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Key Players from Italy's Aerospace, Defence and Security Industry Present at the International Astronautical Congress 2021

Specialised skills, investment and collaboration have resulted to Italy becoming a long-standing trade partner to the UAE    Dubai, UAE -  26, October 2021: Italy’s aerospace, defence and security industry turnover reached Euro 17 billion in 2020, whilst employing 230,000 staff, firmly placing the country as the 4th largest producer in Europe and 7th largest in the world.  Advancements in technology and investment in R&D will be Italy’s key exhibiting factors at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress 2021 (IAC), taking place from 25 to 29 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This year’s exhibition theme is ‘Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind’ and marks a momentous year for the UAE, as the country has been chosen as the first ......read more

States Must Deliver on Commitments to Restore Global Connectivity

24, October 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to use the commitments reached at the ICAO High Level Conference on COVID-19 (HLCC) to make real progress towards restoring global air connectivity.   States attending the ICAO HLCC declared their commitment to 14 measures which, if acted upon, would enable airlines to meet the demands of consumers worldwide for a revival of air travel. In particular, two commitments need the most urgent action by governments. These are:   • ‘We commit to taking effective measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and other communicable diseases by international air travel, in particular through the implementation of the ICAO CART guidelines, and encourage the harmonization of Member States’ ......read more

Global Aerospace Summit 2022 hosted by Mubadala to return to Abu Dhabi

 Mubadala to host the sixth edition of the Summit  Digital Driven Resurgence will form the central theme of the Summit   New for 2022; a dedicated start-up programme, focus on technology and digitalization in addition to the newly formed Task Force and Future Propulsion Working Group   23 October 2021 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Aviation, aerospace, space and defense leaders from across the planet will meet in-person in Abu Dhabi for the return of the Global Aerospace Summit on 24 -26 May 2022.      The theme of the Summit, ‘Digital Driven Resurgence’, will showcase the rapid transformation that has happened across these sectors over recent years and the role of innovation and technology moving forward.  An increasing number of aerospace and ......read more

Ain Dubai Lights Up Dubai's Skyline With Stunning Opening Show Celebration

The world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding opened yesterday Thursday 21st October  Thousands joined the extravaganza at the Ain Dubai Plaza that bustled with fun-filled family activities, live DJ sets and a spectacular inaugural light, drone and fireworks show Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23,  October 2021 – The ultimate celebration destination is officially open! After much anticipation, Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding, celebrated its first visitors yesterday. The inaugural rotation took place at 2pm for eager guests who had pre-booked to experience a 38-minute rotation in the state-of-the-art cabins. The first rotation also included the lucky winners of the Ain Dubai treasure hunt around Bluewaters competition held earlier this ......read more

Airblue Receives its First A321neo

14, October 2021:  Airblue Limited, the private Islamabad-based airline, has taken delivery of its first A321neo aircraft. It marks an important step in Pakistan’s aviation journey, making Airblue the first operator of an Airbus neo aircraft in the country. The airline currently operates an all Airbus fleet of nine A320 Family aircraft.  Airblue’s A321neo, on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is equipped with CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines. Currently Airblue operates domestic flights to Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Multan and to international destinations in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The A321neo will enable the airline to further expand its network. The highly-fuel-efficient A321neo will help reduce Airblue’s operating costs and will offer exceptional ......read more

Expo 2020 Opens a New Era for Dubai's Tourism Industry

 Dubai Tourism, stakeholders and partners participate in symbolic opening of Expo 2020 Portal Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 13 October 2021:  In a reflection of the huge boost that Expo 2020 Dubai has given to global tourism recovery, key stakeholders and partners opened the doors to a new era for Dubai’s tourism industry at a ceremony marking the symbolic opening of the Expo 2020 entry Portal. His Excellency, Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), flanked by a group of stakeholders and partners, participated in the opening of the Expo 2020’s towering entry Portal to the Sustainability district. The opening of the gates was accompanied by the playing of the Expo theme song ‘This is our time’ before the distinguished group of ......read more

Germany Lifts Travel Restrictions for GCC Travellers

The German National Tourist Office welcomes the decision of the German Federal Government to allow travel to Germany from Bahrain and the UAE, regardless of vaccination status  Based on a recommendation of the Council of the European Union, Germany has implemented and updated its entry restrictions Dubai, UAE – October 13, 2021:  The German Federal Government has included Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the German safe list, reducing COVID-19 implemented restrictions for travellers. The news follows the previous inclusions of Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to the list.   The reduction in restrictions applies to all travellers twelve years and above regardless of individual vaccination status, with visitors now able to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of ......read more

Etihad Raises US$1.2 Billion in First Sustainability-Linked ESG Loan in Global Aviation

