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    The VIP Terminal at Dubai South Records Rapid Increase in Private Jets Movements in Q1 2021

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 8 May 2021:  Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South announced that private jets movements continued their impressive growth in 2021 with a 336% increase in Q1 2021, reaching 4,904 compared to 1,460 in Q1 2020 and 1,676 in Q1 2019.   Aircraft movements include the four FBOs operating at MBRAH, which are Jetex Executive Aviation, Jet Aviation, DC Aviation and ExecuJet Middle East.  Tahnoon Saif, CEO of Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, said: “Our private jets movements at the VIP Terminal in MBRAH have been increasing steadily since last July, which is a testament to the successful national vaccination campaign, the emirate’s status as a preferred destination for tourists from across the world as well as Dubai’s ranking third globally and second in the ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand Reaches All Time High in March, up 4.4% Compared to Pre-COVID Levels

    05 May 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released March 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand continued to outperform pre-COVID levels (March 2019) with demand up 4.4%. March demand reached the highest level recorded since the series began in 1990. Month-on-month demand also increased albeit at a slower pace than the previous month with volumes up 0.4% in March over February 2021 levels.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to March 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs), was up 4.4% compared to March 2019 and 0.4% compared to February 2021. This was ......read more

    March Domestic Demand Sees Upsurge but International Travel Still Largely Shutdown

    5 May 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in March 2021 compared to pre-COVID levels (March 2019) but rose compared to the immediate month prior (February 2021).    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to March 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in March 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 67.2% compared to March 2019. That was an improvement over the 74.9% decline recorded in February 2021 versus February 2019. The better performance was driven by gains in domestic markets, particularly China. International traffic remained largely ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim Sees 25% Increase in Private and Business Jet Activity in Q1

    Dubai, UAE, May 05, 2021: In further signs of an economic recovery in Dubai, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), the leading business aviation company with its own FBO and hangar facility, has recorded a 25% increase in private and business jet activity in the first quarter of this year.  From its fully integrated facility at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South, DCAF saw an increased number of VVIP guests arriving from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Europe, India and Pakistan amongst others. The company also saw increased visitors from Israel following the signing of the Abraham Accords agreement to open diplomatic, trade and economic relations between the two countries.  Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director of DCAF, said: “The UAE has firmly established itself on the world stage with the ......read more

    Airbus Reports First Quarter (Q1) 2021 Results'

    • 125 commercial aircraft delivered in a market environment that remains uncertain  • Strong focus on cost and cash containment; progress on restructuring • Revenues € 10.5 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 0.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 0.5 billion; EPS (reported) € 0.46 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.2 billion, including positive phasing impact • Net cash position at € 5.6 billion • The guidance issued in February 2021 remains unchanged Amsterdam, 29 April 2021 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for its First Quarter (Q1) ended 31 March 2021.   “The good Q1 results mainly reflect our commercial aircraft delivery performance, cost and cash containment, ......read more

    Airbus Reports First Quarter (Q1) 2021 Results

    • 125 commercial aircraft delivered in a market environment that remains uncertain  • Strong focus on cost and cash containment; progress on restructuring • Revenues € 10.5 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 0.7 billion • EBIT (reported) € 0.5 billion; EPS (reported) € 0.46 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.2 billion, including positive phasing impact • Net cash position at € 5.6 billion • The guidance issued in February 2021 remains unchanged   United Arab Emirates, 29 April 2021 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for its First Quarter (Q1) ended 31 March 2021.   “The good Q1 results mainly reflect our commercial aircraft delivery performance, cost and cash ......read more

