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The United Arab Emirates and the United States conclude civil aviation discussions

The United Arab Emirates issued this statement:

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority welcomed the announcement on May 14 on civil aviation in Washington that strongly reaffirmed and maintained all the provisions of the 2002 bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

The understanding confirmed at a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of both countries reinforced the principles of Open Skies that advance competition and allow airlines to freely add or adjust services to best serve travelers.

Commenting from Washington after his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan thanked the Secretary for working to achieve understandings on civil aviation and noted:  “Aviation is at the center of a UAE-US trade and commercial relationship that generates enormous benefits for both countries.  This announcement confirms business as usual by validating all of the rights and benefits –including ‘Fifth Freedom’ services — of the 2002 Air Transport Agreement between the two countries.  UAE and US airlines will continue to have complete commercial flexibility to add or adjust service to meet travelers needs.”

“We are pleased that the discussions with the US have come to an end.  They confirmed what was clear from the very beginning – that the UAE’s international airlines have operated in complete compliance with the 2002 Agreement,” said UAE Minister of Economy and Chairman of General Civil Aviation Authority His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori. “Importantly, there is no freeze on or any change to operating rights.  The UAE’s international airlines can plan and begin new service, including Fifth Freedom flights, without limits and consistent with the 2002 Agreement.”

UAE airlines currently serve 12 US gateways with 131 flights a week. These flights generate tens of billions of dollars into the US and UAE economies, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in both countries. The US has a $15 billion trade surplus with the UAE, largely driven by sales of Boeing aircraft with GE engines to UAE airlines, and the UAE also invests hundreds of billions of dollars into the US.

Delta: Gulf carriers concede huge subsidies

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is striking back with a new rebuttal in the on-going dispute over alleged government subsidies between the U.S. “Big Three” (American, Delta and United) and the Gulf “Big Three” (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar). Here is Delta’s new statement:

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Gulf carriers have effectively conceded they have received tens of billions of dollars in subsidies and other benefits from their governments. That’s just part of what the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies revealed Monday in its 400-page response to the U.S. Department of Transportation that disproves statements to the contrary by Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways, and demonstrates real harm to U.S. carriers and jobs.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, “The Abu Dhabi government last year injected $2.5 billion into Etihad Airways … in violation of air treaties with the U.S. government. The previously undisclosed cash injection is detailed in state-owned Etihad’s financial statements, which were made public on Monday by the Partnership.”

The article quoted Jill Zuckman, chief spokesperson for the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies that represents Delta, American, United and several labor groups, including the Air Line Pilots Association.

“Etihad’s own financials prove that it is not a commercially viable enterprise and owes its continued existence to massive government subsidies from the United Arab Emirates,” Zuckman said.

The Street on Tuesday also cited the Partnership’s filing when it reported on harm Gulf carriers are causing U.S. airlines and their partners.

“In four U.S. gateway cities – Boston, Dallas, Seattle and Washington, D.C. – the combined decline in the year after Emirates began service to its Dubai hub ranged between 8 and 21 percent,” the article stated.

Zuckman again was quoted: “Not only have the Gulf carriers failed to meaningfully stimulate new traffic, but the data clearly show losses — that entry by a Gulf carrier into a U.S. gateway city is followed by an actual decline in U.S. carrier bookings. The subsidized Gulf carriers are distorting the global marketplace, harming the U.S. airline industry and threatening American jobs and airline service to communities across the U.S.”

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Click to view the Partnership’s complete rebuttal filing.

In a Q&A with Politico this week, Delta CEO Richard Anderson explained how long-standing U.S. trade policy is relevant to this issue:

Normally when you have a bilateral trade relationship, whether it’s for aviation or steel or agricultural products, two countries enter into a bilateral trade negotiation so that both of them can stimulate the marketplace and enjoy access and enjoy the opportunity in kind of a roughly equal way, both parties. Their economies end up improving.

In this case, it’s been almost all a predominant share shift away from U.S. carriers onto the United Arab Emirates and Qatar traveling over Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar to the Far East, to India and the Southeast.

Do you think it would be a whole lot better if we let foreign countries dump their agricultural products in here? Grocery prices would be lower, right? And why don’t we let steel companies? Why do we take any action? … And if we let steel in, General Motors’ and Ford’s car prices will go down.

That’s not been our trade policy. What our trade policy has been is to try to find that reasonable middle ground to make sure you don’t have any outliers in terms of dumping [because of] government-subsidized capacity. That’s why I think there’s a reasonable accommodation here with our government.

In January the Partnership issued a report illustrating that the three Gulf carriers have received more than $42 billion in subsidies and other benefits over the past decade from their home governments in violation of bilateral Open Skies policies.

