Boeing, Emirates celebrate airline’s 150th 777 delivery

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Boeing and Emirates Airline today celebrated the simultaneous delivery of three 777s – two 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter – marking the entry of the 150th 777 into Emirates’ fleet.

Today’s delivery marks the first time in 15 years that Boeing has delivered three 777s at one time to a single customer.

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the 777 and also the only airline ever to operate all six of the 777 variants introduced into service by Boeing.

Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline, said: “We have enjoyed a strong and long-standing relationship with Boeing on the 777 programme. As the world’s largest 777 operator, our multi-billion dollar commitment to the programme continues to support jobs and innovation across the aerospace manufacturing supply chain. The 777s give Emirates the range, reliability, and flexibility to efficiently serve close to 100 destinations on six continents with non-stop flights from our hub in Dubai. We are pleased to mark the delivery of our 150th 777 aircraft, and will continue to work closely with the Boeing team on the next generation 777X for the Emirates fleet.”

“This triple delivery to Emirates is an outstanding moment in a partnership that has grown phenomenally over the last three decades,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “As Emirates takes delivery of its 150th 777, it underlines the remarkable track record of this aircraft, undiminished as the leading long-haul passenger and cargo carrier. We are proud of this relationship and the confidence that Emirates has shown in Boeing airplanes over the years.”

Emirates ordered its first Boeing 777s in 1992 with delivery beginning in June 1996.  The airline’s order book for the 777 continued to grow over the following years including a then record-breaking order for 50 777-300ERs at the 2011 Dubai Airshow and 150 777Xs at the 2013 edition.

Today’s 777-300ER, which forms the largest part of the Emirates fleet, is the most fuel and cost-efficient airplane in its class and the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world with an on-time departure rate of 99.5 percent. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane. Emirates currently has 46 additional 777-300ERs on order with Boeing.

With today’s delivery, Emirates now has 13 777 Freighters, the world’s largest and longest range twin-engine freighter, capable of flying 4,900 nautical miles (9,070 kilometers) with a full payload at general cargo market densities. The airplane’s range capability translates into significant savings for cargo operators – fewer stops and associated landing fees, less congestion at transfer hubs, lower cargo handling costs and shorter cargo delivery times.

Boeing also provides Emirates with essential support and services including parts and components and Airplane Health Management to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues, Jeppesen Crew Rostering services to optimize flight crew scheduling, and AerData STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) to manage aircraft and engine records.

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Emirates spreads the love of cricket around the world with specially-dressed A380 aircraft

With just two weeks to go until the start of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Emirates airline, a global connector of people, places and passions, has unveiled the first of its aircraft that will feature the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Logo.

The Emirates Airbus A380 recently set off to Australia and New Zealand, and is the first of a number of “specially-dressed” Emirates aircraft that will fly around the globe, celebrating this major event with cricket-lovers and uniting fans around the world.

Emirates has been the official partner of the International Cricket Council since 2007 and all its major tournaments including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

In partnership with the ICC, Emirates also sponsors the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires and Match Referees.

Cricket has provided Emirates with a powerful platform to connect with fans and communities across Asia, Australasia, South Africa and the UK. In addition to its partnership with the ICC, Emirates’ cricket sponsorships include:

  • Title Sponsor of the Emirates Airline Twenty20, which brings successful County Cricket Clubs to Dubai to compete for the coveted Emirates T20 Championship.
  • In the UK, Emirates has partnerships with Durham County Cricket Club and Lancashire County Cricket Club, including naming rights to both clubs’ playing grounds and their respective T20 representative teams.

Emirates has unveiled “specially-dressed” aircraft on special occasions and during major events, such as during the 2020 World Expo bid, which Dubai won in 2013.

Currently the world’s largest A380 operator with 57 aircraft in its fleet, Emirates is expecting to take delivery of 15 A380s this year and has 83 A380s on order. The Emirates A380 flies to 34 destinations across the globe, with Perth to join the network in May, Dusseldorf in July, and Madrid in August.

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Emirates Set to Double Flights to Barcelona

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Emirates, a connector of people, places and economies, has announced plans to offer a double daily service to Barcelona, less than three years after its initial launch to the city.

