Emirates will launch Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s first scheduled Airbus A380 service on October 1.
Dubai-based Emirates will use the world’s largest passenger aircraft type for a daily service between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (IATA code DFW), the world’s fourth-busiest airport, and its hub at Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates.
Dallas/Fort Worth will become the 28th international destination to which Emirates operates the aircraft. It will join New York JFK and Los Angeles International Airport as U.S. destinations that Emirates serves with Airbus A380 superjumbos.
Emirates started flying to Dallas/Fort Worth in 2012 with Boeing 777-200LR widebodies, becoming the first passenger carrier to fly nonstop to the Middle East from DFW.
The airline’s introduction of the 489-seat A380, powered by U.S.-made Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, is in direct response to demand, according to Emirates. More than 370,000 Emirates passengers have traveled between Dallas/Fort Worth and Dubai to date.
“The arrival of the A380 is a testament to the strength of the travel market here at Dallas/Fort Worth and the growing stature of DFW International Airport as a pre-eminent global hub,” says Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW Airport.
“As the first scheduled A380 at DFW, it will provide over 83 per cent more capacity on the DFW-to Dubai-route, which is especially important for travelers heading to the Middle East, India and Africa,” adds Donohue. “As a mid-continent hub, DFW has outstanding connectivity and is just four hours from every major city in the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico.”
“The A380 is big, and so is DFW Airport. It’s fitting for Emirates to bring its Airbus A380 to North Texas as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of DFW Airport and recognize its $31.6 billion economic impact in our region,” says Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “The new A380 service will allow us to create even more business connections from DFW to Dubai and beyond.”
DFW Airport is making its final preparations for the arrival of the Emirates A380 by constructing a second-level jet bridge in Terminal D and making modifications to the airfield, ramps and taxiways. Terminal D opened in 2005 with A380 capabilities already built into its design, so the final additions to make DFW ready for the A380 are relatively minor.
In the month of February more than 800,000 people boarded Emirates A380s, according to the airline.
Emirates passengers in all cabin classes can obtain Wi-Fi access on board, tune in to the airline’s ‘ice Digital Widescreen’ in-flight entertainment system (which offers up to 1,600 channels of on-demand in-flight entertainment), and dine on gourmet chef-prepared meals, served by an international and multi-lingual cabin crew.
Each of the A380s Emirates uses for the Dubai-Dallas/Fort Worth route will have a three-class cabin configuration seating a total of 489 passengers. Seating includes 14 First Class Private Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 399 seats in Economy Class.
Emirates is by far the largest operator of the A380 and says it is continuing to work closely with Airbus to reduce further the weight of future A380s by using a range of lightweight materials that account for 25 per cent of its structure.
With 50 A380s now in service and 90 more on order, Emirates has ordered nearly six times as many of the superjumbos as the second-largest customer for the type. That is Singapore Airlines, which has ordered 24.
Emirates’s A380 service from DFW will operate daily as flight EK222, departing DFW at 12:35 p.m. and arriving at DXB at 12:20 p.m. the following day, local time.
In the other direction, flight EK221 will leave Dubai International Airport at 2:45 a,m, and land at DFW at 9:45 a.m. the same day, local time.