Dubai World Central gains two new airlines

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Bahrain, Dubai, Eastern Europe, Frankfurt, Germany, Middle East, Western Europe | Posted on 27-10-2013

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Dubai Al Maktoum InternationalThe new Dubai World Central (also known as Dubai Al Maktoum) airport has had some positive news over the past few days as two airlines have announced their intention to fly routes to the airport.

First, Condor will introduce Boeing 757 charter flights to the airport from both Dusseldorf and Frankfurt starting 21st November.7

Second, Gulf Air has announced its intention to begin daily flights to the airport from Bahrain using Airbus A320 aircraft. It is hoped to attract business travellers to the new facility, in addition to its 51 weekly flights to Dubai International Airport.

The new airport is set to open its passenger terminal today, with Wizz Air already having announced it is to fly there from its Eastern European bases. Eventually it is anticipated that Emirates will relocate its operations to Dubai World Central.

6 airports that the CSeries will be a regular at

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Airport News, Asia, Bahrain, Eastern Europe, Estonia, Middle East, South Korea, Switzerland, UK, Western Europe | Posted on 12-10-2013

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CSeries CS100Bombardier’s new CSeries regional airliner made its first flight in September so we thought we’d take a look at which airports the type will be a regular sight at once deliveries take place.

So far almost 180 examples have been ordered by airlines around the world (split over the CS100 and CS300 models), with a number of purchases by leasing companies.

The airports are:

Seoul, South Korea – Korean Air ordered 10 CS300s, becoming the first in Asia to order the type. Routes have not yet been announced, so it is not certain whether the type will fly from Gimpo or Incheon airports.

Riga, Latvia – airBaltic are due to take 10 CS300 examples for regional flights around Europe.

Bahrain – Gulf Air will take 10 CS100s for flights around the Middle East.

Geneva & Zurich, Switzerland – Lufthansa ordered 30 CS100s which will be used to revitalise the short- and medium-haul fleet of Swiss, replacing its older Avro Regional Jets. These will fly from the airline’s Geneva and Zurich bases across Europe. Additionally, Geneva-based PrivatAir has ordered five CS100s in an all-business class configuration.

London City, UK – The Docklands airport will be certified for CSeries operations. Swiss and PrivatAir are both possible carriers who will fly the type there. However, a new airline named Odyssey Airlines is currently being formed with a base at London City.  It has ordered 10 CS100s.

 

 

Middle East Airports for the plane spotter

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Abu Dhabi, Airport Spotting Guide, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Middle East, Qatar, Sharjah | Posted on 26-03-2012

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The Middle East – particularly around the United Arab Emirates – has become a major aviation hub, particularly with east-west travel and the rise of the big carriers such as Emirates and Qatar Airways. But what’s the difference between the many airports from an aviation enthusiast’s perspective? Here are some observations and highlights…

 

 

Dubai
By far the busiest and most profitable airport in the region for the spotter. Dubai is a large airport, home base for Emirates, and visited by major airlines from around the world. It is still frequented by some older and Russian jets, and the constant sunshine makes it great for the photographer. BUT, you’ll have to splash out for the rooftop area of the Sheraton Deira Hotel, as there aren’t many good vantage points around the airport. Always be careful, as spotters still get unwelcome attention from authorities if they are seen brandishing cameras and binoculars in public.

Sharjah
Not too far from Dubai, Sharjah has turned itself into the region’s main low-cost airport. The days of smoking Russian aircraft and older generation Western jets are largely gone now, but you can still see the occasional interesting movement.

The airport still has airside tours available, but they are now quite expensive. Book through the airport’s website: http://www.shj-airport.gov.ae/

Doha
Doha is the rising star in the region. Its infrastructure is still quite basic, but it is expanding at quite a pace. Its home airline is Qatar Airways, who have a mixed medium- and long-haul fleet which flies in a similar wave pattern to Emirates at Dubai.

The only real places to spot here are inside the terminal, which has some windows at either end for passengers.

Bahrain
Home of Gulf Air, Bahrain is one of the older airports in the region, but is undergoing significant upgrades and expansion. It is served by a large number of passenger and cargo airlines, but not nearly as busy as Dubai or Doha.

Spotting is quite difficult. One option is the park near the end of Runway 30, or the waterside area near the end of runway 12.

Kuwait
This airport is also undergoing a massive terminal expansion. Home to Kuwait Airways, it is not as busy as the other Middle East airports mentioned, but still worth a look.  There are some views close to the runway ends, and within the terminal.

Things will improve with the new terminal when it opens.
Abu Dhabi
The second largest airport in the UAE, and served by home airline Etihad’s large fleet. Like other nearby airports, it operates a wave pattern of flights – many of which arrive late at night.

Spotting is possible from the roads at either end of the runways, but this can often arouse suspicion. Inside the terminal, the cafe area before security has views over the aprons and runways. Just be careful flashing equipment around with security present.