I remember I read somewhere that EK
's President and Minister of Department of Transport U.A.E. is same person, is it true?
If so, EK
can avoid spending time for approval etc for DOT and can do whatever EK
wish timely without losing time, so this might be one of the strength.
Before 747-400 age, European, Asian carriers and QF
used to make fuel stop at BAH or DXB
, and at that time kind of opensky agreement benefitted them, but now EK
seems to benefit from open sky like air agreement.
It seems that EK
have very strict cost control, so in other words maybe kind of a very skilful management controlling cash flow and everything, contrary to some traditional airline originally government owned until 1980s.
In addition, if many countires import oil from UAE, and if they want to buid stable good relationship with U.A.E, then allowing EK
generous landing slots is a piece of cake for the government certain countires, I think.