Dubai’s Emirates scraps Philippines route

By Daniel Shane Sunday, 23 March 2014 12:03 PM

Dubai carrier Emirates Airline is to scrap a daily service to a key air hub in the Philippines just seven months after launching the route.

Emirates will cease its daily flights to Clark International Airport from May 1, a spokesperson confirmed, following a review of its operations.

The service to Clark International, located in the Greater Manila Area, was the only long-haul route to be operated outside of the country’s primary Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the capital.

Following the service’s launch in October last year, Emirates embarked on a highly visible marketing campaign to promote the route to the UAE’s large Filipino community.

“Emirates can confirm that it is suspending its daily, non-stop service between Clark International Airport and Dubai from 1st May 2014. The decision was made after a review of the airline’s operations to ensure the best utilisation of its aircraft fleet for its overall business objectives,” a spokesperson for Emirates told Arabian Business.

“Emirates will continue to operate its three daily, non-stop flights between Manila and Dubai and is taking all necessary steps to accommodate affected passengers on alternate flights,” they added.

Earlier this year, aviation analysts warned that airlines are losing money on the UAE-Philippines route and will soon be forced to cut flights.

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said too many carriers had entered the once-lucrative market, with 24 flights per week added in the last quarter of 2014 alone.

Despite huge traffic between the countries – there are about 700,000 Filipinos working in the UAE, the Asian country’s fourth largest overseas community – airlines including Dubai’s Emirates, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and three Filipino carriers had saturated the market to the point that competition had become too great.

“While there is considerable traffic between the Philippines and UAE, yields are generally low and there are large seasonal fluctuations,” a CAPA report said.

“On a year-round basis the Philippines-UAE is not an easy market to turn a profit on, particularly without any ability to sell flights beyond the UAE.

“But December and January are peak months for the Philippines-UAE market, as Filipinos working overseas typically make their trips back home during the holiday season. February and March will be more challenging months, while April will see another peak for Easter.”

The route became overcrowded during the previous few months, with three Philippine carriers entering the market – low-cost airlines Cebu Pacific and PAL Express and flag carrier Philippine Airlines.

Etihad Airways also serves Abu Dhabi-Manila with two daily flights.


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Emirates Airline Arrives in Afghanistan

Celebrates its first flight to Kabul, its 138th global destination 

DUBAI, U.A.E, 4th December 2013: Emirates, a global connector of people and places today commenced its newest service, to Kabul the capital of Afghanistan.

Emirates flight EK 640 touched down in Kabul International Khwaja Rawash Airport at 13.15 hours. On board was a VIP delegation including: H.E Dr Najibullah Mojadidi, Afghanistan Ambassador in UAE; H.E. Atiqullah Atifmal, Afghan Consul General in Dubai, and Yousif Ali,  UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan; Abdullah Suwaidan – Deputy Director, Inward Missions – Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing; Adel al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Emirates Airline; and Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations – Centre, Emirates.

The flight was greeted on its arrival in Kabul by a senior delegation from Afghanistan including; H.E. Dr Daoud Ali Najafi, Minister of Transport Afghanistan; H.E.Captain Hamid Zaher Ustaz, Technical and Operations Deputy Minister; Ghulam Nabi Farahi, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture and Tourism; H.E.Malik Quraishi, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Allahnoor Sailab – Area Manager Afghanistan, Emirates.

Kabul is the 138th destination on the Emirates route network, and Afghanistan is the 78th country it serves.

“Emirates is always striving to connect people”, said Adel Al Redha, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Emirates. “This new route launch today presents a new opportunity for the population of Afghanistan to access new travel opportunities and destinations thanks to our extensive global network across six continents. It will also provide an opportunity for the many Afghans living overseas to visit home again whilst experiencing Emirates renowned service and product.”

“Today we welcome Emirates to Kabul”, said H.E. Dr. Dauod Ali Najafi, Minister of Transport. “Having an airline of the quality of Emirates commence flights to Afghanistan shows the airline’s commitment to supporting the Afghan economy, building trade and travel links with the world and helping Afghans and expats living here to connect with friends, family and colleagues globally.”

The route is operated by an Airbus A340-500 configured in a 3 cabin configuration, offering 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 204 Economy Class seats. Emirates is the only airline which offers First Class from Dubai to Kabul.

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.

When connecting at Dubai International, passengers will experience Emirates’ dedicated terminal, Terminal 3 which feature a range of shops and restaurants to cater for all passengers. Emirates’ service to Kabul offers convenient onward connections to and from Europe including London (Heathrow and Gatwick), Frankfurt, Manchester, Birmingham, Hamburg and Paris, plus the eight gateways which Emirates flies to in the USA.


