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Monthly Newsletter issued by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

Issue 53 October 2017

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DCAA contributes to enhancing knowledge and skills of UAE nationals

DEWA and DCAA 7 sign MoU to enhance cooperation and exchange expertise Smart app to issue permits 8 for transporting dangerous goods Unmanned Aerial System 9 Forum sheds light on safe and legal use of drones Graduation ceremony of Future Trip and Aviation Falcons held


Training course in Quality Services


UAE in Focus Hamdan bin 18 Mohammed witnesses first test flight of AAT


DCAA marks successful participation in GITEX Technology Week DCAA Interview Abdulrahim Al Mulla

DCAA expects 9 per cent revenue growth in 2017

Mohammed bin Rashid 20 Space Centre launch first edition of MBRSC Science Event

24 Creating a culture of professional inclusiveness


Special Report 24

Airport investments up and rising

Airlines 30

Michael Huerta

Cargo & Logistics 32

Welcoming industry colleagues to Mauritius


Angela Gittens


Technology 33


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from the President

Strong performance


n the present day dynamic environment, with rapidly rising passenger numbers and changes in expectations of travellers, the aviation sector worldwide faces an immense challenge of adapting itself to the emerging requirements, keeping safety and security as the top priority, while, at the same time enhancing passenger experience. Dubai’s aviation has been on the forefront when it comes to offering the highest level of service by investing toward the latest smart technologies, enhancing its infrastructure as well as focussing on developing highly skilled and productive manpower. Dubai Airports was recently awarded for its excellence in several areas including an award in the most effective recovery category for exceptional crisis response through team work, effective planning and efficient processes. This recognition only mirrors our strong commitment and continuous efforts toward maintaining the highest levels of excellence in every area.

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

These achievements are inspired by the inspiration and goals set by our visionary leaders. At the same time, we are proud of and highly appreciate each and every employee in the aviation sector, who contributes to this excellence. We are effectively handling the rising number of passengers at our airports and providing them an unparalleled and friendly experience at our airports. In 2017, August was the busiest month on record for passenger traffic with Dubai International (DXB) welcoming more than 8.2 million passengers, taking us closer to our target of 89 million passengers this year. With this, we are expecting strong performance for this year for the sector. ď‚ƒ

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In 2007, the functions of the Department of Civil Aviation were restructured. Accordingly, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) was established as a regulatory body, by a decree of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, on proclamation of law No. 21 of 2007, as amended by law No. 19 of 2010, to undertake development of Air Transport Industry in the Emirate of Dubai and to oversee all aviation-related activities.


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Via Dubai is the official bilingual monthly newsletter of DCAA, designed to highlight the initiatives and developments in the aviation industry and act as a knowledge-sharing platform for all the stakeholders and aviation professionals.

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DEWA and DCAA sign MoU to enhance cooperation and exchange expertise

10 Graduation ceremony of Future Trip and Aviation Falcons held

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Our Vision

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is driven by the vision of Dubai to become the global Aviation hub contributing to prosperity and enabling growth for Dubai.

Our Mission

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is committed to support the aviation sector in:

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u Capturing the full value potential as a global passenger, tourism, trade, cargo and logistic hub u Providing the capacity, connectivity and leveraging existing assets to meet the aviation sector and economic growth plans of Dubai u Ensuring sustainable and responsible growth committed to safety, health, environment and security u Providing and creating customer-focused services to gain competitive advantage from innovation, knowledge and efficiency u Building and retaining capabilities, for the aviation sector, while offering career opportunities for Nationals u Ensuring a transparent, effective and commercially balanced regulatory framework that reflects the interests of the aviation industry, Dubai and the UAE u Providing efficient and cost-effective services to the aviation sector


from the Director General

Culture of excellence and innovation Mohammed Abdulla Ahli


he Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) is firmly committed to ensuring the safety of Dubai’s skies. Toward this, we are in the forefront when it comes to adopting the latest smart technology, which ensures high speed and accuracy in our functioning. Particularly when it comes to any threat affecting passengers, airport or aircraft, we are aware of this great responsibility and make ourselves available all the time. This requires not only highly efficient and smart systems, that are able to detect the slightest of loopholes, it is also backed by highly trained, skilled and committed employees, who are always ready to go beyond the call of duty and give more than their best. DCAA’s conducts regular training and orientation programmes to keep the employees well versed with the latest developments and ensure that they maintain the highest level of skills.

Our visionary leader His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has guided us to work toward ensuring that the future generations in the UAE will live happier lives in a thriving environment with abundant opportunity, more connectivity and global influence, and make the UAE the world’s best government. Our great leader has also directed us to be 10x ahead of others in the world. We are guided and inspired by this vision and to realise this, we continue working toward achieving this. Through various initiatives and constant focus on our goals, we have embedded a culture of excellence and innovation in the DCAA. 

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he Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) is contributing to enhancing knowledge and skills of UAE nationals and is supporting its employees to achieve academic and professional qualifications, which will eventually lead to a positive impact on the Authority and the country and also provide the nationals opportunities to excel in leadership positions. This is implemented in accordance with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of


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Dubai, to build a future by reaching educational excellence, which is the most important aspect of building integrated foundations, and is based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of DCAA, President of Dubai Airports and CEO and Chairman of Emirates Group. Saud Abdulaziz Kankazar, Executive Director of Air Transport and International Affairs, who completed a study programme titled “Advanced Master in Operations Management of Aviation Companies” at the university

of Toulouse (France) presented his dissertation to   His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, in the presence of His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Ahli, Director General of DCAA. His Highness praised Kankazar for his research and study, which deals with bilateral and multilateral air services agreements and their impact on the airlines and their development. He also congratulated him for his achievement and for his chosen field, which is useful for his work and beneficial to the country.    

