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The Allen key to success

Posted 15 October 2021

Steve Allen’s promotion to executive vice president of Dnata has come at a tough time for the industry, but, as he tells Jill Stockbridge, he is unlocking opportunities and planning growth.

in Features / People

Why pilot mental health has jumped up the agenda

Posted 14 October 2021

After a six-month delay, new EU pilot mental fitness rules came into effect earlier this year. With many non-EU countries and airlines mirroring European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) best practice, several Middle East carriers are now

in Features

So just how green is green?

Posted 12 October 2021

Will aviation ever be ‘green’ or just differing shades of ‘brown’? It’s a challenging question increasingly confronting the whole industry.

in Air Transport / Features

DHL Expresses faith in new freighters

Posted 11 October 2021

The boom in e-commerce is fuelling fleet growth at parcels carrier DHL Express MENA.

in Technology / Features

Ku-band tuned-up to play well in the Middle East

Posted 7 October 2021

Panasonic’s Gen-3 in-flight connectivity is now available in Asia with the Middle East to follow.

in Business Aviation / Features

There's no business like no-snow business

Posted 5 October 2021

The European business aviation show (EBACE) is always a must for Middle Eastern operators but this year, due to the pandemic, the event had to take place virtually. Alan Peaford tuned in.

in Technology / Features

Chips with everything...

Posted 1 October 2021

A UAE-based start-up company is working with Etihad Airways to harness the internet of things (IoT) and reduce waste, cost, and environmental impact. Jill Stockbridge reports.

in Defence / Features

First firing for heat-seeking air-to-air missile

Posted 29 September 2021

Turkey’s new Bozdoğan (Merlin) within visual range air-to-air missile (WVRAAM) has been live fired from a Turkish Air Force Block 40 F-16C.

in Business Aviation / Features

Why DCAF is Dubai's cup of tea

Posted 27 September 2021

Figures released by the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South reveal that Dubai’s business aviation sector continues to lead the industry’s recovery in the region. Jill Stockbridge reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Competition will give us an extra edge

Posted 24 September 2021

Etihad Airways believes that the more airlines – even direct competitors – that start operating into its Abu Dhabi base, the better. Alan Dron finds out why.

in Features / Airports

UAE set to show its scrap mettle

Posted 22 September 2021

The UAE has a presence in most aspects of the aviation industry. Now, moves are afoot to fill one of the few remaining gaps in its portfolio of services.

in Defence / Features

Rafale just the ticket for Egypt

Posted 20 September 2021

An estimated $4.5 billion order for a further batch of 30 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters means the ongoing modernisation and expansion of the Egyptian Air Force is continuing apace. Jon Lake reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Man on an emission

Posted 15 September 2021

The future of the Qatar Airways fleet will consist of aircraft with the lowest emissions, according to CEO, Akbar Al Baker, during a recent webinar. Keith Mwanalushi assesses the carrier’s fleet strategy as it emerges from a turbulent year.

in Maintenance / Features

Inspector gadgets…

Posted 13 September 2021

Inspection is a key part of the MRO community’s contribution to aviation safety. Chuck Grieve reviews developments in inspection tools and methods where communication is king.

in Defence / Features

Airbus Caracals enter service for the Kuwait National Guard

Posted 8 September 2021

The Kuwait National Guard (KNG) has received the first of six French-made Airbus H225M Caracal helicopters, which have entered service forming the core of the guard’s air fleet.

in Business Aviation / Features

Let's see fraction!

Posted 6 September 2021

As the number of private jet movements in Dubai continues to climb, a new company has launched, offering flexibly fractional ownership in the region.

in Air Transport / Features

The loss world

Posted 2 September 2021

The ‘big three’ Gulf carriers are taking a huge financial hit because of the pandemic, but their geographic advantage offers good recovery prospects. Mark Pilling reports.

in Air Transport / Features

2021: year of the real Deal?

