TRAVEL & TOURISM
Emirates doubles services to Amsterdam
Emirates, which flies daily direct from Lusaka to Dubai and Harare, will serve Amsterdam with a second daily non-stop flight from December 4, 2013. The airline’s Boeing 777-200LR aircraft will add capacity of more than 3,700 seats a week in both directions.
The new daily service will complement Emirates’ popular Airbus A380 flight to Amsterdam, which commenced last August, less than two years after the launch of the route with a Boeing 777.
The second service will feature 266 seats in a three-class configuration – eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 216 in Economy Class. Flight EK149 will leave Dubai at 1610hrs to reach Amsterdam at 2040hrs. The return flight EK150 will depart Amsterdam at 2210hrs, and will arrive in Dubai at 0740hrs the next day.
“Our decision to add another daily service to Amsterdam is a direct result of a surge in customer demand. The enhanced capacity and schedule will offer our customers more choice when travelling between Amsterdam and Dubai and onwards to a multitude of destinations in the Indian subcontinent, Africa, Far East and Australasia,” said Hubert Frach, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations West.
“Emirates’ value proposition to travellers is exceptionally appealing, with more access and connections through our perfectly located hub in Dubai, and unsurpassed standards of luxury and sophistication in air travel. Amsterdam has also proven to be a strong market for First Class and Business Class travel, so there is no doubt that growth remains a key objective for Emirates in the Netherlands,” continued Mr Frach.
All classes of the Boeing 777-200LR aircraft will be equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system with up to 1,500 channels of on-demand entertainment, including movies, television programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world.
Adding to the airline’s extensive product offering, customers travelling in all classes enjoy generous baggage allowances – 30 kilos in Economy Class, 40 in Business Class and 50 in First Class.
Emirates SkyCargo, the airline’s award-winning cargo division, will offer 17 tonnes of belly-hold capacity on every flight. Key exports from the Netherlands include flowers, vegetables, plants, meat, seafood, automotive and ship spare parts and electronics.
Emirates has a fleet of 201 aircraft flying to 134 destinations in 76 countries and has a further 192 aircraft on order worth over US$71 billion.
Earlier this year, Emirates launched services to Warsaw, Algiers and Haneda. The airline has announced plans to launch services to Stockholm on 4th September. On 1st October, Emirates will commence flights to Clark in the Philippines as well as link the transatlantic route between Milan and New York. In Africa, Emirates will launch a linked service to Conakry in Guinea from 27th October. Expanding into Eastern Europe, Emirates will launch services to Kiev, Ukraine on 16th January 2014.