East African aviation update – Emirates to deploy the A380 for connecting passengers to Amsterdam from August 2012


A regular source at the airlines Kampala office has confirmed that come August this year, Emirates will begin to operate their route from Dubai to Amsterdam with a daily A 380 flight, compared to the present use of a B777. Launched only 9 months ago, the shift to the largest passenger aircraft in the world Emirates is also the largest A380 operator indicates that the performance of the destination has exceeded expectations in both passenger and cargo uplifts. Ugandan travelers to Europe will now have one more destination to sample the double decker sky giant which continues to excite passengers with the facilities on board, especially for those travelling in First or Business Class. Meanwhile will exporters of flowers and fresh produce too be happy to see an increase in uplift capacity between Dubai and Amsterdam, the latter Europes largest flower market and the former fast establishing itself as a global cargo transit point, where key producer and consumer markets from around the world are now connected with one stop enroute only.
Other East African destinations like Nairobi and Dar es Salaam will also benefit from this development according to a press statement from the airlines regional office in Kenya. Notably though is Emirates still absent from Kigali, where RwandAir is presently serving the route exclusively 6 times a week with a B737-800, although it is understood that Emirates is evaluating the potential of introducing flights to Rwanda on a reciprocal basis and in line with the existing bilateral air services agreement between the UAE and Rwanda. Watch this space.