Oman News Agency, May 20, 2023 - SalamAir, Sultanate’s fastest-growing value-for-money airline, is delighted to announce the launch of three new destinations in June and July. These new destinations include Almaty, Kazakhstan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Turkish city of Rize.
Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, expressed his excitement about the expansion plans, stating, "We are thrilled to introduce these new destinations to our growing network. Almaty, one of Kazakhstan's prominent cities, offers great tourism potential. We aim to establish year-round connections to cater to the demand and not limit it to seasonal periods."
In addition to these developments, SalamAir is currently an economic study of 20 new tourist destinations in Europe and Eastern Europe. The objective is to attract tourists to the ......read more
• Simply join Emirates Skywards, even while inflight
• Emirates latest Wi-Fi enhancement sees an additional 30,000 Economy Class passengers connect weekly for free
Dubai, UAE, 19 May 2023: A recent enhancement to Emirates’ inflight connectivity means that all Emirates passengers in every class of travel can enjoy some form of free connectivity once they sign up to Emirates Skywards. The development has resulted in an additional 30,000 Economy Class passengers connecting to complimentary onboard Wi-Fi every week.
Emirates has constantly been at the forefront of inflight Wi-Fi developments and has to date invested more than US$ 300 million dollars into onboard connectivity.
All Emirates Skywards members in every class of travel can now enjoy some form of free connectivity. Skywards ......read more
• Achieved a 26% reduction in CO2 emissions per Revenue Tonne Kilometre (RTK) to 482g compared to 2019 baseline, by continuing to innovate and introduce operational efficiencies
Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has published its annual sustainability report, detailing the company's commitment to sustainability and its progress towards its sustainability goals.
In 2022, the airline achieved an impressive 26% reduction in CO2 emissions per Revenue Tonne Kilometer (RTK) to 482g compared to 2019 baseline.
Etihad's sustainability strategy is based on principles of achieving emissions reductions through in-sector measures, aligning with industry voluntary roadmaps and frameworks, collaborating with UAE industrial ecosystems, ......read more
16 May 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported high levels of confidence among travelers for the peak Northern summer travel holiday season. This corresponds with first quarter 2023 forward bookings data for May – September which is tracking at 35% above 2022 levels.
The survey covering 4,700 travelers in 11 countries shows that:
• 79% of travelers surveyed said that they were planning a trip in the June-August 2023 period
• while 85% said that peak travel season disruptions should not be a surprise, 80% said that they expected smooth travel with post pandemic issues having been resolved
Forward bookings data indicates that greatest growth is expected in:
• Asia Pacific region (134.7%)
• Middle East (42.9%)
• Europe (39.9%)
• ......read more
The new agreement will enable more passengers from Canada to connect seamlessly via Dubai’s aviation hub to a number of destinations on flydubai’s growing network
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 May 2023: flydubai, the Dubai-based carrier, announced a new partnership with Air Canada to give customers flying between Canada, the Middle East, East Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Southern Asia more convenient travel options.
Pending final regulatory approval, Air Canada’s marketing code will be placed on nine routes operated from Dubai by flydubai, giving customers the ability to travel to these markets with the issuance of a single ticket. The nine routes include Bahrain, Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah and Muscat in the GCC as well as to Colombo and Karachi in the Indian Subcontinent.
Additionally, through an ......read more
Sector to match 2019 GDP contribution by the end of 2023
Travel & Tourism jobs to surpass pre-pandemic levels this year
Sector to outstrip national GDP growth over the next decade
United Arab Emirates: The World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 2023 Economic Impact Research (EIR) today reveals the UAE Travel & Tourism sector is projected to meet the 2019 peak this year.
The sector is set to contribute AED 180.6 billion to the UAE economy by the end of 2023, almost matching the 2019 high AED 183.4 billion, only 1.5% behind pre-pandemic levels. This represents nearly 10% of the total economy.
WTTC is also forecasting that the sector will create nearly 7,000 jobs this year, surpassing the pre-pandemic peak of 745,100, to reach more than 758,000 employed by Travel & Tourism.
A look back on last ......read more
Use of sustainable aviation fuel estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95 percent compared to existing jet fuel
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; 16 May 2023: Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, one of the world’s leading clean energy companies, has signed an agreement with Airbus, the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader to support the development and growth of the global sustainable aviation fuel market.
The signing ceremony was held in the presence of His Excellency Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Chairman of Masdar and COP28 President-Designate, Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar. The agreement was signed by Mohammad ......read more
5,590 Cathay Pacific Air Tickets to be given away in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and UAE in support of “Hello Hong Kong”
15 May 2023: As part of the “World of Winners” campaign sponsored by Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) that will give away 500,000 free tickets to global visitors, Cathay Pacific will be offering residents across India, Bangladesh, Nepal and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 5,590 round-trip air tickets to Hong Kong. The initiative is in support of Hong Kong Tourism Board’s (HKTB’s) "Hello Hong Kong" campaign to welcome tourists back to the city, now that travel restrictions are well behind us.
The campaign will be launched simultaneously in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and UAE on the same day, 22 May 2023.
Hong Kong’s Biggest Welcome ......read more
DUBAI, UAE: May 9, 2023: Traffic at Dubai International (DXB) has reached 95.6% of 2019 levels with passenger numbers exceeding 21.2 million in the first quarter of the year. This follows DXB’s strong showing last year during which the airport clocked 66m passengers to retain its position as the world’s busiest international hub for the ninth year running.
