Third A380 to Manchester sees Emirates ‘aving it large

Emirates announced today an 11 per cent capacity increase to Manchester with the deployment of a third daily A380 on the route.

As of 1st January, the replacement of the Boeing 777-300ER will mean that all Emirates flights to Manchester will be operated by the double decker aircraft.

The city, whose unique cultural identity was personified by the English comedian Peter Kay and his popularisation of the Manchester saying “‘aving it large” – meaning to have a good time – was the second desitination in the UK for Emirates after Gatwick.

The airline also unveiled plans to swap its current A380 service at Birmingham from the morning to the afternoon departure slot.

Thanks to the new aircraft deployment, Emirates will offer 2,198 additional weekly seats on the route, enabling further business and leisure travel between Dubai and Manchester. The airline also expects to break the symbolic mark of 1 million passengers carried on the route for this financial year.

With a total of 517 seats in a three-class cabin configuration, the aircraft features 14 private suites in first class, 76 flat-bed seats in business class and 427 seats in economy.

Flight EK21 will depart from Dubai at 0300hrs and arrive in Manchester at 0700hrs. The return flight EK22 will depart from Manchester at 0845, with a 1945hrs arrival time in Dubai.

Emirates is also adjusting its A380 schedule to Birmingham. As of January 1, the A380 will operate flights EK37/38 instead of flights EK39/40 as it currently does.

Leaving Birmingham at 2045hrs, EK38 arrives in Dubai at 0740hrs; while EK37 departs from Dubai at 1450hrs to arrive in Birmingham at 1845hrs. The A380 service to Birmingham will continue to operate with a two-class configuration aircraft, offering 615 seats in total.

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Published: August 8, 2016 04:00 AM


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