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Etihad Airways reassures passengers of service and inflight offering following directive on US-bound flights

Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 25, 2017 – Etihad Airways is reassuring passengers of its highest level of service to minimise disruption following the introduction of a new US travel directive on electronic devices.   Effective March 25, passengers on all US-bound flights from, or transiting through, Abu Dhabi International Airport will not be permitted to carry electronic devices bigger than a smart phone or mobile into the aircraft cabin.    Items such as laptop computers, tablets including iPads, gaming devices, cameras and e-readers will be required to be placed in checked-in luggage. Medical devices are exempt and can be carried onboard.   All Etihad Airways’ US flights have mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity, together with power and USB points at every seat enabling guests to remain connected through their ......read more

Legendary Breitling DC-3 touches down in Dubai as part of record-breaking world tour

Legendary aircraft is aiming to become the oldest aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, as it marks its 77th birthday  500-piece Navitimer limited edition series is accompanying the aircraft on the tour Dubai, 23rd March 2017:  The legendary Breitling DC-3 aeroplane has landed in Dubai as part of its record-breaking world tour. This historic aircraft, which is aiming to become the oldest plane to circumnavigate the globe, arrived at Jetex FBO Terminal, Dubai World Central on Tuesday (21st March) ahead of the next leg of the trip which will take it to Karachi, Pakistan. Having crossed the Arabian Gulf from Qatar, flying low over Dubai’s world-famous landmarks, the Breitling DC-3 is making its first ever visit to a region that today boasts some of the world’s leading airlines, with fleets of ......read more

Finnair to temporarily suspend its Miami route for summer 2017, flights resume in October

Dubai, UAE, March 22, 2017:  Finnair is making changes to its traffic program for the summer 2017 season, due to operational reasons which relate to a temporary shortage of crew and aircraft. Finnair will suspend its flights between Helsinki and Miami between May 4th and September 29th and will also cancel two of its weekly frequencies on its Helsinki-Chicago route during the month of May. “We are very sorry about the disruption this is causing our customers, and we are doing our best to offer suitable alternative routings for them,” says Juha Järvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “We are contacting all customers with bookings on the affected flights to offer an alternative routing. In case a suitable alternative routing cannot be found, customers may apply for a ticket refund. Finnair continues to ......read more

Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana Nowruz Event

Dubai, March 22, 2017:  Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Al Ghurair Arjaan by Rotana, the 5 star hotel and deluxe hotel apartments, hosted a Nowruz event to showcase the true essence of the Persian New Year. The two stunning Rotana properties in Deira invited valued media partners and bloggers in the hotel. During the event, an overview of its enticing offers was introduced.  With prices starting from AED 120* per person; come along with your family and friends to spend a splendid time at Al Ghurair Rayhaan and Arjaan by Rotana as Festive Nowruz is back at the Shayan specialty restaurant. Book your table now, as Nowruz will be from 19th March, Sunday serving dinner buffet, 20th March, Monday serving lunch and dinner buffet and 21st March, Tuesday serving lunch buffet and sumptuous set menu for the whole month of March. *Lunch ......read more

Kuwait to showcase multi-billion dollar tourism plan at ATM

Kuwait Government adds $1 billion promotional campaign to its projected tourism industry investment Country prepares to welcome 440,000 visitors by 2024, up from 270,000 in 2014 Dubai, UAE, March 21, 2017:  With ambitions to welcome 440,000 visitors a year by 2024, the government of Kuwait is pressing ahead with multiple plans that will see billions of dollars invested in projects and a further $1 billion budget earmarked to promote the Gulf state over the same period.  Plans are in place to establish a Supreme Commission for Tourism to initiate its tourism strategy as the country prepares to showcase at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre 24-27 April. A number of mega-projects will share the multi-billion dollar development budget, including: Madinat Al Hareer and ......read more

