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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Emirates SkyCargo to launch service to Venice from 1st July

Posted on 22/06/2007

Coinciding with Emirates Airline's launch of non-stop services to Venice from 1st July, Emirates SkyCargo will also be opening doors for trade between the southern European gateway and Dubai. Operating on an Airbus A330-200, the route will offer 13 tonnes of bellyhold capacity and will initially run five-times-a-week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Frequencies will increase to a daily service from 1st September 2007. Following a year of solid performance for Emirates ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways orders 12 wide-body Airbus aircrafts

Posted on 21/06/2007

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has signed a firm contract for the purchase of 12 Airbus wide-body aircraft including the newest model in its freighter product range, the A330-200F. The order is for five A330-200s, four A340-600s and three A330-200Fs. The agreement was signed by James Hogan, Etihad Chief Executive and Louis Gallois, Airbus President and CEO, at a ceremony at the 47th International Paris Air show at Le Bourget. At present, Etihad have a ...  >>MORE

Mubadala in partnership with Lockheed Martin

Posted on 20/06/2007

Paris - Mubadala Development Company (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 US industrial major Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] that will see the two organizations collaborate on various aerospace activities and projects in Abu Dhabi and across the MENA region. The MOU was signed at the Paris Air Show by Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, COO of ...  >>MORE

New UAE company launched into business aviation sector

Posted on 20/06/2007

Emirates Investments Group has launched a new company "Empire Aviation Group" to operate in the private aviation sector. According to a spokesperson for the new company, the objective of the Group is to meet the demand for business aviation services in the Middle East, which is witnessing considerable growth. H.E. Sheikh Tariq Bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Emirates Investments Group, as well as Empire Aviation, said, "Empire Aviation will operate in accordance with the highest ...  >>MORE

Dh300b to be invested in Dubai's Aviation Sector

Posted on 20/06/2007

Le Bourget - Out of a trillion dirhams to be spent on various developmental projects in Dubai a total of Dh300 billion will be invested in the emirate's aviation sector as part of Dubai Government's strategic plan 2015, which envisages for Dubai the role of the world's aviation and logistics hub, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Chairman of Emirates Group, told a press conference at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. Sheikh Ahmed ...  >>MORE

Mubadala signs MoU with Boeing

Posted on 19/06/2007

Paris - Mubadala Development Company (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 The Boeing Company to forge an alliance to further the emirate's emerging aerospace strategy. The MOU was signed at the Paris air show by Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, COO of Mubadala, and the leaders of the aerospace giant's two biggest business units, Jim ...  >>MORE

Emirates to buy eight more Airbus A380s

Posted on 19/06/2007

Dubai based Emirates Airline has signed an agreement to buy eight additional A380 aircrafts, taking their total order for the aircraft to 55. The letter of Intent was signed at the 47th International Paris Air show at le Bourget between Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Emirates Group and Louis Gallois, Airbus President and CEO. Emirates was a launch customer for the A380 and already had the largest number of aircraft on order. The A380 fleet will start deliveries in the third ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines and CAE sign deal for new 777 flight simulator

Posted on 18/06/2007

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has signed a contract with CAE of Montreal for the purchase and installation of a CAE 7000 Series Boeing 777-300ER full-flight simulator (FFS) to support the airline's flight training requirements for its fleet of Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The deal, including buyer-furnished data and equipment, is valued at more than US$14 million (C$15 million). The simulator will be installed in Emirates' new Crew Training Centre in May 2008, which will ...  >>MORE

UAE's first female pilot recounts her experience

Posted on 18/06/2007

Montreal, Canada - The first female pilot in the history of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has highlighted the growing role played by the country's women in society, particularly in the Cabinet and the Federal National Council (FNC). Captain Aysha Al Hamli, Senior Officer, Investigation and Legislation, at the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), was invited by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, to speak about her experience as the UAE's first woman ...  >>MORE

Emarati cadet, commercial pilots begin training

Posted on 18/06/2007

The ambitious plan of Etihad Airways to have fully qualified national cadet commercial pilots will take to wings tomorrow when they begin training at the Horizon Academy in Al Ain. The 12 cadet pilots were chosen by Etihad following extensive assessments during April and May which included comprehensive personality and English language tests as well as aptitude and medical examinations. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: "This is a momentous occasion in Etihad Airways' short ...  >>MORE

