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Safran breakthrough channels communication to a new level

Posted 25 May 2018

Communications technology provides answers for improving the safety, efficiency and cost of line and base maintenance operations. Chuck Grieve has been finding out more.

in Features / Airports

The delayed Muscat International Airport has now arrived

Posted 23 May 2018

Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) successfully opened the new passenger terminal building at New Muscat International Airport last month, as it overcame a plethora of delays over the last two years.

in Business Aviation / Features

The Rotary Club

Posted 21 May 2018

Dave Calderwood spotlights the work of the Middle East’s largest helicopter operator.

in Defence / Features

UAE in the swing with GlobalEye

Posted 18 May 2018

Saab unveiled its new GlobalEye swing role surveillance system (SRSS) aircraft during two days of ceremonies at Linköping, Sweden. The first day was closed, but was attended by a UAE delegation. Jon Lake reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Gulf Air's brand master

Posted 17 May 2018

New branding, a new fleet, the world’s best business-class seat and an expanded long-haul route network. Gulf Air’s new CEO explains to Alan Dron why he is aiming high with his plans for the future.

in Business Aviation / Features

Brexit the big talking point for EBACE

Posted 16 May 2018

Dave Calderwood looks forward to this year’s European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE), at Geneva Palexpo from 29-31 May and predicts that Brexit will be on everyone’s mind this year.

in Air Transport / Features

Political instability a threat to Gulf airline industry – IATA boss

Posted 9 May 2018

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) top official believes that political instability in the Middle East is posing a threat to the region’s airline industry growth. Kaleyesus Bekele reports.

in Maintenance / Features

Engineers in the ascendant

Posted 8 May 2018

There’s never been any doubt about the important role that engineers play in aerospace at all levels, outside and inside the airframe.

in Maintenance / Features

New business models put aircraft maintenance centre stage

Posted 4 May 2018

New industry standards, shorter asset lifespans and a new generation of technologically advanced aircraft have constantly kept operators and maintenance providers on their toes. James Elliott explains how airlines and MROs

in Maintenance / Features

Stats the way to do it: Harness the data deluge

Posted 3 May 2018

The burgeoning amount of operational data pumped out by the global commercial fleet looks set to become a windfall for MRO providers. However, as Chuck Grieve explains, first, operators have to learn to interpret the data.

in Maintenance / Features

HEICO plays its part in cost cuts

Posted 30 April 2018

Maturity is a word being heard currently in reference to Middle East aviation, in particular the maturity of airlines and fleets. As Chuck Grieve reports, it signals a shift in emphasis for some carriers from all-out growth to sustainability and the

in Defence / Features

Boeing's $240 million Saudi AWACS contract

Posted 27 April 2018

The US Department of Defense has announced the award of a $240 million contract for Boeing to modernise Saudi Arabia’s fleet of five E-3A Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft.

in Maintenance / Features

Expansion on the horizon for Janahi and TS&S

Posted 26 April 2018

Abu Dhabi’s Turbine Services & Solutions (TS&S) is counting on market demand to guide its development, and advanced technology to make it a success. Chuck Grieve reports.

in Defence / Features

F-16Vs to the rescue of Bahrain's age concern

Posted 25 April 2018

Bahrain is to recapitalise its ageing fighter force with the purchase of 19 new-build Block 70 F-16Vs and via the upgrade of its 20 surviving Block 40 F-16C/Ds to the same standard.

in Air Transport / Features

All-change on the Turkish aero-design front

Posted 23 April 2018

Turkey says it plans to design and build a brand-new passenger aircraft midway through the coming decade. But, asks Alan Dron, what does this mean for its previously announced intentions to revive a 1980s design?

in Maintenance / Features

Amman service centre boost for military

Posted 20 April 2018

One of the military helicopter sector’s most commonly employed engines is to receive additional support with the opening of a new service centre in Jordan.

in Maintenance / Features

Feedback's crucial role in designing better aircraft

Posted 19 April 2018

How much do engineers in the field and in MRO shops contribute to shaping current and future programmes? Plenty, say those who know. Chuck Grieve reports.

