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Emirates to Add Third A380 Service to London Heathrow

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[HD video below] Emirates A380 services to London Heathrow are to become triple daily from 24 January 2012.

 This means that three out of the airlines five daily flights into Heathrow will be served by the comfortable superjumbo.

 Emirates flagship aircraft will replace Boeing 777s on EK flight 029 from Dubai and on the return flight EK 030, adding capacity to one of the airlines busiest routes.

Given the popularity of Emirates A380s, I know this news will be well received by our customers flying between London Heathrow, Dubai and beyond. As these magnificent aircraft continue to join our fleet, we can offer more seats and choice in and out of high density points, while enabling a greater number of passengers to benefit from the Emirates A380 experience, said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.

The airline brought its own brand of double decker, equipped with an Onboard Lounge and Shower Spas, to the British capital in December 2008. After supporting EK flights 001 and 002 between Dubai and Heathrow, EK 003 and EK 004 became A380 services in July of last year.

The giant aircraft, known for its quietness and spaciousness, offers 14 flat-bed First Class Private Suites with electrically operated doors, 76 fully-flat seats in Business Class - all with aisle access - all on the upper deck, while the lower deck has 427 comfortable contoured seats in Economy class, spread across four separate cabins.

Passengers in all classes can settle down to more than 1,000 channels of films, television programmes, music and games carried on the ice entertainment system.

A personal satellite phone is fitted to each seat, which also carries a seat-back SMS and email service, along with seat to seat calling and a "My USB" personal picture viewing facility.

The third A380 service into Heathrow is another major investment for Emirates in the UK, where it operates 105 weekly flights via six gateways; London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.

In September of last year, Manchester, which is now a triple daily service from Dubai, became Emirates second UK gateway to be served by the superjumbo, replacing EK flight 017 and 018.

Emirates has a fleet of 17 A380s amongst a total fleet of 162 aircraft, flying to 116 destinations now including Baghdad.

UK A380 timings:

EK 001 departs Dubai 0745hrs arrives London Heathrow at 1135hrs EK 002 departs Heathrow 1335hrs arrives Dubai 0025hrs EK 003 departs Dubai 1430hrs arrives Heathrow 1815hrs EK 004 departs Heathrow 2015hrs arrives Dubai at 0700hrs EK 029 departs Dubai 0940hrs arrives Heathrow 1330hrs (24 January 2012) EK 030 departs Heathrow 1635hrs arrives Dubai at 0325hrs (24 January 2012) EK 017 departs Dubai 0755hrs - arrives Manchester 1145hrs EK 018 departs Manchester 1330hrs arrives Dubai 0025hrs the next day.

Emirates A380 First and Business Class

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