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Old January 21st, 2007, 05:51 AM   #41
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Yes, the Emirates is a wonderful airline, and with the A380 will become better, but I'm still have a question, when Airbus will deliver the first A380 to Emirates.
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Old January 22nd, 2007, 05:50 AM   #43
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Emirates plans to expand in Americas
By Ivan Gale, Staff Reporter



Dubai: Emirates airlines is expected to make major inroads into North and South America this year, according to sources familiar with its expansion plans.

The Dubai-based carrier is likely to launch commercial services to Sao Paolo, Brazil, in October.

Additionally, Emirates is said to be discussing landing fees for a new daily service to Toronto, Canada, which would become the first Canadian destination for Emirates and only the second route in North America after its daily Dubai to New York service.

By starting its new service to Sao Paolo this year, Emirates will finally tap into the coveted South American market. "South America is a particularly big push because Emirates has no presence there," said the source, who also said Emirates was working hard to begin flying to Beunos Aires, Argentina.

Recently, the airline announced several enhancements to its existing network as well as new routes it would add in 2007.

Emirates is slated to begin daily service to Venice, Italy in July, as well as Newcastle, United Kingdom, in September.

Emirates also recently said it would strengthen its Middle East network in 2007 by adding two flights to its Kuwait and Damascus operations each week, as well as enhancing its Beirut service to twice daily.

Emirates is expected to announce its 2006 annual results in April.

The carrier has been hampered by the 22-month delay of the Airbus A380, which underpinned a major part of its expansion plans. However experts believe Emirates might opt to use replacement aircraft equipped for long-haul flights such as the Airbus A340 and the Boeing 777 extended range.

Official announcements with full flight details are expected in the coming months.

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Air Arabia to acquire 25 A320s with IPO money
By Ivan Gale, Staff Reporter



Dubai: Sharjah-based budget carrier Air Arabia will buy about 25 Airbus A320s with the cash raised from its initial public offering (IPO), a top company official said.

The carrier currently leases nine A320s.

The airline said yesterday it would offer 55 per cent of its shares to investors in the GCC and abroad, with the Government of Sharjah retaining the remaining 45 per cent.

The sum it expects to raise and the launch date will be determined after a company valuation by the UAE Ministry of Economy, which recently received the IPO proposal.

Also undecided is whether the carrier will list its shares on the Dubai Financial Market or the Abu Dhabi Securities Market.

"Air Arabia needs to move to the next step that will lead to continued growth and expansion of the business," Adel Ali, Air Arabia CEO, told Gulf News.

"What's required is to invest in more airplanes, open more routes, and put in bigger infrastructure to manage the aircraft."

Ali said the airline is committed to operating as a low-cost carrier and will focus on one aircraft type.

At a list price of around $65 million for each A320, an additional 25 planes would cost Air Arabia $1.63 billion.

Ali said Air Arabia hopes to open up new routes and frequencies to Cyprus, Greece, India, Turkey, Central Asia and within the GCC as the new aircraft gradually come online.

Shuaa Capital has been selected as financial advisor for the share offering. Makram Kubeisy, managing director of Shuaa Capital's Investment Banking Advisory, said he believed interest in IPOs of companies with solid fundamentals remained strong despite depressed local stock markets.

"We think there is a strong appetite for public offerings by quality companies with proven franchises and proven management and track records," Kubeisy said.

The airline, which became profitable in its third year of operation, is in ambitious growth mode and has started services to Pakistan.

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Emirates will start flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo in October
By Ivan Gale, Staff Reporter



Dubai: Emirates confirmed yesterday it would become the first Gulf airline to break into the Latin American market in October with direct flights to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As reported in Gulf News on Monday, the carrier will push on with its ambitious expansion plans despite the 22-month delay of its order for 43 Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft.

Emirates will fly six days a week from Dubai to the commercial centre of Brazil once it receives the first of its new fleet of Boeing 777-200LR aircraft this summer.

The nearly 15-hour flight will be the first-ever non-stop service between South America and the Middle East and will allow Emirates to connect travellers to South America to its network of 14 destinations in the Middle East as well as its routes to the Far East and the Indian subcontinent.

"We have been looking to expand our operations in the Americas for some time, and we are delighted to be able to launch our first South American destination when we receive our first 777-200LR later this year," said Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group.

"Sao Paulo is the commercial heart of Brazil and a key financial and industrial centre in Latin America, and Dubai, the Middle East's premium hub for business and tourism," Shaikh Ahmad said.

He also stated that the new link will stimulate more trade and tourism between the two economies and be well received by business and leisure travellers.

Experts are predicting that Emirates could expand even further to the Americas this year, with Toronto, Canada, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, as likely candidates. Emirates currently serves the region with daily direct service to New York.

