Emirates Adds Third Daily A380 Flight To New York JFK

Wow! Emirates is going “all in” on New York, as they’re adding a third daily A380 flight between Dubai and New York JFK as of March 8, 2015. This is in addition to their daily 777-300ER flight, which operates via Milan.

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Emirates A380

The new frequency will operate with the following schedule:

EK207 Dubai to New York departing 2:50PM arriving 8:35PM
EK208 New York to Dubai departing 4:30PM arriving 1:15PM (+1 day)

On first glance that doesn’t make sense, given the “negative” ground time in New York, though they’re accomplishing this by tightening up their overall schedule in New York.

Their overall A380 operations to New York will look as follows:

EK203 Dubai to New York departing 2:50AM arriving 8:25AM
EK201 Dubai to New York departing 8:30AM arriving 2:15PM
EK207 Dubai to New York departing 2:50PM arriving 8:35PM

EK204 New York to Dubai departing 11:20AM arriving 7:50AM (+1 day)
EK208 New York to Dubai departing 4:30PM arriving 1:15PM (+1 day)
EK202 New York to Dubai departing 11:00PM arriving 7:45PM (+1 day)

So what they’re doing is “tightening up” the ground time on the later departure to New York. Previously the A380 got to New York at around 2PM, and then sat on the ground for over eight hours. Now that plane will turn around after two hours, and then the new EK207 frequency will operate the EK202 return. Brilliant!

As of now Emirates has only loaded the schedule for this through March 29, 2015, though I’d expect that they will load the summer schedule soon as well.

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Emirates A380 first class cabin

As of the time of this posting Emirates hasn’t yet loaded award availability on the new frequency, though I would expect they will soon.

Award availability is in some cases excellent on the existing frequencies, including in first and business class. And award availability continues to be excellent on their flights out of Dallas and San Francisco.

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Emirates award availability

The best mileage currency to redeem for Emirates first class is Alaska Mileage Plan, since they have good redemption rates, allow stopovers on one-way awards, and don’t impose fuel surcharges.

Presumably the additional daily A380 frequency is because there’s legitimate demand for it, though I can’t help but find the timing quite interesting. Both Etihad and Qatar have expressed interest in flying the A380 to New York JFK, so I almost feel like Emirates might be saying “back off, it’s mine.” There’s no denying that ego played at least some role in their decision to fly the A380 to Dallas, as Etihad and Qatar are both launching service to Dallas this year.

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Emirates A380 business class bar

Anyway, it’ll be crazy to see three A380s at JFK per day! If I notice a lot of award availability on the new frequency I’ll be sure to post about it.

Comments

  1. So last Sunday I booked the LAX to LHR RT on AS for spring break. Now that I see Emirates flies from MXP I am considering flying to Milan then connecting on Emirates. Question what is best FF program to use MXP to JFK for Emirates and how do you compare AA to Emirates

  2. TY, you have a very good blog and I can say that I find it useful for my premium international vacation travel

  3. On EF, Z represents both saver and flex. Does that mean that all the F award seats could be at a high redemption rate (vs. saver)? And not available via Alaska?

  4. I’m very excited to share that I just booked myself Business Class awards on EY JFK-AUH and EK DXB-JFK for February! My first time on either carrier and my first time on an A380! Using AA miles on EY and AS miles on EK…now, that’s what I call good value!

    Looking forward to comparing these two top-drawer carriers, as well as comparing them with my LH Business class itin IAD-MUC next week, booked with UA miles. I’ve been sitting on them for too long, so I’m starting to cash them in!

  5. It’s too bad that AS availability isn’t the same as EK’s displayed availability.

    Out of curiosity, have AS and EK ever been in synch?

    I’m seeing availability for certain ED flights on Expert Flyer, but when I flip over to the AS site all they’re displaying is BA(?).

  6. @ beachfan — Nope, all those seats are available at the saver level. That being said, in some cases Alaska doesn’t have access to one “Z” seat.

  7. Question. Does Emirates open availability close to departure as CX does. At moment I can’t find anything for my departure dates.

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