Emirates has brought Italy into its A380 network after deploying the aircraft on its Rome route.
EK 097, which departs Dubai at 09:10 local time and arrives in Rome at 12:35, is now operated with the double-decker airliner, bringing an additional 34% capacity on the Dubai-Rome route – an extra 250 seats each day.
Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation, said: “With the A380 forming part of the double daily service to Rome, twice daily flights to Milan and a daily offering into Venice, Italy is becoming an increasingly active market.”
The airline started services to Italy in 1992 and currently has 35 weekly flights.
“Operating the A380 out of Rome allows passengers in Italy to enjoy the Emirates’ superjumbo experience all the way to key markets such as Australia, China and Thailand, via our much-admired hub in Dubai, while boosting tourism in Italy,” added Mr Obaidalla.
Lorenzo Lo Presti, CEO of Aeroporti di Roma SpA, stated: “The two daily flights – that include an A380 from Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport – are further confirmation of the successful relationship between Emirates and Aeroporti di Roma.”
“It validates the airport that serves the capital, which connects to 180 destinations and serves more than 110 airlines, as the first hub in the Mediterranean. Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport is the first Italian airport to accommodate for full A380 operational requirements. Our new boarding bridge is a strategic investment for the airport, as the A380 is the best aircraft to serve key markets operated by Emirates through Dubai.”
The Emirates’ double decker made an appearance in Rome in June to mark Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport’s 50th anniversary, while commemorating 150 years of Italian unification.
In July last year, an A380 touched down in Milan for the official launch of the Fly Emirates AC Milan football shirt.