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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Etihad Airways' non-stop route to Brussels and Toronto launched

Posted on 01/11/2005

A new era of Middle East - Trans-Atlantic air travel has begun with the launch of the new Etihad Airways route to Toronto, via Brussels. The inaugural Etihad flight EY 501 took off on schedule at 13.05, amidst great celebrations, from Abu Dhabi International airport. Dr Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of UAE's national airline, and Chairman of the Civil Aviation Department of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi was joined by Philippe Dartois, Belgian Ambassador to the UAE, and W. David ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to fly to Amman

Posted on 01/11/2005

Air Arabia LLC, the first and only low-fares airline in the Middle East and North Africa region, announced the start of operations to Amman from 11th November 2005. Air Arabia will now fly 3 times a week to Jordan. It now flies from Sharjah to twenty three destinations in the Middle East. Headquartered in Sharjah, Air Arabia LLC was established as a fully fledged commercial airline of the United Arab Emirates in 2003 by a decree issued H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme ...  >>MORE

Etihad Flights to Toronto start today

Posted on 31/10/2005

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has completed final preparations for the launch of its new route to Toronto, via Brussels, with EY 501 scheduled to take off from Abu Dhabi International Airport today, Monday 31 October at 13:05. Etihad flight 501 will be then be welcomed into Brussels International Airport with a celebratory dousing of the aircraft by the fire brigade and finally, a VIP reception at Pearson International Airport, Toronto with maple candies ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia carries 1.5m passengers in 2 years

Posted on 28/10/2005

Sharjah-based Air Arabia, the first budget carrier in the Middle East, has carried more than 1.5 million passengers with a fleet of five Airbus A320s in less than two years of operation. Air Arabia capitalised on the region's captive air transportation market by making it cheaper to fly than take a cross-border bus. Thousands of labourers, semi-skilled technical professionals, teachers and other low-paid professionals switched to the airline, spearheading the company's growth. The airline, ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches new routes and continues impressive growth

Posted on 28/10/2005

Strengthening its operations in West Africa, Emirates Airline will launch its services to Cote D'Ivoire starting February 1 next year, operating four times a week to Abidjan via Accra. Emirates Group chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said the services to Abidjan will "provide Ivorian traders and businessmen access to new markets in the Middle East, Europe and Far East via the airline's hub in Dubai." He added that the airline's Abidjan-Dubai services will also open up a 75-plus ...  >>MORE

Emirates put Dh91.95b into UAE in two decades

Posted on 26/10/2005

The Dubai government owned airline, Emirates has contributed Dh91.95 billion (USUS$25 billion) to the UAE economy in the past two decades since it started operations in 1985. Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of successful operations. "In the past 20 years, we have flown more than 80 million passengers to their destinations, carried over 4.6 million tonnes of cargo, and as a group, contributed some US$25 billion in both direct and indirect expenditure to the UAE economy," Emirates ...  >>MORE

Etihad's new route to push trade with Canada

Posted on 26/10/2005

The launch of Etihad Airways' new Toronto route is expected to boost UAE's trade with North America over the next 18 months, the national airline's executives said. Currently there are no direct flights between the UAE and Canada, and with bilateral trade between the two countries expected to double from the current figure of Dhs1.5 billion per annum, there is an urgent need for a quality international airline which demonstrates innovation and an understanding of what discerning international ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways launches new route to Brussels

Posted on 22/10/2005

Trade between the UAE and Europe is set for a period of rapid growth with the launch of the new Abu Dhabi to Brussels route by Etihad Airways - the national airline of the UAE. Currently bilateral trade between Belgium and the UAE is worth approximately Dh9 billion per annum, and with Brussels' unique proximity to the neighbouring countries of France, Germany and the Netherlands the economic benefits of the route will be felt across the whole continent. Belgium and the UAE enjoy a ...  >>MORE

Emirates enhances economy class

Posted on 19/10/2005

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, is introducing an enhanced, new-look Economy Class across its fleet starting 1st November. Travellers flying Emirates Economy Class will immediately notice the fresh look of the aircraft cabin with the ergonomically-designed seats sporting a new mauve and peach colour scheme. At meal times, customers will also see a change of presentation with their meals served on matching trays and elegant crockery specially designed to represent Dubai's ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia will fly to Amman next month

