Qantas picks Airbus over Boeing for longest flights

Qantas has picked Airbus jets to fly its ultra-long haul routes, dealing a blow to rival plane maker Boeing. The airline selected the A350-1000 for its planned non-stop Sydney to London service, which would be the world's longest commercial flight. Qantas also delayed a final decision on whether to begin those, and other long haul services, unti...

New Dubai hotel to become world's tallest when it opens in 2023

Ciel, The First Group’s project currently under development in Dubai Marina, will become the world's tallest hotel when it opens by early 2023. The 82-level Ciel in Dubai Marina, which will be four meters taller than the emirate's current title holder, the Gevora on Sheikh Zayed Road, has outshone rivals to claim the top prize in three major c...

Mercedes Delays Electric Debut After Jaguar and Audi SUVs Flop

Mercedes-Benz is putting off the U.S. debut of its first electric vehicle by a year in the latest sign of just how difficult a time automakers are having replicating Tesla Inc.’s success. Daimler AG’s luxury brand will start sales of the EQC crossover in 2021 rather than early next year. The German carmaker said in an emailed statement that ...

Amazon adds new ‘Amazon Pharmacy’ branding to PillPack and promotes its CEO

PillPack, the Internet pharmacy that Amazon acquired in 2018, has updated its logo and other paperwork to include a new “Amazon Pharmacy” brand, and sources say its CEO has been promoted to vice president within Amazon. Specifically, the group’s branding has changed from “PillPack, an Amazon company” to “PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy....

Vegan sneakers set to be next plant-based craze in 2020

Eco-friendly meatless food products shook up the fast food industry in 2019. Experts say next year's game-changing trend in sustainable consumer goods may be plant-based or "vegan" athletic shoes. Last week, Reebok, owned by Adidas (ADDDF) since 2005, unveiled the design for its first plant-based running shoe, the Float ride GROW, which is expec...

Ford bets on Mustang’s reputation with Mexico-made Mach-E SUV

The Mustang Mach-E is a groundbreaking vehicle for Ford Motorthat marks the beginning of a new-generation of all-electric vehicles and the first time the iconic name has been used on anything but a two-door pony car. Ford is betting the Mustang name will resonate with consumers and assist the company’s first all-electric SUV in standing out in...

More than 1.2m MENA businesses added to Google Maps this year

More than 20 million commercial and residential buildings are featured on Google Maps in the Middle East and North Africa. According to Amanda Bishop, product manager Google Maps, more than 1.2 million businesses from the MENA region have been added to the platform this year alone. She said: “The rapid pace of urbanization and development in M...

Airbus Chief Pledges to Stay in U.K. If Brexit Deal Goes Through

Airbus SE Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury said the latest Brexit deal between Britain and European Union should pave the way for the aerospace giant to carry on making plane wings in the U.K. The British division, which employs 14,000 people and supports 110,000 supplier jobs, is “very competitive” and will remain a focus for wing pr...

Softbank's Vision Fund invests additional $200m in digital payments firm Paytm

Softbank Vision Fund has invested an additional $200 million in Indian digital payments company Paytm, the company has said. Softbank Vision Fund’s investment is part of a $1 billion raised by Paytm in its latest round of fund raising, valuing the Indian start-up at $16 billion. US asset manager T Rowe Price, and other existing investors such ...

Saudi Arabia needs 1m workers in tourism sector, says Red Sea Development Co CEO

Saudi Arabia needs “over 1 million people” to work in the tourism sector if it hopes to achieve its goal of attracting 100 million visitors by 2030, according to Red Sea Development Company CEO John Pagano. Speaking at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh on Wednesday, Pagano that volume of workers “doesn’t exist” at the moment. In the case...

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