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    Flydubai shows off sliding-door privacy suite for business-class cabin on 737s


    Middle Eastern carrier Flydubai has unveiled a new premium business suite for single-aisle aircraft, which will include a sliding privacy door. The airline showed off the development at the Arabian Travel Market and states that it will be introduced on its fleet from November this year. Flydubai operates some 75 ...

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    Israel’s El Al names treasurer as new chief financial officer


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has named Yacov Shahar as the airline’s new chief financial officer, succeeding Yitzhak Eliav. El Al says it formally appointed him to the post on 24 April. Shahar has previously served a long tenure as the company’s treasurer. His background includes holding the position of chief ...

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    Emirates to open services to second Canadian city


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is to complement its Canadian service to Toronto with a new route to the city of Montreal from July. It will operate daily from Dubai, using 354-seat Boeing 777-300ERs configured in three classes – including eight first- and 42 business-class seats. The airline says Canada and ...

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    Wizz Air’s Varadi looks to London-Gulf flights with A321XLRs


    Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi says the low-cost airline may use incoming Airbus A321XLRs for direct flights from London to the Gulf, where it already has a joint venture operation in Abu Dhabi. Source: Vytautas Kielaitis Shutterstock Varadi sees opportunities for Wizz Air in the Middle East ...

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    IAI expects Seoul facility to start 777 freighter conversions next year


    Nearly two years after disclosing preliminary plans to establish a freighter conversion centre in South Korea, Israel Aerospace Industries has signed an agreement to set up the facility. It will carry out conversions of Boeing 777-300ER twinjets from next year at the centre to be located at Seoul Incheon airport. ...

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    Kuwait’s Jazeera progresses with A320 leases


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways is set to discuss the lease of an additional Airbus A320, along with a batch of engines. The airline’s board says it will meet on 18 April to talk about the proposed lease. It has identified the aircraft involved as MSN4601. The aircraft is a ...

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    Saudia A330 and SkyUp aircraft caught up in assault on Khartoum airport


    Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia and Ukrainian operator SkyUp Airlines have confirmed that aircraft in their fleets have been caught up in hostilities at Sudan’s Khartoum airport. Saudia states that one of its Airbus A330s has suffered an “accident” prior to take-off from Khartoum on 15 April. The aircraft was “shot ...

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    Air Canada to launch non-stop Vancouver-Dubai flights


    Air Canada plans to fly non-stop between Vancouver to Dubai four times weekly using Boeing 787 Dreamliners beginning on 28 October. 

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    Etihad ‘sustainable aviation’ claims rebuked by UK advertising authority


    Etihad Airways has become the latest carrier to have its sustainability claims rebuked by the UK’s advertising watchdog, as airlines grapple to get their messaging right on the industry’s most-pressing topic.

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: April 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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    Iraqi government looks to acquire Falcon jets for VIP transport


    Iraq’s government is considering acquiring a pair of Dassault Falcon executive jets with which to modernise the VIP fleet of flag-carrier Iraqi Airways. The ministry of transport set up a committee to explore the plan, and it has discussed the purchase with representatives of the airline, as well as the ...

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    Vertiport concept for eVTOL taxis unveiled for Dubai airport


    Preliminary proposals have been unveiled for a vertiport adjacent to Dubai’s main international airport, which would handle future air taxi services. The terminal concept has been put forward by vertiport technology specialist Skyports Infrastructure and architecture firm Foster & Partners. Skyports Infrastructure and the Dubai road and transport authority are ...

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    Israir holding ‘intensive’ talks over Smartwings acquisition


    Israeli leisure operator Israir Group states that it is conducting “intensive negotiations” with Czech carrier Smartwings’ owners, in order to reach agreement to acquire the airline. Although the company says the tender process has advanced, it reiterates that it might not be the only contender and “does not know” whether ...

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    Royal Jordanian looks to step up to 787-9s


    Royal Jordanian Airlines has signalled that it is looking to step up to Boeing 787-9 operations, as it seeks to acquire three of the variant. The airline’s 787 fleet, totalling seven aircraft, entirely comprises the smaller -8 model. But the carrier had previously disclosed that it was seeking to increase ...

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    Bahrain targets purchase of 24 ex-US Marine Corps AH-1W attack helicopters


    Bahrain has requested the purchase of 24 surplus Bell AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters from the USA, via a Foreign Military Sales deal worth an estimated $350 million.

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    Airline Business Podcast: Consolidation challenges, Riyadh Air, C-suite diversity


    Graham and Lewis talk through the growing list of consolidation moves within the global industry, discussing why deals take such a long time to get over the line.

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    First 777-300ER converted freighter lifts off after IAI modification


    Israel Aerospace Industries has conducted the maiden flight of its Boeing 777-300ER converted freighter, the first such sortie of the variant after cargo modification. It departed Tel Aviv’s runway 30 just before 09:00 on 24 March, to perform nearly 2h of flight tests over the Mediterranean Sea. IAI undertook the ...

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    Indonesia gets first A380 service with Emirates’ Bali up-gauge


    Emirates is set to operate its Airbus A380s on daily flights to Bali, making it the first carrier to deploy the superjumbo to Indonesia.

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    Saudi Arabia envisions seamless high-tech travel with new Neom airline and airport


    Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Neom smart-city and sustainable-development project, in the north of the kingdom, is to have its own airline and airport system, which aim to overhaul current travel processes.

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    Saudia adds Beijing, Gatwick and Lisbon links in network expansion


    Saudia and its low-cost unit Flyadeal will launch services to a long list of international destinations this year, underscoring the group’s continued importance to Saudi Arabia’s aviation roadmap despite the recent creation of a new national carrier. Among the points to be served are several that appear to be new ...