Middle East – Page 8

  • Akinci

    Saudi Arabia to obtain Baykar’s Akinci UAV


    Turkish aerospace firm Baykar Technology has signed a deal with Saudi Arabia for its Akinci unmanned air vehicle (UAV).

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    In depth

    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: July 2023 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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    Emirates aims to cut catering waste with pre-order service


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is aiming to cut food waste by offering a pre-order service for on-board catering. The airline is to introduce the service initially in the business-class cabin on flights between Dubai and the three main London airports from 25 July. It will enable passengers to select meal ...

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    USA deploys additional fighter assets to Middle East, citing Iranian naval activity


    Washington will deploy additional combat aircraft to the Middle East, including fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters, following the attempted seizure of merchant vessels by Iranian naval forces.

  • Airline Strategy Award Winners 2023
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    The Airline Strategy Awards 2023: winning stories


    Alaska Airlines’ Ben Minicucci, Pegasus’ Guliz Ozturk and Singapore Airlines’ Goh Choon Phong were among those recognised at this year’s Airline Strategy Awards on 16 July in London, alongside former American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker.

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    El Al faces potential $40m claim over pricing of group bookings


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has disclosed that it is facing potential legal action centred on claims that its ticketing system unfairly charged higher fares for multiple purchases. El Al says the class action – which features a damage calculation of 147 million shekels ($40 million) – has been filed with ...

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    Emirates offers VIP charter flights with Phenom from Dubai


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is introducing a regional charter service with Embraer Phenom 100 business jets out of Dubai’s Al-Maktoum airport. The airline is offering the Phenom for on-demand flights to destinations within the Gulf region, including those outside of the Emirates network. Emirates says the four-seat aircraft provides privacy, ...

  • China Southern Boeing 787

    Global airline passenger traffic closes to within 4% of pre-Covid levels


    Global airline passenger traffic was at 96.1% of 2019 levels in May this year, as the industry neared parity with pre-Covid levels of demand after three years of deficit.

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    Russian fighters intercept American UAV over Syria, in latest Middle East incident


    The US Air Force’s Middle East headquarters says Russian fighter aircraft conducted an unsafe intercept of an American MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle over Syria, marking the latest incident in the conflicted airspace where both countries are operating.

  • Qatar Airways at Doha airport

    Doubling of passenger revenue drives Qatar Airways profit


    Qatar Airways posted a net profit of QR4.4 billion ($1.2 billion) for the year ending 31 March 2023 on turnover boosted by a doubling of passenger revenues.

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    Iran taken to United Nations court over Ukrainian 737 shootdown


    Four countries have collectively filed to initiate proceedings before the United Nations International Court of Justice over the destruction of a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 shot down over Tehran. Ukraine, Sweden, Canada and the UK have submitted a joint application against Iran alleging violation of obligations following the loss ...

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    Israir pays deposit to advance Smartwings acquisition talks


    Israir Group has paid a €500,000 ($544,000) deposit in favour of Chinese firm CITIC Group, as part of the Israeli operator’s negotiations to take over Czech airline Smartwings. CITIC is linked to the Chinese economics ministry and holds just over 49.9% of Smartwings. Israir Group has been negotiating with Smartwings’ ...

  • Israeli F-35Is

    Israel announces plans for 25 more F-35 fighters


    Israel plans to order an additional 25 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters, which will allow it to stand up a third squadron of the type.

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    El Al would have avenue to SkyTeam membership under Delta co-operation pact


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al could potentially join the SkyTeam alliance with Delta Air Lines’ support, following a strategic co-operation agreement sealed between the two airlines. El Al and Delta will implement reciprocal codeshares and loyalty benefits as part of the tie-up, which is intended to offer more convenient connections between ...

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    Israir granted extension to Smartwings talks with Chinese investors


    Israeli leisure operator Israir Group has been granted an extension to complete negotiations with Chinese interests regarding its proposed acquisition of Czech carrier Smartwings. Israir Group says the extension will run to 3 July. Aspects of the discussions include the deposit of €500,000 ($547,000) in favour of CITIC Group, which ...

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    After 14 years, first Iraqi Airways 787 touches down in Baghdad


    Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787, one of 10 that the Baghdad-based airline has on order. The Iraqi government originally reached the agreement for the twinjets in late 2009. “As domestic and international air traffic gains momentum, it’s crucial that our Iraqi Airways fleet matches ...

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    Confident industry aims to prove airport operational woes were last year’s story


    The most frequently used word at IATA’s Ground Handling Council meeting in Abu Dhabi in mid-May was ‘confident’. It was a common message from airlines, airports and ground service providers alike as they predict that this year there will not be a repeat of the often-catastrophic operational delays seen at some airports in summer 2022.

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    IAI touts improved Heron Mk II as ‘new kid in town’


    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is seeing strong interest in its unmanned air vehicle product line, with the Heron Mk II front and centre at its Paris air show exhibit.

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    Rafael touts ‘more accurate end-game’ with Sky Spear missile


    Rafael has used the Paris air show to unveil a new long-range air-to-air missile named Sky Spear.

  • Qatar Airways chief executive

    Al Baker on Airbus, the supply chain, and orders


    Akbar Al Baker, one the airline industry’s most outspoken leaders, delivered his views on its relationship with Airbus, persisting supply chain problems, and the need to bolster the carrier’s orderbook in a quickfire media roundtable at the Paris air show today.