I wonder how long it will take for Boeing to advise President Trump that actions have consequences?
If the ME3 are unwelcome in the USA, the first in line to be hurt are Boeing and GE whose sales contracts for 777-9 etc will be easier to cancel by force majeure or whatever break clause comes handy.
I'm no supporter of Trump but his travel ban both of them have been blocked by federal judges, his laptop ban just went into effect there is no way bookings dropped that significantly because of that ban.
A.netters is pro EK overtime EK upguages a route to a A380 there is a thread about it and I will say EK is a great airline I have flown on them in the past just because I wanted to experience what most people on this site rave about when every Ek is mentioned. However for a few months now there have been reports signaling EK may have some underlining problems.
Sine this thread is about the US lets just focus on the US. Every time EK added a flight or made a flight a daily double it was congratulations EK and while many people thought this expansion was at the expense of the US3 is seems as if this expansion was at EK's own expense. One of the prime examples I can think of is Texas. EK was daily double out of IAH then they added DFW and reduced IAH so daily. If you go back you can see their load factors out of DFW were good if not great. (it is unfortunate that DFW is the only airport where we can obtain load factors for international airlines). Now if you track EK's expansion from that time what you will notice is the load factors on their DFW flight rose but then took a dip. What many people who work in this industry in the US kept saying is EK's success is not built solely upon O&D traffic but on connecting traffic as well. Though B6 is EK's partner there were a lot of EK customers who flew AA, UA and i'm assuming DL to connect to a EK flight either at LAX, SFO, SEA, IAH, DFW, or JFK. I know for sure UA when I was working in airport operations we had a lot of people flying down to IAH to connect to EK we also had some connections flying to DFW. But those connections ended when EK launched ORD. The ORD flight had a negative impact on EK's Texas flights the ORD flight in that it siphon away a lot of the Midwest connections that up until that point either connected in Texas or JFK. Just look at their DFW outbound load factors it is undeniable that as EK expanded their load factors on other established routes around the US have taken a hit.
While load factors are meaningless in terms of measuring if a route is profitable it is no secrete that EK was and probably stills the cheapest option for people traveling between the U.S. and India or the Middle East. EK has successfully TKO'd the US3 out of the Middle East the exception being TLV and the only airline still flying to India is United and we can only muster 2 daily flights to entire country. EK fueled their rapid expansion by selling their economy class and in many cases their business class seats for anywhere between 25% - 50% cheaper than the US3 which offered inconvenient connections through their partners across Europe. So what has changed we have a much stronger dollar, EK has basically beaten the US3 at their own game but at their own expense, and but most importantly and what EK probably is refusing to admit is their US operations is probably loosing money and probably has been loosing money for quite some time.
How do you fix it you may ask? The first thing the airline industry always does when an operation is loosing money is to cut capacity, they've made a small cut. The next move is to raise fares. I believe the capacity cuts announced will last for a lot longer than EK would have the public think, I think EK's own hubris is the main reason why the continue to service FLL and MCO. Those destinations could be served by their partner B6 or by other US airlines. At the end of all of this EK will have to do something it clearly does not want to do and that is raise its ticket prices. In many cases it was more expensive to fly round trip from LAX to HNL on a US airline than from LAX to DEL on EK.