Monday 20 October 2014

Air Arabia among ‘global growth firms’

Air Arabia, Mena’s largest low-cost carrier, has been named among the World Economic Forum’s Global Growth Companies (GGCs) for 2014. The airline joins 27 other GGCs across Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, representing a broad cross-section of industry sectors.


Ittihad, Irish firm set up aviation finance JV

Ittihad International Investment of Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Aviation Finance Company of Dublin, Ireland, have formed a joint venture that will bring finance and leasing solutions to the aviation industry in the Middle East, North and East Africa and Asia. The new venture, Ittihad|AFC


Air Berlin, Alitalia sign codeshare deal

Air Berlin and Alitalia , both soon to be part-owned by UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways, have agreed to cooperate on over 400 routes from later this month, hoping to boost ticket sales. The airlines, both battling to return to profitability, said the codeshare deal wo


Etihad Airways revenues hit $1.8bn in Q3

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has reported total revenues of $1.8 billion for the third quarter of 2014, an increase of 29 per cent year-on-year, achieved on the back of accelerated passenger and cargo growth during the summer. A total of 3.9 million passengers trave


Qatar Airways to add second A380 service on Doha-London route

Qatar Airways will add a second A380 superjumbo plane to the Doha-London route in December following its inaugural flight on the popular route on October 10. The introduction of the world’s largest commercial airliner on the Doha-London service reinforces Qatar Airways’ pre


80pc of Easy Taxi clients in Saudi Arabia are women

Almost 80 per cent of Easy Taxi’s customers in Saudi Arabia are women, said a recent research conducted by the company, the global taxi hailing service. The research figures showed Easy Taxi helped the kingdom’s women contribute to the country’s gross domestic product


French tourists avoid Tunisia after beheading in Algeria

Tunisia lost about a third of its French tourist bookings to cancellation shortly after the beheading last month of a French traveller by Islamist militants in neighbouring Algeria, the country's tourism minister said. Increased political unrest and militant violence in North


US rejects ban on travel from Ebola-hit countries

The US has no plans to eliminate travel from countries in West Africa suffering the worst Ebola outbreak on record, Dr Thomas Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a briefing on Monday. "Enhanced" airport screenings began at Joh


Ebola scare: Five pulled out of Emirates flight in Boston

Emergency crews in protective gear removed five passengers with flu-like symptoms from a commercial airliner that arrived at Boston's Logan Airport from Dubai on Monday, but US health authorities said the possibility of Ebola was "exceedingly low." Emirates flight 2


Emirates to screen Arab Idol on flights

Dubai-based Emirates is aiming to enhance its passengers’ flying experience with the screening of the Arab Idol season 3 on its ice digital widescreen on-board its A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. Arab Idol, the reality music show watched by Arab audiences, is Emirates’ latest

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