Northwest 777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 224 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1988 times:
I've heard a lot about Emirates being a top notch airline and I'm just wondering if they have the stuff to become a major world airline. Some could say that they already are a top notch player in the airline industry but I'm wondering if they will ever become an airline the size of a Singapore Airlines in terms of world presence. Also, if anyone has any recent news about them I would love to hear it. Are they still scheduled to get 345's or 346's. Where will those be flying to. Thanks guys (and girls)
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13175 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1969 times:
Yes, Emirates is still due to get 340-500s (not -600s as far as I'm aware) and it is intent on using these on nonstops from DXB to the US. It is now 15 years old and has quite an impressive fleet - unusual in that AT THE MOMENT they are all widebody twins.
Topping the fleet is 3 773s (the third arrived within the last month), there are also about 7 772s. There also also 777LRs on order (someone else confirm?) It is due to get up to 22 A330-200s and boy, is that a nice airplane. The A300-600s and A310-300 are still there, althhough in smaller numbers and the airline will get rid of these in the next few years, as more 330s arrive. It is said to be looking for a narrowbody type - more than likely the 32X. Oh, and what's this I'm forgetting . . . some other Airbus type they have on order, a little bigger, well, than anything else! You know it!
It's a good airline, expanding quickly and knows its business. Good luck to them.
Emirates777 From Tanzania, joined Feb 2000, 655 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1930 times:
Emirates certainly has ambitious plans to become a major global carrier. They have a well thought out long term strategy. Just to provide some bkg. During the first 5 years of operation their ambition was to fill the excess demand out of DXB which other international carriers were not willing to do. They then targeted becoming a solid mid sized airline - this they achieved a year or two ago in my opinion. The plan now is to become a *major* international carrier. They are not quite on the map esp. re the US.
If one looks closely at a lot of aspects of the airline, Emirates has very much been modelled along the lines of Singapore airlines. Not only the hubbing strategy or the high levels of inflight service but even down to the acft purchasing policies - ie. buy the latest and newest planes, run them hard for 10-15 years and then dispose them thus maintaining a low fleet age.
The airline is entering a new stage of expansion with the arrival of the A340-500s in October 2002. This will see the carrier finally launch nonstop services to the US. Routes to be started up include JFK, ORD, LAX, SFO, ATL and YYZ (in Canada). They have even grander plans of reaching other destinations in Japan, and South America by 2005. They are targeting virtually every corner of the globe.
- In June they exercised options on an additional 3 A330-200s for delivery in late 2000 and early 2001.
- In July the airline became the first carrier to commit to the A3XX - ordering 5 pax versions and 2 freighter versions and taking options on another 5 pax versions.
- In July they also announced orders for 6 brand new B777-300s for delivery between 2002 and 2003.
- In December will add Birmingham to route network
- Currently looking at taking a stake in Air India
- Will announce new routes eg. Perth, Brisbane and possibly Baghdad (sanctions being lifted permitting) as well as increasing frequencies to existing destinations
For more info you can visit my enthusiast web site at http://fly.to/emirates