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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Etihad to link Brussels and Abu Dhabi shortly

Posted on 27/07/2005

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways and Belgian airline SN Brussels Airways announced yesterday plans to link Abu Dhabi and Brussels. Etihad will operate three direct weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Brussels from October, they said in a joint statement. With the opening of its new route to Brussels, Etihad will enter its first global code sharing agreement with SN Brussels Airways. Both airlines said the new route would enhance the link between the UAE and Europe, and provide more ...  >>MORE

Emirates taps Chinese bank to lease new Airbus

Posted on 26/07/2005

Emirates, the Dubai government owned airline has signed its first ever leasing agreement with a Chinese bank, china Construction Bank Corporation for a new Airbus A3450-500. The US$119-million financing agreement is for Emirates' ninth A340-500 from a total order of 10, which will be delivered to the airline in August this year. More than three-quarters of Emirates' aircraft financing is funded by international banks or operating lessors, and this first-ever leasing agreement with a China-based ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport witnesses heavy traffic in first half

Posted on 26/07/2005

Sharjah International Airport has already handled its millionth passenger this year. The airport experienced a busy first half, with cargo operations climbing 40 per cent, aircraft movements rising 18 per cent, and passenger volume 22 growing per cent compared to the first six months of 2004, according to data issued yesterday. "Sharjah, the gateway to Arabia and a growing hot-spot in the tourism industry, is also the perfect economic transit point on your way to the East or West," said Dr ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches new e-newsletter for customers

Posted on 24/07/2005

Emirates Airline has launched an electronic newsletter to keep customers informed by e-mail of its latest offers, promotions and news. Customers can register online by clicking on the tab "Register for Offers" on http://www.emirates.com and receive the e-newsletter every three months. The e-newsletter features Emirates' latest special offers on fares, plus combined travel and accommodation deals across the airline's network ...  >>MORE

More crew to service Air Arabia's growing customer base

Posted on 21/07/2005

Air Arabia, the Middle East region's first and only low-fares airline is expanding rapidly in the face of growing demand from its customer base. To better service their customers, the airline is continuing ongoing recruitment across key areas of the business and the addition of the ninth group of cabin crew takes the total number of crew to 92. Air Arabia received its certification last year to conduct their own training for aircraft familiarisation, first aid, general procedures, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Skycargo launches services to Islamabad

Posted on 20/07/2005

Emirates SkyCargo launched scheduled freighter services to Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan, earlier yesterday. The service will be operated with its recently-inducted Airbus A310-300F freighter every Tuesday, departing Dubai at 10:00 hours to reach Islamabad at 14:00 hours local time, returning at 15:30 hours to reach the hub by 17:50 hours. Boosting existing capacity, the new service will help Islamabad export larger volumes of surgical equipment and leather goods as well as ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways adds Toronto to its destinations

Posted on 19/07/2005

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced Monday that it will commence operations to Toronto via Brussels with three direct weekly flights starting from October this year. "We are looking forward to our first trans-Atlantic flight to North America after only two years of operations. Our flight to Canada will be a launch pad for our services to the USA in Summer 2006," Ian Ferguson Brown, Etihad's Head of Communications, said at a press conference which was ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch second daily non-stop service to New York on November 7

Posted on 19/07/2005

Emirates, a world leader in airline luxury since its founding in 1985, will add a second daily non-stop A340-500 flight from Dubai to North America on November 7, due to the unprecedented success of the initial non-stop service between the two cities introduced in June of 2004. Operating from Dubai International Airport to the ultra-modern Terminal 4 at JFK, the new daily service, EK203, will depart Dubai at 1:30am every morning and land in New York at 7:10am the same day. The return ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation nets Dh0.58 million profit in H1 of 2005

Posted on 16/07/2005

Abu Dhabi Aviation has announced a rise in its first half of the year profit, netting AED40.58 million, which represents an increase of 38.63 per cent against the profit it recorded during the same period last year. A statement issued by the company said annual share dividend recorded during the same period stood at Dh0.36, up from the Dh0.26 recorded in 2004. The company's total revenue during the same period reached Dh168.038 million against the Dh144.795 million recorded during the same ...  >>MORE

