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    UAE signs up for F-35 in 11th hour of Trump administration: report


    Hours before the swearing in of US president Joe Biden, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly signed a deal for 50 Lockheed Martin F-35As and 18 General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9B Reaper unmanned air vehicles (UAV).

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    Etihad to restore Doha flights from mid-February


    UAE carrier Etihad Airways is to restore service from Abu Dhabi to the Qatari capital Doha from 15 February following the restoration of diplomatic links between the Gulf states.

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    Emirates and Etihad to trial IATA’s Travel Pass


    UAE-based carriers Emirates and Etihad will be among the first airlines in the world to use IATA’s Travel Pass app, with trials to begin in the first half of this year.

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    Wizz takes advantage of UAE-Israel ties to open Abu Dhabi-Tel Aviv


    Wizz Air is the latest operator to take advantage of the political agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel, with plans to serve the Abu Dhabi-Tel Aviv route. The airline will open the connection on 12 February, through its new Middle Eastern division Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. This division, ...

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    Qatar Airways will only retain half of its A380 fleet


    Qatar Airways will only operate half of its A380s at best if it brings the widebodies back into service, according to the airline’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

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    Middle East’s Jordan Aviation discloses plans for US services


    Middle Eastern carrier Jordan Aviation is seeking to open scheduled services to the USA within the next four months. The privately-owned airline has not detailed its intended route network. Royal Jordanian Airlines already serves routes from Amman to New York JFK and Chicago. While it aims to ...

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    Airline bookings weaken as IATA warns recovery ‘some way away’


    Forward airline bookings have weakened going into the first quarter of 2021, as IATA warns that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.

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    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: January 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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    ​Emirates bolsters American services


    Emirates is restarting operations to Seattle, Dallas and San Francisco and increasing capacity to other destinations in the Americas over the coming two months, as the Middle Eastern carrier continues to rebuild its long-haul network.

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    Bahrain lifts restrictions on Qatari flights after Al-Ula summit


    Bahrain’s air navigation service has updated NOTAMs to remove restrictions on Qatari services, following the recent reconciliation agreement reached at a Gulf Co-operation Council summit. Qatar does not have its own flight information region. Its airspace is contained within the Bahraini FIR. The kingdom’s aeronautical information publication has ...

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    Emirates 777-9 comments raise questions about delivery timeline and launch operator


    Recent comments suggest that Emirates now expects to receive its first Boeing 777-9 in 2023, a development that raises questions about delivery timelines and launch customers.

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    Does shift towards pre-flight Covid-19 testing spell disaster for airlines?


    The tightening of border controls is an emerging theme in the early days of 2021, as governments react to concerns about new variants of Covid-19 and soaring infection rates in many regions.

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    Saudi airspace access simplifies passage for Qatar Airways flights


    Qatar Airways has begun redirecting flightpaths through Saudi Arabian airspace, after the lifting of a blockade imposed more than three years ago. The airline’s service to Johannesburg – flight QR1365, operated by an Airbus A350-900 – crossed into eastern Saudi airspace shortly after its departure during the evening of ...

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    Air travel demand flatlined in November: IATA


    Air travel demand remained sharply down in November, IATA’s latest industry statistics show, as resurgent Covid-19 cases and renewed travel restrictions battered passenger confidence.

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    Israir pilot-training pact with Etihad deepens UAE-Israeli ties


    Israeli leisure carrier Israir has signed with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aviation Group for Airbus A320 simulator training, further tightening Israeli-United Arab Emirates ties following a recent political normalisation agreement. Etihad Aviation Training will offer cockpit crew training for Israir, under a pact through which the airline will dry-lease full-flight ...

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    El Al names former Avgol executive as new finance chief


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has named Yitzhak Eliav as its new chief financial officer, following the departure of Dganit Palti last year. He took up the post on 4 January, the airline states. Eliav was formerly the head of finance and vice-president of operations at Avgol Industries, a specialist manufacturer ...

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    Gulf blockade on Qatar could ease as Saudi Arabia opens airspace


    There are signs that a long-running multinational blockade by Arab states against Qatar might be easing, after an agreement was reached to open airspace and other borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The agreement has been disclosed by Kuwaiti foreign affairs minister Ahmed Nasser Al-Muhammad Al-Sabah, on the eve ...

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    Court approves BGI’s planned acquisition of Israir


    Israeli carrier Israir’s sale trustee has received court approval for BGI Investments’ planned acquisition of the airline, following a drawn-out bidding contest. The Tel Aviv district court has granted approval after Israir bondholders backed the BGI bid and rejected those of two competing suitors. All three had been ...

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    Israir trustee seeks court approval for BGI acquisition


    Israeli carrier Israir’s sale trustee has sought formal approval from a Tel Aviv court for the acquisition offer put forward by bidder BGI Investments. BGI Investments is a division of the company Shai Odem, controlled by retail entrepreneur Rami Levy and business partner Shalom Haim. After a drawn-out ...