Emirates' new long range Boeing 777s will offer eight private suites in first class, 42 lie-flat seats in business class, as well as 216 passengers in economy class. The aircraft will also carry up to 18 tonnes of cargo.

Flight EK261 will depart from Dubai at 09:30am daily except Thursday, and arrive in Sao Paulo at 6pm. From Sao Paulo, flight EK262 will depart at 1:25 am daily except Friday and arrive in Dubai at 11:05pm.

Emirates will start flights from Dubai to Sao Paulo in October
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Emirates, Boeing continue to tinker with 747-8I
Monday January 29, 2007
Emirates and Boeing are working to try and reduce the weight of the 747-8 Intercontinental so the airline can operate Dubai-Los Angeles with 400 passengers (a 50-ton payload) year round.

"We need another 500 miles and we are not there yet," EK President Tim Clark said, indicating he wants more capacity than is available aboard the 777-200LR. "We think we can fill 400 seats a day."

Clark said Boeing is seeing the airline next month to brief it on progress and he hopes to convince the manufacturer to build the original, lighter 3.6-m. stretch for EK, which wants 20 aircraft, rather than the 5.6-m. stretch sold to Lufthansa (ATWOnline, Dec. 7, 2006). He said the smaller stretch also would suit Emirates' network to Asia.

In the original configuration offered to airlines, the 747-8I had seating for 450 in Boeing's standard three-class configuration with a range of 8,000 nm., later increased to 8,300 nm. after wind tunnel tests. That gain was traded for 17 more passengers in an additional stretch of 2 m. that matched the length of the freighter (ATWOnline, Oct. 31, 2006).

Boeing expects that two-thirds of 747-8 sales will be for the passenger model. However, Clark is buoyed by the performance of the 777-300ER wing, from which the 747-8I has been modeled. "Certainly if we picked up the fuel burn performance on the 747-8 that the 777-300ER has delivered, that would help a great deal," he said.

Separately he denied that Emirates has ordered 12 more 777-300ERs and said the media misunderstood Vice Chairman Maurice Flanagan last week. Clark said Flanagan "was referring to the number of deliveries the airline was getting this year, not a new order."


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Old January 30th, 2007, 10:34 PM   #47
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Etihad will fly non-stop to Sydney from March 26

Dubai: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will start non-stop flights to Sydney, Australia, on March 26.

The new three-a-week service from Abu Dhabi will be operated by a three-class Airbus A340-500. The flight frequency will be daily from June 29.

James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad Airways, said, “I am very optimistic that the new Sydney service will boost the development of commerce and tourism between Australia and the UAE capital. We are aiming to attract connecting passengers from throughout the Middle East, and from Europe, who are looking to travel via Abu Dhabi to Sydney for business and holidays.”

Etihad’s Sydney route will also provide Australian business and leisure travellers easy access to the Middle East region.

The Ambassador of Australia to the UAE, Jeremy Bruer, said, “I am delighted that Etihad has shown a huge vote of confidence in Australia by starting flights to and from Abu Dhabi. Australian travellers can now enjoy direct access to one of the most important locations in the Middle East on one of the world’s most exciting new airlines.”

Sydney will be fifth destination of Etihad in the Asia-Pacific region after Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta.Abu

Initial weekly flight schedule

From March 26, Etihad flight EY450 will initially operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

It will depart Abu Dhabi International Airport at 10.10am and arrive at Sydney International Airport at 6.15am the following day.

The return service EY451 will depart Sydney on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 3.20pm. It will arrive in Abu Dhabi 0.10am. All times are local.

The Airbus A340-500 aircraft serving the route will be configured in three classes of travel - 12 in Diamond, 28 in Pearl and 200 in Coral.
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Long term plans...

Etihad merges with emirates, they both move to JXB as a halfway house, proclaim themselves kings of the skys.
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what would their code be, EK, EY, or EKY? but i wouldnt mind seeing double the number of A380s plying the skies over the Gulf
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Old January 31st, 2007, 06:13 AM   #50
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wow lol a merger...hmm it should be EX

Y+K=X somehatt
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i like how EX sounds, but isnt Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific CX?
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Region's aviation sector needs more cooperation
By Ivan Gale, Staff Reporter



Dubai: The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference and exhibition was inaugurated yesterday with a call for greater cooperation between governments to promote the region's aviation development.

"The GCC needs greater cooperation between civil aviation authorities towards an open skies policy," Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, told delegates.

Shaikh Ahmad said improving regional aviation policies would create greater competition, thus providing more opportunities and greater economic success.

Pressing demands

Dubai's top aviation official also pushed governments to forge ahead with the pressing demands for more infrastructure and overall support for the business aviation market. The industry has been growing in leaps and bounds thanks to the booming economies of the region, he said, as shown by the growth of MEBA from a one-day local gathering to what is now a two-day international event.

"We must ensure that we have the infrastructure to go forward," he said.

