Emirates… The first carrier to send the Airbus A380 back ‘home’.

Emirates A380 (Image: Emirates)

Emirates Daily Hamburg Flights
Date Posted: 07/06/2018

The daily Emirates service to Hamburg begins on the 29 October 2018 and will operate a one-off morning service to commemorate the inaugural flight, from then on, 30 October onwards the Airbus A380 superjumbo will be deployed on the afternoon service. This makes Emirates the first and only operator that has scheduled A380 services to Hamburg and the first to send the aircraft back to where it began. Emirates proudly serves all its German gateways with the carriers flagship Airbus A380-800 aircraft.

Late last month, Emirates announced that it will introduce the first ever commercial A380 service to Hamburg for the inaugural flight on the 29th October 2018. The superjumbo will be scheduled to operate the morning rotation flights from the carriers Dubai hub (EK059/EK060) with the service being code-shared with Qantas, meaning for us Qantas Frequent Flyers, if you book the flight under the ‘QF’ flight number (QF8059/QF8060) you will receive all the reciprocal Qantas benefits, including Qantas Points and Status Credits.

Inaugural flight, morning rotation (once-off).

Following on from the inaugural flight, from the 30 October 2018 onwards the A380 will be scheduled to operate the afternoon service (EK061/EK062) with the equivalent “QF” flight numbers available for booking.

Capacity is set to increase by 22% on the route, with a total of 6,090 weekly seats in each direction. Those travellers, both business and leisure, will have an impressive selection of over 150 destinations beyond their Dubai stopover. Emirates currently operates daily A380 flights to Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf, meaning that Emirates will be operating all its German gateways with an A380 aircraft.

The Emirates A380 that will be operating the route will be configured into three-classes, offering the luxurious first class suites, and a maximum capacity of 516 seats per flight. There will be 426 spacious economy seats on the main deck, 76 fully-flat beds in business along with 14 private first class suites on the upper-deck. The A380 is renowned for its first class shower spas and the iconic emirates bar for its business and first class passengers, arguably the best spot on the aircraft during a long haul flight at 42,000ft (I know its my favourite place on board)

All passengers will have access to the award winning In-Flight, Communications and Entertainment system (“ice”) offering up to 3,500 channels of movies, television programs, music and podcasts. Emirates provides its passengers with the industries largest personal screens in each class of travel. First and business class passengers will also benefit from the complimentary chauffeur drive service along with access to Emirates Global network of lounges, including the impressive 900m2 lounge facility in Hamburg.

“We are excited to finally bring our Airbus flagship ‘home’ and see Hamburg join the other 48 destinations we currently serve with the A380. The Emirates A380 is an iconic aircraft that continues to excite our customers and set the benchmark for travel comfort in commercial flying. We look forward to offering the award-winning Emirates A380 experience to our customers flying from Hamburg. The switch to the A380 offers a total of 1,120 additional seats per week in each direction, meeting a growing demand from travellers on the route and demonstrating our commitment to Hamburg. “

“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.” said Volker Greiner, Emirates Vice President North and Central Europe.

Emirates has been a strong partner with Hamburg Airport over the last twelve years, with the increase in demand being so high on the direct flights to Dubai, a larger operating aircraft with the capability to carry more passengers per flight was a no brainer for Emirates to make.

“The fact that Emirates is now also deploying the A380 for scheduled operations at Hamburg Airport is a logical consequence of the consistently high load factor on the Dubai flight. For passengers, this means even more comfort and an even better product offering.” commented Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport.

Hamburg has become Emirates’ 49th destination to be served by the A380 aircraft throughout the global Emirates network.

Where would you like to see the 50th A380 destination be, and do you suspect Emirates will make it something to celebrate?

Passengers travelling from Hamburg can enjoy a seamless A380 to A380 experience via its Dubai hub to Auckland, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo and many more

Emirates are the largest A380 operator in the world, currently having a strong fleet of 103 aircraft and a backlog of orders with Airbus for an additional 59 aircraft. Emirates believes strongly in the A380, investing over USD $60 Billion to the A380 program.

The idea of Emirates bringing the aircraft back ‘home’ goes all the way back to when these aircraft were just an unpainted frame. All the Emirates A380’s are being fitted at Airbus in Hamburg including significant cabin interior work and the final livery, then being delivered from Hamburg. As new aircraft are built for Emirates and are ready to be delivered, this might be a route to keep an eye out for and see if you can get a seat on a first revenue flight, flying from Hamburg to Dubai.

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