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Airbus A380 Arrives: Emirates Flies the Giant Aircraft Daily Now Between Düsseldorf and Dubai

01.07.2015

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It’s finally here: the Airbus A380 now flies daily for Emirates Airlines’ noon connection between Düsseldorf Airport and its hub Dubai. The giant aircraft landed on Düsseldorf Airport`s runway on time on July 1 at 1:19 pm. The newcomer was greeted with a customary water fountain spray by the airport’s fire department, which many spectators watched live from the airport’s visitor platform. This year’s premiere of the Airbus A380 in scheduled service is a highlight for the region’s airport fans and a huge success for North Rhine-Westphalia’s largest airport. Representatives from the industry, politics and business celebrated the first flight at a welcome reception -- until the world’s largest passenger aircraft took off again to Dubai.


Introducing the Airbus flagship strengthens Düsseldorf Airport’s position as North Rhine-Westphalia’s most important airport. It also continues the success story of Emirates Airlines and its connection between Düsseldorf and Dubai, launched in 2001. The airline from the United Arab Emirates has two daily connections between Düsseldorf and Dubai. By using the larger and more modern A380 aircraft on the noon flight, the airline is able to offer more seats and a special flight experience.


Says Dr. Ludger Dohm, airport management spokesperson: “Today is a special day in the history of Düsseldorf Airport and for North Rhine- Westphalia. The start of regular service with the world’s largest passenger aircraft – the Airbus A380 – is an event that our region has been looking forward to for a long time. We started planning and preparing construction two and a half years ago and have been working towards this day. We are very grateful to Emirates for putting Düsseldorf Airport on the map of worldwide A380 stations. The airline and Düsseldorf Airport have been partners for 14 years, and it’s been a successful partnership. People will come to the airport to see the A380 – not just today, but for the next days and weeks. Düsseldorf Airport has gained a major attraction.”


To be able to handle the giant aircraft, Düsseldorf Airport implemented structural changes – an investment of about five million euros. A modern connection on two levels and with three moveable passenger bridges was built for swift and safe passenger boarding and disembarking. One of the height-adjustable bridges leads passengers directly into the upper deck of the Super-Airbus.


Says Thierry Antinori, Emirates Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer: “We are happy to be the first airline to offer a scheduled A380 service from Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital city. Deploying larger capacity aircraft is central to helping us meet growing passenger demand between one of Germany’s strongest economic regions and the emerging economies of Asia, Middle East and Africa, through seamless connections via our efficient Dubai hub. The Emirates A380 is not only one of the most environmentally advanced aircraft in the sky, but offers a superior travel experience to passengers in all three classes thanks to unique features like the world’s only Shower Spas in First Class, the Onboard Lounge where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialize at 40,000 feet, our award-winning in-flight entertainment system with more than 2,100 ‘on demand’ channels, and free Wi-Fi.”


Emirates utilizes the Airbus A380 with a configuration of three cabin classes and 519 seats – 14 private suits in First class, 76 flatbed seats in Business class, and 429 modern Economy-class seats with private screens. The upper deck features an exclusive board lounge with bar for First and Business class guests.

Flight Plan: Düsseldorf (DUS) – Dubai (DXB)

Flight

Departure

Departure time

Destination

Arrival time

Frequency

Aircraft

EK 055

DXB

08:30 am

DUS

01:25 pm

daily

Airbus A380

EK 056

DUS

03:25 pm

DXB

11:55 pm

daily

Airbus A380

EK 057

DXB

02:55 pm

DUS

07:45 pm

daily

Boeing B777-300ER

EK 058

DUS

09:25 pm

DXB

05:50 am (+1)

daily

Boeing B777-300ER

 

 

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