New A380 Routes – by Emirates

Airbus A380 in Emirates livery

The first operator of the A380, Singapore Airlines is bringing the A380 to London in two weeks, but in the meantime, the second airline to receive their first A380, Emirates has announced the planned new routes where they will fly the aircraft initially. Emirates will receive 5 Super-Jumbos this year, and they will roll them out on the following routes with the following dates:

  • New York JFK (starting 01OCT2008 – starting 01AUG2008 )
  • London Heathrow (starting 01DEC2008 )
  • Sydney (starting 01FEB2009)

This really brings two new destinations to the growing network served by the A380: Emirates’ home in Dubai and New York JFK, the first A380 destination in North-America, as London and Sydney will be served by Singapore Airlines by that time. Emirates has also announced that the aircraft flying on these routes will have the following seating arrangement:

  • 14 seats in First Class
  • 76 seats in Business Class
  • 399 seats in Economy Class

Just as a quick comparison: Singapore Airlines is flying the following configuration: 12 in First, 60 in Business, and also 399 in Economy. The total difference is 18 seats surplus for Emirates, which probably means slightly larger space on Singapore, though, but let’s wait to see Emirates’ product when they reveal their first interior. Emirates has also announced, that as the leading customer of the A380 (with 58 airliners on order), they will have several cabin layouts for the type:

  • 489 seats in 3 classes (described above and used on international routes mentioned in this article)
  • 517 seats in 3 classes (for medium-range routes)
  • 604 seats in 2 classes (also for medium-range routes)

Also they hinted that they are still in negotiations about the first commercial A380 route, which then suspects that their first aircraft will have one of the higher seating arrangements and will fly on (a) medium-haul route(s).

by balint01


8 Responses to “New A380 Routes – by Emirates”

  1. 1 balint01 June 29, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Qantas has also revealed their seating plan for their Airbus A380’s:
    14 in first, 72 in Business, 32 in Premium Economy and 332 in economy. This means 450 seats in total vs the 471 for Singapore Airlines and at least 489 for Emirates.

  2. 2 Mahmouda July 18, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Mabrouk for all of us.

  3. 3 balint01 September 12, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Emirates said on 11SEP2008 that its new service from Dubai to Los Angeles and San Francisco, scheduled to start Oct. 26 and Dec. 15 respectively, will operate initially on a thrice-weekly basis rather than daily as planned owing to delayed delivery of a 777-200LR caused by the Boeing machinists’ strike. EK already has pushed back upgrading its Dubai-JFK A380 service from thrice-weekly to daily on Oct. 1 because of an unexpected delay in receiving its second A380.

  4. 4 balint01 January 29, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Following London Heathrow, New York JFK and soon-to-be-launched Sydney and Auckland, Emirates will operate the A380 to Seoul-Incheon beginning in November 2009 – the carrier has announced yesterday.

  5. 5 K.SELVAPERUNTHAGAI.M.L.A November 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

    i need to travel A380 jumbojet
    can you send routes of throught world
    time and price
    particularly business class flight

  6. 7 W.Terry April 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Winter flights Marseilles to Johannesburg .Eco/Bus

  1. 1 First Airbus A380 Delivered to Emirates Airlines « Airline world Trackback on July 28, 2008 at 11:16 am

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