Middle East – Page 32

  • El Al 787-c-El Al

    El Al given more time to conclude loyalty-scheme sale


    Israel’s government has granted flag-carrier El Al more time to sell its frequent-flyer programme, one of the conditions of a financing package agreed with the state. El Al has also pledged not to sell its take-off and landing slots at various airports, or use them in other ways to raise ...

  • Moscow, Sheremetyevo International Airport

    IATA still expects air travel recovery by 2024 but warns of Russia-Ukraine risks


    The Omicron variant of Covid-19 failed to knock the air travel industry off its pandemic recovery path, according to global airline association IATA, with passenger numbers still expected to exceed pre-crisis levels in 2024.

  • An Etihad Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner takes off from Abu Dhabi International Airport LR

    Etihad still ‘on’ for reaching profit in 2023: Douglas


    Etihad Airways group chief executive Tony Douglas believes the restructured UAE carrier is still on track to meet its original target of returning to profit in 2023 despite the negative impact of the pandemic.

  • Etihad Airways

    Cargo and strong second half help Etihad cut losses in 2021


    Etihad Airways cut its full-year core operating loss to $476 million for 2021, aided by improved passenger demand in the second half and record cargo revenues.

  • Qatar A350-1000-c-Qatar Airways

    Airbus rejects Qatar claims for compensation over A350 grounding


    Airbus has submitted a robust legal defence against Qatar Airways over the carrier’s grounding of several A350s, insisting the aircraft does not suffer from a design defect and that skin-paint deterioration is not an airworthiness issue. The airframer has filed a defence and counterclaim in its legal dispute with the ...

  • Kuwait A330-800-c-Airbus

    Kuwait Airways turns to A330-900 in fleet rejig


    Kuwait Airways has rejigged its aircraft orders with Airbus, including a notable switch to the A330-900, to match more closely its development plans over the next few years. The carrier will also take a batch of A321neos including long-range versions of the twinjet. Kuwait Airways had eight A330-800s on order ...

  • Royal Jordanian fleet-c-Royal Jordanian

    Royal Jordanian posts another heavy full-year loss


    Royal Jordanian has turned in full-year net losses of JD74.2 million ($105 million), less than half the JD161 million figure of the previous year. The airline managed to transport some 1.6 million passengers, double the number from 2020. This enabled it to increase revenues to JD357 million. But the company’s ...

  • L-15 at 2021 Dubai air show

    UAE poised to order up to 48 Chinese L-15 jet trainers


    China is close to finalising a breakthrough deal to supply the United Arab Emirates with up to 48 Hongdu L-15 advanced jet trainers.

  • El Al 787-c-El Al

    El Al looks to exploit assets in order to strengthen financial position


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is looking at the possibility of using its assets to continuing strengthening its balance sheet, although it has yet to confirm whether these include its landing slots. The airline says it is examining “various outlines” and “all the options available”, working in co-operation with a number ...

  • Oneworld Qatar 777-c-Oneworld

    Malaysia Airlines expands partnership with Qatar Airways


    Malaysia Airlines has deepened cooperation with fellow Oneworld alliance member Qatar Airways, with the two carriers partnering in areas such as cargo and airline operations. 

  • Menzies-c-Menzies Aviation

    Ground-handler Menzies prepared to accept improved Kuwaiti takeover bid


    Ground-handler Menzies has indicated willingness to recommend a takeover offer from Kuwaiti firm National Aviation Services, after the prospective buyer substantially increased its bid. UK-based Menzies specialises in ground-handling, fuelling and air cargo and operates at over 200 airports. NAS is proposing a cash offer of £6.08 per share which, ...

  • Qatar Airways Boeing jets

    Can Boeing deliver under new pact with Qatar Airways?


    Boeing’s 777X freighter launch was no surprise. But making sure the new jet delivers will be vital to maintaining the airframer’s rekindled relationship with Qatar Airways.

  • Royal Saudi Air Force fleet

    New defence show to champion Saudi Arabia’s military might


    Riyadh’s first tri-service defence show will put its military strength and industrial ambitions firmly in the international spotlight – and manufacturers will be keen to discuss the kingdom’s procurement plans.

  • Qatar A321neo-c-Airbus

    Freeing Qatar A321neo slots is ‘not self-serving’: Airbus chief


    Airbus insists it is not taking a self-serving approach to the cancellation of aircraft orders for Qatar Airways, and that it remains interested in reaching a mutually-acceptable settlement in its dispute with the flag-carrier. The two sides have been engaged in a highly-public spat over fuselage skin-paint deterioration on several ...

  • A350F-c-Airbus

    Etihad signs for A350 freighters after shedding A330-200F fleet


    Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has signed a preliminary agreement for seven Airbus A350 freighters, potentially taking the number of customers for the new aircraft to five. Etihad was previously a customer for the A330-200F, ordering and receiving five of the type, before withdrawing them during a fleet overhaul. The ...

  • IAI Mini Harpy c IAI

    Interest in loitering munitions grows in Asia after Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: IAI


    After the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in which loitering munitions were seen as playing a decisive role, interest in the new weapon type among Asian militaries is growing.

  • Turkish Aerospace TF-X rendering c Turkish Aerospace

    Turkish Aerospace looks for TF-X partners, customers in Asia


    Turkish Aerospace is on the hunt for potential customers and partners for its TF-X stealth fighter.

  • Air Arabia-c-Air Arabia

    Air Arabia demonstrates recovery with strong full-year profits


    Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia has turned in a full-year net profit of Dhs720 million ($196 million), following the easing of travel restrictions and a recovering demand for air travel. The Sharjah-based operator’s fourth quarter – which resulted in a net profit of Dhs467 million – was its fifth ...

  • Jazeera A320neo-c-Jazeera Airways

    Aviation Capital and Jazeera firm Airbus narrowbody orders


    Aircraft lessor Aviation Capital Group has firmed its tenative commitment for 20 Airbus A220s, while Kuwaiti low-cost carrier Jazeera Airways has finalised its order for 28 A320neo family aircraft.

  • Jazeera A320neo-c-Jazeera Airways

    Jazeera Airways confident as quarterly profit run continues


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways is optimistic over recovery prospects after turning in a full-year net profit of KD7.1 million ($23.4 million). The airline transported 1 million passengers last year, contributing to revenues of KD80.4 million, and average load factor reached nearly 69%. “We are confident that restrictions on the ...