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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

UAE witnesses 337500 air traffic movements in H1

Posted on 25/07/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced that air traffic movements in the UAE amounted to 337497 movements by the end of the first half of the year 2011, which represents an 8.25% growth over 311803 movements in the same period last year. In its report, GCAA indicated that the total air movements in June 2011 totalled 56291, up 8.2% compared to 52039 movements during the corresponding month of 2010. The June movements report issued by GCAA also showed that the average daily ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation reports Dh181m in net profits

Posted on 18/07/2011

Abu Dhabi Aviation on Monday reported a net profit for the six months ending June 30th, 2011 of Dh181.6 million compared with 150.7 million (150.4% increase) in the same period last year. The largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, in a press release, said the growth of profits was due to profit on sale of aircraft in Maximus, as well as increase in flying hours and a more favourable product mix in Royal Jet, its partly owned company. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Record H1 for Etihad as 28% increase in revenues contribute to positive EBITDAR

Posted on 14/07/2011

Etihad Airways yesterday reported its most successful first half year, with revenues up 28 per cent to US$ 1,720 million (H1 2010: US$ 1,342 million), driven by solid performances in both passenger and cargo activities. A 2 per cent reduction in costs per available seat kilometre, despite large increases in oil prices, also helped deliver a positive EBITDAR (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and rentals) in the six months from January 1 for the first time. The results ...  >>MORE

Emirates superjumbos fully funded for next year

Posted on 12/07/2011

Emirates, investing in a wide-body jet fleet including 90 Airbus A380 superjumbos worth US$34 billion (Dh124.8 billion) at list prices, said financing the planes isn't a concern and that it's fully funded through July 2012. A US$1 billion bond issue last month was "opportunistic" and Emirates would consider a further sale given "suitable" pricing, Gary Chapman, President of Dnata and Services, Emirates Group, said in an interview. The world's biggest international airline would consider ...  >>MORE

Etihad unveils special A330-200 Manchester City Livery

Posted on 10/07/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, on Thursday took its sponsorship of Manchester City Football Club to new heights with the unveiling of a especially liveried A330-200 aircraft. The new "Blue Moon Rising" livery also marks the commencement of double daily flights between Manchester and Abu Dhabi, effective from August 1, 2011. Etihad currently flies to the UAE's capital city seven times a week. A team of 40 painters worked around the clock for 18 days in Abu ...  >>MORE

Manchester City and Etihad Airways to expand cooperation in comprehensive 10-year partnership deal

Posted on 10/07/2011

London - Manchester City Football Club (MCFC) and Etihad Airways (Etihad) yesterday announced a 10-year comprehensive partnership agreement significantly expanding their existing commercial relationship. The deal was signed by Garry Cook, CEO of Manchester City FC and James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways before the Manchester City first team squad departed on an Etihad Airways charter flight for a pre-season tour to the United States, said Etihad Airways in an emailed press release. Garry ...  >>MORE

STRATA breaks new ground in delivering advanced composite components to Airbus

Posted on 04/07/2011

STRATA, the advanced composites aerostructures manufacturing plant in Al Ain, continues to break new ground in the sector as it ships its first consignment of advanced carbon fibre composite aileron panels to Airbus for the long-range A330/A340 aircraft. The manufacturing facility in Al Ain is a newcomer in the composite aerostructures business. Ross Bradley CEO said: "STRATA has achieved an incredible amount since the plant first opened its doors in September 2010." Bradley added: "The ...  >>MORE

Etihad mulls joining air alliance

Posted on 03/07/2011

Etihad Airways is considering a move to join one of the three main global airline alliances, a plan that could create a fundamental shift in the Middle East's aviation industry. James Hogan, the chief executive of Etihad, said his airline would make a "great partner" with either Star Alliance, oneworld or SkyTeam, but he would not rush into taking such far-reaching action. "We believe we would be a great partner for one of the alliances," Mr Hogan said. "If we get into an alliance, we would ...  >>MORE

Etihad's Australia service booms

Posted on 03/07/2011

Bookings to Australia for Etihad Airways have increased fourfold this year as a result of its new strategic partnership with Virgin Australia. The two airlines are linking up Etihad's global network with Virgin Australia's more than 40 flights across Australia and New Zealand, part of Etihad's strategy to broaden its reach by partnering global carriers. The burgeoning relationship marks a dramatic contrast to Etihad's previous partnership with Qantas, which it viewed as an unsatisfactory ...  >>MORE