Key facts and figures
DXB’s passenger traffic totalled 21,256,489 during the first three months of the year, up 55.8% compared to the first quarter of 2022, and marking the first time since the fourth quarter of 2019 when average monthly traffic reached the 7-million passenger-mark. March was the busiest month in the first quarter with 7.3 million passengers, which is also the highest monthly traffic since January 2020 when DXB recorded 7.8m passengers.
DXB is ......read more
• 127 commercial aircraft delivered in Q1 2023
• Revenues € 11.8 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 0.8 billion
• EBIT (reported) € 0.4 billion; EPS (reported) € 0.59
• Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing € -0.9 billion
• Guidance unchanged
04 May 2023 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported consolidated financial results for its First Quarter (Q1) ending 31 March 2023.
“The first quarter confirmed strong demand for our products, particularly for commercial aircraft. We delivered 127 commercial aircraft, which is reflected in the Q1 financials. The quarter also benefited from a good performance in Helicopters,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to face an adverse operating ......read more
DUBAI, UAE 2 May 2023: For the tenth year in a row, Emirates again emerged on top capturing ‘Best Airline Worldwide’ at last night’s Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2023.
The red carpet ceremony was attended by industry leading figures and professionals from across the Middle East. Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia, and Dr. Nejib Ben Khedher, Divisional Senior Vice President, Skywards received the awards on behalf of Emirates.
The airline also earned high marks for constantly delivering better experiences through its best-in-class service and leading industry products winning Best First Class, Best Premium Economy, and Emirates’ First Class Lounge was named Best Airport Lounge in the Middle East. Last night’s awards ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 2 May 2023: Emirates has signed a three Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) on the side-lines of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, the Moroccan National Tourism Office (www.visitmorocco.com) and Tourism Authority of Zimbabwe to promote inbound travel and boost visitor numbers.
The airline is renewing its pledge to support Indonesia’s travel and tourism sector, with its ongoing efforts to promote the country as a varied and exciting travel destination by launching joint marketing campaigns and initiatives. Emirates will further support tourism flows from key markets in its global network - including UK, US, Germany, France, Italy and Spain - to the Southeast Asian destination.
The MoU was signed by Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ Senior ......read more
• Winner: Best Cabin Crew for the third consecutive year
• Winner: Best Economy Class
• Winner: Best Frequent Flyer Programme award for Etihad Guest
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been recognised as the airline with the ‘Best Cabin Crew’ for the third year in a row at a gala awards ceremony held yesterday evening at the Palazzo Versace, Dubai. Following a public vote, the Business Traveller Middle East Awards also recognised Etihad with the Best Economy Class and Best Frequent Flyer programme for Etihad Guest.
Etihad’s Cabin Crew are best known for their warm and personal service which is inspired by traditional Emirati hospitality. Before they take to the skies, Etihad’s cabin crew are taken through an ......read more
• Carries more than 3.37 million passengers between 01 January and 31 March 2023, an increase of 50% compared to 2022
• Grows its network to 120 destinations in 52 countries, supported by ongoing aircraft deliveries
• Gets ready for the busiest summer to date with a 20% increase in capacity across the network between 01 July and 30 September, compared to the same period in 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 02 May 2023: Dubai-based flydubai records another exceptional first quarter carrying more than 3.37 million passengers between 01 January and 31 March 2023, an increase of 50% compared to the same period in 2022. The carrier plans to ramp up operations for the busy summer travel period between 01 July and 30 September, increasing its capacity by 20% across the network.
Since the start of 2023, flydubai ......read more
DUBAI, UAE, 28 April 2023: Emirates is poised to showcase its latest roster of innovative products and fan-favourites at this year’s 30th edition of Arabian Travel Market, which gets underway on 1 May.
A milestone year for the event, which is celebrating its third decade of connecting the travel industry, this year also marks Emirates 30th year of partnership and commitment to ATM.
When the exhibition first opened its doors thirty years ago, Emirates flew 15 aircraft to 30 cities and carried close to 2 million passengers. Today, Emirates is the world’s largest international airline serving over 140 destinations on more than 200 wide-body aircraft, connecting tens of millions of travellers across the globe each year, and making Dubai one of the most globally connected cities for travel, tourism and business.
Over the ......read more
Airport Show to enable ‘Sustainable Future for airports’
Sustainable Apron is among three key themes
ME airports shifting to renewable energy
Dubai leads in developing sustainable aviation
Sustainability helps future-proofing the airports
Dubai, April 27, 2023 – As the global airport industry, comprising over 40,000 ICAO-coded airports and revenues exceeding US$173 billion, work its ways to become carbon net-zero by 2050 through enhancing infrastructure, technology-based operational efficiencies, robust controls and benchmarked excellence, the Airport Show, from May 9 to 11, will have a sharp focus on sustainability and innovation.
Together in Innovating Future Sustainable Airports will be the theme of the world’s largest annual airport industry B2B platform. Over its ......read more
27 April 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the 35th IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC) will focus on fostering technology to improve safety, operational efficiency, and sustainability. IGHC is taking place in Abu Dhabi, 16-18 May 2023, with Etihad Airways as the host airline.
“Passenger and air cargo traffic are close to pre-pandemic levels. Efficient ground operations are essential to meet the scaling-up of demand. Unfortunately, the ground handling sector continues to face operational, recruitment and retention challenges following the greatest aviation downturn in history. This year’s IGHC will explore how these can be overcome and how technology can be implemented to improve efficiency, increase compliance with global standards and improve safety and environmental ......read more
World Pilots' Day 2023_2028
Around 40% of Emirates’ pilots have been with the airline for 10+ years
The next online info session for recruitment will be held on 10 May
DUBAI, UAE, 26 April 2023: Airline pilots connect people with places and help create treasured memories – whether it’s an unforgettable holiday, a rock concert, a friend’s wedding or a mother’s warm hug. So on World Pilots’ Day, Emirates salutes its highly skilled aviators for their contributions to global travel and the airline’s business, while continuing to recruit First Officers and seasoned Captains.
