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Old October 26th, 2013, 01:38 PM   #1321
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Yeah I don't know why they decided to go with iPads. It will be used for short-haul though but I still think they should have installed an IFE system. Perhaps they think it's more comfortable to have a handheld device.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 10:47 PM   #1322
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I wonder what is Gulf Air ambition. It was the company of both Qatar, EAU, Oman and of course Bahrain ; and now Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways have a better network.

42 planes in command, but more less than others gulf companies.

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Old October 26th, 2013, 11:13 PM   #1323
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Yeah I don't know why they decided to go with iPads. It will be used for short-haul though but I still think they should have installed an IFE system. Perhaps they think it's more comfortable to have a handheld device.
I think using iPads as IFE instead of the hardwire product (tucked behind seats) not only saves Air Serbia time (in terms of updating its entire PTV software) and money (in terms of reprogramming the system monthly or quarterly, not to mention turnaround time means resetting the system), but it also lessens issues with glare (especially when not all PTVs are in use) and space (with regular IFE, it takes up seat and cabin space versus an iPad which requires a portable charging station that can be placed on any of the kitchen and storage areas). With the iPad, it allows the airline to update its offerings as often as it wishes, and their speed can be much faster than the typical IFE (not to mention WiFi and 4G capability, which the PTVs may have limited features).
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Old October 26th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #1324
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I wonder what is Gulf Air ambition. It was the company of both Qatar, EAU, Oman and of course Bahrain ; and now Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways have a better network.

42 planes in command, but more less than others gulf companies.

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Boeing 787-9 - 16
Bombardier CS100 - 10
I believe that Gulf Air has been a good carrier for Bahrain, but I sense that it needs a little tweaking, especially for its Bahrain hub to compete with EY, EK, and QR. It has a respectable fleet of A319s, A320s, and A330s at the moment, and it formerly had A340s for its long-haul services to Australia and Southeast Asia... by ordering the B787-9 though, it could rebound to serve more long-haul destinations nonstop, competing with the three aforementioned carriers. Hopefully, with the new aircraft orders, Gulf Air could offer a cabin product that can be on par (if not exceed) with those from its neighbors over time.
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Old October 27th, 2013, 09:38 AM   #1325
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Gulf Air suffered a lot from the civil unrest in Bahrain the last couple of years, that plunged them in heavy losses for which the Bahraini Government had to step in with a financial aid package last year.

Their current ambition is just to get the financial situation turned around and act as the Bahraini national carrier. They cut down their fleet, reduced the number of routes in order to reduce costs.

In the future they will just have to consolidate even further, open a couple of new routes reduce costs with new more fuel efficient planes etc. They for sure should not go on try to compete with the 3 main Gulf carriers. There's only so much room in the market, not all airlines from the region can go on to become worldwide players.

ps. They have an order for 787-8s not -9s, and they are sceduled to replace their A332 from the end of this decade.
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Old October 27th, 2013, 01:20 PM   #1326
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Abu Dhabi Airports Company (Adac) has set itself a strict timeline to complete its new Midfield Terminal at the emirate’s international airport.

Speaking during a site visit, Adac chief executive officer Tony Douglas said the terminal would open on 17 July 2017. “Failure is unacceptable,” he added.

With other GCC airports expanding and opening new terminals, vying to become global transport hubs, it will be crucial for Abu Dhabi to stick to its deadline. The new terminal will also add much-needed capacity for Abu Dhabi’s rapidly growing Etihad Airways.

To ensure the project stays on schedule, Adac decided to publicly announce a major construction milestone on 20 October, when the first buttress that will support the steel arches holding up the terminal’s roof was put in place, seven days ahead of schedule.

Douglas’ focus on deadlines will inevitably be influenced by the need to avoid a debacle like the one at Qatar’s new Hamad International airport, which is running years behind its original schedule. He will also be conscious of the emirate’s competition with neighbouring Dubai, which is due to open the passenger terminal at the new Al-Maktoum airport on 27 October.
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Old October 28th, 2013, 07:28 PM   #1328
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Old October 28th, 2013, 07:50 PM   #1329
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Gulf Air suffered a lot from the civil unrest in Bahrain the last couple of years, that plunged them in heavy losses for which the Bahraini Government had to step in with a financial aid package last year.