Etihad adds Singapore to Far East network

Posted on 13/06/2007

Etihad Airways will start three-a-week flights between Abu Dhabi and Singapore from September, according to a statement. The announcement came a day after the launch of the Abu Dhabi-Singapore Business Forum (ADSBF), which will forge greater links between the two cities. Singapore will be Etihad's fifth destination in the Far East after Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. James Hogan, Etihad Airways chief executive, said: "The new service will cater to the growing demand for air ...  >>MORE

Emirates unveils A380 seat plan

Posted on 07/06/2007

Emirates airline, the largest customer of Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft, will carry a jaw-dropping 644 passengers in some of the 47 planes it has on order when it begins receiving them next year. Maurice Flanagan, vice chairman and group president, said Emirates will design its A380s in three separate seating configurations tailor made to different routes. The highest density configuration will seat 644 in business and economy with no first class. Routes to Sydney, Melbourne and New York ...  >>MORE

Emirates to offer water limousine service in Venice

Posted on 07/06/2007

Emirates is about to become the only airline in the world to offer a water limousine airport transfer service. The scenic transfer will start on July 1 when Emirates begins its non-stop service from Dubai to Venice. The Emirates Water Limousine will be available exclusively to Emirates First and Business class passengers arriving in and departing from Venice. Passengers will be transported in comfort aboard partially enclosed Riva-style boats from a dedicated pontoon next to Venice airport. ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch non-stop flights to Toronto

Posted on 06/06/2007

Emirates announced plans for launching non-stop flights to Toronto, Canada starting from 29th October. This will be the fast growing international air carrier's first Canadian destination. There will be three flights weekly departing from Dubai International Airport. President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said that this decision is taken considering the increasing passenger traffic between Dubai and the largest city in Canada. ...  >>MORE

UAE sets up permanent representation at International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal

Posted on 06/06/2007

Montreal (Canada) - The United Arab Emirates announced yesterday the establishment of permanent representation at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. Officials also used the occasion to underline the UAE's continuing commitment to its 'open sky' policy, upgrading aviation facilities to world-class standards and support for international efforts to enhance safety and security in the aviation industry. A high-level delegation from the UAE ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia wins Airbus Operational Excellence Award

Posted on 04/06/2007

Air Arabia, the first low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, has been named winner of the award for Operational Excellence 2005-2007 by Airbus, one of the world's leading aircraft manufacturers. Air Arabia was selected for this prestigious honour from among all global airlines operating fewer than 50 A320 aircraft. This marks the second time this year that the Sharjah- based LCC has been recognised by Airbus for its operational excellence. In January, Air Arabia received a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Airport master plan showcased at Airshow

Posted on 29/05/2007

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has reported significant progress in its Dh26 billion programme for redevelopment of Abu Dhabi International Airport. Addressing delegates to the Airport Build and Supply Exhibition which opened here today at Dubai Airport Expo, James Robinson, ADAC Planning Manager said major projects were heading toward timely completion. Visitors to ADAC stand will be able to see first hand the future developments as the company is showcasing its master plan model for the ...  >>MORE

Emirates steps up operations to South Africa

Posted on 29/05/2007

Relations between the UAE and South Africa are set to strengthen with prospects of increased economic and trade activity, as Dubai-based carrier, Emirates, adds four additional flights to its existing double-daily Johannesburg service, starting 1st June. Emirates, one of the fastest-growing global airlines will introduce its third daily flight to the South African capital city every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The additional frequencies will be operated by a two-class Boeing ...  >>MORE

Emirates poised to become largest long-haul carrier

Posted on 28/05/2007

Emirates airline could become the world's largest long-haul carrier by 2012 (by seats), according a recent study. An analysis by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) predicts Emirates will pose a formidable challenge to Asian and European carriers after it triples its capacity over the next eight years through new orders and bigger planes, citing low labour costs, 24-hour flying schedule and optimal geographic location as ingredients of its success. Emirates, currently the eighth largest ...  >>MORE

