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Old March 13th, 2006, 07:24 PM   #1
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Bangladesh Airports and Aviation

Dhaka Zia International Airport

Zia International Airport is the largest airport in Bangladesh. It started operation in 1981, and was named after Bangladesh's former president, Ziaur Rahman. It is the hub of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Nearly 52% of the country's international and domestic arrivals and departures occur through Zia Airport, while country's second largest international airport at Chittagong handles about 17% of the passengers. About 3.8 million international and 0.8 million domestic passengers and 105,000 tons of freight and mail annually pass through Zia International Airport.

Zia Airport has terminal buildings, hangars, technical areas, a freight village (warehouse), and other modern equipment for handling aircraft. It connects almost all the major cities of the world with Bangladesh.

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Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport

Shah Amanat International Airport serves Bangladesh's southeastern port city of Chittagong. Flights from the airport chiefly serve South Asia and the Middle East. Airlines serving Shah Amanat include Biman Bangladesh, GMG Airlines, Phuket Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways.


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Nice work Tmac, great collection. Didn't know sylhet had an international airport.
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Renovation of Cox's Bazar Airport runway starts

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, announced the government's intention to develop Cox's Bazar as one of the top tourist spots. The State Minister was speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of the inauguration of full-fledged renovation work and setting up of lighting system at the Cox's Bazar Airport runway on February 23. He gave directives to the concerned officials to send specialist team to the Sonadia Island near Cox's Bazar to work out a plan for the development of tourism.
Besides, he announced to construction of an exclusive zone for foreign tourists at Jhaubithi along the seashore adjacent to the Parjatan Corporation's Hotel Shaibal. The 23.65 crore taka project will be implemented to give a layer of asphalt on the 6,775 feet long and 90 feet wide runway and introduction of the lighting system to enhance tourism facilities and to make the shrimp fry transportation smoother. The project is expected to be completed by the end of July. Once the project is implemented a F-28 aircraft can take off and land with passengers and goods in its full capacity at the airport.
At present Biman can carry only 28 passengers to and from Cox's Bazar. When the work is over, a middle-sized international airliner can also land at the airport, Chief Engineer of Civil Avia-tion Md Ansar Ali said. The airport has never ever experienced any sort of full-fledged renovation work since it came into being in 1956 as a domestic airport. At present, flights of the Biman and cargo flights carrying shrimp fries are to take off and land at the airport with much risk. Air Commodore AKM Harun Chowdhury, Chairman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB), chaired the function organised on the occasion of repair works while Salahuddin Ahmed, State Minister for Communications, was present as the special guest.
Chief Engineer of the Civil Aviation Ansar Ali said the cost of the runway layering was estimated at Tk 16 crore and nine lakh while the introduction of the lighting system at Tk seven crore and five lakh. Besides, new control tower of the airport and fire service stations will also be constructed. The renovation work will start during the current month of February.

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GMG starts daily flights to Cox's Bazar
March 01, 2006
Dhaka : GMG Airlines is operating seven days a week to Cox's Bazar - three days direct from Dhaka and four days via Chittagong from February 22. The inaugural direct flight departed Dhaka at 1210 hours on February 22. Coincidentally State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir travelled from Dhaka to Cox's Bazar on this flight with other distinguished guests.
Cox's Bazar, which is famous for it's magnificent sea beach, is fast becoming the most preferred tourist spot of Bangladesh. Recent years have seen unprecedented increase in tourism related activities attracting large number of visitors both from home and abroad. Tickets for travel to Cox's Bazar can be purchased from local travel agents or any of the sales offices of GMG Airlines.

