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Emirates brings forward Paris A380 plans

Dubai airline will offer superjumbo to French capital from Dec 29 after review.

An Emirates A380 superjumbo will serve Paris from December 29 - one month earlier than planned, the airline announced on Tuesday. The Dubai carrier had previously announced that the A380 would head to Paris Charles de Gaulle from February 1 next year, but an operational review, coupled with demand on the route, has led to an earlier introduction.   The 489-seat aircraft will be incorporated into Emirates' double daily flights to Paris. It will initially service three of the morning departures from Dubai, becoming daily from January 17, the company said in a statement. Earlier this month, Emirates bucked the trend in the aviation industry by posting a sizeable profit increase for its operations in the April-September period of the current financial year.  The airline announced a profit of AED752 million ($205 million) and reported an 18 percent increase in passengers.

The growth in passengers and earnings has been mirrored in the French market and has been a major consideration in the earlier introduction of the A380 onto the Paris route. Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation, said: “Our forward carryings out of France are extremely strong. Coupled with the earlier aircraft availability on that route, it means we can provide passengers with the experience of flying this highly popular aircraft between Dubai and Paris much sooner than originally anticipated." The A380 serving Paris will have a configuration of 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 new generation, fully flat seats in Business Class and 399 seats in the Economy cabin.

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