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Emirates: US flights ‘operating as per normal’ after new travel curbs

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Dubai-based Emirates Airline said on Thursday its flights to the United States were “operating as per normal” after US officials announced new restrictions on travel. Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close US family relationship or formal ties to a US entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the US State Department on Wednesday. The United States also announced new security measures for inbound flights that are designed to ...

Japan’s airbag giant Takata files for bankruptcy protection

Monday, 26 June 2017

Japan’s crisis-hit car parts maker Takata said it filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, after deadly faults in its airbags triggered the auto industry’s biggest ever safety recall.The Tokyo-based car parts giant is facing lawsuits and huge costs over an airbag defect linked to at least 16 deaths globally.News reports have said its liabilities would exceed one trillion yen ($9 billion). Immediate confirmation was not available.American auto parts maker Key Safety Systems, owned ...

India clears plan for $3.10 bln second airport for Delhi

Saturday, 24 June 2017

India will build a second international airport near its capital city in the next four to five years, costing an estimated 200 billion rupees ($3.10 billion), the government announced on Saturday, to meet explosive growth in passenger traffic. The Noida International Airport near New Delhi will be built from scratch in phases and is expected to cater to 30-50 million passengers per year (MPPA) over the next 10-15 years, the civil aviation ministry said in a statement. Air travel in India, one ...

Qatar Airways hit hard by tough Gulf sanctions

Saturday, 24 June 2017

The United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will hold a special session next week about Qatar's request to reopen the closed Gulf air space to its flights amid the Arab diplomatic crisis, Qatar's Transport Minister Jassim al-Sulaiti said. Qatar’s insistence on its policies will cause it to lose 30 percent of its carrier's income, forcing it to resort to other expensive airlines. Passengers flying long distances and who are heavily dependent on its operations will be ...

Dubai Aerospace to consider jet order after AWAS deal closes

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Government-controlled Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) will consider ordering more than 20 new aircraft after it acquires Dublin-based lessor AWAS, a deal it expects to close in the “early part of the third quarter,” its chief executive said.DAE, the aircraft leasing and maintenance company controlled by the government of Dubai, previously said the deal, announced in April, would finalize sometime in the third quarter. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.“I think ...

Saudi: Rift with Qatar bigger than air rights, cannot be resolved at ICAO

Friday, 16 June 2017

Saudi Arabia, one of four Arab powers that have cut ties with Qatar, said on Thursday that the rift was a bigger political issue than airspace rights and could not be resolved at the UN’s aviation agency, according to a source familiar with talks. Qatar asked the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to intervene after its Gulf neighbors closed their airspace to Qatar flights last week as part of economic sanctions. The ICAO, which regulates ...

ICAO meet on Qatar’s air travel woes unlikely to make headway

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The United Nations agency overseeing global air travel has acknowledged receiving complaints from Qatar about other nations cutting off flying routes for its long-haul state carrier, Qatar Airways. Those cuts have seen global air travel disrupted and threatened the airline's revenues. After an initial run on grocery stores by nervous residents, Qatar has organized dairy shipments from Turkey while Iran also has begun shipping in food. Doha also has begun running cargo shipments from ports in ...

Boycott dents Qatar’s ambition to become global aviation hub

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Qatar’s ambition with regard to dominating the skies and hosting a top global hub for aviation has gone in vain. In the light of the political stance against Doha and its hostility to its nearest neighbors, what would become of Hamad International Airport? Qatar did not plan to build Hamad International Airport with its 41 gates for its 2 million residents. It was mainly built for transit passengers who make up 90 percent of the passengers transiting through the airport. Over the past ...

Uber CEO to take leave, leadership team to run company

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will take a leave of absence for an unspecified period and let his leadership team run the troubled ride-hailing company while he’s gone. Kalanick told employees about his decision Tuesday in a memo. He says he needs time off to grieve for his mother, who died in a May boating accident. He also says he’s responsible for the company’s current situation and needs to become a better leader. The announcement comes as former US Attorney Eric Holder released ...

Dutch, English drivers team up to sue VW over ‘dieselgate’

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Around 220,000 car drivers in the Netherlands, England and Wales joined forces on Tuesday in what could become a pan-European lawsuit against German carmaker Volkswagen seeking compensation over its “dieselgate” emissions scandal. UK law firm Harcus Sinclair and Dutch Foundation “Stichting Volkswagen Car Claim”, a US-style class action on behalf of an estimated 180,000 Dutch VW car owners, have teamed up in a move that could spark a wave of coordinated ...

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