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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Emirates Airbus A380 debuts on US West Coast

Posted on 07/08/2008

Emirates airline showcased its new, double-decker Airbus A380 in San Francisco and Los Angeles over the last two days as part of a number of exclusive tours of the aircraft that were planned for the United States. Each city offered a two-hour flight, hosted by Emirates, San Francisco and Los Angeles International Airports following the inaugural launch of the aircraft from Dubai to New York's JFK Airport on August 1st, 2008. In his address to media and special guests in both cities, Adel Al ...  >>MORE

Etihad becomes first Gulf airline to fly to Belarus

Posted on 07/08/2008

Etihad Airways became the first airline from the Gulf region to fly to Belarus this week when the Abu Dhabi-based carrier launched a twice-weekly service to the country's capital, Minsk. The inaugural Abu Dhabi to Minsk flight on Tuesday 5 August was met on arrival with a traditional 'water-arch' provided by the airport authorities as it taxied to its parking bay. On arrival, passengers were greeted by a VIP welcoming committee, consisting of the Belarusian government's minister of transport, ...  >>MORE

FlyDubai gets chief operating officer

Posted on 06/08/2008

FlyDubai has hired the former chief of the defunct US-based Skybus Airlines to oversee plans for the mid-2009 launch of Dubai's new budget carrier. Joining as chief operating officer, Kenneth Gile will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the airline. He will have specific responsibility for strategic planning, in-flight services, ground operations, flight operations, maintenance and engineering, as well as acting as the director of operations, FlyDubai said. Gile is the first senior ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline considers more services to US cities

Posted on 04/08/2008

Emirates airline, the UAE's national carrier, said yesterday it will operate the world's largest passenger aircraft three times a week on its New York-Dubai route (EK202/EK201) on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. "After eventually being incorporated in Emirates' twice-daily service to New York, the quieter, greener aircraft will be deployed on the London Heathrow route from 1st December and on the Sydney and Auckland services from February next year," it added in a press release. Emirates ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia net profit soars to Dh160 million in first half of 2008, up 39 per cent

Posted on 04/08/2008

Air Arabia announced yesterday its financial results for the period ending June 30, 2008, demonstrating continued superior performance and ongoing organic growth. The company's net profit for the first half of this year stood at Dh160 million, an increase of 39 per cent compared to Dh115 million for the first six months of last year. Air Arabia's net profit for the second quarter of this year reached Dh82 million, up 14 per cent compared to Dh71.7 million for the second quarter of 2007. ...  >>MORE

Emirates marks first commercial A380 arrival in US

Posted on 03/08/2008

New York - Airbus's A380 superjumbo touched down at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday, marking the first commercial arrival of the giant, double-decker passenger plane on US soil. The Emirates aircraft, carrying 489 passengers in varying degrees of luxury, landed smoothly and on time after a 13-1/2-hour flight from Dubai. "Some of us were lucky, we had showers before [we] got off the airplane," Emirates president Tim Clark said, shortly after disembarking, losing no ...  >>MORE

Emirates A380 fever heads to the U.S.

Posted on 02/08/2008

Emirates A380 fever, whipped up with the delivery of its first A380 in Hamburg, is destined for the U.S. after the airline's super-jumbo embarked on the first-ever A380 commercial flight into the Americas. The flight, which took off today at 1100hrs Dubai time, bound for New York, follows near-frenzied activity in Germany, when the airline received the first of its 58 A380s. Emotional scenes were witnessed by thousands on the ground and then millions more as pictures and news reports were ...  >>MORE

Emirates installs in-flight mobile phone services on Boeing 777-300

Posted on 02/08/2008

Emirates has again proved itself an aviation industry pioneer after becoming the first airline to introduce in-flight mobile phone services on a Boeing aircraft. Dubai's award-winning airline recently installed the technology, which allows passengers to make calls and send SMS text messages via their mobile phones during flights, on a Boeing 777-300. Patrick Brannelly, vice president, Passenger Communications and Visual Services, said the in-flight mobile phone technology will offer greater ...  >>MORE

