Jordan Airlines Company, in which Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines holds a 35 per cent stake, inaugurates its passenger service with a flight to Cairo

4 October 1986

With a fleet of just three aircraft – two of which are on wet lease – Emirates airline signs a letter of intent to purchase two A 310-300 long-range aircraft from Europe’s Airbus Industrie

4 October 1996

The Qatari government announces that ‘huge amounts of public money’ were transferred overseas by the former emir, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, and that a number of countries have been asked to freeze accounts pending the outcome of court cases against him in Qatar and elsewhere