Emirates has celebrated 5 years since the first flight operated with Airbus A380 (photo / video)
On 1 August 2008, Emirates operated the first flight with Airbus A380, on the route Dubai-New York. The aircraft landed at JFK - John F. Kennedy International Airport, having 468 passengers on board and marking the first arrival of an A380 in the United States on a commercial flight. The distance between Dubai and New York, by 11 023 km, was traveled in approximately 13 hours and 30 minutes, being the longest route operated by an A380 Emirates. The shortest route honored with A380 Emirates is Hong Kong - Bangkok, 1900 kilometers traveled in 2 hours and 20 minutes.
At 1 August 2013, Emirates celebrated five years after the first flight with A380. During this time, 7000 flight attendants and 650 pilots made sure that over 18 millions of passengers enjoyed the comfort and services offered on board the 35 Emirates A380 aircraft.
Emirates currently owns the largest fleet of A380, 35 of super-jumbo flying to 20 of destinations: Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, London Heathrow, Manchester, Melbourne, Moscow, Munich, New York JFK, Paris, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and Toronto. In the coming months, the network of routes operated with A380 will be expanded: Brisbane (1 October), Los Angeles (Tenth December), Mauritius (Tenth December), Zurich (1 January 2014) and Barcelona (1 February 2014).
In five years of activity, A380 Emirates aircraft have flown over 265 millions of kilometers, during which time they were served over 35 millions of meals over 20.000 flights. A380 Emirates has landed on 37 from airports, either for regular flights or in special situations.
In five years, on board A380 Emirates aircraft were loaded:
- 14 million rolls;
- 22 438 of fresh fruit baskets;
- 210 477 boxes with caviar (30 grams) - 6,3 tons;
- 157 062 of flower pots;
- 1 009 767 toothbrushes;
- 224 414 razor blades;
- 4 375 237 tea bags;
- 2 153 988 packages with coffee;
- 538 500 baby food containers.
We recall that Emirates has opened Concourse A, a terminal dedicated only to A380 aircraft. It was inaugurated in January 2013 at Dubai International Airport.