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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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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    Airline cash burn to continue throughout 2021: IATA


    Airlines will struggle to cut unit costs sufficiently to prevent cash burn continuing throughout 2021, based on current demand assumptions, according to IATA.

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    Israeli-Sudanese agreement to enable shorter flights: Netanyahu


    Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has referenced further airspace efficiencies as a benefit of the new agreement to normalise relations with Sudan. Netanyahu had previously indicated that the Israeli government had made political contact with Sudanese counterparts in the past couple of years. “The skies of Sudan are ...

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    Israeli-Gulf flights to expand with Bahrain air services pact


    Israel’s government has sealed an air services agreement with the kingdom of Bahrain, complementing its recent similar pact with the United Arab Emirates. The agreement will allow operators from each side to carry out up to 14 weekly services between the Bahraini capital, Manama, and Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion ...

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    Emirates to serve Jordanian capital with A380


    Emirates will next month deploy an Airbus A380 for some of its flights between Dubai and Amman as it boosts frequencies and capacity on the Middle Eastern route. The Jordanian capital will become the sixth city in Emirates ’ network to be served with A380s, joining Cairo, Guangzhou, ...

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    ​IATA downgrades Africa and Middle East traffic forecasts


    IATA has sharply lowered its 2020 guidance for air traffic in the Middle East and Africa, citing “weaker-than-expected recovery” in each region.

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    Israel’s Arkia to open Dubai services in early 2021


    Israeli carrier Arkia has disclosed that intends to open services to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, from the beginning of next year. Arkia’s planned service follows the signing of a new air services agreement between Israel and the UAE after the two sides agreed to normalise diplomatic relations. ...

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    El Al pilots lose legal bid to overturn cockpit efficiency agreement


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s pilots have lost a legal bid to invalidate an efficiency agreement for cockpit crews, which was reached in mid-July in the absence of pilots’ representatives. This agreement was one of several revising terms for several groups of El Al workers. The new pacts were a ...

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    Iranian Fokker 100 engine parts penetrate cabin after uncontained failure


    Iranian investigators are probing the serious uncontained failure of a Fokker 100 engine which forced the crew to abort take-off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport. The Iran Aseman Airlines jet (EP-ATE) had been operating a service to Ardabil, near the Caspian Sea coast in north-western Iran, on 13 October. ...

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    Israeli-UAE flights beckon after air services pact signed at summit


    Israeli and United Arab Emirates government ministers have signed an air services agreement enabling airline flights between the two nations. The agreement was one of four pacts formalised at a trilateral summit, hosted by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport. “We are assisting ...

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    Royal Jordanian seeks new chief executive after Pichler retires


    Royal Jordanian Airlines has named chairman Said Darwazeh as its interim chief executive, after previous head Stefan Pichler retired having spent over three years in the top post. It has yet to appoint a permanent successor after the carrier’s contract with Pichler ended on 30 September. The airline ...

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    Qatar Airways chief warns travel bubbles ‘just protect home carriers’


    Governments and regulatory bodies must resist adopting protectionist measures such as ’travel bubbles’ that reduce the opportunities for international airlines to serve markets, in the view of Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker

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    No short-term return for A380: Qatar Airways chief


    Qatar Airways does not expect to operate its Airbus A380s for at least two years, according to the Middle Eastern carrier’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker.

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    Etihad 787 arrives in Tel Aviv for Israeli-UAE trade and tourism mission


    Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways has operated a commercial passenger flight from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv, which it claims is the first such service from a Gulf state to Israel. Etihad Airways’ flight EY9607, flown with a Boeing 787-10 (A6-BMH), landed on Tel Aviv’s runway 12 at about ...