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    Biden to allow UAE F-35A, MQ-9B acquisition: report


    The Biden administration plans to move forward with $23 billion in arms sales to the United Arab Emirates, according a report citing congressional aides.

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    First AH-1Z Viper enters final assembly for Bahrain


    Bell expects to deliver its first AH-1Z attack helicopter to launch export operator Bahrain before year-end, with the nation’s first “Viper” having entered final assembly.

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    Emirates’ Clark fears 777X jets could arrive five years late


    Boeing’s 777X programme is in “a state of disarray”, in the view of Emirates Airline president Tim Clark, who has revealed that the Middle Eastern carrier may not receive its first of the aircraft until as late as end-2025 – over five years later than scheduled. “We should have ...

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    Wider economic recovery drives up jet-fuel costs for ailing airlines


    Rising jet-fuel prices will make it harder for airlines to reach cash-positive positions in the coming months, according to industry body IATA.

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    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: April 2021 update


    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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    New IATA chief insists all Covid-related travel measures should be temporary


    New IATA director general Willie Walsh has called for all restrictions and constraints on international air travel to be removed as quickly as possible, as the trade body’s latest traffic data showed the continued catastrophic impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the airline industry.

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    Etihad Airways conducts first scheduled Israeli flight


    Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has carried out its first scheduled flight to Israel, following the diplomatic normalisation agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The Boeing 787-9 (A6-BLA) touched down on Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport’s runway 12 at about 12:20 after arriving from Abu Dhabi, via ...

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    Israel welcomes G550 Oron for multi-surveillance conversion


    Gulfstream has delivered the Israeli air force’s new G550-based “Oron” surveillance platform, which is due to enter operational use in 2023 following the installation of its mission equipment. The modified long-range business jet arrived in Israel on 4 April, following a ferry flight from Gulfstream’s production site in Georgia. ...

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    Flydubai fixes date for 737 Max re-introduction


    Middle Eastern carrier Flydubai is intending to restart Boeing 737 Max flights on 8 April, following approval by United Arab Emirates regulators and updating of the fleet. Flydubai will operate the initial flight from Dubai to the Pakistani city of Sialkot, but the aircraft will subsequently be used for ...

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    Majali returns as CEO of Royal Jordanian


    Samer Majali is back as chief executive of Royal Jordanian Airlines, returning to a position he left more than 10 years ago.

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    Willie Walsh takes over as IATA chief


    Describing his passion for the airline industry, Walsh notes that IATA’s work has never been more “critical… than during the Covid-19 crisis”.

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    ​Qatar Airways to serve 140 destinations this summer


    Qatar Airways plans to rapidly expand its network for the summer season to over 1,200 weekly flights and 140 destinations as it ramps up capacity into what it hopes is the tail end of the pandemic.

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    From record profits to Covid-19 devastation, de Juniac saw it all as IATA chief


    In 2016, Alexandre de Juniac brought his French government and airline industry experience to a role that required diplomacy and a steady hand on the tiller. From 2020 onwards, unprecedented crisis-management skills were the order of the day.

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    Airports body predicts travel surge but warns of $94bn revenue loss in 2021


    Airports industry body ACI World expects a “surge” in travel demand during the second half of 2021, but that global passenger numbers will still be down some 47.5% for the full year compared with pre-Covid levels.

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    El Al remains financially burdened after year of heavy losses


    El Al remained in a state of balance-sheet insolvency at the end of 2020, with total liabilities exceeding its total assets by $256 million. The airline’s current assets as of 31 December 2020 had fallen to $186 million from the previous end-of-year level of $486 million. But its ...

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    El Al unveils full-year losses of more than $530m


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has revealed the extent of the pandemic’s financial damage on the airline, turning in a full-year net loss of $531 million. El Al’s pre-tax loss reached $561 million. The airline’s revenues reached just $623 million for the year to 31 December 2020, a fall ...

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    Did departure delays conspire to single-out shot-down 737?


    One hazy aspect of last year’s fatal Iranian missile attack on a Boeing 737-800 centres on the circumstances through which the aircraft was singled out when other flights were also operating from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport. The Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation, which investigated the 8 January attack on Ukraine ...

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    Israel sets out conditions for alternative El Al financing scheme


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has reached a conditional agreement with the government on an alternative funding scheme, after the airline spent several months trying to negotiate a state-backed loan from local banks. El Al and its Sun D’Or airline operation have detailed the financing pact under which the Israeli ...

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    Saudia seals SR11.2bn funding for 787 and A320neo fleet expansion


    Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia has signed an SR11.2 billion ($3 billion) financing agreement which will partly cover the acquisition of 73 aircraft. The airline describes the aircraft as “previously announced” and comprising eight Boeing 787-10s, 35 A321neos – of which 15 are the long-range A321XLR – and 30 A320neos. ...

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    UIA 737 shootdown: Simulation supported air defence ‘misalignment’ theory


    Judicial investigators carried out a simulation of the air defence system error which, according to an Iranian inquiry, led to the missile launch that destroyed a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 over Tehran. Two air defence units were placed at the same location as the one involved in the ...