Etihad Airways Brings Momentous Year to a Close with Spectacular A380 and B787 Launch in Abu Dhabi

HONG KONG, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

  • World’s media gather in UAE capital to witness arrival of flagship aircraft
  • Both aircraft carry distinctive new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi‘ livery
  • First public viewing of world’s most luxurious cabin – The Residence by Etihad™
  • New Etihad Airways cabin crew uniform unveiled at catwalk fashion show

Further to its codeshare agreement with Hong Kong Airlines yesterday, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has capped an incredible 12 months by unveiling its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft to more than 200 of the world’s media in Abu Dhabi.

The doors to the airline’s two new flagship aircraft – in the distinctive new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi‘ livery – were opened for the first time to reveal the new cabin interiors, which include the ultra-luxurious Residence by Etihad™, the only three-room suite in the sky.

Etihad Airways also unveiled a new cabin crew uniform at a spectacular catwalk fashion show. It’s the first major uniform re-launch since the airline’s formation in 2003 and incorporates the same colours used for the cabin interior and new aircraft livery.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “As we have done so many times in our short history, we are reshaping the landscape of modern air travel in our own way.

“Today is the culmination of many years of hard work and tremendous endeavour by hundreds of people both in our airline and outside.

“With the launch of these aircraft, we usher in a new era of unparalleled luxury, comfort and service. These innovations represent our vision for the future.”

In addition to the media event at Abu Dhabi airport, Etihad Airways is also hosting an event for travel industry partners and one for the airline’s staff today, ensuring that by the end of the day more than 1,500 people will have toured the two new aircraft.

The fashion show saw 22 Etihad Airways cabin crew showcasing the new uniform which has been designed by Italian Ettore Bilotta, derived from the new brand identity, and combines elegance, comfort and practicality.

Bilotta, in collaboration with the airline’s Guest Services and Guest Experience divisions, chose a warm chocolate brown as the base colour for the different uniform variations.

A deep purple colour is added for cabin crew and lounge staff, and a burnt orange accent colour for ground crews and Special Services personnel.

Following today’s events in Abu Dhabi, the A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft will continue test operations before starting commercial flights. The A380 will operate daily to London Heathrow from 27 December and the 787 to Dusseldorf from 1 February 2015.

The entry into commercial service of the A380 will see the introduction of The Residence by Etihad™, a new cabin that has captured the imagination of the air travel industry since it was unveiled in May 2014.

The Residence by Etihad™ features a living room, separate ensuite shower room, and as another first in the airline industry, a dedicated Butler.

Measuring 125 square feet in total, The Residence by Etihad™ is located on the forward upper deck of the A380 and is for single or double occupancy.

The A380 is also the only Etihad Airways aircraft to offer the First Apartment which is a complete living space with a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman, which opens up to become a separate 80.5 inch long fully-flat bed.

The First Suite on the Etihad Airways B787 offers guests an enhanced suite with chilled mini-bar, complete privacy and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed.

A total of 70 Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the A380, and the B787 has 28 Business Studios, all offering aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

The Economy Smart Seat also debuts on the A380 and Boeing 787 and has enhanced comfort with the unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat.

Etihad Airways will take delivery of four A380s and three Boeing 787-9s in 2015.

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried 11.5 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base Etihad Airways flies to 111 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 109 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and 9 Airbus A380s. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia and Jet Airways, and is in the process of formalising equity investments in Alitalia and Swiss-based Etihad Regional*. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com

*Operated by Darwin Airline

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National Airlines Supports Ebola Relief Efforts

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — National Airlines is proud to have been called on to contribute to Ebola relief efforts in Liberia. In cooperation with the United States Government, National Airlines, using one of its B747-400 Freighters, carried a planeload of medical and other relief supplies from New York to the Monrovia Airport. With its expertise in tailored air-freight services and its long history of supporting governments and militaries around the world by flying passengers and cargo of all kinds into remote and challenging destinations, National was well suited to safely fly this mission. 

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Glen Joerger, National Airlines’ President, commented, “National Airlines’ team of employees has been called on to assist in a variety of difficult situations, from flying missions into war zones to bringing aid to victims of natural disasters.  We have been anxious for an opportunity to do something for those in Africa threatened by this disease, and we jumped into action when called on for this medical and supply mission.”  Christopher Alf, CEO of National Airlines’ parent company, National Air Cargo Holdings, stated, “Our prayers are with those who have been struck by Ebola.  All of the National companies–our Airlines and all of our freight forwarding arms in the Middle East, New York and Germany–stand ready to support the governments and relief agencies of the United States and other countries in their efforts to eradicate this terrible disease from the globe.”

