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This exciting and challenging position will contribute directly to the achievement of one of the UK’s top priorities in Zambia, namely to help UK based companies succeed in the global economy. This is a new role that you will have a significant opportunity to shape.

The job-holder will be employed by the British High Commission and will work closely with other staff there. But the position will report to the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) office in Johannesburg. UKTI is the trade and investment promotion arm of the British Government. The creation of this position marks the return of a permanent UKTI presence in Zambia.

Main responsibilities will include the following:

  • Identify commercial opportunities and monitor sector developments for UK businesses both new to the region and those already active in the region, with a particular focus on the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors.
  • Provide support to individual companies through UKTI’s chargeable services (Overseas Market Introduction Service – OMIS), helping them to take informed decisions about their market strategy.
  • Develop deeper relationships with UK companies with particular potential to win high value business.
  • Work with colleagues across the regional network to maximise opportunities, increase the impact of inward trade missions and other visits from the UK.
  • Identify and promote specific business opportunities including uploading and updating information on the UKTI website.
  • Maintain up to date and accurate client information via UKTI’s online Client Data Management System.

Relevant qualities and experience:

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent work experience) preferably in a business/marketing field.
  • Good working knowledge of Southern African private and public sectors and economy in general and Zambia in particular.
  • An understanding of international trade issues.
  • A track record of delivery of results and showing initiative. Public speaking skills.

The starting salary for this position is K21,005 per month including employer pension contributions of 12.5%. The basic salary is paid tax free – the successful applicant is responsible for settling his/her own taxes with the Zambian Revenue Authority. The British High Commission seeks to maintain an informal, friendly environment, where staff are encouraged to contribute to the team in which your ideas will be valued and where you will have the opportunity to make a real impact.

The British High Commission is an equal opportunities employer and would welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of religious belief, sex, race, sexual orientation, age or disability.

To be considered for this position, you must have the right to work in Zambia. Please download the application form (MS Word Document, 160KB) , Job description (PDF, 115KB, 2 pages) , and Core Competencies (PDF, 1.36MB, 14 pages) . Completed application forms together with typed copies of the applicant’s CV may either be submitted by email to HR-DFIDZambia@dfid.gov.uk (attachments may not be larger than 2 MB) or hand delivered to the British High Commission, Independence Avenue.

The closing date for applications is 12 00 hours on Wednesday 13 August 2014.

Press release:

The British High Commission in Lusaka is inviting talented Zambians wishing to study in the UK to apply for the UK’s Chevening Scholarships Programme which will open on 1 August 2014 for the academic year 2015-2016.

Approximately 1500 Chevening Awards will be offered worldwide in the 2015/16 academic year – triple the number the UK offered in 2014/15. This is a significant investment from the UK Government to develop the next generation of global leaders. Applications will close on 15 November 2014.

The Acting British High Commissioner, Sean Melbourne said: ‘We are investing in Zambian future leaders as part of our partnership with Zambia. The Chevening Programme provides a unique opportunity for leaders of the future to build a global network of professional significance. The UK has a global reputation for excellence in the field of education and skills. It is a tradition of learning that we continue to share with the world, including Zambia. If you have a vision for Zambia, the desire to make it happen and you need extra knowledge to make an impact, come and convince us that you should be a Chevening Scholar.”

The Scholarships, which are funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations, operate in over 100 countries worldwide. The Scholarships are prestigious awards aimed at extremely capable individuals who are motivated to pursue a career that will take them to a position of leadership within their own country or region. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any UK university

Hubert Frach and Domingos Soares de Oliveira signing an Emirates aircraft.
Hubert Frach and Domingos Soares de Oliveira signing an Emirates aircraft.
Hubert Frach and Domingos Soares de Oliveira signing an Emirates aircraft.

Emirates, a connector of people and their passions, and Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Benfica), Portugal’s most successful football club, have signed a three-year agreement. Emirates is now the Official Airline Partner of the club until 2016.

The deal comes just two years after Emirates began flights to Portugal, and highlights the airline’s on-going commitment to expand its presence in the country. Lisbon joined the Emirates network in July 2012.

