In Brief

dnata and Singapore Airlines expand deal

DNATA, a leading global air and travel services provider, and Singapore Airlines are expanding their long-standing partnership in the UAE.

Following more than 45 years of successful cooperation in Dubai, dnata Representation Services, part of the dnata Travel Group, has been selected to provide a comprehensive range of sales, marketing and contact centre services to Singapore's flag carrier as its general sales agent (GSA) in the Northern Emirates.

The expanded partnership will see the team at dnata Representation Services act as the essential link between Singapore Airlines and local trade, supporting its commercial operations beyond Dubai, to extend across Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm al-Quwain. dnata Representation Services' vast network, broad marketing, sales and operational expertise, and extensive experience in airline representation will help the carrier enhance its market presence in the UAE amidst a highly competitive business environment.


Oneworld appoints Akbar Al Baker as Chairman

THE Governing Board of the oneworld Alliance has appointed Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker as Chairman.

As Chairman of the oneworld Governing Board, Al Baker will oversee the alliance’s governance, chair oneworld’s Governing Board meetings and work closely with oneworld CEO Rob Gurney and the alliance’s management team.

Having led Qatar Airways since its launch in 1997, Al Baker is the longest-serving CEO of a oneworld member airline. Under his leadership, Qatar Airways has grown into one of the world’s most highly awarded airlines with an extensive global network, with plans to serve over 140 destinations by end of July 2021.

An influential figure in the global aviation industry, Al Baker served as Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors from June 2018 to June 2019. He has served on IATA’s Board of Governors since 2012. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation and a non-executive Director of Heathrow Airport Holdings. In addition, he serves as Secretary-General of Qatar National Tourism Council.


Oman Air Holidays partners with WebBeds

OMAN Air Holidays announced that it has partnered with WebBeds (a division of Webjet Limited) to enhance its digital booking experience and provide greater choice, flexibility, and convenience to guests in search of innovative custom holiday packages in Oman. WebBeds’ global distribution network will be available to Oman Air Holidays as well as its outstations in international markets through seamless platform-to-platform API connectivity providing access to WebBeds’ extensive inventory of accommodation and other services including tailor-made travel arrangements, transfers and guided excursions.

Mundher Al Shaikhani, Senior Manager at Oman Air Holidays, said “Oman has captured the world’s imagination as a unique bucket-list destination in the Middle East and demand for a wide range of accommodation across the country has increased significantly in recent years. Our partnership with WebBeds boosts the inventory of rooms and services available to customers of Oman Air Holidays and allows us to provide real-time pricing and availability when creating our fly-and-stay itineraries and tailored packages.”


SAUDIA celebrates traditional calligraphy

SAUDI Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, joined hands with the Ministry of Culture to celebrate the “Year of Arabic Calligraphy,” by adorning two of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with a special livery marking the initiative. Presently, the two aircraft have flown to London, Madrid, Dubai, Riyadh, and Dammam with many more scheduled international destinations to come. 

In addition to decorating the two Boeing aircraft with Arabic calligraphy, SAUDIA organized special events prior to their departures from the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, where calligraphers wrote the names of passengers in Arabic calligraphy on a boarding passes replica.