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    Flydubai enhances UAE-Canadian links with Air Canada codeshare


    Closer air transport ties between Canada and the United Arab Emirates are being further tightened with a codeshare agreement between Air Canada and Flydubai. The two sides have increased co-operation with Emirates opening a new route to Montreal – its second service to Canada – and Air Canada’s cargo division ...

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    Oman Air 737 grounded in Iran after sustaining debris damage on landing


    One of Oman Air’s aircraft has been damaged by runway debris while landing in Iran, forcing the grounding of the jet. The Boeing 737-900ER had been operating the carrier’s WY2435 service – a chartered flight – from Muscat to Shiraz on 15 May. Oman Air says the twinjet sustained damage ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: May 2023 update


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

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    Jazeera chief stays coy on fleet requirements for Saudi carrier


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways is expecting to have around 35 aircraft by 2025, with a number of them potentially allocated to its proposed Saudi Arabian joint venture. Speaking during a briefing earlier this month, chief executive Rohit Ramachandran referred to ‘Jazeera Saudi’ – a start-up in which the Kuwaiti ...

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    Iraqi regulator confirms engine incidents behind A220 grounding


    Iraq’s civil aviation regulator has clarified its measures to restrict Iraqi Airways Airbus A220 operations, citing engine damage to two airframes. The Iraq Civil Aviation Authority states that it took the decision to suspend A220 operations over a “sense of responsibility to preserve the safety of passengers and air traffic”. ...

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    Emirates surges back to profit


    Profits at Dubai-based Emirates Group have soared to record levels for the year ended 31 March 2023, hitting Dhs10.9 billion ($3 billion), reversing two consecutive years of pandemic-driven losses.

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    Iraqi Airways aims for May delivery of first 787


    Iraqi Airways has indicated that it will receive its first Boeing 787 at the end of May. The airline has been co-ordinating the introduction of the twinjet with the US airframer, and states that it is completing discussions on technical and operational preparations. Iraqi Airways has 10 787s on order, ...

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    Emirates creates $200m sustainability fund as chief warns on decarbonisation pace


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is creating a $200 million fund to accelerate research into reducing commercial aviation’s carbon impact. The Dubai-based airline is warning that the sector needs more effective options to decarbonise. Its sustainability fund is focused on engine, fuel and energy concepts. “It’s clear that, with the current ...

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    Israir claims ‘positive’ signs from Smartwings shareholders


    Israeli operator Israir Group has received a “positive indication” from shareholders in Smartwings regarding its proposal to take over the Czech airline. Israir Group has been pursuing an acquisition of Smartwings for several months and is trying to seal a binding agreement for the carrier. Its proposal has centred on ...

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    Qatar Airways aims to receive all 737 Max 8s by end-July


    Qatar Airways has introduced a second Boeing 737 Max 8, and will bring in another seven of the type by the end of July. The Middle Eastern carrier took delivery of its first in mid-April after taking advantage of an opportunity to introduce a batch of the twinjets to its ...

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    Oman Air equips training centre with 737 Max simulator


    Middle Eastern carrier Oman Air has equipped its training centre with a Boeing 737 Max 8 simulator. The airline says the system has been acquired from specialist CAE, and installed in the flight-training centre at Muscat. Oman Air has 13 Max 8s in its fleet of 45 aircraft. “The [Max ...

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    Emirates returns to 747 freighter operations to lift SkyCargo capacity


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is wet-leasing a pair of Boeing 747-400 freighters to lift capacity for its SkyCargo division. Their introduction – a return to 747 operations after an absence of several years – illustrates the Dubai-based operator’s “confidence” in the cargo market, it states, and provide “immediate” increased capability ...

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    Emirates and Etihad tighten ties with interline aimed at UAE tourism


    Middle Eastern carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways are to forge a closer co-operation through an interline agreement giving travellers greater flexibility when flying into and out of the United Arab Emirates. Under the agreement passengers will be able to purchase a single ticket allowing inbound flight to either Dubai or ...

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    Jazeera Airways to bring in A321s under latest lease plan


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways is preparing to lease a pair of Airbus A321s, as it continues to source single-aisle capacity ahead of receiving new aircraft. The airline’s board agreed the lease of the A321s – as well as another pair of A320s – at meeting held on 2 May. ...

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    El Al ties up with travel specialist to create tourism joint-venture company


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is aiming to establish a joint-venture company specialising in tourism, in which it will hold a 40% share. The airline has reached a provisional agreement through which it will collaborate with Tel Aviv-based travel firm Issta, which would also have 40% of the venture. El Al ...

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    Flydubai shows off sliding-door privacy suite for business-class cabin on 737s


    Middle Eastern carrier Flydubai has unveiled a new premium business suite for single-aisle aircraft, which will include a sliding privacy door. The airline showed off the development at the Arabian Travel Market and states that it will be introduced on its fleet from November this year. Flydubai operates some 75 ...

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    Israel’s El Al names treasurer as new chief financial officer


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has named Yacov Shahar as the airline’s new chief financial officer, succeeding Yitzhak Eliav. El Al says it formally appointed him to the post on 24 April. Shahar has previously served a long tenure as the company’s treasurer. His background includes holding the position of chief ...

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    Emirates to open services to second Canadian city


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is to complement its Canadian service to Toronto with a new route to the city of Montreal from July. It will operate daily from Dubai, using 354-seat Boeing 777-300ERs configured in three classes – including eight first- and 42 business-class seats. The airline says Canada and ...

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    Wizz Air’s Varadi looks to London-Gulf flights with A321XLRs


    Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi says the low-cost airline may use incoming Airbus A321XLRs for direct flights from London to the Gulf, where it already has a joint venture operation in Abu Dhabi. Source: Vytautas Kielaitis Shutterstock Varadi sees opportunities for Wizz Air in the Middle East ...

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    IAI expects Seoul facility to start 777 freighter conversions next year


    Nearly two years after disclosing preliminary plans to establish a freighter conversion centre in South Korea, Israel Aerospace Industries has signed an agreement to set up the facility. It will carry out conversions of Boeing 777-300ER twinjets from next year at the centre to be located at Seoul Incheon airport. ...