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Emirates to launch world’s shortest A380 service

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Emirates has announced what it says will be the world’s shortest scheduled A380 flight between Dubai and Doha, a distance of just 379km. The Gulf carrier will roster the superjumbo onto one of its nine daily frequencies on the route from December 1. (www.businesstraveller.com) Altro...

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hetzer
there has to be a case for very fast train or some other technology
paulgilpin1953
you beat me to it.
it would probably be some other technology then. at over 200 miles distance, the conventional tracks of a railroad would be unmanageable. the desert heating through the day and cooling considerably at night, conventional tracks would have to be laid in a long and winding road layout. if you know what i mean and i think you do. the only service available in present conditions would be snail rail. pun intended.
Cansojr
Cansojr 1
I wonder what the carbon footprint is on one of those behemoths?
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Hydrofoil perhaps?
carlsonj
Yeah, you'd think. There is a land route between Qatar and UAE (through Saudi Arabia).
A10Thunderbolt
379km by air, about one hour with: ramp, taxi to position, T/O, flight, land, taxi to gate.
Land route is 720 km
Nocheechako
Roy Thomas 1
This doesn't make sense to me in light of the relationship between cycles, retirement, and air-frame cost. Seems to me that the best use of a $400M airplane is long haul.
Cansojr
Cansojr 1
If he is an idiot, of course let him set his money on fire.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Maybe it doesn't pencil out. Accounting departments in many corporations have difficulty with the dollar value of 'bragging rights'. That may be the case here, or maybe they have the passenger traffic (500+ daily)to justify it.
billyp
billy pell 1
I'm curious to what all they haul on those flights?
yr2012
Cargo or troops?
29hand
May be time change
Flightdog
"The aircraft will be equipped with 74 full-flat business class seats..." Of course, because who can possibly endure a I hr 15 min flight without a nap!
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Hopefully among others, PF and PNF.
imaraigump
In the 1980s, Japan Air Lines used to operate a high-density, (509 passengers), Boeing 747SR from Tokyo to Osaka (404 km) and return. Not sure of the economies of operation nor the flight's popularity.
gmchahoud
Flying to the sky...
VictorSibeko
I would to a certain extent say this does not make sense BUT, it could be very strategic for Emirates. If there is one thing
VictorSibeko
would to a certain extent say this does not make sense BUT, it could be very strategic for Emirates. If there is one thing I have realized with Emirates, it is its aggressive strategy of showing its presence. Currently Emirates has increased its flight from South Africa and its brand presence is felt BIG TIME!
joelwiley
joel wiley 0
How long to unload and reload around 500+/- passengers?
"The flight departs Dubai at 0745, arriving into Doha at 0805, with the return leg leaving Doha at 0950 and landing back into Dubai at 1200".

20 min flight one way, 2:10 back. ????
wopri
The two cities are not in the same time zone. Leaving Dubai you gain one hour, on the return flight you lose one.
joelwiley
joel wiley 4
Thanks, mark that one up to my provincial outlook. I'm a bit fuzzy on time zone borders in that area.
wmjavor
It is still only a 20 minute flight.
billyp
billy pell 1
Sooo... in reality it's not a bad deal, seeing how we have the same here in the US, say, from ATL to CHA
mariescreations
In reality, I think, taking consideration the time zone change, the flight is 1 hour 20 mins. one way and 1 hour 10 minutes for the return flight. The departure and arrival times are from gate to gate, so it would not be possible to travel 235 miles take-off to landing instantaneously with a 10 minute taxi at each end.

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redrattler47
Ian Deans 9
Get back on topic....this is an unnecessary comment mate
jshhmr
josh homer 3
You'd be hard pressed to find any country that wasn't built on the backs of slave labor.
joelwiley
joel wiley 0
You mean places like the White House?
jshhmr
josh homer 4
Exactly Joel! But according to Bill O'Reilly they loved being slaves and were treated like royalty lol.
joelwiley
joel wiley 3
Sure, they were treated almost as well as the Aristocracy in the French Revolution.
But this is getting off topic of Emirates.

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