in Defence / Features

Marks out of ten for Scorpion prototype

Posted 18 April 2018

Royal Saudi Air Force pilots flew a series of 10 evaluation flights in Textron AirLand’s production-representative third prototype while the aircraft was en route to participate in the Dubai Air Show. It is believed the UAE Air Force and Air Defence

in Business Aviation / Features

Smart move for VIP operator

Posted 17 April 2018

With more than 30 years’ aviation experience, Captain Mohamed Roshdy Zakaria knows the airline business from top to bottom.

in Defence / Features

Jordan grabs Grobs to revitalise training fleet

Posted 16 April 2018

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) has completely revamped its pilot training system. Jon Lake reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Step by step to recovery

Posted 12 April 2018

The last couple of years could have not have been a more difficult time to run an airline in Egypt and even now, it’s a tough job, says the managing director of Nesma Airlines, Ashraf Lamloum.

in Training / Features

Inzpiring Jordan

Posted 11 April 2018

It isn’t the most obvious connection in the world. However, the relationship between Lincoln-based Inzpire and the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) appears to be going from strength-to-strength, as Alan Warnes recently discovered.

in Defence / Features

Turkey’s Defence Budget – the fallout from high inflation and a weak lira

Posted 11 April 2018

Fenella McGerty, principal analyst, defence budgets, Jane’s by IHS Markit gives her assessment of the current Turkish defence concerns

in Defence / Features

The power of two

Posted 10 April 2018

Following its participation in Exercise Blue Shield in Sudan and Exercise Red Flag in the USA, the Royal Saudi Air Force undertook a further major training exercise, Faisal-11, in Egypt. Jon Lake reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Omani cargo plans start with a village

Posted 9 April 2018

Oman has given the go-ahead to an air cargo facility at Muscat International Airport. Projected to start operations in June 2019, the centre is estimated to bring in $78 million revenue by 2020.

in Business Aviation / Features

Why ZAS is bullish about the future

Posted 6 April 2018

Omar Zarkani, managing director, of ZAS Aviation Services (ZAS), is looking forward to seeing more business growth in Egypt after “some years of problems” in the country.

in Air Transport / Features

Fathi keeps faith with his vision...

Posted 5 April 2018

As EgyptAir made major equipment announcements at the Dubai Air Show, Egypt’s aviation minister, Sherif Fathi, talked to Alan Dron about prospects for the national carrier and the development of the country’s aviation industry.

in Air Transport / Features

Ezzat and the generation gain

Posted 4 April 2018

EgyptAir has received its ninth and final Boeing 737-800NG on a lease deal from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE). Alan Peaford talked to airline chairman, Captain Sherif Ezzat Badrous, about the deal and a new approach for the Egyptian carrier.

in Defence / Features

UAE banks on Trump to turn F-35 ban upside-down

Posted 3 April 2018

UAE wants to acquire F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, probably as part of a mixed fleet

in Air Transport / Features

Tunisair struggles to squeeze through the Open door

Posted 28 March 2018

Open skies with the European Union could help the Tunisian Government turn the corner on a difficult few years. But for Ilyes Mnakbi, the new chief executive of flag-carrier Tunisair, the hard times are just beginning. Martin Rivers

in Training / Features

Academy that's in A Class of its own

Posted 27 March 2018

Emirates officially opened its brand new flight-training academy at Dubai South during the Dubai Air Show. Dave Calderwood was there.

in Air Transport / Features

Moneir's back in business, bearing fruit for Air Leisure

Posted 26 March 2018

Mohamed Moneir had been retired for five years and was growing citrus fruit on his farm when he was given the chance to cultivate something rather different than oranges and mandarins… an airline.

in Features / Route Planning & Tourism

A man with a tourism plan

Posted 23 March 2018

EgyptAir Holding Company’s tourist arm – Karnak – is working hard to put the country firmly back on the visitor map. Gamal ElGazzar, VP tourism, explains the steps it needs to take.

in Business Aviation / Features

Tiger wants the Russians to roar

Posted 22 March 2018

Tiger Aviation Services (TAS) started its ground-handling services with just four staff in a small office at Cairo International Airport nearly three decades ago

in Air Transport / Features

Reaching nilestones

Posted 21 March 2018

Nile Air, Egypt’s largest privately owned airline, is exploring several avenues to ensure its continued growth in the challenging economic climate. Alan Dron reports.

in Features / ATM & Regulatory

Cooperation the key to a safer future for all

Posted 20 March 2018

Airspace, safety and security are key issues for the Middle East and North Africa. The United Nations body for civil aviation, ICAO, has its regional headquarters in Cairo, where Alan Peaford met regional vice president, Mohamed Rahma.

in Air Transport / Features

It's getting better all the time...

