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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - AVIATION & AIRLINES

Dubai Air Show to go ahead despite terrorist attacks in U.S.

Posted on 20/09/2001

Despite events of the past week, the Dubai 2001, 7th international aerospace exhibition will go ahead in November 4 to 8, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates on 18 September. 'It is very much business as usual. In the past week we have had one exhibitor withdraw from the show. But, we have just received verbal confirmation from a new U.S. exhibitor that wants to take part, as well as a stand space expansion request from a leading ...  >>MORE

UAE aviation authority gets Mideast role

Posted on 27/08/2001

The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been entrusted with the task of establishing and operating the Middle East Central Monitoring Agency. "Work is in progress and Mecma has already issued material for standardised reporting. The first data has been received from the states," said Mohammed Khonji, deputy regional director, Middle East office of the Inter-national Civil Aviation Organisa-tion (ICAO). Meanwhile, the regional aviation task force has set November 27, 2003 to ...  >>MORE

Emirates to get high-tech docking system soon

Posted on 19/08/2001

A new high-tech docking system, which can service jetliners like Boeing 777-200/300, Airbus A340-500/600, A300, A310 and Boeing 767, will soon go into service with the Emirates airline. The "smart" dock, the first multi-aircraft dock in the world, will be the first anywhere in the Middle East suitable for long-range Boeing 777-300, in service with the Emirates and many other airlines. The dock will be commissioned by mid-October in time for the first major maintenance "C" check on an Emirates ...  >>MORE

Emirates in US$103m jet refinance deal

Posted on 15/08/2001

Emirates Group has entered a US$103 million refinancing arrangement based on Islamic principles for a new A330-200 with a group of banks, including Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB), National Bank of Dubai (NBD) and HSBC Bank. This time round, 85 per cent of the total $103 million is "backed" by UK's Export Credit Guarantee Department, Germany's Hermes and Coface based in France. It was arranged by Hong Kong based HSBC. The European Export Credit Agency provided the initial credit, which is financed at ...  >>MORE

Dubai airport registers 14% passenger growth

Posted on 17/07/2001

Dubai International Airport has recorded a growth of 14 per cent in first half of 2001. A total of 6.8 million passengers passed through the airport till June 2001 as compared to the 5.9 million during the same period last year. According to forecast, 14 million passengers are expected to use Dubai International Airport in 2001. Total aircraft movement during the first six months in 2001 recorded at 69,491 which is marginally lower as compared to 70,503 during the same period last year. ...  >>MORE

Emirates and CAE open new aviation training centre in Dubai

Posted on 15/07/2001

Emirates, the international airline of the UAE, and CAE of Canada, today signed an agreement to build and jointly operate the new Emirates Aviation Training Centre in Dubai. The centre will be located adjacent to the existing Emirates training facility and will house six full Flight Simulators, FFS, including a Boeing 737-NG, an Airbus A319/A320 and A330/340. The initial investment under the ten-year agreement is approximately 365 million Dirhams, with equal participation by Emirates and CAE. ...  >>MORE

Air cargo volumes up 35,000t in last three weeks

Posted on 11/07/2001

The recent decision to allow passengers an extra 10 kg cargo by some airlines operating from Dubai has led to an increase of 35,000 tonnes in air cargo during the past three weeks. Cargo companies in Dubai expect an increase of around 10 per cent in cargo movement this summer because of this largesse offered by the airlines. The facility first introduced by Emirates airline in now being adopted by many other carriers in a bid to get a piece of action as Dubai Summer Surprises, DSS, continues to ...  >>MORE

Online tendering for Dubai airport projects

Posted on 04/07/2001

The entire tendering process for the Dh5 billion second development phase of Dubai International Airport – will be carried out on-line, according to Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, DCA, officials. This will be done though a joint venture B2B (business-to-business) portal www.axmax.com. DCA has set up a 51 per cent owned company –Middle East Airport Exchange (Max) to run the portal. The balance equity Is held by DCA's Malaysian partner, airportXchange. Meanwhile, the implementation began ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation flies beyond borders

