Emirates buying 36 A380s worth $16 billion

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Emirates firms up its latest order for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft worth $16 billion.
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(From Emirates)

Dubai, U.A.E. — Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, signed a contract for 20 additional A380 aircraft and 16 options, firming up the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was announced in January.

The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at $16 billion based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020.

In the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai; and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France, the agreement was signed on the sidelines of the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail Houari, President Airbus Africa Middle East.

During the event, Sheikh Ahmed and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also discussed the strong aviation ties between the UAE and France, and the expansion of air services between both countries.

Together with the airline’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 program to 178 aircraft, worth over $60 billion.

Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order. (Full Story Here)

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Emirates’ new non-stop Dubai-Newark service to start in June

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Emirates will introduce a new non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai from June 1, 2018.
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(By Emirates)

New York, USA – Emirates will introduce a new non-stop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dubai from June 1, 2018, adding to its existing daily flight which operates with a stop in Athens, Greece.

The new non-stop service will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, offering 8 suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business, 306 in Economy Class, and 19 tons of belly-hold cargo capacity. Flight EK223 will depart Dubai at 0300am and arrive in Newark at 0900am.

The return flight EK224 departs Newark at 1150am, arriving in Dubai at 0820am the next day.

This new timing complements the existing Emirates service, as it provides travelers with a new option of a morning arrival in Newark, and a morning departure.

The morning arrival in Dubai also means east-bound travelers can conveniently explore one of the world’s most dynamic cities on a stopover day tour, before taking an evening connection to another destination on Emirates’ global network.

Enhanced connectivity

Emirates’ non-stop service to Newark will offer travelers in northern New Jersey enhanced global connectivity, particularly those heading to Africa, the Far East, and the Indian sub-continent.

This is a boon for ethnic communities such as the nearly 700,000 Indian Americans residing in the greater New York area, who will have one-stop access to nine Indian cities on Emirates’ global network.

Changes at JFK

From March 25, Emirates will stop operating flight EK207/208, thereby reducing its services between Dubai and New York JFK to three daily flights. From JFK, Emirates will retain two non-stop flights a day to Dubai, and one flight a day via Milan, Italy.

With these operating updates at Newark and JFK, the total number of Emirates flights serving the New York metropolitan area will remain unchanged at five daily services from 1 June. (Full Story Here)

Airbus gets 510 aircraft orders and commitments

(By Airbus)

The Airbus product line of commercial jetliners, military airlifters and helicopters reached new heights at this week’s Dubai Airshow with transactions and business announcements for 510 aircraft.

Validating the company’s slogan: ‘We make it fly,’ these orders and commitments involved 500 aircraft from Airbus’ single-aisle A320neo Family and two widebody A330neo jetliners (worth a combined total of $58.3 billion at list prices), along with five of the company’s multi-role C295 transports and three ‘H generation’ H160 rotorcraft.

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Airbus has a major presence at Dubai Airshow 2017.
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Leading the activity was the historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 430 A320neo Family jetliners negotiated by private equity firm Indigo Partners for operation by four ultra-low-cost airlines in its portfolio.

This represents Airbus’ largest single commercial jetliner announcement by aircraft numbers, while setting a company record in terms of its $49.5 billion value at list prices.

All four of these carriers, located on three continents, are current A320 Family operators and will significantly increase their Airbus single-aisle fleets with aircraft from the new agreement.

They are Frontier Airlines of the U.S., JetSMART of Chile, Mexico’s Volaris, and Wizz Air of Hungary.

Bill Franke, the Managing Partner of Indigo Partners and an entrepreneur who is considered an architect of the ultra-low-cost airline segment, stated the 430-aircraft MoU underscored his confidence in the Airbus A320 Family – which he said brought a “winning combination” to the bargain-fare air travel model that he helped develop. (Full Story Here)

Emirates’ new Boeing 777 First Class product set for European debut

(By Emirates)

DUBAI, U.A.E. — Emirates confirmed that its first two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft fitted with its soon-to-launch First Class product will operate from Dubai to the airline’s Belgian and Swiss destinations starting from 1st December 2017.

Emirates’ new First Class cabin will feature six private suites laid out in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the eight private suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its existing 777 fleet.

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An Emirates B777-300ER aircraft pictured at Brussels Airport.
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In addition to the entirely redesigned First Class product, Emirates’ new Boeing 777-300ERs will also boast refreshed features in the Business and Economy Class cabins.

Prior to entering commercial service, the first Emirates aircraft to feature the new private suites will be on display at the Dubai Airshow between 12th and 16th November, following a product reveal on the first day of the show.

Operating one of the two daily flights from Dubai to Geneva, travelers can enjoy the new product on flight EK083 departing Dubai at 1450hrs, arriving in Geneva at 1855hrs.

