OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 25121 posts, RR: 60 Posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 7349 times:
Emirates will from 1st March 2009 launch double daily service from ATH-DXB
ATH DXB 1550 2205 EK 106 77W
ATH DXB 2220#0435 EK 104 A332
DXB ATH 1005 1325 EK 105 77W
DXB ATH 1730 2050 EK 103 A332
In another commitment to the Greek market and to increase brand awareness they have entered into a sponsorship deal with the most successful Greek football team Olympiacos FC.
DUBAI, U.A.E., 6th October 2008 - Emirates, the Dubai-based award-winning international airline, announced on Sunday evening the signing of a sponsorship deal with Olympiacos FC, the most successful Club in the history of Greek football, having won 11 out of the last 12 and a total of 36 Greek Championships.
The deal, covering the current season with options to extend the partnership for a further two years, will see the familiar ‘Fly Emirates’ signage displayed at the Karaiskaki Stadium, the home of Olympiacos.
Cricket From India, joined Aug 2005, 2943 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7108 times:
I guess EK also sees a market is shorter one-stop services to Greece from all over Asia where they have saturation coveration. From India for example, you will have to fly LH, AF, KL or BA - which will considerably adds flight time. EK makes it easier and probably cheaper - which will open up Greece's tourism market to new destinations.
6thfreedom From Bermuda, joined Sep 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 21 Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6432 times:
Quoting Lufthansa (Reply 4): A lot of non-greeek anglo/non wog european australians also holiday in greece. Its a very popular destination. You know, hang out with the beautiful ppl in Mykinos or Sorenti?
Fair enough... but this is high peak from May to October at best.
what happens with the capacity for the rest of the year.
the holiday travel is highly seasonal... hardly enough to sustain year round double daily ops.
my question is what sustains over 1000 seats per day in and out of athens a day outisde the peak months?
LEEDS19 From United Arab Emirates, joined May 2008, 92 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5898 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 7): I can't work out where the demand is coming from for double daily services
I think the main connections for this second daily flight will come from the Chinese market.EK have lunchtime Arrivals from both PVG and PEK and as Air China Route PEK-DXB-ATH, I would see this as been in their sights.
Also remember the A380 will be serving on the SYD route come Feb,(At least I hope as thats when im planning on flying on it) and Greece as already mentioned above has very busy Australian connections though DXB.
Piskoto From Cyprus, joined Nov 2006, 127 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 5516 times:
Quoting Fridgmus (Reply 6): Do any of you think EK will service Cyprus or is that destination too small?
Emirates is sending us a range of beautiful 777s (new configuration!) five times weekly, and from Feb2009 (I think!, anyway, from early 2009) is going to make it daily, with a combination of 773s,772s, and 77W!
MillwallSean From Brunei, joined Apr 2008, 1121 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4581 times:
The entire idea that Emirates flights is due to immigrants that arrived 30 years ago or so to Australia is weird.
Sure there are VFR traffic but VFR traffic between Australia and Europe is not what makes Athens a promising station for emirates, SIA and Thai etc.
Athens is a large city with plenty of businesses and tourist attractions.
And its for business and tourist attractions that Emirates is opening a double daily to Athens not for the greek diaspora in Melbourne or for Australians wanting to go on holiday to Greece. Its nothing wrong with overestimating ones native country but lets understand that Emirates major focus when opening new routes is not the Australian market.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9 Reply 18, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4085 times:
I am sure everyone here knows that ATH-DXB also means DXB-ATH, meaning that the market is not just for Greeks but also for those wishing to visit Greece...
One must also consider that flying any European long-haul airline from Athens to Asia requires a significant amount of back-tracking. EK has a tremendous advantage in its ability to route passengers efficiently to Asia and Africa.
But of course we all knew that as well...
And now we all have a GREAT reason to visit both Cyprus and Malta (in addition to their great natural beauty) - I say we plan an a.net get-together and party on-board the EK 777 and fly LCA-MLA and back!!
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Couldn't Emirates sponsor Panathinaikos instead? Lord know's they need the money to buy decent players. Zilberto Silva cannot do the job of the whole team. Or even better by the team from Bardinojiannis.
Lufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3086 posts, RR: 10 Reply 20, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3175 times:
Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 16): its for business and tourist attractions that Emirates is opening a double daily to Athens not for the greek diaspora in Melbourne or for Australians wanting to go on holiday to Greece
Um... don't you think it could actually have more to do with the fact that Greece doesn't have a decent national airline servicing the home market, and major european hubs aren't exacdtly close?
And MH...they call themselves wogs. Like I'm a fricken Kraut and others are chinks and skips... come on we're not gonna return to the 90s were everybody has to take offence at the drop of a hat? Its not like I called them Kaffirs or something.
Ek773er From Greece, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2338 times:
Also do not forget the Greek shipping industry which has many branches in South east Asia (Singapore, China, South Korea etc) and have a substantial number of people traveling all year long.
It is great to see EK adding capacity especially for the summer season. It was n't easy to find a ticket during the peak summer season and you had to plan way ahead.