Germany’s highest honour bestowed on UAE's Emirates Airlines' chairman

Posted on 31/07/2008

Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum was awarded the Verfassungsportugaleser, one of Germany's highest honours, for outstanding services to the City of Hamburg. Sheikh Ahmed received the Verfassungsportugaleser, a gold medal previously awarded to Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, from Senator of Economics Axel Gedaschko during a Senate reception on Monday 28th July as Emirates is celebrating more ...  >>MORE

Emirates celebrates arrival of first A380

Posted on 30/07/2008

Emirates ushered in a new era of aviation Tuesday when its first A380 touched down in Dubai. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, was on board the new generation double-decker plane, which arrived in Dubai at 17:46 hours. He led a delegation of senior Emirates executives that flew in from Hamburg on the aircraft. A media group numbering around 70 was also on board. HH Sheikh Ahmed said: "The arrival of our first A380 in ...  >>MORE

Dnata Cargo to exceed industry growth

Posted on 30/07/2008

Dnata Cargo, backed by Dubai's economic boom, expects growing faster than the industry average – even as global airfreight services face a sharp drop in demand, said a senior official of the firm. The company hopes to outgrow the airfreight industry forecasts, even though 2008 is expected to present a slump in the company's cargo volume and revenue growth compared to 2007. "Increasing oil prices continue to threaten the growth of the global airfreight industry," Jean-Pierre De Pauw, Dnata ...  >>MORE

Emirates buys 60 new Airbus planes

Posted on 29/07/2008

Emirates Airline has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for 60 new Airbus aircrafts, including 30 Airbus A350XWB and another 30 A330-300s, it was announced today by the Emirates. The agreement was signed by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO on the occasion of their first A380 delivery in Hamburg, Germany. At the 10th Dubai Airshow in 2007, Emirates signed a firm order for 70 A350 XWBs with an option ...  >>MORE

Emirates takes delivery of first A380 superjumbo in Germany

Posted on 29/07/2008

Emirates airlines has taken delivery of the first of its record-breaking order for 58 Airbus A380 superjumbos at a glittering ceremony in Germany – and simultaneously agreed to buy more aircraft. Surrounded by hundreds of staff at the company's Hamburg delivery centre, the roll-out of the huge next-generation carrier was witnessed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Emirates airline, Tim Clark, the company's President, Tom Enders, President and CEO of ...  >>MORE

Etihad to fly daily to Melbourne beginning 2009

Posted on 29/07/2008

Etihad Airways will launch non-stop daily services from its Abu Dhabi home base to Melbourne, Australia from March 2009. Melbourne, which has a population of nearly four million people and is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria, will become the third destination in the country to be served by Etihad. – Gulf News ...  >>MORE

First UAE female cadet pilots internationally recognised in ground-breaking book

Posted on 28/07/2008

Two Emirati female cadet pilots grasped a prestigious place in aviation history following their inclusion in a new British book about the world's greatest ever women aviators. Etihad Airways' cadet pilots, Salma Mohammed Al-Baloushi from Al-Ain and Aisha Hassan Salim Al Mansouri from Khorfakkan, are heralded in the newly-published book "The 100 Greatest Women in Aviation" which was launched earlier this month at the Farnborough International Airshow, UK ‘the female aviators of the future' who ...  >>MORE

Emirates starts major habitat regeneration

Posted on 28/07/2008

A major habitat regeneration project began today at Emirates' first luxury Australian conservation resort, Wolgan Valley Resort '&' Spa. The first step in a long-term conservation programme commenced with the planting of over 1,000 indigenous trees. The reforestation project aims to regenerate ecologically sensitive areas within Emirates' Wolgan Valley Reserve and is part of Emirates Hotels and Resorts' carbon offsetting initiative and its commitment to the protection of biodiversity. The ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline to receive prestigious first Airbus A380 Monday

Posted on 27/07/2008

The delivery of the first flagship Airbus superjumbo, the A380, will take place Monday in the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai-based Emirates Airline, the largest client for the world's biggest commercial aircraft built to date. Sheikh Ahmed said "with its huge capacity, Airbus A380 will play a pivotal role in the growth of Emirates Airline. Since the inception of Airbus A380 production programme in 2000, we cooperate in all phases with the Company until it ...  >>MORE

