Emirates pushes expansion in India

As India and the Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) gear up to take the next quantum leap in bi-lateral relations with
the signing of a free trade agreement, Emirates Airline has unveiled plans to implement
significant capacity enhancements to Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, and
In a major strengthening of its India operations, Emirates will
introduce a third-daily service to Mumbai and a double-daily operation
to Chennai starting 28th October 2007. The airline will also add three
additional flights each to Cochin and Hyderabad over the summer and
winter seasons.

In all, the Dubai-based airline will ramp up its India capacity from the
current 71 to 85 passenger flights per week to eight Indian gateways.


Mumbai - Emirates will introduce the larger-capacity Boeing 777 aircraft
on its existing 19-flights-per-week Mumbai service, and will add two
additional frequencies, bringing the total number of flights to
21-per-week or triple-daily. 



Chennai - Emirates’ Dubai-Chennai service will be progressively stepped
up from eight to 11 flights per week by 1st August; and propelled
further to a double-daily service with the induction of three additional
frequencies on 28th October. At the start of the winter season, the
airline’s operations to Chennai will total 14 flights per week.


Cochin - Further reinforcing its footprint in the economically-robust
South India, Emirates will operate two additional weekly flights to
Cochin with immediate effect, and introduce a third extra flight on 1st
August, taking its total operations to 10 weekly flights.


Hyderabad - Effective 28th October, links between Dubai and Hyderabad,
the capital city of the state of Andhra Pradesh, will also be boosted
with three additional frequencies, bringing Emirates’ weekly total to 11


Nabil Sultan, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations,
West Asia and Indian Ocean noted: “Asia’s fastest growing free market
economy, India, is expanding its links with the GCC 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 blistering growth in the 21st
century with its efficient, reliable and increased air links.”


He added: “Customer demand for our services has been steadily building
up and we are very pleased to offer 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.”


The additional frequencies will be operated with Emirates’ modern,
wide-bodied A330-200 and Boeing 777 aircraft in two- and three-class
configurations. Flight schedules have been planned to maximise morning
arrivals in Dubai and seamless onward connections to Emirates’
rapidly-expanding 92-gateway global network.