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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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    Built over an Arabian Desert landscape, Dubai's infrastructural might and natural beauty are hard to replicate anywhere else. The lofty skyscrapers, glitzy shopping malls, and adventurous desert sports are only a few things that make Dubai a favorite among tourists all across the globe.    Most of Dubai's activities, sights, and events are intended to maximize glamour and luxury. As a city known for its fancy 5-star hotels and lavish experiences, can Dubai be enjoyed on a budget? The answer is yes, and all you need is some guidance to find spots that let you enjoy this ......read more

    IATA Statement on Imposition of Travel Restrictions for Travelers from China

    04 January 2023:  “Several countries are introducing COVID-19 testing and other measures for travellers from China, even though the virus is already circulating widely within their borders. It is extremely disappointing to see this knee-jerk reinstatement of measures that have proven ineffective over the last three years.  Research undertaken around the arrival of the Omicron variant concluded that putting barriers in the way of travel made no difference to the peak spread of infections. At most, restrictions delayed that peak by a few days. If a new variant emerges in ......read more

    DAE Announces Completion of ESG Risk Rating Review and Further ESG Disclosures

    Dubai, U.A.E. - 4 January 2023 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd, the global aviation services company, today announced that it has completed its annual review with Morningstar Sustainalytics, who has assessed DAE’s ESG Risk Rating to be ‘Low Risk’, with a score of 14.4. The Summary ESG Risk Rating Report on DAE can be accessed here or on DAE’s website.    Today, DAE also announced that it has received a ‘C’ score from CDP for its Climate Change 2022 response, this is the best among our aircraft leasing industry peers. This score is ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates the Festive Season and Welcomes 2023 in the Sky

    United Arab Emirates – With over 1.5 million passengers expected over the winter break, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will be celebrating the festive season in the sky with a special-themed menu and props for guests on board selected flights. Over the festive period, the classic festive themed menu will be available from 23 to 25 December on many routes including the US, UK, Canada, Lebanon, South Korea, the Philippines, the Seychelles, South Africa, Australia, and most destinations across Europe. The delicious menu includes festive favourites such ......read more

    Shurooq Opens Latest Beachfront Destination in Sharjah “Al Heera Beach”

    Largest beachfront project in Sharjah stretches over 3.5 KM across the shoreline overlooking the Arabian Gulf   ● Al Heera Beachfront offers service, sports and public facilities for residents, visitors and tourists. ● The project offers rental units for investors, to grow their commercial operations within the tourism industry. ● It includes a pro-skatepark called ‘KOTA Skatepark’,  ● Al Heera Beach also features jogging and cycling tracks, as well as a children’s play area   Sharjah, December 22, ......read more

    flydubai Concludes a Month of Match Day Shuttle Service Operations at DWC

    • The Dubai-based carrier operated 1,290 flights between Dubai World Central (DWC) and Doha International Airport (DIA) from 21 November until 19 December 2022 • The carrier enabled more than 130,000 football fans, representing 171 nationalities, to travel conveniently to Doha Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 December 2022:  Dubai-based flydubai announced today that it has enabled more than 130,000 football fans to travel conveniently to take part in the biggest football tournament in the world. The carrier has operated 1,290 flights between Dubai World Central (DWC) ......read more

    New Years Eve 2023 - Dubai Marina Cruise 5 Star

    Sparkle up your New Year’s Eve with our 5-star Marina Dhow Cruise offer! Have an awesome romantic cruising experience on-board our traditional Arabian Dhow on New Year’s Eve and we promise an evening of spectacular view of Dubai Marina plus a first-rate dinner and a dose of entertainment to make your experience worth your time. The Dhow Cruise Dubai Marina will take you on a trip across the water providing you a glimpse of the spectacular Dubai Marina area, Jumeirah Beach area, the amazing skyline and other impressive architecture, the water promenade of the Dubai Marina ......read more

    DAE Increases Bond Repurchase Program by US$300 Million

    Dubai, U.A.E. - 13 December 2022 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd announced today that its Board of Directors and Shareholders had authorized an additional US$300 million for bond repurchases to be conducted through open market transactions. To date, DAE has repurchased approximately US$815 million of principal amount of its publicly traded bonds under the previous authorizations of US$900 million. DAE now has US$385 million of available authority to repurchase bonds.   DAE Chief Executive Officer Firoz Tarapore said: “Today, we are increasing our available ......read more

