ME Airlines Lead Aviation Rebound

Middle East airlines recorded a 10.5 per cent international passenger demand growth in November, says IATA.

Qatar Airways’ Al Baker Dismisses Dreamliner Concerns

The carrier’s chief executive has said he is not worried by the latest faults to affect Boeing’s 787 aircraft.

Etihad Profits From South China Exports

Etihad Cargo announces new direct weekly freighter operation from Abu Dhabi to Guangzhou.

UAE Discussing Rafale Jets With France

The on-off negotiations over 60 fighter jets have been ongoing for several years.

Further Problems For Boeing Dreamliner Aircrafts

Two more 787s have been grounded after mechanical problems and fuel leaks.

Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines Orders 10 A320neos

Fuel burn savings, reliability and cabin comfort made it “a sound investment” choice.

Gulf Airlines Battle For Polish Business

Gulf carriers are looking to capitalise on national carrier LOT’s precarious commercial situation, and others regionally

Qatar Airways Starts Gassim Flights

It marks the airline’s fifth route in Saudi, alongside Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina and Dammam

Airberlin CEO Steps Down

The German airline, in which Etihad has a 29 per cent stake, will now be headed by strategy chief Wolfgang Prock-Schauer.

Gulf Air To Drop Three Routes

Gulf Air cited “commercial reasons” for the decision, which will place the carrier under renewed scrutiny.

Emirates Expands Asian Network

A fifth daily non-stop service is being introduced between Dubai and Bangkok, swelling services to 35 flights a week from March 31.

Exclusive: Dubai World Central Airport May Open Early For Passengers

The passenger complex at the new Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport could open as soon as Q1 2013.

India’s Jet Airways Confirms Stake Sale Talks With Etihad

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad could pay up to $330 million for a 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways, says source.

Emirates Upgrades Lusaka And Harare

A three-class Boeing B777-300ER will be deployed from February, providing more seats and cargo space

New Route Boosts Dubai-Georgia Trade Links

FlyGeorgia has begun services to Dubai, its fourth Middle East route

Etihad Close To Buying Stake In India’s Jet Airways

The Abu Dhabi-based airline is in final stages to acquire a part of the Indian carrier, say sources.

Concourse A Opens At Dubai International

EK003, which took off at 1439 from Dubai to London Heathrow, became Concourse A’s first flight.

Kingfisher Plays Down License Expiry

The license withdrawal shows regulators remain concerned by the airline’s funding plans and it is another blow for the carrier which had hoped to mark the new year with a return to operations

Qatar Airways Rebuts LDI Denials

German Emirati joint venture company Lindner Depa Interiors (LDI) denied delaying the opening of the New Doha International Airport.

Oman Awards $108.5m Airport Contract To US Firm

The sultanate is expanding the Muscat airport’s terminal building and the airfield.

Saudi Arabia To Issue Bonds For Jeddah, Riyadh Airports

The Kingdom’s aviation authority launched its first sukuk in 2012 and raised SAR15 billion to fund the Jeddah airport development.

Etihad Exceeds 2012 Target; Carries Over 10m People

The Abu Dhabi airline is set to achieve a 22 per cent year-on-year increase in passenger numbers.

Emirates Gears Up for Double Daily A380s to New York and Paris

The expansion dovetails with the opening of Concourse A, the world’s first purpose-built A380 concourse, at Dubai International Airport in January

Emirates And CAE Investment Tops $260 million

The Emirates CAE Flight Training Centre services over 200 aviation clients and trains more than 10,000 pilots and technicians a year

New Airline Operating Licences In Saudi May Take 3-6 Months

Qatar Airways and Bahrain’s Gulf Air have become the first foreign airlines to obtain carrier licences in the Kingdom.

Qatar Airways Sues German Emirati JV For $600m

Airline claims Lindner Depa Interiors was to build 19 airport lounges at New Doha International Airport by the summer “but failed to complete the project on time”

Emirates Signs Five-Year Partnership With ATP

As part of the deal, Emirates will become the official airline of the ATP World Tour and the new title sponsor of the ATP Rankings.

Dubai’s Ruler Inspects New Emirates’ A380 Terminal

The new facility at Terminal 3 of Dubai’s International Airport is scheduled to receive its first flight in January 2013.

Air India Expands GCC Operations In 2012, Looks To Grow

The Indian carrier recently launched the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft between Dubai and New Delhi.

Abu Dhabi Airport Sees 10% Rise In Nov Passenger Traffic

Over 13.4 million passengers passed through the capital’s airport in the first 11 months of this year.