Emirates EK flights
Emirates Airline EK flights and destinations
Emirates Airline general information
See Emirates Airline (airline code EK) page. Includes information about:
- Emirates Airline Terminal 3 at Dubai Airport
- Emirates Airline visas to UAE
- Emirates Airline financial performance
- Skytrax World Airline Awards 2009
- Emirates Airline aircraft numbers
- Emirates Airline sponsorship deals
- Emirates Airline history and timeline
- Emirates Airline and Sri Lankan Airlines partnership
List of countries Emirates Airlines fly to from Dubai, UAE. EK routes by country (incomplete)
- Afghanistan - Kabul (04 Dec 2013)
- Algeria - Algiers (01 Mar 2013)
- America - see Canada, USA, South America
- Angola - Luanda LAD (02 Aug 2009 25 Oct 2009, 3x weekly, frequency increased to daily from 01 Dec 2013)
- Argentina - Buenos Aires (03 Jan 2012)
- Austria - Vienna
- Australia - Adelaide (01 Nov 2012), Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
- Bangladesh - Dhaka
- Brazil - Rio De Janeiro (03 Jan 2012), Sao Paulo
- Canada - Toronto
- China - Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai
- Czech Republic - Prague
- Cyprus - Larnaca
- Denmark - Copenhagen (01 Aug 2011)
- England - see UK
- France - Lyon (05 Dec 2012), Nice, Paris
- Germany - Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
- Great Britain - see UK
- Greece - Athens
- Guinea - Conakry (27 Oct 2013)
- Hong Kong - Hong Kong
- Holland - see Netherlands
- Hungary - Budapest (27 Oct 2014)
- India -
- Indonesia - Jakarta
- Iraq - Bagdhad (13 Nov 2011), Basra, Erbil (12 Aug 2012)
- Ireland - Dublin (09 Jan 2012)
- Italy - Milan, Rome, Venice
- Japan - Osaka, Tokyo, Tokyo Haneda (03 Jun 2013)
- Jordan - Amman (1986)
- Korea - see South Korea
- Libya - Tripoli
- Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur
- Maldives - Male
- Malta - Malta
- Nigeria - Abuja (01 Aug 2014), Kano (01 Aug 2014).
- Nepal - no but under consideration (13 Mar 2014 reports). Perhaps Kathmandu.
- Netherlands - Amsterdam
- New Zealand - Auckland, Christchurch
- Norway - Oslo (02 Sep 2014)
- Pakistan - Islamabad, Karachi (EK's first destination, in 1985), Peshawar, Sialkot (05 Nov 2013)
- Philippines - Clark International Airport (01 Oct 2013, cancelled 01 May 2014), Manila (3x daily?)
- Poland - Warsaw (06 Feb 2013)
- Portugal - Lisbon (09 July 2012)
- Russia - Moscow, St Petersburg (01 Nov 2011)
- Scotland - see UK
- Senegal - Dakar
- Singapore - Singapore
- Spain - Barcelona (from 03 July 2012), Madrid
- South America - see Argentina, Brazil
- South Korea - Seoul
- Sri Lanka - Colombo
- Sweden - Stockholm (04 or 05 Sep 2013).
- Switzerland - Geneva (01 Jun 2011), Zurich.
- Taiwan - Taipei (10 Feb 2014).
- Thailand - Bangkok, Phuket (10 Dec 2012).
- Turkey - Istanbul.
- UK - Birmingham, Glasgow, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle.
- Ukraine - Kyiv (Kiev) (16 Jan 2014).
- USA - Boston (10 Mar 2014), Chicago (05 Aug 2014), Dallas-Fort Worth (02 Feb 2012), Houston, Los Angeles (01 Sep 2008 26 Oct 2008), New York (NY City), San Francisco, Seattle (01 Mar 2012), Washington DC (12 Sep 2012). Update 01 Sep 2013 - Reuters interviewed Thierry Antinori, chief commercial officer at EK, and reported that EK plans to double the number of US destinations to 15 in the next 3-5 years, with another 3 destinations to be added by 2014, possibly including Boston, Chicago, Miami.
- Vietnam - Ho Chi Min City (04 Jun 2012).
To be added/updated: Africa, India, Middle East, Pakistan.
List of Emirates Airline flight routes not originating in Dubai (?) Or Fifth-freedom routes from locations other than Dubai (?)
- *Transatlantic route from Milan to New York - starting 01 October 2013. Dubai to Milan, Italy to New York, USA back to Milan to Dubai. Marketed as a new transatlantic EK flight not originating out of Dubai. Except it does, as flight EK205 from Dubai to Milan. Not clear how it is different from other EK flights that make one or more stops before doing a U-turn, for example EK flies three A380s from Dubai to Brisbane (EK434), Melbourne (EK402), Sydney (EK412) in Australia which then continue to Auckland in NZ, and stop again in Australia on the return journey. Perhaps it's a media thing that puts a different spin on the NY-Milan flight.
List of Emirates Airlines EK flight destinations and cities from Dubai International Airport DXB
- Colombo (Male) - Male and Colombo code-share flights with Sri Lankan airlines no longer in operation.
- Peshawar - Peshawar flights diverted to Islamabad from mid August 2009 after rocket attacks at Peshawar Airport, and an explosion at the only 5 star hotel in Peshawar. Flights to resume in November 2009 (not confirmed)?
- Canada - 24 February 2010 Emirates Airlines press release about a study by InterVISTAS Consulting, a transportation and tourism consultancy, said that increasing Emirates Airlines flights to Canada would bring up to $480 million of economic benefit, 2800 jobs, and 275,000 additional passengers. Those figures would be if there were daily flights to Calgary and Vancouver, and if Toronto flights were increased to 2x per day.
- Tripoli - Emirates suspended flights to Tripoli in Libya according to an announcement on 22 February 2011 - "Due to the continuing unrest in Libya, flights will no longer go via Tripoli until further notice." Update 13 Aug 2012 - Emirates announced they would resume flights on 29 October 2012. Update 28 May 2013 - flights would resume 01 Sep 2013 (WAM).
