Emirates is all to introduce Scotland’s first-ever scheduled A380 service. Standing over 24 metres high and with a wing span of nearly 80 metres, the A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft and it will enter operation at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday 16 April 2019. It will operate throughout the summer season until the end of October 2018.
Since Emirates’ inaugural flight at Glasgow Airport on 10 April 2004, it has been one of the airport’s biggest success stories, carrying more than four million passengers across its global network which now covers 155 destinations. The airline’s decision to introduce its flagship A380 confirms its status as Scotland’s leading long-haul airline.
The A380 will offer passengers 14 Private Suites in the First Class, 76 fully flat-bed seats in the Business Class and 399 seats in the Economy Class. Flight EK025 will depart Dubai at 14.50 and arrive in Glasgow at 19.45, with EK026 taking off for Dubai at 21.30, from April 16 until May 31, 2019. Between June 1 and September 30, 2019, EK027, will depart Dubai at 7.50 and land in Glasgow at 12.45, with EK028 departing at 14.35 from Glasgow.
It is the second time Glasgow Airport will welcome the A380 which first visited the airport on April 10, 2014 to celebrate Emirates’ 10th anniversary at the city.
Mark Johnston, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The decision by Emirates to introduce the A380 is not only a huge milestone for Glasgow Airport, it marks what is a first in Scottish aviation industry. He said, “Having two flights out of Dubai – one of the world’s largest hub airports – arriving in the city everyday greatly increases Glasgow’s global connectivity, particularly through Emirates’ worldwide route network, and today’s announcement is another positive step in terms of forging greater business links and increasing visitor access from key emerging markets such as China and India."
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick added: “That Emirates has made this decision demonstrates the success of the double-daily service to Dubai and shows confidence in both Glasgow Airport and the city. It also further improves an important route offering access to Dubai Airport, the biggest global international hub, and in particular grows Glasgow’s access to Asia, which has some of the fastest growing markets in the world.”