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UAE’s flydubai launches flights to South Sudan

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Dubai-based airline flydubai on Monday said it made its maiden voyage to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, the latest entry to the world's youngest nation. Eight Arab and African airlines such as Kenya Airways, Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines fly to South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011. The African country is seen as a growth market for airlines because the capital Juba is brimming with thousands of U.N. staff, diplomats and aid workers. The landlocked country of the size of France has ...

Israeli airline staff start strike over open skies deal

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Workers at Israel's three main airlines went on strike on Sunday, stopping their outbound flights in protest at the government's plans to ratify an open skies deal with Europe they see as a threat to their jobs. Supporters of the open skies deal say its relaxation of restrictions and quotas on flights between Israel and European Union countries would increase competition, lower prices and boost Israel's tourism industry. But Ofer Eini, the head of Israel's Histadrut labour union, said the ...

German firm said to win contract to supply tanks to Qatar

Thursday, 18 April 2013

German defence firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) won a contract to supply more than 50 Leopard 2 tanks and about 20 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Qatar, a defence source told Reuters on Thursday. Arms exports are a sensitive issue in Germany given the country's Nazi past and the role arms makers like Krupp played in fuelling 19th and 20th century wars. The source said KMW beat a French competitor to the contract. It did not say who that competitor was or what the contract is worth. The ...

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad in codeshare deal with Serbian airline JAT

Monday, 15 April 2013

Serbia's loss-making JAT Airways has secured a marketing alliance with Gulf airline Etihad Airways to share route-booking codes, stopping short of the equity tie-up mooted by Serbia's government. Mired in recession and struggling to find investors in the crisis-hit European Union, Serbia had hoped Abu Dhabi-based Etihad would buy a stake in JAT, with media reports suggesting 49 percent was up for sale. Etihad chief executive James Hogan told a news conference on Monday that any investment could ...

Dubai airport set to be world’s busiest by 2015: expert

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Dubai International Airport is set to take over London’s Heathrow Airport as the busiest in the world by 2015, said Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group. In a statement at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, Walsh said that the UAE’s tax-free system has facilitated the aviation industry boom, reported UAE based Gulf News on Thursday. He noted that Gulf airlines are among the most advanced in the world. “Gulf airlines are the most ...

Turkish Airlines set to buy 95 planes from Boeing

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The Turkish national carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) said on Tuesday that it would buy 95 more planes from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing as the airline pursues a shopping spree launched in December. "Our board of directors has decided to buy 20 planes in 2016, 20 in 2018, 15 in 2019, 30 in 2020 and 10 in 2021 from Boeing to meet the need for narrow-body planes," a THY statement said, adding that 70 of the orders were firm ones, and 25 were options. A breakdown of the aircraft on order ...

Abu Dhabi's Etihad flying high as revenues rise 19 percent

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Etihad Airways said passenger revenues rose 19 percent in the first quarter as Abu Dhabi's flagship carrier expanded globally through partnership deals. The UAE carrier, which has stakes in Air Berlin and Virgin Australia, competes with Gulf rivals such as Dubai's Emirates and Qatar Airways, which are also extending their reach into Europe, Asia and other markets. Passenger revenues at Etihad totalled $900 million in the first quarter of 2013, compared with $758 million a year ago, the Abu Dhabi ...

Dubai's new airport to launch passenger services next October

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Dubai's new international airport, which started cargo operations in 2010, will open its long-delayed passenger terminal on Oct. 27 with two budget airlines launching services there, airport authorities said on Wednesday. European low-cost carrier Wizz Air and Saudi Arabia's nasair will begin passenger operations into Dubai World Central, Dubai Airports said in a statement. Dubai World Central is designed eventually to cater to 160million passengers, which would make it the world's largest ...

Oman Air says aims to launch budget airline

Sunday, 31 March 2013

State-owned Oman Air, the sultanate’s national carrier, plans to launch a budget airline to handle regional and domestic flights as a measure to expand its business, chairman Darwish Ismail Al Balushi said on Sunday. “We are working hard on a feasibility study for the low-cost airline and expect to get government approval soon after,”Balushi told Reuters, without elaborating on the plan. Oman Air said its revenues jumped 21 percent to 347 million rials ($901 million) in 2012 ...

Qantas bookings up as alliance with Dubai’s Emirates takes off

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Qantas reports a sharp increase in bookings to Europe since it signed a deal with Dubai’s Emirates, under which the first flight in partnership between the two airlines is due to take off today. Australia’s largest carrier said ticket purchases to European destinations had gone up six-fold in the first nine weeks of sales compared with a year earlier, Bloomberg reported. Alan Joyce, chief executive of the Sydney-based airline, told Bloomberg that the new network will cut average ...

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