More A380s would be heading to India starting October this year. Emirates has planned to deploy its flagship Airbus A380s on flights to and from Bengaluru later this year.
Emirates will deploy its superjumbos daily on the EK 568/569 rotation starting the 30th of October, 2022. The carrier is planning to deploy its superjumbos configured in a three-class configuration.
The Dubai-based carrier has been looking to add capacity on routes to and from India due to a gradual increase in demand for air travel. To cope with the surge in demand, Emirates has been adding capacity on multiple routes to India.
Emirates Indian Presence
Emirates operates around 200 weekly flights to multiple Indian cities. It operates the majority of these flights on board the Boeing 777-300ERs. However, the carrier operates the customer-favourite aircraft, the Airbus A380 on flights to Mumbai.
Mumbai is reportedly the carrier’s third-largest destination worldwide, after London-Heathrow in the United Kingdom and Male in the Maldives.
Emirates operates regular flights to multiple Indian destinations including Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Thiruvananthapuram. Mumbai receives the most number of flights, followed by New Delhi, and Bengaluru.
After the iconic double-decker aircraft return on flights to Bengaluru, it will add huge capacity to the route. Earlier in July, an Emirates A380 made an unusual visit to New Dehli’s Indian Gandhi International Airport.
According to aviation analytics company Cirium, as many as seven of the 20 busiest international routes from India were bound to Dubai International Airport.
“International air travel is guided by bilateral rights. In the case of Dubai, (the number of) Emirates flights are back (to the pre-pandemic level) but that is not the case with every other region. This made Dubai climb up the list faster than others.”Aviation Analysts
Currently, Emirates has 119 Airbus A380s on its fleet, of which 75 are active and 44 parked.
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