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.
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
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."
as recently as 1985, has grown at an unprecedented rate, and is now
among the world's six most profitable and 20 largest international
ZAMAN WINS PSO MANAGING DIRECTOR'S PERFORMANCE AWARD
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
CERTIFICATE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY AT BIZTEK
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
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