GCC Airports lead the world in luxury and innovation: Dubai Airports top

By Staff  www.emirates247.com

A global travel search site has reviewed the incredible state of airports in the GCC, and why they’re leading the world in air passenger traffic points and growth.

“Middle Eastern carriers are setting a benchmark for the future of air travel – setting the pace for numbers of new aircraft orders, introducing new and longer flight routes, excellence of in-flight luxury and service, and some of the most lucrative and effective sponsorship campaigns in the world,” said Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director of Wego Middle East, North Africa and India.

“Airports in the region, especially in the GCC, are maintaining the momentum with innovative designs, services and expansion plans, which mirror the pace of their growing aviation network,” Hmedan continued.

“In Dubai alone, the busiest airport in the world for international passenger traffic for the last two years, plans for further expansion to accommodate continued growing capacity stretch into the year 2020. The response to the huge growth in the Gulf is reflected by the entire travel industry, from hotels tailored to meet the needs of Middle Eastern travellers, international events and innovative mobile technology for the new online savvy user,” Hmedan said.

“It’s a thrilling time at Wego [www.wego.ae/en] to be a part of the industry, with Middle East travellers emerging as one of the most energetic in the world, not only travelling more often but welcoming opportunities of experiencing new destinations, in true millennial traveller style,” Hmedan added.

Dubai International Airport (DXB)

Location: United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Yearly passengers: 71,576,868

Total aircraft movements: 405,750

Dubai International Airport pushed out London’s Heathrow Airport to claim the crown of the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic for the last two years. With only two runways, which is unusual in itself as most this size have at least three, it’s home to flag carrier Emirates and low-cost regional carrier, flydubai. More info

Video: Emirates reveals 360-video tour of A380 flight deck

By Staff  www.emirates247.com

Emirates airline, the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380, has released the world’s first 360-video tour of the A380 cockpit.

Watch Captain Thomas Ziarno from New Zealand and First Officer Abdulrahman Mohamed Al Busaeedi from the United Arab Emirates give an immersive 360-view tour of the flight deck controls of an Emirates A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

In another milestone for the Emirates A380 fleet, the airline will be taking delivery of its 80th A380 on June 21, 2016.

This will be followed by the launch of a daily A380 service to Vienna, Emirates’ 41st A380 destination, starting July 1, 2016.

Emirates has a further 62 A380s pending delivery, of which 21 A380s will be joining the fleet this year. More info

Emirates to Enhance flights to Melbourne from Dubai

By www.thenational.ae

Emirates, one of the world’s largest airlines by international passengers, will add another flight option to Melbourne, Australia from October — saving passengers around two and half hours of travel time.

Operated by an Emirates B777-300ER aircraft, the flight will depart Dubai at 3am and arrive in Melbourne at 11.20pm. The return flight will leave Melbourne at 6am and land in Dubai at 1.05pm, Emirates said in a statement.

Currently, Emirates flies from Dubai to Melbourne via Kuala Lumpur.

Emirates offers a total of four daily flights from Dubai to Melbourne through its codeshare with Australian airline Qantas. Those flights include three services operated by an A380 aircraft and one flight on an Emirates B777-300ER. More info

Dubai International handles 6.9m passengers in April

By Staff  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai:Dubai International recorded a 7.2 per cent increase in passengers in April as visitors from neighbouring Gulf Arab states surged.

The airport handled 6,978,268 passengers in April compared to 6,510,653 in the same month a year earlier, operator Dubai Airports said in a statement today.

There were 1.64 million passengers from the Indian Subcontinent, up 9.49 per cent, 1.53 million from the Gulf Arab states, up 36.8 per cent, and 1.25 million from Western Europe, down 12 per cent, the statement said.

The figures bring the year-to-date (April) passenger numbers to 27.9 million, up 6.9 per cent compared to the first four months of 2015.

Eastern Europe recorded the fastest monthly growth rate in April, up 12.6 per cent, followed by Asia, up 12.1 per cent, and Gulf Arab states, up 10.3 per cent. More info

Emirates announces $1 billion bond repayment

By Sarah Townsend www.arabianbusiness.com

Emirates has repaid a bullet bond valued at $1 billion (AED3.673 billion) and plans to repay another bond worth SGD150 million ($111 million) later this month, the airline said on Thursday.

The first bond had a maturity date of June 8 and was raised in 2011 to address Emirates’ working capital requirements, it added.

The Singapore dollar bond was originally raised in 2006. The airline said it was repaying both bonds from its own cash resources, ‘reflecting its robust financial position’.

Emirates last month reported its highest ever profits for the year ending March 31 2016 – with $2.2 billion (AED8.2 billion) of profits, up from 50 percent last year. More info

The Qantas transit guide to Emirates’ Dubai Airport first class lounge

By By David Flynn www.arabianbusiness.com

Hundreds of travellers jet to London each day on Qantas’ flagship QF1 and QF9 flights from Sydney and Melbourne, with a stopover at the sprawling Dubai airport – and hundreds more shuttle back to Australia on the QF2 and QF10 return trips.

The stopover at Dubai is relatively short, at least on the Sydney QF1/2 service: around 90 minutes from landing to wheels up, which means little more than an hour in the lounge (for Melbourne’s QF9/10 flights you get two hours on the ground, making for a slightly more leisurely transit experience).

If you’re a Platinum-grade Qantas Frequent Flyer, or bunked down inQantas first class, this hands-on guide shows you how to make the most of your limited Dubai transit time at Emirates’ first class lounge.

(A future version of this guide will cover Emirates’ business class lounge at Dubai, for business class passengers, Qantas Gold frequent flyers andQantas Club members.) More info

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Dubai’s Burj Al Arab opens new luxury Terrace

By Aarti Nagraj  gulfbusiness.com

Dubai luxury hotel Burj Al Arab unveiled its new beach leisure facility, called the Terrace, on Wednesday.

The facility, operated by Jumeirah, was opened by Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Dubai’s ruler His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The 10,000 square metre private luxury deck extends 100 metres into the Arabian Gulf and features 32 cabanas, 400 sun loungers, a fresh water pool and a salt water pool, a restaurant and a bar.

The architectural form of the Terrace has also been designed to reflect the shape of Burj Al Arab.

A world-first in marine and off-site construction, the facility is linked to the hotel by a central walkway. More info