The departments of Transportation and Commerce opened an official docket to collect public comment on the issue in June, to which thousands of submissions were made by the Aug. 3 deadline, including those by Gulf carriers that attempted to rebut, but did not disprove, massive government subsidies and other benefits.

Over the past several months an array of stakeholders including airline employees, mayors, governors, prominent aviation economists, business leaders, and members of Congress have weighed in, calling for the U.S. government to quickly open consultations with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar to ensure Open Skies agreements are being adhered to so all airlines can compete on a level playing field.

Boeing delivers the first 787-9 Dreamliner to Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) yesterday (December 31) took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The pictured stretched 787-9 A6-BLA (msn 39646) was handed over to the fast-growing United Arab Emirates carrier. Boeing issued this statement:

Boeing delivered Etihad Airways’ first 787-9 Dreamliner sporting the airline’s new “Facets of Abu Dhabi” livery which was revealed at a ceremony earlier this year. The colors are reminiscent of the desert landscape, inspired by the culture, Islamic design and architecture motifs of the United Arab Emirates.

The airplane is the first of the 71 Dreamliners that the national airline of the United Arab Emirates has on order which includes 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s. Etihad Airways will also be the first airline in the Middle East to operate the 787-9.

The 787-9 can carry 280 passengers 8,300 nautical miles (15,372 kilometers). The 787-10, launched in June 2013 and in development now, will fly 323 passengers up to 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 kilometers), or more than 90 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes.

As of November 30, 2014, 58 customers have ordered 1,055 787s.

Copyright Photo: Brandon Farris/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured 787-9 N1009N (msn 39646) became A6-BLA on the hand over.

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Emirates arrives in Budapest

Emirates (Dubai) yesterday (October 27) as planned launched a daily nonstop service to Budapest, marking its first entry into Hungary.

Emirates’ daily flight to Budapest is operated with a wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration. The inaugural flight was welcomed by Jost Lammers, Chief Executive Officer, Budapest Airport, along with partners from the travel trade and local media, at a special reception held at the airport. A contingent comprising His Excellency Zoltan Jancsi – Ambassador of Hungary to the United Arab Emirates and other business leaders, accompanied by senior Emirates representatives, was present on the inaugural flight.

Emirates’ Airbus A330-200 will offer 27 seats in Business Class and 251 Economy Class seats.

Flight EK 111 will depart Dubai at 0820 and will arrive at Budapest Airport at 1135. The return flight, EK 112 will depart at 1505 and will arrive at Dubai International Airport at 2330.

Copyright Photo: Emirates A330-243 A6-EKW (msn 316) taxies at London (Heathrow).

Emirates Aircraft Slide Show: AG Slide Show

Emirates arrives today in Oslo, Norway

Emirates (Dubai) expanded its Scandinavian reach today (September 2) with the start of its daily nonstop service to Oslo.

Emirates’ daily flight to Oslo, operated with a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft. The inaugural flight today was welcomed by Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen, along with partners from the travel trade and local media. A contingent of Norwegian business leaders based in Dubai also accompanied senior Emirates representatives on the inaugural flight. It is estimated that over 1,200 Norwegians currently reside in the United Arab Emirates.

On today’s flight departing Oslo, fresh salmon are being transported in the belly hold of the Emirates Boeing 777-300 ER to Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. Live king crabs will also be shipped to Incheon and pharmaceuticals and electronics will also be uplifted and transported to other destinations on Emirates’ global network.

Emirates has had a solid presence in the Norwegian market even before the introduction of daily passenger flights. Its cargo arm has been active in salmon traffic from Norway to other Emirates destinations such as such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam.
Air cargo has a vital role in many industries’ global supply chains and Emirates SkyCargo anticipates that with the new service and 23 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight, more time-sensitive salmon and other cargo such as ship spares can be easily transported. Daily services are particularly important to businesses running streamlined operations that depend on rapid delivery of goods.

Emirates’ new daily flight to Oslo departs Dubai as flight EK 159 at 0700 and arrives at Oslo Airport, (Gardermoen) at 1210. The return flight, EK 160 departs at 1355 and arrives at Dubai International Airport at 2250.

This week, Emirates will further expand in Europe with the launch of Brussels on September 5. This will be closely followed by Budapest on October 27.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-31H ER A6-ENE (msn 35603) arrives in New York (JFK).

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Video: Emirates partnership with VOSS on Norway:

The GCAA of the United Arab Emirates issues its final accident report on the UPS Boeing 747-44AF N571UP on September 3, 2010 near Dubai

UPS Airlines‘ (UPS-United Parcel Service) (Atlanta and Louisville) Boeing 747-44AF N571UP (msn 35668) crashed shortly after takeoff from Dubai on September 3, 2010. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued its final accident report.

