Posts Tagged ‘emirates’


[Times of India] ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways, the fast-growing carrier of Abu Dhabi, posted a 200 percent rise in net profit in 2012 and a 17 percent increase in revenues, the airlines said in a statement Monday.

Etihad posted a net income of $42 million last year compared to $14 million in 2011

Etihad posted a net income of $42 million last year compared to $14 million in 2011. Photo: Wikipedia

Etihad posted a net income of $42 million last year compared to $14 million in 2011 when it made its first ever profit, said the statement which attributed the rise to strong improvements in revenues, passengers and cost control.

The flag carrier of the Emirates capital Abu Dhabi said revenues increased 17 percent to $4.8 billion in 2012 compared to $4.1 billion the previous year.

The number of passengers grew a healthy 23 percent to 10.3 million compared to 8.4 million in 2011, significantly boosted by Etihad’s partnerships which delivered more than $600 million in total revenue.

“This has been a game-changing year for Etihad Airways,” James Hogan, the airline’s president and chief executive officer said.

“We have delivered improved net profit, the second consecutive year we have been in the black, a remarkable achievement given the youth, ambitious growth and ongoing investment made by this airline in a challenging global economic environment,” he said in the statement.

Etihad said it succeeded in building the first “equity alliance” with investments of 40 percent in Air Seychelles, 29.2 percent in airberlin, 9.0 percent in Virgin Australia and about 3.0 percent inAer Lingus.

“We have taken great strides in building the industry’s first equity alliance … which (is) contributing significant value to our business,” Hogan said.

Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose 24 percent to $170 million, while EBITDAR (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and rentals) rose to $753 million, up 16 percent, Etihad said.

Hogan said more than 50 institutions have provided around $6.8 billion in cumulative fundingfor the airline’s ongoing expansion.

Planned fleet upgrades for 2013 include 14 aircraft, with 11 passenger aircraft deliveries and three freighter deliveries, Etihad said.

The orders are for nine wide-bodied Boeing and Airbus aircraft and five narrow-body Airbus aircraft. These will meet Etihad Airways’ immediate growth requirements.

At the end of 2012, the company had 10,656 employees, 18 percent up on 2011 with more than 125 nationalities represented.

Read the original story at The Times of India…..

 


Times of India
Feb 4, 2013



[Zawya.com]  The Dubai government will initiate a new system in cooperation with airlines by the end of next year to stop blacklisted persons at their boarding points before they travel to Dubai.

Prospective travellers prohibited from entering the country.... will not be allowed to get on board the plane.  Photo: Wikipedia

Prospective travellers prohibited from entering the country…….will not be allowed to get on board the plane. Photo: Wikipedia

A database system will be in place, which will store information related to inbound travellers, and the authorities will give permission to the right persons before they board a plane to Dubai at their home port.

Colonel Khaled Naser Al Razouqi, Assistant Director-General of the e-Services Sector at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, Dubai, said that the system will help reject entry to people who had previously committed a violation in the country or those who do not obtain an entry visa. The system will not allow a person to embark a Dubai-bound plane if he or she has already been blacklisted.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Al Razouqi said that the system will let officers of the directorate to know the names and details of travellers who plan to head for Dubai by air, thanks to a link with airline companies and travel operators who will send data about their passengers to the directorate.

The directorate will consequently verify the names and contact the airlines or travel operators to provide them with the names of prospective travellers prohibited from entering the country. Such persons will not be allowed to get on board the plane.

Smart e-gates

Al Razouqi stated that Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport has now installed smart e-gates. All other currently operating e-gates will be replaced with the smart ones over the coming year, taking the number of the new e-gates to 100.

“The new electronic gate is characterised with so many security features. Most importantly, it automatically scans a traveller’s passport quicker. It does not require the traveller to preregister with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs as in the Emirates e-gate cards,” said Al Razouqi.

The smart e-gates consist of some developed technical devices which can read a traveller’s passport automatically, and can scan the face and eye over a high-definition camera and instantly compare the scan result with the passport. The new system can store the whole information of its users and could verify names of blacklisted travellers or those being wanted by the authorities. The entire operation takes just 12 seconds, he said.

