Emirates A380: What you need to know

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Published: 22/11/2014 - Filed under: News »

Emirates has 53 A380 aircraft in its fleet and a further 90 on order, making it — by far — the airline most committed to the Airbus superjumbo.

The Gulf carrier unveiled its first, long-awaited A380 in July 2008.

It was on August 1 that year when Emirates flew the superjumbo on its debut flight to New York, which was its longest non-stop route until its A380 service to Los Angeles started.

Emirates A380

Emirates A380

Emirates A380

Below: Google Street View provides a virtual tour of the Emirates A380

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Now the airline flies the superjumbo to over 30 destinations including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Frankfurt, Rome, Moscow, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Mumbai, Kuwait and Auckland.

In July 2014, Emirates launched the world's shortest A380 flight — a one hour and 45-minute scheduled service between Dubai and Kuwait.

And, the carrier will roster the aircraft to Dallas/Fort Worth in October, and to San Francisco and Houston in December.

Emirates operates its A380s in two configurations. The first has 489 seats 14 in First Class, 76 in Business and 399 in Economy.

The second, denser configuration is deployed on long-haul flights. It has 517 seats, with 14 in First, 76 in Business and 427 in Economy.

Emirates A380 first class

A passenger is served in First Class

Emirates A380 business class

A woman relaxes in Business Class, where seats can be converted into fully-flat beds

Emirates A380 economy class

Stewardesses prepare Economy Class, which occupies the entire main lower deck

In both configurations, First and Business are on the upper deck, while economy is on the main lower deck.

On the upper deck is the Onboard Lounge, where First and Business passengers can enjoy a drink. All of the airline's A380s are fitted with wifi.

In January 2013, Emirates opened Concourse A, the dedicated home of its A380 fleet and the world's first purpose-built facility for the aircraft at Dubai International.

Over the last six years, Emirates has carried 27.5 million passengers on its A380s, covering 405.7 million kilometres.

More than 10,000 cabin crew and 920 pilots work on the fleet.

In all, 41 airports have been visited, either for scheduled flights, one-off special appearances or because of diversions.

To read reviews of June 2014 flights in business class on the Emirates A380, click here, here and here.


Graham Smith

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A minor correction: the denser configuration aircraft is actually deployed on shorter flights, as it is the aircraft not fitted with a main deck crew resk (at the back of the economy section). As they do not have the 'standard' facilities for crew rest, these A380s work the shorter routes (under normal conditions).

Business Class looks and feels more like cattle class on the Emirates A380, in dire need of separating the cabins to create a more intimate atmosphere.

Another correction. Their longest A380 flight is Dubai to Los Angeles.

The inside view is very nice

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