All photos by Emirates.
All photos by Emirates.
Emirates is giving travellers to and from Oman more choice, comfort and luxury with the first arrivals of its double daily A380 services to Muscat. Flights EK 862 and EK 864 were each welcomed with water cannon salutes upon arrival, ushering in the new services to Oman’s capital, Muscat.
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The Muscat A380 flights will fly approximately 340 kilometres each way, making them the shortest A380 flights in the world. That is also shorter than the internal wiring of the A380, which when stretched from end to end reaches a distance of over 500km.
The double daily A380 operations underscore Muscat International Airport’s modern infrastructure and readiness to handle aircraft operations. Over 4.7 million passengers have flown on Emirates between Muscat and Dubai since 1993, equal to the capacity of more than 9,000 Emirates A380s.
Both A380s flying to Muscat will be operated in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, and 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
Passengers travelling across all three classes will enjoy the airline’s award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice. With over 1,500 films across all genres to enjoy on ice, customers will have to fly over 3,000 times between Dubai and Muscat on the Emirates A380 to watch the complete ice film catalogue.
Over 25,000 catering items are loaded on the Emirates A380 for services between Dubai and Muscat, ensuring that customers can enjoy and savour the meals and amenities onboard.
The flight time between Dubai and Muscat, approximately 40 minutes, is 5 minutes longer than the time taken to clean an A380 by a team of 42 people. The twice daily A380 services operate on EK 862/863 and EK 864/865. EK862 departs Dubai at 0825hrs, arriving in Muscat at 0940hrs. The return flight, EK 863, departs Muscat at 1115hrs, arriving in Dubai in the afternoon at 1225hrs. Emirates’ late afternoon flight EK 864 departs Dubai at 1610hrs and arrives in Muscat at 1725hrs. EK 865 departs Muscat at 1905hrs, arriving in Dubai at 2015hrs. Along with the A380 services, EK 866/867, the early morning flight, is operated with Emirates’ modern Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Emirates has carried over 150,000 tons of cargo between Muscat and Dubai since 2008, which is more than the weight of 260 A380s when each aircraft is at its maximum weight.
Emirates operates three daily services between Dubai and Muscat, connecting passengers to over 150 global destinations in the Far East, Europe and the US. The airline is the world’s largest operator of the A380, with 111 double-decker aircraft flying to 57 cities from Dubai.
*Flight timings will vary slightly during the winter schedule starting in late October.
Many pilgrims go to Lourdes for rejuvenation and healing. It has not worked the same way for two former Singapore Airlines Airbus A380s.
At Tarbes–Lourdes–Pyrénées Airport (LDE) the first two A380s are facing a sad end to their relatively short airline careers.
The first two Airbus A380s (9V-SKA msn 003 and 9V-SKB msn 005, above) to enter airline service are now being scrapped out at the airport. This work started a few weeks ago.
9V-SKA was delivered to Singapore Airlines on October 15, 2007 and ushered in the first A380 service between Singapore and Sydney on October 25, 2007.
Both aircraft were flown to the airport initially for storage and now parting out. The decision was made after there was no secondary market for these two oldest A380s.
In addition, the former Singapore Airlines 9V-SKD and 9V-SKE have also joined the storage site.
Javier Rodriguez reporting from France.
Copyright Photos: Javier Rodriguez.
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Join me for a cabin tour of the ANA A380 Flying Honu. In this video I will show you the 5 unique cabin zones of the ANA new A380.
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Come watch with us the official delivery ceremony of the first Airbus A380 to All Nippon Airways (ANA). ANA has firm orders for three A380s, becoming the first customer for the superjumbo in Japan. The airline will operate the aircraft on the popular leisure Narita-Honolulu route. The three ANA A380s will be painted in a special livery depicting sea turtles which are native to Hawaii. This particular livery is one of the most elaborate ever painted by Airbus. It took 21 days for the Airbus team to paint a surface of 3,600m2 using 16 different shades of color.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced the schedule for the first Japanese-operated Airbus A380, which will fly between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu starting on May 24, 2019.
Sales for this flight will begin on Jan. 10, 2019 for the newly introduced First Class and ANA COUCHii in Economy Class.
ANA currently has two flights departing from Tokyo Narita to Honolulu. Starting May 24, the earlier flight will be serviced by its first Airbus A380 on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Then, starting on July 1, 2019 the second A380 will start operating, and the A380 will begin servicing the earlier flight on a daily basis. The A380 will service the later flight on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays*1. This will result in a total of ten roundtrips per week serviced by the A380, all other Narita-Honolulu flights will be operated on a Boeing 787-9.
The special aircraft will accommodate First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy, Economy Class seats and ANA COUCHii seats, a first for a Japanese carrier. The First Class and ANA COUCHii seats will go on sale starting January 10, 3:00 p.m. (Japan Time). Meanwhile, passengers who have already purchased tickets in the remaining classes will be notified that their seats have changed to the FLYING HONU after January 4.
Furthermore, to commemorate the launch of the FLYING HONU, ANA will be running special campaigns for flights departing between May 24 and July 11. The campaigns include offering a discount of up to 50 percent on the ANA COUCHii and allowing ANA Mileage Club members unlimited access to available seats in Premium Economy and Economy Class to book their award tickets. ANA Mileage Club members will also have a chance to gain back all of their miles used for buying the award ticket.
The FLYING HONU is a product of ANA’s continued commitment to improving the travel experience, while helping passengers reach the world’s premier tourist destinations.
*1 The operation dates and aircraft types are subject to government approval and may change without notice.
In other news, All Nippon Airways (ANA) will begin offering services between Tokyo and Perth, Australia in September 2019. The flight will be based out of Narita International Airport and offer direct services to Perth, Australia’s fourth largest city. This makes ANA the first Japanese carrier to fly to Perth from Japan on a regular basis.
The announcement of this new route comes as ANA is preparing to extend services to Vienna, Austria in February 2019. As ANA continues seeking to better serve consumers worldwide, it will do everything possible to expand its network to so far un-served destinations and make traveling as safe, pleasant and convenient as possible.
All images by ANA.