Direct flights between Dubai and India’s diamond hub set to boost trade

Monday, 23 April 2018

Finally, direct flights between the world’s two biggest diamond trade centers will take off next week to add some sparkle on the faces of dealers in precious stones on both sides. Air India Express, the international budget arm of India’s flagship carrier airline, is all set to launch a thrice-a-week service to connect Surat, the global hub of diamond cutting and polishing industry in western Indian state of Gujarat, with Dubai, the second largest market in the world for rough ...

Bahrain’s Gulf Air looks to Middle East routes in path to profitability

Monday, 23 April 2018

Bahrain’s Gulf Air is counting on Middle East routes to help drive passenger growth and turn around the loss-making airline, its deputy chief executive said on Sunday. The state-owned Gulf carrier is adding 8 destinations to its network this year, mostly to Middle East cities, as part of a strategy to fly to over 60 destinations by 2023. “At the moment we want to reestablish and affirm our position in the Middle East,” Deputy CEO Waleed Abdulhameed al-Alawi told Reuters in ...

American Airlines resumes flying over Russian airspace after one-day halt

Monday, 16 April 2018

American Airlines Group Inc on Sunday resumed flying routes that use Russian airspace after having rerouted flights on Saturday due to its monitoring of “global geopolitical issues”, a spokesman said.US President Donald Trump on Friday evening announced military strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons capabilities.On Saturday, American Airlines’ Dallas-Beijing, Dallas-Hong Kong and Chicago-Beijing flights had stopped in Los Angeles to refuel ...

Egypt, Russia resume flights halted after 2015 attack

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Egypt and Russia have resumed direct flights more than two years after they were suspended in the wake of a bombing that brought down a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai Peninsula.Egypt’s flagship airline EgyptAir said a Moscow-bound flight took off from Cairo on Thursday, and that it will operate three such flights a week. An Aeroflot flight from Moscow arrived in Cairo early Thursday.Direct flights between Russia and Egypt’s popular Red Sea resorts have yet to resume. Moscow ...

India’s Jet Airways to buy 75 Boeing jets in multi-billion-dollar order

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Indian airline Jet Airways has entered an agreement to buy 75 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in a deal that could be worth more than $7 billion. The country’s second-largest airline made the announcement to the Mumbai stock exchange late Tuesday. The company did not specify which model of the narrow-body jet it planned to purchase, or whether it had placed a firm order rather than a memorandum of understanding. The deal could be worth anywhere between $7.2 billion and $9.7 billion, depending on ...

Kuwait Airways flights to Germany in jeopardy after it rejects Israeli passenger

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A German official warned the Kuwait national carrier it might lose flights to Germany, after it rejected an Israeli passenger two years ago. German tabloid Bild quoted the federal transportation minister Andreas Scheuer, as calling on his country's government to put political pressure on Kuwait Airways in retaliation for the incident. According to DW, in 2016, an Israeli passenger was scheduled to fly on national carrier Kuwait Airways, from Frankfurt Airport to Thailand with a layover in ...

Tunisair looks to African routes as European battle brews

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Tunisair is counting on new African routes to drive passenger growth as it prepares for increased competition for flights to and from Europe under an “Open Skies” agreement with the EU. The Tunisian state-owned airline will launch two new routes by the end of this year, to Sudan and Cameroon, the company told Reuters. That will bring the number of its African routes to 10, after it began flights to Guinea and Benin last year. New paths to growth could be vital for the survival of ...

Following protests, Uber and Careem asked to cease operations in Egypt

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Egypt’s administrative court issued a ruling on Tuesday stopping the operations of ride sharing apps Uber and Careem, state media reported. Both services had sparked protests by taxi drivers who complained that the drivers did not need to pay the hefty fees to operate transportation vehicles. The court accepted a petition by a lawyer demanding the government stop licensing Uber and Careem activities in Egypt, including their online applications, state-owned newspaper al-Ahram reported on ...

Ford recalls almost 1.4 mln cars; steering wheel can come loose

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Under pressure from US regulators, Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control.The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive ...

Iran invites Pakistan to join port project with India

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Iran’s foreign minister has wrapped up a trip to Pakistan in which he made a surprise offer to let Islamabad take part in a major port project partly funded by Pakistan’s archrival India.India has helped to expand and develop Iran’s Arabian Sea port of Chabahar as part of efforts to set up a trade link to Afghanistan and Central Asia that would bypass Pakistan.But Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Pakistan’s Geo TV late Tuesday that Iran was open to ...

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