Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has written his autobiography in which he has given out first-hand information regarding his journey from the young royal Prime Minister, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai.
His autobiography comprises of 50 chapters. In the 37th chapter of the book, he has discussed the establishment of Emirates Airline comprehensively, which is now one of the biggest airlines of the world with the assistance of PIA.
He wrote that by the end of 1970s, the United Arab Emirates announced an open sky policy for attracting airlines in Dubai. He mentioned that the objective was to boost competition and to open more divisions in our economy. Gulf Air, which was a major airline of that time was worried that some other airlines would take advantage of the policy.
He wrote that their difference with the Gulf Air extended to the point that there was nothing left to discuss.
Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid wrote that the problems of Gulf Air with the Dubai airport kept on surging and they asked him clearly and directly to end the open sky policy so that the airline could protect their market share. He added that a few weeks were provided to announce it, the airline even threatened to withdraw from the Dubai airport, which meant an end to 70 percent of the work of the airport. He maintained that after conducting many meetings, he stressed that policy would not change and that it was necessary to the way they work.
He added that he hated such arguments, as it is not a smart or civilised way of handling problems.
In the year 1984, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid invited the manager of an aviation firm—Dnata in Dubai—Maurice Flanagan to his office for discussing the dream he always had which was of establishing an airline in Dubai.
It took them six months to launch the airline, which is referred to as Emirates today with the cost of $10million. He added that they rented 2 planes from Pakistan International Airlines and worked on them.
An ex-official of the Emirates—Ejaz ul Haq had also shared his experience of introducing the new airline and the critical role of PIA in an opinion.
PIA not only leased the aircraft, but also gave training facilities for the Emirates’ first staff members.
He added that the Pakistan International Airline offered every courtesy to his team and assured that they had all the needed resources for the project.
In September 1985, when Mr. Haq and his other team members were working on some project in Karachi, the cabin crew of Emirates began its training in the Ground Training School of PIA.
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