Emirates’ flagship A380 has touched down in Glasgow Airport for the first time since September 2019.
The added capacity will meet market demand and offer customers more travel options from Glasgow to Dubai, and beyond.
The iconic double-decker received a warm welcome by Scottish bagpipe players as it taxied to the stand. The Emirates check-in counter at Glasgow Airport was also decked out with celebratory red balloons and “welcome back” signs.
Richard Jewsbury, Emirates Divisional Vice President in the UK, commented: “We’re very proud to bring back our iconic A380 to Glasgow, providing much-needed capacity on this popular route.
This is also a testament to our ongoing commitment to Scotland, which is a key region for Emirates in the UK.
“We look forward to welcoming passengers on-board this popular aircraft and to connecting customers to more than 140 destinations via Dubai.”
Ronald Leitch, Glasgow Airport’s Operations Director, said: “Emirates’ Glasgow-Dubai route continues to be a tremendous success story for Scotland and the return of the airline’s flagship aircraft is a huge vote of confidence for Glasgow and the wider region.
“As well as delivering unrivalled connectivity for Scottish leisure and business travellers to Dubai, home of one of the world’s biggest international hub airports, the daily service also plays a crucial role in exporting Scottish goods globally as well as supporting Scotland’s inbound tourism industry.
“Watching the iconic Airbus A380 aircraft touch down once again is a special experience not only for everyone who works at the airport, but also the huge number of aviation enthusiasts and members of the public who gathered today to capture the moment.”
Emirates will also be resuming A380 operations to Birmingham starting from 1 July.
By the end of this summer, the popular aircraft will be serving almost 50 destinations The airline is the largest operator of Airbus A380, with more than 80 aircraft currently in active service.