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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Emirates dominating the skies

Posted on 27/08/2012

With no less than 11 new destinations under its belt so far in 2012 with another five more to commence before the year is out, one has to wonder just where growth from Emirates comes from and whether this behemoth will ever stop expanding. New services to Washington DC, Phuket, Adelaide, Lyon and a resumption of flights to Tripoli, with Warsaw just one of the new destinations for 2013, Emirates is not exactly short of ideas on where to fly to next. And it's precisely this targeted expansion ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways extends Melbourne Etihad stadium deal to 2019

Posted on 16/08/2012

Etihad Airways has signed a new multi-million dollar agreement to extend to 2019 its naming and marketing rights for Melbourne's Etihad Stadium, the city's premier sports and entertainment venue. The five-year extension was announced in Melbourne yesterday by James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of Etihad Airways, and Ian Collins AM, Chief Executive of the Melbourne Stadiums Limited, the company that operates Etihad Stadium. Hogan said: "Placing the Etihad name on this world class ...  >>MORE

UAE's first domestic flight from October... RAK to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 16/08/2012

Ras Al Khaimah-based RAK Airways, one of the flagship carriers of the UAE, has worked on building passenger numbers, filling 250,000 seats in 2011, while gradually expanding its destination network to Africa, Middle East and Asia. Airline Call Centre staff confirmed to Emirates24|7 that domestic service to Abu Dhabi will begin October, with four flights a week. No information was provided about fares. This is the first scheduled airport-to-airport domestic flight in the UAE's history, a ...  >>MORE

Emirates spreads its wings further with new routes

Posted on 14/08/2012

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, further strengthened its route network with the re-launch of flights to Tripoli from October 29. The Dubai-based airline will continue to spread its wings across the globe. Over the next six months, the carrier will launch a further five destinations — Washington, DC on September 12, Adelaide on November 1, Lyon on December 5, Phuket on December 10 and Warsaw on February 6, 2013. "In resuming our flights to Tripoli, Emirates is ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia announces second quarter 2012 net profit of Dh 66 million, up 31 per cent

Posted on 08/08/2012

Air Arabia, announced yesterday its financial results for the three months ending June 30, 2012, demonstrating the continued strength of the airline's business model. For the three months ending June 30, 2012, Air Arabia reported a net profit of Dh 66 million, an increase of 31 per cent compared to Dh 51 million in the corresponding period in 2011. The carrier's turnover for the second quarter of 2012 stood at Dh 729 million, an increase of 23 per cent compared to Dh 592 million reported in ...  >>MORE

Etihad airways welcomes 11 Omani nationals to its graduate management program

Posted on 07/08/2012

Eleven Omani graduate managers have recently commenced training at Etihad Airways headquarters in Abu Dhabi as part of the airline's extensive recruitment drive in Oman. The 21-month Graduate Management Development Program is designed to train and develop managers who will play a key part in the growth of Etihad Airways. The program involves a six month workplace orientation in key Etihad Airways' departments, followed by eight months of workplace learning with a specified team. The final ...  >>MORE

Etihad cargo excels freight performance in July

Posted on 07/08/2012

Etihad Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, has posted record monthly figures for July with network volumes approaching 33,000 tonnes, an increase of 18 per cent on the same month last year. The figures surpass a previous month record of 31,700 tonnes which Etihad Cargo carried in March 2012. Total revenues for the month were up 4 per cent on June and up 8 per cent on the corresponding period the previous year. Last month Etihad Cargo reported strong H1 2012 results, with tonnage up 21 per ...  >>MORE

Etihad airways opens kiosk in Muscat city centre

Posted on 06/08/2012

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has opened a new sales kiosk in the Muscat City Centre for the Holy month of Ramadan. The new sales kiosk is aimed at keeping pace with the ever growing demand for air travel from the Sultanate during this period. Mahfood Ali Saleem Al Harthy, Etihad Airways' General Manager, Oman, said: "This is an innovative one-stop-shop service from Etihad Airways that will support our rapidly growing customer base in Oman. The stylish, ...  >>MORE

Maximus Air H1 revenue jumps 3% to US$57.6m

Posted on 05/08/2012

Maximus Air, an Abu Dhabi Aviation Group company, announced the compilation of its 2012 half-year results. Revenue has jumped up three per cent to US$57.6 million from the same period last year, this increase is largely due to commercial charters from numerous global key clients. Net profit from operations increased a healthy 50 per cent from 2011 results, which is attributed to sales growth in the private sector - accounting for 59 per cent, while government and ACMI sales balanced out the ...  >>MORE