    Air Cairo Receives its First Airbus A320neo

    UAE, 26 April 2021:  Air Cairo, Egypt’s low-fare airline, has taken delivery of its first A320neo aircraft. The new aircraft will join Air Cairo’s all Airbus fleet of seven aircraft.  The aircraft is on lease from ICBC Leasing and is equipped with CFM LEAP-1A engines. With improved levels of efficiency, the new aircraft will be deployed on Air Cairo’s regional and international network to serve countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East – demonstrating the operational flexibility of the A320neo. Air Cairo’s fleet expansion and modernization strategy coincides with the airline’s decision to open more routes, fostering closer links with countries across continents. Offering the airline exceptional technical, economic and environmental performance, Air Cairo’s A320neo is ......read more

    IATA Welcomes WHO Emergency Committee Risk Management Recommendations

    24 April 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged states to comply with recommendations on international travel from the World Health Organization’s International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee on testing and risk management during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, IATA highlighted the following recommendations for states: • “Do not require proof of vaccination as a condition of entry.”    IATA believes that the freedom to travel across borders should not be limited to those who are able to be vaccinated. It does, however, support governments opening borders to those who have been vaccinated and that testing should also play a key role where vaccination is not possible. Together—testing and vaccination—are key measures for states to ......read more

    Reduced Losses but Continued Pain in 2021

    -Immediate Priorities are Restart Plans, Employment Support, and Costs-   22, April 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects net airline industry losses of $47.7 billion in 2021 (net profit margin of -10.4%). This is an improvement on the estimated net industry loss of $126.4 billion in 2020 (net profit margin of -33.9%).    “This crisis is longer and deeper than anyone could have expected. Losses will be reduced from 2020, but the pain of the crisis increases. There is optimism in domestic markets where aviation’s hallmark resilience is demonstrated by rebounds in markets without internal travel restrictions. Government imposed travel restrictions, however, continue to dampen the strong underlying demand for international travel. Despite an estimated 2.4 billion people ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 Advisory Board Convenes for the First Time to Analyse the Future of Aerospace with Industry Leaders

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 22, April 2021:  Dubai Airshow, in collaboration with the Defense Services Marketing Council (DSMC), held the first meeting of its Advisory Board for 2021. With its high-level industry, government and academic members, the Board focused on analysing industry trends and discussing future strategies that will drive growth for the aerospace sector.   The goal of the Board of Advisors is to help shape the 2021 program and agenda for the Dubai Airshow, in order to elevate the event to a new level of success. After an unprecedented time of global economic downturn and grounding of the global aerospace sector, the Dubai Airshow aims to be the restart and leader in shaping the industry’s future. The Advisory Board and its industry network is key to supporting and achieving this ......read more

    Win 50 Times Your Flight Fare With Etihad's Ramadan Sale

    • Etihad’s Ramadan Box giveaway sees 1,000 surprise gifts given out to guests • Prizes given as part of Etihad’s sensational 50,000 prize giveaway in celebration of the UAE’s 50th Anniversary   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 20, 2021:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has embarked on an extraordinary gift giving campaign this Ramadan. The promotion is part of Etihad’s commitment which was unveiled last week, to give away 50,000 prizes throughout the year in celebration of the UAE’s 50th anniversary.    Etihad is marking the occasion by giving three lucky winners 50 times their flight fare in Etihad Credit. Etihad Credit can be used to pay for flights, upgrades and extras any time within two ......read more

    IATA and Unilabs Partner to Help Passengers Manage Covid-19 Tests

    United Arab Emirates -  April 20, 2021:   Unilabs, the leading European diagnostic services provider, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines, have signed an agreement to incorporate Unilabs’ worldwide Covid-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass. The agreement will make Unilabs one of the first major lab groups to be integrated into IATA’s Travel Pass app. Proof of a negative Covid-19 test is required by many governments as a condition of entry, and the app makes the process seamless, secure, and easy.   “Covid-19 testing will play a role in re-starting international travel. Travelers will need to understand test requirements, locate labs, verify their identity to the lab and transfer their test results to relevant ......read more

