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Tracking Bags Drives 66% Improvement in Baggage Delivery

Improvement reflects benefit of tracking bags as they are loaded onto the aircraft  Abu Dhabi, UAE – 24 April 2019:  Airlines that are adding tracking at more points of the baggage journey are enjoying a huge improvement in bag delivery globally. The SITA 2019 Baggage IT Insights – officially launched at an event in Abu Dhabi International Airport today – shows that where tracking is done at check-in and loading onto the aircraft, the rate of improvement is as high as 66%.  These results come as the record drop in the baggage mishandling rate achieved globally over the past decade plateaus, with the rate steady at around 5.7 bags per thousand passengers over the past three years. In 2018, the rate was 5.69 per thousand passengers.  Over the past year, an increasing number of ......read more

The Region's First Single-use Plastic Free Flight by Etihad Airways Touches Down in Brisbane on Earth Day

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 23 April 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is the first airline in the region to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board, in a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution. Flight EY484 landed in Brisbane on 22 April – Earth Day.     The milestone flight is part of Etihad’s ongoing commitment to the environment, to go beyond Earth Day celebrations, and pledge to reduce single-use plastic usage by 80 per cent not just in-flight, but across the entire organisation by the end of 2022.  Etihad identified over 95 single-use plastic products are used across its aircraft cabins.  Once removed from the Earth Day flight, Etihad prevented over 50 kilograms of plastics from being ......read more

Turkish Cargo continued its growth in a shrinking air cargo market.

Turkish Airlines’ successful air cargo brand, Turkish Cargo managed to increase its cargo tonnage by 9.6 percent in February despite the shrinking in the global air cargo sector. The air freight company steadily continues towards its goal of becoming one of the top five of the world’s air cargo brands.   Dubai, UAE, April 21, 2019:  Continuing its growth during the 2019 which also had the world’s biggest moving operation, Turkish Cargo managed to rise to the 7th spot in the WACD (World Air Cargo Data) with 9.6 percent increase in its tonnage despite the 5.8 shrinkage in the air cargo market along with 5.7 percent fall in the demand according to IATA (International Air Transport Association) reports during January and February.   Successful air cargo brand increased its market share in the sold ......read more

Big growth in Hosted Buyers for Airport Show-2019

Airport Show expecting 211 Hosted Buyers from 30 countries Airport Security ME expecting 46 Hosted Buyers from 17 countries  Air Traffic Control expecting 32 Hosted Buyers from 16 countries 42 new international exhibitors to tap MENASA region Airport Show to have 375 exhibitors from 60 countries Dubai, April 22, 2019:   The 19th edition of the world’s largest annual airport exhibition in Dubai later this month will see a record participation of 211 Hosted Buyers, reconfirming its strong position as an ultimate B2B event and reflecting the immense business opportunities in the Middle East region. Held from 29 April to 1 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation ......read more

Emirates expands its A380 network with the introduction of scheduled service to Riyadh

A380 service effective from 21 April Riyadh to become 51st destination on Emirates A380 network Dubai, UAE, 18 April 2019:  Emirates will be providing more options and choice for its customers in Riyadh with the introduction of the first scheduled Airbus A380 service to the capital city, effective 21 April 2019. Riyadh will be the 51st destination to join the Emirates A380 network. Flight EK 817/818, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will now be operated by the iconic and highly popular Emirates A380. The Emirates A380 aircraft will be operating on the route five times a week. Emirates flight EK 817 will depart Dubai at 1850hrs, arriving in Riyadh at 1935hrs. The return flight EK 818 leaves Riyadh at 2125hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0035hrs the next day. The deployment of the iconic double-decker aircraft will ......read more

Emirates announces an interline agreement with Africa World Airlines

New agreement will connect passengers to West African destinations Dubai, U.A.E, 16 April, 2019:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and Africa World Airlines (AWA), the Ghanaian airline headquartered in Accra, have announced a one-way interline agreement whereby Emirates customers can connect onto selected routes of Africa World Airlines’ network, opening up new African destinations for Emirates customers from May 2019. “The agreement between Emirates and Africa World Airlines underpins our commitment to provide greater connectivity across West Africa. This partnership will allow us to further extend West Africa via the selected domestic and regional routes of Africa World Airlines,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Africa. "Africa ......read more

