Emirates’ A380 returns to London Heathrow for the first time since March

posted on 15th July 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Emirates’ A380 returns to London Heathrow for the first time since March

Today Emirates resumed passenger flights on board its iconic Airbus A380 aircraft between London Heathrow (LHR) and Dubai International (DXB). This marks the first Emirates A380 flight to LHR since the pandemic forced the temporary grounding of the airline’s passenger fleet in March.

The A380 is the world’s largest passenger aircraft, with a wingspan of 79.8 metres and a double-decker cabin which now features a comprehensive set of new safety measures.

Flight EK001 departed DXB at 07:45 (GST) and is due to land at LHR at 12.25 (BST) ahead of its return to Dubai. The outbound flight will depart LHR at 14:20 (BST) and arrive at DXB at 00:20 (GST) tomorrow. The return of the A380 follows the resumption of Emirates’ B777 flights to and from London Heathrow, Manchester and Glasgow in the UK.

Today Emirates also restarted A380 services to Paris and passenger services to seven more cities – Athens, Barcelona, Geneva, Glasgow, Larnaca, Munich, and Rome. From the United Kingdom, Emirates customers can now fly to 24 destinations in the Asia Pacific, and 8 cities in the Middle East and Africa via convenient connections at Emirates’ Dubai hub, which reopened to international visitors on 7 July. Emirates currently serves 50 destinations, and by mid-August, Emirates’ global network will include 58 cities. A second daily A380 service to London Heathrow will start from 1 August.

Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Vice President UK for Emirates said: “Our teams in London and Dubai are delighted to bring Emirates’ flagship A380 aircraft back to London Heathrow. We’ve modified services onboard for the health and safety of our crew and customers and look forward to welcoming more passengers as it returns to the skies over London once again.”

Health and safety first: Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitizers and antibacterial wipes to all customers. For more information on these measures and the services available on each flight, visit: www.emirates.com/yoursafety

Travel restrictions: Customers are reminded that travel restrictions remain in place, and travellers will only be accepted on flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. Visit: www.emirates.com/wherewefly. Visitors to Dubai should hold an international health insurance policy covering illness from Covid-19 for the duration of their stay. More information on entry requirements for international visitors to Dubai can be found here.