The announcement was unveiled today by Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West, and CEO of Benfica, Domingos Soares de Oliveira, during a press conference held in Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.  Please click here for a message from Luisão, captain of Benfica Football Club

Hubert Frach said: “We see our partnership with Benfica as an opportunity to connect with football fans in Portugal as well as the 14 million fans of the club spread across the world.  Benefica has a growing international reputation as one of the most successful clubs in European football history, and fits in perfectly with our own rapidly expanding worldwide network.”

Domingos Soares de Oliveira said: “This day represents a new milestone for Sport Lisboa e Benfica because we celebrate new relationship with Emirates that allows us to partner with one of the most innovative brands in the world. Together, we share the same passion for what we do and I am confident that this partnership with Emirates will help us further connect with all of our passionate supporters around the globe.”

The sponsorship deal gives Emirates brand visibility at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, as well as promotional rights. Emirates will also be able to capitalize on advertising opportunities on Benfica’s media platforms, which will include digital activations.  The airline will also receive player access and interactive hospitality rights.

Benfica is one of the most successful clubs in the world, having conquered several domestic titles, and is the only club to have won all Portuguese competitions. Internationally, Benfica holds two European Champion Club Cups.

Emirates’ Boeing 777-300 flies daily to Lisbon. The Emirates Benfica sponsorship is yet another example of significant investment in Portugal. The airline has carried over 330,000 passengers in the last two years, fostering trade and tourism connections between the UAE, Portugal and beyond. In 2013, trade volumes between the two countries surged 23% to €4.8 billion with Portugal’s exports accounting for almost €1.5 billion.

Benfica will play a key role in Emirates’ sponsorship portfolio made of top sporting clubs, tournaments and high profile cultural events worldwide.

Emirates’ football sponsorship portfolio includes: FIFA, Arsenal FC, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Hamburger SV, Olympiacos FC, Arsenal Soccer Schools Dubai, The Emirates Cup and the Saudi Professional League.

Emirates is also the Official Airline and Partner of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the governing body of Asian football, and has sponsorship rights to all its tournaments, including the AFC Champions League, AFC Cup and the AFC Challenge Cup, as well as a number of women’s and youth events.

Emirates is also sponsoring the Portugal Masters golf tournament this year, which forms part of the 48 tournament series on the European Tour schedule, called the The Race to Dubai. The tournament lays the groundwork to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Zambeef Products Director Carl Irwin receives an honorary doctorate from Copperbelt University Chancellor Prof. Muyunda Mwanalushi, with Registrar Allan Iluga (left) and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Naison Ngoma.
Zambeef Products Director Carl Irwin receives an honorary doctorate from Copperbelt University Chancellor Prof. Muyunda Mwanalushi, with Registrar Allan Iluga (left) and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Naison Ngoma.
Zambeef Products Director Carl Irwin receives an honorary doctorate from Copperbelt University Chancellor Prof. Muyunda Mwanalushi, with Registrar Allan Iluga (left) and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Naison Ngoma.

Carl Irwin receives honorary doctorate

Zambeef Products Plc founding director Carl Irwin has urged graduates to consider becoming entrepreneurs in order to contribute to Zambia’s economic growth.

Dr Irwin, who is Director of Strategy and Business Development at Zambeef, was speaking during the graduation ceremony at Copperbelt University this week, at which he was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate in Business and Entrepreneurship.

“As new graduates of the Copperbelt University you could walk into a job almost anywhere in the world; you could work in the public sector; or take you pick of the multinational companies eager to hire dynamic, well-qualified young men and women,” he told them. “However I urge some of you to take the difficult road of following a path of entrepreneurship and set up new Zambian companies that are going to continue to drive long-term sustainable growth in our country and make us an economic powerhouse on the continent.”

Local enterprises form the bedrock of the Zambian economy, contributing to job creation, driving economic growth, and providing a springboard for expanding into markets elsewhere in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and beyond, said Dr Irwin, who accepted his degree at a colourful graduation ceremony in Kitwe this week, at which veteran politician and diplomat Vernon Mwaanga also received an honorary doctorate, along with the First President of Namibia, Sam Nujoma.

The doctorate set a new corporate benchmark, being the second honorary doctorate to be conferred on a Zambeef director in the space of a month, following the award of an honorary doctorate in Entrepreneurship and Management to Non-Executive Director Lawrence Sikutwa by the University of Lusaka.