Ajman Free Zone showcases business benefits to Russian investors

AFZ representatives exhibit and speak at the BOSCO conference in Moscow highlighting wealth of advantages for investors in the Emirate Dubai, UAE, April 15, 2019:   Representatives from Ajman Free Zone showcased the benefits of establishing a business in Ajman to a Russian delegation at the BOSCO Conference in Moscow this week, held at the Marriott Grand Hotel.  Bosco Conference events are well known for their annual international VIP-class conferences, InvestPro and WealthPro, which the company holds in the countries of the European Union, the Middle East, the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.  Ajman Free Zone has attended previous events held in the UAE, Russia and Azerbaijan.  The conference’s speakers and partners are the world's leading experts in providing corporate and banking ......read more

Emirates implements plans to ensure smooth and punctual travel experience out of Dubai during runway closure

Measures result from 14 months of careful planning with stakeholders Customers urged to arrive early to airport to minimise delays Dubai, UAE, April 15, 2019:   With the Southern Runway revamp starting tomorrow at Dubai International Airport, Emirates has been working hard to implement measures to further maximise operational efficiencies at DXB and deliver a seamless experience for its customers departing and transiting through Dubai. The Southern Runway Closure at Dubai International Airport will be taking place from 16 April to 30 May 2019. On Time Performance (OTP) is a key factor for smooth operations and a consistent customer experience on the ground and in the air, and is even more critical during the Southern Runway Closure with all flights at Dubai International utilising a single runway. One of ......read more

Yas Waterworld earns Guinness World Records title for “Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool”

Marking an extraordinary celebration of the Year of Tolerance Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 April 2019:   Following an initiative held by the World’s Leading Waterpark to celebrate the Year of Tolerance, which took place on Friday April 12, Yas Waterworld succeeded in its attempt to grab the Guinness World Records title for ‘Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool.” The event kicked off at 10:00AM and was held in the presence of Guinness World Records representative as well as Farah Experiences and Yas Waterworld senior management, seeing 102 nationalities come together to represent their home countries and celebrate the values of co-existence and tolerance that the UAE has long embraced. Commenting on the record-breaking event, Leander De Wit, General Manager of Yas Waterworld said: “It fills ......read more

Formula 1 whizzed down the Bahrain circuit with Airbus Tetra technology

Event organizer benefited from Airbus’ reliable technology to ensure secure communication during yearly event in the Middle East Dubai, UAE, 11 April 2019 -   Airbus provided secure communications technology for the recently concluded formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain.The Bahrain International Circuit Organization used the Kingdom of Bahrain’s extended Tetra network infrastructure to ensure a smooth organization and secure the race. “Events, such as Formula 1 races, draw massively people’s attention on the Arabian peninsula. To keep the Bahrain Grand Prix safe and well-organised, a Tetra system from Airbus was primordial,” says Selim Bouri, Vice-President and Head of Middle East, North Africa and Asia-Pacific of Secure Land Communications at Airbus. “It is an honour to serve the ......read more

Emirates completes installation of Expo 2020 Dubai livery on 40 aircraft

DUBAI, UAE, 10 April 2019:   Emirates has completed the installation of bespoke Expo 2020 Dubai liveries on 40 aircraft, with its final A380 aircraft emblazoned in the distinctive orange ‘opportunity’ decal rolling out of the Emirates Engineering hangar. The first decal was unveiled in 2017 on an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft decorated in the blue ‘mobility’ decal. Since then, Emirates’ mini-fleet of Expo 2020 Dubai aircraft have collectively flown to 134 destinations across the airline’s global network, travelling 66 million kilometres on over 15,000 flights, amplifying the message of Expo across borders. Watch all of Emirates’ special Expo 2020 liveried aircraft take off and land within the Emirates network. EXPO 2020 Dubai, will be held between 20 October 2020 and 10 April ......read more

Airport Show remains key B2B platform for Saudi exhibitors

The Kingdom is the second biggest aviation market in ME  100 million passengers passed through Saudi airports in 2018 The Kingdom working to privatize all 27 existing airports Dammam Airports takes up biggest stand Technology helping streamline business processes  Dubai, April 10, 2019:   The 19th edition of Airport Show from 29 April - 1 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) will see the participation of Saudi Arabia’s prominent aviation industry players as the ongoing efforts to develop airport facilities and infrastructure picks up the pace ahead of plans to privatize the 27 existing airports.  Leading the companies participating in terms of biggest stand size will be Dammam Airports Company (DACO) which operates and manages King Fahd Airport and its ......read more

Following the ‘Great Move', first flight from Istanbul Airport was to the Ankara, just like 86 years ago.

