Emirates recently announced its intent to launch service of its A380 aircraft to two new destinations – Taipei and Prague.
This makes the airline the first and only one to operate an A380 into these two cities.
The inaugural A380 service from Dubai to Taipei and the second A380 service launch in Prague were greeted by traditional water cannon salutes with the VIPs, Emirates executives and industry partners on board both flights attended ceremonies in the arrival airports.
Taipei was introduced as a daily Boeing 777 service on 10 February 2014 and Emirates has since transported nearly 450,000 passengers between Taipei and Emirates’ Dubai home. The Prague-Dubai route was launched on 1 July 2010 with a daily A330 service and Emirates has since carried over 1.1 million passengers between the two cities.
“Taiwan is a significant market for Emirates and we have witnessed a strong and steady growth in demand. We are confident that the launch of our new A380 service will open up further opportunities in business and tourism between Taiwan and other countries,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
The Emirates Dubai-Prague-Dubai route operates as EK139 and EK140, served by an A380 aircraft that can accommodate 519 passengers in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in economy class on the main deck and 76 mini-pods in business class as well as 14 first class private suites on the upper deck.
For Taiwanese travellers, flights EK366 and EK367 will be served by the new two-class configuration offering a total of 615 seats – 58 seats in business class and 557 in economy class.