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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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    27 April 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the 35th IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) will focus on fostering technology to improve safety, operational efficiency, and sustainability. IGHC is taking place in Abu Dhabi, 16-18 May 2023, with Etihad Airways as the host airline.  “Passenger and air cargo traffic are close to pre-pandemic levels. Efficient ground operations are essential to meet the scaling-up of demand. Unfortunately, the ground handling sector continues to face operational, recruitment and retention challenges following ......read more

    Emirates Celebrates its Aviators' Journeys on World Pilots' Day

    World Pilots' Day 2023_2028 Around 40% of Emirates’ pilots have been with the airline for 10+ years The next online info session for recruitment will be held on 10 May DUBAI, UAE, 26 April 2023: Airline pilots connect people with places and help create treasured memories – whether it’s an unforgettable holiday, a rock concert, a friend’s wedding or a mother’s warm hug. So on World Pilots’ Day, Emirates salutes its highly skilled aviators for their contributions to global travel and the airline’s business, while continuing to recruit First ......read more

    Emirates Group Joins the United Nations Global Compact

    Dubai, UAE, 26 April 2023 – Advancing its sustainability efforts, Emirates and dnata have joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a voluntary global initiative that promotes responsible business practices and the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “In the UAE’s Year of Sustainability, we are pleased to join the United Nations Global Compact, which is another step forward in the Emirates Group’s efforts to embed sustainable and ......read more

    Aviation Provides Critical Relief in Crises

    25 April 2023  – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reminded stakeholders of the critical role that aviation plays at times of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.    “When crises strike, aviation is there. Connectivity is essential to get aid and first responders to where they are needed. The response to the recent earthquake in Southern Türkiye and Syria was no exception. Airlines helped save lives in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. And airlines continue to help accelerate the recovery with vital cargo shipments,” said ......read more

    Air Cargo Priorities: Sustainability, Digitalization & Safety

    25 April 2023:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted three priorities to enable the air cargo industry to maintain momentum against the backdrop of a challenging operating environment. The priorities, outlined at the 16th World Cargo Symposium (WCS), which opened in Istanbul today are:   • Sustainability  • Digitalization  • Safety    “Air cargo is a different industry than the one that entered the pandemic. Revenues are greater than they were pre-pandemic. Yields are higher. The world ......read more

    UAE Ratification of MP14 Boosts the Global Fight Against Unruly Passengers

    13 April 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ratification of the Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14), a move that will strengthen the global legal deterrent against unruly and disruptive passenger incidents onboard flights.  “IATA welcomes the leadership shown by the UAE in ratifying MP14. Not only will this give the UAE authorities important new powers in dealing with unruly passengers that land in the country, but as a major aviation market and ICAO Council member, it will also encourage other States to ratify MP14. ......read more

    Dubai Airports' Contact Centre Wins Two Prestigious Accolades For Excellent Customer Service

    The Omni-channel contact centre took home 2023 Stevie Award in the ‘Contact Centre of The Year’ category and won the ‘Best Customer Service’ title at IBXA Awards Dubai, UAE – 13 April 2023: Dubai Airports has won two major accolades with its integrated contact centre being recognised with a Gold Stevie® Award and an International Business Excellence Award (IBXA). Dubai Airports was awarded the ‘Contact Centre of the Year (Up to 100 Seats) – in the All Other Industries’ category at the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim Adds Two New Aircraft to its Managed Fleet

    Addition of the two aircraft further reinforces DCAF’s position as leading business and private jet operator in the Middle East Dubai, UAE, April 12, 2023: DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a leading business aviation services provider, has expanded its fleet under management with the addition of two aircraft – a Bombardier Global 6000 and Global 5000. DCAF will operate the new aircraft on behalf of the private owners.  The addition of these aircraft brings DCAF’s total number of managed aircraft to 11, further reinforcing its position as one of the fastest-growing ......read more

    Dubai Aviation City Corporation Records 86% Decrease in Workplace Injury Frequency Rate

    Dubai, UAE, 7 April 2023: Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), has announced that in 2022, it witnessed an 86% decrease in workplace injury frequency rate and the safety culture in Dubai South is improved year by year. The DACC OHSE Department also announced that 2052 near misses were reported in 2022, which is positively indicating that a testament to the overall enhanced OHSE culture at the entity. The department focused on implementing a strong, effective, positive OHSE governance system, including COVID-19 compliance management to enhance the key results in OHSE performance. ......read more

