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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Emirates doubles A380 capacity to New York and Paris

Posted on 02/01/2013

The Emirates has doubled its A380 capacity to New York's John F. Kennedy and Paris' Charles De Gaulle airports with a twice daily service from Dubai. Upgrading capacity into New York by 1848 seats per week, flights EK203 and EK204 will now be operated by the Airbus A380-800. EK203 departs from Dubai at 0225hrs, arriving at JFK at 0745hrs. The return sector EK204 leaves JFK at 1040hrs arriving in Dubai at 0810hrs the next day. In Paris, an additional 2198 seats per week will be added; EK 075 ...  >>MORE

Emirates and CAE celebrate 10 years of successful operations in the UAE

Posted on 31/12/2012

Emirates and CAE are celebrating the ten year milestone of their joint partnership in the region. Over the past ten years, the business they formed in the UAE - Emirates CAE Flight Training (ECFT) - has earned a reputation in the industry for training excellence and thanks to a joint investment by the two companies of more than US $260 million, the centre is now one of the largest in the world. Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing airlines and Canadian-based CAE, a global leader in ...  >>MORE

Etihad airways flies record 10.29 million passengers during 2012

Posted on 30/12/2012

Etihad Airways has surpassed its target of carrying 10 million passengers this year and is set to achieve a 22 per cent increase on the total of 8.41 million passengers in 2011. The increase in passenger numbers - up to a total of 10.29 million - represents an extra 1.88 million passengers travelling on the carrier's global network that now covers 87 of its own passenger and cargo destinations, and 245 codeshare destinations. The passenger growth for Etihad Airways is mirrored by its equity ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia ends year on a high note

Posted on 27/12/2012

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, said on Wednesday that it has taken delivery of its sixth A320 aircraft in 2012. The carrier took delivery of its latest A320 at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, and the new aircraft has gone straight into service across Air Arabia's network of 82 destinations. Air Arabia has now received 14 of the 44 A320 aircraft it has ordered from Airbus in 2007. The delivery of the 44 new aircraft will be ...  >>MORE

Industry’s growth to be fuelled by the five national airlines

Posted on 26/12/2012

The eventful year 2012 will be remembered in the history of the UAE's aviation industry for a number of developments — the first being Etihad Airway's acquisition of stakes in a number of airlines. The nine-year-old has become profitable — for the first time in history — while most global carriers have been struggling. The airline currently has a fleet of 67 aircraft, flying to 86 destinations, serving more than 10 million passengers this year with more than 10,000 employees. The UAE flag ...  >>MORE

Travel in flydubai style

Posted on 24/12/2012

Flydubai will add six more aircraft next year and continue to explore new sectors in addition to increasing its capacity on existing routes, chief executive officer Ghaith Al Ghaith told Khaleej Times in an interview. Dubai's first low-cost airline is very keen to explore popular destinations in India and Pakistan in addition to increasing frequencies on existing routes in the subcontinent, but is waiting for the green signal from the governments concerned. "We don't have any plan [for India ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia awarded ISO certification

Posted on 23/12/2012

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced on Saturday that it has been awarded the ISO/IEC 20000-1: 2011 certificate in IT Service Management System. The award is in recognition of high standards the company has achieved in implementing world class information technology services. The ISO/IEC 20000-1 certification has been awarded following a rigorous auditing process that British Standards Institution (BSI) has carried out, ...  >>MORE

New business wins for dnata at Manchester and Heathrow

Posted on 22/12/2012

dnata, one of the world's largest combined air services providers, has announced the commencement of operations for two carriers who have recently entered the UK market. At Manchester airport, Airblue, operating its first wide body A340 operation from Pakistan has signed a multi-year agreement for dnata to service its cargo handling business. The carrier, which flies four times a week to both Islamabad and Lahore will be utilising dnata's extensive UK handling network and inter-airport ...  >>MORE

Emirates voted Best Business/First Class airline of the year

Posted on 20/12/2012

Emirates has been named Best Business/First Class airline by readers of Travel Weekly, the travel industry's leading business publication in the US. It is the first time Emirates has been nominated for the Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. Winners were selected by readers' votes and announced at the 10th Annual Readers' Choice Awards Gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York on December 13. "We believe that our First Class and Business Class offering is exceptional in terms of our product, ...  >>MORE

