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Old January 23rd, 2012, 01:11 PM   #4021
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http://www.emirates247.com/business/...01-23-1.439022

Venezuela buying four A345 planes from the UAE.

We knew EK is phasing out they're 343s this year, but I never saw this coming so soon unless the newspaper made a mistake.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 01:21 PM   #4022
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It's come to my attention that this is most likely Etihads 345s, they have exactly four airframes also.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 02:44 PM   #4023
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Wiki is showing that EK have only 5 343s in they're fleet now which leads me to believe it was an error with the newpaper not doing enough research as usual.

I'm pretty sure now the phasing out of EKs 343s has started.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 03:36 PM   #4024
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and it does say "a UAE state carrier", which is EY..... Also Emirates Business 24/7 is possibly the worst source of reliable information on the planet
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 05:03 PM   #4025
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RAK Airways hosts trip for travel agents



RAK Airways recently hosted a trip for a group of travel agents representing 15 travel agencies from across Kuwait as part of an initiative to generate awareness about the airline’s new daily service from Kuwait to Ras Al Khaimah.

The trip highlighted its value offering for Kuwaiti families and tourists, said a statement.

In addition to visiting Ras Al Khaimah’s landmarks and hotels including Iceland Waterpark, the Hilton Resort & Spa Ras Al Khaimah and The Cove Rotana Ras Al Khaimah, the agents also met with RAK Airways senior management and were briefed on the airline’s recent expansion of its GCC network.

RAK Airways recently increased its GCC footprint with the announcement of daily flights to Kuwait and Qatar. The carrier’s GCC network now covers Jeddah, Kuwait and Doha, the statement said.

RAK Airways began operations in October 2010 with two routes. Over the last twelve months the airline has focused on extending its route network across the GCC, the Indian sub-continent and North Africa; now operating to 10 destinations.

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Old January 23rd, 2012, 05:09 PM   #4026
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Emirates and Alaska Airlines launch frequent flier alliance

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Dubai: Emirates said on Monday that it has launched a frequent flier partnership with Alaska Airlines as the Dubai carrier prepares to launch services to Seattle starting on March 1.

The Double Miles deal will offer travellers the opportunity to accrue Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles when they fly to any of Emirates' 118 destinations globally, including points across Africa, India and the Middle East, Emirates stated.

It added that Emirates Skywards members can also accrue miles across the Alaska Airlines network in the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada and Mexico.

Under the new partnership, travellers connecting between any point on Emirates and Alaska Airlines' networks will also be able to check in for their flights at either carrier's counter, receive their boarding passes and check their bags to their final destination.

Emirates will operate a daily non-stop flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Dubai aboard an ultra-long range B777-300ER from March 1 this year with Seattle becoming the airline's sixth US gateway , joining New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and from February 2, Dallas/Fort Worth.




"As part of our commitment to Seattle, we are launching our service by partnering with Seattle's hometown airline to offer customers the convenience of a frequent flier partnership as well as one-stop check-in and through checked baggage, providing easier access to a vast range of points across the United States, Canada and Mexico," Nigel Page, Emirates' Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for the Americas, said in a statement.

To celebrate the new partnership, both airlines are offering double miles on each others' flights starting March 1 through May 31, 2012. To earn Double Miles, members must register their Skywards number at skywards.com or Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan number at alaskaair.com prior to their first qualifying flight.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 05:22 PM   #4027
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http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/emira...l#post17869347

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Old January 23rd, 2012, 05:26 PM   #4028
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Finding slots in KSA would be a good move for EK

Emirates and Gulf Air will bid to operate domestic and international flights in the Kingdom, a member of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the Kingdom’s aviation authority, revealed here, Sunday.
This comes in the wake of reports that the Kingdom would award licenses to non-national airlines to operate flights in this country. Currently Saudi Arabian Airlines, known as Saudia, dominates the local market.

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Old January 23rd, 2012, 08:00 PM   #4029
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EK builds up MRO footprint as fleet grows
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 08:18 PM   #4030
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Etihad replaces Virgin Australia Abu Dhabi flights February-April



Etihad Airways will take over Virgin Australia flights between Sydney and Abu Dhabi from 6 February to 10 April, as Virgin's Boeing 777-300ER jet which flies the thrice-weekly route undergoes a routine maintenance check.

