• 09 Sep 2014 8:34 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 8 September, 2014

    Dubai Airports’ ambitious  plan to expand Al Maktoum International at the Dubai World Central (DWC) has go the approval of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and Prime Minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai. The project is expected cost USD 32 bn. When complete, this will accommodate more than 200 million passengers a year.

    The development is anticipated to be the biggest airport project in the world and will be built in two phases. The first phase includes two satellite buildings with a collectively capacity of 120 million passengers annually, accommodate 100 A380 aircraft at any one time and will take between six and  eight years to complete. The entire development will cover an area of 56 square kilometres.

    More than its size, the new airport’s uniqueness lies in a radically new approach to ensure that  the latest technology and efficient processes will cut the time spent completing travel formalities and reduce walking distances, enabling passengers to make fast and efficient connections between hundreds of destinations worldwide.

    The decision follows months of planning by the key  stakeholders in the aviation sector, including Dubai Airports, Dubai Airports Engineering Projects, Emirates airline and dnata,  to ensure that  a design was selected that  facilitates the future growth of Dubai’s aviation industry.

    Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his visionary support of the project, and described the new airport as a vital investment in the future of Dubai. He confirmed that the aviation sector was projected to remain a cornerstone of Dubai’s economy, and was expected to support more than 322,000 jobs and contribute 28 per cent of Dubai’s GDP by 2020.

    “Our future lies at DWC. The announcement of this AED120bn development of DWC is both timely and a strong endorsement of Dubai’s aviation industry. With limited options for further  growth at Dubai International, we are taking that next step to securing our future by building a brand new airport that will not only create the capacity we will need in the coming decades but also provide state of the art facilities that revolutionise the airport experience on an unprecedented scale,” said Griffiths.


  • 08 Sep 2014 8:36 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 6 September, 2014

    United Airlines has become the first North American carrier to take delivery of the Boeing 787-9, a stretched version of the Dreamliner that will allow the airline to accommodate more customers and further capitalize on its worldwide route network. The aircraft is the first of 26 of the newest member of the Dreamliner family United has on order.

    “The 787-9 builds on the Dreamliner’s fuel efficiency and customer comfort while giving us even more flexibility and range,” said United’s Vice President of Fleet Ron Baur. “Last year our customers gave the 787 the highest customer satisfaction scores of any aircraft in our fleet, and we know they’ll enjoy what the 787-9 has to offer.”

    The airline’s technicians will now perform United-specific software installations and hardware upgrades. Unitedpilots will then fly the aircraft to the airline’s Houston hub for additional flights before it is expected to enter domestic service in late September.

    The 787-9′s extended range – 8,550 miles compared to the 787-8′s 8,200 – will enable United to launch its Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia, service on October 26, the airline’s first regularly scheduled international deployment of the aircraft. It will be the longest Dreamliner route in the world to date. In advance of the Melbourne route launch,United will primarily fly the aircraft between Houston and Los Angeles.


  • 06 Sep 2014 9:05 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 4 September, 2014

    TAIWAN's Evergreen Line is to partner with Singapore-headquartered Mariana Express Line (MEL) in launching a joint South China-East Malaysia (SEM) Service, which will give a significant boost to the service offered to shippers on the intra-Asia trade.

    The SEM service will employ two ships with capacities of 1,000 TEU each and the port rotation of the weekly services is: Shenzhen-Shekou, Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), Muara (Brunei), Bintulu (Malaysia), and back to Shekou. The first sailing is to depart from Shenzhen-Shekou on September 10.
    As part of its on-going efforts to improve network connections in this region, Evergreen Line will also take space on Interasia Lines' Singapore - Yangon (Burma) - Malaysia (SYM) service based on a slot swap arrangement. Providing Evergreen customers with an additional feeder connection to Yangon, the SYM loop will call at Singapore, Yangon, Port Klang, Yangon and then back to Singapore.

    The ASEAN countries boast some of the world's highest forecast rates of economic growth currently. In 2014, the ASEAN economy as a whole looks set to grow by 4.6 per cent and for 2015 the estimate is 5.6 per cent growth according to the IMF's World Economic Outlook report published in July.
    The ASEAN community recently set as a priority the successful conclusion of negotiations with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand to establish the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). It is believed that this significant development will further encourage free trade and have the effect of driving cargo growth within the intra-Asia trade, the shipping line said in a statement.


  • 05 Sep 2014 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    Boeing and United Airlines are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner. United will become the first airline in North America to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 service later this month.

    “We’re proud that United has become the North America launch customer for both the 787-8 and 787-9, marking another important milestone in the successful history of Boeing and United working together,” said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

    Earlier this year, United announced it will fly the airplane on what will become the longest 787 route undefined nonstop service between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia.

    The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly up to 40 more passengers an additional 450 nautical miles (830 kilometers) with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than similarly sized airplanes. The airplane leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passenger-pleasing features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.


  • 04 Sep 2014 8:40 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 3 September, 2014

    DENMARK's Maersk Line will levy a port congestion surcharge for North American exports discharged at Sohar, Oman, to cover additional vessel costs associated with delayed berthing.

    The charge will be US$100 per TEU, US$200 per FEU, US$200 per 45-footer and US$400 per FEU reefer from October 1 and applies only to United States and Canada cargo applied gate-in at point of origin.


  • 03 Sep 2014 1:58 PM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 2 September, 2014

    Istanbul headquartered Palmali Group took delivery of 7,100 DWT tanker Shovket Alekperova on August 30, which is the seventh tanker of the RST22M project, reports Marine Engineering Bureau in a press release.