- Abidjan - EK flights to Abidjan (airport code ABJ), Cote D'Ivoire, cancelled/suspended from 01 April 2011 to 04, 10, 14, 24, 30 April, 15 May 2011 due to unrest in the country.
- Damascus, Syria - EK flights suspended indefinitely from 29 Nov 2012 due to the unrest in Syria, according to an Emirates statement.
- Kiev, Ukraine:
- 17 Jul 2014: EK flights suspended from Thu 17 Jul 2014 after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 shot down over Ukraine during conflict with Russia. Flight EK171 from DXB on 17 Jul 2014 returned to Dubai without completing its journey to Kiev.
- 09 Jul 2014: EK announced that flights to Kiev would be suspended indefinitely from 01 Aug 2014 "due to the ongoing political uncertainty in the Ukraine which has resulted in weakened demand ..."
- May 2014: EK flight frequency to Kiev reduced from daily to 4x weekly.
- 01 May 2012 (Associated Press report) - the Chairman of Emirates Airline, Sheik Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, was asked in an interview about further destinations in the USA - Q: You don’t fly to Chicago, Atlanta or Detroit, for example. Are those possibilities? A: Oh yeah. I think one day we’ll fly to Chicago, yes. Fly one day to Florida? Yes. Flying to other destinations? Yes, why not?
- 20 July 2010 - After Emirates placed an order for more 777 planes at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show, the Executive Vice Chairman, Sir Maurice Flanagan, was reported by The National, 20 July 2010, as saying "We'd like to go to Kiev, St Petersburg and Chicago, ... "
- As of 09 February 2011 (press release), Emirates flies to 110 cities in 66 different countries in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Middle East, North America, South America
- As of 20 July 2010, Emirates has 150 aircraft, and flies to 103 cities in 63 different countries. It plans to increase that to 200 destinations and to increase workforce from 40,000 to 80,0000 employees by 2020.
Emirates EK Baggage Allowances
Emirates Business 24-7 reported on 24 January 2011 that an EK announcement dated 23 January 2011 said the "... extra baggage allowance of 10kg hitherto to economy class passengers on selected routes will be withdrawn with effect from February 1, 2011." Actual news release from EK not supplied or found. Baggage allowance details below based on EK information 01 March 2011, unknown if adjusted for reduction or not - they appear to be the same allowances as prior to the EK announcement. Assume actual allowances for economy class are 10 kg less than stated below unless you have official information to the contrary. EK website baggage FAQs says "Emirates has one of the world's most generous baggage policies. Economy Class customers can check in 30 kg, ..." (last checked 01 March 2011). But check the terms and conditions of your ticket carefully for any revised baggage allowances or other small print that will allow EK to sting you with excess baggage charges.
|Brazil||2 x 32kg||2 x 32kg||2 x 32kg|
|Canada||2 x 23kg||2 x 32kg||2 x 32kg|
|United States||2 x 23kg||2 x 32kg||2 x 32kg|
|Other countries||30kg (or 20kg?)||40kg||50kg||+12kg||+16kg|
- Checked baggage allowances: Economy Class 30kg (or maybe reduced to 20 kg from February 2011), Business Class 40kg, First Class 50kg. Except for USA, Canada and Brazil: baggage allowance is 2 pieces of not more than 23 or 32 kgs each depending on destination, class of travel, and Skywards membership tier, with a restriction on dimensions (see EK website for complete details).
- No single piece should weigh more than 32kg irrespective of class of travel, destination, allowance. Note that this is a Dubai Civil Aviation Authority regulation, not an EK rule.
- Sporting equipment accepted includes bodyboards, kayaks, kitesurfing equipment, pole vaults, skis (water and snow), snowboards, surfboards, windsurf boards. Length limitation is 3 meters (10 feet), or possibly up to 4m if you contact EK at least a week in advance of your flight.
- Bicycles, scuba gear, and other sports equipment also accepted but should be within weight allowance for that class of travel (although you're more likely to get away with being over the limit on EK than with many other airlines).
- One set of golf clubs and one pair of golf shoes accepted additional to the normal baggage allowance.
- Firearms and ammunition - might be accepted but check with EK, and be wary of what they say anyway. An American was arrested in Abu Dhabi in 2009 for transporting weapons related material (a gun cleaning kit apparently) even though he claimed he had permission from the airline. The National reported 17 June 2009 that He said the weapon was approved both by Philadelphia International Airport and Emirates Airline before he boarded the flight. The US Department of State website (travel.state.gov) says "U.S. citizens have been arrested and jailed for transporting such weapons and equipment without the express written authorization of the UAE government, even though airline and U.S. authorities allowed shipment on a U.S.-originating flight."
- Excess baggage charges are approximately (in 2011) AED 50-200 per kg depending on destination. Allow AED 50/kg for Middle East and India destinations from Dubai, AED 100/kg for Europe and Asia destinations, AED 200/kg for Australia and New Zealand, AED 700 per piece (not per kg) for destinations in North and South America. A 15% discount is available if you pre-book and pay excess baggage charges online. Probably not worth doing in our opinion since most of the time there is at least a 15% tolerance over the maximum allowance when checking in, unless you get a particularly grumpy check-in attendant, and/or EK decides to become stricter (hopefully not as a result of reading this).
Lost baggage claims with Emirates Airlines
- Lost luggage in our experience stays lost, and EK were entirely unhelpful in assisting us to reclaim the lost baggage.
- After two trips to the lost baggage counter (both times misinforming us about the procedure to reclaim the lost items), several unreturned phone calls to several different departments, and several unanswered emails to several different email addresses, we gave up.
- Our best suggestion is to check everything carefully on arrival, and if you have lost something (or something is damaged), do not leave the airport baggage claim area (we'll say that again: do not leave the airport baggage claim area) until you have a copy of a form that officially logs your lost property - our mistake was taking the word of the duty staff to contact another department by email or phone. The other department appeared to have procedures in place to lose your lost property complaints.
