Vulindlela744 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 523 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3726 times:
Does anyone have info on Emirates first revenue flight with the A340-500 that took place today. It was a non-stop flight from Dubai to Sydney. I'm curious as to how long it took and anything else about this flight.
Aussiestu From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 780 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3465 times:
A double daily flight to SYD for emirates will be the icing on a big cake. This route will certainly win a huge amount of pax from LON. Why fly the usual bunch via SIN or BKK when you can do a 6 hour hop from LON to DXB and then connect to this service, hope they do some great deals for pax. Does this whole flight sequence fall into place or is there a long standover in DXB to connect to this flight???? Good on EK!! It has to be a winner!
Sydscott From Australia, joined Oct 2003, 3126 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3388 times:
Further information on Emirates plans;
Emirates pleads to fly twice
By Steve Creedy
December 3, 2003
EMIRATES officials will head to Canberra today with a new submission they hope will break the deadlock on the airline's push for double daily services to Sydney.
The lobbying effort is backed by Sydney airport chief executive Max Moore-Wilton, who said a second daily service to Sydney was "not only in Emirates' interest but is in Australia's interest in every respect".
Launching new non-stop Sydney-Dubai flights using an ultra-long-range Airbus A340-500, Emirates president Tim Clark said it was no secret that the airline was frustrated by its inability to get further access to Australia's biggest city but hoped to be able to boost services next year.
The 258-seat A340-500, which features luxurious business class suites worth $US150,000 ($206,000) each and a 500-channel entertainment system, allows Emirates to fly non-stop to Dubai but carries 122 fewer passengers than its predecessor.
"What we don't want to do is find we're having to turn people away simply because we haven't got enough seats," Mr Clark said.
"In our view, Sydney-Dubai would take about 600 and 800 seats a day easily."
Mr Clark also revealed that the airline was looking at establishing in Australia two high-end resorts similar to its $US1000-a-night Al Maha Desert Resort in the United Arab Emirates.
He said the airline had looked at up to 16 locations throughout the country.
Queensland, Victoria and NSW led the field but there were also fantastic opportunities in Western Australia.
"We've got it down to four possibilities now - they represent about $25 million, $30 million each - and at the moment we're looking quite seriously at two of those to link in the Maha arrangements," he said.
The Emirates executive said the airline was happy with its recently launched trans-Tasman services, which had received a boost from the Rugby World Cup and were averaging load factors of 60 to 65 per cent.
EK413 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 4981 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3294 times:
Well,well,well! Its amazing that I brought up the topic of Emirates commencing Dubai - Sydney service & no one replied!
All I can say is that Emirates has impressed me from day one. Commencing services back in March 2000 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays using a A330-200 aircraft. Wasn't long before I saw the 1st upgrade going to daily flights & aircraft changed to a B777-200. Shortly after Emirates upgraded to a -300LR aircraft.
Realizing it wasn't worth leaving the aircraft in idle from 9am until 9pm they decided to fly onwards to NZ & compete with Qantas & ANZ.
Introducing the A345 just tops its all off & not to mention EK is the launch carrier.
Aussiestu, like you said,this new service is the icing on the cake! The government would be stupid not allowing them to commence 2 daily services & lets not forget that EK want to continue with the NZ service so really its 3 daily services!
Way the go Emirates! Show them how its done!
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