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From Emirates SkyCargo with love

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Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, has unveiled a unique decal featuring a rose on one of its Boeing 777F freighter aircraft ahead of Valentine’s Day. The decal, installed at the Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre in Dubai, is the first of its kind for Emirates SkyCargo and highlights the strong contribution made by the air cargo carrier to the floriculture industry through the transport of fresh flowers across the world.

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One of the first ports of call for the aircraft will be Nairobi in Kenya, where the aircraft will be loaded with a consignment of flowers headed to Amsterdam- the world’s largest flower distribution center.

Transporting flowers around the world

Every day Emirates SkyCargo transports fresh flowers across its global network of over 150 destinations. This includes the flowers transported on board dedicated freighters from major flower exporting countries such as Kenya and Ecuador directly to Amsterdam, as well as flowers transported in the belly hold of the aircraft from countries as far and diverse as India, New Zealand, Vietnam, Zambia, and Ethiopia. Between January and December 2016, Emirates SkyCargo transported over 70,000 tons of fresh flowers around the world.

Although the transportation of flowers is a year-round activity, there is a marked increase in the volume of flowers- in particular roses- being transported around Valentine’s Day which is the single most important annual date for floriculturists worldwide. It is estimated that close to 250 million stems of roses are grown worldwide exclusively to cater to the increased demand for flowers around Valentine’s Day. Emirates SkyCargo adds supplementary cargo capacity every year in the major flower trade lanes to be able to bring the additional volumes of flowers to Aalsmeer – the world’s largest flower auction house in Amsterdam – and from there onwards to other global destinations.

In the week running up to Valentine’s this year, Emirates SkyCargo has operated 4 freighters over and above the daily scheduled freighter service from Nairobi bringing close to an additional 350 tonnes of flowers into Amsterdam. Additional capacity was also deployed to supplement the thrice weekly freighter service between Quito in Ecuador and Amsterdam in order to cater to the demand around Valentine’s Day.

By facilitating the global export of flowers from countries such as Kenya and Ecuador, Emirates SkyCargo also makes an important economic contribution to these regions where the cultivation of flowers is an important local industry. The floriculture industry supports employment for an estimated half a million people in Kenya and over 100,000 people in Ecuador.

Cool Chain and Flowers

The journey of a flower usually begins in a farm where it is harvested by hand. The freshly harvested flowers are then sorted, arranged in bouquets and hand packed into boxes which are then loaded on the aircraft. In order to ensure maximum freshness and shelf life, the temperature in the cargo hold of the aircraft is maintained between 1 and 3 degrees centigrade.
Emirates Skycargo also offers a range of innovative cool chain solutions to ensure that the flowers are maintained at the right temperature from the origin to destination. One such solution is ‘White Cover’- an innovative temperature protection solution that is cost efficient and environmentally friendly. Designed to shield temperature-sensitive cargo from solar heat during transportation, it is water resistant, yet breathable making it ideal for the transport flowers. Handling and loading of the flowers is managed by trained Emirates SkyCargo staff helping maintain product integrity during transportation.

Emirates SkyCargo has been at the forefront of the cargo industry operating a young and modern fleet of 255 aircraft including 15 dedicated freighters- 13 Boeing 777Fs and two Boeing 747-400ERFs. The carrier also offers a number of specialised transportation solutions for customers across different business verticals such as pharmaceuticals and automobile.

Photo: Boeing 777-F1H A6-EFL (msn 42230) is seen at the Dubai Hub.

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Dubai retains title with the largest number of international passengers for 2016

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Dubai International has retained its title as the world’s number one airport for international passengers with annual traffic reaching 83.6 million passengers in 2016, according to the annual traffic report issued by operator Dubai Airports.

DXB’s annual traffic in 2016 totalled 83,654,250 passengers, compared to 78,014,838 in 2015, up 7.2 per cent. The surge of travellers during the holiday season boosted monthly traffic in December to 7,706,351, up 9.3 per cent compared to 7,053,243 recorded in December 2015.

During 2016 a number of new airlines, including Nepal Airlines and Rossiya, launched services to DXB, while 11 new passenger destinations were added to the hub following network expansion by flydubai, Emirates and other carriers.

India continued to lead as Dubai’s single largest destination country in 2016 with 11,440,215 passengers in 2016, up 10.1 per cent compared to 10,391,376 recorded in 2015. Saudi Arabia took the second spot with 6,086,158 passengers (+11.3 per cent) just marginally overtaking the UK at 6,061,342 (+6.7 per cent). Among cities, London took the top spot with 3,751,596 passengers, while Doha clocked 2,999,762 passengers followed by Mumbai with 2,357,103 passengers.

DXB also leads the way globally in terms of the average number of passengers per flight which reached 209 during 2016, up 4 per cent from the same period in 2015.

Aircraft movements in 2016 reached 418,220 compared to 406,705 in 2015, up 2.8 per cent.

