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IATA and Partners Release Aviation Net Zero Roadmaps Comparative Review

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), together with the Air Transportation Systems Laboratory at University College London (UCL), the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and the Mission Possible Partnership (MPP), released the Aviation Net Zero CO2 Transition Pathways Comparative Review. This is the first publication to compare 14 leading net zero CO2 transition roadmaps for aviation. The report aims to provide a “one-stop shop” for airlines, policymakers and all aviation stakeholders to better understand the key similarities and differences between the various roadmaps, and their visions for achieving net zero carbon emissions for aviation by 2050. Specifically, the report compares the selected roadmaps in terms of their scope, key input assumptions, ......read more

The MEBAA Show 2024 set to unveil latest advancements for business aviation

10th edition will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 16 April 2024 – The MEBAA Show, the region’s leading business aviation platform, will return to Dubai this year, offering unrivalled access to the region’s private jet market. Following a successful edition in 2022, which saw a remarkable 56% increase in visitors from its previous edition, the 2024 edition is all set to feature a refreshed agenda packed with new concepts.  Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the 10th edition of the MEBAA Show will take place from 10-12 December at Dubai World Central ......read more

DXB retains its position as the world's busiest international airport for the 10th consecutive year

"While this milestone was greatly anticipated, its official confirmation instils us with great pride. DXB is proud to uphold its status as the world's foremost international airport for an unparalleled ten years. Throughout this decade, DXB has surpassed many records and attained numerous milestones, from welcoming our billionth passenger to introducing new terminals and facilities, collaborating with numerous airlines to broaden connectivity to diverse global destinations, all the while enhancing every aspect of the airport experience for our guests. Our unwavering commitment to operational excellence has set new benchmarks, cementing DXB's position as a leading entity in global aviation. This remarkable achievement underscores Dubai's collaborative ethos. Our success owes much to the collective efforts of all service ......read more

Turkish Airlines closes 2023, carrying 83.4 million passengers with a 23.5% increase in domestic capacity and 16% increase in international capacity compared to 2022.

Despite ongoing geopolitical tensions and macroeconomic uncertainties, Turkish Airlines achieved a new milestone in 2023, carrying 83.4 million passengers. This was due to outpacing its peers with faster capacity increases, leveraging its agility, extensive flight network, and a highly qualified workforce maintained throughout the pandemic. Our company increased its domestic passenger capacity by 23.5% compared to 2022, with number of passengers surpassing 30 million. Furthermore, on international routes, capacity rose by 16% and Turkish Airlines carried 53 million passengers with an increase of 14%. Notably, the number of passengers in the European countries with significant Turkish populations climbed by more than 20% year-over-year. While global international airline capacity lagged 12% behind the 2019 figures in 2023, as reported ......read more

Heritance Aarah Maldives: Your Summer Culinary Getaway

Have you ever wanted to embark on the best culinary journey whilst soaking your feet in a tropical barefoot paradise? If so, then Heritance Aarah Maldives awaits your arrival. Nestled in the azure embrace of the Raa Atoll, this resort rises as a symbol of indulgence in the Maldives. Known as a barefoot paradise due to its open spaces covered in white grains of sand, it offers an exquisite culinary journey perfected by its very own Culinary Olympians. At the core of Heritance Aarah's enchantment is a diverse and flavourful culinary scene, brought to life through its unique 'Dine Around' concept. With seven distinctive restaurants and five bars, each establishment creates its own epicurean tale. Delve into the spice-infused wonders of Asian cuisine at Ranba or savour the refined grace of European gastronomy at Ralu. This ......read more

Challenge Technic Embarks on Strategic Expansion in 2024: New Aircraft, Enhanced Stations, and an Expanding Customers

Challenge Technic, the maintenance arm of Challenge Group, is poised for a strategic expansion in 2024, highlighted by the addition of new aircraft to the Challenge group fleet, the opening of a new maintenance station, and a broadening customer base. As it enters its sixth year, Challenge Technic has solidified its reputation as a beacon of reliability in the aircraft MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) sector, servicing over 35 airlines with passion, precision, and fair pricing. "Challenge Technic focuses not on being the cheapest, but on maximizing flight hours for clients, ensuring minimal turnover thanks to its stellar reputation," says CEO and Accountable Manager, Erlingur Petur Ulfarsson. The year 2024 is set to be a landmark year for Challenge Technic with several significant developments: Fleet ......read more

