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Old November 21st, 2017, 12:55 AM   #8581
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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/opinion-uae-fighter-contest-will-be-one-to-watch-443385/

Something we haven't talked about lately is the UAE's next fighter aircraft choice.

Not so long ago it was all about the Rafael, maybe the Typhoon, or even the Eagle/Super Hornet.

Now those days are gone, and it's a the F-35, and SU-35 who seem to be the front runners.

Now this is actually the most interesting aviation news out of the UAE of late, and I'm really interested to see which decision will be made.

What's your take on this guys???
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Old November 21st, 2017, 04:21 AM   #8582
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SU-35? I would be stunned if UAE buys Russian planes. But then Saudia bought Russian S-400 so I guess anything can happen. And UAE is pumping money into MC-21. Still SU-35 is a dinosaur compared to F-35 and even the latest European fighter jets. They should at least try to get SU-57 if they must buy Russian.
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Old November 21st, 2017, 06:24 AM   #8583
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Their best bet is Pakistan, Bangladesh and then few of the north African arab countries....decent point to point markets that could use a very competitive low cost airline...
In India it is just going to be cut throat competition!! Besides the airlines in India are ultra-powerful from a lobbying standpoint, that will go against any airline with foreign ties there!!
True but if they could use the airline to feed EK and the Dubai hub, then even running the Indian low cost airline at a loss will be worth it.

They should enter those other markets first before other airlines set up and start taking market share.
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 05:13 AM   #8584
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They are ending flights to Jaipur in India in March 2018.
How they did struggle to make an Indian route work?!? And why are they making all these changes before their new CEO joins the company? Seems odd...

I honestly believe EY's demise has helped EK and QR do well even in this tough climate with heavy competition.
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Old November 22nd, 2017, 07:18 PM   #8585
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How they did struggle to make an Indian route work?!? And why are they making all these changes before their new CEO joins the company? Seems odd...

I honestly believe EY's demise has helped EK and QR do well even in this tough climate with heavy competition.
Probably they hired someone from Emirates to do the route planning for them now!!
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Old November 29th, 2017, 01:01 AM   #8586
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EY cargo has dropped or suspended a number of freighter only markets, some could resume in summer, places are Tbilisi, Sharjah. Eldoret, Djibouti, Stansted, East Midlands, Hahn, Columbus.
EK cargo too have dropped some Chittagong, Atlanta, Columbus, Campinas, besides some were they have passenger services as well Los Angeles, Lyon, Paris, London.

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Old November 29th, 2017, 06:40 PM   #8587
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EY Cargo started flights to Miami this month...
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 09:21 PM   #8588
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Seems routing is AUH-ANC-LCK-MIA, so Columbus is still active.

Miami was part of their around world 747-8f service couple of years back.

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Old December 6th, 2017, 12:47 AM   #8589
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EK and FZ resume Iraqi air space use..
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Old December 6th, 2017, 02:27 AM   #8590
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EY Cargo started flights to Miami this month...
Also Tucson, same route as Miami via Anchorage and Columbus.

LCK, Columbus Rickenbacker 03:00 TUS, Tucson 05:05 25 Nov-09 Dec EY992 Boeing 777F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
LCK, Columbus Rickenbacker 06:55 TUS, Tucson 09:00 19 Dec-26 Dec EY992 Boeing 777F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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Old December 11th, 2017, 10:15 PM   #8591
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Korean and Thai using 772ER to DXB inplace of A330 all winter.
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Old December 20th, 2017, 04:56 PM   #8592
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EY dropping Tehran and Entebbe as well. Tehran is a bit of a shock tbh. For EK Tehran is one of their bigger destinations so I'm shocked that EY couldn't make it work. This will have a knock on effect for their already reduced LAX flight as California has a very large Persian population.

