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    ​ICAO welcomes government support for aviation sector


    UN aviation body ICAO welcomed a statement from G20 countries to aid in the global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, highlighting that aviation is one of the worst-hit sectors. The G20 said on 26 March it will do “whatever it takes” to overcome the pandemic, and will continue to ...

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    Qatar Airways opens Brisbane service amid Coronavirus


    The coronavirus pandemic has opened a new route for Qatar Airways, which will operate flights to Brisbane for the first time and increase services to Australia to help people get home. The Doha-based carrier said on 26 March it will add 48,000 seats from 29 March and use larger ...

  • El Al

    El Al awaits state funding decision after halting passenger flights


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has opted to suspend all remaining passenger flights, as it awaits potential government financial support. El Al says the suspension, on 26 March, will continue until 4 April. It will continue to provide rescue and repatriation services as well as freight flights, some of ...

  • Group Cheif Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas

    How Etihad aims to manage through coronavirus crisis grounding


    Etihad Aviation Group chief executive Tony Douglas believes the business’s ongoing restructuring programme has given the Gulf carrier the agility to better manage its operation through the coronavirus crisis and to position it for when air travel markets reopen.

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    Etihad to deploy 787 passenger aircraft on cargo network


    Gulf carrier Etihad Airways is to redeploy some of its Boeing 787-10s as passenger freighters following the temporary suspension of scheduled services in the United Arab Emirates, as it seeks to meet a related spike in air cargo demand.

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    Largest A380 operator Emirates suspends most passenger services


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is suspending most of its passenger operations from 25 March, but intends to continue freight services. Emirates has the world’s largest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleets, and has been trying to maintain passenger flights for as long as it could, in order to ease ...

  • Iran Fokker gear-up

    Recurrent hydraulic fault preceded Iran Fokker 100 gear-up landing


    Investigators have found that an engine-driven pump’s overheating preceded a hydraulic leak before an Iran Air Fokker 100 was forced to land at Tehran Mehrabad with its main landing-gear retracted. Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation found that the aircraft, inbound from Qeshm on 19 March last year, had suffered a ...

  • El Al 787-9

    El Al puts most personnel on two months' leave


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has put 5,500 personnel on unpaid leave until the end of May, following the cuts to its network in the face of the coronavirus crisis. El Al employs some 6,350 staff overall. It has been holding talks with the Israeli ministry of finance regarding ...

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    AC-130W demonstrates maritime attack role


    The US military has demonstrated the use of a Lockheed Martin AC-130W Stinger II gunship in a new naval support role. The work took place from 8-9 March in the Arabian Gulf and involved AC-130Ws, a Boeing P-8A Poseidon, and a US Navy Cyclone class patrol vessel, says the ...

  • El Al 787

    Industrial dispute notice heaps pressure on El Al


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is facing industrial action from its personnel towards the end of this month, heaping pressure on the airline as it battles to deal with the coronavirus impact. The airline says it received, on 12 March, formal notification of a labour dispute and possible strike from ...

  • El Al

    El Al bracing for heavy impact from Israeli coronavirus policies


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is unable to estimate the impact of new government requirements that people returning to Israel from anywhere in the world must enter 14-day quarantine. The requirement will have a “material adverse effect” on El Al’s operations, the airline says. “But at this stage [we ...

  • Kuwait A320neo

    Kuwait’s government to halt all air services indefinitely


    Kuwait’s government has disclosed that all flights to and from the emirate will be suspended from 13 March. The suspension over the coronavirus outbreak will remain in effect “until further notice”, the government has declared. Only Kuwaiti citizens and their immediate relatives will be permitted to fly into ...

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    Covid-19’s full impact on global aviation still unknown


    More than eight weeks after the world first learnt the term “coronavirus”, the outbreak has spread beyond Asia, with Europe, the Middle East, and even North America now on high alert. Closer to the epicentre in China, Asia-Pacific airlines have been grappling with the shock to air traffic demand, ...

  • Etihad Airways Engineering hangar with 787

    Etihad reports $870 million annual loss


    Etihad Airways narrowed its loss in 2019, to $870 million from $1.28 billion the year before, as the Abu Dhabi carrier cut capacity 6% as part of its transformation programme.

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    Kuwait A330-800 delivery set for third quarter


    Kuwait Airways appears set to take delivery of its first Airbus A330-800 in the third quarter of this year. FlightGlobal understands, from a source familiar with the situation, that the airline is working to this timetable following the certification of the -800 in mid-February. Kuwait Airways is configuring ...

  • Flydubai

    Flydubai bemoans growth lost from 737 Max grounding


    Middle Eastern carrier Flydubai is looking to extend leases on aircraft which had been due to leave the fleet next year, to help cope with the capacity problems arising from continued grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. Flydubai has 14 Max jets. It says the airline’s fleet of 42 ...

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    US State Department approves sale of eight Boeing KC-46A tankers to Israel


    Problems and delays with the KC-46A have put the programme several billion dollars in the hole. Foreign Military Sales are seen as critical to Boeing’s ability to make a profit on the programme.

  • Wizz A321neo

    Wizz Air applies for AOC for new Abu Dhabi carrier


    Central European budget carrier Wizz Air has reached a firm agreement to establish a new operator in Abu Dhabi, which will commence services in autumn this year. The airline is tying up with Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company to set up the Middle Eastern operation. It states that ...

  • El Al

    El Al predicts deeper financial impact from coronavirus


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is looking to take cost-saving measures after predicting a deepening financial impact on its operations from the coronavirus outbreak. El Al is forecasting a $50-70 million cut in its revenues for the first four months of this year, January-April. This includes a reduction of ...

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    Rafael's deadly lessons

    Rafael’s latest Spice missile identifies its target using artificial intelligence