This has established the airline as the principal A380 operator flying into the UK.
Combined with the daily Manchester A380 service, this will mean the world’s largest A380 carrier will be sending 360 flights to and from the UK each month, making Britain Emirates’ biggest market for A380 flights. This is the equivalent capacity of filling every seat at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium (seats 60,361) three times!
Having steadily grown its London A380 operations since its first deployment in December 2008, Emirates originally planned the fifth service to take place from the 1st February next year. However, due to increased passenger demand and recent A380 deliveries, Emirates has been able to bring the all-A380 London Heathrow service forward.
The A380 is the largest commercial aircraft in service. At 72.7 metres in length it is three times the height of the Tower of London, or 7.5 seconds long in Usain Bolt terms. The surface area of the wings is an impressive 845 metres2, which would fit 41 red London Routemaster buses on and the total volume of the plane is 1570 metres3, which could fit 35 million ping pong balls!
Commenting, Laurie Berryman, Emirates’ Vice President UK said:
“The A380 is known for its quietness, fuel efficiency and luxury; it takes airline travel to a higher level. Our passengers will now have a greater chance of an all-A380 experience when travelling across our network between London, Dubai and destinations such as Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne.”
“From the award winning inflight ice system; the delicious gourmet food prepared by leading chefs; and the personal satellite phones and Wi-Fi; to the Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge, the Emirates A380 offering is a truly unique and market-leading experience.”
“It is easy to see why over 11.5 million passengers globally have flown on an Emirates A380; more than the combined populations of the UK cities Emirates fly from – London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle.”
Chris Butler, Airline Business Development Director at Heathrow said:
“We are pleased to welcome Emirates’ extended A380 fleet, and this aircraft upgrade is in line with Heathrow’s ambition to encourage the use of modern aircraft. As the world’s largest airliner, which is cleaner, quieter, and more fuel efficient, the A380s drive greater benefits for our passengers and for the environment.”
As well as size, an A380 has a two deck configuration. On the upper deck there are 14 flat-bed First Class Private Suites with electrically operated doors and 76 fully-flat mini-pods in Business Class. Downstairs, depending on the configuration, there are 399 or 427 comfortable contoured seats in Economy Class, spread across four separate cabins.
The A380 inflight ice system offers more than 1,400 channels of entertainment across all cabin classes, ranging from the very latest movies and television programmes to the most current music and computer games.
To enhance the enjoyment of a movie, your favourite music or on-demand game, cabin crew from across the world serve delicious gourmet chef prepared food as well as some of the world’s finest wines and champagnes. The total weight of food loaded onto all 35 weekly flights from London Heathrow to Dubai will be approximately 35,000kg. In total, there will be 16,730 bottles of wine and 1,085 bottles of champagne loaded onto all 35 A380 flights each week.
A personal satellite phone is fitted to each seat, which also carries a seat-back sms and email service, along with seat to seat calling and a “My USB” personal picture viewing facility. If customers want to be connected 24/7, they now have Wi-Fi access on all A380s in the fleet.
In First Class, passengers can freshen up with a mid-flight shower. Passengers can then close the door and retreat from the world in their Private Suite, which comes fully equipped with a personal mini-bar, adjustable ambient lighting, and its own vanity table, mirror and wardrobe. If passengers want to stretch out and sleep, the crew will convert the seat to a fully flat bed with a mattress, ensuring they arrive at their destination totally refreshed.
First Class and Business Class passengers can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge. Located behind the upper deck, the Onboard Lounge offers five-star delicacies prepared by some of the world’s leading chefs.