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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

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

Gulf Air and Air Canada enter into agreement

Posted on 11/09/2002

Gulf Air has announced a bilateral agreement with Air Canada to streamline check-in processes for travellers on both carriers, as part of the airline's strategy to increase efficiencies for passengers. Gulf Air's Manager Systems Development, Mark Hartshorne, said the ' inter- Airline Through Check In' systems agreement now allows passengers to be checked-in once only for flights between the two carriers. The initiative was introduced recently on Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, UAE, ...  >>MORE

Emirates signs US$100m aircraft financing deal

Posted on 11/09/2002

Emirates has signed a US$100 million agreement for the financing of an Airbus A330, using a UK operating lease structure over a 10-year term with Lloyds TSB Bank. This is the third A330 that Emirates financed using this structure. The agreement is for the acquisition of the 24th of 29 Airbus A330-200s powered by Roll Royce Trent engine, on firm order. The aircraft will be delivered to Emirates on September 13. The aircraft financing is structured as a 10-year International Operating Lease ...  >>MORE

Shareholders committed to Gulf Air turnaround

Posted on 10/09/2002

Existing shareholders of Gulf Air have reaffirmed their commitment to the airline's future, but are studying the recovery strategy plan presented to them, top officials said. The airline yesterday received two awards from CFM International, a leading aircraft engine manufacturer. James Hogan, airline president and chief executive, clarified that the existing three shareholders of the airline are totally behind the management in its endeavour of turning the airline around. "Oman is not ...  >>MORE

Owner States confirm support for Gulf Air

Posted on 09/09/2002

Gulf Air's Board Chairman, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, announced that the board meeting, scheduled for September 14, 2002, has been rescheduled, and that a new date will be fixed later. He added that the owner states requested further consultations with the management, in regard to reviewing a study on the strategic plan, prepared by the management, for the three coming years, for approval at the coming board meeting. This plan is based on highly advanced and professional criteria, in ...  >>MORE

Mauritius President hails Sheikh Ahmed

Posted on 05/09/2002

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates, attended a dinner in his honour on Tuesday in Mauritius, hosted by the President of Mauritius, Karl Offmann. The event, attended by the Mauritian Acting Prime Minister and Minster of Finance, Paul Berenger, other ministers and representatives of the Mauritian business community, marked Emirates' inauguration of services the same day to the Indian Ocean Island. Offmann welcomed Sheikh Ahmed to ...  >>MORE

Emirates, JAL agree on joint marketing

Posted on 27/08/2002

Japan Airlines Company, Asia's largest carrier plans to jointly market seats with Emirates when the Dubai-based airline starts flying to Osaka in October. Japan Airlines which stopped flying to Dubai in 1990, agreed to market seats for Emirates' Osaka-Dubai service and will le the largest Arab airline sell seats on the Japanese carrier domestic flights, said David Snelling, and Emirates spokesman. Japan Airlines will offer Emirates passengers connecting flights from Osaka to Tokyo's Haneda ...  >>MORE

Emirates set to boost Dubai tourism sector

Posted on 19/08/2002

With the addition of new routes recently, Emirates Airlines is set to contribute significantly in the development of the Dubai tourism sector, according to a senior official. +The addition of new routes was in line with the directives of Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence to open up new avenues and boost the Dubai tourism industry+ said Gaith Al Gaith, Executive Director for Commercial operations at the Emirates. Accordingly, the ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air takes off from the doldrums

Posted on 19/08/2002

Measures to improve performance of Gulf Air have started to bear fruit, with July performance figures showing eight per cent improvement compared to the same period last year, according to a press release issued today by the airline. Gulf Air, the national carrier of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, recorded On-Time Performance (OTP) figures of 89.6 per cent for all flights taking off within 15 minutes of scheduled departure times, the release says. It adds that results for July registered ...  >>MORE

