Electronics ban lifted for flights from Dubai and Istanbul to the US

Emirates and Turkish Airlines have made an official announcements regarding lifting ban on electronic items from Dubai and Istanbul to the US.

Attributed to an Emirates spokesperson: “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA. Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights.”

“We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place.”

 Turkish Airlines’ website has been updated: “If you are travelling to US from İstanbul Atatürk Airport , you can carry your all electronic devices on board.”

The statement comes three day after Etihad Airways’ announcement that US-bound passengers can now carry their electronic devices on-board flights from Abu Dhabi.

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Emirates and Turkish Airlines have made an official announcements regarding lifting ban on electronic items from Dubai and Istanbul to the US.

Attributed to an Emirates spokesperson: “Effective immediately, the electronics ban has been lifted for Emirates’ flights from Dubai International Airport to the USA. Emirates has been working hard in coordination with various aviation stakeholders and the local authorities to implement heightened security measures and protocols that meet the requirements of the US Department of Homeland Security’s new security guidelines for all US bound flights.”

“We would like to express our gratitude to the US and local authorities for their support and thank our customers for their understanding and patience during the last few months when the ban was in place.”

 Turkish Airlines’ website has been updated: “If you are travelling to US from İstanbul Atatürk Airport , you can carry your all electronic devices on board.”

The statement comes three day after Etihad Airways’ announcement that US-bound passengers can now carry their electronic devices on-board flights from Abu Dhabi.

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Emirates offering discounted seats to Europe and South America

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Emirates is offering discounted seats on a number of its Hong Kong to Europe services along with those to Dubai, Sao Paolo and Bangkok.

The promotion is running until July 3, with travel to Europe starting June 2, to Dubai and Bangkok starting July 7, and Sao Paulo starting September 10 this year. All travel has to be completed before January 31 next year.

Prices for return tickets start at HK$980 (US$125) for economy class and HK$3,490 (US$448) for business class between Hong Kong and Bangkok, while the most expensive – return economy fares from Hong Kong to Sao Paulo – start at HK$11,690 (US$1,500), with business class beginning at HK$45,790 (US$5,870).

European destinations included in the promotion include Barcelona, Lisbon, London, Milan, Oslo, Paris, and the airline’s most recently added destination, Zagreb.

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China bars Emirates from adding new routes following safety violations

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Emirates has been barred from adding new destinations and aircraft in China for six months and fined 29,000 yuan (US$4,270), following a decision by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to penalise the airline over two recent safety incidents.

These relate to an occurrence on April 17, when an aircraft flew at an incorrect altitude over Urumqi in Xinjiang, as well as an incident on May 18 when another aircraft fell out of communication with air traffic control while flying in the area.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the airline said: “Emirates will never compromise on the safety of our passengers and crew. Safety is our number one priority at all times. Emirates fully complies with the CAAC’s requirements on all our flight operations in China. Regarding the specific incidents on April 17, 2017 and on May 18, 2017, Emirates will cooperate fully with the CAAC and complete all actions recommended by the authority.”

It is unclear whether the ban on adding new aircraft will affect Emirates’ planned upgrades of its Beijing and Shanghai operations to all-A380 services, which were scheduled to take effect starting July 1 this year. Business Traveller Asia-Pacific has reached out to Emirates for comment.

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Emirates to offer all-A380 service to Beijing

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Following the recent announcement that Shanghai is to be served solely by an A380 service, Emirates has confirmed the same will apply to Beijing.

The all-A380 service to Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) will start from July 1, when the second daily flights EK308 and EK309 are switched from B777-300ER operations.

Flight times remain unchanged, with EK308 departing Dubai at 1100 and arriving in Beijing at 2220. The return service EK309 departs PEK at 0725, landing back in the UAE at 1150.

Deploying the 519-seat A380 will increase capacity on the route and support the growing volume of business and leisure travel between the two countries.

In 2016, Dubai welcomed 540,000 Chinese tourists, an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year. This is set to grow further, with the UAE officially announcing free visa-on-arrival policy for Chinese citizens in November 2016.

