The announcement of Emirates’ first permanent scheduled A380 service to
Italy comes on the back of its momentous June 6th landing at 's Leonardo da Vinci airport to mark the celebrations for its 50th anniversary, while commemorating 150 years of Italian unification. Rome
“The permanent service of the Emirates' A380 to
Rome underscores our commitment to , having served this ever-growing market since 1992. The new A380 service will enable travellers to enjoy the unparalleled on-board amenities in all classes and the great connectivity of our network via the Italy hub,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Europe & Russian Federation. “We would like to express our gratitude to the airport authorities who have strategically upgraded their infrastructure to accommodate the A380. This purposeful investment will help to strengthen the economic ties and tourism links between the UAE and Dubai .” Italy
"This is a further confirmation of the successful relationship between Emirates and Aeroporti di Roma," said Elia Pistola, Aviation Director of ADR. "This represents a further development of the Emirates' presence at Leonardo da Vinci Airport.
airport is the first Italian airport that can accomodate an A380 with the complete operating infrastructure. The new dedicated double bridge is a strategic investment for our airport, since the A380 is the best aircraft to serve the growing key markets where Emirates operates via Rome ." Dubai
The A380 service will operate daily as EK 97, departing
Dubai at 0910hrs (local time) and arriving at 's Leonardo da Vinci airport at 1235hrs (local). The return flight, EK 98, departs Rome Rome at 1435hrs (local) and arrives in at 2305hrs (local). The arrival time of the A380 in Dubai Dubai will allow passengers from Italy to connect to its extensive network of destinations in the Far East.
With 15 A380s currently in its fleet, Emirates is the largest operator of the environmentally friendly double-decker aircraft, operating services from Dubai to London Heathrow (double-daily), Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Jeddah, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland.
From 1st October 2011, the A380 will begin serving
Johannesburg, followed by Kuala Lumpur as of 1st December and then from 1st January 2012, the A380 will be deployed on the route. Munich
So far in 2011, Emirates has launched passenger flights to
Basra and . Services to Geneva Copenhagen will commence on 1st August and St Petersburg will be launched on 1st November, followed by Baghdad on 13th November, and Rio and in January 2012 Buenos Aires