update (06 Feb 2012):
If the current load factor is maintained, Emirates
could increase its flights into Lusaka
from five to six days a week. Emirates
senior vice president commercial operations in Africa Mr Jean-Luc Grillet told journalists on Thursday, 02 Feb 2012, that they were encouraged by the load on their inaugural flight into Harare
which was about 80% on their Airbus A330-200
which has a carrying capacity of 256 passengers.
"Normally the load factor on inaugural flights is about 40% to 50% and we are very happy that we were at 80% and we hope that if this is sustained we will be flying into Harare
six days a week by October.
"In fact, we are optimistic that by October we will be having daily flights between Harare
and Dubai," he said. > Seb: I am not too sure about it! It is probably just rumours.
, flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates based out of Dubai, will extend its African network by adding flights to Lusaka
, the capital of Zambia
, and Harare
, the capital city of Zimbabwe
from 01 February 2012. The two cities will be linked with a five times weekly flight from Dubai.
The Dubai-Lusaka-Harare service will be operated by an A330-200
aircraft in a three-class configuration that offers 12 luxurious First Class seats, 42 seats in Business Class and generous space for 183 passengers in Economy Class.
Passengers flying Emirates
will be able to connect seamlessly to points across the Far and Middle East, Indian sub-continent, Europe and Australasia via the airline’s hub in Dubai.
Starting 01 February 2012, EK 713 will depart Dubai on every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 0925hrs, arriving in Lusaka
at 1450hrs. The service will depart Lusaka
at 1620hrs, arriving in Harare
at 1720. The return flight leaves Harare
at 1920, arriving Lusaka
at 2020. It departs Lusaka
at 2150 and lands in Dubai at 0710hrs the next day.