Posted 19 March 2018

EgyptAir has just announced a major re-equipment programme to help meet its objectives. EgyptAir Holding Company chairman and CEO, Safwat Musallam, talks to Alan Dron about fleets, routes and future prospects.

in Space / Features

Living in the city...on Mars

Posted 16 March 2018

The United Arab Emirates has aspirations that are literally out of this world when it comes to its space industry. In fact, as Steve Nichols reports, it has its eyes firmly fixed on Earth’s nearest neighbour – Mars.

in Business Aviation / Features

Pilot schemes to do away with the pilot…

Posted 15 March 2018

‘Autonomous’ is one of the buzzwords around the industry, as scientific and technical advances come together to convert the science fiction staple of unmanned, passenger-carrying aircraft into science fact. Alan Dron has been looking into the

in Defence / Features

Orders accelerate the Qatar fighter evolution

Posted 13 March 2018

Jon Lake reports on an unparalleled expansion for the Qatar Emiri Air Force

in Air Transport / Features

Sudan's glimmer of hope

Posted 12 March 2018

For a decade, Sudan Airways has struggled to maintain services in the face of US sanctions against the African nation. Those sanctions have now been eased, but the airline still faces problems, as deputy general manager, Yasir Timo, explained to Alan Dron.

in Features / ATM & Regulatory

ATC revolution boosts traffic flow in Middle East

Posted 9 March 2018

A new air traffic control system to speed traffic flow through the Arabian Gulf’s increasingly congested airspace has been introduced by the UAE’s aviation regulator. Alan Dron reports.

in Features / Airports

EAS does it by keeping its feet on the ground

Posted 8 March 2018

For more than a quarter-of-a-century Egyptian Aviation Services (EAS) has been playing a vital ground-handling role at Egypt’s major airports.

in Business Aviation / Features

Vista's view: We are your flexible friend

Posted 7 March 2018

Middle East customers are shifting away from fractional and full aircraft ownership towards charter, according to leading business aviation company VistaJet. Dave Calderwood reports.

in Defence / Features

Force ready to strike against terror threat

Posted 5 March 2018

Jihadi militias sweeping across Iraq during 2014 and 15 saw many Middle Eastern government leaders breaking out into a sweat. As a direct result, several countries are now equipping their militaries to take on such armed groups, while at the same

in Air Transport / Features

Bridging the Gulf

Posted 2 March 2018

Facing stronger than expected competition in its home market, SaudiGulf Airlines is turning its gaze abroad while re-evaluating a stalled order for the Bombardier CSeries. Martin Rivers talked to president Samer Majali.

in Training / Features

CAE to open unisex pilot training centre in Saudi

Posted 28 February 2018

A new dawn for aviation in Saudi Arabia – and a further indication that greater liberalisation in the kingdom is gaining pace – came when CAE and the Saudi National Company of Aviation (SNCA) announced they are to open a new CAE authorised

in Features / Airports

Iraq: A land of opportunity as it rebuilds after war

Posted 27 February 2018

As Iraq emerges from the shadow of Daesh, it is pouring considerable effort into restoring and improving its civil airports with help from international organisations. Alan Dron reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Meeting the freight of expectation

Posted 26 February 2018

Egyptian exports rely heavily on the freight system. Alan Peaford met with Captain Bassim Gohar to explore how the EgyptAir cargo division is meeting expectations.

in Business Aviation / Features

Southern comfort

Posted 23 February 2018

Jetex Flight Support’s latest building at Dubai South won the FBO of the year title at last October’s Aviation Business Awards. Dave Calderwood went along to find out why and also discovered other excellent facilities along the way.

in Defence / Features

Light fantastic

Posted 21 February 2018

Calidus, an Emirati industrial machinery and equipment company located in Abu Dhabi, unveiled its new B-250 light attack aircraft on the first day of the Dubai Air Show, after a campaign of teasing advertisements. Jon Lake reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Pichler's right Royal shake-up

Posted 20 February 2018

Royal Jordanian Airlines is breaking from the past with a radical low-cost makeover led by new chief executive Stefan Pichler. He talked to Martin Rivers about the flag-carrier’s new direction.

