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Emirates is to increase capacity on its flights to and from Milan
Malpensa Airport with the upgrade of one of its daily Boeing
777-300 services to an Airbus A380 from 1 December 2014.
the A380 onto one of Emirates’ three daily Milan services will
mean an increase in capacity of almost 38%.
service connecting Dubai to Milan is currently operated with a mix
of Boeing 777-300 and 777-300ER aircraft. One of these services
continues onward to New York.
Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice
President and Chief Commercial Officer said, “With Milan Expo 2015
closely approaching, over 20 million visitors are expected to
visit the city and more than 3 million visitors will travel to
Milan from international destinations, and we are well placed to
cater to the upward demand within that period and beyond. The new
Emirates A380 service will also enable travellers to enjoy
unmatched comfort and quality in all classes on the world’s
largest passenger aircraft.”
Milan Expo 2015 is expected to have a positive impact as an economic catalyst that
will boost local and regional economies. In total, the economic
value that Milan Expo 2015 will deliver to the city and
surrounding region is expected to top €34 billion. Over €11.8
billion has already been invested in both urban and regional
infrastructure to support Milan Expo 2015, and a further €1.7 billion has been invested to construct the exhibition site in
Milan (according to the Association of Enterprises of the Lombardy Region). Milan will hand Dubai the baton for Expo 2020, and the
cities have signed an agreement for strategic cooperation on expo coordination. Dubai is also expected to make significant
investments for Expo 2020.”
Mayor of Milan, said, “The permanent arrival of the A380, the
largest aircraft in the world, to Malpensa is a big boost of
confidence that Emirates has given the airport. Almost two
thousand additional seats per week will support the increase of
traffic from all over the world to Milan. The introduction of the
A380 on the eve of Expo 2015 can only be received with great satisfaction and demonstrates the attractiveness of Malpensa as an
international airport, and of the Milanese, Lombardy and Italian territories as well.”
After starting flights to Italy in 1992, Emirates
now operates 49 flights per week to Milan, Rome and Venice,
contributing to a € 6.9 billion trade relationship between Italy
and the UAE in 2013. Emirates has a strong economic footprint in
Italy, contributing over € 100 million to the Italian economy each
year via purchases of products and services, direct expenditures,
marketing spend, as well as investment in major sponsorships.
of these investments are easily recognizable with products on
board like Bvlgari amenity kits and Castello Monte Vibriano
products. Just last year, over 2 million Bvlgari amenity kits were
distributed to First and Business Class passengers and over 3.5
million bottles of Castello Monte Vibriano balsamic vinegar and
olive oil were also served to passengers travelling in premium
On the Dubai-Milan route, the aircraft is arranged
in a three-class configuration with a combination of 399 and 427
seats in Economy Class, 76 fully lie flat beds in Business Class
and 14 First Class Private Suites. Passengers across all cabins
can enjoy more than 1,800 channels of ice, Emirates’ award-winning
Digital Widescreen inflight entertainment system. They can also
stay connected to their family and friends through their favourite
social networks courtesy of high speed Wi-Fi access.
Emirates’ A380 offers an Onboard Lounge on the upper deck for
Premium Class passengers to meet, relax and do business, while
enjoying light canapés and delicacies as they mingle. First Class
passengers have the added luxury of two Onboard Shower Spas to refresh before landing.
The airline’s A380 operations are supported by more than
3,000 dedicated cabin crew, of which 270 are Italian nationals.
The A380 service will operate daily as EK 91, departing Dubai
at 15:40 and arriving at Milan Malpensa airport at 19:35. The return flight, EK 92, departs Milan at 21:20 and arrives in
Dubai at 06:25 the next day.