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    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 regional organisations in the aviation sector.  His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman of Etihad Aviation Group, stated: "We are proud Etihad Airways is hosting the upcoming AACO Annual General Meeting for the second time since 2011. ......read more

    IFED and Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism Announce 12th World Congress of Esthetic Dentistry

    Supported by Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 29 September, 2022: The International Federation of Esthetic Dentistry – IFED, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and INDEX Conference and Exhibitions Organization Est. jointly announced that preparations are at full swing for the upcoming 12th World Congress of Esthetic Dentistry. The announcement came at a press conference held at the Conrad Hotel in Abu Dhabi to discuss matters relating to IFED 2022, which is also supported by the Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau. IFED 2022 press conference panelists in attendance were Dr. Esam Takshandi, IFED Conference Chairman; Mr. Mubarak AlShamsi, Director, Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau - Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism; and Eng. Anas Al Madani, ......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 is the first partnership GAAS has entered into to invest in aerospace assets, enabling access across the region to a digital marketplace for aviation parts through AEROBAY’s e-commerce platform. The partnership serves to provide a strong ......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 2021 achieving $204 billion in revenues. At present, however, social and economic challenges are mounting. The war in Ukraine has disrupted supply chains, jet fuel prices are high and economic volatility has slowed GDP growth. Despite this, there are ......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 providing IATA CO2 Connect for passenger flights since June this year, with actual fuel burn data of 57 aircraft types representing ~98% of the active global passenger fleet . By using airline specific data on fuel burn and load factors, it is the most ......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 on-site interventions to refresh, upgrade, maintain, and support multiple obsolete devices, such as servers.   By installing SITA Bag Manager’s cloud solution, the airport will have the capability to process around 9 million bags per ......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 Rail has concluded, ahead of schedule, the knowledge transfer programme with Deutsche Bahn (DB), Europe's largest railway operator and infrastructure owner. The partnership between the two organizations, oversaw the establishment of the joint ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone Ready to Welcome New Cargo Businesses at Cargo Village and Terminal

    26 September 2022 – Abu Dhabi, UAE: Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone (ADAFZ), a subsidiary of AD Airports, revealed that they are approaching successful completion of the Cargo Village and Terminal rehabilitation project. As part of an expansion strategy to increase cargo capacity, enhance operational capabilities and attract new business opportunities, the project has equipped the cargo facilities within ADAFZ with vital upgrades that meet the latest aviation industry standards. Among the most vital upgrades is the new cool storage facility, developed in collaboration with Etihad Airport Services and Etihad Cargo, which will enable the airport to handle temperature-sensitive air cargo, such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare and life sciences products, in optimal conditions. With a dedicated temperature-controlled area of more than ......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 event is set to be the most impressive edition to date, with a re-defined and revitalised program to take networking to a new level and drive the business aviation industry forward.  Several regional and global players have already confirmed ......read more

    Qatar Airways Wins the “Airline of the Year” Award by Skytrax for an Unprecedented Seventh Time and Takes Home Three Other Major Awards

    Airline also named World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining and Best Airline in the Middle East Fitting tribute as the Airline celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022   26 September 2022, DOHA, Qatar – As the airline proudly celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022, Qatar Airways has been named “Airline of the Year” by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax, for an unprecedented seventh time. At a glittering event in London earlier today, the leading global airline also took home three additional awards including World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining, and Best Airline in the Middle East. Qatar Airways has been named ‘Airline of the Year’ in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 and now ......read more

    Etihad Named Best Airline Staff Service In The Middle East

    Prestigious award presented by international air transport rating organisation Skytrax Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, has been awarded Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East by the international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. The accolade recognises the care and attention to detail the airline’s teams give to customers’ needs throughout their journeys. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Group Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The Etihad family is grateful for this recognition from Skytrax which underlines the ambition to offer an unmatched proposition for travellers. “As air travel comes soaring back this year, Etihad’s award-winning service aligned with a deep-seated commitment to sustainability, is proving to be a popular combination with ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Statement 23 September 2022

