Κυριακή, 31 Ιουλίου 2016

IATA Cargo Chartbook-Q2 2016

IATA is pleased to send  the latest quarterly Cargo Market Analysis.
Key points:   
  • "Brexit" vote is a materialization of a key downside risk, global economic growth is expected to decelerate in 2016
  • Air cargo has continued to outperform global merchandized trade, but growth remains weak
  • Sluggish trade outlook, "Brexit" aftermath and weak demand drivers suggest an impending halt in positive air freight momentum, but after short-term shocks abate strong consumer confidence and low oil prices can reenergize growth
  • Flooding-in of capacity, weak trade, lower yields and rising fuel costs can lead to taking a bite out of cargo profitability
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Carnival Announces Name of Next Ship

Carnival has announced the name of Vista‘s sister ship, and the 26th vessel in the fleet:

Carnival Horizon!

The cruise line announced the news on their Instagram account earlier this morning, in conjunction with a sweepstakes where participants who post their favorite “horizon picture” with the appropriate hashtags can win a free cruise on the upcoming ship.
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The ship will hold just shy of 4,000 passengers, and weigh 133,500 gross tons. She is currently being constructed at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, and is set for delivery in March 2018.
As far as accommodations, it looks like Carnival Horizon will be very similar in stateroom categories and style to Carnival Vista.  She’s also expected to have a lot of the fun features that her sister ship has, including SkyRide, the IMAX Theater, Alchemy Bar, the Seuss at Sea program, and WaterWorks aqua park.
Homeport and itinerary for Carnival Horizon will be released at a later date.  As more details are announced in the coming months, we will keep you up to date.

Talking Dirty: How Toilet Tourism Can Change the World

Good toilets can change the world. Bad or non-existent ones can hurt a

destination’s tourism prospects.

Travel industry futurists, 
MyTravelResearch.com believe public toilet cubicles 

with the right kind of see-through walls can be a good thing.

Well at least sometimes.

A pop up example was 
unveiled recently in Sydney. When you enter the cubicle

 you can see out in all directions through the walls. However, people outside 

cannot see in.

Even though you can’t be seen, it is an unnerving experience that creates

 psychological insecurity for a good cause, says Carolyn Childs, co-founder of 


“One in three women feels that open view intimidation every day, especially in

 developing countries,” she says. “Lack of access to toilets puts women in 

developing economies at risk of sexual violence and causes them to drop out of


UNICEF says that around 2.5 billion people worldwide don’t have access to a proper toilet.

Childs says trying to do the business in what feels like an

 exposed special UNICEF cubicle in Sydney helps get the

 message across about toilet infrastructure in poor parts of

 the world.

The pop up was the work of UNICEF and hygiene 

company Domestos. They have an innovative corporate social

 responsibility programme to improve access to toilets for 25 

million people by 2020. They are doing it by promoting the benefits of using a 

clean toilet and making safe loos accessible to all.

In the tourism industry, MyTravelResearch previously made a splash with an 

insight blog on toilets in travel, which went down well. It can be read here.

The importance of toilets to UNICEF goals can be seen 

Carnival Cruise Line's New 133,500-Ton Ship to be Named Carnival Horizon

MIAMI – Carnival Cruise Line announced today(July 29, 2016)  that Carnival Horizon will be the name of its new 133,500-ton ship scheduled to be delivered in March 2018.
Currently under construction at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Horizon will be the line’s second Vista-class ship, with the namesake vessel in the series, Carnival Vista, having entered service in May 2016.
Carnival Horizon will offer many of the hugely popular indoor and outdoor dining, bar, entertainment and activity options available on Carnival Vista including SkyRide, the IMAX Theatre, WaterWorks aqua park, Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Alchemy Bar. There will also be a number of new innovations unique to this vessel. 
In addition, Carnival Horizon will offer a wide range of accommodation categories, including the popular Havana staterooms and extra-roomy Family Harbor cabins. Homeport and itinerary details for Carnival Horizon will be announced at a later date.
With Carnival Horizon’s name and layout designed to inspire guests to discover extraordinary views, new perspectives and amazing experiences, Carnival is hosting a fun social media contest on Instagram that will award a stateroom for up to four people when the ship debuts in 2018. To enter, post your favorite photo of a horizon and tag @Carnival and use the hashtag #CarnivalHorizonSweepstakes to enter to win the cruise giveaway. The contest will begin July 29, and run through July 31, at 11:59 p.m. 
“The name Carnival Horizon not only reflects the ship’s unique connection with the sea with so many spectacular indoor and outdoor spaces but also the boundless array of options that guests of all ages are sure to enjoy,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “And in keeping with our reputation for bringing fun and enjoyment to our guests and fans,  we’ve come up with an engaging social media contest encouraging the sharing of your favorite Horizon photos,” she added.

