Emirates has announced plans to operate one of its two daily flights to Glasgow with the A380 superjumbo from the end of March.
It’s not the first time the Scottish airport has welcomed Emirates’ A380 – a one-off appearance of the superjumbo in 2014 to celebrate the carrier’s 10th anniversary of the route, was followed by regular A380 flights last year during the closure of Dubai International’s southern runway for maintenance.
But this time the move will result in a year-round daily superjumbo service between Dubai and Glasgow, with the other daily frequency continuing to be served by Emirates’ B777 aircraft.
The A380 operating the Dubai-Glasgow route will be configured with three classes, offering 14 first class suites, 76 fully flat seats in business class, and 399 seats in economy.
Commenting on the news Mark Johnston, managing director at Glasgow Airport, said:
“Emirates’ decision to operate a year-round daily service using the Airbus A380 is tremendous news and underlines the airline’s continued commitment to Glasgow Airport and its passengers.
“We invested significantly in our international pier infrastructure to vastly improve the experience for our long-haul carriers and passengers last year. This included the building of Scotland’s first and only triple airbridge, which not only supports a wide range of aircraft types but is perfect for servicing the A380.
“The decision to make such a significant investment was a bold one, however, the return of this iconic aircraft to daily service underlines our continued ambition and is testament to the Dubai route’s enduring popularity with our customers.
“This decision marks yet another milestone in a relationship with Emirates that dates back to 2004, when the first ever route between Scotland and the Middle East was launched at Glasgow Airport.
“Our Dubai double daily is Scotland’s leading long-haul route, so it’s fitting that the world’s largest commercial passenger aircraft will play a part in the unique customer experience offered to Emirates’ passengers at Glasgow Airport.”