Airlines expanded its flight network to 125 countries and 313 destinations. Thus, flag carrier further cemented its position as the airline that flies to more destinations in the continent of ......read more

    Airbus reports Half-Year (H1) 2019 results

    Commercial aircraft environment robust Revenues € 30.9 billion 2019 guidance maintained Dubai UAE, 31 July 2019 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported Half-Year (H1) 2019 consolidated financial results(1) and maintained its guidance for the full-year. “The half-year financial performance mainly reflects the ramp-up in production of A320 Family aircraft and transition to the more efficient NEO version, as well as further progress on the A350 financial performance,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “We continue to see ......read more

    More Connectivity and Improved Efficiency -2018Airline Industry Statistics Released-

    31 July 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released performance figures for 2018 showing that global air connectivity continues to become more accessible and more efficient. The IATA World Air Transport Statistics (2019 WATS) confirms that: 4.4 billion passengers flew in 2018 Record efficiency was achieved with 81.9% of available seats being filled Fuel efficiency improved by more than 12% compared to 2010 22,000 city pairs are now connected by direct flights, up 1,300 over 2017 and double the 10,250 city pairs connected in 1998 The real ......read more

    Summer #inAbuDhabi Campaign Highlights Experiences Not to Be Missed as Summer Extravaganza Winds Down

    Only a few days left to sample the city’s seasonal delights with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi promotion Abu Dhabi, UAE – 31 July 2019:  Visitors and residents of Abu Dhabi still can make the most of incredible summer offers and promotions as the Summer #inAbuDhabi initiative, run by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), enters its final days. The UAE capital is the perfect summer destination, especially with Summer #inAbuDhabi opening the city’s doors to a variety of amazing activities for ......read more

    Sita Technology will transform the passenger experience at New Buenos Aires Ezeiza Terminal

    Dubai, UAE – 30 July 2019 – When the new departures terminal opens at Buenos Aires’ main airport in October, passengers will be able to check in and drop off their baggage in record time, without having to queue for an agent. This is thanks to technology from SITA, the global IT provider to the air transport industry, which will ensure the easiest possible passenger journey at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). EZE is managed and operated by AA2000, which runs a total of 35 airport terminals across Argentina.  SITA’s self-service kiosks and ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Serve London Heathrow with Fourth Year-Round Daily Service

    July 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates— Etihad Airways is to boost its services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow by adding a fourth year-round daily service between the two capitals, launching on 27 October 2019. The new service introduces a convenient mid-morning departure from Abu Dhabi and a late evening departure from London Heathrow and follows the introduction of additional seasonal services this summer.   The airline will introduce a next-generation, two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on one of its four daily London services. The aircraft is configured with 299 ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre reveals IAC 2020 logo

    Dubai, UAE, 27 July 2019:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) revealed the winning logo from the design competition held for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2020. IAC, which will be hosted in Dubai for the first time in the Arab world, is a global event that brings together leading space specialists and decision-makers from around the world. The event will be held in October 2020, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. More than 500 designers from Egypt, ......read more

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