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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Emirates set to launch non-stop New York flights

Posted on 19/04/2004

Emirates, confirmed yesterday that it will launch its first passenger service from North America to the Middle East on June 1. The airline also provided the American news media with an exclusive peek at a first in commercial air travel: its fully enclosed US$175,000 First Class Suite. The new daily non-stop A340-500 service from New York (JFK) to Dubai (U.A.E.) was announced yesterday by Ghaith al Ghaith, Emirates' Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide, during a media ...  >>MORE

UAE-Lebanon sign aviation agreement

Posted on 16/04/2004

The UAE-Lebanon civil aviation authorities yesterday agreed to amend the articles of the air transport agreement between the countries signed in 1998 in order to make it compatible with the open sky policy. The amended agreement was signed on the UAE side by Sultan Hassan Al Marzouki, Head of the Ministry of Communication's Agreements Section, while Dr. Hamdi Shawq, Director General of Civil Aviation, signed it on the Lebanese side. The new agreement allows national carriers of each of the two ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation paid-up capital hiked

Posted on 14/04/2004

The paid-up capital of Abu Dhabi Aviation was raised to Dh187.2 million through the distribution of 20 per cent bonus shares amounting to Dh31.2 million. A resolution to this effect, in accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Economy and Trade was adopted at the extraordinary general meeting of the company, held in the capital yesterday, presided over by Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Suroor Al Dhaheri, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. Abu Dhabi Aviation is a national ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport breaks passenger records

Posted on 14/04/2004

Passenger movement at Dubai International Airport in the first quarter of 2004 registered at 5.34 million showing a growth of 24.95 per cent as compared with 4.28 million over the same period last year. Dubai Cargo Village registered a phenomenal 23.1 per cent growth having handled a total of 256,229 tonnes of freight as compared to 208,071 tonnes during the same period last year. Aircraft movement last year registered at 40,393 movements in the first quarter of 2003 while this year it ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins clutch of awards in a 10-million voter global survey

Posted on 14/04/2004

Emirates Airline won a clutch of awards in a 10 million voter survey announced by web-based Skytrax, including Best Economy Class, Best Airline to the Middle East – and second overall in the Best Airline category. The first went to Singapore, while Cathay Pacific was third. Favourable voting by passengers helped Emirates launch a considerable challenge for the top prize, with the airline even achieving the title position on several occasions throughout the 10-month period of the survey. ...  >>MORE

First private airline in UAE all set to take off

Posted on 14/04/2004

Smart Jet Airways, the UAE's first privately-owned airline, is expected to take off in June, according to a senior official. Owned by City Link General Trading, part of Dubai-based Bin Beleila Group, it is being positioned as a low-cost airline and expected to fly initially to Beirut, Damascus, Alexandria, Istanbul, Madrid, Barcelona, Warsaw, Bangkok and Cameroon. Hassan Al Jayouchi, general manager of City Link General Trading and Smart Jet Airways, said it has recently acquired a trade ...  >>MORE

Shanghai joins list of Emirates destinations

Posted on 12/04/2004

The inaugural non-stop Emirates flight, EK203, from Dubai to Shanghai, China, landed at Pudong International Airport yesterday. The flight was met by Juma Rashid Jassem, the UAE Ambassador to China, and a large number of Chinese civil aviation officials. Tim Clark, president of Emirates airline, Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates executive vice-president of commercial operations worldwide, and Yang Wei Guo, Chinese Consul General in Dubai, were on the flight that marked the start of Emirate's passenger ...  >>MORE

Emirates makes emergency landing in Johannesburg

Posted on 11/04/2004

An Emirates passenger aircraft made an emergency landing minutes after it took off from Johannesburg airport yesterday evening due to unknown technical fault. In a statement issued yesterday, the Emirates Airline said that the aircraft landed safely and no one of its 250 passengers or crew were harmed. The statement added that the airline transferred the passengers to Boeing 777 aircraft that left Johannesburg the same evening. The airline said that it had sent a team of technicians to ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia opens its online engine

Posted on 10/04/2004

Air Arabia, the low-cost airline, unveiled its Arabic online booking engine on Wednesday. It is currently offering customers the option of making their airline reservations in both Arabic and English at http://www.airarabia.com Air Arabia launched its English website in October 2003 on customer demand that has proved a successful online travel solution to customers. The Arabic and English websites mirror each other in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation posts Dh52m profit