Airlines expect healthy summer visitor numbers

Posted on 03/07/2011

Dubai is expected to see an influx of visitors in the summer from the GCC due to events such as the Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), airlines say. They expect cheap fares and the UAE's events and attractions, as well as the unrest affecting other areas of the Middle East, to bring tourists into the UAE despite the soaring temperatures. Senior airline officials also say activities such as shopping are sought after by tourists who see Dubai as an all-round and complete destination. Ahmad ...  >>MORE

Etihad named 'Best First Class' Airline in the world

Posted on 26/06/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been named as the airline with the Best First Class in the world in Skytrax's annual World Airline Awards, as well as #6 in the Airline of the Year overall category. This is the second year running for both honours for the Abu Dhabi-based carrier. Etihad was also recognised for the Best First Class Onboard Catering for its signature ‘Inspired Service' culinary program. Results of the latest Skytrax World Airline ...  >>MORE

UAE's Etihad Airways recognised in 2011 Pan Arab Web Awards

Posted on 23/06/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has won first prize in the airlines category at the 7th annual Pan Arab Web Awards, one of the top awards programs for digital developments in the region. The Pan Arab Web Awards recognise excellence in web design, development and web ownership skills in the Arab region. Web and business developers are critiqued based on: concept and creativity; technical, ease of use and navigation; content and structure; visual design and ...  >>MORE

Emirates to establish an engine repair and overhaul facility in Dubai

Posted on 22/06/2011

Emirates Airline has unveiled plans for the construction of the most technologically-advanced Engine Overhaul Shop in Asia. The state-of-the-art Engine Shop will complement the present Test Cell Facility in Dubai and will be constructed on a 90,000 square meter piece of land at an estimated cost of US$120 million. The growth of the Emirates fleet and the subsequent number of operating engines have necessitated the need for an in-house Engine Shop in Dubai to provide the most cost-effective, ...  >>MORE

7.6 increase in air traffic movements in UAE last month

Posted on 19/06/2011

General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has announced that air traffic movements in UAE grew at a rate of 7.6 per cent in May 2011 compared to the same month last year. The GCAA said in its monthly report that total air traffic movements in May 2011 were 58153 with an average of 1876 air traffic movements per day. GCAA's Air Traffic monthly report for May 2011 showed the number of air traffic movements in each UAE airport. Dubai ranked first with 25692air traffic movements. Over flights ...  >>MORE

Etihad adds new top ties ''Gold Elite'' to its flyer programme

Posted on 16/06/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday unveiled the Gold Elite tier of the Etihad Guest loyalty programme to recognise and reward the airline's most frequent travellers. Etihad Guest Gold Elite membership will be awarded to passengers who in one year take more than 60 flights or collect more than 125,000 Tier Miles. Etihad Guest Gold Elite members will be able to enjoy increased benefits such as an excess baggage allowance of 20kgs, access to Diamond First ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline to be bound for Baghdad from November

Posted on 15/06/2011

Emirates Airline will start flying to Baghdad in November as it seeks to expand its footprint in one of the world's fastest-growing economies. The Iraqi economy is forecast to grow by 11 per cent this year and next year according to the IMF, spurring demand for air travel. Emirates began flying to the southern oil port town of Basra last year and was scheduled to launch flights to Baghdad at the same time before delaying the plans "due to operational reasons". Emirates will join other ...  >>MORE

Etihad pilot qualifies to become first UAE national female co-pilot

Posted on 14/06/2011

Etihad Airways is celebrating the success of its first Emirati female to graduate from the airline's cadet program as a co-pilot. Salma Al Baloushi operated her first flight as a first officer on Thursday, June 9, on flight EY 091 from Abu Dhabi to Athens. Captain Richard Hill, Chief Operations Officer of Etihad Airways, said: "This is a proud time for Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airway. "Salma is a leader in our expanding female Emirati community and will be an example for her colleagues to ...  >>MORE

Dubai's aviation sector expected to rise to US$44.5 billion by 2020: Dubai Airports

Posted on 14/06/2011

Bangkok - Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, has warned that traffic capacity constraints pose the single largest threat to aviation growth and the billions of dollars of additional economic activity its expansion is expected to generate in the Middle East and globally over the next decade, according to Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths. "By 2020, aviation will support 373,000 jobs - or 22% of the total employment in Dubai - and US$45.4 billion in economic activity - or 32 percent of ...  >>MORE

