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Old November 11th, 2013, 11:48 AM   #1361
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Finally, Qatar is improving their A330s

SRTechnics Signs Cabin Modification and IFE Upgrade Contract with Qatar Airways

Wednesday, 06 November 2013

ZURICH, Switzerland - SR Technics, part of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, has signed a contract with Qatar Airways for a full cabin reconfiguration and in-flight entertainment (IFE) system for seven Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
As part of this contract, new seating with Panasonic on-board entertainment and communication system will be installed. All work will take place in Zurich between November 2013 and July 2014.

SR Technics’ team comprised of engineering staff, cabin technicians maintenance personnel will install the new Panasonic IFE system eX2, offering audio and video on demand, games and other entertainment at the seat.

With the Panasonic global communications suite (GCS) system, passengers will have broadband and mobile phone connectivity.

The installation of an in-seat power system (ISPS) will allow recharging of electronic devices and the uninterrupted use of laptops on long-haul flights.

The contract with Qatar Airways underlines SR Technics’ strong track record in complex cabin modification programs and its international standing for flexibility, on-time delivery and world class service standards for high-end nose-to-tail airframe programs.

André Wall, SR Technics' president, said: “We have a long-standing relationship with Qatar Airways, and we are proud to further strengthen our collaboration for maintenance services and complex cabin modification programs. Qatar Airways is one of the world’s leading airlines and has won numerous awards for itsoutstanding service excellence.

We share Qatar Airways’ highest expectations for quality and customer orientation, and we see this new contract as a result of our world-class service standards, short turnaround times and reliable on time delivery.”

“We will continue to go every extra mile to fulfill and even exceed their needs and demands in every respect.”

Kieran Graham Qatar Airways’ chief technical officer added: “We provide 5-star service to our customers; therefore we team with the industry members that have the same approach regarding excellence. SR Technics has proved to be reliable and focused on quality.

“It made sense to work with them again when we decided to upgrade these A330s.”

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Old November 11th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #1362
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An other question about Gulf Carriers and Latin America flights.

Emirates : Sao Paulo + Rio + Buenos Aires
Etihad : Sao Paulo
Qatar : Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo : GRU-CGH+VCP = 56 millions pax
Rio : GIG+SDT = 25 millions
Buenos Aires : EZE+AEP = 16 millions

When there will be flight to Mexico 30 millions pax ? Bogoto 22 millions pax ?

Qatar also flies to Buenos Aires via Sao Paulo, dialy.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 05:44 PM   #1363
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Old November 13th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #1364
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Old November 14th, 2013, 06:09 AM   #1365
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It's pity that KLM will not purchase the A380. Had they do so, it would have been the best A380 livery I would ever seen.
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Update as of 13NOV13: flydubai Outlines Planned Service Cuts from May to July 2014

As per 13NOV13 GDS timetable display as well as the airline’s website schedule/booking listing, flydubai has outlined planned service reduction during Dubai International Airport Runway maintenance project, from 01MAY14 to 20JUL14.

The airline is to cut operations from 587 weekly flights (April 2014) to 310 flights (May – July 2014 schedule), while overall destinations reduced from 67 to 51. This represents roughly 47% frequency reductions based on current plan.

Planned operation changes as follow.

Service reductions:
Dubai – Abha Reduce from 14 to 9 weekly
Dubai – Amman Reduce from 10 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Ashgabat Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Baghdad Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Bahrain Reduce from 24 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Baku Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Basra Reduce from 7 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Beirut Reduce from 14 to 7 weekly
Dubai – Belgrade Reduce from 4 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Dammam Reduce from 21 to 12 weekly
Dubai – Doha Reduce from 62 to 24 weekly
Dubai – Dushanbe Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Erbil Reduce from 7 to 5 weekly
Dubai – Gassim Reduce from 14 to 11 weekly
Dubai – Ha’il Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Hyderabad Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Jeddah Reduce from 21 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Juba Reduce from 7 to 6 weekly
Dubai – Kabul Reduce from 21 to 13 weekly
Dubai – Karachi Reduce from 21 to 14 weekly
Dubai – Kathmandu Reduce from 15 to 6 weekly
Dubai – Kharkov Reduce from 4 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Khartoum Reduce from 13 to 3 weekly
Dubai – Krasnodar Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Kuwait Reduce from 54 to 26 weekly
Dubai – Madinah Reduce from 7 to 4 weekly
Dubai – Mineralnye Vody Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Muscat Reduce from 28 to 20 weekly
Dubai – Riyadh Reduce from 28 to 16 weekly
Dubai – Rostov Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Taif Reduce from 7 to 6 weekly
Dubai – Volgograd Reduce from 3 to 2 weekly
Dubai – Yerevan Reduce from 6 to 4 weekly

