All Middle East articles – Page 8

  • Upper fuselage buckling DHL 767 2-c-Lebanese ministry of transport

    DHL 767 freighter’s fuselage buckled on landing after hard nose-gear contact


    Lebanese investigators have disclosed that a Boeing 767-300ER converted freighter sustained serious fuselage buckling during a hard landing at Beirut, during which its nose-wheel twice heavily struck the runway. The DHL Aviation aircraft – arriving from Bahrain with three crew members on 18 September – conducted a stable approach to ...

  • El Al 737-800 freighter-c-El Al

    El Al introduces 737 freighter as conflict disrupts passenger operations


    El Al is expecting that the negative impact of the Israel-Gaza conflict is likely to persist into the first quarter of 2024. The flag-carrier states that there has been a decline in the demand in future flights as a result of the month-old conflict. El Al says it has increased ...

  • F-15s over CENTCOM

    USA launches F-15 strikes and B-1 flights over the Middle East following MQ-9 downing


    American air power is on full display across the Middle East, with a B-1 bomber flight and lethal strikes from F-15 fighters coming the same day a US Air Force MQ-9 UAV was downed by rebel fighters in Yemen.

  • Emirates A380-c-Airbus

    Emirates operating over 100 A380s as half-year profits surge


    Middle Eastern operator Emirates Group has turned in a first-half net profit of just over Dhs10 billion ($2.7 billion), with carrier Emirates contributing Dhs9.4 billion to the total. The group says the figure, to 30 September, is a record for its interim performance and it adds that it expects customer ...

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    Iraqi ministry signals re-opening of services to Germany and Denmark


    Iraq’s transport ministry has signalled a resumption of flights to European destinations in Germany and Denmark this month. The ministry indicates that daily services will be operated to Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Dusseldorf and Copenhagen from 10 November. Iraqi Airways is promoting the flights but the government has not disclosed full ...

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    Israir cuts back fleet and rejigs operation in response to Gaza conflict


    Israeli leisure carrier Israir has effectively halved its operational fleet as part of its response to the air transport disruption triggered by the Israel-Gaza conflict. The airline says it had been operating nine aircraft before the conflict began on 7 October, but has reduced this to “three or four”, states ...

  • Jazeera A320-c-Jazeera

    Jazeera cites yield pressure as third-quarter profits halve


    Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways’ net profit halved during the third quarter, to just under KD7 million ($22.7 million). The carrier’s revenues dipped slightly to KD61 million despite a 28% rise in passenger numbers to 1.38 million for the three months to 30 September. Jazeera expanded its fleet with the ...

  • RJ 787-c-Royal Jordanian

    Royal Jordanian confirms profitable third quarter while bracing for conflict impact


    Royal Jordanian has disclosed that it achieved a JD27.5 million ($38.8 million) net profit for the third quarter, taking the profit at the nine-month mark to JD10.8 million. This performance contrasts with the corresponding net losses of JD861,000 and JD71.6 million during the previous year. Over the quarter the company ...

  • Omar Arekat-c-Boeing

    Middle East air transport recovery faster than expected: Boeing regional sales chief


    Middle Eastern air transport activity has recovered more sharply than expected post-pandemic, Boeing’s sales chief for the region believes, with Saudi Arabia becoming a particular focal point. Boeing’s latest commercial market outlook shows demand for 3,025 aircraft in the Middle East over the next 20 years. This figure includes 1,350 ...

  • Kuwait Airways 777-c-Kuwait Airways

    Kuwait Airways seeks profitability but near-term privatisation unlikely: chairman


    Kuwait Airways’ new chairman is not expecting any near-term revival of plans to privatise the airline, indicating it will remain a government-owned operator. Potential privatisation has been a drawn-out saga, dating back more than 15 years. The initiative to sell a large shareholding would intermittently gain momentum, only to be ...

  • 777F Emirates SkyCargo

    Emirates SkyCargo rides Asia-Pacific e-commerce boom as it awaits more capacity


    Emirates SkyCargo is seeing strong e-commerce demand in the Asia-Pacific region, and is optimistic about the cargo volume offered by its future fleet of converted Boeing 777-300ER freighters.

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    Gulf carrier acquisition of Royal Jordanian would ‘make sense’: chief executive


    Royal Jordanian chief executive Samer Majali believes the airline is an ideal candidate for acquisition by a larger Gulf-based operator, given its location and capabilities. Speaking to FlightGlobal at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Riyadh, Majali said a strategic investor would obtain an alternative hub – away from ...

  • Royal Jordanian 787-8-c-Royal Jordanian

    Royal Jordanian chief dismayed as Israel-Gaza conflict threatens profitability


    Royal Jordanian believes disruption from the Israeli-Gaza conflict will badly affect fourth-quarter performance and set back the airline’s efforts to return to profitability this year. The carrier made profits at the nine-month point, said chief executive Samer Majali, speaking to FlightGlobal during the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Riyadh. ...

  • Etihad aircraft at Abu Dhabi Terminal A

    Etihad carries out first commercial flight from new Abu Dhabi terminal


    Home carrier Etihad Airways has conducted the first commercial flight out of Abu Dhabi International airport’s long-awaited new Terminal A.

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    AACO carriers to pilot SITA sustainability and digital-identity initiatives


    Three airline members of the Arab Air Carriers Organization are to participate in pilot projects focused on sustainability management and digital identity, under a co-operation agreement with SITA. The agreement covering trials of the two technology solutions, which will take place over the next few months, was unveiled at the ...

  • Saudia Airbus-c-Ole Simon Creative Commons

    Saudia seeking ‘quick fixes’ to ease supply-chain impact on fleet: chief


    Saudi Arabian operator Saudia Group’s chief says the airline is working to obtain “quick fixes” – though not necessarily permanent resolutions – to address the supply-chain impact on its fleet. Speaking during a briefing at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Riyadh, director general Ibrahim Al-Omar said the company ...

  • Kuwait Airways 777-300ER-c-Kuwait Airways

    Kuwait Airways weighs long-haul freighter options as it seeks to build cargo division


    Kuwait Airways is weighing the Boeing 777F and the Airbus A350F as it looks to enhance its cargo division, a strategy through which it expects to acquire a fleet of dedicated freighters. Newly-appointed chairman Abdulmohsen Alfagaan, speaking to FlightGlobal at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Riyadh, stressed the ...

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    IATA’s Walsh welcomes Saudi economic revamp but cautions over regulatory ‘pitfalls’


    IATA director general Willie Walsh has welcomed a new Saudi Arabian economic regulatory framework intended to support air transport development, but has cautioned the Arab region over urged the Arab region to avoid repeating regulatory “mistakes” by the European Union. Walsh spoke at the opening of the Arab Air Carriers ...


    Saudi regulator sets out framework to give airlines and airports economic flexibility


    Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority has adopted new economic regulations intended to raise air transport sector performance through competition and transparency, as part of Saudi efforts to transform the country into a global passenger and freight hub. The framework, centred on three areas, aligns with the kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 ...

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    US strikes targets in Syria after attacks on American bases


    Without revealing how the operation was carried out, the Pentagon says it has struck targets in eastern Syria, including sites used by Iranian military operatives, after militant groups in the area attacked American bases in the area, injuring more than 20 US personnel and killing one contractor.