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Emirates completes 33 Aircraft makeovers in 12 months

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The Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre, the world’s largest aircraft painting facility owned by an airline, has completely stripped and repainted 33 aircraft last year, or 13% of its fleet.

During the year, Emirates gave a fresh coat of paint to three Airbus A380s and 22 Boeing 777s, in addition to eight aircraft that were retired as a part of the airline’s strategy to operate a young, modern, and efficient aircraft fleet.

Emirates’ state-of- the-art facility in Dubai also installed decals on 72 aircraft and executed over 105,000 painting jobs including cabin touch-ups across the world’s largest fleet of wide-body aircraft in 2015. Some of the eye-catching customized decals installed on the Emirates fleet during the course of the year include the Real Madrid A380, the Paris Saint-Germain A380, the Arsenal 777, the A.C. Milan A380, the Arsenal A380 and the United for Wildlife A380s.

Being one of the most visible elements of brand Emirates, the aircraft is an essential aspect of product and customer experience. Emirates makes sure that all its aircraft are in top operating condition from a technical standpoint and takes great pride in ensuring every aspect of its aircraft appearance meets the highest standards.

Aircraft appearance can also impact operating and technical performance. A good paint job for instance, can help reduce fuel burn, and a smooth turnaround at the Aircraft Appearance Centre helps return the aircraft to scheduled service more quickly. That is why Emirates has invested in a world-class facility, technologies, and its people, to ensure that the airline has its own in-house capability.

Emirates has also pioneered an innovation in the A380 repainting process by using a new adhesion promoter which ensures enhanced paint durability and longevity. Airbus is recommending this indigenously developed feature to other A380 operators who will be repainting their aircraft. In addition to this, the team succeeded in shaving off a few hundred kilograms from the weight of a number of the A380s, contributing to better operational efficiency, enhanced technical performance and cost savings.

Emirates is working closely with aircraft manufacturers and industry partners around the world to introduce better efficiencies in aircraft paint application, with an eye on efficiency and eco-friendliness. Twice the size of a football pitch and operational round-the- clock, the Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre uses the latest technologies and systems, including fully controlled environments that regulate temperature, humidity and airflow – all critical factors for the perfect glossy coat.

The process for repainting an A380 involves four different stages starting from: preparing and masking the aircraft to protect sensitive components from paint application; chemical stripping of existing paint; sanding of external surfaces followed by the actual phase of repainting whichcomprises of pre-treatment, painting of the aircraft with various coats, marking of signs and finally, the application of a clear coat for gloss retention. This is followed by an exhaustive inspection and quality assurance check before the aircraft is released back into service.

A team of 34 professionals worked for nearly 6,000 man hours to complete the repainting of ‘Echo Delta Delta’, the fourth A380 to join the Emirates fleet. The mammoth ‘strip and repaint’ makeover was completed in 15 days, setting a new company record. The painting part of the process took just seven days.

Seven coats of paint weighing 1,100 kilograms were applied on ‘Echo Delta Delta’, covering an area of 3,076 square meters. The entire exterior of the A380 including the fuselage, wings, engines as well as vertical and horizontal stabilizers received a makeover. The paint coats on the fuselage comprised of one layer each of a primer and sealer, followed by three coats of Brilliant White, which is the custom Emirates color, and then two layers of clear coat and decorative paints for the Emirates insignia and logo.

Emirates is the world’s second airline to undertake this complex paint job of gargantuan proportions, and it repaints an A380 after every seven to eight years of service, or earlier if the aircraft requires it. As the world’s largest operator and customer of the A380, Emirates is expected to repaint more A380s than any other airline in the years to come.

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Nofeka, a new online retailer platform launched

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Nofeka, a new Ugandan online retailer platform has been launched. The new platform comes at a time when there is limited movement of people and access to food markets and produce stores due to the on going COVID-19 pandemic.

Kiyega Daniel the retailer’s founder and CEO says its thus the right time to launch an online retailer platform that also does deliveries so as to ease life for Ugandans mostly those affected by movement restrictions.

With an offering of a wide range of products ranging from groceries, clothing to electronics, furniture and toiletries among others, the retailer’s founder Kiyega says they are targeting to have at least 10,000 orders a month with in one year.

This, according to the firm’s projections, will grow to 1 million orders a month 5 years down the road as they step out of Uganda into East Africa and Africa at large.

Download the Nofeka app on Google Play or Apple store or visit their website  to get started.