    Cathay Pacific welcomes the Hong Kong SAR Government’s latest measures to facilitate travel to Hong Kong, especially the decision to remove the hotel quarantine arrangement for passengers arriving in Hong Kong effective 26 September 2022. These adjustments will help boost sentiment for travel, thereby facilitating the gradual resumption of travel activities and strengthening of network connectivity to, from and through the Hong Kong aviation hub.   We intend to add more than 200 pairs of passenger flights in October to both regional and long-haul destinations. In view of Japan’s relaxation of travel restrictions for inbound visitors, Cathay Pacific will resume daily flights to Tokyo (Haneda) from 1 November and four-times-weekly flights to Sapporo from 1 December. We will also increase flight frequencies to Tokyo ......read more

    الوجهات الترفيهية السياحية الداخلية والخارجية في دبي

    تعتبر دبي واحدة من الوجهات السياحية الهامة على مستوى الشرق الأوسط والعالم أيضًا. فهي مليئة بالكثير من وسائل الترفيه التي تتيح لمواطنيها المحليين وزوارها الأجانب بالاستمتاع بأوقاتهم سواء داخل أو خارج المنزل. فهناك الكثير من الوجهات السياحية التي عليك زيارتها خلال فترة تواجدك في دبي، ومن بينها موقع رابونا للألعاب الإلكترونية  https://rabona.com/ar/ والذي يتيح لك الترفيه داخل المنزل، كما يوجد الكثير من الوجهات الترفيهية الأخرى التي يمكنك القيام بها خراج المنزل. الأنشطة الترفيهية داخل المنزل في بعض الأحيان، يضطر الزائرين لمدينة دبي إلى البقاء في المنزل لأسباب متنوعة. في هذه الحالة، تحتاج لبعض الأنشطة الترفيهية التي يمكنك القيام بها داخل محل إقامتك. يعتبر موقع الألعاب الإلكترونية رابونا واحد من الوجهات المفضلة للمواطنين المحليين والزائرين الأجانب. فهو يوفر لك ألعاب بمال حقيقي حيث تحصل على أرباح حقيقية عند الربح في أي لعبة. يضم ......read more

    Etihad Guest and Utu Partner to Bring Extra Rewards to Etihad Guest Members

    The utu and Etihad Guest partnership will allow travellers intent on discovering the world to get more out of their travel with upsized benefits and tax rebates.    Abu Dhabi, UAE -- Singapore-based travel-tech company utu (utu Pte Ltd) has announced that Etihad Guest, the frequent flyer programme of the UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways, will now allow Etihad Guest members to shop tax-free globally with the utu Tax-Free Card.   Etihad’s Vice President Loyalty & Partnerships, Kim Hardaker said, “With nearly 8 million members globally, we’re constantly innovating and expanding our network of global partners to provide even greater rewards for being an Etihad Guest member. Today, we’re pleased to join forces with utu to allow our members to earn Miles as well benefit from ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Launches New Initiative to Empower Next Generation of Aviation Professionals

    The new “ASAAS” programme will facilitate recruitment, training and development of young Emirati talent  Abu Dhabi, UAE – 20 September 2022: Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator of the emirate’s five airports, announced today the launch of “ASAAS”, a new programme that aims to attract, recruit and train Emirati university graduates who are interested in joining the aviation sector. The programme will seek to empower them with knowledge and experience in airport operations and management.  As part of this programme, the successful university graduates will receive on-the-job training over a six-month period that is fully sponsored by Abu Dhabi Airports in collaboration with leading educational institutions. The training has been designed to cover a wide range of industry-relevant subjects, ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2022 Chooses Etihad Airways As Official Airline Sponsor

    The event reinforces the position of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as a key regional hub for aviation    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Etihad Airways has been named the official Airline Sponsor of Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2022. The national carrier for Abu Dhabi will be the exclusive sponsor of the anticipated 18,000 attendee event. The airline will also support one of the key panel discussions: Making Aviation Green: Sustainability in the Aviation Ecosystem. The Abu Dhabi Air Expo supports development of Abu Dhabi as an aviation hub for general, business and commercial aviation. The conference will bring together insight and knowledge from local and international stakeholders to deliver engaging content, inspire new thinking and encourage aerospace development by attracting new players to the region. “As the ......read more

    VFS Global Rolls Out First-ever Indonesia Fast-track Visa On Arrival Service For UAE Nationals and Residents From 75 Eligible Countries

