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 »»»
  • Emirates Group Launches an Enterprisewide Transformation Strategy

  • Etihad Airways Files a Court Injunction in Germany

  • Boeing, Norwegian Finalize Order for 19 787-9 Dreamliners

  • Emirates Announces Codeshare Agreement with Alaska Airlines

Aviation & Airline News of the Region

Dubai -  Emirates Flight Training Academy, has signed an agreement with Cirrus Aircraft and Embraer for order 27 new aircraft.  Read More »»»
Kuwait - Jazeera Airways today announced its third quarter financial results. The company recorded a 2.4 percent rise in net profit for the quarter, bringing its nine-month net profit to KD14.5 million, reflecting an 11.7 percent increase over the same period last year.  Read More »»»
Doha - Qatar Airways has announced the expansion of its code-share partnership with JetBlue, adding 29 new code-share destinations on the airline’s route network from Boston Logan International Airport.  Read More »»»
Dubai -  Emirates today announced a new codeshare and lounge agreement with Alaska Airlines (AS). Read More »»»
Amman - The Royal Jordanian board of directors, on October 26, appointed for a transitional period of three months captain Suleiman Obeidat a board member, interim president and chief executive officer of Royal Jordanian effective October 27, 2015.  Read More »»»
DOHA – Qatar Airways announced it will operate a new service between Doha and Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, from 30th March 2016, adding to its existing services to London Heathrow, Manchester and Edinburgh. Read More »»»
Oman Air announced Frankfurt, Germany, is the first destinations for the airline's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner with the aircraft entering daily flight service between Muscat and Frankfurt on 25 October 2015. Read More »»»
Etihad Airways in a press statement said, it has filed an injunction with the Administrative Court of Braunschweig in Germany Court to protect its codeshare flights  Read More »»»
Dubai - Emirates Group, today announced plans to implement enterprisewide changes. According to a press statement, the objective to transform Emirates airline and dnata into "The leading customer-centric, technology enabled travel experience enterprises."

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Etihad Airways has announced the promotion of three Emiratis at the airline's airport destinations as part of the Government owned airline Emiratization program. Read More »»»
DUBAI - Emirates has announced the appointment of Cubic Global Defense (a business unit of Cubic Corporation, San Diego, CA, USA) to develop a virtual, game-based training program for the airline's cabin crew. Read More »»»
Oman Air’s first delivered Boeing 787 Dreamliner took off for the airlines' inaugural flight from Muscat to Salalah. Read More »»»
ABTA, the UK's travel agents and tour operators association announced that Abu Dhabi (represented by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority) and Etihad Airways, will host the association’s 2016 travel convention. 
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DOHA – Qatar Airways today announced daily nonstop scheduled flights between Doha and Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia to start on May 2, 2016. Read More »»»
ABU DHABI / ARMONK, NY - Etihad Airways and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a ten-year technology services agreement worth about US$700 million. Read More »»»

International News

EVERETT, Wash. - Boeing [NYSE: BA] today delivered a 777-300ER (Extended Range) to Garuda Indonesia in SkyTeam livery.  Read More »»»
DUBLIN, Ireland,  FLY Leasing Limited (NYSE: FLY) (“FLY”), a Dublin based aircraft leasing, today announced the acquisition of a new Boeing 777-200LRF aircraft in a sale and 12-year leaseback transaction with a leading flag carrier. Read More »»»
OSLO, Norway, Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the Norwegian, Oslo based low cost carrier have finalized an order for 19 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft valued at more than $5 billion at current list prices. Read More »»»
Luxembourg – Cargolux Airlines has appointed Jason Holt the cargo operator's new nominated person flight operations. Read More »»»
BOC Aviation Pte. Ltd. (“BOC Aviation”), a Bank of China subsidiary announced it signed an agreement to sell a portfolio of 24 aircraft to Shenton Aircraft Investment I Ltd. and affiliates (“SHNTN 2015-1”). Read More »»»


Air Force News

Donauwörth, Germany - Today, the federal-state police of Baden-Württemberg took delivery of the first H145 helicopter in police configuration at Airbus Helicopters’ industrial site in Donauwörth. The aircraft is the first of an order of six to be handed over to the launch customer.
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Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that it had delivered the first of seven upgraded AW101 Merlin HC Mk3 helicopters to the Royal Navy as part of phase 1 of the Merlin Life Sustainment Programme (MLSP). 
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OKLAHOMA CITY - The U.S. Air Force on August 28 awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a contract for B-52 bomber with combat network communications technology,known as CONECT. Read More »»»