GCAA joins British Airways in celebrating 80th anniversary
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, October 10 - 2012 at 15:28
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The UAE, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), joined the British Airways in celebrating their 80th anniversary of operating in the UAE. Ms. Laila Hareb, Executive Director of Strategy and International affairs at GCAA, was present at the event along with Mr. Martin Broughton, Chairman of British Airways, and Mr. Paolo De Renzis, Area Commercial Manager, Middle East at British Airways.
"Celebrating British Airways 80 anniversary in UAE has a special taste. BA has been flying uninterrupted to the UAE for 80 years now, and celebrating this momentous occasion in UAE makes a perfect match," she added.
The airline's first flight to the region touched down in Sharjah on 7 October 1932, under the banner of Imperial Airways, a predecessor to British Airways.
The Handley Page HP42 aircraft took off from Croydon, just south of London, on 2 October 1932 and took six days to reach Sharjah. The aircraft travelled at just 160kmh and carried fewer than 20 passengers.
Today, 80 years later, British Airways is still driven to achieve excellence and increase people connectivity around the world.
British Airways announced that winter schedule on the Dubai-London route promises increased capacity and enhanced operations.
BA's not only witnessed but had a role in the growth of the UAE aviation market. Today, over 120 airlines operates from our airports to destinations around the world.
The UAE is committed to build bridges with the world through aviation. We have over 150 air services agreements, of which 115 are open skies or fully liberal arrangements.
"Under this framework, the UAE GCAA is proud of having British Airways presence in the Middle East in General, and the UAE in particular and looks forward to developing this relationship further to support the tremendous growth of travel, trade and tourism between both countries. I congratulate you once again on this memorable occasion and wish British Airways, on behalf of UAE, all the best," Ms. Hareb concluded.
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