Posted on 19/10/2005

Air Arabia, the first and only low-fare airline in the Middle East and North Africa, will start operations to Amman on Nov-ember 11. A one-way ticket to Amman, exclusive of tax and surcharges, will cost Dh249, with a similar fare for return flights. Air Arabia will fly three times a week to Jordan. Flights will leave Sharjah at 9am and land in Amman at 10.30am. The return flight will depart Amman at 11.15am and land in Sharjah at 4.15pm. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia becomes first international airline to Nagpur

Posted on 18/10/2005

Air Arabia has become the first international airline to start flights to Nagpur, India. Air Arabia's Chairman and CEO led a delegation of senior officials, media, invitees and passengers on the inaugural flight yesterday. Flights to Nagpur are to operate 3 times a week — Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Sharjah at 22:30 to arrive in Nagpur at 03:20 the next day. Flights from Nagpur to Sharjah operate on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, departing at 04:05 to arrive in Sharjah at 06:20. ...  >>MORE

Emirates completes A340-500 fleet

Posted on 17/10/2005

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline equipped with one of the most modern fleets in the world, has received all ten of the Airbus A340-500s it has ordered. Emirates has invested close to US$2 billion (gross order value) in its A340-500 fleet. The financing was obtained from well diversified sources 29 per cent from European banks, 10 per cent from Islamic sources, 24 per cent from commercial banks in the GCC and 37 per cent from commercial banks outside the GCC a substantial portion ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation posts Dh54 million in net profit

Posted on 14/10/2005

Abu Dhabi Aviation Company has posted about Dh54 million in net profit throughout the past nine months as against Dh 42 million for the same period last year. Financial statements released on Wednesday by the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority, ESCA, show that the total sales of the company during the period reached to the tune of over Dh 207 million versus around Dh209 million last year. Operating expenses touched Dh192 million against Dh181 million for the period in 2004. ...  >>MORE

Etihad reaches milestone in cargo transport

Posted on 14/10/2005

Etihad Crystal Cargo, the cargo division of Etihad Airways, carried more than a million kilos of revenue cargo from the United Kingdom in September. The milestone reflects the steady cargo growth achieved since Etihad started serving London in April 2004. "To achieve the milestone of one million kilos of UK export cargo in a calendar month clearly demonstrates the developing strength of Etihad Crystal Cargo. It shows our ability to become a key player in the world's air cargo industry and in a ...  >>MORE

Emirates earns Dh5b from Australasia operations

Posted on 14/10/2005

Revenues generated from East Asia and Australasia operations exceeded Dh5 billion, or 28 per cent of Emirates' Dh18.11 billion earnings last year, according to company officials. Emirates last year experienced 36 per cent growth in revenue over the previous year's Dh13.28 billion as it carried 12.5 million passengers. Asia is a major growth area as the airline introduces flights to new destinations. This year, Emirates launched flights to Seoul and next February it will begin flying to ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo boosts its services

Posted on 12/10/2005

On the wings of soaring customer demand, Emirates SkyCargo has ramped up its freighter services to China, and strengthened its freighter fleet with larger capacity. Emirates SkyCargo is pumping up its payload capacity to Shanghai by 50 per cent, adding a fifth and sixth frequency to the city in order to cope with the demands made by the country's high-growth economy. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Emirates passengers can select seats and check in via internet

Posted on 11/10/2005

Emirates has introduced a new and convenient option for its customers to check in for their flights via the internet. Emirates passengers departing from Dubai, Kuwait, Australia and New Zealand can now secure their preferred seats online, and check in for their flights from the comfort of their homes, hotels or offices by logging on to http://www.emirates.com. The airline also plans to gradually introduce its online ...  >>MORE

Etihad Holidays' website provides perfect destination for UAE's 'digital age' travellers

Posted on 03/10/2005

Etihad Holidays, a division of Etihad Airways, is continuing to build on its reputation as the UAE's premier travel resource, with Emiratis of all ages logging onto its new website to discover the world of destinations available. Visitors to http://www.etihadholidays.com are able to access the wonders of the world at the touch of a button, with expert advice available on many exotic and desirable cities and resorts. ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins over Japanese travel trade at JATA

