EMIRATES ADDS KHARTOUM SERVICE, TO DOUBLE FRANKFURT/DUBAI FLIGHTS
Emirates said it will add services from Dubai to Sudan's capital, Khartoum, three times a week, starting April 8.
Emirates has said it will double its daily service between Frankfurt and Dubai later this year, with the airline adding four new non-stop flights a week on August 1, and three more in early October.
The non-stop flights to Khartoum will depart Dubai every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 3 p.m. and arrive 6 p.m. local time. The return flights will leave at 7:30 p.m. and arrive in Dubai just after midnight.
Emirates SkyCargo expects meat and agricultural products to be the primary Sudan export using the service, while general trade goods and personal effects will be the main cargoes from Dubai, due to the large Sudanese expatriate community within Dubai.
Ali Al Daboos will serve as Emirates' area manager for Sudan, based at the airline's new office in East Khartoum.
The new Germany services are in response to expanding tourism and trade links between Dubai and Germany, said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates' chairman.
The new flights will leave Frankfurt in the evening and arrive at Dubai early the next day, complementing Emirates’ current daily flights Dubai and Frankfurt.
All of the services will use Airbus A330 aircraft. Emirates' network of 57 destinations provide connections to the Middle East, Europe, the Indian Subcontinent, the Far East and Australia
Emirates added services to Casablanca, Morocco's commercial capital, on March 31, and plans to start thrice-weekly service between Dubai and Mauritus in September. Emirates also plans to launch routes to Perth and Osaka.
Emirates has aircraft orders worth $15 billion, including 22 giant Airbus A380s, which will be the largest commercial aircraft when they enter service in 2006.