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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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Emirates moves to an all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 fleet

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Emirates has released this statement:

In line with its vision to offer a superior passenger experience and improve environmental performance through a modern and state of the art wide-body aircraft fleet, Emirates has retired the last Airbus A330 (below) and aircraft in its fleet from active service. This makes Emirates the first and only airline in the world to operate a fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft for its passenger flights.

Type Retired: October 29, 2016 (flight EK523 Thiruvananthapuram – Dubai)

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A330-243 A6-EKW (msn 316) (World Cup Germany 2006) LHR. Image: 924943.

Emirates recently retired A6-EAK from operational service. The aircraft was the last of the 29 Airbus A330 aircraft that had been operating as part of its fleet. A6-EAK joined Emirates in 2002 and had flown for over 60,000 hours travelling close to 45 million kilometres in 14.5 years. That distance is equivalent to almost 60 return journeys between the Earth and the Moon. Emirates has also phased out A6-ERN, the last serving Airbus A340 in the fleet which had joined the airline in 2004, originally manufactured in 1999.

Since January 2015, Emirates has retired 18 A330 and 5 A340 aircraft from its fleet. The average age of the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft phased out from the fleet is 16.5 years- a figure which is well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years. In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a higher level of comfort and safety.

The retirement of older aircraft is balanced by the induction of younger, more modern aircraft into the fleet. This has resulted in Emirates operating one of the youngest fleets in the industry with an average age of 5.2 years. The two youngest aircraft in the fleet- Emirates’ 85th A380- the first of the new generation A380 aircraft delivered in October 2016 and Emirates’ 125th Boeing 777-300ER- are less than 2 weeks old. Emirates’ fleet of all Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft will also have a smaller environmental impact as both aircraft types have better fuel efficiency and emissions performance than the retired aircraft.

For the calendar year 2016 Emirates will have taken delivery of 36 new aircraft – 20 Airbus A380s and 16 Boeing 777. This also includes the next generation Boeing 777-300ER aircraft – with upgraded business class seats and other features including a lower fuel burn ratio – to be delivered from November 2016.

Emirates is currently the largest operator of the Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft with 85 Airbus A380s and 160 Boeing 777s in its fleet. Out of the 234 aircraft worth over USD 112 billion that Emirates has in its order book, 150 will be the new Boeing 777X aircraft that will be delivered starting 2020. The aircraft will feature a range of passenger focused amenities on board including larger windows, higher ceiling, and a wider cabin in addition to being more fuel efficient than older aircraft.

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Emirates to retire three aircraft types this month as it simplifies its fleet

Emirates Airline (Dubai) back in December 2015 announced its fleet plans for 2016. In total, the airline announced it will retire 26 aircraft, including 12 Airbus A330-300s, 4 A340-300s, 1 A340-500, 6 Boeing 777-200mERs, 2 Boeing 777-300s and 1 Boeing 777-300 ER. The average age of the Emirates aircraft slated for retirement in 2016 will be 15.7 years, well-below the average industry retirement age of 25. In addition, 13 more aircraft will be retired in 2017 and another 13 will be retired in 2018.

As part of this plan, three aircraft types will be retired by the end of October 2016 from revenue service.

The last Emirates Airbus A340-300 revenue flight will be flight EK863 from Muscat to Dubai on October 29, 2016

Above Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A340-313 A6-ERS (msn 139) DXB (Paul Denton). Image: 911100.

According to Airline Route,  the last Airbus A340-300 (above) revenue service is currently scheduled as flight EK863 from Muscat to Dubai on October 29, 2016.

The last Airbus A330-200 revenue service to be flight EK523 (Thiruvananthapuram – Dubai) on October 30, 2016

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A330-243 A6-EKW (msn 316) (World Cup Germany 2006) LHR. Image: 924943.

The last Airbus A330-200 (above) revenue service is scheduled to be flight EK523 (Thiruvananthapuram – Dubai) and the last Boeing 777-200 ER (below) revenue flight is scheduled to operate as flight EK539 (Ahmedabad – Dubai) both on October 30, 2016.