in Technology / Features

Crowd-sourced data helping to keep aircraft flying

Posted 19 February 2018

Aircraft manufacturers and suppliers are starting to use crowd-sourced data to detect wear, schedule preventative maintenance and avoid costly failures. Steve Nichols reports.

in Defence / Features

Middle East addicted to Game of Drones

Posted 9 February 2018

The Middle East is a keen acquirer of sophisticated military technology, so it is no wonder the region has taken an interest in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) procurement. Beth Stevenson reports.

in Features / Airports

Growing with the flow

Posted 7 February 2018

Software solutions for airport planning and operations are becoming more effective. Keith Mwanalushi looks at how they can be used to improve passenger flow, particularly at busy Middle East hubs.

in Defence / Features

New Hornets carry a huge sting

Posted 6 February 2018

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft ordered by Kuwait last November will be delivered to the latest Block III standards, which transform the already impressive Super Hornet into a fully networked fighter, fit for service into the 2040s. Jon Lake

in Air Transport / Features

Riahi focuses fleet on express delivery

Posted 5 February 2018

Tunisia’s new all-cargo airline, Air Cargo Express, is now operating a second freighter and plans to have another three by the end of 2017. Tom Pleasant reports.

in Training / Features

RJA Academy puts Morocco back on the training MAPA

Posted 1 February 2018

Has a Jordanian offshoot company got the answer to North Africa’s aviation training woes? Vincent Chappard has been talking to senior officials at the Morocco Aviation Private Academy to find out.

in Defence / Features

Saudi's Poseidon adventure?

Posted 31 January 2018

A deal for between four and six P-8A maritime patrol aircraft was reportedly signed during a visit to Saudi Arabia by US President, Donald Trump, and his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Jon Lake reports.

in Features

Smiles ahead - that's the Liebherr motto

Posted 29 January 2018

Liebherr-Aerospace is one of the world’s leading aerospace systems original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with an unblemished reputation for quality. As Chuck Grieve reports, this is much due to hard work, continuous investment and a

in Defence / Features

Crops and robbers...

Posted 26 January 2018

Today’s asymmetric and counter-insurgency operations have placed a premium on persistent, cost-effective, armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and close air support aircraft that are able to detect and engage fleeting targets, and that can

in Aircraft Interiors / Features

Save me a seat...

Posted 25 January 2018

The Middle East airline market has often been divided by the “haves” and the “have nots” but now a website that acts like eBay for used aircraft seats could solve a problem for smaller, cash-strapped carriers. Victoria Moores has been finding out more.

in Defence / Features

Oman's new generation takes off

Posted 23 January 2018

The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has inducted the first of its newly acquired Eurofighter Typhoon swing-role fighters and BAE Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers, ushering in a new era for one of the UK’s oldest and closest regional allies. Jon Lake reports.

in Air Transport / Features

Bahrain bridging the Gulf

Posted 22 January 2018

The Bahrain International Air Show is still a year away but more than 75% of exhibition space has already been sold. Bahrain’s Transportation and Telecommunications Minister, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, talks to Alan Dron about the 2018 show, Gulf Air and island

in Technology / Features

Alliance takes interior design to a new dimension

Posted 19 January 2018

Strata Manufacturing, Etihad Airways and German company, Siemens, have come together to create the Middle East’s first 3-D printing service for aircraft cabin parts. Alan Dron reports.

in Features / Airports

Is there a real case for an international airport at Ajman?

Posted 18 January 2018

A new international airport will serve the emirate of Ajman in the UAE from 2019. Keith Mwanalushi discusses the business case for the new gateway with John Grant, senior analyst at air travel intelligence specialist, OAG.

in Defence / Features

All eyes on the Hawk

Posted 17 January 2018

BAE Systems has flown the demonstrator for a new so-called Advanced Hawk configuration. Jon Lake takes a look at the new aircraft.

in Air Transport / Features

Spreading wings

Posted 15 January 2018

Starting an airline in a country with continuous unrest around you may seem unwise but, as Alan Dron discovered, Libyan Wings is doing remarkably well… if only it could fly to more destinations.

in Features

ATR props up Iran fleet

Posted 12 January 2018

ATR is currently turning its turboprops into the backbone of Iran Air’s regional fleet as well as enjoying the dividends of its three decades of commitment to Africa and the Middle East. Vincent Chappard reports.

in Defence / Features

Amman on a mission

Posted 11 January 2018

The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) is in transition. With the recent delivery of the first Pilatus PC-21 trainer aircraft, it has taken a huge step forward in its future fighter pilot training capabilities. Frank Mink visited Amman to see the new arrival in action.

in Air Transport / Features

Can Saudia’s low-cost challenge be the real deal?

