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Wed, 31 Oct 2018

Emirates Launches Scheduled Airbus A380 Flights to Hamburg and Osaka

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.

 Osaka 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.

 Emirates is 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 2011.

Business Class on an Emirates Airbus A380. Click to enlarge.

“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 local).

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.

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