ATM Global Stage to open with Expo 2020 legacy debate

Exciting programme of seminars includes focus on experiential travel theme, selling local experiences, and halal tourism   Dubai, March 19, 2017:  The legacy of Expo 2020 is set to come under the spotlight on Arabian Travel Market’s Global Stage, returning for the 2017 show at Dubai World Trade Centre, from April 24 to 27. Expo 2020, between October 2020 and April 2021, will bring together more than 180 nations and is expected to host an international audience of 25 million visitors. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “Early forecasts are that 70% of visitors will hail from outside of the UAE, representing the largest international visitor contribution in Expo history. While the short-term goal is to deliver an exceptional six-month event, we have secured a top panel who will discuss how ......read more

Finnair must again cancel over 90 flights on Friday March 17th due to strikes at Helsinki Airport

Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2017:  An airport strike and support actions are planned for Friday, March 17, from 3 pm – 7 pm EET at Helsinki Airport, related to the dispute between the Finnish Aviation Union and the service sector employer union Palta about labour agreements in Airpro Oy. The airport strike will again considerably impact Finnair’s flights on Friday, even though Finnair is in no way a party in the dispute. The impacts are approximately the same as the strike which took place last Friday. “This is already the second time we have to cancel over 90 flights, which is nearly one third of our daily flights on Friday. Cancellations apply to a large share of our domestic and European traffic during the strike time,” says Jaakko Schildt, Finnair’s Chief Operating Officer. “The cancellations ......read more

Etihad Airways to Launch A380 Flights to Paris

World’s Largest Passenger Jet Features Airline’s Award-Winning Three-Room Suite, The Residence Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 16, 2017: Etihad Airways is introducing its award-winning A380 on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet deployment plan. Featuring the carrier’s revolutionary The Residence – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner – the aircraft will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between July 1 and October 28. Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 long haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne. With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways is able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and ......read more

Local and international aviation experts to analyse essential safety measures

5th World Aviation Safety Summit to take place in Dubai this April 16 March 2017 – Dubai, UAE:  Tackling the safety challenges posed by the booming global aviation industry, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is hosting the World Aviation Safety Summit (WASS), returning to Dubai this year in its fifth edition. Taking place on 11 and 12 April, WASS 2017 will highlight key strategies for the safety culture of the future by engaging with local and international stakeholders from regulatory authorities, airline operators, airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, pilot associations, safety organisations and air traffic control service providers. The Summit will address how the aviation industry implements essential safety measures in order to efficiently manage the processes, threats and risks facing aviation ......read more

Etihad Aviation Group to Support 2019 World Energy Congress

Dubai, UAE, March 16, 2017:  The Organizing Committee of the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi has announced the support of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) in the delivery of the 2019 Congress. The agreement appoints Hala Abu Dhabi as the Official Travel & Destination Partner alongside Etihad Airways as the Official Airline for the 2019 World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi.  The agreement was signed today by His Excellency Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Chair of the Organizing Committee and Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy, and Mohammad Al Bulooki, Executive Vice President Commercial at Etihad Airways. The World Energy Congress is the longest-running and only global event to cover every aspect of the energy sector around the world. In October 2014, the UAE National Committee for the World Energy Council won an ......read more

Brisbane Airport Leads With Smart Biometrics From Check-in to Boarding

Passengers invited to trial new SITA Smart Path™ technology for a smooth secure journey  United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 14 March 2017:  Brisbane Airport, in partnership with SITA and Air New Zealand, has launched an Australian first trial of facial recognition technology that is set to transform the future of travel. The new SITA Smart Path™ technology uses sophisticated biometrics which allows passengers to present their details at a self-service kiosk at check-in then, when ready to board, use an automated boarding gate to be verified using face recognition technology to access the aircraft.  Brisbane Airport is the first Australian airport to trial this secure walkthrough experience at check-in and the boarding gate using SITA’s biometric technology, which integrates with the ......read more