Planned service cancelled:
Dubai – Addis Ababa 3 weekly
Dubai – Ahmedabad 2 weekly
Dubai – Chisinau 2 weekly
Dubai – Chittagong 6 weekly
Dubai – Colombo 7 weekly
Dubai – Colombo – Hambantota – Dubai 7 weekly
Dubai – Dhaka 7 weekly
Dubai – Donetsk 4 weekly
Dubai – Kazan 5 weekly
Dubai – Kiev Borispol 7 weekly
Dubai – Kiev Zhulyany 7 weekly
Dubai – Male 7 weekly
Dubai – Odessa 2 weekly
Dubai – Samara 4 weekly
Dubai – Ufa 4 weekly
Dubai – Yekaterinburg 7 weekly

Planned service remains unchanged:
Dubai – Alexandria Borg el Arab 7 weekly
Dubai – Bishkek 3 weekly
Dubai – Bucharest 3 weekly
Dubai – Djibouti 3 weekly
Dubai – Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen 4 weekly
Dubai – Lucknow 3 weekly
Dubai – Multan 3 weekly
Dubai – Najaf 3 weekly
Dubai – Osh – Bishkek – Dubai 1 weekly
Dubai – Port Sudan – Khartoum – Dubai 1 weekly
Dubai – Salalah 3 weekly
Dubai – Sana’a 4 weekly
Dubai – Sialkot 3 weekly
Dubai – Skopje 2 weekly
Dubai – Sulaymaniyah 3 weekly
Dubai – Tabuk 2 weekly
Dubai – Tbilisi 4 weekly
Dubai – Yanbu 3 weekly

During the runway maintenance project, the airline will also shift planned operational schedule as well. It is possible that the carrier may further revise planned service reductions.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #1367
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Etihad Airways to fly double daily to Munich

Etihad Airways will add seven flights a week to its Abu Dhabi-Munich route from February 1, 2014.
Munich was the carrier’s first German destination when the service began in June 2004.

Since then, the airline has carrier more than one million passengers between the two cities.

The new schedule means that Etihad and equity partner, airberlin, will together offer 49 weekly services from four cities in Germany – Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Düsseldorf – to Abu Dhabi.
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Etihad Airways today announced an order for 56 widebody airplanes with options and purchase rights for 26 additional airplanes at the start of the 2013 Dubai Airshow. The order is valued at a total of $25.2 billion at list prices.
The Abu Dhabi-based carrier's order includes 25 777X airplanes, comprising 17 777-9Xs and eight 777-8Xs, subject to program launch. Etihad Airways is the first airline to order the 777-8X and will be a launch customer of the airplane, which is expected to enter service around the end of the decade. The order includes options and purchase rights for 12 additional 777X airplanes.
In addition, the airline has ordered 30 787-10s, the newest and largest member of the 787 Dreamliner family. When today's order is combined with the carrier's previous order for 41 787-9s, Etihad Airways becomes the world's largest airline customer for the Dreamliner family with a total of 71 787s on order. The order includes options and purchase rights for an additional 12 787-10s.
Today's announcement also marks the 1,000th order for the 787 Dreamliner family since its launch in 2004. The 787 has reached this milestone faster than any other twin-aisle airplane in aviation history.
Etihad's order also includes one additional 777 Freighter for its cargo fleet, with options for two additional 777 Freighters.
"Boeing has been a long-term strategic partner for Etihad throughout that journey, playing an integral role in our growth, said Etihad Airways President and CEO James Hogan. "I am delighted we are extending our relationship, bringing industry-leading aircraft into our modern fleet."
"We are very proud of our relationship with Etihad Airways which began nine years ago with an order for five 777-300ERs," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. "It is gratifying that as one of the world's fastest growing airlines, Etihad continues to have confidence in Boeing's products by ordering the 777X as well as by increasing its order for the 787. We look forward to further strengthening this partnership as Etihad continues to build its position as a forerunner in the global aviation industry."
Advanced technology including a new composite wing, all-new engines and superior aerodynamics will result in the incredible fuel efficiency promised by the 777X family.
The 777-9X, with around 400 seats, will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine commercial jet in the world with 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs over the competition. It will have the lowest operating cost per seat of any commercial airplane and no competitor in its market segment.
The 777-8X will be the most flexible commercial jet in the world with breakthrough economics and greater range capability than today's 777.
The 787-10 is the third and longest member of the super-efficient 787 family. With its greater passenger and cargo capacity, high degree of commonality and its passenger-pleasing features, the 787-10 will complement the family while setting a new benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics. The 787-10 will be 25 percent more efficient than airplanes of its size today and more than 10 percent better than anything offered by the competition for the future.
Final assembly and flight test of the 787-10 are set to begin in 2017, with first delivery targeted for 2018.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Etihad Airways is one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world, expanding its fleet and network across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific and North and South America. Etihad's fleet today includes 17 Boeing 777-300ERs and three 777 Freighters.
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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:27 PM   #1369
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Dubai Airshow: Etihad Acquires 33.3% Of Swiss Carrier Darwin

