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Old September 2nd, 2015, 04:51 PM   #2161
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Old September 3rd, 2015, 04:21 PM   #2162
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Emirates Celebrates Airline's 150th 777 Delivery

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Old September 4th, 2015, 08:37 AM   #2163
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Emirates receives four wide-body aircraft in one day | Emirates Airline: 2)- B777-300ER's A6-EPA , A6-EPB and 1)- B777 Freighter A6-EFS 1)- Airbus A380 A6-EON https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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Old September 4th, 2015, 07:09 PM   #2164
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Etihad Airways The Residence Travel Class is the current benchmark for ultra high-end passenger air travel.

In addition to existing Abu Dhabi<->London and Abu-Dhabi<->Sydney flight offerings, it looks like Etihad will be adding The Residence Class to Abu Dhabi<->New York within the next few months.

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And this should serve as an inspiration for me to become financially successful so I can fly on The Etihad Residence
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Old September 4th, 2015, 11:39 PM   #2165
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And they need to fly one of those regular planes minus the residence to Houston....Can't believe they still don't fly here!! You ask any oil and gas guy here (which is half of the people working here) about Abu Dhabi, they will tell you how their company does some kind of energy-related business in the emirate!!
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Old September 5th, 2015, 03:14 AM   #2166
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A6-ETA Had Been Choosen To Be The First 777-300ER In The New Etihad Livery :

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Old September 5th, 2015, 03:32 AM   #2167
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Thank you for posting this! Ever since the unveiling of the A380 and B787 livery, I'd been waiting to see it applied to the B777 fleet!
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Will Etihad do a bacon sandwich for that price? I didn't think so.

tullamarine I don't think Etihad (or Emirates for that matter) will do a bacon sandwich at any price!!! Qantas customers on Sydney/Melbourne-London lost bacon from the breakfast menu following the Emirates alliance.

BaconButty I finally understand the true horrors of globalization.
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Old September 5th, 2015, 10:25 PM   #2168
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In the coming months and before the end of 2016 Emirates will receive 29 Airbus A380, starting with airbus 200, 68th of Emirates and ending with Airbus 229 which will be the 95 th of Emirates:

http://www.abcdlist.nl/a380f/a380f.html

I will like to now which are the regions and destinations that are more seemingly to operate this huge amount of new planes in the very near future.
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Old September 6th, 2015, 11:24 AM   #2169
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In the coming months and before the end of 2016 Emirates will receive 29 Airbus A380, starting with airbus 200, 68th of Emirates and ending with Airbus 229 which will be the 95 th of Emirates:

http://www.abcdlist.nl/a380f/a380f.html

I will like to now which are the regions and destinations that are more seemingly to operate this huge amount of new planes in the very near future.
Countries already getting large a380 operations (UK and many EU countries, US, Australia, Thailand to name a few) will get more. Destinations like Bangkok, all australian ports might even become a380-only.
With the introduction of a 3rd configuration (2-class), routes with low premium seats demand but high cheap seats demand become suitable for the a380. Copenhagen and Kuala Lumpur are already confirmed as the first destinations for this version. Manila and South Asia seem to be a great candidate for this version too.
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Old September 7th, 2015, 03:47 AM   #2170
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Old September 7th, 2015, 08:55 AM   #2171
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Copenhagen and Kuala Lumpur are already confirmed as the first destinations for this version. Manila and South Asia seem to be a great candidate for this version too.
London-Gatwick has also be confirmed for this configuration.

Wouldn't be surprised to see Birmingham in the UK get it as well.
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Old September 8th, 2015, 02:25 PM   #2172
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Etihad Airways A330-300 (A6-AFA) in Singapore.
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Old September 8th, 2015, 04:05 PM   #2173
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Coming soon: do your airport check-in on Dubai taxis.

New service allowing customers to weigh baggage, get baggage tags and processing boarding pass on the taxi.

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/transpo...axis-1.1580407
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Old September 11th, 2015, 04:02 AM   #2174
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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-ann...o-panama-city/

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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:03 PM   #2175
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Kuwait Airways receives third Airbus 330

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In continuation of its fleet development program, Kuwait Airways received the new Airbus A330 aircraft on 13thAugust 2015, belonging to the third from the five leased aircraft of the same type.