Two Cruise Ships to Serve as Olympics ‘Hotels’

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Rio de Janeiro recently renovated their port, and it’s a really good thing.  The Olympics are coming to town, and two cruise ships will play “home” to some officials and athletes during the games.

The United States men’s and women’s basketball teams will be staying on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud, which is a luxury cruise ship.  The ship is under 17,000 gross tons and only has six passenger decks – so it’s on the smaller side, but perfect for the basketball teams.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo recently told ESPN that they decided to house the teams on a cruise ship for maximum security.  “We have sent our people [to Rio] on four or five occasions. We have researched everything we could on accommodations, and we made our decision as to what we’re going to do…We do our own things to make sure we’ve protected our people.”
Other members of the Olympics, including sports federations members and corporate sponsors, dubbed the “Olympic Family,” will be staying aboard Norwegian Getaway. 90 percent of the ship has been chartered by Landry and Kling for 40 days during the games.  The ship can hold 4,000 guests and is over 145,000 gross tons.

Rio’s new port area is the most visible sign of change that Olympics organizers promised to bring to Rio.  The centerpiece is the Museum of Tomorrow, a science museum designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.  Travel from the port to the basketball venues could take more than an hour depending on traffic, but time should improve when the Olympic lanes – set aside for Olympic traffic only – start operating.

Information courtesy of The Associated Press and ESPN.

Boeing could end 747 jumbo jet production

Boeing could end production of its iconic 747 aircraft following falling orders and pricing pressure. Boeing had canceled plans to increase production of the 747 to one plane per month from 2019, and stuck to its plan of halving the production rate in September.
"If we are unable to obtain sufficient orders and/or market, production and other risks cannot be mitigated, ... it is reasonably possible that we could decide to end production of the 747," Boeing said in a regulatory filing quoted by Reuters.
"On the 747 program, we decided to reduce future production expectations and revenue assumptions to account for current and anticipated weakness in the air cargo market," Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said on a post-earnings call with analysts.
The production rate of the 747, which was 1.5 per month in June 2015, dropped to one per month in this month.
Source: CBC


Dubai rivals Orlando in leisure tourism market

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The UAE is projected to make up 90% of the leisure tourism market in the Middle East by 2020 and becomes a world-class leisure and entertainment destination to rival cities such as Orlando, Singapore and Hong Kong.
PwC estimates the total L&E market potential in the UAE is set to almost double to 45m by 2021, with international tourists accounting for 30m, whilst residents and friends and relatives of residents total a further 15m. PwC believes theme parks in the pipeline will attract 18m visits.
The UAE is just about to take a huge step on to the world leisure stage with some 10 – 15 major leisure attractions due to open in 2016 and many more in the pipeline. This is the next big step in the UAE’s tourism strategy and the single biggest driver of growth in the hotel market for the next 5 years.
In 2016 alone, four major new theme parks are scheduled to open in the UAE. They are IMG Worlds of Adventure (August) and Motion Gate, Bollywood and Legoland at Dubai Parks and Resorts (October), all in Dubai, alongside the Louvre Abu Dhabi, safari parks in both Dubai and Al Ain and an exciting range of other leisure projects.
The UAE rivals Orlando in terms of scale, transport links, and food & beverage facilities. Furthermore, the country’s central location – within 8 hours of 6 billion people – provides an unrivalled advantage to further transform the industry, says PwC.
The UAE already rivals Orlando in the scale of transport links, lodging and food & beverage sectors and its central global location. For instance, Dubai International Airport surpassed Heathrow in 2014 to become the world’s busiest airport, with 70m international passengers per year. In comparison Orlando airport sees 36 million passengers annually, with many visitors driving from nearby states.
The UAE’s supply of hotel rooms is set to double by 2020, from approximately 100,000 rooms in 2014. In contrast, Orlando hotel room supply was approximately 120,000 in 2014.
The foodservice sector is worth approximately 5 billion in the UAE, in comparison to 5.6 billion in Orlando. The UAE foodservice sector is set to increase by half to 7.5 bn in 2018.

