Middle East

  • Jazeera A320neo-c-Jazeera Airways
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    Jazeera turns in strong full-year financial results

    2023-02-07T15:08:00Z

    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways has turned in a strong full-year performance with a net profit of over KD20 million ($65 million). It states that it built on a “quick return” to profitability in the second half of 2021, and points out that its financial results have exceeded pre-crisis figures. ...

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    Global air freight demand dropped below pre-Covid levels in 2022

    2023-02-06T15:37:00Z

    Demand for air freight dropped below 2019 levels last year, as the sector experienced a comedown from the highs recorded in 2021 but still benefited from strong yields.

  • Qatar A321neo-c-Airbus
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    Qatar A350 and A321neo orders to be reinstated as part of legal settlement

    2023-02-01T17:38:00Z

    Qatar Airways is to reinstate in full its remaining orders for 23 Airbus A350s as well as 50 A321neos which had been cancelled during its legal dispute with the airframer. But while A350 deliveries are likely to resume this year, FlightGlobal understands, the A321neos will be pushed back to 2026. ...

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    Airbus and Qatar avert court trial after settling high-profile A350 dispute

    2023-02-01T16:58:00Z

    Airbus and Qatar Airways have averted a high-profile court trial after reaching a settlement to resolve their legal clash over the airline’s A350 fleet. The two sides state that they have reached an “amicable and mutually-agreeable settlement”, the details of which are confidential. Their dispute centred on the deterioration of ...

  • F-16 Block 70 Bahrain first flight
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    Lockheed’s first Greenville-built F-16 makes debut flight

    2023-01-25T08:56:00Z

    Lockheed Martin has performed a debut flight with the first F-16 fighter built at its Greenville site in South Carolina: a two-seat, Block 70 example built for Bahrain.

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    Israeli firm to supply 777-8 freighter’s main cargo door

    2023-01-23T12:08:00Z

    Israeli firm Elbit Systems is to supply the large main-deck cargo door for the Boeing 777-8 freighter, under an aerostructures agreement with the US airframer. Elbit will also supply cargo doors for the current 777F. It will provide the structures through its wholly-owned Eblit Systems-Cyclone subsidiary, the company states. “This ...

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    Crucial Airbus-Qatar meeting rescheduled after being scuppered by attendance rules

    2023-01-19T15:54:00Z

    Airbus and Qatar Airways have rescheduled a crucial meeting with European and Qatari civil aviation regulators, after a plans for an earlier gathering, intended for 11 January, fell apart following a disagreement over conditions for attendance. Qatar Airways is immersed in a legal dispute with the airframer, over skin-paint deterioration ...

  • Baykar Bayraktar TB2
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    Baykar lands $370 million TB2 sale in Kuwait

    2023-01-19T06:07:00Z

    Turkish unmanned air vehicle (UAV) producer Baykar has secured a $370 million contract to supply its Bayraktar TB2 platform to Kuwait.

  • Air Serbia A330-c-Air Serbia
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    Air Serbia follows return to profit with Qatar Airways codeshare

    2023-01-18T13:48:00Z

     Air Serbia will next month begin codesharing with Gulf carrier Qatar Airways, building on an existing interline agreement.

  • Iraqi A220 Baghdad 2-c-Iraqi Airways
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    Iraqi Airways introduces third A220

    2023-01-16T15:19:00Z

    Iraqi Airways has taken delivery of another Airbus A220-300, bringing its fleet of the twinjet type to three.

  • Emirates A350-c-Emirates
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    Emirates to offer GX Aviation broadband on A350 fleet

    2023-01-13T08:13:00Z

    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation high-speed broadband connectivity on its Airbus A350 fleet, which it expects to enter service next year. Emirates says the A350s will be the first aircraft in its fleet to use the GX satellite network. The Dubai-based carrier has 50 A350s ...

  • Israir A320-c-Israir Group
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    Israir Group awaiting progress update on Smartwings bid

    2023-01-12T10:03:00Z

    Israeli leisure operator Israir Group is expecting to learn more about the status of its bid for Czech carrier Smartwings in the second half of January. Israir Group submitted a formal proposal to acquire Smartwings last year. It has yet to confirm whether its offer – which included a takeover ...

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    New lessor AviLease reaches sustainable fuel tie-up with Saudi firm

    2023-01-11T13:27:00Z

    Newly-established Saudi Arabian lessor AviLease has reached a provisional agreement for production and distribution of sustainable fuel in the kingdom. AviLease emerged in the middle of last year, part of a Saudi government initiative to broaden its air transport reach. The lessor says it has signed a memorandum of understanding ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: January 2023 update

    2023-01-10T09:39:00Z

    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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    ‘Wi-fi in the sky’: the USAF expands E-11 fleet

    2023-01-06T22:07:00Z

    The service is building a second squadron of Bombardier E-11 Global Express jets, officially known as the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node.

  • An Emirates 777 at Washington, Dulles airport on 14 September 2022
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    United and Emirates file codeshare request with US government

    2023-01-06T17:04:00Z

    United Airlines and Emirates Airline have applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for approval to put their airline codes on each other’s flights as per an agreement the two carriers reached last year.

  • A380 economy-c-Emirates
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    Emirates starts returning reconfigured A380s to service

    2023-01-06T11:01:00Z

    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates has returned to service the first Airbus A380 to undergo an extensive interior retrofit, which will be applied to 67 of the type. The initial airframe (A6-EVM) has been re-introduced to the route from Dubai to London Heathrow. Emirates says the aircraft has been “completely refurbished” ...

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    Uncertainty remains over ALAFCO fleet as shareholders back asset sale to Macquarie

    2023-01-03T12:47:00Z

    Shareholders of Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO have backed a proposal to sell over 50 aircraft from the company’s portfolio to Macquarie Airfinance Group, as the lessor acknowledges that it could ultimately divest more. The shareholder meeting on 27 December resulted in nearly 88% of interests voting in favour of the transaction, ...

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    Israir reaches binding deal to sell ATRs to foreign carrier

    2023-01-03T07:43:00Z

    Israeli operator Israir has signed a binding agreement to sell a pair of ATR 72-500s, which will leave it with an all-Airbus A320 fleet. The carrier says it sealed the agreement on 29 December, adding that they will be transferred to a “foreign airline”, without elaborating on its identity. Israir ...

  • El Al 787-c-El Al
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    El Al finance chief stepping down after two years

    2022-12-31T11:58:00Z

    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s chief financial officer, Yitzhak Eliav, is to step down from his position by the end of the first quarter of 2023. Eliav was named as the head of the airline’s finances in January last year. He formerly held senior executive positions at fabric specialist Avgol Industries ...