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Emirates Boosts Middle East Frequencies

February 27, 2012 | Aviation

Emirates’ Middle East operations will receive a boost this August as the airline increases its daily capacity to both Kuwait and Doha, adding a total capacity increase of almost 29 percent across the two routes.

In line with Emirates’ rapid global expansion Qatar and Kuwait will each benefit from an additional daily frequency, bringing operations to Doha to six services per day and Kuwait up to five flights per day. With six flights per day, Doha has the highest number of daily frequencies in the Middle East region, followed by Kuwait.

Both cities play a key role in the region’s business growth, attracting international investors and facilitating global trade. With a total of 46,430 seats available for inbound and outbound booking each week, across the two markets, these additional daily flights are well timed to support the countries accelerated trade and tourism growth.

“These additional frequencies have been added to accommodate increasing demand from our customers. Both Doha and Kuwait are extremely viable markets for Emirates and there is a clear indication that they will continue to grow exponentially in the coming years,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran.

“The Middle East is one of the most active aviation markets in the world and these additional daily frequencies, to two of the region’s key destinations, will provide even more convenient connections to onward travel through our international hub of Dubai.”

The additional daily frequency to Doha will be operated by an Airbus A340-300 in a three class configuration.

In Kuwait, the new daily frequency will be operated in both directions by a Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration.

Emirates has operated flights to Doha since 1994, the most recent increase in frequencies was in December 2009 when services went from four flights a day to five. Kuwait has been part of the Emirates network since 1989 and last received an increase in flights in July 2009.

With an added daily service, both cities will benefit from improved connection times through Emirates’ Dubai hub, to its rapidly expanding global network.

Customers travelling with Emirates will enjoy meals prepared by gourmet chefs, award-winning service from the airline’s international cabin crew, as well as the airline’s industry leading in-flight entertainment system, ice, which offers more than 600 channels of on-demand entertainment including 50 new movie releases, more than 20 movie classics and 20 children’s films.

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