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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Emirates maps more services to Australia

Posted on 21/11/2007

Emirates yesterday announced that its services to Australia would grow to 70 a week, providing much-needed capacity to cater to the increasing demand from around the airline's network. Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney will all receive additional flights, new aircraft and capacity involving the newest and most luxurious aircraft in the sky. Emirates announced it will: Grow services from the current 49 flights a week to 56 flights a week during 2008; Increase services to 70 flights a week during ...  >>MORE

Toulouse mishap will not affect Etihad's orders

Posted on 20/11/2007

Etihad Airways chief executive officer James Hogan said on Monday the UAE national airline will not cancel its order for two A340-600s because of an accident on November 15 involving an aircraft at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, southern France. An A340-600, which was set for delivery to Etihad, ploughed into a wall during ground testing, injuring 10 people. It sustained significant airframe damage. The plane would have been used on long-haul flights to destinations including New York and ...  >>MORE

Virgin eyes Dubai for expansion

Posted on 19/11/2007

Virgin Group boss Sir Richard Branson is considering expanding the company's presence in the UAE, he revealed last night. Hotels, financial services and possibly even healthcare are areas that are currently being investigated, Britain's most famous tycoon said. Branson, who earlier gave a lecture at the Leaders In Dubai business forum, spoke to Emirates Today while attending a function to officially announce the arrival of Virgin Radio in Dubai. Branson was hosted by Abdullatif Al Sayegh, CEO ...  >>MORE

Airbus A340-600 incident

Posted on 16/11/2007

An Airbus A340-600 aircraft due for delivery to Etihad Airways next week has sustained airframe damage at the manufacturer's headquarters in Toulouse, France, the Abu Dhabi-based UAE carrier said yesterday. A press release by Etihad said nine persons had sustained injuries in the accident. "Etihad Airways has been made aware of an incident involving an Airbus A340-600 type aircraft at the manufacturer's headquarters in Toulouse, France, today," the press release said. "We understand the ...  >>MORE

Emirates awards US$8.8m contract to Spatial Composite Solutions

Posted on 16/11/2007

Emirates, the international airline of the United Arab Emirates, has awarded a US$8.8m contract to Spatial Composite Solutions, the Dubai-based manufacturer of crew training equipment for the civil aviation and aerospace industries. Under the contract, one of the largest-ever awarded for a Cabin Service Trainer (CST) installation, Spatial will design a total of 13 CSTs with Emirates' specifications for various Airbus and Boeing configurations - including the new Airbus A380 superjumbo; and ...  >>MORE

Emirates opens Dh1.3 billion engineering centre

Posted on 15/11/2007

Emirates on Wednesday announced the opening of its Dh1.3 billion engineering centre on a 55-hectare site on the north side of Dubai International Airport. The new state of the art facility was officially opened by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates Group. "The centre is capable of supporting the maintenance requirements of burgeoning fleet of Emirates and other airlines flying through Dubai,” Sheikh Ahmed said. Emirates recently placed US$35 billion ...  >>MORE

Mubadala signs MoU with CAE for flight integrated training system

Posted on 14/11/2007

Mubadala Development Company PJSC (Mubadala), a strategic investment and development vehicle established and wholly-owned by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with leading simulation technologies and integrated training solutions provider CAE to develop a fully integrated flight training system - a key training component that will complement the emirate's ongoing aerospace strategy. The MoU sets a collaboration framework for the ...  >>MORE

ADAT and Etihad Airways in US$500m five-year MRO pact

Posted on 14/11/2007

Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, wholly-owned by Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), has entered into a US$500m five-year accord with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. Under the contract, Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies will provide an extensive range of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to the award-winning carrier. This agreement is the first to be signed with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies since its recent launch. Under the terms of this ...  >>MORE

UAE could make aircraft parts

Posted on 14/11/2007

Mubadala Development Co, Abu Dhabi government's investment arm, and EADS, the European aerospace and defence firm, are in talks to manufacture carbon graphite airframe materials in Abu Dhabi. In what could provide a massive boost to the emirate's ambition to develop a local aerospace industry, the two firms are negotiating over ways to manufacture composite materials used in modern commercial aircraft. Both Boeing and Airbus are focusing on fuselage built with composite materials. Boeing's ...  >>MORE

