Emirates to fly first A380 to Kuwait
Dubai, February 9, 2011
Emirates, the leading international airline of the UAE, will operate the first ever A380 service into Kuwait on February 26.
Operating into Kuwait National Airport, the one-off Emirates A380 service will be the world’s first superjumbo to touch down in Kuwait, a statement said.
“Kuwait will celebrate its 50th National Day on February 25 and to honour this historic occasion we will operate our award-winning A380 aircraft into Kuwait International Airport,” said Ahmed Khoory, Emirates’ senior vice president commercial operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran.
“Our customers in Kuwait are eager to try our A380 services and we have worked closely with the Kuwaiti authorities to make this possible.”
“We have operated services into Kuwait since 1989 and although we have no immediate plans to operate an A380 on the route permanently, we remain committed to providing customers in Kuwait with convenient flight and onward connection times through our Dubai hub,” said Khoory.
Emirates flight EK857 will depart Dubai at 14:55 on February 26 and will arrive in Kuwait at 15:40 the same day. The return flight, EK858, will depart Kuwait on February 26 at 18:10 arriving in Dubai at 20:40 the same day. The flight will operate as a regular commercial flight.
The mammoth aircraft can accommodate 489 passengers with 399 in economy class, 76 in business class and 14 in first class.
“This will be an exciting moment for Emirates and Kuwait and we are confident that the operation of the A380 into Kuwait will be well received by all including the many plane spotters jostling to get a good view as it comes to land,” added Khoory. – TradeArabia News Service