WAM DUBAI, July 15th, 2013 (WAM) -- Following a successful route launch in July last year, Emirates Airlines has today announced that it is to upgrade the service and commence a daily A380 flight to Barcelona from February 1st 2014.
Increasing overall capacity by almost 44 percent, Emirates' new 517 seat A380 service will be the first permanent A380 service to operate into Barcelona El Prat Airport, replacing the route's existing Boeing 777-300ER service and offering 2198 additional seats per week between the two cities.
"Barcelona has been one of the most successful new destinations of 2012," said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations - West. "In line with this steady growth we feel that the time is ripe to announce the launch of our A380 service, which will continue to connect customers in Spain with Dubai as well as key destinations in Australasia, the Indian Subcontinent and the Far East." The new upgraded capacity will also offer strengthened support for popular markets from Barcelona, with the Emirates A380 servicing 12 destinations in Australia and the Far and Middle East, enabling customers to enjoy a seamless A380 experience.
In February this year, Emirates' popular A380 aircraft was welcomed into Barcelona El Prat Airport by hundreds of onlookers as the airline operated two ad-hoc A380 services to meet the destination's burgeoning demand.
"The A380 has been a part of our fleet for almost five years and continues to peak customer interest wherever it flies. Introducing the A380 to Barcelona permanently will not only increase our capacity but will also further highlight our commitment to the city," added Mr. Frach.
Since launching its inaugural flight to Barcelona in July last year, Emirates has further committed to the destination with five-year sponsorship of the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament.
The 517-seat Emirates A380 offers 14 Private First Class Suites, 76 lie-flat beds in Business Class and 427 seats in Economy Class.
The Emirates A380 currently serves a total of 21 destinations with a further four destinations scheduled to launch over the next six months including Brisbane on October 1st , Los Angeles on December 2nd, Mauritius on December 16th and Zurich on January 1st 2014.
Emirates boasts the world's largest order of Airbus A380s with 35 in its fleet already and a further 55 to be delivered.