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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Emirates flies daily to Casablanca

Posted on 29/03/2005

Emirates airline yesterday added a new flight to its roster its seventh weekly flight to Casablanca, company representatives said. From now on, travellers from Dubai will be able to choose any day of the week to fly to the Moroccan city, and vice-versa. Since the airline introduced three weekly flights on the Casablanca route in March 2002, it has enjoyed steady growth in passenger numbers. The frequency was doubled to six weekly flights in April last year. As a result, in 2004 the route ...  >>MORE

Emirates takes delivery of first Boeing 777-300ER

Posted on 28/03/2005

Emirates Airlines has taken delivery of the first of its fleet of 30 new Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range.) Part of an unprecedented US $30 billion fleet expansion programme, the arrival of the new airliner at Dubai airport earlier this morning marks the start of an intense and unprecedented delivery cycle of 100 pending orders that will see the Emirates fleet grow at an average rate of one new aircraft per month through 2012. Emirates has 30 Boeing 777-300ERs currently on firm order and ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia eyes more destinations in India

Posted on 28/03/2005

Air Arabia, Middle East's first low-cost airline, touched down in Mumbai with its inaugural flight from Sharjah having landed at Mumbai's international airport on Saturday night. The A320 aircraft packed with Air Arabia officials, including its Chairman Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, CEO Adel Ali, leading UAE businessmen, VIPs and members of the Press, were accorded a traditional welcome at the airport when the flight landed at 9pm. Currently, a fleet of five Airbus A320 aircraft ...  >>MORE

Group of banks will grant loan to Etihad

Posted on 23/03/2005

Four UAE banks and one foreign bank will provide a US$450 million (Dh1.651 billion) syndicated loan to Etihad Airways to purchase five new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) as the structuring bank will underwrite US$112.50 (Dh412.87 million) while Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), First Gulf Bank (FGB) and HSBC will underwrite similar amounts, bankers said yesterday. The Abu Dhabi Investment Company (ADIC) is joining the group as a sub-arranger. "As the ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet to outline expansion strategy at Dubai 2005

Posted on 23/03/2005

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based luxury aircraft charter operator and Medevac operator, will announce fleet expansion plans and unveil a range of new services at Dubai 2005, the ninth international aerospace exhibition, being held at the Airport Expo Dubai in November. The company has expanded rapidly since introducing its executive travel and air ambulance services at Dubai 2003 and has opened offices in Dubai, Jeddah and Kuwait, according to a report in "Khaleej Times.” (The Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Emirates to buy more aircraft

Posted on 23/03/2005

Emirates airline will add 100 new aircraft by 2012 to its current fleet of 73 planes. The airline is likely to place fresh orders to top up the existing order book, said Gaith Al Gaith, Emirates executive vice-president for commercial operations worldwide. "We will add an aircraft a month for the next eight years (96 aircraft in 96 months), including 45 A380s. Emirates currently operates 46 Airbuses and 27 Boeings, including six B747 freighters. Its order book includes 45 A380s (including ...  >>MORE

Emirates to start five more weekly services from Dubai to Paris

Posted on 23/03/2005

Emirates airline will supplement its current daily morning flights from Dubai to Paris with five additional weekly services, starting on March 27, company representatives said. Emirates will serve the route with Airbus A330s. Another two weekly services will be added in summer 2006, giving Emirates passengers two choices every day of the week. The fact the airline will have moved from three flights each week just three years ago to 14 flights by 2006 is indicative of the success of the Paris ...  >>MORE

Emirates fleet to carry logo on aircraft's underside

Posted on 22/03/2005

Emirates is to emblazon its logo on the underside of all its aircraft, starting with the brand-new Boeing 777-300 Extended Range (ER) aircraft, arriving into service later this month, according to a press released published in the company's web site. The distinctive logo - the Emirates name in white on a red field - will be nearly 12 metres long, with the initial letter "E" standing 2.3 metres tall, complementing the existing logo in gold on each side of the fuselage. The new 777-300ER ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air reservations centre expects to handle 2m calls