    IATA and Travalyst to Collaborate on Flight CO2 Emission Calculations

    8 December 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Travalyst, have joined forces with the aim of providing consumers with a consistent, accurate and widely available calculation of their carbon footprint from air travel. As all sectors of the aviation and travel industries come together in pursuit of net zero CO2 goals, this new and major collaboration effort will bring even greater transparency, accuracy and consistency to how a traveler’s carbon footprint is calculated.  Travalyst and IATA both possess a deep understanding of the traveller as ......read more

    2022 SAF Production Increases 200% - More Production Incentives Needed to Reach Net Zero

    7 December 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production will reach at least 300 million liters in 2022—a 200% increase on 2021 production of 100 million liters. More optimistic calculations estimate total production in 2022 could reach 450 million liters. Both scenarios position the SAF industry on the verge of an exponential capacity and production ramp-up toward an identified tipping point of 30 billion liters by 2030, with the right supporting policies. Airlines are committed to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by ......read more

    Airlines Cut Losses in 2022; Return to Profit in 2023

    06, December 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects a return to profitability for the global airline industry in 2023 as airlines continue to cut losses stemming from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to their business in 2022.  • In 2023, airlines are expected to post a small net profit of $4.7 billion—a 0.6% net profit margin. It is the first profit since 2019 when industry net profits were $26.4 billion (3.1% net profit margin).  • In 2022, airline net losses are expected to be $6.9 billion (an improvement on the $9.7 ......read more

    Dubai Airports Announces New Initiative to Provide a Seamless Travel Experience for POD Travellers with Hidden Disabilities

     Dubai Airports has launched a two-year plan that will elevate the travel experience for POD   Dubai, UAE – December 5, 2022: Dubai Airports is introducing a comprehensive new programme to ensure the delivery of a sector leading, inclusive, and seamless travel experience for all People of Determination (POD) with hidden disabilities that travel through Dubai International (DXB). As part of Dubai Airport’s shared values ‘We all meet the world differently’, this new initiative will contribute to the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021 vision for Dubai ......read more

    October Passenger Demand & Forward Bookings Signal Continuing Recovery

    5 December 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel continued in October.  • Total traffic in October 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 44.6% compared to October 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 74.2% of October 2019 levels.  • Domestic traffic for October 2022 slipped 0.8% compared to the year-ago period as stringent COVID-related travel restrictions in China dampened global figures. Total October 2022 domestic traffic was at 77.9% of the October 2019 level. Domestic ......read more

    Eight Emiratis join the Dubai Air Navigation Services Corporation

    • dans promotes own programme to develop national capabilities in the field of Air Navigation  • Ahmed bin Saeed: "Attracting national talent to work in the aviation sector is an essential part of our strategy"   Dubai, November  29, 2022: Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) has announced that eight new UAE citizens have joined the organisation, after they successfully completed its special programme, which is concerned with developing the capabilities of national human resources in the field of air navigation, in accordance with the ......read more

    What a shot! David Beckham Snaps a Scenic View as Qatar Tourism unveils Posts of Qatar

    • Qatar Tourism reveals an incredible live destination art experience featuring goalpost-shaped installations that frame some of Qatar’s most picturesque views  • David Beckham has captured a picture in front of one of the goalposts to mark the launch    28 November 2022: Qatar Tourism has unveiled ‘Posts of Qatar’: ten distinctive goalpost art installations that frame some of the most iconic landmarks and Insta-worthy spots across the country. The iconic former football player, David Beckham captured the first of many pictures to be taken ......read more

    Five Things to Know About how they're Delivering more Benefits for Travellers

    Dubai, UAE - 22, November 2022: This month marks five years since Emirates and flydubai activated their extensive partnership and joined forces to offer customers unrivalled travel options to every corner of the globe. They’ve certainly delivered on their promise. The carriers’ joint route network has significantly expanded, enabling more than 11 million customers to connect on over 250,000 flights and benefit from seamless travel since the partnership launched in 2017.   The innovative partnership goes beyond the standard codesharing model and today includes integrated ......read more

    Sita Strengthens its Partnership with Geneva Airport, helping Transform the Passenger Experience and Optimize Operations

