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    Dubai Customs Raises Awareness among 5150 Cruise Ship Passengers about Its Measures to Combat Counterfeit Goods

    Dubai – 20 Feb 2024: Dubai Customs is actively contributing to the transformation of Dubai into a prominent global and regional hub for cruise tourism. The department is dedicated to raising awareness among travelers on cruise ships, acquainting them with the laws to prevent the entry of counterfeit goods into the country, and playing a crucial role in thwarting such attempts at the borders of the Emirate of Dubai. To promote intellectual property rights protection, the department organized an educational event at the Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal, delivering lectures to over 5,150 cruise tourists from diverse nationalities. The event aimed to provide comprehensive information on Dubai Customs procedures, the fight against counterfeit goods, and the safeguarding of intellectual property rights. The awareness team ......read more

    Middle East airports expanding in a fast-forward mode to handle zooming passenger numbers

    Dubai to host the world’s largest airport industry show in May Ahmed bin Saeed: “The exhibition is the best to source cutting-edge technologies and innovative products for better operations.” Up to US$2. 7 billion investments for DXB expansion  Middle East airports to handle 1.1 billion passengers by 2040 US$151 billion is required for ME airport capacity expansion  Global airport construction market to reach US$1.8 trillion by 2030 ME to be the world’s fastest-growing aviation market by 2033 The region has 110 commercial airports and 69 operating carriers  ​ Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 20, 2024:  With the civil aviation industry almost fully recovered after the steepest fall in passenger numbers due to the 21st century’s second pandemic, airports ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS UNVEILS LUXURY NEW AMENITIES FOR GUESTS IN ALL CABINS

    Luxury new amenity kits in partnership with Giorgio Armani Filled with wellbeing and skincare items from luxury beauty brand, ESPA Giorgio Armani loungewear and slippers gifted to guests flying in First class and on longer flights in Business class Complimentary tote bags with Beekman hand cream and handy amenities for guests flying on longer flights in Economy   Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways has launched a stunning new collection of amenity kits and loungewear created in partnership with renowned Italian design house, Giorgio Armani, and luxury wellbeing brand ESPA. In addition, the UAE’s national airline has introduced a range of complimentary tote bags for guests on longer flights in Economy.   Bringing the refined elegance of Giorgio Armani together with Etihad’s renowned Emirati ......read more

    Sharjah's Financial Affairs Committee explores avenues for stimulating investments & enhancing tourism infrastructure

    Sharjah, February 19, 2024: The Financial, Economic, and Industrial Affairs Committee of the Sharjah Consultative Council (SCC) has discussed ways to stimulate investments in the Emirate and enhance tourism infrastructure through vital projects, including hotel construction. During a meeting held at the SCC’s headquarters, the committee also explored avenues for driving economic growth and bolstering the tourism sector within the emirate. It also reviewed the outcomes of their recent visit to the Sharjah Tourism and Commerce Development Authority (SCTDA), where the committee’s delegation was briefed on the authority's initiatives aimed at fostering tourism through a diverse calendar of events scheduled throughout the year. Taking part in the meeting were Rashid Abdullah bin Huwaiden, Chairman of the ......read more

    Challenge Handling: Largest GHA in Liege Announces Major Developments for 2024

    Forecasts a record 320,000 tonnes of handled cargo in 2024 Secures new partners including MSC Air Cargo, Georgian Airlines, and Coyne Airways ​ Challenge Handling is set for an extraordinary year ahead as it unveils ambitious projections for 2024. Anticipating a record-breaking milestone, Challenge Handling forecasts handling an impressive 320,000 tonnes of cargo, marking a significant leap forward in its operational prowess. Bolstering its commitment to excellence, Challenge Handling proudly announces strategic collaborations with esteemed partners, including MSC Air Cargo, Georgian Airlines and Coyne Airways, in addition to its longstanding partnerships with Network Airline Services, Magma and Eurocargo. These partnerships not only signify a strengthening of global ties but also underscore the company's ......read more

    Royal Jordanian flight touches down in ancient city of AlUla inaugurating new direct route

    Royal Jordanian will offer two weekly flights between Amman's Queen Alia International Airport and AlUla International Airport New route comes after launch of direct flights from Paris on Saudia and from Manama on Gulf Air AlUla, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 19th February 2024: The ancient city of AlUla welcomed its inaugural Royal Jordanian (RJ) flight as the carrier introduced the new, direct route from Amman. Starting 16th February, RJ will offer two weekly flights between Amman's Queen Alia International Airport and AlUla International Airport.   The launch of the newest flight route to this unique heritage destination reflects the intrigue and appeal AlUla has garnered, thanks to its rich heritage, timeless natural beauty, and diverse year-round calendar of events; these include the ongoing AlUla Arts ......read more

    WestJet Cargo heading for cruising altitude in 2024

    Following an intense implementation itinerary in 2023, which included the successful launch of WestJet Cargo's first freighter fleet alongside rapid company and network growth, the cargo carrier cites partnerships, product portfolio, and digital enhancements as its three focus areas for an equally energy-driven 2024. WestJet Cargo starts the year on a solid basis – the result of an outstanding 2023 centred on deploying the airline's first freighter fleet and building a strong team of cargo experts. 22 new colleagues joined during the course of last year, as WestJet Cargo opened 24 warehouses, 14 freighter handling stations, and expanded its cargo network to a total of 45 very diverse destinations across the world, connecting, for example, Halifax - a smaller province in Nova Scotia, to major cities such as Paris, France, ......read more

