Emirates Airline today announced it will introduce its double decker A380 aircraft on its Bangkok and Toronto routes. Effective June 1, 2009, the aircraft will debut in Canada while the new Thai route extends the aircraft’s presence in Asia after the successful launch of the A380 on Sydney and Auckland in February.
“We are extremely pleased to announce the introduction of the A380 for our Toronto and Bangkok services. Our Toronto route has had consistently high demand since the thrice weekly service was launched two years ago. The A380 will allow Emirates to address some of the unmet need in Toronto, while on Bangkok, the A380 will help support the Thai government’s new tourism initiatives,” said Emirates president Tim Clark.
The change on both services will provide a capacity increase of about 30 percent for each route.
The new aircraft routes also offer strengthened support for popular transit markets – with the A380 now servicing London Heathrow, UK tourists traveling to and from Thailand can enjoy a seamless A380 experience, while for Canada, the change means increased access to Dubai and the Gulf region.
Emirates A380’s ground-breaking, in-flight product includes onboard shower spas in the first-class cabin featuring signature products by the airline’s premium spa brand, Timeless Spa. The onboard lounge for first- and business-class customers mirrors the ambience of an executive club and includes a bar with a wide range of beverages and canapés.
With flat-bed, massage-equipped private suites in first class; a new generation of intelligent seating and flat-beds in business class; mood-lighting; and a second-to-none, in-flight entertainment system featuring over 1000 channels of on-demand entertainment, the Emirates’ A380 introduces a new level of comfort and luxury. It is set in a three-class configuration (14 first, 76 business, and 399 economy-class seats) and spread over two levels with the upper deck dedicated to first- and business-class passengers.
Services to Toronto on EK 241 depart Dubai at 09:55 hours, arriving in Toronto at 15:45 hours. EK 242 departs Toronto at 21:40 hours arriving in Dubai at 18:35 hours on the next day. Services are offered on EK 241 and 242 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Services to Bangkok on EK 372 depart Dubai at 09:40 hours, arriving in Bangkok at 19:00 hours. It turns around as EK 373 departing Bangkok at 21:25 hours, arriving in Dubai at 00:30 hours the next day. The Bangkok service operates daily.
Effective June 1, 2009, Emirates will operate five A380’s on the following routes: Dubai-London Heathrow (daily), Dubai-Sydney/Auckland (daily), Dubai Toronto (three times weekly), and Bangkok (daily). The airline will accept another four A380 aircraft into it’s fleet in the financial year of 2009/2010 and has announced it will introduce services to Seoul in December.