Posted on 07/04/2004

Abu Dhabi Aviation posted a net profit of Dh52.13 million for the year 2003, that is an increase of 8.6 per cent over the figure of Dh48 million for the previous year. The annual general meeting of the company, held in the capital yesterday, presided over by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Aviation and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation, announced earnings per share of Dh3.34 for the year. Total assets of the company stood ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia launches Khartoum flights

Posted on 05/04/2004

Marking the start of its next expansion phase, Air Arabia, the first low-cost airline of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, made its inaugural flight to Khartoum in Sudan on Saturday - its third destination in North Africa - with the carrier's officials and members of the media accompanying the flight. Air Arabia's first flight to Khartoum flew an official delegation led by Adel Ali, Air Arabia's CEO, and Ali Fairooz, Air Arabia's director sales and marketing to Khartoum ...  >>MORE

UAE Civil Aviation Law taken as guide for drafting Arab Civil Aviation Law

Posted on 04/04/2004

The meetings of the civil aviation law being prepared by the Arab Authority for Civil Aviation, AACA, yesterday agreed to adopt the UAE Civil Aviation Law as the guidance for the drafting of the Arab Civil Aviation Law. The agreement was made during the second meeting of the body chaired by the UAE with the membership of Egypt and Morocco. Mohammed Ghanem Al Ghaith, Director General of the AACA said that the meeting would discuss proposal model on the air safety, standards and safety of ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways flies to Bangkok

Posted on 04/04/2004

Etihad Airways has begun direct services between Abu Dhabi and the Thai capital of Bangkok on an initial frequency of four times per week with the effect from April. The Chairman Dr Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan said a memorandum of understanding concluded in Abu Dhabi on March 6 between the governments of United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Thailand has enabled Etihad Airways the prime opportunity to add Bangkok to its growing list of international destination. Etihad will announce ...  >>MORE

Emirates begins flights to Christchurch from June

Posted on 03/04/2004

Emirates will launch regular flights to Christ-church on June 10, marking its second destination in New Zealand after Auckland, which joined the network last August. The connection to Christchurch will be an extension of the upcoming Dubai-Melbourne non-stop service, which Emirates will operate with the A340-500 aircraft. Initially flying three times a week, the service will increase to six times weekly on August 1. This means that Emirates will offer 27 flights a week to New Zealand by ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to buy 50 aircraft; begins direct flights to London

Posted on 29/03/2004

Etihad Airways will acquire 50 aircraft by 2009, most of which will be funded through bank financing, the airline's top executive said yesterday. Positioned as the national airline of the UAE, Etihad Airways launched its first European route - to London - yesterday and by the end of this year it will fly to 16 destinations. "In five years, the airline will have 50 aircraft, some leased and some through outright purchase," Chairman of Etihad Airways Dr. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, said ...  >>MORE

Emirates adds frequencies to Manila and Osaka

Posted on 29/03/2004

Emirates, the world's fastest growing intercontinental airline, will increase frequencies to two Asian destinations this week - Manila and Osaka. Emirates will fly daily between its Dubai hub and Osaka's Kansai International Airport, up from its current four-a-week services. The carrier will operate both the A340-500 and A340-300 in three-class configuration on this route. Respectively, these aircraft can carry 258 and 267 passengers. These additional flights are expected to meet increasing ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia marks successful take-off with official launch

Posted on 27/03/2004

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, last Thursday officially launched the budget airline Air Arabia following its successful operation over the last five months. The event was attended by Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Communications; Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates; Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Sharjah's Department of Civil Aviation and ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air marks 54 years of successful operation

Posted on 27/03/2004

Gulf Air, national carrier of Bahrain, Oman and the UAE, celebrated 54 years of successful operations in Bahrain on Thursday with James Hogan, President and Chief Executive and members of the senior management team joining the staff to cut a cake to mark the occasion and celebrate the Gulf's first airline. Gulf Air began its existence in March 1950, thanks to pioneer Freddie Bosworth's vision and enterprising Bahraini businessmen who understood the importance of inter-Gulf connections that ...  >>MORE

