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Emirates, Qatar Airways to place orders for up to 120 aircraft
Emirates News Agency (WAM) - 01/06/2005

Emirates and Qatar Airways the two fast-growing Gulf-based carriers are set to announce a number of firm orders that could add up to somewhere between 100 to 120 aircraft, aviation officials said.

The announcement will be made at the forthcoming Paris Air Show to be held from June 13 to 19, according to a Gulf News report from Tokyo.

While Emirates is set to order a combination of A350s and Boeing's ultra-long range B777-200LRs, Qatar Airways is set to order as many as 50 to 60 B787s.

Following Emirates' recent revelation, Qatar Airways is also set to sign a major firm order in Paris. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways' chief executive said on Monday, "Yes, we will make a major announcement at the Paris Air Show. I am not at liberty to reveal anything further, but it is going to be big." This would be the biggest shift for all-Airbus fleet operator Qatar Airways. Fifty B787s would cost the airline more than $6.25 billion at list price.

More than 300 officials representing 265 airlines and companies gathered in Tokyo to assess the health of the global aviation industry at the 61st annual general meeting of IATA. Airbus and Boeing officials were seen making last-minute efforts on possible orders. An aviation official close to these negotiations told Gulf News that Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has lost out against its new rival as Emirates has decided on Airbus A350.

"Emirates has decided on A350, not the B787," he said.

Airline officials kept mum on the details of the announcement.

They hinted that it could split its firm orders and keep some reserved for Dubai Airshow.

"We might make an announcement at the Paris Air Show, we might also make another announcement at Dubai Airshow later this year," said Tim Clark, president of Emirates airline, without giving any more details. "We are talking to both the manufacturers on our future requirements."

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^WTF are you talking about? The A350 and the 777 serve two completely different markets.
 

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^ oh please do talk abt emirates.. hehe

Qatar and Emirates are expanding fast.. but i am talking w/out stats here. does anyone has the figures to show the 'explosive-growth' those two are experiencing.. cos stms i feel, like u stated above 'mid east carriers seem to have a lot more money..' and their buying spree does look like one of their marketing strategies.
 

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from what i've heard on the news, emirates will not make an order announcement in the paris airshow... who knows??? :naughty:
 

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^Their base is not inadequate.
Dubai is in the "center of the world". I mean by that that you can fly to virtualy any place on earth nonstop from dubai.
Even to the farthest places from dubai like new zealand, and central and south america. Emirates has the planes (340-500 and probably going to order 777-200LR) to fly to all those places non-stop.


PS: Emirates won't annouce orders at the paris airshow as first expected.
They are waiting for the dubai airshow... in september i think.
 

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i mean, their homebase is rather inadequate...
Dubai Int'l Airport, which can only operate one runway at a time, will be replaced within 10 years by Jebel Ali International Airport, a six parallel runway MONSTER of an airfield capable of handling 120 million passengers per year!

The $4 Billion Dubai Int'l expansion believe it or not is just a temporary solution. Eventually that airport will most likely be demolished. :) :) :)
 

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Etihad Launches Cargo Flights on Delhi-Abu-Dhabi Route

NEW DELHI, July 21 Asia Pulse - UAE carrier Etihad Crystal Cargo today launched its weekly freighter services from Delhi, after connecting Mumbai and Chennai earlier this year.

Crystal Cargo, which is the cargo division of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, would add 39 tonnes of cargo payload every week in addition to the 15 tonnes carried on three weekly passenger flights between Delhi and the Gulf nation.

The freighter service would operate once a week between Abu Dhabi and Delhi, the airline said in a statement.

Observing that its Mumbai and Chennai routes have shown "very high payloads", Etihad's Area Manager (India & Nepal) Dougie Douglas said the Indian subcontinent was a "very dynamic market" for cargo services.

Etihad Crystal Cargo launched its Mumbai services in February this year and from Chennai in June. (PTI)
 

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Emirates secures $119 mln Airbus plane financing

DUBAI, July 25 (Reuters) - Dubai's Emirates airline [EMAIR.UL] said on Monday it signed a $119 million financing agreement with China Construction Bank Corporation [CCB.UL] for a new Airbus A340-500 aircraft.

