Air Arabia inaugural Baku flight takes off

The new flight marks Air Arabia’s first entrance into Azerbaijan and its expanding travel market.
Updated 20 March 2017
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Air Arabia inaugural Baku flight takes off

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC), launched its inaugural service to Baku last week. This new flight marks Air Arabia’s first entrance into Azerbaijan and its expanding travel market.
An official delegation including Sheikh Fahim Al-Qasimi, executive chairman of the department of government relations — Sharjah, and the Emirati ambassador to Azerbaijan as well as the Azerbaijani ambassador to the UAE were also on board the inaugural flight to Baku.
The new route supports Azerbaijan’s recently signed travel decree, which aims at boosting tourism in the country.
The inaugural flight departed Sharjah International Airport, and the aircraft received a traditional water canon salute upon arrival to Baku, were the official inaugural visit lasted for two days.
Air Arabia announced that the destination will be served four times a week, and will operate under two flight timings. On Thursdays and Sundays, the flight departs Sharjah at 7:55 a.m., and arrives at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku at 10:50 a.m. local time. The return flight leaves Baku at 11:30 a.m., reaching Sharjah at 2:10 p.m. local time.
On Tuesdays and Saturdays, the flight leaves Sharjah at 2:55 p.m. to land in Baku at 5:50 p.m. local time, and departs Baku at 6:50 p.m. for its return journey, arriving at Sharjah International Airport at 9:30 p.m. local time.
“Azerbaijan is a culture-rich country with a fast-emerging appeal for tourism,” said Adel Al Ali, group CEO, Air Arabia.
“We are excited to announce this service, and hope that our passengers enjoy our award-winning offerings. We are confident that this step will establish Baku as a destination of choice for true cultural experiences, and will positively contribute to the rapidly-growing tourism industry in Azerbaijan.”
Baku, in its essence, resembles a harmonious blend of Europe and Asia, and acts as the financial hub of Azerbaijan. The city is a true example of past-meets-future, offering it all from skyscrapers and modern boutiques, to important historical sites. The new flight adds to the growing list of “short holiday” destinations served by Air Arabia. Baku etched its name in international sports by hosting the European Grand Prix. Furthermore, the Caucasus city has recently been named a host for the UEFA Euro 2020 football championship.
Air Arabia currently operates flights to 124 destinations from five hubs across the Middle East and North Africa.


Genesis G70 arrives in the Middle East

Updated 19 April 2018
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Genesis G70 arrives in the Middle East

Genesis has officially launched its compact G70 luxury sedan in Middle East markets, completing the brand’s core sedan lineup. Engineered as a dynamic car with strong appeal to younger customers and more enthusiastic drivers, the G70 joins the flagship G90 large sedan and mid-sized G80 and G80 Sport.

“Genesis has been very well received in the Middle East, and the Genesis G70 will be an exciting new chapter in our story,” said Altar Yilmaz, Genesis general manager for the Africa and Middle East region. “For many of our potential customers, this is the Genesis they have been waiting for.”

The arrival of the Genesis G70 in showrooms follows a previous display presentation at the Dubai International Motor Show in November 2017, where Genesis fielded a large number of inquiries about the car. With larger G80 and G90 models already growing a strong base of loyal customers, it is expected the compact model will add significantly to the brand’s appeal in the competitive Middle East luxury car market.

The G70 showcases the future direction of the Genesis brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design identity. 

“The G70’s interior is configured to prioritize an excellent user experience, with superb fit and finish throughout. The interior packaging reflects simplicity, with an emphasis on genuine functionality instead of gimmickry. A horizontal layout brings a sense of stability, with an intuitively laid-out switchgear and a comfortable, assertive sport steering wheel,” the carmaker said.

The G70 offers two powertrains in the Middle East region — a 3.3-liter V6 petrol turbo and 2.0-liter I4 petrol turbo.  The Lambda II 3.3-liter V6 turbo GDI engine is the heart of the enthusiast-focused G70 Sport, with 370 ps and maximum torque of 52.0 kg.m (510 N.m) 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 270 km/h.