Emirates celebrates launch of world’s shortest Airbus A380 flight
As Airbus prepares for the end of the A380 and airlines around the world gradually phase out their last superjumbos, Emirates shows no stopping when it comes to showcasing its flagship aircraft. This time – by launching the world’s shortest superjumbo route. On July 1, 2019, the airline inaugurated regular A380 service between Dubai (UAE) and Muscat (Oman): a journey that covers 340 km (211 miles) each way and takes only around 44 minutes.
Starting July 1, 2019, Emirates will operate twice-daily A380 services (flights EK862/863 and EK 864/865) between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Muscat International Airport (MCT), the airline announced on May 30, 2019.
The inaugural A380 flight to Muscat (EK862) took off from Dubai International at 8:51 AM on the morning of July 1, landing in Muscat only 41 minutes later. The flight spanned 349 km (217 miles), reaching an altitude of 19,000 feet (5,791 km).
This morning’s @emirates #EK862 inaugurated regular A380 service between Dubai and Muscat, making the 349km journey the world’s #ShortestA380Flight. The 41 minute flight reached a maximum altitude of 19,000 feet. See playback at https://t.co/bnmUGDTkQn pic.twitter.com/r84gM1Dt0B — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) July 1, 2019
Emirates celebrated the launch of the service with a series of Tweets, sharing interesting facts and figures about its superjumbo.
Emirates has carried 150,000 tons of cargo between Dubai and Muscat since 2008. That’s equal to the weight of 260 @Airbus A380s. #ShortestA380Flight #FlyEmiratesFlyBetter pic.twitter.com/hm6oQzJX00 — Emirates Airline (@emirates) July 1, 2019
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. #ShortestA380Flight #FlyEmiratesFlyBetter pic.twitter.com/a503FmuLHJ — Emirates Airline (@emirates) July 1, 2019
The A380 Dubai-Muscat services is the shortest route in Emirates’s network and breaks the airline’s own record.
Until 2017, Emirates had operated the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service between Dubai and Doha, The Statesman points out. In 2018, the title of the world shortest A380 route went to Emirates Dubai - Kuwait International Airport (KWI) route, with the distance of 854 km (531 miles) that is now being covered by the airline’s Boeing 777s.
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