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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Emirates airline will double daily service to Paris from Sunday

Posted on 25/03/2006

Emirates is increasing its frequency to Paris to a double daily service from Sunday, increasing both seat and cargo capacity on the route. The airline currently operates 12 flights a week to Paris and will raise the service to double daily. These additional frequencies will be operated by one of Emirates 237-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured in three classes with 12 seats in First, 42 in Business and 183 in Economy. The new flight will also increase cargo capacity to Paris, giving ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia crosses two million passenger milestone

Posted on 22/03/2006

Air Arabia LLC, the first and only low-fares airline in the Middle East and North Africa, announced yesterday that it has just crossed the 2 million passenger milestone since it started operations in October 2003. Air Arabia's Head of Marketing, Duncan Osborne met Mohammed Abu Zeid, an Egyptian national, travelling to Alexandria with his wife and baby at the check in counter yesterday and presented them with a holiday for two to any Air Arabia destination. Current Air Arabia destinations ...  >>MORE

Dubai Civil Aviation gets international recognition

Posted on 21/03/2006

The Engineering Services Department at Dubai Civil Aviation, has received certificate of accreditation for the integrated management system in Environment, Health & Safety Management for its activities at Dubai International Airport. EMS 14001 & OSHAS 18001 was presented to the Department by the M/s Moody International Group, a UK based multi-accredited certification body. By this DCA Engineering Department becomes the first Department in the Middle East to be certified in Airport Facility ...  >>MORE

Emirates will raise capacity to India this year

Posted on 19/03/2006

Emirates airline will increase its flights to India from 43 to 71 as part of this year's expansion plan, an official said yesterday. The carrier has already embarked its biggest expansion plan since its establishment, said the official, requesting anonymity. Emirates has announced that it will start services to eight new destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe this year. It will begin its services to Bangalore its fifth destination in south India on October 29 when it will launch eight ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia receives new Airbus A320

Posted on 19/03/2006

Air Arabia, the first and only low-fare airline in the Middle East and North Africa, yesterday received its first new Airbus A320 for 2006. The addition of this aircraft takes the fleet to five aircraft, with an additional three on order to raise the fleet to eight this year. The new A320 aircraft, state-of-the-art and tops in its class, arrived at Sharjah International Airport yesterday morning from Toulouse, France, under the command of Air Arabia's Director of Operations, Captain Mohammad ...  >>MORE

Etihad celebrates launch of three routes to Pakistan

Posted on 15/03/2006

Etihad Airways, the UAE's national airline, has celebrated the launch of its three new routes to Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar, by hosting more than 100 dignitaries, business leaders and trade journalists from Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan now has the largest number of Etihad destinations with 18 flights a week to four destinations, including the daily Karachi service which opened in November 2004, which caters for many of the five million Pakistani community living in the Gulf. The ...  >>MORE

Emiri Decree names new Etihad Airways board

Posted on 15/03/2006

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, issued an Emiri Decree reconstituting the Board of Directors of Etihad Airways. The Emiri Decree number 9 for 2006, named Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan as chairman of the Board, and Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Dr. Jawa'an Salem Al Dhaheri, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Hamad Abdullah Al Shamsi, Khalifa Sultan Al Suwaidi, and Mohammed Harib Al Yusuf, as members. According to the Decree, which goes ...  >>MORE

Emirates takes delivery of 90th aircraft

Posted on 15/03/2006

Emirates Airline yesterday took delivery of its 90th aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER. The fleet of one of the world's fastest growing international airlines is now just 10 aircraft short of 100 and scheduled to enter into triple digits for the very first time by end of this year. Fitted to Emirates' specifications, the brand new aircraft will add to the airline's 11 existing Boeing 777-300ERs. Emirates' fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs will escalate to 54 aircraft by 2014, making it the single ...  >>MORE

Passenger health checker could save lives mid-air

Posted on 15/03/2006

The potentially life-saving health check on Emirates' long haul flights is able to instantly record a passenger's blood pressure and carbon dioxide levels should they fall ill mid-air. Tempus, from UK-based Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT), will enable cabin crew to obtain clinically-accurate vital signs data from a sick passenger. As well as blood pressure and carbon dioxide levels, Tempus records pulse rate, temperature, electrocardiogram (ECG) and blood oxygen. The data is then sent ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to fly thrice weekly to Amman