From 2nd May 2015 Emirates will add a further 3724 seats per week to Barcelona increasing overall capacity by 51 percent. The extra service will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR in a three class configuration, complementing the airline’s already successful daily A380 service. Timings for the new flight have been scheduled to create and facilitate more effective connections between Barcelona and key cities in the Far East, Middle East, Australia and Africa, via Emirates’ Dubai hub.

“Barcelona continues to be a huge success story for Emirates. In less than three years we have not only launched a new service but also added significant capacity in order to keep up with customer demand. This extra daily flight is a major boost to our operations and firmly underscores our commitment to the Spanish market,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West.

“Customers love the Emirates product and repeat usage continues to play a key role in our success. Our onboard product and service is second to none and we are committed to offering seamless connections for our customers both in and out of Barcelona. It’s no surprise that we have been able to increase capacity on this route so quickly,” added Mr. Frach.

Barcelona frequently tops the must see destinations in Europe with over 7.3 million tourists visiting annually, making the city the 11th most visited destination in the world.

The introduction of a Boeing 777-200LR will also add significant cargo capacity to the route with just over 230 tonnes per week to be added by Emirates SkyCargo. This additional capacity is expected to further support the movement of clothes, one of Catalonia’s main exports to the Gulf.

The new flight will offer eight luxurious First Class Private Suites, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 216 seats in Economy Class. Emirates customers in all classes will enjoy over 2000 channels of inflight entertainment on ice in addition to gourmet cuisine and a generous baggage allowance of 50kg in First Class, 40kg in Business Class and 30kg in Economy Class.

EK 188 will depart Dubai at 1545hrs and arrive at Barcelona El Prat Airport at 2100hrs. EK 189 will take off daily from Barcelona at 2245hrs and land in Dubai at 0725hrs the following day.

In addition to Barcelona, Emirates also operates a double daily service to Madrid. Emirates first launched flights to Spain in 2010 and now offers a total of 21,042 seats per week to and from the country.

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Emirates Skywards and S7 to sign partnership agreement

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Emirates Skywards and S7 Airlines, member of oneworld global airline alliance today announce a frequent flyer partnership that allows members of both airlines’ frequent flyer programs to earn and redeem miles for travel across their networks.

Starting today, members of Emirates Skywards frequent flyer program will be able to earn Skywards Miles when traveling on S7 flights and can redeem their Skywards Miles for reward flights on S7 in economy and business class. Members of S7’s frequent flyer program Priority can now earn and redeem Miles when flying with Emirates to one of its 147 destinations in 84 countries in either economy or business class.

“Emirates is committed to providing its passengers with more connections and choice by not only expanding its routes but by also building strong partnerships with other carriers,” said Brian LaBelle, Senior Vice President of Emirates Skywards. “Consequently our loyal Emirates Skywards members will benefit from more options for earning and redeeming their reward miles through our frequent flyer program and now with partner S7 in Russia. We also look forward to welcoming S7 Priority members on board our flights, and providing them with more rewarding access to our extensive route network.”

“We are glad to announce this partnership with Emirates which allows members of S7 Priority earn and redeem miles flying with one of the best airlines in the world. Our route networks connect in some of the biggest airports – so some of our passengers have already met the highest standards of Emirates’ service. From now on these flights will be awarded with S7 Priority miles. Passengers of Emirates will get more benefits flying with S7 Airlines across the widest route network within Russia, as well as on flights to CIS, Europe and Asia”, said Anton Eremin, Deputy CEO of the S7 Group.

Members of both programmes will earn Miles when flying with the partner airline depending on distance, class of travel booked and fare paid. For exact details please visit www. emirates.com or www.S7.ru or contact Emirates at 8 800 555 1919 or S7 at 8-800-100-77-11 (both toll free within Russia). To collect the Miles a passenger should quote their Emirates Skywards or S7 Priority number during the booking or show their frequent flyer card at check-in.

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Emirates to increase its services to New York JFK

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Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies has announced it is to launch a fourth daily service from its home and hub, Dubai International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York commencing 8th March 2015.

The new service, EK 207 will depart Dubai at 14:50 hours and arrive in JFK at 20:35 hours. The return flight, EK 208 will depart JFK at 16:30 hours and arrive in Dubai at 13:15 the following day.

