Emirates to expand India operations

DUBAI — Dubai-based carrier Emirates has announced yesterday a major expansion campaign that will launch additional seat capacity for key Indian destinations like Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad.

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Published: Wed 4 Jul 2007, 9:20 AM

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The airline will also use modern, wide-bodied Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 777 aircraft in two and three-class configurations as part of this expansion programme.

Emirates Airline’s strengthened Indian operations will introduce a third-daily service to Mumbai and a double-daily service to Chennai from October 28. It will also add three additional flights each to Cochin and Hyderabad over the summer and winter seasons this year.

In all, the Dubai carrier will hike its capacity from the current 71 to 85 commercial flights per week to eight Indian gateways.

Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ Senior Vice-President Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean, said: “Asia’s fastest growing free market economy, India, is expanding its links with the Gulf and forging ahead with joint, multi-billion dollar projects in tourism, commerce and infrastructure. Having fuelled strong economic and trade ties between the Middle East and India since the start of its services in 1985, Emirates is well-poised to support India’s rapid growth in the 21st century with its efficient, reliable and increased air links.”

He added that the airline has noticed a steadily growing market demand, prompting them to provide greater capacity through frequency increases and aircraft upgrades.

“With the introduction of the third and second daily services to Mumbai and Chennai respectively, our schedules will be more consistent and our passengers will have greater flexibility in planning their journeys,” Sultan said.

Flight schedules have likewise been planned to maximise morning arrivals in Dubai and seamless onward connections to Emirates’ rapidly-expanding 92-gateway global network.

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