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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Emirates launches service to Seychelles

Posted on 03/01/2005

Emirates airline yesterday launched its three-a-week non-stop service to the Seychelles when Flight EK 705 departed from Dubai International Airport at 2.10am. "This new Emirates route was made possible thanks to the cooperation of the Seychelles government. The island is an increasingly popular destination for leisure travellers, and the government's decision to allow visa-free entry for all nationalities has made it even more accessible," said Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of ...  >>MORE

Gamco revenue grows 79pc

Posted on 29/12/2004

With a remarkable revenue growth of 78.6 per cent during year 2003, the Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (Gamco) of Abu Dhabi, UAE, has emerged as a world-class maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider. According to a recent survey carried out by Airline Business Magazine and MRO Management magazine, Gamco achieved a turnover of Dh1.06 billion in 2003 compared to Dh367 million in 2002. This is a remarkable achievement with a record revenue growth of 78.6 per cent, which makes Gamco ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch non-stop services to Seychelles

Posted on 28/12/2004

Emirates will launch its three-times-a-week non-stop service to the Seychelles from January 2. "Since September, when Emirates first announced its decision to start flying to the Seychelles, our teams have been getting ready to launch the new services," said Gaith Al Gaith, Emirates executive vice-president of commercial operations worldwide. Emirates' first flight EK 705 will depart Dubai at 2:10am and touch down at Seychelles International Airport on Mahe Island at 6:45am. Return flight EK ...  >>MORE

Significant increase in UAE air traffic in 2004

Posted on 22/12/2004

With a noticeable increase in UAE's air traffic in 2004, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced that it has earned a profit of Dh20 million in 2004. The announcement was made by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Communications and Chairman of the board of directors of GCAA, while speaking at the board's meeting held yesterday to set the GCAA's budget for 2005 and discuss issues connected with the progress of air movement in the UAE. "The overflying movement registered ...  >>MORE

Etihad flights to Saudi Arabia take off

Posted on 22/12/2004

Etihad Airways yesterday launched a flight to Dammam and will start flights to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, today with an initial frequency of three flights a week to each city. Saudi Arabia is the second Gulf country after Bahrain to which Etihad has launched services. The airline flies to about 16 destinations and plans to spread its network in the coming months. On average, it is adding new routes every three to four weeks. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia offers range of services

Posted on 22/12/2004

Air Arabia passengers will now be treated to a range of services that will make their wait at the Sharjah International Airport a memorable one. The move has picked up momentum and is exceeding revenue expectations. The facilities at the Business class lounge include free snacks and beverages, free Internet, puzzle and games for kids, modern washrooms, telephones, and satellite TV channels, among others. The service, involving a nominal fee, is experiencing favourable and growing response ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline honoured by Jakarta

Posted on 21/12/2004

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, has been awarded "Best Foreign Airline" by the Jakarta regional government at a recent gala event held in Jakarta, Indonesia. Presented by the Governor of Jakarta province, the Adikarya Wisata award is considered to be the pinnacle of tourism awards locally. It is presented to organizations and service providers that have shown significant achievement, dedication and contribution to the development of tourism in Jakarta. Emirates received its ...  >>MORE

Emirates receives finance from Japan for new Airbus

Posted on 20/12/2004

Emirates airline has signed a US$138 million (Dh506.5 million) deal to acquire a new Airbus A340-500 aircraft. "This deal achieves attractive lease rentals for Emirates and we are grateful for the support of Orix Corp, which is one of the largest players in the world of aviation leasing," said Riyaz Peermohamed, Emirates senior vice-president for corporate treasury. "The entire funding of this aircraft was sourced from Japanese institutions. This helps Emirates further diversify its funding ...  >>MORE

Etihad orders five Boeing planes

Posted on 20/12/2004

Etihad Airways has announced a US$1.09 billion (Dh4 billion) deal with Boeing for five 777-300 ER (extended range) aircraft. "We do our utmost to meet the needs of our discerning passengers and we are pleased to be adding the 777-300 ER to our fleet," said Dr Ahmad Bin Saif Al Nahyan, chairman of Etihad Airways. "Our objective is to build upon our status as one of the world's top quality airlines. The aircraft will be delivered in 2005, with the first delivery scheduled for October, followed ...  >>MORE

