Al-Ahram Weekly Online   13 - 19 October 2011
Issue No. 1068
Sky High
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

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Emirates' new man

Emirates Airlines has appointed a new country manager for Egypt to support the airline's growth within the country. Saeed Bin Sulaiman took up his post on 2 October.

In his new position, Bin Sulaiman will be responsible for the smooth running of Emirates' business in Egypt , overseeing sales and service functions for the airline's passenger, cargo and airport operations.

Africa . "He is dedicated and has proven capabilities and experience. I am confident he will bring a fresh perspective to our business operations in Egypt , and I wish him every success in his new role."

Bin Sulaiman joined Emirates in 2001. His previous experience within the organisation includes heading up the airline's operations in Uganda and Qatar for a total of six years, where he successfully built and maintained country-wide relationships with political representatives, government officials, regulatory authorities and stakeholders in both countries.

BA awarded 2011 bests

British Airways has reclaimed the title of Best Airline at the Business Traveller Awards 2011 and also won in the categories Best Frequent Flyer Programme and Best Shorthaul Airline.

The Business Traveller Awards are voted for by readers of Business Traveller magazine, with the awards authenticated by independent auditors.

On this occasion British Airways has decided to extend its 25 per cent First Class offer from Cairo to London, UK and Europe to 31 October. "We always strive to provide our valued customers with the best offers and promotions possible," said Alfy.

Boeing cushioned by ME boom

An aviation boom in Asia and the Middle East is cushioning Boeing from economic headwinds in the United States and Europe, the aircraft manufacturer said last week.

Orders for aircraft have been streaming in from airlines in the two regions even as US and European carriers wavered on their plane purchases, said Boeing Vice President of Flight Services Sherry Carbary.

Singapore .

Asia-Pacific, Middle East regions and that's not slowing down so frankly we're focused; we don't anticipate too much of a slowdown over the next few years," she added.

Forecasts of the aviation industry in the next two decades released by Boeing showed the Asia-Pacific region will take in 11,450 new airplanes by 2030, more than a third of the forecasted world total of 33,500, the US aircraft maker predicted.

For the Middle East Boeing said the region's flexibility in surviving the economic downturn of 2009 and its strong growth last year prefigured well for its growth prospects.

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