Emirates unveils new environment programme

Posted on 25/07/2008

On the eve of taking delivery of its first eco-efficient Airbus A380, Emirates unveiled Thursday a series of new initiatives to further improve the environmental performance of its operations worldwide. The programme, branded Environment, includes the adoption of a new environmental policy for the Emirates Group; a global staff awareness campaign; and internal goals to reduce energy consumption and waste, as well as increase recycling and training. Emirates has also launched a new section on ...  >>MORE

Emirates sets up Airbus A380 replica at Heathrow

Posted on 24/07/2008

Emirates airline will be welcoming more than 25 million visitors to the Heathrow in London with their latest branding effort on an approach roundabout to the airport. The Dubai based international airline of the UAE, has unveiled a new landmark for London, a giant model of an Airbus A380 at the gateway to Heathrow Airport. The 45-tonne world record contender was unveiled yesterday morning at the "Emirates Roundabout", which was once called the Concorde Roundabout, by the airline's President ...  >>MORE

Etihad wins major global aviation award

Posted on 22/07/2008

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

flydubai rounds off first trip to Farnborough Air Show

Posted on 21/07/2008

Farnborough - flydubai rounded off its first trip to the Farnborough Air Show with a package of orders that shows the airline's commitment to the environment, with orders totalling US$750 million for engines and winglets. In the first part of the deal, flydubai signed with CFM International, a 50/50 JV between Snecma and GE, for 100 CFM56-7B engines to power the 50 Boeing 737-800/900s ordered on the first day of the air show. The engines, valued at US$700m at list prices, are the Tech ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia celebrates 10 million passenger mark

Posted on 21/07/2008

Air Arabia announced yesterday that it has flown more than 10 million passengers since its launch in October 2003. The carrier passed the mark at the end of June 2008. In the first half of 2008, Air Arabia carried more than 1.6 million passengers, an increase of 33 per cent compared to 1.2 million passengers in the corresponding period last year. Passenger average load factor - passengers carried as a proportion of available seats - for the first half of 2008 stood at 86 per cent, a three per ...  >>MORE

Paperless plane in sight

Posted on 21/07/2008

After paperless offices and paperless tickets, welcome to the first paperless plane. Emirates airline has come up with a super cost-cutting idea on its superjumbo, the A380, by replacing paper with digital content. "Emirates is constantly investigating innovative ways to reduce the weight of its aircraft, which in turn reduces the amount of fuel required for each flight. One idea being looked at is to replace the in-flight printed material with on-screen content which can be shown through ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to start service to Kiev in October

Posted on 17/07/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, announced today that it will introduce service to Kiev, Ukraine, in October 2008. 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 said: "Ukraine is one of the fastest growing economies in Eastern Europe, and there is considerable passenger traffic between the country and the Middle East, ...  >>MORE

Mubadala, Rolls-Royce launch new aviation joint venture

Posted on 16/07/2008

Farnborough - Rolls-Royce and Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the business development and investment company located in Abu Dhabi, today announced the launch of a new joint venture company to serve the rapidly-expanding Middle East aviation services market. HE Khaldoun Khalifa Al Mubarak, CEO and managing director of Mubadala, said, "Abu Dhabi develops aviation industry sector, which is making it a major link between East and West. It is also looking forward to setting up major ...  >>MORE

EADS welcomes Mubadala to its base of global suppliers

Posted on 16/07/2008

Farnborough - European Aerospace group EADS and Mubadala Aerospace, a division of Mubadala Development Company of the United Arab Emirates, have signed a multi-faceted supplier agreement. The partnership will allow EADS to extend its footprint in the Middle East in terms of suppliers and production capabilities. For Mubadala the agreement is an important step in the company's commercial strategy to rapidly evolve the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's existing aerospace industry into a global aerospace ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet backs Al Bateen Executive Airport initiative

Posted on 16/07/2008

Royal Jet, the international luxury flight services company headquartered in Abu Dhabi is backing Abu Dhabi Airports Company's (ADAC) move to set up the Middle East's first dedicated executive airport hailing it as major stride forward in establishing the UAE capital as the region's business aviation leader. ADAC is to invest US$54.4 million in transforming the Al Bateen military base into an exclusive corporate jet facility. "This initiative demonstrates the firm recognition of the Government ...  >>MORE

