Airline News - Africa / Middle East.


Dec 7, 2008

An Israeli security expert says stocking feet and metal detectors could soon be a thing of the past, because "'brain-fingerprinting,' or technology which checks for behavioral intent, is much more developed than we think." Omer Laviv says Israeli technology companies are developing sensors that read such bodily functions as heart rate and respiration for signs of emotional stress. One company is experimenting with flashing subliminal messages across a video screen, then measuring passengers' biometric response to the stimulus. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration is funding some of the research. Dec 2, 2008

Arkia Israeli Airlines, Embraer

Israeli carrier Arkia Israel Airlines is to introduce an Embraer 195 on routes between Tel Aviv and European destinations, becoming the country's first operator of an E-Jet family aircraft. The aircraft had originally been bound for Spain's Globalia, which has been trying to establish a regional division. This division, originally named Universal Airlines, was to use six Embraer 195s. Globalia has since ordered another six of the type, but Embraer stated that one of the original six had been sold to an undisclosed customer. While still in Universal colours, one of the 195s bore an Israeli registration. Dec 4, 2008

Bahrain Air

Middle Eastern carrier Bahrain Air is to open two new routes, serving Abu Dhabi and the Indian city of Kozhikode. The airline's network expansion follows its introduction of a third Airbus A320-family aircraft. Bahrain Air is to begin operating three times per week to Kozhikode from 16 March next year. It will be the carrier's second Indian route after Kochi. Services to the United Arab Emirates' capital, Abu Dhabi, will begin on 23 March. The airline will serve the city eight times per week. Bahrain Air already operates to Dubai. The two new routes will give the carrier 16 destinations. Dec 1, 2008

Emirates Airlines

Emirates Airline's Business Rewards, its innovative online-based reward programme tailor-made for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), is now available in 55 countries across Europe (including the UK), Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and the Americas. Keith Longstaff, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide, said: "Since its launch, more than 2,000 small and medium sized businesses have signed on and benefitted from Emirates' Business Rewards."Small and medium-sized businesses represent a large and growing...

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