IATA Urges Air Cargo Modernization

14 March 2017 (Abu Dhabi):  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the air cargo industry to accelerate modernization and focus on delivering high quality service.  The call was made at the 11th World Cargo Symposium, which opened in Abu Dhabi today against a backdrop of cautious optimism for the global air cargo sector. After several years of virtually no growth, air cargo demand began to rise in the second half of 2016. January cargo performance showed a 7% growth in demand compared to the previous year. “Listening to the customer has never been more important. The positive forces currently supporting growth are good news. But our customers are telling us that they expect more. Complicated and convoluted paper-based processes that are basically unchanged from the 16th century are still being ......read more

DAE acquires portfolio of ATR 72-600s from GECAS

Dubai, U.A.E., March 14, 2017:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. today announced it has completed the purchase of a portfolio of ATR 72-600 aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). This purchase brings the total number of owned and committed ATR 72-600 aircraft in DAE’s fleet to 57, making DAE one of the largest lessors of the ATR 72-600 worldwide. In addition, DAE has options with ATR for a further 20 aircraft of the same type. The acquisition falls in line with DAE’s long term strategic interest in ATR aircraft, of which DAE ultimately expects to own up to 100. Khalifa AlDaboos, Managing Director of DAE said: “DAE firmly believes in the potential of the ATR 72-600 in regional networks, both in terms of its technical capabilities as well as the superior customer experience it provides. ......read more

Largest ever Arabian Travel Market will be ‘experiential'

Over 30,000 visitors expected to attend annual showcase ATM 2017 boasts additional exhibition hall, with 2,800 exhibiting companies, 100 new exhibitors and 65 country pavilions UNWTO and ATM Ministerial Forum, ILTM Arabia, Digital Transformation Summit, and Halal Tourism Summit among many highlights  Dubai, UAE, March 12, 2017:  Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, which takes place in Dubai World Trade Centre from April 24-27, is set to be the biggest in the event’s 24-year history. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day show, with over 2,800 exhibiting companies, forcing organizer Reed Travel Exhibitions to open up an additional hall this year to cope with the increased demand. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “The show has experienced phenomenal growth of ......read more

Growing ‘Visa War' between EU and US will have major impact on global mobility

Dubai, UAE, 09 March 2017:  The global residence and citizenship advisory firm, Henley & Partners, says the vote by the European Parliament to end visa-free travel for Americans to EU countries will have a major impact on global mobility, especially the travel freedom currently enjoyed by US and possibly even EU citizens, if US President Donald Trump retaliates in kind. The firm is due to publish its annual Visa Restrictions Index within the next ten days, but the EU backlash against President Trump’s failure to meet the deadline to lift visa restrictions on five EU countries — namely Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania — may see America fall out of the top ten on the prestigious travel freedom ranking for the first time since it was first published in 2003.  The Henley & Partners Visa ......read more

Air Cargo Off to a Solid Start in 2017

Dubai, UAE, March 9, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 6.9% in January 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. While this was down from the 10% annual growth recorded in December 2016 it still was well above the average annual growth rate of 3% over the past five years.  Growth in freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), slowed to 3.5% in January 2017. The continued positive momentum in freight growth into 2017 coincides with a steady rise in new export orders, which reached their highest level in February (latest data available) since March 2011. There has also been an increase in the shipment of silicon materials typically used in high-value ......read more

Tourism and economic growth under the spotlight at UNWTO & Arabian Travel Market Ministerial Forum 2017

MENA to welcome 195 million visitors by 2030 Between 25 million and 50 million new jobs will be required in the region over the next decade Over 20 Ministers form high profile line-up of regional leaders and industry luminaries at Ministerial Forum Dubai, UAE, March 8, 2017:  Visitors to the MENA region will total 195 million by 2030, growing at a rate higher than the world average, according to figures by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).   The rapid development of the sector will form part of the discussion at the UNWTO & ATM Ministerial Forum at the Arabian Travel Market, which is being held from April 24-27 in Dubai World Trade Centre. The Forum returns to the show repertoire this year, with a particular focus on the contribution of tourism to sustainable economic growth and diversification in the ......read more

