Emirates in close contact with Indian authorities; desiring full capacity flight services once conditions permit


Gulf carrier Emirates, which currently flies to nine destinations under the Air Bubble Pact with India, looks forward to operating at full capacity in the country once conditions permit and is in close contact with Indian authorities on this matter. The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the aviation industry, which is slowly in recovery mode amid an easing of restrictions, including travel restrictions.

In this context, Emirates Vice President for India and Nepal Mohammad Sarhan said the airline has increased the frequency of flights globally and expects to return to profitability over the next few years. Next 18 months.

“In line with the relaxation of worldwide travel restrictions, we have increased the frequency of flights on our network and deployed our iconic A380 aircraft to 25 destinations.

“We are well on the road to recovery. We have restored 90% of our pre-pandemic network and plan to return to profitability over the next 18 months,” he told PTI.

He also said that last month the airline announced that it would modernize 105 planes in its fleet with the “much loved” premium economy cabin, taking the travel experience to new levels.

Currently, the airline flies to nine destinations in India, using its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. These services are operated under the Air Bubble Agreement between India and the United Arab Emirates.

“Given the latest developments, we are in close contact with local authorities and look forward to operating at full capacity once conditions allow,” said Sarhan.

Under an air bubble agreement between two countries, international passenger flights can be operated by their respective carriers to each other’s territories subject to certain conditions.

Regular international commercial flights to and from India remain suspended since March 2020 following the pandemic and the suspension has been extended until January 31, 2022. Currently, overseas flights are operated in the framework of bilateral air bubble agreements with various countries.

India has air bubble deals with 34 countries, according to the Ministry of Civil Aviation website.

When asked about measures Emirates is taking to reduce carbon emissions, which are seen as a key factor in tackling climate change, Sarhan said he has made an effort and operates a fleet of young and modern aircraft with an average age of 6.5 years. year.

At the Dubai Airshow last month, the airline signed a memorandum of understanding with GE Aviation to develop a program that will see an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, powered by GE90 engines, perform a test flight using 100% sustainable aviation fuel. (SAF) by the end of 2022, he noted.

Emirates is also a member of the Clean Skies for Tomorrow coalition, established by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which supports a transition to SAF as part of a path to carbon neutral flight, he said and listed various other measures, including using sustainably manufactured blankets using 28 plastic bottles for economy class passengers on long-haul flights.

During the pandemic, Emirates also took various measures for the safety of customers.

“We introduced contactless technology at Dubai Airport for a smoother experience, including automatic check-in kiosks and a biometric path that uses the latest facial biometric technology. We’ve also revised our reservation policies to offer customers generous rebooking terms, and introduced COVID-19 travel medical insurance.

“We were also one of the first airlines to implement the IATA Travel Pass on our global network,” said Sarhan.

Emirates also operating a pavilion at the ongoing Expo 2020 in Dubai, it said it expects to receive more than 260,000 visitors by the end of March 2022.

“Expo 2020 recently saw over 5.6 million visitors to the field, and we are very confident that the mega-event will continue to attract large numbers of visitors over the next four months,” he said. -he declares.

The airline pavilion has implemented multisensory installations and visual experiences, showing people what the future of commercial aviation will look like in 50 years.

“Over the past few months, we have also hosted global business leaders, state officials and renowned sports figures such as Milan legend Daniele Massaro,” said Sarhan.

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