By Barbara Saunders | Abu Dhabi. Dubai's low cost airline Flydubai should not be confused with a 'no frills' carrier, according to the airline's VP Inflight Product Daniel Kerrison. Speaking at the Aviation Passenger Experience (APEX) conference in Abu Dhabi, Kerrison explained that moves by the carrier, including the 2013 launch of a business class product, did not mean it was competing with other scheduled carriers but living up to Dubai's image.
The national airline of the United Arab Emirates is eyeing huge growth over the next five years which will see a 116% climb in its annual passenger traffic, 54% surge in staffing, 66% increase in its fleet and 24 new destinations join its network,
Inmarsat and Honeywell have successfully tested over-the-air performance for Honeywell's JetWave MCS 8200 onboard aircraft hardware on Inmarsat's Global Xpress (GX) satellite network on 4 March 2015. This successful test
Swiss completions specialist AMAC has placed an order for the Swedish built CTT Cair System to be installed in a VIP B777-200 aircraft belived to be for a Middle Eastern customer.
Air France KLM has marked the launch of its new business class cabins on Middle East routes, at an event hosted at the One & Only Royal Mirage Dubai. The launch was attended by Flying Blue members, business class travelers and partners of both
CTT Systems, the Swedish manufacturer of anti-condensation systems for commercial aircraft and the provider of humidification products for cockpit, crew rest and cabin areas, has been awarded its first Airbus A350-customer
AeroMobile has celebrated the first Airbus A380 to be fully line-fitted with its inflight mobile phone network. The Etihad Airways A380-800 (A6-APA) aircraft's inaugural flight with AeroMobile services was from Abu Dhabi to London
Passengers travelling on Libyan Wings, the new Tripoli-based airline, can expect exceptional style and comfort on board with the cabin interiors having been designed by London and Singapore
Saudia has become the first airline to develop and provide passengers with a dedicated mobile phone application for free inflight Wi-Fi. Passengers simply scan their ticket's bar code for free Wi-Fi
A launch described as the vital key to faster broadband on aircraft took place yesterday as Inmarsat saw the successful launch of its second Global Xpress (GX) satellite (Inmarsat-5 F2) on board an International Launch Services (ILS)
OnAir's full inflight connectivity suite, including Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir, is being installed as line fit on Qatar Airways' brand new A350s the first of which was unveiled in Doha today, January 7, 2015. Passengers can
Associated Air Center (AAC) has signed a contract for a new, green Airbus A320CJ VVIP narrow-body completion project with a Middle Eastern customer.
The Middle East's first VIP completion centre hit a major milestone yesterday with a ground-breaking ceremony at the Dubai World Central site.
Etihad Airways has introduced innovative new inflight products and enhancements to its long-haul and ultra-longhaul cabins, lifting the level of its acclaimed on-board service in First, Business and Economy Class.
Etihad Airways' new Airbus A380 First Class product, called First Apartments, has been recognised at the annual Society of British and International Design (SBID) Awards 2014, held at the Dorchester Hotel in London last week.
Royal Jordanian announces the launch of a new feature, called “Go Crown”, that allows passengers holding economy class tickets to place a bid to upgrade to Crown Class.
Following the commencement of Gulf Air's Airbus A330 aircraft retrofit earlier this year, the airline recently gave a number of local media members the opportunity to experience the airline's revamped product on a familiarisation trip to
Recaro Aircraft Seating has received extended signature rights from Airbus. The transfer ofresponsibility and rights in the development phase to the aircraft seat supplier is another significant milestone in
Associated Air Center (AAC), has delivered its first green Airbus A330-200 VVIP wide-body aircraft completion project and handed over to it Middle East-based customer
Qatar Airways will be increasing the capacity on its Perth route with an aircraft upgrade to a Boeing 777-300. The increase in capacity will go into effect on 1st October of this year.
Emirates is the number one airline for premium capacity measured in international ASKMs, clocking in 876 million ASKMs per week, according to OAG schedule data for April 2014.
Gulf Air received its first retrofitted A330 aircraft at Bahrain International Airport yesterday.
Etihad Airways' radical new cabin interiors are to make their maiden voyage in December 2014.
Abu Dhabi's Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) has signed an MoU with Boeing subsidiary CDG, to provide EASA Part 21J engineering and supplemental technical documentation services for Falcon's new VIP Completion
Sabic - the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - has launched two “revolutionary” polycarbonate sheet solutions called Lexan to be used in aircraft interiors
Qatar Airways is having to wait longer for the introduction of A380s to its fleet.
Passengers on board Etihad Airways can enjoy every FIFA World Cup football match 'live' on all of the air carrier's long haul aircraft during the month long tournament, the globe's biggest sporting event.
Specialists in Airbus Corporate Jet VIP cabin completions, Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC), has delivered two more cabins (its 25th and 26th), managed by Saudi Arabia's Aviation Link.
