Thursday, January 19, 2017 — Nairobi, Kenya – Passenger demand in Africa’s air hub seems to have led to the largest international airline in the world, Emirates, today announcing that it will introduce a third daily flight between Dubai and Nairobi from mid this year.
Beginning 1st June 2017, the additional flight will increase the number of scheduled Emirates flights between the two cities to 21 a week, and give customers greater flexibility and choice when planning their travel. Emirates says that the route has grown to become one of the airline’s busiest routes in Africa since it first launched services to the country over 2 decades ago.
As with its other two daily flights between Dubai and Nairobi, Emirates will also operate its popular Boeing 777-300ER in a three class configuration. The aircraft has eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Flight EK717 will become the first of the three daily departures from Dubai and leave at 0140hrs and arrive in Nairobi at 0540hrs, enabling customers arriving on Emirates’ flights from countries such as India, Britain, France, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Netherlands and Italy to connect to the Nairobi flight within three hours. The return flight EK718 departs Nairobi at 0710hrs and land in Dubai at 1315hrs, ahead of Emirates’ afternoon European flights and its fourth daily flight to New York, a popular destination for Kenyan travellers, according to the airline.
In-flight, Emirates offers award-winning service and hospitality from a multi-national cabin crew, including Kenyan nationals, complimentary gourmet meals and beverages, over 2500 channels of on demand audio and visual entertainment and special services and products for kids and families.
*In a twist of events, the Government of Kenya withdrew approval for Emirates Airlines to operate the third daily flight, reports The Star. This is a move meant to review the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between Kenya and the United Arab Emirates.
| The article includes information from a Press Release permitted for use on OYGK Magazine
*Editor’s Note: This article was updated on January 20th 2017 following an update from the Ministry of Transport in local Media