Kevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1129 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 671 times:
I'm wondering why Emirates is not considering Moscow as a destination. UAE-CIS market is huge: business people, shoppers, tourists... Aeroflot has a daily A310 to Dubai, so why Emirates has no intention to end Aeroflot's monopoly on the route? In 1997, if I'm not mistaken, Emirates did the very surprising move (I guess the most unsuccessful and unprofessional) by opening a route to Baku, Azeibardjan which was recently dropped for an obvious reason , poor loads.. If they wanted to get snookered into the CIS market, it's only through Moscow. Emirates777, waiting for your comments. Anyone else is welcome too.
Kevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1129 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 592 times:
Maybe you heard that they don't need a visa to Cyprus or Turkey (you get it for 10$ at the airport), or you might have heard that from now on, every Russian citizen will nedd to have a visa if he wishes to transit through an airport in USA.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 568 times:
Actually, a 777 Russian First Officer on an EK flight to Male (Maldives) had told me about a year ago that EK were looking at DXB-SVO-HEL, the theory behind that being exploiting the UAE-CIS mkt, and then the (apparently) healthy SVO-HEL mkt!!
However, I'm guessing the Finnish idea was propmtly dropped, as that sort of route is for seasonal charter traffic and nothing else (AY flew a 757 down to DXB a few times).
As for Moscow, why not??? Those premium seats could EASILY be filled, and surely there's a market???
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 5972 posts, RR: 12 Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 561 times:
What Im really eager to see is EK cross the pond . In the case of Moscow.Maybe its because of the economic situation in Russia . Or maybe EK just wants to put their planes were they know they will make money . Eventhough Im sure that the Moscow - Dubai run would be a sucess . Maybe they could start out 4 times weekly using an A330-200 and if the route does really good upgrade it to daily.
Slawko From Canada, joined May 1999, 3799 posts, RR: 10 Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 530 times:
Kevin, I find your comments, to be quite unfounded, and very Russo-centric ( I know it's not a word, but I think you get the implications) A flight to Baku would probably be quite profitable, given time. As we all know They are trying to establish independent oil production and both nations have large amounts of oil, and both could benefit from closer ties. Emirates decision to fly to BAKu was probably a very good one, but was maybe set up a bit too early...This is not to say that a Moscow flight would not be a good idea, on the contrary Moscow would probably be a very good route for Emirates, although they would need to serve it with something like an A310, because with the current economic situation in all of eastern europe, I can;t see how too many airlines are selling full first/business class seats.
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada
Kevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1129 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 517 times:
Thanks a lot for your kind comments, but the fact that 60% of my topics are related to Russian aviation does not mean that I'm Russo centric.
I told that the Baku route is unprofitable and Moscow route is , just because if you compare the size of Azeibardjan to the size of Russia you will get the answer. You must agree that sending an A310, 3 times a week from Dubai to Baku is madness.
Aviatsiya From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 517 times:
Actually, the decision by EK to cease flights to Baku wasn't so much one of profitability (as the official line goes), but is more of a story of corruption with the Azerbaijani officials.
Baku's Manas Airport is widely known to be one of the most shocking airports which airlines have had to fly into, mainly because of the poor quality of facilities, and the widespread corruption which is typical of Azerbaijan in this day and age.
Airlines flying into Baku have had to resort to buying their own equipment, and have also had to pay the airport ground handling staff a wage, even though they are already paid by the airport authority to do their jobs.
If any of you keep old copies of Flight International, there was quite an insightful article into the goings-on at Baku, written in 1997/98...sorry can't remember the date.
Emirates777 From Tanzania, joined Feb 2000, 655 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 497 times:
Well Emirates has Moscow on its agenda. Just to put things into perspective, Emirates was about to commence flights to SVO using A310s back in 1998. However, just before they were going to announce the route, the Russian currency (rouble) went down the pan and devalued. Given the high risks of flying into Russia anyway, the situation was compounded by the ailing currency. Since then, Moscow has fallen down the ladder in terms of priority.
I think there is clearly a good market for DXB-SVO. While one could argue the bulk of the market would be low yield (tourists, traders etc.), there is enough very high yielding traffic (we all know who don't we!!!) to make this route a profitable one for Emirates, albeit with very high risks. Given Emirates experience with Baku, they are not in a hurry.
As for Baku, I have already commented in previous posts on why it was stopped, and Aviatsiya has summed it up nicely in his post.
BTW, Emirates are due to report their financial results in early May. Expect a lot of newsflow on strategy, new aircraft orders, new routes etc. The results themselves should show good underlying growth. Passenger no.s should increase by around 20%, while cargo tonnage will also increase by a similar amount. Net profits will be subdued by higher fuel costs and are expected to be flattish year over year growth wise. If these no.s come out as expected, Emirates should officially overtake Gulf Air as the 2nd largest airline in the Gulf behind Saudi Arabian.
Ambasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 472 times:
Visa rules in the UAE changed recently, the following nationalties dont need visas.
Europe - France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg,Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece,Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican City, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein.
North America - USA, Canada
Pacific Rim - Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore,Malaysia.
Now can anyone tell me what an EK A330 was doing over the North Pole two weeks ago?
Emirates777 From Tanzania, joined Feb 2000, 655 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 457 times:
Do you know the reg. of the acft ?
I know that Emirates A330 crew were due to start North Atlantic navigation training by the middle of the year, but this one seems an intriguing one. If you can share any more insights it would be great.