• Landmark finance transaction demonstrates UAE flag carrier’s ongoing commitment to sustainability • First sustainability-linked loan regionally to include environmental, social and governance metrics • Loan terms tied to targets to reduce CO2 emissions, increase corporate governance and promote female participation   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 13, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has raised US$1.2 billion in the first sustainability-linked loan (SLL) tied to environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets in global aviation.   The transaction is the largest sustainable financing in the airline’s history and follows two innovative aviation financing deals – a first-of-a-kind sustainability-linked ......read more

Etihad Airways Travel Advice For Half-Term Break

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 13, 2021:  Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport are ready to welcome a large volume of passengers over the half-term break.   The airline has provided travel tips to make the journey as convenient and smooth as possible.   1. Check the destination requirements. With travel restrictions changing frequently, Etihad recommends visiting etihad.com/destinationguide to check the latest updates before the journey begins.   2. Verified to Fly? Visit ‘Manage my booking’ on etihad.com to share covid-related travel documents. Approval will be shared by email giving passengers confidence that all required documents are in place, and allowing fast-track airport check-in at the ‘Verified to Fly’ desks.   3. Check-in ......read more

Emirates Mars Mission Unveils New Insights into Turbulent Martian Atmosphere

New Observations Show Unexpected Behaviours in Mars’ Atmosphere as EMM Data Shared with Global Community Dubai-UAE: 9 October 2021:   The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, today released unique new images of Mars that challenge our existing conception of how the planet’s atmospheric gases behave and interact. Taken by the Mars Hope probe’s EMUS instrument, the observations show dramatic variations in the concentrations of both atomic oxygen and carbon monoxide in the dayside atmosphere of Mars. “These observations contain features that were completely unexpected and we believe will have far-reaching consequences for our existing models of the Martian atmosphere and our understanding of its behaviour. We simply hadn’t anticipated ......read more

Etihad Airways Celebrates UAE Civil Aviation Day

  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of UAE, is marking UAE Civil Aviation Day with a video featuring its young and talented Emirati workforce to support the UAE’s efforts to elevate awareness of the aviation sector. The video consists of various professions in Etihad Aviation Group including pilots, doctors and engineers.  Today, 89 years ago, a pioneering journey began when the first aircraft carried passengers to the UAE, landing in Sharjah with four passengers on board. Since then, the UAE has commemorated Civil Aviation Day annually on the 5 October.  Commenting on this occasion, Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government International Communications, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Airways was established in 2003 ......read more

Quote of H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC

October 06, 2021:  We are proud of the announcement of the UAE’s new space mission, which will make us the first Arab country and the fourth country in the world to send a space mission to Venus and an asteroid belt. This mission, with its unprecedented scientific goals, will enhance the UAE's contribution to the scientific progress of humanity. The announcement also coincides with our upcoming celebration of the golden jubilee of the founding of the UAE, confirming our consistent approach to contribute to humankind under the vision of our wise leadership. The words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during the announcement reflects the ambition of the UAE and its people, which does not stop at any limit. The UAE has always aimed ......read more

EY20 Sustainable Flight by Etihad Airways Now on Sale

• Etihad’s EY20 Sustainable Flight to operate on 23 October 2021 from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is inviting travellers to book its EY20 Sustainable Flight departing 23 October from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, to celebrate the latest anniversary of the Etihad Greenliner Programme.   The Etihad Greenliner Programme – now two years old following its inception in 2019 – uses Etihad’s Boeing 787 fleet as a test bed for sustainability improvements in partnership with organisations across the aviation industry. Back in October 2019, Etihad and Boeing signed a landmark agreement, pledging to work collaboratively on sustainable aviation solutions in both the R&D domain and ......read more

Etihad Airways to Host Global Cabin Crew Recruitment Drive as the Airline Recovers From Pandemic

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 04, 2021:    Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is hosting a major recruitment drive, seeking up to 1000 individuals with outstanding hospitality experience to join the airline’s World Leading Cabin Crew. The international recruitment days will take place in 10 different cities across the UAE, Middle East and Europe, including Egypt, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.  Applicants interested in attending the recruitment days and joining the airline’s award-winning team of cabin crew should register in advance by visiting etihad.com/cabincrewrecruitment. Employees laid off due to the pandemic are welcome to apply through the airline’s alumni programme, which is currently advertising the ......read more

Governments' Response to Delta Variant Slams August Domestic Traffic Demand

2 October 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel decelerated in August compared to July, as government actions in response to concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant cut deeply into domestic travel demand.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to August 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in August 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 56.0% compared to August 2019. This marked a slowdown from July, when demand was 53.0% below July 2019 levels.   • This was entirely driven by domestic markets, which were down 32.2% compared to August 2019, ......read more

