UAEflyer From United Arab Emirates, joined Nov 2006, 1322 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 19299 times:
Recently there is a strong rumors here in Dubai that EK will make all 5 daily flights to LHR an A380 ride early next year. BAA approved two additional flights ( in addition to the current 2 daily) which will bring it to 4 A380 flights a day to LHR, according to the rumor.
If all of this was true, how can Emirates fill 2445 seats every day.
dc10bhx From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 18490 times:
Quoting wilco737 (Reply 7): Interesting question. Maybe they will send a freighter or the cargo isn't as much as expected so that the PAX business makes more money.
Freight makes up a very attractive part of the budget figures for EK. I wonder if the flights from BHX/NCL and LGW ever take up any overspill from the LHR flights?
When you consider the uplift available on an A380 (bearing in mind the increased PAX figures you would loose between
1-2 ULD's worth of space for baggage) if a freighter might not be the answer to the problem.
When you consider how the "waves" are timed from DXB their flights are very attractive to Agents such as myself for quick connections onwards to the Far East and Oceania.
wilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 10, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 18470 times:
Quoting dc10bhx (Reply 9): Freight makes up a very attractive part of the budget figures for EK
Yeah, I can imagine. I was wondering when I heard that as the 380 takes less freight. Maybe the market at LHR has so many competitors that the rates have dropped and they don't make that much money anymore.
Makes perfect sense actually. A380 was built exactly for airports like LHR (ultra busy, slot limited). If BA can fly 8-9 744's between LHR and JFK, EK can definitely fly: LHR-DXB (on O/D alone - plenty of Brits in UAE alone + region), LHR-DXB-Asia/Pacific/Oceania, LHR-DXB-India/Pakistan. Yes = 4-5 x daily A380's makes complete sense. I wonder if we're ever going to see A380 on LGW-DXB as well (3 daily there).
hamad From United Arab Emirates, joined Apr 2000, 1163 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (4 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 10901 times:
To answer the original posters question, you will be amazed how filled up LHR flights are whether they wer 777's or A380's. During the summer season it self, the premuim cabins are even more filled some times than the economy cabin. If emirates decide to send the A380 on all of its flights to LHR, I wouldn't be surprised.