In Brief: Aviation

Emirates launches second daily flight to Tel Aviv

Emirates has announced plans to boost connectivity and increase travel options for customers flying between Dubai and Tel Aviv with a second daily flight, starting October 30, 2022.

The additional morning frequency is in response to high demand for travel to/from Israel, and builds on the success of Emirates’ existing operation, as the airline reaffirms its commitment to growing its presence in the country.

The second daily flight will be served by the modern and efficient Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration. The new schedule will operate as follows: EK 933 departs Dubai at 0815hrs arriving in Tel Aviv at 0950hrs. EK 934 leaves Tel Aviv at 1150hrs, arriving in Dubai at 1650hrs.

The new flight also unlocks enhanced connectivity to a multitude of points within Emirates’ global network such as Auckland, Brisbane, Perth, Bali, Seoul, and Singapore, as well as points across India, among others, making it easier for Israeli travellers to discover new places.


SAUDIA wins top sustainability award

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was announced as the winner of the customer engagement category in the SkyTeam Sustainable Flight Challenge.

This follows SAUDIA running the world’s first in-flight sustainability lab on a Jeddah to Madrid flight to crowd-source ideas from guests.

The sustainability lab was staged on May 12 on SV 227 from Jeddah to Madrid onboard a SAUDIA 787-9 Dreamliner, which was also the world’s longest carbon net-positive flight. The lab was run in partnership with SimpliFlying, global leaders in helping airlines build brand trust. In addition to ‘best customer engagement’, the carrier also won in the ‘best employee engagement’ along with the other participating airlines. Additionally, SAUDIA was a finalist in a further three categories: greatest CO2 reduction medium haul, lowest CO2 emissions ground handling and best sustainable innovation (in-flight).

Collectively, SAUDIA and the other participants of ‘The Sustainable Flight Challenge’ generated over 700 unique innovations and an average CO2 emissions reduction of 15 per cent.


QAIA receives over 3.2 million passengers

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) welcomed 3.24 million passengers during the first half (H1) of 2022 – 21.7 per cent lower than the same period in 2019, according to statistics from Airport International Group. QAIA also registered 31,547 aircraft movements and 29,148 tons of cargo - representing 17.0 per cent and 40.5 per cent declines, respectively, compared with H1 2019.

Overall traffic growth during the first six months of 2022 was driven by the resumption and introduction of airlines and routes to QAIA’s global networks.

These included the launch of regular flights from Amman to Washington DC via United Airlines, to Jeddah and Riyadh via flyadeal, to Alexandria via Alexandria Airlines and to Abu Dhabi via Wizz Air Abu Dhabi – in addition to the recommencement of several routes.


Turkish Airlines renews online shopping store

Turkish Airlines has renewed its online shopping store, giving it a new look both in terms of design and technology with the “New Shop&Miles” experience.

Turkish Airlines is operating with a service focused approach with its new design, offering a privileged shopping experience and a user-friendly platform where Miles&Smiles members can redeem their Miles as they wish.

Stating that Turkish Airlines aims to carry 75 million passengers this year as the biggest service exporter of Turkiye, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof Dr Ahmet Bolat said: “Our online shopping store has been attracting great interest from our Miles&Smiles members since the first day we launched it.

“Now we have renewed our website both in terms of infrastructure and design in this new phase we named ‘New Shop&Miles Experience’. We have designed Shop&Miles, which we offer together with Turkiye’s most valuable brands, in a way that provides opportunities and advantages in the daily lives of our members.”