Mo­hammed vis­its Air­show pavil­ions

Ruler of Dubai praises fly­dubai’s ser­vices, pledges sup­port to the air­liner

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DUBAI: His High­ness Sheikh Mo­hammed Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, UAE Vice Pres­i­dent, Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai, vis­ited the pavil­ions of sev­eral coun­tries par­tic­i­pat­ing on the sec­ond day of the Dubai Air­show 2017.

At the start of his tour on Mon­day, Sheikh Mo­hammed viewed the new Boe­ing 737 Max 8 air­craft that was re­cently de­ployed by fly­dubai, as part of its fleet of 76-mod­ern air­craft. The com­pany will re­ceive five other air­craft car­ri­ers at the end of the cur­rent year.

Sheikh Mo­hammed and his del­e­ga­tion were briefed on the qual­i­ties and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the new air­craft by Ghaith Al Ghaith, CEO of fly­dubai, who stated that the de­ploy­ment of the planes will in­crease the num­ber of flights by the com­pany and will en­hance the fleet’s ef­fi­ciency in sup­port of its com­mit­ment to adding new flights and des­ti­na­tions, such as to Bangkok, Prague and Zanz­ibar.

The Ruler of Dubai praised the de­vel­op­ments to fly­dubai’s ser­vices while stress­ing his sup­port to en­able it be­come a lead­ing re­gional and in­ter­na­tional air­line.

He con­tin­ued his tour of the ex­hi­bi­tion by vis­it­ing the US pavil­ion, which in­cluded the lat­est in Amer­i­can civil and mil­i­tary ad­vance­ments, where he was briefed by the pavil­ion’s or­gan­is­ers about the var­i­ous de­fence, civil and avi­a­tion tech­nolo­gies on dis­play, no­tably var­i­ous types of mis­siles and mil­i­tary air­craft. Sheikh Mo­hammed noted and praised the strong par­tic­i­pa­tion of ma­jor US com­pa­nies in the show.

Sep­a­rately, Mo­hammed Bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Min­is­ter of State for De­fence Af­fairs, has held sep­a­rate meet­ings with Benoit Dus­saugey, Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional at Das­sault Avi­a­tion and John D. Har­ris, Vice Pres­i­dent of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment and CEO of Raytheon In­ter­na­tional.

He dis­cussed co-op­er­a­tion be­tween the UAE and mem­bers of the vis­it­ing del­e­ga­tions with them, and ways to en­hance ties in the best in­ter­est of all sides. They also tack­led is­sues re­lated to de­fence and mil­i­tary af­fairs.

The par­ties ex­changed views on the im­por­tance of or­gan­is­ing the Dubai Air­show 2017, one of the most im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional avi­a­tion shows which at­tracts a large num­ber of spe­cialised com­pa­nies man­u­fac­tur­ing air­craft sys­tems. They also agreed that the event rep­re­sents a great op­por­tu­nity to learn about the lat­est in­dus­tries in avi­a­tion and ex­changes of ex­pe­ri­ences.

AIR ARA­BIA

Air Ara­bia, the Mid­dle East and North Africa’s first and largest low­cost car­rier, to­day an­nounced that it has signed a lease agree­ment for six Air­bus A321­neo Long Range air­craft with the Los An­ge­les based Air Lease Cor­po­ra­tion.

Th­ese ad­di­tional air­craft will join Air Ara­bia’s fleet start­ing in 2019, and will help the air­line bet­ter serve its ex­ist­ing net­work as well as en­ter longer range routes in the near fu­ture.

The agree­ment was signed be­tween Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Air Ara­bia, and Alex Khat­ibi, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of Air Lease Cor­po­ra­tion, on the side­lines of Dubai Air­show.

The A321 is a mem­ber of Air­bus In­dus­try’s lead­ing A320 fam­ily which makes up most of Air Ara­bia’s cur­rent fleet. The A321­neo LR has been fur­ther en­hanced with its new en­gine op­tion, NEO, jet­liner ver­sions and ex­panded seat­ing ca­pac­ity with op­ti­mised use of cabin space. It is the long­est range sin­gle aisle air­liner on the mar­ket. Air Ara­bia’s new A321­neo LR air­craft will fea­ture 215 seats per air­craft while main­tain­ing Air Ara­bia’s in­dus­try lead­ing seat pitch that cus­tomers cur­rently en­joy.

Adel Al Ali com­mented, “We con­tinue to wit­ness growth in pas­sen­ger traf­fic across our hubs and re­main fo­cused on our busi­ness model and mis­sion to pro­vide af­ford­able fare and value for money to pas­sen­gers. The ad­di­tion of A321­neo Long Range air­craft al­low us to ex­pand our ser­vice to longer range des­ti­na­tions and helps of­fer more flex­i­bil­ity in our ex­ist­ing high den­sity routes. We look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing the new air­craft in 2019 as we con­tinue to of­fer our cus­tomers an ex­cel­lent prod­uct with more des­ti­na­tions to dis­cover.” The new air­craft will join Air Ara­bia’s ex­ist­ing fleet of 50 A320s that serve over 133 routes from five hubs in the UAE (Shar- jah and Ras al-khaimah), Morocco, Egypt and Jor­dan.

WAM

Sheikh Mo­hammed dur­ing his visit to the Dubai Air­show 2017.

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