Emirates

The Only Way is Up: Middle East Airlines Expected to Buy $730 Billion Worth of New Aircraft Within Next Two Decades

At the start of October, French aircraft manufacturer, Airbus came up with some fairly wild estimates about how many aeroplanes would be needed by Middle East airlines in the Gulf region.  Well, it turns out that rival aerospace behemoth, Seatle-based…

IN PICTURES: Emirates Unveils Stunning New First Class Suite – Orders 40 Boeing 787-10’s

Emirates has well and truly pulled it out the bag, unveiling a much-anticipated brand new First Class suite for its newest Boeing 777-300 aircraft on the first day of the Dubai Air Show.  Not only did Emirates reveal its new…

Emirates Reports a Welcome Profit Boost But Its Not Out of the Woods Just Yet: Admits Redundancies

A few day ago, Emirates reported its financial results for the first six months of 2017, posting an impressive profit of $452 million USD – up a staggering 111% on last year.  Yet despite the optimistic results, even Emirates admits…

SOURCES: Emirates Won’t Recruit New Cabin Until December 2018 – Laying Off Training Staff

Ever since Emirates stopped cabin crew recruitment in December 2016, we’ve reported on some of the biggest rumours that have come out of the company.  There was intelligence that Emirates had fired a number of staff – including in Human…

Emirates Takes Delivery of its 100th Airbus A380 – Other Airlines “Lack the Strength and Vision”

At a special ceremony at the Airbus delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany, the ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Sir Tim Clark, the President of Emirates welcomed the delivery of the airline’s 100th A380.  The milestone…

Emirates Painting 40 Aircraft with Special Designs in Preparation for the Dubai Expo 2020: Launches First Today

Emirates is gearing up for the Dubai World Expo 2020 by painting 40 aircraft in its fleet with special liveries to celebrate the event. The airline today unveiled the first aircraft to sport the new artwork – a Boeing 777-300ER…

Emirates Reveals What We Already Knew: Children Get Bored on Flights Very Fast (Here’s How to Fix It)

It’s an experience dreaded by most parents – trying to keep a child entertained on a long haul flight without any tantrums.  But while some families avoid the experience altogether, that simply isn’t an option for many parents.  So when…

When Will Emirates Start Hiring New Cabin Crew? Our Latest Predictions – Plus, Have Your Say

It’s been an agonising wait.  Last December, Emirates held its last Cabin Crew recruitment Open Day but in reality, the airline stopped hiring new cabin crew many months before.  Successful candidates, who attended Open Day’s and Assessment Day’s in the…

Whoah: Airbus Estimates Middle East Airlines Will More Than Double Their Aircraft Fleets by 2036

The last couple of years have been particularly hard for airlines in the Middle East.  Profits at Emirates dropped a massive 80% in 2016 to just $340 million USD due to a major fall in regional business travel, overcapacity, concerns…

Emirates Launches Brand New Multi-Million Dollar Worldwide Ad Campaign: Don’t Stop Me Now

Emirates has just launched a brand new $15 million USD worldwide ad campaign to promote both the extensive Emirates route network and its Dubai hub as a destination in itself.  The ad uses the iconic and energetic song ‘Don’t Stop…

Emirates Says it Could One Day Merge With Etihad: For Now the Two Airlines Are Looking at “Working More Closely”

Sir Tim Clark, the mastermind behind mega-airline Emirates and the businesses longtime President has hinted the Dubai-based carrier could one day merge with Etihad Airways in neighbouring Abu Dhabi.  Rumours of such a tie-up first surfaced in March, when Handelsblatt,…

The UAE Wants Status Quo With United States in “Open Skies” Agreement: Visits Boeing Factory to Make Point

Nearly 20 years ago, the United States and the UAE signed the first landmark “Open Skies” agreement between the two countries.  The deal was simple – Passenger and cargo airlines from both the U.S. and UAE would have equal access…

Emirates Wins Award for Best In-Flight Entertainment… Again! And Its President Honored With ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

There are certain things that air passengers have come to expect on long-haul flights nowadays – no matter what class of travel they happen to be sitting in.  Inflight entertainment with a personal TV to watch the latest blockbusters and…

Update: Why Does Emirates Separate Cabin Crew By Class of Travel? Could a Policy Change Be Coming?

