By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline to double its superjumbo offering on French route in 2013 due to demand
Emirates Airline said on Monday it is to launch a second A380 service to Paris from the beginning of next year.
From January 1 2013, the airline's double decker will be deployed on EK flights 075 and 076 - in response to overwhelming demand on the Dubai-Paris route, Emirates said in a statement.
The airline currently serves Paris with 18 weekly flights, operated with an Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation, said: “Our decision to commit a second A380 on the Paris route is a clear sign of potent demand from travellers who wish to fly with Emirates and enjoy our superior product offering.
“This will be only the second European destination after London Heathrow where we have multiple A380 services each day and one of only a handful on our entire network.”
Emirates started A380 services to Paris Charles de Gaulle in December 2009, replacing one of the then double daily flights with the airline’s flagship aircraft. A daily flight to Nice takes to 25 its total current number of flights into France each week.
Emirates said the A380 capacity boost on the Paris route will further stimulate trade between the UAE and France, which currently runs into billions of US dollars each year.
“The Dubai-Paris route is one of our top markets worldwide and we are committed to further developing this route and our France operations to provide even more convenience to French travellers and exporters,” added Obaidalla.
Emirates is the largest purchaser of the Airbus A380 - with 90 orders placed - supporting many tens of thousands of direct jobs in France, the UK, Germany and across several other EU member states.
The world’s first dedicated A380 concourse is currently under construction in Dubai and is expected to open in 2013, further reflecting investment in the airline’s global hub.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.