Emirates, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, announced today that Rome will be the next destination for its flagship A380 aircraft.
The announcement of Emirates’ first permanent scheduled A380 service to Italy comes on the back of its momentous June 6th landing at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport to mark the celebrations for its 50th anniversary, while commemorating 150 years of Italian unification.
“The permanent service of the Emirates’ A380 to Rome underscores our commitment to Italy, having served this ever-growing market since 1992. The new A380 service will enable travellers to enjoy the unparalleled on-board amenities in all classes and the great connectivity of our network via the Dubai hub,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ senior vice president, commercial operations, Europe & Russian Federation.
Rome is currently served twice daily by Emirates. Coupled with a double daily service to Milan and a daily flight to Venice, the 35 weekly frequencies contribute to a $ 4.6 billion trade relationship between Italy and the UAE, Emirates said.
The A380 service will operate daily as EK 97, departing Dubai at 0910hrs (local time) and arriving at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport at 1235hrs (local). The return flight, EK 98, departs Rome at 1435hrs (local) and arrives in Dubai at 2305hrs (local). The arrival time of the A380 in Dubai will allow passengers from Italy to connect to its extensive network of destinations in the Far East, it said.
With 15 A380s currently in its fleet, Emirates is the largest operator of the environmentally friendly double-decker aircraft, operating services from Dubai to London Heathrow (double-daily), Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Jeddah, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland.
From 1st October 2011, the A380 will begin serving Johannesburg, followed by Kuala Lumpur as of December 1 and then from January 1, 2012, the A380 will be deployed on the Munich route.