Emirates announced (11-May-2011) it will launch A380 service to Johannesburg from 01-Oct-2011. The service will be the airline's first A380 service to the African continent, which was one of Emirates' strongest performing regions in the year to 30-Mar-2011, with passenger traffic up 12%. Revenue from South Africa was up 34% in the period. The airline's A380 will be configured with 489 seats in three classes. [more]
Emirates: "Our A380 demonstrates the future of aviation - both in terms of passenger experience and environmental sensitivity. By launching the aircraft to Johannesburg, we are further underlining our commitment to serving South Africa and we anticipate very strong demand from leisure and business travellers keen to experience its unique features and unparalleled levels of comfort in the air.” Tim Clark, President. Source: Emirates, 11-May-2011.