Emirates has announced that it will deploy an Airbus A380 on one of its nine daily flights between Dubai and Doha from December 1.
The upgraded flight service will become the world’s shortest scheduled A380 flight, with a flying distance of 379 kilometres each way that takes an average of just over one hour to complete.
World’s largest passenger airliner
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by European Union manufacturer Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it.
Emirates has operated A380s to Kuwait and Jeddah but the start of double-decker aircraft services to Doha from December 1 will mark a new brevity record.
At just 379km, the one-hour flight will barely be long enough to rev up the A380’s four engines before it makes its descent, aviation experts say.
Nine daily services to Doha
Emirates’ service to Doha is one of the airline’s most served destinations in its network, with over 700,000 passengers carried since January of this year.
The Dubai-based airline recently added to its Qatar service with two additional flights, bringing its current operations to nine daily services.
The double-decker will be deployed as EK 841, which will depart Dubai at 0745hrs arriving in Doha at 0805hrs. The return flight, EK 842 will depart Doha at 0950hrs arriving in Dubai at 1200hrs.
The Doha A380 will be set in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
The decision to upgrade one of its flights to the A380 is to serve the growing passenger demand for travel to and from Doha, Emirates said in its media release.
The airline also said using the A380 on the route was made possible through the support of the Qatari authorities.