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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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    Ajman Tourism Successfully Concludes GCC Roadshow, Forging Strategic Alliances

    Ajman, UAE - December 8, 2023 - The Ajman Department of Tourism Development (ADTD), led by His Excellency Mahmood Khaleel Alhashmi, Director General, has successfully concluded a meticulously planned and executed strategic roadshow across key destinations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) from December 4 to December 7. The primary objective of this initiative was to elevate the profile of tourism in the Emirate of Ajman, showcasing its distinctive attractions and immense potential to a discerning global audience.   In Muscat, Oman, on December 4, the Ajman Department of Tourism ......read more

    MBRSC Hosts Nasa Administrator Bill Nelson for a Unique Session on the Future of Space Exploration

    Dubai, UAE, 6 December 2023: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in partnership with the Museum of the Future hosted Senator Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator, for a session titled "Space and Beyond: The Future of Space Exploration," during his official visit to the UAE. The session featured astronauts Sultan AlNeyadi and Hazzaa AlMansoori and was attended by H.E. Martina Strong, Ambassador of the USA to the UAE, H.E. Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, and H.E. Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, along with the media and public. During the session ......read more

    Airlines Set to Earn 2.7% Net Profit Margin on Record Revenues in 2024

    6 December 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced strengthened profitability projections for airlines in 2023, which will then largely stabilize in 2024. However, net profitability at the global level is expected to be well below the cost of capital in both years. Very significant regional variations in financial performance remain.    Outlook highlights include: • Airline industry net profits are expected to reach $25.7 billion in 2024 (2.7% net profit margin). That will be a slight improvement over 2023 which is expected to show ......read more

    DXB named “World's Leading Airport” by World Travel Awards

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 06 December 2023: It’s official. Dubai International (DXB) has once again been named the "World's Leading Airport" at the prestigious 30th annual World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony, held last week in Dubai. The award solidifies DXB’s position as a global leader in the aviation industry. The award reflects the hard work and dedication of DXB’s entire team, and the airports exceptional performance over the past 12 months in various aspects of its operation, including guest experience, customer service, state-of-the-art facilities ......read more

    Emirates: Soaring Beyond Boundaries - A Journey of Luxury, Innovation, and Excellence

    Emirates, the flagship carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has redefined the world of aviation, setting unparalleled standards in luxury, innovation, and service excellence. As a symbol of the UAE's commitment to excellence, Emirates has not only connected the world but has become a byword for opulence in air travel. Join us on a journey through the clouds as we explore the facets that make Emirates a beacon of prestige, offering a travel experience that transcends ordinary boundaries. Setting the Skyline Ablaze The distinctive red, white, and green livery of Emirates has become ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand up 3.8% in October

    05 December 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for October 2023 global air cargo markets indicating the third consecutive month of stronger year-on-year demand. Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometres (CTKs*), increased by 3.8% compared to October 2022. For international operations, the demand lagged slightly at 3.5%.    Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), was up 13.1% compared to October 2022 (11.1% for international operations). This was largely related to the growth in belly capacity. International ......read more

    Passenger Demand Recovery Continues On Track in October

    6  December 2023 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the ongoing recovery in passenger demand continued in October.  • Total traffic in October 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 31.2% compared to October 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 98.2% of pre-COVID levels. • Domestic traffic for October rose 33.7% versus October 2022, driven by the triple-digit percentage growth recorded in China, and was 4.8% above the October 2019 results.  • International traffic climbed 29.7% compared to the same ......read more

    Emirates Celebrates UAE's National Day with a Double Flypast during Emirates Dubai 7s

    Dubai, UAE, 2 December 2023:  Just five days after Emirates marked the UAE’s milestone achievements in space exploration, the airline has taken to the skies again this time performing a spectacular National Day flypast during the Emirates Dubai 7s.   Flying at an altitude of just 500 feet, the iconic A380 soared over the main pitch at 3.43pm local time, adorned with Emirates’ new signature livery and delighting thousands of spectators. Exactly five minutes later the A380 glided back, saluting world-class athletes and passionate fans alike.   UAE National ......read more

    Ajman Tourism Unveils "TESLAM - UAE" Art Exhibition to Celebrate the UAE 52nd Union Day

