Breaking Travel News: Reports

Breaking Travel News: Reports

Reporting from some of the world’s most exciting tourism destinations and speaking to the people who matter, Breaking Travel News’ journalists here bring viewers everything they need to know about the fast moving hospitality industry.

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Josef Burger, chief executive, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel

Josef Burger, chief executive, Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel

25th Nov 2016

Josef Burger, chief executive of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel, talks to Breaking Travel News during preparations for the 2016 World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony. Speaking from the famous starters hut at the top of the Hahnenkamm race course, he tells Breaking Travel News about the significance of the ski season to the destination, how the organisation continues to drive visitor numbers ever higher, and what his hopes are for the winter ahead.

Michael Huber, president, Kitzbühel Ski Club

Michael Huber, president, Kitzbühel Ski Club

25th Nov 2016

Michael Huber, president of the Kitzbühel Ski Club, is the man charged with leading preparations for the Kitzbuhel Downhill, part of the Hahnenkamm race weekend, each year. One of the most prestigious events on the global ski circuit, it brings an international crowd numbering in the tens of thousands to the Alpine resort. Here he talks to Breaking Travel News during the World Ski Awards about the significance of the event.

Emirates is now an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

Emirates is now an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

12th Nov 2016

Dubai based Emirates airline has become the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights, reports Phil Blizzard from the emirate.

Emirates repaints an Airbus A380 in just 15 days

Emirates repaints an Airbus A380 in just 15 days

30th Jun 2016

Video: The Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre, the world’s largest aircraft painting facility owned by an airline, has completely stripped and repainted 33 aircraft last year, or 13% of its fleet, reports Phil Blizzard in Dubai. This timelapse shows the repainting of one of their A380s.

Dubai New Years Eve - behind the scenes of the Burj Khalifa fireworks

Dubai New Years Eve - behind the scenes of the Burj Khalifa fireworks

30th Dec 2015

Video: Dubai will witness another dazzling display of fireworks with Burj Khalifa at the centre of the New Year Eve celebrations, says BTN presenter Phil Blizzard. This video goes behind the scenes as master developer Emaar Properties has reveals how workers braved the dizzying heights putting the finishing touches to what will be one of the most impressive firework displays this New Year’s Eve. The placements of the fireworks will run down the façade of the world’s tallest building.

Etihad, Qatar and Emirates display Airbus A380’s at the Dubai Airshow 2015

Etihad, Qatar and Emirates display Airbus A380’s at the Dubai Airshow 2015

10th Nov 2015

Video: A rare line up of Airbus A380’s from the fleets of the three major Gulf carriers gave Phil Blizzard the opportunity to visit all three in one day. The line up included the world’s first two class A380 which has just joined the Emirates fleet and a three class giant form Qatar Airways. Also featured is the four class configured double decker from Etihad Airways which received a royal tour from His HIghness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates

Emirates A380 and two Jetman Dubai in a stunning flight formation

Emirates A380 and two Jetman Dubai in a stunning flight formation

5th Nov 2015

Video: The world’s largest passenger aircraft the Airbus A380 and the world’s smallest man aircraft are seen in this stunning flypass of Dubai iconic landmarks. Phil Blizzard in Dubai reports that Emirates, along with various stake holders in the city collaborated to produce this stunning flight formation.

Seattle Museum of Flight and the Boeing 737 production line

Seattle Museum of Flight and the Boeing 737 production line

20th Aug 2015

Video: In Seattle to view the latest Boeing 737-800 for flydubai Phil Blizzard starts this report at the Museum of Flight. From viewing some of the most famous aircraft in aviation history we move across to the latest, on the final assembly production line at Renton. Alongside the new flydubai aircraft Phil Blizzard talks to Ken Giles, COO, flydubai and Marty A Bentrott, Snr VP, International Sales, Boeing.

