3 Sep 2013

Emirates’ Newcastle service on the up

DATE: 03-09-13

Airline Celebrates One Year of its Upgraded Boeing 777 Service

Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, this week celebrated 12 months of the upgraded 428 seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its daily flight from Newcastle to Dubai.

Currently the longest aircraft to have ever operated out of Newcastle Airport, Emirates’ daily Boeing 777-300ER service was upgraded last September as the airline ploughed more resource and capacity into its North East hub. The aircraft upgrade has resulted in more than 2,000 extra seats per week between Newcastle and Dubai.

Commenting, Laurie Berryman Emirates Vice President UK, said: “It’s been a great 12 months for our Newcastle to Dubai service. Since we upgraded to the Boeing 777-300ER with its new flat-bed Business Class seats and Chauffeur Drive pick-up service, passenger numbers have grown by almost 20 per cent. In fact, we’ve just experienced our busiest month for passenger numbers, an increase of 40 per cent compared to last August.

"The route is not just popular with customers – Emirates SkyCargo has seen a huge demand for exports, experiencing a 46 per cent increase, in addition, freight tonnage carried on the aircraft increased by 26 per cent over the last 12 months, boosted by the cargo capacity of the Boeing 777.

“Our investment in Newcastle and the North East continues to be an important part of our UK operations. More people flying, more trade in and out of the region with Emirates SkyCargo and an increasingly popular Business Class product points to a very positive outlook for Emirates in Newcastle and the wider local and regional economy.”

Dave Laws, Chief Executive of Newcastle International Airport, said: “The daily 777 service from Newcastle to Dubai remains very important for businesses in the region. It gives the regional economy a positive boost with impressive export and passenger statistics both showing strong growth. Passengers are flying to Dubai and beyond with the service and it really is opening up global opportunities for regional businesses. We are delighted with the performance of the service over the last 12 months.

“The service is very popular with North East holidaymakers. Leisure passengers have been travelling across the globe to exciting destinations such as Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, India, South Africa, Maldives and Mauritius.”