Emirates’s A380- The World’s Largest Passenger Plane Returns To The Skies; Tickets To New York Start At AED 3000

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Emirates’s A380- The World’s Largest Passenger Plane Returns To The Skies; Tickets To New York Start At AED 3000

After being grounded for more than a year, the world’s largest passenger aircraft- Emirates’ A380 is now back in the sky. The flight is back in service, operating from Dubai to New York’s John F Kennedy Airport. The aircraft can accommodate more than 400 passengers and has replaced Emirates’ daily Boeing 777 jet on the same route.

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The super jumbo aircraft has the capacity to hold over 400 passengers in a two-class configuration. Dubai-aites can now book a ticket on the double-decker jet to New York with Economy fares starting from AED 3,255. The aircraft also services First class, Business class and Economy class cabins, but is yet to open Emirates’ new Premium Economy cabin.

And, New York is not the only route the superjumbo will be servicing this summer. Emirates is also set to restart A380 flights from Dubai to Los Angeles from July. Booking for the same are already open and a one way ticket to the Californian city start from AED 3,635. In addition, Emirates also added that more superjumbo routes will be announced shortly.

Emirates Airline Suspends India-UAE Flights Until 30 June

Covid cases in India, are at its highest ever, and several countries across the globe have closed borders for tourists from India. Initially, the UAE has also banned flights from India until 14 June 2021. However, Emirates has n ow announced that flights will remain suspended until 30 June. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE, the airline said.

When Is The Ban Likely To End?

Earlier, an article from Khaleej Times revealed that Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, the UAE Ambassador to India, was positive that India-UAE flights is likely to resume after 14 June. However, Emirates has now extended this ban until 30 June 2021.

Until When Are Flights From India To The UAE Banned?

Emirates in a statement said that flights from India to the UAE will be banned until 30 June.

What Is The New Rule For Incoming Flights From India To The UAE?

The suspension includes travellers from India on national and international carriers as well as transit passengers coming from India. However, transit flights travelling to the UAE and bound for India are exempted from the ban. In addition, entry is also banned for travellers who were in India 14-days prior to arrival in the UAE.

Emirates in flight food service

Who Is Exempted From The Ban?

As per the new rule, arrival passengers from India through other countries are not allowed to enter unless they were staying for 14 days in those countries. However, cargo flights between the two countries will continue, as usual.

The GCAA affirmed that UAE nationals, diplomatic passport holders, official delegations, business flights, and golden residence holders are exempted from this decision. However, in the event of them travelling, all passengers must follow a 10-day quarantine, undergo a PCR test at the airport as well as another test on the fourth and eighth days of entering the country. The test results will only be accepted from authorised labs which generate a QR code.

According to the decision, the period of PCR test is reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours, provided that the tests issued by accredited laboratories bearing the QR Code are accepted. This comes in response to the proactive precautionary and preventive health measures issued by all concerned authorities in the country to limit the spread of the COVID pandemic-19, the statement added.

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