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Emirates announces its growth strategy is on track

Posted 21 October 2014

Emirates will continue with its growth trajectory, in spite of global challenges like regional political instability, pandemic health issues in Africa and softening economic demand from dropping oil prices.

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Boeing details funding boom for Middle East aircraft deliveries

Posted 20 October 2014

Boeing has said that commercial financial institutions in the Middle East are increasingly funding the region's record number of airplane deliveries.

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Mitsubishi rolls out first regional jet

Posted 20 October 2014

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation held a rollout ceremony for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet),the next-generation regional jet, at the Komaki Minami Plant of MHI's Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works in Aichi

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Etihad trains its thousandth flying nanny

Posted 17 October 2014

UAE carrier Etihad Airways now has more than 1000 trained Flying Nannies helping families on flights across its network.

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UAE reinforces cooperation activities with ICAO

Posted 15 October 2014

The UAE's civil aviation authority (GCAA), has signed an MoU with ICAO to reinforce international cooperation programs initiated by the authority together with the aviation authorities in different countries.

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Air Arabia named among 'global growth' companies

Posted 14 October 2014

Air Arabia has been named among the World Economic Forum's prestigious Global Growth Companies (GGCs) for 2014.

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Etihad Airways revenue increases 29 percent in Q3 of 2014

Posted 14 October 2014

Etihad Airways has reported total revenues of US$1.8 billion for the third quarter of 2014, an impressive increase of 29 per cent year-on-year, achieved on the back of accelerated passenger and cargo growth during the summer.

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GCAA to tackle airspace capacity issues

Posted 9 October 2014

The Middle East is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasting an annual growth rate of 6.3 per cent for the region.

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Etihad Airways unveils its partners

Posted 8 October 2014

Etihad Airways has unveiled Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand which brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.

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Qatar orders eight more A320s

Posted 7 October 2014

Qatar Airways has signed for eight more Airbus A320s according to the latest numbers released by the European manufacturer.

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Qatar Airways to strengthen relationship with S7 Airlines

Posted 7 October 2014

Qatar Airways and S7 Airlines are set to strengthen their relationship with the launch of new codeshare arrangement between the two oneworld member airlines, further expanding travel opportunities for customers.

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RJ involved in incident at JFK Airport

Posted 6 October 2014

A Royal Jordanian flight to New York was involved in an incident at JFK Airport yesterday,

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Airbus prepares to deliver A350 XWB to Qatar Airways

Posted 3 October 2014

The first A350 XWB for Qatar Airways is progressing towards delivery before year end. The aircraft equipped with Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines rolled out of the Airbus factory in Toulouse fully painted, prominently bearing Qatar

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Qatar Airways and Vueling sign interline agreement

Posted 1 October 2014

Qatar Airways and Vueling have signed an interline agreement that will enable Qatar's five-star national airline to increase the number of passengers to Europe, while strengthening Vueling's hubs in Rome and Barcelona.

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Emirates signs deal to develop Angolan carrier

Posted 30 September 2014

Emirates airline is to work with the Republic of Angola to develop a “world class” carrier.

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Airbus A350-900 receives EASA type certification

Posted 30 September 2014

The world's latest generation commercial airliner, the A350-900, has received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on 30th September 2014. The certified aircraft is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB

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Boeing rolls out Etihad's 787-9 Dreamliner

Posted 29 September 2014

Boeing has rolled out of its paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner that will be delivered to Etihad Airways.

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Etihad Airways unveils new livery

Posted 26 September 2014

Etihad Airways has unveiled its new livery design, which will be introduced across its fleet.

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FIrst A320neo makes successful first flight

Posted 25 September 2014

The first A320neo to fly has lifted off at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 12 noon local time today.

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Gulf's 'Big Three' eyeing possible PIA investment

Posted 25 September 2014

The big-three Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have reportedly been in discussions with Pakistan to invest in the ailing Asian carrier.

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Etihad unveils new livery as it takes delivery of first A380

Posted 25 September 2014

Etihad Airways, took the opportunity of receiving its first A380 in Hamburg today to unveil a new livery design which will be introduced across its fleet.

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Aviation leaders outline MENA's future challenges

Posted 25 September 2014

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) hosted senior aviation leaders to discuss the state of the industry and outline the predictions for the MENA region's civil aviation

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Oman rejects low cost carrier plans says local media

Posted 24 September 2014

The Times of Oman has reported that Oman Air is not planning to set up a low cost or budget airline.

