Emirates is gearing up for a big summer in Muscat with the deployment of double daily A380 flights from July 1.
Muscat will become Emirates’ shortest scheduled A380 flight, flying a distance of 340 kilometres each way.
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, divisional senior vice president Commercial Operations Centre, said: “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.
“We thank Muscat International Airport and the government authorities for their support in making the A380 double daily operations happen.”
Sheikh Aimen bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO, Oman Airports added: “From its side, Muscat International Airport has demonstrated its readiness for this extraordinary event, and the arrival of these scheduled flights for this giant aircraft is a gain to prove the large airport capacity to accommodate an aircraft of this size.”
The launch of the A380 flights will come exactly one year after the first deployment of a scheduled one-off A380 service that marked 25 years of operations to Oman.
The twice daily A380 services will replace EK 862/863 and EK 864/865.
Both A380s flying to Muscat will be operated in a three-class configuration, with 429 seats in Economy Class on the lower deck, as well as 76 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck.
Emirates has been flying to Oman since 1993, and today operates three daily services using the Boeing 777-300ER between Dubai and Muscat.