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Emirates boosts A380 fleet with US$ 16 billion deal

Emirates announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. The airline’s A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines and is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order.

The additional Airbus A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards. Together with the airline’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft, worth over US$ 60 billion.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: “This deal reflects Emirates’ confidence in shaping the future, and its commitment to advancing Dubai’s vision to grow further as a world-class destination and aviation hub.”

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “Some of the new A380s we’ve just ordered will be used as fleet replacements. This order will provide stability to the A380 production line. We will continue to work closely with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and on-board product.”

The airline Group is by far the largest Airbus A380 operator with 101 A380s in service today.

Royal welcome for Ghana delegation

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group welcomed a VIP delegation from Ghana.

His Highness was joined by Adnan Kazim, DSVP strategic planning, RO and aeropolitical affairs, Emirates and Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ SVP, commercial (Africa) who met with Ghanaian Minister Hon Cecilia Abena Dapaah, minister for aviation, together with a number of high-ranking officials.

The airline started flights to Accra in Ghana on 2 January 2004 via Lagos, Nigeria with A330-200 aircraft. Accra became a non-stop destination on 1 January 2006. An extension to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire was added in February 2006 from four of the seven weekly frequencies between Dubai and Accra. The route eventually moved to a daily operation with an extension to Abidjan on 1 May 2010. Today the route is served by a daily scheduled Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration.

Emirates Group Security to host AVSEC Global Symposium

Emirates Group Security will bring together global experts in aviation security for a three day symposium on aviation security in Dubai.

The third edition of the of the AVSEC Global symposium is scheduled to take place from 8 – 10 October 2017 with an apt theme – ‘Ahead of Tomorrow’.

The global symposium will focus on initiatives and technologies that will drive aviation security in the future. Attendees will include some prominent industry leaders in global security to discuss critical security challenges of the future including Sir Tim Clark, president Emirates airline, Khoo Boon Hui, former president of Interpol, Sachi Wimmer, executive director, office of transport security, Australian Government and Christine Negroni, author and journalist specialising in aviation.

The conference will be inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group.