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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Fuel saving measures to save Etihad Dh73m in 2008

Posted on 04/11/2008

Etihad Airways is set to trim its annual aviation fuel bill by Dh73m (US$20m) thanks to a series of innovative efficiency measures. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates undertook at the beginning of 2008 a comprehensive review of all aspects of its flight operations to identify areas where the carrier's fuel bill could be reduced. The work, supported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), highlighted some 23 fuel-efficiency measures. Many of these measures have ...  >>MORE

ADAC hosts Low Cost Airlines World MENA Conference

Posted on 04/11/2008

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) is set to showcase Al Ain International Airport as a strategic low-cost carrier hub for the Middle East, as it hosts its first Low Cost Airlines World MENA Conference, in Al Ain, from 3-5 November 2008. Over a period of three days, various panel discussions and key note speeches are intended to provide a platform for debating key issues and for delegates to share information on best practice strategies from both international and local aviation leaders. Rudy ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia Maroc to begin operations in early 2009

Posted on 04/11/2008

Air Arabia announced yesterday that it will commence operations from its second hub in Morocco in early 2009, subject to government approvals. Air Arabia's second hub in Casablanca will provide the Sharjah-based LCC with a platform from which to reach the wider Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market. The new airline, named "Air Arabia Maroc," will cover Morocco's domestic sector and operate in selected destinations across Europe and Africa. Last year, Air Arabia announced the ...  >>MORE

Emirates embarks on major expansion in India

Posted on 03/11/2008

Dubai-based airline, Emirates, will be adding 31 weekly flights to its existing service in India between now and February 2009. The award-winning carrier has embarked on its second major expansion campaign for India in 2008, and the enhanced capacity will reaffirm Emirates' status as the single largest international carrier in the Indian skies, operating 163 weekly flights to 10 gateways. The expansion will be implemented in a phased manner and key cities - Mumbai and New Delhi - will be the ...  >>MORE

United Airlines inaugurates Dubai - Washington D.C. service

Posted on 29/10/2008

United Airlines yesterday inaugurated its new non-stop daily service from Dubai to Washington D.C. Cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the flight were U.S. Consul General for Dubai Paul Sutphin, Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths and United's Senior Vice President for Airport Operations, Cargo and United Express, Scott Dolan. The new service is set to offer Middle East travellers access to a network of services across the United States. From Washington Dulles, customers can then fly on to over ...  >>MORE

New UAE-Saudi airway to save fuel and time

Posted on 27/10/2008

In a move aimed at saving fuel and time for UAE national carriers as well as other airlines, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE said yesterday it would be opening a new airway – A419, connecting UAE airports with Saudi Arabia. The airway's operation would also save 60 nautical miles for airplanes taking off from Dubai and Sharjah international airports and 75 nautical miles for those departing from Abu Dhabi International airport, GCAA said in a statement. "This airway ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches non-stop flight to Los Angeles

Posted on 27/10/2008

Emirates Airline's inaugural Los Angeles flight took off on Sunday, marking the carrier's first non-stop operation between Dubai and California. EK215, which departed from the new Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport at 8.20am, was also the first service to the America's from the recently opened terminal. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and CEO, Emirates Airline and Group said: "We have evaluated the US for expansion opportunities and have carefully examined our ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid flags off Emirates' second Airbus A380 superjumbo

Posted on 26/10/2008

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, flagged off Saturday second Airbus A380 superjumbo, bringing its all wide-bodied aircraft fleet to 122, inclusive of freighters. He was briefed by a specialist engineer about the internal components of A380, technical and qualities of the two- decker superjumbo plane. Sheikh Mohammed expressed his pleasure about the new generation of Airbus A380, describing it as a qualitative shift in ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia takes off to Nairobi, Kenya

Posted on 26/10/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday the launch of service to Nairobi, Kenya, beginning Sunday, October 26, 2008. Flights will initially operate four times per week between Nairobi and Air Arabia's hub in Sharjah. The LCC will fly to Nairobi on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing Sharjah at 9:40AM and arriving at Nairobi at 13:50PM. Return flights will depart Nairobi at 14:35PM and arrive in Sharjah ...  >>MORE

