Omoo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4667 times:
I was involved in a discussion with one of my friends about the A380. Of some reason he believes that EK should have been the first to receive the new Aircraft since they are more "Prestigious" than SQ ! is this true ? What's your opinion about this ? is EK really at the same level as SQ ?
Reggaebird From Jamaica, joined Nov 1999, 1176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4631 times:
EK has risen rapidly in the airline industry to become one of the manufacturers' most important customers. However, Singapore Airlines is a longstanding customer for both Boeing and Airbus, while Emirates has a much shorter history with them.
Socially, I think that Emirates is perceived as being "nouveau riche" compared to Singapore's "old money". I also think that SQ is perceived as being a real "gold-chip" customer that is expected to be with us for many years. On the other hand, EK's future, though bright at the moment, could easily become tenuous if the winds of political and fundamentalist change blow cold in her region of the world and upon her "wings".
In summary, Singapore Airlines is, by far, the more prestigious of the two carriers.
QANTAS077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5950 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4604 times:
Cathay is more prestigious than both of them and they didn't order the A380...money takes 1st spot over prestige, if you pay up first then you'll recieve your goods first! Qantas is probably more prestigious than all of them, 85 years in the air, unmatched safety record etc...depends on what your judging prestige by.
[Edited 2005-11-15 00:53:50]
a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
adj 1: having an illustrious reputation; respected; "our esteemed leader"; "a prestigious author" [syn: esteemed, honored] 2: exerting influence by reason of high status or prestige; "a prestigious professor at a prestigious university
I would opt for Singapore Airlines, altough when BA stil operated the Concorde and had their huge intercontinental network, BA would have probaply deserved that title.