    Airbus reports Full-Year (FY) 2023 results

    735 commercial aircraft delivered Revenues € 65.4 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 5.8 billion EBIT (reported) € 4.6 billion; EPS (reported) € 4.80 Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 4.4 billion; Net cash € 10.7 billion 2023 guidance achieved Dividend proposals: dividend of € 1.80 per share; special dividend of € 1.00 per share 2024 guidance issued Amsterdam, 15 February 2024 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated Full-Year (FY) 2023 financial results and provided guidance for 2024. “In 2023 we recorded strong order intake across all our businesses and we delivered on our commitments. This was a significant achievement given the complexity of the operating environment,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief ......read more

    ETIHAD CARGO CONTINUES STRONG COOL CHAIN PRODUCT GROWTH TRAJECTORY

    2023 was the third consecutive year Etihad Cargo has achieved year-on-year growth for its dedicated cool chain products — PharmaLife and FreshForward, demonstrating the carrier's commitment to excellence in pharmaceutical and perishables logistics. Etihad Cargo witnessed a 37 per cent increase in pharmaceutical and life sciences shipments in 2023, achieving the highest volumes recorded in the carrier's history. The carrier also achieved a 10 per cent increase in perishable shipments via Etihad Cargo's FreshForward product.   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, achieved year-on-year growth of the carrier's dedicated cool chain products — PharmaLife and FreshForward — in 2023. The airline recorded the highest volumes of ......read more

    ETIHAD BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST TO ENABLE PILOTS TO FLY BOTH A350 AND A380 AIRCRAFT

    Highly qualified Etihad flight crew now authorized to fly both aircraft types interchangeably after rigorous regulatory approval and extensive training Abu Dhabi, UAE - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has achieved another key milestone in pilot training and flight operations. After successfully obtaining rigorous regulatory approvals and completing thorough pilot training, Etihad has achieved the qualification for its pilots to seamlessly operate both Airbus A350 and A380 aircraft interchangeably. This milestone positions Etihad as one of the pioneering airlines globally to attain such versatility in its pilot capabilities. Airline pilots are typically restricted to flying only one aircraft type. However, under certain conditions such as high similarity of flight deck, pilot ......read more

    Love Takes Flight: DXB Hosts World's First Airport Rooftop Proposal

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 14 February 2024: In a heart-stopping moment atop DXB's iconic steel-and-glass-clad Concourse B, Dmitry proposed to Anastasiia in an unforgettable backdrop — at a height of 39.5 meters with unparalleled views of the Dubai skyline and a front-row seat to the runway action— marking the world's first-ever airport rooftop proposal.    Responding to DXB’s open call for Valentine's proposals, Dmitry and Anastasiia seized the opportunity and emerged as the fortunate couple chosen to take centre stage above DXB's Concourse B. Their journey began on a serendipitous New Year's Eve in Dubai, with Anastasiia visiting as a tourist. Meeting Dmitry at a restaurant, they fell in love almost instantly, and Anastasiia intentionally missed her flight back to Russia, ......read more

    Escape to Paradise as InterContinental Maldives unveils Eid Getaway 2024 Offer

    Savour Maldivian bliss and enjoy a 20% discount on best available room rates, daily breakfast and dinner, a 60-minute couples treatment at The Spa, a breathtaking dolphin or fishing excursion, and so much more   Valid on stays of 3 nights or more from April 6th to 16th and June 8th to 22nd, book now by visiting the website to ensure you don't miss out on this unrivalled deal Maldives (February 2024): Embrace the spirit of Eid and enjoy an unforgettable escape in the lap of luxury at InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort. This stunning resort invites you to take advantage of its exclusive Eid Getaway Offer, promising an unforgettable escape to the Maldivian paradise. This limited-time offer presents a unique blend of exclusive perks and experiences, ensuring a joyous and memorable celebration for you and your ......read more

    Qatar Airways and gategroup Launch New Partnership to Elevate Inflight Dining

    With gategroup on board, the award-winning airline will set a new benchmark in inflight dining experience, quality, sustainability and healthy eating Dubai, UAE, 13 February 2024 – Qatar Airways and gategroup today announced a new catering partnership to elevate inflight dining, structured through a Business Management Agreement that will see collaboration on passenger dining experiences, sourcing and procurement, healthy eating, as well as sustainability. Qatar Airways' commitment to global aviation excellence will be reinforced by gategroup’s expertise in menu design, culinary concepts and operational excellence. This partnership with gategroup will amplify the Qatar Airways brand by delivering refined culinary experiences for our guests, inflight and on the ground in our world class lounges at Hamad International ......read more

    KPF Celebrates the Official Re-Naming of Abu Dhabi International to Zayed International Airport, Terminal A

    Abu Dhabi – February 12, 2024 – Informed by the undulating sand dunes of the desert and rich geometric patterns of Islamic heritage, Zayed International Airport’s new Terminal A is a civic landmark for the emirate and a gateway for the world, connecting East and West on a global scale. Formally Abu Dhabi International Airport, it is now called Zayed International Airport, Terminal A - following directions of the President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, at the end last year. The airport’s design was conceived and executed entirely by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) to deliver an unrivalled travel experience. As one of the world’s largest airport terminals, it will process up to 45 million passengers per year—more than doubling the airport’s current ......read more

