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Old December 20th, 2016, 09:09 PM   #2581
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Etihad to Ditch CEO James Hogan

The Gulf airline Etihad plans to remove James Hogan as its chief executive after a failed spree of acquisitions in Europe, multiple independent sources told Handelsblatt on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Hogan sought to expand Etihads presence in Europe, buying a 29-percent stake in Air Berlin in 2011. The Gulf airline then purchased Air Serbia in 2013 and bought a stake in Alitalia three months later.

But Etihads European expansion has proven to be a misadventure. The Gulf airline has suffered 2.5 billion ($2.6 billion) in losses from its investments in Europe. Air Berlin alone was 477 million in the red in 2015.

Etihad is now planning to roll back its European businesses. Supervisory board chairman Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh will lead the effort. The Gulf airline is considering selling its European holdings at considerably under value, one insider told Handelsblatt.

Etihad has declined to comment on its shift in strategy.

https://global.handelsblatt.com/brea...eo-james-hogan
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Old December 20th, 2016, 11:20 PM   #2582
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Old December 24th, 2016, 12:33 AM   #2583
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this was bound to happen sooner or later!
shud hv been earlier... so which GCC airlines next? Kuwait? Oman?

when he was with Gulf Air, it was also a 'disaster' i heard.

Etihad is downsizing its staff as well.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 02:58 AM   #2584
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Etihad is downsizing its staff as well.
How will they use that massive new terminal in Abu Dhabi so????
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Old December 24th, 2016, 08:10 AM   #2585
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Ethiad and Emirates should merge and use together the new airport planned for Dubai.

Very unfortunate so much money has been wasted for the european adventures and the Abu Dhabi airport.
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Old December 24th, 2016, 12:30 PM   #2586
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Ethiad and Emirates should merge and use together the new airport planned for Dubai.

Very unfortunate so much money has been wasted for the european adventures and the Abu Dhabi airport.
EK + EY merge is never going to happen as they represent their very own Emirates (i.e. EK represents Emirate of Dubai and EY Emirate of Abu Dhabi) and would want to stay that way and compete.

I don't believe money is being wasted for the new AUH airport cuz AUH does really need a new airport. The old one is quite small and gets really busy and crowded during peak times. But yes, money has been unfortunately wasted on the useless european carriers...

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shud hv been earlier... so which GCC airlines next? Kuwait? Oman?

when he was with Gulf Air, it was also a 'disaster' i heard.

Etihad is downsizing its staff as well.
I don't think he will go to Oman. Oman has a good CEO Paul Gregorowitsch and he seems to be doing a good job so far. I certainly also hope Kuwait will be getting better as well now that they are getting brand new aircraft.

But James Hogan really should get the hell out of Middle East... 15 years of him being there only made it worse for GF and EY
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Old December 24th, 2016, 01:16 PM   #2587
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Emirates will take delivery of their 90th A380 in the coming days.
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Old January 1st, 2017, 02:15 PM   #2588
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Emirates took delivery of 20 A380 and 16 B77W in 2016. They launched 7 new destinations: Cebu, Clark, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Yangon, Hanoi, Ft. Lauderdale

Washington, Birmingham, Taipeh, Prague, Vienna, Guangzhou, Christchurch and Doha joined the A380 network of now 44 destinations and in total 55 million passengers were carried
https://www.emirates.com/media-centr...ct-milestones#

Qatar Airways took delivery of 19 aircrafts and launched 14 new destinations in 2016:
Los Angeles, Ras al Khaimah, Sydney, Boston, Birmingham, Adelaide, Yerevan, Atlanta, Marrakech, Pisa, Windhoek, Helsinki, Krabi, Seychelles
http://www.qatarairways.com/qa/en/pr...6yearinreview#
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 01:22 PM   #2589
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Emirates took delivery of 20 A380 and 16 B77W in 2016. They launched 7 new destinations: Cebu, Clark, Yinchuan, Zhengzhou, Yangon, Hanoi, Ft. Lauderdale

Washington, Birmingham, Taipeh, Prague, Vienna, Guangzhou, Christchurch and Doha joined the A380 network of now 44 destinations and in total 55 million passengers were carried
https://www.emirates.com/media-centr...ct-milestones#

Qatar Airways took delivery of 19 aircrafts and launched 14 new destinations in 2016:
Los Angeles, Ras al Khaimah, Sydney, Boston, Birmingham, Adelaide, Yerevan, Atlanta, Marrakech, Pisa, Windhoek, Helsinki, Krabi, Seychelles
http://www.qatarairways.com/qa/en/pr...6yearinreview#
In another news, EK is delaying delivery of 12 A380s and as of now, no new destinations have been planned for 2017 or 2018!

QR on the other hand has 15 destinations in the pipeline, and perhaps delivery of 20-30 aircraft at least I assume..
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Old January 2nd, 2017, 08:53 PM   #2590
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I've have heard rumors that EY will launch flights to BCN this summer. Anybody has more info about it?
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I've have heard rumors that EY will launch flights to BCN this summer. Anybody has more info about it?
Nothing confirmed yet as of now. Possible though.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 08:08 PM   #2592
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I won'be be surprised if EY launches Vienna too...since NIKI is going to be a vacation airline under Etihad's ownership and will terminate services to AUH in March.
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In another news, EK is delaying delivery of 12 A380s and as of now, no new destinations have been planned for 2017 or 2018!