    IATA and Eurofins Partner to Boost Travel with Testing

    United Arab Emirates -  April 17, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an agreement with Eurofins to incorporate its worldwide COVID-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass. Eurofins is a leader in bio-analytical testing with 800 laboratories across 50 countries. As part of the partnership, Eurofins’ dedicated COVID-19 portfolio encompassing multiple test types and hundreds of COVID-19 sampling stations globally will be made available through the IATA Travel Pass. Amid the pandemic, coronavirus testing is required for most international travel. As part of the IATA Travel Pass initiative, Eurofins laboratories will provide secure, verified test results to travelers using the app. This result is checked against the IATA Travel Pass registry of national entry requirements to produce ......read more

    Astronaut Mohammad AlMulla with astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi

    United Arab Emirates -  April 15, 2021:   Astronaut Mohammad AlMulla, shared a great photo on his social media platforms and commented,  “In 2019, I met astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi for the first time during the Dubai Airshow.  It was an unforgettable moment that fostered my passion for space exploration. Soon, we will meet in the blue astronauts’ suit & as members of the UAE Astronaut Programme.”

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    MBRSC Teams Up with Japan's ispace on Emirates Lunar Mission

    •         Emirates Lunar Mission’s ‘Rashid’ rover to go to the Moon on ispace’s Mission 1 in 2022 •         ispace to provide payload delivery, and communication and power services for the rover •         Agreement further strengthens UAE-Japan collaboration in space exploration •         The Emirates Lunar Mission is one of the initiatives under the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build a human colony on Mars   Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2021:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc. (ispace), under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ......read more

    Airbus Further Reduces its Beluga Fleet's Environmental Impact

    United Arab Emirates -  April 14, 2021:   Airbus has taken the next step in reducing its industrial carbon footprint with the maiden flight of a Beluga super-transporter using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from the aerospace company’s Broughton plant in the UK. The north Wales line station, which uses the Beluga fleet to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg and Bremen, becomes the second Airbus European site to use SAF, after Hamburg introduced the fuel to its cargo activities at the end of 2019. “This first flight by a Beluga transporter from Broughton, partially fuelled with SAF, marks an important milestone in Airbus’ ambition to decarbonise its industrial operations,” said Tony Derrien, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Project Manager, Airbus. “Combined with our ongoing ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Announces the Names of the Second Batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme

    United Arab Emirates -  April 11, 2021:   The Emirati astronaut team strengthens the country's position in the field of space exploration and supports the Arab presence in this vital sector for the future of humanity , including the first female Arab astronaut Mohammed bin Rashid:“Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.” •         Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammed AlMulla join astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi to form a team of four under the UAE Astronaut Programme. •         The UAE Astronaut Programme embodies the vision of the country's leadership by empowering young people to ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Announces the Names of the Second Batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, Including the First Female Arab Astronaut

    The Emirati astronaut team strengthens the country's position in the field of space exploration and supports the Arab presence in this vital sector for the future of humanity   Mohammed bin Rashid: “Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.”   • Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammed AlMulla join astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi to form a team of four under the UAE Astronaut Programme. • The UAE Astronaut Programme embodies the vision of the country's leadership by empowering young people to design the next 50 years, leading to the UAE Centennial 2071. • The new batch of the UAE astronauts includes Nora AlMatrooshi, the first female ......read more

    Managing Lost Items on Aircraft No Longer a Million-dollar Headache With Worldtracer Lost and Found Property

    New solution cuts cost by 90% and significantly reduces repatriation time  United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:   SITA has launched WorldTracer Lost and Found Property, an artificial intelligence-enabled solution that solves a million-dollar headache for the air transport industry: how to quickly return items left behind on aircraft or in airports to their owners. Every year passengers leave millions of items – including phones, wallets and bags – on planes and in airports, costing the industry millions of dollars in repatriation costs. It can cost up to $95 to manage and repatriate a lost item, including registration, handling inquiries and customer calls, storage and postage.  Leveraging SITA’s WorldTracer solution, which is used in 2,200 airports by the majority of the ......read more

