Two MG Models Debut At Riyadh Motor Show

British brand MG Motor made a statement at the 2023 Riyadh Motor Show, which runs until December 9. The highlight was the world premiere of the MG Whale – an SUV-coupe model that boasts a whale-inspired grille and oval-shaped vertical lights at the rear. Indoors, it features a 12.3-inch curved panoramic screen, Nappa leather seats, and an uncluttered dashboard layout. The petrol-powered model will be launched in the Middle East before 2023 comes to a close.

The other MG model that grabbed attention was the MG7, making its regional debut. Scheduled to go on sale in March next year, the car features a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a multifunction three-spoke steering wheel, triangle-shaped headlights and a body-wide taillight.

MG has also displayed several other models from its global portfolio at the Riyadh Motor Show. The list includes MG HS PHEV, ZS EV, RX5, MG GT and the recently introduced MG One. And for the extra something, a custom-made MG T60 is also present.

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Cathay Cargo To Buy Up To 26 Airbus A350F Freighters

To make Hong Kong the world’s top air cargo hub, Cathay Group has placed a firm order for Airbus A350F Freighters. The agreement also gives the option for the Hong Kong-based airline to purchase a further 20 such aircraft. Cathay confirms that the first units from this order will start arriving in 2027. These freighter aircraft will help the carrier link its hub and China Mainland with long-haul destinations across North America, South America and Europe.

Presently, Cathay Group’s Cargo services are handled by 20 Boeing 747 freighters, including 14 B747-8Fs and 6 B747-400ERFs. In addition to those purpose-built aircraft, the airline serves cargo needs with belly capacity on its fleet of passenger aeroplanes.

The order book for Cathay Group currently includes 21 Boeing 777-9s, with deliveries expected to start in 2025, and 49 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft, all expected to join the fleet by 2029.

Pratt & Whitney Propels The Falcon 6X Into Service

RTX’s Pratt & Whitney Canada joins Dassault Aviation in celebrating the latter’s Falcon 6X’s entry into service. The business jet, which had bagged its type certifications from EASA and FAA earlier this year, is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PW812D turbofan engines. The Falcon 6X entered service on November 30, 2023.

In the testing phase, the engines proved so fuel-efficient that they could fly the largest Falcon jet for up to 5,500 nautical miles (10,200km). Plus, compared to direct competition, the PW812D also offers improvements over noise and emissions. Pratt & Whitney Canada claims that the PW800 series engines require 40 per cent less scheduled maintenance and 20 per cent fewer inspections when compared to rivals in the same class.

The engines in question are already compatible with a 50 per cent blend of kerosene-based jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Further tests are being conducted for up to 100 per cent use of SAF.

Kia K3 Debuts In The Middle East At Riyadh Motor Show

At the Riyadh Motor Show in Saudi Arabia, Kia Middle East and Africa premiered the all-new K3. Making its regional debut, the sedan first broke cover in August this year. The Korean carmaker confirms that the K3 will be available in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. The model comes packed with features, including a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and LED DRLs. Besides that, the car has many safety and driver assistance systems, such as Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Warning, front and rear parking sensors and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Alongside the new K3 sedan, the EV6, EV9, K8 HEV, K5 HEV, Seltos and Sportage are also on display at the Riyadh Motor Show, which runs until December 9, 2023.

Star Alliance Bags Accolade At World Travel Awards

At the 30th edition of the World Travel Awards, Star Alliance was recognised as the World’s Leading Airline Alliance for the fourth consecutive year. Apart from that, Star Alliance members bagged various individual awards at the event.

Earlier this year, the Star Alliance Los Angeles Airport lounge was awarded the title of North America’s Leading Airport lounge for the fourth year in a row. All in all, the alliance has had quite a 2023. And all its 25+ members, including Air Canada, Air India, SAS, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, played a critical role in gaining all recognition.

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Is That The Front Or The Rear Of A New Honda?

It’s hard to tell, correct? Well, we’ll all learn more about this all-new Honda Global EV that will be unveiled next month. More specifically, at 10:30 am on January 9, at CES 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like all big conglomerates worldwide, the Japanese firm is working towards carbon neutrality. In fact, it aims to achieve that status across all products and activities by 2050.

By 2030, Honda will introduce 30 new EVs globally, with worldwide sales of 2 million units. The automaker has set itself an ambitious target for the North American market. It aims for 100 per cent zero-emission automobile sales by 2040, with battery-electric and fuel-cell electric vehicles as the contributors.

Emirates Puts On A Show At 2023 World Travel Awards

Dubai-based carrier Emirates, widely regarded among the best in the world at what it does, put up a show at the 2023 World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final. The airline was named the World’s Leading Airline for the Middle East for the third year in a row. Next, it bagged the top honours for Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment, Leading First Class and Leading Airline Brand. The Emirates Skywards was also recognised as the World’s Leading Rewards Programme. Emirates has won that particular award for the last 11 out of 12 WTA events. For the record, the 2023 edition of the WTA marked the 30th anniversary of this honours programme.

Earlier this year, Emirates received accolades for the Best Airline in the World and Best Airline in the Middle East at the 2023 ULTRAs. Also, it was recognised as the 2024 APEX World Class Airline and bagged the 2024 IFSA award for Best Onboard Amenity. Emirates was also honoured at the Gulf Business Awards 2023, where it won the Transport & Logistics Company of the Year award.

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Audi, Al Nabooda Automobiles Celebrate 52nd UAE Union Day

On December 2, 2023, the UAE will celebrate its 52nd Union Day. And to mark the occasion, Audi and its authorised dealer in the country, Al Nabooda Automobiles, have created something unique. An Audi Q8 was presented to Emirati artist Faris Al Hammadi to give it an artwork that encapsulates the nation’s heritage and culture, past and present.

The finished specimen is now on display at Al Nabooda’s Dubai showroom. It will wow onlookers until December 8, 2023.