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Old December 28th, 2008, 10:34 PM   #381
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Old December 29th, 2008, 05:00 PM   #382
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Polar Route Saves Fuel, But Did Santa Clear It?
23 December 2008
The New York Times

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.
As for the showers, Emirates should take a look at NASA's waste water processing system.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 10:10 AM   #383
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Emirates and Etihad - UAE Flag Cariers

Etihad keeps the best airline seat

MANILA, Philippines—With global travel demand nose-diving, Etihad Airways tries to find ways to entice people to fly. And serving gourmet food based on the passenger’s choice provides a unique gastronomic mid-air experience.

Dubbed as the “inspired service,” the Abu Dhabi airline offers a wide array of food from Filipino pan de sal to European and Arabian cuisines served anytime.

“What matters is the choice of the customer, when and where they want to have it,” Etihad Philippines country manager Juan Torres said.

Since its Manila-Abu Dhabi flight is scheduled at around 1:00 a.m., breakfast-type of menu is offered to passengers.

For economy class, Etihad Airways offers the following: grilled eggplant pan de sal sandwich, chicken salad pan de sal sandwich, porcini custard, mixed bella olives, tomato and onion quiche, vegetable ratatouille, grilled chicken cheese and mushroom omelet, and cornedbeef hash with garlic rice.

Business class passengers have different choices of bread from plain croissant, banana muffin, marble cake, Arabic breads, and loaf bread. There are also cheese selection, treacle waffles with caramelized banana, cereals, fine herbs omelet with tomato and watercress salad, chicken tocino with scrambled eggs, steamed rice and asparagus, scrambled eggs, beef sausage, grilled tomato and sautéed field mushrooms.

Desserts like pomegranate fruit jelly, ice cream, cream yoghurt with diced pineapple and blueberries, and fresh fruits are also served.

The inspired service philosophy was conceived two years ago and Etihad Airways began implementing it last year, Torres said.

“Inspired service means that customer is at the heart of the business,” he said.

Etihad Airways is a five-year old airline based in Abu Dhabi and has recorded six million passengers in 2008. It claims to be the first carrier in the Philippines to offer a fully-flat bed.
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Old May 11th, 2009, 10:11 AM   #384
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Another Reason to fly Emirates to Europe
May 7, 2009

Adds 10kg. more of Baggage allowance in all classes

Dubai - Emirates unveiled today a 10kgs increase in its free checked baggage allowance, giving it one of the most generous baggage policies of any airline today.
Economy Class passengers now have a baggage allowance of 30kgs – up from 20kgs, the Business Class allowance has increased from 30kgs to 40kgs, and First Class from 40kgs to 50kgs.

These new, generous allowances, which are effective for all tickets issued on or after 4th May, have been implemented across the airline's extensive global network of over 100 destinations.

Carriers such as British Airways have an Economy Class checked luggage allowance of 23kgs per passenger, whilst the Economy Class allowances on Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific are from 20kgs per passenger.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Revenue Optimisation, said: "Emirates has moved to these new free baggage levels to further demonstrate our commitment to putting the passenger first. By offering travellers the flexibility to carry significantly more baggage we will be allowing them to take more gifts for family and friends or take advantage of the outstanding shopping in Dubai and across the extensive network of Emirates destinations."

Gold and Silver Members of Skywards, Emirates frequent flyer programme are entitled to an additional baggage allowance of 16 kgs over their ticketed allowance for Gold members and additional 12 kgs for Silver.

Codeshare passengers from Philippine Airlines travelling on Emirates operated flights are also eligible for the revised free baggage allowances. Emirates' regular rates will be applied to baggage in excess of these new allowances.
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Etihad Announces additional flight to Manila
Expects to carry 7 Million passengers in 2009

Abu Dhabi - The national airline of UAE intends to carry more passengers to the Philippines this summer as additional aircraft arrives to join its fleet of more than 40 jets.

"The airline will expand its global flight network to 55 destinations as well grow its fleet to 52 aircraft in 2009," said James Hogan, the airlines Chief Executive Officer.

He added that "11 new passenger aircraft are set to join Etihad's fleet in 2009, which would enable it to launch services to Melbourne, Istanbul, Athens, Larnaca and Chicago, as well as increase frequencies on many existing routes across its network of international destinations".

A total of 900 flights will operate this summer which is 20% more than the current 750 fligts. Manila and Kuala Lumpur maintains a load factor of more than 90% despite the economic slowdown and another Boeing 777ER will be flown there when it arrives.

