News

Emirates Holiday Packages with Irish Tour Operator?

Emirates Holiday Packages with Irish Tour Operator?

In an exclusive interview with Irish Travel Trade News, Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ Vice President – UK & Ireland, revealed that, within two hours of going on sale, seats were booked on the first 10 flights of its new Dublin – Dubai service, which starts on 9th January 2012. Emirates may also link up with an Irish tour operator to offer holiday packages.

“Our daily Dublin – Dubai service will have 183 seats in Economy, 42 in Business, and 12 in First Class,” he said. “and our introductory fares are very competitive.

“Less than two hours after seats went on sale we already had bookings on the first 10 flights – including six on the very first flight. Yes, I know Irish Travel eNews included news of Emirates’ new route the previous day!

“We will be starting the service at a good time of year – when there is business traffic, winter sun breaks and an early Easter – and we expect to achieve an overall load factor of 80% for the January – March 2012 quarter.

“The 237-seat A330-200 is the smallest aircraft in our fleet (they are all wide-bodied) and we may progress the size up, in perhaps two or three years time, to our largest aircraft, a B777 with 354 seats. We tend to start new routes with a daily service and increase aircraft size rather than flight frequency.

“Yes, comparisons will be made with Etihad, but there’s room in the market for both of us. We go onwards to some different destinations, for example to Perth in Australia, to New Zealand – we took many of the Rugby World Cup teams – and three times daily to Hong Kong. We expect 65-75% of ex-Dublin traffic to be for destinations beyond Dubai.

“Holiday packages? Yes, we will work with tour operators – we may extend the Emirates Tours UK programme operated by Dnata Travel (UK) or we may link up with Irish tour operators.”

View Comments (1)

1 Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    News

    NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

    More in News

    Ryanair Launches 8 New Routes From Belfast City Airport for this Summer

    Sharon JordanMarch 4, 2021

    British Airways Offer Covid Tests for £33

    Fionn DavenportMarch 4, 2021

    What Are You Reading on World Book Day?

    Sharon JordanMarch 4, 2021

    Rise in Numbers Returning Through Dublin Airport

    Fionn DavenportMarch 4, 2021

    Universal’s Epic Adventure is Back: Work Resumes on Universal’s Fourth Orlando Theme Park

    Fionn DavenportMarch 4, 2021

    Sixt CEO Steps Down After 50 Years in Charge

    Fionn DavenportMarch 4, 2021

    Kilkenny Tourism Launches #MoretoExplore Domestic Campaign

    Fionn DavenportMarch 4, 2021

    Michael O’Leary Predicts Summer Bump But Warns Vaccine Passport Won’t Be Ready

    Fionn DavenportMarch 4, 2021

    GBTA Announces Top 50 Women in Travel

    Fionn DavenportMarch 4, 2021

    Copyright © 2021 ittn