Qatar to fly to St Petersburg

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, Qatar, 9 October 2017:   Qatar Airways will launch daily flights to St. Petersburg, Russia this December, doubling its Russian routes.

The new daily service, due to start 19 December, will operate between Doha and St. Petersburg with an Airbus A320, offering 12 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.

St Petersburg, (Leningrad in the USSR era)  is home to the country’s incredible art collections, legendary Hermitage Museum, and internationally-recognised historic buildings. It is noted for its elegant canals and rich Imperial history. Read more

Emirates and flydubai connects the dots

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

SINGAPORE 3 October 2017: Emirates announced, Monday, that it would expand its network to 29 flydubai destinations across three continents as part of a wider partner agreement between the two airlines.

The latest codeshares will offer easier access to more destinations with the advantage of connecting baggage to the final destination.

Passengers can now book travel through to these 29 destinations, commencing 29 October on Emirates.com, through the Emirates Contact Centres, or travel agents. It involves a change of plane to flydubai at the Dubai hub.  Read more

Global Halal tourism show

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 2 October 2017: The World Halal Tourism Summit Abu Dhabi, 25 to 26 November,taps into the Halal tourism boom valued at an estimated US$155 billion

Cacti Media is the official organiser of International Travel Week 2017, launched in 2015 to promote Halal tourism, that has now become a significant sector in global tourism markets.

In 2015, the event hosted 202 exhibitors representing 26 countries and generated over USD18.4 million worth of business on the show floor. Read more

Flying with the RAF’s Red Arrows

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Middle east

DOHA, 2 October 2017:  – Qatar Airways celebrated its 20th anniversary at the weekend as thousands of people watched a Qatar Airways aircraft fly over Doha escorted by the world-famous Red Arrows aerobatic display team.

The event was hosted by the British Ambassador to the State of Qatar, Ajay Sharma, and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker.

The thrilling display took place in the skies above Doha as the Qatar Airways Airbus A350, for which the airline was the global launch customer, flew in formation with the British Royal Air Force’s (RAF) iconic Red Arrows. Read more

Etihad former airport chief as CEO

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 2 October 2017:  Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad late last week appointed a senior British defence official who once ran the emirate’s airports as its next chief executive, as it looks to staunch heavy losses.

Tony Douglas will join Etihad, which lost USD1.87 billion last year, in January from the British defence ministry where he oversees equipment procurement and training for the army.

He has previously held senior positions in the UAE, most notably as CEO of both Abu Dhabi Airports and Abu Dhabi Ports. Read more

Qatar places Boeing order

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

QATAR, 28 September 2017: Qatar Airways announced Tuesday it has placed an order worth more than USD2 billion for six Boeing planes, which it said reflected the airline’s continued expansion in the United States.

A statement on the Gulf carrier’s website said it had placed an order for two Boeing 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs.

It added that the order was valued at USD2.16 billion (1.8 billion euros) “at list prices”. Read more

Egypt’s tourism revives

September 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

LUXOR, Egypt, 20 September 2017: Pummelled by political unrest and jihadist attacks, Egypt’s tourism industry is slowly growing again, but too slowly for thousands of bazaar workers who fondly recall when tourists thronged their stores.

Abu Aya owns a souvenir shop in the southern city of Luxor which is home to ancient pharaonic monuments, and he fondly remembers the days when the front pocket of his traditional Arabic robe sagged with cash.

“Before 2011 it was filled with dollars and euros. Today the sellers just sit in front of their stores reading the papers because there are so few customers,” the 47-year-old said. Read more

Russia and Iraq restore air link

September 19, 2017 by  
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MOSCOW, 19 September 2017: Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline services on Sunday for the first time since 2004, in what officials hailed as a sign of stability returning to the war-torn country.

An Iraqi Airways plane left Baghdad at 1031 (0731 GMT) and was expected to arrive at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport at 1419 (1119 GMT), according to the Russian airport’s online departure and arrival timetables.

“The first commercial flight arrives today,” Sergei Izvolsky, spokesman for Russia’s civil aviation authority, told AFP. Read more

Dubai unveils mega projects

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DUBAI, 14 September 2017: Property developers in Dubai showcased new multi-billion-dollar mega-projects on Monday despite falling prices, in the hope of stimulating demand and helping to end a three-year market downturn.

Exhibitors at the three-day Cityscape Global showed off models of high-end skyscrapers and even “Floating Venice”, a resort complete with underwater suites.

The USD680 million Venice development 4 km (2.5 miles) off Dubai will have capacity of 3,000 visitors. Read more

Emirates to increase Sydney services

September 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 13 September 2017: Emirates is set to introduce a fourth daily service from Dubai to Sydney, effective 25 March 2018, complementing its existing three daily A380 services.

The new service will use an A380 aircraft and will increase passenger capacity on the route by 6,846 seats a week, inbound and outbound between Sydney and Emirates’ hub in Dubai.

It represents a 7.3% increase in capacity for Emirates’ Australian services. Read more

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