9 MARCH 2015


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Article from BTNews 9 MARCH 2015

Nine A380 departures a day for Emirates

For the first three weeks of April Emirates will operate an astonishing nine outbound A380 services daily from the UK to Dubai, offering just under 7,000 seats.  Due to heavy bookings the Gatwick service, presently a single A380 and two 777 flights, Emirates will swap the Boeing twin for an the Airbus giant druring the period, that is 1-21 April.

This summer Emirates will fly non-stop to Dubai from six UK airports. 

Heathrow leads the way with five departures, all A380, followed by Manchester with two (plus a 777 service). 

Both Birmingham and Glasgow have two flights daily with the 777, and Newcastle a single 777 operation.

Laurie Berryman, VP for the UK and Ireland, Emirates, will not be drawn on the merits of either Gatwick or Heathrow, or indeed which should have the next runway.  “They both work for us,” he says.   www.emirates.com

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John Davidson, Paris

Don't A380s require a five-minute delay before the next take-off? Because of the turbulence they leave behind, compared to another jet like a B777 or (soon) an A350, where only a minute's spacing is required. Seen in this light, the addition of A380 flights would seem to reduce an airport's overall capacity. Apparently, the only way to avoid this is to schedule two or more A380 take-offs in a row, which few airports can do.