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Emirates celebrates A380 touchdowns in Los Angeles and Vienna

Emirates has celebrated the launch of two new Airbus A380 services on the same day - to Los Angeles and Vienna. The LA flight marked its second daily A380 service, meaning that the Dubai carrier now serves nearly 1,000 passengers travelling to the US city each day. For the LA journey, the A380 was decked out in specially-designed Dodgers branding - the airline having agreed a sponsorship dea...

Emirates completes 33 aircraft makeovers in 12 months

The Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre, the world’s largest aircraft painting facility owned by an airline, has completely stripped and repainted 33 aircraft last year, or 13% of its fleet. During the year, Emirates gave a fresh coat of paint to three Airbus A380s and 22 Boeing 777s, in addition to eight aircraft that were retired as a part of the airline’s strategy to operate a yo...

Emirates announced as official airline of the New York Philharmonic

Emirates is expanding its cultural sponsorship portfolio and announced today that it has signed a new multi-year sponsorship deal as the Official Airline of the New York Philharmonic. The contract begins June 2016 and will last for a period of three years. The sponsorship includes ticket and hospitality experiences at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall and the New York Philharmonic Concerts...

Emirates repays two bonds in full totalling more than USD $1.1 billion

Emirates Airline announced today that it has repaid a bullet bond in full for the value of USD $1 billion (AED 3.673 billion) on its maturity date of 8 June 2016. The USD $1 billion bullet bond was raised in 2011 to address Emirates’ working capital requirements. Emirates will also be repaying a bond totalling SGD 150 million later this month, which was ori...

IBM Signs US$300 Million Services Agreement with Emirates Airline

IBM  announced that it has signed a ten-year technology services agreement with Emirates Airline worth approximately US$300 million. IBM will provide IT Infrastructure delivered as a service, allowing the airline to improve efficiency on its passenger support systems and functions. The agreement provides fully managed services for the IBM mainframe and storage that...

Emirates gives up on upgraded Airbus A380

Emirates, the largest operator of Airbus’s A380 superjumbo, has all but given up on getting an upgrade of the double-decker with new engines and is instead making a more modest pitch to the planemaker: please don’t drop the programme altogether. “I can’t force Toulouse to do anything," Emirates president Tim Clark told reporters at a briefing in Dublin, referring to...

Emirates needs as many as 500 new pilots this year

Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, will need to hire as many as 500 new pilots this fiscal year in order to keep up with its expansion plans, a senior company executive said on Tuesday. The recruitment plan comes as Emirates takes delivery of 36 new wide-body aircraft in the 12 months to March 31, 2017. It also plans to launch new routes to Asia and the world’s lon...

Emirates to buy more Airbus A380s even if Neo version is shelved

Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates will buy more of the existing A380 model if Airbus decides not to press ahead with a version with new engines, Emirates president Tim Clark said on Tuesday. Emirates is the A380’s biggest buyer and most vocal supporter within the airline industry of the world’s largest passenger jet. The airline has ordered 142 A380s, of which 77 are now in op...