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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Emirates SkyCargo launches Cape Town services

Posted on 24/03/2008

When Emirates flight 770 takes to the skies on March 30 it will be a momentous occasion for Emirates SkyCargo. With the launch of the daily service to Cape Town, the freight arm of the Dubai based carrier will further strengthen its long relationship with South African traders. Trade between the two countries has grown steadily since services between the UAE and South Africa were inaugurated 13 years ago. In 2006 it crossed the Dhs2bn (US$562m) mark. Peter Sedgley, Emirates Senior Vice ...  >>MORE

Emirates calls a world first

Posted on 21/03/2008

Emirates became the first airline in the world to commercially launch an in-flight mobile telephone service, affording even greater convenience to passengers wishing to stay connected while travelling. The first authorised mobile phone call from a commercial flight was made today at 30,000ft enroute to Casablanca, onboard an Emirates Airbus A340-300 aircraft - the first in the airline's fleet to be equipped with the AeroMobile system; said an announcement from Emirates The airline will be ...  >>MORE

Dubai to have a new airline company

Posted on 19/03/2008

Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has instructed - in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai - the competent authorities to set up a new airline company to cater for the growing passenger traffic from and to the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed envisages the new aviation company as a bridge for love and interaction between the UAE and other sisterly and friendly countries. While setting fares structure, the company will be taking the financial and living conditions ...  >>MORE

UAE's Royal Jet named World's Leading Private Jet Charter

Posted on 15/03/2008

London - headquartered Royal Jet has been named the World's Leading Private Jet Charter in the World Travel Awards (WTA) the travel industry's equivalent of the 'Oscars'. The award was presented to Royal Jet's President & CEO, Shane O'Hare by the WTA's Executive Director Manon Han at a gala lunch reception in London's prestigious Mosimann's dining club in Belgravia. Accepting the award in front of an audience of invited guests, including Mohammed Al Zaabi from the UAE Embassy in the UK, ...  >>MORE

Emirates announces non-stop flights to Los Angels

Posted on 15/03/2008

Emirates Airline is set to expand its network even further this year with the start of services to the West Coast of the U.S. On 1st September 2008 Emirates will open its third U.S. gateway with non-stop flights between the Californian city of Los Angeles and Dubai. Operating daily, the service will be the first non-stop operation connecting Dubai to L.A., the Gateway to Hollywood. Emirates will fly its Boeing 777-200LR on the route, offering 266 seats in a three class configuration and will ...  >>MORE

Etihad opens up China to Oman-based air travellers

Posted on 05/03/2008

Air links between Oman and China are set to improve with the launch by Etihad Airways of a new, four-flights-per-week, service from its Abu Dhabi home-base to Beijing on 30 March 2008. To celebrate its first flights to China, and entice Oman-based customers to visit the Chinese capital, Etihad has launched a new promotional campaign with air fares starting from OMR188 in economy class and OMR 588 in business class. Etihad will operate a two class Airbus A330-200 from Abu Dhabi to Beijing which ...  >>MORE

Another first for Abu Dhabi as aviation supplies specialist signs up

Posted on 04/03/2008

Global Aviation Services (GAS) yesterday signed up to become the first company of its kind to take space at Abu Dhabi International Airport for provision of MRO supplementary services, refurbishment and engineering services. The new facility for production of cabin interiors, equipment as well as related maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services is to open shortly after today's signing ceremony at ADAC head office. HE Khalifa Al Mazrouei, Chairman and Managing Director signed for ADAC ...  >>MORE

Emirates sounds the gong for Guangzhou

Posted on 04/03/2008

The ancient city of Guangzhou, now China's economic powerhouse, will join Emirates' sprawling six-continent non-stop network on 1st July. Slated to play an important role in the 100-plus destinations on Emirates' route map, Guangzhou (IATA code: CAN) will be Emirates' fourth gateway in China, after Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, spoke about the rationale of launching services into the city: ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo to maintain 19% growth

Posted on 04/03/2008

Emirates SkyCargo is aiming to maintain the high level of growth it achieved in 2007 by targeting a 19 per cent increase in both tonnage and revenues this year. The freight division of Emirates hopes to escape the effects of the economic slowdown in the US by reaping the benefits of the economic boom in East Asia-Australasia, its major market. It is launching a number of new direct routes to facilitate further growth, and is conducting feasibility studies on many others it believes could be ...  >>MORE

