Emirates Boosts Connectivity to Morocco
DUBAI, UAE – 8 August 2014 – Emirates, a global connector of people and places, will step up services to Morocco with a second daily flight, boosting the service to 14 weekly flights beginning 1st September, 2014.
From 26 October, Emirates will upgrade this additional daily from an Airbus A340-500 to a Boeing 777-300ER, which means both daily services will be served by Boeing 777s. The 777-300ER offers eight luxurious First Class Private Suites, 42 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 310 generously sized Economy Class seats. The additional flight, coupled with an aircraft upgrade, will increase Emirates’ weekly passenger capacity to Morocco by 100 percent, representing an extra 2,520 seats per week in each direction.
“By providing an extra daily frequency and upgrading the aircraft, we are responding to the strong demand for additional capacity. The strengthened service will foster new business and tourism ties to one of our key destinations within Africa and open up a wealth of choice for passengers travelling from Casablanca to Dubai. The increased frequency will give our customers greater flexibility in their travel plans allowing them to connect seamlessly to other flights on Emirates’ global network of over 140 destinations that spans six continents.” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates Vice President Commercial Operations for Northern and Western Africa.
Emirates’ new capacity initiatives are expected to increase the momentum for Morocco’s import and export industry. Emirates SkyCargo will have a daily belly-hold capacity of 46 tonnes in each direction, ensuring businesses benefit from the additional 322 tonnes of weekly capacity on the route. Key exports from Morocco include electrical components, mineral, chemical and agricultural products and garments while some of the main imports are petroleum products, automobiles and wheat.
In the last 12 years, since the route launch in 2002, Emirates has carried over 1.6 million passengers between Dubai and Casablanca, helping Morocco to tap into key tourism markets and trade destinations such as Japan, China, Australia and Southeast Asia.
Emirates currently employs 750 Moroccans across the group, including over 320 cabin crew based at its home in Dubai.
All classes of the new aircraft are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system with more than 1,800 channels on-demand entertainment to choose from, including movies, television programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world.
Emirates’ customers have the opportunity to enjoy meals prepared by gourmet chefs and exceptional service from the international cabin crew recruited from over 130 nationalities, speaking over 50 languages. Customers receive a generous baggage allowance – 30kg in Economy, 40kg in Business and 50kg in First Class.
First Class passengers experience Emirates’ ergonomically-designed Private Suites, featuring privacy screens for maximum exclusivity and massage-enabled seats which convert into flat beds. Business Class customers enjoy the comfort of angled lie-flat beds.
Emirates operates over 168 weekly flights in 22 passenger gateways across Africa, opening a vista of travel options for customers in Africa.
The new service flight EK753 will depart Dubai every day at 1455hrs and arrive in Casablanca at 2025 hrs. The return flight EK754 will leave Casablanca at 2200hrs, arriving in Casablanca at 0855hrs the following morning.