Emirates equipping planes with life-saving devices

Posted on 13/08/2002

Emirates airline has placed a further order for a life-saving device called the Philips Automated External Defibrillator (AED) or (FR2 AED), for its new fleet of aircraft that it will acquire from Boeing and Airbus, representatives of Philips and Emirates announced at a Press conference at the Emirates Training College yesterday. Emirates joins a distinguished list of airlines from around the world that carry the Philips FR2 AED on board their aircraft. It is the only airline in the Middle ...  >>MORE

Emirates signs US$90m Islamic financing deal

Posted on 04/08/2002

Emirates has signed a Dh330 million (US$90 million) Islamic financing agreement for an Airbus A330 airliner over a 10-year term, said a company statement. This is the third A330 that Emirates has financed using Islamic funds during the last year. The Islamic funding is provided by Dubai Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, National Bank of Dubai, HSBC Bank Middle East, Kuwait Finance House and British Arab Commercial Bank at a competitive rate of return as compared with traditional modes of ...  >>MORE

Emirates to open first direct air link to Japan

Posted on 25/07/2002

Emirates non-stop flights between Dubai and Osaka, planned to start on October 1, subject to government approval, will provide the first direct air link between the Gulf and the world's second largest economy. Flight EK316 Dubai-Osaka, will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, departing Dubai at 02:30 and arriving at Kansai International Airport in Osaka at 16:40, a flight time of nine hours and 10 minutes. The return flight, EK317, will operate Osaka-Dubai on the same ...  >>MORE

Air travel likely to see 10pc growth

Posted on 21/07/2002

Air travel is shortly expected to see a return to the 10 per cent plus per annum growth in passenger numbers of earlier last year, according to Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of the Emirates Group. Sheikh Ahmed urged the international aviation industry to support the AFSI exhibition and conference as it will be a valuable global learning, meeting and networking opportunity as the international aviation industry heads to a return to its ...  >>MORE

Emirates seat capacity to grow 16 per cent annually

Posted on 09/07/2002

The seat capacity of Emirates is expected to grow at an annual rate of 16 per cent and by 2010 it will rise to 154 billion seats per kilometre from 40.8 billion per kilometre now, according to Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Sheikh Ahmed, in an interview to "Al Khaleej,” said the Emirates Group was considered the biggest contributor to Dubai's economy with its spending of over Dh 4 billion in the local market. Sheikh Ahmed termed the increase in passenger volume and ...  >>MORE

DCA posts good show in first half

Posted on 07/07/2002

Passenger movements at Dubai International Airport grew from 6.8 million during the first half of last year to 7.5 million this year, according to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). This figure indicates a 10 per cent growth over the same period last year. The Dubai Cargo Village also registered a 20 per cent growth while Dubai Duty Free sales for the first six months reached Dh511.6 million, putting the operation on the Dh1 billion target by year-end. "The first half of 2002 has been ...  >>MORE

Emirates picked up as official carrier for Commonwealth law meet

Posted on 04/07/2002

Emirates Airline has been selected official carrier for 13th Law conference of the Commonwealth which will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from April 13-17, 2003. The international airline of the UAE has been chosen after stiff competition from major global carriers from Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum expressed his delight and pride on the selection of the UAE carrier for the high profile gathering. ' Australia's role in the world scene ...  >>MORE

Aid to Gulf Air could total Dh775m

Posted on 02/07/2002

Total immediate relief that Gulf Air is to receive could amount to about Dh775 million. Its three owners have frozen all state debts of some Dh485 million between May and September. This is in addition to Dh290 million in emergency funds already paid to the troubled airline. At the recent extraordinary general meeting in which Qatar pulled out, the question of disbanding the airline was not discussed, according to James Hogan, the airline's new president and chief executive. He said Gulf Air ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air on course to restore market confidence

Posted on 01/07/2002

Gulf Air's new President and Chief Executive, James Hogan, has unveiled his strategy for a new and bolder Gulf Air, which include a series of positive changes that will see the company recover market confidence and shares, following the recent commitment of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman to drive the airline forward. Gulf Air, which has a fleet of 32 planes and flies to nearly 50 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and North Africa, has been suffering from financial problems, which was ...  >>MORE

