Category: Middle East

10 New A320neo Family Aircraft to SaudiGulf

Al-Qahtani Aviation, owner of SaudiGulf Airlines, has signed an agreement to purchase ten A320neo family aircraft.  SaudiGulf Airlines, which commenced operations in 2016 serving domestic destinations prior to expanding to international routes, currently operates a fleet of six A320 aircraft. In October 2018 the airline launched its second international destination – Pakistan. This order will be complemented […]

IATA Calls for a Spirit of Change

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for a spirit of change from governments to capture the social and economic benefits of air connectivity, by enabling a more competitive air transport sector. Today 8.5 million flights touch Europe each year. That activity supports 12.2 million jobs and $823 billion of European GDP. Those benefits have […]

Flynas: First Saudi Carrier to Receive A320neo

Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s first low-cost airline, has begun taking delivery of its first of 80 A320neo Family aircraft. This follows an agreement signed in January 2017, with deliveries scheduled to take place from 2018 to 2026. Flynas is the first operator in Saudi Arabia to acquire the A320neo and currently operates a fleet of 30 […]

Air India Operations Director Grounded after Failing Alcohol Test

Director of Operations at Air India has his licence suspended for at least 3 years after failing to clear the pre-flight alcohol test. The captain is already a second-time offender for a similar offence. The airline had to call another pilot to replace the senior pilot and operate the flight which departed after a delay […]

Flock of Birds Impacts Iraqi Airways Boeing 737

An Iraqi Airways Boeing 737-800, registration YI-ASG performing flight IA-916 from Erbil to Najaf (Iraq) with 98 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Erbil’s runway 18 when the aircraft flew through a flock of birds. The aircraft received multiple impacts. The left hand engine (CFM56) ingested a number of birds. The crew leveled […]

Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years of Successful Flying

Etihad Airways is celebrating fifteen years since its first flight and its subsequent rise as one of the world’s leading airlines.  Etihad Airways commenced flying on 5 November 2003, with a single Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which performed a symbolic flight to the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s historic city of Al Ain. Regular commercial flights were […]

Air India Crew Member Hospitalized after Falling off Aircraft

A 53-year-old flight attendant was injured on Monday after she fell off an Air India plane preparing for a flight to Delhi that was about to take off at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. According to media reports, the airline said that the “unfortunate incident” happened while the flight attendant was closing the door […]

Miraculous Escape: Air India Express Hits Compound Wall on Take-Off

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800, performing flight IX-611 from Tiruchirappalli (India) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) with 130 passengers and 6 crew, departed Tiruchirappalli’s runway 27 but impacted the localizer antenna runway 27 and damaged the wall protecting the localizer antenna runway 27, located about 305 meters/1000 feet past the runway end. The aircraft […]

Indian Aviation Forge Ahead: Facial Recognition at Airports Soon

Indian flyers will soon be able to leave their identification cards and boarding passes at home after the government announced plans to introduce facial recognition technology at select airports from February 2019. The service, which is part of the government’s ‘Digi Yatra’ programme, will be free of cost. “Digi Yatra is a forward-looking, technology-driven, futuristic […]

Pilot Shortage: While Ones Suffer Loses, Others Derive Benefits

Global aviation is booming, the demand for pilots is skyrocketing and a global shortage for pilots is looming. However, pilot shortage varies among different regions and this is not only because of the growing numbers of passengers and airlines’ fleet. Working and living conditions also play a very important role in different regions and their […]