Emirates’ iconic A380 touches down in Glasgow

Date Posted: 27 Mar, 2023

Glasgow, UK: 26 March 2023: Emirates’ flagship A380 has touched down in Glasgow Airport for the first time since September 2019. The added capacity will meet market demand and offer customers more travel options from Glasgow to Dubai, and beyond.

The iconic double-decker received a warm welcome by Scottish bagpipe players as it taxied to the stand. The Emirates check-in counter at Glasgow Airport was also decked out with celebratory red balloons and “welcome back” signs.

Richard Jewsbury, Emirates Divisional Vice President in the UK, commented: “We’re very proud to bring back our iconic A380 to Glasgow, providing much-needed capacity on this popular route.

This is also a testament to our ongoing commitment to Scotland, which is a key region for Emirates in the UK. We look forward to welcoming passengers on-board this popular aircraft and to connecting customers to more than 140 destinations via Dubai.”

Ronald Leitch, Glasgow Airport’s Operations Director, said: “Emirates’ Glasgow-Dubai route continues to be a tremendous success story for Scotland and the return of the airline’s flagship aircraft is a huge vote of confidence for Glasgow and the wider region.

“As well as delivering unrivalled connectivity for Scottish leisure and business travellers to Dubai, home of one of the world’s biggest international hub airports, the daily service also plays a crucial role in exporting Scottish goods globally as well as supporting Scotland’s inbound tourism industry.

“Watching the iconic Airbus A380 aircraft touch down once again is a special experience not only for everyone who works at the airport, but also the huge number of aviation enthusiasts and members of the public who gathered today to capture the moment.”

Emirates will also be resuming A380 operations to Birmingham starting from 1 July. By the end of this summer, the popular aircraft will be serving almost 50 destinations The airline is the largest operator of Airbus A380, with more than 80 aircraft currently in active service.

The Emirates A380 is loved by customers for its spacious and comfortable cabins, quietness, and unique on-board features such as the Onboard Lounge and First Class Shower Spa. Customers can also enjoy award-winning inflight entertainment on ice with more than 5,000 channels of on-demand entertainment via the industry’s largest screens across all cabins.

Emirates has completely refurbished four of its A380 aircraft under the airline’s US$ 2 billion retrofit program, with the first A380 deployed earlier this year on the Dubai-London Heathrow service featuring the Premium Economy cabin, and Emirates’ latest cabin interiors including lighter colour palettes in First and Business Class.

The airline also plans to ramp up its four-class A380 operations featuring Premium Economy cabins to more than 35 destinations across 20 countries by March 2024.

Emirates flight EK27 departs Dubai at 07:50hrs and arrives in Glasgow at 12:45hrs, local time. The return flight, EK28 departs Glasgow at 14:35hrs and arrives in Dubai at 01:05hrs local time, the following day.