Etihad Cargo posts record number figures in November

Posted on 20/12/2012

Etihad Cargo, a division of United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier Etihad Airways, has posted record monthly revenues for November of US$ 65.8 million, up 21.2 per cent on the same period last year (US$ 54.3 million) and carried 32,633 tonnes of freight, an 18.2 per cent increase on November 2011 (27,628 tonnes). Etihad Airways' Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Kevin Knight, said: "2012 has been a great year for us. The latest impressive revenue and tonnage figures have been driven ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways acquires majority stake in airberlin topbonus frequent flyer program

Posted on 19/12/2012

Etihad Airways yesterday announced the purchase of a majority stake in a new entity incorporated to own airberlin's topbonus frequent flyer program, the first step in the establishment of a global loyalty management platform. The new entity will seek to offer new opportunities for topbonus members to collect and redeem topbonus miles around the world, including the ability to use PointsPayTM to convert miles into cash payments at more than 30 million outlets worldwide. Etihad Airways has ...  >>MORE

Boeing selects Emirati students for international internship

Posted on 17/12/2012

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] on Sunday announced the selection of three Emirati students for its 2013 International Business Intern Co-Op Programme. The annual programme, launched for the first time in the United Arab Emirates, allows students to spend six months working in the United States at the Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) plant in Renton, Washington. The three students selected for the programme are Zainab Al Junaibi, an American University in Dubai (AUD) student from Abu Dhabi; ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways’ Hong Kong codeshare on sale

Posted on 17/12/2012

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, on Saturday announced it would commence codeshare services to Hong Kong on March 24, 2013. The three return services per week, operated by Etihad Airways' equity and codeshare partner Air Seychelles, are available for sale from Sunday. Hong Kong is Etihad Airways' fourth destination in Greater China, joining Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai in the airline's expanding China network. James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and chief executive ...  >>MORE

Emirates voted world's Leading Airline Website and World's Leading Airline Rewards Programme

Posted on 15/12/2012

Emirates celebrated a double success at the World Travel Awards last night in Delhi when emirates.com was named "World's Leading Airline Website" and Skywards, Emirates' frequent flyer programme, was voted "World's Leading Airline Rewards Programme". The World Travel Awards have been running since 1994 and the categories are voted for by members of the global travel trade and the general public. Emirates beat a strong field of competition from across the globe to win these two categories. ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways named world's leading airline for the fourth consecutive year

Posted on 13/12/2012

Etihad Airways has brought home top honours at the World Travel Awards, taking the World's Leading Airline title for the fourth year in a row. The awards were announced last night at a black-tie gala event at the Oberoi Gurgaon in New Delhi, India. Etihad Airways also received recognition for its Diamond First Class product, named the World's Leading First Class. The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to seek out and reward the very best travel organisations in the world, ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmad to inaugurate Open Sky Policy celebration

Posted on 13/12/2012

Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group, will inaugurate the Dubai Celebration of 75 years of the Open Sky Policy. Sheikh Saeed Bin Maktoum signed the first agreement with the British Government in July 1937 which allowed Imperial Airways to land in the Dubai Creek. The event will be held tomorrow at Le Meridien Dubai at 10:30am, and will be attended by Mohammad Ahli, Director of Civil Aviation ...  >>MORE

Record breaking five new aircraft join Emirates fleet in December

Posted on 13/12/2012

The current Emirates fleet will expand by five aircraft in the month of December as the carrier adds three new A380s and two new Boeing 777s. Maintaining its edge as one of the world's fastest growing airlines, one A380 and one Boeing 777 have joined the network in the first weekend of December and the remaining three will join throughout the month. The new additions to the fleet will mark the arrival of Emirates 118th and 119th Boeing aircraft and its 28th to 30st A380s. As the largest ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Air Expo doubles exhibition area for March 2013 event

Posted on 12/12/2012

The second Abu Dhabi Air Expo, which will take place from 5th to 7th March 2013, at Al Bateen Executive Airport, is to double its exhibition space to cope with the increase in demand from the growing number of exhibitors keen to take advantage of the opportunity to network with the region's General Aviation market place. The Middle East's only General Aviation event, which had a successful inauguration in March 2012, has confirmed that leading airframers including Dassault Aviation, Embraer ...  >>MORE

RAK Airways increases Abu Dhabi flights to daily

Posted on 12/12/2012

RAK Airways has increased its frequency to Abu Dhabi to daily following strong demand on the local route. The airline made history as the first UAE national carrier to operate domestic flights into the capital in October. The route has proved popular with passengers and so the airline has made the decision to fly daily effective 11 December 2012. John Brayford, CEO of RAK Airways, said: "We believe in offering our customers choice and believe it is appropriate to go ahead and expand Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

