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Old March 30th, 2013, 08:32 PM   #721
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 09:36 AM   #722
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Dubai World Central to Launch Passenger Operations

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Dubai Airports today announced that Dubai World Central will open its doors to passengers on October 27, 2013 when launch carriers nasair and Wizz Air commence operations into Dubai's second airport.

nasair plans to operate over 50 flights per week between Dubai and a number of destinations in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi-based carrier already operates 950 weekly flights to 28 destinations with a fleet of 21 aircraft comprised of Airbus A320s and Embraer E190s.

Wizz Air, which provides low-cost air transport across 30 countries with 16 bases across Europe, will provide non-stop services linking Dubai World Central to Central and Eastern Europe. Wizz Air has a fleet of 40 Airbus A320 aircraft operating over 1,500 weekly flights to 93 destinations.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 09:41 AM   #723
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Wonderful news! Question: will World Central be the main airport of Dubai once it is fully operational? And what will happen to the current Dubai Airport, especially with EK and QF interlining operations?
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 09:50 AM   #724
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Wonderful news! Question: will World Central be the main airport of Dubai once it is fully operational? And what will happen to the current Dubai Airport, especially with EK and QF interlining operations?
I am not sure, but I do believe that Emirates Airline has stated before that it expects to relocate to the new airport if DXB reaches capacity.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 01:22 PM   #725
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Wizz Air, which provides low-cost air transport across 30 countries with 16 bases across Europe, will provide non-stop services linking Dubai World Central to Central and Eastern Europe. Wizz Air has a fleet of 40 Airbus A320 aircraft operating over 1,500 weekly flights to 93 destinations.
Wizz Air has started selling tickets from today. Destinations are: Kyiv, Budapest, Sofia and Bucharest.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 01:30 PM   #726
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Wizz Air has started selling tickets from today. Destinations are: Kyiv, Budapest, Sofia and Bucharest.
I just checked out they're website and a return ticket from Budapest - DWC is around 200 Euro, now thats a great price.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 01:36 PM   #727
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I just checked out they're website and a return ticket from Budapest - DWC is around 200 Euro, now thats a great price.
Indeed it's! From Kyiv I even found tickets for 148 Euro RT.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 10:37 PM   #728
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That is great news for DWC! Hopefully the terminal opening does not turn into a huge mess like DOH & TXL. When is more construction going to start?
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Cause no new terminal has been open in Dubai in the last decade, right?
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Old April 6th, 2013, 06:53 AM   #730
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Nice video of Concourse A's First Class lounge at DXB



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Old April 7th, 2013, 03:19 AM   #731
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Qantas changed its main stopover hub from Singapore Changi to Dubai DBX this week, marking the end of an era for the 'Kangaroo Route', one of the world's most lucrative. Now Qantas will fly directly from Australian airports to Dubai, with Emirates picking up the flights onwards. The new partnership has been all over the news here with both good and bad publicity. Qantas will also stop serving all pork based products due to the alliance. Qantas is certainly spruiking the new deal, but everyone knows it's because their international routes were making a terrible loss with its domestic and Jetstar flights being the real money makers. This is really the 'last chance' to save the legacy airline. The majority of flights out of Australia (including connecting onto Europe) are held by Asian airlines like Singapore, Malaysian, Cathay Pacific, Thai etc.

An little film about Qantas' new flights to DXB



And both airlines did an A380 fly over, over Sydney to celebrate.

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Old April 7th, 2013, 03:22 AM   #732
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Qantas changed its main stopover hub from Singapore Changi to Dubai DBX this week, marking the end of an era for the 'Kangaroo Route', one of the world's most lucrative. Now Qantas will fly directly from Australian airports to Dubai, with Emirates picking up the flights onwards. The new partnership has been all over the news here with both good and bad publicity. Qantas will also stop serving all pork based products due to the alliance. Qantas is certainly spruiking the new deal, but everyone knows it's because their international routes were making a terrible loss with its domestic and Jetstar flights being the real money makers. This is really the 'last chance' to save the legacy airline.

An little film about Qantas' new flights to DXB



And both airlines did an A380 fly over, over Sydney to celebrate.

I suspect they could still serve pork, but, you will really have to mention that you are on a Muslim diet (no pork) while booking to make sure you get what you want. And by the way, how come Jetstar is becoming the real profitable airline while the venerable Qantas is losing lots of money? I mean, Qantas invested in the A380 to lure in even more premium passengers, while Jetstar is the LCC arm of the company...?
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Old April 7th, 2013, 04:14 AM   #733
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Nope, no pork!

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Pigs can't fly - Qantas bans pork on in-flight menu to respect Islam
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QANTAS has removed pork from its in-flight menu on flights to and from Europe as a result of its partnership with Middle Eastern airline Emirates.

