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Emirates now has 10 aircraft in the “Year of Zayed 2018” special livery

"Year of Zayed 2018" special livery

Emirates has announced on social media it has reached the 10 aircraft mark with the “Year of Zayed” special livery:

The airline issued this statement:

Emirates has completed the application of the specially-designed ‘Year of Zayed’ livery on ten of its aircraft. This tribute to the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was first unveiled in November 2017 on the fuselage of Emirates’ 100th A380 aircraft, and commemorates the 100th year of HH Sheikh Zayed’s birth.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group, said: “His Highness Sheikh Zayed was a legendary leader, a true pioneer, and an inspirational figure.  His legacy for sustainable development lives on in the spirit of the UAE.  Emirates is proud to spread his universal message to global audiences in airports and cities around the globe.”

Five Airbus A380s and five Boeing 777-300ERs with the ‘Year of Zayed’ livery have circled the globe on over 1,500 flights to date, and will continue to carry its message of inspiration from the UAE’s late founding father throughout 2018.

The “Year of Zayed” is a year-long tribute to HH Sheikh Zayed’s remarkable legacy and values which have shaped the formation of the UAE.  Through the pillars of wisdom, respect, sustainability and human development, the inspirational leader has created a lasting vision of prosperity, determination and tolerance – attributes that remain strongly embedded in UAE culture.

Each bespoke decal covers an area of 480m² on the A380 and 312m² on the Boeing 777-300ER. Since November 2017, the ten aircraft have travelled to 90 destinations across six continents including Rome, Sydney, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Accra. The aircraft have collectively flown more than 4 million kilometres. Dedicated Emirates staff at the Emirates Engineering Aircraft Appearance Centre spent a total of 119 days to install the decals.

Top Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EUA (msn 211) (Year of Zayed 2018) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 940555.

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Emirates deploys special ‘Year of Zayed’ aircraft to mark first international flight at new Muscat International Airport terminal

"Year of Zayed 2018"

Emirates was the first international airline to land a scheduled commercial flight at the newly inaugurated passenger terminal at Muscat International Airport on March 20.

To mark the occasion the airline deployed one of its special ‘Year of Zayed’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, highlighting the ties between Oman and the UAE.

Flight EK 864 landed at 5:55 pm, and was the first international flight to operate to the new passenger terminal. Passengers on board came from destinations like Dhaka, Baghdad and Dammam via Dubai.

Emirates has been flying to Oman since 1993, and will be marking 25 years of successful operations this year to the country.  The airline currently operates three daily flights to Muscat, connecting Omani travellers to over 150 global destinations.

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

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Emirates unveils more spacious Business Class seats on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft

Emirates has unveiled a brand new Business Class cabin and configuration on its Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, with new wider seats laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration for the first time.

The airline has invested over $150 million (US) to refurbish the 10 existing Boeing 777-200LR aircraft in its fleet.

The newly refurbished Emirates 777-200LR aircraft is set in a two-class configuration which offers 38 Business Class seats and 264 seats in Economy Class.  While the Business Class seats are in the same design and shape of Emirates’ latest lie-flat seats, they are now two inches wider for a more comfortable journey. The seats retain the champagne coloured finish and diamond stitch pattern on the full leather cover, and the ergonomically designed headrest revealed on Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 in November.

The Business Class seat has a pitch of 72 inches and moves into a fully flat sleeping position.  It also has touchscreen controls for the seat and inflight entertainment system, several personal lighting options, privacy panels between seats, a shoe stowage area, footrest and a personal mini-bar.

Luxury and comfort are at the heart of Emirates’ product refresh as overhead bins in centre of the cabin have been removed for an airier and more spacious feel on board. The cabin boasts electronic windows and the largest personal in-flight entertainment (IFE) screens in Business Class at 23 inches wide.

The cabin also features the Ghaf tree – considered the national tree of the United Arab Emirates, and now a signature design on the latest Emirates aircraft.

In addition, the new Business Class cabin features a social area (above) – unique to the Boeing 777-200LR fleet. The mini lounge area (above) features snacks such as crisps, sandwiches and fruit, as well as beverages for customers to help themselves to during the flight.

