Airbus hopes for ‘amicable solution’ in Qatar plane dispute

Airbus hopes for ‘amicable solution’ in Qatar plane dispute
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Updated 17 February 2022

Airbus hopes for ‘amicable solution’ in Qatar plane dispute

Airbus hopes for ‘amicable solution’ in Qatar plane dispute
  • Qatar Airways declined to comment

PARIS: Airbus hopes to reach an amicable solution in a row with Qatar Airways over damage to the surface of A350 passenger jets, Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said on Thursday.


The two companies have been locked in a months-long dispute over paint erosion and deterioration to anti-lightning protection on the long-haul jets, which Airbus has acknowledged need attention while insisting the problems do not put safety at risk.


Qatar Airways has sued Airbus for more than $600 million and is refusing to take delivery of further A350s until its regulator receives formal analysis of the problem.


Airbus, which has said Qatar Airways mischaracterised the flaws and misinterpreted the contract, has revoked contracts for two of the jets and a separate Qatar order for 50 of the planemaker’s A321neo jets.


“We had to make the decision to exercise our rights,” Faury told analysts.


“This decision followed many attempts to find mutually beneficial solutions and we continue to hope for an amicable solution.”


Qatar Airways declined to comment. Both sides have pledged to defend their positions in what is seen as an exceptionally rare public dispute in the secretive planemaking industry.


Experts say Qatar Airways is expected to seek a court ruling that would prevent Airbus from canceling the A321 deal, though it has also ordered at least 25 competing Boeing 737 MAX jets.


The Airbus decision to revoke the separate contract for the in-demand A321 alarmed some airline executives, including the head of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), who issued a warning that planemakers should not exploit market strength.


Airbus has faced reports that it has taken a tough general line on deliveries during the crisis, though its sales chief emphasised at an air show this week that it had worked with airlines to accommodate hundreds of changes to schedules.


“I would like to say as well that for us at Airbus the relationship with our customers is of the utmost importance and we will continue to work hard to service them,” Faury said.


Saudi Innovest makes $8m in profits as it exits Misk Tarout 

Saudi Innovest makes $8m in profits as it exits Misk Tarout 
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Saudi Innovest makes $8m in profits as it exits Misk Tarout 

Saudi Innovest makes $8m in profits as it exits Misk Tarout 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Innovest Properties has exited Misk Tarout after having pulled in SR30 million ($8 million) in the last three months.

The Alkhobar-based real estate firm confirmed its profit from the exit process will be calculated in the company’s financial statements for the second quarter of 2022, according to a statement. 

The exit will also enhance its direction in implementing targeted profitability and growth plans, CEO Essam Bukhamseen said. 


MENA Project Tracker —  Edamah requests bids on newest project; KAPP starts bids on IWPP projects 

MENA Project Tracker —  Edamah requests bids on newest project; KAPP starts bids on IWPP projects 
Updated 04 July 2022

MENA Project Tracker —  Edamah requests bids on newest project; KAPP starts bids on IWPP projects 

MENA Project Tracker —  Edamah requests bids on newest project; KAPP starts bids on IWPP projects 

RIYADH: Bahrain Real Estate Investments, known as Edamah has begun its hunt for bids for the 20,717 square meter plot investment project at Hidd within Muharraq governorate in Bahrain.

The development is located alongside Diyar Al Muharraq and Dilmunia waterfronts, near the Khalifa town housing project.

The leading property developer has held Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund since its establishment in 2006, reported Trade Arabia.

It is also on the search for bids on a similar investment project development — which includes six more plots with a total area of 5,618 square meter at Askar within Southern governorate.

KAPP starts bids on water and power generation

Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects, known as KAPP, has requested bids to develop Al-Zour North 2 and 3 and Al-Khiran 1 as part of the independent water and power producer projects.

The two plots are expected to generate a net capacity of 4,500 MW of power and 290 million imperial gallons a day of water, reported MEED.

This decision comes amid increased power demand in Kuwait — soaring to a record high of 15.67 Gigawatt last July.

The deadline for submitting project bids is on Aug. 16.


Saudi airline Flynas to operate AlUla-Cairo direct flights from October

Saudi airline Flynas to operate AlUla-Cairo direct flights from October
Updated 04 July 2022

Saudi airline Flynas to operate AlUla-Cairo direct flights from October

Saudi airline Flynas to operate AlUla-Cairo direct flights from October

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s budget airline Flynas announced the launch of its first direct flights between its heritage city AlUla and Cairo, starting from 6th October, according to the Saudi Press Agency. 

The airline will operate two direct flights per week, on Saturdays and Thursdays, between AlUla International Airport to Cairo International Airport.

Located in the north-west of Saudi Arabia, AlUla is one of the key tourist destinations that offers a variety of experiences in heritage, art, culture, recreation and adventure.


Saudi Aramco becomes first-ever MENA firm in Clarivate’s top 100 global innovators list

Saudi Aramco becomes first-ever MENA firm in Clarivate’s top 100 global innovators list
Updated 04 July 2022

Saudi Aramco becomes first-ever MENA firm in Clarivate’s top 100 global innovators list

Saudi Aramco becomes first-ever MENA firm in Clarivate’s top 100 global innovators list

RIYADH: Saudi Aramco has been named one of the top 100 global innovators by American analytics company Clarivate. 

In its report titled “Top 100 Global Innovators 2022,” Clarivate revealed that Saudi Aramco is the first-ever company from the Middle East and North Africa region to be placed in the list. 

“The regional diversity continues to increase, with the first-ever Middle Eastern list entry via energy firm Saudi Aramco,” wrote Clarivate in the report. 

Apart from Saudi Aramco, other new entrants to the list are China’s Alibaba, Germany’s Continental, US’ General Motors, South Korea’s Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors, US’s Philip Morris International, and UK’s Rolls-Royce. 

Clarivate added that companies have been included in the list based on factors like influence, success, globalization, and technical distinctiveness. 


TASI extends losses on fears of economic slowdowns: Closing bell

TASI extends losses on fears of economic slowdowns: Closing bell
Updated 04 July 2022

TASI extends losses on fears of economic slowdowns: Closing bell

TASI extends losses on fears of economic slowdowns: Closing bell

RIYADH: Saudi stock markets extended losses as investors worried that the latest central bank efforts to curb inflation would lead to rapid economic slowdowns.

The main index, TASI, fell 0.93 percent to reach 11,358, while the parallel market, Nomu, dropped 1.94 percent at 20,672.

Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co. led the decliners since the market opened with a 9.99 percent fall, followed by Abdulmohsen Alhokair Group for Tourism and Development which fell 9.92 percent.

Saudi Aramco, the largest player on the Saudi oil market, lost 1.29 percent, while Methanol Chemicals Co. fell 2.57 percent.

In the financial sector, the Kingdom’s largest valued bank Al Rajhi, dropped 0.50 percent, while The Saudi National Bank slipped 1.05 percent.

Among the biggest IT companies, Elm Co. gained 0.56 percent and Al Moammar Information Systems Co. edged down 2.08 percent.

Jadwa REIT Saudi Fund led the gainers with 4.75 percent gain, closely followed by Dar Alarkan Real Estate Development Co. with a 4.56 percent rise.

In the energy sector, West Texas Intermediate crude was trading at $109.69 per barrel and Brent crude was trading at $113.12 per barrel as of 3:24 p.m. Saudi time.