Emirates Airline Sets for Amsterdam Route

Dubai-based Emirates Airline plans to roll out flights to cosmopolitan Dutch city Amsterdam from May 1, 2010. The aviation major is likely to announce flights to more destinations in coming months excluding already announced three destinations earlier this year.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Emirates Airline and the Group, said, "Amsterdam is already an important offline market for Emirates, and we know there is significant passenger traffic heading from Amsterdam to Dubai and on to Africa, the Indian Sub-continent, Asia and the Far East."

The airline is hopeful of taking delivery of two additional Airbus A380s aircrafts by the end of December. Deployment of new super-jumbos to Seoul and Paris is also on the anvil that would strengthen its position in the aviation segment of respective countries.

Emirates, already operating at 22 destinations in Europe, has still 53 orders worth $17.4 billion for the A380 aircrafts while it has already taken delivery of 5 planes from the world's largest airliner. It has been providing non-stop services from Dubai to European nations using 777-200LR and 777-300ER aircrafts.

The carrier reported 165 per cent increase in its net profit to Dh752 million as compared to Dh284 million in the same period last year.