Adam Li, vice president, China, Emirates, said: “Emirates is committed to supporting China’s economic, trade and connectivity ambitions as it looks to connect the world through the Belt and Road Initiative. Emirates is honoured to deploy all-A380 services to Beijing and Shanghai.”

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Emirates to go all-A380 to Shanghai

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks when it comes to Middle-Eastern airlines shifting their A380s around, with more than a few notable routes slated to become served solely by the double-decker aircraft in the near future. Now, Emirates has added another destination to this list with its twice-daily Dubai-Shanghai service looking as though it too will become an all-A380 double-daily service this summer.

Starting July 1, the carrier’s EK304 and EK305 flights will be served by an A380 instead of the current B777-300ER, according to Emirates’ current schedule. Flights EK302 and EK303 are already operated by the aircraft.

Emirates configures its A380 with 489 seats, including 14 private first class suites, 76 fully flat business class seats and 399 economy seats. First and business class passengers can also have access to the Onboard Lounge on the upper deck– which Emirates announced earlier this year that it would be revamping.

This development comes after news that the carrier is expected to make its Melbourne service an all-A380 route also, aimed at complementing Qantas’s upcoming Melbourne-Perth-London “Kangaroo Route”, which is launching in March. The Australian airline is set to drop its own Melbourne-Dubai-London flights as part of the new route launch, but will continue to offer codeshare services on Emirates’ flights between the cities.

Meanwhile in related news, fellow Middle-Eastern carrier Etihad is expected to make its Abu Dhabi-Sydney service an all-A380 double-daily service starting this October, after removing the aircraft from its Melbourne route.

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Emirates’ Brisbane service to go three times daily

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Emirates’ Australia services look set to continue expanding following the confirmation of a third daily flight being added to its Dubai-Brisbane route starting December 1.

The move follows Emirates’ announcement late last month that it would be replacing the B777-300ER on its Dubai-Melbourne route with its high-capacity A380 next March, turning the route into an all-A380 service.

The new non-stop EK430/EK431 flights will join the route’s own existing A380 service – also non-stop – along with a direct B777-300ER service that stops through Singapore. Emirates will be operating the third daily route using its B777-200LR – the smallest of the three in terms of overall capacity, being laid out in a 266-seat, three-class set up with eight first, 42 business and 216 economy seats.

“More and more international travellers are choosing Brisbane as their main port of entry into Australia and Emirates’ third daily flight will certainly help meet the increased demand created by this influx,” said Brisbane Airport Corporation managing director, Julieanna Alroe.

“Importantly, three times daily direct flights will help further stimulate international travel between Queensland and Dubai Airport, a global hub which holds the title of being the busiest airport in the world, welcoming more than 83 million passengers last year.

The route changes come as Emirates weathers what it described as “a turbulent year for aviation and travel”, reporting a 70 per cent drop in profits in its recent annual report.

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Emirates’ Melbourne service to go all A380

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Emirates’ Dubai-Melbourne route is set to go all A380 next Spring when the airline will replace flight EK408/EK409’s B777-300ER with the higher-capacity Airbus.

The upgrade to the A380 is planned to come into effect from March 25, 2018 at which point the route will gain an additional 945 seats per week. The upgrade is set to complement Qantas’ upcoming Melbourne-Perth-London “Kangaroo Route” – set to launch on March 24 and for which tickets went on sale on Thursday – in providing a greater number of options between Australia and Europe.

Travellers on Emirates’ Melbourne upgraded route will also be able to have “A380 to A380” connections with 18 other destinations in the UK and Europe from Dubai – good news for fans of the aircraft.

Emirates configures its A380 with 489 seats, including 14 private first class suites, 76 fully flat business class seats and 399 economy seats. First and business class passengers can also have access to the Onboard Lounge on the upper deck – which Emirates announced earlier this year that it would be revamping.

Emirates’ announcement comes as fellow Middle-Eastern carrier Etihad looks to remove the aircraft from its own services to Melbourne from Abu Dhabi starting this October, and instead making its twice-daily Sydney service all A380.