    Ajman, United Arab Emirates – December 1, 2023: The Ajman Department of Tourism Development (ADTD) announces the launch of the "TESLAM - UAE" art exhibition, a remarkable showcase of creativity and expression, dedicated to commemorating the UAE 52nd Union Day. The exhibition is set to take place at Bahi Ajman Place Hotel, commencing with the official opening on December 1st and opening its doors to the public from December 2nd to December 8th.  The Teslam art exhibition offers a distinctive chance for both participants and visitors to convey their affection and ......read more

    Dubai Airports Celebrates Milestone in making DXB more inclusive for People of Determination

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 1 December 2023: Dubai Airports proudly marks the one-year anniversary of its ground-breaking 'We All Meet the World Differently' programme, just ahead of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December. The two-year programme, a collaborative effort with various stakeholders placing community engagement at its core, has steadfastly advanced initiatives to foster an inclusive environment across Dubai International (DXB). This aligns with Dubai's vision to be the world’s leading disability-friendly city, ensuring a ......read more

    IATA and ARC Extend Direct Data Solutions Partnership

    30 November 2023 – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) have extended their Direct Data Solutions (DDS) partnership, which offers subscribing airlines the most comprehensive global set of airline sales, market and itinerary data. Signed at the 2023 IATA World Passenger Symposium, the partnership extension ensures more than 100 global airlines will continue to have access to this critical service for years to come. DDS incorporates airline-contributed data, IATA's Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) transactions and ARC's ......read more

    Dubai Airports Joins WEF's 'Airports of Tomorrow' to Pave the Way for a Sustainable Future

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 30 November 2023: Dubai Airports, operator of the world's biggest airport for international traffic, Dubai International (DXB), has joined Airports of Tomorrow — a collaborative venture by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Airports Council International (ACI). This partnership is dedicated to steering the aviation industry toward Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, focusing on critical areas such as energy, infrastructure, and financing. Sven Deckers, Director of Strategy Planning at Dubai Airports said, “We’ve aligned with the ......read more

    Etihad to Fly Big Bird to the Big Apple

    • Etihad Airways will fly its much-loved A380 on the popular Abu Dhabi – New York JFK route from 22 April, 2024 • The superjumbo is right on time for the busy summer travel period and key corporate travel market • The Residence, the world’s only three-room suite in the sky, serves up a legendary flying experience – special promotional offer to celebrate launch   Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways is delighted to announce it will start flying its A380 double-decker to New York JFK from 22 April, 2024. Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive ......read more

    Dubai Airports Achieves Sustainability Milestone - Cutting Waste to Landfills by 60%

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 29 November 2023: Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), has announced the successful achievement of a 60% reduction in waste sent to landfills from DXB.  This achievement marks a significant leap in Dubai Airports’ broader sustainability goal to reduce DXB’s carbon footprint, while setting an industry standard and inspiring its guests to be more environmentally conscious.  Dubai Airports’ waste management initiative outlined an innovative food waste treatment plan to ......read more

    DXB Boosts Global Connectivity with the Busiest Winter Ever

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 28 November 2023:  Dubai International (DXB) has started its winter season strong, with seven international carriers launching operations to nine destinations between October and November. The addition of new services and increased frequencies are set to boost total weekly flights up to 4,400 (one-way), marking a 20% surge from the previous winter season.   DXB, the world's busiest international hub for both passengers and connectivity, according to the Airports Council International (ACI), welcomed Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Batik Air, ......read more

    Strengthened Global Framework for Accelerating Aviation's Decarbonization

    28 November 2023  – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) looks forward to governments delivering the supportive policies needed to enable aviation’s decarbonization, as agreed at the Third Conference on Aviation Alternative Fuels (CAAF/3) hosted by The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Dubai. CAAF/3 delivered critical agreement on: • A global framework to promote Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production in all geographies around the world. The aim is that aviation fuel in 2030 is 5% less carbon intensive than fossil fuel used today ......read more

    Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways Announce Frequent Flyer Partnership

    • Flying Blue and Etihad Guest members flying on Air France, KLM or Etihad Airways can now earn and redeem Miles in the loyalty program of their choice • As part of the expanded partnership announced in September 2023, Air France-KLM and Etihad Airways customers now have access to more than 60 new routes beyond Abu Dhabi, Paris and Amsterdam     Air France-KLM Group and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced a new partnership between their respective loyalty programmes following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Iconic Fly-past at Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

    Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Etihad Airways took to the skies with a spectacular fly-past today directly above Yas Marina Circuit to mark the start of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023. Etihad’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner passed over the track at an altitude of 600 ft, at precisely 16:44 and 55 seconds. The aircraft was followed by the UAE’s aerobatic stunt team, Al Fursan, with seven aircraft representing the seven emirates of the UAE. Al Fursan took a V formation shortly behind the Dreamliner, with coloured vapour trails in the red, green and black colours of ......read more

    Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed presents Trophy to Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 winner Max Verstappen

    Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed presents trophy to Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 winner Max Verstappen    Abu Dhabi, 26 November 2023: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed has presented the trophy to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2023 winner Max Verstappen. His Highness commended the organisers and partners for their role in delivering the successful global sporting event, and highlighted the event’s role in strengthening Abu Dhabi’s leading position as a global sports, tourism and entertainment hub. The ......read more

    Emirates Group receives Platinum Impact Seal in UAE Year of Sustainability from the National CSR Fund, Majra

    Dubai, UAE, 24 November 2023: The Emirates Group has been recognised as one of the UAE’s top 50 most sustainable companies, taking home the highest accolade in sustainable business impact, the Platinum Impact Seal Award from the UAE National CSR Fund, Majra. The award ceremony took place during the 2023 World with Purpose summit, which was held in Dubai for the first time on 7 November under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Economy and in partnership with the UAE National CSR Fund, Majra.   Majra’s Impact Seal is the official federal recognition that measures, ......read more

    Dubai Airports Invests in Guest Experience and Reveals Winner of the Dubai Airshow VISTA Innovation Challenge

    Co-located at Dubai Airshow 2023, VISTA is the premium start-up platform for global aerospace entrepreneurs Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 24 November 2023: Dubai Airports, operator of Dubai International (DXB), the world’s biggest international hub, has announced ROVAR as the winner of its guest experience innovator challenge hosted at VISTA at Dubai Airshow 2023.  ROVAR, a UK-based start-up, won the challenge for its future-focused smart guide, using augmented and virtual reality to enhance the guest experience. The guide offers helpful information throughout the ......read more

    VNR: Emirates A380 100% SAF Demonstration Flight

        Time Stamps:   ·       0:00-0:11 - Emirates A380 demonstration aircraft.   ·       0:12- 0:27 - SAF fuel tanker pulling up to the emirates A380 aircraft.   ·       0:28- 1:12 - Emirates A380 aircraft being fuelled with SAF.   ·       1:13-1:33 - Pilots arrive for demonstration flight, and conduct pre-flight checks and inspections.   ·       1:34-2:13 - A380 aircraft pushback for demonstration ......read more

    Emirates World's First Airline to Operate A380 Demonstration Flight with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    • First time drop-in SAF is used on an A380 with full compatibility across the aircraft’s existing system • Cross industry collaboration brings in expertise from Airbus, Engine Alliance, Pratt & Whitney, ENOC, Neste and Virent • Landmark flight was powered by 100% SAF in one of four engines to test performance     DUBAI, UAE, 22 November 2023: Emirates has become the world’s first airline to operate an A380 demonstration flight using 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Today’s flight, proudly commanded by Captain Khalid Binsultan ......read more

    Sita Steps Closer to Net Carbon Zero Vision as Science-based Emission Reduction Targets Approved

    The Science Based Targets initiative, a global collaboration that provides expert guidance and the resources organizations need to achieve net zero, has validated SITA’s near-term and long-term targets    16 November 2023 – Today, global aviation IT company SITA announced its near-term and long-term emission reduction targets were validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). The move is in line with efforts to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C, and SITA’s own commitment, made in 2022, to cut emissions and actively work to achieve a ......read more

    Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub Signs Agreement with UUDS to Open Third Facility at Dubai South

    Dubai, UAE, 16 November 2023: Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), the aerospace platform of Dubai dedicated to the advancement of the aviation industry, signed an agreement with UUDS, a leader in the business aviation industry to open its new and third facility at Dubai South.    The ceremony, which took place during the Dubai Airshow, was presided over by HE Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South. The agreement was signed by Tahnoon Saif, CEO of MBRAH, and Gilles Negre, CEO and Group Owner of UUDS, in the presence of ......read more