Posted 20 July 2021

It’s been a long time coming, but 2021 should be the year in which Saudi low-cost carrier, Flyadeal, finally begins international services. Alan Dron reports.

in Features

Shot in the arm for vaccine supplies

Posted 19 July 2021

Arab airlines are among those helping carry Covid-19 vaccines all over the globe as part of a United Nations initiative. Alan Dron reports.

in Features

A breath of fresh aircraft

Posted 16 July 2021

The new generation of commercial aircraft will need to be largely carbon-free in the coming decades. Anuradha Deenapanray Chappard looks at how the industry’s big players are working to meet these targets.

in Features / Airports

El-Houry: CEO with a licence to grow

Posted 15 July 2021

Hassan El-Houry, head of Kuwait-based National Aviation Services (NAS), wants to make up for lost time and resume the growth story of this privately owned airport services group. Mark Pilling met him.

in Maintenance / Features

Airlines see the light with sanitizing technology

Posted 14 July 2021

Aviation is taking its lead from medical science with the introduction of sanitizing technologies designed and tested against viral and bacterial pathogens.

in Features / Events

Safety first as the show goes on

Posted 12 July 2021

Optimism underpins the planning for the co-located Aircraft Interiors and MRO Middle East exhibitions, with quality, not quantity, the order of the day.

in Defence / Features

Tunisia eyes up latest Wolverine

Posted 9 July 2021

Tunisia was watching closely as the United States Air Force (USAF) quietly received the first of two Beechcraft AT-6E (Wolverine) light attack aircraft.

in Air Transport / Features

Dabbas on the right track

Posted 7 July 2021

The revival of the airline business across the Middle East in the post-pandemic era will depend on carriers being able to fly cost-effectively. One manufacturer, Embraer, has a solution.

in Features / Airports

One in a billion

Posted 5 July 2021

Less than five years after its launch, a new billion dollar terminal at Bahrain International Airport is open for business. Alan Peaford took a tour and met the men behind the state-of-the art facility.

in Defence / Features

New Middle East Typhoons could be a game-changer

Posted 2 July 2021

The Eurofighter Typhoons that will soon be delivered to Kuwait and Qatar will be the most advanced examples of the type produced to date, with phase three enhancement (P3Eb) software and the new Captor-E active electronically scanned

in Training / Features

TRAINING: No longer just buzzwords, digital tech provides breakthrough in learning

Posted 1 July 2021

Big data, predictive analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual/augmented reality (AR/VR) – these terms have become prevalent as the digital revolution rolls out.

in Air Transport / Features

Berniq launches with mission to unify

Posted 29 June 2021

Captain Abdelhadi Mansur, general manager of Benghazi-based Berniq Airways, talks to Martin Rivers about his plans for the Libyan start-up.

in Features / Airports

New ONDA boss facing major challenges

Posted 25 June 2021

King Mohammed VI appointed Habiba Laklalech as CEO of the Moroccan Airports Authority (ONDA) in February, at a time when Covid-19 was affecting airports everywhere. Vincent Chappard reports.

in Defence / Features

ASRAAM's six appeal

Posted 23 June 2021

A new ‘block 6’ version of MBDA’s advanced short-range air-to-air missile (ASRAAM) is on the verge of entering service, with Oman and Qatar having already ordered the type.

in Air Transport / Features

Tunisair in turmoil: new boss takes on tough challenge

Posted 21 June 2021

Khaled Chelly is the new man in the hot seat as Tunisair attempts to solve its financial crisis and pull out of the nosedive that potentially threatens its very existence.

in Maintenance / Features

Making a splash by brushing up on cleaning techniques

Posted 16 June 2021

Tough engine cleaning jobs used to be tackled with ground up walnut shells and apricot pits. Not unreasonably, a foaming agent that does the same job is particularly welcome.

in Defence / Features

Time to switch on to offset

Posted 14 June 2021

Where offset requirements may have once clouded Middle East defence procurement, new strategic direction in key markets promises to harness this policy tool for substantial socio-economic and industrial benefits.

in Business Aviation / Features

Private’s progress speeds up in Dubai

Posted 10 June 2021

While private aviation globally has rebounded in the last few months, now running globally at around 70% of pre-Covid levels, figures for Dubai show not just recovery, but growth.

in Air Transport / Features

United we standard

Posted 8 June 2021

Kamil Al Awadhi has taken up the reins as vice president, Africa and Middle East, for the International Air Transport Association (IATA). He now plans to help steer airline recovery in the region, as he explained to Alan Peaford.

in Business Aviation / Features

Home-loving ADA targets offshore expansion

Posted 10 May 2021

The receipt of two new AW169 helicopters and plans to expand its maintenance operation means Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has big ambitions for the future.

in Air Transport / Features

Oman duo link up to crack the codeshare

Posted 7 May 2021

A codeshare between Oman Air and low-cost carrier (LCC), SalamAir, seems likely to be the first step in more extensive cooperation between the two companies.

in Features

DAE takes the strain during the pandemic

Posted 4 May 2021

In the midst of the worst crisis in the airline industry’s history, Dubai-based DAE Aerospace has turned in a strong set of figures for the year.