Posted on 25/06/2001

Flight safety and work efficiency have taken Abu Dhabi Aviation beyond the UAE borders, with a Spanish organisation now acquiring the UAE company's helicopters for the fire fighting operations in Barcelona. Aviser S.A. Helicopters of Spain has been using eight helicopters of Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East. The company was recently given three awards by Bell Helicopter Textron for achieving 600,000 safe flying hours and marking 25 years of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation site hacked

Posted on 19/06/2001

Another local website has been hacked by cyber criminals operating from outside the UAE. This time the target was a government department. The latest attack, following the hacking of the Gulf News website by an Israeli last week, involved the Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation Department site by a hacker who vandalised its home page with abusive language and slogans. The department site which provides flight information was hacked on Sunday, according to an official of the department's Data ...  >>MORE

Airlines told to install anti-collision device

Posted on 16/06/2001

The General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, has instructed all airlines using UAE airspace to install a sophisticated anti-collision device to guard against mid-air accidents. Aircraft weighing 5,700 kg or more have to be fitted with the device before January 1, 2002. The Montreal based International Civil Aviation Organisation has made the rule mandatory from July 1, but the GCAA has given a six-month grace period. The ACAS Space II was developed some 20 years ago in the US. It prevents ...  >>MORE

Flying school opens in UAQ

Posted on 10/06/2001

The Umm Al Quwain Flying School was inaugurated yesterday after receiving a licence from the UAE ‘s General Civil Aviation Authority to train students to obtain private pilot's licence. The flying school is located within the same facility as the Umm al Quwain Aeroclub. The charges are similar to those of flying schools in the United States. For fixed wing aircraft we charge Dh470 per hour, with a minimum of 40 hours required before a pilot can apply for a licence. The school will also train ...  >>MORE

Investment in aviation pays in future: Ahmed

Posted on 30/05/2001

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Department Civil of Aviation and Chairman of Emirates airlines, highlighted the Dubai's initiative in the building of airports and introducing of latest technology and stressed that every aspect of the industry demanded full attention. He was inaugurating the one-day Airport Build and Technology Conference in Dubai on Tuesday. The conference was organised by the Middle East Aviation journal as part of the three-day Airport Build and ...  >>MORE

Emirates' separate handling unit for 'special people'

Posted on 21/05/2001

As part of its improvement plan in the area of dedicated personalised handling of its passengers at Dubai, Emirates will from June 13 allocate a special handling unit at departures and arrivals for passengers with special needs, according to Dale Griffith, the airline's Director for Airport Services. The office area for the special handling unit will double as a check-in area for processing special needs departing passengers, including unaccompanied minors and passengers with language ...  >>MORE

Emirates spices up website

Posted on 21/05/2001

Emirates has teamed up with sports car maker Porsche to spice up their award winning website, www.emirates.com, with the chance to win Emirates driving holidays. The initiative follows the recent revamp of the Emirates website, according to a press statement from the Emirates. The competition which runs from May 1 to July 1, 2001 offers visitors to the website the chance to win one of three specially designed, all expenses paid, Emirates Driving Holidays. The first prize winner will receive ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Airport Travel Agency operations to begin by month-end

Posted on 20/05/2001

Sharjah Airport Travel Agency, SATA, the travel wing of Sharjah International Airport, will commence operations in the last week of this month. The sole travel agency that is wholly owned by the Sharjah government, has various aspects of travel-related business that can be offered to both tour operators and clients willing to visit Sharjah or neighbouring emirates in the UAE. The agency will handle either individuals or groups arriving through a scheduled or chartered flight in the UAE. The ...  >>MORE