DAE orders 100 Airbus aircraft for US$12.6 billion

Posted on 16/07/2008

Farnborough - Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) confirmed its order with Airbus for the purchase of 100 airplanes valued at US$12.6 billion at average list prices. The announcement was made on the second day of the Farnborough International Air Show. The order follows the agreement signed between the two companies at the Dubai Air Show in November 2007 for 70 A320s and 30 A350s XWB with deliveries starting in 2013 and concluding in 2022. The list price of US$12.6 billion incorporates an ...  >>MORE

Etihad places 55 firm aircraft orders with Airbus

Posted on 15/07/2008

Farnborough - Etihad Airways today announced firm orders for 55 aircraft with manufacturer Airbus at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK. The list price for the order is approximately US$12 billion. Aircraft deliveries will begin in 2011 and be completed in 2020. The Abu Dhabi-based airline has signed contracts for: - 20 A320 aircraft. The engine type is subject to further discussions - 25 A350 aircraft, powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines - 10 A380 aircraft. The engine type ...  >>MORE

Etihad places orders for 45 Boeing Aircraft

Posted on 15/07/2008

Farnborough - Etihad Airways announced yesterday firm orders for 45 Boeing aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK. The list price for the order is more than US$9 billion. Etihad Airways' Chairman HE Dr Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan and Etihad Chief Executive James Hogan announced the order. The Abu Dhabi-based national airline of the United Arab Emirates has signed contracts for: 35 B787 aircraft, the engine type is subject to further discussions and 10 B777-300ER ...  >>MORE

FlyDubai places US$4b order for 54 aircraft

Posted on 15/07/2008

Farnborough - FlyDubai, the new low-cost airline, has agreed to buy 54 of the next-generation Boeing 737-800s single-aisle passenger jets for US$4 billion it announced at the Farnborough Air show yesterday. The deal comprises a firm order for 50 aircraft from Boeing and a separate leasing agreement with Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management for a further four Boeing 737-800s. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of FlyDubai, who signed the deal, said: "I am delighted to sign this ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia opens third sales shop in Sharjah

Posted on 14/07/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that it has opened its third fully dedicated sales shop in the Emirate of Sharjah. Sharjah is home to Air Arabia's central hub and corporate headquarters. The sales shop, located in the 10th industrial area of Sharjah, is the eighth sales shop for Air Arabia in the UAE, and will offer its customers visa services, ticket sales and customer services. Sharjah is home to Air Arabia's ...  >>MORE

Vision Beijing flies with Emirates to six continents

Posted on 13/07/2008

Emirates Airline, the Dubai-based international airline that flies to six continents, has announced the launch of Vision Beijing - a series of Beijing Olympic promotional films - onboard Emirates' award-winning Information, Communication and Entertainment (ice) system, starting July 2008. Vision Beijing, which took more than two years to prepare, comprises five short films about the city in the run up to the Beijing Olympic Games and aims to highlight ancient Beijing's image as a modern ...  >>MORE

Mideast business jet boom to fuel global order book: Sheikh Ahmed

Posted on 10/07/2008

Soaring fuel prices are in no way restricting global jet sales due to increasing demand from Middle East customers, according to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai City of Aviation Corporation - Dubai World Central, Government of Dubai. Sheikh Ahmed's comments came as he announced that Dubai World Central (DWC) - the 140 square kilometre urban aviation, multi-phased development in Dubai, - would be speaking to several key business jet manufacturers at the 46th ...  >>MORE

Emirates to raise ticket prices from August 1

Posted on 10/07/2008

Emirates will be increasing ticket prices across all sectors, effective August 1, owing to soaring fuel prices, said the airline. The carrier's fares would go up by 10 per cent for First and Business Class and five per cent for Economy Class. "The staggering increase in fuel prices has had an inflationary effect on all our operational costs, forcing us to revise our fares accordingly," a spokesperson told Emirates Business. "Emirates' fares remain competitive and we will continue to work very ...  >>MORE

Emirates roadshows in US to promote non-stop services

Posted on 07/07/2008

Emirates Airline recently completed a series of roadshows in America ahead of its launch of the world's first non-stop services from Dubai to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The new private First Class Cabin Suite was one of the highlights of the show where the airline's customer service and comfort were underlined to thousands of industry professionals The new suite for First Class passengers features an extra-large seat that reclines to become a fully-flat bed, a 23” wide-screen LCD screen ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to increase fleet to 42

