Emirates flies 777 to Dublin to meet demand
Dubai, May 8, 2012
Emirates, Dubai’s top international airline, has introduced a larger aircraft on its daily Dublin route two months earlier than scheduled because of surging demand.
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 January 9 launch of flights, Emirates announced a larger aircraft would be fast-tracked from July 1.
However, after a further review of passenger load factors and aircraft availability, it was decided that the Airbus A330-200 needed to be upgraded even sooner.
“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 per cent 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 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,” said Dublin Airport Authority’s chief operations officer Robert Hilliard.
The 777-300ER brings a raft of products to passengers in all classes, including the much-enjoyed 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.
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. – TradeArabia News Service