FlyDubai growth buoyed by 17th addition to fleet

Posted on 13/06/2011

FlyDubai has reaffirmed its position as the world's fastest growing start up airline with the arrival of its 17th aircraft in just two years. Joining one of the youngest fleets in the industry, the arrival of another new Boeing 737-NG800 is the culmination of an impressive first two years in business and is yet another significant milestone for Dubai's first low cost airline. Representing an investment of US$80 million, the new addition will support the airline's expanding network of 36 ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia earns top award for operational excellence from Airbus

Posted on 12/06/2011

Air Arabia, UAE's low-cost carrier (LCC), announced yesterday that it had won the A320 Family Operational Excellence Award by Airbus for the year 2009-2010. The Sharjah-based LCC received the award for achieving the highest level of A320 family aircraft utilisation in the world for a fleet of less than 30 aircraft, with 99.8 per cent operational reliability. Air Arabia received the prestigious award in Toronto, Canada, during Airbus's biannual symposium of all operators of the A320 Family ...  >>MORE

flydubai connects with the capital

Posted on 09/06/2011

flydubai, Dubai's pioneering low cost airline, has announced the launch of a dedicated bus service for those wishing to travel from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain to Dubai International Airport's Terminal 2. Starting on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, flydubai's new bus service will operate four times a day to Abu Dhabi and three times a day to Al Ain. Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, said: "This is a first step in making our hub in Terminal 2 more accessible to passengers across the UAE. We want to ...  >>MORE

Emirates' double decker lands in Rome for double celebration

Posted on 07/06/2011

An Emirates' A380 arrived in Rome yesterday to join celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport, while marking 150 years of Italian unification. It is the first time a superjumbo has landed in Rome. Yesterday's one-off flight replaces EK 97 and EK 98 - one of two daily services between Dubai and the Italian capital. The aircraft switch enabled passengers to book on the A380 all the way from Auckland to Rome, via the airline's hub in Dubai. "Bringing an A380 to ...  >>MORE

World airlines back Emirates growth

Posted on 07/06/2011

Emirates, along with other Gulf carriers such as Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, has been seeking additional landing rights in key markets such as Canada, Germany, Australia and the UK. While the battle between the Gulf and the other major global carriers has been dragging on, no agreement has been reached. Gulf News caught up exclusively with the chiefs of these carriers besides industry experts during the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) annual general meeting in Singapore ...  >>MORE

Flydubai records incredible growth since its first flight

Posted on 06/06/2011

Flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, has reached its second anniversary with an impressive collection of statistics that prove the airline's growing success and importance in the UAE's aviation market. Chairman of Flydubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: "After just two years in operation Flydubai is now a household name in the region. Flydubai has consistently delivered a quality, affordable service during its two years of operation and millions of passengers have ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches boarding pass service via mobile

Posted on 06/06/2011

Emirates airline said it now offers customers the option of receiving a mobile boarding pass on their internet-enabled mobile device, providing customers with a stress-free, paperless travel experience. The service is available to all passengers who use Emirates' online check-in facility out of Dubai up to 24 hours in advance. Passengers can log on to http://www.emirates.com and can access a web-link to their mobile ...  >>MORE

Aviation sector in Dubai to contribute over Dh165 billion to GDP by 2020

Posted on 05/06/2011

Aviation sector in Dubai is expected to grow further over the next decade as Oxford Economic expects the economic contribution of the aviation sector to rise to Dh165 billion (US$44.5 billion) or 32 per cent of Dubai's GDP, and 372,900 jobs representing approximately 22 per cent of its employment by 2020. Emirates Airline and Dubai Airports announced the results of a report conducted by leading global research firm, Oxford Economics, which examines Dubai's aviation sector. The report finds ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways officially launches Facebook page with major Maldives promotion

Posted on 02/06/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has officially launched its Facebook fan page with a major competition promoting new services to Male, capital of the Maldives. The winner of the promotion, titled ‘Escape to Paradise,' will receive roundtrip airfares for two on the inaugural flight to Male, transfers and four nights' villa accommodation at SixSenses Laamu Maldives with full board.* The ‘Escape to Paradise' promotion involves fans completing a Facebook quiz to ...  >>MORE

Emirates closes US dollar bond issue at US$1 billion

Posted on 02/06/2011

Emirates yesterday announced the successful close of its US$ "Reg S" bond issue at USD1 billion. The unrated issue will carry a coupon of 5.125 % p.a. fixed, payable semi-annually. It will have a five-year maturity and will be listed on the London Stock Exchange. "This latest issue from Emirates has received an overwhelmingly positive response from a very wide range of investors, which is indicative of our financial strength. This also shows a high level of confidence in our successful ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline 'disappointed' by FIFA controversy