Etihad Launches Flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar

• Launch sale with return fares from AED 995 in Economy and AED 3995 in Business to celebrate Etihad’s new destinations   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 30, 2021:  Etihad Airways today announced three new quarantine-free destinations for the coming winter season. This November, the airline will begin flying to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, and the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. The new additions to Etihad’s network mean the UAE’s national carrier will be operating to 70 destinations across 47 countries.   Etihad Airways has launched a sale on fares to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar, valid until midnight on 6 October 2021. Available on a first come, first served basis, guests can enjoy return fares starting from AED 995 in Economy and AED ......read more

Air Cargo Up 7.7% in August Versus Pre-COVID Levels; Capacity Lagging Demand

29, September 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released August 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend but pressure on capacity is rising.    As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons below are to August 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 7.7% compared to August 2019 (8.6% for international operations). Overall growth remains strong compared to the long-term average growth trend of around 4.7%. • The pace of growth slowed slightly compared to July, which saw demand increase 8.8% (against pre-COVID-19 levels). • Cargo capacity ......read more

Dubai Airshow 2021 Collaborate with Global Aerospace Entities to Support Startups

 VISTA pitch competitions will be held in partnership with government and industry stakeholders including Etihad Airways, MBRSC, AWS and Boeing Applied Innovation  Startups will be offered a chance to pitch solutions that support the host partners’ initiatives in a bid to compete for exclusive prizes   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 27, September 2021: Dubai Airshow 2021 is set to host pitch competitions in partnership with major local and global aerospace entities, including Etihad Airways, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Boeing Applied Innovation. The partnerships aim to provide disruptive startups with an opportunity to showcase their innovative technologies and creative ideas, in support of initiatives launched by the aerospace ......read more

Finnair and Turkish Airlines Launch Code Shares, enabling more Choice for Travellers

Finnair and Turkish Airlines today announced a codeshare agreement that brings more choice to the airline’s customers. Starting September 29, the Finnair AY code will be added to Turkish Airlines route between Helsinki and Istanbul, and from Istanbul to Athens, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Amman, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Antalya and Gazipasa.  Respectively, the Turkish Airlines TK code will be added to the following routes from Finnair’s Helsinki hub: Kuopio, Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Antalya and Gazipasa.  “We are happy to be able to offer more options to our customers, as travel now starts to recover and our customers are again able to fulfil their travel dreams”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “We also welcome Turkish ......read more

Airbus to Deliver U.S.- Completed Commercial Aircraft with Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Sept. 23, 2021 – Airbus will start delivering all aircraft from its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on board later this year. The initiative is a further step toward fulfilling Airbus’ commitment to carbon-neutral growth in the aviation sector. Airbus has reached an agreement with Signature Flight Support to supply SAF to its Mobile facility. No later than November 2021, all aircraft delivered to customers will be powered by a blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel. Signature Flight Support is working in partnership with World Energy to provide the U.S.-sourced SAF to Airbus. “Delivering our Mobile-produced aircraft with SAF is an important, iterative step toward solving the carbon challenge,” said Jeff Knittel, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, Inc. ......read more

Etihad Airways Launches Exponential Abu Dhabi – With Complimentary Expo 2020 Tickets for All Guests

• From Abu Dhabi to Expo 2020 Dubai in less than an hour • Abu Dhabi welcomes fully vaccinated travellers without quarantine   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is giving all of its guests travelling into or via Abu Dhabi a complimentary ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai, the biggest cultural gathering in the world. The spectacular event, taking place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, will welcome the world to the UAE. Visitors can enjoy a visit to Expo and also explore the incredible tourist attractions Abu Dhabi and the rest of the country has to offer. The special promotion under the “Exponential Abu Dhabi” campaign starts today and will run until 31 March 2022.   Expo 2020 is just a 45-minute drive from Abu ......read more

Etihad Airways and Talabat Team Up To Explore a Range of Exciting New Initiatives

• Region’s leading food delivery platform talabat joins the Etihad Guest ‘Miles on the Go’ loyalty programme • The MoU was signed in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas, and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 21, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and talabat, the region's leading food delivery and q-commerce platform, have signed a region-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement will see the two organisations collaborate on a range of initiatives that will benefit both Etihad Airways and talabat customers and employees.   The MoU, signed today at Etihad Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO, Tony Douglas and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez, heralds the start of ......read more

Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone Hops into Global Village

Global Village is set to bring Children and Families an unforgettable, fun-filled experience when the new Peter RabbitTM Adventure Zone debuts in Season 26 Exciting activities and play areas based on the beloved characters from the popular animated TV series will delight children aged 1-12 years   Dubai, UAE – 16 September 2021:  Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, officially announces that a Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone attraction is making its way to the park for Season 26 from October 26th 2021.    Capturing and inspiring the imagination of children is something that is very important to Global Village. From the now renowned Kids Theatre to the many edutainment attractions and the Kids area ......read more

