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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

No passenger fee hike this year

Posted on 05/05/2009

Dubai Airports, which manages both Dubai International and the upcoming Al Maktoum International airports, will not increase the passenger service charge, or PSC, at Dubai International any further this year, according to Dubai Airports' top executive. Dubai Airports recently increased the charge to Dh75, up from Dh30 earlier. While the increase was official for Dubai, other airports are soon to follow suit, according to the industry sources. "I doubt the passenger service charge will go up ...  >>MORE

Emirates voted cargo airline of the year again

Posted on 04/05/2009

Emirates SkyCargo has added four highly coveted accolades to its impressive trophy collection in the past week. Emirates' cargo division won the premier prize at the prestigious Cargo Airline of the Year Awards, a leading event on the cargo industry calendar, hosted by Air Cargo News (ACN) in London. The Dubai-based inter-continental carrier, which last won the ACN Cargo Airline of the Year in 2001, was also voted Best All-Cargo Airline and, for an incredible 21st successive year, Best Middle ...  >>MORE

Emirates to delay B777 deliveries

Posted on 02/05/2009

Seattle: Emirates will slow the delivery of new Boeing 777 aircraft next year, Gulf News has learnt. Speaking a day before the delivery of the airline's 75th Boeing 777, Abdullah Al Shams, manager of the Emirates Boeing fleet acceptance team at the Everet factory near Seattle, said that from 2010 deliveries would be delayed by a few months. "We do have deliveries until April 2010 and then we have a slowdown on the deliveries for the following year," Al Shams said. "The slowdown in ...  >>MORE

flydubai to receive new Boeing

Posted on 30/04/2009

flydubai, the start-up budget airline, will be among the first operators to receive an upgraded version of the Boeing 737 with new interior features and an improved engine performance, the US plane maker said. Boeing believes a combination of airframe, weight and engine improvements will lead to two per cent gain in fuel efficiency over existing models. Also, interior modifications that were developed for its next-generation aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, will be adopted on the 737. "Drawing ...  >>MORE

Dubai International welcomes new airlines; adds new destinations to its network

Posted on 27/04/2009

Dubai International's passenger traffic is set to receive a boost following the launch of services by two new airlines, the addition of a new destination and an increase in frequency of existing services, in the second quarter of 2009. Dubai International welcomed Toumai Air Tchad, a private airline that is also the national carrier of the Republic of Chad in Africa, on Wednesday (April 23), while the Hainan Airlines from China is scheduled to launch its service to Dubai from May 25. Jet ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia connects Sharjah to EU with service to Athens

Posted on 26/04/2009

Sharjah-based budget carrier Air Arabia has connected Sharjah with the European Union by launching flights to Athens, making the UAE's third largest emirate a new gateway in the region. "Air transport is the life-blood of cultural, business and tourism exchange. Greece is the Arab world's main gateway to European Union and Balkan countries, and this service forms a key part of Sharjah's strategy to enhance its presence as one of the world's leading cultural, tourist and economic destinations," ...  >>MORE

ADAC has welcomed its 43rd airline to Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 18/04/2009

The new route, established by Sun Air, a privately-operated Sudanese airline, will provide the UAE capital with another air link to Sudan's capital Khartoum. Abu Dhabi will be the airline's second destination in the UAE. Sun Air is a young full-service airline launched in June 2008 with a fleet of one Airbus A310-300 aircraft and three Boeing 737-400 aircraft. Current routes cover a number of destinations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The airline will operate a Boeing ...  >>MORE

Emirates doubles number of UAE National Cadet Pilot graduates

Posted on 17/04/2009

A total of 35 UAE Nationals have graduated from the Emirates airline National Cadet Pilot Programme, an increase of 100% on last year's graduate figures. During the graduation ceremony, held at the Emirates Group Headquarters, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group and Captain Abdulla Al Hammadi, National Cadet Pilot Manager, Emirates, presented trophies and certificates to the 35 high-fliers who have successfully completed ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia takes off to Goa, India

Posted on 17/04/2009

Air Arabia, one of the largest low-cost carriers (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, today launched non-stop service to Goa, India, from the carrier's main hub in Sharjah, UAE. The launch of this new destination reflects Air Arabia's growing expansion into the Indian market, a company press release said. Roundtrip flights will operate three times per week between Dabolim International Airport in Goa and Air Arabia's hub in Sharjah. Air Arabia is now the only UAE-based ...  >>MORE

