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Emirates to announce strong financial results

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Dubai-based Emirates will announce its year-end results in April and is expected to declare record earnings for the second-half of the financial year. For the period between April and September, the airline said passenger traffic had grown 19.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2009. Earnings in the first-half totalled $925 million and analysts see no reason why year-end results should not hit at least $2 billion.

Although the carrier’s president, Tim Clark, said business travel had been damaged to and from the regions which have recently experienced social and political upheaval, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation predicted that overall such events were unlikely to seriously dent the demand for international air travel.

Peter Harbison, the centre’s executive director went on to say that the second half of the year had been stronger than the first and that Emirates should at least double its results.

Although he did not go into any details, the airline’s Australasian and Far East commercial operations senior VP, Richard Jewsbury, confirmed that the first-half of the year had yielded good results and that the second-half was likely to be even stronger.

The Royal Bank of Scotland recently issued a research note in which it predicted that Emirates would concentrate on growing traffic to Africa, China, India and the Middle East. By the end of the decade the airline will have a fleet of around 250 aircraft and will add approximately 46 new destinations to its roster in territories across Asia and the US.

Emirates pushes ahead with recruitment drive

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Emirates said it plans to increase the number of cabin crew it employs around the world by 4,000 between 2011 and 2012. The airline has announced that it already employs more than 12,000 stewardesses and stewards and that the most recent recruitment drive is part of wider expansion plans.

The carrier currently flies a fleet of 152 planes and has a further 200 aircraft on order with various manufacturers. Currently flying a fleet of 15 Airbus A380s, Emirates has announced orders for another 75 double-decker superjumbos. The aircraft is the largest passenger plane currently taking to the skies.

Emirates is looking to recruit more German speaking staff to its ranks while at the ITB in Berlin. It will be at the world’s largest travel fair until 13 March where it has its giant globe stand. Visitors to the fair will be able to experience what it is like to travel on an Emirates A380 because there are replicas of the Onboard Lounge and the airline’s new Onboard Shower and Spa.

Tim Clarke, Emirates’ president, said the rotating stand was now more impressive than ever. He added that it was something to be admired and that it brought some of the best of what the A380 had to offer passengers to the heart of Berlin.

Emirates fist started flying the superjumbo in 2008 and since then some four million passengers had experienced the ultra-quiet jet. The fleet is supported by a cabin crew staff of 2,000 and 300 pilots. The airline flies to 111 destinations around the world.

Passenger death blamed on airline

Friday, March 4th, 2011

An elderly woman has died on an Emirates Airlines flight and her family claim the carrier is responsible. Carol Wilson was travelling from Dubai to Houston when she suffered a heart attack. She was discovered unconscious in the plane’s toilet by her son who claims he was offered no immediate assistance by the airline’s staff.

Although Emirates claims it carries defibrillators on all flights, Ms Wilson’s family say that nothing more than an oxygen mask was provided to help revive her. As the plane was due to land, staff helped to strap Ms Wilson into a jump seat, according to reports. However, no announcement was made that there was a medical emergency and all other passengers were allowed to disembark before a team of medics was finally allowed on-board.

However, by this time it was too late and Ms Wilson was pronounced dead after she was transported to a nearby hospital. Her daughter, Tamala White, who was waiting to greet her mother in the arrivals hall, said she was receiving panicked phone calls from her brother but when she asked Emirates staff for more information she was offered little assistance.

Kerry Guidry, the lawyer representing the family, said there are specific procedures and policies which must be followed in the case of such a medical emergency. He added that Emirates had failed to do so and that this had resulted in the death of one of its passengers.

He went on to point out that all passengers entrust airline crew with their lives and that they should know what to do in such a situation.

Qantas looks to protect international business

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Qantas Airways is looking at a number of options for protecting its market share of international business both to and from the country. Recently, the flag-carrier has been faced with strong competition from rivals including Virgin Blue and Emirates. The airline’s boss, Alan Joyce, has assembled a team of around 20 experts to examine the situation.

Joyce said he was looking at a possible international tie-up with another airline similar to the alliance agreed between Virgin Blue and Etihad. He will also be underpinning new routes with more fuel efficient planes such as the superjumbo A380 from Airbus. From 2012, older aircraft will be replaced by the delivery of the first Dreamliners from Boeing. The carrier currently has an order for 50.