Emirates bids farewell to its last Boeing 777-200

Emirates bids farewell to its last Boeing 777-200

29th Jul 2015

Video:  Since joining the Emirates fleet in 1996, A6-EMF has transported hundreds of thousands of passengers and flown an an estimated 60 million kilometres, reports Phil Blizzard in Dubai.  So at the ‘end of service’ of an aircraft such as this what is the decommissioning programme? Philip Audsley, Manager, Aircraft Assets explains the process in this video feature and Emirates pilot, Captain Constantinos Nicolaou is seen in the cockpit preparing for the last flight of A6-EMF to its final destination in Arizona.

Kempinski Seychelles Resort ready to host World Travel Awards

Kempinski Seychelles Resort ready to host World Travel Awards

19th Jun 2015

Video: The 2015 World Travel Awards have arrived in the Seychelles for the gala ceremony to celebrate excellence in tourism across the Africa and Indian Ocean region. Phil Blizzard talks to Masami Egami, GM, Kempinski Seychelles Resort about hosting the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’ and what this will mean to future tourism for the Seychelles.

Paris Airshow 2015 - Flying display day 1

Paris Airshow 2015 - Flying display day 1

17th Jun 2015

Video: The 51st Paris Airshow opened with more 2200 exhibitors and a fabulous flying display from those magnificent men in their flying machine reports Phil Blizzard for Breaking Travel News.  Aircraft taking part in this aeronautical display includes the Airbus A380, Airbus A350, Dassault Aviation Rafale, Dassault Aviation Falcon 8X, Airbus Group Innovations E-FAN, Airbus Defence and Space A400M and the aircraft known for the most vertical of take offs - the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Vietnam Airlines.

Paris Airshow 2015 - A birds eye view

Paris Airshow 2015 - A birds eye view

16th Jun 2015

Video: A grand view of the 51st Paris Airshow with this footage from a drone flying across the static displays. Phil Blizzard for Breaking Travel News reports that this premier aviation event has attracted more than 2200 exhibitors

Boeing 787 Dreamliner in almost vertical take off ahead of the Paris Airshow 2015

Boeing 787 Dreamliner in almost vertical take off ahead of the Paris Airshow 2015

14th Jun 2015

Video: In a stunning display of flying, including an almost vertical take off, Boeing’s expert crew rehearse their performance ahead of the Paris Airshow reports Phil Blizzard. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the colours of Vietnam Airlines is seen in series of majestic aeronautical maneuvers forming part of the display they will be performing at the Paris Airshow 2015. The aircraft was flown by Boeing test pilots Randy Neville, Van Chaney and Mike Bryon. Video courtesy of Boeing - can you spot how the undercarriage closes and then re-appears a few frames later!

Web In Travel Conference Middle East 2015

Web In Travel Conference Middle East 2015

23rd Apr 2015

Video Report: Mobile devices have overtaken desktops for on-line bookings in the travel sector according to global search engine experts from Skyscanner and WeGo.  Phil Blizzard reports on the hot topics of discussion at the Web in Travel conference - WIT ME 2015.  The conference was held at the Oberoi, Dubai.

Emirates Airbus A380 dresses up for the ICC World Cup 2015

Emirates Airbus A380 dresses up for the ICC World Cup 2015

1st Feb 2015

With the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 just days away, Emirates airline, a global connector of people, places and passions, has unveiled the first of its aircraft that will feature the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Logo. Phil Blizzard in Dubai says take a look at this video showing how an Emirates A380 gets “dressed up” at the airlines maintence facilitiy for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Emirates A380 - 10 new routes in 2014

Emirates A380 - 10 new routes in 2014

13th Jan 2015

Video: The Dubai based Emirates airline marked a record launch of 10 new A380 routes in 2014 and has released a ‘mash-up’ video that shows the iconic aircraft landing in 10 destinations spanning the globe. Breaking Travel News presenter Phil Blizzard says “Look out for some stunning cockpit views, in both real time and speeded up, as the giant double decker aircraft lands at 10 different airports across the world”

Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways reveal their Airbus A380 and Boeing Dreamliner

Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways reveal their Airbus A380 and Boeing Dreamliner

