Dubai-based Emirates recently launched two new A380 services to Taipei and Prague, becoming the first and only carrier in the world to operate an A380 into these two cities.
In recent times, Emirates has witnessed an increased demand for its services on both routes and considering the popularity of the airline’s A380s, Emirates decided to deploy one of its A380 aircraft on each route.
Taipei-Dubai was introduced as a daily Boeing 777 service on 10th February 2014 and Prague-Dubai route was launched on 1st July 2010 with a daily A330 service.
“Taiwan is a significant market for Emirates and we have witnessed a strong and steady growth in demand since our start of services in 2014. We are committed to cultivating the market through continuous investment and we are confident that the launch of our new A380 service will open up further opportunities in business and tourism between Taiwan and other countries,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
“We are pleased to add Prague too to our list of more than 40 A380 destination cities and introduce our innovative, best-in-class onboard product and renowned service to Czech customers. Czech travellers now have more opportunities to connect seamlessly with Emirates’ 150-plus destinations around the world, through one single stop in Dubai.”
“We are grateful for the support that our partners, the airports and the local authorities in both Taiwan and Prague have provided to make it possible for us to bring our A380 into these markets. Operating a higher capacity aircraft supports tourism and trade and helps serve the healthy and growing demand from leisure and business travellers on both routes. Emirates is committed to Taiwan and the Czech Republic and we are proud to offer our iconic Emirates A380 experience to our customers travelling to and from Taipei and Prague. We look forward to many more years of cooperation with both cities,” he added.
Emirates’ Dubai-Prague-Dubai service operates as EK139 and EK140. The A380 used by the airline can accommodate 519 passengers in a three-class configuration, with 429 Economy Class seats on the main deck and 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class as well as 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
Flights to and from Taipei are operated as EK366 and EK367 and will have a new two-class configuration offering a total of 615 seats: 58 in Business Class and 557 in Economy Class.