ECS Group And CMA CGM AIR CARGO: A New Chapter In Air Transport

Strategic Partnership: ECS Group and CMA CGM AIR CARGO join forces to improve operational efficiency and service quality. Operational Efficiency: Commercializing CMA CGM AIR CARGO 's air freight capacities enhances market presence and performance. ECS Group, a global leader in GSSA, proudly announces a strategic worldwide partnership with CMA CGM AIR CARGO, a division of CMA CGM Group, a global player in sea, land, air, and logistics solutions. Starting April 1, 2024, ECS Group will be appointed as CMA CGM AIR CARGO GSSA, commercializing air freight capacities on flights operated by CMA CGM AIR CARGO. By joining forces, ECS Group and CMA CGM AIR CARGO aim to redefine industry standards in operational efficiency, service quality, and technological innovation. Together, they will pioneer innovative solutions and deliver a ......read more

Biometrics Holds The Key To Smarter Digital Travel

New SITA white paper highlights how biometric-driven IT solutions are being successfully rolled out around the world   5 April 2024 – In 1930, there were only around 6 000 passengers travelling by air. By 1934, this had risen to just under 500,000*. Fast-forward to 2019 and it had exploded to 4 billion travelers. In fact the International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects 8 billion air travelers annually by 2040. The demand for air-travel is booming. To prepare for this, 425 major construction projects (worth around US$450 billion) were already put underway at existing global airports. The industry also invested in 225 new airport projects in 2022, according to the Centre for Aviation. Bricks and mortar infrastructure is only part of the solution though. Without state-of-the-art, adaptable digital solutions, ......read more

Turkish Airlines receives three Airline Economics Aviation 100 Awards following $900 million aircraft acquisition.

The national flag carrier of Türkiye won the "Global Lease Deal of the Year", "JOLCO Deal of the Year" and "Supported Finance Deal of the Year" awards for three separate innovative aircraft transactions at the Airline Economics Aviation 100 ceremony in Dublin. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 04 April 2024: Turkish Airlines, the globally renowned aviation provider, was a recipient of three financing awards at the 13th Airline Economics Aviation 100 ceremony held in Dublin— following the airline’s significant investment of $900 million for the acquisition of eight new generation innovative aircraft. The national flag carrier won the following awards across three categories: “Global Lease Deal of the Year, “JOLCO Deal of the Year”, and “Supported Finance ......read more

Cathay marks a year of solid progress in its pursuit of sustainability leadership

Cathay’s 2023 Sustainability Report underscores its new and ongoing commitments, and progress in advancing sustainability through collaboration As Cathay continues to take important strides towards establishing itself as a sustainability leader, it is pleased to announce the release of its 2023 Sustainability Report, which underscores its ongoing commitments and progress in achieving its sustainability goals together with its customers, business partners, regulators and people. Chief Executive Officer Ronald Lam said: “Sustainability is inherent in Cathay’s purpose – to move people forward in life. We understand that achieving this purpose in a sustainable and responsible manner for current and future generations requires collective efforts. By embracing the collaborative ethos of ‘Greener ......read more

Turkish Airlines Resumes Flying to Tripoli, the Capital of Libya

Turkish Airlines starts flying to Tripoli, the capital of Libya as of March 28th, 2024, again. Being the airline that connects Africa to the most destinations in the world, Turkish Airlines operates 62 destinations across the African continent. The flag carrier will operate flights to Tripoli three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. During the inauguration ceremony at Mitiga International Airport, Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi stated; "As Turkish Airlines, we feel the excitement of connecting continents, this time in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. We are delighted to start flights again to Libya, with which we have historical ties.  We will continue to bring cultures together in Africa, as in many continents.” Turkish Airlines, which flies to 130 countries and 346 destinations, continues to ......read more

Air Cargo Demand Maintains Double-Digit Growth in February

04 April 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for February 2024 global air cargo markets showing continuing strong annual growth in demand. Total demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), rose by 11.9% compared to February 2023 levels (12.4% for international operations). This is the third consecutive month of double-digit year-on-year demand growth. Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), increased by 13.4% compared to February 2023 (16.0% for international operations). This was largely related to the increase in international belly capacity accompanying growth in passenger markets (29.5% year-on-year increase), which far exceeded international capacity on freighters (3.2% year-on-year increase). "February’s demand growth of 11.9% ......read more

Embark on an Unforgettable Escape this Eid Al Fitr at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

