Dubai airline Emirates has announced that all of its flights to Spain will be operated by its flagship Airbus A380 jets.
The airline, which already flies a double daily A380 service to Barcelona, will also operate a double daily A380 service to Madrid, it said on Wednesday.
Flights EK143/144 to Madrid, previously served by a Boeing 777, will be operated on an A380 jumbo jet from September 1, 2017, Emirates said in a statement.
The flight will offer 14 private suites in first class, 76 business class seats and 399 economy class seats.
Flight EK143 departs from Dubai International airport at 2.30pm and arrives in Madrid at 8.20pm. The outbound flight EK144 departs from Madrid at 10.05pm and arrives in Dubai at 7.15am the next day.
Emirates’ other daily service to Madrid is already being served by an A380.
The new move will “significantly boost seat capacity” from Dubai to Spain, with total daily seat capacity reaching 2,044 in each direction, the airline said.
Emirates, a sponsor of the Real Madrid football club since 2011, also operates cargo flights with its freighter aircraft to both Barcelona and Zaragoza in Spain.
Through its SkyCargo division, Emirates transported over 70,000 tonnes of cargo from Spain in 2016 including: apparel, food products like fish and olive oil, pharmaceuticals and shoes – all bound for the UAE, Africa, Hong Kong, USA, Australia and Mexico.
Emirates, which is rapidly expanding its fleet, is the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft, with 93 of the double-decked aircraft in service and a further 49 on order.
It flies the jumbo jet to 46 cities and has carried nearly 70 million passengers on the aircraft since 2008 (as of February).
The airline is also undertaking a multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme which includes an enhanced onboard lounge for its A380 aircraft.