UK firm plans aircraft making plant in UAE

Posted on 19/12/2004

London-based Avcen Limited, a European aircraft maker, is likely to set up a manufacturing plant in the UAE to cater to the potential markets of the Middle East and the Gulf, said a senior company official yesterday. Speaking to "Khaleej Times” from London, Mike Dacre, Managing Director, Avcen Limited, said," We are very interested in having the aircraft manufactured in a low-cost Gulf country, especially the UAE. It will be great for the UAE and the Gulf investors to have the opportunity in ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo signs deals for Airbus freighters

Posted on 12/12/2004

Emirates SkyCargo has signed agreements with Airbus and EADS EFW for the purchase of three Airbus A310-300s and their conversion to freighters. The A310-300Fs are expected to enter the Emirates fleet from the middle of next year, one in July and the other two in January 2006. The wide-bodied freighters will carry a payload of 39 tonnes, offering excellent performance capabilities and fuel efficiency. These will be the first Airbus freighters in the Emirates fleet, and also the first owned by ...  >>MORE

Etihad to acquire three leased Airbus freighters next year

Posted on 12/12/2004

Etihad Airways is acquiring three leased Airbus freighters next year, with plans to add three more in the medium term, a top official with the airline said yesterday "The airline is acquiring three freighters next year, all leased from Islanflug of Iceland. Delivery of the first will take place next month, and we are in negotiations for the other two," said Robert Strodel, head of cargo for Etihad. The first of the three leased freighters is an A300-600, delivery of which is scheduled for ...  >>MORE

President amends Abu Dhabi Aviation Co. law

Posted on 11/12/2004

President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued last Wednesday in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi law no 11 for 2004 amending articles of law 3 for 1982 on the establishment of Abu Dhabi Aviation Company. According to the law, article 13 of the law no 3 for 1982 shall be read: 'The company shall be managed by a board of seven members. The Executive Council appoints the board chairman and one member while the ordinary general assembly of the company elects five members for a ...  >>MORE

CAE to provide two simulators for Emirates

Posted on 07/12/2004

CAE INC. will supply two full flight simulators for Emirates Airlines for C$31 million ($26 million), CAE announced on Monday. Emirates will buy a Boeing 777 and an Airbus A320 simulator, both to be installed by spring 2006, for the Emirates-CAE Flight Training centre. CAE said the training centre is also adding a third simulator, an Airbus A330/A340, relocated from another CAE facility. The Dubai training centre, which will have seven simulators installed by the end of this year, is ...  >>MORE

Emirates to increase seat capacity by 35%

Posted on 06/12/2004

Emirates will increase its seat capacity by about 35 per cent by the end of its financial year next March 31, an official said. By 2010, it is poised to own a fleet of 144 aircraft, double its current fleet. It is also finalising its preparations to build a resort in Australia. "On average, we are receiving an aircraft per month. By the end of our current financial year, Emirates seat capacity will increase by more than 35 per cent," said Gaith Al Gaith, Emirates executive vice-president for ...  >>MORE

Etihad continues to spread wings

Posted on 06/12/2004

Etihad Airways continues to spread its wings, having launched direct flights to Cairo and New Delhi. The airline also plans to fly to destinations in Saudi Arabia and Europe soon, the airline said. The national airline of the UAE started direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Cairo on November 10, and to New Delhi on December 1. The airline flies to 14 destinations and completed one year of operations in November 2004. "Etihad launched its flights from Abu Dhabi to Cairo on November 10 with ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet expects to end its first year with a profit

Posted on 05/12/2004

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based luxury aircraft charter company, is poised to earn a profit this year. The company also projects further growth next year through new business activities including aircraft management, block charter contracts and expansion into the Middle East. It will add two new aircraft next year, raising its fleet to six, and has plans to base aircraft in Saudi Arabia and open offices in Beirut, Cairo and some European cities Tilmann Gabriel, president and chief executive, ...  >>MORE

Gamco reports Dh62.39m revenues

Posted on 27/11/2004

The Abu Dhabi-based Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company (Gamco) earned revenues of US$17 million (Dh62.39 million) for the three months ending October, the company announced yesterday. Gamco, a 40:60 joint venture between Gulf Air and the Abu Dhabi government is also expanding its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities to cope with increasing clientele. Actual profitability and figures for last year were not provided. "The revenues are better than last year and considering that ...  >>MORE

