By Andy Sambidge
Dubai-based airline says it will start its second daily A380 service on route from Oct 26 instead of Dec 1
Emirates Airline has announced that it is bringing forward its plans to launch a second daily A380 service to Mauritius.
The superjumbo will be launched on the route on October 26, instead of December 1 as initially planned.
This second A380 service, which will operate as flight EK703/704, replaces the existing Boeing 777 operation and will have a capacity of 489 passengers including 14 luxurious First Class Private Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 399 seats in Economy Class.
Orhan Abbas, Emirates senior vice-president, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, said: "We are delighted that we are able to bring forward the start date of the second A380 service to Mauritius.
"The fact that we are introducing this service to the island in October demonstrates that the popularity of our product is growing consistently. This second A380 will increase Emirates' capacity by 1890 seats per week," he said.
The airline's services between Dubai and Mauritius are operated in codeshare with Air Mauritius.
In July, Emirates received its 50th A380 aircraft, strengthening its position as the world's largest operator of the Airbus superjumbo.
The latest delivery takes Emirates' all wide-body fleet to 224 aircraft, representing the world's largest fleet of A380s, and also the world's largest fleet of Boeing 777s.