News and developments about airplanes, helicopters and unmanned air vehicles used in all varieties of operations, including airlines, military, business, commercial, general aviation and private.


Transport Canada Awards STC for Turboprop Beaver Upgrade

The Valdor Aviation Package offers a suite of upgrades and improvements for the aircraft
BX Turbo Beaver with STC from Valdor Aircraft

Bombardier Ramping Up Deliveries, Sees Strong Global Pipeline

The Middle East remains a key market for Bombardier
Bombardier at Dubai Airshow 2023

USAF F-15EX Ignites Renewed Interest in the Boeing Fighter

Boeing plans to deliver the third F-15EX to the USAF soon to accelerate Eagle II testing
Boeing F-15EX

Middle East Dealer Orders 10 Lilium Jet eVTOLs

ArcosJet will market the four-passenger Pioneer Edition to private buyers
Lilium Jet Pioneer Edition eVTOL aircraft

Boeing Kicks Off Dubai Airshow with Bevy of Orders

Boeing's orders, options, and purchase rights tally surpassed 200 on the opening day of the airshow
Boeing 777X

T-7A Red Hawk Begins Air Force Flight Testing

Aircraft APT-2 has arrived at the integrated test force at Edwards AFB.
Boeing T-7A Red Hawk

B-21 Raider Takes Flight

The production-representative test vehicle landed at the USAF’s primary test site at Edwards AFB.
Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider

Bellwether’s Oryx eVTOL Aircraft Lands at Dubai Airshow

The company expands R&D to the Middle East
Bellwether's Oryx eVTOL prototype

Gulfstream Nears G700 Certification

Marking the Dubai Airshow debut of the G700, Gulfstream hopes to begin delivery this year
Gulfstream G700 at Dubai Airshow 2023

Boeing 777X Arrives at Dubai

The twin-engine airliner is nearing type inspection authorization
Boeing 777X at Dubai Airshow 2023
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

UAE Tech Start-up Eanan Unveils Cargo Drones

The company operates in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Aerospace Hub at Dubai South.
Eanan cargo drone

Qatar Airways Enters New Era as Al Meer Takes Helm

Akbar Al Baker's retirement after 27 years opens door for new generation of leadership
Retired Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and new CEO Badr Al Meer

Boeing Sees Big Airline Fleet Growth From Middle East

The airframer says the region's bounceback from Covid is fueling demand
Boeing 777X at Dubai Airshow 2023
Maintenance and Modifications

Sanad Completes MRO Process on First Leap Engine for Flydubai

CFM holds a worldwide backlog of more than 10,000 Leap engines
Sanad CFM Leap facility

High Hopes and Conflict Concerns Mark Dubai Show Opening

Orders from Emirates and Turkish airlines could be on the cards at Dubai Airshow
UAE’s Al Fursan (Knights) MB-339As and an Emirates Airbus A380

Spanish Start-up Crisalion Introduces Integrity eVTOL Aircraft

The company has launched a new funding round to support development work
Crisalion Integrity eVTOL aircraft

New Dubai Office Backs Embraer's Defense Ambitions In Middle East

The Brazilian manufacturer is exhibiting its C-390 multi-role tactical transport and the Super Tucano at the Dubai Airshow
Embraer C-390 at Dubai Airshow 2023

Local Interest as Chinese Trainers Fly into Dubai

CATIC reports that the UAE has ordered the Hongdu L-15 advanced trainer.
Hongdu L-15
Training and Workforce

Emirates to Expand Pilot Training By 54 Percent in 2024

The PilotsGlobal platform has processed 22,000 pilot referrals across Middle East vacancies.
Nimrod Meuleman at the Emirates CAE Training center

UAE’s GlobalEye Fleet To Grow Next Year

The Emiratis could be operating five GlobalEyes by the end of 2024
UAE’s fourth GlobalEye
Maintenance and Modifications

Refurbishment Programs Drive Need for Third-Party MRO Help

Aging airliner fleets are driving growth in maintenance, repair and overhaul services in the Middle East region
Turkish Technic and the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

Vertiport Management System Will Support VTOL Aircraft

Anra Technologies has rolled out its web-based flight and ground infrastructure management software
Anra control screen

The Search for Stealth: Where Can Gulf States Buy Radar-evading Fighters?

Stealthy fighter jets remain on Arab nations’ wishlist
KAI KF-21 model at LIMA

Iranian Su-35 Fighter Deal Could Prompt Gulf Defense Rethink

Gulf states' adversary is reported to be shopping for 24 new generation Russian combat jets
Houthi missile, rocket and drone attacks in the Gulf region

Middle East Airline Fleet Replenishment Slowed By Program Delays

Today, 795 Airbus aircraft fly in service in the Middle East region compared with 727 for Boeing.
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER

Pilatus Upgrades PC-24 Utility Jet To Increase Payload and Cabin Interior Options

Now carry even more cargo in this unique aircraft.
Pilatus PC-24 jet in flight over mountains

Gulf States Grasp Advanced Air Mobility Opportunities

Archer Aviation and Lilium will both display eVTOL aircraft at the Dubai Airshow
Lilium's eVTOL aircraft could operate in Saudi Arabia

Canadian Air Ambulance Operator Inks PC-12 Order

Ornge will renew its fleet of PC-12s starting in 2026
Ornge PC-12s in flight

Bizav Charter/Management’s M&A Boom To Continue

Acquisitions need to be a good cultural fit for the buyer, though
Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) Miami 2023

Dassault Rafale Is Gulf Region’s Best-selling Fighter Jet

‘Late bloomer’ now ubiquitous in Middle East
Dassault Rafale landing on carrier