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Emirates seems desperate to generate more revenue

Old Feb 5, 17, 11:22 am
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Originally Posted by jonspencer View Post
EK dropped chauffeur drive in HK long ago, seems hard to believe they could not have worked out some deal with Uber or ??
Etihad isn't offering it in HKG either (Both PEK and PVG are covered, though)
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Old Feb 5, 17, 11:44 am
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Originally Posted by jonspencer View Post
EK dropped chauffeur drive in HK long ago, seems hard to believe they could not have worked out some deal with Uber or ??
There are lots of EK destinations that don't have chauffeur drive.
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Old Feb 5, 17, 11:53 am
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sure but they had it in HK and then dropped it
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Old Feb 5, 17, 6:00 pm
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Originally Posted by jonspencer View Post
sure but they had it in HK and then dropped it
when? for as long as I can remember HKG has been for F only, not J
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Old Feb 5, 17, 7:01 pm
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post
That would be the BA way of doing things.

I doubt EK would go that far. They need something to differentiate from the likes of BA, and the bar is something that's been advertised widely.
I don't think the lounge will go, as I agree they are still a one-stop carrier at best for most of their traffic, so need differentiation - the loss of face in removing the lounge would be too much, imho.

However, I do think the cost cutting will be noticeable, in BA style - e.g. flower removal, changes in F&B etc.

The top costs for EK are aircraft, employees, and jet fuel, but as aircraft are already ordered on and on lease, and jet fuel is dependent on utilisation, that leaves employee restructuring (read: layoffs and accelerated attrition of the workforce) as the logical step to eke out profits.

In a centralised organisation like EK though, I think it is inevitable that the major cost base is going to cut itself last (especially with the National Development Programme), which means that will happen only when the lower and mid level fruit is picked (outstations, cosmetic changes).
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Old Feb 6, 17, 1:38 am
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Originally Posted by skywardhunter View Post
when? for as long as I can remember HKG has been for F only, not J
It was also for J a while back. Maybe around 5 years ago?
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Old Feb 6, 17, 6:43 am
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yes I have been flying every month on EK for 10 years from HK and once upon a time there was chauffeur drive in J

they are also cutting back on complimentary cosmetic bags on certain routes

EK has definitely begun to scrimp in certain areas

have been shifting some of my J flights to QR
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Old Feb 6, 17, 7:12 am
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Originally Posted by jonspencer View Post
have been shifting some of my J flights to QR
But QR don't offer chauffeur drive AFAIK
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Old Feb 6, 17, 7:58 am
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not getting it from EK in HK anyway and like the "dine on demand" service ;-)
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Old Feb 6, 17, 8:11 am
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Originally Posted by jonspencer View Post
not getting it from EK in HK anyway and like the "dine on demand" service ;-)
Yes, the dine on demand service is great. That would be a great enhancement for EK. As would getting the quality of the meals in J/F up to QR standards.
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Old Feb 6, 17, 8:48 am
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I am a big EK fan but I feel they have been taking my business for granted somewhat

EK probably has the best Economy offering of all airlines but QR in Business Class can be excellent, that is if their spotty connection schedule works out for your route
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Old Feb 6, 17, 11:15 am
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Originally Posted by jonspencer View Post
not getting it from EK in HK anyway and like the "dine on demand" service ;-)
You don't need a car in HK - it's nice but the airport express is the best way to the city.
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Old Feb 6, 17, 11:58 am
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Emirates chauffuer drive used to drive me to the far side of Saikung, sure that killed the EK bean counters regarding expense per km

uber in HK has been a great value (particularly if going to Central) if there is more than one person or lots of bags

nice to get picked up in a BMW or nicer auto rather than the old red taxis

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Old May 5, 17, 11:27 am
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great rants on LinkedIn on same topic

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/emira...ILs5nc8Q%3D%3D
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Old May 10, 17, 10:12 am
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Emirates and other Middle East airlines may come under more scrutiny if this laptop ban affects their US load factor.

I believe Emirates do not get their accounts signed off from an external auditor and there is an almost implied government subsidy there.

If there is pressure on Emirates to wean off the subsidy, then the only rational option is to start cutting some of the "services" it offers. Maybe reduce the number of teams they sponsor, reduce overall staff, cut down on amenity kits, drop the quality of F&B, etc
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