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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Abu Dhabi carrier to operate at loss for three years

Posted on 20/03/2007

Etihad Airways will continue to operate at a loss for the next three years as it finances an aggressive expansion programme, its chief executive said yesterday. "What we've said is the next three years is consolidation, and we're targeting 2010 to break even," James Hogan, Etihad chief executive, said at the Aviation Procurement and Finance Conference (Apex) in Abu Dhabi yesterday. "Then we'll move towards profitability." Launched in 2003, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier has grown at a breakneck ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's position as major aircraft maintenance, repair hub boosted by GAMCO

Posted on 19/03/2007

Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO) aims to reinforce Abu Dhabi's position as a major aircraft maintenance and repair hub this week during an important new aviation event taking place in the UAE capital. GAMCO, a world class technical and maintenance services provider for the aviation industry, believes the Aviation Procurement Expo (APEX) opening at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre tomorrow (March 19) can be its springboard to business growth following a flurry of recent ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia IPO opens

Posted on 18/03/2007

Air Arabia's eagerly awaited Dh 2.5 billion initial public offering (IPO) opens on Sunday, March 18, 2007. The ten-day IPO will be open from March 18, 2007, until March 27, 2007. The IPO is the largest offering in UAE history to date and will be open to both UAE and non-UAE nationals, including individual and institutional investors. The total size of the offering is Dh 2,566,700,000 consisting of 2,566,700,000 shares, representing 55 per cent of the company's share capital, at an offer ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia's profit tipped to reach Dh226m in 2007

Posted on 15/03/2007

Air Arabia profits will rise by 123 per cent this year from operating new routes and interest income earned though its initial public offering, according to research by Shuaa Capital. The private equity firm forecasts that the Sharjah-based airline will increase profits from Dh101 million in 2006 to Dh226 million this year. Shuaa is also the underwriter for the Air Arabia IPO on March 18 on Dubai Financial Market. Air Arabia will attempt to raise Dh2.56 billion to finance its fleet ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia hopes to lure Dh2.56b from March 18 IPO

Posted on 13/03/2007

Air Arabia will attempt to raise Dh2.56 billion during its initial public offering, to be launched on March 18. The Sharjah-based airline plans to issue 2.56 billion shares priced at Dh1, which will be listed on the Dubai Financial Market. Air Arabia said the IPO will the largest amount ever raised in the UAE. Shuaa Capital has been selected as financial advisor for the share offering, which will close after ten days on March 27. The funds will be used to help the low-cost carrier execute ...  >>MORE

Dubai records higher 2006 cargo volume than Heathrow airport

Posted on 12/03/2007

Berlin - Dubai International Airport ranks 17th among the world's top 30 airports in terms of cargo, according to the latest Airports Council International (ACI) report. With 14.4 per cent growth and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo processed, Dubai surpassed London Heathrow which ranked 18th with 1.3 million tonnes. The Middle East's busiest airport also outperformed major airports such as Dallas, Tokyo, Bangkok and Beijing. However, it could not feature among the top 30 airports in terms of ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia starts flights to Karachi and Peshawar

Posted on 09/03/2007

Air Arabia , the first low-fares airline in the Middle East and North Africa, has began its flights to Pakistan with two new destinations, Karachi and Peshawar. Air Arabia Chief Executive Officer, Adel Ali, said: "This step is part of our strategic commitment to offer value for money service to the region. We are confident that adding both destinations can effectively cater to the large number of the Pakistani community living outside of Pakistan and to offer an alternative cost effective ...  >>MORE

Etihad to start services to Brussels and Toronto

Posted on 08/03/2007

Etihad Airways said it will begin non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Brussels and Toronto beginning in June. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier will conduct its first non-stop flight to Brussels on June 1, departing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1.35pm and arriving in Brussels at 6.45pm local time. The return flight will depart at 10.10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to arrive in Abu Dhabi at 6.55am the next day. Etihad, which flies to 44 destinations, will also begin a non-stop ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways wins top airline hospitality award