    Emirates collaborates with UAE GCAA's International Aviation Consulting and Training (IACT) to provide training solutions for the airline's Engineering Professionals

    Dubai, UAE, 15 November 2023: Emirates today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)’s commercial and training arm, the International Aviation Consulting and Training (IACT) at the Dubai Airshow, to curate bespoke training solutions for employees working across the airline’s engineering departments.    The MoU was signed by His Excellency Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, Director General UAE GCAA and Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Chief Operating Officer. Under the agreement, both parties will facilitate trainings ......read more

    Dubai Airports' 2023 Forecast sees DXB Soar beyond 2019 Traffic to Reach 86.8m

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 November 2023: Propelled by strong growth throughout the first three quarters of the year and anticipation of an exceptional surge in guest numbers in the final quarter, Dubai Airports is forecasting annual passenger traffic at Dubai International (DXB) to reach 86.8 million – surpassing 2019 traffic.  DXB commenced the second half of 2023 with its growth story continuing unabated, with average monthly traffic reaching 7.6 million, tracking pre-pandemic levels throughout the third quarter. The world’s largest hub recorded 22.9 million ......read more

    flydubai announces Plans for USD 190 million MRO facility in Dubai South

    • The Dubai-based carrier signs an agreement with the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) for its first purpose-built Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility by 2026 • The milestone announcement reflects the airline’s long-term commitment to further enhancing its in-house capability, which will support its growing fleet    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 November 2023: flydubai announced today, at a press conference held during the Dubai Airshow, its plans for a purpose-built USD 190 million MRO facility in Dubai South by ......read more

    Airbus and Mubadala Sign Agreement to Mentor a New Generation of Emirati Aerospace Engineers

    Dubai, 14 November 2023 – Airbus and Mubadala Investment Company have signed an agreement to provide internship opportunities for Emirati senior university students in engineering. Fatima Al Marzooqi, Director of Portfolio Emiratisation from Mubadala and Mikail Houari, President, Airbus, Africa and Middle East, signed the agreement at Dubai Airshow 2023. Over the next three years, 12 Emirati engineering students will be hosted at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France, where they will perform their internship under the supervision of Airbus experts and specialists. Fatima Al ......read more

    Emirates Headlines the Dubai Airshow's Spectacular Opening Flypast Formation

    Dubai, UAE, November 13, 2023 – Flying the flag for UAE aviation, the stunning opening flypast at Dubai Airshow 2023 once again showcased the nation’s capabilities with Emirates headlining the commercial aerial formation.   The iconic Emirates A380, the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft, was first in the aerial formation, followed by the UAE’s air display team, Al Fursan flying in V formation and trailed by their signature red, green and black smoke trails. An Emirates Boeing 777 was next in formation, followed by an Etihad Airbus 350, an Air ......read more

    airBaltic to become largest Airbus A220 Customer in Europe

    Dubai, 13 November 2023 - airBaltic will become the largest A220 customer in Europe after confirming an incremental order for an additional 30 A220-300s. This new order will take the airline’s total firm orderbook to 80 aircraft. Already operating a 44 strong fleet of A220-300s, airBaltic is currently the largest A220-300 operator in the world.   The airline’s history with the Airbus A220-300 dates back to 2016 where it was the launch customer, and in 2020, it refreshed its fleet to solely operate this aircraft type.  “This day marks a significant ......read more

    Emirates to Build New US$ 950 Million Engineering Facility

    • New facility in Dubai World Central (DWC) will be the largest and most advanced in commercial aviation, boosting Dubai’s aviation infrastructure     Dubai, UAE, 14 November 2023 – Emirates, the world's largest international airline, today announced a massive US$950 million investment to build a new ultra-modern engineering facility at Dubai World Central (DWC).   Spread over 1 million square metres, the engineering complex will be the largest and most advanced of its kind to be operated by any airline, adding a boost to Dubai’s ......read more

    Honeywell's Advanced Air Mobility Business Reaches $10 Billion in Wins to Help Build the Future of Sustainable Flight

    Honeywell Aerospace technologies will help enable global same-day delivery of cargo, faster and more sustainable flights in and around urban areas DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 13, 2023 — Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON), a global leader in aerospace innovation, has announced its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) business unit has secured contracts worth over $10 billion. Since its formation just over three years ago, the unit has developed vital partnerships with industry leaders such as Archer Aviation, Lilium, Pipistrel, Supernal and Vertical Aerospace. “This milestone is not just ......read more

    flydubai Places USD 11 billion Order for 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

