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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Emirates announces A380 services to South Korea

Posted on 29/01/2009

Emirates Airline yesterday announced that it would begin operating its ultra-modern and environmentally-friendly A380 aircraft to Seoul's Incheon International Airport in November 2009. The new service is perfectly timed to coincide with Visit Korea Year in 2010, where the national government and the city of Seoul are joining forces with the private sector to promote South Korea as a destination for international tourism. The new service represents the aviation world's first A380 operation ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to launch Istanbul route in June

Posted on 28/01/2009

Etihad Airways would be adding Istanbul in Turkey to its route network in order to boost its flight programme to Europe. The Abu Dhabi-based airline said yesterday Turkey's commercial capital will initially be served four times a week starting from June 2, expanding to five flights a week from October. The airline would deploy a two-class (Business and Economy) Airbus A320 on the route. By adding Istanbul to its European network, Etihad said, it would be flying to a total of 13 cities in ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline revises UAE fares to 85 destinations

Posted on 28/01/2009

Emirates Airline yesterday said it had revised its fares for tickets issued in UAE on its First, Business and Economy Class to 85 destinations, including cities in India, China, US, Europe, GCC, Middle East, Africa and Australia. The fares are valid for booking until 15th February and for travel until 31st May, it said in a press release. This is the carrier's third fare revision since October 2008, and this move is once again driven by the lowering of fuel prices in recent months, according ...  >>MORE

GCAA approves Etihad request

Posted on 21/01/2009

Etihad has received full approval from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for its narrow body aircraft, the Airbus A319 and Airbus A320, to operate in Category III B (CAT III B) low visibility conditions in Abu Dhabi. Etihad took delivery of its first narrow body aircraft in April 2008 and has worked closely with the GCAA since then to gain the CAT III B approval. The certification means that all Etihad aircraft can now land, take-off and manoeuvre in the minimum published visibility ...  >>MORE

Etihad signs codeshare deal with Aer Arann

Posted on 19/01/2009

Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Aer Arann of Ireland as part of its strategy to further expand its global network and provide the customers with greater access to destinations in Ireland. Under the deal, which is now in force, the Abu Dhabi-based airline will place its two-letter "EY” code on Aer Arann's regional flights from Dublin to Cork and Galway in Ireland and also to the Isle of Man, according to a release received here on Sunday from Etihad. In turn, the ...  >>MORE

Etihad boasts passenger growth

Posted on 17/01/2009

Massive investments by Etihad Airways have boosted its passenger capacity by nearly 17 times over the past five years to turn it into one of the fastest growing carriers in the world, according to figures released by the company. From around 350,000 in 2003, when the airline began full operations, the number of passengers transported by Etihad rocketed to nearly six million in 2008, an increase of 17 times and an impressive annual growth of about 340 per cent. – Emirates Business 24|7 ...  >>MORE

Sir Bani Yas Island gets air service

Posted on 16/01/2009

A new air service took off yesterday in the UAE with twice-weekly flights linking Abu Dhabi with Sir Bani Yas Island, phase one of the Desert Islands project in the emirate's western region (Al Gharbia). The service, provided by private operator Empire Aviation on behalf of Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of Desert Islands project, will operate return flights every Thursday and Saturday to Sir Bani Yas Island with more flight soon to be announced. ...  >>MORE

Etihad to launch new service to Athens

Posted on 16/01/2009

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is set to boost its flying programme to Europe with the addition of a major new route to Athens. Direct flights to the Greek capital city will start at the beginning of June 2009. Etihad's latest destination will bring the Abu Dhabi-based airline's global flight network to 53 cities, supplementing services to Melbourne in Australia due to be launched in March 2009. The Greek capital of Athens will initially be served ...  >>MORE

GCAA Issues Ban of the Antonov An-12 from UAE Airspace

Posted on 14/01/2009

The General Civil Aviation Authority of United Arab Emirates (GCAA) has temporarily banned the Antonov An-12 from UAE airspace starting effective 8th January 2009. "This action is the result of the numerous incidents that involved this type of aircraft, and considered necessary to ensure the safety of the travelling public until the GCAA completes its investigative actions in accordance with national and international civil aviation standards and regulations." Said Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways flew more than six million passengers in 2008, 34% jump on 2007