24th Dec 2014

Video: As the world’s largest suite on board a commercial aircraft takes to the skies Breaking Travel News looks at the reveal of Etihad Airways Airbus A380. Phil Blizzard reports on the ceremony which took place at Abu Dhabi International Airport which saw the airline’s CEO James Hogan talk of ‘the pride’ in this new era of the airline. At the ceremony the airline also revealed the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Qatar Airways A350 XWB in 5 aircraft flight

Qatar Airways A350 XWB in 5 aircraft flight

16th Dec 2014

A Qatar Airways Airbus A350 XWB was one of five brand new aircraft in this stunning flying display of comercial jet aircraft. The Middle East carrier is the launch customer for the A350 XWB and one of their aircraft can been seen in the fleet as it performs a series of low passes and a range of formation flying - including diamond, echelon and arrow in this exhilarating display.

Dubai Cruise Terminal 3 Opened by Crown Prince

Dubai Cruise Terminal 3 Opened by Crown Prince

12th Dec 2014

Video: Phil Blizzard reports on the opening of the Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal 3, at Mina Rashid in Dubai. The new DP World facility is named after the Crown Prince of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

Dubai Golf driving golf tourism in the UAE

Dubai Golf driving golf tourism in the UAE

13th Oct 2014

Video: Breaking Travel News continues it’s series of golf tourism reports ahead of the debut World Golf Awards to be held in Portugal, November 2014. On this occasion Phil Blizzard visits the Emirates Golf Club, home to the Dubai Desert Classic, an iconic golf course which last year celebrated it’s 25th anniversary. Overlooking the first tee he talks to Christopher May, CEO, Dubai Golf about the importance and growth of golf tourism to the economy, but first an overview of some of their key tournaments.

Etihad Airways Airbus A380 timelapse video - painting the new livery.

Etihad Airways Airbus A380 timelapse video - painting the new livery.

29th Sep 2014

Video: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has unveiled the new livery design that will be introduced across its fleet. Created by leading brand consultants Landor Associates in partnership with Etihad Airways, the new livery is inspired by traditional Emirati design patterns, the landscapes of the desert and the geometric shapes found in the modern architecture of Abu Dhabi. The design pattern is also a key feature of the new cabin interiors being introduced on Etihad Airways’ Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft, and is being rolled out across the airline’s corporate branding – from advertising to brochures to premium lounges.

Trump International to develop second golf course in Dubai

Trump International to develop second golf course in Dubai

25th Sep 2014

Video: The Breaking Travel News golf tourism series continues with Phil Blizzard talking to Damac Properties, developers of the Trump World Golf Club Dubai, who have just announced a second golf course. Niall McLouglin talks about the new project, golf tourism figures and the positioning of Dubai, as well as lights, camera and action with Paramount Hotels. The debut World Golf Awards will take place in Portugal, November 2014

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai on course with golf tourism

Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai on course with golf tourism

24th Sep 2014

Breaking Travel News tees off with a series of golf tourism reports ahead of the debut World Golf Awards to be held in Portugal, November 2014. Phil Blizzard does a round at Cityscape Global, Dubai in order to look at golf developments in the region.

A Greek odyssey - visiting the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa, Athens Riviera

A Greek odyssey - visiting the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa, Athens Riviera

2nd Sep 2014

Video: Breaking Travel News in Greece for the World Travel Awards, Europe Gala Ceremony visits the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa on the Athens Riviera. Presenter Phil Blizzard on his Greek odyssey takes a look at the facilities of this award winning hotel with it’s waterfront location, award winning spa and convenient access to the city.

The Emirates A380 Experience takes off at Dubai Mall

The Emirates A380 Experience takes off at Dubai Mall

27th Aug 2014

Video: The Emirates A380 Experience allows participants to pilot the world’s largest aircraft, with a choice of airports for take off and landing, with soaring flights through the skies in a very realistic flight simulator at Dubai Mall. Phil Blizzard for Breaking Travel News took up the challenge to land the giant aircraft at Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak airport - but first a circuit of Dubai’s iconic landmarks.

