WATCH: Pregnant Muslim woman forcibly removed off plane due to ‘allergies’

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Anila Daulatzai, a Muslim professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, was forcibly removed from a plane to Los Angeles in September, where her ill father awaited surgery. After a number of passengers documented the incident, the footage went viral on social media. Daulatzai can be seen and heard resisting security men who forcibly escorted her off the plane. The 46-year-old claimed she suffered an episode of discrimination, on board Southwest Airlines, “because she is ...

Oman carrier looking to capitalize on Pakistan’s ‘corridor of opportunities’

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

A budget carrier from Oman is looking to capitalize on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a “corridor of opportunities” and a catalyst for future business and economic activity that could generate thousands of jobs across Pakistan. According to a Dawn news report, SalamAir, which launched in January 2017 with the objective to bridge the demand gap for quality and affordable flights on short-haul routes to and from Oman currently flies daily from Muscat to Dubai and Jeddah ...

Saudi Airlines lives up to its pledge

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

At the World Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show on June 20, Skytrax announced the world’s Top 100 Airlines in 2017, as voted by airline customers around the world.The awards, described as “the Oscars of the aviation industry,” are the most coveted quality accolades for the world airline industry and a global benchmark of airline excellence.Saudi Arabia’s national airlines surprised many industry pundits when it garnered a heap of awards at the ceremony. It was ...

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VIDEO: Passenger faints on Karachi-bound flight due to faulty air-conditioning

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A Karachi-bound flight that reportedly took off with a faulty air-conditioning system, and was delayed by more than three hours, left many pilgrims in distress. A report in the Dawn newspaper said that a passenger even fainted on board due to suffocation and a rise in cabin temperature. According to the report, the flight from Medina, was scheduled to arrive in Karachi on Saturday afternoon bringing home Hajj pilgrims but was delayed due to unexplained reasons. A video confirming this went ...

US airlines brace themselves, passengers for Hurricane Irma

Thursday, 7 September 2017

As Hurricane Irma bore down on the southern United States on Wednesday, airlines adjusted flight schedules, made cancellations and assured passengers they would not have to pay unusually high fares ahead of the storm’s arrival.Irma, the second powerful hurricane to approach the United States in as many weeks, was expected to make landfall in Florida by the weekend. It had already pummeled islands in the Caribbean with rain, pounding winds and surging surf by Wednesday.While the storm&rsquo ...

US ending laptop ban on Middle Eastern airlines

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The US Transportation Security Administration said on Monday it was lifting a ban on passengers on Saudi Arabian Airlines carrying large electronics like laptops onboard US-bound flights, the last carrier under the restrictions. In March, US officials imposed restrictions on passengers carrying laptops and other large electronic gear in cabins on nine airlines, most of which were Middle Eastern carriers, to address the potential threat of hidden explosives. Last month, US officials announced new ...

Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways to resume operations after three-year hiatus

Monday, 10 July 2017

Wataniya Airways is to resume flights on Tuesday for the first time since ceasing operations in 2011, according to state news agency KUNA. Wataniya halted operations after three years in business due to its financial situation and political instability in the Middle East. The Kuwaiti airline will restart with a scheduled service on July 11 to Tbilisi, Georgia, KUNA reported on Monday, Wataniya will also resume flights to Baku, Azerbaijan and Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina this week. The ...

Emirates looking at Saudi Arabia to make up for drop in US demand

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Dubai-based Emirates Airline is looking to the region’s biggest economy, Saudi Arabia, to help make up for a drop in demand that has forced it to keep five aircraft grounded. Emirates has redeployed eight aircraft elsewhere after grounding 13 jets as a result of cutting back on services to the United States since May, President Tim Clark told reporters at the Paris Airshow on Wednesday. He said the airline was looking at Saudi Arabia’s demand for charter flights for the aircraft that ...

Qantas Airline boss gets pie shoved in his face by angry pensioner

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

An angry pensioner surprised Alan Joyce, Qantas airline CEO, with a pie in the face. While giving a speech in Perth, the angry pensioner shoved a pie in Joyce's face.

Malaysia Airlines set to launch A380 charter carrier for Hajj, Umra

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Malaysia Airlines is close to launching a new airline that will use its six Airbus A380s to fly passengers undertaking the Muslim pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah, Chief Executive Peter Bellew said. Bellew told Reuters that all the key personnel, apart from a chief executive, have been appointed and are likely to be announced in the next two weeks as Malaysia Airlines finalizes plans set in motion last year. The A380s will be fitted with more than 700 seats in an all-economy layout but can be ...

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