(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
DUBAI, 20th February, 2018 (WAM) -- Emirates has announced that for the first time in Rafic Al Hariri International Airport's history, the airline will operate a special one-off A380 service to Beirut on 29th March.
The airline's flagship double-decker will become the first-ever scheduled A380 service to Beirut, and Emirates is working with the airport to test the operations and necessary infrastructure to accommodate an A380 service.
The Emirates A380 service will operate as EK 957 and EK 958, departing Dubai at 07:25 and arriving in Beirut at 10:30. The flight will depart Beirut at 14:15 arriving in Dubai at 19:05 on the same day.
Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Centre said, "We are proud to fly our A380 for a one-off test service to Beirut, which continues to be an important destination for us in the region. Bringing this popular aircraft to Lebanon represents a significant milestone in our operations to Beirut after 27 years of serving the country. This year also marks the Emirates A380's 10th anniversary since joining our fleet, and the iconic aircraft has brought flying to the next level for over 90 million customers. The upcoming service next month will give travellers the chance to experience this revolutionary aircraft and the best service in the sky.
"We would like to thank the Lebanese government and in particular the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Lebanese Civil Aviation Authorities, who have made it possible for us to bring our flagship A380 to this vibrant city, and we look forward to showcasing the innovative onboard products of this aircraft."
Commenting on the announcement, Youssef Fenianos, Lebanon's Minister of Transport, said, "I would like to express my best compliments to Emirates Airline, one of the leading airlines worldwide. It is a pleasure for us to host this event which will help initiate Airbus A380 operations via Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. We are looking forward to more cooperation between Lebanese Civil Aviation and Emirates, taking into consideration that in the near future we will witness a considerable expansion and development of our airport to increase its capacity to more than eight million passengers per year. Of course, such achievements will play a very important role in optimising our airport to be ready to host more wide body aircrafts on a regular basis. Finally, I want to express our appreciation to this valuable initiative and look forward for more future cooperation."
WAM/Nour Salman/MOHD AAMIR