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EK To Launch Non-stop DXB-EBB From DXB-ADD-EBB

Wed Jan 18, 2012 12:48 pm

"Emirates Airline is to launch new direct flights to two major African cities splitting its existing Dubai – Addis Ababa – Entebbe to offer a new dedicated non-stop service to both markets. From March 25, 2012 the Middle East carrier will end its shared daily Airbus A340-500 link and launch A330-200 flights to both cities. This will result in a reduction of in-flight offering to both destinations as the A330s are not fitted with First Class Suites, but will significantly increase convenience to the travelling public.

“As demand for our Entebbe service continues to grow, customers can now enjoy the convenience of a non-stop air link with Dubai,” said Jean Luc Grillet, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Africa, Emirates Airline. “Our new direct service will offer seamless connections to key destinations in the Middle East, Indian Sub-continent, Asia and the Far East.”

There is currently no direct competition between Dubai and Entebbe, although Gulf Air, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines (THY) provide services to the Middle East and they will together fight for transfer passengers between the African country and destinations across Europe and Asia. An estimated 21,000 O&D passengers travelled between Dubai and Entebbe in the past year, with a further 80,000 thought to have connected on to other destinations in the Emirates network via Dubai International Airport; particularly from or to destinations in India.

The Addis Ababa – Dubai route is much more competitive with Ethiopian Airlines offering a twice daily flight, and Emirates’ affiliate carrier flydubai a three times weekly low-cost option. An estimated 227,000 O&D passengers travelled on this route in the past year with Emirates holding just an eight per cent share of this traffic."

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Source: http://www.routesonline.com/news/29/...8/emirates-heads-direct-to-uganda/

Interesting, but not particularly surprising, development.
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RE: EK To Launch Non-stop DXB-EBB From DXB-ADD-EBB

Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:39 pm

How many Airbus A332 EK have on it's inventory? I always thought EK was a 777 heaven but now almost every other new route I read is A332.
 
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RE: EK To Launch Non-stop DXB-EBB From DXB-ADD-EBB

Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:49 pm

Quoting MSN007 (Reply 1):
I always thought EK was a 777 heaven but now almost every other new route I read is A332.

Depending upon the exact routes, most new EK routes start by the 332. Regardless, it is pretty unsurprising that for now DXB-ADD and DXB-EBB will, having been disconnected, initially be by the 332.

Quoting MSN007 (Reply 1):
How many Airbus A332 EK have on it's inventory?

In terms of those in service, 27 332s and, in contrast, 98 777s (including F).
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RE: EK To Launch Non-stop DXB-EBB From DXB-ADD-EBB

Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:17 pm

Quoting MSN007 (Reply 1):
How many Airbus A332 EK have on it's inventory? I always thought EK was a 777 heaven but now almost every other new route I read is A332.

EK operations in every 'non-major' city are started by A332s. They've got a bunch of 777s and A380s recently and will get an average of 2 new aircraft per month for the next 12 or so months; a lot of expansion and route capacity upgauges would be happening until the end of this year.
It'd be interesting to see which A332 routes will be replaced by 77Ws once the new routes start. Several will be starting in the beginning of February. Anyone to speculate?
 
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RE: EK To Launch Non-stop DXB-EBB From DXB-ADD-EBB

Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:17 pm

Good news. Now I may just do the trip back via DXB on the 380 and sample EK's service. Then it won't be long before the 380 goes to E. Africa
 
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RE: EK To Launch Non-stop DXB-EBB From DXB-ADD-EBB

Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:27 pm

Quoting ebbuk (Reply 4):
and sample EK's service.

EKs service is a joke. I find the service of many budget carriers to be better than that of EKs'.

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