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Zia International Airport being made more passenger friendly
March 01, 2006
Dhaka : Zia International Airport, following the completion of its extension work, is receiving small touches here and there, making it more passenger friendly. With 5.65 per cent increase in the number of passengers every year, the extension work was completed at the right time. We are now trying to enhance our services at this premier airport gateway of the country, said Air Commodore AKM Harun Chowdhury, Chair-man, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB). Generally people get irritated if there is a delay in coming out of the airport. Passengers are now able to come out of the airport within 45 minutes considered the industry standard, the CAAB chairman claimed.
Check-in counters have been increased to 32 and Immigration counters to 28 for faster check-in and completing Immigration formalities. The BGMEA already has a counter to receive guests, while six hotels also have counters, where incoming travelers can contact and be taken to their hotel of choice. Besides the existing bank counters, Dutch Bangla Bank Limited has recently installed an ATM for incoming travelers to use it and change their currency. A cell phone service provider is expected to set up similar facility at the Arrivals Hall for travelers to call their dear and near ones or recharge their cell phones. To make baggage more secure, baggage in future will be wrapped with transparent plastic sheet and we are in the process of installing this facility.
The flight information display system (FIDS) will be upgraded to plasma television which will be installed at the Departure Hall. The ticker running underneath, will display information like weather conditions in different cities. In the near future flight information is likely to be available on cell phones also, said Air Commodore AKM Harun Chowdhury. The domestic terminal has been connected with the international terminal so that international passengers do not have to come out of the terminal to go to another terminal as they had to do before.
A Remote Control Air-Ground (RCAG) radar will be installed in place of the present one under a Danish grant. The one we have, is old. The air traffic controllers have to stretch their eyes while they work. The taxiway of ZIA will also be completely renovated under the same grant, he added. The CAAB chief denied that his organisation was losing revenue because of the age-old radar. He said eight persons have been recruited to cope with the shortage of controllers who are overworked. They are a very good team. We also train and provide refresher training to air traffic controllers from Bangladesh Air Force, he said. On ZIA, he further said the terminal buildings and the apron is fully utilised. The apron will have to be extended and the tarmac expanded, he added. The south canopy of ZIA is likely to be inaugurated on March 1, he added. As the number of cargo planes have increased the airside of the Cargo Village will also be developed in the days ahead.
With the extension of the terminal building, Osmany International Airport in Sylhet will wear a new look when the Tk 47 crore project is completed by the middle of next year. Wide-bodied planes will be able to land there with full load. Two boarding bridges will also be installed at the airport. The runway of the 23-year-old Jessore airport will receive an overlay. Facilities will also be increased at Barisal, Syedpur and Rajshahi airports, the CAAB chief informed.

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Bangkok-Chittagong route proves profitable for Thai
March 01, 2006
Bangkok : Somchainuk Engtrakul, Member, of the Board of Directors Acting as President, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited, said that the company has conducted successful operations on the Bangkok-Chittagong route, since rerouting was conducted from Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Chittagong to operate instead on the route Chiang Mai-Bangkok-Chittagong, effective since October 2005 onwards. The flight rerouting proved profitable for the company, beginning November-December 2005, with a cabin factor of approximately 66 per cent. Studies conducted prior to flight-revision concluded that Chittagong is the second city of importance in Bangladesh, with Dhaka being most important.
Chittagong is a port of high importance, a labour market, with businessmen and affluent citizens. Thai first began operating flights to and from Chittagong on December 11, 2002. Even though initially the company experienced losses and increased fuel costs, the company initiated several sales incentives on a regular basis, placing heavy emphasis supporting elements that resulted in improved financial results and focus on expanding its cargo market. In the first year operating this route, the company supported promotion of Chiang Mai as a medical care centre, whereby people from Chittagong would travel to Chiang Mai for medical services.
In addition, the company promoted the shipment of commercial cargo to and from Chittagong and Bangkok, as well as agricultural cargo such as vegetable and fresh fruits from Chiang Mai and Bangkok to Chittagong. The cargo market has grown substantially at a higher rate on a gradual basis by 68 per cent in year 2005. The company currently has plans to expand its cargo market by changing to a larger capacity cargo aircraft in order to facilitate the amount of cargo shipment that increased in the Summer Schedule 2006.
Thai to manage Chittagong’s SAIA The company has also received approval from the Bangladesh Cabinet to manage Chittagong's Shah Amanat International Airport, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, for a period of 10 years. Thai was awarded the bid at the net amount of 529 million taka or approximately 379 million Thai baht (US$ 9.463 million), with airport management to begin as of March 2006 onwards.
Currently, Thai operates three flights per week to Chittagong, with flights operated on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, utilising Boeing B737-400 aircraft. In the Summer Schedule 2006 (April-September 2006), every Wednesday, the company will fly to Chittagong utilising Airbus A300-600 instead of the Boeing B737-400 in order to facilitate growing cargo demands. The company has plans to promote Chiang Mai as a center of education, export products, and other markets, supporting Chiang Mai as the region's transport and commercial center.

