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Letting the train take the strain

Posted 31 August 2015

Airport railway and monorail systems can be very complex but, as Keith Mwanalushi finds, advanced mobility solutions for major facilities in the Middle East are increasingly important.

in Business Aviation / Features

Gulfstream streams seamlessly into the Gulf

Posted 30 August 2015

With a hefty order from Qatar Executive and strong interest in its new aircraft, Savannah-based Gulfstream is enjoying blue skies all the way in the Middle East. Liz Moscrop reports

in Defence / Features

Iomax delivers first production Archangel to the UAE

Posted 29 August 2015

Iomax delivered the first of 24 new Archangel aircraft to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence in June 2015. Jon Lake looks at the programme and the aircraft.

in Air Transport / Features

Saudi battle lines drawn

Posted 29 August 2015

As Saudi Arabia inches towards opening its domestic airline market to more competition, Alan Dron asks who will survive the battle for passengers?

in Air Transport / Features

Historic 'first' for Saudia

Posted 29 August 2015

Saudia is to become the first airline in the world to operate the new Airbus A330-300 Regional.

in Defence / Features

New Saudi-Ukrainian aircraft programme launched

Posted 28 August 2015

Ukrainian manufacturer Antonov has formally announced the launch of its new Antonov An-132 military freighter. The aircraft, which is a derivative of the existing An-32 Cline, will be produced jointly by Ukraine and Saudi Arabia for both

in Air Transport / Features

Interview: Oman Air CEO on why his airline is on the up

Posted 26 August 2015

In the deteriorating war of words between America and the Gulf countries over bilateral traffic rights, it is easy to forget that European capitals have long imposed ceilings on the number of flights that Emirates, Etihad and Qatar

in Features / People

Etihad aims to attract partner airline pilots to meet its growth targets

Posted 16 August 2015

Etihad Airways is offering pilots seconded from partner airlines the opportunity to transfer to permanent contracts as part of its strategy to maintain pilot numbers to meet the carrier's ambitious growth

in Features

Ex-Im's shutdown: are we on the edge of a new era in aircraft financing?

Posted 16 July 2015

With the U.S. Congress refusal to prolong the authorisation of the Export-Import Bank which has expired on 30th June, the U.S. aerospace giants and their foreign clients have lost major support in financing new

in Training / Features

Etihad steps up graduate training capability for Abu Dhabi's engineers of the future

Posted 29 June 2015 · 1 Comment

Etihad Technical is further investing in its expansive Graduate Engineering Programme, which was launched in 2010. After a multi-million-dollar investment in a dedicated Airbus classroom,

in Features

From sunrise to sunset: discreet VIP aviation during Ramadan

Posted 18 June 2015

Today, approx. 1.8 billion people on Earth are a part of the global Muslim community which spends in excess of USD140 billion on travel and tourism each year, according to a DinarStandard report. Seeking to tap into such an

in Features / ATM & Regulatory

Technology key to seamless Air Traffic Management in Middle East

Posted 3 May 2015

Civil aviation authorities in the Middle East are increasingly turning to cutting-edge technologies to grapple with the unprecedented air traffic growth that is threatening the pace of aircraft movements in the skies

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America's Perceived Complicity with Iran in a Sectarian War: Policy Failure or Diplomatic Bungle?

Posted 19 March 2015

Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA analyses the changing mood to US position on Iran and the impact on the Gulf states.

in Features

Turkish foreign policy and the rise of a reluctant ally in NATO

Posted 16 March 2015

With the threat of Daesh (IS) on Turkey's southern border, Turkey's foreign policy is of critical importance to European security. Tarık Oğuzlu, Professor of International Relations at Antalya

in Features

Is Middle Eastern aviation ready to switch to in-house MRO support?

