Emirates To Announce New Order; Cuts Capacity

Tue Oct 22, 2002 1:20 pm

This is from this week's Flight International (Oct 22-28, 2002).

According to the report, Emirates is finalising major deals with Airbus and Boeing for 50+ aircraft orders. These will include additional A380-800, A340-600ER, plus a large order of B777-300ER.

The airline plans to expand from current 44 widebodies jet to 110 in 2010. Chief director of the airline Tim Clark says the deal will be announced in the next 3-6 months.

Emirates currently operates 18 B777s (all RR-powered), 3+ on order. The airline planned to acquire additional 25 plus 8 A340-600ER (If Airbus launched such program) since 2001.

Clark says the airline is evaluating RR and PW version for the baseline of 773, as well as the GE90-powered -300ER. "If we choose the -300ER, then we will take all 25 as this variant," he adds.

Clark says that Boeing and GE are evaluating an increased thrust version of the 115,000lb-thrust (512kN) GE90-115B, rated at 120,000lb, to try to meet Emirates' requirement for year-round operations from its Dubai hub. Although General Electric GE90 advanced product integration manager Dick Ostrom says that the formal requirement for additional thrust "has not surfaced, and Boeing hasn't asked for that capability yet", he adds. "We have always felt there is growth capability beyond 115,000lb."

Meanwhile, Clark says that the A340-600 model "is now offerable and we are talking to Airbus about an order". This aircraft will have maximum take-off weight increased by 8,000kg (17,620lb) to 376,000kg and the thrust of its Trent 500s increased slightly to around 58,000-60,000lb, he says.

Emirates plans to introduce A340-600ER in mid-2005 for flights to Australia and Eastern US. First US and Australia non-stop service is due 2003, when the airline begins receiving A340-500.

Clark also mentioned that the airline will add additional A380 order, with unspecified number.

In 2003, Emirates will begin to reduce its capacity, due to the introduction of major upgrades to its cabins. This will see the increasing seat pitch. From 2003, 380-seat B777-300 will be dropped to 330-seat. "which is why we need so many more aircraft," says Clark.
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RE: Emirates To Announce New Order; Cuts Capacity

Tue Oct 22, 2002 1:25 pm

This suggests that EK might be going from 10 to 9 abreast on its 777s - and not before time. I understand there are also improvements planned to its F and J Class products.
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RE: Emirates To Announce New Order; Cuts Capacity

Tue Oct 22, 2002 2:50 pm

There is just no stopping EK !!
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RE: Emirates To Announce New Order; Cuts Capacity

Tue Oct 22, 2002 2:55 pm

Where are they getting the money to do this?!!

I mean, this is great news for them, and the manufacturers, but it's about the only good news out there, as everyone else is not doing much more than bragging about how they're hemmhoraging less than the competition! I suppose they buy cyclically in the dips, and get the best price for doing so now. I am amazed to hear this news, and admire them for their reach and expansiveness.
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RE: Emirates To Announce New Order; Cuts Capacity

Tue Oct 22, 2002 3:06 pm

Travellin'man ....EK is primarily state funded and the royal family has plenty of interest in the airline. The royal family of Dubai also happens to be one of the wealthiest families in the world
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RE: Emirates To Announce New Order; Cuts Capacity

Tue Oct 22, 2002 3:10 pm

Is Airbus really offering an extended rage version of their A346's? They must have a lot of confidence on their prospects to the U.S. East Coast (presumably JFK) and on non-stops to Australia. I hope they do succeed because I would love to see those planes here.

The A380 is for LHR, right?
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RE: Emirates To Announce New Order; Cuts Capacity

Tue Oct 22, 2002 6:13 pm

I'm happy to see some orders from EK.
But I can't see why they are ordering both Airbus and Boeing aircraft which have about the same performances (A340-600/777-300ER).

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RE: Emirates To Announce New Order; Cuts Capacity

Tue Oct 22, 2002 6:23 pm

They´ll never get a better price. Don´t know though where they have the optimism from, in times when more and more western people, who as tourists will be the majority of targeted future EK customers, are afraid to travel into muslim countries.

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