Opinions from the Industry

The Egyptian revolution of 25th of January was the event that raised Egyptian hopes, yet the country has since witness a decrease in economic growth and the travel industry has been hit hard. With many businesses still recovering, EgyptAir, the country’s flag carrier established in 1931 is no exception.

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GENEVA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airline Industry Forecast 2013-2017 shows that international freight volumes are expected to grow 17 percent over the next five years. 
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NEW YORK -  While all signs point to a second golden age for the U.S. commercial aircraft industry, there are several headwinds that may impact this resurgent trajectory, according to a new report launched today by PwC US in conjunction with The Manufacturing Institute titled, Aviation's second golden age: Can the US aircraft industry maintain leadership? 

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GENEVA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the IATA Airline Industry Forecast 2013-2017 showing that airlines expect to see a 31 percent increase in passenger numbers between 2012 and 2017. 
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Bahrain Air filed for voluntary liquidation after being placed in “an impossible situation”, chief executive officer Richard Nuttall has stated in his first interview about the situation.
“We had a good operation and were locally very much airline of choice for a number of destinations,” he commented during an exclusive chat with TheAviationWriter.com. Read More »»»

Next-generation technology to improve capacity, efficiency and reduce operating expenses is the key to a sustainable future for Middle East aviation says Anthony Azar, director High Growth Regions EMEA, Honeywell Aerospace based in Dubai.

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As the world is becoming a small village all the human efforts have to join hands and emerge with new effective programs to assist the persons of special needs. Saudi Arabia is very fast growing country with an average age span of 70 years. Saudi Airlines have been  providing services to passengers of special needs since 1992. There are approximately 1,500,000 citizens requiring special needs and a total of 28 domestic airports in Saudi Arabia, hence the air transportation of passengers of special needs is vital.

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Some years ago when one of the writers of this article was Group Marketing/Commercial Director of Ryanair, he was asked at an airline conference, by the director of a very large and successful European carrier, to give him advice on how to start a LCC. His answer was short “Do Not!” the Director was somewhat taken aback.

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By  Robert E. Breiling*
The emerging and Middle Eastern business turbine aircraft market, jets and turboprops, is growing as is their accident/incident involvement. Although relatively few accidents have occurred to  date involving the Middle East in comparison to the world market, this market should learn  from history and what has occurred in other parts of the world.

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By Oussama Salah

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, It flared up again, the accusations and arguments and counter arguments in the IATA AGM in Singapore. Mr. Giovanni Bsignani the outgoing Director General of IATA called for an end of the dispute between Gulf carriers and European/North American carriers in a civilized manner. Read More »»»
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  • Iraq Orders South Korean Trainer/Light Attack Aircraft Value $ 1.1 Billion

  • Kuwait Airways to Purchase 25 Airbus Aircraft and to Lease 12 Others

  • Airlines for America: the Gulf Carriers Threatens U.S. Airlines

  • Emirates Orders 150 Boeing 777X Aircraft with 50 Options and 50 Airbus A380 Aircraft

Aviation & Airline News of the Region
DOHA, – Qatar Airways announced it will introduce an Airbus A330 aircraft on the Vienna, Austria route starting from September 1, 2014. Read More »»»
Etihad Regional announced the start of a twice-weekly service connecting Geneva in Switzerland, and Toulouse in south-western France. Read More »»»
DUBAI – Emirates airline have announced it will reduce flights to 41 destinations, and change timings on some of its flights, during runway work at Dubai International airport starting 1 May 2014 taking a AED 1 billion AED 1 billion ($272 million) revenue lose. Read More »»»
ABU DHABI - Etihad Airways announced in a recruitment event in Casablanca on Tuesday, 8 April, applicants will be able to meet Etihad Airways’ recruitment staff. Read More »»»
DOHA – Qatar Airways the Doha-based airline announced it will increase its capacity on its Melbourne - Doha route, with a Boeing 777-300 aircraft, marking an increase of 30 percent capacity on the daily flights to Melbourne, amounting to 76 additional seats per day.  Read More »»»
DUBAI - Emirates, announced the launch of an Airbus A380 service to Gatwick today marking a 15 percent capacity increase for the UK’s South East airport.
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DOHA – Qatar Airways today announced a further expansion of its route network in Africa with Djibouti joining its ever-growing list of destinations served direct from the airline’s Doha hub. Read More »»»
Latvian flag carrier airBaltic and Etihad Airways have agreed to extend the codeshare agreement to cover routes from Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich to Abu Dhabi and Riga. Read More »»»
PARIS, AMSTELVEEN - Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Sabena technics have reached an agreement for the Franco-Dutch group to take full control of Barfield, the North American subsidiary of Sabena technics.
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SHARJAH - Air Arabia, today inaugurated regular non-stop services to Shymkent, Kazakhstan. This marks the third destinations (in addition to Astana and Almaty) in Kazakhstan for the Sharjah low cost carrier and its 91st destination worldwide. 
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Etihad Airways, announced the increase of flight frequency from Abu Dhabi-Moscow services from seven flights per week to twice daily on 1 June 2014, and then to three daily from 1 October 2014.
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BERLIN – Qatar Airways announced it will upgrade of business class seats and entertainment systems on 7 Airbus A330-200 and 9 A320 aircraft part of the airlines’ “customer enhancement project” expected completion by the third quarter of 2014.

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DUBAI - Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is set to increase its cargo capacity to Tunis and Abidjan with the introduction of a weekly freighter service from 17th March 2014.   Read More »»»
Oman Air has announced the appointment of Katera Tourism Investment Group as general sales agents (GSA) for Turkey covering offline sales in Turkey this follows the signing late last year of a codeshare agreement with Turkish Airlines. Read More »»»
BERLIN – Emirates, is participating in the international travel trade fair at ITB Berlin, the Dubai based airline has been exhibiting for almost 20 years at ITB Berlin, held from 5th to 9th March this year.
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Air Force News
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced the first AW101 for the Italian Air Force, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK today. Read More »»»
SEATTLE - Boeing's [NYSE: BA] P-8A Poseidon program will enter full production, following a $2.4 billion contract award from the U.S. Navy for 16 additional aircraft covering maritime patrol capabilities, the order, which will take the total fleet to 53. Read More »»»
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered Kuwait's first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter with custom livery, an aircraft to cover Kuwait Air Force role in military and civilian operations, humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Read More »»»
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International News

WOOD DALE, Illinois – AAR (NYSE: AIR), the U.S.-based commercial aviation and defense contractor, announced it is acquiring inventory and customer contracts from Sabena technics Brussels and expects the transaction to close in the first week of April 2014.

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PARIS, AMSTELVEEN - Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance announced the promotion of Johan Bank, director MRO, KLM Engine Services to vice president engineering, KLM E&M. Read More »»»
RENTON, Wash. - The first Boeing (NYSE: BA) Next-Generation 737 to be built at the increased rate of 42 aircraft per month rolled out of the factory in Renton, Wash. yesterday.
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Comair Limited announced an order today for eight 737 MAX 8 aircraft, valued at $830 million at list prices. Read More »»»
SEATTLE - Boeing (NYSE: BA) today launched the expansion of a 737 commercial delivery center (CDC) at Boeing Field in Seattle. The project will more than doubles the space available for customers and groups supporting the increase of 737 deliveries according to the aircraft maker. Read More »»»