    Pre-approved Visa on Arrival introduced for the first time to make the visa application experience quick and seamless for 75 nationalities travelling for business, convention, tourism and visiting family & friends Quick and hassle-free immigration clearance and exit from the airport upon arrival in Indonesia  In-person application services available through kiosks in Dubai and Abu Dhabi Visa Application Centres   Travellers to Indonesia eligible for Visa on Arrival can now enjoy a quicker, smoother visa application journey by completing the process online, pre-departure, through VFS Global. VFS Global has entered into an exclusive agreement with TLP, the Immigration Department for Republic of Indonesia and Bank Mandiri, to provide online pre-payment of fees, fast-track access and concierge services to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Rated One of the World's Most Punctual Airlines Amid Challenging Summer

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, ranked among the most punctual carriers in the Middle East and worldwide over the peak summer period, based on data from global aviation analytics group OAG. Since April, Etihad has achieved an on-time arrival performance rating within 15 minutes of 83%. In its Punctuality League ratings since April 2022, OAG lists Etihad as one of the few airlines in the Middle East that consistently operates towards an 80% on-time arrival performance and maintains one of the lowest cancellation rates worldwide.  Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Etihad’s stable performance throughout an extremely challenging summer demonstrates our unwavering commitment to delivering our flight schedule on time and ......read more

    UAE ranked #1 Destination Across Middle East, Africa and Asia to Relocate for Expats, Reveals Cigna 360° Well-Being Survey

    • Better overall well-being and quality of life, secure job market and finances make UAE an attractive destination for expats   • UAE’s wellbeing index grew by 2.1 since 2021, the highest amongst all countries – a reflection of the country’s economic growth, proactive visa norms, and improved job opportunities   • UAE scores 68.2 on the well-being index, considerably above the global average of 62.9, followed by the USA, UK, China, Spain, and Australia   Dubai, UAE, September 15, 2022 – The United Arab Emirates [UAE] has emerged the number one destination across Middle East, Africa and Asia, and among the Top 10 global destinations out of 197 countries to relocate for expatriates, as per the annual flagship 360° Global Well-Being Survey 2022 by Cigna – the ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Expands Operations in China, Offering Additional Belly Hold Capacity to Guangzhou

    • From 10 October, Etihad Cargo will offer 30 tonnes of additional cargo capacity to China with the introduction of twice-weekly passenger services to Guangzhou   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, will reinforce its commitment to the China market with the introduction of an additional 30 tonnes of belly capacity via two new weekly direct passenger flights to Guangzhou from 10 October, subject to regulatory approvals.    With this latest addition to the carrier's network, Etihad will become the first international airline to operate long-haul passenger and cargo services to the top three Chinese gateways since the start of the pandemic.   In July, the carrier announced the introduction of direct passenger flights to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Unveils New Route to Guangzhou

    Twice-weekly flights to Chinese gateway from October 2022 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways is set to start flying to Guangzhou next month, becoming the first international airline to operate long-haul passenger services to the top three Chinese gateways since the start of the pandemic. Subject to regulatory approvals, the twice-weekly passenger service to Guangzhou will start on 10 October, initially using a two-class Boeing 777. The new route means Etihad will be offering guests convenient access to three Chinese gateways as Guangzhou is added to existing services to Shanghai which resumed in July 2020 and Beijing, which resumed in June 2022. Martin Drew, Etihad’s Senior Vice President Global Sales and Cargo, said: “We are proud to offer our guests a third destination in China as Etihad ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Focuses on Digital Transformation

    With digitalisation as a key pillar of its Next Generation, the world’s leading cargo carrier will be focusing on enhancing many of its services including booking, tracking and tracing, account management, and reporting.   DOHA, Qatar –Qatar Airways Cargo aims for reliable information, fast access, and efficient interactions in its digital transformation strategy – first and foremost with its customers in mind, but also, in equal measure, for its employees. After all, Qatar Airways Cargo is Moved by People, and provides the ultimate user experience through a combination of intelligent technology and truly personal customer care.    Digital transformation is a key point of The Next Generation concept, which consists of a whole new way of apprehending business: in the fast changing air cargo industry, ......read more

