I have noticed some posts regarding Emirates and wanted add my 2p worth.
First of all, Emirates is scheduled to return its schedule to normal operations (pre-Sep 11) from Nov 16. As a result the 3x weekly non-stop A330 to HKG returns. However in order to address the lower load factor issue, the timing of the flight has been changed. The flight now departs at 0300 meaning better connex from the Western Europe, Gulf and Middle Eastern flights. It will cause a bit more duplication as a 773 goes to BKK then HKG only 15 minutes later.
New services to be added include 3x JNB weekly, 3x THR weekly.
Marco, i think Emirates needs something bigger than an A345. The current configurations of 777s they operate already seat a lot more than their A345s will.
IMO the A380 order for 22 acft plus 10 options is ambitious. For it to work I think Emirates would need to allocate the 380 on all of the routes below. Anyhow, i have provided a rough estimation on where Emirates A380 routes are likely to be placed:
Obvious candidates: LHR, JED, KHI, BKK/HKG, SIN, MEL, SYD.
Potential candidates if routes continue strong growth: JNB, RUH, ISB, FRA, KUL, CGK, MAN
Obvious candidates but contingent on granting of extra seat allocations: BOM, DEL
Emirates proposed routes if they are successful: JFK, LAX, ORD
and finally on a lighter note:
Emirates going OTT: MCT, SAH, BAH, DOH, KWI, AUH, and PEW (if they can even get one down there).