    Emirates to Offer Daily Flights to Toronto from 20 April

    • Daily flights between Dubai and Toronto to offer over 6,800 seats per week on popular route; 40% increase in capacity to serve pent up demand • Enhanced UAE - Canada air service agreement paves the way for economic opportunities and value creation for both nations; set to spur tourism and trade   Dubai, UAE – 7 April 2023: Following the breakthrough expanded air transport agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Canada, Emirates is stepping up its frequency with two additional flights per week between Dubai and Toronto. From 20 April, daily flights will ......read more

    Airbus and China Aviation Industry Sign Next Phase in Partnership

    • General Terms Agreement to allocate 160 aircraft to Chinese airlines • Expanding capacity at Tianjin A320 Final Assembly Line to contribute to global rate 75 • Upscaling the production and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels      07 April 2023 - During a French state visit to China, Airbus signed new cooperation agreements with China Aviation industry partners.   Witnessed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury signed with the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company Ltd., and ......read more

    flydubai Offers Attractive Fares for Travel during Eid Al Fitr

     The Dubai-based carrier has announced special fares to more than 20 exciting destinations for passengers travelling from the UAE between 15 April and 23 April Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 07 April 2023: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, is offering passengers from the UAE special fares for travel to a number of destinations around its network. Special Eid return fares, starting from AED 1,135, are available for booking by 20 April and for travel between 15 April and 23 April 2023. With more than 110 destinations on its network, passengers can enjoy a comfortable and enhanced ......read more

    Air Cargo Shows Signs of Improvement in February

    04 April 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for February 2023 global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand rose above pre-pandemic levels. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 7.5% compared to February 2022 (-8.3% for international operations). This was half the rate of annual decline seen in the previous two months (-14.9% and -15.3% respectively). February demand for air cargo was 2.9% higher than pre-pandemic levels (February 2019)—the first time it has surpassed pre-pandemic levels in eight months. Capacity ......read more

    Watch: Etihad Airways Marks Significant Milestone in Middle East'S First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) Programme

    Etihad Airways is among the first airlines in the world and first in the Middle East to start a Multi-Crew Pilot License Program (MPL) on the Boeing 787 fleet for UAE’s national cadet pilot program Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has achieved a significant milestone as the first of its cadet pilots successfully completed ‘Base Training’ on an actual Boeing 787 Dreamliner as part of its Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) programme. ‘Base Training’ flights are used to train cadet pilots on ......read more

    DXB Welcomes Cyprus Airways' Inaugural Flight from Larnaca

    DUBAI, UAE - April 5, 2023: Dubai International (DXB) welcomed Cyprus Airways’ inaugural flight from Larnaca, which arrived at Terminal 1 on Wednesday of last week. The carrier is operating three weekly flights between the two destinations on a 180-seat capacity Airbus A320 aircraft. Connecting Cyprus to the UAE, the route is expected to generate multiple connectivity options with the Middle East, Far East and other global destinations while boosting tourism and business on both sides. DXB is currently connected to 230 destinations across 95 plus countries via more than 85 international ......read more

    IATA's “Focus Africa” to Strengthen Aviation's Contribution to African Development

    03 April 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is launching “Focus Africa” to strengthen aviation’s contribution to Africa’s economic and social development and improve connectivity, safety and reliability for passengers and shippers. This initiative will align private and public stakeholders to deliver measurable progress in six areas.    “Africa accounts for 18% of the global population, but just 2.1% of air transport activities (combined cargo and passenger). Closing that gap, so that Africa can benefit from the ......read more

    Emirates and United Activate Codeshare Partnership to Enhance Connectivity to the US

    • Emirates customers to have access to more than 150 U.S. cities through Chicago, Houston and San Francisco while enjoying codeshare benefits for flights on United; expanded domestic U.S. network coverage to complement Emirates’ network of 12 points across the U.S, which the airline operates to from its Dubai-based hub  • Enhanced customer offering implemented with the issuance of a single ticket, Emirates baggage allowance and baggage transfers through to the final destination • Access to dozens more destinations across Canada, Mexico, Caribbean islands and ......read more

