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    US Army fleet of roadside bomb-hunting Dash 8s depart Middle East

    2022-08-16T22:42:00Z

    The programme known as Saturn Arch, which used a derivative of the De Havilland Dash 8 turboprop to search for improvised explosives targeting ground forces, recently flew its final mission in the region.

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    Qatar takes delivery of first Typhoon, ahead of World Cup duty

    2022-08-15T18:24:00Z

    Qatar’s introduction of the Eurofighter Typhoon has drawn a step closer, with a first delivery completed at BAE Systems’ Warton final assembly site in Lancashire on 15 August.

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    Blacklisted Iraqi Airways seeks wet-leased aircraft for European flights

    2022-08-15T16:01:00Z

    Iraqi Airways has issued a request for proposals for wet-leased or ACMI aircraft for operations to Europe amid a continued blacklisting of the carrier by the European Commission. Hoping to take advantage of a provision in the blacklisting that allows banned carriers to undertake operations via wet-lease agreements with other ...

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    Post-evacuation procedures sought to cut risk of straying passengers

    2022-08-15T09:34:00Z

    Standardised guidance to prevent hazards involving straying passengers, following an aircraft evacuation, is being sought by delegates to the upcoming ICAO Assembly. Several incidents involving aircraft evacuation – such as that involving a Gulf Air Airbus A321 at Kuwait in July last year – have resulted in passengers wandering into ...

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    El Al to consider wet-leases and more 787s to address capacity shortfall

    2022-08-12T09:18:00Z

    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is to explore the possibility of additional Boeing 787s from the second half of next year, once it completes introduction of its current fleet. The airline has 15 of the type – comprising 12 787-9s and three 787-8s – and it is expecting to receive one ...

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    El Al works to restore activity levels as recovery gains traction

    2022-08-11T07:07:00Z

    Israeli carrier El Al made a pre-tax loss of $90 million for the first half of the year, although a tax gain pushed the airline into a net profit of $34 million. The airline generated revenues of nearly $799 million over the six months to 30 June. El Al says ...

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    Emirates rolls out cabin refresh in $2 billion soft product upgrade

    2022-08-11T06:17:00Z

    Emirates is to embark on an “extensive and record-breaking” aircraft interior refurbishment, as part of a $2 billion investment into improving its inflight cabin experience.

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    Profitable Air Arabia progresses with new joint-venture carriers

    2022-08-11T05:05:00Z

    Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia’s new Armenian operator Fly Arna commenced operations in July. The Yerevan-based operation obtained its air operator’s certificate in June and subsequently opened services to the Egyptian resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Air Arabia also states that it has reached an “advanced stage” of ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: August 2022 update

    2022-08-09T13:33:00Z

    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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    Etihad Airways firms order for A350 freighters

    2022-08-03T08:45:00Z

    Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has confirmed its order for seven Airbus A350 freighters, cementing an agreement originally unveiled in mid-February. The airline already had orders for 20 A350-1000s, of which five have been delivered. Airbus says the freighters are “adding to” Etihad’s order for the -1000s. “This additional cargo ...

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    Emirates restarts Stansted flights as it nears 75% of pre-crisis UK capacity

    2022-08-02T13:35:00Z

    Emirates has resumed flights to London Stansted airport, bringing to three the number London gateways again served by the Middle Eastern carrier. Long an operator into London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, Emirates added Stansted flights in mid-2018, only for the route to be dropped in March 2020 when the pandemic ...

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    DynCorp receives $56m contract to maintain Saudi army aircraft

    2022-08-01T19:06:00Z

    The Texas-based contractor will provide the Royal Saudi Land Forces’ Aviation Command with support and aircraft maintenance services.

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    Global Knafaim to sell A330 originally intended for Eurasian lease

    2022-08-01T09:34:00Z

    Israeli aircraft lessor Global Knafaim Leasing is to sell an Airbus A330-300 which had originally been the subject of a lease agreement with a new Eurasian customer. Global Knafaim had disclosed the five-year lease agreement for the 2010 airframe last December, without identifying the operator. It had stated that $550,000 ...

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    Etihad claims transformation ‘paying off’ as it swings to first-half profit

    2022-07-28T12:01:00Z

    Etihad Airways claims that its profitable performance in the first half of 2022 shows that its years-long transformation effort is beginning to produce results. The six-month operating profit of $296 million comes with the Abu Dhabi carrier more than four years into a major restructuring programme, under which it has ...

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    BAE Systems nears first Typhoon deliveries to Qatar

    2022-07-28T10:14:00Z

    BAE Systems is on course to deliver Qatar’s first Eurofighter Typhoons before year-end, with flight-test activities ongoing at its Warton final assembly site in Lancashire.

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    How airline safety ranked in first half of 2022

    2022-07-25T15:28:00Z

    The first six months of 2022 involved more fatal airline accidents and resulting fatalities worldwide than during the same period in each of the two previous years, but amid increased flight activity.

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    Qatar orders 25 Boeing 737 Max 10, plus 25 options

    2022-07-21T10:36:00Z

    Qatar Airways has ordered 25 Boeing 737 Max 10 and taken options to purchase a further 25 of the jets, throwing more momentum behind the largest variant of the narrowbody family.

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    Qatar Airways rejigging Doha hub bank structure to free capacity for World Cup

    2022-07-20T08:21:00Z

    Qatar Airways will cut back – or even cancel – services to more than 30 destinations during the period of the World Cup football tournament in Doha this year, in order to provide sufficient capacity for other operators. The aviation plan for the World Cup, which will take place in ...

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    Qatar single-aisle renewal path complicated by A321neo and 737 Max uncertainty

    2022-07-20T06:55:00Z

    Qatar Airways’ single-aisle fleet modernisation remains in limbo after group chief executive Akbar Al Baker confirmed that a tentative Boeing 737 Max order had lapsed, and the situation with Airbus – which cancelled the airline’s A321neo agreement – remains unresolved. Speaking during a briefing at the Farnborough air show, Al ...

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    BAE, Embraer join forces to offer C-390 to Saudi Arabia

    2022-07-19T11:58:00Z

    Embraer has partnered with BAE Systems to promote its C-390 transport to potential customers in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia as their initial sales target.