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  • UIA 737-2

    Ukrainian 737 recorders indicate crew survived initial missile strike


    Flight recorders from the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 shot down over Tehran captured 19s of information after the first missile strike, and revealed discussions in the cockpit on the state of the stricken aircraft. Both the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorder were cut off after 19s and did not ...

  • F-35 in flight

    UAE sees Israeli peace deal making it ‘easier’ to buy F-35


    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) sees broad benefits flowing from its recent peace deal with Israel, including an easier path to buying the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, as well as other US-made military products.

  • H125-c-THC

    Airbus Helicopters wins deal with Saudi Arabia’s THC for 10 H125s


    Saudi Arabia’s The Helicopter Company (THC) is to expand its fleet with the acquisition of 10 Airbus Helicopters H125 light-singles.

  • ATR 72-600 EP-ITD

    Iran ATR 72 suffered tail-strike after dual input during flare


    Iranian investigators have disclosed that the captain of a landing Iran Air ATR 72-600 intervened to reduce descent rate during the flare, resulting in dual control inputs, but could not avert a hard touchdown. In the moments before the initial touchdown the aircraft was probably subjected to a downdraft, ...

  • F-35I Adir

    Israel states opposition to Middle East F-35 sales


    Israel has flatly stated its opposition to the sale of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates, despite the recent normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

  • Emirates cabin crew PPE masks

    Emirates chief: Sustained social-distancing ‘economic catastrophe’ for airlines


    The industry’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis rests squarely on a vaccine, as a sustained policy of social distancing would be an “economic catastrophe”, says Emirates Airline president Tim Clark. But he is “100% confident” that one will be found.

  • PAL F50

    Palestinian Airlines offers Fokker 50 fleet for sale


    Palestinian Airlines has put up for sale its pair of Fokker 50 turboprops, but insists its operation is not closing down. The carrier commenced operations in mid-1997 with pilgrim transport to Jeddah. It subsequently established its base at Gaza airport which opened the following year, but Israeli forces ...

  • El Al

    El Al chairman resigns for medical reasons


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s chairman, Eli Defes, has stepped down from his post for medical reasons. El Al states that his decision is effective immediately. Defes took up the position of chairman at the beginning of June 2017, having been a director of the airline since November 2015. ...

  • Emirates Airbus A380 take-off

    Clark stresses bailout urgency as Emirates passenger flights increase


    Emirates passenger flights now account for approximately half the airline’s daily frequencies but a bailout from owner the Dubai government will be needed “sooner rather than later”, says airline president Tim Clark.

  • Qatar Gatwick 3

    ​Qatar Airways returns to London Gatwick


    Qatar Airways will resume daily flights to London Gatwick on 20 August, expanding its UK network to include four airports. The Doha-based Oneworld carrier will deploy a Boeing 787 on the Gatwick route, configured with 22 business-class seats and 232 in the economy cabin. With ...

  • El Al Boeing 787-8

    Israel-UAE to talk direct flights but airspace issues remain


    Normalisation of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates opens the possibility of flights between the two countries – although a timeframe has yet to emerge and other complexities remain unresolved. The UAE and Israeli governments have jointly stated that tourism and “direct flights” will be among ...

  • Boeing 777X 777-9

    Clark cautious on 777-9 certification as Emirates awaits schedule clarity


    Emirates Airline president Tim Clark is not convinced Boeing is “out of the woods yet” with regards to the certification programme for the 777X, as he awaits definitive details on when deliveries will begin.

  • Arkia Airbus

    Arkia poised to resume services after funding agreement with owners


    Israeli leisure carrier Arkia’s backers have agreed to inject additional funds into the airline to enable it to restore operations. The agreement comes some five month after the airline halted almost all activity and furloughed over 500 personnel. Israeli trade union organisation Histadrut says the Nakash brothers, who ...

  • Air Arabia Airbus A321

    Air Arabia dragged to half-year loss as second quarter revenues collapse


    Air Arabia recorded a net loss of Dhs239 million ($65 million) in the second quarter as the pandemic virtually wiped out passenger revenues during the period and dragged the low-cost carrier into the red for the first-half.

  • Iran Air A330-200

    Senior air force figure takes over as head of Iran Air


    Former deputy Iranian air force operations commander Alireza Barkhor has been named as the new chief of flag-carrier Iran Air. The Iranian transport ministry has confirmed Barkhor’s appointment. He previously held several senior military roles including commanding Isfahan’s Shahid Babaei air base. Barkhor succeeds Touraj Dehghani Zanganeh ...

  • Etihad Airways Boeing 787-10 landing 1

    Etihad starts network rebuild after ‘enormous challenges’ thwart early 2020 gains


    Etihad’s strong start to 2020 was thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic as it now plots the reactivation of its network amid a further drive to reduce costs.

  • MQ-9 Reaper - US Air Force

    Trump administration’s relaxation of UAV export rules offers belated boon for US manufacturers


    The Trump administration’s decision to modify its adherence to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is positive for American manufacturers of large unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), but comes after much ground has already been ceded to China. From the perspective of US defence firms, the MTCR is perhaps the ...

  • El Al 787

    El Al seeks approval to raise capital as pilots object to cost-saving pact


    El Al has called a shareholders’ meeting for 18 August in order to seek approval to raise the company’s registered share capital. The Israeli flag-carrier is planning to raise $400 million through a $150 million share issue and a state-backed staggered $250 million loan. El Al says that, ...

  • El Al 787

    El Al must issue shares before state will back loan


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al must carry out a planned $150 million share issue by the end of August, before the country’s government will back a $250 million bank loan. The conditions have been outlined in a 22 July letter from the ministry of finance. El Al opted in ...

  • Wizz Air A321neo

    Wizz Air chief predicts 100-aircraft Abu Dhabi operation


    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi can mimic the fleet growth seen at the carrier’s European operation and reach 100 aircraft in 15 years’ time, according chief executive Jozsef Varadi.