    Alila Hinu Bay Blends Luxury and Nature for a New Round of Unmatchable Experiences

    Dubai, UAE, 28 March 2023: The leading luxury resort, Alila Hinu Bay unveils new experiences that will showcase the hidden gems of the world. Located in Salalah, perched just on the Southern Coast of Oman, the property, known to offer guests once-in-a-lifetime excursions during their stay, has added even more exciting experiences for the upcoming season.   Guests can now reconnect with nature and discover a community of humpback whales that have been living permanently in the same spot for thousands of years, from the microclimate created by the ‘Khareef’ monsoon. ......read more

    10 Top-Rated Beaches in Dubai

    Dubai is quickly becoming one of the most comfortable cities in the world compared to other megapolises. It has all of the city’s attractions plus a wide range of green parks and white beaches. Although Dubai is considered a rather hot location, spring is undoubtedly the best time to enjoy its warm sun and sandy beaches. With the temperature hovering around 25-30 °C, springtime provides the perfect weather for beachgoers.   Dubai boasts a variety of stunning beaches, each with its unique appeal. They are immaculately clean and well-maintained, offering visitors a ......read more

    Wizz Air Receives Airline of the Year Award at Air Transport Awards

    22 March 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and most environmentally sustainable airline globally , was named Airline of the Year at Air Transport Awards. The award was received by József Váradi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air, at the gala event in Montreal, which took place next to the 2023 Air Transport Symposium with the participation of industry leaders. The Air Transport Awards are international prizes of and for the air transport industry. The awards are recognition of excellence and of the achievements of the aviation sector. The ......read more

    Sharjah Airport Authority hosts annual ceremony to celebrate its success in 2022

    Honouring winners of the “Matari” Sharjah Airport for Organizational Excellence Award 21 March 2023: Sharjah Airport Authority hosted its annual ceremony at Al Jawaher Reception and Convention to commemorate its achievements in 2022 and to honour the employees that contributed to this success. The event was held under the presence of His Excellency Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, His Excellency Sheikh Faisal Bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority, and directors of departments. Winners of the second edition of Sharjah Airport for ......read more

    Best Places to Visit in the UAE

    An Unbelievably Awesome Environment – Come to the UAE   The United Arab Emirates (UAE), with its skyscrapers, opulent hotels, fancy malls, and stunning shoreline, is undoubtedly high on every traveller's bucket list. In addition, the UAE is an extraordinary architectural gallery, home to some of the world's top resorts and hotels. With this sky-touching architecture, the mosques, museums and the famous man-made islands all create an enticing air that draws visitors from all over the world. So, whether taking a Private Jet Charter or travelling by boat, take ......read more

    IATA Releases 2022 Airline Safety Performance

    8 March 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2022 Safety Report for global aviation. The report showed a reduction in the number of fatal accidents and the fatality risk, compared to 2021 and to the five year average (2018-2022). From this year, the Safety Report has been re-invented as an online interactive resource rather than in static PDF format. Report highlights include: In 2022, there were five fatal accidents involving loss of life to passengers and crew. This is reduced from seven in 2021 and an improvement on the five year average ......read more

    Air Cargo Makes a Soft Start to 2023

    08 March 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for January 2023 global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand declined as economic headwinds persist.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 14.9% compared to January 2022 (-16.2% for international operations).  • Capacity (measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers, ACTK) was up 3.9% compared to January 2022. This was the first year-on-year growth in capacity since October 2022. International cargo capacity increased 1.4% compared ......read more

    flydubai Adds Four Destinations in Saudi Arabia

    • The Dubai-based carrier adds two new destinations to its network with the launch of flights to Al Qaisumah and Neom and resumes flights to Jizan and Najran Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 03 March 2023:  flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced today the launch of four destinations in Saudi Arabia. This includes the start of flights to Neom from 16 March, Najran from 18 March, Al Qaisumah from 21 March and Jizan from 26 April. Earlier this year, the airline also resumed its operations to AlUla with a twice-weekly service from 12 January. Hamad Obaidalla, Chief ......read more

    Qatar Airways Announces Indian Superstar Deepika Padukone as Global Brand Ambassador

