Opinions from the Industry

The Egyptian revolution of 25th of January was the event that raised Egyptian hopes, yet the country has since witness a decrease in economic growth and the travel industry has been hit hard. With many businesses still recovering, EgyptAir, the country’s flag carrier established in 1931 is no exception.

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GENEVA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airline Industry Forecast 2013-2017 shows that international freight volumes are expected to grow 17 percent over the next five years. 
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NEW YORK -  While all signs point to a second golden age for the U.S. commercial aircraft industry, there are several headwinds that may impact this resurgent trajectory, according to a new report launched today by PwC US in conjunction with The Manufacturing Institute titled, Aviation's second golden age: Can the US aircraft industry maintain leadership? 

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GENEVA – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the IATA Airline Industry Forecast 2013-2017 showing that airlines expect to see a 31 percent increase in passenger numbers between 2012 and 2017. 
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Bahrain Air filed for voluntary liquidation after being placed in “an impossible situation”, chief executive officer Richard Nuttall has stated in his first interview about the situation.
“We had a good operation and were locally very much airline of choice for a number of destinations,” he commented during an exclusive chat with TheAviationWriter.com. Read More »»»

Next-generation technology to improve capacity, efficiency and reduce operating expenses is the key to a sustainable future for Middle East aviation says Anthony Azar, director High Growth Regions EMEA, Honeywell Aerospace based in Dubai.

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As the world is becoming a small village all the human efforts have to join hands and emerge with new effective programs to assist the persons of special needs. Saudi Arabia is very fast growing country with an average age span of 70 years. Saudi Airlines have been  providing services to passengers of special needs since 1992. There are approximately 1,500,000 citizens requiring special needs and a total of 28 domestic airports in Saudi Arabia, hence the air transportation of passengers of special needs is vital.

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Some years ago when one of the writers of this article was Group Marketing/Commercial Director of Ryanair, he was asked at an airline conference, by the director of a very large and successful European carrier, to give him advice on how to start a LCC. His answer was short “Do Not!” the Director was somewhat taken aback.

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By  Robert E. Breiling*
The emerging and Middle Eastern business turbine aircraft market, jets and turboprops, is growing as is their accident/incident involvement. Although relatively few accidents have occurred to  date involving the Middle East in comparison to the world market, this market should learn  from history and what has occurred in other parts of the world.

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By Oussama Salah

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, It flared up again, the accusations and arguments and counter arguments in the IATA AGM in Singapore. Mr. Giovanni Bsignani the outgoing Director General of IATA called for an end of the dispute between Gulf carriers and European/North American carriers in a civilized manner. Read More »»»
  • All Nippon Airways to Acquire 787-10 Dreamliner and Orders Five 737-800

Aviation & Airline News of the Region

DUBAI – dnata, the fully owned Emirates Group's ground handling, cargo, travel and catering services subsidiary has reached an agreement to acquire a 30 percent share in Milan-based ground handler, Airport Handling SPA. dnata will have majority representation on the board and exercise day-to-day control of operations. Read More »»»
Emirates, today announced it will increase the current single flight service between Dubai and Phuket, the popular Thai holiday island to twice daily starting from 1 December 2015. Read More »»»
SEATTLE, Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Turkish Airlines jointly announced the delivery of the airline's 125th aircraft purchased from Boeing – a Next-Generation 737-900ER – and one of 12 aircraft the Turkish flag-carrier will take delivery of this year. Read More »»»
Etihad Airways  announced the appointment of Sarah Built, general manager for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney. She will report to the airlines' vice president for Asia Pacific South and Australasia, Lindsay White. Read More »»»

LOS ANGELES, CA - Emirates, the Dubai based airline, announced the launch of its 37th lounge at Los Angeles International Airport  for first class and business class customers including the airline’s platinum and gold members of frequent flyer program - Emirates Skywards.

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Emirates will restart passenger flights to Baghdad from 1 March 2015. The airline suspended operations to the capital on 26 January. Read More »»»
BAHRAIN - Gulf Air announced it will resume its flights to and from Baghdad International Airport starting  Saturday 7th February.  Read More »»»
Abu Dhabi - Etihad Airways, announced the appointment of Jordi Porcel Cortes as its general manager for Spain. Cortes will be based in Etihad Airways’ new Madrid office, to head the airline’s Spanish commercial operations. Read More »»»
DUBAI - Emirates, the Dubai based airline announced the start of a second five times weekly service to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, starting from 26th October, in addition to the current daily service. Read More »»»
DUBAI - Emirates, announced it will increase the flight service to serve Mauritius with a twice daily Airbus A380  starting 1st December this year. Read More »»»
KUWAIT, Jazeera Airways Group announced today,  Sahaab Aircraft Leasing, a fully-owned subsidiary have placed two Airbus A320 aircraft on long-term leases with TAP Portugal airlines. Read More »»»
DUBAI - Emirates Group Security received the TAPA (Transported Asset Protection Association) Air Cargo Security Standard (TACSS) certifications for its cargo facilities. 
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DUBAI - Dubai World Central, (DWC), has announced it is offering office space at its business park free zone, targeting the small and medium enterprises (SME) sector. Read More »»»
JEDDAH - Saudia Cargo have launched on May 15th a service for the transportation of temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals, named Pharma.2.World Active. Read More »»»
DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways today started full operations at Hamad International Airport (HIA), at 09:00 local time. With the first Qatar Airways commercial flight QR1113 from Bahrain arriving at HIA at 09:10 local time, all operations for all airlines have now been transferred to HIA. Read More »»»

International News

NORWALK, Conn. PK AirFinance, a GECAS Company, has announed in a press statement that it closed two separate senior debt facilities with Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ/NM: RJET).

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HOUSTON - Bristow Helicopters Australia Pty Ltd., today announced that it has acquired an 85 percent interest in Airnorth, the largest regional airline operating across Northern Australia. Read More »»»
SEATTLE -  Boeing [NYSE:BA] and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today announced the airline’s intent to purchase three 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft and an order for five Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft.
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 DUBLIN, Ireland  – GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the aircraft leasing unit of GE (NYSE: GE), today announced it completed and closed its acquisition of Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, for $1.775 billion plus the assumption or payoff of Milestone’s existing debt. Read More »»»
SEATTLE - Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Okay Airways today took delivery of the carrier's first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) aircraft. Read More »»»


Air Force News

Marignane, France – Airbus Helicopters announced the French General Directorate for Armament (DGA) took delivery of 2 upgraded AS532 Cougar helicopters for the French Army Aviation on Friday the 13th March. Read More »»»
MARIGNANE, France – Airbus Helicopters announced in a press statement the Royal Thai Army's made a commitment for the purchase of six light-utility EC145 T2, the latest in the EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family. Read More »»»
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announced the first AW101 for the Italian Air Force, designated the HH-101A “CAESAR”, made its maiden flight at AgustaWestland’s Yeovil facility in the UK today. Read More »»»