Posted on 05/01/2009

Etihad Airways' fifth year of operations saw passenger numbers total 6,021,931 and the average seat factor rise from 68% to 75%. The airline has also taken delivery of nine new aircraft boosting its fleet to a total of 42. Etihad launched six new routes in 2008 - Beijing, Minsk, Almaty, Kozhikode, Chennai and Moscow - as well as signing a record order of US$43bn at the Farnborough International Airshow for up to 205 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Capping a hugely successful year, a record ...  >>MORE

Low-cost carriers fly high despite global crunch

Posted on 04/01/2009

As budget airlines around the world are feeling the pinch of the global credit crunch, the Middle East low-cost carriers (LCCs) continued to fly high in 2008. Low-cost passengers account for about two per cent of the region's air traffic, which is due for a major boost once more LCCs start operation in the region (including Flydubai) and the new Low Cost Terminal at Jebel Ali's new airport takes off in mid-2009. The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (Capa) has forecast that as many as 10 ...  >>MORE

Emirates and Dnata now under ICD

Posted on 31/12/2008

The government of Dubai has transferred ownership of Emirates airline and air travel services firm Dnata to state-owned Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), Emirates said yesterday. "We can confirm that ownership of Emirates Group Decree Companies which include Emirates and Dnata have been transferred to the Investment Corporation of Dubai under official decrees ... " a spokesman for the airline said, without stating a reason for the move. It was not immediately clear if the decision might ...  >>MORE

Etihad to receive eight Airbus A33o aircraft powered by Rolls Royce engines

Posted on 24/12/2008

Etihad Airways confirmed yesterday they will receive deliveries of eight Airbus A330 aircraft powered by Rolls Royce's Trent 700EP engines. The delivery dates will be between now and 2011. "The value of engines for the eight aircraft is US$575 million (Dh2,110.2 million). This price includes costs related to maintenance and service of the engines," a spokesman for the UAE national airline told Gulf News. Etihad ordered 12 Airbus aircraft at last year's Paris Air Show. Of these, five are ...  >>MORE

UAE and Japan agree to enhance air links

Posted on 23/12/2008

The UAE and Japanese governments have agreed to boost air links between the two countries, drawing cheers from Emirates and Etihad that welcomed the prospect of expanding their Asia services. Starting from March 2010, the UAE-based carriers will be able to have 35 weekly passenger flights to Osaka and Nagoya using any type of aircraft. They will also have the rights to operate 10 weekly flights to Tokyo, shared equally between Emirates and Etihad, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia partners with Emirates India International Exchange

Posted on 23/12/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that it has entered into a partnership with Emirates India International Exchange, offering customers another convenient and easy cash payment option. Air Arabia customers can pay for tickets booked through the airline's call centre at any of the Exchange's 12 branches in Sharjah, Dubai, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The customer will receive a reservation number and the ...  >>MORE

UAE partners with ICAO to establish Gulf Centre For Aviation Studies (GCAS)

Posted on 22/12/2008

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) have joined forces to establish the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) in Abu Dhabi. In a ceremony held at ADAC's headquarters at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the GCAA, and Taieb Cherif, Secretary General of ICAO, presented Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman and Managing Director of ADAC, with the ...  >>MORE

Etihad gets flying rights to Japan

Posted on 22/12/2008

The country's flag carrier shall start its direct flights to Japan from March 2010. This is based on a flying rights agreement secured between the UAE and Japan last week, according to a source from the Etihad Airways Corporate Communications Department. A press statement on Thursday said that the agreement was a result of the bilateral talks which took place in Tokyo during the past week between officials and representatives of both governments, the aviation industry and the Etihad Airways. ...  >>MORE

Etihad launches joint venture with Amadeus

Posted on 17/12/2008

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Amadeus IT Group have launched Amadeus Gulf, a joint venture company to provide a global distribution system for travel companies and travel agents in the UAE, Bahrain and Oman. The Amadeus Reservations System will offer travel agents in these markets access to a database of Etihad's full range of air fares. In addition to accessing data on Etihad, Amadeus Gulf will offer travel agencies a wealth of information on more than ...  >>MORE

