DUBAI, U.A.E., 15th November 2011 – Emirates’ A380 services to London Heathrow will become triple daily from 24th January 2012.
This will mean three out of the airline’s five daily flights into Heathrow will be served by the superjumbo.
Emirates’ flagship aircraft will replace Boeing 777s on Emirates flight EK029 from Dubai and on the return flight EK030, adding capacity to one of the airline’s busiest routes.
“Given the popularity of Emirates’ A380s, I know this news will be well received by our customers flying between London Heathrow, Dubai and beyond. As these magnificent aircraft continue to join our fleet, we can offer more seats and choice in and out of high density points, while enabling a greater number of passengers to benefit from the Emirates’ A380 experience,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.
The airline brought its own brand of double-decker, equipped with an Onboard Lounge and Shower Spas, to the British capital in December 2008. After supporting Emirates flights EK001 and EK002 between Dubai and Heathrow, EK003 and EK004 became A380 services in July of last year.
The giant aircraft, known for its quietness and spaciousness, offers 14 flat-bed First Class Private Suites with electrically operated doors and 76 fully-flat seats in Business Class -- all with aisle access -- on the upper deck. Downstairs, there are 427 comfortable contoured seats in Economy, spread across four separate cabins.
Passengers in all classes can settle down to more than 1,000 channels of films, television programmes, music and games carried on the ice entertainment system.
A personal satellite phone is fitted to each seat, which also carries a seat-back sms and email service, along with seat to seat calling and a "My USB" personal picture viewing facility.
The third A380 service into Heathrow is another major investment for Emirates in the UK, where it operates 105 weekly flights via six gateways; London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.
In September of last year, Manchester, which is now a triple daily service, became Emirates’ second UK gateway to be served by the superjumbo, replacing Emirates flights EK017 and EK018.
The international airline of the UAE has a fleet of 17 A380s amongst a total fleet of 162 aircraft, flying to 116 destinations – now including Baghdad.
At the Dubai Air Show on Sunday (13th November 2011), Emirates announced an order for an additional 50 Boeing 777-300 ER aircrafts, worth approximately USD 18 billion (AED 66 billion) in list prices.
The agreement also included 20 Boeing 777-300 ER options valued at USD 8 billion (AED 29.4 billion), lifting the total order to 70 aircrafts worth USD 26 billion (AED 95.4 billion).
UK A380 timings:
- EK001 departs Dubai 07:45 hours – arrives London Heathrow at 11:35 hours
- EK002 departs Heathrow 13:35 hours – arrives Dubai 00:25 hours
- EK003 departs Dubai 14:30 hours – arrives Heathrow 18:15 hours
- EK004 departs Heathrow 20:15 hours – arrives Dubai at 07:00 hours
- EK029 departs Dubai 09:40 hours – arrives Heathrow 13:30 hours (24th January 2012)
- EK030 departs Heathrow 16:35 hours – arrives Dubai at 03:25 hours (24th January 2012)
- EK017 departs Dubai 07:55 hours - arrives Manchester 11:45 hours
- EK018 departs Manchester 13:30 hours – arrives Dubai 00:25 hours the next day