UAE aviation sector is set for robust growth

Posted on 16/07/2005

The UAE is making steady progress to establish itself as one of the world's busiest aviation centre. The aviation industry is poised to make phenomenal growth in terms of the number of fleet and passengers. 'Operating planes of national air carriers are set to rise from 84 in 2005 to 210 planes by 2010, up by 150 per cent, according to a forecast by the Emirates Industrial Bank (EIB). The EIB said in its July Journal that passengers traffic is also projected to see robust growth, jumping ...  >>MORE

Etihad's cargo arm grabs 27% market share in May

Posted on 11/07/2005

Etihad Crystal Cargo yesterday reported a market share of 27 per cent at Abu Dhabi International Airport for May, making it the market leader for cargo services out of Abu Dhabi. "Since operations were launched in November 2003, Etihad Crystal Cargo has continuously expanded its market share at its home base," said a statement from the airline. In May 2004, Etihad Crystal Cargo's market share at Abu Dhabi International Airport was approximately 16 per cent according to the figures from ADAS ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines launches major facility in the world

Posted on 11/07/2005

The Emirates Airline has started to build new facilities for testing jet airplane engines, the first largest and most developed facility in the entire world. The facility which was designed by the international General Electric Company, would be constructed on a 6000 square metres space and include a 13 metre wide unit for testing a number of turbine propeller engines , an auxiliary electrical unit with capacity for testing airplane engines with a thrust power of 150,000 pounds. Adil Al ...  >>MORE

Dubai International Airport and Cargo Village continue to grow

Posted on 10/07/2005

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport in the first half of 2005 grew 13.7 per cent over the same period last year, data issued yesterday by the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation show. It said Dubai Cargo Village registered 17 per cent growth in cargo volume to 626,214 tonnes. The number of passengers totalled 11,837,271 during the period compared to 10,414,143 in the year-ago period. Aircraft movements rose 11.4 per cent to 105,646 from 94,795. "The statistics speak for ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air increases flights to the Gulf from Istanbul along with 'summer savings' on selected fares

Posted on 08/07/2005

Gulf Air, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Sultanate of Oman, is this summer, offering travellers from Istanbul increased opportunities and great incentives to fly to the Arabian Gulf - and beyond. The airline has added a new flight each Tuesday, bringing to four, the number of flights a week from Istanbul to Bahrain - and beyond. This is coupled with a summer savings promotion between June 28 and September 30, 2005, which offers credit vouchers for 30 ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo takes delivery of its first Airbus A310 freighter

Posted on 08/07/2005

Emirates SkyCargo took delivery of the first of its three Airbus A310-300Fs from EADS EFW, at the latter's facility in Dresden, Germany. Ram Menen, Emirates' senior vice-president, Cargo, said: "This represents the first Airbus freighter in our fleet. "We are now the launch customer for Airbus freighters with side-by-side loading capability of 96"x125" pallets. The A310F has a High Gross Maximum Take-off Weight of 164 tonnes, a significant improvement over other freighter versions. ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines to launch daily flight to Heathrow

Posted on 08/07/2005

The Emirates Airlines will launch, staring from next October, five daily flights from Dubai to London Heathrow Airport. The carrier will use, at the inception of this programme, Airbus A 330/200, which will have a 27-seat business class and a 251-seat tourist class. The carrier will be substituted in September by another carrier containing three classes, 12 seats in the First class, 43 seats in the business class and 183 seats in the tourist class. The cargo capacity of the carrier would be 17 ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways gets new chief

Posted on 06/07/2005

Dr Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Airways and Director-General of Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation, has announced that Robert W. Strodel will assume full responsibility as chief executive of the airline with immediate effect. "Robert W Strodel has contributed substantially to the success Etihad has enjoyed. Robert, in his former role as head of cargo and mail, has proven his ability to lead and his broad international experience make him the candidate of choice as we continue our ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways upgrading cargo trucking services

Posted on 05/07/2005

Etihad Airways as a part of its expansion plans is upgrading Etihad Crystal Cargo, the cargo division of the airline. Recently, Etihad Crystal Cargo upgraded its road feeder services in cooperation with Micco Logistics, one of the leading logistics companies in the UAE. In 2004, the first full year of operation, Etihad Crystal Cargo moved almost 20,000 tons of cargo. The cargo production target for 2005 is in excess of 100,000 tons. The roller-bed trucks, provided and operated by Micco ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet certifies Boeing business jet fleet

