Category: Middle East

UK to Australia Biplane Flight by Tracey Curtis-Taylor

Reading Time: 2 minutes A British adventurer has completed an epic 14,600-nautical mile flight from the UK to Australia in a vintage open cockpit bi-plane. Tracey Curtis-Taylor, 53, set off in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough, Hampshire, in October. She retraced pioneer Amy Johnson’s 1930 flight, flying over 23 countries and making some 50 […]

150 Flights Between Saudi and Iran Halted as Diplomatic Ties Cut

Reading Time: 2 minutes Around 150 direct flights between Iran and Saudi Arabia carrying thousands of pilgrims every month have been halted as diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed, aviation sources said on Tuesday. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Reuters in an interview on Monday that it had halted trade and flights with Iran as part […]

Four Russian Fighter Jets to Escort President Assad’s Plane

Reading Time: < 1 minute Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s plane will be escorted by four Russian fighter jets during his upcoming visit to Iran, reports said, adding that the US coalition has been alerted to stand down as the Russian jets will have the permission to fire at will at any incoming aircraft. “Four strategic Russian fighter jets will accompany […]

dnata Successfully Manages Its Busiest Day in 2015

Reading Time: 2 minutes As Dubai recorded its highest air travel traffic of the year on 18 December, dnata simultaneously delivered a seamless experience for over 256,000 passengers who arrived into and departed from Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) airports for the year-end holiday season. This represents a 4% increase in […]

Jeppesen and Emirates Team to Optimize Crew Management

Reading Time: < 1 minute Jeppesen, a part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services, has teamed with Emirates, the Dubai-based international airline, to optimize crew planning operations. Emirates has now fully entered Jeppesen Crew Rostering services into its operations, which was introduced to improve efficiency and lower costs related to crew management functions, while respecting crew preferences. “We have successfully worked […]

Turkey Not Planning to Compensate Russia for Downed Su-24 Bomber

Reading Time: < 1 minute Turkish Foreign Ministry said that Ankara has no plans of compensating Russia for the downing of the Su-24 Fencer bomber jet. Turkey has no plans of compensating Russia for the downing of the Su-24 Fencer bomber jet in November by the Turkish Air Force over Syrian territory, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said Wednesday. […]

Syrian Rebels Shot Down Russian Drone

Reading Time: < 1 minute Syrian rebels from Free Syrian Army shot down russian Orlan-10 drone in Sheikh Miskin Of Daraa. The Orlan-10 is an unmanned aerial vehicle reported to have been produced for the Russian government at the Special Technological Centre of Saint Petersburg. The system can observe above –ground environment, it is used for country borders protection and […]

Iraqi Airways Formally Blacklisted by European Commission

Reading Time: < 1 minute The airline has been barred from entering the airspace of 28 EU countries – including the UK – as well as four other European nations following a number of safety lapses. In a letter from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), executive director Patrick Ky said he had received “credible and specific safety reports containing […]

Russia Moves Air Defense System Near Turkish Border

Reading Time: 4 minutes President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered state-of-the art air defense missile systems to be deployed at a Russian air base in Syria following the downing of one of its warplanes by Turkey, a move that raised the threat of a military confrontation between the NATO member and Moscow. The S-400 missile systems will be sent […]

Russia Long-Range Bombers and Navy Will Work With France

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russia has deployed its fleet of strategic bombers to double the volume of airstrikes on Islamist targets in Syria, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has announced. Vladimir Putin has ordered a cruiser to coordinate operations with French naval forces in the Mediterranean. “We are conducting a mass airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria. We […]