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Airbus delivers newest A350 XWB jetliner to launch customer Qatar

The new kid on a block is ready to take off. Airbus announced on February 20, 2018, the delivery of its brand-new A350-1000 – the longest-fuselage version of A350 XWB jetliner – to launch customer Qatar Airways. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by Qatar. The carrier is both the largest Airbus A350 XWB […]

UAE reports that Qatar intercepted their commercial planes

Tensions between the Gulf neighbors are beginning to rise again with the UAE complaint to the United Nations watchdog regarding Qatar‘s warplanes. On January 15, 2018, the UAE officials declared that Qatari fighter jets allegedly intercepted two Emirati civilian airplanes en route to Bahrain. UAE General Civil Aviation Authority Director-General Saif Mohammed al-Suwaidi told Reuters […]

Gulf airlines furious about proposed US tax reform

The United States Senate will begin considerations of a new tax bill after Thanksgiving. The controversial bill received mixed opinions at home, but foreign carriers with Gulf airlines at the forefront have become the most vocal opponents as they fear the bill will compromise the competition conditions. “America first”, the US Presidential election slogan, appears […]

Qatar asks U.N. body to resolve Gulf airspace row

Qatar has asked the United Nations’ aviation agency to intervene in an airspace rights’ dispute with three Gulf states following an escalating diplomatic row and trade blockade, two sources familiar with the matter said on Monday. Qatar has sent a letter to the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) governing council in an effort to resolve […]

Gulf airlines suspend flights to Qatar over terrorism claims

Four Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain – have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and announced a land, sea and airspace blockade over the terrorism support claims. Saudi Arabia has also called off Qatari troops from the ongoing war in Yemen. According to Emirates247, following the blockade announcement, all UAE carriers will […]