Emirates has confirmed plans to upgrade its Manchester route to an all-Airbus A380 service from next year. The Dubai-based carrier will switch the last of its thrice-daily links from a Boeing 777-300ER on January 1, increasing capacity to the British airport by 11% and adding 2,198 extra seats per week.
Stephen Turner, Commercial Director for Manchester Airport remarked; “It’s fantastic news that Emirates has chosen to increase capacity at the airport by using an A380 on its morning service. It’s an iconic aircraft that is hugely popular with passengers across the region. Emirates has seen consistent growth since it was first introduced on the Manchester route in 2010.”
Elsewhere, Emirates is also amending the timing of its current A380 service into Birmingham from a morning to an afternoon departure slot. It said the move will offer its customers even more connections beyond Dubai with other A380 destinations – ensuring a “seamless A380 to A380” experience. The super jumbo will now operate the last of the airline’s three daily Birmingham flights, EK37/38 (currently EK39/40), arriving in the UK at 18:45 and departing at 20:45.
Emirates will continue to employ its high-density A380s, configured in a two-class, 615 seat layout, on the route.