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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Emirates and Qatar Airways to place orders for up to 120 aircraft

Posted on 01/06/2005

Emirates and Qatar Airways the two fast-growing Gulf-based carriers are set to announce a number of firm orders that could add up to somewhere between 100 to 120 aircraft, aviation officials said. The announcement will be made at the forthcoming Paris Air Show to be held from June 13 to 19. While Emirates is set to order a combination of A350s and Boeing's ultra-long range B777-200LRs, Qatar Airways is set to order as many as 50 to 60 B787s. Following Emirates' recent revelation, Qatar ...  >>MORE

Etihad projected to carry 8m passengers in five years

Posted on 30/05/2005

Etihad airline's Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan said that he forecasts that Etihad will have 70 to 80 planes carrying about eight million passengers within five years. In an interview to the Middle East Economic Digest, MEED, published in MEED's latest issue, Sheikh Ahmed said: "We want Etihad to link the capital of the federation with the world's other capitals. Abu Dhabi has the potential to attract tourists, but we are also the core of the UAE. We have oil, gas and business - ...  >>MORE

Ahmed meets South Korea PM

Posted on 28/05/2005

ON his first visit to Seoul, Emirates Group Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum paid courtesy calls on South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Hae-Chan and Minister of Construction and Transport Choo Byung-Jik. Sheikh Ahmed is in Seoul to celebrate the airline's daily non-stop services to Dubai launched earlier this month. He leads a delegation of senior Emirates executives. Sheikh Ahmed said: "We appreciate the co-operation that the Korean authorities have extended to Emirates, which has ...  >>MORE

Ahmed bin Saeed officially launches Emirates Airlines office in Seoul

Posted on 27/05/2005

Emirates Group Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum hosted a gala function at Hotel Lotte in downtown Seoul on May 26 for local industry partners after attending the opening ceremony of Emirates new Korea office in Seoul earlier in the day. Sheikh Ahmed flew into Seoul this week to celebrate Emirates Airline's daily non-stop services between Seoul and Dubai launched on May 1 accompanied by a group of senior Emirates executives which include Ghaith Al Ghaith, Executive Vice President ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways' cargo division to take part in Air Cargo Europe 2005

Posted on 27/05/2005

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has announced that its cargo division, Etihad Crystal Cargo, will be participating in the Air Cargo Europe 2005 which will take place from 31 May to 3 June in Munich. This will be the first public appearance of Etihad Crystal Cargo at this leading trade show in Europe since launching the Crystal Cargo brand at the TIACA Air Cargo Forum in September 2004 in Bilbao, Spain. Etihad Crystal Cargo has launched its ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines increases flights to Seychelles

Posted on 25/05/2005

The Emirates Airlines has announced today that it has increased its flights to Seychelles from four to five journeys per week starting from June 2, 2005, in the light of increasing demands for additional trips to that country. Nabeel Sultan , the carrier's deputy vice president for commercial operations in West Asia, said the additional trips would provide a twenty five percent upgrading of passenger and cargo capacities. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Jet Aviation expands training facility

Posted on 24/05/2005

Jet Aviation has expanded its business aviation training with Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) by signing a new contracts for Gulfstream IV, V and G550 pilot training programme at ECFT's facilities in Dubai. Jet Aviation has also renewed its contract for B737 Boeing Business Jet training with Emirates-CAE. It will conduct its pilot training with CAE for Gulfstream IV (including G300 and G400) and Gulfstream V (including G500 and G550) in addition to the 737 BBJ aircraft family fleet. ECFT ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch Dh2.2b Islamic bond

Posted on 21/05/2005

Dubai-based Emirates airline is launching a Dh2.2 billion Islamic bullet bond (Sukuk) next month, which will be lead arranged by Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), an airline official said yesterday. It is Emirates' third bond but first Islamic issue. DIB, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank will act as joint book runners, while UBS, Gulf International Bank and National Bank of Abu Dhabi will act as joint lead managers. Mike Simon, Emirates senior vice-president for Corporate Communications, told ...  >>MORE

