This article sums it all up really. Whether good luck or good management, EK's decision to invest heavily in airframes to cater for this planned growth looks wise. http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2011-02-14-02.aspx I'm no airline industry expert, but carriers such as QF have been caught out with a lack of new airframes, and having to patch/maintain/cobble together whatever they can. Some of their 767's are close on 20-years old. EK on the other hand are already running the largest 777 fleet in the sky, the largest A380 fleet and have a slew of new aircraft coming on stream in 2012. Hopefully they will jettison those old Airbus' as soon as they can, but even EK are stretched capacity wise. For example, at my home port in SIN, EK already run 3 x flights daily to DXB (one via CMB). They still cant get enough premium seats to cope with all the business travellers shunting between DXB and SIN. Clearly, EK see huge potential in the China and Indian markets (makes sense) and I'm convinced that they're the best prepared carrier to take advantage of the opportunities. It's a huge bet, but one I think will pay off. The super hub concept is not for everyone (I will admit the lounge in DXB at T3 is a zoo) but EK are working on expansion plans which hopefully alleviate some of the pressure.