Flavours of Greece at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014 special weekend

Flavours of Greece at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014 special weekend

22nd Aug 2014

Video: A private tour of the Athens Acropolis Museum to a relaxing cruise across the Saronic Gulf were some of the activities for attendees to the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014. Phil Blizzard, for Breaking Travel News, reports from the Athens Riviera on the weekend of Hellenic activities and the high spot, ‘The Oscars of the Travel Industry” - The World Travel Awards.

A Greek odyssey - visiting the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa, Athens Riviera

A Greek odyssey - visiting the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa, Athens Riviera

19th Aug 2014

Video: Breaking Travel News in Greece for the World Travel Awards, Europe Gala Ceremony visits the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa on the Athens Riviera. Presenter Phil Blizzard on his Greek odyssey takes a look at the facilities of this award winning hotel with it’s waterfront location, award winning spa and convenient access to the city.

Athens key tourist attractions viewed ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014

Athens key tourist attractions viewed ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014

2nd Aug 2014

Video: From Syntagma Square in the heart of the city through to the Athens Riviera Phil Blizzard, on his Greek odyssey, looks at some of the key tourist attractions and the importance of tourism to the country’s economy. The World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2014 to be held at the Divani Apollon Palace and Spa will recognise leaders of the travel and tourism industry from cross Europe.

A Greek odyssey - visiting the Divani Palace Acropolis, Athens

A Greek odyssey - visiting the Divani Palace Acropolis, Athens

1st Aug 2014

Breaking Travel News in Athens for the World Travel Awards, Europe Gala Ceremony visits the Divani Palace Acropolis at the foot of the capital’s most famous landmark.  Presenter Phil Blizzard on his Greek odyssey talks to the hotel manager George Moldovanos about its facilities, the magnificent location for leisure travellers and the importance of the MICE market. He also gives an insight into his most famous neighbour, The Acropolis, as well his views on the state of the Greek economy.

A Greek odyssey - visiting the Divani Caravel Hotel in the heart of Athens

A Greek odyssey - visiting the Divani Caravel Hotel in the heart of Athens

31st Jul 2014

Breaking Travel News with a focus on Athens visits the Divani Caravel Hotel in the heart of the Greek capital. Presenter Phil Blizzard talks to John Patsourakos the general manager of the hotel about its facilities, location and the profile of their guests. He also gives his views on the growing economy of Greece, which with an increase in the number of guests, appears positive.

Divani Apollon Palace and Spa - the start of a Greek odyssey

Divani Apollon Palace and Spa - the start of a Greek odyssey

30th Jul 2014

The beginning of this Greek odyssey for Breaking Travel News presenter Phil Blizzard begins on the Athens Riviera, in the Presidential Suite at the Divani Apollon Palace Spa. The Divani Collection are hosting the Europe Gala Ceremony of the World Travel Awards 2014

Ramadan Nights - a ‘breaking of the fast’ tour of Dubai

Ramadan Nights - a ‘breaking of the fast’ tour of Dubai

28th Jul 2014

Ramadan Nights with Breaking Travel news and Phil Blizzard touring the city of Dubai visiting hotels on Palm Jumeriah and mainland Dubai to discover a wide variety of Iftar venues and meals to ‘break the fast’, fom Zabeel Saray to the iconic Burj Al Arab.

Ramadan Nights: The Oberoi, Dubai

Ramadan Nights: The Oberoi, Dubai

24th Jul 2014

Ramadan Nights with Breaking Travel News and on this occasion Phil Blizzard visits The Oberoi, Dubai in Business Bay. This hotel from India’s leading luxury hotel group is just one year old and in that short time has firmly established itself on city’s social scene.  During the Holy Month of Ramadan the team of chef’s and has created some very innovative Iftar dishes for guests to break their fast.