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To organise activities that support innovation

DEWA and DCAA sign MoU to enhance cooperation and exchange expertise


ubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to exchange expertise and knowledge, and to enhance cooperation. The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and HE Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Director General of DCAA, during the recently held GITEX Technology Week 2017. According to the MoU, the two organisations will cooperate in Research and Development (R&D), innovation, and in launching joint projects that contribute to enhancing safety and security. DEWA and DCAA will also organise activities and workshops that support innovation. “The MoU with DCAA is part of our continuous efforts to promote cooperation, joint work, and

integration with other government departments and organisations. This collaboration contributes to achieving our common goals, enhances innovation, helps us anticipate the future of key sectors, and supports our joint efforts to find the best innovative solutions to the challenges facing government work. This in turn, supports our efforts to achieve a comprehensive and sustainable development, improve government services, and contribute to the happiness of customers and society as a whole,” said Al Tayer. “The MoU supports cooperation and coordination in implementing all legislations and laws, and facilitates joint projects to enhance safety and security. DEWA and DCAA will also cooperate in R&D and innovation activities, and participate in workshops and activities organised by either party,” said Ahli. 

Year of Giving Numerous initiatives Individuals from all walks of life, age groups and sectors enthusiastically continue with the spirit of the ‘Year of Giving’ with numerous innovative initiatives and ideas being implemented regularly. The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) has also been active in taking several initiatives in this Year of Giving with a strong commitment to promoting the culture, enhancing the spirit of volunteering and giving back to the community. The Authority, in its initiatives, included children, elderly, and the youth alike, with the aim of reaching out to people from across all sectors. Youth of a country are the future torchbearers of development. In a recent workshop by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), more than 1,000 ideas to celebrate the Year of Giving were generated by the schools to welcome the new academic year, reflecting the love and enthusiasm among the youth toward the country. Instilling loyalty and commitment in the next generations to serve their country, is one of the three pillars that the Year of Giving focusses on. These numerous initiatives giving to the community also reflect how innovation has been playing a key role in the successful implementation of the Year of Giving. DCAA also stays committed to giving its best to the community and encourages all its readers to give beyond their best and be an inspiration for others to follow.

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Customers can complete transactions within 2 hours

Smart app to issue permits for transporting dangerous goods


he Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCCA), in cooperation with the Dubai Police General Headquarters, has launched a Smart Application for the issuance of permits for transport of dangerous goods to and from Dubai International Airport. HE Mohammed Abdullah Al Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and Major General Ahmed Mohammed Thani Harib, Assistant Commander-in-Chief of Ports Affairs, Dubai Police Headquarters, announced the official launch of the Smart Application in the presence of a number of Dubai Police executives and a group of Dubai police officers. The smart app serves the customers of the Authority from the airlines and shipping, licensed to transport of dangerous goods by air, and the app has been linked to the Aviation Security and Accidents Investigation Department of the DCAA and General Department for Airport Security in the Dubai Police. HE Mohammed Abdullah Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said: “In line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide excellent services to customers in accordance with international practices, we have launched the Smart Application to issue dangerous goods permits in a smooth and clear manner, and make it more convenient for our customers.” By linking the application with the Dubai Police, we emphasise the importance of a strategic partnership to provide unique services to achieve best global practices. The Authority continuously seeks to provide innovative solutions to the services it offers


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and contribute toward establishing Dubai in the forefront of smart cities globally. Mohammed Abdullah Lengawi, Executive Director of Aviation Security and Accident Investigation Sector, said: “We are always looking forward to providing unique services and developing them to keep pace with our modern times. The launch of the smart application for the issuance of permits for the transport of dangerous goods by air provides facilities to the customer in a clear and smooth way to obtain a certificate of no objection to the dangerous goods transport in a smart way and according to the regulations of the Air Transport Association (IATA) and ICAO regulations. This application is comprehensive and meets all user needs. We are always working to strengthen our relationship

with our strategic partners. Bringing smart application to Dubai Police’s General Directorate of Airport Security will improve service and deliver it in a way that will satisfy our customers. “ The smart application will allow the users to complete the transaction within two working hours, compared to the previous time period of two days, taken toward completing the transactions, which will raise the index of happiness and achieve the satisfaction of strategic partners and clients. Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCCA) seeks to achieve the highest levels of service delivery in accordance with the best local and international practices and standards applied by the government agencies in Dubai and working in the civil aviation sector. 

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Dubai Police and DCAA host forum on commercial use of drones

Unmanned Aerial System Forum sheds light on safe and legal use of drones T

he Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and Dubai Police hosted Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Forum to inform and educate the industry on the safe and legal use of drones, while giving drone hobbyists the opportunity to register their drones with authorities. During the event, organised by the International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC) Middle East, attendees gained an in-depth understanding of unmanned aerial systems, shaped by the combined perspectives from within the local industry and the regulatory insight of international entities. The two-day Forum also featured a conference with plenary sessions, roundtable discussions, study presentations, innovator sessions, technical theatres and workshops on future applications of drones. The accompanying exhibition showcased how drones are being used in Dubai and the latest technologies from leading drone manufacturers. Along with the latest UAS regulations, laws and best-practice case studies, attendees got a chance to experience deep-dive sessions on the various economic opportunities in this fast growing segment. The forum was addressed by senior leadership from Dubai Police, the DCAA, Dubai Civil Defence, the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA), IATA, Royal Military Academy of Belgium, Imperial College London, Petroleum Institute, as well as from the private sector. His Excellency Major General Abdulla Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief, Dubai Police

commented, “In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we want to harness the best of what the global industry has to offer in terms of expertise, experience and technology. This is necessary in order to establish and implement the safest and best-practice principles in our support of Dubai’s vision to become the global hub of innovation.” Case studies on global best-practice uses of UAS for emergency response, media coverage, construction, surveying and mapping, high-risk industrial tasks in sectors including oil, gas, power, utilities and mining, and the safe integration of UAS in the commercial airspace, were also presented during the forum.

