Aviation Sector

Royal Jordanian inks deal with MK Airlines

Royal Jordanian, a leading Amman Jordan based airline, has announced that it has inked an agreement with Belgian air cargo firm MK Airlines with the aim to jointly develop air freight services through Jordan and the Levant region.

The sources close to the airline said that the two conglomerates aim to improve fleet utilization by complementing each other's route networks, air freight handling equipments and mutual expertise.

Qatar Airways plans $1billion expansion at airport

Qatar Airways has announced that the company envisages to pump $1billion on infrastructure expansion at Doha International Airport in order to cope with rising passenger traffic and fleet size until the new airport opens in fiscal 2012.

The plan entails increasing the seating capacity of the airline's Premium Terminal to 570, in addition to enhancing the number of shower rooms, buffet and dining areas and an almost doubled duty free space.

Dubai International Airport passenger traffic up 6.5 per cent

The Dubai International, the world’s sixth busiest airport for international passengers, has revealed that it has witnessed a decent 6.5% growth in passenger traffic in the month of  April.

According to sources, the airport has registered a throughput of 3,271,435 in April 2009 compared to 3,073,479 in the same period last fiscal.

In March, Dubai International was ranked fourth worldwide in terms of passenger traffic.

Etihad launches first flight to Kazakhstan capital

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that it has rolled out its maiden flight to Astana in Kazakhstan from its Abu Dhabi home base. 
According to sources, flight EY294 departed from Abu Dhabi on Thursday morning (May 7) at 10.05am and landed at 4.35pm the same day at Astana airport. 

The sources further added that Kazakhstan capital is now served, once a week from Abu Dhabi, with the airline using an Airbus A319 aircraft. 

Abu Dhabi International Airport sees the arrival of Jat Airways

On Wednesday, a warm welcome was offered to Jat Airways flight by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) that arrived on Abu Dhabi International Airport.

It should be noted that the first direct air link between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade since 1998 is provided by the route.

Two flights per week would be operated by Jat Airways to Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport with a 126-seat B737 aircraft.

Emirates hopeful to see profit this fiscal

On Tuesday, it was confirmed by the head of Emirates that no orders would be delayed by the fat-growing airline orders for new aircraft through at least 2011. The aviation major also expects to turn into profit even as the global downturn decreases demand for global air travel.

It would be worth mentioning that the world's top buyer of the double-decker Airbus A380 is Emirates, which is an important customer for Chicago-based Boeing Co apart from being the biggest hauler of international passengers outside Europe and the United States.