    Etihad Reports January 2024 Traffic Statistics

    Jan-24 Jan-23   1,463,771         1,082,828                    Passengers                       86.04%             87.7%   Passenger load factor                  85 71 Fleet ......read more

    ECS Group and Thai VietJet Air To Grow Thailand and Asia Cargo Operations

    Thai VietJet Air and ECS Group signed Master GSSA agreement on 01 February 2024 ECS Group aims to increase revenue and cargo volumes for the airline Low-cost carrier, Thai VietJet Air, has awarded the tender of its cargo operations to ECS Group. It signed a Master GSSA agreement with ECS Group, on 01 February 2024. It was ECS Group’s global network, proven air cargo expertise, and dynamic innovation that led Thai VietJet Air to place its cargo business into AVS GSA Thailand’s hands and overall ECS Asian network. Thai VietJet Air can now look forward to further increasing its cargo revenue and export volumes across Thailand and various Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. This strategic partnership allows Thai VietJet Air to leverage ECS ......read more

    Qatar International Food Festival 2024 kicks off with bursting flavours and live entertainment

    Qatar Tourism’s Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) returns on February 8 for its 13th edition. Held at the Family Zone at the Doha Expo 2023 this year at Al Bidda Park, QIFF 2024 spans over a colossal 61, 600 meter squared concourse. The event is geared up to offer the most entertaining cultural feast under one roof. This year’s sponsors are Talabat and Ooredoo, while the Official Hospitality Partner is Katara Hospitality, and the Official Venue Partner is Doha Expo 2023. Commenting on this year’s festival, His Excellency, Mr. Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, said: “As we gather here today to inaugurate the 13th edition of the Qatar International Food Festival. This year, in acknowledgment of the year of culture, we embrace a cultural exchange between our brothers and sisters from ......read more

    Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan attends naming ceremony and brand reveal for Zayed International Airport

    Abu Dhabi International Airport renamed Zayed International Airport in honour of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Zayed International Airport re-imagines the airport experience for passengers and partners in response to Abu Dhabi’s growing tourism demand and to cement its status as a key hub for trade and commerce Zayed International Airport welcomed 4.48 million passengers in its first 60 days since becoming fully operational on November 15 2023 Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi Airports increased by 44.5% in 2023, compared to the previous year, reaching 23 million passengers   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 February 2024: His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Advisor of Special Affairs at ......read more

    A SPECIAL OFFER FROM ETIHAD AIRWAYS TO CELEBRATE THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF ZAYED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    To celebrate the official opening of Terminal A and the new name of Zayed International Airport, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating with a special offer on select routes for travellers departing from Abu Dhabi. The offer is available between 9 and 14 February 2024 for guests planning to travel between 19 February and 15 June 2024. Arik De, Chief Revenue and Commercial Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We take immense pride in having Abu Dhabi as our hub and it is a great honour to take part in paying homage with our partners to an amazing leader who believed in his country and its potentials.” At the airport, guests will be greeted with gift items and engaged in special activities and live entertainment shows. The Terminal provides dedicated check-in desks for ......read more

    Etihad Airways Takes Flight As Official Sponsor Of Chennai Super Kings

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is delighted to announce its exciting new venture as the official sponsor for the Chennai Super Kings. The partnership was revealed during a special ceremony held in CSK’s home  city of Chennai. Welcomed by 2,000 enthusiastic fans, the 'unveiling event' was held at Kalaivanar Arangam, in the presence of team officials and Chennai Super Kings’ players, who joined  Etihad cabin crew onstage wearing their new jerseys proudly displaying the airline’s logo. As part of this partnership, Etihad aims to elevate the fan experience by engaging in exciting activities, promotions, and unique initiatives throughout the upcoming season. Fans can expect a thrilling journey with Etihad as they support the Chennai Super ......read more

    France visa services in Qatar now available through VFS Global

    VFS Global is bringing France visa services closer to home for the residents of Qatar through its new France Visa Application Centre in Doha. The centre was inaugurated on 08 February 2024 by Patrick Poinsot, First counsellor at the French embassy in Qatar. France visa applicants can now visit this centre located in Level 2, Al Nuaimi Building, Oqba Ibn Nafie Street, Airport Road, Doha, Qatar, to submit their applications for short and long stay visas. Prior appointments are mandatory and can be booked on www.vfsglobal.com. Mr. Patrick Poinsot, First counselor at the French embassy in Qatar said, “We care about the quality of the welcome of our Qatari friends and residents of Qatar who want to go to France. We are very pleased to see that, each year, more and more people are travelling to France, especially for touristic ......read more

    Hamad International Airport achieves ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management System Certification by BSI

    Doha, Qatar: The Qatar Company for Airports Operation and Management (MATAR) received the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management System Certification for Hamad International Airport. The certification was awarded by the BSI (British Standards Institution). To obtain the recognition, Hamad International Airport underwent a rigorous in-depth assessment which analysed the airport’s health and safety processes and procedures, leadership commitment, risk management, and controls in place. Commenting on the certification, Michael McMillan, Senior Vice President Facilities Management at Hamad International Airport, said: “At Hamad International Airport, implementing health and safety best practices is embedded in our daily operations. We have focused on creating collaboration and trust within our employees ......read more

