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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Air Arabia receives IOSA registration

Posted on 02/09/2009

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced today that it has successfully completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), an internationally recognised evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. This in-depth audit, which was conducted by auditors from the Accredited Audit Organisation, Aviation Quality Services GmbH, over a period of 5 days, covered Air Arabia's corporate ...  >>MORE

New Etihad Airways first class suite enters service

Posted on 30/08/2009

Etihad Airways has introduced its highly-anticipated new first class suite into service, marking a new era in luxury air travel. The new product on board the airline's latest Airbus A340-600 is now operating between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow. The state-of-the-art private suite provides first class customers with an extra-large leather seat, which extends to a fully-flat bed, 80.5 inches in length. Within the first class cabin there is also a large and luxurious changing room with a full ...  >>MORE

Etihad launches cargo service to Baghdad

Posted on 29/08/2009

Etihad Crystal Cargo, a division of Etihad Airways, is to launch a twice weekly service from its hub at Abu Dhabi airport to Baghdad. The service, which will begin on September 1, will operate every Tuesday and Thursday, with Etihad deploying one of its A300-600 freighters with a payload of 42 tonnes on the route. Baghdad is Etihad's first cargo-only destination in the Middle East and this is the first time in its history that the airline has operated any service to Iraq. Des Vertannes, ...  >>MORE

Etihad's new schedule offers additional flights

Posted on 24/08/2009

Etihad Airways will offer air travellers a greater choice of flights and improved connections as part of its winter 2009-10 schedule, with a new service to Hyderabad in India and additional services to Athens, Istanbul, Beirut, Cairo, and Kathmandu among the highlights. The new winter flying programme starts on October 25 and by January 2010 it will be almost 15 per cent larger than the same period last year with 950 flights planned to operate each week. The new flights to Hyderabad from ...  >>MORE

Double digit passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 23/08/2009

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) today released the July 2009 traffic figures for Abu Dhabi International Airport, which show strong passenger growth in spite of the economic downturn. Passenger numbers for the month exceeded 900,000, as figures show a total of 923,124 people travelled through the airport in the month of July. This was a 10.3 per cent increase over the same month in 2008 which registered 837,129 passengers. London emerged as the busiest destination in July with 50,900 ...  >>MORE

Etihad airways and American airlines codeshare agreement given approval

Posted on 20/08/2009

The new codeshare agreement between Etihad Airways, UAE national flag-carrier and American Airlines has been given approval making air travellers in the UAE to have greater access to the American market. The new codeshare agreement comes into effect this week and coincides with the launch by Etihad Airways of flights to Chicago on September 2, 2009, says a press release. The agreement extends further the two airlines' global networks by providing easy access between Abu Dhabi and key cities ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline refutes price-fixing allegations

Posted on 19/08/2009

Emirates Airline has denied price-fixing allegations by Australia's regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). "Emirates denies the allegations and will be defending the proceedings. It does not intend to make any further comment given that the matter is before the Court," said an Emirates spokesperson. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Al Ain's flight academy to become aviation university

Posted on 11/08/2009

Horizon International Flight Academy in Al Ain plans to become a full-fledged aviation university and offer undergraduate degrees, its officials said. While the accreditation is not planned until the middle of next decade, the flight academy is already laying the foundation with a new "higher diploma” in aviation business aviation this fall, said Mohammed al Zaabi (ck), the general manager at Horizon. "By 2016, we expect Horizon will be an aviation university,” he said. Conceived in the wake ...  >>MORE

Flydubai expands presence in Africa

Posted on 10/08/2009

Flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, yesterday said it is set to expand its network in Africa with the announcement of flights to Djibouti from September 1. The new service, FZ601, will operate three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing Dubai at 8am and arriving in Djibouti at 10.15am local time. The return flight, FZ602, will leave 45 minutes later at 11am and arrive back in Dubai at 3:15pm local time. The cost of one-way fares to Djibouti from Dubai will be ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia net profit soars to Dh193 million in first half of 2009, up 21 per cent

Posted on 09/08/2009

Air Arabia (PJSC), the Middle East and North Africa's first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced today its financial results for the period ending June 30, 2009, highlighting the fundamental strength of Air Arabia's business model in these challenging global economic conditions. The company's net profit for the first half of this year stood at Dh193 million, an increase of 21 per cent compared to Dh160 million for the first six months of last year. During the first half of 2009, the ...  >>MORE

