AVIATION

Emirates’ new lounge at Boston

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Emirates opened its 41st lounge at Boston Logan International Airport, in a bid to extend its global network of dedicated airport lounges. It is aimed at providing premium flyers with a seamless and enjoyable journey from start to finish. The Emirates Lounge, which marked a soft opening in April 2017, …

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Abu Dhabi-Manila to resume from Oct 31, 2017

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Suspended earlier to take route assessment initiatives, Philippine Airlines will resume flights between Abu Dhabi and Manila from Oct 31. Effective October 31, 2017, the Philippine Airlines will resume its non-stop thrice weekly service between Abu Dhabi to Manila to cope with the ever-increasing demand. In May 2017, the airline …

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Unstable oil prices: Boon or bane?

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Aviation industry leaders highlight key challenges and opportunities for aviation industry during the 5th Global Airport Leaders Forum at the Airport Show in Dubai WTC. Organised by CAPA—Centre for Aviation and hosted by Reed Exhibitions, the 5th Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) was recently held at Dubai World Trade Centre …

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BA gifts new First Wing to ME flyers

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British Airways recently announced a number of investment plans to enhance Middle Eastern customers’ experience, the most important being the launch of its new First Wing at the Heathrow Airport. Robert Williams, Head of Sales for ME and Asia Pacific, talks about the efforts taken to drive the airline’s regional …

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The swift and steady rise of Oman Air

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Oman Air has been steadily growing its capacity and enhancing its services over the past few years. Paul Gregorowitsch, Chief Executive Officer, Oman Air, shares with TravTalk the current market trends, the challenges that the airline faces and its plans for the year ahead. Q How has Oman Air fared …

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Taking Oman Air to greater heights

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Shahzad Naqvi, Country Manager, Oman Air, has been a remarkable leader in the airline industry ensuring smooth operations between their head office in Muscat and government institutions, consulates, travel agents, corporates and all stakeholders/ travel partners based in Dubai. Shehara Rizly With his unique career spanning a decade in the …

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Ethiopian’s A350 to Mumbai

Tadesse Tilahun

Apart from bringing its new generation Airbus 350- 900 to Mumbai, India, the airline also initiated the code-share agreement with South African Airways. TT Bureau Ethiopian Airlines launched Africa’s first Ethiopian Airbus A350-900 XWB on the Addis Ababa-Mumbai route on April 7, 2017. Passengers on Ethiopian’s twice daily nonstop services …

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19m flew Cebu in 2016

Cebu Pacific

The Philippines’ Cebu Pacific flew 19.1 million passengers in 2016, an increase of four per cent from the 18.4 million passengers flown in 2015. TT Bureau Last December 27, 2016, the Cebu Pacific Air Group carried a total of 64,684 passengers — the highest number of travellers we have ever …

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PAL expands footprint in the GCC

Jaime J. Bautista-Philippines Airlines

Philippine Airlines (PAL), the flag carrier of the Republic of the Philippines, has started operating non-stop from Doha, Jeddah and Kuwait to Manila, capital of the Philippines. PAL now flies non-stop to Manila from Dubai daily and Riyadh daily. TT Bureau The Philippine Airlines also flies from Manila to Dammam …

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Cathay’s four decades in Dubai

Ashish Kapur-Cathay Pacific

The year 2017 marks 40 years since Cathay Pacific began operations on its Dubai route from its hub in Hong Kong in 1977, marking its 20th destination. TT Bureau Cathay Pacific Country Manager UAE & Oman, Ashish Kapur, says, “Since launching the Dubai route four decades ago, we have played …

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