Emirates has launched the first scheduled commercial A380 service into Hamburg Airport (IATA: HAM).
The inaugural Emirates A380 flight, flown by Hamburg-born Captain Hauke Smid and UAE national First Officer Sultan Hussain, departed from Dubai International Airport on the morning of October 29 and was welcomed with a water canon salute in Hamburg in the afternoon.
For the inaugural arrival in Hamburg the A380 replaced the usual Boeing777 on morning service EK059/EK060, while from 30 October, the A380 will be regularly deployed on the afternoon service EK061/EK062.
The German city becomes Emirates’ 50th global A380 destination – one day after the A380 introduction into Osaka and Hamburg is now the 61st airport served by the world’s fleet of A380s. Emirates started operating daily Hamburg flights in March 2006 and introduced a second daily service from September 2011.
Airport CEO, Michael Eggenschwiler, commented: “Today, at Hamburg Airport, we are celebrating an inaugural flight that we have been looking forward to eagerly for a long time.
“From today, Emirates is the first airline to use an Airbus A380 for scheduled services to our airport. The world’s largest airliner is now flying the daily evening flight on our popular Hamburg-Dubai route. The deployment of this impressive aircraft is the logical result of the consistently high load factor on the Dubai flights. For passengers, this means even more comfort and an even better product offering.”