United Arab Emirates - April 17, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an agreement with Eurofins to incorporate its worldwide COVID-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass. Eurofins is a leader in bio-analytical testing with 800 laboratories across 50 countries. As part of the partnership, Eurofins’ dedicated COVID-19 portfolio encompassing multiple test types and hundreds of COVID-19 sampling stations globally will be made available through the IATA Travel Pass.
Amid the pandemic, coronavirus testing is required for most international travel. As part of the IATA Travel Pass initiative, Eurofins laboratories will provide secure, verified test results to travelers using the app. This result is checked against the IATA Travel Pass registry of national entry requirements to produce ......read more
United Arab Emirates - April 15, 2021: Astronaut Mohammad AlMulla, shared a great photo on his social media platforms and commented, “In 2019, I met astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori & Sultan AlNeyadi for the first time during the Dubai Airshow. It was an unforgettable moment that fostered my passion for space exploration.
Soon, we will meet in the blue astronauts’ suit & as members of the UAE Astronaut Programme.”
• Emirates Lunar Mission’s ‘Rashid’ rover to go to the Moon on ispace’s Mission 1 in 2022
• ispace to provide payload delivery, and communication and power services for the rover
• Agreement further strengthens UAE-Japan collaboration in space exploration
• The Emirates Lunar Mission is one of the initiatives under the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build a human colony on Mars
Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc. (ispace), under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ......read more
United Arab Emirates - April 14, 2021: Airbus has taken the next step in reducing its industrial carbon footprint with the maiden flight of a Beluga super-transporter using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from the aerospace company’s Broughton plant in the UK.
The north Wales line station, which uses the Beluga fleet to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg and Bremen, becomes the second Airbus European site to use SAF, after Hamburg introduced the fuel to its cargo activities at the end of 2019.
“This first flight by a Beluga transporter from Broughton, partially fuelled with SAF, marks an important milestone in Airbus’ ambition to decarbonise its industrial operations,” said Tony Derrien, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Project Manager, Airbus.
“Combined with our ongoing ......read more
United Arab Emirates - April 11, 2021: The Emirati astronaut team strengthens the country's position in the field of space exploration and supports the Arab presence in this vital sector for the future of humanity , including the first female Arab astronaut
Mohammed bin Rashid:“Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.”
• Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammed AlMulla join astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi to form a team of four under the UAE Astronaut Programme.
• The UAE Astronaut Programme embodies the vision of the country's leadership by empowering young people to ......read more
The Emirati astronaut team strengthens the country's position in the field of space exploration and supports the Arab presence in this vital sector for the future of humanity
Mohammed bin Rashid: “Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.”
• Nora AlMatrooshi and Mohammed AlMulla join astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi to form a team of four under the UAE Astronaut Programme.
• The UAE Astronaut Programme embodies the vision of the country's leadership by empowering young people to design the next 50 years, leading to the UAE Centennial 2071.
• The new batch of the UAE astronauts includes Nora AlMatrooshi, the first female ......read more
New solution cuts cost by 90% and significantly reduces repatriation time
United Arab Emirates - April 01, 2021: SITA has launched WorldTracer Lost and Found Property, an artificial intelligence-enabled solution that solves a million-dollar headache for the air transport industry: how to quickly return items left behind on aircraft or in airports to their owners.
Every year passengers leave millions of items – including phones, wallets and bags – on planes and in airports, costing the industry millions of dollars in repatriation costs. It can cost up to $95 to manage and repatriate a lost item, including registration, handling inquiries and customer calls, storage and postage.
Leveraging SITA’s WorldTracer solution, which is used in 2,200 airports by the majority of the ......read more
United Arab Emirates - April 01, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments in the Middle East to develop re-start plans to safely re-link their citizens, businesses and economies to global markets when the COVID-19 epidemiological situation permits. IATA also called for regional coordination to ensure that the plans can be efficiently implemented and urged governments to remain vigilant about the industry’s financial situation.