Dublin flight to boost UAE-Ireland trade

Posted on 26/05/2007

The launch of Etihad Airways' new flights from Abu Dhabi to Dublin will play a significant role in the enhancement of trade ties between the UAE and Ireland. Etihad Airways will start its four flights-per-week service to Ireland's capital city, Dublin, on 2 July 2007. Annual trade figures between the two countries for 2006 stood at more than US$ 343 million (Dh1.25 billion), an increase of nearly 40 per cent from the previous year. The predictions are that this figure could double further ...  >>MORE

Emirates is Telegraph Ultra Travel reader's favourite

Posted on 19/05/2007

Emirates has been voted 'Best Middle East Airline' by readers of the Daily Telegraph's luxury travel magazine Ultratravel. The airline was announced as the winner of the prestigious Ultratravel 100 award during a ceremony at the InterContinental London Park Lane, attended by key representatives from the travel industry. Emirates' Senior Vice President of Media Relations, Sponsorships and Events, Boutros Boutros, who collected the award, said: "We are delighted to have been voted Best Middle ...  >>MORE

Etihad's Dublin flights expected to boost UAE-Ireland trade ties

Posted on 17/05/2007

The launch of Etihad Airways' new flights from Abu Dhabi to Dublin will play a significant role in the enhancement of trade ties between the UAE and Ireland. Annual trade figures between the two countries for 2006 stood at more than US$343 million (Dh1.25 billion), an increase of nearly 40 per cent over the previous year. The predictions are that this figure could double again this year. Business opportunities between the UAE and Ireland will receive this further boost from July 2 when ...  >>MORE

Etihad to launch first international TV commercial

Posted on 09/05/2007

Etihad Airways' global brand will soon be seen flying across many of the world's leading television networks as the Abu Dhabi-based airline launches its first international TV commercial. The commercial will be screened from mid-May in many of the airline's top international markets including Australia, the Middle East and Europe. It was filmed entirely in the UAE in a variety of locations including Abu Dhabi airport and on board one of the airline's Airbus A340-500 aircraft. A special ...  >>MORE

Emirates reaffirms commitment to Airbus A380, orders additional four

Posted on 08/05/2007

Dubai based Emirates Airlines has reaffirmed its order for 43 Airbus A380 aircraft and additionally signed a contract for a further four. Emirates will begin receiving its first A380 aircraft in the third quarter of 2008. Emirates was a launch customers for the A380 and already had the largest number of aircraft on order which has now been increased to 47. "We have repeatedly said we are committed to the A380 and, having now fully settled all past issues, this latest agreement should leave ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia sees Dh1b revenues

Posted on 03/05/2007

Middle East's first low-cost airlines Air Arabia plans to own 34 aircraft by 2016 as part of its expansion plans, according to a top official from the airliner. Talking to The Gulf Today at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) on Wednesday, Air Arabia CEO Adel Ali said the airline was gearing up to expand its scope of operations and invest in the infrastructure related to the aircraft maintenance. The budget airliner aims to fly to new destinations in the Indian Subcontinent, Levant and ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline announces record profits of Dh 3.5 bn

Posted on 27/04/2007

Emirates Group has posted a 23.5% increase in profit to Dh 3.5 (US$942m) for the financial year ending 31 March 2007, its Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, announced yesterday. He said revenues surged 28.4% to Dh 31.3 billion (US$8.5bn) by the end of March 2007 from Dh 24.2 billion (US$6.6 bn) for March 2006. The Group continued to boost its cash assets which grew by 17.8 % to reach Dh 12.9 bn (US$3.5 bn). Direct contribution by the Group to the UAE economy during the fiscal ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways prepares for new baggage rules

Posted on 27/04/2007

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has begun preparations ahead of the introduction of new hand-baggage regulations in the UAE, which will follow current policies in place in Europe and the US. The new policy states that all liquids, aerosols and gels being carried in hand baggage cannot be in containers of more than 100 millilitres. In addition, all containers must fit within a one litre transparent and re-sealable plastic bag. Prior to the implementation date, which is currently May 1, ...  >>MORE

Emirates to double Beijing flights from next month

Posted on 19/04/2007

Emirates yesterday said it will double its services to Beijing from May 1, four months prior to celebrating the anniversary of its first flight to the city last year. Initially the airline will increase its services from the current daily to 12 flights every week, and from July, the busy Dubai-Beijing route will feature a double-daily non-stop service. Emirates has built strong bridges between these two cities - Beijing, the political and cultural capital of China, and Dubai, which is ...  >>MORE