    72 Hours in Doha: Why Qatar is the Perfect Destination for a Long Weekend with the Ladies

    As September Equinox swiftly approaches, dropping temperatures across the region will see discerning jetsetters turn their minds to taking a holiday. And what better respite from the long summer than a fun-filled mini break with girlfriends? With its varied, exciting and ever-expanding array of female-only activities on offer in the capital and across the country, Qatar is the perfect choice for a long weekend away with the ladies.   With more than one million visitors set to visit Qatar for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, the country is expanding its hospitality industry at a startling pace. From marvelling at the sights of the Doha Corniche on an authentically Middle Eastern private dhow boat, to trampolining the night away with friends across the city’s attractive landmarks, Qatar Tourism reveals its ......read more

    Qatar welcomes thousands of football fans to inaugural match at stadium set to host FIFA World Cup™ Final

    Lusail stadium is set in the smart city of Lusail and minutes away from theme parks, shopping and dining destinations   Football fans from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) became the first visitors to Qatar’s intricately designed Lusail Stadium yesterday, which officially opened its doors to stage the Lusail Super Cup 2022™.  Fans cheered a showdown between Saudi Professional League champions Al Hilal SFC and Egyptian Premier League winners Zamalek SC which ended with victorious win for Al Hilal on penalties at the new 80,000-seater venue. The stadium is one of the largest in the region and will host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Final this December. Before the match, fans were treated to a spectacular set from inimitable Egyptian music artist Amr Diab. The stadium is set in the smart ......read more

    Etihad Continues to Invest in the Us Market With Increased Flights & Expanded Partnership

    ● Increased market performance and record demand lead Etihad to increase flight routes between New York and Abu Dhabi starting in November  ● Etihad enhances codeshare partnership with JetBlue to provide customers with more options  ● The airline celebrated its milestones with US partners at an event in New York City last night    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, continues to strengthen its commitment in the US market with increased flights from New York’s JFK International Airport on the heels of the launch of the airline’s new A350 aircraft, and an expanded partnership with JetBlue. Last night, Etihad invited friends and partners to an event in New York at Cipriani Downtown to celebrate the ......read more

    Gift of Umrah made seamless through Zamzam and Merit Incentives Partnership

    Dubai, UAE, 25 August 2022: Zamzam.com, the online platform facilitating Umrah booking services in the region, enters a strategic partnership with Merit Incentives to deliver on its brand promise ‘Umrah Simplified’. As part of this collaboration, Merit Incentives’ clients in the banking sector and its marketplace will equip their customers to redeem their loyalty points for Zamzam gift cards, providing all customers with the opportunity to gift their loved ones an Umrah experience. Registered users can redeem their loyalty points for a Zamzam gift card to plan their travel to Umrah and Hajj effortlessly and conveniently. In addition, customers can redeem their loyalty points on Zamzam.com to plan their pilgrimage to Mecca or visit Madina. Commenting on the partnership, CEO of Zamzam.com, Omar Seraj Akbar, said: ......read more

    Best Places to Take Pictures in Dubai

    Dubai is a city of endless possibilities, where tourists can enjoy various activities and attractions. From its stunning architecture to its luxurious hotels and resorts, Dubai is a city that truly has it all. Whether you're seeking a relaxing vacation or an action-packed adventure, Dubai is the perfect destination and a stunning place to take pictures. From its towering skyscrapers to its beautiful beaches and desert landscapes, there is truly something for everyone to capture in this city. Whether you're a professional photographer or simply taking snapshots on your phone, Dubai is a place that will leave you with a lifetime of memories. Here are the top spots for taking pictures while in Dubai:   1. The Dubai Desert This is an excellent place for taking pictures because of its vastness and emptiness. No ......read more

    Emirates A350 Fleet to Fly with Thales' AVANT Up

    • Emirates has selected Thales’ AVANT Up, the next generation inflight entertainment system for their new fleet of Airbus A350s, with deliveries beginning in 2024. • AVANT Up is a true game changer and will introduce many industry firsts to further enhance the inflight customer experience.  • Thales’ AVANT Up features 4K QLED HDR IFE screens with over one billion colors for the most cinematic viewing experience in the air, USB-C fast charging for customer devices and true personalization of the entertainment experience. • AVANT Up will enable an enhanced live television solution, Emirates passengers will enjoy a greater choice of higher definition live television and news during their flight.   Emirates, one of the largest and most prestigious international airlines, has 50 Airbus ......read more

