ETIHAD AIRWAYS ENGINEERING EXPANDS EXTENSIVE INHOUSE CAPABILITIES WITH A350 MRO SERVICES

Etihad Airways Engineering, the largest independent maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service provider in the Middle East, has announced the addition of Airbus A350 maintenance capabilities to its extensive inhouse portfolio. Etihad Airways Engineering is part of the Airbus MRO Alliance and has emerged as a centre of excellence for the Airbus A380, having supported the A380 fleets of Etihad Airways and third-party customers in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Australia. The company continues to extend its coverage of major commercial aircraft types and has now received the landmark approval for Airbus A350 maintenance, awarded by the UAE General … Continue reading ETIHAD AIRWAYS ENGINEERING EXPANDS EXTENSIVE INHOUSE CAPABILITIES WITH A350 MRO SERVICES

Travelport campaigns to support airline passengers with intellectual disabilities

Travelport launches a global campaign to improve awareness and use of the DPNA Special Service Request (SSR) code, which can be used by travel agents, among others, to alert airlines when a passenger has intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance. The campaign was initiated after Travelport found evidence of exceptionally low use of the code on bookings made through its global distribution system (GDS). GDS are vast hi-tech reservation networks that allow travel agents, travel management companies and large corporations, to search and book airline seats, hotel rooms, rental cars, and other travel related items. Despite registering more than 250 million … Continue reading Travelport campaigns to support airline passengers with intellectual disabilities

IATA Releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for the 2018 safety performance of the commercial airline industry showing continuing safety improvements over the long term, but an increase in accidents compared to 2017. The all accident rate[i](measured in accidents per 1 million flights) was 1.35, which was the equivalent of one accident for every 740,000 flights. This was an improvement over the all accident rate of 1.79 for the previous 5-year period (2013-2017), but a decline compared to 2017’s record performance of 1.11. The 2018 rate for major jet accidents (measured in jet hull losses per 1 million flights) … Continue reading IATA Releases 2018 Airline Safety Performance

Beyond Borders

Turkish Airlines starts flights from Sharjah By Shereen Shabnam Turkish Airlines started its journey into the UAE more than 38 years ago with the first flights operating to/from Abu Dhabi since 1981. The Airline recently announced another milestone in its international expansion relating to the UAE with the launch of direct flights between Sharjah and its Istanbul hub. With existing services from Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport (cargo flights), and Abu Dhabi International Airport, Turkish Airlines’ new Sharjah route marks its fourthdestination into the UAE. Flights from Sharjah International Airport will be operated 7 times a week in … Continue reading Beyond Borders

Flying Colours Corp. moves into fifth St. Louis hangar as customer demand grows

Flying Colours Corp., the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business has taken up residence in its fifth hangar at the Spirit of St. Louis airport. The existing building, which is ideally located adjacent to the KSUS runway, adds a much-needed 30, 000 square feet to the St. Louis footprint, and complements the expanded cabinetry and interiors workshop opened at the facility in January 2018. Since taking over the hangar lease in December 2018 the local team has been outfitting the building, installing new state-of-the-art tooling and supplementary maintenance equipment as well as revamping the office décor. The completed … Continue reading Flying Colours Corp. moves into fifth St. Louis hangar as customer demand grows

Emirates and South African Airways to expand strategic partnership with enhanced codeshare agreement

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline and South African Airways (SAA), the South African flag carrier, are expanding their strategic cooperation with enhancements to its codeshare agreement, opening up new destinations for both Emirates and SAA customers. Pending governmental approval, SAA and Emirates have signed an enhanced commercial partnership which will see the relationship between the two carriers grow and strengthen their already successful codeshare agreement signed in 1997, across a wide spectrum of commercial and customer touch points. “This agreement marks a significant forward step in the execution of our strategy and in transforming our business. It will enable us … Continue reading Emirates and South African Airways to expand strategic partnership with enhanced codeshare agreement

SWISSPORT ACCELERATES ITS EXPANSION IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Swissport is further expanding its business in the Middle East with new contracts from the Dutch airline KLM and the largest Indian carrier IndiGo. The Swiss aviation services company, global market leader of airport ground services and cargo handling, will provide KLM with ground handling services in Dammam. IndiGo will initially be handled by Swissport at Jeddah, followed by Dammam and Riyadh. As of 1 February 2019, Swissport will be providing the full range of ground services from passenger services to ramp operations to the Dutch airline KLM for its ten weekly flights at King-Fahd airport in Dammam (DMM). Swissport … Continue reading SWISSPORT ACCELERATES ITS EXPANSION IN THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Abu Dhabi Terminals and COSCO signs an MOU

Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) and CSP- Abu Dhabi sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration and ensure smooth transactions between the two facilities. The MoU promises to increase the cooperation between the two companies, directly benefitting the Abu Dhabi and UAE trade and supporting the Abu Dhabi Leadership vision 2030. The signing of MoU came in conjunction with the official inauguration of CSP Terminal – Abu Dhabi. The two parties, ADT & CSP – Abu Dhabi, will facilitate a significant increase in the contribution to the non-oil GDP growth for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The agreement further … Continue reading Abu Dhabi Terminals and COSCO signs an MOU