Posted on 04/07/2005

Royal Jet has announced ETOPS-120 certification of its fleet of Boeing Business Jets by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works and Chairman of Royal Jet, issued a statement saying: "Royal Jet recently celebrated its second anniversary and a major milestone as, within only two years, we have become a regional market leader for luxury air charter services. Another milestone is being marked today and it gives me great ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo unveils customer-centric products and solutions

Posted on 03/07/2005

Emirates SkyCargo has launched a brand new range of products and solutions. The new range follows in the wake of rationalizing and streamlining its existing products and solutions, and will cater for the diverse needs of its fast-expanding network and customer base. Emirates SkyCargo's new product array includes: Priority, Dangerous Goods, Live Animals, Valuables, Vulnerables, Perishables, Courier and Post Office Mail. Priority and Courier products continue to offer the benefits of late ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia now offers two flights a day to Mumbai

Posted on 03/07/2005

Air Arabia LLC, the first and only low-fares airline in Middle East and North Africa, has added an additional daily flight to Mumbai from 1st to 16th July, to cope with the increasing demand over the summer season. Flights depart Sharjah Airport twice daily for Mumbai at 16:40 and 23:00 arriving at 21.00 and 03:20 local time, and depart Mumbai at 21:45 and 05:10 arriving in Sharjah at 23:05 and 06:30 local time. The additional flights offer a convenient and affordable opportunity for ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways increases frequency of flights to Egypt

Posted on 29/06/2005

Starting from July 1 2005, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will increase its frequency of flights between Abu Dhabi and Cairo to seven times per week. This will offer Etihad's guests a choice of more days of the week on which to travel between the two capitals. In addition the choice of flights will extend beyond the current daytime flights to offer night departures from Abu Dhabi International Airport, offering more flexibility to guests flying to other parts ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia increases frequency on KSA routes to meet demand

Posted on 29/06/2005

Air Arabia LLC, the Middle East region's first and only low-fares airline, has added two more flights to the timetable for Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh, to meet increasing demand over the summer season. With the addition of the new flights, Air Arabia flies from Sharjah six times a week to Dammam and four times a week to Jeddah and Riyadh. Customers can log online to http://www.airarabia.com and click on Air Arabia ...  >>MORE

Emirates Skycargo again elected Air Cargo Carrier of the Year

Posted on 26/06/2005

UK-based International Freighting Weekly (IFW) magazine has presented Emirates SkyCargo with its Air Cargo Carrier of the Year Award for the second successive year. The highly-esteemed honour was recently announced at the historic Honourable Artillery Company in London. The award comes as Emirates SkyCargo continues expanding the services it provides across its global network. Earlier this month it commenced a second daily service from Birmingham to Dubai, growing cargo capacity on the ...  >>MORE

Worldliner lands in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/06/2005

The first Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner, the longest range commercial airplane in the world, made a perfect landing in Abu Dhabi International Airport on Wednesday as part of the 'Going Distance' world tour that will see it covering 20 cities in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Australia and North America through August. The Worldliner will make stops in Muscat and Doha. The plane was received at the airport by Khalid Al Mehairbi, Deputy CEO, Etihad Airways and a number of the Airport's senior ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia fast approaching One millionth passenger mark

Posted on 25/06/2005

Air Arabia LLC, the Middle East region's first and only low-fares airline, is set to celebrate in the next few days as they approach an impressive target of one million passengers just 18 months into operations. The one millionth passenger to board an Air Arabia flight will receive a holiday for two persons at any Air Arabia destination. Air Arabia flies from Sharjah to eighteen different destinations: Alexandria, Bahrain, Beirut, Colombo, Damascus, Doha, Mumbai, Muscat, Kuwait, Dammam, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Group seeks tie-up with Qantas

Posted on 25/06/2005

Sydney — Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum met with Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Thursday to lobby for broader reach within the Australian aviation market. The Australian government is conducting a review of the aviation industry and recently ruled in favour of Qantas by deciding against opening the lucrative Pacific route to greater competition. Middle East-based Emirates Airlines has expressed interest in a tie-up with Qantas should foreign investment laws be ...  >>MORE

