World’s largest commercial aircraft set to fly from Glasgow for the first time
Emirates is set to make Scottish aviation history by launching a new service which will see the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the A380, jet in and out of Glasgow Airport for the first time ever.
The biggest commercial aircraft in the world, the A380 stands at more than 24 metres high and has a wingspan of almost 80 metres.
It will operate from Glasgow Airport from 16 April 2019 until the end of September.
Emirates has been flying from Glasgow Airport since April 2004, carrying more than four million passengers to 155 destinations.
The airline’s decision to launch its flagship A380 at Glasgow Airport has been viewed by many as confirmation that Glasgow is Scotland’s leading airline for long-haul travel.
The A380 boast 399 economy seats, 76 flat bed seats in business class and 14 private suites for first class passengers. Its maiden voyage will be Flight EK025, departing from Dubai at 14.50 and arriving in Glasgow at 19.45 on 16 April this year.
It will continue to travel between Dubai and Glasgow for the following six months.
In fact, the A380 first visited Glasgow Airport in April 2014 to mark Emirates’ 10-year anniversary at Glasgow.
Mark Johnston, Managing Director of Glasgow Airport, said: “The decision by Emirates to introduce the A380 is not only a huge milestone for Glasgow Airport, it marks what is a first in Scottish aviation industry.
“We have forged a valued relationship with Emirates since its inaugural flight in April 2004 and the introduction of Scotland’s first-ever scheduled A380 service represents a major vote of confidence in the city. We are currently investing in excess of £8M in our infrastructure to ensure Glasgow Airport is ready to welcome this iconic aircraft when it touches down next April.”
Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President UK, Emirates commented: “Scotland is a key part of our success in the UK and we are pleased to be bringing the A380 to Glasgow. The Emirates A380 is one of the most iconic aircraft in the world and it continues to delight passengers. From the exclusive shower spas in First Class, to the on board lounge for First and Business Class customers to the spacious seats in Economy Class, the in-flight experience on our A380 is like no other.”
Councillor Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Emirates’ decision to create Scottish aviation history in Glasgow not only reinforces the airline’s confidence in Glasgow Airport, it further reaffirms its commitment to the entire Glasgow city region. Its decision to introduce an A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, on its Glasgow route is further evidence of its success in and is one which will massively increase Emirates’ capacity to and from our city.
“Having two flights out of Dubai – one of the world’s largest hub airports – arriving in the city everyday greatly increases Glasgow’s global connectivity, particularly through Emirates’ worldwide route network, and today’s announcement is another positive step in terms of forging greater business links and increasing visitor access from key emerging markets such as China and India.
“Our international city marketing strategy, which underpins our Tourism and Visitor Plan to 2023, is anchored in working collaboratively with Glasgow Airport, carriers and wider city and national partners, and we remain committed to developing direct and sustainable air routes that connect Glasgow to the international marketplace.”
Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “I welcome Emirates’ decision to introduce the very first A380 service in Scotland. This increase in capacity is a huge vote of confidence in Glasgow Airport and in Scotland as a whole.
“It further strengthens our connectivity with the United Arab Emirates, as well as with markets in Asia, Africa and Australasia which are important for Scottish business and our vital tourism sector.”
Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick added: “That Emirates has made this decision demonstrates the success of the double-daily service to Dubai and shows confidence in both Glasgow Airport and the city. It also further improves an important route offering access to Dubai Airport, the biggest global international hub, and in particular grows Glasgow’s access to Asia, which has some of the fastest growing markets in the world.”