Following completion of the deal, Darwin will be rebranded as Etihad Regional,


Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways on Sunday said it had bought a 33.3 per cent stake in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline, adding to the company’s portfolio of minority stakes in global airlines.

Etihad said following completion of the deal, Darwin will be rebranded as Etihad Regional, the companies said in a joint statement at the Dubai Airshow.

The deal will allow Etihad to connect to secondary markets in Europe where it does not already reach, Etihad chief executive James Hogan said at a press conference to announce the deal.

Hogan declined to reveal the value of the investment.

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier already owns stakes five other carriers including Air Berlin, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus.

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Old November 17th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #1370
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Emirates orders 50 additional A380s, boosting fleet to 140

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum: “A380 continues to be Emirates’ flagship”


Dubai-based Emirates airline has placed an additional order for 50 A380 aircraft, confirming the continued strong demand for very large aircraft in the Middle East that are needed to meet the region’s higher than average traffic growth. The order was signed at a ceremony at the 2013 Dubai Airshow witnessed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Airline and Group and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

“The A380 continues to be the flagship of our fleet and after five years in operation it remains highly popular with our passengers,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group. “It is still one of the most efficient aircraft to operate today in terms of fuel burn and emissions per passenger, and it gives us the flexibility in some cases to meet passenger demand in slot-constrained markets. This latest order will help us meet both fleet expansion and fleet replacement needs.”

“We value our partnership with Emirates Airline and are pleased to see this getting stronger each day with their A380s flying,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus CEO and President. “By strategically placing the A380 at the centre of its business, Emirates is maximizing its leading position with each day of operations. Emirates has understood from the start the A380s advantages in terms of efficiency, economics and passenger comfort. It continues to be a true crowd-puller and contributor to the rapid development of its Dubai hub.”

Following delivery of their first A380 in July 2008, Emirates has now taken delivery of 39 A380s. Their 39th A380 is on Airbus’ static display at the 2013 Dubai Airshow. All Emirates’ A380s are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines.

Since first entering service in 2007, the A380 has joined the fleets of ten world class carriers. The aircraft flies 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment. The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm favorite with both airlines and passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies.

The total A380 fleet has accumulated over one million flight hours in almost 140,000 commercial flights. To date some 50 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. Every five minutes, an A380 either takes off or lands at one of the 34 airports where it operates today and the network is constantly growing.

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Dubai Airshow: Gulf Airlines Splash Out Over $100bn As Boeing Launches New Jet

Record orders are announced at day one of Dubai Airshow.


Gulf airlines splashed out on well over $100 billion of orders on day one of the Dubai Airshow, underscoring a shift in power in the aviation industry and giving a boost to the formal launch of Boeing’s newest jet, as well as to Airbus’s A380 superjumbo.