An enchanting staycation awaits at these oceanfront resorts where you will be treated to the pinnacle of hospitality excellence • Book 5 nights or more before April 30 to enjoy 20% savings on the best available rates along with a complimentary daily breakfast ​Dubai, UAE (April 2024): If you’re looking for a true escape from the ordinary this Eid Al Fitr then look no further. The idyllic land of the Maldives beckons for adventurers seeking an unforgettable sojourn and Four Seasons Resorts Maldives are the perfect choice to savour a magical holiday that will defy all expectations. This Eid Al Fitr, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa welcome guests to indulge in a sublime getaway that will offer all you need to create cherished memories with your loved ......read more

DXB gears up for Eid Al-Fitr and spring break influx of travellers

3.6 million guests expected to pass through DXB this fortnight Dubai, United Arab Emirates – April 2, 2024: Dubai International (DXB), the world's leading airport for international passenger traffic, is gearing up to welcome an estimated 3.6 million guests from 2-15 April, as the week-long Eid Al-Fitr holiday coincides with spring break. During this period, the daily traffic is set to exceed 258,000 guests on average, with particularly busy weekends forecasted. Saturday, 13 April is expected to be the busiest day, with total guest numbers soaring to 292,000.   Whether travellers are returning home for the holidays, arriving in Dubai to partake in the festivities, or simply passing through, Dubai Airports, together with airlines and service and commercial partners, is committed to ensuring a truly memorable ......read more

Dubai Making Significant Strides Towards Achieving Certified Autism Destination™ Certification

Dubai marks World Autism Awareness Day with significant progress in its journey to becoming a Certified Autism Destination™ Issam Kazim: ‘A key factor driving our rapid progress is the entire industry moving together in one cohesive direction’ Myron Pincomb: ‘Dubai’s record-breaking pace reflects the strong community support and leadership from key partners’ Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 02 April 2024: In an update to mark World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April, it has been announced that Dubai is on record pace towards becoming a Certified Autism Destination™. Just over one year into the process, driven by Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET), the city is firmly on track to becoming the first Certified Autism Destination™ in the Eastern Hemisphere. As ......read more

Dubai Airports and Dubai Autism Centre plant sunflowers for World Autism Day

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 02 April 2024: Dubai Airports, operator of the world’s biggest airport for international travel, and Dubai Autism Centre (DAC) joined hands to mark World Autism Day with a special sunflower planting ceremony. The event, held at DAC's gardens, aimed to raise awareness about autism and highlight Dubai Airports ongoing efforts, together with its strategic partners, to create a smooth and accessible travel experience for all guests travelling through Dubai International (DXB). This initiative also underscores their support for Dubai’s journey towards becoming an Autism-friendly destination. Majed Al Joker, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Airports, said: “We’re committed to creating an inclusive journey for every single guest, because we recognise that we all experience the world ......read more

The Next Chapter for Bell's H-1 Helicopters Begins

Dubai, UAE (April 1st, 2024) – The first Bell AH-1Z set to receive the Structural Improvement Electrical Power Upgrade (SIEPU) modification to be provided by Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc (NYSE:TXT) company, under a contract with the U.S. Marine Corps, has arrived at Bell's Amarillo Assembly Center. SIEPU modifications optimize the aircraft to improve mission capabilities, aircrew safety, and interoperability by increasing the electrical power capacity on the aircraft and support the integration of additional cabin capabilities. SIEPU marks the start of the next chapter in the life of domestic H-1 helicopters, following the completion of the U.S. Marine Corps Program of Record in November 2022. "The Bell AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom provide the backbone of attack and utility aviation support in the various ......read more

flydubai adds two destinations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Dubai-based carrier announces services to two destinations in Saudi Arabia with the launch of twice-weekly flights to Al Jouf and Red Sea International flydubai grows its network to 129 destinations in 58 countries Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 March 2024: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, has announced today the launch of services to two destinations in Saudi Arabia. This includes the resumption of flights to Al Jouf and the start of operations to Red Sea International. Flights to Al Jouf Airport (AJF) and Red Sea International Airport (RSI) start from 18 April and will operate twice a week from Terminal 2, Dubai International (DXB). Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “we are pleased to further expand our network in the GCC with the launch of flights to Al Jouf and Red Sea ......read more

Emirates Adds Saf On Flights From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Dubai, UAE, 27 March 2024: Emirates has commenced the activation of its fuel agreement with Neste this month at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Over 2 million gallons of blended SAF will be supplied into the fuelling system at Schiphol Airport over the course of 2024. The airline will track the delivery of SAF into the fuelling systems and environmental benefits using standard industry accounting methodologies. Emirates' partnership with Neste, announced late last year, represents one of the largest volumes of SAF that the airline has purchased to date. Once fully supplied into Amsterdam Schiphol's fuelling system, the blended SAF will have been comprised of over 700,000 gallons of neat SAF. The airline is also working with Neste to supply SAF into the fuelling systems at Singapore Changi Airport in the next few months. Adel ......read more

