Emirates brings A380 to Birmingham

15 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

On Wednesday September 9 Emirates will operate its prestigious 489-seat A380 into Birmingham from Dubai. 

The idea is to celebrate the airport’s 70th anniversary and it’s the first time the super jumbo has operated a scheduled service at the Midlands airport.

On this day only the three-class (first, business and economy) A380 will replace the regular two-class B777-300 aircraft on flight EK39 (departing Dubai at 0805, arriving Birmingham at 1235) and flight EK40 (departing Birmingham at 1415, arriving Dubai at 0015 on September 10). Flights can now be booked on

Passengers will access to Emirates’ latest in-flight accommodation including flat-bed seats in business and suites in first class.

The one-off service on September 9 is expected to be popular not just with Brummies and other Midlands passengers but also those located within the airport’s catchment area which covers Bristol, Manchester and the northern Home Counties.

But there is a sting in the tail. The A380 being used for these flights is normally rostered for popular flights EK1 (departing Dubai at 0745) and EK 2 (departing Heathrow at 1415) between Dubai and London. These services will now be operated (on September 9 only) by a smaller three-class B777-300ER. So Heathrow’s loss is Birmingham’s gain.

Prices to fly on the A380 from Birmingham on September 9 start from £361 in economy, £1,965 in business class and £2,867 in first class.

The news follows last week's announcement that Air France will launch its A380 superjumbo in November. For this and other A380 news, including a recent review of Emirates' first and business class products onboard the A380, see the links below.

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Report by Alex McWhirter

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