Dubai, UAE, 6th August 2008 – Emirates Airline showcased its new, double-decker Airbus A380 in San Francisco and Los Angeles over the last two days as part of a number of exclusive tours of the aircraft that were planned for the United States. Each city offered a two-hour flight, hosted by Emirates, San Francisco and Los Angeles International Airports following the inaugural launch of the aircraft from Dubai to New York’s JFK Airport on August 1st, 2008.
In his address to media and special guests in both cities, Adel Al Redha, Emirates Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations said, "We are very confident these flights are a symbol of a strong future relationship between Emirates and the state of California and we are very appreciative of the support we receive from our many friends here at local, state and federal levels."
Delivering a message from California State Govenor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Kaufman, Director of Schwarzenegger’s San Francisco office said, "I applaud all those who have worked hard to make today a reality. This event is not only a momentous occasion for Emirates and for our Golden State, but it is also an historic moment in the history of aviation. My congratulations go to Emirates on your accomplishments and your beautiful A380 as you help mark a new era in technological advancements, environmental consciousness and passenger comforts. I’m excited for what the future holds for all those involved in this endeavor and for the friendships strengthened between our two lands.”
Invited guests from San Francisco were welcomed at a press reception by Mr. Al Redha; Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Dale Bonner; and John Martin, Airport Director at San Francisco International Airport. In Los Angeles, Mr. Al Redha and Secretary Bonner were joined by Gina Marie Lindsay, Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports.
The events offered guests an opportunity to tour the aircraft which features 489 seats in a three-class configuration (14 first class seats, 76 business class seats and 399 economy class seats). Guests also enjoyed Emirates’ award-winning on-board amenities including the airline's new Shower Spas and onboard lounges, as well as premier service aboard the airline industry’s most fuel efficient aircraft.
Powered by American aircraft engine maker Engine Alliance's GP7200 engines, Emirates' A380s can fly up to 7,456 miles on a full load, has 13 tons of bellyhold capacity for cargo and is able to offer better fuel economy per passenger mile than most hybrid passenger cars. The A380 is also quieter, both inside and outside of the cabin, which means more comfort for passengers.