HE. Mohammed Abdulla Ahli – Director General Dubai Civil Aviation Authority. “The Forum is unique in the sense that it not only provides a platform for commercial users and drones enthusiasts to network with suppliers and manufacturers on an unprecedented scale, but also includes legal and regulatory perspectives. The event not only educated commercial and recreational users on maximising UAS applications, but to also supported its safe implementation and fostering local innovation. The United Arab Emirates represented by the Emirate of Dubai, is the first country to regulate the operation of UAV systems.” Enthusiasts also attended a drone training session organised by the DCAA and Sanad Academy, and got a chance to legally register their drones. 

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Graduation ceremony of Future Trip and Aviation Falcons held H .H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, attended the graduation ceremony of “Future Trip” and “Aviation Falcons” programs of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority employees, in the presence of HE Mohammed Abdullah Al Ahli,

Director General, and other VIPs representatives from other government entities. Abdulrahim Al Mulla – Executive Director Corporate Support and Communication Sector was graduated in this ceremony under the “Future Trip” program, which

is innovative educational program of the leaders of the Government of Dubai. Also, the below DCAA’s employees were graduated from “Aviation Falcons” program by Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government: Fareed Abdulrahman Al Awadhi Mohammed Mubarak Obaid Nasir Mohamed Al Najjar Fatma Sebil Al Balooshi Amal Anwar Kanaan

Matar Saeed Al Ketbi

Abdulla Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Amna Sulaiman Al Suwaidi Hind Ahmed Al Marzooqi

Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al Malahi Maryam Abdulhamid Bin Ali Rashid Ibrahim Fikree

The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority extends its sincere congratulations to the graduates, wishing them more achievements and successes in all fields. 


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Training course in Quality Services D

ubai Smart has sent a group of members of the Dubai State Duckers to attend a training course on Quality of Service at the Disney Institute in Orlando, as part of its pursuit of the goals of the Happiness Agenda. DCAA was represented by Hamad Al Janahi, Director of Human Resources, as a member of the Heroes of Happiness Team to implement initiatives that increase the happiness index and best practices in the field of service quality. ď‚ƒ

DCAA participates in International Expo in Astana


ubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) participated in the International Expo held in Astana, Kazakhstan, to learn about the participation of other countries as well as to strengthen relations with participants from different countries. ď‚ƒ Saud Abdulaziz Kankzar and Obaid Al Nuaimi from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority

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Abdulrahim Al Mulla, Executive Director of Corporate Support and Corporate Communications at Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA)

DCAA expects 9% revenue growth in 2017


bdulrahim Al Mulla, Executive Director of Corporate Support and Corporate Communications at the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), said that the DCAA has been recording a strong growth and expects to achieve 9 per cent increase in revenues this year, driven by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Al Mulla said that the new organisational structure, implemented by the civil aviation authority earlier this year as approved by the Executive Council, comes at the right time to keep pace with the record growth and major achievements of the aviation sector in the emirate. In an interview with Via Dubai, Al Mulla talked about DCAA’s initiatives


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and the role of his department in supporting the Authority. The DCAA has a put a new organisational structure in place. What led to implementing this new structure and what are its benefits? The DCAA’s organisational structure has been implemented to keep up with the record growth in Dubai’s aviation sector. Dubai International Airport is the busiest in the world in terms of international passenger, the airport welcomed 84 million passengers in 2016 and air traffic rose to about 1200 movements a day, reflecting the growth in the sector. To accommodate this growth, it became necessary to modify the organisational structure after about 10 years of the establishment of the

Authority in 2007, especially after the issuance of the Law No. 7 of 2015 by the Government of Dubai on airspace safety and security in Dubai, which has increased the role and responsibilities of the DCAA toward ensuring aviation safety and security. We presented the new structure to the Executive Council, introduced few amendments and additions, integrated departments and created new departments and sections. The new structure has broadened the powers and functions of the Authority and now we have four sectors – Aviation Safety and Environment Sector; Air Transport and International Affairs Sector; Aviation Security and Accident Investigation Section and Corporate Support and Communications Sector, each of the departments having further sections.

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The Corporate Support and Communications Sector has three departments – Human Resources, IT and Finance Affairs and Administration, all of which have several sections within. Our mission is to support the services to other sectors of the DCAA, such as recruitment, training and provision of facilities, in order to achieve the vision of the Authority and Dubai in the end. The new structure is in line with the vision of the DCAA and of the Dubai government to deliver the best services to our customers in every area. What is the DCAA’s progress in the area of implementing smart systems? Adopting latest technology and transforming toward more modern systems is a part of our strategy in the DCAA. We are considered among

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of DCAA’s services are online now the best governmental institutions in the field of smart services and 98 per cent of our services are now online. We currently have 18 smart services which include, inter alia, landing approvals, permits, payment of fees for services, granting approval for construction of buildings and structures . The Authority has achieved steady growth in many areas including revenue, personnel, activities, etc. Can you share the details. The DCAA has recorded good growth rates, an average of 9 per cent growth in revenues over the past year and we expect to achieve the same percentage this year. With the growth of the aviation industry in Dubai, we have the largest and best

airport in the world, best carriers, strategic geographical location, advanced infrastructure, and the best systems and technologies in the aviation world. All this makes us highly optimistic about future growth as well. It is true that this presents us with more challenges, but we love the challenges and consider them opportunities to move further ahead. What initiatives has the DCAA taken in line with Dubai’s 10X initiative to be 10 times ahead of other cities in the world? We have formed a team led by the Director of Finance and Management Administration in this direction. We have conducted several brainstorming workshops and presented five initiatives, which were liked by the Committee of Judges. We are committed to giving our best toward this initiative and work toward making Dubai a happier city. 

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DCAA showcases 26 smart services

DCAA marks successful participation in GITEX Technology Week


he Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) marked a successful participation in the recently held GITEX Technology Week 2017.

