General Travel News

Gulf carriers to remain unaffected by WTO ruling

The World Tourism Organisation's (WTO) latest ban on subsidies for Airbus from European governments will not have any impact on any Gulf carriers as the ruling will affect future aircraft developments and not the existing ones.


Max Sukkhasantikul, Consultant — Commercial Aviation, Aerospace and Defence Practice, Frost & Sullivan, said: "I do not think this ruling will have any impact on the Gulf's regional airlines. The orders that they have placed are signed off and would not be affected in any way."


Emirates, the world's biggest customer of A380s and Boeing 777s, has also ordered a large number of A350s which are currently under development. Sukkhasantikul said the A350 orders won't be affected, either. "The WTO verdict on subsidies would, however, affect the new generation aircraft that both Boeing and Airbus are planning to develop."


UAE-based Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways — the two biggest customers of Boeing and Airbus in the region — declined to comment on the latest WTO ruling.

More General Travel News
Marshmello, Pitbull, Shaggy and Don Omar perform at the Diriyah Music Festival in Saudi Arabia
Jazeera Airways launches flights to Karachi
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals into Dubai by early September
Latest Travel News
Jazeera Airways launches flights to Kara...
Emirates expecting over 500,000 arrivals...
Kazakhstan's new tourist attraction - fa...
Featured Sights To See
Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens

Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens

Auckland, New Zealand

Located in Manurewa (South Auckland) containing numerous varieties of plants and exotic flowers. It also hosts the annual Ellerslie Flower Show.           ...

Jardim Botanico

Jardim Botanico

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This botanical garden, that’s the symbol of the suburb it is named after, houses over 5000 species of plant. Designed by order of Prince Regent Dom Joao in 1808, it’s a quiet place on weekdays but busier on weekends when families come and there is an outdoor cafe. Address: Rua Jardim Botanico 920, Jardim Botanico Tel: 2294 9349 Opening Time: 8am-5pm  ...

Shanghai Circus World

Shanghai Circus World

Shanghai, China

Shanghai's famed troupe frequently conducts acrobatic, circus and magic shows at this venue. These performances are excellent and often feature lions, elephants, pandas and tigers.   Timings: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday performances-7:30 P.M Admission: Y 80- Y 600 Address: Gonghe Xin Lu 2266 Tel: 021-5665-6622 Website: www.circus-world.com ...

Museum of History

Museum of History

Hong Kong, China

Museum of History is another landmark of this area. Established in 1975 when it became a separate entity, it finally got its permanent home only in 1998 on 100 Chatham Road, South Tsimshatsui. This colossal museum has the same colour planning as the Science Museum next door. If one is a history enthusiast, this is the place to go to. Intricate details of the history of Hong Kong can be found here....