Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways add seven new non-stop destinations and nine new routes in last three months

A delighted German Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre) even graced the event with her presence, as the chairmen and CEOs of Emirates and Airbus, Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Tom Enders (who was made honorary graduate of Cranfield University on 11 June), announced the order.

With a further 32 A380s on order, Emirates is destined to grow its network even faster. A delighted German Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre) even graced the event with her presence, as the chairmen and CEOs of Emirates and Airbus, Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Tom Enders (who was made honorary graduate of Cranfield University on 11 June), announced the order.

Since anna.aero last looked at the “Middle East Big 3” (MEB3) airlines of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways back in March, there have been several new route launches. Emirates has added Amsterdam and Tokyo Narita non-stop, Qatar Airways has added Ankara, Barcelona, Copenhagen and upgraded Seoul Incheon from a one-stop service to non-stop. It has also added Tokyo Narita as a one-stop service via Osaka Kansai. Finally, Etihad has added two destinations in Iraq (Baghdad and Erbil) and Tokyo Narita.

As a result, Emirates now serves 89 destinations non-stop from Dubai, Qatar Airways serves 82 destinations non-stop from Doha and Etihad now serves 59 destinations non-stop from Abu Dhabi. The seven new destinations added that were not previously served by any of the MEB3 carriers are Amsterdam, Ankara, Baghdad, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Erbil and Tokyo Narita. Since our last analysis three months ago Emirates has increased its non-stop flights by 1.4%, Etihad by 4.8% and Qatar Airways by 6.8%.

More new routes planned for remainder of 2010

Other routes so far announced by the MEB3 carriers which are scheduled to start before the end of this year are:

  • Emirates to Baghdad, Medinah and Prague (from July), Madrid (from August), and Dakar (from September)
  • Qatar Airways to Buenos Aires (via Sao Paulo from 24 June) and Sao Paulo (from 24 June).

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Comments

  1. Arthur Dent says:

    I see that Qatar Airways has just announced plans to start serving Bucharest, Budapest, Brussels and Nice in Europe, and Hanoi and Phuket in Asia with routes starting between October 2010 and January 2011. Isn’t it about time that Etihad accounced some new route?

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