Emirates set to launch A380 on Zurich route
Emirates Airline has announced plans to launch its A380 aircraft on its route to Zurich, Switzerland.
The Dubai airline said that from January 1 2014, EK087 from Dubai to Zurich and its return sector EK088 will be operated by an A380, offering an increased capacity of more than 1,100 additional seats every week in each direction.
The service is currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates will continue to serve Zurich with a double daily operation, which will equate to more than 870 seats on offer per day.
Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president, Passenger Sales Worldwide, said: “The strategic decision to bring our flagship A380 to Zurich was made to support the city’s strong position as a financial services hub and centre for a vast number of international companies.
"There has been robust demand for business and leisure traffic and the extra capacity will stimulate more trade and tourism between Switzerland, the UAE and emerging markets eastbound - including 10 destinations in India and 24 destinations in the Far East and Australasia - connecting both people and economies."
Thomas Kern, CEO Zurich Airport, added: “The decision of Emirates to operate its flagship aircraft on one of its two daily flights to Zurich represents another milestone for Zurich Airport and demonstrates the strong demand from travelers for the Emirates product.
"The upgrade from a Boeing 777 operation to an A380 on the afternoon flight from Zurich is a significant capacity increase and a clear commitment to the Swiss market."
The A380 capacity boost on the flights to Zurich is expected to further stimulate trade between the UAE and Switzerland, supporting a buoyant $9bn trade relationship, according the UAE Ministry of Foreign Trade.
Over 160 Swiss companies operate in Dubai.
Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the world, with 34 A380s in its fleet and 56 on order, and has carried almost 17 million passengers since the double decker was introduced five years ago.