Posted on 03/10/2005

Emirates Airline showcased its expanded services and new initiatives at the JATA World Congress & Travel Fair 2005 held in Tokyo recently. At JATA the airline, which serves Osaka with a daily service, announced the relocation of its existing office in the city to larger, spanking-new premises and the opening of a brand-new offline office in Tokyo. Both offices have been fitted with Emirates' corporate interiors, systems and facilities to enhance customer service and reinforce the airline's ...  >>MORE

Dubai to invest US$36 billion in aviation

Posted on 02/10/2005

Dubai has announced plans to invest US$36 billion in aviation infrastructure and expansion, particularly the development of the Jebel Ali Airport. Expansion of Emirates and the Dubai International Airport are also included in the budget. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group told delegates at the Routes 2005 Forum in Copenhagen. Among this US$4.1 billion is being invested in Dubai International Airport and Dubai based carrier ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines signs Dh440m financing agreement

Posted on 27/09/2005

Emirates Airlines has signed a leasing agreement with two UAE banks, National Bank of Dubai (NBD) and Emirates Bank Group (EBG), for a new Airbus A340-500 aircraft. The 440 million Dirhams (119.5 million US Dollars) financing is for the last of the 10 Airbus A340-500s Emirates has on firm order. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Etihad launches seven-flights a week to Mumbai

Posted on 26/09/2005

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will launch its service to Indian and Pakistani cities of Delhi and Karachi respectively by the end of the year, announced chairman of its board of directors Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan yesterday. Sheikh Ahmed was speaking at a ceremony here last night launching the new Abu Dhabi-Mumbai route, which operates seven flights a week as from yesterday. The new route is the airline's eleventh destination in 10 months. ...  >>MORE

Emirates voted Best Middle Eastern Airline by readers of Business Traveller UK

Posted on 25/09/2005

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has been recognised as Best Middle Eastern Airline at the prestigious Business Traveller Awards 2005 at London's Hilton Park Lane Hotel. The award was presented by HRH The Princess Royal at a luncheon attended by senior figures from the world's leading travel companies, and is based on results from the magazine's 2005 survey of its readers. Business Traveller UK is published monthly, and is read by business travellers, business travel ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia will fly twice a week to Aqaba

Posted on 20/09/2005

Air Arabia, the Middle East's first low-cost airline, announced that it will start flights to Aqaba, Jordan from October 19. Air Arabia will fly twice a week to Aqaba from Sharjah International Airport every Wednesday and Sunday, scheduled to depart at 3pm and arrive in Aqaba at 5:25pm local time. Flights from Aqaba will depart at 6:10pm and arrive in Sharjah 11:25pm.Customers will be able to use direct bus services from Aqaba Airport to Amman and other main cities en route. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline takes delivery of fifth Boeing 777-300ER

Posted on 18/09/2005

One of the world's fastest growing airlines - Emirates - saw its fleet touch the eighty-mark with the arrival of a new Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range). The aircraft is Emirates' fifth Boeing 777-300ER from a total of 30 that the airline has on firm order. The remaining 25 Boeing 777-300ER will be added to the airline's rapidly-expanding fleet by end 2007, according to a press release. Ideal for long-haul routes, the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft - sporting a 12 metres long Emirates logo on its ...  >>MORE

No change in business strategy following withdrawal of Abu Dhabi : Gulf Air

Posted on 14/09/2005

Manama - There will be no change to Gulf Air's core approach to business or to its ongoing business strategy as a result of the withdrawal of Abu Dhabi as a shareholder in the airline, said Gulf Air President and Chief Executive James Hogan yesterday. Abu Dhabi announced yesterday that it will withdraw its shareholding in the airline over the next six months. Hogan said: "For the wide Gulf Air family - our customers, our staff and our suppliers - the key issue is how we are run, and that ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi pulls out from Gulf Air

Posted on 13/09/2005

An official source in the Abu Dhabi Government said late last night that Abu Dhabi has decided to withdraw from Gulf Air Company. The source added that the decision was made out of Abu Dhabi's desire to concentrate efforts on Etihad Airways, the UAE national carrier. 'The Abu Dhabi Government will continue its fraternal efforts towards previous partners in the Gulf Air Company to finalise the withdrawal procedure' the source stated. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE and Singapore companies to invest Dh73m in SpiceJet

