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Emirates Announces First Destinations for its Brand-New Airbus A350

Bahrain will be the first destination served by the airline's new A350-900 in September

by Fergus Cole

May 7, 2024

Photo: Airbus A350-900. Courtesy of Emirates

Emirates has unveiled the initial set of nine routes that will be serviced by its upcoming fleet of Airbus A350-900 planes, covering several regions, including the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe.

The carrier’s first A350-900 aircraft is slated to take off on its maiden voyage in September 2021, with ten additional planes expected to join its fleet by March 2025.

Emirates has already ordered 65 planes, with 15 more added at the Dubai Airshow in 2019. The airline has now made public the destinations that will be served by these new planes, allowing customers to experience the brand new Business Class seats on board.

Photo: Courtesy of Emirates

The first stop on the list is the Bahrain International Airport (BAH) on September 15, followed by the same route being served by another A350 from November 1.

The next destination will be the daily flight from Dubai to Kuwait International Airport (KWI) on September 16, with the plane later servicing routes to both Mumbai International Airport (BOM) and Ahmedabad Airport (AMD) in India from October 27.

The Emirates A350-900 will also fly to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) on November 4. Three more destinations will then welcome the plane on December 1: Muscat International Airport (MCT), Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS), and Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ).

The ninth and final destination on the list is Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Sri Lanka, scheduled to commence operations on January 1, 2025, with the fourth daily service from Dubai.

What to Expect?

The first ten of Emirates’ A350-900 planes will be equipped with 311 seats, featuring a Business Class cabin with 32 seats, 21 Premium Economy seats, and 259 seats in Economy Class, all designed to offer generous legroom.

Photo: Courtesy of Emirates

According to the airline, the spacious cabins will provide expansive bin space, and the customized mood lighting is specifically designed to reduce the effects of fatigue and jet lag, ensuring a comfortable journey for our passengers.

More details about the aircraft’s seating and cabin features will be unveiled in the coming months.

“The A350 will be a game-changer for Emirates, enabling us to serve regional points with superior operating efficiency and flexibility across the Middle East and GCC, West Asia, and Europe,” said Adnan Kazim, Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer at Emirates.

“With the latest generation cabin products, including more of our sought-after Premium Economy to more cities, top-notch in-flight entertainment technologies, and an abundance of other customer-friendly features, the Emirates A350 builds on our long-standing commitment to investing in the very best customer experience in the sky.

“Flying the A350 to 9 cities in such a short span of time adds more premium cabin options and choice across geographies for our customers and ensures we maintain our competitive edge and industry-leading position.”