Emirates adds A380 to Washington route

12 Jan 2016 by BusinessTraveller

Emirates is to upgrade its Dubai-Washington route to the A380 from next month.

The superjumbo will replace the B777-300ER on the carrier’s daily service between the two cities from February 1, with flight timings remaining the same as follows:

  • EK231 departs Dubai at 0220, arriving into Washington at 0815
  • EK232 departs Washington at 1015, arriving into Dubai at 0800 the following day

The move follows United’s decision to drop its Washington-Dubai service later this month (see news December 9, 2015), with the carrier blaming both expansion by Gulf carriers, and the decision to grant Emirates' codeshare partner Jet Blue the US government contract for the route.

Announcing the new A380 route, Emirates’ president Sir Tim Clark said:

“Our service to Washington D.C. has been one of our most successful and profitable routes, with high demand across all cabin classes. Despite strong seat load factors, United has made the decision to withdraw from the route.

“The additional seats offered by our A380 will therefore restore capacity on the route, and ensure that American consumers and international travellers wishing to visit D.C. for business or leisure will continue to be served.”

Last week Emirates announced the upgrade of the second of its Los Angeles services to the A380 from July (see news January 6).

The carrier also said it would bring forward plans to serve both of its two daily flights to Amsterdam with the superjumbo to next month (see news January 6).

Mark Caswell

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