- On 08 April 2011, news media reported that an EK Service Supervisor was on trial at the Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance for stealing passenger belongings in the Dubai Terminal 3 departure area. Allegedly he pressured travellers to leave excess baggage behind so he lift their goodies later. Gulf News reported that a police officer testified that "The informant also claimed that the suspect used to intentionally pressure some passengers to leave behind their excess luggage that cause them overweight. Then he would allegedly take the luggage for himself. We placed M.B. under observation to catch him red-handed..." The accused pleaded not guilty. The trial continues on 12 May 2011.
Emirates Airline baggage handling
- A BBC news report 03 June 2010 about a survey done by the LV insurance company, had Emirates Airlines as 3rd worst airline for baggage problems according to UK based travellers, with 1 in 9 having a problem.
- In first spot was British Airways with 1 in 4 passengers experiencing a problem. BA apparently said the statistic was "complete rubbish" which probably won't reassure the 25% of BA travellers who have suffered a bag problem.
Wireless internet wi-fi connections on Emirates flights
- Emirates is introducing OnAir Wi-Fi on A380 aircraft during 2011 and 2012 (so far). Don't expect it to be cheap.
Emirates partner airlines and codeshare agreements (not a complete list)
With Partner Airlines, Skywards frequent flier members get air miles credited to their accounts when they fly on one of the partner airlines, which, as of February 2012, include:
- Alaska Airlines
- Japan Airlines (JL)
- Jet Airways
- Kingfisher Airlines
- Korean Air
- South African Airways
With codeshare agreements, airlines share bookings under the code of one airline (although a different airline might be used for some flights) to make it easier for passengers to book flights to a greater number of destinations on the same ticket.
- American Airlines
- [Total 19 destinations, check] Bangkok Airways (05 Aug 2015) - codeshare agreement with EK adding 14 new Southeast Asia destinations including Koh Samui and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Siem Reap in Cambodia, and Yangon and Mandalay in Myanmar by connecting to Bangkok Airways flights from Bangkok Suvranabhumi, Phuket, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
- Iberia - under consideration or discussion - EK President, Tim Clark was reported as saying "We have got under study other codeshares with other carriers such as TAP Air Portugal in Lisbon, Iberia in Spain ..." (Gulf News 11 June 2012).
- Japan Airlines (JL) - to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) (Japan)
- JetBlue - codeshare agreement with Emirates announced 20 April 2012 (press release) for passengers on EK flights to New York JFK connecting to Boston, Burlington, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Portland, Maine, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa, and Washington Dulles with JetBlue services EK and JetBlue have been interline partners since 2010.
- Philippine Airlines
- Qantas - possibly under discussion (as of June 2012 - see Emirates Airlines page). EK President, Tim Clark, was reported in the Gulf News 11 June 2012 as saying "But don’t forget, in 1996 when we started the route, we wanted to do codeshares with Qantas then but they didn’t want to do it then. And I think they are willing to do it now."
- South African Airways
- TAP Air Portugal - under consideration or discussion (see Iberia)
- Thai International
- V Australia - codeshare agreement announced 16 September 2009 for flights between Australia and New Zealand. Starting from 25 October 2009, V Australia code will be used on Emirates flights from Sydney to Christchurch, and Sydney to Auckland.
Emirates interline agreements - tickets can be booked and paid for with one carrier but use another carrier's routes. Interline partners mean it should be possible to check baggage right through to destination when changing from one carrier to another at a stopover or in transit. List below as of 20 April 2012.
ELECTRONIC INTERLINE CARRIER AGREEMENTS-EK, INTERLINE CARRIER CODES: AA - AB - AC - AF - AH - AI - AS - AT - AV - AY - AZ - A3 - A9 - BA - BD - BE - BI - BP - BR - BT - B6 - CA - CI - CM - CO - CX - CY - CZ - DJ - DL - DN - D3 - EI - ET - EY - FB - FI - FJ - FM - FV - FZ - F9 - GA - GF - G3 - HG - HM - HR - IB - IE - IG - IR - IT - IY - I5 - JJ - JL - JO - JP - JQ - JU - J2 - KA - KC - KE - KK - KL - KM - KQ - KU - LA - LG - LH - LO - LP - LX - MA - ME - MH - MI - MK - MP - MS - MU - NH - NU - NW - NZ - OA - OK - OS - OU - OV - OZ - PG - PR - PS - PU - PW - PX - PZ - QF - QR - RJ - RO - SA - SB - SK - SQ - SU - SV - SW - S7 - TG - TK - TM - TN - TP - TU - T3 - UA - UL - US - U6 - U7 - VA - VK - VN - VR - VS - VV - VX - V7 - WF - WS - WY - W3 - XL - YM - Z5 - 0O - 4M - 4Q - 8M - 9B - 9W
- Arik Air
- S7 (Siberian Airlines)
- Virgin Blue
Emirates A380 routes
- 15 Jul 2013 - EK has 35 A380s in service, flying to 21 destinations, another 5 destinations due to launch by February 2014 (Brisbane, Los Angeles, Mauritius, Zurich, Barcelona). Another 55 A380s due for delivery to EK.
- 11 Nov 2009 (GN) - Emirates planned to have 20 A380s in service by the end of 2010 but that was revised to 15.
- 15 Jul 2013 - daily A380 flight starts to Barcelona from 01 Feb 2014.
- 10 Jul 2013 - a 2nd daily A380 flight announced for Bangkok starting 27 Oct 2013, BKK will have 6x daily flights, 2x A380 daily flights.
- 09 Jul 2013 - Mauritius is the 23rd (again?) EK A380 destination announced, flights starting 16 Dec 2013. Update 16 Dec 2013 - Mauritius changed from 23rd to 24th EK A380 destination (WAM).
- 12 Jun 2013 - Los Angeles is the 23rd Emirates A380 destination to be announced.
