With the continued easing of travel restrictions around the globe, Emirates has announced that its flagship A380 aircraft will soon be deployed to an expanded list of destinations starting in October and November.
By the end of November, the number of cities that the aircraft will serve will rise to 27, representing a more than 65 per cent increase from its current 16.
The A380 remains highly sought-after by Emirates travelers for its spacious and comfortable cabins featuring modern amenities. The airline is deploying its popular aircraft in sync with passenger demand as the travel industry continues on its path to recovery.
With the addition of 11 routes to the double-decker aircraft network by November, as well as extra frequencies on the popular ones already being served by the aircraft, Emirates is poised to offer close to 165,000 additional A380 seats to customers.
Over the next six weeks Emirates will re-instate its A380 services to destinations such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Madrid, Milan, Riyadh (subject to government approvals), Sao Paulo and Zurich.
Emirates will also introduce its services to Istanbul, scheduled to launch on October 1, that will become the first A380 operation in Turkey.
As the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, the airline’s total fleet of A380s will reach 118 by year-end, including six aircraft equipped with Premium Economy seats in a 4-class configuration.
The airline currently flies to over 120 cities, representing 90 per cent of its pre-pandemic network, and plans to restore 70 per cent of its capacity by the end of the year are on track with the return to service of more than 50 A380 aircraft.
Emirates is also scaling up operations across its global network to meet the surge in customer demand to Dubai as well as other destinations that allow quarantine-free entry for specific nationalities and vaccination status.
Dubai welcomed more than four million overnight leisure and business visitors since it reopened in July 2020 and with Expo 2020 Dubai just days away, the city is preparing to welcome visitors to a line-up of themed weeks, entertainment, workshops, live shows as well as country pavilions and special installations.
In December 2020, Emirates introduced its first A380 aircraft in 4-class configuration, featuring Premium Economy. By November this year, the airline will have six aircraft equipped with the seat offering and new-look cabin interiors.
Keeping the health and wellbeing of its passengers as top priority, Emirates has introduced a set of safety measures. The airline has also been building on its contactless technology offering and has scaled up its digital verification capabilities for customers to utilize the IATA Travel Pass.