Emirates, a global connector of people and places, has launched its second daily A380 service to Mauritius on October 26, 2014. Thus replacing the Boeing 777 operation and offering an additional capacity of 1,890 seats per week.
The second A380 service have a capacity of 489 passengers including 14 luxurious First Class Private Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 399 spacious seats in Economy Class.
The flight departed from Dubai as EK703 at 10:00hrs and arrived at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport at 16:45hrs. It will return as EK704 and will depart Mauritius at 23:00hrs and land at Dubai International Airport at 05:40hrs the following day.
“We are pleased that our decision to introduce the second A380 service has been welcomed by the local tourism industry. Since the start of its operations to Mauritius, Emirates has engaged in the marketing of the destination, throughout our network and, very often, jointly with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority. Today, these efforts are bearing fruit,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice-President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa.
“Emirates is renowned for leading market trends. Personal entertainment systems in all seats, as well as private first-class suites, are among its many notable firsts. These are very popular on the route to Mauritius. We are confident that the decision to introduce the second A380 on the Mauritius route will be very popular,” he added.
“We welcome the second A380 daily flight which will reinforce our market diversification strategy, and we can only be very optimistic that it will accelerate the momentum in tourist arrivals and help achieve a forceful ambition for the tourism industry,” said Director of Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Karl Mootoosamy.
Since the launch of the A380 service to the island on 16th December 2013, more than 251,000 persons have travelled on the iconic double decker between Dubai and Mauritius. Services between Dubai and Mauritius and vice versa is operated in codeshare with Emirates’ long-time partner Air Mauritius.
With 53 A380s currently in its fleet, Emirates is the largest operator of the double-decker aircraft, operating services from Dubai to over 30 destinations worldwide.
The airline’s A380 operations are supported by more than 3,000 dedicated cabin crew.
Passengers across all cabins can enjoy up to 1,800 channels of ice, Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system.
They can also stay connected to their family and friends through their favourite social networks courtesy of high speed Wi-Fi access.
Each Emirates’ A380 offers an Onboard Lounge on the upper deck for Premium Class passengers to meet, relax and do business, while enjoying light canapés and delicacies as they mingle, whereas first Class passengers have the added luxury of two Onboard Shower Spas to refresh before landing.
Emirates operates to Mauritius since September 2002 and employs 286 Mauritians globally, including more than 100 cabin crew and a Boeing 777 pilot.
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