Open skies policy to be finalised by 2015

Posted on 16/04/2009

The Arab World's open skies policy will be completed by 2015 with all Arab League member countries signing, ratifying and approving it at all levels, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, said yesterday. "All the air regulation treaties among Arab countries, particularly the open skies policy declarations approved in Damascus and Beirut, will be finalised by 2015," he said in his capacity as Chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority. "So far 11 Arab countries have signed ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia wins World Airline Award for best low-cost carrier in Middle East

Posted on 14/04/2009

For the third consecutive year, Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, has won the 2009 World Airline Award for "Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East." This honour comes in acknowledgment of Air Arabia's exceptional level of overall passenger satisfaction. These awards, based on global, independent passenger surveys of airline standards carried out by Skytrax Research, are the outcome of the measurement of more than 35 different ...  >>MORE

Etihad to launch destination management company

Posted on 07/04/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is to launch its own destination management company (DMC). The new DMC aims to provide a diverse range of leisure and business activities for visitors to Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Etihad is currently in discussion with local tourism partners, with the new DMC set to support the development and enhancement of the capital's tourism infrastructure. Although the final specifications of the DMC are yet to be finalised, many goals ...  >>MORE

Flydubai opens for business with flights to Beirut and Amman

Posted on 07/04/2009

Dubai's first low cost airline, flydubai, has announced flights will start on June 1st 2009 with a daily service to Beirut and from June 2nd daily to Amman. Passengers will be able to book flights from 3pm today, when the airline's website, www.flydubai.com goes live and their call centre - on 04 301 0800 - and travel partners open for bookings. flydubai has chosen Lebanon and Jordan as its debut destinations because of their popularity with expatriates in Dubai and the UAE, as well as with ...  >>MORE

Etihad to launch flights to Astana

Posted on 06/04/2009

Etihad Airways, the UAE national airline, will launch non-stop flights from its Abu Dhabi home base to Astana in Kazakhstan starting from May 7. The Kazakhstan capital will be served, once a week with the airline, using a two-class Airbus A319 aircraft configured to carry 110 passengers with 20 seats in business class and 90 in economy class, said the airline in a statement. Astana will become the second destination in Kazakhstan served by Etihad and the Abu Dhabi-based airline's 52nd across ...  >>MORE

New Boeing freighter to boost Emirates SkyCargo business

Posted on 01/04/2009

Emirates SkyCargo's first Boeing 777 Freighter arrived in Dubai after completing its inaugural commercial flight from Hong Kong. The carrier took delivery of the new-generation freighter at Boeing's Everett, Washington, facility on Friday. From Washington, the freighter flew to Hong Kong, one of the carrier's most robust routes, where it was loaded with cargo bound for Dubai and other destinations. The Boeing 777F, with its range and environmental advantages over other freighters in the ...  >>MORE

Emirates and Etihad increase regional flights

Posted on 30/03/2009

To meet the Middle East's increasing demand for air travel, Emirates and Etihad airlines both announced plans to increase flights from
the region. Recent statistics released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) show that demand for services across the Middle East grew 3.1 per cent in January 2009 despite the global economic downturn. Emirates announced two additional weekly flights to Dammam; three to Beirut; and two to Teheran. Etihad will increase the number of ...  >>MORE

India drives Abu Dhabi airport's six per cent growth in February

Posted on 24/03/2009

Abu Dhabi International Airport yesterday said its passenger traffic for February increased by six per cent compared to the same period a year earlier, backed by a strong increase in passenger traffic from India. Total aircraft movements for the month, meanwhile, increased 4.9 per cent, Abu Dhabi Airports Company [Adac] said in a statement. It said that the airport had 685,508 passengers passing through it in February this year compared to 648,301 passengers in February 2008. While the ...  >>MORE

Etihad extends codeshare with Brussels Airlines

Posted on 23/03/2009

Etihad Airways is to extend further its expanding global network by providing its customers with access for the first time to destinations in Spain, following the expansion of its existing codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines of Belgium. Under the deal, which comes into effect on March 29, the Abu Dhabi-based airline will place its two-letter 'EY' code on Brussels Airlines' flights from the Belgian capital to the Spanish capital city of Madrid as well as the Catalan city of Barcelona. ...  >>MORE

