There is a reason Sir Tim Clark was recognised with a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2014 after three decades of effort with Emirates Airline. The carrier’s president played a vital role in its transformation into a globally respected player with services that stretch to six continents, having led the airline since 2003.
Despite admitting to tough times, he announced this year that Emirates Airline will launch its much anticipated premium economy offering in 2020 on the newly-ordered A380. Premium economy is levelled at between economy class and business class and considered as a potentially lucrative product option for airlines.
Emirates has also signed an agreement with Etihad for cooperation in aviation security, which will include the sharing of information, intelligence, security training and education programmes, as well as operational areas within and outside the UAE. It will extend its security development curriculum to help Etihad set up an in-house security education programme, with possible university level accreditation. Moreover, Emirates Skywards this year replaced flydubai’s frequent flyer programme, OPEN, officially becoming the loyalty programme of Emirates Airline and flydubai.