Future Emirates Destinations Does anyone know of any future destinations Emirates may be flying to?

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TravelLover123

Member since 23 Feb 2013

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Future Emirates Destinations

Does anyone know of any future destinations Emirates may be flying to? They are really covering the world, especially Europe, but I am really surprised that they do not have any services to the Balkans to countries such as Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, etc. I hope that they have a Balkan plan up there sleeves as, Qatar has rapidly been expanding in the Balkan region, having flights from Belgrade and Zagreb to Doha. There are a lot of people from Sydney from the southern European countries, and it would be great to have a one stop service from Sydney or Brisbane to these countries. Anyone else agree? What other destinations would you like to see on the Emirates route map? Does anyone know of any destinations Emirates has in store for the future. Thanks for your participation everyone!

hutch

Member since 07 Oct 2012

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The only 'new' destination I know of is Clark, north of Manila (dive of an airport) starting later this year. I assume this is to capitalise on the large numbers of Filipino works in the UAE, as I think there would be very limited premium travel in this area. Whilst I'm sure EK has some new destinations planned, I would think they need to slow a little and upgrade the quality on their 777 fleet to ensure product consistency.

In relation to East Europe,I'm sure EK has looked at it and will probably fly there at some point. However, there is a key fundamental difference in EK & QR's business model... fleet. QR has some single aisle planes (A320 family) which they use on these routes, whilst EK does not. Therefore there would need to be a large amount of passengers &/or freight to get EK into the market to fill up a 777 or A330. QR also isn't adverse to launching new flights 3 x weekly whereas EK prefers daily flights. I guess the reality is EK probably thinks there is money to be made now elsewhere, where QR is happy to develop a route and can make some money with its smaller planes.

But don't fear, I reckon at some point BA will shift SYD-SIN to SYD - DOH so you can then connect onto QR from there to East Europe etc.

TravelLover123

Member since 23 Feb 2013

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Thanks for your help. Yes, thats what I thought too. Since Qatar refuses to fly to Sydney, and was in talks with Qantas about codesharing agreements (but Qantas decided to join Emirates), BA would probably start flying SYD-DOH-LHR at some stage, because Qatar will soon be joining the one world alliance. Thanks for your opinion! :)

aklrunway

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 09 May 2011

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I heard from a friend a few years back who used to work for EK that they were looking at having an extension to Nadi from Australia (like what they do with New Zealand). However, this never came to fruition. 

TravelLover123

Member since 23 Feb 2013

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That sounds pretty cool, maybe they could do something like that for Hawaii, since they dont fly there. :)

AndrewYes

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Oct 2012

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I agree Brad, but unlikely since QF services Hawaii. Although still surprised they haven't upgraded the 767-300.

As far as new routes, my prediction would be Philadelphia or Miami, FL as they haven't got routes there yet. MIA is a good transit hub into mexico, although they already have Dallas.

Someone told me that they were looking at the possibility of Cairns or Gold Coast, however I highly doubt that would ever happen.

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