Posted on 01/06/2011

Emirates Airline, one of FIFA's key sponsors, expressed yesterday disappointment at the continuing controversy surrounding the world governing body. Boutros Boutros, Emirates' divisional senior vice-president, corporate communications, said: "Emirates, like all football fans around the world, are disappointed with the issues that are currently surrounding the administration of this sport. "Emirates' sponsorship of all FIFA tournaments, including the FIFA World Cup, aims to help promote football ...  >>MORE

Zonal Drying System to be installed in Flydubai's Boeing B737-800 aircraft

Posted on 01/06/2011

Flydubai and CTT Systems announced that Flydubai has placed an order for 31 Zonal Drying Systems to be installed in its Boeing B737-800 aircraft. The systems, which eliminate condensation in the aircraft, will be installed by Boeing at time of production on Flydubai's aircraft, to be delivered 2011-2015. This is one of CTT's most important orders as it is for a large amount of aircraft and from a new expanding airline operating in the very dynamic middle-east region," comments CTT's VP Sales ...  >>MORE

Etihad recognised by Expedia for "Airline Campaign of the Year"

Posted on 30/05/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has been recognised by Expedia for the 2010 "Airline Campaign of the Year," an award presented to the airline that has created the most impactful marketing campaign of the past year, encompassing engagement, creativity, relevancy and stellar results. Expedia, the global online travel site, has been recognising advertising campaigns since 2007, with awards for innovation, integrated marketing and destination campaigns, among ...  >>MORE

Emirates plans dollar bonds for cash buffer against future needs

Posted on 30/05/2011

Emirates, the world's biggest airline by international traffic, plans to sell dollar bonds as a "cash buffer" and will decide on the size after investor meetings end today, its president said. "With the obligations we have coming up, it's nice to have the cash buffer to deal with anything ahead of us," including an increase in fuel prices and regional unrest, Tim Clark said in a telephone interview yesterday. "Can we do without it? Yes, we can. We are in a comfortable position." Emirates, ...  >>MORE

New Etihad chefs to transform in-flight dining

Posted on 29/05/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, plans to transform in-flight dining this year, with the introduction of qualified international Chefs dedicated to food service excellence in its Diamond First class cabins. The Chief Executive Officer of Etihad, James Hogan, said the introduction of this special new position on board Etihad flights represented a major departure from traditional in-flight service and would cement Etihad's position as one of the world's most ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline cancels Hamburg operations Wednesday over Grimsvotn volcano

Posted on 26/05/2011

Emirates airline on Wednesday morning cancelled its flight EK059 (Dubai to Hamburg) and flight EK060 (Hamburg to Dubai) following the spread of volcanic ash across northern Germany, the company said in a statement "Due to the closure of the airspace over Northern Germany caused by the volcanic ash from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland, Emirates' flights EK059 and EK060 (Dubai - Hamburg - Dubai) have been cancelled for Wednesday, May 25. Passengers have been offered alternative arrangements," an ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines opens door for further tourism and trade with Germany

Posted on 24/05/2011

Emirates is responding to strong passenger demand in Germany by launching extra frequencies to Frankfurt and upgrading one of its Munich flights to an A380 superjumbo. The moves will further bond two powerful trading partners - the UAE and Germany - whose relationships is worth billions of dollars annually. The UAE is the largest buyer of German products in the Arab world. The new, daily Frankfurt flight will take effect during the next winter schedule, making the city a triple daily ...  >>MORE

Flydubai to hire 600 pilots by 2016

Posted on 19/05/2011

Flydubai will need to recruit 600 pilots over the next four years to meet the needs of its growing fleet and serve its rapidly expanding route network. The low cost carrier, which already has more than 200 pilots, requires 14 pilots, seven captains and seven first officers to operate each of the 50 aircraft ordered from Boeing in 2008. The last of these aircraft is due to be delivered in 2016. Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of Flydubai, said, "Flydubai is possibly the world's fastest growing start-up ...  >>MORE

Emirates to fly A380s to Johannesburg from October 1

Posted on 12/05/2011

Emirates announced yesterday that Johannesburg, the industrial and economic capital of South Africa, will be the next destination slated for its flagship A380 aircraft. The daily A380 service will start 1 October 2011. The move follows Emirates' unveiling of its full year financial results for 2010-11. These revealed a surge in the number of South African travellers flying with Emirates - with total passenger growth up 12 per cent over the previous financial year. Overall revenue from the ...  >>MORE

