leelaw
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Tim Clark: Middle East Hub Builder

Sat Jul 01, 2006 1:23 am

Airline Business 6/30/06 (Fair Use Excerpt)

When he and a group of other expatriate airline veterans drew up the business plan for the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, they knew Dubai's location made it a potential hub between Africa, Asia and Europe. But no one was sure how well it would work.

The recent new route to Shanghai underscores its success...

...He rejects the complaint by point-to-point carriers that Emirates is diverting passengers away from them. He talks instead of "growing the pie", of stimulating traffic between city-pairs they do not serve.

"It is not true that we rape and pillage international markets," he claims. "We are growing our network on the basis of connectivity. If other airlines adopted our model, the number of people taking to air travel would explode..."


http://www.flightglobal.com/Articles...Clark+Middle+East+hub+builder.html

Sounds like Mr. Clark has adopted the arguments WN has used to counter fear of their presence in a market for years...doesn't Herb have a copyright on this?  Smile
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jacobin777
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RE: Tim Clark: Middle East Hub Builder

Sat Jul 01, 2006 1:47 am

Quoting Leelaw (Thread starter):
Sounds like Mr. Clark has adopted the arguments WN has used to counter fear of their presence in a market for years...doesn't Herb have a copyright on this?

they are taking 'erbs ideas to "higher levels" with the introduction of much larger planes.....

lets see what happens..only time will tell... spin 
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slz396
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RE: Tim Clark: Middle East Hub Builder

Sat Jul 01, 2006 5:41 am

Another interesting quote:

The world's perception of Emirates changed in 2001 when it became one of the launch customers for the Airbus A380, Clark recalls. "Even though Emirates was a well-planned and well-orchestrated airline, before that we hadn't really put our head above the crowd." With that A380 order, he says, "we burst onto the world stage."

Seems Emirates and the A380 are completely interwoven indeed, according to Mr Clark.

Also interesting to read his remarks on hubs vs point-to-point traffic.

Thanks for the link.