Fun fact: when Emirates launched its services in 1985, the airline’s pilots then were part of the two wet-leased aircraft from Pakistan International Airlines. Fast forward to today and the airline boasts ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 26 April 2023 – Advancing its sustainability efforts, Emirates and dnata have joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), a voluntary global initiative that promotes responsible business practices and the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “In the UAE’s Year of Sustainability, we are pleased to join the United Nations Global Compact, which is another step forward in the Emirates Group’s efforts to embed sustainable and responsible business practices across our operations.
“Emirates and dnata have always taken a balanced approach to growth. Reflecting Dubai and the UAE’s long-term vision, we are tireless in our pursuit of excellence and progress, and we ......read more
25 April 2023 – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reminded stakeholders of the critical role that aviation plays at times of natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
“When crises strike, aviation is there. Connectivity is essential to get aid and first responders to where they are needed. The response to the recent earthquake in Southern Türkiye and Syria was no exception. Airlines helped save lives in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. And airlines continue to help accelerate the recovery with vital cargo shipments,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, as the airline industry met in Istanbul for the IATA World Cargo Symposium.
While there is no comprehensive tabulation of the support that aviation provided, a limited review of 29 key carriers serving ......read more
25 April 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted three priorities to enable the air cargo industry to maintain momentum against the backdrop of a challenging operating environment. The priorities, outlined at the 16th World Cargo Symposium (WCS), which opened in Istanbul today are:
“Air cargo is a different industry than the one that entered the pandemic. Revenues are greater than they were pre-pandemic. Yields are higher. The world learned how critical supply chains are. And the contribution of air cargo to the bottom line of airlines is more evident than ever. Yet, we are still linked to the business cycle and global events. So, the war in Ukraine, uncertainty over where ......read more
13 April 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ratification of the Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14), a move that will strengthen the global legal deterrent against unruly and disruptive passenger incidents onboard flights.
“IATA welcomes the leadership shown by the UAE in ratifying MP14. Not only will this give the UAE authorities important new powers in dealing with unruly passengers that land in the country, but as a major aviation market and ICAO Council member, it will also encourage other States to ratify MP14. Ensuring greater international harmonization and strengthening the legal deterrent against unruly and disruptive passengers who pose a threat to passenger and crew wellbeing and safety onboard is a priority for the entire airline industry,” ......read more
The Omni-channel contact centre took home 2023 Stevie Award in the ‘Contact Centre of The Year’ category and won the ‘Best Customer Service’ title at IBXA Awards
Dubai, UAE – 13 April 2023: Dubai Airports has won two major accolades with its integrated contact centre being recognised with a Gold Stevie® Award and an International Business Excellence Award (IBXA).
Dubai Airports was awarded the ‘Contact Centre of the Year (Up to 100 Seats) – in the All Other Industries’ category at the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service and was named Gold Winner in the ‘Best Customer Service’ category at the International Business Excellence Award (IBXA).
The Awards recognise Dubai Airports’ Omni-Channel 24/7 bilingual Contact Centre, launched as ......read more
Addition of the two aircraft further reinforces DCAF’s position as leading business and private jet operator in the Middle East
Dubai, UAE, April 12, 2023: DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a leading business aviation services provider, has expanded its fleet under management with the addition of two aircraft – a Bombardier Global 6000 and Global 5000. DCAF will operate the new aircraft on behalf of the private owners.
The addition of these aircraft brings DCAF’s total number of managed aircraft to 11, further reinforcing its position as one of the fastest-growing private and business jet operator in the Middle East.
The management contracts will see DCAF provide full Flight Operational Aircraft Management services, Continuous Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO), hangar parking and FBO handling at ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 7 April 2023: Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), has announced that in 2022, it witnessed an 86% decrease in workplace injury frequency rate and the safety culture in Dubai South is improved year by year.
The DACC OHSE Department also announced that 2052 near misses were reported in 2022, which is positively indicating that a testament to the overall enhanced OHSE culture at the entity.
The department focused on implementing a strong, effective, positive OHSE governance system, including COVID-19 compliance management to enhance the key results in OHSE performance. Other key milestones last year included receiving the ISO 45001/14001 SMS certification, the delivery of 3,245 services, all paperless, and a successful fire safety campaign with the support of DCD, featuring 55 companies at DACC that helped promote ......read more
• Daily flights between Dubai and Toronto to offer over 6,800 seats per week on popular route; 40% increase in capacity to serve pent up demand
• Enhanced UAE - Canada air service agreement paves the way for economic opportunities and value creation for both nations; set to spur tourism and trade
Dubai, UAE – 7 April 2023: Following the breakthrough expanded air transport agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Canada, Emirates is stepping up its frequency with two additional flights per week between Dubai and Toronto. From 20 April, daily flights will operate on the busy route to serve huge demand for passenger services.
The move comes as bilateral relations between the United Arab Emirates and Canada have enhanced significantly, with both countries set to reap vast economic benefits ......read more
• General Terms Agreement to allocate 160 aircraft to Chinese airlines
• Expanding capacity at Tianjin A320 Final Assembly Line to contribute to global rate 75
• Upscaling the production and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels
07 April 2023 - During a French state visit to China, Airbus signed new cooperation agreements with China Aviation industry partners.
