Recently, multi-award winning international carrier, Emirates upgraded the Abuja route’s operational aircraft to a Boeing 777-300ER from 777-300 Classic. In this piece, ANTHONY AWUNOR writes that the new offering is going to be a great and worthwhile flight experience to Nigerian passengers.
To demonstrate their commitment to the Nigeria market and to ensure they offer world class products and services to Nigerian customers, Emirates Airlines has upgraded the Abuja route’s operating aircraft to a Boeing 777-300ER from the 777-300 classic, with effect from 15th September 2018.
With this development, the EK785 and 786 would be on the Dubai-Abuja-Dubai routes four times in a week. The new aircraft also boasts new innovations in the aviation industry to provide an enhanced flying experience, at 40,000 ft.
The B777-300ER is a three – class cabin with 310 seats in Economy Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 8 seats in First Class. Economy Class would feature specially designed and contoured seats in a 3-4-3 configuration with 2-4-2 configuration in the last rows with generous space for passengers and Business Class offers comfortable sleeperette seats which recline to a 78” long lie flat bed.
First Class features the world’s first private suites with privacy screens, massage-enabled leather seats which convert to flat beds include luxurious comfort covers, down pillows and cotton-lined blankets. Passengers travelling in First Class would also find the BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare in their private suites and brand new Bowers & Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones, to amplify the viewing experience on ice.
Across the globe, Emirates B777-300ER remains a special aircraft because the airline is the largest B777 operator in the world, and the only airline that operates all 777 types. The Boeing 777 gives Emirates the operational flexibility in terms of capacity and range, to operate non-stop flights to most major destinations around the world Dubai. The B777-300ER is an upgrade to the current aircraft for Abuja, for one it is a larger aircraft – meaning is can accommodate higher passenger capacity in 3 class and 2 class. The aircraft scheduled for Abuja is a 3 class passenger capacity with 360 seats of which 310 is for Economy Class, 42 seats for Business Class and 8 seats for First Class.
Commenting on the upgrade, the regional manager West Africa, Afzal Parambil, said that “the upgrade of our Abuja service to a Boeing 777-300ER demonstrates our commitment to the Nigeria market and is another step to ensure we offer world class products and services to our customers. Since its launch in 2014 Emirates boosted international tourism and trade in Abuja from a raft of destinations in the Far East, West Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America.“Emirates constantly strives to provide its passengers with the very best service and the introduction of a Boeing B777-300ER reflects that commitment. Our 777-300ER will offer Emirates’ renowned cabin comforts and facilities, including our award-winning ice entertainment system,” he pointed out.
On-board, customers would enjoy specially created regional menus and a wide range of movies, TV programmes, games and music through ice, Emirates’ multi-award winning in-flight entertainment system, while being served by Emirates’ multi-lingual cabin crew from over 130 nationalities and speak 60 languages.
On what customers stand to gain from flying the new aircraft, Afzal said, “The passengers will have a completely different flying experience in our 3 class aircraft. Economy Class passengers will have specially designed and contoured seats in 3-4-3 configuration, articulated seat bottom pan which moves forward when seat is reclined to over 6” and a back-mounted LCD screen.
“Business Class passenger’s comfortable sleeperette seats recline to a 78” long flat bed with an electronically-operated footrest and lumbar support and an adjustable headrest. First Class passengers will have their own suites for a superior and relaxing travel experience, where their seats recline to a full-flat bed, electrically operated door, mini bar, room service feature, BYREDO travel wellness range of skincare, Bowers and Wilkins Active Noise Cancelling E1 headphones, to amplify their viewing experience just to name a few.
“Across all our flights customers can enjoy an exceptional range of in-flight entertainment from – ice our award-winning inflight entertainment system, with over 3,500 channels of on-demand entertainment, in-seat telephone, SMS and email and USB charging and power points. We offer regionally inspired dishes with a multi-course meal prepared by Emirates’ master chefs, an extensive selection of complimentary wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks served throughout the flight and savoury biscuits served with aperitifs. Additionally, our customers will be served by out multilingual cabin crew from over 161 countries,” he added.
Emirates operates in over 160 destinations across 86 countries. The airline flies from Lagos to Dubai 14 times a week, that is, 2 times daily; and from Abuja to Dubai, it flies four times in a week. Emirates flight EK785 departs Dubai daily at 1050hrs and arrives in Abuja at 1510hrs. The return flight, EK 786 departs Abuja at 1935hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0550hrs the next morning.
Emirates commenced Nigerian services on January 2nd 2004 with four flights per week from Dubai to Lagos linked with Accra in Ghana using the A330-200 aircraft. Lagos is the 73rd destination in the Emirates networks worldwide and the 10th in Africa, while Abuja is the 144th destination worldwide and 26th destination in Africa.
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