Emirates has announced plans to deploy a daily Airbus A380 jet on its Dubai-Milan route to meet increasing demand.
The airline said the A380 will replace its Boeing 777-300ER, which currently operates the route, from October 1, 2016.
EK91/92 will be operated by an A380 aircraft in a three-class configuration with 14 private suites in first class, 76 flat-bed seats in business class and 401 economy seats.
Flight EK91 will depart from Dubai International Airport at 15:45hrs and arrive in Milan at 20:30hrs. The outbound flight EK92 will depart from Milan at 22:20hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0625hrs the following day.
The upgrade indicates a capacity increase of 1,834 seats per week between the two cities and will enable more A380 to A380 connections to and from destinations in Australia, China, South Korea and South East Asia via Dubai, a statement said.
The airline currently operates three daily services between Dubai and Milan, as well as a daily flight from Milan to New York JFK.
At Milan Malpensa, Emirates offers an arrivals lounge where premium passengers can freshen up before being driven to their final destination.
From the airport, the carrier also enables rail connections to over 700 train stations across Italy through its partnership with Trenitalia.
Along with the three-times daily service, Emirates also offers cargo facilities through its SkyCargo division.
In 2015, the airline transported 22,000 tonnes of cargo from Milan including cars, marble, food products like cheese and olive oil, pharmaceuticals, clothing and shoes bound for the UAE, India, Hong Kong, USA, Australia and Mexico.
Emirates is also a sponsor of football club AC Milan since 2010, with the current shirt sponsorship contract in place until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the Airbus A380s and has ordered 142 jets with at least 77 already in operation. It flies the aircraft to over 40 destinations worldwide.