Ukraine missile evidence ‘not shared with airlines’

Ukraine missile evidence 'not shared with airlines'Carriers would have avoided flying over Ukraine long before Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed, if information about missiles in the area had been passed on, the boss of Emirates has suggested.

Sir Tim Clark told the BBC there had been evidence of weapons for weeks. But he claimed those in the know didn’t share it with most of the carriers flying across the country.

If the airlines had all been told, he suggests, the industry would probably have by-passed the danger zone. And he added that some carriers did appear to know because they were avoiding the area, but they didn’t share the information.

It is widely believed that a missile downed flight MH17 on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.

Aircraft had been cleared to fly in the area as long as they stayed above a certain height, and a report last week highlighted the fact that three other large passenger jets were in the same area at roughly the same time as the Malaysian flight.

Sir Tim said: “There was evidence that these missiles had been on site, in situ for a number of weeks beforehand.

“Emirates did not know of that fact, and I don’t think many others did. Had we known that, we would probably have reacted in a manner that would have seen a complete avoidance of Ukrainian airspace, probably as an industry.

“We have a concern that information was known by certain stakeholders… and should have been passed… at least to the industry, to the organisations that regulate the industry.

“We understand now that certain carriers were aware of that and had already taken avoidance action.”

British Airways was among several airlines that had been avoiding Ukraine for weeks. But in a recent BBC interview, Willie Walsh, chief executive of parent company International Airlines Group, said that decision was based on information that was publicly available at the time.

Sir Tim is called for an information “clearing house” to be set up, that can warn all airlines if there are any new threats in an area.

Sir Tim also said a “Yes” vote for Scottish independence would heighten the need for a new runway in the south of England. Although he made clear that he didn’t want to get involved in the politics of the decision, he told the BBC:

“Clearly, if they do become independent they will develop their own civil aviation strategies, they will probably develop Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. But therefore there is more impetus required for the remaining parts of the UK to develop their aviation strategy, to fill a gap.”

Like so many others in the business world, the Emirates’ president says that doing nothing is not an option, be it expansion at Heathrow, Gatwick, or even at London mayor Boris Johnson’s preferred location in the Thames Estuary.

After four decades in the business Sir Tim says he’s seen airport expansion plans come and go, but there really does seem to be an urgency to do something this time,

Sir Tim made the point that the UK also needs to grow all of its regional airports, including Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Cardiff, which he described as having great potential.

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Emirates floats idea of listing in London

Emirates floats idea of listing in LondonBy Phil Davies

State-controlled companies in Dubai such as the Emirates airline are being considered for a listing in a move that could raise billions of pounds.The emirate’s finance chief Mohammed al-Shaibani revealed that some of the state-owned companies could also be partially floated on the London Stock Exchange.

“We have a lot of entities here [in Dubai] that can also go public and that should be a fantastic way to raise capital if we need it,” he told The Telegraph.

Al-Shaibani, who oversees the Dubai government’s main investment holding company, said that Emirates, Fly Dubai, Dubai Airports and the emirate’s aluminium smelting company were among a list of government entities that could all be sold to the public at some point to raise funds.

With annual revenues exceeding $21 billion, Emirates is the jewel in Dubai’s business empire and a company that would command a significant premium if its shares were to be partially listed.

By 2020, the company aims to be carrying 70 million passengers a year, nearly twice the number it currently flies.

By that time it will operate a giant fleet of 250 aircraft from Dubai, which will boast two of the world’s busiest airports.

“We are dead serious. I cannot list it [Emirates] now because there is still value to be created there. We don’t want to give away value just like that,” said al-Shaibani.

“Ideally we would like to list here but we also have the option of a secondary listing on the London Stock Exchange, which is very strategic for us because we are the largest shareholders.”

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Emirates Holidays appoints new UK GM

By Edward Robertson

Emirates Holidays has appointed Darren Barker as general manager of its UK operations.

His responsibilities include overseeing the long-term growth plans of Emirates’ tour operating office, as well as the day-to-day running of the office.

