Emirates is continuing to expand its Airbus A380 operations at Zurich Airport, with the airline swapping out an existing Boeing 777-300ER service, and converting both flights to Airbus A380 operation.
Flight pair EK85/EK86 will be the flights that are converting over, with EK87/88 remaining as an A380 operated service.
The combined timetable looking a bit like this:
Dubai to Zurich EK087 DEPART DXB 08:40 ARRIVE ZRH 13:20 EK085 DEPART DXB 15:45 ARRIVE ZRH 20:20 Zurich to Dubai EK088 DEPART ZRH 15:35 ARRIVE DXB 23:45 EK086 DEPART ZRH 22:15 ARRIVE DXB 06:25+1 EK85/86 operates with a Boeing 777-300ER up until 30th September 2015 EK85/86 operates with an Airbus A380 from 1st October 2015 EK87/88 operates with an Airbus A380 throughout. Data: Emirates
The new flights are showing up in the Emirates booking engine and are available for booking:
So, with an increase of capacity that an A380 brings, this does pile on the pressure of the competitor of the route – that being the national carrier – Swiss International Airlines, who operate a single direct flight a day, and a daily connecting flight via Munich
The Swiss flight is operated with a A330 – which has a lot less seating than one A380, let alone two of them.
None the less, it provides more capacity from Switzerland to Dubai – and more connections at Dubai International Airport.
And connections are what makes Emirates work.
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