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Swiss to introduce new Premium Economy Class

Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-300 ER HB-JNH (msn 62753) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945980.

Swiss International Air Lines is to introduce a new Premium Economy Class on its long-haul aircraft fleet from spring 2021, to further strengthen its position as a premium air carrier. In a first step here, the additional travel class will be available in a 24-seat section on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

In the medium term, the new travel product will be extended to the entire Swiss long-haul fleet. For Economy Class travelers seeking more inflight comfort, the new product will offer a totally new air travel experience. Swiss will be investing some CHF 40 million in installing the new seating class on its Boeing 777 fleet.

The new product will initially be available on the company’s Boeing 777-300ERs, with each aircraft offering 24 Premium Economy seats. In the medium term, the new product should be extended to the entire Swiss long-haul fleet.

Substantially more personal space

For Economy Class travellers seeking more inflight comfort, Premium Economy will offer a totally new air travel experience. The new class of travel will feature a newly developed seat providing extensive legroom and movement. “All in all, our Premium Economy Class travellers will enjoy a substantially stronger sense of personal space,” confirms Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Swiss’ Chief Commercial Officer.In introducing the new class of travel, SWISS is responding to a growing demand for an air travel product between Economy and Business Class. The decision to offer the new seating class has also been encouraged by the positive experiences with such a product at Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines, Swiss’ sister companies within the Lufthansa Group.

Introduction in spring 2021

Swiss will embark on the cabin conversion work required in winter 2020/21, and the new Premium Economy Class product will be available from spring 2021. Swiss will be investing a total of some CHF 40 million in installing the new seating class on its Boeing 777 fleet.

Top Copyright Photo: Swiss International Air Lines Boeing 777-300 ER HB-JNH (msn 62753) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 945980.

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Emirates to launch new service to Porto

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Emirates announced it will launch a four times weekly service between Portugal’s second
largest city, Porto, and Dubai, from  July 2, 2019.

Porto will become Emirates’ second destination in Portugal after its capital, Lisbon, which the airline currently serves with two flights a day. The flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three class cabin configuration, offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.

Emirates’ new service will provide travellers in northern Portugal, a major urban area, as well as those in the north-west of Spain in cities such as Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, due to its close proximity to Porto, with a direct option to travel to Dubai, and onward to destinations across the airline’s global network, particularly in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

The flight between Dubai and Porto will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and depart Dubai as EK197 at 0915hrs and arrive in Porto at 1430hrs. The return flight, EK198, will depart Porto at 1735hrs and land in Dubai at 0415hrs the next morning. The schedule enables travellers to easily and conveniently connect to Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to popular destinations, such as Luanda, Johannesburg, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Sydney, amongst others.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 ER N50281 (A6-EQP) (msn 42363) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 943989.

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Boeing and United Airlines announce repeat orders for 737 MAX and 777

United Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER N2737U (msn 62649) LHR (SPA). Image: 944179.

United Airlines and Boeing announced the carrier ordered 24 additional 737 MAX jets and four more 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes last year. The $4.5 billion order, according to list prices, was booked as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

The Chicago-based airline has steadily placed new orders for the two Boeing jets to serve its large domestic and international network. United Airlines is among the more than 100 customers who have made the 737 MAX the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, receiving more than 5,000 orders since the program’s launch.

The 777 has become the best-selling twin-aisle jet family in history, earning more than 2,000 orders. In fact, United’s order pushed the program over the 2,000 threshold in December. It is also the most reliable twin-aisle jet flying today with the highest schedule reliability in the industry at 99.5 percent. The 777-300ER can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,930 nautical miles (14,685 km).

United also utilizes Boeing Global Services to enhance its operations of their large fleet of Boeing aircraft. Multiple digital Boeing solutions, including those powered by Boeing AnalytX, optimize its operations. Recently, United signed for crew management and electronic flight bag (EFB) tools to enhance operational efficiency across all phases of flight.

Top Copyright Photo (all other images by Boeing): United Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER N2737U (msn 62649) LHR (SPA). Image: 944179.

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Emirates takes delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft

Emirates celebrated an important fleet milestone with the delivery of the final Boeing 777-300ER aircraft (A6-EQP) on its order books.
A6-EQP is the 190th Boeing 777 aircraft to be delivered to Emirates, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft and also the only airline in the world to have operated all the six variants of the Boeing 777 family.
One of out every eight 777 aircraft ever manufactured by Boeing has been delivered to Emirates.
Emirates will also be one of the first airlines in the world to fly the two next generation models- the Boeing 777-8 and 777-9.

It was also the 146th delivery of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Emirates. The airline welcomed the first Boeing 777-300ER aircraft into its fleet in March 2005 and over the last 13 years, the 777-300ER has become the backbone of Emirates’ fleet operating currently to over 119 destinations across the airline’s global network. Emirates has operated one out of every five Boeing 777-300ER aircraft produced to date and the average age of a Boeing 777-3000ER in Emirates’ fleet is a mere 6.5 years.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “The Boeing 777-300ER has been a cornerstone of Emirates’ success story as the world’s largest international airline. The aircraft’s efficiency, range and payload capabilities have enabled us to connect our customers across six continents to and through Dubai, and offer them a flight experience that is second to none. With 140 of these aircraft in our fleet, the Boeing 777-300ER will continue to play an integral role in our operations and facilitating global tourism and trade opportunities in the years to come.”

