[HD video below] Emirates’ Dubai – Munich route will become an
all-A380 service from 30 March 2014, when the airline deploys its
flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on its second daily flight.
Emirates’ flights EK49/50 and EK51/52 are currently served by
Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER, respectively.
The second A380
service will add almost 1,800 seats per week on the route.
Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and
Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates said, “This is a significant
development for Emirates as Munich is a key airport for us in
Germany and in Europe. Passenger demand has been steadily growing
and our second A380 will add much needed seat capacity which is
essential for us to meet the demand growth of the route and
support the expansion of trade, tourism and international
investment in Germany. We are also proud to fly our flagship A380
aircraft as a connector of people and cargo between Germany and
destinations across the globe, particularly as Germany plays a big
role in producing this aircraft.”
Last month, Emirates operated the second Munich
service with an A380 due to high demand. The service proved
popular among passengers and aviation enthusiasts alike. Munich
Airport offered the “A380 lights bus tour” during this period. The
tour offered visitors in the evening a glimpse at the ‘behind the
scenes’ operations of Munich Airport, including advantageous
sights of the Emirates A380.
The second daily A380 operation will be serviced
with a three-class configuration comprising of 399 seats in
Economy Class, 76 fully flat-bed, mini-pods in Business Class and
14 First Class Private Suites.
Since November of 2011, when the first service
was inaugurated, over 600,000 passengers have flown the Emirates
A380 to and from Munich.
Germany plays a significant role in the
production of Emirates’ highly efficient A380s. German
aeronautical businesses contribute to the production of the
aircraft’s engines, wings, ice entertainment system, lighting and
Onboard Shower features, and an estimated €280 million is spent
each year by Emirates for the operation and maintenance of these
components, according to a study by the Institute of Air Transport
and Airport Research (DLR). Moreover, the A380 programme alone is
estimated to add around 40,000 direct, indirect and induced German
The regional economy around Munich will also
derive substantial benefits as a result of the aircraft upgrade
from a B777 to an A380.
According to recent Deloitte report titled
‘The Economic Value of Sydney Airport’, it is estimated that the
annual incremental contribution of a B777 to an A380 upgrade
amounted to more than €40 million in GDP and added more than 700
jobs in Sydney. Generation of similar economic returns can be
expected for Munich and its surrounding areas.
Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the
world, with 38 currently in its fleet flying to 22 global
Emirates flight EK51 departs Dubai at 16:30
and arrives in Munich at 20:10, the return flight EK52 departs
Munich at 21:40 and arrives in Dubai at 06:30 the following