By Staff writer
A380 to be deployed on one of nine daily flights from 1 December
Emirates has announced that it will deploy an Airbus A380 on one of its nine daily flights between Dubai and Doha from December 1.
The upgraded flight service will become the world’s shortest scheduled A380 flight, with a flying a distance of 379 kilometres each way that takes an average of just over one hour to complete.
The Dubai-based airline recently added to its Qatar service with two additional flights, bringing its current operations to nine daily services.
Emirates’ service to Doha is one of the airline’s most served destinations in its network, with over 700,000 passengers carried since January of this year.
The decision to upgrade one of its flights to the A380 is to serve the growing passenger demand for travel to and from Doha, Emirates said in its media release. The airline also said using the A380 on the route was made possible through the support of the Qatari authorities.
The double-decker will be deployed as EK 841, which will depart Dubai at 0745hrs arriving in Doha at 0805hrs. The return flight, EK 842 will depart Doha at 0950hrs arriving in Dubai at 1200hrs.
The Doha A380 will be set in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck. Once the aircraft reaches cruising altitude, passengers in First and Business Class can enjoy the on-board lounge.
In conjunction with the new service, Emirates has special A380 Economy Class fares from Doha for QAR 385; Bangkok from QAR 1,915; London Heathrow from QAR 2,085; and Los Angeles from QAR 3,415.
This could the start of fare war between Emirates & Qatar Airways with Etihad joining in before the end of the year !!!!
Actually my experience is that most flights in that route are quite packed in both directions.
Probably with people who are flying to DXB through DOH or through DOH via DXB.
Immigration hall will be horrendous - queues are long enough now!!