A video of Emirates A380 Economy Class with a walk through from boarding of the flight to the flight. Airbus A380 fly Emirates , The Emirates A380 promises customers in all classes the most luxurious travel experience available. Powered by four Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, the Emirates A380 offers both a quieter and more eco-friendly way to travel. With First Class Shower Spas, a spacious onboard Lounge , and our award-winning ice inflight entertainment system with more than 1,200 channels on demand, there’s no better way to fly.
Today Emirates added a Dubai to Los Angeles A380 service making it the world’s longest Airbus A380 service. At 16 hour 20 minute long the world’s longest A380 flight crosses Russia the North Pole and then Canada before entering US Airspace and landing in Los Angeles. Even though Emirates operates world’s longest A380 flight the title of the world’s longest flight of any commercial aircraft by distance goes to Qantas with its 747 operated Sydney to Dallas flight and the longest flight in time goes to Delta Air Lines with a 17 hour Johannesburg to Atlanta service. Emirates A380 has 489 seats in total across 3 classes with 399 seats in Economy Class, 76 in Business Class and 14 luxurious first class suites. First Class also features the world’s only inflight showers. The Dubai to Los Angeles service operates under flight number EK 215 and the return flight from Los Angeles operates under EK 216.
Looks like Paris CDG is the next Emirates destination to be serviced by only A380 aircraft. At present Emirates operates three return services to Paris with two daily A380 services and a 6X week 777-300ER service, from 1 June 2014 the 777 service operating on EK 71/72 will switch to the Emirates A380 Superjumbo. As well as slightly increasing capacity it will add more Business and First Class seats on the route. The new time table is as below: Flight Number From Depart To Arrive Frequency EK071 DXB 04:30 CDG 09:40 m,tu,w,f,s,su EK073 DXB 08:20 CDG 13:30 Daily EK075 DXB 15:00 CDG 20:05 Daily EK072 CDG 11:20 DXB 19:50 m,tu,w,f,s,su EK074 CDG 15:35 DXB 00:20+1 Daily EK076 CDG 21:50 DXB 06:20+1 Daily Thanks to Kevin over at Ghetto IFE for the find Emirates Prepare to Take Paris to A380 Operation Only
If you are a regular Emirates flyer to London then you will be happy to hear that the airline has just announced a third daily London Service from 24 January 2012. This new Airbus A380 service to Heathrow will replace the existing EK029/EK030 service which is operates on a Boeing 777 aircraft. Emirates operates 5 daily flights between Dubai and London Heathrow so this additional A380 service will mean 3 out the 5 daily flights will be operated on the A380, “Given the popularity of Emirates’ A380s, I know this news will be well received by our customers flying between London Heathrow, Dubai and beyond. As these magnificent aircraft continue to join our fleet, we can offer more seats and choice in and out of high density points, while enabling a greater number of passengers to benefit from the Emirates’ A380 experience,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation. The full timetable of A380 services into and out of the UK is now as follows: (Current at the writing of this article) Route Flight Number Depart Arrive Dubai – London (LHR) EK001 0745hrs 1135hrs London (LHR) – Dubai EK002 1335hrs 0025hrs Dubai – London (LHR) EK003 1430hrs 1815hrs London (LHR) – Dubai EK004 2015hrs 0700hrs Dubai – London (LHR) EK029 0940hrs 1330hrs London (LHR) – Dubai EK030 1635hrs 0325hrs Dubai – Manchester EK017 0755hrs 1145hrs Manchester – Dubai EK018 1330hrs 0025hrs Dubai from Australia connections to London Heathrow From Sydney 2 daily direct flights from Sydney to Dubai, with one of these services operated on the Airbus A380 (EK413) and the other operated on Boeing 777 aircraft, there is also another flight from Sydney with a stop in Bangkok. From Melbourne there is 1 direct flight (2 others with connections) to Dubai all operated on Boeing 777 aircraft. From Perth there is one direct flight to Dubai operated on a Boeing 777 aircraft From Brisbane there is 1 direct flight to Dubai (1 other with connections) both operated on Boeing 777 aircraft
Emirates today announced that it has expanded its A380 services to Jeddah the launch of additional daily service, this second service will operate on a three class 517 seat Airbus A380. The full media release from Emirates can be read below: Emirates launches second A380 to Jeddah DUBAI, U.A.E., 2nd January 2011: Emirates expanded its existing operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today with the launch of additional daily A380 service to Jeddah, which has proven to be popular with both business and leisure travellers. The second A380 service has a capacity to seat 517 passengers in a three class configuration. “The A380 has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the Saudi market since it was introduced onto our Jeddah route in February 2010. The launch of a second A380, Emirates’ flagship aircraft, into Jeddah highlights our commitment to providing travellers in Saudi with the very latest in aircraft innovations,” added Khoory. Emirates remains committed to the Saudi market with a total of 42 flights per week to four cites including; Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Al Medinah al Munawarah.