in Training / Features

The Evolving Aviators: It's Time for Global Militaries to Reconsider How They Produce Pilots

Posted 29 April 2021

Thibaut Trancart, Managing Director – Middle East, CAE - argues If militaries around the world, including those in the Middle East, are serious about addressing pilot production, they

in Defence / Features

Golden Hind's long voyage

Posted 28 April 2021

It is almost 50 years since the Mil Mi-24 assault helicopter entered service. Given the NATO reporting name Hind, its first operational use was in the 1979-1989 Soviet-Afghanistan War, when it was christened the ‘Devil’s Chariot’ by the Mujahideen guerrillas.

in Air Transport / Features

Casablanca site brings new Spirit to Morocco

Posted 26 April 2021

Bombardier’s Casablanca site was one of the assets acquired when Spirit AeroSystems swooped in to buy parts of the Canadian company’s aerostructures and aftermarket services business in October.

in Features

A conversion that was worth the weight

Posted 23 April 2021

Creating the Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi was a significantly more complex task than other 737 conversions carried out by Pemco, according to the company’s director of cargo conversions, Mike Andrews.

in Defence / Features

Lebanon turns support into attack for the battle against terrorism

Posted 21 April 2021

Lebanon’s air force has increased its use of helicopters to provide offensive capability and the element of surprise.

in Air Transport / Features

Dawn of a revival ...or more clouds on the horizon?

Posted 19 April 2021

Two major studies predict that the Middle East airline industry will rebound from Covid-19, but their tone is cautious and some passenger habits are likely to change permanently. Alan Dron reports.

in Maintenance / Features

The missing digilink

Posted 16 April 2021

Digitalisation of the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry is slowly gaining pace, but the haphazard manner of its advance and the shortage of common standards mean the full benefits may remain elusive.

in Defence / Features

Thinking globally but acting locally

Posted 14 April 2021

SAMI CEO, Walid Abukhaled, has major aspirations for both his company and his country, as Alan Warnes found out when the pair discussed strategy and future possibilities.

in Air Transport / Features

Diplomatic breakthrough paves way for Etihad-Israeli MRO deal

Posted 12 April 2021

Etihad’s expanding engineering division could notch up a new customer in Israeli carrier El Al?

in Features

Combi unlocks Texel's loads of potential...

Posted 9 April 2021

As lead operator of the new Boeing 737-700 FlexCombi freighter conversion, Bahrain-based Texel Air is looking towards more distant horizons, as Alan Dron reports.

in Defence / Features

Miracle workers

Posted 6 April 2021

The General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) was launched in 2018 to catapult Saudi Arabia’s military aerospace ambitions into 2030. Now, 30 months on, Alan Warnes talks to the organisation’s governor, His Excellency Ahmed Al-Ohali.

in Air Transport / Features

Downsizing Etihad changes its fleet path

Posted 31 March 2021

As Etihad Airways announces its restructuring into a ‘mid-size’ airline, Alan Dron asks: What now for the carrier after the formalisation of its new, scaled-down role?

in Features

Enter the dragon

Posted 29 March 2021

A Saudi Arabian company has placed an order for more than 100 examples of the world’s first heavy-lift unmanned freighter.

in Defence / Features

F-35 deal could trigger arms race

Posted 25 March 2021

The UAE hopes to finalise a deal to acquire 50 Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighters ahead of the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence this year.

in Business Aviation / Features

Right time for RightJet

Posted 24 March 2021

A new aviation company launched into the Middle East’s private jet market on January 1.

in General Aviation / Technology / Features

Building an Eco-friendly Environment for MENA’s Mobility Sector

Posted 23 March 2021

As society becomes more conscious of the effects of climate change, cities all over the world are looking at alternative methods to power their urban areas, reports aerospace technology company Bell.

in Air Transport / Features

The MAX is back… but not yet in the Middle East

Posted 22 March 2021

Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX is starting to return to service. Alan Dron looks at what this could mean for airlines, passengers and the aircraft’s future?

in Defence / Features

Keeping time and operational tempo

Posted 19 February 2021

Raytheon UK Landshield technology 'kicks out the jammers'.

in Training / Features

Opening the door to careers in aviation

Posted 3 February 2021

International companies are stepping up their training activities for Gulf nationals seeking employment in the civil aviation industry.

in Maintenance / Features

When innovation comes with a price tag

Posted 1 February 2021

Customer benefit underpins the uptake of innovation in MRO, where OEM and regulatory approvals compete with cost as the biggest hurdle to overcome. Chuck Grieve reports.

