Cape Town – United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier on Wednesday, 1 February, reintroduced the Airbus A380 Superjumbo on to its Dubai-Johannesburg route, to meet growing passenger demand.
The double-decker Emirates passenger plane was last operated on the Johannesburg route for a few months in 2011/2012, but due to a lack of booked seats, it was decided to downgrade the size of the airline to a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
“This time,” Emirates senior vice president for commercial operations in Africa, Orhan Abbas, says “it’s going to stay!” He says he is confident that the increased capacity of the A380 will even stimulate further growth in traffic on the route.
Over the past five years, the airline has seen its passenger numbers on the Johannesburg route increase by 47%, Emirates says, making Johannesburg the airline’s busiest route in Africa, with four flights daily. Since the start of February, one of these daily schedules will be flown by an A380.
The A380 service will be operated as codeshare with South African Airways as with all other Emirates’ services to South Africa.
The aircraft will be deployed on the first flight of the day, code EK761, departing Dubai at 04:40 and arriving in Johannesburg at 10:55. The return flight, code EK762, will depart Johannesburg at 13:25 and arrive in Dubai at 23:45.
Using the massive A380 aircraft not only as a carrier of passengers, but also a conservation-minded message, Emirates sent two massive Emirates A380 to the skies wearing special livery in support of United for Wildlife, a global collaboration that unites the efforts of the world’s leading wildlife charities in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.
The beautiful livery, featuring some of the planet’s wildlife threatened by poaching and the illegal wildlife trade, aims to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and communicate the need for urgent action.