Ramadan Nights: Qasr Al Sultan, Rixos The Palm Dubai

Ramadan Nights: Qasr Al Sultan, Rixos The Palm Dubai

15th Jul 2014

Ramadan Nights with Breaking Travel News visiting Qasr Al Sultan at the Rixos Palm Dubai where Phil Blizzard stepped back in time on entering the Ottoman era inspired Ramadan Tent.  This luxury resort, by the Turkish hotel group Rixos, has drawn on their countries heritage to create a unique venue for guests to break their fast.

BTN Reports: Divani hotels ready for World Travel Awards in Athens, Greece

BTN Reports: Divani hotels ready for World Travel Awards in Athens, Greece

14th Jul 2014

World Travel Awards, the “Oscars of the travel industry”,will visit Greece for the first time, with Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso, Athens, set to host its Europe Gala Ceremony on 2nd August 2014. Phil Blizzard in this audio interview, via Skype, talks to Niki Fotiou, Marketing & PR Manager, Divani Collection about hosting the awards and what it means to both Greece and the hotel group.

Ramadan Nights: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Ramadan Nights: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

13th Jul 2014

Ramadan Nights with Breaking Travel News visiting the newest luxury hotel on Dubai’s iconic Palm Jumeirah. Phil Blizzard visits the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah to sample their Iftar - the ‘breaking of the fast’ meal which is served in the Mezzerie restaurant.

Ramadan Nights: The iconic Burj al Arab, Jumeirah, Dubai

Ramadan Nights: The iconic Burj al Arab, Jumeirah, Dubai

10th Jul 2014

Ramadan Nights with Breaking Travel News visiting the iconic Burj al Arab, Jumeirah - the all-suite luxury hotel in Dubai. Phil Blizzard reports on Iftar, the ‘breaking of the fast’ which takes place in the elegant Al Iwan - ‘The Royal Hall’ and also in the Viennese styled Al Falak ballroom which is popular with corporate clients and their guests.

Ramdan Nights: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Ramdan Nights: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

3rd Jul 2014

Ramadan Nights with Breaking Travel News visiting the Ottoman inspired Jumeriah Zabeel Saray resort on Palm Jumeriah in Dubai. Phil Blizzard reports on Iftar,  the ‘breaking of the fast’ meal which is served in the elegant Imperium Restaurant, styled on a palace from the French inspired period of the Ottoman Empire.

BTN Reports: Cunard liners, more fun in the Philipinnes and Dubai Airport at No 1

BTN Reports: Cunard liners, more fun in the Philipinnes and Dubai Airport at No 1

25th Jun 2014

In this edition of World Travel Radio presenter Phil Blizzard discovers it’s more fun in the Philipinnes, talks luxury liner trends with Cunard and visits Dubai International Airport as they reach number 1. There is also a round-up of the latest travel news - including the ‘take off’ of business class only flights and news of where ‘The Oscars of the Travel Industry’ are to be held in Morocco.

FIFA World Cup 2014: France v Spain on the Emirates A380 simulator

FIFA World Cup 2014: France v Spain on the Emirates A380 simulator

22nd Jun 2014

The flight deck of an Emirates A380 simulator is the location for this off pitch France v Spain encounter.  Arsenal F.C. players Olivier Giround and Bacary Sagan tackle Spanish teammates Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta to see who can provide the best landing of the giant double decker aircraft at the Emirates Experience in Greenwich, London.

BTN Reports: Qatar Airways CEO talks ahead of IATA 2014 GM

BTN Reports: Qatar Airways CEO talks ahead of IATA 2014 GM

1st Jun 2014

Ahead of the 70th Edition of the IATA Annual General Meeting Akbar al Baker the CEO of host airline Qatar Airways talks to Phil Blizzard about some of the challenges in the region, their presence at the forthcoming Farnborough Airshow and the recently opened Hamad International Airport in Doha.

BTN Reports: Thailand for weddings and culinary delights

BTN Reports: Thailand for weddings and culinary delights

26th May 2014

In this edition of World Travel Radio presenter Phil Blizzard explores the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai and discovers the mouthwatering delights of Thailand by talking to Sanda Steppe from the world famous Blue Elephant Restaurant, whilst the programe starts with a focus on Thailand as a wedding destination.