in Maintenance / Features

The heavy toll for MRO

Posted 29 January 2021

The deferral or cancellation of heavy maintenance on the civil aviation fleet could have serious long-term consequences for the MRO workforce. Chuck Grieve investigates.

in Air Transport / Features

Summer sun is cold comfort to north African airlines

Posted 26 January 2021

It was hoped that the summer period would give north African airlines the chance to recover from the early blows dealt them by the coronavirus pandemic. However, as Vincent Chappard and Anuradha Deenapanray report, the results were

in Maintenance / Features

Etihad engineers fresh opportunities

Posted 22 January 2021

Every problem offers potential opportunities and even the pandemic is no exception, as Alan Dron found out when he spoke to Etihad’s Engineering division.

in Technology / Features

Interaction key to post-virus airlines

Posted 20 January 2021

As Middle East airlines start to increase their capacity again following the Covid-19 outbreak, Panasonic Avionics is responding.

in Air Transport / Features

Global consistency the key to travel recovery

Posted 18 January 2021

Air Arabia’s dynamic business model has enabled the airline to react quickly to sudden changes in the market due to the coronavirus crisis. Group CEO, Adel Al Ali, told Vincent Chappard that consistent measures must be taken globally to enable

in Features / Events

Is this the ‘new norm’ for events?

Posted 14 January 2021

The Dubai HeliShow is set to go ahead in January in both physical and 3D virtual format.

in Space / Features

UAE satellite to study red tide algae in Arabian Gulf

Posted 13 January 2021

Students from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) have successfully launched their MeznSat satellite, which will be used to collect data on greenhouse gas concentrations and monitor the occurrence of red tide algae in

in Business Aviation / Features

Why sustainability is the new name of the game

Posted 11 January 2021

Dave Calderwood takes a look at what will be focusing the attention of the business aviation community in 2021.

in Defence / Features

Egypt fighter deal still ruffling American feathers

Posted 8 January 2021

As 2020 was a bumper year for fighter aircraft across the MENA region, Jon Lake looks at this, and various other, defence matters.

in Air Transport / Features

Palestinian Airlines in limbo as aircraft put up for sale

Posted 5 January 2021

Palestinian Airlines faces yet another challenge as the occupied territories’ government puts its aircraft up for sale.

in Features / ATM & Regulatory

UAE leading the world into the ‘sci-fi zone’

Posted 22 December 2020

The UAE is preparing for the fast-approaching urban air mobility sector with what it believes to be the world’s first set of regulations governing unmanned and autonomous air vehicles.

in Defence / Features

Peace hopes growing to end long-running civil war

Posted 18 December 2020

The UN is continuing attempts to broker peace to end Libya’s deadly civil war and a preliminary deal was agreed in early September. But, with so many factions involved, and major countries backing both sides, no-one can predict what will

in General Aviation / Features

Saudi start-up goes for the power of 10

Posted 16 December 2020

Saudi start-up The Helicopter Company, which launched in 2018, is expanding its fleet with an order for 10 Airbus H125 light single engine helicopters.

in Air Transport / Features

Low blows...

Posted 14 December 2020

Airline passengers in Abu Dhabi stand to benefit as two new low-cost carriers fight it out for their dirhams. But, asks Alan Dron, is there enough business for both companies?

in Features / Airports

Sea change for Saudi project

Posted 11 December 2020

Saudi Arabia’s drive to establish itself as a tourist destination is taking another step forward with the construction of The Red Sea Project – with its own international airport.

in Features / ATM & Regulatory

Air Traffic Management in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Posted 9 December 2020

Training specialist and senior trainer at Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation, Marzoog Algamdi, sees thinking outside the box as being essential for the ATM world in a post-Covid era.

in Business Aviation / Features

Bombardier just the ticket for distancing...

Posted 9 December 2020

Bombardier’s new CEO, Éric Martel, believes that the current coronavirus crisis will have a positive impact on the business jet business. The company has great expectations regarding the Middle East market, especially for the long-range

in Air Transport / Features

Etihad's sound investment

Posted 7 December 2020

A research programme has seen Etihad Airways, Boeing, NASA and Safran banding together to reduce noise emissions from future generations of airliners. Alan Dron has been finding out more.

in Space / Features

Kuwait should make space capability part of national strategy

Posted 4 December 2020

Kuwait has all the resources needed to build a space agency, but it lacks the political will, said Bassam Alfeeli, the founder and CEO of Orbital Space, a start-up operational since 2018 in Kuwait, in an exclusive interview to

in Training / Features

Dynamic way to clear the training backlog

Posted 13 November 2020

One problem facing everyone as coronavirus restrictions are lifted is operational currency for all aircrew – keeping vital skills up-to-date.

in Training / Features

On-The-Job learning a big plus for GCAS students

Posted 12 November 2020

Set on the apron of Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi, the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS) offers a portfolio of more than 300 courses.

in Maintenance / Features

MROs: What will be the new normal?