Under hazy skies, Sheikhs and ruling family members of Dubai and neighboring Abu Dhabi toured rows of passenger jets and arms pavilions at the new 645,000 square meter venue, built to showcase the Middle East’s largest aviation hub.

Dubai-based Emirates led the buying spree on Sunday with an order for 150 of Boeing’s new 777 mini-jumbo, in a deal worth $76 billion at list prices. It also ordered 50 Airbus A380s, the world’s biggest passenger plane, worth $23 billion.

With demand from Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways as well, Boeing announced commitments for a total of 259 of the new 777 jet, previously codenamed 777X, worth about $100 billion at list prices – the largest combined order in its history.

“The response to the 777X has been astounding,” Boeing Chairman James McNerney said at a packed news conference to officially launch the new plane, in front of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

Gulf airlines are competing with each other for a share of traffic flooding through the region, due to its strategic location between East and West, and with many recession-hit European airlines strapped for cash, their business is becoming increasingly important to Boeing and Airbus.

The revamped 777 marks a new front in the battle between the two aircraft manufacturers that dominate the civil aviation industry. Boeing’s new plane is aimed at heading off competition from the largest version of Airbus’s A350 in the mini-jumbo market that drives growth and connectivity between continents.

Boeing’s top planemaking official pledged not to let a dispute with Seattle assembly workers over where the plane should be built interfere with its launch, which kicked off the November 17-21 Dubai show.

The U.S. group is looking for a home for the new jet after members of the International Association of Machinists rejected a proposed contract that would have seen Boeing commit to keeping the latest member of the 777 series near Seattle in exchange for restructured benefits.


Airbus, which has a record of springing surprises at air shows, is keen to prevent a smooth lift-off for the new 777 and is negotiating deals for all sizes of its jets.

“Airbus is desperate to blunt the impact of the 777X,” said a senior industry source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The event presents a personal challenge for combative Airbus sales chief John Leahy, a New Yorker who is keen to avoid a rare defeat at an air show in his 20th year in the job.

Leahy is under pressure to revive the fortunes of the A380, which until Sunday had found no buyers this year and faces a cut in production unless empty 2015 production slots can be filled.

Emirates, already the biggest customer of the A380, said it was ordering a further 50 of the planes, at the top end of expectations, and bringing its total orders for A380s to 140.


Boeing’s new 777 comes in two models including what will be the world’s longest-distance passenger jet, a 350-seat model to be known as the 777-8 once the aircraft has been launched.

The larger 777-9 edition, carrying 406 people, will be the main version and be delivered starting 2020.

Together, the modernized planes call for development of carbon-fiber wings that fold at the tips to fit in the same parking spaces and new engines from General Electric.

Airbus says Boeing has packed in passengers densely to make the revamped aircraft’s economics work against its own all-new 350-seat model, the A350-1000, due to enter service in 2017.

It has launched a campaign for a minimum standard seat width of 18 inches on long trips, aiming to draw attention to what it says will be the 777′s narrower seats.

Some airlines have told Airbus that this is their decision and Boeing says many Airbus jets have similar seats.

A group representing U.S. airline pilots, meanwhile, warned that the sale of hundreds of planes to Gulf carriers that compete with U.S. carriers would have “serious consequences for the U.S. economy and U.S. airline workers.” This would create stiff competition for the U.S. airline industry.

Highlighting defense deals also at stake at the November 17-21 air show, UK Prime Minister David Cameron toured the complex even before the event had started, telling the heads of British aerospace and defense companies to “get out there and win”.

Britain is competing with France for a potential 60-plane fighter jet deal with the United Arab Emirates.
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Etihad Airways orders 50 A350 XWB, 36 A320neo and one A330-200F

Another vote of confidence from a leading Middle East carrier for Airbus


Etihad Airways, national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a firm order for 50 A350 XWBs, 36 A320neo aircraft and one A330-200F as part of its fleet modernization strategy. The contract was signed today at the 2013 Dubai Airshow by James Hogan, Etihad Airways CEO and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

The order comprises 40 A350-900s, ten A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neo’s and 10 A320neo’s. Etihad currently operates a fleet of 23 A320 Family aircraft, 25 A330s and 11 A340s. The new aircraft will fit seamlessly into the airline’s existing long-haul fleet delivering operational efficiencies and cost savings.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said, “Ten years ago this month, we celebrated our inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi using an Airbus A330.