Etihad wins 'airline of the year' award

Posted on 16/12/2008

Etihad Airways has been voted 'airline of the year' at the 2008 Arabian Business Achievement Awards, the latest in a series of accolades that the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has collected in recent months. The Abu Dhabi-based airline picked up the award at a glittering ceremony at the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai, hosted by ITP, the publishers of Arabian Business magazine and attended by many of the region's leading senior business professionals. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' ...  >>MORE

Emirates' Non-Stop Flight to San Francisco Takes Off

Posted on 16/12/2008

Emirates Airline's inaugural San Francisco flight had a smooth and specially co-ordinated "green" departure from Dubai International Airport yesterday. Onboard the inaugural flight, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, leads a delegation of senior Emirates executives who will be attending meetings and formal events in San Francisco, to celebrate the launch of Emirates' services. This flight marks the first non-stop air transport link ...  >>MORE

Etihad wins award in USA

Posted on 15/12/2008

Readers of the American monthly magazine, Business Traveler USA voted Etihad Airways the airline with the best business class service from the United States to the Middle East. The magazine's "best in business travel awards" are based upon a comprehensive survey of readers and their views of airlines, hotels, cruise lines, car rental firms and destinations. Etihad Airways' executive vice president for marketing and product Peter Baumgartner said, "The last 12 months has seen Etihad Airways ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia gets best low-cost carrier award

Posted on 14/12/2008

Air Arabia (PJSC), the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, has been named "Low-Cost Carrier of the Year" for the second consecutive year, at the Aviation Business Awards 2008. This honour comes in recognition of Air Arabia's exceptional level of services, growth, outstanding performance, and reliability. Adel Ali, Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, said: "We are delighted to have been named "Best Low-Cost Carrier in the Middle East and ...  >>MORE

Emirates partners with Jet Airways

Posted on 12/12/2008

Emirates Airline, the award-winning international carrier with extensive services to India, and Jet Airways, India's premier international airline, have announced their partnership plans spanning a unilateral code share agreement and a reciprocal frequent flyer arrangement. Effective 15th December, Emirates will unilaterally code share on Jet Airways' daily flights from Mumbai and New Delhi to Dubai, giving travellers better connectivity and an expanded range of services between India and ...  >>MORE

Emirates plans longest 'green flight' from Dubai to San Francisco

Posted on 11/12/2008

Emirates, which has one of the world's youngest fleets, will try a new fuel-saving programme as it conducts the longest green journey on December 15 with its Dubai-San Francisco flight. Emirates said it worked closely with government agencies in Dubai, Russia, Iceland, Canada, the United States and other countries to plot what it called the 'Environment Flight'. The flight has been described as "the most environmentally-sophisticated route and trip possible to help save an estimated 2,000 ...  >>MORE

Etihad deal boosts Airbus order book

Posted on 10/12/2008

Paris - European planemaker Airbus reported orders for 84 aircraft in November, including completion of the largest civil aircraft deal of the year, a 51-plane order from Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways worth over US$10 billion. The tally brought gross 2008 aircraft orders at the EADS subsidiary to 878, Airbus said in a statement. Three orders were cancelled in November, bringing total cancellations for the year to 122 and leaving the net total of aircraft sold at 756, down sharply from last year. ...  >>MORE

Etihad firms up US$10b landmark deal with Airbus for 25 advanced A35os

Posted on 06/12/2008

Etihad Airways has firmed up a US$10 billion (Dh36.78 billion) Airbus plane order in a landmark deal that could see the planemaker build part of its next generation of jets in the emirate, a source close to the deal said on Friday. The order, whose fate had been left uncertain as financial turmoil engulfs even the world, follows a manufacturing deal between Airbus parent EADS and Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development fund. It is also the tip of the iceberg in a wider contest for orders with Boeing ...  >>MORE

Emirates will not restrict expansion plans despite air travel downturn

Posted on 06/12/2008

London: Emirates, the Dubai government-owned airline that is the biggest customer for the Airbus A380 superjumbo, has no plans to rein in its expansion amid a global slump in air travel. The carrier has boosted revenue by 14 per cent since the start of the financial year in April and has no intention of deferring any of its plane orders, Vice-Chairman Maurice Flanagan said in an interview in London. The carrier will take delivery of 55 more A380s after having received three that it has ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airline resumes flight to Bangkok