Handan Boyce attends AIPC Annual Conference, Istanbul to host AIPC members in 2018

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AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres, organized its Annual Conference in Nantes, France. Handan Boyce, General Manager of Haliç Congress Center and former president of MPI Turkey, attended the General Assembly of AIPC Annual Conference in Nantes. Mrs. Handan Boyce made a presentation on behalf of Istanbul for #AIPC2018 Annual Conference's candidacy and AIPC members voted to accept Istanbul for their host city.
AIPC Annual Conference is held in Nantes, France between July 3-6, 2016. A wide range of speakers and sessions addressed the key issues of diversification and adaptation during the conference.
One area receiving particular attention was the panel titled “Security and Communications: a Tactical Response to Growing Challenges” Mrs. Handan Boyce, General Manager of Haliç Congress Center was the panelist with Istanbul, Brussels and Paris senior level representatives, all of whom have experienced direct impacts in recent months.
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Handan Boyce started her speech with her special thanks to the AIPC leaders for their responsive approach by taking up the subject in the Conference program, and inviting her to this panel as a representative of a destination which encountered the ugly face of the threat in action.
In her speech Mrs. Handan Boyce said: “No destination is immune or safe when the subject is terror. Borders are not enough to withhold that kind of vicious mind-set, unless it is defeated with combined efforts and responsibilities of the governments. It is time to stand together and show solidarity in the greater effort to encourage and support the future of our industry and the values it stands for.”
In her speech, Mrs. Boyce exchanged the knowledge of both the security measures taken by the venues and the collaboration at all level of stakeholders and local governments as proactive responses to the challenges that the destination faced during the time of crisis.
At the last day of the conference, Mrs. Handan Boyce made a presentation to the General Assembly on behalf of Istanbul for the candidacy of AIPC 2018 Annual Conference. Thanks to her successful presentation that AIPC members voted to accept Istanbul, Turkey to host the 2018 AIPC Annual Conference.

Nice attack hits flight bookings

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Air travel to Nice, already down due to previous terrorist attacks in France, has plunged further following the latest outrage on the 14 July Bastille Day holiday. After the 14 July attack, daily net bookings to Nice for any future arrival date dropped by 57% compared to the net bookings issued during the same period in 2015.
This drop was caused by an immediate rush of full cancellations of bookings made previously plus a decline in new bookings to Nice, which has persisted.
As an immediate reaction, international visitor arrivals in Nice dropped by 9.4% in the week after the attack, when compared with the same time last year, according to ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analyzing 14 million flight reservation transactions each day. Across the country, post-attack arrivals were down 8.8%.
Future air bookings for the summer season, up to the end of September, have also been hit, with France down 20% and Nice down 19%.
Looking ahead to August and September, ForwardKeys data shows that flight bookings to Nice for the coming two months were already down 14% before 14 July and fell a further 5% in the days following the terrorist attack.
Olivier Jager, ForwardKeys Co-founder and CEO, said: “Ever since the Charlie Hebdo attack last January, France has been suffering from a reduction in tourism confidence and just as bookings started to recover, another attack has taken place. Prior to the Bastille Day truck tragedy, Nice had been less affected than Paris but news of this incident has further damaged travel to both Nice and France as a whole.”

Pope's visit to Krakow soars flight bookings

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International flight arrivals to Krakow, Poland, have soared for the Pope’s visit to World Youth Day. Air travelers reached their peak on 25 July, the day before the opening ceremony of the six-day global Catholic festival.
According to ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14 million reservation transactions each day, for 23-25 July forward bookings were up 126% compared with the same period last year.
Most of the increase in international arrivals was from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, Pope Francis’s birthplace. Arrivals from Europe showed a less marked increase, perhaps because pilgrims used other forms of transport to attend the festival.
Over half of the air travelers, 56%, have chosen to stay at the festival for 6-13 nights to hear masses by Pope Francis on the day he arrives, 28 July, and at the end of World Youth Day on 31 July.
A large number of visitors to the festival are planning travel on from Krakow to other European cities. More than a quarter of them, 26.7%, will visit Warsaw, 15.1% will go to Rome and 5.4% will travel to Prague.
Photo credit: AP

Norwegian Joy Hull Artist Chosen

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the artist that will grace the hull of Norwegian Joy with his artwork.  Chinese artist Tan Ping will be putting his skills to the ultimate test, designing the exterior of the ship which will be launched in summer 2017.  The ship will home port in Shanghai and Beijing, and is the first vessel for the cruise line to be purpose-built for the Chinese market.

