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ISSUE October 2016

2017 to be a milestone edition for Airport Show

Buoyed by its remarkable success over the last 16 years, the Airport Show has announced further expansion in its next edition, which will take place from May 15-17, 2017, at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai.

The show organisers confirmed that the huge interest of the global aviation industry in the Middle East and in the latest smart technologies showcased on this platform has led to an over 50 per cent increase in year-on-year space bookings for the 2017 edition.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, the last year’s edition was the most successful so far with a participation of over 300 exhibitors from over 55 countries and occupied Zabeel Halls 4, 5 and 6 with a gross space of 15,000 square metres.

“The success of the Airport Show reflects the strong interest and an unwavering global confidence in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, which is making significant investments in the sector, actively embracing latest technological innovations, and opening doors of tremendous opportunities for global industry players,” Sheikh Ahmed said earlier during Airport Show 2016.

Airport Show, which is the world’s largest annual airport event, is organised by Reed Exhibitions Middle East and is supported by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Dubai Airports, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) and dnata, amongst a host of regional and international aviation bodies and associations.

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Dubai Airports to increase number of A380 contact stands at Concourse C

Dubai Airports has announced it has commissioned work on a project that will expand the number of A380 contact stands at Dubai International’s (DXB) Concourse C to enable the facility to accommodate Emirates’ growing fleet of superjumbos.

The project will increase the number of Code F gates (A380 gates) at Concourse C from 3 to 13, bringing the total number of A380 gates at DXB to 47, more than any other airport in the world. Concourse C became a part of the Terminal 3 complex used exclusively by Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates and its partner Qantas, following the opening of the US$ 1.2 billion Concourse D in February earlier this year.

The upgrade project which commenced in the third quarter this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, is part of Dubai’s Airports’ DXB Plus programme under which the operator aims to increase DXB’s capacity to 118 million passengers per year by 2023 without building any additional major infrastructure. DXB Plus will boost throughput and enhance service through the design and implementation of customer-centric processes and the application of smart technology.

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Dubai International Achieves Record Passenger Traffic in July

Passenger traffic at Dubai International has exceeded all previous records in July surging to an historic high of 7.6 million, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports today.

Passenger numbers in July totalled 7,616,792 compared to the 6,682,676 handled in July 2015, a significant increase of 14 per cent. During the first seven months of the year, DXB welcomed 48,123,248 passengers, up 7 per cent compared to 44,981,967 passengers recorded during the same period last year.

Eastern Europe was the fastest growing region in July up 33.4 per cent, followed by Asia which grew by 20.8 per cent, and the Indian subcontinent at 17.1 per cent. GCC traffic rose 16.2 per cent while North America registered a 13.9 per cent increase.

Traditionally a strong market, India was the top destination country with 990,213 passengers, followed by the UK (573,025 passengers), and Saudi Arabia (475,841). London, Doha, Mumbai, Kuwait and Bangkok headed the list of the most popular destinations served from DXB.

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First A330neo starts its final assembly in Toulouse

Airbus has commenced the final assembly of its first A330neo, an A330-900, at its Final Assembly Line in Toulouse with the joining of the wings to the centre fuselage at station 40.

As the newest member of the world’s most popular A330 wide-body family the A330neo builds on the Family’s proven economics, versatility and reliability, set to reduce fuel consumption by a further 14 per cent per seat. Both the A330-800 and A330-900 feature a new A350-inspired wing with Sharklet wingtip devices for state-of-the-art aerodynamics, incorporating latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and the new AirSpace by Airbus cabin for the latest experience in cabin comfort.

“We have started with a very tight development schedule and are today right on time,” says Odile Jubécourt, Airbus Head of the A330neo programme. “I am happy to say we are in good shape to meet the high standards of maturity and reliability our customers expect from us and I want to thank the teams for this outstanding achievement.”

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China Airlines becomes new operator of the A350 XWB

China Airlines (CAL) has taken delivery of its first A350-900, becoming the ninth airline to operate the world’s newest and most efficient twin engine widebody airliner.