Posted on 12/09/2005

Istithmar, the UAE private equity firm and MacRitchie Investments, Singapore, have agreed to invest a Dh73 million (US$20 million) in SpiceJet. This investment will be made according to the pricing formula laid down by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). Istithmar and MacRitchie Investments, a unit of Temasek, have expressed an interest in subscribing to the ongoing Foreign Currency Convertible Bond (FCCB) issue of SpiceJet. SpiceJet, a low-cost airline, was launched earlier ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to launch flights to Nagpur, India

Posted on 12/09/2005

Air Arabia LLC, is to be the first international airline to operate between Sharjah and Nagpur in Maharashtra, India. The Indian Government has confirmed that Air Arabia has been granted rights to fly to Nagpur from Sharjah. Once the operations take-off, Air Arabia will be the first scheduled international airline to operate to Nagpur. The operations will benefit customers as well as trade and commerce from the nearby cities like Indore, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Jabalpur and other cities around ...  >>MORE

Emirates raises fuel surcharge33% next week

Posted on 06/09/2005

Following motorists, airline passengers will be the latest victims of soaring oil prices as Emirates, the Dubai-based global carrier, has decided to hike its fuel surcharge by a third, up from Dh240 to Dh320 on return tickets, effective from September 14. An Emirates statement obtained by Gulf News yesterday, said, "Emirates will start applying additional fuel surcharges on tickets issued in Dubai, effective September 14, 2005, as follows: all destinations: Dh160 for one-way and Dh320 for ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet leads in flight safety

Posted on 06/09/2005

Royal Jet, the luxury aircraft charter service based in Abu Dhabi, leads the way in flight safety and security by implementing the most advanced programme — Aerobytes Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) Software — also known as Flight Operation Quality Assurance (FOQA). 'We were and still are the first air carrier to utilise this system regionally, which makes Royal Jet market leaders in flight safety and security,' said Ammar Balkar, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Royal Jet. Using this ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo unveils new website

Posted on 05/09/2005

Emirates SkyCargo has launched a new website that integrates SkyChain, sports a fresh look bustling with exciting features, and has a shorter web address. Users can access the new website from the homepage. Registered customers can directly and conveniently use SkyChain, Emirates SkyCargo's one-stop web shop to check flight schedules and cargo capacity, use Quick Track to electronically follow a shipment's journey, print barcode labels and communicate with all the stakeholders on a shipment's ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to Fly to South Africa from December 2005

Posted on 30/08/2005

In line with its plan to link Abu Dhabi to the world's most important commercial and cultural centres, Etihad Airways - the national airline of the United Arab Emirates - has today announced that it will join other regional carriers in servicing passenger and cargo business to Johannesburg from 3 December 2005. The news comes just weeks before the Abu Dhabi-based aviation group is set to take delivery of new, long-range, wide body aircraft. South Africa's exports to the UAE have increased ...  >>MORE

Etihad continues to absorb impact of rising fuel prices

Posted on 30/08/2005

Etihad Airways, which has successfully managed the impact of skyrocketing fuel prices so far, said it would continue to practice in future as well. "The young airline enjoys some space to manoeuvre being an efficient air carrier which has less overheads, comparing with other airlines," said an official. Ian Ferguson Brown, Marketing Manager, Etihad Airways while responding to a questioner, at the briefing to announce the Johannesburg route launch, yesterday said that reasons for the low ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia unveils new look website

Posted on 27/08/2005

Air Arabia has unveiled a new look for airarabia.com today, according to Duncan Osborne, the airline's Head of Marketing. Osborne said: "We are very excited and pleased with the first stage of the development of our new website. Our aim is to be one of the world's leading budget airlines and our website is key to achieving this goal." He added that customers will see the refreshing and dynamic development of the website over the next few weeks. Some of the new features that the website now ...  >>MORE

Emirates' online bookings soar

Posted on 21/08/2005

Emirates' online bookings have soared in the first four months of its current financial year on the wings of special offers and fares, strong demand for its services and a user-friendly website. In April passengers travelling with online bookings increased by 195 per cent, in May by 230 per cent, in June by 225 per cent and in July by 154 per cent compared to the same months last year. Reflecting the global reach of the airline, the top ten countries for online bookings during this period ...  >>MORE

