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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Emirates ranks 74th in global business climate

Posted on 29/06/2008

Ranked by Forbes as the world's fourth top economy in terms of GDP per capita, the UAE came 74th in a list of best countries in the globe for doing business. In a business climate survey of 121 countries posted on Forbes web site, while Denmark came top as the best country in the world for business, the UAE, positioned 74th in the list, fell behind Saudi Arabia, ranked 47, Oman (48), and Kuwait (58), among the GCC countries. However, the UAE came fourth in the world in per capita GDP of ...  >>MORE

Dubai's low cost airline named "FlyDubai"

Posted on 26/06/2008

Dubai's new low cost airline has been named "FlyDubai". The brand identity and livery for FlyDubai will be unveiled in the coming months. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has approved the name FlyDubai from a shortlist presented by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman of the new low-cost airline. Sheikh Ahmed said "FlyDubai" is a simple, yet powerful call to action. "It makes an immediate link to our core business, which ...  >>MORE

Emirates shoots advertising campaign in six continents

Posted on 22/06/2008

Emirates airline has reinstated its connections to all the continents of the world by shooting its latest ad campaign in the six continents– spread over 59 days. Emirates, based in Dubai has come a long way since its initial flights in 1985, a point reinforced by the latest "Six Continents" multi-media campaign. The campaign will run in more than 50 countries on television, print media and the internet. Not only reflecting Emirates position as the only airline in the world offering non-stop ...  >>MORE

Virgin plans UAE spaceport

Posted on 19/06/2008

Virgin Galactic plans to build a spaceport in the UAE from where the company's commercial flights to space will be launched. This development brings the space flight experience even closer to the UAE. In the past, Virgin Galactic officials had indicated the possibility of organising the company's inaugural flight from Ras Al Khaimah. Discussions have now gone beyond that and senior officials of Virgin Galactic and Ras Al Khaimah airport authorities have confirmed the ambitious project will see ...  >>MORE

Etihad to begin Minsk service in August

Posted on 18/06/2008

Etihad Airways will become to the first airline from the Gulf region to fly to Belarus when the Abu Dhabi-based carrier launches its twice-weekly flights to the country's capital, Minsk, on August5 2008. The new air link is anticipated to boost significantly the trade links and investment ties between the UAE and Belarus with the volume of trade between the two countries standing at more than US$30-40 million (Dh110-150 million) per year. It also follows talks held in Abu Dhabi last year ...  >>MORE

Emirates ad spend increases to Dh1 billion

Posted on 17/06/2008

Emirates airline's advertising budget has grown by Dh156 million to reach just over Dh1 billion, the airline's financial report has revealed. The carrier has maintained an average advertising spend over the years of three per cent of its revenues, but used only 2.8 per cent of its Dh31.1bn total income in 2006. However, the following year group revenues exceeded all expectations to hit Dh 41.2 billion – and the Dubai-based airline is planning to spend around 2.5 per cent of this amount. "Last ...  >>MORE

Emirates to advance Indian operation

Posted on 14/06/2008

Achieving the highest ever frequency for an international carrier in the Indian skies, Emirates is set to operate 132 flights per week to different destinations in India. An announcement from Emirates said that effective from 1st July 2008, it will operate 18 additional flights to various Indian cities to cater to the booming trade relations and increasing travel between Dubai and India. In time to support the holiday season, the new frequencies will be introduced between July and October ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to fly to Shiraz, Iran

Posted on 12/06/2008

Air Arabia announced yesterday that it will launch service to Shiraz, Iran, beginning June 25, 2008. Flights will initially operate four times per week between Shiraz and Air Arabia's key hub in Sharjah. Shiraz is Air Arabia's second destination in Iran, the other being the capital, Tehran. Air Arabia will fly to Shiraz four times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, departing Sharjah at 9:00AM and arriving at Shiraz at 10:30AM. Return flights will depart Shiraz at 11:15AM ...  >>MORE

Etihad signs pact with Jet Airways

Posted on 11/06/2008

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Jet Airways, India's largest private airline, have announced a new code share agreement and network-wide reciprocal frequent flyer partnership effective July 01, 2008, subject to regulatory approval. With this agreement, Etihad Airways will place its two-letter "EY" code on all Jet Airways' daily flights between Delhi and Mumbai to Abu Dhabi. In turn, Jet Airways will place its '9W' code on the daily services operated by ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch first commercial A380 service to America