In accepting his award, Dr Irwin explained the importance of local business to the Zambian economy, and the need to strike a balance between foreign multinationals and home-grown companies in order to ensure long-term sustainable growth.

“According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), ten of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world are African, and the Economist Intelligence Unit expects Zambia to be the tenth fastest growing economy globally in 2014. There is no doubt you are in the right place at the right time,” Dr Irwin told assembled graduates.

“In order to maintain this growth, our country needs Zambian entrepreneurs. This is something I believe passionately about. We cannot rely on large foreign multinationals to develop our economy or continue to rely on mining to drive the economy. While multinational investment is appreciated, and has an important role to play, this has to be balanced by growth driven by Zambian companies,” he added.

In citing the experiences and challenges of setting up Zambeef, Dr Irwin advised aspiring entrepreneurs to find and create their own luck; never give up; and inject fun and passion into their businesses.

Dr Irwin also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales, while Mr Sikutwa has a Master of Business Administration degree from ESAMI / Maastricht University.

The honours add to the Zambeef board’s impressive list of qualifications, including a PhD in economics from Cornell University obtained by chairman Dr Jacob Mwanza, a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture earned by Chief Executive Officer Francis Grogan, and a Master of Science degree in economics held by Executive Director Yusuf Koya. Mr Grogan was also awarded the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 accolade at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards last year.

About Zambeef Products Plc

Zambeef Products Plc is the largest integrated agribusinesses in Zambia.

The group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, edible oils, stock feed, flour and bread. The group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 8,350 hectares of row crops under irrigation and 17,000 hectares of rain-fed/dry-land crops available for planting each year. The group is also in the process of rolling out its West Africa expansion in Nigeria and Ghana, as well as developing a palm project in Zambia.

It slaughters more than 80,000 beef cattle and 6 million chickens, and processes 8 million litres of milk per year. The company has 121 retail outlets throughout the country, along with three wholesale depots.

More information is available at www.zambeefplc.com

Artists in Mumbai creating the Rangoli
Artists in Mumbai creating the Rangoli
Artists in Mumbai creating the Rangoli

Airline marks first A380 service connecting Dubai and India

Emirates, which flies daily direct from Lusaka to Dubai and Harare, has commenced its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with a daily flight between Dubai and Mumbai.
EK500 took off from Dubai International airport at 21:55 hours on 21st July, arriving at Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai at 02:30, covering the approximate 2,222kms at an average cruising speed of 822kms per hour.

The return flight EK501 took off from Terminal 2 in Mumbai at 04:30hrs and arrived back at Emirates Terminal 3 in Dubai, the airline’s home and hub for its specially designed A380 terminal – Concourse A, at 06.00 hours.

Emirates’ Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean said: “Mumbai was one of the first destinations on our route network when we launched in 1985. Dubai and Mumbai share a rich tapestry of partnerships, business and culture. In the past 29 years, we have flown over 42 million passengers between India and the UAE and so it is quite fitting that the city becomes our 29th A380 destination. Now our customers on the route can experience the luxury, the quietness and the outstanding service onboard an Emirates A380, in addition to the other four daily services we will continue to operate to the city.”

Mr Naveen Chawla, Vice President – Aero marketing, Mumbai International Airport Private Limited said, “We are delighted to welcome the arrival of Emirates’ first A380 to India in Mumbai. We are glad that passengers flying from Mumbai’s Terminal 2 to Dubai will now be able to enjoy the premium services of Emirates’ state-of-the-art Airbus A380. This is a momentous occasion for us as Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport  (CSIA) Mumbai is now the only airport in India to handle A380 aircraft operations for more than one international airline. This is yet another milestone event to our continuous endeavour to enhance the comfort and convenience of passengers travelling through CSIA and justifies our operational capabilities to handle bigger aircraft at T2.”

To mark these first flights passengers on board EK500 and EK501 from Dubai and Mumbai were given a special commemorative certificate and gift. In addition, a specially commissioned piece of artwork, a traditional Indian “Rangoli” was created by local Mumbai artists.

Emirates now has 50 A380s in its fleet of 224 wide-bodied aircraft and is the largest operator in the world of the double-decker with 90 more on order. Mumbai is the newest destination on its A380 network, and follows closely on the heels of Kuwait, which started on 16th July. The A380 offers passengers travelling to and from Mumbai a choice of 14 First Class Suites, 76 lie-flat Business Class seats on the upper deck and 399 comfortable Economy Class seats in four sections on the main deck.

