Emirates plans to upgrade route to Lyon

Dubai-based airline says it will introduce Boeing 777 on French route from Feb 2014
Emirates says the small engine fire was quickly extinguished. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)
By Andy Sambidge
Fri 26 Jul 2013 02:58 PM

Less than nine months after launching its inaugural service to Lyon, Emirates has announced it will upgrade the route’s operating aircraft to a Boeing 777-200LR, effective from February next year.

Offering a total of 266 seats in each direction the upgraded aircraft will continue to operate five times per week, the Dubai-based airline said in a statement.

Since its launch in December, Emirates has carried over 56,000 passengers between Dubai and Lyon.  

“The upgrade of our Lyon service to a Boeing 777 is a clear marker of the route’s success since its launch late last year, highlighting the strong growth potential of this destination,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Commercial Operations Worldwide.

“Prior to Emirates’ service, Lyon and its catchment area were significantly underserviced by international carriers. With this new direct service customers can now conveniently connect to 10 points in India as well as a raft of destinations in the Far East, Indian Ocean and Australia,” he added.

“Offering a Boeing 777 on this route, from February next year, underscores our commitment to not only this French gateway but also to offering our customers the highest standards of inflight comfort,” said Antinori.

Emirates flight EK81 departs Dubai every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Emirates currently operates to three destinations in France including 20 weekly flights to Paris and a daily service to Nice.

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