In Brief


Air Arabia launches flights to Moscow
Air Arabia is now flying to Moscow twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday.

Air Arabia’s fares from Sharjah to Moscow start from Dh1,138, excluding taxes and surcharges with similar fares for the return trip. Air Arabia flies to Vnukovo International Airport. Air Arabia is the first airline to start flights between Sharjah and Moscow, offering more opportunities for business and leisure travellers from Russia to experience the UAE and other Air Arabia destinations.

Emirates launches commemorative nook
Emirates has launched a commemorative book capturing the 20-year history of the airline and its symbiotic relationship with Dubai. The book was launched at the Dubai Air Show 2005 and is written by Graeme Wilson. The 352-page hardback book, titled Emirates – the Airline of the Future, covers a year’s research and writing efforts within its pages and has more than 385 photographs, including many previously unpublished pictures and some unique shots of Dubai International Airport from the early 1960s.

Air France Industries to open logistics centre
Air France Industries is setting up a component logistics centre at Abu Dhabi airport aimed at enhancing customer service in the Middle East for the portfolio of existing and future customers operating Boeing 777 and/or Airbus fleets. Air France Industries is currently organising the stock valued at more than $10 million, and will begin operations early 2006. Air France Industries will thus be able to lower ownership and operational costs and offer an enhanced range of competitive local services to customers throughout the region for their fast growing 777 and Airbus fleets. Air France Industries currently supports more than 30 Boeing 777s and 10 A330/40s in the Gulf region under long-term agreements.

Kingfisher signs agreement with ECFT
Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) has been awarded a multi-year contract for pilot training on Airbus A320 aircraft by the new Indian carrier, Kingfisher Airlines. The training programme for this new customer includes both instruction and simulator time for training of pilots at the ECFT facility in Dubai. The agreement was signed at the Dubai Air Show 2005 by Emirates chairman, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Dr Vijay Mallya, MP and chairman of Kingfisher Airlines, and Robert E. Brown, CAE’s president and CEO. ECFT, a part of the Airbus-CAE cooperation, which combines the two companies’ expertise to provide increased access to training to customers around the globe, is jointly operated by Emirates and CAE under a long-term agreement.

Gulf Air makes online booking easier
Gulf Air passengers wishing to buy tickets online can now do so for flights originating from France, Germany, Greece and Ireland. This facility will be available for passengers booking their tickets in euros, in addition to the existing online booking available in Australia, the Gulf and the UK. Gulf Air’s online booking engine has been upgraded to make it easier for passengers from these countries to calculate in their own currencies and complete their transactions with ease. Dedicated websites for these regions have been created within the web portal so that passengers can have direct access to online booking.

Qatar Airways to serve Manchester daily
Qatar Airways is to serve Manchester with daily flights marking a significant increase in capacity to Britain’s second largest city. The airline, which currently operates four scheduled flights a week between Doha and Manchester, is increasing capacity to a fifth weekly service from February 11, 2006, rising to a daily service at the beginning of the summer 2006 season on March 26. Qatar Airways will continue operating a wide body Airbus A330-200 on the route, offering a two-class configuration of up to 24 seats in Business Class and 259 seats in Economy.