Emirates Airlines has begun its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with a daily flight between Dubai and Mumbai.
EK500 took off from the Dubai International Airport at 21:55 hours on 21st July, arriving at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai at 02:30 hours, covering the approximate 2,222kms at an average cruising speed of 822kms per hour.
A statement issued by the Airline said the return flight EK501 took off from Terminal 2 in Mumbai at 04:30hrs and arrived back at Emirates’ Terminal 3 in Dubai, at 06.00 hours.
The terminal is the Airline’s home and hub for its specially designed A380 terminal – Concourse A.
Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean Ahmed Khoory said: “Mumbai was one of the first destinations on our route network when we launched in 1985. Dubai and Mumbai share a rich tapestry of partnerships, business and culture.
“In the past 29 years, we have flown over 42 million passengers between India and the UAE and so it is quite fitting that the city becomes our 29th A380 destination. Now our customers on the route can experience the luxury, the quietness and the outstanding service onboard an Emirates A380.”
Mr. Naveen Chawla, Vice President – Aero marketing, Mumbai International Airport Private Limited stated, “We are delighted to welcome the arrival of Emirates’ first A380 to India in Mumbai. We are glad that passengers flying from Mumbai’s Terminal 2 to Dubai will now be able to enjoy the premium services of Emirates’ state-of-the-art Airbus A380. “
To mark these first flights, passengers on board EK500 and EK501 from Dubai and Mumbai were given a special commemorative certificate and gift. A specially commissioned piece of artwork, a traditional Indian “Rangoli” was created by local Mumbai artists.
Emirates now has 50 A380s in its fleet of 224 wide-bodied aircraft and is the largest operator in the world of the double-decker with 90 more on order.
A unique feature on the Emirates A380 is the onboard Shower Spas which allow First Class passengers to arrive revitalised and refreshed. Another is the onboard lounge where First Class and Business Class passengers can relax and connect over a range of specially selected beverages and hot and cold canapés, creating an exclusive social experience at 40,000 feet. GNA