Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 11953 posts, RR: 37 Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1008 times:
Just a few points:
- This is a commitment for UP TO ten A3XXs, so the airline will, as it has done in the past with the 330s and 777s, dip its toe in the water with about 4 to start with (and it won't have much trouble finding a use for those) and increasing the numbers
- It didn't downgrade on the Aussie routes; the Melbourne route is still a 777 service and its new Sydney route is a 330 flight. It also has authority for Perth and Brisbane.
- It has marketed itself well and has an excellent product; those routes now served by 773s, such as LHR, SIN and HKG, will easily grow into 3XX routes within 4-5 years
- AND don't forget the novelty value. While this may be relatively short term, the airline that is first in the queue will have considerable competitive advantages, even if it is for a short time.
This is excellent news and hopefully they'll come up with more innovations . . .
747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2742 posts, RR: 17 Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1007 times:
10 sounds unlikely. If EK wants to throw away money, brag about being the delivery customer, and show off those huge shining fuselages, that'll do the trick, but I think it would be a waste of money in the mean time... I mean, a big waste, I can see them ordering one or two, maybe, but not 10. Oh well, anything's possible!
"Mental health is reality at all cost." -- M. Scott Peck, 'The Road Less Traveled'
Tailscraper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1001 times:
You consistently hit the nail on the head, old chap!!
Any more, and you'll splinter the woodwork!!
I agree, and WT also has a point-their must have been a considerable amount of research/analysis done before this decision (was/will be) made.
Dubai is a nice place to visit as a tourist, although I find these new "nouveau-riche" expats a little irritating, especially when you have to live with'em, pretentious brats....
Tailscraper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (13 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 931 times:
To visit my Aunt/Uncle, to go to the beach, to go sand-boarding, etc. They live in a huge compound with pools, cinemas, golf courses etc. Anything's better than staying in the UK, and at least I'm not paying for a hotel.