Currently Etihad has a fleet of 44 narrow and wide-body aircraft which will rise to 52 by the end of 2009. The new additions consist of two Airbus A330-200s, one A330-300, two A340-600s, five A320-200s and one Boeing 777-300ER.The airline will fly to Melbourne on March 29 and the route will be flown by an Airbus A340-600, configured to carry 292 passengers and 15 tonnes of cargo. The addition of Melbourne, will joins Sydney and Brisbane, as its destination in Australia. Larnaca in Cyprus is slated to be open in June.

The introduction of flights in June to Istanbul, Athens and Larnaca, as well as increases in frequency to Brussels, Geneva, Milan and Moscow, means that Etihad will offer its customers a choice of 98 weekly flights into 14 European countries.

"We are bullish about our prospects this year even though the market is very tough. We will be monitoring the market every week, month and quarter and will evolve appropriate strategies to meet our targets" Hogan said.

The first commercial flight operated by Etihad was in November 2003. The 6 years old airline operates 50 international destinations in 2008.

The Philippines and United Arab Emirates recently amended its Air Service Agreement in January to handle and accommodate increase traffic from both countries.
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Etihad finds code sharing opens up a new world
The Philippine Airlines PR

If doing more with less is the mantra of the business world nowadays, then Etihad Airways should win high marks for using aircraft and networks of other airlines for its own advantage. It is using one tool – the airline-to-airline code share – to not only bypass restrictive bilateral air rights, but also to minimise risk in these uncertain times, and put it on more solid footing in rivalling Emirates Airline.

In the past two years Etihad has whipped up a blizzard of code-sharing alliances, growing from three deals to 14. The focus on these tie-ups is largely due to James Hogan, who joined as chief executive in October 2006.

A code share is an agreement between two airlines that allows them to share resources. It lets them both put their code numbers on a single flight. Both can sell tickets for the flight, regardless of which carrier’s aeroplane and crew are being used. Both are also able to offer frequent-flier miles to their customers, and the two also share the revenues.

With existing code-sharing arrangements with Middle East Airlines, bmi and Brussels Airline forged by previous management, Mr Hogan has ratcheted up the pace. New partnerships were formed with Aer Arann, Bangkok Airways, Jet Airways, Kuwait Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Saudi Arabia Airlines, Sri Lankan Airlines, Yemen Airways and, last week, Qantas.

The real advantage for Etihad is that it is able to use other airlines to feed travellers into its high-yield flights to Europe, Australia and the US. In Ireland, an Aer Arann customer would be able to book one ticket to Sydney flying from Cork to Dublin on Aer Arann and from there using the Etihad network.

While deals with small outfits arouse little mention in the press, the Qantas deal has caught the imagination in Australia due to the implications that Qantas and Eithad are joining forces to compete with Emirates Airline.

Qantas has no service to the Middle East, while Etihad is just tapping into the Australia market with flights to Sydney, Brisbane and, from next week, Melbourne. Instantly, the two are able to offer to their customers destinations that were previously available only on Emirates.

With the tie-up, Etihad customers can fly to Melbourne and then hop on a Qantas flight to Auckland, and rack up Etihad frequent-flier miles in the process. Qantas customers can now fly to Amman and Beirut on Etihad while gaining their own loyalty miles. “The announcement addresses a weakness in the flying kangaroo’s network that Emirates has aggressively exploited,” said one newspaper article, referring to Qantas by its popular nickname.

Etihad is also using code sharing to circumvent restrictive landing rights that foreign governments have placed to protect their own airlines. The Abu Dhabi-based airline’s stated aim used to be flying several flights a day to Mumbai, as Emirates does. But India and the UAE are yet to agree on the increased air rights. So what Etihad did was turn to Jet Airways for a code share and feed more Indian travellers onto its flights to Europe and the US.

The same goes for its tie-up with Philippine Airways. At the time, Etihad had rights for only five flights a week. With the code share, Etihad is able to sell tickets on two additional flights, operated by the Philippine carrier, and offer its customers the all-important daily service.

The tie-ups work especially well in these uncertain times, with passenger demand falling sharply in recent months. Etihad can offer more flights while using fewer resources and aircraft. It has less to lose in a down market when the seats go empty, although it also has less to gain in an up market when it shares revenues with the other airline.

