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Seamless Customer Experience at Airports - Genetec

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 19, 2019:   Dubai welcomes an average of 7.5 million travelers every month. However, the city broke this record three times by welcoming over 8.3 million in one month. Travel involves so much more than just transporting a passenger from one place to another. Airports are now thought of as 'small cities', and must provide a safe and efficient experience, from parking, check-in, and exposure to world-class shopping and dining.  Hassan El-Banna, Business Development Manager, META at Genetec discusses the importance of having a seamless customer experience at airports in the below media alert.   

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives IS-BAH accreditation for its Ground Handling operations

Dubai, UAE, May 15, 2019:   DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Stuttgart-based DC Aviation GmbH and Dubai-based Al-Futtaim, has attained the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 accreditation for its Fixed Base Operations (FBO) located at Dubai South.  IS-BAH is the global industry standard on safety management and risk mitigation for business aviation handlers and meets the forthcoming safety management system (SMS) requirements. The audit was conducted by an independent auditor from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).  DCAF successfully achieved compliance with the FBO’s emergency and security procedures, airside operations, organisational structure, training protocols and operating procedures and ground support ......read more

Etihad Airways Adopts New Boeing Toolbox Mobile Library to Enhance Maintenance Performance

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - May 14, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has introduced Boeing’s Toolbox Mobile Library, an iPad mobile application, to enable its Technical Operations team to improve the efficiency of its maintenance engineers and technicians.    With Toolbox Mobile Library, the airline’s engineers now have access to maintenance documents for instant reference and use at all times, removing the need to rely on connectivity or hard-copy printouts.    Rami Awadalla, Acting VP Technical Operations, Etihad Airways said: “Toolbox Mobile Library is revolutionising the way our engineers work, as the new tool enables them to access updated documents in real-time, and directly receive data updates including seamless hyperlinks between ......read more

Abu Dhabi International Airport enhances its family-oriented facilities

Abu Dhabi Airports installs kids play areas and baby changing rooms at AUH   13 May 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   In preparation for the busy summer travel season, Abu Dhabi Airports has opened two new kids play areas and five conveniently located baby changing rooms at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), further enhancing its services to better accommodate families traveling during the summer holidays.    The kids play area in Terminal 1 includes a cloud slide, an airplane on clouds which kids can climb, and a baggage tug with a tunnel. Meanwhile, the kids play area located in Terminal 3 includes an airplane on clouds, resembling the one in Terminal 1, an air traffic control tower with a tunnel, a cloud tunnel, a suitcase slide, and tires for climbing.   The new baby changing rooms are ......read more

Etihad Airways to operate scheduled flights from Al Ain to Jeddah during busy Ramadan period

UAE national airline demonstrates commitment to Abu Dhabi’s second largest city with 10 scheduled services   May 09, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways will operate a daily scheduled flight between the oasis city of Al Ain in the UAE and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last ten days of Ramadan. The airline will operate the flights from 26 May to 4 June to meet increased demand during the busy travel period.   The flights will be operated by an Airbus A330, and have been conveniently timed to offer customers in Al Ain with afternoon departures in both directions.   Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government and International Affairs, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are very pleased to offer these special flights from Al Ain to Jeddah during ......read more

Singapore joins the Etihad Cargo Freighter Network

May 09, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, today launched scheduled freighter flights from its hub in Abu Dhabi to Singapore’s Changi International Airport. The weekly flights will continue to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, before returning to Abu Dhabi, reinforcing Etihad’s commitment to serve key logistics hubs in the Asia Pacific region, and offer onward connections through its strategically located Abu Dhabi hub.   The new service meets customer demand for more freight capacity between Abu Dhabi and Singapore, and compliments the daily widebody passenger flights between the cities.    These are key markets for Etihad Cargo, and the opening of the direct route between Abu Dhabi and Changi International Airport ......read more

Emirates Group Announces 2018-19 results

Group records 31st consecutive year of profit of AED 2.3 billion (US$ 631 million) Strong business growth leading to a record revenue of more than AED 109 billion (US$ 29.8 billion) Solid cash balance of AED 22.2 billion (US$ 6.0 billion) Declares a dividend of AED 500 million (US$ 136 million) to the Investment Corporation of Dubai.   Emirates reports a profit of AED 871 million (US$ 237 million), 69% down from the previous year Revenue increases by 6% to AED 97.9 billion (US$ 26.7 billion), supported by steady passenger and cargo performance Airline capacity crosses 63 billion ATKM with a net addition of 2 new aircraft to the fleet dnata makes record profit of AED 1.4 billion (US$ 394 million), which includes AED 321 million (US$ 88 million) gain from one-time sale of HRG stake Revenue increases by 10% to ......read more

