Emirates to operate A380 "one-off" to Glasgow

12 Feb 2014 by Alex McWhirter

Emirates will operate a trial A380 flight into Glasgow on April 10, perhaps as a prelude to inaugurating a regular superjumbo service to Scotland.

The date is significant because it will be 10 years since the Dubai-based carrier launched services to the country.

And it means that, on this day, Scottish travellers will experience the superior A380 comfort in all classes.

If previous A380 one-offs are anything to go by, we can expect the flight to be fully booked.

Currently, Emirates operates twice-daily flights between Dubai and Glasgow with both operated by B777-300ERs.

The larger A380 will be rostered on April 10 for flight EK027, which departs Dubai at 0750 and arrives into Glasgow at 1235. The A380 will operate return service EK028, leaving Glasgow at 1535 and landing back into Dubai at 0200.

Laurie Berryman said: "As the largest A380 operator in the world, it is a historic moment to see one of our A380s take flight from Glasgow for the first time.

"Celebrating ten years in Glasgow is a landmark occasion for us and it demonstrates our continued commitment to Glasgow and Scotland."

Amanda McMillan, managing director of Glasgow Airport, added: "Since its arrival in 2004, Emirates has been one of Glasgow's biggest success stories and its decision to introduce a second daily service in 2012 confirmed its status as Scotland's leading airline."

Emirates claims that it has carried 2.3 million passengers out of Glasgow since 2004. No doubt a good number of these travellers would, in times gone by, have flown long-haul via London.

When Emirates operates a one-off flight with the superjumbo it often leads to the carrier upgrading one or more existing flights to A380 service.

Certainly, in the UK that has been the case with Manchester and London Gatwick (see news, December 26). Will that also be the case with Glasgow?

Alex McWhirter

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