The civil aviation authority, which participated as part of the Dubai Smart Government platform, showcased its innovative technology projects and smart digital innovations, which are contributing to enhancing the quality of services offered, increasing the effectiveness and speedening operations during the five-day technology week, which is one of the most influential technology events


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worldwide, attracting a diverse audience of IT professionals from across government and private sectors. The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and in cooperation with Dubai Police, launched the dangerous goods transportation approval smart application, in both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airports. The system was officially announced by

HE. Mohammed A. Ahli Director General DCAA, and Major General. Ahmed bin Thani, Assistant Director General for the Airport Security at Dubai Police, in the attendance of executive management representatives from DCAA and Dubai Police. The system is integrated between DCAA and Dubai police, and serves DCAA’s customers (airlines and cargo companies) that deal with Dangerous goods.

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DCAA and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), signed an (MoU) during GITEX 2017 technology week. The MOU was signed by HE Mohammed Abdulla Ahli, Director General of DCAA, and by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.  According to the MoU, the two organizations will cooperate in Research and Development (R&D), innovation, and in launching joint projects that contribute to enhancing safety and security. DEWA and DCAA will also organize activities and workshops that support innovation.

DCAA’s stand was visited by different VIPs representatives from other government entities in the exhibition. DCAA’s participation comes in line with its goals to offer various services and applications and to introduce visitors to its latest innovative services, which are reviewed at this prestigious annual event. HE Mohammed Abdullah Al Ahli, Director General of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, said: “GITEX Technology Week is a premier event of the region and an

ideal platform for us to showcase our initiatives using the latest and smart technologies, which are in line with the UAE’s vision toward achieving excellence. Our annual participation in the technology week aims to contribute to the directives of our leadership to be the most innovative in the world. Through this platform, we further introduced visitors to our smart projects, which are in line with the vision of our leadership toward establishing Dubai as one of the world’s smartest cities. We participate every year to highlight the pioneering role of the Authority in terms of innovation and development and our efforts are in line with the aspirations of Dubai Smart Government to provide an innovative experience for GITEX exhibitors. “ The DCAA highlighted 26 smart services during the GITEX. It also presented its UAV tracking system through a remotecontrol. The service provided UAV customers the opportunity to learn about the system more thoroughly and quickly and ensure safety and security while operating.

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Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy chairman of Police and Public Security in Dubai.

Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr Director General of the Smart Dubai Office.

A press conference was arranged during GITEX to announce the Unmanned Ariel System Forum. The conference was attended by Khalid Al Arif Executive Director Aviation Safety & Environment Sector, Brigadier Kamil Butti Al Suwaidi, Director of Operations Department in Dubai Police, and Laila Maseenae Director General QABC Middle East.


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H.E. Abdulla Al Shaibani, former Secretary General of Dubai Executive Council.

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Brigadier Kamil Butti Al Suwaidi, Director of Operations Department in Dubai Police.

Ahmed Abdul Karim Mohammed Julfar as Director General of the Dubai Community Development Authority (CDA).

Also, different media channels have interviewed DCAA’s representatives in GITEX 2017

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem - Group Chairman and CEO – DP World

Ahmad Al Zarooni and DCAA’s GITEX team in the closing ceremony of GITEX 2017. DCAA was honored in the ceremony.

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Dubai’s unmanned air taxi makes first flight

Hamdan bin Mohammed witnesses first test flight of AAT


is Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, attended the maiden concept flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi, AAT, a vehicle that will be used for the world’s first self-flying taxi service that will be introduced by Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority, RTA.

The two-seater AAT, capable of transporting people without human intervention or a pilot, has been supplied by Volocopter, a Germanybased specialist manufacturer of autonomous air vehicles. The test flight was held near the Jumeirah Beach Park. “After the remarkable success of the first driverless metro in the region, we are glad to witness the test flight of the Autonomous Air Taxi,” Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed said. “This is another testament of our commitment to driving positive change. We are constantly exploring opportunities to serve the community, and advance the prosperity and happiness of the society.”

was to adopt advanced innovative technologies and applications that would help enhance services for the community.

He noted that the key to top the global competitiveness rankings

“Encouraging innovation and adopting the latest technologies

contribute not only to the country’s development but also help build bridges to the future,” he added. H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group; Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, UAE Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future; and Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority, also attended the test flight. Powered by clean electricity and featuring low noise levels, the AAT is an environment-friendly vehicle.


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Its current prototype version has a maximum flight time of approximately 30 minutes at a cruise speed of 50km/h, and a maximum airspeed of 100km/h. The AAT is about two metres high, and the diameter of the rotor rim, including propellers, is just over seven metres. Sheikh Hamdan was briefed about the integration of the AAT with public transport systems such as the Dubai Metro, Dubai Tram, public buses, marine transit modes and taxis. He was also told about the procedures for making the AAT service available to the public through a smart mobility app. The app will allow customers to book flights, receive booking reference details and track the route of the AAT. Over the next five years, the RTA will collaborate with the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority and the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority to put in place the operational

requirements for implementing the AAT services. These requirements include developing laws and policies governing the certification of the aircraft and the AAT operations at the emirate and federal level, defining aerial routes and corridors,

designing and locating take-off and landing points, setting standards for official operators of the AAT services in Dubai, identifying the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, and specifying the security and safety standards for the AAT. ď‚ƒ

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Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre launch first edition of MBRSC Science Event


ohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has launched the first edition of Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Science Event (MBRSC Science Event), that will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on October 21, at Etihad Museum under the theme “Through Space we Flourish”. MBRSC Science Event is a scientific and educational initiative for the education, science and technology sectors in the country. It aims to develop national capacities in space science, technology and research by creating a platform that brings together students, experts and decision-makers in the country together to present and explain the UAE’s directions for these sectors. The Event will also offer scientific and technological workshops, awareness activities to nurture a culture of research and development for future generations, reflecting the UAE’s strategic objectives for the sector and building a generation of scientists and specialists. The event host ministers and high-level speakers from the UAE, who will present

their vision for the future of the UAE in its transformation journey towards the knowledge economy, in-line with its ambitious plans and strategies. Speakers will shed-light on the country’s excellence and leadership experience in creating knowledge, science, economy and education. In addition to that, scientists and researchers in space missions, space science and engineering experts will present and discuss the results of their research. MBRSC Science Event will also include a number of sub-events and activities, including the 3rd Annual EMM Science Workshop, the second edition of Explore Mars Competition, and workshops for “Teachers Ambassadors” program. 

