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    Strong summer lifts Jazeera past 2019 passenger levels over first nine months


    Kuwaiti low-cost carrier Jazeera Airways lifted operating profits by 25% to KD16.1 million ($51.8 million) in the third quarter on a doubling of revenues.

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    Yemenia seeks to double fleet as it rebuilds shattered network


    Arabian operator Yemenia is still trying to restore its network after years of civil war in the Middle Eastern state, and resumption of flights earlier this year. Speaking to FlightGlobal at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Abu Dhabi, Yemenia chair Nasser Mahmoud said the airline wanted to expand ...

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    Arab carriers urge governments to avoid repeating ‘draconian’ pandemic response


    Arab airlines are urging governments to revise their approach to a potential future pandemic, including recognising that a rapid implementation of closing borders did not mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Speaking during a briefing at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Abu Dhabi, secretary general Abdul Wahab Teffaha highlighted ...

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    AACO chief: Future Israeli ties possible if momentum for peace reaches regional level


    Arab Air Carriers Organization secretary general Abdul Wahab Teffaha is not ruling out possible future ties with Israeli entities, if the recent momentum of improved Arab-Israeli relationships eventually leads to recognition at a higher regional level. Normalised diplomatic relations between Israel and a number of Arab countries have been achieved ...

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    Nesma aims for fleet expansion after Egyptian investment


    Egyptian carrier Nesma Airlines is looking to expand its fleet next year, having consolidated its operation under a single air operator’s certificate. The airline was operating with Egyptian and Saudi Arabian licences but has been brought under Egyptian investment, chief executive Karim Baky told FlightGlobal at the Arab Air Carriers ...

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    Royal Jordanian modernises but cost pressures push back break-even target


    Royal Jordanian Airlines expects its break-even target to be pushed back at least to 2024 as a result of the continuing pressures on the air transport industry. Speaking to FlightGlobal at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Abu Dhabi, Royal Jordanian chief executive Samer Majali said the carrier had ...

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    Italy’s Optimares loses legal case over axed Qatar Airways seat-supply contract


    Qatar Airways has emerged as the victor in a court case against Italian airline seat manufacturer Optimares, over the termination of contracts for design and supply of seats for Boeing 777-9, 787-9 and Airbus A321 jets. The contracts were originally agreed in 2018-19 and covered business-class seats for the Boeings ...

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    Former TAP chief to lead Etihad Aviation Group as government transfers ownership


    Abu Dhabi’s government has transferred Etihad Aviation Group to the portfolio of state-owned investment and holding company ADQ, which has named former TAP Portugal chief Antonoaldo Neves as the company’s new head, succeeding Tony Douglas. Douglas has chosen to “pursue a new opportunity elsewhere” but will remain as an advisor ...

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    Flydubai to wet-lease 737-800s from Smartwings


    Flydubai is again looking to Smartwings for leased capacity going into the busy seasonal travel period.

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    First signs of slowing air travel recovery momentum?


    Amid so much economic and geopolitical uncertainty around the world, the first hints of a potential impact on travel demand were seen in the latest passenger demand data.

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    El Al considers acquiring freighter as regulator prepares to amend licence


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is considering acquiring a dedicated freighter, after the country’s civil aviation regulator notified the airline that its dormant authorisation to operate freighters will be cancelled. The amendment to El Al’s commercial licence will take effect from 17 October. El Al says it received the notification on ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: October 2022 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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    Royal Jordanian signals intent to take Embraer E2 jets


    Royal Jordanian Airlines and Embraer have signed a memorandum of understanding for the carrier to introduce 10 E2-family jets into its fleet “within the coming several years”.

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    Omani carrier SalamAir places firm order for six E195-E2s


    Omani low-cost carrier SalamAir has placed a firm order for six Embraer E195-E2s with six options, as its seeks to expand its currently all-Airbus fleet.

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    Royal Jordanian selects A320neos as it sets out fleet-modernisation plans


    Royal Jordanian Airlines is to take Airbus A320neos to replace its fleet of conventional A320-family jets, and is discussing introduction of additional Boeing 787s. It is also intending shortly to disclose a regional jet selection with the aim of bringing in the chosen aircraft from the second half of next ...

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    New Eurofighter arrivals include Kuwait’s first single-seat Typhoon


    Kuwait has taken delivery of its latest pair of Leonardo-assembled Eurofighter Typhoons, including the first single-seat example to have been received by the Gulf state.

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    MEA chief bemoans Lebanese ‘lack’ of political leadership


    Lebanese flag-carrier Middle East Airlines’ chief, Mohamad El-Hout has lamented the political situation in the country, as the airline strives to recover from impact of multiple crises. MEA has suffered not only from the effects of the pandemic, but the severe economic situation which gripped the state, as well as ...

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    BA and Qatar Airways significantly expand scope of joint business


    British Airways and Qatar Airways have announced the expansion of their joint business to include dozens of countries from their respective networks. The 26 September announcement marks the realisation of a plan first announced in December last year and expands an existing joint business covering connections between Doha and London. ...

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    Air Arabia to launch joint-venture carrier in Sudan


    Air Arabia Group has announced plans to launch an airline in Sudan via a joint venture with local conglomerate DAL Group. To be based at Khartoum International airport, Air Arabia Sudan will operate a fleet of “new Airbus A320 jets” and will adopt the low-cost business model operated by Air ...

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    Airlines will need larger jets like updated A380: Emirates’ Clark


    Emirates Airline president Tim Clark fears the industry’s shift away from the largest aircraft types could leave carriers short on seats in the coming decades, potentially leading to “enormously high fares”.