The last Boeing 777-200 ER revenue flight will be flight EK539 (Ahmedabad – Dubai) on October 30, 2016.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-21H ER A6-EMI (msn 27250) (World Cup Germany 2006) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 900537.

After the retirements, Emirates will operate a simplified fleet of two basic aircraft types (Airbus A380 and the Boeing 777 which includes the 777-200 LR, -300 and -300 ER variations.

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Emirates Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW crash lands at Dubai and burns, passengers and crew evacuated

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Emirates (Dubai) has issued this statement:

Emirates can confirm that today, August 3, 2016, flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport. There were 275 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 777-300 aircraft (A6-EMW), departed at 10.19 am from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50 pm at Dubai International Airport.

We are in the process of opening our customer assistance line and will share these details soon but at this stage we have no further information on what may have caused the accident. Our priority remains with the passengers and crew involved.

We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-31H A6-EMW (msn 32700) was delivered on March 28, 2003. The airframe has been destroyed by the accident.

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Emirates introduces a second Airbus A380 flight to Los Angeles with a special Los Angeles Dodgers logo jet

Official Airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers

Emirates on July 1, 2016 launched its second daily Airbus A380 flight to Los Angeles. A6-EON had the honors and was decorated in a new special “Official Airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers” livery for the occasion.

Previously on February 20, 2016 Emirates announced that it has become the Official Airline Sponsor of the Los Angeles Dodgers. This new deal expands Emirates’ international footprint as a supporter of sports and culture, marking the airline’s entry into the world of baseball, a sport with deep roots in American history and culture.

As the Official Airline partner, Emirates will have home plate and foul pole signage and will open a new Emirates Lounge, a 70 person hospitality space for Emirates and guests. In addition, Emirates will feature in-game activations, occasional ceremonial first pitches and fan appreciation activities. To extend the partnership, the Dodgers will be sponsoring the Dubai Little League All Star Travel Teams, which will now go by the name the Dubai Dodgers.

This new partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers continues Emirates’ momentum in the realm of sport, with the airline having made its mark on soccer as a sponsor of some of the world’s premier teams including AC Milan, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, Olympiacos FC, Hamburger SV, and Paris Saint-Germain. In recent years, Emirates has also expanded its presence in tennis with a sponsorship portfolio that includes the US Open, the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the Australian Open, the Emirates Airline Australian Open Series as well as the French Open. Emirates is also the Premier Partner of the ATP which provides net branding at every men’s event globally and the Emirates Rankings. In the U.S., Emirates also is the main sponsor of the New York Cosmos, the USA Rugby Team and the San Francisco Symphony.

As the world’s largest international airline, Emirates helps bring people closer together, not only through the provision of air transport services, but also by supporting global sports and cultural events that have the ability to connect people from all walks of life via a shared passion. With the Los Angeles Dodgers partnership, Emirates is showing its commitment to California by supporting a great local team that many people in the state and beyond are passionate about.

Emirates first launched services between its hub in Dubai and Los Angeles in 2008 with a Boeing 777-200 LR aircraft. As demand grew, in 2013 Emirates began flying the revolutionary double-decked A380 aircraft to serve LA travelers.

Starting July 1, 2016, Emirates added a second daily A380 service to Los Angeles, offering a total of 980 seats per day flying from Los Angeles International Airport to Dubai. This will create more choice for travelers flying abroad, and opportunities for many more international travelers to visit California.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EON (msn 188) (Official Airline of the Los Angeles Dodgers) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 933630.

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Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 to Washington Dulles, will go double daily to Los Angeles

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Emirates (Dubai) is planning to introduce the Airbus A380 on the daily Dubai – Washington (Dulles) route starting on March 27, replacing the current Boeing 777-300 ER per Airline Route.

In other news, Emirates also announced that it plans to launch a second daily service from Dubai International Airport (DXB) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday July 1, 2016.

