Tillerson off to Middle East, South Asia with eye on Iran, Iraq

:: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson heads to the Middle East, South Asia and Europe this week on a diplomatic mission focused on conflicts in Iraq and Syria and blunting Iranian More »

King Salman makes telephone call to Iraqi PM Abadi

:: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a telephone call to Prime Minister Dr. Haydar Al-Abadi of Iraq today. According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), during the telephone conversation, they reviewed More »

Saudi-Iraqi military talks held in Riyadh

:: The Iraqi Defense Ministry said that Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Othman Al-Ghanmi headed a high-level military delegation on Monday for a two-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the More »

UAE says to announce government reshuffle

:: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, said in a tweet a government reshuffle will be announced later on More »

Emir of Qatar: We are ready for dialogue to solve the crisis

:: Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said during the conclusion of his Asian tour in Indonesia that Doha is ready for dialogue to resolve the Arab boycott crisis. Sheikh Tamim More »

 

Category Archives: Avaition & Transportation

Royal Jordanian eyes operating profit this year, CEO says

:: Royal Jordanian Airlines expects to make an operating profit this year as it pushes ahead with a turnaround plan, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday. “I am pretty confident that after the first five months of this year,

Etihad Aviation Group appoints former airport chief as CEO

:: Etihad Aviation Group has named Tony Douglas, who has run both Abu Dhabi and Heathrow airports, as CEO at a time the group’s airline is undergoing a strategic review after investments in troubled carriers contributed to a big loss

Etihad Airways pilot dies on-board during flight to Amsterdam

:: An Etihad Airways pilot passed away while operating a flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, forcing the flight to divert its path and make an emergency landing in Kuwait. In a statement on Wednesday, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said

Ryanair could ground more planes, CEO Michael O’Leary says

:: Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary on Thursday said he could not rule out axing more flights, but added any additional cancelations would not be linked to ongoing pilot roster problems. O’Leary told the Irish company’s annual general meeting in

The code you do not want to see on your boarding pass

:: If you are about to embark on a journey to the US and you see “SSSS” code on your boarding pass, then be prepared for a potentially lengthy experience at security. The code is part of the ongoing crackdown

Saudi Arabia trains 1st women air traffic controllers

:: Saudi women will be trained to work as air traffic controllers, the Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) has announced. SANS said it was offering theoretical and practical training to 80 women per year to prepare them for work in

After Etihad Airways withdrew funding, pilots ground Air Berlin flights

:: Insolvent Air Berlin (AB1.DE) canceled about 100 flights on Tuesday after pilots called in sick in unusually high numbers, potentially hampering an attempt to find investors to rescue Germany’s second-largest airline. Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy protection last month

Pakistan’s loss-making national carrier appoints new CEO

:: Loss-making Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday named Musharraf Rasool Cyan as its new chief executive, entrusting him with turning around the national carrier’s fortunes after a turbulent year. Cyan, who PIA described as a ‘professional technocrat’, will face

Latest Air Berlin bidder looks to focus on holiday routes

:: A German businessman joined the field of potential bidders for insolvent Air Berlin on Monday, proposing to focus on only a few routes to holiday destinations. Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection in August after shareholder

British Airways calls on UK to tackle long airport queues

:: British Airways (BA) has called on UK border authorities to address “serious inefficiencies” causing long delays at airport immigration controls ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union. BA said difficulties processing passengers after a new electronic gate system

Regulator, Airbus issue software fix for A350 on explosion risk

:: European aviation safety authorities have issued an emergency directive for operators of the Airbus A350-900 long-haul aircraft to upload a software fix to prevent potential overheating of the hydraulic system and a risk of explosion. Airbus has delivered over

Saudi Arabia’s new airline to target young, tech-savvy travelers

:: Saudi Arabian Airlines’ low cost carrier will start flights next month, aiming to carve out a new market among the country’s young, tech-savvy population. Flyadeal, a subsidiary of the state-controlled holding company that also owns national carrier Saudia, will

Emirates denies one of its planes has been targeted with a bomb

:: A spokesman for Emirates Airlines said that the national carrier has strongly denied reports that one of its planes had been targeted for bombing on Monday, confirming that the news was baseless to local newspaper Emarat Alyoum. Lebanese Interior

Saudi Airlines: Unable to transport Qatar pilgrims due to lack of permission

:: Saudi Airlines has said it has so far been unable to schedule its flights to transport Qatari pilgrims from Hamad International Airport in Doha due to lack of permission from the latter’s side. The airlines’ general director, Eng. Saleh

Police: ISIS directed Australian men to build bomb for Etihad Airways flight

:: A senior ISIS commander directed a group of Australian men to build a bomb destined for an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney, police alleged Friday. The improvised explosive device was due to be smuggled onto the July 15

Egyptian plane lands safely in Medina after smoke alert

:: An Egyptian plane landed safely, shortly after taking off from Medina Airport in Saudi Arabia because of smoke reported in the pilot cabin. The General Authority of Civil Aviation said in a press statement that the air control unit

Qatar Airways reverses decision to buy into American Airlines

:: Qatar Airways will not proceed with its proposed financial investment in American Airlines Group Inc, reversing an earlier decision to build a stake of up to 4.75 percent in the US carrier. “Further review of the proposed financial investment,

Tour operator Thomas Cook back to Tunisia after UK travel advice shifts

:: Tour operator Thomas Cook will restart holidays in Tunisia now that Britain has softened its travel advice to the country, the firm’s boss said on Thursday. The move, which came as the company reiterated its full-year outlook, should be

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