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  • Qatar Airways 787-8

    UN court rejects Gulf states appeal in Qatar blockade case


    An international court has rejected an appeal by four Gulf states countering ICAO’s right to rule on a challenge to the three-year air space restrictions imposed on Qatari aircraft.

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    Wizz Air’s Abu Dhabi division sets out initial route network


    Wizz Air’s new Middle Eastern operation is to focus initially on the eastern Mediterranean and Caucasus when it commences services in October. The new venture, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, will station two Airbus A321neo in the United Arab Emirates capital. But this fleet will be expanded to six ...

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    UIA 737 shot down as command chain broke after defence system blunder


    Two missiles were fired at a Boeing 737-800 over Tehran after a misaligned defence system, and a breakdown of communications and procedures, led the aircraft to be misidentified as a hostile intruder. Evidence from Iranian investigators indicates that only the first missile hit the Ukraine International Airlines aircraft, although ...

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    El Al to slash workforce as part of rescue package agreements


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is set to shed 1,700 positions across three divisions as part of a restructuring programme. The airline says it has reached new collective agreements with its maintenance and administrative sectors. Chief executive Gonen Usishkin says the arrangement is “another step on the road to ...

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    US government clears sale of VIP Black Hawk to Jordan


    The US government has approved the possible sale of a single Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk to Jordan for use as a transport for the country’s royalty.

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    El Al could be renationalised as it opts for share issue


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has given up pursuing a $400 million state-backed loan and opted for an alternative fundraising package which could result in the airline being renationalised. El Al’s board has chosen a $250 million bank loan, which would have a state guarantee, alongside a $150 million share ...

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    Air Arabia Abu Dhabi to open flights with Egyptian routes


    Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia’s new Abu Dhabi-based spin-off is to open services in mid-July with initial operations to two Egyptian cities. Air Arabia Abu Dhabi is to operate to Alexandria, from 14 July, and Sohag from the following day. It will commence services with a pair ...

  • El Al 787-9

    Pilot stand-off piles more pressure on El Al


    Israeli carrier El Al is putting another 400 personnel on furlough after the carrier’s pilots chose not to operate a number of the airline’s services. The airline had been operating a limited number of passenger and cargo services from Israel, although its scheduled passenger flights had been suspended until ...

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    Qatar Airways mandates face shields for economy passengers


    All passengers flying with Qatar Airways in economy class will be required to wear face shields as part of health and safety measures announced by the carrier today in response to the risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Africa and Middle East need ‘layered’ measures for restart: IATA


    African and Middle Eastern countries should adapt their quarantine measures to enable the aviation sector to begin a recovery while containing spread of the coronavirus, IATA has urged.

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    Qatar Airways to operate two-thirds of pre-Covid network in July


    Boston, Toronto and Venice are among 18 more destinations being reinstated by Qatar Airways in July as it seeks to rebuild its network to include 65 points by the mid-month.

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    How surface-to-air missiles are changing the UAV industry


    The spread of surface-to-air missiles around the world is causing the USA to rethink the way it uses its unmanned air vehicles.

  • El Al Boeing 787-8

    El Al reiterates concerns over survival as losses mount


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has reiterated that a financial support scheme is critical to the airline’s survival, as it disclosed a net first-quarter loss of nearly $140 million. El Al says financial assistance is “essential” to its being able to deal with the coronavirus crisis. At the end ...

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    Crashed UIA 737 recorders to be examined by French investigators in July


    French investigation authority BEA is to carry out the download and read-out of information from flight recorders retrieved from the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 shot down over Tehran. The work is set to commence on 20 July, following a request from Iranian investigators, states BEA. It will cover repair ...

  • Akbar A Baker interview

    Qatar Airways chief Al Baker on reactive approach to crisis


    A reactive strategy has helped Qatar Airways keep a significant number of aircraft flying in the crisis, says group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, as the airline prepares for the recovery.

  • Emirates cargo layout

    ​Emirates converts 10 777-300ERs into temporary freighters


    Emirates is temporarily removing more than 3,000 economy-class seats from 10 of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to make room for cargo while it waits for passenger demand to return.

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    Emirates to return A380 to service on 15 July


    Emirates will begin reactivating its Airbus A380 fleet in mid-July with the reintroduction of the superjumbo on flights to Europe.

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    Shot-down UIA 737 recorders to be sent to France: Iranian ministry


    Iranian authorities appear set to send the flight recorders of the Boeing 737-800 shot down over Tehran to France for download of their data. The issue of reading the data following the event involving the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, operating from Tehran to Kiev on 8 January, has ...

  • DHL 767

    DHL orders freighter conversion of 767s


    Germany’s DHL International is ordering conversion of up to four Boeing 767-300ERs to freighters to gain additional cargo capacity in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The twinjets are set to be converted at the facilities of Israel Aerospace Industries. Neither DHL nor IAI has detailed the airframes ...

  • El Al Boeing 787

    El Al wrestles with ministry over proposed financial support


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has put forward amendments to a proposed funding mechanism for the troubled airline, but insists the government has not rejected its basic propositions. El Al had been trying to negotiate a $400 million loan while the finance ministry had countered with an alternative, through which ...