Middle East

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    News

    Jazeera and Air Arabia experience contrasting first-quarter fortunes

    2021-05-10T18:44:00Z

    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways has turned in a first-quarter loss while Sharjah low-cost operator Air Arabia managed to achieve a net profit in the same period. Jazeera Airways is proposing a rights issue of KD10 million ($33 million) to improve its liquidity position, after posting a net loss ...

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    El Al financing agreement with Israeli state clears final hurdle

    2021-05-10T11:32:00Z

    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s financing agreement with the state has entered into effect, after the final condition – a government approval on the main points of the deal – was met. Several conditions had been outlined when the agreement was detailed in March, among them approval from the boards ...

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    In depth

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: May 2021 update

    2021-05-10T10:27:00Z

    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including international and domestic travel restrictions, 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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    El Al scraps 737-800 sale-and-leaseback plan

    2021-05-06T10:15:00Z

    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has dropped plans to enter a sale-and-leaseback transaction for three Boeing 737-800s with an undisclosed foreign company. El Al had stated in April last year that it signed a memorandum of understanding covering the deal for the three aircraft, all manufactured in 2009. The ...

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    Environmental impact now part of airline fleet thinking: Udvar-Hazy

    2021-05-04T08:08:00Z

    While Air Lease executive chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy sees airlines giving greater attention to addressing environmental concerns in their fleet planning amid heightened pressure to tackle aviation’s climate impact, he does not believe it will change the useful life of aircraft.

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    Israel Aerospace to set up 777 freighter conversion line in Seoul

    2021-05-04T07:05:00Z

    Israel Aerospace Industries is intending to establish a Boeing 777 passenger-to-freighter conversion facility in South Korea, specialising in both -200LR and -300ER modification. The company has reached a preliminary agreement with Sharp Technics K and Seoul’s Incheon airport regarding the plan. IAI says it aims to convert six ...

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    Egypt orders 30 additional Rafale fighters

    2021-05-04T01:49:00Z

    Cairo has ordered 30 additional Dassault Rafale fighters, in a follow up to a previous acquisition of 24 examples.

  • Flydubai Boeing 737 Max
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    Flydubai counts full-year cost of crisis disruption and Max grounding

    2021-05-02T17:31:00Z

    Middle Eastern carrier Flydubai has turned in a full-year loss of Dhs713 million ($194 million), but believes its business fundamentals remain strong. The airline’s revenues halved to Dhs2.8 billion in the 12 months to 31 December 2020. Flydubai says its operations were “severely curtailed” for 14 weeks, from ...

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    Commercial aircraft market should reach equilibrium by 2023: Udvar-Hazy

    2021-04-30T16:02:00Z

    The commercial aircraft market should return to something more like its historical balance by 2023, following an accelerated retirement and replacement cycle, in the view of Air Lease executive chairman Steven Udvar-Hazy.

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    Air Cairo receives its first A320neo

    2021-04-27T11:00:00Z

    Air Cairo has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo, which joins the Egyptian low-cost carrier’s all-Airbus fleet of seven aircraft.

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    Guangzhou displaces Atlanta as Chinese airports dominate latest ranking

    2021-04-26T15:07:00Z

    Guangzhou Baiyun displaced Atlanta Hartsfield as the world’s busiest airport in 2020, as Chinese facilities shot up the global ranking to dominate the top 10, according to preliminary data released by ACI World in late April.

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    Saudia and Gulf Air tighten ties with codeshare

    2021-04-25T16:11:00Z

    Middle Eastern carriers Saudia and Gulf Air are to enter a co-operation agreement which will include a codeshare between the two airlines. The codeshare will take effect during the summer schedule. Saudia says the tie-up will involve placing its ‘SV’ designator on Gulf Air’s services from Bahrain to ...

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    ​Etihad to ground A380s ‘indefinitely’

    2021-04-22T13:36:00Z

    Etihad has decided to ground its entire fleet of 10 Airbus A380s “indefinitely”, as it remodels its fleet around the Boeing 787 and A350-1000, chief executive Tony Douglas has disclosed.

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    Pilatus reveals PC-24 order for Qatar’s air force

    2021-04-22T12:11:00Z

    Qatar’s air force is to field a pair of Pilatus PC-24 light jets, the Swiss airframer revealed in its annual results publication on 22 April.

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    Emirates’ Clark sees heightened regulatory scrutiny delaying 777X

    2021-04-21T18:33:00Z

    Tighter regulatory attention on Boeing following the 737 Max crisis is causing delays to its 777X programme and could contribute to Emirates switching its orders to the 787, the carrier’s president Tim Clark has warned.

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    Emirates boss Clark confident premium seats will be filled

    2021-04-21T14:55:00Z

    Emirates Airline president Tim Clark believes airlines will be able to fill business-class and premium-economy seats following the pandemic even if demand for corporate travel remains depressed.

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    Lessor DAE places $1.8 billion order for 15 737 Max jets

    2021-04-20T07:08:00Z

    Middle Eastern lessor Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) has placed an order 15 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, its first direct order of the type from the airframer. 

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    First 777-300ER for freighter conversion joins Israeli commemorative flypast

    2021-04-16T09:20:00Z

    Israel Aerospace Industries has flown a Boeing 777-300ER set for freighter conversion in a formation to mark the anniversary of Israeli independence. The company says the 15 April flypast – which took place over several locations including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada – included a pair ...

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    Opinion

    Discussion of restriction-free air travel is cause for optimism

    2021-04-16T09:15:00Z

    It made sense for Willie Walsh to use his first briefing as IATA director general to insist that Covid-related health measures – such as pre-flight testing and vaccination certificates – should only be in place for as long as is necessary.

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    Analysis

    Airline Business Index puts industry at 0.58 of pre-Covid size

    2021-04-15T14:47:00Z

    The first Airline Business Index put the airline industry at 0.58 of its pre-pandemic size at the end of 2020 – with 1 being the size at end-2019 – amid the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.