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    Recovering El Al looks towards profitability next year


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is working to restore its operation to pre-crisis levels with the intention of shifting to profitability from the second half of 2023. It has posted a $66.3 million net loss for the first quarter of 2022, a 23% improvement on the previous year’s figure for the ...

  • Qatar

    Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways beef up partnership with codeshare expansion


    Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways have expanded their codesharing agreement, as the two carriers deepen their long-term partnership.

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    Yemenia A320 flight marks restart of operations at Sana’a after ceasefire


    Commercial operations have restarted from Yemen’s capital Sana’a airport, after a six-year suspension during the conflict in the Middle Eastern state. The Yemenia Airbus A320 departed for Amman in Jordan on 16 May. Yemen’s civil aviation and meteorology authority says the aircraft transported 137 occupants on the route. The flight ...

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    Royal Jordanian confident of government backing as losses persist


    Royal Jordanian Airlines believes the Jordanian government will continue to support the flag-carrier as it strives to restore profitability. The airline turned in a JD29.7 million ($41.9 million) pre-tax loss for the first quarter to 31 March, compared with a JD36.4 million loss for the same period in 2021. Revenues ...

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    Over half of Emirates A380s have returned to service


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates had returned more than half of its Airbus A380 fleet to service by the end of the financial year in March, having already restored full Boeing 777 operations. Passenger seat capacity for the company over 2021-22 was around 56% down on pre-crisis levels, according to the ...

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    Dubai government injects more capital into Emirates as it looks to restore profits


    Emirates Group has disclosed that it received a Dubai government capital injection of Dhs3.5 billion ($954 million) during the last financial year, in which the company turned in a loss of Dhs3.8 billion. But the group, which also benefited from Dhs11.3 billion in government aid the year prior, is expecting ...

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    Cargojet turns to IAI for freighter conversion of 777-300ERs


    Canadian operator Cargojet has signed for conversion of four Boeing 777-300ERs into freighters, through an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries. The Israeli firm has been developing a freighter modification for the twinjet type, a programme initiated in co-operation with US lessor GECAS – since acquired by AerCap. Cargojet is taking ...

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    Airline Business Podcast: Reining in the recovery and Chinese market reversal


    Graham and Lewis discuss big airline expectations from the recent results season, alongside the operational challenges that threaten to limit the recovery and the uncertainty regarding what might follow. And as more of the Asia-Pacific region brings down border restrictions, they consider the impact of China’s continued ‘zero-Covid’ policy on ...

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    Rand report highlights shortcomings of Russian air power in Syria


    A US Air Force-sponsored analysis of Russian air strikes in Syria presents a mixed review of Moscow’s air power capabilities.

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    DAE starts filing insurance claims after writing off unretrieved aircraft in Russia


    Middle Eastern lessor Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has started filing a series of insurance claims over aircraft abandoned to Russian operators. The lessor has disclosed an asset write-off amounting to $576.5 million for the first quarter, as a result of seizure of aircraft by the Russian government in response to air ...

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    Royal Air Maroc to enter Emirates codeshare pact


    Royal Air Maroc has entered a codeshare agreement with Middle Eastern operator Emirates, intended to lift connections between Dubai and Casablanca. The two carriers will commence the codeshare at the end of May. Emirates will have access to 17 destinations in Morocco, other than Casablanca, along with 63 international cities ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: May 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.

  • QR A350-1000-c-Qatar Airways

    Qatar Airways, Virgin Australia team up for codeshares


    Qatar Airways has signed a wide-ranging strategic partnership with Virgin Australia, becoming the latest Middle Eastern carrier to join forces with an Australian airline.

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    Wizz Air aims to explore Saudi Arabian air transport potential


    Central European budget carrier Wizz Air has signed a preliminary agreement with Saudi Arabian authorities aimed at looking into potential for airline expansion in the Middle Eastern state. The memorandum of understanding, it says, reflects a “shared vision” between the two sides on the potential for Wizz to “stimulate new ...

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    Texel Air to take another pair of 737-800 freighters


    Middle Eastern operator Texel Air is ordering another pair of Boeing 737-800 converted freighters, having received the region’s first example in January. The Bahraini cargo carrier has signed an agreement to acquire the additional jets, according to Boeing. It already had orders for two of the modified jets and will ...

  • Emirates

    Emirates at epicentre of airframer widebody woes


    For Emirates Airline, being a key driver of new and existing widebody programmes has long been a double-edged sword, with recent issues at airframers leaving it particularly vulnerable to several unfavourable developments.

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    Pent-up demand for air travel ‘finally being realised’ but IATA warns on airport delays


    Demand for air travel continued its recovery in March this year, according to IATA, despite the war in Ukraine and China’s restrictive Covid-19 policies.

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    Pobeda granted clearance to open Iranian service


    Aeroflot Group’s budget carrier Pobeda has obtained permission to operate services to Iran from Russia’s civil aviation regulator. Pobeda will be permitted to fly twice-weekly between Moscow and Tehran, according to the decision disclosed by federal air transport authority Rosaviatsia. All Pobeda flights are conducted with a fleet of Boeing ...

  • Swissport

    Air cargo market told to brace for ‘growing challenges’ as demand falls


    Demand for air cargo fell in March, according to data released by IATA on 3 May, as factors including China’s ‘zero-Covid’ policies and the Russia-Ukraine war weighed on demand and threatened to become longer-term hindrances.

  • Jazeera A320neo-c-Jazeera Airways

    Jazeera turns in first-quarter profit as travel rebounds


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways has generated a first-quarter net profit of KD3.8 million ($12.4 million), contrasting with last year’s loss of KD5.2 million for the period. It attributes the performance to a sharp increase in passenger numbers as travel restrictions were lifted in Kuwait. Revenues for the three months ...