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Old April 26th, 2010, 12:58 PM   #481
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Injuries in such incidents are usually because of the negligence of the passengers by not paying attention to the 'fasten seatbelts warning'.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 02:58 PM   #482
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18,000 feet is a lot! Is that the biggest plunge ever?
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Glasgowman/ original poster, can you please provide a link to the source of your post please

18,000 seems too much, the plane possibly would have disintegrated from such a fall
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Old April 26th, 2010, 03:12 PM   #484
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I doubt the 777 was punching along at 20,000 when the optimum cruz altitude are in the high 30,000's or even above FL400.

18,000 'plunge' sounds like utter turnips!

Aviation would have to be the worst topic for journalists to be able to report on (it's just garbage here in Australia.. if a plane does a go-around.. it's front page news... slow news day)
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Old April 26th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #486
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India Aerospace officials claim it dropped around 15,000 feet while Emirates claims the plane only dropped around 200 feet.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #487
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thanks for the link Glasgowman

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India Aerospace officials claim it dropped around 15,000 feet while Emirates claims the plane only dropped around 200 feet.
Indian aerospace officials are talking non sense as usual, i will trust emirates claims of 200ft which seems more reasonable. dropping 18,000ft will put a 777on a spin and out of control
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Old April 26th, 2010, 05:37 PM   #488
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Aviation would have to be the worst topic for journalists to be able to report on (it's just garbage here in Australia.. if a plane does a go-around.. it's front page news... slow news day)
Same here, in Romania. When they write an aviation-related article I know it's facepalm time.

I seriously doubt that aircraft fell 18,000 feet.
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Old April 26th, 2010, 08:24 PM   #489
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I think you are full of crap when you make a statement such as the one you have made. I think your English officials talk nonsense.
Get a source before you make such statements.



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Old April 27th, 2010, 10:21 AM   #491
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I think you are full of crap when you make a statement such as the one you have made. I think your English officials talk nonsense.
Get a source before you make such statements.
the source is aldready provided in the posts above by Glasgowman, have a read, or are you uneducated enough to believe that a passenger plane dropped 18,000ft give us the source where you think the english official talk non sense.

Emirates is a quality airline, they won many awards and have a good reputation. therefore thier claim of dropping 200ft due to bad weather is more believeable
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 09:59 PM   #492
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Etihad on course to emerge stronger from crisis
By Hamisah HamidPublished: 2010/05/24
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Etihad Airways, which operates one of the youngest commercial airline fleet in the world, expects to come out stronger from the 2009 global financial crisis.

Etihad regional general manager (Asia Pacific and Australasia) Cramer Ball said last year was tough for the whole industry and the company was not spared from the global financial crisis and the H1N1 threat.

"(But) we continued to invest throughout the worldwide financial crisis and our business plan remains intact.

"So, when we come out from the crisis, we will be extremely well placed to take advantage of that," he said in an interview with Business Times in Kuala Lumpur recently.

Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, started operations at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in January 2007.
The company, which invests in the latest technology, new products and service enhancement to maintain its full-service airline status, expects to break even next year.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline commenced operations in November 2003.

Within seven years, Etihad has spread its wings to 61 destinations, making it the fastest growing airline in the industry.

Ball said with its business model, the products and the plans, Etihad is confident of coming out from 2009 strongly.

"We are seeing results far better than last year, business is coming back," he said.

He said in the first quarter of this year, the airline's capacity increased by 22 per cent and revenue per person rose by 25.4 per cent.

"Passenger volume increased by 11 per cent, we have seen increase in premium passengers by 5 per cent and our yield improving as well... demand is coming back," he said.

He said Etihad plans to fly to 100 destinations by 2020. The airline currently has a fleet of 53 aircraft.

Two years ago, it had placed orders of 100 aircraft 55 Airbus and 45 Boeing, for delivery between 2011 and 2020.

According to Ball, the company has an option to purchase another 105 aircraft or more.

In Asia, Etihad currently flies to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, China and Japan.

The company is always reviewing destinations in the region.

