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  • Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways to operate two-thirds of pre-Covid network in July


    Boston, Toronto and Venice are among 18 more destinations being reinstated by Qatar Airways in July as it seeks to rebuild its network to include 65 points by the mid-month.

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    How surface-to-air missiles are changing the UAV industry


    The spread of surface-to-air missiles around the world is causing the USA to rethink the way it uses its unmanned air vehicles.

  • El Al Boeing 787-8

    El Al reiterates concerns over survival as losses mount


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has reiterated that a financial support scheme is critical to the airline’s survival, as it disclosed a net first-quarter loss of nearly $140 million. El Al says financial assistance is “essential” to its being able to deal with the coronavirus crisis. At the end ...

  • UIA 737-2

    Crashed UIA 737 recorders to be examined by French investigators in July


    French investigation authority BEA is to carry out the download and read-out of information from flight recorders retrieved from the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 shot down over Tehran. The work is set to commence on 20 July, following a request from Iranian investigators, states BEA. It will cover repair ...

  • Akbar A Baker interview

    Qatar Airways chief Al Baker on reactive approach to crisis


    A reactive strategy has helped Qatar Airways keep a significant number of aircraft flying in the crisis, says group chief executive Akbar Al Baker, as the airline prepares for the recovery.

  • Emirates cargo layout

    ​Emirates converts 10 777-300ERs into temporary freighters


    Emirates is temporarily removing more than 3,000 economy-class seats from 10 of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to make room for cargo while it waits for passenger demand to return.

  • A380 Emirates

    Emirates to return A380 to service on 15 July


    Emirates will begin reactivating its Airbus A380 fleet in mid-July with the reintroduction of the superjumbo on flights to Europe.

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    Shot-down UIA 737 recorders to be sent to France: Iranian ministry


    Iranian authorities appear set to send the flight recorders of the Boeing 737-800 shot down over Tehran to France for download of their data. The issue of reading the data following the event involving the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, operating from Tehran to Kiev on 8 January, has ...

  • DHL 767

    DHL orders freighter conversion of 767s


    Germany’s DHL International is ordering conversion of up to four Boeing 767-300ERs to freighters to gain additional cargo capacity in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The twinjets are set to be converted at the facilities of Israel Aerospace Industries. Neither DHL nor IAI has detailed the airframes ...

  • El Al Boeing 787

    El Al wrestles with ministry over proposed financial support


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has put forward amendments to a proposed funding mechanism for the troubled airline, but insists the government has not rejected its basic propositions. El Al had been trying to negotiate a $400 million loan while the finance ministry had countered with an alternative, through which ...

  • Emirates A380s in storage

    Emirates adding 10 more destinations to its network


    Emirates will resume flights to 10 more cities across June and July, increasing to 40 the number of destinations served. The Dubai-based carrier says new government protocols to ease travel restrictions have enabled it to further restore its network. Source: Emirates On 20 June, ...

  • Akbar Al Baker Qatar Airways

    Al Baker sends warning about forcing deliveries as Qatar seeks deferrals


    As Qatar Airways looks to defer its large orderbook with Airbus and Boeing, group chief executive Akbar Al Baker warns that there will be consequences if airframers try to force the delivery of new aircraft in the current climate.

  • El Al 787

    Government offers to buy El Al shares under revised funding scheme


    Israel’s government has pledged to acquire shares in El Al if necessary, under a revised scheme to provide additional liquidity to the flag-carrier. El Al has been negotiating a $400 million loan with a state-backed guarantee, but the discussions have yet to be finalised. The Israeli finance ministry ...

  • Emirates A380 with cabin crew

    Clark: Don’t write off A380, but global vaccine crucial


    Emirates Airline president Tim Clark expects the Airbus A380 will continue to be a “hugely potent” tool but this will hinge on the roll-out of a vaccine programme

  • Tim Clark Emirates

    Clark to continue Emirates involvement as retirement looms


    Emirates Airline president Tim Clark is due to step down this month and with no successor yet publically identified, he confirms his involvement with the airline will continue.

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    Clark: Cash-flow concerns likely to seriously impact new aircraft demand


    Emirates Airline president Tim Clark expects the coronavirus-related cash flow crisis will result in a significant number of order deferrals and cancellations as airlines wrestle with the size and shape of their fleets.

  • Tim Clark Emirates

    Emirates’ Clark expecting tough 2020 then slow near-term recovery


    Industry will have to “tough it out” for the remainder of this year as it reels from the coronavirus pandemic, but Clark is optimistic that business will begin to improve gradually during 2021.

  • Emirates A380s in storage

    Emirates concludes that job cuts are required as coronavirus takes toll


    Emirates plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on the Gulf carrier. The Dubai-based airline said on 31 May that it has come to the conclusion that “we unfortunately have to say goodbye to a few of the wonderful people ...

  • Thai A350-900

    Wake-vortex crash probe baffled by tight separation decision


    Investigators have not been able to explain why the captain of a Diamond Aircraft DA62 calibration flight repeatedly breached minimum separation distances from commercial traffic at Dubai before a fatal wake-turbulence accident. Analysis of the accident sequence indicates the UK Flight Calibration Services DA62, conducting approaches to runway 30L, ...

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    Kuwait Airways to lay off 1,500 staff


    Kuwait Airways is to shed 1,500 foreign personnel in response to the problems presented by the coronavirus crisis. The flag-carrier states that the “difficult decision” follows the “great hardships that the company is facing” as a result of the impact on the air transport sector. As a result ...