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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Gulf Air keeping close watch on Iraqi market

Posted on 15/04/2003

Gulf Air is looking closely at the Iraqi market and will resume operations once things are more settled, said the carrier's top official. Despite the Iraq war and the spread of the SARS virus, which have affected the aviation industry badly, Gulf Air said growth remained on track and it would meet the three-year target of full recovery from loss. James Hogan, Gulf Air's president and chief executive, yesterday said the airline will break even next year after reducing losses and will begin to ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins top regional award

Posted on 14/04/2003

Emirates has been named Best Airline Based in the Middle East/Indian Subcontinent in the Official Airline's Guide, OAG 2003 awards. The Dubai-based international carrier beat off fierce competition from rivals claim the prize at the 21st OAG Awards ceremony at the London Park Lane Hilton Hotel. OAG Worldwide provides the world's most comprehensive and up-to-date flight database with details on services by some 850 airlines. It is widely regarded as a definitive source of independent flight ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air to cut losses this year

Posted on 08/04/2003

Gulf Air will return to the black in 2005 but will reduce losses this year and break even next year, the airline's top official said yesterday. "Our plan aims to reduce the airline's losses to 20 million dinars by end-2003 and to break even by 2004, achieving a five million dinars profit during 2005," said James Hogan, the airline's president and chief executive. "During 2002, we improved on our own predictions and reduced Gulf Air's losses to below 41 million dinars." He said traffic in ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air to add 60 aircraft

Posted on 07/04/2003

Regional carrier Gulf Air said yesterday it plans to buy or lease 60 aircraft to triple its fleet over the next decade. Gulf Air President and Chief Executive James Hogan told reporters the Bahrain-based company would add "60 aircraft over 10 years" as part of its long-term strategy. He declined to give further details. Gulf Air said in December it was in talks with Boeing Co, Airbus, Embraer and Bombardier to expand its fleet. The debt-ridden carrier currently runs 30 aircraft. The troubled ...  >>MORE

Emirates takes precautions to tackle killer pneumonia

Posted on 05/04/2003

All aircraft of Emirates have been equipped with extra face masks, disposable gloves and biohazard plastic bags as part of the precautionary measures against the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Dubai-based Gulf News quoted from airline officials yesterday. Speaking to Gulf News, Mike Simon, Director of Corporate Communication at Emirates, said that the airline is closely following the situation on SARS, an atypical pneumonia, in accordance with WHO guidelines. He said that Emirates ...  >>MORE

ADDF, British Airways start joint promotion

Posted on 03/04/2003

The Abu Dhabi Duty Free (ADDF) and British Airways (BA) have started a joint promotion providing added value to passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi International Airport. The promotion will continue till April 30. All BA passengers will be entitled to receive raffle tickets for the Abu Dhabi Duty Free car raffles, that offers a luxury Mercedes C200K. First and Club passengers will receive three vouchers worth Dh300 while World Traveller Plus passengers will be entitled to two vouchers worth ...  >>MORE

Emirates bags Italy's top travel award

Posted on 31/03/2003

Emirates has won the first-ever Marco Polo Award 2003, Italy's travel industry 'Oscar', in a ceremony organised by one of Italy's top satellite TV travel shows. The airline was named Best Airline in a vote by Italian tour operators and travel agents. It was overall winner of the 'Airline' category, one of five in the poll, ahead of Alitalia and Lufthansa. Marco Polo launched the awards at this year's BIT International Tourism Exchange in Milan. Massimo Massini, Emirates' Area Manager (Italy, ...  >>MORE

Emirates in US$160m deal with banks

Posted on 24/03/2003

Emirates has signed a US$160 million financing agreement for two new aircraft using commercial bank funds. The financing, over a 12-year term, was structured by Credit Agricole Indosuez with debt co-arrangers National Bank of Dubai, Norddeutsche Landesbank, Kreditanstalt Fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), Mashreqbank, Standard Chartered Bank and BNP Paribas. The debt was financed on a floating rate basis at a margin of 0.80 per cent over six-month Libor (London Inter Bank Offered Rate), said an Emirates ...  >>MORE

