EMIRATES ALL SET TO EXPAND ITS OPERATIONS

KANWAL SALEEM
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Mar 12 - 18, 20
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Emirates Airlines having headquarters at Dubai is all set to expand and increase its operations to northern parts of the Pakistan.

The country is a prime market to Emirates Airlines and it is working on strengthening its presence here by increasing its flights especially to the northern parts of the country where they don't have daily operations.

Emirates has come a long way in Pakistan, since the airline started its operation in 1985 from Karachi and it is continuously expanding its network. In 2005, Emirates added two additional flights in Karachi and for more the talks are underway with the government in Pakistan.

Emirates Pakistan operation is quite successful, which is reflected from the fact that it carried 450,000 passengers out of Pakistan to its global network. Emirates is committed to Pakistan and appreciated the local concerned authorities in facilitating Emirates in its operations form the country.

About the Pakistan's aviation policy, Emirates official said that it has been very supportive for the airline, which has helped in strengthening our presence in the country.

When asked whether the image problem of the country affected Emirates operation in Pakistan, they said you would see the people of different nationalities in Emirates flights coming to Pakistan and whatever image of the country, it has nothing to do with Emirates.

About the security threats to the environment throughout the world, they said that they have come across many crises like Gulf War, global economic recession, volcanic ash etc but managed it quite well.

They attributed the strategic location of Dubai and introduction of innovative strategies and products without compromising the quality of panacea against the affects of global economic recession. About the future of global aviation industry, they said that passengers traffic and recovery might take some time to what it was some years back but we are looking at the opportunities by focusing on growth areas to remain one of the top airline industry players in the world.

It may be noted that Emirates had started its operations with two leased planes from PIA in 1985 and after 26 years, it has become one of the largest airlines in the world, covering 30,000 miles across the globe.

Emirates has the distinction of only airline, which operates in all six continents from single hub (Dubai).

The Emirates Aviation College was opened in 2007 following to provide dedicated training facility to its staff in a bid to ensure up to standard services according to the expectations of its customer.

The college does not only pay attention to polishing skills of cabin crew but also makes them familiar with different cultures especially Arabic, to give adorable feelings to passengers.

The automated overhead cart transport system is designed to transport meal carts from the vehicle off-loading bay area to the dishwashing area where over two million items of equipment such as cutlery, crockery and glassware are washed everyday.

Meal carts are manually stripped and empty carts are then transported to be washed and sanitized in the cart washing machine. The carts are moved on motorized carriers on a fixed non-moving rail system. Meal trays, oven racks, and standard units are also transported around the facility on the monorail.

Officials said that apart from promoting Pak-UAE trade and relationship Emirates Airline witnessed huge growth of approximately 80 percent in Pakistan during last year.

On October 25, 1985, Emirates flew its first international route to Karachi with just two aircraft Boeing 737 and Airbus 300 B4 both leased from Pakistan International Airlines. Today, Emirates Airlines is touching the horizon of success.

Emirates has evolved into a globally influential travel and tourism conglomerate for their commitment to the highest standards of quality in every aspect of its business.

Emirates fly to over 115 destinations in 67 countries around the world, and its network is expanding constantly. Over 1,000 Emirates flights depart Dubai each week on their way to destinations on six continents.

According to reference records in 2001, Emirates demonstrated its confidence in the industry's future growth by announcing the largest order in aviation history, valued at $15 billion. A staggering 58 new aircraft, a mix of Airbus and Boeing, were to join the rapidly expanding fleet.

Emirates starting February and late-March 2012 (respectively) is increasing operation to Iraq, as well as Pakistan, which sees the airline adding new flights and lifting offering capacity.

Details are as under:

Dubai - Baghdad eff 06 FEB12 Increases from 4 weekly to Daily. New flight on Day 124.

EK941 DXB0755 - 0940BGW 332 D
EK942 BGW1135 - 1455DXB 332 D

Dubai - Islamabad eff 25MAR12 Increases from 7 to 8 weekly. All service operates with 2-class Boeing 777-300ER

EK612 DXB0325 - 0730ISB 77W 145
EK614 DXB2120 - 0125+1ISB 77W x47
EK615 ISB0310 - 0520DXB 77W x15
EK613 ISB0900 - 1110DXB 77W 145

Dubai - Lahore eff 25MAR12 Boeing 777-300ER operation increases to 5 weekly

EK624 DXB0325 - 0730LHE 77W 6
EK622 DXB2150 - 0150+1LHE 77W x256
EK622 DXB2150 - 0150+1LHE 332 256
EK623 LHE0330 - 0540DXB 77W x367
EK623 LHE0330 - 0540DXB 332 367
EK625 LHE0900 - 1110DXB 77W 6