Monday, December 9, 2013

Emirates lauches longest A380 non-stop flight

Emirates A380-861 (c/n 136) A6-EEO arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) on December 4, 2013. (Photo by Michael Carter)

Emirates Airline launched the longest Airbus A380 commercial nonstop flight Dec. 2 on a daily Dubai-Los Angeles service. The aircraft replaced a Boeing 777-300ER on the route.

Emirates took delivery of its 40th and 41th A380 Nov. 28. The newest A380 fleet additions have an increased take-off weight of up to 575 tons.

“With a higher take-off weight, we are able to do year-round nonstop operations from Dubai with an A380 to places like Los Angeles, San Francisco or Houston,” Emirates president Tim Clark stated. “The demand is there and people [have] always asked us when we [would] come with an A380.”

Emirates ordered 50 Airbus A380s during the Dubai Air Show, marking its fifth A380 order and taking its total commitment to 140 of the type.

(Kurt Hofmann - ATWOnline News)

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