Stansted Airport Scores First Ever A380 Flight For Europa League Final

May 30, 2019

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While Heathrow (LHR) and Gatwick (LGW) are no strangers to the world’s largest passenger jet, with Emirates alone operating nine A380 flights every day from Dubai (DXB) split across these two airports, this week London Stansted Airport (STN) also received the double decker, with its first ever Airbus A380 passenger flight.

But while Emirates does already operate their smaller Boeing 777-300ER with their incredible new First Class product to Stansted airport, it wasn’t Emirates A380 witnessed at Stansted. Instead, Portugese charter airline HiFly, who purchased a second hand A380 from Singapore Airlines (registration MSN006) operated the service as flight 5K421 on Tuesday from Stansted to Baku, Azerbaijan (GYD) for the Europa League final.

Despite the huge demand for affordable flights from the UK to Baku this week, Stansted Airport reported only 280 passengers onboard this flight meaning there were plenty of spare seats for the almost five hour flight. Though the interior still features the old Singapore Airlines layout including their First Class suites, given the light load it is likely all passengers were seated in Economy.

HiFly A380 first class cabin. Photo by Zach Honig / The Points Guy

The flight was also the first A380 passenger service to Baku.

The A380 will operate the return flight back to Stansted on Thursday following Chelsea’s defeat of Arsenal.

The A380 was not the only unusual sight at Stansted on Wednesday. Azerbaijan Airlines also operated a one-off Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the same route to Baku to transport English football fans to the final.

Featured image by Zach Honig / The Points Guy

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