Three awards presented to Turkish Airlines for its successful aircraft financing models

The global carrier has won three awards at Bonds & Loans Awards Night as “Transport Finance Deal of the Year”, “Trade and Export Finance Deal of the Year” and “Structured Finance Deal of the Year” Dubai, UAE; 8 March 2017:  Turkish Airlines has been awarded as the runner up in the “Trade and Export Finance Deal” category by Bonds & Loans for its brand new B777-300ER aircraft delivered in September 2015. The total financing builds up to 16.8 billion Japanese Yen and the structure is a combination of an innovative, complex and unique U.S. Ex-Im Guaranteed French Tax Lease.  This structure has been successfully implemented by Turkish Airlines by placing the financing in Japanese Yen rather than placing the predominant currency in aircraft finance which is American ......read more

Abdullah Bin Zayed Launches ADNEC's Innovation Lab to Promote Creativity in Business Tourism

Launched on Sidelines of Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations  Lab to Enable ADNEC Employees to Lead Development of Cutting-edge Solutions to Meet Dynamic Customer Requirements and Enhance Abu Dhabi’s Competitive Edge Abu Dhabi-UAE: March 8, 2017:  His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, officially inaugurated the Innovation Lab at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) as part of its sustained efforts to instill a workplace culture based on creativity and innovation. The lab was launched on the sidelines of Mohammed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations currently underway at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event was attended by His Excellency Ahmad Belhoul, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Her ......read more

Abu Dhabi's Tourism Industry bound for Germany to Capitalize on Record-Breaking 2016

ITB Berlin to attract more than 180,000 visitors and 10,000 exhibitors Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 7, 2017:  Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) is spearheading a large delegation of more than 50 of the emirate’s leading hotels, tour operators, attractions and destination management companies to Germany to highlight the best of the emirate at one of the world’s largest travel and trade exhibitions to help build on last year’s record number of guest hotel guests. ITB Berlin, held from 8th to 12th March, is one of the world’s largest and most important travel exhibitions, and one that TCA Abu Dhabi has been participating in for more than a decade. This year, a total of 10,000 companies and organisations from 187 countries will exhibit their products and services to around 180,000 ......read more

Cozmo Travel launches B2B trade portal for travel industry operators in the UAE

It offers single login and account to manage end-to-end travel requirements including UAE visas, and booking for airlines, hotels and car rentals worldwide for one and all. DUBAI – March 7, 2017:  Cozmo Travel, a member of the Air Arabia Group and a leading travel management company in the region, has announced the launch of B2B trade portal www.travtrolley.com for local travel and tourism industry operators in the UAE. Cozmo Travel also has tied-up with Taiwan Tourism Board to launch a new destination within UAE this year.  This was announced at a Press conference organised in Dubai by senior officials from Cozmo Travel and Taiwan Tourism Board. www.travtrolley.com is a new online booking system, which offers single login and account to manage the complete tour package including airlines, hotels and car rentals ......read more

Through participation at the first Mohamed Bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations MBRSC highlights 18 educational initiatives on Space Science, Research and Technology

MBRSC participation includes holding 4 educational workshops on Mars and space 7th March 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has participated at the first Mohamed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, The Centre highlighted 18 educational initiatives it has launched on space science, research and technology. It also held four workshops for raising awareness on Mars and space in general in the interactive exhibition, The Hub. Director General of MBRSC, His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, said: ‘The Mohamed bin Zayed Majlis for Future Generations is a ......read more

Investment toward airport security high on priority for region's airports

Mohammed Ahli: Dubai on the forefront in adopting innovative technology to enhance security Angela Gittens: Middle East has unique opportunity to lead change and innovation in security Airport Security market size set to exceed USD 12.8 billion by 2023 Airport Show 2017 to feature dedicated airport security zone Dubai, UAE, March 7, 2017:  Airports across the Middle East, one of the fastest growing aviation sectors in the world, are driving investment to the tune of millions of dollars toward airport technology with a view to enhancing security and ensuring a seamless passenger experience.  The region, led by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is expected to record over 4.8 per cent annual growth in passenger numbers over the next 20 years compared to a global average of 3.7 per cent, according to International Air ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre signs MoU with KARI for cooperation on space-related activities

