UAE-based Emirates airline has launched the world’s shortest Airbus A380 flight between Dubai and Muscat. A series of announcements regarding the launch came on Twitter from the airline.
Emirates will operate A380 services (flights EK862/863 and EK 864/865) two times a day between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Muscat International Airport (MCT) starting 1 July 2019.
The inaugural A380 flight to Muscat (EK862) took off from Dubai International at 8.51 am on 1 July, arriving at Muscat airport 41 minutes later. The trip spanned 349 km, reaching an altitude of 19,000 feet.
Through the new service between Dubai and Muscat, Emirates is breaking its own record of operating the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, between Dubai and Doha in 2017. The political tension between Qatar and UAE later led to the dismissal of service.
In 2018, Emirates Dubai – Kuwait International Airport (KWI) route covered the distance of 854 km, which became another shortest A380 route. It is now covered by Emirates’ Boeing 777 aircraft.
The average flight time (40 minutes) between Dubai and Muscat is only 5 minutes more than the time taken to clean an @Airbus A380 by a team of 42 people, the airline tweeted. It also said that the distance between Dubai and Muscat is 340km, which is shortest than the wiring on an Airbus A380 flight.
Emirates has flown over 4.7 million customers between Dubai and Muscat since 1993. That’s the capacity of nearly 9,000 Emirates @Airbus A380s, another tweet read.
The new service will enable the passengers from Muscat to experience Emirates services onboard and will provide them with travel preferences as they plan their journeys.
Oman is an important destination for Emirates, and we will continue to look at ways to grow our operations in the market to best serve our customers, Shaikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Centre, Emirates, said.
Emirates remains the world’s largest operator of the A380 aircraft.
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