Etihad Stuns Visitors to Mall of the Emirates With 50% Flight Discounts

• Book flights at Etihad’s stand and receive 50% discount on all classes   • A chance to win two Business class flights for five lucky winners  • Transfer SHARE points to Etihad Guest Miles and earn 50% bonus miles  • Become an Etihad Guest Member and earn 1,000 welcome bonus miles    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: From 16 to 23 September, Etihad Airways will host a pop-up stand at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, showcasing the award-winning Etihad experience, and offering incredible discounts.   Located in the lower ground floor of Mall of the Emirates, Etihad’s stand is giving customers an exclusive taste of what to expect when flying with Etihad. The stand is open daily from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends ......read more

VFS Global Extends Exclusive Visa and Passport Services to Members and Employees of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry

• Memorandum of Understanding signed on 07 September 2021 • Visa and Passport services extended to the Chambers’ members and employees at its headquarters located in Najran city.   September 13, 2021:  VFS Global has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city of Najran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to provide end-to-end visa and passport services. Moving forward, the Chamber’s members and employees will benefit from the availability of these services on its premises, providing ease, convenience and ensuring they do not have to visit a Visa Application Centre.   Mr. Mohaimeed Saleh Al Salem, Chairman of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Sumanth Kapoor, Regional Head – KSA, ......read more

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's Inaugural Flight to Bahrain Takes Off

- The airline’s first GCC flight commences as Abu Dhabi opens up for vaccinated travellers indicating a positive outlook for travel sector - Route to Bahrain is one of a number of destinations the low fare airline is operating from Abu Dhabi providing affordable travel option for passengers   11, September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight to Manama, Bahrain commenced today departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and arriving in Bahrain International Airport (BAH). The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by providing an alternative and ultra-low fare travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries.   The first flight to Bahrain closely follows the recent announcement made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee ......read more

SITA Takes Decisive Steps to Reduce Carbon Emissions to Become a Certified Carbonneutral® Company

The achievement is a year ahead of the organization’s original target     UAE -  09, September 2021:  Today, SITA, the world’s leading IT provider for the air transport industry, announced it has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification. This major milestone – realized a full year ahead of SITA’s original target of 2022 – resulted from decisive actions to significantly reduce emissions associated with its business operations in 2020.  SITA has reduced its overall emissions of greenhouse gases by 48% between 2019 and 2020. SITA’s UN recognized carbon neutrality Planet+ program has been key to lowering the company’s emissions with initiatives designed to create sustainable and energy-efficient workplaces and reduce internal business ......read more

Aerospace Leaders to Outline Future Roadmap of Industry at Dubai Airshow 2021 Conferences

- Brand new stage ‘Tech Xplore’ to show how technology is transforming the industry - Global airline leaders collaborate to boost aviation sustainability -Two integral conferences covering challenges and trends within the air traffic and cargo sectors during the pandemic   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07, September 2021: This November, Dubai Airshow takes thought-leadership to new heights as it introduces 9 tracks packed with sessions covering the full spectrum of aviation, technology, and space. The conferences will cover an array of themes, including the role of new technologies in revolutionising air travel, major changes happening in the cargo sector, global advancements in sustainability and autonomous transportation, in addition to new space services, satellite connectivity and much ......read more

Etihad Airways Fly the UAE Paralympic Champions Home

 Etihad is the official carrier of the UAE Paralympic team   Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, carried the UAE’s Paralympic champions from Japan following their success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The UAE Team brought home gold and bronze medals for competing in the Athletics, Powerlifting, Cycling and Shooting. Etihad flight, EY 0871, departed Narita Airport at 9pm local time on Sunday 5 September, the airline carried the victorious UAE para-athletes, coaches, medical and media crew. Etihad’s cabin crew gave a hero’s welcome to the champions as they travelled with the airline.   On arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the delegation was greeted by His Excellency Mohammed Fadel Al Hameli, Chairman of the UAE National ......read more

MBRSC Announces Completion of Thermal Vaccum Test for Rashid Rover

Dubai, UAE - 07 September 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that the ELM team has completed the thermal vaccum test for the Rashid rover at CNES in Toulouse, France. During this phase, all subsystems in the rover were tested in varied extreme temperatures.  MBRSC had recently announced its partnership with the French space agency to develop the two optical cameras on board the Rashid rover along with the detector for the microscope imager instrument (CAM-M). The Centre also stated that more partnerships will be announced in due course and will be added to the Emirates Lunar Mission’s science programme. The Emirates Lunar Mission is one of the initiatives under the Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to build a human colony on Mars, and is funded by the ICT fund of the telecommunications ......read more