“A decade later, we have grown into one of the world’s leading airlines and the importance of Airbus to our fast-growing operations has never been stronger. We have more than 60 Airbus aircraft in our fleet today, and this latest order is testament to the continued strength of our partnership.

“As one of the first airlines set to receive the much-awaited Airbus A350-1000, we look forward to benefiting from its operational efficiencies and cost savings.”

“We are delighted that Etihad Airways has consistently maintained its confidence in the full range of Airbus’ modern aircraft family. This is highlighted by today’s new order for the fuel-efficient A320neo Family, to the versatile A330-200F and up to the all-new, efficient A350 XWB Family,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “We look forward to seeing Etihad benefit from the unbeatable economics and best-in-class comfort all our aircraft offer, ensuring the continued success of Etihad Airways as a leading airline for the years to come.”

The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions. The new Family, whose fuselage cross-section is optimized to accommodate Airbus’ 18-inch economy seat-width for long range passenger comfort, will also bring a 25 percent step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category. Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, the A350 XWB to date has already won 764 firm orders from 39 customers worldwide.


The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 Family and incorporates new more efficient engines and large "Sharklet" wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. At the end of October 2013, firm orders for the NEO stood at 2,487 from 44 customers, making it the fastest selling commercial airliner ever and underlining its market leadership position.

The A330-200F is the all-freight version of the best-selling A330 Family. It is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter and can carry 70 tonnes of payload with a range capability of up to 4,000nm. To date, Airbus has won more than 1,280 orders for the various versions of the A330, with over 1,010 aircraft currently flying with more than 100 operators worldwide.
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Qatar Airways expands its Airbus A330 Freighter fleet

Deal worth $2.8bn for up to 13 A330-200Fs including options
Complementing three A330-200Fs already operated by Qatar Airways.


Qatar Airways has placed a firm order for five new Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft in an agreement signed at the Dubai Airshow 2013. These new aircraft will complement the airline's rapidly growing network, which includes more than 40 routes that have dedicated freighter services. Included in the order are eight additional A330-200F options – which would make today’s deal potentially worth over $2.8bn at list prices for a total of 13 aircraft. These aircraft on order will complement three A330-200Fs Qatar Airways already operates since earlier this year.

“The A330 Family has demonstrated outstanding operational reliability and performance for both our passenger and cargo transport operations. It is with this in mind that we chose to expand our freighter fleets with more A330-200Fs,” said Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO. “We aim to be the best in everything we do, the air cargo market is no different, which is why we ordered the most modern and economic cargo aircraft available in its category.”

Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier said, “Qatar Airways is one of our key partners in the region, and its selection of the A330-200F illuminates its ambitious plans as the airline expands and invests in new freighter aircraft. The A330-200F, with up to 70 metric tonnes of payload, is the only viable alternative to large freighters in today’s fast changing market, making it an ideal choice for a constantly evolving carrier.”

Qatar Airways continues to be a highly valued customer and partner with Airbus – a relationship which has flourished since the airline received its first Airbus aircraft in 1997. Today Airbus aircraft form an ever more essential cornerstone of Qatar Airways’ global operations with more than 200 aircraft directly ordered across all modern Airbus product families, from the single-aisle A320 all the way up to the flagship A380.

Aimed at replacing ageing mid-sized freighters, the A330-200F offers an alternative to larger freighters within fleets. Benefiting from the technical superiority and market success of the A330 passenger version, it will offer opportunities to grow frequencies in under-served markets at no additional cost-per-tonne.

The A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter and can carry 70 tonnes of payload, with a range capability of up to 4,000nm. This range and payload capability provides flexibility for both regional and intercontinental operations, versatility to match costs and frequencies with market expectations, thereby allowing operators to grow existing business and expand into new routes.
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Airline Officially Confirms The Purchase of Latest Boeing 777 Family Of Aircraft
Panel Announcement On Day One Underscores The Start Of A Colossal 2013 Dubai Air Show

17 Nov 2013
Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – During a panel announcement on Day 1 of the 2013 Dubai Air Show, a joint panel announcement between the Boeing Company and aircraft engine manufacturer GE, officially announced to the world the backing of the latest family member of the Boeing 777 aircraft – the Boeing 777X.

