Last week Singapore Airlines inaugurated A380 flights into Paris CDG. Now Emirates has indicated it will be the second foreign carrier to operate the superjumbo into the French capital starting on January 1, 2010.
Flights are now available for booking on Emirates’ website. Emirates will be using its 489-seater A380s between Paris CDG and Dubai on daily flights EK73 and EK74. It will replace the existing B777-300ERs which are used for this flight. Emirates’ second daily flight into Paris CDG, which is operated by a smaller B777-200, will remain unchanged.
Inbound flight EK departs Dubai at 0800 to reach Paris CDG at 1225 the same day. It returns as EK74 at 1430 which lands back in Dubai at 2359.
French travellers will benefit from the extra seating capacity of the larger three class A380 which will offer more possibilities for making onward connections at Dubai.
Schedules mean that passengers will, within a few hours of arrival into Dubai, be able to connect to cities in Asia and Australia such as Mumbai, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne. (Convenient connections to Sydney are possible only on the return, not the outward sector).
Air France does not currently operate any A380s but expects to launch flights in 2010. The carrier has yet to confirm a definite start date for A380 services or indicate the initial route(s) for its superjumbo.
For more information visit emirates.com.
Report by Alex McWhirter
Update: SIA has announced today (June 11) announced that it will serve Hong Kong with the A380 superjumbo from July 9 (see online news June 11).
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