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Dubai can either refer to one of the seven Emirates that constitute the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the eastern Arabian Peninsula, or that Emirate's main city, sometimes called "Dubai city" to distinguish it from the Emirate. The modern Emirate of Dubai was created with the formation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1971. However, written accounts documenting the existence of the city have existed at least 150 years prior to the formation of the (UAE). Dubai shares legal, political, military and economic functions with the other emirates within a federal framework, although each Emirate has jurisdiction over some functions such as civic law enforcement and provision and upkeep of local facilities. Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest Emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi. As of 2007, 800 new residents were setting up home in Dubai every day. With Abu Dhabi, it is one of only two Emirates to possess veto power over critical matters of national importance in the (UAE). Dubai has been ruled by the Al Maktoum dynasty since 1833. The city's current ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the (UAE).

Revenues from petroleum and natural gas contribute to less than <3% of Dubai's US$ 46 billion economy (2006). A majority of the Emirate's revenues are from the Jebel Ali free zone (JAFZ) and, increasingly, from tourism and other service businesses. Dubai has attracted world-wide attention through innovative real estate projects and sports events. However, this increased attention, coinciding with its emergence as a world business hub, has also highlighted human rights issues concerning its largely foreign workforce.

Dubai is the fastest growing city and tourism destination in the World. In the past two decades, Dubai has emerged as a regional business hub and trade destination with a massive geographical reach from West Africa across the entire Middle East and through to Central Asia. Dubai is the place to do business in the region. The city itself boasts population growth estimated at more than >30,000 new residents a month and this has contributed to hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure and property development. The city is a fascinating place where the modern and traditional stand side by side. Dubai offers some of the worlds best shopping, golf courses, beaches, fantastic hotels and bustling souks, all combining to make this one of the world's most exciting cities.

Visa Regulations:
Nationals of the following countries will be issued, free of charge, with an entry visa valid for 60 days at the passport control:
Citizens of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) member states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia (AGCC) expatriate residents who meet certain conditions.

National citizens of the following countries:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (except the British overseas citizens), United States, Vatican City.

It should be noted that this list may vary slightly from time to time and it is therefore best to check with your local (UAE) embassy or the airline you are using to fly to the (UAE).

Other nationalities are solely responsible for obtaining visas for themselves, their representatives and invitees. Visas can be arranged through the exhibitor's hotel, in Dubai provided sufficient time is given for the application to be processed.

The Organizers are not in a position to sponsor visa applications.

The visit visa does not entitle the visitor to take up permanent work in the (UAE).

At the time of going to press the (UAE) do not grant visas to Israeli Nationals or to holders of passports containing a visa, valid or expired, for Israel. Exhibitors should check with their Travel Agent.

All Visitors and Exhibitors require a full passport for their visit.

Health Requirements:
No health certificates are required for entry to the Emirates, except for visitors who have been in cholera or yellow fever infected area. However, it is always wise to check health requirements before departure as restrictions may vary.

Personal effects entering Dubai are not liable to a customs levy. It is forbidden to import drugs and pornographic items.

The importation of alcohol into the (UAE) is only permitted as part of the duty free allowance for personal consumption.

Four items of alcohol per person is the permitted allowance.

Local Information:
To make the most of your time in Dubai, it's worth knowing a little about the locality. The following gives you some useful information about the language, climate, local time and public holidays.

The official language of the country is Arabic, although English is the official business language. English is widely used and most road and shop signs, restaurant menus, etc., are in both languages.

Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate. May - October are the warmest months with temperatures reaching the high 40's and high humidity, the rest of the year, temperatures fall anywhere between the mid 20's - 30's. Rainfall is infrequent, falling mainly in the cooler months around November to March.

Local Time:
The (UAE) is four hours ahead of (GMT). There is no summer time saving when clocks are altered.

Public Holidays:
The Islamic year is called the Hijri and dates are followed by AH - After Hijra. The Hijri calendar is based on lunar months. There are 354 or 355 days in the Hijri year, which is divided into 12 lunar months and each year is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian year.

As some holidays are based on the sighting of the moon and not fixed dates on the Hijri calendar, the dates of Islamic holidays are imprecise, with holidays frequently being confirmed less than 24 hours in advance. Some non-religious holidays are fixed according to the Gregorian calendar.

Local Culture:
If you're spending time in Dubai, it helps to know some basics about the local culture. Here are some handy tips with regard to business and social hours and the all-important etiquette for tipping and photography.

Local Culture:
Dubai's culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. However, Dubai is very tolerant of the customs of its visitors and is relatively liberal when it comes to European dress codes and serving alcohol in hotels. Among the most highly prized virtues are courtesy and hospitality, visitors are sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people.

Islam is the official religion of the (UAE), but other religions are respected. Dubai has a variety of Christian churches.

Business Hours & Social Hours:
Social hours are very Mediterranean in style: - in general, people get up early, often have an afternoon siesta and eat late in the evening. Government offices are open from 07:30 to 14:00 hrs Saturday to Wednesday. In the private sector, office hours vary between split shift days or straight shifts.

Although the small shops opening hours are usually based on split shift timings, the big shopping malls now remain open all day from 10:00 - 21:00 hrs. Petrol stations are open 24 hours. Embassies and consulates open from 08:00 - 13:30 hrs. Most close on Thursday and Friday.

Tipping practices are similar to most parts of the world. An increasing number of restaurants include service.

Normal tourist photography is acceptable; it is courteous to ask permission before photographing people, especially local women. In general, photographs of government buildings, military installations, ports and airports should not be taken.

Things to See & Do:

There's plenty to do in Dubai and it helps to know what's on and where.

The shopping Capital of the Middle East!

Prices are competitive in many products from gold to carpets, textiles or designer labels. The key to shopping here is to bargain where possible since prices, especially in the souks, can drop quite substantially. The attractive and often imaginatively designed, modern shopping malls in Dubai are one of the highlights of shopping in Dubai and are generally spacious and fully air conditioned. Most international brands and high street shops can be found in the shopping malls.

Most malls have a food court, which offers a variety of types of cuisine. Some malls also have cinemas.

There are many companies in Dubai offering an exciting variety of city and safari tours. An organized tour can be a great way to discover the (UAE). Tours range from a half-day city tour to an overnight safari visiting the desert or mountains and camping in tents. Dubai's souks are worth a visit for their bustling atmosphere, the eclectic variety of goods and the traditional way of doing business.

Tours & Sightseeing:
There are many companies in Dubai offering an exciting variety of city and safari tours. An organized tour can be a great way to discover the (UAE). Tours range from a half-day city tour to an overnight safari visiting the desert or mountains and camping in tents. Most trips require a minimum of four people for the tour to run. It is advisable to book three or four days in advance although in some cases less notice is not a problem.

For more information contact the Recommended Travel Agents.

There are numerous activities available to visitors to Dubai including water sports and golf packages.

For more information contact the Recommended Travel Agents.

Dubai has numerous cinemas, cafes, bars, nightclubs and discos to suit all tastes and ages. There are a number of local magazines available from the Newsagents listing details of the above facilities.



JUNE 1993: 1992 = +124.4% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +121.5% PASSENGERS (PAX), +128.3% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

JANUARY 1994: 1993 = +$24.4 MILLION (NET PROFIT): +23% PASSENGERS (PAX).

MARCH 1994: 1 ORDER (MARCH 1995) A300-600B4-605, (ILF) 7 YEAR LEASED, & 1 ORDER (AUGUST 1994) A310-300, GATX LEASED.


MAY 1995: 2 727-200'S SOLD TO QATAR AIRWAYS (QTA). 10TH A310-300, 10F, 32C, 131Y PAX.

JUNE 1995: 1ST 3 777-200'S (RR) (TRENT 877), 4 "B" MARKET (RR) (TRENT 890, 90,000 LB THRUST), 632,500 LB (MTOGW).

JULY 1995: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1994 = +$39.7M (+23.9%).


JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +10.7% RPK, +11.1% PAX, +14.8% FTK.

MARCH 1996: (



FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1995 = +$22M (+$26M): +14% PAX, +20% FTK. GROUP = $39M.


POSSIBLE +16 767-300ER'S.






3RD 777 (WA198) DELIVERY.


AIRBUS WILL ASSIST WITH SALE OF 16 A300-600'S, & A310'S. $2 BILLION, 16/7 ORDERS A330-200'S.




MARCH 1997: SELECTS (RR) (TRENT 700) FOR 16/7 ORDERS A330'S.





















JANUARY 1998: 1997 = +$76M (+$53M), DUE TO HIGH TRAFFIC GROWTH.


TO MALTA (A300-600R, 18F, 35C, 163Y).








JUNE 1998: 1ST "C" CHECKS ON 777'S (WA196; WA197).


JULY 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$102M: 11.01B RPK PASSENGER TRAFFIC (+28.2%), 69.3% LF (LOAD FACTOR).








1ST 6 MONTHS = 5.9B RPK (+16.8%), 376M FTK (+21.3%), 1.9M PAX (+15.1%).



NOVEMBER 1998: 9TH 777-21H IGW DELIVERY (176-29325).


JANUARY 1999: TO MALTA (A310-300, 178 PAX).

FEBRUARY 1999: PROJECTS FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = +$109.3M RECORD (+$101M).





4,978 EMPLOYEES. (

MAY 1999: IN 11/99, TO MUNICH (48TH DESTINATION) (A310-300, 18C, 177Y PAX).


JUNE 1999: EMIRATES (EAD) GROUP, INCLUDING GROUND-HANDLING & TRAVEL GROUP FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = +$117M (+15.6%). EMIRATES (EAD) AIRLINE 1998 = +$85M (+19.3%): 8.07B RPM (+17.8%), 1.40B FTM (+15.4%).

35 SAA 9.85; 36 SAB 9.53; 37 BEJ 9.07; 38 JAS 8.77; 39 THY 8.10; 40 EAD 8.07; 41 AIN 7.68; 42 ELA 7.55; 43 GIA 7.09; 44 PIA 6.82.

PARIS AIR SHOW - 1 ORDER (09/00) 777-300 (TRENT 892) (28680), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED. 1 ORDER A330-200 (10/00).



SEPTEMBER 1999: 1ST 8 MONTHS = 10.14B RPK (+21.9%), 607M FTK (+21.2%), 3.05M PAX (+14.5%).







1ST 777-31H (256-29062, A6-EMM) DELIVERY. 1 ORDER (3/01) 777-300ER (TRENT 892) (29395), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED. 777-300 ON STATIC DISPLAY AT DUBAI AIR SHOW.


2ND 777-31H (262-29063, A6-EMN), SALE (SIL) LEASED.



2 A330-243'S (314, A6-EKV; 316, A6-EKW) DELIVERY.



IN 4/00, TO MILAN (A330-200, 2 CLASS).


MARCH 2000: 1999 = 15.32B RPK (+18%); 994M FTK (+24.7%); 4.54M PAX (+11.9%); +22.9% ASK; 71.9% LF (-2.5); +$87M (+2%).


2 A330-243'S (326, A6-EKX; 328) DELIVERIES.










LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) +6 ORDERS (2/03) 777-300'S. +3 ORDERS A330-200'S FOR TOTAL 21.


FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1999 = +$87.1M (+$85.2M): 15.32B RPK (+18%); 71.9% LF; 994.83M FTK (+24.7%); 4.54M PAX (+11.9%); 6,524 EMPLOYEES (+15.4%).


6 A310-304'S (545; 588; 597; 600; 658; 667), EX-(EAD), SOLD TO AIR TRANSAT (AIJ).


IN 12/00, TO BIRMINGHAM, UK (A330-200).


OCTOBER 2000: A330-243 (345, A6-EKZ) DELIVERY.




6 ORDERS (4/02) 777-300ER'S, (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED. 11TH A330-243 DELIVERY, (348, A6-EAA).



27 CHI 16.14; 28 SAS 14.07; 29 ANZ 13.81; 30 SVA 12.57; 31 EAD 12.06; 32 SAB 12.04; 33 SAA 12.01; 34 ASA 12.0.

1 747-47UF (1192-29261, N408MC), ATLAS (TLS) WET-LEASED, REPLACES 747-200F (TLS) LEASED. 2 A330-243'S (365, AC-EAB; 372, AC-EAC) DELIVERIES.

MARCH 2001: 2000 = 19.41B RPK (+26.7%), 1.29B FTK (+29.5%), 5.49M PAX (+20.9%).


777-300 (A6-EMP) DELIVERY, (ILF) LEASED. 1 A300B4-605R (608) SOLD TO LUFTHANSA (DLH). 1 A330-243 (392, A6-EAF) DELIVERY.

APRIL 2001: 6,524 EMPLOYEES.

1 A330-243 (396, A6-EAG) DELIVERY.

MAY 2001: IN 7/01, TO HYDERABAD (A330-200, 8/WEEK).

2000 FISCAL YEAR (FY) = +$145M (+$116.8M) (+40.2%): 5.7M PAX (+19.8%); 335K TONNES FTK (+24.2%); 75.1% LF (+3.2).

JUNE 2001: 1 A330-243 (409, A6-EAH) DELIVERY.


1 777-31H, SALE (SIL) LEASED.


SEPTEMBER 2001: IN 10/01, TO PERTH, AUSTRALIA (777-200ER, 4/WEEK).

19 AMW 24.20; 20 VAR 19.81; 21 CHI 19.70; 22 SAS 18.17; 23 EAD 17.59; 24 ANA 15.31; 25 ASA 15.31.


LAST 6 MONTHS = +$46M (+$45M).




JANUARY 2002: IN 8/02, TO PERTH.

1 UAL 116.60; 2 AAL 106.15; 3 DAL 97.60; 4 NWA 73.11; 5 BAB 64.24; 6 AFA 59.54; 7 CAL 58.76; 8 DLH 56.76; 9 JAL 50.77; 10 USA 45.93; 11 SWA 44.50; 12 SIA 42.76; 13 QAN 42.14; 14 ACN 41.49; 15 KLM 35.76; 16 ANA 33.16; 17 CAT 27.81; 18 TII 27.43; 19 IBE 25.64; 20 KAL 23.73; 21 ALI 22.45; 22 MAS 22.29; 23 AMW 19.06; 24 VAA 17.65; 25 VAR 16.02; 26 CHI 16.00; 27 EAD 14.37; 28 SAS 14.26; 29 ANZ 13.54; 30 SAA 12.70; 31 SVA 12.56; 32 BEJ 12.39; 33 ASA 12.23; 34 JAS 10.06; 35 THY 9.35; 36 AMX 8.51; 37 PAL 8.36; 38 GIA 8.15; 39 CMA 7.99; 40 ELA 7.79; 41 GUL 7.65; 42 PIA 7.24; 43 AIN 7.10; 44 TAP 6.43; 45 EGP 5.53; 46 OLY 5.24; 47 AUL 5.06; 48 FIN 4.93; 49 IND 4.52; 50 CQT 4.51.

20TH A330-243 DELIVERY 451 (A6-EAJ). BY END OF 2002, WILL HAVE 25 A330'S, & 18 777'S.

FEBRUARY 2002: 1 A330-200 (A6-EAK) DELIVERY.


(TELEPHONE: (4) 295 11 11). (FAX: (4) 343 04 27).


22ND A330-200 (A6-EAL) DELIVERY.

APRIL 2002: 7,996 EMPLOYEES.

18 KAL 37.95; 19 ALI 36.52; 20 AMW 30.69; 21 VAR 26.01; 22 CHI 25.06; 23 SAS 23.30; 24 EAD 23.13; 25 GUN 22.77.




A310-308 (658) SOLD TO AIR TRANSAT (AIJ).

MAY 2002: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2001 = +$127.47M (+11%) (+$114.84M): 23.13B RPK PASSENGER TRAFFIC (+19.1%); 6.43M PAX PASSENGERS (+17.1%); 74.3% LF LOAD FACTOR (+.8); 400K TONNES CARGO (+19.5%); 1.50B FTK FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+16.1%); 7,996 EMPLOYEES (+5.6%).

777-31H (402-29296, A6-EMR), (ILF) LEASED.


July 2002: In 8/02, to Mauritius (A330-200, 3/week).

August 2002: $3.3B expansion, of the Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah airports, in the (UAE), Kuwait's Airspace System, and a new terminal, at the International Airport, in Muscat.

September 2002: Emirates (EAD) Skycargo (EMC), to Shanghai (weekly). Code share with Japan Air Lines (JAL), to Osaka (Kanzai) (EAD) 777-200, (4/week).

A310-308 (695) returned to Airbus. 2 A330-243's (491, A6-EAM; 494, A6-EAN) deliveries.

October 2002: 1st 9 months = 21.65B RPK passenger traffic (+23.1%); 6.01M PAX passengers (+22.9%); 1.36B FTK freight traffic (+28.6%).

1st 6 months Top World Airlines Traffic B RPK
1 AAL 95.18; 2 UAL 84.56; 3 DAL 74.53; 4 NWA 56.50; 5 BAB 49.30; 6 AFA 48.21; 7 CAL 47.49; 8 DLH 42.06; 9 JAL 39.44; 10 SWA 36.03; 11 SIA 36.00; 12 ACN 33.69; 13 USA 33.06; 14 KLM 27.54; 15 CAT 23.07; 16 IBE 19.53; 17 KAL 16.47; 18 CHI 15.70; 19 AMW 15.20; 20 ALI 14.21; 21 EAD 13.45; 22 VAR 12.68; 23 GUN 12.49; 24 SAS 12.01; 25 BEJ 10.32.

November 2002: Selects (AD OPT)'s crew management solutions - "By demonstrating the ability to deliver a customized, integrated suite of crew management solutions, that balance (EAD)'s needs to optimize productivity, and improve crew member satisfaction, including: Altitude Pairing system; Altitude Preferential Bidding System (PBS); Altitude Manpower Planning System (MPP); and Altitude Vacation Bidding System (VBS) modules, which can be seen on

In 12/02, to Cochin (3/week). In 6/03, to Chicago (ORD)/(JFK) (A340-500, daily).

Last 6 months end 9/02 = +# DHS 404.2M/+$110M (+# DHS 168.2M) (+140%): +18% ASK; 78% LF (+4); +38% FTK.

Considering 25 orders 777-300ER's.

December 2002: Building $275M, 8-bay maintenance facility, at Dubai for /05, with hangar able to handle A380.

January 2003: In 7/03, Dubai - Moscow (3/week). In 8/03, Dubai - Shanghai (4/week). In 12/03, Dubai - Lagos (3/week).

Mercator, the Info Technology (IT) division of the Emirates Group (EAD), provides its fastrac revenue accounting solution to Air Malawi (AML) and Yemenia (YEM). Mercator recently unveiled Chameleon, its new cargo ground-handling system.

Expects 11 new airplanes to be delivered in 2003, including 1st A340-541 in 9/03, for daily service Dubai - Sydney, while simultaneously launching 777-300 service to Brisbane, via Singapore. A340-541's also to Osaka (4/week) and increase service to London Gatwick (LGW) (3/day). Flights to the USA have been delayed until 2004, with nonstops to New York (JFK) in 4/04, and to San Francisco (SFO) in summer 2004.

February 2003: 777-31H (432-28687, A6-EMV), delivery.

March 2003: 7,996 employees.

A330-243 (525, A6-EAO) delivery.

April 2003: 2 A330-243's (509, A6-EAP; 518, A6-EAQ) deliveries.

May 2003: (EAD) Group 2002 = +# Dhs1.05B/+$285.7M (+74%) (+$164.2M): 30.17B RPK (+30.5%); +28.5% AK; 76.6% LF (+2.3); 8.21M PAX (+27.8%); 1.90B FTK (+27.1%). Cargo represented 19.6% of the airline's revenue.

In 10/03, Dubai - Brisbane (daily). Flights to Sydney will go nonstop (A340-500).

(FAA) Safety Oversight issues a Category 1 rating for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

World Top 20 Airlines 1st Q Traffic (B) (RPK)
1 (AAL) 44.67; 2 (UAL) 39.66; 3 (DAL) 36.82; 4 (NWA) 26.65; 5 (BAB) 23.31; 6 (AFA) 23.27; 7 (CAL) 21.35; 8 (DLH) 20.62; 9 (SWA) 17.53; 10 (KLM) 14.04; 11 (USA) 13.28; 12 (SIA) 12.20*; 13 (ACN) 9.65*; 14 (CAT) 8.51*; 15 (AMW) 7.84; 16 (QAN)* 7.18; 17 (KAL)* 6.72; 18 (IBE) 6.17*; 19 (EAD) 5.69*; 20 (AAT) 5.42. * 2 months only.

2nd 747-400F delivery. At Paris Air Show, will announce 26 orders 777-300ER's, 10 orders A340-600's, and 23 A380's with leases from ILFC (ILF) and GECAS (GEF).

June 2003: Paris Air Show announcement of $12.5B, FOR 41 Airbus airplanes: including 21 (2/09) A380-800's, 2 (12/03) A340-500's, & 18 (6/07) A340-600HGW's (Trent 556). Also 2 (4/07) A380-800F's (GP7000), (ILF) 15 year leased, 2 (2/08) A340-600's (Trent 556), (ILF) 12 year leased, 12 (3/05) 777-300ER's (GE90-115B) (ILF) 12 year leased, 14 (2/08) 777-300ER's, (GEF). A380 to be operated in 3 different layouts: 533 in 3 classes; 653 in 2 classes; & 500 for nonstop flights between Dubai and Australia.

In 8/03, Dubai - Sydney - Auckland (daily). Dubai - Melbourne - Auckland (daily). In 10/03, Dubai - Brisbane - Auckland (daily).

2002 = +$285.5M (+$164.3M): 31.66B RPK (+30.2%); +26.7% ASK; 76.6% LF (+2.3); 8.5M PAX (+25.7%); 2.13B FTK (+33.2%); 10,507 EMPLOYEES (+20.8%).

1 (AAL) 195.81; 2 (UAL) 176.15; 3 (DAL) 152.66; 4 (NWA) 115.91; 5 (BAB) 99.71; 6 (AFA) 96.80; 7 (CAL) 95.51; 8 (DLH) GRP 88.57; 9 (JAL) 83.54; 10 (QAN) 75.23; 11 (SWA) 73.05; 12 (SIA) 71.12; 13 (ACN) 69.42; 14 (USA) 69.42; 15 (KLM) 58.89; 16 (ANA) 52.97; 17 (CAT) 49.04; 18 (TII) 48.51; 19 (KAL) 41.80; 20 (IBE) 40.47; 21 (MAS) 36.90; 22 (AMW) 31.98; 23 (SAS) GRP 30.91; 24 (EAD) 30.17; 25 (ALI) 29.84.

1 (FED) 13.20; 2 (LUB) 7.16; 3 (UPS) 6.62; 4 (KAL) 6.25; 5 (SIA) 6.08; 6 (AFA) 4.87; 7 (CAT) 4.85; 8 (CHI) 4.60; 9 (JAL) 4.39; 10 (CLX) 4.16; 11 (BAB) 4.12; 12 (KLM) 3.99; 13 (EVA) 3.28; 14 (NWA) 3.24; 15 (AAL) 2.93; 16 (UAL) 2.79; 17 (AAR) 2.75; 18 (NCA) 2.21; 19 (POA) 1.97; 20 (EAD) 1.96; 21 (MAS) 1.92; 22 (BEJ) 1.88; 23 (TII) 1.824; 24 (DAL) 1.823; 25 (ACN) 1.58.

A330-243 (536, A6-EAR) delivery.

July 2003: 5,000 employees.

In 2002, Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo grew +31%.

August 2003: In 9/03, Dubai - Frankfurt (747-400F, 2/week). Code share with Continental Airlines (CAL), London Gatwick (LGW) - Dubai and Newark - Houston. In 10/03, Dubai - Shanghai (4/week).

8 orders (2/04) A340-300's, ex-Singapore (SIA), Boeing (TBC) 9 year leased, pending the arrival of its 1st 777-300ER of 26 due to arrive in 2005. To be used on Dubai to Singapore, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Perth, and Osaka.

September 2003: To add a 3rd weekly Dubai - Shanghai (747-400F). (EAD) SkyCargo, Dubai - Istanbul (weekly). (EAD) SkyCargo, New York - Gothenburg - Dubai (747-200F, (TLS) wet-leased, weekly).

Last delivery of 29 A330-200's including $90M operating lease over 12-year term.

October 2003: Dubai to Brisbane, via Singapore (daily) with extentions to Auckland. Code share with Royal Air Maroc (RAM) Dubai - Casablanca. (EAD) SkyCargo, Dubai - Milan (MXP) (weekly).

Emirates (EAD) which flies to 64 destinations in 45 countries, wins the "Best Airline" award from the British newspaper "Daily Telegraph" readers, for the 4th time in 6 years. Dubai's "Jumeira Beach" won the Best Foreign Resort Hotel."

Last 6 months = +#Dhs 612M/+$167M (+51%) (+# Dhs 404.2M): 4.8M PAX (+17.7%); 73.65% LF; 315K tonnage (+29%).

A330-243 (455, A6-EAS) delivery. 1st A340-541 (471, A6-ERB), 12F, 42C, 204Y, delivery (6 months late). To be used for flights Dubai to Sydney (nonstop), London Gatwick and Osaka. Will have an $8M inflight information, communication & entertainment system, featuring 100 movies, 50 TV channels on demand, 350-plus audio channels, and 40 games.

November 2003: Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo, Dubai - Shanghai - Mumbai - Dubai (weekly). In 4/04, Dubai - Glasgow (A330-200, daily). (EAD) SkyCargo, Dubai - Shanghai - Dalian (747-400F, weekly). In 5/04, (EAD) passengers Dubai - Shanghai (A340-300, 3 class, 4/week) and Dubai - Vienna (4/week).

With a goal of becoming a "truly global airline," Emirates (EAD) plans to launch service to 6 new cities next year, including gateways in the USA, Scotland, central Europe, China and West Africa. Service to Africa will be Dubai to Abuja with continuing service to Accra.

3 A340-541's deliveries.

December 2003: Its maiden commercial flight, Dubai - Sydney (A340-500) took just under 14 hours. In 1/04, Dubai to Lagos and onward to Accra (A330-200, 4/week). This will be the 1st regularly scheduled nonstop air route between Dubai and West Africa, offering onward links for travelers connecting from (EAD)'s 9 daily UK flights to Dubai. In 6/04, Dubai - New York.

Emirates (EAD) Mercator Information Technology (IT) division provided consultancy support to Virgin Atlantic (VAA) in the implementation of several Oracle resource planning solutions including Oracle Financials, Oracle (HRMS), and Oracle Payroll.

As expected, (at the Dubai Air Show), (EAD) announced it has selected the (GE-P&W) Engine Alliance (GP7200) engine to power its follow-on order for 23 orders (2/09) A380's, including 2 (ILF) leased (92 installed & 9 spares) for >$1.5B.

A340-541 (520, A6-ERD) delivery.

January 2004: 2002 = +$287M (+$164M).

Will offer inflight e-mail service across its fleet using Tenzing software. The system will be installed initially on a new A300-500 beginning in the 1st Q and progressively across the entire fleet.

February 2004: Sky Cargo, Dubai - Pisa - New York (JFK) (747-400F, (TLS) wet-leased, weekly). Will extend one of its 4 weekly services to Shanghai, on to Dalian.

Plans for a hub at Auckland, New Zealand, to put intense competitive pressure on Qantas (QAN) and Air New Zealand (ANZ). Looking at Auckland to Fiji, Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and Buenos Aires as part of a South Pacific expansion to serve its round-the-world capability. In 10/04, Perth - Auckland and/or Christchurch. Currently flies Dubai - Perth. In 10/04, to increase to 11/week with 4/week Dubai - Perth - Auckland.

2 orders (2/05) A340's for total 28. 2 A340-313X's (166; 190), ex-(SIA), Boeing (TBC) leased.

March 2004: Singapore inks open skies agreement with United Arab Emirates (UAE) that provides both countries with unrestricted traffic rights. Dubai International Airport has had +11.4% traffic annually since 1993, whereas Changi has had only +5%. Between Dubai and Singapore, Emirates (EAD) has operated 72 passenger flights and 2/week freighter service, with Singapore Airlines (SIA)'s 25 passenger flights, and a large array of freighter services.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Thailand signed an open skies agreement allowing carriers of both countries full traffic rights to operate any type of airplane and flight frequency between the two countries and beyond. Thai International (TII) operates 11 weekly services, while Emirates (EAD) and Gulf Air (GUL) have 14 and 11 respectively.

In 5/04, Dubai to Vienna (daily). In 6/04, Dubai - Christchurch, via Melbourne (A340-500, 3/week, 6/week in 8/04). New York (JFK) - Dubai (A340-500, 2/day).

April 2004: Dubai - Glasgow (daily nonstop). Dubai - Shanghai (3/week).

Unveiled fully enclosed Contour Premium Aircraft Seating, First Class (F) Suite on A340-500 for use on Dubai - New York (JFK) starting 6/04 - can be viewed at

FY 2003 Emirates (EAD) Group = +# Dhs 1.74B/+$429M (+66.7%) (+# Dhs 1.05B/$247M): Emirates (EAD) = +# Dhs 1.57B (+73.5%) (+# Dhs 906.7M): 40.1B RPK (+26.7%); +32.2% ASK; 73.4% LF (-3.2); 10.4M PAX (+22.8%); 2.8B FTK (+33.3%); 66,000 tonnes of freight (+26%).

Emirates SkyCargo, Dubai - Budapest - Milan - Dubai (747-400F, weekly). Dubai - Bangalore - Singapore (747-400F, weekly).

May 2004: Signed a $108M financing agreement with a group of international commercial banks for its 5th A340-500, that it will use on long-haul routes including nonstop daily flights between Dubai and New York starting 6/04. The financing over a 12 year term, was arranged and funded by Standard Chartered Bank with Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Lloyds TSB Bank as co-arrangers.

Unveils a global e-ticketing system that allows customers to book e-tickets from Dubai to any of its other 75 destinations and from another 26 cities in 19 countries. The remaining destinations in its network will become e-ticket-enabled in the next 12 months. E-tickets currently can be obtained through the airlines own reservation centers and will be made available to travel agents via Galileo in Australia and New Zealand by the end of May, in the US and Europe by 6/04, in the Far East by 7/04, and in the Indian sub-continent and Kenya by 7/04. In a year's time it will make e-ticketing available worldwide through most other GDS's as well.

A340-313X (149, A6-ERT), Boeing (TBC) leased & A340-541 (572, A6-ERE) delivery.

June 2004: Launches New York (JFK) - Dubai (A340-500, daily nonstop).

(EAD) signs with Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) Logistik covering consulting in areas including logistics, stocking systems, spare parts, and supply chain management.

Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo extends its cooperation agreement with IFLN, a logistics and freight forwarding group, incl preferential treatment for IFLN members on capacity & rates and other benefits.

July 2004: In 9/04, its 17th frequency, Dubai to Tehran.

Introduces a new service that allows passengers to check and send e-mails via their personal laptops while in flight. The service enables passengers with Wi-Fi-enabled laptops to access their regular e-mail accounts via "an onboard wireless hot spot" throughout the duration of the flight.

(EAD) Airport Services was awarded (ISO) 9001:2000 Quality Management System accreditation.

Agreement with CAE Training & Simulator company to become (EAD)'s exclusive flight simulator provider for 10 years. Will acquire 1 A340-600 & 1 A380 full flight simulators valued at # C$65M/$50M, to be installed in the (EAD) Aviation College in Dubai by mid-2006. (EAD) & CAE also share a joint training venture in Dubai that recently signed agreements worth # C$7M with Chinese, Russian, & Nigerian corporate airplane customers.

$1B contract with Matsushita (MAS) for installation of the eX2 audio/video on demand (IFE) system on (EAD) 's new Airbus fleet as well as new systems for other jets on order, and makes (MAS) the sole supplier for (IFE) systems to (EAD)'s fleet, which will total 169 by 2012. Up to 30% will be invested in manufacturing and digital media facilities in Dubai.

$80M deal with B/E Aerospace covering design, manufacture & delivery of First Class (F) Suites for all 31 A380's, with each airplane including 14 suites in a 1-2-1 config.

Initial Farnborough Show announcement of $2.96B, 4/9 orders 777-300ER's.

747-47UF (29258, N497MC), Atlas Air (TLS) wet-leased. A340-541 (394, A6-ERF), delivery.

August 2004: Selects the new Calidris Integrity Solution to "help it protect revenue and improve profits."

Signs # EUR 91M/$111M financing agreement with National Bank of Dubai & Emirates Bank Group for a new A340-500.

September 2004: In 1/05, Dubai - Mahe (Seychelles) (A330-200, 3/week).

October 2004: Dubai - Hamburg.

Emirates (EAD) Sky Cargo, Dubai - Johannesburg - Nairobi - Dubai (747-400F, (TLS) wet-leased, weekly), Dubai - Lahore - Taipei - Dhaka - Dubai (747-400F, (TLS) wet-leased, weekly).

November 2004: In 12/04, Dubai - Zurich (daily); - Geneva (daily). In 5/05, Dubai - Seoul.

Scandinavian (SAS) Cargo switches from Lufthansa Cargo (LUB) to Middle East Airlines (MEA) and Emirates SkyCargo (EAD) to support its cargo services for Gothenburg to Hong Kong (747-400F, 2/week).

Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo and Dnata Cargo have adopted (EAD) Mercator's recently launched new-generation cargo system called Chameleon, which takes care of the entire management and monitoring of cargo consignments.

10,507 employees.

Last 6 months ending 9/04 = +$236M (+41%) (+$167M): +30% ASK; 73.3% LF (+3.5); 6.1M PAX (+25.5%). (EAD) SkyCargo: 401,500 tonnes (+27%).

A340-541 (608, A6-ERG), delivery.

December 2004: Dubai International Airport officially reopened the Marhaba Lounge, which unlike most airport lounges, is available to all passengers. Travelers flying economy (Y) class to Dubai on Emirates' daily nonstop service from New York (JFK) receive complimentary access to the lounge, while economy (Y) passengers from other points of origin have to pay a fee of $17.

In 1/05, Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo, Dubai - Seychelles (A330-200, 3/week). In 5/05, Dubai - Seoul (A340-300 daily). In 10/05, Dubai - Hamburg (A330-200 daily). In 12/05, Dubai - Zurich (A330-200, daily).

3 orders A310-308 (592; 622; 646), ex-Aeroflot (ARO), bought from Airbus to convert to freighters by EADS by 7/05. A340-541 (611, A6-ERH) delivery.

January 2005: 30 orders (3/05) Class 3 Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) for its 777-300ER's.

February 2005: In 2/06, Dubai - Beijing (A340-300, daily nonstop).

Hiran Perera, VP Cargo-freighters.

(EAD) SkyCargo buys 3 A310-300F's to be delivered in 6/05 & 1/06.

March 2005: Dubai - Sydney, via Bangkok to be extended to Auckland (daily). Dubai - Accra (2/week nonstop), in addition to Dubai - Accra, via Lagos (4/week). Dubai - Casablanca (A330-200, 2 class, now 7/week). In 5/05, Dubai - Seoul (daily nonstop).

777-31HER (32706, A6-EBA), (ILF) leased, 777-36NER (32789, A6-EBB), (GEF) leased, and A310-308 (646, A6-EFA) bought from Tanja to be converted to freighter by EADS.

April 2005: Emirates (EAD) is the Dubai national carrier operating services to destinations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the (CIS), Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Far and Middle East, and North America. It also operates air freight and leisure travel divisions.

16,119 employees.

(FAX: +971 4 295 2001).

(IATA) Code: EK. (ICAO) Code: UAE.

Parent organization/shareholders: Govt of Dubai (100%).

Owns: SriLankan Airlines (43.63%).

Alliances: Air Mauritius (MAU); Air India (IND); British Airways (BAB); Continental Airlines (CAL); Daallo Airlines (DAO); Japan Airlines International (JAL); Philippine Airlines (PAL); Royal Air Maroc (RAM); Scandinavian Airlines (SAS); South African Airways (SAA); SriLankan Airways (LNK); & Thai Airways (TII).

Main Base: Dubai International (DXB).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; & Dubai.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Accra; Amman; Athens; Auckland; Bahrain; Bangkok; Beirut; Birmingham; Brisbane; Cairo; Casablanca; Chennai; Christchurch; Colombo; Damascus; Dammam; Dar Es Salaam, Delhi; Dhaka; Doha; Dusseldorf; Entebbe/Kampala; Frankfurt; Glasgow; Hong Kong; Hyderabad; Islamabad; Istanbul; Jakarta; Jeddah; Johannesburg; Karachi; Khartoum; Kochi; Kuala Lumpur; Kuwait; Lagos; Lahore; Larnaca; London; Male; Malta; Manchester; Manila; Mauritius; Melbourne; Milan; Moscow; Mumbai; Munich; Muscat; Nairobi; New York; Nice; Osaka; Paris; Perth; Peshawar; Riyadh; Rome; Sana'a; Shanghai; Singapore; Sydney; Tehran; Tripoli; Vienna; & Zurich.

Emirates (EAD) Group FY 2004 = +# Dhs 2.6B/+$707.9M (+49%) (+# Dhs 1.75B/+$476M) (net profit): 51.39B RPK (+28.1%) (passenger traffic); +26.1% ASK (capacity); 74.6% LF (+1.2) (load factor). (EAD) FY 2004 = +# Dhs 2.34B (+48.7%) (+# Dhs 1.57B).

Has begun construction of a # Dhs 1.3B/$353.9M Engineering Center on a 136-acre site with 7 hangars on the north side of Dubai International Airport. This will be used to perform maintenance on its fleet, which is expected to double from the current 74 airplanes over the next 7 years, and for 3rd party maintenance. The complex will employ 3,000.

In 5/05, Dubai to Alexandria (A310, daily).

May 2005: The Times of London stated Emirates (EAD) is set to place an order for up to 50 A350 airplanes, worth $6B, and the order will be announced at the Paris Air Show in 6/05.

Launches 7-year, $550M sukuk (Islamic bond) issue in 6/05.

777-31HER (33501, A6-EBD), (ILF) leased.

June 2005: Dubai to Seychelles (5/week).

July 2005: Began construction of a new 6,000 sq m jet engine test facility at a site near Dubai. It has been designed in cooperation with General Electric International and due for completion in 2007. It will house a 13-m cross-section jet engine test cell and an APU test cell and will be capable of testing engines up to 150,000 lb thrust, including Rolls Royce Trent 500s/700s/800s, GP700S AND GE90-115Bs.

Emirates SkyCargo, Dubai - Islamabad (A310-308F, weekly).

In 11/05, to expand its Dubai - New York (JFK) (A340-500, 12F, 42C, 204Y, 2/day). 1st of 3 converted A310-308F's for Emirates SkyCargo.

August 2005: 16,392 employees (+8%).

777-36NER (32788, A6-EBE; & A340-541 (685, A6-ERI), deliveries.

September 2005: American Airlines (AAL) and Emirates Airline (EAD) launched interline e-ticketing earlier this week.

Mercator, the Information Technology (IT) division of Emirates (EAD) Group, said Syrian Arab Airlines (SYR) signed up for the passenger version of its Fastrac revenue accounting system.

A340-541 (694, A6-ERJ), delivery.

October 2005: Emirates SkyCargo (EAD) and Korean Air Cargo (KAL) agreed to share cargo capacity on (KAL) flights to Delhi and Mumbai. Emirates SkyCargo (EAD) now has an additional 22 tons on offer to Dubai on (KAL)'s 747-400F weekly services from Delhi (Fridays) and Mumbai (Wednesdays). Emirates SkyCargo (EAD) is increasing payload capacity to Shanghai by 50% by adding a fifth and sixth weekly frequency and upgrading the 747-200F to a dash 400F.

Air Malta (MLT) and Emirates Airlines (EAD) have signed an agreement by which Air Malta (MLT) will codeshare on (EAD) flights between Malta and Larnaca in Cyprus.

Emirates (EAD) postponed launch of its second daily A340-500 nonstop between Dubai and New York (JFK) from Nov 7 to Nov 16. The carrier cited the impact of the strike at Boeing, which caused a delivery delay that forced it to continue to use the airplane on other services.

Separately, Emirates (EAD) noted it is increasing its presence in five Asian markets. It added two weekly flights to Hong Kong on Oct 1, bringing its weekly total to 14. At the end of October, it will add three direct flights to Jakarta each week, returning to Dubai over Singapore. Jakarta already is served four times per week via Colombo and Singapore and three times per week via Kuala Lumpur. Singapore gets six more weekly services starting Oct 30; the airline currently operates 18 weekly flights to Singapore, two direct daily flights and four via Colombo. Also, from the end of October it will offer five weekly direct services to Kuala Lumpur, up from three per week currently. From early November it will add one more direct flight from Dubai to Bangkok, bringing the total to 19 per week. (EAD) will inaugurate direct service from Dubai to Abidjan (Ivory Coast) on Feb 1st. The airline will operate 4 flights a week, on Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun, with an A330-200 via Accra (Ghana).

Cisco Systems said it is working with Emirates Group (EAD) to implement a new 10-gigabit ethernet data center network at (EAD)'s operations headquarters in Dubai.

(EAD) will introduce an enhanced economy class on Nov 1. The upgrade will feature ergonomically designed seats with footrests and a new food presentation using custom matching trays and dishes, and will be implemented gradually across the carrier's network. It also is retrofitting its 777-200s with the inflight entertainment system currently available on its A340-500 and 777-300ER airplanes.

777-36NER (33862, A6-EBG), (GEF) leased.

November 2005: Emirates (EAD) and Korean Air (KAL) signed a codeshare agreement for service between Dubai and Seoul affecting 10 weekly flights between the cities. Emirates (EAD) launched daily nonstop service to Seoul in May. (EAD) on Feb 1 will launch 4X weekly A330-200 service from Dubai to Abidjan via Accra.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) launched its second daily New York (JFK) - Dubai flight using an A340-500.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) wants to double the number of weekly services it is permitted to operate between Dubai and Australia from 42 to 84, and the carrier's argument that it is run on strictly commercial principles drew an angry riposte from Qantas Airways (QAN) Chairman Margaret Jackson. "To suggest that Emirates Airlines (EAD) is competing on similar terms as commercially run airlines like Qantas (QAN) is, quite frankly, fiction," Jackson said in a statement. Noting that Emirates Airlines (EAD) is 100% owned by the Dubai government and that its chairman, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, is a member of the Dubai ruling family and head of the Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, which operates the airport, Jackson said, "Life must be wonderfully simple when the airline, government and airport interests are all controlled and run by the same people." She also observed that Emirates Airlines (EAD) pays no corporate tax in Dubai.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) President Tim Clark again floated the concept of operating some of the carrier's A380s in an all-economy configuration seating up to 780 passengers. (EAD) has ordered 45 A380s and some of these could be dedicated to the operation, which Clark dubbed Emirates Express. According to press reports, he suggested the concept partly was behind the airline's recent request for 42 additional weekly services between Australia and Dubai. However, it will not proceed with the plan in the near future because its plate already is too full. Clark discussed the idea at the A380 reveal in Toulouse in January, describing the airplane as "a perfect long-haul low-cost airplane." He speculated that "in an all-economy 780-seat configuration, an airline could operate the A380 from London's low-cost hub at Stansted to Adelaide in Australia via Colombo in Sri Lanka at a fare of €400 return and break even at 80% load factor." Qantas Airways (QAN) has strongly opposed (EAD)'s request to raise its traffic rights

"Robust" passenger and revenue growth lifted Emirates Airlines (EAD)'s half-year profit to +$251 million, a +7% rise over the + $236 million earned in the six-month period ending Sept 30, 2004. "Emirates (EAD) has delivered an excellent half-year result despite the fact that fuel cost rose +84%," Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said in a statement. "This robust half-year performance reflects strong revenue growth and it also demonstrates the company's resilience and adaptability to new challenges in the operating environment."

Six-month operating revenue rose +28% from $2.22 billion to $2.84 billion as passenger numbers grew + 15% to 6.98 million, capacity went up + 16% ASK and load factor lifted +2.6 points to 76% LF. The carrier did not provide further information.

Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo carried +20% more cargo (482,643 tons) than in the year-ago period and saw revenue rise +33% to $550 million.

Emirates (EAD) paid $100 million in dividends and spent $333 million on airplane pre-delivery payments and other capital items during the first half of the fiscal year and raised $550 million through a bond issue. The carrier said it has $27.7 billion worth of airplanes on its order book and expects to double the size of its 83-jet fleet by 2012.

Plans for Dubai's new Jebel Ali Airport were unveiled at the Dubai Air Show, and if the world's carriers are shaken by the current infrastructure, the new airport will be major earthquake in airline boardrooms. The airport will measure 140 sq. km., 10 times the area of Dubai International and as big as London Heathrow and Chicago O'Hare combined. Airport City ultimately will have six runways and move 120 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo a year. The first airplane will touch down in 2007 and the 2009 Dubai Air Show will be held at the airport's 500,000-sq-m Dubai Exhibition City site.

In other news from the show, Jeddah-based National Air Services (NTJ) announced plans for a low-cost airline, the first privately owned carrier in Saudi Arabia. (NTJ) started premium services three months ago between Jeddah and Riyadh using A320s and now wants to tap the thrifty end of the market. Initial services will link Jeddah, Riyadh and Damman using four A320s. Longer-term plans call for flights to most of the country's 26 major airports using 16 airplanes.

Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark denied press reports that the airline is in discussion with ILFC (ILF) for a fleet of 787s following the lessor's order for 20 plus four options. Clark said that Emirates (EAD) executives had lunch with ILFC (ILF)'s CEO John Plueger but "787s were not discussed." ILFC (ILF) has contracted with Boeing for dash 8s and dash 9s and Emirates (EAD) only is interested in the proposed dash 10 model.

India is to spend up to $10 billion within four years on upgrading and building new airports at 41 cities, according to Minister for Civil Aviation Praful Patel, who also confirmed that both Air-India (AIN) and Indian Airlines (IND) will issue (IPO)s early next year. He dashed the international aspirations of the nation's startups, saying they need to have five years of domestic operations to "show consistency."

Some European airlines may be waging a war of words with Emirates (EAD) over the funding of its airplanes, but Lufthansa (DLH) Technik inked a deal in Dubai through its Hawker Pacific division for exchange, overhaul and support for the airline's 777s.

In an unrelated signing, Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Ltd (HAESL) and Singapore Aero Engine Services Ltd (SAESL) agreed to a new contract with Emirates (EAD) for the ongoing maintenance and repair of its Rolls-Royce (Trent) engines. The contract, potentially worth $600 million, will cover the maintenance of all (Trent 500)s, (Trent 700)s and (Trent 800)s for the next three years. Up to 200 engines could be overhauled under the agreement and the work will be shared between (HAESL) and (SAESL).

Plans for Dubai's new Jebel Ali Airport were unveiled at the Dubai Air Show. Encompassing 140 sq km, the facility will be 10 times the area of Dubai International and as big as London Heathrow and Chicago O'Hare airports combined. On completion, Jebel Ali will have six runways and move 120 million passengers and 12 million tons of cargo a year. The first airplane will touch down in 2007 and the Dubai Air Show will be held at the airport's 500,000 sq m Dubai Exhibition City site in 2009.

As widely tipped, Emirates Airlines (EAD) ordered 42 777s and took options on a further 20 Sunday at the 9th Dubai International Air Show with a $9.7 billion punch. The order is for 24 777-300ERs, 10 777-200LRs and eight 777-200Fs. The airplanes will help Emirates (EAD) increase frequencies and launch new services to the US West Coast and South America. The deal did not have any buyback provision for the airline's fleet of A340-500s, which will continue to be deployed on ultralong routes such as Dubai - New York and Dubai - Sydney.

Boeing may have received some unexpected help from Emirates (EAD) in its bid to sell 777-200LRs to Qantas (QAN). Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark said he thinks that if Qantas (QAN) orders the type, it will "make a great success" of its proposed premium-class Sydney - London nonstop operation; "I am sure they will fill it every day." Emirates (EAD) ordered 10 777-200LRs Monday to open routes such as Dubai - Houston and Dubai - Rio de Janeiro. Boeing had more good news from its recent 777-200LR record-breaking flight from Hong Kong to London, telling media in Dubai that fuel consumption was +0.9% better that expected.

The carrier made no commitment for the A350 or 787, saying it is too early as it is "not yet confident of how the airplane would fit into the (EAD) fleet." President Tim Clark said in Dubai that there is no timeframe on the 787/A350 decision. The selection has been complicated by Boeing's recently offering the 787-10 model in response to (EAD)'s request for a larger variant.

The A380, in full (EAD) livery that included the airline's distinctive belly logo, graced the skies of Dubai to open the air show. The livery was in stark contrast to that of the A380 that went to Singapore with low-key Singapore Airlines decals. The airplane on display at Dubai, (MSN 004), in fact is destined for Emirates (EAD) competitor Etihad Airways (EHD).

777-31HER (32797, A6-EBH; 32708, A6-EBF), (ILF) leased.

December 2005: Mercator, the Information Technology (IT) division of Emirates (EAD) Group, won its first contract in Eastern Europe for its airline passenger revenue accounting solution from Tarom (TRM) of Romania.

Pelesys Learning Systems signed with (LTU) of Germany to provide Web-based training courseware for the next five years. It also signed to deliver its recurrent training program to Emirates Airlines (EAD).

Emirates Airlines (EAD) will launch four-times-weekly nonstop Dubai - Nagoya service on June 1 aboard three-class 777-200s. Frequency will be daily from July 1 and the route will be operated with A340-500s starting September 1.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) will inaugurate nonstop service from Dubai to Thiruvananthapuram (India) on February 1st. The airline will operate 8 flights a week, 7 of them with an A330-200 and 1 with a B777-200.

Engine Alliance said its (GP7270), selected to power Emirates Airlines (EAD)'s A380s, has completed the certification tests required by (FAA). Certification is expected this month. The engine ran at more than 94,000 lbs thrust and has accumulated nearly 3,000 hours and 7,000 cycles. It holds the market share lead with 58% of announced A380 firm orders, according to the (GE)-Pratt & Whitney joint venture.

Boeing appears to be finalizing the business case for the 787-10 just one week after Qantas (QAS)'s order for the 787-8 and 787-9HGW versions. The increase to a Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) of 255 tons for the 787-9 gives it the range of the dash 8 and the weight for an effective additional stretch, taking seating capacity up to that of the 777-200ER. The increase has been a requirement of Emirates Airlines (EAD), the principal catalyst behind development of the dash 10.

"It's fairly obvious to us that it's very doable with modest investment," 787 Program VP and General Manager Mike Bair said in a conference call. "It's clearly an airplane we see a marketplace for, obviously being spurred on by Emirates (EAD), which is very interested in the airplane."

Boeing agreed to the higher-weight version of the 787 in late September and Emirates (EAD) held off committing to the A350-9 while trying to convince the USA manufacturer to build the 787-10. Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark said at the A380 Reveal nearly a year ago that "we have told Boeing we want [the 787-10]."

The additional model in the 787 family also will help Boeing in its attempt to secure orders from Singapore Airlines (SIA), British Airways (BAB), and Lufthansa (DLH). Bair said the dash 10 likely will not be ready before 2012. (SIA) is expected to be the next major carrier to announce its intentions, likely in late January, while Emirates (EAD) could be close behind, possibly at February's Singapore Air Show.

(SIA) was evaluating the 787-3 last year for intra-Asia routes but was not happy with the business case when compared with the pricing of A320s/737NGs to LCCs. Now it is looking at the 787-8 and dash 9 for long, thin routes to Europe, while the dash 10 would be ideal for intra-continental high-density services. Qantas (QAN) will be a certain buyer for the 787-10, as it already operates 747-300s and dash 400s on transcontinental services from Perth to Melbourne and Sydney.

Bair said the dash 10 could have "about 300 seats, plus or minus 10 or so" and that its overlap with the 777-200ER is not a huge concern. "Better for us to step on it than somebody else. If you can do a product the market is clamoring for, you'd be silly to deny it," he said.

Bair added that the company is on schedule to deliver 112 Dreamliners in 2008 and 2009 and is committed to fulfilling orders through 2012. He said a post-2009 production rate should be finalized in the first quarter.

2 777-36NER's (32785, A6-EBI; 32787, A6-EBJ), (GEF) leased.

January 2006: Full year 2005 = Passenger traffic 53.56B (RPK) (+21.3%) (15th highest in world); Freight traffic 3.79B (FTK) (+19.3%); 12.66M passengers (+15.9%).

B/E Aerospace announced that it completed a $45 million deal with Emirates Airlines (EAD) to design and manufacture the international super first class cabins on a portion of its new 777s.

Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo launches freighter service from Dubai to Lilongwe, Malawi, on January 13. Service will be operated jointly with Air Cargo Ltd, a subsidiary of Air Malawi (AML), using a newly converted Emirates (EAD) A310F.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) will inaugurate nonstop service from Dubai to Kolkata on March 26th. The airline will operate 6 flights a week, daily except-Saturday, with an A330-200. Emirates (EAD) will upgrade capacity on its Dubai to New York (JFK) route by switching one of the two A340-500s to a 777-300ER on the first of its two daily flights from September 1st. Emirates (EAD) will launch four-times-weekly service on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, to Copenhagen from October 3 aboard two-class A330-200s, increasing to daily on October 29. It is the carrier's first passenger service to Scandinavia. Emirates (EAD) will launch thrice-weekly service to Addis Ababa from March 27 aboard A330-200s, increasing to daily on Dec 1.

(EAD) said its 777-200 fleet refurbishment is near completion. The project includes new seats in first and business classes, economy class enhancements, in-seat laptop power and personal entertainment and information systems. Remaining work on two of Emirates (EAD)' nine 777-200s will be completed by January 2007.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) said it will use Pacelab Cabin software to support refurbishment projects on its medium- and long-haul airplanes and to aid airplane acquisition decisions.

Evans & Sutherland (E&S) Computer Corporation said Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will equip its Thales A380 flight6 simulators with (E&S)'s EP-1000CT visual system. Emirates (EAD), Qantas (QAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) also recently placed orders for the system. (E&S) signed a deal with (CAE) to produce an EP-1000CT/ESCP-2000 system for an Embraer 170 simulator ordered by Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA).

777-3FXER (34597, A6-ETA), delivery.

February 2006: Emirates Airlines (EAD) will double the frequency on its Dubai to Dusseldorf route from 1 to 2 flights a day on May 1st. The airline's daily 777-300 flight will be supplemented with a daily A330-200 flight. Emirates Airlines (EAD) launched four-times-weekly service to Abidjan via Accra aboard three-class A330-200s. Emirates (EAD) will launch a second daily service to Perth. It will operate the flight four times weekly from March 2 aboard A340-300s departing Dubai on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays and Perth on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, & Sundays, increasing to daily September 2 aboard 777-200s. It has been operating a single daily flight on the route since May 2003.

Separately, Emirates SkyCargo (EAD) launched eight-times-weekly service to Thiruvananthapuram on Febraury 1 using belly capacity of passenger A330-200s and 777-200s. It also will increase service to Cochin from five-times-weekly to daily and to Chennai from four-times-weekly to eight.

Dubai International Airport handled 24.7 million passengers in 2005, a +14% increase over 2004, with cargo movement also growing +20% to 1.3 million tonnes. The airport expects more than 28 million passengers and 1.5 million tones of freight in 2006.

Dubai has announced plans to invest $15 billion to create a company that will develop airports, lease airplanes and make airplane parts and seek to tap into the growing demand for air travel in the Middle East and Asia. Dubai, which owns Emirates Airlines (EAD), said its airport development unit, Dubai Aerospace, would compete with British Airports Authority (BAA), Aeroports de Paris, and Fraport for airport development projects in India and China. It already operates the busiest airport in the Middle East in Dubai, which handled 24.7 million passengers and 1.3 million tons of cargo last year. Dubai also is seeking to rival American International Group's International Lease Finance Corp (ILF) and General Electric's (GE) Commercial Aviation Services (GEF) in the airplane leasing market.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) opened new First (F) and Business Class (C) Lounges at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport and at Perth Airport, representing an investment of approximately A$2.5 million/$1.8 million and A$2 million respectively.

The (EAD) Lounge in Sydney, covers 880 sq m and caters to 160 guests, making it the largest dedicated passenger lounge facility in Australia. It also features a business center with eight individual work stations. The Emirates (EAD) Lounge at Perth features 585 sq m of space and is designed to accommodate 106 guests, with a business center housing 12 individual work stations and a dining room. Each lounge has plasma screens and designer bathrooms and showers. Passengers can access wireless Local Area Network (LAN) facilities.

2 777-31HER's (34481, A6-EBK), delivery & (32709, A6-EBL), (ILF) leased.

March 2006: Emirates Airlines (EAD) will inaugurate nonstop service from Dubai to Bangalore (India) on October 29th. The airline will operate 8 flights a week departing Dubai daily, with a second flight on Mondays and departing Bangalore daily, except Saturdays with 2 flights on Mondays & Wednesdays. Out of Dubai, Emirates (EAD) will use a 777-200 on both Monday flights as well as on Wednesdays, & Sundays and an A330-200 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
Emirates (EAD) will double the frequency on its Dubai to Zurich route from 1 to 2 flights a day on October 29th. The airline will operate an A330-200 on this new flight while the existing flight will operate with an A340-500. Emirates (EAD) inaugurated daily Dubai - Hamburg service aboard a 237-seat A330-200. Hamburg is the airline's fourth German destination. It also announced a three-year, multimillion-euro sponsorship of local soccer club, "Hamburger SV." Emirates Airlines (EAD) will go to double-daily service between Dubai and Paris Charles de Gaulle from March 26, up from 12 flights per week currently. The additional frequencies will be operated by an A330-200 configured for 237 in three classes. (EAD) launched six-times-weekly service to Kolkata and thrice-weekly flights to Addis Ababa, becoming daily from December 1, all aboard A330-200s.

Despite being unveiled at a no-expenses spared launch at the Asian Aerospace air show in Singapore late last month, little is known about Dubai Aerospace, apart from the general expectation that the $15 billion in funding it has for investment will allow it to make a profound impact on the aviation industry.

The state-backed company is expected to create business divisions in airplane leasing, Islamic airplane financing, airplane and component manufacturing, aviation services, and airport construction and operations. It aims to be among the world's top three companies in each of its chosen markets.

First stop is India, where the company has already begun talks with various state governments about the construction of much-needed airports and taking over the operations of others desperately in need of an upgrade. "We are in talks with some of the Indian states and we could reach a deal this year. We are optimistic," Managing Director, Mohammed Al Zarouni told reporters at Asian Aerospace. He also has an eye on China, where he expects more than 200 airports to be developed in the coming years.

Dubai Aerospace has been created by the government of Dubai in partnership with its investment arm, Dubai International Capital, property developer Emaar, the private investment firm Istithmar, mortgage lender Amlak, the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority and the Dubai International Financial Centre, a financial free-zone. It will be based adjacent to Jebel Ali Airport, which opens next year. The airport is being designed to handle 120 million passengers a year, with a dedicated cargo runway to service the world's first "logistics city."

The company is expected to go on a hiring spree, selecting what company chairman Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum describes as the world's "most efficient and skillful experts" in the aerospace industry. The company also intends to establish an aviation university which will offer postgraduate degrees and apprenticeships. It will be completed by 2015.

Dubai Aerospace also announced a formal link-up with Cranfield University of the UK, "which will lead to Dubai having its own specialist aerospace institute." DAE University, which will provide a wide range of academic degrees and apprenticeship programs, will be fully developed by 2015. It will be located within the DAE site at Jebel Ali Airport City.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) upgraded its onboard healthcare capabilities with the Tempus monitoring system, which records data such as blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature before sending it through the inflight communication system to specialists at the MedLink Response Center in Arizona. Manufactured by Remote Diagnostic Technologies of the UK, Tempus is installed on Emirates (EAD) A340-500s operating services to New York, Osaka, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Christchurch. It will be added to the A380s and 777s on order.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) President Tim Clark said the carrier is considering delaying next year's scheduled delivery of a dozen A340-600s and is close to choosing between the 787 and A350-900 for a 50-airplane order. (EAD) currently operates a fleet of 90 airplanes. It is expecting to take delivery of up to 14 777-300ERs through March 31, 2007, but is evaluating holding off on the A340-600s while Airbus works on improvements. "Maybe we slow the delivery down to give Airbus more time to work over the airplane," he said. "I had some ideas to make the airplane better, like regarding fuel efficiency or maintenance items."

In two or three months, (EAD) is expecting to make its final decision between the A350-900 and the 787 Dreamliner. Of the latter, Clark said he is most interested in the 787-10 version. "We are talking about 16/17-hour nonstop flights, like to South America. We need an airplane for around 300 passengers on these operations," he said. From 2011, the new airplanes should replace older 777-200s and A330s.

Emirates will face a staffing challenge when it begins putting the new airplanes into service. A $100 million cabin crew training center should be online in Dubai in the first quarter of next year. The airline currently employs 7,000 cabin crew (CA) but in five years, that number will more than double to 16,000. It will add +350 pilots (FC) in 2006 and two A380 simulators, bringing the total to nine.

The carrier is planning to introduce the 777-300ER on one of its two nonstop services to New York in place of an A340-500. Regarding the network, Clark said all European destinations currently served with daily flights should see twice-daily services in the future.

Boeing is in final negotiations with Emirates Airlines (EAD) for up to 50 787-10s, which will become the fourth model of the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane in history. Mike Bair, VP and General Manager of the 787 program, told media in a global conference call, "It's not a matter of if but when we are going to do it. We have three versions and there have been a few customers, most notably (EAD), who have asked us for a stretched version with 300 seats." He indicated that up to a dozen carriers are in discussion with Boeing about the model, which would be ready for service late 2012.

What is attracting (EAD) is the 787-10's seat-mile costs and fuel burn, both of which will be lower than the A380's. It also will have +80% more revenue cargo space than the A380, according to sources at (EAD). It is understood that Singapore Airlines (SIA) and British Airways (BAB) are among the carriers keen on the version.

According to Boeing, the 787-10's range likely will be similar to that of the 787-8 at 8,000 - 8,500 nm. The 787-9 can fly 8,600 - 8,800 nm with 250 seats.

The decision to build the 787-10 was flagged after Qantas (QAN) selected the 787-9HGW with a Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) of 255 tons late last year. At the time, Bair told this website that the 787-10 was "very doable with a modest investment." Boeing agreed to the higher-weight version of the Dreamliner in late September to meet Qantas (QAN)'s demand for the capacity of the 787-9 with better range than the 787-8. The 787-9HGW flies 8,790 nm with a full complement of passengers and luggage.

(EAD) held off committing to the A350-9 while trying to convince the USA manufacturer to build the 787-10. (EAD) President, Tim Clark said at the A380 unveiling more than a year ago that "we have told Boeing we want [the 787-10]." Rolls-Royce is ready to develop a more powerful version of the (Trent 1000) for the 787, saying that "it is our intention to power any and all variants of the 787 family."

Boeing had been reluctant to cannibalize its 777-200ER model, but after much soul-searching, Bair said that it is "better for us to step on it than somebody else. If you can do a product the market is clamoring for, you'd be silly to deny it."

777-31HER (34482, A6-EBM), (ILF) leased.

April 2006: Emirates (EAD) Group had expansion on its mind as it announced a record net profit of +AED2.8 billion/+$762.2 million for the fiscal year ended March 31. The performance represents a +5% improvement over the previous year's earnings of +AED2.7 billion and was fueled by a strong year from Emirates Airline (EAD), which contributed net earnings of +AED2.5 billion, a +4.2% increase over year-ago profits of +AED2.4 billion.

"These results clearly show that Emirates (EAD)s' customer-oriented approach and investments in providing a quality product . . . has paid off in terms of retaining and winning new customers globally," Chairman and CEO, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said in a statement. "Profitability through growth seems to have become a theme of Emirates (EAD) for the past decade . . . We are gratified by the strong financial results of the Group and intend to reinvest the retained profits."

Airline revenues surged +27% to AED23.1 billion as passenger traffic grew +20.2% (RPK) and yield per (RTK) climbed +5.2% to 202 fils/55 cents. Capacity was up +18.9% (ASK) and load factor rose +1.3 points to 75.9% LF.

Emirates (EAD) added 16 airplanes during the fiscal year, bringing its fleet to 91, and signed a AED35.6 billion contract for 42 777s at the Dubai Air Show. It will add an average of one airplane per month over the next eight years and operate a fleet of 156 by 2010.

In Dubai, Emirates (EAD) officials discussed the carrier's plans for further route and fleet expansion. President, Tim Clark said in March that the airline would take 2 - 3 months to decide between the A350 and 787 for an order of up to 50 airplanes, but said recently the wait might be a bit longer. "So far, there are excellent results on the table, but we are talking about a fleet for the 21st century, so we want to wait and convince manufacturers to make the best offer," he said.

Clark added that he is not satisfied with recent enhancements to the A340-600HGW. "I'd like to see a lot more improvements on that," he stated.

Meantime, Sheikh Ahmed revealed that reports concerning the possible cancellation of Emirates (EAD)s' order for 12 A340-600s in favor of additional A380s are premature and said discussions are ongoing. He said the airline expects to take delivery of its first A380 by this time next year.

With all those long-haul airplanes joining its fleet, (EAD) plans to extend its network around the world. Sheikh Ahmed said a strong relationship with the Australian government will pave the way for launch of transpacific service using fifth freedom rights. Dubai - Australia frequencies are expected to triple from the current 49 weekly services. "As more 777s join our fleet, we look forward to other destinations in the USA, like Houston, Chicago and San Francisco, as well in Central America," he said.

Flights to South America should start in 2 - 3 years, and the carrier plans soon to begin serving a third city in China (after Beijing and Shanghai), according to Clark.

Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo launched new scheduled freighter services to Zurich, Rome and Vienna using A310-300Fs. Services to Zurich will run twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays, flights to Rome will operate on Wednesdays and Fridays and services to Vienna will operate on Saturdays. The carrier is aggressively promoting Dubai, which is undergoing a massive airport expansion, as the Middle East's primary cargo gateway.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) will add a 3rd flight on its Dubai to New York (JFK) route on October 29th. Unlike the other 2 flights which operate nonstop, this flight will operate daily via Hamburg using a 777-300.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) is boosting its presence in the Middle East with additional services from Dubai to Kuwait, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Following the Kuwait government's decision to open its skies, Emirates (EAD) will introduce five additional weekly flights starting July 1, bringing its weekly total to 23 operated with a mix of 777-200s, A330-200s and A310s. On March 26, it added one flight to Amman, bringing its total to 10 services per week. On May 1, Emirates (EAD) will introduce a sixth weekly service each to Jeddah and Riyadh and starting October 1, will upgrade its existing Saturday service on the Dubai - Riyadh route by introducing larger-capacity 777-200s. The additional Riyadh service will be operated by A330-200s, while 777-200s will be used on the Jeddah flights.

777-36NER (32791, A6-EBN), (GEF) leased.

May 2006: 16,392 employees.

Emirates (EAD) will launch flights between Hamburg and New York (JFK) this summer, when it adds a third Dubai - (JFK) frequency that will connect through the German city. Flight will be operated aboard a 777-300ER. Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said in Dubai, that loads on the Dubai - Hamburg sector have been so high that the carrier decided to use fifth freedom rights to operate from Hamburg to (JFK).

Emirates Airlines (EAD) and Japan Airlines (JAL) agreed to expand their existing codeshare agreement effective June 1 to allow (JAL) to place its code on new Dubai - Nagoya Emirates (EAD) flights and Emirates (EAD) to place its code on (JAL) domestic flights from Nagoya to Fukuoka and Sapporo.

(JAL) said it will resume daily service from Tokyo Narita to both Bali and Jakarta on July 1 and from Osaka Kansai to Denpasar on July 13. It cut back on Japan - Indonesia services in October 2005, due to reduced demand, that it attributed to the October 1 terrorist bombing in Bali.

Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo announced the appointment of Scand Air Cargo as its cargo sales agent in Sao Paulo.

Big is not quite big enough for Dubai: it wants to be the biggest. Fresh from announcing the construction of the world's largest hotel, the Emirate has announced a state-run project to construct the world's biggest airport, to be situated in the region's largest free-trade zone.

The project organizers, Dubai World Central, plan to invest $33 billion in the project in Jebel Ali, which would include massive cargo facilities, a 36-hole golf course, and residential and commercial precincts in a 54 sq mile (140 sq km) area. The airport would have a capacity of 120 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo a year. It will have six 4.5 km-long runways capable of receiving all airplane types and will have three terminals, including one dedicated to Emirates Airlines (EAD) and one to low cost airlines, and a 92 m control tower.

"We have to make history and approach the future with steady steps, not wait for the future to come to us," said Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The new airport will be linked by an express rail system to Dubai International, which handled 24 million passengers in 2005, and will continue operations. "Dubai World Central will be a new city where eventually some 750,000 people will live and work," the organizers said in a statement. They said the project was designed to support Dubai's aviation, tourism, commercial and logistics requirements until 2050.

The announcement comes as part of a massive investment in infrastructure in the oil-rich state, which plans to spend more than $100 billion over the next decade. A few days earlier, Dubai announced plans to build the world's largest hotel as part of a $27 billion resort.

The A380F suffered two blows – the program has slipped by six months and Emirates (EAD) has switched its orders to the passenger version because of a delay in finalization of the airplane’s specification.

The first A380-800F was due to be delivered to launch operator FedEx Express (FED) in August 2008, but Airbus confirms this has slipped to early 2009. This significantly reduces the gap between the A380F and rival Boeing 747-8F, which is due to enter service in late 2009.

“[Last May] we announced that the whole A380 program has slipped by six months, and the new delivery date for the first A380F is early 2009,” says Airbus. “There has been one single delay to the program.”

However, as late as last September, FedEx (FED), which has 10 Engine Alliance (GP7200)-powered A380Fs on order, was expecting to receive its first three freighters in 2008. Speaking at the Cargo Facts 2005 conference last September, David Sutton, Managing Director of Aircraft Development, Acquisitions & Sales in FedEx (FED)’s A380 program office, said its first three airplanes would be delivered between August and September 2008.

Sutton now says that “due to the overall program delay at Airbus, we now expect to receive our first A380F in early 2009”. He adds that, despite the slip, “the specification development for the Freighter is progressing very well”.

Meanwhile, Emirates Airlines (EAD), which was the only non-package carrier or leasing company customer to hold firm orders for the A380F (the other customers are FedEx (FED), United Parcel Service (UPS) and International Lease Finance (ILF), has switched its contract for two freighters to the passenger version, taking its orders to 43 airplanes, plus two on lease.

“Final definition and specification freeze were proving elusive,” says Emirates (EAD) President (airline), Tim Clark. “We needed to protect our delivery positions and switched the order to the passenger version. Once the freighter is ready, we will have another look.”

777-36NER (32792, A6-EBO), (GEF) leased.

June 2006: Emirates Airlines (EAD) will increase its Dubai - Abidjan service to five-times-weekly from four.

Emirates (EAD) opened dedicated lounges for its first and business class passengers at both Munich and Frankfurt airports. (EAD) serves both cities with 2X daily services from Dubai. The opening of the lounges coincided with the start of the 2006 World Cup of Soccer, of which Emirates (EAD) is a sponsor. Germany is the third European country on the airline's network to offer dedicated lounges, following the launch of similar facilities at London Gatwick and Paris Charles de Gaulle. (EAD) also offers its dedicated lounge facilities at New York (JFK), Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Sydney and Perth.

Airbus revealed that A380 launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA) will receive its first airplane too late in the year to place it into service in 2006, as (SIA) had hoped. The airframer also said that the A380 delivery schedule will undergo a shift of "six to seven months" and that "production ramp-up issues" likely will limit 2007 deliveries to just nine airplanes rather than around 20 as previously planned. A further shortfall in deliveries of 5 - 9 airplanes is expected in 2008 and approximately five in 2009. Speaking to reporters in Toulouse at the company's annual technical press briefing, President and CEO, Gustav Humbert said he had spoken personally with 10 CEOs whose airlines are affected by the delays. "They were not happy with Airbus, but they appreciate our approach," he said, adding that "Airbus takes full responsibility" for the situation. According to a company statement, the delays are owing to "industrial issues only . . . mainly traceable to bottlenecks formed in the definition, manufacturing and installation of electrical systems and resulting harnesses." A total of 15 airplanes have been assembled, including the static and fatigue test airframes, but many are awaiting wiring. Customers for the A380-800F will not be affected by the delays. The manufacturer also said a review has indicated that "further actions are required to secure a ramp-up recovery" in 2008 - 2009.

Under the original program schedule, (SIA) expected to take its first A380 last month. In May 2005, however, Airbus said the program would slip several months. This recent announcement is the first time it formally confirmed that (SIA) will not be able to place the A380 into service in 2006. The carrier is believed to be taking the first five, followed by four to Emirates (EAD) and two to Qantas (QAN). An Emirates (EAD) spokesperson told Reuters that the airline now expects its first A380 in September 2007, with Entry Into Service (EIS) in January 2008. When the original delivery delays were announced a year ago, Qantas (QAN) was told to expect its first airplane in May 2007, a date that apparently has slipped to the end of the fourth quarter or early 2008.

Airbus (EDS) parent (EADS) said it anticipates average annual (EBIT) shortfalls of €500 million/$630 million in 2007 - 2010 owing to the delays. "We have a serious issue with the industrial ramp-up of the A380. We expect Airbus (EDS) management to fully deliver according to the revised schedule and, if possible, even to improve," (EADS) Co-CEOs, Tom Enders and Noel Forgeard said in a statement.

Airbus (EDS) said that it "disagrees" with (ICAO)'s interim recommendation that there be 10 nm of separation between the A380 and airplanes landing behind it. Speaking at the company's annual technical press briefing in Toulouse, Senior VP Flight Division, Claude Lelaie described the (ICAO) position as "not reality." He said Airbus (EDS)'s own extensive testing reveals that heavy airplanes need to be separated from the A380 by just 6 nm on approach to avoid complications from its wake vortex, or 1 nm more than currently is required for airplanes flying behind 747s on approach.

He added that the Airbus (EDS) recommendation is "interim and conservative" and that the manufacturer will "continue to work on the subject" by conducting further flight tests. He conceded that not enough data exist to recommend modifying (ICAO)'s 10 nm regulation for airplanes flying behind A380s during cruise.

Lelaie insisted, however, that the (ICAO) interim policy "is based on . . . computations which had not been validated by flight test measurements." He said Airbus (EDS) testing showed that "the A380 wake is slightly stronger than that of the 747."

The airframer is recommending that based on current data, airplanes categorized as medium, should be 7 nm behind A380s on approach and light airplanes should be 9 nm behind. Lelaie said further testing is needed before making a recommendation regarding takeoff separation. He added that flight tests will continue to be conducted by Airbus to prove that (ICAO)'s interim recommendation is unnecessary.

Separately, A380 customers began to examine their options following the recent announcement that deliveries will run 6 - 7 months behind and that just nine airplanes will arrive next year, down from the 20, Airbus (EDS) had planned to deliver. Singapore Airlines (SIA) spokesperson, Stephen Forshaw told the Associated Press that (SIA) "was not happy with the delay," but that "the focus right now is working with Airbus (EDS) to minimize it."

Qantas (QAN) CEO, Geoff Dixon said in a statement that the carrier will hold discussions with Airbus (EDS) in the next two weeks after "a thorough internal review of the implications of the delay for Qantas (QAN)." It will discuss the new timetable for deliveries, competitive issues, "compensation and possible short-term replacement airplanes," Dixon said. It hopes to alleviate some of the difficulties by "deferring the retirement of airplanes, redirecting capacity and securing replacement capacity."

Emirates (EAD), the largest customer for the A380, said it is "considering its position," according to Bloomberg News.

Emirates remains totally committed to the A380, saying that fundamentally it promises to be a "superb airplane. "Speaking in Sydney, Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark urged Airbus to instigate program management changes quickly and refocus its energies on getting the program back on track. He was bullish on Airbus CEO, Gustav Humbert's efforts, saying, "Humbert is honest and is demanding accountability."

Aside from the A380, Airbus still has challenges, Clark said. "We have not yet had a formal offering on the revised A350 [the so-called A370]. They have widened the fuselage and added a new high-speed wing, but we have not seen a formal offering."

He said the original A350 would have been a good airplane "if it was delivered in 1993." Emirates (EAD) would prefer to wait to see exactly what the A370 will be, before committing to the 787-10, "but we are running out of time." Airbus (EDS) has not yet committed to going ahead with the new variant, he added. "Airbus (EDS) told us that Singapore Airlines (SIA) was excited by the new A370, but then they ordered the 787-9."

Clark agreed that Emirates (EAD) needs to move on the 787-10 to protect delivery positions. He said the 787-10 is what his airline asked for, although some carriers now want more range and Boeing still is working on the final definition. He was noncommittal on announcing an order at the Farnborough Airshow for either the 787 or A370 and ruled out a split order.

He also wants to see Airbus develop a quad from the revised A370. "We want the wider fuselage and 787 [type] engines. We will not be taking the A340-600s in their present form."

777-31H (32710, A6-EBP), (ILF) leased.

July 2006: A spate of incidents in which Emirates Airlines (EAD) airplanes failed to comply with Australian air traffic control (ATC) has caught the attention of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). “An examination of the (ATSB) database found 20 incidents of non-compliance with (ATC) instructions or procedures by the operator over the six-month period to December 2005,” the (ATSB) says, adding that three of these were reported on the same day.

The (ATSB) says an analysis shows “recurrence of two events in particular”: non-compliance with altitude restrictions while on standard arrival routes and non-compliance with operating restrictions for taxiway Alpha 4 at Sydney airport.

The (ATSB) also discovered that Emirates (EAD) management was unaware of the incidents, because air navigation services provider Airservices Australia failed to “forward safety-related information to the operator”.

Airservices Australia’s failure to inform Emirates (EAD) of the problem stemmed from “a change in staff roles” at the air traffic services provider, says the (ATSB). The bureau says it sent a notification of non-compliance to Emirates (EAD), that resulted in the airline “amending the relevant route manual supplement [RMS] for Sydney airport to include more comprehensive information on taxiway restrictions”.

A notice was also sent to Emirates (EAD) flightcrew (FC) advising them to “take precautions when clearing flight plan discontinuities from the flight management system when on standard arrival routes or on standard departures”. The notice also advised crews to “resolve any ambiguity with (ATC) regarding clearances and operating restrictions”.

Emirates (EAD) is one of the largest operators into Australia with flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. It mostly operates to Australia from Dubai, but also has flights to Australia from Singapore and New Zealand.

Emirates (EAD) says the (ATSB) alerted it “to a few instances, over a period of six months in 2005, where our flights did not comply with certain (ATC) procedures. Immediate action was taken to brief our flightcrew and amend the relevant route manual supplements accordingly.” It adds: “Passenger safety has always been our top priority and at no time was this compromised.”

