All Middle East articles – Page 21

  • El Al Abu Dhabi

    Arab-Israeli flight prospects broaden as Oman backs Bahraini diplomatic move


    Oman’s government has welcomed the decision by Bahrain’s leadership to establish full normalisation of diplomatic relations with the state of Israel – potentially allowing a further expansion of Israeli-Arab air services. Bahrain is the second Arab nation within a month to reach such a decision, and the support of ...

  • El Al 737-900ER

    El Al prepares to embark on crucial funding exercise


    El Al has outlined its operational position to potential investors ahead of publishing a formal offer to acquire shares in the Israeli airline as part of a 505 million shekel ($145 million) issue. The airline is planning to commence the offering on 16 September, part of a recapitalisation which ...

  • Wizz Abu Dhabi

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi postpones launch to 16 October


    Wizz Air has delayed the launch date of its new Abu Dhabi operation by two weeks, citing ongoing Covid-19-related travel restrictions.

  • Etihad A320

    Landing A320 hit edge lights after drifting from Kozhikode centreline


    Several runway lights were damaged by an Etihad Airways Airbus A320 after it drifted from the centreline during an approach in darkness and poor weather to Kozhikode airport in India. The United Arab Emirates’ General Civil Aviation Authority says the crew had already executed a go-around during the initial ...

  • Oman Air covid

    Oman Air to resume scheduled flights from October


    Oman Air is to resume scheduled international passenger flights next month after a six-month break because of the global pandemic.

  • El Al fin

    State to be inactive El Al shareholder after rights issue


    Israel’s government does not intend to exercise the voting rights of shares in El Al which it plans to acquire as part of a refinancing of the troubled flag-carrier. The ministry of finance, in a 4 September communication to the carrier, has detailed its role in a share issue ...

  • Wizz Abu Dhabi tail

    UAE start-up Wizz Air Abu Dhabi receives first aircraft


    Wizz Air’s new Abu Dhabi division has received its first aircraft, an Airbus A321neo registered in the United Arab Emirates. The aircraft (A6-WZB), fitted with Pratt Whitney PW1100G engines, was originally ordered by Wizz Air but underwent a sale-and-leaseback through Singapore’s BOC Aviation. It carries a ...

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    Airline coronavirus recovery tracker: September 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.

  • 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 ...

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    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 ...