Shaikh Ahmad said that Dubai has led the way in aviation on many fronts and that Dubai World Central will have an executive jet centre that should rank among the world's best.

"The new airport will have the potential for 100,000 aircraft movements per year, which gives an indication of business aviation development," he said.

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i like how EX sounds, but isnt Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific CX?
yes, it is...
what does that have to do with it though?
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confusion, especially now that start-up Virgin America is supposedly VX

personally, i like your suggestion.
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Region should cooperate to boost business air travel, says Lubna
By Shakir Husain, Staff Reporter



Dubai: Civil aviation authorities in the region need to cooperate with each other in developing better regulation for promoting business air travel, Economy Minister Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi said yesterday.

"The regulation around business aviation is still very much a grey area in the Middle East," she told an aviation conference.

She said countries in the region should work together to "to ensure that business aviation traffic is not just tolerated, but welcomed and catered for."

With strong economic growth and rising tourist numbers in the Middle East, air travel is growing.

Dedicated terminal

The upcoming Dubai World Central aviation and logistics hub in Jebel Ali will have a dedicated executive jet terminal.

"As the Middle East's business climate continues to heat up executives and corporations need options to ensure that deals get closed, and private aviation is continuing to fill a very critical and expanding need in the regional market," Shaikha Lubna told the Middle Business Aviation Association conference.

"But just as in a number of other industries, it is the regulatory side of the equation that has not been able to keep pace with the technological innovation, which is why countries are still negotiating air service agreements and landing rights are still an issue hindering industry growth," she said.

The minister said a similar lack of regional cooperation is not allowing low-cost airlines to serve every market.

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confusion, especially now that start-up Virgin America is supposedly VX

personally, i like your suggestion.
Ahhhh i seee,
yea, could be, lol now that i think about it,
VX, EX, CX

trinagle of X's around the world
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Budget carriers fly higher in Mideast
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Sharjah: The Gulf Arab countries, shedding their traditional reputation for opulence, are the latest to join the phenomenon of no-frills budget airlines that have transformed air travel in Europe and America.

The three chief Middle East budget airlines - Air Arabia, Jazeera Airways and Atlas Blue - have already grabbed five per cent of the region's air travel market, and analysts say that portion is set to increase in coming years as booming Gulf economies attract more fliers.

Despite the Gulf's luxury-obsessed reputation, there is a healthy market for low-cost flights, said Habib Fekih, president of Airbus Middle East, a unit of the European aircraft manufacturer.

"Many people have this perception of the Gulf as being dedicated to anything first class, but this is not true," Fekih said.

"A big part of the population in this part of the world need low fares. They are either Asian labourers or Western expatriates whose number is increasing because of the region's booming economies," he added.

Like Europe's easyJet and Ryanair, and America's Southwest Airlines, budget carriers in the Middle East are connecting mid-sized cities that may otherwise have no direct links.

Common destinations include Egypt's central city of Assiut and coastal city of Sharm Al Shaikh, Almaty in Kazakhstan, Iran's holy city of Mashad, Syria's ancient cities of Aleppo and Damascus, Yerevan in Armenia, and small Indian cities such as Kochi and Nagpur.

Mideast budget airlines offer services similar to their US counterparts, from guaranteed seats and meals for purchase on board to free checked luggage up to 44 pounds.

Jazeera offers a 'Jazeera Plus' business-class equivalent. That's considerably less luxurious than carriers like Emirates, which fly global routes and are known for first-class service.

On shared destinations, budget airlines are far cheaper than full service airlines. Emirates charges $540 (415 euros) for a round-trip from Dubai to Thiruvananthapuram, India. The same trip from Sharjah on Air Arabia costs $266 (200 euros). A round trip ticket from Kuwait to Mumbai, India, costs $800 (610 euros) on Kuwait Airways and $240 (180 euros) on Jazeera.

Aviation experts say budget carriers' success stems from the easing of government restrictions on competition. Deregulation that has sparked competition in the Gulf still has a long way to go in some markets. Budget airlines are still banned from operating to Cairo, said Abdul Wahab Teffaha, secretary-general of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation, a Lebanon-based industry advocacy group.

"In the Arab world, liberalisation is a gradual move toward easing restrictions. We are heading in that direction, but I cannot say we are totally there yet," Teffaha said.

Sharjah-based Air Arabia, the oldest and largest of the Arab world's three budget airlines, saw its passenger numbers increase from 500,000 in 2004 to 1.8 million passengers last year, said Adel Ali, Air Arabia's chief executive.

The fast-growing airline has transformed Sharjah's once bucolic airport, ferrying passengers to 31 destinations, including faraway cities in Turkey, Kazakh-stan, Nepal and Sudan.

The company began operating in late 2003 with two aircraft and a $13 million (10 million euros) grant from the government of Sharjah.