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Emirates launches its longest A380 flight

Fly with the stars through the stars all the way to LA

 DUBAI, U.A.E., 3rd December 2013 Emirates, which has often picked up the Oscars of the travel industry, has swooped into the home of the original Oscars to launch its celebrated A380 service.

Packed with Hollywood movies on ice Digital Widescreen, the double-decker touched down in Los Angeles yesterday, becoming the world’s longest A380 service in operation.

The landmark flight, crossing the Russian Federation, the North Pole and Eastern Canada, has a published duration of 16 hours 20 minutes, more than enough time to delve into over 400 hours of in-flight Hollywood movies.

“Bringing the glamorous A380 set of wings to the City of Angels seemed like a natural fit as this aircraft mirrors the luxury of the Hollywood lifestyle,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West.

The Emirates’ A380 is like no other. Its generously proportioned Economy Class, exclusive mini-pods in Business Class and Private Suites in First Class are talked about the world over.

On the top deck of the aircraft, First Class passengers can freshen up in one of two Onboard Shower Spas, whilst First and Business Class travellers can mix and mingle in the popular Onboard Lounge – enjoying a drink and exchanging tales at 40,000 feet.

Passengers in all cabins have access to WiFi, 1,500 channels of in-flight entertainment and gourmet-chef prepared meals, served by highly trained, multi-lingual cabin crew.

Generous luggage allowances are available to customers; 30 kilogrammes in Economy Class, 40 Kilogrammes in Business Class and 50 kilogrammes in First Class. Premium passengers can also enjoy dedicated lounges and chauffeur-drive transfers at many destinations across Emirates’ network.

The airline started flying to Los Angeles in 2008 with the Boeing 777-200LR. The introduction of the 489-seat A380 service, powered by US made GE GP7200 engines, is a direct response to demand with over one million passengers travelling between Los Angeles and Dubai so far.

Emirates 23rd A380 service will operate daily as EK 215 departing Dubai at 0820hrs and arriving at Los Angeles International Airport at 1250hrs the same day. The return flight, EK 216, departs Los Angeles at 1600hrs and arrives in Dubai at 1950hrs the following day.

The double decker has 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 399 spacious seats in Economy Class.

The A380’s arrival time in Dubai offers passengers from L.A. connections to an extensive range of onward destinations in the Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, Africa, Asia and the Far East.

The airline operates 63 weekly flights to the U.S, serving seven gateways; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC and New York JFK, where two of the three daily flights are operated with A380s.

The 3rd JFK flight, operated with a Boeing 777-300ER, stops in Italy’s fashion capital of Milan before continuing to New York. A daily service from Dubai to Boston will start 10th March 2014.

With 131 Boeing 777s in its fleet worth US$ 34 billion, and a further 150 Boeing 777Xs ordered at Dubai Air Show 2013, valued at US$ 76 billion, Emirates is a major contributor to the U.S aerospace industry.

The airline also supports a number of sponsorships in the market. Amongst them are Emirates Airline US Open Series, Official Airline of the BNP Paribas Open, Official Airline of the San Francisco Symphony, Official Airline of USA Rugby, Presenting Sponsor at the Reliant Stadium – home of the Houston Texans NFL team and Sponsor of the New York Cosmos soccer team.

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A double celebration as Emirates welcomes its 40th and 41st A380s to the fleet

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 28th November 2013 – It was a double celebration at Emirates today as the fast-growing airline took delivery of two new A380 aircraft, its 40th and 41st, bringing the total fleet count to 210.

The new aircraft will be part of Emirates’ strategy to increase efficiency on major routes around the world, having expanded its A380 services to Europe, Australia and the US this year. There are further plans to deploy the giant double decker on popular routes over the coming months, including between Dubai and Los Angeles from 2nd December.

Emirates is the largest operator of A380 aircraft in the world. This month the airline made history once more by ordering a further 50 A380 aircraft at the Dubai Airshow which, together with its Boeing 777X order, was the largest aircraft order ever made in the history of aviation.

The USD 23 billion A380 purchase means Emirates now has 99 A380 aircraft yet to be delivered. The order not only demonstrates the growing demand for the superjumbo on its busiest routes, but also Emirates’ commitment to providing the ultimate passenger comfort.

More than 18 million passengers have travelled on the Emirates A380 since it was first launched in 2008 and had the opportunity to experience its luxury interior.

