Middle East Airlines

Kuwait Airways Chairman suspended for announcing plans to buy five A330s from Jet AIrways

Jet Airways A330 fleet at New Delhi IGI airport Terminal 2

Yesterday, Reuters quoting Kuwait Airways Chairman Sami Al-Nesif, reported that Kuwait Airways is buying five A330-200 aircraft from India’s Jet Airways. According to Mr. Al-Nesif, Kuwait Airways wanted to take 11 jets from its old fleet of 17 out of service and use the Jet Airways’ aircraft as a stop gap measure till its order of new Airbus aircraft commence …

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Etihad Airways orders CFM LEAP engine for its A321neo

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced that it has selected CFM International’s advanced LEAP-1A engine to power 26 Airbus A321neo scheduled to begin delivery in 2018. The order is valued at $2.8 billion U.S. at list price, including a long-term services agreement. To support the new fleet, Etihad has signed a 15-year Rate per Flight …

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Qatar Airways Cargo order five new Airbus A330-200F freighters

Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft in an agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow 2013. These new aircraft will complement the airline’s rapidly growing network, which includes more than 40 routes that have dedicated freighter services. Included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options – which would make the deal potentially …

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Jetihad is born. Jet Airways completes 24% stake sale to Etihad Airways

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways and Mumbai-based Jet Airways today announced that they have closed the transaction of a 24% equity stake by Etihad Airways in Jet Airways. In a release they said “All requisite Indian regulatory approvals had been obtained by November 12th, 2013. Jet Airways has, on November 20th, 2013, issued and allotted 27,263,372 equity shares of a face …

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Boeing, flydubai announce historic single-aisle agreement

Boeing and flydubai announced a commitment for up to 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes and 11 Next-Generation 737-800s at the Dubai Airshow. The commitment from the airline of the emirate of Dubai, valued at $11.4 billion at list prices (including orders and purchase rights), is the largest ever Boeing single-aisle airplane purchase in the Middle East. flydubai operates an all-Boeing …

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Emirates to implement Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) Service

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London. Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal.

Emirates Airline has signed an agreement to implement a structured trial of the Airbus Managed Inventory (AMI) service which is expected to lead to a wider implementation thereafter. The AMI service, continuously ensures the automatic replenishment of high-usage and non-repairable parts at the customer’s facilities.The AMI automated inventory management solution supports Airbus customers to reduce their inventory holding costs. By …

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Etihad orders 87 Airbus aircraft

Etihad Airways, of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a firm order on European airframer Airbus S.A.S. for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neo aircraft and one A330-200F freighter worth $26.9 billion at list prices. The contract was signed yesterday at the 2013 Dubai Airshow by James Hogan, Etihad Airways CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. The Airbus A350 …

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Three-way analysis: How does Emirates respond to Jetihad?

By Oussama Salah, Vinay Bhaskara, and Devesh Agarwal Photo copyright Devesh Agarwal The Indian government often makes curious decisions in setting aviation policy. For example, it encouraged Air India to lower prices to gain market share, causing mayhem in the market place and increasing Air India’s losses. It also recently  allowed Air Asia to expand in India by approving a …

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Jetihad is born. Etihad buys 24% stake in Jet Airways for $379 million. To inject additional $220 million.

Etihad Airways to inject additional $220 million in to Jet Airways by Devesh Agarwal We are reproducing the official release. Our analysis of this transaction will follow next week. Jet Airways and Etihad Airways at a glance   Highlights Strategic investment under FDI policy of the Government of India will deliver wide-ranging revenue growth and cost synergy opportunities for both …

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Air France-KLM, Etihad, airberlin enter in to a code share agreement

The Air France-KLM Group, Etihad Airways, and airberlin will implement code-share agreements as of October 28, 2012, which will offer their respective customers more destinations. Air France, KLM, and Etihad code-shares On the routes between Europe and Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways customers will be able to fly on the Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi daily flight operated by KLM. Air France customers will …

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Qatar Airway’s CEO Al Baker throws tantrum at Dubai air show

Airbus A350 XWB is special Qatar Airways Launch Customer livery

The recently concluded Dubai Airshow on November 15th, became the Akbar Al Baker public tantrum show. The capricious boss of Qatar Airways is known for his mercurial temper, and public berating of airframe manufacturers. At the Paris 2009 air show, it was Boeing that was at the receiving end of his verbal broadsides. At this moment, in Dubai, Boeing is …

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In-flight review: Qatar Airways: A320 and 777: Bangalore-Doha-New York – the worst flight of my life

After hearing much about Qatar Airways (QR), it’s 5 star Skytraxx ranking, and its best economy class, I decided to fly the airline on a trip, along with my son, from Bangalore to the United States and return. Outbound (Bangalore-Doha-New York JFK) I should have realised that this trip was jinxed when I received an e-mail from the airline on …

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Emirates’ turbulence incident injures 23, highlights need to wear seat belts at all times

An Emirates airline Boeing 777-21H registration A6-EML performing flight EK530 from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DXB) to Kochi, India (COK) with 350 passengers and 14 crew, was en-route at FL350 (35,000ft) and just about to begin descent towards Kochi, when the airplane experienced severe turbulence for a brief period of time. As per a statement released by the airline, the …

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