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: Flight Number Route Depart Arrive EK017 Dubai – Manchester 0755 hrs 1225 hrs EK018 Manchester – Dubai 1410 hrs 0015 hrs +1 day 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 chapter today.” 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 factor.” 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 […]
Emirates have announced that it today expanded Emirates A380 services into Hong Kong and from 1 October 2010 increase its existing A380 services from Dubai to Bangkok to a daily service. The full media release from Emirates can be read below: Emirates’ A380 Network Continues to Expand DUBAI, U.A.E., 19th August 2010: Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380, today announced Hong Kong as the newest destination for its super-jumbo. Emirates has a total of 12 A380s in service with 78 on order and Hong Kong will become the Dubai-based global airline’s 11th A380 destination. Starting on 1st October, Emirates’ A380 will operate daily from Dubai as EK384 via Bangkok with the return flight operating as EK385. Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia, said: “We are very excited to announce Hong Kong as a new Emirates A380 destination. “This commercially-vibrant metropolis became part of Emirates’ ever expanding network back in 1991, and today we operate a double-daily service between Hong Kong and Dubai, one non-stop and one flight via Bangkok. We also operate 18 weekly Emirates SkyCargo freighter services. “We are proud to be able to demonstrate our commitment to Hong Kong by putting our flagship aircraft on this route. Our passengers from Hong Kong now have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful service and comforts available on this aircraft and our passengers from Thailand will have the option of flying the A380 to either Dubai or Hong Kong.” Emirates’ luxurious A380 products include two onboard shower spas in the First Class cabin, featuring signature amenities by the airline’s premium spa brand, Timeless Spa. For First and Business Class passengers the onboard lounge is the social highlight, featuring a fully-stocked bar and a selection of hot and cold canapés. Flat-bed massage-equipped private suites await passengers in First Class, while in Business Class there is a new generation of all-aisle flat-bed seats, for those travelling on the main deck in Economy Class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches. In all classes, there is mood-lighting and ice, the award-winning, inflight entertainment system featuring over 1200 channels of on-demand entertainment, including movies and music in Thai and Cantonese. Emirates currently operates the A380 from Dubai daily to Paris, Jeddah, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Beijing and double daily to London Heathrow. On September 1st Emirates will begin daily flights with the A380 to Manchester and from 31st October the aircraft will make a welcome return to the non-stop service between Dubai and New York’s JFK airport.
