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Emirates A380 fleet to ‘fly better’ well into the next decade

Emirates and Gulf Air Launch Codeshare Partnership

Emirates, the biggest A380 operator and the biggest international airline in the world is increasing its investments to maximize fleet performance and dependability of its double-decker fleet well into the next decade.


The A380 stands as an iconic aircraft, much like the Boeing 747, and has garnered widespread interest, with passengers expressing a strong desire to experience a journey on this colossal plane. Recognizing the enduring appeal and passion for aviation, airlines have made the strategic decision to continue operating these aircraft for another decade.

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Emirates to set up Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) centers

However, maintaining the A380 poses a significant challenge, as the costs associated with upkeep are double what they were during the production phase. The discontinuation of A380 production by Airbus has further complicated matters, making the timely availability of parts a more formidable task.

Airlines are actively addressing this challenge by prioritizing the procurement of essential components and establishing dedicated Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) centers, such as the one in Dubai. This proactive approach ensures not only the seamless maintenance of existing A380 fleets but also signals potential facilities for other airlines operating A380s in the future.

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Emirates has signed agreements worth over USD $1.5 billion

In order to offer superior aviation aftermarket and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) services, the airline has signed agreements worth over USD $1.5 billion with an expanded network of providers and partners on the fringes of the Dubai Airshow.

Emirates will make extensive use of the skills and resources of its partners, which include Honeywell, Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Safran, Lufthansa Technik, OEM Services, Gameco, Haeco, and others, in order to maximize the lifespan of its A380 fleet and achieve further operational efficiency gains while maintaining its high standards.

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Partners of Emirates will offer a variety of MRO services, including parts provisioning, component repairs, and technical assistance.

As part of the airline’s ongoing commitment to quality, the work will ensure that customers can continue to enjoy its signature onboard products and services for many years to come. The airline is working on the largest known retrofit program in the industry, valued at USD $2 billion, in addition to maintaining its A380 fleet.

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This program is expected to improve the onboard experience even more. Emirates currently operates close to 90 A380s, with more slated to enter active service in the coming months.

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IndiGo beats Southwest Airlines to Become world’s largest airline by market cap

Malaysia Airlines And IndiGo Sign MoU To Boost Tourism

India’s aviation giant, IndiGo, has soared to new heights, surpassing the renowned US-based Southwest Airlines to claim the title of the world’s third most valuable airline, as per Bloomberg data released on Wednesday.

The surge in IndiGo’s market capitalization, fueled by a remarkable 4.73% jump in its share price to Rs 3,806, catapulted its market value to $17.605 billion, edging past Southwest’s $17.333 billion market cap.

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IndiGo’s strategic plans for expansion further solidify its position in the global aviation landscape. With intentions to add 10 new destinations to its network in the fiscal year 2025, the airline anticipates a substantial increase in capacity and passenger growth, aiming for a gross addition of over one aircraft per week during the same period.

Such ambitious endeavors, coupled with a burgeoning demand for travel attributed to tourism and a stable oil price environment, have contributed to the surge in IndiGo’s stock prices. Analysts at InterGlobe Securities attribute indigo partners airlines upward trajectory to several factors, including the operational challenges faced by competitor Vistara and the burgeoning appetite for travel among Indian households.

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The rise in income has elevated air travel to a lifestyle staple, with leisure holidays becoming increasingly prevalent. indigo partners As the holiday season approaches, airports across the nation are bracing for heightened activity, promising sustained momentum for IndiGo in the months ahead.

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Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India Cabin Crew Voices Fabric Issues in new uniforms

Air India’s much-anticipated cabin crew uniforms, designed by renowned fashion icon Manish Malhotra and unveiled with ceremony last December, have encountered a setback.

The airline’s cabin crew, who initially donned the stylish attire on the carrier’s A350 aircraft, have voiced grievances regarding the quality of the fabric. Reports suggest that concerns have arisen over issues such as fast-fading colors, casting a shadow over the otherwise celebrated launch of the new uniforms.

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Despite the initial excitement surrounding their debut, the practicality and durability of the fabric have come under scrutiny. In response to the feedback received from its cabin crew members, Air India is poised to address the fabric-related issues promptly. Sources indicate that the airline is gearing up to commence production for all cabin crew uniforms, ensuring that the concerns raised are duly taken into account.

An Air India spokesperson in a statement to PTI, confirming the forthcoming measures, stated that the production program for over 8,000 cabin crew members will kick off within a week’s time. The spokesperson reassured that steps are being taken to rectify the fabric issues and ensure that the new uniforms meet the expected standards of quality and durability.

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The new uniform will subsequently be distributed to the crew, aligned with the transition of Air India’s flagship A350 to long-haul international service in the coming months,” the spokesperson added.

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British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

British Airways’ Speedbird Pilot Academy opens for new applications

On Tuesday, April 16, 2024, the airline will start the application window for its fully financed Speedbird Pilot Academy cadet programme, which will run for second year. 

This comes after an extraordinary response to its first year intake, where more than 20,000 applications were received for just 100 places. Aiming to level the playing field and remove the previously prohibitive cost barrier of individuals having to pay for their own training, the Speedbird Pilot Academy initiative is part of the airline’s £7 billion investment across the business.

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Simon Cheadle, Director of Flight Operations at British Airways, stated: “We’re quite proud to be able to give more people access to a career in aviation through this programme.”

“We are glad to provide this opportunity to many talented individuals who simply need a little assistance to fulfil their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot. We know this from the tremendous response and high calibre of applications we had in the first year of Speedbird Pilot Academy.

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“Our investment in this programme will help to ensure our future generation of pilots for years to come. We want to continue attracting the best flying talent.” Candidates will be able to apply for up to 100 places on the programme – that will see the approximate £100,000 cost of their training covered entirely by the airline – through the British Airways careers site from April 16, 2024.

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