Dubai, UAE, April 09, 2019:  Turkish Airlines’ first flight from its new home, Istanbul Airport, after its final transfer operation, was to the capital, just like the first flight of the flag carrier 86 years ago.   Atatürk Airport was the witness to the flag carrier airline’s steady local and global rise since its founding and Turkish Airlines’ final passenger flight from this transfer hub was the Singapore flight that took place at 02:00 on April 6th.   After this significant final flight that will find itself in the annals of Turkish Airlines, another similarly important flight was the first one from Istanbul Airport following the “Great Move” process. Just like the first flight of the national flag carrier 86 years ago, the first flight from Istanbul Airport was bound for the ......read more

Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Johannesburg, Lagos and Milan

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 08, 2019:   This Summer, Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, effective 1 August, Lagos, effective 2 August, and Milan, effective 1 September, replacing the Airbus A330s currently operating the routes.   All three destinations will feature Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   Etihad Airways extensive global network to and from Abu Dhabi will see more 787 Dreamliners introduced on key destinations as the airline takes delivery of more of the type.   Timetable   Boeing 787 schedule to Johannesburg, effective 01 August ......read more

British Airways Launches First Direct Flight From Dammam to London

[03 April 2019):   British Airways has announced it will fly from Dammam to London Heathrow from December 1, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.  The route is the first ever direct flight from Dammam to London Heathrow, with flights departing daily. The service will launch as a daily ‘tag’ service via Bahrain. Flights will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777-200 departing year-round from Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport and landing in Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.  Dammam will be the third city in Saudi Arabia that British Airways flies to, with the airline already serving Riyadh and Jeddah with non-stop daily flights. This daily direct flight between Dammam and London Heathrow will cut journey times by three hours or more because passengers will no longer need to either drive to Bahrain ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports receives ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate

3rd April 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has received a certificate from the Airports Council International (ACI) acknowledging Abu Dhabi International Airport’s (AUH) accreditation level of ‘reduction’ under the ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy & Communications at Abu Dhabi Airports received the certificate during the ACI Asia-Pacific World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition which took place in Hong Kong, on April 3, and was attended by senior executives from the international airport industry. Commenting on the accomplishment, Al Katheeri said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to represent Abu Dhabi Airports and receive this certificate from the ACI. We are committed to operating our airports sustainably ......read more

Emicool gears up for sustainability drive with Renault ZOE electric vehicle fleet, green public parking

Dubai, April 3, 2019:   Emirates District Cooling LLC [Emicool], a leading district cooling service provider in the region, and wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC, has underlined its efforts towards sustainability with a decision to convert to an all-electric vehicle fleet comprising Renault ZOE cars delivered by Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Renault in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, and a commitment to providing six EV (electric vehicle) charging spots for the general public with the support of DEWA. Emicool will launch phase 1 of the project by adopting the Renault Zoe, a compact, noise free model, for 40% of its fleet, and will add another 30% pickup style vehicles in September before transforming 100% of its fleet by quarter 1 of ......read more

Himalaya Airlines launches three weekly flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

Himalaya Airlines connects Nepal and Abu Dhabi with three weekly return flights 1st April 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed Himalaya Airlines’ inaugural flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), an international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Sunday, 31st March. Himalaya Airlines launched three weekly flights connecting Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu, Nepal.   Maarten De Groof, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are delighted to add Himalaya Airlines to our growing list of carriers operating at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Nepal has always been a sought-after destination for UAE residents, and the UAE is also home to many Nepali expatriates. We look forward to ensuring passengers departing for, or arriving from Nepal enjoy a seamless ......read more

Groundbreaking Marks Start of Work at Ras Al Khaimah's New Skatepark Facility at Saqr Park

