Emirates (Dubai) add Abuja, Nigeria on August 1. Abuja is Emirates 26th destination in Africa and its 144th worldwide.
Emirates flight EK 785 landed at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on August 1, marking the start of the airline’s daily service to its second destination in Nigeria. Services to Lagos were launched just over 10 years ago.
Emirates’ Dubai-Abuja route is served by an Airbus A340-300 which offers 267 seats in a three-class configuration – 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 213 Economy Class seats. Customers on the route experience Emirates’ award-winning hospitality – from multi-national cabin crew and gourmet cuisine to the ice entertainment system, which offers hundreds of channels of audio and visual entertainment. Customers also enjoy Emirates’ generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business and 50kg in First.
Emirates flight EK 785 departs Dubai daily at 1050 and arrives in Abuja at 1510. The return flight, EK 786 departs Abuja at 1935 and arrives in Dubai at 0550 the next morning.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 A6-ERS (msn 139) arrives back at the Dubai hub.
Azman Air (Kano, Nigeria) was finally awarded its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and commenced scheduled passenger operations on May 15 with two former bmibaby Boeing 737-300s (5N-HAI and 5N-YSM). The first routes are Kano-Lagos, Lagos-Abuja and Kano-Abuja.
Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-36N G-TOYF (msn 28557) became 5N-YSM on delivery.