Yes, EK will be THEE dominant airline in about 3 years I would say! That is their goal. They already are the largest Int'l airline re passengers (but every flight is int'l for EK vs #2 LH which has domestic ops)
As far as Mexico City, I'm certain the thinking is going there via Miami... and I've heard Caracas as another possibility.
It's kind of exciting to see where this company goes next. My guess: Boston!
Perth airport management seem to be getting onto Clark's nerves, guess we'll see BNE as the next A380 destination in down under. QF and EK are going to also have to find a way to get the current PER-Europe QF Pax covered once the JV begins.
... and have heard several other cities from Miami down to South America.
I would think Santiago, Bogota and maybe Lima???
Same aircraft international flights that transit USA are a pain for passengers and the airline, due to US immigration rules and processes.
Every through passenger has to be processed by immigration (i.e. needs the appropriate visa or visa waiver). It is bad enough where there is a holding pen with its own immigration desks, like NZ1 & 2 at LAX between AKL and LHR; but if there is no holding pen there is the added problem for the airline of an unknown time for immigration to process through passengers.
Does the delivery of 8 A380 indicates more A380 services to USA and Australia or will they be used for Europe/Asia?
EK wants go to Perth with the A380 but there is still the third bridge missing.
Are any of them versions with the higher MTOW ? They would need them to the West Coast USA without any payload restrictions. Sao Paulo maybe too.
Maybe we see also a comeback to JNB with the A380, more destinations in Africa I do not see right now.
In Europe you never know what their plan is. FRA comes to mind, maybe LGW, the 2nd daily MAN flight which was rumored in the past, BCN gets two flights early this year maybe a test, more in UK like BHX, ZRH or maybe HAM.
For Australia I would suspect Perth, and maybe an upgrade for one of the flights to Australia which stops in SE Asia.
EK is also in talks for more flights to India. If they can get there I would expect then at least 2-3 destinations, like Delhi and Mumbai for the A380.