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Old May 9th, 2006, 01:40 PM   #1
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Emirates increases its frequency to New York with a new service via Hamburg

Emirates will introduce a new service between Dubai and New York via Hamburg on 29th October this year.


Emirates will operate its state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300ER on the new Dubai-Hamburg-JFK service. This aircraft, one of the longest commercial aircraft in operation, will offer passengers unsurpassed levels of comfort and customer service including the ice inflight entertainment system (Information, Communication, Entertainment) that offers passengers in all three classes 500 channels to chose from.

This service increases Emirates' flights to New York to three times a day, and increases capacity on its recently launched Dubai to Hamburg service.

Emirates launched services to John F Kennedy airport in New York in June 2004 and boosted its services to twice daily in November last year. The airline also launched a daily service to Hamburg in March of this year. Both routes have proved extremely popular and there is such a high demand for Emirates' services to JFK that the airline is now able to offer increased flights to North America with this new service between Dubai and JFK via Hamburg.

Emirates will operate its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in three-class configuration on the Dubai-Hamburg-New York route, with 12 seats in first, 42 in business and 310 in economy. The use of the 777-300ER on this route also offers a significant increase in both passenger and cargo capacity to Emirates on the Dubai to Hamburg route which only launched in March and has thus far been operated by an A330-200.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: "This is a great opportunity for Emirates to carry passengers from Hamburg to New York. We already offer non-stop services to both cities but demand has been so high that we are happy to be able to increase our services to JFK and offer greater capacity to Hamburg."

"It is a testament to our quality of service and worldwide network, that we have increased services to New York from one to three flights a day in the space of a little over two years, as well as the need to increase capacity on our recently launched Hamburg service so quickly." he added.

The flight, EK205 will depart from Dubai International Airport at 8:55am, arriving in Hamburg at 12:55pm, before flying onward to New York at 2:40 pm, landing at 5:00pm at JFK local time.

The return flight, EK206, will depart New York at 11:15 pm, arriving in Hamburg at 12:35pm the next day. The flight onward to Dubai will depart Hamburg at 2:15 pm and arrive in Dubai at 11:25pm.
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Emirates adds extra 500 seats a week to London

Dubai: Emirates has added more than 500 seats a week on its services between Dubai and London Gat-wick after the introduction of a new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on one of its three daily flights to England's capital.

The new aircraft provides 364 seats in a three-class configuration, with 12 seats in First Class, 42 in Business and 310 in Economy.

A key feature available throughout the aircraft is Emirates' unique information, communications and entertainment system ICE which offers more than 500 channels of on-demand entertainment from the latest films, to every number one hit since 1952, news programmes and games, along with the ability to send e-mail and SMS messages.

The introduction of the aircraft comes after the recent opening of the airline's first dedicated lounge in the UK at London Gatwick.

The Emirates Lounge, which opened in October, is the largest in its network outside Dubai and is open to Emirates' First and Business Class passengers, and Gold level members of Skywards, the airline's frequent flyer programme.

The lounge offers a wide range of meals, a full bar, shower facilities, and a Business Centre with computer terminals and internet connection points for laptops.
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Dubai to award 37 airport deals


Work continues at the new Terminal No 3. Dubai has airport projects worth $12.2 billion under way.

Dubai: The UAE's expenditure on airport development and expansion projects is expected to hit Dh73.3 billion ($20 billion) in the next few years, a top aviation official said on Saturday.

This is half of the Dh146.6 billion ($40 billion) worth of airport expansion that is taking place in the Middle East and North Africa, making the UAE the fastest growing aviation market.

Other airport projects include the New Doha International Airport with investment worth $5.5 billion, while in Saudi Arabia the $1.5 billion expansion of the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah is under way.

"Dubai has projects worth $12.2 billion. Besides the $4.1 billion expansion of the Dubai Airport, we have $8.1 billion in Dubai World Central International Airport," said Khalifa Suhail Al Zafein, director of Engineering Projects in Dubai's Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

He was speaking to the media at a press briefing to announce the Airport Build and Supply exhibition that starts tomorrow.

