Welcome back: The first Emirates A380 returns to the British skies today

Jul 15, 2020

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On Wednesday morning, the Emirates Superjumbo took to the skies with paying passengers on board for the first time since March. Flagship flight number EK001 departed Emirates hub in Dubai (DXB) at 8:12 a.m. bound for London Heathrow (LHR) with an arrival set for just after midday.

This is great news for aviation lovers and fans of the A380 alike as many doubts have been cast over the future of the biggest passenger jet in the sky. A second daily A380 service from Dubai to Heathrow will start as of 1 August indicating a healthy growth in demand as the skies begin to reopen following COVID-19 lockdowns.

The second of Emirates’ 115 strong fleet of A380s which until today, have all been grounded, took back to the skies today as EK73, and is en route to Paris (CDG), due to arrive at 1:52 p.m. local time. The aircraft will receive a special welcome on its arrival into Paris later today as it will be the first time that an A380 has landed since the pandemic took hold of the world in March. We were on one of the last A380 flights into Paris in March.

Wednesday is also the day that Emirates will restart carrying passengers on seven more of its European routes to Athens (ATH), Barcelona (BCN), Geneva (GVA), Glasgow (GLA), Larnaca (LCA), Munich (MUC) and Rome (FCO). Emirates plan to resume all routes from the U.K. by 1 September.

Just last week, the airline’s President, Tim Clark, announced his optimistic plan to have the airline’s entire fleet of A380s back in the air by 2022.

To find out what it’s like to fly this coveted aircraft, check out our reviews of economy, business and first class.

Featured image by Emirates

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