Thursday 31 July 2014

Etihad set to get final Alitalia proposal

Italy's loss-making flag carrier Alitalia is working on a final proposal to present to Etihad on Thursday in a push to lock in an investment by the Abu Dhabi-based airline, a person close to Alitalia shareholders said on Wednesday. Underscoring the government's need to se


Sita offers wearable tech for boarding pass

Sita, a global leader in air transport communications and IT solutions, is now enabling tech-savvy airline passengers the chance to board their flight with a mere flick of their wrist and scan of their smartwatch. Sita Lab continues to innovate and lead in the area of wearable te


Dubai International voted best airport in MEA

Dubai International has been named Best Airport in Middle East, Europe and Africa by the readers of Frequent Business Traveler, a popular online publication written for and by frequent international travellers. The awards honour the world’s top hotel groups, airlines, airpo


Premier Inn eyes 30 properties in Gulf

UK-based economy hotel brand Premier Inn plans to open 30 properties in the Gulf by 2020, a report said. The properties will include the 372-key Premier Inn Ibn Battuta Mall, the 200-room Premier Inn Al Maktoum International Airport, the 215-key Premier Inn Dubai Healthcare City,


UN agency to form airline safety task force

The United Nations' civil aviation body said it would quickly form a task force on airline safety, noting that while this was complex and politically sensitive, urgent action had to be taken after the recent downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. The International Civi


Travelport branding platform gets 50th airline

Travelport, a leading travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions, has announced Air India has signed up as the 50th airline for the company’s merchandising platform. Travelport Rich Content and Branding is a highly progressive t


Air Seychelles to get Airbus A320, boost routes

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, will take delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft in December, heralding significant enhancements to its international flight schedule at the same time. The changes, effective December 1, include increased wee


Emirates to avoid Iraqi airspace as violence rises

Dubai's Emirates airline said it will avoid Iraqi airspace, as the government in Baghdad struggles to contain Islamic insurgents who have captured vast areas of the country. After Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down earlier this month by a ground-to-air-missile in eas


Kuwait plane makes emergency landing in Brussels

A Kuwait Airways jetliner carrying 200 people, en route to London from Kuwait, made an emergency landing in Brussels due to a technical fault in the alarm system indicating smoke in the cargo compartment on Monday. The plane, an Airbus 300, landed without incident and all passeng


Bahrain hotels see big boost over Eid

Bahrain’s four-star hotels reported up to 75 per cent occupancy rates yesterday (July 28) as an influx of visitors from GCC countries gave a fresh impetus to the kingdom’s hospitality industry. Holidaymakers  filled malls, beaches and popular holiday spots as the Eid h

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