Emirates announces flights to Phuket

Posted on 04/08/2012

Emirates Airlines continued its network expansion with the announcement of the start of daily services to Phuket in Thailand. Phuket, the largest island in Thailand located in the Andaman Sea, will, from 10th December, become Emirates' second destination in Thailand. Operated by a three-class Airbus aircraft, EK378 will depart Dubai at 1245hrs and arrive at Phuket International Airport at 2155hrs. The return flight, EK379 will depart at 0035hrs the following day and arrive at Dubai ...  >>MORE

Gulf’s booming airlines forge new links abroad

Posted on 04/08/2012

During a demonstration flight of Boeing's new 787 high above the UAE this summer, one of the plane-maker's representatives jokingly asked an Etihad Airways executive what was next on the airline's shopping list. It wasn't planes he was talking about, but chunks of other airlines. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad has snapped up stakes in four different carriers just since December, prompting speculation in aviation circles of more deals to come. Etihad is not alone. The Gulf's three big airlines are all ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches A380 service to Amsterdam

Posted on 02/08/2012

Emirates launched A380 services on its Amsterdam route on Wednesday, the carrier said it a statement, adding it is the first carrier to offer a scheduled A380 service to the Netherlands. The superjumbo will become the 19th A380 destination among a host of major cities around the world, operating as EK 0147, on the daily Dubai to Amsterdam route. Operating services to the Netherlands for around two years now, Emirates is adding much-needed seat capacity – over 2,000 seats a week in order to ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus unveil codeshare details

Posted on 31/07/2012

Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus have signed an historic interline and codeshare agreement which follows the UAE national airline's recent 2.987 per cent equity purchase in the Irish carrier. Within the agreement Etihad Airways will place its "EY" code on Aer Lingus flights between Dublin, Manchester and London Heathrow, and destinations in Ireland, the British Isles, the Channel Islands, Portugal, the Netherlands and the US. In return, Aer Lingus will place its "EI" code on Etihad Airways ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia takes 3rd 2012 plane delivery

Posted on 29/07/2012

Air Arabia has taken its third aircraft delivery of 2012 and another three aircraft are expected by the end of the year, it was announced on Saturday. The Sharjah-based carrier's 31st aircraft has gone straight into service across its 75-destination network served from the carrier's main hubs in the UAE, Morocco and Egypt. The latest Airbus A320 arrived on schedule from Airbus' Toulouse facility, marking the delivery of a total of 11 out of 44 A320 aircraft ordered back in 2007. Once ...  >>MORE

Vietnam to join Etihad Airways global flight network

Posted on 22/07/2012

Etihad Airways will launch daily flights to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's commercial capital and most populous city, in October 2013. It will be Etihad Airways' sixth online destination within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, joining Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore. In conjunction with its partner airlines, the new Ho Chi Minh City service extends Etihad Airways' total flight network reach to 21 ASEAN destinations. The new air services to Ho Chi ...  >>MORE

Etihad to raise its stake in Virgin Australia

Posted on 19/07/2012

Etihad Airways has been given the all clear to raise its stake in Virgin Australia to a maximum of 10 per cent. The UAE flag carrier had made clear its intentions to acquire a greater stake earlier this year, as it currently owns 4.99 per cent of the Australian airline. Etihad said in a statement yesterday that it had applied to the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) in Australia to raise the level of its investment, and that its request had now been approved. Earlier this month, Etihad ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia flies high with strong passenger numbers

Posted on 18/07/2012

Air Arabia, yesterday announced that it has welcomed 1.3 million passengers in the second quarter of 2012, an increase of over 15 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2011. In June 2012 alone, the airline carried some 466,474 customers - the highest number of passengers that the airline handled in a month by far. The airline also reported that the average seat load factor for the second quarter of 2012 stood at 85 per cent, registering an increase of 3 per cent over the figure for ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia named world’s 2nd best performing airline

Posted on 15/07/2012

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa's first and largest low-cost carrier, has been ranked as the world's second best performing airline in a study by Aviation Week, the leading global aviation magazine. The Top-Performing Airlines (TPA) study ranks the top 10 performing airlines worldwide, based on five different performance categories, including financial and operational performance. Air Arabia, the only Middle East airline to claim a spot in the TPA study, demonstrated sustained ...  >>MORE