Emirates’ strategy of launching non-stop, direct services on wide-bodied aircraft to points all over the globe meant it profited hugely from the recent global economic boom to earn US$1.37 billion (Dh5.03bn) in net profits in 2007-2008.

However, Etihad has 100-plus aircraft on order, which will give it the muscle it needs to fly its own routes when demand returns. At only five years old, Etihad is a relative newcomer to global aviation. It has grand aspirations to increase its passenger numbers from six million last year to 25 million by 2020, but growing an airline is fraught with risk.
Adding new routes depends on government-to-government talks on air rights and the availability of expensive aircraft. Since new routes take three to five years to become profitable, there is a real risk of overextending yourself due to the cyclical nature of air travel.

Etihad’s mix of new aircraft deliveries, plus an active code-sharing policy, will help it in the fluctuating times ahead.
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Emirates' Dhs1.8bn Park Towers property on track

Emirates airline and Group, the largest aviation and travel services provider in the Middle East, has signed a contract to partner with Marriott International, the leading multi-brand hotel management company.

Marriott has been appointed hotel operator of the Park Towers, a 1,614-room twin-tower hotel and apartment property which Emirates is currently constructing on Sheikh Zayed Road, adjacent to Dubai's premier Business Bay district.

Under Marriott management, the property will be branded as one of the top-of-the-line JW Marriott Marquis luxury hotels. This will include two guest room towers rising from a six-story building housing lobby and public space. The first 807-room tower is scheduled to open in 2011 and the second tower in 2013.

Both parties have been collaborating on the details of the new hotel's design, which will see it emerge as one of Dubai's top properties.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group said:

'Emirates has always supported Dubai's continued growth. The development of this new 1,614 room property reflects our commitment to, and confidence in, the city's ongoing success. '



'As a leading international hotel management group operating several successful brands, Marriott has the track-record and the global infrastructure to maximise the value of our AED1.8 billion city centre investment. We believe this property will emerge as one of Dubai's top hotels and will contribute to attracting both leisure and business travelers to the city. We very much look forward to working together to add to Dubai's five star luxury experience.' he added.

'The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai will be a unique and visually stunning hotel without pretense that welcomes the world to this incredible city,' said Edwin D. Fuller, President & Managing Director, International Lodging, Marriott International.

'We are thrilled to be partnering with Emirates. Their recognised commitment to excellence, unparalleled service and exquisite taste all make Emirates the perfect partner to introduce this special hotel. We are confident it will quickly become the finest address in Dubai. Marriott has always had a strong commitment towards Dubai, and we believe this relationship with Emirates cements our position as a regional hospitality leader.'
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Emirates increases free baggage allowance

Emirates has just announced an increase to its free baggage allowances provided to passengers. The change is effective for all tickets issued on or after 4th May.

The new, generous allowance has been implemented across the airline's extensive network of over 100 destinations globally- 30kg for Economy Class passengers, 40kg for Business and 50kg for First.

This new allowance will give Emirates' passengers the flexibility to carry significantly more baggage.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Revenue Optimisation, said:

'Emirates has moved to these new free baggage levels to further demonstrate our commitment to putting the passenger first. By offering travellers the flexibility to carry significantly more baggage we will be allowing them to take more gifts for family and friends or take advantage of the outstanding shopping in Dubai and across the extensive network of Emirates destinations.'



Gold and Silver Members of Skywards, Emirates frequent flyer programme are entitled to an additional baggage allowance of 16 kgs over their ticketed allowance for Gold members and additional 12 kgs for Silver. Codeshare passengers travelling on Emirates operated flights are also eligible for the revised free baggage allowances.

Emirates' regular rates will be applied to baggage in excess of these new allowances.
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Emirates Official Stores launch personalised shirts for Arsenal fans

As some of the most dedicated and passionate fans in the world, Arsenal football supporters can now feel like a part of the team with Emirates Official Stores offering individually customised Arsenal football shirts.

Authentic Premier League player names, numbers and sleeve badges in the official fonts can be added to the replica shirts giving Arsenal devotees the opportunity to proudly and openly support their favourite player.

Taking only minutes to customise and utilising the latest technology, fans and aspiring players can even have their own names applied to their favourite Premier League shirt helping them to feel like an official team member.

'Arsenal FC fans are known the world over for their fervent love of their beloved football team. They are huge consumers of club merchandise and are always looking to acquire their own piece of team history,'



said Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman, Emirates Airline and Group.

