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Old December 13th, 2015, 05:50 PM   #2261
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EK to retire 26 aircraft in 2016

As per the following sources, EK will retire a total of 26 aircraft next year and 13 aircraft in 2017 and 13 more in 2018.

http://www.gulfbusiness.com/articles...veries-arrive/
http://www.thenational.ae/business/a...with-new-a380s

To-be retired aircraft are : 12 A330-200s, 4 A340-300s, 1 A340-500, 6 B777-200ERs, 2 B777-300s, and one B777-300ER (I am assuming A6-EBA).
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Old December 14th, 2015, 08:33 PM   #2262
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Emirates announced Yinchuan and Zhengzhou
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Old December 16th, 2015, 03:23 AM   #2263
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Kuwait Airways drops NYC-London route

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Kuwait Airways is no longer selling tickets for flights between New York's John F. Kennedy airport and London's Heathrow, after the Transportation Department threatened legal action for its refusal to sell tickets to Israelis.

"Today, Kuwait Airways informed the U.S. DOT that they will be eliminating service between JFK and London Heathrow," Namrata Kolachalam, a department spokeswoman, said Tuesday.

The airline didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Sorry, we were unable to process your request due to either no operating flight or no seats available," the airline's web site replied Tuesday, when asked for flights from JFK to Heathrow. But other flights directly to Kuwait City or to other destinations connecting through Kuwait are available.

The end of the route came after the Transportation Department investigated the airline's refusal to sell Eldad Gatt, an Israeli citizen, a ticket from JFK to Heathrow in 2013.

"It is unfortunate that Kuwait Airways has decided to suspend its service, instead of accepting Israeli citizens as passengers,” said Jeffrey Lovitky, a Washington lawyer representing Eldad Gatt, who was refused a ticket because of the policy. “This demonstrates Kuwait’s stubborn refusal to give up its boycott of Israeli citizens.”

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Sept. 30 that the airline broke the law because it refuses to sell tickets to Israelis.

On Oct. 29, department ordered the airline to “cease and desist from refusing to transport Israeli citizens between the U.S. and any third country where they are allowed to disembark,” according to a letter from Blane Workie, the department’s assistant general counsel for enforcement.

But Kuwait Airways has said it declined to sell Gatt a ticket to avoid running afoul of Kuwaiti law, which prohibits its citizens from entering "into an agreement, personally or indirectly, with entities or persons residing in Israel, or with Israeli citizenship.”

The airline filed a petition Nov. 24 asking the Federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review the dispute. The airline contends that it isn’t discriminatory because it will sell tickets to passengers regardless of race, national origin or religion – so long as they hold a passport valid in Kuwait.

Because of that Kuwait law, the U.S. dispute boiled down to flights that didn’t land in Kuwait, such as the airline's leg between New York and London. The threat was that the Transportation Department could block flights to the U.S. unless the airline changed its policy.

Kuwait Airways hasn’t withdrawn its lawsuit against the department, so it could potentially resume flights if it wins in court. Gatt will do everything in his power to ensure that the airline doesn’t resume flights between New York and London until it accepts Israeli citizens as passengers, Lovitky said.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 07:20 PM   #2264
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So their flight from JFK to KWI was via London (LHR)....did not know that...I thought they flew nonstop between NY and Kuwait...
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Old December 16th, 2015, 10:41 PM   #2265
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So their flight from JFK to KWI was via London (LHR)....
Yup.

Not anymore, though.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 01:57 AM   #2266
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Etihad Airways moves to make 787 Dreamliner its flagship long-haul aircraft

http://www.thenational.ae/business/a...-haul-aircraft



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Etihad Airways will deploy the Dreamliner on five routes next year as the Boeing 787 gradually becomes the Abu Dhabi carrier’s flagship long-haul aircraft.

Etihad expects to receive 66 Dreamliners over the coming years.

The 787-9 Dreamliner is Boeing’s high-tech fuel-efficient aircraft. Etihad received its first one last December.

