The world’s largest Airbus A380 operator “Emirates” kept its promise as it finally starts flying its Superjumbos. The airline will fly its A380’s to London Heathrow (LHR) and Paris (CDG) from today after the temporary suspension of flights due to the COVID-19.
With a fleet of 115 Airbus A380 currently, Emirates is the largest operator of the SuperJumbo with 8 more on order.
The airline is increasing its route network to more destinations and it is currently operating to around 55 destinations worldwide. Emirates also revealed its A380 destinations last month which will be operational at a later stage.
Flights to London Heathrow & Paris:
The A380 will finally start flying to Europe with flights to London Heathrow (LHR) and Paris (CDG) starting 15th July. The route was previously operated with Boeing 777’s.
This will be a daily flight from DXB to LHR as EK1 and return flight as EK2. The flight to Paris (CDG) will operate with a flight number EK73 and return flight EK74.
EK1 will depart at 07:45 Local time (0345 UTC) whereas, return flight EK2 to DXB will depart at 14:20 Local time.
Flight to Paris CDG will depart at 08:20 Local time (04:20 UTC) whereas, the return scheduled flight will depart CDG at 15:35 Local time.
EK1/2 was operated last with an Airbus A380 on 24th March and EK73/74 was operated on 22nd March.
Future EK A380 Flights:
The airline might start more flights to London Heathrow and Paris CDG with A380 in the coming months. On the other hand, the airline also announced that it will be resuming two-daily flights to New York JFK Airport starting August.
Other destinations announced by the Airline include Amsterdam Schipol, Manchester, Los Angeles, Manchester and many others.
The Emirates @Airbus A380 will make a much-awaited return to the skies with flights to London Heathrow and Paris starting from 15 July.#FlyEmiratesFlyBetter #FlySaferWithEmirates @HeathrowAirport @ParisAeroport @DXB pic.twitter.com/wwqzVpN1bu
— Emirates Airline (@emirates) July 12, 2020
Dubai International Airport also tweeted about the resumption of flights to London (LHR) and Paris (CDG).
C’est magnifique! 🤩✈️ From tomorrow, we are delighted to welcome back to our skies the magnificent @emirates #A380, flying from DXB to Paris and London. #DXBReady #above_the_clouds #BastilleDay pic.twitter.com/jiWS6OPoty
— Dubai International (@DXB) July 14, 2020
Future of the Airbus A380:
The return of the Airbus A380 will prove to be a positive development towards the future of the Aviation according to the Airline. Emirates didn’t pull the plug out of A380 yet as it will be operating many years to come. While most of the airlines are struggling to make the aircraft profitable. At the same instant, Emirates is planning to bring the aircraft back in the air.
But due to the demand lost because of the pandemic, the future of the aircraft is still uncertain. Sir Tim Clarke also said that “Airbus A380 was over already”. This was when the entire fleet was grounded earlier this year because of the COVID-19 and the airline decided not to take the further deliveries of its pending orders.
Sir Tim Clark later said:
“[The A380 has a] place in the Emirates international network on the scale it has before. Albeit not today or fully next year, but the year after, I think there will be a place for it, and I think it is going to be extremely popular.”
On the other hand, many airlines are retiring the aircraft from its fleet. Especially Air France, which was the first operator of the aircraft type finally bid the farewell to the giant last month. Many airlines which currently operates the giant won’t be bringing the aircraft back to the skies anytime soon.