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EK Will Launch Direct Services To Dakar, Sen  
User currently offlineMajid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5609 times:

Just got to know that EK will launch direct services to Dakar, Senegal on 1st September 2010.

Dakar will be Emirates' 106th international destination and the 3rd new African destination in less than 12 months, after Durban and Luanda joined the network in late 2009.

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User currently offlinekiwiandrew From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5601 times:
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Great news ... not too surprising since I believe EK is involved in the setting up of the new Senegalese national airline . I can think of a family I know in Mauritius who will be very happy about this - they are none too fond of transitting through either JNB or CDG to get from MRU to DKR .

User currently offlineAirIndia From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5507 times:

The service to Dakar, will be five times a week (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun).

The service will be operated by an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, offering a three-class configuration of 12 First Class, 42 Business and 213 Economy Class seats.

So this is EK's 5th route for 2010 after AMS, PRG, NRT and MAD.


User currently offlinebehramjee From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5371 times:

will this new flight be a nonstop terminator service or will it be flown via another city?

User currently offlineAF022 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5344 times:

I know DKR is relatively prosperous, but is there that much traffic to Asia?

EK seems to do well in Africa to stations that can support widebody aircraft with 200+ daily seats, but DKR?


User currently offlineAirIndia From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5216 times:

Quoting behramjee (Reply 3):

will this new flight be a nonstop terminator service or will it be flown via another city?

its a non-stop terminator.


User currently offlineRobbie86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5202 times:

How is DKR served when it comes to international routes outside Africa?

User currently offlinePe@rson From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4885 times:

From this article: http://www.dubaicityguide.com/site/news/news-details.asp?newsid=28632

EK797 will depart DXB at 0955 and land DKR at 1600. EK798 will then depart DKR at 1740 and arrive DXB at 0740.

This article states: "The 18 tonnes of belly-hold cargo capacity on the A340-300 aircraft will support key Senegalese exports such as fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, primarily destined for EK destinations in the Mediterranean such as Athens, Larnaca and Beirut."


User currently offlineTWA902fly From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4858 times:

How is DKR served when it comes to international

Quoting Robbie86 (Reply 6):
How is DKR served when it comes to international routes outside Africa?

DKR has the following international services outside of Africa...

Air France - CDG
Air Europa - MAD
Brussels Airlines - BRU
Corsairfly - ORY
Delta - JFK
Iberia - MAD
Livingston - MXP
Eurofly - MXP, FCO
South African - JFK, IAD (do they have rights on these flights?)
TAP - LIS
Turkish - IST, GRU
XL Airways - ORY

quite a bit of service as you can see. looks like the only way to get to asia without going through europe is currently ET/KQ/TK - with very limited connections, so im thinking this EK service will do just fine.

'902


User currently offlineBrightCedars From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4547 times:

Quoting Robbie86 (Reply 6):

Turkish - IST, GRU

I think that's just IST since a short while or in a short while. TK is going nonstop at GRU.

Hope DKR gets a LatAm connection again soon.


User currently offlineAirGabon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4440 times:

Quoting Robbie86 (Reply 6):
How is DKR served when it comes to international routes outside Africa?

DKR will improve a lot in the next years because of the new airport that is going to open soon, and managed by Fraport. With very modern facilities and terminal.

AF has a daily B777-300ER CDG-DKR, IB a daily B757, TP a daily A321. Before AZ had 4 B763 weekly.

AT has twice daily flights to Casablanca

SA has at least a daily flight to JNB and another daily one to USA

KQ and ET has both daily flights to ADD and NBO

Arik Air and Nigeria Eagle serve daily LOS

Air Ivoire, Air Mali and Air Burkina daily flights to Abidjan, Bamako and Ouagadougou.

The only airline missing in DKR is ME to BEY because of the very important Lebanese comunity in Senegal.

Senegal Airlines will be a strategic Company for the develpment of Senegal tourism (more than 1 million tourists) and economy after the bankruptcy of Air Senegal International.


User currently offlineDirectorguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

Great news for EK and Senegal in general.
Really do look forward to how EK does on this new route-I don't see stellar results from day one; this market needs time to grow and mature. Fortunately EK has the resources and patience to allow new routes to do just that. But at the moment, I can't think of any market segment that EK can tap into-maybe EK is looking to offer DKR-DXB-JED flights (Senegal has a Muslim population) and DKR-DXB-BEY (since ME doesn't fly to DKR)


User currently offlinebehramjee From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4226 times:

With EK now managing the affairs of Senegal Airlines, it will likely ensure that their own DXB DKR DXB flight is fed effectively by Senegal Airlines getting pax from regional West African cities such as Freetown, Conakry, Banjul, Bissau, Bamako and Nouakchott. The main target market EK will be looking to tap is SE Asia from this West African region.

Cargo definitely should do very well on this route. The pax loads should pick up from year 2 onwards.


User currently offlineMalayil From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

This definitely will help the ethnically Lebanese community in Senegal / West Africa, but its definitely a bit of a backtrack to go DKR-DXB-BEY. I'm surprised EK haven't gone for their usual daily service, I'm guessing passenger demand is not there yet, but no doubt it will eventually get daily service. I'm wondering if more new destinations are on their way?

User currently offlineMaverickM11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 4034 times:

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 11):
Great news for EK and Senegal in general.

I think Senegal has a lot of potential as a hub for West Africa, especially while ABJ is in such dissaray

Quoting behramjee (Reply 12):
Cargo definitely should do very well on this route.

Not only is EK behind a new carrier, but DP World recently got involved with DKR's container port


User currently offlineEmbajador3 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3935 times:

Quoting AirGabon (Reply 10):
IB a daily B757

IB does not operate 757s anymore. Not, since late 2008. Flights are usually operated by an A321.


User currently offlineAF022 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3761 times:

Quoting AirGabon (Reply 10):
KQ and ET has both daily flights to ADD

ET doesn't have daily flights to DKR - only 3 weekly.


User currently offlineRobbie86 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

Quoting TWA902fly (Reply 8):

DKR has the following international services outside of Africa...

Air France - CDG
Air Europa - MAD
Brussels Airlines - BRU
Corsairfly - ORY
Delta - JFK
Iberia - MAD
Livingston - MXP
Eurofly - MXP, FCO
South African - JFK, IAD (do they have rights on these flights?)
TAP - LIS
Turkish - IST, GRU
XL Airways - ORY

Thx! But I do wonder, where's BA and LH? Isn't DKR a rather big city after all?


User currently offlineSN-MD11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3050 times:

Quoting AF022 (Reply 4):
I know DKR is relatively prosperous, but is there that much traffic to Asia?

EK seems to do well in Africa to stations that can support widebody aircraft with 200+ daily seats, but DKR?

I can tell you AF brings a LOT of Chinese pax to DKR; from PEK, CAN, HKG...

Quoting MaverickM11 (Reply 14):
I think Senegal has a lot of potential as a hub for West Africa, especially while ABJ is in such dissaray

Indeed. If DKR keeps improving its facilities, it'll easily overtake ABJ as gateway to french speaking West Africa.
Moreover ABJ is suffering from its relatively close geographical position to Lagos and Accra.

Definitely a smart move from EK (as usual...).


User currently offlineSA7700 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (5 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3050 times:
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Quoting TWA902fly (Reply 8):
South African - JFK, IAD (do they have rights on these flights?)

Yes, SA have 5th freedom rights on their JNB-DKR-IAD-DKR-JNB and JNB-DKR-JFK flights.


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