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Flydubai in early talks for largest ever airplane order
Government-owned airline flydubai is in early talks with planemakers Boeing and Airbus to place its largest-ever airplane order, CEO Chief Executive Ghaith Al-Ghaith said on Tuesday.
Qatar Airways orders 20 Boeing 777X long-haul jets
Qatar Airways on Tuesday ordered 20 Boeing 777X long-haul aircraft worth $8.8 billion at list prices, boosting the US aviation giant at Britain’s Farnborough International Airshow.
Riyadh Air signs 5-year deal to use GE Aerospace’s software
Riyadh Air signed a five-year agreement on Monday to use GE Aerospace’s flight operations software, the airline has announced.
Flydubai says expansion plans hindered by Boeing delays
Dubai-based carrier flydubai’s fleet expansion plans have been hit by delays to Boeing’s aircraft delivery schedule, the airline said on Monday.
Flydubai set to expand fleet with 7 new aircraft by 2024
flydubai announced that it will receive seven aircraft before the end of 2024 and is on track to hire more than 130 new pilots by the end of this year.
Global Aerospace Summit set to fast-track aviation investments
Representing the aerospace, aviation, space, and defence sectors, the premier thought leadership forum will aim to accelerate investments to drive greater sustainability, youth engagement and innovation for the industry.
UAE flights: Flydubai adds two destinations in Iran
Flydubai announced today the launch of direct flights to two new destinations in Iran. This includes the start of a four-times weekly service to Kish Island from September 7 and a twice-weekly service to Kerman from September 9.
Abu Dhabi airports report 40% surge in travelers
Abu Dhabi’s airports saw around 22.4 million travelers in 2023, a 40 percent increase from the previous year, driven largely by passengers from the Indian subcontinent, official data showed.
Middle East carriers witness 15.3% air cargo demand growth in May: IATA
Middle Eastern airlines witnessed a 15.3 percent year-on-year demand growth for cargo in May, driven by growing e-commerce and maritime issues, an analysis showed.
Kuwait Airways, Thai Airways deal to boost tourism
Kuwait Airways announced on Tuesday the signing of a codeshare agreement with Thai Airways, which will allow the code to be used for flights between Kuwait and Bangkok and from Kuwait to many destinations across Europe, starting on Wednesday.
Saudia tops Kingdom’s airlines in May for passenger satisfaction and resolution: GACA
Saudi Arabia’s flagship carrier, Saudia, registered the fewest complaints among the Kingdom’s airlines and documented a 95 percent resolution rate, according to official data.
Kuwait Airways announces first flight to Salalah
Kuwait Airways announced Wednesday its first flight to Oman’s Salalah, with three scheduled flights per week on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.
Kuwait and UAE civil aviation bodies sign security agreement
Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and its Emirati counterpart signed on Monday an agreement to put security personnel on civilian aircraft traveling to both countries.
Middle Eastern airlines set for $3.8bn profit surge in 2024: IATA
Middle Eastern airlines are set to see profits in 2024 surge 22.5 percent from previous estimates to reach $3.8 billion, according to the latest forecast by the International Air Transport Association.
IATA summit in Dubai focuses on airline industry challenges
Geopolitical and economic changes, safety, and emissions are in the spotlight at the 80th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit that commenced in Dubai on June 2.
Emirates president asks Boeing for compensation over 777x delays
Emirates President Tim Clark on Sunday called on Boeing to compensate the airline for delays in the development of the US planemaker’s latest 777 jet, which the carrier has bought.
Saudi Shoura Council calls on GACA to establish low-cost airports around Riyadh
Saudi Arabia will soon assess the feasibility of establishing low-cost airports around Riyadh following a call from the Kingdom’s Shoura Council.
Riyadh Air and Saudia agree new joint training programs
Saudi Arabia’s two national airlines will work together to train pilots, aircraft crews and other aviation employees thanks to a new deal.
Saudi aviation industry likely to create 35,000 new jobs by 2030
Saudi Arabia unveiled its first “State of Aviation” report, highlighting the sector’s contributions to the Kingdom’s economic growth, as industry leaders gathered for the Future Aviation Forum.
Saudi aviation sector contributes $21bn to GDP: GACA
Saudi Arabia is experiencing steady growth in its aviation sector, contributing $21 billion to the Kingdom’s gross domestic product in 2023 and solidifying its position as a global tourism hub.
Sky’s the limit: Saudi Arabia’s Future Aviation Forum 2024 will help fuel Kingdom’s Vision 2030
Aviation leaders and key figures from across the globe will convene in Riyadh for the Future Aviation Forum 2024, a three-day event highlighting the strides in global air travel innovation, coinciding with Saudi Arabia’s ambition to generate $100 billion from the sector by 2030.
British Airways to resume Jeddah operations, enhancing UK-Saudi connectivity
British Airways is set to resume operations in Jeddah after a five-year hiatus, aiming to enhance connectivity to the Kingdom, the airline said.
Saudi Arabia to reveal roadmap to turn aviation sector into $2bn industry
An ambitious roadmap setting out how Saudi Arabia will grow its aviation sector tenfold into a $2 billion industry will be unveiled at a special event in May.
Riyadh Air, STA ink deal to launch new routes and destinations
Saudi Arabia’s second flag carrier Riyadh Air will soon announce more routes and destinations thanks to a new agreement with the Kingdom’s official tourism body.
Dubai's RTA announces new Metro protocols for peak hours
New daily protocols are being implemented at Dubai Metro stations to ensure passengers' safety, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Tuesday.
