Airline News - Africa / Middle East.


New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) Mar 21, 2010

Senators question TSA nominee's role in Iraqi interrogations Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding more information about interrogations in Iraqi prisons handled by Robert Harding's consulting firm. The administration first revealed the interrogation contracts on Wednesday, and Republicans were quick to question why the information was not disclosed earlier this month when President Barack Obama first tapped the retired Army general to head the TSA. "It's something that clearly should have been disclosed right up front because it's information that members would want to know in assessing Gen. Harding's fitness for the TSA job," said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Mar 18, 2010

Bahrain Air Middle Eastern carrier Bahrain Air is planning to open services to Pakistan, having started operating a new connection to Bangladesh this week. Mar 17, 2010

Comair South African regional carrier Comair's headquarters has been subjected to an armed robbery attempt today, but the airline indicates that no-one was injured. While details are sketchy, a spokeswoman for the airline states that the attempted robbery occurred at the head office located near to Johannesburg International Airport. Mar 19, 2010

Emirates Airlines Two Emirates Airlines cabin crew have been ordered jailed for three months in Dubai over sexually explicit text messages, the latest in a string of indecency cases against foreigners, a newspaper reported Wednesday. Mar 17, 2010

Emirates Airlines Middle eastern airline Emirates has announced it will launch flights between Dubai and Tokyo. The flight to Japan's capital will be the second destination in the country to be served by Emirates, after Osaka. The five-times weekly service will start on March 28. A three-class Boeing 777-300ER will fly the route on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. EK318 will leave Dubai at 2.50am and arrive into Tokyo Narita International Airport at 7.55am the same day. The return flight, EK319, will leave Tokyo at 9.20pm, arriving into Dubai at 4.35 the following morning. The flights will connect with services to and from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow...

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