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TNT Express stockholders approve the FedEx offer to acquire TNT

TNT Express (TNT Express N.V.) (TNT Airways) (Hoofddorp, Netherlands) stockholders today (October 5) approved the acquisition offer of FedEx Corporation (FedEx Express) (Memphis). The company issued this statement:

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TNT Express N.V. (“TNT Express”) announces that the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (“EGM”) was held today, as per the agenda dated August 21, 2015.

At the EGM, the shareholders discussed the recommended public offer by FedEx Acquisition B.V., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, for all issued and outstanding ordinary shares including ordinary shares represented by American depositary shares of TNT Express. The Executive Board and Supervisory Board of TNT Express restated their support and recommendation for FedEx’s offer, which is set to provide compelling benefits and opportunities to TNT’s customers, employees and shareholders. Accordingly, the Boards recommended to shareholders to tender their shares pursuant to the offer.

Furthermore, the general meeting resolved to adopt the following resolutions:

  • Conditional Asset Sale and Liquidation
  • Conditional amendment of TNT Express’ articles of association as per the Settlement Date
  • Conditional conversion of TNT Express in a B.V. and amendment of the Articles of Association as per the date of delisting from Euronext Amsterdam and pursuant to the conversion
  • Conditional appointment of Mr. D. Cunningham as member of the Supervisory Board as per the Settlement Date
  • Conditional appointment of Ms. C.P. Richards as member of the Supervisory Board as per the Settlement Date
  • Conditional appointment of Mr. D. Bronczek as member of the Supervisory Board as per the Settlement Date
  • Conditional appointment of Mr. D. Binks as member of the Executive Board as per the Settlement Date
  • Conditional appointment of Mr. M. Allen as member of the Executive Board as per the Settlement Date
  • Conditional amendment of the 2014 remuneration policy of the Executive Board to make changes to the remuneration of Mr. De Vries as per the Settlement Date
  • Conditional granting of full and final discharge from liability to all members of the Supervisory Board for their functioning until the date of the EGM, as per the Settlement Date: Mr A. Burgmans, Mr. S. Levy, Ms. M.E. Harris, Mr. R. King, Ms. M.A. Scheltema and Mr. S.S. Vollebregt
  • Conditional granting of full and final discharge from liability to all members of the Executive Board for their functioning until the date of the EGM, as per the Settlement Date: Mr L.W. Gunning and Mr. M.J. de Vries

As a result, FedEx Corporation issued this statement:

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FedEx Corporation has taken note of TNT Express N.V.’s (TNT Express) press release in relation to the Extraordinary General Meeting that took place today (the EGM) confirming that the shareholders of TNT Express approved all of the resolutions on the agenda. This release is made in connection with the recommended public offer by FedEx Acquisition B.V. (the Offeror) for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of TNT Express, including all ordinary shares represented by American depositary shares (the Offer), as more fully described in the Offer Document.

“We appreciate that the shareholders of TNT Express approved the resolutions of TNT Express’ Extraordinary General Meeting,” said David Binks, Regional President Europe, FedEx Express. “We believe the combination of these two great companies will provide significant value to the employees, customers and shareowners of both TNT Express and FedEx, and we continue to work constructively with the regulatory authorities around the world to obtain clearance of the acquisition.”

EGM Resolutions and Offer Period

The Asset Sale and Liquidation Resolutions, the Conversion Resolution and the Governance Resolutions are conditional on the Offer being declared unconditional and the Settlement thereof. The Asset Sale and Liquidation Resolutions are also conditional upon the number of Shares tendered under the Offer, together with those Shares held by or committed to the Offeror or its affiliates and the Shares to which the Offeror or its affiliates are entitled, being less than 95% but at least 80% of TNT Express’ aggregate issued and outstanding ordinary share capital.

As a result of the Asset Sale and Liquidation Resolutions and the Conversion Resolution having been adopted, under the terms and subject to the conditions of the Offer, the minimum acceptance condition of the Offer will be 80% (and not 95%) of TNT’s aggregate issued and outstanding ordinary share capital, on a fully diluted basis, as of the time and date on which the Offer expires.

As previously announced, the Acceptance Period under the Offer is currently scheduled to expire at 17:40 hours CET (11:40 a.m. New York time) on October 30, 2015, unless extended in accordance with the terms of the Offer. FedEx and TNT Express are on track to obtain all necessary approvals and competition clearances.

The Combination presents a highly pro-competitive proposition for the provision of small package delivery services within and outside Europe. The networks of TNT Express and FedEx are largely complementary, given that FedEx’s strength is providing U.S. domestic and extra-EEA international services, while TNT Express’ focus is on providing intra-European services. The Combination would allow the parties to sell a more competitive e-commerce offering in the market, which should benefit consumers and SMEs in Europe and beyond. Based on the required steps and procedures in Europe, Brazil, China and other jurisdictions around the world, however, some of the approvals and competition clearances could be received after October 30, 2015. This would cause the Acceptance Period to be extended. In accordance with the terms and conditions in the Offer Document, the Offeror will announce any such extension by press release no later than three Dutch business days following the expiry of the current Acceptance Period.

