HARARE - Global airliner Emirates says it will enhance its on-board experience and increase capacity on its Zimbabwe and Zambia route with the deployment of a larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from next month.
The Boeing 777-300ER will replace the current Airbus A340-300 and offer an additional 97 Economy Class seats per flight. The aircraft will have eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.
Emirates senior vice president, commercial operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa Mr Orhan Abbas said: “As Emirates we are constantly seeking ways to enhance our services, and the upgauge to the Boeing 777-300ER on the Lusaka-Harare route is part of our commitment to offer Zambian and Zimbabwean travellers even more comfort and entertainment on our daily service,” he said.
“In addition to the enhanced on-board product, we are also able to offer more seats, ensuring capacity to meet growing demand on the route, not just outbound from Zimbabwe and Zambia, but also inbound from the United States, UK and Australia, as we continue to build and strengthen trade and tourism links between Zimbabwe and Zambia with markets in the rest of Emirates’ extensive global network, through seamless and convenient connections via our Dubai hub.”
Popular destinations for both Zimbabwean and Zambian travellers include Dubai, London, Beijing, New York, Hong Kong, Manchester and Delhi, amongst others.
With 155 Boeing 777s in service and a further 190 on order, the aircraft is the backbone of the Emirates fleet and very popular with customers.
The deployment of the aircraft on the Lusaka and Harare route also makes Emirates’ southern Africa network an all Boeing 777 operation, with flights to Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, and Luanda in Angola, highlighting the importance of the region with a growing and vibrant tourism and business sector.