Largest passenger plane lands at new Islamabad airport

Irving Hamilton
July 9, 2018

All eyes were on Pakistan's capital as its first A380 touched down at the airport on Sunday afternoon.

The Emirates' special one-off A380 flight to Islamabad took off from Dubai on Sunday morning with celebrities, officials and journalists on board, Gulf News reported.

Although this is a one-off flight, Emirates wants to make the A380 a regular daily flight between Dubai and Islamabad in the future.

The special flight, operating as EK 2524, was joined by a VIP delegation led Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Centre, Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi, the UAE Ambassador to Pakistan and Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Pakistan Ambassador to the UAE. General (retd) Khalid Naeem Lodhi who was chief guest on the occasion, pointed that the landing of Air Bus A380, also proved capability of the new International Airport of welcoming any kind of aircraft.

In a landmark for Pakistan's aviation history, the A380 flight arrived in Islamabad at 12:10pm (PST) with 625 on board.

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Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice-President of Commercial Operations - Centre, Emirates, says that the airline looks forward to launching its official A380 route as soon as the authorities in Pakistan give the airline the all clear.

The Emirates A380 aircraft on this special one-off service will be in a two-class configuration offering spacious seats in economy class and fully flatbed seats in business class as well as Emirates' on-board lounge.

Weighing 577 tons, the aircraft is 240 feet long while the wingspan is 260 feet. The double-decker plane stands 80-foot high from the ground and has a speed of 945 kilometres per hour with its four powerful turbo engines.

Emirates now has 104 wide body double-deck airplanes A380s in service and 58 pending delivery, more than any airline globally, the airlines press release said, adding that it also recently announced a $16 billion deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft.

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