    Air Cargo Tracks Near Pre-COVID Levels

    07 September 2022 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for July 2022 global air cargo markets showing that demand continued to track at near pre-pandemic levels in July (-3.5%), but below July 2021 performance (-9.7%).    Note: We have returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 9.7% compared to July 2021 (-10.2% for international operations). Demand stood at -3.5% compared to July 2019. • Capacity was 3.6% above July 2021 (+6.8% for international operations) but still 7.8% below July 2019 levels.  • Several factors in the operating environment should be noted: o New export orders, a leading indicator ......read more

    July Passenger Demand Remains Strong

    7 September 2022 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger data for July 2022 showing that the recovery in air travel continues to be strong.    Note: We have returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Owing to the low traffic base in 2021, some markets will show very high year-on-year growth rates, even if the size of these markets is still significantly smaller than they were in 2019.   • Total traffic in July 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 58.8% compared to July 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 74.6% of pre-crisis levels.  • Domestic traffic for July 2022 was up 4.1% compared to the year-ago period and is now driving the recovery. Total July 2022 ......read more

    The Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub to Participate in Dubai Helishow 2022

    The ninth edition of the Dubai Helishow will open on 24th October at the Dubai Harbour September 6, Dubai - Dubai Helishow 2022: the only international exhibition dedicated to the helicopter and aviation industry in the Middle East set to take place from 24th to 26th October will be crowned with the participation and support of the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH). The exhibition highlights the latest technologies, aircraft operations, and trends in the industry along with the support of vertical aviation sectors at Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South. The Dubai Helishow 2022 will be held in conjunction with the Military & Homeland Security exhibition and the Air Medical and Rescue exhibition. Organized by The DOMUS Group, Dubai Helishow will host professionals, government members, VIPs and the ......read more

    Joyalukkas Group Acquires the Luxurious Leonardo AW 109 GrandNew Helicopter

    Thrissur, 3rdSeptember 2022: World’s favourite jeweller, Joyalukkas, became the latest owner of the elegant, sleek and luxurious Leonardo AW 109 GrandNew twin-engine helicopter said to be priced at around INR 90 crore.  The helicopter’s blessing was performed by Father Brillis. Wroshipful Thrissur Corporation Mayor Mr. M.K. Varghese, Mr. Joy Alukkas (Managing Director, Joyalukkas India Limited), Mrs. Jolly Joy, Mrs. Elsa Thomas were also been a part of the ceremony along with prominent business figures. With a modern twin-engine featuring advanced technology, high performance capabilities and enhanced safety, the GrandNew Helicopter sets a benchmark for private and executive helicopter owners across the globe. The GrandNew comes with state of rye art exciting features like a luxurious Comfortable seating configuration ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Appoints Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri as New MD & CEO

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – 1 September 2022: Abu Dhabi Airports has appointed H.E. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. A seasoned business leader, Al Dhaheri’s appointment will continue the journey of success achieved by Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi for Abu Dhabi Airports, taking the organisation to the next phase of transformation to become a regional leader in airport management and operations Al Dhaheri brings more than 27 years of experience in leadership positions across several prominent companies in Abu Dhabi. For five years, Al Dhaheri was the Chief Executive Officer of General Holding Corporation (Senaat), before ending his tenure in 2020 to lead ADQ’s newly formed food and agri-tech company Silal, also as Chief Executive Officer.  Al Dhaheri is currently Chairman of the Board of ......read more

    Hong Kong's Extensive Cargo Efforts Applauded

    Cathay Pacific’s hub, Hong Kong International Airport receives top billing by the Airports Council International (ACI) UAE, 1 September 2022: Following an increase in the cargo dedication of Cathay Pacific throughout the pandemic and beyond, the award-winning airline’s hub, Hong Kong International Airport, has been recognised for its cargo proficiency.  The international airport was named the world’s busiest cargo airport, as well carrying the most tonnage for 2021, beating last year’s top-ranking Memphis International Airport, which positioned second according to the Airports Council International (ACI). ACI’s annual world rankings highlighted that HKG handled more than five million tonnes of cargo last year, an increase of 12.5 per cent on 2020. It also topped the tonnages for ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Enhances Customer Service Capabilities with Contact Centre System Upgrade

