Sndp From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 553 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
Emirates has always been a very loyal customer of Airbus aircraft and they operate a large A330-fleet which shares a similar cockpit with the A320 and can be operated under the same type-rating so i go for the A320
Eg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1844 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2019 times:
How much do Emirates pay their PR people? They should sack them all and hire all the airliners.net users who do a much better job.
Not that I'm complaining - it focuses interest on the Gulf which is a great place.
On to business - I think if EK order anything it'll be A320s. This is to fit in with the rest of the Gulf - Kuwai Airways, Gulf Air and Qatar Airways all operate A320s. The only exception to this is Saudia with MD-90s. Don't see EK buying those!!
Also you have to consider line maintenance. All maintenance of Gulf airline's fleets is done by GAMCO (Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Corp.) in Abu Dhabi, and soon GAMCO Bahrain (the new venture). They have considerable expertise in looking after the A320 which is advantageous to EK in the financial and operational aspects.
Jet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2011 times:
Until quite recently Emirates were an Airbus airline, they did fly Boeings previously, but it was the 727 (not the 737) But I would have said they would have gone for either the A320 or 737NG. However, nobody can deny Emirates love the 777 and A330, and seem to have gone cold on the A340.
So they could use an order for some A320s to offset some of the cost of cancelling their A340-500 orders (along with placing a few A350 orders?) The A320s have more size flexibility than the 737NG, plus they can flown by the pilots of the next size up aircraft in the fleet, the A330-200. Boeing won't mind too much, because they'll probably make more money from a 777X order than from 737s (which isn't exactly desparate for customers)
That's my prediction anyway, in a few years Emirates will be flying
With all the speculation around about their A340-500 order you'd think Emirates would put out a statement of support for the aircraft saying they still fully intend to take delivery etc.. they haven't done that...
Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1987 times:
B777-200s and A330-200 are no competitors, as they have just a different size. A32X and B737NG are competitors, so it doesn't make sense to operate both.
I guess EK will order A320s or A321s, but no way a mix as DLX said.
D L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 12235 posts, RR: 51
Reply 13, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1972 times:
Udo, I realize that the 777 is a different size than the 332. But having the 332, why didn't they opt for 333s? Commonality doesn't seem to be much of an issue with them. Thus, maybe they'll be crazy enough to buy both 737 and 320.
Sammyk, this is just what i was talking about in a different thread. Pilot330, another member of this forum flies both the 320 and the 330 for his airline in the UK.
Send me a PM at http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/sendmessage.main?from_username=NULL
Sammyk From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1701 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1967 times:
DLX, I never said that one pilot could not fly both, all I said was that it was not ONE type rating. I would think that Pilot330 has a type rating for both aircraft. I believe this is very unlike the 757/767 COMMON type rating, where when you are rated for one, you are rated for the other. Are there any other aircraft from two families that have a COMMON type rating, aside from the 757/767? I read a explanation about this in another forum, I will try and do a search for it...
WorldTraveller From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 624 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1964 times:
the French newspaper "La Tribune" reports today that EK will order 5 A3XX firmly and opt for another 5, but NO annoncement was made in Cairo on Monday.
Airbus just participated in festivities highlighting Egypt Air's 20 year-relationship with Airbus.
Airbus now says that they won't get into speculations and that they want to unveil only firm orders for the A3XX if they have enough to do the launch.
Emirates777 From Tanzania, joined Feb 2000, 655 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1964 times:
No announcement was made in CAI. However according to this DJI article, next date to watch is 26 May.
---Article excerpts below---
"We have no plans to buy any new aircraft at the moment," said Ghaith Al Gaith, Emirates Airlines commercial operations director at the Arab Air Carriers Organization's annual general meeting in Cairo on Sunday night.
Asked if Emirates Airlines had made any orders for the A3XX, he said "I cannot comment on that question".
A news conference scheduled for Monday was canceled with no reason given. Industry watchers had expected an A3XX deal to be announced Monday.
Other passenger carriers rumored to be targeted by Airbus as possible A3XX customers are Singapore Airlines, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific, Air France and Britain's Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Forgeard had said on Wednesday that he would present findings from a recent survey of potential buyers for the A3XX to the board of Airbus Industrie's majority shareholder, the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Company, on May 26.
He had declined to name the airlines involved.
"I think they are going to wait until the Airbus board meeting on May 26 to announce the airlines who are interested in buying the planes," Manfred Neumann, resident manager for Airbus Industrie in Egypt told Dow Jones News Service.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4533 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1958 times:
It seems that the A3XX launch is continually being put off. I also wonder why British Airways is mentioned. This particular carrier has been opting for the 777-200ER over the 747-400 why on earth would they want the A3XX?
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