Des opinions bien contradictoires sur l'avenir des Emirates et Dubaï !
Les forces vives (Et les rats) quittent le navire ! L'immobilier au tapis ! de 60 % quand même !
Les "Business plans" … ne passent plus, Mais Emirates reste …. presque ... optimiste ! optimise de façade ... sais pas, mais un environnement economique plus qu'inquètant ! Le charisme d'EK pourrait ne pas siffire !
Bon les retards B787 - A380, doivent bien les arranger, en attendant au minimum quelques déplacements dans les planning ! Al Matktoum se veut rassurant, mais on peut en douter un peu quand même !
Un peu scaring quand même …3000 voitures, abandonnées, à l' Aéroport invendables en 30 jours, (Délai pour quitter, cause résiliation du visa, si perte d'emploi, drôles d'idées quand même dans ces pays, nos ONG fr/fr devraient faire un tour par là bas) et … le crédit de la belle Auto, surement pas payé en plus ! un drôle de signe ! Plus la peine de venir en voler en Europe, des voitures !
Bon, parier sur l'avenir et les business plans du golfe, cela devient vraiment hazardeux ! Un autre casino, de fait, le Casino pétrolier puissance X !
Bryan Denton for The New York Times
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Sofia, a 34-year-old Frenchwoman, moved here a year ago to take a job in advertising, so confident about Dubai’s fast-growing economy that she bought an apartment for almost $300,000 with a 15-year mortgage.
An abandoned car in a parking garage in Dubai. One report said 3,000 cars were sitting abandoned at the Dubai Airport.
Now, like many of the foreign workers who make up 90 percent of the population here, she has been laid off and faces the prospect of being forced to leave this Persian Gulf city — or worse.
“I’m really scared of what could happen, because I bought property here,” said Sofia, who asked that her last name be withheld because she is still hunting for a new job. “If I can’t pay it off, I was told I could end up in debtors’ prison.”
With Dubai’s economy in free fall, newspapers have reported that more than 3,000 cars sit abandoned in the parking lot at the Dubai Airport, left by fleeing, debt-ridden foreigners (who could in fact be imprisoned if they failed to pay their bills). Some are said to have maxed-out credit cards inside and notes of apology taped to the windshield.
“We have no intention to delay or cancel orders” Dixit Al Maktoum
How do the two large aircraft manufacturers— Airbus and Boeing—treat you, you’re a marquee customer for both of them?
You have to look at it this way: After September 11, 2001, how many airlines ordered planes? People thought that this was the worst time. We ordered planes and we enjoyed that for the last six years. Today, it is similar, people are asking how will we survive? But honestly, this (the crisis) is only for a short period of time, the world will move on and people will forget about it.
So, you are not going to delay or cancel your orders like some Indian carriers have done?
Not at all. We have no intention to delay or cancel orders.
How important will the Indian market be for low-cost carrier FlyDubai that you have planned for 2009?
I don’t think it will be important for just the Indian market, but all markets within four-and-a-half hours out of Dubai, to fill the gaps that we are unable to fill today with Emirates.
Why did you feel the need for a lowcost carrier? Was it because of the success of Sharjah’s Air Arabia?
That is not the case. We had been toying around with the idea of a low-cost carrier for quite a while. I believe there is an audience within four hours of flight time who want such an option. However, while FlyDubai is currently a subsidiary of Emirates, going forward it will be an independent carrier.
You have faced tremendous competition over the past few years from a whole slew of new Gulf airlines, particularly Etihad and Qatar…
I think the market is large enough for everyone to do well…
The Dubai press has been speculating that Emirates and Etihad will be merged…
That is just speculation.
You have grown so large. Is there any ambition to become the #1 airline in the world, given that you have 54 more Airbus A380s on order?
The focus has always been on profitability and profitable growth rather than the express desire to be the largest airline in the world. I think that is more of an accident rather than by design.
And do you plan to operate the Airbus A380 to India?
We will be receiving our fourth aircraft soon and initially there are no plans to operate the aircraft to India. But later on, as India builds up the infrastructure to support the aircraft with new airports and if we see the demand for seats, we will definitely operate the aircraft into India. But you have to keep in mind that in India we are not limited by number of flights we can operate but by the number of seats we can offer, and the Airbus A380 will have a lot more seats than the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 we use today. So that will have to be resolved.