Every seat on board is connected to ice,  which has just been voted the world’s best inflight entertainment system for the 10th year in a row by Skytrax, the world’s largest airline passenger satisfaction survey of over 18 million passengers worldwide. ice Digital widescreen offers passengers up to 1,800 channels of multi-lingual entertainment including the latest movies, television programmes and podcasts, international music collections including the ability for passengers to build their own playlists for the journey, and in seat wi-fi to allow for a connected as well as entertaining flight.

Passengers in all cabins can enjoy Emirates’ recently launched Indian menu which features regionally themed dishes from across India, served by multilingual cabin crew.

A unique feature on the Emirates A380 is the onboard Shower Spas which allow First Class passengers to arrive revitalised and refreshed. Another is the onboard lounge where First and Business Class passengers can relax and connect over a range of specially selected beverages and hot and cold canapés, creating an exclusive social experience at 40,000 feet

For more information about Emirates’ services to India, to book flights or to have a virtual tour of an Emirates A380, please visit, www.emirates.com

About Emirates

Emirates connects people and places around the globe. Based in Dubai, Emirates is one of the world’s most recognised airline brands through its support of premier sports and cultural events. Emirates has been inspiring travel and facilitating trade between Zambia and the world since 2012. Its daily direct flights from Lusaka to Harare and Dubai connect Zambia to over 140 destinations across six continents. Exports carried out of Lusaka and Harare include fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables and copper mining industry by-products.

On-board its modern and efficient fleet of 218 aircraft, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service, delivered by friendly cabin crew representing over 130 nationalities.  On the ground, Emirates connects millions of people each year through its other operations including Emirates Holidays, its destination marketing arm, and tour operator Arabian Adventures. For more information see www.emirates.com

 

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Grant Thornton’s Global Leader for Business Development and Markets, Dr Gernot Hebestreit (centre) and colleagues visit Zambeef’s meat processing plant in Chisamba.
Grant Thornton’s Global Leader for Business Development and Markets, Dr Gernot Hebestreit (centre) and colleagues visit Zambeef’s meat processing plant in Chisamba.
Grant Thornton’s Global Leader for Business Development and Markets, Dr Gernot Hebestreit (centre) and colleagues visit Zambeef’s meat processing plant in Chisamba.

Grant Thornton delegation visits agribusiness and food processing giant

Zambeef Products Plc received high-level endorsement of its business model this week when it hosted a tour of operations by the global leader of its accounting firm, Grant Thornton.

Grant Thornton’s Global Leader for Business Development and Markets, Dr Gernot Hebestreit, accompanied by Managing Partner for Zambia Edgar Hamuwele, Botswana Managing Partner Jay Ramesh, Zambia Deputy Managing Partner Christopher Mulenga and audit partner Wesley Beene, visited Zambeef’s Huntley Farm operations in Chisamba.

“I am really impressed – and looking at the history of Zambeef – that’s real dynamism. I am also impressed with the state-of-the art technology; with the quality control; and with the vertical integration from the start to the end customer,” said Dr Hebestreit.

The tour began at Kalundu Dairy farm, where Zambeef is milking 768 cows, producing 18,000 litres of milk per day. Its 2,158-strong herd also includes more than 200 in-calf heifers, helping the group’s strategy to build the milking herd to 1,500-2,000 in the next five years.

The visitors then moved to nearby Huntley Farm – the nerve centre of Zambeef’s operations, where they inspected the meat processing plant, including the company’s new gyro-freezer, as well as beef, chicken and sausage production.

The state-of-the-art ZamMilk dairy processing plant enabled the delegation to see at first-hand the production and packaging of drinking yoghurt, fermented milk and fresh milk products, of which some 60 percent are produced from milk supplied by the Kalundu herd, and the remainder from milk supplied by small-scale farmers.

A tour of the cattle feedlot area reinforced the importance of Zambeef’s model of vertical integration, in which the group works to add value at every step of the production chain, from crop production, animal feed production, milling, beef, chicken, dairy and pig farming, meat processing and packaging, and retailing through its network of 121 retail outlets countrywide.

