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Emirates firms up $16 billion order for A380 superjumbos

Monday, 12 February 2018

Emirates signed a contract on Sunday to buy as many as 36 Airbus A380 aircraft worth as much as $16 billion at list prices, firming up an order that is crucial to the future of the world’s biggest passenger jet.The order, for 20 of the double-decker planes with an option for 16 more, was originally announced on a provisional basis in mid-January. Deliveries are to start as soon as in 2020, the Dubai-based carrier said.Airbus had previously said it would have to end production of the A380 ...

Woman flushes down hamster as airline refuses ‘Pebbles’ the cuddly creature

Friday, 9 February 2018

A Florida woman says an airline told her to flush her hamster down an airport toilet because the emotional support rodent wasn’t allowed to fly with her. The Miami Herald reports before Belen Aldecosea flew home from college to South Florida, she twice called Spirit Airlines to ensure she could bring Pebbles, her pet dwarf hamster. No problem, the airline said. But when Aldecosea arrived at the Baltimore airport, Spirit refused to allow the animal onboard. The 21-year-old told the paper ...

Dubai airport predicts rise in traffic after 2017 growth dips

Monday, 5 February 2018

Dubai International Airport expects double-digit passenger growth to resume as early as 2019, helped by an alliance between the emirate’s two airlines, its chief executive said on Monday after reporting the lowest growth in at least nine years. Passengers using the airport, the hub for Middle East airline giant Emirates and a major source of income for Dubai, rose 5.5 percent to 88.2 million in 2017. It was the slowest growth since at least 2009, according to Reuters calculations. For the ...

Why was this Saudia flight to New York returned to Jeddah?

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Saudi Airlines has revealed the reasons why its Saudia flight SV21 to New York on Saturday mornin was returned to Jeddah. Local media outlets quoted a statement from the company as saying that “during the flight, the pilot suspected that there may have been friction with the plane’s tail, and since precautionary measures were required to ensure safety, the plane returned to King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah after the appropriate amount of fuel had been emptied allowing the landing of ...

Scheduling glitch leaves thousands of American Air flights in December pilotless

Thursday, 30 November 2017

A system scheduling error has left thousands of American Airlines flights in December without scheduled pilots, the carrier’s pilots’ union said as the airline heads into one of the busiest travel periods of the year.The Allied Pilots Association estimated that more than 15,000 flights from Dec. 17 to 31 were affected by a glitch in the system in which pilots bid for time off based on seniority.“Basically there’s a crisis at American for manning the cockpits,” ...

Iraq’s Fly Baghdad plans European flights next year, IPO in 2020

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Iraqi budget carrier Fly Baghdad aims to start flights to Europe and India next year, expanding its network beyond the Middle East and is planning a stock market listing in 2020, it chief executive said on Wednesday. Fly Baghdad, owned by Iraqi investors, launched in 2015, competing against state-owned Iraqi Airways, one of the Middle East’s oldest airlines, and several other private carriers. “There is a huge population which are cash rich and are not too many places to visit in ...

Eight rescued after US navy aircraft crashes in Philippine sea

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Eight people have been rescued after a US military aircraft with 11 people aboard crashed into the Philippine Sea en route to an aircraft carrier, Japan said Wednesday.Japanese and American rescuers scrambled to reach the downed aircraft in seas off the remote Japanese reef of Okinotori, in the latest accident to hit American armed forces in East Asia.The government in Tokyo said it had been informed eight people had been plucked to safety, and that US authorities had said engine trouble was the ...

EgyptAir to swing to a profit this year, chairman says

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

EgyptAir will swing to a profit this year, buoyed by an increase in passengers and cost cutting, the chairman of the state-owned airline’s holding company said on Tuesday. EgyptAir has struggled to rebound from the 2008 global financial crisis and two revolutions that have hobbled Egypt’s economy since. “This year the company will transfer from a loss,” EgyptAir Holding Chairman Safwat Musallam told Reuters in Sharjah. He declined to ...

Etihad to end Dallas-Fort Worth route, blames American Airlines

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Etihad Airways said on Thursday it would stop flying to Dallas-Fort Worth next year after American Airlines' decided in July to end a codeshare agreement between the two carriers. American Airlines has lobbied the U.S. government to investigate allegations of state subsidies at Etihad and other major Gulf carriers. The Gulf airlines deny the allegations. The end of the codeshare agreement would make the route "commercially unsustainable" and left Etihad "with no choice but to ...

Royal Jordanian eyes operating profit this year, CEO says

Friday, 13 October 2017

Royal Jordanian Airlines expects to make an operating profit this year as it pushes ahead with a turnaround plan, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday. “I am pretty confident that after the first five months of this year, which were not very good, that we are going to have an operating profit in this year,” Stefan Pichler, who took over as CEO in June, said on the sidelines of the CAPA global summit in London. “We’ve worked very hard to develop a turnaround ...

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