The Dubai-based carrier is raising its capacity higher for Stockholm than for Copenhagen this winter.
Emirates will expand its presence in Scandinavia this coming winter to two daily departures on one of its three routes between Dubai and the Nordic region.
Copenhagen has long been the driver for the airline’s seat capacity in its connections between Dubai and Scandinavia.
Since December 1, 2015, it has operated its Copenhagen route with a daily connection with an Airbus A380 that seats up to 615 passengers, the routes to Stockholm and Oslo have used Boeing 777-300ER aircraft seating up to 354.
But this winter, CPH will be overtaken by ARN. Emirates has decided to raise its presence to two connections each day between Dubai and Stockholm Arlanda, a route it launched in 2013, from 10 weekly connections last winter to 14, Check-in.dk reports.
The current daily departure from Stockholm at 15:05 with an arrival in Dubai at 23:20 will be supplemented by another flight between December 1 and March 31, departing Stockholm at 21:10 and arriving in Dubai at 06:30 the next day.
Stockholm-Dubai will continue to be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER in a three-class configuration, with its 354 seats divided into eight in first class, 42 in business and 304 in economy.
As a result, a total of 1,416 seats – 708 in each direction – will be offered on the route during the four winter months.
From Copenhagen, it’s the biggest version of the A380-800 which is available, whose 615 seats are divided into 58 in business class and 557 in economy. That makes 1,230 seats daily all year round, 15% less than the capacity for Stockholm in winter.
The total point-to-point traffic between Dubai and Stockholm was 132,000 passengers in 2017, and a large number of Swedes flew from Dubai on to other destinations. The most popular of these last year were Bangkok, Hong Kong, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Malé in the Maldives and Delhi.
In summer period, Emirates briefly flew twice daily on its Stockholm route, from July 1 to August 18, but the planned increase for winter is for a longer period.