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Emirates to put A380 on Jo'burg route

Revenue on South African routes grew 34% in 2010-11 financial year.
The Emirates A380 is coming to South Africa.
The Emirates A380 is coming to South Africa.

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Johannesburg will be the next destination to be served by an Emirates A380 ‘superjumbo’.

The A380 will begin operating on the existing Dubai-Jo’burg route on October 1 this year.

The announcement comes as the airline's 2010-11 financials revealed a 34% year on year increase in revenue on South African routes.

“We have enjoyed a successful partnership with South Africa since launching services in 1995, and now connect our Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban gateways to our vast global network through 42 non-stop flights each week to Dubai,” said Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline.

“The very positive trends we have witnessed over the last 12 months will only be boosted by the arrival of our flagship A380 aircraft, which has set a new benchmark for air travel.”

The 489-seat Emirates A380 offers 14 Private First Class Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 399 seats in Economy Class.

First Class passengers have access to two onboard shower spas, while all premium passengers on the upper deck can socialise at 40,000 feet in an onboard lounge.

Beverages and bar snacks are served once the aircraft reaches cruising altitude, all the way until descent.

The A380 service will operate daily as EK 761, departing Dubai at 04.40hrs (local time) and arriving at O R Tambo International Airport at 10.50hrs (local).

The return flight, EK762, departs Johannesburg at 14.10hrs (local) and arrives in Dubai at 00.10hrs (local) the following day.

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