Emirates Cadet Pilot Programme ready for take-off

Posted on 12/07/2012

Emirates National Cadet Pilot Programme continues to recruit UAE National to join Emirates pilot team with a series of open sessions beginning from tomorrow. With over 350 cadets already graduated through the programme since its inception in 1992, the Cadet Pilot programme remains the top choice for Emiratis wanting a career that involves great responsibility, technical skills, plus an exciting, multi-cultural work environment. In an effort to help interested applicants get a taste for a ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways wins airline strategy Award

Posted on 10/07/2012

Etihad Airways, last night won the finance category of the Airline Strategy Awards, one of the industry's most coveted awards. The award, announced in front of the world's leading airline figures at London's The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, recognised the strategic contribution the finance team has made to the success of Etihad Airways. The award was accepted by James Rigney, Etihad Airways Chief Financial Officer, who said: "Our expert team plays a key role in the business ...  >>MORE

Emirates first to serve US with twice daily A380 flights

Posted on 08/07/2012

New York - Emirates airline is set to become the first airline in the world to serve a US city with a second-daily A380 service. Having been the first airline to offer an A380 commercial service to the US in 2008, Emirates will increase the capacity on one of its daily flights from Dubai to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), starting January 1, 2013. The service, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will be replaced by the ultra-modern A380 aircraft, offering almost ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways wins Airbus’ excellence award

Posted on 08/07/2012

Etihad Airways has been awarded Airbus' Top Operational Excellence Award for its fleet of Airbus A340 aircraft. This is the second time the UAE flag carrier has received the prestigious award. Airbus found that Etihad Airways outperformed other airline fleets across a number of criteria for operational excellence over a two-year period. The winning criteria included: the number of revenue take offs over the last two years, the number of revenue flight hours during the same period, chargeable ...  >>MORE

Etihad Cargo flying high on impressive H1 2012 results

Posted on 08/07/2012

Etihad Cargo, the cargo division of the UAE flag carrier, carried a record 175,000 tonnes of cargo in the first six months of 2012, a 21 per cent increase over the same period last year. The jump represents an extra 30,000 tonnes compared to H1 2011, with revenues 13 per cent higher. Etihad Cargo operates to 87 destinations internationally. Last week Etihad Cargo reported strong second quarter results for 2012, with tonnage up 22 per cent to 90,000 tonnes, contributing to revenues of US$183 ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways' Q2 revenues up to US$1.25b

Posted on 05/07/2012

Etihad Airways yesterday announced a 31 per cent increase in its Q2 2012 revenues to US$1.25 billion (2011: US$957 million), contributing to first half 2012 revenues up 30 per cent to US$2.24 billion (US$1.73 billion). Passenger numbers leapt to 2.55 million in Q2, up 34 per cent, and to 4.89 million in the half year, thanks to increased overall capacity and improved seat factors. The record results were boosted by the airline's growing network of codeshares and strategic partnerships which ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline in major network expansion to the East and West

Posted on 05/07/2012

Emirates Airline said it is embarking on a major expansion of its route network with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months, on top of the 12 new routes already being rolled out in 2012. From 1st November, Emirates will launch four weekly flights to Adelaide, rising to a daily service from 1st February 2013. Adelaide will be the airline's fifth destination in Australia which is currently served with 70 flights per week, the carrier said in a press release. The ...  >>MORE

Inaugural Etihad flight to Lagos touches down

Posted on 04/07/2012

The inaugural flight of Etihad, the UAE's flag carrier, to Lagos touched down at the Murtala Muhammed Airport yesterday. The inaugural flight EY671 painted in Manchester City Football Club's famous colours was greeted with a water canon ceremony amid a fresh welcome of a light afternoon rain. The Etihad delegation led by Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer of Etihad Airways, was welcomed by Dr. Harold Demuren, director general of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority. The new route to ...  >>MORE

Hello tomorrow

Posted on 04/07/2012

The new Emirates Airline terminal to open at the Dubai International Airport in January is another testament to Dubai's focus on investing in the future through infrastructure projects that will contribute to long-term growth and overall social and economic welfare, commented a UAE daily. The phenomenal growth of the Dubai International Airport has its add-on effect not only on the aviation sector of the Emirate but also across various other growth sectors including hospitality, retail and ...  >>MORE

