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Issue March 2016  


A trip to Concourse D at Dubai International (By Fares Bou Daher)

Like other thousands of UAE residents, I had the chance to be one of the volunteers “as passengers” to test the readiness of the new Concourse D of Dubai International Airport.

My journey started on February 6, 2016 at 8:15 A.M. when I parked my car at the trial designated free-parking area at Terminal 3 Parking E; I took the lift to the registration Group Check-in facility at Terminal 3 departure level where other volunteers were gathering in a queue to receive their security passes.

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The airport staff was ready and well organized to manage the crowd; designated check-in counters were allocated to different volunteers according to their registration numbers.

It was only a few minutes until almost all volunteers obtained their security passes, crossed the check-in counters where they were supplied with information guides, boarding passes, light refreshments, and food coupons to be redeemed at Concourse D outlets.

Plenty of buses were in line ready to pick volunteers up from Terminal 3 and drop them at Terminal 1, where other airport staff had been allocated for greeting and guidance.

Like all other passengers traveling from Terminal 1, I crossed the security check point to reach the spacious modern elevated rail connecting Terminal 1 to Concourse D.

I arrived at Concourse D and was met with the glorious sight of the state-of-the-art facility with a huge duty free shopping area, food and beverage outlets, including casual dining concepts from various international famous brands; it also featured different VIP airline lounges, Al Majlis luxury lounge, Marhaba VIP lounge, and Dubai International Hotel lounges.
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Enova wins the Sharjah International Airport Facility Management Contract

Enova, one of the leading regional service providers of multi-technical and energy management services has won a five year contract with Sharjah International Airports to provide technical and specialized facilities management services. The contract accounts for Sharjah International Airport’s buildings comprising of MEP, FIDS, Security System and Civil, as well as air field services including airfield lighting, runway civil maintenance and communications, navigation systems at its facilities.

Having successfully managed Sharjah International Airports facilities since 2011, Enova won the renewal of the contract, extending the partnership for a further five years.

Continuing to build on the solid foundations laid in the last five years, Enova will introduce a variety of Energy Performance Management components that will provide savings for the airport and decrease energy consumption among the facilities to achieve targets for sustainable, efficient and green buildings.

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Helios chosen for €10m SES support contract

The European Commission has awarded aviation consultancy Helios a four-year framework contract of up to EUR 10 million to support the work of three groups key to the implementation of the Single European Sky (SES): the Industry Consultation Body (ICB), the NSA Coordination Platform (NCP) and the Expert Group on the Social Dimension of SES (EGSD). The contract comes at a critical time in policy development for SES, when innovation and ongoing commitment are needed to tackle priority SES topics such as the evolution of the Performance Scheme, the deployment of SESAR, technical challenges such as RPAS and cyber-security, and the revision of the regulatory framework for safety.

Commenting on the win, Paul Ravenhill, Technical Director for Helios, said: “This continues and extends our long-standing work for the ICB, and is testament to the job we have done for them over the last ten years. We are immensely proud of our staff who, every day, are engaged in ATM strategy and policy work covering operational, technical and economic matters. As a consultancy we work hard to maintain our independence, and this will be a key factor of our support function.”

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Air India Express to Start Flights to Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

It was announced today by Ras Al Khaimah International Airport that Air India Express, India’s leading low cost carrier, will start flights to the northern emirate this March. This comes on the back of the commencement of scheduled flights by Qatar Airways between Ras Al Khaimah and Doha last week and the announcement of other development projects at RAK International.

Air India Express will start with 4 flights per week to Kozhikode (Calicut), starting on the 28thMarch, and are looking to expand to a daily service in near future. The growing number of Indian expatriates in the Northern Emirates has had to cope with limited options from air carriers over the past few years as demand has risen. The new route will help to alleviate those issues.

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flydubai announces fourth full-year of profitability and 25% increase in passenger numbers

flydubai (www.flydubai.com) today reported profits of AED 100.7 (USD 27.4 million) for 2015 following a stronger second half-year which saw increased numbers of passengers travel across its network.

Total revenue for the full year was AED 4.9 billion (USD 1.33 billion), an increase of 11% compared to 2014. The overall yield, in terms of fils per Revenue Passenger Kilometre (RPKM), was under pressure attributable to the strong dollar; the challenging trading environment across the network; disruption resulting from the suspension of flights on some established routes and a large number of recently launched routes with a lead time required to reach maturity.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of flydubai, said: “2015 was an important year for flydubai. It was a year in which through determination and commitment we continued to realise our vision to increase connectivity in support of the UAE’s economic development. The year culminated in two achievements: the delivery of our 50th aircraft; and our fourth full-year of profitability.”

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Qatar Airways touches down in Ras Al Khaimah

3 Feb 2016 – Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: At 10:30pm last night QR1120 landed at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, marking the start of scheduled services between the Emirate and Doha.