Emirates and OnAir have announced plans for Emirates to equip its A380 aircraft with the OnAir In-flight Wi-Fi internet system that will allow passengers to use the internet in-flight. The roll out is expected to start in the beginning of 2011, and will also allow passengers to make telephone calls and send SMS messages from their standard mobile phone. The full media release from Emirates & OnAir can be read below: EMIRATES SELECTS ONAIR Complete inflight connectivity solution to be installed on Emirates’ flagship Airbus A380 aircraft Geneva, Switzerland, 20 July 2010 – Emirates and OnAir today announced an agreement to install full Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir in-flight passenger communications services on their Airbus A380 aircraft fleet. All 90 of the flagship, double-decker aircraft operating on long-haul intercontinental routes will be equipped with the system This will allow passengers to use their mobile phones, smart phones and BlackBerrytm devices onboard Emirates A380 aircraft to make voice calls, send SMS text messages or utilise data services wirelessly to their iPodtm, iPhonetm , iPadtm and laptops equipped with GPRS modems. The first OnAir-equipped Emirates Airbus 380 will come into service in June 2012. Emirates will commence installation of the OnAir connectivity features on its A380 aircraft at the beginning of 2011, allowing passengers to access the internet via WIFI on personal portable devices such as laptops, smartphones and mobile telephones. Mobile OnAir along with Inmarsat uses the industry’s most advanced and extensive infrastructure for mobile communications, providing Emirates passengers global connectivity. “Emirates inflight entertainment system is a consistent global award winner and we are constantly looking to enhance the services we provide to our passengers,” stated Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline. “Our decision to install a full set of in-flight connectivity services is part of our on-going effort to provide customers with the real-time access to information that they demand.” “Emirates have established themselves as pioneers of in-flight connectivity. We are very proud that after rigorous evaluation, they have chosen OnAir technology for their flagship aircraft fleet,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. “In choosing SwiftBroadband technology, Emirates benefit from a powerful platform combining cockpit and cabin communications – and one that offers further evolution into the future, should market demand require.” Emirates passengers will be able to stay connected in-flight using their own mobile phones or smartphones to make and receive phone calls, send and receive text messages and emails, and access the Internet. Using the Internet OnAir service, passengers will be able to access the Internet just as they do on the ground by connecting their laptops via wireless connection. OnAir has operated more than 120,000 fully connected flights to date to over 300 cities operating to 75 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and has signed agreements with more than 25 customers worldwide. OnAir also serves corporate jets, private VIP and Governmental customers.
Emirates must really love the Airbus A380 if today’s announcement by Airbus and Emirates was an indication of commitment. Anyway Emirates have increased the total number of Airbus A380 aircraft which it will order to 90 with today’s commitment to an additional 32 aircraft. The increase in Emirates A380 aircraft order was announced at todays ILA Berlin Air Show The full media release from Airbus can be read below: Dubai based Emirates Airline has ordered a further 32 A380s from Airbus, taking their total firm orders for the iconic flagship of the 21st century to 90 aircraft. The order has a list price of US$ 11.5 billion. The agreement was signed in a ceremony today at the Berlin Air Show witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by Emirates Airline Group Chairman and CEO His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, and Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders “This latest order, adding to 58 A380s previously ordered, affirms Emirates’ strategy to become a world leading carrier and to further establish Dubai as a central gateway to worldwide air travel. The A380 is our flagship in terms of passenger comfort, innovation, operating and environmental efficiency and revenue generation. Our latest commitment signals Emirates’ confidence in the growth to come in a thriving aviation sector,” said H.H.Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al- Maktoum. “Emirates has supported the development of the A380 from the earliest days, and today’s order – the single largest A380 order ever – is the best endorsement I can imagine. On behalf of all of us at Airbus, we thank Emirates for their confidence and support. The A380 is indeed a remarkable eco-efficient aircraft, a profit generator for airlines and a great flying experience for passengers,” said Tom Enders. Following delivery of their first A380 in July 2008, Emirates now operates ten aircraft serving eight international destinations including London Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland. The airline expects the list of destinations to increase as more and more airports around the world are A380 ready. Emirates’ tenth A380, received on 7 June 2010, is on static display at the ILA Berlin Air Show. All Emirates’ A380 are powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines and delivered from Hamburg. In Germany more than 30 major suppliers are directly feeding into the A380 programme. The A380 programme alone adds an estimated 40,000 direct, indirect and induced German jobs. The world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380, is also the quietest and most fuel efficient, demonstrably consuming less than three litres of fuel per passenger per 100 kilometres. Nearly 5.5 million passengers have already enjoyed the new experience of flying on-board one of the 30 A380s in service, taking them to 20 major international destinations worldwide in unequalled comfort. The A380 in-service fleet has accumulated over 15,000 commercial flights, and its operators have unanimously praised its popularity with passengers, higher load factors and superior profitability. With a range of 8,300nm / 15,400 […]
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. Flight Number Route Depart Arrive EK017 Dubai Manchester 0755hrs 1225hrs EK018 Manchester Dubai 1410hrs 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 flying.” 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 […]
Emirates is to add another A380 to its London Heathrow route from 1st July this year, making the popular superjumbo experience more widely available to passengers. The airline brought its own brand of double-decker, equipped with an Onboard Lounge and Shower Spas, to the British capital in December 2008. In addition to the daily EK 001 from Dubai, the A380 will also be deployed on EK 003, which departs Dubai at 1415hrs and arrives in London Heathrow at 1840hrs. Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation, said: “This is an important development for Emirates as this is the first route where we have made a long term commitment to double up on the double-decker.” Mr Obaidalla added: “London Heathrow was one of the key airports we had in mind when the A380 was first conceived and the new deployment allows more passengers travelling to and from the British capital to experience this remarkable aircraft.” The giant 517-seat aircraft offers 14 flat-bed First Class Private Suites with electrically operated doors, 76 fully-flat seats in Business Class – all with mini bars and aisle access, and 427 comfortable contoured seats in Economy – spread across four roomy cabins on the lower deck. Passengers in all classes can lose themselves in the quietness of the aircraft and the much-enjoyed ice entertainment system. There are more than 1000 channels of on-demand entertainment including 200 movies from around the world, 100 TV channels, more than 500 audio channels, 100 video games and BBC news, sports and business headlines. A personal satellite phone is fitted to each seat, which also carries a seat-back sms and email service, along with seat to seat calling and a “My USB” personal picture viewing facility. Emirates, which has won more than 400 international awards for its products and services, is now operating eight A380s. In addition to London Heathrow, they fly to Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland. Emirates operates 98 non-stop flights per week to the UK. As well as five flights a day to London Heathrow, it operates daily services to Newcastle and Glasgow, a double daily to Manchester and Birmingham and three flights a day to Gatwick. On 28th March, the airline’s 100-plus destination route network will be extended to Tokyo, followed by Amsterdam in May, Prague in July, Madrid in August and Dakar in September. Doubling the double-decker offering to London Heathrow EK001 departs Dubai daily at 0745hrs, arriving in Heathrow Terminal 3 at 1215hrs. The return flight, EK 002, departs Heathrow daily at 1415hrs, arriving at Dubai International at 0005hrs the following day. EK 003 leaves Dubai at 1415hrs and arrives in London Heathrow at 1840hrs. Dubai-bound, EK 004 leaves Heathrow at 2040hrs and gets into Dubai at 0630hrs the following day (effective 1st July, 2010).
Emirates have announced that they intend to commence an Emirates A380 service from Dubai to Beijing from 1 August 2010. The service will operate under flight number EK 306 and EK 307 for the return flight. Details and timings of the Emirates A380 Service from Dubai to Beijing are as follows: Service Flight Number Departure time Arrival Time Dubai to Beijing EK 306 04:10 hrs 15:10 hrs Beijing to Dubai EK 307 23:55 hrs 04:20 hrs The full media release from Emirates can be read below: DUBAI, U.A.E., 1st March 2010: The world’s most populous country, China, will fittingly receive the aviation world’s largest commercial aircraft with the start of Emirates A380 Dubai-Beijing-Dubai services on 1st August 2010. The new service signals the first A380 operation to China, and follows an impressive series of A380-firsts to New Zealand, Thailand and Korea by the Dubai-based airline. The 517-seater A380 will be deployed on the existing EK 306 service that departs Dubai daily at 04:10 hrs, touching down in the Chinese capital city at 15:10 hrs. Return flight EK 307 takes off from Beijing Capital International Airport at 23:55 hrs, landing at Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport at 04:20 hrs the following day. Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline noted: “Emirates was the first Middle Eastern airline to establish direct air links with mainland China over seven years ago. The link has proved very successful for both of us and we are strengthening it further with the launch of China’s first A380 service. This new operation bears testimony of our ongoing commitment to China; offering enhanced capacity to the world’s third-largest economy as it surges ahead with its international trade and development agenda. “The A380 flight offers significant economic benefits to China by providing seamless connections between China and Africa, Europe and the Middle East via Emirates’ Dubai hub. Today China ranks as Africa’s second-largest trading partner with trade crossing US$100 billion. Equally, Africa is China’s second largest engineering contracting market and deals for contract projects exceed US$126.3 billion.” Mr. Clark continued: “Trade between Dubai and China is on a steady rise, recording an average annual growth of 36%. Also, the UAE is expecting a surge in incoming Chinese leisure groups after the Chinese government granted it ‘Approved Destination Status’ last year. Although our A380 will support the growing demand for air travel to/from China through capacity enhancements of almost 50%, it will not be sufficient. We believe China’s blazing economic growth justifies a further expansion in aviation links in the near future.” Mr. Dong Zhiyi, Director & General Manager of Beijing Capital International Airport said: “We are very excited to welcome Emirates’ revolutionary A380 – the first scheduled A380 commercial jet to touch down on Chinese soil. This is an important milestone for the future of Beijing Capital and aviation in China. We have made major investments to prepare this airport for new and larger aircraft that will be the future of the airline business.” The […]
Emirates has commenced A380 services into Seoul Korea, with the first ever Commercial Airbus A380 flight into Korea. The full media release from Emirates can be read below: The aviation world’s first A380 operation to Seoul, and Emirates’ first A380 flight to North East Asia touched down to a vibrant and colourful welcome at Incheon International Airport this afternoon. The first commercial A380 jet to land on Korean soil brought with it passengers from 27 countries including the U.A.E., Bahrain, Qatar, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and the UK, and over 10 tonnes of cargo. The new service demonstrates Emirates’ investment in the Korean economy, perfectly timed to support ‘Visit Korea Year’ in 2010. It will operate initially on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, advancing to a daily operation from 27th December. A high-level Emirates delegation led by Tim Clark, President, Emirates airline travelled on the first A380 flight. It included Richard Vaughan, Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Worldwide and Richard Jewsbury, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Far East and Australasia. On arrival the delegation was welcomed by CW Lee, President and CEO of Incheon International Airport Corporation; YJ Woo, Chief Administrator of Seoul Regional Aviation Administration; Sonia Hong, Secretary General of Visit Korea Committee and over 120 government dignitaries and media personnel. Mr. Clark noted: “Emirates is delighted to launch Korea’s first A380 service. Our partners at Incheon International Airport have invested heavily to make the airport a world-class A380 facility and for this we thank them. “Air transportation is a key facilitator of economic growth. Since the launch of Emirates services to Seoul in 2005 using an Airbus 340-300, we have stimulated the flow of business and leisure traffic to and from Korea. Our flights have connected Korea to potential and emerging Middle East and African markets thus creating new business opportunities. Our services have also served the needs of over 70,000 Korean corporate travellers and holiday-makers visiting the UAE annually. “While I am confident the enhanced capacity of the A380 will add further momentum to the growth of the Korean economy, I believe it is just not enough. The strong demand for passenger and cargo services on the Dubai-Seoul-Dubai route outstrips the available capacity which is restricted by the present bilateral agreement to eight flights a week. ” The U.A.E. and Korea share close relations, strengthened further with the high profile visits of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the U.A.E. and Ruler of Dubai to Korea in May 2007, and of Noh Moo-Hyun, the (late) President of Korea to the U.A.E. in 2007. Korea is a major stakeholder in Dubai’s expansion and Korean companies are involved in some of the most high-profile projects in the emirate. Korea is also one of the UAE’s leading trade partners with over 150% growth in total trade over the past five years. The U.A.E. and in particular Dubai is home to the Arab world’s largest Korean population. Close […]