    IATA Urges Governments in the Middle East to Work Together to Develop a Roadmap to Restart Aviation

    United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments in the Middle East to develop re-start plans to safely re-link their citizens, businesses and economies to global markets when the COVID-19 epidemiological situation permits. IATA also called for regional coordination to ensure that the plans can be efficiently implemented and urged governments to remain vigilant about  the industry’s financial situation. “Re-establishing air connectivity will energize the economic recovery from COVID-19. With millions of jobs at risk from the prolonged shutdown, not a day should be lost once the epidemiological situation enables a re-opening. Restarting safely after a year or more in lockdown will need careful preparations. At the national level it is ......read more

    Emirates Skycargo Becomes First Air Cargo Carrier to Deliver 50 Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines to More Than 50 Destinations

    Emirates SkyCargo transports 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines Air cargo carrier transported more than 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines on over 150 flights to over 50 destinations Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  April 01, 2021:   In the run up to World Health Day (7 April), Emirates SkyCargo has become the first airline cargo carrier in the world to have transported more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on its flights. The carrier has also transported more than 100 tonnes of syringes across the world to support the delivery of vaccines. Since the start of international distribution late last year, Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines, equivalent to more than 50 million doses, on more than 150 flights from manufacturing locations to 50 destinations on its network ......read more

    Airbus to Boost “Cold” Technology Testing as Part of Its Decarbonisation Roadmap

    United Arab Emirates -  March 30, 2021:   Airbus has launched “Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator” (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of an aircraft’s electrical propulsion systems. The introduction of superconducting materials can lower electrical resistance, meaning that electrical current can supply power without energy loss. When coupled with liquid hydrogen at cryogenic temperatures (-253 degrees Celsius) electrical systems can be cooled in order to significantly increase the performance of the overall electric propulsion system. Airbus will use ASCEND to explore the feasibility of these promising technologies in order to optimise propulsion architecture ready for low-emission and ......read more

    Emirates Becomes First Airline to Operate A380 to Terminal 1 at Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport

    Airline’s inaugural service into new terminal operated by newest A380 with premium economy Emirates becomes first airline to operate A380 to Terminal 1 at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport   March 30, 2021:  Emirates has made its first A380 touchdown at Terminal 1 in Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), making it the first airline to operate the double-decker aircraft to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s latest aviation landmark. EK flight 2803 landed in Jeddah at 1810hrs yesterday and was greeted with a water cannon salute. For the inaugural A380 flight to the new world-class terminal, Emirates deployed its latest flagship featuring the much talked about premium economy seats, as well as signature enhancements across every cabin. With a generous pitch of up to ......read more

    IATA Launches EPIC to Enhance Digital Collaboration Across the Air Cargo Industry

    United Arab Emirates -  March 25, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced the launch of the IATA Enhanced Partner Identification and Connectivity (EPIC) platform to support the digitization of the global air cargo supply chain. EPIC simplifies the complex process of making digital connections across the air cargo value chain including enabling the efficient exchange of critical information such as messaging capabilities and identities. As the air cargo industry continues to digitalize, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and customs authorities need to be able to securely work together digitally. This is a considerable  challenge as today more than 40,000 freight forwarders exchange messages with more than 450 airlines, and 23 third party messaging service providers. In ......read more

    flydubai Offers Attractive Fares for the Spring and Summer Period

    The airline is offering special return fares to select destinations starting from AED 755 and attractive packages from holidays by flydubai from AED 1,899 United Arab Emirates -  March 22, 2021:   flydubai announces attractive fares to select destinations that are available to book from AED 755. In addition, holidays by flydubai packages to Africa, Central Asia, Europe, the Subcontinent and the Middle East can be booked from as little as AED 1,899 per person. Whether travelling to visit family and loved ones back home or getting ready to take a well-earned break and travel somewhere new, flydubai is offering passengers more affordable and convenient travel options. The special return fares in Business Class and Economy Class are available to book until 01 April 2021 for travel up to 30 September 2021. Terms and ......read more

