Emirates has launched Airbus A380 flights
between Dubai and Manchester in the north west of England.
Maurice Flanagan, Executive Vice Chairman
Emirates Airline & Group, who was born in the north west of
England and joined the first Manchester A380 flight said, “This is
a historic moment for Emirates as we bring our 21st century
superjumbo to the north west twenty years after our first flight
from the region. Our Manchester service has been an incredible
success story, and we’re delighted to be opening the next chapter
EK017 leaves Dubai daily at 07:55 and arrives in
Manchester at 12:25. EK018 departs Manchester at 14:10, arriving
in Dubai at 00:15 the next day.
Manchester Airport's Managing Director, Andrew
Cornish, said, “The start of daily A380 services from Manchester
to Dubai is a moment in history for our airport and the wider
region. It's of such significance that we're expecting thousands
of people to visit the airport on September 1st to catch a glimpse
of her first flight. We've invested around £10m to upgrade the
airport's infrastructure to accommodate the flagship of the
Emirates fleet and are very much looking forward to welcoming her
for the first time.”
Emirates’ A380 is renowned for its First Class
Onboard Shower Spas and Onboard Lounge for First Class and
Business Class passengers, offering a wide range of drinks and
canapés, as well as space to socialise or simply relax.
Emirates now operates A380s on the following
routes: London Heathrow, Manchester, Paris, Sydney, Auckland,
Toronto, Bangkok, Seoul, Jeddah and Beijing.
Hong Kong (via Bangkok) will be added to that list from 1
October and on 31 October, the A380 will make a much-anticipated
return to New York.
Emirates is the world's largest customer for the
superjumbo and its total A380 order book is 90 - with 78 aircraft
still to come.
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