Emirates steps up service of iconic A380 into Manchester

AIRLINE Emirates has announced an 11% capacity increase to Manchester Airport with the deployment of a third daily A380 on the route.

As of  January 1, the replacement of the Boeing 777-300ER will mean that all Emirates flights to Manchester will be operated by the iconic double decker aircraft.

The airline also unveiled plans to swap its current A380 service at Birmingham from the morning to the afternoon departure slot, in order to offer customers even more connections beyond Dubai to other Emirates A380 destinations.

Thanks to the new aircraft deployment, Emirates will offer 2,198 additional weekly seats on the route, enabling further business and leisure travel between Dubai and Manchester.

The airline also expects to break the symbolic mark of one million passengers carried on the route for this financial year, attesting to the growing demand in the market.

With a total of 517 seats in a three-class cabin configuration, the aircraft features 14 private suites in first class, 76 flat-bed seats in business class and 427 spacious seats in economy class.

First and business class passengers on the Emirates A380 can spend time during their flight relaxing or networking in the renowned on-board lounge on the upper deck of the aircraft.

Stephen Turner, commercial director for Manchester Airport, said: “It’s fantastic news that Emirates has chosen to increase capacity at the airport by using an Airbus A380 on its morning service.

“It’s an iconic aircraft that is hugely popular with passengers across the region.  Emirates has seen consistent growth since it first used the A380 at Manchester in 2010 and Dubai has been the most popular destination from the airport for the last few years.”