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AirAsia eager to start operations in Dhaka


Malaysia-based AirAsia is eager to start operations in Dhaka as the airline sees huge business prospects in Bangladesh.

"We see a huge prospect of operating flights from Bangladesh, with a large number of passengers flying to Malaysia, Thailand and other cities in the region," Kamaruddin Meranun, group deputy chief executive officer of the airline, told a press conference in Dhaka yesterday (March 7).

The high official of the company is now in Bangladesh to explore the possibilities of regional airline operation in association with East-West Airlines of Bangladesh.

East-West Airlines, a sister concern of Orion Group, has already obtained Provisional Air Transport Operating Licence. The airline is planning to operate flights on domestic routes.

"The expected deal between AirAsia and East-West Airlines on operating both domestic and international flights will be the first foreign direct investment in Bangladesh's aviation sector," K. Mojibul Hoq, executive president of Orion Group, told the briefing at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre.

In the open sky policy regime, the initiative of joint co-operation between East-West Airlines and AirAsia will be a huge boost for the development of the aviation sector, Hoq noted.

AirAsia began its operations in Malaysia in 1996 and now has expanded its services to Thailand and Indonesia through joint ventures.

The airline is now operating 100 flights a day from four hubs located in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru in Malaysia.

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Air India to raise flight frequencies from Bangladesh, launches price war

The leading Indian airline, Air India, has reduced airfares for its three destinations-Kolkata, Delhi and London-from Dhaka, triggering a price war with its competitors.

The airlines officials formally announced on Thursday that the fare cuts would be up to 13 per cent for the economy class and 10 per cent for business and first classes.

The airlines reduced its fare to 120 dollars from previous 138 dollars for Kolkata-Dhaka return ticket in the economy class. It also slashed return airfare for Dhaka-Delhi-Dhaka to 405 dollars from 420 dollars inclusive taxes.

The London-bound passengers can purchase return tickets for 800 dollars that was 850 dollars earlier.

“Air India now offers cheapest fair for all the passengers from Dhaka to Kolkata and Delhi and attractive fares for London-bound passengers,” said AK Mitra, the airlines country manager in Bangladesh.

Narrating the airline’s latest business performance and future plans, the official found Bangladesh to be a very prospective market for Air India. He said that market response is very good here and the air lines would immediately increase flight frequencies from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Air India now operates three flights weekly from Dhaka to Calcutta, Delhi and London.

The Air India executive said that 20 more seats would be added immediately to its Dhaka-bound aircraft having 272 seats each now and the number of weekly flights will be raised to six.

Air India restarted its flight operations in Dhaka route in June 2005 with occupancy of about 30 per cent, which has increased to more than 90 per cent now. “Good business encouraged is to increase capacity,” he added.

The airline also announced its summer schedules with effect from March 29.

The schedule in Bangladesh time shows that the Air India Dhaka-Kolkata-London flight departs Tuesday from Dhaka at 7:45 a.m. (local time), arrive at Kolkata at 8:50 a.m. and reach London at 3:55 p.m., Thursday 11:55 am, 12:12pm and 8:05pm and Saturday 12:05pm, 12:25pm and 8:15pm respectively.

The Delhi-bound flights will depart from Dhaka on Tuesdays at 3:40 p.m. (local time) and arrive at Delhi at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at 7:50 a.m. and 10:40 a.m., and Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. respectively.

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Etihad Airways operates flights to Dhaka from May 3
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3/13/2006

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will operate flights to Dhaka from May 3, 2006, providing frequent quality air travel between Bangladesh and the Middle East.
The new route between Dhaka and Abu Dhabi is the direct result of Etihad Airway's ambitious plans to link the world's most important commercial and cultural centres and provide a service to the 350,000 Bangladeshi nationals based in the UAE.
Etihad Airways, twice awarded the title of the "World's Fastest Growing Airline," has recently taken delivery of its first purpose-built Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The new fleet is part of a record order for 29 new aircraft worth $8 billion, which are scheduled for delivery in Abu Dhabi in the next two years.
Etihad Airways Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan said: "This new service will enable guests to travel in style between the two regions, strengthening further the economic and diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and the UAE." UAE High Commissioner in Bangladesh Khalfan Battal Ali Al-Mansouri also spoke on the occasion.