    A distinctive features of RST22M, RST22, 005RST01 and RST12 design tankers are fully revolving rudder propellers, an increased trunk, and submersible cargo pumps. The tankers do not have a longitudinal bulkhead in the CL, and no framing in their cargo tanks. The Volgo-Don Max. class vessels satisfy the Volga-Don Canal and the Volga-Baltic Waterway dimensions. The length of a RST22M vessel is 139.95 m, with a 16.6 m breadth, and a 6 m depth. The new tankers have a deadweight increased by 750 tonnes at sea,  and an increased capacity of cargo tanks, while maintaining river capabilities.

    The vessels fully meet new international requirements for the transportation of vegetable oils, including two-compartment subdivision. The vessel is equipped with two medium-speed diesels, 1,200 kW each, operating on IFO380.


  • 02 Sep 2014 8:50 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 1 September, 2014

    Admiral Mustafa Amer, River Transport General Authority (RTGA) Chairman said in a press conference yesterday that river port operation project in Damietta Port is now available for bidding.

    Ministry of transport has approved the projects’ technical specs and terms notebook. Noteworthy that Damietta Port signed River Port operation contract with RTGA Last February.

    This project is viewed as a key investment step towards better port performance.


  • 01 Sep 2014 11:45 AM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 31 August, 2014

    DUBAI's global port operator DP World has posted a 26 per cent year-on-year first half net profit increase to US$332 million, drawn on revenues of $1.6 billion, which increased 9.9 per cent.

    DP World said it handled 29.4 million TEU during the first half, an increase of 10.7 per cent year on year. First half throughput at terminals solely controlled by company grew 8.5 per cent to 13.9 million TEU.
    “The substantial investment programme we initiated in 2012 is starting to bear fruit as new capacity aids in the delivery of stronger top and bottom-line growth,?said DP World CEO Mohammed Sharaf. Gains were made at its big Jebel Ali terminal as the company added one million TEU capacity. In 2013, DP World added to its capacity with the opening of Brazil’s Embraport and the London Gateway terminal. “Crucially, our balance sheet remains strong and we continue to generate high levels of cash flow, which gives us the ability to invest,?said Mr Sharaf.

    Of the Jebel Ali expansion, he said: “We will add two million TEU of capacity shortly and a further two million TEU later in the year, plus five new quay cranes have been delivered.
    At full buildout, Jebel Ali's Terminal 3 will be the world’s largest semi-automated facility and will bring total capacity of 19 million TEU, he said.

    DP World's new terminal at Mumbai's Nhava Sheva will add 800,000 TEU capacity by 2015. The new Turkish terminal, DP World Yarimca and Rotterdam's World Gateway, developed by a DP World-led consortium, are also under construction.
    If all goes according to plan, DP World will have 85 million TEU global capacity by 2015 and more than 100 million TEU in 2020.

    To achieve this, Mr Sharaf said that DP World will continue to focus on emerging markets with potential for growth and to develop its assets in more mature markets.


  • 30 Aug 2014 12:57 PM | Anonymous

    Original news was published on 28 August, 2014

    Iberia, Spain’s largest airline, will use its Lido aeronautical solutions for flight operations. The airline has opted for the paper Lido/RouteManual navigation charts after which they will migrate entirely to the electronic Lido/iRouteManual and Lido/Enroute iPad apps. This means Iberia will in the near future be flying with a paperless cockpit, subject to approval by the Spanish regulatory authorities.

    The state-of-the-art IT solution will enable Iberia to benefit from efficient route planning, cost reductions and fuel savings. Lido/iRouteManual includes electronic navigation charts for take-off and landing procedures as well as airport and route charts. The charts are based directly on the Lido navigation database and contain all important route information including altitude and airport data. They display true-to-scale geographic information such as terrain features and rivers. The navigation charts’ clear color-coding and self-explanatory symbols support visual thinking.

    Layout, colors and symbols are identical in the charts’ paper and electronic versions, making it easier for pilots to migrate to Lido/eRouteManual. The Lido/Routemanaul and Lido/iRouteManual app are highly user-friendly and intuitive to use and operate. In addition, pilots can determine the desired level of detail on the charts themselves, so they always have all relevant information at a glance.

    The electronic navigation charts will also offer the airline faster updates and more flexible flight preparations. The latest briefing charts can now be downloaded to the pilots’ iPads instead of having to be printed out and distributed to each cockpit. The paperless version is also lighter, saves fuel and is more ecological.


  • 29 Aug 2014 4:39 PM | Anonymous
    Original news was published on 28 August, 2014

    Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest airline, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for two additional A320ceo aircraft, adding to a previous order for five A320s aircraft placed in September 2007.

    All aircraft will be equipped with Airbus “Sharklet” fuel saving wing tip devices and will be powered by IAE V2500 engines. The aircraft will also be the first A320s in Aegean’s fleet to feature the enhanced take-off weight capability of up to 78 tonnes, thus enabling the carrier to expand its route network with even longer range operations.

    Mr. Theodoros Vassilakis, Chairman of AEGEAN, stated: “AEGEAN’s decision to take delivery of seven new Airbus A320s shows its commitment to invest once more in the ongoing qualitative growth of the aviation sector in Greece. Our capabilities are increasing and the existing competitive advantage of the low average age of our aircraft is further enhanced. We do everything in our hands to further increase the satisfaction of our passengers and certainly our competitiveness”.

    “We are very pleased with the confidence that Aegean Airlines places in our products. This renewed order from Aegean Airlines will strengthen its position as a major European airline, connecting Greece to the world,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.   “We are proud to see passengers from all over the world benefiting from the comfort and efficiency only our best-selling single-aisle aircraft family offers.”

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