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Emirates Seeks Global Supremacy With A380s Flying Asia-US Routes

Old 6th Jun 2013, 01:05
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Emirates Seeks Global Supremacy With A380s Flying Asia-US Routes

Pretty impressive if it happens. I guess you need to find places to fly 90+ A380s... Good update on the 777X and A380 wing fix as well.

See article below:

Emirates Seeks Global Supremacy With A380s Flying Asia-US Routes

By Robert Wall & Chris Jasper - Jun 4, 2013 7:32 AM ET

Emirates, the biggest international airline, said it’s studying plans to become the first completely global carrier by picking up people in Asia and flying them over the Pacific using the world’s largest roster of wide-body jets.

The Gulf operator’s fleet of Airbus SAS A380 superjumbos, set to grow to 90 planes, could comfortably fly from northern Asia to cities in the north and central U.S., as could Boeing Co. (BA)’s 777-200LR, Emirates President Tim Clark said in Cape Town.

“The last piece of the jigsaw is the trans-Pacific,”Clark said in a strategy briefing. “Where we will go, when we will do it, and with what, is under plan at the moment.”

Emirates serves 134 cities and has scope to double that, aided by orders for extra A380s and Boeing’s new 777X, Clark said. The carrier will be able to board people in Asia under liberalized traffic rights secured by the United Arab Emirates.

“The open skies arrangement that the U.A.E. has with the U.S. allows us to take passengers on a fifth-freedom basis from the west coast and central points in the U.S. to points in Asia,” he said. “On the other side of the equation we have open skies with Singapore, Thailand and certain points inJapan.”

Clark said that the plan for Pacific flights doesn’t change the aspirations of its business model, though these “have morphed into being a truly global airline.”
777X Interest

The 777X will most likely be available from 2020 or 2021, 18 months later than initially promised, Clark said, after Boeing decided to make the largest 787-10X Dreamliner available from 2018 pending a formal program go-ahead.

The 777 upgrade, featuring a new wing and engines, as well as larger windows and other cabin enhancements, should secure“a few hundred” orders initially for Boeing, which began formally marketing the model last months, Clark estimates.

“All the 777 operators are interested,” he said at the International Air Transport Association meeting in South Africa.

Emirates will likely buy both the 777-9, the larger model due first, and the smaller 777-8 that could carry 300 passengers on extremely long routes such as Sydney-Rome, he said.

Already the largest A380 customer, Emirates will order more of the planes once airport infrastructure constraints in Dubai are resolved around 2017, Clark said, adding that he remains interested a stretched A380-900 that Airbus has not committed to.
Wing Fixes

Capacity issues could impair growth in the near term as the Dubai undergoes a “renaissance” after rebounding from the slump that set in 2008, Clark said. Emirates’s hub is poised to reach 90 million passengers three years ahead of a 2020 target.

Emirates is adding 44 planes this year after boosting its fleet by 34 in 2012 as it lifted full-year net income 34 percent to 3.1 billion dirhams ($840 million).

Growth in the next year will also be limited as Emirates parks A380s to install a fix to failed wing parts that have led to cracks. The airline has taken the first two affected jets out of service, with two more to follow shortly, Clark said.

The retrofit program for the 34 A380s already delivered to the airline should be completed by November 2014, with Airbus seeking to cut the downtime from 56 days to 40-45, he said.

The start of the upgrade was delayed as Airbus continues to struggle to meet delivery plans for new A380s, with some handovers falling as many as two months behind plan, Clark said.

“The delivery stream has been slow,” Clark said, adding that about seven A380s allocated to Emirates are “cluttering up the ramp” at Airbus’s fit-out facility in Hamburg, Germany.

Article link: Emirates Seeks Global Supremacy With A380s Flying Asia-US Routes - Bloomberg

To contact the reporters on this story: Robert Wall in Cape Town via [email protected]; Chris Jasper in Cape Town via [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at [email protected]
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Old 6th Jun 2013, 07:01
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Interesting article.

I am wondering whether this move, if it comes to fruition, would become the catalyst for a true globalization of the airline business, in the same way that other industries franchise and trade pretty much anywhere in the World?
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44 deliveries this year????? More than last year.

I thought deliveries were slowing down.

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Old 6th Jun 2013, 18:33
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I bet Qantas will allow EK to fly A380s from Ozland to the US.

Would be interesting to see how the range on the current (or near-future) A380s will limit EK's ability to serve parts of the US from Asia. I doubt EK will be using the A380s to stop over in Hawaii due to range constraints... Although Hawaii would be a nice crew layover!

I am guessing HKG-LAX or NRT-ORD are probably max range examples on a fully-loaded A380 - no?
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HKG LAX is a BT shorter than DXB SYD so that should not be a problem; Japan to O'Hare is even less. It is all doable as long as there are passengers to squish in the seats.
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I know this gets questioned quite a lot. But will they start creating bases around the world to reduce layover costs and allowances for tech and cabin crew (especially when they start operating routes that are linking destinations)?
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It would take a pretty fundamental change in their thinking, but then what is being discussed here might be a step toward just that.

The fact our CEO and SVP flight ops are both nearing retirement might mean a step change in attitude, but no-one is holding their breath.
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"Emirates, the biggest international airline" - in terms of what?
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"Emirates, the biggest international airline" - in terms of what?
In passenger seat mile... I think...
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Old 8th Jun 2013, 15:28
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Cuz every flight done is an "international" flight!!
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"Emirates, the biggest international airline" - in terms of what?
Wives' cup sizes? Just a guess.........
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You idiot...
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Dont say Idiot ..Check his age.
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That's a bit harsh. Seriously, I've seen it.
These chicks go off on trips- usually to South Africa, or Thailand, and when they come back..... Bang, augmented crew! I'm sure we beat all the other airlines. Although, Thai might have the edge, if they have a contingent of lady boys.....
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