emirates777
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Emirates To Bangladesh

Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:07 am

As a follow up to my posting some weeks ago. Dont know full details of the new air services agreement, except to say Emirates will be adding 2 additional flights to Dhaka. The additional services operate on Mondays and Sundays and will be operated by B777-200 high density aircraft. The new flights are effective end of October 2006. Flight EK584 departs DXB 1315 arrives DAC 1955. Flight EK585 departs DAC 2130 arrives DXB 0025.

Also Emirates will increase the aircraft size on the EK582. On Mondays and Wednesdays the flight will operate with B777-300ER high density aircraft. This change will be effective beginning of October 2006.

All remaining DAC flights will continue to operate using the B777-200 high density.

As i stated before, Emirates' aim is to take DAC upto a double-daily.

Rgds
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planemannyc
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RE: Emirates To Bangladesh

Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:35 am

Quoting Emirates777 (Thread starter):
Also Emirates will increase the aircraft size on the EK582. On Mondays and Wednesdays the flight will operate with B777-300ER high density aircraft. This change will be effective beginning of October 2006.

Noticed that yesterday on Amadeus.net. Good step on the part of EK....I am sure had the B'desh government been so protective of Biman, EK would have had a double daily to DAC and possibly even direct flights to Chittaong and Sylhet.

Friends and family tell me that it is impossible to get seats on EK unless you book months in advance. I read somewhere that the EK station manager saying that bookings are running 90+ %, and that does not give them operational flexibility -- so they are seeking a double daily.

Best,

Wasim / Planemannyc
 
emirates777
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RE: Emirates To Bangladesh

Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:49 am

Yes DAC is very busy indeed. In fact the DAC route is being regularly upgraded from the 772 to the 777-300/777-300ER. The longer aircraft offers an upto 80 additional Y seats. It would not surprise me if the new bilateral allows unlimited aircraft size and the scope for Emirates to move to a double-daily over a gradual period of time.
 
planemannyc
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RE: Emirates To Bangladesh

Sat Jul 29, 2006 3:24 am

I wonder if EY will get additional slots as well. I think GF is using 9 frequencies (4 ex BAH, 5 ex MCT) to Dhaka, and while QR got 7 slots, they are only using 6 currently (and as far as Amadeus is reporting, for the winter as well). When EK gets the 2 additional frequencies, it will match SV's frequency of 11 a week to DAC, and becuase SV usues some 747-100s on the route (I can never be sure about SV, they change equipment often), EK may have the highest seat capacity of all ME carriers to Dhaka.

Best,

Wasim / Planemannyc
 
behramjee
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RE: Emirates To Bangladesh

Sat Jul 29, 2006 7:45 am

this move by EK will benefit greatly the ppl of Bangladesh. this airline i believe is the most popular option for NYC residing Bengalis enroute to DAC due to the convenient one stop daily flight via DXB.

i wonder how much 6th freedom traffic SV carries via JED/RUH to USA and UK on their DAC bound flights.

Kuwait airways too does very well in DAC and is ranked # 8 in its top 10 most profitable destinations system wide. they are a popular option for LHR and JED bound pax largely.
 
vincewy
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RE: Emirates To Bangladesh

Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:40 pm

What the heck are BG and the govt doing while all foreign carriers can't even meet the demand of air travel in Bangladesh? IMO Biman can be (should be) a lot bigger with extensive network (JFK, Europe) connecting not only Dacca, Chittagong, and Sylhet, but also CCU and RGN. Imagine a 744 or A380 with BG livery.

Besides the aforementioned foreign airlines, I think Yemenia offer one of the lowest rates from UK to DAC.
 
netdhaka
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RE: Emirates To Bangladesh

Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:53 pm

Ittehad recently commenced their service in DAC. I head that Ittehad is doing quite well. Their service is quite good. Middle Eastern airlines are doing well. I wonder why BA has only 3 weekly flights. Their service shouldn’t be too bad.