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Emirates adds second Airbus A380 service to New York JFK

Emirates is doubling down on its service to New York JFK by introducing a second Airbus A380 service to the metropolitan city. From Friday this week, the Middle Eastern airline will add a second A380 service to its existing daily A380 service, replacing the Boeing B777-300ER. The decision comes as the airline looks to up its capacity and frequencies on its most in-demand routes.

Doubling down

Emirates is betting big on flights between Dubai and New York. From Friday 13th August 2021, the airline will fly the superjumbo on more of its rotations to the US hub. The A380 will replace the B777 on flight EK203, a four times a week service from Dubai to New York. The schedules of these flights are:

  • Dubai-New York
  • Departure time: 02:25
  • Arrival time: 08:25
  • Flight time: 14 hours
  • Flight number: EK203
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • New York-Dubai
  • Departure time: 11:35
  • Arrival time: 08:05 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 12 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: EK204
  • Frequency: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays

This addition will complement the existing A380 service from Dubai to JFK, EK201. This route is an early morning Dubai departure operating daily, which has seen the A380 back in action since early June. The schedule for this morning service is:

  • Dubai-New York
  • Departure time: 08:30
  • Arrival time: 14:25
  • Flight time: 13 hours and 55 minutes
  • Flight number: EK201
  • Frequency: Daily
  • New York-Dubai
  • Departure time: 22:20
  • Arrival time: 19:05 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 12 hours and 45 minutes
  • Flight number: EK202
  • Frequency: Daily

The addition of second A380 service to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport is clearly indicating how popular the flights to New York are, despite the ongoing challenges of traveling internationally.

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Growing the A380 operations

Emirates has been slowly bringing the A380 back into service following the COVID-19 pandemic. With the largest A380 fleet in the world, the airline has been unable to follow in the footsteps of its Middle East rivals, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways, both of whom have removed the type from service long term.

As such, the A380 has been slowly making its way back into the schedule for the summer. Since July, flights to Los Angeles, Toronto and Washington D.C. are also seeing the superjumbo flying.

August has seen something of a slowdown in terms of destinations that the A380 will visit. Just one new destination was added – Mauritius, which would see two-flights-a-week.

Although new destinations were scarce in august, the airline was busy ramping up frequencies at its most important airports. Munich saw three flights added for the month, while Guangzhou saw two. Amman had four additional flights scheduled for the month, while the always interesting short hop to Jeddah has 13 more flights added in August.

The Dubai-based carrier is also operating a second Airbus A380 flight to Amman, Jordan in August.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently launched a new account-based payment system called ‘Emirates Pay’. The airline has also reopened on its dedicated First Class lounge at Dubai International Airport and has launched an all-new airport service at Dubai International Airport to assist passengers more better. The carrier has launched flights to Miami, Florida making it the airline’s 12th destination in the United States. Emirates, just a few days ago, announced a interline partnership with Mexico’s Aeromar. The carrier has also resumed flights to Glasgow, Scotland following UK government’s decision to move the UAE to the Amber list.

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