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Wizz Air Announces the Launch of Abu Dhabi-based Low-Cost Carrier for 2020

Wizz Air announced on Thursday that it will set up a low-cost subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will be a partnership with Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADDH), a partner of the Abu Dhabi government. The airline is expected to begin operations in the second half of 2020 with Airbus A321neo aircraft. Wizz Air currently operates a fleet of approximately 120 Airbus A320 family aircraft within Europe with current orders approaching 270 aircraft comprising predominantly…

Emirates and Etihad Increase Flights to Canada as Visa Restrictions…

Strengthening business ties announced in May between Canada and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are seeing positive growth for Gulf carriers after years of stalled progress due to the restrictive bilateral air service agreements in place between the two countries. This week both Emirates and Etihad Airways have announced two…

What to Expect After the UAE-U.S. Open Skies Deal

On Friday, American and Emirati officials quietly signed a deal that should help end the battle that has been going on for years between airlines over the freedom of the skies. In a private meeting at the State Department on Friday, Emirati Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba and Assistant Secretary of State Manisha…

Etihad Begins 2018 With New Executive Leadership Team and High…

Etihad Airways announced Monday that they have achieved their best operational performance since 2009. The Abu Dhabi based carrier has trumpeted network punctuality figures of 82 percent for departures and 86 percent for arrivals. Richard Hill, Chief Operations Officer, Etihad Airways, said: “We are pleased to have recorded these strong…

Emirates Announcement Provides Further Boost for London-Stansted Airport

On Wednesday, Emirates Airline announced that they will begin flights between Dubai and Stansted airport, northeast of London, from June 2018. This will mark the third London airport and the seventh U.K. route operated by the U.A.E.-based carrier after Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow. The 777-300ER service will…

flydubai and Boeing Ink $27 Billion Order for 737 MAX…

The Dubai Airshow has delivered another major aircraft order announcement with news that Boeing has inked a deal with Dubai-based flydubai for 225 737 MAX family aircraft valued at $27 billion. The deal is the largest ever for a single-aisle jet by a Middle East carrier and comprises of 175…

Emirates Celebrates Addition of 100th Airbus A380 to its Fleet

Earlier this week, Emirates celebrated the major delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 wide-body aircraft. The special delivery ceremony took place at Airbus’ delivery center in Hamburg, Germany on Friday. In attendance at the ceremony was Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, President of…