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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Emirates to offer widest choice of entertainment from next month

Posted on 15/11/2003

Travellers on Emirates' new Airbus A340-500, the world's longest-range aircraft, will relax during flights of up to 19 hours with more than 500 channels of in-flight entertainment, the widest choice in the skies. Its new $8 million ICE (information, communication and entertainment) system available from next month will feature 100 movies and 50 TV channels on demand, 350-plus audio channels and 40 in-flight games — three times more than on any other airline. The Dubai-based carrier is ...  >>MORE

Etihad operates first flight to Beirut today

Posted on 12/11/2003

Etihad, the UAE's new national airline launched by Abu Dhabi on November 5, is to operate its maiden flight today, the EY111 on the Abu Dhabi-Beirut sector, with a frequency of three weekly flights, a company statement said yesterday. The first scheduled light will take off from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 12:30 noon to land at Beirut at 2: 15 pm UAE local time. 'The Syrian capital of Damascus will be the next destination to be added, followed by other Middle East countries, the ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air inks new leasing contract for 3 aircrafts

Posted on 12/11/2003

Gulf Air has announced that it has signed an aircraft leasing agreement that will increase the size of its present fleet from 33 to 36 aircraft. In terms of the leasing agreement, signed with Boeing last month, Gulf Air will take delivery of a further three Airbus wide-bodied A340-300 aircraft, one of which rolled off the delivery line at the Airbus factory in Toulouse at the end of October. This takes the total of A340s in the Gulf Air fleet to 13. "The three additional aircraft will enter ...  >>MORE

Al Etihad airline to reach 16 destinations with 8 aircraft fleet by next year

Posted on 08/11/2003

Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region and Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, yesterday hailed the role of the new Al Etihad Airline in contributing to the economy and tourist sectors. Talking on the occasion of the Airline's maiden flight from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain International Airport Wednesday evening, Sheikh Tahnoun expressed his delight at such significant achievement that had been realised with the support and patronage of ...  >>MORE

Emirates opens up Mideast markets for New Zealand

Posted on 08/11/2003

Wellington |WAM - New Zealand exporters have made a flood of inquiries on how they can penetrate markets in the Middle East since Emirates began its flights to New Zealand in August. New Zealand senior trade commissioner to the Middle East Gavin Young said that Emirates was offering New Zealand exporters an option not available previously: flying perishable products directly to the Middle East without having to change aircraft, thus reducing the risk of spoilage. China's national ...  >>MORE

Etihad launched with ceremonial flight

Posted on 06/11/2003

Abu Dhabi Etihad, designated as the 'national airline of the UAE', was formally launched yesterday with a ceremonial flight from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain. Commercial operations will start on November 12 with the first scheduled flight, EY 111, from Abu Dhabi to Beirut. The airline initially will operate three times a week to Beirut. This service will be followed with flights to the Syrian capital, Damascus. Later, Etihad will fly to other Middle East countries, the Indian subcontinent, the Far ...  >>MORE

UAE's new airline to target region's business sector

Posted on 06/11/2003

Etihad, the UAE's new national airline launched by Abu Dhabi yesterday, will target the region's business sector and will also introduce the Gulf's first premium economy class. A partnership with Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co (Gamco) will serve as the maintenance base for the airline. "In the past 25 to 30 years since the introduction of business class, there has been very little to differentiate one airline from another, especially in this region. We aim to change that," said Dr Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air to add three new aircraft by June

Posted on 05/11/2003

Gulf Air is adding three more A340 aircraft by next June, taking the fleet total to 36 as the airline reduces its losses and is on track to break even by next year. Moreover, the three owner-states are injecting 45 million Bahraini dinars in December after which the airline will not seek any further cash injection. "We are adding three more aircraft, all Airbus A340s, on operating lease. Delivery of the first took place in Abu Dhabi this week. Delivery of the second will be in March 2004, ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Khalifa lauds new Al Ittihad airline

Posted on 03/11/2003

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday commended the Board of Directors of the new Al Ittihad airline on their speedy efforts for the early inauguration of the airline operations. Al Ittihad airline with a paid up capital of Dh500 million, fully paid by the Abu Dhabi government, will soon join other national airlines in the travel and transport industry. Inspecting one of the airline's new aircraft, an ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air reports big turnaround

