JoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2245 posts, RR: 9 Posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5820 times:
A very theoretical question... considering the delay of the A380's and the serious implications this will have on their expansion plans, could we perhaps see a dry/damp lease of the largest Boeing model to cover the gap?
EK are apparently desperate for a larger pax model and were counting on the A380 to help ease some of the constraints. And the 773ER's are not coming fast enough, though, these Boeings are very much on time and as per the delivery schedule.
They pulled off a similar “stunt” before with the acquisition of A343's from Boeing Capital to help growth...
Kaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2397 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4521 times:
Quoting TwoLz2Rn (Reply 10): well even before ordering the 773's and A380's, why didnt they buy 747's?
Well, they always have a theory of staying with the most modern aircraft possible. At the time the 747-400 was "modern," the largest aircraft EK had was the 777-200ER, and they didn't have a crazy eye for expansion.
When they did get their expansion craze, the A380 was already in development.
TL925 From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4146 times:
I doubt it would be economical for EK to bring a new aircraft type into its fleet for a stop-gap duration of time. The three ex-UA aircraft available for sale have been parked since post 9/11, and are in need of SIGNIFICANT maintenance work to be brought back into servicable condition. Also, as mentioned above these aircraft are Pratt powered while EK's current 744F fleet is GE powered.
The only feasible way to bring in B744 capacity would be an ACMI contract (similar to what Iberia did with their recently returned 744's with Air Atlanta Icelandic), but I am not sure whether Emirates would be interested in this type of option.