'After reviewing Emirates' extensive range of official Arsenal merchandise we identified the need and opportunity to produce personalised shirts, further extending our range and providing Arsenal supporters with individual mementos.'

Whilst this type of service may be commonplace across Europe, no other retailer in the UAE has access to print the official fonts, numbers and player names setting Emirates Official Stores apart from other unofficial outlets. Due to the consistent and high quality product, Emirates Official Stores expect this service to be extremely popular amongst Premier League Football supporters.

Currently there is one customisation machine available, located within the Emirates Group Headquarters; a second machine will soon also be in operation at the Deira City Centre outlet. The machines, which are supplied by Sporting iD are highly specialised to ensure accurate application.

Emirates Official Stores offer customers the most comprehensive range of Arsenal merchandise in the Middle East and are the perfect place for enthusiastic fans to add to their memorabilia collections.

Since the first Emirates Official Store opened the stores have built a strong customer base and have significantly expanded their retail offering. The five Emirates Official Stores have also recently undergone a major refurbishment, making them brighter and more spacious, to ensure customers enjoy their shopping experience.

Featuring over 550 different Emirates products the Emirates Official Stores are an ideal destination for shoppers looking to purchase their very own piece of Emirates.

Extensive product lines are available in all stores featuring; aircraft models, mugs, bags and clothing as well as limited edition items developed exclusively for Emirates.

Emirates Official Stores are located in Deira City Centre, Emirates Group Headquarters, Dnata Travel Centre, Emirates Group Technology Centre and Mall of the Emirates with Terminal 3 stores opening soon.
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Emirates doubles number of UAE National Cadet Pilot graduates

A total of 35 UAE Nationals have today graduated from the Emirates airline National Cadet Pilot Programme, an increase of 100% on last year's graduate figures.


During the graduation ceremony, held at the Emirates Group Headquarters, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group and Captain Abdulla Al Hammadi, National Cadet Pilot Manager, Emirates, presented trophies and certificates to the 35 high-fliers who have successfully completed the two-and-a-half-year pilot training programme.

'I am delighted that we have doubled our UAE National graduates in less than 12 months. This is an incredible achievement and further highlights Emirates' drive towards increasing and maintaining UAE Nationals within our workforce,' said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group.

'Today's graduates have shown an incredible ability to succeed in their goals and I applaud them for the dedication and determination they have displayed in completing this challenging training programme. These bright, young and professional Emiratis will help shape the future of Emirates and will play an integral role in servicing over 100 destinations across our global network,' he added.

Emirates invests over Dhs1.2m in training each National Cadet Pilot and in the last five years has invested more than Dhs100m in the programme. Throughout their careers with Emirates these National Cadet Pilots will also receive ongoing on-the-job training in line with continual changes to aircraft technologies.

With Emirates announcing two new routes into Africa, Durban and Luanda, as well as a continued push to strengthen existing routes through increased frequency, the National Cadet Pilot Training Programme will continue to remain an important part of Emirates operations in helping to secure and train UAE National flight deck professionals for the future.

'The National Cadet Pilot Training Programme has been running successfully since 1993 and I am confident that we will continue to attract talented young Emiratis who are looking for a fulfilling, interesting and long-lasting career with Emirates,' he concluded.

Today's ceremony was attended by the graduate's families as well as Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman, Emirates Airline and Group, Gary Chapman, President Group Services and Dnata and Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.

At present, Emirates' flight deck crew includes 133 Emirati Captains and First Officers. In addition, 185 ab-initio pilots from the UAE are undergoing training with the multiple award-winning airline.

Launched in 1993, Emirates' National Cadet Pilot Programme comprises a Foundation Course in English and Aviation Science conducted in Dubai, over about twelve months. Cadets then spend a year at Flight Training Adelaide at Parafield Airport, Australia, to gain a Commercial Pilot's License with a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (CPL/Multi IR).