    Passengers are experiencing a faster, more efficient journey from check-in to boarding   21 November 2022 – Passengers traveling from Geneva Airport can now breeze through self-service touchpoints at check-in, bag drop, and security thanks to digital passenger processing technology from SITA. The new touchpoints are helping to reduce wait times and provide more flexibility to passengers increasingly seeking digital travel solutions.  Passengers and staff will also soon further benefit from boosted efficiencies thanks to Geneva Airport’s new Airport Operations ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Launches the much-awaited Green Friday Sale

    Great rewards for the greater good – start the festive season on a positive note by travelling with Cathay Pacific                                    Cathay Pacific is eyeing up a greener future for travel, with the carrier’s annual Green Friday promotion, customers can experience the joy of travelling with not only great travel deals and additional bonus miles, but also by making a positive impact on the environment.   With up to 15 per cent off select destinations across ......read more

    Dubai Airports makes Parking Payment a Breeze with ‘Scan, Pay and Go'

    Dubai, UAE, 17 November 2022: Dubai Airports in collaboration with its service partner Mawgif has made paying for car parks across Dubai International (DXB) a breeze for airport users with the launch of a new mobile payment option – ‘Scan, Pay and Go’. Through ‘Scan, Pay and Go’, DXB car park users need to simply scan the QR code on their parking entry ticket to be directed to the payment gateway where they can select one of three secure payment methods – Visa, MasterCard or Apple Pay – to complete the transaction. The users have a 10-minute window ......read more

    Air Transport is Critical to European Success and Competitiveness

    8 November 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published results from a survey of 500 European business leaders. Using air transport to do business across borders, these business leaders confirmed the critical nature of air transport to their business success:   • 89% believed that being close to an airport with global connections gives them a competitive advantage • 84% could not imagine doing business without access to air transport networks • 82% thought their business could not survive without connectivity to global supply chains via ......read more

    Europe Prospers from Policies Which Promote Connectivity Provided by Different Airline Types

    08, November2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments and regulators to encourage stronger European cohesion and economic development by embracing policies to promote greater air connectivity. Key to this is recognizing the different strengths and benefits offered by the diverse types of carriers operating in Europe.    “Europe, just like the rest of the world, relies on air connectivity, which is vital for society, tourism, and trade. Business users of the European air transport network--large and small—have confirmed this ......read more

    Emirates adds 5 new Boeing 777-200LR freighters to Order Book

    Dubai, UAE - 08 November 2022 – Emirates has announced a firm order for 5 new Boeing 777-200LR freighter aircraft, with 2 units to be delivered in 2024 and the remaining 3 units in 2025.   The agreement, worth over US$ 1.7 billion at list prices, takes the airline’s total order book to 200 wide-body aircraft.   HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: "Emirates is investing in new freighters so that we can continue to serve customer demand with the latest fuel-efficient aircraft. This order ......read more

    September Passenger Demand Stays Strong

    7 November 2022 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger data for September 2022 showing that the recovery in air travel continues to be strong.  • Total traffic in September 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 57.0% compared to September 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 73.8% of September 2019 levels.  • Domestic traffic for September 2022 was up 6.9% compared to the year-ago period. Total September 2022 domestic traffic was at 81% of the September 2019 level. • International traffic climbed ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Softens in September

    07 November 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for September 2022 global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand softened.  • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 10.6% compared to September 2021 (-10.6% also for international operations), but continued to track at near pre-pandemic levels (-3.6%).  • Capacity was 2.4% above September 2021 (+5.0% for international operations) but still 7.4% below September 2019 levels (-8.1% for international operations). • Several factors in the ......read more

    flydubai Grows its Network to 113 Destinations in 53 Countries

    • The Dubai-based airline adds six destinations to its network with flights to Cagliari, Corfu, Hofuf, Krabi, Milan and Pattaya Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 04 November 2022: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, today announced the launch of flights to six destinations as it continues to grow its network. This includes the start of flights to Cagliari, Corfu, Krabi, Milan and Pattaya from 2023 as well as the resumption of flights to Hofuf from 24 November 2022 and flights are available for booking on flydubai.com. Since the start of 2022, flydubai has launched flights to more than ......read more

    Department of Civil Aviation and Sharjah Airport Authority celebrate 51st UAE Flag Day

