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Etihad Airways 2018 results analysis

Etihad Airways Airbus A320 A6-EIC at Kempegowda Airport, Bangalore

Etihad Airways recently reported its annual results for 2018. The results highlight the continuing challenges for the airline as it addresses elements of its fleet, network and profitability. These are important for its transformation program. ¬†While there was a 4% increase in passenger yields, the impact on overall revenue was not significant. On the cost side, the airline was able …

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Emirates orders Airbus A330neos and A350s

Middle-eastern carrier Emirates has placed an order for 70 Airbus aircraft, which includes 40 A330-900 and 30 A350-900 aircraft. The order comes following discussions regarding the airline’s A380 order, which resulted in the airline cancelling 39 of their pending A380’s for this order. The change has also prompted the announcement of the closure of the Airbus A380 production line. Emirates …

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Airbus A380 future uncertain as Emirates considers A350

European airframer Airbus has confirmed talks with Dubai based Emirates airlines over the carriers A380 orders, with reports that the carrier is considering switching its orders to the smaller A350. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 109 aircraft and 53 on order. The carrier extended a lifeline to the struggling program in February 2018 by placing …

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Emirates is reducing its economy baggage allowance

Over the years, the Big 3 middle eastern carriers (ME3) have been known for the full-service offerings. While most airlines were skimping on baggage and in-flight service, they were offering passengers more baggage, better food, etc. All of which has led to the three airlines expanding and developing a loyal customer base. The last couple of years have seen the …

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Details of “The House” lounge revealed after Etihad exit’s it’s London lounge

Middle eastern carrier Etihad Airways is in the middle of a massive cost cutting spree. The airline has gone from spending money like there was no tomorrow to pinching every possible penny. In the last year we have seen the airline cut down routes, reduce passenger benefits like the chauffeur drive, catering and beverage quality in first and business, etc. …

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Air Arabia pilot’s crazy takeoff mistake

Air Arabia A6-AOD Airbus A320.

Air Arabia is a low cost airline based out of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The airline operates a fleet of 41 Airbus A320 aircraft. It operates flights to 14 destinations in India including Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi and more. The Aviation Herald has published an article on what happened to an Air Arabia flight G9-111 that was departing …

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Qatar Airways upgrades first and business class on-board dining

Qatar Airways upgrades first and business class on-board dining

Oneworld member, Qatar Airways is upgrading its on-board dining for its business and first class passengers, initially on its European routes. The new concepts include newly-designed tableware, in-flight dining menus, cutlery and china. I am impressed that Qatar will place mini condiment grinders for fresh ground black pepper and Himalayan pink salt on the passengers’ tables. The airline has increased …

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Qatar invests in private jet company JetSuite

JetSuite Phenom 100. JetSuite Image.

Middle eastern carrier Qatar Airways has announced an investment for a minority stake American private aviation company JetSuite and indirectly into JetSuite X the companies scheduled regional service. Qatar is the second airline to invest in the company after JetBlue. Qatar has been investing in foreign airlines over the past few years, they have a 20% stake in IAG (British …

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Airbus delivers first A350-1000 to Qatar Airways

Middle eastern carrier Qatar airways has taken delivery of it’s first Airbus A350-1000. The airline which was the launch customer of the A350 is also the first to operate the new type. The aircraft’s first flight will be to London Heathrow this weekend. The -1000’s will soon be deployed to the US east coast. The aircraft MSN 88 will be …

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Emirates offers a new non-stop Dubai Newark flight. Goes daily to Florida

Emirates Boeing 777-300ER A6-ENN.

Dubai-based Emirates airline will start a new non-stop daily service between Dubai and Newark (EWR) effective June 1. 2018. The new flight will complement the existing daily flight which operates via Athens, Greece. Emirates will use a three class cabin Boeing 777-300ER, offering eight suites in first class, 42 flat-bed seats in business, and 306 bone-crunching narrow seats in economy …

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Airbus A380 rescue. Emirates orders 36 additional superjumbos for $16B

Emirates_A380-800 A6-EDF arrives at London.

The struggling Airbus A380 superjumbo program was just handed a lifeline by its largest operator, Dubai-based Emirates Airline. The Gulf behemoth has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire up to 36 additional A380 aircraft. The firm commitment is for 20 A380s with options for an 16. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020. From the first A380 delivery …

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Emirates orders 40 Boeing 787’s

The Boeing 787-10 rolled out at Boeing South Carolina. Boeing Image.

American airframer Boeing and middle-eastern carrier Emirates have announced a $15.1 billion deal to purchase 40 787-10 Dreamliners and related equipment at the opening day of the 2017 Dubai Airshow. The airline previously had an order for 70 Airbus A350’s which it cancelled in 2014. This order for 787’s will likely be used to replace some of Emirates’ older 777’s …

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Analysis: Qatar buys 9.61% of Cathay Pacific for $662 million for China foothold

After being rebuffed in its attempt to buy a stake in US carrier and fellow oneworld member, American Airlines Group, national carrier Qatar Airways Q.C.S.C. has bought a 9.61% stake in another fellow oneworld carrier Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. Qatar Airways bought 378,188,000 shares of Cathay Pacific from Kingboard Chemical Holdings and its allied companies for HK$5.2 billion (approximately US$662 …

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