Ras Al Khaimah Welcomes Easter with Exceptional Hospitality and Exclusive Hotel Packages

Hop into a world of luxurious fun as Ras Al Khaimah hotels offer irresistible holiday experiences for the whole family, ensuring endless entertainment and excitement.   Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 27 March 2024: Treat yourself to an extraordinary Easter holiday in Ras Al Khaimah, where exclusive hotel offerings promise exceptional festivities. Whether it's beachfront retreats, desert adventures, or cultural explorations, this destination, in collaboration with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, presents a wide variety of options among serene landscapes tailored for an unforgettable Easter celebration.   The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert:  Farmhouse: Experience an egg-stravagant Easter Brunch on Sunday, March 31st, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., featuring live cooking stations, Burrata delights, ......read more

Experience an Egg-Straordinary Easter Celebration across Sun Siyam resorts in the Maldives

Male, Maldives, March 2024: Sun Siyam Resorts invites guests to embark on an egg-stravagant Easter celebration across its luxurious properties, offering exclusive experiences and irresistible offers for an unforgettable holiday experience. Siyam World Guests can immerse themselves in the whimsical world of "Rise of the Guardians" at Siyam World Maldives from March 26th to April 5th, 2024. Enjoy an exclusive chef residency by British Chef Brad Carter, musical entertainment by DJ Tayla Moss, football camps for kids led by UK football legend Wayne Bridge, and mind-blowing performances by Magician and Illusionist Mohammed Mountassir. Additionally, guests can indulge in delectable culinary delights crafted by Chef Brad Carter and participate in various family-friendly activities throughout the resort. Sun Siyam Iru Veli and ......read more

Wizz air Abu Dhabi Shares love of Travel This Ramadan with an Incredible Flash 20 Percent Sale on Tickets

The national airline enables travel dreams to take flight with fares starting from 99 AED during the holy month 20 March 2024, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, is celebrating Ramadan with an unmissable promotion on selected routes for travel lovers looking to discover must-see destinations. The flash promotion is applicable for bookings made on 20 March, with travel dates to destinations, including vibrant cities and natural paradises across its ever-expanding network, available until 30 June 2024*. The selected routes are now available on wizzair.com and the WIZZ mobile app, both accessible in Arabic. With Wizz Air, ultra-low-fares are just a few clicks away! The second largest airline in Abu Dhabi is allowing travellers to book a well-deserved vacation to discover hidden ......read more

3 simple tips for that seamless visa application journey

By Sumanth Kapoor, Head – KSA and Bahrain, VFS Global Travel has been growing exponentially in the last few years, and 2024 seems to be no different. As we start moving into the summer season, we see increased demand for visas for travel during the Eid break and school holidays. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan that summer sujourn. Plan ahead: As you make your plans, choose your destinations and create those holiday budgets, research the visa requirements for your destination country. Ensure you have all the necessary documents and information ready before submitting your application. Document checklists for each category are available on our website and the websites of the respective Embassies and Consulates.  Check on the timelines: Timelines for visa processing are clearly outlined on the relevant ......read more

Turkish Airlines Lounge Business honours once again UEFA Champions League memorabilia exhibit “The Starry Journey”

New themed display features items used by world-famous football stars including Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and many others    Turkish Airlines the first official airline partner of the UEFA Champions League, offers its Business Class passengers a unique journey to relive some of the most iconic moments from tournaments history.   Following the success of last year’s exhibit, launched in March 2023 the new display showcases iconic items from the European teams with the most appearances in Champions League history.   Dedicated football fans can marvel at the 33 jerseys, 33 match balls, and two pairs of football boots, representing 33 iconic teams from Germany, England, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Türkiye.   The unique exhibit also features signed shirts ......read more

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr with Holidays by flydubai

Holidays by flydubai offers attractive deals to a selection of destinations for passengers travelling from the UAE between 06 April and 14 April Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 March 2024: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, is offering attractive holiday packages for the upcoming Eid Al Fitr holiday period. Passengers from the UAE can travel to a selection of exciting destinations on the carrier’s network. The Eid holiday packages cater to passengers looking for a relaxing beach retreat or a short city break. The special deals are available for booking by 31 March for travel between 06 April and 14 April 2024 and include return flights and a hotel stay of up to four nights. For a relaxing beach retreat Langkawi and Penang from AED 2,649 per person Iconic for their lush mangroves, pearl-white beaches and unforgettable ......read more

