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Emirates to Double A380 Service to Munich

News Release, 14 November 2013

Emirates to Double A380 Service to Munich

Emirates’ Dubai-Munich route will become an all-A380 service from March 30, 2014, when the airline deploys its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on its second daily flight.

Emirates’ two daily flights are currently served by an Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER, respectively. The second A380 service will add almost 1,800 seats per week on the route, reflecting Emirates’ steadfast commitment to the German market.

With three flights a day, Emirates also operates an all-A380 service from Auckland to Dubai and beyond via Australia. New Zealand travellers can fly all the way from Auckland on an A380 to cities such as Munich, London, Manchester, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam and Moscow, plus Zurich from January 2014 and Barcelona from February 2014.

Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the world, with 38 currently in its fleet, flying to 22 global destinations.

Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said of the Munich double daily A380: “This is a significant development for Emirates as Munich is a key airport for us in Germany and in Europe. Passenger demand has been steadily growing and our second A380 will add much needed seat capacity which is essential for us to meet the demand growth of the route and support the expansion of trade, tourism and international investment in Germany. We are also proud to fly our flagship A380 aircraft as a connector of people and cargo between Germany and destinations across the globe, particularly as Germany plays a big role in producing this aircraft.”

Christian Ude, Lord Mayor of Munich: “The second daily scheduled service with the Emirates A380 is good news for Munich as a business location and the tourism industry in our region. Due to the capacity increase, even more guests will come to us from the airline’s global route network – without increasing the number of flight movements.”

Dr. Michael Kerkloh, CEO of Munich Airport GmbH said: “In November 2011, Emirates was the first foreign carrier to operate scheduled A380 services into Germany. Since then, the A380 has become a real crowd-puller at our airport.”

Last month, Emirates operated the second Munich service with an A380 due to high demand. The service proved popular among passengers and aviation enthusiasts alike. Munich Airport offered the “A380 lights bus tour” during this period. The tour offered visitors in the evening a glimpse at the ‘behind the scenes’ operations of Munich Airport, including advantageous views of the Emirates A380.

The second daily A380 operation will be serviced with a three-class configuration comprising of 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.

Germany plays a significant role in the production of Emirates’ highly efficient A380s. German aeronautical businesses contribute to the production of the aircraft’s engines, wings, ice entertainment system, lighting and onboard shower features, and an estimated €280 million is spent each year by Emirates for the operation and maintenance of these components, according to a study by the Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research (DLR).

Emirates has also announced it will operate a daily Boeing 777-300ER service to Luanda, Angola’s capital city, starting December 1, 2013 with the addition of four extra flights per week.

The move to daily flights will add just over 1,600 more seats per week, giving Angolan travellers added convenience, more choice and seat availability in planning their travel to Dubai and beyond, with excellent connections onwards to Emirates’ network of more than 130 destinations, especially the Middle East, Asia, Far East, the Indian sub-Continent and Australasia.

Emirates started services to Luanda with three times per week flights on 25 October 2009 using an Airbus 330-200. To meet increased demand, the aircraft was upgraded a year later to a Boeing 777-200 ER and seven months thereafter to the current Boeing 777-300 ER.


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