Barbara Saunders reports as AMES prepares to fire up the Gulf's first commercial autoclave composite repair offering.
From the simplest of ingredients to offering a rare and expensive pineapple, nothing is too much trouble for Executive Gourmet – the exclusive caterer at the UAE's Al Bateen Executive Airport
When operations by the so-called Islamic State (also known as Daesh) began to ramp up in 2014, the Iraqi Air Force was sorely lacking in close air support and ground attack capabilities.
The visit of the Gulfstream flagship G650ER to Dubai World Central allowed Scott Neal, Gulfstream's senior vice-president of worldwide sales, the chance to show Dave Calderwood around the aircraft and explain why it is so vital to the Middle East.
Denel Dynamics' annual report has revealed that 600 Al Tariq guided weapons have now been delivered to the United Arab Emirates, under a programme that was earlier delayed by technical challenges.
As Omani low-cost carrier, Salam Air, takes to the skies, it must find a balance between not over-extending itself, yet ramping up sufficiently quickly to cope with an expected leap in tourist traffic to the country. Alan Dron reports.
The Syrian Arab Armed Forces are receiving 10 examples of the Sukhoi Su-24M2 'Fencer-D' attack aircraft from Russia, augmenting an unknown number of existing 'Fencers'. Jon Lake reports.
ALAN WARNES in TURIN. – Among the many guests at the unveiling of the 500th Eurofighter at Leonardo's Turin-Caselle facility, on Tuesday was a small Kuwait delegation. It was headed up by the Kuwait Ambassador to Italy, His
UAE budget carrier, Air Arabia, has announced plans to enlarge its fleet as it seeks additional capacity to continue its expansion programme. Alan Dron reports.
Dubai has introduced new procedures that look likely to reduce peak-time arrival delays by up to 40% at the world's busiest international airport. Alan Peaford reports.
The British Government has said that it is “deeply concerned” by reports of the Saudi use of UK weapons against civilian targets in Yemen, though Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he did not believe the “threshold” had been
Every year, millions of Muslims make their way to Mecca on the Haj and Umrah pilgrimages. As Alan Dron reports, these two events now constitute a major challenge for both the airlines and the airports that serve this massive flow of people.
Gurbinder Nijor, technical director EMEA for technology firm Avaya, argues that technology could help carriers deliver a first class customer experience for all passengers.
Key players are leveraging their flight planning expertise to make it easier for operators to take control of their flights from anywhere in the world. Dave Calderwood has been finding out more.
Abu Dhabi-headquartered Falcon Aviation Services has reported a 20% uplift in its third-party MRO business in 2016 and has set an ambitious target of a further 30% growth for this year. Barbara Saunders reports.
Gulf carriers using Panasonic Avionics' in-flight connectivity solution are set for increased data speeds thanks to a new modem developed with Belgian company Newtec. Steve Nichols reports.
King Hussein International Airport in Jordan has expanded to accommodate tourist demand in the popular Red Sea resort of Aqaba.
In recent years, the UAE has embraced a more active military role on the world stage, deploying forces in the Balkans and Afghanistan, as well as in Libya during the 2011 civil war. As Jon Lake reports, the nation has also played a major role in operations against
Faced with intolerable challenges in its home market, Libya's Afriqiyah Airways is defying the odds to stay airborne and even set up a new subsidiary in Malta. Martin Rivers talked to chairman Abubaker Elfortia.
Emirates Airline is in the final stages of testing a new software system that should control its operations for the next 50 years. Steve Knight found out more at the IFS World Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.
With more Middle East clients visiting the UK than ever before, On Air Dining is already taking over London as the number one 'culinary concierge service'. Now founder, Daniel Hulme, has set his sights on international expansion in the future.
Keith Mwanalushi looks at the expansion of ground support operators and equipment in the Middle East region as the pressure mounts to remain competitive and maintain commercial viability.
A private jet online booking company is about to launch in the Middle East. But, before it does, the company's founder will be undertaking a unique recce. Dave Calderwood reports.
After a failed coup attempt and a series of subsequent purges, Turkey's air force has undergone a major reorganisation, with several units disbanded and large numbers of personnel arrested. As a result, the force now faces serious pilot
Despite a brutal civil war raging just over 80km from its home base of Beirut, Lebanon's national airline continues to carve out a profitable path. Alan Dron reports.
Steve Nichols looks at the reasons behind Etihad Airways' most recent batch of industry awards
Business aviation's safety record isn't bad but it needs to improve to match commercial air transport, and the Flight Safety Foundation is working to achieve that. FSF's Greg Marshall talks to Dave Calderwood.
Emirates Airline president Sir Tim Clark is a man rarely given to stating the obvious yet, as Barbara Saunders reports, he believed it opportune when addressing the recent International Air Transport Association (IATA) World Passenger Symposium in Dubai.
Lufthansa Technik, one of the world's leading MRO organisations, has introduced yet another step in the inevitable advance towards digitisation. Geoff Thomas reports.
In-flight cuisine is often seen as a key differentiator for selecting an airline or getting the best from a business aviation experience
Jetex Flight Support CEO and president, Adel Mardini, says the company is looking forward to taking care of aircraft from its new FBO Terminal at Dubai South.