“This new service will allow passengers the convenience of an afternoon departure from both Dubai and New York, to complement the existing morning and evening departures of our existing three services”, said Emirates’ Hubert Frach, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations – West. “New York is one of our busiest and most popular routes in the United States. Adding this fourth service will give our passengers even more choice of connectivity when flying from any part of our global network, in particular the Far East and South Asia. Once in the US, our partnership with JetBlue adds even more seamless connectivity onto their network of 65 destinations from JFK.”

Passengers from New York will be able to enjoy convenient connections on to destinations such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, India and many cities on Emirates’ Middle East network with connection times under four hours.

Thanks to Emirates’ code-share agreement with JetBlue Airways (B6) the new fourth daily service will allow good connectivity with JetBlue flights to points across the United States and Caribbean.  At JFK, JetBlue operates from its highly acclaimed Terminal 5, while Emirates operates from the adjacent Terminal 4, allowing for fast and easy connections between flights.

Emirates and JetBlue’s partnership dates back to 2010 and has deepened over the subsequent four years, moving from an interline agreement to incorporating bilateral code-sharing, terminal co-location in Boston, and reciprocal benefits for each airline’s frequent flyers. Members of Skywards, Emirates’ frequent flyer programme, can earn miles on JetBlue-operated flights and also redeem miles for flights to any of JetBlue’s 86 destinations throughout North, Central and South America. Similarly, members of JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty programme can earn points for Emirates-operated flights worldwide.

“As New York’s Hometown Airline, we are delighted to see Emirates continue to expand at our main base of operations with this fourth daily service,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s senior vice president of airline planning. “Emirates is a valuable partner for JetBlue, providing our shared customers with high standards of service across an incredible network.”

The fourth JFK service will be operated with one of Emirates’ fleet of A380 aircraft featuring 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 Business Class lie-flat beds and 399 Economy Class seats on the main deck. Its upper deck features Emirates’ iconic On-Board lounge for premium passengers and two unique Shower Spas for First Class passengers. All passengers on-board can enjoy access to up to 1,800 channels of films, TV shows, music and games through ice, the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system.

Emirates first flew to New York in June 2004 and since then has flown over 4.5 million passengers on the route. It currently operates two other non-stop services between DXB and JFK operated by A380 aircraft, and one service which routes via Milan, operated by a US-built Boeing 777. Passengers travelling in First Class and Business Class on Emirates-operated flights, as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members, have access to the Emirates Lounge at JFK.

New York is one of the world’s most iconic cities and needs little introduction. With so many things for visitors to experience including its museums and galleries, shopping, Broadway shows, famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building and sporting events, the city that never sleeps has something to offer everyone. With a population of over 8 million, it is estimated as many as 800 languages are spoken in New York City, meaning that from whichever of Emirates’ 147 destinations passengers arrive, they’re likely to find someone who can welcome them in their own language.

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Boeing Delivers Emirates’ 100th 777-300ER

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Boeing and Emirates Airline are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s 100th 777-300ER (Extended Range), marking another milestone in a partnership that began over two decades ago when the Dubai-based airline ordered its first 777.

With this delivery, Emirates will have 142 777s in operation and is the only airline in the world to operate all the 777 variants. With a current direct backlog of 51 777-300ERs, the 777 also comprises the largest part of Emirates’ 213-strong fleet.

“The Boeing 777-300ER is one of the most remarkable aircraft ever built, and its combination of efficiency, range and payload is second to none. Our customers are equally excited by the aircraft and its on-board product, and to date over 108 million passengers have flown on an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER,” said Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline.

“We have 204 more Boeing 777s on order, which supports over 400,000 jobs in the United States of America, including those from various suppliers such as General Electric 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 percent of the time making it the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world. It also has the highest cargo capability of any passenger airplane. Its 330-minutes 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 Aircraft 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 Emirates and for the confidence they have in Boeing’s products and services beginning with the 777 and continuing with the 777X in the years to come,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. “The operating economics and long-range capability of the 777-300ER have played a prominent role in the success of Emirates’ business strategy.”

At the 2013 Dubai Airshow, Emirates 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 percent 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 United States.

Boeing provides Emirates with essential support and services from its Boeing Edge portfolio of aviation services, including parts and components, Airplane Health Management to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues, Jeppesen Crew Rostering services to optimize flight crew scheduling, and AerData STREAM (Secure Technical Records for Electronic Asset Management) to manage aircraft and engine records.