Boeing delivers to Emirates fourth 777-300ER plane

Posted on 21/05/2005

Seattle - Boeing and Emirates yesterday completed the delivery of the fourth 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplane equipped with the Boeing Electronic Flight Bag (EFB); the only fully integrated and certified Class 3 EFB in commercial service. Emirates is the largest customer for Boeing's EFB system. In total, Emirates will receive 30 777-300ERs equipped with EFB by the end of 2007. The EFB replaces the large amount of paper crews now carry for flights, placing required data in digital format ...  >>MORE

Emirates cargo revenue hits US$940 million

Posted on 18/05/2005

KAMPALA — The Emirates Airlines Cargo division, Emirates SkyCargo, has this year collected US$940 million in total revenue up from US$282 million last year. The revenue increase is attributed to the increase in cargo tonnage to 840,000 tonnes from last year's 660,000 tonnes. Announcing the results recently, the Vice-President Cargo, Ram Menen, said Emirates SkyCargo contributed 21 per cent to the airline's transport revenue while its overall yield improved by nearly seven per cent. He said ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air takes first place in airline catering awards

Posted on 17/05/2005

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

Heli Dubai launches the United Arab Emirates first VIP helicopter service

Posted on 15/05/2005

Heli Dubai, established by the Government of Dubai, was launched officially in Dubai and the UAE during the Arabian Travel Market held during the first week of May 2005 at the World Trade Centre Exhibition Arena in Dubai. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Commander of UAE Armed Forces, established Heli Dubai in 2004 to provide a new standard of helicopter services both in Dubai and the UAE. Heli Dubai has further plans for expansion into ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches direct flights to Alexandria today

Posted on 15/05/2005

Emirates, the Dubai-based airline, launches direct flights to Alexandria today with special introductory offers for the first month. Emirates flight EK931 will leave Dubai at 9:10am and will arrive in Alexandria at 12:30pm, and return flight EK932 will leave the city at 2pm to arrive in Dubai at 7pm. The airline will use its A310 aircraft in a two-class configuration 21 in Business and 177 in Economy. Those wanting to return home at a later time can connect to Dubai via the Cairo flight ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air plans radical new strategy

Posted on 13/05/2005

Having returned to profitability, Gulf Air is looking at strategic possibilities such as privatisation, re-equipping its fleet and reconfiguring its route network. The airline is also considering cultivating additional strategic partners and developing associate companies, said James Hogan, president and chief executive. Last week, during a meeting in Abu Dhabi, the board accepted the financial results for 2004 and gave its backing to the vision outlined in the revised strategic plan. At ...  >>MORE

Emirates 'plans to place new order for advanced aircraft'

Posted on 09/05/2005

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, is studying options to expand its fleet by about 50 aircraft in addition to those already ordered. An Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News yesterday, "Emirates is looking at Airbus A350s, Boeing-made B787s, B777-300ERs as well as B777-200 LRs. But no decision has been made yet. We will formally make the announcement when we decide." According to recent media reports, Emirates' latest order may exceed 50 aircraft. Aviation industry ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways increases flights to Asia

Posted on 06/05/2005

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will as of June 1 increase its frequency of flights to Asia. The airline will introduce daily flights to Bangkok, where the airline has been flying to four times each week since the launch of the route in April 2004, and will increase the number of flights to Colombo from three to five flights weekly. Etihad Airways, although a new arrival, already flies to 16 destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The growing ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways bolstering European routes

Posted on 06/05/2005

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced it will offer an additional weekly flight between Abu Dhabi and Geneva and three non-stop flights per week between the UAE capital and Munich. The additional direct air connection will facilitate even more opportunities for business and tourism." Switzerland and the UAE enjoy a substantial trading relationship, particularly in fine jewellery, watches, machinery and precious metals. Germany is also one of the most ...  >>MORE

Etihad will begin flights to Frankfurt

Posted on 04/05/2005

Etihad Airways yesterday announced it would begin flights from Abu Dhabi to Frankfurt on June 1. The airline also said it is introducing a second regional freighter, an Airbus A310-300F, to expand its cargo services. Frankfurt will be the airline's second destination in Germany after Munich. Etihad Airways currently flies to 16 destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Asia and has drawn up an ambitious strategy to increase this number to 70 by 2010. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia adds three new routes