Posted on 03/11/2003

Gulf Air yesterday announced its third quarter results saying they showed "a strong turn-around" in the airline's fortunes as its three-year recovery plan takes effect at every level of operation. Results released here showed that during the third quarter of this year, a record 1,811,232 passengers flew on Gulf Air flights, which operated with an average load factor of 73.5 per cent. This is 17.4 per cent up on figures for the same period last year. "Passenger gross revenue for the year to ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia offers promotional fares at Dh99

Posted on 03/11/2003

Air Arabia, the UAE's third airline, is making a promotional offer of Dh99 one way from Sharjah to any of its destinations. All other Air Arabia destinations will offer the same currency equivalent fare for a one-way ticket. Adel Ali, Air Arabia's chief executive, said: "We are proud to announce that our five inaugural flights to Bahrain, Kuwait, Damascus, Muscat and Beirut have been a great success. In line with the inaugural celebrations, we are offering regional travellers unprecedented ...  >>MORE

Emirates in US$226m leasing deal for Airbus A340-500s

Posted on 01/11/2003

Emirates has signed a lease financing agreement valued at US$226 million for two new Airbus A340-500s, the world's longest-range aircraft. The first A340-500 was delivered to the airline last week, and three more are due to arrive next month. They will be used on on-stop services to Sydney, Melbourne and New York, among other long haul routes. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 500 series engines, they are among the eight Airbus A340-500s which Emirates has ordered. The financing, structured as ...  >>MORE

Emirates to test-fly Boeing 777-300ER to Mauritius

Posted on 29/10/2003

The Boeing 777-300ER, the newest addition to the 777 family, stopped in Dubai - one of eight stops worldwide-on its global ETOPS (Extended Operations) certification flight test. Emirates will test-fly the aircraft to Mauritius to evaluate the aircraft's ETOPS capability. "Each of the destinations on the Boeing 777-300ER's test-flight path was selected because of the current or potential ETOPS flight requirements of the country's airline," explained Captain William Royce, Senior Technical ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air to start flights from RAK next year

Posted on 28/10/2003

Gulf Air will operate three flights from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport starting next year. These flights will be to three major cities - Abu Dhabi, Manama and Muscat. The announcement came during the visit of James Hogan, President and Chief Executive of Gulf Air, and Fareed Al Alawi, Vice-President of Gulf Air, to Ras Al Khaimah International Airport where they were received by Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, who heads the Ras Al Khaimah Civil Aviation Department and is a member of ...  >>MORE

Boeing chooses Dubai for B777-300ER test flight

Posted on 27/10/2003

Boeing's new extended range version of the B777-300, the B777-300ER, as part of its Extended Operations (ETOPS) certification, will touch down at Dubai International Airport today prior to another long-haul test flight to Mauritius. Dubai is the only destination in the Middle East chosen by Boeing for test flights. The aircraft will be inspected by Emirates flight crew tomorrow prior to its departure. The ETOPS certification by US and European regulators is slated for early next year, after ...  >>MORE

Emirates adds Brisbane to its destination list

Posted on 27/10/2003

Emirates, the UAE's international airline, launched its new daily service to Brisbane yesterday when its first flight took off from here with a delegation of senior management and media from four European countries on board. Flights to Brisbane, like those to Sydney and Melbourne, continue on to Auckland. Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia's Sunshine State, is Emirates 71st destination in 50 countries and its fourth gateway into Australia. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Executive ...  >>MORE

Arrival of first A340-500 long-range aircraft opens new era for Emirates

Posted on 26/10/2003

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, yesterday inspected Emirates' recently delivered Airbus A340-500 at its hangar in Dubai International Airport. Escorted by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, Sheikh Mohammed made his visit less than 24 hours after the A340 arrived from France on Friday. The delivery makes Emirates the world's first airline to operate the new ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia ready to take off

Posted on 26/10/2003

Air Arabia is poised to open a new chapter in the aviation history of the region with the introduction of services that offer value-for-money fares. The Sharjah-based airline, which begins its service on Tuesday to six destinations in the region, has but costs by shunning ticketing and in-flight meals and the savings are passed on to the passengers, who will be issued confirmation numbers instead of tickets. Initially, Air Arabia will connect Sharjah to six cities including Bahrain, Beirut, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation posts Dh36.9m net