Etihad adds Hyderabad to India routes

Posted on 06/08/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is to boost its Indian flying programme with the addition of Hyderabad to its expanding global network. The Abu Dhabi-based airline will become the first to operate flights between its home base and the state capital of Andhra Pradesh, when it launches its non-stop, four times a week service from November. The service will become daily at the start of 2010. The addition of Hyderabad brings the number of Indian destinations ...  >>MORE

Etihad posts record passenger numbers in July

Posted on 05/08/2009

Etihad Airways has enjoyed its busiest month ever with more than 616,000 passengers flying onboard the Abu Dhabi-based airline's flights during July, a 9% increase on passenger numbers for July 2008. The highlight of the month was Friday 31 July when a record 21,640 passengers, with a load factor of 90.3%, flew with Etihad making it the airline's busiest day in its five year history. The last week of July saw an average of more than 20,500 passengers fly aboard its planes each day. The ...  >>MORE

Joint venture wins contract to build Al Ain aircraft plant

Posted on 03/08/2009

A joint venture between two construction firms from Germany and the UAE says it has been awarded a contract to build a 21,600 square metre composites plant in Al Ain, a flagship project for the Abu Dhabi Government's aerospace plans. Max Bogl of Germany and Zarooni Transemirates are building the facility for Strata Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development, which is an investment arm of the Government. A Mubadala representative acknowledged the awarding of the contract, but declined ...  >>MORE

New direct Abu Dhabi-Kiev route launched

Posted on 02/08/2009

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) yesterday announced that Ukraine's leading international carrier, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA), will commence the first direct service from Abu Dhabi to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. The initial flight is scheduled to depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport on Friday 25 September 2009, with twice weekly flights due to arrive in Abu Dhabi at 2030 hours on Mondays and Fridays, and depart the following morning at 0155 hours on Tuesdays and ...  >>MORE

Emirates becomes world's largest Boeing 777 operator

Posted on 31/07/2009

Emirates has become the world's largest airline operator of Boeing 777 aircraft with the arrival of its 78th Boeing 777 today. Emirates has another 28 Boeing 777s pending delivery, worth over US$ 7 billion at list prices, and it is also the only airline to operate every model in the Boeing 777 family: -200s, -200ERs, -200LRs, -300s, -300ERs and freighters. The newest addition to the Emirates fleet is a Boeing 777-300ER configured for long distance journeys. Tim Clark, President Emirates ...  >>MORE

Aabar Investments and Virgin Group agree equity investment partnership in Virgin Galactic

Posted on 29/07/2009

Abu Dhabi's Aabar Investments and Virgin Group today announced that they have agreed to enter a strategic partnership, which will see Aabar take an equity stake in the world's first commercial spaceline - Virgin Galactic. To date, Virgin Galactic has been wholly owned and funded by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group. The deal, signed yesterday at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin attended by Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, and Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny, CEO of ...  >>MORE

First flight school spreads its wings

Posted on 25/07/2009

The desire to fly has fascinated the adventurous at heart for centuries but the advent of flight schools and certified training programmes have given fillip to those ambitious enough to pursue their dreams. The invention of sophisticated instruments and a wide range of modern aircraft, no doubt, have made flying a complex and tough ask, albeit infinitely safer, than it was for the pioneers. Students trying to master the art need to undergo intensive ground and in-the-air training before they ...  >>MORE

Emirates lounge investment tops Dh230 million

Posted on 23/07/2009

Emirates has launched its first airport lounge in Africa at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, bringing the total number of lounges the airline has established across its network for the exclusive use of its customers to 23. The airline has also unveiled plans to introduce three more Emirates Lounges to cater to its first and business class passengers and frequent flyers over the next 12 months, to be located at Manchester, Birmingham and Hamburg airports. To date ...  >>MORE

Emirates to serve second UK gateway with an A380 - for a day

Posted on 17/07/2009

An Emirates' super-jumbo is to serve a second UK gateway - but passengers wanting to enjoy the ride between Dubai and Birmingham better be quick. In what is likely to be one of Emirates' briefest commercial deployments, an A380 will serve Birmingham for just one day on September 9th, as part of Birmingham International Airport's 70th anniversary celebrations. The much talked about double-decker will be used on one of Emirates' two daily services to Birmingham, giving passengers the first ...  >>MORE

