Emirates to fly superjumbo to Manchester
Dubai, March 31, 2010
Emirates, UAE’s major international airline, will fly its A380 aircraft to Manchester from September 1, marking two decades of the airline’s service to the UK city.
At the same time, Manchester will become the world's first regional airport to have a regular A380 service.
A 517-seat version of the giant aircraft will replace Boeing 777 aircraft on EK017 from Dubai and EK018 out of Manchester.
“Manchester has become one of the strongest performers in our growing network of regional gateways,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' senior vice president, commercial operations, Europe & Russian Federation.
“Our customers value our commitment to a regional network at a time when other airlines are abandoning them. We are delighted to give our Manchester customers the very best available in the shape of the Emirates' A380, which, without doubt, has revolutionised flying.'
Manchester Airport's managing director, Andrew Cornish, said: 'We have invested close to GBP10 million ($15.07 million) in upgrading the airfield and terminal, both to accommodate the aircraft itself and to create a fitting environment for Emirates' customers, whether it is at check-in, using the airline’s executive lounge or at the gate area.' – TradeArabia News Service