Emirates: the 6 destinations the airline's A380 is currently flying to
Jordan is the latest city to be added to the Dubai airline's superjumbo network
After months of being on the ground, Emirates is putting more of its A380s back in the sky.
With space for more than 400 passengers, the A380 superjumbos were used at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to operate repatriation flights helping stranded travellers return home. But as the demand for travel slowed, the Dubai airline was forced to temporarily ground its Airbus A380 fleet.
Now, as travel restrictions begin to ease in many countries, Emirates has been busy resuming superjumbo flights to several destinations.
Dubai to Jordan via superjumbo
The latest destination to be added to the Dubai airline's superjumbo network is Amman. From Wednesday, November 4, Emirates will operate the A380 to the Jordanian capital three times a week, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Flights will depart Dubai just after 2pm, landing in Amman at 3.30pm local time. Return flights leave Jordan at 5.10pm to arrive in Dubai at 10pm.
The airline is also increasing its other services to Amman and will operate a total of 10 flights a week to Jordan from Sunday, October 25.
Current Emirates A380 routes
Emirates is already operating its A380 to five other destinations. In September, it launched superjumbo services on its Dubai to Moscow route. The super jumbo flies twice weekly to the Russian capital, with flights operating every Friday and Saturday.
As passenger demand increases, Emirates will gradually launch more A380 services – an experience that passengers love thanks to the jet's spacious cabins and double-decker design. On-board lounge and shower spa services are also back on the menu on A380 flights with enhanced safety measures in place to help prevent against the spread of Covid-19.
The airline is also operating A380 flights to Cairo, Paris, London Heathrow and Guangzhou.
In August, Emirates began operating A380 services on its Dubai to Toronto route. The airline has since temporarily changed this service to operate via a Boeing 777, but expects to upgrade this back to an A380 service by the end of November.
Travellers can fly the superjumbo with Emirates four times a week to Cairo and once a week to Guangzhou. To Europe, the airline is flying the A380 twice per day to London Heathrow and has a daily flight to Paris.
One-off A380 flight to the Philippines
The A380 has also been carving out new routes during the pandemic. In August, Emirates flew the first commercial A380 service to Clark International Airport in the Philippines.
Flight EK2520 from Dubai to Clark had more than 400 passengers on board and was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute as it landed at the Luzon airport.
The occasion is only the second time the airline has flown a commercial superjumbo flight to the country – the first time was in 2014 when Emirates flew from Dubai to Manila.
The airline is also set to gradually expand deployment of its A380 services as demand for travel increases.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has yet to resume services on any of its A380 superjumbos. However, this may also change as demand for travel grows. A spokesperson for the Abu Dhabi airline confirmed that "as volumes grow we will adapt our fleet strategy to meet demand and opportunity."
Updated: October 26, 2020 11:51 AM