Emirates relaunches Accelerated Command Programme; adds Boeing freighters to order book

Emirates Relaunch
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Emirates announced it has relaunched its Accelerated Command Programme, inviting Captains with Airbus FBW experience to apply. The airline also continues to recruit First Officers across its fleet. Captains will join Emirates as A380 First Officers on an enhanced salary package. They are eligible for an accelerated command upgrade after a minimum of 700 flying hours and two successful recurrent checks. Typically, Emirates pilots achieve these milestones in a little over a year as they fly a mix of ultra-long, long- and short-haul routes.

The ACP is primarily designed for experienced Airbus Captains, who currently command narrow-body aircraft on regional routes, and wish to dial up their careers by working with a global airline brand. Emirates’ network spanning six continents is served by an all-wide body fleet with routes that crisscross all terrains – over the pole, the Himalayas, deserts, sea-level destinations, and high-altitude airfields. The airline’s complex and challenging operations make it essential for future A380 Captains to join as First Officers and undergo comprehensive training to meet leading safety standards before they can safely command the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

First Officer Yusri Abu Bakar from Singapore said, “I’ve been a First Officer at Emirates for three years now, and I’ve had the most amazing career flying our Airbus A380s – one of the youngest fleets in the skies. With our global network, I could be flying to San Francisco one week, Sydney the next, followed by Johannesburg or Paris. The flight and cabin crew teams are highly skilled, extremely safety conscious and enjoy an easy camaraderie and teamwork. That’s all really down to the training – top-notch facilitators, infrastructure, and simulators. And living in Dubai among 200 nationalities, superb sporting venues and entertainment, five-star hotels, restaurants, and the food scene – that’s incomparable.”

Emirates offers a range of benefits designed for pilots and their families to lead an enriching and enjoyable lifestyle. This includes competitive tax-free salary, generous accommodation and education allowances, excellent medical and dental cover, life insurance, and bonus eligibility. Pilots are chauffeured between home and work, and enjoy concessional cargo, as well as travel benefits for their entire family and friends across the airline’s network. The Emirates Platinum card offers a range of exclusive employee privileges and discounts across thousands of retail and hospitality outlets in Dubai and globally.

The airline’s training facility houses 10 full-flight simulators for Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s. Emirates invests in robust, evidence-based in-house training programmes in specially designed environments, with highly experienced instructors. This ensures that Emirates pilots are fully trained and find flying the airline’s fleet fulfilling and interesting. Captains can advance in their careers to roles in management, training, and recruitment.

To qualify for the ACP, captains need to have a minimum of 7,000 hours, of which 3,000 hours are command time, on multi-crew, multi-engine commercial aircraft with MTOW of 50 tonnes or more. They must currently be type rated as a commander on an Airbus FBW aircraft with a minimum of 1,500 hours on type.

Emirates adds 5 new Boeing 777-200LR freighters to order book

Emirates has announced a firm order for five  new Boeing 777-200LR freighter aircraft, with two units to be delivered in 2024 and the remaining three units in 2025. The agreement, worth over US$ 1.7 billion at list prices, takes the airline’s total order book to 200 wide-body aircraft. Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: “Emirates is investing in new freighters so that we can continue to serve customer demand with the latest fuel-efficient aircraft. This order reflects Emirates’ confidence in airfreight demand and overall aviation sector growth. It lays the ground for our continued growth, which is driven by the reach of our diverse global network, the advanced handling infrastructure at our Dubai hub, and the tailored transport solutions that Emirates has developed to serve our varied customers’ needs.”

Stan Deal, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “We value the trust that Emirates has repeatedly placed in its all-Boeing freighter fleet. The expansion of Emirates’ fleet with these additional fuel-efficient 777 Freighters will enable the airline to support its growing cargo market demand, transporting goods rapidly and efficiently from origin to destination in the Middle East and around the world.”

At last November’s Dubai Airshow, Emirates announced a US$1 billion investment to expand its air cargo capacity, including 2 new 777Fs which have already joined the Emirates fleet in 2022, and plans to convert 10 Boeing 777-300ERs into freighter aircraft. The aircraft conversion work is scheduled to begin in 2023. Emirates was the launch customer for the Boeing 777 freighter. The versatile aircraft has since become core to the airline’s operations, operating scheduled and charter missions to destinations across six continents. The 777-F’s range and payload capabilities allow Emirates to efficiently transport time and temperature sensitive shipments from origin to destination – whether it is time critical goods, fresh products, medicines, pets, cars or champion racehorses. Emirates currently operates a fleet of 11 Boeing 777 freighters, in addition to bellyhold cargo capacity on its fleet of widebody 777 and A380 passenger aircraft.  Emirates SkyCargo is one of the world’s largest air cargo carriers, offering a range of tailored solutions for its customers’ requirements.

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