Emirates deploys A380 on Glasgow services
By Andy Hoskins, published 17/04/2019
Emirates has commenced A380-operated flights between Glasgow and Dubai, with the service becoming the first regular superjumbo operation from Scotland.
The airline will operate a single daily service using the A380 until September 30 at which point it will revert to a double-daily schedule flown by Boeing 777 aircraft.
Glasgow Airport has invested in its infrastructure in order to cater for regular A380 flights, with the introduction of the aircraft coinciding with Emirates’ 15th anniversary of flying from the city.
The A380 serving the route has a three-class configuration with 14 private suites in first class, 76 business class seats and 339 economy seats.
Since the introduction of the Glasgow Dubai service in 2004, over 4.5 million passengers have travelled between the two cities.
“During its six-month visit to the city, the daily service will give thousands of travellers through Glasgow the chance to experience the best in air travel while enjoying the incredible Emirates features an A380 offers,” says Richard Jewsbury, Vice-President UK, Emirates.
“The demand for our services out of Scotland has been very positive and this new service is a fitting way to celebrate Glasgow’s fifteenth anniversary.”
Mark Johnston, Glasgow Airport’s Managing Director, adds: “It may have only taken just a few moments for the Emirates A380 to land, but the planning and effort that has gone into bringing this iconic aircraft to Glasgow Airport has been years in the making.
“Emirates’ Glasgow Dubai service has been a huge success story for Scotland during the last 15 years.
“By investing more than £8 million in upgrading our infrastructure, we are confident Scotland’s busiest long-haul route will continue to flourish thanks to premium service offered by the introduction of the Emirates A380 aircraft.”