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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Air Arabia announces first quarter 2011 net profit of Dh44.2m

Posted on 05/05/2011

Air Arabia, announced its financial results for the three months ending March 31, 2011, demonstrating continued profitability and meeting expectations during a quarter characterised by continuous challenges. Air Arabia's net profit for the three months ending March 31, 2011 stood at Dh44.2m, a drop of 12% compared to Dh50m in the corresponding period in 2010. The solid results achieved in the first quarter of 2011 reflect the airline profitability path albeit the additional pressure on ...  >>MORE

Emirates strengthens its commitment to Tunis

Posted on 05/05/2011

In a move to support the Tunisian tourism industry and to provide passengers with more flexible travel options, Emirates has launched an additional weekly flight between Dubai and Tunis. Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, will now operate four flights per week to Tunis from its hub in Dubai. "Emirates is committed to offering its customers the best travel experience on the market and now customers in Tunisia have even more convenient access to our network of over ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways named "Middle East's Leading Airline"

Posted on 04/05/2011

Etihad Airways has won four titles at the annual World Travel Awards ceremony for the Middle East, held last evening, including the coveted title as the Middle East's Leading Airline. The ceremony took place at the Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, setting the scene for a hugely successful evening for Etihad. The Abu Dhabi-based airline also received the Middle East's Leading Airline First Class award, Middle East's Leading Cabin Staff award and Middle ...  >>MORE

"Dubai was Right" says flydubai CEO

Posted on 02/05/2011

On the eve of Arabian Travel Market, Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai, has paid tribute to those who continued to develop the tourism infrastructure in Dubai during the worst of the global economic crisis. "Many people doubted Dubai for continuing to spend money on the development of hotels and associated tourism infrastructure at a time when people were cutting back on their travel spend," said Al Ghaith. "The establishment of Dubai's first low cost airline, flydubai, at the height of the ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo wins three awards

Posted on 25/04/2011

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of the Dubai-based Emirates airline, was honoured by the cargo industry in London and Toronto last week when it received three prestigious awards. At the UK's Cargo Airline of the Year Awards, the carrier received two prizes - Best Airline to the Middle East for a 23rd consecutive year - while a Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Ram Menen, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo. "Winning the Best Airline to the Middle East award ...  >>MORE

Traffic surge boosts Etihad revenues

Posted on 21/04/2011

Etihad Airways increased its first quarter revenues by 21.2 per cent to US$770 million (Dh2.82 billion) from last year's first quarter US$635 million as passenger and cargo traffic picked up, despite the political unrest in the Middle East and the earthquake in Japan. The move has put the Abu Dhabi-based carrier on track to meet its break-even goal for this year as well as achieve its profitability target for 2012. Passenger revenues surged 15 per cent on the back of a 10.6 per cent ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi aviation firm lands deal with Turkish airline

Posted on 20/04/2011

Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT), the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider, has signed new long term agreements with Onur Air of Turkey, it said yesterday. ADAT will exclusively maintain Onur Air's General Electric engines installed on the Airbus A300 fleet for three years. The company has also signed an exclusive five year maintenance deal for Honeywell auxiliary power units on the Onur A330s. A third element of the deal is for ADAT to repair and maintain Onur ...  >>MORE

Etihad CEO highlights progress of Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan in World Tourism Forum

Posted on 17/04/2011

Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, has highlighted the remarkable progress of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan and Etihad's role in achieving this ambitious vision while addressing the World Tourism Forum in Lucerne, Switzerland, on the subject of sustainable growth last night. He shared the stage with leading academic and author of the UK Sustainable Development Commission Report, Professor Tim Jackson. Hogan said: "Tourism is a fast growing industry in Abu Dhabi, which makes ...  >>MORE

Etihad crystal cargo launches 'fast-track' service

Posted on 17/04/2011

Etihad Crystal Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, has launched a new premium service branded Fast-Track for customers needing guaranteed priority service. The service is designed to support the requirements of freight forwarders, companies and individuals who need to send a shipment quickly. Benefits of Fast-Track include, expedited airport to airport service; priority access to capacity and later booking; Faster tender times; Highest loading and unloading priority of all cargo products; ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's "Ask Ali" joins Etihad in-flight television

