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1993 - Emirates’ 13th and latest Airbus, an A300-600R, arrived in Dubai to become the second Airbus in the fleet with EMTEL, a new system that enables in-flight telephone calls. Unlike previous new aircraft that came direct to Dubai from Airbus Industrie in Toulouse, this one flew from Toulouse to London and departed from Gatwick with a full load of passengers and cargo. The extra flight, EK7131, was made in response to the heavy seasonal demand for seats on this route. Airline sources said in Dubai that the in-flight phone facility had proved to be very popular with passengers in all three classes. The cabin crew on board EK7131 reported a high demand for the phones.

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