Before joining Emirates Holidays, Barker was the former director of distribution for Orbitz Worldwide where he oversaw the growth in European ebookers before managing the European white label and distribution business.

Marc Bennett, Emirates’ destination and leisure management (D&LM) division divisional senior vice president, said: “Barker has extensive experience within the travel industry, and he is a great fit for the role of general manager for Emirates Holidays.

“We look forward to the energy and drive he will bring to reaching our growth targets, as we continue to expand Emirates Holidays.”

Barker added: “As the airline’s tour operator, Emirates Holidays extends the quality and experience that Emirates provides in the air, to the customer on-ground at their destination.

“I look forward to working with the team and drive the business towards our growth targets.”

He replaces Fabio Prestijacopo who has been appointed as vice president, business support, Emirates’ D&LM division, based in Dubai.

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Emirates Airline firms up order for 50 additional A380s

Press Release by Airbus

Emirates Airline and Airbus have completed discussions and signed the firm contract for 50 additional A380s originally announced at the Dubai Airshow on 17th November 2013. The contract documents were finalised by Tim Clark, Emirates Airline President, during a visit to Airbus’ Headquarters in Toulouse, France.

Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said on the occasion: “The A380 is our flagship aircraft. It is popular with our customers and delivers results for us in terms of operational performance. That is why we have ordered these additional 50 aircraft, to add to our A380 fleet.”

“This order is a major vote of confidence in the A380. Since delivery of their first aircraft in July 2008, Emirates’ A380 fleet has grown to be the largest in the world with 44 A380s in operation. We congratulate Emirates on this impressive achievement and thank the airline for their continued support of our flagship aircraft. As Tim Clark has often said, “The A380 really is a game-changing aircraft.” commented John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Since first entering service in 2007, to date 122 A380s have been delivered, to ten world class carriers. The aircraft flies 8,500 nautical miles or 15,700 kilometres non-stop, carrying more people at lower cost and with less impact on the environment. The spacious, quiet cabin and smooth ride have made the A380 a firm favourite with both airlines and passengers, resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies.

Airbus secures more than £30bn in airshow orders

Emirates Airbus A380 in flight

Dubai-based Emirates wants another 50 A380 Airbus super-jumbo planes

The plane manufacturer Airbus has secured deals for aircraft potentially worth over £30bn on the first day of the Dubai airshow.

The Dubai airline Emirates wants 50 more Airbus A380 superjumbos, in deal said to be worth £14.2bn.

Airbus says that order will protect 2,500 jobs at its UK bases in Flintshire and Bristol.

United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad could spend up to £16.7bn on nearly 120 planes, including 50 A350s.

Etihad has placed firm orders for 87 aircraft, with options for another 30.

Doha-based Qatar Airways has also agreed a £600m deal for five A330 freighters, with an option to take a further eight, bringing the potential order total to £1.7bn.

Wings for all the planes are made the Airbus factory at Broughton in Flintshire, which employs over 6,000.

Commentators view the Emirates deal for more A380 planes as significant, as sales of the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft suffered in 2012.

After initial orders of 30 planes, only nine were sold.

“Emirates has understood from the start that the A380 is unmatched in terms of efficiency, economics and passenger comfort and a true crowd-puller,” said the head of Airbus, company president Fabrice Bregier.

“We value our partnership with Emirates Airlines and are pleased to see this getting stronger each day with their A380s flying.”


  • Etihad: 50 A350 XWB, 36 A320neo , one A330-200F, options on another 30 planes – potential deal estimate £16.7bn ($26.9bn)
  • Emirates: 50 A380s – deal estimate £14.2bn ($23bn)
  • Qatar: Five A330 freighters, with option for eight more – potential deal estimated £1.7bn ($2.8bn)

Emirates has already taken delivery of 39 A380 planes, which can carry between 500 and 800 passengers.

The wings for the plane are designed at Filton, Bristol, before being made in north Wales and then shipped to Toulouse in France where the plane is assembled.

UK Business Secretary Vince Cable welcomed the A380 announcement.

“This major new order protects over 2,500 jobs in Filton and Broughton and will also be welcome news for the many thousands more workers employed by companies who supply smaller parts to the aircraft from across the UK,” he said.