Emirates needs US$5-6b to finance major expansion

Posted on 25/06/2002

Emirates airline will require around US$5 to US$6 billion to fund its aircraft purchases as it aims to emerge among the heavyweights in the aviation business by 2010. Speaking to "Khaleej Times”, Riyaz Peermohammed. Corporate Treasurer of Emirates, said that in the next eight years or so the local airline major is poised to become two thirds the size of British Airways and larger than Singapore Airlines in terms of Available tonne Kilometre (ATK) or capacity. And to achieve this, Emirates has a ...  >>MORE

Emirates set to join top airline league in profit

Posted on 20/06/2002

Emirates airline, which has announced an 11 per cent increase in its profits from US$115 million to US$127 million for the year ending March 31, against all odds, is set to emerge as one of the top five airlines globally in terms of profitability. Emirates is likely to go in for another bond issue - about the same size as its previous one - but of longer term and also probably accompanies by a European offering. "Since the financing of Emirates aircraft is usually long-term - 10 to 12 years, ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins two top awards

Posted on 19/06/2002

Emirates won two top security awards at the 6th Asia Pacific Security Conference in Singapore. The biennial Awards for Excellence in Aviation Security were the highlight of the conference, which was attended by more than 350 delegates from international airlines and airports and security software and computer hardware companies. The security department and its head, Dr. Abdullah Al Hashimi, also chief of Emirates Group Security, were both awarded for their outstanding performance. ...  >>MORE

Emirates' system becomes popular

Posted on 11/06/2002

Six countries are set to join Emirates' online booking system this month. Emirates online booking system has been gaining popularity ever since it was launched in April with 12 countries online. The new members will be Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Thailand, Turkey and Malaysia will launch the service next month. After a successful take-off for the service in the UAE, Emirates' second online market was the UK, followed by Singapore, Kuwait, Germany, Switzerland, South ...  >>MORE

Emirates places order for two more A330-200 aircraft

Posted on 09/06/2002

Emirates has placed an order for two extra Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which have a list price of US$279 million, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group. The two aircraft are scheduled for delivery in June and October 2003, bringing Emirates fleet to 29 aircraft, all powered by Rolls Royce Trent 772 engines. The new A330s will include one in a two-class configuration providing 34 Business and 251 Economy class seats, and one in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi wins Bell Helicopter award

Posted on 02/06/2002

Abu Dhabi Aviation was presented the 'Helicopter Maintenance Centre of Excellence' Award by Bell Helicopter, in recognition of its high standards and experience in maintenance and support to ensure safe and consistent operations for over 600,000 hours. The award was presented in Abu Dhabi yesterday to Mohammed Ibrahim Al Mazroui General Manager of Abu Dhabi Aviation by Dane Pranke Pranke Director of Marketing, Middle East and Africa, Bell Helicopter. This is the first time that Bell ...  >>MORE

New Emirates check-in terminal opened

Posted on 21/05/2002

Emirates' new First and Business Class check-in terminal at Dubai International Airport was opened yesterday by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group chairman and President of Dubai Civil Aviation. "This facility underlines our determination to provide the highest possible standards to passengers on the ground and in the air,” said Sheikh Ahmed. The present Business Class lounge is being expanded, and Emirates is preparing designs for its own dedicated passenger concourse beside the ...  >>MORE

DCA earns Dh353m in revenues

Posted on 14/05/2002

The total value of financial activities of the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) amounts to about Dh700 million while cost of running Dubai International Airport rose to Dh340 million a year, according to DCA's annual report. According to the DCA statistics, revenues generated since 1987 rose by an impressive 443 per cent, from Dh65 million to Dh353 million in 2001. These figures, however, do not include the revenues generated from the Dubai Duty Free. Although the revenue generated from ...  >>MORE

Emirates and Dubai Airport win awards

Posted on 09/05/2002

Emirates airline was voted the best airline and Dubai International Airport the best airport in the region in the first Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2002. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates Group, commented, "We are proud of the recognition that we have achieved. Dubai International Airport is a premier airport in the world and the busiest in the Middle East. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo revenues cross Dh1b

