By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline set to operate all five daily flights with superjumbo from February 2013
Emirates Airline has announced plans to operate all five daily flights to London Heathrow with A380s by February 1 next year.
The move will establish the Dubai-based airline as the principal double decker operator into the British capital, the carrier said in a statement.
Combined with the daily Manchester A380 service, this will mean the world’s largest A380 carrier will be sending 42 A380 flights to the UK each week, by far its biggest A380 market.
Emirates said it has steadily grown its London A380 operations since first deploying the aircraft on a scheduled service to Heathrow in December 2008, the year the airline started to receive deliveries of the world’s largest passenger jet aircraft.
“Due to high customer demand for the A380 product, soon, travellers to and from London Heathrow will be able to enjoy our flagship aircraft on every flight,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.
“Our customers will also have a greater chance of an all-A380 experience when travelling across our network between London, Dubai and places such as Bangkok, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, and from October 1, Melbourne.”
Emirates flies to 124 destinations in 73 countries. Next year, Emirates’ exclusive Terminal 3 in Dubai will be joined by the world’s first dedicated A380 concourse.
Emirates is charging the highest fares to travel on the A380 on any given route. This place should be more economical to run than the smaller 777 or 330 and in fact should offer a cheaper fare.
If they only offer the 380 aircraft this is going to make traveling with them unreasonably expensive.
Time for a re-think Emirates?
Michael they have got to do something with all theses A380s and many more coming. I guess its a lot better than parking them. Perhaps they could slow down the delivery process .
Trouble is Emirates are by far and away the most expensive! They have also increased the number of miles needed to claim an upgrade (if you can get one!) and made it more difficult to retain any sort of 'status' with the airline. With these 3 factors combined, why fly the most expensive unless you have got cash to burn.
Their recent 5 day sale omitted any London airport - it's obviously still their biggest cash-cow but people are getting turned off by their pricing.