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Emirates full-year profit in challenging environment 

Friday 13 May 2016
By Industry News |

Emirates Airline this week reported a record net profit of US $2.2 billion, 50 per cent higher than last year on slightly reduced revenue. Emirates 28th year consecutive profit figures are underlining how it is thriving as one of the most disruptive forces in global aviation.

The Dubai-based airline recorded a high growth performance despite negative effects of a strong US dollar and economic slowdowns in oil-producing countries. Emirates also out-performed despite weaker revenues in Europe and here in Australia.

As the world’s largest international airline, operating of 75 Airbus A380s and 116 Boeing 777s, Emirates profits lifted 56 percent even while total revenues fell by four percent.

Over 51.9 million passengers were carried over the previous 12 months, a rise of eight percent. emirates grew their fleet by 29 new aircraft, including 16 jumbo A380s.

“Each year brings a new set of challenges and last year was no different,”
- Sheikh Ahmed, Emirates Chairman.

“Low oil prices will continue to be a double-edged sword,” he said.

Declining oil prices have slowed growth in important markets for Emirates, including oil-producing countries in the Middle East, as well as Russia and some nations in Africa and Asia.

Airspace cabin design to be ready next year

Tuesday 10 May 2016
By Lachlan Nicolson |

Passengers will be able to experience the highly anticipated new Airspace by Airbus cabin when these aircraft enter service at the end of 2017. TAP is the first airline to adopt the next design in their A330neo fleet, with more airlines expected to announce their plans later in the year.

“Airspace” cabin by Airbus is designed for the ultimate passenger comfort. Encompassing four key dimensions: Comfort, Ambience, Service and Design, Airspace cabins will be more relaxing, inspiring, beautiful and functional.

Features will include a new welcome area and the latest mood LED-based lighting system with 16.7 million possible colour variations. Also included are larger overhead bins, new contemporary lavatories, and latest-generation in-flight entertainment and connectivity.

Airbus is launching the cabin for the forthcoming A330neo aircraft, inspired by the cabin of its wide-body sibling, the new A350 XWB in service. At the heart of the design philosophy is connecting the well-being of passengers with airlines' performance.

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Brisbane welcomes daily flights to Shanghai 

Saturday 7 May 2016
By Lachlan Nicolson |

Starting this December, Queensland will welcome year-round daily flights from Shanghai with China Easter Airlines.

Julienne Aloe, the CEO of Brisbane Airport applauded the airlines for its commitment to Queensland which will provide a convenient, direct connection to China’s largest city and one of the world’s financial hubs.

“Connecting China’s busiest international hub with Queensland’s biggest international airport is a significant step for the city and state in positioning Brisbane as a major Asia Pacific centre.”

“These new services are a huge victory for the whole of Queensland and every sector of our economy, from business and commerce to tourism, trade, education and beyond,” she said.

The Chinese visitor market, which is the second largest for Brisbane Airport, has experienced 23 per cent growth in the last 12 months. The new flights provide over 3000 weekly seats to and from BNE with services operated with Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft, including lie-flat business class seating.

The flight will arrive into BNE at 09:45 daily, departing at 11:45 the same day. Flight time to Shanghai is approximately 10 hours.

From Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, corporate and leisure travellers can access a broad network of destinations across China, Europe, North America and Asia.

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