AOB – May 2016

29 May 2016

On EK 773 heading back from Cape Town to Dubai….

Thoroughly enjoyed our week in South Africa…everyone we met was genuinely nice. The scenery is in parts stunning.

Had a mini-safari and my first helicopter ride…spent a day on a wine tram and took the cable-car up Table Mountain….But you do not have to look far to see South Africa’s problems….it is a generation since the end of apartheid but at least a generation more of real change is required.

26 May 2016

Rather odd to see Ellen de Generis so strongly promoting Emirates and Dubai. Another middle eastern paradox….

The trouble is that Ellen De Generis is strong in her criticism of Mississippi and North Caroline regarding their anti LGBT laws but was happily promoting a country that criminalises the same…anything that makes a dollar for her show.

There is a whiff of hypocrisy about it all….though it was very smart marketing for EK. Every member of The Ellen Show audience in an episode this week was given a return ticket to Dubai. The show itself was very strong on EK branding and marketing for Dubai. Lets hope that their tickets are valid for long after Ramadan and the summer months.

18 May 2016

Another depressing day for aviation with the loss of MS804 – an Egyptair A320 en route from Paris to Cairo.

I will have to show this to my lovely spouse!

The Gulf News reports that the Ajman Criminal Court has found an Arab woman guilty of breaching the privacy of her husband after she looked into his mobile without his permission, a lawyer said yesterday.

The woman has been fined Dh150,000 and will be deported, the court ruled.

The woman gained access to her husband’s mobile phone and transferred photos to her phone via WhatsApp.

Later, she accused her husband of having an affair with another woman.

Soon after, the man lodged a complaint with the Ajman court, accusing his wife of transferring photos without his permission.

The woman admitted to the charges.

The woman was prosecuted under criminal penal code No. 212 and the cybercrime law, Federal Decree-Law No. 5 of 2012, article No 21, which stipulates that a person “shall be punished by imprisonment of a period of at least six months and a fine not less than Dh150,000 and not in excess of Dh500,000 or either of these two penalties whoever uses a computer network and/or electronic information system or any information technology means for the invasion of privacy of another person in other than the cases allowed by the law…”

Now I wonder if the law works the other way around – would a man be prosecuted for looking at his wife’s mobile phone without her permission?

Silly question.

16 May 2016

The end of an era last week as EK disposed of its final A340-500. Withdrawn Emirates A340-500 A6-ERE positioned Dubai – Tereul, Spain for storage on the morning of 12 May as EK2515.

14 May 2016


The employee-to-aircraft ratio of Singapore Airlines is 219.84 because its 23,963 employees are looking after a fleet of 109 aircraft.

The employee-to-aircraft ratio of Emirates Airlines is 231.53 because its 56,725 employees are looking after a fleet of 245 aircraft. Its revenues stand at $24.2 billion.

The employees per aircraft ratio of Thai Airways is 308.82 because its 25,323 employees are looking after a fleet of 82 aircraft.

Singapore and Emirates is a very valid comparison – airlines with no domestic business and only wide-body aircraft.

Thai is interesting only because it is so bad!

9 May 2016

The statistics on EK recruitment : Around 60 new pilots last month. Average each month is about 48. “Lots of bright and enthusiastic turboprop guys and girls joining thinking Christmas has come early, some of them only 24-25 years of age. Bit different to 10 years ago. Still some ex lo cost and quite a few ex Malaysian although did hear that several of those are struggling.”

Cabin crew numbers around 120 per week, 7 new courses start each week with around 15-17 newbies on each course. “Standard of English amongst them varies greatly!”

Sounds about right.

So that leaves a question: Would you like to end your 12h night duty into crappy weather with a new hire that needed two additional simulator sessions with more than 60 landings, to get his or her minimum of 3 consecutive landings within acceptable limits? This is apparently the new limitation instructors get (imposed) to release the much needed reinforcement on the line?

I have heard this from line captains who are effectively acting as trainers when they fly with some new first officers.

8 May 2016

Person of Interest is back for its final abbreviated series – series 5. This show is so under-rated and I suspect the final series will be outstanding, provocative television. Enjoy.

In fairness to Leicester their premiership-winning celebrations were world class.  Andrea Bocelli sung before the final home game against Everton. He was magnificent in his King Power shirt with Ranieri at his side.

The very idea that Leicester could get Bocelli to the King Power stadium on a Saturday night is remarkable.

The post match parade of players and families was warm and genuine. The only sour note was the owner’s family parading a large portrait of the King of Thailand around the stadium with the trophy – it looked out of place in an English stadium with a team of many nations.

Emirates has announced that it will introduce a new Dubai – Cape Town three class Boeing 777-300ER rotation from 4th July 2016. This will give Emirates three daily return services on the route. Schedules are as follows:

EK778 Dubai 1050 – Cape Town 1830
EK779 Cape Town 2005 – Dubai 0730+1.

EK also flies four daily to JNB and a single daily flight to DUR

2 May 2016

Congratulations Leicester City.

A muted congratulations. What they have achieved is astonishing. But I just don’t like them that much. The King Power connections do not help. A Thai company that profits from being the monopoly operator of duty-free outlets at Bangkok’s airports.

Trust the Economist to look at their win in the cold light of day! How Leicester City staged the greatest upset in sporting history

The reality is that there has never been a more unlikely sporting triumph – even Foinavon was only 108/1 in the Grand National….Leicester City were 5000 to 1 at the start of the season.