Aviation officials make contingency plans

Posted on 19/03/2003

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has prepared a contingency plan to handle passenger airliners in UAE airspace in the event of war. The plan will help pilots to use routes at safe distances from the military areas. "What I can say at this time is that we have a contingency plan in place," said Riis Johansen, GCAA's Director Air Navigation Services, when asked yesterday about the air safety arrangements. He refused to comment on any instructions issued by the GCAA to the airlines ...  >>MORE

Emirates bolsters fleet

Posted on 18/03/2003

Emirates airline recently took delivery of two new aircraft, a Boeing 777-300 and an Airbus A330-200. Emirates plans to add 10 new passenger aircraft to the fleet and increase capacity by 21 per cent. The aircraft will help start four new routes and add more flights to existing destinations. The 777-300, Emirates' 19th Boeing jet, arrived in Dubai this month from the Boeing plant in Seattle. Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 800 Series engines, the flight was operated by Captains Ahmed Al Shamsi, ...  >>MORE

Emirates plans major display at Berlin fair

Posted on 05/03/2003

Emirates will have a major presence next week at the ITB, the international tourism exhibition in the German capital Berlin. The world's largest and most high-profile travel exhibition will next week play host to the public debut of this new show-stopping Emirates display stand - custom-built to showcase what in three years time will become the world's largest airline, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. Top German state TV show Morgenmagazin is set to broadcast live from the stand on ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air flights to remain unchanged

Posted on 27/02/2003

Gulf Air yesterday confirmed its flight schedule was to remain unchanged with non-stop daily flights between key destinations in Europe and the Gulf in the event of military conflict. "We have no plans to change our flight schedule or routes, and it is business as usual," said James Hogan, the airline's President and Chief Executive. While it is understandable that there is likely to be a decrease in leisure and tourist traffic to the Gulf region as tensions escalate, there is still strong ...  >>MORE

Dh367m flight training facility opened

Posted on 19/02/2003

The Dh367 million joint venture flight simulation facility owned by Emirates Group and CAE has opened at Dubai Airport Free Zone. "The facility is the first part of Emirates' ambitious plans to develop our operations in this field which will be achieved when we open our new aviation college at the end of the year," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation (DCA) and chairman of Emirates Group. The Emirates-CAE Flight Training facility is owned and operated by ...  >>MORE

Flight training facility to be opened at DAFZA

Posted on 17/02/2003

The total number of companies operating in the Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZ) crossed 200 last month, of which 27 are aviation related, according to official sources. Meanwhile, a joint venture flight training facility between Emirates and Canadian aviation specialists CAE will open its doors when Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates Group, inaugurates its new premises tomorrow. CAE is renowned in the international field and was ...  >>MORE

US magazine names Emirates as the airline of the year

Posted on 17/02/2003

Emirates Airline, which is planning to start operations to North America next year with the delivery of the long-range Airbus A340-500 aircraft, has been named as the +airline of the year for the best passenger services+ by a U.S magazine. The magazine, Air Transport World, also chose the airline for best promotional campaign. The announcement was made during the 29th annual ceremony held in Washington's Hilton Hotel. The airline won a similar prize in 1992. Emirates, one of the world's ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air to upgrade Abu Dhabi operations

Posted on 09/02/2003

Gulf Air is preparing an extensive upgrade of its hub operations in Abu Dhabi, details of which are still being fleshed out. The highly ambitious plan is part of a three-year restructuring programme, launched from January 1, to revive the fortunes of one of the region's premier carriers. "It is our intention to upgrade our emphasis on the UAE, of which we are the national carrier. Gulf Air will play a key role in the UAE market and strengthen our position over the next three years," said James ...  >>MORE

Sharjah launches national airline

Posted on 05/02/2003

Air Arabia, the national airline being launched by Sharjah, will have a share capital of Dh10 million, and an operational capital of Dh50 million, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, chairman of Sharjah Department of Civil Aviation, said yesterday. He said the outlay would be enough to efficiently run passenger and cargo services. He said capital would be split 60:40 between the Department of Civil Aviation and the Sharjah International Airport Authority and shares would have a Dh1,000 ...  >>MORE

Sharjah founds a Dh 10-million aviation company

Posted on 04/02/2003

H.H Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Sharjah, issued Emiri Decree No.2 for 2003 founding the Arab Aviation Company. According to the 10-article decree, the new-founded company shall be of limited liability and legal entity and is owned by the Sharjah Civil Aviation Department, as first party, and the Sharjah International Airport Authority, being the second party. The company's capital, as defined by Article (3) of the decree, shall be Dh.10 ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation net down 22.75pc