Posted on 05/03/2007

Etihad Airways has won the top airline hospitality award 2007 from Resorts Web magazine, beating a host of global airlines in the newly introduced airline category. Etihad was praised for its 'dynamic spirit' and introducing a standard of comfort and exclusivity long forgotten aboard many of today's airlines. Judges were impressed by the seat configurations in its diamond (first class) and pearl (business class) cabins, innovative airport lounges, pleasant décor, quality and variety of its ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia adds two more destinations in Pakistan

Posted on 26/02/2007

Air Arabia has announced its flights schedule for 2007 for its two new destinations in Pakistan. Inaugural flights will take off on March 4 and 7 to Karachi and Peshawar respectively. Air Arabia chief executive Adel Ali, said: "Air Arabia is proud to add Karachi and Peshawar to its destinations. This step is part of our strategic commitment to offer value for money service to the region. We are confident that adding these two destinations can effectively cater to the large Pakistani ...  >>MORE

Etihad opens new sales shop at ADNEC

Posted on 23/02/2007

Etihad Airways has opened a sales shop at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) to capitalise on the growth of meetings and incentives, conferences and exhibitions in Abu Dhabi. The venue becomes the airline's eighth shop in Abu Dhabi and eleventh in the UAE. It will handle all travel enquiries for delegates who will attend the increasing number of ADNEC exhibitions. Raymond Korban, Etihad Airways' regional general manager, UAE and Oman, said: 'The new sales venue at ADNEC is ...  >>MORE

Aviation sector to surpass global growth for 20 years

Posted on 18/02/2007

After logging the world's highest growth of 12.6 per cent in the number of people using air transport in 2006, the Middle East is expected to drop altitude and post single digit increases over the next 20 years, according to a study. Air cargo volumes too are expected to contract from the 2006 growth rate of 10.6 per cent, but the region will continue to be a major global player in aviation, research done by Airports Council International (ACI) shows. "By the end of 2006, the Middle ...  >>MORE

DCA begins major restructuring project in line with Dubai Strategic Plan 2015

Posted on 16/02/2007

The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation has commenced implementation of a project to restructure its organisational set up following directives of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. The proposal, which is linked with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2007-2015 announced recently by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, was approved late last year by HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed ...  >>MORE

RAK Airways gets operating certificate

Posted on 14/02/2007

RAK Airways has received its air operating certificate from the GCAA and is ready to launch on March 15. Jack Romero, CIO of RAK Airways, said, "Once traffic rights to India and Iran are secured, the airline is totally ready to launch. "The reservation system [Aires] will be tested live next week" he said, adding that the pilots and cabin crew are ready after they were trained by Lufthansa. He said a generous baggage allowance - up to 45kg on selected routes - will be introduced. ...  >>MORE

Emirates' SriLankan Airlines deal runs into turbulence

Posted on 14/02/2007

Emirates' management role with SriLankan Airlines is in limbo as it waits for the Colombo government to decide whether to renew its contract. Emirates owns a 43 per cent stake in Sri Lanka's national carrier and also manages the airline under a 10-year contract, which expires in March 2008. However, the carrier is majority owned by the Sri Lankan government, and its CEO Peter Hill has said there have been no discussions with the government so far about renewing the Emirates contract. ...  >>MORE

Etihad passenger numbers more than double in 2006

Posted on 13/02/2007

Etihad Airways flew three million passengers in 2006, more than double the 1.2 million a year earlier, as the airline expands its network and its fleet. The airline plans to fly four million passengers in 2007, it said in statement. The carrier said it transported 100,000 tonnes of cargo in 2006 and plans to double that figure in 2007. The airline also opened up 16 new routes over the past year. "Etihad has seen unparalleled growth over the past 12 months with the momentum set to ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to spend $2bn on new planes

Posted on 09/02/2007

Sharjah-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia plans to spend $2 billion (Dh7.34bn) on new planes after the airline sells shares to the public this year. "We need to buy 34 more planes because our existing fleet is all leased for five to seven years,” Chief Executive Officer Adel Ali said in an interview. "We need to replace the existing nine planes and expand further.” Air Arabia, which will compete with Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways and newly licensed low-cost carriers National Air Services and ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia turnover surges to Dh749.16 million

