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    IATA AGM host Qatar Airways sees long-term benefits from flying through Covid-19


    As the global airline industry prepares to head to Doha for this year’s IATA AGM, the chief executive of host Qatar Airways has a compelling story to tell about his carrier’s efforts to keep the world connected over the past two years

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    Jordan orders eight F-16 Block 70 fighters


    Jordan is to receive eight new-build Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 fighters after signing an agreement with the manufacturer.

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    Profitable Qatar Airways optimistic over prospects in A350 legal wrangle


    Qatar Airways Group is optimistic regarding its legal battle with Airbus over skin-paint deterioration affecting A350s, although it cautions in its full-year financial statement that a judgement against the airline could have a material impact. The airline says it “remains extremely positive” in its assessment of prospects for the case, ...

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: June 2022 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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    Airline Business Podcast: Disruption blame game and sustainability action plans


    Graham and Lewis consider the blame game that is emerging as airlines and the wider air travel sector grapple with operational challenges.

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    Belavia axes planned revised service to Israel


    Belarusian flag-carrier Belavia is having to scrap planned services to Israel, claiming that Israeli authorities have reversed a decision to allow the airline entry to Tel Aviv along a revised route. Belavia says it had received permission to operate from Minsk to Tel Aviv in mid-May and drawn up a ...

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    Airbus and Qatar Airways should encourage regulator to rethink A350 position: judge


    Airbus and Qatar Airways should co-operate to persuade the Qatari civil aviation authority to adopt a different position regarding the grounding of the airline’s A350s, the judge overseeing the two sides’ legal dispute has stated. In a detailed ruling which followed the latest High Court session on 26 May, the ...

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    Egypt requests purchase of 23 F-model Chinooks from USA


    The US Department of State has given its approval to a potentially $2.6 billion sale to Egypt of 23 Boeing CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters.

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    Judge rules Airbus-Qatar A350 case must head for early trial


    Airbus’s legal clash with Qatar Airways over A350 skin-paint degradation appears likely to go to trial in summer 2023, after a judge ruled that the case should be tried at the earliest opportunity. Qatar Airways is claiming a degree of success from securing the expedited hearing but the airframer – ...

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    Airline Business Index shows industry recovery stalling in Covid-hit start to 2022


    The latest Airline Business Index shows the global airline industry’s progress towards its pre-Covid size stalled during the first quarter of 2022, as the Omicron variant of Covid-19 weighed on the performance of most markets.

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    Saudi’s Flyadeal claims kingdom’s first all-female crewed flight


    Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia’s budget division Flyadeal is claiming to have operated the first all-female crewed flight by an airline of the kingdom. Flyadeal says the crew – most of whom were Saudi citizens – operated the Airbus A320neo on the F3117 service between Riyadh and Jeddah. The aircraft (HZ-FAV) ...

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    El Al tries to stem pilot disruption as it copes with recovery demand surge


    Israeli carrier El Al is urging pilots to ensure flight schedules are met, after multiple cancellations over a dispute with the company. El Al says it has contacted its pilots’ committee seeking “immediate” negotiations over the matter. The company says it has been forced to cancel services in recent days ...

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    El Al prepares for share issue and finalisation of loyalty loan


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is preparing for a share offering valued at around $62 million, as part of its effort to solidify its financial position. The airline is also finalising discussions with insurance firm Phoenix Group over a $130 million loan against its frequent-flyer programme, and expects to finish the ...

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    Recovering El Al looks towards profitability next year


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is working to restore its operation to pre-crisis levels with the intention of shifting to profitability from the second half of 2023. It has posted a $66.3 million net loss for the first quarter of 2022, a 23% improvement on the previous year’s figure for the ...

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    Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways beef up partnership with codeshare expansion


    Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways have expanded their codesharing agreement, as the two carriers deepen their long-term partnership.

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    Yemenia A320 flight marks restart of operations at Sana’a after ceasefire


    Commercial operations have restarted from Yemen’s capital Sana’a airport, after a six-year suspension during the conflict in the Middle Eastern state. The Yemenia Airbus A320 departed for Amman in Jordan on 16 May. Yemen’s civil aviation and meteorology authority says the aircraft transported 137 occupants on the route. The flight ...

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    Royal Jordanian confident of government backing as losses persist


    Royal Jordanian Airlines believes the Jordanian government will continue to support the flag-carrier as it strives to restore profitability. The airline turned in a JD29.7 million ($41.9 million) pre-tax loss for the first quarter to 31 March, compared with a JD36.4 million loss for the same period in 2021. Revenues ...

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    Over half of Emirates A380s have returned to service


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates had returned more than half of its Airbus A380 fleet to service by the end of the financial year in March, having already restored full Boeing 777 operations. Passenger seat capacity for the company over 2021-22 was around 56% down on pre-crisis levels, according to the ...

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    Dubai government injects more capital into Emirates as it looks to restore profits


    Emirates Group has disclosed that it received a Dubai government capital injection of Dhs3.5 billion ($954 million) during the last financial year, in which the company turned in a loss of Dhs3.8 billion. But the group, which also benefited from Dhs11.3 billion in government aid the year prior, is expecting ...

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    Cargojet turns to IAI for freighter conversion of 777-300ERs


    Canadian operator Cargojet has signed for conversion of four Boeing 777-300ERs into freighters, through an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries. The Israeli firm has been developing a freighter modification for the twinjet type, a programme initiated in co-operation with US lessor GECAS – since acquired by AerCap. Cargojet is taking ...