Emirates Receives 2nd A380 aircraft

Posted on 25/10/2008

Emirates Airline received delivery of its second Airbus A380 superjumbo yesterday, bringing its all wide-bodied aircraft fleet to 122, inclusive of freighters. With Adel Al Redha, Emirates' Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations leading a group of Emirates engineers and executives onboard the delivery flight, the double-decked aircraft arrived in Dubai at 15:30hours local time, and will undergo standard checks and maintenance before entering commercial service on 27th October. ...  >>MORE

Emirates increases flights to Moscow

Posted on 23/10/2008

Emirates Airline is going double daily to Moscow, further bonding the Russian route into the airline's network and broadening the scope for investment between Russia and the UAE. Responding to passenger demand for increased frequencies, the Dubai-based carrier will launch the extra daily service on February 2nd next year. The new EK 131 flight will depart Dubai at 1740hrs and arrive in Moscow at 2205hrs. The return flight, EK 132, will depart Moscow at 2340hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0555hrs ...  >>MORE

Emirates cuts fares on some sectors

Posted on 23/10/2008

Emirates has reduced fares by between seven and 35 per cent for about 16 destinations on its India, Europe, Middle East and Far East sectors, owing to further reduction in fuel prices. The revision of fares on Business and Economy classes would be valid for tickets issued in the UAE with immediate effect, the airline said yesterday. The cities with revised fares include Amman, Damascus, Bangkok, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Paris, Colombo, Cochin, Delhi, Frankfurt, Munich, Hong Kong, Hyderabad, Chennai, ...  >>MORE

First international cadet pilots start training at Etihad Airways

Posted on 22/10/2008

Etihad Airways, the UAE national carrier, yesterday said a group of 12 cadet pilots from countries around the world has joined its innovative cadet pilot programme to start training in the UAE. The new group, containing 12 cadet pilots from countries around the world including Hungary, Canada and the United Kingdom, follows Etihad's highly successful Emirati cadet pilot programme. Following a comprehensive selection process the first intake of 12 cadet pilots have now embarked upon the 18 ...  >>MORE

Emirates flight makes emergency landing in Perth

Posted on 17/10/2008

Dubai, Oct 17, 2008 (WAM) - An Emirates Airline jet made an emergency landing at Perth Airport in Australia Thursday after a burning smell was detected on board. Emirates flight EK425 carrying 120 passengers from the Western Australia city of Perth to Dubai returned to Perth and touched down without incident about two hours after takeoff. Contrary to the reports carried by the media, there was no smoke in the cabin. Emirates Airline said safety of passengers is top priority, adding ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways cancels, diverts flights due to bad weather at AD Airport

Posted on 17/10/2008

Abu Dhabi, Oct 17, 2008 (WAM) - Etihad Airways, the UAE national carrier, yesterday has had to cancel, divert and postpone a number of flights due to emergency weather conditions at Abu Dhabi International Airport, according to an official source at the Airport. "Six Abu Dhabi inbound flights which diverted to Al Ain Airport and one to Dubai International Airport. 17 other outbound morning flights were also diverted from Abu Dhabi Airport," the source said adding that "Etihad Airways had ...  >>MORE

Etihad continues to fly high

Posted on 07/10/2008

Etihad Airways continues to set new records in 2008 with its latest passenger figures for the first nine months which show a 35pc rise on the same period last year. The Abu Dhabi-based airline carried 4.4 million passengers across its network of current 48 destinations, compared to 3.3 million for the same period in 2007 between 1 January and 30 September. Seat factors in the same period averaged of 75pc, representing a year-on-year increase of seven percentage points, figures showed. Boosted ...  >>MORE

Emirates Terminal 3 geared for growth

Posted on 07/10/2008

Designed with the capability to handle 43 million passengers a year when fully operational, Emirates Terminal 3, scheduled to open on 14th October 2008, promises travellers the perfect start to an amazing journey from this avant-garde airport. The terminal is being opened in phases and the first phase commencing 14th October will see flights arriving and departing to destinations in the GCC namely Doha, Muscat, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh and in the Americas namely New York, ...  >>MORE

Emirates’ second A380 due by Oct-end

Posted on 30/09/2008

Emirates Airline's second A380 aircraft intended for its direct Dubai-New York service will be delivered a month from now, a company spokesman said in an e-mailed statement on Monday. "We are expecting to receive delivery of our second A380 aircraft at the end of October,” the spokesman said. Early this month Emirates temporarily stopped using its Airbus A380 on flights to New York and replaced it with a Boeing 777-300ER because it was used for training and due to some engineering works. ...  >>MORE

