Emirates has announced that it will start first scheduled Airbus A380 operations between Dubai and Riyadh in April 2019. The capital of Saudi Arabia will be the 51st destination to be served by Emirates’ Airbus A380s.
Starting on April 21, flight EK 817/818, which is currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will be operated by A380 aircraft. The superjumbo will be used on the route five times a week and features a three-class configuration, with a total of 519 seats. Emirates’ remaining three services between the two cities will continue to be operated by Boeing 777 aircraft.
The largest airline in the Middle East has previously deployed multiple one-off A380 services to Riyadh in celebration of the Kingdom’s National Days. Furthermore, the carrier had recently displayed its A380 aircraft at the Saudi International Airshow 2019. Emirates has been serving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1989 and also operates services to Jeddah, Dammam and Medina.
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