All Middle East news – Page 5

  • Qatar 787

    Qatar Airways’ parent pursues $5bn in compensation over blockade


    Qatar Airways’ parent group is seeking $5 billion in compensation against the four Arab states which imposed a blockade on the airline three years ago. The company says it is taking formal arbitration action to obtain “redress” over the blockade which was put in place by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, ...

  • UAE F-16s

    Lockheed Martin to sell 40% stake in AMMROC to Abu Dhabi’s Edge


    Lockheed Martin plans to sell its 40% stake in Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC) to state-owned Edge of the United Arab Emirates.

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    Qatar Executive launches bespoke VIP charter programme


    Qatar Executive has launched a bespoke, flexible charter programme which it hopes will boost the appeal of its luxury business aircraft fleet as the market for VIP travel emerges after months of lockdown.

  • El Al line-up

    Investor offers $75m for 45% share in struggling El Al


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has received an offer from an investor who is prepared to acquire a private allotment of shares worth $75 million. The offer has come from an individual which the law firm Shibolet identifies, in a 20 July letter to the airline, as businessman Eli Rozenberg. ...

  • CVR BEA PS752

    Iran transfers recorders of shot-down 737 to French investigators


    Iranian investigators have arrived at the facility of French accident analysis bureau BEA with the flight recorders from the Boeing 737-800 shot down over Tehran in January. The arrival of the Iranian team at BEA’s facility in Paris marks an important advancement in the investigation, after six months of ...

  • RJ 787

    Government to provide support as Royal Jordanian losses soar


    Royal Jordanian Airlines has posted a pre-tax and net loss of JD25.4 million ($35.8 million) for the first quarter, five times the figure recorded last year. The company recorded a 21% fall in revenues to JD114 million, including JD87 million from scheduled passenger services, but only a 6% reduction ...

  • Qatar A350

    Court’s Qatar blockade ruling cited judgement on India-Pakistan dispute


    Central to the International Court of Justice ruling that the ICAO Council can hear Qatar’s complaint over a long-running airspace blockade was the decision as to whether ICAO should be prohibited from considering issues outside of its aviation sphere. Qatar had sought to bring proceedings before the ICAO Council ...

  • Qatar Airways Airbus A380-800

    Qatar will not revive A380 fleet until demand justifies


    Amid Emirates triumphant reintroduction of the Airbus A380, Gulf rival Qatar Airways has restated its intention to keep its superjumbo fleet firmly grounded, citing environmental and commercial concerns.

  • Emirates

    Emirates adds China and Iran routes in latest network update


    Guangzhou in China and Iranian capital Tehran are among four more destinations that will rejoin Emirates’ network this summer, bringing the total number served by the Middle Eastern carrier in August to 62.

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    El Al pilots absent as negotiators reach cockpit savings agreement


    Israeli trade union centre Histadrut has reached a new efficiency agreement covering flag-carrier El Al’s pilots, although the pact has been arranged without the pilots’ representatives. Histadrut states that the agreement, reached on 15 July after discussions with the transport workers’ union, will enable the carrier to save $105 ...

  • 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.

  • Wizz A321neo

    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 ...

  • UIA 737 cockpit PS752

    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 ...

  • El Al fin

    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 ...

  • US Army UH-60 Black Hawk

    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 ...

  • Air Arabia A320 close-up

    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 ...

  • Qatar face shields

    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.