    Sharjah, November 3, 2022: Sharjah Airport Department of Civil Aviation and Sharjah Airport Authority celebrated the 51st UAE Flag Day on November 3, 2022, in the presence of H.E Sheikh Faisal Bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority, and H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Thani, Director of the Department of Civil Aviation, along with the employees of both the entities and representatives from various government and private sector organisations operating at the airport. The celebration of UAE Flag Day serves as a symbol of loyalty to the nation and provides an ......read more

    Cepsa and Etihad Join Forces to Accelerate the Decarbonisation of Air Transport

    • Both companies will drive the development and production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from circular raw materials, in addition to other energy alternatives such as green hydrogen and electrification   • This new partnership between Cepsa and a major airline represents the company’s steadfast commitment to SAF and ambition to lead in these sustainable fuels with an annual production of 800,000 tons by 2030   • Sustainable fuels reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to traditional options   Cepsa, a Mubadala group company, and ......read more

    "Ports, Customs and Free Zone" Organizes “Travel and Tourism” Exhibition in Cooperation with "DW Travel"

    The Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, in cooperation with DW Travel, organized the "Tourism and Travel" exhibition at the Corporate Support Center in Port Rashid, with the participation of a number of international tourism companies. The exhibition aims at providing the latest updates and offers presented by the most prominent companies in the field of tourism and travel. The exhibition was inaugurated by Nasser Abdullah, Vice President of the Ports and Free Zone Corporation, Abdullah bin Damaithan, Vice Chairman of the PCFC Board of Directors, Bader Ahli, Director of ......read more

    Convenience is Top Priority for Passengers Post Pandemic

    01, November 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the results of its 2022 Global Passenger Survey (GPS), showing that travelers top concerns for travel in the post-COVID crisis period are focused on simplification and convenience. “Travel during COVID-19 was complex, cumbersome and time consuming due to government-imposed travel requirements. Post-pandemic, passengers want improved convenience throughout their trip. Digitalization and use of biometrics to speed up the travel journey is the key,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior ......read more

    Emirates Executive Luxury Private Jet will be on Showcase at Abu Dhabi Air Expo

    Emirates will be showcasing its Airbus A319 aircraft this year at Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2022. Emirates Executive, the airline’s luxury private jet will be on display on 1 November to visitors who want a glimpse into the spectacular world of private luxury flying on Emirates.   Emirates Executive was introduced in 2013, complete with luxury interiors, including an even larger version of the airline’s sumptuous private suites and a generous multi-functional lounge area on-board, enabling a travel journey versatile enough to provide bespoke experiences to both private customers, ......read more

    First Etihad Airways Flight Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel as Part of Deal with Itochu and Neste Departs Tokyo Narita

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The first Etihad Airways flight to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supplied by ITOCHU Corporation and NESTE took off from Tokyo Narita airport today.   The pioneering flight, EY871 departed Tokyo Narita at 1500, was the result of a partnership in which ITOCHU provided Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, making Etihad the first international airline to procure SAF in Japan.   Cassie Mackie, Vice President Procurement & Supply Chain, Etihad Airways, said: “The ......read more

    Safety Leadership, Improving IOSA and Meeting Operational Challenges Top Safety Conference Agenda

    25 October 2022 (Dubai) – Safety Leadership is in focus at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 2022 Safety Conference, which opened today in Dubai, UAE, under the theme of “Emerging Stronger – Safely Transforming to a More Resilient Tomorrow,” with Emirates as the host airline. “Safety begins at the top. Aviation executives need to demonstrate safety leadership and a strong commitment to a positive safety culture and then ensure that vision is conveyed across the entire organization. This is critical to ensuring continued high levels ......read more

    Zamzam.com Wins First-Ever ‘Leading Umrah Online Travel Agency' at ‘World Travel Awards 2022'

    25, October 2022: Recognized for revolutionizing the travel experience for religious travelers and facilitating Umrah online booking services in the Middle East, Zamzam.com, is excited to announce its first-ever award from the prestigious “World Travel Awards” for ‘Middle East’s Leading Umrah Online Travel Agency’. This year, the Middle East Gala Ceremony of the World Travel Awards (WTA), was held in the capital of Jordan, Amman on October 23rd, marking the first ceremony in Jordan among the most influential figures and decision-makers in the region’s ......read more

    Dubai Airports Wins Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Global Aviation Award for Sustainability Programme

