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ISSUE September 2016

DXB passenger traffic reaches record 40.5 million in H1

Dubai International’s (DXB) passenger traffic reached a record 40.5 million passengers in the first half of 2016 according to the traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports.

According to the report, DXB handled a total of 40,506,456 passengers during the first half, up 5.8 per cent compared to the corresponding period in 2015 when the airport welcomed 38,299,288 passengers. Owing to the impact of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on travel patterns during an already traditionally slow month, traffic in June dipped 1 per cent to 5,857,503, compared to 5,914,671 recorded during June 2015.

In the first half of the year, the top five country destinations in terms of total passenger volumes were India (5,677,188), Saudi Arabia (3,213,868), the UK (2,850,437), Pakistan (2,134,012) and the US (1,626,032). Aircraft movements in the first half totalled 207,439, up 3.8 per cent compared to 199,820 recorded during the corresponding period last year. In June aircraft movements totalled 32,368, up 0.6 percent compared to 32,166 during June of last year.

During the first half of 2016, air cargo volumes rose 3.8 per cent to 1,282,025 tonnes compared to 1,233,378 tonnes during the same period in 2015. Dubai International handled 226,175 tonnes of freight in June compared to 217,896 tonnes during the same month last year, an increase of 3.9 per cent.

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Passenger traffic at DWC surges 95.4% in the first half

Passenger traffic at Dubai’s second airport, Dubai World Central (DWC) continued the upward trend in the first half of the year surging more than 95 per cent, according to the traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

Passenger traffic for the first six months of the year totalled 410,278, up 95.4 per cent compared to 209,989 passengers recorded during the corresponding period in 2015. Passenger traffic at DWC is mainly driven by flydubai, one of Dubai’s two flagship carriers which in addition to its operations at Dubai International’s Terminal 2, operates 35 weekly flights to five destinations from DWC. The airline will increase its weekly flights from DWC for the upcoming winter schedule.

DWC is currently served by 17 passenger carriers, operating an average of 174 flights weekly to 39 international destinations and is home to 34 scheduled cargo operators that fly to as many as 141 destinations around the world.

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BOC Aviation places orders for five A321ceo aircraft

BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based global aircraft leasing company has placed a firm order for five more A321 aircraft in addition to an order announced in January for 30 A320 Family aircraft which included 15 A321s (eight A321neo and seven A321ceo).

“We have increased our order for the A321 in response to the market trend and appetite for larger capacity single-aisle aircraft,” said Robert Martin, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Aviation. “Our incremental order reflects the continued popularity, confidence and reliability of the A320 Family among our customers.”

“The A320 Family aircraft is a sound financial asset as confirmed by leading lessor BOC Aviation, based in the world’s fastest growing aviation market,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. “This order also confirms the trend by customers to increase capacity by upsizing to larger aircraft models.”

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Thai Airways International becomes new operator of the A350 XWB

Thai Airways International (THAI) has become the eighth operator of the A350 XWB, following the delivery today of the first of 12 aircraft set to join the carrier’s fleet. The aircraft delivered today is being operated on lease from US-based CIT.

THAI has configured its A350-900 with a premium two class layout with a total of 321 seats, comprising 32 THAI’s Royal Silk Class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, and 289 in the main cabin.

After an initial period flying on regional services between Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the aircraft will be deployed on long haul flights soon thereafter, starting with the Bangkok-Melbourne route.

Altogether THAI has acquired 12 Airbus A350 XWBs. Four of these are being purchased directly from Airbus, with the other eight aircraft being acquired under lease agreements.

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SITA Introduces Fast, Secure Connectivity to Kenya Airways

SITA (www.SITA.aero), the global air transport communications provider, is to roll out faster, new-generation connectivity across Kenya Airways’ global network, a vital investment in infrastructure needed to support the airline’s renewed focus on cost optimization and airline modernization.