Posted 10 January 2018

Flyadeal is the latest operator to take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s liberalisation of domestic air services.

in Technology / Features

Hi-tech investment can eliminate security stress

Posted 9 January 2018

Emirates Airline president, Sir Tim Clark, explains to Steve Nichols why airports must make massive investments if they want to make passengers’ lives more bearable.

in Business Aviation / Features

Lounging in peace

Posted 8 January 2018

As peace and stability increases in Lebanon, the country is seeing a steady climb in business and tourism.

in Defence / Features

Typhoon blows into Qatar

Posted 5 January 2018

As Qatar surprises many analysts with its order for the Eurofighter Typhoon, Jon Lake explains why the procurement strategy makes sense.

in Air Transport / Features

Saudia aims low for a high return

Posted 3 January 2018

Saudi Arabia’s national carrier, Saudia, is going on the offensive with a huge expansion campaign and the launch of its own low-cost carrier. Alan Dron reports.

in Features

Qatar set for another giant stride forward

Posted 2 January 2018

The first Airbus A350-1000, the largest version of the A350 XWB twin-aisle airliner, will be delivered to Qatar Airways by the end of the year. But, asks Alan Dron, how will it fare in the Middle East?

in Business Aviation / Features

Turkey joins the rotary club

Posted 28 December 2017

Jon Lake reports on the creation of Turkey’s first indigenous helicopter.

in Defence / Features

First UAE spyplane breaks its cover

Posted 27 December 2017

In addition to its openly acknowledged procurement of three Saab GlobalEye airborne early warning aircraft, based on Bombardier’s Global 6000 platform, the UAE is also set to receive two further Global 6000s converted for electronic intelligence

in Air Transport / Features

Arabia'a knight

Posted 22 December 2017

Air Arabia’s cautious growth strategy and budget product may not have the ‘wow’ factor but, as the region’s glitzier airlines fly into turbulence, this low-cost carrier is proving that substance beats style every time. Group chief executive Adel Ali talked to Martin Rivers.

in Aircraft Interiors / Features

The Direct approach...

Posted 2 November 2017

Satcom Direct (SD), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, now has its connectivity and avionic products flying on more than 7,000 business aircraft around the world, making it the world's largest business aviation service provider, according to

in Technology / Features

Hub at the centre of Doha's latest thinking

Posted 1 November 2017

European electronic systems giant, Thales, is using its innovation hub in Doha to develop subjects as varied as airliner in-flight entertainment and cyber security training. Alan Dron finds out more.

in Features

Dnata Travel earns multiple honours at the World Travel Awards Middle East

Posted 1 November 2017

Dnata Travel was presented with the 'UAE's Leading Travel Agency' accolade for the fourth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2017, which took place in Dubai on 29 October.

in Features

Avionics reducing the risk of disaster

Posted 31 October 2017

Steve Nichols looks at the technology now being employed so combat so-called brownouts.

in Technology / Features

On track to revolutionise global air traffic

Posted 30 October 2017

Steve Nichols looks at how space-based receivers are revolutionising the global air traffic surveillance system.

in Features / Airports

The evolution of IKA

Posted 23 October 2017

As Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA) continues to grow as the main hub for the Iranian capital, Mohammad Razazzan looks at the development of the project.

in Defence / Features

Trump pressured to export Reaper to the Middle East

Posted 20 October 2017

A group of 20 Republican and two Democrat members of the US House of Representatives, led by Congressman Duncan Hunter, have written to President Donald Trump asking him to approve export sales of the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper armed

in Air Transport / Features

A new life of lease...