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In April 2015, FedEx announced its intention to buy TNT Express for €4.4 billion ($4.8 billion; £3.2 billion), as it looks to expand its operations in Europe. The European Commission launched its investigation into the planned acquisition on July 31, 2015. The EC will decide by December 7, 2015.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. TNT Airways Boeing 777-FHT OO-TSB (msn 39266) approaches the runway at Dubai.

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Emirates will now operate the last Airbus A340-500 flight on October 3

Emirates (Dubai) will now operate the last Airbus A340-500 revenue flight on October 3 (extended from September 30) per Airline Route.

The last flight will be EK 641 from Kabul, Afghanistan to Dubai arriving at DXB at 1620 (4:20 pm) local time.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-541 A6-ERH (msn 611) arrives back at the Dubai hub.

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Oman Air to lease 14 aircraft from ALC including a new Boeing 787-9

Oman Air (Muscat) and Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles) have announced long term lease agreements for 14 jet aircraft. The lease agreements cover three new Boeing 737-800s, seven new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, and one new Boeing 787-9, all from ALC’s order book with Boeing. This transaction also includes one used Boeing 737-700 (msn 33103) and two used Boeing 737-800 aircraft (msns 33104 and 34242). The deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2015 and continue through to 2019.

Oman Air’s Chief Financial Officer, Japeen Shah, said, “We are very pleased to sign these agreements with Air Lease Corporation. They enable Oman Air to continue its ambitious fleet and network expansion program, and deliver even greater choice and convenience for our customers. Our expansion plan will see Oman Air’s fleet expand to 57 aircraft by 2018, and to 70 aircraft by 2020. This agreement represents a significant step towards achieving our strategic aims. Furthermore, Air Lease Corporation is at the forefront of the aircraft leasing industry and shares Oman Air’s commitment to realising excellence in all aspects of its work. We look forward to a fruitful partnership.”

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Oman Air’s increased fleet size is enabling it to offer even more exciting destinations within its global network. Over recent months, new services have been launched to Manila, Jakarta, Goa and Singapore. Further new services will be announced closer to the time of their launch, and are expected to include, amongst others, destinations in Bangladesh and China.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8Q8 WL A40-BN (msn 30652) arrives in Dubai.

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Emirates to launch the world’s longest air route

Emirates (Dubai) has announced plans to launch services to Panama City, beginning February 1, 2016.

The new service will be the longest nonstop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes in the westbound direction) and will be Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.

Service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft in a 3-class layout – 8 in First, 42 in Business, and 216 in Economy. The aircraft can carry up to 15 tons of cargo. Key imports to the country include pharmaceuticals, machinery products, iron/steel rods, and electronics. Service to Panama City will operate through Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Later this year, Emirates will be adding four additional routes to its global network including Mashhad, Iran and Orlando in September; Bamako, Mali in October; and Bologna in November.
Service to Panama City to begin on February 1, 2016

Emirates flight EK251 will depart Dubai at 08:05 and arrive in Panama City at 16:40 daily. The return flight EK252 will leave Panama City at 22:10, arriving in Dubai at 22:55 the next day.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-21H LR (Longer Range) A6-EWH (msn 35587) departs from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Austrian Airlines is dropping the Vienna – Dubai route

Austrian Airlines (Vienna) will drop the nonstop Vienna – Dubai route due to “over capacity” and the route is “unsustainable” for the carrier.

The airline issued this statement:

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Austrian Airlines will no longer offer direct flights to Dubai. Passengers of the Lufthansa Group will still be able to reach this city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the future by flying via Frankfurt, Zurich or Munich. The over capacity, built up in recent years, resulted in fierce price competition as up to 800 seats per day were on offer. This ultimately made the Vienna-Dubai route unsustainable for Austrian Airlines.

Austrian Airlines has been offering flight service to the largest city in the UAE since 1996. The last Austrian Airlines flight will take place on September 13, 2015 from Vienna to Dubai, and from Dubai to Vienna on September 14, 2015.

“Unfortunately, the Vienna-Dubai route has become unsustainable for us. The capacities which will become available will be deployed for attractive, new destinations, such as Miami, Mauritius and Colombo in Sri Lanka starting in October“, says Austrian Airlines CCO Andreas Otto.

As of October 16, 2015, Austrian Airlines will operate flights to Miami in the USA five times per week. Starting October 27, 2015, the national carrier will fly every Tuesday to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. And from October 29, 2015 onwards, Austrian Airlines will offer nonstop flight service twice a week to Mauritius.

Copyright Photo: Gabor Hajdufi/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-3Z9 ER OE-LAZ (msn 30331) departs from the Vienna hub.

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