Emirates Sukuk oversubscribed 50%

Posted on 21/06/2005

The Sukuk issue launched by Emirates was oversubscribed 50 per cent, closing at Dhs2.02 billion. Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), acting as the mandated lead manager for Emirates, successfully launched the world's first airline Sukuk bond. The deal was a joint effort of a consortium of local, regional and international banks, led by DIB. The issue was managed by a six-member group of banks acting as Joint Lead Managers including DIB, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Gulf International Bank, Standard ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways celebrates the first anniversary of presence in Switzerland

Posted on 21/06/2005

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates celebrated the first anniversary of its presence in Switzerland and its new non-stop route between Geneva and Abu Dhabi. As a sign of its attachment towards Geneva and Switzerland, its latest Airbus A330-200 has been decorated with the largest Swiss 'cowbell' in the world. In Geneva International Airport, in front of a gathering of over 80 guests, on June 16 evening Kevin Steele, Head of World Sales, Etihad Airways, unveiled ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air takes first place in airline catering awards

Posted on 21/06/2005

In the latest World Airline Catering Awards to be published by Skytrax, Gulf Air has clinched top position for both First and Business Class onboard catering on long-haul intercontinental flights. The latest accolades follow the strong showing by Gulf Air in the last year's Skytrax poll, in which the airline was recognised for the Most Improved Performance 2004 as well as achieving the Best On-board Catering (First Class) and the Best Check-In Facilities (Business Class, at Bahrain Airport) ...  >>MORE

Colombian is first woman pilot to join UAE airline

Posted on 17/06/2005

Martha Pabon, a Colombian, is the first female pilot to be employed by a UAE-based airline, said an official of Air Arabia, a Sharjah-based budget airline. "Air Arabia welcomed on-board the first female pilot to fly for a UAE airline. With over a decade of flying experience, 29-year-old Flight Officer Martha Pabon has totalled almost 5,000 hours of flying time," an airline statement said. "I am really excited about being the first woman pilot here. Air Arabia shows their pioneering spirit ...  >>MORE

Emirates in-flight entertainment voted best in the world

Posted on 15/06/2005

Emirates Airline has won the coveted World's Best Airline In-flight Entertainment 2005 in the latest World Airline Awards, announced recently by Skytrax Research of London. The award was based on the annual Airline In-flight Entertainment (IFE) Survey conducted by Skytrax between June 2004 and May 2005 that included more than one million survey responses from over 85 different nationalities. The IFE poll was part of the world's largest airline passenger survey, executed by Skytrax, which ...  >>MORE

Etihad to get Dh5.5b finance package to buy 12 Airbus planes

Posted on 14/06/2005

National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) and Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank will lead arrange in excess of Dh5.5 billion (US$1.5 billion) financing to Etihad Airways for purchase of 12 new Airbus aircraft, the airline said yesterday. Etihad will take delivery of the 12 aircraft comprising four A340-500s, four A340-600s and four A380-800s between April 2006 and June 2008. "The financing is specially structured to meet the specific requirements of Etihad for the acquisition of these new ...  >>MORE

Etihad Crystal starts flights to Chennai

Posted on 13/06/2005

Etihad Crystal Cargo, a division of Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, has introduced two weekly freighter flights from Abu Dhabi to Chennai, India. Chennai is Crystal Cargo's second destination in India and fifth globally. The airline's first flight to India was launched to Mumbai in February. "The Mumbai route has shown very high payloads and we are extremely confident that the new freighter to Chennai will further enhance our Indian operations." Etihad Crystal Cargo also provides scheduled ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to expand fleet

Posted on 12/06/2005

Etihad Airways will have 14 aircraft by the end of this year, enabling it to expand its route network, a senior airline official said. The UAE's national airline took delivery of its eighth aircraft one leased A330-200 that took its first flight from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt last week. "We will be taking delivery of another A330-200 in September this year on lease. Both these are long-term leased aircraft for 14 years," said Kevin Steele, head of sales of Etihad Airways. "But starting October ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia adds two flights on Beirut route

Posted on 12/06/2005

Air Arabia, the Middle East's first and only low-fares airline, has added two additional morning flights per week on its popular Sharjah-Beirut route, giving customers the option to fly day and night to the Lebanese capital. "We are always looking at ways to expand our services to meet customer demand, and are delighted that we can encourage more people to fly between UAE and Lebanon through our continued commitment to offering the lowest fares. "It is an opportunity for Lebanese nationals ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia launches first flight to Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor

Posted on 07/06/2005

The Sharjah-based Air Arabia is off again to a literally flying start with launching of its inaugural flight to Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor last week. The three-hour flight landed in Sharm El Sheikh and took off again to Luxor, catering for tourist who wish to visit the Red Sea resort as well as the charm of Luxor. Along with tourists, a delegation of UAE and GCC journalists was also onboard. CEO of Air Arabia, Adel Ali said: "Air Arabia already flies to Assuit and Alexandria in Egypt, by ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways celebrates successful maiden flight to Frankfurt

Posted on 04/06/2005

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating the successful launch of its maiden flight to Frankfurt, which departed from Abu Dhabi on Thursday. This latest addition to Etihad's expanding network provides passengers with direct flights to the major German city, with non-stop daily flights from Abu Dhabi Airport. Commenting on the Frankfurt flight launch, Dr. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Civil Aviation Department in Abu Dhabi and Chairman of ...  >>MORE

Emirates key to Airbus's fortunes

Posted on 04/06/2005

Noel Forgeard, Airbus chief executive, is due to visit Dubai for talks with Emirates, the fast-growing Middle East airline and one of the European aircraft maker's key customers worldwide. He will have a crowded agenda. He must seek to explain embarrassing delays in the delivery schedule for the A380 superjumbo while seeking to secure vital launch orders for the group's planned new long-range, mid-market aircraft, the A350. Forgeard is fighting for his reputation and record at Airbus. ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia adds Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor to destination list

Posted on 04/06/2005

Air Arabia, the Middle East's first and only low-cost airline, on Thursday launched flights to Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor in Egypt. Flights to Sharm El Sheikh and on to Luxor will depart on Thursdays and Sundays at 10 am, arriving at 12.45 local time in Sharm El Sheikh and 14.10 in Luxor. Fares start from Dh250 to Sharm El Sheikh and Dh300 to Luxor. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

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Ahmed bin Saeed inaugurates new Emirates travel hub


Etihad to link Brussels and Abu Dhabi shortly


Emirates taps Chinese bank to lease new Airbus


Sharjah airport witnesses heavy traffic in first half


Emirates launches new e-newsletter for customers


More crew to service Air Arabia's growing customer base


Emirates Skycargo launches services to Islamabad


Etihad Airways adds Toronto to its destinations


Emirates to launch second daily non-stop service to New York on November 7


Abu Dhabi Aviation nets Dh0.58 million profit in H1 of 2005


UAE aviation sector is set for robust growth


Etihad's cargo arm grabs 27% market share in May


Emirates Airlines launches major facility in the world


Dubai International Airport and Cargo Village continue to grow


Gulf Air increases flights to the Gulf from Istanbul along with 'summer savings' on selected fares


Emirates SkyCargo takes delivery of its first Airbus A310 freighter


Emirates Airlines to launch daily flight to Heathrow


Etihad Airways gets new chief


Etihad Airways upgrading cargo trucking services


Royal Jet certifies Boeing business jet fleet


Emirates SkyCargo unveils customer-centric products and solutions


Air Arabia now offers two flights a day to Mumbai


Etihad Airways increases frequency of flights to Egypt


Air Arabia increases frequency on KSA routes to meet demand


Emirates Skycargo again elected Air Cargo Carrier of the Year


Worldliner lands in Abu Dhabi


Air Arabia fast approaching One millionth passenger mark


Emirates Group seeks tie-up with Qantas


Emirates Sukuk oversubscribed 50%


Etihad Airways celebrates the first anniversary of presence in Switzerland


Gulf Air takes first place in airline catering awards


Colombian is first woman pilot to join UAE airline


Emirates in-flight entertainment voted best in the world


Etihad to get Dh5.5b finance package to buy 12 Airbus planes


Etihad Crystal starts flights to Chennai


Etihad Airways to expand fleet


Air Arabia adds two flights on Beirut route


Air Arabia launches first flight to Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor


Etihad Airways celebrates successful maiden flight to Frankfurt


Emirates key to Airbus's fortunes


Air Arabia adds Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor to destination list