Posted on 07/02/2007

Air Arabia said it had posted a turnover of Dh749.16 million in 2006, up 82% compared to Dh411 million in 2005, the Middle East's first low-cost carrier announced today in its 2006 financial results. The airline said its net profit in 2006 stood at Dh101 million, up 222% compared to Dh31.3 million in 2005. Passenger average load factor - that is, passengers carried as a proportion of available seats - stood at 81.2%. Commenting on the results, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Thani, ...  >>MORE

Region should cooperate to boost business air travel, says Lubna

Posted on 02/02/2007

Civil aviation authorities in the region need to cooperate with each other in developing better regulation for promoting business air travel, Economy Minister Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi said yesterday. "The regulation around business aviation is still very much a grey area in the Middle East," she told an aviation conference. She said countries in the region should work together to "to ensure that business aviation traffic is not just tolerated, but welcomed and catered for." With strong ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet signs simulator deal with Emirates-CAE

Posted on 01/02/2007

Emirates-CAE Flight Training yesterday announced a new flight training contract with Abu Dhabi-based airline Royal Jet. The flight training firm, a partnership between Emirates Group and Canadian training firm CAE, has signed a five-year contract to train Royal Jet's crew for the 737 Boeing Business Jet and Gulfstream IV/400 on full flight simulators. On hand to sign the agreement at the Middle East Business Aviation conference and exhibition were Royal Jet CEO Chris Crum and Sheikh Ahmad ...  >>MORE

Region's aviation sector needs more cooperation

Posted on 01/02/2007

The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference and exhibition was inaugurated yesterday with a call for greater cooperation between governments to promote the region's aviation development. "The GCC needs greater cooperation between civil aviation authorities towards an open skies policy," Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, told delegates. Sheikh Ahmad said improving regional aviation policies would create greater ...  >>MORE

Six new private air charter firms to start operations this year

Posted on 31/01/2007

Six new private air charter companies will set up base in the UAE this year to join the seven that are already operational, a senior executive at the Middle East Business Aviation Association (Mebaa) said. "There is an increasing interest in the UAE to set up more and more private charter companies. Between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there will be more than six charter companies launching this year. These will be for small to mid-size charter planes,” Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi, the founding Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Etihad will fly non-stop to Sydney from March 26

Posted on 30/01/2007

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will start non-stop flights to Sydney, Australia, on March 26. The new three-a-week service from Abu Dhabi will be operated by a three-class Airbus A340-500. The flight frequency will be daily from June 29. Etihad's Sydney route will also provide Australian business and leisure travellers easy access to the Middle East region. Sydney will be fifth destination of Etihad in the Asia-Pacific region after Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila and ...  >>MORE

UAE-British venture to make aircraft

Posted on 29/01/2007

A UAE-British joint venture is set to start manufacturing business aircraft, named 'Kestrel', in Abu Dhabi this summer, a top Gulf Aircraft Partnership (GAP) told Gulf News yesterday. Gulf News first reported the initiative during the Dubai 2005 Airshow. A prototype of the aircraft, which will have a price tag of US$2.5 million (Dh9.1 million), will be displayed at the two-day Middle East Business Aviation (Meba) conference starting on January 31 in Dubai. The four-seater Kestrel made its ...  >>MORE

Emirates first class voted best

Posted on 28/01/2007

Emirates airlines has been voted for the top honours at the annual Global Travellers GT Tested Awards for 2006. The Dubai-based carrier was awarded the "Best Airline for First Class" for the second consecutive year. The Global Traveller award is one of the world's most comprehensive business and leisure traveller polls. Readers of the magazine vote the best among airlines, hotels, destinations and travel service providers. This comes closes on the heels of Emirates being named "Best ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch first ever non-stop flight from Middle East to S. America

Posted on 24/01/2007

Emirates Airlines yesterday announced it would make its South American debut on 1st October 2007 with six-a-week, non-stop services to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The 14-hour and 40-minute flight will be the first-ever non-stop service between South America and the Middle East, providing travellers from Emirates' network of 14 cities in the Middle East, as well as from the Far East and Indian Subcontinent, with a new direct connection to South America via Dubai. On the route, Emirates will fly ...  >>MORE