- -Amsterdam (01 August 2012) - announced 16 February 2012. Flight EK147 departs DXB 0825 hrs, arrives AMS Schiphol 1330 hrs. Return flight EK148 departs AMS 1530 hrs, lands at DXB 2359 hrs.
- Athens (26 Oct 2012) - Flight EK105 departs DXB at 0855, arrives Athens at 1250. Flight EK106 departs Athens at 1640, arrives DXB at 2205 (press release 20 Oct 2012). Not seen in list of EK A380 destinations checked 17 Jun 2013.
- -Auckland (01 Feb 2009 via Sydney, 01 Oct 2012 via Melbourne, 01 Oct 2013 via Brisbane)
- -Bangkok (01 Jun 2009) - 2x daily A380s from 27 Oct 2013. Up to 4x daily from 01 Dec 2015.
- -Barcelona (01 Feb 2014) - daily A380 with 517 seats to Barcelona El Prat Airport, replacing existing Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, announced 15 Jul 2013 (WAM).
- -Beijing, China (01 Aug 2010) - announced 01 March 2010 (press release), daily flight EK306 departing DXB 0410, arrive Beijing Capital International Airport PEK 1510, EK307 departs PEK 2355, arrives DXB 0420 next day.
- -Brisbane (01 Oct 2013)
- Copenhagen (01 Dec 2015)
- *Dallas - Fort Worth (01 Oct 2014).
- *Frankfurt, Germany (01 Sep 2014) - announced 06 Jun 2014. Flight EK45 DXB to FRA change from Boeing 777 to A380.
- -Hong Kong (01 Oct 2010) - announced 19 Aug 2010. A380 flight via Bangkok.
- Houston (03 Dec 2014) - George Bush Intercontinental Airport, flights EK211 DXB to IAH and EK212 IAH to DXB, announced 19 Jun 2014 (WAM).
- -Jeddah (01 Feb 2010)
- Johannesburg, South Africa (01 October 2011) - "The daily A380 service will start 1 October 2011" (press release 11 May 2011).
- -Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) (starting 01 December 2011 - delayed to 01 January 2012) - announced 26 July 2011 press release. EK346 departs Dubai 0405 hrs, arrives KL 1455 hrs. EK347 departs KL 1930 hrs, arrives Dubai 2230 hrs.
- *Kuwait City, Kuwait (16 Jul 2014). A one-off demonstration flight EK857 was made on 27 Feb 2011.
- London Gatwick (30 Mar 2014) - announced 27 Dec 2013 (WAM). The A380 replaces the Boeing 777-300ER currently used on the Dubai-LGW route. EK will be "the first airline to introduce a daily scheduled A380 service to the airport," according to Thierry Antinori, Executive VP and CCO of Emirates Airline. From 01 Jan 2016 all 3 daily flights to LGW will be with an A380 aircraft (announced 06 Aug 2015).
- -London Heathrow (01 Dec 2008) - and from 10 Dec 2012 (brought forward from 01 Feb 2013) all 5 daily flights will be with an A380 (WAM news 01 Dec 2012).
- Los Angeles (02 Dec 2013) - flight EK215 departs DXB 0820, arrives Tom Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (airport code LAX) at 1250. Return flight EK216 departs LAX 1600, arrives DXB 1950 (next day) (press release 13 Jun 2013).
- Madrid (Aug 2015)
- -Manchester (start date 01 September 2010) - 517 seats on flights EK017 from Dubai (dep 0755) and EK018 from Manchester (dep 1410).
- -Mauritius (start date 16 Dec 2013) - daily flights. Flight EK701 (Tu,Th,Fr,Su) and EK3701 (Mo,We,Sa) depart DXB 0310, arrive Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (airport code MRU) at 0940. Return flights depart MRU at 1820, arrive DXB at 0110 next day. Announced 09 Jul 2013 (WAM).
- -Melbourne (starting 01 October 2012) - announced 21 December 2012, on the Dubai-Melbourne-Auckland route.
- -Moscow (01 Dec 2012)
- *Mumbai, India (21 Jul 2014).
- -Munich, Germany (start date 01 January 2012 - changed to 25 November 2011), daily flights. Second daily A380 starts 30 Mar 2014.
- -New York (01 Aug 2008 - 01 June 2009), after June 2009, the double decker air bus will fly to Toronto and Bangkok, and a B777-300ER will take over on the DXB-JFK route. There were reports in 2009 that A380 might return to the New York route in early 2010, but it didn't. A Reuters 19 May 2010 report said the A380 would start New York flights again at the end of October 2010. From 01 January 2013, two flights per day operated by an A380 (WAM 01 Dec 2012).
- -Paris (01 Feb 2010 29 December 2009) - Emirates has two flights per day from Dubai to Paris but will only use the A380 for the morning flight - EK073 departs DXB 0800, arrives CDG 1225 (press release 24 June 2009). Annoucement on 25 November 2009 that start date moved forward, but A380 only on 3 morning flights per week. From 01 January 2013, two flights per day operated with an A380 (WAM news 01 Dec 2012).
- Perth - from mid 2013 according to news reports 16-17 November 2012.
- -Rome - unconfirmed rumour or story that A380 flights would launch to Rome by Jan 2010. They didn't. Update - regular A380 service to Rome will begin 01 December 2011 - EK97 departs Dubai 0910, arrives Rome 1235, EK98 departs Rome 1435, arrives Dubai 2305.
- San Francisco (01 Dec 2014) - flights EK225 DXB to SFO and EK226 SFO to DXB, announced 19 Jun 2014 (WAM).
- -Seoul (Nov 2009 14 December 2009)
- -Shanghai (27 Apr 2011) - announced in 11 April 2011 press release. An A380 with 489 seats will fly 3x weekly direct (Sun, Wed, Fri). Flight EK302 departs DXB 0310 and arrives Shanghai Pudong International Airport (airport code PVG) 1530. Return flight EK303 departs PVG 2330 and arrives DXB next day at 0430.
