Monday 3 August 2015

Oman hotel revenues drop 1.5pc in May

Hotel revenues of Oman's three- to five-star hotels totalled in at RO87,308,000 ($225.9 million) in May, logging a 1.5 per cent drop compared to RO88,650,000 ($229.4 million) recorded in May 2014, said a report. Meanwhile, guest numbers at Oman’s three- to five star hotels re


Cristal Hotels plans major expansion in Iran

UAE-based Cristal Hotels is looking to expand its portfolio in Iran, which is set to become one of the region’s most lucrative hotel development markets. With an ambitious annual visitor target of 20 million by 2025, Peter Blackburn, president and CEO of the Cristal Group,


Etihad introduces B787-9 service on UAE-Singapore route

National carrier Etihad Airways has launched a new daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service on the UAE-Singapore route. Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, James Hogan, said deploying the Dreamliner to Singapore reflected the importance of the route to the a


Sephora opens first airport store at Abu Dhabi Airport

Abu Dhabi International Airport is broadening its brand offerings at its duty-free retail space with the debut of Sephora's airport pop up stores. In partnership with Duty Free Store (DFS) and Sephora, the stores will be open at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 between August 1 and Octobe


Emirates introduces new A380 Madrid service

Emirates’ A380 route network has been extended even further with the launch of a daily flight to Madrid, Spain yeaterday (August 1), coinciding with the five year anniversary of the airline’s Spanish operations. Emirates is the first airline to offer a scheduled A380 servic


Emirates commences non-stop service to Multan

Dubai’s Emirates airline is expanding its Pakistan network with the addition of a non-stop service to Multan, its sixth destination in the country. Flight EK 630 from Dubai arrived at Multan International Airport on August 1 at 22.00 Multan time. On board the inaugural f


Malaysia confirms debris 'is part of Boeing 777'

Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which vanished early last year. "We know the flaperon has been officially identified


RJ, Qatar Airways ink new codeshare deal

National carrier Royal Jordanian (RJ) has further enhanced its ties with Qatar Airways by launching a new code share agreement that is set to further expand travel opportunities for the customers of both airlines.  Through the new agreement, which will be activated as of August 6,


Iran plans to purchase 90 aircraft annually

Iran plans to buy as many as 90 planes per year from Boeing and Airbus to revamp its antiquated fleet once Western sanctions are lifted, its state news agency IRNA quoted a senior aviation official as saying on Sunday. “Iran will buy a total of 80 to 90 planes per year from


Iata disapproves Paris airport charges agreement

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) criticised the decision by the French Government to allow the operator of Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Paris-Orly (ORY) airports to continue increasing airport charges for each year of the 2016-2020 period. The French government&r

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