Emirates has announced plans to introduce the gigantic A380 on routes from Glasgow to Dubai, albeit on a temporary basis. This will be the first time the double-decker aircraft will have serviced any Scottish airport for commercial flights.
Standing over 24 metres in height, the A380 will offer 399 seats in economy, 76 lie flat business class seats and 14 additional private first class suites. It’s actually the second time the A380 has visited Glasgow, making a stop in 2014 to mark the 10th year of Emirates at the airport.
You can see footage of its first visit in the video below:
Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President UK, Emirates commented: “Scotland is a key part of our success in the UK and we are pleased to be bringing the A380 to Glasgow. The Emirates A380 is one of the most iconic aircraft in the world and it continues to delight passengers. From the exclusive shower spas in First Class, to the on board lounge for First and Business Class customers to the spacious seats in Economy Class, the in-flight experience on our A380 is like no other.”
If you want to take a shower while flying between Scotland and Dubai, the A380 is a great way to travel.The Emirates A380 shower spa
When will the A380 arrive in Glasgow?
Emirates have said they are only deploying the A380 on a temporary basis, in order to minimise any reduction in their capacity to Dubai and beyond while works are being undertaken at their home airport.
From 16th April to 31st May 2019, Dubai Airports plan to close the southern runway at DXB for upgrade works. This has meant operators needed to adjust schedules, which has led to the A380 making a welcome return to Glasgow.
From 16th April, the A380 will run a scheduled service as follows:
- Depart: Dubai (DXB) 1450hrs, arrive: Glasgow (GLA) 1945hrs
- Depart: Glasgow (GLA) 2130hrs, arrive: Dubai (DXB) 0755hrs
This will replace the current twice daily Boeing 777 service on this route until 1st June when the 777 is planned to come back into service. From then, there will be a return to a twice a day service from Glasgow to Dubai, with the A380 operating the first route of the day and the 777 operating the second.
Emirates have planned to keep both aircraft on the route through to the 30th September, to accommodate seasonal demand. From 30th September, the 777 will take over both trips of the day, and the A380 will return to other duties.
£8m investment for Glasgow
Bosses at Glasgow airport have said they are spending ‘in excess’ of £8m in their infrastructure to ensure the airport is ready for its large guest. Although they have not revealed what specific upgrades are taking place, their enthusiasm for the scheduling is clear to see.
Glasgow Airport managing director Mark Johnston said: “The decision by Emirates to introduce the A380 is not only a huge milestone for Glasgow Airport, it marks what is a first in the Scottish aviation industry.
“We have forged a valued relationship with Emirates since its inaugural flight in April 2004 and the introduction of Scotland’s first-ever scheduled A380 service represents a major vote of confidence in the city.”