In the third phase of the programme, spread over six months, the cadets train on flight simulators at the Emirates Training College in Dubai.
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Emirates writes down $428m in fuel hedge losses

Emirates Airline's annual report shows the carrier has written down fuel-hedging losses of Dhs1.57bn ($428m) for its fiscal year ending in March, after it had signed large fuel contracts before oil prices fell due to the global economic crisis. Emirates has said it had purchased much of its fuel needs when oil was between $70 and $80 a barrel, resulting in a fuel and oil bill of Dhs14.44bn for the fiscal year, a 31% increase from the previous year, reported The National.
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Etihad flies to Athens

Etihad Airways has launched its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to Athens, Greece. Athens is now served three times a week from Abu Dhabi using an Airbus A320 aircraft.
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Emirates inks fleet management deal with Engine Alliance

Emirates Airline has signed a fleet management agreement with Engine Alliance for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Emirates GP7200 engines that power its A380 fleet. The agreement is valued at more than $3bn over the life of the contract. The Engine Alliance will manage aftermarket services for the GP7200 engine and utilize the MRO capabilities of its member companies, GE Aviation and Pratt & Whitney, as well as other MRO facilities in its support network, including the Emirates' facilities in Dubai.
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Emirates scores a double with first-ever A380 services to Bangkok and Toronto

Emirates scored a double today as two of its A380 super jumbos jetted off from Dubai to the opposite ends of the globe, marking the aviation world’s first A380 commercial services to Bangkok and Toronto.

The launch of Emirates’ A380 operations – daily to Bangkok and thrice weekly to Toronto – signals a new era of luxury air travel to Thailand and Canada, and represents yet another milestone in the airline’s A380 programme.

Emirates flight EK 372 took off from Emirates’ new home, Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport, at 09:40 hours* carrying 488 passengers. It landed to a festive welcome by the Thai government at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 19:00 hours*.

Emirates flight EK 241 departed Dubai with 458 passengers and will be the first commercial A380 jet to touch down on Canadian soil at 15:45 hours*.

Senior management from Emirates flew on the two inaugural services. On arrival in Bangkok and Toronto, the A380s will be unveiled to local media, travel trade and key government officials.

The A380 is the world’s only twin-deck airliner that has 35 per cent more seats than its closest rival. It is the most environmentally-advanced commercial aircraft in the sky today, offering better fuel economy than most hybrid passenger cars. The A380 burns up to 20 per cent less fuel per seat than today's next largest aircraft, and is quieter, generating less than half the noise of other aircraft on takeoff.

Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline said: “Emirates is delighted to celebrate its inaugural A380 services to Thailand and Canada today. The aircraft with its large capacity and excellent operating economies is a pillar of growth, both for the airline and the destination. In Thailand, the introduction of the super jumbo will support the local government’s multi-million dollar promotional drive to boost tourism arrivals from the high-yield Middle East region. At the same time the higher-capacity A380 will help address the strong demand for passenger and cargo services on the Dubai-Toronto route which is currently restricted by the bi-lateral agreement to three flights per week.”

Hailing the arrival of Emirates’ A380 as a positive development for Thailand’s tourism industry, Mr. Chaisak Angkasuwan, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Thailand said: “We are delighted Emirates selected Bangkok as the first Far East gateway for its revolutionary A380 product. Our current marketing and trade campaigns focus on promoting Thailand as an ideal holiday destination in the Middle East. Travellers from this region make multiple visits to Thailand, staying on an average nine days and spending over USD 500 million annually. We welcome the opportunity to partner with Emirates to grow the tourism potential from this region.”

Despite the current economic environment, the Middle East continues to deliver positive year-on-year growth of 5.7%. Tourist arrivals from the UAE alone rose by 99.46% for January 2009 compared to the same period last year.

Lloyd McCoomb, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) said: “The GTAA is honoured to be part of this historic day. We are pleased that this route has proven so successful for Emirates and we are very excited to welcome the A380 to Toronto Pearson. This is exactly what this airport was rebuilt for – to allow for new and larger aircraft that will be the future of the airline business.”

Mr. Clark added: “With air travel due to triple in the next 18 years and constraints on traffic rights and airport slots to continue, larger capacity aircraft such as the A380 are key to Emirates’ plans to meet increasing passenger demand. We have ordered 58 A380s and each one of these has been carefully planned for our present and future requirements. Our next A380 destination will be Seoul on 1st December, and will represent Emirates’ first A380 service to North East Asia.”

The Emirates’ A380 – with 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 Business Class and 399 Economy seats – represents the latest innovation and technology from a company recognized internationally for its inflight amenities and services. Unique to the Emirates aircraft are its Shower Spas – two fully-equipped bathrooms in the First Class cabins with shower facilities. Emirates A380’s ground-breaking inflight product also features an Onboard Lounge for First and Business Class passengers which includes a bar with a wide range of beverages and canapés as well as an exclusive space to socialise or simply relax.

