Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Latest EK news

Nov. 18, 2009

  • An A340-541 with registration A6-ERG is to be re-delivered to Emirates after 4-5 months of repair. Earlier this year, the aircraft suffered from a tailstrike during the takeoff run. It wiped out some runway lights, Instrument Landing Antennae and just cleared the boundary fence. After takeoff, it circled Port Phillip Bay to dump fuel (necessary for emergency landing) while the cabin was filling with smoke. It landed safely with its 225 people on board.
Here is the picture of the a/c, fresh from Tolouse (TLS)

  • Emirates could use an additional 20 A380s on top of its existing order for 58 aircraft and is looking to take over delivery slots other carriers have abandoned for other jets. Emirates needs larger planes because DXB's runway system has limited capacity. The airline is looking into picking up delivery freed up by other airlines for Boeing 773ERs and changing its Airbus A350XWB order to focus more on the larger A350-1000, rather than the 900 series.
  • The Al Maktoum International will be used by international carriers. EK operations remains at DXB. It is said to be 10x larger than DXB. With 6 runways, it can land 4 aircraft simultaneously. DWC and DXB will be connected via high speed railway system and via Dubai Metro. The airport will be operational in 6-8 years.
  • Emirates CEO Tim Clark told that the carrier is increasing its global network in the future which EU will play an important role. MAD (Madrid) and CPH (Copenhagen) are under evaluation. TXL and STR traffic rights are still to materialze since they haven't been granted yet by the German Government.

Nov. 19, 2009

  • Berlin forces up Emirates' business fare
click the links for the article.

Nov 23, 2009

  • Emirates Airlines has announced plans to launch its second destination in Japan with its flight to the country's capital Tokyo that will begin on March 28, 2010. Emirates will fly non-stop five times weekly on every day of the week except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
EK318 will depart DXB 02:50 and arrives in NRT 17:55. the return flight will be as,
EK319 will depart NRT 21:40 and arrives in DXB 04:35 the following day.

This will be EKs 102nd destination.

Monday, November 23, 2009

One step at a time

For the past months, a lot of things happened to me. with that, I learned that we shouldn't rush things. If it is meant for you, it will be yours at the right time. Take one step at a time, start small and slowly climb your way up. There's nothing wrong in aiming high but make sure you don't expect too much. And if you fail, stand up and try again. Sometimes disappointments can help you mold yourself into perfection. Remember that great things in life happens unexpectedly, unplanned and unintended. We don't always get what we want in life and there are times that we have to sacrifice for our goals. Trust yourself that you will be what you ever dreamed of becoming to be.

A friend of mine had her disappointment when she got rejected for employment for NAS Air. She gave up Cebu Pacific, even though she already got the job, for NAS because its a much bigger opportunity for her. That didn't stop her from applying again for other airlines. When she applied for Emirates and Qatar, she got in. Seemed to me like she hit a pot of gold and blessings are really pouring on her. Now, she is just waiting for her DOJ (Date of Joining) for Emirates. Her story is quite similar to the movie "A View from the Top" that's why I always say to her that she is my Donna Jansen. FWB (click on the link for her blogs)

The point is, if you truly want something, never give up and take all the opportunities that comes knocking on your door. We will never know when will our time will be.

As for me, I will be venturing (for now) a similar job but on the ground. I will be applying as a Ground Attendant before going back for FA positions. After I got enough experience and I am more confident than ever, I will be back for Emirates. I have to admit that making a choice between being an FA and not an FA is really hard but I just have to. I wouldn't just quit on something I strongly believe is for me. Starting small.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

QR flight expansion for summer 2010

Qatar Airways has officially revealed major expansion plans for its long haul and medium haul route network which will come into effect from the on set of the IATA Summer 2010 season i.e. March 28th. The main highlights are as follows:

ISB - capacity increased from 5 weekly A 330s to 4 weekly B 77Ws + weekly A 333. The flights operated by the B 77W will be a same plane service to IAD via DOH.

ATQ - frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily flights
using an A 320.