Posted on 10/06/2008

Air travellers will be able to experience Emirates Airline's state-of-the-art A380 aircraft for the first time on 1st August, when the airline launches its first A380 commercial service from Dubai to New York JFK. The 14-hour non-stop flight will also be the first-ever commercial A380 service to The Americas. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline '&' Group said: "The Americas represent a key focus area in Emirates' route development plans, and ...  >>MORE

UAE confirms discussions with France on purchase of Rafale aircraft

Posted on 06/06/2008

The government of the UAE has confirmed that preliminary discussions have been held with the government of France on the potential purchase of a new generation of Rafale aircraft to replace the existing mirage fleet as of 2013. . – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Emirates to receive its first A380 on July 28th

Posted on 06/06/2008

Emirates Airline, the largest customer for the A380 super jumbo, yesterday announced it will receive the first of its 58 A380 aircraft on order from Airbus' Hamburg facility on 28th July 2008. The 58 A380s on Emirates' order book are worth USD 18.8 billion at current list prices. Emirates' A380 interiors and onboard product, which has been kept under wraps thus far, will also be revealed for the first time during the delivery ceremony in Hamburg. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, ...  >>MORE

Emirates set to grow further

Posted on 04/06/2008

Emirates is gearing for strong growth in the Middle East, India, China and Africa as it maintains its organic expansion model rather than chase acquisitions, the airline's president said yesterday. Tim Clark is one of the few airline chief executives to offer an upbeat outlook for the aviation industry. Part of this optimism is based on growth in the Middle East, Africa, China and India. "For every seat we have into Delhi there are 10 people that want it. It is the same for Mumbai, Chennai and ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed inaugurates world’s largest airport show

Posted on 03/06/2008

The ongoing aviation boom in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, and the opportunities and challenges that the region's future airports pose were highlighted yesterday as the aviation industry's regional showcase event opened in Dubai. Attracting a record assembly of 600 suppliers from 40 countries, and over 100 civil aviation authorities and airports, the eighth Airport Show was officially opened by Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and ...  >>MORE

Etihad wins cargo operator of the year award

Posted on 02/06/2008

Etihad Airways has won the "cargo operator of the year" award at the Supply Chain and Transport Awards. Hosted by magazine publisher, ITP Business, the awards were held at the Al Murooj Rotana, in Dubai and recognise the Middle East logistics industry's achievements during the past year. Des Vertannes, Etihad Airways' executive vice-president cargo, said: "Etihad Crystal Cargo has achieved tremendous growth during the past year with a 35 per cent increase in the tonnage carried as well as ...  >>MORE

UAE re-elected as first vice president of Asia-Pacific in ACI

Posted on 31/05/2008

Airports Council International (ACI) has re-elected the UAE as First Vice President of Asia- Pacific region for the second time consecutively. Mohammed Abdullah Ahli, director general of Dubai Civil Aviation, was elected to this post during the third meeting held recently by the Asia-Pacific region in Australia, in recognition of his efforts on merging the two regions in order to boost airports' relations in these two giant regions, which own the largest world airports. Ahli, who expressed ...  >>MORE

UAE aviation set to achieve100pc e-ticketing target

Posted on 31/05/2008

The UAE aviation sector is on track to achieve the 100 per cent e-ticketing deadline by the end of the month, but travel agents are expected to continue issuing paper version of the new air ticket details during a phase-in period. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had set May 31, 2008 as deadline for all airlines to use e-tickets, the electronic version of conventional paper tickets, as IATA will cease printing paper tickets. This is expected to save the industry $3 billion ...  >>MORE

Etihad and Malaysia Airlines to cooperate

Posted on 23/05/2008

Etihad Airways is set to forge closer links with Malaysia Airlines, following the signing of an MoU, which will potentially see the two national airlines add destinations to their international networks. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive and Malaysia Airlines' managing director and chief executive Idris Jala, signed the agreement at the headquarters of the Malaysian national carrier in Kuala Lumpur. The proposed agreement paves the way for closer co-operation between the airlines ...  >>MORE

