7 JANUARY 2019
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Continuing its westward expansion in face of US carriers’ objections to what they say is unfair competition (see also 'Air Italy dispute resurfaces' in this issue), Emirates has won a bid to operate daily fifth-freedom flights between Barcelona and Mexico City. A start date has yet to be announced.
It will be the first direct link between the two cities and the first time the Middle East has been connected to Mexico. Emirates is likely to roster a Boeing B777 on the route with a flight time of 14.5hr, about 2hr faster than the next best service.
Back at its base, Emirates has also been busy introducing a new app designed to reduce aircraft turnaround delays and improve on-time performance at Dubai International Airport.
Developed in-house by the airline, it is being used by operational staff to share and keep track of real-time information about turnaround activities. Any delay or deviation from the timing schedule triggers an alert.
Emirates chief operating officer Adel Al Redha said the system had been developed in a record five months by the airline’s operations team in coordination with IT building on an existing solution already developed by Emirates Engineering.
The Hub Monitor team was working to roll out more modules for the system, with the next one to be implemented later this month, he added.
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