Emirates has commenced its Airbus A380 service to Birmingham in the United Kingdom as the Dubai carrier increased capacity on the route following strong demand.
Hundreds of people gathered to watch the world’s largest passenger plane arrive at the airport at 12.20pm local time yesterday.
Emirates started serving Birmingham more than a decade ago, and now provides three daily flights on the route.
The new A380 service is operated in a two-class configuration, offering 615 seats in total, increasing the daily capacity on the route by 261 seats. Birmingham is the 38th destination served by the Emirates A380.
The capacity expansion comes as Dubai continues to grow its passenger numbers.
Last month, Dubai airport increased its capacity to 90 million passengers with the opening of Concourse D. The expansion includes 21 contact stands, four of which can accommodate the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747.
The airport recently retained its position as the world’s No 1 for international passenger volumes for a second year, after traffic exceeded 78 million passengers last year.
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