Emirates and Etihad take toll on rivals

Posted on 22/05/2008

The rise of Etihad and Emirates airlines is taking its toll on established players in Europe and Asia, which have suffered some of their worst declines in ticket sales in five years according to data released yesterday. First class travel between Europe and Asia shrank by 2.5 per cent in March compared to the same period last year, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade body representing more than 200 airlines. This long-haul route is vital for the global ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways opens new business lounge

Posted on 22/05/2008

Etihad Airways has opened a new dedicated business class lounge at Abu Dhabi airport. The new Terminal 1 business class lounge follows the opening in January of a separate new lounge dedicated to first class customers and is part of a major overhaul of Etihad's premium customer experience at Abu Dhabi airport. More than three times the size of Etihad's previous premium lounge, the business and first class lounges can now cater to up to 200 customers at any one time. –Khaleej Times ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia expects 4m passengers, Dh1.5b sales in 2008

Posted on 21/05/2008

Air Arabia, the Middle East's largest low-cost airline, said it expects to carry up to 4 million passengers this year as it expands its fleets, adds destinations and boosts flights. The Sharjah, UAE-based carrier could carry between 3.6 and 4 million people compared with 2.7 million last year, and boost revenue to 1.5 billion dirhams (US$408.4 million), Chief Executive Officer Adel Ali said. Revenue last year rose to 1.28 billion dirhams. It has 16 aircraft, against 10 at the end of December, ...  >>MORE

Etihad, Yemen Airways sign codeshare deal

Posted on 15/05/2008

Etihad Airways is to extend further its expanding global network by providing its customers for the first time with access to Yemen, following the signing of a new codeshare agreement with Yemen Airways. Under the deal, which comes into effect on 1 June, Etihad Airways customers will have access to Yemen Airways flights between Sana'a in Yemen and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Etihad will put its two-letter "EY" code on all three of the weekly return services operated between the two capital cities. ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia profits soar 81pc despite high oil

Posted on 12/05/2008

Air Arabia recorded significant growth in profits and said the airline's net profit for the first quarter of 2008 stood at Dh78 million, an increase of 81 per cent compared to Dh43 million in same quarter last year. he airline's turnover surged 59 per cent to Dh383 million during the first quarter of this year as it served 757,000 passengers during this period, says a Press statement issued here yesterday. Average seat factor — passengers carried as a proportion of available seats — stood at ...  >>MORE

Emirates to triple passenger capacity to France's Nice

Posted on 11/05/2008

Dubai-based Emirates airline is aiming to more than triple its passenger numbers between Dubai and the French Riviera city of Nice to 100,000 travellers this year. The airline expects the expansion of its services to southern France to boost tourism between Dubai and the cities of the Cote d'Azur. "Emirates' current three flights a week between Dubai and Nice, each with a stop in Rome, Italy, will change to five weekly non-stop services from December 1, 2008," said Jean-Luc Grillet, general ...  >>MORE

Etihad achieves E Ticket Target one month early

Posted on 03/05/2008

Etihad Airways has comfortably met the 1 June deadline, set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), for paper tickets to be scrapped. The Abu Dhabi-based airline offers e-tickets, the electronic document that has replaced conventional tickets, across the entirety of its network with the three remaining destinations of Peshawar, Tehran and Khartoum now available online. In addition to meeting the IATA deadline for e-ticketing on its own flights, Etihad has also now achieved 96 ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines posts new record profits

Posted on 01/05/2008

The Emirates Group yesterday reported its 20th consecutive year of net profit, notching a new profit record despite soaring oil prices and challenging business conditions in the second half of its 2007-08 fiscal year. Group net profits increased 54.1 per cent to Dh5.3 billion (US$1.45 billion) for the financial year ended 31st March 2008, on revenues of Dh41.2 billion (US$11.2 billion) compared to the previous year's Dh31.1 billion (US$8.5 billion). The Group net margin improved to 13.2 ...  >>MORE

