Emirates is gearing up for a big summer in Muscat with the deployment of double daily A380 flights from July 1. The airline will operate the A380 on EK 862/863 and EK864/865 to and from Muscat International Airport. Muscat will become Emirates’ shortest scheduled A380 flight, flying a distance of 340 km each way.
Sheikh Majid Al-Mualla, divisional senior vice president commercial operations center, said: “The introduction of the A380 services to Muscat means more of our customers will have the opportunity to experience our industry-leading products onboard, and will also enhance choice and travel preferences as they plan their journeys. Oman is an important destination for Emirates, and we will continue to look at ways to grow our operations in the market to best serve our customers.”
He added: “We thank Muscat International Airport and the government authorities for their support in making the A380 double daily operations happen.”
Sheikh Aimen bin Ahmed Al-Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, said: “From its side, Muscat International Airport has demonstrated its readiness for this extraordinary event, and the arrival of these scheduled flights for this giant aircraft is a gain to prove the large airport capacity to accommodate an aircraft of this size.” The launch of the A380 flights will come exactly one year after the first deployment of a scheduled one-off A380 service that marked 25 years of operations to Oman.
Both A380s flying to Muscat will be operated in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in economy class on the lower deck, as well as 76 flat-bed seats in business class and 14 first class private suites on the upper deck.
Passengers traveling across all three classes will enjoy the airline’s inflight entertainment system, ice, offering more than 4,000 channels of entertainment, and savor regionally inspired meals.
Emirates has been flying to Oman since 1993, and today operates three daily services utilizing the Boeing 777-300ER between Dubai and Muscat, connecting passengers to over 150 global destinations in the Far East, Europe and the US.