Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Emirates has revealed further capacity changes that it will implement across its route network in 2008-09. The main highlights are as follows :

CPT - to be launched using a 3 class B 772ER instead of an A 332.

MXP - capacity upgraded to daily B 773ER from January 1st 2009.

MLE - from July, capacity will be upgraded to 10 weekly B 773s.

SYD/AKL - capacity upgraded on EK 412/413 to daily A 380s from Feb 1st 09.


Looks like the demand for CPT has surpassed even EK's expectations for them to switch capacity to a larger aircraft to launch the route. FYI, EK's B 772ERs carries approximately 70 passengers more than its A 332s. The airline that will feel the punch most with EK's new CPT flights would be QR because they currently fly to CPT via JNB which will turn out to be un-competitive in the short term future.

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