Rapid Dublin Upgauge.

Just three weeks after launching the EK161/EK162 Dubai – Dublin rotation with Three Class Airbus A330-200s Emirates today announced that the route will switch to Three Class Boeing 777-300ERs with Suites from July 1 2012.

A6-EWE EK215 Edmonton Diversion.

Boeing 777-21HLR A6-EWE operating EK215 Dubai – Los Angeles diverted via Edmonton today. The diversion appears to have been .

A6-EGM Enters Service.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EGM entered service today operating EK380 Dubai – Hong Kong. The aircraft is in 8F/42J/310Y configuration without overhead crew rest areas.

Espana Expansion.

Emirates have announced expansion of services to Spain today with a second daily service to Madrid to commence on 1 July 2012 and a new service to Barcelona to commence on 3 July 2012. The timings are:

EK143 Dubai 1425 – Madrid 2020
EK144 Madrid 2210 – Dubai 0715+1

EK185 Dubai 0655 – Barcelona 1200
EK186 Barcelona 1640 – Dubai 0100+1

All flights will operate daily with Three Class Boeing 777-300ERs fitted with Suites in First Class.

2013 Operations Changes.

The following aircraft upgauges were announced today which become effective on 1 January 2013:

EK25/EK26 Dubai – Glasgow switches from Airbus A340-300 to Three Class Boeing 777-300ER with Suites.

EK123/EK124 Dubai – Istanbul switches from Boeing 777-200 to Two Class Boeing 777-300ER.

EK135/EK136 Dubai – Venice switches from Airbus A340-300 to Airbus A340-500 on Tuesdays, / Thursdays and Saturdays.

EK137/EK138 Dubai – Venice switches from Airbus A340-300 to Airbus A340-500 on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

A330-200s Listed For Sale.

Airbus A330-200s A6-EKZ and A6-EAA were listed by Airbus today with availability from October 2012 and December 2012 respectively.

A6-EGM Delivered.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EGM departed Paine Field on delivery direct to Dubai today using the usual delivery callsign EK777.

A6-EDM Manchester Technical Issue.

Airbus A380 A6-EDM arrived into Manchester today as EK17 from Dubai however the return EK18 has been delayed until tomorrow when it will operate as EK18D. Passengers were offered hotel accommodation in Manchester.

A6-EML Ras Al Khaimah Outing.

Boeing 777-21HER A6-EML operated a Dubai – Dubai flight today using callsign EK999. The flight included several low level passes over Ras Al Khaimah airport.

Lagos Strike Cancellations.

Owing to strikes at Lagos Airport the EK783/EK784 Dubai – Lagos rotation was again cancelled today.

UK 777 Swap.

From 1 July – 28 October inclusive the operating aircraft of the EK7/EK8 Dubai – London Heathrow and EK21/22 Dubai – Manchester rotations will be swapped so that EK7/EK8 receives a Boeing 777-300ER equipped with Suites and EK21/EK22 receives a Boeing 777-300 with SkyCruiser seats in First Class.

Lagos Strike Cancellations.

Owing to strikes at Lagos Airport the EK783/EK784 Dubai – Lagos rotation was again cancelled today.

A6-ERA Back in Service.

Airbus A340-500, which has not operated a passenger service since returning to Cape Town with gear door issues on 4th January, returned to service today operating EK957, EK958 Dubai – Beirut.

Lagos Strike Cancellations.

Owing to strikes at Lagos Airport the EK783/EK784 Dubai – Lagos rotation was again cancelled today.

Lagos Strike Cancellations.

Owing to strikes at Lagos Airport the EK783/EK784 Dubai – Lagos rotation was again cancelled today.

Lagos Strike Cancellation.

Owing to strikes at Lagos Airport the EK783/EK784 Dubai – Lagos rotation was again cancelled today.

A6-ERA Returns to Dubai.

Airbus A340-500 A6-ERA which returned to Cape Town with undercarriage issues whilst operating EK773 on 4th January and then positioned Cape Town – Johannesburg for repairs on 7th January returned to Dubai today positioning from Johannesburg as EK7262.

A6-ECJ Returns to Dubai.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-ECJwhich encountered a technical issue at Sydney on 11th January, positioned Sydney – Dubai today as EK7413.

Lagos Strike Cancellation.

Owing to strikes at Lagos Airport the EK783/EK784 Dubai – Lagos rotation was cancelled today.

A6-ECJ EK418 Sydney Technical Issue.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-ECJ arrived in Sydney this morning as EK418 from Dubai and Bangkok (depart Dubai 10 January) however the onward service from Sydney – Christchurch was cancelled as was the EK419 Christchurch – Sydney – Bangkok – Dubai service.

Glasgow Goes Double Daily.

Emirates today announced the introduction of double daily service on the Dubai – Glasgow route from 1 June 2012. The new Airbus A340-300 service will operate to the following timings:

EK25 Dubai 1450 – Glasgow 2000

EK26 Glasgow 2130 – Dubai 0800+1

From the same date the existing EK27/EK28 service will switch from Two Class Boeing 777-300ER to Three Class Boeing 777-300ER with Suites.