Etihad scoops website award

Posted on 29/09/2008

Etihad Airways has won the 2008 'WebAward' for 'outstanding achievement in website development in recognition of industry-wide praise for its innovative online marketing strategy. WebAward is an annual awards event organised by the US-based Web Marketing Association. The awards recognise the best websites across nearly 100 different industry sectors in 47 countries across the world, based on nominations received from thousands of digital agencies, website developers and marketing departments. ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins award for Best In-flight Entertainment in the World

Posted on 23/09/2008

Emirates Airline has recently been cited for its excellence in passenger in-flight entertainment during the World Airline Entertainment Association's (WAEA) Avion Awards in California, USA. Emirates was declared winner of the top award in the passenger-voted category of Best In-flight Entertainment in the World Large Airlines, as well as scooping Best in Region for Middle East and Africa. The airline was also declared first runner-up in two categories judged by industry experts - Best New ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia starts Kiev trip on Oct. 15

Posted on 23/09/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that from October 15, 2008, it will fly to the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, from its primary hub in Sharjah, UAE. The launch of this new destination reflects Air Arabia's growing expansion into the Eastern European market. AK Nizar, Head of Commercial Department, Air Arabia Air, said: "Ukraine is one of the fastest growing economies in Eastern Europe, and there is considerable ...  >>MORE

Etihad plans to carry 25 mn passengers by 2020

Posted on 22/09/2008

Etihad Airways has set its sights on flying 25 million passengers a year by 2020, according to the Abu Dhabi-based airline's chief executive, James Hogan, and doubling the number of cities served from 50 to 100. Mr. Hogan announced the ambitious targets when addressing the American media in New York, one of the legs of a special visit he conducted recently to the USA and Canada. In addition to the flight network growth, which supports the order of 100 Airbus and Boeing aircraft that was made ...  >>MORE

Emirates and Sabre ink 10-year global airline distribution agreement

Posted on 17/09/2008

Dubai-based Emirates, the largest aviation and travel services company in the Middle East, has signed a 10-year global airline distribution agreement with world-leading travel distribution provider Sabre Travel Network. The agreement was signed by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Sam Gilliland, CEO of Sabre Holdings. Effective immediately, this agreement provides Sabre Connected travel agencies and corporations around the ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to launch Morocco hub

Posted on 17/09/2008

Sharjah-based low cost carrier Air Arabia's launch of a hub in Morocco with a dedicated fleet of A320s is "very imminent”, according to the airline's chief executive officer. "We don't have a firm date yet, but it is likely to be at the end of this year or early 2009,” Adel Ali said on Sunday. Air Arabia announced, at the end of last year, that it would establish a hub in Morocco's capital Rabat, providing a platform to reach Europe, Africa and those parts of the Middle East beyond its reach ...  >>MORE

Emirates raises US$265m Islamic financing for two Boeing aircraft

Posted on 15/09/2008

Dubai-based international airline, Emirates, has raised US$265 million for the financing of two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The transaction involves long-term leases for a period of 12 years. Noor Islamic Bank arranged the Mandated Lead Arranger group comprising of Barclays Capital, CCB International Finance Limited, Noor Islamic Bank PJSC, SAMBA Financial Group and Standard Chartered Bank. Noor Islamic Bank also acted as the Structuring Bank, Investment Manager and Investor Security ...  >>MORE

Etihad denies merger talks with UK-based airline

Posted on 15/09/2008

Etihad Airways yesterday denied a British newspaper report claiming that the UAE carrier is in merger talks with UK-based airline BMI, which owns 11 per cent of the takeoff and landing slots at Heathrow airport in London. "There's nothing to that report," Thomas Clarke, a spokesman for Etihad, told Gulf News by telephone. Further, in an e-mailed statement, Clarke said: "The long awaited process of consolidation within the aviation industry is underway and we've had a number of discussions ...  >>MORE