Posted on 06/07/2008

Etihad Airways is continuing to take delivery of aircraft with five new Airbus planes due by the year-end. "Etihad is expanding its global flying programme and adding aircraft to a fleet, which will grow from the current 37 to 42 by the end of 2008," spokesman Thomas Clarke told Emirates Business. "The new aircraft will consist of three A320s and two A340s." "In 2004 Etihad began with the largest start-up fleet order of 29 aircraft worth Dh29.4 billion and it is now building a balanced fleet ...  >>MORE

Emirates flight receives warm Chinese welcome

Posted on 03/07/2008

Guangzhou - After Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, Guangzhou has become the fourth destination of Emirates Airlines in China as Dubai's leading airline launched its inaugural flight to the southern Chinese city on Tuesday. Today, Emirates will be opening its office in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. With flight EK 362, which carried over 220 travellers from across 30 counties from the Dubai International Airport to Baiyun International Airport, Emirates launched a new route between Dubai and ...  >>MORE

Etihad flying high in first half of 2008

Posted on 02/07/2008

Etihad Airways continues to enjoy a record-breaking 2008 with its latest passenger figures for the first six months flying high with a 41 per cent rise on the same period last year. The airline is well on track to achieve its target of carrying six million passengers by the end of the year. Highlights of the first half year results show that the Abu Dhabi-based airline carried 2.8 million passengers during the first six months of 2008, compared to nearly two million for the same period in ...  >>MORE

Etihad to place orders at Farnborough

Posted on 01/07/2008

While Emirates and Air Arabia have ruled out possibilities of placing fresh aircraft orders at the 60th Farnborough International Airshow owing to rising fuel prices, Etihad Airways plans to place an order for between 50 and 100 aircraft during the airshow. The air show takes place from July 14-20. "Etihad Airways has said for a while that it will order in the summer between 50-100 aircraft, which the airline will need to deliver its flying programme up to 2020 and the Farnborough air show is ...  >>MORE

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Emirates Airline and Etihad among world's best carriers


Emirates Airbus A380 debuts on US West Coast


Etihad becomes first Gulf airline to fly to Belarus


FlyDubai gets chief operating officer


Emirates airline considers more services to US cities


Air Arabia net profit soars to Dh160 million in first half of 2008, up 39 per cent


Emirates marks first commercial A380 arrival in US


Emirates A380 fever heads to the U.S.


Emirates installs in-flight mobile phone services on Boeing 777-300


Germany’s highest honour bestowed on UAE's Emirates Airlines' chairman


Emirates celebrates arrival of first A380


Dnata Cargo to exceed industry growth


Emirates buys 60 new Airbus planes


Emirates takes delivery of first A380 superjumbo in Germany


Etihad to fly daily to Melbourne beginning 2009


First UAE female cadet pilots internationally recognised in ground-breaking book


Emirates starts major habitat regeneration


Emirates Airline to receive prestigious first Airbus A380 Monday


Emirates unveils new environment programme


Emirates sets up Airbus A380 replica at Heathrow


Etihad wins major global aviation award


flydubai rounds off first trip to Farnborough Air Show


Air Arabia celebrates 10 million passenger mark


Paperless plane in sight


Air Arabia to start service to Kiev in October


Mubadala, Rolls-Royce launch new aviation joint venture


EADS welcomes Mubadala to its base of global suppliers


Royal Jet backs Al Bateen Executive Airport initiative


DAE orders 100 Airbus aircraft for US$12.6 billion


Etihad places 55 firm aircraft orders with Airbus


Etihad places orders for 45 Boeing Aircraft


FlyDubai places US$4b order for 54 aircraft


Air Arabia opens third sales shop in Sharjah


Vision Beijing flies with Emirates to six continents


Mideast business jet boom to fuel global order book: Sheikh Ahmed


Emirates to raise ticket prices from August 1


Emirates roadshows in US to promote non-stop services


Etihad Airways to increase fleet to 42


Emirates flight receives warm Chinese welcome


Etihad flying high in first half of 2008


Etihad to place orders at Farnborough