HKG - capacity increased from daily A 332 to daily B 77W from May 1st.

KHI - capacity increased from daily A 320 to 6 weekly A 321 + weekly A 333.

CMB - frequencies increased from double to triple daily nonstop flights using an A 320

KTM - frequencies increased from double to triple daily nonstop flights using an A 320.

LHE - capacity increased to 3 weekly A 333s + weekly A 321.

MAA - capacity increased from daily A 321 to 3 weekly A 333s + weekly A 332 + 3 weekly A 321.

BLR - new daily flights using an A 320 to be announced shortly.

FCO - frequencies increased from 4 weekly to daily flights using an A 332.

CAI - capacity increased from daily A 333 to 5 weekly B 77Ws + 2 weekly A 333s.

CEB - capacity increased from 3 weekly A 333s to 3 weekly B 77Ws.

DEL - capacity increased from daily B 77L to 6 weekly A 332s + weekly A 333.

BOM - capacity reduced from daily B 77W to weekly A 346 + weekly A 332 + 5 weekly A 333s.

JNB - capacity increased from daily A 332 to daily B 77W.

LOS - capacity increased from daily A 332s to daily A 346s.

MNL - capacity increased to daily A 333 + daily B 77W.

AMM - frequencies increased from daily to 12 weekly flights using an A 320.

KWI - frequencies increased from 4 to 5 times daily.

SAH - frequencies increased from 4 weekly to 11 weekly flights using an A 320.

CPT - capacity increased from 4 weekly A 332 to 4 weekly B 77Ws.

info from :

Thursday, November 12, 2009

EK continues to grow...

Emirates may look to buy more planes from Airbus and Boeing despite the recession that has prompted many other carriers to cancel and delay contracts.

Airline president Tim Clark said the current fleet was operating “flat out” and existing orders have been allocated to new services, prompting the Dubai- based company to assess the ability of Airbus and Boeing to source extra planes.

“We’re sounding out who’s got more just in case we decide to go ahead,” Clark said in an interview with newswire Bloomberg. “The fleet order we have in place is probably not as big as it needs to be.”

Emirates posts 165% rise in H1 profit

Dubai-based airline Emirates on Thursday said that first half profit more than doubled, boosted by passenger traffic gains and cost cutting.

The largest Arab airline said that net profit rose 165 percent to AED752m ($205m) in the six months ending September 30, from AED284m ($77m) in the year earlier period.

But revenue declined 13.5 percent to AED19.8bn ($5.4bn) in the period, and the company said it could take one to two years before demand for air transport picks up.

Friday, November 6, 2009

EK to increase flight to Asia Pacific region by 13%

Emirates Airlines will increase its seat load by 13 per cent for the Asia Pacific region in the next two months, as it adds more flights in expected demand growth.

Starting December 2009, Emirates will introduce a fourth daily service to Bangkok, a third daily service to Sydney, two additional flights to Manila and one additional service to Jakarta.

Between December 2009 and January 2010, 17 flights per week will be added. Post increase, the airline’s operation in Asia Pacific will escalate to 187 flights per week.

I think this is the main reason why Emirates is hiring cabin crews like crazy.

Existing flights that service MNL are EK332 and EK334 both by 77W which arrives in MNL at 1545 and 2230 respectively. Post expansion, operations will increase from 12 to 14 times weekly or a double daily service on every day of the week.

plus their new destination: LAD, three times weekly and increased flights to MRU, SEZ, MLE

MNL- Manila, Philippines
BKK- Bangkok, Thailand
CGK- Jakarta, Indonesia
SYD- Sydney, Australia
LAD- Luanda, Angola
MRU- Mauritius, Mauritius
SEZ- Mahe Island, Seychelles
MLE- Male, Maldives

Monday, November 2, 2009

Goodbye for a while

It's so sad that I have to say goodbye to my dreams for a while starting today. I just found out that I have failed one subject on my course. I really don't know what to feel right now, I'm just really dumbfounded. I don't know when will I be able to pick up my momentum and be excited as I was on being a cabin crew again.