Emirates Appoints New Directors in Africa

Emirates Airline carrier has repositioned six seasoned team members in leadership roles, all UAE Nationals, to help drive the airline’s commercial initiatives across key markets with a strategic focus on rebuilding its leadership position and growing its customer base on the African continent.

Effective September 1, 2021, Khalfan Al Salami, country manager Sudan will become manager Morocco. While Rashed Salah Al Ansari will become country manager in Sudan. Khalfan joined the Emirates commercial management training program in 2015 and went on to train further in Madrid before taking on a commercial manager role in Kuwait. He’s since then, held the Country Manager role in Sudan.

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Rashed has been with Emirates since 2017, holding various commercial support manager roles in Singapore and Jordan.

 Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Airline said: ‘’Thanks to the strength of the Emirates brand, our laser focus on executing strategic customer and commercial initiatives, and rationally rebuilding our network based on tangible demand, the airline is well-positioned in the long-term to generate improved results as we navigate recovery.”

This comes as Emirates, which suspended passenger operations to South Africa in January 2021 – took the opportunity to re-evaluate its approach to the country and found a window of opportunity to start rebuilding cargo.

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When passenger flights were suspended, it did not suspend cargo operations to and from South Africa.

Cargo played a critical part as the backbone of Emirates’ operations to South Africa during this period, said Afzal Parambil, the regional manager for South Africa.

Emirates is one of the largest foreign carriers operating in South Africa.

The airline resumed passenger flights to South Africa from 6 August 2021 after obtaining approval from the United Arab Emirates government to do so.

Emirates is currently operating to almost 90% of its pre-pandemic destinations – 120 of them which is done via its hub in Dubai.

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