Posted 11 November 2020

A ‘new normal’ for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) is inevitable in the aftermath of Covid-19, but what exactly does that mean?

in Training / Features

University challenge to grow the aviation industry

Posted 10 November 2020

The University of South Wales (USW) Dubai offers recognised British bachelor and masters courses in aerospace engineering, and multi-accredited postgraduate courses in aerospace engineering, business and management, and cyber

in Training / Features

Spatial uses pandemic to catch up on orders

Posted 5 November 2020

Cabin crew training simulator manufacturer, Spatial, has been busy working through the Covid-19 pandemic with its ‘large’ order backlog.

in Training / Features

Crews control for Alpha's cadets...

Posted 4 November 2020

Launched in 2008, Alpha Aviation Group is one of the largest and most-recognised providers of multi-crew pilot licences (MPLs) in the world.

in Training / Features

Schools maintain Jordan's three spirit

Posted 3 November 2020

Flight-training is well established in Jordan with three schools for potential aviation professionals – the Royal Jordanian Air Academy (RJAA), Jordan Airline Training & Simulation (JATS), and MidEast Aviation Academy.

in Training / Features

Wide-ranging return for L3Harris

Posted 2 November 2020

For a huge company like L3Harris with so many areas of business, picking up when Covid-19 restrictions ease will be complicated.

in Training / Features

GAA’s decade of success… with much more to come

Posted 30 October 2020

Originally part of Gulf Air, when Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) launched as an independent aviation training facility in 2010, it became the first European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved training organisation (ATO) outside

in Training / Features

Pioneer keeps ESAT and AFA on the cutting edge

Posted 27 October 2020

Tunisia’s high-level training institutes are constantly updating their programmes to adjust to the growing need of the aeronautics sector.

in Training / Features

Extra simulator set to ease pressure on PSAA

Posted 26 October 2020

The Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, evolved from the Saudia Pilot Training Institute, which opened in 1959.

in Air Transport / Features / Airports / People

How outsourcing can help save the air transport sector

Posted 25 October 2020

Peter Mohring, Managing Director of Transport, Serco Middle East, explores why it has never been timelier for the air transport sector to embrace outsourcing to help with post pandemic recovery.

in Training / Features

Big ambitions for Saudi’s Tayaran

Posted 23 October 2020

It’s a little over a year since the National Aviation Academy of Saudi Arabia, also known as Tayaran, had its inauguration at its King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) HQ.

in Training / Features

Good pilot prospects on the Horizon

Posted 22 October 2020

Part of the Edge group, Horizon is the region’s largest independent helicopter flight-training academy.

in Technology / Features

Industry sees the light on protection

Posted 21 October 2020

Technology has a key part to play in the airline industry’s fight to win passengers back in a post Covid-19 environment.

in Training / Features

Rabigh Wings to reopen with improvements to virtual capabilities

Posted 20 October 2020

Saudi Arabia's Rabigh Wings expecting to reopen and be fully operational.

in Training / Features

OxfordSaudia links up with US university

Posted 15 October 2020

OxfordSaudia Flight Academy has launched an initiative for its pilot graduates to go on to a degree course with the renowned Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the US.

in Training / Features

EgyptAir ready to restart with new simulators

Posted 12 October 2020

EgyptAir Training Academy is poised to restart training and has been busy with brand new full-flight simulators.

in Features / Airports

Big changes on the way in the post-Covid world

Posted 9 October 2020

As the airline industry begins to emerge from its Covid-19 hibernation, airports are going to be very different places for the foreseeable future.

in Training / Features

EAT so hungry for success

Posted 6 October 2020

In 2014, Etihad Airways purchased the fixed-wing section of Horizon Flight Academy and, after re-launching and rebranding, Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) became the first European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved training organisation (ATO) in the UAE.

in Training / Features

MROs focus on the engineers of tomorrow

Posted 1 October 2020

The worldwide shortage of aircraft engineers and technicians is still apparent, despite the reduction of flight hours during the pandemic.

in Training / Features

Opening the door to the future

Posted 29 September 2020

Two years after it first opened, Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) at Dubai South is looking forward to reopening when given the go-ahead.

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