Emirates A380 lands in Barcelona for first time

Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, was welcomed by Barcelona – El Prat Airport today as the airline brought its popular A380 aircraft for a one-off service.

By Staff Report

Published: Mon 25 Feb 2013, 11:36 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:40 AM

This is the first ever scheduled service of an Emirates A380 to Spain. The A380 service will also operate on March 1,2013.

The special A380 flight, operated by Captain Abbas Shaban, head of the Emirates A380 fleet, and First Officer Juan Muelledes, a Spanish national, touched down this morning at Barcelona – El Prat Airport. The aircraft, at full capacity with 517 passengers, was welcomed by key officials including: Sonia Corrochano, Director of Barcelona – El Prat Airport and Richard Font, Generalitat, Routes Committee President.

Travelling on the flight from Dubai was Richard Jewsbury, senior vice-president Commercial Operations, Europe and the Russian Federation.

“Emirates is currently operating two one-off Airbus A380 services between Dubai and Barcelona after overwhelming demand for air travel by our customers.The signature Emirates A380 service is fundamental to our overall strategy, and bringing this popular aircraft to Spain represents a significant milestone in our operations to Barcelona after just seven months of operations,” said Richard Jewsbury senior vice-president Commercial Operations, Europe and the Russian Federation.

“Emirates has had a strong presence in Spain since commencing operations in 2010, and we remain wholly committed to stimulating further growth within the market. Although we have no immediate plans to operate an A380 on the route in the near future, we remain committed to providing customers in Spain with seamless connectivity to the Far East, Australasia, Africa and the Middle East through our Dubai hub,” continued Jewsbury.

“The arrival of the A380 shows that Barcelona-El Prat Airport offers some of the best facilities and services for both passengers and airlines like Emirates, one of the world’s best carriers,” said Sonia Corrochano, director of Barcelona- El Prat Airport.

In its first seven months of operations, Emirates has carried over 113,000 passengers to and from Barcelona. Emirates serves Barcelona with a 777-300ER offering 360 seats in a three-class configuration.

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