Dnata commits to greener future with new recycling program


nata has ramped up its recycling programme for its fleet of 12,000 units of GSE (Ground Services Equipment) in both of its Dubai hubs (DXB and DWC). Since the launch of the recycling programme this year, over 80 units of GSE have been renewed at the GSE maintenance base, reducing waste generated from GSE by 110 tonnes while passing all safety and quality


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checks. The projection for 2017 is an estimated 140 pieces of GSE being recycled, saving the company approximately over AED 13 million, and reducing waste by 250 tonnes. As GSE reach the end of their life cycle, they were previously replaced with newer versions. However, given the sturdy and enduring nature of the machinery, the GSE mostly simply required a mechanical overhaul to be put back into service. The dnata GSE maintenance

facility, located at DXB airport spans 36,000 sqm and employs 1,145 dedicated team members who carefully check the GSE for any faults before replacing parts that need renewing, therefore extending the lifespan to up to 18 years. Gary Chapman, President, dnata, said: “Our reality is that sustainability is necessity, not a choice, and at dnata, we endeavour to meaningfully fulfil our environmental responsibility wherever we operate. 

Our Smart Services DCAA Smart App will allow the customers the below services: • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Issuance of Landing permissions Issuance of No Objection Certificate for Carriage of Restricted Articles Issuance of No Objection Certificate for Aerial Work Issuance of No Objection Certificate for Aircraft Warning Light Issuance of No Objection Certificate for Heliport Issuance of No Objection Certificate for Pyrotechnic Display Issuance of No Objection Certificate for Building Height (Below 300m) Issuance of No Objection Certificate for Building Height (Above 300m) Issuance of Approval for Heliports Certification Issuance of Approval for Crane Operation Issuance of Approval for GSM or other communication tower Issuance of Approval for Balloon Operations Issuance of No Objection Certificate for Sky Trackers / Space Cannon

Registration Requirements: • • • • • • •

Company Name Company Address Telephone Number Fax Number PO Box City Choose one secret questions

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Username Password Email Address Name Mobile Number Emirates ID Number Category (Individual - Airline - Agency - Expert - Provider)

You can download the application

by searching in App Store and Play Store by typing DCAA or scan the QR code

For more information, please call technical support on: email:

+971 56 6810685

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Abu Dhabi Airports receives UAE’s first Aerodrome Flight Information Services certification


bu Dhabi Airports has been awarded the UAE’s first Aerodrome Flight Information Services (AFIS) certification from the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), for Sir Bani Yas Airport.

AFIS is provided at airfields where flight information is required, but where the aircraft traffic does not warrant having a full Air Traffic Control service. AFIS can provide information to pilots about other known traffic that is landing, taking off, or flying in the vicinity of the airfield, as well as relevant meteorological information and status of the runway. Based upon information received from AFIS, the pilot will determine how best to safely operate the flight. H.E. Eng. Awaidah Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports commented: “The successful delivery of


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this project means that Sir Bani Yas is the first unit within the UAE to obtain this type of certification. We thank all our partners and stakeholders for their kind support, and look forward to the further development of this airport.”

for the approval to be awarded. Abu Dhabi Airports and GAL Air Navigation Services are to be congratulated for their accomplishment as the first unit in the region to receive this groundbreaking certification”.

H.E. Saif Al Suwaidi – Director General GCAA commented: “The Aerodrome Flight Information Service Regulations are the first in this region, and in fact amongst the first in the world. Thus the issue of a certificate for this service is a new concept, and it has taken a great deal of preparation in order to achieve the high standard necessary

Mr. Mohammad Al Dossari – GCAA Director Air Navigation and Aerodromes - awarded the first AFIS certificate in accordance with Civil Aviation Regulations. Mr. Al Dossari praised the company for its application and for the significant amount of diligent work that has been applied in order to process the required documentation and procedures. 

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South America, followed by Asia, fastest growing markets in August

Passenger traffic to DXB rises to a record 8.2 million in August


ubai International (DXB) registered yet another month of record passenger traffic with 8.2 million passengers welcomed in August, according to the monthly traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

Boosted by the seasonal rush of travellers, particularly UAE residents returning for the start of the academic year, passenger traffic at DXB reached 8,233,311 in August compared to 7,727,105 recorded in the same month last year, an increase of 6.6 per cent. The year to date traffic totalled 59,353,368 passengers up 6.3 per cent compared to 55,851,148* recorded during the first eight months of 2016. During August South America (27.4 per cent) was the fastest expanding market in terms of percentage growth followed by Asia (21.9 per cent), and Eastern Europe (18.8 per cent). In terms of passenger volumes, India remained the top destination country with 1,044,730 passengers in August, followed by the UK (611,254 passengers) and Saudi Arabia (610,434 passengers). London was the top destination city with 377,130 passengers followed closely by Kuwait (284,151 passengers) and Mumbai (211,564 passengers). The average number of passengers per flight during the month remained high at 246, up 7.2 per cent compared to 229 recorded in August 2016. Flight movements totalled 34,370 during the month under review

compared to 34,967* recorded in August 2016, marginally down by 1.7 per cent. Year to date flight movement totalled 274,549, down 1.5 per cent compared to 278,799* recorded during the first eight months in 2016. Freight volumes surged to 221,508 tonnes in August, up 10.1 per cent compared to 201,100 tonnes recorded in the corresponding month in 2016. Year to date cargo reached 1,737,676 tonnes up 3 per cent compared to 1,686,277 tonnes recorded the first eight months last year. Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports said, “We are very pleased with the way things are shaping up this year, not only in terms of growth, which has been robust

with passenger numbers exceeding the 8-million mark three times – in January, July and August, but also with our success in significantly enhancing the airport experience with initiatives such as the launch of the world’s fastest free airport Wi-Fi, streaming entertainment service ICFlix, quicker passport control and shorter wait times in queues thanks to cutting edge technology.” “As we celebrate Dubai International’s 57th anniversary later this week, we will renew our commitment to make the world’s number one airport for international passenger volumes also the world’s best for customer service,” he added. 

