Emirates unleashes iconic A380 on Joburg skies

Johannesburg, South Africa – 11 January 2017 – In less than three weeks, Emirates’ flagship aircraft the A380, will lower its 22 wheels to touch down in Johannesburg, becoming the airline’s latest scheduled service of its double-decker across its worldwide network. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380 with over 85 A380s in its fleet.

Emirates, which operates four flights a day between Dubai and Johannesburg, has upgraded its first flight to the city to the iconic A380. Johannesburg joins some of the world’s most popular destinations like New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Barcelona, Bangkok and Singapore served by the A380.

The A380 will offer a total of 516 seats in a three-class cabin configuration, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in Business Class and 426 spacious seats in Economy Class. EK761, and will depart Dubai at 04h40 and arrive in Johannesburg at 10h55. The return flight, EK762, will depart Johannesburg at 13h25 and arrive in Dubai at 23h45.

To celebrate its latest A380 route, Emirates is offering introductory fares to Dubai starting from R6500*.

The new service seamlessly connects travellers from Johannesburg to destinations across the airline’s global network, especially to the UK, Paris, France, Italy, Amsterdam and Germany in Europe, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the United States, and Singapore, Hong Kong & Thailand in the Far East, with just one stop at its modern and comfortable Dubai hub.

“While we all know South Africa is a destination of choice for many holidaymakers and adventure enthusiasts, it is also fast entrenching itself as a venue for global sports like the Rugby Sevens, PGA Golf etc. Our effort is to continually make travel more comfortable, affordable and seamless so that people can rediscover a new South Africa every time they visit.” says Fouad Caunhye, Regional Manager, Southern Africa, Emirates.

Emirates first started services to South Africa 21 years ago and in addition to the four daily flights between Dubai and Johannesburg, it also offers three daily flights between Dubai and Cape Town, and a daily flight between Dubai and Durban, enabling global connectivity for South African travellers through its worldwide network of more than 150 destinations.

The Emirates A380 is renowned for its on-board lounge on the upper deck for First Class and Business Class customers where they can socialise or relax, while those in First Class enjoy the added benefit of exclusive use of the on-board shower spas to freshen up during flights.

Emirates has also enhanced comfort in the air with a host of exclusive, new products introduced to its First and Business Class cabins. Customers will travel in luxury with new additions including First Class lounge wear, luxury blankets, skincare from VOYA and a new range of amenity kits from Bulgari. Emirates will be the only airline in the market offering premium customers these products on an A380.

The airline’s premium customers also enjoy complimentary chauffeur drive, lounge access and priority check-in for all its flights at Johannesburg’s Oliver Tambo International Airport.

Named the World’s Best Airline 2016 and the airline with the World’s Best Inflight Entertainment at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards recently, all Emirates customers travelling on the A380 can access more than 2500 channels of on-demand audio and visual entertainment on its ice system, featuring the latest movies, music, TV programmes, podcasts and games, as well as free Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends during flights.

As with all Emirates’ flights, customers also enjoy regionally and internationally inspired cuisine as well as the famed hospitality of the airline’s multi-national cabin crew, including South African nationals.

The A380 service will be operated as codeshare with South African Airways as with all other Emirates’ services to South Africa.

All other Emirates flights between Dubai & South Africa will continue to be served by the modern and state of the art wide-body B777.

*Terms and conditions apply, promotion subject to availability at time of booking


Author: Staff Reporter

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