Yas Island theme parks reveal unmissable Ramadan offers

Promising a Holy Month to remember filled with family fun and delicious Iftar   Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8th May 2019:   With the month of Ramadan in full swing, Yas Island’s theme parks are sure to delight guests with a series of unmissable offers at all three award-winning theme parks including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld and Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi. During this holy month, Yas Island’s theme parks will remain fully operational, welcoming guests and visiting tourists to enjoy their experiences in full.   What’s more is that family and friends observing the fast can break their fast on a number of mouthwatering Iftar feasts all throughout the holy month!   Ferrari World Abu Dhabi  Enjoy FREE entry and ride-as-you-go with the Ramadan Free View ......read more

Weak Air Freight Demand Continues

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 08, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), increased 0.1% in March 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.   While this is a significant improvement on the 4.9% contraction in February, in seasonally adjusted terms, demand is still down 1.5% over the past year.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 3.1% year-on-year in March 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for 11 out of the last 12 months.    Demand for air cargo continues to face significant headwinds:    Global trade volumes have fallen by 1% over the past year;   Global economic ......read more

Apply for an E-Visa to Azerbaijan in Three Easy Steps

Dubai, 7 May 2019: Azerbaijan is currently on the cusp of a tourism boom as it welcomed a record number of in-bound visitors spending more than US$ 2 billion in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. To ensure convenience to travellers, the Caucuses country has launched several innovative reforms such as the new simplified electronic visa procedure. Since the introduction of the ASAN visa system, tourists can obtain a visa in 3 simple steps (application, payment and download) from the convenience of their home or on their mobile device.  Tourists should visit www.evisa.gov.az, the official e-visa portal of the Republic of Azerbaijan which serves travellers in 9 different languages. At present, nationals of 95 countries are eligible to apply for an E-Visa. The list of countries can be found ......read more

Turkish Airlines records impressive Q1 passenger growth in the Middle East

2019 will see Turkish Airlines expand its extensive flight network with the introduction of 13 new routes including Sharjah and Marrakech which started operations in early April Turkey’s national carrier served a total of 1.58 million passengers in the Middle East during Q1 2019, rising by 2.5 percent since the same period in 2018  The airline also carried a total of 41.698 tons of mail in cargo in the Middle East, which witnessed a 5.8 percent increase since last year    May 7, 2019: Turkish Airlines, one of the world's most prominent airline companies, is concluding another quarter of significant achievements across its fleet and network. This includes Q1 year-on-year passenger growth in the Middle East, the recent inauguration of two new routes, and the announcement of 10 other international ......read more

dnata and Lufthansa Group expand partnership in U.S.

Dubai - UAE, 7 May 2019 – dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, and Lufthansa Group continue to expand their partnership in the United States. dnata has been selected to provide ramp, secure clean and passenger handling services to Lufthansa at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and now serves the airline group, including Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss Air, at eight airports in the country. In Austin, dnata will handle Lufthansa’s new Frankfurt flight, which the airline operates five times a week, using its Airbus A330-300 aircraft. The ground handler’s professionally trained staff will ensure a safe and seamless travel experience for up to 70,000 passengers a year from check-in to boarding, and from disembarkation to baggage collection. Including the ......read more

Etihad Cargo Rebrands Cargo Loyalty Sscheme and Launches New Global Customer Program

May 07, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the Cargo and Logistics Services arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, today reveals a new Global Customer program and a rebranded cargo loyalty scheme named “PayloadRewards”. Launched in 2013 as one of the first dedicated loyalty programs for air cargo customers, Etihad Cargo’s revamped PayloadRewards is today considered one of the world’s leading loyalty schemes with more than 5,300 active members from 74 different countries. With PayloadRewards, members will continue to earn miles as before, with an additional opportunity to start earning bonus miles for general cargo and premium cargo booked through Etihad Cargo’s new online booking portal at www.etihadcargo.com. In addition, similar to the award-winning passenger loyalty program ......read more

Emirati astronauts get custom Soyuz (MS-15) seats

In a video posted on Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)’s social media platforms, AlMansoori and AlNeyadi are seen in a Soyuz mockup mini bathtub Dubai, UAE, 6th May 2019: A team of specialised engineers from the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos designed two custom Soyuz MS-15 seats for Emirati astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi, following the official announcement of the launch date of the first Arab and Emirati astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on 25 September, 2019, and the announcement made by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) of selecting AlMansoori as the prime astronaut and AlNeyadi as the back-up astronaut. The Russian Space Agency Roscosmos took detailed measurements of the astronauts’ bodies to design the seats, in line with the agreement signed between the UAE, ......read more