The financing, the first for the fast-growing airline from a Chinese bank, is a 12-year operating lease carrying a margin of 0.78 percent over six-month sterling LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate), Emirates said in a statement.

The A340-500, scheduled to be delivered next month, will be the airline's ninth out of 10 on order.

"This is the first time an Emirates aircraft has been financed by a Chinese bank... This will help us diversify our funding resources further," said Riyaz Peermohamed, Emirates senior vice president, corporate treasury.

China Construction Bank is one of the country's largest commercial banks. The deal was arranged by its Hong Kong branch.
 

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Etihad Airways to fly to Brussels
27 July 2005

ABU DHABI — Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and SN Brussels Airways announced yesterday the start of operations from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, Belgium, at a joint Press conference held in the Belgian capital.

Etihad will operate three direct weekly flights from Abu Dhabi to Brussels starting from October this year. With the opening of its new route to Brussels, Etihad will enter its first global code share agreement with SN Brussels Airways.

For the first time the code share will open a number of important destinations in Europe. Both airlines expressed their optimism for the new route that is expected to significantly enhance the link between the UAE and Europe, as well as provide even more opportunities for business and tourism.
 

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Dubai's Emirates begins direct flights to Libya

DUBAI, Sept 23 (AFP) - The Dubai government-owned Emirates airlines is to begin five weekly direct flights to Libya, the official news agency WAM reported Friday.

The airline has been offering three weekly trips to Libya since March 2001 but with a stopover in Malta, layovers that will now be done away with.
 

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Emirates Airlines to offer non-stop Kuala Lumpur-Dubai service - report
20 October 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (XFN-ASIA) - Emirates Airlines will be operating a non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Dubai by the end of this month to take advantage of the strong demand on the route, the Star newspaper reported, quoting the airline's country manager Alban Lee.

Lee said the airline will use Boeing 777-300 aircraft for this service, calling directly at Dubai from Kuala Lumpur eight times weekly.

He added that at present, the airline operates seven flights weekly to Dubai from KL with stops at either Dhaka or Jakarta.

He also said that the airliner is increasing services to allow Emirates to take advantage of the higher arrivals of Middle Eastern passengers in Kuala Lumpur and the increase in the Middle East-bound tourists from Malaysia.

"With additional flights, we expect an increase of 25 pct in passenger capacity," he added.

Lee said growth will be achieved on the back on a load factor of about 70 pct and would generate an 11 pct growth in revenue for the year to March 2006.
 

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Contributed $25 billion to UAE economy in past two decades!

Emirates celebrates 20 years
October 26

Dubai-based Emirates Airline marks its 20th anniversary of successful operations.
Emirates' Chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said, "There's a sense that the airline has 'come of age', and with its solid grounding is ready to take on even bigger challenges as a leading player in global air transport."
Carrying some 12.5 million passengers and 838,000 tons of cargo last year, Emirates is the world's second most profitable and one of the 20 largest international carriers*. The airline has come a long way since 1985 when it had just three flights from Dubai - to Karachi, Mumbai and Delhi - operated by two leased aircraft.
Today, Emirates operates close to 200 scheduled flights per day around its network which covers 77 cities in 54 countries - an average of one flight taking off or landing every eight minutes.