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Qatar connects through social media

Posted 24 September 2014

In the same week that Qatar Airways exceeded the 5,000,000 Facebook fan milestone, reaffirming its position as the second most “liked” global carrier, the five-star airline won an award for the “Best Use of Emerging Platform” for 2014 by leading aviation

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RAK's Spatial Composites wins Etihad cabin trainer deal

Posted 24 September 2014

Ras Al Khaimah cabin trainer manufacturer Spatial Composite Solutions has been awarded a $14million contract nby the UAE's national airline Etihad to build and deliver 14 cabin trainers.

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Boeing close to obtaining an order from Kuwait Airways

Posted 24 September 2014

Boeing is a step closer to obtaining an order from Kuwait Airways for 10 wide-body 777-300ER jets valued at $3.3 billion, reports Bloomberg.

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Etihad hosts IATA financial symposium

Posted 18 September 2014

More than 700 delegates from the airline industry have gathered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, for the International Air Transport Association's inaugural World Financial Symposium, which opened today at the city's Jumeirah

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Royal Jordanian and Middle East Airlines enter new codeshare agreement

Posted 17 September 2014

Royal Jordanian (RJ) and Middle East Airlines-Air Liban concluded a new free sale codeshare agreement that will be implemented as of the middle of this month.

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Qatar Airways receives its first A380

Posted 17 September 2014

At a ceremony in Hamburg hosted by Airbus, Qatar Airways received the first A380 of its 10 on order, in the presence Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, and Airbus CEO and president, Fabrice Bregier.

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IATA release global passenger traffic results for July

Posted 4 September 2014

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for July showing demand growth of 5.3% (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) over the previous July. Capacity expanded

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Emirates signs partnership deal with Nigeria's Arik Air

Posted 27 August 2014

Emirates has signed an MoU with Nigerian airline Arik Air to develop and expand their existing commercial relationship and explore further areas of co-operation.

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Qatar Airways releases first images of A350 Xtra Wide Body aircraft

Posted 27 August 2014

Qatar Airways, the launch customer of the Airbus A350 Xtra Wide Body aircraft is set to receive its first delivery before the end of this year.

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Royal Jordanian takes delivery of its first Dreamliner

Posted 27 August 2014

Royal Jordanian has received its first 787 Dreamliner. Today's delivery will play a central role in the Amman-based airline's strategic plan for fleet modernisation. Royal Jordanian acquired this airplane through leasing

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Jazeera Airways reports July 2014 operational performance

Posted 26 August 2014

Jazeera Airways has released its July 2014 Operational Performance Report today, which shows an increase in flown passengers on routes serving Istanbul, Cairo, Jeddah, Sharm El Sheikh and Sohag.

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Etihad statement on FOCA review process

Posted 26 August 2014

Etihad Airways is comfortable with the process of review by Switzerland's Federal Office of Civil Aviation concerning the agreement to acquire 33.3 per cent of Darwin Airline.

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Turkish Airlines records 190 million USD net profit in the second quarter

Posted 26 August 2014

Turkish Airlines' first half 2014 consolidated financial statements were reported to Borsa Istanbul.

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A glimpse into the making of Emirates' 50th A380 aircraft

Posted 22 August 2014

It takes 800 workers just 65 to 80 days to assemble, install, test, paint, furnish and deliver an Emirates Airbus A380, the iconic double-decker aircraft that has been creating headlines and delighting travellers since it first

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Kuwait Airways set to buy 10 Boeing 777 aircraft

Posted 20 August 2014

Kuwait Airways plans to buy 10 Boeing 777 jetliners, reported Arabic daily Al Qabas.

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Safety breakthrough with successful first installation of SwiftBroadband ACARS

Posted 15 August 2014

Inmarsat has announced the first successful installation and on-going trials of its ACARS1-capable SwiftBroadband (SB) Safety equipment on an Airbus A319.

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Gulf Air active in customer relations summit with Europe

Posted 15 August 2014

Gulf carriers were active at the fifth summit between the Worldwide Airline Customer Relations Association (WACRA) and the Passenger Rights Unit of the European Commission in Brussels. WACRA is chaired by Gulf Air's Kavita Al

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Pegasus sales income rose by 33% during first half of 2014

Posted 14 August 2014

Pegasus Airlines' financial results for the January-June 2014 period have been announced by the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP).