Etihad opens its first premium lounge abroad

Posted on 17/07/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has opened a new premium lounge in Frankfurt, Germany, its first outside the UAE. Conveniently located opposite the departure gates most commonly used by Etihad, the 275 square metre lounge can cater to up to 50 premium passengers in a world-class setting. The luxurious lounge opens three hours prior to the departure of Etihad Airways flights, giving passengers an ideal opportunity to relax in style and soak up a whole range of ...  >>MORE

Etihad selected to join IATA’s security body

Posted on 15/07/2009

Etihad Airways has been selected to join the International Air Transport Association (IATA) security committee. The airline yesterday said it had become the first airline in the Middle East to join the IATA Working Group Committee for Security. Mohamed Abubaker Al Farea, Etihad Airways' Vice-President of Corporate Safety, Security and Quality, will represent the airline. Etihad's appointment in the committee follows the successful completion last year of a rigorous safety audit carried out ...  >>MORE

flydubai starts low cost flights to a fifth destination, Aleppo

Posted on 14/07/2009

flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, added Aleppo to its list of operational destinations this morning when its inaugural flight touched down in Syria's second largest city. Flight FZ223 took off from Dubai International Airport at 0800hrs and landed at Aleppo International Airport at 1030hrs local time, after a three and a half hour journey. The return flight, FZ224, left 45 minutes later at 1115hrs. Aleppo is flydubai's fifth operational destination since the company launched its ...  >>MORE

Etihad signs codeshare deal with Turkish Airlines

Posted on 13/07/2009

Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines. The deal follows the launch of Etihad's four flights a week service to the Turkish commercial capital, Istanbul, which began on 1 June. Under the deal the Abu Dhabi-based airline will place its two-letter ‘EY' code on Turkish Airline's flights from Istanbul to the UAE's capital city. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: "Etihad Airways' new service from Abu Dhabi to Istanbul has been extremely popular ...  >>MORE

Cyprus set to become leading Etihad Holidays destination

Posted on 12/07/2009

Etihad Holidays, a division of Etihad Airways, continues to offer fantastic packages to Cyprus with the beautiful Mediterranean island set to become one of its leading destinations. Etihad Airways began flights to Larnaca on June 14 and since then demand for holiday packages has risen considerably ensuring that Cyprus is now already in the top ten Etihad Holidays global destinations. To celebrate the launch, Etihad Holidays has unveiled a number of fantastic deals to Cyprus with lead-in ...  >>MORE

flydubai postpones flights to India 'due to operational reasons'

Posted on 12/07/2009

Dubai's low cost carrier FlyDubai, which was scheduled to commence its India operation on July 13 decided to delay its foray "due to operational reasons." flydubai had planned to begin operations to India with flights to Lucknow on July 13, Coimbatore on July 14 and Chandigarh on July 23, however, due to operational issues, we have had to delay these flights,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of flydubai. We understand that this is very inconvenient for the passengers who have booked flights with ...  >>MORE

Etihad and American Airlines propose codesharing agreement

Posted on 10/07/2009

Etihad Airways and American Airlines have announced details of a proposed new codeshare agreement which, if it receives regulatory approval from the US government, will pave the way for closer commercial cooperation between the two airlines. The codeshare agreement will extend further the two airlines' global networks by providing easy access between Abu Dhabi and the US including Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston which have previously been unavailable to Etihad customers. ...  >>MORE

Etihad's MoU illustrates growing ambitions in Cyprus

Posted on 07/07/2009

Etihad Airways continues to build upon its commitment to the Cypriot market following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Cyprus Airways which will pave the way for a codeshare between the two airlines. Under the initial codeshare deal, which is expected to come into effect in September 2009, Cyprus Airways will place its 'CY' code on Etihad Airways flights between Larnaca and Abu Dhabi. The aim of the codeshare is to enable Etihad Airways, as a newcomer to the Cypriot ...  >>MORE

flydubai agrees US$320m aircraft financing deal with GE Capital Aviation Services

Posted on 02/07/2009

flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, has agreed a deal to finance four Boeing 737-800 aircraft (worth US$320m), with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The sale and leaseback agreement covers the aircraft due to be delivered to flydubai from Boeing in 2009, with two expected in July, one in October and one in December. flydubai was announced by the Government of Dubai in March 2008 with a start-up capital of AED250m. An historic order at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2008, saw ...  >>MORE