Posted 19 October 2017

Leasing accounts for 40% of today's airliner purchases and is expected to reach the 50% mark soon. Two Middle East lessors give Alan Dron their views on the current market and future prospects.

in Features

Danger of the deadly dust

Posted 17 October 2017

The harsh climate and environment of the Middle East and North Africa imposes unique challenges for military aviators – and particularly for the operators of rotary wing and vertical lift aircraft. Jon Lake reports.

in Technology / Features

Full speed ahead for Qatar's Wi-Fi

Posted 16 October 2017

Passengers on many Qatar Airways' flights will soon be able to use high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi, thanks to Inmarsat's GX Aviation Ka-band satellite connectivity. Steve Nichols reports.

in Defence / Features

Super Tucano to boost Lebanon terror fight

Posted 12 October 2017

Lebanon has never had a lot of money to spend on defence. As Alan Dron reports, its latest purchase, although modest, has an important role to play in maintaining the small nation's territorial integrity from Daesh terrorists.

in Air Transport / Features

Ban on the run

Posted 11 October 2017

America's ill-conceived laptop ban has been replaced by new, more robust mechanisms for protecting passengers. Martin Rivers talked to Abdul Wahab Teffaha, secretary general of the Arab Air Carriers' Organisation, about the need for a standardised global approach to

in Features / Airports

Iran's master plan

Posted 10 October 2017

Iran has expressed interest in the continued development of its airports, particularly in the capital, Tehran. Keith Mwanalushi discusses the importance of this initiative with an expert from Lufthansa Consulting.

in Defence / Features

JSF in the mix for UAE

Posted 9 October 2017

Jon Lake looks at the latest moves in the UAE's long-running search for a next-generation fighter.

in Air Transport / Features

Embraer eyes the Middle East with E2 revamp

Posted 5 October 2017

Traditionally, regional jets have not sold well in the Middle East. Now, as Alan Dron finds out, Brazilian manufacturer Embraer believes that the new E2 version of its E-Jet range may change that situation.

in Training / Features

CAE steers remote control to a new level in the UAE

Posted 3 October 2017

A major training package is gradually being unveiled in the UAE as the nation becomes increasingly deeply involved in operating unmanned aerial vehicles. Alan Dron reports.

in Technology / Features

DTP goes with the flow

Posted 2 October 2017

Dubai Technology Partners (DTP), a leading GCC aviation systems integrator, could have two big announcements coming up in the near future. Barbara Saunders reports.

in Features / Airports

Oman on emission

Posted 29 September 2017

Managing global airport carbon emissions has become increasingly important and Muscat International Airport in Oman is determined to meet the challenge, as Keith Mwanalushi reports.

in Defence / Features

Iraq trains its focus inwards

Posted 28 September 2017

The Iraq Air Force is aiming to decrease its overseas training requirements. It aims to improve its ability to train its pilots and maintenance technicians while significantly reducing costs and also enhancing its ability to take over the sustainment of its

in Air Transport / Features

Airbus looks for room to maneouvre the A380

Posted 27 September 2017

The Airbus A380neo version will not be produced. But the European manufacturer has proposed ways to make the double-deck airliner more cost-effective for airlines. Alan Dron reports.

in Features / Airports

Saudi opens the gateway to growth

Posted 26 September 2017

TAV Airports is growing its presence in Saudi Arabia with the addition of three new gateways under concession. Keith Mwanalushi looks at the opportunities in the Saudi market.

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Political instability a threat to Gulf airline industry – IATA boss

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) top official believes that political instability in the Middle East is posing a threat to the region’s airline industry growth. Kaleyesus Bekele reports.

Gulf Air's brand master

New branding, a new fleet, the world’s best business-class seat and an expanded long-haul route network. Gulf Air’s new CEO explains to Alan Dron why he is aiming high with his plans for the future.

Why ZAS is bullish about the future

Omar Zarkani, managing director, of ZAS Aviation Services (ZAS), is looking forward to seeing more business growth in Egypt after “some years of problems” in the country.

Stats the way to do it: Harness the data deluge

The burgeoning amount of operational data pumped out by the global commercial fleet looks set to become a windfall for MRO providers. However, as Chuck Grieve explains, first, operators have to learn to interpret the data.

Turkey’s Defence Budget – the fallout from high inflation and a weak lira

Fenella McGerty, principal analyst, defence budgets, Jane’s by IHS Markit gives her assessment of the current Turkish defence concerns

F-16Vs to the rescue of Bahrain's age concern

Bahrain is to recapitalise its ageing fighter force with the purchase of 19 new-build Block 70 F-16Vs and via the upgrade of its 20 surviving Block 40 F-16C/Ds to the same standard.

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