Posted 25 February 2015

Currently, the Middle Eastern commercial aviation MRO market is growing at a faster rate than the global average. According to ICF International, it is expected to account for up to 8% of the global civil aviation MRO

in General Aviation / Technology / Features / Events

UAE's pioneering in recognising drone benefits wins global recognition

Posted 30 January 2015

Some 39 contestants have qualified to the semi-finals stage at the National, International and Government UAE Drones for Good Award competitions and its prize money worth of $1 million for the international

in Flight Services & Support / Features / Airports

Dnata reports successful 2014

Posted 30 December 2014

Ground handling and aviation services company Dnata is reporting a successful 2014, having invested almost $150 million to broaden its interest in travel, cargo, ground handling and catering sectors.

in Features / Events / Airports

Middle East airport growth gives Dubai's Airport Show plans a boost

Posted 29 December 2014

The multi-billion dollar expansion of airports and airline fleets in the Middle East has set off immense growth prospects for the ground handling industry players with both airports and airlines operators keen on

in Air Transport / Features

Emirates finishes the year on a high

Posted 24 December 2014

Emirates will round off 2014 as the airline with the world's largest wide-body passenger fleet with 218 aircraft, in addition to 14 freighters.

in Features

GCC establishes joint military command

Posted 12 December 2014

Dr. John Duke Anthony, President and CEO of the National Council on US-Arab Relations, who attended the GCC's 35th Annual Ministerial and Heads of State Summit in Doha, considers the impact of an 'Arab NATO' concept.

in Features

Focus: Hadid growing support to a global client base

Posted 17 October 2014

Pioneering in flight support for over 30 years, Dubai-headquartered Hadid has turned its focus to a higher level of support services, and extra care for business aviation flights which has led to expanding its global presence

in Features

Tempest over the Desert - Typhoon's Middle Eastern Red Air Roadshow

Posted 6 October 2014

Arabian Aerospace Defence Editor Jon Lake looks at a new integrated military training support solution ready to roll out to the Middle East.

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A350/Dreamliner choice could impact up to 88% of Emirates flights, says OAG

Posted 30 June 2014

As Airbus and Boeing go head-to-head in negotiations for Emirates outstanding order of 70 extra-widebodied aircraft, aviation intelligence expert OAG reveals the critical importance of Emirates'

in Features

Understanding the Iraq situation - and the challenge for the USA

Posted 17 June 2014

Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA gives his view on the current situation in Iran.

in Features

Saudi aviation liberalization will need higher safety standards say experts

Posted 15 May 2014

Enjoying the largest domestic market in the Middle East, the aviation industry in Saudi Arabia still hasn't managed to replicate the rapid growth of its GCC neighbours because of the regulatory

in Features

Alpen Capital shares industry review on GCC aviation prospects

Posted 17 March 2014

Alpen Capital has released its GCC Aviation Industry Report which provides a perspective of the GCC aviation sector by presenting the current industry status, key market dynamics, and scope for future growth.

in Features

Gulf Air climbing back to level flight

Posted 5 February 2014

Gulf Air is aiming for further reductions in its cost base and negotiating over the future shape of its order book as it reaches the one-year mark in its major restructuring. Alan Dron talks to the Bahrain's minister for transportation who is also

in Features

Bahrain Airshow: A look at the Royal Bahraini Air Force

Posted 16 January 2014

As the Bahrain International Air Show opens this morning, defence editor Jon Lake casts an eye over the Royal Bahraini Air Force and looks at the RBAF's capabilities.

in Features

Supporting the mega-order growth programme

Posted 28 December 2013

The vast aircraft orders placed by airlines at this year's Airshow in Dubai reflects the Gulf region's rapid growth in the aviation industry. So, asks Clyde & Co's OLIVER TEBBIT, how can this rapid airline growth be supported?

in Features

The Case for a UAE cyber defence doctrine

Posted 7 October 2013

Aleksandar Mitreski, non-resident analysts with INEGMA looks at the growing issue of cyber attacks on governments and assesses the strategy for the UAE's defence

in Features

The Kingdom and the Kremlin: The Strategic Significance of the Bandar-Putin Meeting

