Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing carriers, is taking a bold step to boost its capacity between Bangkok and Dubai with the launch a sixth daily flight and a second daily Airbus 380 superjumbo service.
Emirates is raising its Bangkok-Dubai capacity in response to stronger demand.
The introduction, effective on Oct 27, which the industry considers the start of the winter season, will raise its weekly seating capacity between the city-pair to 16,660 from 12,796 now.
Barry Brown, Emirates' divisional senior vice-president for commercial operations east, said in a statement stronger passenger demand in Southeast Asia was the reason for the increase.
Emirates' Bangkok office does not keep a record of traffic between Dubai and Bangkok, but said the rationale was passenger demand from Europe, the Americas and the Middle East to fly into the region, via Dubai, is surging.
Emirates' sixth Bangkok-Dubai daily service will operate as EK370 departing Dubai at 3.20pm and arriving in Bangkok at 12.20am the following day. The return EK371 will depart Bangkok at 1.55am and arrive in Dubai at 5.45am.
A Boeing 777-200ER will operate the new route with 12 seats in first class, 42 in business and 220 in economy.
The introduction of a second daily flight on the double-decker A380 means substituting flight EK 373 for the smaller Boeing 777 twin-jet wide-body.
The airline was the first to operate an A380 to Bangkok on the Bangkok-Dubai and Bangkok-Hong Kong routes starting in 2009, then launched a daily direct flight to Phuket in December 2012.
Emirates, with an all wide-body fleet of 200 aircraft, flies to 134 destinations in 77 countries including 22 destinations in 12 countries in the Far East and Australasia.
From Bangkok, Emirates offers services to Dubai, Hong Kong, Sydney and Christchurch; from Hong Kong Emirates offers flights to Dubai and Bangkok.
In addition to the sixth Bangkok daily, Emirates is also increasing its Hong Kong services to four daily from Oct 27 and will be launching a daily, non-stop service to Clark in the Philippines from Oct 1.
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