Emirates has increased capacity on its Dublin
route two months early because of surging demand.
Effective 1 May, a 360-seat Boeing
777-300ER has been deployed to Dublin, which has become one of the
airline’s most successful new passenger services.
Just three weeks after the 9th January launch of
flights, Emirates said a larger aircraft would be fast-tracked
from 1 July this year. However, after a further review of
passenger load factors and aircraft availability, the airline
decided that the Airbus A330-200 needed to be upgraded even
“The phenomenal performance of this new service
continues to impress us. Now, Ireland has one of the largest
aircraft in our fleet and we can offer 52% more seats, said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations,
Europe & Russian Federation. “We thank all the customers who have
supported our investment in Ireland and who have used the service
to travel to Dubai and our extensive network beyond.”
Popular destinations so far have included Perth, Melbourne,
Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Karachi.
Dublin Airport Authority’s Chief Operations
Officer, Robert Hilliard, said,
“Dublin has been a resounding success for Emirates and we look
forward to continuing to work with them in the future to further
grow their operations in Ireland.”
The 777-300ER brings a raft of products
to passengers in all classes, including the ice
entertainment system, where travellers can immerse themselves in
more than 600 channels of movies, television programmes, games,
audio books and music from across the world.
flying First Class with Emirates can enjoy a very generous baggage
allowance of 50kg. In Business Class, it’s 40kg and in Economy, a
healthy 30 kg. The airline’s complimentary chauffeur-drive service
is also available to First and Business Class passengers.
All of Emirates’ customers can enjoy in-flight
telephones, SMS and email, while activity packs are on board for
As well as being able to carry more passengers, providing a
boost to Ireland’s tourism, the larger 777 aircraft also benefits importers and exporters. The A330-200 has been able to carry up to
15 tonnes of cargo in the belly hold – this figure rises to 25
tonnes with the introduction of the 777.
telecommunications equipment, seafood, meat, machinery, computers,
computer parts and aircraft spares are amongst the exports being
carried out of Ireland by Emirates SkyCargo.
leaves Dubai at 07:00 daily and arrives in Dublin at 12:15. EK
0162 departs Dublin at 13:50 and lands in Dubai at 00:25 the
In addition to Dublin, the airline has launched
new routes to Rio, Buenos Aires, Lusaka, Harare, Dallas and
Seattle so far in 2012. The next is Ho Chi Minh City from 4th
June, followed by Barcelona on 3rd July, Lisbon is effective 9th
July and services to Washington start as of 12th September.
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