TFFIP From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 203 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2383 times:
Why did Gulfair and Kuwait Airlines not become the Emirates or Etihads of the Gulf - and the world.
They were already there, swimming in oil and had a not unsuccessful product that could have been developed. Just curious.....
Colts001 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2121 times:
Dubai does not have the oil reserve as some of there neighbouring emirates/countries so the ruler of Dubai wanted to diversify Dubai's economy to a trading/financial/leisure market, that is the reason for all the new hotels/malls as well as bigger airline.
EY & QR didn't want to be overshadowed by the growth of emirates so they are expanding as well and offcourse they both have the backing of the govt which have deep pockets.
SQ_EK_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1633 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2017 times:
As has been mentioned, the establishment of EY pretty much put the nail in the coffin for GF. Over the years as more Gulf states left the original union that formed Gulf Air to establish their own carriers, GF simply became weaker and weaker. The rise of Emirates overshadowed their continually weakening cousins at GF.
As for KU, the impression I also get from them is that they never really had the desire to expand and establish themselves as a reputable carrier, and lacked the ambition to fully realize their potential and compete with the likes of EK and later QR and EY. As is, KU usually grabs passengers as the cheapest option from point A to B. If they aren't, then people don't fly them.
Flew KU once between BKK and MNL as they were the cheapest option. The shabbly maintained A343 got to BKK from KWI 5 hours late, we only got to MNL in ungodly hours of the morning with very little word from ground staff in BKK and no acknowledgment of the delay from the cabin crew. PTVs were inop, Middle Eastern crew completely invisible. It completely looked like the Filipina and Thai crew were doing all the work, which probably turned out to be the truth. Since then, I've avoided KU even if they are the cheapest.