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), created by Dubai last February with a goal of becoming a $15 billion diversified aerospace corporation, announced yesterday that former Honeywell Aerospace (SGC) Chairman and CEO, Bob Johnson has been named CEO. Johnson, 58, served as President and CEO of Honeywell between 1999 and 2005 and subsequently was named Chairman of the unit. Prior to becoming CEO, he headed AlliedSignal Aerospace. AlliedSignal acquired Honeywell in 1999 and took the Honeywell name. Johnson began his career at GE Aircraft Engines in 1969. (DAE) said Johnson's "immediate focus will be the launch of [its] first four operational subsidiaries," comprising (DAE) Capital, (DAE) Airports, (DAE) University, and (DAE) Engineering.

Embattled (EADS) Company-CEO, Noel Forgeard and Airbus CEO, Gustav Humbert resigned under pressure from (EADS) shareholders Lagardere Group, DaimlerChrysler and the French government. Forgeard will be succeeded by Louis Gallois, head of French government-owned railway (SNCF), while Humbert will be succeeded by Christian Streiff, deputy CEO of French building materials group Saint-Gobain. Thomas Enders will remain as co-CEO of (EADS) and has been nominated as Chairman of the Airbus Shareholder Committee.

The resignations came in the wake of announcements of major delays in the A380 program. In a statement, Humbert said, "As President and CEO of Airbus, I must take responsibility for this setback and feel the right course of action is to offer my resignation to our shareholders." Forgeard has been under fire both for the A380's problems and for selling a large block of (EADS) stock shortly before the announcement of the latest delay.

Emirates Airlines (EAD), Airbus's most influential airline customer, expressed disappointment at the resignation of Airbus CEO, Gustav Humbert. According to Emirates President, Tim Clark, "Gustav was a safe pair of hands. But in the political labyrinth that (EADS)/Airbus sits, I suspect he had little chance of survival." Clark also said Humbert was handed a "poison chalice" with the A380 and A350 problems. Last month, Clark said that Emirates remained "totally committed to the A380" and that Humbert was an "honest man" who was demanding accountability.

Emirates (EAD) signed a $261 million financing agreement with the USA Export-Import Bank for two 777-300ERs scheduled for delivery in August and October. The 12-year financing, arranged by Citigroup (TCI), combines an Ex-Im loan with commercial funding and carries a weighted average cost of funds of 0.66% over three-month LIBOR, the carrier said. It currently operates 37 777s and has 38 777-300ERs on order.

On the eve of the Farnborough International Airshow, Airbus still has not presented a formal offer on the revised A350 - - dubbed the A350N - - to key customer Emirates (EAD). An airline spokesperson confirmed that "no formal offer has been made," which some say indicates that the manufacturer is some ways away from firming up its revised A350.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said last month that his carrier needs to move on the 787-10 in order to protect delivery positions. He also said the 787-10 is what Emirates (EAD) asked for, but he was noncommittal on announcing an order at Farnborough.

Sources at Emirates (EAD) indicated that the airline has no plans at this point to place a Dreamliner order at the show, but said it may order other types. There has been some speculation that it may be a customer for the 747-8F, because it switched its order for two A380Fs to the passenge0r version. It currently leases 747-400Fs.

Emirates signed a "heads of agreement," essentially a letter of intent (LOI), to take 10 (GEnx)-powered 747-8F Freighters worth $3.3 billion, becoming the third customer for the freighter version behind Cargolux (CLX) and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA), which launched the program last year with combined firm orders for 18. The engine component of the deal was valued at more than $600 million by Emirates (EAD).

The order is for delivery from 2010. Emirates (EAD) also announced it will add another two 747-400Fs to its leased fleet next year. The freighter orders have led to speculation that the carrier may order the passenger version to replace its order for 18 A340-600HGWs, which is on hold, although it does not operate any 747 passenger airplanes. To date, no airline has ordered the 747-8 Intercontinental.

Emirates (EAD) Group Chairman and CEO, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maktoum only would say that the carrier is "always looking at something new and we are very pleased with our Boeing airplanes we have in service. We will be looking at the 747-8 [Intercontinental]."

The airline, which is doubling in size every four years, is targeting the projected +6% annual growth in air cargo. "The 747-8F freighters that we are ordering today will put Emirates (EAD) in a strong position to tap into the growth of cargo traffic and reinforce Dubai's standing as a growing international hub for air cargo and logistics," it said in a statement.

August 2006: Emirates Airlines (EAD) is set to increase services to the Asia/Pacific region from September 1. Perth flights will rise from 10-times-weekly to twice-daily, Hong Kong to 17-times-weekly from twice-daily and Kuala Lumpur to nine-times-weekly from eight. The carrier said it intends to raise capacity to Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta and Manila by year end.

Emirates (EAD) will operate five-times-weekly, Dubai - Tripoli - Tunis service beginning October 29 aboard an A330-200.

Is attempting to attract increasing numbers of local nationals to its workforce. Around 1,100 young Emiratis applied for two-year cadet pilot (FC) training and five-year engineering training courses this year. Less than 20% of the UAE population are Emiratis. The Emirates (EAD) Group has 1,300 UAE national members of staff, of which 30% are in the senior management cadre. Roughly 12% of the airline's cockpit crew (FC), and airplane licensed engineers & mechanics (MT) are UAE nationals.

Boeing said it has firmed the design configuration for the 777 freighter, which was launched 15 months ago with an order from Air France (AFA) and will be the sixth version of the 777.

The manufacturer said (AFA) "has been closely involved in the airplane's design and development." The airline will take delivery of the first of five 777Fs in the last quarter of 2008.

According to Boeing, the 777F will have a range of 4,895 miles/9,065 km with a full payload. Maximum takeoff weight will be 766,000 lb/ 347,450 kg with a revenue payload capability of 229,000 lb/103.9 metric tons. It will be capable of accommodating 27 standard pallets on the main deck, 10 pallets in the lower cargo hold and 600 cu ft/(17 cu m of additional bulk cargo.

"The 777 freighter is designed to complement 747 cargo operations with easy direct-transfer shipments," Dennis Todd, Engineering leader for the 777F program, said. "In addition, operators will benefit from the freighter's commonality with the passenger models of the 777 family."

The 777F is based largely on the 777-200LR passenger airplane and will be powered by (GE90-110B1)s. Emirates (EAD), Air Canada (ACN) and Avion Group (AID) have placed a combined 18 firm orders for the type.

The first Engine Alliance (GP7200)-powered A380 completed its initial test flight, returning to Toulouse after flying over southern France for 4 hours 10 minutes. Engine Alliance, the (GE)/(Pratt & Whitney) joint venture, delivered the (GP7200)s in autumn 2005, but production delays not associated with the engines, pushed back the first test flight several months. It becomes the fifth A380 in Airbus's test fleet following four (Trent 900)-powered airplanes.

"The airplane once again handled as expected and the (GP7200) engines performed very well," said Airbus Senior VP-Flight Division, Claude Lelaie. "There are still many tests and optimizations ahead, but I expect the new Engine Alliance engines to be a success."

Six airlines have chosen the (GP7200), derived from the (GE90) and (PW4000) programs, to power a combined 82 A380s on firm order, according to Airbus. The remaining 58 on order will be powered by (Trent 900)s. The first (GP7200)-powered A380 is scheduled to be delivered to Emirates (EAD) next year.

(GP7200) test engines accumulated 7,000 cycles in ground testing before being certified by USA (FAA) late last year. "The performance of the (GP7200) engines in testing has been outstanding," said Engine Alliance President, Bruce Hughes. "The engines are outperforming Airbus's specifications for fuel consumption and are demonstrating excellent durability."

Engine Alliance said the engines meet "stringent Stage 4 noise regulations" and produce emissions "well below current and anticipated regulations." It added that the (GP7200), certified at
76,500 lbs thrust, has the capability to produce more than 81,500 lbs.

777-31HER (34483, A6-EBR), (ILF) leased and 777-36NER (33863, A6-EBQ), (GEF) leased.

September 2006: Aviareps reached agreement to represent Emirates Airlines (EAD) in Poland.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) will launch eight-times-weekly service to Bangalore on October 29, using both A330-200s and 777-200s. It currently serves southern India with 31 weekly flights to Chennai, Hyderabad, Cochin and Thiruvananthapuram. It also launched daily Dubai - Beijing service aboard an A340-300.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) will launch daily 777-300ER service between New York (JFK) and Dubai via Hamburg October 29. The carrier enjoys fifth freedom rights between the USA and Germany, and is offering an introductory New York - Hamburg roundtrip fare of $425. Also, from October 1, Emirates (EAD) will substitute a 777-300ER for an A340-500 on one of its two daily nonstop services between New York and Dubai. Following introduction of the third daily service, it will be offering nearly 1,000 seats per day between (NY) and the (UAE) with the start of the winter season, noted Senior VP Commercial Operations, the Americas, Nigel Page.

Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo and Austrian Airlines (AUL) Cargo reached a blocked-space agreement on Emirates (EAD)'s weekly A310F freighter service between Vienna and Dubai. (EAD) will switch to an A340-500 from a 777-200 on its daily cargo flight to Nagoya Centrair from October 29.

Volvo Aero Services entered into a five-year agreement with Emirates Airlines (EAD) to become the exclusive distributor of surplus spare parts for the carrier and will open a spare parts distribution center in Dubai to support the contract. Volvo Aero Services President Claes Malmros said the deal "strengthens our portfolio" in the aviation market and "provides a strategic platform" for growth in the Middle East. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Singapore Airlines (SIA), Emirates (EAD), and Qantas (QAN) are bracing for further delays in the delivery of the first batch of A380s.

Speaking last week at an Airways dinner at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, ILFC (ILF) Chairman, Steven Udvar-Hazy told guests and media that a third A380 delay is likely. According to Udvar-Hazy, the problems with the wiring required for airline customization are worse than expected and another delay may be announced soon. He said ILFC (ILF) learned of the possibility earlier that day.

It is understood that Airbus management will meet next week to assess the full extent of the problems and how to deal with them. The manufacturer announced a seven-month delay in early June, that forced the resignations of former Airbus CEO, Gustav Humbert and EADS (EDS) co-CEO, Noel Forgeard.

Last week, the highly respected head of the A380 program, Charles Champion, was replaced. His sudden departure is regarded as confirmation of further problems.

Reporting on the Airways event, Leeham Company consultant Scott Hamilton said Leeham sources, including one A380 customer, said that "as few as four A380s will be delivered next year." Those airplanes will go to (SIA). Under the current schedule, Emirates (EAD) was expecting its first A380 in September 2007 and Qantas (QAN)two months later. Originally, Airbus hoped to deliver 20 A380s next year. That number was slashed to seven in June.

(SIA) was expecting its first A380 before Christmas, but a March Entry Into Service (EIS) now is considered more likely. An (SIA) spokesperson said that the airline, which announced an order for nine additional A380s at Farnborough, is "awaiting the outcome of the Airbus review."

An Emirates (EAD) spokesperson said, "We are aware of the rumors but have not engaged with Airbus, and as far as we are concerned, we are waiting to take delivery of our first A380 in October 2007."

Qantas (QAN) CFO, Peter Gregg said that the airline has "been told by Airbus that we will get our first A380 in October 2007," but in a note of caution he added, "Airbus has also informed us that they are continuing to evaluate the delivery program and that this will be finalized at the end of September." EADS (EDS) co-CEO, Louis Gallois last week confirmed that the company will update the status of the A380 program publicly later this month, including the release of a revised delivery schedule.

2 777-31HER's (32715, A6-EBS; 32731, A6-EBT), (ILF) leased.

October 2006: General Electric (GE) said the (GEnx) order for Emirates (EAD)'s 10 747-8s covers 45 engines and is valued at more than $600 million. The carrier also signed a 10-year, $300 million OnPoint Solutions Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) agreement.

Emirates will increase the frequency on its Dubai to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) route from 3 to 7 flights a week on December 1st. Currently the airline operates flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, that will increase to daily, all operated with the A340-300.

Groundforce announced five new ground handling contracts. Its deal with Clickair (CLK) covers the provision of all ramp handling services to March 2009 at Lisbon and Porto. It signed a deal with Emirates (EAD) for ramp handling at Barcelona until November 2009, while LatCharter (LAJ) signed a three-year contract with Groundforce Morocco for full handling services at Fez, Casablanca, Marrakech and Agadir. It also will provide full handling service on an ad-hoc basis for AtlasJet (ABE) for two years at the same four airports. Finally, Groundforce Mexico was contracted by Copa Airlines (COP) to provide ramp handling services at Mexico City.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) confirmed that it is the customer for 10 of the 747-8Fs listed by Boeing last week as unidentified. Emirates (EAD) also took purchase rights on a further 10. The contract signed in Dubai by Chairman and CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, cemented the order announced at the Farnborough Airshow. The firm order is valued at approximately $2.8 billion at list prices. The first airplane is scheduled for delivery in 2010.

"Our order for the 747-8Fs will be essential in helping us service our rapidly growing network of 28 freighter destinations," Al-Maktoum said. But what is drawing attention is what is being said behind the scenes, as (EAD) now is seen as the likely launch airline for the 747-8 Intercontinental. It was examining the passenger version back in May and one executive said that it was very interested in the airplane for Dubai - USA West Coast operations.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark has confirmed that discussions with Boeing are ongoing regarding specifications for the 747-8I. The carrier was thought to be interested in the type as a replacement for the order for 18 A340-600IGWs cancelled earlier this year, although Airbus still shows it on its order book.

The carrier is examining capacity options to compensate for delayed A380s and may exercise 20 purchase rights for 777-300ERs, placed last year when it ordered 24 777-300ERs, 10 777-200LRs and eight 777Fs. It originally included two A380 freighters among its order for 45 of the type, but converted those to passenger versions in May.

Later, Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark denied rumors that the airline may cancel some of its A380 orders.

Speaking in Sydney, Clark said Emirates (EAD) wants the airplane as soon as possible: "Certainly the delay is a serious setback to our growth plans but we want the airplane."

(EAD) now gets it first A380 in August 2008, when it should have been receiving its 18th. Clark said the airline is looking at additional capacity options focused around the 777-300ER. It is delighted with that airplane, which is +3% better than guarantee on its specific fuel consumption, and has shown no signs of performance degradation after six months, which is "outstanding," he said.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark is concerned about a further delay and said that (EAD) is sending in its own audit team, before discussing compensation with Airbus, that will include weight issues. Clark told media in London, that "it would be foolish to say we do not expect anything further," Reuters reported.

Emirates (EAD) also is looking at the 747-8 Intercontinental, not as an A380 replacement, but to fit between the 777-300ER and A380, Clark noted. And he suggested that (EAD) is about six months away from ordering either the 787 or A350 XWB.

Later, Emirates (EAD) appeared to have confirmed speculation that it would cancel its order for 10 A340-600s plus 10 options. President, Tim Clark told reporters at London Heathrow, that (EAD) is unhappy with the airplane and that the order has been taken up by a third party, according to AFP, while AFX News quoted an (EAD) spokesperson as saying the A340-600 "didn't deliver what it set out to deliver in the blueprint. It was far heavier than the original spec had been . . . That was part of it and other airplanes had come in its place that were far more economic."

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark reinforced the push for a major revision of the A350 XWB, telling media that "Airbus (EDS) would have to go beyond the current design of the A350, if it wants to win (EAD)'s order," Reuters reported. Clark was addressing media at the opening of the airline's new A380 gates at London Heathrow and added, "It has to be better than the current A350 XWB."

(EAD) has decided to opt for a composite fuselage for the A350 to better match the 787, and leapfrog the 777-200ER, even though the latest revision will push the type's entry into service to at least 2014. The manufacturer unveiled the current upgrade with a cabin 12 inches wider than the A330, and new high-speed wing at the Farnborough Airshow. ILFC (ILF) Chairman, Steven Udvar-Hazy was lukewarm on that concept, questioning whether Airbus could take on both the 787 and 777, with a single platform and warning that "there are challenges for [just] one engine and one wing and there are still [engine] issues for the A350-1000 as airlines want two engine choices." An announcement of the change to the all-composite airframe is expected early in November.

2 777-31HER's (32728, A6-EBV), (ILF) leased and 34484, A6-ABU), deliveries.

November 2006: Emirates Airlines (EAD) reported a +$323 million net profit for the first half of its fiscal year, widened from +$251 million in the year-ago period, on a +30% jump in revenues to $3.67 billion, marking the highest first-half profit in its history.

"The results reflect a strong revenue performance driven by robust passenger and cargo demand, and better yields, which softened the impact of high fuel prices on operating costs," the airline said in a statement.

For the six months ended September 30, passenger revenues rose +31% as passengers carried increased +20% to 8.4 million. Emirates (EAD) SkyCargo posted a revenue increase of +29% as freight grew +20% to 577,455 tons. The cargo unit's contribution to overall revenues remained steady at 21%.

Fuel costs for the half-year surpassed $1 billion and remained the carrier's biggest expenditure, accounting for 30.7% of total operating costs. "Measures taken by Emirates (EAD) to remain on target, include stringent cost-containment and efficiency drives, but like other airlines, Emirates (EAD) has been forced to maintain fuel surcharges on tickets, which do not fully cover the escalating costs," it said.

The airline has launched services to 10 new cities since January: Abidjan, Addis Ababa, Bangalore, Beijing, Hamburg, Kolkata, Lilongwe (cargo-only), Nagoya, Thiruvananthapuram and Tunis. Its total network now comprises 87 cities, including four cargo-only destinations.

(IATA) Director General, Giovanni Bisignani warned airlines and governments in the Middle East not to "lose the plot on cost-efficiency" and to "differentiate growth and profitability" in an address to the Arab Air Carriers Organization Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kuwait.

Bisignani recognized the "emerging and impressive success story" of Arab carriers with their double-digit growth in the past four years and year-to-date increases of +17% in cargo traffic and +15% in passenger traffic. "Both are about three times the global average," he said, while noting that the $38 billion list of major airport projects is "leading the industry" and that airlines are investing significantly to keep pace with $60 billion in orders for 350 airplanes.

"Growth is not a guarantee for profitability," he warned. "Running four enormous hubs in a small geographic area such as the Gulf will be a challenge. Look at Southeast Asia: Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have world-class hubs. Two are working to meet growing demand and one is struggling to attract traffic. This is with a regional market of 3.5 billion people. The whole Middle East/North Africa (MENA) population is only 380 million. The critical question is, how do we make sure your emerging success story has a happy ending?"

Bisignani called on the Middle East and North Africa to up their participation in three of (IATA)'s main initiatives: Safety, Simplifying the Business, and liberalization. There still are 10 (IATA) carriers in the region who have not started the (IOSA) certification process, including four (AACO) members. Kuwait Airways (KUW) earned its certificate this month. The (AGM) adopted a resolution making (IOSA) certification conditional to membership from 2008.

Regarding (IATA)'s effort to achieve 100% e-ticketing by the end of 2007, Bisignani said: "We will surpass our 70% global target for this year. The Middle East/North Africa, however, is dead last at 13%." Some carriers have yet to issue a single e-ticket while Emirates (EAD)and Oman Air (OMR) have 59% and 46% penetration, respectively. "I am ringing the alarm bell, not raising the white flag. Look at what happened in China. E-ticketing (ET) went from 11% in 2005, to 80% in a year. They went from nearly last to first, so there is no reason why Arab carriers can't achieve the same. But the clock is ticking and only 405 days remain until the deadline. (ET) penetration must increase by over +6% per month."

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) retained its title as the largest Middle Eastern airline in 2005, but Emirates Airlines (EAD) may well take the crown in 2006 as its fleet touches 100 next month.

In the contest for the title of the Middle East's top airline, Saudi Arabian (SVA)'s fleet of 141 planes carried 16.9 million passengers in 2005, helped in large part by the traditionally heavy inbound traffic for religious pilgrimages to the kingdom.

Saudi Arabian (SVA)'s overall throughput was 2.4 million more than Emirates Airlines (EAD), which had 14.5 million passengers in 2005.
Emirates (EAD) ended 2005 with 92 airplanes, but achieved the highest revenues of any Middle East airline at $6.3 billion. Saudi Arabian (SVA), in comparison, earned $4 billion.

Additionally, Emirates (EAD) takes delivery of one airplane a month and by the end of the year, the airline should have over 100 airplanes.

Counting new daily routes such as Beijing in September, and upcoming flights to the south Indian city of Bangalore, and also Tunis later this year, Emirates (EAD) could overtake Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA)in terms of fleet size and overall traffic.

Qatar Airways (QTA), fifth overall at 5.8 million passengers and 46 airplanes in 2005, enjoyed some standout accolades. It was the only Middle Eastern carrier to receive a five-star ranking from Skytraxx, a London-based airline and airport market research firm. The Doha-based airline also came in fourth worldwide in the growth of international passenger traffic, at +9.2%, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Emirates Airlines (EAD) said that it is investing $27 million to outfit its entire fleet with equipment from AeroMobile that will allow use of mobile phones in flight. The service will be launched onboard a 777 as early as January, the airline said. Calls will be linked to the ground using the Inmarsat satellite communications system already installed in all (EAD) airplanes and will be billed to passengers' phone bills "as with any other roaming call," the carrier said.

Passengers will be allowed to make calls and send text messages "under guidelines that recognize and respect the privacy of all our customers," Emirates (EAD) said in a statement. "Phones may be used at cruise altitude and the cabin crew will have full control over the system, including the ability to prevent voice calls at certain times such as during night flights. The number of calls that may be made at any one point is also limited to a maximum of five or six calls, the same number as for the current in-seat phones used regularly by Emirates (EAD)'s passengers."

Despite these restrictions, (EAD) is confident travelers will use mobile phones in flight, noting that passengers make 6,000 calls monthly from its in-seat phones. "Our research tells us our customers would appreciate the option of staying in touch" using their own mobile phones, Chairman and CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said.

AeroMobile, an (ARINC) and Telenor joint venture, said its system allows for safe use of cellphones aboard airplanes. "This is a historic step forward for the aviation industry," AeroMobile President, David Poltorak said, adding that inflight mobile phone use will become "an essential feature of business and leisure travel."

(SAS) Ground Services will provide passenger services to Emirates Airlines (EAD) at London Heathrow. (EAD) flies to Dubai five-times-daily.

Emirates (EAD) and AeroMobile said they plan to add (GPRS) data and Internet capability to the system "as soon as the necessary satellite communications systems are upgraded later in 2007," which will allow the use of mobile-data-enabled Personal Digital Assistants (PDA)s and laptop computers to send and receive e-mails and access the Internet.

The installations and use of cellphones in flight are subject to relevant regulatory approvals. "Travelers are positive to the concept," AeroMobile Director Marketing & Strategic Relationships, David Coiley said last month. Qantas (QAN) is running trials using AeroMobile technology and Ryanair (RYR) has signed on as a launch customer for similar services provided by OnAir, a partnership of Airbus and (SITA), which also will conduct trials at Air France (AFA), (TAP) Portugal, and bmi (BMA) next year.

With 10 747-8Fs recently ordered, the fast-growing carrier now has more than 100 widebody jets with list-price values exceeding a collective $30 billion pending delivery. The current fleet consists of 100 airplanes, including 29 A330-200s and 22 777-300ERs.

777-36NER (32793, A6-EBW), (GEF) leased.

December 2006: Starting July 7th, Dubai - Venice, 5/week, using A330-200s. This flight becomes daily on September 1. It also announced an expansion of its Middle East network. It will add two weekly frequencies to its Dubai - Kuwait service from March 25, two more weekly flights to Damascus from May 1, and an extra weekly frequency to Beirut from March 25.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) Executive Vice Chairman, Maurice Flanagan remains imperturbably upbeat despite the challenges facing the global air transport industry. Bucking all recent trends, including fuel price increases, that have pushed the fuel element of total airline costs from 13% five years ago to 30% today, the Dubai-based carrier continues its seemingly inexorable progress on the path to growth and increased profits. Speaking recently at the "Future of Air Transport" conference, Flanagan said the pace of Emirates (EAD)'s growth is so rapid that it is "chronically short of capacity at present [and] constrained at the moment by not having enough airplanes." But he stressed this is not a bad thing. In fact, capacity shortages always should be a problem for a successful airline: "We actually believe that we will have too little, rather than too much capacity. That is the way to profitability." The Middle East currently accounts for 70% of all long-haul airplane orders and Emirates (EAD)'s $33 billion order book "will more than double our all-widebody fleet," he said. He pointed out that the catchment population within 8 hours flying time of Dubai is currently 5.5 billion and is projected by the United Nations (UN) to increase to 7.8 billion by 2050. Within a 16-hour radius, the figure rises to 6.3 billion and is projected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. "If just 10% of the population in this expanded area travel by air, and 20% of that fly via Gulf hubs, then Gulf operators will have a potential customer base of 180 million in 2050," Flanagan said. But he stressed that no carrier should "do things just because other airlines are doing them." On the issue of alliances, for example, Emirates (EAD) specifically has avoided joining the club. "Alliances mean you have to compromise systems and services to the alliance," he said, insisting this is something Emirates (EAD) is not prepared to do. "You need to establish a clear business case to join an alliance. You don't need one not to join an alliance. We have no business case to join one, and we don't need to."

January 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD) opened a 5,000-sq-ft office in Bangalore to support its recently launched eight-times-weekly service.

Emirates (EAD) will launch daily Dubai - Newcastle service September 1 aboard A330-200s. It currently operates 91 weekly flights to five UK destinations. Emirates (EAD) will launch six-times-weekly, Dubai - Sao Paulo service on October 1, which it said will be the first-ever nonstop service between the Middle East and South America. It will operate the route with the first of its 10 ordered 777-200LRs. These airplanes will seat 266 across three classes. Starting December 3rd, Dubai - Houston 3x weekly, becoming daily in February 2008 - this 777-200LR flight will be (EAD)'s 2nd USA service.

Emirates (EAD) and Boeing (TBC) are working to try and reduce the weight of the 747-8 Intercontinental, so the airline can operate Dubai - Los Angeles with 400 passengers (a 50-ton payload) year round.

"We need another 500 miles and we are not there yet," (EAD) President, Tim Clark said, indicating he wants more capacity than is available aboard the 777-200LR. "We think we can fill 400 seats a day."

Clark said Boeing (TBC) is seeing the airline next month to brief it on progress and he hopes to convince the manufacturer to build the original, lighter 3.6-m stretch for (EAD), which wants 20 airplanes, rather than the 5.6-m stretch sold to Lufthansa (DLH). He said the smaller stretch also would suit Emirates (EAD)'s network to Asia.

In the original configuration offered to airlines, the 747-8I had seating for 450 in Boeing (TBC)'s standard three-class configuration with a range of 8,000 nm, later increased to 8,300 nm after wind tunnel tests. That gain was traded for +17 more passengers in an additional stretch of 2 m, that matched the length of the freighter.

Boeing (TBC) expects that two-thirds of 747-8 sales will be for the passenger model. However, Clark is buoyed by the performance of the 777-300ER wing, from which the 747-8I has been modeled. "Certainly if we picked up the fuel burn performance on the 747-8 that the 777-300ER has delivered, that would help a great deal," he said.

Separately, he denied that Emirates (EAD) has ordered 12 more 777-300ERs and said the media misunderstood Vice Chairman, Maurice Flanagan. Clark said Flanagan "was referring to the number of deliveries the airline was getting this year, not a new order."

February 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD) Senior VP Cargo, Ram Menen said communication and Information Technology (IT) are essential tools that link the supply chain together. One of the challenges is to eliminate redundancies and ensure full integration of data throughout the chain. Efficient use of technology can lower unit cost and raise revenue, he noted. "That's what it's all about. If you don't watch unit cost, it will eventually take you into bankruptcy."

March 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD) will lease five 777-300ERs from GECAS (GEF) to bridge the gap created by the A380 delay. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of next year. (EAD) operates 23 of the type and has firm commitments for 36, including this week's order.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said that the operating costs of its A380 fleet will be higher than originally planned. "There are still an extra six tons of weight we can't get out of the A380. That will cost us extra money in operation for the next 10 or 15 years," Clark said. Emirates (EAD)'s 45 A380s, which constitute a $15 billion investment, each should generate $200 million for the airline annually. The weight issues are compounded by the money (EAD) is losing because of the program's delay. "We will get our first A380 in August 2008, 21 months later then scheduled," Clark said. "By that time, we should have had 18 A380s already in service, with each vehicle flying 15 hours a day and transporting 500 to 600 passengers. If you count that together, it is a lot of money." He did not estimate the expected costs of either the operational issues or the delay. He did say that (EAD) and Airbus (EDS) are nearing a delay compensation agreement; "We are too important for them, and they don't want us leaving for Boeing (TBC)." He said a Boeing (TBC) sales team was in Dubai about two weeks ago to discuss the 747-8 Intercontinental, which Clark said he likes, but which would not be able to fulfill certain missions important to the carrier, like nonstop Dubai - Los Angeles service with 400 passengers and a full cargo payload. He also said Airbus (EDS) will present its final A350 XWB version to (EAD) next month.

INCDT: An Emirates (EAD) 777 nearly collided with a truck and other equipment at the end of the main runway at Auckland airport, New Zealand on take-off last month. The investigator says the pilots (FC) had failed to take note of information that the published usable length had been reduced because the far end of the runway was under maintenance. New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) has disclosed that it is investigating the incident, which occurred at about 16:15 on 22 March. The (TAIC) says: "The 777 was taking off from the main runway, which had been shortened due to repair works under way at one end," but evidently the crew were not aware of this. "[The pilots] had to increase power to maximum thrust during the take-off, when they noticed the machinery working at the end of the runway," says the (TAIC). It adds that "the airplane cleared the work area by the permitted margin [and] nobody was injured". Equipment in the work area included a truck and a car, (TAIC) Air Accident Investigator, Peter Williams said. Williams says that for normal full-length operations on the runway in use, 05R, the declared accelerate-stop distance available is 3,623 m/11,900 ft, but the distance "from taxiway A10 at the time of the incident was 2,170 m". He adds that the runway work at the airport was scheduled to take place between 19 March and 8 April and information about it was included "in the [airport's broadcast] automatic terminal information service, NOTAMs [notices to airmen] and the operator's briefing package".

777-31HER (32729, A6-EBX), (ILF) leased, and 777-36NER (33864, A6-EBY), (GEF) leased.

April 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD)'s star continues to rise, as evidenced by the record +AED3.46 billion/+$941.8 million profit the parent company reported for the fiscal year ended March 31, representing a +23.5% increase over the prior year's profit of +AED2.8 billion and based largely on the +AED3.1 billion in net earnings contributed by the airline. Emirates (EAD) Group also includes Dnata and subsidiary companies. "For the third year running, pressure from fuel costs has softened our profits, while the delay on our A380 airplane deliveries has meant that we have had to revisit our expansion plans," Chairman & CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said. "In spite of these factors, the Group has continued to forge ahead . . . expanding our operations into new markets and adding capacity to existing markets offering the highest returns, innovating to attract and retain premium customers and keeping a close watch on unit costs." Group revenue rose +28.4% to AED31.13 billion against a +29.3% lift in expenses to AED27.61 billion. Operating income increased +23.5% to AED3.63 billion. Emirates Airline (EAD)'s profit, up +25.1% from the previous fiscal year's AED2.48 billion, highlighted a period during which operating profit rose +25.9% to +AED3.34 billion on a +29.5% gain in revenue to AED29.84 billion and a +30.2% increase in costs to AED26.68 billion. Its operating margin was down -0.3 point to 11.4%. (EAD) flew 77.95 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic during the 12 months, up +25.2% from the prior year. Capacity climbed +24.8% to 102.34 billion (ASK)s and load factor was up +0.3 point to 76.2% LF. It added 11 airplanes and six destinations and its fleet at year end numbered 102, including six 747 freighters on wet-lease. Overall yield increased +6.5% to AED2.16 and passenger yield rose +5.8%. Cost per (ATK) was up +6% to AED1.29.

At the carrier's briefing in Dubai, Al-Maktoum said negotiations with Airbus (EDS) concerning A380 compensation should be completed next week and (EAD) will be buying more of the type in the future. "We are talking with Airbus (EDS) about ordering an additional small number of A380s. Maybe we will make an announcement this year," he said, adding that he is confident the first A380 will be delivered in August 2008.

President, Tim Clark said that the airline "easily could absorb" 5 to 15 more A380s, while Executive Vice Chairman, Maurice Flanagan said the airplane also would work well in a low-cost business model, which he said the company is considering "a little bit."

Clark expressed excitement about the A350 XWB. Emirates (EAD) will be looking to replace around 50 airplanes by 2013, including some A330-200s, A340-300s, 777-200s and 777-300s. He said Airbus (EDS) has added to the A350 "all the things we have asked for," and that the airline hopes to present its choice between the 787 and A350 to Al-Maktoum this summer. It is looking to order 60 to 100 airplanes and operate a fleet of 161 planes by 2010.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) will increase Dubai - Beijing frequencies to 12-times-weekly from daily, on May 1, and to twice-daily from July 1. Flights are aboard A340-300s.

Sabre Airline Solutions said Emirates Airlines (EAD) implemented the Sabre AirFlite schedule planning solution, replacing its PC AirFlite product.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) is looking to leverage its new seven-hangar, $353 million maintenance facility in Dubai, which it said is the largest civil aviation Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility in the world, to become the maintenance "Center of Excellence" for the A380. "We have made a huge investment. We now have the capacity and can look for third-party A380 work," Senior VP Aircraft Maintenance, Iain Lachlan said. The facility is built on a 55-hectare site and became operational last September. Each hangar can accommodate an airplane of any size, including an A380-900. An eighth hangar is dedicated for painting and will go live in August. The hangars have nearly the same dimensions as the A380 assembly facilities specially constructed by Airbus (EDS) in Toulouse.

(EAD) Engineering started preparations two years go for A380 operations. The first of 45 ordered A380s should be delivered to the airline in August 2008 at the latest. "We believe that we need up to four mechanics (MT) when an A380 stops for transit," Lachlan said. An A330 requires two. The company will offer third-party work on 777s, A330s and other airplanes only if capacity is available. With its growing fleet, (EAD) Engineering wants to prioritize its own airplanes. Lachlan said (EAD) has spares inventory worth up to $500 million, not including 36 spare engines.

The Engine Alliance (GP7200), which will power the A380, attained (EASA) CS-E certification, the (GE)-Aviation/Pratt & Whitney (P&W)joint venture announced. The USA (FAA) certified it in December 2005. Joint (EASA) and (FAA) airplane certification is expected by the year end. Emirates (EAD), Air France (AFA), Korean Air (KAL), and (ILFC) (ILF) have selected the engine.

777-31HER (32713, A6-EBZ), (ILF) leased.

May 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD) will increase twice-daily Dubai - Johannesburg service to 18-times-weekly beginning June 1. Additional flights will be aboard 427-seat 777-300ERs. Starting September 1st, Dubai - Newcastle, using A330-200s. Starting October 1st, Dubai - Sao Paulo, using 777-200s. Emirates Airlines (EAD) will start thrice-weekly, Dubai - Houston Intercontinental flights from December 3rd, marking its second destination in the USA. It is using 777-200LRs and plans to increase the frequency to daily in February.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) is focused on simplification and fuel efficiency as it enters the final lap of what will be a major fleet expansion program taking it to 2020. On the shopping list are more 777s, A350-900s/-1000s, 787s, and 747-8Is. President, Tim Clark said that the airline is "focused on fuel efficiency" even if it means a slight drop in capability. Another driver of the planned mix is the completion of Dubai's second airport at Jebel Ali. It will have six runways and is expected to be fully operational in 2014, but any delay will force (EAD) into bigger airplanes, he said.

Clark will be working with Boeing to define where the 787-10X and 747-8I sit on range/payload, while his wish list contains a lighter 777-300ER, an airplane he describes as "the champion" of the Emirates (EAD) fleet. He warned that "if Airbus (EAD)'s promises on the A350-1000 stack up," it will offer stiff competition to the 777-300ER. "Sure, it will not lift as much, but it will burn a great deal less fuel," he said. He is not interested in the mooted 777-400ER; "I just want a lighter 777-300ER for better fuel burn."
He expressed enthusiasm for the 787's composite barrel and low maintenance overhead, and said he is keen to see if Boeing (TBC) has made progress on the 787-10X's performance. He did not rule out a buy of the smaller 787-9, which would be dependent upon when Jebel Ali opens. Dubai - Los Angeles capability remains an issue on the 747-8I, but Clark said he still sees a niche for the jumbo at (EAD), which already has ordered the freighter version.

Turning to Airbus (EDS), Clark debunked rumors of an impending order for 100 A350s and 60 A330s. "Sure, if we go the A350 route we will need some interim lift, and the A330 would fit that bill, but no decisions have been made," he said. He added that he is unconvinced about Airbus (EDS)'s intention to stick with composite panels on an aluminum frame for the A350. There are many at the manufacturer who want to go the all-composite route, which he believes is the future.
He also reiterated that the extra four A380s ordered were not part of the compensation package for delayed deliveries. "This is a new order for airplanes we need, and we were able to take some delivery slots that opened up," he said. (EAD) is confident that Airbus (EDS) has sorted out its A380 problems and he said that once it is in service, airlines will clamor to get onboard: "The seat-mile costs are stellar."

Emirates Airlines (EAD) followed through on its interest in increasing its A380 order, signing a contract for an additional four. It now has committed to 47 of the jumbo airplanes and is due to receive its first in the third quarter of 2008. "We have repeatedly said we are committed to the A380 and, having now fully settled all past issues, this latest agreement should leave no one in any doubt about our faith in Airbus (EDS), the company and the quality of the airplanes we are committing to," Chairman, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said. The "settled all past issues" likely refers to compensation for the program's delay, according to press reports. An (EAD) spokesperson told Reuters that a compensation deal has been reached, but that it was not linked to the order for four more airplanes.

June 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD) increased its Dubai - Bahrain service to 17-times-weekly from 14. Additional frequencies are aboard A330-200s. (EAD) will launch thrice-weekly 777-300ER service to Toronto, its 91st destination and first in Canada, on October 29.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) chose Goodrich (BFG) to provide laptop docking station Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) systems for its 747, 777, A310, A330 and A340 airplanes, including Goodrich (BFG)'s (EFB) display and laptop docking station hardware, as well as (EFB) software. Goodrich (BFG) will provide system design, development, complete integration and Supplemetary Type Certificates (STC)s for each airplane type. Deliveries of retrofit systems will begin shortly after receiving (STC)s, expected later this year.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) said it will make a "massive . . . multimillion-dollar" investment in upgrading cabins on its 777 long-haul fleet, including an enhanced version of its first class (F) private suites, lie-flat massage seats in business class (C), economy class (Y) seats with extra legroom and "the industry's largest personal TV screens in all classes." The new onboard product will make its debut on 24 777-300ER and 777-200LR airplanes slated for delivery over the next 18 months, with the first coming in August. The carrier also will be implementing an "aggressive program" to retrofit its existing 777 fleet. "This massive investment firmly positions Emirates (EAD)'s inflight product at the zenith and widens our competitive edge in long-haul travel," President, Tim Clark said. "Our premium customers tell us they want more personal space, particularly on long-haul travel, and these considerations have been key in the development and refinement of our product." He added that over the next 18 months, "we will spend about $50 million just to install our enhanced first class (F) product onboard the brand new airplanes we are receiving. This figure does not include the enhancements in other classes of travel, or the retrofit program." He said the carrier is also "close to announcing another multimillion-dollar enhancement" relating to its inflight entertainment (IFE)system.

Emirates (EAD)'s new 777s will offer eight private suites in first class (F) and 42 lie-flat seats in business class (C). The 777-300ERs will have 304 seats in economy (Y), while the 777-200LRs will have 216Y.

At this month's Paris Air Show, Emirates Airlines (EAD) added to its A380 order book by signing a Letter of Intent (LOI) for eight more, bringing its industry-leading backlog to 55. Emirates (EAD) Group Chairman, Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the additional orders were unrelated to any compensation for the A380's late deliveries. "This [order] should leave no one in any way in doubt about our commitment to Airbus (EDS)'s very large aircraft," he said.

777-36NER (32794, A6-ECA), delivery.

July 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD) announced the opening of a $120 million, 526,400-sq-ft, purpose-built catering facility in Dubai capable of producing 115,000 inflight meals per day. The new kitchen will serve (EAD) exclusively while the existing facility will serve third-party customers. Emirates (EAD) Flight Catering has a current asset value of $2.45 million, which is expected to rise to $4.36 million over the next seven years.

August 2007: Emirates Airline (EAD) will launch a second daily Dubai - Shanghai service on February 1. The flights will be operated with a 267-seat A340-300 six-times-weekly, and a 237-seat A330-200 on Tuesdays. The carrier's current service is aboard a 364-seat 777-300ER.

777-21HER (35572, A6-EHF), delivery.

September 2007: Emirates Airline (EAD) will double Dubai - Shanghai Pudong services to two daily flights starting February 1.

Emirates (EAD) will acquire a 49% interest in inflight catering specialist Alpha Flight Services Australia. As part of the agreement, Alpha will provide catering for Emirates (EAD) flights from Australia, starting in January.

"It would have been a miracle for Boeing (TBC) to have flown the 787 on time," Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said, adding that the delay would not be a factor in the airline's evaluation of the 787 and A350 for an order for 100 airplanes. Clark said the 787 will be "one of the finest airplanes ever built," adding, "If you think about it, there is just so much new technology in the 787; it is no surprise at all there is a short delay, and the supply chain has let Boeing (TBC) down." However, he believes the manufacturer will deliver the airplane close to schedule.

He also is bullish that the company will get the 747-8I right for the Emirates (EAD) range specification. "They're not quite there yet, but they are much, much closer than they were six months ago," he said. When Boeing (TBC) stretched the 747-8I to the same length as the 747-8F, it traded extra capacity for range, which did not suit Emirates (EAD)'s ultra-long-range missions from Dubai. The manufacturer has been working on weight reduction in order to operate Dubai - Los Angeles with 400-passenger capability year-round. In the original configuration offered to airlines, the 747-8I had seating for 450 in Boeing (TBC)'s standard three-class configuration with a range of 8,000 nm, later increased to 8,300 nm after wind tunnel tests. That gain was traded for 17 more passengers in an additional stretch of 2 m, that matched the length of the freighter. Emirates (EAD) would buy 10 to 20 such airplanes, but Clark cautioned that internal fit-out configuration issues remain to be sorted out.

Emirates Airline (EAD) completed the delivery of the airline's first 777-200LR Worldliner. The 266-seat, three-class airplanes will operate on the Dubai - Sao Paulo Guarulhos service, scheduled to launch October 1. Emirates (EAD)'s fleet now numbers 108 airplanes.

The 777-200LR is the world's longest-range twin-engine commercial jet and Emirates (EAD) is one of the largest operators of the 777 family. Emirates (EAD) placed an order for 24 777-300ERs, 10 777-200LRs and 8 777F Freighters at the Dubai Air Show in 2005.

777-21HLR (35573, A6-EWB), delivery.

October 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD) started flights from Dubai to Toronto (thrice-weekly aboard a 777-300ER) and Ahmedabad (six-times-weekly aboard both A330-200s and 777-200s).

(EAD) raised $239 million with the support of the USA Export-Import Bank to finance two 777-200LRs delivered in August and September. The 12-year financing was arranged and funded by BNP Paribas and its leasing subsidiary Capstar Partners.

2 777-36NERs (32795, A6-ECD; 33865, A6-ECC), (GEF) leased.

November 2007: A combination of rising demand and higher yields helped boost Emirates Airlines (EAD) to "another record performance" in the first fiscal semester ended September 30 as the ambitious airline reported net profits of +AED2.36 billion/+$642.6 million, double the +AED1.18 billion earned in the year-ago period. Chairman & CEO, Ahmin bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said the result "reflects a healthy demand for our products and services" and that despite rising fuel costs and "continued uncertainty surrounding the impact of recent credit issues in the financial markets on passenger demand," (EAD) is "well positioned" to continue "profitable growth."

Six-month operating revenue rose +25.8% year-over-year to AED16.96 billion as passenger numbers climbed +23% to 10.3 million. Costs grew +19.3%. Capacity measured in (ASK)s lifted +17% and load factor "improved" to 79.7% LF, the airline announced. Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) reported a 13% year-over-year increase in revenue to AED3 billion.

During the period, Emirates (EAD) launched services to Venice, Newcastle, Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Toronto, and Ahmedabad, expanding its network to 97 destinations. Flights to Houston Intercontinental begin December 3. The airline currently operates 29 A330-200s, 30 777-300ERs, two 777-200LRs, 12 777-300s, nine 777-200s, 10 A340-500s, eight A340-300s, eight 747Fs, and three A310Fs.

Emirates (EAD) announced a significant increase in Australian capacity, lifting weekly frequencies from 49 to 70 by early 2009. Brisbane services will rise to double-daily from October 2008, while Melbourne and Sydney go to thrice-daily the following year. Both Melbourne and Sydney will be served by 489-seat A380s, with Sydney service to start in the 2009 first quarter. (EAD) also serves Perth with a twice-daily 777 service. Chairman & CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said that (EAD) will look at other Australian destinations such as Adelaide and Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, in years to come. He was coy on details of the interior fit-out of the A380 to be delivered next August, but did say it will include showers. He ruled out a premium economy class, suggesting that enhancements to standard economy (Y) will meet the demand for more frills.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) inaugurated its $353 million Engineering Center. The facility is constructed on a 136-acre/55-hectare site on the north side of Dubai International. It has eight hangars, all of which are capable of accommodating the A380. Each has a mezzanine docking system for access to the airplanes, while three are equipped with full fuselage docking systems, designed for heavy maintenance. Hangars also include roof-mounted cranes. A 6,562-ft underground service tunnel provides firefighting water, electrical power and the communications network for the complex.

SkyCargo (EMC) announced that it will partner with Atlas Air (TLS), AeroMexico (AMX), and Mexicana (CMA) to offer freight capacity between Mexico and New York (JFK), and Frankfurt. Mexican Cargo Sales Representative is its cargo sales agent.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) appears to be evaluating an Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Dubai bourse, according to comments from Chairman, Ahmed Bin Said al-Maktoum and CEO, Tim Clark. According to London's "The Times," al-Maktoum suggested that an (IPO) is in (EAD)'s immediate future, and that 25% of the carrier initially will be offered to the market, reducing its dependence on the country's oil income. He said the airline has no interest in using the proceeds to fund a merger, and instead will be focused on its own growth. Clark told "Bloomberg News" that (EAD) is worth $20 to $30 billion, which he called "a conservative estimate." It currently operates 110 airplanes. There may be some dissension in the ranks, however, as Executive Vice Chairman, Maurice Flanagan
told "Arabian Business" that "There is no intention for an [IPO]. We are cash rich with about $4 billion in the kitty. We can certainly fund our own expansion."

Dubai World Aviation City (DWAC), a component of the 140-sq-km Dubai World Central (DWC) complex under construction in Jebel Ali outside the city of Dubai, will include the world's largest Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) center, officials announced here. "The (MRO) center will be the world's biggest in land area earmarked for development and will be able to handle all types of airplanes from light jets to superjumbos such as the A380," Chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said. "(DWC) Aviation City will not only feature the (MRO) center, but also repair and test as well as airplane system and components installation facilities." The City will measure 6.7 sq km, is a AED5 billion/$1.36 billion project and will include "several aviation colleges and training centers," light manufacturing and Research & Development (R&D) facilities among other features. It is planned to begin operating in 2009, with the massive six-runway Al-Maktoum International Airport that will anchor it going live by the end of next year.

(DWAC) will be open to outside companies as well, with Gulf Aerospace Co (GAC) among the first to sign up. It announced the signing of a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to build a $50 million, 23,960-sq-m (MRO) center within the City's free zone area. (GAC) will construct its own hangar and will have air- and landside access to the new airport.

(EAD) subsidiary, Dnata, the Dubai-based airport services provider, said that it has acquired Jet Aviation Handling, the airport handling division of Switzerland-based Jet Aviation Group (JTA). Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquired company will be Dnata's first airport handling business in Europe and is "consistent with its strategy of developing an international network," it said in a statement. With the buy, Dnata now has handling operations at 16 airports in seven countries: Australia, Singapore, China, Pakistan, the Philippines, Switzerland and the UAE. Jet Aviation Handling provides airline and cargo handling to more than >60 carriers at Zurich and Geneva. Its customers include British Airways (BAB), Air France (AFA)/(KLM), Emirates (EAD), Etihad (EHD), Qatar Airways (QTA), and Air-Berlin (BER). It employs about 1,100 workers across the two airports. "The sale by Jet Aviation Group (JTA) reflects its strategy to focus on its core activities in the private and business aviation sector," Dnata said.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) chose Rockwell Collins (RC) avionics for 47 777s plus 12 options. Delivery already has begun. It ordered MultiScan along with the GLU-920 Multi-Mode Receiver, ADF-900, DME-900, HFS-900D, CPL-920D Coupling Unit and VOR-900. In addition, it selected (RC)'s Airshow 4200D Moving Map and Flight Information System for its 777 and A380s.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) inaugurated its new engine test cell in Al Awir. The $45 million cell will be able to handle airplane engines and (APU)s up to and including the (GE90-115B) powering the airline's 777-300ERs.

Spatial Composite Solutions of Dubai won an $8.8 million contract from Emirates (EAD) to design and install 13 cabin service trainers for assorted Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) airplanes, including the A380.

Boeing (TBC) is revisiting the original 747-8I Intercontinental design in order to meet Emirates (EAD)'s demand for Dubai - USA West Coast range capability. Emirates (EAD) Vice Chairman, Maurice Flanagan said that the "3.6-m stretch is back on the table, and we think other airlines are also interested." When Boeing (TBC) elected a year ago to lengthen the original 747-8I from a 3.6-m stretch to the 5.6-m stretch of the 747-8F, this resulted in boosting seating from 450 in the company's standard three-class configuration to 467. This was done after gains in the wind tunnel pushed the design range from 8,000 nm to 8,300 nm. That range increase was traded for passengers. The effect was to broaden the airplane's appeal to the underbelly of the A380 market and improve its seat-mile costs over the 777-300ER. However, Emirates (EAD) wants the smaller stretch with the greater range, which now would be approximately 8,400 nm with a 50-ton payload after some more gains. It appears that the potential range capability of the 747-8 is emerging as a significant point of difference with the A380, and after losing the British Airways (BAB) order, Boeing (TBC) is reevaluating the original design. It and Emirates (EAD) have been working for more than a year on solutions to (EAD)'s range requirement, including lightening the galleys and seeking shorter polar routes over Russia.

Boeing (TBC) did not bend to heavy lobbying from Emirates Airlines (EAD) for a shorter stretch with greater range, and said that it completed "firm configuration" of the 747-8 Intercontinental. The airframe will be stretched 5.6 m/18.3 ft, with a range of approximately 8,000 nm/14,815 km. Emirates Airlines (EAD) had sought a 3.6-m stretch, with a range of 8,300 to 8,400 nm. The firm configuration designation marks "the completion of the major trade
studies needed to finalize the airplane's performance and interior features." It will incorporate aspects of the 787 interior, and windows that are equal in size to those of the 777, and larger than those on the 747-400. The 747-8I will seat 467 in a three-class configuration, and the (GEnx)-powered variant "will provide nearly equivalent trip costs to those on the 747-400, and -10% lower
seat-mile costs, plus +28% greater cargo volume," Boeing (TBC) said.

Later, Airbus (EDS) won the lion's share of the largest airplane order in commercial aviation history as Emirates (EAD) announced its selection of the European manufacturer's A350 XWB over the 787, on the opening day of the 10th Dubai Air Show. (EAD) ordered 70 A350s plus 50 options, along with 11 A380s and 12 777-300ERs, all of which are valued at a combined $34.9 billion at list prices. The airline now has 246 airplanes on order. The A350 commitment ends (EAD)'s nearly two-year tussle with Airbus (EDS) to redesign the airplane to the carrier's requirements, including the switch to an all-composite fuselage. The order comprises 50 A350 XWB-900s (plus the 50 options) and 20 A350 XWB-1000s.

Boeing (TBC), according to Emirates (EAD), was unable to offer the 787-10 that (EAD) wanted. Emirates (EAD) Group Chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said that "the A350 was the most suitable airplane for the Emirates (EAD)'s requirement." Boeing Commercial Airplanes (TBC) President, Scott Carson said that while he was disappointed his company did not have an airplanes to meet (EAD)'s specifications, it will "be actively pursuing a further [Emirates (EAD)] requirement for a smaller capacity airplane with the 787-8." However, Carson was "delighted" with the 777-300ER orders, which when delivered, will make (EAD) the world's largest operator of the type. It has 53 in its fleet and 57 on order.

Emirates (EAD) also inked the deal announced at the Paris Air Show for eight additional A380s and tacked on three more for a total of 58 firm orders for the giant jet. When questioned about the number of airplanes on order, Al Maktoum said (EAD)'s growth plans are on track to "bring 15 million visitors a year by 2012." He added that the A380 order reflects the airline's confidence in the growth of air travel and of Dubai.

Airbus (EDS) President & CEO, Tom Enders thanked Emirates (EAD) for "placing great faith in our A350 XWB and A380 programs as well as our company and we are rightfully proud."

Rolls-Royce (RR) said Emirates (EAD) selected the (Trent XWB) for the A350 XWB order placed at the show. The commitment is worth up to $8.4 billion if all options are exercised. The engine currently is the only one offered for the A350 and is the fourth version of the (Trent) family. (EAD) operates 29 A330s, 21 777s and 10 A340-500s with earlier (Trent) models.

Engine Alliance (EA) signed a $3 billion Fleet Management agreement with Emirates Airlines (ead) covering (MRO) on the (GP7200)s that will power (EAD)'s A380s. The carrier has ordered more than >240 (GP7200)s for 55 A380s. Airbus (EDS) is targeting August 2008 for first delivery. (EA) said the (GP7200) flight test program is "nearing completion" and joint USA (FAA)/(EASA) certification is expected next month. "The engines have performed flawlessly and have met or bettered all critical targets for performance, durability, noise and emissions," (EA) said.

Missing from the mega order was (EAD)'s much-discussed potential buy of 20 747-8Is for Dubai - USA West Coast operations. However, insiders at the airline suggested an order may be placed by year end.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark told "Bloomberg News" that the airline would buy a stretched A380, for which (ILFC) (ILF) already is pushing. "If we had the stretch available today, probably two-thirds of the A380s we've got on order would be for that model," he told the news service, adding that (EAD) would configure the airplane to seat around 750. Airbus (EDS) CCO, John Leahy said an A380 stretch could enter service around 2015.

777-21HER (35576, A6-EWC), delivery.

December 2007: Emirates Airlines (EAD) is interviewing and recruiting Direct Entry, Pilot in Command (PIC)s (FC), and Second in Command (SIC)s (FC) for 777s and A330/A340/A380s. The carrier expects to recruit 500 pilots (FC) in 2008.

(EAD) commenced nonstop service between Houston and Dubai, offering thrice-weekly flights using a 777-200LR. The service increases to daily in February.

(EAD) will start daily, Dubai - Cape Town service on March 30, using A330-200s.

Goodrich (BFG) reached a seven-year, multimillion-dollar deal with Emirates Airlines (EAD) to provide component support related to the repair of all Goodrich (BFG) Actuation Systems products fitted in the airline's A330s and A340s.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) said it raised $297 million to finance the acquisition of two 777s through a lease arranged by Doric Asset Finance & Verwaltungs. Transactions covering a 777-200LR delivered last month, and a 777-300ER scheduled to arrive this month, involve 10-year operating leases with extension options. Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale and Dr Peters Group also were involved in the arrangement.

The Engine Alliance (GP7200)-powered A380 received type certification from the USA (FAA) and (EASA), the (GE) Aviation/Pratt & Whitney (P&W) joint venture announced. The (GP7200) accumulated 2,855 engine flight hours along with extensive ground testing, and is scheduled to enter service next year with Emirates Airlines (EAD).

(ILFC) (ILF) announced a leasing deal with Emirates Airlines (EAD) for eight 777-300s powered by (Trent 892-17)s, the leases of which will be extended for six years to 2017, 2018 and 2019.

777-31HER (35575, A6-ECE), delivery.

January 2008: Emirates Airlines (EAD) will quit its management contract with SriLankan Airlines (LNK) following a public spat after the Sri Lankan government withdrew the work permit of Peter Hill, Emirates (EAD)'s secondee & CEO of the Colombo-based carrier.

The trouble started when SriLankan (LNK) refused to offload 35 passengers on a London Heathrow - Colombo flight in order to accommodate President, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his entourage. The government owns 51% of the airline, while Emirates Airlines (EAD) holds 43.6%, and negotiations have been underway for 18 months to renew an eight-year-old management contract.

(EAD) now faces the prospect of divesting some or all of its stake. It purchased 40% for $70 million in 1998, when the management agreement was forged and picked up the remainder at a later date. President, Tim Clark has suggested a selling price of $150 million, according to the Sydney-based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, which indicated that there are doubts surrounding the value of the airline. "Sri Lanka benefited from India's restrictive international aviation policy, and thanks to its relative openness towards the small island neighbor, Colombo became India's major sixth-freedom gateway hub," (CAPA) said.

However, India since has liberalized its international routes for its own airlines, eroding Colombo's importance. Last year, the Sri Lanka government set up a new low-cost airline called Mihin Lanka (MIH), which is operating head-to-head with SriLankan (LNK) on routes such as Colombo - Dubai. Compounding the situation, Rajapaksa has been ineffective in taming the Tamil Tiger rebel groups that have dampened tourism to the country.

Later, SriLankan Airlines (LNK) Chairman, Harry Jayawardena issued a statement confirming that the government of Sri Lanka will take "total control" of the airline (LNK) following Emirates Airlines (EAD)'s decision to opt out of its management contract from April 1. He said the government "will continue to manage the national carrier for the best interest of the public and the country at large" and will continue to be SriLankan's majority owner with no plans to divest.

Emirates (EAD) Chairman & CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum confirmed the airline's intention to float a 20% to 30% stake in a wide-ranging interview with Emirates (EAD) Business 24/7 in which he also said (EAD) continues to target a +$1 billion profit for the fiscal year ending March 31. "That is the government's call, but it has to happen in the next couple of years. I am sure it will happen," Al-Maktoum told the paper regarding a potential Initial Public Offering (IPO). "We are talking about selling 20% to 30% of the company within the region. From the day the government presses the button to go ahead, it will take us another year or two to launch the (IPO)."
While (EAD) looks to diversify its ownership, it is not as interested in participating in the consolidation that appears to be approaching in the USA and Europe. It remains committed to selling its stake in SriLankan Airlines (LNK), Al-Maktoum said, and has "no plans at all to pick up a stake in any other airline." He did not rule it out entirely, claiming that "if there is a good opportunity that we would not want to miss out on, then we will make the call," but noting, "sometimes it is easy to buy things but not so easy to manage them." On the financial front, the carrier reported a +$642.6 million profit in the fiscal semester ended September 30 and continues to believe a +$1 billion surplus is achievable for the full year. "I hope so," Al-Maktoum said of the profit goal. "But the fuel price has touched $100. That is going to have an impact." He also told the newspaper that (EAD) has no plans to split its operation between Dubai International and the new airport being built at Jebel Ali. "Emirates (EAD) will always stay within one airport," he declared. It plans to launch service to eight new destinations this year and take delivery of 22 airplanes.

777-21HLR (35577, A6-EWD), and 777-31HER (35574, A6-ECF), deliveries.

February 2008: Emirates Airlines (EAD) will operate daily, Dubai - Cape Town flights beginning March 30, aboard an A330-200, switching to a 777-200 on October 1.

Emirates (EAD) will launch six weekly flights from Dubai to Kozhikode from July 1, marking its 10th destination in India. (EAD) initially will operate 777-200s and A330-200s on the route, offering more than >4,000 passenger seats and close to 200 tonnes of belly cargo capacity per week.

Emirates (EAD) will partner with Dubai International, London Heathrow, and Hong Kong International, to trial (RFID) baggage handling technology. (EAD) will tag approximately 500,000 bags with (RFID) chips during the six-month test. Senior VP Airport Services, Dan Griffith said that "previous (RFID) trials by other parties on a smaller scale have shown that the technology almost eliminates scanner 'misreads,' significantly improving the efficiency of the baggage system and customer experience. We are now applying this on a much larger scale at three major airport hubs . . . thus allowing the trials to include most possible baggage handling scenarios, including international transit."

(EAD) hired Australian lobbyist, Andrew Parker - see photo, as Senior VP Public Affairs & the Environment.

Emirates (EAD) said it raised $253 million for the financing of a 777-200LR and a 777-300ER, delivered in January. Twelve-year finance leases were underwritten by HSH Nordbank, Mashreqbank.psc and Mizuho Corporate Bank. (EAD) has 53 more 777s on order, comprising six 777-200LRs, eight 777-200LRF freighters, and 39 777-300ERs.

March 2008: Emirates (EAD) unveiled its initial A380 schedule, announcing that the airplane will enter service on its Dubai - New York (JFK) route October 1. Flights to London Heathrow follow on December 1, and service to Sydney begins February 1, 2009. Airplanes on these routes will seat 14 in first class (F), 76 in business (C), and 399 in economy (Y). "While we are still debating our first commercial A380 route, it has always been our intention to fly the airplane on capacity-constrained trunk routes. The cities that we have now scheduled for A380 services bring our plans to fruition," President, Tim Clark said. (EAD) is the A380's leading customer with 58 on order. It expects to take delivery of five this year. Not all will feature the above configuration; others will fly medium-range routes with 517 seats across three classes or 604 seats configured in two classes. SEE ATTACHED - "EAD-MAR08-ROUTE PLANS."

(EAD) also announced a new six-times-weekly service to Kozhikode beginning July 1 aboard 777-200s and A330-200s. (EAD) will launch four-times-weekly, Dubai - Guangzhou on July 1, using A330-200s. The service will become daily from December 1. (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Los Angeles September 1 aboard a 266-seat 777-200LR. It will be (EAD)'s third USA gateway after New York (JFK) and Houston Intercontinental.

Beijing Capital International Airport's new $3 billion-plus Terminal 3 opened as Shandong Airlines (SHG) (flight SC1151 arrived from Jinan at 8:39 am. UK architect, Norman Foster claimed it is the largest covered structure ever built - - 3.25 km long and 1.3 million sq m of floor space. Construction began in March 2004. The airport said the three-concourse facility welcomed Shandong (SHG), Sichuan Airlines (SIC), Qantas (QAN), Qatar Airways (QTA), British Airways (BAB), and El Al (ELA). A second move is scheduled for March 26 when Air China (BEJ), Shanghai Airlines (SHA), (SAS), Austrian Airlines (AUL), Lufthansa (DLH), Asiana Airlines (AAR), Air Canada (ACN), United Airlines (UAL), (ANA), Thai Airways (TII), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Finnair (FIN), Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT), Japan Airlines (JAL), Dragonair (DRG), Turkish Airlines (THY), Emirates (EAD), Air Macau (MCU), S7 Airlines (SBR), and EgyptAir (EGP) will transfer to the new building. "Reuters" reported that airport capacity will be boosted to 76 million per year from the 52 million it served in 2007. The baggage system can handle 19,800 pieces per hour, it said.

(EAD) is expending significant effort to enter its first A380 into service earlier than the October 1 target date, when it intends to operate Dubai - New York (JFK) with its first delivery. It expects to take the first airplane in August, "but we will try to get it earlier, by midsummer, and start scheduled services ahead of October," an (EAD) spokesperson said in Berlin. It is possible the first destination may change from (JFK) as well.

(EAD) said the new Dubai low-cost carrier (LCC) established by the government "will be initially supported by Emirates (EAD) during the setup period [but] will not be part of the Emirates (EAD) Group." United Arab Emirates (UAE) VP & Prime Minister, Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum called for the launch of a new carrier "to cater for the growing passenger traffic from and to the (UAE)," the state "WAM" news agency reported. (EAD) Chairman & CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, who will serve as the Chairman of the yet-to-be-named carrier, said, "services will be of low cost economically, out of Sheikh Mohammed's sincere keenness to ease burden of living conditions of passengers, and enable them to reunite with their families and relatives at home." (EAD) Executive VP Commercial Operations Worldwide, Ghaith Al-Ghaith will vacate his position and become CEO of the startup. The airline will base its operation at the new Al-Maktoum International Airport under construction at Jebel Ali. It will have its own brand, (EAD) said. "We expect to start the airline within a year's time," Al-Ghaith told "Gulf News."

(EAD) Vice Chairman, Maurice Flanagan, and President, Tim Clark have hinted previously that (EAD) may launch a low-cost subsidiary and fly the A380 on select routes. Some analysts suggest the new carrier may begin limited operations by summer in order to capitalize on heavier traffic, using airplanes leased by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.

(EAD) said that the "first authorized mobile phone call made from a commercial flight" occurred aboard one of its A340-300s flying at 30,000 ft en route from Dubai to Casablanca, marking the launch of its $27 million program to equip its fleet with the "AeroMobile" system, that will allow passengers to use their own cell phones in flight. (EAD) said it has spent 18 months working "closely with regulators and telecommunications providers across the globe, fully completing rigorous testing and certification processes" so that it could become the first airline to allow passengers to use mobile phones. It said a 777-300 will join the A340-300 "very shortly," in having an in-operation "AeroMobile" system and other airplanes in its fleet will be equipped gradually. Chairman & CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said, "All seats across our fleet are already equipped with in-seat phones, as well as e-mail and text messaging capabilities, via the in-seat entertainment system . . . We are delighted to now offer them the choice of using their own mobile phones." The service will be activated when equipped airplanes are at cruising altitude, (EAD) said, adding that cabin crew (CA) will have "full control over the system, including the ability to prevent voice calls at certain times such as during night flights." Only five or six calls will be permitted to take place at one time. The "AeroMobile" service will allow passengers to send and receive text messages as well. All phone and text charges will be "in line with premium international roaming rates," the carrier said. "Users will be billed on their regular phone bills by their own service providers as with any other roaming call."

INCDT: A340-541 (Trent 553) (608, /04 A6-ERG) on take-off from Melbourne Tullamarine airport, Australia, when rotation was called, the pilot (FC) flying attempted rotation, but the airplane reaction was sluggish. At a second call, the airplane began to rotate and the pilot (FC) not flying the airplane selected take-off/go-around thrust. The airplane suffered a tail strike at rotation and hit approach lights in the overrun before climbing away and then returning to land. The flight crew (FC) found they had entered a take-off weight that was 100t below the actual. The interim report comments: "The result of that incorrect take-off weight was to produce thrust setting and take-off reference speeds that were lower than those required for the actual airplane weight." 18/257 on board were OK.

April 2008: Emirates (EAD)'s net income for its full fiscal year ended March 31, totaled +AED5 billion/+$1.36 billion, up +62.1% over +AED3.1 billion in the prior year, as the fast-expanding carrier marked its 20th straight year of profitability. "I believe the threat of an economic downturn will be offset for Emirates (EAD) by the boom in the Middle East, especially the thriving travel industry of tourism and commerce," Chairman & CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said. But President, Tim Clark said in Dubai that while (EAD)'s profitability will sustain, the airline will have to take further measures to control costs and increase fuel efficiency. He explained that if per-barrel crude oil prices stay well above $110 for a long period, as many now expect, the carrier will take "a big hit on fuel" in the current fiscal year, forcing it "to be strict on costs. This is a painful thing to do."

(EAD)'s plan to reduce costs by -$100 million in the year started April 1, likely will have to be revised, Clark said, with reductions of as much as -$150 million necessary to mitigate fuel prices. Load factor, which reached 79.8% LF for the recently ended year, will "have to go up now to 85% LF" to render the impact of fuel price increases negligible. Nevertheless, he expressed confidence that the airline will weather the storm, but warned that "for some other [weaker carriers] in the world" escalating fuel costs could be devastating.

In a separate conversation, Senior VP Commercial Operation Americas, Nigel Page said that while "storm clouds are ahead with the economy," the greatest risk is for airlines operating domestic services in the USA and the (EU), and transatlantic flights. "In the markets we serve, we're pretty optimistic things will go well," he said, noting that demand from the USA and Europe to/from the Middle East is robust, with demand for premium seats on those routes particularly strong.

(EAD)'s fiscal-year revenue rose +32.3% to AED39.5 billion as passengers carried increased +21.1% to 21.2 million. Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) carried 1.3 million tonnes, up +10.9%, and boosted revenue +20% to AED6.4 billion, comprising 19% of total airline revenue.

(EAD) currently operates 115 airplanes, including 10 freighters and plans to take delivery of its first A380 later this year. Page said it will be placed on New York (JFK) service in October, and will be configured with 489 seats, including 14 first-class (F) suites (up from eight currently offered on the route) and 72 business class (C) seats. (EAD) expects to have 13 A380s in service by 2013.

Emirates Airlines (EAD) plans to launch service in July to Guangzhou, its 4th destination in China. Initially it will operate to Guangzhou from Dubai four times weekly, but intends to upgrade the service to daily late this year. (EAD) is also launching in July, six weekly flights to Kozhikode, which will be its 10th destination in India.

Emirates (EAD) is ramping up its cabin crew (CA) recruiting as it prepares to take delivery of its first A380 in August. Its Aviation College will begin accepting A380 personnel to its crew training program in early June. (EAD) plans to have 24 cabin staff (CA) onboard a normal 489-seat A380, and it will need about six complete crews for every airplane. There will be 158 employees trained for the first four A380s, scheduled to arrive and they will be selected from current 777 and A330/A340 staff, Senior VP Service Delivery, Terry Daly said in Dubai.

In all, 90 new flight attendants (CA) join (EAD) each week and the carrier employs 9,200 cabin staff (CA) from 116 countries. "Four years ago, the number of cabin crew (CA) was around 4,000. By 2012 to 2013, we will have a total of 18,000," Daly said. The carrier is sending recruiters throughout its worldwide network to hire more staff. He said just 5% of applicants eventually are hired. (EAD) has invested AED248 million/$67.5 million in its crew training program, not including flight simulators. It was launched last year.

777-31HER (35579, A6-ECG), delivery.

May 2008: Emirates (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Durban on December 1, aboard a two-class A330-200. It will be its third South African and 16th African destination.

(EAD) has been 100% e-ticket enabled across all of its online destinations since the end of April, weeks ahead of (IATA) (ITA)’s 1st June deadline. In addition, (EAD)'s e-tickets are being issued by 10 global distribution systems (GDS) and travel agent systems, that span across 70 BSP (IATA billing settlement plan) global markets.

(EAD) is interviewing and recruiting Direct Entry Pilot In Command (PIC)s and Second In Command (SIC)s for the 777 and A330/340/380s. The carrier expects to recruit 500 pilots (FC) in 2008. Emirates (EAD) will be recruiting pilots (FC) at the "Pilot Job Fair " in Las Vegas on May 16, 2008.

Emirates (EAD) received up to AED404 million/$109.9 million from Airbus (EDS), as compensation for A380 delivery delays, "Reuters" reported. Airbus (EDS) confirmed that CEO, Tom Enders sent a letter to A380 customers revealing that the manufacturer is "undertaking a review of the A380 program," and Emirates (EAD) and Etihad Airways (EHD) said they had been warned by the company that further delivery delays are possible. Emirates (EAD), the leading A380 customer, has 58 on order and expects to take its first five in its current fiscal year that started April 1, and another 12 in the year ending March 31, 2010. It is planning to start A380 service to New York (JFK) in October. President, Tim Clark told "Reuters" that another delay "will do us serious damage."

777-31HER (35581, A6-ECH), delivery.

June 2008: Emirates (EAD) is the government-owned flag carrier carrier serving an expanding global network of 100 cities in 62 countries throughout Africa, Asia-Pacific, the (CIS), Europe, the Indian subcontinent, the Far and Middle East, North and South America. Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) is a freight-only subsidiary, serving 10 destinations worldwide, also responsible for selling cargo space on Emirates (EAD) passenger service.

Employees = 21,769.

(IATA) Code: EK. (ICAO) Code: UAE.

Parent organization/shareholders: Emirates Group (100%).

Owns: Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) (100%); and SriLankan Airlines (LNK) (43.63%).

Main Base: Dubai International Airport (DXB).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; & Dubai.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Abidjan; Accra; Alexandria; Amman; Athens; Auckland; Bahrain; Bangkok; Beirut; Birmingham; Brisbane; Cairo; Casablanca; Chennai; Christchurch; Colombo; Damascus; Dammam; Dar Es Salaam, Delhi; Dhaka; Doha; Dusseldorf; Entebbe; Frankfurt; Fukuoka; Glasgow; Hamburg; Hong Kong; Houston; Hyderabad; Islamabad; Istanbul; Jakarta; Jeddah; Johannesburg; Karachi; Khartoum; Kochi; Kuala Lumpur; Kuwait; Lagos; Lahore; Larnaca; London; Mahe Island; Male; Malta; Manchester; Manila; Mauritius; Melbourne; Milan; Moscow; Mumbai; Munich; Muscat; Nairobi; New York; Newark; Nice; Osaka; Paris; Perth; Peshawar; Riyadh; Rome; Sana'a; Sapporo; Seoul; Shanghai; Singapore; Sydney; Tehran; Thiruvananthapuram; Tokyo; Tripoli; Vienna; & Zurich.

Emirates (EAD) will add 18 weekly flights to India from July through October, when it will operate 132 weekly flights. From July 2, New Delhi will increase to 18-times-weekly from 14; eight-times-weekly Bangalore service will increase to 15 with two additional flights in July and five in October; 11-times-weekly Hyderabad will be served 16 times in July and 18 in October.

Emirates (EAD) is interviewing and recruiting Direct Entry flight crew (FC) for the 777s and A330/340/380s. The carrier expects to recruit 500 pilots (FC) in 2008.

Sabre Airline Solutions reached agreement with Emirates (EAD) to implement its SlotManager solution featuring slot management and tracking technology for flight scheduling.

Emirates (EAD) will receive its first A380 on July 28 at a ceremony in Hamburg. Its first service will be from Dubai to New York (JFK), possibly as early as August 1. (EAD) President, Tim Clark made waves when he announced that the airline had no plans to reduce flying because of soaring fuel prices and the softening of the market. "We are not cutting back but in fact are looking to expand," he told delegates. The expansion could include the conversion of an order for 10 787-8Fs to the passenger version, according to some observers in Dubai.

Emirates (EAD) said it will operate its first A380 commercial flight on Dubai - New York (JFK) service August 1, and from August 8 will operate the route with the airplane thrice-weekly. The flights are in addition to the twice-daily service it already offers on the route. The airplane, the first to be powered by Engine Alliance (GP7200)s, will be configured with 489 seats: 14F first class, 76C business, and 399Y economy. It also will provide 13 tons of belly hold capacity for cargo. Subsequent A380s to be delivered during (EAD)'s current fiscal year are slated to operate from Dubai to London Heathrow and Sydney/Auckland. It will take delivery of its first A380 in ceremonies in Hamburg July 28, at which time it is expected to reveal the cabin interior and onboard product offerings.

July 2008: Emirates (EAD) launched six-times-weekly flights from Dubai to Guangzhou and Kozhikode. It will operate A330-200s on the Guangzhou route and both A330-200s and 777-200s on the Kozhikode route. Guangzhou is (EAD)'s fourth Chinese destination, while Kozhikode is its 10th in India.

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAZ) is acquiring through what it says is a "split purchase and leaseback deal" 10 747Fs and eight 777-200Fs previously ordered by Emirates (EAD). (DAZ) said the agreement will increase its leasing portfolio to 49 airplanes, with a further 200 on order for delivery between 2010 and 2013.

Emirates (EAD) took delivery of its first A380 in Hamburg and during the handover ceremony signed a letter of intent (LOI) to firm options on 30 A350 XWBs and order 30 A330-300s. The carrier signed a firm order for 70 A350 XWBs with options for 50 more at last year's Dubai Air Show and the latest agreement includes the firming up of 30 of those options. The (LOI) added even more excitement to a glitzy ceremony during which the airline ushered 500 people, including guests and staff from both Airbus (EDS) and (EAD), aboard its A380 for the long-anticipated interior unveiling.

The airplane, the first A380 powered by Engine Alliance (GP7200)s, is configured for 489 seats made up of 14 first class suites (F), 76 business (C) lie-flat beds, and 399 economy (Y) seats in a 3-4-3 configuration. The economy (Y) seats are located on the main deck and first (F) and business (C) on the upper deck. (EAD)'s A380 also has a lounge for first (F) and business (C) class at the rear of the upper deck and showers for first class passengers at the front of the upper deck.

Its first commercial service will be from Dubai to New York (JFK). (EAD) will fly the airplane initially from Hamburg to Dubai. It is the largest A380 customer with 58 on order.

Chairman, Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said A380s as well as A350s and A330s "will be key tools" in attracting "15 million visitors a year by 2012" to Dubai. Airbus (EDS) President & CEO, Tom Enders said that (EAD) "continues to impress with its pace of growth."

August 2008: 1st 6 months = 49.4 billion (RPK)s traffic - - see "EAD-08TOPWLD6MTHSRPK."

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said that the current economic environment has not caused the airline to reconsider its long-held philosophy of going it alone and avoiding alliances, mergers or acquisitions. He dismissed as unfounded, speculation that (EAD) might be interested in Alitalia (ALI). "I believe if you cannot grow yourself, or if you need to merge with another airline, your business model is wrong," he commented. (EAD) has resisted overtures for years to join Oneworld (ONW) or the Star Alliance (SAL).

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said he expects the increase in fuel prices to cost the carrier as much as $500 million this year.
Speaking to "la Repubblica," Clark said, "this year we expected profits to grow by about +$500 million to nearly $2 billion, but the rise in crude [oil prices] already costs us more or less that amount. We too are enacting a cost reduction plan." (EAD)'s plan to reduce costs by -$100 million in the fiscal year started April 1, has been revised for a second time. Reductions of as much as -$150 million initially were targeted to offset fuel prices and rising costs, but this goal has been extended now to cover the $500 million, Clark said recently onboard the carrier's first A380. He revealed that (EAD) pays $30 million more for fuel per week than it budgeted. "2008 is a tough year. Our yield is +15% up. But we need [the extra cost reductions] because our costs are +25% to +34% higher [year-over-year]," he added. Asked if he expects a full-year profit, he said, "We have to wait and see." One challenge will be to produce higher load factors, now needed in order to make flights profitable. "Before the high fuel prices we needed a load factor of 62% LF for the A380 to break even. Now we need a 70% load to do so," Clark said.

Emirates (EAD) is interviewing and recruiting First Officer Pilots (FC)s for the 777 and A330/340/380. (EAD) expects to recruit +500 pilots (FC) in 2008.