Posted 5 August 2013 · 1 Comment

Dr. Theodore Karasik, director of research and consultancy at INEGMA looks at the implications of last week's visit to Moscow by Saudi Arabia's security chief.

in Defence / Features

Opportunities in the Middle East military UAV market to grow says Frost & Sullivan:

Posted 24 June 2013

Growing demand supported by strong intent and investment capability is expanding the market for military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the Middle East. The region is already considered

in Air Transport / Features

SITA SURVEY: Airlines increasing investment in business intelligence

Posted 20 June 2013

Over the next three years, all airlines plan to invest in IT systems which will allow them to get to know their passengers better and deliver tailored services directly to them, according to the 15th annual

in Features

Rohani's Victory: Realistic expectations from a witty "Moderate" leader

Posted 18 June 2013

Riad Kahwaji, CEO, and Dr. Theodore Karasik, director, research and consultancy, INEGMA look at the implications of the Iranian change of government

in Features

An Unbelievable Lasting Legacy

Posted 11 June 2013

As the Legacy 500 soared past 300 flight test hours, Embraer Executive Jets released a cinematic-style film starring the Legacy 500 alongside legendary film star Jackie Chan.

in Features

SAA and Etihad sign code share agreement

Posted 8 May 2013

In Early May, South African Airways' Acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout and Abu Dhabi's CEO, James Hogan, signed an MOU to establish a code share and interline agreement, which may be the start of a deepening strategic alliance with the United Arab

in Features / Airports

VIDEO: Day three of the Airport Show, Dubai

Posted 8 May 2013 · 1 Comment

Presenters Abbi Henderson and Alan Peaford go for the world of airfield fire trucks to sophisticated new biometric security systems embedded into iPhones.

in Features / Airports

VIDEO: Day two of the Airport Show, Dubai

Posted 8 May 2013

Today's video news programme from the Airport Show, Dubai, focuses on the latest airport technology from ARINC's new airport data system and remote check in service.

in Features

Airport Show video - the passenger experience

Posted 6 May 2013 · 1 Comment

Day One of the Airport Show in Dubai is all about passenger experience.

in Features

SITA looks into the future for innovative flying experiences

Posted 28 February 2013

By 2015, the way we travel will change significantly fuelled by innovation in IT - used by airlines, airports and passengers, according to air transport communications and IT specialist, SITA.

in Features

ANALYSIS: Iran and Egypt: An unrequited union

Posted 15 February 2013

Emily Boulter, Non-Resident Associate at INEGMA,assesses the burgeoning relationship between Iran and Eqypt

in Features

Sequestration, new US foreign policy priorities and the likely impact on the Middle East

Posted 6 February 2013

Riad Kahwaji, CEO of INEGMA and the organisation's director of research and consultancy, Dr. Theodore Karasik, look at impact the Middle East is facing with the latest policy changes by the

in Features

RIZON JET'S CHALLENGES TO SUSTAIN A VIABLE BUSINESS IN QATAR

Posted 22 January 2013

The row between Qatar's luxury flight services company Rizon Jetand the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority over the rights to operate freely have escalated. Details of the dispute between Rizon Jet and the Qatari state

in Features

MEBA: Final results show 20% growth in attendees

Posted 26 December 2012

Organisers of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) event have reported visitor figures showing a 20% increase on the 2010 edition with 7,549 attendees from 84 countries - 37 nations more than the previous show. There was also a 14%

in Features / Route Planning & Tourism

Fly east! Al Ghaith says three years has proved expansion strategy

Posted 25 November 2012

Dubai low-cost carrier, flydubai is celebrating three years since it first turned its sights eastwards towards desitinations in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

in Defence / Features

Syrian opposition unification puts west to the test as rebels lay grounds for no-fly zone