New Etihad terminal to open next year

Posted on 20/08/2005

The new Etihad Interim Passenger Terminal, part of the Dh21 billion expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport, will be ready by the third quarter of next year, official sources said. "We have initiated the pre-qualification of companies for developing the detailed design, procurement and building of the new Etihad Interim Passenger Terminal that will be undertaken on a fast track basis," an official of the Supervision Committee for the Expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport (Scadia) ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia's July bookings up 57%

Posted on 03/08/2005

Air Arabia, the Middle East region's first and only low-fares airline, announced Tuesday record July bookings in line with their rapid expansion. Air Arabia flies from Sharjah to eighteen different destinations: fourteen flights weekly to Alexandria, nine flights a week to Beirut, daily to Bahrain, Colombo, Damascus, Doha, Mumbai and Muscat, six days a week to Kuwait and Dammam, four times a week to Jeddah and Riyadh, three days a week to Khartoum and Aleppo, and two days a week to Assiut, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Aviation College academic studies get MoE accreditation

Posted on 03/08/2005

The Emirates Aviation College – Aerospace & Academic Studies – has received accreditation from the Ministry of Education, MoE, for its Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BSc.AE). The four year academic programme comprises classroom lectures, laboratory assignments and on-the-job training. The accreditation is the first of four degree courses to be accredited by the Ministry of Education, which also include degree courses in Air Transport Management, Tourism Management and Computer & ...  >>MORE

Etihad opens new premium lounge at Abu Dhabi Int. Airport

Posted on 30/07/2005

Etihad guests will now have the added benefit of a new lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This exclusive lounge will cater to Etihad's increasing number of Diamond and Pearl guests travelling through the airport. The facilities have been designed to enhance services, which will add comfort and satisfaction to guests' entire travel experience. Situated on the airport's first floor, the lounge can accommodate 60 guests and features a separate ladies' section. Etihad guests will ...  >>MORE

Ahmed bin Saeed inaugurates new Emirates travel hub

Posted on 30/07/2005

Emirates' Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum officially inaugurated and inspected the airline's new, spacious and smartly-appointed travel hub at the Emirates Group Headquarters in Deira. The new Emirates Travel Hub, which started operating in mid-April this year, is open six days a week, Saturdays to Thursdays, from 09:00 hours to 18:00 hours. Its 17 manned counters, seven more than in the ticketing office that existed before, are designed to effectively service popular demand for the ...  >>MORE

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Etihad Airways' non-stop route to Brussels and Toronto launched


Air Arabia to fly to Amman


Etihad Flights to Toronto start today


Air Arabia carries 1.5m passengers in 2 years


Emirates launches new routes and continues impressive growth


Emirates put Dh91.95b into UAE in two decades


Etihad's new route to push trade with Canada


Etihad Airways launches new route to Brussels


Emirates enhances economy class


Air Arabia will fly to Amman next month


Air Arabia becomes first international airline to Nagpur


Emirates completes A340-500 fleet


Abu Dhabi Aviation posts Dh54 million in net profit


Etihad reaches milestone in cargo transport


Emirates earns Dh5b from Australasia operations


Emirates SkyCargo boosts its services


Emirates passengers can select seats and check in via internet


Etihad Holidays' website provides perfect destination for UAE's 'digital age' travellers


Emirates wins over Japanese travel trade at JATA


Dubai to invest US$36 billion in aviation


Emirates Airlines signs Dh440m financing agreement


Etihad launches seven-flights a week to Mumbai


Emirates voted Best Middle Eastern Airline by readers of Business Traveller UK


Air Arabia will fly twice a week to Aqaba


Emirates Airline takes delivery of fifth Boeing 777-300ER


No change in business strategy following withdrawal of Abu Dhabi : Gulf Air


Abu Dhabi pulls out from Gulf Air


UAE and Singapore companies to invest Dh73m in SpiceJet


Air Arabia to launch flights to Nagpur, India


Emirates raises fuel surcharge33% next week


Royal Jet leads in flight safety


Emirates SkyCargo unveils new website


Etihad Airways to Fly to South Africa from December 2005


Etihad continues to absorb impact of rising fuel prices


Air Arabia unveils new look website


Emirates' online bookings soar


New Etihad terminal to open next year


Air Arabia's July bookings up 57%


Emirates Aviation College academic studies get MoE accreditation


Etihad opens new premium lounge at Abu Dhabi Int. Airport


Ahmed bin Saeed inaugurates new Emirates travel hub