Posted on 02/05/2002

Emirates SkyCargo has achieved total revenues of over Dh1.1 billion for the financial year 2001-2002, a year of severe difficulty for the global airline industry, recording an increase of 8.7 per cent over the previous financial year. This includes Dh1 billion for cargo, Dh69 million for express shipments and Dh19 million for mail, with total tonnage carried standing at 400,570 tonnes, up 19.5 per cent over the previous year. According to a press release from the company, Emirates SkyCargo ...  >>MORE

Emirates profits up, says Sheikh Saeed

Posted on 01/05/2002

Emirates Group has concluded the financial year 2001-2002, with a profit of Dh 603 Million (US$164), Group Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum announced in Dubai, yesterday. He said despite the volatility underwent by the industry during 2001/2, the group recorded a 13.5 profit increase over the previous year. Sheikh Ahmed said that revenues of the group, which comprises the airline and DNATA, Dubai ground handling agent and the largest travel management services, rose to Dh7.8 billion ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins award

Posted on 27/04/2002

Emirates airline was given the Silver Travel Star award for scheduled airlines by the travel trade journal Travel Inside for the second year running. The result was based on some 600 Swiss travel agents, and this year's Emirates scored extra points for "outstanding” customer service. The Travel Stars, Switzerland's only recognised tourism awards, are based on a questionnaire sent to all travel and ticketing agents. Emirates has already won more than 200 awards, since inception in 1985. (The ...  >>MORE

Emarat Link unveils aerial tour package

Posted on 20/04/2002

Emarat Link, the first regional amphibious plane operator based in the UAE, has unveiled a new aerial sightseeing tour package in Dubai. The company's latest addition to its scenic aerial routes schedule is the 10-minute 'Quick Flip' pleasure flight around the city. Emarat Link also offers a 20-minute 'Dubai Sky View' tour and a 45-minute 'Sea, Desert and Mountain View' flight to give tourists a chance to see the landmarks of Dubai and the UAE from its clear skies. Customers can book tickets ...  >>MORE

HCT to establish flying institute

Posted on 18/04/2002

The Excellence and Applied Researches Centre (EARC) of the HCT is intending to introduce the first-ever flying institute in the region specialised in teaching aviation sciences and engineering, "Gulf News” reported today. The announcement was made by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT). Construction and installation of equipment will cost around Dh30 million. It is expected to be ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air posts rise in seat load factor

Posted on 16/04/2002

Gulf Air posted a 3.3 per cent higher seat load factor in the first quarter to 73.3 per cent, compared to last year's 70 per cent, which is highest in the history of the carrier. "Gulf Air achieved a number of positive accomplishments during the first quarter of 2002," said Ibrahim Abdullah Al Hamer, President and Chief Executive of Gulf Air. "Seat factor during January to March 2002, reached 73 per cent, against 70 per cent during the same period in 2001. This is the highest in a quarter ...  >>MORE

Emirates-Morocco Airlines discuss co-operation

Posted on 03/04/2002

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Department and Idris bin Hayma, Ruler of Casablanca yesterday discussed the prospects of future co-operation between Dubai and Casablanca cities as well as between the UAE and Morocco. The discussions came in the wake of the inauguration of a new airline service intended to link the two Arab cities. Meanwhile, Gasim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality said that an agreement which was signed in 1944 will be highly ...  >>MORE

Emirates to have exclusive kitchen

Posted on 02/04/2002

Emirates Abela Catering Co, which is expanding its facilities at the Dubai International Airport, plans to build a new kitchen and production facility exclusively for Emirates airline by 2005. The inflight catering group, which prepares on average 30,000 meals a day for Emirates and about 90 other carriers, is expanding its facilities in order to keep up with the demand projected by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation (DCA) and chairman of Emirates Group. The ...  >>MORE

Gulf Air may cut regional operations

Posted on 01/04/2002

Regional carrier Gulf Air is expected to scale down its regional operations through route revisions, according to industry sources. They said the airline would either cut back frequencies - or altogether pull out - from several of its current destinations, opting instead to focus on its operations out of Manama and Abu Dhabi. Airline spokespersons declined comment, but confirmed a formal statement on its overall restructuring programme would be issued this week. The carrier had scheduled around ...  >>MORE

