21 DECEMBER 2015
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Emirates is upgrading its EK39/40 service between Dubai and Birmingham to an Airbus A380 from 27 March as it celebrates the 15th anniversary of serving the Midlands airport. It will be the first time the aircraft will fly from the region.
The airline will replace the current B777 on the lunchtime service with the super-jumbo carrying 557 passengers in Economy Class and 58 in Business.
Birmingham becomes the fifth route to operate the two-class A380 since it was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow last month. The upgrade will increase daily capacity to and from the region by 15%, and means Emirates will now offer 77 A380 flights into the UK each week, more than any other country on its network.
Emirates launched the Birmingham route 15 years ago last Friday as a daily service, operated by a 278-seat Airbus A330. With passenger numbers rising, the airline has added more aircraft to the route, including a third daily service introduced this year.
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