Emirates has deployed its A380s on two more international routes this week, further broadening the global service provided with Airbus' 21st century flagship.
The airline's 1 June double-launch involved the departure of two A380s from its home base of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on separate trips to Bangkok, Thailand and Toronto, Canada.
These new services build on A380 commercial footprint, which was inaugurated in October 2007 by Singapore Airlines, and has since been expanded with operations performed by Emirates and Australia's Qantas.
Emirates' flight EK 372 made a morning departure from Dubai International Airport on 1 June with 488 passengers aboard, and received a festive welcome at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport upon its evening arrival. The carrier's Toronto-bound flight EK 241 left on the same day carrying 458 passengers, and its arrival at Toronto Pearson International marked the first commercial A380 flight to Canada.
The Emirates A380s will perform three weekly flights to Toronto and a daily service to Bangkok.
"Emirates is delighted to celebrate its inaugural A380 services to Thailand and Canada. The aircraft with its large capacity and excellent operating economies is a pillar of growth, both for the airline and the destination," said Emirates' President Tim Clark. "In Thailand, the introduction of the super jumbo will support the local government's multi-million dollar promotional drive to boost tourism arrivals from the high-yield Middle East region. At the same time, the higher-capacity A380 will help address the strong demand for passenger and cargo services on the Dubai-Toronto route, which is currently restricted by the bi-lateral agreement to three flights per week."
The Emirates A380s are configured with 14 first class private suites, 76 seats in business class and 399 in economy. Unique features of the carrier's A380s include Shower Spas (two fully-equipped bathrooms in the first class cabins with shower facilities), and each cabin is outfitted with an advanced mood lighting system that adjusts throughout the flight to reflect the time at the destination and to help combat the effects of jet lag.
With 58 aircraft on order, Emirates is the A380's largest single customer, and currently operates five of the double-deck jetliners.