Yes but if they did start LON-NYC it would certainly be on an A380.
And hmmmm, what other carriers have 3-4-3 on the 777....hmmmm, oh the US3 maybe?
The point is, EK is not that special. Certainly not more so than and US3 or European carrier.
And as for UA and AA, the majority of their fleet is still 3-3-3 in Y. And with a Y+ product on the way, unlike over hyped EK.
Yeah 3-3-3 for the 787 fleets. When the polaris refits for UA are complete, I was under the impression all 747's would be 3-4-3 while Americans 777's already are. I've now found out delta are still 3-3-3 so you can win that one.
EK don't need a Y+ At this stage as most don't object to spending a few hours in A380 with great service and great crew. Another reason for lack of Y+ is that EK believe it may cannabalise their highly succesful Business Product. Emirates are Far superior than any US carrier will ever be and a ME3 carrier will always be my first choice to go East from europe in economy.
Have you actually flown Emirates?
I've flown EK many times. First started in 1997 when they still had 727s and as recently as this summer on the A380 from MXP-JFK. Ignoring all the ugly decor, they are just ok in comfort and amenities.
Objectively, the Business class seat on any non A380 is shameful in today's market. Angled lie flat with 2-3-3 config on long haul 777s. The recent "upgrade" of their J class means the finally have flat bed seats, but still 2-3-2. That means no direct aisle access, and high density seating. 3-4-3 in Econ with no option for more comfort (Y+ or Econ +).
EK is a volume carrier, not a premium one.
United has flat bed seats on 100% of their long haul fleet today. The vast majority of their long haul 777s still have 3-3-3 in econ. I don't remember what the decision is on Econ but assuming you're right and going to 3-4-3 with Polaris refit, at least UA has Econ +, and installing Y+. So objectively better than what EK offers.
Meals are pretty standard, and the IFE is all pretty similar.
My point is not to bash EK, but point out they are not that special. They are hardly "far superior than any US carrier will ever be," Certainly not special enough to book away from UA in competitive markets. And this is coming from someone who has flown many long haul worldwide carriers over the last 20+ years. (BA, LH, AF, IB, LX, SN, SK, MS, AT, SA, ET, AI, 9W, EK, QR, TK, UL, WY, SQ, TG, MH, CX, CA, CI, BR, QF, NZ, UA, AA, DL, JL, NH, OZ, KE, AC, EI, AY, LA, etc.