Posted on 03/05/2005

Air Arabia LLC, the Middle East region's first and only low-fares airline, announced three new destinations Kabul, Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor as it aims to expand its market share Kabul will provide a vital link for the carrier in Afghanistan, while Sharm Al Shaikh and Luxor will raise the number of its destinations in Egypt to four. The new routes highlight Air Arabia's aggressive expansion plans and further demonstrate market demand for affordable travel, the airline said in a statement. A ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet - the leading authority in luxury air charter

Posted on 03/05/2005

Following two successful years of operation, Royal Jet, the UAE based luxury air charter service, will be displaying its services and wide range of products with a focus on their expertise of the luxury air charter industry at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2005. The exhibition will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from the 3rd - 6th May 2005. Redefining luxury travel in the region, Royal Jet will be featured under the wing of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi Pavilion. Since opening its ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo reaffirmed Best Cargo Carrier Middle East

Posted on 03/05/2005

Close on the heels of winning a clutch of awards in the UK and declaring record financial results, Emirates SkyCargo has won the 'Best Cargo Carrier Middle East' accolade at the 19th Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards (AFSCA) for the third consecutive year. The awards ceremony and gala dinner took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong recently and was attended by over 400 senior figures from the travel, transport and logistics industry. Emirates SkyCargo now serves a global ...  >>MORE

GAMCO activates facility in UAE

Posted on 03/05/2005

Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO) has activated its military maintenance facility for the F110-GE-132 engine in cooperation with the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAEAF & AD), General Electric (GE). This followed a tripartite agreement signed earlier to provide depot engine repair, maintenance and overhaul capability in the United Arab Emirates for UAEAF & AD military F110-GE-132-power engines to equip F-16 aircraft. The UAEAF & AD vision is to supplement existing aircraft ...  >>MORE

Emirates' 1st flight to Seoul receives rousing welcome

Posted on 02/05/2005

The first of Emirates Airline's daily flights between Dubai and Seoul landed at Inchon Airport here on May 1, 2005 to the rousing welcome of traditional drums from a Korean dance troupe performing the Samulnori dance on the tarmac. Sporting the FIFA World Cup logo on the aircraft livery, Emirates flight EK323 arrived at Inchon International Airport at 15:55hours, after flying eight and a half hours from Dubai International Airport. On board were Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates Executive Vice ...  >>MORE

GAMCO posts Dhs.44 million

Posted on 30/04/2005

Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (GAMCO) announced here today that it posted Dhs44 million profit last year, a 87% growth against the previous year. Dr. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Civil Aviation Department and GAMCO Board Chairman said GAMCO profits have been on the rise, currently standing at 1.1 billion against Dhs.862 in the previous year. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Emirates declares record breaking 2004-05 results

Posted on 30/04/2005

The Emirates Group has announced record-breaking net profits of Dh 2.6 billion (US$708 million) for the financial year ended 31st March 2005 - an impressive Dh 853 million ($232 million), or 49 per cent, over the previous year. Group revenue increased by Dh 5.1 billion (US$1.4 billion) or 36 per cent, to Dh 19.1 billion (US$5.2 billion) vs. Dh 14 billion (US$3.8 billion) last year. The Group's cash balance totalled a robust Dh 8.2 billion (US$2.2 billion) at the end of March, an improvement ...  >>MORE

Emirates was named 'Best International Airline'

Posted on 27/04/2005

Emirates was named 'Best International Airline' and 'Best Economy Class' by Travel and Lifestyle, East Africa's leading travel publication. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, yesterday accepted the awards from Tony Clegg-Butt, publisher and editor of the magazine. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air back in black with net profit of Dh14.6m