Qatar Airways inaugurated its new all-premium daily service 'Business One' between Doha and London Heathrow today, becoming the first ever carrier to operate an all-Business Class service from London Heathrow.
European airline group Lufthansa is a the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai this week where it is giving a positive outlook on the 2014/2015 travel season for its business in the Middle East.
Etihad Airways has unveiled the world's most expensive firstclass offering which brings the luxury of a private jet to a commercial carrier
Kuwait Airways today became the tenth Middle East customer to choose OnAir as its connectivity provider, for 12 new aircraft as part of its privatization and complete fleet upgrade. respectively.
The first of the new domestic airlines to operate from Saudi Arabia, SaudiGulf is to offer Thales entertainment systems for passengers following a deal announced today.
Recaro Aircraft Seating will unveil the evolution of its bestseller BL3520 at Aircraft Interiors Hamburg, along with its new CL6710 business class seat.
Airbus has unveiled the A350 XWB's development cabin interior installed on board flight-test aircraft 'MSN002' at the Airbus site in Hamburg.
Boeing has debuted its new 737 configuration studio, a new facility where airline customers can choose their jetliner interiors.
Following the success of the co-located shows Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) and MRO Middle East, the two will return next year on 2-3 February 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
Boeing and Turkish Airlines are marking the delivery of the first commercial airplane – a Next-Generation 737-800 – outfitted with galleys manufactured by Turkish Cabin Interiors (TCI).
Thales acquired LiveTV, JetBlue's fully-owned subsidiary for a total of $400m. The sale which is subject to regulatory and other approvals is expected to be completed in mid-2014.
Qatar Airways has announced the upgrade of business class seats and entertainment systems on select Airbus A330-200 and A320 aircraft.
On the first day of ITB Berlin, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and the airline's new country manager for Germany and Austria, Günter Saurwein, introduced the airline's new luxury First Class seats that will form part of the
The Middle East is to get its first wide-bodied VVIP completions centre following a new deal signed at Abu Dhabi Air Expo today.
A BBJ 787-8 has arrived at the Gore Design Completions (GCD) in San Antonio,Texas and is being outfitted for an undisclosed Middle Eastern customer.
Recaro Aircraft Seating has opened its new Customer Center in Dubai.
The number of passengers using inflight connectivity on Oman Air's OnAir-equipped Airbus A330s has increased dramatically in the past year, as has the volume of data exchanged. The airline has seven A330s fitted with both
Turkish Airlines is to install the Thales TopSeries Avant in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on its latest narrowbody aircraft
Gulf Air announced a deal worth approximately $20 million to refurbish its long-haul Airbus A330s.
UK-based IFE Services, announced today that it is supplying Emirates with Latin American movies.
Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir will go into commercial service on Saudia's latest Boeing777-300ER aircraft later this week.
IFE Services and SmartTray International LLC have announced a strategic partnership aimed at enhancing in-flight entertainment.
Dubai-based low-cost carrier Flydubai has today announced that business class tickets are now on sale, with flights offering the premium option starting in October. It plans to continue adding more business class routes across its
Denmark-based Satcom1 is hosting its annual customer and training event at the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort in Dubai on September 18.
Boeing and Panasonic Avionics Corp. are preparing to open a new market for Panasonic's secure, satellite-based, in-flight broadband service known as eXConnect.
After its $9 million complete upgrade and refurbishment in France, the new look Boeing Business Jet (A6-AIN), owned by Abu Dhabi's Royal Jet, is now back in service.
Airbus Corporate Jet VIP cabin completion specialist, ACJC, has become the first completion centre to install and activate the system GCS (Global Communication Suite), on a single aisle Airbus aircraft on behalf of an unnamed
The Jet Aviation Basel Design Studio has created two cabin interior designs for wide-body aircraft with the theme 'Timeless to Visionary'.
Color Craft has announced that it has begun accepting orders for its 03 Aircraft Marking Technology and that it is in discussion with aircraft manufacturers and airlines in the Middle East regarding its use as an
Aircraft completions specialist Associated Air Center (AAC), has been issued a design organisation approval renewal certificate from the UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
Geneva-based OnAir has announced three major deals with MENA-based airlines for inflight connectivity at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
Saudi Arabia's flag carrier Saudia is expanding its inflight connectivity programme on routes between the Kingdom and most of Saudia worldwide destinations.
Recaro Aircraft Seating, the manufacturer that utilizes a life cycle assessment process that enables the company to analyze and evaluate the environmental impact of its seats, has been nominated as
Lufthansa Technik AG and SCHOTT AG are presenting a completely new development in cabin lighting systems for aircraft at the Aircraft Interiors show in Hamburg.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), has unveiled a conceptual 14-inch monitor for Economy Class seats integrated into a Quantum Seat designed by Encore Aerospace.
Airbus plans to further enrich its Premium Economy Seating offering available in the A350 XWB Catalogue, working in partnership with EADS Sogerma.