    Launches New Premium Experience Campaign featuring the actor DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has launched a new brand campaign in collaboration with world-renowned Indian actor, Deepika Padukone. The campaign launch is the culmination of the airline's endeavour to redefine Qatar Airways Premium experience, particularly through showcasing the world-class Qsuite along with the unparalleled surroundings of The Orchard, which are core to Hamad International Airport’s expansion. The timeless acoustic track ‘Ain’t Nobody’ accompanies the campaign that connects ......read more

    Airbus Forecasts Middle East Aviation Services Industry to Outpace Global Growth

    Dubai, 01 March 2023 – The Middle East is home to some of the largest airlines in the world, supported by significant fleets that keep on expanding.   According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast, regional airlines are expected to require 3,020 new passenger and freight aircraft deliveries by 2040, bringing the total fleet to 3,210 from a 2019 fleet baseline of 1,300 aircraft.    Consequently, airline fleet growth will trigger the Middle East aviation services sector to also ramp up significantly over the coming decade. Airbus expects the Middle ......read more

    Under title ‘Moving Forward Together' Sharjah Airport Authority organises its meeting to honour media and strategic partners

    Sharjah – March 1, 2023 – Sharjah Airport Authority held its meeting under the theme of ‘Moving Forward Together’ to recognize the valuable contributions of its media and strategic partners in delivering exceptional travel experiences and services to passengers. The meeting was attended by H.E. Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority; H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority, strategic partners, and the media professionals. H.E. Ali Salim Al Midfa gave the opening speech for the ceremony, during which he ......read more

    flydubai Announces Record Full-Year Profit of AED 1.2 Billion for 2022 Key Results for 2022

    Dubai-based carrier flydubai has today, 01 March 2023, announced its Annual Results for the year ending 31 December 2022 Reports historic profit of AED 1.2 billion (USD 327 million); an increase of 43% compared to 2021, reflecting the carrier’s strong business model built on cost efficiency and agility Reports total annual revenue of AED 9.1 billion (USD 2.5 billion) compared to AED 5.3 billion (USD 1.4 billion) in 2021; an increase of 72% Carries 10.6 million passengers; an increase of 89% compared to 2021 Takes delivery of 17 new aircraft; a record number of deliveries ......read more

    Dubai Airports to Participate at National Service Career Fair 2023

    Dubai Airports invites Emirati youth interested in joining its Fire Services Training programme to attend the fair and discover exciting career opportunities  Dubai, UAE – February 27, 2023: Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), is calling on UAE Nationals to join its airport fire services department and register for its UAE National Airport Fire Services Programme during the 2023 edition of the National Service Career Fair 2023, taking place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 6-8 March. As part of its ongoing ......read more

    EGYPTAIR takes Delivery of Africa's first Airbus A321neo

    28 February 2023 – EGYPTAIR took delivery of its first A321neo from Airbus’ Delivery Centre in Hamburg, making the airline the first African operator of the aircraft.  EGYPTAIR has specified a high comfort, two-class configuration with 16 Business class seats and 166 Economy class seats, and will increase the airline’s single aisle capacity to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The aircraft is on lease from AerCap and is powered by CFM engines. The A321neo is the largest-fuselage member of Airbus’ best-selling single-aisle A320 Family and brings a 20 ......read more

    As a leading hub for cargo industry Sharjah Airport Authority highlights its leading experiences in Air Cargo Africa

    Sharjah, February 22, 2023- Sharjah Airport Authority is participating in the 10th edition of Air Cargo Africa exhibition, which is being held from February 21 to 23, 2023, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Authority is dedicated to participate in such significant events to showcase its cargo expertise as well as to promote Sharjah Airport as a major hub for airfreight in the Middle East. The Authority further recognises the exhibition’s significance as an international event that gathers top decision-makers and industry leaders from across the globe. The event is an ideal ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Inaugurates New Route to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Enhances Regional Connectivty

    The national airline celebrates its first flight to Medina, expanding affordable, hassle-free travel for tourists and residents in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia  16, February 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, has commenced operations on the new route of Medina, a centre of Islamic culture. The new destinations further strengthen regional connectivity with high quality point-to-point travel on WIZZ’s convenient flight schedule. Tickets are on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app with fares starting as low ......read more

    flydubai Expands its Network in Africa to 11 Destinations with the Launch of Flights to Mogadishu

