By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline will start a second daily superjumbo flight to JFK from January 1 2013
Emirates Airline said on Wednesday that it is to further boost its US network with the start of a second daily A380 service to New York JFK.
From January 1 2013, EK203 from Dubai to JFK, and its return flight EK204 will become A380 flights, offering an increased capacity of almost 1,000 additional seats in both directions every week. The service is currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER.
Thierry Antinori, executive vice president of Passenger Sales Worldwide, said: “Emirates is experiencing very high demand for its New York flights and the start of a daily A380 service to JFK will enable us to offer more choice for our customers to benefit from the Emirates A380 experience.”
He added: “We have continued to invest in our services by increasing our capacity to build on the resurgent demand for air travel within the United States and we are seeing this strategy pay dividends.
"Further investment in our hub, with the planned opening of the world’s first dedicated A380 concourse will coincide with the second JFK A380 service."
Among its 175 aircraft in operation, Emirates has the world’s largest fleet of A380s with 21 which currently serve Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manchester, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Toronto.
Tokyo and Amsterdam will join the A380 network in July and August respectively.
So far in 2012, Emirates has launched two new US gateways - Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle.
Flights to Washington Dulles International Airport will start on September 12.
I suppose you have to fly them somewhere since you're not allowed to fly them to India...
More A380s still to come on line They will soon be running into Buffalo NY.It sure wont be Canada.
And thats how you think business decisions are done? Given you are from UK and the present situation of UK and Europe now makes sense. So much jealousy indulged in you. Open your eyes mate!
It's the reality of the situation. 90+ A380s on order and no access to high volume routes such as India as the Indian Government does not permit foreign airlines to fly A380s there. Please don't tell me Emirates bought so many of them and never intended to swamp the Indian market?
This has nothing to do with jealously rather than poor business decisions by Emirates to buy so many of the aircraft and not understanding the markets they will be flying to. The "extra" aircraft need to be used somewhere...