Emirates says it will be connecting more people with Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, when it switches from the current Airbus A330-200 aircraft used on one of the two daily services to a larger Boeing 777-300 ER from 1 May.
The introduction of a Boeing 777-300ER, it says will boost capacity on the route by 1638 seats a week, and make Nairobi an all-Boeing 777 operation for Emirates.
“Our Nairobi-Dubai service is one of our busiest routes in Africa, and it has been steadily growing since we first launched services to Kenya in October 1995 with just two weekly flights. Nairobi is a very popular destination for both business and leisure travellers, and is a gateway to many of the country’s major tourist attractions such as the Masai Mara and its east coast beaches. We anticipate that our additional capacity will stimulate further growth in both tourism and business traffic on the route,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Southern and Central Africa.
“Travellers will be able to enjoy Emirates’ Boeing 777 service on both daily flights between Nairobi and Dubai, connecting conveniently to, or from, our worldwide network of more than 140 destinations -in particular, Europe, US, Far East and West Asia. This includes our A380 network of 34 destinations across the globe, such as Beijing, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Mumbai, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto.” he added,
The Emirates Boeing 777-300ER will offer 354 seats in a three-class configuration, with eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.
All three cabins are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system with more than 2,000 channels of on-demand entertainment to choose from, including movies, television programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world. As with all Emirates flights, passengers enjoy gourmet cuisine and the famous service by our multi-national cabin crew, as well as the extra generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.
The larger aircraft also provides a total of 77 tonnes of additional cargo capacity per week on the route, further facilitating trade opportunities between Kenya and Emirates’ extensive global route network.
The Boeing 777-300 ER is the backbone of the Emirates fleet, with 102 currently in service. The aircraft is very popular among customers and used on services to nearly 80 countries, with the aircraft’s longest flight being between Dubai and Houston – a distance of 13,120 kilometres.
Emirates EK 719 departs Dubai at 1045hrs and arrives in Nairobi at 1445hrs, while the return flight, EK 720, departs Nairobi at 1640hrs and arrives in Dubai at 2240hrs. The second daily flight from Dubai, EK 721, leaves Dubai at 1610hrs and arrives in Nairobi at 2010hrs. The return flight EK 722 departs Nairobi at 2250hrs and arrives the next day in Dubai at 0450hrs.
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