The second Los Angeles flight will be operated with an Emirates’ Airbus A380-800 aircraft in a 3-class configuration with 14 private suites in First class, 76 seats in Business class and 401 seats in Economy class.

The new service, flight EK217, will depart Dubai at 3:00 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:00 p.m.

The return flight, EK218, will depart Los Angeles at 10:30pm. and arrive in Dubai approximately 16 hours later at 1:30 a.m. The new service will supplement the current EK215 Airbus A380-800 flight departing Dubai at 8:55 a.m. and landing in Los Angeles at 1:55 p.m. The existing return flight, EK 216, departs LAX 4:45 p.m. and arrives in Dubai 7:35 p.m. the following day.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EEI (msn 123) in the “United for Wildlife” special scheme visited Munich.

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Emirates expands its relationship with Real Madrid with a new logo jet, announces three new A380 destinations

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Emirates (Dubai) has expanded its relationship with the Real Madrid Football Club with this unique Airbus A380 logo jet.

Additionally Emirates previously announced it will deploy its Airbus A380 to even more destinations across its network in 2016 – reinforcing its commitment to provide an enhanced onboard experience for its passengers.

Birmingham (BHX), Prague (PRG) and Taipei (TPE) have been added to the growing list of Emirates A380 destinations, making Emirates the first and only airline to operate a scheduled A380 service from each of these destinations. Emirates’ daily Birmingham flight, EK39/40, will be up-gauged to an A380 beginning March 27, 2016. Emirates A380 services to Prague and Taiwan will start from May 1, 2016. Additionally, Barcelona will be served with a second daily Emirates A380 service from June 1, 2016.

 

Flying the world’s largest fleet of A380 aircraft at 71, Emirates continues to set the pace for A380 deployment. Since Emirates launched is first A380 flight in 2008, the aircraft has flown over 42 million passengers, covering more than 630 million kilometers.

Emirates’ inaugural A380 flight to Birmingham, EK39 will depart Dubai at 07:35 and arrive at 12:20 and will be operated in a two-class configuration. EK40 will depart Birmingham at 14:20 and arrive in Dubai at 00:35 (+1). The addition of an A380 on this route follows the recent introduction of Emirates’ third daily flight to Birmingham, as well as the airline’s milestone 15th year of operations to the city being celebrated this week.

The daily Emirates Dubai-Prague route, operating as EK139, will depart Dubai at 09:05 and arrive in Prague at 13:30. The return leg, operating as EK140, will depart Prague at 15:40 and arrive in Dubai at 23:35. The A380 route will be operated in a three-class configuration, representing a 44 per cent increase in capacity.

In Taiwan, Emirates will up-gauge its service to a two-class A380 service, representing a 44 percent increase in capacity. Emirates flight EK366 will depart Dubai at 04:35 and arrive in Taipei at 16:50 the same day. The return flight EK367 will leave Taipei at 23:30, arriving in Dubai at 05:05 the next day. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport recently completed enhancements making it compatible with the double-decker aircraft.

Barcelona will be served twice daily with an Emirates A380 service, in a three-class configuration. From June 1, 2016, the second A380 service flight EK187 will depart Dubai at 15:45 and arrives in Barcelona at 20:55, while the return leg, EK188 departs Barcelona at 22:40 and arrives in Dubai at 07:25 the next day. The first A380 service to Barcelona was launched on February 1, 2014.

On a three-class configured Emirates A380, there are up to 429 seats in Economy Class, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 14 Private Suites in First Class where passengers also have access to the world’s only onboard Shower Spas. First Class and Business Class passengers can also socialise at 40,000 feet at the Onboard Lounge. Emirates’ two-class configured A380 features 58 flat-bed seats and the Onboard Lounge in Business Class, and 557 spacious seats in Economy Class.

There are currently 36 A380 destinations on the Emirates network, setting the industry benchmark for both A380 connectivity and customer experience.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 A6-EDA (msn 011) larger than life images of the Real Madrid star players on the rear fuselage with the team logo by the nose. A6-EDA arrives at London (Gatwick).

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