Posted on 26/10/2003

Abu Dhabi Aviation, the commercial helicopter operator, yesterday announced it had earned a net profit of Dh36.9 million for the first three quarters of this year, up 2.79 per cent over the same period last year. Total assets of the company grew to Dh795 million ending third quarter this year as against Dh658 million ending September last year. Earnings Per Share (EPS) stood at Dh3.15 compared with Dh3.68 in the same period last year. According to the income statement of the company provided by ...  >>MORE

Emirates first half net touches Dh612m

Posted on 25/10/2003

A series of initiatives taken to upgrade its customer services has helped Emirates airline achieve record half-yearly profits of Dh612 million (US$167 million), 51 per cent higher than in the same period last year. Higher passenger and cargo yields more than offset a small short-term fall in seat factors during the SARS outbreak and the Iraq conflict. The results, based on unaudited financial figures, compare with net profits of Dh 404.2 million (US$110 million) last year. Sheikh Ahmed bin ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia all set to take off on Oct. 28

Posted on 20/10/2003

Air Arabia, the UAE's third national airline and the first low-cost airline in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), is all set to spread its wings to several key destinations in the region with its inaugural flight to Bahrain on October 28 from Sharjah International Airport. The flight will take off from Sharjah Airport at 9.30pm (UAE time) and land at 9.25pm (Bahrain time). The return flight will take off from Bahrain at 10.10pm and land at Sharjah at 12.05am, according to a report in ...  >>MORE

Emirates plans US$544.5m bond issue

Posted on 19/10/2003

Emirates airline plans to issue a Dh2 billion (US$544.5 million) bond this year to finance its expansion plans, an airline spokesman said yesterday. "This is part of the financing of our expansion," said the spokesman who asked not to be named. He gave no further details. Dubai government-owned Emirates has one of the fastest-growing fleets in the world, with about US$26 billion in new planes on order, including 45 of Airbus's massive A380s, which will be delivered beginning in 2006. ...  >>MORE

Air Arabia launches call centre facility

Posted on 13/10/2003

Ai Arabia on Sunday announced the launch of its call centre, which will complement the airline's online booking service and manage customer calls from throughout the Middle East and North Africa (Mena). The call centre will initially be staffed by 16 bilingual agents. They will be responsible for answering general inquiries, bookings and processing payments. The agents will be supported by Intelligent Voice Response (IVR) solutions, an automated service that provides flight information and ...  >>MORE

Emirates flights to Brisbane start this month

Posted on 06/10/2003

As proof of its commitment to its Australian and New Zealand customers, Emirates airline has announced that it will launch a new daily service between Dubai and Brisbane via Singapore on October 26. The flights will be extended to Auckland, the commercial capital of New Zealand. Brisbane, state capital of Queensland, is the airline's fourth destination in Australia after Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The new service will boost tourism and trade ties. Emirates has full traffic rights between ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways to take off from Abu Dhabi

Posted on 02/10/2003

Etihad Airways, the new airline from Abu Dhabi, will take to the skies this month, top officials said yesterday. The airline, fully owned by the Abu Dhabi government, will launch commercial operations with two leased aircraft and plans to add more shortly, a report in today's Gulf News said. "We plan to start operations by end-October to some destinations," Captain Werner Borchert, Vice President - Operations and Technical, told the paper after the airline's first board meeting chaired by its ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airline forced to land in India

Posted on 30/09/2003

Emirates Airline's flight EK 404, which left here for Singapore in the early morning hours of yesterday was forced to make an emergency landing in India. The flight had to be diverted to Chennai/Madras due to a smoke detector alert in the cargo compartment, while flying over the Indian subcontinent. According a press release from the Emirates Airline, extinguishers were immediately activated by the crew and the plane landed safely in Chennai/ Madras (MAA.) The cause of the smoke is being ...  >>MORE

Emirates backs breast cancer awareness drive

Posted on 28/09/2003

The cabin crew of Emirates will be wearing pink ribbons throughout October in support of the worldwide Breast Caner Awareness Month, an international campaign to raise awareness of the disease and funding for research into its cure. Breast cancer is sadly the most common cause of untimely death in women. Evelyn Lauder, Founder of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, inspired the campaign. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Emirates close to deal with Boeing to buy used planes