A printmaker, painter, and educator, Tan Ping is an expert in both the art and design worlds.  He has abstract paintings and copper plate etchings in The National Art Museum of China, Portland Art Museum in the US, Ludwig Museum in Germany, and The Shanghai Art Museum.  He also let a team of designers to complete the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Image and Landscape Design Project.

His subject for Norwegian Joy is the phoenix – a mythical bird believed to reign supreme over all other birds.  It’s common in Chinese art, and can be found in various mediums throughout the centuries.  “The Phoenix symbolizes beauty and good luck in Chinese culture, and Norwegian Joy will bridge across the West and the East and bring Chinese people’s best wish to the world and everyone in her path,” Tan Ping said.
His design is simple, graceful, and represents movement and majestic poise.  The two most regal colors in China will be heavily used – red, which signifies joy, and yellow, which represents grandeur.  The design also includes hints of blue, representing the sea.
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“This design is by far my largest artwork,” remarked Tan. “Traveling worldwide on Norwegian Joy, I also expect that it will reach a far greater number of viewers than any of my previous works.”
The ship will accommodate 3,850 guests, and feature the exclusive Haven area, a new Concierge category of staterooms, virtual reality gaming, a two-level racetrack, two multi-story waterslides, and much more.
photo and rendering: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line's first-ever ship for China to feature custom artwork by Chinese artist Tan Ping

Wiesbaden,  Norwegian Cruise Line announced today that it has commissioned renowned Chinese artistTan Ping to design the artwork to be featured on the hull of its soon to-be-unveiled Breakaway-Plus class vessel Norwegian Joy. Scheduled for release in Summer 2017, with home porting in Shanghai and Beijing, Norwegian Joy will be Norwegian Cruise Line's first ship that is purpose-built for the Chinese market to deliver on the promise that guests will enjoy 'First Class at Sea’ experiences, starting with her VIP accommodations. Tan Ping's distinctive artwork will serve to underscore Norwegian Cruise Line’s commitment to providing an unparalleled cruise experience for Chinese consumers.

A painter, printmaker, and educator, Tan Ping straddles the worlds of both art and design. His abstract paintings and copper plate etchings are in the collections of such renowned museums as The National Art Museum of China; Portland Art Museum, USA; Ludwig Museum, Germany; and The Shanghai Art Museum. Tan Ping also enjoys the distinction of having led and directed a team of designers from Central Academy of Fine Arts to complete the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Image and Landscape Design Project.

His subject for Norwegian Joy is the phoenix, an iconic mythical bird believed to reign supreme over all birds of the world. It is a ubiquitous motif in Chinese art and can be found throughout the centuries in paintings, silk brocades, architectural flourishes, and more.

"The Phoenix symbolizes beauty and good luck in Chinese culture and, Norwegian Joy will bridge across the West and the East and bring Chinese people’s best wish to the world and everyone in her path," said Tan Ping.

Tan's modernistic design is simple, yet graceful, as flowing lines simultaneously convey forward movement and majestic poise. The artwork’s color palette is dominated by red and yellow, traditionally the two most regal colors in China. Red signifies joy, a perfect match for a ship of the very same name. Yellow represents grandeur, the feeling that a ship of this size evokes in those who see it. The design also includes hints of blue, signifying the sea. These three colors are also primary colors, the starting point for all other colors in the spectrum of visible light. Through this subtle reference, Tan conveys the sense of an auspicious beginning to an unforgettable voyage.

“We are incredibly honored to be partnering with Professor Tan Ping," says David Herrera, President, Norwegian Cruise Line China. "Tan Ping’s ability to design concepts that easily blend traditional Chinese culture with moving and changing aspects of life is inspiring. He has perfectly captured the feel of Norwegian Joy as a luxurious, technologically advanced ship while honoring traditional Chinese values. The hull art embodies the essence of the best of The East meshing perfectly with the best of The West.”

