Emirates is celebrating ten years of A380 operations. Since its first flight to New York from Dubai on 1 August 2008, the airline’s A380s have carried more than 105 million passengers, clocking in more than 1.5 billion kilometres on 115,000 flights, equivalent to 39,000 trips around the globe.
The airline says the UK has the highest number of Emirates A380 passengers, nearly 20 million people who have flown on one in the last decade. It currently has 14 daily services to the UK from Dubai.
Emirates is the world’ largest operator of the A380 aircraft, with 104 double-decker aircraft flying to 49 cities on six continents on scheduled services with more than 80 daily departures from the airline’s Dubai hub. In addition to its 104-strong fleet, the airline has a further 58 A380s on order. Today, Emirates also operates the world’s shortest A380 route from Dubai to Kuwait and the world’s longest A380 non-stop route from Dubai to Auckland.
Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: “It’s been ten extraordinary years since the first Emirates A380 flight took to the skies, and today it has become one of the most recognisable and admired aircraft in the world. Passengers love to fly it because of its spaciousness which provides more comfort across all classes, and its iconic products like the OnBoard Lounge, Shower Spa and First Class suites have redefined air travel. We remain committed to providing the best experience for our customers aboard our flagship aircraft and introducing new innovations that will continue to ‘wow’ them every time they fly with us.”