Emirates responds to airberlin-Etihad alliance with capacity and equipment upgrades to Germany
A significant initial outcome of last year's airberlin-Etihad alliance is the capacity increase airberlin and Etihad have implemented over the past week between Germany and Abu Dhabi. Emirates has responded with its own capacity increases, the fact of which is unsurprising. What is interesting is how Emirates had operated to the restrictive and limited German market with A340-300s, which it is in the process of disposing. Emirates in recent times had largely confined the A340-300, with older and less premium interiors, to secondary markets, but the rapid increase in competition in the form of airberlin-Etihad is seeing Emirates deploy its more competitive Boeing 777-300s.
Emirates will upgrade three daily services – one each from Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt – to 777-300ER equipment. Some services from Munich and Dusseldorf had been operated by A340-300s, while Frankfurt saw one of three daily services operated by the A330-200, which like the A340-300 does not boast Emirates latest product standard. The equipment changes will also bring double-digit capacity increases on the routes.
|Route||Change||Effective date||Total route capacity increase|
|Dubai-Dusseldorf||One of two daily services changed from A340-300 to 777-300ER, bringing both services to 777-300/300ER||01-Jun-2012||16%|
|Dubai-Frankfurt||One of three daily services changed from A330-200 to 777-300ER, bringing all services to 777-300ER||01-Oct-2012||13%|
|Dubai-Munich||One of two daily services changed from A340-300 to 777-300ER, bringing services to A380/777-300ER||25-Mar-2012||14%|
Germany was an unusual market for the A340-300 and A330-200. Emirates has been typically deploying these aircraft on short sectors or to second-tier cities – less important for Emirates premium products – as it waits for more 777-300ERs, largely replacing aircraft with older products or which are less fuel efficient.
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|Berlin-Dubai||airberlin||Four-times weekly Dubai service shifted to Abu Dhabi||15-Jan-2012|
|Berlin-Abu Dhabi||airberlin||Service brought to daily frequency||25-Mar-2012|
|Dusseldorf-Abu Dhabi||airberlin||Daily service introduced||25-Mar-2012|
|Dusseldorf-Abu Dhabi||Etihad||Four times weekly service increased to daily frequency||Apr-2012|
|19-Mar-2012 to 25-Mar-2012||26-Mar-2012 to 01-Apr-2012||04-Jun-2012 to 10-Jun-2012|