By Andy Sambidge
Dubai carrier will now operate four flights per week in move to support Tunisia's tourism industry
Emirates Airline said on Wednesday that it has launched more flights to the Tunisian capital Tunis.
In a move to support the Tunisian tourism industry, the Dubai carrier has launched an additional weekly flight between Dubai and Tunis.
Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, will now operate four flights per week to Tunis from its hub in Dubai.
"Emirates is committed to offering its customers the best travel experience on the market and now customers in Tunisia have even more convenient access to our network of over 110 global destinations," said Jean Luc Grillet, senior vice president of Commercial Operations for Africa.
Currently, Emirates’ flights to Tunis are served by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering 237 seats in a three class configuration: 12 first class suites, 42 business class and 183 economy class seats.
Emirates airline operates a fleet of 152 wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft to 111 destinations in 66 countries and has placed orders for an additional 200 aircraft, worth more than $68 billion.
Earlier this week, Emirates said it will spend about $10bn a year to fund its fleet expansion over three years.
"Emirates has roughly 30 aircraft a year coming the next five years and a lot of them are A380s ... we will need about $10bn a year," Gary Chapman, president group services and Dnata at Emirates Group said.
Chapman said the company is sitting on considerable cash but will eventually tap debt markets to support an enormous capital expenditure programme due to its expansion plans.