“Zambeef recognises that it owes much of its success to the strength of the supporting team that it has built. This incudes its 5,500-strong workforce, a team of dedicated managers and directors, small-scale farmer suppliers, the regulatory agencies, and professional support services such as its bankers, and auditors. Grant Thornton has been an important long-term partner in that strategy,” said Zambeef Head of Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Felix Lupindula, who led the tour with Huntley Farm General Manager Francis Mondomona.

Dr Hebestreit  said: “Everything is on a growth trajectory, with increases in cow capacity, chicken, milk and cropping. Everywhere they are expanding, and that is the best evidence of success, if you have the demand exceeding supply. As Grant Thornton, we are proud to be associated with a valued owner-managed agribusiness group that has grown into a multinational and is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, and we wish the group continued growth and success in the future.”

“It is a very good operation and we need more of such operations in the country to help grow the economy. When you look at Zambeef’s operations, covering all the ten provinces, you see they have taken development to different parts of the country, which is what we need,” said Grant Thornton Managing Partner in Zambia Edgar Hamuwele.

About Zambeef Products Plc

Zambeef Products Plc is the largest integrated agribusinesses in Zambia.

The group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, edible oils, stock feed, flour and bread. The group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 8,350 hectares of row crops under irrigation and 17,000 hectares of rain-fed/dry-land crops available for planting each year. The group is also in the process of rolling out its West Africa expansion in Nigeria and Ghana, as well as developing a palm project in Zambia.

It slaughters more than 80,000 beef cattle and 6 million chickens, and processes 8 million litres of milk per year. The company has 121 retail outlets throughout the country, along with three wholesale depots.

More information is available at www.zambeefplc.com

 

About Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms.

In Zambia, Grant Thornton provides auditing, management consultancy, accounting, taxation, financial advisory and other services from its offices in Lusaka and Kitwe. The firm offers clients international quality services with a worldwide support group network coupled with over 59 years’ experience in Zambia. Currently the firm has seven partners / directors and 100 employees in its two offices.

Match winner Mario Gotze after scoring the only goal of the match.
Match winner Mario Gotze after scoring the only goal of the match.

Emirates, an Official FIFA Worldwide Partner, was at the thrilling finale of the World Cup to congratulate and celebrate with champions Germany.

As soon as the captivating game, with just one outstanding goal securing the German team’s win was over, the airline’s multinational crew were ready with the medals for FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline said: “It was a fitting finale to an outstanding tournament. The FIFA World Cup final really resonated with Emirates as both these proud nations – Germany and Argentina – are on our route network. We have transported more than 18,000 supporters to the tournament in the past month from all over the world, a testament to the close connection we enjoy with communities and fans of the sport worldwide. Such electrifying events, the passion of the players and the fans, and the incredible successes on the field are why we continue to invest in sports sponsorship, particularly football.”

Emirates has been an Official FIFA Worldwide Partner since 2006. For the 2014 tournament, the airline partnered with Cristiano Ronaldo and Pelé, who were appointed as their Global Ambassadors.

Emirates Cabin Crew line up with the 2014 FIFA World Cup winners medals ready for the presentation.
Emirates Cabin Crew line up with the 2014 FIFA World Cup winners medals ready for the presentation.

About Emirates

Emirates connects people around the globe. The airline’s vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships brings people together to discover, enjoy, and share enriching experiences.

Leading Football clubs such as Arsenal FC, Real Madrid C.F., AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and New York Cosmos sport iconic ‘Fly Emirates’ jerseys. Emirates is an Official FIFA Worldwide Partner and the Official Airline of the Asian Football Federation and Zain Saudi Professional League. Emirates’ commitment to other sports include Tennis (ATP World Tour, Emirates ATP Rankings, Emirates Airline US Open Series, US Open, French Open), Golf (Emirates Australian Open Championship, DP World Tour Championship), Cricket (All major ICC events and ICC Elite Panel of Umpires), Horse Racing (Emirates Melbourne Cup, Dubai World Cup),Australian Rules Football (Collingwood FC), Rugby (Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Main Sponsor of USA Rugby) and Formula One(Global Partner).

Also a dedicated supporter of global arts and culture, Emirates is proud to sponsor the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras as well as the San Francisco Symphony and world-class events such as Dubai International Film Festival, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival.