Posted on 26/04/2005

After nearly a decade of bleeding red ink, Gulf Air has returned to profitability, company representatives said. Gulf Air yesterday reported a net profit of 1.5 million Bahraini dinars (Dh14.6 million) for 2004. The airline is jointly owned by the Governments of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman. The results mean Gulf Air has out-performed the targets set under Project Falcon, the three-year restructuring plan approved by its board in December 2002, James Hogan, the airline's president and CEO ...  >>MORE

Emirates posts largest A380 orders to Airbus

Posted on 26/04/2005

Dubai-based airline Emirates will have the largest Airbus A380 fleet with 45 aircraft, according to Airbus Industry. Airbus lists 139 firm orders for the A380 from 13 customers. Airbus plans to fly the world's largest airliner, the A380, for the first time today, the France-based plane maker has announced. The mammoth double-decker is 15 metres wider, 4 metres taller, 2 metres longer and 118 tonnes heavier than the Boeing's 747 jumbo, which has reigned as the largest airliner for four ...  >>MORE

Emirates Aviation College plans higher courses in aviation

Posted on 25/04/2005

The Emirates Aviation College Aerospace and Academic Studies, a leading provider of aviation-related training courses in the country, is planning to launch four bachelor degree courses from September 2005. The College, established in 1991, offers programmes to meet personnel requirements of the aerospace, travel and tourism, business management and air traffic control industries. The college has so far educated about 7,000 students. The college is progressing with receiving accreditation ...  >>MORE

UAE civil aviation profits double last year

Posted on 24/04/2005

The General Civil Aviation Authority has announced a doubling of its net profits for last year to Dh22 million, up from Dh10 million in 2003. The results were announced during GCAA's 20th annual board meeting in Dubai yesterday, chaired by Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister of Communications and Transportation, and attended by the heads of all UAE civil aviation directorates. "The board approved the revised strategic plan for the next 10 years (2005-14) which includes all staff ...  >>MORE

DCA to list US$1b Sukuk on DFM

Posted on 20/04/2005

Dubai Government Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) US$1 billion Sukuk-al-Ijarah issue will be listed on Dubai Financial Market (DFM) today. The new listing will be displayed on DFM screen with the symbol DGSI09 and brings the total debt instruments listed on DFM to four. 'The listing of the Sukuk on the DFM will further strengthen the country's financial markets and contribute to capital market development which serves to bolster domestic liquidity and attract foreign direct investment,' ...  >>MORE

Etihad set to launch new routes

Posted on 19/04/2005

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, is planning to start services to new destinations to coincide with taking delivery of five long-haul Boeing 777-300ER airplanes in October. "The plans are made in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who spare no effort in supporting the airline's operations," ...  >>MORE

New Gulf Air's premises opened in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 19/04/2005

The UAE capital has a new landmark building, with the announcement that Gulf Air today, moved to brand new premises on Rashid Bin Saeed bin Al Maktoum Street. Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, officially opened the new offices in the presence of Gulf Air's President and Chief Executive James Hogan, senior government officials, and other guests from the travel and hospitality industry. "For 25 years the junction of Old Airport Street and Hamdan ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to showcase at Arabian Travel Market 2005

Posted on 19/04/2005

Air Arabia LLC, the first low fares airline of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region, is set to showcase for the second year running on the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority stand at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2005, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 3-6 May. Completing 18 months of operations at the end of this month, Air Arabia recently announced its first year financial results - financially breaking even, growing from 5 to 16 destinations, a ...  >>MORE

DCA launches e-trading

Posted on 19/04/2005

Dubai Civil Aviation has introduced e-trading for its suppliers, officials said at the seventh Suppliers Forum held yesterday. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation (DCA) and Chairman of the Emirates Group, said: "Dubai, over the past decade, has been developing its human resources and know-how in various fields and is now more than ready to benefit from it. "In terms of creating dynamic infrastructure for the access, sharing, dissemination and processing of ...  >>MORE

Emirates to fly daily to Alexandria

Posted on 11/04/2005

Emirates Airline is preparing to launch its services to the Egyptian city of Alexandria. The city will mark the airline's 79th destination on its rapidly expanding network and the second gateway to that country after Cairo, located 150kms away. From 15th May, Emirates will fly daily to Alexandria's Borg Al Arab Airport (HBE). The airline will deploy its A310 aircraft in a two class configuration - 21 in Business and 177 in Economy. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air, Lufthansa in US$138m contract