Airbus opens modern material and logistics centre in the Middle East

Posted on 30/04/2008

Airbus Material and Logistics Centre in the Middle East has been officially opened at the Dubai Airport Free Zone in the United Arab Emirates in a ceremony with Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO. The opening of the Materials and Logistics Centre gives Airbus greater proximity to valuable customers, and facilitates a quicker and more reactive response to their needs. It also reduces the time and cost in ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet takes delivery of Learjet 60

Posted on 27/04/2008

Royal Jet, the luxury flight services company with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, has taken delivery of a Learjet 60. The L60 is an advanced version of the Learjet 55, with a longer fuselage and more powerful engines. Royal Jet's President and CEO Shane O'Hare said, "The addition of the L60 is a direct result of the growing demand for Royal Jet's services.” The L60 will be utilised under Royal Jet's managed aircraft programme, by which the company uses and manages the aircraft when it is not ...  >>MORE

Etihad's finance deal wins top award

Posted on 23/04/2008

Etihad's innovative approach to a recent aircraft financing deal has been recognised within the financial community with a prestigious award. The financing for one of its Airbus A340-600 aircraft has earned the Abu Dhabi-based airline Airfinance Journal's 'Middle East Deal of the Year' award. The deal, worth US$148 million, involved an innovative French tax lease, the first of its kind for Etihad Airways. It was also the first time that three French banks had worked together on a French lease ...  >>MORE

Emirates may cross the 450 aircraft mark by 2019: Ahmed bin Saeed

Posted on 23/04/2008

Emirates Airlines' fleet could be boosted to reach 450 planes by 2019, says its President HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. "We may have 450-500 aircraft by 2019. It goes with the expansion of the airport. The new airport terminal opening at Dubai International is twice as big as Heathrow's Terminal 5. The airport will handle 40 million passengers this year and, at the moment, it only has a capacity of 20 million," Sheikh Ahmed, who is also Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Department, ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Posted on 19/04/2008

Royal Jet, the international luxury flight services provider headquartered in Abu Dhabi celebrated on Thursday its fifth anniversary at a ceremony attended by a number of Sheikhs, senior government officials and dignitaries. The exclusive event held under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces was attended by minister of public works and chairman of Royal Jet HE Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia opens second sales shop in Kazakhstan

Posted on 15/04/2008

Air Arabia yesterday opened its second fully-dedicated sales shop in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. The Sharjah-based carrier, which has provided direct flights to Kazakhstan since 2005, currently offers four flights per week to Kazakhstan, including two flights per week to Astana and Almaty. Air Arabia's new Astana sales shop, located at Imanov Street 17, Astana, will offer enhanced customer service, including both ticket sales and visa services. By providing non-stop service to Astana, ...  >>MORE

Etihad Crystal Cargo and Cargoitalia sign partnership

Posted on 03/04/2008

Etihad Crystal Cargo and Cargoitalia sign partnership Etihad Crystal Cargo, a division of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, yesterday signed an interline agreement and a codeshare arrangement with Cargoitalia, the Italian private freighter airline operating from Milan's Malpensa airport. The deal, which comes into effect from 5 April, will provide customers with continued freighter capacity access between Abu Dhabi and Milan where the service will link with Cargoitalia's network of destinations ...  >>MORE

Etihad flying high in Q1

Posted on 02/04/2008

Etihad Airways has enjoyed a record-breaking first quarter and remains on track to achieve its 2008 target of carrying six million passengers by the end of the year. The Abu Dhabi-based airline carried 1.4 million passengers during the first three months of 2008, compared to one million for the same period in 2007, an increase of 40 per cent. The airline achieved average seat factors of 75 per cent across its network of 45 destinations during the first quarter of 2008, which covers the months ...  >>MORE

Emirates touches down in Cape Town

Posted on 01/04/2008

Cape Town - Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing airlines, achieved a new milestone yesterday evening as it touched down to the vibrant beats of the African drums at Cape Town - its 100th global destination, and second gateway in South Africa. Signalling the start of daily, non-stop flights between Dubai, the nerve centre of the Middle East, and Cape Town, one of the world's most beautiful cities, the inaugural flight EK 770 piloted by South African native, Captain Chris Rademan ...  >>MORE

