(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Emirates, a global connector of people and places, is set to expand its presence in Africa's most populous country Nigeria, with the start of a daily linked service to Abuja and Kano from August 1.
The announcement follows Emirates' recent milestone of 10 years of successful operations to Lagos, to which the airline flies twice daily
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of the airline, introduced a scheduled freighter service to Kano in October 2013, and with Abuja joining the network, Emirates will now fly to 26 destinations in Africa and 142 worldwide in 80 countries
"With a daily linked service to Abuja and Kano, we will offer from three major cities in the country a very convenient and comfortable access to Dubai, and onwards to other destinations on the Emirates network, including more than 30 destinations in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, where we operate our popular Airbus A380 to 12 cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Sydney," said Thierry Antinori, Emirates executive vice-president and chief commercial officer
The route will be serviced by an Airbus A340-500 offering a total of 258 seats in a three class configuration - 12 in first class, 42 in business class and 204 in economy class. Customers will experience Emirates award-winning service by its multi-national cabin crew, gourmet cuisine and its ice entertainment system, offering hundreds of channels of on-demand audio and visual entertainment. Emirates' customers also receive a generous baggage allowance of 50kg for first class, 40 for business class and 30 for economy class