The most aggressive expansion program in airline history was launched when the first of Emirates (EAD)'s 58 A380s flew from Dubai to New York (JFK) as EK3801, the first of a series of commercial flight trials. Pushback came about two years and 2 minutes late at 11:02 am, but passengers still appeared plenty excited by the images on their seatback video screens that showed the giant jet lifting effortlessly into the sky from the vantage point of a camera mounted atop the tail. That camera is one of many EK A380 innovations that include showers and a stunning bar located at the rear of the business class (C) cabin that quickly became a focal and social point of the flight. The flight was a sellout and passengers commented on the smooth and quiet ride. Emirates (EAD) wasted no time getting the Engine Alliance-powered A380 into service, after taking delivery last week at Airbus (EDS)'s new Juergen Thomas A380 Delivery Centre in Hamburg. It was able to start commercial operations almost immediately, because it built a partial mockup of the cabin to train staff over the past six months. It will receive five A380s in the current financial year ending next March 31, and the remaining 53 by June 2013.

President, Tim Clark said that the first A380 is "one ton lighter than expected." That is in addition to a 5-ton reduction program scheduled for implementation over the next four years. Airbus (EDS) is working on 3 tons while (EDS) will contribute 2 tons through items such as lighter seats and galley equipment. The lower weight will give the A380 Dubai - USA West Coast range with a near-full passenger payload.

The first five 489-seat airplanes will be deployed to (JFK) from August 8, London Heathrow (LHR) from December 1 and Sydney/Auckland from February 1. Emirates (EAD) expects to operate thrice-weekly service to (JFK) until September and Clark said, "the second A380 due for delivery in September will move that to daily." The next two, due in November, will operate (EAD)'s 8 am departure to (LHR), returning at 1 pm. "The initial five airplanes will enable the airline to operate New York, Heathrow and Sydney/Auckland once a day," Clark said. "Then we have quite a wait till further airplanes arrive in September 2009. We will then add new destinations" as the market dictates.

The September 2009 delivery airplane will have 517 seats. (EAD) plans three configurations for the A380, with the initial airplanes having a 14-seat first class (F) and 76-seat business class (C) on the upper deck and a 399-seat economy class (Y) on the main deck. It also will offer a three-class 517-seat configuration and a 604-seat two-class layout.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark is leaving the door open for the 747-8I, which he termed an "excellent airplane." Commenting in the context of (EAD)'s weight reduction program on the A380 designed to give it more range for USA West Coast operations (see story above), Clark said Boeing (TBC) is working on some innovations for the 747-8I to meet the (EAD) performance requirements. "We are still looking at the 747-8I," he confirmed. "A lot depends on our expansion plans relating to the completion of Al-Maktoum International Airport (JXB)at Jebel Ali in Dubai." He said that once the six-runway airport with capacity for 120 million passengers per year is completed, restrictions on expansion will not be a limiting factor. "If that airport opens as planned, the 747-8I is in contention." (JXB) is on schedule. Boeing (TBC) has been striving to woo (EAD) for an order for the passenger version of the 747-8 ever since it placed an order for up to 20 freighter versions at the 2006 Farnborough Airshow after canceling A380Fs. However, when Boeing (TBC) increased the length of the Intercontinental to that of the 747-8F for commonality and to meet demands for higher passenger count, Dubai - USA West Coast performance became marginal. Clark added that another issue has been installing "A380 features" on the 747-8I, but apart from the shower that "may not be a problem." He also is pressing for an upgrade of the 777-300ER that he forecasts would be up to +10% more fuel efficient. He dubs the new model the 777-300ERX. "Boeing (TBC) is looking at a range of improvements to materials, weight, engines and aerodynamics, that would give up to a +10% improvement in Specific Fuel Consumption (SFC)," he said. The 777-300ERX would counter the promised brochure performance of the A350-1000, which Clark said still is being finalized. He said a performance improvement on the 777-300ER, which he called a "really beautiful airplane," will occur before any replacement of the 777, which he sees coming in the 2020 to 2025 timeframe.

Boeing (TBC) has been weighing its response to the A350 for some time, while balancing the need to wait for hard performance numbers from the 787 structural test program and the flight test program, that should get underway in early November. Some airlines and leasing companies have called for a slight stretch, but Clark said the 777-300ER capacity is perfect for (EAD).

Emirates (EAD) took delivery of one 777-300ER and one 777-200LR, lifting the Dubai carrier's 777 fleet to 63.

September 2008: Emirates (EAD) and Sabre Holdings reached a 10-year distribution agreement to grant Sabre-connected travel agencies and corporations access to Emirates (EAD)'s full content fares through Sabre's Global Distribution System (GDS).

Emirates (EAD)'s second A380 will be delayed by a "few weeks," the airline said. (EAD) started commercial service with its first A380 on August 1 with a flight from Dubai to New York (JFK), and now is operating the airplane on the route, thrice-weekly. It planned to take its second A380 this month and upgrade the Dubai - (JFK) service to daily, but that timeline will be pushed back. "We are negotiating with Airbus (EDS) the delivery date of a second A380," (EAD) said. Airbus (EDS) said that it still is on track to deliver 12 A380s this year; five currently are in service including four with launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA). The manufacturer announced a fourth delay to the program in May, reducing 2008 deliveries from 13 to 12, 2009 deliveries from 25 to 21, and 2010 deliveries from 42 to as few as 30.

Emirates (EAD) replaced its A380 with a 777-300ER, citing training and engineering issues. (EAD) had planned to use the A380 for training in between its Dubai - New York (JFK) services, but engineering work has taken more time than expected. At the same time, its plan to operate daily A380 flights to (JFK), beginning October 1 has slipped several weeks, because of a delay in the delivery of its second airplane. Sources in Hamburg said that the airplane will not be delivered until the third week of October, due to delays in interior outfitting.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said the carrier's thrice-weekly, Dubai - New York (JFK) A380 service, launched on August 1, is performing well. Clark said he has received positive feedback from passengers in all three cabin classes and that the bar at the rear of the business class (C) cabin is especially popular and "constantly frequented by up to 25 passengers."

Engine Alliance (EA) (GP7200) had a "flawless" entry into service on Emirates (EAD)'s first A380, according to (EA) President, Jim Moravecek. (EAD) was the launch customer for the new powerplant developed jointly by (GE) and Pratt & Whitney (P&W) and derived from the (GE90) and (PW4000) engine families. "Since entering revenue service on the first Emirates (EAD) A380 on August 1, we've experienced no engine related issues that could have caused a disruption for Emirates (EAD)," (EA) Product Support Director, Ed Bendernagel said. A pleasant surprise for (EAD) mechanics (MT) is that the engine "burns almost no oil," which Bendernagel attributed to the "robust oil system design."

Dubai International Airport's Terminal 3 is scheduled to open this month. The facility eventually will be able to handle 43 million passengers per year and will open in three phases, with flights arriving and departing to Doha, Muscat, Bahrain, Kuwait City, Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, New York (JFK), Houston Intercontinental, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo Guarulhos, and Toronto, when the first phase launches. (EAD) President, Tim Clark said T3 is "geared for the phenomenal growth we have charted for the airline." It features a 4,500-sq-m check-in hall with 18 counters and 60 self-serve kiosks, 4,800 sq m of retail space and 64 immigration counters. Concourse 2 has 26 gates, including five designed for the A380.

Clark told "Agence France Presse" that (EAD) will take delivery of its second A380 on October 24 in Hamburg. The third will arrive next month, the fourth in December and a fifth in either January or February.

October 2008: Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark expressed confidence that his airline will post a profit in the current financial year ending March 31, "but maybe we won't be as profitable as we might like," he said at the Arab Air Carriers Organization annual general meeting in Tunis. Clark said (EAD) will take delivery of new airplanes as scheduled "assuming my friends at Boeing (TBC) end the strike" and continue to increase production, although it is considering adding fewer new destinations than planned. He said in August that the carrier had anticipated a $2 billion full-year profit before fuel costs soared. It earned AED5 billion/$1.36 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008. He said that "one lesson" he learned in the past several months is that the industry consistently has been undercharging for its product. "In the past 18 months, we have raised fares without effect on demand. If only we did this sooner," he said.

Clark speculated that one way Arab carriers might respond to increasing global competition would be to form an alliance mirroring organizations like oneworld (ONW), SkyTeam (STM), and the Star Alliance (SAL).

"This is purely hypothetical," he said, reiterating (EAD)'s well-known independent streak and his own view that alliances are "cartel-like." Still, he said, "one could imagine that somewhere in the future, Arab carriers join forces and form their own alliance around an airline with a worldwide network." He stressed that is "not happening now and Emirates (EAD) will not change its strategy of independence." Yet he acknowledged that he "will not stay forever" at the Dubai-based airline, and that strategies might change in the post-Clark period.

Emirates (EAD) increases its thrice-weekly, New York (JFK) - Dubai A380 service to daily, on October 26.

Emirates (EAD) took delivery of its second A380 (013, A6-EDB) and 122nd airplane overall in Dubai. It is scheduled to enter service on Dubai - New York (JFK). It will seat 14F in first class, 76C in business, and 399Y in economy.

November 2008: Emirates (EAD) blamed fuel prices for a -88% plunge in fiscal first-half profit to +AED284 million/+$77.3 million from the +AED2.36 billion earned in the six months ended September 30, 2007. Chairman & CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said the semester "has been very tough for the airline industry" and that (EAD) "has worked hard to manage the impact of high fuel prices on our unit costs while continuing to grow our business."

Operating revenue climbed +31% year-over-year to AED22.1 billion, but fuel costs more than doubled and were over budget by +AED1.7 billion, the carrier said. Unit costs rose +40% as a result. Passenger traffic measured in (RPK)s increased +11% and yield was up +20%, although load factor slipped -1.4 points to 78.2% LF on a +13% lift in capacity.

The airline said it has survived the worst of the crisis, however. "Our business fundamentals are solid, and providing there is no further fallout from the current global financial situation, we anticipate a robust second half of the financial year," Al-Maktoum said.

Italy and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an agreement that will allow Emirates (EAD) and Etihad Airways (EHD) to have significant access to Italian airports, with (EAD) planning to use Milan Malpensa (MXP), Rome Fiumicino (FCO), and Venice (VCE) as gateway "hubs" to Europe. Italian Secretary of State for Economic Development & Foreign Trade, Adolfo Urso, who traveled to Abu Dhabi to sign the accord, said the re-launched Alitalia (ALI) would provide connections for (EHD) passengers. "Emirates (EAD) would be able to count on the help of our new Italian airline," he said. (EAD) will operate 21 weekly flights to both (MXP) and (FCO) and 14 to (VCE). It also will operate 28 weekly cargo flights collectively to the Italian cities. Etihad (EHD) plans to operate seven weekly flights each to (MXP) and (FCO). "Thanks to this agreement, Italy will more easily become a tourist destination for the newly rich from the Gulf and from southeast Asia," Urso claimed.

Emirates (EAD) will add a second daily, Dubai - Moscow Domodedovo 777 frequency on February 2.

It took delivery of eight new airplanes (including two A380s) during the semester, and now operates 121 airplanes to 100 destinations. San Francisco service begins December 15.

December 2008: A 777-200LR carries out the world's longest "green" journey trying out a number of environmentally-friendly initiatives - - SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-GREEN NEWS-DEC08."

(EAD) plans to retire 10 A340-500s and 6 A340-600s and replace them with A380s or 777s. (EAD) is working with Airbus (EDS) to reduce the weight of the A380 so that it can fly non-stop to Los Angeles and San Francisco without any payload restrictions. Currently, the A380 can fly non-stop for about 15.5 hours, but it needs the capability of about 18 hours to reach the popular USA west coast markets.

4th A380-861 (020, A6-EDD) delivery.

January 2009: Emirates (EAD) and Jet Airways (JPL) announced a partnership under which they will link their loyalty programs and (EAD) will code share on (JPL)'s daily flights to Dubai from Mumbai and New Delhi.

(EAD) has saved about -10 million liters of fuel and 772 hours of flight time in the five years since it started working with Airservices Australia (ASA) to pioneer "Flex Tracks." The program involves the use of sophisticated ground and cockpit technology to track live weather and helps pilots (FC) chase tailwinds and favorable conditions. It was developed by (ASA) in December 2003. The fuel burn reduction has resulted in substantial cuts to emissions, with a total reduction of 26,644 tonnes of CO2 and 163 tonnes of NOx. "Since its launch in 2003, (EAD) has progressively expanded the operation of "Flex Tracks" to all its Australian services and is a major pillar of the airline's efforts to drive eco-efficiencies throughout its global network," (EAD) President, Tim Clark said.

A "tremendous team effort" enabled Airbus (EDS) to meet its 2008 delivery goal of 12 A380 super jumbos just two days before the end of the year. (EDS) delivered four A380s to (EAD), five to Singapore Airlines (SIA) and three to Australia's Qantas (QAN).

(EAD) will operate the A380 to Incheon, Korea beginning in November. It will be (EAD)'s fifth A380 market after London Heathrow, New York (JFK) and soon-to-be-launched Sydney and Auckland. (EAD) also said it will commence its deferred Dubai (DXB) - Durban service on October 1 and will resume its third daily, (DXB) - Johannesburg flight on February 1. Durban flights had been scheduled to launch December 1 but were delayed due to airplane deployment issues.

777-21HER (35589, A6-EWI) delivery and 777-36NER (37703, A6-ECM), (GEF) leased.

February 2009: Emirates (EAD) launched its thrice-weekly, Dubai - Sydney - Auckland A380 service. Sydney and Auckland are (EAD)'s third and fourth A380 destinations. The route becomes daily on May 1.

(EAD) increased service from Dubai to Riyadh (February 1st, six times weekly to daily), Amman (February 2nd, ten-times weekly), and Jeddah (February 3rd, six-times weekly to daily).

(EAD) plans to expand 2009 passenger capacity by +14% (ASK)s year-over-year and cargo capacity by +17%, with a focus on adding new flights and larger airplanes to existing routes, rather than adding a high number of new destinations. In its next fiscal year starting April 1, it plans to take delivery of seven A380s (bringing its total to 11), 10 777-300ERs, one 777-200LR and one 777F freighter. It will take delivery of a 777F before the end of the current fiscal year.

Group Chairman & CEO, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said (EAD) views the current uncertain economic environment "as a time of opportunity . . . All of our new capacity will be deployed in markets where we see growth potential, particularly Africa and the Middle East." It will introduce Dubai - Durban service October 1 using an A330-200. Flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco will increase from thrice-weekly to daily in May. It will offer additional daily flights to Brisbane and Melbourne and begin A380 service to Incheon and Singapore in November and December, respectively.

On the cargo side, "2009 will be a year of consolidation," Divisional Senior VP Cargo, Ram Menen said. "We will bolster our presence in markets where we have a greater demand from our customers, such as China and Africa . . . As new airplanes come online, the weekly cargo capacity will increase to the tune of approximately +10% to Europe, +4% to Australia, +17% to the Middle East, +15% to Africa and +8% to the USA."

2 777-36NER (37705, A6-ECN; 37706, A6-ECO), (GEF) leased.

March 2009: Nexgen Travel Distribution signed an agreement with Emirates (EAD) to provide an Internet booking platform.

Amadeus signed a five-year agreement with (EAD) that will provide the carrier's full inventory to Amadeus travel agents.

Usablenet, a mobile-Web platform, launched mobile browser service for Emirates (EAD)'s and British Airways (BAB)'s websites, allowing travelers to access them from phones or Personal Digital Assistants (PDA)s.

(EAD) A380 flights to Singapore will start in December. (EAD) said it will introduce an A380 on its Dubai routes to Bangkok (daily) and Toronto (thrice-weekly) on June 1. The A380 will provide a capacity increase of about +30% on each route.

(EAD) dismissed reports that the A380 has a laundry list of problems that have kept the jet grounded numerous times for repairs. Germany's "Der Spiegel" claimed that (EAD), the A380's largest customer, delivered a 46-page list of problems to Airbus (EDS) that required rectification. (EAD) CEO, Tim Clark said that "the situation has been overblown" and that the reports constituted "a storm in a teacup." He recently said that the A380 has had some niggling and unrelated issues but that (EAD) is pleased with the type's entry into service. He also praised (EDS)'s response to the few problems it has experienced. (EAD) currently is operating four of the type.

Responding to the "Der Spiegel" story, which claimed the in-service A380s have lost some 500 hours of flying time due to technical problems, (EDS) released a statement saying it takes "the criticism and the feedback from (EAD) very seriously. We are doing everything we can to overcome the issues and we are working very closely with our customers to solve that."

(EAD) will remove the two A380s operating its twice-daily, Dubai (DXB) - New York (JFK) service in April and use one to operate its thrice-weekly, (DXB) - Toronto beginning June 1 and the second on one of its twice-daily, (DXB) - Bangkok flights. A 777-300ER will replace the A380 on the (DXB) - (JFK) flight. President, Tim Clark said the airline would like to fly to Toronto daily on the A380 and that there was enough demand to support a second daily 777 flight. (EAD) said it also is interested in serving Calgary and Vancouver.


INCDT: The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has classified an (EAD) A340-500 tail strike incident at Melbourne (MEL) on March 20 as "significant" and an "accident (ACCDT)," while other sources cited pilot (FC) error in the incident. The A340-500 was on its way to Dubai with 225 passengers. While neither the (ATSB) nor Emirates (EAD) commented further, sources at (MEL) said that it appeared there was an input error to either the Less Paper Cockpit computer, which calculates takeoff speed, or the flight management computer, which calculates thrust settings. The (EAD) crew used Runway 16, which is 3,657 m long, and upon reaching the calculated takeoff speed, rotated but could not sustain flight. The A340's tail made contact with the runway. The pilots (FC) were able to get airborne but struck runway approach lights and disabled the runway's instrument landing system antenna. The flight crew (FC) flew the airplane safely over Port Phillip Bay and dumped fuel before smoke in the cabin forced an early return for an overweight landing. Sources at (EAD) revealed that the two pilots (FC) resigned.

(EAD)'s A340-500 tail strike was caused by an apparent computer input error, according to (ATSB) investigators. The preliminary factual report on the incident, issued in Canberra, found that despite five levels of cross-checking (as recommended by Airbus (EDS)), an incorrect takeoff weight for the A340 with 257 passengers and 14 crew (FC) - (CA) aboard was entered into the computers that calculate the takeoff speed and thrust. According to the (ATSB), the crew entered 262 tons instead of 362, meaning that takeoff speed and thrust were set for 149 kt instead of the required 172 kt. According to (EAD) Senior VP Flight Operations, Alan Stealey, (EAD) has "now added another level of checking with both pilots (FC) using laptop computers to independently calculate the correct takeoff speed." The (ATSB) "absolutely" ruled out flight crew (FC) fatigue as a factor, while (EAD) said that it "accepts the (ATSB) report and is working with the investigator to find the cause." The airplane will have temporary repairs completed in Melbourne before being flown to (EDS)'s Toulouse facility.

777-21HER (35590, A6-EWJ), delivery and 777-31HER (35606, A6-EFD), Dubai Aerospace Enterprises (DAZ) leased, plus 777-36NER (37707, A6-ECP), (GEF) leased.

April 2009: Emirates (EAD) announced a May 1 increase in flights from Dubai to Dammam (to seven-times-weekly from five), Beirut (to 17-times-weekly from 14) and Tehran (to 21-times-weekly from 19). (EAD) will launch thrice-weekly, Dubai - Luanda service aboard A330-200s on August 2. The Angolan capital will be (EAD)'s 17th African destination. (EAD) will increase service from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur from 12-times-weekly to 14-times-weekly and to Jakarta from daily to 10-times-weekly on May 1.

(EAD) will allow its flight attendants (CA) to take "purely voluntary" unpaid leave of 1 to 6 months beginning in May. "In anticipation of our growing fleet, Emirates (EAD)'s recruitment efforts over the past 12 months have been highly successful in meeting our operational requirements," an (EAD) spokesperson was quoted as saying. "Combined with a sharp drop in cabin crew (CA) attrition, we now find ourselves in a position to be more flexible as an employer."

777-31HER (35588, A6-ECQ) and A380-861 (017, A6-EDE), deliveries.

May 2009: The Emirates (EAD) Group said that "under the circumstances" its +AED1.49 billion/+$405.6 million profit in the fiscal year ended March 31, a -72% drop from the record +AED5.3 billion posted in 2007 - 2008, was a "satisfactory result" and demonstrated its "flexibility in a challenging economic period." Group revenue rose +10.4% to AED46.3 billion but profit suffered as a result of "the record fuel prices in the first six months of the [fiscal] year and the impact of the global recession," (EAD) said. Fuel accounted for 36.2% of the carrier's expenses compared to 32.9% in the prior year. "As we move into the new financial year, the outlook is not improving," Chairman & CEO, H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum warned. "Although fuel prices are dropping, demand for business (C) and first class (F) traffic is still weak in many markets." He said "development plans remain unchanged" and the year "will be one of satisfactory growth."

(EAD) plans to take delivery of 18 airplanes during the fiscal year and said it has "had no problems securing financing for our growth," having already nailed down financial commitments for "over half" of the deliveries scheduled for this year. It added four A380s, 10 777-300ERs and six 777-200LRs during the recently completed fiscal year, bringing the fleet to 132 airplanes. It has 161 more on order.

The group's airline unit (EAD) posted a +AED982 million profit last year, down -80.4% from the +AED5 billion earned in 2007 - 2008. Revenue rose +9.9% to AED44.2 billion. Combined passenger and freight traffic grew +7.7% to 15.88 billion (RTK)s against a +10.5% lift in capacity to 24.4 billion (ATK)s. Passenger load factor was 75.8% LF. Yield per (RTK) rose +8.4% to AED2.56 on a +8.2% increase in unit cost.

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) saw volume rise +9.8% to 1.4 million tonnes, boosting revenue +14.8% to AED7.7 billion. It operates eight dedicated freighters - - seven 747Fs and a new 777F. The Dnata ground handling subsidiary enjoyed a +66.4% increase in profit to +AED507 million "despite a testing year from increased activity," (EAD) said. The unit handled 244,516 airplanes during the year, up +2.3%, and now operates out of 17 airports in seven countries.

(EAD) introduces "Arabian Air Passes" to travellers originating outside of the Gulf region. The passes, which vary in price based on geographic zones, provide a low-cost way to visit other destinations in the Middle East within the time period between the start and end dates of a round trip journey to Dubai. In other words, buying a round-trip Paris-Dubai ticket originating on May 1 and returning May 14 qualifies a traveller to buy discounted passes from Dubai to cities like Amman, Muscat, Cairo, and Tehran for travel within those two weeks.

(EAD) said it was "surprised at the revelations" in the recent European Union (EU) report regarding the online ticket sales "blacklist" on which (EAD) was named as one of 12 airlines not fully complying with all transparency and clarity requirements for selling tickets via its website. "As a responsible international company, (EAD) adheres to all regulations and requirements of the countries in which we operate," Divisional Senior VP Commercial Operations Worldwide, Richard Vaughan said. "On our own initiative, when we were made aware of the (EU)'s investigation into airline websites, we sought a copy of the checklist and reviewed its requirements together with our legal counsel in London. We were satisfied that our websites and fare advertising had complied with all the listed requirements." Vaughand dismissed (EU) Consumer Protection Commissioner, Meglena Juneva's contention that (EAD) failed to respond to the (EC)'s investigation, noting that "there has been no communication from the (EU) investigators warning us of any compliance issues. If such issues exist, we would be very keen to engage in dialogue to understand these issues."

(EAD) took delivery of its 75th 777, a 777-300ER.

June 2009: Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Tim Clark said that year-to-date passenger numbers are up +13% year-over-year but that first (F) and business (C) class traffic have plunged -50% on certain routes, a dynamic he believes will alter the industry's pricing regime in the long term. (EAD) reported a +AED1.49 billion/+$405.5 million profit for the fiscal year ended March 31, a -72% drop from the prior year. "There are difficulties to manage," Clark said.

Some 23% of (EAD)'s approximately 11,000 flight attendants (CA) currently are on unpaid leave. "We slashed costs by -16% to -20% this year. You have to be flexible, change things daily," he said. Recruitment of cockpit (FC) and cabin crew (CA) is on hold. However, grounding airplanes is not on the agenda, he said. "Maybe if we slow down [deliveries], it would happen over a timeframe of nine months. This is marginal when you look at the fact that we have 100 A350s and 52 A380s on order." He told the "Associated Press (AP)" that any delay would not take place in 2009. He expects to operate 15 to 16 A380s by July 2010. "We will become the largest wide body fleet operator worldwide," he claimed. (EAD) already is the largest 777 operator, ahead of Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Clark said (EAD)'s ability to maintain and add capacity, while others are cutting back is a result of "a robust network which comes much more into play in bad times." He said (EAD) expects summer load factors in the 80% to 85% LF range and that it continues to look for new markets, such as recently opened Durban and Luanda. Still, slowing down is a reasonable approach considering the current climate. "After the years of massive growth, it is useful to take a breath," he said. Speaking to the (AP), Clark said, "I like to think that we will be in the black" this year. "We've got sufficient cash and we . . . can afford to take a hit because we haven't squandered that money and we have a cash mountain that allows us to tough it through."

(EAD) began serving Toronto (thrice-weekly) and Bangkok (daily) with the A380. (EAD)'s next new A380 destination will be Incheon on December 1. It also announced the addition of 22 weekly flights to India, bringing the number to 185 in the coming months. It serves 10 Indian cities.

Engine Alliance (EA) and (EAD) signed a fleet management agreement for (GP7200) Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) valued at more than >$3 billion over the life of the contract. (EAD) has more than >250 of the A380 powerplants on order. (EA) President, Jim Moravecek said that the (GP7200)s powering (EAD)'s A380s have been +0.6% more fuel efficient than expected with a 99.93% departure reliability.

(EAD) will operate one of its two daily Dubai - Birmingham flights with an A380 on September 9 to celebrate Birmingham International's 70th anniversary. "We hope that many travelers from around the region will take advantage of this opportunity to fly on the superjumbo for the first time," President, Tim Clark said.

(EAD) will fly the A380 to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) beginning February 1. (EAD) President, Tim Clark said the daily service "is a result of such encouraging sales" and that "our plans to introduce this exceptional airplane have been accelerated by almost a year, which, in the current economic climate, is a major achievement." (EAD) currently operates 777s to (CDG) twice-daily and its five A380s to Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok, Toronto, and London Heathrow.

(EAD) took delivery of its 78th 777, a 777-300ER, making it the world's largest 777 operator. It has +28 more on order.

August 2009: Emirates (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Durban service October 1 aboard a 278-seat A330-200. Separately, it has postponed the launch of thrice-weekly, Dubai - Luanda service to October 25.

A330-243F (1032, A6-DCA) for Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) and A380-861 (046, A6-EDK), ex-(F-WWAG) deliveries.


September 2009: Emirates (EAD) and V Australia (VAZ) reached a code share agreement under which (VAZ) will place its code on (EAD)'s flights from Sydney to Christchurch and Auckland. It is (VAZ)'s first code share deal outside the Virgin Blue Group.

(EAD) now is scheduled to launch its previously postponed Dubai - Luanda service on October 25. The route will be operated thrice-weekly with a 777-300ER.

(EAD) said it expects that (EAD)'s A380 flights will return to New York in the first six months of 2010, because passenger demand should be recovering by then. (EAD) started A380 New York service in April of last year, but pulled it two months later and replaced it with the smaller 777. (EAD) has stretched its network as demand sank in the recession, especially in the USA.

Emirates currently has five A380s in its fleet.

CEO, Tim Clark said in an interview with "The Associated Press (AP)" that (EAD) is also interested in expanding to other USA cities like Washington, Seattle, Boston, and Chicago. But Clark doesn't expect (EAD) will add new USA destinations anytime soon. Clark said (EAD) has been filling planes in other USA cities it serves; including Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. But it's kept a lid on the number of flights out of those cities because demand has been so soft.

(EAD) has also kept a close eye on the size of airplanes it uses at certain ports, choosing to replace bigger planes — like the A380 — with smaller ones to keep occupancy rates up during the downturn. (EAD) is still growing and passenger numbers globally have jumped by about +21% since this time last year, Clark said. Clark told the (AP) in June that as the Arab world's biggest carrier, (EAD) should stay profitable for the year through next March, even after its net profit last fiscal year tumbled -72%. "The USA is coming along, but not as fast as Europe and Asia," Clark said.

As demand is starting to show signs of recovery, (EAD) has begun to raise fares again, Clark said, although fares are still discounted by as much as 50% on some routes. (EAD) serves nearly 100 destinations in 60 countries. (EAD) plans to launch service from its Dubai hub to Durban, South Africa, On October 1 and to Luanda, Angola, on October 25. (EAD) has 128 passenger planes in service, with 123 on order — valued at more than >$52 billion.

(EAD) may be in the market for more airplanes at November's Dubai Airshow and is revisiting the prospect of operating up to 30 A330s during off-peak periods, President, Tim Clark hinted. (EAD) signed a letter of intent (LOI) for 30 A330s in July, 2008 when it took delivery of its first A380, but the order was never confirmed and eventually lapsed as fuel prices soared and the economic downturn took hold. "We are revisiting the off-peak situation," Clark said. He sees a potential need for service between the four major peaks at Dubai (DXB) to new secondary cities, where connection times through (DXB) are not as critical and could reach 3 to 4 hours instead of 90 minutes. They would not be routes targeted to business (C) travelers.

He noted that now is a "great time to buy" airplanes. But he poured cold water on a possible 747-8I order, saying the A380 is generating such high loads that the Boeing (TBC) offering is "no longer an option." (TBC) has attempted to interest (EAD) in the 747-8I for a number of years, but range and interior configuration issues have been stumbling blocks. The airline has ordered 10 747-8Fs with 10 options.

777-31HER (35593, A6-ECU), A330-243F (1070, A6-DCB) (for Emirates SkyCargo (EMC)), and A380-861 (042, A6-EDM) deliveries.

October 2009: Emirates (EAD) said that it issued a $413.7 million USA bond offering guaranteed by the USA Export Import Bank to finance the delivery of three 777-300ERs. The secured notes are due August 21, 2021, and payable in installments of principal and interest on a quarterly basis, the airline said. "This transaction is very important for the industry as it represents the first offering of its kind directly into the global public capital markets," Senior VP Corporate Treasury, Brian Jeffrey stated. "We believe bond markets represent an important source of capital for the airline industry in general and for Emirates (EAD) in particular." Goldman, Sachs & Company and Calyon Securities acted as joint bookrunners and joint structuring agents.

(EAD) starts flying to Durban, South Africa.

(EAD) hired 16 pilots (FC) in September and plans to hire 16 pilots (FC) in the next three months. Interviews are planned for this month. (EAD) currently has 163 airplanes on order and will accept 20 new airplanes - 777's and A380's in the next 12 months. (EAD) is accepting pilot (FC) applications online.

777-31HER (35594, A6-EIM), delivery.


November 2009: Emirates (EAD) appears to have flown untouched through the industry downturn, reporting a +AED752 million/+$204.7 million profit in the fiscal semester ended September 30, more than double the +AED284 million earned in the year-ago period. "(EAD) remained focused on its long-term strategy despite the global economic slowdown. We have continued to invest in our eco-efficient airplane fleet, in strengthening our global route network and also in supporting the infrastructure for our growing business," Chairman &d CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said. "Unlike others in the industry, (EAD) did not cut back on its product, service or people. Instead, we invested in these areas and looked to our people to develop ever more innovative ways to manage costs, improve efficiencies, reallocate resources, and drive alternative strategies for the business."

(EAD) added eight airplanes and two destinations (Durban and Luanda) during the semester and now operates 139 planes to 101 destinations. It plans to take 10 additional airplanes before the end of its fiscal year on March 31. It said it raised airplane financing of AED3.3 billion in the first half.

Six-month revenue fell -13.5% year-over-year to AED19.8 billion, which (EAD) said was a reflection of "lower passenger and cargo yields." Expenses sank -15.8% to AED19 billion. Traffic measured in (RPK)s rose +21% against a +22% increase in capacity that dropped load factor -0.8 point to 77.5% LF. Cargo carriage was "in line" with the year-ago period. Al Maktoum said, "We expect it will take at least another year or two before demand for air transport and travel services starts picking up again. In the meantime, (EAD) is well-placed to weather the rest of the storm."

According to the "Financial Times," Emirates (EAD) sees South America as its next big target market, capitalizing on the region’s strong economic performance in recent years. (EAD) specifically said it’s negotiating with Colombia for rights to serve Bogota and is also eyeing Buenos Aires, Santiago and Caracas. (EAD) currently flies to just one city in South America: Sao Paulo.

(EAD) announced a +13% increase in seat capacity to the Asia/Pacific beginning next month, comprising a fourth daily service to Bangkok, a third daily to Sydney, the 13th and 14th weekly flights to Manila and an 11th weekly service to Jakarta. "Asian markets are rebounding with reports of resurgent traffic at key airports in the region. We are confident of seeing a recovery soon and are introducing additional capacity to serve the increasing demand," Senior VP Commercial Operations Far East & Australasia, Richard Jewsbury said.

(EAD) President, Tim Clark elaborated on the A380 delays mentioned by Chairman, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, telling the "DPA" news agency that three airplanes scheduled to arrive in November and December now will be delivered in December and January. At the end of 2010, (EAD) will operate 15 A380s instead of the planned 20 and it expects to take 11 to 12 airplanes in both 2012 and 2013. Delivery of its order for 58 should be finished by 2017. Clark also said (EAD) is evaluating converting options on additional planes in order to take advantage of newly open delivery positions and that its Dubai - Incheon A380 service will begin December 14.

The Goodrich Corporation (BFG) signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Emirates (EAD) covering the provision of evacuation system Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on (EAD)'s A380s.

(EAD) said it will begin serving Paris Charles de Gaulle with a 489-seat A380 on December 29 rather than February 1. "An operational review, coupled with demand on the route, has led to an earlier introduction," it said. (EAD) operates the route twice-daily. The A380 will fly thrice-weekly to start, becoming daily January 17. (EAD) also announced a new five-times-weekly, Dubai - Tokyo Narita service starting March 28 aboard a 777-300ER. Japan Airlines (JAL) will code share. (EAD) currently serves Osaka Kansai.


2 777-31HERs (36981, A6-ECW; 36982, A6-ECX), deliveries.

December 2009: Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark is upbeat about (EAD)'s future despite the financial challenges facing Dubai that came to light last month, when the emirate announced it would seek to delay debt payments owed by Dubai World, the government's primary investment company. "Dubai will navigate itself out of this, as will we, and I am confident that the airline will not be affected by this [financial problem]," Clark said. The "Wall Street Journal," citing Standard & Poor's, reported that around half of Dubai's $80 to $90 billion debt is related to Dubai World and its subsidiaries.

Clark said (EAD) does not intend to cancel any airplane orders, adding that it will "not be impacted by the current crisis." The airline has independent financial instruments maturing in 2010 and 2011, he said: "People expect us to repay them on schedule and we will, absolutely . . . Sure, if there is more turbulence, then we will moderate our growth but we're not going to stop growing; this is really a great business. And yes we are a bit shocked by what has happened and the global repercussions over the weekend."

(EAD) reported a AED752 million/$204.7 million profit for the fiscal semester ended September 30, more than double the +AED284 million earned in the year-ago period. It said three weeks ago that it plans to take delivery of 10 airplanes through March 31.

(EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Amsterdam flights on May 1 aboard a three-class 777. (EAD)/(EMC) has operated cargo service to (AMS) since 1994. (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Prague service July 1 aboard a two-class A330.

(EAD) said it has raised more than >$1.13 billion to finance the delivery of six A380s. The first, and (EAD)'s sixth overall, is delivering shortly, with the second in late December and the remaining four next year. The next A380 will begin flying to Incheon on December 14. The seventh will operate to Paris Charles de Gaulle starting December 29.

Recently, (EAD) President, Tim Clark claimed the airline would be unaffected by the Dubai debt crisis. He said it "remains in a secure financial position . . . We have never encountered difficulties in obtaining finance for our airplane acquisition program, with both international and regional banks comfortable with our financial stability." Financing for three of the A380s was arranged by Citibank and guaranteed by the European Export Credit Agencies while financing for the other three was arranged by Doric Asset Finance.

2 A380-861s (007, A6-EDF; 023, A6-EDG), deliveries.

January 2010: Emirates (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Madrid flights on August 1 aboard a three-class A330-200. (EAD) will increase its 11-times-weekly, Dubai - Jakarta 777 service to twice-daily on March 1. (EAD) will launch five-times-weekly, Dubai - Tokyo Narita service on March 28 aboard a three-class 777-300ER.

Amadeus will provide Emirates (EAD), Finnair (FIN) and TACA (TAC) with its Marketing Information Data Tapes, which contain information about airline bookings made by travel agencies connected to the Amadeus Global Distribution System (GDS).

(EAD) will operate the A380 to Saudi Arabia when it launches a four-times-weekly, Dubai - Jeddah service on February 1 (a high-volume route due to the religious pilgrim traffic). The A380 will seat 14F in first class, 76C in business and 427Y in economy. Jeddah will be (EAD)'s eighth A380 destination. It began flying the airplane to Paris Charles de Gaulle on December 29. It currently operates the Jeddah route daily. (EAD) also announced the launch of a daily flight to Prague on July 1 aboard a two-class A330-200.

Airbus (EDS) delivered its 6,000th airplane, an A380, to Emirates (EAD) in Hamburg. It is (EAD)'s eighth A380 and the 25th delivered by (EDS). (EDS)'s 5,000th delivery was an A330-200 in December 2007 and its 1,000th an A340-300 in March 1993.

777-31HER (35595, A6-ECY), A330-343E (1081, A6-AFB), and 2 A380-861 (025, A6-EDH; 030, E6-EDK) deliveries.

February 2010: Emirates (EAD) added a third daily, Dubai - Kuala Lumpur frequency and increased service to Rome Fiumicino from 12-times-weekly to 14.

777-31HER (38983, A6-ECZ), delivery.

March 2010: Emirates (EAD) plans to hire 2,000 flight attendants (CA) this year, according to a statement cited by press reports from Dubai. It has added some 660 cabin staff (CA) and more than >60 pilots (FC) in the past 12 months, during which it increased its fleet by 14 airplanes to 145. It will launch service to its 106th destination, Dakar, on September 1 when it begins five-times-weekly flights from Dubai on an A340-300.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said that the airline's A380s have been a success with passengers and on the balance sheet but that "there are still problems with the reliability of the airplanes. And when we fix snags, we find new ones. I am trying to be kind to Airbus (EDS), but they have to solve the problems." The operational reliability of (EAD)'s seven in-service A380s is 90% to 95%, which he said is not good enough, although he added that (EDS) "gives us good support." (EAD) plans to take seven more A380s and six 777-300ERs this year.

Meanwhile, Clark said (EAD) will report a +20% increase in passenger numbers for the year ending March 31. "We will have a good story to tell" when the full-year results are released later in the spring, he said. During the past year, (EAD) has been able to raise fares step-by-step by as much as +35%, but yields remain under pressure although load factors across the network have climbed to 83% LF to 84% LF. It has no plan to reduce the number of premium seats on offer like some other carriers, particularly Qantas (QAN) and Lufthansa (DLH). "Sure we took a hit in our premium classes. But the aviation industry is making the wrong decision. The more they reduce, the better it is for us. I don't believe that first (F) and business (C) class will not come back," he said.

April 2010: 777-31HER (38984, A6-EGA), delivery.

May 2010: Emirates (EAD) will operate twice-weekly, Dubai - Al Madinah service July 2 to September 24 aboard an A330-200.

A380-861 (028, A6-EDI), delivery.

June 2010: Emirates (EAD) employees = 28,037 (including 2,282 Flight Crew (FC) and 11,069 Cabin Attendants (CA)).

Emirates (EAD) announced it will operate one additional roundtrip flight from Dubai to Cape Town and Johannesburg July 12 and July 13 respectively in anticipation of increased demand during the Soccer (FIFA) World Cup.

Emirates (EAD)'s ambitions to build Dubai into "a central gateway to worldwide air travel" took another major step forward as it ordered 32 additional A380s valued at $11.5 billion at list prices, the single biggest order for the airplane to date and bringing (EAD)'s total orders for the type to 90.

The order agreement was signed in a ceremony at the Berlin Air Show witnessed by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, (EAD) Chairman & CEO, Ahmed bin SaeedAl-Maktoum and Airbus (EDS) President & CEO, Tom Enders.

Al-Maktoum told media that "the A380 is a great airplane and our passengers worldwide are enthusiastic about this new dimension of air travel. This latest order, adding to 58 A380s previously ordered, affirms Emirates (EAD)'s strategy to become a world leading carrier and to further establish Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel."

Enders said, "Emirates (EAD) has supported the development of the A380 from the earliest days, and today's order . . . is the best endorsement I can imagine."

Emirates Airline (EAD) Group Chairman & Chief Executive, Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum signed an agreement for additional Engine Alliance (GP7270)s to power the 32 A380s ordered at the ILA Berlin Air Show. Total value of the deal, which includes a Fleet Management Agreement and spare engines, is approximately $4.8 billion over the life of the contract, Engine Alliance said.

(EAD) took delivery of its 10th A380-861 (009, A6-EDJ) this week and currently serves London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul Incheon, Sydney, and Auckland with the airplane. It plans to start A380 service from Dubai to Beijing on August 1 and to Manchester on September 1 and will restore A380 service on its Dubai - New York (JFK) route in October.

(EAD) plans to have an enormous amount of wide body capacity in the future: In addition to the 80 A380s, it still has on order for delivery, it has commitments for 70 A350s and 18 777-300s.

A380-861 (009, A6-EDJ), delivery.

July 2010: Emirates Airline (EAD) kicked off the Farnborough International Airshow with an order for 30 777-300ERs valued at $9.41 billion, while stating that it hoped to have an answer from Boeing (TBC) by October on its request for an upgraded model of the twinjet. (EAD), the world's largest 777 operator with a fleet of 86 in service, has another 16 777-300ERs on order and is the only airline to operate every variant.

GE Aviation (GEC) valued the engine share of Emirates (EAD)’s order for 30 (GE90-115B)-powered 777-300ERs at $2 billion. The engine selection includes a 12-year "OnPoint solution" services agreement worth $1 billion, (GEC) said.

"Since we took delivery of our first 777 14 years ago, the airplane's reliability, performance and operating economics have firmly established it as the backbone of our fleet," said (EAD) Group Chairman & Chief Executive, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO, Jim Albaugh said, "Emirates (EAD) is today one of the world's leading airlines and has played an important role in the success of the 777 with its strong support and valuable feedback over the years. This order underscores (EAD)'s confidence in the airplane which forms the backbone of its fleet. For that we are very grateful."

(EAD) President, Tim Clark said that (EAD) has had one round of discussions with Boeing (TBC) on its “777 wish list” and he expects a response by October. He said this order has no provision for the 777-300ERs to be swapped for the upgraded model when it comes. The cornerstone of (EAD)’s requirements is a 50-tonne payload capability to Los Angeles, whereas currently it achieves 34 to 35 tonnes to San Francisco. Clark was upbeat on the ability of Boeing (TBC)’s 777 management team, now headed by its former Chief Lars Anderson, to deliver on (EAD)'s requirements. “If anyone can do it, Lars can,” he said. Anderson, who had retired, was lured back last year by Albaugh. “We know what we want; we will wait and see whether a hybrid will do the job,” Clark said. That hybrid may be a mix of more thrust, composite wing and a slight stretch, he explained. “All things are on the table,” Albaugh said.

With Emirates (EAD) expanding rapidly and showing no sign of slowing down, European airlines are looking at how to counter a carrier that has become a formidable threat.

Dubai International reported a +13.6% leap in passengers in May to 3.7 million. (IATA) recently noted that Middle East airlines "continue to post strong growth with connecting traffic through their hubs." It is that traffic in particular that concerns European carriers worried that growing numbers of passengers will choose (EAD) connections through Dubai over flights offered by European Union (EU)-based airlines.

(KLM) CEO, Peter Hartman said he expects (EAD) will face "more and more reluctance [from governments] to grant traffic rights." According to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), Hartman told "Dow Jones" that governments in Europe and other parts of the world are likely to become increasingly unwilling to accommodate the next phase of (EAD)'s expansion.

(CAPA) pointed to recent reports that the French government has rejected requests to grant (UAE)-based airlines more landing slots at Paris Charles de Gaulle. (EAD), Etihad (EHD) and Air Arabia (ABZ) were seeking a total of seven new slots, but French authorities reportedly agreed to just one new service.

British Airways (BAB) CEO, Willie Walsh recently stated outright that Emirates (EAD)'s expansion represents a threat to long-haul European carriers. "It’s definitely going to have an impact on the business," he said.

Lufthansa (DLH) CEO, Wolfgang Mayrhuber told "Bloomberg," "It’s a miracle that (EAD) already has more intercontinental seats than Air France (AFA) and British Airways (BAB) combined. It took us 40 years to get 30 747s in the air in one of the biggest global economies, so one must assume that [(EAD)'s aggressive growth strategy] is an investment for [serving] the world."

(EAD) last month ordered 32 additional A380s valued at $11.5 billion at list prices, the single biggest order for the A380 to date and bringing its total orders for the type to 90.

Pointing to that order, (CAPA) commented that the eventual size of (EAD) will be "significant enough to make irreversible the airline industry's transformation from a heavily regulated, nationalistic anachronism to something approaching a real business. No longer can traditional competitors hope to stave off this threat to the status quo, as they have been hoping in recent years while the airline expanded threateningly. This order marks a genuine turning point in that process of change. It is so large in fact that competitors' business plans will be reshaped by it."

Prior to the recent huge orders for 777s and A380s, Emirates Airline (EAD) said that it plans to add more than >700 pilots over the next 18 months to support new routes, new airplanes and increased frequencies. (EAD)'s recruitment team has been seeking prospective First Officers in Madrid, one of six new destinations to be announced by (EAD) this year. After Madrid, specialists will move to Barcelona and then across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, (EAD) said. "We have embarked on a major drive to recruit flight crew (FC) to support our growth at a time when much of the industry is cutting back," said Captain Alan Stealey, Emirates (EAD)'s divisional Senior Vice President Flight Operations. "With our 9th and 10th A380s just arrived, that's two giant airplanes to staff in the space of a fortnight alone. By the end of this year, we will have recruited more than >250 pilots (FC). Next year, we're looking to double that figure and recruit 500."

Mercator, the Information Technology (IT) solutions provider of the Emirates (EAD) Group, said that following acquisition of the tikAERO passenger services system solutions through Bangkok-based TIK Systems, it established an office in Bangkok to be known as "Mercator Asia." The office "will provide a base for the ongoing development of the system and other passenger-related solutions," Mercator said. Roland Heller, founder of TikSystems, was appointed CEO of the Bangkok office.

London Stansted Airport received Code F status from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which will allow the A380 and 747-8 to operate from the airport, and was named Emirates (EAD)'s alternative airport for its A380s in case of necessary diversions.

OnAir announced that Emirates (EAD) selected its Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir in-flight connectivity service for its A380 fleet of 90 airplanes. Installation will start at the beginning of 2011; the first OnAir-equipped Emirates (EAD) A380 is slated to begin service in June 2012.

August 2010: Emirates Airline (EAD) 2009 World Passenger Traffic = 126,273 Million (+24.1%) (RPK)s (World Highest #6) (#10); World Total Employees = 28,686 (+2.3%) (World Highest #13). SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-2010-08-WLD RPK-2009."

Emirates (EAD) announced it is doubling services to Los Angeles and Houston Intercontinental from October 31 and November 1, respectively, to twice daily aboard a 777.

President, Tim Clark said (EAD) has experienced very strong demand across all of its USA gateways this year, including robust premium and business (C) traffic. He pointed out that since (EAD) started USA flights in 2004, the value of trade between the USA and the (UAE) has almost tripled.

(EAD) launched operations from Dubai to Houston on December 3, 2007, and to Los Angeles on October 26, 2008. (EAD) will start flying its
A380s to Hong Kong, starting October 1. Dubai - Hong Kong flights will operate via Bangkok. (EAD) already has double-daily service between Dubai and Hong Kong, one direct and the other through Bangkok. (EAD) also operates 18 weekly Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) flights, notes Richard Jewsbury, Senior VP Commercial Operations in the Far East & Australasia.

12th A380 delivery. Emirates (EAD), now the largest A380 operator with 12 of the airplanes, says it has 11 destinations served by the type. They include Manchester, due to start September 1, and the
return to New York John F Kennedy Airport on Octobher 31.

September 2010: Emirates (EAD) celebrates 25th year anniversary of operations - - SEE ATTACHED "(EAD)-2010-09-25 YRS-A/B/C/D/E/F/G/H/I/J/K/L."

(EAD) successfully completed migration to (SITA)'s Airfare Insight platform, (SITA) announced. (EAD) implemented the software tool across its global network of sales offices.

(EAD) has announced a new destination to be served by its A380 fleet - - Hong Kong - - its 11th hub. (EAD) will operate a daily service from October (via Bangkok). (EAD) currently operates the A380 to Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Jeddah, Paris, Seoul, Sydney, and Toronto, plus double daily to London Heathrow. It has added Manchester on September 1st and will offer return to its non-stop service to New York's (JFK) from October 31.

(EAD) launched five-times-weekly, Dubai - Dakar service aboard an A340-300. (EAD) introduced an A380 on one of its double-daily, Dubai - Manchester services. Manchester airport invested around £10 million/$15.4 million to upgrade its infrastructure to handle the airplane.

October 2010: Emirates (EAD) will increase daily A340-500/A330-200 Dubai – Tripoli service to 10-times-weekly in November.

November 2010: Emirates (EAD) strongly felt the global economic
rebound in the first six months of its fiscal year, recording substantial growth in revenues and an even bigger improvement in profits. (EAD) reached a +$925-million net profit for the period ended September 30, almost as much as for full-year 2009, when (EAD)’s results were impacted by the global downturn. The profit represents an increase of +351% from the same period last year. Revenues were up +35.5% to $7.2 billion as costs increased by +22.6%. (EAD) benefited from significantly better yields as illustrated by the fact that (RPK)s traffic grew more slowly (by +19.4%) than revenues. Capacity was up +13% (ASK)s in the period as (EAD) took
delivery of five more A380s and one 777-300ER. (EAD) says it expects two more wide bodies to arrive before the end of the year. “Our strong position today is reflective of our ability to adapt, returning us to a vigorous period of growth,” says (EAD) Chairman, Sheikh Ahmad bin Saeed al-Maktoum. With 62 new state-of-the-art airplanes ordered in the first half, we remain well positioned to capitalize on this growth.” (EAD) transported 15.5 million passengers in the six months and reached a 81.2% LF load factor, higher than ever.

JetBlue Airways (JBL) and Emirates (EAD) announced that they entered into an interline agreement, which will allow customers seamless connections via New York (JFK) with joint Emirates (EAD) - JetBlue (JBL) itineraries. "Our new partnership with (JBL) will enable customers from across the United States to connect quickly and easily to (EAD)'s extensive network of worldwide destinations,'' said (EAD) Senior VP Commercial Operations for the Americas and Africa, Nigel Page.

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC)’s revenues increased by +48.4% to $1.2 billion, representing 17.8% to overall transport sales.

(EAD) added five weekly services each to Riyadh and Jeddah from Dubai, bringing the total in each market to 12. New Riyadh service is operated with 237-seat A330-200; Jeddah service is aboard a 517-seat A380.

December 2010: Emirates Airline (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Geneva service on June 1 (777-200LR/777-300ER); four-times-weekly, Dubai (DXB) - Basra on February 2 (Airbus A330-200); and will increase daily, (DXB) - Hamburg to twice daily on September 1 (777-200).

Veling purchased four 777-200ERs from Emirates (EAD) for leaseback. The Mauritius-based airplane leasing company purchased two 777s from (EAD) in February.

January 2011: SEE ATTACHED "EAD-2011-01-2010 WORLD TOP TRAFFIC."

The Air Transport World (ATW) magazine named Emirates Airline (EAD) as its "Airline of the Year" for 2011, citing its strong commitment to safety and operational excellence, its trendsetting customer service and its superb financial performance including a 22-year consecutive annual profit streak.

According to (ATW), since launching service in 1985, Emirates (EAD) has grown into one of the largest and most dynamic airlines in the world and has transformed Dubai into a major connecting hub for global air travel. SEE ATTACHED "EAD-2011-01-AIRLINE OF YR-A/B/C/D."

(EAD) will launch four-times-weekly, A330-200 Dubai - Basra service on February 2. (EAD) will increase daily, Dubai - Vienna service to 11-times-weekly A340-500 service on March 27.

Lufthansa (DLH) wants Emirates Airline (EAD) to be denied landing slots at Berlin’s new airport, saying (EAD) had an unfair advantage, according to a (UAE) newspaper. The spat between the two airlines is the latest bid by an international carrier to limit fast-growing (EAD)’s access to their home markets. The National newspaper quoted a (DLH) spokesman as saying (EAD)’s access to German airports had led to “unequal” air traffic between the two countries. “We think there is a big imbalance in the allocation of slots,” (DLH) spokesman, Wolfgang Weber told the newspaper. He said (EAD) already flies to four airports in Germany, while Lufthansa only flies to one destination in Dubai. “(EAD) has between five and six times more business on that route as a result.” “There is no bilateral air traffic relationship with any other country that is as unequal as between Germany and Dubai,” he was quoted as saying.

(EAD) told "Reuters" that it would continue to seek access to Berlin and Stuttgart as additional points of call in Germany. “(EAD)'s services to Berlin and Stuttgart, both of which remain under-serviced in terms of scheduled intercontinental routes, would benefit trade, investment, tourism and employment in the two cities, their surrounding regions and nationwide in Germany,” (EAD) said in a statement.

The incident follows tension between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Canada over landing rights for (UAE) airlines including Emirates (EAD) and Etihad Airways (EHD). (EAD), the Arab world’s largest carrier, has been lobbying the Canadian government to boost its thrice-weekly direct flights to Toronto and more Canadian destinations, with support from the (UAE) government, but failed to gain greater access. That triggered a (UAE) government decision to end access to a military base used by the Canadian military to support troops in Afghanistan.

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport rose +15% in 2010 as the global economy picked up, and is poised to expand 11% this year, Dubai Airports said. Analysts say Dubai could eventually become the world’s busiest international airport. The Gulf emirate is due to open the world’s largest airport this year with an expected passenger capacity of up to 160 million people a year when fully operational.

Cargo traffic rose +17.7% to 2.3 million tonnes in 2010 following a surge in air freight volumes during the first three quarters, as the global economy recovered and companies cleared inventories globally, the airport said.

Passenger numbers totalling 47.2 million last year beat the airport’s initial projection of 46.1 million and growth accelerated from a +9.2% increase in 2009. Passenger numbers should reach 52.2 million in 2011, up +11% on 2010, Dubai Airports said. “As a result, we have plans to boost capacity on the ground and in the air to ensure we can accommodate the growth while improving service across the airport,” Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Dubai Airports, said in a statement.

The 2011 forecast does not include traffic at the new Al Maktoum airport, which was due to open in March, but has been delayed by a few months.

In December, passenger numbers rose to 4.2 million from 3.8 million a year earlier.

State-owned Dubai Airports said last year that it expects cargo traffic to rise by +48% by 2015, partly due to improving economic conditions. Dubai Airports claims Dubai International is the fifth-busiest airport in the world in terms of international passenger traffic volumes, and the fourth in international cargo volumes.


February 2011: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority and France’s Civil Aviation Authority reached a new bilateral agreement, allowing for a +63% increase in the number of flights operated between the two countries.

The designated airlines of each side won the right to operate up to 57 weekly passenger frequencies combined, +22 more than at present. Furthermore, in addition to Paris, Nice, Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse, both delegations agreed to add Bordeaux as a sixth point of destination in France, according to the (UAE)’s state news agency "WAM."

The (UAE) designated Air Arabia (ABZ), in addition to Emirates Airline (EAD) and Etihad Airways (EHD), as a (UAE) national airline under the signed Memo of Understanding (MOU). The additional flight rights will be phased in between now and 2014.

Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) reached a two-year landing gear maintenance contract with Emirates Airline (EAD) to overhaul the center landing gears of its eight A340-300s. Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) will take place at Lufthansa (DLH)’s landing gear business unit in Hamburg, Germany.

Emirates Airline (EAD) plans to take delivery of 14 new airplanes in its upcoming fiscal year beginning April 1, and retain four others it had planned to remove, owing to strong traffic demand. (EAD) operates 15 A380s, a number that will grow dramatically as deliveries ramp up. “We [will] start constant delivery of the remaining 75 A380s from September 2011,” Divisional Senior VP Commercial Operations Worldwide, Richard Vaughan said. He said the A380s are still a kind of marketing tool and that passengers will change their schedules to be able to fly on the airplane. Two of the airline's 14 full flight simulators at its training facility in Dubai are dedicated to the type.

“The machine created a new landscape [for (EAD)],” he observes. Vaughan confirmed that (EAD) has no plans to install a different cabin configuration for high-density routes such as to India.

Dubai (DXB) airport suffers from capacity problems during peak hours. “It is a challenge for us to get our airplanes out on time,” he said. The strain should be eased somewhat when Concourse 3 is fully operational in 2013. It is dedicated to the A380 and will be capable of handling 25 of them at once. The Dubai government has not decided if and when (EAD) will operate from the new Jebel Ali Airport, which is currently used by cargo airlines.

Commenting on the 2011 outlook, Vaughan said forward bookings are looking good, but adds that "the price of fuel could be a problem if it rises to as much as $100 a barrel."

(EAD) carried 27.5 million passengers in the 2009 to 2010 fiscal year, 60% of them changing airplanes in (DXB). South America is one of the areas where (EAD) believes there is scope for further expansion, but no definite routes or dates have been announced. (EAD) currently serves Sao Paulo Guarulhos. Copenhagen will become (EAD)'s 27th European destination, when it launches August 1. The city of Basra, Iraq, became its 110th destination February 2. (EAD) will add a tenth daily flight to Australia in October, increasing the number of weekly offered seats Down Under from 22,000 to 25,000 in each direction. "When we open a new destination in Europe, we need to add capacity in places such as the Far East and Africa to balance the network,” Vaughan explained.

Emirates Airline (EAD) ordered an additional 84 eXPhone systems from Panasonic Avionics for installation on its 777-300ER and 777-200LR airplanes, with the first newly equipped airplane slated to enter service later this year. The eXPhone operates with AeroMobile’s in-flight mobile phone service and allows passengers to use mobile phones and smartphones to make and receive voice calls, Short Message System (SMS) text messages, and data services in flight.

“For more than a decade, (EAD) has remained a strategically important partner for Panasonic, and we are very excited that they have chosen our eXPhone product for an additional 84 airplanes,” Panasonic Avionics CEO, Paul Margis said. “We look forward to continuing to work with (EAD) on (IFEC) solutions that ensure an amazing, industry-leading entertainment and communications experience for their passengers.”

The system will be line-fitted on (EAD)’s 777-300ER airplanes which are on order, and retrofitted on the airplane already in operation. The AeroMobile in-flight service is already in service on 85 of (EAD)’s airplanes.

(EAD) said it will operate an A380 from Dubai to Kuwait on February 26. It serves the route four-times-daily with a mix of 777 and A330 service. (EAD) said it has "no immediate plans to operate the A380 on the route permanently," but wants Kuwaiti customers "to try our A380 services." It will mark the first time for an A380 to land at or take off from Kuwait Airport (KWI).

(EAD) hired 24 pilots (FC) in December and is currently inviting 32 candidates for the pilot (FC) selection process a week. (EAD) plans to hire 120 pilots (FC) in the next three months and 456 pilots (FC) until the end of 2011. (EAD) attended the flight crew (FC) job fair in Washington DC on last November 20.

March 2011: Emirates Airline (EAD) will launch a second-daily, Dubai - Cape Town service on March 27, using an A340-500. It will also launch a third-daily, A330-200 service to Manchester on May 1.

(EAD) President, Tim Clark said (EAD) has temporarily stopped service from Dubai (DXB) to Libya, reduced (DXB) - Cairo service to a single daily flight, drawn down (DXB) - Tunis flights to thrice-weekly, and also made adjustments on service to Yemen. Flights to the North African countries and Yemen, all of which are in the midst of various states of unrest, generate about 5% to 7% of (EAD)'s business.

"We are switching this [North African] capacity to other destinations," Clark said. "Tourists who had planned [to go] to Tunisia or Egypt on holiday — many of them are coming to Dubai now. We always turn a crisis into our advantage."

Regarding increasing fuel prices, Clark noted that every airline has to deal with higher energy costs, possibly leading to increases in fuel surcharges. "I'm expecting when the situation in Libya becomes more stable, the price of oil could be going down to maybe $90 per barrel," he commented. "There is enough oil around. All these high prices [are driven by] a lot of [market] speculation."

By (EAD)'s winter 2010 to 2011 schedule, service levels to North Africa/Yemen could return to normal, Clark said. (EAD) is endeavoring to build a global brand in part to mitigate the effect of crises in particular regions. "We have a long way [to go to fully develop] an international brand," he explained. "We need to do more [to establish] a 'global brand.' But new airplanes and a bigger fleet will [help to] globalize Emirates (EAD)."

(EAD) President, Tim Clark said that all 15 of (EAD)'s A380s operated for the first time with 100% technical dispatch reliability last week. "We have some hiccups sometimes [with the A380 operation] but the reliability is going up," he said. When (EAD)'s first A380 arrived, about 220 post-factory modifications had to be made. "Today the number is about 60," he said.

Beginning this fall, delivery of its remaining 75 A380s begins at a rate of at least one airplane per month. "It will start to get really busy," Clark said, but he added that every (EAD) area manager is requesting the A380 and that (EAD) could put the airplane on daily service to every European point it serves without losing money because demand is so strong and customers still look to fly on the A380 if the option is there.

Asked how long it takes for a new route to be profitable, Clark said, "I get very upset if they are not in profit after 20 rotations. 90% of new routes [achieve] this target." He expects (EAD) to hire +4,000 new flight attendants (CA) this year and carry 32 million passengers, up from 27.5 million last year.

Technology solutions provider Mercator announced plans to develop an (ICAO)-compliant next-generation safety data management system for the airline industry and said that Emirates Airline (EAD) will be the pilot customer. The system will be designed to integrate risk management across all areas of a business, and is intended to result in higher performance and reduced cost, said Mercator, which is also a unit of the Emirates Group.

Emirates Group Safety Senior VP, Tim Jenkins said, "We continue to heavily invest in this critical area and the Safety Data Management System by Mercator, which includes strengthened capabilities in hazard identification and risk management, plus comprehensive capability for auditing, will enable (EAD) to further mitigate safety-related risks across all of its operations."

April 2011: Emirates (EAD) will launch daily, 777-300ER Dubai - Rio de Janeiro - Buenos Aires service on January 3, 2012. (EAD) will begin to utilize an A380 on thrice-weekly, Dubai - Shanghai Pudong services from April 27.

May 2011: Despite challenging conditions and rising fuel prices, the Emirates Group posted a record net profit of +AED5.9 billion/+$1.6 billion for its fiscal year ended March 31, up +42.9% over net income of +AED4.15 billion in its prior fiscal year, on a +26.4% rise in revenue to AED57.38 billion. The result marked the company's 23rd consecutive annual profit.

Emirates Airline (EAD) was the major contributor to the bottom line with a net profit of +AED5.37 billion for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-11, up +51.9% over net income of +AED3.54 billion in (FY) 2009-10. (EAD)'s fiscal year revenue lifted +25% year-over-year to AED54.38 billion, while expenses increased +22.7% to AED49.94 billion, including a +41.2% surge in jet fuel costs to AED16.82 billion. In addition to fuel, the rise in costs was attributed to increased activity levels, overall growth in staff numbers and a rise in direct operating costs (DOC) related to ground handling, in-flight expenses and airplane maintenance.

Operating profit was +AED5.44 billion, up +52.6% over an operating profit of +AED3.57 billion in (FY) 2009-10. Chairman & CEO, Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the strong result reinforced (EAD)'s drive "to push the boundaries of aviation, questioning the norms and advocating for open and fair competition." He added, "Despite unforeseen challenges in the form of political instability and shocking natural disasters, we have managed, through sheer determination, nimbleness and quick thinking, to produce our best ever result."

(EAD)'s passenger capacity increased +13% compared to the prior fiscal year to 182.76 billion (ASK)s. Load factor was 80% LF, up +1.9 points. Passenger yield increased +8.5%. Total passengers carried heightened +14.5% to 31.4 million.

Geographically, the East Asia and Australasian region was the biggest source of revenue at 29.2%, followed by Europe at 27.2%. West Asia and the Indian Ocean accounted for 12.1% of annual revenue with the Gulf, Africa and the Americas each contributing around 10.5%.

During the fiscal year, (EAD) ordered 32 additional A380s and 30 777-300ERs, bringing the total number of airplanes it had on order as of March 31 to 193 valued at more than >$66 billion. (EAD) took delivery of eight airplanes during the fiscal year, including one 777-300ER and seven A380s, expanding (EAD)'s fleet to 148 airplanes.

During the 12 months ended March 31, it launched passenger service to six new destinations: Al Medinah al Munawarah, Amsterdam, Basra, Dakar, Madrid, and Prague. (EAD) now operates to 111 destinations with 2,565 flights a week.

Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) recorded a +27.6% year-over-year increase in (FY) 2010-11 revenue to a record +AED8.8 billion as cargo tonnage carried rose +11.8%. Freight yield lifted +11.3%.

(EAD) will launch A380 service to Johannesburg from October 1, according to "Trade Arabia News Service." (EAD) operates 42 weekly services from Dubai to Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. (EAD) will increase Dubai (DXB) - Frankfurt service to thrice-weekly, (DXB) - Hamburg to twice-daily (September 1), and will upgrade one of two daily, (DXB) - Munich services to an A380 on January 1.

June 2011: Emirates Airline (EAD) launched a major nationwide advertising campaign in the United Kingdom highlighting its ongoing airplanes investment and insisting it creates thousands of jobs in Europe, part of an effort by (EAD) to counter negative perceptions that it is stealing European carriers' market share, allegedly with unfair support from the Dubai government.

(EAD), which is the largest A380 operator, has 15 of the type in service and an order book for 75 to be delivered by 2018. (EAD) VP UK & Ireland, Laurie Berryman said (EAD)'s 90 A380 orders "resulted in the creation of 13,000 jobs in the UK. This growing investment is benefiting not only local communities but the entire country as well."

In a fact sheet, (EAD) pointed out that its orders represent 38% of total A380 commitments and claimed those orders, based on economic models, sustain 76,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs. It said 72% of these jobs are in France (more than >16,000), Germany (more than >13,000), Spain (more than >6,000) and the UK (in excess of >13,000).

(EAD) employs some 650 people in the UK to support its 105 weekly flights from six airports as well as its call center based near Manchester. It deploys an A380 on a twice-daily service between Dubai (DXB) and London Heathrow and on daily, (DXB) - Manchester flights.

A380-861 (101, A6-EDV), ex-(F-WWAG) delivery.

July 2011: Emirates (EAD) launched a "Destination Radio App" for the iPhone and iPod touch, providing passengers with live-streaming radio stations from 97 cities around the world.

Dubai Airports will spend $7.8 billion on new and upgraded terminals to lift Dubai International Airport's (DXB) annual passenger capacity from 60 million currently to 90 million by 2018. The project is designed to deliver infrastructure to support expected annual passenger and cargo traffic growth of +7.2% and +6.7%, respectively.

Dubai Airports Chairman, Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the elements expected to drive traffic growth are tourism, Dubai’s proximity to the emerging economies of India and China, and the emirate's established role as a trading hub. “By 2020, 98.5 million passengers and over four million tonnes of airfreight will pass through our airports,” he said. “The fleets and networks of Emirates (EAD) and flydubai (FDB) will grow considerably to accommodate traffic and capture market share. Similarly, our infrastructure must expand to enable this growth and facilitate the trade, tourism and commerce that in turn will support the prosperity of Dubai.”

Beyond Concourse 3, which will boost (DXB) capacity to 75 million passengers when it is completed at the end of 2012, Dubai Airports will commission the construction of additional terminal space and concourse areas, comprising an extra 675,000 sq m of floor space (twice the area of London Heathrow's Terminal 5). This includes the expansion of Terminal 2 and the construction of a new concourse:— Concourse 4; — that will be connected to Terminal 1 to facilitate check-in and baggage servicing. A 30,000 sq m expansion of the cargo mega terminal will augment airfreight capacity.

Between 2018 and 2023, construction will begin on Phase 2 of Dubai World Central (DWC), the emirate's second airport that is slated accommodate 80 million passengers a year and enable the eventual relocation of Emirates (EAD)'s hub from (DXB). Once fully completed, (DWC) will be the world's largest airport with five runways and capacity for 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo annually.

2 777-31HER (38990, A6-EGV; 41078, A6-EGV), deliveries.

August 2011: Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Tim Clark said that the performance of (EAD)'s A380s continues to improve, noting that its 15-airplane fleet achieved 99% reliability performance this month.

From September through November 2017, a further 75 A380s will be delivered (EAD), and Clark said he would ultimately prefer an operating fleet of more than 90 of the extra-large airplanes. "If we could, but we can't," he elaborated. "Because by 2017, our first A380, 'Delta-Alpha,' which we put in service in 2008 is then nine years old, and three years after that we replace her. Unfortunately, many of our ordered A380s are planned as replacement airplanes. That's what we will do: 12 years [in service] and out [of the fleet] and then we buy more."

One reason the fleet has to be capped, he explained, is "real estate" at Dubai International Airport (DXB) to park and maintain the airplanes. Currently, (EAD) dedicates 85% of its A380 flying to relatively short-haul routes. "So long as (EAD) is flying to places like Munich, Rome, etc and back to (DXB) in 14 hours rotation — that brings the airplane back far more [often] then you theoretically like," he noted. "If the A380 is flying to the USA West Coast this is a 35 hour mission and you keep [the airplane] away from (DXB) longer. Then the pressure of real estate at (DXB) is [lessened]. You have to make [the long-haul/short-haul ratio] 25% and 75%. If you do that, then you could bring in more A380s."

Even though longer-haul flying will comprise a minority of (EAD)'s A380 flights, it plans to dispatch the airplanes all over the world. But there is not always room for the A380 at various airports. For example, (EAD) had planned to operate an A380 on the (DXB) - Sao Paolo route, but there was no space at the Brazilian airport to park the airplane during a 6-hour layover. "We're working on it," Clark said.

(EAD)'s newest A380 destination will be Munich, scheduled to start by the end of October, followed with Kuala Lumpur, and Rome.

777-F1H (35612, A6-EFF) (DAZ) leased for Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) operations and 777-31HER (35597, A6-EGE) delivery.

September 2011: Emirates Airline (EAD) will increase 9X-weekly, Dubai - Mauritius service to 10X-weekly on November 4 and 11X-weekly on December 6. (EAD) will launch 5X-weekly, Dubai - Lusaka - Harare A330-200 service on February 1 2012. (EAD) will launch A330-200 daily, Dubai - Dublin (DUB) service on January 9. (DUB) will become (EAD)’s 29th European destination.

(EAD) confirmed that former Lufthansa (DLH) Manager, Thierry Antinori will join (EAD) on October 1st. Antinori will become Executive VP Commercial Operations Worlwide, replacing divisional Senior VP Commercial Operations Worldwide, Richard Vaughan, who will retire.

October 2011: Boeing (TBC) and Emirates Airline (EAD) have joined with non-profit organizations to transport relief supplies using a newly delivered 777-300ER to victims of the civil war in Somalia.

The following is an "AIRLINE WEEKLY" publication lead article on Emirates Airline (EAD) expansion in America (Dallas and Seattle?): If there were any doubts about its ambitions in America, this should put them to rest. Emirates (EAD) just announced not one but two new USA routes, both of them surprising. In February, it will begin flying to Dallas-Fort Worth. And one month later, it will begin flying to Seattle.

Not that (EAD) is showing interest in the USA market for the first time. It already flies to the country’s two largest cities (New York and Los Angeles) as well as Houston, a big energy market, and San Francisco, a big information technology (IT) and tourism market. (EAD) does not, however, fly to Washington, USA’s capital, or Chicago, USA’s third largest city. Nor does it fly to Atlanta, with the world’s busiest airport. Nor Detroit, with its auto manufacturing hub. Nor Boston, a major finance center. So why Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Seattle, two cities that have attracted considerably less attention from other longhaul international airlines? In fact, only five airlines will offer longhaul service from (DFW) this winter, compared to eight from Texas rival Houston (despite less overall service there), 13 from Boston, and 21 from Chicago. Seattle has 10 longhaul carriers, but most of them serve the USA west coast-to-East Asia market, one in which (EAD) isn’t positioned to compete.

But the less intense competition from European airlines in particular is one of the attractions for (EAD). At (DFW), (KLM) is exiting the market this winter, and Air France (AFA) hasn’t served it in years. Korean Air (KAL) and newcomer Qantas (QAN) won’t compete for the same traffic as (EAD) (they’re going westbound, (EAD) is going east), leaving just Lufthansa (DLH) and British Airways (BAB) as the only European rivals for longhaul traffic to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, parts of East Africa, and southeast Asia. Financially troubled American (AAL), meanwhile (which dominates the (DFW) domestic market) operates transatlantic flights to just a handful of European cities, including London, where it cooperates closely with British Airways (BAB).

To be sure, (DFW) is a big market. It’s now the fourth largest metropolitan area in the USA with 7 million people, and it’s growing faster than the Big Three, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. It also has a healthier economy at the moment. In addition, the (DFW) area has a large immigrant population from the Middle East and Indian subcontinent as well as a lot of multinational companies (like ExxonMobil and AT&T) that conduct business in these regions.

Seattle has a much smaller population than Dallas-Fort Worth. But it also has more appeal for tourists, always helpful for airlines to fill their economy class (Y) cabins. And like the Dallas region, it’s home to a large number of Indian and Pakistani immigrants and a large number of multinationals, not forgetting HQs for Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks, for example, not to mention Chicago based (Ha!) but Seattle-centric Boeing (TBC). And also like (DFW), transatlantic competition is limited to just a few players, in this case Europe’s Big Three plus Icelandair (ICE) and Condor (CDF), which can’t connect it to the Middle East and India. Neither Seattle nor (DFW) has any other Gulf carrier competition either, unlike Chicago, which is
already served by Etihad (EHD), and Washington, which is already served by Qatar Airways (QTA). Nor is either city served by Turkish Airlines (THY), another Gulf-like airline expanding in the USA.

(EAD) has one additional motivation for adding Seattle: flights could also draw demand from areas between Seattle and Canada's Vancouver, a three-hour drive away. In fact, (EAD) might have chosen Vancouver before Seattle if it had the chance. But it didn’t, because of severe flight right restrictions by Canada’s government, in the interest of protecting Air Canada (ACN), which has its own ambitions in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. In fact, (EAD) is only allowed a mere three flights per week to all of Canada, used for service to Toronto with A380s. Perhaps it could think about flying to Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh to further spite the Canadians.

Joking aside, these two new (EAD) destinations make clear (EAD)’s intent on funneling more USA traffic into its powerful hub in Dubai.

In a recent interview with "Bloomberg News," CEO, Tim Clark named Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, and even Philadelphia as potential new routes as more and more wide bodies arrive. Perhaps Miami, Orlando or even Las Vegas, all giant international tourist markets (and in Miami’s case, one with sizeable outbound business travel too) would work as well, particularly if efforts to relax USA visa laws prove successful. Even Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) flew to Orlando at one time before visa laws made it difficult for Saudi tourists to visit Disney World.

More generally, (EAD) seems to like its opportunities in the American west, where transatlantic service is far more limited than from eastern gateways like Boston, Washington and Atlanta. It’s also, of course, keen to expand in Canada if regulatory conditions change, and in Latin America, where it’s already serving Sao Paulo and will soon touch down in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Recently (EAD) also forged a new interline deal with Canada’s WestJet (WJI). Expanding in the Americas at this moment also provides the added benefit of reducing exposure to outbound traffic from Europe, where weak economies and currencies are pressuring demand.

Who will be hurt most as (EAD) expands in the USA? Delta (DAL), United (UAL) and American (AAL) don’t serve nearly as many points in the Middle East, East Africa and the Indian subcontinent as their European peers and also depend far less on sixth freedom traffic in general. In other words, a large majority of their business comes from USA-based travelers, more than, say, Lufthansa (DLH)’s business comes from travelers based in Germany. No surprise, then, that (DAL), (UAL) and (AAL) are less vocal critics of the Gulf carriers than British Airways (BAB), Air France (AFA)/(KLM) and Lufthansa (DLH).

But now, of course, America’s Big Three and Europe’s Big Three operate their transatlantic flights jointly ((DAL) with (AFA)/(KLM), (UAL) with (DLH) and (AAL) with (BAB)/Iberia (IBE). Many of these flights are filled with people traveling between North America and the Middle East, East Africa and India, exactly the markets (EAD) is attacking. The good news for the USA - - European ventures: they’ve got lots of traffic feed on both ends their flights. The bad news: (EAD) has considerably lower costs, enabling considerably lower fares. The USA-India market in particular is large, growing rapidly and ripe for (EAD) to harvest.

Others that stand to suffer as (EAD) penetrates the USA market include national airlines from Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinent countries. If (EAD) ultimately enters Detroit, for example, Royal Jordanian (RJA)’s Amman-Detroit flights will feel the pain. If (EAD) enters Washington, there goes demand for Saudi Arabian (SVA)’s flights to Jeddah. If it enters Chicago, good luck to Air India (AIN) and Pakistan International (PIA) on itineraries to cities like Bangalore, Chennai or Karachi.

One airline to watch is India’s Jet Airways (JPL). (JPL)'s only current North American destinations are New York (JFK), Newark and Toronto. But if it decides to deepen its transatlantic network, connecting more USA and Canadian cities to Mumbai and Delhi, (EAD)s itself could be the victim of traffic poaching. (JPL) would have an unbeatable menu of Indian beyond destinations from its hubs. And joining an alliance could give it traffic feed from within North America too (the Star (SAL) Alliance would be best for this purpose given its hubs in places where (JPL) might fly, ie, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Washington). On the other hand, (JPL)'s hubs are internationally weak compared to Dubai and other Gulf hubs and can’t effectively connect North Americans to Pakistan (for political reasons) or most of the Middle East (for geographic reasons). In any case, it’s an airline to watch.

So, naturally, are the other two thirds of the Gulf’s Big Three. Qatar Airways (QTA) and Etihad (EHD) also have scores of new planes on order and no doubt view America with eager eyes. (EAD) itself, meanwhile, will likely use A380s on many of its USA routes, as it already does for New York (JFK). Its A350s will also open new USA opportunities. And it’s now saying it might buy even more planes at next month’s Dubai Airshow.

So far this year, (EAD) has opened new service to Basra, Geneva, and Copenhagen, giving it a network of 114 cities. That figure will become outdated, when St Petersburg in Russia and Baghdad in Iraq start next month — - and then again when Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Harare, Lusaka, (DFW) and Seattle start early next year. The (EAD) global empire marches on.

Emirates (EAD) took delivery of 777-31HERs (35585, A6-EGH; 41070, A6-EGG) plus its 16th and 17th A380-861s (077, A6-EDP; 080, E6-EDQ), on lease from Doric Asset Finance for 12 years.

