Dubai-based Emirates has reduced its passenger fleet to two aircraft types after the retirement of its last Airbus A340 and A330 planes from active service.The move makes the Gulf juggernaut the world’s only airline to fly just Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft.Airlines try to minimise the number of aircraft types they operate to reduce costs in areas such as maintenance and spare parts as well as to try and standardise the passenger experience.Having a big fleet of any aircraft also gives a carrier additional clout with the manufacturer in terms of pricing negotiations and determining aircraft features.With 85 A380s and 160 B777s, Emirates is the biggest operator of both aircraft types.The just retired A330, A6-EAK, was the last of a fleet of 29 and had travelled almost 45 million kilometres — the equivalent of 60 return journeys to the moon — since it joined the fleet in 2002.The last serving four-engine A340, A6-ERN, had joined the fleet in 2004 and was one a fleet of five.“The average age of the Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft phased out from the fleet is 16.5 years —- a figure which is well below the industry standard retirement age of 25 years,’’ the airline said in a statement. “In addition to the aircraft that have been retired from active service since January 2015, Emirates plans to further phase out some 25 aircraft over the course of 2017 and 2018 to ensure that the operating fleet remains modern and efficient while offering customers a higher level of comfort and safety.’’Emirates says the retirement of the older aircraft will be balanced by younger, more modern aircraft entering the fleet and its average aircraft age will remain one of the industry’s youngest at 5.2 years.The 85th A380, the first of a new generation of a the superjumbos, and the airline’s 125th Boeing 777-300ER were delivered in the past two weeks and are among 36 new aircraft — 20 380sw and 16 777s — to be delivered to Emirates this calendar year.The order includes Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with upgraded business class seats and other features including a lower fuel burn ratio to come to be delivered from November.The airline has 234 aircraft worth over $US 112 billion on its order book, including 150 new Boeing 777X aircraft to be delivered from 2020. The new fuel -efficient 777s will sport composite wings and feature larger windows, higher ceiling, and a wider cabin.
Roger Federer. APRoger Federer says he’s a big believer in kids playing sport, but he’s not keen on his own children following in his footsteps.The Swiss great and wife Mirka had identical twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in 2009 and another set came along five years later, Leo and Lenny. ADVERTISEMENT They are occasionally seen watching their dad ply his trade, but after years travelling the world on the tennis tour, the 36-year-old would prefer not to have to do it all over again.“I mean, I hope they don’t just because we don’t need another 25 years on tour,” he said at the Australian Open when asked if he would encourage them to be professional players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he added: “No, I’m just a supportive parent. I can’t tell which direction they’re going to go. “If there’s going to be anything in sports or somewhere in finance or business, I have no idea where they’re going to go. All I know is I’ll be incredibly supportive of them.” MOST READ Suarez Navarro rallies into Open quarterfinal Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I think it’s great for them to do sports early on in their life. I think it’s good for them,” he said.“Winning, losing, that comes a little bit later, but you learn a lot from that. I did anyway. I think also you make a lot of friends through sports.“You get to know yourself a bit better. It’s healthy. You move around. You go outside. I’m a big believer in these things.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He did reveal they already play tennis, not because he has been encouraging them, but because their friends all do and he doesn’t want them to feel left out.“I’m happy they all do play tennis a little bit because basically literally all our friends who have kids as well, they all play tennis,” he said. “I wouldn’t want my kids to be the only ones who don’t play tennis, so with my wife we have sort of a little requirement on things they have to do in their life, and tennis is unfortunately one of them. “It’s not because we want them to. It’s because I think it would be a pity if they played no tennis at all.”Despite the reluctance for his children to follow in his footsteps, Federer, who is chasing a 20th Grand Slam in Melbourne, is a great believer in kids playing sport more generally, believing it can teach them a lot.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:59DOH: Breastfeeding, proper knowledge of child feeding can combat malnutrition00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) is in talks on a new delivery deadline for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier duo with an unnamed Asian shipowner. The two ships were ordered in January 2015 and were supposed to be delivered at the end of September 2017.SHI said in a regulatory filing that once the new delivery schedule is agreed it would arrange for the necessary refunding to be carried out resulting from the delay.The LNG carrier duo was priced at USD 395 million.The shipbuilder has been busy with deliveries of OOCL’s ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) newbuildings over the recent months, which saw four 21,413 TEU containerships delivered to the company since May this year, OOCL United Kingdom, OOCL Germany, OOCL Japan and OOCL Hong Kong.Two more ships from the batch remain to be delivered.Late last month, the company secured an order for the construction of six ULCVs. The contract is worth KRW 1.118 trillion (USD 982.6 million), according to SHI.The Korean shipbuilder said the order was placed by a European shipowner but did not disclose its identity.The company’s order backlog stands at USD 12.9 billion, with USD 6.5 billion worth of orders bagged this year.World Maritime News Staff