Wave from on high as Emi­rates’ 777 says poignant good­bye

Solihull News - - JULIAN KNIGHT MP - CHAR­LOTTE PAX­TON char­lotte. pax­ton@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

THIS is the poignant mo­ment a pi­lot on the last- ever Emi­rates Boe­ing 777 flight from Birm­ing­ham to Dubai waved good­bye to the Mid­land air­port.

The ges­ture was recorded by de­lighted plane- spot­ter Louis Cartwight- Walls as the ser­vice, flight EK40, pre­pared for its last take- off on Satur­day.

He wrote: “Wav­ing pi­lot on the lastever Emi­rates B777 at BHX. “This is an in­cred­i­bly sad sight. “It will be greatly missed – at least we got a wav­ing pi­lot though. “Thanks for all the mem­o­ries!” In­cred­i­bly, the pi­lot later com­mented on the video on YouTube.

Rob Sa­vory wrote: “Thanks for post­ing my last de­par­ture from BHX.

“I am sure we will be back oc­ca­sion­ally.

“Go­ing to miss it, but not the cross­winds.”

From Oc­to­ber 29, the Boe­ing 777 cur­rently fly­ing the route has been re­placed by the gi­ant Air­bus A380.

The su­per­jumbo – 40 per cent longer than any other pas­sen­ger plane – will now op­er­ate twice- daily be­tween Birm­ing­ham Air­port and Dubai.

Emi­rates said the in­tro­duc­tion of the double daily A380 ser­vice was driven by huge de­mand from pas­sen­gers in Birm­ing­ham to travel on the fa­mous air­craft.

Lau­rie Ber­ry­man, Emi­rates UK vi­cepres­i­dent, said: “The launch of the sec­ond daily A380 ser­vice shows our con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to this im­por­tant route, al­low­ing more pas­sen­gers trav­el­ling from Birm­ing­ham to take ad­van­tage of our A380 to A380 con­nec­tiv­ity via Dubai.

“Thanks to its strate­gic po­si­tion in the Mid­lands, the route al­lows vis­i­tors and busi­nesses to travel to Dubai and be­yond from the heart of the UK.

“Now in its 17th year, we have seen a pro­nounced growth in the pop­u­lar­ity of our Birm­ing­ham ser­vice.

“We are look­ing for­ward to a bright fu­ture with our twice daily A380 ser­vice.”

Wil­liam Pear­son, avi­a­tion direc­tor at Birm­ing­ham Air­port, added: “We are de­lighted that Emi­rates has launched a sec­ond A380 ser­vice from Birm­ing­ham to Dubai with this iconic air­craft.

“Hav­ing this ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity on the lunchtime ser­vice to Dubai and on­wards en­sures flex­i­bil­ity and choice for pas­sen­gers and it also shows the com­mit­ment that Emi­rates has in the Mid­lands re­gion.”

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