Boeing 777 aircraft
By Chinedu Eze
One of world’s fastest growing and dominant airline, Emirates has improved its service to Nigerian customers with the introduction of Boeing 777 aircraft on the Lagos route.
The airline, which showcased the aircraft to Aviation Correspondents, recently said that it was poised to give its Nigerian customers the most desirable comfort in the airline and therefore an aircraft with the highest standard of passenger comfort.
The Boeing 777 aircraft came with luxurious private suites in First Class, lie flat beds in Business Class and generously-sized Economy Class seats.
Emirates Country Manager in Nigeria, Paulos Legesse, said that passengers in all classes could lose themselves in the much enjoyed ICE entertainment system, noting that there are more than 1,200 channels of on demand entertainment to choose from, including 200 movies from around the world, 100 TV channels, more than 500 audio channels, 100 video games and news, sports and business headlines.
“Customers can also look forward to gourmet food in all cabins and seamless transfer to a global network of over 110 destinations through Emirates’ state of the art terminal 3 in Dubai”, Legesse said.
Already the largest operator of Boeing 777 aircraft in the world, Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines, has placed a single largest aircraft order in dollar value in Boeing’s history at the Dubai Airshow 2011 for an additional 50 Boeing 777:300 ER aircraft, worth approximately US$ 18 billion.
Emirates currently operate 14 flights to Lagos, served by a combination of Boeing 777:300 and Airbus 340:500. “Emirates utilise a Boeing 777:300 on flight EK0784 offering eight private suites in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 304 Economy Class seats for a total of 354 seats; and also tonnes of belly-hold cargo.”
Emirates currently has a fleet of 162 wide bodied aircraft, including eight freighters, flying to 116 destinations in 68 countries. The fleet is among the youngest in the skies, with an average age of 79 months.
“The airline is on track to become one of the largest airlines in the world. We continue to offer our passengers in Nigeria a range of premium on board services including award winning inflight entertainment system,” Lagesse said.