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Emirates Launches Limited Edition Upcycled Luggage

The “Aircrafted by Emirates” bags, suitcases, and accessories are made from retrofitted airline interiors.

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In August 2022, Emirates began to retrofit the interior cabins of all 120 of its Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. The ongoing multi-billion-dollar project is the largest of its kind and expected to take 2 years to complete.

Now, to show off its commitment to the environment and showcase its spirit of innovation, Emirates has revealed a unique capsule collection of luggage, bags, and accessories made from upcycled materials from retrofitted airliners.

The limited-edition range features suitcases, backpacks, handbags, cardholders, toiletry bags, belts, and shoes. All the items are handmade by four of the fourteen Emirates tailors working in the company’s dedicated cabin workshop. The items will be displayed at the Dubai Airshow in DWC from 13-17 November and are also available to order. All proceeds from their sale will be donated to Children in Need via the Emirates Airline Foundation.

Many materials have been repurposed for the new collection, including aluminum from headrests, leather from A380 onboard lounges, and even fur from a captain’s seat. The environmental credentials of the retrofit project are impressive: From the 16 aircraft retrofitted so far, over 14,000kg of materials have been recovered. When completed, Emirates aims to have collected 270 kg of leather and 627kg of seat fabric from each airliner.

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Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President for Engineering, Ahmed Safa, said: “At Emirates, we are committed to constantly evolving our sustainability efforts and looking at every aspect of our products and supply chain. We knew these materials could be given a second life because they were originally of very high quality. We challenged our team to be as creative and innovative as possible, and here we are, with our own accessories workshop in Emirates Engineering Center”.

Each piece from the collection will be handmade to order, so customers can also request personalized laser engravings. Fashion-conscious Emirates fans can register their interest soon, but the special items will be available in strictly limited quantities.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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