Posted on 27/09/2003

Dubai-based airline Emirates said yesterday that it was close to a deal to acquire eight used Airbus A340 jets from US planemaker Boeing Co. Boeing took the planes as trade-ins as part of a sale of its own 777 model to Singapore Airlines. "We're in the final stages of negotiations with Boeing for these aircraft," a spokeswoman for the airline told Reuters. "The negotiations will be concluded very soon." Neither side would say whether the wide-body jets would be sold or leased. (Reuters) ...  >>MORE

Emirates completes US$2.6 billion financing programme

Posted on 24/09/2003

With the delivery of its 29th - and last - Airbus A330 due later this week, Emirates has completed the massive US US$2.6 billion financing programme needed to finance this ultra-modern fleet. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Emirates Group Chairman, said: Since our first A330 was delivered more than four years ago, in March 1999, it has proved to be a top-class workhorse, highly popular with customers and extremely efficient and reliable to ...  >>MORE

Royal Jet to add two more aircraft; plans more operation alliances

Posted on 22/09/2003

Buoyed by growing business, Royal Jet, the Abu Dhabi-based premier private jet charter service, plans to acquire two more aircraft by 2005. Royal Jet is also planning more agreements with airlines after the success of the recent Gulf Air operation between Abu Dhabi and Geneva. In an exclusive interview aboard a newly arrived Gulfstream aircraft yesterday, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation, said Royal Jet is expanding its fleet due to ...  >>MORE

Emirates signs US$90m lease deal

Posted on 19/09/2003

Emirates has signed a US$90 million operating lease for one Airbus A330 over a 12-year term. This is the first time that a lease has been funded and structured entirely by Dubai-based banks. The lease was arranged and funded by National Bank of Dubai (NBD) and Emirates Bank International (EBI). The debt was financed on a floating rate basis at a margin of 0.90 per cent over six-month Libor. The lease covers one new Airbus A330-200 aircraft to be delivered on September 23. Powered by Rolls-Royce ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air reports record passenger traffic in August

Posted on 15/09/2003

The passenger figures for the month of August this year in Gulf Air's 53-year history, have posted a record, up 18.2 per cent over the same period last year. "The performance for the month represents an average load factor that is in excess of 80 per cent, testifying to the customer-centric approach that is part of the three-year strategic recovery programme, that has already yielded results in the very first year of operations, reducing the deficit by 50 per cent to Dh200 million," said James ...  >>MORE

Emirates records 1m passengers in August

Posted on 13/09/2003

Emirates enjoyed a bumper August, with a total of 1,009,636 people flying on its ever-growing network. This compares with 792,399 last August, up more than 27 per cent. Emirates also set a new record of 2,115 departures from Dubai International Airport, against 1,577 in August 2002. And freight loads surged to 52,430 tonnes, 28 per cent more than last August and the most ever carried by the airline - which pays special attention to cargo. Emirates Group chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air Board satisfied with rescue plan

Posted on 13/09/2003

The Board of Directors of Gulf Air on Wednesday expressed satisfaction with the initial results of the three-year plan to pull the airline out of its financial crisis, which had almost lead to the carrier's collapse. Board members unanimously agreed that the first eight months of the three-year restructuring strategy programme had been on the fast track and had produced good results. The meeting also noted that airline will be able to recover its all financial losses and return to posting ...  >>MORE

Sharjah firm to reach for the skies with airships

Posted on 13/09/2003

Sharjah It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's an airship. A Sharjah-based company has got exclusive rights to assemble, market and lease SkyCats, airships which can land on water, desert or any other terrain, and which do not need ground infrastructure. A spokesman of the company, the Offices of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, only said the contract amount was "quite high". "It has a huge capacity and can carry double the number of passengers in conventional aircraft," Omar A. Youssouf, ...  >>MORE

Emirates receives 1m queries in one month

Posted on 02/09/2003

The number of people contacting Emirates by telephone or in person has exceeded one million in one month, a new milestone in the airline's fast-paced development into a global airline. Customer contacts by phone or in person at Emirates call centres, reservation and ticketing offices around the world are tracked continually and tallied monthly. The number has been rising steadily, and in July 2003 passed the one million mark for the first time. The actual total was 1,114,425, representing a 27 ...  >>MORE