Etihad to shift to new headquarters by 2008

Posted on 17/04/2007

Etihad Airways will spend Dh183.6 million ($50 million) this year to build a new head office and training facilities, according to the company. The new headquarters is being built near Abu Dhabi International Airport and is expected to be finished by year-end. Once opened, the main office building will offer a reception, atrium and open-plan offices for each Etihad department. A training facility will house four simulators that have been approved by the Department for Civil Aviation, a ...  >>MORE

Etihad plans to acquire single-aisle aircraft

Posted on 16/04/2007

Etihad Airways will break away from its current fleet profile wide-body aircraft and acquire up to eight or nine single-aisle planes in 2008, its CEO said yesterday. "Next year we'll start looking at introducing narrow bodies, either (Airbus) A320s or (Boeing) 737s," chief executive James Hogan told Gulf News. The expansion into narrow body planes will help the growing airline beef up its feeder service to bring GCC travellers into its Abu Dhabi hub. It will also allow it the flexibility to ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to build 300-room hotel at Sharjah airport

Posted on 16/04/2007

Sharjah-based budget carrier Air Arabia said it will construct a 300-room hotel at Sharjah Airport, to be managed by Abu Dhabi-based hotel management company, Rotana Hotels and Resorts. The announcement follows the signing of a management agreement between Air Arabia and Rotana Hotels to manage this property under their innovative Centro by Rotana brand, offering affordable, superior-class accommodation and hospitality, a statement said. "Centro by Rotana, Sharjah Airport, will be highly ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to launch flights to Milan in September

Posted on 11/04/2007

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is to begin non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Milan from 2 September, 2007.The new three times a week service will connect Italy's financial, industrial and fashion centre and the UAE capital using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft. As part of the airline's promotional campaign leading up to the launch of the new service, Etihad is offering some of the lowest priced fares ever to Milan, with return coral zone (economy) tickets ...  >>MORE

Emirates in fleet review to meet 2025 traveller target

Posted on 11/04/2007

Emirates airline, the largest Middle East customer for the Airbus A380 superjumbo, has launched a fleet review in preparation for carrying an expected 45 million passengers a year by 2025. Tim Clark, the company's president, said in an interview yesterday the airline expected to receive up to seven of the giant Airbus A380 jets by March 2009. Airbus, which is owned by the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company, posted a sizable loss last year following costly delays to its A380 ...  >>MORE

Emirates implements new hand-baggage restrictions

Posted on 09/04/2007

Dubai-based carrier Emirates has begun implementing its new hand-baggage restrictions in order to follow the policies observed by airports and countries that it flies into, a spokesperson has announced. While the Dubai International Airport (DIA) has not issued any statement on its own hand-baggage restrictions, a source at the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) said the policies implemented at the airport comply with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation ...  >>MORE

Delta's UAE take-off to open up North America

Posted on 03/04/2007

UAE residents will be able to seize a wealth of new travel possibilities to North America once Delta Air Lines begins its new non-stop service to Dubai starting in late May. The American carrier will begin flying from Dubai to its hub in Atlanta on May 31, offering travellers over 200 connecting Delta flights across the US, Canada, Central and South America and the Caribbean as the summer vacation season begins. Delta, through its local sales agent Sharaf Travel, is offering non-stop ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia IPO oversubscribed by 150%

Posted on 03/04/2007

Some 40,000 investors offered over US$1 billion to invest in low-cost carrier Air Arabia, making it oversubscribed by approximately 150 per cent, the company announced yesterday. Roughly Dh3.75 billion was pledged for the Sharjah-based airline from retail and institutional investors including international banks, resulting in all four tranches being fully covered. The raised capital will make it the largest public offering in UAE history, according to the airline, after its ten-day ...  >>MORE

GAMCO Asia's 1st MRO to install satellite TV systems on board Airbus A320

Posted on 31/03/2007

The Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO) is currently installing an advanced on-board satellite television system for India's Kingfisher Airlines' Airbus A320 aircraft. GAMCO installed the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) system on the first Kingfisher aircraft early this year and will complete work on the first batch of the airline's A320s this month. "This is an industry-first for GAMCO in Asia. Kingfisher is the first airline in Asia and the second in the world to install on-board ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways begins first direct flight to Sydney

