Cape Town – South African aviation geeks will be happy to know that Emirates will be upgrading one of its four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg to an Airbus A380-800, come February 2017.
Among other things, this would mean a total of 516 seats in a three class cabin configuration, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in Business Class and 426 more spacious seats in Economy Class.
The A380 service will be operated as codeshare with South African Airways as with all other Emirates’ services to South Africa.
Emirates currently uses Boeing 777 aircraft for each of the four daily flights between the two cities, making it the busiest route in the airline’s African network with over three million passengers carried in the last five years.
Once the Airbus A380-800 flight is launched, Johannesburg will join more than 40 destinations in Emirates’ global network that is served by its flagship A380 aircraft.
The aircraft will be deployed on the first flight of the day, code EK761, departing Dubai at 04:40 and arriving in Johannesburg at 10:55. The return flight, code EK762, will depart Johannesburg at 13:25 and arrive in Dubai at 23:45.
The Emirates A380 is renowned for its on-board lounge on the upper deck for First Class and Business Class customers, while those in First Class enjoy the added benefit of exclusive use of the on-board shower spas to freshen up during flights.
Emirates will be the only airline in the market offering premium customers these products on an A380. The airline’s premium customers also enjoy complimentary chauffeur drive, lounge access and priority check-in for all its flights at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport.
The airline was also recently named the World’s Best Airline for 2016 and the airline with the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment. This is according the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards.
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Emirates first started services to South Africa 21 years ago and in addition to the four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg, it also offers three daily flights between Dubai and Cape Town, and a daily flight between Dubai and Durban, enabling global connectivity for South African travellers through its worldwide network of more than 150 destinations.
Earlier in July, the airline launched a third daily flight between Cape Town and Dubai.
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