From what I've heard (and based on my personal experience), EY service quality is dropping fast. The clients who have contracts are going to be dropping EY and switching to QR/EK now- which already offer better airport facilities and timing/frequency of flights. Things are not looking too good and expect massive aircraft cancellations shortly.

EK on the other hand has just announced London Stansted - 10th flight to London... And QR beats both with a huge amount of expansion to secondary markets.
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EY dropping Tehran and Entebbe as well. Tehran is a bit of a shock tbh. For EK Tehran is one of their bigger destinations so I'm shocked that EY couldn't make it work. This will have a knock on effect for their already reduced LAX flight as California has a very large Persian population.

From what I've heard (and based on my personal experience), EY service quality is dropping fast. The clients who have contracts are going to be dropping EY and switching to QR/EK now- which already offer better airport facilities and timing/frequency of flights. Things are not looking too good and expect massive aircraft cancellations shortly.

EK on the other hand has just announced London Stansted - 10th flight to London... And QR beats both with a huge amount of expansion to secondary markets.
Maybe Tehran is political?

I can vouch for EY's terrible service, and that was 5 months ago. Probably gone down even further. I will never fly EY again.
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Old December 21st, 2017, 11:41 AM   #8594
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Cobalt begins AUH from Larnaca in February.

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EK and FZ resume Iraqi air space use..
EY too.

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Old December 21st, 2017, 11:49 AM   #8595
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Iranians prefer TK over Arab carriers.

EY downgauged Tehran to A320 just a year or so after it was launched from 77W, doubt it was a big market for them, also no Iranian carrier serves AUH whereas many do DXB.
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Old December 22nd, 2017, 03:52 AM   #8596
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Iranians prefer TK over Arab carriers.

EY downgauged Tehran to A320 just a year or so after it was launched from 77W, doubt it was a big market for them, also no Iranian carrier serves AUH whereas many do DXB.
That's what so strange. So many Iranians live in Dubai and maintain links with Iran but the same is not the case in AD...
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Old December 26th, 2017, 05:10 AM   #8597
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China Southern has extended DXB-Urumqi service to Lanzhou https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/cz6070
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Korean and Thai using 772ER to DXB inplace of A330 all winter.
KE also use 77W sometimes.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 01:16 PM   #8599
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Saudi Gulf first international route will be DXB from March.
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Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion

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Emirates orders 36 A380s worth US$ 16 billion
MOU for 20 firm orders and 16 options signed today
Latest deal takes Emirates’ total Airbus A380 commitment to 178 aircraft units, underscoring the airline’s confidence in the programme
Dubai, UAE, 18 January 2018 – Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, today announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order.
The additional Airbus A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards. Together with the airline’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft, worth over US$ 60 billion.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: “Emirates truly represents Dubai’s spirit of growth, innovation and resilience. It also epitomises the city’s increasing role in connecting the world in terms of people, capital and information flows. This deal reflects Emirates’ confidence in shaping the future, and its commitment to advancing Dubai’s vision to grow further as a world-class destination and aviation hub.”

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) today with John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates. Our customers love it, and we’ve been able to deploy it on different missions across our network, giving us flexibility in terms of range and passenger mix.

He added: “Some of the new A380s we’ve just ordered will be used as fleet replacements. This order will provide stability to the A380 production line. We will continue to work closely with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and onboard product, so as to offer our passengers the best possible experience. The beauty of this aircraft is that the technology and real estate on board gives us plenty of room to do something different with the interiors.”

"I would like to thank Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed, Tim Clark and Adel Al-Redha for their continued support of the A380,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “This aircraft has contributed enormously to Emirates' growth and success since 2008 and we are delighted that it will continue to do so. This new order underscores Airbus’ commitment to produce the A380 at least for another ten years. I’m personally convinced more orders will follow Emirates’ example and that this great aircraft will be built well into the 2030s.”

Emirates’ partnership with Airbus spans decades. Emirates is by far the largest Airbus A380 operator on the planet with 101 A380s in service today.

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