After years of delays, Pakistan’s new Islamabad airport opens

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Pakistan’s long-awaited new airport in the capital Islamabad opened its doors Thursday, after years of delays and embarrassing setbacks that exposed the difficulty of building modern infrastructure in the chaotic country. “The new Islamabad International Airport became fully operational from today with the departure and arrival of several domestic and international flights,” Pervez George, spokesman for Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority, told AFP. “Flights took ...

Air France cuts back on Iran flights due to weak demand

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Air France is cutting its Joon subsidiary’s service between Paris and Tehran to the summer season only, due to poor economic performance over two years in operation, an Air France spokeswoman said. “Air France has decided to adapt its program to better match demand,” the spokeswoman told Reuters in an email message, adding that the decision would take effect from October 28. Air France’s move comes amid international uncertainty over whether or not US President Donald ...

VIDEO: Opening up of Saudi Arabia will fuel airline business in the region

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Opening up of Saudi Arabia will fuel airline business in the region, Ghaith al-Ghaith, CEO of flydubai has said. “This region is growing by 6 percent every year … and the fact that other places in the region are opening up is encouraging because it will encourage more people to come,” he said on the sidelines of Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi. On the recent fleet expansion he said: “We just made a huge order during the Dubai Airshow have in excess of 200 aircraft on order ...

Carmakers change strategy as diesel vehicles drive to a dead end in India

Monday, 30 April 2018

With diesel vehicles destined to turn into fossilized dinosaurs following India’s swift switch to the electric era, carmakers are changing tack to wean potential buyers away from what tree-huggers call the “dirty fuel”, and are rolling out more petrol versions. The share of sales of diesel-powered sedans, hatchbacks and sports utility vehicles (SUVs) has nosedived to just 23 percent from 50 percent only five years ago even as the country’s auto industry is on the cusp of ...

Qatar Airways confirms ‘substantial’ annual loss, blames regional row

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Qatar Airways made a “substantial” loss in its last financial year because of a regional dispute that has banned the airline from four Arab countries, its chief executive said on Wednesday without revealing the extent of the losses. Qatar Airways has been blocked from flying to 18 cities in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt since June when those countries cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism. “We have increased our operating costs. We had to also take ...

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 ...

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