No food containing pork or pork products will be served on those flights - which now has a stopover in Dubai - because it is strictly forbidden in Islam and is considered "unholy".

All meals offered on the route in first, business and economy classes will also be prepared without alcohol in keeping with the Islamic religion. A note on the Qantas menus on flights in and out of Dubai states that the meals do not contain pork products or alcohol. The airline has also introduced a mezze plate offering traditional Middle Eastern fare in its upper classes and has Arabic translations after in-flight announcements.

A Qantas spokesman said the decision to remove pork, ham and other related food items had had minimal impact on its menu and it was still offering the same meal choices.


"Qantas in-flight catering often reflects the cultural and regional influences of the international destinations we fly to," he said.

"On flights to and from Hong Kong and China, our menus include regionally inspired dishes such as stir fries and to Singapore we have noodle options."

Qantas also offers meals without pork and alcohol on flights to the Indonesian capital Jakarta, which also has a large Muslim population.

Several other airlines which fly from Australia to the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia do not serve pork either.

Virgin Australia does not serve pork on flights to and from Abu Dhabi and all meals that are prepared are halal accredited, with meat prepared in a way prescribed by Islamic law.

Qantas passengers heading to any European city now fly via Dubai instead of Singapore, as they did under the airline's previous longstanding partnership with British Airways. The Qantas pork ban comes as other airlines - in the wake of the Qantas-Emirates merger - jostle for market share by aggressively discounting fares from Australia to Europe.

British Airways enlisted Mick Jagger's daughter, model Georgia May Jagger, to promote its discounted fares of $1777 to the UK via Singapore.

Emirates competitor Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad has return fares to Manchester or London from $1727 including taxes. Virgin was also promoting discounted fares to London out of Sydney ($1845) and Brisbane ($1869) this week. Qantas fares to London were yesterday priced about $1900 out of most capital cities - still around $100 more than its new partner Emirates is advertising.
Jetstar is a low cost airline that serves a lot of Australian cities, as well as a lot of Asian cities. It's really become a "low cost giant" in the Asia Pacific region.
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Old April 7th, 2013, 04:20 AM   #734
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I suspect they could still serve pork, but, you will really have to mention that you are on a Muslim diet (no pork) while booking to make sure you get what you want. And by the way, how come Jetstar is becoming the real profitable airline while the venerable Qantas is losing lots of money? I mean, Qantas invested in the A380 to lure in even more premium passengers, while Jetstar is the LCC arm of the company...?
JQ is based on a LCC model, labour sourced from the Phillipines, Thailand, pay for your meal, drinks, IFE, blankets, pillows etc and in return lower their labour costs opposed to QF's model which comes with a higher labour cost providing meals, pillows, blankets, IFE, Duty Free Shopping etc. Not only is QFs higher labour cost a contributor, the carrier competes with Asian carriers with similar benefits which is behind the success of JQ. Personally I believe a number of the costs are absorbed by QF mainline therefore making JQ the profitable arm of the QF Group overall.
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Old April 7th, 2013, 07:08 AM   #735
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You can get pork dishes in Dubai. Why are the banning it?
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JQ is based on a LCC model, labour sourced from the Phillipines, Thailand, pay for your meal, drinks, IFE, blankets, pillows etc and in return lower their labour costs opposed to QF's model which comes with a higher labour cost providing meals, pillows, blankets, IFE, Duty Free Shopping etc. Not only is QFs higher labour cost a contributor, the carrier competes with Asian carriers with similar benefits which is behind the success of JQ. Personally I believe a number of the costs are absorbed by QF mainline therefore making JQ the profitable arm of the QF Group overall.
So, if that's the case, what's the likelihood of JQ taking over flights that are currently operated by QF between Australia and Asia? I mean, QF has been a very familiar airline by many for a long time, and its reputation is still high... Plus, QF and JQ both have A330s side by side.
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You can get pork dishes in Dubai. Why are the banning it?
That's in respect for those Muslim passengers who fly with QF to begin with. It is like, would you like to see your Muslim clients complaining about they were eating a "sinful" meal (which is pork—prohibited by Islam)?
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So, if that's the case, what's the likelihood of JQ taking over flights that are currently operated by QF between Australia and Asia? I mean, QF has been a very familiar airline by many for a long time, and its reputation is still high... Plus, QF and JQ both have A330s side by side.
I highly doubt it. The JQ model is targetet at capturing the leisure market.
The A330's in JQ's fleet are planned to be returned to mainline.
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I highly doubt it. The JQ model is targetet at capturing the leisure market.
The A330's in JQ's fleet are planned to be returned to mainline.
All right. Cool.

Next question: With the new DWC opening soon, will there be a one-seat ride by transit (e.g. bus, metro) that will allow travelers to connect between DXB and DWC efficiently, if not quickly?
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Doesnt Emirates serve pork dishes?
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