IATA Announces First Signatories to Air Cargo Digitalization Leadership Charter

15 March 2024 (Hong Kong) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of the IATA Digitalization Leadership Charter at the IATA World Cargo Symposium in Hong Kong. Cathay Cargo, CHAMP Cargosystems, Global Logistics System (HK) Company Limited, IAG Cargo, IBS Software, LATAM Cargo, and Lufthansa Cargo are the inaugural signatories of the charter. The Digitalization Leadership Charter aims to accelerate the air cargo industry’s digitalization journey by committing to five key guiding principles. Developed in consultation with IATA’s Cargo Advisory Council Members, airlines and the wider air cargo community, the charter seeks to drive innovation, enhance efficiency, and promote a sustainable and harmonized digital transformation. Central to the charter is the importance of data sharing using ......read more

AJET, new brand of Turkish Airlines, has started ticket sales

AnadoluJet, established as a sub-brand of Turkish Airlines in 2008 to meet the air transportation needs with more advantageous options, has started its ticket sales under the name "AJET" on its official website ajet.com as of March 12. Established as a successful brand of Turkish Airlines, AnadoluJet has reunited over 150 million guests with their loved ones in 16 years. Now under its new name and scope, AJET is aiming to above clouds on March 31 to offer more modern, comfortable, and accessible experience for its guests while planning to be a prominent low-cost airline of a global scale and further strengthen its competitive position in the market. AJET, which will operate flights to a total of 93 destinations, including 41 domestic and 52 international, with its fleet of 95 aircraft during the summer season of 2024, ......read more

Flying into the future, ATM 2024 will address sustainability and innovation in the aviation sector

  ATM 2024 will bring together the world’s leading airlines and aircraft manufacturers to discuss the latest developments in the aviation industry Sustainability and innovation are redefining the sector and will be under the spotlight during the four-day industry showcase Highlighting the importance of startups in the travel and tourism industry, ATM has partnered with the Aviation X Lab and Intelak Programme Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13 March 2024: Exploring the future of aviation, Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which takes place from 6-9 May at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will host prominent international airlines and aircraft manufacturers to discuss the latest industry innovations and solutions. Transformative areas that are likely to be high on the agenda are sustainability and the role of startups and ......read more

Turkish Technic Provides Component Pool Services to Silk Way West Airlines for Boeing 777F Fleet

Turkish Technic, the Istanbul-based leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, has recently signed a component pool agreement with Silk Way West Airlines, one of the youngest Boeing 777F fleet operators with ongoing orders. Through this agreement, Silk Way West Airlines will have access to spare parts pooling and MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) services for the required components. Additionally, the operator will benefit from short and fast transport routes within Turkish Technic’s global supply chain network, including AOG (Aircraft on Ground) support for time-critical components. Commenting on the new agreement, Mikail Akbulut, CEO of Turkish Technic, said: ‘‘We are delighted to have taken the first step towards a long-term cooperation with Silk Way West Airlines. With decades of experience ......read more

Progress Report: Sustainability, Digitalization and Safety in Air Cargo

12 March 2024 (Hong Kong) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reviewed progress in digitalization, safety and sustainability at the opening of the IATA World Cargo Symposium with the aim of accelerating progress on these critical priorities. “Air cargo volumes are now firmly back to pre-pandemic levels. The challenge now is to ensure that air cargo growth is efficient, safe and aligned with achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Through the hard work of the air cargo industry, the building blocks are in place to significantly accelerate progress in all these areas,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo at the World Cargo Symposium (WCS), which opened in Hong Kong, today. Digitalization “The biggest opportunity for the air cargo industry is digitalization. This has ......read more

Turkish Technic Has Reached a Milestone in its First A330P2F Conversion

Turkish Technic, a leading MRO company certified as Part 145 and Part 21 J&G organization, has embarked on A330P2F conversions in collaboration with Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), the center of excellence for Airbus Passenger-to-Freighter (P2F) conversions.  As the first MRO company to operate as a conversion house directly collaborating with EFW for A330P2F, Turkish Technic has recently achieved a key milestone by performing the Upper Frame Shell (UFS) cut-out and successfully locating the new UFS, which is a key step for the installation of the main deck cargo door. The first conversion is part of a series of P2F conversion projects, and it is planned to be completed by the middle of 2024. Commenting on the milestone of the first P2F conversion, Mikail Akbulut, CEO of Turkish Technic said: "We are happy to reach a ......read more

