Emirates Chairman, Sheikh Ahmed ibn Saeed Al Maktoum has been in Australia this week lobbying hard for extra services to Sydney. Basically Emirates want to upgrade the existing 4x weekly to a daily asap and probably next year want to introduce the 2nd daily. Given that they start PER flights in August this year, they will probably get the permission to go daily but likely to face hostility, particularly from Qantas in adding the 2nd daily. Also, Emirates is saying they will introduce the A340-500 next year on some of the Sydney and Melbourne flights, permitting non-stop operations from Dubai.
Article from local press attached.
24/04/02 AUSTRALIA: EMIRATES IN BID TO LAND A DAILY DOUBLE.Australian
24/04/02 AUSTRALIA: EMIRATES IN BID TO LAND A DAILY DOUBLE.
By Michael McGuire.
* Aviation DUBAI-based Emirates Airlines chairman Amhed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has
held top-level government meetings in Canberra and Sydney this week lobbying for
greater access to Sydney airport.
On Monday, Sheik Ahmed met Department of Transport secretary Ken Matthews in
Canberra, but not John Howard. Yesterday, he met NSW Premier Bob Carr in Sydney.
Sheik Ahmed plans to increase Emirates flights out of Sydney from four a week to
a daily service, before moving to twice daily. Emirates already flies daily
services from Melbourne and will launch a Perth-Dubai service in August.
"We feel that we have a very strong case to increase the number of flights to
Sydney," Sheik Ahmed said yesterday.
"If we were allowed we would put double daily into Sydney."
Sheik Ahmed said Mr Carr supported the request to increase frequency to Sydney.
Emirates has been one of the most bullish airlines since the September 11
terrorist attacks and the subsequent collapse in the global aviation market.
It announced a record $US15 billion ($28 billion) order for 58 new planes in
November, while most other airlines were scaling back or cancelling capital
However, it is believed Qantas would be opposed to giving any more slots to
Emirates plans a non-stop service from Sydney and Melbourne to Dubai when it
takes delivery of the new Airbus A340-500, which will become the longest range
airliner when it comes into operation late this year. Such a move would allow
Emirates to challenge Qantas in offering a one-stop journey on its traditional
and lucrative Sydney-London route.
(c) Nationwide News Proprietary Ltd, 2002.
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