November 2011: Air passengers flying out of Qatar can now have a ‘paperless’ travel experience as the Emirates airline (EAD) is now offering them the option of receiving their boarding passes on internet-enabled mobile phones. (SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-PAPERLESS TRAVEL - 2011-11."

The mobile boarding pass can be scanned and read directly at all check-in counters, airport security check points and boarding gates in Doha. The service is available to all passengers who utilize (EAD)’s online check-in facility out of Doha.

Passengers can log on to and can choose to receive by e-mail or Short Message Service (SMS) a web-link to their mobile boarding pass. The link displays a bar-coded boarding pass on their internet-enabled phones.

Khalid Al Serkal, (EAD)’s Country Manager for Qatar, said: ‘The launch of the mobile boarding pass in Qatar not only supports paperless travel and the reduction of paper waste, but also meets the demands of a new era of travellers, who seek a more sophisticated and efficient means of managing their business and leisure travel.’

‘The mobile boarding pass makes a small step towards reducing our environmental impact,’ he said.

Convenient, straight-forward and secure, customers may also use their internet-enabled mobile devices to perform a multitude of tasks like booking and managing a flight, mobile check-in, searching flight schedules and passenger status.

Passengers can even check the in-flight amenities available on a specific flight.

Emirates (EAD) increased its 21X-weekly, Dubai - Singapore service to 26X-weekly. It will increase the service to 28X-weekly on February 2. (EAD) A380 service from London Heathrow (LHR) will increase to 3X-daily on January 24, replacing 777s on service to Dubai. Its A380 will then serve three out of five daily flights from (LHR).

Emirates (EAD) and AirFrance Industries (AFI)/(KLM) E&M have signed a five-year nonexclusive agreement for component services, and a general terms agreement, on its 777 and A330/A340 fleets.

Lufthansa Technik AG (DLH) (LTK) and Emirates (EAD) have signed a five-year nonexclusive agreement related to the maintenance of components on A330/A340 and 777 fleets operated by (EAD). (EAD)’s Executive VP Engineering & Operations, Adel Al Redha said the deal is an extension of the existing landing gear services provided by Lufthansa Technik (LTK) as a foundation for new opportunities.

At the Dubai Air Show Emirates Airline (EAD) announced a huge order (with deliveries starting in 2015) for 50/20 777-300ERs with a face value of $26 billion. (EAD) already has 95 777s in service and has 40 more on order. Boeing (TBC) said the deal is the largest single airplane order in dollar terms in its history. (TBC) said this accord with (EAD) has contributed to the best year yet for the 777, surpassing 2005's record 154 orders. Boeing is currently preparing to start assembling wings for the 1,000th jet to be delivered to (EAD) next March.

The 777 is Boeing (TBC)'s most profitable program. (TBC) rolls out seven per month and expects to raise production levels to 8.3 a month soon.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark confirmed that its order for up to 70 777-300ERs was an insurance against late deliveries of the Airbus A350. “We do not want to be caught out with a capacity shortfall,” he said.

Clark also said he was bullish on Boeing (TBC)’s plans for further development of the 777. “It is looking very good. Mind you, it is one thing to talk about what you can do, and another to guarantee it,” Clark said at the Dubai Airshow.

(TBC) is reserved on details of 777 development, but analysts have said a composite wing is a certainty, along with weight reduction of up to 20,000 lbs. “(TBC) has learned a lot from the 787 program, which will be incorporated into the next upgrade of the 777,” one analyst said.

Clark, meanwhile, is cautious on the A350 program slippage. “Our A350-1000 order is in limbo — we want the original specification,” Clark said. “We were not consulted on the changes.”

Clark also said he was urging Airbus (EDS) to go ahead with a stretch A380 that would seat up to 670 in a three-class configuration. “We would want an additional 120 to 150 seats and would use it on medium-range missions to cities such as Bangkok and Beijing,” Clark said, noting that passengers will drive many miles to take an A380 flight. “Our Manchester [A380] service is drawing passengers from all over the north of England. Passengers will drive to Manchester rather than our other cities such as Birmingham to pick up the A380,” he said.

777-31HER (38986, A6-EGI) and A380-861 (083, A6-EDR), deliveries.

December 2011: Emirates (EAD) will deploy a fourth daily, A380 flight to its Dubai - London Heathrow service from 25 March 2012.
(EAD) operates five flights a day on the route. It will replace one of the 777-300ER airplanes operating the route with a third A380 on 24 January, and another on 25 March. (EAD) said the addition will mean that it will operate twice as many A380 airplanes as any other carrier to London Heathrow.

(EAD) has launched in-flight Web capabilities on its A380s with service from OnAir. OnAir, a joint venture (JV) between (SITA) and Airbus (EDS), said the launch follows a trial period for the service, which was installed and activated on the first few A380s last year. Wi-Fi services will initially launch on 11 of (EAD)'s 19 A380s currently in-service, with the system due to be installed both now and in the future across the entire fleet of 71 (EAD) A380s on order. In addition to Wi-Fi, from mid-2012, all new (EAD) A380s will be delivered with a full range of Wi-Fi, mobile phone and mobile data services. (EAD) has 91 airplanes currently allowing the service.

“(EAD) recognizes that being connected in flight is increasingly important especially on our longer flights. Adding internet access is going to be a vital and ubiquitous part of any in-flight experience, just as it is in everyday life on the ground,” said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates (EAD) VP Corporate Communications. “As a result of our testing, we were able to learn a lot about what people like to do with the internet in-flight and are pleased to be able to launch with very affordable pricing options.” Pricing for the service starts at $7.50 for mobile devices and $15 for laptops.

Air Berlin (BER) Technik said it will perform a transit check on an Emirates (EAD) A380 each day it is in Munich.

Two A380 deliveries this month.


January 2012: Emirates (EAD) will launch a fourth daily, A380 service March 25 to serve its 5X-daily, Dubai - London Heathrow service. (EAD) will add a second daily service on its Dubai - Glasgow A340-300 route June 1 and will introduce a first class (F) cabin on both flights. (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Ho Chi Minh City A330-200 service on June 4, and will begin operating the route with a two-class 777-300ER on October 28.

The world’s fourth busiest airport in terms of international passenger and cargo traffic, Dubai International airport (DXB) handled passenger traffic of 51 million in 2011, up +8%, compared to 47.2 million in 2010, posting another record year for the airport. Airplane movements totaled 326,317, up +6.2% over 2010.

In December, passenger traffic reached 4.7 million, up 10.2% over the same prior-year period. “In a year that was characterized by economic uncertainty, political instability and high oil prices, passenger growth continued unabated driven by new routes and additional frequencies,” Paul Griffiths, (CEO) of Dubai Airports, said. “That trend will continue in 2012 with our two largest airlines, Emirates (EAD) and flydubai (FDB), set to receive additional aircraft throughout the year.”

Unrest across the Middle East and weaker global economic conditions hit passenger and air freight traffic last year.

In 2011, (DXB) added +28 destinations and discontinued -17, boosting overall passenger destinations to 215, compared to 204 in 2010. Its strongest markets include India, the (UK), Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Qatar, Germany, and the USA. According to (DXB), routes to Eastern Europe experienced the highest growth, up +81%. Routes to Russia and the (CIS) jumped +30.5% and routes to North America climbed +16.1%.

Freight, which reflected the faltering world economy, was down -1.5% to 2.19 million tonnes.

(DXB) expects to complete construction of Concourse 3, the world’s largest dedicated Airbus A380 facility, by year end.

Government-run, Dubai Airports owns and manages Dubai’s two airports, Dubai International and the new Al Maktoum International, which opened for cargo operations in 2010. The airport operator plans to invest $7.8 billion in airport expansion to boost current capacity from 60 million passengers a year to 90 million by 2018.

Emirates (EAD) hired 48 777 and A330 First Officers Flight Crew (FC) in December; (EAD) anticipates it will hire another 60 First Officers in January. (EAD) predicts it will hire 600 First Officers in 2012. Applicants can apply online. (EAD) attended the Global Pilot Job Fair in Newark, New Jersey, USA on October 28. Also see

777-31HER (41073, A6-EGM) delivery.

February 2011: Emirates (EAD) and Alaska Airlines (ASA) have launched a new frequent flier partnership. Under the new terms, travelers will be able to accumulate ASA) Mileage Plan miles when flying to any of (EAD) worldwide destinations, and Emirates Skywards members can gather miles while traveling across the (ASA) network.

(EAD) will launch daily Dubai - Lisbon 777-200ER service on July 9. Lisbon becomes (EAD)'s 31st city in Europe. (EAD) launched daily, Dallas Ft Worth - Dubai 777 service.

March 2012: Emirates (EAD) continued expanding its USA network by launching its sixth route to the country on 1 March. (EAD) now flies from its Dubai (DXB) hub to Seattle, Washington State, USA (SEA). The route across the North Pole is ‘only’ 12,000 km and operates daily, for the first few operations with 777-300ER airplanes, then with 266-seat, 777-200LRs. Except for the obvious traffic flows between Seattle and India, generated by the strong Information Technology (IT) industry links, (EAD) highlights the new route’s cargo opportunities.

Emirates Airline’s (EAD)'s dedicated A380 terminal at Dubai International (DXB) will open January 1, 2013, Executive VP Passenger Sales, Thierry Antinori confirmed.

“At this new facility, we can offer 20 A380 parking positions,” Antinori said. (EAD)Emirates will take delivery of 11 A380s and 20 777-300ERs this year. (EAD) operates 170 wide body airplanes.

“Dubai and the Middle East will be the center of aviation in the future,” Antinori said. “Our infrastructure is better than, for example, in Europe, also our quality of the fleet. Within eight hours’ flying time, we [can] reach two-thirds of the worldwide public.”

All markets are growing, but he expects growth in Europe to slow due to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). “The (ETS) system will cost Emirates (EAD) about €40 million/$53 million annually,” he said. Another burden is fuel costs, “which increased in the last year by +€1.2 billion,” Antinori said, adding that (EAD) expects another +20% passenger increase this year compared to 2011.

OnAir said it has enabled Wi-Fi connectivity across Emirate Airlines (EAD)'s fleet of 21 A380s, the world’s largest A380 fleet. OnAir’s in-flight (GSM) mobile phone network will be deployed on the (EAD) A380s from July this year, the first time the combined (GSM) mobile phone and WiFi service will be available on A380s, the company said.

“Emirates (EAD) prides itself on providing a premier in-flight experience and, for us, this includes connectivity for our passengers," said Patrick Brannelly, Emirates (EAD) VP Corporate Communications Product, Publishing, Digital & Events. “We have had excellent passenger feedback about the OnAir Wi-Fi service and look forward to more of the same from the mobile phone service.”

Internet OnAir has now been on over >5,000 (EAD) A380 flights, initially as a trial before the formal service launch at the end of 2011. With average data usage per user slightly below 20MB, the SwiftBroadband-based service has proved capable of handling demand.

“We have taken two key learnings from the Internet OnAir service on (EAD)’s A380s so far,” said Ian Dawkins, (CEO) of OnAir. “The first and more obvious is that in-flight connectivity is here to stay. The second is that we can meet passengers’ requirements, even on the largest airplanes, with our SwiftBroadband service. Not only does it have the right capacity at the right cost, but also, combined with our network of regulatory authorizations and roaming agreements, we provide consistent global coverage.”

The bulk of usage is focused on social media, news and travel related sites, such as hotel, taxi and restaurant bookings, with passengers typically using the Internet during the first half of the flight.

The time of the flight has a significant impact, with 73% of usage being during the daytime. However, usage levels remain the same regardless of the day of the week. The length of the flight also has an impact, with 84% of usage on flights of over three hours.

There is an even split between the type of device passenger use to access the Internet, with 48% using a laptop or tablet and 52% using a smartphone.

OnAir’s in-flight connectivity services have now been selected by six A380 operators and are currently in service on 25 A380s, as well as being available as linefit and retrofit on a wide range of Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) airplanes.

Honeywell (SGC) has signed a General Terms Agreement with Emirates Airline (EAD) to provide repair and overhaul support for (EAD)'s avionic and mechanic components on its A330 and A340 airplanes and 777, for five years.

Boeing (TBC) and more than >5,000 employees, suppliers, customers and government officials celebrated the 1,000th 777 at a special March 2 event. The 1,000th 777 jetliner will be delivered to Emirates (EAD) later this month. SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "TBC-777-300ER-1000TH-2012-03."

Last year was the best year on record for 777 sales with 200 orders from 22 customers – topping the previous record of 154 set in 2005. Production is at an all-time high for the program and a +20% rate increase begins this fall, increasing from seven to 8.3 airplanes per month. The program will begin building 100 airplanes per year beginning in 2013. To date, Boeing (TBC) has recorded orders for 1,361 777s to 64 customers around the globe.

Emirates (EAD) is the 777 program’s largest customer with 102 777s now in its fleet and 84 passenger airplanes and nine freighters on order. (EAD) is the only airline that operates all six members of the 777 family.

“Emirates (EAD) is honored to be the recipient of Boeing (TBC)’s 1,000th 777 airplane whose advanced long range capacity has been instrumental in our success of becoming a truly global airline,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive, the Emirates Airline Group. “As the world’s largest operator of the 777, we have +93 more 777s on order, which is testament to our belief in the product and the role this airplane will play in our goal to further establish Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel.”

April 2012: Emirates (EAD) plans to retire its 8 A340-300s, ex-Singapore Airlines (SIA) fleet by February 2013.

May 2012: Emirates Airline (EAD) reported a -72.1% drop in net profit of +AED1.5 billion/+$409 million in the 2011 - 2012 financial year, compared to last year’s net profit of +AED5.4 billion. The company cited the “stifling” cost of fuel as the reason for the decline. The drop came despite a +14.9% rise in revenue over the preceding year to a record AED62.3 billion.

The Emirates Group, which includes airport and airline support company dnata, recorded net profits of +AED2.3 billion, compared to +AED5.9 billion for the previous year. Group revenue was up +17.8% to a record AED67.4 billion.

(EAD) Chairman & (CEO), Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the past year’s extremely difficult operating environment encompassed not only rocketing fuel prices and volatile exchange rates, but also major regional problems caused by the Arab Spring, which disrupted schedules and passenger flows.

Handling that situation required “immense tenacity,” he said, adding that he was cautiously optimistic for the current year.

Despite a slew of positive figures (passengers up +8% to 34 million, seat factor steady at 80% LF, despite a +9.8% increase in capacity and passenger yields up +7.8%) the bottom line was badly affected by the cost of fuel.

(EAD)’s fuel bill jumped +44.4% over the previous year to AED24.3 billion. This had been a major factor behind a +24% increase in operating costs.

(EAD)’s freighter operation, Emirates SkyCargo (EMC), reported a strong year with revenues up +8.4% on the previous year at AED9.5 billion.

Dnata achieved a +58.9% leap in revenue to AED7 billion and a record profit of +AED808 million.

Emirates (EAD) will expand capacity on routes from Dubai to the Saudi Arabian cities of Jeddah and Riyadh from 1 June and 1 August, respectively. (EAD) will add four flights to Jeddah, bringing frequencies up to 18 flights per week. On the Riyadh route, (EAD) will increase frequencies from 14 to 17 flights weekly.

(EAD) says the additional flights represents a capacity expansion of +12%.

Italy's Venice’s long haul flights comprise three transatlantic connections and two routes to Middle East hubs. Delta (DAL) serves Venice from both Atlanta and New York (JFK), while US Airways (AMW)/(USA) has daily flights from Philadelphia. During the last year, Emirates (EAD) increased frequencies on its Dubai service to double-daily, while Qatar Airways (QTA) serves Doha daily. Air Transat (AIJ) also has weekly flights in the summer to Montreal and Toronto.

Emirates (EAD) has deployed a 360-seat, 777-300ER to Dublin, earlier than its previously announced date of July 1 due to high demand. Its Dublin service was launched January 9 with an A330-200.

June 2012: Emirates (EAD) has denied various news reports hinting at a potential investment in Qantas (QAN) following a similar investment of (EAD) competitor, Etihad Airways (EHD) in Virgin Australia (VOZ). (EAD) President, Tim Clark has, however, confirmed that (QAN) and (EAD) are talking about potential options to cooperate on routes between the Middle East and Oceania through a code share partnership or similar.

(EAD) is experiencing “enormous” operations problems and has lost nearly -$100 million from necessary modifications to repair wing rib cracks on its in-service A380s.

(EAD) President, Tim Clark said the situation has caused (EAD) “great difficulty” and has affected its expansion plans. The cracks issue, discovered early this year, resulted from use of a material known as 7449 that was used in A380 wing rib feet construction. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an airworthiness directive (AD), extended to all in-service A380s, ordering mandatory inspections of the wing ribs.

(EAD) had to ground six A380s while the inspections/modifications were performed. “That means 30% of our A380 fleet stopped flying. Each one [was] flying 15 hours daily, [with a] 90% LF load factor,” he said, adding the airplanes were replaced with 777-300ERs.

“We have to handle it, because we have no choice,” said Clark. “It [the A380] is a hugely successful airplane for us.”

Clark said that in the last quarter of the financial year, “nearly $100 million was hit [to] our bottom line as a result [of] not having [these] six A380s in service.” The A380s had been grounded for eight weeks “and we had thousands of crews (FC)/(CA) sitting there doing nothing. Is there compensation possible? No one is paying anything at the moment,” Clark said, adding that “John Leahy [Airbus (EDS) (CCO) Customers] said there is no compensation. We have a different view.”

He said the A380s took longer to repair than Airbus (EDS) originally stated. “The problem was (EDS) said it [could be] easily fixed in six to 10 days, then it took longer to on average it was 35 days,” Clark said, adding that it really took “30,000 manpower hours per airplanes, [and] you got to do 120 airplanes at $100/hr [for] manpower.” Also, he said the stranded A380s took up a lot of hangar space in Dubai, impacting Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) work on (EAD)’s remaining fleet.

Airbus (EDS) will do the retrofits, which will be performed from early 2013 at four (MRO) facilities worldwide. “We start in the third week in March 2013 until November 2014,” Clark said. “There will always be four A380s out at one time.”

The A380s delivered from early 2014 will have a new all-aluminum rib design.

However, Clark said, “All this wouldn’t stop our interest in getting more A380 or A350 XWB-900 airplanes. They [Airbus] will fix it. I hope they learn from it.”

Emirates Airline (EAD) said its expansion plan will be readjusted after it lost nearly $100 million from necessary modifications to repair wing rib cracks on its in-service Airbus A380s.

(EAD) President, Tim Clark said recently that the expansion plan includes destinations such as Ho Chi Minh City, Erbil, Lisbon, and “maybe Harare, and maybe some more coming by end the of this year.” But the number of new destinations will depend on the availability of the A380, which is undergoing necessary modifications to repair wing rib cracks. He said in 2013, there will be always four A380s on the ground.

“We have to compromise in terms of adding new destinations. Since we now have the A380s grounded, we [will modify] the plan. We wanted to go to new places with the new A380, or put the machine on routes we had it before, but that’s all over,” he said.

He confirmed the opening of the A380 terminal at Dubai International is on target for January 1, 2013.

July 2012: Emirates (EAD) will launch 4X-weekly, Dubai (DXB) - Adelaide 777-300ER service on November 1, increasing to 7X-weekly on February 1; 5X-weekly (DXB) - Lyon A340-500 service on December 5, and 7X-weekly (DXB) - Warsaw A330-200 service on February 6.

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) (ILF) and Emirates Airline (EAD) have signed a sale and leaseback agreement for four new 777-300ER airplanes. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this month and will be completed by January 2013.

“(ILFC) already leases to (EAD) a significant number of 777 airplanes, a proven and valuable airplane in its fleet. It is important for us to build on our relationship with Emirates (EAD),” said Colin Bole, (ILFC) Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa.

August 2012: Emirates (EAD) launched its third passenger route to Iraq on 12 August when (EAD) connected its Dubai (DXB) hub with Erbil (EBL) in northern Iraq’s oil-rich Kurdistan region. Initially operating four times weekly, (EAD)’s operations with 267-seat A340-300s will increase to daily frequencies from 1 September. Notably, the same route is also operated by (EAD)’s low-cost sibling flydubai (FDB), which serves Erbil with four flights a week. Additionally, (EAD) has been serving Erbil with dedicated cargo operations since February last year. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, (EAD)’s Chairman & (CEO), commented: “We have been facilitating international trade between Erbil and destinations across our network for some time, so we already have a deep understanding of the market and its potential for strong revenue. The launch of Erbil will be our third in Iraq within 18 months, testament not only to the country’s potential but also to our own ability to swiftly enter previously under-served markets, opening them up to our global network of 123 destinations.”

(EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Phuket service on December 10. (EAD) will resume 4X-weekly, Dubai - Tripoli A330-200 service on October 29 following an 18-month suspension due to civil unrest in Libya.

(EAD)’s A380 route network has extended to the Netherlands with the launch of services to Amsterdam. (EAD) is the first carrier to offer a scheduled A380 service to the Netherlands, after just two years since its first flight to Amsterdam.

The double decker will operate as EK 0147, departing Dubai to Amsterdam daily, and will become the 19th A380 destination among a host of major cities around the world. “After progressively building up services to the Netherlands over a course of two years, (EAD) is responding to strong demand by bringing its flagship airplane to one of Europe’s most important trading and logistics hubs, adding much-needed seat capacity (more than >2,000 seats a week) which will stimulate further tourism and trade between the Netherlands, the (UAE) and beyond. The A380 is central to the (EAD) strategy. Our orders represent a sizable chunk of the total program worldwide and (EAD) has played a key role in the design and performance characteristics of the airplane, which have become our signature markers in the industry,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive VP Passenger Sales Worldwide. “We are seamlessly connecting passengers to our extensive route network which includes 10 Indian cities, 21 African destinations, and key points across the Far East and Australia. (EAD) is also enabling customers to continue their A380 experience via our hub in Dubai to popular destinations like Sydney, Bangkok and Hong Kong,” he added.

The Dutch capital is the 5th largest economy in the Eurozone, known for its key role as a logistics and trade center. The (UAE) and the Netherlands have a buoyant trade relationship which reached AED 6.2 billion/US $1.7 billion in 2011.

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) has been serving Amsterdam with freighters for more than >17 years and flowers picked up from Africa, bound for auction in the Netherlands, are amongst the key commodities carried. This is in addition to fruits and vegetables, silk, leather, and telecoms equipment, amongst other commodities. Over >16.5 million kgs of cargo was carried between Dubai and Amsterdam in 2011.

(EAD) is the largest A380 operator in the world and has now carried more than >10 million passengers and has flown more than >150 million kilometres since the double decker was introduced to its fleet in August 2008. (EAD)’s A380 operations are supported by more than >3,000 dedicated cabin crew, and (EAD)’s state-of-the-art facilities at Dubai International Airport will soon be augmented by the opening of the world’s first dedicated A380 terminal early next year.

(EAD)’s 22 A380s now serve Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manchester, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, Tokyo, with Melbourne set to launch on 1st October and Moscow on 1st December.

Each (EAD)’s A380 offers an Onboard Lounge on the upper deck for Premium Class passengers to meet, relax and do business. First Class passengers have the added luxury of two Onboard Shower Spas.

On the Dubai - Amsterdam route, the A380 is arranged in a three-class configuration with 427Y seats in Economy Class, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in Business Class (C) and 14 First Class (F) Private Suites. Passengers across all cabins can lose themselves in the more than >1,400 channels of ice, (EAD)’s award-winning Digital Widescreen in-flight entertainment system. They can also stay connected to the internet throughout their journey with high speed Wi-Fi access.

Passengers travelling with (EAD) on the A380 and all its other airplane benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy (Y), 40kg in Business (C) and 50 kg in First (F).

(EAD) has signed a sale and leaseback contract with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) (GEF) for three 777-300ERs, plus seven spare engines. The first 777-300ER was delivered May 30. The remaining two are scheduled to be delivered later this year.

The deal for the engines (four GE Aviation (GEC) (GE90)s and three (GP7200)s) was completed in June, but has only now been announced.

(EAD) is the world’s largest operator of the 777. In November 2011, (EAD) and (GEC) signed an agreement in which the engine manufacturer will oversee the design and construction of (EAD)’s new engine overhaul shop. The facility is expected to be operational by the fourth quarter of 2014 and capable of performing 300 engine repairs per year on (GE90) and (GP7000) engines that power the 777 and A380, respectively.

September 2012: Emirates (EAD) is negotiating with American Airlines (AAL) and other USA carriers about potential code share partnerships, (ED) President, Tim Clark confirmed. Clark said negotiations were ongoing “with a couple of carriers. We’re hoping they will come to some kind of fruition.”

Afterwards, he said that talks with one of those carriers, (AAL), had been going on for a couple of years. “We are trying to close that off and hope that will be done fairly soon; it’s in the hands of (AAL),” he said.

(EAD) has a code share with USA low-cost carrier (LCC) JetBlue (JBL).

(EAD) this month launched daily nonstop service from Dubai (DXB) to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), its seventh USA gateway and the 12th new route to join (EAD)’s international network in 2012. (EAD) will operate the 11,375 km route on a daily basis with 266-seat, 777-200LRs, competing with United (UAL)’s also daily flights. Tim Clark, President of (EAD), commented: “As one of the most important global cities in the world, we look forward to connecting DC-area travellers with the largest number of one-stop flights to Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.”

(EAD) will launch daily Dubai (DXB) - Algiers service March 1.

Clark said that (EAD) would continue its policy of pursuing individual partnerships (it has 14 code shares) and staying independent of the global alliances. He said he also saw a trend for global alliance member airlines to pursue independent policies. “Were we a member of the Star (SAL) Alliance, I am sure we would not be coming to Dulles because the Star (SAL) Alliance and Frankfurt would have overruled that,” Clark said. “Our network is our greatest asset,” he said.

Tim Clark said that (EAD) and (AAL) would have started talks about a potential cooperation on routes between Dubai and the United States. (AAL) does not currently serve Dubai or any other destinations in the Middle East or Asia with the exception of destinations in China and Japan. (EAD) currently operates from Dubai to Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW), Houston George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), Los Angeles International (LAX), New York John F Kennedy International (JFK), San Francisco International (SFO), Seattle Tacoma International (SEA) and Washington Dulles International (IAD).

Australia’s Qantas (QAN) and Dubai-based, Emirates Airline (EAD) have entered into a 10-year global aviation partnership, enabling the two carriers to grow their international sides. This means (QAN) will end its Joint Services Agreement with British Airways (BAB), according to (QAN) (CEO), Alan Joyce.

While there will be no equity investment from either carrier, the deal includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated pricing, sales and scheduling as well as a benefit-sharing model.

Pending regulatory approval, from April 2013 the two carriers will fly 14 times a day from Australia to Dubai, and beyond to four continents. Dubai will become a one-stop hub, opening up Europe for (QAN) passengers, with access to 33 European destinations, including daily A380 flights to London Heathrow, Paris, Rome and other cities, according to the (EAD) website. “This is the most significant partnership the Qantas Group has ever formed with another airline, moving past the traditional alliance model to a new level. It will deliver benefits to all parts of the Group,” Joyce said.

“This is a more integrated partnership than most airline alliances and both (QAN) and (EAD) agreed that it should be a long-term commitment, rather than simply an open-ended code share,” a (QAN) official said.

While the two sides declined to discuss their benefit-sharing model, the (QAN) official said the partnership “substantially increases the size of the inbound markets we can draw from and means we can sell a far greater range of destinations out of Australia.” “There will also be associated benefits from restructuring our Asian network to focus on point-to-point travel, plus withdrawing from the unprofitable Frankfurt route,” the official added.

OnAir has been granted authorization to provide its Internet OnAir in-flight Wi-Fi service within Australian airspace. This means that airlines (including Emirates (EAD), Qantas (QAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA)) that provide OnAir Wi-Fi services on flights to Australia, can now offer the service throughout the flight, including in Australian airspace.

OnAir (CEO), Ian Dawkins said, “Our expertise in securing regulatory approvals means we have a network of more than >80 governmental authorities and over >350 roaming agreements with mobile operators.”

Two years ago, the (ILA) Berlin Air Show was the stage for a massive Emirates (EAD) A380 order. (EAD) bought another 32 airplanes at the time, by far the biggest single commitment for the type. Of course the setting was no coincidence: Emirates (EAD) wanted more traffic rights into Germany and wanted to demonstrate how much it does to promote the German and the European economy. (EAD) sent one of its A380s that had just been delivered from Hamburg and parked it right next to Lufthansa (DLH), to make a statement. (DLH) executives back then were annoyed at how much time Chancellor, Angela Merkel spent on board of the competitor’s airplane.

Two years on, not much has happened in terms of traffic rights and the Belin Air Show again is the stage for that rivalry – this time without an order. (DLH) sent a new Boeing 747-8 to the show to have it named "Brandenburg" (the German state in which the show ground is located). Of course, (EAD) could not leave that unanswered and sent one of its A380s for two days. It was still here on Wednesday, whereas the 747-8 left on Tuesday evening.

And of course Chancellor Merkel was here again. She helped in the naming ceremony of “Brandenburg,” but she also paid a visit to the (EAD) airplane, which did not remain unnoticed by Lufthansa (DLH).

(EAD) can fly an unlimited number of frequencies into four German markets and has picked Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Munich, but it would like to add Stuttgart and Berlin. Earlier this year, (EAD) looked really close to having its way, but when (DLH) publicly launched its "Score" restructuring program, Merkel’s bureaucrats stopped the process at the last minute.

(EAD) appointed Orhan Abbas to Senior VP Commercial Operations, the Americas, from his prior position as VP India & Nepal.

The A380 is living up to its promises as this 21st century flagship jetliner is operated on an increasingly large global network – becoming a common sight at mega-city and hub airports around the world. In operation with eight carriers (AirFrance (AFA), China Southern (GUN), Emirates (EAD), Korean Air (KAL), Lufthansa (DLH), Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Qantas (QAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA)), the A380s delivered to date have accumulated over >600,000 flight hours, performing more than >72,000 revenue flights. Average utilization across this total fleet is 13-plus flight hours per day.

“The A380 fleet is working really hard, and is doing well for its operators,” said Richard Carcaillet, the Airbus (EDS) Director of A380 Product Marketing. “Many airports have A380 flights from multiple airlines: As examples, New York and Hong Kong are served each by five carriers; while Tokyo, London and Singapore have scheduled flights from three different airlines.”

Carcaillet said the list of top 10 airports in terms of A380 operations is led by Dubai, followed by Singapore, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Sydney, Hong Kong, Seoul, New York-(JFK), and Tokyo-Narita.

Emirates (EAD) continues as the largest A380 customer – with 90 jetliners on order, and 23 of them in service. An (EAD) A380 was on display during the recent (ILA) Berlin Air Show’s opening days, and is subsequently scheduled for departure to join (EAD)’s other A380s in their globe-trotting flights.

(EAD) received its 24th and 25th A380s.

October 2012: The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has fined Emirates Airline (EAD) AUS$10 million/$10.3 million for cartel activity, kicking off a string of airline cases that will be heard by Sydney’s federal court over the coming weeks.

The (ACCC) took action against (EAD) for fixing fuel, security and customs surcharges on airfreight shipments between October 2001 and May 2006. (EAD) is the 10th airline to settle, bringing the total (ACCC) fines to AUS$68 million. “This result sends a strong message that the (ACCC) and the Australian courts will not tolerate any business (regardless of size or country of origin) engaging in cartel conduct that harms competition in Australia. Cartel conduct is illegal and often results in increased prices for consumers,” (ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims said.

The (ACCC) has been pursuing a number of air cargo cartel cases for four years. Proceedings against Singapore Airlines (SIA), Cathay Pacific (CAT), Air New Zealand (ANZ), and Thai Airways (TII) will be heard by the Sydney court from October 22.

The Australian regulator has also launched action against Garuda Indonesia (GIA) following a high court decision that (GIA) is not eligible for foreign state immunity.

“The October trial will be an important milestone in our continuing fight to stop cartel conduct,” Sims said.

Emirates (EAD) will increase 2X-daily, Dubai - Manila 777-300ER service to 3X-daily on January 2.

(EAD) will begin offering in-flight mobile phone service on its fleet of A380s, as part of of (EAD)'s connectivity package with OnAir. The OnAir system uses (EDGE) and (GPRS) connections to allow passengers to make and receive phone calls and text messages through their individual mobile service providers.

(EAD) said the OnAir mobile service has been successfully installed and tested on one of its A380s, and will be retrofitted to its entire fleet of 25 A380s going forward. “Our goal on every flight is to exceed our passenger’s’ expectations. We believe that exceeding expectations should not only apply to our Cabin Crew’s award-winning in-flight service and our SKYTRAX ‘World's Best Airline In-flight Entertainment’ ice system, but also to our passenger’s desire to stay in touch while travelling,” said Patrick Brannelly, VP Corporate Communications at (EAD).

(EAD) named Jon Sheppard, Manager National Accounts UK. Sheppard previously served as Field Sales Manager London & UK South for Air France (AFA)-(KLM).

SR Technics (SWS) has a five-year contract from Emirates (EAD) for line maintenance services covering 777 and A330 or A340 airplanes. Work will be done at Zurich Airport.

With 25 A380s in service and another 65 on order, Emirates (EAD) is the world’s largest A380 operator by a convincing margin. The A380 is pivotal to (EAD)’s strategy and (EAD) is expanding its A380 network significantly over the next two months, adding more destinations in Asia and Europe.

(EAD) has pioneered much of the development of A380 routes, using the airplane not only for long-haul services to major cities worldwide, but also deploying the airplane to smaller destinations and even on short-haul intra-regional services. It has continually adjusted frequencies and rotated the airplane to find the sweet spot, even operating the A380 up to three times daily on key routes.

(EAD)’s initial A380 deployment strategy was based around key destinations such as New York, London, and Sydney, which feature exceptional traffic volumes and a high proportion of premium travellers. Key aviation ‘megacities’ (to borrow Airbus (EDS)’ term for destinations with more than >10,000 long-haul passengers per day) still form the backbone of (EAD)’s A380 network.

November 2012: The Emirates Group (parent of Emirates Airline (EAD) and airplane-handling-to-in-flight-catering company Dnata) posted a +AED2.1 billion/+$575 million net profit for the first six months, up +68% from AED1.3 billion in the year-ago period.

Group revenue and other operating income rose to +AED38.2 billion, up +16% year-over-year, marking the first time it has passed the $10 billion mark in a six-month period.

Emirates Group Chairman & (CEO), Sheikh Ahmed said the company has “continued to invest in the infrastructure of both Emirates (EAD) and dnata and it continues to pay off.”

(EAD) continued to underscore the strength of the major Gulf airlines by recording a first-half net profit of +AED1.7 billion/+$464 million, up +104% from AED836 million year-over-year.

(EAD) said the result was achieved in the face of continuing challenging market conditions, including high fuel prices. Fuel accounted for 39% of costs, although this was down -2% on the same period last year.

Capacity (ASK)s grew 17.3% and traffic (RPK)s jumped +17.8%, with load factors averaging 80% LF, slightly above last year’s 79% LF. (EAD) carried 18.7 million passengers from April 1, up +15.4% for the same period last year. Cargo volumes were up by more than >+16%, a significant growth against the market trend, (EAD) said.

During this time, it added five new destinations: Barcelona, Ho Chi Minh City, Irbil, Luxembourg, and Washington. New destinations planned include Algiers, Lyon, Phuket, and Warsaw.

This month, (EAD) started flights to Adelaide in South Australia, its fifth city in Australia. Flights are initially operated four times a week with (EAD)’s 777-300ERs, but frequencies are set to increase to daily in February next year. Salem Obaidalla, (EAD)’s Senior VP Commercial Operations Far East & Australasia, commented: “In comparison to Australia’s other capital cities, Adelaide is underserved by international carriers, relative to its population size. When our service goes daily from 1st February, it will mean nearly +5,000 additional international seats per week on the route, representing a +30% increase for the market, which will boost jobs and investment in South Australia’s AUS$ 5.3 billion tourism sector, and with trade benefiting from the 14 tonnes of commercial cargo space on each flight.” The only other foreign airlines serving Adelaide are Air New Zealand (ANZ), Cathay Pacific (CAT), Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Singapore Airlines (SIA).

(EAD) will increase 11X-weekly, Dubai - Mauritius service to 14X-weekly on December 2 with a 777-300.

Emirates Airline (EAD) now employs 68,000.

(EAD) expects its A380s to start undergoing permanent wing repairs in March. (EAD) will pull four of the A380s from service at a time for a period of eight weeks, (EAD) President Tim Clark said. That is about six weeks later than planned earlier this year.

(EAD) is the most affected in terms of sheer volume by the extensive repair program caused by the detection of Type 1 and Type 2 cracks in A380 wings in 2011. (EAD) A380s are undergoing preliminary repairs that must be repeated after about 500 flight hours. The permanent fixes are intended to restore the A380 to its full life cycle of 90,000 hours. A total of 44 A380s will have been delivered with wings that need repairs by November 2014. The 45th A380 will be the first (EAD) A380 with the newly designed wings. Clark points out that it is key for Airbus (EDS) to receive European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for the new design soon. “If you are coming up with a new wing in January 14, you are not far away from production start.”

Clark does not go into details as far as financial compensation from Airbus (EDS) is concerned. (EDS) initially wanted to pay for repairs only, but airlines including Emirates (EAD) have demanded more. “I think it would be fair to assume that we would reasonably ask for the measurable damage to us, which is basically the loss of profit,” Clark says. “I believe Airbus (EDS) is going to be reasonable on that.”

(EAD) said earlier this year that it is losing about -$30 million in profit per month because of the A380 preliminary repair work, and external auditors have determined the figure is closer to $50 million.

Even given the slow pace of orders for the A380, Clark believes the airplane has been accepted by the market. “Are airlines stepping up to buy it at the pace Airbus (EDS) would like? Probably not. Are they stepping up to buy the competitor airplane 747-8I? No.” In his view, “there is a question mark over the large end” of the market. “But look at the state of the aviation industry. Look at the state of the liquidity and debt providers. I would like to think this is a temporary thing.” Once long-haul travel is restored after the current downturn, “the A380 is a very elegant, environmentally friendly and economically efficient way of meeting that demand.”

INCDT: An engine problem forced an Emirates (EAD) A380 superjumbo to turn back to Sydney, Australia, with passengers hearing a loud bang and seeing a flash of orange.

The pilot (FC) of the Dubai-bound A380 carrying 380 passengers, made the decision to turn back shortly after take-off on Sunday November 11th night. “Emirates (EAD) flight EK413 from Sydney to Dubai on November 11 turned back shortly after take-off due to an engine fault.”

“(EAD) apologizes for any inconvenience caused to its customers, however, the safety of our passengers and crew is of the highest priority and will not be compromised.”

Fairfax journalist, Matt Campbell was on the plane and told the "Sydney Morning Herald" the airplane was still climbing. “It seemed about half an hour into the flight when I saw a bright orange flash, heard a loud bang, and there was a big thump through the cabin,” he said. “The flight attendants (CA) were rushing about through the cabin and then eventually the (PA) came on and the captain said there was an engine problem with engine number three and that the engine had now been shut down.”

An Emirates (EAD) spokesman said (EAD) was still working on what caused the scare but admitted passengers may have “seen a flash and heard noise.” “There was no flames or smoke,” he added. “The pilot (FC) made a decision to turn back as a precaution.”

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark has told "Arabian Business" that he could easily see Emirates (EAD) ordering 100 B777X airplanes if Boeing (TBC) decided to build a new generation 777-300ER that could fly "farther on less fuel with more passengers." (EAD) currently already operates 79 777-300ERs and has another 76 on order.

December 2012: Emirates (EAD) launched 5X-weekly, Dubai - Lyon A340-500 service. Thierry Antinori, (EAD)’s Executive VP Passenger Sales Worldwide, said: “The South West France was on our radar for some time. Strong local interest and support is an excellent marker of success.” The Rhone-Alps region, of which Lyon is the capital, is the sixth-largest economy in Europe, and benefits from strong banking, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. In addition, on 10 December, (EAD) commenced daily services on the 4,900 km route to Phuket (HKT), making it its second Thai destination.

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has given its conditional approval of the proposed Qantas Airways (QAN) and Emirates (EAD) alliance.

The antitrust regulator said that the two airlines will be allowed to “cooperate on passenger and freight operations across their networks.” However, it wants to restrict cooperation between the airlines on flights between Australia and New Zealand to ensure that an acceptable level of service is maintained.

(QAN) said it expects final approval of the partnership by March 2013. (QAN) (CEO), Alan Joyce said “Our customer research has shown very strong support for the (QAN) and (EAD) partnership, particularly in terms of increasing one-stop access to Europe, cutting travel time and offering frequent flyer benefits.”

(EAD) President, Tim Clark added, “The partnership with (QAN) means we can add regional destinations like the Gold Coast and Hobart to the growing list of places we offer (EAD) customers worldwide.” The two airlines said they have already “started initial preparations that do not require regulatory approval, including connecting Information Technology (IT) systems, designing frequent flyer benefits and establishing an operational base for (QAN) in Dubai.”

(ACCC) Chairman, Rod Sims said, “The (ACCC) is of the view that the main benefit arising from the alliance is an improved product and service offering by the two airlines to their customers.” He added, “The alliance is likely to result in some public detriments through its effect on competition where (QAN) and (EAD) currently offer overlapping services. In most of these regions, there are factors which are likely to mitigate the public detriment, including continuing competition from a number of established airlines.” The exception, he said, is on Australia - New Zealand routes, where conditions will be put on the alliance.

The (ACCC) said it will require the alliance to be reviewed for approval again in five years. The airlines had requested to gain immunity for 10 years without a review. (QAN) is a member of the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance, while Emirates (EAD) has remained independent of the three global airline alliances.

The following is an end of the year (2012) summary of the progress of Emirates Airline (EAD). SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-2012-12 - PROGRESS OVER LAST 5 YEARS."

(EAD)'s progress has been somewhat intertwined with two other Middle East carriers: Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA), and their success has resulted in them being referred to as the Middle East Big Three (MEB3). The following also includes a lot of excellent data researched and presented by Hanna Schaal (PROLOGIS) and Thomas Jaeger (ch-aviation) Their condensed market study very clearly shows how these "(MEB3)" are revolutionizing the airline industry and exerting pressure on the traditional market leaders and their alliances. They opened their study with "Nothing is as constant as change, but hardly ever before has change been as dynamic as it is today."

The (MEB3) have extended their networks, frequencies and overall capacity massively during the last five years, despite the ongoing global financial crisis. As could be expected, Asia and Europe are the two markets with the highest number of routes served by the (MEB3), with Africa being a distant third. Europe has grown the most in terms of new routes being added (62.5% more routes being served now) among these markets. The Americas are growing much faster but from a much lower base. (EAD) has served the most destinations on every continent (with the exception of Asia/Middle East) back in 2007 and still does today, but (QTA has been able to narrowing that margin in Africa and Europe in the meantime. It has also started expanding to Australia and Latin America during the last five years.

While the (MEB3) have grown the number of routes served by +46.1% over the last five years, frequencies have actually increased by +80.4%, showing that the carriers have started to concentrate on serving existing routes more frequently than before. The average weekly frequency per destination has increased from 8.44 to 10.41 weekly flights. (EAD) on average offers 12.11 weekly flights to each destination already and has increased frequencies on many European routes for example to at least two daily services allowing connections during its two biggest connection banks in Dubai. This is making the (MEB3)’s product more appealing to business (C) travelers who value frequency more than leisure travelers.

Weekly Capacity has grown even slightly faster at 83.7% (ASK), indicating the deployment of larger airplanes in the (MEB3)’s fleets. From the hubs at Abu Dhabi, Doha, and Dubai, the (MEB3) now offer a total of 853,659 seats per week compared to just 464,729 back in 2007. (EAD) has essentially doubled its capacity in just five years’ time with (QTA) not far behind. (EHD) has grown slower during the same timeframe, showing its more conservative and collaboration driven growth approach.

Last but not least, the weekly number of Available Seat Miles (ASM) has grown by +109.8%, clearly indicating that the (MEB3) are starting to increasingly serve destinations further away from their hubs, and have introduced more long-haul routes to their networks. (EAD) alone almost offers double the number of (ASM)s as the other two Gulf carriers together, also thanks to its high number of non-stop services from Dubai to the Americas and Australia.


More detailed statistics on Emirates Airline (EAD)’s network growth are provided below by each carrier (maps generated by Great Circle Mapper highlighting new routes in yellow and routes cut in red):

Emirates Airline (EAD) network changes by Continent:

AFRICA (4+1):

Added (6): Cape Town, Dakar, Durban, Harare, Luanda, Lusaka.

Dropped (2): Alexandria, Tripoli.

Future Additions (1): Algiers.


ASIA (7+1):

Added (7): Baghdad, Basra, Erbil, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Kozhikode, Madinah, Tokyo.

Dropped (1): Nagoya

Future Additions (1): Phuket


EUROPE (10+1):

Added (10): Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dublin, Geneva, Lisbon, Lyon, Madrid, Prague, St Petersburg.

Future Additions (1): Warsaw.



Added (5): Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, Washington D.C..



Added (2): Melbourne, Perth



Added (2): Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro.


January 2013: Emirates (EAD) announced new services from Dubai to Warsaw (daily, A330 from February 6th) and Algiers (daily, A330 from March 1st).

With 11 A380s and 18 777-300s due for delivery to (EAD) this year, and a newly opened Concourse A at Dubai to fill, has audaciously revealed that Emirates (EAD) plans to launch routes to Boston, Miami, and Stockholm, with Chicago also on its radar. (EAD)
is already the most active of all Middle East carriers in the USA market, with seven stateside points in its network. If Boston and Miami are both introduced at daily frequency, this will see Emirates (EAD) flying 70 weekly frequencies and probably around 25,000 weekly seats to the USA by the end of 2013.

While Emirates (EAD) will have no direct competition from any other Middle Eastern carrier on the new USA routes, it has been indicated that Chicago could also be on (EAD)’s USA new route hit-list. Any launch by (EAD) to the "Windy City" is likely to raise more than a few eyebrows from its regional competitors, with both Etihad (EHD) and Royal Jordanian (RJA) already operating there, and Qatar Airways (QTA) intending to launch its own daily 777-300 service on 10 April this year. Etihad (EHD) will return the favor on 31 March, however, when it launches its own daily A340-500 service to Washington, making the USA capital, along with New York (JFK) and possibly Chicago, only the third USA route served by all three Middle East Big Three (MEB3) airlines.

Saudia (SVA) is not immune to developing its own North American expansion plans, having recently stated that it will launch flights to Toronto and Los Angeles in the 3rd quarter of 2013 and 2nd quarter of 2014, respectively. The latter route decision may have more to do with Prince Abdul Aziz, the Saudi King Abdullah’s third son, looking to build a mansion in the prestigious Beverley Hills 90210 zip code, more than any underlying business rationale.

(EAD) has doubled the frequency of its services from Dubai to New York's John F Kennedy and Paris Charles De Gaulle airports, adding a second daily flight for each of the routes. With the doubling of the two services, (EAD) now offers 1,850 additional seats per week to New York and 2,200 to Paris. (EAD) competes with AirFrance (AFA) on the Dubai - Paris Charles De Gaulle route, while it is the sole operator on the Dubai - New York John F Kennedy route.

(TAP) Portugal and Emirates (EAD) announced the start of a reciprocal code share agreement under which (EAD) will place its code on (TAP) services from Lisbon to Porto, Faro and Funchal, as well as Seville, Madrid and Barcelona. (TAP) will place its code on (EAD) service between Lisbon and Dubai, to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. The agreement will also link the two frequent flier programs.

Dubai Airports has announced the phased opening of Concourse A, an A380-exclusive facility at Dubai International's Terminal 3. “We are opening Concourse A in stages with more gates coming online in each successive phase,” Dubai Airports (CEO), Paul Griffiths said. There are now four gates operational. He noted that Concourse A is the first facility in the world dedicated only to A380s.

Dubai International’s annual passenger capacity will increase from 60 million to 75 million, when Concourse A is fully operational. Emirates (EAD) will be the primary user of Concourse A, but Qantas (QAN) is also expected to use the facility. (EAD) operates 30 A380s.

(EAD) achieved another first with the inaugural departure of an A380 flight from the new Concourse A. Passengers will connect to more than >20 (EAD) A380 destinations around the world, including A380 flights to Europe on Qantas (QAN).

The departure of flight EK003 at 14:30 to London Heathrow marked the start of flights from four gates which opened at Concourse A. This also forms part of on-going operational trials and testing to ensure a smooth and seamless passenger experience before it officially opens and becomes fully operational during the first quarter this year.

More than >500 passengers across First Class, Business Class and Economy Class became the first travellers to experience boarding through the unique double decker air contact bridges connected to the A380, one of the key features of the facility.

With 528,000 m2 spread across eleven floors and the capacity to handle 15 million passengers a year, the concourse offers (EAD) customers a seamless and unrivalled experience in terms of comfort, convenience and choice of facilities. From direct lounge boarding for First Class and Business Class customers to an expansive duty free shopping area, food courts, cafes and fine dining options, a Timeless Spa and the largest First Class and Business Class lounges in the world. The concourse also offers a dedicated hotel floor with both a four and five star offering. Passengers are transported between Terminal 3 and Concourse A by underground trains and shuttle buses from where they can depart through 20 gates when the facility becomes fully operational.

(EAD) and the Formula One racing group have announced a five year agreement appointing Emirates (EAD) as a Global Partner of Formula 1® starting with the imminent 2013 season. (EAD) will have a strong branding presence at 15 races on the 2013 (FIA) Formula One World Championship™ calendar across Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America, and South America. Starting at the Grand Prix™ in Malaysia (22 - 24 March 2013), the distinctive "Fly Emirates" branding will be seen at historic circuits such as Silverstone in Great Britain, Monza in Italy and Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

“This is an exciting global opportunity to align two world leading brands. The ambition, cutting-edge technological standards and worldwide reach of Formula One go hand in hand with (EAD)’s vision and ambition,” said Sheikh Ahmed. “For many years, (EAD) has been at the forefront of sports partnerships across the world. With the addition of this global partnership with the Formula One group, we are continuing to expand our sponsorship portfolio, which I’m sure will be appreciated by sports fans. Today’s Formula One partnership follows on from our recent sporting announcements such as re-signing a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Arsenal Football Club, being a sponsorship partner of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and becoming the Official Airline of the (ATP) World Tour tournament.”

As part of the Formula 1® Global Partner agreement, branding will be displayed on circuit bridges and associated ground signs and (EAD) will make full use of the world-renowned Formula One Paddock Club™.

Bernie Ecclestone, (CEO) of the Formula One group commented: “(EAD) has a first class international reputation and I’m very pleased to welcome such a prestigious company as a global partner of Formula One. Watching Formula One races live in flight will be something special for (EAD) customers and (EAD) branding at this many races on the calendar will lend strong support to their ambitious expansion plans. With considerable overlap between their priority markets and our own, I look forward to many successful years working on this important partnership together”.

(EAD)’s 128 destination network enables motor racing fans to reach virtually all Formula 1® locations for the 2013 season, beginning with Kuala Lumpur 22 - 24 March through to Sao Paulo 22 - 24 November.

(EAD) has confirmed that it no longer plans to add 747-8F freighters to its Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) fleet which it had planned to lease from (DAE) Capital. (DAE) Capital had initially placed an order for ten 747-8Fs but then had cancelled the first five orders in November 2011 and the remaining five airplanes on order earlier this fall. (EAD) plans to continue to concentrate on the 777-200F as its cargo airplane of choice. It currently operates seven 777-200Fs already and has another six of the 777-200Fs freighters on order. (EMC) also wet-leases three 747-400F freighters from Atlas Air (TLS) and TNT Airways (TNB).

2 777-31HER (35603, A6-ENE; 5452, A6-ENO), deliveries.

February 2013: Emirates Airline (EAD) inaugurated services from its Dubai (DXB) base to Warsaw (WAW) on 6 February. The Polish airport, which for a long time was neglected by the Middle East Big Three (MEB3) carriers, now enjoys daily A330-200-operated flights by (EAD) in addition to the Doha service, which was launched by Qatar Airways (QTA) with four-weekly, A320-operated frequencies in December 2012, but was since upgraded to daily. Interestingly, (EAD) is only the second (after (LOT) Polish Airlines) carrier to deploy wide-body equipment to Warsaw, and the only airline to offer first (F) class cabin service. (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Tokyo Haneda 777-300LR service on June 3.

(EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Angeles City, Philippines service on October 1.

March 2013: Emirates Airline (EAD) inaugurated new route from its Dubai (DXB) hub to Algiers (ALG) on 1 March, making the Algerian capital its fourth destination in North Africa. (EAD), which already serves Cairo, Casablanca and Tunis in the region, now offers daily departures to Algiers, all of which are operated with A330-200s. Competition on the 5,100-km route from the Gulf to the southern Mediterranean destination comes from five weekly services from Air Algerie (ALG).

(EAD)’s Airbus A380 is still not allowed to serve in India, one of its strongest markets. The Indian government has banned overseas carriers from flying airplanes bigger than the Boeing 747 into the country. “The Indian market, which is huge for us, since May 2008 has been capped in terms of seats and the number of points we can serve,” (EAD) President, Tim Clark said. “This is ridiculous because we have many travelers via Dubai to points which you cannot reach from India. We should have at least five or six additional points in India. (EAD) has suggested this to the Indian government. It is a shame that we are not able to increase our presence in India,” Clark said.

(EAD) operates to 10 destinations in India. “We have seen in the last four years that Indian carriers have grown business; Kingfisher (KFH) is gone from the scene.”

India has not acted on requests to change regulations on very large airplanes. Clark hopes that bilateral talks between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India will go forward to improve the situation.

(EAD) also faces limited access to China, which it currently serves on routes from Dubai 32X a week, including one daily A380 service to Beijing. “Our request is to serve more points and frequencies, including the wish to operate A380s to Shanghai Pudong. So far, we are not able to get more access to capture growing demand,” Clark said, adding (EAD) would like to add “up to four more points in China.”

Clark said Barcelona and Glasgow are the next A380 destinations on (EAD)’s radar.

Emirates Skycargo (EMC) will transfer its cargo fleet from Dubai International Airport to Dubai World Central Airport (DWC), President, Tim Clark said. A truck system will be established between the two airports to handle Emirates (EAD)’s belly cargo from its passenger airplanes and vice versa. “It is necessary that the current airport must provide that relief [from busy Dubai Airport to (DWC)],” he said.

Airport (CEO), Paul Griffiths said that Dubai Airport has a limit of 100 million passengers. After that, airlines must move to (DWC). “At a time when Emirates (EAD) will handle around 80 million passengers, this would not be easy to move the carrier to the new airport,” Griffiths added.

Both Clark and Griffiths said (EAD) could make a complete move to (DWC) in 2025. (DWC) will open for first passenger operations in September. The plan is to create additional terminal infrastructure to handle about 20 million passengers. (EAD) also expects to operate some charter services from there.

(EMC) operates four 777Fs and three wet-leased 747Fs; it has six 777Fs on order.

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) and Qantas (QAN) Freight (ACS) have inked a partnership to cooperate on cargo capacity on each other’s passenger services. Beginning March 31, the two companies will offer customers access to each of the two networks, marketing their cargo capacity to a total 233 ports across six continents. “This partnership will offer customers a range of benefits including increased frequencies, more options and flexibility, and ultimately improvements through the creation of seamless connections to more destinations,” Emirates Divisional Senior VP Cargo, Ram Menen said. “SkyCargo (EMC) customers from around the world will initially have access to 28 destinations on Qantas (QAN) Freight (ACS)’s network, including 10 ports in Australia and eight destinations in Asia.”

Qantas (QAN) will also expand its network to include 65 Emirates (EAD) destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia connecting with its own existing network of 80 destinations in Australia through interline arrangements.

Emirates (EAD) and Qantas (QAN) will offer more than >90X-weekly Australia - Dubai services beginning March 31, subject to regulatory approvals.

Australia’s competition watchdog approved the Qantas (QAN) - Emirates (EAD) alliance, to the surprise of nobody. The (ACCC) had already flagged that approval was likely in a draft decision. However, there were some interesting nuggets buried in the 160-page final decision.

One such nugget was the discussion over capacity requirements that the (ACCC) is imposing on Australia - New Zealand routes, where both (QAN) and (EAD) are major players. These routes were the major concern of the (ACCC), because the two airlines have overlapping service, and they could potentially reduce capacity in the market.

The (ACCC) had already proposed a condition that (EAD) and (QAN) cannot reduce overall capacity across the four Australia - New Zealand routes where they overlap. While the regulator has not required capacity growth, it will review the routes in 2015 to see if growth requirements should be imposed.

The airlines had argued that the capacity commitments should apply to all of their flights in this market, so they could reallocate some capacity to new routes between the two countries. Some airports had also expressed concern that the condition might limit new route development.

In its final decision, the (ACCC) has stuck with the capacity condition for the four overlap routes. However, it has also given a pretty broad hint that it will grant relief from the capacity rules under certain conditions – which could include the launch of new routes.

Here’s what the (ACCC) says in paragraph 655 of its ruling:

The (ACCC) considers that the proposed conditions contain sufficient opportunity for appropriate variations to be made where new trans-Tasman services are contemplated by the applicants. The (ACCC) has not designed the conditions to restrict efficient entry or expansion on trans-Tasman routes by the applicants (or any other carrier). Take, for example, circumstances where the applicants are considering introducing new trans-Tasman services that require the diversion of capacity currently operating on one or more of the four overlap routes. Such an example may constitute a ‘material change in market conditions,’ meaning that the applicants can apply to reduce their capacity on the overlap routes to facilitate the introduction of the new service.

Dubai Airports, which recently completed the phased launch of Concourse A at Dubai International’s Terminal 3, is moving forward with further expansion. Concourse A is fully dedicated to handling (EAD)’ A380s. Dubai International is now about midway through a $7.8 billion expansion. The opening of Concourse A boosted capacity at the airport from 60 million to 75 million passengers per year.

By 2018, Dubai International will reach a capacity of 90 million passengers annually with the opening of another new facility, Concourse D. The airport currently connects to more than >220 destinations across six continents via 130 scheduled airlines.

However, growth is somewhat impeded by runway capacity. The airport’s two active runways can handle 56 - 58 airplane movements per hour. (EAD) President & (CEO), Tim Clark said it could be possible to establish a capacity of 62 airplane movements per hour.

Griffiths added, “A strategy challenge is Air Traffic Control (ATC). By the end of this month, we will be upgrading our software” to increase the airport’s ability to handle arriving flights. He noted that (EAD) is increasingly using larger airplanes and now averages 187 passengers per airplane, which has helped increase capacity.

60% of all air traffic in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is to/from Dubai. “We are seeing not only (EAD) airplanes getting bigger with the rising number of A380s, but also other airlines are constantly increasing the size of their airplanes into Dubai.”

Dubai International is ranked the third busiest airport in the world in terms of international passengers, according to Airports Council International. Traffic at the airport grew +13.2% year-over-year to 57.7 million passengers in 2012.

Emirates Airline (EAD) is working on a two-class configuration variant for its A380 that will enable it to add seats, President, Tim Clark confirmed. (EAD)’s current A380 version offers 517 seats in a three-class layout.

The new variant, which could enter service in 2016, would eliminate first class. The upper deck bar would remain. (EAD) is still working on an exact number of seats. Additional seats will increase the weight of the airplane.

He said a more economical two-class 777 configuration is “on the table again.” At the very least, Clark said that in the long term (EAD) will reduce the 777-300ER first-class (F) cabin from eight to four seats and use the additional space to increase seat pitch in business (C) class.

Separately, modification work to repair wing rib cracks on (EAD)’s A380s will begin in April. “The good news is that Singapore Airlines (SIA) got their A380 back in 42 days; we have calculated 56 days for each A380,” Clark said, adding that he hopes all modification work will be completed by November 2014.

Clark said the company is considering using the A380 to operate on one of its two daily flights between Dubai and Mauritius.

April 2013: Two A380 double decker jets have taken part in a special flypast over Sydney, to mark a new alliance between Qantas Airways (QAN) and Emirates (EAD). Struggling (QAN) has severed a partnership with British Airways (BAB) and switched its hub to Dubai for European flights. “This is one of the most important days in (QAN)’s 92 years history. Our partnership with Emirates (EAD) is probably the biggest partnership deal that (QAN) will ever do,” said Alan Joyce, (QAN) (CEO). Commenting on the special flypast, Tim Clark, (EAD) (CEO) said: “For somebody as old as me, who’s been in this business for as long as I have, I still got goose pimples watching those two magnificent airplanes flying so low and flying so well.” (QAN) announced the (EAD) deal in September, ending its 17-year alliance with (BAB). It will enable the carrier to cut loss-making international routes and focus on domestic and budget operations. (QAN) has been hit with a record fuel bill, rising competition and a labor union opposed to its spending cuts. The first flight to transit through Dubai was expected to leave Sydney bound for London.

Qantas (QAN) and Emirates (EAD) launched their new partnership April 1st with a flight from Sydney Airport. The flight featured a pair of Airbus A380s, the first time two commercial A380s have flown in formation. The partnership was given final regulatory approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) last month. (QAN)’s international network should benefit from the partnership following a struggling economic period.

The (ACCC) granted interim approval of the alliance in January, allowing the two carriers to begin selling tickets, and (QAN) said it has seen a “sixfold increase in bookings to Europe” on the new joint network compared to the same period last year.

The two carriers will offer a combined 98 flights per week between Australia and Dubai, featuring the largest joint fleet of A380s worldwide. “Before today, the (QAN) network offered five one-stop code share destinations into Europe and the UK with our partners. From today, we offer access to 32 destinations in Europe on the combined (QAN) and (EAD) network,” said Alan Joyce, (CEO) of Qantas. “The new network will cut average journey times by more than >2 hours from Melbourne and Sydney to the top 10 destinations in Europe.”

Over 210,000 sectors have been booked thus far on the joint network, (QAN) said.


(EAD) will become a direct competitor to USA and European airlines in the transatlantic market by launching daily, Milan Malpensa - New York (JFK) flights from October 1. (EAD) said that (ENAC), the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, “has authorized the services between Milan and New York on an extra-bilateral basis.” It will operate the route with a 777-300ER configured with 8F first-class seats, 42C business-class seats and 310Y economy-class seats.

The flight will be an extension of one of (EAD)’s current three daily Dubai - Milan Malpensa flights, meaning it will also serve as a one-stop, Dubai - New York (JFK) connection. (EAD) currently operates twice-daily, A380 Dubai - New York (JFK) flights.

“Operating a transatlantic route has been on our agenda for some time,” (EAD) President, Tim Clark said. “Having carefully monitored traffic flows we have identified strong demand for both a direct connection and, importantly, for the (EAD) product. The route is currently underserved. Particularly with a strong premium product offering, this is where we see a clear opening for (EAD). We intend to capitalize on this opportunity, stimulating further demand and encouraging additional traffic flow in both directions.”

The Milan - New York flight will have capacity to carry 38 tonnes of belly cargo, (EAD) said.

(EAD) announced a daily service to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Starting on 4 September, the route will be flown by (EAD)’s three-class, 354-seat 777-300s, and will add to (EAD)’s existing Scandinavian offer, which until now was limited to a daily operation to Copenhagen.

As with most of (EAD)’s single daily operations in Europe, the new daily flight will depart Stockholm Arlanda around lunchtime (at 1355 hrs) and arrive in Dubai International Airport in the late evening (at 2225 hrs). This will mean that the new Stockholm Arlanda service will connect to up to 47 onward destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia, in its bank of departures from 0055 (to Tehran) until 0440 (to Johannesburg). SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-2013-04 - STOCKHOLM OK SEPT."

When (EAD) enters a market, it looks to assert itself in the only way it knows how: – to become number one in terms of weekly frequency and seats, a strategic move that helps it to dictate the market. Looking at the three airlines which will offer competing services in this market, Norwegian (NWG)’s winter-only, thrice-weekly, 186-seat 737-800s will provide direct competition for half of the year, while perhaps a sterner test will come in the form of Qatar Airways (QTA)’s daily connection to its own hub in Doha, operated thrice-weekly by its 238-seat A330-200s, and four weekly with its higher capacity, 289-seat A330-300s. However, due to the use of its larger capacity 777-300s, (EAD) will immediately create a 12% gap over (QTA) in terms of weekly seats, while matching it on frequency.

Austrian aviation authorities have denied permission for Emirates (EAD) to operate its A380 on some of its 13X-weekly, Dubai - Vienna flights. It also denied (EAD) traffic rights to increase Vienna frequencies to 14X-weekly under its Qantas (QAN) partnership. Authorities fear too much capacity would be brought into Vienna, which could increase competition. It wants to protect the economical interests of the country.

Dubai International Airport (DXB) continues its inexorable march to become the world’s largest airport by international passenger traffic. At the end of March 2013, the airport announced it had been confirmed as the world’s second busiest airport for international passenger traffic, moving ahead of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport for the first time on a month to month basis.

Only London Heathrow Airport (LHR) remains a bigger hub for international traffic. Given the pace of traffic growth in Dubai, the capacity constraints at London Heathrow and the dithering by UK authorities about runway capacity in southeast England, it is only a matter of time before Dubai becomes the world’s largest international passenger hub.

Dubai Airports believes (DXB) can take the top spot by the end of 2015.

May 2013: The Emirates Group has recorded a +AED 3.1 billion/+US$ 845 million) net profit.

• Largest capacity increase in airline’s history adding 34 new airplanes and 10 new destinations

• Emirates (EAD) passed 39 million passenger milestone

• (EAD) profit of +AED 2.3 billion/+US$ 622 million

• dnata profit of +AED 819 million/+US$ 223 million

The Emirates Group has today announced it 25th consecutive year of profit and company-wide growth ending the year in a strong position despite continuing high fuel prices and a weak global economic environment. The financial year also ended with some very positive newly reached capacity milestones throughout the business.

In the Group’s 2012 - 2013 Annual Report, the company posted a +AED 3.1 billion/+US$ 845 million net profit, up +34% from last year. Even with external challenges, the Group’s revenue reached +AED 77.5 billion/+US$ 21.1 billion an increase of +17% over last year’s results. The Group’s cash balance grew by +53% reaching a solid AED 27.0 billion/US$ 7.3 billion. “Achieving our 25th consecutive year of profit in a financial year with our largest ever increase in capacity across the network is an achievement that speaks to the strength of our brands and our leadership,” said His Highness (H H) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman & (CEO), Emirates Airline and Group.

“Throughout the 2012 - 2013 financial year, the Group has collectively invested over AED 13.8 billion/US$ 3.8 billion in new airplanes, products, services and handling facilities as well as the newly opened JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai. This investment has resulted in an increased customer base and a rise in global brand awareness. Every dirham that we earn is strategically placed back into our business and it is this tenacious approach that has allowed the Group to maintain such strong and consistent profitability under challenging circumstances.”

Despite a difficult operating environment, the Group continued to invest in and expand on its employee base, increasing its overall staff count by +12% to 68,000.

(EAD) continued with its growth plan and during the financial year saw the largest increase in capacity in (EAD)’s history receiving a staggering 34 new airplanes, the highest in any single year and an unprecedented achievement. These airplanes were funded by raising more than >US$ 7.8 billion, also a first, through a variety of financing structures. Overall capacity measured in Available Tonne Kilometers (ATKMs) increased by +5.5 billion tonne-kilometers. Other significant capacity increases include launching 10 new destinations across six continents, shipping more than >2 million tonnes of cargo for the first time and carrying an additional +5.4 million passengers over last year, the highest increase in a financial year.

In the 2012 - 2013 financial year (EAD)’s fuel bill increased by +15% over last year to reach AED 27.9 billion/US$ 7.6 billion. With total operating costs increasing by +16% compared to a revenue increase of +17% over last year. “Managing volatile exchange rates, coupled with a persistently high fuel bill accounting for 40% of our total expenditures, has required continued strong resolve,” added Sheikh Ahmed. “Even with these lingering challenges, we continue to grow and remain profitable despite the industry norms, because we continue to rely on our proven business model and understanding of the marketplace.”

“Staying the course, our strategy for growth has reaped high benefits this past financial year, which has been our strongest ever in relationship to capacity growth,” said Sheikh Ahmed. “(EAD) seat load factor over the last three years has been 80% LF despite our increase in capacity by +44% during the same period, showing the continued global demand for our product. In addition, our capacity measured in terms of Available Tonne Kilometres (ATKMs), which includes passenger and cargo capacity, crossed the 40 billion tonne-kilometers mark, another first for Emirates (EAD).”

Highlighting its sound financials and investor confidence, (EAD) raised more than >AED 28.6 billion/+US$ 7.8 billion in new funding mainly to secure its on-going fleet expansion, a record amount for the airline. This impressive total included US$ 587.5 million financing for additional A380’s with a bond that used the debt capital market in the USA, a first for a non-USA airline in years. (EAD) also issued a 10-year amortized Sukuk for US$ 1 billion and raised US$ 750 million with a 12-year amortized bond matched to the payment cycle for the airplanes. It further includes more than >AED 20 billion/US$5.4 billion raised through finance and operating leases. “We move into the new financial year with confidence and a clear vision of where we are headed. We understand that succeeding in this industry requires determination and we are unapologetic about our drive to be the best,” added Sheikh Ahmed. “We strive to provide superior customer experiences and as our customers’ expectations increase so do the expectations we set for ourselves. With the help of our 68,000 strong multicultural work force we have no doubt that the year ahead will again be more profitable than the last.”

(EAD) revenue reached a record high of AED 73.1 billion/US$ 19.9 billion growing by +17% when compared to the 2011 - 2012 financial year. Although the average price of jet fuel did not increase over last year, it remains high and has impacted (EAD)’s bottom line with (EAD)’s profit at +AED 2.3 billion/+US$ 622 million representing an increase of +52% over last year’s results.

Carrying a record 39.4 million passengers, an increase of 16%, (EAD) logged a robust Passenger Seat Factor, at 80%, remaining consistent with last year’s results. With an increase in seat capacity (Available Seat Kilometers (ASK)s of 18%, the result highlights a strong consumer desire to fly on (EAD)’s state-of-the-art airplanes.

Passenger yield remained steady with 30.5 fils/8.3 US cents per Revenue Passenger Kilometer (RPKM).

Revenue generated from across (EAD)’s six regions continues to be well balanced, with no region contributing more than >30% of overall revenues. East Asia and Australasia remained the highest revenue contributing region with AED 20.9 billion/US$ 5.7 billion up +15% from 2011 - 2012. Europe, up +18% to AED 20.1billion/US$ 5.5 billion, and the Americas up +24% to AED 8.3 billion/US$ 2.3 billion saw the most significant growth, reflecting new destinations as well as increased frequency and capacity to these regions.

Across the rest of the globe, (EAD) saw strong revenue increases from West Asia and the Indian Ocean up +13% to AED 8.0 billion/US$ 2.2 billion, Gulf/Middle East up +13% to AED 7.1 billion/US$ 1.9 billion, and Africa with AED 6.7 billion/US$1.8 billion in revenue, up +10%.

(EAD) premium seat factor remained strong, despite the global financial uncertainty. Premium and overall seat factor for the airline’s flagship A380 airplane, outperformed the network, highlighting the continued demand for the product from passengers.

With a further 198 airplanes order worth over >US$ 71 billion, combined with the airline’s increasing worldwide passenger traffic, (EAD)’s is set to continue to drive considerable economic growth in the countries that it serves.

Forging ahead with its intricately planned expansion, (EAD) received 34 new wide-body airplanes during the year including 20 777-300ERs, 10 A380s and 4 777LRFs, compared with last year’s 22 airplanes. With an increased fleet, (EAD) launched 10 new destinations in 2012 - 2013 including Ho Chi Minh City, Barcelona, Lisbon, Erbil, Washington DC, Adelaide, Lyon, Phuket, Warsaw, and Algiers.

Looking forward to 2013 - 2014, (EAD) has to date announced four new routes; Haneda, Clark in the Philippines, Stockholm and Milan to New York.

New A380 destinations for (EAD) in 2012 - 2013 included; Amsterdam, Melbourne, Singapore and Moscow. Bringing the total number of A380 destinations to 21. In addition, a second A380 was deployed on the existing Paris and New York routes, making both now a double daily A380 service. Two of the airplanes to London Heathrow were also upgraded to A380s, making all five daily flights now A380s.

Focusing on our customer touch points, (EAD) opened three new dedicated airport lounges during the year including Milan and the new First Class and Business Class Concourse A facilities at Dubai Airport, which are among the largest in the world, bringing the total number of (EAD) lounges to 35. The existing Business (C) Class lounge in Dubai Airport’s Concourse C was also refurbished to provide passengers with an enhanced experience.

Defying the industry trend, the 2012 - 2013 financial year has been a strong one for Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) who for the first time reported a revenue over >AED 10 billion reaching AED 10.3 billion/US$ 2.8 billion mark, an 8% increase over last year.

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC)’s tonnage increased +16% reaching a remarkable 2.1 million tonnes in a shrinking airfreight market, highlighting its ability to grow revenues against the industry norm. This year, freight yield per Freight Tonne Kilometer (FTKM) decreased by -6%.

Contributing 15% of (EAD)’s total transport revenue, Emirate SkyCargo (EMC) continues to play an integral role in the company’s expanding operations.

At the end of the financial year, the (EMC) freighter fleet totalled 10 airplanes (eight on operating lease and two on wet lease).

(EAD)’s Destination & Leisure Management including hotels, saw revenue of AED 460 million/US$ 125 million), an increase of +15% over last year. The positive development was supported by the opening of the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel, at the end of 2012.

In the 53 years of dnata, 2012 - 2013 has been its most successful yet, coming on the back of very strong results in 2011 - 2012. With an increase of +15% over last year, dnata grew its revenue to AED 6.6 billion/US$ 1.8 billion. Overall, dnata was able to outperform last year’s record to AED 819 million/US$ 223 million. More than >46% of this revenue comes from dnata’s growing international business. This year’s figures take into account the full year results of Travel Republic and newly set-up catering related Alpha LSG Joint Venture (JV) in the UK between dnata and LSG Skychefs. The (JV) is only reported at equity accounting levels and last year’s figures have been adjusted for comparative purposes accordingly.

dnata’s international growth continued with the addition of several new companies in its portfolio including the acquisition of En Route International Ltd, a supplier for bakery and packaged food solutions, a partnership with in-flight caterer, the Newrest Group and Mentor Africa, and the development of an expansive 20-acre cargo logistics center named ‘dnata City’ at London Heathrow Airport to improve cargo services.

Revenue from dnata’s airport operations increased by +7% reaching AED 2.5 billion/US$ 674 million making it the largest revenue stream. The positive development is primarily driven by strong volume growth in Dubai and in a number of dnata’s other global operations.

Revenue from dnata’s in-flight catering, accounted for AED 1.4 billion/US$ 383 million of its total revenue up +16%, uplifting nearly 29 million meals during the year.

dnata’s cargo handling division also witnessed growth with revenue increasing by +7% to AED 1.1 billion/US$ 293 million on account of rapidly increasing business volumes at Dubai World Central Airport and by expanding handling activities at Dubai International Airport.

For the year, dnata’s operating costs increased by +17% to AED 5.8 billion/US$ 1.6 billion. This growth is also influenced by the first full year integration of Travel Republic.

As of 31st March 2013, the Group employed 68,000 staff across more than >80 companies, representing over 160 different nationalities. The full 2012 - 2013 Annual Report of the Emirates Group (comprising Emirates (EAD), dnata and their subsidiaries) is available at:

Emirates Airline (EAD) is increasing capacity to Bangkok (to two daily A380s), and Hong Kong (a 4th daily flight).

(EAD) and New York-based JetBlue Airways (JBL) plan to expand their current partnership to include bilateral code sharing, subject to regulatory approvals. Under the expanded agreement, (JBL) will place its B6 airline code on all flights operated by (EAD) between the USA and Dubai International Airport, as well as between New York (JFK) and Milan, Italy.

The agreement deepens a three-year partnership between the two carriers. (EAD) started placing its code on select (JBL)-operated flights in April 2012, expanding an interline agreement that dates back to 2010. Current code share routes offered by (EAD) on (JBL)-operated flights cover 28 destinations including Boston, Chicago, Orlando, and Puerto Rico.

Since March, (EAD) also began placing its code on additional JetBlue (JBL) routes, including Bridgetown, Cancun, Montego Bay, Santo Domingo, and Punta Cana. Through the existing agreement, customers receive a single combined ticket for Emirates (EAD)- and JetBlue (JBL)-operated flights, plus other benefits including one-stop check-in and baggage transfer.

There are 103 A380s in service as of early May 2013. Emirates (EAD) has 33 and Singapore Airlines (SIA) has 19, so when assessing network scheduling, these two and their hubs predominate: of the 1,048 weekly A380 flights, 402 are from (EAD) alone. Dubai and Singapore airport see the most A380 flights.

But there are some less predictable statistics. The airport to see the most A380 operators is Hong Kong, followed by Paris and Los Angeles. The largest A380 destination that is not (yet) an A380-hub is London Heathrow. The UK and USA are the most common A380 destinations after Australia, Singapore and the (UAE). Asia, not the Middle East, sees the most A380 flights; South America sees none. Guangzhou - Shanghai Pudong is the shortest A380 route at 1,202 km, while Los Angeles - Melbourne is the longest at 12,751 km. Qantas (QAN) and Lufthansa (DLH) have the highest average sector length, while Thai Airways (TII) is placing the most number of cycles (about two) on its airplanes per day. (QAN) and AirFrance (AFA) are placing the least (just over one).

(EAD) intends to replace its A340-500s with 777-300ERs.

(EAD), the largest operator of the 777, is planning a major order for the airplane’s new version, the 777X, which Boeing (TBC) has started to market to defend its lead in wide body jets against Airbus (EDS).

(EAD) has 175 777s in its fleet that will start retiring from 2017, many of which will replaced by the successor-model dubbed the 777X, President, Tim Clark said. The 777X would be one element of a larger order, he said, without providing a time frame or specifics about other planes to be included.

Boeing (TBC) has begun formally marketing the 777X, which still needs formal clearance from the (TBC) board to commit to production. A major order from a well-established airline would support Boeing (TBC)’s plan to move ahead. “We’re not saying we’re going to buy 175, but we’re looking to replace a large chunk of them with the 777X,” Clark said.

Emirates (EAD) is one of many airlines studying the 777X. Clark said last month that (EAD) was in more advanced talks with Boeing (TBC) about the model than other airlines. (EAD) would likely purchase the 777X in larger numbers than competing airlines, given its fast pace of expansion. (EAD) has also ordered 90 Airbus A380 superjumbos and may consider another 30.

