Emirates recommits A380 to New York route
Emirates will relaunch its Dubai - New York Airbus A380 service on 31 October.The aircraft’s reinstatement on one of Emirates’ double daily Dubai – JFK routes comes as the carrier reported a significant increase in revenue for the Americas in 2009-10, representing a year-on-year rise of 8.1 percent. Growth in the Americas helped steer the airline to a net profit of AED 3.5 billion (US$ 964 million), while 27.5 million passengers flew with Emirates over the last financial year, over 20 percent more than in 2008- 09. Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “We promised to return the A380 to New York as soon as demand recovered and we have been true to our word.”Emirates’ expansion plans for the region will be boosted by a significant increase in capacity. The airline is scheduled to receive 11 new wide-body aircraft in 2010, including Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s. Emirates currently operates eight A380 aircraft, serving London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland. In March 2010, the airline also announced the start of A380 services to Beijing from 1 August and Manchester from 1 September.