Posted on 30/01/2003

Commercial helicopter operator, Abu Dhabi Aviation, yesterday said it had earned a net profit of Dh39.4 million for 2002, down 22.75 per cent compared with the previous year. However, net assets of the Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADSM)-listed company grew to Dh642.7 million (Dh611.2 million in 2001). Net profit fell mainly due to an increase in operating expenses and a decrease in other income. Operating expenses went up to Dh179.1 million (Dh159.3 million) and other income was Dh225,904 ...  >>MORE

Major expansion plan by Emirates airline

Posted on 25/01/2003

Emirates will add a record 11 new aircraft to its fleet and increase seating capacity by 25 per cent this year, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai's Civil Aviation Department and Chairman of Emirates, announced, unveiling the massive expansion plan for the airline yesterday. This expansion will allow Emirates to start four new routes, add more flights on many current routes and launch radically new in-flight services and products, Sheikh Ahmed said. He added that the ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air set to expand route network

Posted on 21/01/2003

Gulf Air is set to significantly build the depth of its route network with a significant increase in flight frequencies over the next three years, according to a Gulf Air press release. A measured expansion of the network is also planned with some strategic destinations being added over the period of the three-year recovery plan. The Airline, which was founded in 1950, is today owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, Oman, and the UAE. Qatar, a founding member of the airline, pulled out last year. ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air plans all-economy airline

Posted on 07/01/2003

In a pioneering move, Gulf Air is launching from Abu Dhabi an all-economy airline in June to cater to the tourism and employment segments in the region. As the airline is expands its fleet to over 60 by 2009, its losses in 2002 are pegged at 42 million Bahraini Dinars and this will be halved this year. James Hogan, president and chief executive, Gulf Air, said yesterday the all-economy airline will be a subsidiary of Gulf Air with a new name to be unveiled shortly. The airline will ...  >>MORE

Sharjah airport to post rise in traffic

Posted on 21/12/2002

Sharjah International Airport is on course to record substantial increases in its cargo and passenger figures this year, Ali Salem Al Midfa, administrative and commercial director, stated yesterday. "As at end-November, freight handled has jumped 21 per cent to 454,138 tonnes, while passenger movements have climbed 17.73 per cent to 924,175," he said. Sea-air cargo throughput has also risen 5.72 per cent to 24,535 tonnes, while aircraft movements edged 1.09 per cent higher to 22,529. The ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air may break even in 2004, Qatar pulls out

Posted on 20/12/2002

Gulf Air's board reaffirmed its "full commitment" to the national carrier of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman and unanimously approved the debt-ridden airline's three year recovery plan, the company's president said yesterday. As a result, more than 90 million dinars ($238 million) will be injected into the airline by the three partners for 2003 and government debt will be deferred until 2005, said James Hogan, Gulf Air president and chief executive. Gulf Air has suffered a string of losses over ...  >>MORE

No time frame set for Abu Dhabi airline

Posted on 17/12/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation and Gulf Air, yesterday announced that Abu Dhabi has plans to launch its own airline, but said no time frame to do so has yet been set. In a recorded message to the two-day first Middle East Duty Free Conference, Sheikh Hamdan said, "Abu Dhabi always plans ahead - establishing our own airline has always been there, but we have not decided when. Sheikh Hamdan reiterated that Gulf Air is expected to go back to ...  >>MORE

Emirates to spend US$275 million on new aircraft hangars

Posted on 04/12/2002

The Emirates Airline today signed a contract with Aeroports De Paris Internationale for the construction of complex of aircraft sheds at the cost of Dh1 billion (US$ 275 million) at Dubai Airport. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates' Chairman, who signed the contract with officials from the Aeroports De Paris, said that complex of eight sheds, expected to be operational by 2005, would provide the engineering department the latest aircraft repairing equipment. Other facilities will ...  >>MORE

Emirates heads for Dh700m net

Posted on 01/12/2002

Emirates net profits are expected to exceed Dh700 million by the end of this financial year - marking a 15 per cent increase on last year's Dh611 million, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates, in a report published yesterday. The company's assets amounted to Dh13 billion at the end of October, of which Dh4 billion were liquid, he told the Arabic language daily newspaper, Al Ittihad. The company has been playing a major role in ...  >>MORE