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 1 April 2019:   Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) broke ground last week on the construction of a new, dynamic skatepark at Saqr Park, in attendance of Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive Officer, RAKTDA and Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Al Hammadi, the Director General of Public Works and Services Department (PWSD).  As part of the ongoing initiatives by RAKTDA to cater to the different interests of the Emirate’s visitors and the local community, the development of the skatepark facility will further expand the recreational offering of the largest public park in Ras Al Khaimah.  Scheduled to open in May this year, the 620 square metre skatepark will feature a unique design, as the only skatepark within a park in the UAE, built around greenspace in a Ghaf Tree reserve at ......read more

First-ever Abu Dhabi Engine Week kick-off is a resounding success

Events over the weekend attended by more than 25,000 residents and visitors  Abu Dhabi, 1 April 2019 –   The first-ever Abu Dhabi Engine Week launched last weekend in the UAE capital, with tens of thousands of visitors and residents taking part. The event, organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and taking place until 6 April, brings together three of the UAE’s biggest and most-anticipated motoring events along with a festival of entertainment. Engine Week’s first two events were a resounding success. Custom Show Emirates, which took place between 28 and 30 March at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), attracted a record 25,000 visitors.  Abu Dhabi Club Social, hosted on Yas Island on March 29 and 30, was another popular attraction, with ......read more

Emirates resumes its operations to Zagreb for summer

As part of its strategic partnership with flydubai, Emirates will resume flights to Zagreb until 26 October 2019    Dubai, UAE, 1 April 2019 –   Emirates has resumed its operations to Zagreb for summer, serving the route until 26 October 2019. Its partner airline, flydubai will then begin to operate during the winter season. The strategic partnership between both airlines ensures capacity is deployed to best serve customer demand.   Flight EK 129 will depart Dubai at 8:30 am and arrive in Zagreb at 12:35 pm local time, utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER. The return flight, EK 130 will depart Zagreb at 15:25 pm and arrive in Dubai at 23:00 pm local time.   Due to the planned upgrade works on the southern runway at DXB, from 16 April until 30 May 2019, Emirates’ flights to Zagreb will ......read more

Sita Smart Pathtm Allows Passengers at Athens Airport to Use Their Face as Their Boarding Pass

Greece’s largest airport becomes Europe’s first to use biometric identity at security UAE, Dubai – 31 March 2019 –   Passengers flying with Aegean Airlines from Athens International Airport are being offered a faster, more efficient journey through the airport by merely scanning their face at check-in and at security points.  Athens Airport has become the first airport in Europe to trial SITA Smart PathTM, a unique solution where passengers can use their facial biometrics to identify themselves at key steps in the journey without having to show their passport or boarding card.  When arriving at Athens Airport to check-in, passengers who utilize the trial service, scan their passport and have their photo taken. Once completed, passengers can then proceed to security where they can ......read more

Etihad Airways Offers Free Luggage Allowance for Golfers

Etihad Airways continues its commitment to Abu Dhabi as a global sporting destination Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 28, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is welcoming golfers to Abu Dhabi’s renowned courses, allowing them to bring their golf clubs free-of-charge, enhancing the city’s sporting credentials and improving the experience of every golfer who touches down in the capital.   Hareb Al Muhairy, Senior Vice-President Destination and Leisure Management at Etihad Airways, said: “The capital’s golf courses are some of the many highlights of a visit to the UAE and it is our pleasure to welcome and encourage golfers to the city. The launch of this free service will encourage golf lovers worldwide to enjoy the sport with greater ease in one of the most ......read more

Passenger satisfaction at baggage collection jumps to A new high with mobile notifications

Updates at arrivals are an added benefit of baggage tracking   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 28 March 2019 –   While the adoption of technology has improved passenger satisfaction across the airport journey, the biggest jump by far over the past year was at baggage collection. SITA’s  2019 Passenger IT Insights shows that passengers are demanding more mobile services in relation to their baggage and where these are available, satisfaction levels have surged.                 SITA’s research shows that 26% of passengers in 2018 used their mobile device to receive status updates on their baggage at arrival, up from 14% in 2017. At the same time, there is a growing demand from passengers to receive more baggage information via their mobile devices. A ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Continues Extensive Promotional Efforts in Eastern Europe Following Double-digit Growth in 2018

