On 29 March 2015 the airline will add a 13th weekly flight on the Dubai-Kolkata route. Operating on Wednesdays, flight EK572 will depart Dubai International Airport at 1300 and arrive at Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at 1915. The return flight, EK573, will then depart the West Bengal capital at 2030 and arrive back in Dubai at 0005.
And also from this date, Emirates will start flying a larger Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on the route. Operating as flights EK570 and EK571, the new aircraft will feature 274 seats in three classes, including, for the first time, Emirates’ first class cabin. Replacing an Airbus A330-200, the deployment of the B777 will lead to an increase of 250 seats per week on the Kolkata route.
“Emirates commenced flights to Kolkata on 26 March 2006 the seventh city in India we launched flights to. Since then we have flown over 1.6 million people… on this popular route,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior vice president of commercial operations for West Asia & Indian Ocean.
“On the milestone of completing nine successful years of operations to Kolkata, we are happy to offer an extra weekly flight to passengers flying to the city which not only increases their choice of flight times but also introduces increased capacity and a first class cabin for our premium customers
“The additional flight and increased capacity also means strengthening of travel options available not just to Kolkata, but the entire east and north-east India region. We hope this capacity addition will help connect even more people to the market, and facilitate greater trade to the region and its economy,” he added.