Posted on 13/03/2006

Air Arabia LLC, the Sharjah based low fare airline, announced three weekly flights to Amman from 19th March, offering customers better timing as well as more convenient days of operation. Flights will operate every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, according to a statement from the airline. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways expands London Fleet with New Boeing 777-300ER and Branded Taxis

Posted on 12/03/2006

Etihad Airways' second purpose-built Boeing 777-300ER has commenced its first commercial flight to London's Gatwick airport. The new Boeing 777-300ER is the third aircraft to be delivered as part of an US$8.9 billion order placed by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with Airbus and Boeing in 2004. The new aircraft will increase Etihad's profile in the UK, and joins the airline's 66 strong fleet of London taxis, all branded with a specially commissioned Etihad ...  >>MORE

Emirates gears up for launch of operations to Addis Ababa

Posted on 12/03/2006

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing international airlines, is gearing up for the launch of its thrice-a-week service to Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. The Dubai-based airline, which will start operations to Addis Ababa effective 27th March, has already recruited Ethiopian nationals to manage its Passenger, Airport and Cargo operations. Currently, the Emirates team in Addis Ababa comprise of 14 Ethiopians, which will be upped to 30 plus nationals in due course. ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways announces more new routes at annual ITB travel event in Berlin

Posted on 11/03/2006

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is participating in the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) Berlin, one of the world's largest travel and tourism exhibitions, being held in the German capital between 8 - 12 March 2006. In addition to using the prestigious event to showcase the innovative ways it is changing air travel, Etihad will also use ITB to announce three new international destinations to Paris, Dhaka and Casablanca. Etihad will launch six flights a week to ...  >>MORE

Etihad Crystal Cargo goes for Ultimate Information Transparency

Posted on 08/03/2006

Etihad Crystal Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is announcing its plan to join the Cargo 2000 Quality initiative. Cargo 2000 is an IATA Interest Group that brings together more than 50 major airlines, freight forwarders, ground handling agents, trucking companies and IT providers. The goal of the initiative is the implementation of a new quality management system for the worldwide air cargo industry to improve the efficiency of ...  >>MORE

Emirates will fly twice daily to Hamburg

Posted on 06/03/2006

Hamburg: Emirates, which launched its services to the northern German city of Hamburg less than a week ago on March 1, said, it will double its current daily frequency to double-daily flights soon, due to high passenger demand. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, who yesterday led an Emirates delegation to Hamburg to celebrate the new flights to Germany's maritime gateway city, said, "Emirates is extremely ...  >>MORE

Aviation co-operation talks between Netherlands and Dubai

Posted on 05/03/2006

Jamal Al Hai, Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai Civil Aviation, discussed today with Bart E. F.M Twaalfhoven Consul General of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Dubai avenues of developing bi-lateral relations and co-operation in the aviation industry. Twaalfhooven was briefed about the Dubai Airport expansion project and the future of aviation industry in Dubai. Twaalfhoven expressed admiration of the advancement Dubai had achieved in this field, and indicated to the expected meeting ...  >>MORE

Emirates offers free hotel stay and car rental on new flight

Posted on 25/02/2006

Emirates is to offer complementary accommodation and car rental on the launch of its daily services to Hamburg which start next Friday. The offer, valid from March 1 to May 31 provide travellers flying Emirates First Class to Hamburg with three nights ' complementary stay at the Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten plus a free day's rental of a BMW 7 Series. Business Class travellers can enjoy two nights' stay at the Raffles Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten or five days car rental; while Economy Class ...  >>MORE

Emirates introduces second daily flight to Düsseldorf

Posted on 22/02/2006

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, is introducing a second daily non-stop service from Dubai to Düsseldorf on May 1st, increasing both seat and cargo capacity on the route. On the second daily flight the airline will use a 237-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured in three classes with 12 seats in First, 42 in Business and 183 in Economy. The new flight will also increase cargo capacity to Düsseldorf, giving customers of Emirates Skycargo greater flexibility in their ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to fly to Muscat