Etihad Cargo Rebrands Cargo Loyalty Scheme and Launches New Global Customer Program

Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 06, 2019:  Etihad Cargo, the Cargo and Logistics Services arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, today reveals a new Global Customer program and a rebranded cargo loyalty scheme named “PayloadRewards”. Launched in 2013 as one of the first dedicated loyalty programs for air cargo customers, Etihad Cargo’s revamped PayloadRewards is today considered one of the world’s leading loyalty schemes with more than 5,300 active members from 74 different countries. With PayloadRewards, members will continue to earn miles as before, with an additional opportunity to start earning bonus miles for general cargo and premium cargo booked through Etihad Cargo’s new online booking portal at www.etihadcargo.com. In addition, similar to the award-winning passenger loyalty program Etihad ......read more

Etihad Airways Increases Frequencies to London Heathrow for the Busy Summer Season

Flagship Abu Dhabi – London route will be served up to five times daily Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 05, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will boost its services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow during the busy summer period. The additional flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, supplementing the current three daily all-Airbus A380 services between both capital cities.   Between 26 May and 22 June, four daily flights will be operated on the route, increasing to five from 23 June to 28 September, returning to four daily flights from 29 September to 26 October.   The extra flights are conveniently timed to provide easy connections via Abu Dhabi to and from key destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.   Etihad’s ......read more

Etihad Rail Db Appointed as ‘shadow Operator' for Stage Two of UAE's National Rail Network

Saeed Salem AlSuwaidi: “The choice demonstrates our strong partnership with Etihad Rail and confidence in our local and international expertise, as well as the high degrees of competence and responsibility of our national talent  Abu Dhabi, UAE, 04 May 2019:  Etihad Rail DB, the joint venture company between Etihad Rail, the developer of the UAE’s national railway network and Deutsche Bahn (DB) is set to provide ‘Shadow Operator’ services for Stage Two of the Etihad Rail project. The choice builds on the five years of expertise and Etihad Rail DB’s outstanding success in managing Stage One operations and maintenance.  In its ‘Shadow Operator’ role, Etihad Rail DB will aim to utilise its expertise and lessons learned from Stage One to provide consultancy services to Etihad ......read more

Etihad Airways to go double-daily from Abu Dhabi to Moscow Domodedovo

May 02, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Building on the success of its current daily service between the capitals of the UAE and Russia, Etihad Airways has announced a new second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, which will operate seasonally between 27 October and 10 May 2020. The additional flight, operated by an Airbus A320, will provide more convenient travel options between the two capital cities as passengers can now choose between a daytime and evening departure from both Abu Dhabi and Moscow. Together with the existing service, operated by an Airbus A321, travellers will also benefit from improved connectivity through Etihad’s Abu Dhabi hub to Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Robin Kamark, Etihad ......read more

Amazing Day 3 for Global Innovations at ATM 2019

Day 3 of the Arabian Travel Market 2019 ended with tremendous success,  as expected the day 3 also attracted innumerable travel enthusiast's from the globe to the largest and most awaited yearly event for the travel and tourism industry. ATM 2019 seems promising and would see huge crowd on it's last day tomorrow. Global Innovations, one of the exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry, had the opportunity to attract a large crowd towards their stand with striking automation travel solutions for all travel segments. Today Global Innovations welcomed visitors from countries like Maldives, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, Zambia, Russia and several GCC countries. Most of the travel companies from Maldives, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and Zambia seemed very promising towards Global innovation's comprehensive product "Tasspro" ......read more

State-of-the-Art Airport Management System Commissioned at Malta Airport

New flight display screens implemented as the airport’s summer schedule is launched  Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 01 May 2019 –   Malta International Airport have installed modern flight information display screens throughout the terminals as part of the airport’s recent investment in further improving the passenger experience throughout the terminal. The new flight display screens are part of a state-of-the-art Airport Management System (AMS), provided by SITA, the global IT provider to the air transport industry. The flight information display system is more flexible, allowing Malta International Airport to better communicate important information to passengers, such as flight status and departure gate allocation, from the moment they step into the check-in hall, through to the ......read more

UPS's Largest Aircraft Makes First Landing at Dubai World Central (DWC)