Read more of this story at Zawya.com…..

 


Zawya.com
2nd Sept, 2012



[Dawn.com] Singapore Airlines announced on Thursday that it intends to spend more than Sg$20 million ($16 million) to upgrade its airport lounges worldwide in a bid to stay ahead of the competition.

“We hope to replicate that ‘home away from home’ experience in our lounges", SIA senior vice president for products and services Tan Pee Teck.  Photo: Wikipedia

“We hope to replicate that ‘home away from home’ experience in our lounges”, SIA senior vice president for products and services Tan Pee Teck. Photo: Wikipedia

The announcement of the upgrade came nine days after the airline, facing fiercer rivalry from Asian and Middle Eastern carriers, unveiled plans to introduce revamped seats and cabin interiors as well as improved in-flight entertainment.

The upgrade of its “SilverKris” lounges will be carried out over five years starting from the middle of next year when the facility at Sydney airport will be fitted with a new design concept, SIA said in a statement.

“We hope to replicate that ‘home away from home’ experience in our lounges, along with the warm Asian hospitality that Singapore Airlines is renowned for,”SIA senior vice president for products and services Tan Pee Teck said.

The airline has 15 SilverKris lounges at airports worldwide, including one in New Delhi – to be officially opened next month – and in Seoul which is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

SIA is regarded as a trendsetter in aviation and is famous for its cabin service, but rivals like Cathay Pacific in Asia and Etihad, Emirates and Gulf Air from the Middle East have been closing the gap while offering lower fares.

It said last week it had hired BMW Group subsidiary DesignworksUSA and James Park Associates, two renowned design companies, to develop the “next generation of inflight cabin products” expected to be introduced next year.

The changes will include revamped seats, redesigned cabins and upgraded entertainment platforms as new passenger planes from Boeing and Airbus begin arriving.

Read the original story at Dawn.com…..


Dawn.com
25th Aug, 2012



[7 Days in Dubai] Emirates airline’s cargo section set a new record this week – by flying horses from Oman to London for HRH The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The 112 horses were flown by Emirates SkyCargo on two flights from Muscat to Stansted, London

The 112 horses were flown by Emirates SkyCargo on two flights from Muscat to Stansted, London – Photo: 7 Days in Dubai

The 112 horses were flown by Emirates SkyCargo on two flights from Muscat to Stansted, London.

The first shipment of 70 horses was the largest number ever transported by the airline on a single freighter flight.

The horses, of the Royal Cavalry of Oman, were flown in on Boeing 777s for the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, which takes place from May 10-13 at Windsor Castle.

The pageant is a major event in the private grounds of Windsor Castle with more than 550 horses and 1,000 dancers, musicians and performers from around the world taking part.

Hiran Perera, cargo planning senior vice president of Emirates said: “With our Dubai hub now a major player in the world of horse racing, we have gained considerable experience in the care and transport of horses and fly …..

Read the full story at 7 Days in Dubai…..


Dubai
Monday, May 07, 2012


 


[Daily Reporter] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — To say that the head of Dubai’s Emirates airline wears many hats is something of an understatement.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

The company is expanding in the United States. It flies from Dubai to 6 American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September: Photo courtesy ukzambians.co.uk

Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum holds several government positions in the Gulf city-state, and is an uncle of Dubai’s ruler. He was appointed chairman of Dubai World in 2010 to oversee the troubled state conglomerate’s turnaround plan.

But it is role at the helm of Emirates airline for which Sheik Ahmed is best known. The University of Denver graduate became chairman of the newly formed airline in 1985, and later took on the job of CEO too.

Today he oversees one of the world’s fastest growing carriers, which boasts more than 120 destinations in 73 countries. Emirates Group, which includes the airline and related businesses, earned $1.6 billion in fiscal 2010. It expects to post another annual profit later this month.

The airline is a huge buyer of new airplanes, with standing orders for more than 230 jets. It operates the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s, and was one of the first carriers to use Airbus’ double-decker A380.

Emirates’ torrid growth means it is constantly adding new destinations. Some are exotic, such as recently added Lusaka, Zambia, and Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, starting next month.