Etihad flew record 1.6m passengers in summer

Posted on 08/09/2008

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has flown a record 1.6 million passengers during the summer months of June, July and August. The summer months also saw Etihad flights operate at an average of 83 per cent capacity, an increase of 46 per cent on the same period from the year before. "Capping a hugely successful summer, a record 20,721 passengers flew with Etihad on Friday, August 1, making it the airline's busiest day," said a statement. Etihad has now flown more than four million passengers ...  >>MORE

Emirates taxiing for take-off from new terminal

Posted on 05/09/2008

With the announcement of the phased opening of Terminal Three [T3] from 14th October, the spotlight has now turned firmly on Emirates' much-anticipated move to its dedicated new home in Dubai. EK843 Dubai-Doha, an Airbus A330-200, will be the first Emirates flight to be flagged off from the new terminal. In a carefully-orchestrated move, the first phase of Emirates' operations from T3 will launch all flights to the GCC and the Americas - 40 flights a day, around 15% of the airline's total ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to introduce service to Nairobi

Posted on 01/09/2008

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 Nairobi, Kenya, beginning October 26, 2008. Flights will initially operate four times per week between Nairobi and Air Arabia's hub in Sharjah. The LCC will fly to Nairobi on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, departing Sharjah at 9:40AM and arriving at Nairobi at 13:50PM. Return flights will depart Nairobi at 14:35PM and arrive in Sharjah at ...  >>MORE

Twin welcome for Emirates' twin delivery of Boeing 777s

Posted on 31/08/2008

Emirates Airline's twin delivery of two Boeing 777 aircraft arrived in Dubai yesterday, to a special welcome from twin sisters Petra and Michaela Mohylova, both of whom are cabin crew with Emirates. The arrival of both long-range models, a Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER, brings Emirates' all-wide bodied passenger fleet to 111 aircraft, and adds a further 620 seats to the fast-growing airline's capacity. Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia plans daily service to Riyadh, Jeddah

Posted on 27/08/2008

Air Arabia has announced that, effective September 16, it will fly daily to Riyadh and Jeddah from the carrier's primary hub in Sharjah, UAE. Currently, Air Arabia flies six times a week to Riyadh and four times to Jeddah. Under the expanded flight schedule, daily flights will depart Sharjah at 17:20pm and arrive in Riyadh at 18:00pm . Daily return flights will depart Riyadh at 18:40pm and arrive in Sharjah at 21:20pm . On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays flights will depart Sharjah at 8:30am ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport welcomes AirBlue

Posted on 25/08/2008

Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed the maiden commercial flight into the UAE capital by AirBlue, Pakistan's largest privately-operated airline, as its aircraft touched down at 12:00hrs local time Sunday. Initially set to operate four flights per week from Lahore to Abu Dhabi, AirBlue officials at the reception ceremony, held in honour of the occasion, signalled that it proposes to increase these frequencies, in line with demand, to a twice daily service in the near future. With an ...  >>MORE

UAE's Emirates revises fares in Middle East, GCC

Posted on 25/08/2008

Emirates Airline has revised its fares for tickets issued in Middle East and GCC markets to over 20 cities, reflecting the recent softening of fuel prices. In all, lower fares are being implemented on more than 30 flights to destinations in Europe, Far East and the Middle East - including popular cities such as Manila, Dhaka, Jakarta, London Gatwick, China. Ex-Dubai, travellers will see Emirates fares to Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Amman reduce by four percent. Travellers in the Middle East will ...  >>MORE

New Emirates SkyCargo cover to keep freight cool

Posted on 20/08/2008

Emirates SkyCargo has teamed up with a leading US research institute to develop a protective cover for the shipment of temperature-sensitive goods. The low-cost, lightweight, breathable and reusable White Cover is designed to shield shipments from heat during door-to-door transport. Emirates SkyCargo is conducting a pilot programme with shippers of perishables and pharmaceuticals trading throughout its worldwide network. "This is the first time this unique type of protection, which completely ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet unveils special GCC-wide charter deal

Posted on 20/08/2008

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered international luxury executive flight services company, is launching a new pricing structure for all GCC countries In line with its strategy to consolidate its position as the Middle-East's leading private jet charter company with a 16% share and year-on-year growth of around 30%, Royal Jet is strengthening its competitive position across the GCC. Royal Jet's new Vice President for Commercial Affairs John Morgan, , explained that whilst the calculations ...  >>MORE