Etihad launches luxury coach connections

Posted on 24/03/2004

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that complimentary ground transportation from Dubai and the Northern Emirates to Abu Dhabi Airport is now available to all passengers booked on the airline. As a result, Etihad guests flying in Coral Zone will now be able to begin and end their journeys in Dubai, via connecting luxury coach service. Etihad also offers door-to-door pickup service by limousine to guests travelling in the airline's Diamond and Pearl ...  >>MORE

Dubai Civil Aviation to become independent body

Posted on 23/03/2004

A dramatic change in the status of the Department of Civil Aviation was announced yesterday by its president Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum – a move which will see it become financially independent of the government and undergo a name change. The department will become the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, under which it will obtain funds from banks or capital markets to finance projects such as the US$4.1 billion expansion of Dubai International Airport. The DCA is currently carrying out ...  >>MORE

Middle East will adopt open skies policy in 2006

Posted on 23/03/2004

Middle East airports will adopt an open skies policy in 2006 according to civil aviation official who also said that the ongoing airport developments and expansions could exceed US15,000 billion out of global spending of US$50 billion. The US$15 billion airport development projects include Dubai International Airport's US$4.1 billion, Doha International Airport's US$5 billion, US$600 million for Abu Dhabi International Airport, US$475 million for Tehran airport, US$300 million for Kuwait, ...  >>MORE

Emirates to link Dubai to Vienna

Posted on 23/03/2004

Emirates is expanding its European network with plans to link Dubai and Vienna with four weekly non-stop flights from May 1, rising to daily from May 15. The new route - which will start barely 20 days after the launch of two other new Emirates services to Glasgow and Shanghai - will make Vienna the 77th destination in a route network that now serves 74 cities in 52 countries. Europe is increasingly important for Emirates, which has earned more than 250 quality awards from customers since it ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch direct flights to Glasgow in April

Posted on 20/03/2004

Emirates has confirmed its plans to launch non-stop flights between Dubai and Glasgow from April 10. Each year, 300,000 people travel on connecting flights to Scottish airports from the Middle East, Far East, Australia and New Zealand, almost 80 per cent of them via Heathrow or Amsterdam. These figures are influenced primarily by the dominance of airports with strong onward networks, as there is a real lack of options for those wanting direct long-haul flights to Scotland. Emirates is ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air gets laurels for turnaround

Posted on 19/03/2004

Gulf Air has been praised by an international body as an airline to be reckoned with following its turnaround from continuous losses to a profit earning airline. The Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) awarded Gulf Air the prestigious Airline Turnaround of the Year Award last week in New Delhi, India, where more than 200 of Asia's top aviation executives were present. "Gulf Air languished for a number of years, watching while neighbouring airlines flourished. But over the ...  >>MORE

Emirates to launch Dubai-Shanghai route

Posted on 16/03/2004

Emirates airline disclosed yesterday that it would launch a new passenger route between Dubai and Shanghai next month. The new non-stop flights to the largest Chinese city were announced today in Shanghai by Richard Vaughn, Emirates' Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, East Asia and Australasia during a briefing for the Chinese media. The new service will be the first-ever direct air passage between Dubai and mainland China. Vaughan said Emirate's passengers from Shanghai would be ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Ahmed honoured by top German news magazine – again

Posted on 15/03/2004

A major European news magazine has again named HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, as one of the 20 leading figures in the German travel industry. For the second year running, readers of Focus magazine, one of Germany's most important periodicals and read by six million people a week, judged him to have made a major contribution to travel in the country. Sheikh Ahmed is one of only two non-Germans to feature on the awards list, which was headed by Michael Frenzel, ...  >>MORE

GCAA discusses overloading problems

Posted on 14/03/2004

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Department of Civil Aviation of all the UAE airports held a meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of GCAA General Director Mohammed Ghanim Al Ghaith. The meeting discussed issues related to overloading of aircrafts. It was aimed at exploring ways and adopting measures to curb this unlawful act,” said a GCAA press release. If this trend is f left unchecked, it will not only jeopardise the safety of aircraft, occupants and properties but ...  >>MORE

