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Old April 24th, 2016, 05:09 PM   #2361
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Etihad Airways launches innovative mobile app to reimagine the travel experience for guests

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The Etihad Airways’ app allows passengers to check in for their flight by using their mobile phone to simply scan their passport page. Guests can also pay for their tickets by scanning their credit card, eliminating the need to enter passenger details and payment information manually.

The simple booking process allows guests to compare multiple fare choices and upgrade options. In the ‘My Trips’ section guests can view all their past and upcoming trips, which are automatically linked to their Etihad Guest reward programme account. Boarding passes can be viewed from the app or downloaded directly to iOS Wallet.

The app offers a ‘countdown to take off’ feature to ensure guests arrive at the departure gate in plenty of time. Live flight status updates provide real time flight information enabling passengers’ family and friends to track their flight.

The mobile app is one of many innovative solutions being developed across Etihad Airways as part of its Digital Guest Innovation strategy. This technology strategy ensures that Etihad Airways and its equity partner airlines embed world-class technologies to deliver a range of services and products that enhance the guest experience and ensure passengers’ air travel expectations are met.

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Old April 25th, 2016, 01:18 PM   #2362
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Nicole Kidman to star in virtual reality film for Etihad Airways



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Australian actress Nicole Kidman is to star in a virtual reality film produced by Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad Airways , it was announced on Monday. The film, which gives users a tour of the carrier's Airbus A380 superjumbo, will be the first time a Hollywood star has featured in a virtual reality film, the airline claimed in a press statement.

A trailer of the film is set to be unveiled at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) conference and exhibition, which starts in Dubai today. The film was produced using Google Cardboard technology and is viewed using Samsung Gear headsets.

"The VR film is the latest example of Etihad Airways ' on-going commitment to adopting cutting-edge digital technologies to reimagine the way we engage with our guests and how we communicate our innovations," Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways ' chief commercial officer, said in a press statement.
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Old April 27th, 2016, 12:56 AM   #2363
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Saudi airline Flyadeal to have 25-50 aircraft by 2020

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Saudi Arabian budget carrier Flyadeal, launched last week, aims to have up to 50 planes flying by 2020, a senior executive said on Monday.

Flyadeal, a subsidiary of the state-controlled holding company that also owns national carrier Saudia, will fly both domestic and regional routes and is part of the kingdom's expansion of air services.

It will begin services in mid-2017, operate 25-50 planes by 2020 and will obtain these via new leasing agreements or from sister airline Saudia, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) director-general Saleh al-Jasser told reporters at a travel exhibition in Dubai.

The new airline's fleet will be narrow-body aircraft, either the Airbus A320 or Boeing's 737, he said.

“It will be leased aircraft,” said Jasser, who will sit on Flyadeal's board.

“We are assessing the options whether to transfer some of the order (by Saudia) that we have or to go through an RFQ (request for quotation).”

Flyadeal could break even within 2-3 years, he predicted.

Loss-making Saudia is being restructured with the aim of regaining profitability by 2020 so that it can list on Riyadh's bourse, Jasser said.

“The listing, it's not yet decided when, maybe even earlier (than 2020),” said Jasser.

He said the size of the stake to be floated had yet to be decided although when two of Saudia's units - Saudi Airlines Catering Co and Saudi Ground Services Co - went public, 30 percent of their shares were sold to the public.

Saudia has also begun the process to take its cargo division public.
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Old April 27th, 2016, 12:59 AM   #2364
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Emirates | Boeing 777-300ER | A6-EGD departing from Mumbai !

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Old April 28th, 2016, 07:38 PM   #2365
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EK will launch a 7th daily flight to BKK from 1st July

EK350 DXB-BKK 1950 0510+1 B77W
EK351 BKK-DXB 0635 0950 B77W

In total 5 daily DXB-BKK (3 daily B77W + 2 daily A380) nonstop + daily DXB-BKK-HKG A380 + daily DXB-BKK-SYD-CHC B77W
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Old April 29th, 2016, 12:06 AM   #2366
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Etihad Airways achieves record financial returns as global alliances pay off

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Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi carrier, achieved record financial returns last year, boosted by its strategy of global alliances with other airlines.

The airline reported its best ever turnover and profit figures, with revenue up nearly 20 per cent to US$9.02 billion and net profit soaring by 40 per cent to $103 million.

Etihad is reporting consolidated financial statements for the first time and figures for 2014 represent the stand-alone airline business.

About 17.6 million passengers flew with Etihad last year, up from 14.8 million in 2014.

Etihad’s partners – airlines in which it has an equity stake or codeshare agreement – contributed $1.4bn to revenue, and added 5 million passengers to the Etihad network last year.

“Our mandate is to build a sustainably profitable airline," said James Hogan, its president and chief executive.

