Emirates have announced that they plan to fly the Double Decker Super
Jumbo the Emirates A380 to Manchester from 1 September 2010 with the a380 replacing
the existing Boeing 777 that operates flight numbers EK017 & EK018, and
will be a daily service.
The Emirates A380 that will operate this Dubai to Manchester Route is
expected to be a 517 seat long three class configured aircraft with Emirates
Award winning First Class, Business Class and economy class cabin and seats.
0015hrs +1 day
Photo 1: Emirates A380 Manchester Service from 1 September
Photo 2: Emirates A380 Manchester Service Announcement – In Photo Liverpool football legend and TV pundit Alan Hansen
joins Emirates’ A380 Captain John Selwood and cabin crew at today’s
announcement of A380 services to Manchester from 1st September.
The full media release from Emirates can be read below:
Manchester will become the most northerly point on the world’s A380
network after Emirates revealed its latest plans for the superjumbo.
A 517-seat version of the giant aircraft will serve Manchester from 1st
September – as the airline marks a double decade of service to the city.
The A380 will replace Boeing 777 aircraft on EK017 from Dubai and EK018
out of Manchester. At the same time, Manchester will become the world’s first
regional airport to have a regular A380 service.
Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial
Operations, Europe & Russian Federation said: “Manchester has become one of the strongest
performers in our growing network of regional gateways. Our customers value our
commitment to a regional network at a time when other airlines are abandoning
them. We are delighted to give our Manchester customers the very best available
in the shape of the Emirates’ A380, which, without doubt, has revolutionised
Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Cornish, said: “Emirates’ decision to operate daily
A380 services between Manchester and Dubai represents an historic moment for
this airport and the region that we serve. We have invested close to £10
million (AED 54.8 million) in upgrading the airfield and terminal, both to
accommodate the aircraft itself and to create a fitting environment for
Emirates’ customers, whether it is at check-in, using the airline’s executive
lounge or at the gate area.”
Emirates is currently operating eight A380s. They serve London Heathrow,
Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland.
The much-praised aircraft offers an Onboard Lounge for First Class and
Business Class passengers, with a wide range of drinks and canapés, as well as
the space to socialise or simply relax.
The whole of the upper deck is dedicated to premium passengers. Towards the
front, First Class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped
Private Suites. These incorporate remote-controlled doors, a work desk, a
23-inch digital widescreen TV, and an electrically controlled mini-bar.
In Business Class, fully-flat seats all have aisle access, a mini-bar, lap top
and shoe stowage and a very useful personal side table. As with First Class,
Gourmet dining comes with bone China.
In Economy Class, the straight walls give the impression of increased
spaciousness, along with a 32” seat pitch which is one of the most generous on
Available to all onboard is Emirates’ award-winning ‘ice’ (information,
communication, entertainment) in-flight entertainment system. It brings more
than 1200 channels of on-demand pure enjoyment.
In October, an AED 8.2 million Emirates Lounge was opened at Manchester
International Airport, bringing a welcomed travel sanctuary to the airline’s
Emirates has two flights a day to Manchester. The A380 flight – EK017 – departs
Dubai at 0755hrs and arrives in Manchester at 1225hrs. The return flight –
EK018 – leaves Manchester at 1410hrs and gets into Dubai at 0015hrs the