Dubai, UAE, March 6, 2017:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) in South Korea with the goal of cooperating on various space-related activities and transferring expertize. The MoU was signed by His Excellency Yousuf Hamad Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC and Dr. Gwang-Rae Cho, president of KARI. Commenting on the signing of the MoU, H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC, stressed the importance of the close relationship between MBRSC and KARI. He also referred to the knowledge transfer programme with MBRSC’s strategic partner Satrec Initiative, which started back in 2006 with the launch of the first ever UAE satellite project DubaiSat-1.  “This MoU provides a concrete basis for the ......read more

Governments Urged to Support Aviation's Ability to Drive Economic Growth

Dubai, UAE, March 5, 2017:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to support the vital role aviation plays in connecting people and commerce around the globe. “Our world has grown much wealthier through trade and travel. Air travel liberates people to live better lives and makes our world a better place,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO. In the US, the aviation sector contributes $680.1 billion dollars to GDP and supports 6.2 million jobs. “Aviation is the business of freedom and we must continue to work together to make it so,” said de Juniac. Looking to the agenda for the Trump Administration, de Juniac called for a reduction in the tax burden on aviation and air travelers, and a new approach to the provision of air traffic ......read more

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Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes back Hajj pilgrims from their trip to Saudi Arabia…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 17, 2016:    Abu Dhabi Airports welcomed back Hajj pilgrims from their trip to Saudi Arabia. Special arrangements were in place at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), including welcome refreshments and specific arrival procedures to handle those returning with Zamzam water, and a team of Takatof volunteers were on hand to help out. ......read more

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Emirati Space Professionals Observe NASA's OSIRIS-REx Launch…

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ICAO, IATA and ACI to Host AVSEC World…

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Growing Number of UAE Travelers Prefer Self-service at the Airport…

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Historic Aviation Carbon Agreement Moves a Step Closer…

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Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomes Hajj season…

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British Airways resumes flights to Iran…

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September listings – Armani Hotel Dubai…

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Deloitte: Declining oil prices threaten expansion of Middle East airports…

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Step into the World of Portuguese Royalty with Corinthia Hotel Lisbon…

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Omran to unveil new Al Hoota Cave experience…

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Turkey Looks to Gulf Nations to Support Tourism…

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Etihad Airways Brings Its Iconic Suite the Residence to Bloomingdale's – Dubai…

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July passenger traffic rises at AUH by 7.9%…

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AUH introduces new hand luggage screening system…

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British Airways offers students and teachers added benefits ahead of new school year…

Flexible fares, additional baggage allowances and date change flexibility available with valid student or teacher ID Dubai, UAE, August 22, 2016:  British Airways is offering students and teachers travelling overseas for the new school term up to 10 per cent discount on advertised fares, one additional piece of checked baggage and flexibility on date changes to ticket ......read more

Cebu Pacific celebrates first baby born inflight…

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High-speed communication infrastructure underpins airline’s modernization program Dubai, UAE, August 15, 2016:  SITA, the global air transport communications provider, is to roll out faster, new-generation connectivity across Kenya Airways’ global network, a vital investment in infrastructure needed to support the airline’s renewed focus on cost optimization and airline ......read more

The Peninsula Paris receives the acclaimed ‘Palace' distinction…

Doha, Qatar, August 14, 2016:  Katara Hospitality, the leading global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar, has welcomed the announcement of The Peninsula Paris being awarded the highly prestigious ‘Palace’ distinction by ATOUT France, the French Tourism Development Agency.  ATOUT France carries the mandate to promote and enhance France’s tourism ......read more

