Emirates will upgrade one of its three daily services to Birmingham to an A380 in March.
Flights EK39/40 between Dubai and Birmingham are currently operated by a B777.
From March 27, the lunchtime service into Birmingham will switch to a two-class A380 carrying 615 passengers, with 58 in business and 557 in economy. This high-density aircraft debuted last week (see news, December 12).
Birmingham will be the fifth route to receive the new two-class superjumbo. The move means Emirates will now offer 77 A380 flights into the UK each week, more than any other country on its network.
Emirates first launched its route to Birmingham airport in December 2000 as a daily service to Dubai, operated by an A330. It added a third daily service in the summer (see news, August 1).