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    To Celebrate ‘Happiness' Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Unveils 20% Discount On All Abu Dhabi Flights For 24 Hours

    To mark International Day of Happiness, the airline will launch exclusive 20% discount offer on 20 March across all Abu Dhabi routes 19 March 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, has unveiled a 20% discount on all its Abu Dhabi routes to mark International Day of Happiness. For a period of 24 hours, starting from 12am on 20 March 2021, tickets will be available at a discounted price on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app, also available in Arabic. Following a year of restricted travel and recent vaccination rollout, the airline is ......read more

    Cebu Pacific launches back-to-back promo with “Buy One, Get One” flights, tickets as low as AED300 from Dubai to Manila!

    With Cebu Pacific’s 5th sale this month, travellers can book for Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED300 one-way base fare, and get an additional ticket for free once they book their trip Promos run from March 19 to 21, and cover the travel period from June 1, 2021, until August 31, 2021     Dubai, UAE, 19 March 2021: In line with its 25th anniversary celebration, Cebu Pacific—the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier—holds its 5th sale this month, offering back-to-back promos with its discounted Dubai-Manila tickets and ......read more

    IATA Travel Pass Successfully Trialed on First International Flight

    United Arab Emirates -  March 18, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport of the first traveler using the IATA Travel Pass app to manage their travel health credentials.    “The successful implementation of IATA Travel Pass in this trial with Singapore Airlines passengers demonstrates that technology can securely, conveniently and efficiently help travelers and governments to manage travel health credentials. The significance of this to re-starting international aviation cannot be ......read more

    Etihad Airways Achieves IATA's Level 4 NDC Certification

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 17, 2021:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been awarded the New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 4 certification, by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). NDC enhances communication between the airline industry and travel agents, which allows for more effective merchandising, competitive propositions and product personalisation.  The NDC standard allows Etihad to transform the way its products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travellers by addressing the industry’s ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Sale to Morocco From AED 999 Return in Economy

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 15, 2021:  After Morocco’s recent addition to the ‘green list’, Etihad Airways is encouraging residents to enjoy quarantine free travel on arrival back into Abu Dhabi with the launch of its Casablanca Sale.  Valid for only 24 hours at etihad.com, fly from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca in Economy for just AED 999 return. This fare is limited to 500 seats on a first come first served basis. The sale starts at 11am on Monday, 15 March 2021 and ends at 11am on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, UAE time. Guests who book between 16 ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 to bring Aerospace and Defence Startups to Launch Pad VISTA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07 March 2021:  Dubai Airshow 2021 is excited to introduce its new dedicated startup event, VISTA, which will be the ultimate platform for innovators, creators and market disruptors to display the latest technologies and play a part in accelerating the future of the aerospace and defence industries.    The co-located event will connect startups with venture capitalists who are looking for disruptive new entrants that can out-hustle the big players. The event will be attended by national leaders, CEOs, investors, developers, technology ......read more

    Etihad Airways Extends Global Covid-19 Insurance

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 07, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has extended its COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover until 30 September 2021.  Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Airways, said: “Extending Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance reinforces the effectiveness of Etihad Wellness, the airline’s health and hygiene programme. It’s an added benefit automatically provided to all guests - no exceptions. “As Etihad continues to gradually expand its ......read more

    Etihad Airways Accelerates Transformation Plan to Mitigate Impact of Pandemic

    • 4.2 million passengers carried in 2020 with seat load factor of 52.9% • Network capacity reduced by 64% to 37.5 billion ASKs in wake of pandemic  • Industry-leading Etihad Wellness programme developed to safeguard travellers  • First airline in the world with 100% of operating flight crew vaccinated   United Arab Emirates -  March 04, 2021:   Etihad Airways has announced its financial and operating results for 2020, recording a 76% fall in passengers carried throughout the year (4.2 million, compared to 17.5 million in 2019) ......read more