    Dubai, UAE: October 21, 2022: Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports, has been awarded the Best Aviation Sustainability Program (Environment pillar) at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Global Aviation Awards, for its ongoing efforts in helping to develop a more sustainable global aviation industry.   The award was presented at a prestigious ceremony held in Montreal, Canada, at the 41st General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recently. Dubai Airports was recognised for its efforts as a ......read more

    Etihad Airways and World Energy Collaborate To Demonstrate The Future Of Net Zero Aviation With Zero Emissions Flight To Cop27

    • Scheduled Washington Dulles to Abu Dhabi service to fly via Sharm-El-Sheik delivering COP27 delegates with zero net emissions  • Operated on Etihad’s Boeing 787 “Greenliner” the flight will leverage SAF Book & Claim systems in partnership with World Energy to overcome SAF logistical and infrastructure challenges • The special operation demonstrates that Book & Claim is crucial to achieving net-zero commercial aviation until SAF becomes more globally available    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the ......read more

    DXB Preparing To Welcome 2.1m Passengers Over 10-day School Holiday Break Starting October 21

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – October 20, 2022: Dubai Airports has issued an advisory alerting traveller that Dubai International (DXB) will experience an exceptionally busy 10-day period as a result of schools breaking for half-term holidays later this week.    Passenger numbers at DXB are rising rapidly towards 2019 levels on the back of strong recovery throughout 2022, making seasonal peaks busiest since the pandemic. According to the operator, some 2.1 million passengers are expected to pass through DXB between October 21 to October 30, with total average daily ......read more

    EDGE's Electro-Optics Centre of Excellence (EOCE) Supplies Specialised Vibration Testing to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

    The facility, largest in the MENA region and first of its kind in the UAE, allows for specialised laboratory testing with regional partners Abu Dhabi-UAE: 14 October, 2022 – EDGE Group, one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups for defence and beyond, today announced the successful completion of vibration testing on the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre’s Rashid Rover project within EOCE laboratories.   Conducted by the Emirates Lunar Mission team, the test ensured that the structural and electronic systems of the qualification model of the rover could ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Inaugural Flight To Guangzhou

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched its first-ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Guangzhou. The inaugural flight, EY868, departed Abu Dhabi last night after a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by representatives from the Chinese Embassy to the UAE, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Miral Asset Management and Etihad Aviation Group.     The flight touched down at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport this morning at 10:25 (local time), making Etihad the first international airline to ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Shows Resilience in August

    06 October 2022 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released August 2022 data for global air cargo markets which demonstrated the industry’s resilience amid economic uncertainties.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 8.3% compared to August 2021 (-9.3% for international operations). This was a slight improvement on the year-on-year decline of 9.7% seen in July.  • Capacity was 6.3% above August 2021 (+6.1% for international operations). This is a significant expansion over the 3.6% year-on-year ......read more

    Etihad Airways Takes Home Top Awards From Airline Economics

    • Airline scoops Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year award in recognition of financial transformation and innovation in sustainable financing   • Chief Financial Officer, Adam Boukadida, named Middle East & Africa CFO of the Year for second year running   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has picked up top honours at the prestigious 2022 Airline Economics Middle East, Africa & Islamic Aviation 100 Awards yesterday evening.   The carrier won the coveted Middle East & Africa Airline of the Year Award, with ......read more

    SITA Partners With Versa Networks To Deliver A Tailor-made Secure SD-Wan Solution Built For The Air Transport Industry

    SITA Connect Go harnesses SITA’s industry experience, coupled with the leading SD-WAN technology and best-in-class network security from Versa  GENEVA – 4 October 2022 – SITA today announced a new partnership with Versa Networks, the recognized secure access service edge (SASE) leader, that will launch SITA Connect Go, a multi-tenant edge Secure SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) solution designed specifically for the air transport industry.  The new partnership combines the best of both companies into a single solution. SITA has its roots in ......read more

    Oman Rail and Etihad Rail Joint Venture Board Of Directors Holds Inaugural Meeting

    • Inaugural meeting held two days after the signing ceremony of the JV agreement  • Suhail Al Mazrouei: “The development of the joint railway network will advance land transport system between the two countries.” • Saeed Al Maawali: “Joint railway network will offer logistics support and advantages that will contribute to the growth of trade and economic activities” • The Board commends the two countries' leaderships for their unwavering backing and strategic vision in expanding opportunities for cooperation and joint ......read more

    Dubai Airports' Statement (Mask Policy at DXB).