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Currently Thai International, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Aeroflot, British Airways, Indian Airlines, Pakistan International Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Malaysian Airlines, Burma Airways Corporation, Iran Air, Oman Air, Kuwait Airways, China Eastern Airlines, Gulf Air, Cosmic Air, Jet Airways, GMG Airlines and Bangladesh Biman operate their flights from Dhaka and connect almost all the major destinations of the world.
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Qatar Airways increases capacity to Dhaka

Due to a breakthrough in the air service agreement between the governments of Qatar and Bangladesh, Qatar Airways has increased capacity between Doha and Dhaka to seven flights a week.

An extra two scheduled flights a week have been launched, operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays, to take frequency up from five services.

The airline is continuing to use its state-of-the-art Airbus A330 on the route, with a two-class cabin of 22 seats in Business and 259 in Economy.

The extra capacity on the route follows the conclusion of bilateral discussions in Dhaka recently where a high level delegation of government officials from Qatar and Bangladesh held talks about increasing trade between both countries.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said he was delighted to see additional flights serving the Bangladeshi community in Qatar and Bangladesh.

“The breakthrough in the bilaterals between our two governments enables us to now serve Dhaka with a greater number of flights and this is good news for the travelling public as it offers more choice and greater options to fly to destinations further afield,” he said.

Qatar Airways previously had traffic rights to operate four flights a week between Doha and Dhaka. A fifth service has been operating under a codeshare agreement with Biman Bangladesh.

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Awesome pics.....Zia has some interesting architecture
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Air Asia set to stir country’s aviation scene

Dhaka : The arrival of Kamaruddin Meranun, Chief Group Deputy CEO of AirAsia Group, in the city was almost unannounced, but when Air Asia starts services to Dhaka and within destinations in Bangladesh it is sure to cause a stir in the country’s aviation scene. Kamaruddin and four of his friends bought a failing full service Malaysian carrier and turned it into a profitable budget airline which has become a significant player in the industry and been imitated by national carriers along with a host of new low-cost entrants. It is now southeast Asia's biggest low-cost carrier in terms of fleet size and derives much of its business within Malaysia. It also operates in Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Macau and China.
Kamaruddin came to Bangladesh at the invitation of the East West Air Lines Ltd., a sister concern of Orion Group, one of the largest business conglomerates in the country, to explore the possibilities of establishing a regional airline. “At the initial stage, East West Air Lines plans to starts regional flights to and from Dhaka serving Kolkata, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Yangon and Singapore. It also has plans to operate flights from Chittagong and Sylhet,” said K Mojibul Hoq, Executive President of Orion Group while addressing a press briefing at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre. Captain Chin Nyok San, Executive Vice President, Air Asia and Salman Obaidul Karim, Managing Director, Orion Group were also present at the press briefing. “East West Air Lines has already undertaken the necessary steps in this regard, obtaining Provisional Air Transport Operating License (PATOL) to operate domestic and international flights.”
“Under the open sky policy of the government, the initiatives taken by East West Air Lines for direct investment and technology transfer will be a great leap forward for the development of the aviation sector in Bangladesh,” said Mojibul Hoq. Kamaruddin said his low cost airline started with only two Boeing B737-300s in December 2001 and now has 39 aircraft in its fleet flying to 64 domestic and international destinations. Two Airbus A320s are joining the fleet every month. To date the AirAsia Group carried over 10 million guests. “We bought the airline- founded in 1996 - only three days before September 11, 2001 and some friends told us we were mad, but since then have proved ourselves and overcome challenges like fuel price hike, SARS, Tsunami and now bird flu.”
The airline is now operating 100 flights a day from four hubs including Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru in Malaysia. Modelled on successful low fare airlines such as the US-based Southwest Airlines and Dublin-based Ryanair, AirAsia created a new aviation product in Malaysia and South Asia that revolutionised air travel providing incredibly low fares so more people could fly. “We are very disciplined. Our secret is to keep the operation as simple as possible and keep the costs low as low as 2 US cents per ASK. That’s how we are the lowest for any destination.” “We sell as much as 55 to 60 per cent - through the Internet, 34 per cent through call centres and the rest by SMS. We are ticketless in the sense that we do not have printed tickets.”
“We have applied for landing rights. We are ready to start operating as soon as we get the permission,” Kamaruddin said. “We would like to work together, expand thorough joint ventures,” he said adding he found great potentials for the low-cost model in Bangladesh. "We see huge prospects for operating flights from Bangladesh with a large number of passengers flying regularly to Malaysia, Thailand and other destinations in the region," added Kamaruddin. Asked how he promotes the airline, Kamaruddin said, “We fly musicians, giving them a few free tickets, who then do videos on us.” The airline would begin with cheap regional flights to countries in southeast Asia followed by a joint venture with East West Airlines offering domestic flights in Bangladesh, he said.