Virgin Australia partner Etihad will step up to cover Virgin's schedule, so the timings of the VA29 (EY451) and VA30 (EY450) flights won't change.

Etihad's replacement Boeing 777-300ER has business and economy class cabins -- but not premium economy, which is part of the regular Virgin Australia offering.

"Premium Economy Class guests will be accommodated in Business Class on Etihad Airways" a Virgin Australia spokeswoman told Australian Business Traveller.

That sounds like a good deal to us, and maybe even a good reason for travellers who are yet to book on VA29 and VA30 to buy a Premium Economy ticket.

The swap is also happy news for business class passengers: Etihad's fully flat seats all have direct aisle access, meaning that nobody needs to clamber over you.

Etihad uses the "staggered fully flat bed" layout rather than the "forward facing fully flat bed" Virgin Australia long-haul international option in business class.

(For more on those seats, check out our photo guide to business class seats and cabin layouts.)

An added benefit for business class passengers is the lack of first class on Etihad's Boeing 777 planes, meaning that they'll be further forward on the plane, which will mean a quieter ride to and from Abu Dhabi.

If your timetable is flexible by a day or so, you might want to snag a seat on the replacement flights, which leave Sydney on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, returning from Abu Dhabi on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Virgin Australia jet's maintenance period could also see the 777 upgraded to Virgin Australia's new business class cabin, which is expected to debut before mid-year.

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Old January 24th, 2012, 08:14 AM   #4031
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Paul Griffiths on the radio today. No talk of a Terminal 4 at DXB. He only said C4 would be next to C1 in front of the cargo village.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 11:27 AM   #4032
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Paul Griffiths on the radio today. No talk of a Terminal 4 at DXB. He only said C4 would be next to C1 in front of the cargo village.
They change their minds about these things at the drop of a hat. Never say never
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Old January 24th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #4033
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Dubai airport reports record 51m passengers in 2011

Eight per cent increase in passenger traffic seen at Dubai International last year

Staff Report Published: 12:40 January 24, 2012

Dubai: Dubai International handled a record 51 million passengers last year, marking an eight per cent increase in the passenger traffic against 2010, Dubai Airports said in a statement on Tuesday.

The airports body, which owns and manages operation and development of both of Dubai's airports - Dubai International as well as Dubai World Central, added that 47.2 million passengers passed through the facility in 2010.

"In a year that was characterised by economic uncertainty, political instability and high oil prices passenger growth continued unabated driven by new routes and additional frequencies as airlines capitalised on Dubai's attractiveness as a business and tourism destination and efficiency as a transfer hub. That trend will continue in 2012 with our two largest airlines - Emirates and flydubai - set to receive additional aircraft throughout the year," Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said in a statement.

The strongest markets served in terms of total passenger numbers included India, UK, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar, Germany and USA. The most significant percentage traffic growth during the year was seen on routes linking Dubai to Eastern Europe (+81 per cent), Russia & CIS (+30.5 per cent) AGGC (+26.5 per cent) and North America (+16.1 per cent), according to Dubai Airports.

December passenger numbers reached 4.69 million, marking an increase of 10.2 per cent compared to 4.26 million recorded during the same month in 2010, according to the annual traffic report issued by Dubai Airports.

Aircraft movements, meanwhile, totalled 29,519 in December, up 7.7 per cent from the 27,398 registered during the same period in the previous year, and 326,317 for the full year, up 6.2 per cent per cent versus 2010.

Average passenger numbers per passenger aircraft movement, however, remained flat at 184 compared to 185 during 2010 as the airport continues to benefit from the efficiencies offered by the large number of wide-body jets that operate into it, Dubai Airports stated.

It added that during 2011, 28 new passenger destinations were added while 17 were discontinued boosting overall passenger destinations served by Dubai International to 215 compared to 204 just one year ago.


