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.”
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