Middle East

  • Avolon
    News

    Avolon customers seek payment relief

    2020-04-06T01:38:00Z

    Aircraft lessor Avolon has disclosed that the vast majority of its customers are seeking rent deferrals or reductions amid “the most challenging period in the history of commercial aviation”. In its first-quarter update, the lessor states that it “has received requests from more than 80% of its current owned ...

  • AH-64E maritime work
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    AH-64E explores maritime attack role in Arabian Gulf

    2020-04-02T05:56:00Z

    The US military has conducted joint operations in the Arabian gulf to demonstrate army attack helicopters teaming with naval assets to engaged simulated surface targets. The work involved the army’s Boeing AH-64E attack helicopters operating from the USS Lewis B Puller , an Expeditionary Sea Base ship, says the ...

  • Qatar Airways 787-8
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    Qatar Airways puts New York and Spanish flights on hold

    2020-04-02T01:46:00Z

    Qatar Airways is suspending flights to New York and the Spanish cities Madrid and Barcelona, but vows to reinstate them “in line with a return to regular conditions”. Framing its decision, the Oneworld member says it “continues to temporarily hold flights to severely affected countries due to entry restrictions ...

  • Emirates 777 freighter
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    Emirates transfers all freighter operations to Dubai International

    2020-04-01T10:42:00Z

    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is consolidating freighter operations at Dubai International from 1 April, suspending operations at the city’s Dubai World Central hub. Emirates is re-organising its freight network in response to the disruption from the coronavirus crisis. It says the decision to concentrate on Dubai International, the ...

  • emirates fleet dubai airport
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    Emirates to receive capital injection from Dubai government

    2020-03-31T11:16:00Z

    Emirates is to be given a capital injection by the Dubai government, to support the Middle Eastern airline in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak. The operator – which has a fleet of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s – has suspended passenger flights in line with United Arab Emirates ...

  • Mahan A310
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    Mahan A310 crew overran after displaced threshold blunder

    2020-03-30T13:03:00Z

    Iranian investigators have found that a Mahan Air Airbus A310-300 crew mistakenly landed long and overran at Yerevan after failing to check which end of the landing runway was subject to a displaced threshold. The A310, arriving from Tehran on 26 May last year, had been cleared for an ...

  • Parked Lufthansa aircraft
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    ​ICAO welcomes government support for aviation sector

    2020-03-27T02:45:00Z

    UN aviation body ICAO welcomed a statement from G20 countries to aid in the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting that aviation is one of the worst-hit sectors. The G20 said on 26 March it will do “whatever it takes” to overcome the pandemic, and will continue to ...

  • Pic 23 Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777-300ER
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    Qatar Airways opens Brisbane service amid Coronavirus

    2020-03-27T01:17:00Z

    The coronavirus pandemic has opened a new route for Qatar Airways, which will operate flights to Brisbane for the first time and increase services to Australia to help people get home. The Doha-based carrier said on 26 March it will add 48,000 seats from 29 March and use larger ...

  • El Al
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    El Al awaits state funding decision after halting passenger flights

    2020-03-26T20:11:00Z

    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has opted to suspend all remaining passenger flights, as it awaits potential government financial support. El Al says the suspension, on 26 March, will continue until 4 April. It will continue to provide rescue and repatriation services as well as freight flights, some of ...

  • Group Cheif Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas
    Interview

    How Etihad aims to manage through coronavirus crisis grounding

    2020-03-26T14:48:00Z

    Etihad Aviation Group chief executive Tony Douglas believes the business’s ongoing restructuring programme has given the Gulf carrier the agility to better manage its operation through the coronavirus crisis and to position it for when air travel markets reopen.

  • Etihad 787-10
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    Etihad to deploy 787 passenger aircraft on cargo network

    2020-03-25T16:43:00Z

    Gulf carrier Etihad Airways is to redeploy some of its Boeing 787-10s as passenger freighters following the temporary suspension of scheduled services in the United Arab Emirates, as it seeks to meet a related spike in air cargo demand.

  • EK A380
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    Largest A380 operator Emirates suspends most passenger services

    2020-03-22T16:46:00Z

    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is suspending most of its passenger operations from 25 March, but intends to continue freight services. Emirates has the world’s largest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleets, and has been trying to maintain passenger flights for as long as it could, in order to ease ...

  • Iran Fokker gear-up
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    Recurrent hydraulic fault preceded Iran Fokker 100 gear-up landing

    2020-03-19T10:10:00Z

    Investigators have found that an engine-driven pump’s overheating preceded a hydraulic leak before an Iran Air Fokker 100 was forced to land at Tehran Mehrabad with its main landing-gear retracted. Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation found that the aircraft, inbound from Qeshm on 19 March last year, had suffered a ...

  • El Al 787-9
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    El Al puts most personnel on two months' leave

    2020-03-18T16:43:00Z

    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has put 5,500 personnel on unpaid leave until the end of May, following the cuts to its network in the face of the coronavirus crisis. El Al employs some 6,350 staff overall. It has been holding talks with the Israeli ministry of finance regarding ...

  • 130110-F-AX764-524
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    AC-130W demonstrates maritime attack role

    2020-03-16T07:16:00Z

    The US military has demonstrated the use of a Lockheed Martin AC-130W Stinger II gunship in a new naval support role. The work took place from 8-9 March in the Arabian Gulf and involved AC-130Ws, a Boeing P-8A Poseidon, and a US Navy Cyclone class patrol vessel, says the ...

  • El Al 787
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    Industrial dispute notice heaps pressure on El Al

    2020-03-13T08:23:00Z

    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is facing industrial action from its personnel towards the end of this month, heaping pressure on the airline as it battles to deal with the coronavirus impact. The airline says it received, on 12 March, formal notification of a labour dispute and possible strike from ...

  • El Al
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    El Al bracing for heavy impact from Israeli coronavirus policies

    2020-03-12T17:54:00Z

    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is unable to estimate the impact of new government requirements that people returning to Israel from anywhere in the world must enter 14-day quarantine. The requirement will have a “material adverse effect” on El Al’s operations, the airline says. “But at this stage [we ...

  • Kuwait A320neo
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    Kuwait’s government to halt all air services indefinitely

    2020-03-11T18:28:00Z

    Kuwait’s government has disclosed that all flights to and from the emirate will be suspended from 13 March. The suspension over the coronavirus outbreak will remain in effect “until further notice”, the government has declared. Only Kuwaiti citizens and their immediate relatives will be permitted to fly into ...

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    Analysis

    Covid-19’s full impact on global aviation still unknown

    2020-03-09T02:12:00Z

    More than eight weeks after the world first learnt the term “coronavirus”, the outbreak has spread beyond Asia, with Europe, the Middle East, and even North America now on high alert. Closer to the epicentre in China, Asia-Pacific airlines have been grappling with the shock to air traffic demand, ...

  • Etihad Airways Engineering hangar with 787
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    Etihad reports $870 million annual loss

    2020-03-05T11:11:00Z

    Etihad Airways narrowed its loss in 2019, to $870 million from $1.28 billion the year before, as the Abu Dhabi carrier cut capacity 6% as part of its transformation programme.