Middle East – Page 20

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    GE Aerospace testing Leap tweaks to boost durability in dusty regions


    GE Aerospace is tweaking some components in CFM International Leap turbofans to address operating issues primarily affecting commercial jets flying in India and the Middle East.

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    Qatar to start introducing 737 Max 8s on short-haul network


    Qatar Airways is to start introducing its own Boeing 737 Max jets, to support capacity growth in short-haul sectors. The airline says it recently had an “opportunity” to acquire a “small number” of 737 Max 8s, without elaborating on the details of the agreement. Qatar Airways says the twinjets – ...

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    Qatar Airways A350 and A321neo orders restored to Airbus backlog


    Qatar Airways’ order for 23 Airbus A350-1000s and 50 A321neos has been reinstated on the airframer’s backlog as part of its activity in February. Airbus had previously cancelled the orders during the legal row over skin-paint deterioration on Qatar’s A350 fleet. But the two sides eventually avoided a high-profile trial ...

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    Deliveries key as Qatar Airways adds seven new routes in major expansion


    Qatar Airways will add seven new services and restore flights to 11 more destinations as part of a major expansion, though chief executive Akbar Al Baker acknowledges launch dates will be dependent on when the carrier receives its new aircraft deliveries. 

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    El Al plots five-year fleet expansion including 737 replacement


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is considering options to increase its fleet by up to 13 aircraft to keep up with its targets for passenger traffic and market share over the next five years. It is aiming to align the expansion with plans to replace its older Boeing 737 jets from ...

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    Israel’s El Al returns to full-year profit


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has generated a full-year operating profit of $113 million, and ended the period with a net surplus of $109 million. The airline says it achieved a fourth-quarter net profit – a figure of $8.5 million – for the first time since 2015, although it points out ...

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    Iraqi Airways takes delivery of first 737 Max


    Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of a Boeing 737 Max 8, the first of the re-engined variant in the flag-carrier’s fleet. The twinjet (YI-ASL) departed Seattle for Reykjavik before arriving in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, on 26 February. Iraqi Airways says it held a ceremony marking the aircraft’s introduction, attended ...

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    Profitable Flydubai cites fuel-cost benefits as 737 Max fleet expands


    Middle Eastern carrier Flydubai expanded its fleet to 74 aircraft last year, with Boeing 737 Max variants accounting for more than half. The airline has turned in a full-year profit of Dhs1.2 billion ($327 million) for 2022, during which it took delivery of 17 more 737 Max 8s – the ...

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    Israir completes sale of ATR 72-500s


    Israeli leisure operator Israir Group has completed the sale of a pair of ATR 72-500 turboprops whose phase-out was part of the company’s fleet-simplification plans. The company had previously disclosed, at the end of last year, that it had reached a binding agreement with a buyer for the aircraft. It ...

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    Inside the effort to standardise 100% ‘drop-in’ sustainable aviation fuel


    An effort is underway to power aircraft entirely with synthetic and sustainably derived jet fuel. Before that happens, the industry needs to agree on a technical definition of sustainable aviation fuel. 

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    Edge stamps credentials as technology innovator


    In its fourth year, the UAE defence house has grown portfolio of products developed in-house more than fivefold.

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    El Al 787 cuts flight time to Thailand with Saudi-Omani transit


    El Al has conducted its first flight through Saudi Arabian and Omani airspace since recent agreements lifted restrictions on transit by Israeli carriers. The airline operated its LY083 service from Tel Aviv to Bangkok on 26 February, using a Boeing 787-9 – a flight which took about 7h 30min. Its ...

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    BAE reports record order intake, as chief executive eyes future growth


    BAE Systems secured orders worth £37 billion ($44.5 billion) in 2022, up from almost £21.5 billion during the previous 12 months.

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    Omani government to permit Israeli overflights: ministry


    Oman has become the latest Middle Eastern state to allow transit of Israeli aircraft, a decision which will enable a reduction in flight times for carriers operating Asian routes to and from Tel Aviv. The opening of Omani airspace follows several months of discussions between the two sides, and comes ...

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    AVIC trumpets L-15 trainer contract with UAE


    AVIC appears to have signed a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the Hongdu L-15 advanced jet trainer.

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    Airline Business

    Atlanta heads the pack as US airports lead traffic growth in 2022


    Atlanta Hartsfield airport handled just under 94 million passengers last year, still short of pre-pandemic highs but enough to see it retain its crown as the busiest airport in the world.

  • Bahrain AH-1Z at BIAS

    Bell completes AH-1Z programme for Bahrain


    Bell has completed the programme of record for Bahrain’s acquisition of 12 AH-1Z attack helicopters.

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    Emirates prepares for A350 and 777X training with new simulator centre


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is preparing for the introduction of its Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X fleets with a new pilot-training facility in Dubai. The facility, to be sited next to its current training centre, is scheduled to open in March next year. It will have six full-flight simulator bays ...

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    Royal Jordanian expands network as fuel costs weigh on full-year results


    Royal Jordanian Airlines is looking to expand its network, as it seeks to reverse full-year net losses of more than JD79 million ($111 million). The Middle Eastern carrier attributes the performance – worse than the previous year’s JD74.3 million – to higher fuel prices, which accounted for a near-JD98 million ...

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    Airline Business

    What factors are driving Air India’s huge aircraft orders?


    Confirmation this week that Air India plans to place bumper aircraft orders with Airbus and Boeing follows months of speculation about the flag carrier’s fleet plans under its new owners, Tata Group. But what factors underpin the need for such huge aircraft commitments?