"DCA will award 37 bids for the Dubai World Central International Airport this year," said Al Zafein. "Al Naboudah Contracting has begun work on the runway in that airport."

He said the airport is a central element of Dubai World Central, the massive multi-phase development 40 kilometres south of the Dubai city centre which was previously known as Jebel Ali Airport City.

Work began in 2005 on the project, which is designed to serve the emirate's passenger and cargo air transportation needs until 2050 and beyond, handling 120 million passengers a year.

Al Zafein expects Dubai's airports to continue to attract international and the regional airlines. "No changes are expected in the flights schedule of Dubai airport, while we expect that Jebel Ali airport will attract regional low cost carriers," he added.
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anyway... DXB is going to be sooo massive... and Dubai World Central underway...
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it looks like Emirates wants to buy BA.

there was a rumour but they denied.
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Emirates rules out any bid to acquire British Airways

Emirates airline said yesterday it was not planning to bid for British Airways as it was currently in the middle of a huge expansion plan.

“We have no intention of making a bid for British Airways,” said Mike Simon, division vice-president for corporate communications at Emirates.

“We are in the middle of a very expansive growth plan ourselves, and we are not going to buy.” British Airways shares had risen as much as 6.6 per cent early yesterday on what dealers said was speculation of a bid by Emirates.

British Airways’ market capitalisation stood at Dh27 billion yesterday.

UAE companies are on the lookout for major deals over the past couple of years. Last year, DP World paid nearly Dh25bn to buy British port management company P&O and Dubai International Capital gobbled up Madame Tussaud’s for $1.5bn and a string of trophy buildings and hotels in London and New York. Stakes in blue chips such as DaimlerChrysler, Ferrari, Volkswagen and Time Warner has raised the profile of the Dubai and other UAE Government entities as major players in search of major multinational companies.

Emirates is well-known in the United Kingdom, with 91 weekly flights and sponsorships of football clubs such as Chelsea and, now Arsenal.

Emirates, in its first foray in the Singapore bond market, sold S$400 million in five- and 10-year bonds, making its issue the biggest by a Middle Eastern company in the primary market.

The 10-year S$150m fixedrate bond was sold at a coupon rate of 4.64 per cent, 85 basis points above the prevailing 10year swap offered rate, and in line with market guidance, a person close to the deal said.

A five-year S$200m floating rate bond was sold at 63 basis points above the sixmonth swap offered rate, the person said. The six-month swap offered rate was quoted at 3.25 per cent yesterday.

Emirates, the largest Middle Eastern airline by number of passengers carried, said it will use the proceeds for corporate financing needs.

This is the first-ever Singapore dollar bond issue by a non-Asian airline in Singapore, and it has been well-received by a diverse set of investors that includes banks, asset managers and insurance companies, the company said.

“We are gratified by the investors’ response to our first bond offering in the Singapore market, which testifies to their confidence in Emirates’ financial performance and credit quality,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Group.

The issue will be listed on Singapore Exchange.The lead managers were Citigroup, Singapore’s DBS Bank Ltd. and Standard Chartered Bank. (Dow Jones)
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BA got the number one airline 2006 award the other day! emirates was number 5
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Etihad Airways to fly non-stop to New York from October

Etihad Airways, the UAE's national airline, is continuing to expand its international network of destinations with the announcement that from 26 October 2006, it will fly daily to Terminal 4 at New York's JFK airport.


(Left to right) HH Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Airways, Michele J. Sison, US Ambassador to the UAE and Geert W Boven, Acting CEO, Etihad Airways at the press conference to announce Etihad's new route to New York.

New York is Etihad's second North American destination, after Toronto, and is one of the most prestigious airports the Abu Dhabi-based airline can fly to. The new route is also set to further enhance the close bilateral ties between the US and the UAE.

'The announcement of this new destination is a significant milestone for Etihad Airways. By connecting Abu Dhabi and New York, we are once again illustrating the ambitions we have at Etihad Airways to service the world's most strategically important cities and regions,' said HH Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Airways.