Sheikh Ahmed said, "The springboard for our success has been the vision and ambition of HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. Since its inception, Emirates has experienced tremendous and consistent growth averaging over 20 per cent per year. In the past 20 years, we have flown more than 80 million passengers to their destinations, carried over 4.6 million tons of cargo, and as a group, contributed some $25 billion in both direct and indirect expenditure to the UAE economy.
"From the outset, our vision was to develop an international airline that maximized Dubai's geo-strategic location to connect people and cargo to their destinations quickly and conveniently. We are proud to have lived up to that goal, and we will continue to play our part in developing Dubai as a hub for air transport, tourism and commerce."
Financially self-sustained and unprotected, Emirates has consistently bucked industry trends to post record profits for the past 17 years. It is also investing in future growth with firm orders for 92 new wide-bodied aircraft including 45 super-jumbo Airbus A380s.
Sheikh Ahmed credited the airline's performance to having a strong customer focus; a solid long-term strategy supported by a steady management team; talented staff recruited from over 100 countries around the world; and a dynamic corporate culture that encourages innovation.
He added, "Our success is also intrinsically linked with Dubai. We are lucky to be based here, where a visionary government is investing billions of dollars to develop the city into a major center for commerce and tourism. Dubai grows at around 17 per cent annually, and by 2010 it expects to have five million residents and some 15 million visitors. Emirates needs to be ready to support and tap into this growth, and that is why we are investing heavily in our fleet, in technology and support infrastructure, as well as in recruiting and training the right people."
By 2012, Emirates expects to carry 33 million passengers annually on some 150 aircraft. To support its fast-expanding fleet, which increases by one new aircraft per month on average, Emirates is constructing a $353 million engineering center and a new jet engine testing facility. When completed next year, Emirates' engineering center will be one of the biggest civil aviation maintenance facilities in the world with eight hangars fully equipped to handle heavy and light maintenance for the airline's entire fleet including the soon-to-be-delivered A380.
Sheikh Ahmed said, "The future looks bright for Emirates, with opportunities brought about by Dubai's development as well as the steady growth in demand for air travel globally. We will continue to focus on innovation, quality and customer service; expand and strengthen our network to provide more air connections that will facilitate trade and tourism flows; and invest in advanced aircraft which are not only efficient to operate but will also allow our passengers to travel further, in greater comfort."
Being based in Dubai, where over 110 airlines compete freely in an open skies regime, Emirates has honed its skills and abilities to stay at the cutting-edge of customer service. It also challenges the airline to keep finding new ways of operating more efficiently while delivering a superior experience to its customers.
An industry trailblazer from its early days, the airline has already marked several "firsts" in its relatively short history including - the first to introduce personal in-seat television screens in all classes across its entire fleet in 1992; first to operate the ultra-long haul A340-500 aircraft in 2003; first to offer "live" BBC news headlines on board; and first to introduce the concept of privacy suites in its luxurious First Class service.
The airline currently employs 15,800 staff, and operates services to 77 cities in 54 countries via its fleet of 81 wide-bodied jets. Between the beginning of last year and early next year Emirates will have launched services to a dozen new cities and increased frequencies to more than 30 existing destinations. New destinations to be introduced in coming months include Hamburg and Beijing.

*The World Airline Rankings - Airline Business August 2005
 

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Emirates fully painted A380
19th of November 2005

The city’s residents and the international visitors for the Dubai 2005 – 9th International Aerospace Exhibition are in for a colossal treat this year as the Airbus A380 super-jumbo, resplendent in Emirates’ full livery, will for the very first time fly over the city and its iconic beachfront at low altitudes, between 09:00 and 11:00 hours on 19th November. This will also mark the first time the A380 sports any airline’s full livery.
Emirates, the world’s largest customer for the aircraft and Airbus, the manufacturer of the world’s largest commercial airliner the A380-800, have teamed up to bring the massive 600+ seater specifically for the Dubai Air Show.
Set to become a familiar sight in Dubai’s skies from 2007, when Emirates begins to receive the first of its 45 A380s on order, the aircraft will mark its debut appearance in the entire region of the Middle East, Africa and the Indian subcontinent, which have a combined population of more than two billion people.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates’ Chairman said: “The A380’s test flight to Dubai is historic and significant for the entire region. It underpins the impressive profile Emirates and Dubai have created in the international arena. Dubai’s residents and visitors will now have a fantastic preview of the future of long-haul air travel as the massive A380 takes to the skies".

Pics thanks to airliners.net


 

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DUBAI, 20 November 2005 — Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates is expected to announce a major order worth up to $6 billion (5.17 billion euros) for Boeing’s new long-haul 777 aircraft, industry sources said yesterday.

“They will announce a substantial order tomorrow (Sunday),” one source told AFP. “I cannot give an exact figure, but there has been a lot of speculation and I heard talk of around six billion dollars,” said the source.

The deal comes on the eve of a major air show opening in Dubai amid relentless competition by the world’s passengers jet makers for a slice of a booming regional market that has defied surging fuel prices and terror threats. Early yesterday, Boeing’s competitor, Europe’s Airbus Industries, promoted its A380 superjumbo, the world’s biggest passenger jet, with a maiden Middle East flight landing in Dubai.

Emirates will begin to receive the first of its 45 A380s on order in 2007.
 
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