The return flight EK084 leaves Geneva at 2040hrs, arriving back at Dubai International Airport at 0605hrs the following day.

For travelers heading to or from Belgium, the new product will be available on flight EK183 which leaves Dubai at 0820hrs, arriving in Brussels at 1245hrs.

The return flight EK184 leaves Brussels at 1435hrs, arriving at Emirates Terminal Three in Dubai at 0015hrs the following day. (Full Story Here)

Emirates receives delivery of 100th A380

(By Emirates)

DUBAI, U.A.E. — Emirates is celebrating the milestone delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 aircraft at a special ceremony with Airbus at the manufacturer’s delivery center in Hamburg.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman and Chief Executive presided over the ceremony.

He was joined at the event by Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline; Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer; Dominic Horwood, Rolls-Royce, Director – Customer and Services; His Excellency Ali Al Ahmed, UAE Ambassador to Germany and Frank Horch, Senator for Economy, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

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Emirates Airbus A380 departs London Heathrow Airport in 2015.
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Sheikh Ahmed said: “This is a tremendous moment for Emirates, for Airbus and for our many partners involved in the A380 program. There is no doubt that the A380 has had a big positive impact on aerospace manufacturing and the broader aviation industry, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and stimulating innovation and new product development in many related areas such as ground handling, catering, airport facilities and cabin products, to name a few.

“Importantly, the A380 also brought the flying experience for our customers to the next level. The aircraft itself is a showpiece of engineering. It is the world’s largest commercial passenger jet but it is quiet and efficient and at Emirates we’ve utilized the onboard real estate to redefine the thinking around in-flight products and experience. Our flight crew love to fly it and our customers love to fly in it,” he said. (Full Story Here)

Emirates unveils Expo 2020 Dubai aircraft

(By Emirates)

DUBAI, U.A.E. — Emirates has unveiled the first aircraft in its fleet with a new livery dedicated to Expo 2020 Dubai.

The decal was installed on A6-EPK, an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, at the Emirates Engineering hangar.

The unique and striking livery is based on the Expo 2020 logo inspired by an ancient gold ring excavated in Dubai and it underlines Emirates’ support for the vision of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Emirates is the Official Airline Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai.

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Emirates unveils aircraft with new Expo 2020 Dubai livery.
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Emirates will be installing three different decal designs to reflect the different themes of Expo 2020- namely opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

The theme of the first decal installed was ‘mobility’ which also relates to Emirates’ role as a connector of people, places and opportunities, as the airline links over 150 destinations in 84 countries to, from, and via its hub in Dubai.

The main theme of Expo 2020 Dubai also revolves around ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai will be an important platform facilitating a global exchange of ideas, collaborations and partnerships across a range of industries and domains. Emirates is gearing up for this landmark occasion and championing the vision of ‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’ through the new Expo 2020 decals that will be installed on our aircraft.”

Reem Al Hashimy, U.A.E. Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said: “We are delighted to see Emirates, our first Premier Partner, expressing its support for Expo in this way. We are planning to host the first World Expo where the majority of our visitors will be traveling internationally. By carrying our logo across the world on its aircraft, Emirates is playing an important role in helping us promote that goal.” (Full Story Here)

Emirates marks 10 years in Canada

(By Emirates)

DUBAI, U.A.E. — Emirates, recognized this year as the Best Airline in the World in the inaugural TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, is celebrating 10 years in Canada.

Since the inaugural flight in October 2007, Emirates has carried over 1.2 million passengers through its Toronto – Dubai route.

In Canada, Emirates’ established codeshare partnerships with WestJet and Alaska Airlines enable it to connect travelers from across its global network to more Canadian cities, and vice versa.

Hitting the 10 year milestone in Canada shows Emirates’ continued commitment to its operations in the country.

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Emirates celebrates first 10 years in Toronto
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“We’re proud to be celebrating 10 years of operations in Canada,” says Hubert Frach, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West at Emirates.

“We started with a Boeing 777 aircraft flying three times a week. By June 2009, we had started operating with the Airbus A380 and increased our passenger capacity by 40 per cent across Canada, which illustrates the strong demand from customers and the market.”

Emirates’ three flights per week between Toronto and Dubai is the maximum permitted frequency in the Air Transport Agreement negotiated between Canada and the United Arab Emirates in 1999.

To date, Emirates’ entitlement and frequency of service remains unchanged, while trade between the two countries has increased significantly.

Since 2009 and the upgrade to the A380, passenger occupancy on Emirates’ Toronto service has been consistently full, averaging 90%, with demand outstripping supply.

The majority of Canadian passengers are traveling to Dubai, the Middle East and the South Asia subcontinent, with leisure traffic to the Maldives and Mauritius.