About National Airlines

National Airlines, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is in the National Air Cargo Holdings family of enterprises.  National Airlines has been honored to transport a diverse group of guests, from orchestras, to international and US sports teams, to diplomats and military groups.  National Airlines’ service as a global cargo carrier and passenger charter provider complements its sister freight forwarding companies:  Together they provide sea-to-air multi-modal transportation and logistic solutions to get difficult-to-move cargo quickly and safely to wherever you need it.  Established in 1990, the global reach of National Air Cargo Holdings is maintained via strategically located offices around the world centered by the U.S. headquarters in Orlando, Florida, and with quality centers located in Germany, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Learn more at http://www.NationalAirlines.com and http://www.nationalaircargo.com

AIRWAYS AVIATION to Launch New Pilot Training Foundation Program

LONDON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — AIRWAYS AVIATION announces the launch of its bespoke Pilot Training Foundation program in the United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Montenegro, Jordan and Lebanon.

The new aviation theory classes will commence almost simultaneously in the various locations and provide students, interested in pursuing a career opportunity as a commercial pilot, a unique competitive edge and a critically important initial study pathway especially for those requiring extra help & support.

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Classes for aspiring commercial pilots will commence between September 1st and October 20th 2014. A tailored curriculum has been professionally designed and written to provide prospective students a soft introduction while simultaneously maintaining a robust and practical launch into commercial pilot training.  The Airways Aviation curriculum is based on both European (EASA) and Australian (CASA) requirements and subject matter incorporates substantive introductions to all of the key disciplines including Aviation English, Aerodynamics, Navigation, Meteorology, Human Performance, Flight Rules and Air Law, Aircraft general Knowledge and Operations, Performance and Planning

Importantly, the course material and ultimate practical training programs are designed with a strong emphasis on supporting the specialised Aviation English elements continually during the entire study program. Airways Aviation intends to provide as wide a range of prospective students as possible, both male & female from varying nationalities, an equal opportunity to enter the aviation industry as commercial pilots.

“Our education & training model is designed to open up the possibility of a career as a commercial pilot to as many prospective students as possible but with particular focus on those whom have a passion and interest but had previously believed it was somehow beyond their ability to become a pilot.  We have been able to design a program that simplifies and demystifies the pathway by breaking down the key theory concepts & principles and then delivering the course in a clear, concise and easily managed method,”  said Romy Hawatt  Airways Aviation Global CEO

Successful completion of the Foundation course will provide students a further opportunity to transition on to finalise their commercial theory and simultaneously undertake their practical Aeroplane and/or Helicopter flight training at one of the Airways Aviation bases in Australia, the United Kingdom or Montenegro.  Airways Aviation are also currently seeking further expansion into Germany, Holland and Jordan with more study & training destinations to come on stream in the not too distant future.

Over the next 20 years Boeing & Airbus project a demand in excess of 35,000 new passenger & freight aircraft with each of these requiring numerous flight crew and a multitude of other support resources. With the expansion and upgrading of airline fleets globally, Airways Aviation is tracking growth and closely monitoring the current and projected aviation industry needs as key indicators of future pilot demand.

“Airways Aviation is primarily an education & training group that operates at the highest international standards.  We will continue to work hard to maintain and increase our competitive advantage and global positioning whilst still being nimble and adaptable enough to be able to operate on a very localised basis from country to country. Our business model is unique and differentiates us in a number of ways from our competitors. This shows particularly with the way we are better able to accommodate our international students needs from recruitment through to pilot training & graduation. The Airways Aviation Group is tracking according to plan and we will continue to posture and train commercial pilots to the highest standards to help meet the accelerating demands of the aviation industry world-wide,” added Romy Hawatt – Airways Aviation Global CEO.

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ATC Global Announces Details of its Educational Conference and Exhibitor Programme

BEIJING, July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Running for its 24th year with full backing from China’s Air Navigation Service provider (ATMB) and China’s Aviation Regulator (CAAC), ATC Global will facilitate business partnerships and knowledge sharing between colleagues from over 100 countries, at the same time delivering an in-depth and varied educational programme offering cross-industry perspectives and the opportunity for vigorous discussion and debate.

Reflecting CAAC and ATMB’s support of ATC Global 2014, Wang Zhiqing, DDG CAAC and Wang Liya, DG ATMB will be opening the three-day conference focused on spearheading growth on 17 September.

Later that day, Dr. Joe Tymczyszyn, Executive Director, U.S.-China Aviation Cooperation Program (ACP), Ralph Riedle, Chairman, Performance Review Commission and a senior representative from Airbus, will lead a session on ATM demand, capacity and efficiency across global markets, using China as a case study.

On day two, the SESAR JU, ATMB and Thales will explore how different regions from around the world are managing the transition towards global system harmonisation, using guidance from ICAO’s Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) framework.

International collaboration, critical for the development of ATM is being discussed in a session later in the day. Pierre Bachelier, Head of ATM Programme Engineering, Airbus, will review the impact of ATM developments in the cockpit.

On the final day of the conference, panellists from CAAC, Eurocontrol, Airbus-Prosky and SESAR will review the integral role of the airport in fulfilling key areas of the ASBU framework, in their role as nodes on the ATM system. Speakers will outline where ATM performance improvements have already been achieved at airports and will consider other initiatives underway, their impact and future plans.

