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Emirates responds to swift Nigeria service growth

EMIRATES UPGRADES AIRCRAFT ON NEWLY LAUNCHED ABUJA SERVICE

19 September 2014 –Only two months after launching its operations to Nigerian capital Abuja, Emirates has today announced it will upgrade the route’s operating aircraft to a Boeing 777-200ER, starting from October 1, 2014.

Emirates on August 1 launched a daily service from Dubai to Abuja - its second Nigerian gateway and 22nd passenger destination in Africa - with Airbus A340-300 aircraft. The new aircraft will continue to operate daily and offer 274 seats in the three cabins; 12 luxurious lie-flat seats in First Class, 42 deeply reclining seats in Business Class, and generous space for 220 passengers in Economy Class.

“The upgrade of our Abuja service to a Boeing 777 demonstrates our commitment to Nigeria market and another step to ensure we offer world class products to our customers in Nigeria. Since its launch on 1st August Emirates has boosted international tourism and trade in Abuja from a raft of destinations in the Far East, West Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates' Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Northern and Western Africa.

The Abuja service offers connections at Dubai in both directions with all four of Emirates’ daily New Zealand flights.

A testament to the growing importance of Nigeria as a key Emirates market, the airline currently operates twice daily to Lagos and daily to Abuja, giving a total of nearly 14,000 seats per week.

“Emirates constantly strives to provide its passengers with the very best service and the introduction of a Boeing B777-200 ER reflects that commitment. Our 777-200ER will offer Emirates’ renowned cabin comforts and facilities, including our award-winning ice entertainment system.” added Al Ghaith.

On-board, customers will enjoy specially created regional menus and a wide range of movies, TV programmes, games and music through ice, Emirates' multi-award winning in-flight entertainment system, while being served by Emirates’ multi-lingual cabin crew from over 160 countries around the world.

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