- -Singapore (Dec 2009 ... or 01 Dec 2012) - "The first A380 flight between Dubai and Seoul’s Incheon International Airport will depart in November, while the Singapore service will start in December and initially run four times weekly" (press release 18 Feb 2009). Update 19 Sep 2012 - EK will start flying A380 to Singapore from 01 December 2012. During September 2012 EK is "... operating a two week ad-hoc Airbus A380 service between Dubai and Singapore ..." (not clear what happened to the Dec 2009 start date).
- -Sydney (01 Feb 2009)
- Tokyo (01 July 2012) - announced 21 December 2011. Not seen in list of EK A380 destinations checked 17 Jun 2013.
- -Toronto (01 Jun 2009)
- Zurich, Switzerland (01 Jan 2014) - Flight EK087 flight departs DXB 0825, arrives Zurich International Airport (airport code ZRH) 1220. Return flight EK088 departs ZRH at 1435, arrives DXB 2340 (press release 05 Jun 2013).
Irregular or one-off A380 Emirates flights
- Barcelona (Feb 2013) - 2x ad-hoc A380 flights to Barcelona El Prat Airport.
- Berlin (delivery flight only) - a new EK A380 will be flown the Airbus plant at Hamburg-Finkenwerder to the ILA Berlin Airshow grounds in Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport for handover as the 10th Emirates A380 plane (WAM 07 June 2010). Date of flight 08 June 2010? ILA Berlin Airshow runs from 08-13 June 2010. HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group will be there to receive the keys.
- Birmingham (09 Sep 2009) - one flight only to celebrate Birmingham International Airport's 70th anniversary.
- Kuwait - one demonstration flight only on 27 Feb 2011, EK857. Regular schedule possibly at some time in the future.
- Mauritius - special flight as part of the 45th anniversary celebrations of the independence of the Republic of Mauritius in March 2013. Flight EK701 will arrive in Mauritius at 0940, return flight EK702 will depart at 2320 (WAM 20 January 2013).
- Milan - a one-off flight in July 2010 to unveil the new Fly Emirates AC Milan shirt.
- New Delhi, India - one flight only on 15 July 2010 to celebrate the opening of a new airport terminal but there are reportedly no plans to start a regular A380 service to New Delhi - Emirates has no immediate plan to start regular A380 service to New Delhi, said a spokeswoman for the Dubai-based airline who declined to be identified because of company policy - (Bloomberg 06 July 2010). Update: Then again, plans change ... Tim Clark, President of EK, reportedly said "We want to take the A380 to India. It would be hugely popular," (Bloomberg 19 July 2011), but Indian Government regulations as of the date of that report do not allow planes larger than a 747 to land at Indian Airports, possibly to help prop up Air India ... the same report said Nasim Zaidi, secretary at the Ministry of Civil Aviation, declined to comment when asked if the government was delaying A380 approvals to help Air India. An Air India spokesman declined to comment, and Air India Chairman Arvind Jadhav did not respond to two calls to his mobile phone, calls to his office and e-mailed questions.
- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - an A380 will operate from Dubai to Riyadh on 23 September 2011 to commemorate the 81st National Day of Saudi Arabia. Flight EK817 departs DXB 1655 on 23 Sep 2011, arrives King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh (airport code RUH) at 1745. Return flight EK818 departs RUH 2045 and arrives DXB at 2325. It will be the first time an A380 flies to RUH (press release 12 Sep 2011).
- Rome - Emirates anounced a one-off A380 flight going to Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport in Rome to celebrate the airport's 50th anniversary, and also to celebrate the 150th year of Italian unification. EK97 departs Dubai at 0855 and lands in Rome at 1315 on 06 Jun 2011 (instead of flights EK 97 and EK 98). The return flight will be on 07 June 2011, departure time from Fiumicino at 1645, and arrival in Dubai at 0035 on 08 June 2011.
Emirates Airlines bus services from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
- Emirates provides free buses to and from Abu Dhabi and Al Ain for EK passengers arriving at and departing from Dubai Airport Terminal 3.
- Travel time about 2 hours from AAN or AUH. Frequencies increased in August 2010 (15 Aug 2010 press release):
- Abu Dhabi departures 4x daily from Emirates Town Office, Corniche, Khalidiya, at 0330, 0930, 1600, 2130.
- Dubai to Abu Dhabi departure times from EK Terminal 3 at 0200, 0800, 1430, 2300.
- Al Ain departures 3x daily from Emirates Office, Emirates Commercial Complex, Khalifa Street at 0330, 1000, 2100.
- Dubai to Al Ain departure timings from T3 at 0200, 0800, 1430.
- Bus capacity 49 passengers, upgraded comfort levels in mid-2010.
Emirates Airline and FlyDubai connections
- Passengers can book their entire journey with Emirates if transferring to a Fly Dubai (FZ) flight to some FZ destinations (usually ones not served by EK).
- EK should arrange transfers between Terminal 2 (FZ) and Terminal 3 (EK) at Dubai International Airport, and boarding passes. Look for the Transfer Desk on arrival.
- EK baggage policy should apply for the entire journey (which might mean no being hit for the bag fees that FlyDubai charge travellers with more than a small cabin bag).
Emirates Airlines new routes in 2014, and flight changes
- Abuja, Nigeria - flights start 01 Aug 2014.
- Boston, USA - daily flights to Boston Logan International Airport (airport code BOS), using a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, start date 10 Mar 2014. Flight EK237 departs DXB at 0945, arrives Boston at 1515 same day (local time). Return flight EK238 departs BOS at 2255, arrives DXB 1910 next day. Codeshare agreement with JetBlue means EK and JetBlue passengers can travel on both airline's services, and earn reciprocal miles (but on which routes was not made clear in the press release) (announced 19 Sep 2013).
