14 November, 2012
DUBAI, U.A.E., 14th November 2012: Emirates, one of the world’s fastest-growing international airlines, is responding to strong passenger and cargo demand in Nigeria, by upgrading one of its Lagos flights to a Boeing 777-300, making both dailies serviced by Boeing 777s .
The Airbus 340-500 currently deployed on one of Lagos’ two daily flights, EK781, will be replaced with a larger Boeing 777-300ER from 1st December, giving a 48% boost to seat capacity.
“Deploying a Boeing 777 on the Dubai-Lagos route demonstrates the strong demand from travellers to fly with Emirates and experience our superior products and services,” said Jean Luc Grillet, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Africa. “The aircraft upgrade will open up more seats to our customers travelling to and from Nigeria and further raise Emirates’ contribution to Nigeria’s economy.”
Throughout the aircraft, passengers will enjoy Emirates’ award-winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen, the industry’s most sophisticated video and audio system, offering 1,400 channels of on-demand entertainment - the largest selection of programming in the sky.
“With the introduction of this larger aircraft, we will offer over 10,000 seats every week to and from Lagos. This aircraft upgrade will offer travellers from West Africa markets seamless connections to the Indian Subcontinent, East Asia and Australasia, via Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport,” Jean Luc added.
Nigeria has been part of Emirates’ route network since January 2004, when services were launched between Dubai and Lagos with four flights a week. From 1st December, the Dubai-Lagos service will be operated twice a day by a Boeing 777 aircraft in a three-class configuration that offers 12 luxurious First Class seats, 42 seats in Business Class and generous space for 310 passengers in Economy Class.
The Boeing 777-300ER is the backbone of the Emirates fleet, with 91 in service and a further 72 on order.
EK flight 0784 leaves Lagos daily at 14455hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0105hrs. From Dubai, EK 0783 departs at 0735hrs and arrives in Dubai at 1255hrs.
The second daily flight EK0782 departs Lagos at 2130hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0740. The return journey, flight EK 0781, departs Dubai at 1420hrs, arriving in Lagos at 1955 hours.
Emirates has a fleet of 189 aircraft and are the world’s largest A380 and Boeing 777 operator, flying to 126 destinations in 74 countries.