Up, up and away in London with Emirates airline

Posted on 03/07/2012

Tourists can soar over London thanks to Emirates airline - but not in a plane. The public can now board Emirates Air Line, the UK's first urban cable car, to cross the River Thames in the British capital. Passengers travel 90m above one of the world's most famous waterways, capturing dramatic views of the City, Canary Wharf, historic Greenwich, the Thames Barrier and the Olympic Park. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (pictured) and Emirates Airline President Tim Clark joined Peter ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways sets new passenger numbers record

Posted on 03/07/2012

Etihad Airways has set new passenger records, with more than 158,500 air travelers flying with the Abu Dhabi-based airline between Tuesday 26 and Saturday 30 June, averaging 31,700 passengers each day. Individually, each of the five days within that period rank in the airline's top five days for passenger numbers. Saturday 30 June claimed top spot, with 33,248 passengers choosing to fly on Etihad Airways aircraft on that single day, with a seat factor of 85 per cent. The top five record ...  >>MORE

Vice President inaugurates aviation services

Posted on 02/07/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday (Sunday) inaugurated the Pilots and Aircrew Electronic Licences service. Sheikh Mohammad inaugurated the service during a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Centre in Abu Dhabi. Following the inauguration, Sheikh Mohammad received his pilot e-licence from Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, Director General of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Etihad airways' latest Boeing 777 boasts first class

Posted on 02/07/2012

Etihad Airways' first three-cabin Boeing 777-300ER aircraft has departed on its maiden EY11 flight, from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow. The new aircraft is configured with eight Diamond First Class Suites, 40 Pearl Business lie-flat beds, and 282 seats in Coral Economy. The aircraft will be deployed on Etihad Airways' ‘blue-ribbon' Abu Dhabi-London route, predominantly the EY11 and EY12 flights, boosting capacity by 13 per cent. The additional business class capacity will cater for the high ...  >>MORE

Emirates marks 10th anniversary of Japan service with introduction of its flagship A380

Posted on 02/07/2012

Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing international airlines, yesterday ensured its 10th year of operating in Japan will be one to remember as its flagship Airbus A380 touched down in Tokyo, marking the introduction of the aircraft to its daily non-stop service to Dubai. EK318 was welcomed by a water canon salute to celebrate Tokyo Narita International becoming the 19th airport on Emirates' global network of 123 destinations to be served by the most comfortable and environmentally ...  >>MORE

AIR ARABIA’S NEW LOW COST BAGGAGE POLICY

Posted on 25/06/2012

Air Arabia announced on Sunday, that it has introduced a new online pre-booked baggage policy, enabling passengers to pay for only the baggage weight they need. The new policy, effective for all tickets purchased on or after July 1, 2012, allows passengers when booking a flight with Air Arabia to pre-book a checked baggage weight allowance (20kg, 30kg or 40kg), with no limitation on the number of pieces. Passengers who pre-book a 20kg checked baggage allowance will pay just Dh10, while ...  >>MORE

Ahmed bin Saeed: Emirates Airline to receive 4 Airbus A380s soon

Posted on 24/06/2012

H.H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group has said Emirates Airline will soon receive four Airbus A380 aircraft as part of an order. The Airline will arrange for about US$1 billion in financing for the four aircraft. A total of fifty eight A380-800s (superjumbos) have been ordered so far by the carrier. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline at Thames

Posted on 19/06/2012

Transport for London has set June 28 as the opening date for Britain's first urban cable car — well in time for the massive crowds expected for the Olympics. It is called the Emirates Air Line, after the Dubai air carrier invested £36 million as part of a 10-year sponsorship deal. The cable car will make the one kilometre crossing between Greenwich and the Royal Docks, allowing visitors to take in the views of Olympic Park, the Canary Wharf financial centre and the Thames Barrier, massive ...  >>MORE

Emirates repays US$550 million sukuk in full

Posted on 19/06/2012

Emirates airlines announced yesterday that it has repaid a US$ 550 million sukuk bond in full on its maturity date 18 June, 2012. The sukuk bond, listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, was originally issued in 2005 with a seven year term. The US$550 million sukuk bond was the first of its kind to be issued by Emirates representing its commitment to utilising a diverse range of funding tools, including Islamic financing. "The repayment of our first ever sukuk bond is part of Emirates' ...  >>MORE

