Aircraft News - Africa / Middle East.


Jun 11, 2007

Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines is seeking two dedicated freighters to meet increased European demand for transport of fresh produce. Jun 5, 2007

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways intends to add narrowbody aircraft to its fleet in order to cut down on the number of regional services it operates with widebodies. "We are currently sourcing for a minimum of six to nine A319/A320 aircraft for our regional routes," CEO James Hogan at this week's IATA GM in Vancouver. Etihad plans to lease or buy the aircraft "depending what is available on the market and what's best for the carrier," he said. They are scheduled to enter service by year end on routes to destinations like Doha, Bahrain and Muscat among others. Etihad expects to turn its first profit by 2010, when portions of its new terminal in Abu Dhabi will become operational. It expects to carry more than 5 million passengers in 2007 and currently operates 25 aircraft. Hogan said it will add six freighters this year and "at the Paris Air Show I tell you more about further new aircraft." Jun 7, 2007

Kuwait Airways, Airbus, Boeing

State-owned airline Kuwait Airways plans to buy 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and seven Airbus A320s from a local firm that has standing orders for the aircraft, a local newspaper said on Monday. Al-Watan newspaper said the airline would buy the aircraft from Aviation Lease and Finance Co. (ALAFCO), which has confirmed contracts with the aircraft makers to avoid delays in delivery. It cited sources familiar with the talks. KAC has said it was in talks with Airbus and Boeing to renew its ageing fleet. The paper said the memorandum of understanding would give Kuwait Airways the option to buy 7 extra A320 planes. ALAFCO would be able to deliver the A320s in 2009 and the Boeings in 2010. Jun 5, 2007

Qatar Airways, Airbus

Qatar Airways is the largest all-Airbus operator in the Middle East and is a customer of the...

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