 

Emirates celebrates delivery of its 50th A380 aircraft.
Emirates celebrates delivery of its 50th A380 aircraft.

71% growth in capacity since 2010 cements Emirates position as world’s largest international airline

Emirates, which flies daily direct from Lusaka to Dubai and Harare, has received its 50th A380 aircraft, strengthening its position as the world’s largest international airline[i].

This latest delivery takes Emirates’ all wide-body fleet to 224 aircraft, representing the world’s largest fleet of A380s, and also the world’s largest fleet of Boeing 777s.

After the entry of its 50th A380 aircraft into service by early August, Emirates will offer on a weekly basis a total of 5.7 billion available seat kilometres (ASKMs) to 145 destinations which span the globe from Los Angeles to Auckland.  Since April 2010, Emirates has received 96 aircraft (all A380s and Boeing 777s), increasing its overall capacity by 64% in ATKMs and 71% in ASKMs, while consistently maintaining seat load factors of close to 80%.  During this period, Emirates also added 48 cities to its global destination network.

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “Emirates has seen tremendous organic growth in the past 4 years, probably the fastest of any airline in history. We’ve literally added capacity equivalent to what some mid-sized airlines operate, but more significantly, we have maintained high seat loads and profitability. This speaks to the strength of our world-class product, and also our business model which is based on an efficient global hub that connects Dubai to the world, and almost any two cities in the world via Dubai.”

He added: “The A380 has been very successful for us, and this is reflected in the strong customer interest and high seat factors wherever we’ve deployed the aircraft. The A380 has helped us serve customer demand on trunk routes, operate more efficiently at slot-constrained airports, and also introduce new concepts on-board that have redefined the flying experience. Moving forward, we will see quite a ramp up in the delivery programme and by late 2017 we will have around 90 A380s in our fleet to support existing and new A380 routes.”

John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers said: “The A380 is pleasing its operators by increasing passenger traffic, strengthening load factors and improving their market share. The delivery of the 50th A380 to Emirates shows the profit enhancing capabilities of this aircraft and the extraordinary vision of Emirates and Sir Tim.”

Largest A380 operator

Emirates has the biggest A380 route network of any commercial airline, currently serving 27 airports on 5 continents. Its Dubai-Los Angeles route is the world’s longest A380 flight in operation. By the end of this year, the number of destinations served by an Emirates A380 will increase to 33, with the addition of Kuwait on 16th July, Mumbai on 21st July, Frankfurt from 1st September, Dallas from 1st October, San Francisco from 1st December and Houston from 3rd December.

To date, the airline’s fleet of A380 aircraft has carried 27.5 million revenue passengers, made over 68,800 trips and covered more than 405 million kilometers. The Emirates A380 has also visited over 40 airports around the world for tests and tours.

Emirates currently has over 10,000 cabin crew and 900 flight deck crew specially trained to operate its growing A380 fleet.

Order book creates and supports jobs across supply chain

Emirates has 299 wide-body aircraft on its order book, including 90 more A380s, creating and sustaining thousands of jobs across the aircraft manufacturing supply chain. Many of these new jets have been earmarked to replace the older aircraft in Emirates’ current fleet.

Modern, efficient aircraft have always been central to Emirates’ business model. It means better operational economics, and also the ability to offer the latest on-board features for the best possible flying experience. The average age of Emirates’ fleet is 74 months, compared to the industry average of 140 months.

On the ferry flight for Emirates’ 50th A380, the Airbus Foundation and Action For Hunger sent 41 tonnes of cargo consisting of Plumpy Nut food bars to support several existing nutrition programmes in the region, mainly in Yemen. The peanut based food bars will be used to feed children five and under, suffering from acute malnutrition. The cargo will be storied in the United Nation Humanitarian Response facility in Dubai. This will be the single largest humanitarian cargo shipment in the history of Airbus.

 

[i] Emirates is the largest airline by scheduled international passenger kilometres flown. Source: World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) 2013 (58th edition).

