In Brief


Air Arabia launches new City Check-in facility

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) operator, has announced the launch of their newest City Check-in facility in Muweilah, opposite Al Madinah Shopping Centre in Sharjah.

Aiming at providing passengers with enhanced convenience and flexibility in their travel experience, the city check-in service will allow travellers to drop off their bags and collect their boarding pass at a location near them across the Emirates. This service is designed to simplify the pre-flight process, save time and avoid queues at the airport.

The Muweilah facility operates daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Passengers have the convenience of checking in and dropping off their luggage within 24 hours up until 8 hours prior to flight departure.

Passengers flying from Sharjah International Airport can visit any of the 6 City Check-in facilities located in Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman and Al Ain.


Fly Emirates Premium Economy to India

Emirates announced that its highly sought-after Premium Economy offering will be available to customers flying to and from Mumbai and Bengaluru, starting October 29. Emirates will operate its newly retrofitted flagship A380 aircraft to these two popular Indian points, featuring the new Premium Economy seats, as well as refreshed interiors that provide an elevated experience in all other cabin classes.

Travellers flying on the Dubai-Mumbai route can book Emirates’ Premium Economy seats on EK500/501, while customers flying between Dubai and Bengaluru can book their flights on EK568/569 to enjoy the industry’s latest premium economy product with luxurious seats, more legroom, and an elevated dining experience.


Empire Aviation debuts Boeing Business Jet

Empire Aviation Group, a leading provider of integrated private aviation solutions with aircraft management, sales, charter and CAMO services, has announced the registration of a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) under management for commercial charter services.

The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) is an ultra-large-cabin, long-range aircraft that can accommodate 18 passengers for various types of operations, such as business, private charter, corporate and head-of-state missions. The BBJ is based on the Boeing 737-700 commercial airliner and can fly up to 12 hours non-stop and cover distances of up to 6,200 nautical miles at speeds of up to 541mph, depending on the number of passengers. The spacious passenger cabin (79 feet long, 7 feet high, and almost 12 feet wide) features a custom interior design by the renowned Paris-based designer Alberto Pinto. It is divided into four main areas – a boardroom, lounge, VIP ensuite bedroom, business office and two restrooms, one with a with shower.

The aircraft offers a range of amenities for passenger comfort and convenience, such as an inflight entertainment system with 5.1 surround sound custom speaker installation, Satcom and internet access, to name a few.


Hahn Air invites startups to innovate

Leading airline distribution provider, Hahn Air, is creating an innovation node for companies looking to advance their innovative projects. Under the name ‘Innovation at Hahn Air’, the Research & Development Department, is inviting startups and industry players to pitch their ideas, build a proof of concept (POC) or jointly develop innovation concepts.

Innovation at Hahn Air will make the team’s expertise available to companies working on unique ideas and out-of-the-box solutions that potentially have an impact on the travel industry. 

Some of the current projects of the Hahn Air Research & Development Department are:

Blockchain: Hahn Air is exploring the world of blockchain technology by partnering with Chain4Travel as a node validator.

NFT: By working closely with TravelX, Hahn Air is building a POC to understand the value and capabilities of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) as a distribution model for airlines.

The team is also looking into the potential of loyalty programmes with unlimited transferability by collecting and converting cryptocurrencies.