Emirates inaugurates first A380 service to Bali
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Dubai’s Emirates inaugurates A380 service to Bali

Dubai’s Emirates inaugurates A380 service to Bali

This is the first scheduled A380 service to the country

Neesha Salian
Emirates starts A380 service to Bali

Emirates will deploy its flagship A380 aircraft to Bali, Indonesia starting from June 1, making it the first scheduled A380 service to the country.

The new two-class Emirates A380 service will replace one of the two daily services to Bali currently operated by a two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The airline’s debut A380 flight EK368, will depart from Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 3:25 am, arriving in Denpasar International Airport (DPS) at 4:35 pm local time.

The returning flight, EK369, will depart Bali at 7:40 pm, arriving in Dubai at 12:45 am local time. All times are local.

A key destination

Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer, said: “The Emirates A380 is synonymous with our fly better promise and world-class products and services, and we’re excited to offer our travellers the opportunity to experience its uniqueness and unmatched beauty on flights to and from Bali.

“Needless to say that we’ve been working closely with our partners at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to ensure our A380 operations will be seamless and smooth. We’d like to thank the authorities and our partners for all their support.”

Kazim added: “Bali continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in our network and strategic markets in Southeast Asia, and the Emirates A380’s debut in Indonesia underscores our long-standing commitment to its travel and tourism sector.

“We look forward to driving more inbound traffic to the island, while also offering leisure and business travellers more opportunities to connect to Dubai and beyond to cities across Europe and the Americas through Emirates’ extensive global network.”

Emirates services to Bali

Faik Fahmi, president director of PT. Angkasa Pura I, said, “The scheduled operations of the Airbus A380 in Indonesia will be a historic moment for Indonesian aviation and Angkasa Pura I.

“We welcome the Emirates A380 service, which will operate in early June, and are honored to be the first airport operator to receive regular commercial flights of the aircraft in the country.”

He added: “This is the result of well-established coordination, synergy, and cooperation between Angkasa Pura I as the airport operator, Emirates, and the Ministry of Transportation of the Republic of Indonesia as the regulator.

“We hope the A380 operations in Indonesia, especially Bali, will have an increasingly positive impact on the tourism and economy sectors, and will further allow more opportunities for cooperation and investment in other sectors of the industry in Indonesia.”

The carrier launched a non-stop daily service from Dubai to Bali in 2015, adding to its scheduled flights to Jakarta which began in 1992.

The airline has so far operated more than 49,000 flights and carried over nine million passengers between Indonesia and Dubai.

Emirates currently serves Indonesia with 28 weekly flights to both Bali and Jakarta, and offers increased connectivity to 29 more domestic cities via the two gateways through its partnership agreements with both Garuda Indonesia and Batik Air.

Recently, the airline refreshed it signature livery. This design features the UAE flag on the tailfin is much more dynamic and flowing with a 3D effect artwork, and the wingtips have been painted red with the carrier’s logo in Arabic calligraphy “popping” out in reverse white.

The signature gold lettering across the main body in English and Arabic is also bolder, and 32.5 per cent larger. On the aircraft belly, the carrier has retained its iconic red branding which it introduced in 2005.

The website URL has been dropped from the design.

This is the third iteration of the official aircraft brand colours. The original livery unveiled with the airline’s launch in 1985 had its first refresh 14 years later, with the delivery of Emirates’ first Boeing 777-300 at the 1999 Dubai Airshow.

Read: Dubai’s Emirates reveals new signature livery and here’s why it ‘pops’

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In other news, Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) is building its current fleet with an order for three twin-engine DA42-VI and its corresponding flight simulator from Diamond Aircraft Industries based in Austria. The total deal is worth EUR 4m in list prices.

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