Articles Tagged ‘Dubai’

Dubai launches new LCC; flydubai competes with Emirates on three of four routes

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisHaving placed an order for over 50 737-800s last year, flydubai is now up and running. Which are its first destinations and what competition will it face? What sort of utilisation will be required from the fleet?

Safi Airways ventures beyond Middle East with planned Frankfurt service from Kabul

Article Thumbnail: Airline AnalysisSafi Airways may have its network base in Afghanistan but the airline’s HQ is in Dubai. How many routes does it serve with its three aircraft and who is it competing with in the Afghan market?

Ethiopian growing profitably from Addis Ababa; new Q400s due in 2010

Article Thumbnail: Country FocusEthiopia has 16 commercial airports serving the population of 80 million. Addis Ababa and Ethiopian dominate the country’s air travel scene but how quickly are both growing? How far does Ethiopian’s network reach and which are its newest routes? Who else serves Ethiopia?


Emirates drops Nagoya, adds San Francisco & Brisbane non-stop; Qatar to add six more routes this year

Article Thumbnail: Market TrendsWe have updated our downloadable spreadsheet comparing networks of the MEB3 airlines. Not many routes have been added since December but Qatar Airways has revealed plans to add several destinations this year. Which ones?

Tehran’s IKIA is main international gateway; strong links to UAE

Article Thumbnail: Country FocusIran has over 40 airports with scheduled air services. We take a look at which are the biggest and how they compare. Which foreign carriers serve Iran and which are notable by their absence? Which are the leading country markets?

Now the good news: Wataniya Airways launches flights between Kuwait and Dubai; Bahrain and Beirut to follow in March

Article Thumbnail: Lead StoryYes, people are still starting new airlines, even during these economically challenging times. Welcome Wataniya Airways and its premium service using an A320. What gives it an edge in the Kuwait market and who are its chief competitors?


Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways grew capacity by 15% in 2008; Almaty and Los Angeles are newest routes

Article Thumbnail: Market TrendsAlthough they haven’t started that many new routes this year Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have grown capacity by around 15% this year. Which destinations are ‘monopoly’ routes and where is competition fiercest for transfer passengers?

Just nine new routes so far in 2008 from the Middle East’s “Big 3”; none to Western Europe

Thumb: Middle East Top StoryEmirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are still ordering more new aircraft to support their growth plans but which routes have they launched so far in 2008? Which are starting soon and which destination did all three start this year? And what links Brussels, Dublin and Minsk?

Middle East & North Africa: Dubai surges ahead in race for hub dominance; Moroccan airports benefit from ‘open-skies’

Middle East & North Africa: Dubai surges ahead in race for hub dominance; Moroccan airports benefit from ‘open-skies’Dubai is now twice as big as any other airport in the Middle East and North Africa and added three times more passengers than its nearest rival Cairo. Morocco’s airports all had a good 2007 though growth is slowing in 2008.


Emirates: new long range 777s enable American expansion

Emirates: new long range 777s enable American expansionThanks to the new ultra long-range 777-200LRs, Emirates is beginning to make inroads into the Americas. It started Houston, Sao Paulo and Toronto last year and has California in its sights for this summer. But how does the Dubai hub work? When are the peak arrival and departure periods, and which country markets are the airline’s biggest?

Etihad racing to catch up with Emirates and Qatar Airways

Etihad racing to catch up with Emirates and Qatar AirwaysPassenger numbers at this ambitious airline grew by nearly 70% in 2007 to 4.6 million as routes were launched to nine new destinations. Which markets achieved better than average load factors and what is growth likely to be in 2008? What makes Brussels and Dublin interesting for Etihad and why is 2009 going to be a big year from a PR point of views?

Etihad playing catch-up in Middle East hub battle

Etihad playing catch-up in Middle East hub battleWe look at how the networks of the three biggest spending carriers in the region have developed since July when we last looked. How many destinations have Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad added? How many have they dropped? How many flights have they added? The answers may surprise you. They surprised us!