This sort of thing from one our local rags really does annoy me...
Aerospace Notebook: Oil money is driving big orders in Dubai
The quotes, specifically which have me grinding my teeth are, "analyst Adam Pilarski estimates that every man, woman and child in Dubai would have to make 1,000 airplane flights a year to fill the seats in all those planes" followed by, "
Contrast that, he said, with the United States, which has a population of about 300 million and about 700 million jetliner passenger flights a year.
"It doesn't make any sense," said Pilarski, senior aviation analyst with Avitas, an industry consulting business. "This is loony tunes.""
I don't know who Mr Pilarski is, but one must only assume that he's a cretin of some order. Emerits and Qatar aren't buying planes for their local markets - they're buying them for 2 distinct market segments.
First is the global long haul sector where they've been working to establish themselves as a global hub - with some success. They offer excellent levels of service with great cost structures and they're not dry states.
Second, Dubai, in paticular, has been extremely sucessful in setting itself up as the next Spain for European holidays, and they've done it by aiming at the high end of the market with excellent hotels and resorts.
There's the third point that Dubai has been an important trading post for centuries and they don't want to lose that position either.
The customers probably aren't American of course, they're Indian - flying the millions of migrant workers in and out needs planes, they're Western European to handle the millions of British, German and Swedish holiday makers they get.
The final nonsense from Pilarski, again missing the point about people in the rest of the world, "One act of terrorism and all the tourism goes away," Pilarski said."
There's only one thing to say about that BOLLOCKS. I don't see people staying away from Eygyt because of acts of terrorism. I hate to feel jingoistic, but most people are made of sterner stuff than that.
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