Emirates will deploy giant Airbus A380s to span globe

Posted on 03/03/2008

Emirates, the world's biggest customer of the giant Airbus A380s, said on Sunday it will operate its new A380s non-stop from Dubai to New York, London Heathrow, Sydney and Auckland progressively from October 1. "The A380s will spread their wings to some of the furthest points on the airline's network - New York, London Heathrow, Sydney and Auckland - reinforcing the airline's extensive reach and span," an Emirates statement said. Emirates is scheduled to operate its new A380s non-stop from ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation at two-year high

Posted on 27/02/2008

Abu Dhabi Aviation Co PJSC, a UAE-based operator of helicopters and airplanes, surged to the highest in 23 months after the company announced changes to its board of directors last week. Abu Dhabi Aviation rose 38 fils, or 8.2 per cent, to Dh5.02 on the Abu Dhabi Securities Market yesterday, its highest since March 27, 2006. The shares have added 41 per cent in five trading days. "Investors believe the company has great potential and the board changes will help improve performance," said ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia takes off to Kozhikode, India

Posted on 27/02/2008

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, today began its non-stop service between Sharjah, the carrier's main hub, and Kozhikode (formerly Calicut), in the Indian state of Kerala. Flights will initially operate three times a week, increasing to six times weekly by the end of May. The inaugural flight took off from Sharjah International Airport today and was received upon its arrival by Indian delegates in Kozhikode Airport. "The launch of ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways contributed 2.7pc to Abu Dhabi's GDP

Posted on 26/02/2008

Etihad Airways contributed Dh10.824 billion, 6.6 per cent of Abu Dhabi's non-oil GDP 2.7 per cent of total GDP in 2007, and helped generate a total of 48,813 or five per cent of non-oil jobs throughout the Emirate. The airline is playing a crucial role in driving economic growth in the UAE, according to a study published recently by a leading UK think tank, with the airline's expansion set to support the creation of more than 100,000 jobs in the next 10 years. The rapid expansion to 45 ...  >>MORE

RAK Airways places its first aircraft order worth Dh1.65 Billion

Posted on 26/02/2008

RAK Airways, UAE's fourth national carrier, yesterday announced its first aircraft order of four new generation Boeing 737- 800 NG with purchase rights for two additional airplanes. The carrier is the first in the UAE to buy the Boeing 737 -800 NG - a short-to-medium-range airplane. The deal is worth Dh1.65 Billion. Commenting on the deal, Martin Bentrott, vice president of Middle East and Africa Sales said, "We congratulate RAK Airways on a successful launch and know the airline has selected ...  >>MORE

Etihad to operate Beijing flights

Posted on 24/02/2008

The launch of Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi to Beijing is set to play a significant role in increasing trade, tourism and investment relations between the UAE and China, the airline's chief executive James Hogan said on Saturday. Business opportunities between the UAE and China will be boosted from March 30 when Etihad begins its four-flights-per-week service to the Chinese capital from the UAE's capital, offering a passenger capacity of more than 2,000 seats every week. The UAE is ...  >>MORE

Emirates raises US$253m to finance Boeing 777s

Posted on 21/02/2008

Emirates has raised US$253 million to finance two new Boeing 777 aircraft, the airline said on Wednesday. "The 12-year finance leases were underwritten by three global financial institutions, namely HSH Nordbank, mashreq and Mizuho Corporate Bank. HSH Nordbank also acted as facility and security agent for the lenders," the airline said. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200LR and 777-300ER, were delivered last month. Brian Jeffery, Emirates senior vice-president for corporate treasury said: "This ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia net profit soars to Dh376m, up 272%

Posted on 14/02/2008

Air Arabia (PJSC), the Middle East and North Africa's first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), announced Wednesday its financial results for the year 2007. The company achieved a net profit of Dh376 million for the financial year ending December 31, 2007, as against a net profit of Dh101 million in 2006, an increase of 272%. The carrier posted a turnover of Dh1.283 billion in 2007, up 71.3% compared to Dh749.16m in 2006. Passenger average load factor -passengers carried as a proportion of ...  >>MORE