The conference will also include thought-leadership sessions considering the impact of new technologies and procedures, including the introduction of remotely piloted aircraft in civil airspace, and collaboration between civil and military airspace managers.

Conference speaker Mr Frank Brenner, Director General, Eurocontrol, comments,China is the fastest growing aviation market in the world and as we strive to improve the performance of the air traffic management network, we need to look beyond Europe in order to develop connections with the global network. We therefore look forward to ATC Global and the opportunities that it can offer.”

A programme of free educational workshops that feature: Single European Sky programmes; NextGen, Airport developments in China; ATM performance benchmarking and Global Air Traffic Flow Management will be running alongside the conference, in addition to an exhibitor-led seminar programme on the exhibition floor. Both will be open to visitors, exhibitors and delegates at ATC Global and will also cover topics including the introduction of centralised services; air navigation charges services and; an informal review of aircraft tracking and surveillance in context of the disappearance of MH370.

To find out more about the educational opportunities on offer at ATC Global or to register free of charge as a visitor, visit www.atcglobalhub.com.

Notes to Editors
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Hong Kong Airlines Awarded SKYTRAX World’s Best Improved Airline

HONG KONG, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong Airlines is pleased to announce that the company is the winner of “World’s Most Improved Airline” by SKYTRAX this year and is honoured as the “World’s Best Improved Airline.” Meanwhile, Hong Kong Airlines is awarded the highly-esteemed SKYTRAX 4-Star rating for the third consecutive year. On behalf of the company, Mr. Sun Jianfeng, Vice President of Hong Kong Airlines, attended the award presentation ceremony held on July 15 (BST) in London, the UK.

Mr. Sun Jianfeng, Vice President (second on the left) and Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines (second on the right) received the award of SKYTRAX "World's Best Improved Airline" in London on behalf of the company
Mr. Sun Jianfeng, Vice President (second on the left) and Mr. Stanley Kan, Director of Service Delivery of Hong Kong Airlines (second on the right) received the award of SKYTRAX “World’s Best Improved Airline” in London on behalf of the company

“The SKYTRAX ‘World’s Best Improved Airline’ is a great recognition and encouragement for our company. With a history of eight years, Hong Kong Airlines has been committed to providing passengers with quality service. By adhering to the people-oriented service approach, we have achieved remarkable improvement in various service categories and recorded rapid growth over the years. As a Hong Kong-based airline, we feel very honoured and proud to stand out among airlines worldwide. We owe this success to our highly devoted and professional team, especially the front-line staff who serve passengers with great dedication. We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the passengers and industry partners who have been supporting us all along. Riding on the expanding route network, Hong Kong Airlines will continue to focus on providing excellent customer service to bring our passengers more pleasant travel experiences,” remarked Mr. Zhang Kui, President of Hong Kong Airlines.

SKYTRAX are specialist Research Advisors to the air transport industry. The annual global customer satisfaction survey “World Airline Survey,” launched by SKYTRAX since 1999, is an industry benchmark of high authority. Based on the survey results, the annual “World Airport Awards” are the most prestigious accolades for the industry. The award category of the “World’s Most Improved Airline” is aimed at rewarding the airline’s remarkable progress in its frontline products and service standards over the past year. This year’s survey is based on 18 million customer nominations across over 100 nationalities of air travellers, covering over 200 airline companies worldwide. The survey evaluates customer satisfaction across 41 key performance indicators for airport service and products including check-in and boarding experiences, onboard seat comfort, cabin cleanliness, food, beverages, IFE, staff service and associated travel items. The winning of “World’s Best Improved Airline” as well as the SKYTRAX 4-Star rating three years in a row serves as a clear evidence of Hong Kong Airlines’ establishment of international standards in both its ground and onboard services.

When talking about bringing better service to passengers, it is worth mentioning that Hong Kong Airlines has upgraded its service principle since the beginning of 2013 and launched a “PEOPLE” service approach riding on past hands-on experience and customer’s suggestions. By strengthening the six points of “Passion to deliver, Extra to give, Opinions to offer, Promise to fulfill, Lasting impression to create, Emotional quotient to serve” during daily work, each one of its front-line staff has gained deeper understanding and delivered more people-oriented services, making prominent progress as a whole.

The current network of Hong Kong Airlines covers nearly 30 business and leisure travel destinations in mainland China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Hong Kong Airlines carried over 4.8 million passengers in 2013, an increase of 35% year-on-year, and a 50% increment year-on-year in Business Class sales. Recently, Hong Kong Airlines has also expanded its flight service to provide new destinations including Tianjin and Kagoshima. Leveraging Hong Kong’s status as an international air hub, the flights to major destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Bangkok, Hangzhou and Nanjing have increased frequency to three to five flights daily, and the frequency of flights to popular leisure travel destinations like Okinawa and Bali has also been increased to two to three daily, offering travellers a wide range of choices.

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