Dubai airline Emirates will introduce its flagship A380 jet to the Moroccan city of Casablanca from March 2017, it announced on Monday.
The airline will be the first to operate a commercial Airbus A380 flight to Morocco and North Africa, it said in a statement.
From March 26, a three-class, 491-seat A380 aircraft will replace the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently used on the Dubai-Casablanca route.
EK751 leaves Dubai at 07:25hrs and arrives in Casablanca at 12:55hrs. The return flight, EK752, departs Casablanca at 14:55hrs and lands in Dubai at 01:25hrs the next morning.
The switch to the A380 will offer a total of 1834 additional seats per week, meeting a growing demand from travellers on the route, Emirates said.
That includes 14 private suites in first class, 76 lie-flat seats in business class and 401 seats in economy class.
Casablanca has become one of Emirates’ most popular destinations and has seen steady growth since being launched in March 2002, the statement said.
In 2015, the airline carried nearly 260,000 passengers and more than 10,000 tonnes of cargo between Casablanca and Dubai.
Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380, has been introducing the jumbo jet on several new routes.
So far, the airline has introduced A380 services to over 45 destinations across its network and has carried over 65 million passengers on the aircraft since 2008.
Its current fleet of 88 A380s has visited over 64 airports, flown nearly 986 million kilometres, and made 74,263 return flights to date.
The airline also has 54 more of the A380 – the world’s largest commercial aircraft in service – pending delivery.