Emirates will be boosting its weekly scheduled flights to Paris by more than a third by the end of next year, in response to strong passenger demand. The airline also broadened its A380 network by plying the double-decker on Dubai-Rome route.

Emirates is all set to offer an additional five weekly flights to Paris by the end of 2012.The airline will offer a further four flights a week to Charles de Gaulle airport from March 25, besides its already operational double-daily schedule.This would be augmented to five additional weekly flights in the winter of 2012.

As per the airline, the increase in the number of flights to Paris is in direct response to sturdy passenger demand on the route.

The increase in operations will see the carrier run 19 flights in a week to the European city by the end of next year.

Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation, Emirates, was quoted in news reports as stating: “Demand to and from France, particularly from business travelers, is such that a third frequency has always been an objective for Emirates.

“With these additional services, we will help to satisfy that demand, while providing more opportunities for travel between Paris, Dubai and beyond to our network of more than 100 destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia,” news reports further quoted Salem Obaidalla.

As per a company statement, the four extra flights from March will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The fifth extra flight, operational from October 2012, will operate on Tuesdays.

The additional five frequencies, sure to please travellers of the busy route, will be operated with aircraft 777-300ER. The aircraft will be featuring eight first class private suites, 42 lie-flat seats in business class and a spacious cabin in economy class with 310 seats for cheap flight ticket seekers.

Flight EK 071 will depart from Dubai airport at 0355 hrs and arrive in the French capital at 0905 hrs. The return flight, EK072, is scheduled to take off from the Paris airport at 1110 hrs and to land in Dubai at 1940hrs.

Emirates first started offering flights to France in 1992 and currently the major Middle East airline serves two gateways in the country – Paris and Nice.

Emirates’ Rome A380 Service Operational

Rome was brought under Emirates’ broadening A380 network as the airline launched its maiden A380 flight to Italy’s capital city.

“With the A380 forming part of the double daily service to Rome, twice daily flights to Milan and a daily offering into Venice, Italy is becoming an increasingly active market,” Salem Obaidalla was quoted.

EK 097, which takes off from Dubai at 0910hrs and arrives in Rome at 1235hrs, is now operated with the double-decker. The A380 aircraft will bring in an additional 34% capacity on the popular Dubai-Rome route. This means extra 250 seats each day. It sure is good news for travellers who look for cheap flight tickets with Emirates.

The 489-seat airliner is offering 399 seats in Economy, 76 fully-flat, mini pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.

Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner, is used by Emirates to offer flights to London Heathrow, Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok, Toronto, Paris, Seoul, Jeddah, Beijing, Manchester, Hong Kong, New York, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Munich and Rome.

Emirates’ A380 fleet has swelled up to 19 with a further 71 to be delivered.

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