“Re-establishing air connectivity will energize the economic recovery from COVID-19. With millions of jobs at risk from the prolonged shutdown, not a day should be lost once the epidemiological situation enables a re-opening. Restarting safely after a year or more in lockdown will need careful preparations. At the national level it is ......read more
Emirates SkyCargo transports 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines
Air cargo carrier transported more than 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines on over 150 flights to over 50 destinations
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - April 01, 2021: In the run up to World Health Day (7 April), Emirates SkyCargo has become the first airline cargo carrier in the world to have transported more than 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines on its flights. The carrier has also transported more than 100 tonnes of syringes across the world to support the delivery of vaccines.
Since the start of international distribution late last year, Emirates SkyCargo has transported over 220 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines, equivalent to more than 50 million doses, on more than 150 flights from manufacturing locations to 50 destinations on its network ......read more
United Arab Emirates - March 30, 2021: Airbus has launched “Advanced Superconducting and Cryogenic Experimental powertraiN Demonstrator” (ASCEND) to explore the impact of superconducting materials and cryogenic temperatures on the performance of an aircraft’s electrical propulsion systems.
The introduction of superconducting materials can lower electrical resistance, meaning that electrical current can supply power without energy loss. When coupled with liquid hydrogen at cryogenic temperatures (-253 degrees Celsius) electrical systems can be cooled in order to significantly increase the performance of the overall electric propulsion system.
Airbus will use ASCEND to explore the feasibility of these promising technologies in order to optimise propulsion architecture ready for low-emission and ......read more
Airline’s inaugural service into new terminal operated by newest A380 with premium economy
Emirates becomes first airline to operate A380 to Terminal 1 at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport
March 30, 2021: Emirates has made its first A380 touchdown at Terminal 1 in Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), making it the first airline to operate the double-decker aircraft to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s latest aviation landmark. EK flight 2803 landed in Jeddah at 1810hrs yesterday and was greeted with a water cannon salute.
For the inaugural A380 flight to the new world-class terminal, Emirates deployed its latest flagship featuring the much talked about premium economy seats, as well as signature enhancements across every cabin. With a generous pitch of up to ......read more
United Arab Emirates - March 25, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced the launch of the IATA Enhanced Partner Identification and Connectivity (EPIC) platform to support the digitization of the global air cargo supply chain. EPIC simplifies the complex process of making digital connections across the air cargo value chain including enabling the efficient exchange of critical information such as messaging capabilities and identities.
As the air cargo industry continues to digitalize, airlines, freight forwarders, ground handlers and customs authorities need to be able to securely work together digitally. This is a considerable challenge as today more than 40,000 freight forwarders exchange messages with more than 450 airlines, and 23 third party messaging service providers. In ......read more
The airline is offering special return fares to select destinations starting from AED 755 and attractive packages from holidays by flydubai from AED 1,899
United Arab Emirates - March 22, 2021: flydubai announces attractive fares to select destinations that are available to book from AED 755. In addition, holidays by flydubai packages to Africa, Central Asia, Europe, the Subcontinent and the Middle East can be booked from as little as AED 1,899 per person.
Whether travelling to visit family and loved ones back home or getting ready to take a well-earned break and travel somewhere new, flydubai is offering passengers more affordable and convenient travel options.
The special return fares in Business Class and Economy Class are available to book until 01 April 2021 for travel up to 30 September 2021. Terms and ......read more
To mark International Day of Happiness, the airline will launch exclusive 20% discount offer on 20 March across all Abu Dhabi routes
19 March 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, has unveiled a 20% discount on all its Abu Dhabi routes to mark International Day of Happiness. For a period of 24 hours, starting from 12am on 20 March 2021, tickets will be available at a discounted price on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app, also available in Arabic.
Following a year of restricted travel and recent vaccination rollout, the airline is keen to inspire happiness through the joy of travel.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has the youngest fleet composed of four brand new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, offering the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint.