Posted on 12/04/2011

Etihad Airways has signed up local cultural ambassador Ali Al Saloom as the host and producer for its new in-flight television program about life in the airline's home-base of Abu Dhabi. The program, "Welcome to Abu Dhabi with Ask Ali", responds to the world's growing interest in Abu Dhabi's cultural background and showcases the UAE's capital as it develops as a global cultural and tourism destination as Ali visits many of the emirate's famous attractions and sights. Ali has become well ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways welcomes IRENA home

Posted on 12/04/2011

Commemorating the milestone achievement of the United Arab Emirates through the recent confirmation of Abu Dhabi as the Headquarters of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Etihad Airways yesterday announced that it will display the logo of the Agency on their aircraft fleet during the month of April. IRENA, an intergovernmental international agency, promotes the widespread adoption of renewable energy worldwide. The Confirmation of the UAE as Headquarter of IRENA took place at ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches Airbus A380 to Shanghai

Posted on 12/04/2011

Shanghai, the most populous city in China, is set to join Emirates' expanding list of Airbus A380 destinations, when the superjumbo begins its non-stop service from Dubai on 27th April 2011. Shanghai will be Emirates' third destination in Greater China to welcome the Airbus A380, following the launch of the aircraft to Beijing on 1st August 2010 and Hong Kong on 1st October 2010. Emirates' 489-seater A380, which will be the first scheduled A380 service to Shanghai, will operate three days a ...  >>MORE

GCAA releases updated preliminary report on Boeing 747 freighter accident

Posted on 05/04/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has released the updated Air Accident Preliminary Report of Boeing 747 Freighter crashed nine miles south of Dubai International Airport last Sept. The Air Accident Investigation department of the GCAA has determined through factual analysis several key findings which are included in the Air Accident Preliminary Report. "The key findings are summarized through several points i.e. A fire ignited onboard the aircraft's main cargo deck after ...  >>MORE

Emirates repays US$500 million bond in full

Posted on 28/03/2011

The Emirates Airline announced yesterday that it has repaid a US $500 million bond in full on its maturity date of 24 March, 2011. The bond, listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, was originally issued in 2004 with a seven year term. The issuing of bonds is a normal part of Emirates operating procedures. "The repayment of this bond is part of Emirates overall financing strategy and reflects its robust financial position," commented Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief ...  >>MORE

GCAA releases preliminary report on Grumman G-21 Amphibious Aircraft accident

Posted on 28/03/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has released the preliminary report about the accident of American Grumman G-21 amphibious aircraft which crashed last month at Al Ain Airport. The investigation revealed that the aircraft departed from Al Ain International Airport, UAE, at 16:07 UTC and shortly after liftoff, the aircraft veered to the left and crashed at taxiway "K" which is parallel to the takeoff runway. The marks that were left by the aircraft at the taxiway exhibited ...  >>MORE

Al Ain aerospace firm clinches Boeing deal

Posted on 28/03/2011

Strata, the Al Ain aerospace manufacturer, has gained a foothold in the US aerospace industry after finalising a deal to produce aircraft parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The firm, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development, has been sub-contracted to produce spoilers, which are wing flaps that reduce lift and help aircraft in controlled descents, for Boeing's latest commercial airplane. The 787 spoiler deal was negotiated through FACC, a major contractor of Boeing and Airbus based in Austria. ...  >>MORE

Etihad celebrates five years service to Jakarta

Posted on 17/03/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, this week celebrates its fifth anniversary of non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Indonesia. The airline commenced operations to Jakarta on March 16 2006 with four non-stop flights per week, increasing to six later that year. Strong demand for travel to and from Indonesia saw a further increase to daily flights just one year later in 2007. Jakarta now ranks as one of the top destinations in Etihad's network of 66 cities ...  >>MORE

Etihad opens world's first contact centre staffed by Emirati women

Posted on 16/03/2011

Etihad Airways yesterday officially opened its new contact centre in Al Ain city, exclusively managed and operated by female UAE nationals. The Al Ain Contact Centre, officially opened by Etihad Board Member and Chairman of the Executive Committee Mubarak Hamad Al Muhairi, is staffed by more than 80 Emirati ladies trained by industry specialists as contact centre agents and contact centre team leaders, under the leadership of Contact Centre Manager, Samia Barj. In remarks at the opening ...  >>MORE