Posted on 20/02/2006

Etihad Airways - the national airline of the United Arab Emirates - has announced today that it will launch its service between Abu Dhabi and Muscat on 26 March 2006. One of the Gulf Region's most traditional and established countries, with a history stretching back thousands of years, Muscat offers a rich cultural heritage - coupled with being Oman's main commercial destination. According to the GCC Secretariat General Information Centre, the UAE is by far the largest trading partner with ...  >>MORE

Emirates and Oman Air ink code share agreement

Posted on 19/02/2006

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines and Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, have entered into a code share agreement, giving travellers better connectivity and an extended range of services between Dubai and Muscat. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, and Ziad Al Haremi, Chief Executive Officer Oman Air finalized the agreement at a signing ceremony held in Dubai yesterday. The code share ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia posts record profit in 2005

Posted on 19/02/2006

Air Arabia has said that the result of its 2005 fiscal year was very encouraging as the airline has succeeded in achieving a record net profit of Dh32 million, representing a growth of 53% compared to that of 2004, which showed a balance in revenue and expenditure during the first year of the airline's operation. The result also showed that the number of travellers who used the airline to their various destinations had surged to 1,132,912, representing a growth of 122% compared to that of ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to launch new Manchester route in March

Posted on 17/02/2006

Etihad Airways - the national airline of the United Arab Emirates- has announced that it will launch its daily service between Abu Dhabi and Manchester on 26 March 2006. Manchester, the regional capital of the north-west of England and the UK's largest economic region outside London, will be Etihad Airways' third UK destination after Etihad's current services to London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports. "Demand for air travel between the north of England and the UAE is growing every year, and ...  >>MORE

Emirates opens two premium lounges in Australia

Posted on 15/02/2006

Emirates' luxurious First and Business Class Lounges at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport and at Perth Airport were officially opened by top dignitaries in Australia. The new Emirates Lounge in Sydney was inaugurated by Deputy Premier John Watkins MP, while the one in Perth was opened by Western Australia Tourism Minister Sheila McHale MLA. Richard Vaughan, Emirates' Senior Vice President Commercial Operations East Asia and Australasia, represented the airline at both the ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways opens new Philippines route

Posted on 14/02/2006

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has today launched its inaugural flight to the Philippines' capital Manila, continuing its tremendous growth into 2006. Senior Filipino dignitaries and Etihad Airways executives attended a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at Abu Dhabi International Airport to celebrate the launch of the new Manila route. The new destination follows Etihad Airways' ambitious plans to link Abu Dhabi to the world's most important commercial and ...  >>MORE

RAK Air established by Emiri Decree

Posted on 14/02/2006

H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) yesterday issued an Emiri decree establishing RAK Airlines as a national carrier with a capital of Dh.850 million. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, President of RAK Civil Aviation Department, said the new airliner would cater to the mounting demand for tourism and travel services in the UAE in general and RAK in particular. "We want to put RAK on the international map", he said in a press ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways' guests offered executive coach travel to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Posted on 13/02/2006

Guests of Etihad Airways' Coral Zone can now enjoy the superior hospitality of the UAE's national airline before and after flying, with the unveiling of the new fleet of luxuriously appointed Mercedes-Benz coaches. Etihad has just taken delivery of 16 brand new top-of-the-range coaches, which will offer convenient connections for any Dubai or Al Ain-based guests travelling to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport. 'We are certain Etihad guests will be impressed with the high-tech ...  >>MORE

Etihad adopts Boeing cutting-edge technology

Posted on 11/02/2006

Boeing and Etihad Airways have announced the introduction of a cutting-edge aircraft maintenance system to monitor the in-flight health of five new 777-300ERs being delivered in the first half of this year. Airplane Health Management (AHM) is an innovative condition-monitoring service developed by Boeing. AHM provides timely maintenance information to airlines that can be used to address potential problems before they force planes out of service. The true significance of the Etihad purchase, ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo signs deals to expand in Africa and Russia