    • The Dubai-based airline launches daily flights to Mogadishu from 09 March 2023; the first direct service to Somalia from Dubai and the United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14 February 2023: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today the launch of a daily service to Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ) from 09 March 2023. The carrier will double the frequency of flights from 01 June 2023, making it the first carrier to connect Somalia directly with Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: ......read more

    dans and MBRSC Sign MoU for Aerospace Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Infrastructure

    Collaboration under the ASBUs framework Both organizations will develop human resources to facilitate it Cooperation in all systems for data linkage to serve UAE’s interest MBRSC to launch a new satellite at 2023-end Ahmed bin Saeed: "The UAE is helping shape better future of the air transport" Hamad Al Mansouri: "Huge potential for transforming the space sector" Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 07, 2023 – In a move to help further consolidate the UAE’s grand aerospace ambitions and take civil aviation to newer heights, Dubai Air ......read more

    Air Cargo Closes 2022 Near Pre-Pandemic Levels

    7 February 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that 2022 full-year demand for air cargo took a significant step back from 2021 levels but was close to 2019 performance.   • Global full-year demand in 2022, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was down 8.0% compared to 2021 (-8.2% for international operations). Compared to 2019, it was down 1.6% (both global and international). • Capacity in 2022, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), was 3.0% above 2021 (+4.5% for ......read more

    Passenger Demand Recovery Continued on Track in December 2022 and for the Full Year

    7 February 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel continued in December 2022 and for the full year.  • Total traffic in 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 64.4% compared to 2021. Globally, full year 2022 traffic was at 68.5% of pre-pandemic (2019) levels. December 2022 total traffic rose 39.7% compared to December 2021 and reached 76.9% of the December 2019 level. • International traffic in 2022 climbed 152.7% versus 2021 and reached 62.2% of 2019 levels. December 2022 ......read more

    Dubai Harbour welcomes the Maiden Call of Queen Mary 2 on her Annual World Cruise

    • Queen Mary 2 the world’s only ocean liner is a remarkable flagship, her style and elegance are legendary.  • As part of the ongoing 2022/23 cruise season, Dubai Harbour continues to welcome iconic international cruise ships, with more than 300,000 passengers expected before the end of the season in June • Dubai Harbour further enhances its position as the region’s most modern cruise infrastructure, a perfect gateway attracting tourists and cruise lines from all over the world   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3rd February 2023: Dubai Harbour, ......read more

    Aviation Cios Ramp up Digital Technology Investments to Meet Demands of Swift Recovery

    SITA’s latest Air Transport IT Insights report reveals accelerated digitalization to help airlines and airports meet rising passenger demand 01 February 2023 – Faced with increased disruptions, baggage mountains, and staff shortages, airports and airlines are ramping up their investment in technology to digitalize their operations and speed up the passenger journey by offering more self-service options. SITA’s 2022 Air Transport IT Insights report, published today, reveals that with the post-pandemic recovery CIOs want to ensure operations are as agile and resilient as ......read more

    Dubai Airports Seeking Ambitious and Dynamic Emiratis to Join its Prestigious Fire Services Training Programme

    Emiratis will receive state-of-the-art training, and play a valuable frontline role in protecting the ‘Gateway to Dubai’ Dubai, UAE – 1st February 2023: Dubai Airports is looking to attract young, ambitious, and dynamic Emiratis to enrol in its state-of-the-art emergency services training programme and take up the role as frontline heroes at the world’s busiest international airport.  As part of a recruitment drive, Dubai Airports is actively seeking the next cohort of Emiratis to join its intensive training programme. It comprises English language ......read more

    Emirates to Expand Mainland China Operations, Resumes Passenger Services to Shanghai and Beijing

    • Shanghai will initially be served with two weekly flights starting from 20 January 2023 • Beijing will be served with a daily non-stop flight starting from 15 March 2023 • Emirates’ four weekly flights to Guangzhou will increase to a daily service from 1 February 2023   Dubai, UAE, 16 January 2023:  Emirates will ramp up its operations in China ahead of the New Lunar Year and in response to strong travel demand, boosting connectivity to its gateways; Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing as the country reopens its borders and eases its COVID-related ......read more

    Emirates expands its A380 Network with the Resumption of Services to Birmingham, Glasgow and Nice

