Emirates introduces A380 to Mumbai, ups capacity to Delhi and Hyderabad

Dubai-based Emirates airline has moved swiftly to capitalise on the recent 11,000 seat per week increase in allocation to Dubai carriers and announced an up-gauge of one of its six services to Mumbai to an Airbus A380 superjumbo. Mumbai will be the 28th destination for the gulf-giant which is the world’s largest A380 operator.

Effective July 21, EK 500 and EK 501 will be up-scaled from the existing Boeing 777-300ER to a three-class A380 aircraft with 14 private first class suites, 76 business class lie-flat seats, and 399 economy class passengers.

Emirates will be up-gauging its services to New Delhi and Hyderabad by deploying Boeing 777s. This will result in an additional weekly capacity of 1,960 seats between Dubai and Delhi and 1,344 seats between Dubai and Hyderabad.

Emirates is the largest foreign carrier in India operating 185 flights per week from Dubai to 10 cities.

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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  1. Aditya Siddharth

    Are these the 3 highest traffic generating cities for Emirates in India? Seems like Bangalore is not a focus market for them. They deploy their oldest aircrafts to BLR

    • Yeah I was wondering the same thing. While the European carriers prefer Bangalore to Hyderabad Emirates seems very loyal to HYD instead.

      • I have never seen DXB-BLR with empty seats! & of course DXB BLR has the highest fares( compared to MAA, COK, TRV). Now they have 2 x 777-300s deployed due to DXB runway closure. I guess they need to keep the A330s utilized- till the new 777s arrive.