Trade between the United States and the UAE amounted to $10 billion in 2005, making it the second-largest U.S. trading partner in the GCC behind Saudi Arabia. There are also more than 500 American companies in the UAE which are set to benefit from Etihad's daily service.

Guests on the New York route will enjoy the very best Etihad in-flight service on offer in the new purpose-built Airbus 340-500. The aircraft is configured with two aisles and can carry 240 Guests with 12 in Diamond, 28 in Pearl and 200 in Coral zone.

"The U.S. Embassy is pleased to recognize the introduction of the first Etihad Airways non-stop flight from Abu Dhabi to New York. This accomplishment represents another major step in the strong US-UAE bilateral relationship and is further proof of the strength of our ties,' said Michele J. Sison, US Ambassador to the UAE.

'I am proud that the Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft, which Etihad purchased in 2004, will be used in their continuously expanding route development. Direct flights between the UAE capital and the US commercial and cultural capital will encourage more trade, more visits and more students travelling to the United States, which will lead to greater understanding between our peoples,' continued the US Ambassador.

Etihad will be flying its A340-500 aircraft on this new route to New York. It is one of the airline's first aircraft to offer the luxurious revolutionary Diamond zone seat which can rotate 180 degrees, enabling Guests to hold meetings, share group meals and converse with one another.

For Guests looking to relax on the flight, each Diamond zone suite is fitted with a privacy shell and features a six-way movement headrest with built-in massage facility. The seat also reclines into a luxurious 6 feet 8 inch flat bed at the touch of a button.

'By flying on the new A340-500, our Guests will now be able to enjoy Etihad's unique levels of hospitality and comfort. The Diamond and Pearl zones offer in-flight luxuries of exceptional standards whether it is fully flat beds, state-of-the-art entertainment or fine dining,' added Geert W Boven, Acting CEO, Etihad Airways.

Flight EY 503 will depart Abu Dhabi International Airport every day at 14:15, arriving in New York at 21:25. The return flight EY 504, then departs at 23:10 arriving the next day in Abu Dhabi at 20:25.

Throughout the last 12 months Etihad has expanded considerably the number of destinations it flies to, fully supporting Etihad's proud position as the 'World's leading new airline'.

Earlier in 2006, this breathtaking growth saw the airline celebrate the milestone of launching 30 Guest destinations in just 30 months, and Etihad now offers Guest and cargo services to more than 40 cities world-wide.

New York will join other recently launched Guest routes to have opened including Brussels, Casablanca, Dhaka, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Manchester, Manila, Muscat, Paris and Toronto.

Several other new routes such as Osaka and Shanghai are scheduled to be launched later in 2006, which will ensure Etihad is on schedule to meet its ambitious target of flying to 70 destinations by 2010.

Etihad's route to New York also provides a wealth of new opportunities for Etihad's cargo and holidays divisions, Crystal Cargo and Etihad Holidays.

The A340-500 has a cargo capacity of 11 tonnes at full passenger load on this route, complete with heat adjustable and air conditioned aircraft holds.

Etihad Holidays will offer Guests a multitude of options which include some of New York's best located hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria, the Hilton on Times Square and the New Yorker.
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Dubai set to be airline parts supplier

Dubai: Dubai could become part of the global aircraft manufacturing supply chain in less than two years time, with a possible deal with either Boeing or Airbus, said a top official.

"Or both," Bob Johnson, the newly appointed chief executive of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) ? Dubai's Dh55 billion ($15 billion) aviation venture ? told Gulf News in a phone-in interview from Farnborough.

"We are currently negotiating with a number of aircraft manufacturers in both North America and Europe and other aviation-related companies to forge alliances and we hope to make some announcements soon."

"With the Jebel Ali Airport City project going ahead, we will be able to create a model for various aviation related activities, including components manufacturing and airport development."

Johnson, however, declined to give further details, citing non-disclosure clauses in their talks.

The Government of Dubai in February launched the DAE to tap the growing aviation services market in the region, with a pledge of $15 billion.

Six government entities have partnered for the DAE?s future growth.