Managing director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation, Peter Harbison, admitted that the opportunities for Qantas within Australia were limited and that it will become a key aspect of its expansion programme to form an alliance with another large operator.

Qantas has dabbled in tie-ups before. A potential deal with Malaysian Airlines floundered and in December 2008 a possible deal with British Airways was abandoned. Joyce said that Qantas was currently being supported by other arms of the business and that this had to stop.

Last month, Qantas agreed a deal with American Airlines on routes to and from the US. Transpacific services were once the most profitable for the carrier. However, since 2008, Qantas has witnessed increasing competition from Delta and Virgin Blue which now share the route.

Record numbers of passengers pass through Dubai International

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The world’s largest international airline, Emirates, helped Dubai International Airport celebrate yet another year of record passenger traffic. The airport recorded 47.2 million people passing through in 2010, an increase on 2009 figures of 15.3 per cent. The boost in numbers is also indicative of the hubs popularity with international carriers who are attracted to its open skies policy, its low rates and its tax-free status.

At present, 133 airlines are listed as using the airport from Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot through to Air Zimbabwe. However, it is the behemoth that is Emirates which really makes the difference. In 2010, the airline added eight brand new Airbus A380 superjumbos to its fleet, the largest airliner on the planet. It also boosted capacity by taking delivery of three of Boeing’s long-range 777-300ERs.

Emirates also added five new destinations to its schedule and is currently showing no indication that it will be slowing its expansion. In mid-2009, flydubai was launched and has also been aggressively adding routes to its itinerary. Through last year it added an average of one new destination ever three weeks.

According to Dubai Airports’ chief executive, Paul Griffiths, there are no reasons for Dubai not to continue to grow its operations through 2011. He predicts that passenger numbers will increase by a further 11 per cent to more than 52 million.

The airport is planning to implement measures to handle the increase in numbers such as improve its infrastructure on the ground as well as better handle the management of its airspace.

Major airlines target India for expansion

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Some of the world’s major airlines are looking to India for expansion and are applying to the country’s aviation authority for a larger allocation of seats and access to more airports. However, they are facing a battle with India’s own international and domestic carriers as they too aim to expand. Among the carriers looking for greater access to the sub-continent are Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Qatar and Emirates.

According to officials, Emirates already has a weekly allowance of 54,000 seats. Qatar has 23,000 and both airlines are looking to expand their business. Lufthansa said it would like to start flying its Airbus A380s to and from India, and this will obviously require a larger seat allocation.

Since 2009, the number of seats being offered has increased by fewer than 9,000. Officials say these were offered to Qatar, but that the airline is still not using all of them. The aviation authority said that instead of increasing the number of seats offered to foreign carriers; it would like to see Indian grown airlines taking a more prominent position on the international stage.

Jet Airways, which currently flies between Bombay and Milan on a daily basis has been permitted to add Bombay to Rome to its itinerary. The airline will also be the first Indian carrier to fly passengers between Bombay and Amsterdam.

At present, four out of every 10 international flights in and out of India are by Indian airlines. The aviation authority said that over the coming months it hoped that this figure would grow by at least 10 per cent.

BA concludes engine deal with Rolls Royce

Friday, January 7th, 2011

The conclusion of a deal with British Airways for new engines will help Rolls-Royce’s confidence after a rocky end to 2010. The deal is worth $5 billion and will see Rolls-built engines powering the airline’s new Dreamliners from Boeing and its fleet of A380 superjumbos from Airbus.

Safety concerns with the Rolls-Royce Trent 900, used to power a number of airlines’ A380s, were raised after one exploded on a Qantas superjumbo shortly after it had taken off from Singapore. Although the plane was able to land safely, Qantas made the decision to ground its fleet while investigations into what went wrong were undertaken.

Australian safety officials concluded that a manufacturing defect in one of the engine parts could lead to future catastrophic engine failure in the Trent 900 if not fixed. British Airways boss, Willie Walsh, said he was pleased that the deal with Rolls-Royce had been concluded adding that it put the airline in a strong position heading into the future.

