The Official Airline Guide (OAG) of UK expects the low cost carrier (LCC) market in the Middle East to hold 20 per cent of the air market. They observed that one in every five worldwide flight was operated by...
Thursday was kept as the last trade-only day at Le Bourget. On Friday and Saturday the deal makers will move to their places around the runway to allow the visitors see aerobatic displays and the latest planes. On the last...

Air Battles

While Airbus and Boeing battle for jetliner orders, another battle is raging over the engines that power the planes. Some of the major players include Pratt & Whitney, General Electric Co, and Rolls Royce. Airlines purchase engines separately as each jetliner...
It was a concern way back in 2009 that Dubai might over take Heathrow as a major international hub if Heathrow was not given a third runway. Well that concern may actually come to be in the next four years...
Paris Air Show seems to go from strength to strength each day. The highlight of the show was definitely the Skytrax Awards. Skytrax Skytrax guarantee total transparency across the World Airline Survey process, and the awards operate on a not-for-profit basis...
Airbus Airbus continues to dominate the show bagging orders on Tuesday. The new Airbus A320neo aircraft unveiled the largest deal of at least 100 orders from airlines in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. as well as from leasing companies. The...
Airbus is planning on dazzling the Paris Air Show, however Boeing is taking things slowly and its looking more long term. Boeing Co. is leaning toward a bigger version of the 787 Dreamliner as the U.S. company seeks to dominate...
The Paris Air Show 2011, would be a prestigious event for Airbus, thanks to Asian carriers. Budget airlines have taken off on a lucrative venture in the Asian subcontinent. A budget airline company seems to prop up practically in every...
With the continuing disruption due to the volcanic ashes, Qantas airlines has cut back its growth forecasts. The Australian carrier had to cancel all flights in and out of Perth as ash from Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Chile spread...
With increasing fuel prices, airlines are striving to remain profitable. A five percent hike in the fares is the proposed rate, according to a senior International Air Transport Association (IATA) official. "With no sign of a significant decline in oil...
An erupting volcano and its ash is now affecting air travel. The cloud of ash, from Chile is drifting over the Atlantic and Indian oceans to lie over southern parts of New Zealand and Australia. Qantas Airways, an Australian carrier...
Qatar Airways has purchased 35% stake in the Luxembourg freight carrier, Cargolux. The deal, according to the airlines, marks the beginning of a strategic partnership between two companies. For Qatar Airways, the move has helped them with their expansion plans...
The International Air Transport Association (IATA), during its Annual General Meeting in Singapore, said that the profit earning potential of Middle Eastern carriers for 2011 will be down to $100 million (Dh370 million). The decrease is attributed to high...
Jazeera Airways, the largest carrier flying out of Kuwait tops in operational performance and continue to lead in market shares on all major routes it operates. The company secured a month-on-month lead in market share since July 2009 and...
The global airline industry has warned the European Union against a plan on charging airlines (in Europe) for emissions from 2012, in a war of words. The EU in a solo effort is aiming to include the aviation industry...
  Flydubai has recorded an increase in seat occupancy since its inception in two years. The success is attributed to an effective pricing mechanism. Chief analyst, Saj Ahmad, said that Flydubai is one of the most low cost airlines and...
Throughout the last two decades the gulf carriers have been competing with western counterparts mainly the European for air space, passengers and overall service. Now the competition is on for a new market, the $68 billion air freight market....
Middle East airlines are confident of making profit irrespective of the unrest in Bahrain, Yemen and Syria. According to data from IATA, airlines are likely to make broader growth in the coming months. This is generally reflected by other...
One of the Arab world's largest carriers, the Emirates, announced the successful close of its US dollar "Reg S" bond issue at $1 billion and has picked four banks for a possible dollar bond issue. Government-owned Emirates has chosen...
Running successfully into its eleventh year, the Airport Show opened on Tuesday at the Dubai Airport Expo Centre. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and CEO of...
Come September and Flydubai will start flights to three destinations in Ukraine including Kiev, Kharkov and Donetsk. With this new routes, flydubai's global reach now extends to 40 destinations. Flights to the three destinations will start after Eid. Flights to...
Low-cost airline, Flydubai plans to recruit 600 pilots within the next four years with a view to keep pace with its growing fleet and its rapidly expanding route network, according to reports by this airline on Wednesday. The budget airlines,...

'The Dubai Airport Authority has been in discussions with the Dubai Police to tighten security system and increase safety of travel.', reports a senior official of the Dubai International Airport. The President of Dubai Civil Aviation, Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed...
Emirates airlines recorded a profit, 52 percent high, and has surpassed Lufthansa to become the leader among international airlines. The airline posts its 23rd consecutive year of profit with a performance of US$1.5bn (Dh5.5bn) till March 31. The carrier...
Two UAE based carriers, Etihad and Emirates have announced cuts in air fare, in a bid to ensure summer traffic is not affected. The fall in oil prices is cited as the reason for this initiative. Emirates, the Dubai-based...

Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, reported a fall in its first quarter profit for the year 2011. This is seen to be a result of the rising oil prices,...