Their current ambition is just to get the financial situation turned around and act as the Bahraini national carrier. They cut down their fleet, reduced the number of routes in order to reduce costs.

In the future they will just have to consolidate even further, open a couple of new routes reduce costs with new more fuel efficient planes etc. They for sure should not go on try to compete with the 3 main Gulf carriers. There's only so much room in the market, not all airlines from the region can go on to become worldwide players.

ps. They have an order for 787-8s not -9s, and they are sceduled to replace their A332 from the end of this decade.
Perhaps Gulf Air can market itself as a carrier with better amenities despite its smaller network... or I wonder what the airline is really good at to begin with. I mean, that fledgling carrier has been the airline for multiple countries for years before Emirates and Etihad became prominent players in the Middle East... and now as Bahrain is the sole country left, it looks like the airline needs to market itself to Bahrainis and other discerning travelers who might want an alternative from Abu Dhabi or Dubai or even Doha.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 08:43 PM   #1330
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I keep hearing that EK is trying hard to fly A380s to India..especially BOM/DEL/BLR...
They have made some formal requests but recently heard that there is also a massive 'behind the scene' effort.. can someone confirm
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Old October 31st, 2013, 11:46 AM   #1332
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I keep hearing that EK is trying hard to fly A380s to India..especially BOM/DEL/BLR...
They have made some formal requests but recently heard that there is also a massive 'behind the scene' effort.. can someone confirm
Yes, And they are almost successful in that
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Old October 31st, 2013, 06:00 PM   #1333
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I think EK wil start(When they get permission) to mostly to DEL/BOM ... The report says BLR shud get 2nd RWY or increase the Width.. but now that they have a CODE F gate hopefully something happens...
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Old October 31st, 2013, 08:29 PM   #1334
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I think EK wil start(When they get permission) to mostly to DEL/BOM ... The report says BLR shud get 2nd RWY or increase the Width.. but now that they have a CODE F gate hopefully something happens...
Aneesha,
Any idea how is EK's load on DXB-BLR ? Does it makes sense to fly an a380 on that route ?
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Any idea how is EK's load on DXB-BLR ? Does it makes sense to fly an a380 on that route ?
Its loaded .. my borther says its always 90% full (1030 AM) i dont know abt the 3 am one.. and 6 30pm flights...
But i donno abt the A380 thing how it works and all that.. i gues we just have 2 wait and watch!
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Old November 1st, 2013, 05:54 PM   #1338
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I wonder what is Gulf Air ambition. It was the company of both Qatar, EAU, Oman and of course Bahrain ; and now Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways have a better network.

42 planes in command, but more less than others gulf companies.

Airbus A320neo - 16
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Bombardier CS100 - 10
Poorer management, lack of ambition ( like Dubai & Qatar ) & Bahrain population too small to support big network?
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An other question about Gulf Carriers and Latin America flights.

Emirates : Sao Paulo + Rio + Buenos Aires
Etihad : Sao Paulo
Qatar : Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo : GRU-CGH+VCP = 56 millions pax
Rio : GIG+SDT = 25 millions
Buenos Aires : EZE+AEP = 16 millions

When there will be flight to Mexico 30 millions pax ? Bogoto 22 millions pax ?



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SOUTH AMERICA'S BUSIEST AIRPORTS (2012)

