Ok, in response to all the questions.
Perth is happening but has been deferred until April next year when more aircraft are due. Emirates want to do the route non-stop and are aiming to use a B777-200ER. I did hear on my travels in DXB that they were considering the A330-200 but this would be pushing the limits of the acft with a reduced payload.
Brisbane is not happening.
Kuala Lumpur. Once more 777s arrive KUL will become non-stop, so possibly next year.
Moscow. Emirates were planning to add SVO to their network in Winter 1998 but just before then the Rouble fell down the pan. Since then Moscow has fallen off the priority list. I think they will add this route progressively once the additional A330s arrive. No clear timing on it though.
Glasgow. This route is currently under evaluation. No firm date on startup but it looks interesting from the perspective of feeding traffic to the Asian subcontinent.
Dusseldorf Standby. Yes IMO the chances are pretty good. I think of all the European routes, this is probably still not overbooked around peak seasons. Now this is assuming they are still using A330s at the time. There is a likelihood that once things improve in SriLanka they will bring back the A310 to DUS and then your chances of a standby become slimmer. You see A310 has a capaacity of only 170 in Emirates' FJY config.
Manchester. The plans for the 2nd daily are still on. I think this could be the surprise one. When A6-EAI arrives at the end of November it was due to add extra flights to Colombo. With the tough situation, they have already downgraded the flight from a high density to a low density. This means they have a spare HD acft, which could be re-allocated possibly to MAN and a 2nd daily. I think the 2nd daily will be definitnely start by March next year.
Birmingham. I agree with the comments from other members here. Emirates has actually sent in low density A330s on a number of occasssions over the summer. The slump can be attributed to seasonal factors. Also remember that BHX is a much newer route than MAN hence the pax. loads tend to be concentrated to certain countries. MAN has a much more diverse range of connecting traffic eg. Australia, Far East and Africa, something that BHX traffic will build onto over time. Hence, MAN loads are better protected during slower seasonal times.
Colombo/Singapore/Jakarta. No this route has not been restored yet. It is still operating DXB-MLE-SIN-CGK using the B777-200.
Frankfurt. This route is doing well also and has been slated to receive a 2nd daily during 2002. Both pax and cargo are performing well. I think another reason for increasing the freqs to both FRA and MUC is to give frequent/premium travellers greater flexibility and options for travel.
NYC. Well there is a reason why Emirates doesn't non-stop into NYC at the moment. It is simply uneconomical for them to operate a reduced payload B777-200ER year round. Actually DNATA turns around the Malaysian aircraft at DXB and they have the exact performance figures for the route. Given that there is a payload penalty it is simply not worth carrying low yielding economy traffic all the way non-stop. Cargo is a valuable contributor and can make the difference in terms of a route going from red to black.
Yes i have noticed that UL plan on flying MLE-LHR non-stop. They are also due to start MLE-NRT nonstop. I think Emirates are not too bothered as they own 40% of SriLankan. Also anything at this stage to minimise UL's losses is better than nothing.
You can check the list of Emirates' destinations on their website.
Actually the A330-200 is an ideally suited aircraft for Emirates' long, short and medium haul ops. I think that EK tests the range of the A330-200 fairly well on its existing route structure. Remember this acft now operates many of Emirates' longest segments including Manila, Johannesburg and Manchester. Furthermore, the two different acft configs enable capacity switching easily. By retaining the A330-200 they keep the fleet composition simple and can switch aircraft around from long and short haul missions. Also, I don't know how capable the A330-300 would be able on a full payload to do something like a Manila which tends to be quite full year round.
The idea of using narrowbodies on short haul operations had been considered a couple of years ago. Based on my last conversations, they decided to drop the idea. Personally, I think they need it on those short gulf hops, from a profitability perspective. Bahrain is actually a busy route, and they can often fill a 777. The A330 is ideally suited to this route. But the joke route of the pack is Muscat – operated daily by a 300 seat 777. I know of stories where there has been 4 pax on board and they still do the flight. It's all to do with "political issues". Emirates flies a lot of routes for political reasons eg. Muscat, Sanaa. For other regional routes a 777 is necessary. I know the Saudi routes go chocker blocked in all classes. As Emirates doesn't have access for daily into Saudi cities they have to rely on 3x or 5x using high density 777s.