29 MAY 2017
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“Huge demand” from passengers wanting to travel on the Airbus A380 has persuaded Emirates to introduce a second daily superjumbo service between Dubai and Birmingham from 29 October. A similar move is planned in China.
Flight EK39/40, currently operated by a Boeing B777, will now be upgraded to an A380, adding to the existing daily superjumbo already on the route.
An airline spokesman said: “Our decision was in part driven by huge demand for the aircraft. Since the first A380 service from Dubai to Birmingham in March 2016, more than 300,000 passengers have already flown on the A380 between the two cities.”
Customer demand is also cited by Emirates for its decision to provide an all-A380 service on its Beijing and Shanghai services from Dubai when it upgrades the second daily flights in each case, replacing current Boeing B777-300ER operations.
As well as increasing capacity, the move, effective from 1 July, is seen as strengthening Emirates’ overall mainland China offering, which also includes services to Guangzhou, Yinchuan and Zhengzhou.
The Emirates A380, which offers up to 519 seats in a three-class configuration on Chinese routes, now flies to seven North Asian cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul in South Korea and Narita, Japan.
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