Emirates is currently the only airline operating the A380 out of Toronto and takes great pride in providing best-in-class service for both business and leisure passengers.

In Canada, with stopovers permitted on all Emirates fares and great travel packages, Dubai continues to be a prime holiday destination. (Full Story Here)

Emirates to operate one-off service to Bahrain

(By Emirates)

DUBAI, UAE — Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Bahrain on December 15, one day ahead of the country’s 46th National Day celebrations.

The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 835 and EK 836, departing Dubai at 0055hrs and arriving in Bahrain at 0110hrs. The flight will then depart Bahrain at 0350hrs arriving in Dubai at 0605hrs.

Emirates has been flying to Bahrain since 2000, developing its operations by increasing its services based on growing demand, and today operates four daily flights to the Kingdom, connecting Bahraini travelers to over 150 global destinations, including key commercial and leisure centers in Europe, the US and Far East.

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Emirates will operate a special one-off A380 service to Bahrain on December 15, one day ahead of the country’s 46th National Day celebrations.
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The Emirates A380 flying to Bahrain will be set in a two-class configuration, featuring 58 flatbed seats in Business Class and 120 Economy Class seats on the upper deck with another 437 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck.

Premium class passengers traveling on the A380 can experience Emirates’ Onboard Lounge where they can socialize, network and enjoy complimentary beverages, canapés and other special delicacies.

Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates’ multi award-winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen entertainment system, offering over 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment available in almost 40 languages.

The largest selection of programming in the sky includes TV shows, the latest films, games, podcasts and Live TV, including a robust selection of Arabic programming. (Full Story Here)

Emirates collaborates with Seeing Machines on safety technology

(By Emirates)

Emirates has been working with Seeing Machines, an industry leader in computer vision-based technologies, to use advanced gaze tracking technology to better understand how pilots interact and monitor instruments during certain identified real-time procedures that could potentially pose safety risks.

The findings will enable Emirates to enhance training for flight deck crew to prepare for a wide range of scenarios in the air.

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Emirates and Seeing Machines working together for enhanced safety and training optimization across global aviation industry.
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Based in Australia, Seeing Machines develops advanced, high precision technology that enables machines to see, understand and assist people.

The company’s head and eye tracking technology has already been used to improve safety across a number of industries including mining, road and rail transport.

Emirates is cooperating with Seeing Machines to use non-intrusive eye and head-tracking technology to collect gaze data from a sample of Emirates line pilots, whilst flying standard training scenarios in Emirates flight simulators. (Full Story Here)

10 years of linking Brazil to the world

(By Emirates)

DUBAI, U.A.E. — In October 2007, Emirates became the first airline to link Brazil and the Gulf region with non-stop flights between Sao Paulo and Dubai.

Now serving the two main cities in Brazil daily – São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro –Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, has carried over 2 million passengers in 10 years of service to Brazil.

The number of passengers carried annually in Emirates’ first year of operations – over 26,000 in 2007—has grown to over 288,000 passengers in 2016.

In 2012, Emirates expanded its presence in Brazil by adding a daily service between Dubai and Rio de Janeiro. Underlining its commitment to the Brazilian market, Emirates started to operate the first ever scheduled commercial Airbus A380 flight to South America in March this year.

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Emirates celebrates 10th year of connecting Brazil to the world
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The switch to the A380 offers a total of 959 additional seats per week in each direction meeting a growing demand from travelers on the route.

The most travelled destinations from Brazilian passengers over the last few years have been Dubai, Bangkok, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

According to Brazil’s Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Brazilian exports to the UAE grew 87% (US$1.2bn to US$2.24bn) and overall trade grew 72% (US$1.5bn to US$2.6bn) between 2007 and 2016.

The UAE is the second biggest importer of Brazilian products among Arab countries, with imports worth US$2.24 billion in 2016.

This amount represents almost 40% of all Brazilian exports to the GCC countries, of which food produce and products formed a major component.

The UAE in particular is an active trader with Brazil, with two-way trade reaching US$2.6 billion last year. The vast majority of this trade was exports from Brazil, leaving a significant trade balance of US$1.9 billion in favor of Brazil.

Emirates SkyCargo has also played an important role in connecting Brazil to the world, carrying more than 25,000 tons of imported cargo and more than 11,000 tons of exported cargo between Dubai and Brazil since 2007.

Currently, major cargo imports include automobile and aircraft spare parts, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Major exports include general cargo, hatching eggs, spare parts, shoes, fruits & vegetables. Top export destinations include United Arab Emirates, India and Saudi Arabia; main import origins are Hong Kong, India and China.

Emirates has also operated multiple freighter charters to Brazil over the last few years to transport various types of cargo – including horses for leading sporting events and outsized equipment including helicopters. – (Full Story Here)