Karan69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2850 posts, RR: 19 Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4372 times:
The first scheduled routes which they are going to fly on their soon to be delivered A340-600 HGWs are to either LAX or SFO or both--and an additional route which they are looking at is Boston apart from the canadian trunk routes
EmiratesUK From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 288 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4176 times:
I think EK's main priority is getting loads up to a healthy level on the daily JFK run. I was in DXB back in Nov and the holding lounge for the JFK flight can't of had more than 70-80 passengers, I know this is nothing to go by as only viewing one flight won't give a true insight in to loads.
My guess would be once the above is achieved then we would see SFO,LAX,DTW,IAH,YYZ all within 2 years.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7810 posts, RR: 54 Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4076 times:
I fail to see where EK's pax are coming from on their JFK run, except maybe some low yield traffic connecting to India. Dubai itself ain't much of a draw for the US market, in the heart of the Arab world and fifteen hours flying time away - if you want some sand and sun, go to Antigua, right? The most populated part of the Middle East is to the west of Dubai, so Lebanese, Jordanians etc will continue to use Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, Swiss and Luftwaffe. To India there is all of the above plus Air-India, Kuwait Airways and others. Since EK aren't part of an alliance, there are no FF points of any use (except maybe an affiliation with ANA) - so the AA/GF codeshares will continue to bag the high-yield pax.
As an aside, Emirates won't pick up any traffic to Lebanon if they start serving Brazil, as with flights from N America, Beirut is too far west to use DXB as a transit point - Brazilians and Lebanese travelling between the two nations will continue to fly Air France et al. (Any news on the One World flight that LAN Chile were going to operate on behalf of all, MAD-BEY-DPS-SYD?)
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
The Coachman From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1416 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4046 times:
Call me crazy but the IFE on EK is so good on the A340-500's, I'd do SYD-DXB-JFK instead of SYD-LAX-JFK. I wouldn't get bored that's for sure, whereas i might on QF and definitely would on UA. I'd rack up huge amounts of FF points to JFK that way...
Rjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3663 times:
Any word on the success of their DXB-JFK flight? It's a very nice sight at JFK. Although last I heard they were giving some pretty big promotions which led some to believe it wasn't doing as well as hoped.
BHMNONREV From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1333 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
You shouldn't.... IAH is a PRIME target for EK in the not-to-distant future.
No doubt Halliburton/KBR has their eye on this as well, with the hundreds of contract workers they're sending to Iraq and Kuwait every week. But for this to happen EK would need to find a US carrier to code-share on this route, to skirt the requirement for travel on a US flag carrier....