It has been an impressive couple of months for Middle East air forces. The US Government approved deals with Qatar for 72 F-15QAs and also Kuwait for 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in mid-November, but in early December came a bonanza of possible helicopter sales valued at more
In little more than two decades since it began operations, Qatar Airways has become one of the most formidable airlines in the world. It regularly wins awards for its quality of service and its CEO has a reputation of being one of the toughest
Kuwait has become the seventh customer for the Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal, the much-improved military derivative of the AS 532A2 Cougar. Jon Lake reports.
Jon Lake looks at the Sikorsky S-70i helicopter as it continues to make inroads in the Middle East region.
Saudi Arabian carrier, Flynas, faces increasing competition in the kingdom as three new rivals take to the skies. Alan Dron reports.
Working towards a common goal is vital for airport operators and the national carrier. Keith Mwanalushi looks at how Abu Dhabi International Airport is preparing for the surge in passengers, especially from Etihad Airways.
BAE Systems is preparing for a special link-up with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Alan Warnes reports.
Over the past 20 years, low-cost carriers (LCCs) have become a major feature of the airline landscape in Europe, Asia and North America. They have certainly made an impact in the Middle East, but will they ever become as significant in those other
Unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly being seen as a military option in the Middle East. David Oliver looks at the rise of the technology.
The first of Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 engines for Emirates Airline's latest tranche of A380 super-jumbo airliners, ordered in 2013, have now been delivered to Toulouse for installation by makers Airbus. Geoff Thomas reports.
A group of UAE nationals are emerging as leaders in space, thanks to a programme developed by the UAE Space Agency, Mubadala, and Lockheed Martin. Marcelle Nethersole reports.
Arabisation has been a buzzword in the aerospace industry for the past decade, as governments have aimed to develop the region's human capital. Barbara Saunders looks at the progress being made and asks if Arabisation is soaring or stalled?
The race is on to train pilots for the Middle East's booming airline industry. Dave Calderwood checks out the situation, as another big player is about to enter the market.
A Royal Jordanian Air Force Airbus Defence and Space C295 has been used in a new series of rain-making operations over the kingdom, writes Jon Lake.
The two-day Global Space Congress (GSC) returns to Abu Dhabi from January 31-February 1 at the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. Steve Nichols looks forward to the event.
Protecting oil and gas installations, as well as the many international events hosted by Qatar, are the main proposed roles for a purpose-designed aircraft now being developed in Germany. Alan Dron reports.
A new Omani charter airline, Salalah Air, aims to open up the country to air tourism, the first step in creating a network of flights both domestically and throughout the region. Alan Dron reports.
Islamic finance is a part of the global financial services industry that is continuing to expand, both geographically and in terms of the industries and sectors that it services. As further expansion is anticipated, particularly in the aviation
Major contracts in recent months mark a further milestone in Al Ain-based Strata Manufacturing's journey towards becoming a major player in the world aerostructures market, as well as becoming an increasingly important employer in the UAE. Alan Dron
Poisonous engine oil can cause plenty of invisible damage to the human body. Is there a solution? Liz Moscrop reports.
Keith Mwanalushi speaks to Jeppesen's Tony Weatherington to explore the growing popularity for airport and airspace modelling systems and, in particular, their application in the Middle East region.
Falling sales and tragic accidents have hit the helicopter industry hard but, as Dave Calderwood reports, it is fighting back with new products.
GAMA Aviation expects to announce details of a major investment at its Sharjah base when the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show takes place in Dubai this December. Alan Dron reports.
Saab has expanded its range of airborne early warning and maritime patrol aircraft and now offers its Erieye and Swordfish mission systems integrated on Bombardier's Global 6000 business jet. As Jon Lake reports, these operational
Iraqi Government forces are steadily pushing back against Daesh insurgents with the extremists now holding around 15% of the country, roughly one-third of the territory they did two years ago. Behind the military headlines, reports Alan Dron, young air
In the never-ending competition to differentiate their in-flight entertainment (IFE) offerings, many Gulf carriers are now using live sports TV to entice their passengers, as Steve Nichols found out.
A new breed of aircraft could be the ideal trainer for the Gulf's growing carriers. Liz Moscrop reports
Taking on a failed airline's name – and its debts – may seem unlikely first steps when setting up your own carrier. The new owner of Dubai-based Eastern Skyjets explained why to Alan Dron.
On July 29, the US Department of Defense announced that the Sierra Nevada Corporation had been awarded what was referred to as an “undefinitized contract action” for the modification of a PZL Mielec M28 aircraft for the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
The Middle East Three – or ME3, a common collective term for Qatar Airways ('Qatar'), Etihad Airways ('Etihad') and Emirates Airline ('Emirates') – are on a roll as Lufthansa Consulting's Guillaume
Etihad Airways, the global airline partner of 15 Taste Festivals across the world, is bringing world-class chefs to 'Taste of Abu Dhabi' to compete in the final 'Taste the World' competition,
Jon Lake takes a look at Roketsan Missiles Industries, one of Turkey's top 500 industrial concerns.
