Emirates launches new scheduled A380 services to Hamburg and Osaka as demand increases
Emirates has expanded the network of destinations served by its flagship A380 aircraft with the launch of new scheduled A380 services to Hamburg and Osaka.
The inaugural A380 service from Dubai to Osaka landed on October 28 while the second A380 service launch from Dubai to Hamburg landed a day later.
For Emirates, the A380 inaugural flight to Hamburg was a special celebratory event, marking the homecoming of the aircraft to the city where it was manufactured and fitted out, the airline said in a statement.
To celebrate the launch, Emirates’ chefs created a special menu allowing passengers to have a taste of the region in flight and enjoy specialty German dishes.
Emirates said it has grown demand for its services on both routes, prompting the decision to deploy its A380 aircraft.
With 105 A380s in its fleet, Emirates operates to the most number of cities of any airline. Osaka became Emirates’ 49th global A380 destination while Hamburg became number 50.
Flights to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport were introduced as a daily service in April 2004 and Emirates has since transported nearly 2.6 million passengers between Osaka and Emirates’ Dubai hub.
Emirates started operating daily Hamburg flights in March 2006 and introduced a second daily service from September 2011.
“We are finally bringing our flagship aircraft ‘home’ as all our A380s are being fitted at Airbus in Hamburg. We are the first airline to offer scheduled A380 services into Hamburg and we are proud to operate the A380 on flights to all German gateways,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
“Osaka is a significant gateway for Emirates in Japan and this capacity increase allows us to extend our A380 service to passengers who appreciate an unrivalled travel experience,” he added.