Airbus A380 to Dubai starts
World's largest passenger plane now makes daily stops in Prague
Media, distinguished guests and thousands of plane spotters and aviation fans turned out to see the first regularly scheduled arrival of an Airbus A380 at and around Václav Havel Airport Prague on May 1. The flight from Dubai on Emirates airline landed at 1:30 p.m. As is traditional for airline milestones, the plane was met with a water cannon salute from two airport fire engines.
The Prague–Dubai route is not new. It was launched in July 2010, but until now had been serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER. The change in plane means an increased capacity of 44 percent on the route.
Thierry Aucoc, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Europe and Russian Federation, who arrived with Emirates representatives, media and VIP guests on the inaugural flight said: “We are pleased to arrive in this beautiful city and to add Prague to the list of over 40 destinations served by an Emirates A380, reinforcing our commitment to the Czech Republic. Since we launched commercial flights between Prague and our Dubai home, Emirates has carried more than 1.1 million passengers between the two cities, facilitating both leisure and business travel.”
The A380 is the largest passenger jet in service, superseding the Boeing 747 which held title since 1969. The A380 had its first flight 2005 and was delivered for service in 2007. Emirates was among the first airlines to order A380s and now has 76 of them, the most of any air carrier. The A380 has a wingspan of 79.75 meters and a length of 72.72 meters, compared to a 68.5 meter wingspan and 76.3 meter length for the Boeing 747.
Emirates has many long-haul routes and has configured their planes for relative comfort. While an A380 can have up to 853 passengers in an all-economy configuration, the Emirates A380 on the Prague–Dubai route accommodates 519 passengers in a three-class configuration, with 429 economy class seats on the main deck and 76 flat-bed mini-pods in business class as well as 14 first class suites on the upper deck. It also offers access to an onboard shower for first class passengers and a lounge. The plane features an entertainment system with more than 2,100 channels of films, TV programs, music and podcasts, as well as WiFi.
From the hub in Dubai, passengers can change for 145 destinations.
The daily Emirates Prague–Dubai route departs Dubai at 9:05 a.m. and arrives in Prague at 1:30 p.m. The return leg will depart Prague at 3:40 p.m. and arrive in Dubai at 11:35 p.m.
While the daily A380 service is new for Prague, this was not the first appearance of the model. A Lufthansa A380 landed in Prague in October 2011 as part of the 45th anniversary celebration of that airline. Korean Air also landed an A380 in Prague in March 2014.
Emirates Airlines: www.emirates.com
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