Emirates airline expanded Tuesday (October 29, 2018) its network of destinations served by its highly-popular Airbus flagship aircraft with the launch of the first and only scheduled commercial A380 service into Hamburg.
The inaugural Emirates A380 flight, led by Hamburg-born Captain Hauke Smid and UAE national First Officer Sultan Hussain, departed from Concourse A at Dubai International Airport on Monday and was welcomed with a water canon salute in Hamburg by a VIP delegation from both cities, including Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, H.E. Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Germany; Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport and Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. To celebrate the new A380 service between Hamburg and Dubai, Emirates chefs created special regional dishes such as Minced Veal Steak and Hamburg Pannfish, as well as a sweet pastry, Franzbrötchen, which was served to passengers in all classes. The world’s largest passenger jet is now operating once a day between Hamburg and Dubai, increasing capacity on the route by over 22 per cent.
Commitment to Elbe city
Tschentscher said: “The decision by Emirates to offer a daily service to Hamburg with the A380 is a clear commitment to Hamburg as an important destination in international aviation. The increased seating capacity will expand the connection Hamburg-Dubai and strengthen the importance of the Hamburg Airport in their international route network.”
The Emirates A380 has a total of 517 seats in a three-class configuration, with 427 spacious seats in Economy on the main deck, 76 full flatbed seats in Business and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck. The jet is renowned for its First Class Shower Spas as well as the Onboard Lounge for First and Business Class passengers. Passengers in all classes can enjoy free Wi-Fi, as well in-flight entertainment with over 3,500 channels of movies, TV programmes, music and podcasts on the industry’s biggest personal screens in each travel class.
A380 jets “Made in Hamburg”
All Emirates A380s are being fitted at Airbus in Hamburg including significant cabin interior work and final livery, and are being delivered from Hamburg. The Emirates A380 programme supports manufacturing jobs across the global aircraft manufacturing supply chain. Airbus estimates that Emirates’ A380 orders support 41,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in Europe, including some 14,500 in Germany alone.