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Etihad clears the hurdles for horse business

Posted 13 August 2014

Etihad Cargo, has unveiled a new equine service called SkyStables, targeted at customers around the world wishing to transport horses and other similar species by air.

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UAE continues to see air traffic increase

Posted 12 August 2014

Total air traffic movements in UAE airspace reached 62,802 last month, according to Sheikh Zayed Air Navigation Center latest reports.

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Air Arabia records record first half performance

Posted 12 August 2014

A remarkable second quarter performance by Sharjah-based Air Arabia saw the budget carrier announcing a net profit of $67.5 million (Dhs248 million) for the first half, up by 85%, after more than doubling its second-quarter profit to $47

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Etihad Cargo starts Moscow service

Posted 11 August 2014

Etihad Cargo will launch twice weekly freighter rotations linking Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Moscow Domodedovo (DME) airports from 13 August.

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48 killed in crash near Mehrabad Airport

Posted 10 August 2014

An Iranian regional passenger plane crashed this morning in a residential area near Tehran's Mehrabad airport the state-run IRNA news agency reported. The reports say that all 48 people on board the Iran-140 (a locally assembled variant of the

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Etihad concludes 49% investment deal with AlItalia

Posted 8 August 2014

Etihad finally signed its deal with AlItalia this morning which exceeds the investment levels expected with a $2.35bn injection to build what it described as a “reinvigorated Alitalia as a competitive sustainably profitable

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Middle East cargo growth outpaces world markets - IATA

Posted 7 August 2014

Middle Eastern cargo airlines continued to outpace global markets according to the latest figures from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Flight Safety Foundation to hold annual safety summit in Abu Dhabi

Posted 5 August 2014

The Flight Safety Foundation is holding its 67th annual International Air Safety Summit (IASS) - aviation's premier global safety event – in Abu Dhabi.

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Typhoons escort Qatar Airways into Manchester after bomb threat

Posted 5 August 2014

Britain scrambled two fighter jets to escort a Qatar Airways plane into Manchester airport earlier today after the pilot reported a possible explosive device on board.

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Pegasus Airlines announces its traffic data for the first half of 2014

Posted 5 August 2014

The traffic data for Pegasus Airlines have been released for January-June 2014 by the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP).

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Royal Jordanian resumes Iraq flights

Posted 3 August 2014

Royal Jordanian has resumed its service to Iraq, after suspending it for 24 hours for security concerns.

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Dubai linking its dangerous goods transport procedures with police and state security

Posted 3 August 2014

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority is working on linking its online approval system for dangerous goods transportation with the emirate's State Security Department (SSD) and Dubai Police for

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Boeing deliver its 500th 777-300ER to Emirates

Posted 30 July 2014

Boeing is celebrating its milestone delivery of delivering its 500th 777-300ER to Emirates yesterday.

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IATA's statement on MH17, GE222 and AH5017

Posted 25 July 2014

Chief executive officer and director general of IATA, Tony Tyler, has made a statement regarding MH17, GE222 and AH5017.

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Wreckage found from missing Air Algerie aircraft

Posted 25 July 2014

The wreckage of flight AH5017 has been located in Mali near the border of Burkina Faso.

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Turkish Airlines aircraft damaged in Nigeria fire

Posted 24 July 2014

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900ER has been damaged by a fire at Kano Aminu International Airport (KAN) in Nigeria as it was being refueled.

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The A350 XWB embarks on final certification phase

Posted 24 July 2014

The Airbus A350-900, has taken off this morning for the final stage towards certification.

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SITA gets smart with boarding passes

Posted 24 July 2014

Airlines can now offer their ultra tech-savvy passengers the chance to board their flight with a mere flick of their wrist and scan of their smartwatch. SITA Lab continues to innovate and lead in the area of wearable tech by providing boarding passes for

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BREAKING NEWS: Air Algerie aircraft confirmed as "crashed" by aviation officials

Posted 24 July 2014

Algerian aviation officials have confirmed that the Air Algerie aircraft - reporting missing this morning - has crashed.

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Etihad Airways and Jet Airways reinforce commitment to Indian aviation

Posted 23 July 2014

Jet Airways and Etihad Airways have outlined plans to reinforce their long-term commitment to the growth of India's economy and aviation industry, including a major new turnaround strategy for Jet Airways to

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Emirates launches world's shortest A380 route

Posted 17 July 2014

Emirates has launched the world's shortest scheduled A380 flight with a routing from Dubai to Kuwait.