On the partnership with Boeing, Sir Tim said: “We’ve worked closely with Boeing on the 777 program over the last three decades, and we will build on this partnership as we start taking delivery of the 777-8 and 777-9 aircraft from 2020.”

Emirates’ Boeing 777 fleet has carried close to 350 million passengers on more than 1.28 million flights and covered over 6.6 billion kilometres since 1996. That’s the equivalent of flying almost 8600 times to the moon and back.

Setting the standards for passenger experience and safety, Emirates has continually invested in its onboard product and services. The airline recently unveiled brand new cabins for its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft including the game-changing fully-enclosed First Class private suites as well as newly-designed seats and improved inflight entertainment systems for Business and Economy class cabins. Emirates has also started a programme to reconfigure its 10 Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, installing new wider Business Class seats as well as a completely refreshed Economy Class for improved passenger comfort.

Since 2009, Emirates has also been operating the Boeing 777-F dedicated freighter aircraft to facilitate global trade. With a capacity of over 100 tonnes per flight, Emirates’ fleet of 13 Boeing 777-Fs move a variety of cargo, including heavy and outsized shipments, pharmaceuticals, flowers and race horses on scheduled weekly flights to over 40 global destinations. In 2017, Emirates’ Boeing 777-F aircraft also executed more than 370 charter flights over and above regular operations.

Emirates operates one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average aircraft age of 5.87 years, a figure that is much lower than the accepted norm in the aviation industry. The airline pursues an ambitious fleet renewal strategy by retiring older aircraft and introducing newer and more advanced aircraft leading to more efficient operations.

From 2020, the airline will start taking delivery of 35 Boeing 777-8s and 115 Boeing 777-9s. These next generation aircraft will have a more fuel efficient design and will feature larger windows, increased cabin pressure and humidity, higher ceilings, wider cabin and an advanced inflight entertainment system contributing to a superior customer experience.

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Milestones of the Emirates Boeing 777 program

June 1996 Emirates receives delivery of its first Boeing 777 aircraft A6-EMD, a Boeing 777-200 classic
June 2003 Emirates announces order for 26 Boeing 777-300ERs at the 2003 Paris Air Show, worth US$ 5.6 billion
March 2005 Emirates receives its first Boeing 777-300 ER
2009 Emirates becomes the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft
November 2013 Emirates makes aviation history with a record-breaking order for 150 Boeing 777x aircraft
October 2014 Emirates receives its 100th Boeing 777-300ER aircraft
September 2015 Emirates receives its 150th Boeing 777 aircraft
November 2016 Emirates starts taking delivery of its new generation Boeing 777-300ER with enhanced Business Class seats and improved environmental performance
November 2017

 

Emirates unveils brand new cabins for its Boeing 777 fleet including the Game-changing, fully enclosed private suites in First Class

Emirates adds frequencies to the Netherlands

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Emirates today announced that due to strong market demand, it will introduce five additional flights per week from Dubai to Amsterdam. These additional flights will complement its existing double daily services, offer an earlier departure option from Amsterdam that is convenient for visitors to Dubai, and provide enhanced connectivity to destinations on Emirates’ global network.

Four additional weekly services will be started effective December 1, 2018 and the fifth will be added from  January 1, 2019, increasing frequency to the Dutch capital city to 19 weekly flights.

Outbound, flight EK145 will depart early morning from Dubai on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and arrives at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in time for breakfast, allowing customers to make the most of their day in the city*. The flight schedule is conveniently timed for passengers connecting from Emirates global route network to Amsterdam and will be popular for business travellers to the Netherlands from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Sydney and Bangalore as well as for Dutch leisure travellers returning to Amsterdam from Bangkok, Bali, Mauritius, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

The return service, EK146, will depart from Amsterdam on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday late morning time, and arrives in the evening in Dubai*. This service adds more convenience to those visiting Dubai, and offers enhanced connectivity to Phuket and Johannesburg.

The new service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. This complements the two existing services between Dubai and Amsterdam, flights EK147/EK148 and EK149/EK150, operated by an Airbus A380.

From a cargo perspective, the new 777 service will offer up to 20 tonnes of capacity per flight, with popular exports from Amsterdam expected to be flowers, pharmaceuticals and general cargo items. During the year 2017, Emirates SkyCargo uplifted over 90,000 tonnes of exports and imports from Amsterdam.

Passengers flying with Emirates can stop over in Dubai for a few days on their way to one of over 160 destinations. Dubai offers everything a visitor could want, from shopping at some of the largest malls in the region to dining options which will spoil anyone for choice. Visitors can also enjoy beaches, family-friendly hotels, theme parks, and even ski slopes at the Mall of the Emirates. Having become the fourth-most-visited city in the world, Dubai is known for its eclectic mix of offerings, from futuristic architecture to vibrant traditional culture.

