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Dec 13, 2012

Emirates: Adding 3xA380s 2x777s this month Qatar : 787s from Feb

Emirates and Qatar issue more bragging rights PR, but they do have some points to score


Another 'We rule big time" photo from Emirates

OK, let’s hear it again from Qantas about how standing still on investments in long haul until it achieves profitability in 3-4 years time is going to secure its future.

The Emirates PR statement of the day is about adding five A380s and two 777s to its fleet this month.

13th December 2012 – The current Emirates fleet will expand by five aircraft in the month of December as the carrier adds three new A380s and two new Boeing 777s. Maintaining its edge as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, one A380 and one Boeing 777 have joined the network in the first weekend of December and the remaining three will join throughout the month.The new additions to the fleet will mark the arrival of Emirates 118th and 119th Boeing aircraft and its 28th to 30th A380s. As the largest operator of both the A380 and Boeing 777 in the world, Emirates new additions will support its growing route network. Ever growing, the list of cities Emirates’ serves expands with two new destinations in December – Lyon, France and Phuket, Thailand. In addition, service to Warsaw, Poland, and Algiers, Algeria, begin in the first quarter of 2013.

Qatar has told Australian Business Traveller that it will fly daily 787-8 Dreamliners between Perth and Doha from 1 February.

This appears to mean that Qatar Airways will still be the first scheduled operator of the Dreamliner to Australia, with indications that China Southern may not be that far beyond, and well ahead of Jetstar, although the LAMES that will service that jet have been told to attend a training course in Seattle from the middle of January, which suggests that its first 787-8 may well be delivered before the first half of the 2013 is over, rather than in the second half as mentioned in guidance.

Dedicated Qantas customers will be pleased to know that by the time Qatar and China Southern have Dreamliners flying to Australian cities the refurbishment of the aged Qantas Cityflyer 767-300s should be complete, allowing them to pretend they are still worthy of the very latest in airliner technology for their premium or ‘full service’  fares.

The anticipation is almost unbearable.


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