Emirates to send its A380 for Rome event
Dubai, May 4, 2011
Emirates is sending its popular A380 aircraft to Rome to mark Fiumicino airport's 50th anniversary, along with 150 years of Italian unification.
On June 6, the superjumbo replaces EK 97 and EK 98 - departing Dubai at 0855hrs and arriving in Rome at 1315hrs. The flight leaves Fiumicino at 1645hrs and arrives in Dubai at 0035hrs the next day.
'Our A380 demonstrates the future of aviation - both in terms of passenger experience and environmental sensitivity. This aircraft is sought after by travellers around the world, and now passengers travelling between Dubai and Rome have an opportunity to enjoy our superjumbo, while we join in the celebrations for both Fiumicino airport and Italy as a nation,' said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' SVP, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation.
'Many of those who have watched and admired our A380 since its introduction to the fleet in 2008 may not realise that the A380 experience comes at no extra cost compared to our other aircraft,' he added.
Flying into Rome on the back of the UN's World Environment Day (June 5), the super-efficient A380 has impeccable environmental credentials. The 517-seat double decker is the most significant advancement in reducing fuel consumption and emissions in four decades. Its Engine Alliance GP7200 engines are remarkably quiet and easily meet the strict new ICAO Stage Four noise level standards.
First Class passengers have access to two onboard shower spas, while all premium passengers on the upper deck can socialise at 43,000 feet in the onboard lounge. Beverages are served once the aircraft reaches cruising altitude - all the way until descent.
This is the second time the flagship of the Emirates' fleet has visited Italy. In July of last year, the A380 was sent to Milan for the unveiling of the new Fly Emirates AC Milan shirt.-TradeArabia News Service