Emirates has announced it will deploy its Airbus A380s to even more destinations across its network in 2016.
Birmingham (BHX), Prague (PRG) and Taipei (TPE) have been added to the list of Emirates A380 destinations, making Emirates the first and only airline to operate a scheduled A380 service from each of these destinations. Emirates’ daily Birmingham flight, EK39/40, will be up-gauged to an A380 beginning March 27, 2016. Emirates A380 services to Prague and Taiwan will start from May 1, 2016. Additionally, Barcelona will be served with a second daily Emirates A380 service from 1st June 2016.
Thierry Antinori, the airline’s Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer commented: “The introduction and increase of Emirates’A380 services in these strategic destinations means more travellers will have the opportunity to experience our industry-leading A380 product.”
“Our onboard innovations on the A380, across all classes, continue to impress and delight our customers. Deploying larger capacity aircraft, such as the A380, also helps us to efficiently meet growing passenger demand in these markets, contribute to tourism development and enhance customer choice and options.”
Flying the world’s largest fleet of A380 aircraft at 71, Emirates continues to set the pace for A380 deployment. Since Emirates launched is first A380 flight in 2008, the aircraft has flown over 42 million passengers, covering more than 630 million kilometres.
Emirates’ inaugural A380 flight to Birmingham, EK39 will depart Dubai at 0735 and arrive at 1220 and will be operated in a two-class configuration. EK40 will depart Birmingham at 1420hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0035 (+1). The addition of an A380 on this route follows the recent introduction of Emirates’ third daily flight to Birmingham, as well as the airline’s milestone 15th year of operations to the city being celebrated this week.
The daily Emirates Dubai-Prague route, operating as EK139, will depart Dubai at 0905 and arrive in Prague at 13:30. The return leg, operating as EK140, will depart Prague at 1540 and arrive in Dubai at 2335. The A380 route will be operated in a three-class configuration, representing a 44% increase in capacity.
In Taiwan, Emirates will up-gauge its service to a two-class A380 service, also representing a 44% increase in capacity. Flight EK366 will depart Dubai at 0435 and arrive in Taipei at 1650 the same day. The return service, EK367, will leave Taipei at 2330, arriving in Dubai at 0505 the next day. Taipei Taoyuan International Airport recently completed enhancements making it compatible with the double-decker aircraft.
Barcelona will be served twice daily with an Emirates A380 service, in a three-class configuration. From June 1, 2016, the second A380 service, EK187, will depart Dubai at 1545 and arrives in Barcelona at 2055, while the return leg, EK188 departs Barcelona at 2240 and arrives in Dubai at 0725 the next day. The first A380 service to Barcelona was launched on February 1, 2014.
There are currently 36 A380 destinations on the Emirates network.