Emirates Airlines awaits report from DGCA

by Emily DUNBAR on May 21, 2010

Emirates Airlines is waiting on the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to complete an investigation report regarding the airline’s emergency landing in Kochi in April.

The Emirates flight, with 350 passengers aboard and 14 crew, lost altitude suddenly when flying through turbulence over Bangalore. According to the carrier, the aircraft was at 35,000 ft when it suddenly lost height of 200 ft forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing.

Reportedly 23 passengers were injured during the sudden drop. The DGCA is involved in an on-going investigation of the incident and will release an official report as to the cause. Orhan Abbas, vice president for Emirates told reporters Thursday that an official reason for the event would be released in conjunction with the DGCA.

Mr Abbas said that the airline currently rakes in 12.6 per cent of its total $11.8 billion revenue from the Middle East-Indian Ocean region. Cargo operations from the carrier bring around 403 tonnes from India, mostly carrying leather goods, garments, and auto equipment.

The airline has been promoting its passenger flights with packages including ‘Kids Go Free’, mobile phone ticket bookings, and online visa help. Mr Abbas said the carrier has received reasonable interest in its packages for the 2010 World Cup, which will take place in South Africa. The Dubai-based carrier has been trying to appeal to Indian travellers more.

Although, according to Mr Abbas, the airline will induct 145 new aircraft, he ruled out the idea that one of these services would be an additional freighter route. He said that the airline ordered 58 A380 jets, seven of which will be added to flight routes this year.

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mustapha May 23, 2010 at 9:17 am

the best airline always reliable.keep up

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