51,431 air traffic movements in UAE in February

Posted on 16/03/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced that air traffic movements in the UAE grew at a rate of 7.6 per cent in February 2011 compared to the same month last year. The GCAA monthly report indicated that total air traffic movements in February 2011 were 51431 with an average of 1837 air traffic movements per day. GCAA's Air Traffic monthly report for February 2011 showed the number of air traffic movements in each UAE airport. Dubai ranked first with 23459 air traffic ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi In-flight Catering records 17.4 per cent increase in production during 2010

Posted on 10/03/2011

Abu Dhabi In-flight Catering Company (ADIFC) yesterday announced the company's performance for 2010, recording 17.4 percent increase in production compared to 2009. This was mainly achieved due to the traffic growth witnessed at Abu Dhabi International Airport with the increased number of airlines, flight frequencies and destinations served at the capital's airport. Throughout the year, ADIFC, wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) produced an average of 24,000 meals per day, ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline in "full recruitment mode"

Posted on 09/03/2011

Emirates is currently in full recruitment mode across all six continents where it flies, looking to hire 4,000 cabin crew in the 2011-12 financial year, the Dubai-headquartered airline said yesterday in a media statement. The number of Emirates' cabin crew has, for the first time, risen to over 12,000 as the airline positions itself for continuing steady growth, the statement said. As reported by emirates 24|7 last week, Emirates has now become the world's third largest passenger ...  >>MORE

Etihad signs code sharing deal with Air Astana

Posted on 07/03/2011

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a new codeshare agreement with Air Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan. The agreement - Etihad's 30th such commercial partnership - continues the Abu Dhabi-based airline's global network expansion. Under the new deal, travellers originating from any of Etihad's destinations worldwide can now fly to Kazakhstan through its Abu Dhabi hub. Air travellers in Kazakhstan benefit through greater and easier access ...  >>MORE

Emirates hikes fares as oil prices surge

Posted on 02/03/2011

Emirates airline, the region's largest carrier, has hiked fares across all sectors as it is unable to absorb soaring fuel prices, the company said in a statement to Emirates 24|7. "Like every commercially-oriented business, Emirates regularly reviews its fares to reflect market dynamics including demand and rising fuel prices,” an Emirates spokesperson said in the statement. "We have an active fuel risk management programme but with such market volatility it is impossible to fully ...  >>MORE

Aviation company named in the Al Ain air crash that killed four U.S citizens

Posted on 01/03/2011

The General Civil Aviations Authority (GCAA) of UAE announced that the small passenger aircraft that crashed during takeoff from Al Ain International Airport, killing all the four persons on board, was operated by Triple S Aviation (TSA). As the probe is still underway, a statement from the GCAA also confirmed that the four persons killed in the accident were U.S citizens. The Grumman 21T aircraft was en route to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, when it crashed at the Al Ain International Airport at 8pm ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi emerges as popular tourist destination in wake of Etihad's direct flight service to Seoul

Posted on 01/03/2011

Tourist traffic to Abu Dhabi has started picking up steam nicely following the recent inauguration of Etihad Airways' direct flight on Seoul-Abu Dhabi route. "Judging from our initial business performance so far, we are quite confident that Abu Dhabi would emerge as a new popular tourist destination in the Middle East sooner or later," Kwak Ho-cheol, general manager of Etihad Airways Korea Office told the Korea Travel Times, the largest circulated travel journal in Korea. Kwak, however, ...  >>MORE

Emirates A380 touches down in Kuwait

Posted on 28/02/2011

Emirates completed yesterday a world first with one of its superjumbo A380's touching down at Kuwait International Airport to participate in the Kuwait's national celebrations. The one off commercial flight from Dubai, EK857, arrived to a water cannon salute as the aircraft taxied towards the airport's new A380 equipped terminal. Onboard the flight were a number of high profile officials including; Ahmed Khoory, Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran. ...  >>MORE

Etihad tie-up with Virgin hailed

Posted on 27/02/2011

The strategic tie-up between Etihad Airways and Australia's Virgin Blue Group is being hailed by analysts as a near seamless fit and a boost for the Abu Dhabi airline in one of its most important countries for traffic. The alliance includes V Australia, the long-haul arm of Virgin Blue, which on Thursday flew its Boeing 777-300ER wide-bodied airliner into the UAE capital, marking the first Australian service into the Middle East for two decades. "When United Airline and Continental of the ...  >>MORE