Among Africa’s top three airlines, Kenya Airways is seeking to leverage SITA’s latest communication technology to drive new efficiencies in the management of its route network while ensuring the best passenger experience across the airline’s global footprint.

Through SITA Connect, the airline will have access to high-speed, secure connectivity, linking employees and sales offices around the world to Kenya Airways’ central systems and applications to manage everything from reservations, check-in and boarding.

With a global presence, SITA is able to meet the airline’s complete connectivity requirements with tailored solutions for each location. Central to the delivery is SITA’s AirportHub™, a shared connectivity platform already used in more than 300 airports in over 100 countries. Using SITA’s common-use infrastructure eliminates the complexity of dealing with local telecom providers while enabling Kenya Airways to connect securely to their central systems and applications from any airport in the AirportHub network.

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MBRSC announces the launch of the 2nd Annual EMM Science Workshop

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the 2nd Annual EMM Science Workshop, which targets students, graduates and educational entities from various UAE universities. The workshop, which will be held on October 3rd at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, will address the science of the Martian atmosphere, as well as various topics about the Red Planet, its history and evolution over millions of years, with the participation and the presence of professors from UAE universities, the international scientific community, and students from the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Engineer Salem Humaid Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs at MBRSC, emphasised that: “The Emirates Mars Mission - Hope is of great importance, being a pivotal phase in the space sector journey in the UAE. Being delegated to design, implement and supervise all the phases of the project, under the supervision of the UAE Space Agency, MBRSC is committed to the development of national capacity in Martian science and outer space exploration technology, so as to achieve the UAE’s strategy in the field of space and to serve the project’s current and future requirements and objectives.”

Sarah Amiri, Deputy Project Manager, Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission, said: "This workshop is in line with the efforts of MBRSC and the Emirates Mars Mission, to create opportunities for exchanging information among those who are interested in Martian science.”

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CAE USA takes delivery of first three Grob G120TP aircraft to support world-class U.S. Army Fixed-Wing Flight Training program

(NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) - CAE today announced that CAE USA has taken delivery of its first three Grob G120TP aircraft that will be used as part of the United States Army Fixed-Wing Flight Training program and begun training its initial cadre of instructor pilots to prepare for the start of training in 2017.

CAE also announced it is making good progress on construction of the new Dothan Training Center located at Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama. The state-of-the-art facility will provide training to more than 450 U.S. Army fixed-wing aviators annually, as well as providing training to U.S. Air Force C-12 aircrews.

"This turnkey training program will include live, virtual and constructive training that will provide the Army with a modern, flexible and cost-effective training solution specifically designed for the Army's fixed-wing community," said Ray Duquette, President and General Manager, CAE USA. "Army Fixed-Wing Flight Training is exactly the kind of training systems integration program that CAE is focused on providing its military customers in the United States and around the world."

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CAE signs an exclusive 5-year commercial aviation training agreement with new low-cost carrier Air Seoul

(NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) - CAE announced today at the 2016 Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium that it has signed an exclusive 5-year commercial aviation training contract with Air Seoul, supporting the new South Korean low-cost carrier's Airbus A320 training needs in the region. Pilots began training on August 1, 2016 at the CAE Korea Training Centre.

"We are excited to start our new operations and thrilled about our training services agreement with CAE which allows us to provide world-class training to our crew" said Captain Kim Wung, Vice President of Operations, Air Seoul. "As the global training leader, we are confident that CAE will be at the forefront of our training needs as we grow our airline in the region".

"It is always a privilege to support start-up airlines with their new training needs and we are honored that Air Seoul has selected CAE as its training partner of choice," said Nick Leontidis, CAE's Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions." We are pleased to welcome the new low-cost carrier as our customer, further expanding our longstanding relationship with its parent company Asiana Airlines."

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CAE extends Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) First Officer Program with Japan Airlines

(NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) - CAE announced today at the 2016 Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium that it has extended the Japan Airlines (JAL) Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) First Officer Program for 3 additional years to a total of 10 years, effective until October 2023. Under the renewed agreement, 24 additional cadets will be selected to begin MPL training for the Japanese airline.