Turkish Airlines Becomes Melbourne Victory's New Principal Partner

Turkish Airlines is glad to announce its partnership with Melbourne Victory Football Club, becoming the Principal Partner of the esteemed professional sports team for the next three years, commencing for the 2024/25 season.  With a rich heritage of supporting a myriad of sports disciplines and teams worldwide, Turkish Airlines brings to this partnership a legacy of fostering athletic talent and sportsmanship. By joining forces with Melbourne Victory, a club celebrated for its spirit and achievements, Turkish Airlines not only extends its vast portfolio of sports engagements but also reinforces its dedication to bridging cultures and communities through the universal passion for athletic achievement. Flag carrier will prominently feature as the front-of-shirt partner for Melbourne Victory's Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s ......read more

Turkish Airlines Introduces 'Turkish Airlines Red' in Collaboration with Pantone Color Institute™

Flying to more countries than any other airline, Turkish Airlines, has partnered with Pantone Color Institute™️, the global color authority, and named its hallmark red color of its logo as "Turkish Airlines Red" in celebration of its first flight to Australia, the 6th continent. This collaboration symbolizes a new chapter in the flag carrier's illustrious journey, marking its expansion into new territories and the enhancement of its brand identity. The introduction of 'Turkish Airlines Red' comes at a time when Turkish Airlines continues to achieve remarkable milestones, including the launch of its inaugural flight to Melbourne, expanding its flight network to encompass all six continents. Turkish Airlines Red, with its vivid display, represents the distinctive presence of Turkish Airlines in ......read more

Emirates supports customers observing the Holy Month of Ramadan

Dubai, UAE, 8 Mar 2024: Reflecting the spirit of togetherness and generosity during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Emirates will be serving thousands of meal boxes for fasting passengers both onboard and at boarding gates, screening an array of religious content and popular TV shows on ice, and offering traditional Ramadan dishes in the lounges. Ramadan refreshments in the lounges At the Emirates lounges in Dubai International Airport (DXB), traditional Arabic sweets, dates and coffee will be offered during Ramadan. Meals available in First and Business Class lounges will include a selection of hot and cold Arabic mezze, lentil soup, main courses of Arabic mixed grill with tahina, chicken kabsa served with dakous and raita, and desserts of kunafa pistachio cream, basboussa saffron, walnut kathayef ashta and ice cream flavours of Arabic ......read more

Emirates collaborates with Tourism Ireland to increase inbound traffic

Berlin/ Dubai, 7 March 2024: Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tourism Ireland to boost inbound tourism to Ireland through the airline’s global network of more than 140 destinations. The MoU was signed by Thierry Aucoc, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe and David Boyce, Head of Emerging Markets at Tourism Ireland. Under the collaboration, Emirates and Tourism Ireland will seek to explore joint advertising campaigns to boost visitor traffic to Ireland from key strategic markets across the Emirates network including Australia, the UAE and New Zealand. “Through our new partnership with Tourism Ireland, we aim to play an active role in promoting tourism growth to the island of Ireland. With our strong network and track-record of working with partners through trade ......read more

VFS Global witnesses 15% increase in visa volume in 2023

Visa application volume from UAE in 2023 grew by 15% compared to 2022 and 145% against 2021 Revised operational timings announced for Ramadan With the growing demand for international travel over the past few years, VFS Global has witnessed a 15% surge in visa applications in 2023 v/s 2022, and a whopping 145% growth since borders reopened post-pandemic. Popular destinations preferred by travellers from UAE in 2023 were Canada, France, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Türkiye and United Kingdom (in alphabetical order). Monaz Billimoria, Regional Head - UAE, VFS Global, said, “The rise in demand for international travel has grown exponentially in the last two years, with the travel season extending beyond the traditional seasons of summer and winter. We urge applicants to plan their travels and apply well in advance, ......read more

F-16 Block 70 Jets Set Off on Historic Ferry Flight to Bahrain: A New Era in Air Defense

GREENVILLE, S.C., March 7, 2024 – Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today marked a significant milestone with the departure of the first ferry cell of three F-16 Block 70 jets from Greenville, South Carolina, to Bahrain. This event highlights Bahrain's role as the first Gulf Cooperation Council member to operate the F-16 and now the first to integrate the F-16 Block 70 variant into its fleet. To date, Lockheed Martin has produced five F-16 Block 70 jets for Bahrain, with an additional 11 in various stages of production and testing. The initial aircraft are performing flight test missions at Edwards Air Force Base, California, with the 416th Flight Test Squadron. OJ Sanchez, vice president and general manager of the Integrated Fighter Group at Lockheed Martin, emphasized the importance of the F-16 in the joint 21st Century ......read more

