Airline News - Africa / Middle East.


New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Apr 18, 2010

Corendon Airlines Dutch court fined Milan resident Thomas Salme EUR2,000 (USD2,700) for piloting commercial passenger jets in European countries "for more than a decade" without a license, the Associated Press reported. Salme was apprehended in the cockpit of a Corendon Airlines 737 shortly before it was to depart from Amsterdam Schiphol for Ankara carrying 101 passengers. AP reported that he once attended a flight school in Sweden but never received certification for passenger aircraft, yet the court said he logged "thousands" of hours of flight time for airlines in the UK, Italy and Belgium including Italy's Air One. Prosecutors said he possessed a fake license that contained several spelling errors. The court ruling left open the possibility that he eventually could apply for an actual license. Apr 14, 2010

El Al Israel Airlines El Al Israel Airlines has started a promotion whereby passengers who buy a roundtrip ticket from a major US city to Israel via their airline, will be given a free cell phone to use when they are in Israel on that trip and future trips as well. This promotion is available for departures before June 30, 2010, and travel may be booked either thru EL AL online at or via any travel agent. After the EL AL passenger purchases and receives their ticket, they will also receive a code and a link to the registration site ( ) with simple instructions regarding the cell phone delivery to a location of their choice in Israel. Once an assigned phone number is received, it belongs to the passenger. A free phone charger included and other accessories such as earphones, blue tooth headsets, car chargers, and more are available and attractively priced. For details and restrictions, visit Apr 13, 2010

Emirates Airlines Emirates already cancelled all flights from Dubai and put passengers up in hotels. Airline passengers are facing massive disruption across the UK after an ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounded planes. Airports operator BAA said all flights from Heathrow and Stansted would be suspended from midday. In Scotland all airports are...

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