The order consists of Trent 900s for 12 A380s, with an option for a further seven, and Trent 1000s for 24 Dreamliners, with options for a further 18. The Trent 1000 is already being tested on the 787 and will be the engine used to power the first to be flown by All Nippon Airlines.

Among the other airlines with which Rolls-Royce has agreements is Middle Eastern carrier Emirates, which placed an order worth $1.2 billion in November and Air China which has agreed an order worth $1.8 billion.

Virgin Atlantic stake may be sold by Singapore Airlines

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Airline analysts are watching Singapore Airlines closely to see how its new chief executive officer will deal with the carrier’s underperforming stake in Virgin Atlantic. Goh Choon Phong took over the top job from Chew Choon Seng on 1 January. His predecessor had already expressed an interest in divesting the airlines shares in Virgin.

Since 2000, when SIA acquired its 49 per cent stake, the shape of the airline industry across Asia has changed dramatically. Fierce competition is now coming from budget carriers like Jetstar and AirAsia. SIA’s market share of the extremely lucrative business market is also under renewed attack from airlines such as Korean and Cathay Pacific.

A further challenge is being offered up in the Middle East where airlines including Emirates, Etihad and Qatar are rapidly building their fleets on routes via their hubs to Asia and Europe. It is therefore believed that SIA will want to give up any plans for global expansion and concentrate its efforts on defending itself against the increasing pressures of the Asian market.

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it has been approached by various international carriers about a possible tie-up. The airline is 51 per cent owned by Sir Richard Branson, and unless he gives up his control, and SIA sells its share, it is unlikely that any other carrier is going to be willing to enter into an alliance.

Deutsche Bank has been put in charge of looking at the options available and, according to Virgin, Singapore Airlines has been supportive of the move.

Emirates increases services to Switzerland

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Dubai based Emirates has said it will be increasing its services to Switzerland, as of the middle of next year, by adding a daily service to Geneva. Passengers wishing to fly from Dubai to the Swiss banking centre will be able to board flight EK089 for take off at 08.55am and touch down on the tarmac in Geneva at 02.10pm. Flying from Geneva to the Emirate, passengers can board flight EK090 for departure at 03.40pm and arrive in Dubai just before midnight.

Emirates’ CEO and chairman, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, said the airline had realised that there was an increasing demand for more flights to Switzerland from both those working in banking and those wishing to visit the country in the summer and for its world-class winter sports.

As well as being a centre for the financial community, Geneva is home to the United Nations Geneva Office, the World Health Organisation and the World Trade Organisation. The city houses around 300 other governmental and non-governmental organisations.

Switzerland has been a European destination for Emirates since it started flying services to Zurich in 1992. The new route will be the carrier’s 26th European destination and its 111th worldwide.

As with all Emirates services, passengers will be able to enjoy the airline’s world-class in-flight entertainment – ICE. The system has won numerous awards and features around 1,200 music, television and film channels. The cabin crew will also be on hand to serve a range of delicious dishes from the carrier’s gourmet menu.

Strange complaints of holidaymakers revealed

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Travel firms have compiled lists of some of the oddest requests and complaints they receive from their customers. Local wildlife, it seems, is constantly baffling travellers. One holiday maker complained that his children had been quite startled by the fact that there were fish swimming in the sea and seemed irritated that no warning had been issued that this might be the case.

Another traveller expecting to see Australia’s wildlife roaming the streets of Sydney made a complaint about the lack of kangaroos. A gentleman complained to the Association of British Travel Agents claiming his honeymoon was ruined after he witnessed and elephant in an aroused state. He said he suffered inadequacy anxieties following the incident.

Another Brit, holidaying in Australia, told hotel staff that his soup was to thick and too strong. He had in fact been tucking into the gravy. A woman holidaying in Fiji with her children complained that there were too many other children about during the school holidays.

An Emirates Airlines passenger, who was trying to stay awake for the whole flight, complained the airline’s seats were too comfortable because he kept falling asleep. The world’s beaches tend to be a real problem, with some customers complaining they are too stony and others that they have far too much sand on them.

One woman was angry to find out that the $20 she spent on a Gucci handbag in a market in China had not got her the real thing. A hotel guest who spent the night with her fiancé in a double bed is blaming the hotel for her pregnancy because she had originally requested twin beds.