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Old July 31st, 2008, 09:09 PM   #361
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each 1st class customer is entitled to 25 minutes in the bathroom and only 5mins shower time before it automatically turns off. Hey it is a bit of a crazy idea, but then again the emirates have always been ahead when it comes to being extravagent eg dubai
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Old August 1st, 2008, 03:15 AM   #362
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Maybe it's an automatic shower shut off just like in most other resorts (I know thats a resort but) where water shuts off in ever 3 mins but you can push it again, it maybe a bit of a hazzle but it will help rinse you off. Alot of people do like to feel refreshed before the plane lands, especially if you've been in the air over 8 hours, so yes, there are people who would wish to take a shower before the aircraft landed and before getting out of the aircraft, I know I would want to freshen myself up somehow.... I think the shower booth is just enough that whenever there is a turbulance you'd still be safe, it looks like there is a rail inside where you can hang on too just incase... Must be nice to be in one of those first class cabins...
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Old August 1st, 2008, 03:26 AM   #363
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I wonder are there fuel tanks in the tail wing? Its soo tall.
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Old August 1st, 2008, 11:31 AM   #364
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I wonder are there fuel tanks in the tail wing? Its soo tall.
if you are talking about the vertical stabalizer,

then no, there isnt
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Old August 1st, 2008, 10:20 PM   #365
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Flight EK3801 is sheduled at 16.15 (ECT) at JFK Terminal 4
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Old August 10th, 2008, 10:40 PM   #366
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Old August 11th, 2008, 05:26 AM   #367
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Old August 11th, 2008, 07:43 AM   #368
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Awesome pics!!

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Old August 24th, 2008, 03:47 AM   #369
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Old October 27th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #370
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Qatar Airways interested in Olympic: Greece

Qatar Airways interested in Olympic: Greece

ATHENS (Reuters) - Qatar Airways has expressed an interest in taking part in the privatization of Greece's state-owned Olympic Airlines OLY.UL, Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said on Sunday.

Greece's conservative government launched a tender last month to split the loss-making airline into three parts and sell them off. Investors must submit an expression of interest by the end of October.

"I am in a position to say that Qatar Airways is on the list of prospective investors that have expressed interest in Olympic," Karamanlis told Greek TV station Mega during a visit to Qatar, where he met with Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Karamanlis did not mention any other possible bidders.

Greece's government has said it aims to conclude the tender by the end of 2008, ending years of failed attempts to privatize Olympic.

The plan has been approved by the European Commission, which agreed to suspend action over illegal state subsidies if the sale went ahead.

Olympic Airlines carried 6.2 million passengers in 2007 to 36 cities and islands in Greece and 37 destinations in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa. It has losses of over 1 million euros a day.

The decision to privatize the airline has sparked a series of protests from public sector unions already angry at the ruling New Democracy party's tax increases and wage reforms.

(Reporting by Lefteris Papadimas and Daniel Flynn; Editing by Phil Berlowitz)



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Old November 27th, 2008, 11:31 AM   #371
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Emirates to make Italy a 'hub' in Europe: Italian government
24 November 2008
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Dubai's Emirates airline has chosen Italy as its European hub and has asked for more than 50 weekly landing slots in Milan, Rome and Venice, the Italian government said Monday.

"Emirates ... has chosen Italy as a hub to access Europe," said Italian UnderSecretary for Economic Development Adolfo Urso in a statement.

"Thanks to this agreement, Italy will more easily become a tourist destination for the newly rich from the Gulf and from southeast Asia."

Urso issued the statement after meeting United Arab Emirates Economy Minister Sultan Ben Said Al-Mansouri for talks in Abu Dhabi.

Government-owned Emirates, which currently has less than 10 landing slots per week in Italy, has asked for 21 slots in Rome, 21 in Milan and 14 in Venice, the statement said.

The group will also launch 28 cargo flights per week.

The deal also covers Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, which is in line for seven landing slots in Rome and the same number in Milan.

Emirates reported earlier this month that its net profit for the first half of the financial year had plummeted 88 percent to 77 million dollars (60 million euros) because of high oil prices.
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Old December 18th, 2008, 10:07 PM   #372
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Emirates Airline opens new KL office
18-12-2008: THEEDGEDAILY



(From left) Lee, UAE ambassador to Malaysia Nasser Salman Al Aboodi and
Vaughan cutting the ribbon at its new office in The Pavilion in KL yesterday.


KUALA LUMPUR: Dubai-based Emirates Airline marked its 12th year anniversary in Malaysia with the official opening of its brand new 6,000-square feet office here yesterday.

“We continue to pursue our growth strategy, both locally and globally. Malaysia remains a key market for Emirates and we will continue to provide our Malaysian customers with enhanced capacity, a new improved product and better connectivity to the world.

“Our rapidly-expanding network will enable Malaysian businessmen to enter new markets and at the same time facilitate greater inbound tourist arrivals into the country,” said its senior vice-president of commercial operations, East Asia and Australasia, Richard Vaughan, in a statement yesterday.

“We continue to work with the local government and travel trade sector to promote Malaysia across the globe. Emirates Holidays brochures prominently feature all that Malaysia has to offer. Over 500,000 copies of the brochure are distributed to potential travellers around the world every year,” he added.

Emirates Malaysia manager Alban Lee said: “The new office signifies yet another step in our expansion programme in Malaysia.

“Throughout the year, we have introduced several new initiatives for our local passengers such as introducing non-stop turnaround flights to Dubai from Oct 1 and launching three additional flights per week from Dec 1. Our expansion strategy in Malaysia has not dampened and we look forward to the New Year.”

