Eg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1834 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 853 times:
CY are one of the best ways to get from Gulf-London - just go BAH or DXB (they have a codeshare with GF) to LCN and onto London.
Flew A310 LCN-LGW (my second and only twice time in LGW) on CY back in 1993 - it was pretty good - lots of room in their A310 and I was in the row behind Biz Class.
What I think EK will do is config their A3XX to be only 400 pax (assuming the thing gets built). The only precedent of a Gulf State operating such a comparitavely large a/c is Gulf Air with the L-1011 in 1976. It was a dramatic step up from a VC-10 (!) so they put in a stand-up bar (even for economy pax), library and seating area - and painted "The Five Star Tri Star" all over them....brilliant. Unfortunately they were a victim of their own success and more seats had to be put in...
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7808 posts, RR: 54 Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 839 times:
EK could sure use more capacity on it's London routes - they use two 777-300s a day and they're always completely full. Plus Gatwick, which I think is an Airbus. Maybe the second LHR rotation is an Airbus as well (?). But this and other routes will be screaming out for the A350 when it comes online in 2006. Maybe they'll lease some 747-400s in the meantime? That'd look pretty cool.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz