Emirates has expanded the network of
destinations served by its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft with the launch
of new scheduled A380 services to Hamburg and Osaka this week.
became Emirates’ 49th global A380 destination, while Hamburg joined the A380 network as the airline’s
50th A380 destination.
Flights to Osaka’s Kansai International
Airport were introduced as a daily service in April 2004 and
Emirates has since transported nearly 2.6 million passengers
between Osaka and Emirates’ Dubai hub. With the A380 now serving
the route, Osaka joins Tokyo’s Narita as another of Japan’s
airport gateways operated by Emirates’ A380 aircraft.
now operating all German gateways with its A380 fleet, including
Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf in addition to Hamburg, making
Germany the most served European country by the Emirates A380
after the UK. Emirates started operating daily Hamburg flights in
March 2006 and introduced a second daily service from September
“This year marks the tenth year of Emirates’ A380 operations. This
aircraft has become the most recognisable and admired ones in the world, loved by over 105 million passengers that have experienced
the Emirates A380 to date and sets the benchmark for travel comfort in commercial flying,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’
Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.
Flights on Emirates’ Dubai-Osaka route operate as EK316/ 317,
served by a three-class configured A380 aircraft that can
accommodate 489 passengers, with 399 Economy Class seats
on the main deck and 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class
in addition to 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
EK316 departs Dubai (DXB) daily at 03:05 and arrives in Osaka
(KIX) at 16:55 (arrival time is 17:05 from 1 December 2018
until 31 March 2019). EK317 departs Osaka at 23:35 and lands in
Dubai (DXB) at 05:45 the following morning (all times are
For travellers from Hamburg, flights will have a total
of 517 seats in a three-class configuration, with 427
seats in Economy on the main deck, 76 fully flat-bed seats in
Business and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
EK061 will depart from Dubai every day at 15:00 and arrive in
Hamburg (HAM) at 19:05. The return flight, EK062, is scheduled
to depart Hamburg at 21:00 and lands in Dubai at 06:20 the
next morning (all times are local). In addition to the flight
operated by the A380, the additional daily flights EK059/EK060
between Dubai and Hamburg will serve the route, operated by a
Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Emirates has 105 Airbus A380s.