Good News: Emirates Adds Seasonal A380 Service To Boston


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Last summer Emirates flew an A380 to Boston as a one-off exercise and left many people wondering if this was a sign of things to come. Since then the Dubai – Boston route has continued to be served by an Emirates 777-300ER and there’s been no further news surrounding the A380….until now.

In its latest schedule update Emirates has confirmed that it will be operating an A380 between Dubai and Boston for the period 1 June – 30 September 2019 on the following schedule:

EK237 DXB 08:15 – 13:50 BOS
EK238 BOS 23:10 – 19:25+1 day DXB

The Airbus A380 Emirates will be operating on its Boston route will offer….

  • 14 First Class suites
  • 76 Business Class seats
  • 427 Economy Class seats

….and this represents a significant increase on what’s currently offered.

The A380 will offer 6 more First Class seats, 34 more Business Class seats and 121 more Economy Class seats than the 777 which currently operates this route…but that’s not where the good news ends.

The A380 offers a better passenger experience than the 777 in every cabin:

  • The A380 offers more First Class suites than the 777, bigger First Class suites than the 777 and an onboard shower.
Emirates A380 First Class Suites
  • The 777-300ER aircraft that Emirates currently flys between Dubai and Boston offers a very poor angle-flat Business Class product in a 2-3-2 cabin layout while the A380 offers a modern, all-aisle-access, Business Class cabin with true lie-flat seats.
Emirates 777 Business Class – image courtesy of Luke Lai via Flickr
  • In Economy Class both aircraft offer a reasonable 32″ of seat pitch (leg room) but the A380 seats offer an inch more seat width than the seats on the 777 (18″ v 17″)

It’s not often we see an aircraft swap improve conditions for all passengers but this is one of those rare occasions….so make the most of it if you can.

Bottom Line

More comfort across all 3 cabins is great news for travelers using the Dubai – Boston route and the fact that Emirates will be offering 75% more First Class suites and 80% more Business Class seats on every flight should be good news for award availability too.

If you’re already booked to fly this route between 1 June and 30 September 2019 make sure you check any seat assignments you have as they will have changed.

Any readers book the 777 only to find they’re now getting a considerably better aircraft?

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