Emirates is adding a new route to be operated by an Airbus A380 – with Istanbul, Turkey to be operated with the double-decker jet.
The Airbus A380 will operate from the 1st of October onwards.
It will operate daily as follows:
EK123 DEPART DXB 10:45 ARRIVE IST 14:25 EK124 DEPART IST 16:25 ARRIVE DXB 21:50 Operates with an Airbus A380 from 1st October 2021 Operates Daily.
Emirates will deploy the three-class variant of the Airbus A380 on this route, offering a total of 517 seats, with 14 private suites in First Class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in Business Class and 427 spacious seats in Economy Class, increasing capacity per flight by more than 150 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.
This being an A380 service, First Class passengers can utilise the suites and the private shower spa. Meanwhile, First and Business Class customers can relax in the Onboard Lounge on the upper deck.
Passengers in all classes enjoy free Wi-Fi to stay in touch with the Emirates ice IFE system being available for consumption onboard.
Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer said
“We are excited to finally bring our flagship to Istanbul to join many other top cities we currently serve with the A380. Since Emirates started operating to Turkey 34 years ago, we have carried six million customers on more than 23,000 flights. Bringing the A380 service to Turkey is a major milestone for Emirates and we would like to thank all our partners and stakeholders for their support in making this a reality,”
Majid Khan, Vice President Aviation Development of iGA Istanbul Airport said
“Since we moved to our new home at Istanbul Airport on 6 April 2019, Emirates’ A380 entry is another milestone for us. I am proud that the world’s largest A380 operator, Emirates, will operate the Dubai-Istanbul route with their flagship, making it the first ever A380 operation at Istanbul Airport and Turkey. This increase will help to boost traffic between our two nations. In the post-Covid-19 era, through Emirates’ extensive network, it will bring more inbound tourism to Istanbul and Turkey from currently unserved or underserved destinations. We are looking forward to further developing our good relations with Emirates and would like to welcome the Emirates A380 to Istanbul Airport,”
Moving the worlds largest Airbus A380 fleet
It is an encouraging sign of network capacity, with demand seemingly needing the capacity of an A380 between Dubai and Istanbul daily. Emirates is redeploying its A380 and bringing them back into service as passengers start to take to the air again.
And capacity, along with frequency is the name of the game as networks rebuild and passengers start to travel again
With 118 Airbus A380 aircraft in their fleet, Emirates will need to have work for them to bring them back to service. Adding Istanbul will keep one aircraft busy.
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