Posted on 06/04/2005

The Bahrain-based Gulf Air and the German Lufthansa Technik have signed a US$138 million contract for the provision of inventory and component maintenance services over a five-year period. The contract was signed by Gulf Air President and CEO James Hogan during his recent visit to Lufthansa Techniks's headquarters in Hamburg where he met his counterpart, August W. Henningsen, chairman of the executive board. The total component support (TCS) agreement, which follows the sale in 2004 of ...  >>MORE

Gamco gets contract from First Choice Airways

Posted on 04/04/2005

Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co has won a contract from leisure airline First Choice Airways to undertake heavy maintenance and modification of six Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The value of the contract was not disclosed. Gamco has already installed in-flight entertainment, enhanced cabin configuration and mood lightening systems in the first of the six aircraft. British carrier First Choice Airways operates a fleet of 32 aircraft from 15 UK airports, flying 6 million passengers every year to ...  >>MORE

Emirates building biggest aircraft maintenance facility

Posted on 03/04/2005

Emirates is constructing a new Dh1.3 billion Engineering Centre on the north side of Dubai International Airport. The centre will be the world's biggest civil aviation maintenance facility. Being constructed on a 55 hectare site, it is Emirates' largest single facility investment. When completed, the new centre's eight hangars will form the largest free-spanned structures in the Middle East, with roofs supported by 110-metre long single spans. France's Aeroports de Paris (ADPi) and Fraser ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air takes luxury to new heights

Posted on 29/03/2005

Gulf Air is set to re-create the golden-age of travel with the launch today of completely new seating, furnishing and service in its First and Business Class cabins. The first of six refurbished Airbus A330s entered service on the Abu Dhabi - London route today, resulting in customers enjoying a host of benefits. Five others will be upgraded between now and July 2005, James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of Gulf Air said. Gulf Air's renewed commitment to luxury does not end in the ...  >>MORE

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Air Arabia adds Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor to destination list


Emirates and Qatar Airways to place orders for up to 120 aircraft


Etihad projected to carry 8m passengers in five years


Ahmed meets South Korea PM


Ahmed bin Saeed officially launches Emirates Airlines office in Seoul


Etihad Airways' cargo division to take part in Air Cargo Europe 2005


Emirates Airlines increases flights to Seychelles


Jet Aviation expands training facility


Emirates to launch Dh2.2b Islamic bond


Boeing delivers to Emirates fourth 777-300ER plane


Emirates cargo revenue hits US$940 million


Gulf Air takes first place in airline catering awards


Heli Dubai launches the United Arab Emirates first VIP helicopter service


Emirates launches direct flights to Alexandria today


Gulf Air plans radical new strategy


Emirates 'plans to place new order for advanced aircraft'


Etihad Airways increases flights to Asia


Etihad Airways bolstering European routes


Etihad will begin flights to Frankfurt


Air Arabia adds three new routes


Royal Jet - the leading authority in luxury air charter


Emirates SkyCargo reaffirmed Best Cargo Carrier Middle East


GAMCO activates facility in UAE


Emirates' 1st flight to Seoul receives rousing welcome


GAMCO posts Dhs.44 million


Emirates declares record breaking 2004-05 results


Emirates was named 'Best International Airline'


Gulf Air back in black with net profit of Dh14.6m


Emirates posts largest A380 orders to Airbus


Emirates Aviation College plans higher courses in aviation


UAE civil aviation profits double last year


DCA to list US$1b Sukuk on DFM


Etihad set to launch new routes


New Gulf Air's premises opened in Abu Dhabi


Air Arabia to showcase at Arabian Travel Market 2005


DCA launches e-trading


Emirates to fly daily to Alexandria


Gulf Air, Lufthansa in US$138m contract


Gamco gets contract from First Choice Airways


Emirates building biggest aircraft maintenance facility


Gulf Air takes luxury to new heights