A6-EDW First Flight.

Airbus A380 A6-EDW made its first test flight from Toulouse today as F-WWAL.

A6-EBU Positions From Madrid.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBU, which encountered a technical issue at Madrid on 6th January, positioned Madrid – Dubai today as EK7202.

A6-EDN Colombo Fuel Diversion.

Airbus A380 A6-EDN operating the Sydney – Dubai leg of EK413 Auckland – Sydney – Dubai (depart Auckland 8 January) diverted to Colombo for fuel this morning. Storm conditions at Sydney had prevented the flight being fully fuelled there. Colombo is an official Emirates A380 diversion point but this was the first visit of an A380 to Sri Lanka. We understand that the flight departed Sydney after the official curfew time.

A6-EAR Frankfurt Technical Issue.

Airbus A330-200 A6-EAR arrived into Frankfurt this morning as EK43 from Dubai but the return EK44, scheduled to depart at 0940, was cancelled suggesting a technical issue with the aircraft. The aircraft departed at around 2100 as EK3046 positioning back to Dubai.

A6-EMX Operates Dusseldorf – Madrid – Dubai.

Boeing 777-31H A6-EMX, which should have operated EK56 Dusseldorf – Dubai yesterday, departed this morning as EK56D routing Dusseldorf – Madrid in to collect yesterdays Madrid – Dubai passengers affected by the cancelled of EK142. The aircraft then continued from Madrid – Dubai as EK142D.

Delhi and Perth Extras.

Extra services operated today as follows:

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBH operated an extra Dubai – Perth rotation as EK3424/EK3425.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-ECT operated an extra Dubai – Delhi rotation as EK8512/EK8513.

A6-EMX Dusseldorf Technical Issue.

Boeing 777-31H A6-EMX operated EK55 Dubai – Dusseldorf today but the return EK56 has been delayed by 24 hours indicating a technical or operation issue.

A6-EDN Sydney Runway Incursion.

Airbus A380 A6-EDN preparing to depart Sydney as EK412 to Auckland missed the correct taxiway and went past the hold short line for runway 16R. As a result a Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200ER had to reject take off at low speed and a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 747-400 had to perform a go around.

Delhi, Lahore and Manila Extras.

Extra services operated today as follows:

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBL operated an extra Dubai – Manila rotation as EK3334/EK3335.

Boeing 777-31H A6-EMT operated an extra Dubai – Delhi rotation as EK8512/EK8513.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBP operated an extra Dubai – Lahore rotation as EK8622/EK8623.

A6-EBU Madrid Technical Issue.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBU operated EK141 Dubai – Madrid today but the return EK142 has been cancelled indicating a technical or operational issue.

A6-EGM First Flight.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EGM made its first flight from Paine Field today as BOE191.

A6-EAF Cape Town Rescue Mission.

Three Class Airbus A330-200 A6-EAF positioned Dubai – Cape Town this morning as EK3765 in to operate yesterday’s delayed EK773 Cape Town – Dubai. Airbus A340-500 A6-ERA remains at Cape Town at present.

A6-EMK Delhi Extra.

Boeing 777-21HER A6-EMK operated an extra Dubai – Delhi rotation today as EK8512/EK8513.

A6-ERA EK773 Cape Town Return.

Airbus A340-500 A6-ERA operating EK773 Cape Town – Dubai returned to Cape Town today after the gear doors failed to close on take off. The aircraft circled for around 90 minutes to burn fuel and remove weight before returning. Passengers have been accommodated in hotels.

Emirates Announce Ho Chi Minh Service.

Emirates today announced a new daily Dubai – Ho Chi Minh City service to commence on 4 June 2012 with the following timings:
EK390 Dubai 0925 – Ho Chi Minh City 1950
EK391 Ho Chi Minh City 2050 – Dubai 0045+1

Services will initially be operated by 2 Class Airbus A330-200s switching to 2 Class Boeing 777-300ERs from 28 October 2012.

A6-EMP Delhi Extra.

Boeing 777-31H A6-EMP operated an extra Dubai – Delhi rotation today as EK8512/EK8513.

A6-ECB EK27 Manchester Diversion.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-ECB operating EK27 Dubai – Glasgow diverted via Manchester today due to Glasgow airport being closed because of high winds.

Delhi, Bangkok and Lahore Extras.

Extra services operated today as follows:

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBL operated an extra Dubai – Bangkok rotation as EK3374/EK3375.

Boeing 777-31H A6-EMR operated an extra Dubai – Delhi rotation as EK8512/EK8513.

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EBA operated an extra Dubai – Lahore rotation as EK8622/EK8623.

A6-EMK Delhi Extra.

Boeing 777-21HER A6-EMK operated an extra Dubai – Delhi rotation today as EK8512/EK8513.

A6-EGL Enters Service

Boeing 777-31HER A6-EGL entered service today as EK408 Dubai – Kuala Lumpur – Melbourne. This aircraft is configured 8F/42J/310Y without overhead crew rest areas.