Emirates' new Colombo lounge accorded high-profile opening

Posted on 19/06/2012

A pledge of continued support to Sri Lanka's tourism industry through award-winning air services was one of the highlights of the high-profile formal opening of the Emirates Lounge at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayaka. Tim Clark, President of Emirates airline, and Mohammed Mattar, Divisional Senior Vice President Airport Services, joined the UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mahmood Mohammed Al-Mahmoud, Sri Lankan Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, Civil ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways reports record flight bookings

Posted on 16/06/2012

Etihad Airways achieved a new milestone on Monday 11 June when more than 65,500 flight bookings were made with the Abu Dhabi-based airline. The figure was the highest number of bookings ever made in a single day with Etihad Airways and exceeded the previous record, on Monday 9 January, by 13 per cent. In addition, passenger bookings for Thursday 14 June to Sunday 17 June are the highest of any four days previously experienced. The most popular overall destinations for travel over the 14 – ...  >>MORE

Emirates Group to cut emissions

Posted on 14/06/2012

Emirates Group is one of the first major companies to align itself with the new push by Dubai Carbon Centre for Excellence (DCCE) in the hunt for ways to reduce carbon emissions, the company said on Tuesday. In a statement, Emirates Group said it has already "a fuel efficiency 22.5 per cent better than the International Air Transport Association (IATA) global fleet average and CO2 emissions 18.1 per cent better than the IATA average (per passenger kilometre).” But the company wants to ...  >>MORE

Emirates not buying stake in Qantas: Tim Clark

Posted on 12/06/2012

Beijing - Emirates' President, Tim Clark, on Monday denied outright recent reports Emirates is in talks with Qantas for a potential stake in the Australian carrier. "I had a chat with Alan Joyce [Qantas' CEO] about codeshares and then the next thing we hear that Emirates is buying Qantas. It's not true at all. We are not at all buying a stake in Qantas,” Clark told Gulf News on the sidelines on IATA's annual meeting in Beijing yesterday, rubbishing reports in the media over the past few ...  >>MORE

Etihad records 100k fans on Facebook

Posted on 12/06/2012

Etihad Airways on Monday said fans on its Facebook page reached 100,000, mainly in support of the carrier's recently launched new television commercial. In celebration, the UAE flag carrier has developed a special YouTube ‘Thank you' video featuring its staff from different parts of the business thanking fans for supporting the airline. Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer at Etihad Airways, said: "We are a people business, an award winning airline, and we are delighted to have ...  >>MORE

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Emirates dominating the skies


Etihad Airways extends Melbourne Etihad stadium deal to 2019


UAE's first domestic flight from October... RAK to Abu Dhabi


Emirates spreads its wings further with new routes


Air Arabia announces second quarter 2012 net profit of Dh 66 million, up 31 per cent


Etihad airways welcomes 11 Omani nationals to its graduate management program


Etihad cargo excels freight performance in July


Etihad airways opens kiosk in Muscat city centre


Maximus Air H1 revenue jumps 3% to US$57.6m


Emirates announces flights to Phuket


Gulf’s booming airlines forge new links abroad


Emirates launches A380 service to Amsterdam


Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus unveil codeshare details


Air Arabia takes 3rd 2012 plane delivery


Vietnam to join Etihad Airways global flight network


Etihad to raise its stake in Virgin Australia


Air Arabia flies high with strong passenger numbers


Air Arabia named world’s 2nd best performing airline


Emirates Cadet Pilot Programme ready for take-off


Etihad Airways wins airline strategy Award


Emirates first to serve US with twice daily A380 flights


Etihad Airways wins Airbus’ excellence award


Etihad Cargo flying high on impressive H1 2012 results


Etihad Airways' Q2 revenues up to US$1.25b


Emirates Airline in major network expansion to the East and West


Inaugural Etihad flight to Lagos touches down


Hello tomorrow


Up, up and away in London with Emirates airline


Etihad Airways sets new passenger numbers record


Vice President inaugurates aviation services


Etihad airways' latest Boeing 777 boasts first class


Emirates marks 10th anniversary of Japan service with introduction of its flagship A380


AIR ARABIA’S NEW LOW COST BAGGAGE POLICY


Ahmed bin Saeed: Emirates Airline to receive 4 Airbus A380s soon


Emirates airline at Thames


Emirates repays US$550 million sukuk in full


Emirates' new Colombo lounge accorded high-profile opening


Etihad Airways reports record flight bookings


Emirates Group to cut emissions


Emirates not buying stake in Qantas: Tim Clark


Etihad records 100k fans on Facebook