London Heathrow becomes all-Emirates' A380 service

Posted on 11/12/2012

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, yesterday upgraded its five daily flights to London Heathrow to all be served by A380s, two months earlier than expected. This firmly establishes the airline as the principal A380 operator into the British capital, and the entire UK. Combined with the daily Manchester A380 service, this will mean the world's largest A380 carrier will be sending 360 flights to and from the UK each month, making Britain Emirates' biggest market for A380s. ...  >>MORE

Emirates' Flight Training Academy: a Model for the Future of Pilot Training

Posted on 07/12/2012

For the first time today, artist's renderings of the Emirates Flight Training Academy were revealed. Emirates' dedicated flight training centre, will showcase industry's most advanced approach to pilot training; meeting the Cadet's professional and personal requirements in a fully-integrated facility. The Academy, to be located at Dubai World Central Airport, will act as the dedicated training centre for Emirates' prestigious National Cadet Pilot Programme. The half a billion Dirham investment ...  >>MORE

Emirates eyes African market through FastJet

Posted on 06/12/2012

Frankfurt: Emirates, the world's largest airline by international traffic, is in talks with low-cost start-up FastJet about starting a partnership to help it win a bigger share of the African market. "The talks are at "an early stage,” FastJet chief executive officer Ed Winter said in a statement on Wednesday. Emirates added to its partnerships in September by tying up with Qantas Airways Limited. FastJet, which aims to become Africa's first pan-continental discount airline, began flying ...  >>MORE

Etihad to seal 'one or two more deals' before ending expansion policy

Posted on 05/12/2012

One of the major keystones in the expansion strategy of Etihad Airways – snapping up minority stakes in foreign airlines – is about to come to an end, according to James Hogan, the carrier's president and chief executive. Speaking in London while attending the Future of Air Transport Conference, Mr Hogan said only two further deals were likely, before he shelves the policy of equity investments. Etihad, which has minority stakes in Air Berlin, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus and Air Seychelles, ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline’s model is a game changer: CAPA chief

Posted on 04/12/2012

Emirates bags Airline of the Year; Etihad CEO is Aviation Executive of the Year Gulf airlines have progressively disturbed the global airline equilibrium, said the executive chairman of the Centre for Aviation (CAPA), and added that 2012 was the year that saw "rapid escalation” of this process. Peter Harbison made these remarks yesterday at the 10th annual CAPA Awards for Excellence at a gala ceremony in Hong Kong, where Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan was crowned the CAPA ...  >>MORE

Flydubai celebrates milestone month

Posted on 26/11/2012

This is a milestone month for flydubai to highlight the carrier's record growth across Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) network, according to the low-cost airline. Flydubai celebrates a number of route anniversaries in its CEE and CIS network in November, reaffirming its commitment to expansion and connectivity while highlighting its growth in the UAE's aviation market. The carrier's remarkable regional development include: the Dubai carrier ...  >>MORE

Major partners, Abu Dhabi hub give Etihad Airways advantage between Europe and Australia

Posted on 22/11/2012

Etihad Airways has forged a powerhouse group with partner airlines Virgin Australia, airberlin, Air France-KLM, Alitalia, and Czech Airlines which can now offer air travellers unparalleled services between Europe and Australia. As a result of Etihad Airways' sophisticated codeshare and equity acquisition strategy travellers from France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, as well as a host of other European destinations, can now connect seamlessly to and from Australia over ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo creates new Thailand trade lane with Phuket Launch

Posted on 22/11/2012

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has strengthened its operations in Thailand, with Phuket to become the second Thai gateway that connects it to international trade opportunities across its network of 126 destinations. The launch of a daily non-stop flight to Phuket on 10th December 2012, operated by an A340-300 with a belly hold capacity of 13 tonnes, will take the weekly cargo capacity into and out of the country to more than 640 tonnes. This capacity is spread across four ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways named best long-haul airline at Belgian travel magazine awards

Posted on 21/11/2012

Etihad Airways has won Best Long-haul Airline at Belgium's 15th annual Travel Magazine Awards, held in Antwerp. This is the first time Etihad Airways has won the prestigious Belgian travel industry award, beating five other long-haul carriers operating to and from Brussels International Airport. The judging panel consisted of almost 400 Belgian travel industry professionals, tour operators, travel agencies, airlines, and cruise lines. Etihad Airways' Chief Commercial Officer, Peter ...  >>MORE

