Emirates' Fourth Daily Flight To Mumbai Takes Off
The Dubai-based airline has been steadily building up its presence in India owing to escalating demand for air travel triggered by the country’s burgeoning economy. Earlier this year, Emirates enhanced its existing 19-flights-per-week Mumbai service with the launch of two additional frequencies, taking the weekly total to 21 flights.
The airline also commenced a double-daily service to Chennai, and added three additional flights each to Cochin and Hyderabad.
Emirates flight EK 506, an Airbus A330 aircraft offering 12 First, 42 Business and 183 Economy class seats, and 17 tonnes of cargo capacity per week per direction, will depart Dubai at 9:30am every day of the week, touching down at Mumbai at 1:45pm.
Return flight EK 507 will take off from Mumbai at 3:15pm and arrive in Dubai at 5:00pm.
Emirates currently operates three daily flights from New York’s JFK (two non-stop and one via Hamburg). EK 204 departs JFK at 10:40am and arrives in Dubai at 8:10am the following day. The return flight EK 203 departs from Dubai at 2:00am and arrives JFK at 7:20am.
The fourth daily service expands the current morning, afternoon and late night departures from Dubai to Mumbai.
Salem Obaidalla, Emirates Vice President, Commercial Operations West Asia&Indian Ocean said: “The growth of Emirates services to and from Mumbai has been market-driven. At every stage the increases we have introduced have been matched by higher and higher passenger levels and we are delighted to now offer our customers the convenience of this additional frequency.”
“The fourth daily flight will improve connectivity between the two commerce and trade hubs, and provide travelers with more flexible options. I am confident the new service will receive a rousing welcome from our passengers and travel trade partners.”
Emirates currently operates 92 flights per week to eight Indian gateways – Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata and Bangalore. The airline will strengthen its Indian footprint with the launch of six flights per week to Ahmedabad, effective October 29. In addition to the flights from New York, Emirates recently launched service from Toronto and will commence service from Houston on December 3.
Since its launch in 1985, Emirates Airline has received more than 300 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service. It serves 97 cities around the globe, including three daily flights from New York’s JFK to Dubai, with a young and technologically advanced fleet of aircraft that are equipped with industry-leading comforts in the air. Operations on Emirates from New York connect America to the world through the airline’s route network with extensive connections to the Far East, Australia and Africa. On December 3, 2007, Emirates will launch thrice weekly nonstop service from Houston to Dubai. For more information, visit www.emirates.com/usa
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