Emirates will upgrade its service between Houston (IAH) and Dubai (DXB) from June 1 this year with its A380 aircraft.
The superjumbo will replace the current Boeing 777-300ER that operates to the Texan city.
Emirates celebrated 10 years of service to Houston in December 2017, and has carried nearly 2 million passengers since its inaugural flight in December 2007.
Services to Houston were upgraded to an A380 in December 2014, but as part of Emirates’ fleet optimisation, the decision was made in July 2016 to operate the route with a Boeing 777-300ER.
Emirates said the change in aircraft follows the airline’s recent adjustments to its US services, which saw it launch a new non-stop Dubai-Newark service from June 1 2018 and the resumption of daily services to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando from March 25 2018.
The airline said the decision to reinstate the A380 services from 1 June 2018 in line with commercial demand.
Emirates will deploy its three-class A380 on the Houston route, offering a total of 516 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 flatbed seats in Business Class seats and 426 seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 160 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.
Emirates serves 12 points in the US. Of the 80-plus destinations on its Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific network, 67 are not directly served by any US carrier.
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