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Etihad Airways to launch services to Dhaka on May 3

Dhaka : Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will launch flights to Dhaka from May 3 "providing frequent quality air travel between Bangladesh and the Middle East." Dhaka will be Etihad Airways’ eighth destination in the Asian sub-continent, joining new and established Etihad routes to Colombo, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Peshawar. It will also be the 30th destination on Etihad’s rapidly expanding network, which includes the start of services to nine new destinations in 2006. Flights between Dhaka and Abu Dhabi is the direct result of Etihad Airway’s ambitious plans to link the world’s most important commercial and cultural centres and provide service to the 350,000 Bangladeshi nationals based in the UAE.
"This new Etihad service between Dhaka and Abu Dhabi will enable guests to travel in style between the two regions, strengthening further the economic and diplomatic ties between Bangladesh and the UAE," said Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, Etihad Airways Chairman. The lights will commence with four flights a week service from May 3 and increase to five flights per week from June 5. The new service will offer a total weekly capacity of 1,465 seats, and 15 tonnes of cargo, in each direction. The route will also be serviced by some of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft, including the modern Airbus A330-200, in a two zone – Pearl and Coral - configuration, designed to offer high standards of comfort, luxury and style. The new Dhaka route will also provide significant benefits for Etihad Crystal Cargo, the cargo division within the airline, with the recent growth in manufacturing and energy sectors in Bangladesh increasing demand on this route.
"The Dhaka route is a vital commercial and leisure route. As well as enabling Gulf-based Bangladeshi families to visit one another, the new route also opens up new business opportunities for UAE businesses to invest in Bangladesh’s growing economy," said Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan. The UAE Ambassador to Bangladesh relations, Khalfan Battal Ali Al-Mansouri, has also underlined the development of between the two countries, saying that it is important for both countries to enhance trade, investment and economic activities. Etihad Airways, twice awarded the title of the "world’s fastest growing airline," has recently taken delivery of its first purpose-built Airbus A330-200 and Boeing B717-300ER aircraft.
The new fleets are part of a record order for 29 new aircraft, to the value of US$8 billion, which are scheduled for delivery in Abu Dhabi in the next two years. Etihad Crystal Cargo offers a comprehensive range of cargo services throughout Etihad’s network, and serves its many all-cargo destinations and world-wide charters with a fleet of modern regional freighter aircraft. Etihad Holidays offers a range of innovative holiday options to 69 destinations across 23 countries. Packages include skiing, flydrives, cruises and tours. Through these exciting divisions, Etihad Airways is changing the way people see the world. Jill Errington Jill Errington, Manager Bangladesh, Etihad Airways said she was delighted to come to Bangladesh. After her retirement in 2004 she visited Bangladesh while on her way to China.
Hinting that she was an old hand in opening new routes, she said, "opening destinations is exciting," adding she had opened destinations in the countries that emerged following the breakup of former Soviet Union. Jill said she will target cross-section of travellers, promoting destinations in Middle East, Europe and across the Atlantic. Etihad will be providing convenient on ward connections to Bangladeshi travellers from Abu Dhabi. She said Bangladesh was growing as a market with growing number of people taking to the air. Facilities are expanding not only in Dhaka but also in Chittagong and Sylhet. Implementation of BSP has also brought about a great change in the trade, she added.

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Substantial increase in leisure, business trafic : Nabil Sultan, Emirates keen to enhance capacity to meet growing demand of Bangladesh market