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Old January 24th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #4034
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Dubai, UAE – January 24, 2012 – Dubai International registered another record year for passenger traffic with the airport’s 2011 passenger numbers reaching an historic 50.98 million, up 8 per cent over the 47.2 million passengers who passed through the facility in 2010.

http://www.dubaiairport.com/EN/MEDIA...ses.aspx?id=69

20 grand short of 51 million pax, but still very good. I think they were predicting 52 million pax actually.
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Old January 24th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #4035
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Very close to 52 million, will is still be the 13th busiest this year? Last year it was the 12th busiest.
For 2012 i was looking at the strategic plan, and they expect to handle 56.5 million this year, and 62 million next year. If you click then link, then go to pg21, you'll see it.

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Paul Griffiths talks to Bloomberg (Video) - 24/1/2012

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RAK Airways launches 11th route with Kathmandu service

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and 12th route will be Bangkok starting 1st June 2012
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SkyCargo expands African network

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, has bolstered its operations on the booming Africa trade route.

Supporting the thriving trade between Africa and the rest of the world, its weekly cargo capacity into and out of the continent will be over 6,000 tonnes after the launch of flights to Lusaka and Harare on February 1, 2012.

The addition of flights to the capitals of Zambia and Zimbabwe comes less than three months after the launch of a dedicated weekly freighter to Accra and Lome and means Emirates SkyCargo now has a total annual capacity of more than 300,000 tonnes.

The two new gateways mean Emirates SkyCargo can connect businesses in 22 countries across Africa to its network of more than 100 destinations, while also providing increased opportunities for key trading partners such as China and Japan.

“While many regions are experiencing challenging economic conditions, Africa – with a population in excess of one billion and rich in natural resources - is one of the few areas to record growth and the long-term outlook is very positive,” said Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo. “We expect demand to be strong for a variety of commodities going into and out of Lusaka and Harare and have no doubt the two destinations will be a strong addition to our African network.”

The Dubai-Lusaka-Harare service will be operated five times a week by an A330-200, providing a total weekly cargo capacity of up to 160 tonnes.

South Africa - with a weekly capacity of more than 1,500 tonnes spread across the belly-hold of 84 passenger flights serving Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as well as two dedicated Johannesburg freighters – is Emirates SkyCargo’s key trading point on the continent.

Dedicated freighters also operate to Eldoret and Lilongwe, while the other points on Emirates SkyCargo’s African network – Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Accra, Cairo, Casablanca, Dakar, Dar el Salaam, Entebbe, Khartoum, Lagos, Luanda, Nairobi, Tripoli, and Tunisia – are served using either the belly-hold of wide-body passenger aircraft, or a combination of the belly-hold and freighters.

“We have slowly built up our presence on the continent since we launched flights to Cairo in 1986 and in recent years, as Africa started to realise its huge potential, we began operating to Cape Town, Durban, Luanda and Dakar,” added Menen.

Emirates SkyCargo expects to be transporting parts to support the mining and infrastructure sectors – as well as of commodities such as garments, computer parts, and pharmaceuticals - from the likes of the Far East, Australasia, the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Europe and North America. Fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables will be among the main commodities shipped in the other direction, while trade is also expected to be generated by neighbouring countries.
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Air Arabia flies 6% more passengers

Dubai: Air Arabia on Tuesday said it carried some 4.7 million passengers in 2011, a 6 per cent increase compared to the previous year, on the back of its aggressive network expansion strategy.

Last year saw the Sharjah-based budget carrier adding six new routes to its network including services to Moscow and Yekaterinburg in Russia; Kharkiv and Donetsk in Ukraine and Gassim and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia. In addition, the airline also launched non-stop services from its Alexandria hub to Milan in Italy, Riyadh and Dammam in Saudi Arabia.

According to Adel Ali, the airline's Group CEO, in 2011 Air Arabia served its 70th destination across the globe from its three operating hubs.

"Our long-term expansion strategy, underpinned by our business model, will continue to drive Air Arabia's growth in the years to come," he said in a statement.

The carrier also took delivery of six new A320 aircraft last year as a part of an order for 44 it placed with Airbus in 2007, which, once completed in 2016, will more than double the carrier's fleet.

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