A picture take on September 14, 2017 shows an Airbus A380 of Emirates landing at the tarmac at Dubai's International Airport.
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The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at US$16 billion based on latest list prices. AFP/GIUSEPPE CACACE

Emirates firms a $16 billion order for 36 A380 double-deckers



Emirates, the largest operator of wide-body aircraft, signed a contract on Sunday firmed a preliminary $16 billion order for 20 A380 aircraft and options for 16 more.

"This agreement underscores our commitment to the A380 programme, providing stability to the A380 production line and supporting tens of thousands of high-value jobs across the aviation supply chain," Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, chairman and chief executive of Emirates airline and the group said.

Toulouse-headquartered Airbus was unable to lock in an agreement with Emirates to buy additional A380s at the Dubai Airshow last November. Instead, the Dubai-based carrier opted to buy 40 Boeing Dreamliner 787-10 jets in a deal valued at $15.1bn.

Emirates, which has invested billions of dollars to establish a transportation hub in Dubai, had demanded Airbus commit to a production timeline of at least a decade due to a lack of traction from other carriers for the aircraft and the absence of a secondary market for the jet.

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In January, the two parties reached a breakthrough and announced the agreement. The new order brings Emirates' commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft, worth over $60bn. Emirates has 101 A380s in operation. The additional A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards. The airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order.

The first double-decker to go into operation in 2007 as part of Singapore Airlines' fleet was retired in June of last year and destined for the scrapyard in the absence of a new operator. Airbus had not been able to sell an A380 in over two years and had conceded prior to its agreement with Emirates that it was considering shutting down the programme if a deal with the carrier wasn't reached.

“This latest agreement further demonstrates the strength of our valued partnership with Emirates in support of their impressive growth,” said Fabrice Bregier, Airbus president commercial aircraft and chief operating officer.

Emirates is the largest operator of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777 aircraft in the world. The carrier operates a mixed fleet of 269 wide-bodied aircraft that fly to 157 destinations globally.

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25 visual effects (VFX) studios

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1,000 VFX artists

3,000 technicians

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Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

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Rating: 4.5/5

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Rating: 4/5

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Group C: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Scotland, Zimbabwe

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Wednesday, January 22, v Afghanistan

Saturday, January 25, v South Africa

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Tax authority targets shisha levy evasion

The Federal Tax Authority will track shisha imports with electronic markers to protect customers and ensure levies have been paid.

Khalid Ali Al Bustani, director of the tax authority, on Sunday said the move is to "prevent tax evasion and support the authority’s tax collection efforts".

The scheme’s first phase, which came into effect on 1st January, 2019, covers all types of imported and domestically produced and distributed cigarettes. As of May 1, importing any type of cigarettes without the digital marks will be prohibited.

He said the latest phase will see imported and locally produced shisha tobacco tracked by the final quarter of this year.

"The FTA also maintains ongoing communication with concerned companies, to help them adapt their systems to meet our requirements and coordinate between all parties involved," he said.

As with cigarettes, shisha was hit with a 100 per cent tax in October 2017, though manufacturers and cafes absorbed some of the costs to prevent prices doubling.

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