    Celebrate Every Occasion with Exclusive Offers at Radisson Hotel Riyadh Airport

    This February, Radisson Hotel Riyadh Airport is presenting a variety of offers tailored to different preferences – be it individuals, couples, or families with children – in celebration of various themed days throughout the month. From dining and entertainment to wellness packages, the hotel’s latest range of deals guarantees something enjoyable for everyone. Celebrating Love Radisson Riyadh is offering 40 per cent off plus a COMP Valentine’s Special Nail Art with every service booked at the spa or beauty salon, ensuring you and your partner are primed for the romantic dinner specially arranged by the hotel staff. Guests can indulge in the ambiance with live saxophone music during their meal and will also receive a complimentary Valentine’s Special Sweet treat. The celebrations are extending through ......read more

    AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS INCREASE IT SPEND TO IMPROVE THE PASSENGER JOURNEY AND MEET SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

    6 February 2024 – SITA’s 2023 Air Transport IT Insights report, published today, finds that both airports and airlines saw IT spend increase year on year into 2023, reaching an estimated 10.8 billion USD and 34.5 billion USD respectively, with over two-thirds of airport and airline CIOs expecting continued growth into 2024. Airports also boosted IT spend as a percentage of revenue in 2022 and 2023 even as business benefitted from an uptick in travel demand, signalling just how crucial a role technology will play in the next-generation travel experience. Aviation CIOs’ key investment priorities include a biometrically enabled passenger journey, leveraging data to unlock operational efficiencies, and green solutions to optimize energy consumption and emissions. From a seamless passenger experience to optimized ......read more

    Exploring the Premium Economy Experience: Is It Worth the Extra Cost?

    Premium economy has become an increasingly popular option for air travellers in recent years. Situated between cramped economy seats and the luxe experience of business class, premium economy offers more space, comfort, and amenities for a premium over standard coach fares. But is paying hundreds or even thousands more for your flight tickets worthwhile? Let's explore what the premium economy experience entails and whether it's worth the splurge. What Exactly Is Premium Economy? Premium economy is a separate cabin located just in front of economy class. It offers wider, more comfortable seats with deeper recline, more legroom, and various upgraded services compared to basic economy. On international flights, premium economy seats have about 5-7 inches of extra legroom and recline around 9 inches compared to 4 inches in ......read more

    Experience Seven Idyllic Valentine's Escape in the Maldives

    Uncover a haven to celebrate your love this Valentine’s at seven Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of resorts in the Maldives  Maldives, January 22, 2024 – Experience the limitless horizon of teal skies melting into turquoise waters and a gentle breeze cocooning you at seven luxurious resorts from the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio of resorts in the Maldives. This Valentine's Day and beyond, embark on a dream getaway with curated romance packages to create unforgettable and lasting memories.   The resorts bring all the ingredients together to create a vista for a perfect romantic rendezvous and gatherings of your loved ones. Guests can choose and delight in an array of exclusively curated experiences to celebrate the season of love at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, ......read more

    Emirates Roll Outs Pre-approved Visa on Arrival for Indian Travelers in Conjunction with VFS Global

    • New initiative enables eligible Emirates customers to skip the Visa-On-Arrival queue in Dubai • Service exclusive to Indian passport holders who have booked their travel on Emirates with a valid six-month visa for US, EU or UK  Residency   Dubai, UAE, 1 February 2024: Emirates has exclusively partnered with VFS Global to introduce a pre-approved visa on arrival facility for Indian passport holders who have booked their travel with the airline. Fulfilled by Dubai Visa Processing Centre* (DVPC) and issued as a 14-day single entry visa, the new initiative will enable Emirates customers to skip queues when arriving in Dubai, simplifying their arrival formalities by breezing through customs before heading out to visit the city.    Emirates customers can book their flights through emirates.com or ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature: A Global Cultural Hub

    • Mansoor Lootah visited the festival praised its activities, and attended ‘Bil Emirati' strand sessions   Dubai, UAE, 1 February 2024:  Mansoor Lootah, Operations Support Sector CEO/Acting Director General at Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) has visited the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The festival is taking place at InterContinental Dubai Festival City and will continue until 6 February. It features a diverse range of activities, evenings, panel discussions, and interactive workshops with the participation of elite and global authors. This visit is part of Dubai Culture's support for the 16th edition, which aims to empower the expression of rich visions and ideas and encourage participation in various literary and intellectual events worldwide. Accompanied by Dr Saeed ......read more

    From Aircraft to Arrivals in Style: Emirates Launches luxurious Business Class Loungewear

    Dubai, UAE, 31 Jan 2024: From 1 February onwards, Emirates is launching an innovatively designed, complimentary inflight loungewear set for Business Class customers including a relaxed cowl neck top and drawstring pants, comfortable slippers, and a matching eye mask. The luxurious loungewear is designed to be the ideal ‘flight fit’ - perfect for sleeping in, but also suitable to wear for a social drink at the A380 onboard lounge, or as a casual outfit that takes you from aircraft to arrivals in style.   Emirates’ Business Class Loungewear is composed of a super soft premium modal material, which customers find lightweight and breathable. Designed to reflect contemporary athleisure trends, the cozy fabric is in a relaxing shade of light blue, available in two sizes. The botanic fibres and jersey knit style means ......read more

