Middle East – Page 6

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    Qatar on verge of opening its own airspace


    Operational processes for establishing a separate Qatari airspace are set to commence after the signing of a multinational agreement between the emirate and several Gulf states. The Qatari civil aviation authority has signed the pact with representatives of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. It says the activation ...

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    Emirates broadens premium-economy A380 reach as 70% of fleet returns to service


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is aiming to have 85 of its 118 Airbus A380s, over 70%, back in operation by the end of this year, as it prepares to operate the type with a premium-economy cabin on additional routes. The airline is intending to retrofit 67 A380s with the premium-economy ...


    Raytheon secures $972m contract for F3R-standard AMRAAMs


    Raytheon Missiles & Defense has been awarded a $972 million contract to deliver its F3R-standard AMRAAM air-to-air missile to the US military and 19 international customers.

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    Finnair to put A330 capacity on three Nordic links to Qatar


    Finnair is to deploy substantial Airbus A330 capacity on new services to the Qatari capital Doha, operating not only from Helsinki but Stockholm and Copenhagen. The twinjets will be used as part of a long-term strategic co-operation agreement between Finnair and its Oneworld alliance partner Qatar Airways. Finnair has been ...

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    Wizz Air predicts ‘long-term’ Saudi role as it connects nine more European points


    Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced a string of new routes between Europe and Saudi Arabia as it seeks to play its part in the kingdom’s ambitions to expand its aviation sector.

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    Airline Business Index surges towards 2019 baseline as travel demand returns


    The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry’s progress towards its pre-Covid size accelerated rapidly during the second quarter of 2022, as revenues in particular surged alongside passenger numbers.

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    El Al seals efficiency pact with maintenance and engineering personnel


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has reached an agreement with its maintenance and engineering personnel as part of its efforts to tighten the airline’s efficiency. El Al says the pact, signed on 16 August, will run until the end of 2026. It will cover El Al’s plans to introduce wet-leased passenger ...

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    IATA urges Nigeria to release blocked funds as Emirates suspends flights


    IATA has lamented Nigeria’s lack of action to address the repatriation of airline funds, after Emirates announced it would suspend services to the country from 1 September because of the issue. The airline money blocked by the Nigerian government grew to $464 million in July, IATA said on 18 August, ...

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    Gulf Air joins IndiGo in adding Ras Al Khaimah link


    Gulf Air will serve its third airport in the United Arab Emirates from 3 October, when it commences flights to Ras Al Khaimah International airport.

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    US Army fleet of roadside bomb-hunting Dash 8s depart Middle East


    The programme known as Saturn Arch, which used a derivative of the De Havilland Dash 8 turboprop to search for improvised explosives targeting ground forces, recently flew its final mission in the region.

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    Qatar takes delivery of first Typhoon, ahead of World Cup duty


    Qatar’s introduction of the Eurofighter Typhoon has drawn a step closer, with a first delivery completed at BAE Systems’ Warton final assembly site in Lancashire on 15 August.

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    Blacklisted Iraqi Airways seeks wet-leased aircraft for European flights


    Iraqi Airways has issued a request for proposals for wet-leased or ACMI aircraft for operations to Europe amid a continued blacklisting of the carrier by the European Commission. Hoping to take advantage of a provision in the blacklisting that allows banned carriers to undertake operations via wet-lease agreements with other ...

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    Post-evacuation procedures sought to cut risk of straying passengers


    Standardised guidance to prevent hazards involving straying passengers, following an aircraft evacuation, is being sought by delegates to the upcoming ICAO Assembly. Several incidents involving aircraft evacuation – such as that involving a Gulf Air Airbus A321 at Kuwait in July last year – have resulted in passengers wandering into ...

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    El Al to consider wet-leases and more 787s to address capacity shortfall


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is to explore the possibility of additional Boeing 787s from the second half of next year, once it completes introduction of its current fleet. The airline has 15 of the type – comprising 12 787-9s and three 787-8s – and it is expecting to receive one ...

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    El Al works to restore activity levels as recovery gains traction


    Israeli carrier El Al made a pre-tax loss of $90 million for the first half of the year, although a tax gain pushed the airline into a net profit of $34 million. The airline generated revenues of nearly $799 million over the six months to 30 June. El Al says ...

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    Emirates rolls out cabin refresh in $2 billion soft product upgrade


    Emirates is to embark on an “extensive and record-breaking” aircraft interior refurbishment, as part of a $2 billion investment into improving its inflight cabin experience.

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    Profitable Air Arabia progresses with new joint-venture carriers


    Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia’s new Armenian operator Fly Arna commenced operations in July. The Yerevan-based operation obtained its air operator’s certificate in June and subsequently opened services to the Egyptian resorts of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh. Air Arabia also states that it has reached an “advanced stage” of ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: August 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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    Etihad Airways firms order for A350 freighters


    Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has confirmed its order for seven Airbus A350 freighters, cementing an agreement originally unveiled in mid-February. The airline already had orders for 20 A350-1000s, of which five have been delivered. Airbus says the freighters are “adding to” Etihad’s order for the -1000s. “This additional cargo ...

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    Emirates restarts Stansted flights as it nears 75% of pre-crisis UK capacity


    Emirates has resumed flights to London Stansted airport, bringing to three the number London gateways again served by the Middle Eastern carrier. Long an operator into London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, Emirates added Stansted flights in mid-2018, only for the route to be dropped in March 2020 when the pandemic ...