Sunday 22 July 2018

Etihad launches live auction for seat upgrades

Etihad Airways has introduced a new live auction feature for customers to secure a premium seat in a higher cabin class. Etihad has been offering guests bidding upgrades since 2012. It is particularly popular on routes operated by the airline’s Airbus A380s from Abu Dhabi t


Boeing signs deals for 93 MAX 8 jets worth $11bn

Boeing and four customers have signed commitments for a total of 93 737 MAX airplanes, including a carrier that has committed to 40 of the high-capacity version of the MAX 8 airplane. The commitments, valued at nearly $11 billion at current list prices, were announced at the 2018


Emirates boosts flights to France

Emirates has announced that it will introduce two additional flights to Lyon and one to Paris per week, complementing its existing schedule and providing even more choice and convenience to travellers. The increase in frequency from five to seven between Lyon and Dubai will see t


Two Central Hotels in Dubai launch inaugural offers

The newly-opened Canal Central Hotel in Dubai's Business Bay and the Royal Central Hotel The Palm are offering special room rates this summer as part of launch offers. Ammar Kanaan, general manager of Central Hotels, said: “Both Canal Central Hotel in Business Bay and t


Ukraine opens two visa application centres in Saudi Arabia

The Embassy of Ukraine today announced the opening of two new visa application centres in Saudi Arabia in partnership with VFS Global, an outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. In a joint statement, VFS Global and the Emb


Dubai to host world’s biggest destination weddings event

Dubai has won the bid to host the 2019 edition of the biggest annual international gathering of the destination wedding industry - the Destination Wedding Planners (DWP) Congress - which is set to take place at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel. Dubai overcame stiff competition from s


Pratt & Whitney wins Air Lease Corporation engine order

American aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has secured an order from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for its GTF engines, which will power a pre-existing order between Airbus and ALC for 26 firm A320neo family aircraft. ALC previously ordered GTF engines to power 30 firm A320neo f


Emirates gets top recognition for inflight entertainment

Emirates has been named "World’s Best Inflight Entertainment" for the 14th year in a row at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2018. The airline also secured a service excellence award for best airline staff service in the Middle East this year.


Emaar to build Mideast’s largest Chinatown in Dubai

Dubai-based property developer Emaar said it will develop the Middle East’s largest Chinatown within the retail district of Dubai Creek Harbour, its six-sq-km mega-development, only 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport and the iconic Burj Khalifa. The announcemen


European air traffic control delays loom over summer air travel

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has called on the governments and air navigation service providers of Europe to address the region’s airspace bottlenecks, as new data revealed that delays so far this year have more than doubled compared to 2017. "We

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