The airline ......read more
With Cebu Pacific’s 5th sale this month, travellers can book for Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED300 one-way base fare, and get an additional ticket for free once they book their trip
Promos run from March 19 to 21, and cover the travel period from June 1, 2021, until August 31, 2021
Dubai, UAE, 19 March 2021: In line with its 25th anniversary celebration, Cebu Pacific—the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier—holds its 5th sale this month, offering back-to-back promos with its discounted Dubai-Manila tickets and buy-one-get-one flights.
As the world starts to embrace travel once again, UAE-based residents can now travel with a friend for free when they book a flight ticket to the Philippines, as CEB offers Dubai to Manila flights for as low as AED300 ......read more
United Arab Emirates - March 18, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport of the first traveler using the IATA Travel Pass app to manage their travel health credentials.
“The successful implementation of IATA Travel Pass in this trial with Singapore Airlines passengers demonstrates that technology can securely, conveniently and efficiently help travelers and governments to manage travel health credentials. The significance of this to re-starting international aviation cannot be overstated,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President, Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, said: “Digital health credentials will be essential as borders ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 17, 2021: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been awarded the New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 4 certification, by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). NDC enhances communication between the airline industry and travel agents, which allows for more effective merchandising, competitive propositions and product personalisation.
The NDC standard allows Etihad to transform the way its products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travellers by addressing the industry’s current distribution limitations such as time-to-market and product differentiation.
Level 4 is among the highest NDC certifications awarded by IATA and demonstrates that Etihad’s NDC Offer and Order capability now includes full service ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 15, 2021: After Morocco’s recent addition to the ‘green list’, Etihad Airways is encouraging residents to enjoy quarantine free travel on arrival back into Abu Dhabi with the launch of its Casablanca Sale.
Valid for only 24 hours at etihad.com, fly from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca in Economy for just AED 999 return. This fare is limited to 500 seats on a first come first served basis. The sale starts at 11am on Monday, 15 March 2021 and ends at 11am on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, UAE time. Guests who book between 16 and 28 March 2021 will enjoy return fares starting from AED 1,995 in Economy, and Business fares from AED 9,995. Travellers can jet off anytime between 24 March – 30 June 2021.
The service will operate with an initial twice weekly flight ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07 March 2021: Dubai Airshow 2021 is excited to introduce its new dedicated startup event, VISTA, which will be the ultimate platform for innovators, creators and market disruptors to display the latest technologies and play a part in accelerating the future of the aerospace and defence industries.
The co-located event will connect startups with venture capitalists who are looking for disruptive new entrants that can out-hustle the big players. The event will be attended by national leaders, CEOs, investors, developers, technology disruptors, operators, and other key experts. Successful entrepreneurs from established global startups will also be present to inspire and guide aspiring startups.
During the 5-day programme, VISTA will feature a number of sub-events in ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 07, 2021: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has extended its COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover until 30 September 2021.
Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Airways, said: “Extending Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance reinforces the effectiveness of Etihad Wellness, the airline’s health and hygiene programme. It’s an added benefit automatically provided to all guests - no exceptions.
“As Etihad continues to gradually expand its services to up to 60 destinations this spring, the airline wants to instil confidence to travel and hopes this additional cover will reassure guests Etihad is doing everything it can to keep them safe and protected.”
Guests who are diagnosed ......read more
• 4.2 million passengers carried in 2020 with seat load factor of 52.9%
• Network capacity reduced by 64% to 37.5 billion ASKs in wake of pandemic
• Industry-leading Etihad Wellness programme developed to safeguard travellers
• First airline in the world with 100% of operating flight crew vaccinated
United Arab Emirates - March 04, 2021: Etihad Airways has announced its financial and operating results for 2020, recording a 76% fall in passengers carried throughout the year (4.2 million, compared to 17.5 million in 2019) as a result of lower demand and reduced flight capacity caused by the unparalleled global downturn in commercial aviation.
As a consequence of the Covid pandemic and ensuing flight and travel restrictions, total passenger capacity was ......read more
United Arab Emirates - March 03, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis. January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels.
Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.
• Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 1.1.% compared to January 2019 and +3% compared to December 2020. All regions saw month-on-month improvement in air cargo demand, and North ......read more
United Arab Emirates - March 03, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020).
Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.
• Total demand in January 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 72.0% compared to January 2019. That was worse than the 69.7% year-over-year decline recorded in December 2020.
• Total domestic demand was down 47.4% versus pre-crisis (January 2019) levels. In December it was down 42.9% on the previous year. ......read more
United Arab Emirates - March 02, 2021: The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), Kamil Al-Awadhi, took up his position today.
“This is the most challenging time for air transport—in AME and around the world. The top priority is reconnecting the world when governments are able to safely re-open borders without travel restrictions. And the immediate action is supporting governments in establishing benchmarks and plans for an orderly resumption of service. The crisis has also reinforced our determination to tackle some major issues—reducing emissions, modernizing process, and reforming air traffic management. Under my watch, IATA will continue to be a driving force for asafe, reliable and sustainable aviation ......read more
United Arab Emirates - March 01, 2021: Emirates will boost its frequencies to Sudan with the introduction of daily flights to/ from Khartoum starting on 9 March 2021. The introduction of additional frequencies will provide more options and added convenience for those wishing to travel to Dubai and beyond to Emirates' network of over 90 destinations. Emirates continues to take measured steps to safely and gradually restart operations across its network whilst prioritising the health and safety of its customers and employees across every touchpoint of the travel journey.
Khalfan Al Salami, Country Manager Sudan commented on the boost of services to Khartoum: "The increase of frequencies to daily from Khartoum are a direct response to growing passenger demand for Emirates services, and are designed to ......read more
United Arab Emirates - February 25, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new analysis showing that the airline industry is expected to remain cash negative throughout 2021. Previous analysis (November 2020) indicated that airlines would turn cash positive in the fourth quarter of 2021. At the industry level, airlines are now not expected to be cash ......read more
SITA’s Air Transport IT Insights reveals a sharper focus on safety, automation, and efficiency
United Arab Emirates - February 24, 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic has refocused IT spending priorities for airlines and airports in 2020 as revenue plunged and the industry faced new health and operational requirements needed to keep flying.
Among the ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 23 February 2021 – Emirates has announced it will resume daily services to Newark via Athens from 1st June 2021. The resumed flight will provide global travellers with another access point to the popular New York Metropolitan area, serving the large Greek-American community in the United States while offering a convenient connection to travellers headed towards the Middle ......read more
NASA's Perseverance rover relies on Airbus built weather station and communications antenna
United Arab Emirates - February 16, 2021: When NASA's Perseverance rover lands on the surface of the Red Planet next Thursday, key Airbus technology will be on board: the MEDA meteorological station will provide scientists with valuable Mars weather data and the ......read more
• Shortlist gathers innovative design solutions for a better tomorrow
Dubai, UAE - 16 February 2021: Al-Futtaim Automotive, the official distributor of Lexus in the UAE, has announced that Lexus International has recently revealed the six finalists for the Lexus Design Award 2021, each of whom will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and mentorship from renowned design ......read more
Dubai, UAE; February 15, 2021: Leading air charter broker Delta World Charter has signed an exclusive agreement with Fly2Sky to be the General Sales Agent (GSA) for their Airbus A320 fleet. Delta World Charter (DWC) will be managing two A320 aircrafts.
Dmitriy Korshunov, CEO of Delta World Charter said: “We are thrilled to lease our first Airbus A320 aircrafts; especially in current ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 14 February 2021: Airbus will showcase a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, capabilities and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021.
