The world’s largest passenger plane is all set to soar the skies from Monday, July 15. Emirates’ A380 will be back in service on its Dubai to London Heathrow route. Ever since the pandemic broke open, demand for passenger flights have dropped. As a result, many airlines, including Emirates grounded flights including its 104 Airbus A380s.
The super jumbo aircraft has the capacity to hold 615 passengers in a two-class configuration. However, the aircraft was grounded all this while due to the low number of people flying. With Dubai easing air travel restrictions, Emirates took to Twitter to announce the big news.
— Emirates Airline (@emirates) June 23, 2020
While the airline is resuming its luxury service, Emirates is also managing over half a million refund requests, that have piled up ever since flights were cancelled. However, Emirates assures customers that their refunds will be credited by early August.
Emirates announced scheduled flights for travellers in 10 more cities, taking the total destinations to 40. The new list of countries include:
- Colombo -20 June
- Sialkot – 24 June
- Istanbul – 25 June
- Auckland- 1 July
- Beirut- 1 July
- Brussels- 1 July
- Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City – 1 July
- Barcelona and Washington DC- 15 July
On another note, Emirates Opens Bookings To India, Pak from 1 July.
Emirates’ flights from Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Pakistan, will only carry outbound passengers to the UAE and onward destinations. This will take the total number of Emirates destinations on offer for travellers to 40, providing more options for customers who wish to return home or those travelling for essential purposes.
In addition, Emirates will also add flights to the following cities in July:
- London Heathrow
- New York JFK
- Kuala Lumpur
- Hong Kong
Emirates has also changed check-in and boarding formalities. These has also been adapted with social distancing in mind. Protective barriers have been installed at each check-in desk to provide additional safety measures to passengers and employees. Gloves, masks and hand sanitisers are made mandatory for all employees at the airport.
Passengers are also required to wear their own masks when at the airport and on board the aircraft, and follow social distancing guidelines. Emirates has modified its inflight services for health and safety reasons.
Magazines and other print reading material are not be available. While food and beverages will be offered on board, the packaging and presentation is modified to reduce contact during meal service, thereby minimizing the risk. Cabin baggages are currently not accepted on flights. Carry-on items allowed in the cabin are limited to laptop, handbag, briefcase or baby items. All other items are required to be checked in, and Emirates will add the cabin baggage allowance to customers’ check-in baggage allowance.