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Emirates President Envisages Double-Daily on Dublin – Dubai

Emirates President Envisages Double-Daily on Dublin – Dubai

As reported on www.ittn.ie on Monday 9th January, when Emirates commenced its three-class A330-200 daily Dublin – Dubai service, the airline’s bookings are producing 90+% load factors for the first few months and a B777 may be introduced “fairly soon” and quicker than the planned 18 months time – but President Tim Clark also referred to going double-daily.

Emirates President Tim Clark

Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline

“Most of our European routes have gone double-daily within three to four years,” he said. “There are approximately 80,000 people of Irish descent in Australia, a key market for Emirates, and more than 70 passengers on the 237-seat inaugural flight came from bookings in Australia. In addition, there are around 5,000 Irish nationals in the UAE.”

As reported by ITTN last month, the 237-seat A330 may be very quickly replaced by a 258-seat or 267-seat A340, but a B777 would provide between 290 and 364 seats in a three-class configuration, depending on specific aircraft type used. Emirates currently has 99 B777s in service and has another 97 on order (not including options).

ITTN understands that the Emirates staff in Dublin had a very busy Christmas period getting ready for the start-up of the service (indeed, they kindly changed a Paris-Dubai-Perth booking for us on Wednesday 28th December!) and we wish Margaret, Eileen, Anita and all the team (there are now 25 staff in Ireland between the Harcourt Road office and at Terminal 2) all the best for the future.

Emirates Inaugural Flight into Dublin

Emirates’ inaugural flight touches down at Dublin Airport

EMIRATES FIRST FLIGHT INTO DUBLIN

At Dublin Airport following the arrival of Emirates’ inaugural flight from Dubai were cabin crew Lorna Lynch; Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive, Tourism Ireland; Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD; Margaret Shannon, Ireland Country Manager, Emirates; Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline; Declan Collier, Chief Executive, Dublin Airport Authority; and cabin crew Danika Lillelund.

Emirates Dublin staff

Emirates Dublin staff Aurelie Tommasino, Rob Macdonald and Jennied Guzman

Emirates Premium Check-in

Emirates Premium check-in at Dublin Airport

Passengers check in for Emirates inaugural Dublin-Dubai flight

Passengers check in for Emirates’ inaugural Dublin-Dubai flight

 

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 52 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 42 years.

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