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

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.


Dubai launches economic program for post COVID-19 recovery 

Updated 05 August 2020

Dubai launches economic program for post COVID-19 recovery 

  • “The Great Economic Reset Programme” is part of a “COVID Exit initiative” to help the recovery and reshaping of the economy
  • The economic program will feature analyses of current and future policies

DUBAI: Dubai launched an economic program as part of its efforts to reshape the emirate’s economy for a “sustainable” and “resilient” future post the coronavirus pandemic, the government said. 
The Dubai government partnered with the Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG) to launch “The Great Economic Reset Programme” as part of a “COVID Exit initiative” to help the recovery and reshaping of the economy, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday. 
The economic program will feature analyses of current and future policies, research and extensive stakeholder consultation to set the direction and tone of future economic policies, regulations and initiatives.
The government plans to use local and international experts for economies and societies to create growth strategies for the Dubai economy.
The MBRSG held a “Virtual Policy Council,” with global experts and thought leaders to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy and potential policy responses and initiatives. 
Chief economists, senior practitioners and researchers from leading global institutions including the World Bank, joined experts from Dubai Economy and the MBRSG at the first roundtable.
“I believe the triple helix collaboration between public, private and academia stakeholders have always produced the best solutions in the past. In the highly uncertain environment now, extensive collaboration and cooperation between all stakeholders are vital to our future prosperity. The Virtual Policy Council will propose the best approaches Dubai and the UAE can adopt to address the risks and opportunities in the next normal economy,” said Mohammed Shael Al-Saadi, CEO of the Corporate Strategic Affairs sector in Dubai Economy.
“This Virtual Policy Council is a key component of the whole process where global experts and thinkers share their views on the future economy. In this new era, the role of governments in enabling the new economic actors is becoming increasingly central, and Dubai is well-positioned to lead the way with innovative models of growth post COVID19,” said Professor Raed Awamleh, Dean of MBRSG.
The roundtable also discussed the impact of the pandemic on international trade, foreign investment and tourism, as well as the rise of digital globalization.