A380 passengers enjoy an elaborate menu created by top international chefs and complemented by the finest beverages. Emirates’ award-winning ‘ice’ (information, communication, entertainment) inflight entertainment system offers more than 1,000 channels of on-demand entertainment, the largest programming currently available in the skies. Each cabin is equipped with an advanced mood lighting system, complete with a starlit sky, which adjusts throughout the flight to reflect the time at the destination and to help combat the effects of jet lag.

First Class passengers relax in flat-bed, massage-equipped suites while Business Class passengers enjoy a new generation of intelligent seating designed to ensure all 76 flat-bed seats have aisle access. Passengers in Economy will appreciate the straight walls throughout the cabin that lend to a more spacious ambience, enhanced further by generous seats and wider aisles.
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Emirates A380 En Route to Sydney and Auckland

Emirates Airline notched up yet another first today as it operated the world’s first A380 commercial service from Dubai to Australia and New Zealand. Sydney and Auckland became the third and fourth destinations to join Emirates’ rapidly-expanding A380 network.

Taking off from its new home - Emirates Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport – EK 412 will arrive in Sydney and Auckland to a rousing welcome tomorrow. Emirates A380 will operate from Dubai to Sydney and across the Tasman to Auckland every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

Today's A380 service also heralds a new era for flights Down Under as it adopted a host of green measures to maximise its environmental efficiency. The green best-practice demonstration flight employed new technology and multi-government co-operation to create ultra-efficient flexible routings and to minimise fuel burn.
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Emirates Unveils London's Newest Landmark

Emirates Airline today unveiled a new landmark for London, a giant model of an Airbus A380 at the gateway to Heathrow Airport.

The 45 tonne world record contender was unveiled this morning at the Emirates Roundabout by the airline's President Tim Clark.

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The completion of the giant A380 replica is the culmination of an ambitious 18-month project to place the Dubai-based carrier at the gateway to the world's busiest international airport, and at one of the most prestigious advertising sites in the UK.

Tim Clark said: “The gateway to the world’s busiest international airport is a fitting home for Emirates. We expect this landmark site to become an icon for both Heathrow and Emirates. While the previous Concorde model represented the past, our A380 represents the future – and it is a future of cleaner, quieter aircraft."

Mr Clark added: “You will be seeing the Emirates A380 at Heathrow for real from December 1st, and in the near future, Emirates will be the largest operator of A380s at this airport. In the meantime, our model is a taste of things to come – eye-catching, stylish and innovative.”

Duncan Garrood, Commercial Director of BAA, which owns the site, said: “The Emirates Roundabout at Heathrow is one of the most high profile advertising sites in the UK. Over 55,000 vehicles a day and approximately 25 million passengers a year, pass this site. BAA are absolutely delighted to be working with one of our key business partners, Emirates, to produce a model of what we believe, is one of the most iconic images of 21st century air travel, the A380.”

Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy, was on hand to see the model unveiled. He said: “It is fitting that the world’s largest commercial aircraft is replicated by what we believe is the world’s biggest aircraft model at the world’s busiest international airport. The A380 cements Airbus' reputation for innovation and cutting edge technology, allowing the world's premier airlines like Emirates to do more with less: more passengers with less fuel, more comfort with less noise, and more travel with less environmental impact.”

The one third-scale model was flown in ten component parts to Heathrow on July 5. Since then, specialist teams have been working around the clock to launch Emirates' "first" A380.

The replica was built by US-based Penwal at its manufacturing base in California over a six month period, using plans provided by the A380’s manufacturer, Airbus in Toulouse. It was then transported by giant truck to Ontario Airport in Los Angeles where it was flown to Heathrow aboard a massive Antonov cargo plane, organised by the Emirates SkyCargo team.

A special mechanical ramp was flown into London from Germany to offload the plane as it was too heavy for the Antonov’s winch crane. The wing section of the plane required a police escort as it was driven from Heathrow to the roundabout site.

The world’s leading aviation museum, The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, has stated it is the largest known aircraft model in existence. A world record submission is currently with Guinness World Records.

