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...

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.


Emirates is the largest customer for the A380, with a total of 58 on order, and is now operating the type to major airports throughout the world

Emirates is the largest customer for the A380, with a total of 58 on order, and is now operating the type to major airports throughout the world

 

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.

Emirates' June 8, 2010 order for another 32 Airbus A380s took its total order for the super-jumbo type to 90 aircraft, some 70 aircraft more than the next-largest A380 customer. Emirates expects eventually to serve about 100 airports worldwide with A380s

Emirates’ June 8, 2010 order for another 32 Airbus A380s took its total order for the super-jumbo type to 90 aircraft, some 70 aircraft more than the next-largest A380 customer. Emirates expects eventually to serve about 100 airports worldwide with A380s

 

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.

Emirates, the Dubai-based carrier which is one of the largest international airlines in the world, is by far the biggest customer for the Airbus A380, with a total of 90 ordered as of mid-2012. The airline has indicated it eventually hopes to operate even more examples of the superjumbo aircraft and that it would be a launch customer for a stretched version of the A380, carrying even more passengers

Emirates, the Dubai-based carrier which is one of the largest international airlines in the world, is by far the biggest customer for the Airbus A380, with a total of 90 ordered as of mid-2013. The airline has indicated it eventually hopes to operate even more examples of the superjumbo aircraft and that it would be a launch customer for a stretched version of the A380, carrying even more passengers than the existing A380-800

 

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 Airline has always made it clear it eventually wants to increase its orderbook for the Airbus A380 superjumbo far beyond the 90 jets it had on order by 2012 and has gone on record to say it also would like an even larger version of the aircraft

Emirates Airline has always made it clear it eventually wants to increase its orderbook for the Airbus A380 superjumbo far beyond the 90 jets it had on order by 2013 and has gone on record to say it also would like an even larger version of the aircraft

 

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.

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