Abu Dhabi Opens Up for Vaccinated Travelleres

 Abu Dhabi your gateway to the UAE, explore the UAE’s capital with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi   05 September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, is all set to continue enabling exciting travel opportunities from 05 September for international travellers looking to explore the UAE capital without having to quarantine.     The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved removing the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from all international destinations, effective from Sunday 05 September 2021.   Before boarding to Abu Dhabi, all travellers must show a negative PCR test result from within 48 hours of departure. All travellers must take a free-of-charge PCR test on arrival at Abu Dhabi ......read more

flydubai Passengers to Enjoy a Complimentary 1-Day Ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai

The Dubai-based carrier offers a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to passengers as the UAE gets ready to welcome visitors to Expo 2020 from 01 October 2021 Thursday, September 2, 2021:   flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today that passengers booking a flydubai flight to Dubai will enjoy a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The initiative is valid for all bookings made from 01 September for travel during the event dates. The initiative is offered to every passenger travelling on a flydubai inbound booking itinerary, a one-way ticket to Dubai or any connecting flydubai flight via Dubai. The complimentary 1-Day Ticket is offered to all passengers who are eligible for the promotion whether they are travelling in Business Class or Economy ......read more

July Passenger Traffic Boost, but Well Below Pre-COVID Levels

02, September 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that both international and domestic travel demand showed significant momentum in July 2021 compared to June, but demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels. Extensive government-imposed travel restrictions continue to delay recovery in international markets.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to July 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in July 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 53.1% compared to July 2019. This is a significant improvement from June when demand was 60% below June 2019 levels.   • ......read more

KhalifaSat from Space of EXPO 2020

One month to go for the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai. This photo, taken by KhalifaSat from space, shows the site of the global cultural event that will bring together 191 countries in the UAE.

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Etihad and Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination Mark Emirati Women's Day With Chocolate Factory Launch

• A new project with the Emirati Red Crescent to empower underprivileged women   Abu Dhabi, UAE – August 26, 2021:  Etihad is celebrating Emirati Women's Day with a series of events to highlight this year's theme, "Women: Ambitions & Inspiration for the Next 50 Years," in line with the UAE’s 50th anniversary year.   The airline announced a new collaboration with Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination to establish a chocolate factory for people of determination. Women from ZHO will be trained by Etihad’s professional chefs from Etihad Catering to operate the factory and hand make chocolate.    Etihad will help establish the facility by providing the machinery and funding the ingredients for the first year of production, in addition to ......read more

Delta Air Lines Orders 30 Additional Airbus A321neo Aircraft'

August 26, 2021:   Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly-ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos. “Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Fleet and TechOps Supply Chain. “Delta appreciates the extensive partnership with the Airbus team in support of our strategic growth plans, and we look forward to continuing to work together throughout the recovery and ......read more

Etihad Transports Manchester City Player Statues From Across the World to Manchester

• Statues transported to the Etihad Stadium ahead of their installation later this week • Large scale creations of club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva were designed and built by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott  • Entire design and build process has been conducted remotely at Andy Scott’s studio in Philadelphia, USA • Carefully separated and packaged up, the statues were flown from Chicago to Frankfurt by Etihad Cargo and from then on by road to Manchester  • Etihad’s expertise in cargo transport and logistics key to successful delivery of statues    August 25, 2021: Manchester City has teamed up with long-standing partner, Etihad Airways in the international transportation of two player statues from across the world to Manchester.    The ......read more

Delta Air Lines Orders 30 Additional Airbus A321neo Aircraft

August 25, 2021:   Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly-ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos. “Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Fleet and TechOps Supply Chain. “Delta appreciates the extensive partnership with the Airbus team in support of our strategic growth plans, and we look forward to continuing to work together throughout the recovery and ......read more

IATA Welcomes Latest Developments by Government of Saudi Arabia to Restore International Connectivity

25 August 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further reopen borders and resume international air connectivity. Saudi Arabia has taken measures to ease travel restrictions to the Kingdom and enhance passenger facilitation with the necessary health protocols to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, by:   • Opening up the Kingdom for tourists  • Removing quarantine for vaccinated travelers  • Expanding the facilitation of religious traffic to the holy cities • Reinstating visa processing for international passengers  • Enhancing systems and health measures across all airports   “We welcome the recent steps taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to restore air travel and enhance the ......read more