Jet Airways Records Fifth Consequtive Profitable Quarter; Posts Us$ 19m Net Profit in Q1 of FY17…

Dubai, UAE, August 14, 2016: Improves operating results by 124% Registers growth in capacity, aircraft utilisation and passengers carried Cash generated from operations used to reduce debt by US$ 53m Jet Airways Group Q1 (FY17) highlights: Operating Profit increased by 124% to US$ 33m  EBITDAR of US$ 187m in Q1 FY17 as against US$ 170m in Q1 FY16 Total Revenue of US$ ......read more

Growth in tourism for religious purposes segment plays key role in bolstering Saudi Arabia's ‘post ...…

August 14, 2016- Saudi Arabia’s new ‘post-oil’ economy plan as outlined in ‘Vision 2030,’ which was announced recently, is receiving a huge boost from the tourism sector with the influx of tourists visiting the Kingdom for their Hajj pilgrimage, starting this week. According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, more than 600,000 pilgrims are expected to arrive in ......read more

Enjoy fantastic summer and Skywards membership deals with Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club…

Rewarding Leisure Membership Packages for Emirates Skywards Members  Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2016:  Members of Emirates Skywards, a frequent flyer programmme, can now take advantage of Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club’s rewarding leisure membership packages. Combine relaxing leisure time and sporting endeavours, against the backdrop of the iconic Arabian Ranches.  This ......read more

The World's Best Airport Hotel Just Got Bigger and Even Better…

Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport launches 243 new business rooms, providing quality accommodation and seamless connectivity to all airport terminals Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2016:  Crowne Plaza® Changi Airport, named the World’s Best Airport Hotel by Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2015 and 2016, has announced the opening of a new architecturally exceptional 10-storey extension, ......read more

Turkish Airlines inaugurates its direct Erbil, Iraq flights which will be operated from and to ...…

Dubai, UAE, August 8, 2016:  Already having the world's 4th largest flight network and flying to 290 destinations in 116 countries, Turkish Airlines continues to expand its extensive network.  The flag carrier, ranked as the “Best Airline in Europe”* for the sixth consecutive time had now added flights to Erbil, Iraq which are directly operated from and to Gaziantep ......read more

International Travel Week Abu Dhabi to Address Tourism Safety and Security Issues at the Inaugural ...…

- Panelist include UAE-based diplomats, tourism ambassadors, hoteliers, safety and security professionals and UAE government officials – Dubai, UAE, August 6, 2016:  International Travel Week-Abu Dhabi (ITWAbu Dhabi) has officially announce to host the inaugural World Halal Tourism Summit Ministerial Forum World Dialogue highlighting safety and security in ......read more

Passenger Demand Losing Momentum…

-Terrorism, Economic Uncertainty, Weigh on Traffic-- Dubai, UAE, August 4, 2016:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for June showing that demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 5.2% compared to the year-ago period. This was up slightly from the 4.8% increase recorded in May (revised). However, the upward ......read more

CEB breaks 10M mark in passenger volume for first half of 2016…

Flies 1.6M passengers for June 2016 alone Dubai, UAE, August 3, 2016:  The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), flew over 10 million passengers from January to June this year, an increase of 9% over the same period in 2015. On average, flights were 87% full during these months. For June 2016 alone, the Cebu Pacific Air group flew 1.6 million passengers, up by 8% ......read more

Gulf carriers see exponential growth of first and business class passenger volumes in 2015…

The figures come on the heels of Emirates and Etihad Airways both renewing their distribution agreements to sell their full range of fares to travellers worldwide through travel agents using Amadeus. Qatar Airways has had such an agreement in place since 2014. Dubai, UAE, August 3, 2016:  Between 2014 and 2015, first class passenger volumes for Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad ......read more

Etihad Airways' Luxurious Dreamliner Commences Services Into Shanghai…

Guests will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity on Shanghai-Abu Dhabi route Seamless one-stop connections over Abu Dhabi hub to over 40 business and leisure destinations across the Gulf Region, Europe, Africa and South America.   Dubai, UAE, August 2, 2016:  A state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 ......read more

