Emirates Airlines has announced that it will introduce four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg, effective 26 October, 2014.
This would bring to seven the number of daily flights to South Africa and Emirates’ total number of permanent flights between the two countries to 49 a week.
A statement issued by the airlines in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the flight, which would be operated by a B777-300ER- EK767 flight, would depart Dubai at 2320hrs and arrive in Johannesburg at 0535hrs the following day while the return flight, EK768, would depart from Johannesburg at 0930hrs and arrive in Dubai at 1940hrs.
The aircraft has 354 seats in a three-class configuration – eight seats in First Class, 42 in Business Class and 304 in Economy Class.
Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice-President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, said: “The introduction of the four daily service between Dubai and Johannesburg is a reflection of the growing passenger demand for flights between these two important business and tourism hubs.
“The increased frequency gives our customers greater flexibility in their travel plans and enhances connectivity to other flights on the Emirates’ network through the Dubai hub.
“We have seen a healthy increase year-on-year in passenger numbers on the route. Johannesburg remains an important gateway for in bound traffic from the UK, USA, Germany France, GCC, Iraq and Perth with outbound traffic connecting to India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok and Jordan, Qatar and Iran in the Middle East”.
Mr Abbas said the increased capacity was a demonstration of Emirates’ commitment to South Africa and confidence in the strength of the market.
In a related development, Emirates and South African Airways would extend their code-share partnership to include the brand new service between Dubai and Johannesburg.
The expansion of the code-share agreement was a reflection of the successful and long-standing partnership between the two carriers which are working on key commercial initiatives together.
Emirates currently serves more than 142 destinations around the globe with a young, technologically-advanced fleet of over 220 wide-bodied aircraft that are equipped with industry-leading comforts.
Additionally, the airline has the largest fleet of Airbus A380s with the 50th A380 added to the fleet earlier this month. GNA