Team UAE Fly for Gold With Etihad

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – August 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, hosted 32 members of the UAE Paralympic Committee on their journey to the 2020 Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo, Japan.  The Olympic Games reached a spectacular finale on 8 August, and the excitement continues as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games open on 24 August. The biggest para sports event in the world returns to Japan 57 years after Tokyo 1964, with 1,400 athletes from 122 countries competing for 14 gold medals. Among the field, 12 athletes will represent the United Arab Emirates in the sports of Athletics, Powerlifting, Cycling and Shooting.  Mohamed Fadhel Al Hameli, Chairman of UAE Paralympic Committee, said: “We are very excited to fly on our national airline, amongst our UAE team, including ......read more

Mohammed bin Rashid Announces UAE Golden Visas for Humanitarian Workers

 In the year of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee its foreign aid amounted to 320 billion dirhams in 201 countries   Dubai-UAE. 18 August 2021:    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, today announced that the UAE would offer Golden Visas to charity and humanitarian aid workers in recognition of their efforts and sacrifices. The announcement made by Sheikh Mohammed to provide long-term residence visas to humanitarian workers was made on World Humanitarian Day, commemorated every year on 19 August to honour the work done by humanitarian workers and remember those who lost their lives working for humanitarian causes.    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed said: “On World Humanitarian Day, we pay ......read more

Travel Recovery begins toTake Off

- “Fear of Missing Out” and a “catch up” in business travel and bookings leads to short-term increase in business travel - Summer travel surge expected to continue for the rest of the year - Last minute vacations are driving leisure travel to a fast recovery - Travelers broadly comfortable with COVID Passports   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 18, 2021:  Almost 70% of global consumers plan to travel domestically within the next six months, yet less than 10% have booked their trips according to a new survey from consulting firm Oliver Wyman. “The summer travel surge is just the beginning of a recovery that seemed almost impossible a little more than a year ago,” said Michael Wette, Head of IMEA Transportation & Services, Oliver Wyman. “We expect to see a ......read more

Airbus Celebrates the 1,000th Aircraft Covered by Flight Hour Services With Flyadeal

● flyadeal signed long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement with Airbus ● The agreement covers all of flyadeal’s A320 fleet including the 1,000th Airbus aircraft under FHS ● Airbus FHS provides fully integrated material services and helps enhance operational reliability     17, August 2021:  flyadeal, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, signed a long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement to support its A320 fleet.   The agreement includes the 1,000th aircraft supported by Airbus Flight Hour Services. The carrier will benefit from integrated material services including spare pool access, on-site-stock at the main base and components engineering and repairs. Through the FHS contract, Airbus will guarantee spare parts availability, ......read more

National Geographic and MBRSC explore the UAE's historic ‘Hope Probe' Mission to Mars in highly anticipated ‘Reach for the Stars' Episode 3

The latest episode of the limited docu-series is set to premiere on August 18th at 8:30PM UAE and 7:30PM KSA on the National Geographic Channel  Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, August 17, 2021: In collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), National Geographic has announced the premiere of the long awaited third episode of ‘Reach for the Stars’. The episode gives viewers a front-seat ticket to the first Arab interplanetary mission – the Emirates’ globally acclaimed Emirates Mars Mission and its Mars Hope Probe.  Premiering on August 18th at 8:30PM UAE and 7:30PM KSA on the National Geographic Channel, the episode follows the Emirates Mars Mission’s epic journey as the Hope Probe reaches its Mars orbit – a culmination of seven years of hard work and ......read more

Etihad Airways on Path to Recovery as Operations Grow

• Network capacity at 16.4 billion ASKs and expanding monthly • One million passengers carried in first half of 2021  • Strong cargo results as tonnage increases by 44% and revenue by 56%  • EBITDA turns positive with continuous focus on cost control • First airline in the world with 100% of operating crew vaccinated • Sustainability at the core of airline’s recovery   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 10, 2021:  Etihad Airways has announced operating and financial results for the first half of 2021, showing a progressive recovery across its business despite a slower than expected return to global air travel.   The airline carried one million passengers in H1 2021, with an average seat load factor of 24.9%. This represents an average 10% ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports Partners with GANS to Provide Air Navigation Services

The company will provide end-to-end air navigation services for Abu Dhabi Airports, including the safe take-off, landing, and taxiing of aircraft.   Abu Dhabi, UAE – 09 August 2021: Abu Dhabi Airports, the owner and operator of the emirate’s five airports, has signed a contract with Global Air Navigation Services (GANS) for the provision of air navigation services. GANS will provide services at Abu Dhabi Airports’ five airports, as part of a long-term strategic partnership.   The scope of the contract comprises end-to-end air navigation services, including approach and aerodrome control services. GANS’ air traffic controllers and subject matter experts will be responsible for the safe take-off, landing, and taxiing of aircraft at Abu Dhabi Airports’ facilities. Shareef Al Hashmi, CEO ......read more

