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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Emirates’ A380 Cruises Into 5th Anniversary & Offers 'Street View'

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Emirates has carried more than 18 million passengers on its double decker A380 as the airline marks the fifth anniversary of the aircraft joining its fleet. 

Emirates operated its first scheduled Airbus A380 flight to New York on Aug. 1 2008. Now, the airline flies to 21 A380 destinations including London Heathrow, Rome, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Auckland. More than 7,000 cabin crew support a world-renowned fleet of 35 A380s, along with nearly 670 flight deck crew.
Over the five years of operation, over 35 million meals have been served during 20,000 trips, spanning 265 million kilometers. In all, 37 airports have been visited, either for scheduled flights, one off special appearances or because of diversions. 

“Five swift years have gone by since Emirates changed the face of air travel with this remarkable aircraft,” said Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline. “Its popularity is now firmly rooted across our six continent network, while our customers continue to enthuse about our onboard product; the overall quietness of this huge aircraft, a unique sense of spaciousness in Economy Class, mini-pod lie-flat seats in Business Class and the sanctuary of Private Suites in First Class with access to two Onboard Shower Spas.” 

The main talking point amongst those who have flown on the upper deck of the A380 is the Onboard Lounge, where Business Class and First Class travelers can exchange tales and talk business over a drink at 40,000 feet. 

The A380’s longest nonstop route on the Emirates’ network is Dubai to New York, covering 11,023 kilometers during a flight of 13 hours and 26 minutes. The shortest A380 route is between Hong Kong and Bangkok — a distance of 1,900 kilometers with a flying time of two hours 20 minutes. 

Some of the more quirky statistics are that since August 2008, 14 million bread rolls have been loaded onto Emirates’ A380 flights leaving Dubai, along with more than 157,000 fresh flower displays, 538,500 baby food jars, over 1 million toothbrushes and more than 4 million teabags.

Gulf carrier Emirates today said it has partnered with global search engine Google to launch the world's first 'Street View' of the double decker A380, the world's largest commercial jet aircraft.

'Street View' is a technology featured in Google apps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world.

"Users can explore online the Emirates A380's luxurious first class private suites, expansive business class cabin, on-board lounges, shower spas, cockpit and more on 'Street View' now," an Emirates press release said here.

The partnership with Google also marks the five-year of operations of Emirates' A380 fleet, it said.

The Gulf-based airline is the world's largest operator of A380 with 35 aircraft in its fleet, besides 55 of these planes on order.

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