In what is likely to be one of Emirates'
briefest commercial deployments, an
Airbus A380 will serve
Birmingham for just one day on September 9th, as part of
Birmingham International Airport's 70th anniversary celebrations.
The double-decker will be used
on one of Emirates’ two daily services to Birmingham, giving
passengers the first chance to fly directly to or from Birmingham
on the A380.
Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline, said,
“Emirates and Birmingham International Airport have enjoyed a
successful partnership since we started services in 2000, and it’s
fitting that we should mark this significant milestone in the
airport’s history by flying in our most talked about aircraft.”
Joe Kelly, Birmingham
International Airport’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, added,
“Our 70th anniversary is a fantastic milestone for the
airport and we are delighted that Emirates is helping us
celebrate our birthday with the A380. Additionally, this
is the first commercial flight of an A380 outside of
London Heathrow in the UK.”
“As well as our 70th anniversary, September 9th is also the
date that our new 45 million pound International Pier opens. The
Pier replaces the existing Pier, constructed in 1984, with state
of the art facilities and it is therefore very fitting that the
first aircraft will be the Emirates’ A380” Mr Kelly added.
have two chances to fly on the superjumbo between Dubai and
Birmingham. Flight EK039 departs Dubai at 08:05 and arrives in
Birmingham at 12:35. Alternatively, travellers can take EK040,
which leaves Birmingham at 15:05 and lands in Dubai at 01:05
the next day.
Spread over two levels, the whole of the
upper deck is dedicated to Premium passengers. Towards the front,
First Class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed,
massage-equipped Private Suites. These incorporate
remote-controlled doors, a work desk, an electrically controlled
mini-bar and the most advanced in-flight entertainment system
available to travellers.
The aircraft boasts two
Shower Spas - in First Class, which include heated flooring,
leather seating and shower kits from Emirates’ premium spa brand,
Business Class passengers will be able to
enjoy a new generation of intelligent seating designed to ensure
all seats have aisle access. There's a cleverly designed table
that never gets in the way, and a seat that slickly becomes a
fully-flat bed. Passengers have ample laptop stowage when they
want to switch from work to fun and enjoy the award-winning ice
entertainment system, which is available to all onboard.
First and Business Class passengers can also take advantage of the
Onboard Lounge, located at the rear of the upper deck. The lounge
is designed to make passengers feel like they are in their own
executive club, and offers seating with a wide range of beverages
and canapés. A First Class Social Area with drinks facilities is
located at the front of the upper deck.
Economy Class will notice the straight, rather than conventionally
concave walls, throughout the cabin, giving the impression of
increased spaciousness, enhanced by the more generous seats and
September 9th is not only a significant day
for Birmingham International Airport in the world of transport
developments. Dubai Metro, a full automated, driverless railway
system running throughout Dubai, is due to open the same day.
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