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IATA Releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance

21 February 2019 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continuing safety improvements over the long term, but an increase in accidents compared to 2017.   • The all accident rate  (measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.35, which was the equivalent of one accident for every 740,000 flights. This was an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.79 for the previous 5-year period (2013-2017), but a decline compared to 2017’s record performance of 1.11.    • The 2018 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) was 0.19, which was the equivalent of one major accident for every 5.4 million flights. This was an ......read more

Emirates to launch new service to Porto

Four times weekly service Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal Travellers in northern Portugal will have direct access to Emirates’ global network via Dubai DUBAI, U.A.E., 20 FEBRUARY 2019 – Emirates announced today it will launch a four times weekly service between Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from 2 July 2019. Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Emirates’ new service will provide travellers in northern Portugal, a ......read more

Upswing in investments in Middle East for efficient Air Traffic Control

ATC market to be worth US$56.07 billion by 2022 In 2030, 1.85 million flights annually to and from UAE 2.34 million aircraft movements at 36 ME airports in 2025 Dubai, February 20, 2019: If you are thinking the skies don’t have traffic jams for airliners, you are wrong - at least, for now. The airline industry made history by registering its busiest day ever when a record-making 202,157 flights were monitored criss-crossing the skies the world over in June last year. More than 19,000 flights at once at the day’s peak were recorded. A year earlier, it was found that there were on average 9,728 planes in the air at any moment, carrying 1.27 million passengers. The civil aviation industry has been grappling with crowded skies. Air Traffic Control (ATC) plays a crucial role globally taking into account the fact that ......read more

ABU DHABI'S CALIDUS MAKES PROGRESS ON AIR AND LAND

Company reports further development of B-250 light attack aircraft  and reveals details of new Wahash infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)  FEBRUARY 18, 2019 – Calidus LLC today unveils details of its new Wahash infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and reports further progress in development of its B-250 light attack aircraft. As a fast-growing defense-technology pioneer based in Abu Dhabi, Calidus is working to strengthen the capabilities of the UAE defense industry. “Our products fill an important need among many military forces for solutions that are both cutting-edge and cost-effective. This is our message and IDEX 2019 provides an ideal platform from which to share it,” said Abdulla Alsayed Alhashmi, Calidus senior vice-president. “The Calidus team has made tremendous strides in the four years ......read more

Defence spending on the up in the Middle East

Dubai Airshow To Host Defence Delegations and Exhibitors Dubai, UAE. 17 February 2019: The Middle East is cited by Deloitte as one of the key regions that are expected to contribute to industry performance in the near term, in its 2019 global aerospace and defence industry outlook. It states that defence spending in the region is expected to increase as oil prices stabilise at much higher levels compared to recent years. The Dubai Airshow has a well deserved reputation for representing all sectors of the aerospace industry and the 2019 edition, taking place 17-21 November at DWC, Dubai Airshow Site, will be no exception.  At the Dubai Airshow 2017, the UAE Ministry of Defence spent more than $4 billion on new products, services and technologies from a range of companies that were exhibiting at the event. “The great ......read more

Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380 fleet, sign new widebody orders

Emirates to reduce its A380 orderbook by 39 aircraft Orders 40 A330neo and 30 A350s Last delivery of A380 scheduled for 2021   Dubai UAE, 16 February 2019 - Following a review of its operations, and in light of developments in aircraft and engine technologies, Emirates is reducing its A380 orderbook from 162 to 123 aircraft. Emirates will take delivery of 14 further A380s over the next two years. As a consequence and given the lack of order backlog with other airlines, Airbus will cease deliveries of the A380 in 2021.   Emirates has also decided to continue growing with Airbus’ newest generation, flexible widebody aircraft, ordering 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft.   “As a result of this decision we have no substantial A380 backlog and hence no basis to sustain production, ......read more

Turkish Airlines introduces its new The LEGO® Movie 2 Inflight Safety Video, before moving its monumental new home base, Istanbul Airport.

