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Emirates expands Airbus A380 network as travel demand continues to rise

Emirates has announced that its flagship Airbus A380 will be returning to more destinations in October and November as the demand for travel continues to rise in line with the continued easing of travel restrictions around the globe.

By the end of November 2021, the number of cities that the aircraft will serve will be scaled up to 27, representing a more than 65% increase from its current 16.

Emirates is a different airline, with the difference being that it continues to operate A380s while almost all the major airlines have retired them. As the demand for travel is continuously increasing, the Dubai-based carrier is gradually and responsibly deploying its popular aircraft in sync with passenger demand. With the addition of 11 routes to the A380 network by November, as well as extra frequencies on the most popular ones already being served by the aircraft, Emirates will offer close to 1,65,000 additional A380 seats.

Over the next 6 weeks, Emirates will re-instate its signature A380 services to popular leisure and business destinations such as:

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Barcelona and Madrid in Spain
  • Düsseldorf and Hamburg in Germany
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Milan, Italy
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (subject to government approval)
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Zurich, Switzerland

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As earlier reported by IH Aviation and Travel, Emirates will also introduce a new route to its A380 network that was previously not served by the world’s largest commercial aircraft. Starting 1st October 2021, the A380 will be seen on flights between Dubai and Istanbul, Turkey.

As the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, the airline’s total fleet of A380s will reach 118 by year-end, including six aircraft equipped with Premium Economy seats in a 4-class configuration. The airline currently flies to over 120 cities, representing 90% of its pre-pandemic network. The flag carrier of UAE states that plans to restore 70% of its capacity by the end of the year are on track with the return to service of more than 50 A380 aircraft.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently launched a new account-based payment system called ‘Emirates Pay’. The airline has also reopened on its dedicated First Class lounge at Dubai International Airport and has launched an all-new airport service at Dubai International Airport to assist passengers more better. The carrier has launched flights to Miami, Florida making it the airline’s 12th destination in the United States. The airline has ramped up its operations across its network in response to pent-up demand. Emirates has resumed flights to Glasgow and has added a second Airbus A380 service to New York. Emirates Skywards has announced the launch of Skywards+ to offer its members access to exclusive rewards. Emirates, in the past month, has signed codeshare and interline agreements with two airlines. The airline has expanded partnership with South Africa’s Airlink, has announced an interline partnership with Mexico’s Aeromar, has signed a interline agreement with Cemair and has announced codeshare with Brazil’s Azul. Emirates will increase flights to Dublin to Daily in October 2021 and has revealed special A380 and B777 liveries to mark the UAE’s 50th anniversary. The carrier will resume flying to Newcastle in October. Emirates will take delivery of its final 3 Airbus A380s in November 2021 and will deploy Airbus A380 on flights to Johannesburg from October 2021. The airline will also resume flights to Saudi Arabia and St. Petersburg and operate A380 on flights to Istanbul for the first time. Emirates has announced that it will ramp up flights to the United States in October in response to strong travel demand. Emirates has become the first airline in the world to implement IATA Travel Pass across 6 continents.

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