Briton jailed in Dubai for plane bomb scare

AlArabiya – Briton jailed in Dubai for plane bomb scare

A Briton who sparked a bomb alert on an Emirates flight from Manchester to Dubai in July while he was drunk was sentenced to four months in prison in the Gulf emirate on Wednesday.

Mark Winterbottom, 37, will be deported after serving his sentence and has also been fined 1,000 dirhams ($272), presiding judge Fahmi Munir Fahmi said.

Winterbottom, who said he had been “joking” when he triggered the bomb alert, appeared briefly in the dock to hear the sentence in a Dubai court.

During a hearing on September 10, Winterbottom, who causedpanic by claiming he had a bomb that would explode in seven minutes, pleaded not guilty to attacking a civilian airliner but admitted he had been drinking.

…Dubai’s Emirates airline said Winterbottom sparked the bomb alert as its flight from England landed in Dubai. An official said he had an argument with a crew member and then claimed a bomb was on the aircraft, which was later searched and no explosives were found.

The public prosecution charged him with assaulting the aircraft and passengers as well as drunkenness.

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Emirates raises $265m in Islamic financing for planes

Zawya – Emirates raises $265m in Islamic financing for planes

Emirates Airline has raised $265 million (Dh973m) in Islamic financing to pay for the lease of two new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft delivered earlier this year.

The transaction involves long-term leases for a period of 12 years. The first aircraft was delivered in May and the second at the end of August, Emirates said.

The airline said Noor Islamic BankNoor Islamic BankLoading… was mandated lead arranger of the group, which also included Barclays Capital, CCB International Finance, Samba Financial Group and Standard Chartered Bank.Standard Chartered Bank.
was also the facility’s structuring bank, investment manager and investor security trustee.

Brian Jeffery, Emirates’ Senior Vice-President of Corporate Treasury, said: “Islamic financing is an important source of financing for Emirates and we have now raised $1.3bn from this market, including the sukuk bond. Islamic financing provides competitive pricing with flexibility, which are both key elements in our financing strategy.”

The aircraft brings Emirates’ passenger fleet to 111.