David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7623 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2229 times:
italics = article, plain = me
Long haul's flying success Oct 26 2001
A prestige long haul air route between Birmingham and the Middle East was today declared as the most successful ever operated by the airline concerned.
A spokeswoman for Emirates said the Birmingham-Dubai route had proved to be the best ever in the 16-year history of the airline.
"We had high expectations when we started the route and we have not been disappointed - in fact, rather the opposite," said the spokeswoman.
"This has been the most successful route that Emirates has ever operated anywhere."
Totting up the CAA statistics for Jan to July:
MAN-DXB 101,012 pax average of 238.24 per flight, a rise of 4.68%
BHX-DXB 69,189 pax. Not worked out average.
"There has been some reduction in the number of people flying since the events in New York, but nothing too significant.
"In general we are still very satisfied.
"Those airlines that have been hit more are the ones that operate a Transatlantic service and Emirates does not. It also has the advantage of offering so many routes around the world from Birmingham via Dubai.
"Many of the passengers flying from Birmingham to Dubai then fly on to India, Africa and even Australia."
The spokeswoman said the airline had only stopped its Tuesday service from Birmingham - the flight normally operates seven days per week -because it was traditionally such a quiet day.
"The number of passengers on Tuesday flights has traditionally been low because Thursday and Friday is the weekend in Dubai,so by the time businessmen travelling on a Tuesday arrive there is only one day of business before the weekend.
"For that reason other days are far more popular among the business fraternity and that is why we have not operated Tuesday flights recently, but this will be reviewed at the end of this month."
And in the meantime, we, the vastly underperfoming MAN, continue to have DAILY flights.
And the reported flying programmes for the two airports:
Normal A330-200 High Density operation throughout the month, except for the 4th, 9th and 10th when it will be a B777-200 High Density. Tuesday 6th and 13th operates as EK8036 via Birmingham and this is likely to continue on subsequent Tuesdays.
Normal A330-200 High Density operation for most of the month, except for the 1st, 5th, 8th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 22nd, and 29th when it will be an A330-200 Low Density. Tuesday 6th and 13th operate as EK8036 through from Manchester and although not yet finalised, the same is likely on subsequent Tuesdays.
Emirates777 From Tanzania, joined Feb 2000, 655 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2126 times:
I think the main reason for the non-op of the Tuesday flight is that Wednesday provides poor connections from Dubai for people connecting thru DXB. In fact this is also why during the downturn, DUS and ZRH flights were not operating.
MAN has outperformed BHX by a mile this year. The stats show that. Also MAN is waiting for the 2nd daily, well ahead of BHX. While this might be pushed back a few months due to the incidents of Sep. 11 and general travel apprehension, i have no doubt that MAN will get the double-daily ahead of BHX.
Boeing757fan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2090 times:
I said its DXB-Whitehorse. They operate it every 6th Friday to coincide with the Mecca Iditarod Competition from February 1st to July 1st, then they restart from July 5th-July 10. Then thats it till the following December when they operate it only on Christmas day.
Crosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2621 posts, RR: 57
Reply 14, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2082 times:
You're right Boeing757fan, everyone else is wrong!
A friend of someone my grandma once met flew Dubai-Whitehorse and the flight was full both ways, the same lady flew Dubai-Heathrow and there were 2 spare seats in economy going out, and a spare Business seat flying home, so it's pretty obvious that Whitehorse is a more successful route than Heathrow for Emirates...
EGBB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2062 times:
I am sure what Emirates are saying is that the BHX service is the most succesful route it has ever started ..i.e first year of service ..no way can you compare BHX to MAN which has now been in operation for many years...any new route takes time to build up..The question is what were the PAX numbers on the first year on the Manchester service?
OO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2006 times:
It is not about load factors.
I think the most successful route has more to do with the money. Maybe MAN has more passengers than BHX but BHX may have much business travellers who pay more for their ticket. This way the company makes more profit. And what about cargo etc..??
Brum A330 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2001, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2003 times:
Why cann't some people accept the BHX service has been a huge success in its first year.Birmingham has its own catchment area and there is life outside London And Manchester.David you are taking this too serious.