Two decks offer spacious seats in Economy Class, lie-flat seats in Business Class and luxury First Class Private Suites. In total, the Emirates A380 aircraft can carry between 489 to 517 passengers depending on the configuration. Passengers in the premium cabins can socialise in the Onboard Lounge and First Class passengers can arrive at their destination refreshed in one of two onboard Shower Spas.

Passengers across all cabins can enjoy up to 1,600 channels of the latest movies, TV shows and music from around the world alongside a range of games on the award-winning ice inflight entertainment system. The latest technology allows passengers to stay connected throughout the flight with high-speed Wi-Fi access and mobile phone and data services.

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150 Boeing 777X aircraft valued at US$ 76 billion, with additional 50 purchase rights.

50 additional Airbus A380 aircraft valued at US$ 23 billion.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, 17th November 2013 – Emirates airline has again rewritten all records in civil aviation with an order for 150 Boeing 777X, comprising 35 Boeing 777-8Xs and 115 Boeing 777-9Xs, plus 50 purchase rights; and an additional 50 Airbus A380 aircraft.

Together, the Boeing and Airbus orders, excluding purchase rights, are worth an estimated US$ 99 billion at list prices. This is the largest ever aircraft order in civil aviation and also Emirates’ largest order announced at any event to date.

The agreement was signed today at the Dubai Air Show by His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, with Jim McNerney, Boeing Chairman, President and CEO, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus’ President and CEO. The signing was witnessed by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.

Emirates’ Boeing 777X order is the single largest aircraft order by value in the history of U.S. commercial aviation, and the additional A380 order cements Emirates, already the largest operator of this aircraft type, as the principal customer for the A380 worldwide. These latest orders bring Emirates’ total firm order book to 385 aircraft (excluding options or purchase rights), comprising 214 Boeing 777s, 101 Airbus A380s, and 70 A350s, at a total estimated value of US$ 166 billion.

“Air transport is a key enabler of world trade, and we see that demand for aviation services will continue to grow globally. What we’re announcing today is a continuation of our commitment and vision to connect the world through our efficient hub in the Middle East. Emirates’ aircraft orders today, with deliveries of the 777X scheduled to start in 2020, will take us to 2025 and beyond – replacing aircraft due for retirement and providing the foundation for future growth,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

“We are honoured by Emirates’ commitment to the newly launched 777X and the significant long term boost this provides to U.S. exports and jobs,” said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. “Emirates has been an integral part of the 777 success story for many years and today operates the largest fleet of 777s anywhere in the world. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with Emirates and continuing to support Dubai’s expansion into a global aviation hub.”

“By strategically placing the A380 at the centre of its business, Emirates is maximizing its leading position with each day of operations. Emirates has understood from the start the A380’s advantages in terms of efficiency, economics and passenger comfort. It has been a true crowd-puller and contributor to the rapid development of Emirates and its Dubai hub,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus CEO and President. “We value our partnership with Emirates airline and are pleased to see this getting stronger each day with their A380s flying.”

Emirates’ Boeing 777X

“The announcement today includes the purchase of 300 GE9X engines from General Electric, to power the 150 Boeing 777X aircraft ordered. Taking into account the U.S. Government jobs multiplier (every $1 billion in US aerospace exports supports 5,747 American jobs), today’s historic order will protect and support over 436,000 jobs in U.S. aerospace manufacturing – not only at Boeing and GE facilities, but with hundreds of other suppliers,” said Sheikh Ahmed.

Emirates’ 777-8X and 777-9X will be a combination of two and three-class configurations, with the 777-8X potentially seating 342 passengers in 3 classes, and the 777-9X seating over 440 passengers in 2 classes.

“Emirates today operates more than one in every 10 Boeing 777 aircraft built. It is the workhorse of our fleet. What the 777X does, is offer us a flying range comparable with the 200LRs and 300ERs, but with more passenger capacity at potentially up to 18% more fuel efficiency,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline.

Emirates’ unwavering commitment to the Boeing 777 dates back to 1996. Today, Emirates is already the largest operator of the 777 with 131 in operation, and the only airline to fly all variants in the 777 family. At the 2011 Dubai Air Show, Emirates ordered 50 Boeing 777-300ERs with options for 20 more at a total value of US$ 26 billion (AED 95.4 billion). It was then a record breaking aircraft order– the single largest by any airline with Boeing in dollar value.

Emirates’ Airbus A380s

Emirates currently operates the world’s largest fleet of A380s with 39 in service.

Its order for 50 additional A380 aircraft today brings Emirates’ total A380 order book to 101 aircraft, worth US$ 45 billion. A combination of two and three-class cabin configuration, the first 25 of these latest A380 aircraft orders are scheduled to be delivered before the first quarter of 2018.