The offering will complement Emirates’ full service of regionally inspired cuisine prepared by gourmet chefs, and accompanied by some of the most exclusive wines, champagnes and spirits in the world.

Economy class seats (above) onboard the 777-200LR have also been refreshed to the latest colour palette of soft greys and blues. The ergonomically designed seats come with full leather headrests that have flexible side panels and can also be adjusted vertically for optimum support. Customers can enjoy up to 3,000 channels of on-demand entertainment in ice with 600 movies, over 200 hours of TV, and thousands of music tracks every month. The aircraft is also equipped with Wi-Fi and Live TV across all classes.

Emirates’ newly refurbished 777-200LR aircraft will go into service on March 6 to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (below). This is the first of 10 aircraft which will be retrofitted with the new configuration over the course of the year. The refurbished 777-200LR aircraft is planned for several destinations including Emirates’ most recently announced destination – Santiago, Chile.

Copyright Photo Below (all others by Emirates): Emirates Airline Boeing 777-21H LR A6-EWF (msn 35586) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104633.

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Emirates to bring the Airbus A380 back to Houston

Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EEL (msn 133) (Expo 2020 Dubai UAE) LAX. Image: 923029.

Emirates will resume its flagship Airbus A380 service between Houston (IAH) and Dubai (DXB) from  June 1, 2018. This follows the airline’s recent adjustments to its US services with the launch of a new nonstop Dubai-Newark service from June 1, 2018 and the resumption of daily services to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando from March 25, 2018.

Houston will join more than 40 destinations on Emirates’ extensive global network served by its highly popular A380 aircraft, including Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Kuwait. Emirates will deploy its three-class A380 on the Houston route, offering a total of  516 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class seats and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 160 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.

Emirates celebrated 10 years of service to Houston in December 2017, and has carried nearly 2 million passengers since its inaugural flight in December 2007. Services to Houston were upguaged to an A380 in December 2014, but as part of Emirates’ fleet optimization, the decision was made in July 2016 to operate the route with a Boeing 777-300ER.

Flight EK211 will depart Dubai at 09:35 and arrive in Houston at 16:50 daily. Return flight EK212 will depart Houston at 20:00 and arrive in Dubai at 20:00 the next day. Passengers from Houston can enjoy convenient connections in Dubai when travelling to destinations in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore or South Africa. Passengers can also take advantage of over 90 codeshare destinations with flydubai.

Emirates serves 12 points in the US, helping to link the world’s largest economy with emerging markets that will further drive American economic growth, trade, and job creation. Of the 80-plus destinations on our Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific network, 67 are not directly served by any US carrier. The breadth of our network between the US and India is unparalleled, offering more flights than any other foreign carrier and significantly reduced travel times compared to airlines connecting via European hubs.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EEL (msn 133) (Expo 2020 Dubai UAE) LAX. Image: 923029.

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Emirates and Arsenal renew sponsorship deal, will bring the A380 to Beirut

Supporting the Arsenal Football Club

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and Arsenal Football Club, have announced a new sponsorship deal. The sponsorship, the largest ever signed by the club and one of the biggest ever agreed in football, grants the airline a 5-year extension to their shirt partnership with the Club until the end of the 2023-2024 season.

The new sponsorship agreement, strengthens one of the most recognizable and respected partnerships in sport. The agreement was formally finalised today by Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis and Emirates President, Sir Tim Clark.

Mr Gazidis said: “Our shirt partnership is the longest running in the Premier League and one of the longest relationships in world sport.  This mutual commitment is testimony to the strength and depth of our unique relationship. Emirates are again demonstrating their great belief in our approach and ambition and their significantly increased investment will help us continue to compete for trophies and bring more success to the club and our fans around the world.”

In addition to being shirt sponsors, with the Emirates brand continuing to appear on Arsenal’s playing and training kits, Emirates will provide access to their award winning planes for Arsenal to use on pre-season tours. Emirates will retain marketing rights to develop campaigns and initiatives around the world. Arsenal’s home will continue to be known as Emirates Stadium up to 2028, as part of the extension agreed in 2012.

Emirates’ shirt partnership began in the 2006/2007 season, and this extension means that Emirates branding will remain on the shirt of all Arsenal teams for at least 18 years.

