Emirates to become Gatwick's first A380 airline
Published: 26/12/2013 - Filed under: News »
Emirates plans to inaugurate daily A380 service into London's Gatwick airport from March 30.
The airline will roster the superjumbo daily for flights EK9 (depart Dubai 1500, arrive Gatwick 1930) and EK10 (depart Gatwick 2115, arrive Dubai 0720 next day), according to airlineroute.net.
Besides adding extra capacity to the route (all three of Emirates Gatwick flights are currently operated by B777-300ERs) the 489-seater A380 provides both premium and economy passengers with a superior onboard product.
It also means that Gatwick passengers (like their Heathrow and Manchester counterparts) will be able to sample A380 service (via Dubai) to main global cities.
Flight EK10 (departing Gatwick at 2115) arrives into Dubai at 0720 from where there are Emirates flights to Bangkok at 0940, Hong Kong at 1005 and Sydney (with Qantas A380 at 0920 and with Emirates A380 at 1005).
However please note that there may be some schedule adjustments to certain Emirates flights during the Dubai runway refurbishment taking place between the beginning of May and late July.
Also bear in mind that although these Gatwick A380 schedules are posted in airline GDSs, at the time of writing, they were yet to appear on Emirates’ website.
KRIyengar - 02/01/2014 13:52
Please update this article.
The equipment change from a Boeing 777-300ER to an Airbus A380 on Emirates' daily LGW evening service (EK9/10) as of 30 March 2013 is posted on the airline's website since 26December 2013.
AMcWhirter - 02/01/2014 17:23
Thank you for pointing this out. Am not sure at what time on December 26 you checked emirates.com or where you are located. But the information I wrote was correct at around mid-morning UK time on that day.
The reason I added those words was because previously if readers had been unable to locate the flight details they would doubt the accuracy of our news item.
December 26 was a public holiday in the UK and therefore Business Traveller was probably the first UK publication to bring news of this development in the absence of any communication (to the UK media) from either Emirates or Gatwick Airport (which had its hands full following the recent weather disruption).
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