By Courtney Trenwith
Emirates will be the first permanent A380 service to operate into Barcelona
Dubai-based Emirates Airline will extend its A380 service to Barcelona from February 1 2014, it announced.
The daily service will increase capacity on the route by almost 44 percent, with 2,198 additional seats per week between the cities.
Emirates will be the first permanent A380 service to operate into Barcelona El Prat Airport, replacing its existing Boeing 777-300ER on the Dubai-Barcelona route.
Emirates launched services to the Spanish city in July 2012.
It is the largest A380 operator in the world with a fleet of 35 and 55 more on order. Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 is also home to the only A380-dedicated terminal in the world.
“Barcelona has been one of the most successful new destinations of 2012,” Emirates divisional senior vice president commercial operations west, Hubert Frach said.
“In line with this steady growth we feel that the time is ripe to announce the launch of our A380 service, which will continue to connect customers in Spain with Dubai as well as key destinations in Australasia, the Indian Subcontinent and the Far East.”
The new upgraded capacity will also offer strengthened support for popular markets from Barcelona, with the Emirates A380 servicing 12 destinations in Australia and the Far and Middle East, enabling customers to enjoy a seamless A380 experience.
Emirates trialled the A380 service to Barcelona with two ad-hoc services in February.
“Introducing the A380 to Barcelona permanently will not only increase our capacity but will also further highlight our commitment to the city,” Frach said.
Emirates currently uses the A380 for flights to 21 destinations, with four more to launch within the next six months: Brisbane on October 1, Los Angeles on December 2, Mauritius on December 16, and Zurich January 1, 2014.