Emirates to resume services to London Heathrow and Paris

Emirates has said that its A380 aircraft will begin serving travellers on flights to London Heathrow and Paris, starting from July 15.

This follows the announcement earlier in the week that Dubai will re-open to business and leisure visitors from July 7, with new air travel protocols that facilitate travel for UAE citizens, residents and tourists.

Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ chief operating officer, said: ‘The A380 remains a popular aircraft amongst our customers and it offers many unique on-board features. We are delighted to bring it back into the skies to serve our customers on flights to London and Paris from 15 July, and we are looking forward to gradually introduce our A380 into more destinations according to the travel demand on specific destinations. The Emirates A380 experience remains unique in the industry, and even though we’ve modified services onboard for the health and safety of our crew and customers, we are confident that our customers would welcome flying again in this quiet, comfortable aircraft.’

In addition, Emirates has announced that it will commence flights for travellers to Dhaka from June24, and Munich from July 15. Flights to Dhaka and Munich will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and can be booked on emirates.com or via travel agents.

Emirates currently offers flights to over 40 cities, with connections through its Dubai hub for customers travelling between the Asia Pacific, the Gulf, Europe and the Americas.

Emirates has implemented a set of measures to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers. More information on these measures and the services available on each flight is available at: www.emirates.com/yoursafety.

Customers are further reminded that due to travel restrictions, travellers will only be accepted on flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. Visitors to Dubai should hold an international health insurance policy covering illness from Covid-19 for the duration of their stay. More information is available at www.emirates.com.

Emirates commences new Dubai-Edinburgh service

Emirates has said that it has commenced its new service between Dubai and Edinburgh on October 1.

The new Edinburgh route, which was originally announced as a daily service, will now be operated five-times weekly, and will revert to a daily service by next June. The new service is operated on the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER.

Edinburgh is Emirates’ second destination in Scotland and the eighth in the United Kingdom. Other destinations which Emirates serves in the UK, include London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Glasgow.

‘Today’s flight marks the start of greater connectivity and more convenience for leisure and business travellers from the wider Edinburgh area and locations further afield, such as Aberdeen and Dundee, to destinations across Emirates’ global network via Dubai. While for inbound travellers, particularly from cities in Asia and Australia, there is now a direct flight option to Scotland’s most visited city by tourists,’ said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West. ‘In addition to tourism, the new flight will also directly connect Edinburgh to new opportunities for business, trade and education across our network.’

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘This is a great day for Scotland and Edinburgh. We know the power of connectivity – the more we can connect with cities and countries across the globe, the more opportunity for passengers. It makes our country stronger and culturally richer.

‘Our partnership with a world class brand like Emirates strengthens and grows our country’s connectivity and we look forward to working with them to the benefit of passengers across the world. We’ve built our success on making Edinburgh where Scotland meets the world and today’s flight see us take a major step on that journey.’

The Boeing 777 deployed on the new Edinburgh route has a three-class cabin configuration, with eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 seats in Economy Class.

Emirates to launch London Stansted service from June 2018

Dubai-based Emirates has recently announced plans to launch a new daily route from Dubai to London Stansted, starting June 8, 2018.

The outbound flight will depart Dubai at 09:30 hours, and will arrive in London Stansted at 14:10 hours. On its return, the flight will depart London Stansted at 21:10 hours and arrive in Dubai at 07:05 hours the following day.

The daily service will be operated by the airline’s new three-class Boeing 777-300 ER, offering customers six seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 306 in Economy Class. The aircraft features fully enclosed private suites in First Class, as well as refreshed Business and Economy Class cabins.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates, said: The introduction of the new London Stansted-Dubai service underscores our commitment to serve London, with operations soon to three different airports in the city. There is a clear demand for this service from both business and leisure travellers and we anticipate that this news will be warmly received both across our global network, as well as by the business community based in the Stansted catchment area. We look forward to facilitating even more tourism and commerce opportunities to and from London with these new air transport links, and to providing our customers with the award-winning Emirates experience.’

Ken O’Toole, London Stansted’s Chief Executive, added: ‘We’re delighted that Emirates has recognised the strength of London Stansted’s catchment and the opportunity that our available runway capacity gives them to continue growing in the South East of England over the next decade.

‘At this crucial time, the new Emirates services will provide an important boost to the UK economy by strengthening international connectivity and offering greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling to long haul destinations. London Stansted has seen significant capital investment and growth since its acquisition by MAG in 2013 and we’re looking forward to working with Emirates as we move forward with the next phase of development of the airport and its network of destinations.’

With the new London Stansted daily service, Emirates will operate 10 flights daily, connecting Dubai and London. Passengers can also fly to London Heathrow and Gatwick. London Stansted Airport is connected to London via the Stansted Express, which operates a regular daily service to London Liverpool Street Station. The train service allows passengers to reach London city in 47 minutes, where they can connect to regional trains and the London Underground.