Norwegian Joy will see the vision of the Phoenix artwork transferred to a medium of enormous scale on the hull of this unique ship. "This design is by far my largest artwork," says Tan. "Traveling worldwide on Norwegian Joy, I also expect that it will reach a far greater number of viewers than any of my previous works."

Tan Ping's stunning hull artwork promises to be the finishing touch on one of the most ambitious vessels in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Norwegian Joy will accommodate 3,850 guests with luxurious suites in the exclusive ship-within-a-ship complex, The Haven by Norwegian®, along with a brand new Concierge category of staterooms, plus a wide array of mini-suite, balcony, ocean view and interior staterooms, many with virtual balconies, to meet every guests’ needs. Dining options will feature the finest of both Chinese and Continental cuisine. When it comes to at-sea entertainment, guests aboard Norwegian Joy will be spoiled for choice with state-of-the-art Virtual Reality gaming at The Galaxy Pavilion, the world’s first two-level competitive racetrack at sea, an open-space park, two multi-story waterslides and plentiful options for duty-free shopping.

For details on the new itineraries visit www.ncl.eu or contact your local travel agent.

Ferretti Group participates to the Cannes Yachting Fesival 2016

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Ferretti Group will participate to the 39th edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival, taking place from 6th to 11th September 2016. Cannes Yachting Festival, the European leader among the boat shows, is getting ready to be once again the showcase for all the best the marine industry has to offer, in a wonderful setting as the Côte d’Azur is.
Ferretti Group will participate with a fleet of over 20 models, including 6 world premieres for the brands Ferretti Yachts, Custom Line, Riva and Pershing.
The new models that will make their official debut ever on the Cannes Croisette are:
Ferretti Yachts 850, the new luxury flybridge that offers to owners the opportunity to live in a magnificent maxi loft surrounded by the sea.
Ferretti Yachts 850 is just another extraordinary masterpiece in the almost 50-year history of a brand that has conquered the international markets.
The new yacht is already an extraordinary success with three units sold.
Ferretti Yachts 450, the new model draws on Ferretti Yachts' construction skills and expertise in the strategic 40 to 50 foot range.
This stunning flybridge yacht, that features an innovative hull geometry, spacious volumes, and functional and stylish interiors, retains the family feeling common to all the brand’s latest models, particularly its ‘older sister’, the Ferretti Yachts 550, one of the greatest recent successes of the brand.
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Rivamare, the new style and design icon that redefines the rulebook of timeless elegance once again and writes a new page in the more than 170 years of Riva history.
The new open yacht produced at Sarnico shipyard is a gem with sinuous and sleek lines, precious materials and unique details, the worthy successor of masterworks like Aquariva Super and, before that, Aquarama.
It’s a genuine contemporary masterpiece destined to leave its indelible mark in the brand’s history.
76’ Bahamas, the new ‘convertible’ of Riva that transfers the “Convertible Top” innovation introduced by the 88’ Florida onto the same technical platform as the 76’ Perseo coupé.
76 'Bahamas has the DNA of modern Riva: perfect synthesis of tradition, innovation, elegance and performance. The Mediterranean style of the interiors offers also an unforgettable yachting experience.
Pershing 5X, the first in the Pershing ‘X Generation’ and the new innovative coupé of the fleet: Increasingly innovative and surprising.
The letter ‘X’ – used in aerospace to identify extreme performance and technological innovation – symbolises relentless drive to conquer new horizons at great speed.
The Pershing X’s lines, propulsion, performance and style have already convinced the yachting market: six units of the new coupé yacht have been sold.
Custom Line Navetta 37, the new flagship of the semi-displacement line, the largest Navetta ever built by Custom Line, and among the largest vessels that will show off in Cannes.
The values like seaworthiness, comfort, safety and customization - which have always been part of Custom Line’s DNA - are preserved into a product meant to be revolutionary in terms of style, design, and spaciousness, and capable of ensuring an outstanding cruising range in its category.
A model that pays tribute to the 20th anniversary of the brand and that, after the Cannes Yachting Festival, will also be presented at the Monaco Boat Show.