Dubai’s first budget airline set to fly by Mid-year

Posted on 21/03/2009

Dubai's first low-cost airline – flydubai — is pressing ahead with plans to launch in the middle of this year and in spite of stiff economic headwinds. The fledgling carrier has finished hiring pilots and cabin crew to operate its initial fleet of single aisle Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Flydubai says it has received more than 8,000 applications for 79 pilot positions, a likely sign of layoffs of flight crew at other airlines during the worsening global recession. As late as a year ago, pilots ...  >>MORE

Etihad Targets Seven Million Passengers In 2009

Posted on 19/03/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, aims to increase its passenger numbers in 2009 by 15 per cent to a total of seven million. The airline will expand its global flight network to 55 destinations during the year as well as grow its fleet to more than 50 aircraft. Etihad flew six million passengers in 2008 to 50 routes with a fleet of 42 aircraft. A total of 900 weekly Etihad flights will operate this summer, a 20 per cent rise on the 750 weekly flights which ...  >>MORE

Emirates to Launch A380 Service to Bangkok and Toronto

Posted on 19/03/2009

Emirates Airline yesterday announced it will introduce its double decker A380 aircraft on its Bangkok and Toronto routes. Effective 1st June 2009, the aircraft will debut in Canada while the new Thai route extends the aircraft's presence in Asia after the successful launch of the A380 on Sydney and Auckland in February. "We are extremely pleased to announce the introduction of the A380 for our Toronto and Bangkok services. Our Toronto route has had consistently high demand since the thrice ...  >>MORE

Alpha Aviation Academy launched in UAE

Posted on 18/03/2009

Alpha Aviation Group, with ten international aviation academies, has launched Alpha Aviation Academy (AAA) in the UAE that will train students to fly commercial jets. Based at Sharjah International Airport, the academy offers the multi-crew pilot licence (MPL), a first in the Middle East. "There is a shortage in the market for pilots, especially with regional airlines expecting deliveries for their expanding fleets," said Mustafa Ali, general manager of AAA, UAE, adding that the MPL would ...  >>MORE

Emirates studies options to revise delivery schedule for superjumbos

Posted on 14/03/2009

Emirates, the biggest customer for the Airbus A380 superjumbo, is studying options for the delivery schedule that could be revised to reflect the changing traffic patterns across its network. "Like all airlines, Emirates continues to assess all options for its fleet and route operations," an Emirates spokesperson said in response to queries by Gulf News. The move comes a few days after Emirates, the largest Arab carrier, reduced its services to China due to falling load factors. This trend, ...  >>MORE

Etihad in codeshare with Qantas

Posted on 12/03/2009

Etihad Airways yesterday announced a new codeshare agreement with Qantas Airways in the Abu Dhabi carrier's latest move to penetrate the Australian market. The closer commercial co-operation between the two airlines means Etihad will fly into Melbourne for the first time, and gives Qantas its first direct connections with Middle East destinations. The codeshare agreement will take effect on March 29. The airline already has flights to Sydney and Brisbane. Etihad also hopes to put its name on ...  >>MORE

Flydubai will take off from Terminal Two later in the year

Posted on 12/03/2009

Dubai's first budget airline, flydubai, will take off from Dubai International airport's Terminal Two when it starts its services later in the year, the airline said yesterday. Flydubai was scheduled to start operations from Al Maktoum International airport in Jebel Ali's Dubai World Central development, but recently said it may kick off services from Dubai International, as Dubai Airports deferred the opening Al Maktoum International by one year, to mid-2010. "In Terminal Two we have found ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia takes off to Goa, India, in April

Posted on 11/03/2009

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that it will launch service to the Indian city of Goa beginning April 16, 2009. Roundtrip flights will operate three times per week between Dabolim International Airport in Goa and Air Arabia's hub in Sharjah. Upon commencing service, Air Arabia will be the only UAE-based international carrier to offer direct flights to Goa from the UAE. The LCC will fly to Goa on Tuesdays, ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet opens new brokerage in Dubai

Posted on 09/03/2009

Royal Jet, the UAE based, international luxury executive flight services company, chaired by HE Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, has announced the opening of a new charter brokerage service. Royal Jet Charter Brokerage, based in Dubai provides travel solutions through sourcing the appropriate aircraft for charter through a network of carefully audited operators. The new charter brokerage service provides customers with a facility whereby if a Royal Jet aircraft is not available due to ...  >>MORE

