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Old August 13th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #2141
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Did not see that one coming. Was hoping and still hoping MIA would be announced. 17 Hours and 35 minutes on a plane. Good luck to Emirates.
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Did not see that one coming. Was hoping and still hoping MIA would be announced. 17 Hours and 35 minutes on a plane. Good luck to Emirates.
EK seems uninterested in MIA. They want to start destinations that QR and TK don't serve yet. I'm sure they will start MIA one day but they aren't in a rush to get there. They treated ORD similarly.
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Old August 13th, 2015, 09:10 PM   #2143
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destinations that QR/EY (or a combination of the 2) and TK don't serve AND destinations that Lufthansa serve or plan to serve!!
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Old August 17th, 2015, 07:18 PM   #2144
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Old August 17th, 2015, 10:43 PM   #2145
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Old August 21st, 2015, 06:53 PM   #2146
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Etihad Airways A330-343 "Visit Abu Dhabi 2015" (A6-AFA)
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 03:04 PM   #2147
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Emirates will resume flights to Baghdad from 17th September with a 4 weekly A332 service. Erbil flights were increased to 8 weekly while Basra already sees a double daily service.

Further there will be an capacity increase to Thailand from 1st December. Phuket will be served 11 weekly B77W instead of daily and Bangkok will see an additional daily A380 (2-class) service from the same date. Qatar Airways will also increase their flights with A380 to BKK to 19 weekly (in addition to 9 weekly B77W) from 25th October.

From 1st March DXB-SIN-MEL will switch to A380. SIN & MEL will be served double daily with A380 fom this date.
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Old August 23rd, 2015, 05:38 PM   #2148
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I certainly hope that EK goes for B787-10 rather than A350-900.... I would loove to see the beautiful Dreamliner in EK colours!
I would prfer the A350, if only because it would mean more space for Economy Passengers since there is a good chance that Emirates would pick the 9 seats per row option for Y. Which works better on the A350 than the 787.

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Emirates today announced its plans to launch services to Panama City, beginning 1st February, 2016. The new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes in the Westbound direction) and will be Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.

http://pilotnewsmag.com/emirates-announces-service-to-panama-city/
Despite the route length once you look at it it seems to be a very impressive choice, mainly thanks to the Copa Airlines Hub located in Panama. In other words Emirates have found a good way to serve Central and Northern South America by flying to Panama.

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EK seems uninterested in MIA. They want to start destinations that QR and TK don't serve yet. I'm sure they will start MIA one day but they aren't in a rush to get there. They treated ORD similarly.
They should also consider Newark, Denver, Las Vegas, Detroit, Charlotte (Since Delta already does ATL-DXB) and Philadelphia as well when it comes to serving the USA. I was also surprised the picked Orlando at this time. I would have thought it would have some after some of those suggested cities.

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Further there will be an capacity increase to Thailand from 1st December. Phuket will be served 11 weekly B77W instead of daily and Bangkok will see an additional daily A380 (2-class) service from the same date. Qatar Airways will also increase their flights with A380 to BKK to 19 weekly (in addition to 9 weekly B77W) from 25th October.


How many frequencies do EK fly to BKK these days. Last I heard it was 6 X Daily.
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Old August 24th, 2015, 12:26 AM   #2149
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Regards to the new route flying to Durban from 17 December any chance that flight will become a daily flight and stop routing via Johannesburg or will it take a few years for this to happen.
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Old August 24th, 2015, 02:40 AM   #2150
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My Brother is going to India on 1st september on Emirates A380 Inaugural flight from Orlando, Florida USA Via Dubai so I told him to get pictures and then I will post pictures on skyscrapercity on this thread
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Old August 26th, 2015, 04:42 PM   #2151
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Etihad Got $2.5 Billion Capital Injection from Abu Dhabi

Critics say state-owned carrier’s new funding violates air treaties with U.S. government

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The Abu Dhabi government last year injected $2.5 billion into Etihad Airways, new funding that critics say proves the Persian Gulf carrier is unfairly subsidized by the state in violation of air treaties with the U.S. government.

The previously undisclosed cash injection is detailed in state-owned Etihad’s financial statements, which were made public on Monday by the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, a lobby group led by the three biggest U.S. airlines.

The group, which includes several labor unions and U.S. carriers American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., is pushing the U.S. government to limit the rapid growth of Etihad and its regional peers, Dubai’s Emirates Airline and Doha-based Qatar Airways.