AIM Aviation - which designs, engineers and manufactures cabin interiors for the world's major airlines - today announced the opening of a base in Abu Dhabi in partnership with First Emirates Aviation Group.
Qatar Airways' A350 and A380 fleets will be line-fitted with both Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir. This comes after Qatar Airways has been operating OnAir's GSM on its A320s for over three years. In total, over 150 Qatar Airways'
Associated Air Center (AAC) – which operates the large transport category VIP completions centre in Dallas, Texas has received approval as an authorised maintenance organisation from the aviation authorities of
AeroMobile, the airbourne mobile phone operator, has announced the appointment of Kevin Rogers as CEO.
The fourth running of Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) co-located with the fifth Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) shows closed its two day 2013 edition at their new venue – Dubai World Trade Centre.
Star Alliance carrier Egypt Air is to analyse the films that it shows on board to ensure they “respect "Egyptian values and customs” in the future.
Etihad Airways today opened the doors to one of its brand new aircraft for the airline's first-ever 'on-board showcase' in Washington, DC.
Final day of the AIME/MRO shows at Dubai International Convention Centre.
Aircraft Interiors Middle East and MRO Middle East events opened at Dubai Interational Convention Centre today with more than 250 exhibitors and an expected 3000 visitors and 100 airlines
Saudi Arabian Airlines has signed a contract with Alubat Middle East FZCO to design, fabricate and install six sophisticated Cabin Service Trainers (CSTs) at their new In-flight Service Training Centre
Sabena Technics used the AIME/MRO Middle East show in Dubai to announce it has been selected to carry out the VIP cabin modification of an Airbus A319 aircraft belonging to an undisclosed Asian customer.
UbiFrance, the French agency for international business development, in partnership with the French Chamber of Commerce of Paris, is presenting 19 companies on the French Pavilion at the Aircraft Interiors Middle
The first Irish Aerospace Pavilion in Middle East will be hosted at the co-located two-day Aircraft Interiors & MRO Middle East Exhibitions which open in Dubai tomorrow (Tuesday)
Airbus is offering airlines new options for configuring the floor space offered by the A321neo.
Jet Aviation Dubai (stand 590) has signed an agreement with First Emirates Aviation (FEAG) to offer full interior refurbishment capabilities out of Abu Dhabi.
Airbus Corporate Jets has revealed its new VIP cabin concept for wide-bodied corporate airliners, designed with an eye to the growing Middle Eastern market.
F&E Aerospace and Aviation Week have renewed their partnership to bring a unified tradeshow experience with the co-located shows - Aircraft Interiors Middle East (AIME) and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO ME) taking place on 22 – 23 January 2013
In this week's Arabian Aerospace radio we look at features from this week's Apex Expo in Long Beach, California. Steve Nichols talks to Inmarsat, Rockwell Collins, IFE Services and Panasonic Avionics (Programme length: 24m
As the world's IFE main forum, APEX, closed in California today Boeing said it is advancing its suite of connectivity offerings on its family of commercial jetliners.
Boeing Business Jets set a new world record for “Speed Over a Recognized Course” when a BBJ flew non-stop from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand for installation of its VIP interiors.
Thales is to partner with Honeywell to integrate the latter's Inmarsat GX (Global Xpress) Aviation Ka-band satcom avionics and antenna systems with Thales' cabin network solutions.
UK-based MacCarthy Aviation has announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply lavatory upgrade kits to a 'major Middle Eastern airline'.
Satcom1 has announced that it has been successful in implementing aggregation of dual Inmarsat Swift Broadband (SBB) high speed streaming channels (officially released last month) making it possible to better accommodate video
Jet Aviation Basel has signed an agreement with an undisclosed client from the Middle East for the completion of a BBJ3 Boeing business jet.
Jet Aviation Dubai is to expand its service offerings to include interior refurbishment.
Emirates has made a major step to keep ahead in the in-flight entertainment of its passengers with a new upgraded system being installed on its new Boeing 777 fleet.
GALMENA - a joint venture formed between Canada's GAL Aviation and Bahrain's MENA Aerospace used EBACE to formally sign its service agreement with ExecuJet Middle East.
Qatar Airways will showcase its new Boeing 787 seats with their Middle East debut at the region's largest travel trade fair taking place in Dubai next week.
In line with its ongoing inflight product improvements, Emirates has announced the launch of a new, enhanced, Graphical User Interface (GUI) developed by Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic).
Six new products and concepts for aircraft cabins took centre stage at the formal award ceremony for the Crystal Cabin Awards – the highlight of the airraft interiors calendar.
In-flight entertainment and communications company Panasonic announced today that is has become the majority shareholder in AeroMobile Communications.
Airbus is enriching its Premium Seating, Business Class offering available in the A350 Catalogue, working in partnership with Jamco America and EADS Sogerma.
OnAir Wi-Fi connectivity is now available across all 21 of Emirates A380 fleet, which is the world's largest A380 fleet. The combination of Emirates' extensive A380 route network and OnAir's consistent global coverage means passengers