Back After 19 Months: Emirates’ Boeing 777s Return To Newcastle

Emirates has resumed Dubai to Newcastle, in England’s northeast, with the first flight since March 2020 in the…

Back After 19 Months: Emirates’ Boeing 777s Return To Newcastle

Emirates has resumed Dubai to Newcastle, in England’s northeast, with the first flight since March 2020 in the air as this article is written. We look at this route and see that Newcastle is one of five UK airports currently served by Emirates.

Emirates is now serving Newcastle four-weekly. Photo: NMOS332 via Flickr.

Emirates has resumed Newcastle

October 15th marked the return of Emirates to Newcastle, with the 3,056 nautical mile airport pair now operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays in both directions. This is down from seven-weekly in 2019, but it is excellent that it has resumed.

The current schedule is as follows (all times are local). Intriguingly, Emirates has shifted the departure from UAE to the afternoon; Newcastle is in the carrier’s second-largest bank of departures to Europe. Every other day since the route began, it took off in the morning during the carrier’s largest departure bank.

  • EK33, Dubai to Newcastle: 14:20-19:10
  • EK34, Newcastle to Dubai: 21:10-07:25+1 (the next day)

The first service is operated by A6-EGF, a B777-300ER delivered in 2011, according to ch-aviation.com. It has 354 seats, with eight in first, 42 in business, and 304 in economy. As this article is written, it is approaching the Black Sea, with EK19, an A380 to Manchester, close behind.

Emirates has resumed Newcastle
EK33 is about three hours into its flight to Newcastle, with about four hours remaining. Image: RadarBox.com.

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Newcastle began in 2007

A long-established route, Emirates inaugurated Newcastle in September 2007 and was initially operated by the A330-200. The B777-300ER took over from September 2012, replaced on occasion by the B777-200LR. Speaking of the relaunch, Nick Jones, CEO of Newcastle International Airport, said:

“Today marks a very important milestone in the recovery of the Airport and of international travel from the region. Emirates provides vital connectivity to Dubai and beyond for passengers traveling for business, leisure, or to visit friends and family.”

Emirates from Dubai to Newcastle
In 2019, Emirates had 243,000 seats for sale to/from Newcastle. Source of data: OAG.

Australia had the most passengers

In 2019, Emirates’ Newcastle route carried 227,629 passengers to, from, and over Dubai, according to the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. When passenger volume is related to seats for sale, the route had an approximate seat load factor (SLF) of 94%. Don’t forget that SLF is just one measure of performance; how it is achieved is crucial.

Emirates carried more passengers from Newcastle to Australia than any other country, booking data indicates. Thailand was second, followed by India, Singapore, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Philippines, New Zealand, China, and Bangladesh. On an airport pair basis, Bangkok was very much number one.

Emirates B777-300ER
The B777-300ER replaced the A330-200 to Newcastle in September 2012. Photo: Jonathan Winton Photography via Flickr.

Newcastle is one of five UK airports served

Emirates’ UK network now comprises Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Newcastle. Gatwick is bookable from December 10th, while Edinburgh and Stansted are not (yet?) bookable for any period.

Dubai to Edinburgh and Stansted launched in 2018, meaning they haven’t had much time to develop. It’s the same for other new routes, such as British Airways ending Pittsburgh and Charleston that began in 2019. When times are very hard, tough decisions must be made.

In the case of Edinburgh and Stansted, other relatively closeby airports – Glasgow and Heathrow – can be used for consolidation purposes during the pandemic to pool demand. However, it is hoped that Edinburgh and Stansted do restart in time.

Are you planning to fly Emirates from Newcastle or any other UK airport? Let us know in the comments.

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Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the…

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2 aircraft to Croatia Airlines and other airlines in the country. Embraer’s visit to Croatia comes just four weeks after Airbus came to Zagreb to pitch the A220 to Croatia Airlines.

Embraer was in Zagreb yesterday to pitch the E2. Photo: Embraer

Embraer pitches the E2 in Croatia

Embraer visited Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The purpose of the visit was to showcase the E2 aircraft.

The primary audience for Embraer’s event was Croatia Airlines, the flag carrier of Croatia that is looking to start replacing its entire fleet within the next four years. The airline’s CEO, Jasmin Bajić, was at the event in person.

However, the event was also attended by other regional airlines. For example, the startup flag carrier of Montenegro, Air Montenegro, was also there, as was another Croatian airline called Trade Air. Air Montenegro already operates a fleet of only Embraer aircraft.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The demo flight was performed by a brand new E195-E2 provided by Helvetic Airways. Photo: Embraer

On the first day of this two-day event, Embraer held a static display for the technical teams of the airlines in attendance.

On the second day, on Thursday, there was a demo flight for the airline executives and for the media. The demo flight was done by a brand new Helvetic Airways E195-E2.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
Airlines from Croatia and the region were on the demo flight. Photo: Embraer

The E2 is a great fit for Croatia Airlines

The E2’s range and capacity, but also the list price, make this aircraft type a good fit for Croatia Airlines.

The E195-E2, for example, can be configured in a two-class configuration of 120 seats: 12 staggered business class seats with a 52-inch seat pitch and 108 economy class seats with a 31-inch seat pitch.

The Airbus A220, in contrast, is larger. Croatia Airlines does not see enough demand on its regional routes to match the capacity of the A220. This is especially true outside of the peak summer months.

Routes like Zagreb-Zadar, Zagreb-Brač, Pula-Zagreb, Split-Lyon, Osijek-Split, Munich-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Osijek, Dubrovnik-Zurich, and Rijeka-Munich almost never sell out at the moment, and they are currently operated by Dash 8 aircraft. Croatia Airlines’ Dash 8-400 is much smaller than its Airbus A220 would be.

Could Embraer’s E2 Be The Perfect Fit For Croatia Airlines?
The capacity that the E2 provides is a suitable fit for Croatia Airlines. Photo: Embraer

With a range of 2,600 miles (4,815 km), the E195-E2 can fly to the entire current route network of Croatia Airlines, but it also allows for new route launches to destinations that Croatia Airlines does not serve because the Airbus A320 family fleet provides too much capacity and the Dash 8 fleet provides insufficient range.

Out of Zagreb, the E195 can get as far as Reykjavík, Kuwait City, Tel Aviv, and Helsinki. It can also reach cities that Croatia Airlines used to fly to, like Lisbon, Moscow, and Madrid, but which were not profitable to serve with the A320 family fleet.

Even the smallest 90-seat Embraer E175-E2 aircraft can operate Croatia Airlines’ existing routes like Zagreb-Dublin and the historical ones like Zagreb-Lisbon and Zagreb-Tel Aviv. With an aircraft like the E2, Croatia Airlines could regain some of the market share that it lost over the last decade.

What do you think of Embraer pitching the E2 to Croatia Airlines? Let us know what you think of this story in the comments below.

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