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Emirates Launching First A380 Service To USA

News Release
10 June 2008
Emirates Launching First Commercial A380 Service To USA On August 1

Travellers will be able to experience Emirates Airline’s state-of-the-art A380 aircraft for the first time on August 1, when the airline launches its inaugural A380 commercial service from Dubai to New York JFK.

The 14-hour non-stop flight will also be the first-ever commercial A380 service to The Americas.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, said: “The Americas represent a key focus area in Emirates’ route development plans, and we are delighted to be the first airline to launch commercial A380 services to the continent. We are confident that Emirates’ customers travelling to and from North America will welcome the A380’s additional space and capacity, as well as our luxurious onboard amenities which will provide a very high quality travel experience previously associated only with private jets.”

Emirates’ A380 interiors and onboard product, which have been kept under wraps thus far, will be revealed for the first time when the airline receives its first A380 from Airbus’ Hamburg facility on July 28.

Powered by Engine Alliance’s GP7200 engines, Emirates’ A380s can fly up to 12,000 kilometres on a full passenger load, and offer better fuel economy per passenger kilometre than most hybrid passenger cars. The A380 is also quieter, both inside and outside of the cabin, which means more comfort for passengers and a smaller noise footprint.

On August 1 and 3, Emirates will operate its brand-new A380 aircraft between Dubai and New York JFK on a commercial basis. These flights will be additional to its existing twice-a-day non-stop service. Subsequently, Emirates will deploy the A380 between Dubai and New York, on one of its scheduled twice-daily flights.

Emirates expects delivery of five A380s in its current financial year, all featuring its ultra long-haul configuration of 489 seats: 14 in First Class, 76 in Business and 399 in Economy; with 13 tonnes of bellyhold capacity for cargo. After New York, these aircraft are slated to operate on Emirates’ routes from Dubai to London Heathrow, and Sydney and Auckland.

Emirates flies wide-bodied aircraft four times daily from New Zealand to Dubai and beyond, via Australia. Passengers can enjoy Emirates’ award-winning services, sumptuous meals and the finest wines in First, Business and Economy class on all flights. All services also have Emirates' award-winning 'ice' inflight system, providing more than 600 channels of information, communication and entertainment.

The largest customer for the A380, Emirates has 58 of the superjumbo aircraft on order - worth US$18.8 billion at current list prices.

Emirates currently flies a fleet of 116 all wide-bodied aircraft to 99 cities in more than 60 countries. In addition to the A380s, Emirates has on order over 100 more new generation aircraft that feature the latest technology and composite materials, making them more efficient to operate, and producing lower emissions while offering travellers more comfort in the air. Emirates’ current order book of 180 aircraft (excluding options), worth approximately US$58 billion, is possibly the largest-ever in commercial aviation history.

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