But the company is also expanding its reach in the United States. It now flies from Dubai to six American airports, including Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle, both added this year. It plans to add Washington flights in September.

Two weeks ago, Emirates announced a new codeshare deal with New York-based JetBlue Airways. That arrangement will tack an Emirates code and flight number onto JetBlue flights from New York’s JFK airport to a dozen U.S. destinations, including Chicago and Boston.

Sheik Ahmed, 53, spoke with The Associated Press on Tuesday in Dubai. He talked about……

Read this great AP Interview and story in full at the Daily Reporter…..


ADAM SCHRECK  AP Business Writer
First Posted: May 01, 2012



[Gulf News] Dubai All UAE flights to New Delhi are in for a steep fare hike following a 346 per cent increase in airport charges and a user development fee (UDF) that will be levied on passengers by the Indian capital’s airport regulator, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India starting May 15.

"Taxation in India is over the top. Already, 50-56 per cent of airline costs go into taxation

Indian airline official "Taxation in India is over the top. Already, 50-56 per cent of airline costs go into taxation"

The approximate increase in ticket prices, according to the country’s airport operator, is estimated to be around Rs290 (Dh20) in the domestic sector and Rs580 in the international sector.

The current economy return fares from Dubai to Delhi range from Dh1,500 to Dh2,000 depending on the airline. An industry expert told Gulf News last night that the increase could result in fares between the UAE and Delhi rising by as much as 15 per cent. Tour operators in Dubai and Sharjah expect fares to go up as early as next month.

An Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News: “Emirates is concerned by the proposed increase in airport changes at Delhi airport. We are currently in discussions with the relevant authority and have no further comment at this time.”….

Read the full story at Gulf News….


By Sharmila Dhal Senior Reporter, XPRESS
and Shweta Jain Senior Reporter
Published: April 27, 2012



DUBAI: Spicejet has been approached by several Gulf-based and Southeast Asian airlines but will not jump into negotiations before the government reaches a crucial decision on foreign investment, its chief executive said on Wednesday. 

"We have been approached by several Gulf and Southeast Asian airlines, all on a tentative basis,"

"We have been approached by several Gulf and Southeast Asian airlines, all on a tentative basis,"

“We have been approached by several Gulf and Southeast Asian airlines, all on a tentative basis,” Neil Mills, the loss-making budget carrier’s chief executive, told Reuters.

India allows up to 49 percent foreign investment in Indian carriers but bars foreign carriers from picking up stakes. But with most carriers suffering losses, the government is now mulling allowing foreign airlines to invest directly.

India’s cabinet is expected to make a decision on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) rules this week.

“There is nothing more serious than tentative talks to see if we are interested. We have said that we are interested in exploring any option for us that makes business sense but until a decision has been taken on FDI there is no point in taking it further,” Mills said in a telephone interview.

“Once we get regulatory confirmation in place then we can see whether it makes sense to look at alternative funding options. We are just talking about a concept until the law is amended.”

He declined to name any of the airlines involved. Dubai’s Emirates airline said earlier this week it is studying new opportunities to buy foreign carriers if they fit the Gulf emirate’s strategy, adding that it is interested in an investment in India if carried out at the right price.

India’s embattled carriers have long lobbied for looser foreign ownership rules.

Indian airlines are laden with $20 billion in debt and probably lost $2.5 billion in the fiscal year that ended in March, according to Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, a consultancy.

Kingfisher, India’s second largest carrier by market share, is urgently seeking funds as it battles to stay afloat.

Despite the turmoil, industry analysts say India represents a tempting prize for foreign airlines seeking access to its market of 1.3 billion people.

Read the full story at The Economic Times (Reuters)….


Thursday 19 APR, 2012
REUTERS



Dubai’s Emirates Airline is in talks to increase its bilateral rights with India as it looks grow its network of routes across the subcontinent, a senior executive at the carrier said.

Emirates will look at any opportunity that makes sense commercially

Emirates will look at any opportunity that makes sense commercially

The world’s largest airline by traffic, which has already said it would be open to investments in India, said it wants to increase its frequency on existing routes, but denied any plans to invest in struggling Kingfisher Airlines.

