Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing international airlines, underlined its commitment to Ghana this month by introducing the Airbus A340-500 on to the Accra-Dubai route, starting from 1 February 2012.
“Demand for our services to Accra has been steadily building and the introduction of the A340-500 will offer our customers an even better experience when travelling on this route," said Jean Luc Grillet, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Africa. “Our customers will now enjoy the very latest Emirates in-flight product, including our multi award-winning ice entertainment system. Additionally, First Class passengers will experience Emirates’ ergonomically-designed private First Class suites, featuring privacy screens for maximum exclusivity and massage-enabled seats which convert into flat beds. Our Business Class customers will experience angled lie-flat beds and those travelling in Economy Class will enjoy the comfort of generously-sized seats.”
“This aircraft upgrade will offer travellers from West Africa markets seamless connections to the Far East, Middle East, Indian subcontinent and Australia, via Emirates Terminal 3 at Dubai International Airport,” added Mr Grillet.
Emirates serves Accra daily, with an A340-500 aircraft offering 12 First Class Private Suites, 42 seats in Business Class and 204 Economy Class seats. The aircraft also has a total of 13 tonnes of cargo-carrying capacity. EK 788 departs Accra at 1845hrs and lands in Dubai at 0630hrs. EK787 leaves Dubai at 0740hrs and arrives in Accra at 1240hrs.
Customers in all cabins can enjoy Emirates’ professionally selected wines, spirits and beverages, as well as fresh, locally-sourced dining options prepared by gourmet chefs and served by the airline’s multi-national cabin crew. Passengers can also lose themselves in more than 600 channels of on-demand entertainment, including 50 new movie releases, more than 20 movie classics and 20 children’s films.
The airline employs more than 130 Ghanaian nationals in a variety of roles across the Emirates Group, including 75 cabin crew.
Already this year, Emirates has launched new routes to Rio and Buenos Aires on 4th January, Dublin on 9th January, Lusaka and Harare on 1st February, Dallas on 2nd February and Seattle will follow from 1st March, Ho Chi Minh City from 4th June, Barcelona from 3rd July andLisbon effective 9 July .