Emirates starts first A380 service to India
Dubai, July 22, 2014
Dubai-based Emirates airline has commenced its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with a daily flight between the emirate and Mumbai.
The first flight passengers on board the flight from Dubai to Mumbai and back were given a special commemorative certificate and gift, said a statement.
Additionally, a special commissioned piece of artwork, a traditional Indian ‘Rangoli’ was created by local Mumbai artists, it said.
Ahmed Khoory, senior vice president, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean, said: “Mumbai was one of the first destinations on our route network when we launched in 1985. Dubai and Mumbai share a rich tapestry of partnerships, business and culture.
“In the past 29 years, we have flown over 42 million passengers between India and the UAE and so it is quite fitting that the city becomes our 29th A380 destination. Now our customers on the route can experience the luxury, the quietness and the outstanding service onboard an Emirates A380, in addition to the other four daily services we will continue to operate to the city.”
Naveen Chawla, vice president – Aero marketing, Mumbai International Airport Private, said: “We are delighted to welcome the arrival of Emirates’ first A380 to India in Mumbai. We are glad that passengers flying from Mumbai’s Terminal 2 to Dubai will now be able to enjoy the premium services of Emirates’ state-of-the-art Airbus A380.
“This is a momentous occasion for us as Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport (CSIA) Mumbai is now the only airport in India to handle A380 aircraft operations for more than one international airline. This is yet another milestone event to our continuous endeavour to enhance the comfort and convenience of passengers travelling through CSIA and justifies our operational capabilities to handle bigger aircraft at T2.”
The passengers in all cabins can enjoy Emirates’ recently launched Indian menu which features regionally themed dishes from across India, served by multilingual cabin crew.
It also features onboard Shower Spas which allow first class passengers to arrive revitalised and refreshed. The onboard lounge caters to first and business class passengers, where they can relax and connect over a range of specially selected beverages and hot and cold canapés. - TradeArabia News Service