Kuwait Airways officials headed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Abdullah Al-Sharhan, Department Directors and various senior representatives were present to receive the Airbus A330 aircraft named Al-Sabahiya.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:04 PM   #2176
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Oman tourism: Kuwait Airways begins two new Muscat-Kuwait flights

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Muscat: Kuwait Airways has added two new flights between Kuwait and Muscat on Friday and Monday with effect from August 31, CEO of Kuwait Airways and Chief Commercial Officer, Philip Saunders, said on Sunday.

Earlier, Kuwait Airways was operating two flights a week from Kuwait to Muscat on Thursday and Sunday. “Now, we will be operating four flights a week between Muscat and Kuwait which will be connected to 18 destinations worldwide, including India, Middle East, Far East and many other places,” Saunders said.

Nonstop flights

Kuwait Airways also held a ceremony on Sunday to mark the new operation of nonstop flights from Kuwait to Muscat.

Rashid Al Anzi, Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of the State of Kuwait, Muscat; Anwar bin Abdullah Al Raisi, Director General of Civil Aviation Regulations, Public Authority for Civil Aviation, Muscat; and Hamed al Abri, Director General-Air Navigation, Public Authority for Civil Aviation were among the dignitaries present on this occasion. “The introduction of new additional frequencies to Muscat will cater to the growing demand for traffic between Kuwait and Muscat,” Saunders said.

Kuwait Airways has acquired seven A320 new aircraft from Airbus recently and these will be used on the Kuwait-Muscat route. Asked about the airlines’ plan for Oman, he said, “Muscat is one of the places where we want to increase the number of flights, and eventually we plan to fly daily to Muscat,” he said.

Promotional offers

In order to promote the new additional services, Kuwait Airways has launched special promotional offers to Kuwait, various destinations in Indian subcontinent and Far East to attract passengers.

“Further, Kuwait Airways will be offering additional free baggage allowance to customers travelling from Muscat during the promotional period. Kuwait Airways is also providing a special and unique SMS service to its customers,” said Rajan Jayaraman, District Sales Manager-Oman, Kuwait Airways.

“Kuwait Airways sends an SMS on the registered customers’ mobile phones alerting them about confirmation of seats, expiry of time limit to purchase tickets and any change in the timing of the departure of flights booked,” he added.

The service keeps the passengers informed about the current status of their travel details and is available in both, English and Arabic.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:18 PM   #2177
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Gulf Air reports Bhd62.7m in losses in 2014

Figures mark Gulf Air’s strongest results since 2004

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Abu Dhabi: Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, reported on Tuesday annual losses of 62.7 million Bahraini dinars in 2014, marking a 32.8 per cent improvement from the 93.3 million Bahraini dinars in losses reported in 2013.

The figures mark Gulf Air’s strongest results since 2004, the carrier said in a statement.

The airline said that it continued to shift from low-value transit traffic through Bahrain to high-demand, point-to-point routes focused largely on the Middle East and North Africa region in 2014. This resulted in a 15.4 per cent increase in total revenue passengers.

By the end of 2014, Gulf Air had extended its destinations to 41, with new routes having been launched to Europe, India, and the Middle East.

“We are moving strategically forward, making changes to Bahrain’s national carrier that are not only positive in the short term but that form part of our greater long term strategy towards transforming the airline across many fronts … Our success to date in realising the positive turnaround of Gulf Air over the past two years gives me great confidence in our 2015 results,” stated Maher Al Musallam, Gulf Air’s acting chief executive officer.

The airline’s 28 all-Airbus fleet of new aircraft underwent specific, targeted enhancements that were completed by the end of 2014.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 08:20 PM   #2178
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Why Emirates Is Not a Real Airline

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On September 1, Emirates Airline opened yet another new route, from Dubai to Orlando, their 10th U.S. gateway. Behind all the cheerleading in central Florida, though, is a stark reality: Emirates cannot simultaneously operate as a for-profit company and meet the aggressive growth targets - like the Orlando route - that its government has specified. Something has to give. And in this case, what "gives" is the government of Dubai, which has shown that it is more than willing to offer wheelbarrows of cash to prop up its airline. The government is also willing to employ gimmicky accounting tricks in an attempt to hide this massive government funding, because these subsidies violate the Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates, the same agreement Emirates relies on for its massive expansion in the U.S.