- Budapest, Hungary - daily flights start date 27 Oct 2014 to Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (IATA code BUD). Aircraft used will be an Airbus A330-200 with business and economy class, total 278 seats. Announced 14 Jul 2014. Schedule: EK111 departs DXB 0820, arrives BUD 1135. EK112 departs BUD 1505, arrives DXB 2330.
- Chicago, USA - flights start 05 Aug 2014.
- Clark International Airport, Manila, Philippines - service suspended or cancelled from 01 May 2014 (started 01 Oct 2013). EK statement said "Emirates can confirm that it is suspending its daily, non-stop service between Clark International Airport and Dubai from 1st May 2014." EK will continue to operate 3x daily flights to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. First reported or rumoured 20 Mar 2014? EK announcement made 23 Mar 2014.
- Kano, Nigeria - start date 01 Aug 2014.
- Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine - daily flights to Kyiv Boryspil International Airport (airport code KBP), using an Airbus A340-500 aircraft, start date 16 January 2014, announced 11 Jul 2013 (WAM).
- Oslo, Norway - daily flights start date 02 September 2014 using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with First, Business, and Economy Classes, (announced 14 Mar 2014, WAM). Flight EK159 departs Dubai 0700, arrives Oslo Airport, Gardermoen (Oslo Lufthavn, IATA airport code OSL - some sources say GEN but not found in IATA list) at 1210. Return flight EK160 from OSL 1355 to DXB 2250.
- Taipei, Taiwan - 6x weekly (or daily) service to Taoyuan International Airport (airport code TPE) starting 10 Feb 2014. Aircraft used is a Boeing 777-300ER with three class configuration. Announced 27 Aug 2013 (WAM). Update 20 Dec 2013: GN reported that Emirates Airline said it will begin a daily, non-stop service between Taipei and Dubai from 10th February 2014. Unknown when EK changed the schedule from 6x weekly (original announcement) to daily. Update 03 Feb 2014: Flught schedule EK366 DXB to TPE depart 0425 arrive 1615 on Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun; dep 0225 arr 1430 on Wed; dep 0810 arr 1955 on Fri. EK 367 daily depart TPE 2315 arrive DXB 0510 next morning.
Emirates route updates 2014
- Amman, Jordan - flight schedule increased to 3x daily from 01 Aug 2014 (announced 26 Mar 2014, WAM).
- Barcelona, Spain - daily A380 service starting 01 Feb 2014 (announced 15 Jul 2013). Replaces Boeing 777-300ER currently used.
- Kathmandu, Nepal - under consideration according to comments by the president, Tim Clark, published 13 Mar 2014 (Khaleej Times, Q: Since Nepal is a major tourist destination, why isn’t Emirates looking at the Himalayan Kingdom? A: Nepal is certainly on our radar.)
- Johannesburg, South Africa - frequency increased to 4x daily from 26 Oct 2014 (announced 15 Jul 2014).
- London Gatwick - daily A380 service starting 30 Mar 2014, replacing Boeing 777-300ER. Flight EK009 departs DXB at 1500, arrives LGW at 1930. Return flight EK010 departs LGW 2115, arrives DXB 0720 the next day (WAM 27 Dec 2013).
- Munich, Germany - second daily A380 service starting 30 Mar 2014, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
- Zurich, Switzerland - daily A380 service starting 01 Jan 2014.
Emirates Airlines new destinations in 2013, and route changes
Routes from Dubai
- Algiers, Algeria - daily non-stop flights from 01 March 2013 using an Airbus A330-200 with 3 classes. Flight EK757 departs DXB at 0845, arrives Houari Boumediene Airport in Algiers (airport code ALG) at 1330. Return flight EK758 leaves ALG at 1535, arrives DXB at 0055 (next day). Announced 13 Sep 2012.
- *Clark International Airport (Philippines) - starting 01 October 2013
- *Conakry, Guinea - start date 27 October 2013, linked from Dakar.
- Haneda, Japan - Tokyo Haneda Airport (Otaku) (Hanada?) - daily flights starting 03 June 2013, operated by a three-class Boeing 777-200LR with 8 First Class suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat seats, and 216 Economy Class seats. Flight EK312 departs DXB at 0935, arrives Haneda Airport at 0001 (next day). Flight EK313 departs Haneda at 0130, arrives DXB at 0705 (WAM 28 Jan 2013). Codeshare with Japan Airlines (JL).
- Kabul, Afghanistan - daily flights to Khwaja Rawash Airport (Kabul International Airport) (airport code KBL) using an Airbus A340-500 aircraft, start date 04 December 2013. Flight EK640 depart DXB at 0955, arrives KBL at 1315. Surviving and undamaged aircraft are scheduled to return on the same day as flight EK641, departs KBL 1530, arrives DXB 1800 (announced 16 Sep 2013).
- *Sialkot, Pakistan - 4x weekly on Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun, start date 05 November 2013. Flight EK620 departs Dubai Airport at 0415, arrives Sialkot International Airport at 0820. Return flight EK621 leaves Sialkot at 0945, arrives DXB at 1235. Aircraft used is an Airbus A330-200 with economy and business class only (WAM 13 Aug 2013).
- Stockholm, Sweden - daily non-stop flights starting 04 September 2013 using a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Flight EK157 departs Dubai at 0715, arrives Stockholm Arlanda International Airport (airport code ARN) at 1200. Return flight EK158 departs Stockholm at 1355, arrives DXB at 2255 (announced 11 Apr 2013). First flight announced on 05 Sep 2013, not clear if flights started a day later than originally planned, or press release was published a day after the first flight. It wasn't the first time EK had flown to Stockholm though. On 14 Feb 2011 flight EK203 from Dubai to New York detoured to Stockholm enroute and made an emergency landing (safely) due to smoke being detected in the cabin. The plane continued to New York after an inspection found an IFE cooling fan had failed according to news reports.
- Warsaw, Poland - daily flights starting 06 February 2013 (WAM 30 Jul 2012). Flight EK179 departs Dubai at 0730, arrives Warsaw at 1045. Flight EK180 departs Warsaw at 1350, arrives Dubai at 2215. Aircraft used will be a three-class Airbus A330-200 with 237 seats.