BTN Reports: Donald Trump in Dubai to inspect latest golfing project

BTN Reports: Donald Trump in Dubai to inspect latest golfing project

20th May 2014

Billionaire Donald Trump recently flew into Dubai to inspect his latest golfing project - the Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, part of the 42 million square foot golf community AKOYA by DAMAC. Talking to Phil Blizzard on the first green, the property tycoon highlights the benefit of golf courses like this to the tourism industry in the Emirates and argues that his courses in Scotland have seen tourism revenues grow by more than 50 per cent.

BTN Reports: News round-up from Arabian Travel Market 2014

BTN Reports: News round-up from Arabian Travel Market 2014

15th May 2014

Breaking Travel News brings you a round-up of the key stories from the Arabian Travel Market 2014 in Dubai where Phil Blizzard reports on activities by flydubai, Qatar Airways and the Etihad Airways first class Residence onboard the A380.

BTN Reports: Morocco to host World Travel Awards Grand Final

BTN Reports: Morocco to host World Travel Awards Grand Final

13th May 2014

Following a signing ceremony Arabian Travel Market 2014, Phil Blizzard talks to World Travel Awards president Graham Cooke, Moroccan minister of tourism, His Excellency Dr Lahcen Haddad, and Mohammed Arkobi, chairman of Innovate Marketing Solutions, about hosting the Grand Final in Morocco for the next three years.

BTN Reports: Private jet world tour with Abercrombie & Kent

BTN Reports: Private jet world tour with Abercrombie & Kent

14th Apr 2014

Travel presenter Phil Blizzard looks at a private jet world tour from ‘Abercrombie & Kent’ priced at US$1.5 million for their ‘Passport to the World” travel extravaganza. The Indian Ocean destination of Seychelles is featured in the first of two interviews - with tourism and culture minister Alain St Ange talking about their steady growth and also their new tourism plan. This is followed by a trip across to Singapore to talk with Marc Dardenne, chief executive, Patina Hotels & Resorts - a new luxury hotel group with significant plans for Asia.

BTN Reports: Live the Billionaire Lifestyle Experience

BTN Reports: Live the Billionaire Lifestyle Experience

25th Feb 2014

In this edition of World Travel Radio presenter Phil Blizzard looks at the Billionaire Lifestyle Experience - a three-week long holiday with guests staying across the world in ten of the most luxurious and extravagant hotel suites

BTN Reports: Dubai’s world record breaking new year’s fireworks

BTN Reports: Dubai’s world record breaking new year’s fireworks

22nd Jan 2014

With Dubai set to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the largest firework display the world has ever seen, Breaking Travel News here catches up with the key people involved with the event to reveal just how the spectacular event came together.

BTN Reports: Dubai Expo 2020

BTN Reports: Dubai Expo 2020

22nd Jan 2014

Breaking Travel News captures the excitement of Dubai winning their bid to host the World Expo 2020. At a special event on one of the manmade islands of The World, located off the coastline of Dubai, Phil Blizzard reports on the build up to the announcement and the jubilation once the results were revealed.

BTN Reports: Emirates Executive

BTN Reports: Emirates Executive

21st Jan 2014

The newly established Emirates Executive private jet service has been created to take the flying experience beyond first class as Phil Blizzard discovered on-board their Airbus A319, with its 12 private suites offering the ultimate in airborne luxury. Here he also talks to Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president planning, Aero-political & industry affairs about the service they offer high-flying executives, celebrities and royalty.

BTN Reports: Dubai Air Show Day 1

BTN Reports: Dubai Air Show Day 1

20th Jan 2014

The 13th edition of the Dubai Airshow off to a flying start with orders for new aircraft, and their associated engines, worth US$192.3billion being placed by the major carriers from across the region on the opening day alone. From the debut show at its new venue, Dubai World Central, Phil Blizzard reports on the orders placed by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Dubai’s Emirates and flydubai, and Qatar Airways.