The event is set to take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 21 - 25 February and is held under the patronage of ......read more
Bahrain International Airport's new Passenger Terminal includes SITA Smart Path biometrics, SITA Flex, and a sophisticated airport management system
United Arab Emirates - February 11, 2021: Backed by SITA's state-of-the-art technology, Bahrain International Airport's (BIA) newly opened Passenger Terminal is better prepared to respond to the changing demands of ......read more
Marking the Arab world’s entry in space exploration
Hope Probe successfully arrives to Mars after complex maneuver
The UAE makes history as the first Arab nation, and fifth in the world, to reach Mars
• Hope Probe entered Mars orbit at 7:42p.m. after critical manoeuvre
• ......read more
• ‘Martian Ink’ created from same rocks found on the Red Planet
Dubai-UAE: 9 February 2021: Visitors arriving at UAE airports will receive a Martian Ink stamp on their passports, in commemoration to the Hope probe’s historic arrival to Mars on Feb.9.
An emblem of the country’s ambition and guiding principle that “Impossible ......read more
• Thomas Erikson revealed how to spot a psychopath, and shared his insights into how we act and react depending on our personality type.
• Bolu Babalola shared her fantastical mythical love stories from around the world before it was colonised by western culture.
• A fascinating session called Fighting the Anti-Facts Movement which featured medical experts Jay ......read more
United Arab Emirates - February 04, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand for air cargo decreased by 10.6% in 2020, compared to 2019. This was the largest drop in year-on-year demand since IATA started to monitor cargo performance in 1990, outpacing the 6% fall in global trade in ......read more
United Arab Emirates - February 04, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to the full year of 2019, by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history. Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling sharply since ......read more
• Check-in baggage must not exceed 39 inches on any side
• Guests will be charged approximately AED62 (PHP800) for domestic flights, and AED100 (PHP1,300) for international flights, for oversized baggage
Dubai, UAE, 31 January 2021:
Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, has introduced a new policy ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Effective 15 February 2021, Etihad Airways will recommence passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Doha, Qatar, subject to the applicable government approvals. The service will operate daily using an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad ......read more
Abu Dhabi, UAE – January 19, 2021: Following the purchase of 80,000 tonnes of Carbon Offsets in November, Etihad Airways is expanding its offset programme in collaboration with Shell. Separately, the airline is also setting up a guest programme to allow guests to purchase additional voluntary offsets.
Shell’s nature-based carbon offsets
Through its ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 19 January 2021: Emirates has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to become one of the first airlines in the world to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.
IATA Travel Pass enables Emirates ......read more
United Arab Emirates - January 19, 2021: The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, today announced a partnership to launch the IATA Travel Pass for Etihad Airways’ guests. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 ......read more
16 January 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Yesterday marked the first time that Wizz Air Abu Dhabi took to the skies in the UAE. The eco-friendly aircraft, Airbus A321neo, departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 12.30pm local time bound for Athens, Greece.
Shareef Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports greeted Kees Van Schaick, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi as the plane prepared ......read more
Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2021: Due to the new COVID-19 variant, the Philippine government has extended the temporary ban for foreign nationals until January 31, 2021. During this period, only Filipino citizens will be accepted on flights from Dubai, Hong Kong, Nagoya (Japan), Singapore, and Seoul (South Korea).
Cebu Pacific (CEB) will not accept foreign nationals who originated ......read more
16 January 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: On the eve of its inaugural flight to Athens, Greece, the UAE’s new national airline, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, marked the occasion with a visit from the company’s Chairman, József Váradi. Váradi is one of the airline’s founders who established the company in 2003.
The company’s Chairman, József Váradi said: ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.14 January 2021 – Adults who book their next flight to Abu Dhabi or Dubai with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, can take their children for free.
With every adult ticket booked before 28 January 2021, for travel until 30 September 2021, up to two children will travel free – so two adults can bring four children, free. Fares to ......read more
United Arab Emirates - January 14, 2021: UPS (NYSE:UPS) announces the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Jordan, supporting the country’s fight against the pandemic.
UPS has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight since February 2020, and has also supported in distributing millions of diagnostic test kits and biological samples for ......read more
United Arab Emirates - January 10, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the signing of the ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement that will see Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt open their air, land and sea borders with Qatar. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to resume regional connectivity—which ......read more
United Arab Emirates - January 09, 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the signing of the ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement that will see Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt open their air, land and sea borders with Qatar. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to resume regional connectivity—which ......read more