Emirates: global economic crisis forces A380 deployment rethink
The A380 has only been with Emirates’ fleet for barely half a year, but the global economic downturn has now forced the carrier to adjust the deployment plan for its 489-seat superjumbo. Emirates has decided to pull the A380 from Dubai-New York JFK operations, (the launch route for the type with Emirates), due to a slowdown in passenger traffic, despite the city being a key market and notorious for capacity constraints, which the aircraft was supposed to combat. [1843 words]
Unlock the following content in this report:
- A380 reliability concerns
- A380 pull-back indicative of shifting traffic patterns
- Toronto A380 service not enough: Emirates pushes for more capacity into Canada
- Drawdown in China, but strong on India
- Cargo unit to maintain double digit growth
- Pushing Dubai as a tourist destination to counter downturn
- Preparing for the best, hoping for the worst?
Graphs and data:
- Emirates A380 tentative delivery schedule
- Emirates Airbus orders
- A380 seating layouts: Competing carriers
- Worldwide airline industry RPKs and FTKs:
Aug-2007 to Jan-2009
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