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Emirates Lands A380 in Dallas/Fort Worth

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Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, has commenced its A380 service from Dubai to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (D/FW). Since it launched a non-stop connection between Dubai and Dallas/Fort Worth in February 2012, Emirates has transported more than 460,000 passengers between the two cities.

The inaugural A380 flight departed from Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport on 1st October and was welcomed in Dallas by a VIP delegation from both cities and the airport. Dallas/Fort Worth is Emirates’ 31st global A380 destination and its third in the USA, joining New York and Los Angeles. Emirates’ A380 network in the US will further expand in December when San Francisco and Houston become the 32nd and 33rd points on the airline’s network on 1st and 3rd December respectively.

“Commencing an A380 service to Dallas/Fort Worth allows us to provide an additional 222 seats each way on the route every day, significantly enhancing the $200 million in annual benefits the airport estimated our previous flight provided. This means a greater number of Emirates passengers travelling from South Asia, the Middle East, Far East and Africa can enjoy easy access to North Texas from Emirates’ home and hub of Dubai,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President. “The A380 is the flagship of Emirates’ fleet and our on-board facilities give passengers the very best product we offer. We know everything in Texas is bigger so it is fitting that Emirates, which is the largest operator of the A380, is bringing the world’s largest passenger aircraft to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Texas.”

The Emirates A380 service will operate daily as flight EK 221 departing Dubai at 02:45 local time and arriving at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 09:45 local time the same day, a flying time of 16 hours. The return service, EK 222 departs Dallas/Fort Worth at 12:35 local time and arrives in Dubai at 12:20 local time the following day, with a flying time of 14 hours and 45 minutes.

“Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is proud to welcome the Emirates A380 as we continue our growth as a global hub, connecting passengers from the United States, Mexico and Canada to destinations around the world,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of D/FW Airport. “The addition of the Emirates A380 to DFW brings one of the world’s most highly regarded aircraft to the Dallas/Fort Worth to Dubai route, opening the door for even more customers to travel between DFW and Dubai.”

“From burgeoning businesses, to the best shopping in the southwest, premium hotels and restaurants and a captivating arts and cultural scene, Dallas has much to offer,” said Mike Rawlings, mayor of Dallas. “The arrival of the Emirates A380 will allow Dallas to continue to open its doors to international business opportunities, commerce and tourism and show the world that big things continue to happen here.”

“Dallas/Fort Worth is home to many Fortune 500 companies, countless major industries and a strong, diverse workforce. These assets combined with DFW International Airport and our air service partners continue to fuel our local economy,” said Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth. “The investment made by Emirates is a recognition of the importance of our region as a global hub of business and leisure. We thank Emirates for their commitment, and for helping us build an expansive global network.”

Unique Onboard Product

While onboard the flight from Dubai to Dallas/Fort Worth, passengers in all cabin classes can enjoy Emirates’ renowned service provided by a multilingual crew representing more than 130 nationalities, savour gourmet cuisine and immerse themselves in the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice Digital Widescreen, which offers more than 1,800 channels of films, TV programmes, music and podcasts. Passengers will not miss a beat while traveling on the A380 as Emirates makes it easy to stay connected to family, friends and colleagues on the ground with a wide range of communications options including onboard Wi-Fi.

The First Class and Business Class experiences truly set Emirates apart. Guests in the First Class cabin enjoy Private Suites and can arrive at their destination feeling refreshed and prepared for a business meeting or adventure after experiencing the two onboard Shower Spas. Emirates is the only airline to offer this exclusive feature in the sky. First Class and Business Class passengers can also enjoy the Onboard Lounge, which offers passengers a space for socializing and networking complete with fine wines, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and delicacies prepared by five-star chefs. The Emirates experience begins the moment they step out the door, with complimentary Chauffeur-drive to and from the airport and access to Emirates’ 37 exclusive airport lounges worldwide.

The Emirates A380 on the Dallas/Fort Worth route can accommodate 488 passengers, including 14 in First Class Private Suites, 76 in Business Class lie-flat beds on the upper deck and 398 in spacious Economy Class seats divided into four sections on the main deck.

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380 and currently has 53 A380s in its fleet with 87 more on order.

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