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Emirates To Start A380 Services To Jeddah In 2010

Emirates To Start A380 Services To Jeddah In 2010

Emirates will serve Jeddah in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia four times weekly with the A380 super-jumbo from February 1, 2010.

Jeddah will be the eighth destination to be added to the growing list of gateways served by the A380 - Sydney, Auckland, Heathrow, Bangkok, Toronto, Seoul and, from today, Paris.

Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran, said: “The introduction of the highly acclaimed A380 on the Jeddah route is a true reflection of an increased demand for services in and out of the kingdom. This service into Jeddah will mark Emirates’ first Middle Eastern A380 destination outside of Dubai, a significant milestone for both Emirates and Saudi Arabia.”

“Adding an A380 onto this perpetually busy route will significantly increase our capacity; ensuring passengers have greater access to flights whilst enjoying the distinction of travelling on the world’s largest and most heralded aircraft.”

EK 803 will leave Dubai four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, at 4.30pm and arrive in Jeddah at 6.30pm. From Jeddah, EK 804 will depart at 8.45pm, arriving in Dubai at 00.15am.

Emirates currently has seven A380 aircraft in its fleet. The airline boasts the world’s largest order of Airbus A380s with a further 51 double-deckers still to be delivered.

Emirates commenced services to Jeddah in 1989, with Jeddah the first of three gateways that Emirates now operates to in the kingdom. The others are Riyadh and Dammam.

Emirates flies four times daily from New Zealand to Dubai and beyond, via Australia.

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