DNATA Cargo in record haul

Posted on 13/11/2002

DNATA Cargo registered a record throughput of 167,076 tonnes handled in the first half of the current financial year starting from April to September 2002. This represents a 23 per cent increase over the same period last year, the company said. Exports accounted for 66,945 tonnes, imports for 100,131 tonnes and transit cargo amounted to 12,320 tonnes - a massive 73.4 per cent increase over last year, caused mainly by a surge in cargo feeder activities from the Subcontinent to Dubai for onward ...  >>MORE

Emirates profit soars

Posted on 12/11/2002

Emirates has earned a profit of Dh404.2 million in the first half of this year, a 140 per cent jump compared to last year. The airline's cash balance for the six months to September 30 also rose to Dh3.9 billion from Dh2.8 billion in 2001. Despite an 18 per cent increase in seat capacity, Emirates raised the load factor to 78 per cent from 74 per cent. Cargo revenues also grew 38 per cent. Emirates bucked the downturn in the industry by posting an operating revenue of Dh4.3 billion, up 27 per ...  >>MORE

DCA division records strong growth

Posted on 11/11/2002

Executive Flight Services (EFS), a special division of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Dubai, has witnessed phenomenal growth over the last 10 months and expects 35 per cent growth by the year-end over last year. DCA expects the EFS to double its growth, said a top DCA official. Next year booking for the EFS will be available online. Total flights handled during the last ten months of 2002 hit 1,982, compared to 1,504 during the same period last year. It is expected that in the year ...  >>MORE

Emirates tops in survey on service

Posted on 11/11/2002

Emirates has been voted Airline with the Best Service in a recent survey of readers of two top Middle East travel and business magazines. The airline was also voted Favourite Airline for Travel in the Gulf, for Travel in the Arab Countries and for Travel to the Far East by readers of Middle East Travel and Al Iktissad Wal Aamal magazines. The Travel and Tourism Survey 2002 was inserted in the magazines from February to June 2002, and circulated throughout the Middle East, North Africa and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation posts Dh67m profit

Posted on 06/11/2002

Abu Dhabi Aviation yesterday reported a net profit of around Dh67 million (US$18.25 million) during the first nine months of 2002. The bulk of the earnings came from investments. The government-owned company said operating profit stood at Dh28.63 million (US$7.8 million) while gain on remeasurement of investment property totalled nearly 31.1 million (US$8.47 million) during the same period. Income from investment property was put at Dh4.7 million (US$1.28 million) and gain on re-measurement of ...  >>MORE

GAMCO appointed Service Centre for Lockheed Martin's C-130

Posted on 27/10/2002

Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company, GAMCO, has been appointed as the Authorised Service Centre of Lockheed Martin Hercules aircraft for both military C-130 and civilian (L100-30) for more than 16 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Lockheed Martin's team surveyed the Gamco facility in November last year. The result of the survey was very successful and the recommendation of the upper management at the Lockheed Martin was to appoint GAMCO as the authorised service centre due to having ...  >>MORE

Boeing developing second Thuraya satellite

Posted on 26/10/2002

Thuraya's second satellite that will be launched next year, is now being manufactured by Boeing, according to senior company officials. J. Tobias Bright, executive vice president, sales, Boeing commercial airplanes, also said talks are underway between Boeing and Thuraya for the manufacture of a third satellite. Bright also noted that Emirates and Boeing are amending the details of the $6.6 billion order for 25 Boeing 777s. New models now being made by Boeing could be included in the amended ...  >>MORE

Emirates in pact with U.S. to train staff

Posted on 23/10/2002

Emirates has signed an agreement worth $425,000 with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to train Emirates personnel, with a focus on UAE nationals. The agreement was signed by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Dubai Civil Aviation president and Emirates chairman, and Marcelle M. Wahba, U.S. ambassador to the UAE. The agreement, which runs until December 2005, resulted from Emirates' commitment to buy GE-Pratt and Whitney Engine Alliance engines for its fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft. The ...  >>MORE

Civil Aviation gets another ISO award

Posted on 19/10/2002

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), including Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), has received another ISO award for its contribution to environmental awareness and conservation. The DCA received the Environment Management Systems Certificate ISO 14001, from the International Standards Organisation, executed by AIB Vincotte International SA. Recently the ADIA received the ISO 2000-9001 Quality Management Systems award. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Civil ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air and CFM mark 10th anniversary

