DUBAI, U.A.E., 15th December 2011: Emirates will become by far London Heathrow’s largest A380 operator in 2012 with four of the double-decker aircraft to serve the airport daily.
Following last month’s announcement of a third daily A380 flight from 24th January 2012, Emirates will launch a fourth A380 service from 25th March 2012. The deployment means four of Emirates’ five daily Heathrow flights will be served by the A380 – twice as many as any other carrier.
From 24th January 2012, the A380 will operate flight EK029 to London Heathrow – leaving Dubai at 09:40 hours and arriving in London at 13:30 hours. From 25th March 2012, the double-decker also will operate flight EK005, which departs Dubai at 15:45 hours and arrives in Heathrow at 20:15 hours. Both services are currently flown by a Boeing 777-300ER.
“This demonstrates the beauty of the A380 – its ability to increase our service to our passengers in style, and without adding traffic to London Heathrow’s busy schedule,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation. “We would like to acknowledge the support and cooperation of the Heathrow authorities in bringing a fourth A380 to the British capital.”
The Emirates’ A380 first touched down in the UK in December 2008 when it commenced a daily service to Heathrow. In June 2010, a second A380 was introduced on the route and in September last year, the airline inaugurated an A380 service to Manchester – the first time any airline had scheduled the aircraft from a regional airport.
The Emirates’ A380 offers 14 flat-bed First Class Private Suites with electrically operated doors and 76 fully-flat mini-pods in Business Class - all with aisle access - on the upper deck. Downstairs, there are 427 comfortable contoured seats in Economy Class, spread across four separate cabins.
Passengers in all classes have a choice of over 1,200 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.