Emirates signs MoUs with Icelandair and GO7 with plans to develop deeper cooperation

Berlin, Germany 7 March 2024: Emirates has signed MoUs with Icelandair and travel technology and ticketing specialist W2 and AirBlackBox (ABB) by GO7 to develop deeper commercial cooperation. The move comes as the airlines look to leverage each other’s networks, in addition to using modern tools for more efficient combined air and rail ticket connections. Both the MoUs will set the framework to establish potential codeshare cooperations across the networks of each respective airline in addition to expanding intermodal programmes  offered by virtual interlines across the Emirates network. Adnan Kazim, Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline said: “We are pleased to deepen our partnerships with Icelandair and GO7. Their networks and intermodal capabilities complement our ......read more

Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub and Tim Aerospace Break Ground on one of the Region's Largest MRO Hangars

The new facility caters to wide-body aircraft and will be completed by 2025 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 7 March 2024: The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH), the aerospace platform of Dubai dedicated to the advancement of the aviation industry, and Tim Aerospace broke ground on its new hangar at Dubai South. The new facility will be built with the maximum allowed design dimensions, making it one of the largest wide-body capable aircraft MRO hangars in the GCC, with a capacity for up to five wide-body aircraft of any type, excluding the A-380. The ground breaking ceremony took place at MBRAH in Dubai South, and was attended by His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, and Timor Shah Shahab, Founder and CEO of Tim Aerospace, in the presence of senior ......read more

Emirates and ITA Airways sign MoU, planning extended cooperation for codeshare

Berlin, Germany 6 March 2024: Emirates and ITA Airways have today inked an MoU for the expansion of their existing interline into a full codeshare partnership. Once activated, the codeshare will boost travel options and connection choices for customers travelling between Dubai, Italy and beyond. The MoU signed today will establish the foundations to strengthen the partnership between both airlines, creating one-stop connections to popular cities across Italy and wider Europe with ITA Airways, and opening up simpler and faster journeys to the Emirates network from Dubai with the best routes, schedules and connections. Adnan Kazim, Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline said: “Enhancing our partnerships and boosting our presence in key regions such as Europe is an integral part of our commercial ......read more

IATA Welcomes Nominations for 2024 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

6 March 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) opened nominations for the 2024 Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Nominations are welcome from all individuals or organizations in the aviation sector and will close at 23:59 CET on 17 April 2024. This is the fifth edition of these annual awards which focus on recognizing excellence in diversity and inclusion in three categories: The Inspirational Role Model Award recognizes a woman holding a senior position within the air transport industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong contribution to business delivery, as well as her ongoing support for the diversity and inclusion agenda. Nominees are welcome from across the aviation industry. The High Flyer Award recognizes a female aviation professional under the age of 40 who has ......read more

Air Cargo Demand up 18.4% in January

06 March 2024 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for January 2024 global air cargo markets indicating a strong start to 2024. Total demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), increased by 18.4% compared to January 2023 levels (19.8% for international operations). This significant upturn marks the highest annual growth in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs) since the summer season of 2021. Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometres (ACTKs), was up 14.6% compared to January 2023 (18.2% for international operations). This was largely related to the growth in belly capacity. International belly capacity rose 25.8% year-on-year (YoY) on the strength of passenger markets. "Air cargo demand was up 18.4% year-on-year in January. This is a strong start to the year. In ......read more

H.E Khalifa Al Zaffin opens the largest edition of MRO Middle East and AIME

Day one hosts inspiring sessions, with key themes of sustainability, connectivity, technology and innovation set to define the future of the MRO and interiors sectors DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – 5 March 2024 – His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Dubai South, today opened MRO Middle East and Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) 2024. Running until 6th March, the co-located events are welcoming leaders from across the global aviation supply chain at a time where the industry is on a strong upwards trajectory, particularly in the Middle East. According to Airbus’ latest Global Services Forecast, the region’s commercial aircraft services market will more than double in value by 2042, growing from $12 billion to $28 billion and registering a 4.4% ......read more

Emirates Park Zoo and Resort joins Abu Dhabi Municipality for beach clean-up, promotes marine conservation

