Emirates, voted the World’s Best Airline in the 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards, has confirmed it will operate the first ever commercial Airbus A380 flight to Morocco and North Africa, when it takes the iconic double decker aircraft to Casablanca on 26 March 2017 – click here to search flights.
B777-300ER aircraft currently operates the daily service, and the switch will add 959 seats per week to the route. The move follows fellow Gulf carrier Etihad’s decision to drop flights between Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo, also from March 26, with the airline citing “The current economic crisis in Brazil together with the sharp depreciation of the Brazilian currency”. The launch of the A380 service will mark Emirates’ 10th year of operations in Brazil, which it began with daily flights between Dubai and Sao Paulo in October 2007, a statement said. “The Emirates A380 is an iconic aircraft that continues to excite our customers and set the benchmark for travel comfort in commercial flying,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates Divisional senior vice president, Commercial Operations, West. “The switch to the A380 offers a total of 959 additional seats per week in each direction meeting a growing demand from travellers on the route and demonstrating our commitment to Brazil and to the South American region,” he added.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of A380s, with 92 currently in its fleet and a further 50 on order. Since 2008, the airline has carried over 65 million passengers on its flagship aircraft.