Emirates joins BAA in baggage tracking trial

Posted on 14/02/2008

The world's busiest international airport is evaluating radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to improve baggage tracking, using Motorola RFID readers as part of a joint project between BAA and Emirates airline. In an important trial of the tracking technology, BAA, owner and operator of Heathrow Airport, and Emirates will deploy RFID readers at key points along the journey of luggage belonging to passengers travelling the Emirates route from Heathrow to Dubai - from check-in desk ...  >>MORE

FlyYeti.com launches service to Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/02/2008

FlyYeti.com, Nepal's first low-cost carrier, on Wednesday launched non-stop service between Kathmandu and Abu Dhabi. The airline, which will provide service between the two cities five times a week, recently commenced services to Sharjah and Kuala Lumpur. The inaugural flight landed at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and was received by the Nepalese Ambassador in the UAE along with officials from FlyYeti.com and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), the owner and operator of Abu Dhabi International ...  >>MORE

Microsoft and Emirates to set up Innovation Lab in Dubai

Posted on 30/01/2008

Microsoft and Emirates said yesterday they would set up an Innovation Lab in Dubai to develop products and services for the travel industry using Microsoft's technologies and tapping Emirates' expertise and experience in developing IT solutions for the aviation and travel industry. Both companies will invest in the project. Microsoft will work with Emirates experts in the Dubai Innovation Lab, which will be among the first of its kind for both companies in this field. The lab will enable ...  >>MORE

RAK Airways to purchase four new aircraft

Posted on 29/01/2008

RAK Airways will sign agreements for the purchase of at least four new aircrafts next month, according to K Ravindran, the Chief Operating Officer of the airline. Speaking at the Ras Al Khaimah Conference 2008, Ravindran said "We have already initiated the aircraft purchase process and the agreements with the manufacturers will be signed next month. The initial deliveries are expected by 2011 or 2012 and until that time we will be going for leased aircraft." The new aircrafts would be either ...  >>MORE

Eco-friendly aircraft cooling system to boost UAE airlines' green credentials

Posted on 29/01/2008

A new eco-friendly aircraft air-conditioning system is expected to bolster UAE airlines' "green” credentials, as the industry aims to move towards cleaner alternatives. Aircraft including Emirates's new Airbus A380s will be installed with new pre-conditioned air systems by the end of this year, which will save fuel and cut carbon emissions, according to Cavotec Middle East, a supplier of environment-friendly power solutions. Chairman Stefan Widegren said yesterday Cavotec hopes to have the ...  >>MORE

Etihad to increase flights to Dublin

Posted on 22/01/2008

Etihad Airways is to increase its flights to Dublin following the success of its services to Ireland's capital city. The airline will boost flights from Abu Dhabi to Dublin on March 30, 2008, moving from six flights a week to a daily service, the airline said in a statement. Etihad launched the hugely popular Dublin flights in July 2007, initially with four flights a week increasing to six in December. More than 44,000 passengers have flown on the Abu Dhabi-Dublin route since its launch with ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia begins Nepal hub operations and launches FlyYeti.com

Posted on 21/01/2008

Air Arabia (PJSC), the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, has commenced operations from its newest hub in Katmandu, Nepal, with the launch of FlyYeti.com, Nepal's first LCC. FlyYeti.com's inaugural flight took off from Katmandu Airport Sunday to land at Sharjah Airport. "This newest hub will give air travellers who use Air Arabia access to new destinations in India and wider South Asia, as well as the Far East and Central Asia," said Adel Ali, board ...  >>MORE

Etihad opens aircraft maintenance facility

Posted on 20/01/2008

Etihad Airways, the national airline of United Arab Emirates announced today that it has opened a new subsidiary for aircraft maintenance at its hub at the Abu Dhabi international airport. The Dh3 million facility is equipped with the most modern technology for the daily maintenance, repair and overhaul of the aircrafts. A 170-member team of experts and professionals will carry out routine checks and necessary maintenance of the technical lines of the fleet. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Etihad aims for 6m passengers in 2008

Posted on 16/01/2008

The UAE's national airline, Etihad Airways, is aiming to carry 30 per cent more passengers in 2008 than it did in 2007 with the expected launch of new destinations and new aircraft poised to join its growing fleet, its chief executive officer, James Hogan, said on Tuesday. "We will be pushing towards carrying six million passengers in 2008," Hogan told Gulf News on the sidelines of an industry conference in Abu Dhabi. Etihad carried about 4.6 million passengers in 2007, compared to 2.8 ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to establish new hub in Nepal

