Emirates Airline is set to become the first airline in the world to serve a U.S. city with a twice-daily Airbus A380 service.
Having been the first airline to offer an Airbus A380 service to the U.S., Emirates operating daily flights to New York JFK with the superjumbo from August 2008, the Dubai-based carrier will replace a Boeing 777-300ER with an A380 on its other daily Dubai-JFK flight from January 1, 2013.
Replacement of the Boeing 777-300ER on the service with the A3800 will mean Emirates offering almost 1,000 additional seats in both directions every week.
“Emirates is experiencing very high demand for its New York flights and the start of twice-daily A380 service to JFK will enable us to offer more choice for our customers to benefit from the Emirates A380 experience,” says Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president of passenger sales worldwide.
“Given the popularity of this giant aircraft, known for its quietness, spaciousness and award-winning onboard product, we are confident that this news will be well-received by our customers traveling to 17 destinations in the Middle East, 21 African destinations including major hubs in East Africa, 20 destinations in the Far East and Australasia and 10 destinations in India,” adds Antinori.
“We have continued to invest in our services by increasing our capacity to build on the resurgent demand for air travel within the United States and we are seeing this strategy pay dividends,” continues Antinori. “Further investment in our [Dubai International Airport] hub, with the opening of the world’s first dedicated A380 concourse – C3 – will coincide with the second JFK A380 service.”
On two decks, each Emirates A380 provides 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites – next to two onboard shower spas.
Available to all premium-class passengers on the upper deck is an onboard lounge, offering space to unwind, enjoy a drink and relax on one of the sofas, while taking in the view from one of three on-board cameras on a 42-inch LCD screen.
Amongst its 175 aircraft in operation, Emirates has the world’s largest fleet of A380s, with 21 now in service.
The carrier’s A380s currently serve Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manchester, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Toronto. Tokyo, Amsterdam and Moscow will join the A380 network in July, August and December respectively.
Emirates already operates three-times daily A380 round-trips between Dubai and London Heathrow Airport.
Customers traveling to and from the United States can make use of Emirates’ codeshare partnerships with JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, Virgin America and Alaska Airlines. Passengers connecting with these airlines to or from Emirates’ U.S. flights receive several amenities, including one-stop check in and checked-through baggage.
From January 1, flight EK203 will be operated by an A380 departing Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 2:00 a.m., arriving at New York JFK at 7:20 a.m. the same day, local time. In the other direction, EK204 leaves JFK at 10:40 a.m., landing at DXB at 8:10 a.m. the following day., local time.
So far in 2012, Emirates has added two new U.S. gateways, Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle. Flights to Washington Dulles International Airport will start on September 12.
Emirates’ network currently encompasses 124 cities globally. Already this year, the airline has begun service to Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle, Lusaka, Harare, Ho Chi Minh City and Barcelona.
Flights to Lisbon and Erbil, Iraq (the latter already served from Dubai by low-cost carrier flydubai) will start on July 9 and August 12 respectively, while flights to Adelaide (November 1) and Lyon (December 5) will also join Emirates’ network this year.
Additionally, Warsaw will become a new Emirates destination in 2013, with service beginning on February 6.