Experienced airline professionals understand that Emirates - and the other UAE-owned airline, Etihad, as well as Qatar Airways - are not bound by the commercial realities that drive rigor and discipline at investor-owned carriers. Delta CEO Richard Anderson, a leader in the aviation industry, gets it. In a recent interview in Politico, he referred to Emirates' recent routes from the U.S., noting: "these can't be routes that a normal for-profit airline would ever be able to economically operate," adding, "after 20-some years of being in this business and understanding the basics of economics, you knew that the economics on routes like JFK-Milan, without subsidies, wouldn't work." Anderson pointed out that Emirates had upsized that daily service to a 489-seat A380 (Emirates is flying 66 of these behemoths, with another 74 on order). A mentee of mine recently mentioned that Emirates now flies the A380 into his small home island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Many days, his former colleagues at the national airline, Air Mauritius, count about 100 passengers disembarking from Emirates' double-decker jet. Probably not a money-maker, but typical of route planning at an airline that relies on government largesse and doesn't have to satisfy real investors.

In their most recent submission to the U.S. government, Emirates did come clean on a massive indirect subsidy for airports. The Dubai government just built an enormous $7.8 billion terminal dedicated to Emirates' exclusive use. Terminal 3 is the largest building in the world by floor space. More is planned, surely also to be bankrolled by the state: the new Al Maktoum International Airport - part of the massive Dubai World Central complex - will have five parallel runways and a terminal built to handle 160 million people per year, which will make it the largest airport in the world in both physical size and passenger volume.

Emirates' latest filing also confirmed that the Investment Corporation of Dubai provided a subsidy of at least $1.6 billion by assuming the losses associated with Emirates' failed fuel hedging. Unlike an airline that isn't government-sponsored, Emirates was able to simply move these costs off their books to buttress the illusion of profit. It must be nice to have a variant of Santa Claus to step in and fix big mistakes in a key expense category.

But Emirates continues to refuse to acknowledge cash subsidies from their government, something both Etihad and Qatar Airways have done. We are thus left to wonder about the source of the money. Experienced airline finance and legal experts believe it is brought into the airline through enormous related-party transactions. In their 2013-14 annual report, Emirates reported purchases of $2.2 billion, more than 10% of its reported operating costs, from related parties. But they provided no detail on the specific sellers, what was purchased, prices, or terms (nor do most of the sellers disclose financials). And keep in mind that the Dubai commercial aviation is essentially one cozy entity: Emirates the airline; Dubai Airports Company, the airport operator; Dnata, the monopoly airport ground handler; Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, which leases aircraft to Emirates; and most troubling of all, the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, the aviation regulator, are all controlled by the same people. This would be like the CEOs of U.S. airlines controlling the FAA.

Emirates' final filing briskly dismissed the self-dealing question: "[T]he allegation regarding related party transactions was never documented and has been definitively contradicted by Emirates independent auditors' opinion." But it would be difficult to document the allegation when, as noted above, Emirates continues to stonewall on details: their "independent auditors' opinion" provided no substance, nothing that would meet IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) criteria for completeness and transparency. And certainly not the thorough information that scrutinizing investors and regulators in the U.S. or Europe would expect.

Because Emirates refuses to provide any clarity on this self-dealing, a speculative example might help readers understand what may be happening. Government travel would be a likely instance: say a mid-level official in a UAE ministry needs to visit Washington. He or she is entitled to travel Business Class. On Emirates' website, a typical October round-trip in that cabin sells for $5,400, but Emirates could charge the ministry $50,000. And no one - at least no one on the outside - would know.