Posted on 14/01/2008

Air Arabia (PJSC) announced yesterday that it will establish a new hub in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, providing the Sharjah-based LCC with a platform from which to serve markets stretching across South and Central Asia, the Far East, Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. This announcement follows the signing of a joint venture agreement between Air Arabia and Yeti Airlines, the market leader in domestic air travel in Nepal and approval from Nepal Government's Department of Industries ...  >>MORE

Dubai International - world's fastest growing airport in 2007

Posted on 10/01/2008

Dubai International, the aviation and cargo centre of the Middle East and the world's emerging hub, was the world's fastest growing airport in 2007 in terms of international passenger throughput with a growth of 19.31 per cent. The airport handled a total of 34.34 million passengers, well over the projected 33 million for the year. The record growth is likely to propel Dubai International higher on ACI's (Airports Council International) list of the world's busiest airports (in terms of ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways targets six million passengers in 2008

Posted on 08/01/2008

Etihad Airways is targeting six million passengers this year against the five million passengers it recorded in 2007. Eithad's CEO, James Hogan, said the UAE national airline is set to hit the ultimate in providing the best services and performance to its growing number of passengers and clients in the new year, adding that in spite of being relatively very young, the airline had made its mark at the local, regional and international levels as one of the most reputable airlines in the world. ...  >>MORE

Emirates ends SriLankan deal

Posted on 07/01/2008

Emirates will end a 10-year partnership with Colombo to manage SriLankan Airlines and is reportedly recruiting staff from the island's flag carrier in what appears to be the climax to their troubled relations. The Dubai airline said on Sunday it will pass SriLankan's management control to the Colombo government, which owns 51 per cent of the carrier, in April. Emirates, which has a 43.6 per cent stake in SriLankan and fully manages the company, said it had no immediate plans to sell its ...  >>MORE

Prestige Jet eyes Dh110m in revenue

Posted on 27/12/2007

Prestige Jet, Abu Dhabi's privately-owned aviation company, has estimated that its revenue from operations will touch US$30 million (Dh110 million) by 2010 when it acquires two more planes to increase its fleet size to nine aircraft, its chairman said yesterday."The forecast is in the vicinity of US$30 million when we have our full fleet," Gaith Bin Hamil Al Gaith, told Gulf News in an interview after the official launch of the company at Bateen airport here. On Tuesday, the aviation company ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed launches Prestige Jet

Posted on 26/12/2007

Prestige Jet, a private jet aviation company operating out of Abu Dhabi International Airport, was launched on Tuesday evening at a special ceremony attended by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The launch ceremony at Al Bateen Airport here was also attended by Dr. Ali Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Governmental Sector development and Chairman of the general ...  >>MORE

Etihad to add A320 full-flight simulator to fleet

Posted on 24/12/2007

Etihad Airways continues to expand the state-of-the-art pilot training facilities at its Abu Dhabi-base following the order of a CAE 7000 Series A320 full-flight simulator. The new simulator, manufactured by Montreal-based CAE and scheduled for delivery in February 2008, costs Dhs55m at list price and can be adapted to recreate the flight deck of any aircraft in the Airbus A320 range. Etihad introduced its first A320 aircraft in September 2007 and now operates three of the narrow body planes ...  >>MORE

Ajman Ruler views the design of the proposed Ajman International Airport

Posted on 17/12/2007

Ajman will have its first international airport, the construction of which will start by next year; it was officially announced in the emirate today. H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman watched yesterday a video presentation of the primary sketches and design of the Dh12 billion top notch airport to be located in Manama area. Four leading Spanish firms will jointly construct and manage the emirate's first airport. The Ruler of Ajman received here ...  >>MORE

Travellers from UAE scramble for airline tickets during Eid Holidays

Posted on 16/12/2007

With the onset of the festive season, it's busier times for airlines and travel agents who are battling to meet passenger demand looking to book air tickets to their favourite holiday destinations. Sources in the airlines' marketing and sales offices said that said that there has been increased traffic in the Asian countries compared to European destinations this holiday season - the reason being the shorter flying time. Passenger traffic has increased to certain Middle Eastern destinations ...  >>MORE

