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Emirates responds to airberlin-Etihad alliance with capacity and equipment upgrades to Germany

Analysis

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.

 Emirates Dubai-Germany network changes: Mar-2012 to Oct-2012

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.

A330-200 and A340-300 markets for Emirates: 26-Mar-2012 to 01-Apr-2012

A330-200 A340-300

Addis Ababa

Ahmedabad

Amman

Athens

Baghdad

Bahrain

Basrah

Beirut

Bangalore

Cairo

Casablanca

Chennai

Dakar

Damascus

Dammam

Delhi

Dhaka

Doha

Dublin

Durban

Entebbe

Frankfurt

Hong Kong

Hyderabad

Islamabad

Karachi

Khartoum

Kochi

Kolkata

Kozhikode

Kuwait City

Lahore

Larnaca

Luanda

Lusaka

Madinah

Male

Manchester

Mumbai

Muscat

Newcastle

Peshawar

Riyadh

Sana'a

Tehran

Thiruvananthapuram

Bangalore

Dakar

Dar Es Saalam

Doha

Dusseldorf

Hyderabad

Muscat

Nairobi

Nice

Saint Petersburg

Venice

The increases follow airberlin and Etihad's recent changes between the UAE and Germany.

 airberlin and Etihad UAE-Germany network changes summary: Jan-2012 to Oct-2012

Route Carrier Change Effective date
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

The capacity changes are seeing large increases in total Germany-UAE traffic.

Weekly seats offered between Germany and the UAE: Select dates 2012

  19-Mar-2012 to 25-Mar-2012 26-Mar-2012 to 01-Apr-2012 04-Jun-2012 to 10-Jun-2012
Emirates 22,615 23,018 23,436
Etihad Airways 6313 6297 7097
Lufthansa 5903 5374 5493
airberlin 1515 4242 4242
Condor 1260 1260 0

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