By Andy Sambidge
Dubai airline announces plan to start superjumbo flights to German's financial centre from September 1
Emirates Airline has announced that Frankfurt, the financial epicentre of Germany, will be the next destination slated for its flagship A380 aircraft.
The daily A380 service will start on September 1, the airline said in a statement. Frankfurt is currently served with a triple daily Boeing 777 operation but from September, EK 45 becomes an A380 flight.
Emirates operates a total of 63 weekly passenger flights out of Germany. Hamburg and Dusseldorf are double daily, Frankfurt is triple daily and Munich has a double daily A380 service.
More than 5.5 million passengers have travelled to and from Frankfurt since 1987, when Emirates first commenced operations on the route.
Thierry Antinori, executive vice president and chief commercial officer Emirates said: “Frankfurt was one of the first European destinations for Emirates and as the financial capital of Germany it continues to be strategically important.
"Deploying larger capacity aircraft, such as the A380, is central to helping us meet growing passenger demand between one of the Europe’s busiest economic regions and the emerging economies of Asia, Middle East and Africa, through seamless, swift connections via our Dubai hub.”
Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the German State of Hesse added: “Emirates’ A380 service represents a clear commitment to Frankfurt Airport and its surrounding region facilitating the flow of international tourism and trade. Emirates has connected two strong business regions, the UAE and Hesse, for 27 years. The airline’s triple daily services demonstrate its continued commitment to Frankfurt Airport, the region’s largest employer.”
With 48 A380s in its fleet, Emirates is the largest operator globally of the Airbus superjumbo, which has carried over 25 million passengers since its launch in 2008.
Emirates is also the largest A380 purchaser with 92 pending delivery.
Emirates also operates nine freighter flights per week to Frankfurt. Over the last five years, over 191,000 tonnes of cargo have been exported from Frankfurt to Dubai. Main commodities out of Frankfurt include machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and electronic equipment.
After the addition of the A380 to Frankfurt operations, Germany will be the second most served European country by the Emirates A380 after the UK. Munich is also served by a double daily A380 operation.
So far in 2014, Emirates has introduced A380 services to Barcelona, London-Gatwick and Zurich. It will soon launch Kuwait on July 16, Mumbai on July 21 and Dallas/Fort Worth on October 1.
What would be ideal for customers is if this A380 flight would continue to the USA, with a stopover in Frankfort, much like the Milan route. They could connect to Denver, NYC, Chicago, etc. That would be fabulous!
My understanding EK; Milan / JFK sector is no longer operational, or will stop shortly. Italian unions protecting Alitalia.
You are obsoletely right, they should consider such service with European stop over.