Italy Visa Application Centre moves to more central location in Amman for added convenience to ...…

Travellers to Italy from Jordan can now experience enhanced services while applying for Italy visas at new centre  Dubai, UAE, August 2, 2016:  Residents of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan can now apply for Italy visas and enrol for biometrics at a new visa application centre opened in the capital city of Amman. The new centre has been set up in the high-end Al Barakeh Mall on Said ......read more

Typhoon Nida – Updates on Flights…

Dubai, UAE, August 1, 2016:  Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair announced that as Typhoon Nida moves closer to Hong Kong, flight departures and arrivals at Hong Kong International Airport today 1 August (Monday) will be suspended from 22.00 until 14.00 tomorrow (2 August).  Passengers are reminded that the situation can change rapidly and are advised to check the latest flight ......read more

U By Emaar's ‘The Summer of You' campaign adds value to staycations in Dubai…

63% respondents said Dubai is their favourite ‘staycation’ destination in survey commissioned by Emaar Hospitality Group 80% of Western expats take a staycation at least once a year  Dubai, UAE, July 28, 2016:  As staycation season kicks in, Dubai is the favourite leisure destination in the UAE according to a new online survey of over 1,000 UAE residents ......read more

How to make the most of your Club InterContinental Experience…

Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2016:  ‘The Golden Age of Travel’ describes an era when every travel moment was a glamourous and stylish experience. InterContinental Hotels & Resorts® believes that the allure and romance of this era still lives on today through Club InterContinental, the end-to-end bespoke premium travel experience tailored exclusively to each individual ......read more

DAE announces SLB agreement for 2 Boeing 737-800 with Oman Air…

Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2016:  Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd. announces a sale & leaseback agreement with Oman Air for two Boeing 737-800. The aircrafts will be delivered to Oman Air in July and August 2016 as part of their fleet expansion. Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd is a globally recognized aerospace company headquartered in Dubai. More information can be ......read more

Passengers in China Are Hyper-Connected and Happy…

Airlines invest to keep passengers connected on the ground and in the air Dubai, UAE, July 27, 2016:  Airline passengers in China are heavy users of technology both in their everyday lives and throughout their travel journeys. Nearly one quarter perceive themselves as ‘hyper-connected’ – they value efficiency and use self-service technology more frequently. Airlines are ......read more

Etihad Airways Opens Dedicated World-class Premium Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport…

   Etihad Airways First & Business Class Lounge Los Angeles demonstrates the airline’s on-going commitment to the US and its premium guests on the West Coast Fine dining and superlative service offering - comparable only to five star hotels, restaurants and private members’ clubs across the world Bespoke signature cocktails and mocktails are created and served ......read more

New Aveda, Jo Malone London and MAC Cosmetics Stores Give DFW Airport Customers Luxury Beauty ...…

International Terminal D delivers a high-end, convenient shopping experience Dubai, UAE, July 26, 2016:  Aveda, Jo Malone London and MAC Cosmetics are bringing new luxury beauty options to customers traveling through International Terminal D at Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. The three stores—all of which are part of the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. brand ......read more

All Turkish Airlines operations and flights continue uninterrupted…

Dubai, UAE, July 24, 2016:  In the wake of the 3-month state emergency, Turkish Airlines has announced that all its operations and flights function uninterrupted and will continue to do so.  As Turkey’s flag carrier that flies to more countries than any other airline, serving 290 destinations in 116 nations across the globe, Turkish Airlines will continue to make the world ......read more

MBRSC captures HD images of the Moon with DubaiSat-2 marking the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11…

Dubai, UAE, July 20, 2016:  DubaiSat-2, the second Earth observation satellite owned and operated by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has captured clear, high-resolution image of the Moon in its crescent phase to mark the 47th anniversary of the first manned mission to land on the lunar surface. About MBRSC: MBRSC is a Dubai Government entity which aims to promote ......read more

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