(EAD) has urged Boeing (TBC) to "take total control" of the production and supply chain of the proposed 777X to avoid the kind of problems that dogged the 787 program. (EAD) has been deeply involved with Boeing (TBC) on the definition of the new "big twin" and Clark said (EAD) is a likely launch customer. But it does not want to see a repeat of the delays and program interruptions that plagued the 787 Dreamliner almost since its roll-out in July 2007. "It's no good just saying 'we've learnt.' Boeing has had a bitter lesson and they've got to take total control: quality in - quality out," Clark said. "Don't let anybody mess about with the aeroplane. Obviously they have a vendor supply chain, but where they can control it - they must control it."

Clark said (EAD) is interested in both proposed 777X variants which include the larger 777-9X and the smaller, ultra-long range 777-8X. "If the commercial terms were right, we could definitely be a launch customer," he said. "We're actively engaged with them." Both variants will be powered by the General Electric (GE9X) with the 777-9X the lead variant slated for service entry in 2020. The 777-8X will follow around nine months later.

"We were concerned about it being underpowered in the early days, and Boeing (TBC) has now grown the thrust [from under <100,000 lbs] to around 103,000," Clark said. "We want the 777-9X to be able to fly routes like Dubai - Los Angeles and Buenos Aires - Dubai with maximum payload (400-plus passengers and a modicum of freight) around 55 t."

Clark said the 777-8X will be "an absolute peach" because it has the qualities of today's 777-200LR but "is bigger with much greater legs. We're talking 330-plus passengers in three classes doing Dubai - Lima."

June 2013: Emirates (EAD), one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, will boost its services to Switzerland with the start of a daily A380 service to Zurich. From January 1st 2014, flight EK087 from Dubai to Zurich and its return sector EK088 will be operated by an A380, offering an increased capacity of more than >1,100 additional seats every week in each direction. The service is currently operated by a 777-300ER. (EAD) will continue to serve Zurich with a double daily operation, which will equate to more than >870 seats on offer per day.

“The strategic decision to bring our flagship A380 to Zurich was made to support the city’s strong position as a financial services hub and center for a vast number of international companies. There has been robust demand for business and leisure traffic and the extra capacity will stimulate more trade and tourism between Switzerland, the (UAE), and emerging markets eastbound (including 10 destinations in India and 24 destinations in the Far East and Australasia) connecting both people and economies,” said Thierry Antinori, (EAD)’s Executive VP Passenger Sales Worldwide.

“Travellers from Switzerland will soon be able to enjoy the (EAD)’s A380, being seamlessly connected through the Dubai hub to our dynamically growing network, providing connectivity to global hubs in Asia and Australia such as Bangkok, Sydney, and Singapore. These markets, which are positioned as economic and tourism centers, are served with multiple daily flights,” added Mr Antinori.

“The decision of (EAD) to operate its flagship airplane on one of its two daily flights to Zurich represents another milestone for Zurich Airport, and demonstrates the strong demand from travelers for the (EAD) product. The upgrade from a 777 operation to an A380 on the afternoon flight from Zurich is a significant capacity increase and a clear commitment to the Swiss market,” said Thomas Kern, (CEO) Zurich Airport.

The A380 capacity boost on the flights to Zurich will further stimulate trade between the (UAE) and Switzerland, supporting a buoyant $9 billion USD trade relationship, according to the (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Trade. Over 169 Swiss companies operate in Dubai and Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) supports movement of goods such as precious metals, watches, jewelry, heavy machinery and pharmaceuticals, giving local businesses greater access to foreign markets.

The A380 is spread over two decks offering 427Y seats in Economy Class, 76C lie-flat seats in Business Class, and 14 First Class (F) Private Suites. Each (EAD) A380 offers an Onboard Lounge on the upper deck for Premium Class passengers. First Class (F) passengers have the added luxury of two Onboard Shower Spas.

Passengers across all cabins can enjoy watching their favorite movies, TV programs, and more than >1,400 channels of "Ice," the award-winning in-flight entertainment system, while enjoying gourmet-chef prepared cuisine. Passengers can also stay connected to the internet throughout their journey with high-speed Wi-Fi access.

President, Tim Clark expects Boeing (TBC) to be able to get “a few hundred firm orders” for the proposed 777-8X/9X soon. “All the 777 operators are interested in the 777X,” Clark said.

Boeing (TBC) is offering the airplane to customers and is widely expected to formally launch the program later this year. Clark hints that he originally talked to (TBC) about receiving the first 777-9X around 2018, but that target has now shifted by around 18 months to 2020 or beyond. (TBC) plans to follow the 777-9X, a stretched version of the current 777-300ER, with the 777-8X, which would be the same size as the current version.

Clark says the shift, about which (EAD) is not happy, is due to the development work needed for the 787-10X. (TBC) has an initial provisional order from Singapore Airlines (SIA) for the 777-10X.

(EAD) has long made clear it is keen to get the 777X as soon as possible. (EAD) would like to use the airplanes on some of the longest-haul routes in its network. “The 777-8X can fly Sydney - Rome,” says Clark. “That’s a 20 hour flight.” Clark stresses that (EAD) has been spending a lot of time exploring how passengers can be accommodated for ultra long-haul sectors by adding bars and standing areas in a space-efficient way.

By contrast, Clark sees the Airbus (EDS) A350-1000 as an airplane for 10 - 12 hour missions. “It does not have the legs of the 777X,” he said. (EAD) has an order for 20 A350-1000s that it is understood to be contractually able to walk away from, following the redesign of the airplane and what now looks like an 18-month shift of entry into service (EIS) until 2017.

As for the A380, Clark said (EDS) would “dearly like the stretch” version, however, he realizes that (EDS) has its hands full with other projects right now and needs sales of the current A380 pick up. (EAD) has been looking at putting another 120 seats into a stretched A380. That would take capacity up to 640 seats in three classes.

Clark remains bullish about the capabilities of the airplane. The A380’s “profitability is astounding,” Clark says. “People go out of their way to fly the A380. It is much better than the 747.”

(EAD) has entered the cycle of permanent repairs of the A380 wings for the in-service fleet and currently has two airplanes grounded, with three more to follow soon. According to Clark, (EDS) has been late starting the program because the selected Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) providers were not ready. Also, he has noticed that the A380 delivery stream “has slowed down” and some airplanes are several weeks late.

2 A380-861 (119, A6-EEH; 123, A6-EEI), deliveries.

July 2013: Emirates Airline (EAD) will begin its first service to Ukraine launching daily, Dubai - Kiev A340-500 service.

South African Airways (SAA) and Etihad Airways (EHD) began code share services.

Less than nine months after launching its inaugural service to Lyon, Emirates (EAD) has now announced it will upgrade the route’s operating airplane to a 777-200LR, effective from February 1st, 2014. Offering a total of 266 seats in each direction, the 777-200LR will continue to operate five times per week and will offer customers eight luxurious private suites in First Class (F), 42C of its latest lie-flat seats in Business Class, and generous space for 216Y passengers in Economy Class.

Since its launch in December last year, (EAD) has carried over >56,000 passengers between Dubai and Lyon, boosting international tourism in Lyon from destinations in the Middle and Far East, as well as Australia. At Lyon, the city’s tourism body has also been a strong supporter of (EAD) since launch, working with the airline to increase awareness of the city’s unique heritage. “The upgrade of our Lyon service to a 777 is a clear marker of the route’s success since its launch late last year, highlighting the strong growth potential of this destination,” said Thierry Antinori, (EAD)’s Executive VP & Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Commercial Operations Worldwide. “Offering the highest standards of passenger comfort, our customers travelling to and from Lyon will now be able to enjoy the added in-flight features afforded by this airplane, including lie-flat seats in Business Class (C) and extended in-flight entertainment options in all classes.”

“Prior to (EAD)’s service, Lyon and its catchment area were significantly under-serviced by international carriers. With this new direct service customers can now conveniently connect to 10 points in India as well as a raft of destinations in the Far East, Indian Ocean and Australia,” added Mr Antinori.

In addition to increased seating comfort, (EAD)’s 777-200LR also features ice, (EAD)’s award-winning in-flight entertainment system which offers up to 1,500 channels of in-flight entertainment including the latest French films. “Offering a 777 on this route from February next year, underscores our commitment to not only this French gateway but also to offering our customers the highest standards of in-flight comfort,” added Mr Antinori.

Passengers flying First Class (F) with (EAD) can enjoy a very generous baggage allowance of 50 kg, in Business Class (C), 40 kg, and in Economy Class (Y), a sizable 30 kg. (EAD)’s chauffeur-drive service is available to both First Class (F) and Business Class (C) passengers in Lyon and Dubai.

(EAD) flight EK81 departs Dubai every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1425 hrs, arriving in Lyon at 1950 hrs the same day. The return journey leaves Lyon at 2145 hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0615 hrs the next day.

Over the last two years the three major Gulf carriers (Emirates (EAD), Etihad (EHD), and Qatar (QTA)) have expanded their operations in Southeast Asia by more than >50%. Assuming at least one third of their Southeast Asian passengers are heading or originating in Western Europe, Gulf carriers now carry more passengers between the two regions than their European competitors.

Emirates Airline (EAD) has denied media reports that it is interested in taking a major stake in Philippine Airlines (PAL). Several media outlets are reporting that billionaire Lucio Tan, who owns a 51% stake in (PAL), has been approached by unnamed investors to sell his shareholding. Tan, a cigarette and beer magnate, is looking to leave (PAL), which he bought in 1992.

Emirates (EAD) was linked in some media reports to the suggested deal.
In a brief statement, (EAD) dismissed the reports: “Emirates (EAD) has no plans to acquire a stake in another airline. We are busy focusing on the many aspects of our own growth.”

777-31HER (38991, A6-ENK), delivery.

August 2013: Emirates (EAD) begins daily, Dubai - Stockholm 777-200LR service on September 4. (EAD) also launches daily Dubai - Clark International Airport, Philippines on October 1.

Emirates Airline (EAD) plans to more than double its network of USA destinations in the next three to five years to a total of 15 USA cities, up from seven currently, a company official said. (EAD)
plans to add as many as three new USA city destinations in the next 12 months, Thierry Antinori, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), said in an interview with Reuters. The comments mark a further sign of the expansion aims of one of the fastest-growing Middle Eastern carriers.

(EAD) is set to add new service from New York’s John F Kennedy airport to Milan in October. That route, known as a fifth-freedom route because it goes between two countries other than (EAD)’s home base, is out of step with (EAD)'s Dubai-centric, single-hub strategy, but is not a sign that more such routes will be added in the future, Antinori said.

The freedoms of the air are a set of commercial aviation rights. The fifth freedom allows an airline to carry traffic between foreign countries as part of services connecting with the airline’s own country.

(EAD) has increased USA destinations “over proportionally” in the last 18 months, adding three routes to four existing ones. It now flies to Dubai from New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, and Washington, DC.

On December 2, (EAD) will add capacity on its Los Angeles Dubai route by using a bigger jet (an A380) to replace the 777 it currently uses. (EAD)’s two daily flights from New York already use the 525-seat A380 superjumbo. “The next step in the USA development is to open a third flight from New York going to Milan,” Antinori said. “The step after that will be to open new destinations between USA and Dubai,” he added. The cities haven’t been decided, but Chicago, Boston, and Miami are possible, he said.

In the three to five years, (EAD) will have 15 routes from the USA to Dubai, he said.

Emirates (EAD) also is very interested in Boeing’s new 777X jet and probably will announce orders at the Dubai Airshow in November, he said. While not confirming it officially, Antinori noted that the airline did not order any planes during the Paris Airshow in June.
“I expect us to order planes” at the airshow, he said. “At Emirates (EAD), we are not used to having two airshows in a row without ordering anything.”

Antinori said (EAD) does not plan to buy equity in other airlines, including Spicejet (ROJ) of India, which had been rumored to be of interest. “We are not interested in investing in stakes in airlines, including Spicejet (ROJ),” he said.

Emirates (EAD) has launched a private jet charter operation "Emirates Executive" using a 19F-seat Airbus ACJ319. "Emirates Executive elevates the high standards and quality of (EAD)s that our customers have come to expect, with the flexibility and luxury that can only be offered by a private chartered flight," said Adnan Kazim, divisional Senior VP Planning & Research at (EAD).

(EAD) hopes to tap into growth markets in the Middle East, India, Russia and China, said Kazim. The new ACJ319 (/11 A6-CJE), is powered by (CFM) International (CFM56) engines. On board, it offers private suites and a large multi-function lounge area, which (EAD) hopes will attract both private customers and corporations.

The ACJ319 is configured with two main zones. At the front of the twinjet sits a dining and executive lounge designed to accommodate up to 12 passengers. The second distinct area comprises 10 private suites, each featuring a fully lie-flat seat and a 32 inch High Definition (HD) LCD screen. The suites are complemented by bathrooms featuring a full-height shower. SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-2013-08 - ACJ319 - A/B/C."

According to, Emirates (EAD) had 2 flight crew (FC) in May, 8 in June, and 4 in July, including starting First Officers (FC) on the 777 and A330. (EAD) is hiring First Officers (FC) directly onto the A380 with 1,500 hours on an Airbus fly-by-wire airplane. 102 more First Officers (FC) are needed in 2013. SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-2013-08 - FLIGHT CREW AD A380 FO."

September 2013: Emirates (EAD) began daily, Dubai - Stockholm 777-200LR service on September 5. It also reopened 3X-weekly, Dubai - Tripoli 777-200ER service on September 3. Emirates Airline (EAD) will begin 4X-weekly, Dubai - Sialkot A330-200 service on November 5. (EAD) plans to add fifth-freedom New York (JFK) - Milan service next month, and also plans to add three new USA cities to its network within the next year. (EAD) also launches daily, Dubai - Clark International Airport, Philippines on October 1.

(EAD) announced it is to commence a daily passenger service to Khwaja Rawash Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan from December 4th 2013. The daily flight to Afghanistan’s capital city will be the first destination in the country which Emirates (EAD) has served. The route will be operated by an A340-500 configured in a 3 cabin configuration, offering 12F First Class, 42 Business (C) Class, and 204 Economy (Y) Class seats.

“Emirates (EAD) has identified a demand for a premium service airline offering between Dubai and Kabul. With this new route, (EAD) will be able to offer passengers travelling to and from the city excellent global connections via Dubai, combined with the award-winning product and service the airline is renowned for. This includes operating the only First Class (F) cabin between Dubai and Kabul,” said Barry Brown, (EAD)’s Divisional Senior VP Commercial Operations East. “We expect the flight to be particularly popular with corporate business (C) travellers, as well as Afghan nationals returning home to visit friends and family. It will also present a new opportunity for cargo operations to the country, particularly for the shipment of pharmaceuticals, perishable foodstuffs and construction materials.”

EK 640 will depart Dubai daily at 09.55 hours and arrive in Kabul at 13.15. The return flight, EK 641 will leave Kabul at 15.30 hours and arrive back in Dubai at 18.00. Kabul will be the 138th destination on the (EAD) route network, following shortly after the commencement of services to Clark, Philippines on October 1st, Conakry, Guinea on October 27th and Sialkot, Pakistan on November 5th, 2013.

This year, Emirates (EAD) has launched new routes to Warsaw, Algiers, Tokyo Haneda and Stockholm. It also launches services to Clark International in the Philippines, between Milan and New York, to Conakry in Guinea, Sialkot in Pakistan, Kabul, Kiev and Taipei.

(EAD) will add a new North American city to its route network next spring, with the addition of Boston. (EAD) will start serving Boston from March 10, its eighth city in the USA and ninth in North America. The flight will be operated daily with a 777-200LR.

Emirates (EAD) is closing on a deal to be a launch customer for Boeing’s 777X but still has “a lot of work to do” around the commercial negotiations, said (EAD)’s President, Tim Clark. “We spent the summer working through the technical side of the aeroplane and from what I can see it looks very good. We will now look at the pricing and commercial aspects. So far so good, but there’s still a lot of work to do,” he says.

Clark said (EAD) has only recently been given definitive pricing information on the twinjet, and that the timing of any contract with Boeing (TBC) will be “when it suit us (it may be the Dubai Air Show [in November], but if we’re not ready we won’t be doing it”).

Clark says that the 777X’s General Electric (GE9X) powerplant is fundamental to the new program achieving (TBC)’s performance and economics claims. “The engine is key to all of this. I’ve told (GEC) that if they don’t deliver the ceramic (CMC) engines, there will be issues,” he said. To meet (EAD)’s performance needs, the 777X’s (GE9X) will need a water-injection system to ensure that the airplane can operate comfortably year-round from Dubai on all its required missions. “Unlike earlier demineralised water-injection systems such as on the (BAC) One-Eleven, this one is all about coolant (very high temperatures at high work rates,”) said Clark.
“It makes a very material difference to our operating capabilities in the hot months in Dubai. Without that, the 777-9X doesn’t do that much better in those conditions than the 777-300ER does today.”

October 2013: The passenger terminal at what will eventually become the world’s largest airport, Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC), has officially opened. The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, unveiled a plaque marking the inauguration as October 27 - - SEE PHOTO - - "EAD-2013-10 - DWC OPENS." The terminal has an initial capacity of seven million passengers, a single 4.5 km Airbus A380-capable runway, and 64 remote stands.

The airport will be expanded in a series of phases to eventually be capable of handling 160 million passengers and 12 million tonnes of cargo annually, on five runways. The airport has been progressively opened up for cargo and general aviation services prior to commercial airlines moving in.

(DWC) is the overarching project that includes the airport plus residential, logistical and commercial districts. The first flight to arrive at the new terminal was a Wizz Air (WZZ) A320 from Budapest. Kuwaiti carrier, Jazeera Airways (JZI) will start services October 31 and Bahrain-based Gulf Air (GUL) will be the first full-service carrier to begin operations to the new facility on December 8.

Emirates Airline (EAD) has begun operating two new services on October 1st. The first inauguration was for its new 6,430 km transatlantic daily service between Milan Malpensa (MXP) and New York (JFK). The route, flown daily using 777-300ERs, will see (EAD) offer thrice-daily connections to (JFK), alongside two direct services from Dubai. (EAD) competes directly with daily services operated by Alitalia (ALI), American Airlines (AAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL). (EAD) will also compete indirectly with United Airlines (UAL), which serves the city pair, but from nearby New York Newark. The second launch is a 6,840 km operation between Dubai (DXB) and Clark (CRK) in the Philippines. The service to Clark is also operated daily, predominantly using 777-200LRs to fly the route ((EAD) will occasionally schedule 777-300ERs to operate the sector) and is currently flown without competition. Qatar Airways (QTA) and Etihad Airways (EHD) do not presently offer an alternative from their respective hubs, although this will change on October 27, when (QTA) launches daily A330-300 services.

(EAD) will operate a second daily A380 Dubai - Munich service between October 23 and November 2 replacing its 777-300ER. The second A380 service will increase seat capacity to more than >150 seats per day. “For us, every airport in Europe [that] we serve is a potential A380 destination,” (EAD) President, Tim Clark said. (EAD) will switch one of its two daily 777 Dubai - Zurich services to (daily) A380 operations from January 1, 2014.

Emirates (EAD) continued to expand its coverage of the African continent, as it launched services to its 24th gateway. Beginning on October 28th, (EAD) commenced four times weekly flights on the 7,500 km route from its Dubai (DXB) hub to Conakry (CKY) in the Republic of Guinea. Situated on the Atlantic coast of Africa, Conakry is the nation’s economic, financial and cultural center, home to an estimated population of two million people, almost a quarter of Guinea’s total population. (EAD)’s Conakry service, which is linked to its existing Dakar operation, provides new opportunities for business and leisure travellers in Guinea. An A340-300 in a three-class configuration is deployed to operate the new African link.

(EAD) will begin daily, Dubai - Kabul A340-500 service on December 4 and daily, Dubai - Kiev service on January 16.

Los Angeles International (LAX) airport will have seven airlines flying the Airbus A380 on international flights from December, a fact that it credits to its new international terminal. AirFrance (AFA), British Airways (BAB), China Southern Airlines (GUN), Korean Air (KAL), Qantas Airways (QAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) operate at least seven daily flights on the super jumbo to the airport, with Emirates (EAD) planning to upgrade its existing service to an A380 from December 2.

Operator, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) says that this service is “absolutely” attributable to the new Tom Bradley International terminal. Phase one of the expanded and rehabilitated terminal opened on September 18. The new terminal has nine gates designed for group six airplanes, which includes the A380 as well as the Boeing 747-8 and the largest Boeing 777s. A380 flights previously had to board and deplane remotely.

(LAX) also boasts the most A380 flights of any USA airport, with New York’s John F Kennedy International the next busiest, with flights on only four carriers.


Emirates (EAD) now operates 37 Airbus A380s and has 53 more on order.

November 2013: Emirates Airline (EAD) has reported an interim net profit of +AED 1.7 billion/+$463 million, up +2% from the same period last year.

Emirates (EAD) Chairman & (CEO), Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has described the global business environment as “challenging”, as the Emirates Group reported a profit of +AED2.2 billion/+USD600 million for the six months to Septeember 30th, 2013. The profit result was up only +4% on the same period in 2012, while group revenue rose +13%. The Emirates Group described the result as a “robust performance” and a reflection of its “steady focus on its long-term vision and business growth”.

Sheikh Ahmed struck an unusually cautious tone for (EAD), despite returning a profit most airlines would only dream of. While Group revenue rose to AED42.3 billion/USD11.5 billion, (EAD)’s mainline Emirates (EAD) passenger airline business saw its bottom line results improved only +2%, to a net profit position of +AED1.7 billion/+USD475 million. The results show “steady demand for our products and services” according to Sheik Ahmed, and capacity and route growth “continue to match and meet passenger demand.”

Emirates (EAD) commenced operations on its fifth route to Pakistan on November 5th, when it launched services on the 2,000 km route from Dubai (DXB) to Sialkot (SKT) in the north-east of the country. Four weekly flights are offered on the new route and operated using A330-200s in competition with flydubai (FDB)’s thrice-weekly schedule. (EAD) already serves four other points in Pakistan with non-stop services from Dubai to Karachi (35 weekly flights), Islamabad and Lahore (11 each) and Peshawar (five).

(EAD) will add four extra flights per week to Luanda, Angola, bringing the route up to a daily frequency from December 1. The move will add just over >1,600 extra seats per week to the route. Services to Luanda began in October 2009 with an A330-200, upgrading to a 777-200ER a year later. Seven months after that, the route was operated by 777-300ERs.

Orhan Abbas, (EAD)’s Senior VP, Commercial Operations Latin America, Central & Southern Africa, said: “The increase in flights to a daily service is a clear indication of the route’s success and its future growth potential. “Angola is Africa’s second largest oil producer with a strong mining sector, and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, making it an attractive business destination.”

Emirates SkyCargo (EMC) will offer an increase freight capacity of 120 tonnes per week from the destination.

EK793 leaves Dubai at 10.40 am, arriving in Luanda at 3.35 pm. The return flight, EK794, departs Luanda at 6.20 pm, touching down in Dubai at 4.45 am the next day.

At the Dubai Air Show Emirates (EAD) announced it had signed up for 150 777Xs and placed 50 purchase rights. The 777Xs are powered by the General Electric (GE9X) engine.

(EAD) also ordered +50 more A380s. Following delivery of their first A380 in July 2008, Emirates (EAD) has now taken delivery of 39 A380s. Their 39th A380 is on Airbus’ static display at the 2013 Dubai Airshow.

Since first entering service in 2007, the A380 has joined the fleets of ten world class carriers. The A380 flies 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 km non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment.

The world 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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December 2013: Emirates Airline (EAD) launched the longest Airbus A380 commercial nonstop flight on December 2 on a daily, Dubai - Los Angeles service. The A380 replaced a Boeing 777-300ER on the route.

(EAD) became the first of the Middle East Big 3 (MEB3) carriers to operate a service to Afghanistan, when it launched daily flights on December 4th from Dubai (DXB) to Kabul (KBL). The 1,690 km sector to Afghanistan’s capital will be served utilizing (EAD)’s 258-seat A340-500s, and faces extensive competition from Safi Airways (SFI) (twice-daily flights), Ariana Afghan Airlines (AFG) (five times weekly), flydubai (FDB) (thrice-daily) and Kam Air (KMF) (daily).

(EAD) will do a trial of the Airbus (EDS) Managed Inventory (AMI) service and expects to implement (AMI) afterward. (AMI) will automatically replenish inventory levels at Emirates (EAD) facilities and guarantee part availability and decreasing inventory stock levels.

(EAD) took delivery of its 40th and 41th A380s on November 28. The newest A380 fleet additions have an increased take-off weight of up to 575 tons. “With a higher take-off weight, we are able to do year-round nonstop operations from Dubai with an A380 to places like Los Angeles, San Francisco or Houston,” (EAD) President, Tim Clark said. “The demand is there and people [have] always asked us when we [would] come with an A380.”

(EAD) ordered 50 Airbus A380s during the Dubai Air Show, marking its fifth A380 order and taking its total commitment to 140 of the type.

(EAD) has received delivery of its 43rd and 44th A380 planes with a double delivery from Airbus’ Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg, Germany. “Our customers love the A380 (from the quieter cabins and spacious layout on the main deck, to the on-board lounge and shower spas in our premium cabins). It is a beautiful airplane which we have packed full of the best in-flight comforts and products. From an operator standpoint, the A380 is still one of the most fuel efficient airplanes per seat. It offers us some flexibility in range and also helps us to meet demand at slot-constrained airports,” said Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline (EAD).

“Continuous improvements are being made to the A380, by Airbus (EDS) as well as by (EAD) in terms of our on-board product. For instance, our latest A380s have been fitted with even bigger high definition (LCD) TV screens to enhance the in-flight entertainment experience. We’ve also introduced new touch-screen tablets that allow passengers to control all their seat functions and movie selections with just one swipe. Small details, but all these add up to provide a great flying experience,” he added.

The 43rd and 44th Emirates A380s offer 14F seats in First Class, 76C seats in Business Class and 427Y seats in Economy Class, and will be put into service starting December 21st, initially operating on flights to Mauritius and Munich.

Click on to take a virtual tour on-board (EAD)’s A380 with Google Street View.

(EAD) operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s, flying one in three of these modern jets in the skies today. (EAD) was the first airline to order the A380 back in 2000, and it ordered another +50 more at the Dubai Air Show in November. In 2013, (EAD) received 13 A380 airplanes and it expects to receive another 13 in 2014. (EAD) still has +96 more A380s worth USD 43 billion on order, of which 71 are expected to be delivered over the next five years, before the end of 2018.

From its Dubai hub and dedicated A380 terminal, (EAD)’s A380s crisscross the globe flying to 24 destinations spanning Los Angeles to Auckland. Illustrating the range of the A380, (EAD) currently operates the world’s longest non-stop A380 service (13,414 km), with its daily A380 flight between Dubai and Los Angeles, launched earlier this month. (EAD)’s shortest A380 flight is between Bangkok and Hong Kong, clocking 1,900 km.

(EAD)’s current A380 destinations are: Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Los Angeles, Manchester, Mauritius, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto, and Brisbane. (EAD) will start operating scheduled A380 services to Zurich from January 2014. (EAD) will become the first airline to operate a regularly scheduled service to London Gatwick airport from March 30th 2014, when its 489-seat A380 will replace its 777-300ER on EK flight 09/10, bringing a +36% increase in capacity on one of its three daily flights.

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Emirates (EAD)'s airplanes flew around the world more than >18,000 times in 2013, underlining its position as a global connector of people and places.

Figures show the (EAD)'s fleet travelled more than >751 million kms throughout the year. Taking the earth's circumference at the equator as 40,075 kms, this translates into the equivalent of 18,753 circumnavigations.

A total of 164,635 flights were conducted, carrying over >43 million passengers, who enjoyed the finest dining in the skies and the very best in-flight entertainment. (EAD) Flight Catering loaded nearly 46 million meals aboard (EAD)'s flights departing Dubai. A particularly memorable day for the catering team was December 20, 2013 when a staggering 157,308 meals were produced, breaking their previous record of 147,722 on March 1, 2013.

"2013 has been another impressive year for (EAD). We continue to raise the bar in the industry with investment, innovation and the expansion of our services globally, bringing unrivalled value for money to the millions who travel with us," said Tim Clark, President of (EAD).

Throughout the year, (EAD) has received 24 new airplanes: - a combination of Airbus A380s, Boeing 777s and 777F freighters. Nine new passenger routes have been launched; Warsaw, Algiers, Tokyo Haneda, Stockholm, Clark, Milan, New York, Conakry, Sialkot, and Kabul. Hanoi, Chicago, Kano in Nigeria, and Quito in Ecuador have been launched as cargo only destinations.

The first major milestone of 2013 was January's opening of Concourse A, the world's first purpose built A380 concourse. The giant building with 20 A380 gates is over >800 m long and houses the largest airline lounges in the world.

In February, (EAD) went from big to fast, becoming a Global Partner of Formula 1 Motor Racing a five year deal starting with the 2013 season.

April saw the landmark commercial deal with Qantas (QAN) come to life. The new partnership brings the total combined number of weekly flights from Dubai to Australia to 98.

In May, The Emirates Group, which includes dnata, announced its 25th consecutive year of profit, despite the continuing tough international business environment. For the 2012/13 financial year, the group posted a +3.1 billion dirham/+US $845 million net profit, up +34% from the previous financial year.

August brought the fifth anniversary of (EAD)'s A380 operations. At the five year mark, its A380 fleet had carried more than >18 million passengers on over >45,000 flights. Earlier this month, the double decker, offering more than >400 hours of Hollywood movies, was deployed to Los Angeles, creating the world's longest A380 service in operation at 16 hours and 20 minutes.

"We were bold ordering this double-decker when we did, and in the numbers that we did, but my goodness, it has proved to be a gamble worth taking," said Mr Clark. "Our customers love it, and it is one of the most efficient airplanes to operate today in terms of fuel burn per passenger."

In September, (EAD)'s fans were given an unprecedented look behind the scenes of its home base at Dubai International. The ten part series, "Ultimate Airport Dubai," charts the incredible story of Dubai's aviation sector on the National Geographic Channel. The documentary can also be viewed on (EAD)'s ice Digital Widescreen.

In October, (EAD) hit two million Facebook fans and predicted it would be carrying a total of 70 million passengers by 2020, a date which has now taken on a new significance after Dubai landed Expo 2020.

(EAD) has won a host of awards during 2013 (most notably the Skytrax "World's Best Airline" award. Close to 18,000 cabin crew (CA) from 137 nationalities help to deliver.

"Emirates SkyAwards" membership has now reached 10 million and new partnerships for the year include American Express (AmEx), Virgin America (VUS) and JetBlue (JBL).

February 2014: The most headline grabbing news of 2013 was the dramatic announcement at November's Dubai Airshow. Held for the first time at the emerging aviation city of Dubai World Central, (EAD) ordered 200 airplanes (150 Boeing 777Xs and 50 A380s). At US $99 billion, it was the largest order in civil aviation history, and (EAD) once again, rewrote the history books.

Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), which faces increased competition with the January 1 launch of a daily, Emirates Airline (EAD) A380 Dubai - Zurich service, has called for fair competition between European and Gulf carriers.

(EAD) launched daily, Airbus A380 Dubai - Barcelona service.

(EAD) is to launch daily flights linking Dubai to the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Kano little more than a decade after starting its first route to Nigeria. (EAD) will begin with an Airbus A340-500 flight to the Nigerian capital Abuja and the northern city of Kano from August 1st. Abuja is where the Nigerian government and majority of institutions are located, while Kano is the the country's second most populous city after Lagos. (EAD) has operated to Lagos since 2004, serving the city double-daily since 2004. “Nigeria is experiencing strong demographic and economic growth. The country is strategic to (EAD)’s global expansion, as is Africa," said Thierry Antinori, (EAD) Chief Commercial Officer.

Emirates (EAD) and Jetstar Airways (IMU) have launched a code share and frequent flyer agreement, opening up destinations in Australasia and Asia. (EAD)’s code will now be placed on a number of routes operated by Jetstar Airways (IMU) in Australia and New Zealand, and by Jetstar Asia (JSA). Passengers will now have access to 27 new routes and six new destinations such as Bali in Indonesia, Byron Bay in Australia, Dunedin in New Zealand, and Siem Reap in Cambodia.

They include seven domestic routes in Australia, four in New Zealand, six new routes between Australian and New Zealand, and 10 international routes out of Singapore to Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Hong Kong.

Members of Emirates Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer program, will also be able to earn miles for flights on Jetstar (IMU)-operated routes, which have the Emirates (EAD) code.

Emirates (EAD) has begun serving Kiev Boryspil (KBP) from its Dubai (DXB) hub, in a move that sees it competing with its sister company, low cost carrier (LCC) flydubai (FDB), at least until the end of April. The daily service, which started on January 16th is flown by (EAD)’s A340-500s. While direct competition comes from Ukraine International Airlines (UKR) (double-daily), flydubai (FDB) (daily) and Dniproavia (UDN) (twice-weekly) on the specific airport pair, there is also indirect competition on the city pair. flydubai (FDB) also operates a daily service into Kiev Zhulyany from Dubai, whereas Wizz Air Ukraine (WAU) offers a thrice–weekly connection from Zhulyany to Dubai Al Maktoum. Both of these indirectly competing services have commenced recently (the former on September 15th and the latter on October 28th).

Emirates (EAD) has started services to its 121st non-stop destination this month, launching daily services from its Dubai (DXB) mega-hub to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) on February 10th. The 6,566 km sector is operated by (EAD)’s 400-seat 777-300s and faces no direct competition. Currently, (EAD) is the only one of the Middle East Big 3 (MEB3) offering flights to Taipei. “Emirates (EAD) and Taipei began their partnership in 2003 when Emirates Skycargo (EMC) launched freighter services from Dubai. I am proud that we have been able to increase our commitment and begin daily, non-stop passenger services from today,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman & (CEO), (EAD).

Taipei became (EAD)’s newest passenger destination when flight EK366 arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, inaugurating (EAD)’s daily non-stop service from Dubai International Airport.

“Emirates and Taipei began their partnership in 2003 when Emirates Skycargo (EMC) launched freighter services from Dubai. I am proud that we have been able to increase our commitment and begin daily, non-stop passengers services from today,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman & (CEO), (EAD).

“Dubai and Taipei are very similar, both are important trading hubs and today’s link will help to build on bilateral trade. We have been working hard to promote Taipei across our network and I am confident that the influx of business and leisure passengers will continue to grow,” added Sheikh Ahmed.

Emirates (EAD)’s new Taipei service is operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, equipped with 8F luxurious private suites in First Class, 42C lie-flat seats in Business Class, and generous space for 304Y passengers in Economy Class. In-flight passengers enjoy gourmet cuisine in all classes, served by (EAD)’s multinational cabin crew of over 132 nationalities, including Taiwanese.

The move by Emirates Airline (EAD) to add a new service to Taipei would divert Taiwan transit passengers from Hong Kong to Dubai, dealing another blow to Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT)'s long established and lucrative network business in the region, analysts said.

(EAD) will challenge Cathay (CAT)'s dominant role on the Taiwan - Europe route because the deep-pocketed carrier can leverage its better European network and competitive airfares.

Some 65% of the transit passengers from Taiwan opt to fly with Cathay (CAT) now, because Taiwan has limited choices in international air services, said Edwin Lau Wing-chu, (EAD) VP Hong Kong & Taiwan. Taiwan has direct flights to just four European cities: Paris, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Amsterdam. "Taiwan is not a big market but [is one] with good potential as its long-haul market is under served," Lau added.

With an eye on luring Taiwanese travellers to fly via Dubai to Europe, the Middle East or other destinations in North and South America, (EAD) kicked off six weekly flights to Taipei, deploying Boeing 777-300ER airplanes.

Lau said when the extension of the south runway at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport is completed next year to meet the requirements for Airbus 380 landings, (EAD) will consider switching to the A380. Lau also said it is likely that the service will be extended to twice daily in the near term.

"Any airline wanting to compete with the Middle East carriers is destined to be on the losing end, given that airlines is a network business and the international network of (EAD) is expanding in accordance with its aggressive acquisition of planes," said Eric Lin, a transport analyst at (UBS). "In the long run, Hong Kong's hub status is at risk" because transit passengers to North America will eventually shift to mainland carriers, when they expand their international services, Lin said.

Cathay (CAT) has already seen the threat to its European routes from Middle East-based carriers, so has shifted its focus to North America, where it upgraded its New York service to four times daily.

(CAT) and its subsidiary, Dragonair (DRG) flew five million passengers between Hong Kong and Taiwan last year, ranking No 3 after Taiwanese airlines China Airlines (CHI) and (EVA) Airways. (CAT) said 4% of the five million passengers flew beyond Hong Kong to Europe. In terms of international traffic serving Taiwan, the (CAT) group has a share of 16%.

Emirates (EAD) will only move to the recently opened Dubai World Central airport after 2020, Khalifa Al Zaffin, the Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City, has said. "Emirates (EAD) has to move to the new airport at some point. They will move some time after 2020, when we have the capacity to accommodate them," he told "Reuters." Commenting on Mr Al Zaffin's remarks, an (EAD) spokesman said that any decision to move (EAD)'s current operations from Dubai International to Dubai Central will be made by Dubai's government. Having opened on June 27th 2010, Dubai World Central currently sees scheduled passenger services from Air Kyrgyzstan ((IATA) Code: QH, based at Bishkek) (LYN), flydubai ((IATA) Code: FZ, based at Dubai International) (FDB), Gulf Air ((IATA) Code: GF, based at Bahrain) (GUL), Jazeera Airways ((IATA) Code: J9, based at Kuwait) (JZI), Malaysia Airlines ((IAT) Code: MH, based at Kuala Lumpur International) (MAS), Qatar Airways ((IATA) Code: QR, based at Doha International) (QTA), Royal Brunei Airlines ((IATA) Code: BI, based at Bandar Seri Begawan) (RBA), Wizz Air ((IATA) Code: W6, based at Budapest) (WZZ), and Wizz Air Ukraine ((IATA) Code: WU, based at Kiev Zhulyany) (WAU).

March 2014: Emirates Airline (EAD) began 3x-daily, Dubai - London (LGW) Airbus A380 service.

(EAD) has made Boston (BOS) its latest USA destination, with the commencement of daily flights from Dubai (DXB) on March 10th SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-2014-03-TO BOSTON-A/B." This becomes (EAD)’s eighth route into the USA, ninth into North America and 12th into the wider Americas. A 777-200LR operates the 10,720 km service, which faces no direct competition. Emirates (EAD) offers seamless connections from Dubai to dozens of destinations in the Middle East, India, East Africa and Southeast Asia: – a combined market from Boston that in 2012 saw more than >331,000 passengers spend more than >$295 million in tickets.’

(EAD) is to launch a daily service from Dubai to Chicago O'Hare International on August 5th. The service will be operated using Boeing 777-200LRs configured with 266 seats: 8F in first class, 42C in business, and 216Y in economy. The 777-200LR can also carry 17t of cargo. Chicago will become (EAD)'s ninth USA gateway.

Dubai International Airport will begin heavy maintenance work on its two runways on May 1st. For 80 days, one runway will be closed and on Sunday nights, both runways will be closed for one hour.

“For us that means we have to ground 20 airplanes,” Emirates Airline (EAD) (CCO), Thierry Antinori confirmed. “This includes all remaining eight Airbus A345-500s, some A330s and only a few Boeing 777s.” Antinori said (EAD) will keep its network operational, “but we will have to reduce frequencies on certain routes. Around 10% of our offerings [to passengers] will be reduced. This will have, of course, an impact on our revenues.”

Antinori added that every carrier that operates into Dubai will have to reduce frequencies. Recently, (EAD)'s Emirates Sky Cargo (EMC) switched its freighter fleet of 10 Boeing 777Fs and two 747-400ERFs to the new Dubai World Central Al Maktoum International Airport. “The fact is we have to make space in Dubai. Dubai had been the worldwide No 1 airport for six months last year in terms of international passenger numbers; soon we will take over London Heathrow from that position.”

Asked when Emirates (EAD) will switch completely over to the new airport, Antinori said, “This decision will be made by the shareholders. But we will switch one day.”

All flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport were diverted on Thursday March 6th morning following what was described as “a technical failure of the runway landing systems.” The malfunction occurred during a period of heavy fog. Worst affected was Abu Dhabi national carrier Etihad Airways (EHD), which had 37 inbound flights diverted to several other airports in the region, including Manama in Bahrain and Dammam in eastern Saudi Arabia. It was also forced to cancel 16 flights as the disruption stretched over several hours.

Further problems were created by 14 of the diverted flights landing at Al Ain, in Abu Dhabi. The airport normally serves only as a technical diversion destination and, with limited customs clearance/immigration facilities, transit passengers or those without visas for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were unable to disembark.

Departures from Abu Dhabi resumed as the weather improved, but Etihad (EHD) reported “significant delays.” Normal operations were expected to be fully restored within 24 hours.

The much larger Dubai International Airport, around 120 km northeast of Abu Dhabi, was also affected by the coastal fog and had eight diversions, but remained operational.

April 2014: Emirates Airline (EAD) could be forced to suspend its Milan Malpensa to New York (JFK) flights after an Italian court agreed with Assaereo, an association that represents Alitalia (ALI) and other Italian airlines, that the route violated Italy's bilateral air-service agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In its judgement, a Rome administrative court ruled that the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile - ENAC) had erred in giving (EAD) the right to use Milan as a stopover. Such traffic rights, it said, could not be granted to a non-(EU) operator or a carrier from a country, which is neither the port of departure nor destination, which in this case is Italy and the United States.

Delta Air Lines (DAL) welcomed the ruling, claiming (EAD)'s route provides "no additional benefit for travellers, and could significantly harm USA and Italian airline employees by adding unneeded capacity on an already-competitive market."

(EAD), which started the route in October last year, is considering lodging an "urgent appeal" with Italy's Supreme Administrative Court.
It is currently uncertain as to whether or not (EAD) will have to terminate the flights.

Emirates Airline (EAD) has appointed Andrew Bunn as its new Singapore Manager, as part of (EAD)’s plans to expand into Southeast Asia. Bunn (formerly Lufthansa (DLH) General Manager Hong Kong, South China, Taiwan & Macau, succeeds incumbent Nick Rees, who has been named (EAD) Regional Manager Commercial, Far East & Australia.

(EAD) recently signed a code share agreement with Jetstar (IMU), giving it access to 10 Southeast Asia regional routes (including Darwin, Bali and Phnom Penh) from Singapore, which feed into its 4x-daily Airbus A380 service from the Middle East.

Dubai International Airport (which will begin heavy maintenance work on its two runways May 1 for 80 days) has released more details of alterations to services caused by a major refurbishment of the runways over the summer. Movements will be cut by an estimated -26% as the Middle East’s main airport undergoes runway resurfacing. The project aims to increase service, capacity and safety levels, the airport said.

Construction of new taxiways and rapid exits on the southern runway will take place from May 1 - 31, while resurfacing of the 4000 m northern runway will follow, from May 31 to July 20. Runway lighting will also be improved. To offset the loss of capacity, eight airlines have reserved slots to operate into the new Al Maktoum International at the Dubai World Central aviation complex while the runway refurbishment is underway. The eight carriers due to relocate to Al Maktoum for the 80-day period are: flydubai (FDB), PAL Express (PHP), Jet Airways (IMU), Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), Yemenia Airlines (YEM), Equatorial Congo Airlines (ECA), Malaysia Airlines (MAS), and Ural Airlines (URL).

Emirates Airline (EAD), the biggest carrier at Dubai international, will continue to operate from there during the construction, although it will cut back operations.

Meanwhile, Dubai International continued to experience double-digit passenger traffic growth for the seventh consecutive month during February. Passenger traffic reached 5.67 million, up +11.7% from 5.08 million for the same month in 2013.


May 2014: Emirates Airline reported a profit of +AED3.3 billion/+$900 million for the financial year ended March 31, 2014, up +43% from AED2.3 billion for the previous financial year. Revenue for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 - 2014 reached a new record of AED82.6 billion, up +13% year-over-year.

(EAD) said the growth had been achieved “despite competitive pressure and a global economic environment that is only slowly recovering.” It said the financial year experienced an unprecedented level of investment, continued expansion of its global footprint and the achievement of new capacity milestones.

In (FY) 2013 - 2014, (EAD) increased capacity +5.9 billion (ATK)s, (EAD)’s largest single-year increase. This included the addition of 16 Airbus A380s, six Boeing 777-300ERs and two Boeing 777Fs to the fleet, bringing the total to 217 airplanes.

Although operating costs for the year were up +12% to AED78.4 billion, the increase remained lower than the corresponding revenue increase for the period. (EAD) said although the price of jet fuel remained high (pushing the fuel bill up +10% in (FY) 2013 - 2014 to reach AED30.7 billion) it was slightly lower than the previous year, which “supported (EAD)’s bottom line improvement.”

Passenger numbers were up +13% to a record 44.5 million, although passenger load factor was marginally down, to 79.4% LF from 79.7% LF year-over-year. However, this was in the face of a +15% increase in (ASK)s. (RPK)s were up +14%, while yield remained stable at 8.3 cents.

Looking at the Emirates Group as whole, which includes the dnata airline services business, profits jumped +32% for the year to reach AED4.1 billion from a revenue base of AED87.8 billion, up +13% from the previous financial year.

Emirates Airline Group Chairman & (CEO), Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Achieving our 26th consecutive year of profit in a financial year marked by record increases in capacity and significant business investments across the Group, is testimony to the strength of our brands and our business fundamentals. Throughout 2013 - 2014 the Group has collectively invested over AED22 billion, the highest amount ever in one financial year.”

Looking forward, he said: “We are moving into the new financial year with confidence, and a strong foundation for continued profitability with our strong balance sheet, solid track record, diverse global portfolio and international talent pool. Operating in a dynamic and highly competitive environment means we have to stay agile, and work even harder to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. We have no doubt that we will be able to capitalize on the opportunities in the year ahead.”

(EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Brussels 777 service from September 5.

Emirates Airline (EAD) is reportedly in the advanced stages of upgrading its top premium classes on its Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s to include bedrooms and room service, as Gulf carriers continue to raise the stakes in luxury.

The reports come following the unveiling of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EHD)’s new, ultra-premium luxury class innovations on its new A380 and Boeing 787 airplanes.

(EAD) President, Tim Clark was quoted in "The Wall Street Journal" as saying, “It’s all about privacy. Our new bedroom concept will take it to the next level.” The Dubai-based airline already has 1,562 private pod-like suites on its fleet of 218 airplanes.

(EAD) Chairman & (CEO), Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said that the new Etihad (EHD) first (F)-class products are “setting a new level [in luxury].” Asked which upgrades Emirates (EAD) will consider, he said, “We will see because we also [have to] think commercially.”

(EAD) (CCO), Thierry Antinori outlined (EAD)’s ambitious growth plan during a panel discussion on the tourism vision for Dubai in 2020. He said (EAD)’s greatest challenge will be to deliver quality. “In 2020, we expect to have 250 airplanes to be in service, operating to 170 destinations and 70 million passengers.” Antinori added that currently 35% of (EAD)’s total passengers are point-to-point travelers with Dubai as their final destination.

In the last two years, (EAD) added 58 airplanes to its fleet. “Today (EAD) offers weekly 1.2 million seats; this number should rise to 2 million [per week] in 2020,” Antinori said.

Qatar Airways (QTA) is expected to announce its onboard luxury service when it takes delivery of its first Airbus A380 by the end of May or early June.

Emirates Airline (EAD) would consider ordering more A380s if Airbus revamps its existing A380-800 with improved fuel efficiency and newer engines, much like the A320neo, (EAD) (CCO) Thierry Antinori told "Reuters" at the (ILA) Berlin Air Show. “We can just encourage Airbus (EDS) to continue and speed up the possible improvements, especially the fuel efficiency and a neo version,” Antinori told the news agency. “If the neo version is coming we could consider ordering more planes.”

Airbus (CEO), Fabrice Brégier told journalists the A380 would have to evolve in order to better compete with the proposed Boeing 777X. “By 2020 we will get challenged by the 777X,” Brégier said. “During 2014, we have four new A380 operators. Asiana Airlines (AAR) is next, followed by Qatar Airways (QTA), Japan’s Skymark (SKM) and Etihad Airways (EHD),” Bregier added.

During the Berlin Air Show, (EAD) demonstrated its 48th A380, the latest delivery; it has an additional 91 of the type on order.
Antinori previously said the average size of an (EAD) airplane flying from Dubai to Europe has consistently grown. “The airplane is still a passenger magnet,” he said. “Back in 2006, the average size [of an (EAD) airplane] was 301 seats; today it is 351 seats per airplane [on European routes],” Antinori said. “Europe has become an all-Airbus (EDS) A380 and Boeing 777 operation in our network,” Antinori added. The only exceptions are destinations such as Warsaw, Kiev, and Larnaca, which are operated by either the A340 or A330.

Emirates Airline (EAD) will operate 50 Airbus A380-800s by the end of June and will add an additional frequency to its Paris Charles de Gaulle service, Emirates Senior VP Commercial Operations, Europe & Russia Federation, Thierry Aucoc confirmed.

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June 2014: Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Tim Clark said (EAD)’s only Europe - North America service is still going strong, but he has no further plans to operate similar fifth freedom routes.

Emirates Airline (EAD) is canceling its order for 70 A350 XWB airplanes, Airbus (EDS) announced. The order of 50 A350-900s and 20 A350-1000s was originally placed in 2007 with first delivery slots scheduled from 2019.

Airbus (EDS) said the decision follows on-going discussions with (EAD) in light of its fleet requirement review. Emirates (EAD) ordered +50 additional A380s at the Dubai Air Show in November.

The A350, powered by Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent XWB) engines, is scheduled to enter service with launch customer Qatar Airways (QTA) at the end of this year. Firm orders stand at 742 after the (EAD) cancellation, which will be logged in (EDS)’ June orders and deliveries book.

July 2014: Emirates Airline (EAD) begins daily, Abu Dhabi - San Francisco Boeing 777-300ER service on November 18. (EAD) also began daily Abu Dhabi - Rome and - Perth, Airbus A330-200 services.

(EAD) will change its daily Boeing 777-300ER Dubai - San Francisco and – Houston services to Airbus A380 services in December.

Abu Dhabi International Airport has upgraded its facilities in time for summer operations. The airport has opened +20 new boarding bus gates and has increased Terminal 3 capacity by +44%. It has also added +6 wide body airplane stands, which will increase flight capacity +10%, with a total of 63 stands.

The upgrades also include 16 new X-ray machines in Terminal 3, which is dedicated to Etihad Airways (EHD). An enhanced and expanded baggage transfer system has been introduced for handling transfer luggage between connecting flights, increasing handling capacity by +40%. “As we look ahead to a record number of passengers using Abu Dhabi International Airport as their connecting hub or destination airport, the number of flights we will handle during the peak travel months will leap by +18% to nearly 170 daily flights compared to last summer,” Abu Dhabi Airports Chairman H E Ali Majed Al Mansoori said.

The airport developments are part of the capacity enhancement program, which will lift capacity to 18 million passengers a year. When the Midfield Terminal Complex opens in 2017, capacity will increase by a further +30 million passengers.

Separately, Dubai International Airport has resumed full operations following an 80-day closure to resurface the northern runway and upgrade the southern runway. On July 21st, the airport handled +31% more flights since construction began on the runway upgrades, which were part of Dubai Airports’ $7.8 billion master plan to expand airport capacity to more than >103 million passengers by 2020.

All airlines had been forced to reduce flights during the period.

Emirates Airline (EAD) (CCO), Thierry Antinori said earlier this year that Emirates (EAD) had to ground 20 airplanes (including eight Airbus A345-500s, some A330s and a few Boeing 777s) during the refurbishment. It also had to reduce passenger offerings around -10%. “This will have, of course, an impact on our revenues,” he said.

Flights that had temporarily moved to Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central (DWC) during the runway upgrade, have returned to Dubai International (ncluding flydubai (FDB), Malaysian Airlines (MAS), Royal Brunei (RBA) and PAL Express (PHP), as well as selected flights from Qatar Airways (QTA) and Gulf Air (GUL). Four airlines will continue to operate from (DWC), comprising Wizz Air (WZZ), Gulf Air (GUL), Qatar Airways (QTA) and Jazeera Airways (JZI).

50th A380-861 (154, A6-EEX - - SEE ATTACHED - - "EAD-2014-07-50TH A380 DELIVERY") delivery.

August 2014: Emirates Airline (EAD), which recently began daily flights to Abuja in Nigeria, has started another route, this time to the USA. On August 5th, (EAD) started daily flights to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) from its Dubai (DXB) hub, its second USA destination in 2014 (following Boston in March) and its ninth USA destination overall (other USA destinations are: Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington Dulles, Houston Intercontinental, New York (JFK), Los Angeles, Seattle-Tacoma, and San Francisco).

(EAD) began passenger services to the USA in 2004 with services to New York. While there is no direct competition on the city pair, (EAD) will no doubt face inter Middle Eastern hub competition from Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA), which both fly to the USA city daily from their respective hubs. (EAD) will utilize its 266-seat 777-200LRs on the 11,661 km sector. “The Chicago route extends our passenger network to America’s third-largest city and complements our existing dedicated freighter service that operates to O’Hare (ORD),” said Adel Al Redha, (EAD) Executive VP & (COO). “The launch of this route, will allow us to offer (EAD)’s unique product and award-winning service to passengers flying to and from the Midwest to our home in Dubai or onwards to more than >140 global destinations including the Far East, Africa, and India.”

Dubai International Airport has recorded its 18th consecutive month of handling more than >5 million passengers, despite the refurbishment of two runways, which resulted in a -26% reduction in flights during May and June this year.

First-half passenger traffic increased +6.2% to 34.67 million, despite the runway work, which included resurfacing the northern runway, as well as other modifications to accommodate forecast traffic growth, and the addition of new high-speed turnoffs to the southern runway to boost capacity.

Dubai Civil Aviation Authority Director General & (CEO) of Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), Mohammed Abdulla Ahli said the 80-day project “required complex and meticulous planning,” resulting in average delays during the period of less than <5 minutes.

(DANS) is an independently managed air navigation services provider, supplying air traffic control (ATC), electronic engineering and meteorology services at both Dubai International and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central.

The runway refurbishment work at Dubai International will help the airport handle traffic that has been growing between +5% and +7% annually, compared to the global average of +3.5%.

The airport currently has four peak hours each day, when airplanes arrivals reach 33 an hour. (DANS) aims to increase this to 45 an hour by 2016 as part its 10-year strategy plan.

A number of projects are currently on the drawing board that would enable (DANS) to decongest and restructure airspace, that has been labeled as one of the most congested in the world and a potential constraint to future growth. The (UAE) airspace system currently handles approximately 600,000 movements a year, but by 2025, will need to be able to accommodate an anticipated 1.2 million movements a year.

777-31HER (41366, A6-ENT), and 2 A380-861s (157, A6-EEY; 158, A6-EEZ), deliveries.

September 2014: Emirates (EAD), a global enabler of trade and business, has expanded its Scandinavian reach on September 2nd with the start of its daily non-stop service to Oslo. (EAD)’s daily flight to Oslo, operated with a Boeing 777-300ER airplane, is the first international service to offer a First (F) Class product in Norway. It is estimated that over >1,200 Norwegians currently reside in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was closely followed by Dubai (DXB) to Brussels (BRU) on September 5th.

(EAD) has begun a daily non-stop service from Dubai to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) in order to deepen the ties between two of the world's busiest airports. Chicago becomes (EAD)'s 9th USA gateway, following the launch of its Boston service in March.

Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Tim Clark, who has been an integral part of (EAD)’s executive management since its 1985 launch, hinted that there will be a time in the not-too-distant future when he will give up the reigns of the fast-growing airline.

Dubai will spend $32 billion on expanding its second airport to handle over >200 million people annually next decade, roughly triple the current level of passenger traffic through the emirate, airport authorities said.

The expansion could allow Dubai’s fast-growing flagship carrier, Emirates to shift its operations to the new facility by the mid-2020s, airport officials said. That might prompt other international airline operations in Dubai to follow suit because of business ties to the Emirates (EAD) group.

Al Maktoum International Airport began accepting passengers in October last year and currently has a capacity of only about 5 million people per year. It opened some four years later than originally planned after a financial crisis forced Dubai to revise some of its mega-projects.

The emirate is now reviving development plans as its real estate market recovers and its safe haven status in the turbulent Middle East attracts heavy inflows of money.

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has approved plans to enlarge Al Maktoum to that it can eventually accommodate more than >200 million passengers, Dubai Airports said.

The expansion is expected to be the biggest airport project in the world, the company said. It would take place in two phases over six to eight years, with the entire development covering an area of 56 square kms/22 square miles.

The Emirate’s current main airport, Dubai International, is already one of the biggest in the world and has a capacity of 75 million passengers. Traffic has been growing at double-digit rates and hit 66.4 million people last year.

Further expansion is planned to permit traffic of almost 100 million passengers by the end of 2020, but that is still too small to accommodate additional business, which Dubai expects to attract through its role as a travel and tourism hub.

“With limited options for further growth at Dubai International, we are taking that next step to securing our future by building a brand new airport that will not only create the capacity we will need in the coming decades but also provide state of the art facilities…” said Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports’ (CEO).

Dubai officials have not said how they will fund the project. Dubai lacks the big oil resources of its neighbors and is still working through a large debt burden, the legacy of its 2009 financial crisis, but its strong economy has allowed it to borrow cheaply from international markets in the past 18 months.

Dubai Airports estimated the broad aviation sector, including tourism and related businesses, would support over >322,000 jobs in the emirate and contribute 28% of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020.

Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) has been given the green light for a AED120 billion/$33 billion expansion. The project will increase capacity to 220 million passengers a year and is expected to be the biggest airport project in the world.

Modular in design, it will be built in two phases, with the first phase providing capacity for 120 million passengers a year and capable of handling up to 100 Airbus A380 aircraft at any one time. Construction is expected to take between six and eight years.

Following completion of phase one in the early 2020s, the airport will then be expanded incrementally in response to increases in demand. The first phase will include three runways, with up to five parallel runways anticipated in the final master plan. Each of these will be 4.5 km long and 800 meters apart, allowing up to four airplanes to land simultaneously throughout the day.

With passenger traffic expected to reach almost 100 million at Dubai International (DXB) by the end of 2020, “the requirement for rapid expansion of (DWC) is clear,” Dubai Airports (which operates both (DXB) and (DWC)) said in its Airport of the Future presentation.

Located in the Jebel Ali district 40 km from Dubai, (DWC) opened for cargo operations in June 2010 and for passenger traffic in October last year. It currently handles five to seven million passengers and up to 600,000 tonnes of freight a year.

However, Dubai Airports said: “Long-term forecasts necessitate ongoing investment in airplane and airport infrastructure, even beyond the $7.8 billion being invested in Dubai Airports’ current strategic plan (SP) 2020.”

Dubai Airports forecasts that passenger demand could exceed >190 million passengers a year by 2030, and is expected to climb to over >260 million by 2040, and as high as 309 million by 2050.

“To continue the growth of the sector and, accordingly, the economic and social contributions to Dubai and the (UAE), (DWC) must be developed into the world’s largest and, importantly, most advanced and customer-centric airport,” according to the Dubai Airports presentation.

Dubai Airports (CEO), Paul Griffiths said: “Our future lies at (DWC). With limited options for further growth at Dubai International, we are taking that next step to securing our future by building a brand new airport that will not only create the capacity we will need in the coming decades, but also provide state of the art facilities that revolutionize the airport experience on an unprecedented scale.”

Griffiths stressed that the aviation sector was projected to remain a cornerstone of Dubai’s economy, and was expected to support more than >322,000 jobs and contribute 28% of Dubai’s (GDP) by 2020.

Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Tim Clark is trying to persuade Airbus to launch a re-engined A380, pledging to place an order for at least 60 A380neo airplanes if the manufacturer were to move forward with the program in the next six months.

October 2014: News Item A-1: Emirates has put another European capital city on its network map by commencing daily flights from its Dubai (DXB) hub to Budapest (BUD) on October 27th. While there is no direct competition on the city pair, the 278-seat A330-200 operated route faces Middle East Big 3 (MEB3) competition from the A320/A321-operated service flown by Qatar Airways (QTA) to Doha. In addition, indirect competition is provided by Wizz Air (WZZ), which flies thrice-weekly from Budapest to Dubai Al Maktoum.

News Item A-2: The following is from Air Transport World (ATW)'s Aaron Karp's blog in AirKarp: "Gulf airlines take on ‘subsidy’ claim."

When asked at the "World Route Development Forum" in Chicago (1st week of October) for his advice to USA airlines concerned about the rise of the "Big 3" Middle East carriers, Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Tim Clark said, “Don’t worry about us. Get on with the job. Focus on what YOU’re doing.”

But airlines in the USA and Europe are indeed worried about Dubai-based Emirates (EAD), Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EHD) and Doha-based Qatar Airways (QTA), and complain that all three benefit from unfair state support from oil-rich governments. The “Big 3” Gulf airlines are aggressively expanding, adding more USA and European destinations, and trying to convince Americans and Europeans they can fly anywhere in the world one-stop via lavish Middle East hub airports on shiny, comfortable new airplanes with top amenities.

During a visit to Washington DC earlier this month, American Airlines (AAL) Chairman & (CEO), Doug Parker said, “The Gulf carriers are encouraged by their governments to grow, and are given everything they need to grow (perhaps by subsidies), but nevertheless, we have these regions with no home markets and relatively small economies with their airlines buying the most airplanes in the world and flying over cities to connect people.”

Emirates (EAD) currently serves nine USA airports and “there are more coming,” Clark said. The USA routes generate about 7% of (EAD)’s revenue. Etihad (EHD), meanwhile, flies to six USA airports, and will operate 45 weekly flights to the USA by the end of 2014 (Earlier this year, (EHD) celebrated the inauguration of Miami service with a gala dinner featuring a performance by the singer Gloria Estefan). Dallas/Fort Worth became Qatar (QTA)’s seventh USA destination over the summer.

Etihad (EHD) Chief Strategy & Planning Officer, Kevin Knight, also speaking at the Chicago conference, decried “a resurgence of protectionist sentiment, particularly here in the USS and Europe.”

(EAD)'s Clark asked, “Why would they [USA airlines] be concerned about something that’s good for consumers, good for the industry, good for the cities being served?”

He said USA and European airlines’ contention that United Arab Emirates (UAE) carriers Emirates (EAD) and Etihad (EHD) are heavily subsidized is “so far from the truth.” Yes, Clark acknowledged, the Dubai government gave Emirates (EAD) startup capital in 1985, but he said it told (EAD)’s management, “You must compete like everyone else.”

Emirates (EAD) operates “without any state government involvement at all, except that the government of Dubai is very proud of Emirates” and “recognizes the criticalities of what we do,” Clark said. And there, of course, is the crux of the dispute over whether (EAD) is subsidized. “If there is any subsidy (if you call it that), it’s because the [Dubai] government does the right thing by aviation,” Clark said. That means significant investments in infrastructure such as the $33 billion expansion planned for Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport. The expansion was approved this month (less than a year after Dubai’s second multi-billion dollar airport opened for passenger traffic).

Dubai believes nearly one-third of its entire (GDP) will be made up of aviation and aviation-related activities by 2020.

Airlines in the USA and Europe, which often fight for space at capacity-constrained airports and battle government regulations they believe hurt their profitability, are flabbergasted by the backing (EAD) receives from Dubai, even if, as Clark contends, it doesn’t come in the form of direct “subsidies.”

“Government support comes in many ways,” Clark said. “The government of Dubai and the government of Abu Dhabi and the government of Qatar understand what aviation can do” for an economy.

“Our industry is ferociously competitive,” United Airlines (UAL) Vice Chairman, Jim Compton said in Chicago, adding that Middle East carriers “benefit from positive, rather than detrimental national aviation policies.”

(EHD)'s Knight said that, beyond favorable aviation policies, Etihad (EHD) gets no direct benefits from being owned by the Abu Dhabi government. “We get no free fuel,” he said. “We pay for fuel at market rates just like everyone else.”

Brian Havel, the Director of the International Aviation Law Institute at Chicago’s DePaul University, said “open skies seems to have reached a peak, and a lot of the European carriers” are pushing the European Union (EU) to limit Gulf airlines’ market access. “If airlines want to ask for less regulation, then why are they also asking for the government to intervene, when they see competition from certain regions?” he asked. “It’s no wonder governments think they’re getting mixed signals from airlines.”

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD) has taken delivery of its 100th Boeing 777-300ER. With this delivery, (EAD) will have 142 777s in operation and is the only airline in the world to operate all 777 variants. With a current direct backlog of 51 777-300ERs, the 777 also comprises the largest part of (EAD)’s 213-strong fleet.

“The Boeing 777-300ER is one of the most remarkable jet airplanes ever built, and its combination of efficiency, range and payload is second to none. Our customers are equally excited by the airplane and its on-board product, and to date over >108 million passengers have flown on an (EAD) Boeing 777-300ER,” said Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline (EAD).

“We have +204 more Boeing 777s on order, which supports over >400,000 jobs in the USA, including those from various suppliers such as General Electric (GE) which provides the (GE90) engines that power all of our 777-300ERs,” said Clark.

Today’s 777-300ER is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class departing on time 99.5% of the time making it the most reliable twin-aisle airplane in the world. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane. Its 330-minutes Extended Twin engine OPerationS (ETOPS) approval allows for more direct flights and decreases cancellations due to conditions at alternate airports.

The 777-300ER has consistently won many accolades including “Best Airplane Type” which were awarded based on passenger preference polls, “Best in Class” based on fuel burn, passenger load cost and performance and “Best Residual Value for a Twin Aisle Airplane” among others.

“We are proud of our long-term relationship with (EAD) and for the confidence they have in Boeing (TBC)’s products and services beginning with the 777 and continuing with the 777X in the years to come,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & (CEO), Ray Conner. “The operating economics and long-range capability of the 777-300ER have played a prominent role in the success of (EAD)’s business strategy.”

At the 2013 Dubai Airshow, (EAD) became one of the launch customers for the 777X by committing to 150 airplanes. The order was finalized in July of this year.

Each 777-300ER contains approximately three million components and assemblies, with more than >65% purchased through Boeing’s global supply chain. More than >500 companies around the world contribute parts for the 777, with a significant percentage in the USA.

Boeing (TBC) provides (EAD) with essential support and services from its "Boeing Edge" portfolio of aviation services, including parts and components, Airplane Health Management (AHM) to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues, Jeppesen Crew Rostering services to optimize flight crew (FC) scheduling, and AerData STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) to manage airplane and engine records.

November 2014: News Item A-1: Emirates Airline (EAD) recorded a net profit of +AED1.9 billion/+$514 million in the first half of its 2014 - 2015 fiscal year, up +8% against the same period last year. Revenue was up +11% to AED44.2 billion compared to +AED39.8 billion recorded in the year-ago period, reflecting strong passenger and cargo demand.

The improved figures were achieved “against the backdrop of unprecedented external challenges,” including continuing unrest in the Middle East, the Ebola crisis in West Africa and weakening global markets, (EAD) said. These included the highest number of route suspensions in a year and the temporary grounding of part of its fleet due to runway refurbishment closures that stretched over 80 days at its Dubai International Airport base.

(EAD) also had to battle the headwind of a strengthening US dollar affecting revenues, it said.

Fuel prices softened only marginally toward the end of the six-month period to give some relief. Fuel remains a large component of Emirates (EAD)’s expenses, accounting for 38% of operating costs compared with 39% during the first six-month period last year.

(EAD) reported continued business growth in the first half, both in terms of capacity and traffic. (ASK)s grew +6.5%, while passenger traffic measured in (RPK)s was up +9.8%. Load factor rose to 81.5% LF, compared with last year’s 79.2% LF. During the first six months of the fiscal year, (EAD) received six Airbus A380s and seven Boeing 777s, with +11 more new airplanes scheduled to be delivered before the end of the financial year.

(EAD) carried 23.3 million passengers between April 1 and September 30, up +8.4% from the same period last year. The volume of cargo uplifted was up +5.4%, against market trends.

(EAD) and Group Chairman & (CEO), Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “It is those external threats that we cannot anticipate or directly manage, such as the global economic malaise, the Ebola outbreak, currency fluctuations, and regional conflicts, that could negate our efforts and plans. These issues appear to be piling up, impacting commercial aviation and travel, but show no signs of speedy resolution. Therefore it is critical that we stay agile as we grow. The ability to adapt and act quickly will determine our continued success,” he said.

December 2014: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) says its third daily, Manila, Philippines flight is justified. (EAD) is hitting back at claims by Philippine carriers, that it is being allowed to operate too many flights in the important Philippines - Middle East market.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is seeking to hold a new round of bilateral air service agreement (ASA) talks with the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (PCAB) early next year.

The move follows the recent successful joint protest against United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier, Emirates Airline (EAD) by Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) and Philippine Airlines (PAL), which resulted in the (PCAB) blocking (EAD) from selling unsanctioned Manila - Dubai tickets after December 26.

The new talks, which would likely update and expand the last (ASA) made between the two countries in 2012, could be held as early as January 2015. It could seek to reinstate (EAD)’s blocked schedule, or maybe increase overall flight numbers on the highly trafficked migrant worker route.

However, (PAL) and (CEB) have both spoken out against any new (ASA) talks between the two countries, stating that they “reiterate our appeal against holding a new round of bilateral air negotiations with the (UAE) in the near future.”

The (PCAB) decision to block (EAD)’s third daily flight, which was backed with a PHP 1.8 million/$40,000 fine on (EAD), which forced Emirates (EAD) to offer refunds or ticket transfers to passengers who had already booked flights after December 26, using “illegally sold tickets,” (CAB) Executive Director, Carmelo Arcilla said.

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) has upgraded its daily services to San Francisco, California, and Milan Malpensa Airport to Airbus A380 operations. Beginning December 3, daily, Dubai - Houston International services are also operated by an A380.

(EAD)’s A380 flies to 33 destinations; it has 55 of the type in service. (EAD) said it has taken delivery of 11 A380s this year. Since the introduction of the first of the type in June 2008, it has transported more than >32 million passengers using its A380 fleet.

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD) is further boosting its Airbus A380 services to Australia, and it plans to have five daily flights with this airplane type by the middle of next year.

The airline intends to switch one of its three daily, Dubai - Perth flights from Boeing 777-300ERs to the A380, beginning May 1. This move will mean an increase of 131 seats per flight. It will also represent the first scheduled A380 flight for the major Western Australian city.

Perth will be the fourth Australian city served by Emirates (EAD) A380s. (EAD) has two daily A380 flights to Sydney, and one daily each to Melbourne and Brisbane. Three of these east coast services also continue on to Auckland, New Zealand.

(EAD) also serves Australasian destinations with 777s.

News Item A-4: Dubai International Airport seems formally set to overtake London Heathrow Airport as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers, when year-end figures for Dubai are released January 27.

Dubai is projected to reach 71 million passengers in 2014. These are all international passengers, as no domestic United Arab Emirates (UAE) traffic uses Dubai International.

London Heathrow (LHR) recorded 68.1 million international passengers for 2014, although in terms of total passenger numbers it remains ahead of Dubai International, as a further 5.3 million domestic passengers passed through its terminals. The 73.4 million passenger total was up +1.4% on 2013.

There are airports elsewhere in the world that have higher numbers of total passengers (Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Beijing Capital airports) but these handle a higher proportion of domestic passengers.

(LHR) is increasingly capacity-constrained by its two runways. Successive UK governments over the past 40 years have failed to increase capacity in the crowded southeastern corner of the UK, whether by building a completely new hub or by allowing new runways to be built at (LHR) or Gatwick.

Dubai, meanwhile, with a supportive government that sees aviation as a major driver of economic growth, has poured money into Dubai International and the new Al Maktoum International, which, in time, will be even larger.

“Britain has benefited from being home to the world’s largest port or airport for the last 350 years, connecting British business people and their exports to the world’s markets,” (LHR) (CEO), John Holland-Kaye said. “But lack of capacity at (LHR) means we have lost our crown to Dubai.

“It is hard to find a serious economic player that doesn’t aspire to having what London has taken for granted, which is why Istanbul, Dubai, Chicago, Hong Kong, and Beijing are investing in their hub airports.

“It’s not too late: We can have the vision and confidence to develop (LHR) into the world’s best connected airport if we take decisions now.”

A government-appointed Airports Commission is looking into the problem of capacity in South East England at present, but will not report before this May’s UK elections (and even then its findings will not be binding on whoever wins the poll).

News Item A-5: See attached - - "EAD-2014-12 - EXECUTIVE CHARTER A319."

News Item A-6: 777-31H (42318, A6-ENX), and 2 A380-861 (168, A6-EOD; 169, A6-EOE), ex-(F-WWSY & F-WWSZ), deliveries.

January 2015: News Item A-1: Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) has become the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP) to sign a cooperation agreement with the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol).

The agreement is expected to pave the way for collaboration on research and development, exchange of information, and provision of support on specific activities between both organizations across various fronts.

(DANS) provides air navigation services for Dubai’s two international airports and the airspace of the Northern Emirates.

The agreement will allow (DANS) exclusive access to market intelligence and information from Eurocontrol, giving the (GCC) (ANSP) “a significant edge as well as the opportunity to collaborate on cutting-edge concepts.”

One of the first areas for joint activity under the new agreement is to advance research on wake vortex concepts. (DANS) has been experimenting with ways of reducing wake turbulence separation between arriving airplanes. One project, (RECAT), is re-categorizing the existing four wake turbulence categories into six new wake categories and (DANS) has been capturing wake vortex data to this end for the last 18 months. It has amassed a database of approximately 160,000 tracks showing how wake vortices behave in the Dubai environment.

Eurocontrol has been instrumental in the (RECAT) concept research and has developed a Safety Case endorsed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The agreement will enable further (RECAT) research and allow Eurocontrol to share the safety case with (DANS).

Eurocontrol Director General, Frank Brenner said: “This ground-breaking agreement between Eurocontrol and (DANS) will allow us to jointly make an important contribution to the activities that are underway in (ICAO) to define improved international wake-based separation minima, bringing safety and economic benefits to airplane manufacturers, airlines and airports such as Dubai. We believe it is an excellent example of how the different regions of the world can cooperate to drive forward a common project of benefit to all.”

(DANS) (CEO), Mohammed Abdulla Ahli said: “The aviation sector [in Dubai] has been experiencing exponential growth and development across various fronts. In order to continue moving towards further success, (DANS) has identified in its operational strategy the importance of increasing and maximizing the scope of cooperation with international organizations. As a step in the right direction, we will be collaborating on the wake vortex project, which is of tremendous importance to Dubai considering the massive air traffic increases it is witnessing at both airports.”

The two organizations said the agreement would be of mutual benefit and Brenner said it was supported by all 41 Eurocontrol member states.

News Item A-2: "US carriers should tread carefully in their anti-Gulf carrier campaign" January 21, 2015 by Karen Walker in Air Transport World (ATW) Editor's Blog:

Following a bit of saber-rattling last year, leaders of the “big three” USA consolidated carriers, American (AAL), Delta (DAL), and United (UAL), are believed to ramping up their campaign in Washington DC against the major Gulf carriers, which are looking to expand their North American footprints.

The USA carriers should tread carefully. There are risks to a strategy that could lead to regulatory intervention on what is essentially a "marketplace" issue.

First, airlines do themselves no favors if they play the game of (rightly) rejecting regulation where it is not necessary, but (wrongly) seeking it when it suits them. Lawmakers should stay out of airline business practices such as ancillary fees, use of phones (when operationally safe), and other product-related decisions where rules are not applied to other travel businesses and have nothing to do with safety, security and anti-competitive behavior. Requesting help to keep out competition, sends mixed signals to Washington and opens a back door to the era of heavy-handed economic regulation. Remember when the (CAB) defined what could count as a “sandwich?"

These same USA carriers are turning to the Asia market and transpacific routes to get a bigger slice of that fast-growing market; one made possible through "Open skies." If USA carriers seek regulatory help to fend off Gulf competition in North America, then they have no recourse should Asian flagships do the same to them.

That isn’t to say a competitive threat doesn’t exist. In a report headed by Professor Martin Dresner, a member of the University of Maryland faculty and one of the country's leading aviation economists, empirical results suggest that greater competition by Gulf carriers in USA international markets is associated with significant growth in USA - Middle East traffic volumes and small but statistically significant traffic losses and fare reductions for USA carriers in route markets connecting the USA with Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

But the answer isn’t to whine about competition to Congress; rather, USA carriers must work to ensure their customer products remain the popular choice. As Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Tim Clark said in Chicago last year, “Don’t worry about us. Get on with the job. Focus on what you’re doing.”

Second, the “government subsidy” accusations that the USA carriers use as the foundation for their anti-Gulf carrier campaign, fall into the “people in glass houses” category. Each of the carriers that are leading this campaign have benefited from Chapter 11, allowing them to clean their balance sheets and void obligations to creditors and employees. They also enjoy legacy rights on some of the world’s most lucrative hub airports and routes, particularly in the transatlantic market. Individual USA states provide millions of dollars of incentives that help support, attract and keep their local carriers.

Whatever ‘subsidy’ accusations are leveled at the Gulf carriers, each effectively started from scratch, and built their global networks and customer bases on their service reputations, not on inherited rights. In other words, the customer chose the product. That’s the market at work, and that’s where USA carriers should invest their time and resources, not in lunches on Capitol Hill.

News Item A-3: Qatar Airlines (QTA) & the (IAG): "Shifting sands in the global reach of the Gulf carriers" January 30, 2015 by Karen Walker in (ATW) Editor's Blog:

The announcement that Qatar Airways (QTA) has acquired a 9.99% stake in (BAB)/(IBE) parent company, the International Airlines Group (IAG) is an interesting development in the ongoing change in the international airline landscape prompted by the growth of the Gulf carriers.

(QTA) (CEO), Akbar Al Baker describes the taking of a stake in the (IAG), worth about $1.7 billion, as an “excellent opportunity to further develop our Westward strategy.” (IAG) (CEO), Willie Walsh said he was “delighted” about the investment, and opportunities to work more closely with (QTA).

There’s an interesting history to the (IAG) and (QTA) connection. Al Baker and Walsh are long-time, firm friends who each hold the other in high respect. In October 2013, (QTA) joined the Oneworld (ONW) global alliance, becoming the first of the major Gulf carriers to join a global alliance. British Airways (BAB), a founding (ONW) member, was (QTA)’s sponsor and Walsh spoke very enthusiastically about the importance of having (QTA) join. My understanding is that his enthusiasm was not matched by every (ONW) member (CEO).

Dubai-based Emirates (EAD), meanwhile, remains alliance-independent, but in 2013 it entered a five-year alliance with Qantas (QAN), another Oneworld (ONW) Alliance founding member. And Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EHD) owns a 29% stake in airberlin (BER), another (ONW) airline. (EHD) has its own version of an alliance, taking stakes in relatively small carriers and creating a constellation of airline equity partners that includes airberlin (BER), Air Serbia (JAT), India’s Jet Airways (JPL), Virgin Australia (VOZ), Air Seychelles (ASY) and Aer Lingus (ARL). Interestingly, the (IAG) wants to buy Aer Lingus (ARL), a move, which if it happens, would further tangle the (IAG)-Oneworld (ONW)-Gulf carrier web.

