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EK A380 Launch Flight To NY - First Class Sold Out   
User currently offlineEK156 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2005, 765 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 17028 times:

Well I thought this would be covered already but since everyone is busy covering the BA incident, I thought I would fill you in. Yesterday, EK started to sell tickets for their A380 Launch flight to New York online... and guess what!!! First Class Tickets, sold out in a couple of hours!!!!

First Class ticket is around DHS 25,000 which is USD 6900

I wonder how fast the J Class and Y Class will sellout as well!!!!

Source: GulfNews and Arabianbusiness

http://www.gulfnews.com/business/Aviation/10182579.html

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/50852...-new-york-sells-out-in-hours?ln=en

[Edited 2008-01-18 02:22:07]

48 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineVarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1603 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 16932 times:

daily an A380 + a 773ER from DXB to JFK!!
I wish I kenw the loads in eco !?
are most of the pax from India or Pakistan?



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12150 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 16830 times:



Quoting Varig md-11 (Reply 1):
daily an A380 + a 773ER from DXB to JFK!!

That seems like a lot of empty seats, after the uniquness of the WhaleJet wheres off.


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 16777 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
Quoting Varig md-11 (Reply 1):
daily an A380 + a 773ER from DXB to JFK!!

That seems like a lot of empty seats, after the uniquness of the WhaleJet wheres off.

LOL I am sure you are right and that they havent done any forecasting of any kind whatsoever beyond a month after launch.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1413 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16600 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
That seems like a lot of empty seats, after the uniquness of the WhaleJet wheres off.

Quick! Tell Emirates before it's too late!


User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 792 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16462 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
That seems like a lot of empty seats, after the uniquness of the WhaleJet wheres off.

Write them a proposal outlining your excellent forecasting skills and your love for planes made by Airbus industry!

Quoting EK156 (Thread starter):
First Class ticket is around DHS 25,000 which is USD 6900

Isn't that very cheap for a first class ticket?

Quoting EK156 (Thread starter):
A380 Launch flight to New York online

PR stunt or real high demand? First to fly an A380 to JFK will attract a lot of local interest in NY!


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16449 times:



Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 5):
Isn't that very cheap for a first class ticket?

I thought that.

Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 5):
PR stunt or real high demand? First to fly an A380 to JFK will attract a lot of local interest in NY!

I'm not convinced it will - it isnt made in the USA so I doubt the local media will be interested really.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineVinnieWinnie From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 792 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 16345 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 6):
I'm not convinced it will - it isnt made in the USA so I doubt the local media will be interested really.

As far as I remember they definately were interested when the A380 first came to the US for some flight tests.


User currently offlineDkny From Ethiopia, joined Mar 2004, 714 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 16230 times:



Quoting Varig md-11 (Reply 1):
are most of the pax from India or Pakistan?

When I took EK from DXB-JFK-DXB I would say 85% of the passengers were of Indian or Pakistani origin on both legs.


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3185 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 16231 times:

Some seats may have been sold but I am sure they may be holding some of the seats for press.

Get a few press to write some nice stories on how good the A380.



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User currently offlineAlbird87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 16003 times:



Quoting EK156 (Thread starter):
First Class ticket is around DHS 25,000 which is USD 6900

WOW 6900 USD!! i cant get on AA from GCM-MIA-LHR and back for that!!

This makes me wonder if EK are putting a similar product in their A380s as SQ as if so, this price is far better than SQ have for their suites!!

Should also ask if that price is one way or return?


User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8412 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15931 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 6):
I'm not convinced it will - it isnt made in the USA so I doubt the local media will be interested really.

NYC is whole other country in itself, they really don't care where it's made. New Yorkers just want to be linked somehow to the biggest and the best the World has to offer, regardless.


User currently offlineThorben From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 15581 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
That seems like a lot of empty seats, after the uniquness of the WhaleJet wheres off.

I doubt that, but if it happens, those empty seats will all be on the 77W.


User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 915 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 15515 times:

what is the seating config on EK's A380


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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 15439 times:

That looks really cheap for that kind of First Class.......no wonder they sold out


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User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14788 times:



Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
That seems like a lot of empty seats, after the uniquness of the WhaleJet wheres off.

You might also like to point out that they will have to start selling these tickets at bargain prices too like the rest of the aviation world to USA these days. I'm surprised they don't use the A380 on more profitable routes.


User currently offlineNateDAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14473 times:

That seems very cheap if it is round trip (as the article says). IAH-DXB in first is US$13,298.97.


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User currently offlineAirbazar From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 8412 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14434 times:



Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 5):
Isn't that very cheap for a first class ticket?

Isn't that the reason for buying 45 A380's? You can't fill all those seats at premium price.


User currently offline747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1187 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14376 times:

Does anybody know the approximate date of when EK is supposed to put the Whalejet on DXB-JFK? Will it likely be the late morning or late night departure from JFK?
I can't wait to see what type of product EK puts on their A380's. I do know that the A380's EK will use on more premium routes such as DXB-JFK and DXB-LHR will not be nearly as high-density as the ones on the DXB-India and Pakistan routes. If I'm not mistaken, I believe they're configured for a little less than 500 passengers, compared to 380 pax on the 3-class 77W EK flies on DXB-JFK.
I believe the route currently has something like 1,018 seats on it, including the A345 that stops in Hamburg (which will soon be dropped, than the route will have 760 seats until the A380 comes in). I do know DXB-JFK is a very profitable route for Emirates.


