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Emirates to start operating Airbus A380 to Bengaluru

Emirates has announced that it will start operating Airbus A380 to Bengaluru in the Indian state of Karnataka. Bengaluru will be the second destination that Emirates will operate the A380 to after Mumbai.

Starting 30th October 2022, Emirates will operate the A380 on its daily EK568/569 rotation between Dubai International Airport and Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport, replacing the B777-300ER. The airline will use an A380 aircraft in a 3-class configuration, featuring First Class suites, lie-flat Business Class seats and Economy Class seats.

The Dubai-based airline will operate the superjumbo on the following flights:

  • Dubai-Bengaluru
  • Departure time: 21:25
  • Arrival time: 02:30
  • Flight time: 3 hours and 35 minutes
  • Flight number: EK568
  • Frequency: Daily
  • Bengaluru-Dubai
  • Departure time: 04:30
  • Arrival time: 07:10
  • Flight time: 4 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: EK569
  • Frequency: Daily

Related: Emirates to resume Airbus A380 flights to Perth

With this, Emirates will become the first airline to operate scheduled passenger services utilising the A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft in service, at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport. Bengaluru will be the second city in India to be served by the Emirates A380 aircraft, with passengers enjoying the signature experience on the Dubai – Mumbai route since 2014.

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The deployment of the double-decker aircraft will complement its existing services, EK564/565 and EK566/567, each also operating on a daily basis with modern wide-body Boeing B777 aircraft. Flights EK564/565 will operate using a mix of Boeing B777-200LR and Boeing B777-300ER aircraft while EK566/567 will offer seats in First Class, Business Class and Economy Class aboard a Boeing B777-300ER aircraft.

Emirates operates the A380 to Mumbai at similar timings to that of Bengaluru. This is because the airline can offer a minimum connection time in Dubai to its passengers as most of the passengers in these overnight flights are connecting passengers continuing their journey from Dubai. Between 06:00 am and 09:00-10:00 am, Emirates’ flights to Europe, Africa and United States depart Dubai. And flights from different parts of the world including India start arriving in Dubai from 05:00 am. In this way, Emirates can offer minimum connecting time to those connecting passengers.

Deploying the A380 on these overnight flights is also a good way to capatalize on the traffic from Bengaluru, something which Emirates has been doing at Mumbai since 2014. It’s interesting that Emirates has chosen Bengaluru after Mumbai and not Delhi, as Delhi is the busiest and largest market in India for international passengers.

Emirates started operations to India in 1985 with its scheduled services to Mumbai and Delhi and has been serving customers in Bengaluru since 2006.

Meanwhile, Emirates recently announced that it is investing over US$ 2 billion to enhance passenger experience including cabin refresh.

Featured image by Emirates

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