Emirates spreads its wings in India

12 June, 2008

Adds frequencies to New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad

DUBAI, U.A.E, 12th June 2008 – Set against a backdrop of booming trade ties and escalating travel between Dubai and India, Emirates, one of the world’s fastest-growing carriers has announced plans to advance its Indian operation with 18 additional flights per week, effective 1st July 2008.

The Dubai-based airline will step up its frequencies to the country’s capital city, New Delhi, and IT hubs, Bangalore and Hyderabad, progressing its Indian footprint to 132 flights per week – the highest ever frequency for an international carrier in the Indian skies.

In time to support the holiday season, the new frequencies will be introduced between July and October 2008.

New Delhi
Closely following its recent announcement to introduce a second daily operation to New Delhi, Emirates will introduce four additional weekly frequencies to the capital city, one each on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, starting 2nd July.

The enhanced capacity – 18 flights per week – will provide corporate travellers smooth connections to international business hubs such as New York, London, Frankfurt, and Paris via Dubai. At the same time it will offer more flight options to North India’s holiday seekers and students travelling to North America, UK, Switzerland and Mauritius.

Cargo movement is also expected to gain momentum as the increased capability – over 300 tonnes per week – supports the growing export of garments, meat products, fruits and vegetables, machinery and spares to Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Also known as the Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, home to more than 1600 tech firms, including international heavyweights such as IBM, Intel, Compaq, Infosys, and Tata Consultancy Services, will be served with seven additional weekly frequencies – two of which will be introduced in July and the remaining five in October. Emirates’ increased air links of 15 weekly flights will improve connectivity to North America, a major market for India’s IT exports, estimated to be worth USD 50 billion.

Emirates will progressively increase its Hyderabad service to 18 flights a week by 1st October. The additional flights have been timed to provide the city’s business and leisure travellers with quick connections to onward points in Europe and North America.

Cargo tonnage will improve by over 70 percent to 246 tonnes a week, offering Hyderabad’s exporters the much-needed capacity to transport pharmaceuticals, engineering spares, chemicals and poultry products to the Gulf, Africa, America and Europe.

Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean noted: “Having fuelled strong economic and trade ties between the Middle East and India since the start of its services in 1985, Emirates is well-poised to support India’s blistering growth in the 21st century with its efficient, reliable and increased air links.”

India-Dubai trade relations have been outstanding and promise further growth next year. India is the leading export and re-export destination for Dubai and its second-largest source of imports. Also, India has the highest number of companies registered with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Salem added: “The additional flights have been introduced at an opportune time and will support the growing demand for air connections during the summer season as thousands of Indian expatriates head home for their annual holidays.”

The additional flights will be operated by ultra-modern Boeing 777 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft in two and three-class configurations, and will inject over 5900 seats on the Indian routes.

Flight Days Depart Arrive
New Delhi – July additional flights
EK510 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun Dubai at 04:35 New Delhi at 09:15
EK511 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun New Delhi at 11:00 Dubai at 12:45

Hyderabad – July additional flights
EK526 Mon, Wed, Sun Dubai at 03:45 Hyderabad at 08:55
EK527 Mon, Wed, Sun Hyderabad at 10:20 Dubai at 12:20

EK528 Thurs, Sat Dubai at 15:15 Hyderabad at 20:25
EK529 Thurs, Sat Hyderabad at 21:50 Dubai at 23:50

Hyderabad – October additional flights
EK528 Mon, Sun Dubai at 15:15 Hyderabad at 20:25
EK529 Mon, Sun Hyderabad at 21:50 Dubai at 23:50

Bangalore – July additional flights
EK564 Tues, Thurs Dubai at 03:30 Bangalore at 09:00
EK565 Tues, Thurs Bangalore at 10:25 Dubai at 12:55

Bangalore – October additional flights
EK564 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun Dubai at 03:30 Bangalore at 09:00
EK565 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun Bangalore at 10:25 Dubai at 12:55

Source : Emirates Airlines website

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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