Emirates flies to North Pole to study long-range services

Posted on 15/05/2001

A team from Emirates is now back in Dubai evaluating information gained from one of the longest flights in the airline's history - which turned a routine Airbus delivery into a full-scale technical evaluation for the launch of ultra long-range services on air routes through Polar regions, such as Dubai-Los Angeles. The airline's latest Airbus A330, built in Toulouse, France, set course for Dubai via the North Pole, notching up a list of firsts for the airline, for Airbus and for the UAE. ...  >>MORE

Emirates inks lease deal for two Boeings

Posted on 13/05/2001

Emirates reaffirmed its commitment to Boeing with the signing of a leasing contract for two Boeing 777-300s, the world's longest aircraft. It has options for two more for delivery in 2003. The two aircraft are expected to be delivered in July and September 2002. The ten-year leasing contract was signed by Emirate's chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and Robert J. Martin, managing director of Singapore Aircraft Leasing Enterprise, SALE. Emirates already had leasing contract with SALE ...  >>MORE

Emirates to buy up to 60 aircraft for US$10billion

Posted on 12/05/2001

Emirates airline plans to buy up to 60 new wide-body aircraft worth US$10 billion and is negotiating with Airbus and Boeing, the Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported. However, any deal with Airbus may be affected by differences between Emirates and France over the carrier's traffic rights to Paris, the newspaper said, quoting informed sources. The London-based daily quoted Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates Group, as telling it: "We ...  >>MORE

Emirates records 24 pc increase in profits

Posted on 29/04/2001

Emirates Airlines Group has announced that its 2000 net profits rose 24.1 per cent to Dh 531 million despite volatile global markets and increasing costs. Announcing the results in a press conference, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Group Chairman, said total revenue had increased by 24 per cent to Dh 6.9 billion in the year ending 31st March 2000. The Group comprises Emirates Airlines and DNATA. ''Of the net income of Dh531 million, Emirates' profits rose 40.2 per cent from Dh 301 ...  >>MORE

Boeing 777 simulator for Dubai airport

Posted on 28/04/2001

A Boeing 777 simulator will be installed at Dubai International Airport to train firefighting staff and emergency evacuation crews. The all-steel simulator is expected to be operational by the end of next month. In addition, two new state-of-the-art crash trucks have been commissioned. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates, said, "The Department of Civil Aviation takes pride in the state-of-the-art facilities and the high standards of ...  >>MORE

Emirates introduces device to fight ‘economy class syndrome’

Posted on 20/04/2001

Emirates has become the first airline to offer passengers a new device that, it is claimed, will help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) on long-haul flights. From next week, passengers flying on the national carrier will be able to use the new invention, called Airogym, to boost circulation in their legs. The device, developed by former British Airways captain Paul Richards, consists of two airbags. The system works by blowing up one of the pouches, and is used by placing the balls of the ...  >>MORE

Emirates voted Airline of 2000

Posted on 15/04/2001

Emirates has been voted Airline of the Year 2001 in the largest ever global survey of airline passengers. The decision was made after 2.7 million votes were submitted over a period of nine months from all over the world. The survey which was conducted by Skytrax, asked passengers to rank airlines by quality of the product and service provided. Respondents were asked to rate the best airport service at the airline's home base, cabin seating standards, on board catering, in-flight entertainment ...  >>MORE

Flight movements via UAE airports rise 8pc

Posted on 08/04/2001

Flight movements through the UAE's international airports rose 8 per cent last year, with traffic density in the skies above the terminals rising correspondingly, lending urgency to implement RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minima) systems. The Middle East is scheduled to go the RVSM route in 2003. The system, which essentially allows space between aircraft circling the aerodrome, pending permission to land, to be cut to 1,000 feet form 3,000 at present resulting in cost and time savings. ...  >>MORE

RAK airport posts surge in traffic

Posted on 07/04/2001

Tourism provided the propellant for Ras Al Khaimah International Airport reporting a 114 per cent increase in passenger arrivals last year to 161,832. The corresponding figure for 1999 was 75,633. The airport was placed fourth in passenger growth development by ACI. Major destinations served are in the Gulf, the CIS and the Subcontinent. New destinations are expected to be added this year. As for cargo, there was a 4 per cent increase in volumes to 25,782 tonnes. The gain was attributed to ...  >>MORE

