RIYADH, 17 January 2017: Low-cost Saudi carrier flynas on Monday signed an USD8.6-billion deal with European plane manufacturer Airbus to purchase 80 A320neo single-aisle jets.
Flynas chairman Ayed al-Jeaid said at a ceremony in Riyadh that the deal includes an option for 40 more of the short to medium-haul planes, to cater for what airline executives described as a growing domestic market.
Bander al-Mohanna, the chief executive of NAS Holding, of which flynas is a division, signed the agreement with Fouad Attar, Middle East director for France-based Airbus. Read more
KUWAIT CITY, 16 January 2017: A German plane carrying 299 passengers made an emergency landing in Kuwait on Sunday over a hoax bomb threat, authorities in the Gulf emirate said.
The aircraft was operated by Eurowings, a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, that competes head-on with Ryanair and Easyjet.
The aircraft was travelling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany when the captain requested an emergency landing. Read more
DOHA, 12 January 2017: Qatar Airways celebrated a successful 2016 through strategic investments, fleet and partnership expansion claiming it will add another 14 destinations to its network over 2017 to 2018.
At a time when airlines are downsizing, Qatar Airways inaugurated 14 new destinations across its global network and welcomed 19 new aircraft to its fleet, taking the count to 192.
The airline in a review of 2016 said it had made strategic investments in other airlines and airline groups. Read more
DUBAI, 10 January 2017: An Emirates flight from Muscat to Dubai was cancelled after baggage handlers discovered a snake in the aircraft’s cargo hold.
The animal was found before Sunday’s flight from Oman departed, the airline said in a statement, adding that the aircraft was returned to service after being thoroughly searched.
A snake fell from an overhead storage compartment of an Aeromexico flight, last November, confronting first class passengers. Nobody was hurt in the incident, but a few passengers were rattled. Read more
DOHA, 6 January 2017: Qatar Airways has renegotiated an order with Airbus to take delivery only of larger A321 planes, not A320s as originally planned, the Gulf carrier’s chief executive said on Thursday.
The switch to the different aircraft comes after the airline refused to accept four A320neos last year over issues with their engines.
“We are going to take all A321s, there will be no more A320s,” Baker told reporters at a press event in Doha. Read more
ABU DHABI, 21 December 2016: Etihad Airways has begun cutting jobs in a restructuring process to reduce cost as it faces tough competition and a weakened global economy, the Emirati carrier said on Monday.
A spokesman for the carrier owned by the government of oil-rich Abu Dhabi said the process had started, but declined to comment on how many jobs would be axed.
The firm, which has 26,769 employees, said in a statement the restructuring would result in a “measured reduction of headcount in some parts of the business”. Read more
DOHA, 14 December 2016: Qatar Airways will introduce its A380 on the Melbourne route 30 June 2017.
The 517-seat A380 aircraft will increase Qatar Airways’ current daily seat capacity on the route by 44% to meet growing travel demand.
Seven years ago Melbourne was the first destination in Australia for Qatar Airways, but it has since added services to Perth, Sydney and Adelaide. Read more
BANGKOK, 14 December 2016: Minor Hotels will introduce its Anantara brand to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2019.
The group plans to open the Anantara Jeddah Resort that will be located on the waterfront in Obhur, the city’s upmarket northern district.
Offering 226 rooms and 102 two to five-bedroom villas, the property is owned by SAB Group. Read more
DOHA, 7 December 2016: Qatar Airways will offer daily nonstop flights between Doha and Dublin, the capital of the Ireland, starting 12 June 2017.
Situated on Ireland’s east coast, Dublin features many cultural and historic highlights and has long attracted visitors from all over the world.
Its most popular historical attractions are St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, but the city also serves as the gateway to all of Ireland. Read more
DOHA, 28 November 2016: Qatar Airways has increased daily capacity to Cape Town, with the introduction of a Boeing 777 serving the route from this month.
It will add 158 seats per day on the Doha to Cape Town route for passengers.
Cape Town is a popular South Africa destination and November heralds the start of the main holiday season. Read more