Iraqi Airways Launches New Flights from Baghdad to Abu Dhabi International Airport

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 0, August 2021: Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has welcomed two new weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. The inaugural flight, operated by Iraqi Airways using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) on Saturday 7 August at 17:00 Local Time (LT).  Iraqi Airways will start by operating one flight per week and will then increase its number flights to two per week. Flights will be operating on both Saturdays and Tuesdays, upon the recovery of the travel demand.  Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports said: “The introduction of the new flights connecting Abu Dhabi and Baghdad will support the Iraqi community in the UAE, facilitating a smoother travel experience for them. We consistently expand our ......read more

Etihad Airways Ramps Up UK Passenger Flights

• Etihad flights to depart Abu Dhabi for London three times daily and Manchester daily • Passengers vaccinated in the UK, Europe and US travel quarantine-free • Passengers vaccinated elsewhere and those unvaccinated to undergo 10-day home quarantine    United Arab Emirates – Auggust 07, 2021:  Following the United Arab Emirates being added to the UK Amber List, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights to London and Manchester from 8 August.    Unvaccinated guests travelling from the UAE will be required to have a negative PCR test 72 hours before departure and to undergo 10 days home quarantine, as well as follow up Covid-19 tests on day two and day eight. Fully vaccinated guests who had their vaccine administered in the UK, US or Europe are exempt from quarantine and ......read more

Cebu Pacific Announces Dubai to Manila Special Commercial Flights for August 2021

 CEB confirms Dubai-Manila special commercial flights on August 11 & 18      Dubai, UAE - 05 August 2021:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, confirms special commercial flights from Dubai to Manila this August, as well as additional flights to other key Asian destinations as it rebuilds international operations.    The Bayanihan (a Filipino word that best describes uniting as a community) flights or special commercial flights from Dubai to Manila are scheduled on August 11 and 18, or two consecutive Wednesdays of the month in response to the government’s call for assistance to repatriate overseas Filipinos in the Middle East while the travel ban remains in effect.   Other reinstated flights include flights to Singapore, ......read more

Airline Industry Statistics Confirm 2020 Was Worst Year on Record

04 August 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the IATA World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) publication with performance figures for 2020 demonstrating the devastating effects on global air transport during that year of the COVID-19 crisis:   • 1.8 billion passengers flew in 2020, a decrease of 60.2% compared to the 4.5 billion who flew in 2019 • Industry-wide air travel demand (measured in revenue passenger-kilometers, or RPKs) dropped by 65.9% year-on-year • International passenger demand (RPKs) decreased by 75.6% compared to the year prior • Domestic air passenger demand (RPKs) dropped by 48.8% compared to 2019 • Air connectivity declined by more than half in 2020 with the number of routes connecting airports falling dramatically at the outset of the ......read more

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The Time to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccine Transport is Now…

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IATA Launches Platform to Improve Visibility on Air Cargo Infrastructure and Capabilities…

United Arab Emirates,  September 10, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched IATA ONE Source, an online platform which helps the air cargo industry match shipping needs with the availability of infrastructure capabilities and certifications of service providers across the value chain.  This is particularly timely amid the COVID-19 crisis when ......read more

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Etihad Airways Keeps Guests Protected With Global COVID-19 Insurance…

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Celebrates the Arrival of the First New Aircraft First Based Airbus A321neo ...…

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Flexibility in Visa Rules, Enhanced Health Precautions for Students Travelling to the UK for New ...…

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IATA Calls for Borders to Open and Continued Relief Measures…

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Sluggish Improvement in Passenger Demand Continues in July…

United Arab Emirates,  September 01, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger demand in July (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs), continued at critically low levels--79.8% below July 2019 levels. This was somewhat better than the 86.6% year-over-year decline recorded in June, primarily driven by domestic markets, most notably ......read more

Flydubai Offers Passengers Free Global Cover for COVID-19…

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July Air Cargo Demand Stable, Capacity Remains Constrained…

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Etihad Airways and Emirates Red Crescent Support Victims of Beirut Explosion…

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Dubai to be Swiss-Belhotel International's Regional Management Hub for Europe, Middle East, Africa ...…

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The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) released an Image Captured from Space by ...…

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Yahsat Boosts Thuraya's Next Generation Capabilities With a Commitment of Over AED 2 Billion…

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Visa Application Centre for Visas to Lithuania Opens in Abu Dhabi and Dubai…

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EcoDemonstrator Program Begins Testing with Etihad's 787 Dreamliner: Interview Opportunity and ...…

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Travelers Face Risk of Penalties for Refusing to Wear Face Covering…

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Abu Dhabi Airports Welcomes Passengers Travelling Aboard Middle East Airlines…