Emirates to begin flights to Khartoum

Posted on 01/04/2002

Top Emirates' management showcased the airline's products and services in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. Emirates will start its service to the city from April 8. The non-stop flights will operate with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a three-cabin service of 18 First, 42 Business and 183 Economy class seats. "With our network of 57 destinations, Emirates will link Khartoum to the Middle East, Europe, the Indian Subcontinent, the Far East and Australia, while providing those destinations with ...  >>MORE

Sharjah aviation aims at reducing margin of error to zero

Posted on 30/03/2002

The General Civil Aviation Authority is in the process of installing a state-of-the-art secondary surveillance radar for the Sharjah flight information region (FIR). "Following implementation of a similar system in Taref in Abu Dhabi last year, the GCAA is creating a 100 per cent radar coverage environment, which aims at reducing the margin of error to zero. The US$15 million radar system with VHF (very high frequency0 will be installed on land acquired for the purpose of Al Dhaid and ...  >>MORE

GCAA reports Dh14.8m profit for 2001

Posted on 28/03/2002

The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has reported a profit of Dh14.8 million on revenues of Dh67.4 million for 2001.The results were achieved despite the uncertainty cast on the aviation industry by the September 11 events. The authority yesterday held a board meeting to discuss and set future targets. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, and Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Communications and ...  >>MORE

GAMCO chief sees profits of Dh73.6 million

Posted on 23/03/2002

Chairman of the Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Company, GAMCO, Sheikh Dr Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan expected the company to achieve revenues of around US$200 million (Dh736 million) during 2002 and profits of Dh73.6 million. Nahyan also expected the volume of investments to rise from Dh294 million this year to Dh736 million in three years. In an exclusive statement to Al Khaleej, Nahyan said the company's strategy was aimed at maintaining the company's world position; particularly that GAMCO was ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins two Meed awards

Posted on 21/03/2002

Emirates airline took two top honours at Meed Magazine's 2002 Awards for Business Excellence. The Dubai-based carrier was named international business airline and regional business airline servicing the Middle East. Meanwhile, Emirates Towers Hotel was chosen as the 'Middle East business hotel' for its service and dining options. In all, there were winners in ten categories, including construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, IT, aviation, hospitality and power. Over 23 companies ...  >>MORE

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Emirates, French railways in deal on air-rail links


Gulf Air and Air Canada enter into agreement


Emirates signs US$100m aircraft financing deal


Shareholders committed to Gulf Air turnaround


Owner States confirm support for Gulf Air


Mauritius President hails Sheikh Ahmed


Emirates, JAL agree on joint marketing


Emirates set to boost Dubai tourism sector


Gulf Air takes off from the doldrums


Emirates equipping planes with life-saving devices


Emirates signs US$90m Islamic financing deal


Emirates to open first direct air link to Japan


Air travel likely to see 10pc growth


Emirates seat capacity to grow 16 per cent annually


DCA posts good show in first half


Emirates picked up as official carrier for Commonwealth law meet


Aid to Gulf Air could total Dh775m


Gulf Air on course to restore market confidence


Emirates needs US$5-6b to finance major expansion


Emirates set to join top airline league in profit


Emirates wins two top awards


Emirates' system becomes popular


Emirates places order for two more A330-200 aircraft


Abu Dhabi wins Bell Helicopter award


New Emirates check-in terminal opened


DCA earns Dh353m in revenues


Emirates and Dubai Airport win awards


Emirates SkyCargo revenues cross Dh1b


Emirates profits up, says Sheikh Saeed


Emirates wins award


Emarat Link unveils aerial tour package


HCT to establish flying institute


Gulf Air posts rise in seat load factor


Emirates-Morocco Airlines discuss co-operation


Emirates to have exclusive kitchen


Gulf Air may cut regional operations


Emirates to begin flights to Khartoum


Sharjah aviation aims at reducing margin of error to zero


GCAA reports Dh14.8m profit for 2001


GAMCO chief sees profits of Dh73.6 million


Emirates wins two Meed awards