Posted 14 November 2012

Riad Kahwaji, the chief executive of INEGMA looks at the situation in Syria and at this week's developments in Doha

in Features

Women pilots get the Jordan experience

Posted 12 November 2012

With Middle East airlines increasingly recognising the value that female pilots can bring to them it is no wonder that the group supporting women pilots in the region is growing. Alan Peaford reports.

in Features

Middle East UAV landscape up in the air

Posted 12 November 2012

UAV development in the Middle East has long been dominated by Israeli technology but the picture is changing as a number of nations begin to channel investment into maturing their own domestic UAV development and manufacturing capabilities. Claire

in Features

Why no more bog standard leaves MacCarthy flushed with success

Posted 12 November 2012

There's one area of an aircraft that receives a greater footfall than any other during a flight…the bathroom. Kelly Green visited one aircraft interiors company to find out why it has decided to give aircraft lavatories the

in Features

Thales Tops is trumps at APEX

Posted 12 November 2012

The annual technology show produced more than its fair share of electronic wizardry this year. Liz Moscrop went to play with the products.

in Features

Why growing is not a pain at Dubai International

Posted 12 November 2012

As Dubai International Airport's Concourse 3 prepares for a grand opening, Keith Mwanalushi reports that it is just one part of numerous strategies being put in motion to achieve ambitious goals at the region's busiest airport.

in Features

Arinc continues to expand presence in Middle East

Posted 12 November 2012

Arinc is making its presence felt more widely in the Middle East with a new customer at Ras Al Khaimah, on-going projects in Doha and Dubai and a new office in Saudi Arabia. Steve Nichols reports.

in Features

Planning to pour cold water on the towering infernos

Posted 12 November 2012

The skyscraper cityscapes that stand out in the Gulf States have one nightmare scenario – high-rise fire. But this year's Helishow in Dubai is focusing on the issue as Jon Lake reports.

in Features

It's only the twits who are now failing to tweet

Posted 12 November 2012

Is social media a toy or great free marketing tool? Steve Nichols looks at how it is being handled by different airlines.

in Features

It's complicated…

Posted 12 November 2012

Jon Lake takes a look at the tricky world of military and police aviation in the northern emirates

in Features

Aurora spots a new dawn rising in Fujairah

Posted 12 November 2012

in Features

Gama radiates out into new territory

Posted 12 November 2012

A new fixed base operation (FBO) is to open its doors at Sharjah Airport in January. Alan Peaford talks to Gama Aviation about its reasons behind the move into FBO management.

in Features

Why RAK is just right for RamJet

Posted 12 November 2012

Dubai is a global hub for the flight support industry in the UAE but Marcella Nethersole meets one company doing rather well in the northern emirates instead.

in Features

Aerospace manufacturing Excelling in Ajman

Posted 12 November 2012

Manufacturing for the aerospace industry is still relatively rare in the Middle East – but Alan Peaford finds one company that has welded a niche business to support the local airlines and airports.

in Features

Arrow stays bang on target for continued success

Posted 12 November 2012

As business aviation manufacturer Hawker Beechcraft has grown its presence in the Middle East area, one Indian-headquartered business has also become part of the success story. Alan Peaford reports.

in Features

AviaHelp proves it is the real deal

Posted 12 November 2012

The site of Russian fixed-wing aircraft or helicopters at Sharjah Airport is not unusual – so no wonder there is one company there to provide valuable support. Marcella Nethersole reports

in Features

Aerostar shining in many different directions

Posted 12 November 2012

Sharjah is the base for the rapidly expanding Aerostar business and, as Marcella Nethersole finds out, the MRO specialist is branching out into new areas.

in Features

Unveiled: the best-kept flying secret that's a little gem

Posted 12 November 2012

Alan Peaford discovers a small oasis where the passion and enjoyment of pure leisure flying is flourishing in the northern tip of the UAE.

in Features

Blue skies thinking at the Fujairah Aviation Academy

Posted 12 November 2012

Alan Peaford visits the fast-growing Fujairah Aviation Academy and discovers why it enjoys one clear advantage.

