Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

• aims to drive do­mes­tic busi­ness be­yond Is­tan­bul af­ter un­veil­ing 16 new Mid­dle East routes this sum­mer (Izmir-Kuwait; Bo­drumKuwait; An­talya-Kuwait; Trab­zon-Kuwait; An­talya-Riyadh; Trab­zon-Riyadh; An­talya-Jed­dah; Trab­zon-Jed­dah; An­talya-Baghdad; An­talya-Erbil; An­talyaAm­man; Trab­zon-Dam­mam; Trab­zonAl Qas­sim; An­talya-Su­lay­maniyah; Trab­zon-Yanbu; and Trab­zon-Medina). It re­cently re­ceived its 30th B777-300ER. • EMIRATES’ third daily di­rect DubaiBris­bane ser­vice, on three-class B777200LRs, will launch De­cem­ber 1. • EMIRATES’ sec­ond daily A380 ser­vice be­tween Dubai-Birm­ing­ham will fly from Oc­to­ber 29 (cur­rently op­er­ated by B777). • ETI­HAD AIR­WAYS now flies dou­ble daily A380 flights be­tween Abu Dhabi and New York JFK air­port. • ETI­HAD AIR­WAYS will in­tro­duce its B787-9 Dream­liner to Am­s­ter­dam from Septem­ber 1 (EY77/78) and Madrid (EY75/76) from Oc­to­ber 1. • Royal Jor­da­nian sub­sidiary ROYAL

WINGS has be­gun twice-weekly di­rect flights be­tween Aqaba and Al Mak­toum In­ter­na­tional Air­port (Sun­days and Thurs­days). • GULF AIR re­cently started three­times weekly flights be­tween Bahrain and Tbil­isi.

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