Emirates Group achieves record Dh5.9 billion profit in 2010-2011

Posted on 11/05/2011

The Emirates Group has marked its 23rd consecutive year of profit with a record performance of Dh5.9 billion (US$1.6 billion) net profit, despite a challenging business climate. The 2010-11 Annual Report of the Emirates Group - comprising Emirates Airline, dnata and their subsidiary companies - was released in Dubai yesterday at a news conference hosted by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group. "This year's record results ...  >>MORE

Etihad launches free luxury stopover promotion

Posted on 10/05/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched its latest "Complimentary Nights" promotion offering free stopovers at selected luxury hotels in downtown Abu Dhabi, Yas Island or Dubai, to premium passengers travelling to or transiting through its hub in Abu Dhabi. The promotion is available through Etihad's global network of travel agents, trade partners and online bookers, and offers special packages according to class of travel and point of origin. Guests ...  >>MORE

New routes and 140% capacity increase sees flydubai take off

Posted on 10/05/2011

With plans to increase routes to 40 cities by end of this year, flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith has set his sights on possibly adding more flights to the Asian sub-continent. The carrier is also on track to launch its holiday packages concept soon. Speaking to Emirates 24|7, the head of Dubai's low cost airline's, however, refused to confirm if India was the destination of choice, saying: "We are certainly looking at going from 36 destinations to 40 by the end of 2011 but it is too early ...  >>MORE

Emirates removes fuel surcharge with immediate effect

Posted on 08/05/2011

Dubai-based Emirates, the largest airline in the region, has removed the fuel surcharge on its tickets with immediate effect, one of the airline's top officials said in a statement yesterday. "In line with the recent decrease in fuel prices, Emirates has removed its fuel surcharge on all tickets,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. "The removal of this surcharge reflects our longstanding commitment to our customers. We promised our customers from the outset that we would eliminate ...  >>MORE

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UAE witnesses 337500 air traffic movements in H1


Abu Dhabi Aviation reports Dh181m in net profits


Record H1 for Etihad as 28% increase in revenues contribute to positive EBITDAR


Emirates superjumbos fully funded for next year


Etihad unveils special A330-200 Manchester City Livery


Manchester City and Etihad Airways to expand cooperation in comprehensive 10-year partnership deal


STRATA breaks new ground in delivering advanced composite components to Airbus


Etihad mulls joining air alliance


Etihad's Australia service booms


Airlines expect healthy summer visitor numbers


Etihad named 'Best First Class' Airline in the world


UAE's Etihad Airways recognised in 2011 Pan Arab Web Awards


Emirates to establish an engine repair and overhaul facility in Dubai


7.6 increase in air traffic movements in UAE last month


Etihad adds new top ties ''Gold Elite'' to its flyer programme


Emirates Airline to be bound for Baghdad from November


Etihad pilot qualifies to become first UAE national female co-pilot


Dubai's aviation sector expected to rise to US$44.5 billion by 2020: Dubai Airports


FlyDubai growth buoyed by 17th addition to fleet


Air Arabia earns top award for operational excellence from Airbus


flydubai connects with the capital


Emirates' double decker lands in Rome for double celebration


World airlines back Emirates growth


Flydubai records incredible growth since its first flight


Emirates launches boarding pass service via mobile


Aviation sector in Dubai to contribute over Dh165 billion to GDP by 2020


Etihad Airways officially launches Facebook page with major Maldives promotion


Emirates closes US dollar bond issue at US$1 billion


Emirates Airline 'disappointed' by FIFA controversy


Zonal Drying System to be installed in Flydubai's Boeing B737-800 aircraft


Etihad recognised by Expedia for "Airline Campaign of the Year"


Emirates plans dollar bonds for cash buffer against future needs


New Etihad chefs to transform in-flight dining


Emirates Airline cancels Hamburg operations Wednesday over Grimsvotn volcano


Emirates Airlines opens door for further tourism and trade with Germany


Flydubai to hire 600 pilots by 2016


Emirates to fly A380s to Johannesburg from October 1


Emirates Group achieves record Dh5.9 billion profit in 2010-2011


Etihad launches free luxury stopover promotion


New routes and 140% capacity increase sees flydubai take off


Emirates removes fuel surcharge with immediate effect