Emirates signs 115-million dollar financing agreement

Posted on 23/11/2004

Emirates airline has signed a 115-million-dollar financing agreement for its seventh Airbus A340-500 aircraft, it was announced in Dubai yesterday. The 12-year-loan was fully funded by the National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Gulf International Bank, a statement said. The aircraft is scheduled to be delivered by the end of November. Serving 77 cities in 54 countries, Emirates has on order 45 Airbus A380-800s, 30 Boeing 777-300ERs, another three Airbus A340-500s and 20 Airbus A340-600 Higher Gross ...  >>MORE

Emirates profits set record despite soaring costs

Posted on 17/11/2004

Emirates airline earned net profits of Dh865 million in the first six months of its financial year 2004-05 ended September 30 - up 41 per cent over the same period last year. The results, based on unaudited financial figures, are Emirates' best for any six-month period and compares with the Dh612 million earned in the same period last year. Strong passenger and cargo demand coupled with better yields helped offset higher costs due to escalating jet fuel prices. "These excellent results ...  >>MORE

Emirates new service for Birmingham from June 1

Posted on 11/11/2004

Emirates will launch a second daily service to and from Birmingham from next summer. The award-winning carrier's second daily flight will begin operating on June 1, 2005, and will be served by a state-of-the-art 285-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. Emirates' second service from Dubai, EK037, will depart at 3.45pm and arrive in Birmingham at 8.15pm, while return flight, EK038, will depart at 9.55pm arriving in Dubai at 7.45am the following morning ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia takes off to Yemen

Posted on 11/11/2004

Continuing its expansion plans throughout the region, Air Arabia LLC, UAE's national airline and first low-cost airline of its kind in the Middle East & North Africa region, made its inaugural flight to Sana'a in Yemen yesterday - its fifteenth destination - with Air Arabia's officials accompanying the flight. Air Arabia's first flight to Yemen was a full commercial flight, accompanied by Adel Ali - Air Arabia's CEO, to Sana'a Airport, where he was met by dignitaries, press and officials at ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air on track to break even by 2005

Posted on 09/11/2004

Gulf Air is on track to break even by the end of this year following strong passenger and cargo revenues. Soaring fuel prices running 75 per cent over budget, however, will delay profitability, the airline's chief said. Nonetheless, the airline will press ahead with its US$10 million (Dh36.7 million) investment in new first and business seats, which is scheduled to roll out in February 2005. "Gulf Air is on track to report record passenger numbers and revenue for this year, while debt is ...  >>MORE

Work begins on Emirates headquarters

Posted on 09/11/2004

Construction has started on a new Dh700 million (US$191 million) headquarters for the Emirates Group, and completion is scheduled for the summer of 2006. Staff will move in gradually over the next year. The group's new central office will be located on Airport Road opposite the Emirates Engineering Centre and connected to Dubai International Airport via a tunnel. Its construction will be entirely self-financed by Emirates. "Our new home has been designed to be both engaging and ...  >>MORE

Cost of flying to rise from November 10

Posted on 07/11/2004

The Board of Airline Representatives is to implement new fuel surcharges from Wednesday and airlines serving Dubai are widely expected to follow the decision. Fuel surcharges will be Dh120 for a one-way ticket and Dh240 for a return ticket. Outbound travellers will have to pay an extra Dh20 per ticket. In June, the board increased the fuel surcharge from Dh65 to Dh100, citing high oil prices as the reason. "In line with a recommendation of the Dubai Board of Airline Representatives upon ...  >>MORE

Airlines undecided on imposing fresh fuel surcharge

Posted on 01/11/2004

Confusion on the implementation of additional fuel surcharge, which airline officials said were expected to take effect today, has stalled the move for the time being, sources said. Board of Airlines' Representatives (BAR) which usually decides on such issues, failed to agree on the move, airline officials said. Officials of most carriers interviewed by "Gulf News,” including Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei and Air India, said they will follow Emirates in the implementation process. An ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to float IPO after turning profitable

