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Gulf Air bolsters capacity – but F1 decision delayed

Bahrain’s national carrier Gulf Air is boosting capacity in its summer schedule through increased frequencies and new destinations, but will have to wait another month to hear whether its flagship Formula 1 Grand Prix will be reinstated this year.     The F1 race, which had been due to open the season in March, was […]

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Who’s selling those 777s? Giza clue…

If the unnamed carrier mentioned in a Flight International advertisement this week was hoping for anonymity then it probably should have checked the small print. The advertisement covers the auction of five Boeing 777-200ERs, all with Pratt & Whitney PW4090 engines, and aged between 10 and 14 years. It doesn’t identify the seller, just describes […]

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Oman Air shows off new Embraer 175

Middle East carrier Oman Air has been showing off its new Embraer 175 regional jet at a ceremony in Muscat today. The airline has just taken delivery of the first five of the type it placed firm orders for in November 2009, as part of efforts to develop domestic routes within Oman.

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Day in Doha

I’ve been going to Qatar’s capital city regularly for over a decade now, and it never ceases to amaze me how this “aerotropolis” changes each time I step off the plane. During a lightning visit to Doha to interview Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker, I managed to find an hour to finally pay a […]

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How the Internet makes a world of difference III

EgyptAir’s wayward route map may have picked up some attention in the last few days but we came across it last August* when we pointed out other examples of questionable geography. The Israeli press is bemoaning the airbrushing of Tel Aviv – not really a great surprise, although it’s led to some eccentric interpretations. It’s the placing of Damascus a long […]

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7up for SkyTeam as it heads into Middle East

MEA is one of seven carriers in the process of joining SkyTeam which will see membership jump from 13 member airlines today to 20 in 2012

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The mother, the child and the mistress

I was in sunny Ethiopia last week for the African Airlines Association annual general assembly. It was 23° out there – in sharp contrast to today’s snowy London landscape. During the conference a charming story emerged, which I was told has been playing out for the last couple of years. I thought I’d share it with you. […]

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Stop press: Wheels fail to come off Emirates A380

Much breathless excitement doing the rounds on the Internet over the Emirates A380 which, if you believe the gossip, damaged its undercarriage after touching down hard, then aborting its landing, at Manchester on 6 September.   Some websites – one or two of which ought to have known better – ran with the unsubstantiated rumours […]

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Inflight magazines Afghan style

Safi Airways publishes an inflight magazine with a difference

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PICTURES: The big new Dubai airport accepts its first flight

Dubai’s new airport gets ready to enter service

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