Emirates has today expanded the network of destinations served by its flagship A380 aircraft with the launch of new scheduled A380 services to Taipei and Prague, becoming the first and only airline to operate an A380 into these two cities.
The A380 service from Dubai to Taipei landed at 16:50 local time and the second A380 service launch today landed in Prague at 13:25 local time. Both aircraft were greeted by traditional water cannon salutes and the VIPs, Emirates executives, media and industry partners on board both flights attended ceremonies in the arrival airports.
Emirates has grown demand for its services on both routes and together with the increasing popularity of the Emirates A380 experience among customers, the airline made the decision to deploy one of its fleet of 77 A380 aircraft on each route.
Taipei was introduced as a daily Boeing 777 service on 10th February 2014 and Emirates has since transported nearly 450,000 passengers between Taipei and Emirates’ Dubai home. The Prague-Dubai route was launched on 1st July 2010 with a daily A330 service and Emirates has since carried over 1.1 million passengers between the two cities.
The Emirates Dubai-Prague-Dubai route operates as EK139 and EK140, served by an A380 aircraft that can accommodate 519 passengers in a three-class configuration, with 429 spacious Economy Class seats on the main deck and 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class as well as 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
For Taiwanese travellers, flights EK366 and EK367 will be served by the new two-class configuration offering a total of 615 seats: 58 in Business Class and 557 in Economy Class.