Posted on 27/10/2004

Air Arabia, the region's first low-cost carrier, is likely to float an initial public offering once it becomes profitable in two years, says Adel Ali, chief executive of Air Arabia. Air Arabia, the region's first low-cost carrier, is likely to float an initial public offering once it becomes profitable in two years, said its top official. A certain portion of the shares will be reserved for its employees once it goes public. It currently employs 220 professionals. The size of the offering and ...  >>MORE

Dubai to host Middle East's first International Helishow

Posted on 26/10/2004

Dubai will play host to the Middle East's first International Helicopter Technology and Operations Exhibition, the 'Dubai Helishow', from December 6 to 9, 2004. To be held at the Dubai Airport Expo, the show will target both military and commercial segments of the industry and will act as a forum to showcase technology upgrades in every conceivable aspect of the helicopter industry, according to a press release. The exhibition is being organised under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed ...  >>MORE

Air traffic movement in UAE shows strong growth

Posted on 25/10/2004

The UAE'S aviation industry is booming, with movement through the country's six international airports up nearly 20 per cent since October 2003. The number of passengers has increased by more than 11 per cent and cargo traffic has reached a record 49.5 million metric tonnes. Ahmad Humaid Al Tayer, UAE Minister of Communications and chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said the sustained growth was a sign of economic well-being. The extended scope of the GCAA, vis-à-vis ...  >>MORE

Emirates opens sliding doors to another creative visual

Posted on 24/10/2004

Scoring another first in creative advertising visuals, Emirates has just introduced the concept of 'mechanical billboards' to the UAE and the Middle East region. For several days now, drivers battling traffic on Al Qutaeyat Road on their approach to the Garhoud Bridge from the west side of the creek have been treated to a glimpse of luxury through the sliding doors of an oversize Emirates' Airbus A340-500 First class mini-suite placed on the right side of the road, 30 metres above ground, just ...  >>MORE

Restructuring work on airspace begins

Posted on 23/10/2004

The General Civil Aviation Authority is restructuring the UAE's airspace to help with the landings and take offs at the proposed Jebel Ali airport, a government official said. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is also investing Dh100 million to build a second air traffic control centre in Abu Dhabi. "In view of the development of the new airport in Jebel Ali, we have undertaken a project to restructure the UAE airspace to facilitate the landing and take off at the new Jebel Ali ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation profits rise 14.4 pc to Dh42 million by Q3

Posted on 20/10/2004

Abu Dhabi Aviation announced today its net profits rose 14.4 per cent by the end of September to Dh 42 million from Dh 37 million for the corresponding period in 2003. The company's financial statement showed that operating profits surged by the end of the third quarter to Dh 27 million compared to Dh 25 million for the same period last year. 'Earnings in the first nine months of 2004 rose to Dh 209 million, an increase of 10.3 per cent over those posted in the corresponding months in 2003,' ...  >>MORE

Airlines defer fuel surcharge till Nov.1

Posted on 20/10/2004

Airlines operating in the UAE and members of the Board of Airline Representatives (Bar) are considering imposition of a new fuel surcharge on airway tickets from Nov.1 instead of Oct.16 as earlier planned. The new increase will be Dhs20 for a one-way ticket and Dhs40 for a return ticket, up by 20 per cent. By this, the total fuel surcharge on airway tickets will be Dhs120 for a one-way ticket and Dhs240 for a return ticket. The increase is aimed at making up for the huge increase in oil ...  >>MORE

Emirates yet to decide on surcharge

Posted on 20/10/2004

Emirates airline has said that it was still pondering what effect an imposition of fuel surcharge would have on its operations. The carrier had not imposed any hike when other airlines chose to increase the fuel surcharge from June. Due to the unprecedented rise in oil prices, Emirates and other airlines operating in the UAE do not exclude the possibility of having to raise the fuel surcharge at a later date. Emirates is doing its utmost to absorb the rise in fuel prices and apply several ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia gets fourth aircraft

Posted on 18/10/2004

Air Arabia, the UAE's national carrier and the first low-cost airline of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, received its new Airbus A320 aircraft yesterday, bringing its fleet to four. The new A320 aircraft further enables the airline to service customers throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the subcontinent with its current list of 10 countries and 14 destinations. Arriving at Sharjah International Airport from Toulouse, France, under the command of Air Arabia's Director ...  >>MORE