“The A380 continues to be the flagship of our fleet, and after five years in operation it remains highly popular with our passengers,” said Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. “It is still one of the most efficient aircraft to operate today in terms of fuel burn and emissions per passenger, and it gives us the flexibility in some cases to meet passenger demand in slot-constrained markets. This latest order will help us meet both fleet expansion and fleet replacement needs.”

Emirates has been associated with Europe’s largest passenger aircraft since April 2000 when it became the first airline to announce plans to purchase the super jumbo. As the largest customer for the A380, Emirates is therefore the largest supporter of European aerospace manufacturing jobs tied to the A380 programme which is spread across Airbus’ manufacturing centres in France, Germany, England and Spain.

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Emirates to Double A380 Operations to Munich

DUBAI, U.A.E., 13th November 2013: Emirates’ Dubai – Munich route will become an all-A380 service from 30 March 2014, when the airline deploys its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on its second daily flight.

Emirates’ flights EK49/50 and EK51/52 are currently served by Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER, respectively. The second A380 service will add almost 1,800 seats per week on the route, reflecting Emirates’ steadfast commitment to the German market.

Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates said: “This is a significant development for Emirates as Munich is a key airport for us in Germany and in Europe. Passenger demand has been steadily growing and our second A380 will add much needed seat capacity which is essential for us to meet the demand growth of the route and support the expansion of trade, tourism and international investment in Germany. We are also proud to fly our flagship A380 aircraft as a connector of people and cargo between Germany and destinations across the globe, particularly as Germany plays a big role in producing this aircraft.”

Christian Ude, Lord Mayor of Munich: “The second daily scheduled service with the Emirates A380 is good news for Munich as a business location and the tourism industry in our region. Due to the capacity increase, even more guests will come to us from the airline’s global route network – without increasing the number of flight movements. The two daily A380 flights emphasize the significance of Bavaria as location for the European aviation industry.”

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, CEO of Munich Airport GmbH said: “We are very pleased that Emirates will operate Munich twice a day with its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft in the coming year. This decision is clear evidence of the importance and attractiveness of Munich Airport in worldwide air traffic. In November 2011, Emirates was the first foreign carrier to operate scheduled A380 services into Germany. Since then, the A380 has become a real crowd-puller at our airport.”

Last month, Emirates operated the second Munich service with an A380 due to high demand. The service proved popular among passengers and aviation enthusiasts alike. Munich Airport offered the “A380 lights bus tour” during this period. The tour offered visitors in the evening a glimpse at the ‘behind the scenes’ operations of Munich Airport, including advantageous sights of the Emirates A380.

The second daily A380 operation will be serviced with a three-class configuration comprising of 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.

Since November of 2011, when the first service was inaugurated, over 600,000 passengers have flown the Emirates A380 to and from Munich. The first landing of the A380 to Munich in November 2011 can be viewed here

Germany plays a significant role in the production of Emirates’ highly efficient A380s. German aeronautical businesses contribute to the production of the aircraft’s engines, wings, ice entertainment system, lighting and Onboard Shower features, and an estimated €280 million is spent each year by Emirates for the operation and maintenance of these components, according to a study by the Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research (DLR). Moreover, the A380 programme alone is estimated to add around 40,000 direct, indirect and induced German jobs.

The regional economy around Munich will also derive substantial benefits as a result of the aircraft upgrade from a B777 to an A380. According to recent Deloitte report titled ‘The Economic Value of Sydney Airport’, it is estimated that the annual incremental contribution of a B777 to an A380 upgrade amounted to more than €40 million in GDP and added more than 700 jobs in Sydney. Generation of similar economic returns can be expected for Munich and its surrounding areas.

Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the world, with 38 currently in its fleet flying to 22 global destinations.

Emirates flight EK51 departs Dubai at 1630hrs and arrives in Munich at 2010hrs, the return flight EK52 departs Munich at 2140hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0630hrs the following day.

A complete photo album of the Munich Airport Emirates A380 photo competition with local plane spotters on Facebook can be found on

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Emirates double their A380 flights to Munich

From 30 March 2014, the Emirates Dubai – Munich route will become an all-A380 service. This A380 route proved so popular amongst our passengers and aviation enthusiasts, that Emirates operated a special second A380 Dubai – Munich service last month. During this period, Munich Airport ran an Emirates A380 photo competition with local plane spotters. 5 winners were chosen and you can see their photos and some of our favourites here

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First landing of Emirates A380 in Munich | November 2011 | Emirates

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