Emirates trims US flights
Emirates has reduced flights to the United States by 19 per cent with demand deteriorating after US restrictions on travel and on-board electronics affecting Middle East carriers and passengers. Thus, the world’s biggest international airline will reduce capacity to Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale according to the Dubai-based company. Emirates will re-deploy the capacity to serve demand on other routes across its global network.
This further stresses the need for Emirates to have smaller aircraft. Its smallest aircraft presently effectively is the 777-300ER as its handful of 777-200LRs are often earmarked for specific programmes, operationally and strategically. Smaller aircraft can open thinner markets and off peak frequencies, but can also right size existing services that are at overcapacity because the 777-300ER is too large, allowing for added frequencies. Emirates needs agility to diversify and right size its network. Emirates has been studying an order for smaller widebodies, A350s or 787s, and more recently is evaluating narrowbody aircraft, too.