Emirates to receive 100th A380, the world’s biggest passenger aircraft, next month

Emirates operates the world’s longest A380 flight – a non-stop Dubai-Auckland service that was introduced in March 2016. (Courtesy Emirates)
Updated 18 October 2017
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Emirates to receive 100th A380, the world’s biggest passenger aircraft, next month

DUBAI: Emirates is scheduled to receive its 100th Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, by November 3, the Dubai carrier said on Wednesday.
Emirates has flown over 80 million passengers with its A380 fleet to over 45 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, Europe, Middle and the Americas since the aircraft’s inaugural flight in 2008.
Included in Emirates’ A380 network is the world’s longest A380 flight – a non-stop Dubai-Auckland service that was introduced in March 2016.
“The A380 has been, and continues to be hugely popular among our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so that they can fly on it,” Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said in a statement.

Despite the A380 milestone for Emirate, which is the biggest customer, the aircraft faces an uncertain future after Airbus said it was cutting down production on the double-decker super jumbo.
Airbus in July said that it was “considering the current order booking situation” as demand for the aircraft has waned as airline operators lean toward more efficient two-engine airplanes. Production for the A380 would go down to just 12 a year by 2018, from 27 the year before, and then to eight in 2019, the European plane maker said.
Emirate’s Clark earlier said that the Dubai carrier was looking into other aircraft options including the A380, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Boeing 777x which will enter the market in the early part of 2020.


Companies in Oman need government permission before hiring expats

Updated 09 December 2018
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Companies in Oman need government permission before hiring expats

  • A new traffic light-themed online system is currently being rolled out in Oman, in which companies’ Omanization quotas are being monitored
  • “The new system focuses on enhancing Omanization rates in the private establishments”

DUBAI: Oman-based companies will have to secure the Ministry of Manpower’s go ahead before they can hire expats, local daily Times of Oman reported this week.
A new traffic light-themed online system is currently being rolled out in Oman, in which companies’ Omanization quotas are being monitored.
Under this new system, companies that meet Omanization standards set by the government will receive a green signal online, allowing them to proceed with hiring expat employees.
Companies with unclear Omanization policies will be given a yellow signal, while companies that fall short of meeting their quotas will receive a red signal, barring them from moving forward with hiring expat employees.
“The new system focuses on enhancing Omanization rates in the private establishments,” said a ministry spokesperson.
The step taken by the government is part of the Omanization drive to recruit more of its citizens in private companies, a similar push is underway across the GCC where countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also been trying to increase the number of nationals in private sector employment.

Earlier this year, expat workers in the country faced a six-month visa ban across 87 industries, including media, engineering, marketing and sales, accounting and finance, IT, insurance, technicians, administration and HR.