Emirates President Suggests Return Of Germany-USA Flights


  • Emirates, Airbus A380, Penultimate


    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Kind:
    Full Service Provider

    Dubai Worldwide Airport

    Yr Based:

    Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

    United Arab Emirates

Talking on the Berlin Air Present, Tim Clark, Emirates’ president, mentioned that the airline is contemplating fifth freedom flights from Germany to the USA. It has historical past: it flew Dubai-Hamburg-New York JFK till early 2008. Now it flies Dubai-Milan-JFK. However because it was talked about within the context of receiving no visitors rights for Dubai-Berlin, would possibly Clark merely be posturing?

No Berlin visitors rights, so…

Emirates stays steadfast in its want to serve Berlin. It is not laborious to know why. Regardless of no continuous service, reserving knowledge exhibits that over 70,000 roundtrip passengers flew not directly between Dubai and the German capital in 2019. It signifies that Berlin was the most important unserved market in Europe.


If these touring from Berlin to Asia-Pacific, Southern and Japanese Africa, and the broader Center East are added, it had over 2.5 million. If it might, Emirates would serve Berlin a minimum of 2x every day, however it could’t. That is on account of an absence of air visitors rights, which limits the service to 4 cities in Germany, which it already makes use of.

To serve Berlin, it’d have to surrender one of many 4, which it has refused to do. Or, far more ideally for Emirates, it hopes to persuade the German Authorities to loosen market entry, which it has refused to do, primarily, in line with Clark, due to Lufthansa’s lobbying. The stalemate means Emirates is unable to broaden in Germany by including extra cities.

In response, and in what might merely be a negotiating tactic, Clark has recommended that it might as soon as once more fly from Germany to the US on a fifth freedom foundation. This may very well be from Düsseldorf, Frankfurt (Lufthansa’s foremost hub), Hamburg, or Munich (Lufthansa’s second-largest hub).

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Emirates serves 4 German airports

Emirates has served Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich for a few years. The latest route to begin was Hamburg, which took off on a 1x every day foundation 16 years in the past in March 2006. It rapidly rose to 2x every day from including a supplementary Dubai-Hamburg-JFK service, though JFK did not final lengthy.

Within the week beginning June twenty fourth, 2022, Emirates’ German community is as follows. It has 5x every day flights, half of what it had in the identical week in 2019. Cirium exhibits that it has misplaced 5 every day flights and a couple of,258 seats every manner daily. Nevertheless, flights and capability improve once more from July, albeit nonetheless nicely beneath earlier ranges.

  1. Dubai to Düsseldorf: 1x every day A380; down from 2x every day A380
  2. Dubai to Frankfurt: 2x every day (1x A380, 1x B777-300ER); down from 3x every day (2x A380, 1x B777-300ER)
  3. Dubai to Hamburg: 1x every day A380; down from 2x every day (1x A380, 1x B777-300ER)
  4. Dubai to Munich: 1x every day A380; down from 3x every day (2x A380, 1x B777-300ER

Within the coming week, Emirates will use the A380 on 4 of its 5 Germany flights. Photograph: Vincenzo Tempo | Easy Flying.

A have a look at its Hamburg-JFK operation

Emirates flew Dubai-Hamburg-JFK and again between October 2006 and March 2008. Working 1x every day, EK205 left Dubai at 08:55 and arrived in Hamburg at 12:55. After 1h 45m on the bottom, it left at 14:40 and arrived in JFK at 17:30.

Returning, EK206 departed at 23:15, arrived in Hamburg the next morning at 12:05, left at 13:45, and arrived again at 23:25. It was designed to feed and to be fed by Emirates’ peak flight waves to/from Asia-Pacific.

Division of Transportation knowledge exhibits that Emirates had a median seat load issue of simply 58% on Hamburg-JFK-Hamburg. This provides weight to the brief period of the route and that it ended for “financial causes.”

A number of airways on Hamburg-New York

Many airways have tried Hamburg-New York route through the years. For instance, Lufthansa served Newark (March 1990-October 1992), adopted by Continental (from June 2005) and thereafter United (till October 2018). In the meantime, JFK noticed LTU (Could 1990-October 1990), Pan Am (till October 1991), Delta (November 1991-October 1995), after which Emirates 11 years later.

Whereas reserving knowledge signifies that Hamburg-New York is the most important unserved market between Europe and New York, it hasn’t had continuous service since 2008. The issue is not visitors: about 119,000 flew not directly in 2019. As an alternative, it’s partly as a result of it’s dominated by Lufthansa and wider Star Alliance (~60% of passengers) and, extra importantly, as a result of fares aren’t nice, with a median one-way fare of $408 (excluding any gas surcharge). That is even lower than Shannon-New York, regardless of Hamburg masking 1 / 4 extra miles.

Do you assume Emirates will function Germany-US once more? If that’s the case, what routing would you prefer to see? Given its ongoing spat with Lufthansa, it might be further enjoyable if it was from Frankfurt or Munich. Tell us your ideas within the feedback.


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