1. GRU Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport - 32,177,594 passengers.
2. BOG Bogota El Dorado International Airport - 22,525,873 passengers.
3. GIG Rio de Janeiro-Galeao International Airport - 17,491,744 passengers.
4. CGH Congonhas-Sao Paulo Airport - 16,775,785 passengers.
5. BSB Brasilia International Airport - 15,665,045 passengers.
6. SCL Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport - 15,233,980 passengers.
7. LIM Lima Jorge Chavez International Airport - 13,299,058 passengers.
8. CCS Caracas Simon Bolivar International Airport - 10,430,243 passengers.
9. UIO Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport - 10,051,971 passengers.
10. CNF Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves International Airport - 10,200,348 passengers.
11. SDU Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont Airport - 8,960,345 passengers.
12. EZE Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport (Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport) - 8,849,465 passengers.
13. VCP Campinas Viracopos International Airport - 8,824,074 passengers.
14. SSA Salvador Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes International Airport - 8,528,837 passengers.
15. POA Porto Alegre Salgado Filho International Airport - 8,261,355 passengers.
16. AEP Buenos Aires Jorge Newberry Airport - 8,019,011 passengers.
17. CWB Curitiba Afonso Pena International Airport - 6,825,666 passengers.
18. REC Recife/Guararapes-Gilberto Freyre International Airport - 6,403,416 passengers.
19. FOR Pinto Martins-Fortaleza International Airport - 5,964,223 passengers.
20. GYE Guayaquil Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport - 4,934,203 passengers.
21. MDE Medellin Jose Maria Cordova International Airport - 3,859,196 passengers.
22. VIX Vitoria Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport - 3,642,842 passengers.
23. CLO Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport - 3,422,919 passengers.
24. FLN Florianopolis Hercilio Luz International Airport - 3,395,253 passengers.
25. BEL Belem Val de Cans International Airport - 3,283,527 passengers.
26. MAO Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport - 3,126,179 passengers.
27. GYN Goiania Santa Genoveva Airport - 3,063,649 passengers.
28. CGB Cuiaba Marechal Rondon International Airport - 2,761,588 passengers.
29. NAT Natal Augusto Severo International Airport - 2,660,864 passengers.
30. MVD Montevideo Carrasco International Airport - 2,308,913 passengers
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NORTH AMERICA'S BUSIEST AIRPORTS (2012)

1. ATL Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport - 95,462,867 passengers.
2. ORD Chicago-O'Hare International Airport - 66,633,503 passengers.
3. LAX Los Angeles International Airport - 63,688,121 passengers.
4. DFW Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport - 58,591,842 passengers.
5. DEN Denver International Airport - 53,156,278 passengers.
6. JFK New York John F. Kennedy International Airport - 49,291,765 passengers.
7. SFO San Francisco International Airport - 44,399,885 passengers.
8. CLT Charlotte Douglas International Airport - 41,228,372 passengers.
9. LAS Las Vegas McCarran International Airport - 40,799,830 passengers.
10. PHX Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport - 40,421,611 passengers.
11. IAH Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport - 39,891,444 passengers.
12. MIA Miami International Airport - 39,467,444 passengers.
13. MCO Orlando International Airport - 36,231,564 passengers.
14. EWR Newark Liberty International Airport - 35,711,372 passengers.
15. YYZ Toronto Pearson International Airport - 34,912,456 passengers.
16. SEA Seattle/Tacoma International Airport - 33,223,111 passengers.
17. MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport - 33,170,960 passengers.
18. DTW Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County International Airport - 32,792,324 passengers.
19. PHL Philadelphia International Airport - 31,127,928 passengers.
20. MEX Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport - 29,491,553 passengers.
21. BOS Boston Logan International Airport - 29,325,617 passengers.
22. LGA New York LaGuardia International Airport - 25,738,293 passengers.
23. FLL Fort-Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport - 24,026,835 passengers.
24. IAD Washington Dulles International Airport - 23,684,035 passengers.
25. BWI Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport - 22,785,391 passengers.
26. SLC Salt Lake City International Airport - 20,096,549 passengers.
27. DCA Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport - 19,655,440 passengers.
28. MDW Chicago Midway International Airport - 19,596,127 passengers.
29. HNL Honolulu International Airport - 18,117,947 passengers.
30. YVR Vancouver International Airport - 17,596,901 passengers.
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I think to.

EAU :
- Dubai : Emirates, Flydubai (low-cost)
- Abu Dhabi : Etihad
- Sharjah : Air Arabia (low-cost) with 2 others hubs at Alexandria and Casablanca

Gulf Air and Koweit Air are far from those companies.
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