Customers on Emirates flights can enjoy award winning service and hospitality from the airline’s multinational cabin crew, including Dutch nationals, an in-flight entertainment system with up to 3,500 channels and up to 20MB complimentary on-board Wi-Fi, LIVE TV, as well as regionally inspired meals on-board prepared by award-winning chefs. Families with young children are also well cared for with special services and products to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable flight experience, from free toys to kid’s meals, entertainment and priority boarding. First Class and Business Class customers can take advantage of a complimentary chauffeur driven car to and from both Dubai and Amsterdam airports.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Emirates): Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 ER A6-EQH (msn 42353) (Year of Zayed 2018) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 940966.

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Saudia reports 17 million passengers in the first half, an 8% increase

Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER HZ-AK43 (msn 62763) (Green Falcons - Saudi Arabia football team) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 942503.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, achieved significant growth in terms of the number of guest numbers and flights during the first half of 2018.half of 2018

The airline carried approximately 17 million passengers across its domestic and international network. As a result, the carrier’s passenger rate increased by 8% and overall, the number of flights increased by 4%, compared to the same period in 2017.

Passenger traffic grew by 3.7% for domestic and international passenger numbers grew by 12%.

Saudia’s operating performance has recorded ongoing growth in line with the objectives and initiatives of the SV2020 Transformation Program, which was launched in mid- 2015.

These initiatives altogether form the largest program in the history of the airline, which is aimed at growing the carrier’s fleet to reach (200) airplanes by the end of 2020, as well as introducing a new range of product and services enhancements.

In less than three years, Saudia received more than 70 brand new state-of-the-art aircraft.

The introduction of new aircraft in the Saudia fleet has contributed to the airline reaching its strategic objectives, by adding seat capacity on domestic sectors, as well as expanding its international operations.

Saudia has grown its flight network this year to operate new nonstop flights to a mix of business and leisure international destinations (Vienna, Moscow, Malaga and Izmir).

Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said that the carrier continued to achieve an increase in growth rates in its operating flights during the first half of 2018, which reflects the overall growth in the airline and subsidiary companies and strategic business units.

He added: “The operating performance outlined in the H1 annual report is issued at a time when Saudia is implementing its largest operating plan for the Summer season, which commenced on 23 Ramadan and that it will continue to 27 Dhu al-Hijjah next year. Furthermore, this plan includes running more than 56 thousand scheduled flights in both domestic and international flight sectors, with a seat capacity of more than 12 million. It is also worth highlighting that this plan includes the Hajj and Umrah flights, as well as other flights.”

Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser noted that the introduction of new aircraft to the fleet and operating the fleet at optimal levels have played a key role in supporting the operating plan of the carrier during the current high season. He added that increasing capacity in the domestic market has been a continued focus; ensuring seats are available for a growing traveler base.

Moreover, he stated that Saudia’s fleet is growing substantially (double-digits in a single year), and as a result, flies one of the youngest fleets in the skies.

Al-Jasser added: “Overall, connectivity and access to markets has increasingly become ever-important for trade and tourism. The growth of business opportunities and leisure travel – within the Kingdom and beyond – has been a core driver to offer our guests additional flight choices, with convenient journey times.
Mr. Al-Jasser reinforced that that the national carrier will continue working towards achieving operational performance, such as On-Time-Performance and increasing guest numbers by the end of 2018.

He praised the efforts of all teams across the company and strategic business units of Saudi Arabian Airlines, saying that they have contributed to SAUDIA’s growth. He also affirmed that the airline is planning to continue growing capacity on existing and new routes, in addition to adding new products and services.

The carrier is committed to further developing the aviation industry in the Kingdom, as aviation is one of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030’s focus points for development and investment.

In 2017 the airline carried more than 32 million passengers, registered over 200,000 flights and traveled more than 320 million kilometers. The airline grew its international transit traffic figures by double-digits over last year’s figures, and added 30 new aircraft to its fleet in a single year.

Saudia joined the SkyTeam alliance in 2012 and is one of 20 member airlines.

The airline has 11 codeshare partners including: Garuda Indonesia, China Southern Airlines, Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Alitalia, Korean Airlines, KLM, Middle East Airlines, Aeroflot, Air Europa and Oman Air.

Top Copyright Photo: Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) Boeing 777-300 ER HZ-AK43 (msn 62763) (Green Falcons – Saudi Arabia football team) LAX (Ron Monroe). Image: 942503.

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Emirates to launch a daily service to Edinburgh

Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 ER A6-EQK (msn 42359) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 941792.

Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, today announced it will start a daily service between Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, and Dubai, from October 1, 2018.

Edinburgh will become Emirates’ second destination in Scotland after Glasgow and its 8th in the United Kingdom after the airline starts its daily service to London Stansted in June. The new service will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.

Photo: Emirates.

Flight EK023 will depart Dubai daily at 0955 hrs and arrive in Edinburgh at 1450 hrs, while the return flight, EK024 will depart Edinburgh at 2015 hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0640 hrs the next morning. The arrival of the flight is conveniently timed for connecting to Emirates’ services to popular outbound destinations for Scottish travellers, such as Bangkok, Lahore, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Australian cities, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

Top Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300 ER A6-EQK (msn 42359) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 941792.
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