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 Emirates carrier.
Presenters Abbi Henderson and Alan Peaford go for the world of airfield fire trucks to sophisticated new biometric security systems embedded into iPhones.
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.
Day One of the Airport Show in Dubai is all about passenger experience.
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.
Emily Boulter, Non-Resident Associate at INEGMA,assesses the burgeoning relationship between Iran and Eqypt
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
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
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%
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)
Riad Kahwaji, the chief executive of INEGMA looks at the situation in Syria and at this week's developments in Doha
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.
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
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
The annual technology show produced more than its fair share of electronic wizardry this year. Liz Moscrop went to play with the products.
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.
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.
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.
Is social media a toy or great free marketing tool? Steve Nichols looks at how it is being handled by different airlines.
Jon Lake takes a look at the tricky world of military and police aviation in the northern emirates
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Alan Peaford discovers a small oasis where the passion and enjoyment of pure leisure flying is flourishing in the northern tip of the UAE.
Alan Peaford visits the fast-growing Fujairah Aviation Academy and discovers why it enjoys one clear advantage.
RAK Airways has begun codeshare flights with Etihad. Alan Peaford talked to RAK's CEO, John Brayford, about the airline's strategy.
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.
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.
The latest generation of business jets are focusing again on speed. Alan Peaford looks at two models that are taking it to the limit.
This year's Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show sees the fusion of old and new. Liz Moscrop looks at the thought behind it
Lockheed Martin has started deliveries of the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to the Royal Air Force of Oman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The saga of the Saudi Arabian Airlines group privatisation could soon have a happy ending, as Martin Rivers discovers.
Is time running out for Kuwait Airways' aspirations to be among the Gulf's big boys? Martin Rivers finds out.
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.
Analyst Saj Ahmad studies the latest jump in the kangaroo route between Europe and Australia with the Middle East as the feeding ground.
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
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.
Emily Boulter, non-resident associate, INEGMA looks at the post-independence Azerbaijan and its relationships with the Middle East
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Are the days of poor aircraft food almost over? Marcella Nethersole discovers that some airlines can safely answer 'yes' to that question.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
The rapid growth of some airlines, combined with the lay-offs elsewhere, has led to some cockpits becoming increasingly cosmopolitan.
As cockpit technology evolves relentlessly, are pilots equipped to deal with it? Do current and future intakes of pilots have the same sort of qualities as their predecessors to handle emergencies in the air? Alan Dron reports.
Pilot shortage is one of the biggest threats to the air transport industry and particularly the Gulf airlines, which have massive expansion plans. Alan Peaford looks at how Qatar Airways has chosen a UK-based training company to help it
Driven by ever-increasing oil prices and growing environmental concerns, the world of commercial aerospace is moving into a new and exciting era of research and development. Geoff Thomas reports.
In the aftermath of the 2011 civil war Libya was effectively left without an air force and the nation is only now taking the first, hesitant steps towards re-establishing something appropriate for its new situation. Jon Lake reports.
While Libya is still a hotspot following the NATO strikes that drove out the Gadhafi regime, it is now slowly picking up the pieces. Marcella Nethersole reports.
Liz Moscrop examines different options for business jet registration.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation's (HBC's) Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in early May left owners, operators and prospective buyers of Hawker business jets and King Air turboprops wondering what happens now? James Wynbrandt reports.
The full restoration of air services in Libya is critical and despite ongoing concerns over safety, airport developers are keen on completing their rebuilding plans and getting the job done. Keith Mwanalushi reports.
Signature Flight Support is the world's largest FBO chain with 100-plus facilities worldwide but, so far, the Middle East has been an arid region for the company. Now, as James Wynbrandt reports, all that is starting to change.
As Air Tractor AT-802Us continue to be delivered to the UAE, Jon Lake looks at the aircraft and its possible uses.
Turkey is expecting to receive the first of its Peace Eagle Boeing 737 AEW&C aircraft into service by the end of this year with the three remaining to be delivered in 2013. Jon Lake looks at the programme.
Morocco's new Advanced Block 52 F-16 fighters are now in service with the Escadron de Chasse 'Falcon' at Base Aerienne des Forces Royales Air 6 at Ben Guerir, near Marrakech. Two further squadrons, 'Spark' and 'Viper' will stand up at the same base.
Saudi Arabia and the UK have reached agreement on a new $3 billion programme to provide the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) with cutting-edge officer and aircrew training. Jon Lake looks at the details.
Mohammed Frikha set up an airline to help promote economic development of his home region of Tunisia – but encountered severe turbulence when it took to the air. Alan Dron reports.
Dr. Theodore Karasik, director, research & consultancy and Anirudh Sivaram, of INEGMA look at the controversial issues over use of UAVs in the Middle East and the wider region
The large local appetite for business jet interiors is attracting both local and international providers to the Gulf region. Liz Moscrop reports.
The aviation industry is always looking for ways to make flying more comfortable and energy efficient. Kelly Green visited the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg to look at the new products and services being unveiled during the three-day event.
Work on Kuwait's new international airport is under way. Once complete, it is believed the facility will set a new environmental benchmark in aviation, becoming one of the largest airport users of solar power in the world. Keith Mwanalushi reports.
Tunisia is rapidly becoming to Europe what Mexico is to the United States – an offshore manufacturing centre. Alan Peaford and Marcella Nethersole visit some of the key people behind the growing opportunity.
When French design agency PLUS 33 was selected to design the interior of the Tunisian government's head-of-state A340-500 aircraft, the only request was that it be fitted with bedroom and dining room capacities.
As manufacturing industries look to lower their costs, Tunisia is attracting aviation companies with its tax-free zones and incentives, low salaries and close proximity to Europe. Kelly Green finds out how the Tunisians are training to meet
One French-Tunisian joint venture has established a firm foothold in the MRO activities in the country. Alan Peaford reports.
Jon Lake looks at the Al Quwwat al-Jawwiya At'Tunisia – the Tunisian Air Force.
Tunisair Express is carving an interesting niche business from the regional markets. Alan Peaford meets the airline's new CEO.
Tunisia's national carrier is hampered by old working practices and new social regulations but Alan Peaford finds an airline calling for investment to realise its potential.
The scent of jasmine is once again in the air over Tunisia as the country dusts itself down after the 2011 revolution and starts to welcome back its usual high number of tourists. Marcella Nethersole reports.
Bahrain's training organisation GAA is growing. Alan Peaford pays a visit to its Muharraq headquarters.
A late-2011 billion-dollar deal between UAE national carrier Etihad and Sabre Holdings for a suite of the latter's products was the biggest contract ever signed in the Middle East by the US technology specialists. Alan Dron reports.
Paul Willis, head of aviation at international built asset consultancy EC Harris, explains the challenges surrounding the improvements planned for air traffic management across the Middle East.
For the past four months Chiheb Ben Ahmed has been general manager of TunisAir Handling, setting up a staff training system as well as preparing for a big project in Libya – and all this before he starts his new role as director general for technical affairs at TunisAir.