|Quoting CoolSkyGuy (Reply 3):|
Etihad is adding KUL as its new Asian destination Jan-15 2007, perhaps in future it might use it as stopover point to Aussie...
|Quoting Bill142 (Reply 4):|
They have to win the Australian Government over first. Gulf region carriers are having a hard time getting more access to Australia. EK wants to double it's capacity over the next 5 years. QR wants daily flights. If they all asked for access to other cities which aren't SYD or MEL they might have more luck. On the flip side, the demand out of other cities is alot less then Sydney or Melbourne.
|Quoting Cedarjet (Reply 1):|
Their 777-300s have to be seen to be believed, especially cos there's usually only about 60 people onboard. Yum.
|Quoting Skyhigh (Reply 6):|
Emirates might have dirt cheap fares to London but try finding a cheap ticket to one of the above destinations. I think it is a shame that QR and EY can not get frequencies to at least Melbourne, both for extra capacity on the European routes and for competition against EK on the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern routes.
|Quoting VH-KCT* (Reply 10):|
Actually, CASA has nothing to do with allowing access to international carriers. That's done by the International Air Services Commission.
|Quoting AirLittoral (Reply 11):|
Doing a quick research, I find about the same prices for MEL-LHR than for MEL-IST, MEL-MXP, MEL-ATH, etc...about 1,400 EUR/1,800 USD. On EK, no significant difference whatever European airport you take within their network..
|Quoting Skyhigh (Reply 14):|
That's the problem. Why should people flying on EK to Athens/Istanbul/Amman/Beirut have to pay the same price as those flying on to London? They are significantly closer to Dubai than London.