Posted on 12/10/2002

CFM International and Gulf Air have marked the 10th anniversary of the introduction of CFM56 engines into the airline's fleet. CFM International is a joint venture company between General Electric and Snecma of France. Part of the Gulf Air fleet since 1992, CFM56-5A engines have powered the fleet of 10 Airbus A320s which the airline operates on its routes throughout the Middle East. CFM engines were also installed in the airline's long-range, four-engine Airbus A340-300 in 1994. The five ...  >>MORE

Emirates to fly to three more countries by 2003

Posted on 03/10/2002

Emirates will fly to three more countries by the end of the year, adding Russia, China and the U.S. to the 45 countries it flies to. The past quarter was its most profitable season since it came into being in 1985, said Maurice Flanagan, group managing director. Emirates faced difficulties soon after September 11 last year, but it quickly recovered and managed to turn the downtrend into an unprecedented peak, he added. "We managed to overcome the problem by December last year. We have actually ...  >>MORE

Emirates' economy class voted the best

Posted on 29/09/2002

Emirates' Economy Class has been voted the best by readers of the UK's Business Traveller magazine. The airline scooped the number one spot in the Economy Class category for the first time and the Best Medium Haul Airline title for the third year running at this year's Business Traveller Awards. Emirates, the Dubai based international airline, has scooped two awards in Business Traveller magazine's 2002 reader poll. The carrier won Best Economy Class, the first time it has won an award in this ...  >>MORE

Fuel surcharge on air cargo to double shortly

Posted on 14/09/2002

All airlines operating from the UAE will double fuel surcharge on cargo from October 1. High oil prices have pushed the industry to increase the surcharge from five cents per kilogram to 10 cents. The decision was made at an emergency meeting called by the Cargo Sub-committee (Casco), which include officials from all international airlines operating in the UAE, on Tuesday afternoon. Casco also agreed to keep the security surcharge of 10 cents per kilo, which was introduced after September 11 ...  >>MORE

Emirates, French railways in deal on air-rail links

Posted on 12/09/2002

Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, and SNCF French Railways, have signed a new deal on rapid rail/air links between Dubai and six of France's most important regional cities via Emirates' daily flights to Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport. Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Rennes, Bordeaux and Avignon are already on the plane-to-train map, with three more cities joining soon, namely Marseille, Montpellier and Nimes. France's TGV Train a Grand Vitesse - the high-speed train - is one of the ...  >>MORE

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Gulf Air keeping close watch on Iraqi market


Emirates wins top regional award


Gulf Air to cut losses this year


Gulf Air to add 60 aircraft


Emirates takes precautions to tackle killer pneumonia


ADDF, British Airways start joint promotion


Emirates bags Italy's top travel award


Emirates in US$160m deal with banks


Aviation officials make contingency plans


Emirates bolsters fleet


Emirates plans major display at Berlin fair


Gulf Air flights to remain unchanged


Dh367m flight training facility opened


Flight training facility to be opened at DAFZA


US magazine names Emirates as the airline of the year


Gulf Air to upgrade Abu Dhabi operations


Sharjah launches national airline


Sharjah founds a Dh 10-million aviation company


Abu Dhabi Aviation net down 22.75pc


Major expansion plan by Emirates airline


Gulf Air set to expand route network


Gulf Air plans all-economy airline


Sharjah airport to post rise in traffic


Gulf Air may break even in 2004, Qatar pulls out


No time frame set for Abu Dhabi airline


Emirates to spend US$275 million on new aircraft hangars


Emirates heads for Dh700m net


DNATA Cargo in record haul


Emirates profit soars


DCA division records strong growth


Emirates tops in survey on service


Abu Dhabi Aviation posts Dh67m profit


GAMCO appointed Service Centre for Lockheed Martin's C-130


Boeing developing second Thuraya satellite


Emirates in pact with U.S. to train staff


Civil Aviation gets another ISO award


Gulf Air and CFM mark 10th anniversary


Emirates to fly to three more countries by 2003


Emirates' economy class voted the best


Fuel surcharge on air cargo to double shortly


Emirates, French railways in deal on air-rail links