emirates777
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Emirates To Johannesburg

Sun Mar 18, 2007 1:31 am

Emirates have been granted additional flights into JNB under the revised UAE-South Africa bilateral. As a result, eff 3 June, Emirates will add 4 additional weekly flights to Johannesburg (JNB). Flight details as follows:

EK765 DEP DXB 14.40 ARR JNB 20.50
EK766 DEP JNB 22.30 ARR DXB 08.30 (next day)

Flights operate on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
The new flights will be operated using B777-300ER aircraft in a 2-class configuration. Its most likely these will be the "ULR" designated aircraft offering the new lie flat business class seats.

The flights have been timed to connect well with Emirates Sub-continent, Australia and Far East flights. In particular the addition of 2nd dailies to PVG and PEK should connect well with these additional JNB flights.

As a result of the additional JNB frequencies, the MNL route is no longer going to upgrade to double-daily until additional crewed aircraft capacity becomes available. In the period from end of March to beginning of June, the MNL route will have a number of extra flights.

Also Emirates has some additional B77W (high density) capacity available which is being earmarked for the Jakarta (CGK) route. Once the revised bilateral is signed (which according to Indonesia manager Jon Rotikan is going to be "soon"), expect the morning nonstop CGK to move to a daily operation from the current 3x weekly. As a result CGK will be operated double-daily.

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RE: Emirates To Johannesburg

Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:43 am

Quoting Emirates777 (Thread starter):
Emirates will add 4 additional weekly flights to Johannesburg (JNB).

JNB is EK's star performer, so its hardly surprising that additional capacity/frequency is being introduced. I'm sure that EK will deploy A380's on the JNB flights once they arrive.

On another note, I'm a bit surprised that EK has decided to exclude CPT once again. I also thought that DUR might come into consideration as it has a large Indian population group.
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RE: Emirates To Johannesburg

Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:49 am

JoKeR,
Yes you are correct about JNB's performance. 2 of the 45x A380s have already been allocated for the JNB route. Under the new bilateral Emirates have been granted rights for a daily Cape Town service. This will most likely be started in 2008 once new aircraft arrive or earlier if additional crewed capacity becomes available.

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RE: Emirates To Johannesburg

Sun Mar 18, 2007 2:58 am

Quoting Emirates777 (Reply 2):
Under the new bilateral Emirates have been granted rights for a daily Cape Town service.

Thanks for that!

Any idea why DUR is not being considered at this time? Surely EK would achieve excellent loads, say on three times weekly A330 services? Perhaps aircraft shortage or bilateral restrctions?

[Edited 2007-03-17 20:05:11]
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RE: Emirates To Johannesburg

Sun Mar 18, 2007 3:32 am

Durban is definintely in Emirates planned list of future destinations. However the recently revised bilateral only added one city - Cape Town.

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RE: Emirates To Johannesburg

Sun Mar 18, 2007 11:54 am

Quoting Emirates777 (Reply 2):
Under the new bilateral Emirates have been granted rights for a daily Cape Town service.

Such a service is long overdue, although it seems that additional JNB service is getting priority, and will give EK an edge over the likes of QR, which serves CPT via JNB.

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