Out with the old and in with the new, as Emirates replaces their Boeing 777 with the Airbus A380 on its EK762 and EK 761 routes between Johannesburg and Dubai.
Effective from 1 December, the change is aimed at supporting growing demand in SA, and will provide the routes with a 14% increase in seat capacity - this means a total of 519 seats in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class, 76 fully flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites.
Emirates has the biggest fleet of the double-decker A380s - 106 currently operational and awaiting 56 for delivery. The First Class cabins have their own suites and showers, while Business Class passengers can enjoy their own on-board lounge.
All four daily flights between the City of Gold and the desert capital have a codeshare agreement with our national carrier SAA. Over 500 South Africans work as cabin crew for Emirates, and many South African wines can be enjoyed on their flights, including the liqueur Amarula.
"Flights to and from South Africa cater to the needs, interests and taste buds of local passengers and cosmopolitan travellers alike. Emirates’ destination-inspired menus allow guests on South African routes to savour the tastes of regional speciality dishes such as newly-introduced Rooibos-cured salmon, ostrich tartare and mossbolletjies bread," it says in their statement.