"The $15 billion funds will be made available to us within the next two to three years, depending on the progress by the public and privates funds that will help us in developing the future projects," he said.

He said, a number of parties have expressed interest in their project so far and his team will take the negotiations further at the Farnborough airshow.

Earlier, a Boeing spokesperson told Gulf News that Boeing has been approached by DAE in its plans.

Both Airbus and Boeing have strengthened their presence by expanding their offices and facilities in Dubai that could become vital if DAE partners with either of their future projects.

If materialises, Dubai will be the first such centre in the Middle East to become part of a global aircraft manufacturing supply chain.

Both Boeing and Airbus are increasingly outsourcing components of jets including parts of the fuselage engine and wings, among others.

Boeing roped in Japan and Italy as major partners in its B787 Dreamliner project.

Japan currently supplies 35 per cent of the Dreamliner's fuselage while Italy shares a similar portion in manufacturing.

Airbus also expanded its supply chain with the A380 Superjumbo with a number of manufacturing sites in Europe and America.

In recent years, both Boeing and Airbus have become more dependent on the government and external support for the development of new models.

With a growing aviation market, Middle Eastern governments who control fast growing carriers such as Emirates, could command their share in the manufacturer's supply chain, analysts feel.

"With the growing capacity of Emirates, the Government of Dubai, for example, could become part of the game and organisations like DAE could be the right platform for such projects," he said, requesting anonymity.

Holding company for six subsidiaries

DAE will become the holding company for six operational subsidiaries involved in manufacturing and services across 14 industry segments.

Announced: February 2006.

Objective: Tap the Dh3.67 trillion ($1 trillion) global aviation industry and transfer international aviation and aeronautics technology to the region.

Some 30,000 new jobs will be created through DAE activities and 8,000 students a year will pass through the new university.

Areas of operation: Aircraft components and engines manufacturing and assembly, airport development and operations, aircraft leasing and finance, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, space services, aircraft brokerage, education and training, aviation media and events, and aviation IT systems, among others.

Backed by: Government of Dubai.

Partners: Dubai International Capital, EmaarProperties, Istithmar, Dubai International Financial Centre, Amlak Finance and the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority.
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awesome, if they can make a deal with one of those two, this would really make Jebel Ali Airport (city) a globally recognized development.
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exactly. great news if they can secure a deal with either, or maybe both
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Emirates to launch more KL-Dubai flights
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Emirates Airline, one of the fastest growing airlines, will be adding another flight nring it to nine times weekly, with bigger aircraft, to serve the Dubai-Kuala Lumpur route from September to cater to increasing demand for its flight.

Ahead of that, Emirates will add two additional flights each this month and in August on an ad hoc basis to cater to the Middle East traffic demand during the summer holidays.

Emirates manager for Malaysia, Alban Lee, said the airline was seeing increasing student, tourist and business traffic between Kuala Lumpur and Khartoum, Tripoli and Europe via Dubai and also inbound from West Africa via Abidjan, Lagos and Accra.

“Traditionally people who want to go to these parts of the world (Africa) would have to transit in Europe but we are now offering one-stop service that saves time and gives more connections via Dubai,” he told FinancialDaily in an interview.

Emirates is also increasing its capacity between Dubai and Kuala Lumpur with the introduction of the bigger B777-300 aircraft that carries 40 people more than the B777-200s.









Lee (pic) said all its flights were full during the summer months and the airline enjoyed a 70% load factor during the other months.

He said the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board had projected a 50% increase in Middle East tourist arrivals to between 170,000 and 180,000 this year from 130,000 in 2005.

Lee said 85% of the passengers it carried between Dubai and Kuala Lumpur were Middle Eastern travellers, with rest being returning students, businessmen and those from Europe.

Emirates has a fleet of 94 aircraft. Lee said it was accepting one delivery of a new aircraft a month, which would see its fleet expanding to 100 by year-end.

Lee said there was no plan yet to introduce freighter services to Kuala Lumpur despite Emirates Malaysia's cargo operations contributing to 40% of total revenue. Emirates offers 15 tonnes of cargo space in the belly of its aircraft.

