Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a More »

 

Category Archives: Avaition & Transportation

Saudi national carrier operates first Baghdad flight in 27 years

:: State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines will launch its first flight to Baghdad in 27 years on Monday. The airline, also known as Saudia, will depart from the Red Sea city of Jeddah barely two weeks after Saudi budget carrier flynas

Saudi Airlines to operate regular Baghdad route starting Oct. 30

:: Saudia Airlines will begin its first flight to Baghdad on Oct. 30 in what will be the first flight to the Iraqi capital after 27 years of interruption. The news comes after Saudi budget airline Flynas last week made

Air Berlin seeks damages from Etihad — Rheinische Post

Air Berlin

:: German airline Air Berlin is demanding damages from its part-owner Etihad Airways for letting it become insolvent and it hopes for payment of at least €10 million, Air Berlin’s administrator told a German newspaper. “We are in negotiations with

Malaysia Airlines appoints group CEO to replace Bellew

:: Malaysia Airlines Berhad on Friday appointed Captain Izham Ismail as group chief executive officer designate with immediate effect following the departure of Peter Bellew after just over a year in the job. Izham, who has served as chief operating

First Saudi commercial flight jets to Baghdad after 27 years

:: Saudi budget carrier flynas on Wednesday made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighboring Iraq show signs of improvement. “Our first flight took off today from Riyadh to Baghdad,” the company wrote

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

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