I am not emotional about that airline. And by no means I am taking it personally. Its just so many people have so many and strange biases I was pointing out the facts. Mushaaarif !!
I would be equally emotional about MEA
too....one time I was equally emotional about MEA
for which my post was deleted because I decided to indicate to a member who became too political and decided to take a anti-MEA
/ anti-MEast stand.
Having a small fleet size or large fleet size doesn't make anybody a leader.
Look at Saudia in the middle east region, they have one of the largest fleet and look at EK
has become a global player with less than 60 planes.
with a fleet close to 200 is one of the largest airlines in the world but their "leadership" ability is quite hindered due to many factors. ( I am sure if u are from the middle east you can figure out why !!...eg. baksheesh, etc).
If I take u r position then EK
would be a follower in the middle east region because they have such a small fleet compared to SV
and the same would apply to MEA
because they are also a follower (according to u r argument).
with such a small fleet is also making waves in that region. Look at RAM or even Egyptair and compare them to EK
. It would be quite silly to call them followers because they have a small fleet size.
Didn't order the a380 because they had confidence in it. They ordered it and in large numbers for these reasons:
* First they needed the capacity of such a large plane to become the largest mover of airline passengers in the world (ie for capacity reasons). EK
's goal is to become the largest airline serving every country and every continent and the best airline in the world and the a380 would achieve that. This goal reminds me of another UAE product the infamous BCCI bank which was present in every country and every continent until their bad demise.
* Second having a new aircraft like a380 gives them enormous publicity which will raise their profile compared to other airlines. If u notice, EK
has been a first customer for new plane lauchnes over the last few years...a330, B777-200ER, B777-300ER, a345 and a346 and now the a380. They are also talking about becoming a launch customer for the B7E7. So much so that that EK
's word about planes are taken very seriously by manufacturers (recently regarding EK
's comment about the B7E7 was taken seriously by Boeing and EK
's request about having a stretch a380 by Airbus). EK
is now in their own league and also in the league of Singapore, Cathay, Qantas, South African.
's goal is different that is why they are not going a380 crazy at the moment. Eventually they will. For present they are developing their route network and intensifiying it and getting clients (so as to speak). They are trying to concentrate on high passenger destinations like Europe, China, India. When they do get to a point they can guarantee high load factors, slot restrictions and higher demands on certain routes I am sure they will buy the a380.
cannot be compared to AI
or PIA. No offence to any south asians but AI
, Biman and PIA are third class airlines in that region compared to UL
. Its not only about fleet size but also about service, etc.
Take care for now.....shoof