On the KL International Airport (KLIA), he said the authorities should take a number of measures to boost the traffic at Malaysia’s leading gateway.

Among other things, he said it was important for the country to adopt a liberal open sky policy. “Take London Heathrow Airport; despite the higher charges, the airport still attracts a lot of airlines due to the traffic there.”

“Malaysia should adopt a liberal open sky policy as it would contribute to the growth of the industry. Look at Dubai, it serves 105 airlines to KLIA’s 51 airlines (as at end of last year).”
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London-Dubai tops list of booming air routes

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Tuesday July 25, 2006
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Six of the 10 fastest-growing long-haul air routes involve London, it was revealed today.
Topping the list is London to Dubai, where the number of available seats on offer has tripled in the last 10 years. The second fastest-growing route is London-Chicago, followed by London-Hong Kong and Melbourne-Singapore, according to analysis from air information company Ascend.

Other routes in the top 10 include London-Singapore at sixth, London-Mumbai (Bombay) in seventh place and London-New York at ninth.

Ascend said the number of seats on offer for London to Dubai has risen from 405,433 in the first half of 1996 to 1.25m in the first half of 2006.

It said that the growth had been driven largely by the successful expansion of Dubai-based airline Emirates which now operates 62 flights a week between London and Dubai.

Sir Richard Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic started London-Dubai services earlier this year.

"The huge increase of passenger activity between London and Dubai has mirrored Dubai's growth as a substantial regional power in the areas of tourism, construction, finance and trade over the past decade," said Gehan Talwatte, managing director of Ascend.

He went on: "Free trade zones, a shift towards a more service-orientated economy, a state-of-the-art international airport, and wide choice of luxury resorts are all making Dubai an increasingly attractive destination for tourists."
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Emirates Airline has raised the stakes in the fiercely-contested premium traveller segment with the launch of its new generation lie-flat Business Class seats today.

This investment is a new milestone in a series of recent inflight product enhancements for the award-winning airline, and it is a move expected to win the thumbs-up from more travellers on long-haul flights.

Passengers flying Emirates' new Boeing 777-300ER between Dubai and London Gatwick today, will be the first to sample this new Business Class offering. By year's end, another six Emirates jets will be operating with this new Business Class product.

All of Emirates' new long-range Boeing 777 aircraft on order will be fitted with lie-flat seats in Business Class, and the airline will also retrofit its current fleet of 12 777-300 aircraft by early 2008.

Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: ''In the highly competitive segment for premium travellers, Emirates has a clear lead with a superior all-round product.

''Our premium customers enjoy complimentary chauffeur drive service, dedicated lounge facilities at major hub airports worldwide, and unmatched inflight entertainment and service onboard a young and modern fleet. The new Business Class seats we are introducing on our Boeing fleet, together with our flat-bed 'SkyCruiser' privacy seats in First Class, will strengthen Emirates' appeal to premium travellers seeking that extra luxury and comfort, particularly on long-haul flights.''

Emirates' new Business Class will offer the latest in inflight amenities and comfort, with the lie-flat seat boasting an in-seat massage function, large privacy dividers, and handheld controls. Like fellow travellers onboard, business class passengers can enjoy more than 600 channels of entertainment from the airline's industry-leading 'ice' (Information, Communication, Entertainment) system, and that too on a generous 19-inch screen.

Designed to Emirates' exacting standards and specifications, the new generation Business Class seat was put together in record time. A team of engineers from the airline worked closely with B/E Aerospace, the US-based manufacturer of high-end seat products, on an intensive programme that saw the product fast-tracked from the drawing board to installation in just one year when the process typically takes twice the time. The airline is also evaluating various top-of-range business class product options for the rest of its fleet.

Dubai-based Emirates currently operates a fleet of 95 modern jets to over 80 cities in 57 countries. The fast-growing airline receives delivery of one new wide-bodied aircraft per month on average, and has announced plans to start services to Beijing, Tunis and Bangalore in the coming months.
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Emirates is the best airline in the world.
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Have you flown Singapore Airlines or even Cathay Pacific? I would say that those three are the best in the world
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