Emirates hopes for talks with Airbus on A350 in next few months

British Airways Airbus A350

Dubai’s Emirates hopes to talk to plane maker Airbus in the next few months over possibly buying A350 planes after it unexpectedly cancelled an order for 70 in June, the airline’s president Tim Clark said on Thursday. The cancellation of the wide-body planes was a blow for Airbus and Clark acknowledged he was not “flavour […]

Gulf carriers’ business model sustainable for decades: Boeing

Qatar Airways Boeing 787

The Gulf airlines, predominantly Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have played off their geographical location to establish themselves as some of the most influential airlines in the world. “The business model is obviously successful today; the UAE have essentially become the Hong Kong of this century,” McNerney said in Abu Dhabi. Hong Kong, utilising […]

Boeing CEO Says Gulf-Carrier Hub Model Will Survive for Decades


Boeing Co. Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said the long-haul hub model that’s helped Gulf airlines become some of the biggest in the world will persist for years, forcing rival carriers to develop new strategies. “Given the technology I see available, which is the size and range of airplanes, I think that this business model […]

Airlines That Still Give Free Perks – Top Ten

Turkish Delight

Surprise! We lost your luggage. Surprise! Your tray table is broken. While it seems like most airline surprises end in disappointment, a few bold airlines are delighting passengers every day with pleasing perks to make flying just a little better. Some—like traditional sweets on Turkish Airlines and lounge access on Porter Airlines—are available regardless of […]

Boeing and Emirates Airline Celebrate Delivery of 100th 777-300ER


Boeing and Emirates Airline are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s 100th 777-300ER (Extended Range), marking another milestone in a partnership that began over two decades ago when the Dubai-based airline ordered its first 777. With this delivery, Emirates will have 142 777s in operation and is the only airline in the world to operate […]

What Emirates’ A350 Order Cancellation Means for Boeing and Airbus

Emirates Boeing Fleet

Airbus suffered a huge setback when its most-prized customer, Emirates , cancelled a multibillion-dollar deal for 70 A350-XWBs in June. What rubbed salt into the wound was that a month later, the Gulf carrier confirmed the order for 150 Boeing 777Xs. This has raised several questions regarding the relationship Emirates shares with the aviation majors. […]

Emirates in Market for up to 70 Airbus A380Neos

Emirates Airline’s fleet of Airbus A380s is sure to get bigger, but its next order for the Super Jumbo could be for an upgraded version of the aircraft should Airbus proceed with the development of the re-engined A380neo project to follow its A320neo and A330neo programmes. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Route Development […]

Emirates Air Planning Expansion on U.S. Rivals’ Home Turf

Emirates Airlines flight attendants serv

Emirates Airline, the largest international carrier, is planning an expansion that would make the U.S. market one of its three largest sources of revenue, said Tim Clark, president of the Dubai-based carrier. Although the U.S. now drives just 7 percent of Emirates’ sales, the region is “hugely important” to the carrier, Clark told the World […]