“Emirates will look at any opportunity that makes sense commercially. We are optimistic of FDI being allowed in the sector,” Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ senior vice president for commercial operations, Indian Ocean, told The Times of India.

“We are witnessing a growth of 18 percent in the very important Indian market and our 185 weekly flights see load factors of over 80 percent. There is a need to increase capacity as we are fully utilising the current rights given to us and we are waiting for some good news soon,” he added.

The Indian subcontinent generates about 11-12 percent of Emirates’ total revenue, the report said….

Read the original story at Arabian Supply Chain….


by ASC Staff
Apr 15, 2012



An American passenger on an Emirates Airlines flight EK229 from Dubai to Seattle suffered a heart attack after complaining of feeling unwell,  and is now receiving medical treatment in Tehran after the plane diverted to Iran’s capital, the ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

 Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on an emirates flight from Dubai to Seattle.

Iran's civil aviation spokesman says an American is receiving medical treatment in Tehran after his plane was diverted to the Iranian capital when he suffered a heart attack on an emirates flight from Dubai to Seattle.

The mid-air emergency occurred on Friday as the Emirates aircraft was in Iranian airspace.

Abbas Mosayebi, public relations chief for Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, was quoted as saying, “Yesterday (Friday), an airplane belonging to the Emirates airline, flying from Dubai to Seattle and while passing over Iran’s airspace, contacted the control tower and announced that one of this flight’s passengers had suffered a heart attack,”

The plane landed at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini international airport and a medical team took the 52-year-old American to a hospital in the capital.

Mr Mosayebi added, “Despite international sanctions against the Iranian people which also endanger their lives, yesterday we helped an American citizen in our country”.

The Swiss embassy in Tehran, which handles US interests in the absence of Iran-US diplomatic ties, declined to confirm or deny the report to AFP, referring enquiries to US officials in Washington.

Mr Mosayebi’s office told AFP on Saturday that the American man was still in the Tehran hospital. It did not identify him. The Emirates website lists a flight, EK229, that goes from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to the U.S. west coast city of Seattle.

Read the original story here…


By AFP, TEHRAN
Saturday, 14 April 2012



The number of night flights in and out of Heathrow could be increased as ministers consider a plea to allow the Airbus A380 superjumbo to operate into the early hours of the morning.

The quieter A380 could mean more Heathrow night flights

The quieter A380 could mean more Heathrow night flights

Current restrictions on night flights expire in 2014 and a consultation on any changes will be launched later this year. Emirates, the biggest operator of the A380, with 20 in its fleet, says the aircraft could be operated in and out of Heathrow during the current 1am to 4am curfew.

By altering the descent of what even aviation critics admit is a quiet aircraft, Emirates believes that additional services could be offered without disturbing residents who live nearby. With Heathrow already operating 1,300 flights a day, the Gulf carrier believes the only way to expand capacity is to extend the hours of operation.

Allowing additional night flights is certain to provoke a wave of protests from local residents including the constituents of Justine Greening, the Transport Secretary, in Putney, West London. But the Emirates proposals would entail a steeper descent, which would see the aircraft remaining at a higher altitude for longer, minimising noise.

The airline’s plans, if approved, would also see the plane land further along the runway.

This in turn would change the trajectory, keeping the plane further away from people who live on the fringes of the airport. Although the blueprint has been drawn up by Emirates, it will be watched closely by other airlines as they introduce the A380 into their fleets.

Singapore Airlines, for example, has just announced that its three daily Heathrow services will all use A380s, work has also just begun on the first of British Airways’ superjumbos, which is due to begin operation next year.

He athrow has given a cautious welcome to the Emirates initiative. ‘‘Advances in technology are delivering quieter aircraft and the industry is looking at innovative ways of operating those aircraft to further reduce noise,” a spokesman said.

“We would encourage the Government to consider these new possibilities.’”

However John Stewart who runs the Heathrow Association for the control of aircraft noise, was sceptical.

“The A380 is undoubtedly quieter than other large aircraft but not quiet enough to prevent it being a nuisance at night,” he said.

Read the full story at The Telegraph ….


Story by David Millward, Transport Editor
Last Updated: 10/04/2012