Sharjah's Air Arabia plans to go public

Posted on 23/01/2007

Sharjah-based Air Arabia is set to become the first government-owned airline in the Gulf to go public as it prepares for an initial public offering in the first quarter of this year. The low-cost carrier plans to use the funds to purchase as many as 25 planes over the next nine years. It currently leases nine Airbus A320s. The budget airline said yesterday it would offer 55 per cent of its shares to investors in the GCC and abroad, with the Government of Sharjah retaining the remaining 45 per ...  >>MORE

Emirates plans to expand in Americas

Posted on 22/01/2007

Emirates airlines is expected to make major inroads into North and South America this year, according to sources familiar with its expansion plans. The Dubai-based carrier is likely to launch commercial services to Sao Paolo, Brazil, in October. Additionally, Emirates is said to be discussing landing fees for a new daily service to Toronto, Canada, which would become the first Canadian destination for Emirates and only the second route in North America after its daily Dubai to New York ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia announces services to Pakistan

Posted on 18/01/2007

Air Arabia has announced the upcoming start of operations between Sharjah and Pakistan with services flying to Karachi and Peshawar. After talks were recently held in Abu Dhabi with UAE and Pakistan authorities, Air Arabia's project to fly to Pakistan was given the go ahead and should be of great convenience to the UAE's large Pakistani community. Air Arabia will fly daily to Pakistan, splitting operations between Karachi four days a week and Peshawar three days a week. The flight schedule ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia receives Airbus accolade

Posted on 15/01/2007

Air Arabia, the Middle East's first low fares carrier received a certificate for outstanding operations, achieving the best daily world utilization of the A320 fleet since August 2005 till date. This years awards highlight the success of Air Arabia in terms of profit margin, innovation, reputation and operational excellence and demonstrates the fact that low fares airlines are here to stay. Current Air Arabia destinations include Aleppo, Damascus and Latakia (Syria); Alexandria, Assiut ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch Newcastle service

Posted on 11/01/2007

Emirates airline yesterday said it will launch a new non-stop daily service between Dubai and Newcastle in the United Kingdom, starting September 1. This will bring the number of UK destinations served by Emirates to six, and will also be Newcastle's first scheduled long-haul flight. The new service will provide travellers and shippers across Asia, the Middle East and Africa with a new direct link to the UK's north-east region via Emirates' Dubai hub. It also represents a massive boost for ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways confirms flights to Australia

Posted on 09/01/2007

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has confirmed that it will begin flights to Australia within the next few months from its base in Abu Dhabi. This follows the conclusion of an extended aviation bilateral agreement between the governments of the United Arab Emirates and Australia. Etihad Airways Chief Executive, James Hogan, said: "We appreciate the support of the Government of Abu Dhabi in securing the additional rights that will allow us to start flights to ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to fly to Istanbul

Posted on 08/01/2007

Air Arabia has expanded its wings to the European front by introducing twice-weekly flights to Istanbul. The all-economy flight will fly to Istanbul, the gateway to Europe, for as little as Dh350 (one way excluding taxes), and then travel onward to key European destinations. AK Nizar, the head of sales, said: "Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is currently served by several low fare European carriers, making it an ideal gateway for travellers looking for the best deals to travel to ...  >>MORE

Etihad to sponsor 4th Annual Al Ain Air Show 2007

Posted on 07/01/2007

Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the UAE, has confirmed that it will be the Platinum sponsor of this year's Al Ain Air Show, a highlight of the international aerobatics event calendar. The Al Ain Air Show 2007 will take place from 26 to 30 January and will be open to the general public. The annual show, which is held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, is expected to draw ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways will fly to Kuala Lumpur from Jan 16

Posted on 02/01/2007

As Etihad Airways prepares to launch its next destination to Kuala Lumpur, there has been significant interest from the air cargo industry for the new service to the Malaysian capital. From January 16, the Abu Dhabi-based airline will operate one of its three-zone Airbus A340-300 aircraft on the route, which offers the airline's cargo customers a capacity of up to 15 tonnes each way at a full passenger load. Currently, there are more than 35 Malaysian companies operating in the UAE, and ...  >>MORE

