Emirates switches to the A380 on the Los Angeles route


(Posted 04th December 2013)

Travellers from across Eastern Africa, using Emirates as their airline of choice, will no doubt be delighted about the news from Dubai, that the airline has with immediate effect started to use an Airbus A380 on their route to Los Angeles, the longest commercial route known to be flown now by this aircraft type.

Emirates, Dubai award winning airline, now operates already 58 of the giant ‘birds’ and has during the recent Dubai Air Show signed orders for another 50, making it the largest customer for this type of Airbus aircraft.

Passengers from Entebbe, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, connecting in Dubai to Los Angeles, can now enjoy the world’s largest and arguably best configured aircraft in the skies, with First Class suites, a business class section second to none, shower and massage services for premium passengers and a cocktail lounge for those flying in business class, while in economy class guests on board can enjoy the probably most complete entertainment programme on large individual screens any airline today offers.

Seat capacity on the route has nearly doubled, compared to the previously used B777-200LR, which offered just 266 seats in a three class configuration while the A380 offers a whopping 489 seats.

Aviation observers have suggested that it is only a matter of time before Emirates may launch a second daily frequency to the American West Coast’s undeclared capital, all subject of course to regulatory approvals which according to a regular source in the Gulf are more and more difficult to come by as legacy carriers, often deep in debt, have piled pressure on their home governments to restrict market access by airlines from the Gulf like Emirates. That notwithstanding, travellers to and from East Africa will see this latest launch of an A380 route only as affirmation that their choice to fly with Emirates gives them the best there is. For more information on the airline visit www.emirates.com

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