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Emirates Lays Off 600 Pilots, 6,500 Cabin Crew in Second Wave of Job Cuts

Emirates has continued to make changes to its workforce in order to reduce costs in response to economic difficulty caused by coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, the government-owned airline took the decision to lay off hundreds of employees in the second phase of job cuts. Even though the airline has not given details with regard to how many people were let go, according to sources with knowledge of the matter, 400 Airbus A380 and 200 Boeing 777 pilots, as well as…

Airbus Threatens to Sue Airlines Following Calls to Defer Deliveries

Airbus does not appear poised to retreat from an escalating dispute with the airlines over outstanding aircraft orders, as the European aircraft manufacturer announced this week that taking legal action will be the last resort if the airlines do not compromise. Guillaume Faury, the chief executive officer of European aerospace…

Emirates Announces A380 First Officer and Cabin Crew Layoffs

Not long after reports alleging that Emirates considered massive layoffs, the world's biggest long-haul airline announced that they had to begin axing up jobs due to pandemic-related financial impacts. The company was said to be considering a plan to cut around 30,000 jobs — reducing the number of employees by…

Emirates President Says Airline Will Revive its Airbus A380 Fleet

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the fate of the A380, the world’s largest passenger plane ever built, was sealed. Most of the operators of the double-decker giant had already planned the gradual demise of the superjumbo. In February 2019, Airbus also announced it would permanently cease the production of A380…

Emirates Group Reportedly Considers Mass Layoffs

The Emirates Group is considering a plan to cut around 30,000 jobs, reducing the number of employees by around 30%, Bloomberg News reported on Saturday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based group is comprised of Emirates in addition to Dubai National Air Transport Association (dnata),…

Emirates Reports Fiscal Year Results, Looks to Late 2021 for…

The Emirates Group — the Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based, state-owned international aviation company — released 2019-2020 financial results on May 10. According to the annual report released Sunday, which covers the period from April 1, 2019, to March 31, the group reported a profit of $456 million, which is a…

Australia Contracts 15 Carriers to Keep Goods Moving

In hopes of keeping some industries afloat, the Australian government has created the International Freight Assistance Mechanism in hopes of keeping some trade routes open for those seeking high demand, limited lifespan items. The project has been agreed upon by Hon Michael McCormack MP, Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional…

Emirates Begins Coronavirus Rapid Testing in Dubai

Emirates become the first carrier in the world to test for COVID-19 before boarding flights. The airline introduced this measure in collaboration with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Wednesday, applying rapid tests for all passengers before boarding a flight to Tunis, Tunisia. All passengers on the flight took blood…

Emirates to Suspend of Passenger Operations Following Virus Outbreak

After multiple changes, Emirates has announced that it stop all passenger operations due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The Dubai-based carrier becomes the latest major airline to reduce flights following a global decline in passenger numbers. From March 25, Emirates will operate its cargo flights with its Boeing 777F fleet. Passenger…

Emirates Introduces Fifth Freedom Flight From Singapore

Emirates announced a new fifth freedom flight which will connect Singapore and Penang, Malaysia. The new daily service is set to connect the two Southeast Asian cities on April 9, 2020. Penang will mark Emirates’ second destination in Malaysia. The airline has been serving Kuala Lumpur since 1996 and currently…