Pan Am had hubs in NRT, JFK, MIA, SJU, LHR, FRA, TXL
Wrong. Pan Am never had a large domestic network in the U.S., so they did never get a feed comparable to EK
's. Their "hubs" mainly consisted of long haul flights plus a limited number of medium haul flights.
Pan Am in the 60's was the equivilant of Emirates.
Pan Am never had the financial backing similar to EK
's...and as I already said: PA did not have a base like Dubai which is one of the fastest growing and most exclusive destination in the world. Plus EK
already have a reputation of being a luxury carrier - PA were quite the same as many other airlines of its time.
Unfortunately, the larger it grows the more interesting the challanges
The larger Emirates grow, the more dangerous they are for their competitors. Just look at Air France's Cyril Spinetta who is already complaining about "unfair" competition. EK
are a nightmare for almost any carrier flying face to face with them.
Dubai will reach capacity and operational limits,
No they won't. With 43 passenger A380 on order, a new airport on the drawing board and a growing network EK
won't face these problems.
It is geographically good for some flights but, others require huge back tracking.
"Good for some flights"? DXB
has a PERFECT location in the middle between Europe and Asia. Huge markets such as India just next door. And DXB
is also perfect for transfers between Africa and Asia, or Europe and Australia. EK
is a threat to any Asian, European and Australian carrier, plus to some African carriers, and even American carriers (e.g. for traffic between U.S. and India which is a growing market).
And don't forget their perfect hub airport at DXB
- one of the most convenient airports in the world. New terminals to open soon. PA could only dream of such an infrastructure.
Eventually they will add additional "Focus cities" We will see what happens over time.
will remain their one and only base. And instead of building "focus cities" they just increase frequencies or capacity to existing destinations in order to strengthen their hub.
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