Does anyone have any real financial figures for Emirates? I mean, like the equivalent of an annual report - complete with a balance sheet, statement of cash flows, and income statement? This ain't a rhetorical question. I can't find it, and I'd like to know.
Airbus' own sales figures are based around 555 pax in 3 classes; this is lower density than the 744 but you still have signicantly more seats. With this lower density (and the quieter cabin) EK
would have little difficulty charging a small premium, but they can still sell lots more tickets.
The extra space per passenger is used for the aisles and staircases necessary to pass evacuation tests and to load/unload in a reasonable time. This extra space will probably not affect passenger comfort to any real degree. The inside "feel" of the A380 will be more like that of a the A330 than it will be like the 747. This is because of the size of the individual decks. This means fewer middle seats than a 747 or 777, but a less spacious feel. Some prefer the widebodied twin "look and feel" some prefer the 747/777 "look and feel". I doubt you could charge a premium for the A380's comfort - unless you simply put fewer seats in it than 555. This could be a viable strategy, however. Carry 400 some seats in an A380 and your A380 will be a lot more comfortable than someone else's 747 with the same number of seats.
Another question....How many "Great Circle" routes between Europe and Asia pass close by DXB
? A quick look on the map shows that it is a reasonably good hub for routes to Southeast Asia and Australia. However, it is not as good for routes to central Asia(Taiwan , Southern China area). And it is definitely going out of your way to stop at DXB
if you are going to Korea, Japan or northern China. When more routes are available through Russia, and political conditions improve in a handfull other countries the "great circle" route goes over improve, my guess is the appeal of DXB
will fade a bit. Of course - the great circle is not always the best route considering ETOPS, winds aloft, etc. So I may be off base here.....But he question remains - is DXB
really a good place to stop between Europe and Asia? Will it remain so for the foreseeable future?
More importantly, there are many Asian hubs that are already well established and have room for growth. These hubs have market savvy and popular airlines defending them. How good is Emirates at competing with the likes of Singapore, especially since Singapore is better positioned to capture American traffic?
How much of Emirate's traffic is Europe-Far East anyway? Is this the real source of Emirate's present growth? or is it the desire of the UAE's own citizens to go to Europe to have a good time, combined with the need to import guest workers into the country and carry oil workers/execs?
The big question - "Is Emirate's growth sustainable?" cannot even be guessed at unless we have answers to at least some of the questions I have asked above. My suspicion is that we may be seeing a case of "The Emperor's new Clothes" or rather, "The Emperor's new A380's". But I could be wrong......