Etihad reported a net profit of $73 million last year on revenue of $5.86 billion, according to the airline’s financial statements, which are audited by KPMG LLP. Earnings were boosted by a one-off sale of a subsidiary to another part of the group for $700 million.

“Etihad’s own financials prove that it is not a commercially viable enterprise and owes its continued existence to massive government subsidies from the United Arab Emirates,” said Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies.
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The big three U.S. passenger carriers in January asked the U.S. government to renegotiate air treaties with Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, where Emirates and Etihad are based. They allege the three state-owned Gulf airlines have received more than $40 billion in government subsidies since 2004 that allow the carriers to unfairly compete in the aviation market.

The U.S. Transportation, State and Commerce departments said they would review the allegations and opened regulatory dockets where any party could file information and lobby for either side.

Emirates, Etihad and Qatar have dismissed the U.S. carriers’ claims, denied they are unfairly subsidized and filed rebuttals on the U.S. dockets.

FedEx Corp.’s FedEx Express delivery unit, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc., JetBlue Airways Corp. and Hawaiian Holdings Inc.’s Hawaiian Airlines have also said they oppose the big three U.S. carriers’ submissions to the U.S. government.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 01:53 AM   #2152
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Old August 27th, 2015, 11:41 AM   #2153
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Kuwait Airways now offers Wi-Fi services on its flights.



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Old August 27th, 2015, 11:44 AM   #2154
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Is Emirates the Best Airline to Work for as a Flight Attendant?

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Emirates offers a lot of perks to its cabin staff. Some of these extras are things that other airlines would not even dream of giving their most senior flight attendants. At the same time, the carrier, which is the largest in the Middle East, demands more of its in-flight employees than almost any other carrier in the world.
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Very few of these flight attendants are from Dubai. The most common nationality for Emirates cabin staff is British.
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Emirates seems quite generous when it comes to giving extras to its employees. Even the newest flight attendants get a deal that would make the most senior cabin staff at a U.S. legacy carrier envious. Emirates attendants have their accommodations paid for. They are whisked to and from work in private cars. Their base salary is tax free and they get 30 days of annual leave (and free tickets to go wherever they choose during their break).

This “pampering” is not a new phenomenon. Way back in 2008, the Wall Street Journal did a story on the charmed life of Emirates flight attendants. The paper highlighted perks like totally free living arrangements, 50 percent discounts at local restaurants and health clubs, and generous housing allowances for crew members who had families. Of course, all these extras came at a slight cost: Emirates employees’ salaries were (and still are) lower overall than those of U.S.-based legacy carriers.

Judging by the number of applicants who are still trying to get into an Emirates uniform, it seems that many think it is worth trading the extra income for a glamorous jet-set lifestyle that would not be possible at other airlines.


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Old August 27th, 2015, 01:58 PM   #2155
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Etihad Airways Gets Luxury Concierge Team For A380 Flyers

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Before you even land in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways wants you to begin experiencing the extravagance of their culture. That’s why they teamed up with global concierge provider Ten Group to create a uniquely luxurious flying experience.

On Etihad’s Airbus A380 fleet exists The Residence; a class much above first where you have your own suite. And by suite we mean a living room, private shower room, and double bedroom. Features you would normally find on a private jet. This elite way to travel will now boast an Etihad Lifestyle Concierge team who will cater to the specified needs of these lucky travelers. The team will work side-by-side with the airline’s Residence by Etihad butlers, who were trained at the London Savoy.

In announcing the new service, Etihad noted that it will be a “highly personalized and discreet experience, providing access to a range of services including dining reservations, entertainment bookings, special events, destination information and lifestyle services.

Whether it is for a last-minute booking at a top London restaurant, tickets for a Broadway show, or even the purchase of a rare blue diamond, our fully connected fleet will enable us to assist guests staying in the Residence by Etihad with their requirements immediately, 24 hours a day, at 35,000 feet, and with the most professional levels of service.”

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ chief commercial officer added: “We have chosen to collaborate with a provider possessing the global reach and expertise which meet the demands and expectations of our most discerning guests. With the launch of the Etihad Lifestyle Concierge, in partnership with Ten Group, we are taking luxury airline travel to levels never experienced before.”