14th February 2019 Turkish Airlines, flying passengers to more global destinations than any other airline, preparing for a brand new journey set to be started with its move to its new state-of-the-art home base, Istanbul Airport, continues its partnership with The LEGO® Movie franchise with the recent digital debut, of a new fun and original safety video. It stars characters from the latest big-screen animated LEGO adventure, The LEGO Movie 2, from Warner Bros. Pictures, in theaters worldwide beginning February 8, 2019.  Back in August 2018, Turkish Airlines debuted the first-ever LEGO passenger safety video, which was also inspired by the LEGO Movie franchise.  The video topped the viral charts with 20 million views in just one month and then brought home the gold at the 2018 Clio Entertainment Awards. In tandem ......read more

Emirates signs deal for 40 A330-900s, 30 A350-900s

Airbus and Emirates reach agreement on A380 contract – with the airline to receive 14 more A380s by end 2021, bringing its total A380 order book to 123 units Dubai, UAE, 14 February 2019 – Emirates airline today announced an order for 40 A330-900 aircraft, and 30 A350-900 aircraft, in a heads of agreement signed with Airbus. The deal is worth US$ 21.4 billion at list prices. The latest generation Airbus A330neo and A350 aircraft, will be delivered to Emirates starting from 2021 and 2024 respectively. In addition, Airbus and Emirates reached an agreement on outstanding A380 deliveries. The airline will receive 14 more A380s from 2019 until the end of 2021, taking its total A380 order book to 123 units. Commenting on the agreement on A380 deliveries, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief ......read more

Ethihad Airways to Deploy Latest Generation 787 Dreamliners on all its Flights to China

 Chengdu to be served daily with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from 1 July 2019  Shanghai to be upgraded to larger 787-10 Dreamliner from 1 July 2019    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 14 February 2019:  Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Chengdu, effective 1 July 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the route. Also from 1 July, the airlines’ daily service from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai will be upgraded from the 787-9 to the larger 787-10 Dreamliner.    Once the changes take effect, the airline will fly all 28 weekly services to China’s four main gateways – Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong – with the next generation Dreamliner aircraft.    The 787-9 service to ......read more

DC Aviation Group completes major maintenance check on Challenger 850 aircraft

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 14, 2019: Stuttgart headquartered DC Aviation Group (DCA), the German joint venture partner of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), has successfully completed a full 96-month major check on a Challenger 850 aircraft.  The comprehensive maintenance work which was carried out at DCA’s Maintenance Service Centre located at Stuttgart Airport, included a full cabin refurbishment, using choice wood, finest leather and plush carpets. Exterior work included a landing gear and wheel overhaul as well as new exterior painting.  In addition, future mandates which include ADS-B Out modification and complex AD’s including TOSE/LWTAIS were successfully completed. According to the Surveillance Performance and Interoperability regulation (SPI IR), all aircraft with a maximum take-off mass in ......read more

Airbus to participate in the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2019

#Airbus #IDEX    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 February 2019: Airbus will display a wide portfolio of products and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) taking place in Abu Dhabi from February17-21.   As one of the largest defence and security exhibition, IDEX offers an ideal platform to showcase Airbus’ capabilities and to connect and engage with international delegates and key decision-makers from the region including government heads, military and armed forces representatives.   Airbus Defence and Space will display a mock up of the A330MRTT, the aircraft that dominates the transport/tanker market outside the USA and has been ordered by 12 nations including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. A total of 35 aircraft have been delivered ......read more

Aime and MRO Middle East end on the up

AIME and MRO Middle East See Deals, Announcements and Product Launches Dubai, UAE. 13 February 2019: Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East closed today after a successful two-day run encompassing product launches, deals and announcements that demonstrate the aerospace industry in the region is still the place to do business. The co-located events attracted 5004 attendees keen to interact with 330 exhibitors representing the region’s best MRO and aircraft interiors companies. In particular, airline buyers from 71 airlines from the Middle East and Europe took the opportunity to learn more about the technologies, products and services available from existing and new contacts across the entire supply chain. Abdul Khaliq Saeed, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering, said, “This is the best platform for us to ......read more

Turkish Airlines won the “Lease Deal of the Year Award” at Airline Economics Aviation 100 Global Leaders Awards, and the “Aircraft Tax Lease of the Year” at Global Transport Financ

Dubai UAE, February 12th, 2019   Turkish Airlines has been awarded “Lease Deal of the Year Award” by Airline Economics in the Awards Gala took place in Dublin on the 21st of January. In addition to this, the national flag carrier of Turkey has been also awarded “Aircraft Tax Lease of the Year” by Global Transport Finance in the Awards Gala took place in London on 31st of January, for the financing of its brand new B777-Freighter aircraft delivered in November 2018, with a total financing amount of 110 million Euros. The structure is an innovative, complex and unique French Tax Lease.    Commenting on those awards, Turkish Airlines Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Murat Şeker said; “First of all, I would like to thank both the Airline Economics and Global Transport Finance on ......read more

