Not a bad comparison. Singapore's development is a step ahead. Modern Dubai is the product of the past 20 years of intensive development. Prior to that, Dubai was a small trading port, clustered around the mouth of the Creek. This development is still going on. Have you notice all the new hotels buildt these past 5 years at Jumeira Road? Just have a look to EK's fleet in 1990, a few Airbuses and 727s. What about now?
Even with the new hotels, which are only a handful, buying 40 A380s is excessive. Las Vegas has lots of hotels, most of which have 2,000-5,000 rooms, but do you see an airline with 40 A380s based in LAS?
Yes, but the location of DXB is still perfect for a long haul hub with connecting flights to usa/eur and asia/aus. These are the customers hunted by EK.
Fine but 40 A380s? Not even BA the world's largest international airline is ordering that many, or Luthansa.
Even BA is replacing B747's with smaller aircraft, B777's, and increasinf frequency.
The domestic market will slighty increase with tourism in uae as well
I can definately see a market for A380s on the DXB-AUH run. Yeah right.
Sure their future is bright, I wish them all the success, but I know for a fact that sometimes EK does a lot of stuff for publicity. They are expanding simply because they do not have to pay for a lot of things. Their plans are too ambitious...although I wish them the best of luck....