Dubai World subsidiary buys Djibouti's Daallo Airlines

Posted on 14/11/2007

Dubai World company Istithmar World Aviation (IWA) Holdings has announced that it is joining with founders of Daallo Airlines and the Government of Djibouti to create a new holding company which will acquire all the shares of Daallo Airlines. The deal will see the new Daallo re-branded and named as the exclusive National Flag Carrier of Djibouti, enjoying all routes and traffic rights held by Djibouti. IWA Holdings is an Istithmar World company formed by the consolidation and enlargement of ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia announces acquisition of up to 49 Airbus A320 aircraft

Posted on 13/11/2007

Air Arabia announced today that it has signed an agreement with Airbus for the acquisition of up to 49 A320 aircraft. The carrier has signed a firm contract for 34 Airbus A320 aircraft with an option for 15 more. The Sharjah-based airline, which made the announcement during the Dubai Air Show, has yet to specify the engines to be installed on its new fleet. The deal, whose total book value approaches US$3.5 billion at list prices, will more than triple the size of Air Arabia's fleet, and ...  >>MORE

Emirates takes travel comfort to new heights

Posted on 13/11/2007

Close on the heels of placing the airline world's largest-ever order - 93 firm and 50 optional aircraft at an investment of US$35bn - Emirates Airline is investing another US$600-plus million in in-flight products and services, reinforcing its dedication to providing 'best in air' travel experiences. On the second day of the Dubai Airshow 2007, Emirates entered into long-term agreements with B/E Aerospace, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, and JAMCO Corporation, in a move indicative of its ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet aims for US$500m turnover in five years

Posted on 13/11/2007

Royal Jet has unveiled a five-year expansion plan aimed at achieving turnover of US $500 million by 2012 - a five-fold increase on its current position. The news came as Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered luxury VIP flight services provider and GCC business aviation pioneer, disclosed details of a specially-commissioned 'state-of-the-industry' report, which credits the Middle East business aviation sector with achieving a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40%, in terms of aircraft ...  >>MORE

VP witnesses the signing ceremony between Emirates Airline, Airbus

Posted on 12/11/2007

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended yesterday at the sideline of Dubai Airshow 2007, the signing ceremony of the largest agreement in aviation history between Emirates Airline and Airbus and Boeing worth about US$35 billion. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation Authority and Emirates Airline's Chief Executive signed on behalf of the company, while Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO signed on ...  >>MORE

Emirates signs US$34.9 billion contracts for 120 Airbus and Boeing planes

Posted on 12/11/2007

Emirates Airline today announced another historic civil aviation aircraft order, when it signed contracts for a 120 Airbus A350s, 11 A380s, and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs, worth an estimated $34.9bn in list prices. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates' Chairman and Chief Executive, announced the massive order at the 10th Dubai Airshow; and signed the contracts with Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO, and Lee Monson, Vice President Middle East and Africa Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed: Dubai Air Show demonstrates UAE stature as business hub

Posted on 11/11/2007

The UAE MICE industry has made substantial progress, particularly the organisation of international exhibitions, said General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The high level of participation at Dubai Air Show demonstrates the UAE stature as a regional centre of business and a major hub for technology transfer, he added. Sheikh Mohammed made his remarks in a statement carried by "Dira' al-Watan" Magazine ...  >>MORE

Mubadala plans to build Abu Dhabi’s aerospace capabilities by 2020

Posted on 11/11/2007

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), a strategic investment and development vehicle established and wholly-owned by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is making great strides towards diversifying the economy of the Emirate. A key objective of this strategy lies within the establishment of a solid and sustainable aerospace industry in Abu Dhabi. By participating in this week's Dubai Air Show, Mubadala will be discussing activities and its approach to generating sustainable ...  >>MORE

Emirates takes delivery of 100th passenger aircraft

Posted on 09/11/2007

Emirates Airline has received its 100th passenger aircraft, a long-range Boeing 777-300ER which brings its all wide-body fleet to a total of 111 aircraft. Emirates' fast-expanding fleet, which has added one new aircraft per month on average, now comprises of 53 Boeing 777s (two Boeing 777-200LRs, nine 777-200s, 12 777-300s, and 30 777-300ERs). The airline is set to become the largest Boeing 777 operator in the world with another 45 of this aircraft type on order. Shaikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al ...  >>MORE