Emirates has taken delivery of its sixth Airbus A380 aircraft amid recent financial trouble with its parent company Dubai World. Emirates currently operates A380 aircraft in to Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok, Toronto, Heathrow and from tomorrow Seoul. This will be expanded to include Paris after the airline takes delivery of its seventh Airbus A380 aircraft later this month The full media release from Emirates can be read below: Forging ahead with the airline’s immense fleet expansion Emirates has taken delivery of its sixth Airbus A380 aircraft. The colossal aircraft landed in Dubai late last night after travelling from the Jürgen Thomas Delivery Centre in Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft is currently being fitted with the airline’s service hallmarks at Emirates’ world class engineering facility, in preparation for entry into service. Taking delivery of this mammoth plane Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations said: “The delivery of our sixth A380 aircraft is testament to Emirates’ steadfast resilience amidst the global economic crisis. The A380 offers us the ability to support our operational needs and meet passenger demand, an important factor with international load levels looking positive over the next few months.” “We remain resolute in our expansion plans in terms of both fleet and destinations. In the last four weeks alone Emirates has announced plans to start services to Tokyo and Amsterdam in 2010 and has also taken delivery of three new aircraft including two Boeing 777-300ER, in addition to today’s Airbus A380.” Serving six far reaching destinations including; Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok, Toronto, Heathrow and from tomorrow Seoul, Emirates’ A380 aircraft provide a greener option for long haul travel through substantial reductions in noise, emissions and fuel burn. From 29th December Emirates will also commence an A380 service to Paris, with the carrier’s seventh A380 aircraft due for delivery later this month. Designed to provide customers with the greatest travel comforts on long-range journeys, the Emirates’ A380 – with 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 Business Class and 399 Economy seats – represents the latest innovation and technology from a company recognized internationally for its in-flight amenities and services. Unique to the Emirates aircraft are its Shower Spas – two fully-equipped bathrooms in the First Class cabins with shower facilities. Emirates A380’s ground-breaking in-flight product also features an Onboard Lounge for First and Business Class passengers which includes a bar with a wide range of beverages and canapés as well as an exclusive space to socialise or simply relax. Spread over two levels, the whole of the A380 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, an electrically controlled mini-bar and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system available to travellers. The main deck is dedicated to Economy class passengers and is fitted with comfortable seating as well as seat back individual 12 inch LCD screens, offering passengers a wide range of in-flight entertainment. […]
Emirates Airline has announced that it will begin operations of its Airbus A380 into Paris one month early with the first service taking from 29 December 2009. The full media release from Emirates can be read below: An Emirates’ A380 will serve Paris from 29th December, one month earlier than planned. The airline had previously announced that the super-jumbo would head to Paris Charles de Gaulle from 1st February next year, but an operational review, coupled with demand on the route, has led to an earlier introduction. The 489-seat aircraft will be incorporated into Emirates’ double daily flights to Paris. It will initially service three of the morning departures from Dubai, becoming daily from 17th January 2010. Earlier this month, Emirates bucked the trend in the aviation industry by posting a sizeable profit increase for its operations in the April-September period of the current financial year. During this period, the airline announced a profit of Dhs 752 million (U.S.$ 205 million) and, significantly, an 18% increase in passengers. The growth in passengers and earnings has been mirrored in the French market and has been a major consideration in the earlier introduction of the A380 onto the Paris route. Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation, said: “Our forward carryings out of France are extremely strong. Coupled with the earlier aircraft availability on that route, it means we can provide passengers with the experience of flying this highly popular aircraft between Dubai and Paris much sooner than originally anticipated. It also provides our passengers with an earlier A380 service all the way through to Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok and, soon, Seoul.” The A380 serving Paris will have a configuration of 14 Private Suites in First Class, 76 new generation, fully flat seats in Business Class and 399 seats in the Economy cabin. The A380 departs Dubai at 0800hrs and arrives in Paris at 1225hrs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It leaves Paris at 1430hrs and arrives in Dubai at 2359hrs. First and Business Class passengers can enjoy the luxurious facilities provided by the airline’s dedicated lounges in Paris and Dubai’s Terminal 3, one of the finest airport facilities ever built.