Airbus COO John Leahy stated that there is a "reason that airlines around the world are afraid of the success of Emirates" (New York Times, 14-Feb-2011). Mr Leahy stated Emirates' mix of quality service, operating efficiency and low costs creates a competitive airline, adding: "That should strike fear in the hearts of airlines around the world."
Emirates: "The legacy carriers still see us as the monster of the Middle East, the bete noir of civil aviation in the 21st century. But they won't accept that the business we are carrying wasn't theirs anyway. The 21st century is very different from the 20th century ... If you want to go from Africa to Asia, or from South America to China, the straight line is through the Middle East," Tim Clark, President. Source: New York Times.