Etihad country manager (Malaysia) Adam Phillips said Etihad currently serves Abu Dhabi-Kuala Lumpur route.

The company has to code-share with Malaysia Airlines to Langkawi, Penang, Johor, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

In Malaysia, Etihad's focus now is to consolidate and raise awareness of its products and services.

"The growth has been quite radical and quite strong here. For us now is the building of awareness and as our network grow, we will grow too as we give customers more options," he said.
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 11:02 PM   #493
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I'm going to fly with Emirates in June to the world cup in SA. It's my first time with Emirates. By reading the comments of Emirates they should be excellent, I can't wait.

Also I going to fly for the first time with Singapore Airlines in August. I think Emirates and Singapore are the best airlines in the world.

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Old July 11th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #494
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Emirates to bring its A380 to Delhi in July this year

To celebrate the launch of the new terminal at the IGI Airport, Emirates has commissioned a special commercial service of the 517-seat A380 offering passengers flying from Delhi to Dubai a one-off opportunity to experience the aircraft's grandeur, not to mention its luxurious onboard amenities.

The A380 will operate EK516 on the Dubai-Delhi route on 15th July, 2010 departing Dubai at 10:10 hours and arrive in Delhi at 14:50 hours.

The aircraft will be at the IGI Airport for three hours before it returns to Dubai as EK517 departing Delhi at 17:50 hours.

Bookings for this special flight will open on 6th June, 2010. The fare is valid only for bookings made on the special flight of the Emirates A380.

Mr. Majid Al Mualla, Emirates' Senior Vice President - West Asia and Indian Ocean, said, "Emirates has been flying to Delhi since our first day of operations in 1985. Twenty five years on, 10 destinations and 184 weekly flights certainly represent the efforts and investment that have gone into building a strong relationship with India."

"The fact that we are bringing the A380 here is a reiteration of the potential that we see in the Indian market and our intent to partner with the nation in its growth. Over the years, Emirates has evolved to become a company that is global in its operations but firmly connected with the Indian mindset and the consumer."

Emirates placed an order with Airbus for an additional 32 A380s, taking the total firm order for the iconic airliner of the 21st century to 90 and signalling the carrier's confidence in the long-term growth of air travel.

The order, valued at $11.5bn at list prices, reaffirms Emirates' status as one of the world's leading carriers and of Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel.

The massive bird, which will fly into the Indian skies for the very first time, is expected to attract huge crowds. The event will be a momentous occasion not just for Emirates and the IGI Airport, but for Indian aviation.

Emirates' A380 offers First Class Private Suites and Shower Spas. The super-jumbo also offers an Onboard Lounge for First Class and Business Class passengers, with a wide range of drinks and canapés, as well as the space to socialise or simply relax.

Passengers have the option to the ice in-flight entertainment system. There are more than 1,000 channels of on-demand entertainment, including 200 movies from around the world, 100 TV channels, more than 500 audio channels, 100 video games and news, sports and business headlines.

Emirates, the largest operator of the A380, currently flies 11 of the aircraft serving popular destinations for travellers including London Heathrow, Toronto, Bangkok, Paris, Jeddah, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland.

It will fly to Beijing from 1st August, to Manchester from 1st September and resume services to New York from 31st October 2010.

The airline recently inducted a brand new A380 into its fleet, taking the total number of A380s to eleven.
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Old July 11th, 2010, 02:04 PM   #495
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UAE airlines to recruit 80,000 staff in a decade

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The country’s two largest airlines are gearing up for one of the biggest recruitment drives in aviation history, with plans to hire 80,000 pilots, cabin crew and other staff over the next decade.

The immense growth in hiring at Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways comes at a tough time for the industry in many other parts of the world.

In Europe, carriers have resorted to cost-cutting, which includes shedding jobs. They also face constraints in the form of environmental taxes and opposition to the building of new runways that would ensure continued growth.

The UAE carriers’ extra staff will be needed to operate hundreds of new aircraft that are on order. The number of aircraft being bought is expected to increase this month when representatives of the region’s big carriers gather at the Farnborough International Airshow to announce their latest orders.

Dubai officials have already hinted at yet another order for Emirates, on the heels of an US$11.5 billion (Dh42.23bn) purchase of new Airbus A380s announced last month at the Berlin Air Show.

In Abu Dhabi, Etihad is already one of the largest employers, with about 8,000 staff. By 2020, when all of its planes have been delivered, it should have 27,000 employees.

Emirates Group has even greater staffing needs. The company, which includes the airline and a global network of ground handling, travel and ticketing agencies, will double in size by 2020 to a fleet of about 300 aircraft, from 149 today.

“It took us 25 years to get to 40,000 employees, but in the next 10 years we will double that to 80,000,” said Rick Helliwell, the vice president of recruitment at Emirates. Factoring in current employees who retire or move on, Emirates will require more than 60,000 new employees over the decade, including 2,500 pilots and 20,000 cabin crew, Mr Helliwell said.

Recruitment agencies say the big Middle East airlines such as Emirates and Etihad are always favourites among qualified aviation professionals. However, their staffing would become more challenging throughout the decade.

“The Gulf airlines have always been competitive employers and for many qualified personnel will remain an employer of choice,” said John Barry, the managing director of Sigma Aviation Services, a global aviation staffing service based in Dublin. “That said, the Gulf airlines should not underestimate the challenges ahead of them in the coming years.”

Middle Eastern carriers are enjoying a short-term bounty of qualified aviation workers after the global economic crisis forced airlines elsewhere to shed workers.

“The downturn has allowed us to recruit across a range of areas,” said Ray Gammell, the chief people and performance officer at Etihad. “For aviation specialist areas and head office positions such as human resources, finance, you name it, it has been easier. At the same time, our market position has allowed us to be discerning in who we take compared to four years ago.”

Airline staffing requirements follow a general formula. At Emirates, each wide-body aircraft results in another 350 staff being hired, including up to 20 pilots and 80 cabin crew. The airline currently visits as many as 30 countries a month to recruit workers.

Etihad’s fleet plans include six new aircraft arriving next year, four in 2012, six in 2013, and 12 in 2014. Currently, 85 per cent of its new hires are being sourced from its new online recruiting portal, Mr Gammell said. It will cross the 10,000 employee mark in 2012, and then accelerate its hiring in 2014 when its new aircraft begin arriving in large numbers.

While airlines in the Middle East are trying to stimulate the local market by hiring nationals, they have largely relied on expatriates to meet their staffing needs, offering packages that include housing, education and health coverage. They also try to promote from within for specialist skills, helping pilots certified for the Airbus A340 to become certified for the double-decker A380, for example.

Gulf airlines will increasingly rely on outsourced training programmes, said Mr Barry, “thus ensuring a transparent pipeline of pilot numbers in the coming year”.

However, the huge staffing requirements of big Gulf airlines are making it more difficult for other airlines to compete for the best talent. “The real pain in the supply chain will probably be felt more keenly by smaller operators and operators in different regions,” he said.


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Emirates launches dedicated lounge at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Emirates celebrated the opening of its dedicated lounge for its First and Business Class passengers as well as Gold members of Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer programme, at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

Located in the International Departure Concourse and located next to Gate 75, it is the first dedicated lounge in Terminal 2 and also the only lounge in the airport that offers an extensive menu of complimentary hot and cold gourmet dishes, as well as a full bar service.

Guests at the newly opened Emirates Lounge at Shanghai Pudong International Airport can enjoy an extensive menu of hot and cold gourmet dishes, as well as a full bar service.

The Emirates Lounge which was opened on Thursday at Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Mohammed H Mattar, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Airport Services, said: “The Shanghai lounge is an integral part of the Emirates experience, putting passengers in the best possible frame of mind for their journey. Today, as the World Expo continues, we are delighted to be adding Shanghai as the 27th Emirates Lounge to join our network of lounges.

“With the addition of the Shanghai lounge, well over half of our 18 destinations in the Far East and Australasian region have their own dedicated Emirates Lounge.”

