The other master of the publicity stunt, Emirates is going to deploy an A380 for a day to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport as part of the launch of the airports Terminal 3.
The service will be EK516 on July 15, leaving Dubai at 1010 and arriving at 1450, returning as EK517, departing at 1750.
India is one of the few places where an A380 has yet to touch down on a scheduled service, with Emirates and Lufthansa examining operating services in the future.
Prices to fly are a a very cheap AED380 plus taxes, or AED990 return plus taxes, bookable on Emirates.com
With Emirates doing these flight, it’s again a nice publicity drive for the airline, and when the big batch of A380’s arrive for them, this could work well in their favour to provide “regional” routes using an A380 if the volume and revenue numbers work out well.
But for now, it’s a big plane visiting a new airport terminal. Not as larish as some publicity stunts, but still….