Emi­rates re­ceives 100th A380, to un­veil first class suites at Dubai Air­show and fly ‘one off’ su­per­jumbo to Bahrain

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

EMI­RATES WILL RECORD one of the big­gest mile­stones in its 32-year his­tory when it re­ceives its 100th A380 at a spe­cial de­liv­ery cer­e­mony at Ham­burg on Novem­ber 3 – only nine years af­ter it re­ceived its first one.

The su­per­jumbo has not only trans­formed Emi­rates’ busi­ness model but also re­drawn the global avi­a­tion map with pas­sen­gers trans­fer­ring east, west, north and south via Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port – and the Emi­rates A380 has been in­stru­men­tal in el­e­vat­ing the air­port to top spot in the in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­ger traf­fic league. Up to 60 per cent of pas­sen­gers are pre­pared to make an ex­tra ef­fort to fly on the A380, ac­cord­ing to Air­bus.

Af­ter the Ham­burg cel­e­bra­tions, the other wide­body in Emi­rates’ fleet will take cen­tre stage, when its ea­gerly awaited first class suites will be un­veiled on a B777300ER at the Dubai Air­show be­tween Novem­ber 12-16. The six new suites will be con­fig­ured 1-1-1, fea­tur­ing two less seats than pre­vi­ously. The new Boe­ing plane will also boast a range of other new fea­tures in busi­ness and econ­omy class. Emi­rates will fly a ‘one off’ A380 ser­vice to Bahrain on De­cem­ber 15 to mark Na­tional Day cel­e­bra­tions and Al­giers in­creases to daily ser­vices from De­cem­ber 13. • Turn to the Air­bus spe­cial re­port on pages 28-33 for more on the Emi­rates A380

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