Aloft Hotels to Debut in State of Victoria

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Starwood Hotels & Resorts will open a new build 176-room Aloft brand hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Slated to open in early 2019, the hotel will form the centrepiece of a state-of-the-art mixed-use development located at 402 Chapel Street in South Yarra, known as “402 Chapel”.
Located 40 minutes from Melbourne Airport at the heart of South Yarra on Chapel Street – Melbourne’s trendy shopping and entertainment strip – Aloft Melbourne South Yarra will be steps away from the city’s celebrated restaurant, bar and arts scene, as well as the central business district and transportation network. Other nearby attractions include Melbourne’s favourite beachside suburb, St Kilda; Melbourne Cricket Ground; and the popular Prahran Market.
Aloft Melbourne South Yarra will offer 176 guestrooms, all featuring the brand’s signature high ceilings, oversized windows and ultra-comfortable platform bed, as well as large walk-in showers with complimentary Bliss Spa® products. The hotel will showcase the brand’s signature Re:mixSM lounge and W XYZ SM bar, providing guests with buzzing, atmospheric public spaces where they can catch up on emails, read the papers, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends. Guests will be able to re-energise in the Re:chargeSM fitness centre and grab a bite to eat at Re:fuel by AloftSM a one stop, 24-hour grab-and-go food and beverage area. The hotel will also feature a roof top terrace, swimming pool, parking facilities and 300 sqm of function rooms, all equipped with the latest generation of audio-visual hardware.
Aloft Melbourne South Yarra joins Starwood’s robust portfolio of 29 hotels in the Pacific, including 17 operating hotels and another 12 in the pipeline, with Aloft Perth Rivervale and Aloft Adelaide set to open in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

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Etihad Airways to increase A380 service to New York’s JFK Airport

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Etihad Airways plans to increase Airbus A380 service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport in response to heightened demand from guests traveling between the two destinations.
Beginning on June 1, 2017, the airline will upgrade its second flight between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK to its award-winning A380 aircraft which features The Residence, the only three-room suite available in commercial airline operation, and its award-winning First Apartment cabins.
The new service will join the airline’s existing daily A380 service, replacing the current daily Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Etihad Airways first began welcoming guests on board its first A380 flight between New York JFK and Abu Dhabi in November 2015.
Etihad Airways first introduced daily, nonstop, round-trip flights into New York JFK on October 26, 2006, and this fall, the airline will celebrate 10 years of service between Abu Dhabi and the New York.
Etihad Airways currently offers 45 weekly return flights between Abu Dhabi and six U.S. cities, including Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York JFK, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Through Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi, the airline offers passengers from the United States direct access to the U.A.E. capital, and seamless connections to the Middle East, Africa, Indian Sub-continent and South East Asia.
Daily flight schedule between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK, beginning in June 2017:
Flight No.OriginDepartsDestinationArrivesAircraft
EY103Abu Dhabi3:35 AMNew York JFK9:35 AMA380
EY102New York JFK3:00 PMAbu Dhabi12:05 PM (+1)A380
EY101*Abu Dhabi10:10 AMNew York JFK4:30 PMA380
EY100*New York JFK10:45 PMAbu Dhabi7:50 PM

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.
*Planned flight change to A380 aircraft is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2017

Malaysia Airlines orders 50 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes

Malaysia Airlines 50 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts, with 25 firm orders and 25 purchase rights. The deal with Boeing is valued at US$5.5 billion at current list prices and deliveries will commence in 2019. The Malaysian national carrier has operated almost every derivative of the 737 airplane family and took delivery of its 100th 737 in December 2014.
Malaysia Airlines currently operates 56 737-800s. Malaysia will take delivery of a mix of 737 MAX 9 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
“This deal is a game-changer for Malaysia Airlines with much lower costs and greater efficiency which we will pass on to our loyal customers with lower fares” said Peter Bellew, Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer. “With the 737 MAX’s longer range capabilities, we will be able to connect our passengers to more destinations, in greater comfort and with superior economics.”
Peter Bellew added, “These new Boeing 737 MAX contain new features which will significantly lower Malaysia’s operating costs, including:
  • 737 MAX 9 aircraft with 180 seats (18 more (12%) than Malaysia’s existing 160 seat fleet).
  • New Boeing Sky Interior to enhance customers’ onboard experience.
  • New slimline seats with more leg room.
  • New WiFi Enabled Fast internet onboard.
  • New CFM LEAP-1B engines, which combined with the Advanced Technology winglet and other aerodynamic improvements, will reduce fuel consumption by up to 15% in Malaysia’s configuration and reduce operational noise emissions by 40%