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Airport investments

up and rising


whopping US$1.1 trillion in airport infrastructure projects are planned or under way, globally.

Global aviation continues to grow rapidly in most parts of the world. An airport can yield a significant dual revenue stream from aeronautical and non-aeronautical services. Airports require huge investments and there is no dearth of investments for the projects for new airports. Over the years the nature of the airport investor has changed, and continues to do so. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the investment scene was dominated by large airport operators, most of them from Europe (Aéroports de Paris, BAA, Flughafen Zürich, AENA, Fraport, Copenhagen Airports etc.), though some Asian and US airports were early adopters too. Their investments are for the long term, and are predicated on factors such as consistent passenger and cargo growth rates. Typically, they don’t leave the sector rapidly once they are in it. According to a Frost & Sullivan study titled Airports 2030, airport operations and business models are rapidly changing, driven by competitive forces and capacity constraints.

The Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation (CAPA) has a comprehensive Airport Investors Database which it updates annually, revealing the relatively ephemeral nature of airport investment. In July 2017, a new CAPA research showed that US$255 billion is being invested in new (Greenfield) airport projects around the world. Together with the US$845 billion investment at existing airports in projects such as new runways and terminal buildings, runway and terminal extensions and miscellaneous ones, it said it means that US$1.1 trillion in airport infrastructure projects are planned or under way within a timescale that continues, in some extreme cases, for

four decades into the future. The research, drawn from Global Airport Construction Database, shows that there are more construction projects taking place in Europe than is often appreciated, though much of it is in Eastern and Central Europe rather than the western part of the continent. The research demonstrates that investment at existing airports is in fact higher than might be assumed, while at the same time the woeful lack of it on new airports is emphasised – a miserly US$3.6 billion on 11 projects in the whole of the US and Canada.

In July 2017, a new CAPA research showed that US$255 billion is being invested in new (Greenfield) airport projects around the world

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Elsewhere in the world, Latin America as a whole underperforms where new airport construction is confirmed. Meanwhile, investment at existing airports is high in the Middle East, exceeding that of Europe and North America. This includes the huge Al Maktoum International which is part of the mind-boggling Dubai South project. Currently, there are 415 new airport projects in the world, including Europe having 58. The investment is soaring if one considers CAPA’s earlier report which had revealed that the total value of airport construction projects, either new ones or continuations of existing ones at the start of 2015 was US$543 billion globally. Of this, US$84.5 billion worth of airport projects are in the Middle East. A total of 64 projects in the Middle East were reported in the database.

According to CAPA’s Construction and Capital Expenditure Database, there are currently over 2300 airport construction projects worldwide, varying from US$1 million to US$20 billion, and over 300 new (green or brown field, or General Aviation extension) airport developments. After China, the next big market for airports investment is India. The world’s second populous country will require a huge investment over the next 10-15 years for setting up new airports and adding capacity at the existing ones. Aviation is going to be one of the major sectors that will drive economy going forward, and some 150-200 airports are needed for 90 per cent of the population to be within 60-90 minutes away from an aerodrome. As many as 31 more

challenges. If so, the airport could be closed to new services by fiscal year 2018.

airports have become operational in the last two years and currently the total number of airports stands at 106 from 75 aerodromes earlier. But, CAPA says there is massive shortfall and that India’s airport CapEx pipeline of US$4.9 billion is inadequate to meet the kind of expansion required. Up to 40 per cent non-Metro airports are operating beyond their capacity. India is about a face a severe crisis as planned investments in upcoming and existing airports is only a fraction of the US$40 billion investment that is required. Delhi Airport is estimated to have the potential to handle up to 90 million passengers when fully developed. On current growth forecasts, Delhi is expected to be saturated by Financial Year 2023, hence planning for a second airport needs to commence immediately. Similarly, Chennai airport may not be able to grow beyond 18 million passengers due to airside

The CAPA estimates that airports in both southern cities of Bengaluru and Hyderabad will reach saturation by fiscal year 2026. The report says that States that face particularly serious challenges include Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The report points out that among the 30 largest non-Metro airports operated by Airports Authority of India (AAI), 40 per cent are already estimated to be operating over their design capacity. Jammu, Pune, Kozhikode, Mangaluru and Tiruchi are among the airports that will reach saturation immediately, while Thiruvananthapuram and Madurai airports will face saturation in fiscal year 2017. India’s airport CapEx pipeline of around US$4.9 billion is utterly inadequate to meet the kind of expansion required. Emerging markets such as China plan to invest US$130 billion in airports over the next 10-15 years, while the UAE has airport capacity expansion plans of US$46 billion. “India is dangerously under-prepared to develop the airport capacity it desperately needs,” the report said. 