Starting from May next year, Etihad will deploy the 299-seat plane to Düsseldorf, Perth, Shanghai, Istanbul and Johannesburg. It already flies five 787s to Brisbane, Washington, Singapore and Zurich from Abu Dhabi.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 03:25 PM   #2267
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Birmingham, Prague and Taipei have been added to the Emirates A380 network
http://www.emirates.com/ae/english/a...routes-in-2016
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Old December 20th, 2015, 08:41 PM   #2268
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Birmingham, Prague and Taipei have been added to the Emirates A380 network
http://www.emirates.com/ae/english/a...routes-in-2016
I keep wondering, if they continue deploying the A380 in almost every route, which routes are gonna be used by their 777s in the future? I do hope that in every route they operate the fat whale, they keep at least one frequency operated by the 777. A380 is indeed good aircraft, but I personally will always prefer 777s
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Old December 20th, 2015, 10:16 PM   #2269
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Old December 20th, 2015, 10:20 PM   #2270
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So their flight from JFK to KWI was via London (LHR)....did not know that...I thought they flew nonstop between NY and Kuwait...
I believe Kuwait Airways flew that way to grab some traffic between NYC and LON as a profit-maximizing strategy.
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Old December 20th, 2015, 10:25 PM   #2271
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I keep wondering, if they continue deploying the A380 in almost every route, which routes are gonna be used by their 777s in the future? I do hope that in every route they operate the fat whale, they keep at least one frequency operated by the 777. A380 is indeed good aircraft, but I personally will always prefer 777s
The B777 is still the main aircraft in their fleet and it will stay like that for many years. But the A380 works better for slot restricted airports.
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Old December 21st, 2015, 02:03 PM   #2272
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And, the proportion of 777s compared to the rest will only grow in the future.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 06:19 PM   #2273
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Emirates studies Fort Lauderdale:
http://www.thenextmiami.com/emirates...ngth-an-issue/
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 10:56 AM   #2274
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Qatar Airways get creative with new safety video featuring Barca

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EK received their 72nd A380 today registration number A6-EOT.
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Old December 24th, 2015, 03:02 PM   #2276
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Emirates fleet by year end 2015

72 A380
112 B77W
12 B773
6 B772ER
10 B77L
4 A343
1 A345
16 A332

13 B77F
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Old December 24th, 2015, 06:07 PM   #2277
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Old December 24th, 2015, 07:27 PM   #2278
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Gulf Air reaps benefits of restructuring

http://atwonline.com/finance-data/gu...restructuring#

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Gulf Air’s efforts to restructure are bearing fruit among passengers, the carrier said Dec. 24.

The Bahrain-based airline initiated a major reorganization in December 2012 to cut crippling losses, reduce aircraft and staff, upgrade its Airbus A330 long-haul fleet and focus on high-frequency, point-to-point travel on its core Middle East routes.

Restructuring of its operations is continuing, following an 85% reduction in losses over the past three years, it said. The carrier turned in a loss of BD62.7 million ($166 million) for 2014, but nevertheless hailed the deficit as its best result for a decade—an indication of how severe its financial problems had been over recent years.

The airline said the results of its latest quarterly passenger survey until the end of September 2015 showed a 31% rise in positive comments from passengers and a 6% drop in complaints compared to the same period in 2014.
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OMG are Gulf Air still alive. ????

I remember flying them when they were the flag carrier for Bahrain Qatar Dubai and Abu Dhabi....I assume they are a Bahraini airline now seeing as the rest went their own way ( and then some).
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QATAR Airways in latest schedule update is extending planned Boeing 787-8 service resumption on Doha – Moscow Domodedovo route. Previously not reported on Airline Route, the oneWorld member originally planned to operate Boeing 787 aircraft from 27DEC15 to 16JAN16, however this is now being extended until 26MAR16.

The following operation is effective from 01FEB16 to 26MAR16.

QR233 DOH0725 – 1245DME 788 D
QR229 DOH1230 – 1750DME 320 D

QR234 DME1345 – 1900DOH 788 D
QR230 DME1850 – 0005+1DOH 320 D

Boeing 787 operation on this route from 27DEC15 to 26JAN16 varies.

http://airlineroute.net
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