Emirates to fly first A380 commercial flight to Manila today

  • Tuesday, October 07, 2014
  • By Ion Gonzaga
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Lucky  passengers will get to experience the first commercial flight of an A380 aircraft to Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila as Emirates takes its flagship aircraft to a one-off trip today.  This is to mark the airline's move to NAIA Terminal 3.

This special flight will be flown by the Captain Franklyn Desiderio, the first and only Filipino in the world to fly A380.

More info on this press release:

DUBAI, U.A.E., 1st October 2014: Emirates is taking its flagship aircraft, Airbus A380 to Manila on 7th October to celebrate the airline’s move to the International Terminal (T3) at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and its commitment to the Philippines.

Emirates began flights between Dubai and Manila in 1990 and due to the consistently strong passenger and cargo demand continued to increase its flight frequency to its current triple daily, non-stop passenger services.

Emirates’ one-off A380 service, which will be flown by Captain Franklyn Mallari Desiderio from the Philippines, will depart Dubai International Airport on 7th October as EK334 at 09:20hrs and arrive in Manila at 22:10hrs. The return flight will depart as EK335 at 01:15hrs on 8th October, arriving back in Dubai at 05:40hrs.






Barry Brown, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations East, said, “We are thankful to the Government of Philippines for allowing us to operate three daily flights in to Manila. The Philippines is one of our major markets and we have seen the demand for our services continuing to grow. Since we connected the two cities 24 years ago, Emirates served over 6.6 million passengers and carried over 150,000 tonnes of cargo. Each of our flights over those years have contributed the growth and development of Philippines’ trade and tourism as well as providing ease of travel for overseas Filipino professionals.

“In 2013 Emirates welcomed over 820,000 passengers on its three daily Dubai-Manila services with a very high average seat factor demonstrating the consistent strength of passenger demand, choice and award-winning service which Emirates brings to Philippines,” Mr Brown continued.

“Bringing our flagship A380 to Manila is a fantastic way to celebrate our move to the new international terminal and also our commitment to the Philippines,” concluded Mr Brown.

Emirates currently operates 53 A380s which fly to 31 destinations across the airline’s ever increasing global network, including London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and New York.

Emirates’ A380 is renowned for the range of innovations it offers to make the journey more comfortable and enjoyable for passengers travelling in all classes.

First Class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped Private Suites; the cabin also has two exquisitely designed onboard Shower Spas, ensuring a revitalised and refreshed arrival.

For First and Business Class passengers the on-board lounge is the social highlight, featuring a fully-stocked bar and a selection of hot and cold canapés.

Business Class passengers can relax in seats that convert to flat beds up to 87 inches (two metres) long, whilst those travelling in Economy Class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches.

Passengers in all classes can enjoy Emirates’ award-winning ice (information, communication, entertainment) Digital Widescreen inflight entertainment system, which features over 1,800 channels.

Here's a passenger video of how it's like to fly in A380:

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