DUBAI, 31 October 2018: Emirates has expanded destinations served by its flagship A380 aircraft with the launch of new A380 services to Hamburg and Osaka this week.
The inaugural A380 service from Dubai to Osaka landed 28 October, while the second A380 service launch from Dubai to Hamburg landed on 29 October.
Both aircraft were greeted by traditional water cannon salutes, and VIP delegations from Dubai, Hamburg and Osaka.
To celebrate the launch, Emirates’ chefs created a special menu allowing passengers to have a taste of the region in flight and enjoy specialty German dishes.
As with all Emirates flights to Japan, passengers on the inaugural flight enjoyed Japanese – inspired cuisine, including traditional Kaiseki menus and specially-designed bento boxes.
Emirates has grown demand for its services on both routes and together with the increasing popularity of the Emirates A380 experience among customers, the airline made the decision to deploy its A380 aircraft to both Osaka and Hamburg. With 105 A380s in its fleet, Emirates operates the aircraft to the most cities of any airline. Osaka became Emirates’ 49th A380 destination, while its long-time friendship city Hamburg joined the A380 network as the airline’s 50th A380 destination.
Flights to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport were introduced as a daily service in April 2004 and Emirates has since transported nearly 2.6 million passengers between Osaka and Emirates’ Dubai hub. With the A380 now serving the route, Osaka joins Tokyo’s Narita as another of Japan’s airport gateways operated by Emirates’ A380 aircraft.
Emirates is now operating all German gateways with its A380 fleet, including Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf in addition to Hamburg, making Germany the most served European country by the Emirates A380 after the UK. Emirates started operating daily Hamburg flights in March 2006 and introduced a second daily service from September 2011.
Flights on Emirates’ Dubai-Osaka route operate as EK316/ 317, served by a three-class configured A380 aircraft that can accommodate 489 passengers, with 399 spacious economy class seats on the main deck and 76 fully flatbed mini-pods in business class in addition to 14 first class private suites on the upper deck.
EK316 departs Dubai (DXB) daily at 0305 and arrives in Osaka (KIX) at 1655 (arrival time is 1705 from 1 December 2018 until 31 March 2019). EK317 departs Osaka at 2335 and lands in Dubai (DXB) at 0545 the following morning (all times are local).
For travellers from Hamburg, flights will have a total of 517 seats in a three-class configuration, with 427 spacious seats in Economy on the main deck, 76 fully flatbed seats in business and 14 first class private suites on the upper deck. EK061 will depart from Dubai every day at 1500 and arrive in Hamburg (HAM) at 1905. The return flight, EK062, is scheduled to depart Hamburg at 2100 and lands in Dubai at 0620 the next morning (all times are local). In addition to the flight operated by the A380, the additional daily flights EK059/EK060 between Dubai and Hamburg will serve the route, operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.