Emirates route updates 2013 - not clear if new or upgrade or something else
- Manila, Philippines - see Clark International Airport under new routes 2013 heading.
- *Milan, Italy - then on to New York starting 01 Oct 2013, not clear if this is a new flight or EK just extending the existing DXB to Milan flights already in operation. Return flight from NY also stops in Milan.
- *New York, USA - via Milan, Italy (EK also operates direct to NYC flights), start date 01 Oct 2013.
- Tokyo, Japan - see Haneda Airport Tokyo (Otaku) (Hanada?) under new routes 2013 heading.
- Tripoli, Libya - flights restarting after being suspended on 22 Feb 2011 (announced 28 May 2013?). Aircraft used is a Boeing 777-200ER with 3 classes. Flights 3x weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday via Malta. Flight EK745 departs DXB 0930, arrives Malta 1325, departs 1445, arrives Tripoli 1555. Return flight departs Tripoli International Airport 1725 hrs, arrives DXB at 0100 hrs next day.
Emirates Airlines route updates and flight frequency changes in 2013
- Adelaide Australia - flight frequency increasing from 4x weekly to daily flights from 01 February 2013 (WAM 30 Jul 2012).
- Algiers - aircraft upgrade from Airbus A330-200 to an A340-500 with private first-class suites starting 01 December 2013 (26 Nov 2013 report).
- Bangkok, Thailand - another daily flight starting 27 Oct 2013 using an Airbus A380, will mean 6x daily non-stop flights, and 2x A380 daily flights between Dubai and BKK. Flight EK370 departs DXB at 1520, arrives BKK 0020 next day. Return flight EK371 departs BKK at 0155, arrives DXB at 0545.
- Brisbane, Australia - A380 service starting 01 Oct 2013.
- Los Angeles, USA - A380 service starting 02 Dec 2013.
- Luanda, Angola (airport code LAD) - frequency increase to daily from 3x weekly, starting 01 Dec 2013 (14 Nov 2013 reports).
- Hong Kong - additional flight starts 27 October 2013, brings total up to 4x daily flights to HKG.
- Mauritius - a daily Airbus A380 flight start date 16 December 2013, replaces one of the 2x daily Boeing 777-300 flights.
- Paris, France - a second daily A380 service starting early 2013 (date not supplied). Flight EK075 departs DXB 1500 hrs, arrives Paris 1930 hrs. Flight EK076 departs Paris 2105 hrs, arrives DXB next day at 0640 hrs.
- Perth Australia - frequency increases to 3x daily from 01 March 2013 (WAM 30 Jul 2012).
Emirates Airlines new routes in 2012, and route updates
- Adelaide, Australia - flights start 01 Nov 2012 4x weekly, daily flights from 01 Feb 2013 (WAM 30 Jul 2012). Flight EK440 from DXB to Adelaide? Aircraft used is a Boeing 777-300ER.
- Barcelona, Spain - from 03 July 2012, daily flights, using a Boeing 777-300ER with 360 seats in 3 classes. Flight EK185 departs DXB at 0655 hrs, arrives Barcelona at 1200 hrs. Flight EK186 departs Barcelona at 1640 hrs, arrives DXB next day at 0100 hrs.
- Buenos Aires (via Rio de Janeiro), Argentina - daily flights, start date 03 January 2012. EK247 depart DXB 0705, arrive GIG (Rio de Janeiro) 1535, depart GIG 1720, arrive Ministro Pistarini/Ezeiza International Airport (airport code EZE) 1930. Return flight EK248 depart EZE 2130, arrive GIG 0120 next day, depart GIG 0255, arrive DXB 2235. Aircraft type Boeing 777-300ER with 8 First Class Suites, 42 Business class lie-flat seats, and 304 Economy class seats (press release 06 April 2011).
- Dallas-Fort Worth, USA - daily flights to start 02 February 2012 to DFW International Airport. Flight EK 221 departs DXB 0245, arrives DFW 0905 same day. Flight EK222 departs DFW 1150, arrives DXB 1220 next day. Flight time approximately 16 hours each way (press release 28 September 2011).
- Dublin, Ireland - daily flights to start 09 January 2012 (reported 09 September 2011)
- Erbil, Iraq (Arbil) - starting 12 August 2012 with flights 4x weekly to Erbil International Airport (airport code EBL), changing to daily flights from 01 September 2012. Aircraft used will be Airbus 340-300 with 267 seats in 3 classes, and over 13 tonnes cargo capacity. Flight EK949 departs DXB at 0430 on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and arrives EBL at 0630 hrs. Return flight EK950 departs EBL 0800, arrives Dubai 1140 (press release 20 June 2012).
- Harare (01 Feb 2012)
- Ho Chi Minh City - sort of new, EK flew there previously? See Ho Chi Min City (Saigon) in next section.
- Lisbon, Portugal - from 09 July 2012, daily flights serviced by Boeing 777-200ER aircraft
- Lyon, France - flights start from 05 December 2012 with 5x weekly flights (WAM 30 Jul 2012).
- Lusaka (01 February 2012)
- Phuket, Thailand - daily flights starting 10 Dec 2012, announced 02 Aug 2012. Flight EK378 departs DXB 1245 hrs, arrives Phuket International Airport (airport code HKT) 2155 hrs. Return flight EK 379 departs 0035 hrs, arrives DXB 0435 hrs.
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - daily flights start 03 January 2012. EK 247 DXB-GIG departure 0705, arrival 1535 at Galeão Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (airport code GIG). Return flight EK248 departs GIG 0255, arrives DXB 2235. Aircraft type Boeing 777-300ER (press release 06 April 2011).
- Seattle, USA - flights to commence on 01 March 2012 (announced 28 Sep 2011).
