Emirates’ will soon convert the second Dubai – Munich route to an all-A380 service from 30 March 2014.
Emirates’ flights EK49/50 and EK51/52 are currently served by Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER, respectively. The second A380 service will add almost 1,800 seats per week on the route. The new Emirates flight EK51 departs Dubai at 1630hrs and arrives in Munich at 2010hrs, the return flight EK52 departs Munich at 2140hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0630hrs the following day.
Thierry Antinori, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Emirates said: “This is a significant development for Emirates as Munich is a key airport for us in Germany and in Europe. Passenger demand has been steadily growing and our second A380 will add much needed seat capacity to support expansion of trade, tourism and international investment in Germany.”
Last month, Emirates operated the second Munich service with an A380 due to high demand. The second daily A380 operation will be serviced with a three-class configuration comprising 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 in Business Class and 14 First Class.
The regional economy around Munich will also derive substantial benefits as a result of the aircraft upgrade from a B777 to an A380. According to recent Deloitte report titled ‘The Economic Value of Sydney Airport’, it is estimated that the annual incremental contribution of a B777 to an A380 upgrade amounted to more than €40 million in GDP and added more than 700 jobs in Sydney. Generation of similar economic returns can be expected for Munich and its surrounding areas.