Etihad, Virgin enter into partnership

Posted on 07/11/2007

Etihad Airways' customers will gain greater access to destinations in Australia following the signing of a new air deal with Australian, Virgin Blue. The agreement, which comes into effect immediately, will enable Etihad's customers to travel seamlessly from Abu Dhabi to its flights to both Sydney and Brisbane and then connect on to 22 cities across Australia. Etihad Airways launched its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Sydney in March 2007, which was followed in September by the opening of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Mubadala introduces Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies

Posted on 06/11/2007

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala) yesterday unveiled Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies, a company positioned to become a top-tier total care provider in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry. Mubadala, a strategic investment and development company established and wholly owned by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is transforming the former Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO) into Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies. The new company is targeting a US$800 million ...  >>MORE

Emirates sets new record

Posted on 06/11/2007

Emirates airline is set to enter the Guinness World Records book after creating the longest advertisement ever. The marathon commercial is about the Dubai-based carrier's latest destination, Sao Paulo in Brazil. It features Brazil's Fernando Ferreira, who talks about his home city and country for 14 hours and 40 minutes – the length of time it takes an Emirates jet to fly non-stop from Dubai to Sao Paulo. "I had to talk about Sao Paulo and Brazil for the duration of the flight time – no cuts, ...  >>MORE

Dubai revamps civil aviation with two new agencies

Posted on 05/11/2007

Dubai Government has revamped the emirate's civil aviation sector by establishing the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) that will replace the Department of Civil Aviation, a statement said yesterday. The Department of Civil Aviation, which operated Dubai International Airport for the last 47 years played a pioneering role in building it as the region's biggest aviation hub, will cease to exist. The move comes at a time when the Jebel Ali airport is being developed to cater to 130 million ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia's Q3 net profit surges

Posted on 05/11/2007

Air Arabia (PJSC) yesterday released its financial results for the third quarter of 2007. The airline's net profit for the three months ending September 30, 2007, stood at Dh165 million, an increase of 244 per cent compared to Dhs.48 million during the third quarter of 2006. For the third quarter of 2007, the company posted a turnover of Dh369 million, up 65 per cent compared to Dh224 million during the third quarter of last year. During the third quarter of 2007, the airline served 729,745 ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet to unveil expansion plans

Posted on 05/11/2007

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi based Middle East's business aviation operator, is to unveil its long-term expansion plans and deliver a state-of-the-industry report at this month's Dubai Air Show. 'The overview of the Middle East's business aviation market follows results of a report specially commissioned by Royal Jet to obtain detailed information about the existing and future scenarios for this rapidly developing aviation sector,' said Shane O'Hare, President and CEO, Royal Jet. 'The results ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet in aircraft management business boost

Posted on 31/10/2007

Royal Jet, the Middle East's business aviation market leader, has sealed another aircraft management deal to operate a luxury long-range Gulf stream GIVSP on behalf of a GCC national owner. Shane O'Hare, President and CEO of Royal Jet said, "The GIVSP has ability to accomplish flights of up to 5,000 nautical miles making it a time-saving option for travel from the Gulf to many European destinations, such as Abu Dhabi to London. The GIVSP, which is powered by Rolls Royce engines, can carry up ...  >>MORE

Emirates enters Canada via Toronto

Posted on 31/10/2007

Emirates airline's inaugural Dubai-Toronto flight EK241 reached Toronto yesterday evening, marking the airline's first destination in Canada. It is the first non-stop service between Dubai and Toronto and the second from the UAE. Etihad launched a Toronto service from Abu Dhabi in October 2005. The arriving dignitaries were welcomed by airport officials at a formal ceremony. Emirates yesterday launched two non-stop flights from Dubai - a three-times-a-week service to Toronto, and a six-a-week ...  >>MORE

