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October 24, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, is set to receive its 100th A380 in less than two weeks – on 3 November 2017. 

Over 80 million passengers have flown on Emirates’ giant A380s in the nine years since the aircraft type joined the airline’s fleet.

Today, Emirates flies the A380 to over 45 destinations spanning Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

President of Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark, says the A380 “has been, and continues to be hugely popular amongst our customers, many of whom deliberately plan their travel so that they can fly on it.

“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.

“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, amongst many other initiatives.”

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, and one of the world’s most advanced engineering centres which include six heavy maintenance hangars, paint shops, and the capability to completely overhaul an A380.

With its inaugural A380 flight in 2008, Emirates introduced several industry firsts including its iconic A380 Onboard Lounge and First Class Shower spa.

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. It has gone through several successive and subtle changes, such as the introduction of electric window blinds, before a brand new look was unveiled last July.

Class Shower spa caters exclusively for the 14 passengers travelling in Emirates’ First Class private suites. The airline says it continue to generate as much curiosity and buzz today as when first launched.

On the inflight entertainment front, Emirates now provides more than double the entertainment with 2500 channels of blockbuster movies, TV box sets, music and documentaries. The airline has invested close to USD 1 billion on hardware to provide a more comfortable viewing experience.

Over the years, in-seat screens have been made larger across all classes. The screen in First Class has increased from 27 inches to 32 inches, the screens in Business Class from 17 inches to 20 inches, while screens on the latest A380 aircraft offer the industry’s largest in Economy at 13.3 inches from its original 10-inch screen. USB ports for power and data are available in each seat as well as HDMI ports in premium classes to connect personal devices to the ice screen.

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.

Since 2008, the efficient A380 aircraft has been further enhanced to operate even longer routes, which has enabled Emirates to add more destinations to its A380 network, including the world’s longest A380 flight the nonstop Dubai-Auckland service introduced in March 2016.

Edited by Peter Needham

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