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.