Emirates and Airservices Australia sign deal

DUBAI - Airservices Australia and Emirates airline have signed a long-term strategic partnership agreement to deliver operational efficiencies within Australian airspace and develop a closer international business association. Bernie Smith,chief executive officer of Airservices Australia and Tim Clark, president Emirates Airline, sealed the deal at the Emirates head office in Dubai, on the third and final day of the Airport Build & Supply Exhibition.

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Published: Fri 11 Jun 2004, 12:17 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:04 PM

The main objective of the partnership revolves for the planning, development and implementation of 'flexible routes' and related procedures for use by Emirates aircraft flying between Australia and Dubai.

The navigation specialists at Airservices Australia and Emirates had developed a unique set of operating practices where tailor-made routes across the Indian ocean would be selected for each flight to Australia. Emirates will be benefitted through more efficient flights, saving on fuel burn and the environment bonuses from the resulting reduction in exhaust gas emissions.

In the past, the relationship between Airservices Australia and Emirates had been based on a traditional 'supplier' customer relationship. "We intend to strengthen that relationship through a shared vision of cooperation," said Bernie Smith. "After all, Emirates is the world's fastest growing intercontinental airline and is dramatically increasing its presence in the Australia-New Zealand region, nearly doubling flights into Sydney and Melbourne within a year."

Emirates Airbus A 340-500 direct flights to Melbourne and Christchurch will commence next month.

These aircraft are equipped with the most modern satellite surveillance and communications technology and air traffic controllers in Airservices Melbourne centre will monitor and track the progress of every flight once they enter Australian airspace.

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