(EHD), of course, is also now a 49% owner of Alitalia (ALI) (to keep you on track with the alliance matings here, (ALI) is a SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member). But (QTA)’s stake in the (IAG) is the first time that one of the “Big Three” Gulf carriers has invested in one of the “Big Three” European airline groups of the (IAG), the Lufthansa Group and Air France (AFA) - (KLM).

It will be fascinating to see if the (QTA) - (IAG) deal marks the beginning of more such equity partnerships (within the caps of the (EU) airline ownership rules) between Gulf carriers and their European counterparts. The fact is that it’s becoming increasingly challenging for the “traditional” global hubs of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Heathrow, and Paris to compete with the “modern” world hubs of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Qatar.

In the USA, meanwhile, there is growing awareness that what happened in Europe regards Gulf competition could happen in America. A campaign is being run by North America’s “Big Three” (American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL) and United Airlines (UAL)) to try and get lawmakers to review "Open Skies" policies and the international air transport competitive landscape to take account of the rise of the Gulf carriers.

Flying under the radar so far in the shifting sands of air transport power houses is Turkish Airlines (THY), which is a Star (SAL) Alliance carrier and which has developed an extensive network, very large and modern fleet and highly successful global hub in Istanbul. It will be interesting to see whether that continues to be the case if, as Al Baker described it, a “Westward strategy” by Gulf carriers begins, in some eyes at least, to look more like a "Westward" invasion.

News Item A-4: Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Sir Tim Clark has reportedly said he would buy 100 Airbus (EDS) A380neos if (EDS), the European airplane manufacturer decided to launch a re-engined version.

Clark told "Bloomberg" at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, “What we’ve said is if you are going to do the A380neo, we are in for 100 [airplanes]. We are putting it on the table; we’ll start it off for you.”

In September, it was reported Clark has been trying to persuade (EDS) to launch a re-engined A380.

Airbus (EDS) (COO), Customers, John Leahy said: “If we ever do the A380neo, it will not just be the engine [that has to be exchanged] . . . there will be perhaps Sharklets on the airplane, and perhaps an aerodynamic cleanup as well. But we would not do an A380neo unless there would be a -10% fuel burn reduction. And that will not come just from the engine, but from some other necessary improvements as well.” He added, “And over time, we will update every member of the [Airbus (EDS)] family. We will look at it as we need to [in light of the market].”

Emirates (EAD) currently operates 57 A380-800s and has committed to 140 airplanes. “If [Airbus (EDS)] were to build [the A380neo], it would give us an improvement in economics of up to -10% to -12%, so that’s definitely what we want to have. And I hope to move on that fairly soon,” Clark said last June. He added that the first 25 of an additional order of 50 A380s (ordered in November 2013) will be delivered in 2016 - 2017, “on the old spec, so to speak,” Clark said. “The second 25 are targeted for 2020. If there will be no A380neo, we will take those 25 anyhow. Rolls-Royce (RRC) can produce a better engine, we can get more weight out of the airplane and we can improve the aerodynamics. Up to -12%, that’s where we want to go,” he said.

News Item A-5: Emirates Airline (EAD) replaced its daily Boeing 777 on Dubai - Manchester with and Airbus A380 from February 1.

News Item A-6: Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Sir Tim Clark has given a strong endorsement for continuing USA "Open Skies" policy and said (EAD) has never received financial subsidies or bailouts.

News Item A-7: Emirates Airline (EAD) is to open Airbus A380 services to the German city of Dusseldorf as well as the Spanish capital, Madrid.

The decision will take to 13 the number of European airports to which (EAD) operates the A380.

(EAD) is already operating the A380 to Frankfurt and Munich, the hubs of German flag-carrier Lufthansa (DLH). (EAD) serves four cities in Germany, including Hamburg, but has been seeking access to others including Berlin and Stuttgart.

It will open a 519-seat A380 link from Dubai to Dusseldorf on July 1st, with the Madrid operation following on August 1st.

The change will give passengers “seamless connectivity” to several destinations on (EAD)’s route network via Dubai, said (EAD) Senior VP Commercial Operations, Hubert Frach.

No other carrier serves Dusseldorf or Madrid with A380s.

(EAD) operates the A380 to 34 destinations. It opened services with the type to 10 cities last year, including Frankfurt and Barcelona.

February 2015: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) is to resume scheduled services to Baghdad on March 1 following a 5 week suspension. The (UAE)'s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) recently lifted a moratorium on flights to the Iraqi capital, enforced after a flydubai (FDB) 737-800 was fired on while on approach into the airport in late January.

(EAD) will resume its 6x weekly service operated on board 3-class A330-200 airplanes.

Thus far, Air Arabia (ABZ) and flydubai (FDB) have resumed their respective services to Baghdad with Etihad Airways (EHD) expected to follow suit in due course.

News Item A-2: The Emirates Group is hiring more than >11,000 additional employees in the coming year as it gears up for an expansion drive and prepares to receive +20 new airplanes over the next few months.

Highlighting its growth plans, the company that runs Emirates Airline (EAD) and dnata announced that the massive hiring will increase its staff size by +6% by March next year.

Half of the new recruits will work as cabin crew (CA), to be based out of Dubai. The others will fill positions to support the company's Engineering, Airport Services, and Corporate functions.

Additional staff will also be assigned in dnata, which provides aviation and travel services in 90 cities across 38 countries.

(EAD), whose order-book stands at more than >280 airplanes as of November, is one of the biggest employers in the Middle East, with 75,000 workers in its current payroll. More than >12,000 individuals have been with the Emirates Group for over a decade, and almost 3,000 have worked with the company for over >20 years.

"More than anything, these facts illustrate the type of employer we are and the opportunities that we can offer," said Abdulazia Al Ali, Executive VP Human Resources (HR), the Emirates Airline Group.

The company receives a huge volume of applications regularly. Last year, nearly half a million online applications for more than >2,000 vacancies were received from over >227 countries. Individuals seeking opportunities in the aviation industry also log an average of 1,500 job-related enquiries on (EAD)'s social media channels every month.

The company had earlier scheduled invitation-only and open day cabin crew assessment events between February and March in India, Sri Lanka, Australia, and many other destinations.

(EAD) added last year at least 27 planes to its fleet, including 13 Airbus A380s and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs. (EAD) takes pride in having the industry's biggest wide-body passenger fleet of 218 airplanes, aside from 14 freighters.

Qatar Airways (QTA) and Etihad Airways (EHD) are also on a recruitment drive.

News Item A-3: American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL) joined with a number of unions March 4th to accuse the three major Gulf carriers of receiving government subsidies totaling more than >$40 billion.

Representatives of the USA airlines, the Air Line Pilots Association International, the Allied Pilots Association, and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants held a joint press conference in Washington DC as part of the USA carriers’ campaign against Emirates Airline (EAD), Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA).

The USA carriers claim the subsidies that the Gulf carriers receive from their government owners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar contravene fair competitive practices requirements of the "Open Skies" agreements that the USA has signed with Qatar and the (UAE).

The (CEO)s of (AAL), (DAL) and (UAL) held behind-closed-doors meetings with White House and government officials earlier this year and showed them financial documents they say support their claims of large government subsidies.

Today, they made public those documents. They did not explain why the documents were not revealed earlier.

Among their allegations, the carriers say that Qatar Airways (QTA) benefits from billions of dollars in interest-free, unsecured loans from its state owner that it does not have to pay back. Etihad (EHD), they say, has received $6.3 billion in direct equity infusions plus $4.6 billion in interest-free loans. Emirates (EAD) removed $2.4 billion in 2014 oil hedging losses from its books, the USA carriers say, and has benefited from $2.3 billion in subsidies for Dubai airport expansions.

The USA carriers said the financial details came from statements that the carriers have to file with other countries where they operate, including New Zealand and Singapore.

The USA carriers also accuse their Gulf rivals of “skyrocketing capacity” at more than three times the growth rate of global (GDP) (+11% versus +3%) and of starting to penetrate the transatlantic market via fifth freedom routes such as New York - Milan - Dubai.

They have requested USA government officials not to allow any of the Gulf carriers to add new flights to the USA, while they discuss the situation and their allegations are considered. To date, they say, their case has been taken “very seriously” and being looked at “diligently” by the government officials with whom they have met.

In February, a group of Washington lobbyists and a FedEx Express (FED) executive said the campaign by the USA carriers was an effort to roll back "Open Skies" and keep out international competition.

The heads of Emirates Airline (EAD) and Qatar Airways (QTA) have strongly defended their airlines against allegations of large government subsidies leveled at them by the three big USA carriers (American Airlines (AAL), Delta Airlines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL)).

The furor over alleged Gulf carrier subsidies and "Open Skies" compliance got a thorough airing March 17th at the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation 14th Annual Aviation Summit in Washington DC.

The debate was healthy and overdue. After too many behind-closed-doors meetings and secret reports, the summit (and all credit to chief organizer, Carol Hallett) finally provided a forum for all sides to state their cases.

Among those weighing in at the summit were Lufthansa Group (CEO) Carsten Spohr, Etihad Airways (EHD), James Hogan, Boeing Commercial Airplanes (TBC) (CEO), Ray Conner, United Airlines (UAL) (CEO), Jeff Smisek and American Airlines (AAL) (CEO), Doug Parker. Emirates (EAD)’s President, Tim Clark, meanwhile, addressed the issue via a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington.

What was interesting was how Smisek and Parker both seemed careful to focus much of their arguments on the Gulf governments rather than their state-owned airlines. Indeed, Parker said he was not challenging the motives of the Gulf carriers. He also acknowledged to reporters that (EHD) was a code share partner (a good one) and that he had a positive meeting with Hogan earlier this week. (For the record, Qatar (QTA) is a fellow member of the Oneworld (ONW) alliance with American (AAL), but no mention was made of meetings with Akbar Al Baker).

Smisek, similarly, said the Gulf carriers were “good airlines.”

That’s a lot more constructive than where the USA campaign has appeared previously, with direct and repeated digs at the airlines themselves, repeated mentions of their “sheik” rulers and, worst of all, (DAL) (CEO) Richard Anderson's remarks made on (CNN) TV News in February.

I asked Parker today if he felt those remarks by Anderson had been unhelpful to the campaign (Anderson was not at the summit or scheduled to participate). To his credit, Parker took the question and gave what I believe was his first public remark on the incident.
“I don’t agree with Mr Anderson’s remarks, but he apologized,” he said. “What I know is that (DAL), (UAL) and (AAL) all agree on the principles that we love to compete, but the playing field has to be level. And we are agreed that we want consultations.”

This issue will not be resolved soon. The much-touted "white paper" commissioned by the USA airlines and that alleges more than >$42 billion of government subsidies to their Gulf carriers, will be challenged. Some of its numbers seem to be based on old data and may prove irrelevant. The USA carriers still risk having counter-attack subsidy accusations made at them, and not all will be defensible. And, being newly profitable (as they deserve to be; there is nothing wrong with profitable airlines), US Congress is bound to question why USA carriers that survived because of Chapter 11 support and approved mergers, now want to shut out competition.

But at least this debate was a start on the more level playing field of openness and debate, and all sides had their say.

News Item A-4: "In "Open Skies" War Game, Gulf Carriers 3: USA Carriers 0," by Karen Walker in (ATW) Editor's Blog, March 5, 2015.

Today, after two years of “investigation” and a largely behind-closed-doors campaign (apart from the Delta (DAL) (CEO)’s unfortunate (CNN) TV interview), the three major USA carriers finally made public the document that allegedly proves their Gulf carrier rivals are operating only because of more than >$40 billion subsidies from their state owners.

Representatives of American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL) and United Airlines (UAL) held a press conference jointly with representatives of major airline unions to defend their campaign, provide an outline of the document, and insist that they are taking action not because they don’t believe in "Open Skies" (they love the other 112 USA agreements, they just don’t like those with the (UAE) and Qatar) or are against competition (“bring it on,” but it must be fair).

You can read the news summary of the press conference here, and responses from Emirates (EAD) President, Sir Tim Clark and Qatar (QTA) Group (CEO), Akbar Al Baker here.

But what was my quick take from this press conference? In my view, not a lot. It only raised more questions about the USA carrier (CEO)s’ true motivations behind this strange campaign.

First, any time that the three biggest international USA carriers join forces (backed solidly by their union groups) you have to wonder at the real story. Job protectionism is fine, but (like competition itself) must be done on a sound basis. I don’t see a case made.

Second, if the so-called “breakthrough” (their words) by the USA carrier investigation into Gulf carrier financials was the simple discovery that they could access the numbers via countries like New Zealand and Singapore, why did it take two years to compile a report? And, if the evidence is so damaging, why was this not made public much earlier, rather than shuffling secret documents around White House and government rooms? Unfair competition is a serious allegation: if you have the proof, show it and take it to Justice. The USA carrier reps were posed that question today by a reporter. Their reply: “We just didn’t.”

The third question relates to Chapter 11, a uniquely USA system that allows airlines in dire financial straits (for whatever reason) to hold off their creditors, wipe out debts and restructure. Outside the USA, Chapter 11 is seen as a subsidy. The USA carriers insisted today it was not a subsidy in the view of the USA. That’s irrelevant in a global market. It’s what counts as a subsidy in global eyes that matters.

The USA carriers also said today that Chapter 11 means you have to shrink your airline. So how come (AAL), fresh out of bankruptcy protection, is now the world’s largest carrier and investing heavily in new airplanes and products?

I’ll leave the last word for now to a response to the press conference from USA - (UAE) Business Council President, Danny Sebright. “Before claiming government support for international competitors, the Big 3 [USA carriers] may first want to check their own balance sheets. Since 2006, the Big 3 transferred billions of dollars of pension liabilities directly to Uncle Sam, while leaving creditors holding the bag for billions more, through multiple bankruptcies. They received billions in cash payments and guaranteed loans in a direct government bailout, while enjoying the advantages of antitrust immunity to fix transatlantic fares with their European partners,” Sebright said.

The USA airlines should “stop complaining and start competing,” he added.

Unless and until American (AAL), Delta (DAL), and United (UAL) have a more compelling case that is not so clearly about closing the competitive door after they got what they wanted via Chapter 11, I suggest that’s good advice. By my count, they are already several points behind in this game, and they now risk scoring home goals.

News Item A-5: "European Union (EU) Seeks Mandate for Talks with Gulf States Over Subsidies" by (ATW)'s Aaron Karp, March 18, 2015.

Citing “distortions in the market,” European Union (EU) Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc said she will seek a new mandate from (EU) countries to open talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Saudi Arabia over “unfair subsidies to airlines.”

Bulc said the request for talks with Gulf states was initiated by France and Germany. She pointed to the study recently issued by major USA airlines, alleging more than >$40 billion in state aid to Gulf airlines over the last decade. “Gulf carriers compete with Europe’s airlines on international flights,” Bulc said. “The subsidies they receive, create distortions in the market, denting the competitiveness of (EU) and USA carriers, critics say. According to the [USA airlines’] study, Gulf airlines received interest-free loans, free land and low airport charges, among others.”

French Secretary of State for Transport, Alain Vidalies and German Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt said in a joint statement, “European airlines are losing market share against the Gulf companies because of their unfair competitive practices, and in particular because of the significant public subsidies and guarantees they enjoy.” The two ministers said they want the European Commission to develop a “common strategy on controlling foreign airlines’ operations with traffic rights in the (EU).” They said the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, and Austria support their position.

Bulc said the mandate she is seeking to “curb market-distorting state aid to airlines” could also extend to China, Brazil, and Turkey.

Emirates Airline (EAD) President, Tim Clark, speaking to reporters in Washington DC, said his company will issue a “line by line response” to the USA carriers’ report. “We will do it in a very methodical, clinical manner,” he said.

Responding to Lufthansa Group Chairman & (CEO), Carsten Spohr announcing his support for the USA airlines’ campaign against Gulf carriers, Clark said, “Once we have disproved the allegations against us, then let’s have a talk about who is saying what. We have been dealing with the question of subsidies for many, many years in the European area and other parts of the world, and we have successfully dealt with that.”

News Item A-6: "FedEx: Don’t ‘Capitulate’ to USA Passenger Airlines on "Open Skies" by (ATW) Aaron Karp, March 19th, 2015.

FedEx Corporation (FED) is pushing back hard against major USA passenger airlines that, in the cargo giant’s view, are trying to get the USA government to alter "Open Skies" agreements with Middle East states that are integral to FedEx (FED)’s business.

American Airlines (AAL), United Airlines (UAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) have accused the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar of providing more than >$40 billion in state “subsidies” to Emirates Airline (EAD), Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA) over the past decade, and appear to want the USA government to limit those airlines’ access to the USA by revisiting "Open Skies" agreements with the (UAE) and Qatar signed in 1999 and 2001, respectively. (EU) transport minister Violeta Bulc cited the USA airlines’ allegations when announcing she is seeking a new mandate from (EU) countries to open talks with the (UAE), Qatar and Saudi Arabia over “unfair subsidies to airlines.”

FedEx (FED), however, said "Open Skies" deals with Middle East states are crucial to its air cargo business and is urging the USA government not to “capitulate to the interests of a few carriers who stand ready to put their narrow, protectionist interests” ahead of the USA’s broader economic interests. (FED) is especially concerned about potential restrictions to its air cargo hub in Dubai.

Speaking to analysts, (FED) President & (CEO), David Bronczek said, “Our view is very simple. We believe in "Open Skies" and free trade, and we’ve been doing this for decades now. We base our whole business model on "Open Skies." We have a lot of business in the Middle East, a lot of business in Asia, and around the world. And of course for us, competing in an "Open Skies" environment is critical for us.”

In a letter recently sent to USA Secretary of State, John Kerry, Bronczek said, “Retrenchment in any way from "Open Skies" by the USA would jeopardize the economic growth benefits that air cargo provides. Retrenchment would result in higher fares and fewer options for flying passengers. Retrenchment benefits only a very few.”

Specifically, Bronczek said the "Open Skies" agreements the USA has with Middle East nations “are very valuable” to FedEx (FED), noting the Memphis-based express delivery operator’s Dubai hub was enabled by the USA - (UAE) "Open Skies" accord signed in 1999. “FedEx (FED) flights from the USA crisscross with our flights from India and Asia [at the Dubai hub] in order to move USA products into local markets,” he wrote. “This hub also acts as our gateway to Africa.”

Bronczek said (AAL), (UAL) and (DAL) “believe they have little to risk by limiting foreign carrier access to USA markets. What they want is for the USA government to protect them from competition from able, attractive new entrants.” He noted that “FedEx (FED) alone operates almost two-thirds more flights to the Middle East than all the USA passenger carriers combined. Modifications to [the USA - (UAE) "Open Skies"] agreement might spell the end of these opportunities.”

FedEx (FED) Founder, Chairman & (CEO), Frederick Smith told analysts this week that (FED) remains “very much in support of continuation of "Open Skies” and said the USA passenger carriers’ effort is part of a “very concerning trend” globally of “protectionism over the last several years.”

News Item A-7: Air Lease Corporation (ALE) announced the delivery of one new Boeing 777-300ER to Emirates (EAD).

News Item A-8: Emirates (EAD) A380-861 (107, A6-EDZ) unveiled a special livery promotion to commemorate the "ICC Cricket World Cup" being held in Australia and New Zealand - - SEE PHOTO - - "EAD-A380-861 - 2015-02.jpg."

March 2015: 777-35R (35157, A6-JAC) and A380-861 (172, A6-EOG), ex-(F-WWAX) deliveries.

April 2015: News Item A-1: Emirates Airline (EAD) has announced its first Airbus A380 service in a dual-class cabin layout (without first (F) class) on the Dubai - Copenhagen route from December 1. With this service, Copenhagen becomes the first destination in Scandinavia with regular A380 flights.

The dual-class A380 offers 615 seats (58C in business and 557Y in economy class); capacity between Dubai and Copenhagen will rise to 8.61 seats per week.

(EAD) President, said recently that routes such as Bangkok and India are showing a strong potential for dual-class A380 configuration. In early March, Clark said (EAD) now operates 59 A380s.

Emirates said its double daily Dubai-Zurich operation—which is operated by the A380 and Boeing 777—will become a double daily A380 route starting from October 1.

News Items A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) is the largest airline in the Middle East in terms of fleet size.

This Middle Eastern airline (EAD) has the largest fleet in 2015 (with 261 airplanes). Emirates is one of the two flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is based in Dubai. It operates all wide bodies (a mix of Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBS) airplanes.

News Item A-3: Dubai International Airport is getting a US$1.2 billion upgrade for its Terminals One and Two, as more international passengers fly through the airport.

Dubai Airports, which owns and operates Dubai International as well as the newer Al Maktoum International, provided the cost forecast.

Catering to more than >110 international airlines from both terminals, Dubai International's number of international passenger surpassed that of London Heathrow (LHR)'s last year.

About 70.47 million travellers passed through the Dubai airport, up +6.1% from 66.43 million in 2013. The number is forecast to reach 79 million passengers this year and 126.5 million in 2020.

Of the investment, Concourse "D" alone will account for US$517 million. When it opens later this year, the concourse will be home to 100 airlines that currently use Terminal One's Concourse "C."

It will feature 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate double-deck, wide body Airbus A380s and jumbo Boeing 747 airplanes, and 11 remote stands.

The new area will increase the airport capacity by +18 million passengers, to 90 million annually. It will be linked to Terminal One by an elevated rail system, which is expected to reduce transfer times between the two facilities to two minutes.

Compared to the breezy Terminal Three, that caters to Emirates Airline (EAd), the crowded Terminal One is also set to be upgraded. Dubai Airports is investing US$490 million in its refurbishment and in operational areas close to it and Concourse "D."

The chaotic drop-off and pickup points in front of the terminal are expected to be upgraded, as is the land-side arrivals, including new food and beverage and retail outlets.

The existing check-in and departure hall is also earmarked for a makeover. A new train station to Concourse "D" and a refurbished immigration area are also planned.

Terminal Two, which is home to flydubai (FDB) and other budget carriers, has benefited from an investment of US$163 million.

It includes a spacious check- in area with 48 counters, an expanded transfer area and +40 more immigration counters.

Three baggage carousels were added to the arrivals area, doubling the numbers to six.

News Item A-4: Emirates Airline (EAD) announced a $9.2 billion order for Rolls-Royce (RRC), choosing the UK powerplant manufacturer to equip the 50 Airbus A380s it ordered at the 2013 Dubai Airshow.

The deal covers 200-plus engines and a long-term TotalCare service support package. Taken together, the contract is the largest non-military contract ever won by a UK engineering company.

(EAD)’s current A380s are powered by the Engine Alliance (GP7200). However, (CEO), Tim Clark made it clear this order had gone to Rolls-Royce (RRC) because of its greater commitment to improving its product. This included incorporating technology from the (Trent XWB) developed for the Airbus A350 and (Trent 1000) models. “What impressed us with (RRC) was its continued commitment to applying the technologies they were developing into their engines. Perhaps we couldn't see that so much from [Engine Alliance]. There’s a certain amount of flat-lining on that,” he said.

The first 25 of Emirates’ 50 new A380s will be delivered from late 2016 through the first quarter of 2018. The remainder was further out “but we’re looking at advancing some of those into the 2019 - 1920 timeframe.”

Emirates (EAD) wants to use the new A380s to allow the release of (EAD)’s Boeing 777s for developing new routes. If these develop satisfactorily, they will in time receive A380s.

(EAD) is by far the world's largest user of the ultra-high capacity A380, with 60 already in service and +80 more on order.

Clark noted that annual global passenger numbers were predicted to rise from 3.3 billion today to around 6.6 billion in 10 - 15 years’ time. This growth would require airlines such as (EAD) to “up-gauge” their fleets.

Rolls-Royce (RRC) has now secured more than a >50% market share of A380 powerplant orders. The (Trent 900) is used on more than >70 airplanes by eight operators.

Clark has repeatedly called for Airbus (EDS) to develop a “neo” version of the A380. He largely sidestepped questions on the issue but said that if the new airplane went ahead, a developed version of the (Trent XWB) would “significantly improve what the A380 can do.”

News Item A-5: See remarkable video "EAD-Eagle Eyes" - -

See video "See Dubai (very quickly)" - -

News Item A-6: See attached "EAD-2015-04 - TOP 25 WORLD TRAFFIC.jpg"
and "EAD-2015-04 - TOP REGIONAL TRAFFIC.jpg."

A380-861 (174, A6-EOH), ex-(F-WWSH), delivery.

May 2015: News Item A-1: One of Middle East aviation’s leading figures, Maurice Flanagan, has died. Flanagan, 86, was the founding (CEO) of Emirates Airline (EAD).

In 1985, he led a 10-man team that launched (EAD) with, as he later described it, two leased airplanes, a $10 million grant and a strict warning from the Emirate’s government not to come back for more.

In 1990 he became Group Managing Director of the Emirates Group. He was the Group’s Executive Vice Chairman until his retirement in 2013.

Maurice left British Airways (BAB) in 1978 to become Director & General Manager of Dubai Airport services organization, dnata, during the early days of the Emirate’s economic development.

During his career with Emirates (EAD), Maurice steered the young carrier to become a leading international aviation player, espousing both high standards of service and innovations such as In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) screens in all classes of its airplanes. (EAD) said he had been a vocal champion for the benefits of competition and innovation.

Emirates (EAD) reported a +40% full-year profit increase of $1.3 billion in 2014.

(EAD) noted his death “with great sadness” at home in London.

Emirates Group Chairman and (CEO), H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said, “The Emirates Group, and Dubai, has lost a great friend today. Maurice was a man of great character, and a legend in the aviation industry. He was generous with his time, forthright in his views, and a person who gave 110% to everything he did. It was a great personal pleasure and privilege to have worked with him. His contributions to dnata, Emirates (EAD) and Dubai will always be remembered.”

News Item A-2: "Emirates (EAD) Dedicated Its "Open Sky" Magazine to address USA Allegations; & Qatar (QTA) Expanding its USA network" by Air Transport World (ATW) Editor Karen Walker, May 4, 2015.

Emirates Airline (EAD) has published an issue of its magazine entirely devoted to countering the allegations of government subsidies and unfair competition that have been leveled at (EAD) and the other two major Gulf carriers (QTA) and Etihad Airways (EHD), by American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL).

The 16-page May issue of (EAD)'s "Open Sky" magazine begins with an editorial by (EAD) President, Sir Tim Clark entitled “Subsidy? Tosh!”

Clark states that “(EAD) does not receive and never has received any form of subsidy from the (UAE) Government. And considering that we have operated to the USA since 2004, we fail to understand how we can possibly be competing unfairly in 2015.”

In a 55-page white paper commissioned by the USA carriers, they allege that (UAE)-based (EAD) and (EHD), plus Qatar-based, Qatar Airways (QTA) have benefited from more than >$40 billion in state subsidies. They say this contravenes conditions of the USA "Open Skies" agreements with the (UAE) and Qatar and are asking for government-to-government talks on the situation.

The USA government, meanwhile, has begun a review of the subsidy and competition allegations and is seeking comments from all sides.

The "Open Sky" magazine, according to an (EAD) spokesperson, is (EAD)’s international & government affairs journal, published two or three times a year, and distributed to analysts, journalists and industry players.

In his editorial, Clark says, “The real issue at hand is that the three biggest USA carriers, who together with their joint venture (JV) partners already control about two-thirds of international flights from the USA, want to further limit the international air transport choices available to American consumers, airports, local and regional economies.”

Clark said that (EAD) is working on a point-to-point rebuttal of the USA white paper, but three of the major allegations are tackled directly in the "Open Sky" magazine.

Emirates (EAD) denies it benefited from $2.4 billion in subsidies from the government assumption of fuel-hedging losses or that the government provides (EAD) $1.6 billion in letters of credit.

“All cash losses incurred by (EAD) as a result of its fuel trades in place in 2008/2009 were settled in full from (EAD)’s own cash reserves and not paid for by the Government of Dubai. The letters of credit mentioned in the white paper were in fact provided by (EAD)s to our owners, the Investment Corporation of Dubai, in support of the fuel trades novated, not the other way round,” (EAD) said.

(EAD) also disputes the competitive importance of alleged $2.3 billion in subsidized airport infrastructure since 2004. “Infrastructure investment is long term in its nature,” (EAD) said. “The Government of Dubai has made these investments, like other progressive emerging market economies (e.g., China, Singapore) with long term benefits in mind. Comparably lower airport charges or charge exemptions for transfer passengers are neither a subsidy nor discriminatory, as all airlines who use the infrastructure at Dubai International benefit.

“Emirates (EAD) pays the full published rates at (DXB), which are highly competitive, commercially based, and in fact higher than a number of other comparable major airports such as Kuala Lumpur,” (EAD) said.

(EAD) also denied that Gulf carriers take passengers and revenues from USA carriers, and force USA carriers to reduce, terminate or forgo services on international routes. “Despite what some carriers may think, air passengers are not proprietary to airlines. What (EAD) is doing is competing in the marketplace (we don’t ‘take’ or ‘steal’ customers). We offer a great product,” (EAD) said.

The "Open Sky" magazine also detailed routes that (EAD) serves versus the three USA carriers. From its Dubai hub, (EAD) flies to nine USA cities, offering one-stop connections to 15 Middle Eastern destinations; 23 African destinations; and 35 Asian destinations. In contrast, said (EAD), the three USA network airlines only serve a combined four points in Africa and four in the Middle East.

Asia, as an (EAD)’s table shows, has much more route overlap, with Delta (DAL) and United (UAL) each serving 13 Asia-Pacific cities and American five.

More fuel was added to the Gulf vs USA carrier war May 4th, when Qatar (QTA) announced three new routes to Los Angeles (LAX), Boston and Atlanta. With these, (QTA) will offer daily nonstop services to all 10 of the largest metropolitan areas of the USA by mid-2016.

From January 1 2016, Qatar (QTA) will fly daily flights to (LAX) with Boeing 777 airplanes, in a two-class cabin.

From March 16, 2016, (QTA) will launch daily flights to Boston with the Airbus A350 XWB in a two-class configuration. (QTA) is the launch customer for the A350 and this will be the first USA service for the airplane.

From July 1 2016, (QTA) will begin daily flights to Atlanta with the 777. And from March 1 2016, (QTA) will add a second daily service to New York (JFK) (where it began daily service in 2007) using the A350 for the second flight (the other flight being a 777).

(QTA)’s USA network expansion brought an immediate condemnation from Washington DC lobbying organization "Partnership for Open & Fair Skies," which issued a statement saying it was “yet another example of the Gulf carriers racing against the clock to dump more subsidized capacity on the USA and diverting passengers away from the USA airlines.” The organization added that “the harm from these actions is real and immediate.”

News Item A-4: The USA government is “taking very seriously” the request Delta Air Lines (DAL), American Airlines (AAL), United Airlines (UAL) and their labor groups have made that consultations begin with the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar on alleged subsidies for the airlines from those countries, a USA Department of State official said.

The government is doing its “due diligence” on the subsidy claims the USA carriers have made against Emirates Airline (EAD), Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA), Tom Engle, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs, said, speaking at the Phoenix International Aviation Symposium. The effort is an interagency affair, with State, Transportation & Commerce leading the investigation, with help from the USA Trade Representative and the Council of Economic Advisers, Engle said. He declined to describe a timeline for when the government will decide if it will proceed with consultations. Public comment is being solicited on a website, and the government will provide the opportunity for rebuttals before making a decision.

Consultations, or formal government-to-government talks, are provided for under the "Open Skies" treaties should one party have a grievance or dispute. At issue is whether the three Persian Gulf carriers receive subsidies that distort the market, making it difficult for USA carriers to compete for lucrative international traffic, particularly to South Asia.

Representatives from (DAL), (AAL) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) drove this point home forcefully at a panel discussion here, while also reiterating their support for "open skies" as a policy.

But at issue is that the three Gulf carriers are “instruments of government policy,” existing solely and subsidized to carry out Qatar’s and the (UAE)’s aims to flow passengers over their hubs in Doha, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, Ben Hirst, (DAL) Chief Legal Officer said. “We are concerned about USA policy that opens the doors of this huge market to entities that basically are arms of the state,” (AAL) Senior VP Government Affairs, Will Ris said.

John Byerly, the former State Department official who negotiated more than >70 "Open Skies" policies and is now a consultant to Emirates (EAD), rejected the USA airlines’ claim to support "Open Skies." Asking for Gulf carriers’ capacity to be frozen at the January 28 level until consultations play out, is an abrogation of the treaty. "Open Skies" liberalize the market. “They [the Gulf carriers] are beating [the USA airlines] in the market place,” Byerly said. “These USA airlines had a nice, comfortable little nest, with alliances and joint ventures (JV)s.”

The international aviation playing field has never been level; rather, it has always had “bumps and hills,” Byerly said. "Open Skies" allow the market to function as freely as it can in such a regulated industry, he said.

Video clip: The (MSNBC) news program looked at the Gulf carrier subsidies dispute:

News Item A-5: Under Management section below, see Air Transport world (ATW) May 2015 Interview - - "EAD-1-Sir Tim Clark Interview - A/B-2015-05.jpg" titled "Fighting Talk."

A380-861 (178, A6-EOI), ex-(F-WWAD) delivery.

June 2015: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) has announced plans for a daily service to Bologna from November 3 with Boeing 777-300ERs.

News Item A-2: South African Airways (SAA) has backed out of a strategic partnership agreement with Emirates (EAD) at the eleventh hour, the "South Africa's Times" newspaper has reported.

The deal, valued at USD165 million, was negotiated in secret over the past few months and would have seen (SAA) enter into an expanded code share agreement with Emirates (EAD). Fellow (UAE)-based carrier, Etihad Airways ((IATA) Code: EY, based at Abu Dhabi International) (EHD), had also tendered a proposal, the paper added.

A signing ceremony had been scheduled for the Four Seasons Hotel George V in central Paris with Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark to sign on behalf of his airline. However, (SAA) Chairwoman, Dudu Myeni reportedly did not pitch, while (CEO), Nico Bezuidenhout was "instructed not to sign the agreement."

Neither party has yet to officially respond to the reports, though there have been calls for Myeni to appear before a South African parliamentary portfolio committee to explain what exactly happened.

(SAA)'s sole shareholder, the South African government, is attempting to transform (SAA) into a profitable, self-sustaining entity, thus eliminating (SAA)'s near total reliance on the national fiscus for funding.

The cash-strapped South African national carrier recently embarked on its Long-Term Turnaround Strategy (LTTS) having completed a 90-Day Action Plan at the end of March. The short-term plan saw ZAR1.25 billion/USD107.3 million in savings being made to (SAA)'s budget through the renegotiation of various supplier and aircraft-lease contracts. Various loss-making routes (to South America, China, and India) have also been dropped.

News Item A-3: "Emirates (EAD)’s Subsidy Filing to USA Government" by (ATW) Karen Waker, June 30, 2015.

Emirates Airline (EAD) submitted its long-awaited response to USA airline allegations that it is subsidized by its government owner in ways that contravene the USA - (UAE) "Open Skies" agreement.

The full document was released to the media and public, and Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark held a media brief at the Washington National Press Club on June 30.

Clark and an Emirates (EAD) delegation also met this week with officials at the USA Departments of Commerce, State & Transportation, which are conducting a review of the subsidy allegations that are being made principally by American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL) against (UAE) carriers: Emirates (EAD) and Etihad Airways (EHD), and Qatar-based Qatar Airways (QTA).

The (EAD) document comprises almost 200 pages, challenging each of the points made in a 55-page white paper commissioned by the three USA carriers and released in early March.

Other carriers have submitted their responses, but the (EAD)’s filing is of keen interest for a few reasons. First, Emirates (EAD) is the real target of the USA campaign for several reasons: It is by far the largest of the Gulf carriers, the one that began the Gulf hub phenomenon; it is the world’s largest operator of A380s and 777s (giving it massive capacity; and, most significantly, it is the Gulf carrier that tiptoed (or waded, depending on your viewpoint) into the North transatlantic market in October 2013, when it launched the fifth freedom Dubai - Milan - New York route, a direct challenge to the traditional markets of legacy carriers in the USA and Europe).

It is pretty certain that the three USA carriers are most focused on clipping (EAD)’s wings, but in their campaign strategy, decided to include Etihad (EHD) and Qatar (QTA) so as to make the total Gulf carrier alleged subsidy numbers look bigger. Lumping the three Gulf carriers together also has allowed the USA campaign to refer to “Arab” airlines run by “Sheiks” and, if it succeeds, would come with the potential added benefit of curtailing the growth of Etihad (EHD) and Qatar (QTA) (at least in USA markets) before they reach the size of Emirates (EAD).

(EAD)’s response document does not contain any surprises. It is a more detailed, point-by-point counter to each of the USA "white paper" allegations, but these are mostly fleshed out explanations of points that Clark and (EAD) have made all along: an adamant denial that (EAD) is subsidized, receives disproportionate benefits from Dubai International Airport, or is doing harm to the USA carriers.

The most detailed of these counterpoints focuses on alleged fuel hedging subsidies; the (EAD) document spells out transactions with (EAD)’s parent, Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) related to fuel hedging losses in the 2008/2009 period when oil prices sank. (EAD) acknowledges that its resulting hedging losses were transferred to (ICD) “so that non-realized, paper losses for fuel hedging contracts under ‘mark to market’ accounting did not present a misleading portrayal of (EAD)’s operations”, but says that all actual payments on the contracts at maturity were ultimately paid using (EAD)’s own cash resources and that neither (ICD), nor the Dubai government absorbed any losses.

Clark said, “to date we have paid our shareholder, the Dubai government, more than >$3 billion in dividends. All of this is laid out in our financials, audited by Pricewaterhouse Coopers.”

The (EAD) document also focuses on some of the side stuff that the USA side has latched to its campaign, including trying to apply (WTO) anti-subsidy rules to "Open Skies" agreements. This has always seemed to me a potential hole in the USA carriers’ argument that they could and should have avoided; commercial aviation treaties are not governed by traditional trade agreements or the (WTO) and, because of the airline industry’s continued attachment to cabotage and ownership rules, doesn’t really desire to go that route. The USA carriers are cherry-picking their “desires” from each set of rules, but the truth is that (WTO) rules are a moot point and for the most part USA carriers and their labor groups would not support them.

(EAD), quite rightly, underscores this fact: “Much of the Big 3’s case rests on the legal premise that the (WTO)’s anti-subsidy rules apply to international aviation or is implicitly incorporated in the USA "Open Skies" Agreements. This is fundamentally wrong. The (WTO) Agreement on Subsidies & Countervailing Measures ((SCM) agreement) does not apply to services, which are covered by a separate (WTO) Agreement, the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). (GATS) explicitly excludes air transport services, and does not include rules on unfair subsidies.”

In another legal counterpoint, (EAD) said, “the Big 3 also build their case for a unilateral freeze on Article 11 of the "Open Skies" Agreement, but this is the wrong article. Article 11 (“fair and equal opportunity”) deals with access. Subsidies are addressed in Article 12 which sets out specific procedures for dealing with artificially low prices “due to direct or indirect governmental subsidy or support”. In addition, both Articles 11 and 12 prohibit unilateral actions with very limited exceptions that do not include subsidies.”

This point allows Clark to address the broader issue of USA government commitment to maintaining its "Open Skies" policy (one that, by all accounts, the USA is indeed committed to). “By asking the USA government to take unilateral action, the Big 3 are asking the USA to breach its own negotiated international obligations. This would put in jeopardy America’s "Open Skies" relationships with 113 other countries, and all the significant public and competition benefits that the "Open Skies" program has generated,” Clark said.

Essentially, the (EAD) document is part rebuttal of specific allegations made against the carrier; part a broader recap of the legal framework of "Open Skies" and aviation treaties; part of a summary of the customer benefits that the Gulf carriers bring to USA passengers (particularly those who want to get to the sub-Indian continent without inconvenient, long stop-overs through congested and strike-ridden European hubs); and part a reminder to the USA government of the benefits that the three USA carriers have received via Chapter 11, consolidation, antitrust alliances etc, while not necessarily, in the eyes of some, delivering on the customer service promise.

Each of the USA carriers has very smart legal and government affairs teams. But I think they will have a hard time unraveling the (EAD)’s document from a legal and policy perspective. And that’s why I wrote in an editorial during the very early days of this campaign that the three USA majors should be careful what they ask for.

July 2015: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) selects Philadelphia as its 11th USA destination.

News Item A-2: "His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum Announced as Patron of Air Traffic Control (ATC) Global 2015 Meeting"
by, July 8, 2015.

(ATC) Global 2015 is pleased to announce the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and (CEO) of the Emirates (EAD) Group, and Chairman of Dubai Air Navigation Services.

Over the past 25 years, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has been at the forefront of Dubai's remarkable economic development spearheading the successful expansion of the aviation sector, which now supports 27% of Dubai's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and more recently, formulating economic, investment and fiscal policies and strategies in support of the Emirate (EAD)'s overarching vision.

Speaking of his support of (ATC) Global 2015 taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre, (UAE) on October 5 - 7, HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum stated: "Aviation has been an instrumental engine in driving unprecedented growth in the economy of Dubai. It has benefited from a clear vision and investment in innovative minds, technology, and research & development. We look forward to welcoming aviation professionals from the (UAE), the region and the world over at (ATC) Global 2015 this October to participate in shaping the future of the air traffic management (ATM) sector".

Speaking on behalf of the event organisers, Paula Milburn, Development Director -Aviation, (UBM) (EMEA) responded: "We are honoured that HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum will be patron of the event and have been delighted with the overwhelming support and enthusiasm that (ATC) Global is receiving from its supporters in the (UAE) and across the world."

Dubai International (DXB) has developed from humble beginnings into becoming the world's busiest airport in terms of international passenger figures, with a network of over >280 destinations served by more than >110 airlines, making Dubai a fitting location to host the leading international event for the air traffic management (ATM) and control industry.

(ATC) Global has been serving the (ATM) community, setting the pace in (ATM) events for 25 years. The exhibition and conference provide a platform for leaders and executives representing air navigation service providers, aviation regulators, air traffic management suppliers, defence organisations, airports and airlines to share knowledge, build partnerships and discuss the most critical issues facing the industry.

Supported by regional stakeholders General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS), Dubai Airports and Emirates Airline (EAD) and shaped by a distinguished advisory board of industry leaders, (ATC) Global will encompass a comprehensive exhibition featuring organisations leading the transformation of (ATM) and a varied educational program incorporating free-to­ attend workshops and a prestigious conference on the theme of Connecting the Continents.

News Item A-3: INCDT: An Emirates Airline (EAD) Boeing 777-200LR (A6-EWD) was involved in a ground collision with a Nigerian domestic carrier (HAK) Air 737-4U3 on July 6 at Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport, Nigeria, West Africa.

“(EAD) can confirm that flight EK782 from Lagos to Dubai on July 6th made minor contact with the airplane of another carrier while taxiing. All passengers and crew safely disembarked the airplane, and were transferred back to the terminal after the incident. Passengers were provided overnight hotel accommodation and were flown to Dubai with (EAD) on July 7,” an (EAD) spokesperson in Dubai confirmed.

According to several local media reports, the 777-wing tip cut into the HAK Air parked airplane on the apron of the domestic sector of the airport and sustained substantial damage to the 737.

The (EAD) airplane showed minor damages, according to the reports. The spokesperson said it has flown back to Dubai.

Local media has reported the Nigerian Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has therefore deployed a team of investigators to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.

News Item A-4: Emirates Airline (EAD) has taken delivery its 63rd and 64th Airbus A380 Superjumbos, with names of "Oscar Kilo" and "Oscar Lima", (EAD) announced on July 21. The two A380s (A6-EOK and A6-EOL), were delivered to (EAD) on July 14 and July 16.

(EAD) operated a one-off service of its latest A380 Superjumbo "Oscar Lima" to Taiwan on July 19, marking the first A380 landing at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).

(EAD)'s A380 is configured with a classic three-cabin layout with 14F Private Suites in First Class, 76C full-flat bed seats in Business Class and 399Y seats in Economy Class. Passengers throughout all classes can also enjoy access to over >2,000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice, (EAD)'s award-winning in-flight entertainment (IFE) system as well as free Wi-Fi connectivity and gourmet cuisine.

As the world's largest operator of the double-decker A380, the (EAD) fleet of 64 A380s serves 34 global destinations and 11 in the Far East, which include Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, and Sydney.

2 A380-861 (184, A6-EOK; 186, A6-EOL), deliveries.

August 2015: News Item A-1: "United (UAL) (CEO) Plays Fast and Loose With Facts in NY speech on Gulf Carriers" Karen Walker in (ATW) Editor's Blog, July 31, 2015.

United (UAL) (CEO), Jeff Smisek was practically punching the air in a hard-hitting speech in New York that focused mainly on the Gulf carriers, which he said represent the single biggest threat to USA aviation. But how correct were the many accusations he flung?

I was at the Wings Club lunch event, which was oversold despite it being the club’s first July event. I reported and posted the main content of Smisek’s speech, which you can read here (the first covers his Middle East points, while the second covers the initial part of the speech, which focused on airlines behaving like businesses).

Let me say that Smisek’s remarks on USA airlines operating like businesses were bang on point. He never mentioned the (DOJ) and (DOT) investigations launched this summer into alleged collusion and price-gouging (both ridiculous in my mind), but this part of the speech was clearly aimed as much at Washington, as it was customers who buy overpriced sodas and hotdogs at a stadium and do not question why they should pay more for a stadium seat with a good view, but think it outrageous to pay for a better seat on an airliner or for a bag that costs more for the airline to transport.

So good for Smisek for saying it clear and loud: airlines are businesses and it’s time everyone recognized that.

Smisek then moved to the Gulf carriers and why (UAL), (DAL) and (AAL) are sticking to their guns in their campaign against the expansion of Emirates (EAD), Etihad (EHD) and Qatar (QTA) in the USA market through their countries’ "Open Skies" agreements.

A couple of things I’d like to note. Smisek delivered his speech away from the podium and without any notes. It was a very slick, engaging and dynamic speech with several soundbites that he knew would be attention-grabbers and raise a laugh, which they did. The Gulf carriers had been “caught with their subsidies down by their ankles;” “it’s good to be king” (a reference to Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s power while flashing an organizational chart of (UAE) leadership that all pointed to Maktoum).

My feeling was that he has given close versions of this speech several times before to those people and organizations that the so-called "Partnership for Fair & Open Skies" has reached out to support their campaign.

There were many pilots (FC) in the room from several airlines, including (UAL), (AAL), (DAL) and (SWA). Pilot unions were among the first to support the campaign and Smisek several times referred to hundreds of USA job losses that would result from Gulf carrier expansion.

But what about some of the points he presented as facts? Below are my counterpoints to some of those “facts” and why this was in the end a clever speech, but not one that did the USA campaign much credit.

Smisek: “All three Gulf carriers are losing tons of money”
Counterpoint: All the evidence with (EAD) is that it is very profitable; (ATW) figures show the Emirates Group posting a +$1.5 billion net profit for 2014. The report commissioned by (AAL), (DAL) and (UAL) made a significant error saying (EAD) passed on fuel hedge losses to the Dubai government and (EAD) documented the real facts in its report. (EHD) reported a 2014 net profit of +$73 million, its fourth consecutive year of profit.

Smisek: “Airline traffic should grow at about the same rate as Gross Domestic Profit (GDP); the Gulf carriers have been growing almost four times (GDP).”

Counterpoint: My thanks to Airline/Aircraft Projects Inc consultant, Craig Jenks who was in the room and points out that in growth economies, such as those the Gulf carriers predominantly serve, airline traffic typically grows at about twice that of (GDP).

Smisek: “Lufthansa (DLH), Air France (AFA) - (KLM), and British Airways (BAB) have been decimated by the Gulf carriers.”

Counterpoint: None of these airlines are decimated. All three carriers, as reported in the (ATW) 2015 World Airline Report, ranked in the top 10 of world carriers by passenger (RPK)s for 2014 and by operating revenue. (BAB) owner, the (IAG) was the world’s sixth most profitable, with a net profit of $1 billion. Lufthansa (DLH) and (AFA) - (KLM)’s financial problems are at least in part related to their internal struggles with unions to restructure costs and be competitive with Europe’s successful low cost carriers (LCC)s. Smisek did caveat this statement, saying (BAB) was “a little better protected” because of its Heathrow (LHR) hub. But that gives scant credit to (IAG)’s smart management and, as a side note, ignores the fact that (IAG) (CEO), Willie Walsh has made clear that the USA campaign (and adjacent campaigns in Europe) are protectionist. Qatar Airways (QTA), by the way, now owns a 10% stake in the (IAG) and is a Oneworld (ONW) Alliance member alongside (BAB) and (AAL).

Smisek: “These [Gulf] carriers would not exist without government subsidies.”

Counterpoint: Many, if not all legacy European carriers and many Asian carriers, too, exist only because of the initial funding and support they received from their then-government owners. A similar sentence could be said of the three consolidated majors: none would exist today without Chapter 11 and the ability to wipe out debt through Chapter 11-protected restructuring. And, as the (ATW) 2015 World Airline Report shows, (EAD) and (EHD) are profitable.

Smisek: The Gulf carriers represent “the biggest single threat to our new-found prosperity.”

Counterpoint: With thanks again to (AAP)’s Jenks, who calculates that without the Gulf carriers, (UAL) might perhaps run three extra India flights and one extra Frankfurt flight, due to alliance partner Lufthansa (DLH) being able to operate better (FRA) - India service; not a make-or-break for prosperity

Smisek: The USA/(UAE) "Open Skies" agreement gave (UAE) carriers “unfettered access to the USA market, while the USA got access to Dubai.”

Counterpoint: The size of the country is not the point of "Open Skies" treaties. Indeed, the case could be made that it’s the smaller country that should fear being swamped by USA airline capacity. Regardless, the USA has "Open Skies" agreements with The Netherlands, Singapore, Panama and many other small-country states.

Smisek: (referring to a question about (EAD)’s Dubai - Milan - New York (JFK) fifth freedom route) “They are flouting their right to stop and refuel in Europe to add point-to-point business, even though today’s aircraft technology doesn’t need refueling to get from the Emirates to the USA”.

Counterpoint: Commercial fifth freedom rights are in all "Open Skies" agreements and have nothing to do with “fuel stops.”

Smisek: [Etihad (EHD)’s] new "Residence-class suites with butler service" is something that “no one would pay for” and can only be offered by a subsidized airline.

Counterpoint: (EHD)’s first Residence booking on its Abu Dhabi - (JFK) route, which starts December 1, sold within hours of becoming available.

Smisek: If airlines were governed by (WTO) rules, Gulf carrier activity “would be a clear case of dumping.”

Counterpoint: Irrelevant. Airlines are not under (WTO) jurisdiction and it’s the last thing USA airlines (and unions) want, because it would open them up to changing their current ownership/citizenship and cabotage protections.

Finally, back to that “good to be the king” remark. Actually, Maktoum is Vice President & Prime Minister of the (UAE) and is the Emir of Dubai.

A day later, four other USA airlines said they have formed a new coalition to oppose the campaign to fight expansion of the Gulf carriers in the USA. The (CEO)s of Atlas Air (TLS), FedEx (FED), Hawaiian Airlines (HWL), and JetBlue Airways (JBL) submitted a joint letter to the USA government saying that what (AAL), (DAL), and (UAL) are seeking would be a breach of the "Open Skies" treaties and are a political maneuver to reduce competition.

News Item A-2: Emirates (EAD) has made Madrid its 35th A380 destination as it celebrates five years of flying to Spain. (EAD) started its daily A380 flight August 2nd, adding 2,900 seats per week to the route.

"In the last five years we have progressively built up our services to Spain, responding to strong demand by bringing our flagship A380 to not one but now two Spanish cities, Barcelona and Madrid," said Fernando Suarez de Gongora, Country Manager Spain.

"(EAD) has carried more than >2.3 million passengers between Dubai and Spain since our launch and the introduction of this A380 will add much needed seat capacity on the route."

(EAD) has added eight new A380 destinations during the past 12 months, including three in Europe; Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and an A380 service between Milan and New York.

Copenhagen will also join (EAD)'s A380 network in December.

Meanwhile, (EAD) commenced its sixth destination in Pakistan with flights to Multan (MUX) taking place 4x-weekly. Of the three airlines lining up to fight over the traffic, the most prominent is sister low cost carrier (LCC) flydubai (flying 8x-weekly), along with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), 2x-weekly, and Shaheen Air International (SHN) 2x-weekly). The 1,670 km sector will be flown by (EAD)’s 777-300s, perhaps due in part by the recent retirement of its last 777-200. It is interesting to note that fellow (MEB3) carrier, Qatar Airways (QTA) also started its own Multan operations at the same time.

(EAD) has launched a second daily, Dubai - Seattle, 777-200LR service. (EAD) will launch a 4x-weekly Dubai - Bamako service October 25 with an Airbus A340-300. Bamako will be a stop on (EAD)'s current service to Dakar, Senegal.

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD) will launch daily, Dubai - Panama City flights next year, marking its entry into Central America.
Leave it to Emirates (EAD) to make the most intriguing route announcement of the summer. The flights, scheduled to start February 1, 2016, will be operated with a Boeing 777-200LR configured with 266 seats, including 8F first-class seats and 42C business-class seats. The westbound Dubai - Panama City flight will be 17 hrs, 35 min, which (EAD) noted will be the longest flight in the world.

“Ideally located between North and South America, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama City has developed an unrivaled transportation and communication network,” (EAD) said.

The flights give (EAD) daily access to the “Hub of the Americas,” the moniker given to Panama City’s growing Tocumen International Airport, which serves as the base hub for Star (SAL) Alliance member Copa Airlines (COP).

(EAD) said tickets for the Dubai - Panama City flights are now on sale. Leave it to Emirates (EAD) to make the most intriguing route announcement of the summer. The timing appears somewhat risky on the surface, given how much Latin America’s airlines are struggling right now, but this is a “long game” move by (EAD). Panama City is trying to fashion itself as the Dubai of Latin America (meaning as a hub of commerce and a central transfer point for air travelers, especially business travelers), so it makes sense for (EAD) to add the city to its growing network. It also gives Emirates a destination in the northern part of Latin America. And perhaps (EAD) sees this as a bit of a hedge against threats to its USA expansion posed by the American (AAL)-Delta (DAL)-United (UAL) campaign against Middle East airlines, and also as a warning to the USA government, that (EAD)’s global expansion will proceed apace, no matter what bigwigs in Washington DC decide.

In terms of Latin American operations, Emirates (EAD)also serves Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Rio de Janeiro International, and São Paulo Guarulhos.

News Item A-4: Emirates (EAD) has announced it will resume scheduled flights to Baghdad with a 4x-weekly service commencing September 17, 2015.

(EAD) suspended flights to the Iraqi capital in January after a flydubai (FDB) 737-800 came under fire while on approach into Baghdad airport. A planned resumption in March was indefinitely postponed following an escalation in the conflict with the Islamic State.

“After conducting an exhaustive safety and security review, we have decided to restart services between Dubai and Baghdad," Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior VP Commercial Operations, Center for Emirates, said. "Commercial air transport has been one of the cornerstones of economic development for Iraq and we want to continue to support the development of economic opportunities in Baghdad by increasing access to international markets and inward investment.”

News Item A-5: Emirates (EAD) returned its last 777-200 to lessor Veling. (EAD) has phased out four 777-200s and eight A340-500s over the past two years.

September 2015: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) launched its 10th USA destination with the start of daily non-stop passenger service between Dubai (DXB) and Orlando (MCO) on September 1. A (VIP) delegation and a contingent of international media were on board the inaugural flight, which carried passengers from 29 different countries to Orlando. “Our new daily service will enable (EAD) to grow alongside Orlando, one of the world’s premier leisure destinations and a dynamic business center,” said (HRH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, (EAD) Chairman & (CEO). “The launch of this non-stop route will bring (EAD)’s unique product and award-winning service to passengers flying from Central Florida to our home in Dubai and beyond to more than >140 global destinations. Since 2004, (EAD) has carried more than >11 million passengers on its USA flights.” On the special occasion of its Orlando launch, (EAD)dispatched its flagship A380 to celebrate the milestone and meet demand for the first flight, however, regular scheduled service on the route will be offered on its 266-seat, 777-200LR airplane.

On the same day, (EAD) extended its reach into Iran by linking Dubai with Mashhad (MHD), the country’s second largest city, adding a second passenger gateway into the country after Tehran. (EAD) will fly 5x-weekly flights, operated by a combination of three- and two-class configured A330-200s. (EAD) commenced services to Iran in 1990 with 2x-weekly flights to Tehran. It now operates 4x-daily flights to the capital city. Since then, (EAD) has carried 7 million passengers in and out of Iran. While the route to the USA faces no direct competition, its in-house (LCC) flydubai (FDB) already operates to Mashhad on a daily basis.

(EAD) will increase capacity on its Dubai - Saint Petersburg route, despite turbulence in the Russian market. (EAD) will use a Boeing 777-300ER instead of an Airbus A330-200 on six out of seven weekly services from October 25. From December 1, the 777-300ER will operate all flights on the route, which will increase capacity +50%.

“Since the Saint Petersburg service launch in 2011, we have carried more than >500,000 passengers to the destination. Together with our 2x-daily, Dubai - Moscow service, the number of passengers has reached 3.6 million during our 12 years’ work in the Russian market. These figures make the market very important not only for Emirates, but also for Dubai as a destination,” said Thierry Aucoc, Emirates Senior VP Commercial Operations Europe & Russian Federation.

Since the beginning of 2015, the international passenger numbers dropped in the Russian market due to economic problems and currency exchange rates changes. Cathay Pacific (CAT) stopped Hong Kong - Moscow service on June 1. Austrian’s FlyNiki (NKI) ceased Vienna - Moscow flights early in the year. Lufthansa (DLH) announced reductions at Russian market. EasyJet (EZY) will cease London - Moscow on March 21, 2016.

News Item A-2: Technology specialist (WIN) is expanding its e-booking system to connect independent forwarders to 16 airlines. (WIN) already connects to over 90 airlines for electronic Air Waybill (e-AWB). The carriers available for e-bookings include British Airways (BAB), Iberia (IBE), Etihad Airways (EHD), (SAS), Singapore Airlines (SIA), Jet Airways (JPL), Swiss (CSR), American Airlines (AAL), Air France (AFA), Finnair (FIN), Korean Air (KAL), (KLM), Lufthansa (DLH), United Airlines (UAL), Emirates (EAD), and Gulf Air (GUL). The all-in-one tool includes the ability for customers to look up flight schedules, create and manage bookings in real-time, transmit (e-AWB) data, and receive full (e-AWB) tracking automatically.

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD) has taken delivery of three Boeing 777s (two 777-300ERs and one 777F freighter) marking the entry of the 150th 777 into Emirates (EAD)’s fleet.

October 2015: News Item A-1: Emirates Airline (EAD) is actively looking to expand its Australian destinations into tier-two cities such as Darwin, Cairns, Broome, and Alice Springs.

Following a recent agreement between Qantas (QAN) and Emirates (EAD) to expand long-haul services between Australia and the Middle East/Europe (and the announcement of a potential Perth - London service by (QAN)) (EAD) (CEO), Tim Clark said the two airlines are both looking to “map the way forward over the next five years.”

Clark noted (EAD) is still seeing “unabated growth” in the Australian market and is looking to expand operations there.

(EAD) has seen significant expansion of its Airbus A380 services to Australia recently, and has announced it will upgrade existing Boeing 777-300ER schedules to Melbourne with an A380 aircraft from March 2016. This will bring the total number of (EAD) A380 flights from Dubai to Australia to 6x-daily. (EAD) flies to the three key capital cities of New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia, and also to Brisbane and Adelaide from its home base in Dubai.

Clark said (EAD)’s “primary areas” for expansion would be existing destinations such as Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, but added that there were still “lots of possibilities” for expansion into secondary Australian destinations.

News Item A-2: "Emirates Refutes Delta’s Dubai Claim; Studies Atlanta Route" by (ATW) Karen Walke, October 30, 2015.

Emirates Airline (EAD) said it is “closely studying” whether to launch Dubai - Atlanta service after Delta Air Lines (DAL) pulls out from the route next year, a decision it announced earlier this week and which (DAL) claims was prompted by over-capacity by the Gulf carriers.

(DAL) operates the only passenger service between its home hub and Dubai, but announced October 28 that it will cease the route from February 11, 2016. (DAL) said its Dubai pullout decision was made “amid overcapacity on USA routes to the Middle East operated by government-owned and heavily subsidized airlines.”

(EAD), however, has issued a statement rejecting (DAL)’s accusation that competition from Gulf airlines forced it to cancel the service. (EAD) said industry data show that (DAL)’s Dubai flights have had average seat loads consistently over >85% and that (EAD)'s own studies indicate that the route was “highly profitable” with “an estimated route profitability of over >$10 million per annum, or a route net margin of 7%.”

“Delta (DAL) effectively has a monopoly on the Atlanta - Dubai route, they can carry ‘Fly America’ traffic that is protected from non-USA carriers, and enjoy high seat loads and yield on the route. By any airline’s standards, these are lucrative conditions and hardly reason to cease the Atlanta - Dubai service,” an Emirates (EAD) spokesperson said. “We can only conclude that this is a political move to position (DAL) as a ‘victim’ of the Gulf carriers (which is laughable considering (DAL)’s size and profitability; or it is perhaps because they wish to redeploy their aircraft on other trans-Atlantic routes that have even higher yields, due to the anti-trust immunity (DAL) enjoys with its alliance partners. In which case, Delta (DAL) should admit that its goal is to make even more money, and leave the Gulf airlines out of it.”

The spokesperson added: “Our route planners are now closely studying the opportunity for Emirates (EAD) to fill in the gap when (DAL) exits the non-stop Atlanta - Dubai service.

Qatar Airways (QTA), a Oneworld (ONW) alliance member, announced earlier this year that it will begin Doha - Atlanta service next year.

(DAL) has led a campaign, joined by American Airlines (AAL), United Airlines (UAL) and some labor groups, to address what it says are billions of dollars of government subsidies given to state-owned Gulf carriers in violation of fair competition rules in the "Open Skies" between the USA, the (UAE), and Qatar.

Delta Airlines (DAL) Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer, Peter Carter told Atlanta’s (WABE) public radio station that (DAL) “would applaud and embrace the opportunity to compete with the Gulf carriers, if in fact they were living consistent with the terms of the "Open Skies" agreements we’ve entered into. The problem we have is with the subsidies they’re receiving.”

“Emirates (EAD) has been flooding the market with capacity,” Carter said. “We know this is not the first route we’ve had to cancel, as a result of the subsidized Mid-East carriers.” (DAL), (AAL) and (UAL) have asked the USA government to hold consultations with the (UAE) and Qatar on the alleged subsidies and the "Open Skies" treaties. But several other USA carriers, including Alaska Airlines (ASA), FedEx (FED) and JetBlue Airways (JBL), are opposed to the campaign, and each of the Gulf carriers has strongly refuted the subsidy allegations. Some have counter-argued that the major consolidated USA carriers have benefited from the USA Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, government loan guarantees, and other forms of financial assistance.

(DAL) also announced this month that it was immediately quitting its membership of the Airlines for America (A4A) lobbying association. (DAL) said the trade group had failed to support (DAL) on several key issues, “including the growing harm of government-subsidized carriers in the Middle East and the damage the Export-Import Bank does to USA airlines.”

News Item A-3: 777-31H (42322, A6-EPC), 2 A380-861 (188, A6-EON; 190, A6-EOO), ex-(F-WWAK & F-WWAR), deliveries.

News Item A-4: "An Alternative Safety Demonstration" by (ATW) Victoria Moores in her "Need I say Moores" blog, October 20, 2015.

This is more than your run of the mill comedy cabin briefing; it’s an extremely elegant Emirates (EAD) performance at Lisbon’s Estadio de Luz soccer stadium.

The roaring of the crowd briefly subsides, as eight smartly-attired (EAD) cabin crew (CA) take their places in the center of the pitch ahead of the soccer match on October 25.

Bemused is the only way to describe the fans’ reactions, as the briefing begins. But it’s not your typical health and safety announcement. “We ask you to put your bags securely at your feet and ensure you put your electronic devices away, so you can concentrate on giving your team the ultimate cheer they deserve,” says the voiceover, as the fans begin to buy in to the performance.

“In the event of a goal, scarves will automatically appear from above you. Place the scarf over your head and breathe normally.”

The huge roar of the crowd at the end shows (EAD) just won 65,000 fans – and that’s just the ones in the stadium.

You can watch the full video here – the comments suggest this was a huge hit - -

Nicely done, Emirates (EAD). Nicely done.

November 2015: News Item A-1: Emirates Airline (EAD) posted a net profit of +AED3.1 billion/+$849.3 million in its (FY) 2015 - 2016 first half, up +65.1% from the same period last year. The result, compared to (EAD)’s net earnings of +AED1.9 billion in its first half last year, reflects the impact of lower fuel prices, (EAD) said.

“(EAD) continued [its] ability to grow passenger demand in line with significant capacity growth, despite external challenges such as continued regional unrest and economic malaise in many regions, and increased competition adding downward pressure on yields,” (EAD) said. “The [EAD] Group marked one of its best half-year profit performances ever, with net profit rising to +AED3.7 billion, up +65% over the last year’s results.” The Emirates Group comprises Emirates Airline (EAD) and its global air services provider dnata.

(EAD) revenue fell -4.2% year-over-year (YOY) to AED42.25 billion, reflecting unfavorable USA currency exchange rates and lower fares (EAD) introduced in response to the drop in fuel prices. Operating costs fell during the half, down -7.4% (YOY) to AED38.57 billion. (EAD) reported its fuel prices were down -41% (YOY), but this year accounted for 28% of (EAD)’s total operating expenses, as opposed to 38% of total expenses in the prior-year period.

“Our top-line figures were hit hard by the strong USA dollar against other major currencies. The currency exchange situation combined with ongoing regional conflict and weak economic outlook in many parts of the world, dampened the positive impact of lower fuel prices during the first half of our 2015 - 2016 financial year,” (EAD) and Group Chairman & (CEO), Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said. “However, we made a calculated decision to not hedge our fuel purchases, which paid off as fuel prices continued to soften.”

(EAD)’s capacity increased +15.5% (YOY) to 162.7 billion (ASK)s, while passenger traffic was up +11% (YOY) to an estimated 127.39 billion (RPK)s. (EAD)’s average passenger load factor dropped -3.2 points (YOY), to 78.3% LF.

(EAD) grew its capacity considerably during the April - September period, receiving eight Airbus A380s and five Boeing 777 wide body airplanes, while also retiring four older airplanes. 16 additional airplanes are scheduled to be delivered by the end of (EAD)’s fiscal year in March 2016.

(EAD) carried 25.7 million passengers between April 1 and September 30, up +10.3% (YOY). The volume of cargo uplifted increased +10% (YOY) to 1.25 million tonnes, contrasting favorably to current air freight market trends.

News Item A-2: Australia has signed a new air services agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that increases flights between the two countries, although the (UAE) carriers are far more likely to use the additional frequencies.

News Item A-3: "Emirates (EAD), Boosted by Jetstar Asia (JSA), Will Become the Largest Foreign Full Service Airline in Singapore" by
(CAPA) Aviation Analysis, November 5, 2015.

Emirates (EAD) is poised to overtake Cathay Pacific (CAT) as the largest foreign full service airline in the Singapore market from early 2016 as it up-gauges two of its seven daily Singapore flights to the A380. (EAD) will have almost 42,000 weekly seats in Singapore in March 2016, a +12% increase over its current capacity and a +29% increase compared to March 2014.

(EAD) has been a key contributor to growth in Singapore over the last two years during an otherwise very slow period for Changi Airport. The expansion would not have been possible without a new and fast growing partnership with Singapore-based, low cost carrier (LCC), Jetstar Asia (JSA).

Jetstar Asia (JSA) has enabled (EAD) to use Singapore as a regional hub for Southeast Asia. Emirates already had hub status at Singapore with three fifth freedom destinations along with four daily non-stop flights from its main hub in Dubai.

* Emirates further expands in Singapore as another A380 is introduced

Emirates (EAD) is currently the eighth largest airline in Singapore and the fourth largest full service carrier after Singapore Airlines (SIA), (SIA) regional subsidiary, SilkAir (SLK) and Cathay Pacific (CAT). It is Singapore’s largest carrier from outside Asia Pacific by a wide margin as the next largest, Qatar Airways (QTA), has less than one third the capacity of (EAD) despite adding a third daily flight to Singapore in June 2015.

(EAD) currently has seven daily flights from Singapore, including four to Dubai and one each to Brisbane, Melbourne, and Colombo. The Sri Lanka flight continues onto Dubai, giving (EAD) five daily flights to its main hub, including the one-stop via Colombo, while Brisbane and Melbourne are tags on two of its four Dubai non-stops.

Cathay Pacific (CAT) has between eight and nine daily flights to Singapore, including one to Bangkok and between seven and eight to Hong Kong depending on the day of the week. (CAT) currently deploys five airplane types to Singapore with various configurations but on average has roughly 39,000 weekly seats at Changi. (Note: Cathay (CAT)’s actual capacity to Singapore varies by up to 2,000 seats depending on the time of year as (CAT) uses larger gauge airplanes during peak periods, but the overall average is approximately 39,000 seats.)

(EAD) currently has 37,478 weekly seats to Singapore. This is an exact figure as it currently uses 360-seat 777-300ER on six of its seven daily Singapore flights and a 517-seat A380 on one of its four Dubai non-stop flights. (Note: (EAD) for operational reasons occasionally has to serve Singapore with a 777 in a different configuration.)

(EAD) has unveiled plans to upgauge its daily Dubai - Singapore - Melbourne flight to the 517-seat A380 from March 1, 2016. This will give (EAD) 41,874 weekly seats to Singapore, putting it ahead of Cathay (CAT).

* Emirates A380 further intensifies competition between Singapore and Melbourne

(EAD) has steadily expanded in the Singapore market over the last several years. The first A380 was introduced in December 2012, when (EAD) up-gauged what at the time was its only Dubai - Singapore turnaround flight.

The next wave of expansion for the Singapore market came in August 2014 as (EAD) added a fourth daily non-stop flight (and a second turnaround flight) using a 777-300ER. The additional flight resulted in 720 additional daily seats in the Singapore market, which equated to an expansion of +16%.

Over the last 15 months, (EAD) has maintained capacity in Singapore but has been considering for some time deploying a second A380. As the second A380 will be used on the Dubai - Singapore - Melbourne flight, it will result in +628 additional daily seats for the Singapore market, or +157 per sector, generating a +12% increase in total seat capacity in Singapore.

This consists of 314 more daily seats between Singapore and Dubai and +314 more seats between Singapore and Melbourne. Singapore Melbourne is a much larger and more competitive local market than Singapore - Dubai. The Singapore - Melbourne route already has had a spike in capacity driven by the November 1, 2015 launch of services by (SIA) medium/long haul (LCC) Scoot (SCT), which became the fifth carrier with non-stop flights in the Singapore - Melbourne market after (SIA), Qantas (QAN), Jetstar Airways (JSA), and (EAS).

(SIA) currently has four daily flights in the Singapore - Melbourne market with a fifth frequency added during peak period. (QAN) and partner (EAD) each have one daily flight while (SCT) and (JSA) have five weekly frequencies with (SCT) increasing to daily during peak periods. (EAD)’s decision to up-gauge its Singapore - Melbourne flight from the 777-300ER brings back the A380 to the Singapore - Melbourne market after (SIA) withdrew the A380 from one of its Melbourne flights in October 2014.

* Singapore is Emirates (EAD)’s second largest destination - after Bangkok

(EAD) already deploys the A380 on its only Dubai - Melbourne non-stop flight, which continues on to Auckland. (QAN) also operates the A380 on its daily, Melbourne - Dubai - London flight and seven of its 10 weekly flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles. Auckland, Dubai, Los Angeles and soon again, Singapore are the only A380 destinations from Melbourne.

(EAD) currently has a total of four daily flights from Melbourne, three of which will be operated with the A380 from March 2015, leaving only Melbourne - Kuala Lumpur - Dubai with the 777-300ER. (EAD)’s total capacity to Melbourne will increase to about 26,000 weekly seats in March 2016, making it (EAD)'s 12th largest destination based on seat capacity.

Singapore Changi is currently (EAD)’s second largest destination after Bangkok Suvarnabhumi.

(EAD) currently has 102 weekly frequencies at Changi (SIN), including the 98 weekly or seven daily return passenger frequencies and four weekly freighter frequencies. (EAD) operates its 777F on two weekly flights on a Dubai World Central (DWC) - Singapore - Sydney - Singapore - Dubai World Central rotation.

The current eight daily flights to Bangkok give (EAD) a total of 112 weekly frequencies at Suvarnabhumi (BKK), including four (and from December 2015 five) with the A380, compared to the seven for Singapore including one (and from March 2016 three) with the A380. Bangkok will retain its role as the largest destination in the Emirates (EAD) network.

See attached chart - - "EAD-2015-11 - Top 10 Destinations.jpg."

Emirates is expanding capacity in Bangkok at an even faster clip than Singapore as the additional Bangkok A380 flight, which is being introduced from December 1, 2015, will be operated with (EAD)'s new 615-seat two class A380. This will give (EAD) four daily A380 flights on Dubai - Bangkok along with two daily, 777-300ER flights. (EAD) also operates Bangkok - Hong Kong with A380s and Bangkok - Sydney with 777-300ERs.

* Emirates expands premium capacity in Singapore by another 21%

(EAD) has no intention of deploying the 615-seat A380 to Changi as Singapore has a much larger premium market than Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur, which will receive the 615-seat A380 from January 1, 2016.

(EAD) has kept a first class product on all seven of its Singapore flights, including Colombo. It currently offers 868F first class seats in the Singapore market, making it the second largest first class carrier in Singapore by a wide margin. (SIA) obviously remains the market leader as it has a first class (F) cabin across its fleet of 19 A380s and 26 777-300ERs.

After (EAD) up-gauges Dubai - Singapore - Melbourne to the A380 it will have 1,036 weekly first class (F) seats in Singapore. Its weekly business (C) class capacity in Singapore will also increase from 4,592 seats to 5,544 seats. (EAD) will therefore have 6,580 weekly premium seats in Singapore in March 2016, an increase of +21% compared to currently.

(EAD)'s share of premium seat capacity in Singapore will increase to approximately 10%. Its share of total seat capacity in Singapore will increase to about +2.9%.

Three years ago, in November 2012, (EAD) had only about a 2.1% share of seat capacity in Singapore. The expansion by (EAD) has been crucial for Singapore as Changi has seen traffic growth slow significantly over the last three years. Changi passenger growth slowed to +5% in 2013, ending three consecutive years of double digit growth, and slowed again to less than <1% in both 2014 and (1H) 2015.

* Jetstar Asia (JSA) partnership has been driver in Emirates’ Singapore expansion

A new partnership with Singapore’s second largest (LCC), Jetstar Asia (JSA), has helped facilitate the expansion at (EAD), providing regional feed, which (EAD) previously did not have at Changi. The partnership also has helped facilitate a turnaround over the last year at (JSA). (EAD) is now (JSA)’s largest single partner.

The fourth daily non-stop flight from Dubai to Singapore was particularly made possible by the (EAD) partnership as this flight was timed to arrive in the morning, resulting in significantly improved connection times to several key (JSA) destinations. The fourth flight was introduced on August 1, 2014, or just four months after (EAD) began code sharing with (JSA).

The code share with (JSA) initially included 10 destinations with three more added in October 2014 for a total of 13. Jetstar Asia (JSA)'s nine other destinations are covered with an interline arrangement as bilateral restrictions preclude a code share on some routes.

Jetstar Asia (JSA) - Emirates (EAD) code share destinations:
Darwin, Bangkok, Phuket, Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh, Penang,
Hong Kong, Jakarta, Denpasar, Kuala Lumpur, Medan, Yangon.

Of the 13 destinations currently covered in the code share six are offline destinations for Emirates – Darwin in Australia, Penang in Malaysia, Medan in Indonesia, Yangon in Myanmar, and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in Cambodia.

Darwin particularly has been a popular connecting destination as Emirates (EAD) passengers previously were only able to access northern Australia by backtracking from other Australian destinations. Yangon, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are also popular offline destinations for (EAD) but these are also served via Bangkok using full service regional carrier Bangkok Airways (PGB).

Bali in Indonesia was one of the largest (and probably the largest) Jetstar Asia (JSA) code share destination for (EAD) until July 2015, when (EAD) launched non-stop flights from Dubai to Bali. (EAD) obviously noticed it was carrying sufficient traffic to Bali via Singapore to justify a non-stop service.

While the launch of Bali non-stop flights has impacted (JSA) connection traffic, this is often a trade off of any successful partnership. (JSA) should be able to fill the void by carrying more (EAD) passengers to other destinations, including three new destinations it is launching by the end of 2015 (Da Nang in Vietnam and Palembang and Pekanbaru in Indonesia. These are all secondary destinations that are not currently served by (EAD)).

In deciding to launch its own flights to Bali, (EAD) also likely noticed the success rival Qatar Airways (QTA) was enjoying in the Bali market. (QTA) launched non-stop service from Doha to Bali in July 2014 and already added a second daily flight on the route in July2015.

* Qatar Airways (QTA) expands in Singapore but gap with Emirates (EAD) is still huge

(QTA) had previously served Bali with a one-stop product via Singapore. (QTA) now serves Singapore with 3x daily turnaround flights.

The third flight was added on Jun 1, 2015. (QTA) currently operates three daily A350 flights to Singapore, giving it 11,886 weekly seats in the Singapore market – more than any other non-Asian carrier after (EAD).

While (QTA) interlines with Jetstar Asia (JSA) and other airlines in Singapore, it relies almost entirely on the local Singapore market. Etihad (EHD) also relies entirely on the local Singapore market but has only 3,290 weekly seats in Singapore. (EHD) decoupled Singapore and Brisbane on June 1, 2015, giving (EAD) one less competitor in the Singapore - Brisbane market, and currently serves Singapore with one daily 787-9 flight from Abu Dhabi.

Once it introduces the additional A380 flight (EAD) will have three and a half times more seat capacity in Singapore than (QTA) and nearly 13x more capacity than Etihad (EHD). But unlike its two Gulf rivals, (EAD) uses Singapore as a hub, offering code share connections with (JSA) and (QAN) as well as its own Singapore stopovers. A majority of (EAD)'s passengers on the Dubai - Singapore - Melbourne and Dubai - Singapore - Brisbane flights are heading to Australia.

(EAD) should be able to grow transit traffic in Singapore further as it up-gauges Dubai - Singapore - Melbourne to the A380 and continues to expand its partnership with Jetstar Asia (JSA). Inevitably it will also grow its share of the local Singapore market, intensifying competition with (SIA).