“A fifth year of net profits, with our best annual financial performance to date, shows that we are delivering against that goal.

“Our profitability clearly demonstrates the success of our business strategy, based on organic growth boosted by our partnerships.

“As well as operating profitability, we are building enterprise value across the airline and its many additional business streams."

Etihad has strategic minority investments in six international airlines, as well as the European network Etihad Regional. It has codeshare agreements with 49 airlines.

In addition to the direct contribution to revenues and passengers, the partnership strategy also creates business synergies and cost savings.

Mr Hogan said the return on its investment in the seven equity partners was many times more than the money it had spent. “For an investment smaller than the cost of three new aircraft, we have been able to build our global network, attract 5 million new customers and $1.4bn of revenues, and share massive cost synergies. That’s smart business," he said.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 12:32 PM   #2367
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Qatar Air Increases Its Stake in British Airways Owner IAG

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Qatar Airways Ltd. lifted its stake in British Airways owner IAG SA close to 12 percent, strengthening ties built around the access BA provides to North America via London and the Gulf carrier’s network of Asian routes.

Qatar Air has increased the holding from the 9.99 percent bought in January last year, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, adding that “IAG is the most successful airline today.”

Shares of IAG traded 2.5 percent higher as of 11:33 a.m. in London, valuing the group, which also owns Iberia and Vueling of Spain and Ireland’s Aer Lingus, at 11.1 billion pounds ($16 billion), and a 12 percent stake at 1.33 billion pounds.

Qatar Air drew closer to IAG after joining its Oneworld alliance in 2013, aided by the backing of the London-based company’s CEO Willie Walsh at a time when other European carriers were openly hostile to the expansion of Gulf rivals.

IAG is establishing itself as Europe’s most profitable airline business as Air France-KLM Group and Deutsche Lufthansa AG grapple with unions over cost cuts. Operating profit jumped almost 70 percent to 2.34 billion euros ($2.6 billion) in 2015 and the company forecasts a similar gain this year.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 01:42 PM   #2368
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That doesn't make sense, Etihad made 103 million USD, but Air Berlin lost 400 plus million USD which they own a large stake in. Due the math, and it's clear this is a hollow victory.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 02:35 PM   #2369
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That doesn't make sense, Etihad made 103 million USD, but Air Berlin lost 400 plus million USD which they own a large stake in. Due the math, and it's clear this is a hollow victory.
Frankly I don't know the 103mn profit is from the standalone or consolidated figures......Perhaps they are referring to the Standalone? The article wasn't clear.
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 07:54 PM   #2370
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EK will launch a 3rd daily flight to CPT from 4th July

EK778 DXB-CPT 1050 1830 B77W
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Old May 3rd, 2016, 10:27 PM   #2371
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EK will launch a 3rd daily flight to CPT from 4th July

EK778 DXB-CPT 1050 1830 B77W
EK779 CPT-DXB 2005 0730+1 B77W
Just a little while after they opened their new lounge there.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 11:07 AM   #2372
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Qatar Air has increased the holding from the 9.99 percent bought in January last year, Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, adding that “IAG is the most successful airline today.”
I would expect Al Baker to say that the most successful airline is QR
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Old May 4th, 2016, 11:32 AM   #2373
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EK will launch a 3rd daily flight to CPT from 4th July

EK778 DXB-CPT 1050 1830 B77W
EK779 CPT-DXB 2005 0730+1 B77W
Have reservations been opened already? Just yesterday I booked my flights to CPT in August and the timetable didn't appear on the booking list..
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Old May 7th, 2016, 08:32 PM   #2374
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Emirates new business class seats for 777-300ER
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Old May 8th, 2016, 12:24 PM   #2375
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Not really impressive. Adequate for short haul flights (<5h) but on long haul they should have the A380 business class seats on the 777. Kick out first on 777 and make larger business area.
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Old May 8th, 2016, 06:59 PM   #2376
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It's Hate-Before-Profits In Kuwait Airways' Flight Ban Of Israelis (And Israeli-Americans)

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Oil-rich Kuwait is a land of disturbing contradictions. The citizens of this monarchy enjoy high literacy, yet suffer huge restrictions on speech and press. It’s a deeply religious country, yet bribery is widespread and public officials engage in corruption with impunity. There are no laws in Kuwait protecting women from domestic violence or sexual harassment, and yet its women are among the freest in the Arab business world. Case in point: Rasha Al Roumi, the chairperson and CEO of Kuwait Airways, the country’s wholly-owned flagship carrier.

When it comes to hatred of Israel, however, in many regards Kuwait flies solo. Due to peace agreements, Israel has long enjoyed full diplomatic relations, and mutual air travel, with Jordan and Egypt. Other Arab nations, ignoring the 71-year-old Arab League boycott of Israel, quietly do at least some business with Israel — and allow Israelis to board their passenger planes on flights that run between certain foreign countries.

