Middle East
Iran indicts 10 officials over downed Ukrainian passenger jet
Air Crash Investigations

Iran has officially indicted 10 officials over the Ukrainian passenger jet that was accidentally shot down by Iranian authorities in January 2020, a military prosecutor confirmed on Tuesday. According to local news agencies, Gholam Abbas Torki, the outgoing military prosecutor for Tehran, said, “Indictments have been issued for 10 officials involved in the crash of […]

Qatar again flags interest in 777X freighter variant
Airlines

Qatar Airways has again flagged interest in a potential future Boeing 777X freighter variant, as Boeing continues to be weighed down by delays on its 777X passenger jet program. Qatar’s chief executive Akbar Al Baker stated that the airlines would “definitely be interested to look into” a freighter version of the upcoming large, wide-body, long-range […]

Etihad to scale down to mid-size carrier, focus on wide-body fleet
Airlines

Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad has announced it will continue to scale down its operations and focus on becoming a mid-sized, full service carrier. With the announcement, Etihad has streamlined its organisational structure and removed a number of senior executive roles, announced employee layoffs, and said it will concentrate future operations on its wide-body fleet. It […]

‘Wellness’ certificates may be the new ‘visas’ that permit air travel: Etihad
Airlines

Airlines will need to meet a “harmonised” standard of health measures as air travel returns following the global pandemic, according to the CEO of Etihad Airways. “I can see that wellness certification will become a necessary function of how the whole of the world comes back to flying,” Tony Douglas told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble last […]

Qatar delays Airbus deliveries, Boeing talks continue
Airlines

Almost three months after drawing a hard line with planemakers on upcoming aircraft deliveries, Qatar Airways and Airbus appear to have reached an agreement to delay a number of the airline’s scheduled deliveries. Qatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker confirmed at the virtual CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit on Wednesday that it had successfully deferred […]

Etihad slapped with temporary ban from flying to China
Airlines

Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad has been slapped with an additional one-week ban on flying into China, after five passengers onboard a flight to Shanghai tested positive for COVID-19. The Chinese government has announced that the UAE flag carrier will have its Abu Dhabi to Shanghai route suspended from 24 August. The new ban extends upon […]

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