SaudiGulf Airlines selects V2500 engines for four new aircraft

Updated 15 July 2014
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SaudiGulf Airlines selects V2500 engines for four new aircraft

SaudiGulf Airlines has selected the International Aero Engines’ (IAE) V2500 engine to power four A320ceo aircraft and also signed an eight-year V-ServicesSM maintenance service agreement with IAE.
SaudiGulf is a new airline based in Saudi Arabia with headquarters in Dammam and is planning to commence services in 2015.
"As a new airline, our success is dependent upon establishing a well-developed, quality fleet before we begin our operations," said Tariq Al-Qahtani, chairman, SaudiGulf Airlines.
"With the combined technology of Pratt & Whitney, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines, we know that we are powering and maintaining our aircraft with one of the best options on the market," he added.
"We are excited to expand our partnership with SaudiGulf to include A320ceo aircraft," said Dave Brantner, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "The V2500 engine has a long-standing track record of superior performance and will be a trusted power plant for the A320ceo aircraft for SaudiGulf."
Abdulhadi Al-Qahtani Sons Group of Companies acting through Al-Qahtani Aviation Company, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of Saudi Arabia, represented by Tariq Al-Qahtani as the chairman, announced in 2013 the launch of SaudiGulf Airlines, the first of several new domestic airlines serving passengers in Saudi Arabia.
SaudiGulf will operate three to four daily flights, beginning in 2015 to Riyadh and Jeddah departing from King Fahd International Airport in Dammam.


India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

Updated 19 April 2019
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India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

  • Kashmir has been on edge since a February suicide attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries
  • India said it had reports that trade on the border was being “misused by Pakistan-based elements for funnelling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency”

NEW DELHI: India has suspended trade across its disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan, alleging that weapons and drugs are being smuggled across the route, as tensions simmer between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Kashmir has been on edge since a February suicide attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitaries and brought the two countries to the brink of war with cross-border air strikes.
On Thursday, India’s government, which is in the middle of a tough national election, said it had reports that trade on the border was being “misused by Pakistan-based elements for funnelling illegal weapons, narcotics and fake currency.”
It also said many of those trading across the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir into zones under Indian and Pakistani control, had links to militant organizations.
The home ministry said trade would be suspended until a stricter inspection mechanism is in place.
The cross-border trade is based on a barter system, with traders exchanging goods including chillies, cumin, mango and dried fruit.
It began in 2008 as a way to improve strained relations between New Delhi and Islamabad, who have fought two of their three wars over the disputed region.
The Indian Express newspaper said Friday that 35 trucks carrying fruit traveling from the Indian side of the border had been stopped after the government order.
Trade on the border has been suspended before, including in 2015, when India accused a Pakistani driver of drug trafficking.
The latest move comes after India withdrew “Most Favoured Nation Status” — covering trade links — from Pakistan after the February attack, which was claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed Islamist group.
Islamabad has denied any involvement in the attack.
India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made national security a key plank of his re-election campaign, pointing to the recent flare-up of violence as he battles the center-left opposition Congress party.
He is seeking a second term from the country’s 900 million voters in the mammoth election which kicked off on April 11 and runs till May 19. The results will be out on May 23.