But the Emir of Kuwait, like the fabled spear-carrying Don Quixote, still sees value in chasing old windmills. In his view, even one Zionist must be viewed as excess baggage, and — despite the filing of civil and criminal discrimination complaints in the U.S. and Europe against his airline — the monarchy won’t budge. At Kuwait Airways, a permanent blackout period is always in effect for Israelis at their ticket counters, anywhere on the planet. It’s a position that, in the long haul, may cause disaster for the long-suffering, unprofitable airline.

Here’s why: Sometime last week, with no public announcement, Kuwait Airways (KAC) quietly halted all of its intra-European routes. The move came on the heels of criminal and civil lawsuits filed against the airline in mid-April in Switzerland, on behalf of an Israeli national who was denied a ticket on a KAC flight from Geneva to Frankfurt.

In grounding those planes, Kuwait has decided (at least for now) that if it’s going to be forced to carry any Israelis, it would rather not fly at all between European cities. In December, following civil legal action that led to regulatory warnings in the U.S., the airline made a similar decision. It grounded its lucrative New York-London route, rather than let Israelis aboard (or Israeli-Americans who are using Israeli passports).

Call it Kuwait’s HateGate.

“​​Many Arab League states say, ​’Ok​ay​, we hate Israel, but we want to make money — so we’ll keep the ​boycott ​laws on the books, but we won’t really enforce them,” says Amanda Berman, the director of legal affairs at the Lawfare Project, a New York-based legal think tank that compelled the shutdowns in the U.S. and Europe. “Meanwhile, the Kuwaitis say​, ‘Forget profits, our hatred of Israel supersedes all else.​’ The irony ​is ​that the Arab League boycott was instituted to bankrupt Israel and​,​ instead​,​ these companies are ​willing ​t​o bankrupt themselves just to prove the ferocity of their animus.”

While Israelis are hardly beating down the doors to experience KAC’s in-flight service, the airline could use all the passengers it can attract. The average age of its fleet is about twice that of their top competitors in every other Persian Gulf nation. Plus it has a shortage of trained technical personnel, as it struggles to keep that fleet operational. On average over the past decade, the airline has lost more than $100 million a year. The country itself is facing dire budget shortfalls due to weak oil prices. Meanwhile, more than 90% of Kuwaitis work in the public sector, whose entities (including KAC) are bloated with staff. Some experts say a current restructuring and overhaul of the airline may be a final opportunity to save it.
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From the just published April 2015 March 2016 annual report of emirates:

De las cuentas anuales de Emirates, Abril 2015 a Marzo 2016, fresquitas:













http://content.emirates.com/download...eport_2016.pdf

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- Capacity grows at a tremendous rate, while passengers grows at a slower (yet extremely high) rate, therefore occupancy falls, and it is not a minor fall.

- Jet fuel cost decreases so much that profits....jump.

- The amount given to the shareholders is only a small portion of those profits, therefore equity increases, resulting in a not much endebted company: the acquisitions of huge amounts of A38 and 777, is going together with a improvement of the equity VS assets ratio. That's outstanding.


In my opinion the company is actually losing the disrupting model it had, the fact that it actually bought a couple more A380 while occupancy is going down is a bad habit, they seem to be confortable with occupancy rates of 75%, Ryan Air occupancy rate is 92%, in fact Emirates could decrease their rates more than 15% if it had the same occupancy ratio, but they do not seem to care. In the short term that is good news for Airbus, in the long term it is bad news.
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In my opinion the company is actually losing the disrupting model it had, the fact that it actually bought a couple more A380 while occupancy is going down is a bad habit, they seem to be confortable with occupancy rates of 75%, Ryan Air occupancy rate is 92%, in fact Emirates could decrease their rates more than 15% if it had the same occupancy ratio, but they do not seem to care. In the short term that is good news for Airbus, in the long term it is bad news.
Well, the international economy is slowing down, and with the high US dollar, it becomes more expensive for people to choose EK (or for EK to undercut fares of competitors). The main point is that they are still making a good amount of money whilst expanding so aggressively which is something their main competitors (EY, QR, AF-KLM, LH) are struggling to do.
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Well, the international economy is slowing down, and with the high US dollar, it becomes more expensive for people to choose EK (or for EK to undercut fares of competitors). The main point is that they are still making a good amount of money whilst expanding so aggressively which is something their main competitors (EY, QR, AF-KLM, LH) are struggling to do.
LH just announced they will cut back on their international expansion plans, and even ground some of their aircraft.
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LH just announced they will cut back on their international expansion plans, and even ground some of their aircraft.
Really? More details on that?
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