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October 23, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

As anyone who has travelled in economy or business aboard an Airbus A380 will tell you, no other aircraft quite matches the travelling experience the big bird offers. Is it the space, the extra light, lower noise levand bigger luggage bins – or a combination of all of these factors that makes the A380 the preferred choice of millions of travellers every year? I check carefully when booking flights to see if the A380 is available – it is always my first choice. Emirates agrees – in fact the world’s largest A380 operator will receive its milestone100th A380 aircraft on November 3. More than 80 million passengers have flown on the superjumbo in the nine years since it first joined the Emirates fleet. Today the carrier flies the aircraft to over 45 destinations spanning Africa, Asia,Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

According to the president of Emirates, Sir Tim Clark, the A380 has been, and continues to be hugely popular amongst our customers.“But we don’t rest on our laurels and continually invest to enhance our product so as to continue offering our customers the best possible inflight experience,”he said.  “Our frequent flyers will have noticed countless improvements onboard over the years, ranging from minor updates such as the addition of in-seat USB and HDMI ports, to bigger cabin overhauls where for instance we relocated the central overhead luggage bins to create more spacious cabin on the upper deck, and when we introduced bigger and better inflight entertainment systems.”  On the ground, Emirates had also worked closely with stakeholders to launch and operate an A380-dedicated airport concourse with 20 gates offering direct boarding from the airport lounge. The onboard lounge remains one of the biggest draws of the aircraft to date, and is arguably the most popular spot at 40,000 feet. The latest makeover, inspired by private yacht cabins, features a more intimate and social area for up to 26 guests. With its many thoughtful design touches including a heated floor, shower timer, a hairdryer, and spa products, Emirates’ Onboard Shower spa remains the standard to beat for inflight luxury.  Emirates’ award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, has also been constantly updated. Over the years, in-seat screens have been made larger across all classes. The entire A380 fleet has also been fitted with connectivity to allow for free 20mb of Wi-Fi throughout the cabin. In June last year, the first A380 was fitted with Live TV allowing passengers to watch news and sports matches live on board. Today, the Emirates A380 reaches all ends of the globe with non-stop flights to Sao Paulo, Casablanca, Copenhagen, Tokyo and Los Angeles from Dubai.

Written by Ian McIntosh

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