Category: Middle East

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Emirates Lands in Doha With World’s Shortest A380 Flight

Emirates today launched the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of 1 hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and 1 hour 10 minutes on the return journey. The A380 flight touched down this morning at Hamad International Airport, taxiing in to a water […]

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Falcon’s AW169 in Global Offshore Debut

Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation is planning to put its recently received twin-engined, AgustaWestland 169 into offshore service – the first AW169 to operate in the global offshore oil industry. The company is currently finalising pilot training and anticipates having the 8-seater oil and gas variant of the helicopter in service for French oil giant Total […]

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Etihad Cargo Records Biggest Monthly Uplift

It has been a month of milestones for Etihad Cargo. The freight division of Etihad Airways recorded its busiest month ever in October, uplifting 53,785 tonnes of cargo and surpassing its previous best, achieved in November 2014, by 501 tonnes. This reflected growth in perishables traffic from Africa, US inbound and outbound traffic, and volumes […]

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Turkish Airlines Stores 30 Aircraft Amid Weaker Demand and Coup Attempt

Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines will store 30 aircraft due to weaker economic demand, recent terror attacks and a failed coup attempt. A total of 15 Turkish Airlines aircraft will be stored at Antalya Airport (THY), website Airporthaber reports. 13 Airbus A330 and 2 Boeing 737-800. 4 Airbus A320 are currently parked at Ankara airport. […]

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Airbus Hopes to Deliver Up To 80 A350 Aircraft in 2017

Airbus tentatively aims to deliver as many as 80 A350 jetliners in 2017, two people familiar with the plans said. The target marks a new stage in ambitious plans to raise output of the company’s newest long-haul jet to 10 a month in 2018, but depends mainly on how successful suppliers will be in curbing […]

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Drone Usage in Agriculture Could Be a $32 Billion Market

A PricewaterhouseCoopers report pegs the agriculture drone market to be worth $32.4 billion. You might be familiar with the idea of drones delivering consumer packages or monitoring security areas, but did you know that drones were first used commercially in Japan for agricultural purposes? In fact, agricultural efficiency is poised to take a big leap […]

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Dubai International Welcomes 6.4 Million Passengers in October

Dubai International has welcomed 6.4 million passengers in October, according to the monthly traffic report issued today by operator Dubai Airports. Passenger traffic at DXB reached 6,420,208 passengers compared to 6,250,810 recorded in the corresponding month last year, an increase of 2.7 per cent. Year to date, passenger numbers at DXB have risen 6.8 per […]

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Air Arabia Confirms Five Additional Airbus A320s

Air Arabia, has announced confirming options for five additional Airbus A320 aircraft. The delivery of the original contract covering 44 firm orders and 5 options will be completed in 2017. The five new Airbus A320 aircraft will be put into service in the second quarter 2017 and have a book value of USD485 million. These […]

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Middle East Airport Project Now Worth More Than $100bn

More than $100bn-worth of airport projects are underway and planned across the Middle East, according to the Aviation and Airports 2016 report from business intelligence service MEED. The report says the projects are intended to address a capacity gap as regional airport passenger volumes outstripped capacity by 11 per cent last year. The projects will […]

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HondaJet to Debut in the Middle East

Honda Aircraft Company announced that it will showcase the HondaJet at the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) Conference Dec. 6-8 in Dubai, the region’s premier business aviation event. The appearance at the Dubai World Central – Al Maktoum International Airport will mark the first time a HondaJet will be on public display in the […]