Emirates upgrades aircraft for Abuja route

Emirates management has upgraded its Abuja route’s operating aircraft to a new Boeing 777-300ER from the 777-300 classic that has been in operation.

The company’s regional manager, West Africa, Afzal Parambil announced this in Lagos,, saying the new arrangement is set to commence from 15th September 2018.

The B777-300ER is a three class cabin with 310 seats in economy class, 42 seats in business class and 8 seats in first class. Economy class will feature specially designed and contoured seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 2-4-2 configuration in the last rows and generous space for passengers and business class. It offers comfortable sleeperette seats which recline to a 78” long lie flat bed.

First class features the world’s first private suites with privacy screens, massage-enabled leather seats, which convert to flat beds.

It includes luxurious comfort covers, down pillows and cotton-lined blankets. Parambil said passengers travelling in first class will also find the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare in their private suites and brand new bowers and Wilkins active noise cancelling E1 headphones, to amplify the viewing experience on ice.

Speaking with journalists in Lagos, Parambil said “the upgrade of our Abuja service to a Boeing 777-300ER demonstrates our commitment to the Nigeria market and is another step to ensure we offer world class products and services to our customers.

Since its launch in 2014, Emirates boosted international tourism and trade in Abuja from a raft of destinations in the Far East, West Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America.”

Speaking further, the regional managers assured its customers that “Emirates constantly strives to provide its passengers with the very best service and the introduction of a Boeing B777-300ER reflects that commitment. Our 777-300ER will offer Emirates’ renowned cabin comforts and facilities, including our award-winning ice entertainment system.”

He promises customers on-board the 777-300ER, specially created regional menus and a wide range of movies, TV programmes, games and music through ice, Emirates’ multi-award winning in-flight entertainment system, alongside Emirates’ multi-lingual cabin crew from over 130 nationalities and speak 60 languages.

The new aircraft boasts new innovations in the aviation industry to provide an enhanced flying experience, at 40,000 ft, Parambil assured.

With this development, the EK785 and 786 will be on the Dubai-Abuja-Dubai routes four times in a week. Emirates operates in over 160 destinations across 86 countries. The Boeing 777 gives Emirates the operational flexibility in terms of capacity and range, to operate non-stop flights to most major destinations around the world Dubai.

The airline flies from Lagos to Dubai twice daily, 14 times a week. From Abuja to Dubai, it flies four times a week. Emirates flight EK785 departs Dubai daily at 1050hrs and arrives Abuja at 1510hrs.

The return flight, EK 786 departs Abuja at 1935hrs and arrives Dubai at 0550hrs the next morning.


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