“The British aerospace industry is a global leader, second only to the United States. This is one of the UK’s major success stories.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum at the opening of Dubai airshow, with Airbus A380 in background‘Flagship’ plane

 The event was opened by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai

Announcing the deal, the chairman and chief executive of Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, said the A380 remained popular with passengers.

“The A380 continues to be the flagship of our fleet,” he said.

“This latest order will help us meet both fleet expansion and fleet replacement needs.”

However, the biennial airshow has also seen a brisk trade for Airbus rivals, the American plane maker Boeing.

Emirates wants to buy 150 of Boeing’s 777X planes, which will be seen as the main competition to the Airbus A380 when it goes into production by the end of this decade.

That deal is thought to be worth some £47bn ($76bn) alone.


  • Etihad: 50 A350 XWB, 36 A320neo , one A330-200F, options on another 30 planes – potential deal estimate £16.7bn ($26.9bn)
  • Emirates: 50 A380s – deal estimate £14.2bn ($23bn)
  • Qatar: Five A330 freighters, with option for eight more – potential deal estimated £1.7bn ($2.8bn)

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Emirates reportedly in talks over ‘substantive’ jet order

Gulf carrier Emirates is reportedly in advanced negotiations with Beoing to buy up to 100 long-haul aircraft.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Emirates president Tim Clark confirmed that talks were taking place.

“We are in a relatively advanced stage of commercial negotiations . . . I think whatever happens there will be a substantive order for the new 777,” he said.

Emirates is likely to unveil details of its plans at next month’s Dubai air show.

According to the FT, Emirates is considering an order of between 100 and 175 of Boeing’s upgraded 777 wide-body jet.

A spokesperson for Emirates declined to comment further as did a spokesperson for Boeing.

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Emirates sets out plan to become biggest airline

Emirates sets out plan to become biggest airlineBy Phil Davies

Emirates yesterday outlined plans to become the largest airline in the world by 2020.It aims to fly 70 million passengers in seven years’ time and detailed plans to ensure the right infrastructure is in place in Dubai to support the growth.

Airline president Tim Clark outlined the expansion at a presentation to delegates of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), visiting the UAE to make their final decision on the host city for the World Expo 2020. Dubai is a candidate city.

He said: “By 2020, we will have more than 250 aircraft serving some 70 million passengers across six continents. It will make us the largest airline on the planet by international passenger traffic.”

Clark added: “However, being the biggest airline in the world is not really the end goal. Our aim has always been to connect travellers from around the world to Dubai, and other destinations with just a single stop via our hub.

“The strategic location of Dubai makes it possible for us to serve almost 90% of the world’s population with non-stop flights, for example our 16-hour Dubai to Houston service on the Boeing 777-300ER, or our 14-hour Dubai to Sydney flight with the Airbus A380.

“Our location is a key advantage. The leaders of Dubai recognised this from the onset, and that is why Emirates is investing in the most advanced long-haul aircraft, and why Dubai has invested over the years to develop its infrastructure for international commerce and tourism.”

More than a third of the world’s population lives within a four-hour flight from Dubai, and two-thirds are within an eight-hour flight.

Emirates currently runs almost 3,200 flights a week to 135 destinations in 76 countries. Since January 2012, it has launched new services to 20 destinations, with three more to be added by the end of the year.

The airline is the largest operator of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, with an order book for 53 and 64 more of each aircraft type respectively. By 2020, it will have over 250 aircraft in its all-wide body fleet.

“We plan for the long-term and these plans include working closely with our stakeholders in Dubai including Dubai Airports and the [UAE] General Civil Aviation Authority amongst others, to make sure the right infrastructure is in place to support our planned fleet and traffic growth,” said Clark.

International passenger numbers using Dubai airport almost doubled from 24.8 million in 2005 to 47.2 million in 2010.

The airport handled 57 million passengers from 225 destinations last year, travelling in on more than 140 airlines including Emirates.

Dubai expects to welcome more than 20 million visitors by 2020 and airport infrastructure has been gearing up to meet this demand.

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