All Middle East articles – Page 12

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    Emirates receives its first new A380 for 2020


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates has taken delivery of another Airbus A380, the first of three to be introduced by the Dubai-based airline before the end of this year. One of the three aircraft to be delivered will have a configuration which includes Emirates’ premium-economy seating. The latest aircraft ...

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    BGI leads race for Israir as bidders continue to tweak offers


    Prospective bidders for Israir are continuing to tweak proposals, even after the trustee overseeing the sale highlighted a preferred offer, that submitted by BGI Investments. BGI Investments is controlled by a private company, Shai Odem, which is jointly owned by entrepreneurs Rami Levy and Shalom Haim. Israir’s trustee ...

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    Bubbles, testing, vaccines, quarantines: airlines brace for complicated 2021


    There is a high risk that a reduction in the threat posed by Covid-19 might only further expose a messy operating environment for international travel, stymieing the sector’s ability to take advantage of the virus’s reduced prevalence. 

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    Joint bidders interrupt Israir sale with late acquisition offer


    Investment bank Wadiah Capital is attempting a belated entry into the contest to acquire Israeli carrier Israir, submitting a joint offer with Australia Aviation Amrock. The companies have put forward a proposal for a joint acquisition through a 51:49 venture in which Wadiah would hold the majority share. ...

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    Gulf Air to open Tel Aviv link and explore El Al codeshare


    Bahraini carrier Gulf Air is to open scheduled to services to the Israeli hub at Tel Aviv, in a further air transport tie-up between the states following normalisation of diplomatic relations. Gulf Air is also set to explore codeshare opportunities with Israeli flag-carrier El Al under a comprehensive memorandum ...

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    El Al persuades ministry to advance security expenses


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has been granted a degree of financial relief after the government agreed to provide advance payment to the airline for expenditure on security services. El Al says the ministry of finance has agreed to the request for advance payment of $15 million for security expenses ...

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    Gulf Air and IAI seal maintenance pact after Bahrain-Israel tie-up


    Normalisation of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel has led to a new maintenance agreement under which Gulf Air aircraft will undergo line maintenance from Israel Aerospace Industries. IAI states that its Aviation Group will offer a “comprehensive technical response” to all Gulf Air aircraft landing at Tel Aviv’s ...

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    Doha tests Typhoon pilots in Epic Skies IV deployment


    Six Eurofighter Typhoons from a joint UK/Qatar training squadron commenced a two-week exercise in Doha on 29 November.

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    Emirates wins Decade of Airline Excellence Award for Middle East region


    Recipient of the Decade of Airline Excellence Award for the Middle East region, sponsored by Collins Aerospace.

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    Israir bidders enhance offers in battle to acquire leisure carrier


    At least three of the prospective bidders for Israeli leisure airline Israir have submitted enhanced offers to acquire the carrier. The trustee overseeing the divestment of Israir from its parent IDB had set a 30 November deadline for best and final bids. Dor Alon Energy has put forward ...

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    Indian carrier SpiceJet makes belated Ras Al Khaimah debut


    SpiceJet has carried out its first service to Ras Al Khaimah airport a year after the Indian low-cost carrier identified the emirate as its first international hub.

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    Embraer to allow ERJ-145 operators to install HEPA filters


    Embraer has issued a service bulletin allowing operators of its 50-seat ERJ-145 regional jet to install high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, with the first kits to be delivered by next month. The Brazilian airframer, which took five and a half months to develop the kit, adds that it is ...

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    Airport slots board requests summer 2021 relief from 80:20 rule


    Airports, airlines and slot coordinators have joined forces to call for some relief on slot rules during the northern hemisphere’s summer 2021 season.

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    El Al obtains further deferral for final 787 delivery


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has obtained an agreement to extend the period for taking delivery of its final Boeing 787, pushing the date back to the end of March next year. The airline has 15 787s in its fleet and had already been granted a delivery deferral for the ...

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    El Al names Nashville energy firm director as new chief executive


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has named Avigal Soreq as its new chief executive, succeeding Gonen Usishkin who will step down at the end of January next year. Soreq is the chief operating officer of Delek US Holdings, an energy firm based just south of Nashville, Tennessee, and specialising in ...

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    Israir sale trustee expresses concerns over Fortissimo bid


    Israeli leisure carrier Israir’s trustee has expressed several concerns to the latest bidder for the airline, investment fund Fortissimo Capital, over its acquisition proposal. Fortissimo emerged as a bidder on 24 November but the airline’s trustee has sought an urgent meeting with the company to discuss problems with the ...

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    Covid impact sees China shoot up global airline connectivity ranking


    The latest air connectivity ranking from IATA shows how China’s large domestic airline market – and the country’s apparent success in controlling the spread of Covid-19 – has boosted its fortunes versus other markets.

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    IATA puts faith in sustainable aviation fuels


    IATA is urging governments to promote sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as a critical tool to enabling the industry to halve its CO2 emissions against 2005 levels by 2050.

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    El Al survival remains in balance as losses top $400m


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has unveiled a pre-tax loss of $148 million for the third quarter alone, after revenues for the period sank by 94% to less than $40 million. El Al’s performance under the weight of the pandemic crisis brings its overall pre-tax losses for the first nine ...

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    No one-size-fits-all answer to testing airline passengers: WHO chief


    The testing of international travellers for Covid-19 must not take resources away from higher-priority areas and should be tailored to each country’s need, in the view of World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.