I was referring to the not-so-full ex-BOS flight and the quietish lounge in BOS.
I can't imagine this being a hugely popular time to travel from BOS on EK. 1st, colleges let out a week ago. Second, EK's main business from BOS is India and judging from all of my Indian co-workers, they don't care much about xmas or about traveling to India for xmas. Their preferred time to travel seems to be during the big festivals in the Fall. Also, you're not going to get much of any business travel happening this week.
Last day of Finals for many schools were Thursday or Friday this week but depending on one's exam schedule people can leave earlier.
I'm a tiny bit surprised about Dieuwer's observations. Historically December has been mixed bag LF wise (70's to low 80's for EK) but typically stronger on the BOS-DXB leg.
2014 - 80.5% single daily and BOS-DXB leg was 97.1%
2015 - 70% double daily and BOS-DXB leg was 89.8%
2016 - 75.4% double daily and BOS-DXB leg was was 91.0% - this is despite QR's entry into BOS.
2017 - 74% single daily and BOS-DXB leg was 77.5% - this was a "recovery period" from travel ban, laptop ban etc
From looking at 2018 performance so far one would think a rebound was on order but let see what the data says in 6 months.
Regardless - Yield wise EK and probably everyone else probably does alright in December regardless of a few points down or up for LF.
Airlines flown: A3, AA, AC, AF, AM, BA, B6, CA, CO, CX, DL, EA, EL, IB, LH, MI, MQ, NH, NW, NZ, OU, PE, QF, S4, SQ, TP, UA, US, VS, WE, WN
2019: CX BOS-HKG, WE HKG-HKT, CA HKT-PEK-EWR, B6 EWR-BOS