Accident Synopsis:

On September 3rd 2010, a Boeing 747-44AF departed Dubai International Airport [DXB] on a scheduled international cargo flight [SCAT-IC] to Cologne [CGN], Germany.

Twenty two minutes into the flight, at approximately 32,000 feet, the crew advised Bahrain Area East Air Traffic Control [BAE-C ] that there was an indication of an on-board fire on the Forward Main Deck and
declared an emergency.

Bahrain Air Traffic Control advised that Doha International Airport [DOH] was ‘at your ten o’clock and one hundred miles, is that close enough?’, the Captain elected to return to DXB, configured the aircraft for the return to Dubai and obtained clearance for the turn back and descent.

A cargo on the main cargo deck had ignited at some point after departure. Less than three minutes after the first warning to the crew,the fire resulted in severe damage to flight control systems and caused the upper deck and cockpit to fill with continuous smoke.

The crew then advised Bahrain East Area Control [BAE-C] that the cockpit was ‘full of smoke’ and that they ‘could not see the radios’, at around the same time the crew experienced pitch control anomalies during the turn back and descent to ten thousand feet.

The smoke did not abate during the emergency impairing the ability of the crew to safely operate the aircraft for the duration of the flight back to DXB.

On the descent to ten thousand feet the captains supplemental oxygen supply abruptly ceased to function without any audible or visual warning to the crew five minutes and thirty seconds after the first audible warning. This resulted in the Captain leaving his position. The Captain left his seat and did not return to his position for the duration of the flight due to incapacitation from toxic gases.

The First Officer[F.O], now the Pilot Flying [PF] could not view outside of the cockpit, the primary flight displays, or the audio control panel to retune to the UAE frequencies.

Due to the consistent and contiguous smoke in the cockpit all communication between the destination [DXB] and the crew was routed through relay aircraft in VHF range of the emergency aircraft and BAE-C. BAE-C then relayed the information to the Emirates Area Control Center (EACC) in the UAE via landline, who then contacted Dubai ATC via landline.

As the aircraft approached the aerodrome in Dubai, it stepped down in altitude, the aircraft approached DXB runway 12 left (RWY 12L), then overflew the northern perimeter of the airport at 4500 ft at around 340 kts . The PF could not view the Primary Flight Displays [PFD] or the view outside the cockpit.

The PF was advised Shajah International Airport [SHJ] was available at 10 nm. This required a left hand turn, the aircraft overflew DXB heading East, reduced speed, entering a shallow descending right-hand turn to the south of the airport before loss of control in flight and an uncontrolled descent into terrain, nine nautical miles south west of Dubai International Airport.

There were no survivors.

Read the full report including the causes: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. N571UP is pictured departing from Anchorage International Airport prior to the accident in Dubai.

RAK Airways to operate the first domestic route in the United Arab Emirates

RAK Airways (rakairways.com) (Ras al-Khaimah) will add the first domestic route in the United Arab Emirates. A new route to Abu Dhabi starting on October 3 will bring the capital closer to the residents of Ras Al Khaimah and the Northern Emirates.

With the launch of this first flight to Abu Dhabi, RAK Airways will be the first UAE flag carrier to operate domestic flights and the airline’s route network moves up to 10 destinations.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-214 A6-RKB (msn 3907) is pictured at the Ras al-Khaimah base.

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The RAK Airways system now stretches from Egypt east to Bangladesh.

Fly RAK is a new charter airline in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Fly RAK (Ras Al Khaimah), not to be confused with RAK Airways, is a new charter and ACMI carrier in the United Arab Emirates. The new airline has leased its first Airbus A320.

Former Spanair Airbus A320-232 EI-EUL (msn 2027, ex EC-IPI) after undergoing maintenance at Dublin has been repainted in the colors of the new company. The aircraft had been ferried from Barcelona to Dublin on February 17, 2012 following the collapse of Spanair, and subsequently placed into storage at Dublin prior to its repaint and overhaul pending its next assignment with Fly RAK. The aircraft is being leased from ILFC.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Morris. Pictured at Dublin, EI-EUL will become A6-TIA on delivery.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Doyle. EI-EUL is tugged across the ramp at Dublin.

Etihad Airways to increase service to Brisbane, Australia

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi), the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to increase flights between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi from three times a week to a daily service from February 1, 2013.

This will bring to 28 the total number of flights Etihad Airways operates between Australia and Abu Dhabi, together with partner airline Virgin Australia.

The additional four services will continue to operate via Singapore in both directions and provide a new daily link between the city pairs.

The route is flown with Airbus A330-200s.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Airbus A330-223 A6-EYB (msn 259) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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