Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Emirates starts scheduled A 380 services on Singapore Dubai route

By December 2012, Gulf carrier Emirates will permanently operate Airbus A380 service between Dubai and Singapore according to a news announcement by the airline.[1] Emirates Airbus 380, which has 517 seats will be deployed for flights EK354 and EK355 and replace the 354-seat Boeing 777-300ER. This means a 46% increase in capacity of Emirates on Dubai - Singapore route which is a good news for Singapore Changi Airport but bad news for Singapore Airlines (SIA):
While Emirates' move may be welcome news for Changi, where concerns in recent days have centred on the loss of significant business from Qantas, it could introduce more competition to SIA on its European services. 
SIA operates direct services to 13 European cities from Changi. Emirates provides connections to more than 30 European cities from Dubai. But industry insiders reckon it could lure travellers from Changi to connect via its Dubai hub with more competitive fares.[2]
The launch of Airbus A 380 will not only 1659 seats daily across four daily services, it will also strengten Singapore Changi Airport’s status as Emirates’ South East Asian hub. Emirates provides over 1,100 seats daily connecting through to Brisbane, Melbourne and Colombo.

Emirates A 380
Emirates will operate scheduled A-380 services between Singapore and Dubai starting from
December 2012.
Emirates says the current two week ad-hoc Airbus A380 service between Dubai and Singapore received extremely positive responses from the passengers and they have decided to provide A 380 services on the route permanently. Emirates will be the first and only carrier to offer a scheduled A380 service on Singapore - Dubai route:
“The signature Emirates A380 service is pivotal to our overall business strategy. Our passengers in Singapore can look forward to enjoying the widely admired and popular aircraft, known for its quietness, spaciousness and award-winning on-board products, all the way from Singapore into much of Europe that includes Amsterdam, London Heathrow, Manchester, Munich, Paris and Rome,” added Mr Obaidalla. 
The Emirates A380’s three-class configuration boasts 14 private First Class Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 427 seats in Economy Class. Passengers across all cabins will get to enjoy over 1,400 channels on Emirates’ award-winning Digital Widescreen inflight entertainment system, ice and stay connected to the Internet throughout their journey with high speed Wi-Fi access.[1]

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[1] - Singapore joins Emirates’ Airbus A380 network

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