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Emirates announces major upgrade on Indian routes
May 29, 2014, 8:31 am
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Emirates Airline said on Wednesday it will launch a daily A380 service to Mumbai International Airport from July 21.

EK 500 and EK 501 between Dubai and Mumbai will be up-scaled to a three-class A380 aircraft, representing with a capacity increase of 2,127 seats per week in each direction, the airline said in a statement.

In addition, Emirates said it will deploy larger Boeing 777 aircraft to Delhi and Hyderabad to serve growing demand.

Delhi will have 980 additional one-way weekly seats while Hyderabad will increase its capacity to add 672 one-way weekly seats.

A combined total of 3,779 one-way weekly seats will be deployed on Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad through these aircraft upgrades. Emirates said.

This follows the recent bilateral discussions between the governments of Dubai and India, which provided a phased increase of 11,000 seats for Dubai carriers.

Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior vice president, Commercial Operations - West Asia & Indian Ocean, said: “Emirates has been serving India since our founding year in 1985, and it is our largest market today which we serve with 185 flights each week.

"We look forward to working with the new Government in India to grow India’s economy through enhanced aviation connectivity and to realise India’s ambition to grow its international aviation market to 85 million passengers by 2020,” he said.

India's National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) recently forecast that the annual incremental economic benefit from up-grading the Mumbai service was $8.3 million in additional GDP per return flight and the creation and support of over 1,000 jobs.

Emirates currently has 48 A380s in service, more than any other airline globally. Emirates received 12 of the giant double decker aircraft over the last year. More than 25 million passengers have travelled on the Emirates A380 since it was first launched in 2008.

Emirates operates 185 flights per week to 10 gateways in India.

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