Emirates launches US$500 million bond issue

Posted on 13/03/2004

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Emirates, announced last Wednesday that the debut Eurobond issue for Emirates would be launched at US$500 million. The issue will be a Floating Rate Note (FRN) with a tenure of seven years and will pay a margin of 0.80 per cent over 6 six months USD Libor. The issue will be listed in Luxembourg. This is the largest ever-unrated Eurobond issue by an airline and also the largest ever unsecured issue by a corporation within the GCC. The response ...  >>MORE

Emirates to begin non-stop flights to Melbourne

Posted on 13/03/2004

Emirates will shortly add non-stop flights to its present Dubai-Melbourne services. This announcement comes hot on the heels of daily Emirates non-stop flights to Sydney, launched last December. The new service to Melbourne will start on June 10, initially as a three-times-a-week service, doubling to a six a week on August 1. The non-stop flights are in addition to the current daily services via Singapore, and will boost Emirates flights to Australia's second largest city from seven to 13 a ...  >>MORE

Emirates sets up a dedicated reception lounge at Le Meridien

Posted on 10/03/2004

Emirates has set up a dedicated reception lounge to extend its services to business and first class passengers in the Le Meridien Hotel Dubai, a service it hopes to extend to its passengers at other popular Emirates destinations, according to Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. This is the first such facility for the airline in a hotel anywhere in the world, said officials. The dedicated reception is manned by experienced ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air makes a regional history…appoints woman pilot for Gulf Traveller

Posted on 08/03/2004

Gulf Air has appointed a woman pilot, making a regional history. French national Caroline Le Cann has joined Gulf Traveller, Gulf Air's all economy full service division based in Abu Dhabi, from where she will operate the airline's Boeing 767 aircraft. Caroline brings a wealth of experience to her new position with Gulf Traveller. She has been flying since the age of 15 and obtained her Private Pilot's Licence on her 17th birthday. James Hogan, president and chief Executive of Gulf Air ...  >>MORE

Etihad launches three-a-week flights to Colombo

Posted on 06/03/2004

Etihad Airways has launched its first route outside the Middle East, with the commencement of three flights a week to Colombo yesterday. The Sri Lankan capital is the fourth destination for the Abu Dhabi-based airline. This represents the fourth new route for Etihad Airways in a period of rapid growth for the airline, which should see a total of 16 new destinations by the end of this year. These include London and Bangkok on March 28 and April 5 respectively. The service will operate on ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia takes delivery of new Airbus

Posted on 29/02/2004

Air Arabia, which bills itself as the Middle East's first low cost airline, has taken delivery of the first of the three new Airbus A320 to be leased this year to keep up with an expanding network, the company announced yesterday. "Air Arabia's new aircraft will offer the latest in customer comfort with the largest seat pitch in the market – that of 34 inches – in comparison to 29 and at the most 31 inches offered on most regional airlines,” said Air Arabia's chief executive officer Adel ...  >>MORE

Emirates expects 40pc rise in profit

Posted on 28/02/2004

Singapore - Emirates airline said its net profit for the year ending March 31 will rise by between 30 per cent and 40 per cent as it expands routes to meet increasing demand for leisure and business travel. The Dubai-based carrier had a profit of US$285 million in the last fiscal year. It will add as much as 28 per cent capacity this year, with more services to Germany, China, Morocco, Italy and the US, said the carrier's group managing director. He declined to disclose the figure for the ...  >>MORE

North America is just three months away

Posted on 28/02/2004

Emirates, which flies to 74 destinations across Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia, will begin flying to New York from June 1. In a bid to speed up the momentum for the launch of its operations in North America, the award-winning carrier recently set up a call centre in New York to help customers register advance bookings and inquiry. It has already started freight operations to the US due to high demand. The carrier will expand its network significantly this year. In April it will fly to ...  >>MORE

Emirates set for non-stop flights to US destinations

Posted on 24/02/2004

Emirates airline plans an ambitious roll-out of its non-stop flights to the US, it was revealed yesterday, with new American destinations added to the list. In the next two years, the Middle East's top airline plans to add San Francisco or Los Angeles and Chicago to its direct flights to New York, which begin in June. "That is the list - so far," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. Speaking exclusively to Gulf News, he ...  >>MORE