Emirates to place firm order for 100 jets next year

Posted on 27/12/2006

Emirates, which has hinted at buying up to 100 mid-sized aircraft, on Monday confirmed that it will place firm orders next year. It could be a toss-up between Boeing's B787 and the Airbus A350XWB that will have a capacity of up to 300 passengers. "Reaching a fleet of 300 aircraft may not be far ahead, especially with the considerable growth of the company," Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, is quoted as ...  >>MORE

Emirates demands damages for delays in A380 delivery

Posted on 26/12/2006

Emirates airline is the latest to seek compensation from Airbus on a 22-month delay of its A380 superjumbo aircraft, a top official confirmed. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group and airline, told the Arabic daily Al Bayan that his company's growth has been affected by the delays in delivery of aircraft by Airbus. "They have not only affected us with regard to opening new links and destinations, but in ...  >>MORE

UAE, France ink aviation MoU

Posted on 17/12/2006

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and Direction generale de l'aviation civile -DGAC- (France's civil aviation authority) signed on Friday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to amend certain provisions set in a previous agreements signed in September 9th, 1991 and to increase the number of passenger flights from each country to the other to 35. The MoU was signed by Director General of GCAA Mohammed Ghanim Al Ghaith and Director General of International Air Transport at DGAC Philip ...  >>MORE

New route will link Dubai with heart of Eurasia

Posted on 15/12/2006

Air Astana is spreading its wings by providing a convenient connection between Kazakhstan and Dubai. The growing airline operating from the heart of Eurasia recently increased its frequencies from three flights per week to a daily flight to cope with the increasing passenger demand. "We are operating at almost full capacity between Almaty and Dubai and are considering adding a couple more flights to this destination," Peter Foster, the airline's President, told Gulf News in Almaty. ...  >>MORE

Etihad scoops two major UAE Web awards

Posted on 13/12/2006

Etihad Airways, the UAE's National Airline, has won its first major industry awards for its innovative and interactive website, receiving significant praise for its integrated approach to e-commerce. The Abu Dhabi-based airline won two UAE Web Awards at a gala presentation in Dubai on Saturday night, which included the Golden Award in the 'Travel and Tourism' category and the 'Strategy Web' award. Etihad re-launched its website in late August 2006 at the same time as unveiling its ...  >>MORE

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More Emirates flights Down Under


Abu Dhabi carrier to operate at loss for three years


Abu Dhabi's position as major aircraft maintenance, repair hub boosted by GAMCO


Air Arabia IPO opens


Air Arabia's profit tipped to reach Dh226m in 2007


Air Arabia hopes to lure Dh2.56b from March 18 IPO


Dubai records higher 2006 cargo volume than Heathrow airport


Air Arabia starts flights to Karachi and Peshawar


Etihad to start services to Brussels and Toronto


Etihad Airways wins top airline hospitality award


Air Arabia adds two more destinations in Pakistan


Etihad opens new sales shop at ADNEC


Aviation sector to surpass global growth for 20 years


DCA begins major restructuring project in line with Dubai Strategic Plan 2015


RAK Airways gets operating certificate


Emirates' SriLankan Airlines deal runs into turbulence


Etihad passenger numbers more than double in 2006


Air Arabia to spend $2bn on new planes


Air Arabia turnover surges to Dh749.16 million


Region should cooperate to boost business air travel, says Lubna


Royal Jet signs simulator deal with Emirates-CAE


Region's aviation sector needs more cooperation


Six new private air charter firms to start operations this year


Etihad will fly non-stop to Sydney from March 26


UAE-British venture to make aircraft


Emirates first class voted best


Emirates to launch first ever non-stop flight from Middle East to S. America


Sharjah's Air Arabia plans to go public


Emirates plans to expand in Americas


Air Arabia announces services to Pakistan


Air Arabia receives Airbus accolade


Emirates to launch Newcastle service


Etihad Airways confirms flights to Australia


Air Arabia to fly to Istanbul


Etihad to sponsor 4th Annual Al Ain Air Show 2007


Etihad Airways will fly to Kuala Lumpur from Jan 16


Emirates to place firm order for 100 jets next year


Emirates demands damages for delays in A380 delivery


UAE, France ink aviation MoU


New route will link Dubai with heart of Eurasia


Etihad scoops two major UAE Web awards