Emirates is to introduce the first scheduled commercial Airbus A380 service to Istanbul, Turkey from 1 October. For the first time, travellers to and from Turkey will have the opportunity to regularly enjoy the experience of flying on this iconic double-decker jumbo jet.
The Dubai-based carrier will operate the A380 on its daily EK123/124 service. Flight EK123 will depart Dubai at 10:45 and arrive in Istanbul at 14:25 local time. The return flight EK124 will depart Istanbul at 16:25 and arrive in Dubai at 21:50.
Deploying its three-class A380, Emirates will offer a total of 517 seats, with 14 private suites in first class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in business class and 427 spacious seats in economy, increasing capacity per flight by more than 150 passengers compared to the current Boeing 777-300ER.
First class customers can look forward to Emirates’ private suites and signature onboard shower spa, while first and business class customers can relax in the popular onboard lounge on the upper deck. Passengers in all classes enjoy free wifi to stay in touch with family and friends, the industry’s largest seatback screens and Emirates’ multi-award winning ‘Ice’ inflight entertainment, which currently boasts over 4,500 channels.
“We are excited to finally bring our flagship to Istanbul to join the many other top cities we currently serve with the A380. Since Emirates started operating to Turkey 34 years ago, we have carried six million customers on more than 23,000 flights”, said chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim. “Bringing the A380 service to Turkey is a major milestone for Emirates and we would like to thank all our partners and stakeholders for their support in making this a reality.”
Last month, Emirates announced it would restart flights to Newcastle Airport (NCL) from 15 October, responding to the easing of international entry protocols and an upsurge in passenger demand. In addition, the carrier plans scale up its operations to and from London Heathrow (LHR) in a phased manner that will see it offering a six-times-daily operation by 31 October.