In a short ceremony H. E. Engr. Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and Department of Civil Aviation, Mohammed Qazi, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority welcomed the airline and senior Qatar Airways delegates on the flight, headed by Chief Commercial Officer Dr. Hugh Dunleavy. H.E. also expressed his gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, for his visionary leadership and continuous support in developing the Emirate’s aviation potential.

His Excellency remarked, “Qatar Airways’ arrival today is major milestone for Ras Al Khaimah on a journey we started almost 4 years ago. Through Qatar Airways Ras Al Khaimah will have stronger connections to the wider world, including our existing tourism source markets in Europe, CIS, and Russia as well as new markets such as China and India, where we are promoting Ras Al Khaimah as the authentic tourist destination of the country. It also presents an efficient option for the Emirate’s business community and their visitors, will positively fuel our cargo growth, support the economy and raise the profile of the destination as a whole. We’d like to thank Qatar Airways for their support”.

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JetSmarter Raises Additional Funding

JetSmarter, the mobile marketplace that seamlessly connects travellers to private jets from their smartphones, has announced a new US$26.1 Million raise from its recent existing Series B investors and other prominent business executives. JetSmarter closed its recent US$20 Million Series B round in July of 2015.

“Our enhanced and expanded product offerings since our last raise have proven to be very successful, resulting in additional investments,” said founder and CEO of JetSmarter, Sergey Petrossov. “With strategy in place for continuous technology upgrades, increases in global penetration and additional services offered, JetSmarter will empower more people to fly private. This new capital will further enable our rapid and tactical growth.”

Over the last six months, the company has strategically grown throughout North America, the Middle East, and Europe, and provides 52% more flight options for its users through its three main amenities: JetDeals, JetShuttle and its JetCharter service. Over the last quarter, month-to-month growth in app downloads has increased by 240%, and JetSmarter has seen a 135% increase in memberships.

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NEC Display Solutions celebrates ISE 2016 success

NEC Display Solutions Europe has concluded a successful ISE 2016 showcasing ‘your world is our showroom’. ISE 2016, this year extended to include an extra day named FRDY, highlighted NEC’s innovation in LCD, LED and Laser technologies, touch and interactivity and sensor technologies. Each were showcased in a unique application-focused showroom created with key NEC ecosystem partners.

Stefanie Corinth, Senior Vice President Marketing and Business Development at NEC, commented: “Our presence at ISE this year was very much about demonstrating how we deliver on our customers’ needs. We presented visual solutions that showed not only our innovation around LCD, LED and Laser, but also our focus on dedicated applications to enable real business benefits.”

The NEC booth was designed around five key application themes: share, present, analyse, review and control, applied to a number of vertical industries. NEC, together with its partners, showcased effective solutions and applications such as in corporate, retail, education, broadcast and digital out of home.

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Q-Pulse 6.1 opens the door to EASA Compliance

Software developer, Ideagen, has worked with key aviation organisations to release a version of its market leading safety management solution Q-Pulse to ease compliance with the latest EASA legislation.

The Occurrence Reporting Regulation ((EU) 376/2014) brings specific requirements to all aviation stakeholders on the reporting of occurrences and its subsequent processing and analysis, enabling better access to information in order to address global safety challenges.

As part of the changes, EASA is encouraging all stakeholders to review their in-house reporting policies, procedures and systems, as well as their external reporting practices.

In line with these changes Ideagen is delighted to announce that Q-Pulse now offers a solution for aviation companies with a need to submit to ECCAIRS (European Coordination Centre for Accident Reporting Systems).

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Michelin Will Equip the Boeing 777-300ER on the Final Assembly Line with its NZG Radial Technology Tires

Michelin has announced that beginning of July 2016, it will be the sole source tire supplier for the main landing gear on the final assembly line for the Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range), the 777-200LR (Long Range) and the 777 Cargo. As a result, this long-haul aircraft, which can transport up to 400 passengers on a flight covering distances of up to 7,370 nautical miles (13,650 km), will be fitted with Michelin’s new generation patented Near Zero Growth (NZG) technology radial tires.

Michelin’s certification on the Boeing 777-300ER is part of a sustainable partnership strategy between the two global companies. In April 2015, Michelin was awarded "Supplier of the Year" award from Boeing. Michelin radial tires are available for a large part of the Boeing line-up of aircraft: the 737, 747, 787, 777 as well as several military aircraft. Michelin radial tires with NZG technology are designed to offer a lower total cost of ownership, long tread life, and the highest levels of safety.

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Greenline Interiors and Finaero sign an MOU to develop a refurbishment, design, engineering and manufacturing activity for aircraft cabin interiors

Greenline Interiors and Finaero Group partner-up to develop an engineering and manufacturing activity in the Middle East.

The signature of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) sets the terms and understanding between Greenline Interiors and Finaero to develop an activity of refurbishment, design, engineering and manufacturing of aircraft cabin interiors in Middle East.

Finaero Group, through its painting division, STTS, announced at the Dubai Airshow that it is investing in a 34 million USD project that will accommodate a wide body painting bay at the new DWC Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai South. The new painting bays will enter into operation in late 2018.

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