Category: Middle East

The (Avoidable) Cost of Leasing

New research suggests that many airlines would improve profitability by leasing more aircraft. Sylvain Bourjade and Catherine Muller-Vibes of Toulouse Business School analysed 16 years of data from different types of carrier, and found that “the optimal leasing level… is significantly higher than the proportion of leased aircraft in the worldwide global fleets”. One area […]

Seven Nations to Join Israel in Biggest Air Drill in Country’s History

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is set to host one of the most complex air exercises ever later this year, featuring 100 aircraft and hundreds of airmen. India, Greece, Poland, France, Italy, the US and Germany will participate in the two-week Blue Flag air exercises, held every other year. “It will be a massive exercise; […]

US Electronics Ban To Affect 18,000 Daily Passengers

The US government’s latest air travel security measures could impact nearly 18,000 daily passengers travelling on some 50 routes to the USA from 10 foreign airports. In addition, flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia will also be subjected to similar new security provisions, says UK authorities. The US […]

US Forbids Any Device Larger Than Cellphone On Airlines From 13 Countries

US authorities have secretly required airlines from 13 nations to forbid passengers from carrying any electronic or electrical device larger than a cellphone. The new edict was distributed in an email described as “confidential” from the US transportation safety administration (TSA) on Monday. The requirement forbids passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and even cameras […]

Qatar Airways Cargo Takes Delivery Of Its Twelfth B777 Freighter

Qatar Airways Cargo received its latest Boeing 777 freighter in Doha recently, taking its total freighter fleet count to 21. The addition marks the cargo carrier’s unwavering commitment to building its young and modern air cargo fleet to strengthen its growth trajectory. Mr. Ulrich Ogiermann, Qatar Airways’ Chief Officer Cargo said, “The arrival of our […]

Etihad Airways To Launch Airbus A380 Flights To Paris

Etihad Airways will deploy its Airbus A380s on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet plan. Between July 1 and October 28, the A380 will replace one of the two Boeing 777-300ER services to Charles de Gaulle Airport, and it will feature the carrier’s acclaimed […]

Turkey Urges Open Skies Deal with Russia

Turkey is proposing a liberalization of bilateral air services with Russia, the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced at the sixth meeting of the High-Level Cooperation Council. “[It’s necessary] to increase the flight frequencies between our two countries and make [the bilateral market] unrestricted, completely unlimited,” states Erdogan. The curently effective memorandum outlining the prospects of […]

Etihad Cargo Boosts Freighter Fleet with 10th Aircraft

Etihad Cargo has taken delivery of its 10th freighter further boosting Etihad Airways’ fastest growing division. The addition of an A330F takes its Airbus freighter fleet to five, joining five Boeing 777 freighters that collectively serve 42 destinations worldwide. The delivery follows 12 months of sustained growth for the carrier, which launched 10 new freighter […]

Turkish Airlines Posts First Loss In 17 Years

Turkish Airlines became the latest Middle East carrier to report a fall in fortunes this year, reporting a $350 million operating loss for the year. The figure compares with a $682 million profit figure in 2015 which suffered due to terrorism and a tenuous political environment in Turkey which led to the lowest traffic figures […]

United Airlines Employees Rally To Protect US Aviation Jobs

United Airlines employees, union representatives and members of Congress rallied at Newark Liberty International Airport to support US aviation jobs in the face of Emirates Airline’s new daily service between Newark and Dubai via Athens, Greece. Some 200 employees of United Airlines gathered at the company’s Terminal C to protest the launch of the new […]