Abu Dhabi – March 04, 2024: Emirates Park Zoo and Resort, a leading destination for wildlife enthusiasts, demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by spearheading a beach clean-up drive at Bahia Beach. The initiative, aimed at safeguarding marine ecosystems, involved the removal of litter and debris from the coastal areas, aligning with the organisation's dedication to preserving the environment. Organized in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Municipality, Emirates Park Zoo and Resort aims to foster a cleaner and healthier environment for both wildlife and visitors alike. With a history of similar initiatives in the past and plans for future clean-up events, the zoo's partnership with the municipality exemplifies a shared commitment to environmental preservation. The nature of this collaboration involves ......read more

Business France to showcase the French Aerospace Expertise at AIME & MRO Middle East 2024

March 5th 6th Dubai World Trade Center United Arab Emirates – Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French Economy announces the participation of A dedicated French Pavilion at the Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) & Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) Middle East 2024 exhibition, set to take place in the UAE. In partnership with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, this initiative aims to highlight the cutting-edge capabilities and innovative solutions offered by 22 French companies. The Middle East, a thriving hub for French aerospace ambitions The aviation sector's sustained growth has not only underscored the region's indispensability to the industry but also showcased the commitment of its stakeholders to push the boundaries of ......read more

Middle East's commercial aircraft services market value forecast to more than double to $28 billion by 2042

Dubai, 4 March 2024 – The Middle East’s commercial aircraft services market will more than double in value by 2042, according to Airbus’ latest Global Services Forecast (GSF). Growing to $28 billion from $12 billion today and registering a 4.4% average annual growth, the regional expansion will surpass the global average growth of 3.6%. Today, five of the world’s largest aviation cities are in the Middle East, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, serving more than 10,000 long-haul passengers per day. Airbus estimates 3,120 new passenger and freight aircraft deliveries over the next 20 years. Driven by the rise in annual air traffic – set to increase by 4.6% in the Middle East – and the requirement for more digitally-enabled and connected aircraft, the growth in demand for services will be reflected in ......read more

Emirates SkyCargo hosts discussion on the future of air freight in global trade at MC13

Event brought together leading world experts to tackle the hot topics of logistics, global trade and supply-chain efficiency Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi: “Today’s important discussion underlined the potential impact of advanced technologies on global trade – and the urgency with which we need to now integrate them”   Dubai, UAE, March 1, 2024 – Emirates SkyCargo, one of the largest international cargo airlines, has hosted discussions on the hot topics in logistics and world trade and the challenges faced by the global supply chains, on the sidelines of the 13th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference (WTO MC13), hosted by the UAE Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) in the UAE capital. The event has brought together senior leaders across industries to ......read more

flydubai wins two awards at the Aviation Achievement Awards

The Dubai-based carrier wins the prestigious “Airline of the Year” award at The Aviation Achievement Awards 2024 flydubai Cargo was also recognised for its “Outstanding Contribution to the Air Cargo Sector” Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 01 March 2024: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, was recognised in two categories at the Aviation Achievement Awards. The carrier was named “Airline of the Year” while its cargo division was also recognised for its “Outstanding Contribution to the Air Cargo Sector”. These are the first awards that the carrier has received in 2024, building on the accolades it received last year. Francois Oberholzer, Chief Financial Officer at flydubai, received the awards on the carrier’s behalf at the awards ceremony held in Dubai. The event was ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports appoints Memac Ogilvy as new lead creative agency

Agency will support award-winning airport group in unlocking the full growth potential of Abu Dhabi's tourism and trade industry. [Dubai, UAE – February 29, 2024] - Memac Ogilvy announced today that it has been selected by Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator of Abu Dhabi’s five commercial airports, as its new strategic and creative agency of record. Memac Ogilvy’s role will encompass strategic and creative responsibilities for the brand’s commercial, free zone businesses, and social media platforms. The focus will be on generating innovative ideas and experiences to further accelerate its leadership position as the operator of one of the world’s fastest-growing airport hubs. Memac Ogilvy was awarded the business after a competitive pitch process, demonstrating the agency’s proven strength in ......read more

2023 Safest Year for Flying By Several Parameters

28 February 2024 - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2023 Annual Safety Report for global aviation. Aviation continues to make progress on safety with several 2023 parameters showing “best-ever” results. There were no hull losses or fatal accidents involving passenger jet aircraft in 2023. However, there was a single fatal accident involving a turboprop aircraft, resulting in 72 fatalities. There were 37 million aircraft movements in 2023 (jet and turboprop), an increase of 17% on the previous year. Report highlights include: The all accident rate was 0.80 per million sectors in 2023 (one accident for every 1.26 million flights), an improvement from 1.30 in 2022 and the lowest rate in over a decade. This rate outperformed the five-year (2019-2023) rolling average of 1.19 (an average ......read more

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