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July 22, 2017

Etihad Airways has emerged as one of around 10 bidders interested in acquiring a partial or full stake in the Italian airline Alitalia, suggesting the Abu Dhabi-based carrier remains committed to its investment in the troubled airline.

The non-binding bid, submitted ahead of a deadline on Friday, also suggests that Etihad may not be ready to reverse course on its international investment strategy, despite last week selling off its stake in Switzerland’s Darwin Airline following a strategic review launched last year.

This weekend Etihad was named in the Italian"...

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July 21, 2017

The Sharjah Airport Authority has signed two commercial agreements with Gama Support Services, the first for building and operating a new private jet terminal at the Sharjah International Airport with an investment of over AED110 million, while the second grants Gama the right to provide ground handling services to business jet owners and crew members at the terminal.

Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Airport Authority, and Richard Lineveldt, General Manager of Gama Support Services, signed the two agreements in the presence of senior officials from both organisations.

The"...

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July 21, 2017

Emirates on Thursday announced the opening of its 41st dedicated lounge located at Boston Logan International Airport.

The lounge, the airline's fourth in the United States, is now open to Emirates First Class and Business Class customers as well as Platinum and Gold members of Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer program.

As part of its ongoing commitment to Boston, the Emirates Lounge at Boston Logan International Airport represents a $6.7 million investment, the airline said in a statement.

Located on the upper level of Terminal E, the lounge will overlook gate E – 11 and will offer seating for up to 123 customers.

Amenities include LED TVs, leather"...

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July 21, 2017

Etihad Holidays has launched operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain to provide a wide choice of package holiday options to travellers in the four countries.

The move follows the introduction of Etihad Airways’ holiday division in the UAE, UK, Germany, India and North America.

Launched in 2004, Etihad Holidays allows Etihad Airways passengers to book their flights together with their hotel, rental car, transfers, tours and activities, with real time availability, at the best available prices.

Guests can design their dream holiday from the comfort of their own home on the Etihad Holidays website to tailor-make packages to suit their individual needs, the company"...

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July 18, 2017

(ME NewsWire)-- FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) (“FedEx”) today filed its annual report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing includes additional information regarding the June 2017 cyber-attack on the worldwide information systems of TNT Express B.V. (“TNT”), the international express transportation, small-package ground delivery and freight transportation company FedEx acquired in May 2016.

TNT Express Cyber-Attack

On June 28, 2017, FedEx announced that"...

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July 17, 2017

Emirates Airline and flydubai have announced a extensive partnership which will see the two Dubai-based carriers come together to align their systems and provide passengers access with easy connectivity to each other's networks and ensure a smooth travel experience.

Apart from code-sharing, the partnership includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling, allowing flydubai customers to take advantage of Emirates worldwide destinations across six continents. Emirates' customers, for their part, will now have access to flydubai's regional network.

Both"...

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July 17, 2017

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia), one of the world's biggest sovereign wealth funds, is in advanced talks with GMR Infrastructure to buy up to 49 per cent of Hyderabad International Airport, The Economic Times (ET), a business daily in India reported citing unnamed sources.

The Bengaluru, India-based infrastructure developer is reportedly seeking to sell non-core assets to reduce the level of its debt, ET reported. The sale would value Hyderabad airport at Rs 5,000 crore (Dh2.85bn).

Paris Aeroport is also in talks with GMR, the sources said. But Adia is"...

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July 16, 2017

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has announced that it will resume its nonstop thrice weekly service between Manila and Abu Dhabi later this year.

The carrier announced a temporary suspension of its Abu Dhabi service in May this year, effective from July 8. The temporary cancellation of the service, which operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, was implemented as PAL undertook 'route assessment initiatives', the airline said.

In a statement this week, the"...

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July 16, 2017

Emirates, the world’s largest airline by international passengers, has started to ramp up some of its routes to the US that it had scaled back as a result of an electronics ban implemented in March by the Trump administration, and is looking to boost further capacity, its president said.

“We’ve already put Orlando back up to a daily and we’ve seen extraordinary high seat factors on Boston and Seattle on the one frequency,” Emirates president Tim Clark said in an interview with The National. “I would say it’s not going to be long before we start re-assessing a reintroduction of our capacity into the US…"...

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July 14, 2017

The UAE and India have explored ways to take bilateral relations to a higher level with special emphasis on the aviation sector.

This came in a meeting UAE Ambassador to India, Dr. Ahmed Allbanna, had with Shri. P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Hon’ble, Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India, on Wednesday, 12th July 2017, where the two sides discussed the possibility of signing a new agreement to utilise the high potential for travel growth between the two countries.

Dr. Ahmed Albanna said that the UAE-India air routes are considered among the most lucrative"...

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