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority successfully concludes a series of trade roadshows targeting key cities in Eastern Europe  Visitor numbers to Ras Al Khaimah from Eastern European countries witnessed double digit growth in 2018  New Destination Strategy 2019-2021, latest product launches and summer campaign offerings showcased during the roadshows Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 28 March 2019: In light of the double-digit growth figures recorded in 2018, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has kicked off 2019 with a series of roadshows targeting key Eastern European countries to promote the destination, highlight the Emirate’s latest product developments and unique offerings.   The special delegation from Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority visited the cities of Budapest, ......read more

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Etihad Airways Announces New Seasonal Routes to Alexanrioa and Salalah…

 New seasonal flights to meet summer demand  Both flights will operate four times a week between 2 July 2019 and 31 August 2019   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 28 February 2019:  Etihad Airways has announced that it will launch new seasonal routes from Abu Dhabi to Alexandria, Egypt, and Salalah, Oman, catering to strong demand during the summer peak. Both ......read more

Cooperation Key to Keeping Aviation Secure Amid Evolving Threats & Doubling Passenger Demand…

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UAE set to welcome 8.92 million visitors from top five source markets by 2023, says ATM research…

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IATA Launches Diversity & Inclusion Awards…

27 February 2019 - United Arab Emirates:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards’ to recognize and encourage industry excellence.   Three categories of leadership in gender diversity and inclusion will be awarded: Inspirational Role Model Award: Will be presented to a female (30+) who holds a ......read more

Cathay Pacific Group Releases Combined Traffic Figures for January 2019…

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Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Announces Top Business and Leadership Sessions…

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Pakistan International Airlines launches bi-weekly flights to Al Ain International Airport…

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The Emirates A380 to take centre stage at the Saudi International Airshow…

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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, ......read more

Emirates to launch new service to Porto…

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Upswing in investments in Middle East for efficient Air Traffic Control…

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ABU DHABI'S CALIDUS MAKES PROGRESS ON AIR AND LAND…

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Defence spending on the up in the Middle East…

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

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Turkish Airlines introduces its new The LEGO® Movie 2 Inflight Safety Video, before moving its ...…

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

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

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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 ......read more

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

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Turkish Airlines won the “Lease Deal of the Year Award” at Airline Economics Aviation 100 Global ...…

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Emirates celebrates 20 years of operations in Lahore and Islamabad…

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Etihad Airways to introduce Airbus A380 on daily Seoul service…

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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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

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…

January 27, 2019 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Aviation Group has launched a landmark initiative in its support for Special OIympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 by developing an innovative e-learning course for its staff on supporting people with determination. With less than 50-days to go to the World Games kick-off on 14 March, the launch of the course marks the first time an ......read more

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

Permits and approvals can now be obtained online via Dubai Tourism portal Cancellation of PRO card is part of ongoing efforts to ease business processes across the city New deregulations will contribute to Smart Government initiative and Dubai Paperless Strategy DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 27 January 2019:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai ......read more

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

Dubai, 24 January 2018:  Emirates Aviation University is scheduled to participate in the first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit, slated to take place from January 27-29, 2019 at the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City.   The Summit is organized by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and carries the theme “Linking Developed and Emerging Markets ......read more

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 ...…

Dubai, UAE, 24 January 2019:  Emirates Skywards, the award-winning loyalty programme of Emirates and flydubai, today celebrated the opening of its new Emirates Skywards Centre in Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport (DXB). The centre was inaugurated by Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Senior Vice President, Emirates Skywards and Nick Moore, Senior Vice President, Passenger Services, ......read more

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

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DUBAI – 23 January 2019 – His Highness (HH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group today attended the SITA 2019 Kick-off for the Middle East, India and Africa region (MEIA) at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai. HH Sheikh Ahmed, a prominent founder of ......read more

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

Entities to collaborate to provide tours of Abu Dhabi’s historic mosques Abu Dhabi, 19 January 2019:  To promote cultural tourism in Abu Dhabi and showcase Islamic heritage and Abu Dhabi’s mosques and their stages of development and growth to tourists, the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has teamed up with the General Authority of Islamic ......read more

Emirates to operate scheduled A380 service to Amman…

Airline to operate largest commercial aircraft in the world for four month period during summer peak Dubai, UAE, 17 January 2019:   Emirates will operate its A380 aircraft to and from Amman between 01 June and 26 October 2019, in response to increased demand for travel during the summer period. This adjustment will see the airline operate one of its three daily flights on the route ......read more

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

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