Emirates Engineering has successfully accomplished the first complete replacement of landing gear systems on an Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft. Comprising five sets of landing gear – two under the wings, two under the body, and one nose landing gear, the work was planned and executed in-house, at the Emirates Engineering hangars in Dubai.
Emirates, the largest international airline in the world, today announced it will start a third daily service between Moscow’s Domodedovo (DME) Airport and Dubai, commencing on October 25, 2018.
Emirates has been serving the Russian market since July 1, 2003 and already flies twice daily to Domodedovo on Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER and daily to St Petersburg (LED). Demand for travel has grown significantly over recent years, leading to the airline’s launch of this third flight to Moscow.
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.
This service will cater for leisure and business passengers, providing daily links for international tourism and trade opportunities both inbound and outbound.
From October 25, 2018, flight EK174 will depart Domodedovo at 1040hrs and arrive in Dubai at 1655hrs, while the return flight EK173 will depart Dubai at 0330hrs and arrive in Moscow at 0750hrs*. The departure time from Moscow and arrival time into Dubai is convenient for Russian travellers visiting Dubai.
The new flight allows for seamless connectivity to Moscow from several popular destinations in Emirates’ and flydubai’s combined route network, including Bali, Bangkok, Colombo, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kathmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Maldives, Mauritius and Singapore.
The new Emirates flight from Domodedovo airport is also timed to connect conveniently with a wide network of domestic flights operated by Emirates codeshare partner in Russia – S7 Airlines.
Emirates SkyCargo will offer up to 20 tonnes of cargo capacity on the new flight. Cargo carried on the route includes perishables (food products, flowers), pharma, car spare parts for import and food products, aircraft and helicopter spare parts for export.
First Class and Business Class customers can take advantage of the complimentary chauffeur drive as well as lounge facilities at Domodedovo. All customers can look forward to award-winning levels of care and comfort when travelling with Emirates, from the warm hospitality of its multinational cabin crew, to being entertained by ice, which offers up to 3,500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment from the latest movies to music and games. Customers also enjoy chef-prepared meals and complimentary beverages, while families are well catered for with dedicated products and services for children.
Emirates’ commitment to Moscow Domodedovo airport is backed by airport’s investment in improving the infrastructure for the passengers. The new segment of the passenger terminal for international flights is opening in June 2018; multi-level car parking in front of the terminal has just been put in operation adding 1,500 parking spaces and the new runway construction is due to be completed within a few months. On 1st July this year Emirates will mark 15 years of operations to Moscow Domodedovo airport.
* There will be a 30 minute advancement of EK173 timing during winter schedule, which begins on 28th October 2018.
In other news, Emirates will launch its Santiago route on July 5, 2018. The service to Santiago will be operated with a newly refurbished two-class configured Boeing 777-200LR which offers 38 Business Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 264 seats in Economy Class.
Copyright Photo: Emirates Airline Boeing 777-31H ER A6-ECQ (msn 35588) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942270.
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Emirates Skywards has made it even easier to redeem reward flights and earn travel and lifestyle rewards by giving members more flexibility in managing their Skywards Miles. Members of Emirates’ award-winning loyalty programme can now buy, gift or transfer Miles to their loved ones at a more attractive rate.
The cost of buying or gifting Miles has been adjusted to $30 per 1,000 Miles, while transferring Miles costs $15 per 1,000 Miles giving members the opportunity to earn rewards faster. Transaction limits have also been increased enabling members to buy or gift up to 100,000 Skywards Miles per year and transfer up to 50,000 Miles a year.
In addition, the programme now enables members to reinstate expired Miles. Members who have miles that have expired in the last six months can reinstate them at a nominal charge of USD 20 per 1,000 Miles.
“We constantly look at all avenues to enhance the Emirates Skywards programme and deliver greater value to our global membership base,” said Dr Nejib Ben Kheder, Senior Vice President, Emirates Skywards. “Our members know how to maximise the value that Skywards offers and can now enjoy greater flexibility when they buy, gift, transfer or reinstate their Skywards Miles. With our programme continually evolving, the coming months will see the addition of even more features enabling our members greater opportunity than ever to earn Miles and access rewards across our wide range of flights, travel and lifestyle related products.”
Emirates Skywards partnered with Points, the global leader in powering loyalty commerce, to enhance the functionality to buy, gift, transfer and reinstate Skywards Miles giving members more flexibility in managing their Miles. The transactions can all be made at emirates.com once the member is logged in.
Emirates Skywards membership is free. Besides flight rewards and upgrades, members can earn and redeem Skywards Miles through over 100 programme partners including airlines, hotels and retail & lifestyle outlets. Members also enjoy money-can’t-buy-experiences at popular events worldwide and access to 41 Emirates lounges in major cities worldwide. Other benefits include lounge access, priority check-in and boarding and special privileges for Wi-Fi and advanced seat selection on board.
On March 29, 2018, Emirates flew the first Airbus A380 to Beirut’s Rafic Al Hariri International Airport. Watch highlights of the flight, the on-board celebrations and historic landing with water cannon salute:
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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