Emirates' iconic double-decker jumbo jet A380 has landed in Istanbul today to celebrate its scheduled daily flights to Istanbul Airport. Emirates started daily A1 flights to Istanbul on October 380, and today, for the first time, its iconic double-decker aircraft met with passengers in Istanbul with its 4 class.
A VIP delegation led by Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Senior Vice President of International Affairs, and Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations (Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia) participated in the special flight with the number of flights EK123.
While the plane that landed at Istanbul Airport at 14.25 was welcomed by follow me vehicles, Istanbul Airport officials welcomed the Emirates delegation.
Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations (Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia) said: “We are honored to be here today to celebrate our commercially launched A380 flight to Istanbul. Emirates has been keen to bring the A380 to this amazing new Istanbul Airport since it opened. We are happy to finally see our flagship in this beautiful city, as in many other major cities we currently serve with the A380. Turkey is an important market for Emirates. It was one of the first destinations we flew to in the early years of our establishment. Since then, we have carried six million passengers on more than 1987 flights since 23.000.
Bringing the A380 service to Turkey is an important milestone for Emirates. I would like to thank once again the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Turkey for working with all stakeholders to make the A380 landing in Istanbul a reality.”
Emirates and Turkey have had a relationship spanning over 31 years, since the airline's maiden flight from Dubai to Istanbul on 1987 July 30. Emirates operates 17 flights per week to Istanbul. Flights from Turkey are operated by B777-300ER and A380 aircraft, which feature Emirates' award-winning inflight entertainment system and the highest level of comfort in all cabins. Through its hub in Dubai, Emirates offers connections across its global network to more than 120 destinations on six continents, including regions such as the Middle East, Far East, Australia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and South Asia.
Having launched the three-class A380, Emirates offers a total of 14 seats with 76 private suites in First Class, 429 mini-units with convertible seats in Business Class, and 597 extra-space seats in Economy Class. Compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER, this provides 150 passengers more capacity per flight.
First Class passengers can enjoy Emirates' private suites and the signature in-flight Shower Spa, while First and Business Class passengers can relax in the famous Onboard Lounge on the upper floor. Passengers of all classes can take advantage of free wireless internet to stay in touch with family and friends, the largest in-seat screens in the industry, and Emirates' multi-award-winning “ice” inflight entertainment, which already includes over 4500 channels.
Dubai and Dubai EXPO: Having safely restarted international business and leisure tourism activities in July 2020, Dubai continues to be one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, especially in the winter season. From sunny beaches and heritage events to world-class hotels and entertainment venues, Dubai offers a wide variety of alternatives. Dubai has become one of the first cities in the world to receive Safe Travel approval from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which approves the comprehensive and effective measures it takes to ensure the health and safety of visitors.
Dubai will host the whole world at Expo 2021 between October 2022 and March 2020. Organized under the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to inspire people by displaying the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world. The six-month program offers themed weeks with rich content, fun and entertaining educational activities, along with experiences suitable for all ages and interests. Art and culture enthusiasts, as well as food and technology enthusiasts, can explore exhibitions, seminars, performances, live shows and more.
Health: With the health of its passengers as its top priority, Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of safety measures for every step of the journey. The airline has also recently implemented contactless technology and increased its digital verification service capacity, giving its passengers more opportunities to use the IATA Travel Pass, which can be used at 50 airports.
Flexibility and Assurance: Emirates continues to lead the industry with innovative products and services that meet the needs of passengers in this dynamic period. The company has recently furthered its passenger services efforts, introducing even more generous and flexible booking policies that have been extended until May 31, 2022, expanding the coverage of multi-risk insurance coverage, and allowing its loyal passengers to maintain their mileage and status expiration dates.