    Etihad and Air Serbia Launch New Codeshare to expand Connectivity in Europe

    • National carriers of UAE and Serbia team up to offer more destinations and greater choice • Networks of both airlines will offer seamless travel to destinations across Southeast Europe • Agreement further enhances Etihad’s drive to welcome more visitors to Abu Dhabi    Abu Dhabi, UAE - Etihad Airways and Air Serbia have entered into a strategic bilateral codeshare, aimed at enhancing connectivity for customers of both airlines across a range of destinations.  Under this partnership, Etihad's customers gain convenient access to 12 Southeast European destinations through Air Serbia's Belgrade hub, with nine destinations being new to Etihad's extended network.    The codeshare arrangement simplifies the travel experience for guests, allowing them to make a ......read more

    Abu Dhabi welcomes new Airline and Increases Connectivity with Direct flights to Haikou, China

    Abu Dhabi, 31 January 2024:  Abu Dhabi Airports welcomed a new airline to Abu Dhabi International Airport, Terminal A, connecting the emirate with the Chinese city of Haikou, capital city of the province of Hainan. Starting on the 30th of January, Hainan Airlines will operate two weekly flights between Haikou and Abu Dhabi, increasing transport and trade links for both passengers and cargo. With trade, tourism and business ties growing between Abu Dhabi and China, the flights are a response to growing demand for air travel options between the two countries and will be the first time a Chinese carrier operates scheduled flights to Abu Dhabi in a decade. Flights to Haikou will depart from the state-of-the-art new Terminal A and strengthen Abu Dhabi’s position as a global transport hub for both passengers and ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo appoints new Chief Officer Cargo

    “Qatar Airways Cargo confirms that Mark Drusch has been appointed as Chief Officer Cargo effective immediately. With over 25 years in senior airline management roles, Mark is a well-known figure in the aviation world. His most recent role was SVP Revenue Management, Alliances and Strategy at Qatar Airways where he led the development and implementation of the company’s revenue strategy as well as managing strategic alliances with key partner airlines.  Prior to joining Qatar Airways, Mark spent 20 years at Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines and Lufthansa LSG Sky Chefs as Senior Vice President where he led the transformation in commercial airline strategy execution, revenue management, network planning and alliances. In addition, Mark was CEO and co-founder of e-Rewards and e-Miles, leaders in online panel ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Surges 10.8% in December, Closing 2023 Near 2022 Levels

    31 January 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that air cargo demand rebounded in 2023 with a particularly strong fourth quarter performance despite economic uncertainties. Full-year demand reached a level just slightly below 2022 and 2019.   • Global full-year demand in 2023, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), was down 1.9% compared to 2022 (-2.2% for international operations). Compared to 2019, it was down 3.6% (-3.8 for international operations). • Capacity in 2023, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), was 11.3% above 2022 (+9.6% for international operations). Compared to 2019 (pre-COVID) levels, capacity was up 2.5% (0.0% for international operations). • December 2023 saw an exceptionally strong ......read more

    All-New Lincoln Nautilus Brings New Exterior Aesthetic, Reimagined Interior, Digital Experiences and Signature Features to the Middle East

    • The all-new 2024 Lincoln Nautilus SUV debuts in the region, introducing new signature features and digital experiences to the midsized premium SUV class. • A reimagined interior takes the power of “Luxury Within” in all-new Nautilus to new heights with the introduction of a fresh Lincoln digital experience and digital scenting. • All-new Nautilus arrives in early 2024 with an ICE engine for the Reserve series, and an exclusive 2.0-liter turbocharged hybrid engine for the Presidential series.   Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, January 31, 2024 – Lincoln’s newest SUV – the 2024 all-new Nautilus – has arrived in the Middle East, with evolved design, an available hybrid powertrain, including technology that will elevate the immersive, in-cabin experience for ......read more

    EASA Partners with IATA to Counter Aviation Safety threat from GNSS Spoofing and Jamming

    30 January 2024 – The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the conclusions of a workshop jointly hosted at EASA’s headquarters to combat incidents of GNSS spoofing and jamming. The workshop’s high-level conclusion was that interference with satellite-based services that provide information on the precise position of an aircraft can pose significant challenges to aviation safety. Mitigating these risks requires short-, medium- and long-term measures, beginning with the sharing of incident information and remedies. “GNSS systems offer tremendous advantages to aviation in increasing the safety of operations in a busy shared airspace,” said EASA Acting Executive Director Luc Tytgat. “But we have seen a sharp rise in attacks on ......read more

    DAE Signs Long-term Leases for 10 Boeing 737-8 Aircraft with Turkish Airlines

    Dubai, U.A.E., 29 January 2024 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd today announced that it has reached an agreement with Turkish Airlines for the lease of 10 new Boeing 737-8 aircraft. The aircraft are scheduled to deliver in 2025.   Commenting on the agreement, Firoz Tarapore, Chief Executive Officer of DAE, said, “We are delighted to further deepen our already strong and long-term relationship with Turkish Airlines and to provide them a solution to their growing fleet requirements with these new technology, fuel efficient aircraft. We thank Turkish Airlines for their ongoing trust in DAE and wish them much success with their new fleet additions.”   DAE currently owns, manages, and is committed to own a total of 96 737 MAX family aircraft.  

