All Middle East articles – Page 20

  • DWC

    El Al said to add Dubai to wet-leased 747’s freight network


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al appears set to broaden its United Arab Emirates reach through a regular cargo service to Dubai. Several Israeli media outlets are carrying a statement from El Al that a weekly link to Dubai will be added to the route network of a Boeing 747 freighter ...

  • Saudi flag

    Saudi authority indicates airspace to open for UAE-Israel flights


    Saudi Arabian authorities have granted permission for all services departing from, and arriving to, the United Arab Emirates to pass through the kingdom’s airspace. The decision by the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation does not specifically mention services operating between the UAE and Israel, but simply refers to ...

  • El Al 787

    Investor seeks joint control of El Al with main shareholder Knafaim


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has received an offer from an investor to inject $51 million into the struggling airline in return for 190 million shares. It has been formally put to the board by entrepreneur David Sapir, who is active in the tourism business and believes there are opportunities ...

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    Abysmal approach and long touchdown preceded Caspian MD-83 overrun


    Iranian investigators probing a Caspian Airlines Boeing MD-83 overrun at Mahshahr have determined the aircraft touched down nearly two-thirds of the way along the runway, after a highly-unstable approach and breaches of operating procedures – including omitting the landing checklist. The aircraft, arriving from Tehran Mehrabad on 27 January, ...

  • Muscat airport

    Arab carrier traffic seen not back to pre-crisis levels until at least 2024


    Traffic among Arab air carriers is not now expected to return to pre-crisis levels until at least 2024 and could potentially not reach those levels before 2027, fresh analysis from the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) shows. In its third status report of the impact of the pandemic on ...

  • Atlas Air Qantas Freight 747-8F

    Air cargo traffic stabilises in July as capacity crunch continues


    Air cargo traffic was stable in July but demand continues to be constrained by the lack of bellyhold capacity, according to the latest monthly report from IATA. Figures from the airline association show that demand in cargo tonne kilometre (CTK) terms fell by 13.5% year on year in July. ...

  • Etihad 787

    Israeli-UAE air travel ties begin to crystallise after diplomatic tie-up


    In a further sign of the normalisation of Israeli-United Arab Emirates relations, Etihad Airways flights have become available for sale to customers in Israel. Etihad Airways will open its services to Israeli passengers through travel and tourism specialist TAL Aviation Group, which is based in Tel Aviv. TAL ...

  • flags

    El Al 737 arrives in Abu Dhabi after landmark flight


    El Al’s landmark United Arab Emirates service from Tel Aviv has arrived at Abu Dhabi, having conducted the flight through Saudi Arabian airspace. The Boeing 737-900ER touched down on Abu Dhabi’s runway 13R at about 15:38, having departed Tel Aviv at about 11:22 – a flight time of some ...

  • El Al 737-900ER Peace

    El Al plans to cross Saudi airspace with 737 to reach UAE


    El Al’s planned inaugural flight to the United Arab Emirates is being flightplanned to transit Saudi Arabian airspace, a route which would normally be off-limits to Israeli aircraft. The intended flightpath for the Tel Aviv-Abu Dhabi flight on 31 August would cross Jordanian airspace and then enter Saudi airspace ...

  • El Al 737-900ER

    Israeli airport operator lists landmark El Al service to UAE


    Israeli carrier El Al appears set to operate an initial service to the United Arab Emirates on 31 August, following the diplomatic agreement reached between the two sides. The Israeli and UAE governments disclosed the normalisation of diplomatic relations on 13 August, and stated that direct flights would be ...

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    El Al granted delivery deferral for final 787


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al has been granted a deferral to the end of November for delivery of its final Boeing 787, after the air transport crisis interrupted its fleet renewal schedule. It has signed agreements for a $122 million financing of the 787-8 in February – based on a ...

  • El Al Israel Boeing 787-8 2020

    El Al loss quadruples over first half


    Israeli flag-carrier El Al’s first-half pre-tax loss has nearly quadrupled, to $270 million, compared with last year’s interim figure. El Al also posted a net loss of $244 million in contrast with the previous half-year deficit of $55 million. Its revenues for the six months to 30 June ...

  • ALAFCO A230neo

    Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO defers Airbus deliveries


    Kuwaiti lessor ALAFCO has reached an agreement with Airbus to defer aircraft deliveries, in the wake of the air transport downturn. ALAFCO has 75 Airbus A320neos on order, of which it has received 33. It has also yet to take delivery of any of its 10 A321neos. The ...

  • UIA 737-2

    Ukrainian 737 recorders indicate crew survived initial missile strike


    Flight recorders from the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 shot down over Tehran captured 19s of information after the first missile strike, and revealed discussions in the cockpit on the state of the stricken aircraft. Both the cockpit-voice and flight-data recorder were cut off after 19s and did not ...

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    UAE sees Israeli peace deal making it ‘easier’ to buy F-35


    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) sees broad benefits flowing from its recent peace deal with Israel, including an easier path to buying the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, as well as other US-made military products.

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    Airbus Helicopters wins deal with Saudi Arabia’s THC for 10 H125s


    Saudi Arabia’s The Helicopter Company (THC) is to expand its fleet with the acquisition of 10 Airbus Helicopters H125 light-singles.

  • ATR 72-600 EP-ITD

    Iran ATR 72 suffered tail-strike after dual input during flare


    Iranian investigators have disclosed that the captain of a landing Iran Air ATR 72-600 intervened to reduce descent rate during the flare, resulting in dual control inputs, but could not avert a hard touchdown. In the moments before the initial touchdown the aircraft was probably subjected to a downdraft, ...

  • F-35I Adir

    Israel states opposition to Middle East F-35 sales


    Israel has flatly stated its opposition to the sale of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates, despite the recent normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

  • Emirates cabin crew PPE masks

    Emirates chief: Sustained social-distancing ‘economic catastrophe’ for airlines


    The industry’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis rests squarely on a vaccine, as a sustained policy of social distancing would be an “economic catastrophe”, says Emirates Airline president Tim Clark. But he is “100% confident” that one will be found.

  • PAL F50

    Palestinian Airlines offers Fokker 50 fleet for sale


    Palestinian Airlines has put up for sale its pair of Fokker 50 turboprops, but insists its operation is not closing down. The carrier commenced operations in mid-1997 with pilgrim transport to Jeddah. It subsequently established its base at Gaza airport which opened the following year, but Israeli forces ...