Northern Emirates residents can fly to Abu Dhabi for just Dh41

Posted on 20/11/2012

Now residents of Abu Dhabi and Northern Emirates can fly to each other emirates for just Dh41. RAK Airways plans to celebrate the UAE's National Day on December 2nd by offering flyers a special one-way fare of Dh41 to mark the country's 41st anniversary. John Brayford, CEO of RAK Airways, said: "This will be the first time RAK Airways flies into the capital on UAE National Day and we would like to transport UAE nationals and residents in the Northern Emirates to the capital at a great fare to ...  >>MORE

ADAT wins 'MRO Service Provider of the Year' at ABA 2012

Posted on 19/11/2012

Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) - part of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network - was named 'MRO Service Provider of the Year' for the third consecutive year at the 6th Aviation Business Awards (ABA) in Dubai. Winners of the award are chosen every year through a democratic process, with the nominations and final voting done by senior members of the regional aviation industry. The aim is to recognise individuals and companies that have made a significant contribution to the development of ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways eyes USA for expansion

Posted on 15/11/2012

Etihad Airways is keen to expand its network in the US, President and Chief Executive Officer of the national carrier, James Hogan, said yesterday. Hogan disclosed that the US specifically is among the highest performing regions across the airline's global network, with an average 81 per cent load factor in 2012. On existing routes - New York and Chicago - a significant portion of premium bookings are for travel to/from Abu Dhabi, with 72 percent of First Class passengers and 53 per cent of ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways passes Emiratisation milestone

Posted on 14/11/2012

Etihad Airways has welcomed Noora Al Marri, its 1,000th Emirati member of staff, to the airline. Noora, who is 23 years old and from Abu Dhabi, recently joined the airline's graduate manager development program (GMDP). She was encouraged to join the UAE's national airline by her husband, an officer cadet from batch 19 of the cadet pilot program, who joined last year. Ray Gammell, Etihad Airways Chief People and Performance Officer, said: "We are delighted to welcome Noora, the airline's ...  >>MORE

Flydubai set to touch down in Maldives

Posted on 14/11/2012

Honeymooners on a budget will be cheered to hear that flydubai is set to launch flights to the Maldives, becoming the first low-cost carrier to serve the popular destination in the Indian Ocean. Flydubai, currently on a major expansion throughout the region and beyond, will begin flying to Malé, the capital of the Maldives, on January 19, operating five flights per week, starting at Dh1,730 (US$470). "We are very excited about adding Malé to our destination network," said Ghaith Al Ghaith, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Group posts Dh 2.1 billion net profit in six months

Posted on 13/11/2012

The Emirates Group yesterday announced its half yearly results posting a Dh 2.1 billion (US$ 575 million) net profit for the first six months of its current fiscal year ending 30th September, up 68 per cent from Dh 1.3 billion (US$ 343 million) from 30th September 2011. Despite continued global economic pressure and high fuel prices, the Group's revenue and other operating income rose to Dh 38.2 billion (US$ 10.4 billion) an increase of 16 per cent over the last year's results. This ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia reports Q3 net profit of Dh226m

Posted on 13/11/2012

Air Arabia Group, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced on Monday its financial results for the third quarter of 2012, demonstrating its ability to deliver strong profits quarter after quarter. For the three months ending Sept.30, 2012, Air Arabia reported a net profit of Dh226 million, an increase of 126 per cent as compared to Dh100 million in the corresponding period in 2011, reflecting the airline's strong financial position and ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways named the best Airline in the Middle East

Posted on 11/11/2012

Etihad Airways has been recognised as "Best Airline in the Middle East" for 2012 by the readers of Premier Traveller magazine in the USA. The prestigious award was presented at Premier Traveller's "Best of 2012" awards gala dinner yesterday, November 8, at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. Award winners were determined by a survey of more than 10,000 readers. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' Chief Commercial Officer, said: "We are delighted to be named Best Airline in the Middle East by ...  >>MORE

Etihad cargo growth continues in October

Posted on 10/11/2012

Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, carried a record 32,500 tonnes of freight in October, a 15 per cent increase on the same month last year. The figure is 2.2 per cent higher than September 2012, when the airline carried 31,800 tonnes. Etihad Airways' Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Kevin Knight said: "The growth figures for October clearly demonstrate the continued strength of Etihad Cargo. "The impressive tonnage was achieved despite the dampening effect of the holidays for ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia passenger traffic grows 22 per cent in October

