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Emirates adds a 7th Heathrow flight – on a Boeing 777

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Emirates has done a deal with Cathay Pacific to lease five weekly Heathrow slots for the winter season.

This means that, from 31st October to 30th March, Emirates will be offering seven flights per day on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The additional flight departs at 20.15 from Heathrow. Given that Emirates has an existing 20.20 departure this could get a bit messy in the Terminal 3 lounge!

Emirates adds 7th Heathrow daily flight

There appears to be no change to the existing Gatwick or Stansted schedules.

The flight will use a 777-300ER, not an A380. It does NOT appear to have the – frankly astonishing – new Emirates First Class Suite which I reviewed here. This is the suite that – if you are in the middle suite with no windows – gives you fake windows which projects a live stream from a camera on the aircraft.

The seat map for the new Heathrow flights shows an 8-seat cabin, not a 6-seat one, so it is not the new suite. At present you need to fly to or from Stansted, of all places, to experience this.

Note that Business Class on the 777-300ER fleet it is 2-3-2 with no real privacy between the seats compared to the A380. Go for an A380 if you can.

The Emirates website is here if you want to take a look.

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Comments (83)

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  • Len says:

    Is there any way to set seat alerts for LON-BKK availability on Qatar and Finnair?

  • Sam says:

    Business Class on the Emirates 777-300 is way behind by today’s standards. They really need to up their game here.
    Flew it from Newcastle. Really dated and a rubbish config., especially the middle 3 seats where there’s near zero privacy.
    Plus the abysmal arrival and departure times into/out of Dubai from NCL only make it worth while for connecting flights.
    BA all day long, even if means a change at LHR.

    • Cranzle says:

      Sounds like BA Club World. Awful layout, seats and hygiene.

      • LittleNick says:

        Yep unless you get Club Suite presumably

        • Dev says:

          Fun y how CE gets ripped to shreds but a bit of marketing and obligatory golden kool aid from EK and people ignore how rubbish their J seats actually are.

          • Rhys says:

            Emirates is, finally, refurbishing a bunch of their 777s but yes – the marketing defies the onboard experience

  • supergraeme says:

    I did very similar to this Saudi trip earlier this year. Paid £50 or so on Ryanair to get to Naples for Italy-England with the plan of getting home by an interesting route. After much thought we found Rome to Riyadh for £20 on Wizz, Riyadh to Bucharest for £20 on Wizz, then Bucharest to Stansted on Ryanair for £20 – plus we had three nights in Riyadh.

    We picked up a car at the airport (pretty cheap through Budget) and had three great days driving around Riyadh – I thouroughly enjoyed the challenge of the driving. We did a tour to the Edge of the World which we really enjoyed – it could have been done without a tour but what I’d read beforehand suggested it was a bit difficult. Diriyah was cool but not quite what we’d hoped. We did everything else there was to do although didn’t get into the National Museum as it was closed whenever we went.

    It was odd getting in at 4am from a night out having driven, completely sober (kebab in hand still), but still enjoyable. Had some great food (once the sun had gone down, anyway!) and some interesting teas. Had the hotel gym and pool to myself (Awfad Riyadh Hotel, very decent and reasonably priced).

    The e-visa was annoying at £120, but if that’s been done away with (as has been mentioned on this page) then that’s great. I appreciate that there are concerns about the country, but I want to go everywhere so had to set those thoughts to one side.

    FWIW, I liked it much more than Dubai.

    • David says:

      Yeah Visa is now £30 pp.

    • Londonsteve says:

      I admire your desire for adventure but essentially what you’re saying is that you ended up in Riyadh when looking for the cheapest way home from Naples to London? I’d probably like it much more than Dubai, too.

      • supergraeme says:

        Well, yes, but we’d always choose somewhere we haven’t been first. There were cheaper, but none as interesting.

  • lee says:

    14km wide Forest Fire in Tenerife .
    Anyone travelling to Tenerife maybe should reconsider there plans .

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