Posted on 21/03/2005

Gulf Air's reservations centre expects to handle around two million calls in 2005, company representatives said. The centre logged an average of 150,000 calls per month from January to March, said Aysha Al Ismaily, reservations operations manager at the centre. The reservations centre is located in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM). As the nerve centre of Gulf Air, the reservations centre provides an unprecedented level of consistent and professional service delivery, company representatives ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins award at Berlin show

Posted on 16/03/2005

Emirates beat off stiff competition from the travel industry to win the Best Exhibitor Award for the Middle East section of the ITB Travel Fair in Berlin on Tuesday. The Emirates stand, shaped like and Airbus A380 super jumbo, was selected as the best exhibit by panel of judges from the Cologne Business School. (The Gulf Today) ...  >>MORE

Emirates set to start Dubai-Seoul flights

Posted on 16/03/2005

Emirates airlines will begin daily non-stop flights from Dubai to Seoul on May 1, 2005, said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates' Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide on Tuesday. Korea is among Dubai's top 10 trading partners. Non-oil trade between Dubai and Korea amounted to over Dh4.7 billion in 2003. Dubai's main Korean imports include textiles; automobiles and appliances while main non-oil exports to Korea include base metals, plastics and animal products. (The Gulf Today) ...  >>MORE

Emirates plans flights to Argentine

Posted on 15/03/2005

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates Airline, said his carrier will soon fly to the South America. 'Emirates is interested in running non-stop daily flights on its long haul Airbus A 340-500,' Sheikh Ahmed said during a meeting here today with Tourism Minister of Argentine Carlos Mayer. Sheikh Ahmed is here to attend the ITB. They discussed the possibility of operating flights between Dubai and Buenos Aires. Sheikh Ahmed and Mayer acknowledged that 'there are potential ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air poised to break even

Posted on 14/03/2005

Berlin: Gulf Air is on course to break even and wipe out its net loss of 20 million dinars when the airline announces its 2004 financial results next week, a spokesman said. However, he said, 2005 will be more challenging as competition from new airlines intensifies and fuel costs show no signs of retreating. "We are extremely optimistic of breaking even as 2004 results come out around March 20. Our cash flow is good at the moment and the debt which the airline inherited will be off our ...  >>MORE

Etihad to fly direct to Frankfurt

Posted on 13/03/2005

Berlin - Etihad Airways will shortly launch direct flights to Frankfurt, the second destination in Germany, as two-way traffic continues to increase, the airline's spokesman said. The airline also plans to link Abu Dhabi to more Gulf destinations but expansion plans hinge on availability of aircraft. The airline has a stand along with other Abu Dhabi entities with a small television studio that is attracting many visitors. With Frankfurt coming on line, the number of Etihad destinations goes ...  >>MORE

Emirates’ impressive presence

Posted on 12/03/2005

The Emirates airline stand gets finishing touches prior to the opening of the ITB travel trade fair in Berlin yesterday. Shaped like an Airbus A380 super-jumbo, of which Emirates has 45 on order, the stand dominates the ITB show and took 20 men 10 days to erect. It is made of steel, weighs 30 tonnes, is fully air-conditioned and has two floors including a majlis for VIP visitors. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air celebrates 55th anniversary

Posted on 08/03/2005

Bahrain, Manama: Gulf Air announces it will break with tradition by giving birthday presents rather than receiving them on the occasion of the airline turning 55 this month! For a 55-day period from today till the 30th of April, members of the Gulf Air Frequent flyer programme, travelling in either First or Business Class, will receive five times the normal number of Bonus miles. This move follows a number of other recent enhancements, which further increase its popularity and strengthen the ...  >>MORE

Emirates gets financing for engines

Posted on 07/03/2005

Emirates Group has closed a US$239 million (Dh880 million) financing agreement for aircraft engines with a US government agency, company representatives said. The deal with the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) covers 22 GE90 General Electric (GE) and Rolls Royce (RR) engines. This is the first financing of engines by Emirates and also the first time it has used support from the Ex-Im Bank, company representatives said. "We are pleased to assist in financing General Electric's sale to ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air passenger revenue up 27.5pc

