Airlines Emirates announces A380 flights to Hamburg
Emirates Airlines has announced, that it will start A380-operations to Hamburg Airport, starting October 29, 2018. Then, all Emirates´ German destinations will be served by the Superjumbo.
The Airbus A380 will be sent to Hamburg on a daily basis. For the inauguration of the service, Emirates will send the A380 on the morning service (EK059/EK060). Afterwards, the A380 will be deployed on the evening rotation (EK061/EK062). Emirates will become the first airline to offer scheduled A380 operations at Hamburg Airport. All other German destinations in the airlines´ portfolio are already being operated by the prestigious aircraft.
By deploying the double-decker on the evening service, a capacity increase of over 22% will be achieved. A total of 6,090 weekly seats will be offered in each direction. The new aircraft enables a bigger choice of travel options for business and leisure travellers from the North of Germany. 516 seats will be offered in a three-class configuration. Furthermore, First and Business guests can enjoy the Emirates lounge at Hamburg Airport.
Volker Greiner, Emirates Vice President North and Central Europe, said: “We are excited to finally bring our Airbus flagship ‘home’ and see Hamburg join the other 48 destinations we currently serve with the A380. The Emirates A380 is an iconic aircraft that continues to excite our customers and set the benchmark for travel comfort in commercial flying. We look forward to offering the award-winning Emirates A380 experience to our customers flying from Hamburg. The switch to the A380 offers a total of 1,120 additional seats per week in each direction, meeting a growing demand from travellers on the route and demonstrating our commitment to Hamburg. Enabling an increase in passenger numbers will also result in additional tourism revenues for Hamburg and its wider region, which in turn will mean boosting the local economy and job creation.”
Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, added: “Emirates has been a fixed component of our operations and a reliable partner for twelve years now. Demand has been high on the direct route to the hub in Dubai, now served with two daily flights, from the very beginning. The fact that Emirates is now also deploying the A380 for scheduled operations at Hamburg Airport is a logical consequence of the consistently high load factor on the Dubai flight. For passengers, this means even more comfort and an even better product offering. The decision is a clear commitment to Hamburg. With the increased seating capacity, Emirates is underlining the attractiveness of the route and of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as well as the importance of our airport in the airline’s international route network.”
Hamburg will become the 49th A380 destinations in the Emirates´ global network. The carrier operates a 103-aircraft strong A380 fleet and expects to take delivery of 59 additional aircraft. All A380 cabins are being installed at the Airbus factory in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. Furthermore, the Aircraft receive their livery there. This correlation underlines the strong connection between Emirates and the city of Hamburg.
Over the course of the Hamburg Airport´s 100th anniversary, Emirates sent its A380 for the first time in 2011.
Emirates is the flag carrier of Dubai and the largest airline in the Middle East. Its fleet consists of 257 aircraft, including 103 Airbus A380, one Airbus A319ACJ and 153 Boeing 777 aircraft. The carrier was founded in 1985 and is headquartered at Dubai, where the airline also has its operational base.
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