Emirati women prepare to make history in the skies

Posted on 28/10/2007

Two Emirati women are set to make aeronautical history as they prepare to become the first female UAE national pilots to take to the skies. Salma Mohammad Al Baloushi from Al Ain and Aisha Hassan Al Mansouri from Khor Fakkan said they cannot wait to graduate as pilots for Etihad Airways. "We are very proud to be representing the female population in the UAE." Etihad Airways welcomed the pair as its first female cadet pilots to the airline's innovative and expanding Emiratisation programme. ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways registers passenger growth

Posted on 24/10/2007

Etihad Airways, a national carrier, carried more than 3.3 million passengers during the first nine months of 2007, compared to 1.95 million passengers in corresponding period in 2006, an increase of 70 per cent, according to the press release issued by the company today. The airline had average seat factors of 75 per cent across its network of 45 destinations during the third quarter of 2007, which covers the months of July, August and September. Year after year, seat factor has been ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia celebrates five million passenger mark

Posted on 24/10/2007

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that it has flown five million passengers since its launch in October 2003. Christopher Louis D'Souza, a real estate consultant based in Dubai, was named the carrier's five millionth passenger. Over a four-year period, Air Arabia has seen rapid growth and increasing popularity on its routes. In the past year and a half alone, growth has been quite brisk. Passenger traffic through ...  >>MORE

Emirates secures US$239m loan to finance two Boeing aircraft

Posted on 23/10/2007

Emirates airline has secured a US$239 million loan to finance two Boeing 777-200LR aircraft through the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) of the United States, the company said. The 12-year financing was arranged and funded by BNP Paribas and its leasing subsidiary Capstar Partners. This is the first time that Emirates has used a French export lease structure for its aircraft financing, and also the first time a French lease has been combined with debt supported by the US Ex-Im Bank for a passenger ...  >>MORE

Airbus 380 completes fourth hot weather test at Al Ain airport

Posted on 14/10/2007

The Airbus A380 has completed a new test mission at Al Ain International Airport to ensure compatibility of its systems before formally being inducted into commercial operations. This is the fourth time the giant aircraft has arrived in the UAE city to undergo a series of tests in hot weather conditions. Earlier in July, Airbus Industries pilots and technicians tested the performance of the first set of four powerful GP7200 engines in Al Ain. The engines, manufactured by Engine Alliance, had ...  >>MORE

New regulations for hand-baggage for Etihad flights

Posted on 11/10/2007

Preparations are underway by UAE's Etihad Airways ahead of the introduction of new hand-baggage regulations at Abu Dhabi airport's Terminal 1, which will follow current policies in place in Europe and the USA, said Etihad Airways. "All liquids, aerosols and gels, to be carried within hand-baggage, cannot be in containers of more than 100 millilitres in size. In addition, all of the containers will have to fit within a one litre transparent and re-sealable plastic bag", the UAE's national ...  >>MORE

Emirates concludes North American Roadshow

Posted on 05/10/2007

Leading up to Emirates' launch of services in Houston and Toronto, the airline has hosted its final North American roadshow in Dallas. The event was the finale for a full month of roadshow events across North America, securing a collective attendance of nearly 4,000 travel industry professionals from Calgary to Miami. The tour kicked-off on 29th August in Houston, followed by Miami on 6th September, Toronto on 19th September, Calgary on 24th September and ended with the Dallas event on 28th ...  >>MORE

Etihad break even in 2009

Posted on 05/10/2007

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, could break even in 2009 and make its first profit in 2010 as it increases its fleet and expands to new destinations, including China, said Executive Vice-President Geert Boven. Etihad, which needs US$1.6 billion (Dh5.8bn) in financing to pay for planes due for delivery through 2011, has a "very tight financial plan”, said Boven in an interview. The airline, started by Abu Dhabi's Government in 2003, will have 37 planes serving 45 ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches first direct flight from Middle East to South America

Posted on 02/10/2007

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, made history on Monday when EK261 took off from Dubai International Airport en-route to Sao Paulo, Brazil, marking the first non-stop flight between the Middle East and South America. Emirates is using its technically advanced Boeing 777-200LR on the route, with Brazil becoming the 60th country and Sao Paulo the 94th destination on the airline's rapidly expanding network. Passengers from over 12 countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia launches Coimbatore flights

