Category: Middle East

Skytrax Names Qatar Airways The Best Airline In The World

Qatar Airways has again been named as Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, held at the Paris Air Show, the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition as the world’s best airline. In addition to being voted Best Airline by travellers from around the world, […]

Boeing Foresees 41,000 Aircraft Deliveries Through 2036

Boeing has raised its forecast for new airplane demand, projecting the need for 41,030 new airplanes over the next 20 years valued at $6.1 trillion dollars. The company’s annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) was released at the Paris Air Show, with total airplane demand rising 3.6 percent over last year’s forecast. “Passenger traffic has been […]

Qatar Signs $12 Billion Deal to Buy F-15QA Jets

Qatar has signed a deal for 36 Boeing F-15QA fighter aircraft. The deal is reportedly worth $12 billion, according to media reports quoting official Qatari sources. The deal was finalised in Washington DC by Qatari defence minister Khalid Al Attiyah and US defence secretary Jim Mattis. Attiyah says the deal reflects increased Qatari and US […]

Chinese Regulator Penalises Emirates For Safety Incidents

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has fined Emirates CNY29,000 ($4,266) and banned it from adding new routes and frequencies into China for six months, due to two recent safety incidents in the Urumqi region. The regulator disclosed that an Emirates aircraft flew at the wrong altitude in the Urumqi region on 17 April, […]

Qatar Looks To U.N. To Resolve Gulf Airspace Dispute

Following the escalation of the diplomatic row between Qatar, and Egypt, Bahrain, The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which has seen the cutting of diplomatic and transport ties, the Gulf state has turned to the United Nations (U.N.) for help. Qatar has sent a letter to the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) governing council […]

Is Emirates CEO About To Step Down?

The end of Clark’s reign as president of the world’s biggest international airline is a topic that has been cropping up increasingly often as turbulence envelops the Gulf aviation industry. Some sources have told Aviation Business that Clark’s departure might come as early as autumn this year. Those reports are unconfirmed, and Clark himself has […]

Qatar Crisis: New Opportunities Or The Dead End?

The beginning of June has matched with a serious diplomatic row that occurred between Qatar and several Arab Gulf states.  Major safety concerns that darkened the sky over Qatar’s neighbours because of its links with terrorist groups encouraged Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to cut all the diplomatic and economic ties […]

Global Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Worth $120 Billion By 2036

Airbus estimates demand for 550,000 new maintenance engineers over the next 20 years as the value of the global MRO market doubles. Between 2017 and 2036 the manufacturer reckons that global airlines will need 34,170 new passenger aircraft (and 730 freighters) to support average annual traffic growth of 4.4%. This will lead to a doubling […]

Boeing Concludes $3 Billion Iranian 737 MAX Deal

Boeing has finalized a definitive agreement with Iran Aseman Airlines for the purchase of up to 60 737 MAX commercial passenger aircraft. The deal includes firm orders for 30 737 MAXs, valued at $3 billion at list prices, and purchase rights for an additional 30 737 MAXs. The variants of the MAX series to be […]

Qatar Airways’ Loss Could Be Emirates’ And Etihad’s Gain

Besieged by a lack of airspace after being shut out of neighbouring Gulf countries last week, Qatar Airways is having to take unsustainably long routes to continue on long-haul network commitments. Flight radar graphics show its B777s enroute to Sao Paolo stopping in Athens because they can’t carry enough fuel to fly nearly 17 hours […]