    January Air Cargo Demand Recovers to pre-COVID Levels

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis. January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand ......read more

    From Bad to Worse: January Passenger Demand Falls Further

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020).  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. • Total demand in January 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 72.0% ......read more

    Kamil Al-Awadhi Takes up Role at IATA

    United Arab Emirates -  March 02, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), Kamil Al-Awadhi, took up his position today. “This is the most challenging time for air transport—in AME and around the world. The top priority is reconnecting the world when governments are able to safely re-open borders without travel restrictions. And the immediate action is supporting governments in establishing benchmarks and plans for an orderly resumption of service. The crisis has also ......read more

    Emirates to Fly Daily to Khartoum

    United Arab Emirates -  March 01, 2021:   Emirates will boost its frequencies to Sudan with the introduction of daily flights to/ from Khartoum starting on 9 March 2021. The introduction of additional frequencies will provide more options and added convenience for those wishing to travel to Dubai and beyond to Emirates' network of over 90 destinations. Emirates continues to take measured steps to safely and gradually restart operations across its network whilst prioritising the health and safety of its customers and employees across every touchpoint of the travel ......read more

    COVID-19 Cash Burn Continues -Urgent Preparations for Restart-

    United Arab Emirates -  February 25, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new analysis showing that the airline industry is expected to remain cash negative throughout 2021. Previous analysis (November 2020) indicated that airlines would turn cash positive in the fourth quarter of 2021. At the industry level, airlines are now not expected to be cash positive until 2022.   Estimates for cash burn in 2021 have ballooned to the $75 billion to $95 billion range from a previously anticipated $48 billion. The following factors play into this ......read more

    COVID-19 Has Changed the It Spending Priorities for Airports and Airlines in 2020

    SITA’s Air Transport IT Insights reveals a sharper focus on safety, automation, and efficiency   United Arab Emirates -  February 24, 2021:   The COVID-19 pandemic has refocused IT spending priorities for airlines and airports in 2020 as revenue plunged and the industry faced new health and operational requirements needed to keep flying.  Among the key findings from SITA’s 2020 Air Transport IT Insights, published today, was an accelerated investment in automated passenger processing focusing on touchless and mobile services. There was also ......read more

    Emirates Restarts Flights to Newark via Athens

    Dubai, UAE, 23 February 2021 – Emirates has announced it will resume daily services to Newark via Athens from 1st June 2021. The resumed flight will provide global travellers with another access point to the popular New York Metropolitan area, serving the large Greek-American community in the United States while offering a convenient connection to travellers headed towards the Middle East, West Asia, and Africa via Dubai.    The addition of Newark via Athens will take Emirates' US network to 10 destinations following the resumption of services to Seattle, Boston, ......read more

    Airbus Space Technology Reaches Mars

    NASA's Perseverance rover relies on Airbus built weather station and communications antenna    United Arab Emirates -  February 16, 2021:   When NASA's Perseverance rover lands on the surface of the Red Planet next Thursday, key Airbus technology will be on board: the MEDA meteorological station will provide scientists with valuable Mars weather data and the High Gain Antenna System will ensure a high-speed comms link with Earth for the duration of the MARS2020 mission. Perseverance will use seven scientific instruments to study the Martian biological ......read more

    Al-Futtaim Lexus Reveals Six Finalists for Lexus Design Award 2021

    • Shortlist gathers innovative design solutions for a better tomorrow   Dubai, UAE - 16 February 2021:  Al-Futtaim Automotive, the official distributor of Lexus in the UAE, has announced that Lexus International has recently revealed the six finalists for the Lexus Design Award 2021, each of whom will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and mentorship from renowned design leaders as they prototype their ideas with a budget of over USD 28,000 (over AED 100,000) per project. The finalists were selected by a distinguished jury from among 2,079 entries submitted by creators ......read more