Leveraging a network of assets and people, UPS flexes its global smart logistics network to maintain record service levels during DXB runway closure.   Dubai, UAE, May 01, 2019: UPS (NYSE: ) announces a temporary new route for its largest aircraft - the Boeing 747-8F freighter that landed for the first time today in Dubai World Central airport (DWC). With the strategic investment of 28 new 747-8 jumbo jets, UPS offers sustainable lift on long-range international routes with a greater payload and a reduction of fuel consumption and carbon emissions.   UPS recognizes its excellent relationship with UAE and Dubai Airports along with the UAE’s position as a strategic international hub.    In anticipation of the 45-day long renovation of the southern runway at Dubai International (DXB), UPS ......read more

128 Smart Gates at Dubai International for border control

Over 80 % airport passengers had auto-preclearance in 2018 Drones among biggest modern challenges to the airports No ‘one size fits all’ solution for airport privatisation Dubai, April 30, 2018: Dubai International, the world’s number one airport for international travellers for the past five years, has 128 Smart Gates which helped millions of passengers clear the border control formalities within a record span of six to nine seconds on an average, an official told a conference in Dubai. In her presentation at the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) which kicked off as a co-located event at the 19th edition of Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), Radwa Hozien, Chief Software Officer at emaratech, a technology and management consulting company of the Investment ......read more

Turkish Airlines' state-of-the-art lounges at its brand new hub, Istanbul Airport, redefine luxury travel

• Successfully completing the ‘Great Move’ to its new hub, Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines has upgraded its lounges to offer an enhanced travel experience • The modern facilities play an important role in Turkish Airlines’ future growth by setting benchmarks in luxury customer service   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – April 30, 2019: Following the completion of its relocation to its new hub, the superb Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines revealed details of its luxuriously revamped airport lounges at the 2019 Arabian Travel Market.   The ‘great move’ - as the relocation has been dubbed – is one of the most significant developments in Turkish aviation history, and was concluded after a gradual transfer of the airline’s operations that began on October ......read more

Saudi Arabia's USD 25 billion ‘White Oil' market is the key to economic diversification, say tourism experts at ATM

Tourism related sectors expected to generate 3.3 per cent of KSA GDP in 2019 Hospitality, leisure and entertainment will play a major role in realising Saudi Vision 2030, according to panellists at Arabian Travel Market 2019 Total number of Saudi Arabia’s domestic and inbound trips projected to rise to 93.8 million by 2023 Dubai, UAE, April 30, 2019:  Tourism will play a major role in reducing Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil revenues, according to experts speaking at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019.   In a panel discussion titled ‘Why Tourism is Saudi’s New ‘White Oil’’, which took place on ATM 2019’s Global Stage, representatives from Saudia Private Aviation (SPA), Dur Hospitality, Colliers International MENA, Marriott International, Jabal Omar Development ......read more

Second Day of Global Innovations Attracts Innumerable Travel Enthusiasts from Different Regions at ATM 2019

April 30, 2019:  The Arabian Travel Market 2019 embarked with tremendous success on its second day. It attracted innumerable travel enthusiasts from different regions of the world to this largest and most awaited yearly event for the travel and tourism industry. ATM 2019 is gaining traction each day with an increased in number of visitors each day. Global Innovations, one of the exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry, kicked off striking with intact rebranding and revamped travel solutions for all travel segments. Global Innovations seized enormous response as it welcomed countless visitors from different countries like the Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, UK, Nigeria, Zambia, Russia and several Asian countries. Most of the travel companies from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Egypt showed keen interest in Global ......read more

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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…

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

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Aime and MRO Middle East end on the up…

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

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

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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 ......read more

Etihad Airways to introduce Airbus A380 on daily Seoul service…

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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, ......read more

Healthy Passenger Demand Continues in 2018 with Another Record Load Factor…

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Etihad Airways and Royal Jordanian Announce New Codeshare Partnership…

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

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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…

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Now Boarding from MIA: Facial Recognition Departures…

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Aircaft Interiors Market to Reach $40.2 Billion by 2025…

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Emirates Forges Codeshare Partnership with China Southern Airlines…

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Abu Dhabi Airports sponsors the UAE Sport Talent Fund…

As part of its commitment to social responsibility   13 January 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports took part in sponsoring the UAE Sport Talent Fund, which was launched in December 2018 by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Authority of Sports (GAS), Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithi.    Abu Dhabi Airports’ sponsorship ......read more

