By Andy Sambidge
On-off visit by superjumbo will land in Glasgow to mark 10 years of service by Dubai airline
Emirates Airline will operate the first A380 superjumbo to land in Scotland in April to mark 10 years of flying to the UK country.
The Dubai-based carrier will fly a one-off A380 service from Glasgow Airport on April 10 to celebrate a decade of carrying Scotland’s passengers to Dubai and beyond.
The occasion is set to be an equally huge milestone for Glasgow Airport as it becomes the first airport in Scotland to welcome an A380 – the world’s largest commercial aircraft - standing over 24 metres high and with a wing span of nearly 80 metres.
Since Emirates began operations at Glasgow Airport, it has carried 2.3 million passengers across its global network which now covers 141 destinations.
Emirates currently offers over 43,000 passenger seats per month to and from Glasgow, following the upgrade of its second daily service to a Boeing 777 in 2012.
Laurie Berryman, Emirates vice president UK, said: “As the largest A380 operator in the world, it is a historic moment to see one of our A380s take flight from Glasgow Airport for the first time. Celebrating 10 years in Glasgow is a landmark occasion for us and it demonstrates our continued commitment to Glasgow and Scotland, which is an extremely important passenger and cargo market for Emirates.”
Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, added: “Emirates has been one of Glasgow Airport’s biggest success stories and its decision to introduce a second daily service to Dubai in 2012 confirmed its status as Scotland’s leading long-haul airline.
"To bring the A380 to Scotland for the first time will be a hugely significant milestone in our country’s aviation history and an exciting day for the passengers who will have the opportunity to fly on the aircraft and the staff who have worked hard to make it possible.”
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