Sharjah Airport undergoes $11m expansion during covid-19 lockdown

Sharjah Airport has made good use of the downtime caused by the Coronavirus lockdown by undergoing a $11 million expansion and a major maintenance program which included a redesign of the entrance to arrivals, refreshing customer service counters and new lighting at the aircraft stands. The Airport said that the expansion could increase its capacityRead More

Saudia resumes international flights

Saudia airlines has resumed international flights to 20 destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, after seven months of travel disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Kingdom’s flag carrier said permitted travelers could now fly to Amman, Dubai, Tunis, Cairo, Alexandria, Khartoum, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Paris, Washington, DC,Read More

ICAA assigns NAS to upgrade & operate passenger-handling services at Baghdad Airport

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) has assigned National Aviation Services (NAS) to upgrade and operate passenger-handling services and processes at the Baghdad International Airport. NAS will extend its expertise and resources at the Babylon and Samara passenger terminals as well as the international transit halls. NAS will also be responsible for the refurbishment andRead More

Etihad, Lumitics to use technology to reduce food wastage on flights

Etihad Airways has partnered with Singapore food technology startup Lumitics to trial the use of computer vision and machine learning in order to reduce food wastage on Etihad flights. The partnership will see Etihad and Lumitics track unconsumed Economy class meals from Etihad’s flights, with the collated data used to highlight food consumption and wastageRead More

Flydubai to maintain highest standards of in-flight hygiene and safety with new cleaning technology

Flydubai has begun using the latest version of a technology that tracks the cleaning cycles of each seat cover to help maintain the highest standards of in-flight hygiene and safety. The latest RFIDAeroTrack software by Irish company, Aerospace Software Developments (ASD), enhances efficiency by monitoring the cleaning of aircraft seat covers through technologically advanced RFIDRead More

Airbus unveils new concepts for world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft

Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft, all running on hydrogen, which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight, exploring various technology pathways and aerodynamic configurations in order to support the Company’s ambition of leading the way in the decarburization ofRead More

Airbus, Boeing collaborate on joint report about modernizing ATM technology

Airbus has collaborated with Boeing to write a report warning that air traffic management (ATM) technology must be significantly modernized to manage countless new small aircraft that will occupy future airspace. The paper, to be released in the coming weeks, will describe how rapidly increasing numbers of drones, and possible future small air taxis, willRead More

Qantas to ax 2500 jobs due to coronavirus impact

Qantas has announced up to 2500 jobs will be axed and all ground crew roles will be outsourced across 10 major Australian airports due to the impact of coronavirus. Under the proposed changes, Qantas and low-cost arm Jetstar will outsource ground operations, including baggage handling and aircraft cleaning at major airports. The work is currentlyRead More

IATA launches self-assessment health checklist to support ICAO’s Take-off guidance

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an airline self-assessment health checklist to support the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off: Guidance for Air Travel through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The Take-off guidance is the global standard framework of risk-based temporary measures for governments and the air transport value chain for safe operationsRead More

Air Canada posts $1.8 billion loss during Q2

Air Canada posted a stunning C$1.8 billion ($1.5 billion) loss during the second quarter, as the coronavirus shut down almost all air travel in the country, and government-imposed restrictions kept passengers away. The Montreal-based carrier transported just 4% of passengers carried during the same period one year ago, in what its chief executive Calin RovinescuRead More