MEBAA SHOW REVEALS POSITIVE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

Business aviation show opens with new launches, new aircraft, renewed optimism The MEBAA Show 2018 opened its doors today to a host of new exhibitors, exciting new aircraft and ground-breaking new technology solutions. Taking place every two years, The MEBAA Show is the largest business aviation event in the Middle East, with this year’s edition attracting more than 450 exhibitors and 34 stunning business jets on static display. The three-day event began with a royal tour by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman, Dubai … Continue reading MEBAA SHOW REVEALS POSITIVE BUSINESS OUTLOOK

SITA ACQUIRES MEXIA INTERACTIVE TO BOOST AIRPORT OFFERING

Acquisition will enhance SITA’s passenger flow and queue management capabilities SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions, announced the acquisition of private company MEXIA Interactive(“MEXIA”), a leading global provider of curb-to-gate passenger analytics for the air transport industry. The company, founded in 2011, is based in Winnipeg, Canada. The acquisition will enhance SITA’s existing airport operations and passenger flow management solutions.  Customers will benefit from a comprehensive and predictive view of passenger flow information that will result in greater operational efficiencies and improved services. MEXIA’s technology identifies and predicts bottlenecks in various queues such as … Continue reading SITA ACQUIRES MEXIA INTERACTIVE TO BOOST AIRPORT OFFERING

ETIHAD AIRWAYS CELEBRATE ITS 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY COMMEMORATING ITS FIRST COMMERCIAL FLIGHT

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, today marked 15 years since its inaugural commercial flight to Beirut on 12 November 2003. In a fitting tribute to the first flight, guests travelling on flight EY535 to the Lebanese capital enjoyed a cake-cutting ceremony at the departure gate this morning. The airline also presented each guest with a limited-edition cabin crew scarf and tie set, designed by iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, while younger flyers were gifted Etihad teddy bears by cabin crew wearing the airline’s first ever uniform from 2003, in addition to its current style.   Continue reading ETIHAD AIRWAYS CELEBRATE ITS 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY COMMEMORATING ITS FIRST COMMERCIAL FLIGHT

Turkish Airlines embarks on a new journey from Istanbul New Airport

Turkish Airlines welcomes a new era of Turkish Aviation with the opening of Istanbul New Airport. The world’s largest international hub will be home to Turkey’s national flag carrier and establishes Istanbul’s place as the centre of the globe for aviation and travel. The smart airport, thanks to its strategic location at the crossroads of east and west, has great potential for Turkish Airlines and the global aviation industry and will welcome 200 million passengers per year upon final completion. To coincide with the 95thanniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey, the eagerly-awaited Istanbul New Airport was named … Continue reading Turkish Airlines embarks on a new journey from Istanbul New Airport

Emirates Skywards introduces new on-demand taxi app Emirates Skywards Cabforce

Emirates Skywards has launched an on-demand ground transportation booking app called Emirates Skywards Cabforce in partnership with CarTrawler – the first of its kind in the world. The app is a mobile travel companion that will offer its loyalty members an affordable and efficient transportation service in 27 countries and 117 cities across the world with more countries in the pipeline. Members can earn Skywards Miles on every ride booked through the Emirates Skywards Cabforce app.  The app allows members to book safe and reliable private taxis, executive cars and minibuses at their convenience. The app offers fixed price quotes, … Continue reading Emirates Skywards introduces new on-demand taxi app Emirates Skywards Cabforce

Lufthansa Group buys more new generation short- and medium-haul aircraft

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved the purchase of 27 short- and medium-haul aircraft. Purchase options for 24 Airbus A320neo and three A321neo will be converted into firm orders. With this decision, the Lufthansa Group is reacting to the positive market and earnings development and thus ensuring the necessary fleet size in the coming years. The total investment of this order amounts to a list price of about three billion US dollars. This increases the total number of A320neo and A321neo orders to 149 for the Group, 13 of them are already operating with Lufthansa. The A320neo … Continue reading Lufthansa Group buys more new generation short- and medium-haul aircraft

Airbus exhibits ACJ319 at NBAA show

Highlights full-size living space in a private jet Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) is displaying an ACJ319 at the NBAA[1]show, highlighting the full-size living space on offer. Operated by K5 Aviation and available for VVIP charter, this particular ACJ319 is making its airshow debut. “An Airbus corporate jet gives wings to more productive and sociable lifestyles in the sky than traditional business jets, while shrinking the distance between continents in elegantly affordable style,” says ACJ President Benoit Defforge. The ACJ320 Family can do this because it features the widest and tallest cabin of large traditional business-jets, while being similar in size … Continue reading Airbus exhibits ACJ319 at NBAA show

BUSINESS AVIATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST GOING GLOBAL

MEBAA Show 2018 Feature Exhibitors from Around the World The business aviation market in the Middle East is attracting the industry leading companies and niche customers from around the world. When the MEBAA Show 2018 takes place 10-12 December at DWC, Airshow Site, around seventy percent of the exhibitors will have travelled from outside the region to be part of the largest business aviation show in the Middle East. Almost one third of the companies already committed to exhibiting are from the USA, including industry behemoths Gulfstream and Boeing Business Jets. This figure includes some first time exhibitors keen to … Continue reading BUSINESS AVIATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST GOING GLOBAL

Passengers Want More Information, Automation, Control & Privacy but Human Touch Still Important

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the results of its 2018 Global Passenger Survey (GPS), which showed that passengers are looking to new technology to give them more control, information and improve efficiency when they travel. Based on 10,408 responses from 145 countries, the survey provides insight into what passengers would like from their air travel experience. Passengers told us that they want: Real time journey information delivered to their personal devices Biometric identification to facilitate their travel processes Automation of more airport processes Wait times of less than 10 minutes at security / immigration Their bags tracked throughout … Continue reading Passengers Want More Information, Automation, Control & Privacy but Human Touch Still Important