Hydra Trading, Air Touring Group launch new aviation company

Posted on 04/03/2009

A new major aviation company has been launched in Abu Dhabi to meet the growing needs of companies and high-profile individuals. Hydra Aviation is taking advantage of the global economic crisis to provide more economical light aircraft services after a sharp rise in flight costs of big aircraft. The company, with a paid up capital of US$25 million (Dh92m) began operations just before the end of 2008 and it will cover sale of small aircraft, lease, single or regular flight services and ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia, DIB launch electronic ticket payment service

Posted on 26/02/2009

Air Arabia and Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) announced yesterday the launch of a fast and convenient ticket payment facility for Air Arabia customers via DIB's electronic banking channels. Through this service, ticket payments can now be made anywhere in the UAE through DIB's Cash Deposit Machines (CDM). Dubai Islamic Bank is currently in the process of enabling Air Arabia payments through the bank's e-channel network, including Internet banking, mobile banking, phone banking, and Automated Teller ...  >>MORE

First Emirati cadet pilots graduate from flight training

Posted on 24/02/2009

Etihad Airways' first group of Emirati cadet pilots have successfully gained their airline transport pilot licence (ATPL) and graduated from flight training at the Horizon International Flight Academy in Al Ain. The pilots were conferred by Horizon Academy with their flying wings in a ceremony at Etihad's training academy in Abu Dhabi, which was attended by family and friends of the pilots as well as senior management from Etihad Airways and Horizon. The six Emirati pilots - Khalid Saeed, ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to commence service to Athens

Posted on 24/02/2009

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that it will launch service to the Greek city of Athens, beginning April 21, 2009. Roundtrip flights will operate three times per week between Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in the capital of Greece, and Air Arabia's hub in Sharjah. Air Arabia is the first LCC in the Middle East to commence operations to Athens. The LCC will fly to Athens on Tuesdays, ...  >>MORE

Emirates rings up 100,000th passenger in-flight

Posted on 20/02/2009

Keeping people connected, Emirates in-flight mobile telephone service has clocked up its 100,000th user this week, confirming a dramatic increase in calls this year. A total of 31 Emirates passenger aircraft are now installed with the AeroMobile service, the largest of any commercial airline. The milestone was passed when a Singaporean passenger made a call from 36,000 feet during Emirates flight EK404 from Dubai to Singapore. Thousands of passengers on 31 AeroMobile-equipped Emirates ...  >>MORE

Emirates plans to boost flight network by 14%

Posted on 20/02/2009

Emirates airline on Wednesday said it plans to increase the number of flights across its network by 14 per cent in 2009. This year the Dubai-based carrier will add 18 new passenger aircraft to its fleet, increasing seating capacity by 14 per cent and enabling it to start new routes as well as increase frequencies on many existing routes. It will also expand cargo capacity by 17 per cent. The move is set to afford passengers a greater choice of flights, more frequent connections with their ...  >>MORE

Emirates to raise capacity by 14%

Posted on 19/02/2009

As airlines across the world cut capacity to cope with the financial crisis, Emirates will increase the number of flights across its network by 14 per cent this year besides adding 18 new passenger aircraft to its fleet. The move would enable the Dubai Government-owned airline to start new routes as well as increase frequencies on many existing routes, the airline said yesterday. It added that it would expand cargo capacity by 17 per cent. "The additional frequencies will afford passengers a ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia records annual net profit of Dh 510 million, up 35.6 per cent

Posted on 16/02/2009

Air Arabia (PJSC), the Middle East and North Africa's first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced yesterday its financial results for the year 2008. The company achieved a net profit of Dh 510 million for the financial year ending December 31, 2008, compared to a net profit of Dh 376 million in 2007, an increase of 35.6 per cent. The carrier posted a turnover of Dh 2.066 billion in 2008, up 61 per cent compared to Dh 1.283 billion in 2007. Passenger average load factor - passengers ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo leads the way in e-freight uptake

Posted on 13/02/2009

enjoy the benefits of a faster service through reduced cycle times; greater reliability and accuracy with its one-time electronic data entry at point of origin; better visibility as electronic documentation allows for online track and trace functionality; and Customs benefits as the number of fines are reduced and deposits are no longer required. On top of these benefits, there is the added financial stimulus for Dubai based customers whereby Customs does not retain the forwarders' deposits. ...  >>MORE

