Emirates has launched its first scheduled Airbus A380 service to India with the launch of A380 service between Dubai and Mumbai.
“Mumbai was one of the first destinations on our route network when we launched in 1985. In the past 29 years, we have flown over 42 million passengers between India and the UAE and so it is quite fitting that the city becomes our 29th A380 destination," said Ahmed Khoory, Senior VP of Commercial Operations in the West Asia and Indian Ocean region for Emirates.
Emirates flight EK500 departed Dubai at 21:55 on July 21st and arrived in Mumbai at 02:30 the 22nd. The return flight, EK501, departed Mumbai at 04:30 and arrived in Dubai at 06:00.
Emirates contacted local artists and asked them to make a "Rangoli", a traditional Indian piece of artwork, which said "Hello A380".
"We are delighted to welcome the arrival of Emirates’ first A380 to India in Mumbai. We are glad that passengers flying from Mumbai’s Terminal 2 to Dubai will now be able to enjoy the premium services of Emirates’ state-of-the-art Airbus A380. This is a momentous occasion for us as Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport. Mumbai is now the only airport in India to handle A380 aircraft operations for more than one international airline," said Naveen Chawla, VP of Aero Marketing, Mumbai Airport.
Emirates currently has 50 Airbus A380's in its fleet with 90 more on order and is the largest A380 and Boeing 777 operator in the world. The A380 currently flies to 29 destinations throughout the Emirates global network.