Etihad Airways engineering and satair sign Memorandum of Understanding at MRO Middle East

12 February 2019 - Dubai UAE Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Etihad Airways Engineering, the largest commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services provider in the Middle East, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Satair, one of the world’s largest aviation spares and solution providers. The signing ceremony took place at MRO Middle East 2019 in Dubai with Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways Engineering and Terry Stone, Managing Director and Head of Sales and Support EMEA, Satair. Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Etihad Airways Engineering said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Satair and look forward to strengthening it further with this new MoU. As we continue to expand our extensive MRO capabilities and expand our global presence, this partnership will help us ......read more

Emirates celebrates 20 years of operations in Lahore and Islamabad

DUBAI, UAE: 12 February 2019 – Emirates has marked 20 years of successful operations in Lahore and Islamabad, two of Pakistan’s most populous cities. The award-winning airline has recorded solid year-on-year growth in Lahore and Islamabad over the years, carrying more than 8.4 million passengers on both routes in the last two decades.  Emirates’ hub, Dubai, has emerged as the most popular destination for passengers traveling from Lahore and Islamabad. Religious travel to Jeddah, Medina and Baghdad was also very frequent over the years while London, New York, Manchester and Birmingham were popular among leisure and business travellers. Jabr Al-Azeeby, Vice President Pakistan, Emirates Airline said: "We are embarking on a real milestone as we celebrate 20 years of service to Islamabad and Lahore.  ......read more

Etihad Airways to introduce Airbus A380 on daily Seoul service

February 11, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Effective 1 July 2019, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its daily service linking Abu Dhabi and Seoul. The South Korean capital’s Incheon airport now joins London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, New York JFK and Sydney as a destination served by the airline’s award-winning aircraft. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Since launching our services to Seoul Incheon in December 2010, the route has proved tremendously successful and we have welcomed over 1.2 million guests on our flights to and from Korea since then. This reinforces the strong ties between our two countries, and the importance Etihad continues to place on the Korean market. “The introduction of our award-winning Airbus A380 will provide ......read more

Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies Recognized by Airport Council International

10th February 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), the training arm of Abu Dhabi Airports, has been recognized and awarded by the Airport Council International (ACI). GCAS was recognized as the best performing ACI training center in the Asia-Pacific Region, with the highest number of students trained in 2018. The award was presented by Kevin Caron, Director, Capacity Building Programs at ACI and received by Zamzam Al Hammadi, General Manager GCAS during a special ceremony at the center’s headquarters, located at Al Bateen Executive Airport in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi. Commenting on the award, Zamzam Alhammadi, General Manager GCAS, said: “It is an honor to be recognized by the ACI as the best performing ACI training center in the Asia-Pacific Region. We are dedicated to raising aviation ......read more

Healthy Passenger Demand Continues in 2018 with Another Record Load Factor

7 February 2019 United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for 2018 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by a healthy 6.5% compared to full-year 2017. Although this represented a slowdown compared to the 2017 annual growth of 8.0%, it was another year of above-trend growth. Full year 2018 capacity climbed 6.1%, and load factor edged up 0.3 percentage point to a record 81.9%, exceeding the previous high set in 2017.  December RPKs rose 5.3% against the same month in 2017, the slowest year-over-year pace since January 2018 and a continuation of the trend that saw demand growth decelerate to an annualized rate of 5% over the course of the 2018 second half compared to a 9% pace in the first half.  “2018 was another ......read more

Etihad Airways and Royal Jordanian Announce New Codeshare Partnership

Etihad Airways to codeshare on Royal Jordanian services to select points in Europe, North Africa and Canada Royal Jordanian customers to have access to Etihad destinations across Asia and Australia   February 07, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Jordanian flag carrier, Royal Jordanian, have announced a new codeshare partnership which will provide their customers with greater access to key leisure and business destinations in North Africa, Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia. The codeshare flights will be open for sale on 7 February 2019, with the first travel date from 15 February.    This is the first such partnership between the two airlines, who offer multiple daily services between their respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Amman. The ......read more

Treat your loved one to a romantic Venetian gondola cruise at Riverland™ Dubai on 14 Feb