Posted on 05/12/2008

Etihad Airline will resume its flights to Bangkok twice a day on Friday. It will run extra trips until Dec. 8 to meet the rising demand from customers interested to leave Thai capital, Bangkok. Etihad Airline had suspended its flights on Nov. 26 during the turmoil that led to the closure of the two airports in the city. Since then Etihad Airline conducted over six relief flights from Yu Taboa Airport. Over 2500 passengers have been evacuated. Captain Richard Hill, Etihad's executive vice ...  >>MORE

Silver Air signs contract with ADAT

Posted on 05/12/2008

Silver Air, the Dubai-based aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance air carrier, has appointed Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to service its four-strong Boeing fleet, Gulf News said today. Under the contract, ADAT will be responsible for all of Silver Air's maintenance, repair and overhaul and engineering requirements, providing a 'total care solution' for the company's trio of Boeing 737-200 and one 737-300. John Byers, chief executive of ADAT, said: "Through this agreement, we ...  >>MORE

Emirates brings its own double-decker to London

Posted on 02/12/2008

EK001, which departs Dubai daily at 0745hrs and arrives in London Heathrow at 1135hrs, is to be served by the giant airliner. The A380 deployed on the Dubai -Heathrow route is the third of 58 that Emirates ordered, making it by far the largest customer for the super-efficient superjumbo. Despite its colossal size, the Emirates A380 makes less than half the noise of a 747 jumbo jet and uses 20 per cent less fuel. Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline, said: "We are delighted to bring our ...  >>MORE

Etihad operates special flights for passengers stranded in Thailand

Posted on 29/11/2008

Etihad Airways yesterday in a press release said it will lay on special relief flights from U-Taphao airport in Thailand to Abu Dhabi to help passengers who have been stranded in the country since the start of civil unrest and the closure of the major international airports in the capital, Bangkok. The airline added that it had secured rights to operate from U-Taphao, an airport 150 kilometres east of Bangkok, and will fly in special ground handling personnel and airport staff to assist with ...  >>MORE

Cancellations hit flights to Bangkok

Posted on 27/11/2008

Flights from the UAE to Bangkok were suspended yesterday after unrest in the Thai capital's airport. Anti-government protesters stormed Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok late on Tuesday, as the leader of the country's army called on the government to stand down. The turmoil led to most flights in and out of the airport being cancelled yesterday, leaving passengers stranded in the UAE and 3,000 international passengers in limbo in Thailand. Airlines were awaiting further news late yesterday ...  >>MORE

Etihad secures US$210m aircraft financing

Posted on 26/11/2008

Etihad Airways has secured aircraft financing facilities worth more than US$210m to acquire two new Airbus A340-600 wide-body aircraft to add to its expanding fleet. The Abu Dhabi-based airline has signed a US$102m aircraft financing facility with a consortium of regional and international banks to finance the airline's acquisition of one of the 288-seat aircraft. The 12-year finance lease was provided in equal shares by three separate banks, led by co-arrangers and lenders Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Etihad wins major European sponsorship award

Posted on 25/11/2008

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has won the 'European Sponsorship of the Year' award in the business to consumer category for its sponsorship of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) hurling in Ireland. The awards, hosted by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) and held at the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Brussels, are respected across the multi-billion dollar global sponsorship industry with Etihad competing with Vodafone, Shell, Royal Bank of Scotland ...  >>MORE

Al Mansouri opens MEBA 2008

Posted on 17/11/2008

Economy Minister H.E Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri yesterday opened the Middle East Business Aviation Exhibition and Conference (MEBA 2008). Addressing MEBA conference, Al Mansouri said the Middle East and the Gulf represent a healthy market for business aviation aircraft. "Today, there are approximately 4900 companies that own and operate more than 6000 business aircrafts around the world. These companies; result in the direct and direct employment of approximately 16,000,000 people worldwide ...  >>MORE

UAE's Al Jaber Aviation orders two Airbus A318 Elites, expresses interest in two Airbus A380s

