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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.
David/MAN: 270 and counting