Witnessed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron, Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury signed with the Tianjin Free Trade Zone Investment Company Ltd., and Aviation Industry Corporation of China Ltd., an agreement to expand A320 Family final assembly capacity with a second line at its Tianjin site. The agreement will contribute to Airbus’ overall rate objective of 75 aircraft per month in 2026 ......read more
The Dubai-based carrier has announced special fares to more than 20 exciting destinations for passengers travelling from the UAE between 15 April and 23 April
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 07 April 2023: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, is offering passengers from the UAE special fares for travel to a number of destinations around its network. Special Eid return fares, starting from AED 1,135, are available for booking by 20 April and for travel between 15 April and 23 April 2023.
With more than 110 destinations on its network, passengers can enjoy a comfortable and enhanced travel experience whether they travel in Business or Economy Class. flydubai’s special fares are available for travel to more than 20 popular destinations including Istanbul, Krabi, Milan-Bergamo, Pattaya, Pisa, Salalah, Salzburg and ......read more
04 April 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for February 2023 global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand rose above pre-pandemic levels.
Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 7.5% compared to February 2022 (-8.3% for international operations). This was half the rate of annual decline seen in the previous two months (-14.9% and -15.3% respectively). February demand for air cargo was 2.9% higher than pre-pandemic levels (February 2019)—the first time it has surpassed pre-pandemic levels in eight months.
Capacity (measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers, ACTK) was up 8.6% compared to February 2022. The strong uptick in ACTKs reflects the addition of belly capacity as the passenger side of the business continues to recover. International belly-capacity ......read more
Etihad Airways is among the first airlines in the world and first in the Middle East to start a Multi-Crew Pilot License Program (MPL) on the Boeing 787 fleet for UAE’s national cadet pilot program
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has achieved a significant milestone as the first of its cadet pilots successfully completed ‘Base Training’ on an actual Boeing 787 Dreamliner as part of its Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) programme.
‘Base Training’ flights are used to train cadet pilots on take-off and landings under the supervision of a qualified instructor. After this step, the cadet pilots will further progress their training on the most efficient and advanced wide-body aircraft in the market, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Launched in ......read more
DUBAI, UAE - April 5, 2023: Dubai International (DXB) welcomed Cyprus Airways’ inaugural flight from Larnaca, which arrived at Terminal 1 on Wednesday of last week. The carrier is operating three weekly flights between the two destinations on a 180-seat capacity Airbus A320 aircraft. Connecting Cyprus to the UAE, the route is expected to generate multiple connectivity options with the Middle East, Far East and other global destinations while boosting tourism and business on both sides. DXB is currently connected to 230 destinations across 95 plus countries via more than 85 international airlines.
03 April 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is launching “Focus Africa” to strengthen aviation’s contribution to Africa’s economic and social development and improve connectivity, safety and reliability for passengers and shippers. This initiative will align private and public stakeholders to deliver measurable progress in six areas.
“Africa accounts for 18% of the global population, but just 2.1% of air transport activities (combined cargo and passenger). Closing that gap, so that Africa can benefit from the connectivity, jobs and growth that aviation enables, is what Focus Africa is all about,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General.
Infrastructure constraints, high costs, lack of connectivity, regulatory impediments, slow adoption of global ......read more
• Emirates customers to have access to more than 150 U.S. cities through Chicago, Houston and San Francisco while enjoying codeshare benefits for flights on United; expanded domestic U.S. network coverage to complement Emirates’ network of 12 points across the U.S, which the airline operates to from its Dubai-based hub
• Enhanced customer offering implemented with the issuance of a single ticket, Emirates baggage allowance and baggage transfers through to the final destination
• Access to dozens more destinations across Canada, Mexico, Caribbean islands and Central and South America based on an interline arrangement
• Frequent flyer members of Skywards and MileagePlus® to enjoy rewarding benefits
Dubai, UAE – March 30, 2023: Emirates and United have activated their ......read more
22 March 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and most environmentally sustainable airline globally , was named Airline of the Year at Air Transport Awards. The award was received by József Váradi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air, at the gala event in Montreal, which took place next to the 2023 Air Transport Symposium with the participation of industry leaders.
The Air Transport Awards are international prizes of and for the air transport industry. The awards are recognition of excellence and of the achievements of the aviation sector. The annual awards are bestowed to organisations, companies and leaders of the air transport industry.
József Váradi, Group Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air, said: “I am grateful to accept the Airline of the Year award on behalf of the ......read more
8 March 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released its 2022 Safety Report for global aviation. The report showed a reduction in the number of fatal accidents and the fatality risk, compared to 2021 and to the five year average (2018-2022).
From this year, the Safety Report has been re-invented as an online interactive resource rather than in static PDF format.
Report highlights include:
In 2022, there were five fatal accidents involving loss of life to passengers and crew. This is reduced from seven in 2021 and an improvement on the five year average (2018-2022) which was also seven.
The fatal accident rate improved to 0.16 per million sectors for 2022, from 0.27 per million sectors in 2021, and also was ahead of the five year fatal accident rate of 0.20.
The all accident rate was 1.21 per ......read more
08 March 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for January 2023 global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand declined as economic headwinds persist.
• Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 14.9% compared to January 2022 (-16.2% for international operations).
