Emirates has taken another a step to cash in on fast-growing traffic on the Bangkok-Dubai route by launching a sixth daily service and replacing an existing flight with the A380 superjumbo.With the upgrades that took effect this week, the Dubai-based carrier offers the greatest seating capacity between the Middle East and Thailand: nearly 2,500 seats a day for outbound service from Bangkok.
Emirates now has six daily flights from Bangkok to Dubai, including a second A380 service.
That is well ahead of the other two major Persian Gulf carriers _ Etihad and Qatar Airways _ which are also fiercely contesting the sector, largely by feeding connecting traffic through their home hubs in Abu Dhabi and Doha.
Emirates now operates a second daily flight with the double-decker Airbus A380, configured with about 440 seats, on the Bangkok-Dubai route.
The superjumbo replaced flight EK373, which used a smaller wide-body jet, the Boeing 777-300ER, before Oct 27.
The sixth Bangkok-Dubai flight, EK371, is served by the B777-200, a less capable wide-body than the B777-300ER, an airline official said yesterday.
Barry Brown, senior vice-president of commercial operations for the East, said the increased capacity responds to passenger demand and reflects the importance of Thailand to the airline.
"We have seen a steady increase in terms of services and capacity on our Southeast Asian routes," he said.
The newest A380 service connects passengers from Thailand with morning departures from Dubai, linking them to a vast network of European and US destinations.
The launch of the sixth daily flight as well as the second daily A380 between Bangkok and Dubai lets Emirates offer "even greater travel options and comfort" for Bangkok passengers, said Jabr Al-Azeeby, manager for Thailand and Indochina.
Emirates has consistently increased services through Thailand with a fifth daily Bangkok-Dubai flight introduced in March this year, following a non-stop daily flight between Dubai and Phuket added last December.
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