October 2017


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Airlines and airports embracing Artificial Intelligence


irlines and airports are embracing new technologies and turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to support their customer service. Over the next three years 52per cent of airlines plan major AI programs or R&D and 45per cent of airports will invest in R&D in the next five years, according to the SITA 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights. Airlines are looking at how technology can help minimize the impact of disruption on the passenger experience and their business. Over the next three years 80per cent of them plan to invest in major programs or R&D into prediction and warning systems, which rely heavily on AI. Another technology that is catching the attention of the industry is chatbots. Today, 14per cent of airlines and 9per cent of airports already use chatbots. The report shows however, that there is significant appetite among air transport CIOs to embrace this technology over the next three years. By 2020, 68per cent of airlines and 42per cent of airports plan to adopt AI-driven chatbot services. SITA’s report also shows that mobile app development is a top priority among airlines and airports. Over the next three years 94per cent of airlines and 82per cent of airports plan major mobile programs or R&D. The main area of focus is in the commercialization of their mobile services with airlines looking to boost both direct and ancillary sales via their apps. In fact, airlines expect sales via their mobile apps to double by 2020 and reach 17per cent of their total sales. Streamlining services into one single app to deliver a seamless experience is a priority for almost every airline (94per cent) and a high priority for more than


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half (58per cent). Jim Peters, Chief Technology Officer, SITA, speaking at the Future Travel Experience conference in Las Vegas, said: “We know that passengers prefer to use technology and when it is well designed it can really improve the passenger experience. Airlines and airports are investing in AI and mobile programs to make services even better for the passenger, supporting sales and providing customer support, particularly during times of disruption. “The industry is using a healthy mix of in-house and outsourced development which will combine expert and industryspecific knowledge with emerging approaches to tech offerings.” Nearly three quarters of airlines use inhouse developers for their passenger apps but 42per cent also use bespoke

developers or large tech companies. In contrast, 46per cent of airports develop their passenger apps in-house and the same proportion use external developers. Airports plan to use chatbots for services such as notifications and airport guides. They are also looking to beacons and sensors to help provide context and location-aware services. SITA’s research shows that 40per cent consider this area a ‘high priority’ for app development and a further 43per cent consider it a ‘priority’. Airports clearly recognize the opportunity to provide useful and relevant mobile services to passengers to optimize time spent at the airport. SITA’s IT Trends are well established as the global benchmark research for the air transport industry. Senior IT executives at the top airlines and airports took part in the research earlier this year. 

October 2017



Welcoming industry colleagues to Mauritius


’m excited and looking forward to the 27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition taking place in Port Louis Mauritius, under the theme “Bold leadership in a time of change.” This theme recognizes that, whatever the set of changes that beset our business and our lives, airports play a crucial role in the economic and social health of communities, countries, regions and the world at large, and they must craft a strategy for their sustainable development to continue providing those benefits. The conference programme will highlight a number of topics essential to airports in the Middle East and across all other regions. The session “Creating a strong security culture,” will focus on the importance of establishing a tight-knit community and fostering a security culture that can benefit the whole security system, including the recognition of suspicious behaviour and tackling insider risk. We will also be launching the APEX in Security programme, a peer-review service that combines the mandate for regulatory compliance with the actual day to day operational needs of airports to maximize operational efficiency while enhancing the standard of security. The session “The road to success: learning from the world’s best airports in customer experience,” will allow delegates to obtain vital lessons directly from winners of the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards on how they have built and maintained an excellent customer experience. We will highlight those achievements, including those of Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai International Airport, at the ASQ Awards Ceremony during the Gala Dinner of the 27th ACI Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition. And we will celebrate the nine airports that have been inducted in 2016 and 2017 into the ACI Director General’s Roll of Excellence, awarded to those that have ranked in the top five airports by size or region for five of the last six years in the ASQ Survey.


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Angela Gittens Director General, ACI World

Delegates will also gain insights from airport CEO’s on gaining cost efficiencies and working more effectively with their airline customers and other role players on the airport platform through the adoption, integration and implementation of new and existing technologies through the session “How airport CEO’s view the digital transformation.” Other session topics will include: taxes, connectivity and sustainable tourism; barriers and opportunities to grow; and, a view from ACI’s World Business Partners. With an in-depth schedule the 27th Africa/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition promises to deliver the tools and strategies needed to face the changes in the industry in the years to come.  See you there.


Creating a culture of professional inclusiveness W

e are seeing profound changes in aviation. This industry has gone through an impressive amount of consolidation. We could be looking at 4 million drones by 2021. And several commercial space launches per week by then as well. We could be looking at electric air taxis that take us to the airport, or even across town. This is just the beginning of the changes we’re seeing in our industry. We can expect that new technologies will continue to revolutionize aviation, just as we’re seeing in so many other areas of society.

Michael Huerta Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

To address the challenges ahead, there’s no doubt that we need a workforce that is highly skilled, diverse and inclusive, and also eager to learn. This is really at the heart of the agency’s Workforce of the Future Initiative.

community to safely integrate these new vehicles into the airspace system.

We have to continue to reach out to people from all walks of life, so that we can attract the broadest pool of candidates for the great careers here at the FAA. And we have to identify and eliminate any barriers that would prevent us from achieving equal opportunity.

For us to succeed in all of these areas, the FAA has to match the rapid innovation that’s happening in industry. We have to be more flexible, nimbler, creative, and we have to be comfortable with always feeling a little bit uncomfortable with how fast everything is changing.

In doing these things, our agency will continue to reflect the very best of America. When we have people with different strengths, backgrounds and viewpoints at the table, we make much better decisions as an agency.

This means we have to continue to invest in our workforce. Managers should think about how we can tap our employees’ unique backgrounds and strengths.

But to realize that promise, we have to focus on more than just the numbers. The true test of diversity is whether we can create a culture of professional inclusiveness and collaboration. The two really go hand in hand. We are collaborating with our federal partners and other stakeholders in ways we haven’t done in the past. As part of our safety Compliance Philosophy, we’re working with the aviation industry to identify and mitigate safety risks. We’re also working with industry to deliver real benefits through NextGen. And for nearly a year, we’ve been working with the drone

And I encourage all of our employees to develop “learning agility.” In other words, be willing to learn as much as you can, so that we’re prepared to take on anything that comes our way. 

