yegbey01
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Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:00 pm

Have a look at this.

Emirates Airline intends to fly non-stop to Los Angeles or San Francisco and Chicago within the next two years, Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum told Gulf News. He said that is the list so far, after New York in June. We are not doing it for the prestige but for the business, he added.

http://www.ameinfo.com/news/Detailed/35246.html
 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:03 pm

(From Gulfnews.com)


Emirates airline plans an ambitious roll-out of its non-stop flights to the US, it was revealed yesterday, with new American destinations added to the list.

In the next two years, the Middle East's top airline plans to add San Francisco or Los Angeles and Chicago to its direct flights to New York, which begin in June.

"That is the list - so far," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group.

Speaking exclusively to Gulf News, he said: "We already fly to four destinations in Australia. America is a much bigger market, so we would expect to offer more services.

"We pinpointed America a long time ago and it has been a long time target to enter that market with a non-stop service. Obviously, we had to have the aircraft. Our new aircraft enables us to do that."

He is undaunted by the list of those who have clambered after the American dream only to have their wings clipped. He said: "The US is a big market and a tough market. A lot of people who have tried to enter it have suffered. But the biggest sufferers have been the local carriers, other airlines flying to the US have made money.

"We believe our study of the market shows the figures add up. We believe the business is there. We are not doing it for the prestige but because the business is there."

He sees the launch of the service to the US as an important step in the development of the airline. He said: "It sees Emirates becoming a truly global airline."

The airline is embarking on its latest adventure on the back of what Sheikh Ahmed says has been another "good year". When the figures are released at the end of April, he said: "Our profits should not be any less than the previous year's." This was in excess of Dh1 billion on revenues of Dh10 billion.

He added: "The double digit growth we have seen in recent years has continued and this year we expect in excess of 20 million passengers."

Nevertheless, the airline will continue with its policy of tapping the capital markets to bolster its balance sheet and Sheikh Ahmed confirmed Emirates airline will launch a bond within a month or two for a similar amount" to last time.

He also confirmed: "Today there is no immediate plan to privatise the airline. It is the owner's decision when to do so but at the moment there is no plan to do so."



 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:04 pm

A while ago they mentioned that daily JFK and 6x weekly SFO service are the plans on A345s. I guess now they are looking at LAX instead maybe?

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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:23 pm

Theres no harm in flying to both as SFO will support the Washington State and Northern California mkt segment whereas LAX has 10million+ ppl + a whole lot more in Southern California so I wouldnt be surprised if EK do eventually fly to both cities within 2 years.
 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:28 pm

Sounds great....just don't ask for a Kosher meal!
 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 2:42 pm

I would love to see them at SEA. Nice central location for the business heavy pacific northwest. Forget nonstop, I bet they could make a killing on a SEA-India(BOM?)-DXB route.
 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 5:10 pm

I read that with the acquisition of long-range aircraft, Emirates' business plan is to offer travel from any place in the world - to any other place - with only a stop in Dubai...
 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 5:31 pm

I read that with the acquisition of long-range aircraft, Emirates' business plan is to offer travel from any place in the world - to any other place - with only a stop in Dubai...

Basically, this is already possible. You can travel from europe to australia with only a stop in dubai.

you can't travel from north america to australia with only a stop in dubai...but you wouldn't want to anyway because that would be going out of the way.
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 5:36 pm

Living in San Francisco, I can attest that travel from here to the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent is an ordeal. I for one am hoping Emirates starts flying in here over the pole...
 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 5:50 pm

I hoped that LAX would be via MADRID...a lot of potential there!!!

Plus MAD is a very popular destination for Arabs all year round especially in the summer and there are 1000s of Spanish ppl in LAX catchment area who have to fly via the East coast to Spain on IB or AA!!!

Plus MAD is a very popular destination for West Coast Americans especially in the long winter season!!!
 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:05 pm

Lots of spaniards here in LA?

Haven't seen any and I've been here since 1998.

Now if you are talking about Hispanics, then its a different story and I do not think that they go to Espana in their free time.

Anyway, IB did try doing a direct MAD-LAX and it didn't work out. I believe they also were planning on restarting the service and then didn't.

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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:19 am

I'm not sure if EK has the plane that can fly from Dubai (DXB) all the way to Los Angeles (LAX) non-stop, even with the A340-500. Flying westward (even over the North Pole) against all that prevailing wind may result in either the need to make an intermediate stop or reduce the pax/cargo load during North American winters.

I think it would be more likely that the DXB to SFO/LAX service will probably be done by A340-600HGW's with an intermediate stop at Shannon (SNN) for fuel.
 
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:35 am

I wonder whether they would fifth freedom their way around the world with RTW's, in oher words DBX to LAX to SYD to DXB, or variations thereof. I know the market is so heavily protected and regulated, but I wonder if any carrier will try to work this way.
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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:37 am

Plus MAD is a very popular destination for Arabs all year round especially in the summer and there are 1000s of Spanish ppl in LAX catchment area who have to fly via the East coast to Spain on IB or AA!!!

Lot's of Spanish people in Los Angeles? Nope, there are barely any. There are lot's of Spanish people in New York City, Northern New Jersey, and Miami. Los Angeles has lots of Hispanics, but Iberia has already tried LAX-MAD with no success. The market is too low-yielding to be profitable, just like LAX-MXP and LAX-CPH showed for Alitalia and SAS, respectively.
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Ray

Wed Feb 25, 2004 2:49 am

I'm not sure if EK has the plane that can fly from Dubai (DXB) all the way to Los Angeles (LAX) non-stop, even with the A340-500

7246nm, even with significant wind, shouldn't be too much problem.

Indeed, the SQ route now should fight more winds on its southerly routing, and its farther.

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RE: Emirates, Non-stop To LA

Wed Feb 25, 2004 4:58 am

HEY ONEWORLD EXECS................PICK THIS AIRLNE UP AND BRING THEM TO DFW!
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