Emirates recently launched its 24th A380 route to Mauritius and will now transfer an extra 153 passengers every day to the island set in middle of the Indian Ocean.
The Dubai-based airline also signed a new and enhanced 10-year commercial cooperation agreement with Air Mauritius and a renewed Memorandum of Understanding with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.
Emirates is the first airline in the world to operate an A380 service to a destination in the Indian Ocean. Travel demand to the island is growing, and Emirates in 2012 carried over 350,000 passengers and 6,000 tonnes of cargo between Mauritius and its global network of 130-plus destinations spanning 78 countries.
The A380 will operate as flight EK 701 departing from Dubai International Airport at 03.10 hours and arriving in Mauritius at 09.40. The return flight EK 702 will depart at 18.20 hours and arrive in Dubai at 01.10 the next day. Emirates also operates a second daily flight to the country using a Boeing 777-300.
Mauritius joins an illustrious list of global destinations Emirates operates its flagship aircraft to: Dubai, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manchester, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Toronto and most recently Los Angeles which launched earlier this month.
Emirates is the largest operator of the A380 in the world with a fleet of 42 and 98 more on order.