Emirates’ five daily flights to London Heathrow have all been upgraded to fly on A380s from today, two months ahead of schedule.
Combined with the daily Manchester A380 service, Emirates said this will mean it will be sending 360 flights to and from the UK each month, making Britain its biggest market for A380s, with the equivalent capacity of filling every seat at Arsenal’s 60,361-seater Emirates Stadium three times over.
Having steadily grown its London A380 operations since its first deployment in December 2008, Emirates originally planned the fifth service to take place from February 1 next year. However, due to increased passenger demand and recent A380 deliveries, Emirates has been able to bring the all-A380 London Heathrow service forward.
The A380 is the largest commercial aircraft in service, measuring 72.7 metres in length – three times the height of the Tower of London.
Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ UK vice president, said: “The A380 is known for its quietness, fuel efficiency and luxury; it takes airline travel to a higher level.
“Our passengers will now have a greater chance of an all-A380 experience when travelling across our network between London, Dubai and destinations such as Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne.”