Emirates steps up presence in West Asia with more flights

Posted on 02/07/2009

Emirates has stepped up its presence in West Asia with additional services to Colombo and the Maldives from its home base in Dubai. The expansion also signals the resumption of Emirates flights on the Maldives-Colombo route. Emirates will add four flights to Colombo and five to Maldives, bringing its total frequency to 18 flights per week to Sri Lanka and 14 flights per week to the Maldives. EK654 will operate on a circular route, Dubai-Maldives-Colombo-Dubai, every Monday, Wednesday and ...  >>MORE

Etihad to begin new US route in September

Posted on 29/06/2009

Etihad Airways' inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to Chicago will take off on September 2, a spokesman for the Abu Dhabi-based airline confirmed on Sunday. He said initially, there will be flights three times a week to the third-largest city in the US, and from October 1, flights on that route would be daily. The move is aimed at strengthening Etihad's network in North America. Etihad will operate an Airbus A340-500 wide body aircraft on the Abu Dhabi-Chicago route, with the capacity of 240 ...  >>MORE

Etihad expects revenue rise from new routes

Posted on 28/06/2009

Etihad Airways expects company revenues to touch US$3.1 billion (Dh11.4 billion) this year on the back of increasing passenger sales, a senior company executive said on Saturday. Roy Kinnear, Etihad's Vice-President for Revenue Management, said he expects passenger revenues for the Abu Dhabi-based airline to increase 25 per cent this year despite difficult global market conditions. "Factors that will help us reach this year's projected revenue target are natural expansion in growth, key ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch A380 service to Paris in February 2010

Posted on 25/06/2009

Emirates will begin A380 superjumbo service to Paris next February 1, the airline said in a statement. The French capital is the latest destination to be added to the growing list of gateways served by Emirates' popular double-decker. Tim Clark, President, said: "This is really great news for us to bring the A380 to Paris and is a result of such encouraging sales in and out of Paris Charles de Gaulle. Our plans to introduce this exceptional aircraft have been accelerated by almost a year ...  >>MORE

flydubai announces trio routes to India

Posted on 25/06/2009

flydubai, Dubai's first low cost airline, is all set for takeoff to the Indian sub-continent with the announcement of a trio of routes to the region. flydubai will begin its Indian adventure with flights to the north eastern city of Lucknow on July 13. This will be closely followed by Coimbatore in the south of the country on July 14. The trio of destinations will be completed on July 23 when flights to the north western city of Chandigarh begin. FZ449 will depart Dubai for Lucknow on July ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Waha Capital agrees to acquire 50% stake in $2.4 bn AerVenture

Posted on 22/06/2009

Abu Dhabi-based investment holding company Waha Capital PJSC has agreed to acquire a 50 per cent stake in AerVenture Limited. The remaining 50 percent will be held by AerVenture's current parent company NYSE-listed global aviation company AerCap. The parties have committed to a combined total equity investment in AerVenture of US$270 million. The joint venture will significantly extend Waha's footprint and presence in the global aircraft leasing sector and was signed in Abu Dhabi today by ...  >>MORE

Airlines slash fares to attract summer visitors

Posted on 21/06/2009

Dubai's low-cost carrier flydubai has not changed its strategy as a result of the current economic climate and has experienced higher load factor than anticipated in its three weeks of operations, the airline's chief executive officer said on Saturday. The airline announced an air fare sale on Friday that would slash prices on some routes by 50 per cent from June 22 to September 14. The success of the sale, which begins at midnight tonight (June21) with flights to Beirut, Amman, Damascus ...  >>MORE

UAE's Etihad Airways eyes fleet expansion to 150 aircraft, launch services to 100 countries

Posted on 18/06/2009

Paris - James Hogan, Etihad Airways' Chief Executive Officer stressed that the UAE national carrier is planning to launch services to 100 countries by the year 2020 upon expanding its fleet to 150 aircraft. "The company is entering a new stage of expansion to keep up with Abu Dhabi's development strategy (Plan Abu Dhabi 2030) aimed at transforming Abu Dhabi into the most modern city in the Gulf and Middle East with US$200 billion of investments in infrastructure," Hogan told WAM on the ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways announces US$14b aircraft engine order at Paris Air Show

Posted on 17/06/2009

Le Bourget, Paris - Etihad Airways on Tuesday announced a US$14 billion (Dh51.49 billion) aircraft engine order at the Paris Air Show, which could become the largest engine order in commercial aviation history if the Abu Dhabi-based airline exercises all options and purchase rights. Etihad chose GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, Engine Alliance and International Aero Engines (IAE) to power the new Airbus and Boeing fleet that the UAE's national carrier ordered at last year's Farnborough air show. ...  >>MORE

