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Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:23 am

I have always wondered my EK does not have narraw body aircraft. Almost all the airlines that I know of fly narrow bodies.
Are there any others that don't have narrow bodies? (NOT FULL NARROW BODY FLEET- I MEAN ALL WIDE BODIES)

WHy do Emirates only have wide bodies?

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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:30 am

While this topic has been discussed before, EK does not have any narrow bodies in its fleet.

Other airlines without narrow bodies are:

Singapore Airlines
Cathay Pacific
 
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:37 am

I suppose the very high demand for their services makes widebodies perfect airliners.
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:39 am

Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?..... HMMMM.... No Narrow Bodies Yet !!!! They will someday soon for sure.....Don't know what or when.... But hey will have narrow bodies.

Just my thoughts...

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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:42 am

planemannyc

SQ cover the narrowbody segment through silkair and CX used to through dragonair.

what about air tahiti nui (sp?) ? do they not only operate 340's

also thought about JL, but they have some 737's
 
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:46 am

Don't Air Tahiti Nui also operate ATR-42s and ATR72s on inter-island flights?
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 12:49 am

Horus, that's Air Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui only has A340s. Two different airlines.

Other airlines I can think of are Virgin Atlantic, Air Do, Skymark, Etihad..
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 1:01 am

But they need narrow bodies to go comfortably into their narrow seats on the B777!
 
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Thu Apr 01, 2004 1:06 am

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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 1:22 am

IIRC, Singapore and Cathay have no tubes either.
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:45 am

Neither does Virgin Atlantic, though they did used to have an A320 for the ATH service.
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:50 am

I'm really surprised that Emirates hasn't placed an order for 737NG, 757, A320 or A321s. They could probably make a killing flying to secondary Indian cities and Northern African cities.
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 2:54 am

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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 5:43 am

Hailstone,

While SQ does own and control 100% of SilkAir, the same cannot be said of CX and KA. CX and KA are partially owned by the Chinese government's investment arm. They have two seperate -- and competing -- management teams, and they are quite fierce rivals and have seen a lot of legal actions arise from the compromise solution that was signed more than a decade ago that saw the exit of CX from the China market. Even before, CX had decidedly a fully wide-bodied fleet.

EK seems to follow the philosophy that they will serve the market segments that require large aircraft. Same can be said of SQ and CX.

You are right about Tahiti Nui, though. They also seem to be all wide-body fleet. Zoom Airlines of Canada is also all wide-body (2 B767s). VS is almost all wide-bodied, and newcomer Etihad is.
 
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 10:42 pm

Planemannyc

what i meant was that KA used to be majority owned by CX back in the nineties - CX / the Swire Group held close to 90% of the company and KA was serving almost exclusively mainland chinese destinations from HKG.

The exit of CX from the chinese market is not only a decade ago, but much rather all the way back to the late forties, when the the Butterfield & Swire Group (having a majority stake in CX) and Jardine Matheson (having established Hong Kong Airways and being backed by then BOAC) were fighting for traffic rights out of HKG

In 1949 (or 1950) the airlines decided to split Asia into two areas (at the urging of the HK government) and CX ended up flying all routes in the south (BKK, MNL, SIN, SGN) and Hongkong Airways taking the northern routes to China and later on Japan.

It was in 1959 that CX / Swire took control Hongkong Airways which opened up CX' access to Japan and also to mainland China.

I would not be surprised if Dragonair (when founded in the early 80's as Hongkong Dragon Airlines) were using the old Hongkong Airways traffic rights....

but whilst interesting, that is TOTALLY off topic / thread


 
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RE: Emirates: No Narrow Bodies?

Thu Apr 01, 2004 11:01 pm

I should imagine its because of the high capacity long distance routes they have, even the short flights are always nearly full. It also helps on higher utilisation of aircraft.
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