Emirates to launch A380 flights to Copenhagen

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Emirates Airline on Thursday announced the launch of a daily A380 service to Copenhagen. As of December 1, 2015, the Danish capital will be the first in Scandinavia to boast a scheduled A380 service.

The launch of Emirates’ A380 to Copenhagen comes almost four years after the airline first linked the Danish capital with Dubai. The route will be served by the world’s first two-class configured A380, with a capacity of 615 passengers. With this new configuration, Emirates will offer a total of 8,610 seats a week between Copenhagen and Dubai.

"After launching the route with an A330, we witnessed growing demand for flights to and from Copenhagen, forcing us to deploy the larger 777 after only six months. Today, based on strong load factors, we are happy to further up-gauge the route to our iconic double-decker, the A380," commented Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline. "Emirates is making history with this aircraft, its fuel efficiency is better than most modern small passenger cars in terms of fuel economy per passenger kilometre, allowing us to reduce emissions without compromising on comfort," added Clark.

Since its launch in August 2011, nearly 800,000 passengers have travelled with Emirates on the Copenhagen-Dubai route.

"We made significant investments to expand Copenhagen Airport and upgrade its facilities in order to make it A380-compatible. We are very excited about Emirates’ decision to deploy an A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, to our airport. Copenhagen will be the first in Scandinavia to offer a scheduled A380 service," commented Thomas Woldbye, Copenhagen Airports’ CEO. "The additional capacity will help stimulate trade and tourism between Denmark and countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa," added Woldbye.

The two-class configured A380 features 58 flat-bed seats in Business Class, 557 seats in Economy Class, as well as access to Emirates’ Onboard Lounge where Business Class passengers can socialise.

Passengers in all classes will also enjoy access to over 2000 channels of films, TV shows, music and games as well as free Wi-Fi and gourmet cuisine.

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