FNC approves changes in aviation law

Posted on 07/04/2001

The Federal National Council has approved an amendment in a federal law to authorise Civil Aviation General Authority to transfer 50 per cent of its net profits to its general reserve until it reaches half the paid-up capital. The amendment was made in Article 4 of Federal Law No. 4 of 1996 on the establishment of Civil Aviation General Authority. The cabinet referred it to FNC for discussion and approval. The amendment after final approval from the cabinet and the president will allow the ...  >>MORE

Emirates' new aircraft financed at US$88.6 million

Posted on 04/04/2001

Emirates said yesterday that its has signed a financing agreement worth US$88.6 million for the acquisition of a brand-new Airbus A330-200 aircraft - the 17th of 21 on firm order by the airline. The statement by the Airline received by Emirates News Agency (WAM) said that The Aircraft Powered by Rolls Royce Trent engines, the aircraft is scheduled for delivery on April 6th. The financing, structured as a-year Finance Lease, was arranged by Hong Kong-based HSBC and guaranteed by the UK's ...  >>MORE

Emirates SkyCargo wins top Asian award

Posted on 03/04/2001

Emirates SkyCargo has been named Best Air Cargo Carrier in the Middle East for the sixth year running at the Asian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA) in Hong Kong. The award was presented to Peter Sedgley, General Manager Cargo Commercial Operations, and Jacky Lau, Cargo Manager Hong Kong. Sedgley commented: "We are delighted to be given this vote of confidence in a region that is vitally important for us. I thank everyone who voted for Emirates SkyCargo." Emirates operates to 17 key points in the ...  >>MORE

Airlines to increase fares for children aged 2 to 12

Posted on 02/04/2001

The council of representatives of airline companies operating in Dubai has decided to increase the fares of children's air tickets by 12 per cent from April 16. According to the decision, the value of an air ticket for children aged between two and 12 will be calculated on the basis of 75 per cent of the value of an air ticket for adults instead of the current 67 per cent. They said that children between two and 12 years get the same advantages as adults in terms of independent seats, full ...  >>MORE

Emirates upgrades website to offer host of new services

Posted on 19/03/2001

An upgraded version of www.emirates.com, the flagship Emirates airline website, will now provide its surfers with a wide range of benefits and services. The new upgraded web version has introduced better links for members of Skywards, the Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines frequent flyer programme, online bookings for customers in the UK as well as the UAE, simpler user navigation and a greater focus on Dubai. Other advantages include details of inflight products, stop-overs and seating and two ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Aviation profits up

Posted on 10/03/2001

Abu Dhabi Aviation earned a net profit of Dh53.85 million last year, compared to Dh 47.83 million in 1999, an increase of 12.59 per cent. The company has proposed a 30 per cent cash dividend amounting to Dh39 million, unchanged from the previous year. According to the company's annual report, the earnings per share (EPS) stood at Dh4.14 compared to Dh3.68 the previous year, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. Net assets rose to Dh599.23 million from Dh528.19 million, up 13.46 per cent. ...  >>MORE

Emirates special offer for festival

Posted on 17/02/2001

Emirates, a key sponsor of the Dubai Shopping Festival, is offering passengers the chance to stay at one of the 19 selected hotels for just US$33 (Dh100). The hotel stay includes buffet breakfast, all taxes and service charges and direct access to Emirates' Holidays' 24 hour emergency assistance service. The hotels on offer include three beaches from hotels. The price based on two people sharing a room. The offer is open to Emirates passengers travelling to and via Dubai during the Dubai ...  >>MORE