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    AI Set to Revolutionise Travel & Tourism, Says Latest WTTC Report

    Travel & Tourism businesses urged to embrace AI Major new reports from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and Microsoft highlight the transformative power of AI (Artificial Intelligence) for Travel & Tourism, marking a commitment to a digital future with unparalleled customer experiences.  The first in a series of AI reports, announced during the global tourism body’s event at FITUR and in collaboration with WTTC’s Industry Partner, Microsoft, is poised to redefine Travel & Tourism standards and call on the sector for greater integration of such technologies.  As the global leader in Travel & Tourism, WTTC is committed to driving innovation and supporting the sector to embrace AI and other cutting-edge technologies. To promote sustainability and excellent customer experiences, ......read more

    Arts AlUla Unveils New Artist Residency Programmes and Participating Creatives

     New season consists of six diverse programmes taking place across AlUla, running  from October 2023 until October 2024  AlUla’s legacy: AlUla continues to preserve its rich artistic and cultural heritage, whilst setting a high standard for creative involvement in Saudi Arabia   AlUla, the jewel of Saudi Arabia's cultural heritage, captivates the world at the intersection of history and innovation. As a growing hub of cultural significance, AlUla acts as a canvas where the past and present meet, crafting compositions of artistic expression. Today, a series of exciting new Artist Residency Programmes is unveiled, elevating AlUla as a cultural focus and inviting artists and designers from all around the world to contribute to the ongoing storyline of this vital heritage.   Arts AlUla ......read more

    Traveling with Gulf Air: Differences between Economy and Gold Class

    Gulf Air is one of the leading companies in the aviation world, and most travelers in our region who engage in travel and movement from one country to another are well acquainted with this name. It has risen to a significant position, becoming a reflective mirror of the overall progress in the Arabian Gulf region. It has represented this geographical area exceptionally well, highlighting its advancements and interests in travel, tourism, and air transport. If you are thinking about traveling and choosing an airline has become a struggle, book a flight with Gulf Airlines for a fantastic and memorable experience, especially when opting for Business Class. History of Gulf Air: From Regional Beginnings to Middle Eastern Leader The establishment of Gulf Air dates back to a distant time, in the year 1950. Currently, it is fully ......read more

    Etihad Cargo, Abu Dhabi Airports and Abu Dhabi Food Hub Announce the Signing of Major MoU to Develop New Food Corridors and Diversify Food Trade

    All three entities agreed to work together to position the UAE as a key node in global food supply chains. The agreement demonstrates their commitment to expanding the food trade network. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 23 January, 2024: Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Airports, a key enabler of the emirate’s aviation sector, and Abu Dhabi Food Hub – KEZAD, the region’s largest and first dedicated food wholesale market and logistic hub, have signed a tri-party memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly establish a fully compliant and transparent origin-to-destination perishable air corridor known as the ‘Fresh Corridor 2.0’. The initiative will support the diversification of food sources, developing new trade corridors and enhancing the choice and variety of ......read more

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    Better use of data and new technologies at passenger checkpoints  Risk assessments and screening technologies getting decentralized Airports to handle seven billion passengers globally by 2030 Airport processes moving progressively off-site  Technologies helping the entire passenger journey ME prioritizing passenger screening and baggage surveillance AI-driven explosive detection enhancing airport security Airport security is challenging in  changing geopolitical environment Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 22, 2024: As the number of airline passengers ......read more

    أنشطة سياحية لا يمكن أن تفوتها عند زيارتك إلى دبي- موقع rabona

    دبي، مدينة الأحلام والإنجازات، مدينة السحر والخيال، مدينة لا تتوقف عن التجديد والابتكار، مدينة تجذب ملايين السياح من جميع أنحاء العالم كل عام. فهي مدينة مليئة بالأنشطة السياحية التي يمكنك الاستمتاع بها بكل حرية، ومن السهل التخطيط لها في نفس الأمر، ويحظى زوار دبي ومواطنيها بفرصة للاستمتاع بكافة هذه الأنشطة الترفيهية مع سهولة في التنقل بفضل شبكة النقل الفعالة في دبي. استمتع مثلًا بأفضل ألعاب إلكترونية عبر موقع https://rabonaar.com سواء في فندق الإقامة أو بالخارج، أو استمتع برحلة سفاري في الصحراء أو رحلة بحرية أو زيارة بعض الأماكن السياحية الخلابة. لا تستعجل الأمر، دعنا نناقش كل هذه ......read more

    flydubai Launches Flights to Mombasa in Kenya

    The Dubai-based carrier touched down in Mombasa, becoming the first carrier from the UAE to operate direct flights to the city with a four-times weekly service flydubai grows its network in Africa to 12 destinations in 11 countries Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 January 2024: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, inaugurated its operations to Mombasa in Kenya on 17 January. With the start of the four-times weekly service to Mombasa, flydubai grows its network in Africa to 12 destinations in 11 countries. The inaugural flight FZ 1289 from Dubai International (DXB) was welcomed with a ......read more

    Emirates Readies to Recruit 5,000 Cabin Crew from Six Continents in 2024

    • New joiners will boost existing cabin crew numbers by 25%  • Airline invites graduates and young professionals worldwide to apply   Dubai, UAE, 16 January 2024 – Emirates is celebrating the new year and the imminent arrival of its spanking new fleet of Airbus A350s with a global cabin crew recruitment drive with a difference. The 5,000 new joiners will ensure the airline’s commitment to offering the world’s best inflight experience maintains a steady course.   The recruitment drive is designed primarily for those who will soon or ......read more

