Abuja Passengers Bitter Over Emirates Outdated Aircraft

When Emirates Airlines announced that it would be connecting Abuja, Its second destination in Nigeria, not a few passengers expressed happiness that the move would save the stress of having to fly from Lagos which had been one of the airline’s 24 destinations in Africa since 2004.
Since the maiden Abuja flight, EK 785 on August 1 however, passengers have started expressing their disappointment about the airline’s operation. Some who have flown with the airline to other destinations disclosed to Street Journal that the aircraft being used on the Dubai – Abuja route are the old A 340-300 Airbus models.
One of the passengers pointed out that flying Business Class, “one would have expected to get treated to the normal Emirates Suites. It was however surprising that all one got was the lie flat seat models which are far older than what obtains in modern aircraft. I thought I paid for comfort”.
The passenger also pointed out that the audio system of the aircraft too cannot be compared with the ones in more recent aircraft.
One other passenger also complained of the seat fabric. “The plane is just old. But who told them Africans don’t deserve the best? They use Boeing 777 in other countries for God’s sake”, he concluded.
Street Journal’s findings have revealed that Emirates’ Dubai-Abuja route is served by an Airbus A340-300 which offers 267 seats in a three-class configuration – 12 First Class, 42 Business Class and 213 Economy Class seats.
Incidentally, the airline has more recent Airbus models, the A380 which convey passengers to 29 destinations including “popular” ones like Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New York, Jeddah and London.
The airline introduced the A340-300 into its operations back in 2013 after buying some from Singapore Airlines. Though the airline has disclosed that it plans to phase A340 out in 2014, they are still in use as far as the Abuja route and some other destinations in Africa are concerned.
Some regular flyers have also raised questions bordering on the airlines decision to use its oldest aircraft in Africa. Passengers in South Africa raised similar questions back in 2013.

Author: NewsAdmin

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