Posted on 02/03/2005

Gulf Air, carried a record number of passengers which boosted passenger revenue 27.5 per cent last year. The company also decided to expand its network with the introduction of more flights on various routes. Gulf Air has also announced plans to use its fleet more efficiently and vowed optimise performance across the business and its network to ensure that the airline meets its objectives during 2005. This follows on-going product and service innovation, a strong customer focus driven by ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to buy six Airbuses in 3 years

Posted on 27/02/2005

Air Arabia, the Gulf Arab region's first budget airline, will acquire six Airbus A320 aircraft over the next three years to boost its fledgling fleet, its CEO said. Adel Ali told Reuters in an interview this week that the company is exploring financing options — including leasing, lease-to-purchase, bank lending, bonds and Islamic financing. "Right now we are in discussion with a number of financial institutions on the best way of acquiring the aircraft,” Ali said, declining to say how much ...  >>MORE

Ahmed meets Seychelles' President

Posted on 22/02/2005

Mahi Island - Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai's Civili Aviation and President of Emirates Airlines, met here yesterday with President James Michel of the Republic of Seychelles and conveyed to him greetings from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Minister of Defence, who also ...  >>MORE

Emirates to fly daily to Beijing

Posted on 22/02/2005

Emirates, one of the world's fastest growing airlines, today unveiled plans to fly daily to Beijing. It will be its fourth destination in China, after Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dalian (cargo-only). Emirates' new non-stop daily service between Dubai and Beijing is slated to commence on 1st February 2006, and will be operated with an Airbus 340-300 aircraft offering 267 seats in a three-class configuration, plus 13 tonnes of cargo capacity. The new route is part of the airline's strategic ...  >>MORE

Emirates to develop dedicated lounges

Posted on 09/02/2005

Emirates airline is investing Dh50 million in developing dedicated lounges for its premium passengers at various international airports, said Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. The carrier opened a Dh5 million airport lounge for passengers in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday. New Zealand Minister for Communications David Cunliffe performed the official honours at the inauguration event hosted by Gary Chapman, president of ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet sets a new benchmark

Posted on 09/02/2005

Royal Jet, the UAE-based luxury aircraft charter service now boast of providing high-tech medical services in all its aircraft with Tempus 2000 MedAire, Inc. creating a new benchmark in dealing with on-board medical emergencies. Royal Jet aircraft are equipped with the innovative medical tool, Tempus 2000, an integrated telemedicine device capable of a range of medical functions and producing video pictures of on-board patients. The device then transmits the findings to doctors inside ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways, NBAD sign deal

Posted on 08/02/2005

Etihad Airways signed an agreement with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) to syndicate the financing of five new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. NBAD will act as structuring bank and mandated lead arranger for a select consortium of local and foreign banks for the syndication. "This agreement signifies the confidence that the financial markets and our industry partners have in the future of Etihad Airways," Dr Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, chairman of Civil Aviation Department and chairman of ...  >>MORE

DNATA takes delivery of A380 compatible pushback vehicle

Posted on 31/01/2005

DNATA, the sole ground handling operator at Dubai International Airport, has taken delivery of an Airbus 380 compatible, towbarless aircraft pushback and towing vehicle. The TBL600, manufactured by Douglas Equipment (UK) in collaboration with Airbus and DNATA, is the first towbarless aircraft pushback and towing vehicle designed to handle the Airbus 380 superjumbo aircraft, which could weigh up to 600 tonnes when fully loaded. In the vehicle's development phase, Airbus set up A380 ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways and Oasis sign financing accord

Posted on 29/01/2005

Etihad Airways and Oasis International Leasing have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for US$1 billion (Dh3.67 billion) financing of eight Airbus A330-200s to be delivered between January 2006 and May 2007. Etihad requires the new aircraft to develop its network within the Middle East, Europe, Asia and North America. Since its inaugural flight in November 2003, the airline has increased its network, adding at least one route each month. It currently flies to 16 destinations, and aims to ...  >>MORE

UAE among top five aviation markets

Posted on 26/01/2005

Led by Dubai, the UAE has become one of the top five fastest growing air travel markets in the world, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). China tops the list with projected passenger traffic growth at 12.5 per cent, followed by Poland with 11 per cent, Hungary with 9.6 per cent, and the UAE with 9.3 per cent, according to its latest air traffic projection report covering the period 2004-08, the Gulf News said. The Czech Republic, forecast to record 9.1 per cent ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia receives new Airbus aircraft