CAL’s A350-900 is configured with a premium three class layout with a total of 306 seats, comprising 32 in Premium Business class, convertible to fully lie-flat beds, 31 in Premium Economy and 243 in the main cabin.

Altogether CAL has ordered 14 A350-900s. After an initial period flying on regional services between Taipei and Hong-Kong, the aircraft will be deployed on long haul flights, starting with Amsterdam, followed by Vienna and Rome.

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ERA Has passed a Factory Acceptance Tests for the ADS-B System in Sri Lanka

ERA is delivering a system comprising five redundant ADS-B stations as well as ADS-B data fusion and a data display system. The contract was assigned by the local ANSP in January as a result of a tendering process, which ERA successfully won in the end of 2015.

“The selection of ERA is the result of the worldwide competitive tendering process where ERA has been selected as the successful bidder after an intensive technical and administration evaluation. Our experience in the deployment of surveillance solutions in other states of South-East Asia such as India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore was also one of the key factors in selecting us for this project”, stated Viktor Sotona, ERA Managing Director.

A one week of testing at ERA factory has been scheduled together with factory training for AASL Technical staff to fully familiarize with given ADS-B system. Apart from redundant ADS-B ground stations, testing procedures have been focused on ADS-B data fusion and data display system based on ERA´s ERIS product family.

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New aviation safety and security commitments adopted during landmark Global Aviation Ministerial Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

ICAO Middle Eastern Member States took a series of bold steps towards improving their cooperation and partnership on civil aviation safety and security objectives as the Global Aviation Ministerial Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, came to its successful conclusion.

Organized with ICAO’s support by the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia, and featuring a high-level address by ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, the Summit was attended by 104 officials representing 54 countries from the Middle East, Africa and other regions.

Its goal was to spur greater regional and global cooperation and alignment on air transport objectives, and among other outcomes it led to the new Riyadh Declaration on Aviation Security and Facilitation in the Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) and ICAO Middle East (MID) Regions, reaffirming States’ need to enhance regional development and integration initiatives for aviation security while seeking new efficiencies for collaborative information sharing and security and facilitation training.

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ICAO stresses importance of civil aviation standards to safety – Secretary General at ISO General Assembly

ICAO’s development and implementation of global standards has fostered the development of safe and sustainable aviation since the UN agency was created, declared Dr. Fang Liu, ICAO’s Secretary General, at the General Assembly of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) last week.

Over 12,000 Standards and Recommended Practices have now been appended to the 19 annexes of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, upon which ICAO is founded. All of these have been developed and adopted on the basis of intensive cooperation and consensus amongst ICAO’s member States, of which there are currently 191. They cover every international aspect of the industry: capacity and efficiency, security and facilitation, economic development, environmental impact, and of course safety, which is always the first priority in aviation.

“Air transport today carries more than 3.5 billion passengers and 51 million tonnes of freight annually,” Dr. Liu remarked. “Our global sector experienced fewer than 2.8 major accidents per million departures in 2015. If you compare that to almost any other safety measure in the world, in any domain, it’s clearly apparent that international standards for civil aviation are very effective.”

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ICAO announces 2017 opportunities for young aviation professionals

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is launching the recruitment campaign for the 2017 Young Aviation Professionals Programme (YAPP) today.

The programme, which is managed under ICAO’s leadership, is a joint initiative with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI).

It provides a unique professional development opportunity as selected candidates will contribute to one or more of ICAO’s Strategic Objectives under the mentorship of an ICAO subject-matter expert. Focussing on the inter-relationships between the work of ICAO and that of the airline and airport industries, they will also work in close collaboration with IATA and ACI experts.

Talented professionals embarking on their aviation careers from around the world are invited to apply.

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GROWING NUMBER OF UAE TRAVELERS PREFER SELF-SERVICE AT THE AIRPORT

Airline travelers in the UAE are increasingly using self-service technology to better manage each step of their journey and to make the most of their time in the airport to relax, shop and dine. A total of 48% of UAE travelers use self-service technology where available rather than interact with a person, providing them with more control over their journey.

