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Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sat Jun 05, 2004 11:25 pm

New private low cost carrier Smart Jet Airways will begin flights in October flying out of its base, Dubai, to destinations in the Gulf, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

The airline will initially acquire 2 B757-200s and will NOT compete head-to-head with Emirates.


The airline will initially serve:

Alexandria, Egypt
Barcelona, Spain
Istanbul, Turkey
Madrid, Spain
Warsaw, Spain
Bangkok, Thailand
Douala, Cameroon

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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sat Jun 05, 2004 11:49 pm

How come their not operating any Arab destinations other than Egypt?
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sat Jun 05, 2004 11:56 pm

I'd say it's probably due to the fact EK has the area well covered but I see them expanding into Dammam (KSA), Allepo (Syria) and maybe other North African cities.

I guess we have to wait and see
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:15 am

I am surpised Beirut is not on the list....
 
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 06, 2004 12:17 am

Yegbey01, not really considering the large amount of carriers already operating on the route
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 06, 2004 9:59 am

You mean Warsaw, Poland don't you?
 
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 06, 2004 10:00 am

Hehe, that's it (typo error)  Big thumbs up
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 06, 2004 3:17 pm

I read in a paper here (believe it was the Gulf News) a few days ago that the DXB airport authorities don't want lowcost carriers at the airport, and the article mentioned that this might endanger the startup plans of SmartJet.
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 06, 2004 3:26 pm

This airline should too look at :

1. Dubai-Goa
2. Dubai-Mombasa
3. Dubai-Bali (but the B 757 cant fly that route nonstop...maybe the -200ER could!!!)
4. Dubai-Copenhagen
5. Dubai-Geneva

Both CPH and GVA are vvvv popular with Arabs especially in summer...and EK doesnt fly to CPH...does it fly to GVA???

Is there that much demand for leisure traffic between DXB and SPAIN for this airline to fly to both MAD and Barcelona??? I know Kuwait Airways mints money on the Malaga route which is a summer seasonal route for them and usually F and J class is always sold out to Malaga which is a twice a week AB6 flown destination in the summer months.
 
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 06, 2004 3:54 pm

Since the airline won't compete with EK out of DXB, any future expansion will have to take Emirates plans into consideration. So BEY and other EK destinations are out of the question. I wonder if they will succeed with such a plan.
 
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 06, 2004 4:38 pm

When I contacted the authorities of DXB-airport shortly after "Smart Jet" was in the press, they were rather angry. For several reasons. A) the company had advised the media but NOT the authorities B) none of the companies mentioned to be involved was/is known or registered C) none of the persons mentioned are known ---- and one of them apparently is the name of the official in charge with immigration in the emirate . So that the authorities regarded the whole stuff as thoroughly fishy !
 
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 13, 2004 6:20 pm

Bahramjee

This summer, KU to AGP is once a week only. Due to lack of aircraft availability with the airline.
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Sun Jun 13, 2004 8:14 pm

There are tons of flights from between Lebanon & the UAE,too many carriers are operating this route,so even if smartjet had the chance to serve BEY I don't think they would've done so,IMO.

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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Mon Jun 14, 2004 9:03 am

MEA310, by August there will be 44 weekly flights between BEY and DXB
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RE: Smart Jet To Start Flights Out Of DXB

Mon Jun 14, 2004 9:40 am

Wow! Dubai to Barcelona and Madrid!?
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