Emirates Airline has confirmed it is to launch flights
to Angola, its 17th African destination. The Dubai - Luanda service,
which begins August 2nd, will operate three times a week - on a Tuesday,
Thursday and Sunday.
This is the second new route into Africa to
be launched by Emirates this year. Flights to Durban in South Africa
start October 1st.
The thrice weekly Luanda service allows Angola
to further embrace international trade by being brought into the six
continent-wide Emirates' network.
An Airbus A330-200 will serve
the route, which will help support the nation's oil-led boom, the
emerging tourism market and the thousands of migrant workers, many of
whom are from China.
Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline,
said, "This new Luanda flight provides enormous potential to develop air
travel into Angola, alongside the assistance we can provide for
international trade through Emirates SkyCargo. In the past year, we have
seen strong growth in Africa of 17%. Now, with Luanda starting in August
and Durban starting later in the year, this is going to be another very
exciting year in this largely untapped continent."
five times the size of the UK, lies on the Atlantic coast of
south-central Africa. It is the continent's second largest oil exporter
With four major ports along an expansive
coastline, the nation is a natural transhipment point for the region.
The country has abundant natural resources including oil, diamonds,
gold, iron, copper and uranium.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Sundays, EK 791 will depart Dubai at 1050hrs, arriving at 4 de Fevereiro
International Airport in Angola at 1550hrs.
EK792 will depart Luanda
on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 1800, touching down in Dubai at
0500 the following day.
The A330-200 to be deployed on the route offers
237-seats across Economy, Business and First Class accommodation.
Emirates SkyCargo will provide up to 12 tonnes of cargo capacity in the
bellyhold of each aircraft with imports expected to include consumer
goods, electronics, telecommunications products and oil related
equipment and spares. Perishables, such as fruit and flowers, are
expected to feature amongst exports.
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