emirates777
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Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:03 am

Effective February 1, 2006, Emirates will commence 4x weekly flights to Abidjan (ABJ) in the Ivory Coast. Flights will be an extension of the Accra service which will be delinked from Lagos. Details below.

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun
EK787 DEP DXB 0730 ARR ABJ 1430
EK788 DEP ABJ 1600 ARR DXB 0540 (next day)

Flights will operate using a low density configured A330-200 offering a FJY service.

Rgds
Emirates777
 
behramjee
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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:57 am

interesting...though I thought that DAK-Dakar, Senegal would get the nod over ABJ.
 
EK156
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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 2:47 am

EK is going really strong in Africa.... clever move
 
JoKeR
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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 2:48 am

Good move on EK's part, should see healthy loads and yields.

I think its safe to expect that Middle East's two premier carriers, EK and QR will both expand significantly into Africa over the coming period
Kafa, čaj, šraf?
 
dkny
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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 6:03 am

I smell growing trouble for both ET and KQ. Their very strong presence in West Africa is being targeted by EK.
 
emirates777
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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 7:45 am

Emirates has big plans for Africa -- its a growing market with good profit margins. Both pax and cargo traffic is healthy. Dakar is part of the plan for West Africa as is Abuja and Kano in Nigeria and a no. of other points.

Eastern Africa is already a market where Emirates has a decent presence but plans to grow significantly further. Look for Nairobi to get a third daily and Emirates are working hard at getting additional traffic rights to take Mauritius to a daily. Madagascar is in the medium term plans and subject to aircraft availability you may see Dar-es-salaam de-linked from the Nairobi flights. Finally, Emirates will be building one of their own "Emirates lounges" at JKIA apt in Nairobi -- the only one in Africa.

In Southern Africa Emirates wants to expand but is facing significant aeropolitical constraints.

Emirates sees opportunities to serve upto 15 additional destinations in Africa.

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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:12 pm

Lagos and Accra will be delinked effective January 2, 2006. From that point onwards, both LOS and ACC will be getting daily nonstop service from DXB. Effective February 1, 2006, four of the ACC services are scheduled to continue into Abidjan. The other 3 services are for now scheduled for an extended ground time at ACC. I guess EK is looking for some option to use these ground times efficiently.

As for EK's plans in West Africa, the airline seems to have made a great move by hiring a number of highly experienced former Sabena Africa specialists to guide its increasing presence in the region. Operations in Africa are challenging in many aspects and need a great level of expertise, and these former Sabena people are bringing just that.

EK's future growth possibilities in the region are multifarious: cities like Dakar, Conakry, Cotonou, Lome, Porth Harcourt, Abuja, Kano, Doula, Yaounde, and more central Libreville and Kinshasa at some point might all warrant some link with EK's ever-growing homebase.
 
soups
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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:37 pm

There are rumours that the Lagos flight might go via Abuja
Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
 
EK156
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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:40 pm

What about Capetown??? Is it true that they lost the slots to Etihad?? Or was it QR???
 
tailfin
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RE: Emirates To Abidjan

Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:53 pm

I thought EK had already postponed their services to Hamburg and Geneva? And some far east destinations? They were supposed to be up and running by the end of the year, and have been put back til next Spring as they have not enough aircraft available...

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