Seat capacity to jump as Emirates upgrades aircraft


Emirates announced yesterday its plans to increase seat capacity on its Melbourne-Dubai and Melbourne-Auckland services from July and August respectively.

From July 2, larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will operate the three daily services between Melbourne and Dubai, via Kuala Lumpur.

It will subsequently increase the seating capacity of the daily service by 41 percent. Overall, seat capacity on services between Melbourne and Dubai will be increased by 23 percent.

Capacity between Auckland and Melbourne will also increase 37 percent from August 2.

Emirates SkyCargo operations will have a 20 percent increase in cargo capacity.

Emirates Sales Manager Dean Cleaver said demand from Melbourne had consistently grown year-on-year.

“With forward bookings looking strong for the coming year as the wider travel market recovers, the increases are coming at an ideal time for us,” said Cleaver.

“The increases equate to more than 1,400 additional seats per week between Melbourne and Dubai, and close to 700 additional seats between Melbourne and Auckland.”
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L
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