    To be attributed to a Dubai Airports' spokesperson: Dubai Airports confirms that in line with directives of the Covid19 Control and Command Centre through the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, it is not mandatory for passengers to wear face masks at Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) effective Wednesday, September 28, 2022.    Based on their specific requirements or the rules applicable at intermediate or final destinations, airlines can however request passengers to wear the face mask on board if deemed necessary.    The well-being of all our ......read more

    Etihad Airways To Host Arab Air Carriers' Organization AGM

    Under the patronage of His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa Al Hammadi, Chairman of Etihad Aviation Group and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will host the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO) 55th Annual General Meeting (AGM), to be held in Abu Dhabi from 24 to 26 October. The opening ceremony will be held at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, welcoming senior aviation leaders and decision-makers with the participation of 34 airlines from across the region, as well as international and ......read more

    GAAS and AEROBAY Join Forces to Streamline MENA Aviation Parts Aftermarket

    Partnership on Aerospace Assets expands geographical reach in the USM market   28 September 2022, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Global Advanced Aero Solutions (GAAS), a subsidiary of Al Shaheen Aviation Holding, and AEROBAY, the all-in-one spare parts marketplace for rotary & fixed wings, today announced the signature of a partnership in asset co-investment. Under the terms of this agreement, GAAS and AEROBAY will co-finance the acquisition of an impressive range of aerospace assets, including rotable inventories, engines, and complete helicopters and aircraft.   The agreement ......read more

    Air Cargo Priorities: Sustainability, Modernization, Safety & People

    27 September 2022 (London) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities to build resilience and strengthen air cargo’s post-pandemic prospects.    The priorities, outlined at the 15th World Cargo Symposium (WCS), which opened in London today are:   • Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050  • Continuing to modernize processes • Finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries • Making air cargo attractive to new talent    “Air cargo had a stellar year in ......read more

    IATA to Trial CO2 Emission Calculator for Air Cargo with Etihad

    27 September 2022 (London) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will be trialing a CO2 emissions calculation tool specifically developed for cargo flights together with Etihad Airways.  To effectively manage and report on sustainability progress, the entire value chain – shippers, forwarders, investors and regulators – along with consumers are asking for reliable and trustworthy data calculations. This trial will provide a valuable proof of concept for the cargo component of the IATA CO2 Connect carbon calculator. IATA has been successfully ......read more

    Middle East Airlines Adopts Sita's Cloud-based Baggage Reconciliation System To Boost Efficiency At Rafic Hariri International Airport -Beirut

    Agile cloud systems that increase operational efficiency and reliability have helped expand the airport’s capacity to handle nine million bags per year    BEIRUT – 27 September 2022 – SITA and Middle East Airlines – Air Liban (MEA) have renewed a technology contract and moved the airport's baggage reconciliation system (BRS) at Rafic Hariri International Airport - Beirut to the cloud, increasing operational efficiency. By adopting this technology, the airport and airline's operational costs will plummet with the server-less design that avoids ......read more

    Etihad Rail Moves To A Self-operating Model After Concluding Knowledge Transfer Programme For The UAE National Railway Network With Deutsche Bahn

    • The programme which started in 2013, involved the knowledge transfer across railway operations, operations control centres, maintenance of rolling stock, development of the operating rules and regulations, has now completed ahead of time • Etihad Rail DB handled the operation for Stage One of the UAE National Rail Network since 2016 in line with highest levels of quality, safety, punctuality and customer satisfaction • The joint venture of Etihad Rail DB was accredited as the UAE’s first heavy rail operator   Abu Dhabi, UAE - 26 September 2022: Etihad ......read more

    MEBAA Show 2022 Set To Welcome New International Exhibitors As Business Aviation Continues To Grow

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 26 September 2022 – The global private jet market is projected to reach $39.84 billion in 20251, up 54% from $25.87 billion in 2021, and the Middle East market – specifically the GCC region – is representing a major part of that. A new report from Global Jet Capital forecasts new and pre-owned private aircraft transactions through 2026 are expected to increase at an average annual rate of 1.5%. With growth and innovation increasing in business aviation, key industry players are excited to be signing up to attend MEBAA Show 2022. The ......read more

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