    The Dubai-based carrier places its first wide-body order for 30 Boeing 787-9s at the Dubai Airshow, diversifying its current fleet of all-Boeing 737 aircraft This is the fourth aircraft order placed by the carrier since it was founded in 2008; building on the success of its business model Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 November 2023: The Dubai-based carrier, flydubai, and Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced today flydubai’s commitment to purchase 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners as the airline diversifies its fleet with the introduction of wide-body aircraft. The signing ceremony was attended ......read more

    GA-ASI Partners with EDGE to Integrate Smart Weapons Onto MQ-9B

    GA-ASI and EDGE will integrate range of Smart Weapons onto SkyGuardian®   Abu Dhabi, UAE: 13 November, 2023 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, electro-optics, and related mission systems, and EDGE, a world-leading advanced technology group for defence and beyond, announced an agreement today to integrate EDGE smart weapons onto GA-ASI’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian® RPA.   Under the agreement announced at the Dubai Airshow, the two companies will ......read more

    Dubai Airshow Welcomes Public to Watch Spectacular Daily Flying Display

    - The Skyview grandstand arena will return for the 2023 edition of the leading international aviation event   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 10 November 2023: Skyview, the purpose-built grandstand arena, will return to Dubai Airshow 2023, welcoming members of the general public, including families and children, to witness the remarkable daily flying display at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai Airshow Site, from 13-17 November. Visitors to Skyview will be able to watch all the live action from the runway, where the world’s best pilots will be flying cutting-edge ......read more

    September Passenger Demand Provides Solid End to Third Quarter

    9 November 2023:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the strong post-pandemic passenger traffic trend continued in September.  • Total traffic in September 2023 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 30.1% compared to September 2022. Globally, traffic is now at 97.3% of pre-COVID levels. • Domestic traffic hit a new high for the month of September, as traffic rose 28.3% versus September 2022 and exceeded the September 2019 level by 5.0%. • International traffic climbed 31.2% compared to the same month a year ......read more

    dnata Gears Up to Support one of the World's Biggest Airshows

    Dubai, UAE, 10 November 2023: dnata, a leading global air and travel services provider, is gearing up to play an important role at the highly anticipated Dubai Airshow which will take place at Dubai World Central (DWC) between 13-17 November. As a key strategic partner of Dubai Airports, dnata is set to collaborate closely with authorities and organisers to ensure safe and efficient airside operations throughout the event. dnata will allocate an impressive fleet of 100 pieces of ground support equipment (GSE) and over 30 dedicated staff to support service delivery for a seamless ......read more

    Airbus Reports Nine-Month (9m) 2023 Results

    • 488 commercial aircraft delivered in 9m 2023 • Revenues € 42.6 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 3.6 billion • EBIT (reported) € 2.7 billion; EPS (reported) € 2.96 • Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € 1.0 billion • Charges on certain satellite development programmes • Guidance maintained     09 November 2023 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for the nine months ended 30 September 2023.   “We continue to make progress on ......read more

    Dubai Airshow Set to Advance Talent and Localisation through NextGen and “Make it in the Emirates" Features

    - The 18th edition of Dubai Airshow focuses on talent development and localisation to signify key areas of development in regional aerospace, space and defence industries   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 8 November 2023: Dubai Airshow 2023 is set to be a platform where innovation takes flight and ground-breaking ideas become reality. With the dynamic convergence of NextGen Leaders and the "Make it in the Emirates" features, this year's event promises to be a game-changer, driving transformative change across the aerospace and defence ......read more

    Air Cargo Demand up 1.9% in September, Sustaining Moderate Growth Momentum

    08 November 2023 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for September 2023 global air cargo markets, showing continuing demand recovery.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), increased by 1.9% compared to September 2022 levels (+1.6% for international operations).  • Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), was up 12.1% compared to September 2022 (+11.0% for international operations). Growth was largely related to international belly capacity which rose 31.5% year-on-year as airlines ......read more

