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  • FlightGlobal 2022 forecasts intro

    What awaits the aviation sector in 2022?

    Our special package of forecast articles looks at a dozen topics which are likely to be in the headlines during the coming 12 months.

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    UAE, Finnish orders intensify fighter rivalry


    A late flurry of fighter competition activity as 2021 drew to a close saw the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sign a surprise deal to acquire 80 Dassault Rafales and Lockheed Martin triumph in Finland’s 64-aircraft HX process.

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    Qatar escalates A350 skin-paint row with legal filing against Airbus


    Qatar Airways has filed legal proceedings against Airbus over the A350 fuselage surface paint quality issue, the latest shot in an increasingly bitter dispute between the two sides. The carrier says it has grounded 21 of its A350s, a mix of -900s and -1000s, out of a total fleet of ...

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    Airbus completes A380 deliveries as last jet is handed to Emirates


    Airbus has completed deliveries from the A380 programme, with the final aircraft handed over to Middle Eastern carrier Emirates. The aircraft - MSN272, bearing the registration A6-EVS – brings total deliveries of the type to 251, including 123 for the Dubai-based airline. Emirates is by far the largest customer for ...

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    BA’s and Qatar Airways’ joint business to broaden network access


    British Airways is aiming to extend its joint business arrangement with IAG shareholder and Oneworld alliance partner Qatar Airways, to provide greater access to one another’s networks. BA has newly re-opened its Doha connection, with a Boeing 777-200ER service from London Gatwick, and the two carriers will jointly operate up ...

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    USA ‘prepared to move forward’ with F-35A sale to UAE


    After delays and reports that the deal might fall apart, the USA is prepared to move forward with the proposed sale of 50 Lockheed Martin F-35A stealth fighters to the United Arab Emirates.

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    Airlines face Omicron with the WHO and consumers on side


    As the world awaits hard data on the likely impact of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, airlines also face slim-pickings when it comes to indictors of how travel demand will respond.

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    Airbus proposed 'wide range' of solutions to resolve Qatar A350 skin-paint row


    Airbus insists Qatar Airways took the first legal steps in the bitter dispute over A350 skin-paint quality, and that the airframer still wants to find a solution despite responding with its own legal measures. Qatar Airways has been vocal over the deterioration of fuselage surface paint on the type, and ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: December 2021 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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    Saudia seals $8.5bn agreement for nearly 150 Leap-1A engines


    Middle Eastern carrier Saudia has formally reached an agreement to take CFM International Leap-1A engines for the Airbus A320neo-family fleet it ordered in 2019. The airline ordered 30 A320neos and 35 A321neos after opting to scrap a previous agreement for the Boeing 737 Max. But CFM builds the Leap-1B for ...

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    Oman reaches agreement with EU on liberalising air transport


    Oman’s government has initialed a comprehensive air transport pact with the European Union, aiming for a five-year implementation which will eventually lead to a full ‘open skies’ arrangement. The Middle Eastern sultanate has bilateral third- and fourth-freedom rights with a number of EU countries – among them France, Germany and ...

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    Qatar Airways chief keeps pressure on Airbus over A350 fuselage issue


    Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker is keeping pressure on Airbus over a fuselage-degradation issue that grounded 20 of its A350s, while continuing to mull widebody freighter orders.

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    El Al arm shows off automated monitor to speed turnaround times


    Israeli carrier El Al’s technological investment division Cockpit Innovation is showing off an artificial intelligence tool intended to increase turnaround efficiency at airports. It will present the system – developed by one of its portfolio firms, IntellAct – at the World Aviation Festival event in London, which opens on 1 ...

  • Damaged Afghan MD530

    How Afghanistan’s fall reshaped World Air Forces inventory


    Afghanistan returning to Taliban control saw its military aircraft inventory drop to zero and tested the international community’s ability to rescue at-risk civilians, during another busy year for defence.

  • Codeshare

    Air Baltic switches UAE codeshare from Etihad to Emirates after Dubai launch


    Air Baltic has announced a codeshare with Emirates as it seeks to leverage the connectivity advantages of switching its UAE services from Abu Dhabi to Dubai.

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    Airline Business Index shows industry nearing three-quarters of pre-Covid size


    The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry is nearing three-quarters of its pre-Covid size, driven by rapidly returning passengers and revenue in the third quarter. The overall score of 72 (2019 = 100) represents an increase of six from the score on 30 June 2021, 12 ...

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    MEA full-year financial performance hammered by successive calamities


    Lebanese flag-carrier Middle East Airlines has disclosed full-year losses of LL68.1 billion ($45 million) for 2020, a year in which the country faced an economic crisis, the effects of the pandemic, and the fallout from the Beirut port explosion. The loss contrasted with the near-LL130 billion profit for the carrier ...

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    El Al’s nine-month losses top $300m


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has turned in net losses of $136 million for the third quarter, taking total losses over the first nine months to $303 million. El Al generated third-quarter revenues of $253 million, the carrier has disclosed in its latest financial statement. The carrier is still trying to ...

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    El Al details loan and share issue to secure $30m in state aid


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has detailed an agreement for funding support from the government and its controlling shareholder, Kanfei Nesharim, which includes a commitment to a share offering by mid-September next year. Under the 22 November agreement Kanfei Nesharim will provide El Al with $63 million through four loans. Three ...

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    Israeli government to offer additional state-aid package to airlines


    Israel’s government is to offer additional financial support to the country’s troubled airlines, approving a proposal for a state aid package worth up to $44 million. The finance and transport ministries say they have jointly put forward the proposal to provide “immediate cash-flow assistance” given the “exceptional damage” inflicted on ...