The new office is located at The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

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Old December 19th, 2008, 03:16 AM   #373
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emirates staff are a bunch of wankers!
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Old December 19th, 2008, 03:27 AM   #374
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Old December 24th, 2008, 03:09 AM   #375
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AIRLINE OF THE YEAR 2008

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Rank	Airline	2007
	
1	Singapore Airlines1
2	Cathay Pacific	3
3	Qantas	5
4	Thai Airways	2
5	Asiana Airlines	12
6	Malaysia Airlines6
7	Qatar Airways	4
8	Air New Zealand	7
9	Emirates	9
10	Etihad Airways	23
Source: http://www.worldairlineawards.com/Aw...eYear-2008.htm
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Old December 24th, 2008, 03:50 AM   #376
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Polar Route Saves Fuel, But Did Santa Clear It?
23 December 2008
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SAN FRANCISCO -- GRANTED, the environmental credentials of a man whose airline features in-flight showers are subject to question.

Nevertheless, Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, the chairman of Emirates Airline, said his airline had demonstrated that smarter preparation and flight-routing could help reduce carbon emissions in air travel.

''The whole world is going in this direction'' in at least giving consideration to the effects of air travel on the environment, Sheik Ahmed said last week as Emirates introduced nonstop service between Dubai and San Francisco. ''And everybody should be doing more.''

The first Emirates airplane flying the route to San Francisco from Dubai was a Boeing 777-200LR, which landed here after a 8,100-mile flight that took 15 hours and 20 minutes.

Emirates said it was the ''world's first cross-polar green flight.'' By that, Emirates meant that the aircraft, already known for having better fuel-efficiency than older long-range planes, was routed near the North Pole to save about 2,000 gallons of carbon-emitting fuel. Making the trip required special clearances from Canada, Iceland, Russia and the United States, and from the Emirates home state of Dubai, where the plane received priority clearance for departure.

There is nothing particularly innovative about airlines tracking near the North Pole to save time and fuel on long-haul flights, though the routes can be tricky because communications and navigation technology are not yet as extensive as they are for standard transoceanic flights.

For decades, the North Pole routes were scarcely used, partly because of the cold war, a time when the Soviet Union was suspicious about aircraft of any type flying over its far northern airspace.

With the end of the cold war, tension abated just as long-haul aircraft became available to serve the growing demand for nonstop travel between cities a half-world apart. United Airlines, for example, had more than 1,400 flights on the polar route last year, up from a dozen in 1999.

Emirates is not alone among the world's airlines in promoting better environmental thinking. Continental Airlines, for example, plans to conduct a demonstration flight in Houston on Jan. 7 using a 737-800 equipped with engines designed to be powered by a special fuel blend that includes some components derived from plants. (The flight will not carry passengers.)

Emirates, which depends on long-haul Boeing and Airbus jets and heavily promotes its luxurious business-class and first-class cabins on the 12- to 16-hour flights it is known for, clearly wants to position itself as a leader in the industry's incipient environmental initiatives.

But what about those showers? I'm referring to the latest over-the-top innovation, the recent introduction of two showers for use by first-class passengers on Emirates A380 superjumbo jets. The showers are obviously not an environmental step forward, given the additional fuel needed to carry enough water to let all 14 first-class passengers have two showers, if they want.

In fact, said Andrew J. Parker, an Emirates senior vice president whose duties include the carrier's environmental affairs, first-class passengers have not been using the showers to the extent Emirates originally anticipated when it allotted 500 kilos (slightly more than half a ton) of weight for the additional water.

Usually, he said, the first-class cabins have been full. But passengers ''are using half the allotment'' of water. Emirates still carries the full load, but Mr. Parker said that the airline was re-evaluating the requirements and looking into ways to ''reprocess water'' on board to cut down on the weight and the extra fuel required.

Emirates, by the way, has three A380s in service and another 55 on order from Airbus. Sheik Ahmed said that the airline intended to fly them all configured into three classes, with no more than 500 passengers. (The A380, if flown in an all-coach configuration, is certified to carry almost 900 passengers, but none of the airlines that have ordered the plane have indicated they were considering doing that.)

Meanwhile, it isn't clear whether the first-class A380 passengers have cut back on showers because of environmental concerns, or merely because they don't want to take themselves out of their private compartments and away from the free Champagne. Nor is it clear whether they might object to showering in the future with recycled water on that long flight to the other side of the world.

But hey, everybody has to sacrifice.
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Long-awaited Tokyo flights for Emirates.

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Dubai: The UAE and Japanese governments have agreed to boost air links between the two countries, drawing cheers from Emirates and Etihad that welcomed the prospect of expanding their Asia services.

Starting from March 2010, the UAE-based carriers will be able to have 35 weekly passenger flights to Osaka and Nagoya using any type of aircraft.

They will also have the rights to operate 10 weekly flights to Tokyo, shared equally between Emirates and Etihad, the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), the federal regulatory body said in a statement yesterday.

Japan and the UAE have also agreed to have nine weekly cargo services.

The discussions took place last week between Japanese officials and a UAE delegation headed by GCAA director general Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi.

Emirates operates daily services to Osaka and Nagoya and hopes eventually to have daily services to the Japanese capital as well.

It began flying to Osaka in 2002 and to Nagoya in 2006.

"Emirates has always stated its desire to launch services to Tokyo and through such services further expand its links with Japan," a company spokes-person said, without indicating when the new service may be launched.

"We have been granted the right to operate five weekly services to Tokyo effective 2010. Eventually, we hope to increase it to a daily service."
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Old December 26th, 2008, 11:14 AM   #378
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have been wondering too, why KIX and NGO but not NRT..

I hope Emirates will launch Dubai-Penang .... maybe 3X a week ?
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High landing fees I believe. This is why a lot of 'non-premium' airlines such as Uzbekistan Airways prefer to use KIX rather than NRT.
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Old December 27th, 2008, 08:33 AM   #380
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