Emirates launches A380 service to Amsterdam
Dubai, August 1, 2012
Dubai's national carrier Emirates Airline on Wednesday extended its A380 route network to the Netherlands with the launch of services to its capital Amsterdam.
Emirates is the first carrier to offer a scheduled A380 service to the Netherlands, after just two years since its first flight to Amsterdam, said a statement from the Dubai airline.
The double decker will operate as EK 0147, departing Dubai to Amsterdam daily, and will become the 19th A380 destination among a host of major cities around the world, it added.
“After progressively building up services to the Netherlands over a course of two years, Emirates is responding to strong demand by bringing its flagship aircraft to one of Europe’s most important trading and logistics hubs, adding much-needed seat capacity –more than 2,000 seats a week- which will stimulate further tourism and trade between the Netherlands, UAE and beyond.
The A380 is central to the Emirates strategy. Our orders represent a sizable chunk of the total programme worldwide and Emirates has played a key role in the design and performance characteristics of the aircraft, which have become our signature markers in the industry,” remarked Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive VP, Passenger Sales Worldwide.
“We are seamlessly connecting passengers to our extensive route network which includes 10 Indian cities, 21 African destinations, and key points across the Far East and Australia. Emirates is also enabling customers to continue their A380 experience via our hub in Dubai to popular destinations like Sydney, Bangkok and Hong Kong,” he added.
The Dutch capital is the 5th largest economy in the Eurozone, known for its key role as a logistics and trade centre. The UAE and the Netherlands have a buoyant trade relationship which reached Dh6.2 billion ($1.7 billion) in 2011.
Joining Antinori on the inaugural A380 service from Dubai was Kees van Spronsen, Consul General of the Netherlands in the UAE, Rob Broere, VP - IT Passenger Services Systems and Passenger Experience, Emirates, along with other VIP guests and representatives from the Dutch media.
The A380 inaugural flight was led by Dutch Captain Finn Zwager and Dutch First Officer Johan Rypma, who proudly waved their native country’s flag upon arrival.
The Emirates delegation was welcomed with an arrival reception at Schiphol Airport with guests including Theo Weterings, Mayor Municipality of Haarlemmermeer and Hanne Buis, Head of Aviation Marketing, Schiphol Group.-TradeArabia News Service
More Industry, Logistics & Shipping Stories
- DP World extends maturity date on $1bn loan
- HK apparel group inks tenancy deal with BIO
- DHL wins ‘best employer' award
- Drydocks to host top shipping forum in Dubai
- DHL holds family fun day
- DMCA begins issuing marine driver’s licence
- RSA-Talke to set up storage facility in Dubai
- Sipchem unit secures loan for new project
- Alba names power station director
- Bahrain to set up new building materials firm