Feb 03 -  09, 2003 



Emirates, the award-winning Dubai-based international airline, has unveiled massive new expansion plans.This year it will add a record 11 new aircraft to its fleet and increase seating capacity by 25%, allowing it to start four new routes, add more flights on many current routes and launch radically new inflight services and products.Daily nonstop Emirates flights from Dubai to Sydney start from 26th October with the first deliveries of a brand new aircraft, the ultra long-range Airbus A340-500.



This will cut travel time to Australia's major city considerably, not only from the UAE but from gateways in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

That same day, 26th October, Emirates will launch daily wide-bodied Boeing 777-300 services to Brisbane via Singapore, giving it its fourth Australian route after Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chairman of Emirates, said it plans to start services to Moscow from 1st July, to Shanghai from 2nd August and to Lagos (subject to government approval) from 1st December.

And next year it will take the final giant step forward in its global expansion by launching services to North America. Airbus A340-500s will start non-stop flights to New York from April 1st, 2004 and to San Francisco from summer 2004.

From this autumn, the first A340-500s will also serve Osaka, Japan four times a week and will allow Emirates to serve London Gatwick three times a day.

For the past three years Emirates has worked on a secret project to develop revolutionary new First Class seats. Details are only now starting to emerge, but they "will re-benchmark industry standards," appearing on Emirates' A340-500s from September.

Business Class seats on these aircraft will also be greatly improved, and inflight entertainment in every cabin on the A340-500 will undergo a major upgrade, in Economy as well as in First and Business Class.

Customers will be entertained with a sophisticated Video On Demand system with a choice of 150 films and 100 audio channels, with more details due to be revealed soon.

In a total revision of its current timetable, Emirates will start double daily services from Dubai to Munich from 31st March, to Tehran from 1st May, to Manchester from 1st June, to Muscat from 1st July, and to Hong Kong from 26th October.

Among many other frequency increases are three extra flights to Nairobi, Kenya from 30th March, bringing the total to 10 a week and rising to double-daily by 1st July. Many other destinations will also enjoy extra flights.

Sheikh Ahmed said: "Today's news is merely the first stage of a major make-over for the entire airline to ensure we keep our customers coming back to us again and again.

"We will have a fleet of 56 aircraft by 31st March 2004, a dedicated Emirates terminal at Dubai International Airport opens in 2005 and the first of our 22 double-decker A380s arrives in 2006. We have won more than 200 major awards — and are resolved to win many more."

Emirates, founded as recently as 1985, has grown at an unprecedented rate, and is now among the world's six most profitable and 20 largest international airlines.




Mr Khursheed Zaman, Senior Executive, Aviation Department, became the recipient of 2nd PSO Managing Director's Performance Award. Mr Tariq Kirmani, the Managing Director, handed over the award to Mr Zaman in a ceremony at PSO House, which was attended by a large number of company employees.

Speaking on the occasion, the Managing Director told the audience that the award was a recognition of "talent" and "going beyond the call of duty". He said it was heartening to know that there were lots of other aspirants for the award who had also put in hard work. "They would be considered next time," he said. Mr Kirmani added that in the future also, selection would remain transparent and the process would be handled professionally.

The Managing Director said that PSO was lucky as it had a good workforce, both management and non-management. He said the employees had performed well, something that was amply clear by the results. "The good performance is not confined to only one department but all of you have improved," he said. "You get results when you work as a team."

Appreciating the efforts put in by the Finance and Information Systems, Mr Kirmani said it was remarkable that the management had finalized the six-monthly accounts in only 23 days. He said that because of the SAP agreement that PSO had signed with Siemens last week, the compilation of result would become much quicker. "Through ERP, we will start getting information on real time basis," he said.

Mr Kirmani said that human resource was the real asset of the company. "We have outstanding old and new employees and with the combination of both we have produced excellent results," he said. Highlighting the development of HR, Mr Kirmani said that more investments would be made in HR and there would be continuity in the process. "We will develop career path for our employees and provide them wide spectrum training," he promised.

The Managing Director also mentioned the importance of job rotation. He said that transfers started from general managers and the process moved down. "The intent is to expose people to different departments and make them even more effective managers," he said.  

Mr Kirmani said that the government and competitors both recognized the remarkable results produced by the company. He said the six-monthly interim dividend announced by PSO was the highest ever. Also, the selection of the company by the Wharton Business School for case study spoke volumes about the company.

Earlier, General Manager Human Resource and Services, Mr Jalees Siddiqi, said a significant number of nominations had been received, a fact that showed that the spirit was there at levels. He hoped that the next person would be nominated from the non-management.

Others who were awarded commendation letters were General Manager (Legal Affairs) Abrar Bokhari, Senior Manager (Security Services) Colonel Anwar Saeed, Senior Manager Operations S M Haroon, Senior Manager HSE Shahzad Manzoor, Senior Manager Product Supply Dr S NA Zaidi, Manager Corporate Affairs, S M Taha, Manager Finance Iftikhar Ahmed, Acting Divisional Manager, Retail, Rawalpindi, Asif Aslam Khan and Manager Can Manufacturing Unit, Korangi, Tariq Jamal.  


A pompous shield/certificate distribution ceremony was held at BIZTEK — Institute of Business & Technology. It was honored by Mr. Muhammad Adil Siddiqui Minister for Labour Transport, Industries and Commerce, Mr. Arbab Rahim, Minister for Works and Services, Government of Sindh and Madam Raheela Tiwana, Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly. They gave away shields and certificates to the high achieving students faculty and staff members. The speakers highlighted the importance of holding extra co­-curricular activities in the educational institutions and expressed their concern for the student's community. They even assured to extend their maximum cooperation and assistance to provide possible support for the placement of the capable and deserving students in the job market.

They even emphasized that important purpose of educational process is to assist students in their general developmental growth. In today's world knowledge based personalities seem to play a vital role for the success of students in their practical lives. The main objective of co‑curricular and extra curricular activities in higher educational institutions is to provide opportunities for all rounded personality development. They appreciated the facilities of curricular as well as extra curricular available at the campus of BIZTEK.



They also visited the campus and were extremely impressed by the grandiose infrastructure facilities. They all hoped and wished that BIZTEK will become a model academic institute of higher learning. The ceremony came into an end with the high hopes of foreseeing the prosperity and growth of private educational sector in Pakistan to shoulder the responsibilities of the Government in imparting quality and need based education.