    Obtaining Slovenian ID Card with the Help of Migration Centr

    Learn about the procedure of obtaining Slovenian citizenship. Benefits of a Slovenian passport and reviews about Migration Centr How to get Slovenian ID-card with Migration Centr? Slovenia, like other EU states, beckons immigrants with the promise of a fulfilling life for those seeking legal and long-term relocation. Acquiring European Union citizenship offers an array of benefits, surpassing those of RP or PRP, and it remains valid for an extended duration. For a seamless relocation to Slovenia or any other EU country, entrust your journey to migration experts like MigrationCentr. ......read more

    Get your Nissan vehicles winter-ready with Al Masaood Automobiles' free Friday Check-ups

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 6 November 2023 – Al Masaood Automobiles, the authorized distributor of Nissan cars in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and the Western region is launching complimentary vehicle check-ups for Nissan owners. The “Free Friday Check-ups” will be available every Friday between November 1st and December 31st, 2023, and will include an essential safety check, as well as battery, lights, and air filter examinations.  With winter fast approaching, and people gearing up for outdoor adventures, Al Masaood Automobiles wants to ensure the smoothest, safest, and most ......read more

    First Emirates Flights cleared for Take-off with SAF from Dubai

    DUBAI, UAE 6 November 2023 – The first Emirates flights operating with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) provided by Shell Aviation have taken off from Dubai International Airport (DXB). Emirates’ flight EK 412 bound for Sydney on 24 October was among the first to operate with SAF.   Shell has supplied 315,000 gallons of blended SAF for use at the airline’s hub in Dubai. This first ever supply of SAF to Emirates in Dubai has enabled the airline to power a number of missions over the course of the last few weeks.    The blended SAF supplied by Shell ......read more

    Dubai International Hosts Top Aviation Decision makers at IATA's 153rd Slot Conference

    Dubai Airports’ sponsorship reaffirms its commitment to driving industry growth  DUBAI, UAE: 6 November 2023: Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), today announced its sponsorship of IATA’s 153rd Slot Conference, which will bring together key stakeholders from the global airline and airports community to Dubai. Taking place from November 14th to 17th at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), this edition marks the first time the Slot conference will be hosted in Dubai.  Dubai Airports will be the host airport for ......read more

    UPS Releases 3Q 2023 Earnings

    • Consolidated Revenues of $21.1B, Compared to $24.2B Last Year • Consolidated Operating Profit of $1.3B; Adjusted* Consolidated Operating Profit of $1.6B • Consolidated Operating Margin of 6.4%; Adj. Consolidated Operating Margin of 7.7% • Diluted EPS of $1.31; Adj. Diluted EPS of $1.57, Compared to $2.99 Last Year   UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced third-quarter 2023 consolidated revenues of $21.1 billion, a 12.8% decrease from the third quarter of 2022. Consolidated operating profit was $1.3 billion, down 56.9% compared to the third quarter of 2022, ......read more

    Leveraging Technology for Climate Resilience in Aviation

    Aviation plays a crucial role in connecting people and places all around the world. As extreme weather events become more frequent and intense across the globe because of climate change, airports, aircraft, and flight operations are increasingly vulnerable. The impact of climate change on aviation The aviation industry has recognized the urgency of addressing climate change and has committed to achieving carbon net-zero by 2050. In support of the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, the industry has a four-pronged strategy to curtail emissions . Regional ......read more

    Dubai Customs Thwarts Clever Drug Smuggling at Dubai Airport

    Dubai – 2 November 2023: Some people think that due to the high volume of travelers coming to Dubai, it might be easier to smuggle prohibited substances. However, Dubai Customs officers are closely monitoring and actively countering any attempts of smuggling. A prime example of their success is when inspectors from the Passenger Operations Department at Dubai International Airport apprehended a traveler arriving from a European country who was trying to smuggle various small drugs that were cleverly concealed within his luggage, making them hard to detect. The items included 292 ......read more

    Dubai Airshow Prepares for Biggest Event on Record

    - Visitors expected to be higher compared to 104,000 at the last edition - Increased exhibitor numbers further reflect growth of the aerospace and space industries   DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 2 November 2023: As global players from across the aerospace, space and defence spectrum prepare to gather in less than 2 weeks, this year’s Dubai Airshow is set to be the biggest on record, with 1,400+ exhibitors from 95 countries and visitor numbers expected to grow from last year’s edition.  The 18th edition of the Airshow presents an opportunity to welcome ......read more

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