What if the decision has already been taken in 2014 when they finally ordered the 777-9/-8? I am not at all saying that it is the case, but shouldn't one consider this possibility, especially after they ordered 40 787-10 (with options that could include 787-9) several days ago?
Not at all. The 787 is part of the EK program for regional. The 777x order is mainly for replacements of existing 2nd tier planes (777s) currently flying.
Okay, let's see it this way. Today EK is operating about 100 A380 and about 166 777 (-200LR, -300, -300ER and freighter). I hope the current situation is clear, including the fact the smallest widebody in EK's current fleet is the 777-200LR.
Now, EK ordered 777-9/-8 in 2014. According to your statement it is to replace the current 777s. Be it, let us assume it is the case.
Several days ago EK ordered the 787-10 (plus option, including possible 787-9). You said that it was for EK's regional program. I have to interpret your statement by either EK put a little bit more focus on "regional" operation thus a change, or they are changing the aircraft for regional service from 777 and A380 with 787-10 (and maybe 787-9) which also mean a change.
In simple words, In any case something is happening, isn't it? In other words, EK has today two aircraft ypes, that are the A380 and 777. In several years they will have 777-9/-8 and 787-10 (plus possible 787-9) and A380 if the A380 order happens, Don't you see any change there? I do.
Had EK ordered the A350-1000 instead of the 787-10 (and options that could include 787-9), I would have understood the reasoning that nothing is changing.
Basically, not only I asked the question whether there is a possibility Emirates could potentially change the way the airline operates, in reality there are signs that it is already happening.
Indeed you are, wishfully looking for reasons to justify a scenery that, for next 10-15 years at least, is not even close to exist
I do not understand the underlined part of the comment. Can you please be more explicit?
In general, I sincerely think the question is not necessarily about the A380 or any aircraft, but Emirates' intention on how to satisfy the demand. This is the part we do not know. I, for sure, do not know. And from what I read from this thread, it seems no one here knows either.
What if the fundamental question is not the A380, but a kind of change inside Emirates?
Maybe the discussion should be changed toward speculations about Emirates' strategy shift. We might find better explanation there.