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Topic: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: ojas
Posted 2013-07-09 05:52:21 and read 13310 times.

According to the GDS, effective 16DEC EK will deploy an A380 on 7 of their 14 weekly flights. The night 0310hrs depwill be upgraded to the A380.

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: behramjee
Posted 2013-07-09 06:19:30 and read 13097 times.

very sensible move considering how little competition is and how big the market sizes and decent yields are considering MRU is a very high end leisure destination

Total market size demand over the past year to/from MRU were as follows to the top destinations listed below:

CDG 230,000
LHR 210,000
BOM 80,000
DXB 70,000
FRA 60,000
DEL 50,000
HKG 40,000
KUL 35,000
ZRH 35,000
GVA 30,000
PVG 30,000
MXP 30,000
MAN 25,000
FCO 20,000

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: AyostoLeon
Posted 2013-07-09 07:56:09 and read 12607 times.

Thanks for the background information on passengers numbers, behramjee.Certainly it would seem that there is potential for growth. To what degree is the traffic uniform year round? Is the major traffic concentrated during periods when Europeans are seeking a warmer spot in the sun away from the cold winter or is it more spread? The real question is, is the introduction of the A 380 on the MRU route seasonal or year round?

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: Shudu
Posted 2013-07-09 08:24:27 and read 12426 times.

I'm shocked for days! MRU over JNB? I don't understand this decision.

When is the A380 making a return to JNB?

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: behramjee
Posted 2013-07-09 08:39:21 and read 12328 times.

Quoting AyostoLeon (Reply 2):
The real question is, is the introduction of the A 380 on the MRU route seasonal or year round?

I will also not be surprised if the A380 on MRU is only there every year for the IATA Winter season period only and not for Summer. Also remember there is a fair amount of VFR traffic bound to Europe/India to/from MRU.

What has made MRU so good for EK in my opinion is the fact that there isnt an over abundance of capacity deployed by fellow GCC carriers like there is currently at MLE and SEZ which are also high end leisure destinations. Now with SEZ you see Air Seychelles suspending all of their EU flights and operating in code share with EY via AUH to these markets + QR suspending SEZ etc.

Quoting Shudu (Reply 3):
I'm shocked for days! MRU over JNB? I don't understand this decision.

JNB is nicely served with triple daily B77Ws which also makes it easier for crew rostering etc. A380 on JNB can wait until W14, no real rush here as EK blow away EY and QR in South Africa by a long shot.

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: lightsaber
Posted 2013-07-09 09:18:11 and read 12136 times.

Quoting behramjee (Reply 1):

very sensible move considering how little competition is and how big the market sizes and decent yields are considering MRU is a very high end leisure destination

Total market size demand over the past year to/from MRU were as follows to the top destinations listed below:

CDG 230,000
LHR 210,000
BOM 80,000
DXB 70,000
FRA 60,000
DEL 50,000
HKG 40,000

I'm shocked the DXB demand alone almost fills half an A380. Is this O&D market demand?
EK will only need to tap a few customers from the largest markets to fill seats at decent yield.

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: behramjee
Posted 2013-07-09 09:26:24 and read 11970 times.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
I'm shocked the DXB demand alone almost fills half an A380. Is this O&D market demand?

A lot of "black money" of wealthy Indian and European/British people residing in Dubai is in MRU  

Also MRU is a very popular honeymoon and long weekend destination of choice for middle/upper middle class DXB residents now who are tired of venturing to Thailand and Malaysia.

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: DexSwart
Posted 2013-07-09 19:33:34 and read 6696 times.

Hmm...

Not bad, it'll make a nice detour when travelling from DBN to MRU.  

Any chance of DBN getting an A380 sometime in the future? (Let me have a little pipe dream, okay?)

Speaking of, MRU's new terminal opened a day after I left, does anyone have any pictures of it?

The island was full of advertising for it, but I haven't seen any interior renders.

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: ETinCaribe
Posted 2013-07-09 22:53:46 and read 5444 times.

Quoting behramjee (Reply 1):
very sensible move considering how little competition is and how big the market sizes and decent yields are considering MRU is a very high end leisure destination

Yes, it sounds like EK wants to fully dissuade anyone else from challenging them at MRU. I wonder what that does to MK. So this is in effect a ~120-130 seats per day upgrade, correct?

Quoting behramjee (Reply 6):
A lot of "black money" of wealthy Indian and European/British people residing in Dubai is in MRU  

It also appears Mauritius is well on its way as a tax haven, albeit on the lower end of the spectrum compared to the likes of Bermuda and Cayman.

Topic: RE: Emirates Announces A380 To MRU
Username: behramjee
Posted 2013-07-10 00:35:57 and read 4698 times.

Quoting ETinCaribe (Reply 8):
It also appears Mauritius is well on its way as a tax haven, albeit on the lower end of the spectrum compared to the likes of Bermuda and Cayman.

Bermuda and Cayman Islands cater largely to the Americas....MRU caters the same for the Asians and Africans

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 5):
I'm shocked the DXB demand alone almost fills half an A380. Is this O&D market demand?

well today EK announced BKK increased to 6 times daily and the 2012 market size demand between DXB and BKK alone by itself was 310,000 pax !!! The new flight departs DXB at 1520 on a B772ER and returns back by 0545 the next morning with a quick 90 minute turn around at BKK.


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