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  • UIA 737 winglet debris-c-Iran CAO

    Did departure delays conspire to single-out shot-down 737?


    One hazy aspect of last year’s fatal Iranian missile attack on a Boeing 737-800 centres on the circumstances through which the aircraft was singled out when other flights were also operating from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport. The Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation, which investigated the 8 January attack on Ukraine ...

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    Israel sets out conditions for alternative El Al financing scheme


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has reached a conditional agreement with the government on an alternative funding scheme, after the airline spent several months trying to negotiate a state-backed loan from local banks. El Al and its Sun D’Or airline operation have detailed the financing pact under which the Israeli ...

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    Saudia seals SR11.2bn funding for 787 and A320neo fleet expansion


    Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia has signed an SR11.2 billion ($3 billion) financing agreement which will partly cover the acquisition of 73 aircraft. The airline describes the aircraft as “previously announced” and comprising eight Boeing 787-10s, 35 A321neos – of which 15 are the long-range A321XLR – and 30 A320neos. ...

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    UIA 737 shootdown: Simulation supported air defence ‘misalignment’ theory


    Judicial investigators carried out a simulation of the air defence system error which, according to an Iranian inquiry, led to the missile launch that destroyed a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 over Tehran. Two air defence units were placed at the same location as the one involved in the ...

  • UIA 737 fin-c-Iran CAO

    Extent of initial missile damage to shot-down 737 remains unclear


    Few details on the immediate effect of an Iranian surface-to-air missile strike that brought down a Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 over Tehran have emerged in the investigators’ final analysis. Although the Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation has published the flight-data recorder traces from the Ukraine International Airlines jet, shot down on ...

  • UIA 737-c-Iranian CAO

    Ukraine sharply criticises Iranian findings over 737 shootdown


    Ukrainian authorities submitted dozens of comments to Iranian investigators, many highly critical, regarding multiple aspects of the inquiry into last year’s fatal missile attack on a Boeing 737-800 shortly after take-off from Tehran. The Iranian Civil Aviation Organisation has formally attributed the destruction of flight PS752 to the misidentification ...

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    Emirates to deepen TAP Air Portugal codeshare


    Middle East carrier Emirates is deepening its codeshare with Star Alliance carrier TAP Air Portugal under a fresh agreement.

  • Virus-mask-airport-travel

    Recovery unsustainable without Travel Pass-style apps: IATA


    Governments around the world are not moving quickly enough to plan for the reopening of international travel markets, in the view of IATA, particularly when it comes to the creation of digital standards for Covid-19 testing and vaccination records.

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    In depth

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: March 2021 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including international and domestic travel restrictions, 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.

  • Etihad Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    Etihad operating loss more than doubles in 2020


    Etihad Airways has accelerated restructuring efforts after its core annual operating loss more than doubled to $1.7 billion in 2020.

  • 737 Max-c-Boeing

    Saudi regulator latest to approve 737 Max services


    Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation regulator has become the latest to approve operations with the Boeing 737 Max, although none of the kingdom’s airlines yet operates the type. Flag-carrier Saudia’s budget airline Flyadeal had been in line to acquire the 737 Max, through a provisional $5.9 billion agreement for 30 ...

  • Saudia 787-c-Saudia

    Saudia eyes 70-jet acquisition including 777s and A321s: Saudi outlet


    Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia is intending to acquire up to 70 aircraft including long-haul Boeing and single-aisle Airbus jets, according to local financial publication Maaal . The Saudi outlet, citing its own sources, claims Saudia is looking to purchase Boeing 777s and 787s as well as Airbus A321s. ...

  • IATA

    Airline industry might burn through $95bn in cash this year: IATA


    The global airline industry might continue to burn cash into 2022 amid uncertainty over when governments will release travel restrictions, according to a range of scenarios presented by IATA.

  • Jazeera A320neo-c-Jazeera Airways

    Confident Jazeera outlines plans to double fleet by 2025


    Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways is looking to double its fleet over the next four to five years, confident that it has the resources to recover from the air transport crisis despite the heavy financial impact on its operations. Jazeera has turned in a full-year net loss of KD26.4 million ...

  • Gulf Air Boeing 787

    Gulf Air to make Singapore return in April


    Gulf Air is to launch a weekly service from Bahrain to Singapore in April, reviving a route it last operated more than a decade ago. The Bahraini carrier will deploy a Boeing 787-9 on the service to Singapore, which it describes as a ”boutique destination”. Source: ...

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    Israel signs for Boeing KC-46, plans for more F-35s and heavy lift helicopters


    The Israeli ministry of defence has signed a letter of acceptance (LOA) for two Boeing KC-46 in-flight refuelling tankers.

  • CEOs-to-watch
    In depth

    Airline Business special: CEOs to watch in 2021


    As the Covid-19 crisis moves into its second year, we feature some of the airline chiefs whose success or otherwise will be bellwethers of the industry’s recovery in 2021.

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    Qatar pitches touchless IFE initiative to allay post-Covid travel concerns


    Qatar Airways is highlighting its steps towards offering full touchless in-flight technology onboard its aircraft in a further sign of how airlines are adapting their product and marketing in light of customer sensitivities to flying in the post-pandemic environment.

  • Flydubai Boeing 737 Max

    Flydubai works on restoring Max flights after UAE approval


    Flydubai is to start the process of returning its Boeing 737 Max aircraft to service after the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) cleared the type for operations again.

  • Gulf Air

    Etihad and Gulf Air agree deeper commercial relationship


    Etihad Airways and Gulf Air have signed a commercial agreement to “deepen their partnership” in several areas.