Emirates A380 ventures to Amman and Boston

The A380 Amman service was led by Captain Arif Al-Reyami and Jordanian First Officer Laith Saudi.
Updated 05 June 2019

Emirates A380 ventures to Amman and Boston

Emirates’ first scheduled A380 services have touched down in Boston and Amman for the summer season peak.
The first scheduled A380 service landed in Amman on June 1 at 3:55 p.m. local time and the second A380 service from Dubai to Boston landed at 1:50 p.m. local time. Led by Captain Arif Al-Reyami and Jordanian First Officer Laith Saudi, the A380 Amman service was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.
Emirates will operate its A380 aircraft to and from Amman until Oct. 26 to cater to the increased demand for travel during the peak summer period. The airline has adjusted its schedule on one of its three daily flights (EK 903/904) with the A380. Emirates A380 operations to Boston also coincide with high customer demand during the peak summer and winter travel season and will see overall capacity increase around 45 percent between June 1 to Sept. 30 and Dec. 1 to Jan. 31, 2020.
The move to deploy the A380 on both routes demonstrates the airline’s flexibility to optimize the usage of its fleet to cater to passenger demand within its network, a statement said.
“With the A380 being introduced for the summer, travelers have more choice to explore unique A380 destinations on the Emirates network, as well as experience the ultimate in travel comfort on the airline’s flagship aircraft.”
Emirates has been flying to Jordan for over 33 years, and has carried over 5 million passengers to and from Amman. Emirates has been serving Boston since 2014.
The Emirates A380 flying to Amman is set in a three-class configuration, and will have 427 seats in economy class on the lower deck over the months of June and July, 76 flat-bed business class seats and 14 luxurious first class suites. First and business class customers can catch up, network and enjoy a range of beverages and delicacies in the Onboard Lounge.
The Emirates A380 flying to Boston is also set in a three-class cabin configuration, offering 14 private suites in first class, 76 seats in business class, and 426 spacious seats in economy class.
Emirates is also offering Greek travelers a chance to fly on the A380. The airline deployed the double-decker aircraft to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos on May 31 with the commencement of the peak summer travel period to meet high passenger demand to and from Greece. The A380 will operate to Athens until Sept. 30.
The Emirates A380 has become one of the most recognized aircraft in the world, and more than 115 million passengers have experienced the airline’s flagship since 2008. Emirates currently has 110 A380s in service and 13 pending delivery, and is set to receive six A380s this financial year.


Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

Updated 05 August 2020

Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

  • Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds
  • The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals

DUBAI: Khalaf Al Habtoor, the founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group (AHG), based in the UAE, is reaching out with timely aid for the Lebanese people after the massive explosion at a Beirut port on Tuesday, August 4, that devastated many neighborhoods, leaving more than a hundred dead people and thousands injured.

Al Habtoor, known for his philanthropic activities in the UAE and abroad, said he will extend all possible efforts within his means to aid the affected people in Lebanon as a first step of a multi-pronged assistance plan. As a first step, Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds. The hospitals to be aided through this initiative include Haroun Hospital, Al Makasid Hospital, Levant Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Rafic Hariri Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, Hrar.

Additionally, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals, conducting at least 100 operations for those injured in the explosion. To help those who require much needed recovery and recuperation assistance, the hospital will also rent out a nearby hotel, which will act as a temporary off-site field hospital for post-operative care and treatment.

More than 300,000 people have been left homeless by the blast, which tore through several dozen neighborhoods close to the port area, razing several buildings and shattering glass windows in a much wider area outside the blast zone. Two hotels owned by Habtoor Hospitality in Beirut, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Metropolitan Palace, have been damaged in the fallout of the explosion.

Al Habtoor said: “The country and people of Lebanon have always had a special place in my heart. This explosion which has devastated the capital city in the midst of an already severe economic crisis has left the common people badly shaken. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and will leave no stone unturned in reaching them the best possible emergency and medical aid, post-operative care and temporary accommodation for those rendered homeless by the tragic event.”

He added that the cries of the Lebanese people for help have been heard and that it was important to respond by offering the right kind of assistance and treatment, in terms of quantity, quality and the timing it reaches the people.

The visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist has extended generous contribution to Lebanon in various forms over the last decade, including refugee aid programs, Ramadan campaigns, wintertime distribution of food packages and blankets, the establishment of The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, and a multitude of charitable donations.