The long awaited Emirates A380 Manchester
service went into operation today, making the airline the world’s largest
operator of the Airbus A380 Superjumbo.
Emirates A380 Manchester service
operates on the following schedule:
The full media release from
Emirates can be read below:
Emirates Sparks A380 Activity Across the Globe
Airline launches double-decker service to Manchester
DUBAI, U.A.E., 1st September 2010: Emirates’ expanding A380 fleet is
generating interest from airports across the world as Manchester becomes the
latest city to be served by the superjumbo.
The international airline of the United Arab
Emirates is now the world’s largest operator of the A380 with 12 in the fleet. A
further order for 32 A380s, announced during the Berlin Air Show in June, has
prompted a flurry of enquiries from airports around the world.
Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman Emirates Airline & Group, who
was born in the North West of England and joined the first Manchester A380
flight said: “This is a historic
moment for Emirates as we bring our 21st century superjumbo to the North West
twenty years after our first flight from the region. Our Manchester service has
been an incredible success story, and we’re delighted to be opening the next
Mr Flanagan added: “People
are realising that this is the passenger aircraft of the future. As a result of
our announcement in Berlin, we have had enquiries from more than 20 airports
across the world, asking whether Emirates would fly the A380 to their airports.
These aircraft are a dream to travel in and a dream to have at your disposal
for expansion. They are extremely popular with our passengers and where we
deploy them, they fill up almost immediately – running at over 90 percent load
Information from Airbus shows that the A380 has now flown to more than 100
airports across the globe, either commercially or for events or test flights.
The start of A380 flights to Manchester from today is the first time the
world’s largest airliner has operated a scheduled service to a regional
airport. It is also the first time Emirates has brought its First Class cabin
to the route.
Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, Andrew Cornish, said: “The start of daily A380 services from
Manchester to Dubai is a moment in history for our airport and the wider region.
It’s of such significance that we’re expecting thousands of people to visit the
airport on September 1st to catch a glimpse of her first flight. We’ve invested
around £10m to upgrade the airport’s infrastructure to accommodate the flagship
of the Emirates fleet and are very much looking forward to welcoming her for
the first time.”
EK017 leaves Dubai daily at 0755hrs and arrives in Manchester at 1225hrs. EK018
departs Manchester at 1410hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0015hrs the next day.
Emirates’ A380 is renowned for its First Class Private Suites, Onboard Shower
Spas and Onboard Lounge for First Class and Business Class passengers, offering
a wide range of drinks and canapés, as well as space to socialise or simply
Passengers in all classes can lose themselves in the quietness of the aircraft
and the award-winning ice in-flight entertainment system. There are more than
1,200 channels of on-demand entertainment, including 200 movies from around the
world, 100 TV channels, more than 500 audio channels, 100 video games and news
Emirates now operates A380s on the following routes: London Heathrow,
Manchester, Paris, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, Bangkok, Seoul, Jeddah and
Beijing. Hong Kong will be added to that list from 1st October and on 31st
October, the A380 will make a much-anticipated return to New York.
Emirates is the world’s largest customer for the superjumbo and its total A380
order book is 90 – with 78 aircraft still to come.