Airline News - Africa / Middle East.
Over 15 distinguished security experts from Canada, the UAE, Bahrain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia will discuss evolving airport security threats and highlight their latest strategies for detecting, protecting, and responding effectively and efficiently at the Airport Security Summit Middle East 2010, which will be held from February 7-10 at the Grand Millennium Hotel in Dubai. Participants include renowned and insightful airport security experts from organizations including the General Civil Aviation Authority-UAE, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, General Authority of Civil Aviation-Saudi Arabia, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), Etihad Airways, Aviation Canada, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Sharjah Ministry of Health, and Gulf Air. Topics that will be discussed include: managing the intelligence threat and risk assessment process in government and private sectors; bridging the gap between airports, airlines, law enforcement and governmental authorities; examining essential preventative measures to counter the spread of the H1N1 flu virus; and evaluating new biometric security technologies and implementation methods. Oct 29, 2009
Air New Zealand, South African Airways
Air New Zealand and South African Airways reached a codeshare deal under which SAA will place its code on ANZ's daily Auckland-Perth flight and ANZ will put its code on SAA's daily Perth-Johannesburg service. Agreement also covers internal flights to principal cities. Oct 27, 2009
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, the 747 wet-lease freighter specialist, announced Friday that it has won a contract to operate "outsourced premium-passenger private charter service" between Houston Intercontinental and Luanda using two customized executive-class 747-400s provided by Angola's SonAir. The "Houston Express" charter service will ferry members of the US-Africa Energy Assn. between the US's primary oil center and West Africa on thrice-weekly flights. The service is not open to the public. Oct 26, 2009
United Arab Emirates investigators have confirmed that part of the airframe from the Azza Air Transport Boeing 707-330C which crashed at Sharjah last week fell from the jet during take-off. The UAE's General Civil Aviation Authority says part of the aircraft's structure "located around the engine" separated from the 707 as it departed on 21 October. It has temporarily banned Azza Air Transport from operating to the UAE until the inquiry is complete. Oct 26, 2009
Bionic Aviation, a Johannesburg-based charter provider, last week took delivery of one BAe 146-300, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft announced. Oct 26, 2009
Middle Eastern carrier Etihad Airways is to open its first Japanese services early next year, with connections to Tokyo and Nagoya. The Abu Dhabi-based airline will operate five-times weekly to Tokyo Narita from 27 March, using three-class Airbus A330s. But it will begin Japanese service with an onward connection to Nagoya from Beijing from 1 February. The Nagoya link will initially operate four times per week but increase to five from 27 March. Etihad will use two-class A330s on this route. Oct 27, 2009
Etihad Airways will re-launch four-times-weekly Abu Dhabi-Colombo in January aboard an A320. SriLankan Airlines will codeshare. Oct 27, 2009
Qatar Airways, Bombardier
Qatar Airways is "very interested" in buying Bombardier Inc's CSeries jetliners, but needs to address commercial issues before it makes an order, the airline's chief executive said on Sunday. Bombardier said in March, interest in the new CSeries 100- to 149-seat aircraft was helping fuel demand, but the big push would come later with the need to replace aging fleets. Oct 26, 2009
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