Emirates will deploy its Airbus A380 aircraft on the Dubai-Milan route later this year.
Commencing on 1 December 2014, the airline will use the double-decker jet on one of its three daily flights to Milan Malpensa Airport. The aircraft will replace a Boeing 777-300, boosting the total capacity of the route by almost 38%.
“Introducing the Emirates flagship A380 service underscores our commitment to further developing the economic and tourism potential of Italy’s regions and cities,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ executive vice president & chief commercial officer.
“With Milan Expo 2015 closely approaching, over 20 million visitors are expected to visit the city and more than three million visitors will travel to Milan from international destinations, and we are well placed to cater to the upward demand within that period and beyond.”
Emirates will use a three-class A380 on the Milan route, offering 14 seats in first class, 76 in business class and 399 in economy. The service will operate daily as flight EK91, departing Dubai at 1540 and arriving at Milan Malpensa airport at 1935. The return flight, EK92, will then depart Milan at 2120, arriving back into Dubai at 0625 the next day.
Emirates operates the world’s biggest A380 fleet, with 53 aircraft currently operating to more than 30 destinations worldwide.