(EAD) is already the second largest airline after (SIA) in the Singapore - Europe market, carrying approximately a 14% share of passengers (includes non-stop and one-stop traffic). It also has a small but growing share of the Singapore - North America market. Competition is already intense in both these markets, with (QTA) particularly making a push over the last year, but (EAD) has the scale and cost structure to continue gaining market share.

Singapore has quietly become (EAD)’s second largest destination after Bangkok, which is a much larger local market.

Nevertheless, Singapore is in many respects more a hub than a destination for (EAD), a position reinforced as (EAD) becomes the only A380 operator on the Singapore - Melbourne route and overtakes Cathay (CAT) as the largest foreign full service carrier in the Singapore market.

News Item A-4: "Emirates Starts Security Review in Light of Metrojet (KLV) A321 Crash" by (ATW) Jens Flottau, November 9, 2015.

Emirates Airline (EAD) has started a review of security measures at airports throughout the Middle East, Western Asia and Africa as a consequence of the October 31 crash of a Metrojet (KLV) Airbus A321 in Egypt.

The crash, possibly caused by a bomb explosion, was a “game changer in our industry,” (EAD) President Tim Clark believes. The consequences will have to be “addressed on an industry level, but it is not in the hands of the airlines.”

The internal (EAD) review focuses on ground handling procedures and access to aircraft at various airports. “We have to satisfy ourselves that whatever can be done [to prevent security breaches] is done,” Clark added.

Emirates (EAD) has decided to avoid flying over most of Sinai for security reasons, but does not completely avoid the airspace particularly for its Cairo operations. (EAD) has not made any changes to its Egypt capacity, as the country is “an enormously important market for us,” Clark said, speaking on the sidelines of the Dubai Air Show.

(EAD) is also avoiding Iraqi and Syrian airspace for security reasons. That adds seven to eight minutes of flying time on westbound services into Europe.

Qatar Airways (QTA) (CEO), Akbar Al Baker, also at the air show, noted, “We cannot relax, but there is only so much we can do.” He pointed to the “many layers” of screening at airports, “sophisticated detection and robust security. Our job is always to be vigilant,” he said.

News Item A-5: "Dubai Air Show: Emirates (EAD) Weighs A350 vs 787"
by (ATW) Jens Flottau, November 8, 2015.

Emirates (EAD) wants more airline operational data for the Airbus A350 before making a decision about an order for the type, or for more Boeing 787s, (EAD)’s President, Tim Clark said at the Dubai Air Show.

(EAD) isn’t announcing any orders at the show because its medium-twin campaign has not been finalized and Airbus (EDS) has not launched an A380neo, which Clark has been pushing for.

Emirates (EAD) canceled an earlier order for 70 A350s because the aircraft were “out of contract” by then in terms of some performance criteria. Now it is looking into finding a sub-fleet that will replace the A330s, A340s and 777-200ERs (EAD) operates.

“Going south in size is not so smart,” Clark said, so (EAD) is looking at a combination of 787-9s and 787-10s as well as A350-900s and A350-1000s.

(EAD) is no longer demanding further changes to the 787-10 as it “will do most of the world that we want it to do.”

But if Boeing (TBC) wants to have a chance of winning the contract, it will have to include the criteria in its performance guarantees.

On the Airbus (EDS) side, Clark is urging (EDS) to ramp up A350 production rates faster, so that the type becomes established more quickly. (EAD) will wait to make a decision for up to a year until the operational fleet of A350s has reached around 20, flying with various different airlines and in different mission profiles. However, Clark stressed he was “not doubting that it is a good aircraft.”

Clark confirmed that Emirates (EAD) can convert the last 25 orders of the batch of 50 it ordered at the 2013 Dubai Air Show into A380neos and pick an updated version of the Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent XWB) engine for the type, should Airbus (EDS) decide to launch the new variant.

(EAD) is not only keen for the type to be built, but also for it to become available by 2020. The first leases of its existing A380 fleet are expiring and (EAD), ideally, would like to replace them with the A380neo. Clark said that “it does not necessarily have to be made a stretch.”

The A380neo, in Clark’s estimates, will be +10% to +13% more efficient on a unit cost basis than the current model.

Apart from Airbus (EDS)’ hesitance to launch the neo, (EAD)’s biggest issue in terms of ordering more A380s is the lack of capacity at Dubai’s current airport and the yet unclear schedule of opening Dubai World Central (DWC). (EAD) is taking another 21 A380s in 2016. In addition to its own stream of deliveries for 2017, (EAD) is open to picking up production slots currently earmarked for lessor Amedeo, which has had trouble finding operators for the 20 A380s it has on order.

“We will see, - we need the space for it,” Clark said.

Dubai Airports is going through a range of additional initiatives that would make more capacity available at the current facility, both in the terminal and air side.

News Item A-6: Emirates (EAD) signed an agreement with Teledyne Controls to equip its Boeing 777-300ER airplanes pending delivery with Teledyne’s GroundLink system.

News Item A-7: "Dubai Airport Looks for New Ways to Increase Capacity at (DXB)" by (ATW) Jens Flottau, November 10, 2015.

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Dubai Airports is looking at new technology inside the terminals and airside measures to further increase capacity at Dubai International Airport (DXB).

The airport operator is faced with increasing congestion ahead of the expansion of Dubai World Central (DWC) as Emirates (EAD) grows faster than anticipated. Dubai Airports (CEO), Paul Griffiths is concerned that “we will be turning away traffic for an extended period of time,” unless creative solutions are found that lead to more passenger throughput.

(DXB) is expected to hit maximum capacity of around 100 million passengers in 2020. (DWC) will have expanded from the current 5 million - 7 million to 26.4 million by then. Phase 2 of (DWC) is not scheduled to open until 2025 and will increase that airport’s capacity to 120 million.

While concourse "D" at (DXB) is under construction and will be used for all airlines except (EAD), the new capacity (17 million passengers per year) will provide only temporary relief. According to Griffiths, Dubai is looking at new techniques, technology and processes, including more automation of document checks that will allow the airport to process passengers quickly. “But authorities need to accept it,” he cautioned, speaking on the sidelines of the Dubai Air Show.

Dubai Airports recently created a senior management position to focus on introduction on new technologies.

Airside, Griffiths intends to move more support functions off the field to create more remote parking stands. And the airport hopes a new approach procedure will help, too. If validated and approved, aircraft would approach the southern runway in a dense sequence and heavy aircraft would turn to the northern runway in the last phase of its approach. That, according to Griffiths, would provide for increased runway capacity compared to staggered approaches to both runways.

News Item A-8: Emirates (EAD) signed a $16 billion, 12-year OnPoint engine services deal with GE Aviation (GEC) for 300 (GE9X)s that will power (EAD)’s 150 Boeing 777Xs, plus a second 12-year service contract for existing 777s valued at $36 million. The $36-million contract covers maintenance and inventory for avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems on 100 777s in service and 44 on order.

December 2015: News Item A-1: "Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Emirates (EAD) Agree to Extensive Code Share Pact," by (ATW) Aaron Ka, December 2, 2015.

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Emirates Airline (EAD) have agreed to a “strategic partnership” that both carriers touted as a major extension of their networks.

The accord is particularly significant for (MAS), which gained a new air operator’s certificate (AOC) in August, as it attempts to start over and rebuild, following years of financial losses for the former Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and the loss of two Boeing 777s, MH370 and MH17, in fatal crashes in 2014. The agreement will include extensive code sharing to be implemented “progressively throughout 2016 subject to regulatory approvals,” according to a statement released by the carriers.

(MAS) (CEO), Christoph Mueller said the partnership “paves the path towards an integrated customer proposition offering for both airlines.” The airlines plan to give passengers reciprocal lounge access and priority check-in.

“The improved connectivity will enable (MAS) customers to reach up to 38 destinations in Europe on a daily and even double daily basis for key European cities such as Zurich, Rome, Munich, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Barcelona,” Mueller said. “This partnership gives our customers access to a dramatically expanded range of travel options.”

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark added, “Our new code share agreement with (MAS) will enable our passengers to experience new destinations and improved connectivity in the ever-popular Southeast Asia region. Malaysia Airlines (MAS)’ extensive network in the emerging Southeast Asia region perfectly complements (EAD)’s global network and enhances the choice of travel destinations for customers in both the business and leisure segment.”

Under the deal, (MAS) will add its code to (EAD) flights to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas, according to the airlines. (EAD) will add its code to (MAS)’s domestic routes in Malaysia, as well as (MAS)’s flights in Southeast Asia and some longer flights to selective Asia-Pacific cities.

News Item A-2: Emirates (EAD) on December 14, 2015 gradually updated its planned operational airplane changes for summer 2016 season, effective March 27, 2016:

Planned operational airplane changes between 27March 27, 2016 and October 29, 2016 as follow. Note this post only covers aircraft adjustment.

Dubai – Ahmedabad: May 01, 2016 EK540/541 Day 257, operates with A340-300, replaces 777-200.

Dubai to Algiers: June 02, 2016 Boeing 777-300ER replaces 777-300, 5x-weekly.

Dubai to Amman: June 01, 2016 EK901/902 13x-weekly operated by 777-300, replacing A330-200.

Dubai to Baghdad: Aircraft changes on 2 of 4 weekly service (Day 57), replacing A330. First (F) Class is offered on the replacement aircraft, September 02, 2016 to September 30, 2016 77W Day 5 772 Day 7
October 01, 2016 to October 28, 2016, 772 Day 57.

Dubai to Bahrain: EK835/836 August 01, 2016 777-300ER replaces A330-200, daily; EK833/834 September 01, 2016, 777-300ER replaces A330-200, daily.

Dubai to Bangalore: March 27, 2016 EK568/569 777-300 replaces 777-300ER, daily

Dubai to Basra: August 01, 2016 EK945/946 777-300ER operates Day 147, replacing A330-200. First (F) Class service is offered.

Dubai to Beirut: Operational aircraft changes for EK951/952, replacing previously planned 777-200LR/777-300ER, March 27, 2016 to June 30, 2016. June 02, 2016 772 Day x27 77W Day 27; July 01, 2016 to October 29, 2016, 77W Daily.

Dubai to Colombo: May 01, 2016 EK654/655 777-300ER replaces 777-300, 6 weekly (All service to/from Colombo operates with 777-300ER).

Dubai to Delhi: EK516/517 777-300 operates daily, replacing 777-200/777-300ER.

Dubai to Dhaka: May 01, 2016 EK586/587 2-class 777-300ER replaces A330-200 (3 Daily 777-300ER, instead of 2 daily 777, and 1 daily A330).

Dubai to Erbil: October 01, 2016 4 of 5 weekly (Day x345) operates with 3-class 777-300ER, replacing A330-200.

Dubai to Houston: July 01, 2016, 777-300ER replaces A380, daily.

Dubai to Khartoum: June 02, 2016, A340-300 replaces A330-200, 4x-weekly.

Dubai to Kochi: EK530/531 A330-200 on Day 7 replaced by 777-300ER in September, 777-200LR in October. EK532/533 A330-200 on Day 5/6 replaced by 777-300ER in October.

Dubai to Kolkata: Operational airplane changes EK570/571 July 02, 2016, Day 6 operated by 777-300ER, replaces 777-200 (Daily 777-300ER from October 01, 2016), EK572/573 March 27, 2016, 777-200 operates 6 weekly, replacing 777-200/A330-200 mix.

Dubai to Kuala Lumpur 27MAR16 to 30APR16 EK342/343 operates with 3-class A380, replacing 2-class aircraft

Dubai to Lyon: July 01, 2016, 777-300ER replaces 777-200LR, 5 weekly,

Dubai to Madinah: Previously scheduled A330 operation on Day 17 replaced by A340-300 (Day 1 from September 05, 2016) and 777-300 (Day 7 from March 27, 2016),

Dubai to Mashad: September 04, 2016, 3 of 5 weekly (Day 237) operates with A340-300, replacing A330-200,

Dubai to Multan: Boeing 777-200 replaced by following aircraft on selected days:
Day 1, October 03, 2016, 777-300,
Day 2 July 05, 2016, 777-300,
Day 3 March 30, 2016 to April 27, 2016, 777-300ER, May 04, 2016 777-300,
Day 6 March 27, 2016 to August 29, 2016, A330-200, August 30, 2016 – October 29, 2016, 777-300.

Dubai to Mumbai: March27, 2016, EK508/509, 777-200LR replaces 777-200, daily.

Dubai to Nairobi: May 01, 2016, EK721/722, 777-300ER replaces 777-300, daily.

Dubai to Rome: March 27, 2016, EK099/100, 777-300ER replaces 777-300, daily.

Dubai to Sialkot: June 01, 2016, A340-300 replaces A330-200, daily.

Dubai to Singapore: March 27, 2016, EK352/353 777-300ER replaces 777-300, daily.

Dubai to Tehran: EK971/972 March 27 2016 to June 30, 2016 Day x6 operates with 777-200, replacing 777-300ER; EK977/978 July 04, 2016 Day 35 operates with 777-200LR, replacing 777-300ER (Day 1 with 777-200LR from October 30, 2016), EK979/980 March 27, 2016, 777-300ER operates daily, replacing 777-300.

News Item A-3: Emirates (EAD) commenced daily operations from Dubai (DXB) to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) on December 15. Operated using (EAD)’s three-class A330-200 fleet, the 2,964 km sector will face competition from Pegasus Airlines (PGS) (9x-weekly), flydubai (FDB) (daily) and Turkish Airlines (THY) (4x-weekly from December 24) on the airport pair.

“We have been operating flights to Istanbul for more than >28 years and in that time have seen demand for our services grow exponentially. We are confident that both the passenger and cargo demand is strong enough to warrant Emirates operating to both of Istanbul’s airports,” said Adnan Kazim, (EAD) Divisional Senior VP, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimization & Aeropolitical Affairs. “As well as providing our passengers with greater flexibility in their travel plans to and from Turkey, this new flight also signifies the introduction of First Class to our flights to Istanbul. There is high demand for this route and we are already seeing strong booking levels across all cabin classes from across our network,” added Kazim. Gökhan Buday, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (CEO) said: “With the launch of (EAD) new daily flight we now have 51 airlines operating from our rapidly growing airport. This year, we expect 28 million passengers to fly through Sabiha Gökçen and (EAD)’s launch signifies yet another important and exciting milestone for us.” In addition to the daily flight to Sabiha Gökçen, (EAD) also operates 11 weekly flights to Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Turkish Airlines (THY) also flies 2x-daily from its main base to Dubai.

News Item A-4: Emirates Airline (EAD) has announced it will begin A380 service from Dubai to Birmingham starting March 27, and to Prague (Czech Republic) and Taipei from May 1, 2016.

(EAD)’s current daily, Dubai - Barcelona Boeing 777-200LR service will become 2x-daily, A380 service from June 1.

On the Birmingham and Taipei routes, (EAD) will operate an A380 in a 615-seat, dual-class configuration instead of a 777-300ER. The dual-class A380 offers 58C seats in business and 557Y seats in economy class. (EAD) has announced its first A380 service in a dual-class cabin layout (without first (F) class) on the Dubai - Copenhagen route from December 1.

(EAD) President, Tim Clark said in June that, besides Birmingham, he also sees destinations such as Bangkok as ideal for dual-class A380 services. “Not to Australia, because here we would not have the range to operate it nonstop (with a dual-class A380),” he said.

(EAD) has ordered 140 A380s, more than >40% of the global A380 order volume.

Emirates (EAD) will expand its services in mainland China with 4x-weekly flights from Dubai to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou from May 3, 2016.

The 266-seat Boeing 777-200LR services will expand (EAD)’s offerings to mainland China from three to five, which also include flights to Beijing, Shanghai Pudong, and Guangzhou. “As China's regions continue to open up to the global economy, (EAD) remains keen to support this with the further expansion of air services in mainland China. In particular, we’re interested in exploring the opportunity of daily services to Hangzhou and Chongqing, and a second daily service to Guangzhou,” Emirates Group Chairman & (CEO), Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said.

Separately, (EAD) announced that in 2016 it will retire 26 aircraft, comprising 12 Airbus A330-300s, four A340-300s, one A340-500, six Boeing 777-200ERs, two 777-300s and one 777-300ER. This will end commercial A340 operations with (EAD) later next year, which is in line with its fleet renewal strategy. (EAD) took delivery of its first A340 in 2004.

In 2017, 13 more aircraft will be retired and another 13 will be retired in 2018.

Balancing its aircraft retirement program, Emirates (EAD) will take delivery of 36 new aircraft in 2016, comprising 20 A380s and 16 777-300ERs.

At the end of 2016, the aircraft retirements and new deliveries will put (EAD) average fleet age at 5.6 years. A recent analysis shows the average fleet age for the top five airlines in North America is 13.6 years, while the average fleet age for the top five airlines in Europe is 10.7 years.

(EAD) President, Tim Clark said, “(EAD) has a global footprint as the world’s largest international airline, and we have a responsibility to our customers, the communities we serve, and the planet . . . With the retirement of older aircraft and the introduction of new, more fuel efficient aircraft in 2016, (EAD) will continue to lead the industry in reducing the age of our fleet, while at the same time defining new levels of service that our customers have come to expect.”

Currently, (EAD) has 244 aircraft in its fleet. In 2015, (EAD) received 26 new aircraft, including 15 A380s, 10 Boeing 777-300ERs and one 777F freighter.

(Ed) has 262 additional airplanes on order, worth more than >$120 billion at list prices. Its order book includes 71 A380s, 42 777-300ERs, 115 777-9Xs and 35 777-8Xs.

The new Boeing 777Xs, which will begin delivery in 2020, will be nearly -20% more fuel efficient than previous models, including a range of passenger-focused amenities, (EAD) said.

News Item A-5: Emirates (EAD), the world's largest international airline, has taken delivery of 15 Airbus A380s in 2015, with +21 more pending delivery in the next year.

At the Dubai Airshow in November, (EAD) introduced the world's first two class configured A380 with the capacity to carry 615 passengers. The aircraft drew in over >18,000 visitors in five days, and currently serves passengers flying to Copenhagen and Bangkok.

In 2015, (EAD) brought A380 services to Perth, Dusseldorf, Madrid, and Copenhagen, and layered on more A380 services to the schedules of nine other existing points spanning east to west, to highly positive customer feedback. During the year, (EAD) also led one-off A380 services to seven destinations: Prague, Taipei, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Cologne, Manama, and Doha.

Flying the world's largest fleet of A380 aircraft at 71, Emirates (EAD) continues to set the pace for A380 deployment. (EAD) will deploy its highly-popular A380 to even more destinations across its network in 2016 (flying A380 daily to Birmingham (BHX), Prague (PRG) and Taipei (TPE), making (EAD) the first and only airline to operate a scheduled A380 service from each of these destinations.

Since (EAD) launched is first A380 flight in 2008, A380 has flown over 42 million passengers, covering more than >630 million kms.

There are currently 36 A380 destinations on the (EAD) network, setting the industry benchmark for both A380 connectivity and customer experience.

(EAD) A380s landed in new places in 2015: - Perth, Prague, Madrid, Dusseldorf, Orlando, Brussels, Sao Paulo, Taipei, and Copenhagen. The Emirates A380 will fly to over >40 destinations next year.

(EAD) will add a second daily Airbus A380 flight from Los Angeles next summer, timing the new departure to connect with an early morning bank of departures from Dubai, many bound for India and Pakistan.

January 2016: News Item A-1: Malaysia Airlines (MAS)’ new partnership with Emirates Airline (EAD) is allowing it to cut another of its long-haul services, suspending its flights from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai.

News Item A-2: When Emirates (EAD) 777 (A6-EPJ) was rolled out of the 45-01 paint hangar to the factory January 16 at Boeing Paine Field, Everett flight line, the landing gear and skin panels were damaged according to two sources at Boeing. Estimated repair cost was $2.5 million.

News Item A-3: 777-31H (42328, A6-EPI), and A380-861 (205, A6-EOU), ex-(F-WWSX) deliveries.

February 2016: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) is to start a second daily service to Los Angeles in July. As recently as eight years ago, only one airline flew between Los Angeles and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Qatar, but this summer, three carriers will fly four daily flights.

Emirates Airline will launch daily Dubai - Auckland nonstop flights from March 1, which will shorten travel time by up to <3 hours by eliminating a stop in Australia.

The flights will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR configured with 266 seats, including 8F First-class, 42C Business-class seats, and 216Y Economy class seats.

According to Emirates (EAD), this 14,000 km/7,600 nm ultra-long range flight will be one of the longest air routes in the world by distance and should typically take just under 16 hours from Dubai to New Zealand, and 17 hours, 15 minutes in the other direction.

(EAD) said it will use flexible routes, which can vary by day, taking advantage of tail winds and avoiding head winds to reduce the time in the air. “(EAD) continues to invest in innovative technologies, and we utilize best practices in optimizing our flight planning systems, finding the best routes that take into consideration weather and current conditions to ensure we save time, fuel and emissions, while never compromising on the safety and comfort of our passengers and crew,” (EAD) VP Flight Operations Support Services & Air Traffic Management, Geoff Hounsell said.

The majority of the Boeing 777-200LR flight will be in Australian-managed airspace, where (EAD) said it has worked with Australia’s air navigation service provider Airservices Australia for the past decade to optimize routes, utilizing the technology that will be applied on the direct Auckland route.

Airservices Australia, which controls 11% of the world’s airspace and Airways New Zealand have been key partners.

The Boeing 777-200LR has the same wing size as the larger Boeing 777-300ER variant, but can fly up to a range of 8,400 nautical miles with full passenger load.

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD)'s first non-stop service between Auckland and Dubai will be one of the longest air routes in the world by distance, but with the assistance of clever technology and good planning, passengers will get to their destination in the shortest possible time.

(EAD) will be using flexible routes, which can vary by day, taking advantage of tail winds and avoiding head winds to reduce the time in the air.

This proven technology, combined with the elimination of an en-route stop in Australia, could shorten the time to Auckland by up to three hours. This is not only good news for passengers, but will also result in considerably increased fuel economies (an environmental focus for (EAD)).

(EAD) starts its first non-stop service from Dubai to Auckland on March 1, 2016, bringing many of (EAD)'s 39 European destinations, as well as 38 cities in Africa and the Gulf, within just a one-stop connection in Dubai.

"(EAD) continues to invest in innovative technologies, and we utilize best practices in optimizing our flight planning systems, finding the best routes, that take into consideration weather and current conditions, to ensure we save time, fuel and emissions, while never compromising on the safety and comfort of our passengers and crew," said Geoff Hounsell, (EAD)'s VP Flight Operations Support Services & Air Traffic Management.

"Preparing for a new 14,000 km/7,600 nm flight takes an enormous amount of planning. With the work being done across all our divisions and with our partners, we look forward to delivering technical best practices within flight and route operations, and ultimately, a great passenger experience for our upcoming direct flight launch to Auckland," he said.

New flexible route options have been a focus for the airline and Airservices Australia and Airways New Zealand have been key partners.

The majority of the Boeing 777-200LR flight will be in Australian-managed airspace, where (EAD) has worked with Airservices Australia for the past decade to optimize routes, utilizing the technology which will be applied on the direct Auckland route.

"The organized track system (AUSOTS) is well-proven, and extending that program so that it is specific to the Auckland – Dubai route, will have significant benefits, without impacting the operations of other aircraft going to Australia," said Geoff Hounsell. (

Airservices Australia safely controls 11% of the world's airspace.

"A number of our air traffic control and environmental specialists have worked with (EAD)'s Flight Planning team to help find them the most optimal east and west-bound routes which will link the flight into our existing Flex Tracks and user preferred route (UPR) zones" said Executive General Manager, Air Traffic Control, Mr Greg Hood.

"Airservices Flex Track and (UPR)s will help Emirates realise significant savings in fuel, reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the flight time with seasonal and daily variations based on the positioning of jet stream winds," said Mr Hood.

Airways Services New Zealand, Chief Operating Officer, Pauline Lamb said air traffic controllers are looking forward to welcoming the (EAD) Boeing 777-200LR into the region. Airways Services NZ manages more than >1.2 million air traffic movements per year within 30 million square km of airspace across New Zealand, the Pacific Ocean, and the Tasman Sea.

Airways NZ' controllers will safely guide the far reaching Boeing 777-200LR through the first and last hours of these ultra-long range flights, ensuring these airplanes get the best and most efficient service possible.

"(EAD) will benefit from Airways' capability to offer new fuel-efficient arrival routes into Auckland and a high degree of flexibility using very efficient 'user-preferred routing,' including the ability to review and change flight paths during the flight. This will allow (EAD) to choose the most fuel and cost efficient routes every time," said Ms Lamb.

The Boeing 777-200LR has the same wing size as its Boeing 777-300ER cousin but can fly up to a range of 8,400 nautical miles with full passenger load of 266 (8F in First Class, 42C in Business Class, and 216Y in Economy Class.

The non-stop flight will have a complement of 13 cabin crew (CA) and 4 pilots (FC), allowing for rest periods.

(EAD) has a fleet of 249 aircraft, including 74 double-decker Airbus A380s and 155 Boeing 777s, among them 10 Boeing 777-200LRs.

Background points:

* The optimum route to reduce airtime and maximize fuel savings is determined by a number of factors

* Other aircraft movements departing at the same time

* The different configuration of aircraft, or different payload

* Weather conditions, particularly prevailing winds/strong winds

* Planning for individual flights commences between 10 - 12 hours prior to departure and is revised closer to departure. Two hours prior to flight departure, the most optimized route is chosen, but can still be updated during the flight

* At all times, there is a contingency flight plan, so if an unexpected event arises during the flight, there is an alternative routing available

* Passenger and crew experience

* Fastest route to Dubai, which connects directly with 39 European destinations and 38 cities in Africa and the Gulf

* With the non-stop flight to Dubai, passengers can enjoy their flight experience without the interruption of an airport transit stop

* Crew welfare is of utmost importance, and new ways of working are constantly being reviewed and optimized for long haul flights for the benefit of crew and passengers.

News Item A-3: "Emirates, Russia’s S7 Airlines to Code Share" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girmes, March 7, 2016.

Emirates Airline (EAD) will code share with S7 Airlines (SBR) as (EAD) aims to increase its Russian network.

Under the code share agreement, (EAD) will add its code to more than >30 (SBR)’s domestic routes and one international destination, Novosibirsk - Dubai. (EAD) added the S7 code to its Dubai - Moscow service.

March 2016: News Item A-1: "Emirates Touts Economic Benefits to USA; Upgauges (IAD) Service to A380" by (ATW) Editor, Karen Walker, February 23, 2016.

Emirates Airline (EAD) marked the upgauging of its daily service between Dubai and Washington Dulles (IAD) Tuesday with ceremonies at (IAD) and (VIP) tours of one of its 76 Airbus A380s.

(EAD) began service to (IAD) in September 2012, operating Boeing 777-300ERs. (EAD) Senior VP North America, Rob Gurney said the transition to its flagship aircraft, the A380, was made because of “impressive demand” that had made the (IAD) - Dubai route “one of our most successful.”

Gurney also said Emirates (EAD) service brought “tangible economic benefits” to the Washington DC area (which he valued at $326 million per year) and across the USA ($1.9 billion a year). Other USA cities where the Gulf carrier operates A380s, include New York, San Francisco, and Houston. Beginning July, (EAD) will double its A380 Los Angeles service to twice daily.

The (IAD) upgauge comes as United Airlines (UAL) ended (IAD) - Dubai service at the end of January.

Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark noted, “Our service to Washington DC has been one of our most successful and profitable routes, with high demand across all cabin classes. Despite strong seat load factors, (UAL) has made the decision to withdraw from the route. The additional seats offered by our A380 will therefore restore capacity on the route, and ensure that American consumers and international travelers wishing to visit DC for business or leisure will continue to be served.”

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) has delayed the launch of its nonstop Dubai - Panama City services, (EAD) President, Tim Clark said.

News Item A-3: The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) has named Emirates (EAD) divisional Senior VP Cargo, Nabil Sultan to its board of directors. Sultan has over >20 years’ experience in senior management roles at (EAD) and was promoted to his current role in 2013.

News Item A-4: Dubai International kept its position as the world's busiest airport for international passengers for the second year, after traffic exceeded >78 million in 2015.

Aided by 100 airlines that connect the airport to 240 destinations around the world, the airport traffic increased by +10.7% in 2015 over the 70.4 million recorded in 2014.

In December alone, passenger numbers reached 7.05 million, an increase of +8.5% over the 6.49 million passengers that passed through the airport in August of 2014. On average, monthly traffic for the year was at 6.5 million. But since August, the monthly traffic has exceeded the 7 million mark consecutively.

Last year, new airlines started flying to Dubai International including Air Canada (ACN) from Toronto, Eurowings (EWG) from Amsterdam, and China Southern (GUN) from Wuhan. Additionally, around 12 new destinations were added by the airport's designated carrier Emirates (EAD) and flydubai (FDB), its sister low cost carrier (LCC).

Moving ahead, the airport is preparing to open its newest facility, the US$1.2 billion Concourse D, which is slated to open February 24. "The facility will play a crucial role in helping us welcome millions of passengers," said Paul Griffiths, (CEO) of Dubai Airport.

The new Concourse D will increase the airport's capacity from 75 million to 90 million passengers annually. It will be used by more than >70 international airlines. It is linked to the airport's existing Terminal 1 by an airport train.

Dubai International surpassed London Heathrow (LHR) as the busiest airport for international traffic in 2014. It still trails Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport for the title of world's busiest airport overall. The USA airport handled more than >100 million passengers last year.

However, Saj Ahmad, Chief Analyst at StrategicAero Research, said: "There will of course be greater pressure to ensure that not only is there a smooth opening of the new concourse, but the wider (UAE) policy makers will have to weigh up opening of more military airspace for commercial usage."

"It is this which will allow Dubai to truly unlock the growth potential at Al Maktoum International Airport [Dubai's new airport], particularly as the current airport looks primed to reach the 100 million passenger goal ahead of its target in 2020, based on current growth rates."

Dubai-based low-cost-carrier (LCC) flydubai (FDB) will transfer more flights to Al Maktoum International, Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) to create additional slots for Emirates Airline (EAD) at the congested Dubai International Airport (DXB), Emirates (EAD) President, Tim Clark said.

The Middle East region (which is leading growth in the aviation industry) will have a plan to ease air traffic congestion at major hubs, especially Dubai, by the end of the year, said (EAD) President, Tim Clark,

News Item A-5: Air France Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) will develop a certified cockpit mount installation for Emirates Airline (EAD)’s electronic flight bag (EFB) tablet equipment. The retrofit solution will be available to support (EAD)'s fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s for more than >200 airplanes.

News Item A-6: The world's largest passenger aircraft comes to Austria on July 1, 2016, as Emirates (EAD) announces that it will operate 1 of its 2 scheduled daily flights into Vienna International Airport with its iconic A380 aircraft.

(EAD), which has carried almost three million passengers on the Dubai - Vienna route since it was launched on May 1, 2004, will fly its three-class A380 with 519 seats (14F in First Class, 76C in Business Class and 429Y in Economy) on one of its daily services to Vienna (EK127/EK128) and retain its second daily, Boeing 777-300ER service (EK125/EK126) with a seating capacity of 360.

"Over the years, we have gradually seen an increase in demand for our services in Austria, thanks to the strong response and support from our customers. We are very pleased now, as a further step, to bring our flagship A380 to Austria, offering an unrivalled travel experience for passengers in all classes," said Thierry Antinori, (EAD)'s Executive VP & Chief Commerical Officer (CCO).

"Austria, as a leader in the hospitality industry and Vienna as a world class city, are sure to benefit from a boost to tourism and job creation as well as experiencing a positive impact on the economy as they welcome more visitors from the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. We would like to thank Vienna Airport and the City of Vienna for their strong support, which has enabled us to bring the A380 to this beautiful city," he continued.

On (EAD)'s A380, First (F) Class passengers can look forward to quiet luxury in the comfort of their private suites and enjoy the industry's only Onboard Shower Spa. First (F) Class and Business (C) Class passengers can socialise and sample canapes and cocktails at popular Onboard Lounge and passengers in all classes can enjoy the gourmet cuisine, (EAD)'s award-winning in-flight entertainment ice with over >2,200 channels and free Wi-Fi, which is available on all (EAD)'s A380s.

Flight schedules between Dubai and Vienna from July 1, 2016:

From July 1, 2016, EK127/EK128 will be operated by an A380. EK127 departs from Dubai at 08:55 hrs and arrives in Vienna at 12:55 pm. EK128 departs from Vienna at 3:05 pm and arrives in Dubai at 10:45 pm.

EK125/126 will continue to be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. EK125 departs Dubai at 5:15 pm and arrives in Vienna at 9:15 pm. EK126 departs Vienna at 10:45 pm and arrives in Dubai at 6:20 am the next day (All flight times are local).

April 2016: News Item A-1: The Malaysian Transport Ministry is to upgrade the Miri Airport in Sarawak, Malaysia, to handle the increasing numbers of international passengers. The MYR285 million/$72 million upgrade will see the construction of separate departure and arrival halls, and the provision of further covered walkways and apron extension.

Malaysian Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai said the upgrades will enable the airport to handle up to four million passengers annually, up from the present two million design capacity. “The [upgrade] project is waiting for approval from the Finance Ministry. If it is given a green light, it will be implemented next year,” he said.

The airport sees >60 scheduled flights a day by AirAsia (ASW), Emirates (EAD), and by (MAS)wings.

Liow said the upgrade would be relatively easy, as Miri already had most of the requirements for international passenger handling. “Upgrading Miri Airport to Miri International status is not much of a problem, as it already has immigration counters and flights coming in from overseas,” he added. The upgrade plan follows the recent announcement of a new Sarawak government-backed direct schedule between Hong Kong and Kuching by Hong Kong Airlines (CRY), due to start late April.

A Sarawak government spokesperson said the new services will “help spur movement of tourists and business (C) travelers between Southern China [and] Sarawak, and vice versa.”

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) has ordered 2 new Airbus A380s, scheduled for delivery in the 4th quarter of 2017. The 2 A380s had been originally commissioned by Japan’s Skymark Airlines (SKM), which filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

(EAD) operates 75 A380s, with a further 65 on firm order.

The additional 2 aircraft, to be powered by Rolls Royce (RRC) (Trent 900) engines, will take (EAD)’s total A380 order book to 142.

(EAD) President, Tim Clark said: “From now until the end of 2017, (EAD) will retire 30 older aircraft from our fleet. At the same time, to meet our growth expectations, we will take delivery of 24 new Boeing 777s and 33 new A380 aircraft, including these 2 additional A380 aircraft just ordered. This is in line with our strategy to operate a modern and efficient fleet and offer the best possible experience for our customers.”

The 2 new aircraft will be in 2-class configuration and feature (EAD)’s onboard lounge, where business (C)-class passengers can socialize at 40,000 ft.

The A380s will serve (EAD)’s new destinations of Prague, Taipei, and Vienna.

May 2016: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) launched a service from Dubai (DXB) to Yinchuan (INC), before the flight continued on to Zhengzhou (CGO), 2 of the fastest growing cities in mid-west China, on May 3. This service expands (EAD)’s Chinese destination offering to 5, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

Emirates (EAD) was the 1st airline to establish non-stop connectivity between the Middle East and mainland China, 1st with freighter operations to Shanghai in 2002, followed by passenger services in 2004. The new service will be operated 4x-weekly using (EAD)’s 777-200LRs.

While the city pair to Zhengzhou faces no direct competition, Sichuan Airlines (SIC) does operate 2x-weekly between Yinchuan and Dubai.

News Item A-2: 2 foreign airlines operating in China have been criticized by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Emirates (EAD) and Orient Thai Airlines (OTH) were ordered to take immediate remedial action after 2 incidents, in January and April.

The (CAAC) said it would also evaluate the performance of other foreign airlines that operate on the Chinese mainland.

"(CAAC) Penalizes Emirates (EAD) for Go-Around Incident" by Lena Ge, "China Aviation Daily" May 06, 2016.

China's aviation regulator, the (CAAC) has suspended Emirates Airline (EAD) from adding new destinations and aircraft capacity over the next 6 months, after 1 of its planes underwent "go-around" 2x- at Beijing Capital International Airport in late January.

The incident happened on January 23, when the Airbus A380 superjumbo (A6-EES) from Dubai was forced to go around 2x- during landing owing to windshear conditions, said the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). When the aircraft tried for the 3rd landing, the pilot (FC) found the fuel was insufficient.

After the incident, the (CAAC) alleged that the captain (FC) of Emirates (EAD) refused to cooperate with the investigation, which violated the civil aviation regulations.

In line with the relevant provisions, (EAD) is now suspended from adding new destinations and capacity in China during the coming 6 months, according to a decision made by the regional aviation authority on May 5.

Meanwhile, the aviation watchdog added that Emirates (EAD) is "fully aware of the seriousness of the incident", and is taking appropriate corrective measures to improve safety management.

News Item A-3: "Rolls-Royce Delivers 1st Trent 900 Engines for Emirates A380" by (ATW) Linda Blachly, May 11, 2016

Rolls-Royce (RRC) has delivered the 1st shipset of (Trent 900)s to Airbus (EDS) for the 1st A380s on order by Dubai-based Emirates Airline (EAD).

According to a company statement, the (Trent 900) engines left the (RRC) site at Derby, UK, where they were assembled for Airbus (EDS) in Toulouse, France, where they will be fitted to an A380 aircraft.

(RRC) is providing (Trent 900) engines and TotalCare service for 50 Emirates A380s, the 1st of which will enter service later this year. (EAD) recently confirmed it will operate an additional 2 A380s that will be powered by the same engine with TotalCare service support,” (RRC) said.

The Emirates (EAD) order was announced last year. With the order, (RRC) said it has “now secured >50% market share on the aircraft.

According to (RRC), the (Trent 900) powered the 1st commercial A380 in 2007 and is now used by 8 operators on >70 aircraft, having logged nearly 5 million in-service flight hours. The (Trent 900) is assembled in both Derby and Singapore.

June 2016: News Item A-1: "Clark: You Can Never Have Enough A380s" by Kurt Hofmann, (ATWOnline), June 2, 2016.

Emirates Airline (EAD) will get its 79th Airbus A380 soon, and +2 aircraft are in the pipeline. “That means by the end of next month we have 81 A380s in the fleet,” Emirates (EAD) President Sir Tim Clark said on the sidelines of the (IATA) (AGM) in Dublin.

Clark said if an A380neo was built, he understood it would have bigger winglets, delivering a significant improvement on fuel burn. “If Airbus (EDS) does not build the A380neo, but will put new, bigger winglets on existing A380s we have on the order book, that would be great,” Clark said. “However, there are no plans to build bigger winglets for the current A380s.”

Earlier this week at a media event in Hamburg, Airbus (EDS) President & (CEO) Fabrice Brégier said, “perhaps it is possible to offer some options regarding bigger, more efficient winglets, but this depends on the business case. The A380 is not an easy program to manage. Each time we need to invest on top of any very reliable aircraft, which is what we have today, we need to look at the return on investments.” Brégier said market conditions were not yet there to launch a neo variant and “we don’t plan to make any decision.”

Clark said the global economy was flat, but passenger numbers were increasing at a rate of +4% to +5%. “But that is not enough to fill the capacity that is coming in,” he noted. “Seat and yield factors are not as strong as they used to be, and the prognosis for me, for the next years, is about the same. But we always manage it; we have had good years, and we have had bad years.”

Asked whether there were too many A380s in the Emirates (EAD)’s fleet, Clark said, “Oh no, never enough, no way. The A380 is the sweetest thing for us. It is our 1 unique selling point; this is a marketing advantage.” Clark said the next new European destination for the Dubai carrier’s A380 will be Nice, France.

News Item A-2: 777-31HER (42333, A6-EPN) and 2 A380-861s (213, A6-EUB; 216, A6-EUD) deliveries.

July 2016: News Item A-1: Emirates Airline (EAD) recorded a net profit of +AED7.13 billion/+$1.94 billion for the 2015 - 2016 financial year ended March 31, up +56.4% compared to a net profit of +AED4.6 billion in the previous year. Profit margin was 8.4%, the strongest margin since 2010 - 2011. Revenue for the period dropped -4.3%, to AED85 billion, largely as a result of the strengthening US dollar against many currencies and downward pressure on prices caused by sharply reduced fuel prices.

News Item A-2: (EAD) will add a 2nd Airbus A380 on Dubai - Milan service on October 1.

August 2016: News Item A-1: ACCDT: Emirates Airline (EAD) suffered its 1st-ever hull loss accident on August 3 when a Boeing 777-31H (Trent 892-17) (434-32700, /03 A6-EMW) crash-landed at Dubai’s International Airport and burst into flames.

(EAD) confirmed there were 282 passengers and 18 crew (FC & CA) on board and also said there have been no casualties. “All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe,” (EAD) said. However, the 777 was destroyed by a large fire and the Dubai government said 1 firefighter was killed.

The 777-31H was operating flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram, India. It took off at 10:19 am local time and was scheduled to land in Dubai at 12:50 pm. The flight touched down in Dubai at 12:43 pm on runway 12L, according to

Initial unconfirmed reports claim the airplane touched down hard upon landing. Recordings of air traffic control (ATC) communications confirm that EK521 was on a normal approach and had not declared an emergency, but was told to climb to 4,000 ft shortly before touch down for an as yet unknown reason. Around 20 seconds later, flight EK565 (following EK521 in the arrival pattern) was told to go around. Flightradar24 data suggests EK521 reinitiated a short climb in the final moments of flight, but then descended again. The exact sequence of events remains to be determined.

The weather reports for noon and 1 pm local time at Dubai airport contain windshear warnings for all runways, blowing dust and relatively poor visibility. Wind was predicted to be from 110 degrees at 21 knots at noon and for only 12 knots from 140 degrees an hour later.

Footage posted on Twitter shows the airplane coming to a halt, while turning almost 180 degrees with the front and main landing gear collapsed and the No 2 engine detached. The fire intensified after the airplane had come to a stop and videos published on Twitter show a fuel explosion inside a right hand side wing tank.

According to the "Aviation Week Intelligence Network" fleet database, (EAD) operates 12 777-300s, 9 of which are on lease. (EAD) has a total of 156 777s in service, 118 of which are 777-300ERs. (EAD) is the largest operator of the type worldwide.

(EAD) has never had a hull loss accident before. A serious incident involving an official investigation took place in March 2009, when an Airbus A340-500 took off from Melbourne, Australia at the engine wrong power setting. The A340-500 was damaged, but could be repaired. No one was injured.

The Emirates (EAD) crash landing was the 5th 777 hull loss since the type entered commercial service in 1994. It was the 4th in the past 3 years following the 2013 crash of Asiana (AAR) flight OZ214, plus Malaysian (MAS) MH270 and MH17 in 2013 and 2014, respectively. A Singapore Airlines (SIA) 777-300ER caught fire in June 27, 2016, after having returned to Changi airport because of a fuel leak. The fire was able to be extinguished and passengers and crew evacuated.

Dubai airport was closed immediately after the accident of EK521. Many flights diverted to other airports aand/or returned to their origin. Diversion airports included Dubai World Central (DWC), Sharjah, Al Ain, Manama, Bahrain, and Muscat. Emirates (EAD) initially stated it expects a “4-hour network wide delay.” That was later revised to an 8-hour delay. (EAD) also canceled 22 flights out of Dubai and the return services +6 additional flights at outstations. It was not clear if and when the list could be updated at a later stage.

The airport reopened shortly after 7:30 pm local time. A FedEx Boeing 777F was the 1st aircraft to depart. Emirates (EAD) flight EK236, a Boeing 777-300ER inbound from Chicago, was the 1st airplane to land following the resumption of operations. Takeoffs and landings were limited to runway 12R. Other North American arrivals, but also Flydubai (FDB) narrow body landings followed. Dubai Airports said priority was given to large aircraft.

Boeing (TBC) said that a “Boeing technical team is standing by to launch in support of the USA National Transportation Safety Board.”

Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) President & (CEO) Jon Beatty issued a statement: “Today’s accident involving Emirates (EAD) Flight 521 underscores the importance of emergency preparedness in flight crew (FC) and passenger evacuation, and in airplane rescue and firefighting. (EAD) and its crew is commended for its timely and professional response, which likely saved lives and prevented many injuries.”

* "Emirates 777 Fire: The Great Escape" by Karen Walker in her (ATW) Editor's Blog, August 3, 2016.

Shocking as it was today to see images of the Emirates (EAD) Boeing 777-300 engulfed in flames after crash-landing at Dubai Airport, the real story is not the crash, but the escape. Looking at those images, it’s hard to believe that all 300 people on board escaped not just with their lives, but without injury. Sadly, later reports confirmed a firefighter was killed, so this is a tragic accident. But the scale of the tragedy could have been so much larger.

There have been other incidents in recent years where the aircraft was severely damaged or destroyed, yet all or nearly all of those onboard evacuated safely. Most notable are the Asiana Airlines (AAR) 777 that crashed at San Francisco International in July 2013 and the British Airways (BAB) 777 that suffered an engine fire during its takeoff roll at Las Vegas McCarren in September 2015. In the Asiana (AAR) case, there were 307 people on board; 3 were killed and 49 injured. In the (BAB) case, all 170 on board evacuated safely, although some suffered minor abrasions.

Just like the Emirates (EAD) incident, the miracle with those 2 airplanes is that so many escaped. That’s no coincidence. Modern airliners and aero engines are designed and built (and regulated) to incredibly exacting standards to ensure, 1st and foremost, that accidents are extremely rare. But they are also designed so that if the worst happens, the accident is survivable. Most important of all is to design airplanes so they can be evacuated rapidly. Put simply, get everyone out of harm’s way in seconds, not minutes.

The second, equally important part of the safety equation is the flight crew (FC) and their training. Flight Safety Foundation President & (CEO) Jon Beatty issued this statement today, “today's accident involving Emirates (EAD) Flight 521 underscores the importance of emergency preparedness in flight crew (FC) and passenger evacuation, and in aircraft rescue and fire fighting.”

Beatty is correct. Professionalism, training and an almost military-like approach to ensuring flight crew (FC) know exactly what to do in an emergency, means shaving precious seconds from the evacuation process. And what could have been a full-scale disaster turns into something that for those on board (passengers and crew, was a frightening, awful experience) but they went home to tell their friends and family about it.

* Editorial: "On Board Safety Videos Need to Change the Script" by (ATW) Editor Karen Walker,, August 22, 2016.

All 300 people on board the Emirates (EAD) Boeing 777 escaped with their lives when the 777 crash-landed at Dubai Airport and burst into flames. Sadly a firefighter was killed tackling the blaze, but the scale of the tragedy could have been so much larger.

Modern airliners and aero engines are designed, built and regulated to incredibly exacting standards to ensure that if the worst happens, the accident is survivable. Most important of all is an airplane design that allows for rapid evacuation, within 90 seconds according to (FAA) requirements. Flight crew training is equally important. In this incident, passengers appear to owe much to the 777’s design and the cabin crew. (EAD) was also exemplary in how it took care of the passengers afterwards.

Not so exemplary, however, were the actions of many of the passengers, who were videoed blocking aisles and wasting precious seconds as they opened overhead bins and scrambled for their bags. And while we know about this dangerous chaos from on board personal video, it’s appalling that passengers film an emergency situation when they should be running to the exit.

Scenes of passengers prioritizing personal possessions and new material for Facebook and Twitter are increasingly commonplace and worrisome. But so, too, is talk about the need for new regulation, limits on carry-on bags, or devices such as locking overhead bins. The latter, for instance, would likely be expensive and could have unintended consequences if passengers waste even more time trying to break open locked bins.

Airlines, however, could rethink their emergency instructions and safety videos to take into account modern passenger behavior. They could put much stronger emphasis on leaving bags behind; even forbid passengers to open overhead bins or to use cameras during an emergency. Some people will still disobey, but rules are more likely to register if made explicit, and it’s then also easier for passengers to correct those who behave recklessly.

The majority of airline safety videos and briefings place equal or more time explaining how to strap on a life vest and locate its whistle and light, than on signaling the exits and the need for speed in an evacuation. Yet how often in modern history has a vest actually saved a life in a commercial airliner emergency? The answer is, never. Even in the 2009 US Airways (USA) flight 1549 incident when the pilot (FC) ("Sully") famously landed the A320 on the Hudson River in New York after a multiple bird strike, all 155 people survived, despite the majority of passengers not taking or properly fitting their life vests.

This is not a call to abandon life vests. But the imperative in recent, survivable emergencies was to get people out of a burning airplane as fast as possible. The top message of the safety brief should be no bags, no stopping, get out.

Rewritten safety briefing scripts might not change all modern habits, but it would be the easiest, fastest, cheapest and potentially most effective way to achieve the desired effect: to get everyone, including crew, out of harm’s way.

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD executive Rob Gurney replaces Bruce Ashby as the (CEO) of the global airline Oneworld (ONW) Alliance.

News Item A-3: 777-21HER (27251, A6-EMH; 27252, A6-EMG) returned to lessor, 777-31HER (42336, A6-EPQ) leased, A380-841 (217, A6-EUE), ex-(F-WWAU) delivery.

September 2016: News Item A-1: "(UAE): Emirates 777 Touched Down Long, Then Attempted Go-around" by (ATW) Alan Dron, September 6, 2016.

The preliminary report on the August 3 crash landing of an Emirates Airline (EAD) Boeing 777-300 at Dubai International Airport stated that the 777 attempted a go-around after initially touching down briefly.

All 300 passengers and crew escaped as the 777 burst into flames, but an airport firefighter was killed when the airplane’s center fuel tank exploded as he fought the blaze after the airplane came to a rest. The 777 was destroyed, marking the 1st hull loss for (EAD).

The preliminary report, published by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority, is purely factual and does not attempt any analysis of the reasons for the crash. That will follow when the final report is published.

The preliminary report stated the airplane was reaching the end of its flight from Trivandrum International Airport in southern India and was on approach to Dubai’s runway 12L. The captain (FC) was the pilot flying (PF) and the co-pilot was the pilot monitoring (PM).

As the flight neared Dubai, it received a warning from the automatic terminal information service of wind shear conditions affecting all runways. As the aircraft descended through 1,100 ft at 152 kts indicated airspeed (IAS), the headwind of 8 kts changed to a tailwind. The autopilot was disengaged at approximately 920 ft and the approach continued with autothrottle connected. As the airplane descended through 700 ft, the tailwind gradually increased to 16 kts.

The (PF) began to flare the aircraft (the landing step that follows final approach) at 35 ft and 159 kts (IAS). The autothrottle transitioned to idle and both thrust levers moved towards the idle position. At 160 kts (IAS) (5 ft above the runway and 5 seconds before touchdown) the wind direction again started to change to a headwind. The right main landing gear touched down approximately 1,100 meters from the runway 12L threshold at 162 kts (IAS), followed 3 seconds later by the left main landing gear. The nose landing gear remained in the air.

2 seconds later, the airplane’s runway awareness advisory system (RAAS) triggered a “long landing, long landing” warning and, 4 seconds later, the 777 became airborne again in an attempt to go around. A few seconds later the undercarriage began to retract. The airplane reached a maximum height of approximately 85 ft at 134 kts (IAS), with the landing gear still retracting, when it began to drop back onto the runway.

According to the report, both pilots (FC) recalled seeing the (IAS) decreasing and the co-pilot (FC) called out “check speed.” 3 seconds before impact with the runway, both thrust levers were moved from the idle position to full forward.

1 second before impact, both engines started to respond, but the airplane’s aft fuselage hit the runway, with a nose-up pitch angle of 9.5 degrees, and at a rate of descent of 900 ft per minute. The engine nacelles then hit the runway.

As the airplane slid along the runway, the No 2 engine-pylon assembly separated from the right hand wing, and an intense fuel fire began at the engine-pylon wing attachment area. Subsequently, another fire began on the underside of the No 1 engine.

The (PF) transmitted a Mayday call and advised that the airplane was being evacuated. The 1st airport fire service vehicle arrived within 1 minute of the airplane coming to a stop and began spraying foam, with other vehicles arriving shortly afterward.

Apart from the firefighter who died, 21 passengers, 1 pilot (FC) and 1 cabin crew (CA) member sustained minor injuries. Another cabin crew (CA) member was more seriously injured and hospitalized for 5e days with smoke inhalation.

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) has appointed outgoing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) (CEO) Christoph Mueller as Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, as (EAD) kicks off a wide-ranging process review.

Mueller, who is also a former Aer Lingus (ARL) (CEO), was named (CEO) of (MAS) in late 2014 as (MAS) was dealing with the aftermath of the loss of 2 Boeing 777s in separate incidents (flights MH370 and MH17) and took the position May 1, 2015.

However, Mueller unexpectedly announced his resignation from (MAS) in April 2016, with a planned September departure, citing “changing personal circumstances.” He will join (EAD) on September 20.

“Christoph and his digital transformation team are coming at the right time,” (EAD) President Tim Clark said. (EAD) began “knocking down and reconstructing” its internal processes a few months ago, Clark said. Staff members have been breaking down their work processes on a white board to see where efficiency gains can be made (primarily through the use of new technologies).

“This will streamline 50% of what we do. It will take costs out of the business and make us much more efficient,” Clark said. “We want to be smarter at what we do than we have been in the past.”

He added that Oxford University was brought in to check Emirates (EAD)’s revenue management algorithms under a project that was completed a month ago. This demonstrated that (EAD)’s current system is +2% - +4% better than its legacy product.

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD) is considering introducing a premium-economy (PY) class and ancillary revenue streams as yields continue to come under pressure.

While passenger numbers continue to rise, ticket prices are lower and the oil industry slump has impacted (EAD)’s corporate traffic. “We cannot sit back and wait for fares to go up,” Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark said. “Irrespective of how things pan out, the fact is we need to get on with this.”

Clark said he is actively thinking about ancillary revenues to boost revenue and looking fairly seriously at premium economy (PY). “We would need to see how it would work in our business model, how we would need to differentiate our existing product,” he said. Also, retrofitting (EAD)’s huge fleet with a new premium economy (PY) cabin would be “no easy task.”

News Item A-4: "Dubai Airports to Add 10 A380 Gates at (DXB) by Kurt Hofmann, ATWOnline, September 26, 2016.

Dubai Airports has commissioned work on a project that will expand the number of Airbus A380 contact stands at Dubai International's (DXB) Concourse C. The increase will enable the facility to accommodate Emirates Airline (EAD)'s growing fleet of A380s.

The project will increase the number of Code F gates (A380 gates) at Concourse C from 3 to 13, bringing the total number of A380 gates at (DXB) to 47, more than any other airport in the world. (EAD) operates 83 A380s, with a further +57 on firm order.

Concourse C became a part of the Terminal 3 complex used exclusively by (EAD) and its partner Qantas (QAN), following the opening of the $ 1.2 billion Concourse D in February, increasing capacity at the airport from 75 million to 90 million passengers a year.

The upgrade project commenced in (3Q) this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. It is part of Dubai's Airports' "DXB Plus" program, which aims to increase (DXB)'s capacity to 118 million passengers per year by 2023 without building any additional major infrastructure.

(DXB) Plus will boost throughput and enhance service through the design and implementation of customer-centric processes and the application of smart technology, Dubai Airports said.

Concourse C will also undergo interior refurbishment as part of the upgrade project, including re-design and enhancement of gate hold rooms, increased dedicated airline lounge space, and ambiance
enhancements. "Considering the traffic growth at (DXB) and the central role the airport will continue to play for the aviation sector as well as Dubai's economy over the next 10 years, it is vital that we provide additional capacity while enhancing our customer service," Dubai Airports Senior VP of Development Bryan Thompson said.

October 2016: News Item A-1: Emirates Airline (EAD) will launch daily Dubai - Fort Lauderdale, Florida 777-200LR service on December 15, 2016 (this will be (EAD)’s 11th passenger route in the USA).

News Item A-2: São Paulo-based low-cost carrier (LCC) (GOL) (GOT) and Dubai-based Emirates Airline (EAD) have announced a new code share and frequent flyer program partnership. The code share partnership has been filed to (ANAC)-Brazilian Federal Aviation Agency. The 1st flights are expected be approved very soon and the partnership is expected to become effective by the end of October/early November.

The carriers said the new code share partnership “will give customers the simplicity of purchasing connecting flights on both airlines using one reservation, and a seamless ticketing, check-in, boarding and baggage check experience during the entire journey.” Passengers booking flights from multiple destinations in Brazil with (GOL), including Porte Alegre, Salvador, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, and Brasilia, will be able to connect in São Paulo or Rio and fly with (EAD) to many destinations worldwide.

(EAD) Senior VP Commercial Operations Hubert Frach said the new code share “will bring enhanced connectivity and a fully integrated loyalty program within Brazil initially, and at a later stage, throughout South America and the Caribbean.” He added: “(GOL)'s extensive route network in Latin America combined with the choice and convenience of offering customers approximately 800 flights per day, perfectly complements our 14 weekly flights to and from Brazil that connect to our global network.”

News Item A-3: Emirates (EAD) sold new (GE90)-powered 777-300ER (42337) to Novus Aviation Capital, and leased it back.

News Item A-4: Rossiya Airline (SDM) is expected to lease 5 ex-Emirates (EAD) 777-300s (32706, 32709, 32710, 32715, and 32730) from AerCap (DEA).

News Item A-5: "Emirates to Install Thales (IFE) on New Boeing 777X Fleet" by (ATW) Mark Nensel, October 25, 2016.

Emirates Airline (EAD) will equip its upcoming fleet of 150 Boeing 777X airplanes with Thales (THL)’s AVANT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, the 2 companies announced on October 25. Deliveries of the 777Xs are scheduled to begin in 2020.

To support the project, (THL) announced it will set up a maintenance and repair shop in Dubai, plus an innovation center at which (THL) and Emirates (EAD) engineers will brainstorm “future passenger engagement initiatives and programs in the air and on the ground.”
(THL) said the company is the only provider chosen to-date for (IFE) installation on 777X airplanes.

See photo - "EAD-2016-10 - Thales (IFE) for 777X.jpg."

News Item A-6: Emirates Airline (EAD) received its 85th Airbus A380, marking the 250th aircraft in its all-wide body fleet, (EAD) confirmed October 26. On April 13, it ordered +2 additional A380s, scheduled for delivery in the 4th quarter of 2017. The 2 A380s had been originally commissioned by Japan’s Skymark Airlines (SKM), which filed for bankruptcy in 2015.

November 2016: News Item A-1: Emirates Airline (EAD) recorded a net profit of +AED786 million/+$214 million for the 1st half of its 2016 - 2017 financial year, down -75% from AED3.1 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue for the period was down -1% to AED41.9 billion.

(EAD) said the figures reflected increased market competition that resulted in lower fares, together with unfavorable currency movements because of the strength of the dollar. Additional adverse factors included dampened demand as a result of a subdued economic landscape and security fears that had dissuaded some people from traveling.

Capacity for the half-year, measured in (ASK)s, was up +12%, outstripping passenger traffic that rose +8% in (RPK)s. (EAD) carried 28 million passengers, up +9% on the same period last year.
Load factor dropped -3% to 75.3% LF compared to the year-ago figures.

In the 1st half of the year, (EAD) received 8 new Airbus A380s and the same number of Boeing 777s, with +20 more airplanes scheduled to enter the inventory by the end of the financial year. Against this, it retired 19 airplanes, with a further 8 to leave by the end of the 2nd half.

(EAD)’s operating costs increased +5%. On average, fuel costs were -10% lower compared to the same period last year. Fuel remained the largest component of the airline’s cost, accounting for 24% of operating costs compared with 28% in the 1st 6 months of last year.

The Emirates Group, which includes the dnata ground handling organization, recorded a net profit of +AED1.3 billion, down -64% year-over-year. Revenue was AED46.5 billion, up +1% (YOY). “Our performance for the 1st half of the 2016 - 2017 financial year continues to be impacted by the strong USA dollar against other major currencies,” Group Chairman & (CEO) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said. “Increased competition, as well as the sustained economic and political uncertainty in many parts of the world, has added downward pressure on prices as well as dampened travel demand. The bleak global economic outlook appears to be the new norm,” he warned, “with no immediate resolution in sight." “Against this backdrop, the Group has remained profitable and our solid business foundations continue to stand us in good stead. In the 1st 6 months of this year, both Emirates (EAD) and dnata continued to grow in capability and capacity. Our past investments in product and services are now paying off, enabling us to retain valued clients and attract new customers (reflected in (EAD)’s passenger growth of +2.3 million.”

News Item A-2: "Airline Execs: Long-haul, Low-cost on Brink of Changing Industry" by Alan Dron (ATW) Plus, November 8, 2016.

2 of the airline industry’s most prominent executives predicted the imminent arrival of viable long-haul, low-cost carrier (LCC) services in London at the World Travel Market conference and exhibition on November 7. “We’re just on the brink of something new coming along,” Emirates Airline (EAD) President Tim Clark said. “Now you’re seeing Scoot (SCT), Norwegian (NWG) and AirAsia X (ASX) coming along. I think we’re seeing the beginnings of an inflection point,” he said. The current crop of young long-haul, (LCC)s had some work to do to refine their business models, but he believed the market would see a major change.

However, Clark added he would have made his comments “with more gusto” if he had not been concerned about moves away from liberalism and free trade in certain nations. If that trend continued, it would likely kill off much of this new growth.

International Airlines Group (IAG) (CEO) Willie Walsh echoed Clark’s comments, but said not every airline that attempted long-haul, low-cost services would be successful: “There will be lots of airlines that label themselves long-haul, low-cost and will never make a penny,” he said. He admired the efforts of Norwegian (NWG) to be a front runner in this category, which had demonstrated that passengers were prepared to countenance the unbundling of fares for long-haul flights in the same way as they had accepted this in the short-haul market, although Norwegian (NWG) had “not yet cracked it” in terms of success. Like Clark, he feared that changing political and economic moods could hamper the progress of such airlines. “It does depend on a liberal regime that allows you to access destinations” that would provide the necessary traffic flows, he said.

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD) has retired its last Airbus A330-243 and A340-313 aircraft, becoming an all-Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 operator for passenger flights.

(EAD) recently retired the last of 29 A330-200s in its fleet. The aircraft joined Emirates in 2002 and had flown >60,000 hours in 14.5 years. (EAD) has also phased out its final A340-300, which joined the airline in 2004, originally manufactured in 1999. (EAD) had also operated A340-500s, which was previously withdrawn from service, as well as Boeing 777-200 Classics.

Since January 2015, (EAD) has retired 18 A330s and 5 A340s, with an average age of 16.5 years (a figure well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years).

(EAD) plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft in 2017 and 2018 to ensure its operating fleet remains modern and efficient.

Emirates Airline (EAD) President Tim Clark said recently the Boeing 777 has now become the smallest airplane in its fleet. Its 266-seat 777-200LR offers the smallest capacity in its fleet. The dual-class A380 offers 615 seats.

(EAD)’s fleet has an average age of 5.2 years. (EAD)’s 2 youngest aircraft (its 85th A380, the 1st of the new-generation A380 aircraft delivered in October 2016 and its 125th Boeing 777-300ER) are less than 2 weeks old. By the end of 2016, (EAD) will have taken delivery of 36 new aircraft this year (20 A380s and 16 777s). This also includes the next-generation Boeing 777-300ER (with upgraded business (C) class seats and other features, including a lower fuel burn ratio) to be delivered from November 2016.

(EAD) is currently the largest A380 and 777 operator with 85 A380-800s and 160 777s (which includes 777-200LR, 777-300, 777-300ER and 777F variants) in its fleet.

Out of the 234 aircraft worth >$112 billion that Emirates (EAD) has in its order book, 115 will be Boeing 777-9Xs and 25 777-8Xs that will be delivered starting in 2020.

News Item A-4: "Emirates Says Rolls-Royce's A380 Engines Not Up to Standard" by Andrea Rothman & Benjamin D Katz, "Bloomberg News" November 18, 2016.

Emirates (EAD), the world's biggest long-haul airline, said it's unhappy with performance shortfalls afflicting US$6.1 billion's worth of Rolls-Royce Holdings (RRC) engines ordered to power a batch of 50 Airbus Group SE A380 superjumbos.

Feedback on the (Trent 900) powerplants indicates "technical issues" that need to be resolved before the 1st plane is delivered to (EAD) next month, Tim Clark (EAD) President, said in Frankfurt. "We have a new engine coming on and there are some issues with that at the moment," Clark said. "We want the engines as promised in the contract."

(EAD) last year ordered 217 (Trent 900)s (sufficient to power the 50 4-engine A380s, plus spares) after previously purchasing (GP7000) powerplants from an alliance of General Electric Company and Pratt & Whitney for its 1st 90 A380 superjumbos. The deal with (RRC) included unspecified "quality improvements."

Clark said (EAD) will "hopefully" still take the 1st Rolls-Royce (RRC) powered plane on December 2 as planned, adding that talks are underway with (RRC) on resolving the performance problems and whether it should compensate the airline.

London-based Rolls-Royce (RRC) said in an email that it is "working with (EAD) and Airbus (EDS) to meet the planned entry into service of the (Trent)-powered A380 within the Emirates (EAD) fleet."

Clark said that officially deferring delivery of the planes isn't an option since doing so would impact the model's entire supply chain. (EAD) is due to take 25 (RRC)-powered A380s between now and 2019, +25 more from 2021 on.

While the (Trent 900) had its 1st test flight in 2004 and has a greater spread of A380 operators than the (GE) - Pratt (PRW) model, it had previously been excluded from the world's largest superjumbo fleet. (EAD) switched supplier on the understanding that Rolls (RRC) would help develop an upgraded and re-engined "Neo" version to help pare operating costs and extend the model's lifespan.

A lack of interest in buying more double-deckers among other carriers has effectively killed off that plan, and Airbus (EDS) is now planning to slow production to just 1 plane per month in 2018 to eke out the backlog and keep its options open in case demand revives.

(EAD) took delivery of its 85th A380 this month and operates almost 250 aircraft in total, all of them either superjumbos or Boeing 777s.

News Item A-5: Emirates Airline (EAD) has begun taking delivery of new generation Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER airplanes. The 1st new generation A380-388Q was delivered this month as (EAD)’s 85th A380. In addition to an on board lounge and 1st class shower spa, the A380-388Q will have several new features, including a new seat configuration. This A380 is the 1st of 7 expected to be delivered this fiscal year, with +51 more of the type on order.

With the relocation of the crew rest area, there will be +25 additional seats in economy (Y) class, for a total of 426Y seats on the lower deck. First (F) and business (C) class seats will remain at 14F and 76C, respectively, on the upper deck.

Among the features is a new design in the business (C) class cabin with a higher ceiling to create a more spacious feel. Overhead cabin lockers will be concentrated in the middle aisles and will be +28% larger. The next generation A380s are expected to serve more ultra long-haul routes. “The A380 is the sweetest thing for us. It is our one unique selling point; this is a marketing advantage,” (EAD) President Tim Clark said.

From the end of November, (EAD) will begin taking delivery of its new generation Boeing 777-300ER. It will be the 1st of 6 this fiscal year and 27 total on order.

The new 777 will feature enhanced business (C) class seats, which recline to 180-degree fully flat beds of 78 inches in length, an in-seat minibar, and a 23-inch in-flight entertainment screen in business (C) class. The 777 will also have an upgraded seat configuration with +2Y additional seats in economy (Y) class taking the total capacity in economy to 306Y. The number of seats in 1st and business (C) class will remain the same at 8F and 42C seats, respectively.

The new 777-300ERs are expected to have improved environmental performance with -2% lower fuel burn.

Currently, 85% of (EAD)’s fleet of passenger aircraft is equipped with on board Wi-Fi, including all A380 aircraft. In addition, 108 aircraft are equipped with live TV. With close to 90% of customers on (EAD) connecting to Wi-Fi on long-haul flights, (EAD) said it will continue to meet the increasing demand for connectivity, enabling more aircraft with Wi-Fi and live TV each month.

(EAD) has retired its last Airbus A330-200 and A340-300, becoming an all-Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 operator for passenger flights. It is currently the largest A380 and 777 operator, with 85 A380-800s and 160 777s (which includes 777-200LR, 777-300, 777-300ER and 777F variants) in its fleet.

December 2016: News Item A-1: Emirates expects to roll out a new premium-economy (PY) product within the next year to 18 months.

In September, Emirates Airline (EAD) President Tim Clark said he was evaluating premium economy (PY) and ancillaries as a way to address declining yields. “It has advanced,” Clark said, responding to a question from (ATW) at the Aviation Club in London on December 7. “We are at the stage of finding what form it will take.”

Clark said the project will involve “quite a big upheaval” to adapt the 250 airplanes that (EAD) already operates, as well as those scheduled for delivery. “I would think within the next year to 18 months, we will have it in (EAD), hopefully up and running,” he said.

News Item A-2: "Emirates Airline Mulls Airbus A350s, Boeing 787s" by Victoria Moores, (ATW) December 7 2016.

Emirates Airline (EAD) is evaluating Airbus A350s and Boeing 787s for delivery around 2021 - 2022. “We will be reviewing fleet requirements, not quite as urgently as we have done in the past,” (EAD) President Tim Clark said He said the reduced urgency is because of softening demand for air travel in some parts of the world.

“The 787 and A350 are very much in the frame. Obviously, they are smaller than the aircraft we have today, but they are very good workhorses and something that we will be requiring for probably in 2021, 2022 something like that.”

(EAD) recently moved to a 2-aircraft type fleet, made up of A380s and 777s.

News Item A-3: "International Airlines Increase Capacity, Frequencies to Russia" by (ATW) Polina Montag-Girme, December 2016, 2016.

Thai Airways (TII) has relaunched Bangkok Suvarnabhumi - Moscow Domodedovo Boeing 777-200/300 service on December 15. It will operate 4x-weekly flights on the route. (TII), the Thailand flag carrier ceased Moscow operations in March 2015 because of weak demand. However, in the 1st 8 months of 2016, traffic from Russia to Thailand grew +20%, Thai Airways (TII) VP Bryan Banston said. From 2005 when (TII) started to fly to Domodedovo, it has performed 3,400 flights from this airport to Bangkok; the highest frequency, 5x-weekly, was reached in 2014. This year, passenger traffic exceeded >100,000, Domodedovo International Airport said.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is set to increase the number of Singapore - Moscow Domodedovo frequencies from 4x- to 5x-weekly from May 30, 2017, simultaneously adding 5th freedom rights on the Moscow Domodedovo - Stockholm portion of the flight from Singapore. (SIA) launched Airbus A350-900 flights, which replaced the Boeing 777, on Singapore - Moscow service on December 15. (SIA) is the 1st carrier flying the A350-900 to Russia.

Lufthansa Group subsidiary Austrian Airlines (AUL) uses the Boeing 777 on Vienna - Moscow Domodedovo service, replacing A320 family and 737 aircraft. (AUL) performs 11x-weekly flights between the cities. (AUL) has flown to Domodedovo for nearly 10 years, carrying 1.96 million passengers, Domodedovo said. At the beginning of 2015, Austrian FlyNiki (NKI) ceased Vienna - Moscow flights and Transaero Airlines (TXD) stopped flying on the route because of bankruptcy.

In October, Dubai-based Emirates Airline (EAD) increased Dubai - Moscow Domodedovo capacity, reintroducing the A380 on 1 out of 2 daily services. According to Domodedovo, Dubai traffic increased +20% in November year-over-year.

(KLM) Royal Dutch Airlines plans to double Amsterdam - Saint Petersburg Boeing 737 service frequency from 1 to 2 daily flights from February 18, 2017. This will increase the number of long-haul flights connections at Schiphol Airport, Saint Petersburg Pulkovo International Airport said.

News Item A-4: "Emirates Rounds Off a Year of Growth with Fleet and Product Milestones" by "China Aviation Daily" December 30, 2016.

Emirates (EAD), the world's largest international airline, rounded off another year of growth in 2016, underlined by fleet and network expansion, as well as customer focused product investments.

Commenting on 2016, Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: "Consumer appetite for travel has remained resilient, despite socio-economic and political headwinds around the globe, and that is reflected in our operational growth. (EAD) will continue on our strategy of organic growth, leveraging on the geo-centricity of the (UAE), and Dubai's dynamic developments in tourism and commerce. We will also continue to invest in our product and services so as to offer our customers an outstanding experience and value proposition while they discover the world."

* An All Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 Fleet

(EAD) scaled up its fleet in 2016 with the addition of 36 new airplanes, consisting of 20 Airbus A380s, 16 Boeing 777-300ERs, while retiring 29 older airplanes. (EAD) concluded the year with 255 airplanes in service, with an average age of 5 years, significantly below the industry average of >11 years.

Keeping its fleet young not only minimises (EAD)'s overall carbon footprint, but it also enables (EAD) to put the latest products and services on board its airplanes.

In April, (EAD) placed an order for +2 additional A380 aircraft, taking its total A380 order book to 142, cementing its position as the world's largest operator of the popular double-decker aircraft.

In November (EAD) became the only airline to operate an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet, further elevating the passenger experience on board through a modern, state-of-the-art wide-body fleet.

(EAD) also began taking delivery of its newest generation Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER airplanes. The new Airbus A380 has several notable new features including an enhanced seat configuration in Economy (y) Class, and a higher ceiling in the Business (C) Class Cabin for a more spacious feel. (EAD)'s new Boeing 777-300ERs delivered from November also feature the airline's new Business (C) Class seat.

* Expanded Network Footprint

(EAD) unlocked 7 new passenger points and one cargo destination in 2016, rounding off the year with 154 destinations in its global network. (EAD)'s new passenger services in 2016 were: Cebu and Clark in the Philippines, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou in China, Yangon in Myanmar, Hanoi in Vietnam, Fort Lauderdale in the USA and cargo-only destination Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

(EAD) also expanded its A380 network to 44 destinations with the addition of +8 new points. Today, it operates the longest A380 service in the world from Dubai to Auckland, and also the world's shortest A380 service to Doha. During the year, (EAD) also led 1-off A380 services to 2 destinations (Chicago in the USA, and Amman in Jordan).

* Customer Experience Investments

Emirates (EAD) was named the World's Best Airline 2016 at the Skytrax World Airline Awards, and in the past year, (EAD) continued to work hard to deliver memorable experiences for its customers. (EAD) invested in a series of product developments and service enhancements, both in the air and on the ground.

This year, (EAD) unveiled its enhanced Business (C) Class seat on its Boeing 777 airplanes, taking comfort and design to new heights. Amongst the most recognisable features of the new seat is the pitch of 72 inches that can be moved into a fully flat 180 degree sleeping position, a personal mini-bar, as well as one of the industry's largest personal TV screens at 23 inches with the ability to stream personal mobile content.

(EAD) continued to strengthen its in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering. With (EAD) now operating an all-Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet, this means customers on all (EAD) flights can access on-demand entertainment with up to 2,600 channels of movies, music, TV shows, games and more, to choose from. In October, (EAD) signed an agreement with Thales (THL) to equip its Boeing 777X fleet with the (THL) (AVANT) in-flight entertainment system, debuting in mid-2020.

Reflecting the increasingly connected digital lifestyle, >8.8 million (EAD) passengers connected to Wi-Fi on board in 2016. In addition, >400,000 phone calls were made in-flight, and 1.7 million (sms) messages were transmitted by passengers.

For its premium passengers, (EAD) rolled out a range of enhancements on board with luxury in mind. New additions in First Class (F) included the world's 1st moisturising lounge wear designed for an airline, keeping skin hydrated during the flight. New blankets were introduced including plush faux sheep-skin blankets for First (F) Class and soft duvets for Business (C) Class passengers.

(EAD) also partnered with (VOYA) luxury spa products for its passengers to enjoy in its signature shower spa, dedicated lounge bathrooms and First (F) and Business (C) Class washrooms. In addition, (EAD) and luxury Italian brand Bvlgari redesigned (EAD)'s exclusive amenity kit bags by giving them a sleek, modern look. So far in 2016, 2.75 million First (F) and Business (C) Class amenity kits have been distributed on (EAD) flights.

Focusing on seasonal and regional flavors, (EAD)also unveiled a new Japanese menu for First Class (F) and Business Class (C) passengers during the year. For the festive season, a special menu was introduced across all classes to capture the flavors of the holidays.

In Economy Class (Y), (EAD) launched the world's 1st interactive amenity kit to provide a more comfortable travel experience. The stylish new amenity kits utilized augmented reality (AR) technology to unlock immersive content on mobile devices. Young travellers continued to be delighted with the 2nd range of on board toys, and >3 million toys have been distributed so far this year.

On the ground, investments continued in upgrading the lounge experience. (EAD) this year completed a US$ 11 million refurbishment of its Business Class (C) lounge at Concourse B in Dubai, which now includes a barista experience, a health hub with Voss water, and an exclusive Moët & Chandon champagne lounge. (EAD) also extended its dedicated lounge network with the opening of its lounge in Cape Town.

(EAD) also began offering customers greater flexibility to check in for their flights by extending check-in in times from 24 hours to 48 hours.

Building on the strength of its loyalty programs, (EAD)'s frequent flyer program (EAD) Skywards marked a milestone of 16 million members by launching Cash+Miles. The innovative flight redemption program allowed members to redeem a combination of cash and Skywards Miles on any (EAD) flight, reducing the cost of tickets and making any seat available for members. (EAD) also revamped its corporate loyalty program, (EAD) Business Rewards, delivering a more competitive and easier redemption process for flights as well as upgrades at any time for businesses.

* Brand Appeal

(EAD) topped The Brand Finance Global 500 report as the world's most valuable airline brand in 2016, with the airline's brand value growing >17% to US$7.7 billion. Throughout 2016, (EAD) continued to use sports, musical and cultural events as a platform to engage with its customers and fans.

In January, (EAD) teamed up with Boeing (TBC) to sponsor "View from Above," one of the largest aerial filming projects ever conducted, using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones. Filming was conducted by 13 drone pilots in 18 destinations on 5 continents capturing never before seen footage of popular destinations.

In February, (EAD) made its 1st foray into Major League Baseball as the Official Airline sponsor of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A few months later, Emirates (EAD) Cabin Crew shared a fun safety-inspired demonstration with the help of Dodger legend Orel Herscheiser.

In April, (EAD) celebrated the spirit of cricket with a witty, Bollywood inspired "Welcome on board' demo at the (ICC) World Twenty20 Final between England and West Indies, entertaining a packed stadium of 66,000 fans."

In October, (EAD) returned with Hollywood actress, Director and Producer Jennifer Aniston for another fun global advertising campaign that showcased the iconic (EAD) A380.

In a joint effort to promote reading and literacy, (EAD) partnered with Google in an initiative called "Celebrating Arabic Reading." This initiative aimed to reach millions of smartphone users and make Arabic books more accessible with unprecedented discounts of up to 90% on on line books at the Google Play Books store in 9 countries in the Middle East, and support the (UAE)'s "Year of Reading." So far, the initiative has reached >120 million people in the region.

