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    Emirates president does not see Riyadh Air as competitive threat


    Emirates president Tim Clark does not see Riyadh Air as a competitive threat, arguing the start-up’s focus will be on serving Saudi Arabia as it embarks on a huge transformation of its economy.

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    RwandAir expects Qatar Airways to finalise stake ‘in coming months’


    RwandAir expects Qatar Airways to finalise its 49% stake in the carrier in the coming months, clearing the way for the African operator to launch a new business plan.

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    Emirates to recycle catering utensils through closed-loop process


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is embarking on a recycling initiative to re-use plastic catering equipment through a local facility. Emirates says the initiative will cover old or damaged plastic trays, meal dishes, bowls and other utensils. They will be brought into a ‘closed-loop’ system through which they are recycled into ...

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    IATA to hold 2024 AGM in Dubai


    IATA is to hold its next annual general meeting, the 80th running of the event, in Dubai in 2024.

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    Riyadh Air narrowbody order in ‘not too distant future’: Douglas


    Riyadh Air will finalise a narrowbody aircraft order shortly, supplementing the Boeing 787s the Saudi Arabian start-up committed to earlier this year.

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    Israir to submit Smartwings transaction proposal to Chinese shareholder


    Israir Group has outlined the requirements to bid for the Chinese shareholding of Czech carrier Smartwings, of which the Israeli leisure company is pursuing an acquisition. China’s economics ministry, through CITIC Group, holds 49.92% of Smartwings while the 50.08% balance is owned by entities controlled by investors Roman Vik and ...

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    Nigeria tops list as blocked airline funds rise nearly 50% in year


    The airline industry has seen blocked funds rise by nearly 50% in the past 12 months, posing an increasing risk to connectivity, according to IATA.

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    Riyadh Air unveils first of two liveries


    Ambitious Saudi Arabian start-up Riyadh Air has unveiled the first of two liveries it will deploy as preparations continue for its launch of flights in 2025.

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    A330neos among batch of Avolon aircraft divested to Saudi lessor AviLease


    Fledgling Saudi Arabian lessor AviLease is supplementing its portfolio with the acquisition of 13 aircraft from Irish-based leasing firm Avolon. Among the aircraft covered by the agreement are two Airbus A330neo twinjets, six A320neos and an A321neo, plus a Boeing 737 Max 8. The other three jets comprise two older ...

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    Israir Group records strong surge in first-quarter revenues


    Israeli leisure operator Israir Group is attributing a strong first-quarter performance to increased demand and the expansion of its Airbus fleet. The company’s revenues in the three months to 31 March – totalling $94 million – amounted to a two-thirds increase on last year’s figure, and double the level of ...

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    Absence of information scuppers probe into An-124’s undershot landing at Riyadh


    Investigators have disclosed that attempts to probe an Antonov An-124’s short landing at Riyadh reached a dead end owing to an absence of information. The aircraft (UR-ZYD), operating for Ukraine’s Maximus Airlines, had been arriving at the Saudi Arabian capital after a service from Bechar in Algeria on 15 January ...

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    El Al 737 freighter introduction held up by regulatory hitch


    Israel’s El Al is yet to introduce the Boeing 737-800 freighter it had been planning to use from April, owing to a regulatory issue. The airline signed an agreement in February this year to dry-lease the aircraft which had recently been converted from passenger to cargo configuration. But El Al ...

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    El Al includes Airbus in request for single-aisle fleet-renewal proposals


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has included Airbus in a request for proposals to replace single-aisle aircraft from 2025, while incumbent Boeing as well as engine manufacturers have also been contacted for the campaign. El Al is looking to modernise its single-aisle fleet – currently exclusively comprising 24 Boeing 737-800s and ...

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    Portfolio sale to Macquarie slashes Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO’s revenues


    Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO’s operating lease revenues dropped by two-thirds over the first half of the year, after its decision to sell a large quantity of its aircraft portfolio to Macquarie Airfinance Group. The lessor recorded revenues of just under KD17 million ($55 million) in the six months to 31 March, ...

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    Royal Jordanian firms orders for eight Embraer E2 jets


    Middle Eastern carrier Royal Jordanian Airlines has firmed-up orders for eight Embraer E2-family jets following a memorandum of understanding signed with the airframer in October last year.

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    Flydubai enhances UAE-Canadian links with Air Canada codeshare


    Closer air transport ties between Canada and the United Arab Emirates are being further tightened with a codeshare agreement between Air Canada and Flydubai. The two sides have increased co-operation with Emirates opening a new route to Montreal – its second service to Canada – and Air Canada’s cargo division ...

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    Oman Air 737 grounded in Iran after sustaining debris damage on landing


    One of Oman Air’s aircraft has been damaged by runway debris while landing in Iran, forcing the grounding of the jet. The Boeing 737-900ER had been operating the carrier’s WY2435 service – a chartered flight – from Muscat to Shiraz on 15 May. Oman Air says the twinjet sustained damage ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: May 2023 update


    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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    Jazeera chief stays coy on fleet requirements for Saudi carrier


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways is expecting to have around 35 aircraft by 2025, with a number of them potentially allocated to its proposed Saudi Arabian joint venture. Speaking during a briefing earlier this month, chief executive Rohit Ramachandran referred to ‘Jazeera Saudi’ – a start-up in which the Kuwaiti ...

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    Iraqi regulator confirms engine incidents behind A220 grounding


    Iraq’s civil aviation regulator has clarified its measures to restrict Iraqi Airways Airbus A220 operations, citing engine damage to two airframes. The Iraq Civil Aviation Authority states that it took the decision to suspend A220 operations over a “sense of responsibility to preserve the safety of passengers and air traffic”. ...