Qatar Airways formally announced its signature of a Letter of Intent to order 50 of the Boeing 777-9X variant.

Until today, the airline had no orders for the 777X to join its fleet.

In attendance at the announcement were: His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed-Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chief Executive of Emirates Group; His Excellency Ali Shereef Al-Emadi, Qatar’s Minister of Finance and the Chairman of Qatar Airways; Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker; President of Emirates Airline, Tim Clark; Boeing Chairman, President and CEO President, Jim McNerney; and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Aviation, David Joyce.

Currently Qatar Airways fleet is a mixture of various aircraft types, including 51 Boeing 777s – both Extended Range, Long Range and Freighters (37 are currently in service with the remaining pending delivery).
Addressing media at a press conference at Al Maktoum international airport, the recently opened and new venue of the Dubai Air Show, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said:

“Today, I represent Qatar Airways and its Board Members in signing a ‘Letter Of Intent’ for the purchase of 50 Boeing 777 - 9X aircraft, valued at US$ 19 billion at list prices”

“For Qatar Airways, the Boeing 777 is our flagship aircraft. It has been the backbone of the fleet. Operational on many of the routes Qatar Airways flies to, it is well admired by our crew and passengers alike; it is simply a fantastic aeroplane.”

“Since Qatar Airways started taking deliveries of Boeing 777s in November 2007, our fleet has been significantly enhanced, enabling the airline to reach a route map covering the entire Middle East and most of Africa; the Indian sub-continent, Europe, Asia Pacific, North and South America.”

“The Boeing 777 fits into the airline’s strategic growth plan and that is, to offer an extensive route map with optimal connectivity and ultimately – to be the airline of choice for customers, whether it is for long-haul, short-haul, business and / or leisure travel.”

Of the current 777 fleet, Qatar Airways operates a mix of passenger and cargo aircraft – 23 Boeing 777-300ERs, nine 777-200LRs (Long Range) and five Boeing 777 freighters.

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said: “Boeing is very proud to have Qatar Airways amongst the launch customers for the new 777X program. Qatar Airways has enjoyed remarkable worldwide growth in recent years and we very much look forward to continuing to support the airline on its path to further success in the future.”

This year marks the 13th edition of the Dubai Airshow, which runs from 17 – 21 November and is taking place at the newly-opened Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), located in Jebel Ali, Dubai.

Up to 150 aircraft will be on static display, featuring over 1,000 exhibitors. The 2011 edition of the show attracted over 55,000 visitors from around the world, with this year’s numbers expected to far surpass that.

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ETIHAD to Launch Zurich Service from June 2014

ETIHAD from 01JUN14 is launching Abu Dhabi – Zurich service, with daily operation on board Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Planned schedule as follow.

EY073 AUH0205 – 0650ZRH 333 D
EY074 ZRH1205 – 2225AUH 333 D

ETIHAD Boosts Munich Service from Feb 2014

ETIHAD from 01FEB14 is increasing operations on Abu Dhabi – Munich route, where overall service raises from 7 to 14 weekly.

EY005 AUH0225 – 0615MUC 333 D
EY003 AUH0855 – 1245MUC 333 D

EY006 MUC1035 – 1930AUH 333 D
EY004 MUC2220 – 0715+1AUH 333 D
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Old November 17th, 2013, 10:38 PM   #1376
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I wouldn't be surprised if Emirates does the move. That way, Emirates will be able to get a state-of-the-art terminal that has the best amenities and also could handle large numbers of widebody jets including the 777-9 and A380.
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After all these orders, I'm very interested to see how far US and European governments will allow these middle eastern carriers to expand in their territories. I believe it's such a big dilemma for them, either way there is a loss on their side: allow ME carriers to expand meaning "ruin" their own airlines VS block their expansion and thus, risk the cancellation of those orders which considerably boost their economy.
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They could have done some expansion to Indonesian market in the same manner as what they have done in India.
So far, the only Middle Eastern carriers who regularly flew to Indonesian destination other than Jakarta is Qatar Airways, who flew to Denpasar, Bali, on daily basis.

I was wondering why the likes of Emirates or Etihad doesn't fly to Bali?

And the other city who also have potential is Surabaya.
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