Saudi airports awarded customer experience accreditation, elevating travel services
Customer service offerings at 16 Saudi airports have been recognized with a prestigious global award.
Dubai ruler approves new $35bn airport terminal
Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum approved a new passenger terminal in Al Maktoum International airport worth 128 billion dirhams ($34.85 billion), he said on Sunday in a post on X.
UAE flights: Abu Dhabi Airports serves 6.9 million passengers in 3 months
Abu Dhabi Airports, the operator of five airports in the emirate, recorded a more than 35 per cent surge in passenger traffic at 6.9 million passengers in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2023 when the figures were 5.1 million.
All Saudi airports achieve 100% complaint resolution in March: GACA
All airports in Saudi Arabia that received passengers’ complaints in March resolved them on time, according to the General Authority of Civil Aviation.
KAC records high rates of operational activities
Kuwait Airways Company (KAC) on Saturday announced the increase in the percentage of its operational activities in the movement of aircraft and passengers during the months of November and December 2023, January and February 2024.
1.06 million travelled through Kuwait airport
The Kuwait Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Tuesday that the total number of passengers during March reached 1,067,674. DGCA Acting Director General for Aviation Safety and Air Transport Affairs Abdullah Al-Rajhei said in a press release that Kuwait International Airport witnessed a decrease in passenger traffic by eight percent and a rise in flights by seven percent, whereas air cargo increased by 14 percent compared to the previous year.
Folk Maritime shipping line receives first vessel at Jeddah Port
Saudi Arabia’s Folk Maritime shipping line welcomed its inaugural vessel, Sunset X, at the Jeddah Islamic Port, aiming to bolster the Kingdom’s logistics capabilities.
Dubai-UK travel: Emirates flight diverted due to Storm Kathleen
An Emirates flight from Dubai to the UK city of Glasgow has been diverted to London Gatwick due to Storm Kathleen and affected passengers have been accommodated in a hotel.
Saudi airline flynas receives 50th A320neo Airbus plane amid fleet expansion
Saudi low-cost carrier flynas has received its 50th jetliner from Airbus out of an order of more than 100 aircraft, as it continues to pursue its growth and expansion plans.
Riyadh Air and Artefact partner to build data analytics platform, develop AI solutions
Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Air is set to build a data analytics platform and develop artificial intelligence solutions, thanks to a strategic partnership with global consultancy firm Artefact.
KAC sets schedule for summer flights
Kuwait Airways on Saturday declared the schedule of its summer flights, with a concentration on high-demand destinations in the June–September period.
Flynas increases passenger capacity by 25%
Travelers to Saudi Arabia will be able to enjoy greater flight availability thanks to the Kingdom’s flynas airline increasing its capacity by 25 percent.
Transport investments to fuel UAE construction market annual growth of 3%: GlobalData
The UAE’s construction market is projected to grow by an average of 3 percent a year until 2028, driven by transport and renewable energy investments, according to GlobalData.
Etihad Airways to hire 2,000 pilots, cabin crew, mechanics this year
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will recruit up to 2,000 pilots, cabin crew and mechanics this year as it prepares for expansion in 2025 when the airline plans to add 15 more planes to its fleet.
Etihad Airways announces more flights between Abu Dhabi, Rome
Etihad Airways announced double-daily flights to Rome. The national airline of the UAE is boosting its services between Abu Dhabi Zayed International (AUH) to Rome (FCO) from 11 weekly to twice a day from November 1, 2024 to meet growing customer demand.
Saudi aviation professions localization plan enters 2nd phase
The number of Saudi flight attendants and fixed-wing pilots is set to increase as the localization plan for the Kingdom’s aviation sector enters its second phase.
Flydubai hires 1,000 new employees as it posts record Dh2.1 billion profit
Flydubai on Thursday said its 2023 profits jumped 75 per cent to a record Dh2.1 billion on the back of strong organic growth amidst strong growth in the aviation industry.
Dubai's budget carrier Flydubai reports record-breaking Dh2.1 billion profit in 2023
The Dubai-based budget carrier Flydubai saw record profits of Dh2.1 billion ($572 million) in 2023, boosted by carrying the most passengers ever across its network, the company announced Thursday.
Saudi civil aviation delegation visits Chinese aircraft manufacturing company, economic zone
A high-ranking delegation from Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation sector has visited the headquarters of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China in Shanghai, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
Saudi Arabia and China explore investment opportunities in civil aviation
Saudi Arabia and China explore investment opportunities in civil aviation
Saudi Arabia’s AlUla airport welcomes first direct flight from Jordan
AlUla International Airport received its first Royal Jordanian Airlines flight on Saturday, with the opening of a new direct route from Amman.
AlUla’s battery-powered tramway, a pivotal step in green transportation
AlUla’s battery-powered tramway is a testament to Saudi Arabia’s journey toward a sustainable, innovative transportation system, insists a top official from the company behind its design.
Saudi Arabia Railways transports 11m passengers, 25m tonnes of cargo in 2023
Saudi Arabia Railways transported more than 11 million passengers in 2023, a growth rate of more than 50 percent.
UAE-Pakistan flights: New low-cost carrier announces launch; will airfares get cheaper?
Flying between the UAE and Pakistan is set to become cheaper as the South Asian country’s low-cost carrier Fly Jinnah has announced the launch of operations to connect the two countries.
Dubai South records highest-ever business aviation movements in 2023
The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) at Dubai South recorded 16,657 private jet movements in 2023, a growth of 8 per cent over 2022, marking the highest-ever movements achieved in Dubai.
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