ADAC discusses aviation cooperation with Germany

Posted on 12/02/2009

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) hosted the first ever Abu Dhabi-Bavarian Aviation Business Delegation at the Emirates Palace, to showcase the Emirate's growing aerospace and aviation sector and its stable and attractive economy for German aerospace companies. The event was also attended by German Ambassador to the UAE by Peter Brandes. The well-attended event brought together more than 35 high-flying aviation professionals, including CEOs, Managing Directors, Board Members and Vice ...  >>MORE

Flydubai to debut with India

Posted on 12/02/2009

Dubai's first budget carrier, Flydubai, is on schedule for take-off to five Indian destinations in the second quarter, subject to the availability of aircraft. The airline has not received any of its aircraft so far, according to Flydubai's top executive. "No aircraft has arrived yet but we are on schedule to launch the airline," Chief Executive Ghaith Al Ghaith told Emirates Business, without divulging aircraft delivery dates. "We will soon be making an announcement about the airline's ...  >>MORE

Emirates strengthens its commitment to Australia

Posted on 07/02/2009

Emirates Airline has stepped up its presence in Australia with the introduction of a second daily service to Brisbane and a third daily service to Melbourne, with immediate effect. The additional services represent yet another initiative in the Emirates-Australia partnership. Closely following the launch of Emirates' A380 service to Sydney on 1st February, the two new services to Brisbane and Melbourne will operate non-stop and escalate the airline's weekly capacity to 63 flights to four ...  >>MORE

Etihad to fly to Chicago

Posted on 04/02/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will begin flights to the US city of Chicago from Wednesday 2 September, 2009. The route will be served initially three times a week and will increase to daily flights from Thursday 1 October, 2009. Chicago, the third largest city in America and the biggest in the state of Illinois, will be the Abu Dhabi-based airline's second US destination joining its popular daily flight to New York. It will also strengthen Etihad's network ...  >>MORE

Emirates advances footprint in Bangladesh

Posted on 01/02/2009

Dubai-based Emirates Airline is stepping up its presence in Bangladesh with the introduction of three additional flights per week to Dhaka, starting 1st February 2009, it was announced yesterday. The award-winning carrier's move is well timed to support the new trade acceleration policy unveiled by the government of Bangladesh. Bangladesh has announced its intention to organise high level political visits to the UAE to encourage business from both sides. Already UAE investors have shown ...  >>MORE

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No passenger fee hike this year


Emirates voted cargo airline of the year again


Emirates to delay B777 deliveries


flydubai to receive new Boeing


Dubai International welcomes new airlines; adds new destinations to its network


Air Arabia connects Sharjah to EU with service to Athens


ADAC has welcomed its 43rd airline to Abu Dhabi International Airport


Emirates doubles number of UAE National Cadet Pilot graduates


Air Arabia takes off to Goa, India


Open skies policy to be finalised by 2015


Air Arabia wins World Airline Award for best low-cost carrier in Middle East


Etihad to launch destination management company


Flydubai opens for business with flights to Beirut and Amman


Etihad to launch flights to Astana


New Boeing freighter to boost Emirates SkyCargo business


Emirates and Etihad increase regional flights


India drives Abu Dhabi airport's six per cent growth in February


Etihad extends codeshare with Brussels Airlines


Dubai’s first budget airline set to fly by Mid-year


Etihad Targets Seven Million Passengers In 2009


Emirates to Launch A380 Service to Bangkok and Toronto


Alpha Aviation Academy launched in UAE


Emirates studies options to revise delivery schedule for superjumbos


Etihad in codeshare with Qantas


Flydubai will take off from Terminal Two later in the year


Air Arabia takes off to Goa, India, in April


Royal Jet opens new brokerage in Dubai


Hydra Trading, Air Touring Group launch new aviation company


Air Arabia, DIB launch electronic ticket payment service


First Emirati cadet pilots graduate from flight training


Air Arabia to commence service to Athens


Emirates rings up 100,000th passenger in-flight


Emirates plans to boost flight network by 14%


Emirates to raise capacity by 14%


Air Arabia records annual net profit of Dh 510 million, up 35.6 per cent


Emirates SkyCargo leads the way in e-freight uptake


ADAC discusses aviation cooperation with Germany


Flydubai to debut with India


Emirates strengthens its commitment to Australia


Etihad to fly to Chicago


Emirates advances footprint in Bangladesh