    Emirates and Azul expand Partnership to Offer Joint Loyalty Programme Benefits

    • Skywards and TudoAzul members can now earn and redeem Miles and Points on all flights operated by Azul and Emirates, respectively.    • The two carriers launched a codeshare agreement in 2021 and offer customers access to more than 290 destinations across their joint network.   Dubai, UAE: 15 January 2024 – Emirates and Azul Linhas Aereas Brasileiras S.A (Azul) have taken their partnership to new heights with the launch of a reciprocal loyalty programme offering. Emirates Skywards and TudoAzul frequent flyer members can now earn and redeem Miles ......read more

    Intercontinental Maldives Gets Ready for the Manta Retreat in March 2024

    January 2024:  Following the launch of the Manta Retreat in 2022, InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is now inviting guests to the third Manta Retreat, which will take place in March 2024. Spreading curiosity and excitement to learn about manta rays and their natural habitat, the Manta Retreat forms a great platform to learn, explore and understand these gentle giants and the work of the Manta Trust.  Created for travellers who want to experience the little bit extra, who are interested in adding true value to their vacations, and do not say 'no' to an adventure, ......read more

    Air Travel Reaches 99% of 2019 Levels as Recovery Continues in November

    10 January 2024: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for November 2023 air travel performance indicating that air travel demand topped 99% of 2019 levels.   • Total traffic in November 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 29.7% compared to November 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 99.1% of November 2019 levels. • International traffic rose 26.4% versus November 2022. The Asia-Pacific region continued to report the strongest year-over-year results (+63.8%) with all regions showing improvement compared to the prior ......read more

    Patina Maldives Launches New Submarine Experience

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 10th: Oceans-first island innovator Patina Maldives, Fari Islands together with pioneering diving and water sports operator Dive Butler International has announced the exclusive addition of a glittering new gem to its trove of exceptional guest experiences: the two-person submarine, Ocean Pearl. As well as deepening the resort experience through next-level exploration and adventure, Ocean Pearl will make significant contributions to environmental protection and marine biology projects across the Maldives and the surrounding ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Up 8.3% in November

    9 January 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for November 2023 global air cargo markets indicating the strongest year-on-year growth in roughly two years. This is partly due to weakness in November 2022, but also reflects a fourth consecutive month of strengthening demand for air cargo. Global demand for air cargo, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs), increased by 8.3% compared to November 2022. For international operations, demand growth was 8.1%.    Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), was up 13.7% ......read more

    dnata's Airport Handling Set to Launch Operations at Rome Fiumicino (FCO)

    Ground services provider to invest €20 million in ground support equipment and employ 1,800 aviation professionals at FCO   9, January 2024 – Airport Handling, a majority-owned subsidiary of leading global air and travel services provider dnata, has been awarded a seven-year ground handling license by Aeroporti di Roma and will establish operations at Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). The company is targeting to launch operations in the Italian capital in the second quarter of 2024.     Airport Handling will provide a range of quality and safe ramp and ......read more

    Emirates Ramps up Seoul Operations to 10 Weekly Flights

    Dubai, UAE– 4 January 2024: Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, reinforces its commitment to South Korea by ramping up its operations in Seoul with three additional weekly flights starting 19 February 2024.     The new flights will operate as EK324/ EK325 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, Emirates’ flight EK324 will depart Dubai at 0445hrs, landing in Seoul Incheon International Airport at 1805hrs. The return flight EK325 will depart Seoul at 2200hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0315hrs the following ......read more

    Ajman Tourism Unveils Second Edition of the Poetic Evening " Bawh Al Qawafi" on 29th December

    AJMAN, UAE – 26 December 2023: The Ajman Department of Tourism Development (ADTD) is thrilled to announce the upcoming second edition of the renowned poetry evening, "Bawh Al Qawafi," set to take place at the Ajman Museum on December 29, 2023. This cultural extravaganza, seamlessly blending the art of poetry with Emirati heritage, promises to be a captivating event for enthusiasts and patrons alike. Scheduled from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the evening will feature the poetic brilliance of three distinguished Emirati poets: Omar Al-Lahimd, Muhammad Al-Nawah Al-Menhali, and ......read more

    Ajman Tourism Unveils Second Edition of the Poetic Evening Bawh Al Qawafi on 29th December

    AJMAN, UAE – 25 December 2023: The Ajman Department of Tourism Development (ADTD) is thrilled to announce the upcoming second edition of the renowned poetry evening, "Bawh Al Qawafi," set to take place at the Ajman Museum on December 29, 2023. This cultural extravaganza, seamlessly blending the art of poetry with Emirati heritage, promises to be a captivating event for enthusiasts and patrons alike. Scheduled from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the evening will feature the poetic brilliance of three distinguished Emirati poets: Omar Al-Lahimd, Muhammad Al-Nawah Al-Menhali, and ......read more

    DXB marks a Milestone in Dubai's Accessibility Ambition by becoming the First International Airport to receive Certified Autism Centre™ Designation

    Dubai, UAE, 21 December 2003: Dubai International (DXB), the world’s biggest airport for international passenger traffic, marked a historic milestone by becoming the first international airport to earn the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation, awarded by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This achievement highlights Dubai Airports’ unwavering commitment to elevating the travel experience and making it easier for persons with disabilities while also supporting Dubai's pursuit of becoming a Certified Autism ......read more

    Emirates SkyCargo to Build on 2023 Successes and Advance its Long-term Strategic Growth Plans

    Dubai, UAE, 21 December 2023 – Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo arm of the world’s largest international airline, wraps up a major year of growth and investment in both its current and future operations. Signalling its confidence in the essential role air cargo will continue to play in global trade, the airline has made significant leaps towards its long-term strategic growth plans to double capacity in the next decade, and further cement its leading position in global air logistics.   Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates SkyCargo said: “2023 was a ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Expands Fleet with the Historic Airbus Order