Model quick facts include:

* Weighs more than 45 tonnes
* Wingspan of 26 metres and a length of 24 metres
* Same size as a real Boeing 737
* Exact 1:3 scale of the real A380, the world’s largest airliner
* More than twice the size of the roundabout's previous Concorde model
* Made of glass-reinforced plastic over a steel frame
* Foundations required 600 tonnes of concrete

Emirates currently flies to 101 cities in 61 countries across six continents. The Emirates’ network is continuing to expand and in addition to services to Cape Town, Guangzhou, and Calicut which launched earlier this year, Los Angeles and San Francisco will start later in 2008.
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First Airbus A380 Enters Emirates Fleet

Emirates today took delivery of its first Airbus A380 ‘superjumbo’ at the planemaker’s new Jürgen Thomas A380 Delivery Centre.

The aircraft was received by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, at an official handover ceremony attended by President of Emirates Airline Tim Clark; Airbus CEO Tom Enders; former Engine Alliance President, Bruce Hughes; Jürgen Thomas, the “founding father” of the A380; the 2,000 Hamburg Airbus staff directly involved in the production of the A380; 58 Emirates cabin crew, representing the number of A380s the Dubai based carrier has on firm order; international media, VIPs and other guests.

HH Sheikh Ahmed noted that while Emirates may not have been the first airline to receive the new generation aircraft, it was the first to place a firm order for it eight years ago.

In July 2000 Emirates became the first airline to sign a firm commitment and place a deposit for the world’s biggest commercial aircraft, initially for seven aircraft, with five further options, collectively worth US$1.5 billion. By November 2007, the award-winning carrier had placed firm orders for 58 A380s.

“We have stood firm on our commitment to the A380,” he said. “Our investment in the aircraft, including engines and inflight features, exceeds €32 billion, with €12 billion spent in Germany alone.

“We congratulate Airbus for having created the ‘greener, cleaner, quieter, smarter’ aircraft.”

As he presented the A380 to HH Sheikh Ahmed, Mr Enders acknowledged Emirates’ key role in the development and delivery of the iconic aircraft. “We appreciate the confidence that Emirates has shown in Airbus,” he said.

The Emirates A380s will be powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, enabling the carrier to save 500,000 litres of fuel per aircraft per year over any other engine alternative currently available.

Mr Hughes, highlighting the environmental benefits the engines offered, said: “The A380 founding fathers anticipated the public clamour for quieter airports, fewer emissions, and less crowded skies. More than any airline in the world, Emirates shared this vision.”

The aircraft operated by Emirates will offer fuel economy as low as 3.1 litres per 100 passenger kms, better than that of Toyota’s acclaimed Prius hybrid passenger vehicle (which uses 4.4 litres per 100 vehicle kms). It also comfortably meets the current EU Stage Three and proposed Stage Four noise level standards.

Following the presentation, HH Sheikh Ahmed and Tim Clark revealed the eagerly awaited interior cabin design of the three classes, comprising a 14-seat First Class, 76-seat Business Class and a 399-seat Economy Class.

Emirates has invested heavily in onboard features to ensure that its A380s are the finest, most comfortable in the sky. The jewel in the aircraft’s crown is without a doubt the First Class Shower Spa, two fully equipped bathrooms in its First Class cabins, including shower facilities.

Emirates also unveiled its Onboard Lounge. Located in the Business Class cabin for use by First and Business Class passengers, the Lounge is designed to make passengers feel like they are in their own executive club. Another First Class social area and bar is located at the front of the upper deck.

Passengers will also notice a difference in the Economy Class cabin, most notably the straight walls which give the impression of increased spaciousness. This feature, combined with the advanced mood lighting system and noticeably quieter cabin, works to combat the effects of jetlag.

Cabin crew operating the Emirates A380s have all undergone intensive training on the aircraft at the new Emirates Crew Training College in Dubai. For the first time, Emirates has trained Cabin Service Assistants who will be responsible for the Shower Spas, ensuring they are kept immaculate for each use.

The delivery of this aircraft takes the Emirates fleet to 118, including 108 passenger aircraft and 10 freighters.

The 58 A380s are set to play an integral role in the carrier’s ambitious network expansion, eventually serving all the major cities in the Emirates’ network which spans six continents. This first aircraft will be deployed on the Dubai-New York route, marking the first commercial A380 service to the UAE and US.

Emirates is due to receive five superjumbos in the current financial year, which ends 31 March, 2009, and receive the remaining 53 by June 2013. The first five 489-seat, long range aircraft will be deployed on some of the carrier’s busiest routes including New York, London Heathrow (1st December), Sydney and Auckland (1st February, 2009).

It has also ordered two other versions of the jet including three-class, 517-seat medium range and 604-seat, two-class medium range.