Emirates airline wins top award

Posted on 17/10/2004

Emirates has been voted ‘Best Middle East/African Airline' at the prestigious TTG Asia Travel Awards. Readers of TTG Asia and TTG China, leading publications for the travel trade in the region, have awarded Emirates the top accolade in this category for the second successive year. The 15th annual TTG Awards took place last week in Bangkok and the ceremony was attended by key figures in the Asian travel and transport industry. Since its launch in 1985, Emirates airline has received more than ...  >>MORE

Emirates completes sale and leaseback of Boeing B777-200

Posted on 16/10/2004

Emirates Airlines has signed a sale and leaseback with the Emirates Bank Group (EBG) of a B777-200 aircraft for USD US$78 million. The aircraft was originally delivered to Emirates as new in 1996, and since then the original lease has been paid out in full. The aircraft was recently refurbished as new and the IFE system replaced with the latest MAS 3000i IFE system. The refinancing, structured as a USD operating lease over a four-year term, was arranged and funded by EBG. The financing is ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet to build Dh150m executive aircraft terminal

Posted on 28/09/2004

Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based luxury aircraft charter company, is building a new executive aircraft terminal at an estimated cost of Dh150 million, the company announced yesterday. The terminal generally called Fixed Based Operation (FBO) is scheduled for completion in 2007. Funding for the terminal is yet to be finalised. "The new Royal Jet FBO will bring the luxury aircraft charter industry to Abu Dhabi and reinforces Abu Dhabi airport's position as an international hub. No other FBO in ...  >>MORE

Etihad to get Boeing 777s from October 2005

Posted on 27/09/2004

Deliveries of the Boeing 777s to Etihad Airways will start in October next year while deliveries of the Airbus orders will begin in January 2006, the airline's chief said, but no final decision is taken regarding engines to power the new aircraft. The UAE's national airline is also expanding its route network rapidly to new destinations that include Karachi, New Delhi, Paris and Saudi Arabia. The airline announced ground-breaking orders for 24 new aircraft from Airbus and five aircraft from ...  >>MORE

Etihad starts Mumbai service

Posted on 26/09/2004

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced yesterday the launch of its service to India, its eleventh destination in 10 months. The airline now operates to Mumbai seven times a week and will soon announce flights to New Delhi and Karachi, a statement said. Etihad announced earlier this month it is to buy five Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft for 1.09 billion dollars to be delivered next year. The airline, which is targeting 16 destinations by the end of the ...  >>MORE

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


Emirates launches service to Seychelles


Gamco revenue grows 79pc


Emirates to launch non-stop services to Seychelles


Significant increase in UAE air traffic in 2004


Etihad flights to Saudi Arabia take off


Air Arabia offers range of services


Emirates airline honoured by Jakarta


Emirates receives finance from Japan for new Airbus


Etihad orders five Boeing planes


UK firm plans aircraft making plant in UAE


Emirates SkyCargo signs deals for Airbus freighters


Etihad to acquire three leased Airbus freighters next year


President amends Abu Dhabi Aviation Co. law


CAE to provide two simulators for Emirates


Emirates to increase seat capacity by 35%


Etihad continues to spread wings


Royal Jet expects to end its first year with a profit


Gamco reports Dh62.39m revenues


Emirates signs 115-million dollar financing agreement


Emirates profits set record despite soaring costs


Emirates new service for Birmingham from June 1


Air Arabia takes off to Yemen


Gulf Air on track to break even by 2005


Work begins on Emirates headquarters


Cost of flying to rise from November 10


Airlines undecided on imposing fresh fuel surcharge


Air Arabia to float IPO after turning profitable


Dubai to host Middle East's first International Helishow


Air traffic movement in UAE shows strong growth


Emirates opens sliding doors to another creative visual


Restructuring work on airspace begins


Abu Dhabi Aviation profits rise 14.4 pc to Dh42 million by Q3


Airlines defer fuel surcharge till Nov.1


Emirates yet to decide on surcharge


Air Arabia gets fourth aircraft


Emirates airline wins top award


Emirates completes sale and leaseback of Boeing B777-200


Royal Jet to build Dh150m executive aircraft terminal


Etihad to get Boeing 777s from October 2005


Etihad starts Mumbai service