Emirates commences second daily A380 service from Birmingham to Dubai

Emirates has said that it has commenced its second daily A380 service to Dubai from Birmingham Airport.

The second daily service comes following increased demand from customers and after nearly two years of its inaugural A380 flight from the city. Emirates’ second flight EK39 departs from Dubai at 07:25 hours and arrives in Birmingham at 11:25 hours. The outbound flight, EK40, departs from Birmingham at 13:30 hours and arrives in Dubai at 00:35 hours the following day.

Laurie Berryman, Emirates Vice President, UK, said: ‘The launch of the second daily A380 service shows our continued commitment to this important route, allowing more passengers travelling from Birmingham to take advantage of our A380 to A380 connectivity via Dubai.

‘Thanks to its strategic position in the Midlands, the route allows both visitors and businesses to travel to Dubai and beyond from the heart of the UK. Now in its seventeenth year, we have seen a pronounced growth in the popularity of our Birmingham service and look forward to a bright future with our twice daily A380 service.’

William Pearson, Aviation Director commented: ‘We are delighted that Emirates has launched a second A380 service from Birmingham to Dubai with this iconic aircraft. Emirates’ hub in Dubai offers connections to 154 destinations, over six continents, giving our region’s travellers global connectivity with an award-winning airline.

‘Having this additional capacity on the lunchtime service to Dubai and onwards ensures flexibility and choice for passengers and also shows the commitment that Emirates has in the Midlands region.’

Since the launch of the first A380 service on March 27, 2016, the airline has flown nearly 500,000 passengers on the aircraft between the two cities. Passengers travelling in Business Class are offered a dedicated lounge at Birmingham Airport as well as Emirates’ Chauffeur-drive service to and from the airport within a 70-mile radius.

Emirates started flying between Birmingham and Dubai on December 18, 2000, operated by a 278-seat Airbus A330. Since then, the airline has carried over 5.2 million passengers between Dubai and Birmingham, the Airport noted.

Emirates announces second daily A380 service from Dubai to Birmingham

Emirates has announced that it will introduce a second daily A380 service between Dubai and Birmingham, starting October 2017.

According to a release by the Birmingham Airport, Flight EK39/40 – currently operated by a Boeing 777 – will now be operated by the Emirates A380, adding to the existing daily A380 already operating on the route.

The addition of the new A380 follows the suspension of one of Emirates’ flights to Birmingham. The world’s largest passenger aircraft, A380 features 615 seats. With the new service, starting October 2017, the airline will operate a twice-daily, all-A380 service to the Midlands.

Emirates’ A380 service reportedly has had high demand from passengers. Since the first A380 service from Dubai to Birmingham commenced on March 27, 2016, over 300,000 passengers have already flown on the aircraft between the two cities.

Emirates’ flight EK39 departs from Dubai at 07:25 hours and arrives in Birmingham at 11:25 hours. The outbound flight, EK40, departs from Birmingham at 13:30 hours and arrives in Dubai at 00:35 hours the following day. Tickets are available to book at www.emirates.com.

The A380 features one of the widest individual in-seat Economy Class screens, measuring in at 13.3 inches and offering over 2,500 channels on the in-flight entertainment system. Similar to the current A380 used on the route, the aircraft will operate in a two class configuration, featuring 58 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 557 seats in Economy Class, as well as Emirates’ Onboard Lounge.

With Emirates offering A380 services to key destinations in the East such as Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Perth, Singapore and Sydney, passengers travelling beyond Dubai have an increased opportunity to fly on the A380 on both legs of their journey. As with the current service, travellers will also have connectivity to Emirates’ network of 31 destinations in the Indian Subcontinent and Africa. In addition, Emirates currently offers new passenger services to places including Cebu and Clark in the Philippines, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou in mainland China, Yangon in Myanmar and Hanoi in Vietnam. On July 1, 2017, Emirates will also start flying daily to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Heathrow Airport welcomes expansion recommendation, opens pop-up boutique for Emiratis

London Heathrow Airport has opened a new pop-up boutique to welcome Emiratis and other Arab passengers travelling through the airport during Eid Al Fitr, 7days has reported.

Jonathan Coen, Retail Director at Heathrow, said: ‘Eid is a special time of year for families and friends. Our team of experts are going to enjoy helping Emirati passengers who are looking for that special something for their loved ones back home, or for a treat for themselves.’

Heathrow’s Personal Shopping service is popular among UAE nationals, accounting for over 25 per cent of the region’s users. The new boutique is located in Terminal 3, the terminal that is used by Emirates. The provisional, purpose-built shop will be manned by Heathrow’s Arabic-speaking Personal Shoppers, who will be on hand to advise Arab visitors on style, fashion and gift items available at Heathrow.