Etihad wins major global aviation award

Posted on 20/08/2008

Etihad Airways has been voted the airline with the 'best marketing strategy' at this year's Airline Business awards, receiving critical acclaim for its strong brand identity and the innovative sponsorship programmes with its sporting and cultural partners across the world. The Abu Dhabi-based airline picked up the global award at the glittering ceremony, hosted by Airline Business magazine, which was attended by top aviation industry executives in London. Judges at the awards credited ...  >>MORE

Etihad Moscow flights to launch in December

Posted on 19/08/2008

Etihad Airways will launch flights to the Russian capital, Moscow, from its Abu Dhabi home base on Monday 1 December 2008. Flights to the Kazakhstan capital, Almaty, will commence on the following day, Tuesday 2 December. The five flights a week Moscow and four flights a week Almaty services are set to follow on from the highly successful launch of Etihad flights to the Belarus capital Minsk which started on 5 August 2008. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: 'Russia represents ...  >>MORE

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

Posted on 18/08/2008

Air Arabia has won the 2008 World Airline Award for 'Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East' for the second consecutive year. This honour comes in recognition 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 aspects of customer satisfaction levels of an airline's product and service standards, a ...  >>MORE

Emirates' in-flight entertainment secures fourth consecutive Skytrax Award

Posted on 17/08/2008

Emirates has again received plaudits for its innovative in-flight technology after scooping the much-coveted Skytrax 2008 Best Airline In-flight Entertainment Award for the fourth consecutive year. The airline's ice (information, communication and entertainment) and ice Digital Widescreen systems received top honours based on a passenger survey carried out by Skytrax. From August 2007 to June 2008, more than 15 million travellers of 93 nationalities took part in Skytrax's World Airline Survey, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline and Etihad among world's best carriers

Posted on 13/08/2008

Emirates Airline has maintained its ranking as one of the world's best airlines while Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways landed in the top 10 list of British aviation consultancy firm Skytrax, a recognition of their world-class services and an inspiration to work harder. 'Throughout our rapid expansion, Emirates has consistently ranked amongst the top international airlines, and we will continue to world hard to maintain and enhance our service and product,' said an Emirates spokesperson. The ...  >>MORE

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Etihad celebrates five years of flying


Fuel saving measures to save Etihad Dh73m in 2008


ADAC hosts Low Cost Airlines World MENA Conference


Air Arabia Maroc to begin operations in early 2009


Emirates embarks on major expansion in India


United Airlines inaugurates Dubai - Washington D.C. service


New UAE-Saudi airway to save fuel and time


Emirates launches non-stop flight to Los Angeles


Mohammed bin Rashid flags off Emirates' second Airbus A380 superjumbo


Air Arabia takes off to Nairobi, Kenya


Emirates Receives 2nd A380 aircraft


Emirates increases flights to Moscow


Emirates cuts fares on some sectors


First international cadet pilots start training at Etihad Airways


Emirates flight makes emergency landing in Perth


Etihad Airways cancels, diverts flights due to bad weather at AD Airport


Etihad continues to fly high


Emirates Terminal 3 geared for growth


Emirates’ second A380 due by Oct-end


Etihad scoops website award


Emirates wins award for Best In-flight Entertainment in the World


Air Arabia starts Kiev trip on Oct. 15


Etihad plans to carry 25 mn passengers by 2020


Emirates and Sabre ink 10-year global airline distribution agreement


Air Arabia to launch Morocco hub


Emirates raises US$265m Islamic financing for two Boeing aircraft


Etihad denies merger talks with UK-based airline


Etihad flew record 1.6m passengers in summer


Emirates taxiing for take-off from new terminal


Air Arabia to introduce service to Nairobi


Twin welcome for Emirates' twin delivery of Boeing 777s


Air Arabia plans daily service to Riyadh, Jeddah


Abu Dhabi Airport welcomes AirBlue


UAE's Emirates revises fares in Middle East, GCC


New Emirates SkyCargo cover to keep freight cool


Royal Jet unveils special GCC-wide charter deal


Etihad wins major global aviation award


Etihad Moscow flights to launch in December


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


Emirates' in-flight entertainment secures fourth consecutive Skytrax Award


Emirates Airline and Etihad among world's best carriers