All Middle East articles – Page 18

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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 ...

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    Amedeo sees mixed fortunes from Thai and Emirates


    Lessor Amedeo has reported mixed fortunes regarding two of its major lessees, Thai Airways International and Emirates, with one airline paying steady rentals and even operating some of its aircraft, while the other remains grounded and makes little to no rental payments. The insight derives from public disclosures from ...

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    Etihad 787-10 operates service through Israeli airspace


    United Arab Emirates carrier Etihad Airways has conducted a commercial service through Israeli airspace, with its Milan Malpensa-Abu Dhabi flight. Flight EY88 has a scheduled block time of 6h 5min and typically spends about 5h 25min airborne. The service is normally routed through Turkey and then uses the ...

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    Diverse UAE firm claims intention to bid for Israeli carrier Israir


    United Arab Emirates-based investors are intending to bid for the Israeli leisure carrier Israir, one of the country’s main operators. NY Koen Group, a diversified holding company located in Dubai, says it will be submitting a bid to purchase the airline. Israir has a mix of Airbus A320 ...

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    Trump lawyer and former UN ambassador proposed for El Al board


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s shareholders are to meet in November to approve a new board of directors, including Jason Greenblatt, the former chief lawyer to US president Donald Trump. Greenblatt is one of six directors proposed for the board following the stock issue in September during which El Al ...

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    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: October 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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    A320neo line adapts to five digits for MSN10000 delivery


    Lebanese flag-carrier Middle East Airlines has taken delivery of the first Airbus A320-family aircraft to have been assigned a five-digit serial number, with the handover of an A321neo bearing MSN10000. While the aircraft is not the 10,000 th A320 to be transferred to a customer – that milestone ...

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    Israeli-Jordan airspace pact set to unlock more Middle Eastern routes


    Israel’s government has expanded potential route networks with Arab states through an airspace agreement with its Jordanian counterpart. The pact, signed between civil aviation authorities on 8 October, opens the two countries’ airspace and will “significantly shorten flight times” from the Gulf states and Asia to destinations in Europe ...

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    Person ‘more likely to be hit by lightning’ than catch Covid-19 in aircraft


    Data suggests that an individual has a much greater chance of being hit by lightning over a 12-month period than they would of catching Covid-19 during a commercial flight, according to IATA.

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    Qatar Airways adds new US link with San Francisco flights


    Qatar Airways is to launch flights to San Francisco this December, adding the west coast city to its US network for the first time.

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    El Al loses argument as state accepts Kanfei as main shareholder


    Israeli authorities have granted investor Eli Rozenberg control of the largest shareholding in flag-carrier El Al, following the airline’s recent share issue. El Al has disclosed a communication from the Government Companies Authority giving consent of the special state shareholder of the airline to Kanfei Nesharim Aviation’s acquisition of ...

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    ​Qatar Airways to serve 124 destinations by year-end


    Middle Eastern operator Qatar Airways will resume flights to three South African cities on 3 October, and aims to rebuild its network to include 124 destinations by the end of this year.

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    Emirates fined over JetBlue codeshare flights in Iranian airspace


    Middle Eastern carrier Emirates is set to be fined by the US Department of Transportation for operating services through Iranian airspace while carrying a codeshare with US budget operator JetBlue Airways. US investigations have determined that, during the first three weeks of July last year, Emirates operated services with ...

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    Qatar Airways lands QR7.3bn state injection after heavy pre-crisis loss


    Qatar Airways Group has turned in a pre-tax loss of QR6.96 billion ($1.9 billion) and a net loss of just over QR7 billion, for a financial year that concluded before the airline industry felt the broad impact of the coronavirus crisis. The Doha-based carrier says that, at the end ...

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    Concerns emerge over new El Al investor’s ownership


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s new ownership structure has already run into problems, just a week after the share offering which resulted in a change in major shareholder. The new investor, Kanfei Nesharim, took a 43% shareholding in El Al during the share offering on 16 September. It had ...

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    Israir operates Bahrain flight after Israeli pact with kingdom


    Israeli leisure carrier Israir has carried out a service to Bahrain from Tel Aviv, a week after the signing of a diplomatic accord between the two countries. Israir operated an Airbus A320 on the route which – like a previous El Al flight to the United Arab Emirates – ...

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    Tim Clark reflects on Emirates’ incredible journey


    As he nears his departure after more than three decades at the heart of Emirates Airline, Tim Clark tells FlightGlobal how the Middle Eastern operator went from minnow to global player