Etihad launches direct flights to Cyprus from Abu Dhabi

Posted on 16/06/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has launched its inaugural service from its home base at Abu Dhabi to Larnaca, Cyprus. Flight EY093 took off from Abu Dhabi airport on Sunday 14 June at 9.40am and arrived on schedule at Larnaca at 12.15pm the same day. The launch of direct flights will support greater tourism flow between the two countries, particularly for UAE residents who are increasingly looking to take short weekend breaks in Cyprus. The new route will ...  >>MORE

ADAC welcomes Elite Aviation's first flight to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/06/2009

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has announced that Abu Dhabi based Elite Aviation, will commence services to two new destinations in Germany starting from 15th June 2009. The services will be operated by the German carrier Blue Wings. This is a landmark event for Elite Aviation, as it signals their very first commercial flight with Blue Wings. Elite Aviation will operate the services from Abu Dhabi five times per week with three weekly direct flights to Dusseldorf, and the UAE's first ...  >>MORE

Etihad plans to announce US$6.7b engine orders at Paris Air Show

Posted on 15/06/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, plans to announce engine orders valued at about US$6.7 billion including service at the Paris Air Show, according to three people familiar with the matter. The engines are for 100 Airbus SAS and Boeing Co. aircraft announced at the Farnborough International Air Show last year, said the people, who asked not be identified before an official announcement this week. General Electric Co. beat Rolls-Royce Group Plc in getting contracts for 35 of ...  >>MORE

UAE's ADAC showcases diverse aviation and aerospace assets at Paris Air Show

Posted on 14/06/2009

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is exhibiting at the Paris Air Show, Le Bourget, where it will be holding talks, signing agreements and making a number of important announcements throughout the week, the company said in a press release. The biannual event runs from 15-21 June 2009, and brings together the world's leading organisations in the aviation and aerospace industry. ADAC holds a number of diverse aviation and aerospace assets in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, including five airports, ...  >>MORE

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Air Arabia receives IOSA registration


New Etihad Airways first class suite enters service


Etihad launches cargo service to Baghdad


Etihad's new schedule offers additional flights


Double digit passenger growth at Abu Dhabi International Airport


Etihad airways and American airlines codeshare agreement given approval


Emirates Airline refutes price-fixing allegations


Al Ain's flight academy to become aviation university


Flydubai expands presence in Africa


Air Arabia net profit soars to Dh193 million in first half of 2009, up 21 per cent


Etihad adds Hyderabad to India routes


Etihad posts record passenger numbers in July


Joint venture wins contract to build Al Ain aircraft plant


New direct Abu Dhabi-Kiev route launched


Emirates becomes world's largest Boeing 777 operator


Aabar Investments and Virgin Group agree equity investment partnership in Virgin Galactic


First flight school spreads its wings


Emirates lounge investment tops Dh230 million


Emirates to serve second UK gateway with an A380 - for a day


Etihad opens its first premium lounge abroad


Etihad selected to join IATA’s security body


flydubai starts low cost flights to a fifth destination, Aleppo


Etihad signs codeshare deal with Turkish Airlines


Cyprus set to become leading Etihad Holidays destination


flydubai postpones flights to India 'due to operational reasons'


Etihad and American Airlines propose codesharing agreement


Etihad's MoU illustrates growing ambitions in Cyprus


flydubai agrees US$320m aircraft financing deal with GE Capital Aviation Services


Emirates steps up presence in West Asia with more flights


Etihad to begin new US route in September


Etihad expects revenue rise from new routes


Emirates to launch A380 service to Paris in February 2010


flydubai announces trio routes to India


Abu Dhabi's Waha Capital agrees to acquire 50% stake in $2.4 bn AerVenture


Airlines slash fares to attract summer visitors


UAE's Etihad Airways eyes fleet expansion to 150 aircraft, launch services to 100 countries


Etihad Airways announces US$14b aircraft engine order at Paris Air Show


Etihad launches direct flights to Cyprus from Abu Dhabi


ADAC welcomes Elite Aviation's first flight to Abu Dhabi


Etihad plans to announce US$6.7b engine orders at Paris Air Show


UAE's ADAC showcases diverse aviation and aerospace assets at Paris Air Show