    • Etihad Cargo has transitioned to the Microsoft Dynamics 365-driven Pulse CRM to optimise response times and make it easier for customers to communicate and provide feedback   • The new system will enable Etihad Cargo's Customer Contact Centre to track all queries, improve response times and further improve customer service quality   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has enhanced its customer service capabilities with the launch of Microsoft Dynamics 365 based Pulse CRM, which will enable the carrier to meet customer demands more proactively.   Etihad Cargo's Customer Contact Centre handles over 13,000 transactions per month, including customer enquiries and feedback, bookings and information requests. As the ......read more

    Emirates Mars Mission Discovers New Kind of ‘Patchy' Mars Proton Aurora

    UAESA-NASA collaboration: EMM uncovers dayside aurora while MAVEN measures local space weather conditions Dubai, UAE: 31 August 2022: The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, has made first observations of a new type of proton aurora around Mars. The spatially variable ‘patchy’ proton aurora potentially triggers new insights into unexpected behaviours in the Martian atmosphere. The EMM team has worked together with NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN) mission to fully characterise these observations. The combination of EMM’s unprecedented global aurora images with MAVEN’s simultaneous local plasma observations opens up new avenues for understanding the drivers of Mars’ enigmatic aurora. “Our discovery of these patchy ......read more

    Saudi Arabia's Massive Airport Industry Growth Potential to be under the Spotlight

    Saudi Airport Exhibition to be held in Riyadh from November 7 Global airport industry leaders heading to the Kingdom Future Airport Development Summit to host international experts on the sidelines Debate on passenger-centric ‘airports of tomorrow’      Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 30, 2022: The global aviation industry will be heading to Riyadh in the first week of November to explore the untapped growth potential of the airport industry in the Kingdom, which is in the midst of massive expansion in line with the Saudi 2030 Vision, a unique transformative economic and social reform blueprint unveiled in April 2016.    As the largest country on the Arabian Peninsula pushes massively to expand and upgrade airport facilities to serve 330 million air travelers by 2030, the year when 60 per cent ......read more

    Trailblazing the Next Generation of Air Cargo Business

    With the launch of Next Generation, Qatar Airways Cargo is defining the future air cargo industry. Alongside digital enhancements, new products, a new website, and a new business approach in perfect alignment with today's requirements, Next Generation is, above all, a complete corporate mindset shift.  DOHA, Qatar – The world as we know it, is changing. The pandemic has challenged long-serving, traditional structures and work processes. Digitalisation is finally taking off within the air cargo industry, and the past two years have shown that resilience, courage, and embracing change yield the best results. These elements have led to the emergence of the Next Generation approach which induces a corporate mindset shift. Thanks to its many dedicated employees across the world, Qatar Airways Cargo demonstrated agility, ......read more

    Post-pandemic Recovery of Aviation in the Middle East

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    Cathay Pacific Cargo Introduces Fly Greener, the Carbon-offset Programme for Air Freight

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    Sharjah Airport receives ACI's Airports Customer Experience accreditation

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    Sharjah Airport Authority's ‘Back to School' initiative welcomes children and their families

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    WFS to Focus on Reshaping Airline Resilience Post-COVID

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    Airline Pilot Shortages on the Horizon in the Middle East

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    Caribbean Airlines Cargo is now live on CargoAi

    August 22, 2022:  Caribbean Airlines Cargo has partnered with the air cargo digital solution platform, CargoAi, and offers capacity to and from the Caribbean. Freight forwarders worldwide can now access and use www.cargoai.co for eQuotes and eBookings for all destinations served by Caribbean Airlines Cargo worldwide, including, but not limited to, Trinidad, Jamaica, Guyana, and Barbados.   "CargoAi is delighted to announce that Caribbean Airlines Cargo successfully went live on the www.cargoai.co platform on 08 June 2022. Caribbean Airlines has placed a strong focus on ......read more

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