Emirates Airline plans to reinstate Airbus A380 service between Dubai and New York JFK Airport on October 31, fifteen months after it ceased operating one of its superjumbos on the route due to insufficient demand. The decision to restore A380 service on one of Emirates’ twin daily JFK routes comes as the carrier reports an 8.1-percent revenue increase for the Americas for its 2009-10 fiscal year.
Revenue for the Americas totaled $1.091 billion, compared with $1.009 billion in the company’s 2008-09 fiscal year, marking Emirates’ most pronounced increase in any of its global markets. Growth in the Americas helped steer the Emirates Group to a net profit of $1.1 billion.
“The United States is a very important market for Emirates and we are optimistic about the future growth of its business and leisure travel sectors,” said Emirates president Tim Clark. “We promised to return the A380 to New York as soon as demand recovered and we have been true to our word.
“Against some of the toughest operating conditions ever faced, Emirates’ performance in the Americas has been hugely encouraging,” he added. “This achievement reflects our success in maintaining our business-as-usual approach and remaining faithful to our strategy of product and service excellence. Our results also add to the growing evidence that the economic downturn is abating in the U.S.”
Emirates now flies eight A380s, serving London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland. The airline also plans to start A380 services to Beijing this August 1.