• Capacity (measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers, ACTK) was up 3.9% compared to January 2022. This was the first year-on-year growth in capacity since October 2022. International cargo capacity increased 1.4% compared to January 2022. The uptick in ACTKs reflects the strong recovery of belly capacity in passenger airline markets offsetting a decline international capacity offered by dedicated freighters.
• Several factors in the operating environment ......read more
• The Dubai-based carrier adds two new destinations to its network with the launch of flights to Al Qaisumah and Neom and resumes flights to Jizan and Najran
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 03 March 2023: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced today the launch of four destinations in Saudi Arabia. This includes the start of flights to Neom from 16 March, Najran from 18 March, Al Qaisumah from 21 March and Jizan from 26 April.
Earlier this year, the airline also resumed its operations to AlUla with a twice-weekly service from 12 January.
Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “flydubai remains committed to opening up underserved markets and so we are pleased to offer our customers more options for travel with the launch of these four destinations. As Saudi Arabia continues on its ......read more
Launches New Premium Experience Campaign featuring the actor
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways has launched a new brand campaign in collaboration with world-renowned Indian actor, Deepika Padukone. The campaign launch is the culmination of the airline's endeavour to redefine Qatar Airways Premium experience, particularly through showcasing the world-class Qsuite along with the unparalleled surroundings of The Orchard, which are core to Hamad International Airport’s expansion.
The timeless acoustic track ‘Ain’t Nobody’ accompanies the campaign that connects Padukone’s journey with Qatar Airways to a new level of luxury and elegance. She encapsulates the premium experience available to customers of Qatar Airways, transiting through the best airport in the world, Hamad International Airport.
Qatar ......read more
Dubai, 01 March 2023 – The Middle East is home to some of the largest airlines in the world, supported by significant fleets that keep on expanding.
According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast, regional airlines are expected to require 3,020 new passenger and freight aircraft deliveries by 2040, bringing the total fleet to 3,210 from a 2019 fleet baseline of 1,300 aircraft.
Consequently, airline fleet growth will trigger the Middle East aviation services sector to also ramp up significantly over the coming decade. Airbus expects the Middle East aviation services business to witness a 4.7% average annual growth until 2041, surpassing the global average (3.7%).
MRO growth is also driven by enhanced adoption of digital solutions as industries advance towards digitalisation as a ......read more
Dubai-based carrier flydubai has today, 01 March 2023, announced its Annual Results for the year ending 31 December 2022
Reports historic profit of AED 1.2 billion (USD 327 million); an increase of 43% compared to 2021, reflecting the carrier’s strong business model built on cost efficiency and agility
Reports total annual revenue of AED 9.1 billion (USD 2.5 billion) compared to AED 5.3 billion (USD 1.4 billion) in 2021; an increase of 72%
Carries 10.6 million passengers; an increase of 89% compared to 2021
Takes delivery of 17 new aircraft; a record number of deliveries received in one year
Hires 1,300 employees; the airline’s biggest recruitment drive in any year
Statements on the 2022 Annual Results
Commenting on the announcement of the airline’s record Full-Year Results for 2022, His Highness ......read more
Dubai Airports invites Emirati youth interested in joining its Fire Services Training programme to attend the fair and discover exciting career opportunities
Dubai, UAE – February 27, 2023: Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), is calling on UAE Nationals to join its airport fire services department and register for its UAE National Airport Fire Services Programme during the 2023 edition of the National Service Career Fair 2023, taking place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 6-8 March.
As part of its ongoing Emiratisation strategy, Dubai Airports will be participating at the career fair to engage with young Emiratis and inspire them to become part of the world’s largest airport fire services department across two airports and apply to join its training ......read more
28 February 2023 – EGYPTAIR took delivery of its first A321neo from Airbus’ Delivery Centre in Hamburg, making the airline the first African operator of the aircraft.
EGYPTAIR has specified a high comfort, two-class configuration with 16 Business class seats and 166 Economy class seats, and will increase the airline’s single aisle capacity to the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The aircraft is on lease from AerCap and is powered by CFM engines.
The A321neo is the largest-fuselage member of Airbus’ best-selling single-aisle A320 Family and brings a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption and emissions per seat compared with previous generation competing aircraft. This enables EGYPTAIR to benefit from enhanced efficiency and be able to deliver on its commitment to sustainability, whilst reducing ......read more
The national airline celebrates its first flight to Medina, expanding affordable, hassle-free travel for tourists and residents in both the UAE and Saudi Arabia
16, February 2023, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, has commenced operations on the new route of Medina, a centre of Islamic culture. The new destinations further strengthen regional connectivity with high quality point-to-point travel on WIZZ’s convenient flight schedule. Tickets are on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app with fares starting as low as AED 219 *.
Medina, a historical city of religious significance, boasts breath-taking views and architecture. Known as ‘The Enlightened City’, Medina is home to Al Masjid an Nabawi, the Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) ......read more
• The Dubai-based airline launches daily flights to Mogadishu from 09 March 2023; the first direct service to Somalia from Dubai and the United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14 February 2023: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today the launch of a daily service to Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport (MGQ) from 09 March 2023. The carrier will double the frequency of flights from 01 June 2023, making it the first carrier to connect Somalia directly with Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.
Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “we continue to look for opportunities to grow our network in East Africa and open up underserved markets. This region has seen significant economic growth and development in recent years, our direct flights will further stimulate the economy and ......read more
Collaboration under the ASBUs framework
Both organizations will develop human resources to facilitate it
Cooperation in all systems for data linkage to serve UAE’s interest
MBRSC to launch a new satellite at 2023-end
Ahmed bin Saeed: "The UAE is helping shape better future of the air transport"
Hamad Al Mansouri: "Huge potential for transforming the space sector"
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 07, 2023 – In a move to help further consolidate the UAE’s grand aerospace ambitions and take civil aviation to newer heights, Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for exploring satellite technology enablers following the ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBUs) framework for the ......read more
7 February 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that 2022 full-year demand for air cargo took a significant step back from 2021 levels but was close to 2019 performance.
• Global full-year demand in 2022, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was down 8.0% compared to 2021 (-8.2% for international operations). Compared to 2019, it was down 1.6% (both global and international).
• Capacity in 2022, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), was 3.0% above 2021 (+4.5% for international operations). Compared to 2019 (pre-COVID) levels, capacity declined by 8.2% (-9.0% for international operations).
• December saw a softening in performance: global demand was 15.3% below 2021 levels (-15.8% for international ......read more
7 February 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel continued in December 2022 and for the full year.
• Total traffic in 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 64.4% compared to 2021. Globally, full year 2022 traffic was at 68.5% of pre-pandemic (2019) levels. December 2022 total traffic rose 39.7% compared to December 2021 and reached 76.9% of the December 2019 level.
• International traffic in 2022 climbed 152.7% versus 2021 and reached 62.2% of 2019 levels. December 2022 international traffic climbed 80.2% over December 2021, reaching 75.1% of the level in December 2019.
• Domestic traffic for 2022 rose 10.9% compared to the prior year. 2022 domestic traffic was at 79.6% of the full year 2019 level. December 2022 ......read more
• Queen Mary 2 the world’s only ocean liner is a remarkable flagship, her style and elegance are legendary.
• As part of the ongoing 2022/23 cruise season, Dubai Harbour continues to welcome iconic international cruise ships, with more than 300,000 passengers expected before the end of the season in June
• Dubai Harbour further enhances its position as the region’s most modern cruise infrastructure, a perfect gateway attracting tourists and cruise lines from all over the world
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 3rd February 2023: Dubai Harbour, the city’s extraordinary seafront district, has welcomed the iconic Queen Mary 2, the world’s only ocean liner, on its Centenary World Voyage . Observing the maiden call of this spectacular vessel, Captain Hashmi met with Dubai Harbour ......read more
SITA’s latest Air Transport IT Insights report reveals accelerated digitalization to help airlines and airports meet rising passenger demand
01 February 2023 – Faced with increased disruptions, baggage mountains, and staff shortages, airports and airlines are ramping up their investment in technology to digitalize their operations and speed up the passenger journey by offering more self-service options.
SITA’s 2022 Air Transport IT Insights report, published today, reveals that with the post-pandemic recovery CIOs want to ensure operations are as agile and resilient as they are efficient, with IT solutions seen as central to their success. This has spurred an acceleration of digitalization, with airlines and airports looking to key technology solutions to fortify their operations against disruption while ......read more
Emiratis will receive state-of-the-art training, and play a valuable frontline role in protecting the ‘Gateway to Dubai’
Dubai, UAE – 1st February 2023: Dubai Airports is looking to attract young, ambitious, and dynamic Emiratis to enrol in its state-of-the-art emergency services training programme and take up the role as frontline heroes at the world’s busiest international airport.
As part of a recruitment drive, Dubai Airports is actively seeking the next cohort of Emiratis to join its intensive training programme. It comprises English language training provided in partnership with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), followed by an intensive firefighting training programme, provided through International Fire Training Centre-Serco at Dubai World Central (DWC) airport.
With many school ......read more
• Shanghai will initially be served with two weekly flights starting from 20 January 2023
• Beijing will be served with a daily non-stop flight starting from 15 March 2023
• Emirates’ four weekly flights to Guangzhou will increase to a daily service from 1 February 2023
Dubai, UAE, 16 January 2023: Emirates will ramp up its operations in China ahead ......read more
The airline continues to rebuild its global network and ramp up operations to meet robust travel demand.
Emirates has also announced it will resume its second daily service to London Stansted in May 2023, boosting its London operations to 11 daily flights.
By the end of this summer, Emirates will have recovered close to 90% of its pre-pandemic A380 network.
Dubai, UAE: 13 January 2023 ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 13, 2023: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, starts the year with its annual Global Sale offering great deals for travellers looking to explore new destinations and visit friends & family.
Guests can take advantage of special sale fares to select Etihad destinations, with the Global Sale running until 20 January 2023, for ......read more
Dubai, UAE - 11 January 2023: Emirates will offer passengers yet another opportunity to ‘fly better’, with new high-speed, inflight broadband powered by Inmarsat’s GX Aviation, onboard 50 new Airbus A350 aircraft - scheduled to enter service in 2024. The new agreement will significantly improve the passenger experience with enhanced connectivity and ......read more
10, January 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the air travel recovery continued through November 2022.
• Total traffic in November 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 41.3% compared to November 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 75.3% of November 2019 levels.
• International traffic rose ......read more
Dubai, UAE, January 10, 2023: DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has added a Bombardier Global 7500 aircraft to its managed fleet. DCAF will manage and operate the new aircraft on behalf of its private owner. This brings the total number of aircraft under management to nine.
The new aircraft will be based at DCAF’s home base at Al Maktoum International Airport.
The management ......read more
Competitive salary and benefits for globe-trotting crew – Etihad is searching for ambitious individuals to join its award-winning cabin crew
Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is continuing its global recruitment campaign, seeking talented people who love to explore the world while delivering world-renowned customer ......read more
09, January 2023: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for November 2022 global air cargo markets showing that demand softened as economic headwinds persist.
• Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 13.7% compared to November 2021 (-14.2% for international operations).
• Capacity (measured in ......read more
The airline will operate 61 return flights per weekbetween Hong Kong and 13 Mainland cities
Cathay Pacific welcomes the Hong Kong SAR Government’s latest measures to facilitate quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland, as well as the lifting of transit restrictions, effective 8 January 2023.
In light of today’s announcement, Cathay ......read more
Dubai, UAE: The real estate and properties transactions valued at AED 10 billion in total during the week ending 06 January 2023. The sum of transactions was 2,702.
270 plots were sold for AED 2.25 billion, 1,903 apartments and villas were sold for AED 4.89 billion.
The top three transactions were a land in Marsa Dubai sold for AED 623.07 million, followed by a land that was sold ......read more
04 January 2023: “Several countries are introducing COVID-19 testing and other measures for travellers from China, even though the virus is already circulating widely within their borders. It is extremely disappointing to see this knee-jerk reinstatement of measures that have proven ineffective over the last three years.
Research undertaken around the arrival of the Omicron ......read more
Dubai, U.A.E. - 4 January 2023 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd, the global aviation services company, today announced that it has completed its annual review with Morningstar Sustainalytics, who has assessed DAE’s ESG Risk Rating to be ‘Low Risk’, with a score of 14.4. The Summary ESG Risk Rating Report on DAE can be accessed here or on DAE’s ......read more
United Arab Emirates – With over 1.5 million passengers expected over the winter break, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will be celebrating the festive season in the sky with a special-themed menu and props for guests on board selected flights.
Over the festive period, the classic festive themed menu will be available from 23 to 25 December on many ......read more
Largest beachfront project in Sharjah stretches over 3.5 KM across the shoreline overlooking the Arabian Gulf
● Al Heera Beachfront offers service, sports and public facilities for residents, visitors and tourists.
● The project offers rental units for investors, to grow their commercial operations within the tourism industry.
● It includes a pro-skatepark ......read more
• The Dubai-based carrier operated 1,290 flights between Dubai World Central (DWC) and Doha International Airport (DIA) from 21 November until 19 December 2022
• The carrier enabled more than 130,000 football fans, representing 171 nationalities, to travel conveniently to Doha
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 December 2022: Dubai-based flydubai announced today that it has ......read more
Dubai, U.A.E. - 13 December 2022 – Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd announced today that its Board of Directors and Shareholders had authorized an additional US$300 million for bond repurchases to be conducted through open market transactions. To date, DAE has repurchased approximately US$815 million of principal amount of its publicly traded bonds under the previous authorizations of ......read more
8 December 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Travalyst, have joined forces with the aim of providing consumers with a consistent, accurate and widely available calculation of their carbon footprint from air travel.
As all sectors of the aviation and travel industries come together in pursuit of net zero CO2 goals, this new and major collaboration effort will ......read more
7 December 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production will reach at least 300 million liters in 2022—a 200% increase on 2021 production of 100 million liters. More optimistic calculations estimate total production in 2022 could reach 450 million liters. Both scenarios position the SAF industry on the verge of an ......read more
06, December 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects a return to profitability for the global airline industry in 2023 as airlines continue to cut losses stemming from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to their business in 2022.
• In 2023, airlines are expected to post a small net profit of $4.7 billion—a 0.6% net profit margin. It is ......read more
Dubai Airports has launched a two-year plan that will elevate the travel experience for POD
Dubai, UAE – December 5, 2022: Dubai Airports is introducing a comprehensive new programme to ensure the delivery of a sector leading, inclusive, and seamless travel experience for all People of Determination (POD) with hidden disabilities that travel through Dubai International ......read more
5 December 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel continued in October.
• Total traffic in October 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 44.6% compared to October 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 74.2% of October 2019 levels.
• Domestic traffic for October 2022 slipped 0.8% ......read more
• dans promotes own programme to develop national capabilities in the field of Air Navigation
• Ahmed bin Saeed: "Attracting national talent to work in the aviation sector is an essential part of our strategy"
Dubai, November 29, 2022:
Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) has announced that eight new UAE citizens have joined the organisation, ......read more
• Qatar Tourism reveals an incredible live destination art experience featuring goalpost-shaped installations that frame some of Qatar’s most picturesque views
• David Beckham has captured a picture in front of one of the goalposts to mark the launch
28 November 2022: Qatar Tourism has unveiled ‘Posts of Qatar’: ten distinctive goalpost art ......read more
Dubai, UAE - 22, November 2022: This month marks five years since Emirates and flydubai activated their extensive partnership and joined forces to offer customers unrivalled travel options to every corner of the globe. They’ve certainly delivered on their promise. The carriers’ joint route network has significantly expanded, enabling more than 11 million customers to connect on over ......read more
Passengers are experiencing a faster, more efficient journey from check-in to boarding
21 November 2022 – Passengers traveling from Geneva Airport can now breeze through self-service touchpoints at check-in, bag drop, and security thanks to digital passenger processing technology from SITA. The new touchpoints are helping to reduce wait times and provide more flexibility to ......read more
Great rewards for the greater good – start the festive season on a positive note by travelling with Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific is eyeing up a greener future for travel, with the carrier’s annual Green Friday promotion, customers can experience the ......read more
Dubai, UAE, 17 November 2022: Dubai Airports in collaboration with its service partner Mawgif has made paying for car parks across Dubai International (DXB) a breeze for airport users with the launch of a new mobile payment option – ‘Scan, Pay and Go’.