According to routesonline.com, Etihad’s winter schedule from October 29 will see a capacity drop of nearly 200 seats on its Abu Dhabi-Melbourne service when it downgrades both of its Melbourne flights to smaller aircraft.

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Emirates launches Hong Kong to Europe promotion

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Emirates has launched a new promotion for travellers flying from Hong Kong to Europe, as the Dubai-based airline prepares to launch daily flights to its latest destination, Zagreb in Croatia, on June 1.

The promotion runs until May 5 for flights from May to November, 2017 and includes a total of ten destinations, including the new Zagreb route. Also included in the promotion are Budapest, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Prague, Rome and Vienna. 

Prices start at HK$4,170 (US$536) for a return economy class ticket and HK$20,960 (US$2,696) for a return business class ticket.

Emirates flies four times daily from Hong Kong to Dubai, including 21 weekly Airbus A380 flights.

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Market demand is catching up with Emirates say US airlines

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By Bob Curley

 

A coalition of U.S. airlines is scorning as “laughable” the announcement by Emirates Airline (https://www.emirates.com/) that it is cutting back on its flights to the United States (https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2017/04/19/emirates-cut-us-frequencies/) due to reduced demand by travellers.

 

A coalition of U.S. airlines is scorning as “laughable” the announcement by Emirates Airline (https://www.emirates.com/) that it is cutting back on its flights to the United States due to reduced demand by travellers.

 

Citing a variety of Trump Administration policies that have negatively impacted U.S. bound travel, Emirates announced that it would reduce flights to five of the 12 U.S. cities it currently serves. “Over the past three months, we have seen a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our U.S routes, across all travel segments,” Emirates said in a statement. “The recent actions taken by the U.S. government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting, and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins, have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the U.S.”

 

However, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies (http://www.openandfairskies.com/), a coalition led by three major U.S. airlines and unions representing airline employees that has been critical of government-subsidized rivals like Emirates, dismissed the idea that the airline was making the change on the basis of profitability.

 

“The fact is, market demand has never played a role when the Gulf carriers decide where to fly. It is well known that the Gulf carriers, including Emirates, lose money on most of their flights to the United States and are propped up by billions of dollars in government cash,” said Partnership spokesperson Jill Zuckman. “Their business model is based on growing their networks without regard to profitability in order to serve their governments’ goals to dominate global aviation. A perfect example is Emirates’ most recent route between Athens, Greece and Newark, N.J., a money-losing flight that is only possible because of government subsidies.”

 

The reduction in service, announced April 19, 2017, would take effect next month and will result in fewer flights to Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Seattle, Boston, and Los Angeles.

Emirates denies criminal problems with its UK chauffeur car company

Emirates denies criminal problems with its UK chauffeur car company

Reports in The Times newspaper allege that the car company used for business and first class passengers was responsible for tampering with odometers on cars.

Reports in the Times newspaper today suggest that the chauffeur drive company used by Emirates airlines has criminal links.

The report which can be read here https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/emirates-airline-uses-company-run-by-criminals-to-drive-vips-rwdkwg0km

(subscription required) involves Professional Chauffeur Services (PCS) which provides chauffeur drive for Emirates passengers.

PCS is run by John Murphy. The Times says that Earlier this year Murphy and three employees “were convicted of fraud for “clocking” cars on an industrial scale and now face custodial sentences. Murphy and his accomplices wiped at least seven million miles off the odometers of about 100 cars used to transport Emirates passengers.” The gang did this in order to sell the cars at inflated prices “or return them to lease hire companies without paying penalties for extra mileage”.

Details of the case can be read in the Liverpool Echo here

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/five-men-convicted-75-million-12631385

Business Traveller has contacted Emirates for a statement but none has been forthcoming.

In a statement provided to the Times, Emirates said

“All vehicles used for the Emirates Chauffeur-drive service must respect local regulations, meet our high-quality standards, and be less than two years old. Should PCS fail to meet these requirements, Emirates will take the necessary steps to rectify the situation. The safety of our passengers is paramount and will not be compromised.”