The world’s largest passenger aircraft’s takes first commercial flight to the South Indian city’s airport
Ahead of the aircraft official launch on the route, Emirates’ A380 has touched down at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport in the South of India.
Emirates A380 is officially set to fly the Bengaluru route from 30 October 2022. Emirates also operates two additional daily flights to the city utilising its Boeing 777.
Emirates launched its first A380 service in India on the Dubai-Mumbai route in 2014 and Bengaluru will become the second city in India to be served by the A380.
Emirates’ A380 flights between Dubai and Bengaluru will operate as EK568 and EK569. The daily flight will leave Dubai at 21:25, arriving in Bengaluru at 02:30 at local time the next day. The return flight will depart Kempegowda International Airport at 04:30, arriving in Dubai at 07:10.
Marking the milestone for the airline and the airport, a VIP delegation of guests onboard the A380 service included GMJ Thampy, chairman and managing director at Riya Travels; Tariq Chauhan, Group CEO at EFS Facilities Services Group; Mohamed Al Rais, deputy managing director at Al Rais Travel; Aubrey Heldt, general manager at Kanoo Travel; Sachin Gadoya, co-founder and CEO at Musafir; Sai Rattan, manager at SNTTA; Prakash Punjabi, manager at Travel Centre; Noura Al Marzouqi, head of Booking & Visitors services section at ADNOC, and Azza Al Remeithi, supervisor of Booking Services at ADNOC.
Emirates chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim said: “The special relationship that we share with Bengaluru and the State of Karnataka is one of mutual growth and prosperity and we are delighted to introduce A380 services to this vital gateway for travellers in South India.
"Today’s flight is testament to the fruitful relationship that we share with the city and we look forward to providing the flagship experience across all cabins, for those travelling to and from Bengaluru, when we begin our scheduled daily A380 services later this month.
“India is a vast market with high demand for our services to destinations across our network, and we are especially pleased to extend our A380 offering to include an additional point in the country.”
Currently, Emirates operates the A380 to more than 30 destinations across the globe and plans to deploy the popular aircraft to over 40 destinations by March 2023.
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