RAK Airlines launches Beirut route

Posted on 15/12/2007

RAK Airlines launched here today its maiden trip to Lebanese capital, Beirut. It will fly three times a week to Beirut. Captain Khalid Al Mir, chief executive of operations at the RAK Airlines said that the "Beirut destination is the third one after Dhaka and Colombo". The RAK Airlines was launched under patronage of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, RAK crown prince and deputy ruler. It will fly to new destinations in the Gulf region, India, Nepal and Tanzania within three to six months. ...  >>MORE

Emirates in huge “turn on”

Posted on 13/12/2007

Emirates Airline has flown beyond a new technological frontier by turning on 76 different websites across six continents simultaneously, in a co-ordinated re-launch of its website http://www.emirates.com. The new look website, providing a gateway to 76 country sites in 10 different languages came to life in an ambitious overnight launch. Emirates.com uses the latest internet and e-commerce technology and provides ...  >>MORE

Etihad voted best first class airline

Posted on 10/12/2007

Etihad Airways has been voted best first class airline with best first class service in the world by the readers of the monthly consumer magazine, Business Traveller U.S.A. 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, destinations and other travel service providers. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways' executive vice president, said: "This award from our customers in the US ...  >>MORE

Emirates enjoys Lone-Star welcome

Posted on 05/12/2007

Houston, Texas, USA - Emirates, the Dubai-based, award-winning international airline, touched down on 3rd December at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, marking the beginning of a long-anticipated service. The flight, carrying 266 passengers on Emirates' new, state-of-the art Boeing 777-200LR, was met on arrival by Emirates' Chairman and Chief Executive, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, and Richard Vacar, Director of Aviation of the Houston Airport System. Representing ...  >>MORE

RAK Airways set to take off on November 29

Posted on 22/11/2007

RAK Airways, the UAE' 4th national carrier announced today that its inaugural flight will take off to Beirut on Thursday, November 29. The full- service airline also announced the launch of its flights to Colombo, Sofia and Dhaka. Launched under the patronage of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, RAK Airways also plans to unveil more destinations, including cities in India, Nepal, Qatar and Tanzania, within three months as part of its ambitious ...  >>MORE

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Etihad unveils global cadet pilot programme


Emirates SkyCargo launches Cape Town services


Emirates calls a world first


Dubai to have a new airline company


UAE's Royal Jet named World's Leading Private Jet Charter


Emirates announces non-stop flights to Los Angels


Etihad opens up China to Oman-based air travellers


Another first for Abu Dhabi as aviation supplies specialist signs up


Emirates sounds the gong for Guangzhou


Emirates SkyCargo to maintain 19% growth


Emirates will deploy giant Airbus A380s to span globe


Abu Dhabi Aviation at two-year high


Air Arabia takes off to Kozhikode, India


Etihad Airways contributed 2.7pc to Abu Dhabi's GDP


RAK Airways places its first aircraft order worth Dh1.65 Billion


Etihad to operate Beijing flights


Emirates raises US$253m to finance Boeing 777s


Air Arabia net profit soars to Dh376m, up 272%


Emirates joins BAA in baggage tracking trial


FlyYeti.com launches service to Abu Dhabi


Microsoft and Emirates to set up Innovation Lab in Dubai


RAK Airways to purchase four new aircraft


Eco-friendly aircraft cooling system to boost UAE airlines' green credentials


Etihad to increase flights to Dublin


Air Arabia begins Nepal hub operations and launches FlyYeti.com


Etihad opens aircraft maintenance facility


Etihad aims for 6m passengers in 2008


Air Arabia to establish new hub in Nepal


Dubai International - world's fastest growing airport in 2007


Etihad Airways targets six million passengers in 2008


Emirates ends SriLankan deal


Prestige Jet eyes Dh110m in revenue


Mohammed bin Zayed launches Prestige Jet


Etihad to add A320 full-flight simulator to fleet


Ajman Ruler views the design of the proposed Ajman International Airport


Travellers from UAE scramble for airline tickets during Eid Holidays


RAK Airlines launches Beirut route


Emirates in huge “turn on”


Etihad voted best first class airline


Emirates enjoys Lone-Star welcome


RAK Airways set to take off on November 29