    The airline continues to rebuild its global network and ramp up operations to meet robust travel demand. Emirates has also announced it will resume its second daily service to London Stansted in May 2023, boosting its London operations to 11 daily flights. By the end of this summer, Emirates will have recovered close to 90% of its pre-pandemic A380 network. Dubai, UAE: 13 January 2023 – Emirates has announced it will scale up its A380 operations with the iconic double-decker returning to Glasgow (26 March 2023), Nice (1 June 2023) and Birmingham (1 July 2023). The airline has ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Global Sale

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 13, 2023:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, starts the year with its annual Global Sale offering great deals for travellers looking to explore new destinations and visit friends & family. Guests can take advantage of special sale fares to select Etihad destinations, with the Global Sale running until 20 January 2023, for travel between 18 January and 15 June 2023. With the Global Sale, guests can fly to some of the world’s top destinations including London, Istanbul, Phuket, Paris and more, with fares ......read more

    Emirates Invests in High-speed Inflight Broadband Onboard 50 new A350 Aircraft

    Dubai, UAE -  11 January 2023:   Emirates will offer passengers yet another opportunity to ‘fly better’, with new high-speed, inflight broadband powered by Inmarsat’s GX Aviation, onboard 50 new Airbus A350 aircraft - scheduled to enter service in 2024. The new agreement will significantly improve the passenger experience with enhanced connectivity and greater global coverage, even on flights over the Arctic.   The Airbus A350s will be the first Emirates aircraft to take advantage of Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, ......read more

    Passenger Recovery Continues in November

    10, January 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the air travel recovery continued through November 2022.    • Total traffic in November 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 41.3% compared to November 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 75.3% of November 2019 levels.  • International traffic rose 85.2% versus November 2021. The Asia-Pacific continued to report the strongest year-over-year results with all regions showing improvement compared to the prior year. November 2022 international RPKs ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim adds Global 7500 to its managed Fleet

    Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2023: DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has added a Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft to its managed fleet. DCAF will manage and operate the new aircraft on behalf of its private owner. This brings the total number of aircraft under management to nine.  The new aircraft will be based at DCAF’s home base at Al Maktoum International Airport.  The management contract will see DCAF provide full Flight Operational Aircraft Management services, Continuous Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), hangar parking and FBO handling at its facility at Al ......read more

    Etihad Airways Looking for Top Talent in Search of Adventure

    Competitive salary and benefits for globe-trotting crew – Etihad is searching for ambitious individuals to join its award-winning cabin crew    Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is continuing its global recruitment campaign, seeking talented people who love to explore the world while delivering world-renowned customer service.   As travel demand surges, Etihad continues to grow and will be hiring candidates across cities worldwide throughout January.   Etihad has a diverse cabin crew team made up of more than 150 ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Softens in November

    09, January 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for November 2022 global air cargo markets showing that demand softened as economic headwinds persist.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 13.7% compared to November 2021 (-14.2% for international operations).  • Capacity (measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers, ACTK) was 1.9% below November 2021. This was the second year-on-year contraction following the first last month (in October) since April 2022. International cargo capacity ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Welcomes Quarantine-Free Travel and will more than Double its Flights to the Chinese Mainland

    The airline will operate 61 return flights per weekbetween Hong Kong and 13 Mainland cities   Cathay Pacific welcomes the Hong Kong SAR Government’s latest measures to facilitate quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland, as well as the lifting of transit restrictions, effective 8 January 2023.   In light of today’s announcement, Cathay Pacific will more than double its flights into the Chinese Mainland, operating 61 return flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 Mainland cities from 14 January 2023. This compares to the 27 flights ......read more

    Summary of Weekly Real Estate Transactions for the Week Ending 06 January 2023

    Dubai, UAE: The real estate and properties transactions valued at AED 10 billion in total during the week ending 06 January 2023. The sum of transactions was 2,702.  270 plots were sold for AED 2.25 billion, 1,903 apartments and villas were sold for AED 4.89 billion.  The top three transactions were a land in Marsa Dubai sold for AED 623.07 million, followed by a land that was sold for AED 77.23 million in Al Thanyah Fifth, and a land sold for AED 623.07 million in Marsa Dubai in third place. Al Hebiah Fifth recorded the most transactions for this week by 133 sales ......read more

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