Dubai-headquartered Emirates airline is considering deploying the world’s biggest airliner – Airbus’s A380 – on the Dublin-Dubai route.
This comes as the airline is faced with increased competition from Qatar Airways, which joins Emirates and local rival Etihad on the route this summer.
Enda Corneille, Ireland country manager for Emirates said: “The A380 is probably our most formidable tool worldwide, We’ve 89 A380s and a further 50 coming in the next three years,” he said.
“If you look at our trajectory in the Irish market, it is a natural progression as we grow capacity. What you really want is your largest aircraft on any route.
“We have a lot of aircraft coming down the track and if Dublin continues to perform as well as it’s performing it’s going to be one of the candidates for deployment of the A380.”
While the Dublin runway is not an issue in negotiations, the double-deck plane would require capital investment at Dublin Airport to accommodate two storeys of access bridges. More info