    Delta World Charter Signs Lease Agreement with Fly2Sky for two Airbus A320 Aircrafts

    Dubai, UAE; February 15, 2021: Leading air charter broker Delta World Charter has signed an exclusive agreement with Fly2Sky to be the General Sales Agent (GSA) for their Airbus A320 fleet. Delta World Charter (DWC) will be managing two A320 aircrafts. Dmitriy Korshunov, CEO of Delta World Charter said: “We are thrilled to lease our first Airbus A320 aircrafts; especially in current challenging times. With this strategic partnership with Fly2Sky, Delta World Charter is now ready to operate ACMI projects, repatriation flights, as well as flights for tour operators, crew change and ......read more

    Airbus to Showcase World-Class Helicopters, Defence and Space Capabilities at IDEX 2021

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 14 February 2021:  Airbus will showcase a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, capabilities and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021.  The event is set to take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 21 - 25 February and is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.   Airbus will exhibit at stand 08B05. The company’s presence at ......read more

    SITA Injects Smart Low-touch Solutions Into Bahrain International Airport Amidst Covid-19 Recovery

    Bahrain International Airport's new Passenger Terminal includes SITA Smart Path biometrics, SITA Flex, and a sophisticated airport management system United Arab Emirates -  February 11, 2021:    Backed by SITA's state-of-the-art technology, Bahrain International Airport's (BIA) newly opened Passenger Terminal is better prepared to respond to the changing demands of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ultra-modern facility positions BIA as the most advanced boutique airport in the Gulf, increasing its capacity to 14 million passengers per year. A key focus ......read more

    Hope Probe Successfully Arrives to Mars After Complex Maneuver

    Marking the Arab world’s entry in space exploration   Hope Probe successfully arrives to Mars after complex maneuver    The UAE makes history as the first Arab nation, and fifth in the world, to reach Mars   •         Hope Probe entered Mars orbit at 7:42p.m. after critical manoeuvre •         Ground control station in Al Khawaneej received first signal from the probe at 8:08p.m. •         The Emirates Mars Mission is the first of three missions arriving at the Red ......read more

    UAE Visitors to Receive ‘Martian Ink' Passport Stamp Upon Arrival

    • ‘Martian Ink’ created from same rocks found on the Red Planet   Dubai-UAE: 9 February 2021:  Visitors arriving at UAE airports will receive a Martian Ink stamp on their passports, in commemoration to the Hope probe’s historic arrival to Mars on Feb.9.    An emblem of the country’s ambition and guiding principle that “Impossible is Possible”, the stamp – produced by the UAE Government Media Office in collaboration with Dubai Airports – is offering a memorable reminder of a new era for Arabs in time and space ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

    • Thomas Erikson revealed how to spot a psychopath, and shared his insights into how we act and react depending on our personality type.  • Bolu Babalola shared her fantastical mythical love stories from around the world before it was colonised by western culture.  • A fascinating session called Fighting the Anti-Facts Movement which featured medical experts Jay Jayamohan, Nafea Alyasi, and Rupy Aujla, who took a scalpel to conspiracy theories and misinformation.  • A celebration of My Little World: The Stories of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al ......read more

    2020 Worst Year for Air Cargo Demand Since Performance Monitoring Began in 1990

    United Arab Emirates -  February 04, 2021:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand for air cargo decreased by 10.6% in 2020, compared to 2019. This was the largest drop in year-on-year demand since IATA started to monitor cargo performance in 1990, outpacing the 6% fall in global trade in goods.    • Global demand in 2020, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 10.6% below 2019 levels (-11.8% for international operations).  • Global capacity, measured in ......read more

    2020 Worst Year in History for Air Travel Demand

    United Arab Emirates -  February 04, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to the full year of 2019, by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history. Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling sharply since late December.   • International passenger demand in 2020 was 75.6% below 2019 levels. Capacity, (measured in available seat kilometers or ASKs) declined 68.1% and load factor fell ......read more

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