Posted on 30/03/2007

Canberra - Etihad Airways began its first direct flight from Abu Dhabi to Sydney on Tuesday, according to a statement released yesterday by the carrier. To mark the event , UAE Ambassador to Australia Dr. Saeed Mohammed Al Shamsi held a reception , attended by Australian Ministers of Tourism and Trade , Jeremy Bruer, Australian ambassador to the UAE and other members of the diplomatic corps in Canberra. Speaking at the event, Etihad CEO James Hogan said the airline runs three flights ...  >>MORE

RAK Airways on runway for take-off next month

Posted on 30/03/2007

RAK Airways plans to spend more than Dh550 million on leasing aircraft and modernising the Ras Al Khaimah airport, a top government official said. The airline, which has leased two Boeing 757s, expects to receive the air operating certificate "soon” that will enable it to launch its inaugural flight by the middle of April, Dr Khater Massaad, Chief Executive of the RAK Investment Authority and Managing Director of RAK Airways told Emirates Today in an interview. "We have received one ...  >>MORE

Etihad eyes Abu Dhabi hotels and resorts

Posted on 24/03/2007

Etihad Airways is studying options for partnerships and acquisitions in the UAE hospitality industry, according to a top official. The carrier, which expects to break even by 2010 and hit profitability beyond that, is seeking the move to cater to its increased passenger numbers, particularly in the capital. "We are looking into opportunities to develop hotel partnerships and acquisitions, not off-shore, as we need to utilise the options in Abu Dhabi especially airport hotels to cater for ...  >>MORE

More Emirates flights Down Under

Posted on 24/03/2007

Emirates airline, which operates seven daily flights to Australia, has been granted rights to operate an additional five daily frequencies, after the negotiations between Australia and the UAE. The announcement comes at a time when Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based national carrier of the UAE, starts services to Sydney on Monday. So far, the Dubai-based carrier has been the only airline to serve the UAE-Australia route non-stop, prompting Qantas, the Australian national carrier, to launch a ...  >>MORE

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Emirates SkyCargo to launch service to Venice from 1st July


Etihad Airways orders 12 wide-body Airbus aircrafts


Mubadala in partnership with Lockheed Martin


New UAE company launched into business aviation sector


Dh300b to be invested in Dubai's Aviation Sector


Mubadala signs MoU with Boeing


Emirates to buy eight more Airbus A380s


Emirates Airlines and CAE sign deal for new 777 flight simulator


UAE's first female pilot recounts her experience


Emarati cadet, commercial pilots begin training


Etihad adds Singapore to Far East network


Emirates unveils A380 seat plan


Emirates to offer water limousine service in Venice


Emirates to launch non-stop flights to Toronto


UAE sets up permanent representation at International Civil Aviation Organisation in Montreal


Air Arabia wins Airbus Operational Excellence Award


Abu Dhabi Airport master plan showcased at Airshow


Emirates steps up operations to South Africa


Emirates poised to become largest long-haul carrier


Dublin flight to boost UAE-Ireland trade


Emirates is Telegraph Ultra Travel reader's favourite


Etihad's Dublin flights expected to boost UAE-Ireland trade ties


Etihad to launch first international TV commercial


Emirates reaffirms commitment to Airbus A380, orders additional four


Air Arabia sees Dh1b revenues


Emirates Airline announces record profits of Dh 3.5 bn


Etihad Airways prepares for new baggage rules


Emirates to double Beijing flights from next month


Etihad to shift to new headquarters by 2008


Etihad plans to acquire single-aisle aircraft


Air Arabia to build 300-room hotel at Sharjah airport


Etihad Airways to launch flights to Milan in September


Emirates in fleet review to meet 2025 traveller target


Emirates implements new hand-baggage restrictions


Delta's UAE take-off to open up North America


Air Arabia IPO oversubscribed by 150%


GAMCO Asia's 1st MRO to install satellite TV systems on board Airbus A320


Etihad Airways begins first direct flight to Sydney


RAK Airways on runway for take-off next month


Etihad eyes Abu Dhabi hotels and resorts


More Emirates flights Down Under