• Taipei warns Chinese carriers against using border routes

    The Taiwanese Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) has warned Chinese carriers not to use four air routes unilaterally opened by China over the Taiwan Strait as operations there can pose a safety danger, The Taipei Times has reported. The CAA said that by allowing northbound traffic to use the M503 route, as well as by unilaterally […]

  • Cabinet allows foreign airlines to acquire Air India equity

    The Cabinet of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved changes to local legislation which had previously barred foreign investment in state-owned national carrier, Air India (AI, Mumbai Int’l). Minutes of the latest Cabinet meeting state that foreign airlines will now be allowed to control up to 49% of Air India’s paid up share capital. […]

  • Iran Air expects delays in deliveries of first Boeing jets

    The Iranian government has said it expects delays in the delivery of its first Boeing jets. Iran Air (IR, Tehran Mehrabad) ordered fifty B737 MAX 8s, fifteen B777-300(ER)s, and fifteen B777-9s from the US manufacturer in December 2016 with deliveries of its first jets – B777-300(ER)s – having been scheduled for April this year. However, […]

  • Ethiopian to lease two B737-800(SF)s from GECAS

    Ethiopian Aviation Holding Group has announced that its Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services unit has committed to lease two B737-800(SF)s from GECAS. The aircraft, which will undergo conversion with Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI), will deliver in June 2018 and January 2019 respectively. Ethiopian’s last B737 freighter, B737-400(F) ET-AQV (msn 28493), was written off in January […]

  • Oman Air congratulated by GE Aviation for its record breaking Boeing 787 engine change

    Oman Air was recently praised by GE Aviation, for its record breaking Boeing 787 engine change. The procedure was completed in just 20 hours, earning Oman Air world-wide recognition for its remarkable engineering feat. The record breaking achievement was acknowledged at the recent Dubai Air show, where Oman Air’s EVP Engineering & Maintenance, Eng. Ali […]

  • Etihad Airways named favourite international airline by Condé Nast Traveller readers

    Etihad Airways has been honoured by readers of Condé Nast Traveller India as their favourite international airline for the second consecutive year. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates was acknowledged for its hospitality and service in both its Premium and Economy cabins during the 2017 awards ceremony attended by the travel industry and […]

  • Turkish Airlines announces a commitment to order 20+5 A350s

    Turkish Airlines and Airbus today signed an MoU to acquire 20+5 optional A350-900 aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s official visit to France with French President Emmanuel Macron. “With Turkish Airlines serving more destinations than any other airline around the world, we will be delighted […]

  • IATA: Middle East carriers had a 4.9% demand increase, which was lowest among regions

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), climbed 8.8% in November 2017 compared to the year-earlier period. This was an increase from the 5.8% annual growth recorded in October 2017. Despite indicators pointing to air cargo having passed a […]

  • Niki’s bankruptcy relocated to Austria, IAG deal in question

    A Berlin regional court (Landgericht) has ruled that Niki’s bankruptcy proceedings should be conducted in the Austrian regional court in Korneuburg rather than in Germany, thus putting in jeopardy an IAG International Airlines Group takeover deal. The ruling, issued on January 8, follows a complaint lodged by FairPlane, a passenger compensation claims company. According to […]

  • China relaxes fare rules on competitive domestic routes

    The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) relaxed fare setting rules on domestic services operated by more than five carriers last Friday, The Financial Times has reported. According to the newspaper, carriers have been allowed to reduce fares on the most competitive routes by up to 10%, effective immediately. The move is intended to increase […]

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