(Excerpts from remarks at NHCFAE Training Conference)

October 2017



Royal Jordanian launches ‘Happy Friday’ offer


oyal Jordanian has launched an online promotion providing customers ‘amazing offers’ every Friday. The sale, branded as “Happy Friday”, will run every Friday for 24 hours on Royal Jordanian website. The airline will be offering very attractive, round-trip, economy class tickets to a selection of its destinations on the network. RJ president/CEO Stefan Pichler commented that “Happy Friday” is a continuation of two of the most

successful campaigns in the airline’s history. “Every Friday, RJ’s customers can visit to find new promotions

and happy surprises to different destinations at very low prices. Just go online with us,” he said. 

Air Astana to offer passengers in-flight broadband speed connectivity


assengers flying on Air Astana are now able to experience high-speed broadband in-flight connectivity, with the airline’s first Boeing 767 featuring the service. The award-winning Kazakh air carrier has installed the Rockwell Collins cabin system, which utilizes Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) Aviation capabilities to provide inflight connectivity.

The new service enables Air Astana passengers to surf the Internet, use various instant messenger applications, social networks, listen to audio and check emails via personal computers, tablets and smartphones. Broadband speed connectivity will be available to Business and Economy class passengers on all three of Air Astana’s Boeing 767s.

Andrey Gulev, manager Commercial Engineering commented, “One of our core missions at Air Astana is to be on the cutting-edge of technology and constantly enhance our passengers’ experience whether it’s on board or on the ground. We proved this in 2016, when we became one of the first airlines to commit to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress high-speed in-flight connectivity system with Rockwell Collins. We’re delighted the service is now ready to launch and we are looking forward to hearing what our passengers think of being able to continue sending work emails throughout their flight or chatting to their friends on social media.” The new service will be available to passengers on the first of Air Astana’s Boeing 767s, with system installation on its second aircraft planned to be completed in October 2017. 


October 2017


Air Partner acquires SafeSkys


ir Partner’s consulting and training division has acquired air traffic control services business SafeSkys for £3 million, according to Air Traffic Management report.

The acquisition has been funded from Air Partner’s existing cash resources, aligns to Air Partner’s long-term strategy and objectives, and is expected to be earnings enhancing in its first full year of ownership. SafeSkys was founded in 1993 by Richard Barber, and over the past 24 years of his ownership, has grown to be recognised as a leading provider of environmental and air traffic control services working across 16 civilian and military airports in the UK, employing over 80 trained staff working every day onsite at the customer airport. SafeSkys is an European air navigation service provider in its own right and regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority Safety & Airspace Regulation Group.

As an accredited ANSP with equal experience of serving the needs of civil and military customers for over 24 years, SafeSkys is able to provide the complete turnkey package for Airport ATC Services, whether an individual ATC officer, flight information service officers or ATC engineers to manage ATC communications and navigation aids. SafeSkys currently provides turnkey ATC services at three UK airports. Once integrated SafeSkys will rebrand as Air Partner SafeSkys and will benefit from Air Partner’s long term management approach, financial strength and transparency and global office infrastructure. Richard Barber, founder and CEO of SafeSkys, said: “We are confident

that Air Partner’s long-term strategy and approach, their global office infrastructure, financial strength and transparency will enable us to enhance our offering and develop the business even further.” Paul Hickman, analyst at Edison Investment Research said: “Air Partner’s global charter business is driven by a complex mix of factors connected with the global economy, geopolitical developments and natural events. These include volatility, but the business is managed for the long term, with a clear strategy of alignment to the needs of the global customer base. Further growth is likely as the consultancy business scales up, as with the acquisition of Safeskys, a leading environmental and air traffic control services provider for a net £3 million.” 

October 2017


Cargo & Logistics

Alaska Air Cargo introduces world’s first converted 737-700 freighter


laska Air Cargo has introduced the first converted Boeing 737-700 cargo aircraft, the first of its kind in the world.

“This one-of-a-kind aircraft marks the beginning of a new era at Alaska Airlines,” said Wayne Newton, Alaska Airlines vice president of airport operations and customer service. “With an all-freight fleet, our cargo business is now a stand-alone operation, allowing us to better focus on the needs of our cargo customers.” Alaska will take delivery of two more converted 737-700 freighters, allowing the new, all-cargo fleet to carry 15 percent more capacity overall. Currently, Alaska operates one 737-400 freighter and four 737-400 combi aircraft, which carry both passengers and cargo. Alaska plans to retire its entire 737-400 combi fleet by Oct. 18.


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“The new freighter will transform our cargo business and allow us to provide more efficient and consistent service,” said Jason Berry, Alaska Air Cargo managing director. “Now we can move more freight than ever before, and optimize schedules to meet the needs of our cargo partners.”

State of Alaska

Initially, the new fleet of allfreight aircraft will primarily serve the state of Alaska, and provide regular, scheduled service to 17 communities across the state. Independent of Alaska Airlines’ passenger operation, Alaska Air Cargo will provide more scheduled

Freighter facts •

Nonstop range of 3,200 miles

Maximum net payload 42,000 pounds

Though smaller in size, the 737-700 freighter can carry 10,000 more pounds of cargo per plane compared to Alaska’s current 737-400 freighter.


freight service than any other carrier in the state, and connect customers to 100 destinations across the airline’s route network. 


New app

for flight planning


usiness aviation pilots can create and file flight plans for easy reference, calculate and compare aircraft cruise modes to increase performance, and access real-time weather updates to ensure the aircraft arrives at the destination on time using a new app GoDirect Flight Bag Pro by Honeywell.

Honeywell has released its latest flight planning application for the Connected Aircraft, GoDirect™ Flight Bag Pro, to business aviation pilots. “This pilot-designed and pilot-approved technology simplifies flight planning and provides access to important flight information anytime,” said Kiah Erlich, director, Flight Services, Honeywell Aerospace, and a pilot herself. “With real-time information made possible by in-flight connectivity, pilots using GoDirect Flight Bag Pro on a Connected Aircraft can stay informed of the best routes and weather conditions to get to their destinations safely and on time.” 

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