Posted on 08/11/2012

Air Arabia announced yesterday that it has welcomed 458,316 passengers in October 2012, an increase of over 22 per cent compared to the corresponding month last year. The airline also reported that the average seat load factor - passengers as a percentage of total seats available - for the month stood at 80 per cent, registering an increase of three per cent over the figure for October 2011. "Combined with Eid break, which is a busy period for air travel across the region, October has seen ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways touches down in premiership position at world travel market

Posted on 07/11/2012

Etihad Airways, will have a championship-winning theme to its stand (ME350) at this year's World Travel Market. The airline, which sponsors Barclays Premier League winners Manchester City and Aviva Premiership winners Harlequins, will be displaying both championship trophies on its stand. There will also be a special guest appearance from the Harlequins Rugby team from 11am - 2pm on Wednesday. Named the World's Leading Airline for the third consecutive year at the World Travel Awards, ...  >>MORE

Emirates adds easyJet as new Skywards partner

Posted on 07/11/2012

Emirates on Tuesday announced European budget carrier, easyJet, as its airline partner for its frequent flyer programme, Skywards. The redemption agreement, which is aimed at facilitating travel around Europe, will connect Emirates 31 destination strong European network with all of easyJet destinations, Emirates said in a statement. "As of November 6, members will be able be use their Skywards Miles to fly with easyJet to over 30 countries across Europe and North Africa,” Emirates stated, ...  >>MORE

Etihad celebrates nine years of service

Posted on 06/11/2012

At a ceremony to mark the occasion at its Abu Dhabi headquarters yesterday, the airline's Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Baumgartner, was joined by hundreds of staff as he cut the giant birthday cake. Baumgartner said: "Etihad Airways has achieved significant growth since it took to the skies nine years ago. We look forward to many more years of safe operations, inspirational service and sustainable profitability.” In its nine years of operation, Etihad Airways has built a global network of 86 ...  >>MORE

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Emirates doubles A380 capacity to New York and Paris


Emirates and CAE celebrate 10 years of successful operations in the UAE


Etihad airways flies record 10.29 million passengers during 2012


Air Arabia ends year on a high note


Industry’s growth to be fuelled by the five national airlines


Travel in flydubai style


Air Arabia awarded ISO certification


New business wins for dnata at Manchester and Heathrow


Emirates voted Best Business/First Class airline of the year


Etihad Cargo posts record number figures in November


Etihad Airways acquires majority stake in airberlin topbonus frequent flyer program


Boeing selects Emirati students for international internship


Etihad Airways’ Hong Kong codeshare on sale


Emirates voted world's Leading Airline Website and World's Leading Airline Rewards Programme


Etihad Airways named world's leading airline for the fourth consecutive year


Sheikh Ahmad to inaugurate Open Sky Policy celebration


Record breaking five new aircraft join Emirates fleet in December


Abu Dhabi Air Expo doubles exhibition area for March 2013 event


RAK Airways increases Abu Dhabi flights to daily


London Heathrow becomes all-Emirates' A380 service


Emirates' Flight Training Academy: a Model for the Future of Pilot Training


Emirates eyes African market through FastJet


Etihad to seal 'one or two more deals' before ending expansion policy


Emirates airline’s model is a game changer: CAPA chief


Flydubai celebrates milestone month


Major partners, Abu Dhabi hub give Etihad Airways advantage between Europe and Australia


Emirates SkyCargo creates new Thailand trade lane with Phuket Launch


Etihad Airways named best long-haul airline at Belgian travel magazine awards


Northern Emirates residents can fly to Abu Dhabi for just Dh41


ADAT wins 'MRO Service Provider of the Year' at ABA 2012


Etihad Airways eyes USA for expansion


Etihad Airways passes Emiratisation milestone


Flydubai set to touch down in Maldives


Emirates Group posts Dh 2.1 billion net profit in six months


Air Arabia reports Q3 net profit of Dh226m


Etihad Airways named the best Airline in the Middle East


Etihad cargo growth continues in October


Air Arabia passenger traffic grows 22 per cent in October


Etihad Airways touches down in premiership position at world travel market


Emirates adds easyJet as new Skywards partner


Etihad celebrates nine years of service