The first Etihad Airways A380 flight flew from Abu Dhabi’s international Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport in December. On May 31st the airline deployed an additional A380 on a daily flight to Sydney. In the works is an upgrade of one of their double daily services to New York’s JFK by December 1st. Wherever the A380 may go, it is sure to be the most luxurious ticket in the sky.




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Old August 29th, 2015, 10:30 AM   #2156
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Is Premium Economy Next for Emirates, Qatar and Etihad?

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As seat sizes in economy shrink, premium economy seating — the recliner-style international option that is like US domestic first class — is on the rise. Between 2008 and the middle of 2015 Airbus has seen a 300% spike from nine airlines to an impressive 27. With airlines like Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa arriving relatively late to the table that was first set by Virgin Atlantic and EVA Air in the early 1990s, the obvious holdouts are the gulf carriers: Etihad, Qatar Airways and Emirates.

Even the US Big Three — United, Delta and American — offer an extra-legroom economy product, which they call Economy Plus, Comfort+ and Main Cabin Extra, but which isn’t, of course, a full premium economy seat.

For airlines like Air Canada, which are seeking to compete with the very densest economy seating on the Gulf airlines but also home low-cost and charter carriers like WestJet and Air Transat, premium economy is a reasonable way to maintain something of a premium brand positioning. That’s especially true if it’s priced keenly compared with economy, although that isn’t always the case.

Earlier this year, Airbus quoted 28 airlines with a full premium economy offering (and which excludes, for example, Icelandair’s Eurobusiness style Economy Comfort or the extra-legroom economy product offered by the major US airlines). Some, like Air New Zealand, charge significantly more for certain routes, sometimes around the same as a business class seat on competitor airlines.

And so to the Gulf Three. Among the premium economy holdouts, their premium configurations have the largest hard product gulf (if you’ll excuse the pun) between business and economy. While only Etihad offers a fully flat bed with direct aisle access across its widebodies, Emirates’ A380s and Qatar’s superjumbos, 787s and A350s offer the same gold standard of business class beds. Meanwhile, economy continues to contract: the 787 fleets on Qatar and Etihad see a 31” seat pitch with nine-abreast seating, and both Emirates’ and Etihad’s 777s are the ultra-high density 10-abreast seating (even if Emirates’ offers 32” pitch over Etihad’s 31”). Qatar is also refitting its 777 fleet with ten-abreast seating.

All three airlines are making an unpredecented investment in onboard product, although the timing of Etihad’s recent rollout of its new A380 and 787 cabins make it the least likely of the three to add a premium economy cabin any time soon.

Emirates is long overdue for a refresh of its fleet, which is sub-par in business class on the 777 fleet with an angled lie-flat seat still being installed that is only slightly less unimpressive than the angled seat American is pulling off its 777-200ER and 767-300ER fleets. With expansive promises about a new, elegant first class suite (and hopefully a reduction in the eyewateringly naff gold and wood effects throughout the aircraft), together with the introduction of a high-density A380 without first class for non-premium routes, the Dubai supercarrier could be well positioned to be first to introduce a premium economy cabin, especially given its exposure to markets with rising middle classes.

Qatar Airways, ever the wild card thanks to its mercurial CEO Akbar al Baker, has promised a “superbusiness” seat for its next-generation business class, even as it continues to install the top-flight B/E Aerospace Super Diamond outward-facing herringbone seating in its new 787, A380 and A350 aircraft. The passenger experience gap between Qatar’s economy and superbusiness would be well filled by premium economy.

Yet more than just “would this existing product fit here”, the three Gulf carriers have an opportunity to redefine what premium economy means, just as they redefined what it means to be a network carrier or to offer a first and business class passenger experience.

With their increasing influence on the way people fly — and the ironically helpful actions of arch-enemies Delta pulling its fares from fare comparison metasearch engines, and Lufthansa charging €16 for GDS-purchased fares — the chance to create an entirely new category of travel might be an offer they couldn’t refuse.
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Old September 1st, 2015, 12:54 PM   #2157
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EK recieved their 66th A380 today reg number A6-EON. It's an ULR frame.
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A380 service starts today for Orlando. The route also launches today too. I think this is the first time a A380 starts a new route for a city and a airline.
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A380 service starts today for Orlando. The route also launches today too. I think this is the first time a A380 starts a new route for a city and a airline.
It's only the inaugeral that is the A380, the route continues utilizing a 777-200LR from tomorrow.
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Passenger traffic at Dubai International climbs 29.6%

6.68 million passengers welcomed in July

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