UAE ready to fuel space tourism

Posted on 23/02/2011

UAE investors increasingly look towards space for investments as the US$7.5 billion (Dh27.5 billion) space tourism industry is set to take off. "Virgin Galactic and Bigelow Aerospace have already set up investment deals with UAE groups and perhaps it's only a matter of time before we see another international space company's development being funded from the Middle East," Nick Webb, Director, Streamline Marketing Group, organisers of the Global Space and Satellite Forum (GSSF) 2011, said. ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia profit drops by 31.9%

Posted on 22/02/2011

Air Arabia, Sharjah-based low cost carrier, said its net profit plunged due to higher fuel costs and strong competition. The airline's net profit dropped 31.5 per cent to Dh309.6 million in 2010 compared to Dh452m for the previous year, said a press statement issued on Monday. Turnover for 2010 reached Dh2.08 billion as against Dh2 billion reported in 2009, an increase of 5.5 per cent. The Board of Directors also proposed a dividend distribution of eight per cent of capital, which is ...  >>MORE

Etihad to market Abu Dhabi brand

Posted on 16/02/2011

Etihad Airways launched its marketing campaign "essential abu dhabi" yesterday to promote the UAE's capital around the world as a tourism and business destination. Supported by the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and marketed with the tagline of "your pass to the magic", the campaign will allow visitors to Abu Dhabi to use their boarding passes to get special rates at hotels, tour operators, restaurants and various cultural and entertainment events within seven days of arriving in the ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline appoints two Emirati women as sales managers

Posted on 16/02/2011

Continuing its commitment to the training and development of the UAE nationals, Emirates airline has appointed two female nationals to the roles of sales manager within the Middle East. Reema Al Marzouqi and Asma Al Rahma have both completed Emirates' Commercial Manager Outstation Programme. Reema has now taken on the role of sales manager in Jordan and West Bank while Asma has been appointed as sales manager in Kuwait. "Emirates is wholly committed to the training and development of ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines honoured with 'True Partner' Award

Posted on 16/02/2011

Seoul - Emirates Airlines has been selected as the best foreign air carrier to join the most successful names in the Korean travel business in 2010 and honoured with "True Partner" Award given by The Korea Travel Times, a Seoul-based leading travel trade journal. On domestic front, Asiana Airlines was named as the best national flag carrier whereas Mode Tour was named as the best travel agent. "The awards are an important expression of the vital contribution that they made to the development of ...  >>MORE

1,846 air traffic daily movements in the UAE reported in January 2011

Posted on 15/02/2011

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced that air traffic movements in the UAE grew at a rate of 10.3 per cent in January 2011 compared to the same month last year. The GCAA monthly report indicated that total air traffic movements in January 2011 were 57227 with an average of 1,846 air traffic movements per day. GCAA's monthly report for January 2011 showed the number of air traffic movements in each UAE airport. Dubai ranked first with 26134 air traffic movements. Over ...  >>MORE

UAE aviation market will be second-fastest growing by 2013

Posted on 15/02/2011

The UAE is going to be the world's second fastest growing aviation market in the world with 10.2 per cent growth by 2013, only lower than China which is expected to grow by 10.8 per cent, according to International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global aviation watchdog. International passenger numbers are expected to rise from 952 million in 2009 to 1.3 billion passengers in 2014. This 313-million traveller increase reflects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.9 per cent, IATA ...  >>MORE

Etihad opens new premium lounge in Dublin

Posted on 14/02/2011

Etihad Airways has officially opened its new premium lounge at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 (T2). Etihad became the first airline to operate its scheduled arrival and departure services from T2 in late November 2010. The new lounge offers Etihad's premium customers a range of top quality facilities and services that have not been seen in Ireland before. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' Chief Executive Officer, said: "Ireland is a very important market for us and one in which we have continually ...  >>MORE

