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November 17, 2013 - 7:15am

Swedish environmental-equipment supplier CTT Systems (Stand 2439) is promoting its Cair airliner cabin-air humidification system to Middle East operators, stressing the health and benefits for passengers.

November 17, 2013 - 6:45am

Thirty students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have gone to Canada to train to become air traffic controllers as part of an agreement between Nav Canada and Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation. The students expect to complete all their required training at the Nav Centre, described by Nav Canada as its world-class training and conferencing facility in Cornwall, Ontario.

November 17, 2013 - 5:00am
With airspace constraints looming, Middle East nations are looking to regional cooperations to improve capacity and efficiency.

The Middle East needs to prepare to handle increased air traffic congestion over the next few years, especially in the Gulf region; however, forming a central body to coordinate the necessary changes and harmonization is proving difficult.

November 15, 2013 - 2:00pm
Dr. Titus Naikuni, group managing director and chief executive officer Kenya Airways

Nick Fadugba’s prognosis is all the more telling given the scathing assessment of Africa’s airport infrastructure and management made by Dr. Titus Naikuni, group managing director and chief executive officer, Kenya Airways, at the Routes Africa 2013 Summit in Uganda in July. He told them to pull their socks up.

November 15, 2013 - 1:30pm
Experts say African airlines such as Ethiopian Airlines (below), currently the most profitable among the four best-performing national carriers–the other three being Kenya Airways (above), Egyptair and South African Airlines–need to cooperate more on business strategy if they are stop losing market share to European, Middle Eastern and even U.S. carriers.

Africa’s airlines need to wake up to competition from outside the continent, form alliances that allow players both big and small to interact for the greater good, and realize that governments are often no longer interested in protecting domestic carriers (as they see economy-boosting tourist arrivals as a more important priority), according to Nick Fadugba, CEO of African Aviation Services.

November 15, 2013 - 11:59am
Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith

Ghaith Al Ghaith, the CEO of Flydubai, Dubai’s low-cost carrier, has a reputation for being tight-lipped. Observers would be unwise to mistake this reticence for a lack of activity: Flydubai has been diligent in adding aircraft and routes ever since its first flight to Beirut in 2009 and, as of September, Dubai’s second airline, operated to 66 destinations, from Yekaterinburg in the north to the Maldives in the south, Belgrade in the west and Colombo in the east.

November 15, 2013 - 10:00am

Richard Aboulafia, vice president of analysis at the Teal Group of Fairfax, Virginia, wonders whether Emirates has bitten off more than it can chew with the A380. The lack of operating lessors is an indication of a weak-to-nonexistent secondary market. And Emirates’ insistence on low average fleet age–a year ago, its strategy officials were aiming for under six years–means that the airline could have to start offloading its earliest A380 components in the fleet as soon as next year.

November 15, 2013 - 9:30am
Emirates is predicted to continue to be the leading airline in the region in terms of brand name, overall size and experience. It currently is launching services to several additional locations in Europe, Asia and Africa.

The spectacular rise of Emirates and its Gulf rivals confounded the expectations of mature carriers in the U.S. and Europe. These fifth- and sixth-freedom carriers have limitless ambitions and enjoy the revenues won through hydrocarbon abundance to back them up. But personalities have also played a role and one thing is sure: the Ruler of Dubai has made himself a pivotal player on the world’s aviation stage.

November 15, 2013 - 6:00am
The “Pearl” business-class section holds 40 flatbed seats, each with aisle access.

“Etihad Airways is the fastest-growing airline in the history of commercial aviation,” said James Hogan, president and CEO, upon the announcement that Etihad will begin nonstop flights to Los Angeles from Abu Dhabi beginning June 1, 2014.

November 15, 2013 - 1:00am
Al Maktoum Airport’s Jebel Ali location offers plenty of room for the addition of the planned commercial and logistics service at DWC.

Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai’s second airport, originally planned to accommodate 160 million passengers when complete, will see its development speeded up dramatically if Dubai’s bid to host World Expo 2020 is successful.

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