Emirates will serve one of its two daily flights to and from Hamburg with the A380 superjumbo from later this year.
The carrier has previously only operated the superjumbo into Hamburg on one-off occasions, including the celebration of the airport’s 100th birthday in 2011.
On October 29 Emirates will commemorate the start of regular A380 operations into Hamburg by deploying the aircraft on the morning service EK059 and EK060.
Then from October 30 the A380 will serve flight EK061, departing Dubai at 1500 and arriving into Hamburg at 1905, returning as EK062, leaving the German city at 2100 and landing back into Dubai at 0620 the following day.
After from the initial commemorative service, flights EK059 and EK060 will remain operated by Emirates’ B777-300ER.
The move means that the airline will offer A380 superjumbo services to all of its German gateways of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Emirates will also be the first carrier to offer scheduled A380 flights to Hamburg.
The larger aircraft will increase the carrier’s capacity at Hamburg by over 22 per cent, offering a total of 6,090 seats per week in each direction. The A380 serving this route will be configured with 14 first class suites, 76 fully flat business class seats, and 426 economy seats.
Hamburg is of course no stranger to the A380, with final acceptance and delivery of the superjumbo for customers in Europe and the Middle East taking place at the city’s Airbus factory, and Volker Greiner, Emirates Vice President North and Central Europe said that the carrier was “are excited to finally bring our Airbus flagship ‘home’ and see Hamburg join the other 48 destinations we currently serve with the A380”.
“Enabling an increase in passenger numbers will also result in additional tourism revenues for Hamburg and its wider region, which in turn will mean boosting the local economy and job creation”, added Greiner.