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Emirates to Debut the World’s Shortest A380 Flight

Emirates to Debut the World’s Shortest A380 Flight
Jackie Reddy

On July 1st, Emirates has revealed that it will be operating its shortest A380 service, which will offer a connection between Dubai and Muscat, Oman. This service between the two cities – which are just 211 miles apart – will be the world’s shortest scheduled flight on the globe’s largest airliner.

Dubai-based carrier Emirates has revealed that, as of July 1st, it will be operating its shortest scheduled A380 service between the UAE’s largest city and the Omani capital of Muscat. In addition to being a landmark flight for Emirates, CNN has also described this twice daily service as “the world’s shortest flight on the world’s biggest commercial plane.”

In the outbound direction, services to Muscat will be operated by Emirates Flights 862 and 863 while the return flight will be operated by Emirates Flights 864 and 865.

According to the carrier, this service between the two cities – which are just 211 miles apart – is part of what it calls its “agile approach” to the deployment of its aircraft. The airline also says that the operational use of the A380 on this route exemplifies its commitment to provide “an enhanced on-board experience” for its passengers.

Speaking of the launch in a statement, Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Center, explained that, “The introduction of the A380 services to Muscat means more of our customers will have the opportunity to experience our industry-leading products onboard, and will also enhance choice and travel preferences as they plan their journeys. Oman is an important destination for Emirates, and we will continue to look at ways to grow our operations in the market to best serve our customers.”

We thank Muscat International Airport (MCT) and the government authorities for their support in making the A380 double daily operations happen,” he added.

Offering his comments, Sheikh Aimen bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports, said, “From its side, Muscat International Airport has demonstrated its readiness for this extraordinary event, and the arrival of these scheduled flights for this giant aircraft is a gain to prove the large airport capacity to accommodate an aircraft of this size.

[Image Source: Emirates]

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12 Comments

  1. shadesofgrey1x

    June 1, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Huuhh????????? What about FLL-TPA?????????? on silver air??
    Distance from Tampa International Airport to Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport is 197 miles.
    Orlando International Airport (MCO), Orlando to Tampa International Airport (TPA), Tampa is 81 miles UAL used to run this flight

  2. Mr. Vker

    June 1, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    I am confused about the title of the article. There are several commercial routes shorter than this. Maybe not on the A380, but this is not the Worlds Shortest Flight Service.

  3. vickh

    June 1, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    how long is the flight?

  4. wanaflyforless

    June 2, 2019 at 7:14 am

    “the World’s Shortest Flight Service”

    What a deceptive headline.

    a) The Loganair Westray to Papa Westray route is the shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world. 1.7 miles.

    b) There are soooo many commercial flights under 211 miles.

    OK, so this is the shortest flight on an A380. The headline should say that.

    Are you going to publish an article on the shortest flight of each major aircraft type:
    Boeing 737 family
    Airbus A320 family
    Boeing 777 family
    Airbus A330 family
    Boeing 767 family
    Airbus A350 family
    Boeing 757 family
    Airbus A340 family
    Boeing 787 family
    and so many more….

  5. irishguy28

    June 2, 2019 at 10:25 am

    So why does the title miss the fact that it’s the shortest A380-operated flight?

  6. Abouttimetoo

    June 2, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Ridiculously false headline as has become all too frequent on FT.

    At 2 minutes flight time Loganair’s Westray to Papa Westray (WRY to PPW) takes some beating.

  7. amanuensis

    amanuensis

    June 2, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Why does the 380 make sense for such as short flight? Is everyone going to be connecting onward to other flights?

    This seems like the kind of situation where a high-speed rail-link would make more sense, especially from the perspective of greenhouse emissions.

  8. BJM

    June 2, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    The headline is inaccurate as this is not the shortest flight in the world in duration or distance. It is Emirates’ shortest flight, but again that is not reflected in the headline.

  9. fairhsa

    June 2, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    So? HKG to CAN is 84 miles. So at 200+ miles it’s not even close to being the shortest route.

  10. drakepassage

    June 3, 2019 at 4:02 am

    “Emirates to Debut the World’s Shortest Flight Service”

    Incorrect – potential clickbait.

    The world’s shortest flight is from Westray to Papa Westray at 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi)

  11. chelseastu

    June 3, 2019 at 11:35 am

    The clues in the title…..worlds shortest route on an A380 (the worlds largest plane). It’s not saying its the shortest route at all.

  12. irishguy28

    June 4, 2019 at 8:57 am

    @chelseastu – the title was only updated after the torrent of complaints above.

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