Posted on 26/01/2005

Air Arabia received its new Airbus A320 aircraft yesterday, bringing its fleet strength to five aircraft. Arriving at Sharjah International Airport from Toulouse, France, the new A320 aircraft is due to start operations this week, further enabling the low-cost airline to service customers throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Indian Subcontinent with its current destination list of 11 countries and 15 destinations. Air Arabia's new aircraft will offer the latest in customer comfort ...  >>MORE

Etihad takes delivery of A300-600 freighter

Posted on 24/01/2005

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, has taken delivery of its first A300-600 freighter and will launch additional cargo services at the beginning of February, the airline announced yesterday. Etihad Airways said that the delivery of this aircraft has increased its ability to provide cargo services to Frankfurt and Amman. The A300-600 has become one of the industry's best selling freighter aircraft. The aircraft has great "interlining" capabilities, meaning it is an ideal ...  >>MORE

First Gulf Bank grants finance for Royal Jet purchase

Posted on 21/01/2005

First Gulf Bank is extending a US$15 million (Dh55 million) financing facility to Royal Jet of Abu Dhabi to purchase a new Bombardier aircraft, officials said. "First Gulf Bank [FGB], in this first blueprint contract with Royal Jet, is financing US$15 million [Dh55 million] of the purchase price of the aircraft. "As part of our aircraft management service, Royal Jet is consulting its customers on purchasing and financing such business aircraft. Both Royal Jet and FGB look forward to many ...  >>MORE

Emirates starts additional flights on Indian routes

Posted on 21/01/2005

Emirates has launch-ed additional flights between India and Dubai in response to the Indian Government's decision to partially open its skies until March, a spokesperson said. "During this limited open sky period which extends until the end of March, Emirates will operate additional flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi. The additional flights that it will operate will originate from Mumbai," the spokesperson said. "We welcome this decision because we believe an open sky ...  >>MORE

World’s biggest airline unveiled

Posted on 20/01/2005

Toulouse - The unveiling of the world's biggest passenger jet, the A380 'superjumbo' at an official ceremony held yesterday, represented a historic moment for Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, according to its Chairman Dr. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan. "A380's wide space gives us a wonderful opportunity to offer to our guests new experiences in the air which are surprising and different," he said. In addition to the purchase of four A380s, the ...  >>MORE

Ahmed bin Saeed: proud to be first, biggest A380 customer

Posted on 20/01/2005

Emirates has played an integral role in the development of the A380 'superjumbo' that Airbus has unveiled today in Toulouse, France during a ceremony attended by thousands of VIP guests from around the world, according to a press release by the airline. "I am very proud that Emirates was the first airline to sign for the A380 - and that today we are its largest customer, with 45 of them on order. I am also pleased that we are the launch customer for the freighter version of the A380," Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Emirates finalising plan for A380 interior fittings

Posted on 20/01/2005

Emirates has begun finalising the interior equipment for the Airbus A380 a deal worth US$1 billion awarded to Matsushita last year for its ex2 in-flight entertainment system. Dubai: Emirates has begun finalising the interior equipment for the Airbus A380 a deal worth US$1 billion awarded to Matsushita last year for its ex2 in-flight entertainment system. The carrier also committed US$80 million to the purchase of First Class suites from B/E Aerospace for its A380 fleet. Emirates has the ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to mark unveiling of double-decker Airbus A380

Posted on 18/01/2005

Etihad Airways, will mark the unveiling of the new A380 at an official ceremony tomorrow in Toulouse, France, signifying another major step in the growth of the new airline. In addition to the purchase of four A380s, the Abu-Dhabi-based full service airline has purchased 20 Airbus aircraft, including four ultra-long range A340-500s, four A340-600s and twelve A330-200s, the most efficient wide-body twin, according to a press release. The airline has also taken options to purchase 12 ...  >>MORE