Dubai, 7 February 2019: Looking to surprise your loved one with an unforgettable experience on 14 February? Riverland™ Dubai, the charming dining and entertainment locale at Dubai Parks and Resorts offers couples the chance to celebrate the most romantic day of the year with an enchanting gondola ride, followed by a dinner under the stars in the classic Venetian flat-bottomed boat. Treat your loved one to this memorable 45-minute to 1 hour private cruise that includes a sumptuous dinner for two, priced at AED500 per couple. The picturesque private gondola ride down the river past the medieval French Town is a great way to celebrate the occasion. The special experience is available until 16 February. Riverland™ Dubai is a uniquely themed dining and entertainment destination showcasing four different zones. The French ......read more

Air Freight Demand Ends Year Up 3.5%, Despite Softening Late 2018

6 February 2019  (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released full-year 2018 data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) grew by 3.5% compared to 2017. This was significantly lower than the extraordinary 9.7% growth recorded in 2017.     Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 5.4% in 2018, outpacing annual growth in demand. This exerted downward pressure on the load factor but yields proved resilient.    Air cargo’s performance in 2018 was sealed by a softening in demand in December. Year-on-year, December demand decreased by 0.5%. This was the worst performance since March 2016. Freight capacity, however, grew by 3.8%. This was the tenth month in a row ......read more

WTM London 2018 Facilitates a Record £3.4 Billion in Travel Industry Deals

WTM London 2018, the event where ideas arrive, will generate a record £3.4 billion in travel and tourism industry deals, surpassing the figure of £3.1 billion from WTM London 2017. February 5, 2019 Dubai United Arab Emirates:  The global travel and tourism industry continues to grow with more than £1.4 billion trips predicted to taking place globally in 2019, with the number predicted to rise to £1.8 billion by 2030. Inbound tourism to the UK is approaching 40 million trips annually, while Brits make almost 73 million outbound trips each year. WTM London 2018 reflected this growth with an increase in visitors of more than 4% to a record 32,462, with the event seeing a total of almost 89,000 (88,742) visits from 51,409 participants. In total 4,664 exhibitors from 182 countries and regions took part in ......read more

Now Boarding from MIA: Facial Recognition Departures

Lufthansa is first airline to replace boarding passes for cameras on flights from Miami Dubai, UAE – 4 February 2019 – Passengers departing from Miami International Airport to Munich on Lufthansa flight 461 can now board with the quick click of a camera instead of a boarding pass and passport, thanks to the airport’s launch of biometric exit technology last week.  “MIA continues to explore innovative ways of streamlining and expediting the travel experience for visitors to our community,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I look forward to seeing biometric exit technology expand throughout MIA and enhance the level of customer service for its passengers.”  Through a partnership between MIA, Lufthansa, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and global air ......read more

Aircaft Interiors Market to Reach $40.2 Billion by 2025

Driving Factors Include Increased Orders, Passenger Traffic Growth and Retrofitting February 04, 2019 - Dubai, UAE The aircraft interiors market is predicted to be worth $40.2 billion by 2025, according to marketsandmarkets. With the industry seeing such growth, Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME), returning to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) 11-12 February for its tenth edition, is yet again set to provide the ideal platform for solution providers and suppliers to meet with representatives of airlines from around the world. AIME traditionally attracts global airline representatives and the 2019 edition is no exception, with representatives from KLM, Air France and Tunisair confirmed to attend the two day event alongside those from Etihad, Emirates and Oman Air. One of the key drivers for industry growth is increased ......read more

Emirates Forges Codeshare Partnership with China Southern Airlines

Emirates’ first codeshare partnership with a Chinese carrier Agreement with China’s largest airline covers 18 routes including domestic points in China and Middle Eastern and African destinations, complementing expansive networks of both airlines   Dubai, U.A.E, 2 February 2019 - Emirates and China Southern Airlines (IATA code: CZ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to progress a comprehensive reciprocal codeshare agreement, which is set to open up new destinations for passengers travelling between China and the Middle East and Africa. The partnership with the Guangzhou-based carrier also allows Emirates’ passengers to enjoy seamless connectivity on domestic flights within China, adding eight new destinations to its global network. The Chinese cities covered by the codeshare agreement ......read more

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Leading Aviation Engineering Companies Team Up to Form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance…

Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2019:  A group of significant players in the aviation industry are cooperating to form a new alliance in the field of aircraft modification. As leading companies in the retrofit industry, Etihad Airways Engineering, EAD Aerospace, Lufthansa Technik and Envoy Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to form the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance ......read more

Stretch, relax and rejuvenate: Cathay Pacific opens The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga…

Hong Kong’s home airline creates dedicated yoga and meditation space at The Pier Business Class lounge   Dubai, UAE, January 30, 2019:  A visit to Cathay Pacific’s Business Class lounge at The Pier in Hong Kong has just become even more beneficial for mind, body and soul following the opening of The Sanctuary by Pure Yoga.   Designed in partnership with The ......read more

Turkish Airlines Expands Its UAE Reach with New Route from Sharjah International Airport…

The April 2019 launch reinforces the airlines status of flying to more international destinations than any other in the world   Dubai, UAE, January 29, 2019:  Turkish Airlines has announced another milestone in its international expansion with the launch of direct flights between Sharjah and its Istanbul hub. With existing services from Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum ......read more

Emirates serves over 20,000 plant-based meals on board during ‘Veganuary'…

Requests for vegan meals on board increase by over 40% in January Dubai, UAE, 29 Jan 2019:  Emirates served over 20,000 plant-based meals across all classes in January, known to Vegans worldwide as Veganuary. The worldwide movement, to encourage Veganism especially in January has seen on board requests for vegan meals increase by over 40% this month.  The airline caters to all ......read more

flydubai goes to Tashkent…

flydubai becomes the first UAE-based airline to operate direct flights to Uzbekistan With the launch of five flights a week to Tashkent, flydubai will offer 33 weekly flights to seven points in Central Asia   The new destination will operate as a codeshare route with Emirates with a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 January 2019:  ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group Participates in Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS)…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 28 January, 2019:   Etihad Aviation Group is participating in the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS) held over three days in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The summit is an opportunity for aviation leaders and experts from around the world to gather and explore investment opportunities, hear from subject matter experts and showcase the ......read more

Vibrant and innovative French firms reiterate their loyalty to Aircraft Interiors & MRO Middle East…

February 10-11 2019 , Dubai World Trade Centre   Dubai, UAE, January 27, 2019:   For the 8th year in a row and in an increasingly favorable business environment, BUSINESS FRANCE, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, with the support of the Occitanie Region, organizes the French Pavilion at the Middle East’s leading ......read more

Etihad Launches Innovative E-learning Module Ahead of Special Olympics World Games…

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Dubai Tourism Waives Requirement for Industry Stakeholders to Register Their Public Relations ...…

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Emirates Aviation University to partake in Global Investment in Aviation Summit…

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Etihad Airways Records Successful Year for On-Time Performance (OTP) at Hub and Across Network…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, January 24, 2019:  Etihad Airways has posted its best December operational on-time performance (OTP) results since 2010, concluding a successful year for its flight operations.  In 2018, the airline recorded network punctuality of 82 per cent for flight departures and 84 per cent for arrivals – results that place Etihad Airways as one of ......read more

Emirates Skywards opens new one-stop centre to serve programme members at Dubai International ...…

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His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Attends Sita Regional 2019 Kick Off…

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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Signs MoU with General Authority of Islamic ...…

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Emirates to operate scheduled A380 service to Amman…

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Turkish Airlines reached the 80.2% Load Factor in December 2018.…

January 14, 2019:  Turkish Airlines, who has recently announced its passenger and cargo traffic results for December 2018, reached 80.2% load factor in that month. Growth in the number of passengers, revenue per kilometer and load factor, is an important indicator of the continued growing interest in Turkey and Turkish Airlines at the end of the year as well.    According to ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports sponsors the UAE Sport Talent Fund…

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Revamped agenda in 2019 for GALF…

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Choose to Start the Year Right With Etihad's Global Sale…

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Airbus achieves new commercial aircraft delivery record in 2018…

Deliveries total 800 aircraft, 11 percent higher than in 2017 Net orders total 747, backlog increases to 7,577 aircraft Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2019:  Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) delivered 800 commercial aircraft to 93 customers in 2018, meeting its full year delivery guidance and setting a new company record. Deliveries were 11 percent higher than the previous record of ......read more

Solid but Moderating Passenger Demand in November…

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First 14 airlines confirmed for inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa forum…

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Air Freight Demand Flat in November…

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19 reasons to fly with British Airways in 2019…

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