Quote: From 31st October, Riyadh will receive five additional services per week, taking its weekly service to 12 flights. From 2nd January 2011 Jeddah will receive five additional services, taking its weekly operation to 12.
The additional services to Riyadh will be serviced by an Airbus A330-200 with 12 First Class seats, 42 Business Class seats and 183 economy class seats. Jeddah will benefit from a second A380 service with capacity to seat 517 passengers in a three class configuration.
“The A380 has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the Saudi market since it was introduced onto our Jeddah route in February this year. The launch of a second A380, Emirates’ flagship aircraft, into Jeddah highlights our commitment to providing travellers in Saudi with the very latest in aircraft innovations,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran.
AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 40
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 6581 times:
That's a BIG bird for a 2:30 flight. Although, in retrospect, I've flown EK's 777-300 on the 40 minute trip to Doha for a visa run, so I guess it's not too bad! I'm sure it's a high density route as well.
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2877 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6501 times:
Wow, seems like the Saudis just love those state of the art EK 380s! I thought there were plans to start A380s to RUH? Either way nice to see that EK got extra frequencies. The Saudis are notoriously stingy with those traffic rights .
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
cloud4000 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 641 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 6457 times:
Quoting flyorski (Reply 2): With all the A380s EK is getting, I feel every route could see multiple 380 flights daily. I wonder how they will fill them all though..
Quoting SurfandSnow (Reply 3): Wow, seems like the Saudis just love those state of the art EK 380s! I thought there were plans to start A380s to RUH? Either way nice to see that EK got extra frequencies. The Saudis are notoriously stingy with those traffic rights
Hence the A380 to JED now, and may be to RUH and DMM in the future. Good way to get around the traffic rights. Is EK still on target to have high-density version of the A380 in service soon?
lightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13152 posts, RR: 100
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5668 times:
Very interesting. With slots to Saudi so tight, I'm surprised at the A332 for RUH. Then again, they are the least utilized A/C in EK's fleet, so that might be all that is available for these new slots (short term).
Quoting cloud4000 (Reply 4): Is EK still on target to have high-density version of the A380 in service soon?
Last I heard, they were focusing on the 3 class A380's. I suspect they will wait until a new bilateral with India allows more weekly seats.
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HB-IWC From Indonesia, joined Sep 2000, 4505 posts, RR: 72
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5630 times:
The deployment of the A388 on these additional service has less to do with the airline's commitment to provide the Saudi market with its top of the line product than with the relative capacity constraints on the DXB JED route. On an operational level, a short DXB JED DXB roundtrip can easily be fit between this fleet's medium and longhaul flying program.
sq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1635 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4241 times:
Quoting babybus (Reply 8): That JED-DXB route is really popular. Almost insatiable.It's no surprise to me that they need such a large aircraft to operate it.
Why is that? Is it mostly through traffic, or is it wealthy Saudis bound for Dubai? From the few times I've worked the Saudi flights, it's been a lot of connecting migrant labour traffic to either South or South East Asia but I can't see the need for an multiple A380 frequency with a high premium configuration on the route. Am I missing something?
Eightball From Saudi Arabia, joined Oct 2007, 281 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3844 times:
I've flown on EK's route between JED and DXB several times, and on each of those flights, there has barely been an empty seat on the aircraft, so quite frankly I'm not surprised that EK are putting the A380 on the route. With regard to the demographics of passengers on the route, while a lot of the passengers are migrant workers, a significant amount of passengers are Saudis, either those who are going to Dubai for tourism or business, or those who are flying to destinations beyond Dubai, such as myself. I've also seen that there are foreign businessmen who use the route. JED is also quite different from RUH and DMM in that it handles a huge amount of Umrah traffic year-round, as well as the seasonal Hajj traffic.
Being a resident of Jeddah myself, I'm happy that EK are bringing the A380 twice a day to my hometown. This December I'm going to be flying LAX-DXB-JED on EK, so it's cool that my winter visit to Jeddah will start in a special way on the DXB-JED flight: my first flight on an A380.
UAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1086 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3619 times:
I am a frequent flyer to JED, before the A380. I use to take the cheapest on this route from both airports either SHJ or DXB. But since EK put that huge toy on JED route, I always enjoy flying the A380 on this route and every route that EK offer the A380. I can assure you , that during the weekdays not the weekends, the A380 is almost full in Business & Economy.
RUHFlyer From Saudi Arabia, joined Mar 2007, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3566 times:
Cool! Hope one day they start Daily A380 service to RUH
Quoting QatarA340 (Reply 7): Makes me wonder why QR arent allowed to have more than once daily to JED and RUH is only daily?!
Large O&D traffic between KSA-UAE (specially DXB). Which isn't the case with DOH (which is served with only 5x weekly Embraer 170 from each JED and RUH)
SV, XY demand more flights --> SA authorities approve-->UAE reciprocates with more flights from their end.