Posted on 11/02/2006

Emirates SkyCargo has signed two major agreements, enabling the airline's cargo division to spread its wings to offline points in its two key markets Africa and Russia. An agreement signed with Astral Aviation, a cargo operator based in Nairobi, provides Emirates SkyCargo with significant reach within Africa. The deal will enable the cargo carrier to transport odd-sized machinery and shipments, for example drilling and mining equipment, from Australia to Mwanza. Emirates SkyCargo presently ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch 2nd daily service to Perth

Posted on 07/02/2006

Emirates is to launch its second daily service between Dubai and Perth, with four weekly flights from March 2, which will be escalated to a daily service in September. Emirates launched non-stop services to Perth in August 2002 with four weekly flights, commencing dailies in May 2003. The airline's Dubai-Perth flight was the first ever non-stop connection between the Middle East and Australia. The Dubai-based airliner is currently operating 42 passenger flights between Dubai and Australia- ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air has record footfall in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/02/2006

Gulf Air carried more than 2.7 million passengers through Abu Dhabi airport in 2005, accounting for almost half of the 5.5 million passengers using the airport, according to statistics released by the airline yesterday. Abu Dhabi recently announced it was withdrawing from the consortium of Gulf Air shareholders from March, leaving Bahrain and Oman as owners of the airline. Gulf Air President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said: "Abu Dhabi has been a key focus for our development ...  >>MORE

Etihad unveils first purposed built Beoing 777-300ER

Posted on 03/02/2006

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has unveiled its first purpose built aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER (extended range), the first of 24 new aircraft for the Abu Dhabi-based carrier. The new Boeing 777-300ER maintains Etihad's ambitious plans to offer Guests high levels of style and hospitality, by providing innovative seating, high speed wireless internet access, and the finest cuisine in both Coral and Pearl Zones. Senior dignitaries, members of the local and ...  >>MORE

Middle East tops global aviation sector growth chart

Posted on 03/02/2006

The Middle East topped the global aviation industry's growth chart with a 13.1 per cent increase in passenger traffic last year over the previous year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its latest report. This is still lower than Dubai's air traffic growth of 14 per cent recorded last year., when 24.7 million people passed through Dubai compared to 21.7 million in 2004, reflecting Dubai's leading position in the region. Cargo movement at Dubai airport registered ...  >>MORE

Etihad may increase its Pakistan destinations

Posted on 03/02/2006

Middle East tops global aviation sector growth chart The Middle East topped the global aviation industry's growth chart with a 13.1 per cent increase in passenger traffic last year over the previous year, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in its latest report. This is still lower than Dubai's air traffic growth of 14 per cent recorded last year., when 24.7 million people passed through Dubai compared to 21.7 million in 2004, reflecting Dubai's leading position in the ...  >>MORE

Emirates spreads wings to Cote D'Ivoire

Posted on 03/02/2006

Strengthening its operations in West Africa, Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has launched services to Abidjan, capital of Cote d'Ivoire, the airline's 79th destination on its global network and its third gateway in the West African region after Lagos and Accra. Emirates flies four times a week from Dubai to Abidjan via Accra, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Abidjan enhances the airline's African network to 13 destinations in 12 countries. Emirates operates an ...  >>MORE

Department of Civil Aviation to promote Dubai airport across globe

Posted on 31/01/2006

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), in its endeavour to promote Dubai International Airport overseas as a leading international airport, is planning to participate in more than 20 major exhibitions and road shows worldwide in 2006. Dubai's tourism strategy has been a joint effort involving both the government and private sector, who together are investing billions of dollars in continually developing infrastructure and leisure facilities that rank among the best in the world. The Dubai ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo's services to South India soar

Posted on 31/01/2006

With a large population of expatriate Keralites based in the Gulf, freight forwarders and shippers in the region are keen to see the start of Emirates SkyCargo's services to Thiruvananthapuram, the cargo division's second destination in Kerala. On 1st February, Emirates SkyCargo will launch services to Thiruvananthapuram with eight weekly flights using a combination of Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft. The cargo division of Emirates will also escalate services to Cochin, with two ...  >>MORE

Emirates strengthens presence in East Africa

Posted on 30/01/2006

Emirates Airlines yesterday re-affirmed its commitment to East Africa with the announcement of a launch of services to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Effective 27th March, Emirates will start flying to Addis Ababa with three flights a week, to be enhanced to daily operations starting from 1st December, 2006. Emirates currently serves East Africa with double-daily flights to Nairobi and daily flights to Entebbe and Dar-es-Salaam. With the addition of Addis Ababa, Emirates' East Africa ...  >>MORE