DCA signs deal with Pakistanb

Posted on 13/02/2001

The Dubai Department of Civil Aviation has signed a new agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan. It renews an earlier one allowing Emirates to operate tow additional flights to Pakistan – Lahore and Islamabad. At present, Emirates operates nine flights to Pakistan. Four airlines operate 33 flights a week to and from Dubai. The agreement was signed on behalf of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of DCA and Chairman of Emirates Airlines by Mohamed Ali Ahli, Director of ...  >>MORE

Emirates in Dh634m deal for 2 A330-200s

Posted on 28/01/2001

Emirates has signed a US$172.6-million (Dh634 million) financing agreement for the acquisition of two Airbus A330-200s. These are the 12th and 13th of the firm order for 21 new aircraft the company has committed. The financing for the 12th aircraft is structured as an 11-year Japanese operating lease while the 13th aircraft is financed on a 10-year finance lease. Both the deals were arranged by Credit Agricole Indosuez and guaranteed by the UK's Export Credit Guarantee Department (ECGD), ...  >>MORE

Emirates sees profit despite fuel price rise

Posted on 23/01/2001

Emirates airline expects profits to fall slightly in the 2000-01 year, hurt by a sharp rise in fuel prices, chief director of finance Dermot Mannion said in an interview yesterday. Mannion added debts were growing but the firm's financial position remained robust, allowing it to proceed with expansion plans that transformed the airline into one of the world's most modern carriers. "This has been a difficult year in the sense that fuel prices are very high across the industry," he said. "We ...  >>MORE

Emirates to issue health warning

Posted on 14/01/2001

Emirates Airlines is to introduce an in-flight warning to passengers on the possible health dangers posed by the so-called ‘Economy Syndrome' on long-haul flights. The Dubai-based airline announced its decision following news that British Airways will begin issuing health leaflets warning passengers of the condition with their tickets. An audio tape containing instructions on how to avoid the potentially Deep Vein Thrombosis – dubbed ‘Economy Syndrome' – tells passengers how to exercise while ...  >>MORE

Air travellers to increase in 2001

Posted on 10/01/2001

Dubai International Airport, which has earned the distinction of being the busiest airport in the Middle East, having surpassed Jeddah in 1999, forecasts that its passenger handling throughput will reach 14 million for 2001. This will be a jump of approximately 17 per cent over 2000, which saw a total of 12.3 million passengers passing through the airport as compared to 10.7 million in 1999. Overall, the airport has recorded a growth of 14.6 per cent in the year 2000, according to a press ...  >>MORE

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Dubai Air Show to go ahead despite terrorist attacks in U.S.


UAE aviation authority gets Mideast role


Emirates to get high-tech docking system soon


Emirates in US$103m jet refinance deal


Dubai airport registers 14% passenger growth


Emirates and CAE open new aviation training centre in Dubai


Air cargo volumes up 35,000t in last three weeks


Online tendering for Dubai airport projects


Abu Dhabi Aviation flies beyond borders


Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation site hacked


Airlines told to install anti-collision device


Flying school opens in UAQ


Investment in aviation pays in future: Ahmed


Emirates' separate handling unit for 'special people'


Emirates spices up website


Sharjah Airport Travel Agency operations to begin by month-end


Emirates flies to North Pole to study long-range services


Emirates inks lease deal for two Boeings


Emirates to buy up to 60 aircraft for US$10billion


Emirates records 24 pc increase in profits


Boeing 777 simulator for Dubai airport


Emirates introduces device to fight ‘economy class syndrome’


Emirates voted Airline of 2000


Flight movements via UAE airports rise 8pc


RAK airport posts surge in traffic


FNC approves changes in aviation law


Emirates' new aircraft financed at US$88.6 million


Emirates SkyCargo wins top Asian award


Airlines to increase fares for children aged 2 to 12


Emirates upgrades website to offer host of new services


Abu Dhabi Aviation profits up


Emirates special offer for festival


DCA signs deal with Pakistanb


Emirates in Dh634m deal for 2 A330-200s


Emirates sees profit despite fuel price rise


Emirates to issue health warning


Air travellers to increase in 2001