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Emirates announces three new A380 superjumbo routes for 2016

Emirates said it would deploy its Airbus A380 to more destinations across its network in 2016. The Dubai carrier said Birmingham (BHX), Prague (PRG) and Taipei (TPE) have been added to its list of A380 destinations. It means Emirates is the only airline to operate a scheduled A380 service from each of these destinations. Emirates’ daily Birmingham flight will be up-gauged to an A380 be...

Airbus mulls A380 revamp ‘in cold blood’ as Emirates pushes case

Airbus Group said it’s still pondering whether to upgrade the A380 superjumbo to help end a sales drought, with production rates for the double-decker set to dip below 30 planes this year as output is slowed to help manage a dwindling backlog. Chief executive Tom Enders said that commercial-aircraft head Fabrice Bregier is “working on the business case” for an A380 revamp with...

Emirates to add two more Chinese destinations in 2016

Emirates will start flying to two new cities in China as the Dubai carrier taps rising demand for travel in the world’s most populous country. From May next year, Emirates will start flying four times a week to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou. The airline already flies to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou on the mainland. Yinchuan, the capital of Ning xia, is west of the Yellow River and east of...

Emirates emblazons Airbus A380 with Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid teammates

The world is used to seeing Cristiano Ronaldo fly down the wing for Spanish footballing giants Real Madrid. But now he’ll flying at a rather higher altitude - this time on the side of an Emirates Airbus A380. The Dubai carrier, which sponsors Real as well as a number of other top European clubs, has unveiled a new decal on the world’s largest passenger plane. The A380 has been...

On a trip to somewhere far, far away

On an Emirates flight to somewhere far, far away passengers will soon be able to watch the first six Star Wars films back-to-back. The airline is adding all six films, including the original trilogy A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and the later release prequels to its in flight entertainment systems next month. The original t...

Emirates to end A340 operations next year

Emirates (EK, Dubai Int'l) is planning to conclude commercial A340 operations later next year in line with its fleet renewal strategy. In a statement, the Dubai-based carrier said it would retire its four remaining A340-300s and lone A340-500 alongside twenty-one other ageing aircraft including twelve A330-200s, six B777-200(ER)s, two B777-300s, and one B777-300(ER). Emirates currently u...

Eighty Emirati pilots graduate as Emirates keeps expanding

Emirates airline is optimistic about meeting its rising demand for pilots after 80 Emirati pilots graduated from its national cadet pilot programme. It was the largest graduating class in the programme’s 23-year history. Emirates also said that it would open the Emirates Flight Training Academy by the end of next year. The Dubai airline, which aggressively keeps on adding routes and fr...

Emirates Offers Special Deals for World's Longest Flight

Emirates is offering special pre-launch fares for its Dubai to Panama route, which will start from February 1. The route, operated by a Boeing 777-200 LR, will take a whopping 17 hours and 35 minutes, making it the longest in the world. Emirates said that fares would start from Dh7,205 in economy class and Dh20,250 in business class when booked for travel between February 1 and March 23....