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    Israir claims ‘positive’ signs from Smartwings shareholders


    Israeli operator Israir Group has received a “positive indication” from shareholders in Smartwings regarding its proposal to take over the Czech airline. Israir Group has been pursuing an acquisition of Smartwings for several months and is trying to seal a binding agreement for the carrier. Its proposal has centred on ...

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    Qatar Airways aims to receive all 737 Max 8s by end-July


    Qatar Airways has introduced a second Boeing 737 Max 8, and will bring in another seven of the type by the end of July. The Middle Eastern carrier took delivery of its first in mid-April after taking advantage of an opportunity to introduce a batch of the twinjets to its ...

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    Oman Air equips training centre with 737 Max simulator


    Middle Eastern carrier Oman Air has equipped its training centre with a Boeing 737 Max 8 simulator. The airline says the system has been acquired from specialist CAE, and installed in the flight-training centre at Muscat. Oman Air has 13 Max 8s in its fleet of 45 aircraft. “The [Max ...

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    Emirates returns to 747 freighter operations to lift SkyCargo capacity


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is wet-leasing a pair of Boeing 747-400 freighters to lift capacity for its SkyCargo division. Their introduction – a return to 747 operations after an absence of several years – illustrates the Dubai-based operator’s “confidence” in the cargo market, it states, and provide “immediate” increased capability ...

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    Emirates and Etihad tighten ties with interline aimed at UAE tourism


    Middle Eastern carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways are to forge a closer co-operation through an interline agreement giving travellers greater flexibility when flying into and out of the United Arab Emirates. Under the agreement passengers will be able to purchase a single ticket allowing inbound flight to either Dubai or ...

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    Jazeera Airways to bring in A321s under latest lease plan


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways is preparing to lease a pair of Airbus A321s, as it continues to source single-aisle capacity ahead of receiving new aircraft. The airline’s board agreed the lease of the A321s – as well as another pair of A320s – at meeting held on 2 May. ...

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    El Al ties up with travel specialist to create tourism joint-venture company


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al is aiming to establish a joint-venture company specialising in tourism, in which it will hold a 40% share. The airline has reached a provisional agreement through which it will collaborate with Tel Aviv-based travel firm Issta, which would also have 40% of the venture. El Al ...

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    Flydubai shows off sliding-door privacy suite for business-class cabin on 737s


    Middle Eastern carrier Flydubai has unveiled a new premium business suite for single-aisle aircraft, which will include a sliding privacy door. The airline showed off the development at the Arabian Travel Market and states that it will be introduced on its fleet from November this year. Flydubai operates some 75 ...

  • El Al 737-c-El Al

    Israel’s El Al names treasurer as new chief financial officer


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has named Yacov Shahar as the airline’s new chief financial officer, succeeding Yitzhak Eliav. El Al says it formally appointed him to the post on 24 April. Shahar has previously served a long tenure as the company’s treasurer. His background includes holding the position of chief ...

  • Emirates 777-300ER-c-Emirates

    Emirates to open services to second Canadian city


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is to complement its Canadian service to Toronto with a new route to the city of Montreal from July. It will operate daily from Dubai, using 354-seat Boeing 777-300ERs configured in three classes – including eight first- and 42 business-class seats. The airline says Canada and ...

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    Wizz Air’s Varadi looks to London-Gulf flights with A321XLRs


    Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi says the low-cost airline may use incoming Airbus A321XLRs for direct flights from London to the Gulf, where it already has a joint venture operation in Abu Dhabi. Source: Vytautas Kielaitis Shutterstock Varadi sees opportunities for Wizz Air in the Middle East ...

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    IAI expects Seoul facility to start 777 freighter conversions next year


    Nearly two years after disclosing preliminary plans to establish a freighter conversion centre in South Korea, Israel Aerospace Industries has signed an agreement to set up the facility. It will carry out conversions of Boeing 777-300ER twinjets from next year at the centre to be located at Seoul Incheon airport. ...

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    Kuwait’s Jazeera progresses with A320 leases


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways is set to discuss the lease of an additional Airbus A320, along with a batch of engines. The airline’s board says it will meet on 18 April to talk about the proposed lease. It has identified the aircraft involved as MSN4601. The aircraft is a ...

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    Saudia A330 and SkyUp aircraft caught up in assault on Khartoum airport


    Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia and Ukrainian operator SkyUp Airlines have confirmed that aircraft in their fleets have been caught up in hostilities at Sudan’s Khartoum airport. Saudia states that one of its Airbus A330s has suffered an “accident” prior to take-off from Khartoum on 15 April. The aircraft was “shot ...

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    Air Canada to launch non-stop Vancouver-Dubai flights


    Air Canada plans to fly non-stop between Vancouver to Dubai four times weekly using Boeing 787 Dreamliners beginning on 28 October. 

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    Etihad ‘sustainable aviation’ claims rebuked by UK advertising authority


    Etihad Airways has become the latest carrier to have its sustainability claims rebuked by the UK’s advertising watchdog, as airlines grapple to get their messaging right on the industry’s most-pressing topic.

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    Airline Business Covid-19 recovery tracker: April 2023 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.

  • Falcon 8X-c-Iraqi ministry of transport

    Iraqi government looks to acquire Falcon jets for VIP transport


    Iraq’s government is considering acquiring a pair of Dassault Falcon executive jets with which to modernise the VIP fleet of flag-carrier Iraqi Airways. The ministry of transport set up a committee to explore the plan, and it has discussed the purchase with representatives of the airline, as well as the ...

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    Vertiport concept for eVTOL taxis unveiled for Dubai airport


    Preliminary proposals have been unveiled for a vertiport adjacent to Dubai’s main international airport, which would handle future air taxi services. The terminal concept has been put forward by vertiport technology specialist Skyports Infrastructure and architecture firm Foster & Partners. Skyports Infrastructure and the Dubai road and transport authority are ...

  • Israir A320-c-Israir Group

    Israir holding ‘intensive’ talks over Smartwings acquisition


    Israeli leisure operator Israir Group states that it is conducting “intensive negotiations” with Czech carrier Smartwings’ owners, in order to reach agreement to acquire the airline. Although the company says the tender process has advanced, it reiterates that it might not be the only contender and “does not know” whether ...