I would be very surprised to see EK
at this point. The demand for even EK
's smallest, least premium aircraft - the 2 class A330-200 (27J/251Y) - likely just isn't there. Yet. Perhaps the situation will be different in a few years.
Look at what happened with BGW
, a much larger and wealthier market with similar security concerns plaguing both the city and country. EK
only began BGW
at the end of 2011, long after several other reputable foreign network carrier airlines had successfully established service there. EK
had previously announced but then postponed service more than a year earlier, citing lack of demand for the service.
Aside from TK
has yet to see service from anyone other than local airlines, Indian Subcontinent network carriers (that many avoid due to poor service), and LCCs. EK
doesn't even serve KTM
, which is a pretty big source of foreign laborers for the GCC countries and a fairly big draw for Western tourists. I just don't think KBL
has enough demand - especially when it comes to premium pax - for EK
service at this time. Maybe the market is ready for narrowbody service on QR