User currently offlineIncitatus From Brazil, joined Feb 2005, 4021 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 14075 times:



Quoting EK156 (Thread starter):
Yesterday, EK started to sell tickets for their A380 Launch flight to New York online... and guess what!!! First Class Tickets, sold out in a couple of hours!!!!

What exactly does this mean? I think you are hyping it beyond belief.

How many seats are there in first class? 12? How many seats did Emirates reserve for themselves or dignitaries for the inaugural flight? The majority? Likely they only sold a few seats to claim sold-out status.



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13482 times:



Quoting Incitatus (Reply 21):
How many seats did Emirates reserve for themselves or dignitaries for the inaugural flight? The majority? Likely they only sold a few seats to claim sold-out status.

That is also what I think. I really doubt that all F seats was for sale



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User currently offlineMnik101 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13385 times:



Quoting 747fan (Reply 20):
747fan From United States, joined Jun 2007, 733 posts, RR: 0

If I'm not mistaken wasn't 345 flying DXB-JFK non-stop and the 77w stopping in Hamburg?


User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21534 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 13082 times:



Quoting EK156 (Thread starter):
First Class ticket is around DHS 25,000 which is USD 6900

As others said, that sounds really cheap. I assume it's 1 way, but still, I'd expect them to charge more for the first flight.

Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 5):
PR stunt or real high demand? First to fly an A380 to JFK will attract a lot of local interest in NY!

I think it will get some buzz, but frankly, why should it be covered more? The first commercial flight of a particular plane in the world is one thing. The first commercial flight by a particular airline? Why is that such big, international news?



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User currently offlineAirMale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12994 times:

first class sold out? well, it is an inaugural flight. Usually some of the top managers (CEO, CFO, Chief Pilot) plus media people sit up front...... it doesnt mean that the F-Class cabin is full with paying passengers.....


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User currently offlineAstuteman From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 10075 posts, RR: 97
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 12829 times:
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Quoting VinnieWinnie (Reply 5):
Isn't that very cheap for a first class ticket?

FWIW the EK website lists the prices of the 773ER flight and A380 flight first class seats as identical.

SQ charge a (large) premium for their "beyond first" suites on their A380.

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25 Post contains links Mariner : You're quite right, it isn't "big international news". But Emirates PR department is among the smartest at any airline, and I am guessing they will g
26 Pnwtraveler : If anyone thinks no one will notice an A380 landing in New York you don't know the media very well. I believe it would not only merrit live New York c
27 Schipholjfk : Well said. I don't know why rest of America has hard time understanding that.
28 Daron4000 : Funnily enough, this flight has been bookable for more than a month now so I wouldn't say that it sold out in just a copule of hours.
29 Ikramerica : No doubt they'll try to get big coverage. And they will get some. I was just responding to the not so veiled sleight against the USA by CHRISBA777ER,
30 JM017 : So when is the first A380 EK flight to New York?
31 NorthstarBoy : First of all, the A345 is coming off of JFK-DXB as of 3/30, so it goes to just 2 flights, both 77Ws, then on october first one of those 77Ws becomes t
32 N104UA : That is cheep compared to SQ I know it can just use downstairs as it did in MSP but EK is promissing to have seprate entrances for F/J and Y
33 Thorben : When you consider to how many airports there are going to fly the plane, I guess they can't guarantee that everywhere. My understanding is that F and
34 CHRISBA777ER : Hahaha this coming from the biggest Airbus hater here! How you of all people, can accuse someone of bias etc, is absolutely beyond me. Mate, I've got
35 Ncfc99 : Altough I don't want to single out any one member, as I hold Ikramerica in quite high regard, that was an excellent post, the anti anything not Ameri
36 Nzrich : I totally agree with that comment !!! All countries and companies regardless of where they are or operate have good and bad points ..
37 CHRISBA777ER : Absolutely - Lord knows we Brits have ours! Cheers.
38 CHRISBA777ER : Sorry that should read "far MORE low key" - apologies.
39 AirNZ : I really feel that I have to say something here, and that is certainly that I disagree entirely. In many numerous posts I have never found CHRISBA777
40 B752OS : WOW Cindy Crawford emceed, they really pulled out all the stops! Maybe when EK launches LAX or SFO they can one up the Houston party and get Janice D
41 Airtrainer : Was just wondering the same thing... Any idea ?
42 Ikramerica : i must have hit a real nerve for you to waste so much effort defending yourself in multiple long paragraphs. as for being the biggest Airbus hater he
43 Atmx2000 : Are the Harry Potter books American? You really ought to be more careful about the numerical comparisons you make, because you just refuted yourself.
44 NorthstarBoy : October 1st. times: EK 201 Leaves Dubai: 830A Arrives New York: 215p flight time: 13h 45mins EK 202 Leaves New York: 11p Arrives Dubai: 745p next day
45 CHRISBA777ER : No, I just mean that the number of people in the US who have read Harry Potter cannot be that high, but it is still higher than the number of America
46 ZK-NBT : Something is not right there. I'm not sure which one or if both are wrong.
47 NorthstarBoy : no, those are taken straight from the GDS, don't forget, going east-west you gain time, whereas going west-east you lose time, all times are, of cours
48 ZK-NBT : Yes my bad I misread it the first time.
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