International

Rank Airline Millions
1 Emirates 209,377
2 United Airlines 141,364
3 Lufthansa 139,098
4 Delta Airlines 129,143
5 Air France 127,815
6 British Airways 126,841
7 Ryanair 102,922
8 Singapore Airlines 95,470
9 Cathay Pacific Airways 93,672
10 KLM 89,040

Total (International + Domestic)

Rank Airline Millions
1 United Airlines 286,802
2 Delta Air Lines 277,560
3 Emirates 209,377
4 American Airlines 206,551
5 China Southern Airlines 147,841
6 Southwest Airlines 145,124
7 Lufthansa 144,236
8 Air France 136,405
9 British Airways 130,129
10 Qantas Airways 110,203

About Emirates:

Emirates connects people and places around the globe. Based in Dubai, Emirates is one of the world’s most recognised airline brands through its support of premier sports and cultural events. Emirates has been inspiring travel and facilitating trade between Zambia and the world since 2012. Its daily direct flights from Lusaka to Harare and Dubai connect Zambia to over 140 destinations across six continents. Exports carried out of Lusaka and Harare include fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables and copper mining industry by-products.

On-board its modern and efficient fleet of 218 aircraft, Emirates offers award-winning comfort and service, delivered by friendly cabin crew representing over 130 nationalities.  On the ground, Emirates connects millions of people each year through its other operations including Emirates Holidays, its destination marketing arm, and tour operator Arabian Adventures. For more information see www.emirates.com

 

International Tobacco Growers' Association President Francois van der Merwe.
International Tobacco Growers' Association President Francois van der Merwe.
International Tobacco Growers’ Association President Francois van der Merwe.

Tobacco farmers from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa met in Harare, Zimbabwe, over the past three days to discuss issues that will have a major impact on their livelihoods.

Representatives of tobacco growers from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa together with representatives of the International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA) have called on all governments, particularly those from the tobacco-growing regions, to include them in discussions of policies that will have a direct impact on their lives.

ITGA President Francois van der Merwe said that tobacco growers are alarmed that recommendations on tobacco proposed for the next Conference of the Parties (COP6) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will penalise growers for whom tobacco crops are a route out of poverty and a way of life.

“The people driving these policies are completely out of touch with reality and fail to recognise the positive economic contribution that tobacco growing makes to Africa,” he said. “This is a high-value cash crop very much suited to small-hold farming, and has changed the lives of many African farmers for the better.”

President of the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association Gavin Foster pointed out that most of the tobacco produced in Africa is exported. “Growers are naturally concerned about efforts in the context of the FCTC to change the way tobacco is treated in the international trading system,” he said. “If allowed, such changes would prevent tobacco-producing countries like Zimbabwe from legitimately defending and benefiting from those exports.”

Tobacco growers, said Van der Merwe, have been excluded from presenting their point of view and have been denied any chance to engage with those pushing for these punitive measures. “We are asking governments – and representative bodies such as the United Nations – to engage with us in a constructive dialogue instead of shutting the door on our lives.”

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Qatar Airways has joined Emirates and Etihad in stopping its jets flying to the Pakistani city of Peshawar after a deadly attack on an airliner.

The Pakistan International Airlines flight was fired on as it landed on Tuesday, killing a passenger on board.

Police have arrested scores of people but say they do not have full control of areas around the airport where the shots are thought to have originated.

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific says it is suspending all flights to Pakistan.

The move, which it said would come into effect by late June, follows a deadly attack on Karachi airport earlier this month.

The all-night siege at Karachi’s international airport, the largest in Pakistan, left at least 39 people dead, 10 of them heavily armed gunmen.

The Pakistani Taliban and an allied Uzbek militant group said they jointly carried out the Karachi attack.

There was no immediate claim for Tuesday night’s machine-gun attack on the PIA jet in Peshawar.

Pakistan International Airlines crew members stand by an ambulance, 25 June 2014Pakistan International Airlines crew members assist the injured at Peshawar airport

The BBC’s Andrew North in Islamabad says even for a country accustomed to violence, there has been astonishment in Pakistan at the attack.

The pilot said it could have been even worse, describing his desperate efforts to dodge a volley of rounds he saw flashing around the cockpit as he brought the plane in.

Qatar Airways and the two other Gulf-based airlines have said they hope to resume services soon.

But the cumulative damage to Pakistan’s image is severe, our correspondent says.

It comes just days after the government barred an Emirates aircraft with an anti-government cleric on board from landing in Islamabad because of rioting outside the airport.

Source: BBC