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Farnborough: Qatar Airways makes largest single aircraft order in its history

Posted 16 July 2014

Qatar Airways today made the largest aircraft order in its history for a single aircraft type at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2014, finalising an order for 50 Boeing 777-9Xs, whilst

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Farnborough: Air Algerie orders two Next-Gen 737-700Cs

Posted 16 July 2014

At the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) today, Boeing and Air Algerie announced an order for two Next-Generation 737-700C (Convertible) airplanes, valued at $152 million at current list prices.

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Farnborough: SaudiGulf selects IAE for new fleet engines

Posted 15 July 2014

Saudi Arabian domestic start-up, SaudiGulf Airlines, has selected the International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 engine to power four A320ceo aircraft and has also signed an eight-year V-Services maintenance service agreement

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Middle East boosts CSeries sales

Posted 15 July 2014

The Middle East has boosted Bombardier CSeries sales campaign with a new letter of intent from Jordan's Petra Airlines and the conversion to firm orders by an Abu Dhabi operator

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Farnborough: ATR announced firm orders for 144 aircraft

Posted 15 July 2014

ATR has announced that it has taken firm orders for 144 aircraft (119 ATR 72-600 and 25 ATR 42-600), with options for 112 additional aircraft, since the beginning of the year.

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Farnborough: Airbus launches the A330neo

Posted 14 July 2014

Airbus has launched the re-engined
A330-800neo and A330-900neo at Farnborough Airshow this morning.

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Al Busaidy returns to Oman Air in new operations role

Posted 10 July 2014

Abdulrahaman Al-Busaidy, the former CEO of Oman Air has returned to the Muscat-based airline in the role of chief operations officer.

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Emirates takes delivery of its 50th A380

Posted 10 July 2014

Emirates has taken delivery of its 50th A380. This latest delivery takes Emirates' all wide-body fleet to 224 aircraft, representing the world's largest fleet of A380s, and also the world's largest fleet of Boeing 777s.

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Etihad Airways and Philippine Airlines announce strategic partnership

Posted 9 July 2014

Etihad Airways and Philippine Airlines (PAL) have announced a strategic partnership agreement that marks a new era of cooperation between the flag carriers.

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Boeing and Emirates finalise order for 150 777Xs

Posted 9 July 2014

Boeing and Emirates Airline have finalised an order for 150 777Xs, valued at $56 billion at list prices.

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Iraqi Airways unaffected by ISIS advance

Posted 8 July 2014

Iraqi Airways continues to operate scheduled flights across the country, despite its government owner ceding control of most northern and western cities to Sunni militants headed by the Al Qaeda offshoot ISIS.

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Etihad Airways signs codeshare with Latin American airline Gol

Posted 8 July 2014

Etihad Airways has signed a codeshare agreement with Gol, the largest low-cost and low-fare airline in Latin America.

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Etihad CEO speaks out about engaging with Europe

Posted 3 July 2014

The President and chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, today urged Europe's governments and airlines to embrace external investment to help strengthen the aviation sector.

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Etihad's "biggest investment" in Alitalia is going ahead

Posted 25 June 2014

Etihad has confirmed it has reached agreement with AlItalia to buy 49% of the troubled airline.

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New $5bn Shariah leasing fund for Airbus aircraft in the Gulf

Posted 24 June 2014

Quantum Investment Bank and Palma Capital - both based in the Dubai International Financial Centre - have been retained as the exclusive placement agents for the launch of a shariah compliant aircraft leasing fund (ALIF) to

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Emirates reconsidering order for 70 A350s

Posted 24 June 2014

Emirates Airlines president Tim Clark has told the Financial Times (FT) newspaper that the airline is reconsidering its order cancellation of 70 A350 XBW aircraft.

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Jazeera Airways Group leases two Airbus A320s to TAP

Posted 23 June 2014

Jazeera Airways Group has announced that its fully-owned aircraft leasing subsidiary Sahaab Aircraft Leasing has entered the EU aviation market by placing two Airbus A320 aircraft on long-term leases with TAP Portugal airlines,

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SITA responds to criticism of its governance

Posted 18 June 2014

By Steve Nichols / Brussels. SITA, the global IT business solutions provider for the air transport industry, has responded to recent criticism of its structure.

