By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline says increasing frequency due to better than expected demand.
Emirates Airline said on Tuesday that it is starting to fly its A380 to Jeddah daily, following the superjumbo’s successful entrance into the market in February. Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior vice president Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran said: “The popularity of the A380 into Jeddah has exceeded our initial expectations.
"Passenger loads across all three classes are performing extremely well.” The A380 is the only three class configuration aircraft to fly into Saudi Arabia, bringing Emirates’ Business Class to the country for the first time. Khoory added that the arrival of the A380 had increased the airline's overall capacity on the route by 17 percent. From June 22, Emirates will also increase its services to Riyadh, the airline said in a statement.
It will operate one additional flight per week on a Tuesday, having already added a further three weekly flights for summer, bringing its total weekly services to 11.
The four additional summer services will be available up to October 30. Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of Emirates’ Middle East plans this year with Jeddah the first city in the Middle East, outside of Dubai, to play host to an Emirates A380.
In addition Emirates has recently announced that it will commence a limited service to Al Medinah al Munawarrah from July 2 to September 24, catering for increased demand during this peak travel period. Emirates operates seven weekly scheduled flights to Jeddah and a total of 21 scheduled weekly flights to Saudi Arabia.
"The A380 is the only three class configuration aircraft to fly into Saudi Arabia". Not true. Plenty of airlines operate 3 class aircraft into Jeddah. Saudia, British Airways, Cathay, Etihad; just to name a few. Keep taking the tablets!
i think you misunderstood the statement. they were refering to their own aircrafts. i.e: it's the only aircraft with three class configuration flown by emirates to saudi.
@Steve, Jeddah... you have to continue to read that sentence "bringing Emiratesâ€™ Business Class to the country for the first time." They are talking about their own aircrafts in business class, not in general. Emirates, thank you for this. It is sometimes an hassle trying to get tickets to Jeddah on emergency basis. Hopefully these additional flights and A380 will provide enough seats between sectors.
Steve, if you have ever flown Emirates to Saudi Arabia the configuration is a Business/Economy seat configuration but what Emirates calls it is First/Economy and they charge accordingly. So even though someone has been sitting in a Business seat before, they were paying First Class pricing as the seats were defined by Emirates as being "First Class" when really they were not. Why did Emirates do this? Because they could get away with it. With the A380 Emirates will officially introduce "Business Class" seating because the A380 has a defined 3 class configuration where First Class really is "First Class". I expect the prices on the A380 will also be higher for this First Class seating than on the other First/Economy configuration flights.