Dubai : The Bangladesh air travel market is growing and Emirates is keen to provide more capacity to meet the market demand. Nabil Sultan, Senior Vice President, Commercial Oper-ations, West Asia and Indian Ocean disclosed this while talking to a group of visiting journalists from Bangladesh at his office in Dubai. He described Dhaka as an important destination for Emirates and said that his airline is currently operating nine flights a week with Boeing B777-200 aircraft with over 90 per cent load factor. Under the circumstances, Emirates have to deny passengers seat and not in a position to cater to market demand, he said. Emirates, he added, is interested to operate at least twice daily flight to meet the market demand. Nabil Sultan said that apart from more capacity, Emirates would provide convenient connections to large number of destinations including Europe and North America..
Talking about Bangladesh air traffic market Nabil said along with increase in volume, the quality has also improved. The market has registered substantial increase in leisure and business traffic, he added. Emirates, Nabil said is also interested to operate to Chittagong after meeting the demand of Dhaka market. Nabil informed the Bangladeshi journalists that Emirates is interested to include Bangladesh in its Emirates Holiday programme. The airline would initiate discussions with Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) as well as private sector tour operators to finalise arrangement in this regard. He requested BPC to participate in next Arabian Travel Mart to promote Bangladesh in the region. Posts half-year profits Emirates sources said while airline industry is reeling under pressure of high fuel prices, Emirate has been able to soften the impact through Strong Revenue Growth and Efficiency Drives. The airline has announced net profits of Dhs 922 million (US$251 million) for the first six months of the financial year 2005-06.( Ist April to 30th September).
Emirates' Chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed AI-Maktoum, said: "Emirates has delivered an excellent half-year result despite the fact that fuel cost rose 84 per cent compared to the first six months of our last financial year. This robust half-year performance reflects strong revenue growth, and it also demonstrates the company's resilience and adaptability to new challenges in the operating environment." Emirates' operating revenue of Dhs 10.4 billion ($2.84 billion) for the half-year represented a strong growth of 28 per cent vs. revenue of Dhs 8.2 billion ($2.22 billion) during the same period last year. Seat factor improved by 2.6 percentage points to 76 per cent during the period, and passengers carried rose 15 per cent to 6.98 million, compared to 6.05 million for the first half-year of 2004-05. Seat capacity also increased by 16 per cent vs. the same period last year. Emirates SkyCargo's revenue posted a healthy growth of 33 per cent to Dhs 2.1 billion, with cargo tonnage rising by 20 per cent to 482,643 tonnes, compared with 404,305 tonnes for the same period last year. Emirates now operates seven all-cargo freighters six Boeing B747s and one A310-300. Financially self-sustained and unprotected, Emirates is one of the fastest growing and most profitable airlines in the world.
Since January 2005, Emirates has introduced new passenger services to the Seychelles, Seoul, and Alexandria; and it also increased the frequency of passenger services to some 20 destinations around its network. Orders for more B777 aircraft In November 2005 Emirates Airline announced firm orders for 42 Boeing B777 aircraft, to be powered by GE90 jet engines, in a deal worth Dhs 35.7 billion (US$9.7 billion) at list prices. This is the largest-ever order for the Boeing B777 family of aircraft and consists of: 24 Boeing B777-300ERs, 10 B777-20OLR Worldliners and eight B777 Freighters, with the first aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2007. In addition, Emirates will have purchase rights for 20 more B777 aircraft. The announcement was made by Emirates' Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktourn and Jim McNerney, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Boeing Com-pany, on the opening day of Dubai 2005 - the 9h Inter-national Aerospace Exhibition. Sheikh Ahmed said: "We are investing in more new aircraft to meet the escalating demand for Emirates' services from our customers across the globe. This new order will support the airline's growth plans, and enhance our fleet's range and versatility."
Dubai-based Emirates is one of the world's fastest growing international airlines, and the second most profitable. Independent and financially self-sustained, Emirates operates an all wide-bodied fleet of 83 aircraft to over 77 cities in 54 countries. World Cup tickets Meanwhile, good news for football fans planning to catch some thrilling World Cup action live in Germany. Emirates, an Official Partner of the FIFA World Cup 2006, is offering complimentary match tickets for fans who want to experience World Cup fever firsthand.
The airline’s newly-launched Emirates FIFA World Cup 2006 Offers entitle football aficionados to a complimentary ticket to any of the World Cup matches including the finals, subject to ticket availability. The package also includes a return air ticket to Germany (Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich or Dusseldorf), hotel accommodation for two nights, airport and airline taxes and surcharges, taxes and service fees. Emirates is the first airline ever to partner with FIFA and one can immediately see the benefits that having such a partner brings to the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Other than promoting the event globally through their marketing activities, Emirates also has the ability to fly football fans into its four destinations in Germany from all over the world via their Dubai hub, and will bring many thousands of visitors to the tournament. The Emirates FIFA World Cup 2006 Offers is valid from June 9 to July 9, 2006.


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