Air traffic in Turkey is expected to grow significantly beyond 2020 necessitating the need for new air traffic management systems. Keith Mwanalushi looks at some possible solutions.
Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, Arizona, recently threw open its doors to Arabian Aerospace technology editor Steve Nichols, who was invited to view the company's current and future technologies that aim to make flight safer and
Qeshm Air chief executive, Mahmoud Shekarabi, talks to Martin Rivers about his efforts to promote charter tourism to the Gulf island – until recently home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Paris-based Safety Line has developed OptiClimb, which offers a way of saving up to 10% of the fuel used during an aircraft's initial take-off climb. Steve Nichols looks at the implications.
Despite its terrible challenges, Turkey is striving to build a strong business aviation community. Liz Moscrop reports.
Turkish Airlines is sticking by its ambitious growth plans despite falling victim to a major terrorist attack in June. Martin Rivers talks to chief executive Temel Kotil.
When air transport IT specialist SITA held its annual summit in Spain to showcase the latest trends in travel technologies, it was clear to see that airport operators in the Middle East are getting smarter at every step. Keith Mwanalushi reports
JON LAKE looks at the make up of the Turkish Air Force, the largest and most important of the seven military and parapublic air arms in Turkey.
Superior medevac services have taken wing in the Middle East. Liz Moscrop rounds up what's on offer.
Though its economy is tiny compared to the Gulf's developed city-states, Kish Island has bold plans to become a regional hub for tourism and business. Martin Rivers assesses the prospects for local operator Kish Air.
Dubai-based Empire Aviation Group (EAG) was the winner of the 'Aircraft Management Service Provider of the Year' at the 10th annual Aviation Business Awards, held in Dubai, on October 12.
Mehmet Nane, CEO of Turkey's second-largest airline, gives Alan Dron the lowdown on re-fleeting, expansion plans and an aircraft manufacturer's indecent proposal.
Jon Lake looks at the Jordan Aeronautical System Company (JAC), the Jordanian approved maintenance organisation (AMO) operating from Marka Airport, a joint civil/military airfield in Amman.
Air Arabia first officer, Ghada Mohamed Al Rousi, issues a rallying cry to young women around the world, as concern mounts within the commercial aviation industry over a looming global pilot shortage.
Abu Dhabi International Airport achieved record traffic figures last year, further strengthening its position as a hub in the region. Keith Mwanalushi reports that successes also come with challenges.
With deliveries of all three new trainer types ordered after a major revamp of its flying training system now under way, the Royal Saudi Air Force is entering a new era in which its student pilots will experience an advanced, all-digital cockpit
Nile Air chief executive Ahmed Aly talks to Martin Rivers about another year of impressive growth for the Egyptian carrier.
Airports are complex organisations and Turkey is taking bold steps in building a new mega-hub. Keith Mwanalushi looks closer at the scale of the project.
Jon Lake looks at the progress of the Jordan Air Ambulance Centre (JAAC).
Iran Air chairman Farhad Parvaresh sheds light on the flag-carrier's historic agreements with Airbus and Boeing. Martin Rivers reports.
On September 3rd 1981 the first BAe 146 regional jetliner took to the skies from the British Aerospace airfield at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The aircraft – and its later-build successor, the Avro RJ – was destined to become Britain's most successful
The deadline for compliance with Regulation (EC) No 216/2008 better known as Part NCC becomes valid today and applies to ALL complex aircraft operated in Europe whether EASA registered or
West Africa, particularly Nigeria, are emerging as business aviation growth markets as the region continues to develop industries based on its natural resources, according to the Middle East's only African-owned aviation company.
Egyptian aviation was dealt another blow by Thursday's disappearance of flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo
A white paper produced after the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi, warns that a failure to adequately prioritise investment in business aviation could cost the Middle East
Boeing has invested US $225,000 in a three-year 'Start-Up Bridge Program' to aid budding UAE entrepreneurs. The aerospace giant has joined forces with INJAZ UAE, a non-profit member of the Junior Achievement Worldwide education
Dassault Aviation has joined the CleanSky program sponsored by the European Commission, in order to aid the improvement of the environmental impact of future generations of aircraft.
A new white paper from global wealth intelligence authority Wealth-X and the international business aviation consultancy reveals keen insights about ultra-high-net worth (UHNW) Middle Eastern private jet owners, reports
When Daallo Airlines called in Dubai-based consultancy Aerotask for a bit of business advice, neither side realised the job would culminate in the merger of the airline with local rival Jubba Airways fewer than six months later. Victoria Moores reports.
Alan Dron spoke to Ralf Nagel, who aims to blend German efficiency with Middle East hospitality as he switches FlyEgypt from a charter operator to a hybrid carrier.
Air Algerie is hoping to draw a line in the sand with the appointment of new chief executive Mohamed Bouderbala. Martin Rivers and Vincent Chappard look at the challenges facing Algeria's flag-carrier.
John Swift, Director, NATS Middle East looks at the key issues that will be raised at today's ATC Global event in Dubai.