Emirates are increasing their capacity between Dubai and the Spanish city of Barcelona, with the addition of a second service a day between the two cities.
Currently, Emirates operate an A380 on this route. This will be augmented by the addition of a smaller aircraft – a Boeing 777-200LR
Emirates Boeing 777-300ER arriving at Birmingham Airport – Image, Economy Class and Beyond. Editors Note: Sadly, I don’t have an Emirates Boeing 777-200LR picture on file yet, hence this one in it’s place.
The addition service will be made up of an mid-afternoon flight from Dubai to Barcelona, and a late evening flight from Barcelona to arrive in Dubai in the early morning.
The combined timings and equipment below:
Dubai to Barcelona El-Prat EK185 DEPART DXB 08:15 ARRIVE BCN 13:35 Airbus A380 EK187 DEPART DXB 15:45 ARRIVE BCN 21:00 Boeing 777-200LR Barcelona El-Prat to Dubai EK186 DEPART BCN 15:50 ARRIVE DXB 00:35+1 Airbus A380 EK188 DEPART BCN 22:45 ARRIVE DXB 07:25+1 Boeing 777-200LR Commences 2nd May 2015 Booked equipment: As listed Operates Daily Data: Airlineroute
So, there are choices and timings. However – from a passenger experience point of view, I’d be considering the A380 service over the 777-200LR service. Why?
- Economy class passengers will notice it more with 18″ seat width on the A380s in a 10 across pattern. On a Boeing 777-200LR, it will still be 10 across in a much denser 17″ seat with
- Business Class passengers might be disappointed in the Boeing 777-200LR seat – especially with the middle seat in a dense 2-3-2 formation. A380s feature direct aisle access in a 1-2-1 formation (staggered)
- First Class Passengers will miss out on the shower when choosing the 777-200LR vs the A380. ‘Nuff said?
Still, for those of you who have to work late in Barcelona, and need to be in Dubai the next day – this provides something more important than a fancy seat – connectivity to your next destination.
That’s never a bad thing.
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