in Features

Airline aiming to RAK up new business

Posted 12 November 2012

RAK Airways has begun codeshare flights with Etihad. Alan Peaford talked to RAK's CEO, John Brayford, about the airline's strategy.

in Features

Small team hungering for a better world

Posted 12 November 2012

Sharjah Airport Free Zone is home to one aviation organisation that is making a real difference. Alan Peaford reports.

in Features

Venture north for a taste of the real Arabia

Posted 12 November 2012

Marcella Nethersole takes a tour of discovery to find why route developers are eyeing the northern emirates for a piece of the UAE's tourism spend.

in Features

Northern lights are starting to shine

Posted 12 November 2012

The aerospace industry in the northern emirates is stepping out from being a well kept secret – and the success is starting with the airports. Alan Peaford reports.

in Features

Speed wars… Cessna and Gulfstream go head-to-head

Posted 12 November 2012

The latest generation of business jets are focusing again on speed. Alan Peaford looks at two models that are taking it to the limit.

in Features

Stepping up: MEBA comes of age

Posted 12 November 2012

This year's Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show sees the fusion of old and new. Liz Moscrop looks at the thought behind it

in Features

Oman gets ready to induct C-130J

Posted 12 November 2012

Lockheed Martin has started deliveries of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman.

in Features

Turkey firming up its F-35 plans

Posted 12 November 2012

On September 4 this year it was reported that Turkey would use funds from its Defence Industry Support Fund to purchase a second pair of F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters. Jon Lake looks at the small beginnings to what should be a much larger programme.

in Features

Kuwait enhances fighter force

Posted 12 November 2012

While continuing to search for a new fighter to replace its ageing F/A-18C/D Hornets, Kuwait is pressing ahead with plans to upgrade 39 aircraft. Jon Lake reports.

in Features

Trials and tribulations for new GCC tankers

Posted 12 November 2012

The adoption of the A330 MRTT by the two largest air forces in the GCC marks the beginning of a new era for the region's air arms, conferring a hitherto unknown degree of independence from tankers operated by coalition partners. Jon Lake reports.

in Features

Qatar planning a rotorcraft revolution

Posted 12 November 2012

in Features

PC-21taking the GCC trainer market by storm

Posted 12 November 2012

With Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar having adopted the PC-21, the type is now the trainer of choice for the three largest of the GCC's six air forces. Jon Lake looks at the reasons why.

in Features

Qatar fighter choice still up in the air

Posted 12 November 2012

Qatar's long-running quest to find a new fighter to replace its Mirage 2000s – part of a wider air force modernisation programme – seems to be entering the final phase. Jon Lake reports.

in Features

Rotana drives ahead as a scheduled carrier

Posted 12 November 2012

The UAE may be geographically small but, as Alan Dron reports, continuing surface travel challenges have led to a local carrier starting domestic air services.

in Features

Will Saudi move really be a licence to thrill?

Posted 12 November 2012

As Saudi Arabia's aviation regulator reveals which new carriers are being granted licences to operate flights in the kingdom, Alan Dron looks at the problems the new entrants will have to overcome.

in Features

Private progress – Saudia happy ending is in sight!

Posted 12 November 2012

The saga of the Saudi Arabian Airlines group privatisation could soon have a happy ending, as Martin Rivers discovers.

in Features

Why another stall spells bad news for Kuwait Airways

Posted 12 November 2012

Is time running out for Kuwait Airways' aspirations to be among the Gulf's big boys? Martin Rivers finds out.

in Features

Brazilian brand aims to 'rightsize' Middle Eastern market

Posted 12 November 2012

Big is not always necessarily best when it comes to opening up new routes. Jill Stockbridge looks at Embraer and its plan to prove this to the region's airlines.

in Features

Keeping one hop ahead on the kangaroo route

Posted 12 November 2012

Analyst Saj Ahmad studies the latest jump in the kangaroo route between Europe and Australia with the Middle East as the feeding ground.