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Fin tech app, Cash Chat to reward users with mobile phones

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Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

Asher Namanya, the founder and developer of Cash Chat App

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Financial technology app, Cash chat that has been giving opportunities to those looking at sustainable self employment through signing up on it and signing up other users for a commission has expanded its offering.

With over 100000 users across East Africa, the app has new features and customers can now do a number of other things like chat, make calls for free on the app, send money abroad and win great prizes!

In partnership with Pixan Uganda, all new customers who sign up to cash chat now by downloading the app, becoming members and take a picture of themselves and their phone showing the app will win brand new Pixan M9 phones, power banks and other accessories.

Cash chat now also gives members a chance to make additional money through bringing adverts onto the platform for a commission and saving on the app where they can earn good interest on the cash chat savings product.

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Infinix to Unveil a Smartphone Beyond Performance

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By Staff Writer

Infinix Mobility as a tech company has continuously proved extremely impressive in the smartphone industry with its latest upcoming device, the NOTE7 aimed at providing users with an ultimate smartphone experience at a reasonable price.

The NOTE7 is the successor of the NOTE6 which was launched last year in July. The Infinix NOTE series have been known for their big battery, performance power consumption and fast charging among many other remarkable features. Although previous NOTE series come with an X-pen as seen in the NOTE4 Pro and NOTE5 stylus and NOTE6, it is rumored that the NOTE7 does not come with an X-pen but is said to be upgraded with more functions.

The NOTE7 is said to come with a 6.95-inch display which is much larger than its predecessor (Note 6) with quad-rear cameras with a 48MP with f/1.79 aperture, a 25mm 2MP macro lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a low light video camera with front-facing punch-hole camera as the selfie camera. 

Infinix is said to have made a major upgrade with the NOTE7’s internal storage capacity of from the usual 64GB to 128GB expandable to 258GB with a change in the finger print scanner position from the back of the device to the side-mounted position and a massive 5000mAh battery, the first of its kind for the NOTE series which have been powered by a 4000 mAh battery.

The Infinix NOTE 7 is also said to run on a 1.7GHz Octa-core Mediatek Helio G70 gaming CPU which seems perfect for gamers.

Rumor also has it that Infinix Uganda has partnered with the one of the biggest network service providers in Uganda, Airtel to launch the Infinix flagship of 2020 with something special for the NOTE7 customers.

The new device to be launched is said to come with two model options that is Infinix Note 7 and Note 7 Lite and both devices will be available in three colors.

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Great Lakes Energy Company donates 5 Brand New Cars to COVID-19 Taskforce

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Great Lakes Energy Company has donated five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups to the Covid-19 national taskforce.

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Great Lakes Energy Company (GLE) has handed over five brand new Nissan Double Cabin Pick-ups worth 134,300 US Dollars (approximately UG Shillings 507.6m) to Hon. Mary Okurut, the Minister In Charge of General Duties and the head of the Government Covid-19 taskforce.

The five cars will help transport medical workers and distribute food across Uganda as the country continues to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

GLE has always contributed to the communities that they operate in across Africa by supporting sustainable development projects, mainly in Health, Education and Conservation.

Commenting on the donation, GLE Director Michael Kearns said: “Given the gravity of the ongoing pandemic, we felt it prudent to respond to the President of Uganda’s appeal for additional logistical support to boost the Ministry of Health’s fleet. We are honored to contribute to the alleviation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Uganda by donating these 5-brand new pick-up trucks that will be used to transport food and medical workers to the areas they are needed the most”, he noted.

Speaking on behalf of the COVID-19 taskforce, Hon. Mary Okurut thanked GLE for the donation that will go a long way in providing additional support to the taskforce as it implements the different interventions to curb the spread of the virus.

Guided by two main pillars of strengthening healthcare infrastructure and providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities, GLE allocates funds, separate to the operational business expenditure, to support chosen philanthropic and Corporate Social investment endeavors. Last year, the company worked with local partners to fund a health outreach activity in Rushere district as well as a youth sports tournament to teach Uganda youth about teamwork and leadership.

This donation is part of Janus Continental Group’s Africa-wide COVID-19 response and shows the huge potential of public and private sector partnership, bolstering the efforts of civil society and healthcare institutions. Standing together with governments and societies, JCG is guided by the WHO call for whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January 2019, GLE completed the $25 million Uganda-based Kabulasoke solar power plant developed in conjunction with the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. The 24MW solar power plant, which is already connected to the national grid, serves over five million people in rural Uganda.

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