Gokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1115 posts, RR: 2 Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3090 times:
According to Turkish Newspaper Hurriyet, EK upgraded DXB-IST from A 330 to 773(from 278 pax to 427 pax) According to the article after having flown the route with 99% load factor for months the airline decided to upgrade the route. The article doesn't specifically say if this is current or will be soon, so If anyone can clarify that I would appreciate it.
I know DXB became a very hot vacation spot for the Turks and all, but I think the success of the route is also due to connecting pax to Australia and Africa
Here is the article(In turkish only) http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/yazarlar/4064279.asp?yazarid=41
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4268 posts, RR: 13 Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3019 times:
Quoting Gokmengs (Thread starter): I know DXB became a very hot vacation spot for the Turks and all, but I think the success of the route is also due to connecting pax to Australia and Africa
Is there a visa requirement for Turkish citizens in DXB?
If not, it will make sense to go shopping there instead of Europe.
I agree with the Australia and Africa connecting pax. When I was looking for a IST-JNB ticket last January, the EK site had the cheapest fare but with a 35 hour layover in DXB on one of the legs.
Gokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1115 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 2932 times:
Quoting Raffik (Reply 1): Wow- that's a lot of plane!
They occasionally op 773s into Beirut during peak summer days too.
Nice to see that IST can sustain it
I know but the destination has become very popular with Turkish PAX and is offering vacation options for both luxury and average customer.
Quoting TurkishSky (Reply 3): I think EK would do much better if they added a second daily A330 to the existing one in favour of better connections. They could then offer much better connections and receive more requests.
I agree! But I think They are going 773 year round from now on. I don't know if this will get TK's attention, the more planes EK get the more pax they can carry beyond DXB out of IST.
Firiko From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 151 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2840 times:
I was in Emirates istanbul town office last summer and staff there knew about it already back then but they said it was mainly due to lack of slots in Ataturk airport and the demand for cargo which made them upgrade the aircraft rather than get a second daily flight.
Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23455 posts, RR: 50 Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2595 times:
Quoting Firiko (Reply 6): them upgrade the aircraft rather than get a second
If I remember correctly the UAE-Turkey bilateral has frequency limitations. While Dubai maintains an open skies policy, I'm not sure there are additional frequencies available for Emirates under the larger UAE bilateral.
Also keep in mind Emirates operates to Istanbul A310 & B747 cargo flights in addition to its passenger service, which eat into the allocation.
777boi From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 133 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
Thanks for the info. I was on holidays last week in IST and i swore i saw an EK 773 fly over the city, but couldnt be sure. The night that my mom and I flew out, our plane was sitting next to an EK 343. Seems they are making use of all a/c on this route.
Emrecan From Turkey, joined Feb 2000, 920 posts, RR: 7 Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
I flew on SQ to Bangkok via Singapore and also way back to Istanbul from Singapore.
In Singapore I tried to make my check-in from an SQ office before 3 days to my flight but I couldn't able to find an empty window seat. I am told that because of high demand on DXB - IST leg, they couldn't have helped me.
Also I saw on the DXB stop, may be half of the pax are replaced with the new ones from UAE.
I guess in near future TK may begin DXB flights by 330s.
Gokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1115 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2372 times:
Quoting N503JB (Reply 14): CX want DXB - IST 4 times per week 5th freedom rights but rejected by TK.
You don't think the market is there for a flight from HKG with maybe a stopover somewhere else or direct to IST?(range a problem?) I think IST is a missing destination in CX's network.
Same goes for SQ?
Gokmengs From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1115 posts, RR: 2 Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2348 times:
Quoting TK787 (Reply 20): Hi Gokmengs,
HKG-IST around 5000 miles wouldn't be a problem for CX. Do you mean SQ to fly direct to IST instead of a stop in DBX?
My bad youare right HKG-IST is no problem, so why do they want to do it with a stop at DXB, when EK and SQ is already doing that? A non-stop could be very good for CX.
And yes I was asking about SIN-IST direct for SQ?