Air Arabia now owns nine aircraft and plans to go public, selling 55 per cent of its shares this year, Ali said. The Sharjah government will retain 45 per cent ownership.

The airline expects to report 2006 profits significantly higher than the $8.8 million (6.8 million euros) it made in 2005, Ali said.

Air Arabia is not the only budget player plying busy routes in the Middle East.

Expansion

Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways, the only private airline in the Middle East, grew from two planes and five destinations in October 2005 to four aircraft flying to 12 destinations last year, said Marwan Boodai, Jazeera's chief executive. Jazeera carried about 500,000 passengers last year, he said.

A third budget carrier, Marrakech, Morocco-based Atlas Blue, established in 2004, caters to European tourists linking 15 European cities with Marrakech.

Low-cost carriers from outside are also breaking into the market. In 2005, Air India launched Air India Express, a no-frills operation connecting India to the Mideast. Air India Express started with 14 flights a week from India to Abu Dhabi, and has since expanded to 50 a week, said Dubai-based regional director F.J. Vaz.

In addition to the UAE, the Indian carrier connects Bahrain and two cities in Oman to several cities in India.

Saudi Arabia is in the process of granting traffic rights to two budget airlines, Sama and National Air Services.

Despite the flurry of activity, JP Morgan's Peter Negline said the Mideast budget air travel market is still in its infancy.

"They're in a position to stimulate a lot of traffic," said Negline, a Hong Kong-based airline analyst.

Budget airlines are hampered by their reliance on internet sales and credit cards, said Danvir Khawaja, managing director of Arabian Travels agency in Dubai.

"Budget airlines still make their best offers online but most people in this part of the world still prefer to deal with another human being," he said. "People are also less comfortable using their credit cards." But he expects people in time will become more comfortable dealing with budget airlines.

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Jazeera airline to use Dubai as hub
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Dubai: The government of Dubai has granted permission to Kuwaiti budget carrier Jazeera Airways to make the city a hub for international flights.

The privately-owned airline will be the second carrier after Emirates to use Dubai International Airport as its base.

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, told reporters the move is in line with the government's open skies policy.

Jazeera chairman and chief executive officer Marwan Boodai announced the airline will initially fly to seven destinations from Dubai, offering travellers "year-round low fares."

Jazeera becomes the only low-fare airline operating out of Dubai International Airport.

Boodai said the airline will "add value" to the city's travel trade by attracting more passengers.

The company will consider a second stock exchange listing in Dubai after its shares are listed in Kuwait in the middle of this year, Boodai said. "We are not using Dubai just for our flight operations, we would like to become a part of Dubai's fin-ancial system," he told Gulf News.

Jazeera will mark the beginning of its Dubai operations with a flight to Bahrain tomorrow. It will have thrice-weekly direct flights between Dubai and Bahrain. Services to the remaining six routes will begin on March 27.

The airline will serve Kuwait, Mumbai, Kochi, New Delhi, Muscat and Salalah from Dubai. "Now we are serving 14 destinations and by summer this number will increase to 22," he said.

Jazeera operates a fleet of five Airbus A320s fitted with all-leather seats. It is scheduled to take delivery of 10 aircraft by the end of 2009. The airline is likely to turn its option on six A320s into a confirmed order.

"We learned during our 15 months of operations that we were not wrong to insist on having our own brand new fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, while many airlines in the world prefer leasing to cut their cost further," Boodai said, adding that owning aircraft is one of the ways the airline is able to offer low fares.

Boodai said Jazeera is "aggressively looking for" additional hubs in the Middle East and North Africa in order to serve the expanding the regional aviation sector. "Dubai is just the beginning we will need more hubs as we expand."

Since starting operations in October 2005, Jazeera has flown 650,000 passengers. The airline is targeting 1.3 million passengers by the end of 2007.

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dont flights start at 48 dirhams excluding taxes on jazeera airways?
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Houston is no problem for Emirates


Emirates Airline will fly direct between Houston, Texas, and Dubai, United Arab Emirates from February next year.

The flight, at 15 hours to Houston, and 17 hours back to Dubai, will be one of the longest non-stop routes flown by any airline in the world.

It has been made possible by the long-range capabilities of the Boeing 777-200LR, which will ply the route.

Emirates' new non-stop service to Houston further expands its North American presence, adding a key component to its rapidly growing global route network by making service to Dubai easily accessible from the Southwest, West Coast and Midwest regions of the U.S.

In announcing the new service, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said, "We believe there is a strong and growing demand for convenient air travel connections between the U.S. and cities in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, as illustrated by the success of Emirates' services from New York's JFK.

"It has been our intention to expand our presence in North America and the delivery of our new 777-200LRs aircraft later this year will enable us to operate these ultra long-haul routes efficiently, while providing our passengers with the latest comforts and amenities onboard. We very much look forward to starting services from Houston, our second gateway in the U.S."
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