Emi­rates trims US flights

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

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.

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