By Gavin Davids
City becomes the world's first regional capital to have a regular A380 service.
Manchester will become the most northerly point on the world’s A380 network after Emirates Airlines revealed that a 517 seat version of the superjumbo will serve Manchester from Sept 1, as the airline marks 20 years of service to the city.
The A380’s replacement of Emirate’s Boeing 777 aircraft on the route means that Manchester will become the world’s first regional airport to have a regular A380 service.
Salem Obaidalla, senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Europe and Russian federation, Emirates, said: “Manchester has become one of the strongest performers in our growing network of regional gateways. Our customers value our commitment to a regional network at a time when other airlines are abandoning them.”
Emirates currently operate eight A380’s, which serve London’s Heathrow, Toronto, Paris, Jeddah, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney and Auckland.
Andrew Cornish, managing director, Manchester airport, said: “"Emirates' decision to operate daily A380 services between Manchester and Dubai represents an historic moment for this airport and the region that we serve.”
He added: “We have invested close to $14.9 million in upgrading the airfield and terminal, both to accommodate the aircraft itself and to create a fitting environment for Emirates' customers, whether it is at check-in, using the airline's executive lounge or at the gate area."
In October, a $2.23 million Emirates lounge was opened at the Manchester International Airport, providing a ‘travel sanctuary’ to the airline’s premium travelers.
Emirates operates two flights a day to Manchester. The A380 flight, EK107, departs Dubai at0755 hours and arrives at Manchester at 1225 hours. The return flight, EK108, leaves Manchester at 1410 hours and gets into Dubai at 0015 hours the following day.