According to 7days, more than 245,030 Emiratis, expats and visitors passed the gates of Heathrow, travelling to and from the UAE around Eid Al Fitr in 2014. The Airport is expecting a significant number of Emirati and other Arab travellers during this Eid also.

Heathrow Airport, which handled a record 6.68 million passengers in June, has welcomed the Airports Commission’s recommendation for an expanded Heathrow, saying the final report found that expansion ‘delivers the greatest competition benefits for passengers’.

Heathrow Airport said: ‘The Commission found that expanding Heathrow would produce more competition in the long-haul market. This would have the greatest and quickest positive impact for passengers because the short-haul market in the UK is already very competitive. Additional capacity at Heathrow would also allow low-cost carriers to build more substantial networks as a large number of new slots become available for the first time in several decades, further driving competition at the UK’s hub.’

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye added: ‘On the first of July, the Airports Commission ended the debate on where a new runway should be built by unanimously recommending Heathrow’s new expansion plan. It’s now a binary choice for the British Government. We either expand Heathrow – creating jobs, growth, a rebalanced economy and lucrative export routes – or we do nothing and retreat as a nation. The answer is obvious, so let’s get on with it.’


Heathrow and Emirates announce loyalty partnership

London Heathrow and Emirates have entered into a new strategic partnership that will offer increased earning and redemption options for customers, Heathrow said in a release.

The new partnership offers increased value and benefits for over 14 million combined members of the two customer loyalty programmes – Heathrow Rewards and Emirates Skywards. Under the scheme, members of the two programmes will be able to convert their miles into points and points into miles.

Heathrow Rewards members can convert their points into Emirates Skywards Miles and put them towards flights, upgrades and other rewards with Emirates’ lifestyle partners. Emirates Skywards members can also now convert their Skywards Miles to Heathrow Rewards points which can be spent on Instant Rewards at stores throughout Heathrow including World Duty Free and Dixons Travel.

As part of the launch of the new partnership, Emirates Skywards members who join Heathrow Rewards via www.emirates.com will benefit from 1,000 bonus Heathrow Rewards points, Heathrow said.

Chris Annetts, director of Commercial Passenger Services at Heathrow, said: ‘We are very proud of the Heathrow Rewards programme. It is incredibly important to reward our loyal customers and encourage new passengers to make the most of everything on offer at Heathrow and we’re delighted to be able to announce this new and unique partnership with Emirates.’

Thierry Antinori, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Emirates Airline, said: ‘This new and exciting partnership further enhances our already broad suite of redemption options for the benefit of our Emirates Skywards members. New strategic partners like Heathrow complement our already extensive product offering. As the UK’s hub airport, where we operate five daily A380 flights, this partnership makes perfect sense for us and for our loyal Emirates Skywards members.’

Heathrow Rewards points can also be redeemed for airport shopping vouchers or used for exclusive discounts on pre-booked Official Heathrow Parking and Heathrow Express train tickets. Both conversions are done in real-time, allowing members of the respective programmes to benefit instantly.


Turkish Airlines, Emirates increase services at Birmingham Airport

Turkish Airlines has announced plans to increase services between Birmingham and Istanbul from ten flights a week to twelve from March 29, 2015, offering more domestic and international connections to passengers from the Midlands.

Selim Ozturk, General Manager for Birmingham, Turkish Airlines said, ‘Outside of London, Birmingham is the UK’s third largest airport, handling more than 9.5 million passengers a year and serving 140 direct destinations worldwide. Over the summer months, these numbers are expected to soar as residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas embark on their summer vacations.

‘In 2014, we saw our passenger numbers increase by 8% from January to December, compared to the same period in 2013. As Istanbul is a hot destination for long weekend breaks and extended summer holidays, Turkish Airlines will be increasing its weekly flight services from Birmingham to Istanbul to twelve per week from March. The new flights will provide additional domestic and international connections to our passengers travelling from Birmingham.

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport, added, ‘Turkish Airlines’ Birmingham operation has gone from strength to strength because it has listened to the market and given customers what they want.

We are therefore very proud to have Turkish Airlines operating from Birmingham and delighted that it is further committing to the region by increasing frequencies to Istanbul and beyond.’

Separately, UAE-based Emirates has announced a third daily service from Birmingham Airport to Dubai, becoming the first airline to offer a direct First Class service to the region.

Starting from Saturday August 1, 2015, Emirates flight EK41 will depart Dubai International Airport at 0235hrs and arrive in Birmingham at 0705hrs. The outbound flight EK42 will depart Birmingham Airport at 0910hrs and arrive in Dubai at 1910hrs. The additional service adds seven more inbound flights a week to Dubai for Birmingham, increasing passenger and cargo capacity on the route by 50 percent.

Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President – Commercial Operations West, said: ‘Dubai has proven to be an increasingly strong market for leisure and business travellers residing in the West Midlands. The additional daily flight to Dubai from Birmingham will give our customers greater flexibility in their travel plans, departing from their local airport. Customers can experience the ease of flying to Dubai and connect seamlessly to other flights on Emirates’ extensive network such as East Asia.

As part of our continued commitment, we’re excited to become the first airline offering First Class to the region.’


Emirates to operate a scheduled A380 service TO London Gatwick

Emirates is set to become the first airline to operate a regular scheduled service to London Gatwick airport aboard the A380, the world’s largest passenger jet.

Emirates will add the 489-seat A380 to one of the three daily round-trip flights that it flies between Dubai and London Gatwick. The two decks of the Emirates A380 will have 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 14 luxury First Class Private Suites.

From March 30, the airline’s 489-seat A380 will replace the Boeing 777-300ER on EK flight 09/10, bringing a 36 percent increase in capacity on one of its three daily flights.

Thierry Antinori, executive vice president of Emirates Airline, said: ‘London Gatwick was our first destination in the UK when we launched our services to the airport in 1987.

‘Our long term strategic partnership with London Gatwick enables us to bring our flagship A380 on a regularly scheduled basis and build on our robust presence at the airport. Our support for London Gatwick’s long-term growth plans is aligned with our global strategy to optimise capacity on our major routes and to offer our passengers with ever more opportunities to fly on our A380s.

‘The A380s are highly popular with our customers because of all travel comforts – thoughtful touches and luxury features – that we have packed into it,’ he added.

Stewart Wingate, chief executive of London Gatwick, said: ‘Scheduled A380 services further demonstrate Gatwick’s emergence as a world-class airport, which now supports routes to established and emerging markets across the globe, and is rapidly becoming London’s airport of choice for both business and leisure passengers.

‘Emirates and Gatwick have worked successfully together for more than 25 years so we are delighted that we will welcome its iconic A380 next year.

‘This news is testament to the strong partnership we have with Emirates and its confidence in Gatwick as a dynamic, ambitious airport, which has vastly improved and enhanced facilities for its airlines and passengers in recent years.’

Emirates launches aviation experience in London

Emirates Airlines has launched an interactive aviation experience under its Air Line cable car in North Greenwich.

‘The Emirates Aviation Experience is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of technological wizardry and gizmos that will give people of all ages a real insight into the wonders of flying,’ said mayor Boris Johnson at the launch. Emirates CEO, Tim Clark, was also present at the occasion.

The highlights of the London event include aircraft simulators and educational displays covering all aspects of aviation, with the main draw being four flight simulators, including two A380 superjumbo cockpits and two B777s. The interactive and educational displays also include:

*A Rolls Royce Trent 800 jet engine partially built in Lego, and a virtual wind tunnel application, where visitors can test the aerodynamics of an aircraft wing and its effect on lift, drag and efficiency.

*A touch-screen game showing the complex elements in the turnaround of an A380, where visitors must beat the clock unloading and reloading passengers, luggage, fuel and food.

*A 3D movie showing a bag’s journey through the complex underground handling system and onto the plane at Dubai airport.

*A replica of Emirates’ A380 economy class seating, with a range of aviation themed videos displayed on the seat back screens.

*A scale mock-up of the A380 cockpit showing what a pilot does in the air, including a photo opportunity in the captain’s seat, which can be shared on social media.

The launch also brought to the fore the ongoing issue of London’s airport capacity. Both Clark and Johnson urged the need to address the capital’s short and long-term aviation capacity issues. ‘It’s a decision that has to be taken very quickly, you’re doing yourselves no favours by dilly-dallying and also contemplating projects that have timelines that possibly won’t do the job in the short term,’ Clark said.

‘The message for the government is, whatever you decide about those runways, get on with it, because Britain really can’t afford to hang around,’ Johnson said, adding, ‘It’s not a matter of engineering, it’s not a matter of money, it’s a question of political will.’

‘I hope very much that members of the cabinet will be the first to take their kids, or come themselves and enjoy this fantastic experience,’ Johnson remarked.

The Emirates Aviation Experience also features a gift shop, cafe and outdoor dining area underneath the Air Line cable car, leading down to the river. Located next to the Greenwich Peninsula terminal of the Emirates Air Line cable car, the event will be open daily from 0800 to 1900 from July 6, and has a capacity of around 120.

For advance online booking, the simulator experience will start from £45 for a 30-minute slot. Entrance to the Emirates Aviation Experience alone will be £3 for adults and £1.50 for children under the age of 12.