Emirates is by far the biggest customer of the superjumbo which means the Emirates A380 will eventually be available on most number of international routes. If a person is travelling on an A380 there will be around a one-in-four likelihood that they will be flying Emirates.

Emirates’ inaugural A380 commercial flight will depart Dubai International Airport at 1100hrs on Friday 1st August bound for New York. It will arrive at John F Kennedy International Airport at 1700hrs local time. The flight, which is already fully booked, will take between 12.5 and 13 hours, compared to 14 hours on a Boeing 777.
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The Emirates A380 – a premium hotel in the sky

Your business trip is underway and what better way to revive your senses than take a long, hot shower.

Individually wrapped amenities give that personal, comforting feeling that we all appreciate away from home, and an attendant is never far away to make sure the facilities you use feel like you're the only person using them.

Refreshed, you step out of the Shower Spa and head to the bar where an enticing selection of beverages awaits. Now you can really unwind.

Sinking into the leather lounge seats and exchanging views with other international business people, the setting has all the hallmarks of an exquisite, meticulously run 5-star resort.

The only difference is you are at 43,000 feet.

Welcome to the Emirates' A380. It has been eight years in the making, but it is more than worth the wait.

Venture on board and you will see why. Immediately, you're overcome by the sense of space. This is a gargantuan aircraft and every inch of space has been carefully designed to give our passengers the best experience in the sky.

This is nothing short of an airborne hotel and the 24 cabin crew, donning their new look uniform, will be more than happy to tell you all about it. The Emirates' A380 revolutionises air travel and offers a level of comfort and space never seen before on a commercial airliner.

Spread over two levels, the whole of the upper deck is dedicated to Premium Class passengers. Towards the front are 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped Private Suites. Remote controlled doors, a work desk, an electrically controlled mini-bar and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system available to travellers are all part of this luxury sanctuary eight miles up.

But the First Class feature that will be the talk of the travel industry, the media and travellers around the world is the Onboard Shower Spa, brought to you by the airline's premium spa brand, Timeless Spa. Emirates promised some special surprises with its A380 and this is one of them - a real sprinkling of home comforts above the clouds.

Stroll into Business Class and you will find a new generation of intelligent seating, designed to ensure all seats have aisle access. There is a cleverly designed table that never gets in your way, a seat that slickly becomes a flat bed and laptop stowage for when you want to switch from work to fun, and enjoy the award winning ice entertainment system, available to all onboard.

You may expect Economy Class to be forgotten inside this superjumbo. Nothing could be further from the truth. More generous seats, wider aisles, gourmet chef-prepared meals and the Emirates' personal touch means passengers could be mistaken for thinking they have settled in the wrong cabin class.

For such a colossal aircraft, there's another surprise - the quietness. Its GP7200 engines, manufactured by the Engine Alliance, are as quiet as engines get. More help to passengers wanting a good night's sleep and a great deal more peaceful for those on the ground.

When talking about the A380, it is probably best to dismiss all conventional expectations you may have about air travel. The Emirates' A380 is an entirely different experience.
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Emirates Celebrates Arrival Of First A380

Emirates ushered in a new era of aviation today when its first A380 touched down in Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, was on board the new generation double-decker plane, which arrived in Dubai at 5:46pm. He led a delegation of senior Emirates executives that flew in from Hamburg on the aircraft. A media group numbering around 70 was also on board.

HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “The arrival of our first A380 in Dubai is hugely significant for the city, Emirates and the Middle East aviation market. This new generation aircraft takes the aviation industry to another level and will provide passengers with an unrivalled flying experience. Emirates is proud to be the A380 launch customer in the Middle East, the base for one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets.”

The Emirates A380 landed smoothly at Dubai International Airport, which is designed to handle all aircraft including the double-decker plane, then taxied before stopping at Gate 23.

An official handover ceremony in Germany was held yesterday to celebrate the A380’s delivery to Emirates. During the next few days, standard checks and maintenance will be carried out on the A380 – which will have three classes, comprising a 14-seat First Class, 76-seat Business Class and 399-seat Economy Class – before its inaugural flight to JFK Airport in New York on 1st August.

Following the A380’s arrival in New York, Emirates is taking the opportunity to showcase the first of its 58 double-decker aircraft during promotional visits to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
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That's old news!
I flew on the A380 from Dubai to London. Excellent experience, even in economy!
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