Airline News - Africa / Middle East.


Sep 1, 2008

Air Arabia

Air Arabia will launch four-times-weekly Sharjah-Nairobi service on Oct. 26. Sep 3, 2008

Emirates Airlines

Emirates' second A380 will be delayed by a "few weeks," the airline said. Emirates Airlines started commercial service with its first A380 on Aug. 1 with a flight from Dubai to New York JFK and now is operating the aircraft on the route thrice-weekly. It planned to take its second A380 this month and upgrade the Dubai-JFK service to daily but that timeline will be pushed back. "We are negotiating with Airbus the delivery date of a second A380," Emirates said. Airbus said that it still is on track to deliver 12 A380s this year; five currently are in service including four with launch customer Singapore Airlines. The manufacturer announced a fourth delay to the program in May, reducing 2008 deliveries from 13 to 12, 2009 deliveries from 25 to 21 and 2010 deliveries from 42 to as few as 30. Sep 3, 2008

Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways will launch four-times-weekly Abu Dhabi-Lagos-Abuja service next March aboard an A330-200. Aug 27, 2008

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways will operate direct non-stop daily services to New York's JFK International Airport from October 26 using a brand new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The new routing shaves close to three hours from the current 17-hour flying time between Doha and New York. Qatar Airways currently operates to the New York gateway city of Newark via Geneva. As part of the revised operational schedules, Qatar Airways will switch its existing six-flights-a-week between Doha and Newark Liberty International Airport to New YorkAos JFK Airport and step up frequency to daily non-stop services giving passengers greater choice. Under the new schedules, Qatar Airways will no longer operate flights between Geneva and New York, but will significantly increase seat capacity between Doha and Geneva, which will become a dedicated service. Aug 27, 2008

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways will begin daily Doha-New York JFK on Oct. 26 aboard a 777-300ER. Six-times-weekly Geneva-Newark...

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