Aircraft production from Mideast may become reality in near future

Posted on 31/08/2003

Aircraft manufacturing in the Gulf is likely to become a reality in the near future, as a result of a joint initiative between Sukhoi, Russia's leading aircraft design bureau, and Arena International. Sukhoi and U.K. headquartered Arena International have signed a sole worldwide franchise agreement for promoting a new breed of aircraft including two new models - the Su-42 turboprop Trainer for advanced pilot training and the Sukhoi Supersonic Executive Jet which, according to the manufacturer, ...  >>MORE

Air Arabiya to launch flights on October 28

Posted on 30/08/2003

The newly-launched Air Arabiya will begin flights from Sharjah International Airport to six Arab capitals from October 28, said a top company official. Adel Ali, Air Arabiya's chief executive, said the technical and administrative departments were racing against time to run the maiden flights on its six 150-seater Airbus 320s to Doha, Muscat, Kuwait, Manama, Beirut and Tehran on October 28, 2003. A decree issued in February by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of ...  >>MORE

Boeing in sales talks with Middle East carriers

Posted on 30/08/2003

Buoyed by its US$5 billion lease-purchase deal with Emirates Airlines involving 26 Boeing 777-300ERs, the U.S. aircraft manufacturer Boeing is in close negotiations with other regional carriers in the Middle East to increase its sales. It will, however, not engage in a price war with its rival Airbus, a senior Boeing official from the company's Seattle headquarters said. Boeing will also have a strong presence at the Dubai Airshow 2003 - the largest aerospace exhibition in the Middle East - ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air all set to start Basra flights

Posted on 30/08/2003

Gulf Air is all set to begin weekly flights into Basra on Monday, 'to help the rebuilding efforts' in Iraq, a spokesman told Gulf News yesterday. The national carrier of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman is only waiting for 'the final security green light' to fly into Iraq's second biggest city, Ahmed Janahi, Gulf Air's head of corporate affairs said. However, all indications say the airline will begin the flights as scheduled on September 1, he stressed. In addition to the "contribution to the ...  >>MORE

Record growth at Gulf Air continues into August

Posted on 20/08/2003

Strong improvements in key performance indicators reflect continued record growth in Gulf Air business. At the halfway mark in August, Gulf Air announced record year on year growth in both passenger and cargo traffic. "The number of passengers on Gulf Air flights for the month to date is up by 15.6 per cent over the same period last year. With an average load factor in excess of 80 per cent, passenger numbers over the traditionally busy summer months have exceeded even our own forecasts," said ...  >>MORE

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Emirates to offer widest choice of entertainment from next month


Etihad operates first flight to Beirut today


Gulf Air inks new leasing contract for 3 aircrafts


Al Etihad airline to reach 16 destinations with 8 aircraft fleet by next year


Emirates opens up Mideast markets for New Zealand


Etihad launched with ceremonial flight


UAE's new airline to target region's business sector


Gulf Air to add three new aircraft by June


Sheikh Khalifa lauds new Al Ittihad airline


Gulf Air reports big turnaround


Air Arabia offers promotional fares at Dh99


Emirates in US$226m leasing deal for Airbus A340-500s


Emirates to test-fly Boeing 777-300ER to Mauritius


Gulf Air to start flights from RAK next year


Boeing chooses Dubai for B777-300ER test flight


Emirates adds Brisbane to its destination list


Arrival of first A340-500 long-range aircraft opens new era for Emirates


Air Arabia ready to take off


Abu Dhabi Aviation posts Dh36.9m net


Emirates first half net touches Dh612m


Air Arabia all set to take off on Oct. 28


Emirates plans US$544.5m bond issue


Air Arabia launches call centre facility


Emirates flights to Brisbane start this month


Etihad Airways to take off from Abu Dhabi


Emirates Airline forced to land in India


Emirates backs breast cancer awareness drive


Emirates close to deal with Boeing to buy used planes


Emirates completes US$2.6 billion financing programme


Royal Jet to add two more aircraft; plans more operation alliances


Emirates signs US$90m lease deal


Gulf Air reports record passenger traffic in August


Emirates records 1m passengers in August


Gulf Air Board satisfied with rescue plan


Sharjah firm to reach for the skies with airships


Emirates receives 1m queries in one month


Aircraft production from Mideast may become reality in near future


Air Arabiya to launch flights on October 28


Boeing in sales talks with Middle East carriers


Gulf Air all set to start Basra flights


Record growth at Gulf Air continues into August