Emirates is introducing the Airbus A380 superjumbo on its service between Dubai and Los Angeles on December 2, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER which the carrier currently uses for the service.
The carrier’s ability to replace a Boeing 777-300ER on the route not only represents a substantial capacity increase for the service, but also suggests the new Airbus A380 jets Emirates is now receiving have improved range compared with those built earlier in the production program.
Several years ago Emirates said it would like to operate A380s on the Dubai-Los Angeles route but the aircraft’s range with full payload at that time was slightly less than that required for the westbound flight, so Emirates used (first) the ultra-long-haul Boeing 777-200LR for the service and then the larger (but still very long-haul capable) 777-300ER.
“Demand for our award-winning onboard service has steadily grown since we commenced operation to L.A. in 2008 and customers have been requesting our flagship A380 for some time now,” says Orhan Abbas, Emirates’ commercial senior vice-president of the Americas.
“As Los Angeles is known for its luxury and the Hollywood lifestyle, bringing our A380 into the market was a natural fit as it allows every Emirates passenger a taste of the glamorous life at 35,000 feet,” adds Abbas.
The 489-seat Emirates Airbus A380 offers 14 private First Class suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 399 seats in Economy Class.
First Class passengers on Emirates’ A380s have access to two onboard shower spas, while all premium-class passengers on the upper deck can socialize at the onboard lounge (located at the back of the upper cabin) with an array of beverages and bar snacks.
Passengers in all classes of service receive complimentary food and beverage and a generous baggage allowance. All passengers have access to in-flight Wi-Fi and cell phone connectivity, as well as the airline’s ‘ice’ entertainment system, which boasts more than 1,400 channels of films, TV programs, games and music.
Emirates’ A380 service to Los Angeles will operate daily as flight EK215, departing Dubai International Airport (IATA code DXB) at 8:20 a.m. and arriving at Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal at 12:50 p.m. the same day, local time.
The return flight, EK216, will leave Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at 4:00 p.m. and touch down at DXB at 7:50 p.m. local time the following day. The arrival time of the A380 at Dubai International Airport will offer passengers from L.A. connections to an extensive range of destinations across Asia, India, Africa and the Middle East, according to Emirates.
Emirates’ announcement that it will operate the A380 on the airline’s longest route in terms of distance comes on the heels of last week’s announcement from the Dubai carrier that it is adding A380 service to Zurich in Switzerland.
Its A380 flight to Los Angeles will complement Emirates’ double-daily A380 flights already in place between Dubai and New York JFK.
LAX will become the 23rd A380 destination on the Emirates global route network.
Emirates now has 33 Airbus A380s in service and has an additional 57 A380s on order (as well as options on 30 more).
By far the world’s largest A380 customer, Emirates receives one A380 delivery per month, on average. Emirates is also by far the world’s largest customer for the Boeing 777 family and has 150 Boeing 777-300ER widebodies in service and on firm order.
Emirates currently serves six destination in the U.S. in addition to Los Angeles: San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Washington Dulles and New York JFK. It will also launch transatlantic service from New York JFK to Milan Malpensa Airport in Italy (with continuing service to Dubai) on October 2, providing the only First Class Service between the two cities.