Emirates will be introducing its Airbus A380 aircraft on its daily Rome services from December 1, 2011.
The announcement of Emirates’ first permanent scheduled A380 service to Italy comes on the back of its June 6th landing at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport to mark the celebrations for its 50th anniversary, while commemorating 150 years of Italian unification.
“The permanent service of the Emirates’ A380 to Rome underscores our commitment to Italy, having served this ever-growing market since 1992. The new A380 service will enable travellers to enjoy the unparalleled on-board amenities in all classes and the great connectivity of our network via the Dubai hub,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, and Europe & Russian Federation.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the airport authorities who have strategically upgraded their infrastructure to accommodate the A380. This purposeful investment will help to strengthen the economic ties and tourism links between the UAE and Italy.”
“This is a further confirmation of the successful relationship between Emirates and Aeroporti di Roma,” said Elia Pistola, Aviation Director of ADR. “This represents a further development of the Emirates’ presence at Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Rome is the first Italian airport that can accommodate an A380 with the complete operating infrastructure. The new dedicated double bridge is a strategic investment for our airport, since the A380 is the best aircraft to serve the growing key markets where Emirates operates via Dubai.”
Rome is currently served twice daily by Emirates. Coupled with a double daily service to Milan and a daily flight to Venice.
The A380 service will operate daily as EK 97, departing Dubai at 09:10hrs (local time) and arriving at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport at 12:35hrs (local). The return flight, EK 98, departs Rome at 14:35hrs (local) and arrives in Dubai at 23:05hrs (local). The A380’s arrival time in Dubai will allow passengers from Italy to connect to its network of destinations in the Far East.
With 15 A380s currently in its fleet, Emirates is the largest operator of the environmentally friendly double-decker aircraft, flying services from Dubai to London Heathrow (twice daily), Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Jeddah, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland.