Just two months after launching flights to the Nigerian capital, Emirates has announced it will upgrade the route’s operating aircraft to a Boeing 777-200ER, which will replace the existing Airbus A340-300.
The aircraft replacement represents a very small change in capacity – first and business class cabins will offer the same number of seats, while economy will see an increase of six seats on the B777, however the replacement of the older aircraft with a newer model reveals the airline has a long term view for this service.
Emirates vice-president Adil Al Ghaith said: "The upgrade of our Abuja service to a Boeing 777 demonstrates our commitment to Nigeria market and another step to ensure we offer world class products to our customers in Nigeria."
In addition to the daily operation to Abuja, Emirates also serves Nigeria with twice daily flights to Lagos, and provides a total of nearly 14,000 seats per week.
Flight times will remain unchanged. Emirates flight EK785 departs Dubai daily at 1050 and arrives in Abuja at 1510. The return service has flight EK786 leaving Abuja at 1935 before landing back in Dubai at 0550.
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