In sum, the Emirates charades continue, as does its misrepresentation of the views of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, and interested airline trade unions. None of these parties seek special favors or "protection." Open Skies agreements have served U.S. carriers very well, enabling them to grow overseas, and to partner with European and Asian airlines to expand their networks. But U.S. airlines cannot - and should not have to - compete with airlines with short paths to enormous government treasuries. Earlier this year, the U.S. agreed to look into the subsidy question, and invited public comments; this proceeding is now closed and the Obama Administration must act to level the playing field for the U.S. airlines and their workers.
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Old September 15th, 2015, 09:23 PM   #2179
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Typical smack from the US3, and it's dirty tactics campaign.

United CEO Jeff Smisek is in serious trouble with the law in the United States which led him to step down from his position in the airline with the reality of going to prison a very good possibility.

One CEO down, two to go.

The real losers will be the US consumer if they get their own way.
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Residents air opinions on Etihad Airways’ new baggage rules

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ABU DHABI // Etihad Airways’ move to slash its free baggage allowance by 7kg on certain routes has been met with annoyance by residents of the capital.

Many who spoke to The National said the new policy was confusing and effectively forces more people to pay for extra luggage or switch to another airline.

On Thursday, Etihad said it was introducing a new baggage policy, with weight allowances changing according to the route, the choice of fare and Etihad Guest membership status.

The airline said it was “moving to a fair and transparent baggage concept” that allowed passengers to more easily “understand what they are paying for, offering clearer pricing and flexibility”.

On some routes, for economy breaking deals and saver tickets, the baggage allowance per passenger has been reduced from 30 kilograms to 23kg.

“It’s a bad move,” said Vinod Paryani, 45, a computer engineer who checked in his luggage at the Abu Dhabi city terminal on Friday morning. “Etihad is a superb and world-class airline but if I’m given 23kg baggage allowance I will have to rethink flying on this national airline.”

Low-income expatriates who travel to their home countries at least once every two years will suffer the most from the new baggage policy, he said.

“These people will be bringing home gifts to their families when they travel home,” said Mr Paryani, who checked in two pieces of luggage weighing 32kg ahead of his Etihad flight to Mumbai on Saturday morning.

“Etihad’s new baggage policy will result in people switching to other airlines that have 30kg or a more generous luggage allowance.”

Rival airline Emirates offers 30kg of checked in luggage on most economy routes and more on routes to the US, Canada and South America. Qatar Airways also offers 30kg on most routes, with more on routes to Argentina, Canada, and the US.

Another Etihad passenger, Carlo Billones, 45, agreed. “I’m going home after two years and the airline counter staff was kind enough to allow me to check in 32kg. I don’t think 23kg is enough since I’m bringing new clothes, bags of chocolates and other gifts for my family,” he said.

The new policy will take effect on tickets bought on or after September 14, the airline said.

Sumit Shetty, 26, who works in the IT department of First Gulf Bank, was able to check in a 40-inch flat screen TV and one piece of luggage, weighing 30kg.

“I’ve flown on Etihad but this time I’ve booked a Jet Airways flight to Mumbai,” he said. “I think people who are conscious about the Etihad brand will not mind the reduction in baggage allowance. But many will book flights elsewhere.”

Christian Carandang, 33, who booked a return ticket to Manila at an Etihad counter in Abu Dhabi Mall on Friday, was unaware of the new policy.

“I’m lucky I had purchased it before September 14 otherwise I’ll have to worry about excess baggage this December.”

Fatima Suhail, a Sharjah resident, said people will be discouraged from choosing Etihad, adding: “When it comes to travelling to my country, I would choose a ticket that gives me maximum baggage allowance.”

Etihad said the baggage allowance changes, depending on the destination, and that, on some routes, the economy class allowance has been increased for all fare choices from 30kg to two pieces of baggage at 23kg each.

On flights to and from the US and Canada, the economy class baggage weight limit is unchanged at two bags of 23kg each.

For first and business-class tickets on certain routes, the allowance has been changed from 40kg and 50kg to two pieces of baggage at 32kg each.

The cost of excess baggage will be cut on a majority of fares. On some routes the cost of buying an additional 23kg piece of baggage will be reduced by up to 90 per cent, with a further reduction of up to 30 per cent if pre-purchased directly from Etihad Airways up to 24 hours before travel.

“But the general news they’ve come up with is reducing the baggage allowance,” Ms Suhail said.

“That’s what’s important because it applies to a larger segment of people here.”
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