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    Israeli-Arab codeshare to feature in El Al-Etihad co-operation talks


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al and United Arab Emirates operator Etihad Airways are to discuss closer ties which could include codesharing on their networks, as well as co-operation in maintenance and freight services. The two airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore closer ties, following the normalisation of ...

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    Bahrain’s Gulf Air embarks on initial flight to Israel


    Gulf Air operated a special service to Israel on 18 November, following the diplomatic normalisation agreement signed between the two sides. The service, GF972 from Manama to Tel Aviv, carried a flight number reflecting Israel’s international telephone code – continuing the symbolism used by a pioneering El Al flight ...

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    Etihad becomes latest carrier to schedule UAE-Israel flights


    United Arab Emirates carrier Etihad Airways is to open full services between Abu Dhabi and the main Israeli hub at Tel Aviv, from the end of the winter season. Etihad Airways will serve the Tel Aviv route daily, and year-round, from 28 March next year. Its reservations system indicates ...

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    El Al cull continues with departure of chief financial officer


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s chief financial officer, Dganit Palti, is to step down before the end of this year. Palti’s departure will mark another high-profile change in the wake of the ownership shake-up at the carrier. El Al undertook a share issue in September, as part of a ...

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    Pandemic drives Emirates to its first half-year loss


    Emirates Group posted a loss of Dh14 billion ($3.8 billion) for the six months ended 30 September as revenues slumped 74% during the first half of its pandemic-hit financial year.

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    Lessor Global Knafaim bids to re-enter Israir auction after revising offer


    Israeli aircraft lessor Global Knafaim Leasing has submitted a revised offer for leisure airline Israir, having initially failed to advance to the next stage of the bidding process. It has outlined a 107 million ($31.6 million) shekel proposal comprising 35 million shekels in cash and 72 million shekels representing ...

  • Air Arabia Airbus A321

    Air Arabia posts third-quarter loss as crisis impact continues


    Air Arabia made a net loss of Dh44 million ($12 million) on revenues down 80% in the third quarter, a period in which the low-cost carrier was able to resume services after the initial pandemic lockdown. The group carried 665,500 passengers in the three months to end-September across its ...

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    Second Iran Air aircraft makes wrong-runway landing at Tabriz


    Iranian investigators have indicated that an Airbus A319 crew landed on the wrong runway at Tabriz airport after becoming accustomed to using it on two previous flights. The Iran Air aircraft (EP-IEP) had been inbound to Tabriz from Isfahan on 7 October but, despite being cleared to land on ...

  • Saudi Arabia F-15C

    Boeing secures $9.8 billion contract for Saudi F-15 work


    Boeing has secured a contract worth up to $9.8 billion related to modernisation and support work for Saudi Arabia’s F-15 fleet.

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    USA approves $23bn sale of F-35s, MQ-9Bs and thousands of weapons to UAE


    The US Department of State has approved the sale of an aircraft and weapons package worth up to $23.37 billion to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including 50 examples of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighter.

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    Arkia-Israir merger proposal among bids for Israeli leisure carrier


    Israeli carrier Arkia has revealed it is bidding to take over leisure operator Israir, one of multiple parties to have declared formal interest in acquiring the carrier. Israir is being auctioned as part of a restructuring of troubled parent company IDB Development. Arkia says it would pursue Israir ...

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    Positive vaccine news comes just as airline industry needed it the most


    Carriers in the northern hemisphere are heading into a winter season that is likely to be bleaker than even their worst pre-pandemic nightmares could have imagined.

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    Etihad overhauls management as it adapts to being ‘mid-size’ carrier


    Several senior Etihad Airways personnel, including chief commercial officer Robin Kamark, are stepping down from the Middle Eastern carrier as it undertakes an extensive reshaping to adapt to the changed market situation. Etihad Airways says it is overhauling its business model to emerge as a “mid-sized” carrier, focusing on ...

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    Airline passenger demand ‘hit wall’ in September: IATA


    Weak international travel demand continued to weigh heavily on the airline industry’s performance in September, according to the latest data from IATA.

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    Qatar Airways activates Boeing 787-9 fleet


    Qatar Airways has begun operating its Boeing 787-9 fleet, putting four of the long-haul twinjets into service.

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    In depth

    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: November 2020 update


    Our regular examination of the latest global data for several key airline market indicators, including traffic and capacity in passenger and cargo markets, airport passenger throughput, in-service and stored fleets, jet fuel costs, and share price trends for the world’s largest groups.

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    UAE’s Flydubai to open Israeli services in November


    United Arab Emirates operator Flydubai is to open services to Tel Aviv this month, following the normalisation pact signed between the Gulf state and Israel. Flydubai says it will carry out a twice-daily service between Dubai and Tel Aviv from 26 November. The carrier uses a fleet of ...

  • Jazeera A320neo-c-Jazeera Airways

    Jazeera liquidity ‘sound’ as losses persist in third quarter


    Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways is confident that it remains a going concern, with sufficient resources, after turning in a KD5.6 million ($18.3 million) third-quarter net loss. The performance brings overall net losses, for the nine months to 30 September, to KD15.5 million. Jazeera Airways says there is a ...

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    El Al chief Usishkin to step down in January


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s chief executive, Gonen Usishkin, is to step down from his position in January next year, three months after a board shake-up by the airline’s new controlling shareholder. Usishkin was named as the airline’s head in early 2018. He oversaw the transformation of El Al’s ...

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    Airbus delivers first A330-800s with handover to Kuwait Airways


    Airbus has delivered its first A330-800s, both aircraft being handed over to Middle Eastern operator Kuwait Airways. The -800 is the smaller of the two A330neo family members. Kuwait Airways had ordered eight of the twinjets, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, in late 2018 as part of ...