Emirates adds second A380 daily flight to Birmingham

Amid surging demand, the carrier has decided to deploy a second Airbus superjumbo - the world's biggest jetliner - on its daily service to the UK's second city.

An Emirates A380. The carrier will deploy a second superjumbo on its Birmingham service. Courtesy Emirates
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Emirates announced today that it will be introducing a second daily A380 service between Dubai and Birmingham in the United Kingdom’s midlands, beginning October 29.

Flight EK39/40, currently operated by a Boeing 777, will now be operated by an Emirates A380, adding to the existing daily A380 already operating on the route.

Following the suspension of one of its flights to Birmingham, Emirates has decided to switch to the new A380 – the world’s largest passenger aircraft, which features 615 seats. This means from October, the airline will operate a twice-daily, all-A380 service to the Midlands.

Emirates’ decision to use a double-daily A380 service was in part driven by huge demand from passengers to travel on the aircraft. Since the first A380 service from Dubai to Birmingham launched on March 27 2016, more than 300,000 passengers have flown on the aircraft between the two cities.

Emirates started flying to Birmingham on 18 December 2000 as a daily service to Dubai, operated by a 278-seat Airbus A330. Since then, Emirates has carried more than 5.2 million passengers between Dubai and Birmingham. An important segment on this route are the international students who travel to Birmingham every year to attend its schools and universities.

Emirates’ flight EK39 departs from Dubai at 07:25hrs and arrives in Birmingham at 11:25hrs. The outbound flight, EK40, departs from Birmingham at 13:30hrs and arrives in Dubai at 00:35hrs the following day.

Emirates’ codeshare agreement with Flybe enables passengers to seamlessly connect to cities such as Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey and Newquay. All codeshare flights operated by Flybe connect with Emirates flights from Dubai to Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.

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