In November, (EAD) teamed up with Dubai Miracle Garden to construct the world's largest floral installation through a life-size version of the (EAD) A380, covered in >500,000 fresh flowers and living plants. >200 people worked for 180 days to build, layer and mount the foliage on the 30 tonne steel structure. The aircraft structure even includes moving engine fans and other key design features that capture the essence of the original aircraft design.

January 2017: See attached - "EAD-2017-01 - 2016 In Review.jpg."

2 A340-313X (185, A6-ERP; 236, A6-ERM), returned to Castlelake after lease to (AS) Air Lease IX, Ireland and storage.

February 2017: News Item A-1: "See More of Dubai with Emirates' Exclusive Deals" by "China Aviation Daily" February 03, 2017.

To help globetrotters kick off their 2017 travel plans, Emirates (EAD) is launching special offers for trips to Dubai. For a limited time, each ticket purchased on (EAD) will include a complimentary 2-night stay in central Dubai. Passengers can visit (EAD) website:, for information on how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions for this offer.

Flight bookings have to be made between February 3 and February 12, for travel between February 5 and March 31. The hotels in the offer include Rove Deira City Centre, Rove Health Care city, Hotel Ibis Deira City Centre and Hotel Howard Johnson Bur Dubai. "Dubai's year-round sunshine, world-class shopping, stunning beaches and iconic buildings keep travelers returning time and time again. Whether it's your 1st visit to Dubai or a return trip, there is always something new to explore (from the latest theme parks to the finest restaurants). Our special deal offers great value and an even bigger incentive to visit Dubai. You'll enjoy exploring our home city as much as the journey there on (EAD) with our industry-leading comforts on board and award-winning service from our international cabin crew."

Adam Li, VP China of (EAD) stated the (UAE) officially announced free visa-on-arrival for Chinese citizens from November 1, 2016. With the free visa-on-arrival, there is greater ease and benefits for Chinese travelers who want to visit Dubai.

Dubai has seen the addition of several new attractions in the last year. Among the latest must-see places are Dubai Parks & Resorts which features 3 theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, as well as the region's 1st LEGOLAND® Park and LEGOLAND® Water Park. The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai (a retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks & Resorts which also features Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph® Collection.

* MOTIONGATE™ Dubai is the Middle East's largest Hollywood-inspired theme park, bringing blockbuster movies to life with rides, attractions and entertainment from 3 of the largest and most successful motion picture studios in Hollywood (DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, and Lionsgate).

* Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is the 1st park of its kind in the world and a must-visit for Bollywood fans, inspired by the greatest Bollywood blockbusters, it features 5 zones with interactive rides and multimedia theater shows.

* Families with children age 2 - 12 can enjoy interactive fun at LEGOLAND® Dubai and LEGOLAND® Water Park with >60 LEGO® themed rides and water rides, shows, building experiences and attractions.

The Emirates (EAD)'s hub in Dubai also provides direct connection to >150 cities in 83 countries and territories. Globalistas can explore the airline's latest destinations launched in 2016: Cebu and Clark in the Philippines, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou in China, Yangon in Myanmar, Hanoi in Vietnam and Fort Lauderdale in the USA.

(EAD) offers excellent on board service from an international cabin crew (CA5) who come from 135 nationalities and speak >60 languages. With lie-flat beds in Business (C) Class, the largest in-seat screens in the world in Economy (Y) class at 13.3 inches and >2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on the award-winning in-flight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen, (EAD) provides quality products and value for money.

Those traveling with children can take advantage of the extensive family offering from priority boarding across all airports to special kid's meals, dedicated children's entertainment on ice, and exclusive toys and Lonely Planet Kids activity bags on board. (EAD) is the only airline to operate an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet, further elevating the passenger experience on board through a modern, state-of-the-art wide body fleet.

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) President Sir Tim Clark is standing firmly behind his decision to launch a daily 5th-freedom service between Dubai and New York via Athens even though the route prompted a new outburst of protest from the 3 USA majors. (EAD) announced in January it plans to start the Athens - New York Newark route in March. The service is legal within the USA - (UAE) "Open Skies" agreement and is (EAD)’s 2nd use of 5th-freedom rights within that treaty.

News Item A-3: Qatar Airways (QTA) has taken the "world's longest flight" title away from MidEast rival Emirates Airline (EAD) with a 9,030-mile service on a Boeing 777-200LR jet flight from its base at Doha to Auckland, New Zealand. The route is 200 miles further than Emirates' record.

777-31H (42366, A6-EPY), ex-(N50230) and A380-861 (221, A6-EUI), ex-(F-WWAF) deliveries.

March 2017: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) commenced a daily service on March 12 between and Dubai (DXB) and New York Newark (EWR), via Athens (ATH). Newark becomes (EAD)’ 12th USA gateway, and is the 2nd serving the greater Tri-State Area, complementing its existing 4x-daily flights to New York (JFK).

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) is offering passengers a special handling service on flights affected by the new USA electronics carry-on ban so they can keep their laptops and tablets with them until they board the aircraft. The new service is an option that will be complimentary for passengers who wish to use it on (EAD)’ nonstop flights from its Dubai base to USA destinations.

777-31HER (33501, A6-EBD) returned to Air Lease Corporation (ALE). 777-31HER (42347, A6-EQB), and A380-842 (229, A6-EUQ), ex-(F-WWSF) deliveries.

June 2017: Emirates Airline (EAD) is working to get more passengers book direct with (EAD) rather than through online travel agents and global distribution system (GDS) operators. Speaking on the sidelines of last week’s Paris Air Show, Emirates President Tim Clark said he was trying to marginalize the presence of 3rd parties in the booking process for both financial and operational reasons. In some regions of the world, notably the Middle East, travel agents still have a significant presence.

July 2017: News Item A-1: Emirates (EAD) expanded its presence in SE Asia with the launch of a new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to Phnom Penh (PHN) in Cambodia, via its existing service to Yangon in Myanmar. This new service, launched July 1 and operated with its 777-300s, broadens (EAL)’s network in SE Asia to 13 cities in 8 countries.

It also marks the 1st time since 2014 that Phnom Penh and Yangon have been connected by a direct air link, serving increasing demand for travel between the 2 fast-developing cities. Flights to Phnom Penh (on EK388) will depart daily from Dubai at 09:15, arriving in Yangon at 17:25. It will then depart Yangon at 18:55, before arriving in Phnom Penh at 21:25. On the return segment, flight EK389 will depart Phnom Penh at 23:10, and will arrive in Yangon at 00:40. It will then set off to Dubai&#8206; at 02:10, arriving in the (UAE) at 05:40.

No other carriers operate this city pair, although fellow local carrier Qatar AIrways (QTA) has a one-stop service from its Doha hub (via Ho Chi Minh City) to Phnom also.

News Item A-2: "Dubai Removed from Laptop Ban List; Doha, Saudi Airports Could Follow" by (ATW) Aaron Karp and Kurt Hofmann, July 5, 2017.

Dubai has joined Istanbul Ataturk and Abu Dhabi airports in being removed from the list of airports with large personal electronic device (PED) restrictions for USA-bound passengers, according to Emirates Airline (EAD).

“Effective immediately, laptops and electronic devices can be taken on board all (EAD) flights from Dubai to the USA,” (EAD) said.

Responding to an inquiry, a USA Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson included Doha among airports (TSA) is inspecting July 5 regarding lifting the laptop ban, indicating it could also be taken off the list soon. Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia (SVA) said it expects Riyadh and Jeddah to be taken off the so-called laptop ban list on or before July 19.

The requirement that passengers bound for the USA check (rather than carry on) (PED)s larger than a smartphone has been in place at 10 airports since March. But after the USA Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new security requirements for all USA-bound flights on June 28, it gave the airports on the laptop ban list the opportunity to be removed from the list if they complied with the new security standards.

So far, (DHS) and (TSA) have officially confirmed Abu Dhabi has been taken off the list. Istanbul Ataturk and Dubai have also been removed from the list, according to Turkish Airlines (THY) and Emirates (EAD), respectively.

A (TSA) spokesperson said, “(THY),(QTA) and (EAD) have initiated the process for lifting the personal electronics device (PED) ban by alerting (TSA) they are ready to comply with the enhanced security measures. (TSA) was scheduled to visit July 5 to verify the measures have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required.”

The spokesperson declined to elaborate when asked for further clarification about the timing of lifting the ban at the airports being inspected.

Saudia (SVA), meanwhile, said it is working in with Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to implement the new (DHS) requirements for all USA-bound flights. On or before July 19, (SVA), the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member expected that passengers on its flights to the USA would be permitted to take large (PED)s into aircraft cabins.

News Item A-3: July 2017: "Emirates, flydubai to Partner."

Dubai-based giant Emirates Airline (EAD) and local low-cost carrier (LCC) flydubai (FDB) have announced an “extensive partnership agreement,” including network and schedule coordination, although they will continue to be managed independently.

News Item A-4: "Emirates Officially Opens 41st Lounge, In Boston"

The grand opening of Emirates (EAD)’s latest lounge in Boston Logan International Airport occurred in July 2017. The lounge, which marked a soft opening in April 2017, now opened to Emirates (EAD) First Class (F) and Business Class (C) customers as well as Platinum and Gold members of "Skywards," (EAD)’s frequent flyer program.

This latest lounge reaffirms (EAD)’s commitment to Boston, which in 2015 saw a 2nd daily 777 service to the city from Dubai. The new Emirates Lounge will offer seating for up to 123 customers covering an area of 7,481 square feet/695 sq m). The lounge also has moved away from the traditionally bling approach, with more subtle colors and refined finishes creating a sophisticated ambience.

The lounge will provide premium passengers with a relaxing ambiance, luxurious facilities and amenities that include an exciting view of airport activity, (LED) TVs, comfortable leather armchairs, a choice of formal and relaxed seating, bespoke artwork, and a prayer room. To complete the relaxing travel experience, a new range of luxury spa products will also be available in the lounge from award-winning Irish brand "VOYA." This skincare line includes hair & body wash, conditioner, hand cream and hand wash.

The lounge also features a dedicated dining area with a choice of bar seating, an extensive menu of complimentary hot and cold gourmet buffet, including local and international dishes, and an extensive beverage service including wines from reputable American vineyards.

While in the lounge, customers will enjoy shower facilities, a fully equipped business center with state of the art touch screen workstations along with complimentary Wi-Fi service within the lounge. As a really nice touch, passengers will also be able to board directly from the lounge and will also experience the (EAD) award-winning service from dedicated lounge staff, which completes the trademark (EAD) lounge experience for global customers.

A380-842 (241, A6-EUX), ex-(F-WWSG) delivery.

September 2017: News Item A-1: "Data is the New Oil" by Victoria Moores in Need I say Moores, September 15, 2017.

At the recent "Aviation Festival" in London, an observation from one of the moderators really struck me: “Data is the new oil.”

The parallel is a good one. Airlines need fuel to keep flying. Those that fail to tap the data pipeline will not continue to fly (or so Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark believes. “If you don’t do this, you will perish. You will not be there),” he warned.

Like oil, data is a lucrative resource. Through data, airlines can connect more closely with their customers, add value, improve their operational efficiency and cut costs, ultimately boosting their bottom line. Clark is right; those that use that information correctly will be industry winners.

However, airlines have been sat on untapped data for a long time, without the ability to drill for it. Now the technology is available to mine that data, and they need to move quickly.

Information Technology (IT) goliaths like Amazon (AZO) and Google have the machinery and experience to commoditize air transport. If that happens, the airline industry will just become a capacity pipeline, losing control of the customer relationship.

“Google has committed not to sell tickets until 2020. After 2020, they have said nothing. They don’t have any access to inventory, but through maths they can rebuild [airline] inventory to an incredible degree of accuracy,”(IATA)'s de Juniac said.

Finally, like oil, data is wrapped up in politics. Everyone wants to control it, and nobody wants to share, even though a joined-up approach across the whole passenger journey is in the customers’ interests.

Airlines and airports fiercely guard their customers as their own territory, forcing them to download separate apps for every bit of the journey. If this continues, someone will work out a way of going direct to the passenger, focusing on their needs and circumventing this corporate self-interest.

In the age-old discussion about who owns the customer, the best answer I’ve ever heard is that the customer owns the customer. And, ultimately, whoever gives them empowerment will be the winner.

News Item A-2: Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark said he hopes (EAD), the Middle East's largest airline will restore capacity to the USA in 6 to 9 months after some flights were dropped earlier this year. "Demand for travel is still fairly strong, and I'm hoping that in the next 6 to 9 months that we will restore our capacity to what it was," Clark said at an industry conference in London.

(EAD) started cutting frequencies on 5 USA routes from May, blaming a drop in demand on travel restrictions imposed by USA President Donald Trump's administration.

Clark said in June that demand to cities where (EAD) had cut capacity had started to improve.

News Item A-3: A planned order for either the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787 is “off the table for now,” Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark said. (EAD) has considered ordering smaller wide bodies for several years. It canceled its original order for 70 A350s in 2014 over concerns regarding aircraft specification and performance. (EAD) has been exploring whether it could use a smaller wide body such as the A350-900, or the 787-9.

October 2017: News Item A-1: A number of airlines operating to the USA have indicated they will be implementing new security measures this month for USA-bound flights.

USA Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson Mike England said the measures are part of the continuing implementation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mandate, issued in June, requiring 180 airlines operating to the USA to enhance security. The measures are part of (DHS) and (TSA) “efforts to raise the global aviation security baseline,” he explained, adding, “The security measures affect all individuals (international passengers and USA citizens—traveling to the USA from a last point of departure international location.”

The (TSA) is not specifically detailing the newest measures being put in place. Based on airline statements, it appears the measures being added involve airlines asking questions to USA-bound passengers.

Cathay Pacific (CAT), for example, said passengers flying on nonstop flights to the USA will not be able to do remote drops of checked bags as of October 26 and will be required to “check in their baggage at the dedicated counters at Hong Kong International Airport, where they will be subject to a short security interview.”

(CAT) added, “Passengers without check-in baggage should proceed to the boarding gate directly as early as possible, where they will also be subject to a short security interview. We therefore advise all passengers traveling to the USA to arrive at the airport 3 hours prior to departure to ensure they can proceed through all airport checkpoints in good time.”

Germany’s Lufthansa (DLH) and Dubai-based Emirates Airline (EAD) have also said passenger interviews for USA-bound flights will be initiated this month.

After instituting a ban in March on passengers flying nonstop to the USA from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa from carrying personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than a smartphone aboard aircraft, the (DHS) contemplated a wider “laptop ban.” But after discussions with other governments and warnings from airlines about the implications of such a ban (including fire safety concerns related to (PED)s in checked baggage), the (DHS) instead implemented enhanced security requirements in late June for 180 airlines flying to the USA from 280 world airports. The (DHS) removed all (PED) restrictions in July, saying airlines flying to the USA had “successfully implemented the 1st phase of enhanced security measures.”

“As we move forward, the (TSA) will continue to work closely with our aviation partners and verify that all security enhancements are accurately implemented,” England said. “As threats continue to evolve, we and our partners around the world will continue to work together to improve intelligence sharing and standardize best practices, while also pursuing technological advancements that will make flying more secure for everyone.”

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) will be the 1st operator of the Boeing 777X and expects to take delivery of the 1st airplane in early 2020, (EAD) President Tim Clark said.

The delivery, which a Boeing spokesperson confirmed, means that (EAD) will skip ahead of 777X launch customer Lufthansa (DLH) and become the wide body’s launch operator. “I believe we will be the 1st to receive the airplane in early 2020. It will replace the 777-300ER as they retire,” Clark wrote. (DLH) ordered 34 777-9X in September, 2013, with deliveries anticipated between 2020 and 2025.

At the Dubai Air Show in November 2013, (EAD) and the 2 other major Gulf carriers each announced commitments for large numbers of 777Xs: – Emirates (EAD) for 150 airplanes plus 50 purchase rights, Etihad Airways (EHD) for 25, and Qatar Airways (QTA) for 50.

(EAD) finalized its order, for 115 777-9Xs and 35 longer-range 777-8Xs, in July, 2014. The order, valued at $56 billion at 2014 list prices, was part of the largest product launch in commercial jetliner history. If all options are confirmed, the value of the deal could increase to around $75 billion.

“Lufthansa (DLH) is 1 of the launch customers of the 777X. Which airline gets the very 1st airplane is a question for Boeing (TBC),” a (DLH) spokesperson in Frankfurt said.

November 2017: News Item A-1: "Clark Sees Potential for 200 A380s at New Dubai Airport" by Kurt Hofmann November 3, 2017.

The new Dubai World Central Airport (DWC) would allow Emirates Airline (EAD) to operate 200 Airbus A380s (2x- as many as it has today, (EAD)’s President said. Speaking in Hamburg on the side lines of ceremonies for the delivery of (EAD)’s 100th A380, Tim Clark said the new airport will have 100 gates capable of handling very large airplanes (VLA) like the A380 and Boeing 747-8i, which would “easily” facilitate the operation of 200 A380s.

(DWC) is being built in phases, with completion not expected before 2023. (EAD), meanwhile, still has +42 more A380s on order beyond the 100 it now has in its fleet. In theory, therefore, (EAD) could be looking to order at least another 50 A380s if it wanted to fully utilize those (VLA) gates at (DWC).

But (EAD) has been pushing for a re-engined, more fuel efficient version of the A380neo which Airbus (EDS) has so far been reluctant to launch because it cannot secure enough customers. In June, Airbus unveiled a development study for a so-called A380plus package, which would include new winglets and refinements to the wing’s aerodynamics to improve fuel-burn by +4%, and potentially have more than >80 additional seats. The proposal falls short of a re-engined aircraft, but Clark said at the Paris Air Show in June that he might be interested in the A380plus if more airlines signed up, so the aircraft’s future was assured.

Speaking at the Hamburg event, Airbus (CEO) Tom Enders said there was still “huge potential” for A380 upgrades.

The 3 major Gulf carriers (EAD) Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA)) all operate the A380 and have used them to facilitate rapid growth. But 2017 has been a tough year for the Middle East airlines, with lower oil prices spurring greater competition, political upheavals in the region that include the Qatar blockade by its neighboring countries, and the effects of USA travel bans and extra security rules that particularly affected Muslim countries. The airlines cut back on some services to the USA because of reduced demand.

But Clark said in Hamburg on November 3 that business was much improved. Fuel prices have risen a little and demand was returning on USA routes, he said. “Green shoots are coming up in all those areas where we had struggling a little bit,” he said.

News Item A-2: "Emirates to Debut New First Class on Boeing 777s" by
Jens Flottau (ATW) On-Location, November 12, 2017.

Emirates Airline (EAD) is launching a new first class (F) product for yet-to-be-delivered Boeing 777-300ERs and its future 777X fleet. (EAD) presented the new product on board the latest 777-300ER it has received from Boeing on the opening day of the Dubai Air Show. The new first class (F), which features 6 fully enclosed cabins with sliding doors, follows a 4-year process of studies and negotiations to satisfy regulatory authorities pressing to ensure emergency evacuation, air flow and other issues are respected.

Because of the additional space the suites take up, (EAD)’s 777 first class (F) cabins have been reduced from 8 to 6 seats. The compartments are arranged in a 3-abreast configuration. (EAD) worked with Mercedes-Benz, among others, on the interior design. The new lay-out required extensive modification to the cabin, including the ceiling in the first class (F) section.

One of the new features are virtual windows for the middle seat (passengers will be shown the outside view live through screens on the sidewalls via cameras filming on the airplane's exterior).

The new product will be available on 9 777-300ERs by the end of 2019. Emirates (EAD) plans to use the airplanes across the network, but initially to fly from Dubai to Brussels and Geneva. Chicago, Perth and Brisbane are to be added later. (EAD) has not yet made a decision whether the product will be retrofitted to the in-service fleet of 777-300ERs and, if so, to how many airplanes.

But the product will be delivered from the factory on the 777X, which Emirates (EAD) will start to receive in early 2020.

Around 30 Emirates (EAD) 777s in service have business class (C) seats, but do not have a first class (F) cabin. (EAD) President Sir Tim Clark said he still sees a strong market for a first class (F) product and expects the majority of the future fleet to include first class (F) as well as business class (C). (EAD) operates almost 170 777s.

(EAD) is still working on defining the upgraded compartments for its Airbus A380s and wants to retrofit that fleet as soon as possible. “It is work in progress,” Clark said, pointing out that the A380 first class (F) cabin is much larger and more complicated to change. With the new product installed, first class (F) seating will be reduced from 14 to 11 seats on the A380. “Eventually the product will be ubiquitous,” Clark said.

* "Emirates to Debut New First-class on European routes"
by (ATW) Alan Dron November 8, 2017.

Emirates Airline (EAD) will initially fly its new first-class (F) cabin product on services to its Belgian and Swiss destinations.

(EAD)’s initial 2 777-300ERs are to be fitted with the new cabin (details which will be unveiled on the 1st day of the upcoming Dubai Air Show and will operate from Dubai to Brussels and Geneva from December 1). The new first-class (F) cabin will feature 6 private suites in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the current configuration of 8 suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its 777s.

SEE VIDEO: "777 Fist Class Private Suites - 2017-11.jpg"

In addition to the new first-class (F) cabin, (EAD)’s new 777-300ERs will have what (EAD) describes as “refreshed features” in business (C) and economy (Y) classes. (EAD) currently has 165 Boeing 777s.

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD), the world's largest international airline, announced a US$15.1 billion/AED 55.4 billion commitment for 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

In the presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, (EAD) Chairman & President aswell as Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Ruler of Dubai signed the agreement with Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) President & (CEO) Kevin McAllister on November 12, the opening day of the 2017 Dubai Airshow.

Sheikh Ahmed said: "Emirates' orders today will be delivered from 2022, taking (EAD) well into the 2030s. Some of these will be replacements so that we maintain a young and efficient fleet, and others will power our future network growth. We see the 787 as a great complement to our 777 and A380 fleet, providing us with more flexibility to serve a range of destinations as we develop our global route network."

"It has always been Emirates (EAD)'s strategy to invest in the most advanced and efficient airplanes, and today's orders reflect that. Today's announcement also speaks to our confidence in the future of aviation in the (UAE) and the region."

Mr McAllister said: "We are excited that Emirates has selected the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to power its fleet expansion and future growth. This is an airplane that sets a new benchmark for operating economics in the commercial aviation industry when it enters service next year. Emirates' endorsement of the 787 Dreamliner extends our long-standing partnership and will sustain many jobs in the USA."

The (EAD)'s agreement includes conversion rights to switch the airplanes to 787-9s, offering the airline additional flexibility for its future fleet and global network. (EAD)'s 787 Dreamliners will be delivered in a mix of 2 and 3-cabin class configurations, potentially seating between 240 and 330 passengers. These airplanes will be delivered in phases from 2022 onwards.

Emirates is a powerful source for American aerospace manufacturing jobs. Applying the USA Department of Commerce jobs multiplier (every US$1 billion in US aerospace exports supports 5,200 American jobs), this new order will create and support >78,000 additional jobs in USA aerospace manufacturing (not only with Boeing (TBC), but also with the thousands of other suppliers in the value chain across the USA, many of which are medium and small-sized businesses.

Today's order comes on top of Emirates (EAD)'s historic purchase of 150 Boeing 777X airplanes equipped with (GE9X) engines at the 2013 Dubai Air Show, to be delivered from 2020 onwards. (EAD)' partnership with Boeing spans decades. Emirates is by far the largest Boeing 777 operator on the planet with 165 777s in service today. With this announcement, Emirates will have committed to future delivery of 204 Boeing wide body airplanes.

News Item A-4: "Emirates' 777X Fleet to Feature Dual (HGS) from Rockwell Collins" by China Aviation Daily, November 13, 2017.

Emirates (EAD) has opted to provide pilots (FC) with a technology that keeps eyes forward and focused on the outside world when flying their new Boeing 777X airplane fleet. Rockwell Collins' Head-up Guidance System (HGS) has been selected by (EAD) for the 150 777X airplanes on order.

The (HGS) displays will be installed for the pilot and co-pilot to provide training advantages for co-pilots and improve safety by requiring less time in head-down operations. "(HGS) has proven itself to be a tool that makes flying safer and more efficient," said Claude Alber, VP & Managing Director, Europe, the Middle East & Africa for Rockwell Collins. "You add another level of safety by having 2 (HGS) displays on the flight deck, and it makes for a smoother transition for pilots (FC) moving from the right seat to the left seat."

The dual (HGS) for Emirates (EAD)'s 777X fleet will complement the numerous Rockwell Collins systems that will come standard on the 777X, including the 1st-ever touchscreen flight displays for commercial air transport airplanes. In addition, Rockwell Collins is providing the integrated surveillance system with MultiScan weather radar, select flight controls and the Avionics Gateway secure server router, and communication and navigation radios on the 777X.

News Item A-5: "Emirates Demands A380 Production Guarantees Before Ordering More" by Jens Flottau (ATW) On-Location, November 13, 2017.

Emirates Airline (EAD) is demanding guarantees from Airbus (EDS) that A380 production will continue in the long term before committing to another major order for the aircraft.

(EAD) President Tim Clark told Reuters that “the ownership here is concerned about continuation.” He added that “they need some copper-bottom guarantees that if we do buy some more, then the line will be continued for a minimum period of years and that they are fully aware of the consequences of cancellation and leaving us high and dry.”

(EAD), the Dubai-based carrier later confirmed the statements.

Clark said (EAD) wants Airbus (EDS) to commit to continuing the A380 production for at least 10 years. Airbus (EDS) currently has a backlog of 100 A380s remaining to be delivered, 42 of which are for Emirates (EAD). A large proportion of the remaining 58 aircraft looks shaky at best. A new commitment by (EAD), reportedly to be close to 40 aircraft, would drive the backlog back up to around 100 aircraft, which would be sufficient to fill the production line for >10 years at the low production rates currently anticipated. Airbus (EDS) is in the process of reducing A380 output to 12 aircraft in 2018 and 8 from 2019 onward.

Sources at Airbus (EDS) said negotiations were continuing and they were confident a solution could ultimately be found. Clark, too, said Airbus will eventually be willing to give the guarantees. Airbus hopes a new Emirates (EAD) order will stimulate demand with other carriers for general demand to pick up over the years. A production rate of around 8 aircraft per year, or possibly even 7, would allow Airbus to continue the program at losses that are considered to be digestible, industry sources said.

However, Airbus (EDS) no longer seemed to expect the order to come through at the Dubai Air Show. Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Brégier left the show on November 13 while Airbus (CEO) Tom Enders was expected to depart later in the day. (COO) Customers John Leahy was to remain the highest-ranking official left on site.

December 2017: Emirates Airline (EAD) is launching services to London Stansted Airport (STN), (EAD)’s 3rd London route, starting June 8, 2018. The daily service will use (EAD)’s new Boeing 777-300ER featuring the latest cabin interiors, which includes first-class fully enclosed private suites.

The new first-class cabin will feature 6 private suites in a 1-1-1 layout, compared to the current configuration of 8 suites in a 1-2-1 layout on its 777s. The 777 offers 42C seats in business and 306Y in economy class.

With the introduction of the Stansted service, (EAD) will make 10x-daily flights from Dubai to London Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW). (STN) will be (EAD)’S 7th UK destination besides (LHR), (LGW), Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.

(EAD) said the (STN) route was a strategic decision to serve the thriving business community in London’s North East and the wider 7.5 million population that falls within its catchment area. (EAD) will be the 1st Middle Eastern airline to operate out of the North East London airport.

January 2018: News Item A-1: "Emirates Secures A380 Production with 36-strong Order" by (ATW) Kurt Hofmann ( January 18, 2018.

Emirates Airline (EAD) has announced a $16 billion deal for up to 36 additional Airbus A380s, securing production of the aircraft type for another 10 years. The commitment is for 20 A380s and 16 options, with deliveries to start in 2020. The order is valued at $16 billion at current list prices.

(EAD)’s A380 fleet operates both (GE) (GEC) and Rolls-Royce (RRC) engines; (EAD) is evaluating engine options for the latest order.

Together with (EAD)’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings (EAD)’s commitment to the A380 program to 178 aircraft, worth >$60 billion.

(EAD) Chairman & (CEO) Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said, “We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for (EAD). Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix.”

He said some of the new A380s will be used as fleet replacements. “This order will provide stability to the A380 production line. We will continue to work closely with Airbus (EDS) to further enhance the aircraft and on board product,” he said.

Airbus (COO) Customers John Leahy said January 15 the A380 program would have had to be shut down if (EAD) did not order more aircraft.
“If we can’t work out a deal with (EAD), it is clear we will have to shut down the program,” Leahy had said, speaking on Airbus’ 2017 orders and deliveries webinar on January 15.

Airbus (EDS) said it will continue to build the A380 for at least another decade following a commitment from (EAD) to add at least 20 aircraft to its backlog. After months of difficult negotiations and a clash at November’s Dubai Air Show, (EAD) on January 18 signed an (MOU) for an additional 36 aircraft. For Airbus (EDS), the deal is a breakthrough that secures A380 production at reduced, but sustainable rates.

* "Emirates to the A380 Rescue" by Mark Nensel ( "On the Mark" January 19, 2018.

So Emirates Airline (EAD) has come to the rescue of the Airbus A380. Was it gallantry or pressure that led to this outcome? It’s probably a bit of both.

With the January 18 signing of an (MOU) for up to 36 new A380s, (EAD) is assuring that production of the ultra-large wide body (which can seat between 525 and 853 passengers and has a 15,200 km range) will continue for another 10 years. The announcement came just 3 days after Airbus (COO) Customers John Leahy said the A380 program would have to be shut down if (EAD) did not commit to a new order. The 2 parties have been negotiating for a further commitment for quite some time, with (EAD) seeking assurances from Airbus that A380 production would continue for at least 10 years, and Airbus, in return, pressuring (EAD) to place an additional order to guarantee that an end customer for the aircraft, and its production line, was out there.

As of December 31, (EAD) has 41 of a total of 95 A380s in Airbus’ production backlog. The new order boosts that total backlog to 131 aircraft. Airbus delivered 15 A380s in 2017, and has said it plans to deliver 12 in 2018, then 8 in 2019, with deliveries possibly dropping to six per year beyond that, which would support A380 production into 2032. Airbus Commercial Aircraft President Fabrice Brégier said on January 15 that the company “came to the conclusion that we can go down to 6 aircraft per year and maintain an industrially efficient production line.” If Airbus indeed sticks to a 6-per-year production rate, now that a potential 131 A380s are in backlog, production could carry on an additional 18.5 years beyond 2020, to 2038 (another 2 decades).

And Leahy has not given up on future customers for the aircraft. “This is an airplane, I assure you, whose time has come,” Leahy said on January 15, emphasizing that that forecast traffic growth into major hubs will force demand for larger aircraft. Leahy envisions Airbus selling 6-to-8 A380s per year “until the market level gets to 25 a year, but it will take a few more years to get there.”

Is it just wishful thinking, or a prescient strategy? Airbus hasn’t sold a new A380 since March 2016, which was an Emirates (EAD) order for 2 of the model. Nonetheless, (EAD)’s (MOU) now gives Airbus some breathing room for its A380 program. Will Airbus stick with its previous 6 A380 per year production plan, or will the company go at a higher rate? This is still to be seen. Both Leahy and Brégier plan to retire fairly imminently. Future A380 sales campaigns and production decisions will be left to their successors.

Additional airlines and lessors with backlog A380 orders include Russia’s Air Accord (an entity that took over aircraft orders transferred from defunct Russian carrier Transaero (TRX) (—(3 in backlog); Dublin-based lessor Amedeo (20 on order, but with no announced operators); (ANA) (3); Qantas (QAN) (8); Qatar Airways (QTA) (1); Singapore Airlines (SIA) (3); and Virgin Atlantic (VAA) (which has deferred its 6 A380s several times).

It was up to Emirates (EAD) to keep the A380 program alive, and the Gulf carrier group’s Chairman & (CEO) Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum extolled the aircraft’s virtues.

“We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for (EAD). Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix,” Al Maktoum said. “This order will provide stability to the A380 production line [and] we will continue to work closely with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and on board product (the beauty of this aircraft is that the technology and real estate on board gives us plenty of room to do something different with the interiors).”

This resolution to Airbus’ A380 crisis is a positive story. It allows Airbus to continue to employ thousands of production line workers world wide. Manufacturers of components for the aircraft will continue to have a steady production flow. (EAD) and other operators of the A380 (including Air France (AFA) and British Airways (BAB)) will continue to have replacement parts and, potentially, replacement aircraft if they deem to order any. And passengers will still be able to experience a flight on what many customers say is the most elegant, quiet and even luxurious aircraft yet made.

To know the A380 will still be out there, in operation, and with new models still to be built and delivered (the biggest of the big commercial passenger airplanes) gives travelers 1 more travel bucket list opportunity to attain, before the big jumbo jets are gone forever.

For (EAD) to make this possible is indeed an example of a certain kind of gallantry.

News Item A-2: "The Open Skies ‘Big Deal’ That Isn’t" by Karen Walker ( in (ATW) Editor's Blog January 30, 2018.

American (AAL), Delta (DAL) and United (UAL) still have little to show for the millions of dollars they’ve spent on publicity campaigns and legal work aimed at curtailing the growth of Emirates (EAD), Etihad (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA).

While the USA airline (CEO)s and (ALPA) have issued press statements akin to victory claims, the reality is that the new USA - Qatar “understandings on civil aviation” pact, announced this month by USA Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, changes nothing about the "Open Skies" agreement between the 2 countries or Qatar Airways (QTA)’s operations to the USA.

To summarize, in return for not renegotiating the "Open Skies" deal, the Qatari government has agreed that (QTA) will release an audited financial statement within a year and assured Washington that the Doha-based airline has “no current plans” to operate 5th freedom flights to the USA.

How useful that audited statement will be to the USA carriers is anybody’s guess, but there seems to be a wide margin for interpretation of how to deliver that concession. And (QTA) does not operate 5th freedom flights to the USA (although it could do so under the "Open Skies" agreement, if it wished), so nothing changes there and the Qatari government’s assurance on this is even vaguer than the financial transparency pledge.

Tillerson’s statement was also cloaked in diplomatic assurances, emphasizing that Qatar was “a strong partner and a longtime friend of the USA,” with whom the USA is keen to deepen its strategic ties and cooperation in areas that include trade, security and counterterrorism.

The most important part of today’s statement, however, is what wasn’t mentioned: the (UAE), Emirates (EAD) and Etihad (EHD). The USA is apparently hopeful of reaching the same type of amicable handshake with the (UAE), which is unquestionably as important a strategic partner as Qatar. But the (UAE) is in a diplomatic standoff with Qatar, so there’s no reason to believe that where Qatar goes, so will the (UAE). Even more problematic, Emirates (EAD) (the world's largest international airline) does operate 5th freedom flights (via Italy and Greece) to the USA. Would a USA “civil aviation understanding” with the (UAE) require (EAD) to give those up?

Even if the (UAE) and (EAD) were to make such a concession, would they do so while still permitting USA cargo carriers to operate 5th freedom flights out of Dubai?

But let’s hypothesize that an agreement is forged with the (UAE) similar to Qatar’s. What, in reality, have (AAL), (DAL) and (UAL) achieved for their money? The "Open Skies" agreements will remain intact (a good thing, in this editor’s view); the Gulf carriers will maintain their current direct schedules to the USA; and, if they wish and if slots are available, those airlines can continue to expand their USA destination networks.

Meanwhile, the consolidated USA majors will continue to control some 80% of the USA domestic market (into which foreign carriers, including the Gulf carriers, cannot venture because of USA cabotage laws) and will maintain their dominant, anti-trust protected positions in the transatlantic market with their European partners, Air France (AFA) - (KLM), British Airways (BAB), Lufthansa (DLH) and Virgin Atlantic (VAA).

3 years on, with millions of dollars and a lot of rhetoric spent, (AAL), (DAL) and (UAL) seem to have achieved only 1 thing: securing the status quo.

February 2018: News Item A-1: Emirates Airline (EAD) is launching services to Santiago de Chile, (EAD)’s 4th South American passenger route, starting July 8.

The 5x-weekly service will use a 2-class Boeing 777-200LR, which offers 38C business-class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264Y seats in economy class.

The new service is routed via Sao Paulo-Guarulhos airport (Brazil) and complements an existing daily Airbus A380 flight between Dubai and Sao Paulo. In total, (EAD) will operate 12x-weekly services to Sao Paulo.

(EAD) President Tim Clark said the start of the Chile operations “underlines our commitment to South America with our 4th destination on the continent and another 5x-five flights to Sao Paulo.”

(EAD) is also adjusting its North American network and will introduce a new nonstop service between Newark Liberty International Airport (New Jersey) and Dubai from June 1, adding to its existing daily flight that will have a stop in Athens (Greece).

The new nonstop service will use a Boeing 777-300ER, which offers 8F first-class suites, 42C business-class seats and 306Y economy-class seats.

However, (EAD) will reduce New York (JFK) services from March 25 to 3x-daily flights (2x- nonstop flights to Dubai and 1x- via Milan (Italy). Also from March 25, (EAD) will add 2x-weekly each to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (Florida), effectively returning to daily services at both airports.

News Item A-2: Emirates Airline (EAD) is launching a new route from Dubai to Auckland, New Zealand via Bali, Indonesia, as the 2nd stage of (EAD)’s overhaul of New Zealand services. The route is scheduled to begin June 14 with a Boeing 777-300ER. The new service follows the planned suspension of 2 other (EAD) flights to New Zealand.

(EAD) previously announced it would cut Airbus A380 flights from the Australian cities of Brisbane and Melbourne to Auckland from March. This move was partly caused by (EAD)’s introduction of direct flights from Dubai to Auckland, making the one-stop services via Australia less essential.

(EAD) has retained service between Sydney and Christchurch, New Zealand, which will give it 3 New Zealand services from June using its own airplanes.

As part of the reshuffle, (EAD)’s partner Qantas (QAN) will increase capacity on certain Australia to New Zealand routes.

Emirates (EAD) President Tim Clark said the addition of the Dubai to Bali to Auckland flight “underscores (EAD)'s commitment to New Zealand, dating back nearly 15 years, and our confidence in its growing tourism market.” When the other route cuts were announced, (EAD) had signaled that new service to New Zealand could be introduced later, either direct or via Asia.

The new route will also be significant for (EAD)’s presence in the popular Bali market. (EAD) currently has 2 daily flights from Dubai to Bali in the northern summer season, and 1 daily flight in the winter season. From June, it will have an additional daily in each season.

(EAD) stressed the Bali to Auckland leg will be the only year-round service between these 2 cities. Air New Zealand (ANZ) operates a Boeing 787-9 flight on this route between April and October.

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD) will resume its flagship Airbus A380 service between Houston, Texas, and Dubai from June 1, after the rise in oil prices improved the route’s viability. The move is 1 part of a raft of recent adjustments by (EAD) to its USA services.

(EAD) is launching a nonstop Dubai to New York Newark service from June 1 and plans to resume daily services to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida, from March 25.

Houston has been part of (EAD)’s route network since December 2007, but the A380 that was brought onto the service in December 2014 was replaced with a Boeing 777-300ER in July 2016, when the global oil price was slumping.

International services to Houston, 1 of the world’s centers for the oil industry, are susceptible to lower oil prices, which tend to produce lower activity in the hydrocarbon sector. This is reflected in less international travel between the Texan city and oil-producing areas such as the Middle East and nations surrounding the North Sea.

With the energy sector recovering, (EAD) has decided to reinstate the A380 in line with commercial demand. The (EAD) A380 on the Houston route will offer 516 seats: 14 private suites in first (F) class, 76 flatbed seats in business (C) class and 426Y in economy. This gives >160 extra seats compared to the Boeing 777-300ER.

(EAD) currently serves 12 points in the USA. Given the long-running discontent among some USA majors over unfair competition by (EAD), Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA) (which all 3 carriers deny) (EAD) stressed as it announced the return of the A380 that of the 80-plus destinations on its Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific network, 67 are not directly served by any USA carrier.

News Item A-4: Dubai Airports has confirmed plans to close Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) southern runway (12R-30L) for a 45-day period in 2019. It cited necessary upgrade work to strengthen and resurface the runway (1 of 2 at the airport) and adjacent taxiways. The work is scheduled to take place from April 16 to May 30, 2019, when (DXB) believes there will be lower passenger traffic than at other times of the year. Nevertheless, airlines will be required to reduce their operations to (DXB) over the 45-day period. The runway work will cause a significant capacity reduction resulting from single runway operations.

The "Gulf Daily News" reported the runway is nearing the end of its design life. (DXB) handles >1,100 aircraft movements per day. “While we regret any inconvenience this may cause to our airline customers and our passengers, these upgrades are absolutely necessary to heighten safety, boost capacity and pave the way for future growth,” Dubai Airports (CEO) Paul Griffiths said.

In terms of flight movements, the reduction in capacity is estimated to be approximately 43% during the 45-day period.

Dubai World Central (DWC) will be an available alternative airport to absorb affected scheduled flights as well as charter, cargo and general aviation operations.

(DXB), which handled 88.2 million passengers in 2017, is the home base of Emirates Airline (EAD) and (LCC) flydubai (FDB).

April 2018: News Item A-1: "Clark: Profits Up, Pilot Numbers Down at Emirates" by Alan Dron (ATW) Plus, April 12, 2018.

Emirates Airline (EAD)’s profits for its recently closed financial year will be “considerably better” than those for the previous 12 months, (EAD) President Sir Tim Clark said April 11. Speaking at a media roundtable event at Hamburg Airport, Germany following a visit to the adjacent Airbus assembly works, Clark said that a good 1st half of the financial year had been sustained for the remainder of the 12 months.

News Item A-2: "Flydubai Expands European Network" by Kurt Hofmann (, April 13, 2018.

flydubai (FDB) has expanded its European network by launching 4x-weekly Dubai to Dubrovnik (Croatia) seasonal services through October 25, as well as Dubai to Krakow (Poland) flights. In June, (FDB) will launch services to Catania (Italy) and Thessaloniki Greece).

As a result of the new services, (FDB)’s European network will offer a total of 26 destinations with 135x-weekly flights operating to Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.

(FDB) Senior VP Commercial Operations (UAE, Middle East, Europe & (CIS)) Jeyhun Efendi said the new Dubrovnik service “reflects (FDB)’s commitment to open up 71 previously underserved markets on our network of >90 destinations.”

Emirates Airline (EAD) will code share on the Dubrovnik route as part of the Emirates - flydubai partnership announced in July 2017.

(EAD) President Sir Tim Clark said the partnership is producing “very good flows between the 2 carriers, and we hope that will be expanded. We are stripping out overlaps where it is making sense for both of us.” Clark added that rationalization is going on the next 18 months to 2 years. “We see that energizing and hopefully this will bring much more business for both of us,” he said.

News Item A-3: Emirates Airline (EAD) is “expecting more pressure” from the new breed of low-cost, long-haul carriers, (EAD)’s President Sir Tim Clark said. The recent advent of airlines such as Norwegian Air International (NAI), International Airlines Group (IAG)’s Level (LVL) and WestJet (WJI)’s Swoop is increasingly threatening to eat into legacy carrier (EAD)’S long-haul routes.

News Item A-4: "Emirates (EAD), flydubai (FDB) Expanded Partnership has Growing Passenger Interest" by Alan Dron (, April 25, 2018.

>400,000 passengers took advantage of the extended partnership between Dubai-based Emirates Airline (EAD) and (LCC) flydubai (FDB) from October 2017 to March 2018, with another 250,000 planning to do so, according to (FDB).

The partnership began with code share flights to 29 cities, but has quickly expanded as customers took advantage of expanded access to destinations on a single ticket and checking in their baggage through to the final destination, (FDB) said.

(EAD) services 141 passenger destinations, while (FDB) flies to 97, 80 of which are not served by (EAD).

New code share flights recently launched include Krakow (Poland), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), with more destinations expected in the coming months including Catania (Italy), Thessaloniki (Greece) and Helsinki (Finland).

The Helsinki service, to be operated by (FDB) with its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes, will be the 1st time Finland has been served directly from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with scheduled services.

(FDB) made the announcement at the Arabian Travel Market exhibition in Dubai April 22. “We remain committed to opening up previously underserved markets and to providing more travel options to fly to Dubai and beyond,” flydubai (FDB) (CCO) Hamad Obaidalla said.

The 2-class 737 MAX 8 will have lie-flat seats in business (C) class and a seatback (IFE) system.

May 2018: "Emirates Airline Doubles Profit in 2017 to 2018" by Victoria Moores (, May 9, 2018.

Emirates Airline (EAD) has posted +124% profit growth for its most recent financial year, delivering a +AED2.8 billion/+$762 million profit despite “strong competitive pressure across all markets” and higher fuel prices.

For the 12 months ended March 31, passenger numbers rose +4% to 58.5 million, pushing load factor up +2.4 points to 77.5% LF. “The increase in passenger seat factor compared to last year’s 75.1% LF, is a result of successful capacity management in response to political uncertainty and strong competition in many markets, despite a moderate +2% increase in seat capacity,” (EAD) said, announcing its year-end results May 9.

(EAD) had to adjust fare levels because of this difficult backdrop, but revenues still grew +9% to AED92.3 billion. (EAD) said revenues are “well-balanced,” with none of its 6 regions contributing >30% of overall revenues. “Europe was the highest revenue-contributing region with AED26.7 billion, up +12% from 2016 to 2017. East Asia and Australasia follows closely with AED25.4 billion, up +12%. The Americas region recorded revenue growth at AED13.4 billion, up +7%. Gulf and Middle East revenue decreased by -2% to AED8.5 billion, whereas revenue for Africa increased by +8% to AED9.4 billion. West Asia and Indian Ocean revenue increased by +5% to AED7.8 billion.”

Emirates SkyCargo recorded “a strong performance in a resurgent market,” delivering 14% of the airline’s total transport revenue at AED12.4 billion, up +17% year-on-year. (FTK)s were up +14%, while tonnage carried increased +2% to reach 2.6 million tonnes.

Meanwhile, (EAD)’s operating costs rose +7%. This was driven by fuel costs going up +18%, based on fuel prices increasing +15% and the need for +3% more fuel to support capacity growth. Fuel now makes up 28% of (EAD) operating costs, up from 25% in 2016 to 2017.

“The decline of the US dollar against currencies in most of (EAD)'s key markets for the 1st time in a number of years had an AED661 million positive impact to (EAD)’s bottom line.”

Passenger and cargo capacity growth for 2017 to 2018 was moderated to 2%, with (EAD) adding just 2 new passenger destinations (Phnom Penh in Cambodia and Zagreb in Croatia) and increasing capacity to 15 existing destinations. The aim of this moderation was to focus on yields, which rose to 25.3 fils/6.9 US cents per RPK.

Over the 12 months, (EAD) took delivery of 8 Airbus A380s and 9 Boeing 777-300ERs, taking (EAD) to a net fleet of 268 airplanes. During the year, (EAD) committed to 40 787-10s to be delivered from 2022 and 36 additional A380s, including 16 options.

For 2018 to 2019, (EAD) has announced new routes to London Stansted in the UK, Santiago in Chile, Edinburgh in Scotland, and an additional flight between Dubai and Auckland via Bali, as well as capacity upgrades to existing destinations.

At group level, (EAD) posted a +AED4.1 billion profit, based on record revenue of >AED100 billion. “Business conditions in 2017 to 2018, while improved, remained tough. This period saw ongoing political instability, currency volatility and devaluations in Africa, rising oil prices which drove costs up, and downward pressure on margins from relentless competition. On the positive side, there were benefits from a healthy recovery in the global air cargo industry, as well as the relative strengthening of key currencies against the US dollar,” (EAD) Group Chairman & (CEO) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said.

777-300ER (42359, A6-EQK), ex-(N5511Y) delivery.

June 2018: "Emirates Clark Said Any Etihad Merger Plan Is Up to Shareholders" by Haidi Lun, Anurag Kotoky, "Bloomberg News" June 05, 2018.

Emirates Airline (EAD) said any merger plan with Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways (EHD) is for shareholders to decide and no such development is likely any time soon. "That is in the hands of the shareholders," (EAD) President Sir Tim Clark said in a Bloomberg Television interview in Sydney. "On the short-term, medium-term horizon, I would say no."

Local press reports have said United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s ruling families that control (EAD) and (EHD) have held talks about possibly combining the 2. (EHD) posted a loss of -US$1.87 billion in 2016 following the failure of an alliance-building strategy that saw it pour cash into Air Berlin (ber) and Alitalia (ALI), both of which later filed for insolvency. (EAD) Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in May there have never been talks with (EHD) about a merger.

(EAD) is working with (EHD) had to look at areas of common ground without mixing up the brands and entering into competing areas, Clark said. (EAD), the world's biggest long-haul carrier, posted a net income of 4.11 billion dirhams/US $1.1 billion in the 12 months ended March 31 as higher oil prices spurred a revival in travel in oil-based Middle Eastern economies.

While Clark said bookings this summer are "very, very strong" and that ticket prices have risen from last year, (EAD)'s outlook for the year is facing the double whammy of the rising dollar, as well as rising fuel costs leaving its outlook "cloudy." (EAD) said in May that full-year profits had returned to the levels of 2013 to 2014, signaling a recovery after the collapse of oil prices and a wave of terror incidents across Europe hit demand.

July 2018: See video of A380 landing at Costa Azul airport:

See video of Boeing 777 and A380 female flight crew:

August 2018: News Item A-1: "Emirates Airline to Code Share with Italy Train Operator" by Kurt Hofmann (, August 15, 2018.

Emirates Airline (EAD) plans to code share with Trenitalia, Italy’s national railway company, which plans to add 27 train stations to (EAD)’s network.

Emirates divisional SVP-commercial operations, West, Hubert Frach said, “Emirates already flies more than 1.6 million passengers to and from Italy every year. With this codeshare agreement, we’re connecting Italian regions to our global network, significantly boosting the Italian tourism industry.”

Emirates operates from Dubai to Bologna, Milan Malpensa, Rome Fiumicino and Venice. It also uses fifth freedom services from Milan to New York JFK.

“The agreement signed by Trenitalia and Emirates is a pivotal step towards the increase of effective and comfortable integration between train and airplane,” Trenitalia director-long-haul passenger division Gianpiero Strisciuglio said.

Emirates customers will be able to board Trenitalia trains directly without exchanging boarding pass for a separate ticket. As in an aircraft, passengers will be assigned a seat number and car number, which will be displayed on their e-ticket.

News Item A-2: See video of A380 (A6-EOL) slow motion takeoff:
and a "tricky A380 landing" video:


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September 2018:

5 +2 ORDERS 747-47UF (CF6-80C2B5F) (1227-29259, /05 N498MC; 1192-29261, /98 N408MC, 2001-01; 1220-29258, /99 N497MC, 2004-07; 1244-30559, /00 N412MC; 1304-32837, /02 N415MC), (TLS) WET-LEASED. EMIRATES SKY CARGO (EMC) COLORS. FREIGHTER.


0 777-21H (TRENT 877) (30-27247, /96 A6-EMD; 33-27248, /96 A6-EME; 42-27249, /96 A6-EMF), ALL 3 PHASED OUT BY 2015. 49C, 304Y.

0 777-21HER (TRENT 892) (54-27251, /97 A6-EMH; 63-27252, /97 A6-EMG; 47-27250, /96 A6-EMI; 91-27253, /97 A6-EMJ), ALL 4 PHASED OUT BY 2015. 18F, 49C, 236Y.

0 777-21HER (TRENT 892) (171-29324, /98 A6-EMK), 1 PHASED OUT 2015. 18F, 49C, 236Y.

0 777-21HER (TRENT 892) (176-29325, /98 A6-EML; 757-35589, A6-EWI, 2009-01), 2 PHASED OUT BY 2015. 49C, 304Y.

10 777-21HLR (GE90-115B) (654-35572, A6-EWA, 2007-08; 662-35573, A6-EWB, 2007-09; 677-35576, A6-EWC, 2007-11; 688-35577, A6-EWD, 2008-01; 775-35590, A6-EWJ, 2009-03), ALL PHASED OUT BY 2015. 226 PAX, 3 CLASS AND A 302 PAX, 38C, 264Y.

3 +5 ORDERS 777-F1H (GE90-110B1) (766-35606, A6-EFD, 2009-03; 35607, A6-EFE, 2009-06; 35612, A6-EFF, 2011-08), (DAZ) LEASED FOR EMIRATES SKY CARGO (EMC) OPERATIONS. FREIGHTER.

1 777-300ER (TRENT 892), (ALE) LEASED, 18F, 42C, 320Y.

1 777-3FXER (538-34597, A6-ETA, 2006-01).

4 777-31H (TRENT 892-17) (300-28680, /00 A6-EMO; 326-29395, /01 A6-EMP; 32697, /02 A6-EMQ; 402-29396, /02 A6-EMR), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED, 12F, 42C, 310Y.

4 777-31H (TRENT 892-17) (256-29062, /99 A6-EMM; 262-29063, /99 A6-EMN; 408-29067, /02 A6-EMS; 418-29064, /02 A6-EMU), (SIL) LEASED, 18F, 42C, 320Y.

3 777-31H (TRENT 892-17) (414-32699, /02 A6-EMT 432-28687, /03 A6-EMV, 2003-02, 434-32700, /03 A6-EMW (THIS AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED IN AN ACCIDENT ON AUGUST 3, 2016 - SEE REPORT); 444-32702, /03 A6-EMX), (ILF) LEASED). 18F, 42C, 320Y.

4 777-31H (TRENT 892) (42318, /14 A6-ENX; 42322, /15 A6-EPC; 42328, /16 A6-EPI; 42366, /17 A6-EPY), 2015-09, 2016-01, & 2017-02. 18F, 42C, 320Y.

4 777-300ER (TRENT 892-17), (ILF) LEASED. 12F, 42C, 310Y.

15 777-31HER (GE90-115B) (32704; 506-32706, /05 A6-EBA; 539-32707, A6-EBH, 2005-11; 536-32708, A6-EBF, 2005-11; 551-32709, A6-EBL, 2006-02; 569-32710, A6-EBP, 2006-06; 590-34484, A6-EBU, 2006-10; 628-32713, A6-EBZ, 2007-04; 582-32715, A6-EBS, 2006-09; 594-32728, A6-EBV, 2006-10; 619-32729, A6-EBX, 2007-03; 582-32730, A6-EBT, 2006-07; 585-32731, A6-EBT, 2006-09; 516-33501, /05 A6-EBD; 549-34481, A6-EBK, 2006-02; 578-34483, A6-EBR, 2006-08; 34484, A6-EBU)), 33501 RETURNED 2017-05. (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED. 12F, 42C, 310Y.

28 777-31HER (GE90-115B) (690-35574, A6-ECF, 2008-01; 681-35575, A6-ECE, 2007-12; 709-35579, A6-ECG, 2008-04; 714-35581, A6-ECH, 2008-05; 35585, A6-EGH, 2011-10; 779-35588, A6-ECQ, 2009-04; 35592, A6-ECR, 2009-06; 817-35593, A6-ECU, 2009-09; 824-35594, A6-ECV, 2009-10; 35597, A6-EGE, 2011-08; 35603, A6-ENE, 2013-01; 38980, A6-ECS, 2009-07; 828-36981, A6-ECW, 2009-11; 830-36982, A6-ECX, 2009-11; 840-35595, A6-ECY, 2010-01; 847-38983, A6-ECZ, 2010-02; 861-38984, A6-EGA, 2010-04; 38986, A6-EGI, 2011-11; 38990, A6-EGV, 2012-07; 38991, A6-ENK, 2013-07; 41070, A6-EGG, 2011-10; 41073, A6-EGN, 2012-01; 41079, A6-EGU, 2012-07; 41085, A6-ENF, 2013-01; 41366, A6-ENT, 2014-08; 42330, 1379-42333, A6-EPK; A6-EPN, 2016-06; 42336, A6-EPQ, 2016-08; 42337, 2016-10; 42347, A6-EQB, 2017-05; 42359, A6-EQK, 2018-05). 8F, 42C, 304Y.

1 777-31HER (GE90-115BL2) (35596, A6-EGC), SOLD TO JACKSON SQUARE AVIATION 2011-06 & LEASED BACK. 12F, 42C, 310Y.

3 777-31HER (GE90-115B) (556-34482, A6-EBM, 2006-03; 576-34483, A6-EBR 2006-06), (SIL) LEASED. 12F, 42C, 310Y.

1 777-31HER (GE90-115B) (766-35606, A6-EFD), (DAZ) LEASED 2009-03.

20 777-36NER (GE90-115B) (540-32785, A6-EBI, 2005-12; 542- 32787, A6-EBJ, 2005-12; 532-32788, A6-EBE, 2005-08; 508-32789, /05 A6-EBB, 512-32790, /05 A6-EBC; 560-32791, A6-EBN, 2006-04; 568-32792, A6-EBO, 2006-05; 598-32793, A6-EBW, 2006-12; 632-32794, A6-ECA, 2007-06; 669-32795, A6-ECD, 2007-10; 535-33862, A6-EBG, 2005-10; 576-33863, A6-EBQ, 2006-08; 622-33864, A6-EBY, 2007-03; 664-33865, A6-ECC, 2007-10; 755-37703, A6-ECM, 2009-01; 761-37705, A6-ECN, 2009-02; 765-37706, A6-ECO, 2009-02; 768-37707, A6-ECP, 2009-03; 41077, A6-EGR, 2012-07), (GEF) LEASED. 12F, 42C, 310Y.


52 +33/7 ORDERS 777-300ER (GE90-115B).

50/20 ORDERS 777-300ER (GE90-115B):

150/50 ORDERS 777X (GE9X):

40 ORDERS (2022) 787-10:

0 A300B4-605R (CF6-80C2A5), (ILF) 7 YEAR LEASED, 2 LEASED TO (TUN) FOR 2 YEARS 1998-12, 505 RETURNED (AIFS) LEASED TO (SUD) 1999-08, (563, A6-EKE, RETURNED AIRBUS LEASED TO (TUN) 2000-04) (747 RETURNED, LEASED TO (MEA). 608 SOLD TO (DLH) 2001-03. (558, /90 A6-EKD; 701, /93 A6-EKM). 701 SOLD TO (DLH) 2002-06. 18F, 35C, 163Y.

1 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (667, /92 A6-EKL), (ILF) & (GAX) LEASED, 1 RETURNED TO AIRBUS (EDS) 1997-05 (432), 537 RETURNED 1999-11 TO (GAX), 600 RETURNED 2000-05, LEASED TO (KEN), 436 SOLD TO (IRN), 597 SOLD TO (AIJ) 2001-05. 695 RETURNED 2002-09. 658 SOLD TO (AIJ) 2002-04. 18C, 177Y.

3 A310-308F (CF6-80C2A8) (592, /92 A6-EFB, 2005-07; 622, /92 A6-EFC, 2006-01; 646, /92 A6-EFA, 2006-01), EX-(ARO), CONVERTED TO FREIGHTER BY (EADS), FOR EMIRATES SKY CARGO (EMC) OPERATIONS. FREIGHTER.


00 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (248, /98 A6-EKQ; 251, /99 A6-EKR; 283, 293, A6-EKT; 295, 313, 314, A6-EKV; 316, A6-EKW; 324; 326, A6-EKX; 328, A6-EKY; 345, A6-EKZ; 348, AC-EAA "SPIRIT OF BIRMINGHAM" 2000-12; 365; A6-EAB; 372. A6-EAC; 375; 379; 384; 388; 390; 396, A6-EAG, 2001-04; 409, A6-EAH; 437; 451, A6-EAJ, 2002-01. 365; 372; TO (VAZ) 2011-01. 293; & 409; RETURNED TO LESSOR 2016-05. LAST A330-243 RETIRED 2016-11. 27C, 251Y PAX, (LATER AIRPLANES 12F, 42C, 183Y).

2 A330-243F (1032, A6-DCA, 2010-08; 1070, A6-DCB, 2010-09), FOR (EMC) OPERATIONS. FREIGHTER.

30 ORDERS A330-300E:

0 A340-313X (CFM56-5C4) (149, /96 A6-ERT, 2004-05; 166, /97 A6-ERN 2004-02; 185, /97 A6-ERP; 190, /97 A6-ERQ 2004-02; 202, /97 A6-ERR, 2004-04; 236, /98 A6-ERM 2004-01), EX-(SIA), (TBC) 9 YEAR LEASED. ALL RETIRED BY 2016-11. 185, & 236 12F, 42C, 213Y.

0 A340-541 (TRENT 553) (394, /02 A6-ERF, 2004-07; 457, /03 A6-ERA; 471, /03 A6-ERB, 2003-10; 485, /03 A6-ERC; 520, /03 A6-ERD; 572, /04 A6-ERE; 608, /04 A6-ERG - - SEE INCIDENT IN 2009-03; 611, /04 A6-ERH; 685, /05 A6-ERI, 8/05; 694, /05 A6-ERJ). 2 RETIRED AND BROKEN UP 2013-10. (ILF) LEASED. ALL 8 PHASED OUT 2013 - 2015. 12F, 42C, 204Y.

00 ORDERS (6/07) A340-642 HGW (TRENT 556) (MGTOW 376 METRIC TONNES), 10/10 CANCELLED.

0 ORDERS A340-642 (TRENT 556), (ILF) 12 YEAR LEASED.

00/00 ORDERS (2019-02) A350 XWB-900 (TRENT XWB), CANCELED 50/50 ORDERS 2014-06:

00 ORDERS (2019-02) A350 XWB-1000 (TRENT XWB), CANCELED 20 ORDERS 2014-06:

19 +39 ORDERS A380-388Q (TRENT 900) (2016-11), 14F & 76C (BOTH UPPER DECK) & 426Y (ON LOWER DECK).

1 A380-842 (167, A6-EVA, 2018-04).

88 +2/10 ORDERS A380-861 (GP7270) (007, /08 A6-EDF; 009, /10 A6-EDJ; 011, /06 A6-EDA; 013, /06 A6-EDB; 016, /06 A6-EDC; 017, /06 A6-EDE; 019, /07; 020, /06 A6-EDD; 022, /07 A6-EDH; 023, /09 A6-EDG; 025, /10 A6-EDH; 028, /10 A6-EDI; 030, /10 A6-EDJ; 042, /10 A6-EDM; 046, A6-EDK; 077, /11 A6-EDP; 080, /11 A6-EDQ "EXPO 2020 DUBAI UAE;" 083, /11 A6-EDR; 86, /12 A6-EDS; 90, /12 A6-EDT; 98 /12 A6-EDU; 101, /12 A6-EDV; 103, /12 A6-EDW; 105, /12 A6-EDX; 106, /12 A6-EDY; 107, /12 A6-EDZ; 108, /12 A6-EEA; 109, /12 A6-EEB; 110, /13 A6-EEC; 111, /13 A6-EED; 112, /13 A6-EEE; 113, /13 A6-EEF; 116, /13 A6-EEG; 119, /13 A6-EEH; 123, /13 A6-EEI; 136, /13 A6-EEO; 138, A6-EEP; 139, A6-EER; 140, A6-EES; 141, /14 A6-EEQ "UNITED FOR WILDWIFE LIVERY" 2018-04 - SEE PHOTO; 144, /14 A6-EEU; 154, /14 A6-EEX; 157, /14 A6-EEY; 159, /14 A6-EEZ; 168, A6-EOD, /14 2014-12; 169, /14 A6-EOE; 171, /15 A6-EOF; 172, /15 A6-JAC, 2015-03; 174, /15 (A6-EOH); 178, /15 A6-EOI, 2015-07; 184 /15 A6-EOK, "OSCAR KILO" 2015-07; 186 /15 A6-EOL "OSCAR LIMA" 2015-07 (See video of A380 (A6-EOL) slow motion takeoff:; 188, A6-EON, 2015-09; 190, A6-EOO, 2015-09; 213, A6-EUB, 2016-06; 216, A6-EUD, 2016-06; 217, A6-EUE, 2016-08; 221, A6-EPY, 2017-02; 229, A6-EUQ, 2017-06; 241, A6-EUX, 2017-07), 14F (PRIVATE SUITES), 76C (FULL FLAT BED SEATS), 427Y.

36/16 ORDERS (2020-02) A380-861:

1 +1 ORDER A380-861 (GP7270) (025, /076 A6-EDG), (ILF) LEASED. 575 PAX.


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May 2015: One of Middle East aviation’s leading figures, Maurice Flanagan, died. Flanagan, 86, was the founding (CEO) of Emirates Airline (EAD).

In 1985, he led a 10-man team that launched (EAD) with, as he later described it, 2 leased airplanes, a $10 million grant and a strict warning from the Emirate’s government not to come back for more.

In 1990 he became Group Managing Director of the Emirates Group. He was the Group’s Executive Vice Chairman until his retirement in 2013.

Maurice left British Airways (BAB) in 1978 to become Director & General Manager of Dubai Airport services organization, dnata, during the early days of the Emirate’s economic development.

During his career with Emirates (EAD), Maurice steered the young carrier to become a leading international aviation player, espousing both high standards of service and innovations such as In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) screens in all classes of its airplanes. (EAD) said he had been a vocal champion for the benefits of competition and innovation.

Emirates (EAD) reported a +40% full-year profit increase of $1.3 billion in 2014.

(EAD) noted his death “with great sadness” at home in London.

Emirates Group Chairman & (CEO) H H Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said, “The Emirates Group, and Dubai has lost a great friend. Maurice was a man of great character, and a legend in the aviation industry. He was generous with his time, forthright in his views, and a person who gave 110% to everything he did. It was a great personal pleasure and privilege to have worked with him. His contributions to dnata, Emirates (EAD) and Dubai will always be remembered.”

2014-01: Penton's "Aviation Week" selected Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline (EAD), as its "2013 Person of the Year." Aviation Week's editors recognized Clark for his role in reshaping the competitive landscape in the long-haul airline market and his outsize sway in airplane design.

"Clark's in-depth airline and airplane expertise combined with his friendly outspokenness have made him into one of the most influential figures on the customer side of the industry. Clark has never been shy to express his opinion publicly," said Jens Flottau, Aviation Week's Managing Editor, Civil Aviation.

With Clark at the helm, Emirates Airline (EAD) is the largest operator of Boeing 777s and a launch customer for the new 777X. (EAD) also accounts for half of the Airbus A380 order book.

"Since 2006, "Aviation Week"'s Person of the Year has recognized individuals who have had a major impact on the aerospace, defense and aviation industries (for better or worse," said Aviation Week & Space Technology Editor-in-Chief, Joseph C Anselmo). "Under Tim Clark's leadership, (EAD) transformed the competitive landscape in the long-haul airline market. (EAD) also become a crucial customer of Airbus and Boeing to the point where it holds sway in the design configurations of new airplanes such as the Boeing 777X."

"AIRLINE BUSINESS" Interview - - 2011-10:
Tim Clark spent the past quarter of a century building the ultimate big boy’s toy. Along with his Emirates (EAD) management team, Clark created a global network carrier flying state-of-the-art airliners to every corner of the globe with an on-board product up with the best, and a brand to die for. But he’s rattled a few cages on the way, as jealous rivals look on (some incredulously and others angrily) at the apparent ease with which (EAD) has done it. Those rivals should be warned: Clark does not intend to slow down.

“We are still firm believers in our plan to globalize the (EAD) network,” he said. “And this isn’t a token presence in a particular city via multiple intermediate points. This is a robust presence in the points that we serve on a minimum of a daily basis and eventually 2x- or 3x- times a day.”

Clark put the pieces in place. He has the right size, mix and number of airplanes in the fleet or on order, he has the route rights, the airport infrastructure and (most controversially for his rivals) he has the full support of his government. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum (the uncle of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed) is Chairman & (CEO) of Emirates Airline (EAD) and Group.

“I work very closely with Sheikh Ahmed. He’s the boss, and there’s nothing I do that he doesn’t sanction,” said Clark.

“(EAD) arrived on the scene in the 1980s just at the time when the global economy was exploding, and off it went on that wave. There are those who in that post-1985 era couldn’t understand it and couldn’t climb to get there (and they’re still not there). We were born on that wave and able to move with the tide very rapidly.”

(EAD) now serves at least 114 destinations across every continent and has a passenger fleet nearing 150 airplanes. As it works to establish that “robust presence” throughout the globe, Clark said flying transpacific services between points in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Australasia is “the only piece of the jigsaw that’s missing. We’re just getting into the start positions (we have the West Coast of the USA, we have Chinese points, we have Asian points, we have Australasian points). So the Pacific is encircled and the next stage is to link the dots (we have the rights).”

Clark said if he could have his way, this phase of the (EAD) strategy would be initiated “sooner rather than later”, but he recognized the timing was not quite right yet. “We need to consolidate our market presence in places like the USA. We need to be as understood in the USA as we are, for example, in Europe.” The “underlying demand” (EAD) generated through its huge network feeding into its Dubai hub meant the airline was able to ride out the tough times. “We’ve always got people feeding into the system,” saids Clark, who saw this continuing to expand as the airline grew and became even more global. “When I open the door of an airplane in Dubai and I’ve got 40 points serving it, each with 5 people on, I’ve got 200 people on board simply because we are there in their markets.”

Emirate's 148-strong all-wide body fleet comprises 45 A330/A340s, 15 A380s and 88 777s, as well as 9 freighters (6 747-400Fs and 3 777Fs). With the oldest passenger airplanes having been in service for more than a decade, a significant portion of the fleet would start to be phased out as more 777s and A380s are delivered.

“We gradually phased out about 70 airplanes – A330s, A340-300s and 777 Classics. Most would have gone by about 2015 or 2016, although 1 or 2 will be retained longer.”

The current order backlog stood at just >200 airplanes, and the influx of new equipment combined with the roll-over would see the (EAD) passenger fleet grow to around 185 airplanes by March 2013.

Continuous fleet growth fuels the endless need for more operational staff, with Clark revealing that just prior to the interview, he had signed off on another 1,000 flight attendants (CVA), who would join (EAD) by March next year. “That would take us up to 16,000 cabin crew (CA),” he added. While (EAD)'s expansion would continue, “behind the scenes we’re going to have to be a bit more thrifty because the stubbornness of the oil price is giving us concerns about the bottom line.

“We’re all a little bit concerned about what is going on in the global economy and the volatility. And when there is volatility, it has an effect on demand.”

This concern will mean (EAD) is more cautious about “the pace at which we increased production and stretched the network” and has seen the airline’s management given “some fairly stiff parameters” to reduce the costs of “inward-facing, back-of-house” functions. “We have been totally focused on growth (perhaps behind the scenes some of those costs have grown at a greater pace),” Clark said. “We’ve had to dig deep and go into structural costs to see where we could start pulling out 5 to 8%.”

The costs focus comes on the back of a stellar financial performance in 2010 by the Emirates Group, which posted a +43% rise in net profit to +Dhs5.9 billion/+$1.6 billion on sales that were up more than a quarter to Dhs57.4 billion. (EAD), the airline arm contributed the bulk of the profit, to the tune of +Dhs5.4 billion, while passenger numbers rose >+14.5% to 31.4 million.

The 2010 - 2011 financial year took a slight hit from the effects of the Arab Spring, but Clark said (EAD) has “dealt with that” and is now optimistic about the political changes across the Arab World. “I’m a great opportunist and a great believer that the change will deliver good,” he said.

Clark said the airline’s system-wide seat load factor was running at about 78 - 79% LF, some -3% points below where he wanted it. “The problem is with the oil price where it is, we face a situation where fuel is almost +60% higher than what we were paying the previous year, so the trick was to ease up and better manage the income streams.

“That’s not necessarily putting up fares. We had to assess the various revenue segments in which we operate and could try to improve the quality of business within those segments.”

Clark said he is surprised yields so far have stayed where (EAD) wanted them. “In fact we’ve got more out of them that summer, but it was at a price (demand was affected). The rate of increase in the segments declined.”

(EAD)’s continuous network development has currently seen a drive to expand into the Americas, with several new destinations coming on line during those next few months, including points in South America (Rio and Buenos Aires) and the USA (Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle). The latter market is one where Clark said (EAD) had to raise its brand profile and consolidate its market presence. The USA is a “really difficult nut to crack” as it is not a single entity, he said. “We’ve done that through adding more destinations and getting our marketing act together.”

Expansion is ongoing elsewhere too, with Baghdad, St Petersburg, Zambia and Zimbabwe all coming on line. China has been a key market and a major area in Clark’s sights for growth. 3 points have been served, as well as Hong Kong. “We want a lot more from China, at least another 4 destinations,” he said. “Asia is very strong and it will continue to grow for us. The groundswell of support from the consumer base in the Asian markets for (EAD) is very strong. People vote with their feet.

“We need more access in to India. And we’ree taking up our frequencies into Australia (starting by going to 12 flights a day).”

But Clark, known for his candidness during interviews, has been reluctant to divulge too much from his (EAD) network master plan (for fear of imitation). “Whereas 15 years ago nobody was really interested in what we were going to do, the moment I say anything now, I get 5 other carriers moving in there very quickly.”

His openness returned when discussing how (EAD) expansion plans have fallen victim to politics in markets where government concerns have prevented the airline from gaining the greater access it has sought. This has been a problem in Germany, where suspected behind-the-scenes lobbying by Lufthansa (DLH) limited (EAD) to only 4 gateways. Similarly, (EAD) has struggled to expand its Vienna services. “Austrian (AUL) warned that it was not going to make its 2011 - 2012 profit targets and we came up against that 1st-hand because, ‘shock horror’, there was a huge opposition to a 2nd frequency into Vienna,” said Clark. However, Clark believed the tide was already turning for the “keep them out” campaigns.

“Irrespective of the positions of the legacy carriers and alliances, there now seems to be a realization (even amongst them) that this is not going to work. They’ve got to shape the way they go about their business activities to take us on.”

Clark admitted he takes an “obtuse view” towards competition, be it from fellow Gulf airlines, any threat from China, or legacy rivals.
“I’m a great believer in competition and in the airline business itself. The more people that can buy A380s or 777-300ERs, the better it is for all of us. It’s a paradox, but the fact is that I honestly believe it helps us to do the job better.”

However, 1 aspect of modern competition he cannot abide are the global alliances, whose behavior he likens to global “gang warfare,” threatening to stifle competition and prevent it being nurtured. “I’m so opposed to alliances because I believe they distort and channel and direct for the greater good of the alliance thing, rather than the consumers that are driving it all.” Clark said the alliances (particularly Star (SAL)) have created “a fairly difficult, vicious structure internationally” and is concerned about how much of a threat (EAD) is perceived to be. “We have learnt that we are considered to be the single largest threat to the Star Alliance (SAL) group on the Planet today. While I’m hugely flattered by this, it is also a worry because it shouldn’t be that. There is actually room for us and our way of doing things, and the way they do. I don’t spend my time trying to take down the Star Alliance (SAL). I’d rather work with all these airlines on an independent basis, and that’s what we do. Because I’ll always give business to the partners that we have relationships with.”

(EAD) recently published a paper entitled "Aviation at the Crossroads – Safeguarding Competition & Consumer Choice," in which it highlights recent tactics by the alliances that create a “join or perish” commercial incentive for non-aligned airlines. “The emergence of 3 mega-alliances presents public policy concerns that merit careful attention”, and could “harm consumers”, (EAD) said in the paper.

Unsurprisingly, Clark said the thought of joining an alliance is “anathema” to (EAD). “There’s no point in even going there. You must have total command and control of what you do. You can’t allow yourself to be subjected to the whims of an amorphous board, like the Star Alliance (SAL), saying ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that; you’ve got to buy this airplane; you’ve got to fly this route’. Not in the world as it is today. We want to move rapidly where we have opportunities, for example, to second or third-level airports. I don’t want to be told ‘you can’t go to that hub; I’m going there so you feed me’. Forget it.”

This sort of independent thinking has been central to (EAD)’s early and continued success. “When the global economy took off, because we were totally focused on what we do, because we were not alliance-affiliated, we had nobody else to answer to, and we did things the way we wanted to. We recognized in the mid-1990s that the world was changing rapidly and we had to adapt our business. We exploded the growth of (EAD), took on huge numbers of orders that shook the industry. We did that because we could see [demand for air travel] was going bananas.”

By comparison with the (EAD) buying frenzy the previous year (that saw it order another 32 A380s and 30 777-300ERs) later years would be fairly quiet for (EAD), so far. However, Clark already has his eyes on the next potential acquisition (a successor for (EAD)’s huge fleet of 777-300ERs).

His deep understanding of airplane performance means he was never slow in getting stuck in with the design teams in Toulouse and Seattle as they developed their recent large wide body types. It is no different now. Clark has been quick to express his displeasure at the way Airbus (EDS) has messed around with the design of the A350-1000 (for which he has had 20 orders and could potentially take more if the airplane’s specifications would meet Emirates (EAD)'s requirements) and is pushing Boeing (TBC) as it develops a 777-300ER successor, with the view to being a potential launch customer.

Airbus (EDS) unveiled a revised specification for the largest A350 variant at the Paris air show in June, along with a 2-year delay to service entry (eis) from 2015 to 2017. The changes center on a modified, more powerful variant of the Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent XWB) engine, along with increased weights to provide additional range capability. But Clark was not happy the revisions were implemented without any dialogue with (EAD). “If they had talked to me, I would have said: ‘[The improvement is] not good enough’,” he said.

“On paper, the old A350-1000 was hugely economical (it was a 777-300 classic replacement). That’s why I talked about ­converting my A350-900 orders.” But that possibility has dimmed with the changes, and Clark hopes Boeing (TBC) could hold the answer. “There’s a lot of work going on [at (TBC) on the new 777], and we’re involved in it.”

Clark has informed Boeing (TBC) that (EAD) needs a twinjet capable of flying a 50-tonne payload (by its rules) between Dubai and Los Angeles. Today, that route is operated by a 777-300ER, with a payload of about 35 - 37 tonnes. “I keep telling Lars Anderson [head of Boeing’s 777 Advanced Product Development team] that I’m already flying the 777-300ER there, so give me an airplane that can do it reasonably, so I’m not shedding payload to get us there,” he said.

When he was not busy assisting the airframers with their product development strategies, Clark was also taking a leading role in a push to shake up (IATA) (ITA) post Giovanni Bisignani.

His now famous observation from the floor at this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) that the association was perceived as being “run for the few, by the few” was part of an effort by a group led by the Gulf carriers to see reform at (IATA) under the stewardship of newly appointed Director General, Tony Tyler.

Participation in the management of another airline is a strategy that Clark indicated he was in no rush to repeat, after the experience (EAD) had when it acquired a minority stake in SriLankan Airlines (LNK) in 1998.

“We were in there for 10 years and spent a huge amount of time on the project,” he said. “I was down there 6x- a year, even with (EAD)'s Peter Hill running it.”

Although Clark joked that British Midland International (BMA) could be available to be bought from Lufthansa (DLH) for “200 million," he says there was “nothing on the cards” at that moment for (EAD) to buy into another carrier. “But we never say never,” he added.



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Rob resigned to replace Bruce Ashby as (CEO) of the global airline Oneworld (ONW) Alliance.



















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