Category: Middle East

Leahy Confirms A380 Future Hinges on Emirates Order

Airbus COO-customers John Leahy has confirmed the Airbus A380 program will have to be shut down if Dubai-based Emirates does not order more aircraft. “If we can’t work out a deal with Emirates, it is clear we will have to shut down the program,” Leahy said, speaking on Airbus’ 2017 orders and deliveries webinar. During […]

UAE Says Qatari Fighter Jets ‘Intercept’ Passenger Plane

The United Arab Emirates accused Qatari fighter jets of “intercepting” a passenger plane en route to Bahrain on Monday, in an ongoing row over alleged airspace violations. “Qatari fighter jets intercept an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Manama in a flagrant threat to civil aviation safety and in a clear violation of […]

Aviation Voice Launches Ranking of Aviation Training Centres

Aviation Voice, a global aviation news provider, is glad to announce the launch of an ambitious project, Ranking of Aviation Training Centres, aimed at a broad comparison of aviation training centres located all over the world. Considering general tendencies within the rapidly developing aviation market and intensifying interest in aviation training, Aviation Voice has decided […]

Emirates Group and Etihad Aviation Sign Deal on Security

Emirates Group Security and Etihad Aviation Group announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in aviation security, the first deal between the two aviation companies. In a statement on Monday, Emirates Group said the agreement “signals the importance of closer collaboration in aviation security” to make use of joint synergies and boost […]

Egypt Air Confirms First Bombardier C-Series Order in 18 Months

Egypt Air has confirmed it will buy 12 CS300 aircraft from Bombardier and reserved the right to buy an additional 12 on the same terms at a later date. The commitment was originally announced as an understanding between the North African carrier and Bombardier at the Dubai Airshow. The agreement was widely viewed as a […]

Gulf Carriers Aviation Outlook 2018: Year for Strategic Recalibration

Middle East aviation is eager to look past 2017, disturbed by travel and laptop bans, and then the airspace blockade against Qatar Airways and its home country, all along with the continuing campaign by some US airlines against Gulf carriers. Despite the unpleasantries, 2017 set in motion strategic developments likely to unfurl during 2018. Emirates […]

2017: The Safest Year for Aviation in History

The year 2016 seemed to be a year of never-ending aviation incidents. From an Egyptair flight being “forcibly diverted” to Cyprus by a man wanting to impress his girlfriend, to then-Vice Presidential Candidate Mike Pence’s chartered Eastern Airlines 737-700 overrunning the runway at LaGuardia, the accidents and incidents seemed to pile up. The good news, […]

First UAE Spyplane Breaks Its Cover

In addition to its openly acknowledged procurement of three Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning aircraft, based on Bombardier’s Global 6000 platform, the UAE is also set to receive two further Global 6000s converted for electronic intelligence (ELINT) or signals intelligence (SIGINT) duties under a more secretive programme. Jon Lake reports. The first of the UAE’s […]

UAE Carriers Stop Tunisian Links After Terrorist Risk

UAE carriers were “banned” from landing in Tunisia after Dubai’s national carrier Emirates refused boarding to Tunisian women under the age of 30. Initially the Tunisian authorities were reacting to claims that the Emirates action was discriminatory and racial but reports now suggest Tunisia has been made aware of credible intelligence which led to the […]

Ex-Embraer Executive Pleads Guilty in Saudi Bribes Case

A former executive at Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer pleaded guilty on Thursday for his role in bribing a Saudi official in the sale of three jets, the US Justice Department announced. Colin Steven, a 61-year-old British national residing in the United Arab Emirates, admitted to charges of foreign bribery, wire fraud, money laundering and false […]