Posted on 17/11/2008

Al Jaber Aviation, a member of the Al Jaber Group, has placed a firm order for two Airbus A318 Elites and has signed a letter of interest for two Airbus A380s. CEO of Al Jaber Group Mohamed Al Jaber said the Airbus A318 Elite assures new levels of spaciousness and comfort to VIP travelers - our primary clients." "The widely spaced cabin zones and ease of movement around the cabin provided by the Airbus A318 Elite are unmatched by anything in its category," he added. With the new order, Al ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia confirms purchase of 10 additional Airbus A320 aircraft

Posted on 13/11/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that it has signed a contract with Airbus for 10 additional A320 aircraft. The contract follows an earlier agreement for 34 Airbus A320 aircraft signed at the end of 2007. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia, said: "Our vision is to be one of the world's leading LCCs in terms of profit margins, innovation, reputation and operational excellence, and having ...  >>MORE

Emirates announces half-year profits of Dh 284 million

Posted on 11/11/2008

Emirates Airline produced a net profit of Dh 284 million (US$77 million), for the first six months of its current financial year ending 30th September 2008. This is down 88 per cent compared to Dh 2.36 billion (US$643 million) net profits for the same period in 2007, showing the impact of the record fuel prices earlier this year. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: "The first half of the year has been very tough for the airline ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia announces record third quarter net profit of Dh 214 million, up 30 per cent

Posted on 09/11/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, yesterday released its financial results for the third quarter of 2008. The company's net profit for the three months ending September 30, 2008, stood at Dh 214 million, an increase of 30 per cent compared to Dh 165 million during the third quarter of 2007. For the third quarter of 2008, the company posted a turnover of Dh 625 million, up 69 per cent compared to Dh 369 million during the third quarter ...  >>MORE

Etihad celebrates five years of flying

Posted on 05/11/2008

Etihad Airways marks a major milestone in its rapid growth story on Wednesday, November 5 when it celebrates its fifth anniversary. On the same day in 2003 the national airline of the United Arab Emirates launched its inaugural flight from its home base of Abu Dhabi to Al Ain which was followed a week later with Etihad's first commercial passenger flight to Beirut. Etihad in five years has flown nearly 14 million passengers on more than 87,000 flights to 48 destinations across the Middle ...  >>MORE

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Emirates advances footprint in Bangladesh


Emirates announces A380 services to South Korea


Etihad Airways to launch Istanbul route in June


Emirates Airline revises UAE fares to 85 destinations


GCAA approves Etihad request


Etihad signs codeshare deal with Aer Arann


Etihad boasts passenger growth


Sir Bani Yas Island gets air service


Etihad to launch new service to Athens


GCAA Issues Ban of the Antonov An-12 from UAE Airspace


Etihad Airways flew more than six million passengers in 2008, 34% jump on 2007


Low-cost carriers fly high despite global crunch


Emirates and Dnata now under ICD


Etihad to receive eight Airbus A33o aircraft powered by Rolls Royce engines


UAE and Japan agree to enhance air links


Air Arabia partners with Emirates India International Exchange


UAE partners with ICAO to establish Gulf Centre For Aviation Studies (GCAS)


Etihad gets flying rights to Japan


Etihad launches joint venture with Amadeus


Etihad wins 'airline of the year' award


Emirates' Non-Stop Flight to San Francisco Takes Off


Etihad wins award in USA


Air Arabia gets best low-cost carrier award


Emirates partners with Jet Airways


Emirates plans longest 'green flight' from Dubai to San Francisco


Etihad deal boosts Airbus order book


Etihad firms up US$10b landmark deal with Airbus for 25 advanced A35os


Emirates will not restrict expansion plans despite air travel downturn


Etihad Airline resumes flight to Bangkok


Silver Air signs contract with ADAT


Emirates brings its own double-decker to London


Etihad operates special flights for passengers stranded in Thailand


Cancellations hit flights to Bangkok


Etihad secures US$210m aircraft financing


Etihad wins major European sponsorship award


Al Mansouri opens MEBA 2008


UAE's Al Jaber Aviation orders two Airbus A318 Elites, expresses interest in two Airbus A380s


Air Arabia confirms purchase of 10 additional Airbus A320 aircraft


Emirates announces half-year profits of Dh 284 million


Air Arabia announces record third quarter net profit of Dh 214 million, up 30 per cent


Etihad celebrates five years of flying