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Flight testing heating up for A350 in the UAE desert

Posted 18 June 2014

The Airbus' A350 XWB may not now be heading for Emirates following the cancellation of its order last week – but the aircraft was still turning heads in the United Arab Emirates this week as the flight test aircraft (MSN3) completed its

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Airlines to invest more in smart technologies to reduce disruption - SITA

Posted 18 June 2014

Airlines are investing in smart technologies to manage flight disruptions better, according to the 2014 Airline IT Trends Survey.

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Qatar sees further delays on A380 delivery

Posted 18 June 2014

Qatar Airways is having to wait longer for the introduction of A380s to its fleet.

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Emirates hits back at Delta's position on fifth freedoms

Posted 18 June 2014 · 1 Comment

Emirates Airline has hit back at US carrier Delta which has criticised and objected to Emirates flights to the US from Italy under 'Fifth Freedom' rights.

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner gets FAA, EASA certification

Posted 16 June 2014

Boeing's 787-9 Dreamliner - ordered by both Etihad Airways and Saudia -has been certified by the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for commercial service.

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Turkish Airlines finalise order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s

Posted 16 June 2014

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have finalised an order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices.

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Jazeera reports the positive in its April operational report

Posted 14 June 2014

Jazeera Airways has released its April 2014 Operational Performance Report which shows an increase in flown passengers on routes serving Istanbul, Jeddah, Bahrain, Alexandria, Cairo and Mashhad, and an on-time

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Blow for Airbus and Rolls-Royce as Emirates cancels A350XWB order

Posted 11 June 2014

Emirates Airline has cancelled its order for 70 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The decision follows on-going discussions between the airline and the European manufacturer as part of a fleet requirement review.

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Etihad and Skytrax battle of words over audit and awards

Posted 8 June 2014

A dispute is brewing between UAE airline Etihad and Skytrax the organisation that audits airlines for passenger experience and facilitates the annual World Airline awards.

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IATA AGM: Boeing to benefit if US sanctions lifted on Iran

Posted 3 June 2014

By MARTIN RIVERS / DOHA: Iran Air would place orders for either the Boeing 777 or the 787 Dreamliner if US sanctions were lifted permanently, chairman Farhad Parvaresh has told Arabian Aerospace.

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Afriqiyah shelves Libyan merger amid upsurge in violence

Posted 2 June 2014

By MARTIN RIVERS / DOHA: Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines have suspended plans for a merger as the two flag carriers' home market struggles to contain a simmering civil war.

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IATA launches economic performance report with Middle East airlines expecting profit

Posted 2 June 2014

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the Economic Performance of the Airline Industry report outlining how air transport is adding value for consumers, the wider

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Etihad Airways announces expansion of codeshare with Jet Airways

Posted 2 June 2014

Etihad Airways has announced a major expansion of its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways, offering travellers enhanced connections throughout India, and linking India with even more destinations worldwide.

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IATA calls for global mindset for commercial aviation's next century

Posted 2 June 2014

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for airlines, governments, and industry stakeholders to guide the development of the commercial airline industry into its next century with a global

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Etihad statement over imminent Alitalia investment

Posted 1 June 2014

Etihad Airways has today confirmed it is detailing the conditions precedent and the criteria for a proposed equity investment negotiated with Alitalia and its stakeholders over the past months, heralding the way for the capital

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Emirates increases flights to India

Posted 29 May 2014

Emirates will expand its A380 network to 28 destinations, when it launches a daily A380 service to Mumbai International Airport on 21st July.

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Dreamliner gets ETOPS approvals from FAA

Posted 28 May 2014

Boeing has received approved additional extended operations (ETOPS) certification from the FAA for the 787 Dreamliner.

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Jazeera awaits final delivery of A320 order

Posted 25 May 2014

Jazeera Airways will be taking delivery this week of a brand new Airbus A320 aircraft from the manufacturer's facility in Hamburg, Germany, bringing the Group's fleet to 15 fully-owned aircraft.

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Bedroom wars between UAE airlines

Posted 22 May 2014

Just weeks after Etihad launched its “Residence” concept featuring a bedroom, UAE rival Emirates confirmed it is also working on a first class concept featuring a bedroom of its own.

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Kaan Air orders an AW139 and an AW189

Posted 21 May 2014

Turkey's Kaan Air has place an order with AgustaWestland for one AW139 intermediate and one AW189 super medium helicopter in VIP configuration.

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