    Turkish Airlines, flying to more international destinations than any airline in the world, proudly announces a monumental expansion of its fleet with the acquisition of 355 state-of-the-art Airbus aircraft. This significant order comprises 250 of the best-selling A321s and 105 of the highly efficient A350 widebody aircraft, including 60 firm order, 20 purchase right A350-900s, 15 firm order A350-1000s, and 5 firm order and 5 purchase right A350-Freighters.  This strategic acquisition underscores Turkish Airlines' commitment to enhancing its operational efficiency, environmental ......read more

    oneworld® Becomes First Airline Alliance to join IATA CO2 Connect

    20 December 2023 – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the oneworld Alliance will work together in the field of CO2 emission calculations with all 13 oneworld member airlines committing to contributing operational data to IATA’s CO2 Connect emissions calculator. This will further improve the quality and accuracy of the tool, as the percentage of airline-specific fuel burn data used by the calculator will substantially increase, with the data provided by the following oneworld member airlines: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, ......read more

    Hamad International Airport Awarded Best Airport in the Middle East for Seventh Consecutive Year by Global Traveler

    19 December 2023:  Global Traveler's 20th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards has once again crowned Hamad International Airport (DOH) with the distinguished title of “Best Airport in the Middle East” for an impressive seventh consecutive year.  Recognized as a prestigious accolade in the realm of business travel, this award underscores the airport's unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional customer service and an airport experience tailored to passengers' needs. In the realm of travel preferences, Global Traveler, for its 20th consecutive ......read more

    Airbus News Statement

    Airbus helped secure communications at COP28 in Dubai, UAE with an historic attendance of over 97,000 delegates, including over 150 heads of state, along with negotiators, business leaders and non-state actors.  For an event of this magnitude, with its stringent safety requirements, Airbus has equipped all the technical and security workforce with a critical collaboration platform, Agnet solution, to guarantee the real-time security of the flow of people moving towards the areas dedicated to the negotiations and to the States pavilions on the vast Expo City site.  Designed ......read more

    IATA Rolls Out New Timatic Product to Support Contactless Travel and Enhance Customer Experience

    17 December 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has rolled out the next generation travel documentation and verification system which supports contactless travel and enhances the passenger experience. To achieve this, Timatic has undergone a complete redesign, setting a new benchmark in travel compliance solutions. Building on the success of its predecessor, Timatic AutoCheck offers a streamlined and interactive experience enabling travelers, airlines and travel professionals to easily access accurate and clearly worded immigration information. The entire document ......read more

    Trading Wetsuits for Flight Suits (and vice versa!), Emirates and SailGP Celebrate a shared Love of Flying

    Watch an A380 First Officer and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time swap flying machines here.   Dubai, UAE, 15 December 2023: Whether sailing through the skies or flying across the waves, Emirates’ pilots and SailGP athletes challenge the very laws of aerodynamics to reach new heights. To understand the different elements that power each other’s flight, Sir Ben Ainslie, the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, and Driver of the Emirates Great Britain SailGP Team and First Officer Alexander Warburton, an Emirates A380 pilot, put their extensive ......read more

    Hatta Festival: A Dazzling Wonderland of Lights, Fireworks, and Entertainment

     Fireworks display to light up the Hatta sky every weekend during the Hatta festival from December 15 till New Year’s Eve  Hatta Festival 2023 to take place in Wadi Hub and feature entertainment for all ages including carnival stalls, outdoor cinema, live performances, and more.  Hatta Resorts offers exclusive packages including a glamping experience, access to outdoor attractions, and food & drink: Family Explore and Hatta Escape   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 December 2023: Hatta Festival 2023 is set to captivate hearts and minds from December ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Reinstates Flights to Osaka, Japan

    The carrier resumed flights to the Japanese city on 12 December 2023 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 December 2023: Flying to more countries than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines has once again added Osaka International Airport to its flight network starting from December 12. This move stands as a testament to the airline's ongoing commitment to network expansion, ensuring passengers enjoy unparalleled connectivity. Flights to Osaka now operate four days a week—on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays—between Istanbul Airport and Osaka International ......read more

    4.4 million Passengers Dashing through DXB this Festive Season

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 14 December 2023: As the festive season gets underway, hundreds of thousands of travellers are expected to take to the skies to reunite with family and loved ones, indulge in holiday getaways or explore exciting new destinations.    At the heart of it all Dubai International (DXB), the world’s most connected and biggest international airport, is primed for peak season, ready to facilitate a diverse range of offerings this holiday season.   DXB will welcome an estimated 4.4 million passengers through its doors between ......read more

    Shifting Megatrends See the Rapid Evolution of Electric Air Taxis and Emergence of Generative AI as Driving Forces in Travel and Transport

    SITA explores the shifting trends that have emerged in the last year and the updated innovation outlook for the next decade    13 December 2023 – With the arrival of Generative AI in 2023, the technology has surged to the top of airport and airline agendas, with 97% of airlines planning a program to develop the technology. This has taken the limelight away from Metaverse, which was the focus for 2022. Similarly, Urban Air Mobility has seen surging interest from airlines and airports, with the first flights due to take off in 2024. As a result, investment in the space across ......read more

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