Emirates refurbishes B777-200s

Posted on 29/01/2006

Emirates airline has refurbished seven aircraft of its Boeing 777-200 fleet with two more to be remodelled by January 2007, a company press release said on Sunday. The Emirates Engineering Centre is retrofitting the aircraft in-house with its state-of-the-art facilities as well as innovative new systems. The First Class cabins of the aircraft now boast 12 roomy, lie flat seats that convert to a bed at the touch of a button. A 2-2-2 seat configuration with wider aisles, electrically-operated ...  >>MORE

Etihad plans to fly to nine new destinations this year

Posted on 28/01/2006

Etihad Airways, the UAE's national carrier, will launch flights to the northern Pakistan cities of Lahore, Islamabad and Peshwar as well as Manila next month while flights to the Bangladesh capital Dhaka will follow later this year, a senior official said. As part of its ambitious growth plan, the two-year-old carrier will also start flights to New York, Manchester, Jeddah and Jakarta before the end of this year. "We are going to receive our first Boeing 777 on January 30, which will be ...  >>MORE

Emirates' online check-in service now in 55 cities

Posted on 27/01/2006

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has expanded its internet check-in facility to seven major cities in Africa, making the convenient facility available to customers in 55 cities served by the airline across Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Australasia. Passengers travelling from Accra, Alexandria, Cairo, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi can now select and secure their preferred seats, and check-in for their Emirates flight from the convenience of their ...  >>MORE

Emirates introduces itself to Hamburg

Posted on 24/01/2006

In advance of the launch of its services to the German city of Hamburg on March 1, Emirates introduced itself to the city with a series of media and travel trade briefings on Friday. Emirates already has excellent representation in Germany with double daily flights to Munich and Frankfurt, and a daily service to Düsseldorf. Germany is one of Emirates' largest and most important markets and the introduction of services to Hamburg, the Dubai-based carrier's fourth gateway to Germany, will ...  >>MORE

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Emirates airline will double daily service to Paris from Sunday


Air Arabia crosses two million passenger milestone


Dubai Civil Aviation gets international recognition


Emirates will raise capacity to India this year


Air Arabia receives new Airbus A320


Etihad celebrates launch of three routes to Pakistan


Emiri Decree names new Etihad Airways board


Emirates takes delivery of 90th aircraft


Passenger health checker could save lives mid-air


Air Arabia to fly thrice weekly to Amman


Etihad Airways expands London Fleet with New Boeing 777-300ER and Branded Taxis


Emirates gears up for launch of operations to Addis Ababa


Etihad Airways announces more new routes at annual ITB travel event in Berlin


Etihad Crystal Cargo goes for Ultimate Information Transparency


Emirates will fly twice daily to Hamburg


Aviation co-operation talks between Netherlands and Dubai


Emirates offers free hotel stay and car rental on new flight


Emirates introduces second daily flight to Düsseldorf


Etihad Airways to fly to Muscat


Emirates and Oman Air ink code share agreement


Air Arabia posts record profit in 2005


Etihad Airways to launch new Manchester route in March


Emirates opens two premium lounges in Australia


Etihad Airways opens new Philippines route


RAK Air established by Emiri Decree


Etihad Airways' guests offered executive coach travel to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport


Etihad adopts Boeing cutting-edge technology


Emirates SkyCargo signs deals to expand in Africa and Russia


Emirates to launch 2nd daily service to Perth


Gulf Air has record footfall in Abu Dhabi


Etihad unveils first purposed built Beoing 777-300ER


Middle East tops global aviation sector growth chart


Etihad may increase its Pakistan destinations


Emirates spreads wings to Cote D'Ivoire


Department of Civil Aviation to promote Dubai airport across globe


Emirates SkyCargo's services to South India soar


Emirates strengthens presence in East Africa


Emirates refurbishes B777-200s


Etihad plans to fly to nine new destinations this year


Emirates' online check-in service now in 55 cities


Emirates introduces itself to Hamburg