The 2016 SITA Passenger IT Trends Survey, carried out by global IT provider SITA across the UAE’s main airports and representing 98% of the UAE’s passenger traffic, showed that increasingly passengers use self-service technology to book (93%), check-in (44%) and access their boarding pass (61%).

This trend is expected to accelerate next year. The survey shows that self-service usage across the UAE is predicted to surge 36% over the next year with a majority of travelers opting to manage their own booking, check-in and boarding using either a kiosk, website or a mobile app.

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CAE supports both Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force participation in Coalition Virtual Flag exercise

CAE (NYSE:CAE)(TSX:CAE) recently supported both the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as they participated in Coalition Virtual Flag 16 (CVF16), one of the world's largest virtual air combat exercises.

Hosted by the United States Air Force, CVF16 took place in mid-August so that simulated aircraft could participate in the joint, multi-national air combat training exercise. Aircrews from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada participated.

"These kinds of distributed mission training exercises, often involving both live and virtual assets, are becoming more critical as militaries and coalition partners look to cost-effectively prepare for operations and maintain readiness," said Gene Colabatistto, CAE's Group President, Defence & Security. "CAE brings a great deal of expertise and experience as a training systems integrator to help enable defence forces to conduct distributed mission operations and increasingly leverage more virtual training as part of these exercises."

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Flight Training Alliance Begins Pilot Training on C Series Aircraft Full-Flight Simulator

Flight Training Alliance’s first full-flight simulator for Bombardier’s all-new C Series aircraft was unveiled during an inauguration held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Approximately two years after the founding of the joint venture between CAE and Lufthansa Flight Training, initial training on the most recent Bombardier aircraft family will take place at the Lufthansa Flight Training Center Frankfurt. Flight Training Alliance (FTA) is Bombardier’s sole Approved Training Provider (ATP) for the C Series aircraft and, as such, is the only provider of training solutions for this type of aircraft besides the manufacturer.

“We are very proud of the fact that with the launch of the simulator, Flight Training Alliance is making excellent progress,” said Rainer Hiltebrand, Lufthansa Flight Training CEO. “This joint venture is the first project of this size for Lufthansa Flight Training, and we are pleased that this collaboration has developed so successfully for both partners. I would sincerely like to thank everyone involved.”

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Leading industry associations endorse Airport Solutions Turkey

The inaugural Airport Solutions Turkey 2017, part of the Airport Solutions Global Series of events, has confirmed support from İGA and the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ). The event organisers have recruited international leading industry figures and ambassadors to its advisory board to steer its direction and content. Those confirmed include; Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO, İGA and Serdar Hüseyin Yildirim, Director General and Chairman of the Board, DHMİ.

The two-day conference and exhibition will be held on the 11th -12th April 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey and is expected to attract more than 600 B2B buyers and 200 delegates. Airport Solutions Turkey 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 international conference programme.

İGA was founded in late 2013 with the purpose of constructing and operating the Istanbul New Airport. The new airport will cover an area of 76.5 million square meters to the north of Istanbul, 35km from the city centre. The construction will be carried out in four phases. The first phase is due to be finalised in 2018 with the opening of three runways and a terminal with a 90 million passenger capacity. Once complete, it will host over 150 airline companies flying to more than 350 destinations with an expected annual passenger capacity up to 150 million by 2028 and 200 million by 2050.

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Lockheed Martin to Deliver New Simulation-Based F-16 Training Environment to Royal Jordanian Air Force

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) will deliver a new simulation-based F-16 training environment for the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) under a contract valued at nearly $40 million. The family of training systems includes a comprehensive suite of full mission trainers and combat tactics trainers that can be networked together, aligning technologies to deliver advanced training while meeting affordability goals.

“Our solution builds on our proven fifth-generation training system with hardware and software tailored for the F-16,” said Sandy Samuel, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Training and Simulation Solutions. “By fielding a family of training systems, we can help the Royal Jordanian Air Force reserve higher fidelity devices for more advanced training scenarios and optimize their pilot throughput in training.”

Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver the suite of simulators in 2018, also providing contractor logistics support services. The technology can be networked together to enable multiple pilots to train together on advanced scenarios.

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