Edwin Lau, Emirates’ Vice President, Greater China said: “This is the second lounge that we have opened in China, after Beijing in 2009. It is a very special occasion for us and demonstrates our commitment to our passengers from China. We are convinced that the continued upgrading of our services is the ultimate driving force behind the sustained and robust demand for Emirates flights. And it is our loyal passengers that have made possible our great success in Shanghai and all over China.”

The 860m2 lounge, capable of holding 165 passengers at any one time has the same signature touches as all Emirates lounges across the airline’s global network. Its luxurious amenities include designer shower rooms, cream leather lounge couches, 52-inch plasma TVs and a fully equipped Business Centre with Internet access and Wi-Fi.

Guests can also enjoy an extensive menu of hot and cold gourmet dishes, as well as a full bar service, supported by a team of dedicated lounge staff.

The Emirates Lounge in Shanghai becomes the 27th on the network and the 11th in the Far East & Australian Region. Other Emirates Lounges around the network are Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Birmingham, Brisbane, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Munich, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York - JFK, Paris - Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Singapore, Sydney and Zurich.

The Emirates Lounge caters for passengers on Emirates' two non-stop, daily flights currently operated between Shanghai and Dubai- EK305, departure at 0715hrs & EK303, departure at 2330hrs.
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Emirates opens second UK regional lounge within 6 months

Emirates has doubled its regional lounge offering in the UK within the space of just six months.

A brand new luxury lounge has been officially opened in Birmingham, the first dedicated lounge to be offered by a long-haul airline at the city's international airport.

First Class and Business Class passengers, plus Gold Skywards members, travelling on Emirates' twice-daily service from Dubai to Birmingham can now seek sanctuary in the 7,000 square foot facility. It is situated opposite the airline's departure gate (number 54) in the new international pier in Terminal 1.

The Emirates Lounge offers the ultimate in comfort with luxury leather seating for up to 117 people, plasma TVs showing the latest news, a business centre with complimentary internet access and full shower facilities.

Guests to the lounge can also enjoy an extensive menu of complimentary hot and cold gourmet dishes - prepared by expert chefs, accompanied by a full bar service - all supported by a team of dedicated lounge staff.

Mohammed Mattar, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Airport Services, who officially opened the lounge, said: ''This significant investment to our operation at Birmingham further highlights our commitment to the region and the importance of our twice-daily service to the Midlands. We hope our premium customers will enjoy this new facility next time they fly with us and look forward to experiencing our trademark attentive service for which we are renowned.''

Paul Kehoe, the CEO of Birmingham International Airport, who was also present at Thursday's opening celebrations, added: ''Emirates has been operating flights between Birmingham and Dubai for 10 years now and over this time it has provided a vital connection for the Midlands, not just to the Middle East, but onwards to all corners of the globe."

Mr Kehoe added: ''We are therefore delighted to see the opening of this stunning new facility in our new International Pier, which signifies a long-term commitment by the airline to Birmingham and the wider region.''

In September 2009, the airline helped Birmingham International Airport celebrate its 70th birthday by sending one of its Airbus A380s in the first ever flight by the superjumbo to a UK regional airport.

Emirates has been operating to Birmingham for a decade and offers almost 800 seats a day on its two daily flights from Dubai.

Birmingham is the latest facility to open in the airline's AED 266 million worldwide lounge investment programme. A similar facility was opened in Manchester in October, while other Emirates' lounges in the UK can be found at London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

Elsewhere, the airline's premium passengers can enjoy lounges in Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Dubai (x3), Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Mumbai, Munich, New York - JFK, Paris - Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Singapore, Sydney and Zurich.

Emirates has so far announced five new routes for 2010; Tokyo (28th March), Amsterdam (1st May), Prague (1st July), Madrid (1st August), and Dakar (1st September).

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Old July 14th, 2010, 08:23 AM   #498
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Are there any domestic flights in the UAE?
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Old July 14th, 2010, 09:07 AM   #499
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Helicopters and private jets ... never heard of an airline .... maybe once a week .. but i dont think so , the country is extremly small
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How about from Abu Dhabi to Fujeira ? Etihad can use A320
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