Revamped agenda in 2019 for GALF…

Blockchain, AI and Remote ATC Towers under the spotlight 517 million passengers in the Middle East by 2036 ME smart airports market worth US$850 million in 2019 MEA blockchain spending to be US$307 million by 2021   Dubai, January 13, 2019:   The Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF) is one of the world’s most influential knowledge-sharing platforms ......read more

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

Travellers choosing to make a fresh start this year can begin anywhere with Etihad Global Sale Economy flights to London start from AED2,343; Business fares from AED12,969 Special fares available for travel from 18 January to 27 November 2019 Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 12, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging travellers to start 2019 ......read more

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…

Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced healthy but moderating global passenger traffic results for November 2018. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2% compared to November 2017, a slight deceleration from 6.3% growth in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.8% over the year-ago period, and load ......read more

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

Regional airlines add 58 new routes across the GCC in 2018 Almost 50% of new UAE routes introduced in 2018 are to destinations in Europe; with Russia claiming the second largest share of new flights Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  Fourteen airlines have already confirmed their participation at CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa – co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 ......read more

Air Freight Demand Flat in November…

Dubai, UAE, January 09, 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), was flat (0%) in November 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest rate of growth recorded since March 2016, following 31 consecutive months of year-on-year ......read more

Dubai Tourism Releases AED250 Million in Bank Guarantees of Tourism Companies to Boost Investment ...…

As part of its deregulation focus, Dubai Tourism exempts over 2,000 travel and tour agencies from furnishing bank guarantees, injecting a quarter billion dirhams liquidity into Dubai’s tourism economy Move part of efforts to support the government’s economic stimulus programme aimed at lowering cost of doing business and making the emirate more attractive to investors DUBAI, ......read more

19 reasons to fly with British Airways in 2019…

January 08, 2019:  British Airways’ new year’s resolution is to provide its customers with even more quality and choice in every cabin on every route -  with a £6.5bn investment and 19 great reasons to look forward to flying with the airline in 2019.    Here are some of the reasons to fly with British Airways this year: The January sale – on ......read more

The Most Beautiful Beaches of Dubai…

Caption: Dubai has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world     January 07, 2019 - Dubai, UAE: Dubai might be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but it isn’t just the cosmopolitan cityscape that brings the tourists to town. The beaches of Dubai are equally as extravagant and luxurious as the rest of this magnificent city. The combination of the warm ......read more

Kalima Reading Club Organises Panel Discussion On La Rochefoucauld's ‘Reflections: Or Sentences And ...…

Abu Dhabi, 06 January 2019:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi’s (DCT Abu Dhabi) Kalima Reading Club organised a panel discussion on ‘Reflections: Or Sentences and Moral Maxims’ by Francois de La Rochefoucauld, which was attended by a number of writers, intellectuals and DCT Abu Dhabi employees. The session featured researcher and writer ......read more

Abu Dhabi International Airport rolls out ‘Super-Fi' internet connectivity…

Super-Fi sees upload and download speeds of up to 200mbps per user, among the fastest airport internet services available in the world Move comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to customer experience and digitalization strategies  30 December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports today announced its airport-wide roll out of ‘Super-Fi’ ......read more

Global Investment in Aviation Summit to host largest gathering of heads of civil aviation ...…

Aviation industry is one of key drivers behind growth in various economic sectors  Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansori: Aviation Sector is a key pillar to the National Economy and the summit is a good chance to hold partnerships.    Organised by GCAA under the theme “Linking Developed and Emerging Markets through Investment in the Aviation Sector”, GIAS ......read more

Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Launches Heritage Pulses Programme…

Programme offers various educational and entertaining family activities through 10 January Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27 December 2018:   The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) is currently overseeing its initiative Heritage Pulses (Nabadat Torathiah) in all branches of its affiliated libraries across the emirate. Having launched in mid-December, and running ......read more

Turkish Airlines and India's IndiGo announce a Codeshare Agreement.…

Turkish Airlines and IndiGo to leverage their respective networks to maximize travel opportunities for the traveling public. Dubai, UAE, December 26, 2018:  A member of Star Alliance, Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines, and India’s largest domestic carrier, IndiGo today announced a codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement. The signed codeshare and mutual cooperation agreement between ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia Pacific Regional HR Committee ...…

The workshop held at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies brought together more than 35 airport HR professionals from key Asia Pacific airports  26th December 2018, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports hosted the Airports Council International Asia-Pacific Regional HR Committee Fall meeting at the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies (GCAS) in Abu Dhabi between the 11th and 13th ......read more

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