Yesterday, we reported about a plan from Emirates to ‘downgrade’ some of their serving Business and First Class cabin crew into the next lower cabin.  So, for example, a number of Business Class crew will have to work in Economy…

The Emirates Recruitment Crisis Gets Worse – Now Business Class Cabin Crew Are Back Filling in Economy

We’ve known for several months that Emirates cabin crew working in the airline’s Economy cabin have been understaffed and overworked.  Serving cabin crew for the airline have complained of heavy schedules and difficulty in getting annual leave approved. With a…

Emirates is Celebrating the World Famous Oktoberfest But it Will Have to Go Some Way to Beat Lufthansa

For the first time in its history, Emirates is celebrating the world-famous event that is Oktoberfest.  The 18-day Bavarian extravaganza got underway on 16th September with the event culminating on 3rd October.  Dating all the way back to 1818, the…

Emirates is Adding a Fourth Daily A380 Flight to Sydney After Qantas Moves its Operations to Singapore

Nearly two weeks ago, Australian flag-carrier, Qantas announced plans to significantly rewrite its joint venture with Emirates and shift operations from Dubai to Singapore.  Now, Emirates has unveiled a first look at the Dubai-based airline’s Australian operations once Qantas pulls…

Dubai International Airport Wins Top Award for Response to Crash Landing of EK521 in August 2016

The company behind Dubai International Airport has won a major award for the way in which it handled the crash landing of Emirates flight EK521 last year.  On the 3rd August 2016, a Boeing 777-300 aircraft belonging to Emirates smashed…

Emirates Considers Adding ‘Basic Economy’ in Major Push to Fight Competition from Low-Cost Carriers

A few months a go we predicted that mega airline, Emirates would become the first airline in the Middle East to provide a Premium Economy cabin.  The popular service has been widely installed across legacy European airlines and Asian carriers…

Flying Anytime Soon? This Company Wants to Help You Sleep and Airline’s Are Loving It

Luxury British retailer, The White Company began life in 1994 as a bold but simple vision by the company’s founder, Chrissie Rucker.  Her ingenious plan was to design and make homewares and clothing that were predominantly white.  They would be…

Emirate’s Pain is Norwegian’s and Qantas’ Gain: Some Interesting Developments Coming Soon

Things could start getting really interesting for Emirates in the next 12-months – as if the Dubai-based carrier hasn’t been on enough of a rollercoaster ride already.  In the last couple of days both Norwegian Air Shuttle and Australia’s flag…

Meet the New Range of Emirates Kids Favourite ‘Come Fly With Me’ Animals: Now On board

Emirates has just updated its adorable range of ‘Come Fly With Me’ toys, as four new characters join the party.  Brett the bear, Savannah the Elephant, ChaoChaco the crocodile and Mia the manta ray have started to make their starring…

Etihad Airways and Emirates Are Championing the Important Role of Women in the Aviation Industry

Etihad Airways has been celebrating Emirati Women’s Day by highlighting the important role that women play in the success of its business.  Over 50% of the airline’s 13,000 strong workforce are women and although many represent customer facing, service roles…

Emirates Will Transport 20,000 Pilgrims to Hajj This Year: Laying on 57 Flights to Cope

Emirates is gearing up for the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage with plans to transport 20,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.  Over 2 million pilgrims are expected to travel to the Holy City of Mecca this year and Emirates will be laying on…

The Ruler of Dubai Takes a Trip to the Airbus Plant in Hamburg to Personally Inspect the Next Emirates A380

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, made a personal visit to the Airbus manufacturing facility in Hamburg, Germany yesterday.  Arriving in a top of the range Mercedes G-Wagon the sheikh was taken on a tour of…

Does Emirates Have a Steroid Abuse Problem Among its Cabin Crew?

The Dubai-based airline, Emirates has announced plans to widen its drugs and alcohol testing programme to include anabolic steroids.  In a leaked internal memo sent to the airline’s 25,000 cabin crew, Emirates explained the decision was because “anabolic steroids are…

Emirates is Looking For a New Head of Service Delivery: Tasked with Saving Costs

Big changes could be coming to the in-flight experience for passengers flying with Emirates, the world’s largest long haul airline.  The news comes after Emirates recently confirmed it’s looking for a new Head of Service Delivery who will be tasked…

Sources: Dine On Demand is Definitely Coming to Emirates Business Class

As one of the best airlines in the world, it’s seemed a little strange that Emirates wasn’t offering a Business Class dining option that kept up with the competition.  Both Etihad and Qatar Airways already offer their premium passengers in…

Emirates Launches Its Revamped Onboard Bar and Lounge as 96th Airbus A380 Takes to the Skies

Late last week Emirates took delivery of its 96th Airbus A380 – the new aircraft features the airline’s revamped on board bar and lounge.  The delivery marked nine years since the Dubai-based airline received its first double decker A380 from…

Emirates and flydubai Announce “Extensive Partnership Agreement” But Deny Merger

We’ve known for a while that Emirates, the world’s largest long-haul airline was looking at a tie-up with Dubai’s government owned low-cost carrier, flydubai.  Speculation had been mounting following comments made earlier this year by the Emirates Group chief executive…

Who Had the Best Inaugural Route Launch – Emirates, Etihad or Qatar Airways? Video’s Reviewed

The big three Gulf airlines – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are masters of self-promotion.  They know exactly how to put on a big show and they’ll do everything to gain some publicity and brand recognition. And who can blame…

News Roundup – 12th July 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Spanish airline, Iberia has been fined €25,000 for making new female cabin crew take pregnancy tests.  The airline argued it was looking after the well-being of new recruits but authorities on the Balearic island of Mallorca disagreed and called the…

