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Emirates receives second A380

25th October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Emirates yesterday took delivery of another Airbus A380. The aircraft, the second of a total of 58 on order, will enter service on Monday.

It will join the Middle Eastern carrier’s first example of the big Airbus, delivered in July, on Dubai-New York JFK, which will thenceforward receive daily A380 service in addition to a daily Boeing 777-300ER. Emirates is due to receive two more A380s before the end of the year. Services from Dubai to London Heathrow are scheduled to start in December, with Dubai to Sydney and Auckland launching next February.

Emirates is one of three A380 operators, following launch carrier Singapore and preceding Qantas, which has just introduced its first aircraft. As expected, Emirates set new standards of interior comfort with the type, with innovations including the world’s first airliner showers. They are located, one in each of two compartments dubbed “shower spas,” on either side of the staircase at the very front of the all-premium-class upper deck. The showers bear Emirates’ “Timeless Spa” brand, developed by the Emirates Group’s hotels and resorts arm, and are provisioned with its range of washing products based on indigenous and natural ingredients.
 
First-class also features “Private Suites,” each tucked away behind remotely controlled doors and offering a flat-bed seat with massage function, a desk, an electrically controlled minibar and large-screen Panasonic eX2 hardware delivering Emirates’ ICE (Information, Communication, Entertainment) IFE service, which is available throughout the aircraft.

In business class the seats all have aisle access. Each reclines fully flat and features connectivity ports linked to the aircraft’s Inmarsat satcoms, a work table, laptop stowage and a minibar. All premium passengers have access to a lounge and bar located at the rear of the upper deck and furnished with leather seats.

Economy features what Emirates describes as more generous seats and wider aisles. Mood lighting delivering a starry-night effect is installed throughout the aircraft.

The carrier’s first few aircraft will be in “long-range” configuration: 14 first-class suites and 76 business seats occupying the whole of the upper deck, with 399 economy on the lower. From next year it will start receiving “medium-range” aircraft with the same upper-deck layout but with the main-deck flight and cabin crew rest areas deleted to make room for 28 more economy seats, giving a three-class grand total of 517. Ultimately it will also receive aircraft in two-class “regional” configuration, with 60 business and 544 economy for a total of 604.

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