"At Japan Airlines, we are committed to creating highly competent professional pilots and we have been impressed by the high quality training delivered through the first MPL program, said Shigeki Washio, Vice President of Flight Training & Check Standards, Japan Airlines. "As such, we are pleased to extend the length of the program and train new cadets. As the global training partner, we are convinced that CAE will continue to provide world-class training, helping JAL onboard a new generation of pilots."

"Building on the great success of the first phases of the Japan Airlines (JAL) Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) First Officer Program, we are delighted to announce that more aspiring professional pilots will be joining this exceptional training program", said Nick Leontidis, CAE Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions. "We are honored to extend our relationship that spans over 30 years with our joint venture partner Japan Airlines and are proud to help JAL create more pilots, supporting the need for more competent First Officers in Asia."

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Honeywell (NYSE: HON) achieved final certification from Inmarsat for JetWave™, the company’s package of exclusive hardware that will allow pilots, passengers, operators and maintenance personnel to connect to GX Aviation, the revolutionary new in-flight broadband service from Inmarsat. Users can consistently and more quickly surf the internet, check emails, stream music and videos, and shop online without drop-off throughout their flight, even when flying over oceans.

The final type approval certificate confirms that the system functions as designed and completes the process to bring GX Aviation to the aerospace market. Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, whichpassengers, pilots and other airline personnel reliable broadband service

JetWave has also been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration and European Aviation Safety Agency for safety, environmental and installation standards.

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Airport Solutions Mexico event receives endorsement from leading industry associations and stakeholders

The inaugural Airport Solutions Mexico 2017, part of the Airport Solutions Global Series of events, has confirmed support from leading industry associations; Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT), Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares (ASA), Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, Cámara Nacional de Aerotransportes (CANAERO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Airport Solutions Mexico is unique in that it will bring together the industry’s entire buying chain, providing a platform to connect suppliers with stakeholders and decision makers whilst assessing key issues and solutions in the two day international conference programme.

The event organisers have recruited international leading industry figures and ambassadors to the event’s advisory board to steer its direction and content. Those confirmed include; Rodrigo Planas Rego, Deputy Director General for Transport and Control, SCT; Ernesto Ramón Niembro Rocas, Deputy Director of Operations and Services, ASA; Tomás Enrique Ramírez, Commercial Director, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico; Alejandro Cobián Bustamante, Director General, CANAERO and Peter Cerdá, Regional Vice President, The Americas, IATA.

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100 days since satellite launch - MUC and Lufthansa report strong results

On Wednesday, August 3, Munich Airport's new satellite terminal is celebrating the big 100 – its 100th day of operation. The results of the first weeks are more than respectable. Since the opening handling has worked seamlessly in the new building. The launch phase, in which operations were gradually ramped up, continued until early July, leaving time for various tweaks such as improvements to signage and passenger guidance. The satellite has been operating at full capacity since early July. In the first hundred days, it has already handled more than 15,000 flights. With its light-flooded spaces and outstanding range of services, the new building – Germany's first midfield terminal – has proved a big hit with the airport's passengers and staff.

The satellite terminal is a continuation of the successful joint venture between Munich Airport and Lufthansa. It increases the capacity of Terminal 2, which is used by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners, by 11 million to 36 million passengers per year. The 27 pier-served stands permit passengers to board aircraft directly without a bus transfer.

Since it opened on April 26, 2016, the satellite has handled over 2 million passengers, with a quarter of them traveling on intercontinental routes. With the driverless underground personal transportation system (PTS), passengers need less than a minute to get from Terminal 2 to the satellite. The two trains each have 4 wagons and on average travel about 400 km a day. Another advantage of the quick link: passengers departing from Terminal 2 gates can also head over to the satellite to explore the new world of shopping and dining options.

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