Is Emirates Making Cabin Crew Redundant? The Truth Behind the Rumours

Today, the global financial news company, Bloomberg ran a story that claimed Dubai-based airline, Emirates was in the process of making dozens of employees redundant.  Not only would jobs be lost in administration and IT but Bloomberg also claimed senior…

News Roundup – 05th July 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

It looks like flying from the Middle East to the United States is going to get much easier.  Since the U.S. Laptop Ban was introduced in March, customers haven’t been able to take electronic devices larger than a smartphone into…

News Roundup – 28th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

British Airways is facing, even more, disruption as the biggest staff walkout since 2010 is set to get underway beginning Saturday 01st July.  The airline has already cancelled some flights in preparation for the expected disruption with a number of…

12 New Airlines Commit to Fight Illegal Animal Trafficking – Sign Up to ‘United for Wildlife’ Initiative

A few weeks ago, the great and the good of the aviation industry were meeting in Cancun, Mexico for the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 73rd Annual General Meeting.  But unlike the glitz and glamour of the recent Paris Air…

News Roundup – 20th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

American Airlines has reacted to a furious customer backlash and abandoned plans to reduce seat pitch to just 29 inches in Economy Class on its new Boeing 737MAX jets.  Unlike British Airways who will push ahead with their plans to…

This is How Emirates Withdrew a Job Offer to Hundreds of Hopeful Cabin Crew

There’s been a lot of speculation about how well Emirates is performing at the moment – financially that is.  Operationally, the airline has never done so well.  The Dubai-based carrier recently picked up TripAdvisor’s first ever ‘Worlds Best Airline’ award…

Emirates Might Copy Air New Zealand by Getting Cabin Crew to Wear Augmented Reality Spectacles

About four weeks ago we covered a story about a proposal by Air New Zealand to equip their Cabin Crew with augmented reality (AR) goggles.  Now it looks like Dubai-based airline, Emirates might be set to copy them. The system…

News Roundup – 14th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

This week there was speculation that Emirates would bolster its own fleet and aircraft manufacturer Airbus’ fortunes by ordering a further 20 A380 aircraft.  Unfortunately, while Emirates says it regularly “engages with aircraft manufacturers”, it doesn’t plan to place a…

News Roundup – 07th June 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Emirates has made a major U-turn on the wearing of flag pins by its Cabin Crew.  Last week, the airline ordered its Taiwanese crew to wear a China flag pin instead of the Taiwan flag.  After a furious backlash, the…

UAE and Saudi Arabia Close Their Borders to Qatar – Flights Grounded from Tomorrow

Qatar has reacted with fury to the cutting of diplomatic ties by four Middle East countries.  The Independent has reported that the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have accused Qatar of destabilising security in the region. In a…

How Do You Clean an Airbus A380 Superjumbo in a Desert City?

How do you clean and make a huge Airbus A380 sparkle in a city where water is such a precious resource and literally no rainfall is expected in June?  That’s the question that Emirates has found an innovative answer to,…

Rumour: Emirates Won’t Start Recruitment Until April 2018 – But What’s the Truth?

About a week ago we received a tip-off from an Emirates insider who suggested that new ab-initio Cabin Crew courses wouldn’t restart at the airline’s training school until April 2018.  It was awful news and we realised this would come…

News Roundup – 31st May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

Emirates has finally announced what many industry commentators have speculated upon for ages – A new First Class suite for the airline’s Boeing 777 aircraft.  And the date has been set.  The new product and a refreshed Business Class and…

Ramadan 2017: Gulf Airlines Unveil Iftar Boxes and Other Surprises

Saturday marked the start of the Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan – the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which see’s Muslims around the world fasting from dawn to sunset.  In preparation, Gulf airlines have stepped up their services for…

News Roundup – 25th May 2017. A Summary of Airline News from the Past Week

The parent company of British Airways has expressed its displeasure with what it sees as an unnecessary plan to extend Heathrow Airport, the airline’s home in West London.  Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group said: “Airlines were never consulted…

Emirates Opens Up a Slew of New A380 Routes – Beijing, Shanghai and Birmingham Get Upgraded

Good news Birmingham, Beijing and Shanghai – you’re about to enjoy the Emirates flagship aircraft on all services to and from Dubai.  That’s what we found out Monday when the Dubai-based airline announced the three destinations would go all A380 …

Searching the Emirates Annual Report for Cabin Crew Recruitment Clues

When will Emirates start recruiting Cabin Crew again?  First, we thought March or April.  Perhaps it will be in June?  Or maybe the end of the year?  There have been plenty of rumours but little hard fact – least of…

Emirates Staff Brilliantly Troll Senior Managers in Parody Facebook Post

Last Thursday was not a good day for Dubai-based airline, Emirates.  The Gulf carrier posted a profit of just AED1.3 billion ($353 million USD) in its annual results – a massive 80% drop between 2015 and 2016.  Emirates has described…