Passenger traffic of Gulf Air from the capital rises

Posted on 17/01/2005

The number of passengers flying Gulf Air from Abu Dhabi continues to rise strongly, year-on-year, adding momentum to the airline's drive to achieve the financial targets in its three-year restructuring strategy, while enhancing the Capital's economy. Gulf Air accounts for 40 per cent of the traffic at this regional hub. Last year, figures shows that more than three and a quarter million passengers flew to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport during this period, an increase of 22 per cent ...  >>MORE

Emirates orders EFBs for 777-300ER aircraft

Posted on 12/01/2005

Emirates airline has ordered 30 Boeing Electronic Flight Bags for its 777-300ER aircraft, a company official said. "We are pleased to become the world's largest buyer of Electronic Flight Bags [EFBs]," said Adel Al Redha, executive vice president of engineering and operations. Boeing Commercial Aviation Services will install the fully certified, fully integrated Class 3 EFBs on 777-300ERs Emirates has on order. The airline will receive its first EFB-equipped 777 in March. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet opens Dubai office

Posted on 12/01/2005

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based luxury aircraft charter service, yesterday opened its new office in Dubai, appointing DNATA as its General Sales Agent (GSA). Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of Royal Jet, formally opened the new offices. DNATA Agencies, currently GSA for over 30 airlines, will also extend Royal Jet's services to all airlines and travel agencies in the UAE and ...  >>MORE

More than 7 million passengers flew on Gulf Air in 2004

Posted on 11/01/2005

Manama - Gulf Air has shown that last year's record passenger levels were no flash in the pan with the announcement that 2004 was another record year in terms of the number of passengers the airline carried. 7,484,470 revenue passengers flew on the Gulf Air network in 2004, up 23.5 per cent from 6,059,872 in 2003, breaking last year's record for the highest number carried in a single financial year. Passenger revenue increased by 27.5 per cent over 2003, largely driven by the 24.2 per cent ...  >>MORE

Emirates First Class in-flight service praised by Forbes.com

Posted on 07/01/2005

Dubai: Emirates has been praised by Forbes.com for offering the Best First Class in-flight services of 2004, a company official said. "This is a great recognition of our high quality services. It's all the more significant considering we began our non-stop daily flights to the United States just over six months ago," said Nigel Page, Emirates senior vice-president of commercial operations for the Americas. The airline was also recently praised by travel publication Globe Traveller for ...  >>MORE

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Gulf Air takes luxury to new heights


Emirates flies daily to Casablanca


Emirates takes delivery of first Boeing 777-300ER


Air Arabia eyes more destinations in India


Group of banks will grant loan to Etihad


Royal Jet to outline expansion strategy at Dubai 2005


Emirates to buy more aircraft


Emirates to start five more weekly services from Dubai to Paris


Emirates fleet to carry logo on aircraft's underside


Gulf Air reservations centre expects to handle 2m calls


Emirates wins award at Berlin show


Emirates set to start Dubai-Seoul flights


Emirates plans flights to Argentine


Gulf Air poised to break even


Etihad to fly direct to Frankfurt


Emirates’ impressive presence


Gulf Air celebrates 55th anniversary


Emirates gets financing for engines


Gulf Air passenger revenue up 27.5pc


Air Arabia to buy six Airbuses in 3 years


Ahmed meets Seychelles' President


Emirates to fly daily to Beijing


Emirates to develop dedicated lounges


Royal Jet sets a new benchmark


Etihad Airways, NBAD sign deal


DNATA takes delivery of A380 compatible pushback vehicle


Etihad Airways and Oasis sign financing accord


UAE among top five aviation markets


Air Arabia receives new Airbus aircraft


Etihad takes delivery of A300-600 freighter


First Gulf Bank grants finance for Royal Jet purchase


Emirates starts additional flights on Indian routes


World’s biggest airline unveiled


Ahmed bin Saeed: proud to be first, biggest A380 customer


Emirates finalising plan for A380 interior fittings


Etihad Airways to mark unveiling of double-decker Airbus A380


Passenger traffic of Gulf Air from the capital rises


Emirates orders EFBs for 777-300ER aircraft


Royal Jet opens Dubai office


More than 7 million passengers flew on Gulf Air in 2004


Emirates First Class in-flight service praised by Forbes.com