Posted on 01/10/2007

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), yesterday said it was commencing services to the Indian city of Coimbatore twice weekly beginning today. From November, the flights will increase to three times a week. Flights to the Indian city will leave Air Arabia's hub at Sharjah International Airport at 8:05am local time and arrive in Coimbatore at 1:35pm local time every Monday and Friday. The return flights will depart at 2:20pm local ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways enters Guinness Book 2008

Posted on 30/09/2007

Etihad Airways has entered the world-famous Guinness Book of Records for 2008 following the airline's successful record for ‘the greatest weight difference during flight formation' at January's Al Ain Aerobatic Show, said the UAE national carrier in a press release. Etihad Airways' vice president flight operations "Captain Granger Narara flew into the record books as he piloted an Etihad Airbus A330-200 in formation with a Sukhoi Su-26 and an Extra-300S, two stunt planes", it said. ?The flight ...  >>MORE

Emirates gets Dh30m in crew training gear

Posted on 28/09/2007

Spatial Composite Solutions FZE recently delivered Dh30 million worth of cabin service training equipment to Emirates-CAE Flight Training, a company statement said. The equipment is being installed in the new Emirates Aviation College Crew Training Building in Garhoud. The contract covers the on-site fabrication of a series of exact replica Airbus and Boeing fuselage sections, including fit-out of galley and seating areas with curved glass sections for observation by Emirates training ...  >>MORE

Demand for business jets soaring in Middle East

Posted on 28/09/2007

The Middle East business aviation market is flush with "active buyers" of business jets, a customer survey by global aerospace giant Honeywell revealed. The 16th Annual Business Aviation Outlook gave a bullish outlook for the private aviation market and said the region encompassing Asia, the Middle East and Africa "again ranks as the area with the highest purchase expectations". Industry-wide, Honeywell Aerospace said deliveries of business jets would exceed 1,000 for the first time in ...  >>MORE

General Civil Aviation Authority wins a seat at ICAO

Posted on 27/09/2007

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of UAE has won a seat at the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN specialized Agency and the global forum for civil aviation. The election to the Council was held at the 36th session of the Assembly being held in Montreal from 18 to 28 this September. Director General of General Civil Aviation Authority Mohammed Ghanem Al Ghaith said that the victory is a historic achievement for UAE. In a working paper presented at the ...  >>MORE

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RAK Airways set to take off on November 29


Emirates maps more services to Australia


Toulouse mishap will not affect Etihad's orders


Virgin eyes Dubai for expansion


Airbus A340-600 incident


Emirates awards US$8.8m contract to Spatial Composite Solutions


Emirates opens Dh1.3 billion engineering centre


Mubadala signs MoU with CAE for flight integrated training system


ADAT and Etihad Airways in US$500m five-year MRO pact


UAE could make aircraft parts


Dubai World subsidiary buys Djibouti's Daallo Airlines


Air Arabia announces acquisition of up to 49 Airbus A320 aircraft


Emirates takes travel comfort to new heights


Royal Jet aims for US$500m turnover in five years


VP witnesses the signing ceremony between Emirates Airline, Airbus


Emirates signs US$34.9 billion contracts for 120 Airbus and Boeing planes


Mohammed bin Zayed: Dubai Air Show demonstrates UAE stature as business hub


Mubadala plans to build Abu Dhabi’s aerospace capabilities by 2020


Emirates takes delivery of 100th passenger aircraft


Etihad, Virgin enter into partnership


Abu Dhabi's Mubadala introduces Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies


Emirates sets new record


Dubai revamps civil aviation with two new agencies


Air Arabia's Q3 net profit surges


Royal Jet to unveil expansion plans


Royal Jet in aircraft management business boost


Emirates enters Canada via Toronto


Emirati women prepare to make history in the skies


Etihad Airways registers passenger growth


Air Arabia celebrates five million passenger mark


Emirates secures US$239m loan to finance two Boeing aircraft


Airbus 380 completes fourth hot weather test at Al Ain airport


New regulations for hand-baggage for Etihad flights


Emirates concludes North American Roadshow


Etihad break even in 2009


Emirates launches first direct flight from Middle East to South America


Air Arabia launches Coimbatore flights


Etihad Airways enters Guinness Book 2008


Emirates gets Dh30m in crew training gear


Demand for business jets soaring in Middle East


General Civil Aviation Authority wins a seat at ICAO