Dubai-based airline Emirates has announced the launch of a new daily two-class configured A380 service to Copenhagen in an effort to accommodate growing passenger traffic on this route.
The service will begin from December 1, 2015 and will significantly increase capacity on the route.
The superjumbo jet, which has a capacity of 615 passengers, will offer a total of 8,610 seats per week between Copenhagen and Dubai, a statement said.
“After launching the route with an A330, we witnessed growing demand for flights to and from Copenhagen, forcing us to deploy the larger 777 after only six months,” said Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline.
“Today, based on strong load factors, we are happy to further up-gauge the route to our iconic double-decker, the A380. Emirates is making history with this aircraft, its fuel efficiency is better than most modern small passenger cars in terms of fuel economy per passenger kilometre, allowing us to reduce emissions without compromising on comfort.”
Copenhagen will also be the first city in Scandinavia to have a daily A380 service. The upgraded service comes four years after the airline first linked the Danish capital with Dubai.
Since its launch in August 2011, Emirates has transported nearly 800, 000 passengers on the route.
“We made significant investments to expand Copenhagen Airport and upgrade its facilities in order to make it A380-compatible,” said Thomas Woldbye, Copenhagen Airports’ CEO.
“The additional capacity will help stimulate trade and tourism between Denmark and countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.”
The two-class configured A380 features 58 flat-bed seats in business class and 557 seats in economy class.
Emirates, which is the largest operator of A380s worldwide, has deployed the superjumbo on a number of new routes and increased capacities on existing ones.
Earlier this week, the Dubai-owned airline announced that it will launch a second A380 service to Zurich from October 1, 2015.