Category: Middle East

Both Saudi And New Low Cost Subsidiary To Be Privatised

Saudi Arabian Airlines’ along with new low cost subsidiary Flyadeal are due to be privatised by 2020, according to a report by Arab News. “One significant part of the group’s privatisation plan is to incorporate SAAC [Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation] to become the group’s parent company. There are no explicit decisions for this yet, but […]

From Biofuels To 3-D Printing, Aviation Is Going Green

The aviation industry is rapidly expanding, particularly within the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In fact, China alone is projected to overtake the U.S. as the world’s leading aerospace market by 2024. In addition, the rise of low-cost airline fares and budget flyers mean that air travel will soon be accessible to much of the […]

Private Jet Crashes Istanbul’s Main Airport, Bursts Into Flame

A private jet crashed on landing and burst into flames Thursday while making an emergency landing at Istanbul’s main international airport, leaving four injured, officials said. The incident forced the temporary closure of Ataturk International Airport and while it later reopened passengers were still experiencing delays. Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin said the Cessna Citation plane […]

Turkish Airlines To Order 40 787-9 Dreamliners

Turkish Airlines has announced an $11 billion dollar order for 40 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. “The 787 Dreamliner is the most technologically advanced airplane in the world,” said M. İlker Aycı, chairman of the board and the executive committee, Turkish Airlines. Our intent to purchase these Dreamliners is to meet the demand for wide-body airplanes at […]

Middle Eastern Carriers Flock To Africa To Boost Profits

In five years, Turkish Airlines has nearly tripled the number of destinations it flies to in Africa. But the ‘Eurasian’ carrier, operating out of Istanbul on the edge of the Middle East, isn’t the only carrier in the region looking to find gold on the continent. By the end of October, Flydubai, will operate 14 […]

Royal Wings Boeing 737 Suffered A Runway Excursion On Landing

A Royal Wings Boeing 737-300, on behalf of Royal Jordanian, performing flight from Amman to Aqaba (Jordan) with 126 people on board, landed at Aqaba but went off the paved surface of the runway and came to a stop of soft ground. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained minor damage. The passengers disembarked onto […]

Etihad Has No Plans To Sell Its Stake In Jet Airways

Jet Airways chairman, Naresh Goyal, has denied he is looking to other carriers to shore up investment in the carrier amid rumors that Etihad might be looking to drop its stake in the airline. “Our partner Etihad has no intention to exit their investment in Jet Airways. We have no plans to sell stake to […]

How Blockchain And Cloud Can Reinforce Cyber Security In Commercial Aviation?

From keeping aircraft in the air to checking passengers in, aviation organizations rely heavily on IT systems. But data collected from the growing number of aircraft, routes and passengers has increased the pressure on these systems, while legacy and inflexible IT systems are also leaving airlines vulnerable to the growing threat of cyber-attacks. Jeff Cass, […]

Etihad Backed Virgin Australia Continues To Struggle

Etihad backed Virgin Australia posted $185 million in annual losses last month. The results were the fifth consecutive annual loss by Australia’s second-biggest carrier, in which Etihad has a 21 percent stake. CEO John Borghetti says that the losses, a 17.6 percent improvement year on year, indicate that the airline is “on the right track” […]

Russia Will Supply Some 50 MiG-29 Fighter Jets To Egypt

Russia will supply some 50 MiG-29 fighter jets to Egypt under a contract that has been already signed and the deliveries are already underway, Russian presidential aide for military and technical cooperation Vladimir Kozhin told TASS on Tuesday. “Yes, the contract has been signed and the deliveries have started, some fighter jets have been already […]