Emirates increases capacity to San Francisco, Houston
The A380 will offer an additional 135 seats to San Francisco and 137 to Houston, representing a 38 percent increase in overall passenger capacity, and 80 percent more seats across the premium cabins, the company said in a statement.
In addition to offering a choice of 14 First Class Private Suites and 76 lie-flat Business Class seats, the aircraft offers 399 spacious Economy Class seats to San Francisco and 401 to Houston.
“Emirates continues to see strong customer demand for our U.S. gateways from various part of the world, including India. With our flagship A380, we will now be able to connect even more people and facilitate greater trade between San Francisco and Houston and the Middle East, India, Africa and beyond. Our iconic A380 is combination of award winning product with unparalleled service which Emirates offers passengers in all cabins, receiving a positive response from everywhere we fly it”, said Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, Vice President - India & Nepal, Emirates Airline.
“With the upcoming launch of our daily A380 service between Dubai and Mumbai starting 21st July, we look forward to offering passengers the chance to fly our flagship aircraft from India very shortly as well," Ahmad said.
The Emirates service from San Francisco operates daily as EK226, departing San Francisco at 3:30PM and arriving in Dubai the following day at 7:25PM. EK 225 departs Dubai at 8:50AM and arrives at San Francisco International Airport at 12:50PM the same day.
Emirates' daily flight EK211 to Houston departs Dubai at 9:30AM and arrives at 4:05PM. The return flight, EK212, takes off from George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 6:25PM and lands in Dubai at 7:05PM the next day.
San Francisco and Houston will be Emirates’ 4th and 5th U.S. gateways serviced by an A380, joining New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas/Fort Worth which is due to commence on October 1st.
This latest announcement means that by December, Emirates will be serving both its Texan destinations with an A380 service.
Onboard passengers in all three cabins can enjoy over 1,800 channels of entertainment on ice, Emirates’ multi award-winning in-flight information, entertainment and communication system, while enjoying specially created gourmet cuisine with a regional flavour and specially selected beverages whilst being served by Emirates multi-lingual cabin crew.
The entire upper deck of an Emirates A380 is dedicated to its premium First Class and Business Class cabins, creating a relaxed and exclusive space.
Even at 40,000 feet the two First Class Shower Spas allow passengers to arrive feeling refreshed. First Class and Business Class passengers connect in the popular A380 Onboard Lounge to relax, socialise and network over fine wines and cocktails while enjoying canapés prepared by five-star chefs.
Economy Class passengers are also well catered for with comfortable ergonomically designed seats with adjustable headrest and personal 12.1 inch touch screen TV’s, showing the latest in entertainment.
Each seat features a laptop power supply and USB port, wi-fi access and mobile phone connectivity allowing passengers to stay connected throughout the flight.
Emirates started flying to Houston in December 2007, directly connecting the city with the energy sector hubs in Dubai and the Middle East. S