Etihad launches flights to Chinese capital city

Posted on 31/03/2008

Etihad Airways has launched its maiden flight from Abu Dhabi to the Chinese capital Beijing, the latest destination on the airline's expanding global network. Etihad flight EY888 took off on schedule at 10.05pm on Sunday night, landing at Beijing Capital International Airport's recently opened terminal 3 at 9.50am the following morning. Prior to departure of the inaugural flight passengers were given a colourful Chinese-themed send off with dancing and entertainment at Abu Dhabi airport to ...  >>MORE

Etihad to fly to Moscow in Dec

Posted on 29/03/2008

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways said it plans to add its first destinations in the former Soviet Union and to expand in Australia to transit more passengers through the Gulf and attract more people to the United Arab Emirates. The airline, owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, plans to fly to Moscow in December, the Kazakh city of Almaty next year and then to the Belarus capital, Minsk, Etihad Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said in an interview yesterday. The carrier, which flies to 44 ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline lauded as most efficient, fast growing carrier

Posted on 29/03/2008

Emirates Airline will mark the third year anniversary of its launching of daily non-stop service between Dubai and Incheon on May 1. 'Without doubt, Emirates is one of the fastest growing airlines in the world which is quite popular among a growing number of Korean business travellers and tourists', the Korea Travel Times has reported quoting Chung Un-shik, president of Seoul Air Travel Inc. and former president of Korea Tourism Association as having said. The influential travel trade journal ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia acquires two new aircrafts

Posted on 27/03/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced Wednesday the purchase of two Airbus A320 aircraft, expanding the company's fleet size to 13, including 11 leased and two wholly owned aircraft. The purchase is not part of Air Arabia's announced purchase of up to 49 Airbus A320s announced in November 2007 at the Dubai Air Show. Air Arabia has expanded tremendously since its inception. In addition to the expansion of its fleet, the carrier ...  >>MORE

Etihad unveils global cadet pilot programme

Posted on 26/03/2008

Etihad Airways has unveiled a new programme to attract cadet pilots from across the world to join its expanding flying team The new pilot programme, which follows the Abu Dhabi-based airline's highly successful Emirati cadet pilot programme, has been launched on the Etihad Airways website and has already received more than 350 online applications. Following a comprehensive selection process the first intake of 12 cadet pilots on the new scheme will begin the 18 month training course in June ...  >>MORE

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Etihad to place orders at Farnborough


Emirates ranks 74th in global business climate


Dubai's low cost airline named "FlyDubai"


Emirates shoots advertising campaign in six continents


Virgin plans UAE spaceport


Etihad to begin Minsk service in August


Emirates ad spend increases to Dh1 billion


Emirates to advance Indian operation


Air Arabia to fly to Shiraz, Iran


Etihad signs pact with Jet Airways


Emirates to launch first commercial A380 service to America


UAE confirms discussions with France on purchase of Rafale aircraft


Emirates to receive its first A380 on July 28th


Emirates set to grow further


Sheikh Ahmed inaugurates world’s largest airport show


Etihad wins cargo operator of the year award


UAE re-elected as first vice president of Asia-Pacific in ACI


UAE aviation set to achieve100pc e-ticketing target


Etihad and Malaysia Airlines to cooperate


Emirates and Etihad take toll on rivals


Etihad Airways opens new business lounge


Air Arabia expects 4m passengers, Dh1.5b sales in 2008


Etihad, Yemen Airways sign codeshare deal


Air Arabia profits soar 81pc despite high oil


Emirates to triple passenger capacity to France's Nice


Etihad achieves E Ticket Target one month early


Emirates Airlines posts new record profits


Airbus opens modern material and logistics centre in the Middle East


Royal Jet takes delivery of Learjet 60


Etihad's finance deal wins top award


Emirates may cross the 450 aircraft mark by 2019: Ahmed bin Saeed


Royal Jet Celebrates Fifth Anniversary


Air Arabia opens second sales shop in Kazakhstan


Etihad Crystal Cargo and Cargoitalia sign partnership


Etihad flying high in Q1


Emirates touches down in Cape Town


Etihad launches flights to Chinese capital city


Etihad to fly to Moscow in Dec


Emirates Airline lauded as most efficient, fast growing carrier


Air Arabia acquires two new aircrafts


Etihad unveils global cadet pilot programme