Etihad to acquire six new planes this year

Posted on 23/02/2004

Etihad Airways, the UAE's new airline will acquire six new aircraft this year that will fly to new destinations in Asia and Europe after the recent signing of bilateral agreements and landing rights with the UK, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. Positioned as the UAE's national airline, Etihad Airways will start flights to London, Bangkok and Colombo next month. Captain Werner Borchert, Vice President of Operations told ‘Gulf News' that earlier this month the airline took delivery of its third ...  >>MORE

Emirates-CAE wins Canadian Business Council Award

Posted on 22/02/2004

The Emirates-CAE Flight Training has won the Canadian Business Council Business Award for 2003. This was announced by Canadian Ambassador David Hutton while addressing the annual dinner of the Canadian Business Council here. Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) is the US$130 million partnership formed in July 2001 between Emirates airline and CAE Inc. of Canada. The ECFT facility is the first training facility outside the US and Europe to be qualified by both the US Federal Aviation ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia takes wings, puts Tehran on map

Posted on 08/02/2004

The cities of Mumbai, Trivanddrum and Cochin will be the first of the destinations in the Subcontinent Air Arabia will add to its expanding network as soon as it reaches an accord with the Indian government, Ali Fairooz, Director of Sales and Marketing of the Sharjah-based airline, Air Arabia told ‘Khaleej Times'. Fairooz made the comment during the launch of Air Arabia's flight to Teheran – the sixth destination for 2004, on Friday. Flights from Sharjah to Tehran will operate three days a ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia to offer 50pc concession to media persons

Posted on 08/02/2004

Air Arabia, the national carrier of Sharjah, has decided to offer 50 per cent concession on airfare to media persons. Air Arabia's chief executive officer Adel Ali told the Khaleej Times that Air Arabia's board of directors accepted the request of Journalists Association of Dubai to make 50 per cent concession on the tickets for media persons on board Air Arabia. The decision will be implemented this month. He said he has received a letter from Journalists Association of Dubai enquiring ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air revenues up 11pc in 2003

Posted on 08/02/2004

Strong passenger growth coupled with cost cutting boosted Gulf Air's revenues by 11 per cent to 397 million Bahraini dinars last year. En route, this halved the net losses to 20 million dinars, confirmed airline officials. The airline has forecast revenues of 500 million dinars this year with a passenger growth of one million this year, bang on target with the three-year recovery plan. Ahmed Hammadi, vice-president for finance, said: "Gulf Air's total revenues were 397 million dinars in ...  >>MORE

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Emirates set to launch non-stop New York flights


UAE-Lebanon sign aviation agreement


Abu Dhabi Aviation paid-up capital hiked


Dubai airport breaks passenger records


Emirates wins clutch of awards in a 10-million voter global survey


First private airline in UAE all set to take off


Shanghai joins list of Emirates destinations


Emirates makes emergency landing in Johannesburg


Air Arabia opens its online engine


Abu Dhabi Aviation posts Dh52m profit


Air Arabia launches Khartoum flights


UAE Civil Aviation Law taken as guide for drafting Arab Civil Aviation Law


Etihad Airways flies to Bangkok


Emirates begins flights to Christchurch from June


Etihad Airways to buy 50 aircraft; begins direct flights to London


Emirates adds frequencies to Manila and Osaka


Air Arabia marks successful take-off with official launch


Gulf Air marks 54 years of successful operation


Etihad launches luxury coach connections


Dubai Civil Aviation to become independent body


Middle East will adopt open skies policy in 2006


Emirates to link Dubai to Vienna


Emirates to launch direct flights to Glasgow in April


Gulf Air gets laurels for turnaround


Emirates to launch Dubai-Shanghai route


Sheikh Ahmed honoured by top German news magazine – again


GCAA discusses overloading problems


Emirates launches US$500 million bond issue


Emirates to begin non-stop flights to Melbourne


Emirates sets up a dedicated reception lounge at Le Meridien


Gulf Air makes a regional history…appoints woman pilot for Gulf Traveller


Etihad launches three-a-week flights to Colombo


Air Arabia takes delivery of new Airbus


Emirates expects 40pc rise in profit


North America is just three months away


Emirates set for non-stop flights to US destinations


Etihad to acquire six new planes this year


Emirates-CAE wins Canadian Business Council Award


Air Arabia takes wings, puts Tehran on map


Air Arabia to offer 50pc concession to media persons


Gulf Air revenues up 11pc in 2003