Emirates has announced its fourth daily A380 service between Dubai and Bangkok with an upgrade of its current services from December 1.
The move is expected to benefit travellers from the region, including Qatar, and beyond.
The new two-class A380 service will operate daily as flight EK376 from Dubai to Bangkok and EK377 from Bangkok to Dubai.
The upgrade from its current Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will see an increase in capacity - 255 seats per flight and 3,570 seats per week - to and from the Thai capital.
Barry Brown, Emirates divisional senior vice-president, commercial operations - East, said: “Thailand is an important market for Emirates and the A380 has been extremely popular with travellers since we first started the double-decker aircraft service to Thailand in 2009. The addition of this two-class A380 passenger service will give even more travellers the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft first hand.
“For business and leisure travellers, the Dubai-Bangkok route is a popular choice and this additional A380 service will be instrumental in helping us meet growing passenger demand, as well as deliver substantial economic benefits through travel connections and inbound seats.”
Emirates’ two-class A380 is capable of carrying 615 passengers across its business and economy cabins – accommodating 58 lie-flat seats in business class and 557 seats in economy.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 64 in the fleet and 76 on order. Its A380s serve 34 global destinations, of which 11 are in the Far East: Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai and Sydney.
EK376 will leave Dubai at 3.30am and arrive at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at 12.35pm. This flight “connects seamlessly” with European and African destinations, according to a statement.
The return flight, EK377, a “popular flight” for residents of countries in the Gulf, will depart Bangkok at 4pm and arrive in Dubai at 7.55pm, the statement adds.
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