Through ‘Scan, Pay and Go’, DXB car park users need to simply scan the QR code on their parking entry ticket to ......read more
8 November 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) published results from a survey of 500 European business leaders. Using air transport to do business across borders, these business leaders confirmed the critical nature of air transport to their business success:
• 89% believed that being close to an airport with global connections gives them a competitive ......read more
08, November2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments and regulators to encourage stronger European cohesion and economic development by embracing policies to promote greater air connectivity. Key to this is recognizing the different strengths and benefits offered by the diverse types of carriers operating in Europe.
“Europe, just ......read more
Dubai, UAE - 08 November 2022 – Emirates has announced a firm order for 5 new Boeing 777-200LR freighter aircraft, with 2 units to be delivered in 2024 and the remaining 3 units in 2025.
The agreement, worth over US$ 1.7 billion at list prices, takes the airline’s total order book to 200 wide-body aircraft.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief ......read more
7 November 2022 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced passenger data for September 2022 showing that the recovery in air travel continues to be strong.
• Total traffic in September 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 57.0% compared to September 2021. Globally, traffic is now at 73.8% of September 2019 levels.
• ......read more
07 November 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for September 2022 global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand softened.
• Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 10.6% compared to September 2021 (-10.6% also for international operations), but continued to track at near pre-pandemic levels ......read more
• The Dubai-based airline adds six destinations to its network with flights to Cagliari, Corfu, Hofuf, Krabi, Milan and Pattaya
Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 04 November 2022: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, today announced the launch of flights to six destinations as it continues to grow its network. This includes the start of flights to Cagliari, Corfu, Krabi, Milan and Pattaya ......read more
Sharjah, November 3, 2022: Sharjah Airport Department of Civil Aviation and Sharjah Airport Authority celebrated the 51st UAE Flag Day on November 3, 2022, in the presence of H.E Sheikh Faisal Bin Saoud Al Qassimi, Director of Sharjah Airport Authority, and H.E. Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Thani, Director of the Department of Civil Aviation, along with the employees of both the entities and ......read more
• Both companies will drive the development and production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) from circular raw materials, in addition to other energy alternatives such as green hydrogen and electrification
• This new partnership between Cepsa and a major airline represents the company’s steadfast commitment to SAF and ambition to lead in these sustainable fuels with ......read more
The Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, in cooperation with DW Travel, organized the "Tourism and Travel" exhibition at the Corporate Support Center in Port Rashid, with the participation of a number of international tourism companies. The exhibition aims at providing the latest updates and offers presented by the most prominent companies in the field of tourism and ......read more
01, November 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the results of its 2022 Global Passenger Survey (GPS), showing that travelers top concerns for travel in the post-COVID crisis period are focused on simplification and convenience.
“Travel during COVID-19 was complex, cumbersome and time consuming due to government-imposed travel requirements. ......read more
Emirates will be showcasing its Airbus A319 aircraft this year at Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2022. Emirates Executive, the airline’s luxury private jet will be on display on 1 November to visitors who want a glimpse into the spectacular world of private luxury flying on Emirates.
Emirates Executive was introduced in 2013, complete with luxury interiors, including an even larger version of ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The first Etihad Airways flight to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) supplied by ITOCHU Corporation and NESTE took off from Tokyo Narita airport today.
The pioneering flight, EY871 departed Tokyo Narita at 1500, was the result of a partnership in which ITOCHU provided Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Etihad, the national airline of the United ......read more
25 October 2022 (Dubai) – Safety Leadership is in focus at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 2022 Safety Conference, which opened today in Dubai, UAE, under the theme of “Emerging Stronger – Safely Transforming to a More Resilient Tomorrow,” with Emirates as the host airline.
“Safety begins at the top. Aviation executives need to ......read more
25, October 2022: Recognized for revolutionizing the travel experience for religious travelers and facilitating Umrah online booking services in the Middle East, Zamzam.com, is excited to announce its first-ever award from the prestigious “World Travel Awards” for ‘Middle East’s Leading Umrah Online Travel Agency’.
This year, the Middle East Gala Ceremony of the ......read more
Dubai, UAE: October 21, 2022: Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports, has been awarded the Best Aviation Sustainability Program (Environment pillar) at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Global Aviation Awards, for its ongoing efforts in helping to develop a more sustainable global aviation industry.
The award was presented at a ......read more
• Scheduled Washington Dulles to Abu Dhabi service to fly via Sharm-El-Sheik delivering COP27 delegates with zero net emissions
• Operated on Etihad’s Boeing 787 “Greenliner” the flight will leverage SAF Book & Claim systems in partnership with World Energy to overcome SAF logistical and infrastructure challenges
• The special operation ......read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – October 20, 2022: Dubai Airports has issued an advisory alerting traveller that Dubai International (DXB) will experience an exceptionally busy 10-day period as a result of schools breaking for half-term holidays later this week.
Passenger numbers at DXB are rising rapidly towards 2019 levels on the back of strong recovery throughout 2022, ......read more
The facility, largest in the MENA region and first of its kind in the UAE, allows for specialised laboratory testing with regional partners
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 14 October, 2022 – EDGE Group, one of the world’s leading advanced technology groups for defence and beyond, today announced the successful completion of vibration testing on the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre’s Rashid ......read more
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has launched its first-ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Guangzhou. The inaugural flight, EY868, departed Abu Dhabi last night after a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by representatives from the Chinese Embassy to the UAE, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Miral Asset Management ......read more