 

Aside from partnerships with some of the biggest clubs in European football, Emirates is the Official Airline of international sporting events across golf, tennis, rugby, cricket, horse racing and motorsports.

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In other news, for the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport’s history, Emirates will operate a special one-off Airbus A380 service to Beirut on March 29. The airline’s flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service.

The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at 0725hrs and arriving in Beirut at 1030hrs. The flight will depart Beirut at 1415hrs arriving in Dubai at 1905hrs on the same day.

 

Since 1991, when the first service to Beirut was inaugurated, close to 5 million passengers have flown on Emirates. The airline started operating between Dubai and Beirut with a three times weekly service utilising a Boeing 727. Since then, Emirates has developed its services based on growing passenger demand and currently offers three daily flights to Beirut utilising a mix of Boeing 777 aircraft, connecting travellers to destinations across the Far East, Southeast Asia and Africa via its Dubai hub.

Since 2015, Emirates has also transported over 54,000 tons of cargo to and from the country, supporting businesses and exporters. Main commodities exported from Lebanon bound for the UAE and beyond to the Emirates network include fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.

The Emirates A380 flying to Beirut will be set in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck. Once the A380 reaches cruising altitude, passengers in the First Class cabin can enjoy one of two on-board Shower Spas before joining fellow premium class travellers in the On Board Lounge where they can socialise, network and enjoy complimentary beverages, canapés and other special delicacies at 40,000 feet.

Emirates currently has 101 A380s in service and 61 pending delivery, more than any airline globally. The airline also recently announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft. Emirates currently operates the A380 to 48 global destinations.

Finally, Emirates announced it will resume a second daily service to Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, from June 1, 2018.

The flight will be operated by an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER in a three class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class, and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.

The second flight, EK193, will depart Dubai at 1425 hrs and arrive in Lisbon at 1940 hrs, while the return flight EK194, will leave Lisbon at 2115 hrs and land in Dubai at 0805 the next morning. Emirates’current flight, EK191, departs Dubai at 0725hrs and arrives in Lisbon at 1235 pm. The return flight EK192, departs Lisbon at 1415 pm and arrives back in Dubai 0110 pm.

Top Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Airbus A380-861 A6-EUA (msn 211) (Arsenal Football Club) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 936881.

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Emirates to launch a new service to Auckland via Bali from June 14, 2018

Emirates' 2016 HSV (Hamburger SV) football club livery

Emirates has announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via the island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from  June 14, 2018.

The new service will offer global travellers a total of three daily services to New Zealand, complementing Emirates’ existing nonstop daily service between Dubai and Auckland and its current daily Airbus A380 service between Dubai and Christchurch via Sydney. Travellers will also enjoy a choice of three daily services between Dubai to Bali in the summer*, as the new flight adds to Emirates’ two existing daily services which are currently operated by a Boeing 777 300ER in a two-class configuration.

Emirates’ new Dubai-Bali-Auckland flight will provide the only year-round nonstop daily service between Auckland and Bali, giving passengers an opportunity to visit and/or stop over in one of the most popular islands in Indonesia. The airline will operate a Boeing 777-300ER on the route, offering 8 seats in First, 42 seats in Business and 304 seats in Economy class, as well as 20 tonnes of belly-hold cargo capacity.

 

Flight details and connections to Emirates’ global network and beyond

Apart from the opportunity for a stopover in Bali, the new service will provide excellent connections to/from London and other major European cities. The southbound flight, EK 450, will depart Dubai at 06:55, arriving at Denpasar (Bali) at 20:20 local time, before flying on to Auckland at 22:00, arriving in New Zealand’s biggest city at 10:00, the following day.

Northbound, the new service will depart Auckland as flight EK 451 at the convenient time of 12:40, arriving in Denpasar at 17:55 local time. It will depart Denpasar at 19:50, arriving in Dubai just after midnight at 00:45, connecting to flights to many of the points beyond on the extensive Emirates and flydubai partnership network.

* Emirates will operate double daily services to DPS from 28 October 2018, in accordance with winter schedules.

Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-31H ER A6-EPL (msn 42331) (HSV-Hamburger SV) HAM (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 932766.

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