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 22 August 2020:  Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed Lebanese travellers arriving at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) with special gifts upon their disembarkation from Middle East Airlines (MEA) flight ME418. The arriving travellers were greeted by AUH’s Wellness Ambassadors, in celebration of the arrival of the first MEA flight since March 2020. In ......read more

H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul Reviews Developments at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre…

Management provides update on the Hope Probe and future strategic plans of the Centre   Dubai, UAE, 19th August 2020: The Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) held a meeting chaired by H.E. Talal Humaid Belhoul, Vice President, MBRSC to discuss developments related to future projects at the Centre, aligned with the strategic plan of the UAE’s ......read more

Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Delhi, and Mumbai…

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Cebu Pacific to Resume Domestic Passenger Flights in and Out Manila; Twice Weekly Dubai-Manila ...…

Dubai, UAE, August 18, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, and its regional brand Cebgo, will resume majority of their domestic flights to and from Manila on August 19, 2020, following the announcement of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over the National Capital Region and adjacent provinces.   Since the announcement of the Modified ......read more

Etihad Airways Expands Air-Rail Partnership With Accesrail in Europe…

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Health Checklist to Help Airlines Implement ICAO COVID-19 Guidance…

18 August 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The Take-off guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air ......read more

Abu Dhabi Airports Free Zone sees increase of new customers by 109% in H1 of 2020…

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Emirates Adds Birmingham, Cebu and Houston, Taking Its Network to 74 Cities…

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Swiss-Belhotel International Announces Group Restructuring…

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Second Phase of UAE Resident Return Programme to Ease Re-Entry to Abu Dhabi…

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Etihad Airways and ADNOC Distribution Expand Their Partnership Bringing More Benefits to Loyalty ...…

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Cebu Pacific to Increase Flight Frequency on Manila-Dubai-Manila Route Starting August 13…

Dubai, UAE, August 10, 2020:  Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, will increase its flight frequency between Manila and Dubai from its current once weekly to twice weekly starting August 13, 2020. CEB’s Dubai-Manila flights are scheduled to operate every Monday and Friday, while its Manila-Dubai service operates every Sunday and ......read more

Face Shields Now Required for Cebu Pacific Passengers…

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Etihad Airways Reports Strong Start to 2020 With Second Quarter Heavily Impacted by COVID-19…

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UPS Releases 2Q 2020 Earnings…

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Riyadh Travel Fair 2020 Postponed for the 2nd Time this Year…

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Leadership Succession for IATA's Customer, Financial and Digital Services…

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Etihad Airways Introduces Microbebarrier™ Face Protection for Premium Passengers…

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MBRSC Releases 0.7 Meter Satellite Image “Mosaic” Captured by KhalifaSat…

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Cebu Pacific Advisory: Suspension of Domestic Passenger Flights to/from Manila – Aug 4 to 18, 2020…

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Cebu Pacific Mounts More International Flights From August 1…

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IATA Calls for a Harmonized Approach to Restart Aviation in the Middle East…

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 29, 2020:   IATA has called on governments in the Middle East to harmonize biosafety measures for passengers across the region as aviation restarts. A global framework for restarting aviation while protecting public health has been agreed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and published in the Take-Off  guidance. However, ......read more

Recovery Delayed as International Travel Remains Locked Down…

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Air Cargo Recovery Continues in June but at a Slow Pace…

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Cebu Pacific Celebrates Eid Al Adha with AED79 Seat Sale…

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Sharjah assures top-level safety of residents and tourists visiting the emirate's tourism ...…

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Hope Probe Team Touch Down at Abu Dhabi International Airport for Hero's Return…

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Etihad and Boeing Strengthen Strategic Partnership With Maintenance Support for Boeing 787 Fleet…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 22, 2020: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed agreements with Boeing Global Services for the provision of maintenance support on its fleet of Boeing 787s.   These agreements are part of the strategic partnership between Etihad and Boeing signed in November 2019, in line with Etihad’s ongoing ......read more

Cebu Pacific Issues Dubai-Manila, Manila-Dubai Passenger Guidelines…

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Etihad and Boeing Extend Partnership With Sustainability-focused Ecodemonstrator Testing…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — July 20, 2020:   Etihad Airways and Boeing will work together starting in August on the seventh iteration of the ecoDemonstrator programme to test innovative technologies in the air, building on the core innovation and sustainability tenets of their strategic partnership signed in November 2019.  The ecoDemonstrator programme utilises ......read more

Etihad Airways to Resume Flights to Shanghai…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – July 20, 2020:   Effective 27 July, Etihad Airways will resume passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Shanghai, China. The service will operate with an initial weekly flight using a Boeing 777-300ER, featuring Business and Economy cabins.   Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial ......read more

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