QR on the other hand has 15 destinations in the pipeline, and perhaps delivery of 20-30 aircraft at least I assume..
EK and QR are quite different. Wheras EK has a A380 and B777 only fleet, QR has much smaller aircrafts. EK wants to fly at least daily to a destination whereas QR also launch a new destination with 3 or 4 flights per week. For EK there are less options now to launch a new destination as their smallest aircraft is a B77L with 266 seats. Many destination just don't justify a daily A380/B77W rotation. On the other hand EK could launch new destiantions with B77W or even A380 but they do not have the traffic rights (Canada, France, Germany, India, China....).

QR is some years behind EK and there are a lot of destinations missing in QR portfolio which they will launch now by receiving mor B787 and A350.

QR launched LAX last year - EK flies there double daily with A380, QR launched BOS - EK flies there double daily with B77W, QR launched SYD - EK flies there several times a day with A380, QR will launch AKL - EK already flies there 4 times a day with A380.....With the smaller aircrafts QR has the advantage to launch destinations which EK might not (but FZ can).
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 08:17 PM   #2594
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EK and QR are quite different. Wheras EK has a A380 and B777 only fleet, QR has much smaller aircrafts. EK wants to flight at least daily to a destination whereas QR also launch a new destination with 3 or 4 flights per week. For EK there are less option now to launch a new destination as they smallest aircraft is a B77L with 266 seats. Many destination just don't justify a daily A380/B77W rotation. On the other hand EK could launch new destiantions with B77W or even A380 but they do not have the rights (Canada, France, Germany, India, China....).

QR is some years behind EK and has a lot of destinations are missing in their portfolio.
QR launched LAX last year - EK flies there double daily with A380, QR launched BOS - EK flies there double daily with B77W, QR launched SYD - EK flies there several times a day with A380, QR will launch AKL - EK already flies there 4 times a day with A380.....With they smaler aircrafts QR has the advantage to launch destinations which EK might not (but FZ can).
First thing EK needs to do is merge Fly Dubai with Emirates and keep the mix of aircrafts (long and medium haul)...leave Air Arabia in Sharjah airport, half an our drive from DXB to handle all the low cost traffic!!
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Old January 5th, 2017, 12:51 PM   #2595
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First thing EK needs to do is merge Fly Dubai with Emirates and keep the mix of aircrafts (long and medium haul)...leave Air Arabia in Sharjah airport, half an our drive from DXB to handle all the low cost traffic!!
But EK is a full service carrier and FZ is a low cost one. DXB needs a low cost carrier because there is a need for one. I suppose FZ could operate as a subsidiary of EK, the same way LH has Germanwings, and EK could just transfer passengers on to FZ flights for short haul flights. Would probably help lower some costs.
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The first thing EK need to do is be prepared to lose some cash until an alchemist comes along who can fix the mess they are in.
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The first thing EK need to do is be prepared to lose some cash until an alchemist comes along who can fix the mess they are in.
I think Mueller can do it. Also premium economy is an excellent addition and should be very profitable.
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But EK is a full service carrier and FZ is a low cost one. DXB needs a low cost carrier because there is a need for one. I suppose FZ could operate as a subsidiary of EK, the same way LH has Germanwings, and EK could just transfer passengers on to FZ flights for short haul flights. Would probably help lower some costs.
The problem with UAE is no one associates Dubai with anything to do with budget....which is why no one still talks much about Fly Dubai like they do about Air Arabia....and whoever tells me they are in profit, it is obvious it is a balance sheet/cash flow adjustment (kind of what most people think about Etihad/Qatar's finances)!!

On the other hand there is Sharjah and the northern emirates are the low cost version of the UAE itself...where most of UAE's working class is based...Air Arabia has established itself as a successful brand around the Arab world independent of their base.

There is a transfer arrangement between FZ and EK at DXB....especially between cities where only one of the 2 airlines fly. But keeping them as different brands is not helping.
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Old January 7th, 2017, 11:22 AM   #2599
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Emirates will deploy the A380 to NRT from 26th March
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Old January 11th, 2017, 08:06 PM   #2600
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Feedback on recent EK flight

I just had 4 flights with EK recently. Onboard their 777s in economy class and I did notice a few changes. Although these changes are not huge or too significant, it is still quite noticeable to the average EK frequent flyer.

So let's see... the refreshing/hot towel service has indeed been abolished. The only time hot towels were served was a red-eye a flight from Jakarta to Dubai before the breakfast service. The food's quality and quantity is still the same, but its some of the contents of the food tray you may notice a bit different. For example, they used to serve a small pack of tic-tac with the cutlery and other essentials, that's gone now. The cutlery along with salt, pepper, sugar, and toothpick was usually packed in a nice package. That package is replaced with a white, cheap one and the toothpick is gone too Also, the butter, crackers, dips, and biscuits were used to be served in a plastic covered up pack. That's even gone. After meals the crew used to serve tea or coffee with a trolley through the aisle. But now they carry tea/coffee jug on one hand and a basket of milk and sugar on the other hand and go through the aisle asking passengers what they'd like.
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