- Washington DC, USA - Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) daily flights starting 12 September 2012, using a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft with 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat beds in Business Class, 304 seats in Coach (Economy Class). Flight EK 231 departs Dubai (DXB) 0220, arrives IAD at 0850. Flight EK 232 departs IAD at 1055, arrives DXB 0800 next day (PR 15 Mar 2012).
Emirates route updates 2012 - not clear if new or upgrade or something else
- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - non-stop daily flights start 04 June 2012. Service uses Airbus 330-200 with 27 Business Class seats and 251 Economy Class seats. Flight EK390 departs DXB at 0915, arrives Tan Son Nhat International Airport (airport code SGN) at 1935. Return flight EK391 departs SGN 2110, arrives DXB 0105 next day. Not clear if a new destination or not, EK flew to HCM City (or Saigon?) previously, flights suspended in 1995?
Emirates EK route changes, flight frequency updates in 2012
- Arbil, Iraq - new destination, see Erbil in new routes list.
- Madrid, Spain - flight frequency to increase from 1x to 2x daily from 01 July 2012.
- Perth, Australia - frequency increasing from 2x daily to 19x weekly from 01 December 2012 (WAM 30 Jul 2012).
- Vienna, Austria - EK plans to introduce double daily flights from 27 March 2011 pending resolution of a disagreement with the Austrian authorities. EK said on 23 March 2011 "Talks continue with the Austrian authorities to resolve a technical disagreement concerning the air services agreement between the UAE and Austria and our additional flights, which passengers have booked on, Emirates has invested in promoting and hired new staff for ..." which sounded rather vague. EK flights to Vienna first started in 2004.
Emirates Airline new routes in 2011
- Bagdhad (Iraq) - from 13 November 2011 (delayed from 01 July 2010). Announced 14 June 2011. EK941 depart DXB 0755 arrive Baghdad International Airport (IATA code SDA) 0940. EK492 depart Baghdad 1135, arrive Dubai 1455. Flights 4x weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday using an Airbus A330 aircraft.
- Basra (Iraq) - from 02 February 2011 (announced Monday 29 November 2010).
- Copenhagen (Denmark) - from 01 August 2011
- Geneva (Switzerland) - from 01 June 2011. Daily flights, EK 089 DXB-GVA 0855-1345 hrs, EK 090 GVA-DXB 1515-2330 hrs, aircraft used will be Boeing 777-200LR and Boeing 777-300ER.
- St Petersburg (Russia) - from 01 November 2011. Announced 07 June 2011. EK137 depart Dubai 1035, arrive St Petersburg 1615. Return flight depart St Petersburg at 1745 arrive Dubai 0035 (next day). Daily flights using Airbus A340-300 and A330-200 aircraft.
Press release 09 February 2011: So far this year, the airline has launched a new route to Basra, Iraq on 2nd February and will start new services to Geneva on 1st June and Copenhagen on 1st August.
Emirates Airline new routes in 2010
- Amsterdam (Netherlands), Madrid (Spain), Prague (Czech Republic), Tokyo (Japan).
- Baghdad (Iraq) - start date 01 July 2010 announced 10 May 2010, 3x weekly service on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On 21 June 2010 Emirates announced flights would be "temporarily postponed", but no further information supplied on new launch date.
- Dakar (Senegal) from 01 September 2010, 106th EK destination, 5x weekly on Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. Airbus A340-300 aircraft used with 213 Economy Class, 42 Business Class, 12 First Class seats. EK 797 depart 0955 from DXB, arrive 1600 at Dakar-Yoff Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport (DKR). Return departs DKR 1740, arrive DXB 0715 next day. From EK press release 08 March 2010.
- Medina/Madinah/Al Medinah al Munawarah, Saudi Arabia - summer flights 2x weekly from 02 April to 24 September 2010 (news report 27 April 2010). Increased to 4x weekly from 03 August 2010 (news reports 04 July 2010). Flight times to Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED) are EK3807 DXB-MED Fr,Su 0115-0300, EK3808 MED-DXB Fr,Su 0435-0815.
Emirates Airline route and frequency changes in 2010
- Seychelles - increase to 7x week flights from 04 November 2010. Extra flight on Thursdays - EK 705 depart Dubai DXB 0230, arrive SEZ 0700, EK 706 depart SEZ 0830, arrive DXB 1300 hours. Aircraft is Airbus A340-500 with 12 First, 42 Business, 258 Economy class seats (12 Oct 2010 press release).
- Tripoli, Libya - increase to 10x weekly flights from 01 November 2010 (previously 7x weekly). New flights EK743 depart DXB 1740, arrive Tripoli 2210 on Monday, Thursday, Saturday. Return flight EK744 depart Tripoli 0010, arrive DXB 0720 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday.
Emirates Airline freighter routes (Emirates SkyCargo)
- Amsterdam (Netherlands) - since 1994?
- Budapest (Hungary)
- Dublin, Ireland?
- Erbil, Iraq (Kurdistan), - Starlight Airlines in association with Emirates SkyCargo operates a Boeing 777 Freighter 2x weekly to Sharjah (might increase to 3x weekly). Start date 08 February 2011 (press release 12 February 2011).
- São Paulo (Brazil) - from 31 October 2010, weekly Boeing 747-400F with 117 tonnes capacity.
- Taipei, Taiwan - freighter service started in 2003. Passenger service start date 10 Feb 2014.
- Tripoli, Libya - dedicated cargo service started May 2012?
- Zaragoza (Spain) - since 2006
Emirates Sky Cargo news and updates
- 15 Nov 2013 - Fiji Airways and Emirates SkyCargo signed an interline cargo agreement with transport by Fiji Airways from Nadi to Sydney or Auckland and then with Emirates SkyCargo to the Middle East, Europe, and other EK destinations.
Emirates Airline airport lounges
- New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, USA - named one of the Top Airport Lounges in North America by Frommers in 2011.
- San Francisco International Airport (SFO), USA - open 1200-1600 daily, area 9,500 sq ft, capacity 130 passengers, opening announced 16 February 2012 (WAM news).
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