in Features

Understanding the US foreign policy from a Middle Eastern perspective

Posted 4 November 2012

With the US presidential elections imminent , Riad Kahwaji, CEO, of the Institute for Near East & Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA) looks at US foreign policy from a Middle Eastern perspective

in Features

Zambia Plans Aviation Revival After EU Blacklist Shock

Posted 25 October 2012

Ian Sheppard – following the Emirates engine failure story in Lusaka – finds himself in a country celebrating independence and learning a lesson about what happens when a national carrier fails.

in Features

Balancing Act: Azerbaijan's Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East

Posted 17 October 2012

Emily Boulter, non-resident associate, INEGMA looks at the post-independence Azerbaijan and its relationships with the Middle East

in Features

COMMENT: Emirates and Qantas deal a lesson in humility.

Posted 10 September 2012

Analyst Saj Ahmad looks at the deal between Emirates and Qantas, decides who are the winners and losers and gives his personal take on the old adage of he who laughs last, laughs longest.

in Features

Yemen set for new counter-terror aircraft

Posted 15 August 2012

A single CN-235-300M medium-range twin-turboprop transport aircraft destined for the Yemen Arab Republic Air Force has been undergoing flight-testing at Airbus Military's facility at Seville San Pablo airport. Jon Lake reports.

in Features

Jordan lays down a Marka...

Posted 15 August 2012

The ninth Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX) was held at the King Abdullah I Airbase at Marka, near Amman in Jordan in May. Jon Lake reports.

in Features

Keeping an eye on the surveillance market

Posted 15 August 2012

A number of companies saw the Marrakech Air Show as the perfect opportunity to display their maritime surveillance offerings. Kelly Green looks at who was there.

in Features

Double dash

Posted 14 August 2012

Shannon Airport in Ireland saw the arrival of two Bombardier Dash-8 Q300s, configured as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) on their way to the the UAE Air Force and Air Defence. Jon Lake looks at the images captured by photographer Maurice O'Donaghue and gives his view on the aircraft

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The Special Ones...

Posted 14 August 2012

The steady rise in importance of special forces has been an international phenomenon. Jon Lake looks at some of the various units operating in the Middle East.

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Behind the onset of offset

Posted 14 August 2012

The use of offset clauses in defence contracts is an important aspect of increasing the capacity for indigenous design, development and manufacturing in-country. Claire Apthorp looks at the situation in the UAE.

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Food to fly for...

Posted 13 August 2012

Are the days of poor aircraft food almost over? Marcella Nethersole discovers that some airlines can safely answer 'yes' to that question.

in Features

MAX packs a low-cost punch

Posted 13 August 2012

A combination of market factors is pointing towards a healthy future for low-cost carriers (LCCs) in the Middle East, according to a senior Boeing executive. Alan Dron reports.

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All in a day: Francois Chazelle

Posted 13 August 2012

Marcella Nethersole speaks to the VP of Airbus corporate jets (ACJ) in Dubai.

in Features

Midfield's X-Factor

Posted 13 August 2012

The construction of Abu Dhabi's Midfield Terminal Building has finally been given the green light and now the real work begins. Keith Mwanalushi reports.

in Features

Why offsets are the real deal

Posted 13 August 2012

Offset consulting firm Blenheim has provided consulting, advisory and transaction services to governments and corporations across the MENA region. Founder Grant Rogan shares his views on why offset programmes are providing a major opportunity for regional

in Features

Youngsters fail the personality test

Posted 13 August 2012

Fascinating but worrying insights into the attitudes of young people entering the piloting profession were presented to the conference by Nikki Heath, CEO of UK human factors, training and assessment company Symbiotics.

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Next generation may trust computers too much

Posted 13 August 2012

A previous major cause of accidents, controlled flight into terrain, has been significantly reduced since the introduction of EGPWS, the conference heard. Loss of control (LoC) has taken its place, with the proposed solution being improved

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