The Middle East airline is adding significant capacity into Boston in the second half of the year (refer to our additional coverage of Emirates new and expanded service to Orlando / Seattle here). It currently operates a daily flight from its hub at Dubai International Airpot (DXB) to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) with a Boeing 777-200LR.
The Boston expansion will be implemented in two phases:
- The first would be on August 1, 2015 when the 777-200LR would be replaced with a Boeing 777-300ER (the 304 seat versus as opposed to the 310 seat version which has the lie-flat seats in business class).
The aircraft upgaunge will increase capacity by 88/flight or 33% which are all located in economy class
2. Second phase will be the additional flight to Boston using the same aircraft in November 2015. The two flights will be re-timed for connections in DXB or BOS.
The upgaunge and frequency increase is welcomed news for Bostonians and other Americans/Canadian living in the Northeast as they would otherwise have to fly to New York JFK International Airport (JFK) to catch an Emirates flight.
The overall capacity increase between the two destinations is over 266% by November 2015. Premium travellers will benefit with a significant inflow of seats per week as shown below:
The additional premium seats is especially significant as only SWISS Air Lines International (LX)[to Zurich Airport (ZRH)], Lufthansa German Group (LH)[to Munich Airport (MUC) and Frankfurt Airport (FRA)] British Airways (BA)[to London Heathrow Airport (LHR)] have non-stop international first class service from BOS flying eastward. This might pressure on their premium yields for passengers going to Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia (India, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong).
The premium class capacity increase will also affect other airlines as they might have to lower prices to entice passengers to connect to their international flights at Chicago O’hare International Airport (ORD), JFK, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Dulles International Airport (IAD) to experience better service.
JetBlue Airways (B6) is expanding its presence in BOS and is already the airport’s largest tenant. The increase international passengers will benefit this New York based airline as it has a codeshare agreement with Emirates. The new EK flight will provide more feeder traffic to its US and Caribbean operations and entice B6 to bring flights with premium MINT(R) product onboard (refer to our coverage of MINT here).
If MINT is introduced in BOS, it will add pressure to US based airlines to bring improvements to their onboard domestic product as most of them only use smaller single-aisle Boeing 737s or Airbus A320 family aircrafts currently (refer to our coverage here on the Boston domestic market). Their onboard premium product on these aircrafts is not comparable to what MINT has to offer.
Emirates is continuing to expand its presence in the Boston market with an aircraft upgauge and additional frequency. This will create a new competitive environment for both international and domestic airlines and might serve to be a great opportunity for JetBlue Airways. Looks like Boston can also welcome a new dedicate Emirates lounge (refer to our coverage of Emirates lounges).