Emirates set to take first A380 to Kuwait

Posted on 10/02/2011

Emirates will operate the first ever A380 service into Kuwait this month, in honour of the country's National Day. Operating into Kuwait National Airport, on 26th February, the one-off Emirates A380 service will be the world's first superjumbo to touch down in Kuwait, a significant milestone for Emirates and its operations in Kuwait. "Kuwait will celebrate its 50th National Day on the 25th February and to honour this historic occasion we will operate our award-winning A380 aircraft into ...  >>MORE

GCAA and Civil Defence sign MOU to enhance safety in Civil Aviation Sector

Posted on 07/02/2011

UAE General Civil Aviation Authority has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Civil Defence for mutual cooperation in the fields of training and sharing information, experiences and logistic support so as to enable them to achieve their strategic goal of enhancing safety in the civil aviation sector. The agreement was signed by Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA and Major General Rashed Thani Al Matroushi, Director General of Dubai Civil Defence, in the ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia receives two new aircraft delivered by Airbus

Posted on 07/02/2011

Air Arabia, the first and largest low cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that it has taken delivery of the third and fourth of 44 A320 aircraft it has ordered from Airbus. The announcement also marks the first aircraft to be delivered by Airbus in 2011. Air Arabia took delivery of the third aircraft on January 6 and the fourth on January 31st, at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. With the delivery of the two new aircraft in January this year, Air ...  >>MORE

Emirates arrives in Basra

Posted on 03/02/2011

Emirates has marked its 110th international destination yesterday with its inaugural flight to Basra, the airline's first service into Iraq. Emirates is the largest international carrier to operate services into Iraq, helping link the country to the rest of the world through its convenient connections in Dubai. "Iraq is experiencing a surge in growth and it is our goal to help the country prosper and flourish. The potential for this destination is significant and Emirates is committed to ...  >>MORE

Etihad signs-up to renowned global CSR organisation

Posted on 02/02/2011

Etihad Airways has become a member of "Business in the Community" (BITC), an organisation that will support the implementation of the Abu Dhabi-based airline's sustainability strategy and provide access to best practice in the field of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Etihad, which supports and manages a number of global CSR projects at its home base in Abu Dhabi and across its global network, will work with BITC to define further how it can enhance its responsibility in the workplace, ...  >>MORE

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Emirates removes fuel surcharge with immediate effect


Air Arabia announces first quarter 2011 net profit of Dh44.2m


Emirates strengthens its commitment to Tunis


Etihad Airways named "Middle East's Leading Airline"


"Dubai was Right" says flydubai CEO


Emirates SkyCargo wins three awards


Traffic surge boosts Etihad revenues


Abu Dhabi aviation firm lands deal with Turkish airline


Etihad CEO highlights progress of Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan in World Tourism Forum


Etihad crystal cargo launches 'fast-track' service


Abu Dhabi's "Ask Ali" joins Etihad in-flight television


Etihad Airways welcomes IRENA home


Emirates launches Airbus A380 to Shanghai


GCAA releases updated preliminary report on Boeing 747 freighter accident


Emirates repays US$500 million bond in full


GCAA releases preliminary report on Grumman G-21 Amphibious Aircraft accident


Al Ain aerospace firm clinches Boeing deal


Etihad celebrates five years service to Jakarta


Etihad opens world's first contact centre staffed by Emirati women


51,431 air traffic movements in UAE in February


Abu Dhabi In-flight Catering records 17.4 per cent increase in production during 2010


Emirates airline in "full recruitment mode"


Etihad signs code sharing deal with Air Astana


Emirates hikes fares as oil prices surge


Aviation company named in the Al Ain air crash that killed four U.S citizens


Abu Dhabi emerges as popular tourist destination in wake of Etihad's direct flight service to Seoul


Emirates A380 touches down in Kuwait


Etihad tie-up with Virgin hailed


UAE ready to fuel space tourism


Air Arabia profit drops by 31.9%


Etihad to market Abu Dhabi brand


Emirates airline appoints two Emirati women as sales managers


Emirates Airlines honoured with 'True Partner' Award


1,846 air traffic daily movements in the UAE reported in January 2011


UAE aviation market will be second-fastest growing by 2013


Etihad opens new premium lounge in Dublin


Emirates set to take first A380 to Kuwait


GCAA and Civil Defence sign MOU to enhance safety in Civil Aviation Sector


Air Arabia receives two new aircraft delivered by Airbus


Emirates arrives in Basra


Etihad signs-up to renowned global CSR organisation