Friday 19 December 2014
 
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Etihad boosts US network with Dallas flights

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has doubled its network in the US within the last 12 months with the addition of flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, its sixth destination. The airline has introduced three nonstop flights per week between Dallas/Fort Wo

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Oman Air starts Muscat-Jakarta service

Oman Air has announced the launch of its debut flight to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta from its home base of Muscat. The airline will operate four flights per week using the new A330 -300 fleet and will offer convenient connections at Muscat to exciting destinations throughou

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Airbus A350 delivery to Qatar on Dec 22

Airbus said on Friday that the delivery of the first A350 to Qatar Airways has been rescheduled for December 22. The handover of Europe's first mainly carbon-composite jet, originally scheduled for December 13, had been postponed by the airline earlier this week, triggering s

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Air traffic control failure disrupts London flights

Hundreds of flights to and from London were disrupted on Friday by a technical failure at England's main air traffic control centre, which a senior government minister said was "simply unacceptable". Flights in and out of Heathrow, which calls itself the world's

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Qatar Airways A350 flight delivery on schedule

The first commercial flight of the Airbus A350-900 would go ahead as scheduled next month despite a delay in delivery of the next-generation plane, Qatar Airways said. Chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the carrier had a "small issue" that it was trying to resolve with

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Online passport renewal service launched in Bahrain

An online passport renewal service was launched on December 11 by Bahrain’s Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) in conjunction with the e-Government Authority. Bahrainis can now apply for passport renewals and enquire about their passport application status

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Celebrity Cruises to homeport in Abu Dhabi’s Mina Zayed

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCL), a leading cruise operator, will deploy a luxury vessel from its Celebrity Cruises fleet in the UAE capital on a homeport basis from November 2016. Celebrity Constellation will be the premium brand’s first ship to make the Abu Dhabi Cruise Termi

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Emirates raps Airbus over A380 termination hint

The head of Dubai's Emirates issued a furious reaction to a public suggestion by Airbus that it might discontinue the A380 superjumbo and told Reuters it was ready to invest massively in an upgraded version if the planemaker went ahead with it. Tim Clark, president of Emirate

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Air Berlin ‘still European despite Etihad stake’

Air Berlin is still a European airline despite the 29 per cent stake held by Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways, Germany's transport ministry said on Thursday, meaning that in German eyes it should keep its European operating licence. The German air transport authorit

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UAE tourist numbers seen growing at 4pc per year

A total of 17 million tourists visited the UAE in 2013, and this number is expected to rise further with an annual growth rate of 4 per cent till 2023, a report said. The overall economic impact of the sector is estimated at Dh122.6 billion ($33.3 billion), a 4.5 per cent increas

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