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    Israeli-Gulf flights to expand with Bahrain air services pact


    Israel’s government has sealed an air services agreement with the kingdom of Bahrain, complementing its recent similar pact with the United Arab Emirates. The agreement will allow operators from each side to carry out up to 14 weekly services between the Bahraini capital, Manama, and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion ...

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    Emirates to serve Jordanian capital with A380


    Emirates will next month deploy an Airbus A380 for some of its flights between Dubai and Amman as it boosts frequencies and capacity on the Middle Eastern route. The Jordanian capital will become the sixth city in Emirates ’ network to be served with A380s, joining Cairo, Guangzhou, ...

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    ​IATA downgrades Africa and Middle East traffic forecasts


    IATA has sharply lowered its 2020 guidance for air traffic in the Middle East and Africa, citing “weaker-than-expected recovery” in each region.

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    Israel’s Arkia to open Dubai services in early 2021


    Israeli carrier Arkia has disclosed that intends to open services to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, from the beginning of next year. Arkia’s planned service follows the signing of a new air services agreement between Israel and the UAE after the two sides agreed to normalise diplomatic relations. ...

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    El Al pilots lose legal bid to overturn cockpit efficiency agreement


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s pilots have lost a legal bid to invalidate an efficiency agreement for cockpit crews, which was reached in mid-July in the absence of pilots’ representatives. This agreement was one of several revising terms for several groups of El Al workers. The new pacts were a ...

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    Iranian Fokker 100 engine parts penetrate cabin after uncontained failure


    Iranian investigators are probing the serious uncontained failure of a Fokker 100 engine which forced the crew to abort take-off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. The Iran Aseman Airlines jet (EP-ATE) had been operating a service to Ardabil, near the Caspian Sea coast in north-western Iran, on 13 October. ...

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    Israeli-UAE flights beckon after air services pact signed at summit


    Israeli and United Arab Emirates government ministers have signed an air services agreement enabling airline flights between the two nations. The agreement was one of four pacts formalised at a trilateral summit, hosted by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. “We are assisting ...

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    Royal Jordanian seeks new chief executive after Pichler retires


    Royal Jordanian Airlines has named chairman Said Darwazeh as its interim chief executive, after previous head Stefan Pichler retired having spent over three years in the top post. It has yet to appoint a permanent successor after the carrier’s contract with Pichler ended on 30 September. The airline ...

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    Qatar Airways chief warns travel bubbles ‘just protect home carriers’


    Governments and regulatory bodies must resist adopting protectionist measures such as ’travel bubbles’ that reduce the opportunities for international airlines to serve markets, in the view of Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker

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    No short-term return for A380: Qatar Airways chief


    Qatar Airways does not expect to operate its Airbus A380s for at least two years, according to the Middle Eastern carrier’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

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    Etihad 787 arrives in Tel Aviv for Israeli-UAE trade and tourism mission


    Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has operated a commercial passenger flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv, which it claims is the first such service from a Gulf state to Israel. Etihad Airways’ flight EY9607, flown with a Boeing 787-10 (A6-BMH), landed on Tel Aviv’s runway 12 at about ...

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    Amedeo sees mixed fortunes from Thai and Emirates


    Lessor Amedeo has reported mixed fortunes regarding two of its major lessees, Thai Airways International and Emirates, with one airline paying steady rentals and even operating some of its aircraft, while the other remains grounded and makes little to no rental payments. The insight derives from public disclosures from ...

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    Etihad 787-10 operates service through Israeli airspace


    United Arab Emirates carrier Etihad Airways has conducted a commercial service through Israeli airspace, with its Milan Malpensa-Abu Dhabi flight. Flight EY88 has a scheduled block time of 6h 5min and typically spends about 5h 25min airborne. The service is normally routed through Turkey and then uses the ...

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    Diverse UAE firm claims intention to bid for Israeli carrier Israir


    United Arab Emirates-based investors are intending to bid for the Israeli leisure carrier Israir, one of the country’s main operators. NY Koen Group, a diversified holding company located in Dubai, says it will be submitting a bid to purchase the airline. Israir has a mix of Airbus A320 ...

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    Trump lawyer and former UN ambassador proposed for El Al board


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s shareholders are to meet in November to approve a new board of directors, including Jason Greenblatt, the former chief lawyer to US president Donald Trump. Greenblatt is one of six directors proposed for the board following the stock issue in September during which El Al ...

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    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: October 2020 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, airport passenger throughput, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

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    A320neo line adapts to five digits for MSN10000 delivery


    Lebanese flag-carrier Middle East Airlines has taken delivery of the first Airbus A320-family aircraft to have been assigned a five-digit serial number, with the handover of an A321neo bearing MSN10000. While the aircraft is not the 10,000 th A320 to be transferred to a customer – that milestone ...

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    Israeli-Jordan airspace pact set to unlock more Middle Eastern routes


    Israel’s government has expanded potential route networks with Arab states through an airspace agreement with its Jordanian counterpart. The pact, signed between civil aviation authorities on 8 October, opens the two countries’ airspace and will “significantly shorten flight times” from the Gulf states and Asia to destinations in Europe ...

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    Person ‘more likely to be hit by lightning’ than catch Covid-19 in aircraft


    Data suggests that an individual has a much greater chance of being hit by lightning over a 12-month period than they would of catching Covid-19 during a commercial flight, according to IATA.

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    Qatar Airways adds new US link with San Francisco flights


    Qatar Airways is to launch flights to San Francisco this December, adding the west coast city to its US network for the first time.